Dandelion Water Decals

I have never used water decals before, but I’ve been really wanting to try some because they look really cool! When Born Pretty Store offered to send me some products for review, I immediately went to check out their enormous water decal selection. These caught my eye, and I ended up really loving them!

dandelions

For these nails, I started off with a base of China Glaze Light as Air. Then I created a very subtle watercolor/tie-dye (which sadly didn’t show up that well on camera) using Color Club Holy Chic!, Feathered Hair Out to There, and Meet Me at the Rink. After that, I applied the water decals and added some topcoat.

dandelions

Honestly, one of the reasons I hadn’t tried water decals is because I thought they’d be messy and thick and just not worth the effort. These totally proved me wrong! They were much easier to apply than full nail decals or polish strips. They look similar to stamping, but they took me less time and there was almost no clean-up involved. I’d definitely use these again!

dandelions

You can check out these dandelion water decals at Born Pretty Store here. The only thing I didn’t really like was that the full nail designs included in this set were very long and narrow, which didn’t work well for my short, wide nails. I ended up trimming the design I used on my thumb so the edges weren’t obvious. Next time, I think I’ll go for one of their continuous designs and cut it to fit my nails, like this zodiac water decal set – I think it looks really cool! I am officially a fan of water decals!

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

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Roses, Roses, and More Roses

I loved these little rose nail studs, but it took me forever to come up with a nail design I liked. These were inspired by Belle from Beauty and the Beast, and I think they turned out amazing! (Side note: who else is ridiculously excited for the Emma Watson live action Beauty and the Beast movie?)

roses

I started out with a base of Color Club Macaroon Swoon, which is a really buttery pale yellow. Then I stamped the rose design using Bundle Monster plate H16 (from the holiday collection) and (I think) SpaRitual Copper. I can’t remember the exact stamping color, but Copper’s still on my desk, so it’s the most likely suspect. The roses are from Born Pretty Store. I’ve never used any 3D nail decorations before (other than most flat studs and rhinestones), but these roses were really easy to use. Obviously, you can’t seal them with a topcoat, but they felt surprisingly secure with just a coat of Seche Vite. You can probably use nail glue on top of dry polish for an even longer lasting hold. I do have to say that they stuck up off the nail a bit more than I would prefer, but I thought they looked pretty cool anyway.

roses

The nail studs can be purchased here from Born Pretty Store and are available in a bunch of different colors. I think the peach ones are really pretty, and the red and black ones would be great for some pretty vampy/gothic nail art! I’ve been ordering from Born Pretty Store since before I started this blog (over three years!) and they are still one of my go-to places to buy nail art supplies.

And, exclusively for TPS readers: use code PSQW10 to get 10% off your order!

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

Jurassic Park

I’ve finally got another book-inspired post!  I’ve actually been reading a lot lately (outside of my medieval literature class), and recently read Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton.  I’ve loved the movies since I was a kid, so I thought I’d finally read the book.  I actually really enjoyed it!  I’ve also been experimenting with acrylic paints in my nail art, and I find they really allow me to paint more detail, which is perfect for this design.  And, bonus: I used two untried polishes in this design.

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The black base is OPI Who are You Calling Bossy?, which is an awesome glossy black creme.  The red on the sign and as the background for the t-rex is Essie A-list, which I surprisingly hadn’t tried yet.  The plants were painted with Color Club Wild Cactus and Color Club Twiggie (another untried).  I used white acrylic paint for the Jurassic Park sign and black acrylic paint for all the dinosaurs (I hope you can tell there are dino silhouettes in front of the ferns).

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They’re not perfect, but I am kind of in love with these.  Definitely got a lot of practice with details in this design.  I am especially happy with how the t-rex skeleton (from the cover of the book – and the Jurassic Park sign in the movie) turned out.

jurassic park

Anyone else super excited for the Jurassic World movie coming out this summer?  I can’t wait!  I might have to do some more dino nail art for the occasion.

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.

Geometric Yellow & Blue

I’ve been kind of unmotivated lately when it comes to nail art, even though I have more free time now to actually do it.  I wanted to try something a little bit different, and while it didn’t turn out as crisp as I envisioned, I still really like these.

yellow squares

The base is OPI Ink, which is a bit more purple in person.  I must have come close to buying it about a hundred times, and when I finally did, I wish I’d done it sooner.  I’ve always passed up shimmery or metallic polishes in favor of cremes, but I’ve been getting really into shimmers, especially dark ones, lately.  I painted the design with Color Club Je Ne Sais Quoi.

yellow squares

I’m thinking about doing another 31-day challenge soon, because I really liked doing it when I first started this blog, and I think it would be fun to really see what a difference three years make.  I know my nail art skills have really improved since then!

I also recently opened up my Etsy shop, selling hand painted nail sets.  Click here to check it out!

 

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.

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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 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.