Roses, Roses, and More Roses

I loved these little rose nail studs, but it took me forever to come up with a nail design I liked. These were inspired by Belle from Beauty and the Beast, and I think they turned out amazing! (Side note: who else is ridiculously excited for the Emma Watson live action Beauty and the Beast movie?)


I started out with a base of Color Club Macaroon Swoon, which is a really buttery pale yellow. Then I stamped the rose design using Bundle Monster plate H16 (from the holiday collection) and (I think) SpaRitual Copper. I can’t remember the exact stamping color, but Copper’s still on my desk, so it’s the most likely suspect. The roses are from Born Pretty Store. I’ve never used any 3D nail decorations before (other than most flat studs and rhinestones), but these roses were really easy to use. Obviously, you can’t seal them with a topcoat, but they felt surprisingly secure with just a coat of Seche Vite. You can probably use nail glue on top of dry polish for an even longer lasting hold. I do have to say that they stuck up off the nail a bit more than I would prefer, but I thought they looked pretty cool anyway.


The nail studs can be purchased here from Born Pretty Store and are available in a bunch of different colors. I think the peach ones are really pretty, and the red and black ones would be great for some pretty vampy/gothic nail art! I’ve been ordering from Born Pretty Store since before I started this blog (over three years!) and they are still one of my go-to places to buy nail art supplies.

And, exclusively for TPS readers: use code PSQW10 to get 10% off your order!

Disclaimer: The products in this post were sent to me for review and my honest opinion.

When Life Gives You Lemons

These were another attempt at using acrylic paint for my nail art.  Honestly, I just wanted to see if the yellow acrylic paint was more opaque than yellow nail polish.  It was a bit easier to use, but I’m not quite sold yet.


I used OPI Lost My Bikini in Molokini as the base, and used acrylic paint for the lemons.  I’ve been wanted to do some more fruit nail art for a while and finally got around to it.  I did initially try to do actual lemons (rather than lemon slices), but I couldn’t get them to look right.  Oh well.


We had a pretty serious heat wave in southern California a week or so ago (when I painted these), and, while I hate the heat, it had me craving some summery nails.  I like how these turned out – they definitely put me in the mood for some more fruity nail art.

Windowpanes & Flowers

Lately I’ve been seeing windowpane plaid everywhere, and I really love it.  I think it’s vintage-y and fresh at the same time.  I wanted to do a nail art version, and decided to combine it with this vintage floral design that I’ve been obsessed with lately.  Honestly, I’m not loving this manicure for some reason, but I do kinda like the 60s vibe.

windowpane floral

The base of the window check and the flowers is Essie Suite Retreat from this year’s resort collection.  The leaves are China Glaze Trip of a Lime Time.  I used my new favorite white polish for the windowpane and the base for the flowers: Cult Cosmetics El Porto.  I’ve been obsessed with their polishes lately – especially their basic black and white.  This is the most opaque white polish I own, and it has a great formula.

windowpane floral

I considered not posting these, because I’m just not really feeling them, but I still think they’re kind of interesting. And I think the windowpane came out really well.  What do you think?

Modcloth – Handsome Prints Dress

I am a huge fan of Modcloth, so I was super excited when I got an email from them asking me to do some nail art inspired by one of their summer dresses!  It literally took me an entire week to decide which one to use – they have a ton of cute ones, but I finally decided on their Handsome Prints Dress.  I love that it incorporates a bunch of different patterns, and I thought the unique color combo would make for some great nail art.

handsome prints

I decided to do a different pattern on each nail to show some of the patterns on the dress (this isn’t even half of them).  The colors I used are: OPI Angel with a Leadfoot, OPI Black Onyx, Sephora by OPI Hippo to be Square, and Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Butterscotch.  I honestly would never have put these colors together on my own, but now I am completely obsessed with this combination!

handsome prints

I really love how these turned out.  I may just have to buy the dress now!

handsome prints

Check out Modcloth’s great selection of dresses here – new ones are added every day, and a lot of them come in plus sizes, too!  You can check out other Modcloth-inspired nail art in the nails section of their blog.  And keep an eye out for some nail art inspired by my new Modcloth quilt – I am completely in love with it!

Let me know what you think in the comments below!  Which Modcloth dress is your favorite?


Last week, I was trying to think of something new I could do on my nails,  and I remembered the watercolor technique.  I’ve done it before, but I’ve never really been too happy with the results.  So after looking at lots of pictures of watercolor nails, and after many attempts (most of which were too overdone and ended up with my nail showing in spots), I came up with this.


I (obviously) used a ton of purples for this, and I don’t remember what they all are, but if you really need to know, I can probably figure it out.  It needed a little something, so I added a coat of INM Northern Lights.  I’m not too big on sparkle, but I really love how subtle and pretty Northern Lights is.


I really love how this turned out!  This technique took a while for me to get the hang of, but I think I’ll be using it a lot in the future – it would make an amazing base for some simple nail art.

