Sunset Skittle

Here is another post using some of the polishes from OPI’s Nordic Collection for Fall 2014.  I am honestly really loving all of the colors in this collection, and I thought these three would look good together.  This is semi-inspired by Mr. Candiipants and my Modcloth-inspired mani.

sunset skittle

I used OPI Can’t A-Fjord Not To (coral/orange), Thank Glogg It’s Friday! (berry), and OPI With a Nice Finn-ish (gold).  All of them were pretty pigmented and great to work with for nail art.

sunset skittle

I’ve already got a few more queued posts using this collection, and I just got Essie’s fall collection in the mail, so expect to see some of that soon!  All of these amazing fall colors are making me wish for sweater weather even more!

Black and White and Peach

I’ve been kind of obsessed with polka dot nails lately, and did these simple black and white ones to go with a new polish I picked up the other day.  I really love graphic black and white with bright colors (see previous post here).  Perfect for summer!

polka dot accent

I used OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, OPI Black Onyx, and China Glaze V.

polka dot accent

These are pretty simple, but definitely fun!  I’m planning on doing the reverse pattern (black with white polka dots) soon, with a fun summery color.

The Golem and The Jinni

Time for another book inspired post!  I may have perviously mentioned that I’m a huge fan of audible.com – I spend at least two hours a day in the car driving to and from work, so being able to “read” in the car makes me feel more productive.  Right now, I am listening to an amazing book called The Golem and The Jinni.  It’s kind of a historical fantasy novel, and I am really loving it. I’ll admit, it’s a little long and it took me a while to get into/get invested in the secondary characters, but it was totally worth it.  I’m about two thirds of the way through, and I actually just purchased the physical book so I can read it when I’m not in the car.

the golem & the jinni

My ring finger is OPI Taupe-less Beach topped with Nails Inc Westminster Bridge Matte Top Coat.  My middle finger is a water marble using Essie Fear or Desire, Sinful Colors Chick Chick, and Essie Snap Happy.  The rest of my fingers are OPI Ski Teal We Drop sponged with OPI Unfor-Greta-bly Blue and OPI Frog in My Throat.  I tried to represent the beautiful book cover, the Golem, who is made of clay, and the Jinni, who is made of fire.  I didn’t realize until I was writing this post that the watercolor fire looks kind of like a face, which is just so perfect!  I couldn’t do it again if I tried.

the golem & the jinni

I would 100% recommend this book.  It is a very interesting story and extremely well written.  If you’ve read it, let me know what you think in the comments below – no spoilers please!  If you’re on Goodreads, add me as a friend here!  And please feel free to share your book recommendations below.

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.

More Bunting

I am seriously obsessed with bunting nails.  No, really.  They’re so easy and cute and you can literally use any colors and they end up magically looking amazing together.  LOVE.  I do think I like my original bunting nails better, but I do really like how these turned out.  Completely different colors and a completely different feel.  I think they really show the versatility of a design like this.

bunting

I used Orly Boho Bonnet for the base.  It’s a little bit sheer and almost jelly-like, so I needed three coats.  For the bunting, I used OPI I Saw… You Saw… We Saw… Warsaw, OPI A Roll in the Hague, China Glaze Spontaneous, and China Glaze Starboard.  I like how it’s almost, but not quite primary colors.

bunting

I’m planning on making a tutorial on these soon, I promise!  And you’ll probably be seeing several versions of this in the next few months.  I can’t get enough!

New Windestine Collection

I’m not usually one to do full-collection posts.  I like giving a lot of attention to polishes I love, one at a time.  But Freda was nice enough to send me her new collection for review, and I wanted to show these before they were released, so I thought I’d give it a go.  I’m still going to give each polish the attention it deserves, so get ready for the longest post in Polish Squirrel history 🙂

If you’ve been reading this blog for any significant period of time, you know that I love the indie brand Windestine.  I could list the reasons, but that might get a little long, so I will just show you her six amazing new polishes.

First up, Home Sweet Home.

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Home Sweet Home is a gorgeous chocolate brown polish with holographic shimmer and some really pretty dark pink shimmer.  It’s really the pink shimmer that makes this one extra special.  As soon as I saw this in the bottle, I knew it would be a favorite!  And I’m not big on brown polish, so you know it’s good.  I want this in every color.  Really.

Formula was pretty good.  It was a bit thick, but unmanageably so, and a little sheerer than I expected.  Here, I used three coats with no topcoat.

