I was out and about the other day, the temperature was in the low 70’s and I noticed some of the trees had started to change colors. Finally Fall has come to New Mexico! So I got inspired to sneak in one more Fall design before my focus changes to Halloween. And I just so happened to have received two polishes from Serum No. 5 recently that I thought would fit the theme perfectly!
I’ve been busy exploring different indie brands as my checkbook allows and I purchased my 1st two bottles of Serum No. 5 recently. This brand is cruelty free and vegan, and I was just reading that they make a charitable donation every month based on sales. How very impressive! One shade is brand new and the other has been around for a bit, but they looked like they would work so perfectly together that I couldn’t resist.
Meet Serum No. 5 Dark Matter
from the Fall 2014 collection. This polish has a milk chocolate brown base and lots of pink and gold shimmer. It kicked off an unbearable craving for Chocolate Covered Cherries that nearly caused a 2AM run to a 24-hour Walgreen’s!
The formula was perfect and the brush is just the right width for 3-stroke application. The polish started off sheer but built up easily to full opacity in 3 coats.
Serum No. 5 specializes in glow in the dark polishes and Dark Matter glows green. The pigments that cause it to glow also cause it to dry to a matte, slightly textured finish so I added a coat of HK Girl Fast Drying Topcoat for the shiny finish I was going for.
My second pick is Serum No. 5 Rise and Grind
from the Fall 2013 collection. This golden brown jelly polish is absolutely loaded with glitter! There are large copper hex glitters that look golden in the lower layers and smaller matte white glitter.
There’s no need to dab this one on over undies, unless you want to. The formula was easy to work with and I applied 3 coats for full opacity. It also dries to a matte finish so I added a coat of HK Girl Topcoat.
I left Rise and Grind on my middle and ring fingers as the glitter accents to the nail art design. I polished my thumb, index and pinky fingers with 3 coats of Dark Matter and finished with a coat of HK Girl Topcoat.
I wanted to keep the nail art fairly simple so these wonderful Fall polish colors could be the star of the show. I stamped my thumb, index and pinky fingers using a small section of a leaf design from DRK Nails DRK-A
plate and Mundo de Unas Gold #17
To complete the design, I added two gold Retro Leaf Charms
from Daily Charme
to my middle and ring fingers with a dab of nail glue.
And what post would be complete without a few shots outside in the sun? I loved how the pink shimmer became so much more pronounced and the glitter just screamed “FALL!”.
Basecoat and Topcoat: NailTeck Foundation II, OPI Glitter Off Basecoat, HK Girl Fast Dry Topcoat
Base polish: Serum No. 5 Dark Matter
Accent polish: Serum No. 5 Rise and Grind
Stamping plate: DRK Nails DRK-A
Stamping polish: Mundo de Unas Gold #17
Embellishments: Retro Leaf Charms from Daily Charme
Have you tried Serum No. 5 polish yet? I really enjoyed them and will surely be adding more to my polish collection! As always, I would love to hear your thoughts on these polishes and my nail art design.
Thanks for reading! I’ll see you at the next post.