Finding Nemo

Today’s nail art is Finding Nemo!  These took me forever to do.  My original idea was to do some sort of water marble with blues and then paint over it, but it just wasn’t happening.  So I settled on these.  I went a little bit abstract with these, using mostly patterns from the characters.  I love how they turned out!  The Squirt and seagull nails are my favorites 🙂

From thumb to pinky: seagull (mine! mine! mine!), Squirt (the turtle), Nemo (or Marlin), Dory, and the baby jellyfish (aka Squishy)

“I shall call him Squishy, and he shall be mine, and he shall be my Squishy”

I hope you’re all enjoying Pixar Week so far!  There’s only one more day left, but I have a few ideas for more theme weeks in the future.  If you have any suggestions, or you’d like to do one with me, let me know!

P.S. We might be getting Finding Nemo 2… in 2016.  I don’t think I can wait that long!

Ratatouille

For some reason, since I was little, I’ve always loved rats (I always wanted to have one as a pet) and I love cooking, so naturally, Ratatouille is one of my favorite movies.   And yes, I can make ratatouille.  I like making it the way Remy does in the movie rather than the traditional way – it’s so pretty!

Anyway, I had to include Ratatouille in Pixar week, so here it is:

I did these a while ago, so I don’t remember exactly which polishes were used, but I can probably figure it out if anyone wants to know.  Sorry about the horrible clean-up on these!

From thumb to pinky: the logo, Remy’s shadow in the chef’s hat, Remy looking out the window at the (deformed) Eiffel tower, ingredients going into a pot, and, of course, cheese!

Hope you like them! I’m really loving Pixar week so far 🙂

 If you are what you eat, then I only want to eat the good stuff. – Remy

Monsters Inc.

For the second day of Pixar week, I have Monsters Inc. nail art!  This one looked a little better in real life, but I still really liked the way it turned out.  The colors are so fun and bright.

Monsters Inc. is definitely pretty high up on my favorite Pixar movies list.  I love it!  I actually got to go to a pre-screening of this when I was in sixth grade (I think).  Definitely one of the highlights of elementary school for me 🙂

From thumb to pinky: the Monsters Inc. logo, Mike Wazowski, Sully, Boo’s door, and Boo.

I used a ton of polishes, and some of them were mixed together, so I won’t list them, but if you must know what they are, I’m pretty sure I remember, so just ask.

Also, I am super excited for the prequel that is coming out next year!  Here’s the trailer if you haven’t already seen it.  I think it looks awesome!

It’s Pixar Week!

I’ve been planning this for a while – ever since Lucy over at Nail Days suggested the iconic Pixar lamp would make awesome nail art.  Thanks Lucy!  I love how these turned out (although it’s really hard for me to get my thumb into that position – I have short fingers).

Anyway, I was a bit uninspired after completing the 31 day nail art challenge, so I’ve decided to do an entire week of Pixar-movie themed nails as a way to get back into nail art.  If it goes well, I have a few other theme weeks already planned (and if you’re a nail blogger and want to do one with me, let me know!).

Today counts as day one of Pixar week, so naturally I had to do the logo.  I actually really love the little lamp animation, and I really love how these turned out!  And for the next six days, I am going to be posting nail art inspired by some of my favorite Pixar movies!  I’ve already done Up! so it won’t be included in this round, but it is one of my favorite Pixar movies 🙂

I hope you like all the nail art this week!

What’s your favorite Pixar?

Counting Sheep… and my first stamping set

I’ve been wanting to try stamping for a long time, but honestly, I didn’t really know where to start.  And then KKCenterHk generously offered to send me a some products for review.  Of course I jumped at the chance, and picked out a few plates.  This is what they sent me:

I got plates M80 and M92, as well as a stamper/scraper set.  This is my first experience with stamping plates, so obviously I can’t compare them to other brands.

To be honest, stamping is much more difficult than I thought it would be, at least for me.  This was like nothing I had tried before.  It took over an hour of practice just to get something decent looking, but I think I got the hang of it.