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Next is what Freda described as the “glitter bomb” of the collection.  It’s called Pond Patrol.

pond patrol

Pond Patrol is a medium green jelly packed with different glitters.  There are some medium-ish sheer white and pale pink glitters along with some smaller sheer white glitter (I really love sheer white glitter) and tiny sheer pink glitter.  But what makes this really unique is the addition of the tiny red glitters.  Love this one!

Formula was thick and a little difficult due to the amount of glitter in the bottle, but that’s to be expected.  I used two coats with topcoat to smooth it out a bit.

As soon as I saw this one, I was reminded of another Windestine polish: Spring Into Fall, so I did a comparison in case anyone wanted to see.  SIF is more of an olive green, and while it has similar pink and white glitter in it, it lacks the red glitter and instead has a golden shimmer.  I can’t decide which I like better, but I’m glad I have both!

pond patrol vs spring into fall

Next up is a polish called Inner Glow.

inner glow

Inner Glow is a yellow-toned nude with a lot of holographic shimmer.  I knew this was going to be a favorite, but I was a little worried about how it would look on my skin tone, since I am very pale and very pink (especially on my fingers).  But, even though it doesn’t match my skin (which is totally a good thing), this polish actually looks pretty good on me!

This swatch was two coats with no topcoat.  The formula was a teeny bit thick, but overall, really great!

inner glow

This one is called Twirling Upwards and it is gorgeous.

twirling upwards

Twirling Upwards is a pumpkin orange color with two different sizes of tiny gold glitter.  I didn’t notice until it was on my nails, but if you look closely, you can also see that it has some pretty pink shimmer to it.  I really love this combination!  It somehow manages to be a polish that definitely looks like fall in a bottle, but is appropriate year-round.  I think the addition of the pink shimmer makes this really unique and special.  This is one of those polishes that is just stupid pretty.  I want to stare at it all day.

Again, this was a bit thick, but, that means the glitter goes on evenly and you don’t have to shake it.  This was two coats with topcoat.  It was still a teeny bit sheer at this point, so you may need to add a third coat depending on how long your nails are.  This dried a little bit matte on parts of my nails (not the whole thing), which was kind of weird, but not really a big deal.

twirling upwards

Next, I have Jacquimo, which totally reminds me of this:

jacquimo

If you don’t know what that is, go watch Thumbelina (the 1994 one).  Right now.  Jacquimo was always my favorite character, so I really love the name of this polish!

Ok, on to the actual polish:

jacquimo

Jacquimo is a coral/pink with silver holographic microglitter.  You might already know that I’m not a pink person, so I wasn’t expecting to love this one, but I really, really like it.  It’s so pretty and flattering, and I really like how the glitter isn’t overpowering.  It’s just right.  

This was two coats with no topcoat.  The glitter in this one does tend to sink to the bottom of the bottle, but it’s easily mixed with a good shake.

I tried to get a picture of the holo, but it just wasn’t working for me, so you’ll have to imagine all the tiny silver specks sparkling like twenty times more.

jacquimo

And, last but not least, is Crushed Rose.

crushed rose

Crushed Rose is a glitter topcoat.  It’s has different sizes of both pink and yellow glitter along with some white shards.  Ok, again, because this was pink, I totally underestimated it’s awesomeness.  I honestly thought this was going to be my least favorite of the bunch.  But how freaking gorgeous is this?  Seriously?  It’s so pretty and delicate.  The glitters in this are a bit sheer, so I feel like it will kind of blend with whatever you put under it.

I used one coat over Zoya Malia, because I thought the purple would compliment the yellow and pink glitter.  The combo reminds me of spring.  The formula was surprisingly excellent for a glitter.

And here’s a bottle shot so you can see all the glitters:

crushed rose

And…. we’re done!

I just want to say that even though I raved about each of these polishes, these opinions are 100% my own, and not influenced in any way.  I will honestly say that if I didn’t like any of these, for whatever reason, I would have said so.

That said, I really did love them all.  I will definitely be purchasing full sized bottles of all of these!  I can seem myself wearing them a lot, especially as we get into spring.  They’re so pretty, and I really think there is something for everyone in this collection!  I was going to do a “my picks” thing, but I don’t think I can since they’re all so different.

UPDATE: This collection will be available on Etsy starting tomorrow!

Mayan Goodbyin’

December 21, 2012 has arrived, and gone in some countries, and as far as I know, we’re all still here.  But I couldn’t pass up an end-of-the-world themed polish to wear today, so here it is.  Lac Attack Mayan Goodbyin’ is a glitter topper with fall foliage colored glitters of various sizes.  I wish I had had this for Thanksgiving, because it is perfect!

mayan goodbyin'

This swatch is one coat of Mayan Goodbyin’ over two coats of Essie Yogaga.  I did have to dab the glitter on in a few places just to even it out, but that’s not really a big deal.

