Birds on a Wire

It’s been a while since I’ve done stamping.  As you can tell from my lack of posts lately, I’ve been pretty busy, and I just didn’t have the time to wait for my nails to dry just so I could stamp (I’m still not the best at it, so sometimes it takes a few shots).  But I got the new Bundle Monster sets, so I wanted to try them out.  I am slightly obsessed with this bird design!

birds on a wire

On my index and middle fingers I painted OPI You’re So Vain-illa, and stamped with OPI Who Are You Calling Bossy?.  The rest of my nails are China Glaze Well Trained.  I’ve done a very similar color combo before, and I still love how well the creme and dark teal go together.  I know the teal looks pretty much black here, but in person, it’s more like the color of the bottle in the above picture.

birds on a wire

I’m going to try and stamp some more, since I now have an almost insane collection.  And, I will be officially done working at my current job in less than three weeks, so I’m excited to have a lot more time for nails!

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Black, White, and Blue

I’ve always kind of loved thick, horizontal stripes, but I’ve never been that great at painting them on my nails.  Straight, horizontal lines on a curved surface are not the easiest thing to do.  But I thought I’d give them another go, and I like how they turned out.  Much better than my first attempt at horizontal striped nail art.

stripes and blue

I wanted to keep it simple with the black and white (the best kind of stripes, in my opinion), and thought the bright teal would be a fun accent.  Definitely a color combo I’m going to keep in mind.  The black and white are Essie Blanc and Licorice.  The blue is Orly Frisky, which is slightly more blue and less green in real life (it’s obviously completely different than the fifteen other light/medium bright blue/teal polishes I own – just have to keep telling myself that).

stripes and blue

I’m definitely a huge fan of the thick stripes (and they’re a tad less difficult to screw up than thin stripes).  We all know I’m a fan of geometric/graphic patterns with florals, and I think these would look great with some delicate little flowers (similar to this).

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).

Saint George

This might just be my favorite a-England ever!  And I love a-England.  I wanted Saint George for probably six months before I finally bought it, and then it just sat in my helmer (I did take it out and look at it every few days).  I don’t know why I waited so long to wear this, but when I finally put it on the other day, it was magic.

saint george

Saint George is a gorgeous teal base with a scattered holographic shimmer.  It’s just perfect.  I’m not really all that into holos (I know, shocker), but I cannot resist any of Adina’s creations.  This has just the right amount of sparkle, and the color itself is really something special.

I wish I could have captured the holo better, but my camera was being dumb and it was already getting dark.  Just imagine this with way more sparkles.

saint george

The formula on this was typical for a-Englands: ah-mazing.  If you haven’t tried any of them, you are seriously missing out.  This was… wait for it… one coat.  Yes, one coat.

saint george

If you haven’t already guessed, I LOVE Saint George! I also love a-England (and Adina and Tristam – her adorable cat).  Definitely a contender for my favorite polish (and brand) ever.  Ok, I need to stop because I could totally look at pictures of this all day and I actually have things to do.  Kind of.

The Hawaiian Collection

I never do whole-collection posts, but since I had all three of these, I thought I’d give it a go.

Windestine’s Hawaiian collection is made up of three gorgeous jelly polishes with glitter.  All three are very different, but still equally amazing.

First up, Peach Ice.  This is a beautiful orangey-peach jelly base with two different sizes of sheer white glitter.  It’s very delicate, but at the same time, it’s vibrant.  I have a hard time finding colors like this that look good with my skin tone, but Peach Ice turned out to be my perfect peach.  LOVE this one!

Next we have Pele.  Honestly, I didn’t think I would like this as much as I do.  It’s a bright red-orange with, as far as I can tell, blue and gold glitter, and red microglitter.  It’s much less red than the picture shows, but my camera has major issues with oranges.  It is still a very vibrant polish – the colors remind me of a fiesta!  Gorgeous!

And last but not least, is Moana.  This is my favorite one, by a very small margin.  I absolutely love the base color.  It kind of reminds me of Zoya Frida (strange coincidence: that’s the name of Windestine’s creator!), just a bit thicker.  But it’s really the combination of glitters that caught my eye.  There are some light blue medium sized glitters, large pink/berry-colored glitters, and (my favorite part) tiny orange glitters.  Sooo pretty!  This is definitely one of my favorite indies ever!

All swatches show two coats of polish with a thin coat of topcoat.  They were a bit thick (especially Moana), but I ended up liking that because it meant the glitter and color payoff was great without too much effort.

Which one is your favorite?

Windestine polishes are available from Etsy and Big Cartel, and you can check her website for info on restocks and new collections.  Both shops are currently closed, but will reopen tomorrow (11/15) night at 9 PST for cyber Monday with 24 hours of free shipping with code “cyber”!  Big Cartel will have a larger selection, but the Hawaiian collection will be available in both shops 🙂

International readers: Windestine is now available on Overall Beauty, which ships internationally, so now you can get your hands on some of these awesome polishes!

Green-Blue Ombre

I LOVE how this turned out!  I’ve been changing my nails every day lately, but I wore this for three days because I loved it so much.  The colors work really well together.  It’s fun, but still subtle.  I will definitely be doing these again, and am trying to put together other color combinations that work just as well.

From green to blue (thumb to pinky), the polishes I used are: OPI Don’t Mess With OPI, OPI Jade is the New Black, Essie Going Incognito, Essie Go Overboard, and OPI Ski Teal We Drop.

Just looking at these pictures makes me want to do these again.  These are definitely a favorite!  I actually have the bottles sitting on my desk right now because they’re so pretty together.

What do you think?  Are you a fan of ombre nails?

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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