The stamper is smaller than I expected, but I think that helps see what you’re doing, and it is big enough for all my nails.  I like the scraper because it is plastic, so it doesn’t scratch the plates like I’ve heard the metal ones do.  Like I said, I have no way to compare, but the plates themselves seem to work well.  I had to experiment for a while to find which polishes worked best, and found that super opaque (obviously) or old, goopy polishes were best.  I really like the designs and can’t wait to try more!

This is my first stamping mani! I’m clearly still learning, but I think it turned out really cute.  I started with a few coats of Essie Mojito Madness, and then I used Spoiled Correction tape to stamp the little sheep image from plate M80.

I had a little trouble placing the image where I wanted, but I think that’ll improve with practice.  And I definitely need to work on my timing – you have to work pretty quickly with these!  They did get a little smeared when I added topcoat, but that’s just a matter of waiting a few extra minutes next time.

I think the little sheep are adorable! Will definitely be using this image again!

You can shop these products and more at KKCenterHk – they have everything from wigs to nail polish to water decals and microbeads, so you should definitely check them out if you’re interested in nail art!  They have some really cute water decals I might just have to order soon 🙂

AND all my readers can use coupon code THEPOLISHSQUIRREL to get 10% off any order from KKCenterHk until the end of January! Let me know what you get!

I can’t wait to show you the stamping mani I put together for tomorrow! I absolutely love it!

Checkin’ Into Rehab

This polish is gorgeous! It’s also impossible to photograph, so I did the best I could.  Really, you should just go buy it and see for yourself.

This is Checkin’ Into Rehab from Spoiled by Wet n Wild.  It is a dark purple jelly with tiny flakes that shift from pink to orange and a little bit gold.  This reminds me a little bit of Deborah Lippmann’s Ray of Light, but this is purple instead of blue and the flakies are much smaller.

I think this was around four or five coats.  This is super sheer, but totally worth it.  I might try layering this next time.  Maybe Essie No More Film?  I had to use to coats of topcoat to get this to dry.  Again, totally worth it.

The sparkle in this is subtle, but really comes out in bright light.  Even when it’s not visible, the purple jelly itself is beautiful.  I really do love this polish.  Contemplating Top 10 status.

And in case you couldn’t really tell from the first two pictures, just look at this:

It’s a little more purple in real life, but photographs blue, and this is the furthest I could adjust the color without completely messing it up.

And the best part? This was $1.99 at CVS (so I don’t think it totally counts as breaking my no-buy).

I have been pretty impressed with the Spoiled polishes so far, the polish itself is pretty great quality for the price.  The only thing I don’t like is the brush, which is super wide – much wider than the OPI brushes and even wider than my pinky nail, making it impossible to not get any on my cuticles.

What do you think of Checkin’ Into Rehab? Have you tried the Spoiled polishes yet?

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Day 30 – Inspired by a Tutorial – Neon Splatter

I wanted to try something new for today’s design, so I turned to this tutorial by The Polishaholic.  These are pretty easy to do, but it took me a while to get the hang of the technique – these are my second attempt.  I really like how they turned out and I’ll definitely be experimenting with splatter nail art this summer.

I used Spoiled Correction Tape for the base.  This is quickly becoming my favorite white, which really surprised me, since I picked it up for a dollar and had been perviously using whites by Essie and OPI.  Correction Tape is actually much easier to work with, even though I’m not a fan of the brush.

For the spatter I used three of the six Kleancolor minis that come in their neon set.  I used Neon Lime, Neon Aqua, and Neon Orange.

After I messed them up (about 30 seconds after that photo was taken), I re-did them using Spoiled Visually Slimming as a base.  I think I like the black base a little bit better – it reminds me of these sunglasses from the 80s my aunt used to wear all the time!

Which version do you like better – white or black?

I can’t believe tomorrow is the last day of the challenge!