If you do click on the picture to zoom in, please keep in mind that the bubbles are from my topcoat and not the glitter base.

mayan goodbyin'

And here’s a bottle shot so you can see all the different glitters a bit better.  From what I can tell, there are reddish/orangish, bronze, dark brown, and orange glitters.  The combination is perfect!

mayan goodbyin'

This is a limited edition polish that will only be available until the end of the day today – so if you want it you have to get it now!  Anastasia from Lac Attack will be restocking Mayan Goodbyin’ in her shop at 4pm EST, along with a full Magical Musings restock!  Even if Mayan Goodbyin’ isn’t really your cup of tea, the Magical Musings collection (which is Harry Potter themed!) is definitely worth checking out!

The Hawaiian Collection

I never do whole-collection posts, but since I had all three of these, I thought I’d give it a go.

Windestine’s Hawaiian collection is made up of three gorgeous jelly polishes with glitter.  All three are very different, but still equally amazing.

First up, Peach Ice.  This is a beautiful orangey-peach jelly base with two different sizes of sheer white glitter.  It’s very delicate, but at the same time, it’s vibrant.  I have a hard time finding colors like this that look good with my skin tone, but Peach Ice turned out to be my perfect peach.  LOVE this one!

Next we have Pele.  Honestly, I didn’t think I would like this as much as I do.  It’s a bright red-orange with, as far as I can tell, blue and gold glitter, and red microglitter.  It’s much less red than the picture shows, but my camera has major issues with oranges.  It is still a very vibrant polish – the colors remind me of a fiesta!  Gorgeous!

And last but not least, is Moana.  This is my favorite one, by a very small margin.  I absolutely love the base color.  It kind of reminds me of Zoya Frida (strange coincidence: that’s the name of Windestine’s creator!), just a bit thicker.  But it’s really the combination of glitters that caught my eye.  There are some light blue medium sized glitters, large pink/berry-colored glitters, and (my favorite part) tiny orange glitters.  Sooo pretty!  This is definitely one of my favorite indies ever!

All swatches show two coats of polish with a thin coat of topcoat.  They were a bit thick (especially Moana), but I ended up liking that because it meant the glitter and color payoff was great without too much effort.

Which one is your favorite?

Windestine polishes are available from Etsy and Big Cartel, and you can check her website for info on restocks and new collections.  Both shops are currently closed, but will reopen tomorrow (11/15) night at 9 PST for cyber Monday with 24 hours of free shipping with code “cyber”!  Big Cartel will have a larger selection, but the Hawaiian collection will be available in both shops 🙂

International readers: Windestine is now available on Overall Beauty, which ships internationally, so now you can get your hands on some of these awesome polishes!

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone is having a good Thanksgiving this year!  One that involves spending time with family and food and not camping out in front of Best Buy.  But to each their own, I guess.

Anyway, I’m just doing a quick post to show you my Thanksgiving Day mani before I start cooking – I’m making ratatouille and browned butter rice crispy treats this year!  I wanted something very fall, and after trying on all of my “fall” nail polishes (and a plaid nail fail), I settled on just a simple accent nail.

The main color is OPI Ginger Bells, which had been pretty high up on my wishlist for nearly a year before I got it.  I absolutely LOVE it!  The glitter is Finger Paints Fall of Surprises.  Can you believe that’s only one coat of the glitter?!

In person, Ginger Bells is a bit more muted, and just so perfectly fall.  I really like this color combo.

What are your Thanksgiving plans this year?  And what are you wearing on your nails?

Fall Herringbone

These are definitely some of my favorites in a while.  I wanted to do something with fall colors, and was inspired by these nails by Mr. Candiipants (she’s awesome – you should definitely check her out!).  They were actually easier than I had expected, and I’m glad to have this design in my arsenal.  It’s a nice way to combine colors that is still unusual and interesting.

I used OPI Samoan Sand as a base (I’m absolutely loving sheer colors as bases for nail art at the moment), and painted on the herringbone with my most “fall” colors: OPI Ginger Bells, China Glaze Kalahari Kiss, and China Glaze Desert Sun, with OPI Ski Teal We Drop added in to offset all the orange.

P.S. Sorry about the lack of posts lately.  I wish I had a good excuse, but truth is, I was a little bit unmotivated (plus I forgot about the pictures still on my camera and didn’t feel like taking new ones), and an expansion pack for the Sims 3 (any fans out there?) came out, sooo I’ve been playing that instead of blogging.  I only feel a little bad.  But, it was a much needed “break” and now I’m back!  So expect some good (or at least ok) posts this week 🙂