Peach Perfect

I was looking on Design Seeds for color inspiration and came across this gorgeous springy palette.  I started with the diamond nails, and didn’t know what to pair them with – I had originally thought to do something floral, but that seemed like too much work.  Then I realized the colors would be perfect for this design by (who else?) Mr. Candiipants.  I did a simple gradient on the remaining two nails, and ended up with this super awesome manicure.  Love it!

peach perfect

The base color is OPI My Vampire is Buff.  The green is Sinful Colors Innocent, the gray is OPI Suzi Takes the Wheel, and the pink and peach are Nails Inc. Mayfair Lane and Wellington Square.

peach perfect

Don’t be surprised if you see more fruit nails from me in the near future – they were much easier than I thought they’d be, and they’re just so adorable!

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Something Blu

Finally getting back into the swing of things with a relatively old mani.  This one features one of my favorite spring polishes (I think I did these in like February or March), and my favorite Mr. Candiipants inspired flowers!  They’re not the greatest, and my fingers are really dry (seriously, though), but I thought I’d show them anyway, so here they are:

something blu

I used Zoya Blu (see, the title wasn’t a typo) for three of my nails and the flowers.  The base is a sheer OPI, but I don’t remember which one – probably either Care to Danse? or Don’t Burst My Bubble.

something blu

 

What do you think?  I’m really loving accent nails like this – nude with a design in the same color as the rest of the nails.  It’s really simple and I love that it’s monochromatic, but still interesting.

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone (and happy Sunday to my non-Easter-celebrating readers)!  I wanted to do something easter egg-esque this year, and thought it was a great opportunity to do an obnoxiously springy pastel mani.  Hope you like it!

easter egg nails

I used China Glaze Lemon Fizz, OPI Do You Lilac it?, Essie Boxer Shorts, Essie Mint Candy Apple, and Essie Where’s my Chauffeur?.  I tried to paint patterns reminiscent of old-school easter eggs.  I really like how it turned out!  I think my favorite nails are the index and pinkie.

easter egg nails

This whole color combo has me really excited for more spring nails.  I’ve been really busy with work (and computer problems) lately, but I have some great posts and even some tutorials planned.  And I will try to get back into monthly hauls and maybe favorites in April!

Pastel Flowers

When I want to do nail art but I’m lacking inspiration, the first place I turn is Mr. Candiipants.  She is always original and is amazing at my two favorite nail designs: geometric and floral.  These are her signature “bottle brush floral” nails, meaning they’re made with nothing but the brush that comes in the bottle.  They’re ridiculously simple, and don’t take long at all to do.

pastel flowers

For these, I used OPI My Vampire is Buff (one of Candice’s favorite polishes) as the base.  It was a bit sheer and patchy, so it took three careful coats.  I really love the color (it’s similar to Zoya Jacqueline).  The flowers were made with butter LONDON Mollycoddled, butter LONDON Sprog, Nails Inc. Baker Street, and OPI You’re Such a Budapest, with OPI Eurso Euro in the centers.

pastel flowers

Check out this tutorial if you’re interested in learning how to do these.  I think I still need a little bit of practice to perfect this look, but I can already see this being my go-to nail design for spring and summer.

 

Jacqueline

I wasn’t really drawn to the shimmers in the new Zoya Lovely collection, but I did get all the cremes, and I absolutely love them!  I used Blu and Neely in this manicure a few days ago, and today I’m wearing Jacqueline.  I can’t decide which of them is my favorite.

jacqueline

Zoya Jacqueline is a creamy, yellow, nude polish.  It’s rare that a creme polish is this unique.  In most lights, Jacqueline pulls nude on me, like a creamier, whiter version of my skintone.  But it’s almost a yellow.  I really love it, and I got a lot of compliments on it already.

Formula was a little bit finicky – this was one thin coat and one thick coat with Seche Vite.  I did have to pay special attention to a few patchy spots, but it levels out pretty well.

jacqueline

What do you think of Jacqueline?  Are you already craving pastels like I am?

Springtime Union Jack

I wanted to use some of my new polishes, and thought I’d take inspiration from a design I’ve done before.  I really loved the last Union Jack nails I did, but ever since I saw The Nailasaurus’s tutorial (which makes them ridiculously simple), I’ve been wanting to try them again.

pastel union jack

I think these turned out really nice (especially for free handing).  I love how subtle the pastel colors are.  I used OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls for the white base, and then painted the design using Zoya Neely and Blu from the new Lovely collection.

pastel union jack

I got some new nail art brushes yesterday (this set from Amazon) and I really love them!  So expect to see a lot of nail art in the near future 🙂

Some unrelated blog news:

I’m working on doing some videos (tutorials, stash, and reviews) so let me know what kinds of things you’d like to see.  I’m also thinking about doing some general posts on stamping, nail care, and nail art brushes.  I am also finalizing my Pantone Spring 2013 nail polish color guide, so look for that soon!

Do You Lilac It?

Despite the fact that winter is my favorite season, I have already started craving spring colors.  Looking through my polish collection, I decided to try a color that I bought a while ago, but hadn’t worn yet.  OPI’s Do You Lilac It? is a gorgeous lavender color that is absolutely perfect for spring.  I really love it!

do you lilac it?

The formula was great.  I used two coats of Do You Lilac It? with Essie Good to Go.

do you lilac it?

Do You Lilac It? should be fairly easy to find (I got mine at Ulta), but if you can’t find it, or are looking for a cheaper option, the new L’oreal collection has a pretty good dupe called Royalty Reinvented (which I actually picked up at CVS last week, not realizing it was a dupe).

P.S. Keep an eye out for my Pantone Spring 2013 nail polish color guide which I plan on publishing soon!  This color is going to be for spring!