Black Opal

I’ve been experimenting with some new nail art decorations lately. I thought these teardrop rhinestones were pretty cool, so I thought I’d give them a try. They were actually a bit bigger than I’d anticipated – I have pretty large nails, and they are too big to fit on my pinky nail – but I still think they’re really cool. They definitely have the potential to compliment some pretty nail art or made more edgy. It honestly took me forever to come up with what I wanted to do with these, but I ultimately decided to play up the iridescent flakes that are inside them.

black opals

I started by painting my nails using Pretty & Polished Prism Break, which is a clear polish with small iridescent flakes in a rainbow of colors. Then I used Butter London Brass Monkey to add a bit more sparkle just on the tips. The flakes in Brass Monkey are bigger and thicker and lean toward the gold side. Then I attached the rhinestones just using some topcoat since I didn’t plan to wear these very long. Nail glue might be the way to go with these, because they’re completely flat on the bottom so they do stick up a bit where my nails curve. I was a bit worried they’d catch on something, but I didn’t wear them long enough to find out.

black opals

I do think these are really pretty, but I wish they were smaller or at least curved on the bottom. I think they’d make a really edgy accent to some black nails, too, so I might try that later. You can pick these up from Born Pretty Store by clicking here (they also come in white, which looks gorgeous!).

And don’t forget to use code PSQW10 for 10% of your Born Pretty Store order! Let me know what you get in the comments!

Disclaimer: The products in this post were sent to me for review and my honest opinion.

Pastel Floral

I’ve been pretty busy lately painting false nails for my new Etsy shop, but I finally sat down and did some nail art on my own fingers.  Despite the fact that the weather has finally cooled down in Southern California (it’s been like 90 degrees for the last two months), I wanted to do some spring flowers.

pastel floral

I started off with a base of OPI You’re So Vain-illa.  The leaves are done with OPI Life Gave Me Lemons (I’m obsessed with this color right now).  And the flowers were painted with a mixture of Color Club Holy Chic, Color Club Macaroon Swoon, China Glaze Sweet Hook, China Glaze Life Preserved (mixed with white), Essie Fiji, and Butter London Kip, with OPI How Great is Your Dane? for the centers.

pastel floral

These didn’t turn out exactly as I’d envisioned, but I really like the colors together!  I need to do some more nail art with Life Gave Me Lemons – I don’t have anything else like it, and I’m completely in love.  I might need a backup bottle.

Tie-Dye Flowers

I am still kind of obsessed with these flowers (previous posts here and here).  They’re super cute, and actually pretty easy to do.  This time, I went a little bit simpler with the flowers, but used a tie-dye background (creating using the watercolor technique), and accented them with a cool geometric pattern (inspired by Mr. Candiipants).  I absolutely love them!

watercolor flowers

 

The triangles and leaves are butter LONDON Poole.  I’m don’t remember what other colors I used, but I’m pretty sure the green is China Glaze Def Defying, and the black and white are most likely Sinful Colors.  I basically just pulled most of my bright green and blue shades out of my Helmers.

watercolor flowers

I really, really love the way this watercolor turned out.  I’m going to have to try it again.  And I liked using it as a background for the designs – it added a really cool element.  Let me know what you think in the comments!

Baby Union Jack

If you’ve been following this blog for any significant period of time, you already know that, despite being an American, I am a complete anglophile (aka lover of all things British).  I studied British History and Literature in college, and I absolutely loved it.  I pulled an all-nighter to watch the royal wedding, so obviously I followed the royal baby news.  I have to admit, I was totally betting it would be a girl, but Britain has a new baby prince!  I’ve done Union Jack nails a few times already (here, here and here), and I love them, so I decided to celebrate by recreating them.

blue union jack

I started with a base of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls and then used butter LONDON Royal Navy and Sprog (which is British slang for “child” – I had to use it).  They’re not my best (these are still my faves!), but I think they’re cute!

blue union jack

Are you celebrating Baby Cambridge with your nails, too?  Or do you not follow news of the monarchy?

Fishwife

I’m just going to say it: I’m not all that into holos (holographic polishes, in case you’re not yet fluent in lacquerhead-speak).  I do like them, I’m just super picky about the ones I choose to wear.  Usually I go for something subtle, like my beloved a-Englands, but even I can’t deny the beauty of butter LONDON Fishwife.

fishwife

This polish is super holo, but it’s also pretty sheer, so I layered two coats of Fishwife over two coats of Essie Maximillian Strasse Her.  Definitely mermaid nails.  Perfect for summer!

fishwife

A huge thank you to Pointless Cafe, who gave three of these beauties away a while back – I was lucky enough to win one!  I probably would have never tried it otherwise, and I am so glad to have this in my collection.

If you like holo polishes, definitely give Fishwife a shot!  I don’t have it, but bL Trustafarian is very similar, just more green.

Pastel Flowers

When I want to do nail art but I’m lacking inspiration, the first place I turn is Mr. Candiipants.  She is always original and is amazing at my two favorite nail designs: geometric and floral.  These are her signature “bottle brush floral” nails, meaning they’re made with nothing but the brush that comes in the bottle.  They’re ridiculously simple, and don’t take long at all to do.

pastel flowers

For these, I used OPI My Vampire is Buff (one of Candice’s favorite polishes) as the base.  It was a bit sheer and patchy, so it took three careful coats.  I really love the color (it’s similar to Zoya Jacqueline).  The flowers were made with butter LONDON Mollycoddled, butter LONDON Sprog, Nails Inc. Baker Street, and OPI You’re Such a Budapest, with OPI Eurso Euro in the centers.

pastel flowers

Check out this tutorial if you’re interested in learning how to do these.  I think I still need a little bit of practice to perfect this look, but I can already see this being my go-to nail design for spring and summer.

 

Bunting

My computer is finally back up and running, so I can finally post again! It may take me a while to get everything organized again, since I had to get a new hard drive and lost all my blog files and pictures (and fonts, hence the new watermark).  So I’m starting from scratch.  Good news is, while my computer was being fixed, the only thing I had to combat boredom was doing my nails, so I have quite a few posts that will be going up soon.  I thought I’d start with my favorite, because I couldn’t wait to show you guys!

I’ve seen bunting nails in quite a few places already, so these are by no means original, but I still love them.

bunting

I used some new (to me) polishes to create this mani.  The base is butter LONDON Tea with the Queen, which is now one of my favorite nude polishes.  Love it!  For the bunting, I used, China Glaze Surreal Appeal, China Glaze Def Defying, OPI Can’t Find my Czechbook, and Nails Inc. Baker Street.

I think these turned out really cute!  Definitely a fun way to subtly do colorful nails.  I think this might become a staple “I don’t know what to do, but I want to do something” mani for me.

bunting

I will actually be posting another version of these soon; I loved them so much I had to do them in different colors.  I’m also considering these for a tutorial if anyone is interested.  They’re actually really easy, so you could probably figure it out yourselves, but I thought it’d be nice to start off tutorials with something simple (my video skills need practice).  Let me know what you guys think!  And thanks again for putting up with the technical difficulties this past week!