If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you already know that I am completely obsessed with houndstooth. I also have the habit of doing nail art with whatever is already on my desk (usually recent purchases) and that’s exactly what happened here. Both of these polishes are from last fall/winter, but thanks to the sale section at Ulta, they’re new to me, and I love them!
I started with a base of Zoya Evvie and then stamped the pattern using Zoya Ray and Vivid Lacquer plate 005 (which is definitely my most used stamping plate ever – and I have over 200 of them, so that’s saying a lot).
I think this turned out so pretty! I love dark greens in the fall and winter, and I can’t resist a good emerald shimmer (I might do a favorites post soon, if that’s something you guys are interested in).
It’s been a rough few weeks at work, but my huge project is done (yay!), so I’ll be home and posting more often. Let me know what you’d like to see!
This mani was the result of me trying to put something together using the colors on my desk. These were both semi-old (I think) colors that I recently picked up at T.J. Maxx and they’re really great. I’m actually not a huge fan of the bronze polish on it’s own, but I absolutely love it in this gradient. It might just be a gradient-only polish for me.
The purple is Sation Super Nail-tural Powers. I can only find Sation at T.J. Maxx (which is fine with me, because they’re only like $3), but I do generally like them. I’ve heard great things about Sation, but it’s been pretty hit-or-miss for me. This one is definitely a hit. And the bronze is Sephora by OPI Rumba Romance. Not sure where you can get this anymore, but if you find it, get it – if only because of it’s magical gradient powers.
I was kinda going for a fall thing with the bronze, but, to me, this has almost an Arabian Nights vibe. I absolutely love it! I want to wear these colors in a gradient all the time. Scrubbing sparkly bits of my fingers (gradient sponging hazard) is completely worth it in this case.
This is the fifth and final polish in Windestine’s Little Women collection. I am not a huge fan of the color brown, so I honestly didn’t think I’d like this one. But like any good hoarder, I had to buy them all, and I am really glad I did!
Kizuna is a cool brown jelly with green and purple glitter and copper shimmer. The glitter mix is pretty much identical to that of Windestine Hydrangeas (which you can see in a super old post here). The base is a bit sheer, so I found a polish that matches perfectly, China Glaze Foie Gras, and layered it under two coats of Kizuna.
Like I said, I’m not a huge fan of brown, but I have to admit I really love this! It reminds me of a sparkly forest. I definitely see me wearing Kizuna a lot this fall.
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.
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.
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.
Today I have the third polish from Windestine’s Little Women Collection. This one is called Peacekeeper and it is beautiful.
Peacekeeper is a light gray jelly with white gold shimmer and pink and purple glitter. It reminds me a little bit of Windestine’s Snow Prince. The accent nails here are China Glaze Tart-y for the Party, which I thought would look nice with the purple glitters.
I really do love this one! Maybe because, in addition to history, literature, or geek-themed collections, I also have a weakness for white (or close to it) jelly bases with delicately colored glitters. Either way, this one is really pretty!
Tomboy is the second polish from Windestine’s Little Women collection. I’m a huge fan of navy polish for fall, and this one is a perfect sparkly option. So pretty!
Tomboy is a deep blue jelly polish with blue, green, and copper glitter. I used three coats here. Formula is a little thick, but not too bad. I used OPI Brisbane Bronze as accent nails to bring out the copper glitter in Tomboy.
Windestine is one of my favorite indie brands, and I am loving the Little Women collection! I can’t wait to show you the rest of the collection
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 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 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!
I’m not a huge fan of matte nail polish. But, I do wear it occasionally (mostly to tone down glitter). I’m one of those “why get a ton of matte polishes when you can just get the topcoat?” people, partially because I’ve had awful (insane chipping) experiences with matte polishes. But, I’ve always disliked how matte topcoats kind of make dark polishes lighter and cloudy-ish. So when I saw this polish in T J Maxx, I thought I’d give it a try. And I ended up kind of loving it. As much as I can love a matte polish.
On three of my fingers is SpaRitual Body, which is a matte black polish. It is super black, super matte, and super smooth. Up until now, I’ve hated applying matte polishes. They’re hard to work with, and get clumpy too easily. But Body was one of the smoothest polishes I’ve ever applied. I will definitely be looking for more SpaRitual mattes (if there are any).
I happened to have purchased Revlon Elusive the day before, and was surprised to find that it was also matte. While I actually like this one a little better with topcoat, I thought I’d combine the two, since they’re the only two matte polishes I own that I actually like. It was hard to photograph, but it’s a black polish with green and teal glitter. So pretty!
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.
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.
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).
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!
I started with OPI Black Onyx and then sponged on Essie For the Twill of It, SpaRitual Howl, and SpaRitual Rhythm of Life.
I really like these colors together. They’re still dark and shimmery and vampy, but still really interesting.