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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
I love the stripes – they’re so sporty!
Thanks for featuring me, Stephanie!
-Christina @ thebubblybrunette
Thanks so much for your post Christina! I loved it!
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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.)
Lately I’ve been turning to accent nails to add a little something extra to my manicures. Most of the time, I do accent nail(s) with glitter or stamping, but sometimes I really just want a simple accent nail in a complimentary color. Ring finger accent nails are a bit predictable, so I’ve been experimenting with my other fingers, and so far, index accents are a favorite.
These two polishes sit next to each other in my helmer, and they look great together, so I needed to use them. On four of my fingers is Essie Where’s My Chauffeur? and my index finger is Essie Mint Candy Apple. Formula is great on both of them, but I really love the almost jelly-like finish of Where’s My Chauffeur? I can’t believe this is the first time I’ve worn it!
What is your favorite nail or nails to use as accent nails? I’m a fan of the double accent nail, especially when they’re next to each other (index and middle or middle and ring).
Durmstrang was one of the few polishes from the Lac Attack Magical Musings collection that I wasn’t going to get. And then, at the very last minute, I decided I needed the complete collection (you can’t get Hogwarts and Beauxbatons and leave out Durmstrang, right?). I am soooo glad I did, because it is gorgeous!
For those of you who aren’t Potterheads, Durmstrang is a wizarding school in Eastern Europe, and is featured in several of the Harry Potter novels, especially The Goblet of Fire. Not much is said about it, other than it is extremely cold there, and the students wear dark furs (and are also maybe taught the dark arts).
Durmstrang (the polish) is a sheer shimmery teal blue with black diamonds and shards. I think it is a great representation of Durmstrang (the school). The base is really sheer, so this is probably best as a layering polish. I swatched it on only two fingers so you can see how the base in Durmstrang changes the color you put it over.
And here’s a bottle shot, so you can see how gorgeous it really is:
The formula was a little bit problematic. I found it hard to get the bigger pieces out of the bottle, and even then, they didn’t want to stay on my nail. It was a challenge to place the glitter while keeping the base even at the same time. Still, it wasn’t the worst polish I’ve ever worked with. Shown is two coats of Durmstrang on my index and middle fingers over Orly Snowcone.
I can’t wait to show you the rest of the Magical Musings collection! They are available for purchase in Lac Attack’s store, both in mini and full sizes. The entire Magical Musings collection will be restocked today (January 23, 2013) at 5pm EST. If you miss out, don’t worry, because Anastasia swears they’re not going anywhere!