Winter Watercolor

I’ve really been loving the watercolor technique (here is a great tutorial of a similar effect – I just layered more than one color).  It’s actually really easy once you get the hang of it, and it looks amazing.  Usually, I do them on a white or off-white base, but I thought I’d give it a try with some of my favorite dark colors.  I absolutely love the way these turned out!

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I think most – if not all – of the polishes I used are from OPI’s fall collection.  I think they look really great together.  This is my first time using shimmer in a watercolor, and I think the effect is really cool.

winter watercolor

This is the last of the posts that has been hanging out in my drafts folder while I’ve been tied up with school and work, so I’m hoping to get some holiday nail art up soon!

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Mother of Dragons

If you follow me on Twitter, you probably already know I am slightly obsessed with Game of Thrones.  I just caught up with the show this past weekend, and have recently started reading the books.  If you’re a fan, you know that you must choose a House, and I am definitely Team Targaryen.  Danaerys is totally badass (and definitely going to end up on the Iron Throne), and I thought I’d pay tribute to her, the “mother of dragons,” with a dragon scale mani.  It is almost as badass as Dany.

dragon scales

There are already quite a few tutorials on dragon scale nails, so if you’re interested, you can easily look them up.  Basically, what I did was quickly apply two coats of Essie Dive Bar, and then I used a straight pin to scratch the outline of the scales.  You have to work kind of fast, but it’s totally worth it.  Bonus: these are textured, so they’re definitely on-trend right now.  I skipped the topcoat to keep the cool, scaly texture.

dragon scales

You might remember me previously mentioning Game of Thrones in my post on Dollish Polish Cold Winds are Rising, which you can check out here.

So tell me, which House are you?

dragon scales

P.S. Without giving away any spoilers, how insane were the last two episodes? I just finished watching them and while there weren’t really any major cliffhangers, I need to know what happens next!  So good!

Germanicure by OPI

Have you ever bought a nail polish, decide you don’t really like it all that much, let it sit there for a few months, and then when you finally actually put it on, you fall in love?  This was one of those times.  I actually did like Germanicure by OPI… until I compared it to Every Month is Oktoberfest (which is still a favorite), and then it just seemed blah.  But I put this on a few days ago, and loved it so much I wore it for almost three days, which is pretty much the longest I can stand a polish before I get bored and need to change it.

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Germanicure by OPI is a dark red base with shimmer that is almost coppery.  Formula is great, too.  This was two coats with topcoat.  I seriously can’t believe this is the first time I’ve worn this!  It’s still not my favorite polish ever, but it has definitely earned a spot in my list of go-to polishes.

germanicure by opi

Lately I’ve been really drawn to dark shimmery shades like this.  What is your favorite?

Purr-fect Plum

Another China Glaze On Safari polish.  Are you getting tired of them yet? Don’t worry… there’s only two more.

Purr-fect Plum is a pinkish burgundy/plum color.  I forgot to do a comparison, but I this reminds me a little bit of Essie Bahama Mama, even though I’m almost positive they’re not dupes.  It’s not super unique, but a good one to have.  It’s a lighter version of vampy, which I really like.

This was two coats with Seche Vite on top.

Even though I’ll admit it’s a bit boring, I do really like this color.  I can definitely see myself wearing this.  And, as I said, it’s a great alternative to the super dark vampy colors that are always really popular for fall and winter.

What’s your favorite On Safari polish so far?

Prey Tell

Prey Tell is a vampy brownish red from the China Glaze On Safari collection.  Immediately, this reminded me of Essie Wicked.  I was being dumb and forgot to do a comparison, but I will try to do that soon if any of you want to see it.  They’re so dark, I’m guessing the difference will be subtle, if it even exists.

As you can see, this one stained like crazy (just like Wicked).  It took FOREVER to get my cuticles back to normal after this, so be very careful with your application (unlike me).

It is, however, a very pretty color.  Nothing unique, but I’m glad to have it, since I tend to wear Wicked a ton in the winter.  This is also pretty similar to China Glaze’s Call of the Wild from the same collection, but more red.

The formula wasn’t bad, but it was the worst of all the On Safari polishes.  It was pretty streaky, but if you wait a little longer between coats, it covers well in two or three.  This is three with a coat of Seche Vite on top.

Although Prey Tell is nothing we haven’t seen before, I think it’s a great polish to have, especially if your collection is relatively small.