As a general rule, I tend to keep to natural earthy and neutral shades for my nails thanks to their ability to work with most outfits/accessories without clashing. Plus, they also offer a touch of elegance to hands by giving the appearance of elongated fingers! I kept my neutral nail polish history in mind when selecting colours from the NailPolish.co.uk website, though kept things interesting by including slightly more vibrant alternatives to my usual soft taupe/caramel and blush pink shades. After a fair amount of browsing, I settled on OPI Over The Taupe c/o and OPI Kreme De La Kremlin c/o. However, we're ignoring the elephant in the room - the striking gold, glittering pot of nail polish. Hmm, well forgetting my colour scheme entirely, I also selected OPI My Favourite Ornament c/o after having just seen the first Christmas advert of the year. This girl loves Christmas, but can you blame me?!
|OPI Over The Taupe|
With regard to OPI's Over The Taupe, it was very much a case of love at first sight. It's mushroomy-brown in colour with a 'toffee' appearance in certain lighting and requires just two coats to achieve the coverage shown in the image above. The luxurious, earthy colour fits comfortably into my collection of go-to shades for elegant nails. However, on this occasion some further experimentation took place thanks to the MoYou London tools also sent my way by Nailpolish.co.uk. I call myself a nail addict and yet the extent of my obsession up until recently has been colour-blocking, so this was a brilliant opportunity to try something a little different. With a MoYou London Rectangular Stamp & Scraper c/o in hand, along with a MoYou Stamping Art Plate* (in Tropical no.12), I was ready and raring to go!Using the super-striking My Favourite Ornament by OPI, I painted one of the small images on the stainless steel plate before scraping away the excess polish using the MoYou Scraper. Next, I transferred the image from the plate to each nail individually by using the MoYou Rectangular Stamp. With a rolling motion, the image is transferred to the nail in one simple movement. Considering this was my first attempt, I'm pretty pleased with the outcome! It's sort of like when you try gel eyeliner for the first time and it goes better than expected, or actually succeed in throwing something in the bin from the other side of the room. Anyway, one thing is for certain, I've been bitten by the nail-art bug thanks to NailPolish.co.uk* - and so I can fully anticipate looking back at this post in a year from now and cringing at my first glittery attempt. Practice makes perfect though and so along with the 18 designs to play around with on the MoYou plate, there's every chance I'll be heading back to NailPolish.co.uk in the near future to continue browsing the website's range of over 1,000 colours and 100 treatments in stock from various brands!
ps. NailPolish.co.uk offer free express tracked delivery on orders over £15!
Let me know below whether you've experimented much with nail art and what you think of these Autumnal OPI shades!