Sunset Skittle

Here is another post using some of the polishes from OPI’s Nordic Collection for Fall 2014.  I am honestly really loving all of the colors in this collection, and I thought these three would look good together.  This is semi-inspired by Mr. Candiipants and my Modcloth-inspired mani.

sunset skittle

I used OPI Can’t A-Fjord Not To (coral/orange), Thank Glogg It’s Friday! (berry), and OPI With a Nice Finn-ish (gold).  All of them were pretty pigmented and great to work with for nail art.

sunset skittle

I’ve already got a few more queued posts using this collection, and I just got Essie’s fall collection in the mail, so expect to see some of that soon!  All of these amazing fall colors are making me wish for sweater weather even more!

Heartbeat

When I saw that Windestine had released a collection inspired by Little Women, I immediately headed over to her Etsy shop and purchased all of them.  I have a serious weakness for nail polish inspired by anything historical or literary.  This is Heartbeat, which I knew would be one of my favorites as soon as I saw the bottle.

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Heartbeat is a dark purple jelly with pink and copper microglitter (or very coarse shimmer).  It’s beautiful and perfect and the formula is great.  It is a bit sheer, so I layered two coats over OPI Vant to Bite My Neck?, which matches the base color perfectly.  On my index and pinky nails, I used Bundle Monster plate 317 to stamp the heart pattern starting with Sally Hansen Insta-Dry Cinna-Snap (which you can barely see), and then Essie Penny Talk.

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Heartbeat is definitely a classic Windestine color.  I absolutely love when she uses small glitters, and her jelly/glitter color combos are always flawless.  Stay tuned for the other four polishes in this collection!

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.

The Chicago Collection

Today I am very excited to have Lac Attack’s Chicago Collection for you!  I love Chicago, so I was really excited when these were announced, and they definitely didn’t disappoint!  They were inspired by the song “Cell Block Tango”, is probably my favorite song from the musical – you should definitely go look it up right now if you’ve never heard it (check it out at the end of this post).

First up: Pop.  Hello circle glitter!  I’ve been lusting after circle glitter polishes for some time, and this one is my first!  So, even though pink isn’t really my thing, I’m kind of loving this!  It is a perfect representation of that part of the song, and it’s all-around a really cool polish.  Black microglitter, small neon pink glitter, and neon pink and black circle glitter… how could this combo not be amazing?  I used one coat over OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls.  Neon freaks out my camera, so the darker pink is a more accurate representation of the color (they’re actually all the same color).

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So I said to him, ‘You pop that gum one more time…’ and he did.  So I took the shotgun off the wall and fired two warning shots… into his head.

Six is definitely a favorite!  If I could only get one, I’d probably pick this one.  It is a gorgeous mixture of super-sparkly green, blue, and purple microglitter.  I layered one coat over OPI Black Onyx.  So. Freaking. Pretty.  Right?

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Single, my ass.  Not only was he married, oh, no, he had six wives… You know, some guys just can’t hold their arsenic.

Squish is destined to be a favorite.  It’s a classic mix of silver, red, and black glitter of different shapes and sizes.  The red bars did give me a bit of trouble because they’re really long, but they laid flat after I pushed them down with a toothpick – not a big deal.  This is one coat over Nails Inc. Basil Street.  P.S. This is my favorite part of the song.

squish

Then he ran into my knife.  He ran into my knife ten times.

After the three glitters come the three shimmers.  The first is Uh-Uh.  This one was the thinnest and sheerest of the three, but super easy to work with.  It’s also pretty gorgeous.  I love jewel tones for fall, and this one is perfect.  This was two (and a half) coats.

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Yeah, but did you do it?

Uh-Uh.  Not guilty.

Cicero is a shimmery, almost metallic, purple with blue and pink shimmer.  It reminds me a tiny bit of OPI Russian Navy.  Very pretty and vampy.  The formula on this one was a bit think, and a little difficult to work with, but it’s worth it.  I promise.  This was two coats, but you might be able to get away with one if you’re super careful.

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It wasn’t until later, when I was washing the blood off my hands, I even knew they were dead.

And last, but certainly not least, is Lipschitz.  This one might just be my favorite.  I love this color.  I’m painting my bedroom soon and I might just be bringing this with me to the paint store.  It is the perfect emerald color with white shimmer and purple flecks.  I want to wear this all the time.  This one is almost a one-coater, but I did two to fill in a few bare spots.

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I guess you can say we broke up because of artistic differences.  He saw himself as alive… and I saw him dead.

My picks are Lipschitz and Six, but I really do like the whole collection.  There is definitely something for everyone in here!

