Neon Pineapples

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.

neon pineapples

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!

neon pineapples

What do you think – should I do neon watermelons next?

Modcloth – Handsome Prints Dress

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.

handsome prints

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!

handsome prints

I really love how these turned out.  I may just have to buy the dress now!

handsome prints

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!

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.

american flag

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.

american flag

Hope you all have a safe and happy holiday!

Strawberry Fields Forever

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!

strawberries

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.

strawberries

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!

Paper Towns

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.

paper towns

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.

paper towns

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!

Ancient Aliens

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.

ancient aliens

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.

ancient aliens

Did I already say how much I love these?  Because it’s a lot.  They might be my favorite.

Mortal Instruments

Today I have another post in my book-inspired series for you!  I’m a little late to the party here, but I just started reading the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare.  I’m just starting book 2, but I am totally hooked!  I was a little skeptical at first – I’m not a huge fanfic reader, regardless of how Harry Potter obsessed I am – but these books are really good.  They’re pretty much an amalgamation of some of my all-time favorite series: Harry Potter, the Gemma Doyle Trilogy (A Great and Terrible Beauty), and Star Wars (I don’t want to spoil it, but there is totally a Luke/Leia/Vader thing going on).

mortal instruments

I decided to go for the obvious – if not slightly overdone – runes for my nail art.  Runes are sort of like tattoos with special powers.  I don’t have The Shadowhunter Codex (yet), which lists all of them, so I just chose from the ones I could find online.  From my thumb to pinky, they are agility, angelic power, deflect/block, strength, and precision.

I used Essie Yogaga and Essie Licorice.

mortal instruments

They’re pretty simple, but definitely interesting.  Have you read any of the Mortal Instruments series?  Let me know what you think in the comments below!  No spoilers please :)

If you like to read, add me as a friend on goodreads.com!  And if, like me, you have a long commute (or just like to do things like painting your nails while reading), I would definitely recommend joining audible.com – I listened to the first book in the series over the course of two days while cleaning, painting my nails, and driving to and from work.

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!

blue aztec

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.

blue aztec

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.

 

 

Peach Perfect

I was looking on Design Seeds for color inspiration and came across this gorgeous springy palette.  I started with the diamond nails, and didn’t know what to pair them with – I had originally thought to do something floral, but that seemed like too much work.  Then I realized the colors would be perfect for this design by (who else?) Mr. Candiipants.  I did a simple gradient on the remaining two nails, and ended up with this super awesome manicure.  Love it!

peach perfect

The base color is OPI My Vampire is Buff.  The green is Sinful Colors Innocent, the gray is OPI Suzi Takes the Wheel, and the pink and peach are Nails Inc. Mayfair Lane and Wellington Square.

peach perfect

Don’t be surprised if you see more fruit nails from me in the near future – they were much easier than I thought they’d be, and they’re just so adorable!

Painterly

I’ve been pretty busy lately, so I wanted to do some nail art that was quick and easy, but still cool.  I’ve seen a few versions of “brush stroke” nails, and thought they would be perfect.  I love the combo of the different blues and greens – it’s perfect for spring, and a nice break from all the pinks and corals I’ve been wearing lately.

painterly

I don’t remember exactly what I used here (I know there are some Essie, Sally Hansen, and Sinful Colors in there), but it shouldn’t be too hard to find similar colors.  I started with a white base, and then wiped almost all of the polish off of the brush (the one that comes with the polish) before adding the sections of color.  Smaller brushes – think Essie or Sinful Colors, not OPI or Loreal – tend to provide more control for a look like this, but try both and see what works best for you.

painterly

I always love blue and green nail polish, and this was a good way to show off some of my current favorites.  Let me know if you’ve tried this technique and what you think of it – share your pictures in the comments below!