Chaotic Flowers

Lately I’ve been trying to use a lot of my untried – or never before used – polishes in some cool nail art.  A while back, I found three of the Urban Decay polishes at Nordstrom Rack for like $4 each.  I’d never tried Urban Decay polishes (although I love their makeup), but I’d seen pictures on other blogs and was very interested in Chaos.  So I was super happy when that turned out to be one of the polishes that I found!  I haven’t worn it yet, but it sure is beautiful!

chaotic flowers

I used Chaos as a base, and painted the abstract flowers with white acrylic paint.  I was actually pretty against using acrylic paint in nail art for the longest time, but Cotton Coney‘s designs changed my opinion.  It’s not the easiest to clean up, but acrylic paint actually allows for a lot more control, especially for more intricate designs.  I just bought black and white to start out with, but I will definitely be expanding my collection soon!

chaotic flowers

I think Chaos is definitely my favorite out of the Urban Decay polishes I picked up (the other two are Bang and Zodiac – all three are actually still on sale at urbandecay.com).  The formula is really nice, and I’m definitely on the lookout for more on sale (they’re a bit expensive normally).  Have you tried them yet?  Let me know what you think in the comments!

Popples

It’s been a while since I’ve bought or swatched an indie polish.  But I couldn’t resist Pretty & Polished’s 50% off Daylight Savings sale a few weeks ago.  I got my first ever color changing polishes, a couple glitters, and this gem.  Popples is a white jelly with pink, blue, and green neon glitter.  I actually don’t own anything like this, and I really love it!

popples

It probably would have taken about three coats to be fully opaque, but I did two over a coat of OPI Angel with a Lead Foot.  I have this thing about conserving “special” polish, so I usually use them with undies.

popples

Pretty & Polished polishes (including Popples) can be purchased here.  Pretty & Polished is just one of those brands that is consistently good quality and is coming out with different things all the time.  I’ve been a fan since I purchased Valentino (probably discontinued) back in 2012.  Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July everyone!  I’m super excited to have a four day weekend, so I thought I’d finally get around to doing some nail art.  These are pretty simple stars and stripes, but I gave them a little twist with the colors.

american flag

I used OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, Sally Hansen Pacific Blue (the old/real one), and Essie Chubby Cheeks.  I kind of like the muted/faded effect it gives, while still being pretty bright.

american flag

Hope you all have a safe and happy holiday!

Broken Chevrons

I have wanted to try these nails since I first saw them (and then again here), but I just couldn’t get the lines crisp enough for me to be happy with them.  I mentioned in my last post that I invested in some new brushes, so I thought I’d give these one more go.  I think they still need something a little more – maybe a few more chevrons – but I am really happy with how they turned out.

broken chevrons

The base is OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls.  I used OPI Mod About You, Nina Ultra Pro Solar Flare, Covergirl Peaches & Cream, Sally Hansen White On, Sinful Colors Last Chance, and Sinful Colors Blue La La.

broken chevrons

I am all about these weird geometric nails.  I want to do these all the time.

 

Black, White, and Blue

I’ve always kind of loved thick, horizontal stripes, but I’ve never been that great at painting them on my nails.  Straight, horizontal lines on a curved surface are not the easiest thing to do.  But I thought I’d give them another go, and I like how they turned out.  Much better than my first attempt at horizontal striped nail art.

stripes and blue

I wanted to keep it simple with the black and white (the best kind of stripes, in my opinion), and thought the bright teal would be a fun accent.  Definitely a color combo I’m going to keep in mind.  The black and white are Essie Blanc and Licorice.  The blue is Orly Frisky, which is slightly more blue and less green in real life (it’s obviously completely different than the fifteen other light/medium bright blue/teal polishes I own – just have to keep telling myself that).

stripes and blue

I’m definitely a huge fan of the thick stripes (and they’re a tad less difficult to screw up than thin stripes).  We all know I’m a fan of geometric/graphic patterns with florals, and I think these would look great with some delicate little flowers (similar to this).

