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!
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.
I absolutely loved TFIOS and I am really looking forward to the movie. If you’ve read the book, what did you think?
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.
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.
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.
I can’t get enough of these flowers! I’ve been slightly obsessed since I first painted them (in this mani inspired by my iPad case), and thought they’d be a good way to use some of the polishes I picked up at T.J. Maxx last week.
I used OPI Schnapps Out of It!, OPI Black Onyx, OPI My Vampire is Buff, Orly Frisky, and Sephora by OPI Seriously It’s a Naan-issue.
I love how they turned out! I really like how unique and whimsical these flowers are. They did take a while to do, but I think they were totally worth it. Plus, I couldn’t think of anything new to paint, so these were a nice option.
Let me know what you think in the comments below! And let me know if there’s any nail art you’d love to see!
I’ve been seeing a lot of wood grain nails around lately, and I hadn’t attempted them yet, so I thought I’d give ‘em a go. These were actually really fun to do, and I absolutely love the way they turned out!
I started with a base of OPI A-Piers to Be Tan, and then painted the lines on with a short striping brush and Essie Lady Godiva. Lady Godiva is actually pretty sheer for a dark color (you’d need at least three coats to wear it on its own), and I think that worked in my favor here. All of the imperfections just make them look more like real wood.
I think these are pretty fun, and they’re definitely close to fool-proof, so these might be good for any nail art beginners out there. Let me know what you think and send me a link if you try them!
P.S. I might be doing a giveaway for my second blog-iversary at the end of February – so let me know what you’d like to see in there: indies, mainstream polishes, nail art supplies, etc.
After I did some nail art inspired by my iPhone case, I thought I’d make an attempt at some nail art inspired my my iPad case. It’s from Fossil, maybe about a year ago, and I really love it. It protects my iPad better than any other case I’ve liked, and it’s really pretty.
I used Sally Hansen Insta-Dry in Mint Sprint, OPI Black Onyx, Sinful Colors Snow Me White, Essie Bahama Mama, and China Glaze Desert Sun.
I absolutely love how these turned out, and I might try these flowers again in a different color combo.
I’m a huge fan of the quirky, vintage prints on Fossil’s canvas bags and tech cases. They change every season, and I love pretty much all of them. It’s almost a good thing I can’t justify spending that much on their stuff because I’d never be able to decide. This one was on sale, so that helped my decision making a bit.
I’m not going to lie, I couldn’t wait and watched season 3 of Sherlock when it aired on BBC. But I am re-watching it when it airs in America on PBS, because, lets be honest, you can’t really get sick of Sherlock. So I decided to do some Sherlock nails.
I used OPI Black Onyx as a base, and Sinful Colors Snow me White for the designs. From thumb to pinky: 221B (Holmes & Watson’s address), Moriarty’s apple, Irene’s phone, my favorite Moriarty quote (“honey, you should see me in a crown”), and Sherlock’s initials (how he signs his text messages).
If you’re a Sherlock fan, what do you think about these? Are you excited for tonight’s episode? It’s pretty different from the other episodes they’ve done so far, and there’s a bit of a surprise at the end. And if you haven’t already seen it, do not miss the third episode of this season. Trust me.
And if you haven’t seen Sherlock, you need to go watch it (the first two seasons are on Netflix), because it is pretty much my favorite thing ever.
You all loved my green pixel nails so much that I thought I’d try them again. I think I like the green ones a bit better, but that’s probably because I used smaller squares and I kept them simple and only did an accent nail and not all of them, which took forever. It was fun looking through all my purple polishes though. I think next time I do these I’m going to go for something other than a monochromatic color scheme.
If you’d like to know what colors I used, just let me know. Most of the polishes are OPI, Essie, or China Glaze, and I think there’s one Nails Inc. in there.
Also, I suck and corners. They are ridiculously hard to paint. Which I think is part of the reason I feel kind of meh about these.
I don’t think these are my best work, but I thought I’d show them to you anyway because I spent so much time working on them. And they’re not a complete fail, they looked pretty cool from a distance.
It shouldn’t surprise you that I am a huge Tolkien fan. I found a second edition leather bound copy of the Lord of the Rings trilogy when I was about ten years old, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I recently went to go see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and I loved it. Since I’m also a massive Benedict Cumberbatch fan, of course I loved Smaug (the dragon), and wanted to do some Smaug-inspired nail art that was a bit different from my previous dragon nail art.
This time I went with stamping rather than texture, and I think they turned out pretty cool. I completely forgot what the base color is (sorry!) but it was a dark red. Then I stamped China Glaze Adventure Red-y followed by OPI Die Another Day (appropriate polish names for The Hobbit, no?) making sure they were a little bit off to create some depth. I used Mash Plate 42.
I think they turned out pretty well. I love the glow of Die Another Day, it’s perfect for my dragon nails!
If you’ve seen The Hobbit, what did you think? I know a lot of people didn’t really like it, but I thought it was really good. Which for me is saying something, since it was very different from the book.
Today’s nails were inspired by my iPhone case. It’s from a brand called Mara Mi and I found it at Target (they have some pretty cute tech cases if you’re interested). I’m super picky when it comes to phone cases, and I honestly settled a bit for this one, but I do love the simple but interesting black and white pattern. My last phone had a Mara Mi case, and I loved it so much I would have kept it, but my new phone is slightly bigger.
I used OPI Black Onyx and My Boyfriend Scales Walls. I think they turned out really cool. Almost a little bit tribal looking I think.
I’d been meaning to do these ever since I got the case, and I’m glad they turned out pretty close to what I pictured in my head. These actually inspired me to do some nail art based on my iPad case, which should be up soon.
Today is Benjamin Franklin’s birthday! Ok, yes, it’s a little weird that I know (and semi-celebrate) this. But I once shocked a Harvard professor by being his only student to know this little tidbit (I didn’t actually go to Harvard, just took a couple of classes from Harvard professors), and that makes it kind of worth it in my book. And, I don’t know if this helps or hurts me, but this isn’t the only historical birthday I observe. I don’t throw a party or anything, I just have them on my calendar. Because that’s totally normal, right?
Anyway… I was thinking about it earlier this week when I glanced at my calendar and thought it would be pretty cool to do some Ben Franklin nails. I had almost talked myself into recreating his original sketch of bifocals, or painting a different one of his inventions on each nail, but then it hit me: lightning.
Almost every kid in America learns in elementary school that Franklin discovered electricity with his kite and key (not entirely accurate, but whatever). And since I’ve never done lightning before, and I was feeling a little too lazy for bifocal nails (they’re still on my list, don’t worry!), these happened. And I love them!
I started off with a base of China Glaze Queen B, and then sponged on China Glaze Grape Pop and Spontaneous (with a q-tip because I couldn’t find my sponges – don’t do it!). And then painted on the lightning with a nail art brush I cut down to like five bristles and OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls.
I’ll be wearing these and reading this tonight, because it is amazing.
Let me know, do you like my über nerdy posts? Because I would love to do more!