Black Opal

I’ve been experimenting with some new nail art decorations lately. I thought these teardrop rhinestones were pretty cool, so I thought I’d give them a try. They were actually a bit bigger than I’d anticipated – I have pretty large nails, and they are too big to fit on my pinky nail – but I still think they’re really cool. They definitely have the potential to compliment some pretty nail art or made more edgy. It honestly took me forever to come up with what I wanted to do with these, but I ultimately decided to play up the iridescent flakes that are inside them.

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I started by painting my nails using Pretty & Polished Prism Break, which is a clear polish with small iridescent flakes in a rainbow of colors. Then I used Butter London Brass Monkey to add a bit more sparkle just on the tips. The flakes in Brass Monkey are bigger and thicker and lean toward the gold side. Then I attached the rhinestones just using some topcoat since I didn’t plan to wear these very long. Nail glue might be the way to go with these, because they’re completely flat on the bottom so they do stick up a bit where my nails curve. I was a bit worried they’d catch on something, but I didn’t wear them long enough to find out.

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I do think these are really pretty, but I wish they were smaller or at least curved on the bottom. I think they’d make a really edgy accent to some black nails, too, so I might try that later. You can pick these up from Born Pretty Store by clicking here (they also come in white, which looks gorgeous!).

And don’t forget to use code PSQW10 for 10% of your Born Pretty Store order! Let me know what you get in the comments!

Disclaimer: The products in this post were sent to me for review and my honest opinion.

Fall Leopard

I really cannot get enough of how amazing these polishes from the Essie Fall Collection look together!  Once I saw them, I knew I had to use them together.  I don’t do leopard print that often, but I thought it would look really great with these colors.

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All of the colors I used are from Essie’s Fall 2014 collection: The Perfect Cover-UP (dark teal), Fall in Line (green), and Take it Outside (gray).  The stud is from Born Pretty Store.

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Animal print is not really my thing, but I think these turned out really good!  I actually enjoyed wearing them a lot.  What’s your favorite fall print?

Blue Aztec

I’ve been wanting to do a design like this for forever, but I honestly just couldn’t get it right.  After I bought some professional art brushes to replaces some of my nail art brushes (and then trimmed them into nearly nothing), I decided to give it another go.  And I kind of love it.  New brushes for the win!

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The blue on most of my nails is Sonia Kashuk Rain Check.  On my index finger, I used OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls as a base, with Rain Check, Sinful Colors Blue La La, Orly Frisky, and Nina Ultra Pro Solar Flare for the design.

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If you’re really into DIY nail art, I would definitely recommend investing in some nice brushes.  I’ve had my Mash set for over a year – and actually just bought a replacement – and while they’re definitely great brushes, these new ones definitely made a huge difference.

 

 

Green Pixels

These were inspired by this post/tutorial from Mr. Candiipants.  And yes, I know, I use her designs all the time, but she’s awesome and she makes me want to paint cool things on my nails.  I changed these up just a bit by sticking to a monochromatic palette.  I think they turned out pretty amazing.  No way do I have the patience to do this on every nail, but I think it makes a great accent.

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The main color I used is Revlon Posh.  My bottle has a super funky brush (like half of it is way shorter than the rest of it), which makes it hard to use, but the color is worth it.  I don’t remember exactly what I used for the squares, but if you want to know an exact color, I can probably figure it out.  Just ask in the comments below.

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What do you think?  I’m a huge fan of these.  I wish I were better at painting straight lines, but it works.  Funny story: the day after I painted these, I saw a little boy with a sweatshirt in the exact same pattern and colors.

In the Navy

I’ve been on a navy kick lately, so I thought I’d use two of my favorite navy polishes in the same mani.  I know they’re pretty much the same color, but I love them both.  Clearly I have a problem.

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On my index and middle fingers I used OPI I Saw, You Saw, We Saw, Warsaw.  My thumb and pinky are OPI Incognito in Sausalito.  My ring finger is OPI My Vampire is Buff stamped with OPI Incognito in Sausalito and Mash plate 43.  And the glitter is Essie Golden Nuggets, which is just perfect.

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The stamp smeared a bit, but I kind of like it that way – it adds some depth.  I really loved this look!

What’s your favorite navy polish?

Purple and Bronze

This mani was the result of me trying to put something together using the colors on my desk.  These were both semi-old (I think) colors that I recently picked up at T.J. Maxx and they’re really great.  I’m actually not a huge fan of the bronze polish on it’s own, but I absolutely love it in this gradient.  It might just be a gradient-only polish for me.

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The purple is Sation Super Nail-tural Powers.  I can only find Sation at T.J. Maxx (which is fine with me, because they’re only like $3), but I do generally like them.  I’ve heard great things about Sation, but it’s been pretty hit-or-miss for me.  This one is definitely a hit.  And the bronze is Sephora by OPI Rumba Romance.  Not sure where you can get this anymore, but if you find it, get it – if only because of it’s magical gradient powers.

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I was kinda going for a fall thing with the bronze, but, to me, this has almost an Arabian Nights vibe.  I absolutely love it!  I want to wear these colors in a gradient all the time.  Scrubbing sparkly bits of my fingers (gradient sponging hazard) is completely worth it in this case.

Guest Post: Penguins by Christina (The Bubbly Brunette)

Today I am really excited to feature The Polish Squirrel’s first ever guest post!  Christina from The Bubbly Brunette did these super cute penguin nails that I absolutely love.  Check them out:


Hi everyone! I’m Christina and I’m the bubbly brunette! I saw this great tutorial from Miss Jen Fabulous, so I knew I needed to recreate it!

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I applied Lollipop by Orly on all of my fingers except for my ring finger, on which I applied Revlon Knockout. To make the stripes, I used KISS Instant Artist nail striper in Soft Blue. The belly of the penguin was made using My Boyfriend Scales Walls by OPI. The feet and beak are A Good Mandarin is Hard to Find by OPI.

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I love the stripes – they’re so sporty!

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Thanks for featuring me, Stephanie!

-Christina @ thebubblybrunette


Thanks so much for your post Christina!  I loved it!

If you liked this post, please make sure to like it or leave a comment!

And you should definitely check out Christina’s blog, The Bubbly Brunette, for more of her awesome nail art and swatches! She is a relatively new blogger, and has already built up an impressive blog (including a must-see list of polish dupes).

Interested in writing a guest post for The Polish Squirrel?  Check out all the details here!  (You don’t have to be a blogger.)