Antiqued Nails

I’ve been wanting to try a saran wrap mani for a while, but it seemed like it would be kind of messy, and I avoid messy manicures at all costs.  Which is why you don’t see many water marbles on this blog.  Well, that, and the fact that I’m really bad at them.  Anyway, I finally did a saran wrap mani (you can find tutorials on youtube if you don’t know what I’m talking about) and here it is.  It wasn’t nearly as messy as I thought it would be.

antiqued nails

I used Essie Penny talk and China Glaze Exotic Encounters.  I knew I wanted to use a metallic to get that antique look, and Penny Talk was perfect.  The green was a great accent, and the combination reminds me of old copper.  I only used one coat of Penny Talk, so it did kind of come off a little bit, but I think in this case it adds to the effect.  Definitely do two coats of base color if you don’t like any naked nail showing, though.

antiqued nails


I really like the saran wrap effect, and I will definitely be trying other combinations. What do you think?  Is this something you’ll be trying?

Subtle Polka Dots

I wanted something a little simple and clean today, but still felt like doing some sort of (easy) nail art, so I came up with these.  They’re really nice and subtle, but still something a little bit special.  I think they turned out really well, and they’re a great alternative to full-on sparkle.

subtle polka dots

For the base, I used an e.l.f. polish that has no name (I got it at Target and it has a snakeskin-printed cap).  For the dots, I used a small dotting tool and my new favorite glitter, China Glaze Champagne Kisses.  So pretty!

subtle polka dots


I think next time, I’m going to try this with just single pieces of glitter for the dots.  I think that would look really pretty!

Pretty & Polished Save the Dauphine Collection

This month, Pretty & Polished is releasing a new Marie Antoinette-themed collection called “Save the Daphine.”  I always love when indie brands release historically inspired collections!  Even if you don’t really care about the inspiration behind the polish, I think you will still be able to appreciate how gorgeous these shades are!

First up, Louis Louis:

louis louis

Louis Louis is a warm gold base with small navy blue glitter and medium red glitter.  I’m not normally a fan of glitter in shimmery bases, but this one is gorgeous!  It definitely reminds me of royalty.  I really love that the gold color is slightly dirty and antique-looking.  It is surprisingly flattering on my skin tone, and warm golds usually look terrible on me.  I almost didn’t get this one, but I am sooo glad I did!  I was completely surprised by how much I ended up loving it!

Application was great!  This was two coats with no topcoat.

louis louis

Next is my favorite of the collection, Hameau:


Hameau is named after Marie Antoinette’s cottage, and it is a shimmery ivory base with small green and purple glitters.  Everything about this polish is perfect: the color of the base, the amount of shimmer, the colors of the glitter.  I’m actually considering getting a back up of this one.  It’s that amazing.

Application on this was really nice.  I used two coats here.

P.S. I have no idea what is wrong with my fingers in these pictures!  I didn’t notice until I was editing them, and I didn’t want to try to remove the red at the risk of changing the color of the polish.


Next is Let Them Have Cake (the famous words Marie Antoinette never actually said):

let them eat cake

Let Them Eat Cake is a creamy pale pink base with tiny lavender glitter (you have to look closely to see it, but it definitely adds something special), small yellow squares, and small/medium glitter in yellow, white, and two different shades of pink.  I actually really like this one, though I found myself wishing for more of the darker pink glitter.  It kind of gets buried under the base and just looks light pink.  But still, this is a very pretty polish.

No problems with application, other than the issue with the dark pink glitter getting buried.  This was three coats.  I would recommend waiting between coats because this had a bit of a tendency to move toward my tips.

let them eat cake

And finally, we have The Diamond Necklace Affair:

the diamond necklace affair

The Diamond Necklace Affair is a glitter topcoat made up of small iridescent blue glitters, medium/small sheer white glitter, and iridescent medium white glitter.  Very pretty!  I chose to layer it over China Glaze First Mate, because I thought a dark color would show it really well.  If you’ve been following The Polish Squirrel for a while, you might remember that I actually did a mani based on the Diamond Necklace Affair (which you can see here).  I realized when I was doing these that I used the same base color – total coincidence!

Shown is one coat of The Diamond Necklace Affair over First Mate.

And here’s a bottle shot so you can see how it looks on its own.  Keep in mind that this is definitely a layering polish.

the diamond necklace affair

Overall, this is a great collection!  My picks are Hameau and Louis Louis, but that’s just because I not really big on sparkly or pink.  I think they are all great, though.  Definitely a collection to check out this year!

