Neon Rainbow Pride Nails

It’s June, and pretty much the entire month is associated with Pride celebrations. I was playing with drag diva pianist Jacqueline Jonée for her shows, so I wanted to do a set of rainbow nails to complement her “50 Shades of Jonée” theme. I’ve been itching to try out my neon powders with stamping, so keep reading to see how this was achieved!

I started by painting all my nails black with Black Lace, a color from Sephora’s ancient “5 day shine” series of nail lacquers. This polish was part of a set that was gifted to me for my birthday 9 years ago, and it still works great!

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2 coat swatch of Black Lace from the Sephora 5 day shine collection.

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Review of Nicole Diary-093 Stamping Plate

Here’s a look at a sweet square plate from Nicole Diary that is super easy to use and works really well!

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The Nicole Diary-094 plate features 6 flowery mandala designs on it.

This plate comes in a cardboard sleeve and has the typical blue protective plastic film covering the surface. This needs to be removed before you can use it. Do use caution when handling square plates though because there is a higher risk of cutting yourself on one of the metal edges if you grip the sides too hard.

Once removed, the beautiful designs of the plate can be seen more clearly. Each image measures 1.5 cm by 2.5 cm and is etched deeply so that every detail comes through when stamped.

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Fishnet and Lace Stocking Manicure

Wow, it’s been a minute since I’ve posted! I had a whirlwind of a month rehabbing baby squirrels, and not only did I spend most of my days feeding and caring for them, but the table where I normally do my nails was occupied by their giant cage! I’m going to try to catch up as much as I can with the blog now that they’re back at the wildlife center.

This manicure was meant to be a sexy springtime one featuring a fishnet stocking pattern. I started by painting my nails with a pale lilac toned gel polish from Belen in color NU024. I applied 3 thin coats of gel with each layer being cured for 60 seconds in a UV/LED lamp.

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Floral Jelly Polish Manicure

Spring is coming- are your nails ready?

I decided to make a DIY glitter jelly polish out of Aimeili’s 065 Pink Nude gel polish and some pink holographic flakes from Born Pretty. To try to keep things neat, rather than mix the polish and glitter together first, I created a “jelly sandwich” by layering the flakes between coats of jelly polish.

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I applied and cured 2 coats of 065 Pink Nude from Aimeili. This color is a transparent pink whose shade deepens with each layer.

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Leopard and Jungle Print Manicure

It’s a jungle out there, and here are the nails to prove it!

I started by painting my nails with Aimeili gel polish in 073 Kale. This army green provides the perfect backdrop for jungle foliage. 3 thin coats were applied and cured for a minute each in a 36W UV/LED lamp.

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Aimeili gel polish in color 073 Kale.

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Black and Gold Baroque Nails

Today’s design is a lovely black and gold baroque/rococo swirl that I put together because I thought the color combination would look nice.

I started by painting my nails with Aimeili Gel Polish in 093 My Fantasy Gold. This polish is a yellow jelly formula with lots of gold glitter flakes. This color has surprisingly good coverage, so it only took 2 coats to get the opacity shown below.

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Disclaimer: This polish photographed more orange than the actual color, but I couldn’t fix the tint without wildly making my skin tone look totally off. I would say My Fantasy Gold is more of a yellow marigold shade.

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Metal and Lace Manicure

Here’s a quick tutorial for this rather edgy looking metal and lace manicure.

I started by applying a gunmetal gray polish from Formula X for Sephora called Hypnotize. It is close to opaque in only one coat and dries with a naturally flat metallic chrome finish to look street chic.

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2 coats of Hypnotize from Formula X for Sephora were applied to all my nails.

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Cute Holiday Penguin Manicure

I was inspired by the cute images on the Beauty Big Bang XL-033 stamping plate to create this fun holiday penguin manicure. It combines a wrapping paper print with candy cane stripes along with it just for fun!

I started with an almost white base. This color is called Steph from Julep, and it has the slightest hint of pink along with a gorgeous shimmery finish. I didn’t pick a pure white because I knew I was putting the penguin on one of my nails, and I wanted his belly to be a pure white that would stand out compared to the base color.

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2 coats of Steph by Julep were applied for this swatch.

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Lumberjack Flannel Plaid Nails

I’m really feeling all the fall prints right now, so I drew inspiration from a lumberjack’s flannel shirt for this manicure.

To start, I painted my nails a classic bright red. This one is a gel polish from Laguna Moon in color CL003 that made my nails look plump and juicy.

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2 coats of CL003 from Laguna Moon were applied with a cure time of one minute per coat.

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Fall Argyle Print Nails

I’m loving all the crimson and gold leaves on the trees right now, and that’s the color palette that I chose for this argyle print manicure.

I started out by painting all my nails a rich metallic dark red. This one is called Red-y & Willing from China Glaze.

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Red-y & Willing from China Glaze is close to fully opaque in only one coat, but two coats are shown here without top coat applied.

My schedule has been keeping me really busy lately, so I opted to do some stamping with gold polish (Rose Gold Rendezvous from Pop-arazzi) and a plate from Beauty Big Bang.

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