Sugar in a Sundress

Today I’ve got another Pretty and Polished polish for you!  This one is called Sugar in a Sundress.  It’s a pale yellow with medium blue and dark cobalt blue glitter.  I honestly didn’t think I’d like this as much as I do.  I absolutely love the glitter colors, and the yellow is really nice and delicate and doesn’t clash with my skin tone.

sugar in a sundress

I was planning on layering this one, but I ended up really liking how it looked with just two coats on its own.  The formula was really nice, but it did pull a bit at the cuticle, so just make sure your first coat is dry before you go for a second.  If you’re looking to layer, I think Color Club Macaroon Swoon would be the perfect base color.

sugar in a sundress

It doesn’t look like this one is currently available (sorry!), but you can buy Pretty and Polished on their website or Etsy shop.  I’ve mentioned before that Pretty and Polished was one of my very first indie polishes back when I started blogging (check out my first P&P post from three years ago – Valentino – here!).  If you haven’t tried this brand yet, I’d definitely recommend it!

Arcane Mermaid

I haven’t ordered any indie polishes in a while, and I’ve been playing catch-up in the past few weeks.  I kind of feel like my polish tastes go in phases, and once in a blue moon I really want some glitter.  This polish definitely satisfied my glitter craving, and I couldn’t help adding some abstract-y mermaid scales (inspired by Mr. Candiipants).  arcane mermaid

I used Pretty & Polished Arcane in the Membrane as the base, and then painted on the scales using white acrylic paint.  I was pretty tired when I was doing this, so they didn’t come out perfect, but I still like them.  I love how glitter looks with a matte topcoat, so I topped it with OPI’s Matte Topcoat.

arcane mermaid

I really love this combination of glitter!  This is two smooth coats, and it dries really smooth – I didn’t even need to add a topcoat to smooth the glitter before I painted on the design.  I’d definitely recommend this one!

arcane mermaid

Pretty & Polished polishes can be purchased from their website or Etsy shop.  Right now, Arcane in the Membrane is still available in both shops.  I’ve been a fan of Pretty & Polished for years (Valentino was one of my first indie polishes), and I have to say, they just keep getting better!  You can check out all my past Pretty & Polished posts here.  I’ve been trying to use a lot of my untried polishes in my nail art lately, so you’ll definitely be seeing a lot more of Pretty & Polished and other indie brands!

Popples

It’s been a while since I’ve bought or swatched an indie polish.  But I couldn’t resist Pretty & Polished’s 50% off Daylight Savings sale a few weeks ago.  I got my first ever color changing polishes, a couple glitters, and this gem.  Popples is a white jelly with pink, blue, and green neon glitter.  I actually don’t own anything like this, and I really love it!

popples

It probably would have taken about three coats to be fully opaque, but I did two over a coat of OPI Angel with a Lead Foot.  I have this thing about conserving “special” polish, so I usually use them with undies.

popples

Pretty & Polished polishes (including Popples) can be purchased here.  Pretty & Polished is just one of those brands that is consistently good quality and is coming out with different things all the time.  I’ve been a fan since I purchased Valentino (probably discontinued) back in 2012.  Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I have a slightly ridiculous collection of green nail polishes, so it was a bit difficult to decide which ones to wear today.  Ultimately, I decided on one of my new favorites and added a simple design and some glitter.  Honestly, I’m not entirely happy with it, but I was too tired for anything else.

luck

The base is Color Club Wild Cactus, which is a bit darker and brighter in person.  I don’t have anything even close in my stash, so it’s definitely worth a look if you like greens.  The glitter is China Glaze Pine-ing for Glitter, and I painted the word “luck” with Essie Blossom Dandy from Essie’s new spring collection.

luck

Hope you all have a great St. Patrick’s Day!

P.S. I have a cool announcement coming soon, so keep an eye out for that!  If you follow me on Instagram (@thepolishsquirrel), you might know what it is already.

Neon Rose

I don’t wear neon all that often, but I really love it as an accent to more muted colors.  I think its a really cool trend, and there is a lot you can do with those highlighter-bright colors.  I picked up a few of the Color Club neons on Amazon recently (Color Club doesn’t seem to be sold in stores near me), and I am really loving them!

neon rose

The neon pink is Color Club Warhol.  The other two polishes are from another brand I’ve been getting into recently: Cult Cosmetics.  The gray is Marina del Rey and the gold glitter is Whisky a Go Go.  All of the polishes are named after locations in Los Angeles, which is pretty cool.

neon rose

This mani is definitely something that seems a bit out of my comfort zone, what with the pink and glitter, but I think the gray and the neon keep it a little more edgy than girly.  I really like how the abstract rose turned out. I’ve seen a bunch of designs like this around, and my first few attempts weren’t that great.

neon rose

I know Color Club is a relatively well-known brand, but if you haven’t tried them, I would definitely recommend them.  I am loving their neons and holographic polishes, and some of their cremes are really unique and beautiful (Wild Cactus and Artsy Crafty are my favorites so far).  I’ve been getting all of mine on Amazon. Cult Cosmetics (not to be confused with Cult Nails) are available on their website.  I highly recommend their black and white if you’re looking for some staples.

May the Fourth Be With You

It’s Star Wars Day!  I wanted to do some nails to celebrate, but didn’t have a ton of time, so I used some cool black and white glitter instead of trying to paint storm troopers or R2D2.  But I think they turned out really well.  Despite my “B,” I’m getting much more comfortable writing in tiny letters with polish and a paintbrush.

may the 4th be with you

I used OPI Black Onyx and Sally Hansen White On for the “May the 4th” nails.  The glitter nails are Essie No Place Like Chrome topped with Revlon Graffiti Top Coat.

may the 4th be with you

Let me know how you’re celebrating Star Wars Day – post links to your Star Wars manicures in the comments below!  And of course:

May the Fourth Be With You

Eye of Horus

 

A couple of weeks ago, I ordered some new stamping plate sets, and I couldn’t wait to use them.  Of course, it took me forever to decide which one to use first, but some of the tribal designs really caught my eye.

eye of horus

I started with a base of Revlon Parfumerie Balsam Fir, which is definitely one of my favorite Parfumerie colors/scents so far.  Then I stamped the eye of Horus design using Mash plate 65 and Essie Good as Gold.  The glitter on the rest of my fingers is A Study in Polish 221B, which is a perfect black and gold glitter topcoat.

eye of horus

I really like how these turned out.  They’re simple, but still really cool.  And I really love how the sparkle is not too overwhelming.