Windowpanes & Flowers

Lately I’ve been seeing windowpane plaid everywhere, and I really love it.  I think it’s vintage-y and fresh at the same time.  I wanted to do a nail art version, and decided to combine it with this vintage floral design that I’ve been obsessed with lately.  Honestly, I’m not loving this manicure for some reason, but I do kinda like the 60s vibe.

windowpane floral

The base of the window check and the flowers is Essie Suite Retreat from this year’s resort collection.  The leaves are China Glaze Trip of a Lime Time.  I used my new favorite white polish for the windowpane and the base for the flowers: Cult Cosmetics El Porto.  I’ve been obsessed with their polishes lately – especially their basic black and white.  This is the most opaque white polish I own, and it has a great formula.

windowpane floral

I considered not posting these, because I’m just not really feeling them, but I still think they’re kind of interesting. And I think the windowpane came out really well.  What do you think?

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Fall Leopard

I really cannot get enough of how amazing these polishes from the Essie Fall Collection look together!  Once I saw them, I knew I had to use them together.  I don’t do leopard print that often, but I thought it would look really great with these colors.

fall leopard

All of the colors I used are from Essie’s Fall 2014 collection: The Perfect Cover-UP (dark teal), Fall in Line (green), and Take it Outside (gray).  The stud is from Born Pretty Store.

fall leopard

Animal print is not really my thing, but I think these turned out really good!  I actually enjoyed wearing them a lot.  What’s your favorite fall print?

Essie Fall 2014

Fall is my favorite time of year for nail polish collections.  I adore the deep blues, greens, and teals, vampy purples and reds, delicate grays, and interesting nudes.  I ended up buying both the Essie and OPI fall collections in their entirety this year (oops!) and I’m still deciding which of the China Glaze’s I want (they all look so pretty!).  If I’m being completely honest, there isn’t much in here we haven’t seen before.  But I couldn’t resist, and I’m actually glad I caved.

essie fall 2014

Essie’s Fall 2014 Collection, called Dressed to Kilt is pretty much a mixture of almost all the colors I think of when I think “fall nails”.  On my thumb is The Perfect Cover Up, which is a gorgeous dusty teal.  Great formula on this one, it goes on really smoothly and is easily a one-coater (!).  On my index finger is Take it Outside, which is pretty much the perfect pale gray.  I’ve seen a lot of polishes like this that are too warm, and they end up looking dirty on me.  This one is really lovely.  My favorite of the collection – Style Cartel – is the navy on my index finger.  This one has a bit of a jelly-like texture, but is still perfect in two coats.  It’s a little deeper and more vibrant than your standard navy blue.  I love it!  The green is Fall In Line.  This one looks pretty close to A Vested Interest from last years’ fall collection or School of Hard Rocks from the Winter 2011 collection.  I can never get enough of these kinds of colors, and Essie does them well.  The last one is Partner in Crime, and it is a deep chocolate brown.  Brown’s not really my thing, but this one is nice and vampy.

essie fall 2014

The only polish not shown is Dress to Kilt, which is a really pretty red that looks like a dupe for about five other polishes I already own (including Twin Sweater Set from last year’s fall collection).  It’s nice, but nothing all that special.

Overall, I think this is a really good collection!  Essie has been kind of hit or miss for me formula-wise lately, but all of these are very nice and easy to apply.

Let me know which one is your favorite in the comments below!

Watermelon

Since watermelon nails in the summer are pretty much obligatory, I thought I’d give them a shot.  I’ve really been enjoying my other fruit nails (here and here), so I thought these would be really nice.  I don’t usually do colored tips, but with these colors, I ended up really liking it.

watermelon

I used Essie Ruffles and Feathers and OPI Girls Love Ponies, with black and white polishes from Sinful Colors.