The Chicago Collection is launching today Saturday, September 21st at 1pm EST in the Lac Attack shop, so head over there to pick up a few (or all) of them.  Let me know which ones you get (or are planning on getting) in the comments below!  She is also opening up her brand new shop at the same time, so plenty of other polishes will be available for restock.

*These polishes were provided to me for my unbiased review.

P.S. This is the longest my nails have EVER been!  They don’t even look that long and they’re starting to get in the way – damn my tiny nail beds.  I don’t think I can do any longer than this, but I might keep them this way for a while.

Purple Paisley

I already mentioned that I (accidentally) ended up purchasing 11 of the 12 China Glaze Avant Garden polishes.  They’re are definitely one or two in the collection that I’m not entirely happy with, but for the most part, I love them!  For someone who owns her fair share of nail polish (and plenty more), I have a surprisingly small number of brights and pastels, and these are great options for spring and summer.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that many of the Avant Garden polishes stamp reasonably well, especially for lighter colors, so I’ve been trying out different stamping combinations.  You’ve already seen this one, but I’ve got to say, I like today’s mani even more!

purple paisley

I started out with a base of China Glaze Fancy Pants, which is a really pretty blurple (blue/purple) color with pink shimmer.  It’s definitely a little sheerer than I’d like, so I used three coats.  I used Bundle Monster plate 315 to stamp the paisley print with China Glaze Tart-y for the Party and then used some loose glitter to make a border on my thumb and ring finger.  You can get a better idea of what Tart-y for the Party looks like here.

purple paisley

If I had to pick two from the collection, it would be these Fancy Pants and Tart-y for the Party, hands-down.  They’re really very pretty.  Bright, but soft at the same time, which I love.  Although the pinks in the collection are amazing, too (and that’s from someone who generally hates pink).  Have you picked up any of the Avant Garden polishes yet?  If you have, I’d love to know what you think!

Amortentia

“Amortentia doesn’t create actual love, of course. That’s impossible. But it does cause a powerful infatuation or obsession. For that reason, it is probably the most dangerous potion in this room”
– Horace Slughorn (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince)

For some reason, I’ve really been craving pink polishes lately.  So I decided to finally break out the pink from Lac Attack’s Magical Musings collection (it’s Harry Potter-themed), and go all out.  It is a layering polish (you could probably get it opaque in like 6 coats if you really wanted to), so I layered it over China Glaze Escaping Reality, which is a neon bubblegum pink (think Barbie).  I wasn’t really creative with the layering combo, but I think next time I want to try Amortentia over a dark purple.

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Amortentia is a bright pink shimmer with small and medium lavender holographic glitter.  It is really pretty, and perfectly suited to it’s namesake, the strongest “love” potion in the world.  Also, it kind of reminds me of the love potion display in Fred and George Weasley’s shop in the movie.

This was one of the few Magical Musings polishes I didn’t plan on buying, just because I rarely wear pink, especially bright pinks like this.  But I am a huge Harry Potter geek, and I ended up just grabbing the whole collection because Harry Potter nail polish is my kryptonite.  But I’m really glad I got it, because it is very pretty, and recently I’ve actually been buying and wearing more pink polish.

amortentia

Here is a macro shot of the bottle so you can see the color a bit better.  It is a bit cooler-toned than Escaping Reality, and adds that color shimmer to any polish you layer it over.  I really love that!  I am a huge fan of layering shimmer.

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While I can’t say this is my favorite of the collection, I was surprised to find that I do really like Amortentia.  It’s very versatile, and definitely different than anything else I own.

Lac Attack polishes are available here.  The Magical Musings collection is currently all sold out, but I’m sure it will be restocked eventually, so keep an eye out for that.

On a Clear Night

I’ve got another Windestine polish for you today!  This one is called On a Clear Night, and it is definitely one of my favorites.  I am always amazed at the combinations Freda (Windestine’s creator) puts together.  They might be subtle, but they are always unique.

on a clear night

On a Clear Night is a black jelly with rainbow shimmer.  It’s hard to pick out specific colors, but it seems to be heavy on the purple, and is mostly cool-toned.  I actually really love that the shimmer is actually multicolored, not holographic.  It’s not as flashy as holo shimmer, but it is definitely gorgeous!

The formula is ok.  This is really sheer, and requires 3-4 coats for opacity.  Once you get to the third coat, it really wants to drag, so you have to be careful.  However, I think this would look just as great with 1-2 coats over a black creme, so that’s probably how I’ll wear it next time.  Here I used 3 coats with topcoat.

on a clear night

On a Clear Night, along with the Spring collection, will be available starting February 20th in Windestine’s Etsy shop.