If you’re interested in watercolor nails, there are about a million tutorials out there, and of course I’d be happy to offer some tips.

Consulting Detective

Today I have my first polish from A Study in Polish.  She has an entire collection inspired by the BBC series Sherlock, which you I am completely obsessed with at the moment.  I was good and only bought half of them (plus one from her Hobbit collection), but then as soon as they came in the mail and I saw how gorgeous they really were, I ordered the other half.  I wasn’t kidding when I told you polish named after my favorite things is my kryptonite.

consulting detective

Consulting detective is a beautiful purple with gold shimmer, gold glitter in different sizes, and small iridescent blue glitter.  It is opaque in three coats, but I have a thing with conserving indie polishes (because they can be fairly hard to get), so I layered two coats over Zoya Monica, which matched the base almost perfectly.

consulting detective

I’m kind of obsessed with this polish.  The formula and the color are both amazing.  You can check out A Study in Polish here.  She has some great “fandom” collections.

A Study in Purple

You all loved my green pixel nails so much that I thought I’d try them again.  I think I like the green ones a bit better, but that’s probably because I used smaller squares and I kept them simple and only did an accent nail and not all of them, which took forever.  It was fun looking through all my purple polishes though.  I think next time I do these I’m going to go for something other than a monochromatic color scheme.

a study in purple

If you’d like to know what colors I used, just let me know.  Most of the polishes are OPI, Essie, or China Glaze, and I think there’s one Nails Inc. in there.

Also, I suck and corners.  They are ridiculously hard to paint.  Which I think is part of the reason I feel kind of meh about these.

a study in purple

I don’t think these are my best work, but I thought I’d show them to you anyway because I spent so much time working on them.  And they’re not a complete fail, they looked pretty cool from a distance.


Today is Benjamin Franklin’s birthday!  Ok, yes, it’s a little weird that I know (and semi-celebrate) this.  But I once shocked a Harvard professor by being his only student to know this little tidbit (I didn’t actually go to Harvard, just took a couple of classes from Harvard professors), and that makes it kind of worth it in my book.  And, I don’t know if this helps or hurts me, but this isn’t the only historical birthday I observe.  I don’t throw a party or anything, I just have them on my calendar.  Because that’s totally normal, right?

Anyway… I was thinking about it earlier this week when I glanced at my calendar and thought it would be pretty cool to do some Ben Franklin nails.  I had almost talked myself into recreating his original sketch of bifocals, or painting a different one of his inventions on each nail, but then it hit me: lightning.


Almost every kid in America learns in elementary school that Franklin discovered electricity with his kite and key (not entirely accurate, but whatever).  And since I’ve never done lightning before, and I was feeling a little too lazy for bifocal nails (they’re still on my list, don’t worry!), these happened.  And I love them!


I started off with a base of China Glaze Queen B, and then sponged on China Glaze Grape Pop and Spontaneous (with a q-tip because I couldn’t find my sponges – don’t do it!).  And then painted on the lightning with a nail art brush I cut down to like five bristles and OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls.

I’ll be wearing these and reading this tonight, because it is amazing.

Let me know, do you like my über nerdy posts?  Because I would love to do more!



I was in the mood to try something new the other day, and remembered a tutorial I had seen for replicating OPI’s elusive Black Spotted.  I probably should have watched the tutorial again instead of just diving in, because this didn’t quite turn out how I had hoped.  But it was an interesting experience.  I can’t say that I’ll try this again soon, but that’s only because I hate water marbling and this is a very similar, and equally messy, technique.


I started with a base of Orly Mirror Mirror, and then used China Glaze Grape Pop for the water spots (no idea what to call it).  It’s more speckled than spotted, but I have to say I LOVE how my index finger turned out.  It’s like a weird gradient and I wish I could do that all the time, but I have no idea how I achieved that result.  So it’ll probably never happen again.


If you’d like to know how to accomplish (something hopefully a little prettier than) this look, just search water spotted nails on YouTube and about a million tutorials will come up.  What do you think?  Have you tried replicating Black Spotted?

Winter Triangles

I’m back!  Sorry for the extended absence.  Short story: stuff happened.  Slightly longer version: I’ve been dealing with insurance companies after someone hit my car on Black Friday, and as soon as that was over, my grandfather passed away, and honestly, I just haven’t been that into posting and didn’t want to force it.  But, it’s Christmas, and that means nail art (right?), so I thought I’d try to get back into this blog.  These aren’t that Christmassy, but I might try to get some red and green and sparkly going in the next two days.  Or at least some snowflakes or something.


These nails were inspired by these by Mr. Candiipants.  I seriously love her, and these are perfect!  Most of the colors I used came from the Essie Winter collection, with OPI My Vampire is Buff as the base and a couple of Revlon polishes thrown in there.  Love these colors!


Thank you all for continuing to read this blog!  There was honestly a point that I considered just not coming back, and a big part of the reason I did was the friends I’ve met doing this.  So thank you!

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! I hope you all have a wonderful week with family and friends!