Friday, November 26, 2010

NYX Tahitian

Here's a polish I've had forever, couldn't remember buying and don't think I ever wore until this past spring.  NYX Tahitian is a lime green with a great shimmer.  I don't know what that has to do with Tahiti, it makes me think of fiestas and margaritas.  It's very sheer in one coat, I used three for these swatches.  The polish was pretty thin but it wasn't too difficult.  Personally I'd rather deal with a runny polish than a thick gloopy one.  (I'm talking about you, L'Oreal Waters Edge.)  Maybe one day I'll get around to investing in a good polish thinner...  Anyhow, NYX Tahitian in shade and sunlight.
NYX Tahitian, three coats shade
NYX Tahitian, three coats direct sunlight
It's a nice color and for $4 the formula isn't bad.  The main thing that deters me from buying more of this brand is that it isn't big 3-free.  Anyone have any good lime green 3-free suggestions?

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

I originally hadn't planned on posting today, but so many things to be thankful for have been popping through my mind all day.  I'd like to take a moment to share them with you.

Things That I Am Thankful For
1. My wonderful, supportive, inspiring and amusing friends and family
2. My good health
3. The ability to make a living playing music and my beautiful French Horn
4. The internet
5. Cell phones
6. Winter outerwear- because it's cute and without it we'd be very cold
7. 9-1-1- Thankfully I haven't had to use it, but I like knowing it's there
8. Air travel
9. My Honda

I feel like maybe I'm forgetting something...

Oh Yeah!

10. Nail Polish!
Specifically, fabulous colors and manicures that last.  As I rush of in my elastic-waistband leggings to go be a complete glutton, I'd like to leave you with pictures of Chanel Paradoxal, a manicure that I did on Tuesday that has held up through three days and some serious Thanksgiving cooking.
Chanel Paradoxal, two coats with top coat, indirect sunlight
I'm also thankful for you, Chanel.  This is my second time wearing Paradoxal and I love it even more than the first.

Happy Thanksgiving to one and all.  I'd love to hear what you are thankful for!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Suzi Says Feng Shui

Here's a color I love but haven't worn too much recently.  Suzi Says Feng Shui from the OPI Spring 2010 Hong Kong collection is a dusty blue creme.  The exact shade of blue is hard to describe.  It's bright but not in-your-face, it almost has a neutral quality to it.  Here are two photos, the first in shade, the second in sunlight.
OPI Suzi Says Feng Shui, two coats shade
Cremes don't get any higher shine than this!
OPI Suzi Says Feng Shui, two coats direct sunlight

While the color works for Winter the finish definitely says Summer.  With what little light there is available during these shorter days, I need at least some shimmer in my life.  I wonder how this would look under Party Hearty or Bring on the Bling...

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

China Glaze Sugar Plums

Here's another from the China Glaze 'Tis The Season Holiday 2010 Collection.  Sugar Plums is a velvety maroon with flecks of holographic glitter.  This polish is interesting because without top coat, the glitter gives it a textured effect, like it's literally coated with a dusting of sugar.  You can chose to wear it like this, or you can add a top coat, which brings out more of the holograph.  I found the holograph to be very subtle and would probably wear it this way in the future.  Given the choice between texture or bling, I gotta go with bling.

China Glaze Sugar Plums, two coats no top coat with flash

China Glaze Sugar Plums, two coats direct sunlight

China Glaze Sugar Plums, two coats with flash
China Glaze Sugar Plums two coats with top coat, flash
I love this color.  I think the particular shade of maroon is very Christmasy.  Ideally the holograph would be more pronounced, but I'm willing to forgive that.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Deborah Lippmann Across The Universe

So. Pretty.  A sheer navy base swimming with aqua sequins, green sequins and blue glitter, Across The Universe is truly one of the most fascinating polishes I've ever worn.  This was released by Deborah Lippmann along with Bad Romance for Fall 2010, and it's hard to say which I like better.  Across The Universe has more sparkle and much more glitter, but there's just something about the black/purple glitter combination that calls to me.  Anyway here are pictures of ATU so you can decide for yourself!  This is three coats with top coat.

