40 Great Nail Art Ideas…Love

This week’s Crumpet’s Nail Tarts challenge prompt is “love”. I really wanted to do something outside the box for this one. I suspect we’ll be seeing a lot of pink and red for this prompt and for other nail art throughout the weekend. When I think about love, the first thing I think about is my husband. Obviously I love him or I wouldn’t have married him, right? I think there are a lot of different kinds of love and that each couple feels and shows their love in different ways. My love for George is very calm. I wasn’t nervous at all before our wedding because I just knew that it was the right thing to do. He keeps me grounded, but also knows when to let me just be a total nutbag. He’s the only person in the whole world who can make me laugh when I’m feeling cranky, angry, and a little murdery. He knows exactly what to say to crack a smile from me, relieving the tension. It’s really quite wonderful.

I wanted to do some nail art the symbolized the calmness and peace I feel when he’s around. I used Morgan Taylor All White Now, Zoya Yummy, and Zoya Lillian to create this gradient.

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As I was looking at my nail art, it reminded me of one of my favorite pictures from our wedding. The color scheme is pretty similar! I promise it was just a coincidence!

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Check out more nail art from this week’s challenge here!

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Enchanted Polish Castle on a Cloud

{Purchased by Me}

Today I just need a bit of a palette cleanser. I’ve been struggling to find inspiration for nail art lately so I’ve given myself permission to do “plain” manicures. I go through this ‘mani-block’ phase once or twice a year. But don’t worry! It doesn’t usually last for more than a week or two. :) Usually I just need to buy some new stamping plates to break me out of the funk. :

Today I have Enchanted Polish Castle on a Cloud layered over two coats of Enchanted Polish Paint it Black. This is a lovely combination and I actually wore it for two days. (Which is also really out of character! I typically change my polish every day!!)

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Earth Theraputics Cosmetic Blending Sponge

{Press Sample}

Earth Theraputics sent me their cosmetic blending sponge to review for you. The sponge has charcoal infused during the manufacturing process with helps to neutralize toxins and impurities. It is very soft so it will shape to the contour of your face while you’re applying your foundation.¬† Earth Theraputics skin¬† care products do not test on animals and contain no parabens, no lauren/laureth sulfates, and no artificial colors.

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The Earth Theraputics Cosmetic Blending Sponge retails for $12.99.

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I love the shape of the sponge. The indents in its hourglass figure help me hold on to the sponge without need to dig my fingernails into the sponge itself.

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I’ve been using the sponge wet to apply my foundation which is how I use its pink competitor. I was impressed how little of my foundation got sucked into the sponge. Even when I use other sponges wet, I still lose a lot of product to the sponge’s thirsty cravings. With the Earth Theraputics sponge, barely any foundation was sucked in. So at the very least, it’s going to save me some money by wasting less product!

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The sponge provides a very smooth application that helps blend the makeup into my skin. I use the dabbing method to apply and it worked really well.

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This is the second product I’ve received to review from Earth Theraputics and I’ve really liked both products. This is a brand I’m going to keep my eye on!

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Have you tried this brand or this sponge? What did you think?

Watermarble Stamping Plate

{Press Sample}{Purchased by Me}

Today’s nail art uses Bundle Monster plate BM-XL210 which is one of my favorite plates that I own. I started with three coats of My Indie Polish Insert Name Here which is a lovely light lavender. I used Mundo de Unas Blue Navy as my stamping polish.

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A Polish 4-Way with Mango Bunny Polish Nope Still Winter

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Today I’m going to have a polish 4-way. Get your mind out of the gutter. I obviously mean that I’m going to take one polish and show you four different ways to use it! Today, the chosen polish is Mango Bunny Polish Nope, Still Winter which is from the Limited Edition January 2016 duo. (The other half of the duo is a crelly with the same glitter mix called Spring, Is that You?) Nope, Still Winter was given to me as a press sample from the lovely Ed, co-owner of Mango Bunny Polish.

The first look that popped into my mind when I saw the purple microglitter was that it would look just spiffing over hot pink. I selected Sally Hansen Fuchsia Power which is my go-to hot pink. I’ve used half the bottle already so I think it’s time I got a backup!! This is two coats of Fuchsia Power topped with one coat of Nope, Still Winter.

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At Ed’s suggestion, I’m going to try and do more macros. The only reason I haven’t done them consistently before is because I’m lazy. How’s that for some real talk? LOL.

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The next design that popped into my head was glitter tips. I love glitter tips and they are a perfect step into nail art because they’re super easy to do, but look really fun. I put a blob of Nope, Still Winter on a clean makeup sponge and then dabbed it on the tips. The base polish is Dermelect Lazy Daze (which was originally sent to me as a press sample).

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Woah! Two macros in one post! It’s almost like I tried or something. ;)glitter-tips-macro

The third idea that came to mind was to layer Nope, Still Winter over black. I love putting microglitters on black. Just take a look and you’ll see why. I used Zoya Willa (which was originally sent to me as a press sample). This time, I did two coats of Nope, Still Winter because I really wanted this to be super glittery.

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Ok, so now I kinda see Ed’s point about Macros. I’m super in love with this picture if I don’t say so myself.

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The last design I had to do with this polish was to put some stamping on top of the layering from the previous look. I love layering microglitters on black, but I even more love stamping on top of them!! I used Konad Black, a design from Cici & Sisi Plate 29, and my Born Pretty Store Clear Jelly Stamper to create this final look.

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What did you think of this polish 4-way? Was this a useful post for you? I don’t know if anyone noticed, but I am experimenting with not posting new stuff on the weekends. I’ll still be on social media, there just won’t be a new post on the blog. I hope that by reducing the number of posts I do, I can increase the quality of the posts that get published. Please give me your feedback about what you think of this new strategy and this new post type. You know I always love to hear from you!