Author: Steph

Winter Watercolor

I’ve really been loving the watercolor technique (here is a great tutorial of a similar effect – I just layered more than one color).  It’s actually really easy once you get the hang of it, and it looks amazing.  Usually, I do them on a white or off-white base, but I thought I’d give it a try with some of my favorite dark colors.  I absolutely love the way these turned out!

winter watercolor

I think most – if not all – of the polishes I used are from OPI’s fall collection.  I think they look really great together.  This is my first time using shimmer in a watercolor, and I think the effect is really cool.

winter watercolor

This is the last of the posts that has been hanging out in my drafts folder while I’ve been tied up with school and work, so I’m hoping to get some holiday nail art up soon!

Dots & Stripes

It’s been a while since I’ve used striping tape.  Mostly because it takes a while to get anything this detailed and even, and I hate having to wait for my nails to dry completely before I use it.  But I still love the results.  So I thought I’d break it out on some day-old polish and came up with this.

dots & stripes

 

I started with a base of Intelligence, Integrity, & Courage from the China Glaze The Giver collection.  It’s a really pretty light blue gray that reminds me of one of my all-time favorites: Essie Cocktail Bling.  Love this color for winter.  The stripes and dots were done with China Glaze Choo-Choo Choose You from their fall All Aboard collection.

dots & stripes

I really loved this color combo!  If I ever remember to pick up some more makeup sponges, these two might make a really nice gradient.  I just picked up a bunch of polishes from the last three China Glaze collections and I’m really liking them all.  What’s your favorite recent CG release?

Fractured Emerald

I love green and blue nail polish year round, but in the fall I really gravitate towards navy and emerald.  Over the past few years, I’ve amassed a nice collection of emerald polishes.  I usually have about a million bottles of nail polish sitting on my desk and any given time (I’m really bad about putting them away after I use them), and these two colors happened to be sitting next to each other and I thought they would look amazing together.

fractured emerald

I used one of my favorite green creme polishes as a base – OPI Jade is the New Black.  It was one of my first purchases when I really started getting into nail polish a few years ago, and I just keep going back to it.  Then using a Bundle Monster plate (which I cannot find right now), I stamped a shattered design on my thumb, middle, and pinky fingers and it’s reverse on my index and ring fingers using SpaRitual Rhythm of Life.  I love how there is just a hint of the shimmer here, even though Rhythm of Life is borderline metallic on his own.

fractured emerald

What is your favorite fall color?

Nordic Triangles

I just can’t stop using this fall’s Nordic collection from OPI.  I have been wearing the polishes from this collection almost nonstop since I got them.  The colors I used here are two of my favorites from the collection, because I have nothing else quite like them.  Minty green and brown have been pretty standard nail colors for a few years, but I feel like OPI did a good job of making their versions a little bit unique, which seems to be pretty difficult to do nowadays.

nordic tribal

I started with a base of My Dogsled is a Hybrid and painted on the design using How Great is Your Dane?.  The formula on both of these is fantastic.  I really like these colors together, sort of a more toned-down version of mint chocolate chip.

nordic tribal

Have you picked up any of the polishes from this collection?  What are your favorites?

Nail Essentials

Between work, grad school, and the terrible cold I’ve had the last few weeks, my nails have been in pretty bad condition.  I haven’t done any nail art in a while, but I thought I’d share some of the staples I’ve been obsessed with lately.  Most of them are products I’ve been using for years, but I’ve made a few new discoveries in the last month that have completely changed my nail game.

nail essentials

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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!