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!

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!