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!

Neon and Nude

I’m not a huge fan of neon (on me – I do like them on other people most of the time). I know it’s really big this summer, but it’s just a little too… neon… for me.  So I can’t really explain why I bought the entire neon collection from Essie. I do like them, just not on me.  I’m sure my little sister will get a lot of use out of them once I get home, though.

But since I own them, I thought I’d explore some ways to tone them down a bit and make them more wearable for me.  My favorite combo so far is neon and nude.  It’s not as stark as a neon with black or white, and definitely brings the neon down a notch.  I also paired neon and nude together in this mani, which I loved!

Here I used scotch tape for a chevron half-moon.  (I’ve also seen these called v-gaps, but traditional v-gaps involve a “gap” down the length of the nail.)

This is Essie Lights with Essie Brooch the Subject, my favorite nude.

Although I love how the color combination turned out, and will probably be trying different designs with these polishes, this manicure wasn’t my favorite.  From a distance, it just looked like I had tiny neon pink claws.  Not pretty.

What do you think of this combo?  Are you on board with the neon trend this summer?