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.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I have a slightly ridiculous collection of green nail polishes, so it was a bit difficult to decide which ones to wear today.  Ultimately, I decided on one of my new favorites and added a simple design and some glitter.  Honestly, I’m not entirely happy with it, but I was too tired for anything else.

luck

The base is Color Club Wild Cactus, which is a bit darker and brighter in person.  I don’t have anything even close in my stash, so it’s definitely worth a look if you like greens.  The glitter is China Glaze Pine-ing for Glitter, and I painted the word “luck” with Essie Blossom Dandy from Essie’s new spring collection.

luck

Hope you all have a great St. Patrick’s Day!

P.S. I have a cool announcement coming soon, so keep an eye out for that!  If you follow me on Instagram (@thepolishsquirrel), you might know what it is already.

Neon Ikat

I’ve been adding more neons to my collection lately.  I’m not really one for wearing bright colors on a regular basis, but I like to use neon colors as accents.  My sister, on the other hand, has used up about half my bottle of Nina Ultra Pro Solar Flare, which is pretty much a highlighter yellow color that almost glows in the dark.  I thought it might be fun to incorporate some neon and tone in down with a few different gray colors.  The result is kind of grungy looking, to be honest, but I like it.  It definitely shows off the neon polishes in a unique way.

neon ikat

I used some grays from OPI’s 50 Shades collection (I can’t pass up a good gray no matter how much I dislike the inspiration).  The base is Embrace the gray, and the darker gray on top is Dark Side of the Mood.  The black and white polishes are both from Cult Cosmetics – definitely my new favorite black and white polishes!  The white is El Porto and the black is DTLA (all the polishes are named after places in Los Angeles).  The neon yellow is China Glaze Celtic Sun and the orange is Orly Tropical Pop.  This shade of orange is one of my favorite neon colors, but it does not mesh well with my skintone on its own.

neon ikat

I know a lot of you are probably still buried under snow, but we’ve hit the 90s this week in the OC.  I hate the heat, and I’m just getting over a bout of the flu, so it’s been pretty miserable.  I’d trade this weather for snow any day of the week!  Still, the warm weather is putting me in the mood for bright colors, so I thought the neon was pretty fitting.  Hope you liked it!

P.S. Sorry about the condition of my cuticles!  I did these a few weeks ago, and didn’t notice until I was editing the pictures.  I have no idea what is up with my hands, but I wanted to share them anyway.

Matte Leaves

These were inspired by two of my favorite nail artists.  I’ve been following Mr. Candiipants for forever, and love the frond design she does.   I also recently discovered Cotton Coney, and am completely obsessed with her intricate patterns.  I do not have the patience for the designs she does, but they are incredible!  I had both of them in mind when I did these, and I love how they turned out!

matte leaves

For the base, I used China Glaze Out Like a Light.  It looks black in these photos, but it’s really a beautiful dark gray.  The ferns were done with Zoya Josie.  I topped them with Essie Matte About You, because I don’t remember the last time I did matte nails, and I love the look of Cotton Coney’s matte designs.

matte leaves

I think these are definitely up there with my favorite TPS nail art.  I just wish my matte topcoat hadn’t added those little white dots – anyone know how to get rid of those?  Or do I just need a new bottle?

matte leaves

I think I’m going to be doing more matte designs in the future.  It gives them a completely different dimension, and I especially like the look of it over a pattern.  I just need to fix the weird white spots issue…

Windowpanes & Flowers

Lately I’ve been seeing windowpane plaid everywhere, and I really love it.  I think it’s vintage-y and fresh at the same time.  I wanted to do a nail art version, and decided to combine it with this vintage floral design that I’ve been obsessed with lately.  Honestly, I’m not loving this manicure for some reason, but I do kinda like the 60s vibe.

windowpane floral

The base of the window check and the flowers is Essie Suite Retreat from this year’s resort collection.  The leaves are China Glaze Trip of a Lime Time.  I used my new favorite white polish for the windowpane and the base for the flowers: Cult Cosmetics El Porto.  I’ve been obsessed with their polishes lately – especially their basic black and white.  This is the most opaque white polish I own, and it has a great formula.

windowpane floral

I considered not posting these, because I’m just not really feeling them, but I still think they’re kind of interesting. And I think the windowpane came out really well.  What do you think?

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!