Lucky Look {St. Paddy’s Day}

St. Patrick’s Day is one of those fun holidays that inspires great nail art. Who doesn’t love a good green, gold and/or rainbow manicure every once in a while? So this year, I wanted something office appropriate, yet still festive to celebrate the one day a year it’s acceptable to drink green beer!

St. Patrick's Day Nail Art // Novels and Nail PolishI love a simple ruffian manicure. There’s something so unique, yet elegant about the design that I can’t get over. And on top of its inherently classic look, it’s so simple to execute! I went with the two most perfect St. Pat’s Day lacquers I own: Roc Solid {Julep} and OY-Another Polish Joke {OPI}.

St. Patrick's Day Nail Art // Novels and Nail Polish

Let’s just discuss this gold for a moment. It is LITERALLY perfection. It sparkles, it shines, it does everything. But to make it even better, it’s not a rough, chunky glitter. It is basically liquid gold, and I’m in love! Look at it in the sun, I mean LOOK AT IT!

St. Patrick's Day Nail Art // Novels and Nail Polish

Ok, now that I’ve gushed about my love for that gold polish, let’s get down to the design. I always freehand my ruffian manicures, but a French Manicure decal can do the trick if you’re afraid to go without a guide. The trick to free-handing a ruffian mani is to make as few polish strokes as you can. Get a good amount of polish on the brush, set it down in the center of the nail where you want to start the second color, and fan out the brush as you move toward the tip. That way it naturally creates the gradual spread of polish.

St. Patrick's Day Nail Art // Novels and Nail Polish

I chose to switch up the colors on two accent nails, but you could do any combination.

What are you wearing on your nails for St. Patrick’s Day? Happy Reading!


Halloween Hands

Halloween is purely a fun holiday. Fun to dress up. Fun to eat candy (and get that sugar high). And of course, fun to dress up your NAILS! There are so many designs and colors and directions your spooky manis can go in. This year, I did two manicures inspired by All Hallows’ Eve.

Dotted Candy Corn

Candy Corn Manicure

Candy corn and Halloween go hand in hand. I’ve seen so many white, orange and yellow striped manicures over the years, and I really wanted to come up with something a bit more unique. So you know what that means… POLKA DOTS!

Candy Corn Manicure

Classic white is the perfect base for an ombre yellow to orange polka dot design that feels candy corn but isn’t cheesy in-your-face, which is way more my style! Inspired by, not copy cat!

Candy Corn + Starbucks

Feminine Frankenstein

Frankenstein Inspired Manicure

I was so drawn to a cute, flirty mani version of Frankie I saw last month, and couldn’t wait to do my own version. While it was so much fun, it was really difficult because of how thick the nail polish got by the end. Because of that, the nail pen would catch and get stuck, leaving the black lines a little bit uneven for my taste.

Frankenstein Inspired Manicure

In the end, though, I loved the color combo and overall feel of I achieved with the final look!

Happy Halloween

What were your nails dressed up as on Halloween this year? Happy Reading!