Red Rising

I’ve been on a huge reading kick lately – I’m taking part in the Goodreads challenge for 2014, and I’m currently 12 books into my 50 book goal (if you’re on Goodreads, add me as a friend).  I read the Divergent series last month, and I’ve been really into dystopian books since.  I bought Red Rising by Pierce Brown on a whim, and ended up completely loving it!  Definitely check it out if you’re into dystopian fiction.  Anyway, I decided to do some nail art inspired by the book (mostly inspired by the cover), and I really like how it turned out.

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I used Essie Licorice as the base, and a mix of metallic reds and golds (mostly Essie and OPI) for the wings.  The idea of the wings came from the book’s cover.  In the book, society is color-based, with golds at the top and reds at the bottom. I don’t want to ruin the plot, but you can check out the book here.

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If you’ve read Red Rising, what did you think?  It is definitely a new favorite of mine; Red Rising was the first book in a while that I wanted to re-read immediately after finishing it.  I didn’t, but I’m tempted to start it again this week.  It’s going to be extremely difficult waiting until January for the next book!

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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.

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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.

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I absolutely love how these turned out, and I might try these flowers again in a different color combo.

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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.

Smaug

It shouldn’t surprise you that I am a huge Tolkien fan.  I found a second edition leather bound copy of the Lord of the Rings trilogy when I was about ten years old, and I’ve been hooked ever since.  I recently went to go see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and I loved it.  Since I’m also a massive Benedict Cumberbatch fan, of course I loved Smaug (the dragon), and wanted to do some Smaug-inspired nail art that was a bit different from my previous dragon nail art.

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This time I went with stamping rather than texture, and I think they turned out pretty cool.  I completely forgot what the base color is (sorry!) but it was a dark red.  Then I stamped China Glaze Adventure Red-y followed by OPI Die Another Day (appropriate polish names for The Hobbit, no?) making sure they were a little bit off to create some depth. I used Mash Plate 42.

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I think they turned out pretty well.  I love the glow of Die Another Day, it’s perfect for my dragon nails!

If you’ve seen The Hobbit, what did you think?  I know a lot of people didn’t really like it, but I thought it was really good. Which for me is saying something, since it was very different from the book.

Red, White, & Blue Bunting

I LOVE these!  I am still obsessed with bunting nails, and even though this is the third time I’ve done them, I am not in the least bit sick of doing them (which is really saying something, because I get tired of things pretty quickly).  I love them so much, you guys get an extra picture today!

red, white, & blue bunting

I started with a base of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls (if you don’t have this, hunt it down now – it is amazing).  Then I painted on the little bunting flags with Nails Inc. Baker Street (another polish you all need – seriously), China Glaze Adventure Red-y, Essie Rock the Boat, and Essie Snap Happy.

red, white, & blue bunting

They’re not perfect, but I really love them.  I would be totally happy with these on my nails for the entire summer (ok, I’d maybe last a month week, but you get the point).  I will for sure be recreating these to wear tomorrow.

red, white, & blue bunting

Send me links to your patriotic manis in the comments below!

And to all my American readers – Happy Independence Day! (Even though America became an independent country on July 2nd – not the 4th – and we celebrate on the wrong day.)

To everyone else – happy Wednesday!

Patriotic Stamping

I can’t believe it is already July!  This year is going by so fast!

I needed to do some patriotic nail art this week, and this is my least favorite of the ones I’ve done so far.  I’m not entirely happy with how these turned out.  But I thought I’d show you anyway, since it’s not a complete fail.  Just kind of meh.

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The white (used for the stripes and stamping) is Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in White On.  The blue is Pure Ice French Kiss and the red is Orly Star Spangled. I used Cheeky plate CH51 for the stars.

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I’ve already done one other 4th of July mani, and it is amazing!  So look for that on Wednesday.  And share your patriotic nails in the comments below! I’d love to see them.  Have a good week everyone!

This is the End

…Ok, not really.  I just really love Adele and thought I’d get fancy with post names today.  As I think I already mentioned, I love James Bond, so when I saw this stamping plate from Vivid Lacquer, I had to get it.  And it is amazing!

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I used OPI Skyfall on four of my nails (because I couldn’t not use a polish from the Bond Collection), and Nails Inc. Porchester Square on my index finger.  I used Vivid Lacquer plate 007 (fitting, no?) and Sinful Colors Black on Black to stamp the iconic James Bond image.

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I would highly recommend Vivid Lacquer plates.  I only have three, and I use them more than any of my other 100+ plates.  They’re really high quality, especially for an indie brand, and stamp better than most of my Bundle Monster plates.  You can find them in the Vivid Lacquer Etsy shop.

Die Another Day

I love James Bond.  I grew up watching the movies with my dad, so they hold a special place for me.  Plus, I graduated in 2007, and my class loved to say we were the class of ‘007.  So I had to buy the OPI James Bond collection when it came out.  Right?

Die Another Day wasn’t one of the colors I was all that excited about when I first got it.  So it sat in a drawer for a few months.  And then one day I decided to wear it.  And I completely regretted letting it sit in a drawer for that long.  It’s so gorgeous!

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It kind of reminds me a little bit of the OPI classic, I’m Not Really a Waitress, but this is lighter and much more orangey.  I’m not usually a fan of metallic shades like this, but I really love it!

This was two coats of Die Another Day with topcoat.

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What’s your favorite polish from the Skyfall/James Bond collection?