Fall Leaves Nail Art & PolishCon 2017

Hello strangers! It's been a minute. I would love to say that I was sooo busy and couldn't sit down to blog but my absence was much more annoying than that. Early September I had a nail break. Nothing huge but it meant I wouldn't be able to blog for a bit while it grew out to a decent length that I could actually take pictures and my nails not look crazy. Which it did and I was able to post my Zoya Sophisticates swatches & review. Literally a few days after that I suffered another nail break - on the same nail - but this time it was damn near catastrophic. And painful. I split my nail (while randomly reaching for a file folder at my desk and banging my hand - nails first - on my wire inbox) straight across - below the tip of my nail. It was such a bad break that my finger was actually sore for days afterward. I couldn't use nail polish remover because it stung so bad. I couldn't do anything for the nail really other than wrap my finger in a band aid until the soreness went away.

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In that time I was really missing nail art and nail polish. Especially since on September 23rd I had the pleasure of going to the Chicago PolishCon at Navy Pier. If you've never heard of PolishCon it is a nail polish convention featuring tons of indie polish brands. This was my first time going and I had an amazing time. I got to meet the owners of some of my favorite indie polish brands and I spent waaay too much money!

My nail has grown out a bit, but is still basically being held together by nail glue and prayers. But I am finally able to do my nails and do a bit of nail art which I did over the weekend (yay!). I decided to use a bunch of the polishes I purchased at PolishCon for this Fall nail art design.

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Tools:

UberChic Beauty Lovely Leaves Plate 01

Creative Stamper

Winstonia Berry Fine Liner

Polishes used (a ton!):

LynBDesigns Why Not Take Olive Me (base color)

For Stamping Decals:

Painted Polish Stamped in Mustard & Stamped in Moss

Different Dimensions Timeless Treasures

Hit the Bottle As Black as Night

KBShimmer Clearly on Top

Steps:

Started with two coats of Why Not Take Olive Me. I then used my standard nail decal technique: I stamped my leaves image with As Black As Night and used my liner brush to paint in the leaves. I applied top coat over the image and allowed to dry a bit on the stamper. Once dry (but a bit tacky) I gently lifted the decal off the stamper and applied to my nails. I sealed everything with top coat and cleaned up the edges with acetone and my clean-up brush. 

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Below are a few random pics from PolishCon. I wish I had taken more but I was too busy shopping!

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My Fall Wish List

While this Summer certainly seemS to have whizzed by, I am actually excited for Fall. I'm not a fan of the falling temps (and here in Chicago we get about a week's worth of Fall weather before it's officially Winter), I do love the chance to wear sweaters and boots (two of my faves), sip on a Pumpkin Spice Latte, and light some Fall-scented candles. I also love Fall nail polish collections, which usually feature some of my favorite colors and finishes. Unfortunately this season, I haven't seen a ton of nail polish that's gotten me really excited. Everything is sort of same-y, same-y and safe. I keep looking for the Fall colors that I love: mustard yellows, burnt oranges, rich greens. But so far? Nothing. This year's fall wish list is rather small compared to previous years. But there are some really unique colors and finishes on it. ILNP has really been blowing me away with their toppers and their Fall collection is really pretty. OPI's Iceland Collection is overall pretty meh, in my opinion. Except for one color, Turn on the Northern Lights - which is STUNNING. I also have my eye on two China Glaze polishes that are right up my alley. 

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From the Archives Bonus Post: Golden Vine Fall Nail Art

Originally posted: November 12, 2014 

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Tools used:

Bundle Monster Plate 510

Colors used:

China Glaze Don't Get Derailed

NY & Co. Millionaire

Top Coat: 

KB Shimmer Clearly on Top

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From the Archives: Gradient Fall Stamping w/UberChic Beauty Wild West Plate

Originally posted: November 28, 2016 

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Tools used:

Clear Stamper

Makeup Sponge

Uber Chic Wild West-01 plate

Ellagee Lickety Split Liquid Latex

Polishes used:

Zoya Cinnamon and Ziv

Hit the Bottle Black as Knight

KBShimmer Clearly on Top

Steps:

I started with two coats of Cinnamon and once dry I applied Lickety Split around my cuticles and sponged on my gradient with a combo of Cinnamon and Ziv. I applied a layer of Clearly on Top. Using my stamper and Black as Knight I stamped on my image from the Wild West-01 plate. I finished with another coat of Clearly on Top. 

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From the Archives: Fall Nail with Essie Playing Koi

Originally posted: September 30, 2016

 

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Tools used:

Winstonia Berry Wine Striping Brush

Winstonia Fine Line Nail Art Liner

Nail Art Pro Acrylic Paint in Black

Polishes used:

Essie Playing Koi

Zoya Cam & Ziv

OPI Squeaker of the House

KBShimmer Clearly on Top

Details:

I started with two coats of Playing Koi - I am in love with this color for Fall - I then used my small fine line brush and paint on Cam, Ziva and Squeaker in vague leaf patterns. I didn't worry too much about precision since I would be outlining each leaf to give it more shape and dimension. I then used my black acrylic paint and my smallest striping brush for the Berry wine set to outline the leaves. I finished with a coat of Clearly on Top. 

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