And have you noticed my new watermark?  I finally splurged for Photoshop.  Adobe Cloud is having a deal right now where, if you’re a student or teacher, you get the entire Adobe Suite for $20 a month, so I hopped right on that, made a logo for The Polish Squirrel, and added it as a watermark to all my new photos.  My photos aren’t always the greatest, but it’s definitely something I pay close attention to, so hopefully this will help me make them even better.

watermelon

I know it’s been a while between posts, but grad school is kind of kicking my butt right now.  So I may go two or three weeks between posting anything, but I don’t plan on abandoning this blog anytime soon.

Hope you liked my version of watermelon nails!  And let me know what you think of my new watermark/logo in the comments!

Strawberry Fields Forever

It’s officially summer, and I have been loving all of this fruit nail art I’ve been seeing lately.  While pineapples may be my my favorite nail art fruit, I had Essie’s summer collection on my desk, and they were the perfect strawberry colors!

strawberries

I used Essie Urban Jungle as the base on my thumb and middle finger and for the strawberry seeds.  The red (which in person is much more of a pink) is Essie Haute in the Heat, and the green is Essie Ruffles & Feathers.  The black is my favorite basic black – Sinful Colors Black on Black.

strawberries

I think these turned out super cute!  I was actually going to do all my nails in the tiny strawberry pattern, but it was a lot of work and I was pretty lazy, so I did the full nail berries, and I actually like those a lot better.

P.S. Sorry about my lack of posts the past few weeks – I started grad school on Monday, came down with strep throat on Tuesday (I have the worst luck ever), and I spent last weekend (and most of this week) redecorating/painting TPS headquarters.  I’m considering posting some pictures when it’s finally all done, because I think it’s turning out amazing, so let me know if that’s something you’d like to see!

Paper Towns

Today’s nail art was inspired by one of my new favorite books, Paper Towns by John Green.  I honestly loved this book almost as much as The Fault In Our Stars.  It was so good, I actually found myself wishing I was back in high school, so that I could be as awesome as Margot or Quentin.

paper towns

I used OPI I Sing in Color on my index and pinky fingers because nail polish “so red it was almost black” was kind of a thing in the book.  My thumb and middle fingers are supposed to be maps (they didn’t turn out quite as I’d pictured), with the “paper town” of Agloe marked on my thumb.  My ring finger is grass, because that’s also kind of a thing in the book – specifically Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass.  All the polishes used are OPI, Essie, and China Glaze.

paper towns

If you liked The Fault In Our Stars, or you’re looking for a really good (YA) novel, I would absolutely recommend Paper Towns.  Or pretty much anything by John Green.  I think I’m going to read Looking for Alaska next.

If you like to read, add me as a friend on goodreads.com!  And if, like me, you have a long commute (or would just like to do things like painting your nails while reading), I would definitely recommend joining audible.com – I listened to most of Paper Towns on the way to and from work – until I got to a point where I had to know what happened before I went to bed, so I moved to the paper version because it was quicker.

P.S. Sorry for the lack of posts lately, there has been a lot going on – I turned 25, watched my little sister graduate high school, and I start grad school on Monday!  I have also been completely redecorating my bedroom, which has actually been pretty time consuming (especially with all the overtime I’ve been logging at work).  I’m considering posting some pics when I’m done, so let me know if that’s something you’d like to see!

Ancient Aliens

The idea for these nails came to me while I was watching Ancient Aliens (I’ve probably already mentioned my History Channel addiction).  They’re definitely pretty weird, but I absolutely love them!  They turned out almost exactly like what I’d pictured, and I really think these two completely different designs look amazing together – I kind of have a thing for combining contrasting patterns.

ancient aliens

For my “Egyptian” nails, I used Essie Good as Gold and OPI Black Onyx.  My galaxy nails are OPI Black Onyx, topped with Essie Blanc (for the galaxy base and the stars), Sinful Colors Hip to Be Square, and OPI Hey Baby.

ancient aliens

Did I already say how much I love these?  Because it’s a lot.  They might be my favorite.