Tuesday, September 17, 2013


Hi everyone! I'm finding that I have very little time to paint my nails with any regularity, so when I do paint them, I try to do something that I'll actually enjoy wearing for up to a week. These more realistic designs that I've been doing are pretty time-consuming, but I truly love the finished results and I'm happy to wear them for several days. I also find that freehand nail art like this lasts extremely long. Since there's only about two full coats of white polish on my nails, my manicure isn't as prone to chipping and tip wear. Interesting, huh? :)

For this nail art I decided to paint some more birds. This time I went for hummingbirds in teal with a peach/orange underlying base. I then added some orange/brown florals for contrast. Overall I'm pretty happy with the look, but I wish I did a little more research for the hummingbirds. I felt like I made them up as I went along, and so they're not as hummingbird-esque as I would have liked.

Here's a step-by-step for one of the hummingbirds that I posted on Instagram. I'm really enjoying playing with strange colour combinations, can you tell? :) For these nails I started with a base of American Apparel T-Shirt. I used a small paint brush to paint the hummingbirds with these colours: American Apparel Summer Peach, American Apparel Office, American Apparel Malibu Green, American Apparel Peacock, and American Apparel Hunter. For the flowers I started with American Apparel Summer Peach, followed by American Apparel Sunset Blvd, American Apparel Makeup, and American Apparel Raccoon.

I hope you have an easy rest of the work week! As always, thank you for reading and for your kind thoughts!



  1. these are AMAZING! you are blowing my mind with these realistic designs! :D

  2. Dang, Brittney! O_O

    I don't know how to write a paragraph of me just staring at this post with my mouth open and blinking in awe, but that's what just happened. Absolutely astounding work.

  3. Wow, gorgeous!!

  4. These are amazing! They are so so gorgeous! You did an awesome job on them!

  5. For me it's quite the contrary :) The more layers of polish I apply the longer they last! Gorgeous birds! But I also like your ring finger VERY much!!

    If you haven't seen yet I was nominated for the Liebster award and as your blog is one of my super favourite nail blogs I delegate this award to your GORGEOUS blog!!! http://passionorkinda.blogspot.ru/2013/09/liebster-award.html

  6. Ah, that's quite lucky for you! As soon as I start layering on the polish, I get awful chipping and tip wear :(

    Thank you so much for your kind words and award, Anastasia! xo

  7. Thanks so much, Stephanie! That means a lot to me!! :D

  8. The hummingbirds are beautiful <3