Birds on a Wire

It’s been a while since I’ve done stamping.  As you can tell from my lack of posts lately, I’ve been pretty busy, and I just didn’t have the time to wait for my nails to dry just so I could stamp (I’m still not the best at it, so sometimes it takes a few shots).  But I got the new Bundle Monster sets, so I wanted to try them out.  I am slightly obsessed with this bird design!

birds on a wire

On my index and middle fingers I painted OPI You’re So Vain-illa, and stamped with OPI Who Are You Calling Bossy?.  The rest of my nails are China Glaze Well Trained.  I’ve done a very similar color combo before, and I still love how well the creme and dark teal go together.  I know the teal looks pretty much black here, but in person, it’s more like the color of the bottle in the above picture.

birds on a wire

I’m going to try and stamp some more, since I now have an almost insane collection.  And, I will be officially done working at my current job in less than three weeks, so I’m excited to have a lot more time for nails!

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Golden Son

Time for some more book inspired nail art!  I”d been looking forward to Golden Son by Pierce Brown for almost a year, and it absolutely did not disappoint.  It’s the sequel to Red Rising (check out my Red Rising inspired nail art here).  I wanted to do these for the book release on the 6th, but that was a busy week and I didn’t have time.  I did end up going to the book launch party in Hollywood, though, so it was totally worth it!

golden son

On my thumb I painted a golden laurel (which is on the cover of the book), the index finger is the gold sigil (in the book, society is divided into color classes), my middle finger is the symbol of the Sons of Ares (the rebels), my ring finger is a gold/red/black watercolor/gradient, and my pinky is the red sigil.

golden son

I used OPI Who Are You Calling Bossy? (black), OPI Rolling in Cashmere (gold), and OPI Coca Cola Red (red, obviously).

golden son

These honestly turned out a lot better than I was expecting!  I’ve been slowly investing in more good quality brushes from the art store, and they are really helpful for detail work.

Golden Son was just as good as, if not even better than, Red Rising, which is one of my favorite books ever.  If you haven’t read it yet, I’d highly recommend it!  I’ve read the hard copy of each book as well as listened to the audiobooks, and if your more of an audiobook person (0r if you have a long commute) the narrator does an incredible job.  Definitely worth a listen.

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Vintage Stripes and Flowers

I’m back!  Sorry I’ve been gone for so long, it’s been a crazy month.  I went on a mini road trip over the holidays, bought a new car, and quit my job.  Throw in grad school, and I haven’t had all that much time for nails.  And honestly, I wasn’t that motivated to do nail art.  But I’ve been feeling great lately, so I’m going to try and start posting more.

stripes and floral

These were inspired by vintage floral patterns, and I really love the thick stripes as an accent.  I used OPI You’re So Vain-illa as the background, with OPI Black Onyx for the stripes and OPI Coca Cola Red, OPI Christmas Gone Plaid, and Cult Cosmetics Chateau Marmont for the flowers.

stripes and floral

I absolutely love how these turned out!  I actually already did a very similar design that I will be posting soon.

I hope you all had an excellent holiday season!  I had a great start to 2015 and I’m really looking forward to the rest of the year (which includes a lot more time for nail art)!

Winter Watercolor

I’ve really been loving the watercolor technique (here is a great tutorial of a similar effect – I just layered more than one color).  It’s actually really easy once you get the hang of it, and it looks amazing.  Usually, I do them on a white or off-white base, but I thought I’d give it a try with some of my favorite dark colors.  I absolutely love the way these turned out!

winter watercolor

I think most – if not all – of the polishes I used are from OPI’s fall collection.  I think they look really great together.  This is my first time using shimmer in a watercolor, and I think the effect is really cool.

winter watercolor

This is the last of the posts that has been hanging out in my drafts folder while I’ve been tied up with school and work, so I’m hoping to get some holiday nail art up soon!

Fractured Emerald

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.

fractured emerald

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.

fractured emerald

What is your favorite fall color?

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?

The Night Circus

Time for another book-inspired post!  Despite the fact that my literary theory class is totally kicking my ass, I’ve somehow been reading books like crazy.  I’ve actually really been enjoying reading as I go through grad school, because even though I’m only two classes in, I feel like I have a better appreciation of well-written books.  One of my recent favorites is The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.  I knew from the first page that I would like this book, and I couldn’t put it down!

the night circus

The book takes place mainly in a black and white circus, so I tried to portray that and a few important elements of the book.  From thumb to pinky: the name of the circus – Le Cirque des Revês (the circus of dreams), the two of hearts, a clock (nowhere near as elaborate as the one in the book), a single rose, and a tree.  All of the nails have a distorted checkerboard pattern in the background (though the white-on-white ones are a bit hard to see).  I absolutely loved these, and kept them on for a few days even though I didn’t have the time or energy to do my right hand.  I think they turned out really well!

the night circus

I used all OPI polishes for this manicure: Alpine Snow, Black Onyx, My Boyfriend Scales Walls, and Coca-Cola Red.

the night circus

I know The Night Circus has been super popular for a while, so if you’ve read it, let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below!  And as always, you can add me as a friend on Goodreads (it’s like Facebook for books).  Happy reading!