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Gladiola manicure: May NCC #2

Hello my sweeties!! Sorry for the break in blogging last week. I had eye corrective surgery on Friday, and it was a much longer recovery than I expected. So I couldn’t stare at a computer screen to write any blog posts! But I can see now, woo hoo!

And here's your daily David Tennant a little early :)

And here’s your daily David Tennant a little early 🙂

So to make it up to you, I have a gorgeous floral manicure for you today! I decided I wanted to paint gladiolas on my nails. Why gladiolas you ask? Because they remind me of Drop Dead Fred! *Please tell me someone remembers Drop Dead Fred!*

Drop Dead Fred!

Drop Dead Fred!

So yeah, gladiolas it is!

Gladiola Manicure

Gladiola Manicure

I loved doing this manicure – simple but pretty!

Gladiola Manicure

Gladiola Manicure

I love purple and blue flowers! I think this came out pretty great if I do say so myself!

Gladiola Manicure

Gladiola Manicure

Polishes used/ how I did this:

  • Base color: Zoya Carey… This is my favorite light grey creme polish. It has a perfect formula!
  • Vines: Zoya Hunter… This is a great dark hunter green creme.
  • Leaves on vines: Essie Vested Interest… This is an underutilized polish of mine, but I love it! It’s a great medium sage green with grey tones.
  • Flower buds:
    • Zoya Charisma… This is probably one of my most used polishes. I love this deep fuchsia polish!
    • Essie Play Date… A beautiful medium lilac purple.
    • Essie Strut Your Stuff… Such a beautiful bright blue!

So what do you think? What’s your favorite flower to paint?

Check out more floral manicure from the NCC ladies:

Holographic stamping

I got bored with my last manicure, so I spiced it up with some stamping. I was right – the holographic polish stamps really well!



I used the geometric shapes from the Konad m64 image plate. The designs are great, but they’re a little thin. My thumb wasn’t fully covered. I heard that Konad’s new plates are a bit wider, so maybe I’ll check those out.

This picture was inside near a light. I did not use a top coat on the stamped nails.

Essie and Color Club swatch

My recent amazon purchase came in the mail the other day. I bought the Color Club Holographic Hues collection; 6 gorgeous holographic polishes in lighter shades. I’ve been dying to try them out! A full holographic manicure might have been too distracting for my ADD self, so I just did a simple manicure with an accent nail. Aaaand I’m in love.Image

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