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!

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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!

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?

Scales

I have a habit of using whatever polishes happen to be on my desk, usually my recently purchased polishes.  Last week, I ordered the Essie Fall collection, and wanted to use a few of them right away.  I’m beginning to realize I love fall and winter colors much more than spring and summer colors, and this collection had some great ones.  (I’m still eyeing most of the OPI San Fran collection).  I didn’t really know what to do with them, so this happened:

scales

I started with a base of Essie After School Boy Blazer, which is a gorgeous deep navy, even though it looks black in the pictures.  Actually, it pretty much just looks black in real life, too, but the formula is amazing, so I’ll just pretend you can tell it’s navy.  And then I stamped the snakeskin pattern with Essie For the Twill of It and Bundle Monster plate 215.  It actually stamped surprisingly well, and I think I even like it better stamped than on its own.  The duochrome really accentuates the design.  You can see it much better in the second photo.

scales

This is definitely a favorite for me.  I love the colors, the duochrome, the stamping, and the combination of all three.  Don’t hold it against me if I wear this until about February.  Because I never want to take it off.

Go Green for Fall (and Winter)!

It’s no secret that I love green nail polish.  And rich, jewel-tone greens are my absolute favorite colors to wear in the colder months.  If you’re not adventurous with your polish, this is the time to experiment – it’s easier to start with a vampy green than with a summer neon.  I thought I’d share some of my favorites, mostly because I use blogging to justify my obsession.  But maybe you’ll find something that you like.  I’ll link to the swatches I’ve already posted, and you can expect to see the rest of these in the next few months.

1. Deborah Lippmann Don’t Tell Mama: One of my all-time favorites.  It’s a black base with a gorgeous emerald shimmer.  Like velvet for your nails (without the weird texture of velvet nails).

2. Sonia Kashuk Emerald City: A creamy emerald green (that’s less blue-toned than most), great formula, and the only one of these with a price tag under $5.

3. OPI Live and Let Die: Thisclose to being black, with gorgeous green/gold mini flakes.  Did I mention this is a one-coater?  Yeah, you should probably go get it now.

4. Butter LONDON British Racing Green:  If you want classic, this is it.  Gorgeous dark green, with just enough shimmer to make it something special.

5. a-England Saint George: Emerald green.  a-England’s flawless formula.  And tons of holo goodness.  (Also check out Dragon.)

6. Butter LONDON Stag Do: So, technically (according to the BL website), this is blue.  But it’s definitely on the teal/green side, and it is filled with gorgeous green shimmer.  It still works, right?

7. Essie Going Incognito:  For me, this is the one that started it all.  My first (grown-up) green polish.  It’s the perfect balance of light, dark, green, and blue, with a bit of dustiness that makes it more wearable.  Love!

8. OPI Cuckoo For this Color: This one’s for you metallic lovers out there.  It’s gorgeous and rich, with a crazy amount of shimmer.  This one screams “holiday season” to me.

9. Julep Diane: Dark forest green with no creaminess, shimmer, or blue.  Beautiful and deep.

10. OPI Jade is the New Black: Medium jade green.  Leans a little blue, and is just dusty enough that it’s not “too green.”

11: Essie Stylenomics: This one is almost-black, but still a gorgeous color.  It’s on the teal side, but you almost can’t tell. If you like black polish, you’ll love this.

12: a-England Tess D’Urbervilles: A blackened green base, with an insane amount of coarse green/gold shimmer.  Reminds me of light peeking through dense trees.  Gorgeous!

Fall Favorites

Fall is one of my favorite seasons.  I just love the cooler weather, cozy knits, and deep colors.  Since my nail polish collection has probably quadrupled from what I had last year, I thought I’d share the polishes that I will be using a lot this fall.  These are just some of my favorites, but you can also check out my Fall Color Guide if you want to see what this season’s trends are.

1. Essie Chinchilly: because I love gray, and this one is pretty near perfect (plus, the name is super cute).

2. China Glaze Jungle Queen: as close as I will ever get to Chanel Particulare, I love the dark neutral with the unexpected fuchsia shimmer.

3. a-England Tristam: gorgeous navy and holographic microglitter… need I say more?

4. Sonia Kashuk Two Cent: rich metallic copper that seriously glows, this is like fall in a bottle!

5. Deborah Lippmann Don’t Tell Mama: one of my favorite dark polishes, it’s subtle, but the green shimmer is beautiful.

6. Essie Stylenomics: another so-dark-it’s-almost-black green, but without the shimmer – still gorgeous (in the sun)

7. Nails Inc. Hampstead Gardens: it’s kind of an ugly color (my little sister nicknamed it “mustard poop”), but I still love it!

8. China Glaze Man Hunt: cobalt is big this fall, and I love that this is almost navy, but still super vibrant (I’m also loving CG First Mate for a great fall blue)

9. Orly Mirror Mirror: a beautiful, clean gray for those days when I don’t feel like wearing a dark polish

10. Essie Wicked: a classic. I think I’m on my third bottle.

11. Nails Inc. Tate: the perfect, classic, slightly blue-toned dark red

12. OPI Germanicure by OPI: (the only one of these I don’t own yet) gorgeous vampy shimmer – something completely missing from my collection

13: Julep Stefani: metallic charcoal, set apart by the addition of tiny gold flakes – love!

14: China Glaze Mahogany Magic: because when else can you wear warm brown polish?

15: OPI You Don’t Know Jacques: an oldie, but a goodie. I’m still obsessed with dark taupes

16: Essie Bordeaux: blood-red (or wine, I guess) colored jelly – another favorite!

17: Sonia Kashuk Emerald City: the perfect dark emerald green (Essie Going Incognito is another good one)

18: China Glaze Desert Sun: the color of pumpkin pie, butterscotch, and caramel apples

19: butter LONDON All Hail the Queen: slightly holographic nude, appropriate for any occasion, but still really special – it’s my “good luck” polish

20: OPI Number One Nemesis: an almost-dupe for Chanel Graphite, this feels super edgy, trendy, and expensive, but still easy to pull off

These are just a few of the polishes I’m looking forward to wearing a lot this fall, and hopefully I’ll get around to swatching them soon.  What are yours?