Watercolors

Last week, I was trying to think of something new I could do on my nails,  and I remembered the watercolor technique.  I’ve done it before, but I’ve never really been too happy with the results.  So after looking at lots of pictures of watercolor nails, and after many attempts (most of which were too overdone and ended up with my nail showing in spots), I came up with this.

watercolor

I (obviously) used a ton of purples for this, and I don’t remember what they all are, but if you really need to know, I can probably figure it out.  It needed a little something, so I added a coat of INM Northern Lights.  I’m not too big on sparkle, but I really love how subtle and pretty Northern Lights is.

watercolor

I really love how this turned out!  This technique took a while for me to get the hang of, but I think I’ll be using it a lot in the future – it would make an amazing base for some simple nail art.

If you’re interested in watercolor nails, there are about a million tutorials out there, and of course I’d be happy to offer some tips.

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Army Doctor

Last week, I showed you A Study in Polish’s Consulting Detective, which is the Sherlock Holmes polish in her Sherlock collection.  Today I have the polish inspired by John Watson, Army Doctor.

army doctor

Army Doctor is a grass green with copper glitter and a pretty blue shimmer.  Normally, I don’t like glitter in shimmery bases, but I think this one is done really well.  The formula is pretty great, too – this was two smooth coats.  You do have to be a bit careful with this to avoid pulling, or just do three thin coats instead.

army doctor

A Study in Polish is available here.  I bought a bunch of them a few weeks ago, and I haven’t tried a single one that I don’t love.  You should definitely check her out!

P.S. Any Sherlock fans out there – what did you think about the season 3 ending?  I can’t wait for season 4!

Consulting Detective

Today I have my first polish from A Study in Polish.  She has an entire collection inspired by the BBC series Sherlock, which you I am completely obsessed with at the moment.  I was good and only bought half of them (plus one from her Hobbit collection), but then as soon as they came in the mail and I saw how gorgeous they really were, I ordered the other half.  I wasn’t kidding when I told you polish named after my favorite things is my kryptonite.

consulting detective

Consulting detective is a beautiful purple with gold shimmer, gold glitter in different sizes, and small iridescent blue glitter.  It is opaque in three coats, but I have a thing with conserving indie polishes (because they can be fairly hard to get), so I layered two coats over Zoya Monica, which matched the base almost perfectly.

consulting detective

I’m kind of obsessed with this polish.  The formula and the color are both amazing.  You can check out A Study in Polish here.  She has some great “fandom” collections.

In the Navy

I’ve been on a navy kick lately, so I thought I’d use two of my favorite navy polishes in the same mani.  I know they’re pretty much the same color, but I love them both.  Clearly I have a problem.

navy skittle

On my index and middle fingers I used OPI I Saw, You Saw, We Saw, Warsaw.  My thumb and pinky are OPI Incognito in Sausalito.  My ring finger is OPI My Vampire is Buff stamped with OPI Incognito in Sausalito and Mash plate 43.  And the glitter is Essie Golden Nuggets, which is just perfect.

navy skittle

The stamp smeared a bit, but I kind of like it that way – it adds some depth.  I really loved this look!

What’s your favorite navy polish?

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!

kizuna

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.

Prima Donna

Prima Donna is the fourth polish in Windestine’s Little Women collection.  It is the simplest of the bunch, but it might just be my favorite.

prima donna

My index and pinky fingers have three coats of Prima Donna, which is a bright coral jelly with periwinkle glitter.  The rest of my nails are China Glaze Fade into Hue, with Essie Come Here stamped using bundle monster plate 323.

prima donna

I absolutely love the color combination here.  And to be completely honest, I didn’t think I would really like it when I first saw it.  But I am kind of obsessed.

Peacekeeper

Today I have the third polish from Windestine’s Little Women Collection.  This one is called Peacekeeper and it is beautiful.

peacekeeper

Peacekeeper is a light gray jelly with white gold shimmer and pink and purple glitter.  It reminds me a little bit of Windestine’s Snow Prince.  The accent nails here are China Glaze Tart-y for the Party, which I thought would look nice with the purple glitters.

peacekeeper

I really do love this one!  Maybe because, in addition to history, literature, or geek-themed collections, I also have a weakness for white (or close to it) jelly bases with delicately colored glitters.  Either way, this one is really pretty!