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.

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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.

heartbeat

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.

heartbeat

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!

Army Green

Military is always a big trend for fall, and it’s definitely one of my favorites.  So this year, I thought I’d try it out on my nails.  I love these colors together – they are definitely fall appropriate.  And I need all the “fall” I can get in this heat wave.

army green

I used OPI Uh-Oh, Roll Down the Window (awesome name, right?) as my base. The stamping was done with Mash plate 42 and SpaRitual Slate.  The color block nails were done with scotch tape and SpaRitual Slate.  And the glitter on my middle finger is Windestine Girl With the Best Smile.

army green

I really love the color block nails – definitely something i need to try again (even though I ripped my polish off on the first two attempts).

 

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?

Bored.

It’s no secret that I have a (slight) addiction to Netflix.  My most recent choice for a watch-the-entire-series-in-a-weekend binge was the BBC series Sherlock.  I think it took about two minutes for me to become obsessed.  I’m actually reading the book at the moment because I am so impatient for the next season to start.  So, naturally, I had to find some way to put it on my nails.

sherlock wallpaper

For the first time ever on this blog, I did photoshop the pictures (clearly) to make them look more vintage-y.  But, I figured since it’s nail art, and not a swatch, it doesn’t really matter.  I think it they look pretty awesome this way.

I used Bundle Monster plate 312 for the stamping and freehanded the happy face.

sherlock wallpaper

If you’re already a Sherlock fan, you know which scene this is from, and why it’s a favorite.  But if you haven’t seen it, here’s the clip I was inspired by:

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.

Patriotic Stamping

I can’t believe it is already July!  This year is going by so fast!

I needed to do some patriotic nail art this week, and this is my least favorite of the ones I’ve done so far.  I’m not entirely happy with how these turned out.  But I thought I’d show you anyway, since it’s not a complete fail.  Just kind of meh.

american flag

The white (used for the stripes and stamping) is Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in White On.  The blue is Pure Ice French Kiss and the red is Orly Star Spangled. I used Cheeky plate CH51 for the stars.

american flag

I’ve already done one other 4th of July mani, and it is amazing!  So look for that on Wednesday.  And share your patriotic nails in the comments below! I’d love to see them.  Have a good week everyone!