Neon Ikat

I’ve been adding more neons to my collection lately.  I’m not really one for wearing bright colors on a regular basis, but I like to use neon colors as accents.  My sister, on the other hand, has used up about half my bottle of Nina Ultra Pro Solar Flare, which is pretty much a highlighter yellow color that almost glows in the dark.  I thought it might be fun to incorporate some neon and tone in down with a few different gray colors.  The result is kind of grungy looking, to be honest, but I like it.  It definitely shows off the neon polishes in a unique way.

neon ikat

I used some grays from OPI’s 50 Shades collection (I can’t pass up a good gray no matter how much I dislike the inspiration).  The base is Embrace the gray, and the darker gray on top is Dark Side of the Mood.  The black and white polishes are both from Cult Cosmetics – definitely my new favorite black and white polishes!  The white is El Porto and the black is DTLA (all the polishes are named after places in Los Angeles).  The neon yellow is China Glaze Celtic Sun and the orange is Orly Tropical Pop.  This shade of orange is one of my favorite neon colors, but it does not mesh well with my skintone on its own.

neon ikat

I know a lot of you are probably still buried under snow, but we’ve hit the 90s this week in the OC.  I hate the heat, and I’m just getting over a bout of the flu, so it’s been pretty miserable.  I’d trade this weather for snow any day of the week!  Still, the warm weather is putting me in the mood for bright colors, so I thought the neon was pretty fitting.  Hope you liked it!

P.S. Sorry about the condition of my cuticles!  I did these a few weeks ago, and didn’t notice until I was editing the pictures.  I have no idea what is up with my hands, but I wanted to share them anyway.

Winter Ikat

These are my first attempt at ikat nails.  I wanted to do something with some of my new polishes (Ulta is an addiction), but didn’t feel like dealing with brushes and dotting tools, or tape, so I ended up with these.  They’re not my best work, but I really like how they turned out.  LOVE nail art that looks good even when it’s messy!

I finally got around to buying Essie Mint Candy Apple and Lilacism the other day, and thought they looked great together.  I combined them with a favorite of mine, Essie Bobbing With Baubles, which is a gorgeous navy, instead of traditional black.  The white is Essie Blanc.

I am totally in love with how the navy takes bright pastels from spring and makes them perfect for winter!  This is definitely a color combo you’ll be seeing from me again.

I think the cold weather (meaning the temp dropped below 80 in Southern California) has inspired me to do some more fall and winter manis, so expect to see more nail art in the next few weeks!