Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!  Hope you’re all having a good Monday.  I wanted to do some nail art for today, and after going through my (rather large) collection of green nail polish, I decided to do something simple using a few of my favorites.

green chevron

I started with a base of China Glaze Four Leaf Clover (because how could I not use that one?), and then painted the ikat-ish chevrons with Essie Mojito Madness and Essie Stylenomics.  I actually really like the color combo.

green chevron

I really like how these turned out.  If you’re celebrating St. Paddy’s Day on your nails today, share the link to your blog/instagram/twitter post in the comments below, I’d love to see them!

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.

Army Doctor

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

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.

army doctor

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!

Fossil Flowers

After I did some nail art inspired by my iPhone case, I thought I’d make an attempt at some nail art inspired my my iPad case.  It’s from Fossil, maybe about a year ago, and I really love it.  It protects my iPad better than any other case I’ve liked, and it’s really pretty.

fossil flowers

I used Sally Hansen Insta-Dry in Mint Sprint, OPI Black Onyx, Sinful Colors Snow Me White, Essie Bahama Mama, and China Glaze Desert Sun.

fossil flowers

I absolutely love how these turned out, and I might try these flowers again in a different color combo.

fossil flowers

I’m a huge fan of the quirky, vintage prints on Fossil’s canvas bags and tech cases. They change every season, and I love pretty much all of them.  It’s almost a good thing I can’t justify spending that much on their stuff because I’d never be able to decide.  This one was on sale, so that helped my decision making a bit.

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.

I Tried a Skittle…

This is my attempt at a skittle mani.  I may have used too many colors, but I think it turned out ok.  I’m not completely sold on the color combo, but it is definitely something a little different for me.  Also – believe it or not – this is my first leopard print!  I can’t believe I’ve never done one before.

skittle

I used Sinful Colors Snow Me White, OPI Black Onyx, OPI Jade is the New Black, China Glaze Fade into Hue, and Sephora by OPI Hippo to be Square.

skittle

I think I need a little more practice with skittles – and maybe to try one with two or three colors instead of five – but this isn’t bad for my first shot.  I do think the leopard print turned out surprisingly well – I wasn’t expecting my first try to actually resemble leopard spots.  What do you think?

Mint & Navy

Happy New Year everyone!  I hope you all had a safe and happy holiday season.  I’ve been kind of uninspired lately when it comes to nail art, so I thought I’d do a classic design in one of my favorite color combos.  Honestly, it’s not my favorite nail art ever, but I like how it turned out.

mint & navy

I started with a base of China Glaze Keep Calm, Paint On and then freehanded the half moons and tips with OPI Incognito in Sausalito, which is turning out to be a favorite of mine.  I wore it by itself for four days, which is kind of unheard of for me.

mint & navy

If you have any nail art suggestions, I would love to hear them!  I’m trying to ease my way back into blogging after a long break, and hopefully I’ll be posting much more often – I just ordered a ton of new polishes, so I need an excuse to use them 🙂

Thanks for reading, and I hope you all have a wonderful 2014!

Emerald Houndstooth

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you already know that I am completely obsessed with houndstooth.  I also have the habit of doing nail art with whatever is already on my desk (usually recent purchases) and that’s exactly what happened here.  Both of these polishes are from last fall/winter, but thanks to the sale section at Ulta, they’re new to me, and I love them!

emerald houndstooth

I started with a base of Zoya Evvie and then stamped the pattern using Zoya Ray and Vivid Lacquer plate 005 (which is definitely my most used stamping plate ever – and I have over 200 of them, so that’s saying a lot).

emerald houndstooth

I think this turned out so pretty!  I love dark greens in the fall and winter, and I can’t resist a good emerald shimmer (I might do a favorites post soon, if that’s something you guys are interested in).

It’s been a rough few weeks at work, but my huge project is done (yay!), so I’ll be home and posting more often.  Let me know what you’d like to see!

Army Green

Military is always a big trend for fall, and it’s definitely one of my favorites.  So this year, I thought I’d try it out on my nails.  I love these colors together – they are definitely fall appropriate.  And I need all the “fall” I can get in this heat wave.

army green

I used OPI Uh-Oh, Roll Down the Window (awesome name, right?) as my base. The stamping was done with Mash plate 42 and SpaRitual Slate.  The color block nails were done with scotch tape and SpaRitual Slate.  And the glitter on my middle finger is Windestine Girl With the Best Smile.

army green

I really love the color block nails – definitely something i need to try again (even though I ripped my polish off on the first two attempts).

 

Enchanted Forest

I created this manicure on a whim, because I found some makeup sponges in a drawer (I thought I was out) and wanted to use some of my new polishes.  So I randomly sponged on some metallic and shimmer polishes, and I think it turned out really pretty.  The colors remind me of a sparkly forest – I love this combo!

enchanted forest

I started with OPI Black Onyx and then sponged on Essie For the Twill of It, SpaRitual Howl, and SpaRitual Rhythm of Life.

enchanted forest

I really like these colors together.  They’re still dark and shimmery and vampy, but still really interesting.