Where’s My Chauffeur? feat. Mint Candy Apple

Lately I’ve been turning to accent nails to add a little something extra to my manicures.  Most of the time, I do accent nail(s) with glitter or stamping, but sometimes I really just want a simple accent nail in a complimentary color.  Ring finger accent nails are a bit predictable, so I’ve been experimenting with my other fingers, and so far, index accents are a favorite.

where's my chauffeur & mint candy apple

These two polishes sit next to each other in my helmer, and they look great together, so I needed to use them.  On four of my fingers is Essie Where’s My Chauffeur? and my index finger is Essie Mint Candy Apple.  Formula is great on both of them, but I really love the almost jelly-like finish of Where’s My Chauffeur? I can’t believe this is the first time I’ve worn it!

where's my chauffeur & mint candy apple

 

What is your favorite nail or nails to use as accent nails?  I’m a fan of the double accent nail, especially when they’re next to each other (index and middle or middle and ring).

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Mint Candy Houndstooth

I have been loving mint and navy together lately.  In my opinion, it’s the perfect winter combo: icy and dark, classic and trendy, feminine and masculine.  I love how navy tones down brighter colors like mint or coral, without the harshness of black.  Expect to see a lot of navy combos from me this winter.

Anyway, I was bored last night, and in the mood for something different, and this is what I came up with.  I love the mint, and I love the navy/silver houndstooth, but I’m not entirely sure I love this mani as a whole.  It’s growing on me, though.

The mint nails are Essie Mint Candy Apple.  For the houndstooth, I started out with a base of Essie Bobbing for Baubles (my go-to cold weather color), and then stamped the houndstooth with Essie No Place Like Chrome and Bundle Monster plate 322.

I definitely think my stamping has improved!  I just wish the BM and Mash plates I have would fit my thumbs so I could do all my nails with the same design.  If you have the same problem, I’ve discovered that Cheeky plates are much larger and still great quality (I really need to order the two new sets).

I am completely obsessed with everything houndstooth at the moment.  Obviously black and white is classic, but I’m also really liking different color combinations.  I think the metallic makes this one interesting.  If you’re not into stamping or freehand nail art, you can still get houndstooth nails with Sally Hansen Salon Effects in Check it Out – do a full mani or just an accent (I like them with glossy black or unexpected brights).

Who is the Boss

I wasn’t going to post today, but then I got bored, so here ya go.

This is Who is the Boss from Essie’s Wedding 2012 collection.  It’s a very pale creamy mint green color.  It’s more blue than your typical mint polish, but still falls in that category.  It’s also a little but dusty and more subtle.  Almost like a grown-up version.

My skin is super pink-toned, so mint greens tend to look terrible on me.  I had a lot of luck with Essie’s Absolutely Shore, but the formula isn’t great, so I thought I’d give this one a shot.  WITB is much more blue than AB, but they’re pretty similar in color.  The formula on the other hand, is about a million times better.  I believe this is two (maybe three) coats of WITB with Essie Good to Go.

So if you love mint polish, but don’t really love it with your skin tone, give one of these lighter ones a try.  I still wouldn’t say they’re super flattering, but I can definitely pull these off.

Love this color!

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