As you’ve probably guessed if you’ve been following this blog, I have a lot of nail polish. It’s gotten to the point where I can’t remember which ones I have (I used to know my stash really well). So I’ve decided to start doing some nail art with my untried polishes. They need some love, too!
Herringbone is one of my favorite patterns, so I decided to do some new herringbone nails (I’ve been experimenting with this pattern on false nail sets, too). The base is China Glaze At Vase Value, which I actually just bought, and the design is Revlon Holographic Pearls. It’s a super-dense holographic topcoat, actually very similar to Cult Nails Coachella. Both of these polishes are new to me, and I really like them both. I can’t believe I went so long without picking up At Vase Value!
I kind of wish I’d put a solid color underneath Holographic Pearls (maybe a gray?), but I like how these turned out anyway. This pattern is so quick and easy and I love the way it looks! I just finished a false nail set for my Etsy shop with this pattern in gray and lime.
I’ve been kind of unmotivated lately when it comes to nail art, even though I have more free time now to actually do it. I wanted to try something a little bit different, and while it didn’t turn out as crisp as I envisioned, I still really like these.
The base is OPI Ink, which is a bit more purple in person. I must have come close to buying it about a hundred times, and when I finally did, I wish I’d done it sooner. I’ve always passed up shimmery or metallic polishes in favor of cremes, but I’ve been getting really into shimmers, especially dark ones, lately. I painted the design with Color Club Je Ne Sais Quoi.
I’m thinking about doing another 31-day challenge soon, because I really liked doing it when I first started this blog, and I think it would be fun to really see what a difference three years make. I know my nail art skills have really improved since then!
I also recently opened up my Etsy shop, selling hand painted nail sets. Click here to check it out!
I just can’t stop using this fall’s Nordic collection from OPI. I have been wearing the polishes from this collection almost nonstop since I got them. The colors I used here are two of my favorites from the collection, because I have nothing else quite like them. Minty green and brown have been pretty standard nail colors for a few years, but I feel like OPI did a good job of making their versions a little bit unique, which seems to be pretty difficult to do nowadays.
I started with a base of My Dogsled is a Hybrid and painted on the design using How Great is Your Dane?. The formula on both of these is fantastic. I really like these colors together, sort of a more toned-down version of mint chocolate chip.
Have you picked up any of the polishes from this collection? What are your favorites?
Here is another post using some of the polishes from OPI’s Nordic Collection for Fall 2014. I am honestly really loving all of the colors in this collection, and I thought these three would look good together. This is semi-inspired by Mr. Candiipants and my Modcloth-inspired mani.
I used OPI Can’t A-Fjord Not To (coral/orange), Thank Glogg It’s Friday! (berry), and OPI With a Nice Finn-ish (gold). All of them were pretty pigmented and great to work with for nail art.
I’ve already got a few more queued posts using this collection, and I just got Essie’s fall collection in the mail, so expect to see some of that soon! All of these amazing fall colors are making me wish for sweater weather even more!
I’ve been kind of obsessed with polka dot nails lately, and did these simple black and white ones to go with a new polish I picked up the other day. I really love graphic black and white with bright colors (see previous post here). Perfect for summer!
I used OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, OPI Black Onyx, and China Glaze V.
These are pretty simple, but definitely fun! I’m planning on doing the reverse pattern (black with white polka dots) soon, with a fun summery color.
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.
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.
I am all about these weird geometric nails. I want to do these all the time.
I was looking on Design Seeds for color inspiration and came across this gorgeous springy palette. I started with the diamond nails, and didn’t know what to pair them with – I had originally thought to do something floral, but that seemed like too much work. Then I realized the colors would be perfect for this design by (who else?) Mr. Candiipants. I did a simple gradient on the remaining two nails, and ended up with this super awesome manicure. Love it!
The base color is OPI My Vampire is Buff. The green is Sinful Colors Innocent, the gray is OPI Suzi Takes the Wheel, and the pink and peach are Nails Inc. Mayfair Lane and Wellington Square.
Don’t be surprised if you see more fruit nails from me in the near future – they were much easier than I thought they’d be, and they’re just so adorable!
I am still kind of obsessed with these flowers (previous posts here and here). They’re super cute, and actually pretty easy to do. This time, I went a little bit simpler with the flowers, but used a tie-dye background (creating using the watercolor technique), and accented them with a cool geometric pattern (inspired by Mr. Candiipants). I absolutely love them!
The triangles and leaves are butter LONDON Poole. I’m don’t remember what other colors I used, but I’m pretty sure the green is China Glaze Def Defying, and the black and white are most likely Sinful Colors. I basically just pulled most of my bright green and blue shades out of my Helmers.
I really, really love the way this watercolor turned out. I’m going to have to try it again. And I liked using it as a background for the designs – it added a really cool element. Let me know what you think in the comments!
My most recent book-inspired nail art (seen here and here) has been pretty popular, and it’s definitely been some of my favorite nail art I’ve done, so I decided to make a series out of it. My goal is to write one post a week inspired by some of my favorite (or most recently read) literature.
Today’s post was inspired by The Maze Runner by James Dashner. I don’t know if this is a favorite, but I definitely enjoyed it. It’s pretty much Hunger Games meets Lord of the Flies. I got the book as part of a set (it’s the first in a trilogy), so I will eventually be reading the second one. I just don’t feel completely compelled to continue with the story (like I do with Red Rising), but I’ve heard great things, so I’m looking forward to it. If you’re a fan of dystopian fiction, The Maze Runner, is a good read (and soon to be a movie).
For those of you who haven’t read the book, I won’t ruin the plot for you, but WICKED is important. I painted it on my ring finger with Essie Snap Happy on a base of Essie Licorice. The rest of my nails are Essie Stylenomics with the maze design painted with OPI Moonraker.
I really like how these turned out! I’m definitely getting better/more comfortable painting (legible) words. If you’ve read The Maze Runner, let me know your thoughts below. And feel free to post your book suggestions and add me as a friend on Goodreads!
You all loved my green pixel nails so much that I thought I’d try them again. I think I like the green ones a bit better, but that’s probably because I used smaller squares and I kept them simple and only did an accent nail and not all of them, which took forever. It was fun looking through all my purple polishes though. I think next time I do these I’m going to go for something other than a monochromatic color scheme.
If you’d like to know what colors I used, just let me know. Most of the polishes are OPI, Essie, or China Glaze, and I think there’s one Nails Inc. in there.
Also, I suck and corners. They are ridiculously hard to paint. Which I think is part of the reason I feel kind of meh about these.
I don’t think these are my best work, but I thought I’d show them to you anyway because I spent so much time working on them. And they’re not a complete fail, they looked pretty cool from a distance.