Roses, Roses, and More Roses

I loved these little rose nail studs, but it took me forever to come up with a nail design I liked. These were inspired by Belle from Beauty and the Beast, and I think they turned out amazing! (Side note: who else is ridiculously excited for the Emma Watson live action Beauty and the Beast movie?)

roses

I started out with a base of Color Club Macaroon Swoon, which is a really buttery pale yellow. Then I stamped the rose design using Bundle Monster plate H16 (from the holiday collection) and (I think) SpaRitual Copper. I can’t remember the exact stamping color, but Copper’s still on my desk, so it’s the most likely suspect. The roses are from Born Pretty Store. I’ve never used any 3D nail decorations before (other than most flat studs and rhinestones), but these roses were really easy to use. Obviously, you can’t seal them with a topcoat, but they felt surprisingly secure with just a coat of Seche Vite. You can probably use nail glue on top of dry polish for an even longer lasting hold. I do have to say that they stuck up off the nail a bit more than I would prefer, but I thought they looked pretty cool anyway.

roses

The nail studs can be purchased here from Born Pretty Store and are available in a bunch of different colors. I think the peach ones are really pretty, and the red and black ones would be great for some pretty vampy/gothic nail art! I’ve been ordering from Born Pretty Store since before I started this blog (over three years!) and they are still one of my go-to places to buy nail art supplies.

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Disclaimer: The products in this post were sent to me for review and my honest opinion.

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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?

Matte Black

I’m not a huge fan of matte nail polish.  But, I do wear it occasionally (mostly to tone down glitter).  I’m one of those “why get a ton of matte polishes when you can just get the topcoat?” people, partially because I’ve had awful (insane chipping) experiences with matte polishes.  But, I’ve always disliked how matte topcoats kind of make dark polishes lighter and cloudy-ish.  So when I saw this polish in T J Maxx, I thought I’d give it a try.  And I ended up kind of loving it.  As much as I can love a matte polish.

matte black

On three of my fingers is SpaRitual Body, which is a matte black polish.  It is super black, super matte, and super smooth.  Up until now, I’ve hated applying matte polishes.  They’re hard to work with, and get clumpy too easily.  But Body was one of the smoothest polishes I’ve ever applied.  I will definitely be looking for more SpaRitual mattes (if there are any).

matte black

I happened to have purchased Revlon Elusive the day before, and was surprised to find that it was also matte.  While I actually like this one a little better with topcoat, I thought I’d combine the two, since they’re the only two matte polishes I own that I actually like.  It was hard to photograph, but it’s a black polish with green and teal glitter.  So pretty!

Army Green

Military is always a big trend for fall, and it’s definitely one of my favorites.  So this year, I thought I’d try it out on my nails.  I love these colors together – they are definitely fall appropriate.  And I need all the “fall” I can get in this heat wave.

army green

I used OPI Uh-Oh, Roll Down the Window (awesome name, right?) as my base. The stamping was done with Mash plate 42 and SpaRitual Slate.  The color block nails were done with scotch tape and SpaRitual Slate.  And the glitter on my middle finger is Windestine Girl With the Best Smile.

army green

I really love the color block nails – definitely something i need to try again (even though I ripped my polish off on the first two attempts).

 

Enchanted Forest

I created this manicure on a whim, because I found some makeup sponges in a drawer (I thought I was out) and wanted to use some of my new polishes.  So I randomly sponged on some metallic and shimmer polishes, and I think it turned out really pretty.  The colors remind me of a sparkly forest – I love this combo!

enchanted forest

I started with OPI Black Onyx and then sponged on Essie For the Twill of It, SpaRitual Howl, and SpaRitual Rhythm of Life.

enchanted forest

I really like these colors together.  They’re still dark and shimmery and vampy, but still really interesting.

Gilded Chocolate

Lately I’ve been in the mood for all things fall (despite the 90+ degree weather), which means pumpkin spice lattes, sweaters, and fall colors on my nails.  While I try to experiment with different nail trends each year, I inevitably find myself drawn to grays, jewel tones, vampy metallics, and warm orangey browns (think burnt pumpkin).  So I’m always looking out for colors like this, and I think it may be a favorite this year.

gilded chocolate

For the base, I used SpaRitual Death by Chocolate, and then stamped Essie Good as Gold using Bundle Monster plate 210.  It needed a little something extra, so I added some studs to my thumb and pinky nails.  I love how the gold polish and studs look together.

gilded chocolate

Do you gravitate towards certain colors in the fall?  What are your favorite trends this year?