I Am Sherlocked

I’m not going to lie, I couldn’t wait and watched season 3 of Sherlock when it aired on BBC.  But I am re-watching it when it airs in America on PBS, because, lets be honest, you can’t really get sick of Sherlock.  So I decided to do some Sherlock nails.

sherlocked

I used OPI Black Onyx as a base, and Sinful Colors Snow me White for the designs.  From thumb to pinky: 221B (Holmes & Watson’s address), Moriarty’s apple, Irene’s phone, my favorite Moriarty quote (“honey, you should see me in a crown”), and Sherlock’s initials (how he signs his text messages).

sherlocked

If you’re a Sherlock fan, what do you think about these?  Are you excited for tonight’s episode?  It’s pretty different from the other episodes they’ve done so far, and there’s a bit of a surprise at the end.  And if you haven’t already seen it, do not miss the third episode of this season.  Trust me.

And if you haven’t seen Sherlock, you need to go watch it (the first two seasons are on Netflix), because it is pretty much my favorite thing ever.

Black & White

Today’s nails were inspired by my iPhone case.  It’s from a brand called Mara Mi and I found it at Target (they have some pretty cute tech cases if you’re interested).  I’m super picky when it comes to phone cases, and I honestly settled a bit for this one, but I do love the simple but interesting black and white pattern.  My last phone had a Mara Mi case, and I loved it so much I would have kept it, but my new phone is slightly bigger.

black & white

I used OPI Black Onyx and My Boyfriend Scales Walls.  I think they turned out really cool.  Almost a little bit tribal looking I think.

black & white

I’d been meaning to do these ever since I got the case, and I’m glad they turned out pretty close to what I pictured in my head.  These actually inspired me to do some nail art based on my iPad case, which should be up soon.

Yellow and Blue

Getting real creative with the post titles over here – can you tell?

I really liked my last skittle mani, so I tried it again.  Only with fewer colors.  I definitely like this better.  Having seen approximately a million skittle (or kitchen sink – whatever you want to call them) manis over the past few years, I’ve learned that I like skittle manis that pick either an animal print or a floral and mix it in with geometric patterns.  I love how they look together (and not just on my nails).

yellow and blue 

Here I used a base of Sally Hansen Ion and then painted the designs using OPI Don’t Talk Bach to Me and OPI Incognito in Sausalito (I can’t believe I almost passed on that one).

yellow and blue

Have you tried skittle manis?  Any tricks, or pattern combinations that you like?

I Tried a Skittle…

This is my attempt at a skittle mani.  I may have used too many colors, but I think it turned out ok.  I’m not completely sold on the color combo, but it is definitely something a little different for me.  Also – believe it or not – this is my first leopard print!  I can’t believe I’ve never done one before.

skittle

I used Sinful Colors Snow Me White, OPI Black Onyx, OPI Jade is the New Black, China Glaze Fade into Hue, and Sephora by OPI Hippo to be Square.

skittle

I think I need a little more practice with skittles – and maybe to try one with two or three colors instead of five – but this isn’t bad for my first shot.  I do think the leopard print turned out surprisingly well – I wasn’t expecting my first try to actually resemble leopard spots.  What do you think?

Russian China

I while ago, I went to see this exhibit at Bower’s Museum.  Ok, I really went to see the Treasures of the Medici exhibit, completely unaware that they were featuring the Tsar’s Cabinet.  I was completely fascinated by the intricate designs (including several authentic Faberge eggs!), and they stuck with me.

russian china

There was one set of china that particularly stuck in my mind.  They were white plates trimmed in gold, with cobalt blue flowers around the edges, so that’s what I tried to replicate in this manicure.  I think it turned out pretty well, even though any nail art I could ever do would never hold a candle to the art in that exhibit.  I’m still in awe over the detail that was put into these objects.  Seriously, just type in the Tsar’s Cabinet into Google images.

russian china

I used OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, Essie Good as Gold, and Nina Ultra Pro Cobalt (which sadly doesn’t photograph accurately – it’s most like the darker spots – but trust me, it’s gorgeous – you need it).

Hope you all liked these as much as I do!  I still have a few other designs in mind from the other artifacts in the exhibit, so hopefully I will get those done eventually (perhaps a museum inspired series?).  Thanks for reading!