As you’ve probably guessed if you’ve been following this blog, I have a lot of nail polish. It’s gotten to the point where I can’t remember which ones I have (I used to know my stash really well). So I’ve decided to start doing some nail art with my untried polishes. They need some love, too!
Herringbone is one of my favorite patterns, so I decided to do some new herringbone nails (I’ve been experimenting with this pattern on false nail sets, too). The base is China Glaze At Vase Value, which I actually just bought, and the design is Revlon Holographic Pearls. It’s a super-dense holographic topcoat, actually very similar to Cult Nails Coachella. Both of these polishes are new to me, and I really like them both. I can’t believe I went so long without picking up At Vase Value!
I kind of wish I’d put a solid color underneath Holographic Pearls (maybe a gray?), but I like how these turned out anyway. This pattern is so quick and easy and I love the way it looks! I just finished a false nail set for my Etsy shop with this pattern in gray and lime.
A couple of weeks ago, I ordered some new stamping plate sets, and I couldn’t wait to use them. Of course, it took me forever to decide which one to use first, but some of the tribal designs really caught my eye.
I started with a base of Revlon Parfumerie Balsam Fir, which is definitely one of my favorite Parfumerie colors/scents so far. Then I stamped the eye of Horus design using Mash plate 65 and Essie Good as Gold. The glitter on the rest of my fingers is A Study in Polish 221B, which is a perfect black and gold glitter topcoat.
I really like how these turned out. They’re simple, but still really cool. And I really love how the sparkle is not too overwhelming.
These were inspired by this post/tutorial from Mr. Candiipants. And yes, I know, I use her designs all the time, but she’s awesome and she makes me want to paint cool things on my nails. I changed these up just a bit by sticking to a monochromatic palette. I think they turned out pretty amazing. No way do I have the patience to do this on every nail, but I think it makes a great accent.
The main color I used is Revlon Posh. My bottle has a super funky brush (like half of it is way shorter than the rest of it), which makes it hard to use, but the color is worth it. I don’t remember exactly what I used for the squares, but if you want to know an exact color, I can probably figure it out. Just ask in the comments below.
What do you think? I’m a huge fan of these. I wish I were better at painting straight lines, but it works. Funny story: the day after I painted these, I saw a little boy with a sweatshirt in the exact same pattern and colors.
I’m not a huge fan of matte nail polish. But, I do wear it occasionally (mostly to tone down glitter). I’m one of those “why get a ton of matte polishes when you can just get the topcoat?” people, partially because I’ve had awful (insane chipping) experiences with matte polishes. But, I’ve always disliked how matte topcoats kind of make dark polishes lighter and cloudy-ish. So when I saw this polish in T J Maxx, I thought I’d give it a try. And I ended up kind of loving it. As much as I can love a matte polish.
On three of my fingers is SpaRitual Body, which is a matte black polish. It is super black, super matte, and super smooth. Up until now, I’ve hated applying matte polishes. They’re hard to work with, and get clumpy too easily. But Body was one of the smoothest polishes I’ve ever applied. I will definitely be looking for more SpaRitual mattes (if there are any).
I happened to have purchased Revlon Elusive the day before, and was surprised to find that it was also matte. While I actually like this one a little better with topcoat, I thought I’d combine the two, since they’re the only two matte polishes I own that I actually like. It was hard to photograph, but it’s a black polish with green and teal glitter. So pretty!