Turquoise Cabochons

I’ve been a bit uninspired lately when it comes to nail art, so I decided to branch out a bit and ended up getting these turquoise cabochon studs. I think they are gorgeous, and I love how these nails turned out!

turquoise studs

I used OPI Black Onyx as a base for these nails. The turquoise studs and round silver studs are actually both from Born Pretty Store. I just attached them with using a coat of topcoat. I used a wax pencil (also from Born Pretty Store) to pick up and place the stones. I’ve been using it for a while in my nail art, and I have to say: it is sooo much better than tweezers or a dotting tool! If you use any kind of nail embellishments, I’d highly recommend getting one because it makes placing stones or studs a breeze!

turquoise studs

If you’re interested in the turquoise studs, you can purchase them here (they come in a wheel with three different shapes and four different colors). The round silver studs (which also come with gold ones) can be found here. And you can get the wax pencil here (I’ve tried both kinds on the Born Pretty Store Website, and while they’re both good, I prefer this one, which has a softer, clear wax).

And don’t forget to use code PSQW10 for 10% of your Born Pretty Store order! Let me know what you get in the comments!

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

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.

Golden Son

Time for some more book inspired nail art!  I”d been looking forward to Golden Son by Pierce Brown for almost a year, and it absolutely did not disappoint.  It’s the sequel to Red Rising (check out my Red Rising inspired nail art here).  I wanted to do these for the book release on the 6th, but that was a busy week and I didn’t have time.  I did end up going to the book launch party in Hollywood, though, so it was totally worth it!

golden son

On my thumb I painted a golden laurel (which is on the cover of the book), the index finger is the gold sigil (in the book, society is divided into color classes), my middle finger is the symbol of the Sons of Ares (the rebels), my ring finger is a gold/red/black watercolor/gradient, and my pinky is the red sigil.

golden son

I used OPI Who Are You Calling Bossy? (black), OPI Rolling in Cashmere (gold), and OPI Coca Cola Red (red, obviously).

golden son

These honestly turned out a lot better than I was expecting!  I’ve been slowly investing in more good quality brushes from the art store, and they are really helpful for detail work.

Golden Son was just as good as, if not even better than, Red Rising, which is one of my favorite books ever.  If you haven’t read it yet, I’d highly recommend it!  I’ve read the hard copy of each book as well as listened to the audiobooks, and if your more of an audiobook person (0r if you have a long commute) the narrator does an incredible job.  Definitely worth a listen.

And don’t forget to, add me as a friend on goodreads.com!

Neon Pineapples

After I did my strawberry nails, I wanted to come up with some creative ways to do more fruit nail art.  These popped into my head one day on the way to work, and they needed to happen.  They didn’t quite turn out how I’d envisioned them, but I think they are so fun!  Definitely some of my favorite summer nail art so far.

neon pineapples

I started out with a base of OPI Black Onyx.  Then I used Sally Hansen White On to paint the pineapple shapes (to make the neon brighter over the black).  I used Nina Ultra Pro Solar Flare and Sinful Colors Irish Green to color in the pineapples, and then outlined them in Essie Fierce, No Fear.  They took forever, but I think it was totally worth it!

neon pineapples

What do you think – should I do neon watermelons next?

Mortal Instruments

Today I have another post in my book-inspired series for you!  I’m a little late to the party here, but I just started reading the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare.  I’m just starting book 2, but I am totally hooked!  I was a little skeptical at first – I’m not a huge fanfic reader, regardless of how Harry Potter obsessed I am – but these books are really good.  They’re pretty much an amalgamation of some of my all-time favorite series: Harry Potter, the Gemma Doyle Trilogy (A Great and Terrible Beauty), and Star Wars (I don’t want to spoil it, but there is totally a Luke/Leia/Vader thing going on).

mortal instruments

I decided to go for the obvious – if not slightly overdone – runes for my nail art.  Runes are sort of like tattoos with special powers.  I don’t have The Shadowhunter Codex (yet), which lists all of them, so I just chose from the ones I could find online.  From my thumb to pinky, they are agility, angelic power, deflect/block, strength, and precision.

I used Essie Yogaga and Essie Licorice.

mortal instruments

They’re pretty simple, but definitely interesting.  Have you read any of the Mortal Instruments series?  Let me know what you think in the comments below!  No spoilers please 🙂

If you like to read, add me as a friend on goodreads.com!  And if, like me, you have a long commute (or just like to do things like painting your nails while reading), I would definitely recommend joining audible.com – I listened to the first book in the series over the course of two days while cleaning, painting my nails, and driving to and from work.

Black, White, and Blue

I’ve always kind of loved thick, horizontal stripes, but I’ve never been that great at painting them on my nails.  Straight, horizontal lines on a curved surface are not the easiest thing to do.  But I thought I’d give them another go, and I like how they turned out.  Much better than my first attempt at horizontal striped nail art.

stripes and blue

I wanted to keep it simple with the black and white (the best kind of stripes, in my opinion), and thought the bright teal would be a fun accent.  Definitely a color combo I’m going to keep in mind.  The black and white are Essie Blanc and Licorice.  The blue is Orly Frisky, which is slightly more blue and less green in real life (it’s obviously completely different than the fifteen other light/medium bright blue/teal polishes I own – just have to keep telling myself that).

stripes and blue

I’m definitely a huge fan of the thick stripes (and they’re a tad less difficult to screw up than thin stripes).  We all know I’m a fan of geometric/graphic patterns with florals, and I think these would look great with some delicate little flowers (similar to this).

Red Rising

I’ve been on a huge reading kick lately – I’m taking part in the Goodreads challenge for 2014, and I’m currently 12 books into my 50 book goal (if you’re on Goodreads, add me as a friend).  I read the Divergent series last month, and I’ve been really into dystopian books since.  I bought Red Rising by Pierce Brown on a whim, and ended up completely loving it!  Definitely check it out if you’re into dystopian fiction.  Anyway, I decided to do some nail art inspired by the book (mostly inspired by the cover), and I really like how it turned out.

red rising

I used Essie Licorice as the base, and a mix of metallic reds and golds (mostly Essie and OPI) for the wings.  The idea of the wings came from the book’s cover.  In the book, society is color-based, with golds at the top and reds at the bottom. I don’t want to ruin the plot, but you can check out the book here.

red rising

If you’ve read Red Rising, what did you think?  It is definitely a new favorite of mine; Red Rising was the first book in a while that I wanted to re-read immediately after finishing it.  I didn’t, but I’m tempted to start it again this week.  It’s going to be extremely difficult waiting until January for the next book!