Fossil Flowers

After I did some nail art inspired by my iPhone case, I thought I’d make an attempt at some nail art inspired my my iPad case.  It’s from Fossil, maybe about a year ago, and I really love it.  It protects my iPad better than any other case I’ve liked, and it’s really pretty.

fossil flowers

I used Sally Hansen Insta-Dry in Mint Sprint, OPI Black Onyx, Sinful Colors Snow Me White, Essie Bahama Mama, and China Glaze Desert Sun.

fossil flowers

I absolutely love how these turned out, and I might try these flowers again in a different color combo.

fossil flowers

I’m a huge fan of the quirky, vintage prints on Fossil’s canvas bags and tech cases. They change every season, and I love pretty much all of them.  It’s almost a good thing I can’t justify spending that much on their stuff because I’d never be able to decide.  This one was on sale, so that helped my decision making a bit.

Russian China

I while ago, I went to see this exhibit at Bower’s Museum.  Ok, I really went to see the Treasures of the Medici exhibit, completely unaware that they were featuring the Tsar’s Cabinet.  I was completely fascinated by the intricate designs (including several authentic Faberge eggs!), and they stuck with me.

russian china

There was one set of china that particularly stuck in my mind.  They were white plates trimmed in gold, with cobalt blue flowers around the edges, so that’s what I tried to replicate in this manicure.  I think it turned out pretty well, even though any nail art I could ever do would never hold a candle to the art in that exhibit.  I’m still in awe over the detail that was put into these objects.  Seriously, just type in the Tsar’s Cabinet into Google images.

russian china

I used OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, Essie Good as Gold, and Nina Ultra Pro Cobalt (which sadly doesn’t photograph accurately – it’s most like the darker spots – but trust me, it’s gorgeous – you need it).

Hope you all liked these as much as I do!  I still have a few other designs in mind from the other artifacts in the exhibit, so hopefully I will get those done eventually (perhaps a museum inspired series?).  Thanks for reading!

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?

Coral and Black

I have a pretty extensive polish collection (check out my stash here), but by far, the majority of them are “fall” and “winter” colors.  That is, dark and/or neutral.  Since my collection was kind of lacking in the bright, summery colors department, I decided to go shopping for some new ones.  I ended up with a few from Essie’s spring and summer collections, including this one, Come Here (which is currently on my toes).  I still felt the urge to darken it up, so I went with my go-to Mr. Candiipants flowers and some polka-dot borders.  I must say, I kind of love it.

neon and black

I used Essie Come Here as a base and painted the design with either Sinful Colors Black on Black or OPI Black Onyx, I can’t remember.  Not that it really matters – black is black, but those two have the best formulas of any I’ve tried.

neon and black

I think these are interesting without being too crazy.  I especially love that Come Here is almost a classic red, but then turns nearly-neon coral in the sun.  Perfect for summer, especially if you have an office job like me.

What’s your favorite summer polish this year?

Something Blu

Finally getting back into the swing of things with a relatively old mani.  This one features one of my favorite spring polishes (I think I did these in like February or March), and my favorite Mr. Candiipants inspired flowers!  They’re not the greatest, and my fingers are really dry (seriously, though), but I thought I’d show them anyway, so here they are:

something blu

I used Zoya Blu (see, the title wasn’t a typo) for three of my nails and the flowers.  The base is a sheer OPI, but I don’t remember which one – probably either Care to Danse? or Don’t Burst My Bubble.

something blu

 

What do you think?  I’m really loving accent nails like this – nude with a design in the same color as the rest of the nails.  It’s really simple and I love that it’s monochromatic, but still interesting.

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?

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.