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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Do you gravitate towards certain colors in the fall? What are your favorite trends this year?
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.
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.
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:
Yet again, I was inspired by Mr. Candiipants. Check out her tutorial for these nails here. Even though I like hers a lot better, I’m still completely in love with these.
I started with a base of Essie After School Boy Blazer, and dotted on the flowers using OPI My Vampire is Buff, OPI Dating a Royal, OPI Do You Lilac It?, OPI You’re Such a Budapest, Sation Super Nail-tural Powers, Julep Dianna, and Essie Rock the Boat.
These turned out a bit brighter than I had planned – next time I’ll try more muted colors. I still think they’re super pretty! What do you think?
If you’ve been following this blog for any significant period of time, you already know that, despite being an American, I am a complete anglophile (aka lover of all things British). I studied British History and Literature in college, and I absolutely loved it. I pulled an all-nighter to watch the royal wedding, so obviously I followed the royal baby news. I have to admit, I was totally betting it would be a girl, but Britain has a new baby prince! I’ve done Union Jack nails a few times already (here, here and here), and I love them, so I decided to celebrate by recreating them.
I started with a base of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls and then used butter LONDON Royal Navy and Sprog (which is British slang for “child” – I hadto use it). They’re not my best (these are still my faves!), but I think they’re cute!
Are you celebrating Baby Cambridge with your nails, too? Or do you not follow news of the monarchy?
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.
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.
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?
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!
I wanted to do something a little bit different today, and decided to use two polishes that came out a while ago, but are new to my collection. I’m not a huge fan of random glitter (unless it’s tiny), but I do like how it looks when it is deliberately placed. I tried a few different designs, and I love how that made it a little bit more interesting. But I have to admit, the polka dots are my favorite!
For these I used OPI Dating a Royal, which has been on my wish list for a while, and I am so glad I finally bought it – it’s beautiful! And for the glitter, I used Sephora by OPI Traffic Stopper Copper, another polish I’d wanted for a while before I finally ordered it a few weeks ago.
I love this color combo – even though it was a bit difficult to photograph. It reminds me of my school colors and the Ravenclaw house colors (from Harry Potter if you’re not familiar), so it was destined to be a favorite. Let me know what you think in the comments below! Do you like this glitter placement technique, or do you prefer just swiping it on?