Fall is my favorite nail polish season. I just love the colors every single year. Recently, I picked up
some all of China Glaze’s The Great Outdoors collection. Obviously, I had to try them immediately, and came up with this look inspired by a pattern I saw somewhere online and now can’t find. My original idea was to do arrows, but I think these look more like pine trees (which is pretty fitting for a collection called The Great Outdoors).
I started with a base of S’More Fun, which is this really cool chartreuse color. It’s the most summery polish in the collection, and one of my favorite colors. I have a lot of colors like this, but I think this one might be my new favorite – it looks pretty good on my skin tone. The “trees” are painted with Take a Hike, which is a gorgeous, dusty pine green. It reminds me of a less-blue version of something like Essie School of Hard Rocks. I love wearing greens like this!
So far, I am loving this collection! There are some lovely cremes, a few duochromes, a glitter, and a couple of lovely shimmer polishes. I also love that this year, the OPI, Essie, and China Glaze fall collections are totally different (I feel a bit better about buying all of them). My OPIs are still in the mail, but I don’t see any dupes at all, which is awesome! I am really excited about these colors, which means you’ll probably be seeing them a lot. I really love these even though they turned out completely different than I’d imagined. Let me know in the comments which fall polishes you’d like to see next!
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!
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 love green and blue nail polish year round, but in the fall I really gravitate towards navy and emerald. Over the past few years, I’ve amassed a nice collection of emerald polishes. I usually have about a million bottles of nail polish sitting on my desk and any given time (I’m really bad about putting them away after I use them), and these two colors happened to be sitting next to each other and I thought they would look amazing together.
I used one of my favorite green creme polishes as a base – OPI Jade is the New Black. It was one of my first purchases when I really started getting into nail polish a few years ago, and I just keep going back to it. Then using a Bundle Monster plate (which I cannot find right now), I stamped a shattered design on my thumb, middle, and pinky fingers and it’s reverse on my index and ring fingers using SpaRitual Rhythm of Life. I love how there is just a hint of the shimmer here, even though Rhythm of Life is borderline metallic on his own.
What is your favorite fall color?
Finally another book-inspired post! I just finished reading my first Neil Gaiman book, Neverwhere, and it was incredible! Definitely a unique book. Kind of like a modern Alice in Wonderland. So, naturally, I had to do some Neverwhere nail art.
I used Essie Going Incognito as the base for all the nails, and Sinful Colors Chick Chick to paint the designs. It’s slight sheerness really worked for this design.
The designs I chose are (from thumb to pinky): the title of the book, a door, Islington (the name of one of the characters), Mind the Gap (which was my favorite scene in the book), and a key.
I really enjoyed reading Nevermore, and I’m moving on to The Graveyard Book next. I’ve been on a huge reading kick lately, so any and all book recommendations are welcome! And as always, you can add me as a friend on Goodreads (it’s like Facebook for books). Happy reading!
Since watermelon nails in the summer are pretty much obligatory, I thought I’d give them a shot. I’ve really been enjoying my other fruit nails (here and here), so I thought these would be really nice. I don’t usually do colored tips, but with these colors, I ended up really liking it.
I used Essie Ruffles and Feathers and OPI Girls Love Ponies, with black and white polishes from Sinful Colors.
And have you noticed my new watermark? I finally splurged for Photoshop. Adobe Cloud is having a deal right now where, if you’re a student or teacher, you get the entire Adobe Suite for $20 a month, so I hopped right on that, made a logo for The Polish Squirrel, and added it as a watermark to all my new photos. My photos aren’t always the greatest, but it’s definitely something I pay close attention to, so hopefully this will help me make them even better.
I know it’s been a while between posts, but grad school is kind of kicking my butt right now. So I may go two or three weeks between posting anything, but I don’t plan on abandoning this blog anytime soon.
Hope you liked my version of watermelon nails! And let me know what you think of my new watermark/logo in the comments!
It’s officially summer, and I have been loving all of this fruit nail art I’ve been seeing lately. While pineapples may be my my favorite nail art fruit, I had Essie’s summer collection on my desk, and they were the perfect strawberry colors!
I used Essie Urban Jungle as the base on my thumb and middle finger and for the strawberry seeds. The red (which in person is much more of a pink) is Essie Haute in the Heat, and the green is Essie Ruffles & Feathers. The black is my favorite basic black – Sinful Colors Black on Black.
I think these turned out super cute! I was actually going to do all my nails in the tiny strawberry pattern, but it was a lot of work and I was pretty lazy, so I did the full nail berries, and I actually like those a lot better.
P.S. Sorry about my lack of posts the past few weeks – I started grad school on Monday, came down with strep throat on Tuesday (I have the worst luck ever), and I spent last weekend (and most of this week) redecorating/painting TPS headquarters. I’m considering posting some pictures when it’s finally all done, because I think it’s turning out amazing, so let me know if that’s something you’d like to see!