nail art

Neon Rose

I don’t wear neon all that often, but I really love it as an accent to more muted colors.  I think its a really cool trend, and there is a lot you can do with those highlighter-bright colors.  I picked up a few of the Color Club neons on Amazon recently (Color Club doesn’t seem to be sold in stores near me), and I am really loving them!

neon rose

The neon pink is Color Club Warhol.  The other two polishes are from another brand I’ve been getting into recently: Cult Cosmetics.  The gray is Marina del Rey and the gold glitter is Whisky a Go Go.  All of the polishes are named after locations in Los Angeles, which is pretty cool.

neon rose

This mani is definitely something that seems a bit out of my comfort zone, what with the pink and glitter, but I think the gray and the neon keep it a little more edgy than girly.  I really like how the abstract rose turned out. I’ve seen a bunch of designs like this around, and my first few attempts weren’t that great.

neon rose

I know Color Club is a relatively well-known brand, but if you haven’t tried them, I would definitely recommend them.  I am loving their neons and holographic polishes, and some of their cremes are really unique and beautiful (Wild Cactus and Artsy Crafty are my favorites so far).  I’ve been getting all of mine on Amazon. Cult Cosmetics (not to be confused with Cult Nails) are available on their website.  I highly recommend their black and white if you’re looking for some staples.

Vintage Flowers

You’ve probably figured out by now that I tend to repeat nail art that I really love, and these flowers are no exception.  I last did them here, inspired by a floral print I saw on Pintrest (which I can’t find anymore – why don’t I ever pin these things?), and just recently saw this this post from Mr. Candiipants, so I thought I’d give her version a go.  I don’t like mine quite as much, but I’m still totally in love with this print.  I’m going to try it in some spring colors next, I think.

vintage flowers

The base of the flower nails is Cult Cosmetics Joshua Tree.  The flowers were done in Cult Cosmetics Chateau Marmont, Cult Cosmetics Rose Bowl, OPI Christmas Gone Plaid, and China Glaze Intelligence, Integrity, & Courage.  The rest of my nails (and the flower centers) are OPI Who are You Calling Bossy?.

vintage flowers

I was going to try and do some Valentine’s Day nails this year, but this was the first week of my Medieval Literature class, and I’ve had migraines every day this week, so these will have to do.  I’m not really one for pink and hearts anyway.  Hope you like them!

Birds on a Wire

It’s been a while since I’ve done stamping.  As you can tell from my lack of posts lately, I’ve been pretty busy, and I just didn’t have the time to wait for my nails to dry just so I could stamp (I’m still not the best at it, so sometimes it takes a few shots).  But I got the new Bundle Monster sets, so I wanted to try them out.  I am slightly obsessed with this bird design!

birds on a wire

On my index and middle fingers I painted OPI You’re So Vain-illa, and stamped with OPI Who Are You Calling Bossy?.  The rest of my nails are China Glaze Well Trained.  I’ve done a very similar color combo before, and I still love how well the creme and dark teal go together.  I know the teal looks pretty much black here, but in person, it’s more like the color of the bottle in the above picture.

birds on a wire

I’m going to try and stamp some more, since I now have an almost insane collection.  And, I will be officially done working at my current job in less than three weeks, so I’m excited to have a lot more time for nails!

Golden Son

Time for some more book inspired nail art!  I”d been looking forward to Golden Son by Pierce Brown for almost a year, and it absolutely did not disappoint.  It’s the sequel to Red Rising (check out my Red Rising inspired nail art here).  I wanted to do these for the book release on the 6th, but that was a busy week and I didn’t have time.  I did end up going to the book launch party in Hollywood, though, so it was totally worth it!

golden son

On my thumb I painted a golden laurel (which is on the cover of the book), the index finger is the gold sigil (in the book, society is divided into color classes), my middle finger is the symbol of the Sons of Ares (the rebels), my ring finger is a gold/red/black watercolor/gradient, and my pinky is the red sigil.

golden son

I used OPI Who Are You Calling Bossy? (black), OPI Rolling in Cashmere (gold), and OPI Coca Cola Red (red, obviously).

golden son

These honestly turned out a lot better than I was expecting!  I’ve been slowly investing in more good quality brushes from the art store, and they are really helpful for detail work.

Golden Son was just as good as, if not even better than, Red Rising, which is one of my favorite books ever.  If you haven’t read it yet, I’d highly recommend it!  I’ve read the hard copy of each book as well as listened to the audiobooks, and if your more of an audiobook person (0r if you have a long commute) the narrator does an incredible job.  Definitely worth a listen.

And don’t forget to, add me as a friend on!

Vintage Stripes and Flowers

I’m back!  Sorry I’ve been gone for so long, it’s been a crazy month.  I went on a mini road trip over the holidays, bought a new car, and quit my job.  Throw in grad school, and I haven’t had all that much time for nails.  And honestly, I wasn’t that motivated to do nail art.  But I’ve been feeling great lately, so I’m going to try and start posting more.

stripes and floral

These were inspired by vintage floral patterns, and I really love the thick stripes as an accent.  I used OPI You’re So Vain-illa as the background, with OPI Black Onyx for the stripes and OPI Coca Cola Red, OPI Christmas Gone Plaid, and Cult Cosmetics Chateau Marmont for the flowers.

stripes and floral

I absolutely love how these turned out!  I actually already did a very similar design that I will be posting soon.

I hope you all had an excellent holiday season!  I had a great start to 2015 and I’m really looking forward to the rest of the year (which includes a lot more time for nail art)!

2014 Highlights

This past year has been an incredible one.  I read some amazing books, met some lovely people, finally figured out what I want to do with my life, and started grad school.  This also marks my third year on this blog (in February), and I honestly cannot believe that it has lasted this long!  As crazy as my life has become in the last year, I always enjoy coming back to this.  I love reading your comments, and it still blows my mind how many of you actually read The Polish Squirrel.

I have a few changes in store for next year, and I’m hopeful that means more time for blogging.  Thank you all for sticking with me this long, and I wish you all a wonderful 2015! – Stephanie

Check out some of my favorite nail art from 2014:

May your coming year be filled with magic, dreams, and good madness.  I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful.  And don’t forget to make some art – write or draw or build to sing or live… only as you can.  And don’t forget to surprise yourself.

- Neil Gaiman

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!