I had originally had different plans for my Swatch Sunday post — I had done a couple Insta-polls asking what people wanted to see for this post, & the consensus was still Summer-y & something new… but life got in the way (aka my 1 year old refusing to sleep) so instead I grabbed an untried shade from my stash that I bought pre-COVID times. & I think today’s shade is perfect for impending Fall weather: Morgan Taylor Looking For A Wingman.
Looking For A Wingman was originally released in 2016 as part of their Fall Sweetheart Squadron Collection. The shade is a beautiful (slightly) pink leaning burgundy cream, which is absolutely perfect for Fall!
For my swatches, I did 2 coats over my base coat, plus finished it with Essie Speed Setter top coat. Usually I would use Gel Setter, as it gives the glossiest finish, but my local Shoppers was all out when I went to pick some up.
The formula was really easy to work with, & the opacity built easily in two coats with no weird patchiness. Reds always seem to be hit or miss in formula, I find, so I’m very happy when I find an easy to apply one! As you know, I’m such a sucker for a good red!
What I really like about this shade is even though I would consider this a Fall shade, the colour itself is bright enough that it works as a good transitional shade. Am I the only one who has colours she prefers for seasons? I feel like people think I’m a little strange because I have set “Spring/Summer” shades & “Fall/Winter” shades. Maybe it’s my years of retail seeping into my brain?
I did find a few places online where it appears this shade is still available including, NailPolishDirect (UK based), but a lot of the places seem be for beauty professionals, so I’m not sure how easy it is to track this shade down.
What do you think about this Morgan Taylor shade? Have you started embracing the Fall vibes? Are you dreaming about Pumpkin Spice yet? Let me know down in the comments below!
Hello lovelies! Today I’m keeping the Fall mood going with what could quite possibly be the most perfect dark maroon for Autumn: OPI Black Cherry Chutney.
I know everyone has their opinions on what colours & polishes call to them this time of year, but I don’t think anyone can deny that maroon is definitely an autumn shade. There are quite a few beautiful picks for this time of year (OPI Every Month is Oktoberfest is one that I see pop up a lot this time of year) & Black Cherry Chutney is one of my favourites.
For my swatches I did a base coat, 2 coats of colour & finished with glossy top coat (Essie Gel Setter).
First coat was streaky & not full coverage at all, but with the second coat everything hit perfect opacity. The base is fairly dark, but it’s the shimmer that steals the show. Literally, this is just Fall in the bottle–you can’t deny that it is perfect for a cool October day, snuggled up in cosy socks, with a pumpkin spice latte or apple cider in hand.
Down below, I have a macro shot of Black Cherry Chutney which shows off the raspberry shimmer.
& for fun, a shot of this manicure in full sunshine, which is where I think it really transforms. You go from these deep vampy nails to BAM!
What do you think about OPI Black Cherry Chutney? 🍂🍁 Do you have this polish in your stash? What shade is your “it’s Fall” polish pick? Let me know all your thoughts down in the comments below!
Hello loves & happy Tuesday! Today I’m sharing a fun drag marble design with you.
It’s been a while since my last drag marble look, so I was excited to grab a few Autumn colours to create a fun look. As you can probably tell from my last post, I’m really loving maroon/dark red/burgundy shades right now. & you know what goes really well with burgundy? Gold. Especially rose gold!
For this manicure, the polishes I used were:
Base Coat: Still wearing gel to protect my natural nails right now.
Top Coat: Essie Gel Setter
Quo by ORLY The Antidote
Quo by ORLY Barely There
Quo by ORLY Soul Sister
Fan Brush (Mine is an old Bundle Monster Brush)
For this marble, I decided to use a fan brush to as it’s a bit simpler than using a dotting tool/toothpick to apply the polish. Basically I start off by painting my nails my base colour (Quo by ORLY The Antidote) & then applied dots of all three polishes (The Antidote, Barely There & Soul Sister) on my nail, & used my fan brush to drag the polish together along my nail to create the marble look. It also is a lot less messy than a lot of marble techniques, which is great (especially since red polish is not easy to clean up around cuticles!)
My nails having been taking a hit lately, so I feel good pulling out my Quo by ORLY Breathable shades again. I love this line because it feels like I’m giving my nails a break, even when I’m wear nail art. In fact, I need to go buy two new shades I saw at Shoppers Drug Mart that I think would be amazing for Fall/Winter nail art, all while keeping my nails taken care of.
What do you think about this drag marble design? Would you rock a design like this? What colour combination would you love to see me do next? Share all your thoughts down in the comments below!
Hello lovelies & Happy Wednesday! I don’t know about where you are, but here in Halifax the weather is already starting to have that gorgeous Fall chill. It also has me thinking about Fall Manicure ideas, & one design I’ve been seeing pop up on my Instagram feed is the ombré look. A few years ago, ombré designs were super popular, & one of my favourites. So I can’t lie, I’m so pumped that ombré nails are making me a resurgence!
Base Coat: Currently wearing soak off gel to grow out my natural nail.
Top Coat: Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat
Cosmetic Arts Baby Pink (no name)
L’Oréal Jardin Des Roses
Kosmic Colours dusty dark pink (no name)
ORLY Red Rhapsody
Essie Carry On
Wet n Wild 2% Milk (to make my pinky & ring finger look more dusky)
I’ve done a few ombré manicures over the years in different colour schemes, but I was really feeling something dusky, in the rose family. This combination really felt like it suited our increasingly Autumn-like weather. On my pinky & ring finger, I applied 2% milk over my lighter pink shades so they would match closer with the rest of my colours.
Ah, this makes me so happy! I’m so glad that this design has come back into rotation & is cool again. Not that I care that much about being trendy — my love of crackle nail polish will attest to that — but it certainly gives me a great excuse to wear multiple shades at once.
(Like I need any excuse to paint my nails!)
What do you think of the ombré nail art trend–have you given it a try yet? What colour combination are you dying to try? Share what shades you’re planning on pairing, down in the comments below.