Thursday, July 18, 2013

Midweek Inspiration // Purple

I loved creating last week's Midweek Inspiration post so much that I've decided to make it a weekly series! The color purple has been catching my eye a lot lately, and I can't help but be very inspired by so many of the purple posts I keep seeing on Tumblr, WeHeartIt and Pinterest. Whether book covers or pretty flowers, purple is such a beautiful and feminine color, which makes it perfect for decorating both my bookshelves and my nails.

Enjoy this purple inspiration and happy reading!

Photo via Tumblr
Keep Calm and Read // Paint chip //
Photo via WeHeartIt
Purple ranunclus //
Photo via WeHeartIt
Photo via WeHeartIt
The Secret Garden // Baby's Breath //
Photo via Tumblr
Bookshelf //
Photo via Books by the Foot

Monday, July 15, 2013

An Abundance of Katherines // Nail Art

Colin has a thing for girls named Katherine, just like I have a thing for awesome books and fun nail polish. So I have to be honest, this post was a blast to work on! I love the simple, white cover of John Green's An Abundance of Katherines, and the seemingly hand-drawn images and words gave me so many fun ideas for what to paint on my nails. 
I love a bright, white nail, so I was happily inspired by the novel's cover. Other than the heart, I wasn't too keen on the idea of having any of the little drawings (especially a parabola!) from the cover on my nails, so I knew I needed a couple of other fun images to use. I loved the use of footnotes throughout the book, so that was definitely something I wanted to incorporate on my nails. Also, Colin continuously refers to his heartbreaker as Katherine XIX, which gave me another cute idea for my nails.
As far as actual products I used for these nails, the white base is L'Oreal I Will, with accents of Ciate Mistress for the heart and Twilight for the numbers. The consistency of I Will is a bit hard to work with, as most bright whites are. It definitely takes a couple coats to get it smooth and without streaks. And like always, I love my Ciate mini polishes, so those are always a blast to use.

I'm on a John Green kick, so get ready for a review for An Abundance of Katherines soon! Happy reading!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Midweek Inspiration

I hope everyone is having a fabulous week! Seeing as it's almost Friday, I've decided to round up some of my favorite nail polish and bookish inspirations to get us through the rest of the work week. I found most of these little beauties on one of my favorite inspiration sites, WeHeartIt, and a couple I photographed myself!

Enjoy some inspiration and happy reading!
Essie Nail Polish // Lauren Conrad Novels //
Photo via WeHeartIt
Essie Nail Polish //
Photo via WeHeartIt
Photo via WeHeartIt
Essie Nail Polish // Bikini So Teeny //
Photo by Novels and Nail Polish
Julep Nail Polish // Emily Griffin Novels //
Photo by Novels and Nail Polish
Barnes and Noble Classics //
Photo via WeHeartIt

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

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If you want to keep up with all the fun over here at Novels and Nail Polish, head on over to Bloglovin! There, you can find out all the new happenings, reviews and fun nail polish designs as they show up here on my little blog.

Happy reading!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Nail Polish Brands I Love

Spotlight: Julep Nail Polish

Julep Nail Polish Bottles

You'll become very familiar with some of my favorite nail polish brands, and one is definitely Julep Nail Polish. I am a proud Maven, which means I receive monthly packages delivered right to my door, dressed up with pretty ribbons and little extra goodies.

I fell in love with Julep right off the bat because of the bottle's elegant design. Its tall, rectangular style is easy to hold while painting my nails and stores very easily, especially since I have a huge collection! Another aspect I love about this brand is the fabulous brush style, which follows the finger nail's natural shape. The brush is slightly wider and more flattened than many other nail polishes, which allows for spreading the lacquer much more evenly.

Some criticism of Julep Nail Polish falls on its thick consistency, but I love that it is rich enough for the color to come out completely opaque. It does take a bit longer to dry, but a good quick-dry top coat fixes that problem in a snap!

Whether you're yearning for a soft, pastel mint, a bright blue or a full-coverage red glitter, Julep has a huge selection. If you want to become a Maven too, head over to Julep's website and they'll help you step by step find out your style profile and get started with your first box! Get those nails painted and happy reading!