Tie-Dye Flowers

I am still kind of obsessed with these flowers (previous posts here and here).  They’re super cute, and actually pretty easy to do.  This time, I went a little bit simpler with the flowers, but used a tie-dye background (creating using the watercolor technique), and accented them with a cool geometric pattern (inspired by Mr. Candiipants).  I absolutely love them!

watercolor flowers

 

The triangles and leaves are butter LONDON Poole.  I’m don’t remember what other colors I used, but I’m pretty sure the green is China Glaze Def Defying, and the black and white are most likely Sinful Colors.  I basically just pulled most of my bright green and blue shades out of my Helmers.

watercolor flowers

I really, really love the way this watercolor turned out.  I’m going to have to try it again.  And I liked using it as a background for the designs – it added a really cool element.  Let me know what you think in the comments!

Blue and Green Flowers

These “bottle-brush” flowers by Mr. Candiipants have become my default nail art for spring and summer.  They’re ridiculously easy (though it took me a bit of practice to get them right), and you don’t need any special tools.  Here, I combined them with my other favorite nail art element (also borrowed from Mr. Candiipants): a sheer nude base.

flowers

I believe the base is OPI Care to Danse? (it could also be OPI Don’t Burst My Bubble, I’m not entirely sure, sorry!).  And for the flowers, I used China Glaze Sunday Funday, China Glaze Electric Pineapple, and OPI Can’t Find My Czechbook, with OPI I Saw… You Saw… We Saw… Warsaw for the centers.  I love that the colors are bright and fun, but toned down a bit with the nearly naked base.

flowers

I really love bright greens and blues for spring this year.  I think they’re really fun, and there are plenty options from all of the new polish collections.  Essie’s In the Cab-ana and OPI’s Can’t Find My Czechbook are recent favorites of mine.  What’s your favorite spring polish this year?

Slushied

I was wasn’t feeling well this past weekend, and have been re-watching the first two seasons of Glee on Netflix (yes, I’m a Gleek), so I thought it was fitting to post this today.  This is Slushied from Sephora by OPI’s Glee collection that was released a while back.  This was on my wish list for a while, but a few weeks ago, I saw it online for $5 and couldn’t resist adding it to my order.

I’ve been searching for a color like this for a while, and this has definitely filled that gap in my collection.  I love this color, and I am so glad I got this one for summer!

This is two coats of Slushied with Essie Good to Go.  The formula on this was amazing!

I’m not sure if this is still available at Sephora, but there are a few SOPI polishes currently on sale, so you might want to check that out.  Slushied is available from a few sellers on Amazon if you want to get it, which I think you should.

And for those of you who don’t watch Glee, this is what the name refers to (it happens probably at least once an episode):

Almost Paradise

This is another color from Deborah Lippmann’s Footloose collection.  To be honest, I only bought this duo because I wanted the other color, Footloose, which I will hopefully get a chance to post soon.  I wasn’t expecting to like this.  If anything, I figured I’d kind of like it, but it would be too close to a color I already have.

I was wrong.  I absolutely LOVE this!  Despite the fact that I have more green polishes than any other color in my stash, none of them come close to this.  The closest are maybe butter LONDON Bossy Boots and Essie Navigate Her.  Almost Paradise is lighter than Navigate Her and much brighter and more yellow than either.  It’s like a neon lime with a ton of white mixed in.  It’s bright, but pastel at the same time.  My perfect summer green!  The only thing that will keep me from wearing this all the time is that it’s limited edition and I want to make my bottle last.  If it wasn’t for my recent polish buying spree (which included this), I’d buy another set!

This is three coats with Essie Good to Go.

Yet again, I was super impressed with Deborah Lippmann’s formula.  This one is a tad sheer, but goes on like butter.  Love it.

Day 27 – Inspired by Artwork – Chihuly

Today’s mani was inspired by my favorite artist, Dale Chihuly.  Even if you don’t know who he is, chances are, you’ve seen his art at some point.  He is an extremely talented glass sculptor, and his pieces are beyond amazing.  I actually accidentally got to meet him last April at the Museum of Fine Art in Boston when I went to see his exhibit!  His most famous piece is probably one some of you are familiar with – the ceiling at the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas.

Anyway, on to the nail art.  For these, I attempted a new technique to replicate his most popular type of piece – the glass flower ceiling.  I used drops of acetone to spread the polish on my nails to make them look like watercolors.  They didn’t turn out exactly as I had hoped, but I still like them, especially since they were my first attempt.

I used Spoiled Correction Tape as a base with Zoya Arizona, Zoya Pippa, China Glaze For Audrey, Essie Mesmerized, Essie Pretty Edgy, and Sinful Colors Go Go Girl.

