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?

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).

Day 31 – Recreate Your Favorite Challenge – Herringbone

It was really hard to decide what I wanted to do for today’s post because there have been so many designs I loved over the past month.  But in the end, I picked one I enjoyed wearing the most: the herringbone pattern from day 26 of the challenge: inspired by a pattern.

For this version, I decided to play with textures and paint  a glossy pattern on a matte background.  I think I like the original a little better, but I still love how these turned out!

I started with a base of OPI Russian Navy Matte (which I accidentally bought instead of the regular version) and painted the design on with Essie No More Film.

I can’t believe I actually finished in 31 days! It’s been so difficult, but so much fun!

What was your favorite challenge?