Nail Polish Inspiration: Dark Green + Glitter

It’s feeling like fall! For this mani, I wanted to go for a deeper green to pay homage to the color of the year (Emerald), while still keeping it fun and autumn appropriate. Here’s what I came up with that’s subtle enough to wear to work, yet fun enough to feel like you dressed up for a night out:

Orly Sparkling Garbage + essie Stylenomics

Orly Sparkling Garbage + essie Stylenomics

Taken indoors under artificial lighting, the glint of Sparkling Garbage really brings out the green undertones of Stylenomics (even though it’s difficult to see in this picture). I applied two coats of Stylesnomics on all nails, two coats of Sparkling Garbage on my accent nails, and finally one top coat.

essie stylenomics swatch

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Orly Sparkling Garbage swatch

I love this color combination and, with any luck and hopefully very few dishes to wash, am looking forward to rocking it for awhile. Look at some of the other great designs people have come up with to compliment the unique shade of Sparkling Garbage below:

Orly-Sparkling-Garbage

Nailpolishgalore | The Manicurette

Dynamite Does Nails | Work Play Polish

Inspired by my mani or post? Send me a picture! What do you think about Sparkling Garbage? Do you think it’s subtle enough to be wearable in the workplace, or is it more of a weekend look? Let me know in the comments below!

Nail Polish of the Month: August 2013

Yay it’s August! To celebrate, I wanted to share my favorite nail polish that I’ve worn over and over again in the past few weeks — essie Shine of the Times! It was introduced in essie’s Holiday 2011 Luxeffects Collection (see swatches of the other polishes in the collection here!), and has since been continued. I’ve read a few posts online about lucky ducks who manage to find a discounted bottle in their local drugstore, but for the most part you have to buy this “endangered species” online. If you’re even remotely into glitter or “flakie” (irregularly sized, iridescent glitter) polishes, then this is your nail Mecca!

essie Shine of the Times over essie Bikini So Teeny

essie Shine of the Times (shown over essie Bikini So Teeny)

While it gives a textured look, Shine of the Times applies and dries super smoothly. Sadly, try as I might, my camera could not fully capture the gorgeous colors the polish reflects. The flakes are sometimes a pinky-peach, gold, and bright green all at the same time! Here are some more examples to give you an idea of this polish’s diversity:

essie-Shine-of-the-Times

Beautopia | Aphrodite Perception

Blushing Noir | Glam Polish

What colors are your August favorites? Would you try out essie Shine of the Times? Do you love or hate flakie nail polishes?