Quick Holographic Flower Nails

Things have been unexpectedly busy here, so in order to keep my nails done, I had to go for some easy stamping. Nothing is better than combining holographic polish with a full pattern design when you’re in a hurry to create something pretty, so that’s exactly what I did here.

I began by painting all my nails with 2 coats of Wake Me Up from Superchic Lacquer. This highly pigmented polish is a dark magenta holographic color and is almost fully opaque in just one coat.

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Constellation Manicure

This month has been all about the stars, and I’m not talking about the Hollywood kind. It being the 50th anniversary of the landing on the moon, Mercury being in retrograde pretty much for the whole month, to the recent obsession with Area 51, it’s hard to not be thinking about outer space lately! Here’s an easy nail art design you can put together to join in the madness.

My first step was to paint my nails with this cool glittery black jelly polish from Julep called Celeste. I needed to apply 3 coats to get good coverage as jelly polishes can be pretty sheer. I love the iridescent glitter combination that they used because it sparkles and really looks like a built in galaxy.

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Purple Flowers Manicure

Today’s manicure was mostly inspired by a polish. Unfortunately, the indie polish brand Pretty & Polished is blowing out their inventory on Etsy right now because the business is folding. You bet I placed an order! But the process made me look through my current collection to make sure I didn’t get any dupes. There are a lot of untried polishes that I have from them that I will be attempting to feature, and this beautiful purple crelly called Perfect Purple Posies is one such polish. I applied 3 coats to all my nails and then shed a tear over the fact that this company won’t be producing lacquers like this anymore!

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Perfect Purple Posies by Pretty & Polished is a gorgeous lavender crelly with mylar flake glitter.

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Flowering Tree Nail Art

I know flowering trees are mostly a spring thing, but there was one that was in bloom in my neighborhood that left its remnants all over my parked car the other day! Here is some nail art featuring this allergy inducing arbor.

I wanted to have a sky blue background, so I chose a nice color from Wet n Wild that I thought would fit the bill. There was no identifying label for the shade on the bottle, but it came from a 10 piece set called Pretty & Posh that was purchased at Five Below. Wet n Wild is known for its affordable cosmetics, and while the polish is dirt cheap, it did take 3 coats to get it opaque. It does dry quickly, so that is a huge plus!

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It’s not the most smooth finish, but it does the job! Top coat will help to even out the color.

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Koi Manicure

Feeling a little fishy? Here’s a manicure featuring koi. Did you know they are a symbol of love and friendship in Japan?

To give my fish somewhere to live, I first painted my nails a turquoise blue shade from Sephora by OPI called Bright as a Feather. This polish has shimmery silver particles in it that give the color more dimension. I applied 2 coats for the swatch below.

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American Flag French Manicure

If you’re in America, there’s no doubt that you knew it was Independence Day recently. Whether you were having a barbecue, watched fireworks either live or on TV, or just saw a lot of red, white, and blue decor everywhere, there’s no way you totally forgot about the holiday. And if you’re a nail blogger, there’s almost no excuse for you to go out without some sort of appropriate manicure!

Seeing as I did a patriotic manicure fairly recently, I wanted to create a more subtle look this time around. The idea was to do a flag French tip design over a nude base. If my nail beds were in better shape (they’re looking super sad right now after a bad reaction to too much UV light and acetone exposure from all the gel polish swatching that I’ve been doing), I would have left my real nails exposed for a “negative space” look, but I needed to use some sort of foundation to cover up the damage. Good thing I have a nice collection of nude pink colors from which to choose! I selected Privacy Please from OPI for this manicure. It’s sheer, but it’s a little streaky (maybe due to age), so I applied 3-4 coats to each nail to even out the color.

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This lovely blush pink shade hides your nail imperfections in 3-4 coats.

While my polish dried, I prepared a stamper with the flag design from the Konad m45 stamping plate. This was one of the first plates I ever bought, and I remember wondering how on earth you could produce a true red, white, and blue flag image with it. Now that I’m more experienced, I know how to do these things!

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Morbid Nail Art

You guys must think that I must be going through something based on the nail art that I’ve been putting out lately! This morbid manicure is the product of a plate I was sent for review and has nothing to do with what’s going on in my personal life, thankfully! But what I find interesting is how many different ways you can interpret the images on my nails, whether positive or negative. Such is the power of art!

I began by painting my nails a shimmery dark blue/purple shade that was a prototype from Elusive Fox Lacquer. This one of a kind polish has a rather long dry time even for just 2 coats of polish, but the formulas put out by this indie brand are gorgeous! Unfortunately, I ran into a lot of problems with my orders from them, so I don’t buy from them anymore, but there’s no denying the beauty of their polishes!

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This prototype from Elusive Fox Lacquer is a one of a kind shade marked with 57 on the bottle.

I used the Artist-L005 plate from Born Pretty for this manicure. The images on this plate look artsy, and there are a lot of depressing options here, but they all stamp really well.

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Grape Manicure

Hello! Sorry to have been MIA again, but I was depressed about my peeling, brittle, breaking nails. In my haste to remove some of my last few manicures, I’ve been using 100% acetone, which really wreaks havoc on natural nails, so I needed a bit of a break. I ended up repairing a broken nail with some acrylic powder, which accounts for some of the lumpiness in the manicure you’re about to see because I didn’t apply it to the whole nail and apparently didn’t file it down very well, either. Oops. But hence the inspiration for my [sour] grape manicure.

In my head I saw grapes on top of a terracotta tile like the decor you might find at Home Goods, so I opted for a buff neutral color (Alison from Julep) to go with the nails that would have grapes on them. The other nails got painted with one of the accent colors that I planned to use for my grapes: Purple with a Purpose from OPI.

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I love the shimmer in the purple polish from OPI, and the buff/peach colored nails have what Julep calls a “soft focus finish.”

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Patriotic Independence Day Nails

Happy July 4! It’s America’s birthday, so my nails are painted with red, white, and blue colors to commemorate our nation’s flag.

The easiest way to do this manicure is to start with a white base. I chose Ya Qin An Stamping Nail Polish in White because it dries quickly and is completely opaque in 2 coats.

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I used Bundle Monster’s BM-H25 plate to do the stamping. I featured the images on the top and right sides of the plate in this manicure.

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The stamping technique that I used requires the application of two different polish colors to the same design and a single scraping away of the polish so that a gradient effect is not created. It easily becomes a complete mess of colors if you’re not careful with this!

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Globe Trotter Travel Nails

I have some serious travel envy after seeing people’s vacation pictures online! Meanwhile I’m stuck in NYC painting my nails. So what’s a girl to do? Make some appropriate nail art!

I started out by painting all my nails black because I planned to use a chrome nail powder on top of this to create that gorgeous blue background you see in the featured image.

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Seems like I’ve been using What’s A Tire Jack? from Sephora by OPI a whole lot lately!

After letting the polish dry, I applied a layer of Born Pretty Soak Off Gel Top Coat to my nails and cured it under a lamp for 30 seconds. The chrome powder was applied with a sponge applicator onto the top coat layer, and I sealed in the powder with another layer of gel top coat and followed up by curing this layer for about a minute.

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Born Pretty chrome powder in color 3 has a royal blue tint with purple undertones when it is applied over black polish even though it looks like an iridescent white in the container.

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