Author: Steph

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.

The Fault in Our Stars

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!

the fault in our stars

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.

the fault in our stars

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.’”

Watercolors

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.

watercolor

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.

watercolor

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.

Army Doctor

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

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.

army doctor

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!