Peach Perfect

I was looking on Design Seeds for color inspiration and came across this gorgeous springy palette.  I started with the diamond nails, and didn’t know what to pair them with – I had originally thought to do something floral, but that seemed like too much work.  Then I realized the colors would be perfect for this design by (who else?) Mr. Candiipants.  I did a simple gradient on the remaining two nails, and ended up with this super awesome manicure.  Love it!

peach perfect

The base color is OPI My Vampire is Buff.  The green is Sinful Colors Innocent, the gray is OPI Suzi Takes the Wheel, and the pink and peach are Nails Inc. Mayfair Lane and Wellington Square.

peach perfect

Don’t be surprised if you see more fruit nails from me in the near future – they were much easier than I thought they’d be, and they’re just so adorable!

We Used to Be Friends, A Long Time Ago

I am crazy excited for the Veronica Mars movie.  I has a fan of the show back in high school, and I still have Veronica Mars marathons once in a while.  I’m going to see the movie with my little sister tomorrow, so I thought I’d do some VM inspired nails.

leather and studs

I knew I definitely wanted to go with a VM signature: black leather.  I used Nails Inc. Noho on three of my nails, and then added studs from Born Pretty Store.  My other two nails are Essie Stylenomics, because I liked the idea of the dark forest green with the black leather.  It looked less black in person.

leather and studs

Any other Marshmallows out there?  If you’ve seen the movie, what did you think?  I can’t wait!

Initially

I have a thing with typography, so I wanted to experiment with it a bit on my nails.  Leave it to me to attempt the hardest version first.  I can barely paint normal writing, so naturally I decided on some old English initials.  Still, I think they turned out pretty well.

initials

I used Nails Inc. Porchester Square on my index and middle nails, and then OPI Vant to Bite My Neck? on the other three fingers and to paint on the letters.  And in case you haven’t guessed, those are my initials.

initials

Hope you like them!  I will definitely be doing some more typography nails, just maybe ones a little less complicated.  I have some chalkboard writing nails in mind….

Red, White, & Blue Bunting

I LOVE these!  I am still obsessed with bunting nails, and even though this is the third time I’ve done them, I am not in the least bit sick of doing them (which is really saying something, because I get tired of things pretty quickly).  I love them so much, you guys get an extra picture today!

red, white, & blue bunting

I started with a base of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls (if you don’t have this, hunt it down now – it is amazing).  Then I painted on the little bunting flags with Nails Inc. Baker Street (another polish you all need – seriously), China Glaze Adventure Red-y, Essie Rock the Boat, and Essie Snap Happy.

red, white, & blue bunting

They’re not perfect, but I really love them.  I would be totally happy with these on my nails for the entire summer (ok, I’d maybe last a month week, but you get the point).  I will for sure be recreating these to wear tomorrow.

red, white, & blue bunting

Send me links to your patriotic manis in the comments below!

And to all my American readers – Happy Independence Day! (Even though America became an independent country on July 2nd – not the 4th – and we celebrate on the wrong day.)

To everyone else – happy Wednesday!

This is the End

…Ok, not really.  I just really love Adele and thought I’d get fancy with post names today.  As I think I already mentioned, I love James Bond, so when I saw this stamping plate from Vivid Lacquer, I had to get it.  And it is amazing!

this is the end

I used OPI Skyfall on four of my nails (because I couldn’t not use a polish from the Bond Collection), and Nails Inc. Porchester Square on my index finger.  I used Vivid Lacquer plate 007 (fitting, no?) and Sinful Colors Black on Black to stamp the iconic James Bond image.

this is the end

I would highly recommend Vivid Lacquer plates.  I only have three, and I use them more than any of my other 100+ plates.  They’re really high quality, especially for an indie brand, and stamp better than most of my Bundle Monster plates.  You can find them in the Vivid Lacquer Etsy shop.

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!

 

CG Adventure Red-y vs Essie Head Mistress (and a few others)

My lovely reader Miely requested a comparison between China Glaze Adventure Red-y and Essie Head Mistress, both from fall 2012 collections.  I knew they were close to a few other reds I own, so I threw them in for reference as well (do you think I have enough of the same color?).  I’m taking comparison swatch requests, so just let me know what you want to see 🙂

Shown is two coats of each.

As you can see, Adventure Red-y and Head Mistress are similar, but HM is a bit lighter and in real life, you can tell that AR is slightly less blue-toned.  Apertif and Vodka & Caviar are the lightest of the bunch, and Apertif is the lightest ant most orange-y of them all.  Tate also has a slightly orange-y undertone, while the rest appear a bit more on the blue side.  I know its hard to tell from the pictures (click on it to make it bigger).

Size Matters is almost a berry, and much more opaque than any of the others.  Compared to the rest, Adventure Red-y actually seems a bit like a brick red, but on its own, you can’t tell.

