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!

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Wood Grain

I’ve been seeing a lot of wood grain nails around lately, and I hadn’t attempted them yet, so I thought I’d give ’em a go.  These were actually really fun to do, and I absolutely love the way they turned out!

wood grain

I started with a base of OPI A-Piers to Be Tan, and then painted the lines on with a short striping brush and Essie Lady Godiva.  Lady Godiva is actually pretty sheer for a dark color (you’d need at least three coats to wear it on its own), and I think that worked in my favor here.  All of the imperfections just make them look more like real wood.

wood grain

I think these are pretty fun, and they’re definitely close to fool-proof, so these might be good for any nail art beginners out there.  Let me know what you think and send me a link if you try them!

P.S. I might be doing a giveaway for my second blog-iversary at the end of February – so let me know what you’d like to see in there: indies, mainstream polishes, nail art supplies, etc.

Padfoot

Today I have another awesome indie polish.  I’ve kind of been ignoring my indies lately, but I’ve been determined to give them some love, since I have a ton of them I’ve never worn.  You might already know that Lac Attack released another Harry Potter themed collaboration collection with Glitta Gloves.  And if you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you probably already know that I bought it (ok, fine, I preordered the entire collection the second it was available); I have a serious weakness for polish named after my favorite things (even if I don’t actually like the color).  Luckily, I’m kind of in love with Lac Attack – her polishes are so amazing she actually makes me like things I usually don’t, like bar glitter.  This is Padfoot from the Magical Mischief collection and it is gorgeous!

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Padfoot is a warm brown holographic polish.  I don’t typically like brown, but this is really pretty!  It ended up being one of my favorites of the collection.  The formula was awesome – super smooth and opaque in two coats.

For those of you who don’t know, Padfoot is Sirius Black’s nickname.  Although I guess if you didn’t know that, you don’t know who Sirius Black is so go read/watch some Harry Potter.  Because if you haven’t, you are really missing out.

padfoot

You can get Padfoot and the rest of the Magical Mischief collection here!  Also check out the first Lac Attack/Glitta Gloves Harry Potter collection, Magical Musings.  There really is something for everyone in there: jellies, holos, glow in the dark, and tons of glitter!

Kizuna

This is the fifth and final polish in Windestine’s Little Women collection.  I am not a huge fan of the color brown, so I honestly didn’t think I’d like this one.  But like any good hoarder, I had to buy them all, and I am really glad I did!

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Kizuna is a cool brown jelly with green and purple glitter and copper shimmer.  The glitter mix is pretty much identical to that of Windestine Hydrangeas (which you can see in a super old post here).  The base is a bit sheer, so I found a polish that matches perfectly, China Glaze Foie Gras, and layered it under two coats of Kizuna.

kizuna

Like I said, I’m not a huge fan of brown, but I have to admit I really love this! It reminds me of a sparkly forest.  I definitely see me wearing Kizuna a lot this fall.

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?

Squirrel Appreciation Day

Today is Squirrel Appreciation Day!  It’s a real thing, I swear.  Obviously I couldn’t miss the opportunity to do some squirrel nails.  I attempted a watercolor technique, which I need to practice some more, but I think my little squirrel turned out really cute!  He’s a little bit chubby and insane-looking, but it’s ok 🙂

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The base on most of my nails is OPI You Don’t Know Jacques.  For the squirrel nail, I used OPI My Boyfriend Scales walls as the base, and OPI You Don’t Know Jacques, OPI Get in the Espresso Lane, Orly Decades of Dysfunction, China Glaze Kalahari Kiss, China Glaze Exotic Encounters, and China Glaze Mahogany Magic for the squirrel.

squirrel

My technique needs some work, but I really love the watercolor effect.  But, since I was not expecting a recognizable squirrel on my first attempt, I call this a success.