Nautical or Nice

There is nothing I love more in the summertime than nautical elements and florals (it just occurred to me to combine them – duh!).  I’ve done tons of florals on this blog, but I had never done nautical nails, so I decided to give it a shot.  They’re very simple, but that’s one of the things I love about nautical patterns.

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I started with a base of Orly Glowstick, which is a white with a subtle bright blue shimmer (which you can’t see in the pictures, so don’t bother squinting).  I painted the stripes on with Orly In The Navy, which didn’t turn out as well as I had hoped (mostly because it stained my fingers during cleanup), but it was sitting on my desk and the name was just too perfect.  Sidenote: I suck at freehanding horizontal stripes.  These took me forever because I was too lazy to use tape.  And the anchor was painted on with Essie Good as Gold.

nautical nails

I think these are kind of cool.  I’ve definitely been leaning towards simple graphic designs lately.

Stay tuned for next week’s posts, which will all have a patriotic theme in honor of Independence Day on July 4th!  Or you can stay away if you don’t want to listen to my history nerd rant on how the US became an independent country on July 2nd (not the 4th)…. Your choice 🙂

Summertime Geometric

I’m back with new posts this week (even though this one is a day late)!  I kind of borrowed several elements from (who else?) Candice from Mr. Candiipants, but I switched it up a bit.  It’s kind of tribal, but much simpler.  I kind of love it.

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I started with Sinful Colors Hazard, which is definitely bright coral, and not neon orange as the name implies.  I’ll admit I’m a bit of a nail polish snob (I just haven’t had many good experiences with “cheap” polish), but the formula of Hazard is one of the best I have ever tried!  Seriously, it’s better than a lot of my high-end polishes.  The designs were hand painted with Sephora by OPI Give Peach a Chance, which just might have made it into my top ten.  Maybe.  I picked it up last week in the nail polish sale on the Sephora website.  SOPI polishes are kind of hit or miss for me, but I couldn’t pass them up for $4.50.

summer geometric

In case you missed that announcement, I’m planning on posting Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from now on, with (I hope) special bonus posts on holidays and such.  I already have two posts planned this week, and next week I will be doing some patriotic nail art, so keep an eye out for that!  And feel free to give me suggestions!

As always, let me know what you think, and please contact me if you’d like to submit a guest post!

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone (and happy Sunday to my non-Easter-celebrating readers)!  I wanted to do something easter egg-esque this year, and thought it was a great opportunity to do an obnoxiously springy pastel mani.  Hope you like it!

easter egg nails

I used China Glaze Lemon Fizz, OPI Do You Lilac it?, Essie Boxer Shorts, Essie Mint Candy Apple, and Essie Where’s my Chauffeur?.  I tried to paint patterns reminiscent of old-school easter eggs.  I really like how it turned out!  I think my favorite nails are the index and pinkie.

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This whole color combo has me really excited for more spring nails.  I’ve been really busy with work (and computer problems) lately, but I have some great posts and even some tutorials planned.  And I will try to get back into monthly hauls and maybe favorites in April!

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.

Bunting

My computer is finally back up and running, so I can finally post again! It may take me a while to get everything organized again, since I had to get a new hard drive and lost all my blog files and pictures (and fonts, hence the new watermark).  So I’m starting from scratch.  Good news is, while my computer was being fixed, the only thing I had to combat boredom was doing my nails, so I have quite a few posts that will be going up soon.  I thought I’d start with my favorite, because I couldn’t wait to show you guys!

I’ve seen bunting nails in quite a few places already, so these are by no means original, but I still love them.

bunting

I used some new (to me) polishes to create this mani.  The base is butter LONDON Tea with the Queen, which is now one of my favorite nude polishes.  Love it!  For the bunting, I used, China Glaze Surreal Appeal, China Glaze Def Defying, OPI Can’t Find my Czechbook, and Nails Inc. Baker Street.

I think these turned out really cute!  Definitely a fun way to subtly do colorful nails.  I think this might become a staple “I don’t know what to do, but I want to do something” mani for me.

bunting

I will actually be posting another version of these soon; I loved them so much I had to do them in different colors.  I’m also considering these for a tutorial if anyone is interested.  They’re actually really easy, so you could probably figure it out yourselves, but I thought it’d be nice to start off tutorials with something simple (my video skills need practice).  Let me know what you guys think!  And thanks again for putting up with the technical difficulties this past week!

 

Lace

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and I’ve been trying to think of some holiday-appropriate designs that I would actually like.  I’m not a very “girly” girl.  I don’t like hearts, pink, sparkles, or lots of chocolate.  So Valentine’s Day is just not a holiday I’m really that into.  But I thought I’d challenge myself, and ended up coming up with these.  I love that the lace is noticeable, but it’s also really subtle and delicate. I think these would look awesome in black and white!

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I used Essie She’s Picture Perfect for the base, and Sally Hansen White on to paint the lace.  Some fingers turned out better than others, but I still really love them.  And yes, I know this is super girly, but it’s my kind of girly.  Soft and delicate, but not really frilly or cloying.

lace

I will try to do a few more Valentine’s-but-not-really designs in the next few days, perhaps even a reincarnation of these lace nails.

Triangle Tribal

Lately I’ve been loving nail designs centered around triangles (especially those by Mr. Candiipants and Chelsea Gets Nailed).  I never realized how versatile they could be.  Depending on how you arrange them, triangles can be classic, graphic, tribal, or any even Christmas trees.  I tried out a few different designs here, tied together with a simple color palette, and they turned out kind of tribal-y.  I can’t decide which one is my favorite!

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I used Nicole by OPI I Sea You and Raise You and Essie No Place Like Chrome.  The triangles were all freehanded using two different sized brushes.  I’ve discovered that I am way too impatient to use tape, especially when it involves several different steps (like these would have) and cutting small pieces.

triangle tribal

What do you think of these?  I really want to try the design on my middle finger again, maybe with a gradient as the base.