Finally another book-inspired post! I just finished reading my first Neil Gaiman book, Neverwhere, and it was incredible! Definitely a unique book. Kind of like a modern Alice in Wonderland. So, naturally, I had to do some Neverwhere nail art.
I used Essie Going Incognito as the base for all the nails, and Sinful Colors Chick Chick to paint the designs. It’s slight sheerness really worked for this design.
The designs I chose are (from thumb to pinky): the title of the book, a door, Islington (the name of one of the characters), Mind the Gap (which was my favorite scene in the book), and a key.
I really enjoyed reading Nevermore, and I’m moving on to The Graveyard Book next. I’ve been on a huge reading kick lately, so any and all book recommendations are welcome! And as always, you can add me as a friend on Goodreads (it’s like Facebook for books). Happy reading!
I was in the mood for something simple, and, since I haven’t done any stamping in a while, I ended up with these. I’ve been wanting to use this stamping plate for a while, and I’m glad I finally got around to it. I really like how these turned out: simple, but still really interesting.
I started with a base of OPI Queen of the Road, which is a really beautiful brownish-black shimmery color from the new Mustang collection. I stamped with Milani White on the Spot and Bundle Monster plate 404.
I think I’ve just been on a black and white kick lately, that’s all I want to paint on my nails. I’ve hit the point where I’m done with summer and bright colors and I just want dark, cozy colors and cold weather. Anyone else?
Since watermelon nails in the summer are pretty much obligatory, I thought I’d give them a shot. I’ve really been enjoying my other fruit nails (here and here), so I thought these would be really nice. I don’t usually do colored tips, but with these colors, I ended up really liking it.
I used Essie Ruffles and Feathers and OPI Girls Love Ponies, with black and white polishes from Sinful Colors.
And have you noticed my new watermark? I finally splurged for Photoshop. Adobe Cloud is having a deal right now where, if you’re a student or teacher, you get the entire Adobe Suite for $20 a month, so I hopped right on that, made a logo for The Polish Squirrel, and added it as a watermark to all my new photos. My photos aren’t always the greatest, but it’s definitely something I pay close attention to, so hopefully this will help me make them even better.
I know it’s been a while between posts, but grad school is kind of kicking my butt right now. So I may go two or three weeks between posting anything, but I don’t plan on abandoning this blog anytime soon.
Hope you liked my version of watermelon nails! And let me know what you think of my new watermark/logo in the comments!
After I did my strawberry nails, I wanted to come up with some creative ways to do more fruit nail art. These popped into my head one day on the way to work, and they needed to happen. They didn’t quite turn out how I’d envisioned them, but I think they are so fun! Definitely some of my favorite summer nail art so far.
I started out with a base of OPI Black Onyx. Then I used Sally Hansen White On to paint the pineapple shapes (to make the neon brighter over the black). I used Nina Ultra Pro Solar Flare and Sinful Colors Irish Green to color in the pineapples, and then outlined them in Essie Fierce, No Fear. They took forever, but I think it was totally worth it!
What do you think – should I do neon watermelons next?
I’ve been kind of obsessed with polka dot nails lately, and did these simple black and white ones to go with a new polish I picked up the other day. I really love graphic black and white with bright colors (see previous post here). Perfect for summer!
I used OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, OPI Black Onyx, and China Glaze V.
These are pretty simple, but definitely fun! I’m planning on doing the reverse pattern (black with white polka dots) soon, with a fun summery color.
I am a huge fan of Modcloth, so I was super excited when I got an email from them asking me to do some nail art inspired by one of their summer dresses! It literally took me an entire week to decide which one to use – they have a ton of cute ones, but I finally decided on their Handsome Prints Dress. I love that it incorporates a bunch of different patterns, and I thought the unique color combo would make for some great nail art.
I decided to do a different pattern on each nail to show some of the patterns on the dress (this isn’t even half of them). The colors I used are: OPI Angel with a Leadfoot, OPI Black Onyx, Sephora by OPI Hippo to be Square, and Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Butterscotch. I honestly would never have put these colors together on my own, but now I am completely obsessed with this combination!
