My Fall Color Palette

Time for another nail polish post! Not manicures this time–I haven’t been doing much interesting since my Sculpture class destroys my manicures within 24-48hrs… not much to be done about that. But! I have ordered a lot of polish in the past couple of weeks, so I thought I’d share with you my fall colors for this year!OPI colors

From left to right: Ninja Polish Color-Changing Garnet, OPI German-icure, OPI Danke-Shiny Red, OPI Deustch You Want Me Baby?

I’ve worn all four of these colors and I am in love with every one of them! I rarely say that about colors that I pick up on a whim, but the formulas and color payoff on these polishes have been fantastic. Color-Changing Garnet looks amazing over German-icure, incidentally. Garnet is possibly one of the most multi-chrome-y colors I have. German-icure is an amazing burgundy (and I’ve been missing a deep burgundy in my collection, which I didn’t realize until now. Deustch You Want Me Baby? is a really fun autumnal orange, not copper, with a nice red undertone. But I think my favorite of these four is Danke-Shiny Red, which is unexpected; it’s such a super-saturated red it seems to glow from within, and I think it might be the exact shade I would refer to as my ‘power color.’ Oh yeah. Zoya colors

From left to right: Zoya Jinx, Zoya Goldie, Zoya Yara, Zoya Natty, Zoya Monica, Zoya Jem, and Zoya Edyta.

I may or may not have gone a little overboard with the BOGO coupon Zoya sent to all of its members a few weeks ago. I love lining the bottles up like this, it’s like an autumn rainbow!

Jinx is a nice coppery brown with a smooth shimmer. It’s very close color-wise to my China Glaze Harvest Moon, but with a wildly different finish: Jinx is a smoother, finer shimmer whereas Harvest Moon has a foil finish. Love them both, though. I haven’t worn Goldie yet, but it looks like liquid yellow-gold in the bottle and on my swatch wheel! Yara is an unexpected combo of olive green and silver shimmer–possibly glass fleck? Whatever it is, it makes the normally-neutral olive come alive. I was concerned Yara would look terrible on my skin tone, but no such problems!

Natty is a most unusual blue (of course I had to have another blue are you kidding) even for a collection like mine–it’s a smoky, slate blue, not too dark on the nail. Natty is definitely one of my favorites out of this batch, even though I usually favor the shimmers and glitters. Next up is Monica, a deep eggplant purple creme. Monica is more red than blue, which is readily apparent in the first coat, and is all-around a good basic color that I didn’t realize I was missing. Jem…Jem is probably my favorite. I haven’t actually worn it out (!!) but I keep swatching it on my nails and staring at the very intense red shimmer! I can’t wait to show ya’ll swatches of it! And finally we have Edyta, which I can really only describe as a blue-charcoal with gold shimmer–definitely glass fleck! Edyta is ridiculously shiny for being such a dark color, and I love that contrast. I haven’t worn this one out yet either, I really need to get moving on that.

Not included in this pic: Zoya FeiFei. I ordered it with the above seven but it was on backorder, so it’s coming to me in the mail now!

I’ve been trying to keep my fall colors to a consistent color palette with few deviations (Garnet is kind of an oddball, though). I love the muted, earthy colors of fall, they just seem to speak to me. Fall is absolutely my favorite season, can you tell?! And we get so little of it in Mississippi, I feel like I have to cherish every bit of cool weather and sunny skies. 🙂

I think my overall favorites are OPI Danke-Shiny Red, Zoya Jem, Zoya Natty and Color-Changing Garnet. What are your favorite fall colors this year?

 

BONUS CAT PICTURE:Nora

Nora loves that window.

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Updates

So I didn’t do a Monday Manicures this week. I’m really bummed out about it, too, because I had this gem in store for ya’ll:

This is Zoya Maura, 2 coats, along with an accent nail done with generic nail striping polishes. Steven and I have been on a real Twin Peaks kick lately, and it only felt appropriate to finally do a manicure based on the Red Room from Agent Cooper’s dream:

But, I’ve decided that I’m going to mix up how I blog about my nails (since that’s one of my most popular tags, currently) so I’m waiting for next week. We’ve also been house & pet sitting, so I’ve been away from my apartment and hanging out with this girl a whole bunch. She’s a pretty cool dog, even though I’m a cat/bunny person. 😉

And to kick off our new Monday Manicure format, I have MORE new polishes to show you!! It’s a brand-new shop, with brand-new polishes, and I’m honored to be part of her grand opening because look at these bottle shots they’re gorgeous! 

More on these come Monday!

 

Monday Manicures

It’s my favorite part of the week again; let’s talk about nails!

So this week I decided to start off with a bang and go as shimmery, bright, bold as I could–gold. I may be a little obsessed with gold these days.

This is L’Oreal Amazon’s Flash (3 coats) over Sally Hansen Instra-Dri in Lightening (2 coats). Pretty thick manicure, but it held up well and I ended up wearing it for four glamorous days. I love Amazon’s Flash, it’s such a nice gold, I just wish it were less sheer. Over Lightening it sort of turns out too yellowy for my preferences, but it looked okay on my skin tone so it was fine. I’ll have to keep a lookout for better underwear for that polish.

Now that I’m taking pictures of my manicures, I’ve realized that I don’t want to look at a million pictures of myself wearing a solid color and I’m trying more nail art. Hence:

BOWS! I love bows. They’re my one concession to girly-ness. This is Finger Paints Late Night Rendezvous (2ish coats) with tips in China Glaze Smoke & Ashes (1 coat) and a generic white nail striping polish. This is the first time I’ve worn Late Night Rendezvous on my nails and I LOVE it! The color has such richness and vibrancy, it’s mesmerizing to look at. (I’m wearing it on my toes now, too.) And Smoke & Ashes is my all-time favorite black polish–just a little sparkle, enough to keep it interesting, and great pigmentation. I even bought a back-up bottle. 🙂

But that mani chipped reeeaally quickly, so I decided on glitter.

This is Zoya Lotus (2 coats) with China Glaze Prism sponged on the tips. Lotus is one of my favorite polishes in my collection–a gorgeous warm violet, with red-violet shimmer that’s plainly visible on the nail, just…not in this image, sadly. And Prism is just ridiculously shiny. It’s been a pretty fun weekend mani to have.

Not sure what to wear next though.. I have several bottles headed my way in the mail, so I’m kind of getting anxious about those!