Three sweet nail art looks: yellow and orange heart balloons, green clover candies, and sweet blue and pink lollipops.
Three Sweet Manis

Three Sweet Manis

I am interested in way too many challenges this month and yet there are a lot of real life things I need to get done. So…things might get messy(er) this month. I may be hitting it hard and then abruptly ghost. We’ll just have to see. One compromise I’m making is that I’m going to try to lump the #glamnailschallenge prompts in posts of three manis each. So this first group of three covers: balloons, lollipops, and candy.

Love Balloons

I should stay this from the start: I no longer like balloons as a concept outside of art. They are terrible for pets and wildlife when released. They waste helium, which we cannot currently replace and need for a lot more important things than balloons like MRIs. And they lie about how compostable they are so that you’ll buy them.

(Really, you shouldn’t buy anything that says it’s compostable unless you plan on composting it yourself. But that doesn’t change the fact that feeling like something is compostable makes you feel better about throwing it out in the regular trash. Like…maybe it will at least break down a little faster…)

I think the only kind of real life balloon I like anymore are balloon animals. Because at least you can play with them for a while and they are an art form. Speaking of art…it’s time to step off my soap box and share the nail art:

A bright yellow and orange mani with modern abstract shapes and heart balloon stamping decals. Unicorn included.
Love Balloons
A bright yellow and orange mani with modern abstract shapes and heart balloon stamping decals. Unicorn included.
Love Balloons

Nail art products used

Base Polishes:
Zoya’s “Bee” and Cole
Stamping Polishes:
KADS’ “08 Dark Yellow” and “09 Yellow“; Maniology “Pumpkin Head“; and UberChic’s “Pure Black
Added blobs of Zoya’s Cole
Advanced Stamping Polishes:
KADS’ “09 Yellow“, Sinful Colors’ Neon Collection “On the Strip“, and Zoya’s “Bee
Stamping Plates:
Beauty BigBang XL-081 (unicorn with balloons), Lesly Be Creative 1 (abstract shapes, dots, and lines), and “Qgirl-20” (heart balloons and “love”)

I am generally not great when it comes to abstract nail art because just can’t resist adding one more element then it needs. I think I hit the balance okay here, but then I had problems with smearing. Ah, well. Every mani done is practice for next time. I’d always planned on the heart balloons, but then I noticed I had whole bunch of heart balloons held by a unicorn and that rather sealed the deal on what went on my thumb.

A bright yellow and orange mani with modern abstract shapes and heart balloon stamping decals. Unicorn included.
Love Balloons

Turns out I love Zoya’s “Bee”. It paints really well, especially when you swap in their wider brush. I have a small amount that I got “free” by spending money when Zoya wanted me to and I’ve been hoarding them for the polishes that need them the most.

A bright yellow and orange mani with modern abstract shapes and heart balloon stamping decals. Unicorn included.
Love Balloons

When Colours Collide

So I also painted this nail art for the color challenge on Facebook. And…I totally missed that they didn’t want people using pastels. I am a little surprised I didn’t get called on it, but I guess my overall design was bright enough that it fit and “Bee” is described as pale on Zoya’s site, not pastel. Still. A reminder to read the next challenge more carefully since it’s unfair to the admins to make them have to decide whether or not they should confront me. 😟

#whencolourscollide - Yellow, Orange, Black collage
#whencolourscollide – Yellow, Orange, Black collage

A few more photos before we move on to the next nail art.

Sweet Lollipop

And now we’re getting into the real treats. This next design features a specific type of candy: the lollipop. I ate a lot of suckers when I was young because there was a group in my Elementary school that sold them. They tended to have more “gourmet” flavors too. I may have skipped lunch sometimes and used the money to buy them instead. (My mom made really good homemade meals, so school lunch sucked for me in comparison. #spoiled)

Cute candy nail art in blue, pink, and white with lollipop stamping decals, the word "sweet", and a rainbow crelly.
Sweet Lollipop
Cute candy nail art in blue, pink, and white with lollipop stamping decals, the word "sweet", and a rainbow crelly.
Sweet Lollipop

Nail art products used

Base Polishes:
All Mixed Up Lacquers’ Magic Candy Stick; Hit the Bottle’s “Electro Candypop” and “Psycho Pink“; and KADS’ “Cloud Dancer
Stamping Polishes:
Born Pretty’s “Cherry Blossoms” + Hit the Bottle’s “Electro Candypop“, La la la… I Can’t Hear You , and “Psycho Pink
Stamping Plates:
Born Pretty “BP-L055“, “CF07“, and Harunouta “L038

I really love the rainbow-filled crelly, All Mixed Up Lacquer’s “Magic Candy Stick”. (You see how even its name fits this theme!?!) Colorful crellies are pretty common, but one that feels like well-balanced rainbow is harder to find. I really shouldn’t have bought this one since I already have a rainbow crelly, but it felt so balanced I couldn’t resist.

Cute candy nail art in blue, pink, and white with lollipop stamping decals, the word "sweet", and a rainbow crelly.
Sweet Lollipop

Such a happy rainbow. Meanwhile, while I really have a lot more KADS, Maniology, and Born Pretty stamping polishes, my collection of Hit the Bottle has also been slowly growing thanks to Polish Pickup. They work pretty well to cover a full nail too.

Cute candy nail art in blue, pink, and white with lollipop stamping decals, the word "sweet", and a rainbow crelly.
Sweet Lollipop
Cute candy nail art in blue, pink, and white with lollipop stamping decals, the word "sweet", and a rainbow crelly.
Sweet Lollipop

And the far away photo marks our transition to the third and final mani of this blog post: the candy candy candy one!

Clover Candies

Naturally Saint Patrick’s Day is only a little over a week away and I like to paint one mani for it every year. So I decided to combine the candy prompt with a four-leaf clover since holiday themed candies are available for all major holidays. Really, I’m just waiting for the day when Talk Like a Pirate Day comes with its own candy line. (Gold coins don’t count! I want a box of chocolates with citrus-y centers to “Prevent scurvy in the one you love. Arrr!”)

A dotticure clover candy nail art with freehand painted clover hard candies and polka dot patterns.
Clover Candy
A dotticure clover candy nail art with freehand painted clover hard candies and polka dot patterns.
Clover Candy

Nail art products used

Base Polishes:
Chilarity’s Charlie No-face, Ms Sparkle’s Good Luck Bear, and Sinful Colors’ “Mint Tropics
Freehand Painting and Dotticure:
Acrylic paint in dark metallic green and white and some Sinful Colors’ “Mint Tropics” used for the candy and dots.

I’m not very good at dotticures, but I thought I’d throw the technique into the list as well. I feel like I did better than last time, so that’s a win. 😂 But the real star feels like the crelly again. I did have it in mind for Saint Patricks’ Day when I bought it.

A dotticure clover candy nail art with freehand painted clover hard candies and polka dot patterns.
Clover Candy

And because I freehanded all of this, I guess I thought it deserved a macro unlike the other two manis…

A dotticure clover candy nail art with freehand painted clover hard candies and polka dot patterns.
Clover Candy

And far away. Naturally the large candy is mostly recognizable, but at least one of the smaller ones still feels identifiable as well. Maybe I should be trying to photograph from even farther away. 🤔

A dotticure clover candy nail art with freehand painted clover hard candies and polka dot patterns.
Clover Candy

And that’s it! Now I’ve passed when I was posting to Instagram again. Hopefully I’ll be able to paint all of the next three manis before Sunday so that the blog stays ahead of Insta-posts.

Until next time, friends! 🙋‍♀️

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