I really love how these turned out. I may just have to buy the dress now!
Check out Modcloth’s great selection of dresses here – new ones are added every day, and a lot of them come in plus sizes, too! You can check out other Modcloth-inspired nail art in the nails section of their blog. And keep an eye out for some nail art inspired by my new Modcloth quilt – I am completely in love with it!
Let me know what you think in the comments below! Which Modcloth dress is your favorite?
Happy 4th of July everyone! I’m super excited to have a four day weekend, so I thought I’d finally get around to doing some nail art. These are pretty simple stars and stripes, but I gave them a little twist with the colors.
I used OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, Sally Hansen Pacific Blue (the old/real one), and Essie Chubby Cheeks. I kind of like the muted/faded effect it gives, while still being pretty bright.
Hope you all have a safe and happy holiday!
It’s officially summer, and I have been loving all of this fruit nail art I’ve been seeing lately. While pineapples may be my my favorite nail art fruit, I had Essie’s summer collection on my desk, and they were the perfect strawberry colors!
I used Essie Urban Jungle as the base on my thumb and middle finger and for the strawberry seeds. The red (which in person is much more of a pink) is Essie Haute in the Heat, and the green is Essie Ruffles & Feathers. The black is my favorite basic black – Sinful Colors Black on Black.
I think these turned out super cute! I was actually going to do all my nails in the tiny strawberry pattern, but it was a lot of work and I was pretty lazy, so I did the full nail berries, and I actually like those a lot better.
P.S. Sorry about my lack of posts the past few weeks – I started grad school on Monday, came down with strep throat on Tuesday (I have the worst luck ever), and I spent last weekend (and most of this week) redecorating/painting TPS headquarters. I’m considering posting some pictures when it’s finally all done, because I think it’s turning out amazing, so let me know if that’s something you’d like to see!
Today’s nail art was inspired by one of my new favorite books, Paper Towns by John Green. I honestly loved this book almost as much as The Fault In Our Stars. It was so good, I actually found myself wishing I was back in high school, so that I could be as awesome as Margot or Quentin.
I used OPI I Sing in Color on my index and pinky fingers because nail polish “so red it was almost black” was kind of a thing in the book. My thumb and middle fingers are supposed to be maps (they didn’t turn out quite as I’d pictured), with the “paper town” of Agloe marked on my thumb. My ring finger is grass, because that’s also kind of a thing in the book – specifically Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. All the polishes used are OPI, Essie, and China Glaze.
If you liked The Fault In Our Stars, or you’re looking for a really good (YA) novel, I would absolutely recommend Paper Towns. Or pretty much anything by John Green. I think I’m going to read Looking for Alaska next.
If you like to read, add me as a friend on goodreads.com! And if, like me, you have a long commute (or would just like to do things like painting your nails while reading), I would definitely recommend joining audible.com – I listened to most of Paper Towns on the way to and from work – until I got to a point where I had to know what happened before I went to bed, so I moved to the paper version because it was quicker.
P.S. Sorry for the lack of posts lately, there has been a lot going on – I turned 25, watched my little sister graduate high school, and I start grad school on Monday! I have also been completely redecorating my bedroom, which has actually been pretty time consuming (especially with all the overtime I’ve been logging at work). I’m considering posting some pics when I’m done, so let me know if that’s something you’d like to see!
The idea for these nails came to me while I was watching Ancient Aliens (I’ve probably already mentioned my History Channel addiction). They’re definitely pretty weird, but I absolutely love them! They turned out almost exactly like what I’d pictured, and I really think these two completely different designs look amazing together – I kind of have a thing for combining contrasting patterns.
For my “Egyptian” nails, I used Essie Good as Gold and OPI Black Onyx. My galaxy nails are OPI Black Onyx, topped with Essie Blanc (for the galaxy base and the stars), Sinful Colors Hip to Be Square, and OPI Hey Baby.
Did I already say how much I love these? Because it’s a lot. They might be my favorite.