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.
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.
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!
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).
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Last week, I was trying to think of something new I could do on my nails, and I remembered the watercolor technique. I’ve done it before, but I’ve never really been too happy with the results. So after looking at lots of pictures of watercolor nails, and after many attempts (most of which were too overdone and ended up with my nail showing in spots), I came up with this.
I (obviously) used a ton of purples for this, and I don’t remember what they all are, but if you really need to know, I can probably figure it out. It needed a little something, so I added a coat of INM Northern Lights. I’m not too big on sparkle, but I really love how subtle and pretty Northern Lights is.
I really love how this turned out! This technique took a while for me to get the hang of, but I think I’ll be using it a lot in the future – it would make an amazing base for some simple nail art.
If you’re interested in watercolor nails, there are about a million tutorials out there, and of course I’d be happy to offer some tips.
Last week, I showed you A Study in Polish’s Consulting Detective, which is the Sherlock Holmes polish in her Sherlock collection. Today I have the polish inspired by John Watson, Army Doctor.
Army Doctor is a grass green with copper glitter and a pretty blue shimmer. Normally, I don’t like glitter in shimmery bases, but I think this one is done really well. The formula is pretty great, too – this was two smooth coats. You do have to be a bit careful with this to avoid pulling, or just do three thin coats instead.
A Study in Polish is available here. I bought a bunch of them a few weeks ago, and I haven’t tried a single one that I don’t love. You should definitely check her out!
P.S. Any Sherlock fans out there – what did you think about the season 3 ending? I can’t wait for season 4!
Today I have my first polish from A Study in Polish. She has an entire collection inspired by the BBC series Sherlock, which you I am completely obsessed with at the moment. I was good and only bought half of them (plus one from her Hobbit collection), but then as soon as they came in the mail and I saw how gorgeous they really were, I ordered the other half. I wasn’t kidding when I told you polish named after my favorite things is my kryptonite.
Consulting detective is a beautiful purple with gold shimmer, gold glitter in different sizes, and small iridescent blue glitter. It is opaque in three coats, but I have a thing with conserving indie polishes (because they can be fairly hard to get), so I layered two coats over Zoya Monica, which matched the base almost perfectly.
I’m kind of obsessed with this polish. The formula and the color are both amazing. You can check out A Study in Polish here. She has some great “fandom” collections.