Deborah Lippmann Across The Universe, three coats, sunlight

Deborah Lippmann Across The Universe, three coats sunlight

Deborah Lippmann Across The Universe, three coats shade

Deborah Lippmann Across The Universe, three coats direct sunlight
You can see it has a higher concentration of glitter than Bad Romance, and the sequins are two different colors instead of just one.  This is probably why I couldn't decide between the two polishes and had to get both!  Thank you Nordstroms San Antonio for encouraging my Lippmann Addiction.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Chanel Paradoxal

Paradox, n: any person, thing, or situation exhibiting an apparently contradictory nature.  What a perfect name for this polish.  Chanel's Limited Edition shade for Fall 2010 alternates between purple and taupe, with its purple shimmer most visible in bright sunlight.  I wasn't planning on buying this since $23 is a bit much for a polish, but after sampling it at Nordstroms with a friend, we both just about died.  Then when a friend of hers at Saks offered to hook us up with a discount on two bottles, how could I say no?

I was in a rush when I did this manicure.  Having only an hour between dress rehearsal and a concert, I had to decide between shower, food or manicure.  (Obviously I went with manicure.)  Application was just ok but I blame that on my rushing, not the polish.  Every time I lifted the brush out of the bottle the bristles caught the afternoon sunlight and it was just gorgeous.  The first picture shows Paradoxal's purple side while the second two show its taupe alter-ego, which is how it looks most of the time.

Chanel Paradoxal, two coats direct sunlight

Chanel Paradoxal, two coats shade

Chanel Paradoxal, two coats shade
Because I was in a rush I topped it with one coat of Seche Vite, which I think might have dulled the shimmer just slightly.  Next time I'd like to skip that, since the natural finish on Chanel polishes are reputed to be great.  This manicure wore really well for six days with only minimal tipwear, and I really only changed it because I was in the mood for something different.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

China Glaze Awakening for Halloween 2010

Free time is a dangerous thing when you're a polish addict.  Today after I got done teaching I wandered into Sally Beauty Supply and was greeted by an amazing find: The China Glaze Awakening collection for Halloween 2010...
Zombie Zest, Mummy May I, Ick-A-Bod-Y



China Glaze has been nailing it lately and this collection is nothing short of fantastic.  It consists of three wonderfully named glitters: Mummy May I, Zombie Zest, and Ick-A-Bod-Y.

Mummy May I is purple glitter in a dark purple base.  This polish is along the lines of Deborah Lippmann Bad Romance but without the different sized glitter.  Already having Bad Romance I could've passed on this one, but it was only two dollars!  It went on a little sheer and streaky, I needed three coats.
China Glaze Mummy May I, three coats, indoors with flash

 Zombie Zest is a boogery green glitter.  With one coat it makes your nails look like deathly Zombie nails, I could see this being a good look to go with a costume.  After three coats it was opaque, and I have to say this polish has one of the best applications of any that I've ever tried.

China Glaze Zombie Zest, one coat
China Glaze Zombie Zest, three coats, shade
Zombie Zest also has a fantastic glitter in the sun!  The picture doesn't do it justice, but you can get kind of an idea.

China Glaze Zombie Zest, three coats, direct sunlight

And finally my favorite, Ick-A-Body-Y.  First of all, I LOVE the name, especially imagining the situation in which somebody might say that.  This polish is orange glitter in a green base.  The color combination makes me think of pumpkins and scarecrows and all things Fall.  After applying one coat I  thought holy cow, it looks like I have dirty, grimy corpse hands!  Another perfect Halloween accessory, I would totally wear just one coat of this.
China Glaze Ick-A-Bod-Y, one coat
I ended up wearing it as a manicure in two coats.  It's cool because the glitter stayed towards the base of my nail, so in sunlight you can see more of the green showing through at the tips.

China Glaze Ick-A-Body-Y, two coats, with flash
China Glaze Ick-A-Bod-Y, two coats, shade
Mummy May I and Ick-A-Bod-Y were very gritty and would need one or even two coats of seche vite to make them smooth.  The dry time on all these polishes was good.  I know they're for Halloween, but honestly I was a little surprised to see them on clearance.  Maybe it's because I'm a junkie, but I would wear these outside of October.  What do you think?  Which do you like?  Would you wear them all year round?

Friday, November 12, 2010

China Glaze Awakening

Duochromes.  I'm not sure how I feel about them.  They seem a little juvenile, like what you'd wear when your parents drive you on a date to the movies.  That being said, I don't entirely hate China Glaze Awakening.  (Not to be confused with the China Glaze Halloween collection from this Fall, Awakening, which I'm pretty sure has nothing to do with this polish.)  This Awakening is a purple/ gold duochrome that looks purple in the shade and gold in the sun.  The color combination is rather interesting.  In the first picture you can see how purple it looks indoors.  The other pictures show more of the gold side, though the effect is more pronounced than the camera could pick up.  It was a little thin so I needed three coats.

