Sugar in a Sundress

Today I’ve got another Pretty and Polished polish for you!  This one is called Sugar in a Sundress.  It’s a pale yellow with medium blue and dark cobalt blue glitter.  I honestly didn’t think I’d like this as much as I do.  I absolutely love the glitter colors, and the yellow is really nice and delicate and doesn’t clash with my skin tone.

sugar in a sundress

I was planning on layering this one, but I ended up really liking how it looked with just two coats on its own.  The formula was really nice, but it did pull a bit at the cuticle, so just make sure your first coat is dry before you go for a second.  If you’re looking to layer, I think Color Club Macaroon Swoon would be the perfect base color.

sugar in a sundress

It doesn’t look like this one is currently available (sorry!), but you can buy Pretty and Polished on their website or Etsy shop.  I’ve mentioned before that Pretty and Polished was one of my very first indie polishes back when I started blogging (check out my first P&P post from three years ago – Valentino – here!).  If you haven’t tried this brand yet, I’d definitely recommend it!

Folksy Flowers

I really wanted to use this beautiful blue polish from the China Glaze spring collection, but I had absolutely no idea what to do on it.  I briefly considered some Cinderella nail art, but I was feeling kind of lazy, so I ended up with this.  I was inspired by some folk art floral prints.  Not my favorite, but I don’t hate it.  I do love the colors together, though!

folksy flowers

The base is China Glaze Dashboard Dreamer, which is a gorgeous pale blue with peachy pink shimmer.  You can just barely see the shimmer, and I love the slight glow it gives with the matte topcoat.  The flowers were painted with Essie A-List and OPI Aloha from OPI.  I’m trying to use my untried polishes for nail art because I feel like I’ve been using the same bunch of colors a lot.  This was my first time wearing both Dashboard Dreamer and Aloha from OPI.  Dashboard Dreamer is a favorite for me (despite the fact it needs three coats), but Aloha from OPI is a bit unoriginal.  In fact, China Glaze came out with an almost-dupe in the same collection as Dashboard Dreamer – I Brake for Color.

folksy flowers

This is for sure a color combo I’ll be keeping in mind from now on!  I really love how they look together.  The nail art is definitely not my best work (can you tell it was one in the morning?), but it didn’t turn out all that bad.  Let me know what you think!

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!

Holographic Herringbone

As you’ve probably guessed if you’ve been following this blog, I have a lot of nail polish.  It’s gotten to the point where I can’t remember which ones I have (I used to know my stash really well).  So I’ve decided to start doing some nail art with my untried polishes.  They need some love, too!

holographic herringbone

Herringbone is one of my favorite patterns, so I decided to do some new herringbone nails (I’ve been experimenting with this pattern on false nail sets, too).  The base is China Glaze At Vase Value, which I actually just bought, and the design is Revlon Holographic Pearls.  It’s a super-dense holographic topcoat, actually very similar to Cult Nails Coachella.  Both of these polishes are new to me, and I really like them both.  I can’t believe I went so long without picking up At Vase Value!

holographic herringbone

I kind of wish I’d put a solid color underneath Holographic Pearls (maybe a gray?), but I like how these turned out anyway.  This pattern is so quick and easy and I love the way it looks!  I just finished a false nail set for my Etsy shop with this pattern in gray and lime.

Geometric Yellow & Blue

I’ve been kind of unmotivated lately when it comes to nail art, even though I have more free time now to actually do it.  I wanted to try something a little bit different, and while it didn’t turn out as crisp as I envisioned, I still really like these.

yellow squares

The base is OPI Ink, which is a bit more purple in person.  I must have come close to buying it about a hundred times, and when I finally did, I wish I’d done it sooner.  I’ve always passed up shimmery or metallic polishes in favor of cremes, but I’ve been getting really into shimmers, especially dark ones, lately.  I painted the design with Color Club Je Ne Sais Quoi.

yellow squares

I’m thinking about doing another 31-day challenge soon, because I really liked doing it when I first started this blog, and I think it would be fun to really see what a difference three years make.  I know my nail art skills have really improved since then!

I also recently opened up my Etsy shop, selling hand painted nail sets.  Click here to check it out!

 

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!

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July everyone!  I’m super excited to have a four day weekend, so I thought I’d finally get around to doing some nail art.  These are pretty simple stars and stripes, but I gave them a little twist with the colors.

american flag

I used OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, Sally Hansen Pacific Blue (the old/real one), and Essie Chubby Cheeks.  I kind of like the muted/faded effect it gives, while still being pretty bright.

american flag

Hope you all have a safe and happy holiday!

Blue Aztec

I’ve been wanting to do a design like this for forever, but I honestly just couldn’t get it right.  After I bought some professional art brushes to replaces some of my nail art brushes (and then trimmed them into nearly nothing), I decided to give it another go.  And I kind of love it.  New brushes for the win!

blue aztec

The blue on most of my nails is Sonia Kashuk Rain Check.  On my index finger, I used OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls as a base, with Rain Check, Sinful Colors Blue La La, Orly Frisky, and Nina Ultra Pro Solar Flare for the design.

blue aztec

If you’re really into DIY nail art, I would definitely recommend investing in some nice brushes.  I’ve had my Mash set for over a year – and actually just bought a replacement – and while they’re definitely great brushes, these new ones definitely made a huge difference.

 

 

Painterly

I’ve been pretty busy lately, so I wanted to do some nail art that was quick and easy, but still cool.  I’ve seen a few versions of “brush stroke” nails, and thought they would be perfect.  I love the combo of the different blues and greens – it’s perfect for spring, and a nice break from all the pinks and corals I’ve been wearing lately.

painterly

I don’t remember exactly what I used here (I know there are some Essie, Sally Hansen, and Sinful Colors in there), but it shouldn’t be too hard to find similar colors.  I started with a white base, and then wiped almost all of the polish off of the brush (the one that comes with the polish) before adding the sections of color.  Smaller brushes – think Essie or Sinful Colors, not OPI or Loreal – tend to provide more control for a look like this, but try both and see what works best for you.

painterly

I always love blue and green nail polish, and this was a good way to show off some of my current favorites.  Let me know if you’ve tried this technique and what you think of it – share your pictures in the comments below!

The Golem and The Jinni

Time for another book inspired post!  I may have perviously mentioned that I’m a huge fan of audible.com – I spend at least two hours a day in the car driving to and from work, so being able to “read” in the car makes me feel more productive.  Right now, I am listening to an amazing book called The Golem and The Jinni.  It’s kind of a historical fantasy novel, and I am really loving it. I’ll admit, it’s a little long and it took me a while to get into/get invested in the secondary characters, but it was totally worth it.  I’m about two thirds of the way through, and I actually just purchased the physical book so I can read it when I’m not in the car.

the golem & the jinni

My ring finger is OPI Taupe-less Beach topped with Nails Inc Westminster Bridge Matte Top Coat.  My middle finger is a water marble using Essie Fear or Desire, Sinful Colors Chick Chick, and Essie Snap Happy.  The rest of my fingers are OPI Ski Teal We Drop sponged with OPI Unfor-Greta-bly Blue and OPI Frog in My Throat.  I tried to represent the beautiful book cover, the Golem, who is made of clay, and the Jinni, who is made of fire.  I didn’t realize until I was writing this post that the watercolor fire looks kind of like a face, which is just so perfect!  I couldn’t do it again if I tried.

the golem & the jinni

I would 100% recommend this book.  It is a very interesting story and extremely well written.  If you’ve read it, let me know what you think in the comments below – no spoilers please!  If you’re on Goodreads, add me as a friend here!  And please feel free to share your book recommendations below.