Dots & Stripes

It’s been a while since I’ve used striping tape.  Mostly because it takes a while to get anything this detailed and even, and I hate having to wait for my nails to dry completely before I use it.  But I still love the results.  So I thought I’d break it out on some day-old polish and came up with this.

dots & stripes

 

I started with a base of Intelligence, Integrity, & Courage from the China Glaze The Giver collection.  It’s a really pretty light blue gray that reminds me of one of my all-time favorites: Essie Cocktail Bling.  Love this color for winter.  The stripes and dots were done with China Glaze Choo-Choo Choose You from their fall All Aboard collection.

dots & stripes

I really loved this color combo!  If I ever remember to pick up some more makeup sponges, these two might make a really nice gradient.  I just picked up a bunch of polishes from the last three China Glaze collections and I’m really liking them all.  What’s your favorite recent CG release?

I Tried a Skittle…

This is my attempt at a skittle mani.  I may have used too many colors, but I think it turned out ok.  I’m not completely sold on the color combo, but it is definitely something a little different for me.  Also – believe it or not – this is my first leopard print!  I can’t believe I’ve never done one before.

skittle

I used Sinful Colors Snow Me White, OPI Black Onyx, OPI Jade is the New Black, China Glaze Fade into Hue, and Sephora by OPI Hippo to be Square.

skittle

I think I need a little more practice with skittles – and maybe to try one with two or three colors instead of five – but this isn’t bad for my first shot.  I do think the leopard print turned out surprisingly well – I wasn’t expecting my first try to actually resemble leopard spots.  What do you think?

Dot Cluster Flowers

Yet again, I was inspired by Mr. Candiipants.  Check out her tutorial for these nails here.  Even though I like hers a lot better, I’m still completely in love with these.

cluster flowers

I started with a base of Essie After School Boy Blazer, and dotted on the flowers using OPI My Vampire is Buff, OPI Dating a Royal, OPI Do You Lilac It?, OPI You’re Such a Budapest, Sation Super Nail-tural Powers, Julep Dianna, and Essie Rock the Boat.

cluster flowers

These turned out a bit brighter than I had planned – next time I’ll try more muted colors.  I still think they’re super pretty!  What do you think?

Vintage Dots and Stripes

Lately I’ve been obsessed with combining polka dots and stripes, especially on my nails.  I love that it is simple and interesting.  I wanted to use some of my new polishes (I’ve had a rather large haul for the month of July), and ended up with this vintage-y color scheme.  I love it!

vintage dots and stripes

The yellow is OPI Fiercely Fiona, which came out over two years ago, but I finally found it on Amazon a couple of weeks ago.  My OPI Shrek collection is nearly complete – I’m only missing What’s With the Cattitude? – which is saying something since I started collecting them over a year after they pretty much completely sold out.  The white is OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, and the green is Julep Dianne.

vintage dots and stripes

I think these are some pretty cute summer nails.  After I did them, I actually found a hair bow on Etsy that was almost identical, but was dumb and didn’t save the link (or buy it right then and there).  I hope you haven’t been getting tired of the polka dots, because I’m definitely not!  So you will be seeing them again very soon (maybe with something more interesting than stripes) – unless I get a lot of anti-polka dot hate mail 😉

 

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?

Yellow Polka Dots

Nothing says summer quite as much as yellow polka dots, so I decided to paint some on my nails.  I’m still a little bit uncomfortable wearing yellow nail polish (it looks great on people with darker skin tones – but I’m not one of them), and this softened it a bit.  It helps that polka dots are crazy simple.

yellow polka dots

I used Orly Lemonade and Glowstick.

yellow polka dots

What’s your take on yellow polish?  Love it, hate it, or can you only use it in nail art?

P.S. Yes, I got a new watermark.  I get impatient and have a thing for fonts.  So it’ll probably be changing once in a while.

A French Affair

I don’t usually go for anything pink or overly girly, but for some reason, I felt like doing something pink and girly the other day.  I was kind of going for a French-inspired look (but was too lazy to attempt an Eiffel Tower outline), so this is what I ended up with.  It’s kind of reminiscent of a French boutique or something, right?  Not that I would know, having never been to France.  Oh well.

a french affair

I did use Essie French Affair as the base (hence the name), because when you do something like this, there really isn’t another pink you can use.  Right?  Am I the only one with a weird obsession/OCD about polish names?  The white is Sally Hansen X-treme Wear White On, and there is a coat of INM Northern Lights on my index finger.  If you haven’t heard already, Northern Lights goes with everything and you all need it (I got mine at Sally’s).

a french affair

What do you think of this?  It’s not my best work, or my favorite mani ever, but I still like it.  It definitely satisfied my craving for a girly mani.