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.

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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:

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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!

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Nail Polish Inspiration: Mint

Time for some more mani fun! After drooling over some gorgeous Tiffany’s jewelry, I was inspired to create a mint/teal nail design. While I don’t have China Glaze For Audrey (although I have been eyeing it for awhile…), I do have essie Mint Candy Apple, and so that’s what I went with and I absolutely adore it!

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essie Mint Candy Apple + Sally Hansen Hard as Nails French White Tip

A little sloppy, I know, but I forgot to take a picture after clean up! This picture was taken indoors in artificial lighting with two coats of polish and a top coat, although it remains pretty true to color. I love how the little polka dots add some visual interest for a mid-week pick me up! I always get tons of compliments whenever I wear this color, and it lasted until I took it off over a week later! Try it out for yourself and check out what other crafty designs lacqueristas have done with this polish below:

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Polish This!| So Nailicious

Mostly Nail Polish | Fundamentally Flawless

Inspired by my mani or post? Send me a picture! What do you think about essie nail polishes? Would you wear this color? Do you think mint still maintains a firm position in fashion? Let me know in the comments below!

Nail Polish of the Month: September 2013

Yay, it’s finally September! Autumn is my absolute favorite season — I love the mix of bright and dark colors, they lend themselves to such unique outfits and accessories. Thankfully, Butter London has released their new Fall 2013 collection, and it embraces the more colorful side of the season.

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Butter London’s Fall 2013 Collection via

I picked up one of the shades, Pimms (the bright, true yellow) a few weeks ago and have been wearing it ever since! Unfortunately, I have been really negligent about taking photos of my manis recently, but in the meantime check out this pic for an example of Pimms’s true coloring:

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Butter London Pimms via

Try this bright yellow by itself or add some other colors to your design for a bright, colorful mani like the ones below:

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Polish Insomniac | Nails by Kayla Shevonne

Peachy Polish | Polish Insomniac

What colors are your September favorites? Would you ever wear yellow nail polish?

SALE ALERT: SEPHORA by OPI Nail Polishes

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Yay! A Sephora sale, and for nail polish! Their own polish line, SEPHORA by OPI, is now on sale 3 for $10! If you’re a fan of their line, snatch up colors while you can, as this line is being fazed out for good and replaced with another.

Announced in late June, the new line — Formula X — will feature more than 200 polishes and care products. It launches in September and will retail for $10.50 -$12.50 (with treatments up to $14).

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Of the many treatments they will offer, one is The System Kit (pictured below). It features an all-in-one manicure set that includes Nail Cleanser (Cleanse), Base Coat (Prime), and Top Coat (Shine), shown left to right. Also shown is a new shade called Invincible, which looks to be an amazing nude on any skin color.

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Are you excited for Sephora’s new Formula X line? Will you miss SEPHORA by OPI? What other colors or treatments do you hope to see this September? 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:

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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?

Nail Polish Inspiration: Pink + Glitter

Today I was privileged to work with rising 6th graders for 555-XXL, a career day run by Roanoke City Schools where the students get to tour and learn about the museum where I intern, the Taubman Museum of Art. While I can definitely say that the six-hour program was tiring, it was also lots of fun to escort my group of 32 kids around and teach them about some of the most exciting parts of the museum. In honor of this exciting, youthful occasion I gave myself an extra-fun mani to match the mood! Nothing quite represents the energy and inquisitiveness of a sixth grader as well as bright pink and glitter to me!

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essie Off the Shoulder + Sephora by OPI Spark-tacular!

This color combo is so girly and reminds me of confetti — I feel like I’m always prepared for life’s party! The girls loved it and some of the boys even commented on the glitter, too funny!  Check out what other lacqueristas have created with this great glitter polish below:

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Glam Polish| The TraceFace Files

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Bonus, check out the kids watching the museum careers videos — so attentive! Hope your day was as rewarding as mine!

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What do you think about glittery nails? Would you wear this polish combination?

Nail Polish Inspiration: Coral

I gave in… I got an ULTAmate Rewards card! I try to keep the sign-up cards to a minimum (who needs to carry that many things in their wallet?), but I figured I would really get some use out of this one since I’m starting to get addicted to try out new beauty products. I love Ulta because it’s a much more affordable version of Sephora, and I can get knowledgable staff to match my skin tone for products like foundation and concealer, instead of guessing my shade at Walmart. Another great thing about Ulta that I didn’t know is that they allow returns as long as 80% of the product hasn’t been used, meaning if you try a shade and it just doesn’t look as perfect as you like then you can return it!

On my recent shopping trip with my mom we both walked around the store on our own and met up in the middle to show what we had grabbed. Turns out we had both picked up this fun summer shade, too funny! If you’re looking for the perfect coral polish for summer, look no further! My pictures are a tad dark, but I think you can still tell how beautifully this color applies for a nice glossy finish.

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essie Tart Deco

I love how clean and mod this polish looks by itself! I didn’t have time to do anything fancy with my mani, but check out some inspiration for what you can do with this great shade with a little more effort and additional polishes:

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Polish Chest | joey;bean

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What do you think about coral nails?