The Jungle Book Nail Art for Disney Style

So I’ve fallen into another little blogging slump lately because I’m a bridesmaid in THREE weddings this summer! That means pretty much all of my weekends are booked for the next couple months, which is when I normally get most of my posts written. So bear with me as I try to get into a new routine.

In the meantime, check out my Jungle Book nail art tutorial that I did at work for Disney Style! I’m pretty much obsessed with the tropical palm leaf trend, so I never wanted to take this manicure off!

Happy Reading!


Easter Egg Nails

Happy Easter! This year, we had the cutest gold foil eggs in our house, and I was definitely inspired by them for my Easter nails. I used a dry brush nail art technique on top of a pastel rainbow. To achieve this look, wipe off a majority of the polish from the brush on the side of the bottle, and then gently sweep across your nails in various directions. It’s a super simple technique, and I even used two different golds to add some extra dimension!

Easter Egg Nails // Novels and Nail PolishHappy Reading!

Green & Gold {St. Patrick’s Day 2016}

Happy St. Patrick’s Day people! In my world, this day really comes down to green & gold nail art and taking pictures with green things… So here’s a fun photo of just that!

St. Patrick's Day Nail Art // Novels and Nail PolishI went with a simple color-blocked design for these nails, with a couple polka dot accents. St. Patrick’s Day is one holiday where I’m not a huge fan of literal manicures, so every year it’s my mission to find new, CUTE ways to celebrate this holiday. I’m pretty sure this is my favorite one yet!

Happy Reading!

Zootopia Nails for Disney Style

I’m not sure how many of you know, but I started my absolute dream job doing social media for Disney Style, Disney’s official lifestyle blog. I get to spend my days on Facebook and Instagram, writing about Winnie the Pooh accessories and nail polish inspired by the Princesses. So of course, Disney nail art comes with the territory.

This week, I had the opportunity to help out with a brand new nail art tutorial inspired by one of the biggest movies in theaters right now – Zootopia! Check out the tutorial I filmed for Disney Style, and make sure you follow along/subscribe for even more super fun Disney lifestyle and fashion goodies!

I hope you enjoyed this Zootopia nail art tutorial! Happy Reading!

Broken Hearts, Fences & Nails To Mend

Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend cover inspired manicure // Novels and Nail PolishWho doesn’t love a great author that pens a side series under a pseudonym? I definitely do! That’s why after reading (and LOVING!) Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson, I needed to grab all her other books, including this series that she wrote as Katie Finn. Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend is a cute, contemporary YA romance that has a ton of sass! I will say that a lot of the conflict in this book was hard for me to believe, and I was about to lose hope on reading further into the series until I got to the end. I’m not sure if I’m really bad at predicting what happens in books, or if this twist was just very well executed, but solely based on the final chapter of this book, I will be reading the sequel!

I’m sure you all know that I do a lot book buying based on covers and what inspires me, so I will admit that the fact this book is pink was a HUGE reason I purchased it. I don’t have many pink books, so to beef up my rainbow bookshelf, I had to add this novel to my collection!

Now let’s jump into my minimalist cover-inspired mani!

Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend cover inspired manicure // Novels and Nail Polish

There are really only three colors on this book cover: pink, red and white. That made things super easy, as the past few cover-inspired manicures I’ve done had a TON of different colors! I used Alpine Snow & Guy Meets Gal-Veston by OPI and Hubris & Ravenous  by wHet Nails.

Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend cover inspired manicure // Novels and Nail PolishSince I really wasn’t inspired by the white text on the cover, this mani turned out to be both really simple and very minimalistic. I started with a dotting tool and the wHet Nails darker red for the lollipop and broken pieces. I then used my thin striping brush to paint out the white stick. Once that was dry, I used the jelly OPI red to get the candy-like sheer look that let the white stick show through. A final dot of pink to get the lollipop’s broken detail, and it’s complete!

Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend cover inspired manicure // Novels and Nail Polish

Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend cover inspired manicure // Novels and Nail Polish

Have you read any of the books in this series? What did you think of them? Happy Reading!

Rock the Polka Dots {Minnie Mouse Nail Art}

Her classic polka dot look has been continually reimagined by the fashion industry through the decades and continues to drive trends today. – Soo Koo, Disney Consumer Products VP Product Development

Minnie Mouse Inspired Manicure // Novels and Nail Polish

Minnie Mouse is totally classic. From her bloomers and polka dot dress to her sweet pillbox hat, she has looked fabulous for the past eighty years! In honor of National Polka Dot Day, an event will be held in Downtown LA, featuring products and fashion inspired by this adorable mouse.

I decided to get in on the fun, and show off how I #RocktheDots!

Minnie Mouse Inspired Manicure // Novels and Nail Polish

I grabbed a couple classic Minnie Mouse colors to get started – white, black, red and pink. In true Novels and Nail Polish fashion, I designed a fun multi-mani with stripes, polka dots and scalloped accents. My trusty dotting tool was perfect for the polka dots, and I created the scallops by paining thick, vertical lines at varying heights and rounding off the top with a detail brush.

Quick tip – when painting a dotticure with multiple colors, test out the order on a piece of paper so you know what color pattern you want for the final product!

Minnie Mouse Inspired Manicure // Novels and Nail PolishMinnie Mouse Inspired Manicure // Novels and Nail Polish

How will you Rock the Dots? If you do a Minnie Mouse mani, share the link below so I can check it out! Happy Reading!

White After Labor Day {Nail Polish Edition}

“Never wear white after Labor Day.”

White Negative Space Manicure // Novels and Nail Polish

While I definitely take cues from fashion rules, this one is a little bit harder to follow. Especially living in Southern California, where the weather is as hot as your Venti PSL through the end of November. With Labor Day coming up tomorrow, I decided to shine a spotlight on white polishes – my favorite brands and a fun negative space mani!

White Nail Polish Showdown – Top White Nail Polish Picks

Essie Blanc + OPI Alpine Snow + Ulta Snow White + Sally Hansen White On
Essie Blanc + OPI Alpine Snow + Ulta Snow White + Sally Hansen Let’s Snow

I tested out four white polishes: Essie, OPI, Ulta and Sally Hansen. I’ve been a religious Blanc user for years, but it was never the perfect white. It turns out that it’s actually not even in my top two from this test!

Best White Nail Polishes // Novels and Nail Polilsh

First thing I learned from trying out the polishes is that it’s really hard to photograph white nail polish and make it look true to life. Above are the four bottles and their corresponding swatches. You probably can’t tell, but the winner is…

Best White Nail Polishes // Novels and Nail Polilsh

OPI’s Alpine Snow (shown on pointer finger). A close second was Ulta’s Snow White (ring finger). Sally Hansen came in dead last. It was streaky and not opaque at all in two coats. Sadly, Essie Blanc wasn’t much better – still streaky and not very user friendly compared to the wide OPI brush or creamy consistency of Ulta’s Snow White.

White Negative Space Manicure // Novels and Nail Polish

Now that we’ve figured out which white does the job best, let’s chat about negative space manicures. First, make sure you have a good base coat that won’t peel off with striping tape, which can leave the unpolished area uneven. Next, tape off your negative space design and paint finger by finger, peeling off the tape before the polish dries. It’s the perfect subtle mani for Labor Day… and every day after that!

Happy Reading!