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?

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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!

Peacekeeper

Today I have the third polish from Windestine’s Little Women Collection.  This one is called Peacekeeper and it is beautiful.

peacekeeper

Peacekeeper is a light gray jelly with white gold shimmer and pink and purple glitter.  It reminds me a little bit of Windestine’s Snow Prince.  The accent nails here are China Glaze Tart-y for the Party, which I thought would look nice with the purple glitters.

peacekeeper

I really do love this one!  Maybe because, in addition to history, literature, or geek-themed collections, I also have a weakness for white (or close to it) jelly bases with delicately colored glitters.  Either way, this one is really pretty!

Vintage Dots and Stripes

Lately I’ve been obsessed with combining polka dots and stripes, especially on my nails.  I love that it is simple and interesting.  I wanted to use some of my new polishes (I’ve had a rather large haul for the month of July), and ended up with this vintage-y color scheme.  I love it!

vintage dots and stripes

The yellow is OPI Fiercely Fiona, which came out over two years ago, but I finally found it on Amazon a couple of weeks ago.  My OPI Shrek collection is nearly complete – I’m only missing What’s With the Cattitude? – which is saying something since I started collecting them over a year after they pretty much completely sold out.  The white is OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, and the green is Julep Dianne.

vintage dots and stripes

I think these are some pretty cute summer nails.  After I did them, I actually found a hair bow on Etsy that was almost identical, but was dumb and didn’t save the link (or buy it right then and there).  I hope you haven’t been getting tired of the polka dots, because I’m definitely not!  So you will be seeing them again very soon (maybe with something more interesting than stripes) – unless I get a lot of anti-polka dot hate mail 😉

 

Vel-awesome Raptor

Yes, I bought this one for the name.  I have a problem, ok?  At least I like this one.  And yes, I have bought ugly polishes that may or may not have awful formulas just because I liked the name and/or had (yes, had) to complete the collection (cough – OPI Who the Shrek Are You? – cough).  But Vel-awesome Raptor is actually pretty “awesome.

vel-awesome raptor

Vel-awesome Raptor is from an indie brand called Two Birds (their Etsy shop is called Two Birds, One Store – how cute is that?).  And it is a glitter topcoat – though you might be able to get it opaque eventually – made up of matte neon green and black micro glitter.  I layered it over OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls.  From a distance, it pretty much just looks like pale neon green polish with black flecks, but I kind of love the effect!  The green glitter is a bit sheer, so it’s hard to see over darker colors.

vel-awesome raptor

You can purchase Two Birds nail polishes from their Etsy store.  I’m (not so) patiently waiting for a restock of Sandcastles in the Sand – I love a good neutral holo!

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!