China Glaze Awakening, three coats, shade

China Glaze Awakening, three coats, direct sunlight

China Glaze Awakening, three coats, direct sunlight
I think on the right person this polish would be stunning, I just don't think that right person is me.  What is your take on duochromes?  Are you a fan? Did you stop wearing them after middle school?

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Wet n Wild Morbid

There's been some buzz about Chanel's new shade for spring '11, Black Pearl.  It looks like its going to be a gunmetal green pearl/shimmer.  While I don't see what that has to do with spring, Chanel's polishes certainly create trends (Jade, Nouvelle Vague) so darned if I don't try to find a dupe for this one before it gets released.  I found something at Walgreens which I think might be close.  This is Wet n Wild Morbid.  I love that this polish costs under $2.  The wide circular cap makes it very awkward to apply, but since when has than deterred anyone from using a polish?  (If you have passed on a polish because you didn't like the cap, I'd love to hear about it.)  This is two coats, no top coat.
Wet n Wild Morbid, two coats, shade

Wet n Wild Morbid, two coats, direct sunlight

Wet n Wild Morbid, two coats, direct sunlight
Had I not been looking for something comparable to the Chanel I probably wouldn't have bought this.  I suspect though this polish might grow on me the next time I wear it, as many do.  (Right now I'm giving Revlon Get Reddy a second try and I'm slightly in love with it.  As soon as I get back to my camera I can't wait to show you pictures of it.)

So what do you think?  Are you excited for Black Pearl?  Do you think this could be a dupe?  Would you wear it?

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Plum Attraction, Indeed

Wow.  Today I wore Revlon Plum Attraction, a gorgeous lit-from-within purple with a very noticeable shimmer.  When you look closely, the shimmer is actually blue and pink, making it look like a glowing orchid.  Very complex for a drugstore polish!  It's absolutely stunning, I got a lot of compliments on it.  If you're looking for a jewel-tone purple, this is your shade.

Revlon Plum Attraction, two coats with flash
Revlon Plum Attraction, two coats with flash
Revlon Plum Attraction, two coats direct sunlight
Revlon Plum Attraction, two coats direct sunlight
Isn't it gorgeous?!  My one reservation is that application is a little tricky.  I find Revlon's brush to be too skinny, I usually have to re-dip for each nail.  This polish also tends to go on too thickly, and then I have issues with bubbling.  For this manicure though I made sure to keep the coats thin, then sealed it with a coat of seche vite.  Problem solved!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Birthday Vixen

Today is a very special post dedicated to my good friend, miss Fabulista, in honor of her birthday!  For this manicure I started with Revlon Vixen, the quintessential vampy maroon creme.  This bottle is over 5 years old and the application and dry time was still great.  I used two coats and one coat of seche vite on top.  The pictures are actually after two days, you can see that it holds up really well with no chips and minimal tip wear.

Revlon Vixen, two coats indoors with flash

Revlon Vixen, two coats indoors with flash

Revlon Vixen, two coats indoors, shade
And now for the Birthday Festivities!  I added one coat of Deborah Lippmann Happy Birthday to my ring fingers to avoid glitter overkill.  HB looks GREAT on darker polishes, I love how this turned out.

Revlon Vixen with one coat Deborah Lippmann Happy Birthday on ring finger

Revlon Vixen with one coat Deborah Lippmann Happy Birthday on ring finger

Happy Birthday, Fabulista!  I hope this makes you as happy as the time we walked through Banff singing the McDonalds Filet-o-Fish commercial.  (And happier than we felt after actually eating it.)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Jade is the new Starbucks

I think everyone agrees that Jade Is The New Black from the OPI Hong Kong Collection Spring 2010 is a new classic.  Not only does it flatter most skin tones, but it also applies beautifully and dries with a spectacular glossy finish.  Two coats, no top coat, I love it.  Sophisticated, fun, it's the perfect dusty jade creme.  It totally reminds me of old Chinese jewelry.

OPI Jade Is The New Black, two coats, indirect sunlight

OPI Jade Is The New Black, two coats, indirect sunlight

Being the huge caffeine fiend I am, less than two hours into wearing this polish I realized that it is almost exactly the same shade as Starbucks green.

These reusable cold cups are great, btw.

The perfect pairing.
Even though I love Starbucks, I'm not sure if this similarity makes me want to wear JITNB more or less...