Fall Leopard

I really cannot get enough of how amazing these polishes from the Essie Fall Collection look together!  Once I saw them, I knew I had to use them together.  I don’t do leopard print that often, but I thought it would look really great with these colors.

fall leopard

All of the colors I used are from Essie’s Fall 2014 collection: The Perfect Cover-UP (dark teal), Fall in Line (green), and Take it Outside (gray).  The stud is from Born Pretty Store.

fall leopard

Animal print is not really my thing, but I think these turned out really good!  I actually enjoyed wearing them a lot.  What’s your favorite fall print?

Essie Fall 2014

Fall is my favorite time of year for nail polish collections.  I adore the deep blues, greens, and teals, vampy purples and reds, delicate grays, and interesting nudes.  I ended up buying both the Essie and OPI fall collections in their entirety this year (oops!) and I’m still deciding which of the China Glaze’s I want (they all look so pretty!).  If I’m being completely honest, there isn’t much in here we haven’t seen before.  But I couldn’t resist, and I’m actually glad I caved.

essie fall 2014

Essie’s Fall 2014 Collection, called Dressed to Kilt is pretty much a mixture of almost all the colors I think of when I think “fall nails”.  On my thumb is The Perfect Cover Up, which is a gorgeous dusty teal.  Great formula on this one, it goes on really smoothly and is easily a one-coater (!).  On my index finger is Take it Outside, which is pretty much the perfect pale gray.  I’ve seen a lot of polishes like this that are too warm, and they end up looking dirty on me.  This one is really lovely.  My favorite of the collection – Style Cartel – is the navy on my index finger.  This one has a bit of a jelly-like texture, but is still perfect in two coats.  It’s a little deeper and more vibrant than your standard navy blue.  I love it!  The green is Fall In Line.  This one looks pretty close to A Vested Interest from last years’ fall collection or School of Hard Rocks from the Winter 2011 collection.  I can never get enough of these kinds of colors, and Essie does them well.  The last one is Partner in Crime, and it is a deep chocolate brown.  Brown’s not really my thing, but this one is nice and vampy.

essie fall 2014

The only polish not shown is Dress to Kilt, which is a really pretty red that looks like a dupe for about five other polishes I already own (including Twin Sweater Set from last year’s fall collection).  It’s nice, but nothing all that special.

Overall, I think this is a really good collection!  Essie has been kind of hit or miss for me formula-wise lately, but all of these are very nice and easy to apply.

Let me know which one is your favorite in the comments below!

The Night Circus

Time for another book-inspired post!  Despite the fact that my literary theory class is totally kicking my ass, I’ve somehow been reading books like crazy.  I’ve actually really been enjoying reading as I go through grad school, because even though I’m only two classes in, I feel like I have a better appreciation of well-written books.  One of my recent favorites is The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.  I knew from the first page that I would like this book, and I couldn’t put it down!

the night circus

The book takes place mainly in a black and white circus, so I tried to portray that and a few important elements of the book.  From thumb to pinky: the name of the circus – Le Cirque des Revês (the circus of dreams), the two of hearts, a clock (nowhere near as elaborate as the one in the book), a single rose, and a tree.  All of the nails have a distorted checkerboard pattern in the background (though the white-on-white ones are a bit hard to see).  I absolutely loved these, and kept them on for a few days even though I didn’t have the time or energy to do my right hand.  I think they turned out really well!

the night circus

I used all OPI polishes for this manicure: Alpine Snow, Black Onyx, My Boyfriend Scales Walls, and Coca-Cola Red.

the night circus

I know The Night Circus has been super popular for a while, so if you’ve read it, let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below!  And as always, you can add me as a friend on Goodreads (it’s like Facebook for books).  Happy reading!

Sunset Skittle

Here is another post using some of the polishes from OPI’s Nordic Collection for Fall 2014.  I am honestly really loving all of the colors in this collection, and I thought these three would look good together.  This is semi-inspired by Mr. Candiipants and my Modcloth-inspired mani.

sunset skittle

I used OPI Can’t A-Fjord Not To (coral/orange), Thank Glogg It’s Friday! (berry), and OPI With a Nice Finn-ish (gold).  All of them were pretty pigmented and great to work with for nail art.

sunset skittle

I’ve already got a few more queued posts using this collection, and I just got Essie’s fall collection in the mail, so expect to see some of that soon!  All of these amazing fall colors are making me wish for sweater weather even more!

Nordic Plaid

I’ve been such a bad blogger lately – it’s been almost a month since my last post!  Grad school has been kicking my ass, and every time I’ve actually had time to do nail art, I’ve just been completely unmotivated.  But I’m back with a design using colors from OPI’s Nordic Collection for Fall 2014.  It’s not as clean as I would have liked (I definitely think I’m out of practice), but I think it still turned out really pretty.

nordic plaid

I have been obsessed with plaid lately – I just bought two pairs of plaid flats (which is completely crazy, I know).  I thought some of the colors from this collection would make an excellent plaid.  I started with a base of OPI My Vampire is Buff (not in this collection, but it’s a staple), and painted the plaid using Going My Way or Norway?, How Great is Your Dane?, Skating on Thin Ice-Land, Viking in a Vinter Vonderland, Ice Berg-ers and Fries, and My Dogsled is a Hybrid – all from the Nordic Collection.  P.S. don’t you love OPI’s crazy polish names?  They get more and more ridiculous each year.

nordic plaid

Overall, I think this is a really great collection.  I’m planning on doing some more nail art using the other colors in the collection, but no promises.  There are a lot of really beautiful “fall” colors, and a couple of great brights thrown in.  I think I may have finally found my perfect purple in Do You Have This Color in Stock-Holm?, so I may have to use that one next.

Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Neverwhere

Finally another book-inspired post!  I just finished reading my first Neil Gaiman book, Neverwhere, and it was incredible!  Definitely a unique book.  Kind of like a modern Alice in Wonderland.  So, naturally, I had to do some Neverwhere nail art.

neverwhere

I used Essie Going Incognito as the base for all the nails, and Sinful Colors Chick Chick to paint the designs.  It’s slight sheerness really worked for this design.

neverwhere

The designs I chose are (from thumb to pinky): the title of the book, a door, Islington (the name of one of the characters), Mind the Gap (which was my favorite scene in the book), and a key.

neverwhere

I really enjoyed reading Nevermore, and I’m moving on to The Graveyard Book next.  I’ve been on a huge reading kick lately, so any and all book recommendations are welcome!  And as always, you can add me as a friend on Goodreads (it’s like Facebook for books).  Happy reading!

Black & White Stamping

I was in the mood for something simple, and, since I haven’t done any stamping in a while, I ended up with these.  I’ve been wanting to use this stamping plate for a while, and I’m glad I finally got around to it.  I really like how these turned out: simple, but still really interesting.

black and white

I started with a base of OPI Queen of the Road, which is a really beautiful brownish-black shimmery color from the new Mustang collection.  I stamped with Milani White on the Spot and Bundle Monster plate 404.

black and white

I think I’ve just been on a black and white kick lately, that’s all I want to paint on my nails.  I’ve hit the point where I’m done with summer and bright colors and I just want dark, cozy colors and cold weather.  Anyone else?