So, today I'm going to start with a few of my favorite manicures ever.
First up, Purple Medallion. I love the sparkly colors so much, and am pretty sure there is no such thing as too much glitter. I adore the way it twinkles in all the different colors. Even in low light, it just pops. I'll post plenty of color pictures like this over time.
Next, a special polish that I spent a long time looking for. OPI Mount Redmore, which is a great classic color. While I'm not a creme queen, I do like them, and this one is pretty exceptional. It's old formula OPI, which means it's not Big 3 Free, but I've never been one to worry about the chemicals anyway.
Oh this one, I love so much. It's Nars Zulu (which was acquired for my by my best friend), with a konad design in holo silver. I really like holo polishes in general, and they make for some really pretty designs with the konad stamper. I just got several new plates, so I would imagine I'll be stamping a lot in the near future.
Before I discovered konad, and other inspirations for nails, I did cow nails. I didn't have any thin paintbrushes, or any tools at all at the time, I just painted them white and added black splotches, and I loved that manicure so much.
The next one is another favorite, because though it was stark black and white, the effect was still a soft one, and I felt pretty creative. I bought rub-on transfers at the craft store, cut them to size, and slapped them on over white to create musical nails. I'd like to find more rub-on transfers to do this kind of manicure again.
I love creating designs and artsy nails for holidays. While the konad stamper makes for some really awesome designs, sometimes painting designs myself is important to me, and this was one I did for Christmas. It reminds me so much of a Christmas tree that I can't help but smile when I look at it.
Okay, the last one I will share today is a graduated manicure I did with Essie Night Cap, which is quite sheer. I started with a white base, and then built up the color so that it gradually went from light to dark, and the effect was one I've used a few times since. In this case, I went outside and took pictures against our snow-covered shrubs, and I loved the way this looked.