The Save the Dauphine Collection will be available in Pretty & Polished’s shop starting January 16th!

New Year’s Eve Nails

I wanted to do something sparkly for New Year’s Eve, but I didn’t want just solid glitter.  I’ve always done more silvery colors, but this year, I thought I’d go with a black and gold combo.  I think they turned out great, and I’ve been staring at my nails all day.  Just because I’m home sick in my PJs doesn’t mean I can’t dress up a little.

new year's eve nails

I used Essie Licorice and China Glaze Champagne Kisses.  I really love the color of Champagne Kisses!  It’s almost a rose gold, and it’s a bit more subtle than a traditional bright gold.

The thumbs are my favorite!  I am definitely doing this “middle” glitter gradient again!

new year's eve nails

What are you wearing on your nails for New Years?

I hope you all have a fun and safe night!  Happy New Year Everyone!!!

Holidays in Hogsmeade

I had planned on sharing this yesterday, but Christmas stuff got in the way.  I still wanted to show you the polish I wore on Christmas because it’s awesome and it’s currently available (so you can snatch it up for next year).  I’ve actually collected quite a few Christmas polishes, but this one is my favorite!  It’s called Holidays in Hogsmeade and it’s from Lac Attack’s Magical Musings Collection.  Yes, they are Harry Potter themed.  And yes, I bought all of them.  I literally cannot resist the combination of Harry Potter and nail polish.  No joke.

holidays in hogshead

Holidays in Hogsmeade (side note: wouldn’t that be the BEST Christmas ever???) is a glitter topcoat made up of different sizes of red and green glitter and some white glitter.  All the glitters are matte, which makes it even more awesome.  I could not decide what color to put under it, and Anastasia, from Lac Attack, suggested silver or gold.  I chose OPI Glitzerland, and I ended up absolutely loving this!  So festive and I got lots of compliments!

Here’s a bottle shot so you can see the glitters:

holidays in hogshead


Lac Attack polishes are available for purchase here.  Holidays in Hogsmeade is available in a full sized bottle for $8 or a mini bottle for $4.25.  You can also purchase full or mini sizes of the entire Magical Musings collection as a set.  Most of them are currently sold out, but according to Anastasia, these shades aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, so keep your eyes peeled for a restock!

Hopefully I will get swatches of the rest of the collection up soon!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!  I wish all my readers a (slightly belated) Merry Christmas!  Let me know what your favorite gift was (and what nail polishes you got) or how you celebrated – I always love hearing from you 🙂


Feliz Navidad

I discovered Happy Hands nail polish a couple of months ago and it is quickly becoming one of my favorite indie brands.  She has a great eye for color combinations.  And I really just love the packaging.  The bottles are nice and thick, which great brushes, and the labels are really cute.

Feliz Navidad is a peachy nude base (pretty much my perfect mannequin hands shade) with soft pink and gold glitter.  It’s a very subtle effect, and this could definitely qualify as work-appropriate glitter.

feliz navidad

This is three thin coats with Essie Good to Go.  Kristi, the creator of Happy Hands, warned that this had a pretty strong smell because of some of the ingredients.  I was expecting strong, Seche Vite-like, nail polish smell.  Instead, this has a strange, hair-salon type of smell.  Which is, honestly, a lot easier to handle than overwhelming nail polish smell.

Here you can see that some (not all) of the larger pink glitter pieces are holographic.  Very pretty.

feliz navidad

Happy Hands nail polish is available on Etsy, and they’re relatively easy to get your hands on because Kristi is awesome and restocks every Saturday at 5pm EST!  You can also check out her nail polish blog here.

Advent Calendar Day 12 – Family

Anyone else think this day of the challenge was insanely difficult?  I spent at least a week trying to come up with something for today.  I finally decided on trying to depict some of my family’s Christmas traditions.  I used tape to make the designs so they’re kind of simple and graphic.  These actually looked really good glossy, but my camera hated them, so I had to mattify them for pictures.

family christmas traditions

Some of the Christmas traditions I tried to depict were decorating the tree together, opening presents on Christmas Eve so we can sleep in on Christmas (now that my youngest sister is too old for Santa), driving around the neighborhood to look at Christmas lights (the middle finger is supposed to be a house), and going to Christmas Eve mass with the whole family before dinner at my grandma’s house.  (I did the tree twice because I really liked it and couldn’t think of anything else.)

I used Essie Going Incognito and OPI Goldeneye.  These colors are awesome together!

What are some holiday traditions your family celebrates?