nail art

Winter Watercolor

I’ve really been loving the watercolor technique (here is a great tutorial of a similar effect – I just layered more than one color).  It’s actually really easy once you get the hang of it, and it looks amazing.  Usually, I do them on a white or off-white base, but I thought I’d give it a try with some of my favorite dark colors.  I absolutely love the way these turned out!

winter watercolor

I think most – if not all – of the polishes I used are from OPI’s fall collection.  I think they look really great together.  This is my first time using shimmer in a watercolor, and I think the effect is really cool.

winter watercolor

This is the last of the posts that has been hanging out in my drafts folder while I’ve been tied up with school and work, so I’m hoping to get some holiday nail art up soon!

Dots & Stripes

It’s been a while since I’ve used striping tape.  Mostly because it takes a while to get anything this detailed and even, and I hate having to wait for my nails to dry completely before I use it.  But I still love the results.  So I thought I’d break it out on some day-old polish and came up with this.

dots & stripes

 

I started with a base of Intelligence, Integrity, & Courage from the China Glaze The Giver collection.  It’s a really pretty light blue gray that reminds me of one of my all-time favorites: Essie Cocktail Bling.  Love this color for winter.  The stripes and dots were done with China Glaze Choo-Choo Choose You from their fall All Aboard collection.

dots & stripes

I really loved this color combo!  If I ever remember to pick up some more makeup sponges, these two might make a really nice gradient.  I just picked up a bunch of polishes from the last three China Glaze collections and I’m really liking them all.  What’s your favorite recent CG release?

Nordic Triangles

I just can’t stop using this fall’s Nordic collection from OPI.  I have been wearing the polishes from this collection almost nonstop since I got them.  The colors I used here are two of my favorites from the collection, because I have nothing else quite like them.  Minty green and brown have been pretty standard nail colors for a few years, but I feel like OPI did a good job of making their versions a little bit unique, which seems to be pretty difficult to do nowadays.

nordic tribal

I started with a base of My Dogsled is a Hybrid and painted on the design using How Great is Your Dane?.  The formula on both of these is fantastic.  I really like these colors together, sort of a more toned-down version of mint chocolate chip.

nordic tribal

Have you picked up any of the polishes from this collection?  What are your favorites?

The Night Circus

Time for another book-inspired post!  Despite the fact that my literary theory class is totally kicking my ass, I’ve somehow been reading books like crazy.  I’ve actually really been enjoying reading as I go through grad school, because even though I’m only two classes in, I feel like I have a better appreciation of well-written books.  One of my recent favorites is The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.  I knew from the first page that I would like this book, and I couldn’t put it down!

the night circus

The book takes place mainly in a black and white circus, so I tried to portray that and a few important elements of the book.  From thumb to pinky: the name of the circus – Le Cirque des Revês (the circus of dreams), the two of hearts, a clock (nowhere near as elaborate as the one in the book), a single rose, and a tree.  All of the nails have a distorted checkerboard pattern in the background (though the white-on-white ones are a bit hard to see).  I absolutely loved these, and kept them on for a few days even though I didn’t have the time or energy to do my right hand.  I think they turned out really well!

the night circus

I used all OPI polishes for this manicure: Alpine Snow, Black Onyx, My Boyfriend Scales Walls, and Coca-Cola Red.

the night circus

I know The Night Circus has been super popular for a while, so if you’ve read it, let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below!  And as always, you can add me as a friend on Goodreads (it’s like Facebook for books).  Happy reading!

Sunset Skittle

Here is another post using some of the polishes from OPI’s Nordic Collection for Fall 2014.  I am honestly really loving all of the colors in this collection, and I thought these three would look good together.  This is semi-inspired by Mr. Candiipants and my Modcloth-inspired mani.

sunset skittle

I used OPI Can’t A-Fjord Not To (coral/orange), Thank Glogg It’s Friday! (berry), and OPI With a Nice Finn-ish (gold).  All of them were pretty pigmented and great to work with for nail art.

sunset skittle

I’ve already got a few more queued posts using this collection, and I just got Essie’s fall collection in the mail, so expect to see some of that soon!  All of these amazing fall colors are making me wish for sweater weather even more!

Nordic Plaid

I’ve been such a bad blogger lately – it’s been almost a month since my last post!  Grad school has been kicking my ass, and every time I’ve actually had time to do nail art, I’ve just been completely unmotivated.  But I’m back with a design using colors from OPI’s Nordic Collection for Fall 2014.  It’s not as clean as I would have liked (I definitely think I’m out of practice), but I think it still turned out really pretty.

nordic plaid

I have been obsessed with plaid lately – I just bought two pairs of plaid flats (which is completely crazy, I know).  I thought some of the colors from this collection would make an excellent plaid.  I started with a base of OPI My Vampire is Buff (not in this collection, but it’s a staple), and painted the plaid using Going My Way or Norway?, How Great is Your Dane?, Skating on Thin Ice-Land, Viking in a Vinter Vonderland, Ice Berg-ers and Fries, and My Dogsled is a Hybrid – all from the Nordic Collection.  P.S. don’t you love OPI’s crazy polish names?  They get more and more ridiculous each year.

nordic plaid

Overall, I think this is a really great collection.  I’m planning on doing some more nail art using the other colors in the collection, but no promises.  There are a lot of really beautiful “fall” colors, and a couple of great brights thrown in.  I think I may have finally found my perfect purple in Do You Have This Color in Stock-Holm?, so I may have to use that one next.

Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Neverwhere

Finally another book-inspired post!  I just finished reading my first Neil Gaiman book, Neverwhere, and it was incredible!  Definitely a unique book.  Kind of like a modern Alice in Wonderland.  So, naturally, I had to do some Neverwhere nail art.

neverwhere

I used Essie Going Incognito as the base for all the nails, and Sinful Colors Chick Chick to paint the designs.  It’s slight sheerness really worked for this design.

neverwhere

The designs I chose are (from thumb to pinky): the title of the book, a door, Islington (the name of one of the characters), Mind the Gap (which was my favorite scene in the book), and a key.

neverwhere

I really enjoyed reading Nevermore, and I’m moving on to The Graveyard Book next.  I’ve been on a huge reading kick lately, so any and all book recommendations are welcome!  And as always, you can add me as a friend on Goodreads (it’s like Facebook for books).  Happy reading!