November 22, 2014

HPB Presents: A Fall Favorites Link-up

Today I have my second post for the monthly link-up of my Hobby Polish Bloggers Group (HPB) on Facebook. This group is best for the more casual polish blogger and the wonderful ladies there have been an excellent resource for me. It is a Closed group, so you'll need to send a request to join.

We held our first link-up last month with a Halloween theme and it was really fun for everyone that participated. This month we are going with a broader theme called "Fall Favorites". I've decided to use it as an opportunity to revisit the polishes I loved this Fall and the nail art I created using them, along with one you haven't seen before! Warning!! Picture heavy after the jump!


For some of you this will all be brand new and you can use the links I've provided with the nail art if you'd like to learn more about the polishes and application. For others it will be a walk down a memory lane strewn with fallen leaves. For me it is a chance to look back on just how much I broadened my horizons this Fall not only with "new to me" indie brands, but with colors I never imagined I'd wear (and LOVE!) like copper, orange and brown.

KB Shimmer Run! It's the Coppers!, copper holo polish
Let's begin our journey with one of my very 1st bottles of KBShimmer polish, Run! It's the Coppers!. I was shopping their site specifically to buy this polish because I had seen swatches of it and thought it might pair up well with another polish I already owned. More on that later!

KBShimmer You Autumn Know, white crelly with fall glitters
While I was there I came across KBShimmer You Autumn Know. It was love at first sight for me and this white crelly polish with glitters that reminded me of the leaves changing color back home in New England!

KBShimmer You Autumn Know and KBShimmer Run It's the Coppers!
When I saw the 2 bottles sitting next to each other on my vanity I knew they would be a magical combination. They came together in my first, and most popular, Fall design of the season. It was in a funky french tip I chose to call "Pumpkin Spice Latte", after my beloved beverage that's only available in the Fall.
 
Serum No. 5 Rise and Grind, a rich fall glitter polish
I decided to try Serum No. 5 next and purchased this bottle of Rise and Grind. It had such a unique look and I had planned to try pairing it with Run! It's the Coppers!. But Serum No. 5 released their Fall 2014 Collection before I got a chance and another beauty caught my eye.

Serum No. 5 Dark Matter, dark chocolate holographic polish with pink gold shimmer
 Meet Serum No. 5 Dark Matter! Described as "their first ever chameleon polish that glows in the dark". I was smitten with the chocolate brown loaded with pink shimmer and excited to buy my very 1st Glow in the Dark polish. Another bit of trivia for you: this is the most shared picture I've ever taken.

Serum No. 5 Rise and Grind, Serum No. 5 Dark Matter
They came together in another version of a funky french tip I called "Finally Fall" because the temperature had finally fallen below 80° here in New Mexico when I created it.

Literary Lacque More Like Fire Than Light, burnt orange linear holographic polish
Then I learned of Literary Lacquers, a polish made right here in New Mexico no more than an hour away from me, from a blogger in Italy. With Halloween close by and not a single orange holo in my stash, my first pick was More Like Fire Than Light.

Literary Lacquers Tesseract, white pearl linear holographic polish
I also purchased Literary Lacquers Tesseract because white holos are hard to come by and this one looked amazing in the swatches. It did not disappoint!

Literary Lacquers More Like Fire Than Light, Literary Lacquers Tesseract
I used them together in my first Halloween design of the season, called "Pumpkin Patch". Mom loved the color so much that she choose More Like Fire Than Light for her Halloween design too!

CrowsToes Finally It's Hoodie Time!, deep blue crelly copper glitter polish
I'll end our journey by taking you back to where it all began with this bottle of CrowsToes Finnnally, IT'S HOODIE TIME! that I received in my September A Box, Indied from Llarowe. I love doing mismatched nails and had nothing to go with this color. Of course I looked for another CrowsToes polish first with no luck and then remembered having seen swatches of Run! It's the Coppers!.

CorwsToes Finnnally It's Hoodie Time!, Literary Lacquers More Like Fire Than Light
I swatched this polish just yesterday and found that Run! It's the Coppers! didn't match as well as I had imagined, but Literary Lacquers More Like Fire Than Light was perfect! Funny how that worked out.

There isn't a separate post for this design, so I'll fill you in on the details briefly here. For the first photo I am wearing 2 coats without topcoat to show the matte, textured finish from the copper glitter load. It started off sheer but built up easily to full opacity in 2 coats. I added topcoat for the remaining photos. I apologize for showing you an exclusive polish that can't be purchased easily. But their formula was wonderful and they have many other great colors to choose from.

CorwsToes Finnnally It's Hoodie Time!, Literary Lacquers More Like Fire Than Light
I kept the design simple and used chevrons from my NailVinyls Variety Pack to tape off my ring finger. Then I applied 2 quick coats of More Like Fire Than Light and removed the vinyls. I added simple rose gold studs when the HK Girl Topcoat was still wet.

And there you have it! The story that got me to the new design I've just shown you. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did and I would love to hear your thoughts!

Don't forget to take a moment to scroll down and check out the Fall Favorites of other group members!

Thanks for reading! I'll see you at the next post.

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7 comments

  1. Your nails are crazy gorgeous. So jealous

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  2. The Nail Smith (Millie)November 22, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    All of these polishes are absolutely stunning! And I really love how well some of them coordinated with one another! Brava, Karolyn! :-D

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  3. Each and everyone of your manis is lovely though I honestly could stare at your Pumpkin Spice Latte nails forever!

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  4. These are amazing! I love how you put them together! There's no way I could pick a favorite!

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  5. Thank you very much Ann! I laugh at the inspiration that comes from leaving polish bottles sitting out next to each other! <3

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  6. Me neither! I never thought to ask if the price would be different and man did I get a surprise on the morning of the release! I own lots of amazing polish, all purchased at my self imposed $12 limit. I would never, let me say that again, NEVER pay $17.50 for a bottle of stamping polish! They looked really pretty and somewhat unique and I wish MoYou London the best in selling them at that price.

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  7. I am thankful for BLING this year! Oh how I love it so! It would be just as awesome to do this in a different palette. I am so glad you enjoyed it and thanks for the congrats on my 100th post Ali! Here's to the next 100...

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