Station Eleven

It’s been a while since I’ve done a book-inspired post. I’ve actually been reading a lot lately, and fell in love with Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven. It’s a beautifully written story about the aftermath of a flu virus that wipes out 99% of the world’s population. It’s one of those books that has something in it for everyone – a little bit sci-fi, a little bit family drama, and even a bit Shakespearean. If you haven’t read it yet, I would highly recommend it!

station eleven

These nails were inspired by Station Eleven‘s gorgeous cover. They’re kind of a take on galaxy nails with less sponging and more stars. They didn’t quite turn out how I’d imagined, but I still really like them!

station eleven

I started with a base of OPI Road House Blues and then sponged on a little bit of Essie Suite Retreat. The stars and letters were done with an ivory acrylic paint. I’ve been really liking acrylic paint for detail work – especially lettering – because it’s a bit smoother to work with.

station eleven

Have you read Station Eleven? Let me know what you think in the comments!

And don’t forget to add me as a friend on Goodreads to keep up with what books I’m reading (I’d love to hear/see your recommendations, too!). And if you’re interested in books, check out my other blog: Adventures of a Bibliophile.

Rose Red

I’m baaack! Sorry for the long absence, but honestly, I just didn’t feel like doing nail art for a while. But I finally sat down the other day and painted a design on my nails. And I have to say, I’m really happy with how these turned out.

rose red

I really liked how the rose turned out on my Game of Thrones nails, so I decided to make it into a pattern. I started with a base of OPI Embrace the Grey (I hate 50 Shades, but love grey polish too much to pass up that collection). Then I used some red acrylic paint to paint on the roses, and went over them/highlighted with OPI Coca Cola Red (one of my favorite reds ever!). Love the red and grey color combo!

rose red

I think these turned out really pretty, and I kind of love this way of painting roses – kind of abstract. Let me know what you think of them in the comments!

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When Life Gives You Lemons

These were another attempt at using acrylic paint for my nail art.  Honestly, I just wanted to see if the yellow acrylic paint was more opaque than yellow nail polish.  It was a bit easier to use, but I’m not quite sold yet.

lemons

I used OPI Lost My Bikini in Molokini as the base, and used acrylic paint for the lemons.  I’ve been wanted to do some more fruit nail art for a while and finally got around to it.  I did initially try to do actual lemons (rather than lemon slices), but I couldn’t get them to look right.  Oh well.

lemons

We had a pretty serious heat wave in southern California a week or so ago (when I painted these), and, while I hate the heat, it had me craving some summery nails.  I like how these turned out – they definitely put me in the mood for some more fruity nail art.

Purple Poppies

I recently got some new acrylic paint colors to use in my nail art, and I was really excited to try them out.  I really love Katrina’s floral patterns over on Cotton Coney, so I decided to go for something similar.  Not completely in love with these, but they were definitely good practice!

purple poppies

I used OPI You’re So Vain-illa as the base, and the rest is acrylic paint. Looking at the pictures now, I wish I’d made the leaves a bit darker, but I was playing around with mixing colors (I just got basic black, white, red, green, blue, and yellow).

purple poppies

I mentioned in a previous post that I wasn’t a fan of using acrylic paints for nail art in the past.  And then I tried it, and I have to say I’m a convert.  I’m still planning on using mostly nail polish in my nail art, but the acrylic paint just allows for a bit more control (and, in a lot of cases, opacity).  Let me know what you think in the comments!

Chaotic Flowers

Lately I’ve been trying to use a lot of my untried – or never before used – polishes in some cool nail art.  A while back, I found three of the Urban Decay polishes at Nordstrom Rack for like $4 each.  I’d never tried Urban Decay polishes (although I love their makeup), but I’d seen pictures on other blogs and was very interested in Chaos.  So I was super happy when that turned out to be one of the polishes that I found!  I haven’t worn it yet, but it sure is beautiful!

chaotic flowers

I used Chaos as a base, and painted the abstract flowers with white acrylic paint.  I was actually pretty against using acrylic paint in nail art for the longest time, but Cotton Coney‘s designs changed my opinion.  It’s not the easiest to clean up, but acrylic paint actually allows for a lot more control, especially for more intricate designs.  I just bought black and white to start out with, but I will definitely be expanding my collection soon!

chaotic flowers

I think Chaos is definitely my favorite out of the Urban Decay polishes I picked up (the other two are Bang and Zodiac – all three are actually still on sale at urbandecay.com).  The formula is really nice, and I’m definitely on the lookout for more on sale (they’re a bit expensive normally).  Have you tried them yet?  Let me know what you think in the comments!

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.

jurassic park

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).

jurassic park

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.

Game of Thrones

I am a huge fan of Game of Thones (both the books and the movies) and I am crazy excited for the start of season five today!  I usually end up missing the opportunity to do nail art for the premiere, but not this time!  (I did use a GoT-themed polish two years ago.)  I put together some nail art based off of this season five poster, and added in a nod to my favorite house (partially because the season slogan – Vengeance is Coming – wouldn’t fit on my nails).

got season 5

I used OPI Who Are You Calling Bossy? as the base for all the black nails, and Cult Cosmetics El Matador as the base on the red accent nail.  The Game of Thrones logo was painted with OPI Haven’t the Foggiest – I love that it’s a darker silver, but still sparkly.  For the rose, I used white acrylic paint (and a bit of black mixed in for shading) and Essie Head Mistress for the Blood.  The Targaryen house motto – Fire and Blood – was painted with black acrylic paint.  And the silver triangle studs are from Bundle Monster.  I topped it all off with OPI Matte Topcoat.

got season 5

I am completely obsessed with how these turned out!  Acrylic paint is definitely upping my nail art game.  I’ve been practicing with painting words on my nails, but this is the first time I’ve attempted a script, and I’m honestly really surprised it doesn’t look like a huge blob.  If only I was ambidextrous…

got season 5

I haven’t made it all the way through the books yet, so I’m not sure what to expect this season, but I can’t wait!  Let me know what you’re most excited about for this season in the comments below!  I’m definitely ready for some more Tyrion Lannister and Jon Snow.