Holographic Herringbone

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!

holographic herringbone

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!

holographic herringbone

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.

Geometric Yellow & Blue

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.

yellow squares

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.

yellow squares

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!

 

Nordic Triangles

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.

nordic tribal

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.

nordic tribal

Have you picked up any of the polishes from this collection?  What are your favorites?

Neon Tribal

Most of the time, the polishes I use in my nail art are the ones on my desk – which pretty much means they’re my go-to black and white (Sinful Colors) and my most recent purchases.  I got both of these polishes last week at the Sally’s buy two get one sale, and thought they would look great together as a summery tribal design.

neon tribal

I used China Glaze Metro Pollen-Tin and Rose Among Thorns (which is a cool dark pink neon).  The white is Sally Hansen White On.

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I feel like florals and triangles are becoming my default nail designs.  But that’s totally ok, because I love them!

Green Pixels

These were inspired by this post/tutorial from Mr. Candiipants.  And yes, I know, I use her designs all the time, but she’s awesome and she makes me want to paint cool things on my nails.  I changed these up just a bit by sticking to a monochromatic palette.  I think they turned out pretty amazing.  No way do I have the patience to do this on every nail, but I think it makes a great accent.

green pixels

The main color I used is Revlon Posh.  My bottle has a super funky brush (like half of it is way shorter than the rest of it), which makes it hard to use, but the color is worth it.  I don’t remember exactly what I used for the squares, but if you want to know an exact color, I can probably figure it out.  Just ask in the comments below.

green pixels

What do you think?  I’m a huge fan of these.  I wish I were better at painting straight lines, but it works.  Funny story: the day after I painted these, I saw a little boy with a sweatshirt in the exact same pattern and colors.

Winter Triangles

I’m back!  Sorry for the extended absence.  Short story: stuff happened.  Slightly longer version: I’ve been dealing with insurance companies after someone hit my car on Black Friday, and as soon as that was over, my grandfather passed away, and honestly, I just haven’t been that into posting and didn’t want to force it.  But, it’s Christmas, and that means nail art (right?), so I thought I’d try to get back into this blog.  These aren’t that Christmassy, but I might try to get some red and green and sparkly going in the next two days.  Or at least some snowflakes or something.

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These nails were inspired by these by Mr. Candiipants.  I seriously love her, and these are perfect!  Most of the colors I used came from the Essie Winter collection, with OPI My Vampire is Buff as the base and a couple of Revlon polishes thrown in there.  Love these colors!

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Thank you all for continuing to read this blog!  There was honestly a point that I considered just not coming back, and a big part of the reason I did was the friends I’ve met doing this.  So thank you!

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! I hope you all have a wonderful week with family and friends!

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.

Advent Calendar Day 15 – Something Cozy

I actually had a bit of a hard time coming up with something for today’s post.  For me, cozy means a cup of tea in front of the fire with a blanket and a book or some knitting (if you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen some of my knitting).  So I decided to attempt something I’ve been wanting to try for a while – knit nails!  I really wanted to use this stamping plate (isn’t it awesome?), but it’s not here yet.  So I attempted some freehand “knitted” nails.  I kind of love them.

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After several attempts, I discovered that the best way to do these is to paint the lines in between the stitches, rather than the stitches themselves.  So I started with a base of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls and then painted on the lines with Orly Mirror Mirror.  What is cozier than a white winter knit?

I have to say, this is one of those times where these look a million times better from a normal distance, rather than a close up picture.  So take a few steps back to fully enjoy the effect of these.  Also, try not to focus on the lines, focus on the white parts so you can actually see the “stitches.”

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I am so glad I gave these a try!  I’ve been planning them in my head for months, but was never brave enough to do them.  They did take forever, though, and I am crazy excited to get that stamping plate!  No joke, I will probably use it like every day for a few weeks.  Sorry 🙂

Edit: Today the nail blogging community is doing white nails in remembrance of the tragedy in Newtown, CT yesterday.  Since these are white, I thought I dedicate them to children who lost their lives yesterday, and to their families and friends whose lives will never be the same.  Please don’t make this political (at least on this blog) – just be content with remembering the innocent lives that were lost.

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Color Blocked

Lately, I’ve been getting bored with my manis really quickly.  I wore OPI’s Jade is the New Black (which I showed you yesterday) for maybe a day before I got the urge to add something to it.  So I picked up an untried bottle on my desk, China Glaze Up All Night, and ended up with this.  Not perfect, but I do really like it.  Simple and (relatively) easy.

I first went around the nail with a striper brush to outline it, and then added the color blocks on random sides of my nails.  In real life, that gorgeous shimmer in Up All Night wasn’t this visible, but it is a beautiful color.  I got this in my dark blue shimmer buying spree a few weeks ago (seriously, I think I bought at least 6 new ones).

This may not me by favorite mani I’ve ever done, but I like the technique, and I think I might use it again with different colors.  What do you think?

LDTTWC Day 1: I should have been born in…

As some of you already know, today begins the Let’s Do the Time Warp Challenge sponsored by Nail Polish Canada and Neverland Nail Blog!  I signed up immediately, mostly because I’m a history nerd and thought it was an awesome idea, but also because it would force me to do more nail art.  For those of you who are curious, here’s the schedule for the next four weeks (two posts a week):

I seriously considered being a total nerd and picking a decade from the 17th century or something, but I went the easier route and picked the 1920s!  I’ve always loved the 20s: it was a decade of luxury, freedom, and opportunity.  People traveled around the world, and sat around partying or went to secret speakeasies.  Plus, almost every great gangster movie is set in the 20s.

For this challenge, I was inspired by the gorgeous art deco elements that made their way into almost everything during this period.  Here’s what I came up with:

I used Nails Inc. Hampstead Gardens, Sonia Kashuk Dime a Dozen, Sally Hansen Plum Luck, Sally Hansen Onyx, China Glaze First Mate, and Finger Paints Go Van Gogh.

I’m not entirely happy with them, but I decided I wasn’t patient enough to tape off all the lines, so oh well.  I love the colors and the design, I just wish I was better at straight lines.  Definitely improving, though.

This challenge is a lot harder than I thought it would be, but I’m having a lot of fun with it!

Click here to see the amazing designs from other Time Warp Challenge participants: