Broken Chevrons

I have wanted to try these nails since I first saw them (and then again here), but I just couldn’t get the lines crisp enough for me to be happy with them.  I mentioned in my last post that I invested in some new brushes, so I thought I’d give these one more go.  I think they still need something a little more – maybe a few more chevrons – but I am really happy with how they turned out.

broken chevrons

The base is OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls.  I used OPI Mod About You, Nina Ultra Pro Solar Flare, Covergirl Peaches & Cream, Sally Hansen White On, Sinful Colors Last Chance, and Sinful Colors Blue La La.

broken chevrons

I am all about these weird geometric nails.  I want to do these all the time.


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!  Hope you’re all having a good Monday.  I wanted to do some nail art for today, and after going through my (rather large) collection of green nail polish, I decided to do something simple using a few of my favorites.

green chevron

I started with a base of China Glaze Four Leaf Clover (because how could I not use that one?), and then painted the ikat-ish chevrons with Essie Mojito Madness and Essie Stylenomics.  I actually really like the color combo.

green chevron

I really like how these turned out.  If you’re celebrating St. Paddy’s Day on your nails today, share the link to your blog/instagram/twitter post in the comments below, I’d love to see them!

Chevrons and Polka Dots

Since I bought most of them, and have only worn two of them, I wanted to use some of the OPI Eurso Euro polishes.  I have to say, this collection is one of my favorites in a while.  And since I couldn’t really think of anything to do with them, I went with something simple.

chevrons and polka dots

The base color is OPI Can’t Find My Czechbook and I painted the dots and chevrons using OPI I Saw… You Saw… We Saw… Warsaw.

chevrons and polka dots

I kind of love these.  They’re simple, but still really fun.  I really need to use the polishes in this collection more.  A few of them are already becoming favorites, especially My Vampire is Buff.  I know they came out a while ago, but what is your favorite Eurso Euro polish?

Blue Chevrons

This design combines three of my favorite (nail art) things: cobalt, a sheer base, and chevrons.  I’ve been pretty into patterned (especially graphic) nails lately (seen here and here) and I love how simple chevrons are, while still making a big impact.  I freehanded these, and I wish the lines were a little cleaner, but they looked good from a distance. The sheer base idea is something I picked up from Mr. Candiipants, and I’ve been adding sheer/jelly polishes to my collection just for this purpose.  I really like how these turned out.

blue chevrons

For the base, I used OPI My Pointe Exactly, and I painted the chevrons with China Glaze Man Hunt and a striper brush.

What’s your favorite pattern (I could use some more ideas)?

Sheer & Patterned

I had a really bad day last week, and decided to paint my nails as a distraction.  I couldn’t decide on a color.  I originally thought of doing something bright, like Essie Mojito Madness, but somehow ended up with these.  I absolutely LOVE how they turned out!

I was inspired by these, but still wanted something a little more fun, so I added the different patterns.  My favorites were still the flower nails, which from a distance, looked like lace.  I’m going to do a whole mani out of them soon.

I started with two coats of Essie Allure, which I’ll admit I bought because Kate Middleton wore it to her wedding, but it ended up being my favorite sheer polish.  I love using it for this kind of nail art.  You can see another mani using Allure here.  Then I painted on the designs using Essie Blanc.  I added one more coat of Allure and then topped it with Essie Good to Go.

Thanks to Mr. Candiipants, I am totally in love with sheer bases for nail art.  It tones the whole look down a bit, and makes it look as if the design is floating.  LOVE.