Black, White, and Blue

I’ve always kind of loved thick, horizontal stripes, but I’ve never been that great at painting them on my nails.  Straight, horizontal lines on a curved surface are not the easiest thing to do.  But I thought I’d give them another go, and I like how they turned out.  Much better than my first attempt at horizontal striped nail art.

stripes and blue

I wanted to keep it simple with the black and white (the best kind of stripes, in my opinion), and thought the bright teal would be a fun accent.  Definitely a color combo I’m going to keep in mind.  The black and white are Essie Blanc and Licorice.  The blue is Orly Frisky, which is slightly more blue and less green in real life (it’s obviously completely different than the fifteen other light/medium bright blue/teal polishes I own – just have to keep telling myself that).

stripes and blue

I’m definitely a huge fan of the thick stripes (and they’re a tad less difficult to screw up than thin stripes).  We all know I’m a fan of geometric/graphic patterns with florals, and I think these would look great with some delicate little flowers (similar to this).

Tie-Dye Flowers

I am still kind of obsessed with these flowers (previous posts here and here).  They’re super cute, and actually pretty easy to do.  This time, I went a little bit simpler with the flowers, but used a tie-dye background (creating using the watercolor technique), and accented them with a cool geometric pattern (inspired by Mr. Candiipants).  I absolutely love them!

watercolor flowers

 

The triangles and leaves are butter LONDON Poole.  I’m don’t remember what other colors I used, but I’m pretty sure the green is China Glaze Def Defying, and the black and white are most likely Sinful Colors.  I basically just pulled most of my bright green and blue shades out of my Helmers.

watercolor flowers

I really, really love the way this watercolor turned out.  I’m going to have to try it again.  And I liked using it as a background for the designs – it added a really cool element.  Let me know what you think in the comments!

The Maze Runner

My most recent book-inspired nail art (seen here and here) has been pretty popular, and it’s definitely been some of my favorite nail art I’ve done, so I decided to make a series out of it.  My goal is to write one post a week inspired by some of my favorite (or most recently read) literature.

Today’s post was inspired by The Maze Runner by James Dashner.  I don’t know if this is a favorite, but I definitely enjoyed it.  It’s pretty much Hunger Games meets Lord of the Flies.  I got the book as part of a set (it’s the first in a trilogy), so I will eventually be reading the second one.  I just don’t feel completely compelled to continue with the story (like I do with Red Rising), but I’ve heard great things, so I’m looking forward to it.  If you’re a fan of dystopian fiction, The Maze Runner, is a good read (and soon to be a movie).

the maze runner

For those of you who haven’t read the book, I won’t ruin the plot for you, but WICKED is important.  I painted it on my ring finger with Essie Snap Happy on a base of Essie Licorice.  The rest of my nails are Essie Stylenomics with the maze design painted with OPI Moonraker.

the maze runner

I really like how these turned out!  I’m definitely getting better/more comfortable painting (legible) words.  If you’ve read The Maze Runner, let me know your thoughts below.  And feel free to post your book suggestions and add me as a friend on Goodreads!

Red Rising

I’ve been on a huge reading kick lately – I’m taking part in the Goodreads challenge for 2014, and I’m currently 12 books into my 50 book goal (if you’re on Goodreads, add me as a friend).  I read the Divergent series last month, and I’ve been really into distopian books since.  I bought Red Rising by Pierce Brown on a whim, and ended up completely loving it!  Definitely check it out if you’re into dystopian fiction.  Anyway, I decided to do some nail art inspired by the book (mostly inspired by the cover), and I really like how it turned out.

red rising

I used Essie Licorice as the base, and a mix of metallic reds and golds (mostly Essie and OPI) for the wings.  The idea of the wings came from the book’s cover.  In the book, society is color-based, with golds at the top and reds at the bottom. I don’t want to ruin the plot, but you can check out the book here.

red rising

If you’ve read Red Rising, what did you think?  It is definitely a new favorite of mine; Red Rising was the first book in a while that I wanted to re-read immediately after finishing it.  I didn’t, but I’m tempted to start it again this week.  It’s going to be extremely difficult waiting until January for the next book!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!  Hope you’re all having a good Monday.  I wanted to do some nail art for today, and after going through my (rather large) collection of green nail polish, I decided to do something simple using a few of my favorites.

green chevron

I started with a base of China Glaze Four Leaf Clover (because how could I not use that one?), and then painted the ikat-ish chevrons with Essie Mojito Madness and Essie Stylenomics.  I actually really like the color combo.

green chevron

I really like how these turned out.  If you’re celebrating St. Paddy’s Day on your nails today, share the link to your blog/instagram/twitter post in the comments below, I’d love to see them!

We Used to Be Friends, A Long Time Ago

I am crazy excited for the Veronica Mars movie.  I has a fan of the show back in high school, and I still have Veronica Mars marathons once in a while.  I’m going to see the movie with my little sister tomorrow, so I thought I’d do some VM inspired nails.

leather and studs

I knew I definitely wanted to go with a VM signature: black leather.  I used Nails Inc. Noho on three of my nails, and then added studs from Born Pretty Store.  My other two nails are Essie Stylenomics, because I liked the idea of the dark forest green with the black leather.  It looked less black in person.

leather and studs

Any other Marshmallows out there?  If you’ve seen the movie, what did you think?  I can’t wait!

Eye of Horus

 

A couple of weeks ago, I ordered some new stamping plate sets, and I couldn’t wait to use them.  Of course, it took me forever to decide which one to use first, but some of the tribal designs really caught my eye.

eye of horus

I started with a base of Revlon Parfumerie Balsam Fir, which is definitely one of my favorite Parfumerie colors/scents so far.  Then I stamped the eye of Horus design using Mash plate 65 and Essie Good as Gold.  The glitter on the rest of my fingers is A Study in Polish 221B, which is a perfect black and gold glitter topcoat.

eye of horus

I really like how these turned out.  They’re simple, but still really cool.  And I really love how the sparkle is not too overwhelming.