Plaid Cats

So, I’ve decided that it’s fall already. Despite the fact that if I put on a sweater right now I’d probably get heat stroke. But it hits ninety degrees here in January, so whatever. I just cannot stop using fall colors on my nails. This is another look I put together with some of the polishes from the new OPI, Essie, & China Glaze fall collections. I’m not sure how I feel about the metallic polishes together. They actually look really similar in indirect lighting because the pink one is actually a pink/bronze duochrome. So I feel like I liked these better in real life. But the cat nail is amazeballs, right? It was inspired by (who else?) Mr. Candiipantsplaid cat

I started with a base of China Glaze Change Your Altitude. The cats were painted with China Glaze Cabin Fever and Essie In the Lobby, which were also used in the plaid. I also used Essie Leggy Legend and China Glaze Free Bear Hugs to add a bit more dimension to the plaid nails. plaid cat

This isn’t my favorite plaid, but I love the cat polka dots. I also can’t get enough of this color palette. Can you tell?

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!

Guest Post: Penguins by Christina (The Bubbly Brunette)

Today I am really excited to feature The Polish Squirrel’s first ever guest post!  Christina from The Bubbly Brunette did these super cute penguin nails that I absolutely love.  Check them out:

Hi everyone! I’m Christina and I’m the bubbly brunette! I saw this great tutorial from Miss Jen Fabulous, so I knew I needed to recreate it!


I applied Lollipop by Orly on all of my fingers except for my ring finger, on which I applied Revlon Knockout. To make the stripes, I used KISS Instant Artist nail striper in Soft Blue. The belly of the penguin was made using My Boyfriend Scales Walls by OPI. The feet and beak are A Good Mandarin is Hard to Find by OPI.


I love the stripes – they’re so sporty!

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Thanks for featuring me, Stephanie!

-Christina @ thebubblybrunette

Thanks so much for your post Christina!  I loved it!

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And you should definitely check out Christina’s blog, The Bubbly Brunette, for more of her awesome nail art and swatches! She is a relatively new blogger, and has already built up an impressive blog (including a must-see list of polish dupes).

Interested in writing a guest post for The Polish Squirrel?  Check out all the details here!  (You don’t have to be a blogger.)

Squirrel Appreciation Day

Today is Squirrel Appreciation Day!  It’s a real thing, I swear.  Obviously I couldn’t miss the opportunity to do some squirrel nails.  I attempted a watercolor technique, which I need to practice some more, but I think my little squirrel turned out really cute!  He’s a little bit chubby and insane-looking, but it’s ok 🙂


The base on most of my nails is OPI You Don’t Know Jacques.  For the squirrel nail, I used OPI My Boyfriend Scales walls as the base, and OPI You Don’t Know Jacques, OPI Get in the Espresso Lane, Orly Decades of Dysfunction, China Glaze Kalahari Kiss, China Glaze Exotic Encounters, and China Glaze Mahogany Magic for the squirrel.


My technique needs some work, but I really love the watercolor effect.  But, since I was not expecting a recognizable squirrel on my first attempt, I call this a success.

Advent Calendar Day 16 – Inspired by a Christmas Song

This one was kind of a no-brainer for me.  It was inspired by my favorite Christmas song, that I have loved since I was a kid: “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.”  It’s such a cute song, and I thought it would be much more creative and interesting than if i had gone with my other idea: “Silver and Gold.”

I want a hippopotamus for Christmas

The base is Essie Mojito Madness.  The hippo is all polish (no acrylic paints).  Let me know if you want to know about a specific color.  I really like how this turned out, especially since I am terrible at drawing faces.

And here’s the song.  Isn’t it amazing? 🙂

P.S. Because of my love for this song, I have received more than a couple of hippo toys over the years haha

Advent Calendar Day 3 – Green

I absolutely love with how these turned out!  They’re two parts Christmassy, one part preppy.  They remind me of expensive wrapping paper.  For my green polish, I decided to go with China Glaze Glittering Garland.  This is the first time I’ve used it, and I really love it!  It’s gorgeous!  And I especially love the combination of the green and gold.  It’s definitely sparkly, but still sort of earthy at the same time.

green & gold reindeer

I started with two coats of China Glaze Glittering Garland, and then stamped the deer with Bundle Monster Plate 214 and Essie Good as Gold.  I used the single deer stamp to make my own pattern and, while I could definitely benefit from some practice, I think it turned out really well.

green & gold reindeer

This is one of those manis that is completely distracting – I can’t stop staring at my nails!


I love these nails!  I’ve been on an animal silhouette kick lately, and this is the one that started it all.  I was inspired by this bag, which I’m thinking about getting once I get my first paycheck.  I think it’s adorable, but I think I like the nail art version even more.  The giraffe is just so cute!

(Sorry the picture’s a bit blurry, my camera’s been spazzing lately – I really need a new one)

The base is Orly Mirror Mirror, and I freehanded the giraffe with OPI Call Me Gwen-Ever.  I really love these two colors together!  Mirror Mirror is a great contrast to almost any bright color I’ve tried it with.  And it’s a great two-coat creme.  I think I’m going to show it on it’s own soon.  I’ve only had it for a week or so and it’s already a staple in my collection.

In other news, tomorrow I am starting a super exciting nail art challenge sponsored by Neverland Nail Blog!  I think it’s a great challenge, but it’s definitely harder than I had anticipated.  Challenge posts will (hopefully) happen Mondays and Wednesdays for the next four weeks.

Neon Cats

Yeah, this happened. Um, I guess my explanation is that I was playing around with some new neons after watching some Mr. Candiipants tutorials.  Also, I love cats.  That’s pretty much it.  And yes, the cat butt was completely necessary, and semi-inspired by this, which I think I need to do soon.

Both polishes are Sally Hansen X-treme Wear summer colors I got on clearance at Target – Blinding Blue and B-right On!

This is probably by far the strangest nail art I’ve done yet, but I really like it.  I might do some more cats in the next couple of weeks.

And the obligatory real cat picture.  This is Squirrel.  She likes hissing at other people/animals (which sometimes makes her snort), destroying expensive things (like my $80-a-piece MacBook chargers), and chewing off pieces of my hair while I sleep.  But isn’t she cute?

Squirrel Cameo

It’s about time, right?  I knew I had to do squirrel nails at some point, and was playing with some new polishes the other day, and ended up with a few animal silhouettes, so naturally I had to do a squirrel.  I think they’re adorable, and will definitely be doing these again.  A lot.

For the base, I used Sally Hansen X-treme Wear in Blinding Blue (on sale at Target for less than $2! Yay!)  And the squirrel was done with Orly Mirror Mirror, which has become my favorite light gray – it’s on my toes right now!  Sorry about the yellow polish on my pinky – I didn’t see it until pictures and my editing software is being dumb.

After adding the frame around the nails, I think it ended up looking like some sort of squirrel cameo – which is so completely me!  Funny, since my initial idea was to do a traditional cameo, but it just wasn’t working for me.  I seriously can’t tell you how much I love these!  I love the combination of the colors and the quirky design and the fact that they’re so simple.

It’s been a CRAZY weekend, so hopefully I’ll get around to posting the rest of my animal nails in the next day or so.  I’ll probably end up doing a few more of them if I can find the time.  I also have a few backed up swatches to post, too.  And a LOT of new polishes to swatch.  And a few on their way.  So yeah, I’ll be busy.