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.
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.
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.
I’ve always been a big reader. Like, a finish all of the Harry Potter books in three days once a year kind of a reader. I lost that a little bit when I got my current job, mostly because the commute is long and I don’t have much free time during the week, and because getting glasses has made reading for long periods somewhat uncomfortable. But I’ve recently realized that I need to read to stay sane, so I’ve committed to reading a book a week this year (which is doable in part to my new Audible subscription). One of the first books I read this year, and loved, is The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I’ve seen TFIOS nail art a few times already, and was inspired to do my own. I love how it turned out!
I think this is (inadvertently) the first time I’ve done nail art using just Sinful Colors polishes. The blue base is Why Not, and it is a really beautiful color that you need to see in person. I wore it all weekend, and really enjoyed it (even though it stained). The black is Black on Black and the white is Snow Me White.
I absolutely loved TFIOS and I am really looking forward to the movie. If you’ve read the book, what did you think?
“Maybe ‘okay’ will be our ‘always.’”
Last week, I was trying to think of something new I could do on my nails, and I remembered the watercolor technique. I’ve done it before, but I’ve never really been too happy with the results. So after looking at lots of pictures of watercolor nails, and after many attempts (most of which were too overdone and ended up with my nail showing in spots), I came up with this.
I (obviously) used a ton of purples for this, and I don’t remember what they all are, but if you really need to know, I can probably figure it out. It needed a little something, so I added a coat of INM Northern Lights. I’m not too big on sparkle, but I really love how subtle and pretty Northern Lights is.
I really love how this turned out! This technique took a while for me to get the hang of, but I think I’ll be using it a lot in the future – it would make an amazing base for some simple nail art.
If you’re interested in watercolor nails, there are about a million tutorials out there, and of course I’d be happy to offer some tips.
Last week, I showed you A Study in Polish’s Consulting Detective, which is the Sherlock Holmes polish in her Sherlock collection. Today I have the polish inspired by John Watson, Army Doctor.
Army Doctor is a grass green with copper glitter and a pretty blue shimmer. Normally, I don’t like glitter in shimmery bases, but I think this one is done really well. The formula is pretty great, too – this was two smooth coats. You do have to be a bit careful with this to avoid pulling, or just do three thin coats instead.
A Study in Polish is available here. I bought a bunch of them a few weeks ago, and I haven’t tried a single one that I don’t love. You should definitely check her out!
P.S. Any Sherlock fans out there – what did you think about the season 3 ending? I can’t wait for season 4!
I can’t get enough of these flowers! I’ve been slightly obsessed since I first painted them (in this mani inspired by my iPad case), and thought they’d be a good way to use some of the polishes I picked up at T.J. Maxx last week.
I used OPI Schnapps Out of It!, OPI Black Onyx, OPI My Vampire is Buff, Orly Frisky, and Sephora by OPI Seriously It’s a Naan-issue.
I love how they turned out! I really like how unique and whimsical these flowers are. They did take a while to do, but I think they were totally worth it. Plus, I couldn’t think of anything new to paint, so these were a nice option.
Let me know what you think in the comments below! And let me know if there’s any nail art you’d love to see!
I’ve been seeing a lot of wood grain nails around lately, and I hadn’t attempted them yet, so I thought I’d give ‘em a go. These were actually really fun to do, and I absolutely love the way they turned out!
I started with a base of OPI A-Piers to Be Tan, and then painted the lines on with a short striping brush and Essie Lady Godiva. Lady Godiva is actually pretty sheer for a dark color (you’d need at least three coats to wear it on its own), and I think that worked in my favor here. All of the imperfections just make them look more like real wood.
I think these are pretty fun, and they’re definitely close to fool-proof, so these might be good for any nail art beginners out there. Let me know what you think and send me a link if you try them!
P.S. I might be doing a giveaway for my second blog-iversary at the end of February – so let me know what you’d like to see in there: indies, mainstream polishes, nail art supplies, etc.
Today I have my first polish from A Study in Polish. She has an entire collection inspired by the BBC series Sherlock, which you I am completely obsessed with at the moment. I was good and only bought half of them (plus one from her Hobbit collection), but then as soon as they came in the mail and I saw how gorgeous they really were, I ordered the other half. I wasn’t kidding when I told you polish named after my favorite things is my kryptonite.
Consulting detective is a beautiful purple with gold shimmer, gold glitter in different sizes, and small iridescent blue glitter. It is opaque in three coats, but I have a thing with conserving indie polishes (because they can be fairly hard to get), so I layered two coats over Zoya Monica, which matched the base almost perfectly.
I’m kind of obsessed with this polish. The formula and the color are both amazing. You can check out A Study in Polish here. She has some great “fandom” collections.