And here is the piece I was inspired by.  There are many different versions of this, and like most of his pieces, each time it is moved, it is assembled differently so it looks different every time.

And just because, this is my favorite Chihuly piece:

All of his work is blown by hand! Amazing, right?  If you ever have the chance to see one of his pieces in person, do it!  Pictures cannot capture the scale and beauty of his work.

Have any of you tried watercolor nails? What technique did you use?

Tart Deco

Essie’s Tart Deco is a bright orangey-coral-peach color.  It’s much more orange than Cute as a Button and similar in tone, but much darker than Essie’s A Crewed Interest (which I will try to show you soon).

When I first bought this, I hated it on me.  I think maybe I wasn’t expecting it to be so bright.  And I wasn’t that adventurous with my polish back then.  A year later, and this is completely within my comfort zone.  It may be my current obsession with all things orange, but I’m totally loving this right now!

This is three coats with Essie’s Good to Go.  I think my formula has thickened up a bit and could probably use some thinner, so you might be good with just two coats.

Tart Deco came out with their Pop Art collection a few years back, but I’m pretty sure it’s now part of their permanent collection – it’s included in their bigger displays.  So, pretty easy to find, and a great spring/summer color.  This is a great option for pink lovers who want to dip their fingers into the orange trend, which I definitely think you should!

What do you guys think?  Are you loving or hating the orange trend?

Pippa

Zoya’s Pippa is pretty much as bright yellow as you can get without venturing into neon territory.  It’s a true, primary color yellow.  I’m not sure I loved it on my hands, but I can totally see this being a cute summer pedi (maybe with white polka dots?), and it’s definitely good to have a nice yellow for nail art purposes.

It took three coats to cover streaking and four to completely cover all bald spots.

Overall, I’d say that while this is not a polish I’m completely in love with, it’s a valuable addition to my stash, and I’m really glad I bought it.

What do you guys think?  Are you a fan of yellow polish?

Arizona

The first thing I thought when I put this on was that it looks like a yellow-orange crayon.  I’m having a bit of a love affair with orange polish at the moment and this is no exception! Love it!  I especially love that it’s different from the red-oranges and neon oranges that have been so popular.  It’s bright, but not neon, and there is definitely more yellow than red in it.

Formula was a bit of an issue for me.  It was opaque at three coats, but I had to use four to get rid of all the bald spots from dragging.  It’d recommend waiting pretty long between coats.  Not perfect, but not really all that bad either.

That said, I’d deal with formula problems any day for this color.  Oranges are everywhere at the moment, but this one is completely different from almost all the one’s I’ve seen.  If you love oranges, I say, order away!

Vermillionare

Found my camera charger! So now I can show you my current mani, Essie’s Vermillionare.  I seriously think I’m developing an obsession with orange polish (Zoya’s Arizona is on it’s way to me and I couldn’t be more excited!)

Anyway, if you haven’t already noticed, this is super close to Orange, It’s Obvious, also by Essie.  This one is less red, and compared to Orange, It’s Obvious, actually a little dusty-looking (something I never would have noticed without comparing the two bottles).  On the nail, I think this one looks lighter.  I will try to remember to do a comparison later and will add that to this post when I do.

This is three coats of Vermillionare and two of Essie Good to Go.

For those of you who are not orange lovers or nail polish hoarders, I don’t think you need both Vermillionare and Orange, It’s Obvious.  They’re similar enough that most people won’t be able to tell the difference.  Orange, It’s Obvious is probably a little easier to find at the moment since it is from the current collection.  Though I love both, I prefer the color of Orange, It’s Obvious just the teeniest bit more, but the application of Vermillionare is better.

What’s your favorite orange polish?

UPDATE: My camera is acting up, so there won’t be a comparison shot today 😦  But you can see how this compares to Deborah Lippmann’s Lara’s Theme in this post and here you can see how Lara’s Theme (a good dupe for Vermillionare), compares to both Orange, It’s Obvious and OPI’s A Roll in the Hague.

Cute as a Button

Essie’s Cute as a Button is a bright pink-leaning coral.  It’s so pretty and summery.  I think I got this about a year ago, but it’s still one of my favorites.  It reminds me of my little sister, since she always requests Cute as a Button when I paint her nails.

This is three coats with two coats of Essie Good to Go – it didn’t want to dry for some reason.

I couldn’t get the color to photograph right – in real life, it’s lighter and more orange.

I’ve seen this at Target and in the larger Essie displays at CVS, so it should be pretty easy to find.