Formula wise, Size Matters, Tate, and Adventure Red-y are really opaque and apply very well.  Apertif is a teeny bit sheer, but it’s good with two or three thin coats.  Vodka & Caviar is actually a jelly, so while application is excellent, you do need a third coat to cover visible nail line.  And Head Mistress is the least manageable of all, but I’ve seen worse.

Do you need them all? Clearly, that’s a no.  My picks are Vodka & Caviar, Tate, Size Matters, and Adventure Red-y, depending on what kind of red goes best with your skin tone.  Also, Size Matters feels a bit more holiday-esque than a simple classic red, so that might be a deciding factor.

Hope this was helpful!  Again, please feel free to request any comparisons you want to see!  I actually had a lot of fun with this.

LDTTWC Day 1: I should have been born in…

As some of you already know, today begins the Let’s Do the Time Warp Challenge sponsored by Nail Polish Canada and Neverland Nail Blog!  I signed up immediately, mostly because I’m a history nerd and thought it was an awesome idea, but also because it would force me to do more nail art.  For those of you who are curious, here’s the schedule for the next four weeks (two posts a week):

I seriously considered being a total nerd and picking a decade from the 17th century or something, but I went the easier route and picked the 1920s!  I’ve always loved the 20s: it was a decade of luxury, freedom, and opportunity.  People traveled around the world, and sat around partying or went to secret speakeasies.  Plus, almost every great gangster movie is set in the 20s.

For this challenge, I was inspired by the gorgeous art deco elements that made their way into almost everything during this period.  Here’s what I came up with:

I used Nails Inc. Hampstead Gardens, Sonia Kashuk Dime a Dozen, Sally Hansen Plum Luck, Sally Hansen Onyx, China Glaze First Mate, and Finger Paints Go Van Gogh.

I’m not entirely happy with them, but I decided I wasn’t patient enough to tape off all the lines, so oh well.  I love the colors and the design, I just wish I was better at straight lines.  Definitely improving, though.

This challenge is a lot harder than I thought it would be, but I’m having a lot of fun with it!

Click here to see the amazing designs from other Time Warp Challenge participants:


Fall Favorites

Fall is one of my favorite seasons.  I just love the cooler weather, cozy knits, and deep colors.  Since my nail polish collection has probably quadrupled from what I had last year, I thought I’d share the polishes that I will be using a lot this fall.  These are just some of my favorites, but you can also check out my Fall Color Guide if you want to see what this season’s trends are.

1. Essie Chinchilly: because I love gray, and this one is pretty near perfect (plus, the name is super cute).

2. China Glaze Jungle Queen: as close as I will ever get to Chanel Particulare, I love the dark neutral with the unexpected fuchsia shimmer.

3. a-England Tristam: gorgeous navy and holographic microglitter… need I say more?

4. Sonia Kashuk Two Cent: rich metallic copper that seriously glows, this is like fall in a bottle!

5. Deborah Lippmann Don’t Tell Mama: one of my favorite dark polishes, it’s subtle, but the green shimmer is beautiful.

6. Essie Stylenomics: another so-dark-it’s-almost-black green, but without the shimmer – still gorgeous (in the sun)

7. Nails Inc. Hampstead Gardens: it’s kind of an ugly color (my little sister nicknamed it “mustard poop”), but I still love it!

8. China Glaze Man Hunt: cobalt is big this fall, and I love that this is almost navy, but still super vibrant (I’m also loving CG First Mate for a great fall blue)

9. Orly Mirror Mirror: a beautiful, clean gray for those days when I don’t feel like wearing a dark polish

10. Essie Wicked: a classic. I think I’m on my third bottle.

11. Nails Inc. Tate: the perfect, classic, slightly blue-toned dark red

12. OPI Germanicure by OPI: (the only one of these I don’t own yet) gorgeous vampy shimmer – something completely missing from my collection

13: Julep Stefani: metallic charcoal, set apart by the addition of tiny gold flakes – love!

14: China Glaze Mahogany Magic: because when else can you wear warm brown polish?

15: OPI You Don’t Know Jacques: an oldie, but a goodie. I’m still obsessed with dark taupes

16: Essie Bordeaux: blood-red (or wine, I guess) colored jelly – another favorite!

17: Sonia Kashuk Emerald City: the perfect dark emerald green (Essie Going Incognito is another good one)

18: China Glaze Desert Sun: the color of pumpkin pie, butterscotch, and caramel apples

19: butter LONDON All Hail the Queen: slightly holographic nude, appropriate for any occasion, but still really special – it’s my “good luck” polish

20: OPI Number One Nemesis: an almost-dupe for Chanel Graphite, this feels super edgy, trendy, and expensive, but still easy to pull off

These are just a few of the polishes I’m looking forward to wearing a lot this fall, and hopefully I’ll get around to swatching them soon.  What are yours?