Blue and Green Flowers

These “bottle-brush” flowers by Mr. Candiipants have become my default nail art for spring and summer.  They’re ridiculously easy (though it took me a bit of practice to get them right), and you don’t need any special tools.  Here, I combined them with my other favorite nail art element (also borrowed from Mr. Candiipants): a sheer nude base.

flowers

I believe the base is OPI Care to Danse? (it could also be OPI Don’t Burst My Bubble, I’m not entirely sure, sorry!).  And for the flowers, I used China Glaze Sunday Funday, China Glaze Electric Pineapple, and OPI Can’t Find My Czechbook, with OPI I Saw… You Saw… We Saw… Warsaw for the centers.  I love that the colors are bright and fun, but toned down a bit with the nearly naked base.

flowers

I really love bright greens and blues for spring this year.  I think they’re really fun, and there are plenty options from all of the new polish collections.  Essie’s In the Cab-ana and OPI’s Can’t Find My Czechbook are recent favorites of mine.  What’s your favorite spring polish this year?

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Sheer & Patterned

I had a really bad day last week, and decided to paint my nails as a distraction.  I couldn’t decide on a color.  I originally thought of doing something bright, like Essie Mojito Madness, but somehow ended up with these.  I absolutely LOVE how they turned out!

I was inspired by these, but still wanted something a little more fun, so I added the different patterns.  My favorites were still the flower nails, which from a distance, looked like lace.  I’m going to do a whole mani out of them soon.

I started with two coats of Essie Allure, which I’ll admit I bought because Kate Middleton wore it to her wedding, but it ended up being my favorite sheer polish.  I love using it for this kind of nail art.  You can see another mani using Allure here.  Then I painted on the designs using Essie Blanc.  I added one more coat of Allure and then topped it with Essie Good to Go.

Thanks to Mr. Candiipants, I am totally in love with sheer bases for nail art.  It tones the whole look down a bit, and makes it look as if the design is floating.  LOVE.

Tiffany Diamonds

Another striping tape mani!  I like this one a lot better than the first manicure I did with striping tape.  For this one, I did accent nails, doing the ring, pinky, and thumb on my left hand, and my right index and pointer fingers.  I really loved the way this turned out, but sadly, it didn’t last too long.

I started three coats of Essie Allure on the diamond nails, and then painted the rest in China Glaze For Audrey.  Then I put striping tape in a grid pattern over Allure and painted a thick coat of For Audrey on top, before removing the tape.

There are definitely some imperfections, but I think I’m getting much better at using striping tape, and I really loved how this turned out!  I especially love how the sheer base makes the diamonds look like they’re floating, an idea I got from this tutorial from Mr. Candiipants (who is amazingly awesome!).  In fact, my original idea was to do zig-zags instead of diamonds, but I couldn’t paint straight lines with my left hand to save my life.  So I went with the tape.

Sorry this is a little blurry, my camera battery died right after this was taken, and while I was searching for the charger, I chipped my ring finger really badly.  So this is all I have.

I really loved wearing it for all 20 hours it stayed on – the diamond fingers had about six coats of polish, so I knew it wasn’t going to make it very long.  But I had fun with it anyway!