Monthly Archives: August 2010

OPI: William Tell Me About OPI

Overcast

I started classes again for the semester the other day, and I feel dead already. My schedule is going to be insane and I am currently feeling completely overwhelmed with all of my classes, observation hours, and regular readings and assignments. Don’t worry, I’ll make sure to squeeze in posting…somehow. I hope.

Today I have a NOTD from the new OPI’s that Lauren and I swatched recently, but this was my first one I wore as a manicure. I really do like this creme color. It’s dark and rich. And very glossy and shiny. It looks brown indoors, then outside it looks maroon, berry, and brown. You can see the purple / berry in the polish during clean up. The application on this polish was fine. I did two coats and was covered.

Looks more red? An almost black even??

However, this polish chipped almost immedately after I applied it. And then it continued to chip. I applied this polish Monday afternoon and was able to squeeze in some photos right after I applied it, but I wanted to take more. That didn’t happen because of the chipping. So, I realize this isn’t the best photo swatch and I apologize. Also, with the chipping of this polish, it has made a nail or two peel as well. This really upsets me and bums me out. I don’t know why it decided to do this to me when I was liking it so much. I guess this William polish is a typical man….

Dead,

Liz

EDIT 12/9/10: I retook swatch photos for this polish. Still two coats. And this time I really capture the chameleon affect of this polish. It looks like a dark red, but then against the purple of my glove (it’s FREEZING outside) you can really see the berry and plum that it can switch to! And even in the bottle photo. It seems like it can just change with lighting. I really like this polish. And this time around it seems less brown and more durable.

More plum, amiright? Chameleon polish.

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OPI DS: Glow NOTD

Shadey

Today is my last day of summer. I start classes again tomorrow. Yes, on Saturday. Yes, at 9:30 am. Yes, for 2.5 hours. Yes, I am upset about it. So, I had to change my polish due to some chipping, and I picked up a few new colors at Ulta yesterday including this DS. I decided that I needed to wear something to make me feel better about getting up before 8 on Saturday and sitting in class. And I will say that this polish will be awesome to stare at all morning. And day. This polish is, “wow”. It’s so foily. It is also so bronzey, golden, warm, and full and flash and sparkle. This color looks really good on my skin tone currently, but also I feel as though during the winter when I need to wear a polish to remind me of warmth and summer, this color will also look good on fairer skin as well. I don’t own many brown polishes, but this one really caught my eye and it is gorgeous. It’s liquid bronze. It’s interesting too because it is very warm, fun, and summerish, but also seems fallish and mature to me too. I love it.

I used two thicker coats, and the application was completely manageable and I had no problems. Clean up is a little annoying because the shimmer and sparkles stick to your skin easily and I feel as though they are all over around my nails still.

Saying goodbye to summer,

Liz

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Sally Hansen Complete Manicure: Sea and Be Seen

In Shade

This complete manicure polish was from earlier in the summer with all of the sea and ocean themed polishes. I got this polish when it first came out, and just haven’t gotten around to using it. It would always be in consideration when I was picking out polishes to wear, but it never won me over. I don’t know why, it’s a shimmery metallic blue / purple / silver polish. Looks and sounds great. I have had this polish on for two full days, and I have very minimal tipwear on my right hand but no major chipping. This polish applied very sheer. I did three very thick coats. It looks like a foil to me on. It is also very much more blue and silver then purple. It’s so sparkly and metallic.

It’s a very interesting color, I do not own any other like it in my collection. I have heard this polish also layers well over another because of its sheerness. I may try this out in the near future because I have been enjoying this polish so much. And who doesn’t love the brushes in the Sally Hansen complete mani polishes? They are so nice.

Tired and stressed,

Liz

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Essie: Jelly Apple

Jelly Apple

I picked up Essie’s Jelly Apple recently when I saw it at Belinda’s. There has been a lot of hype in the past about how this is a favorite red and being a lover of reds, I felt it was a necessary addition to my collection. I have to admit, it’s not my most favorite red. I really enjoy the color and the jelly finish, but wearing this polish the past couple days hasn’t been all fun.

First, let’s talk about the application. This is 3 coats, in the first coat it looks sheer and pinkish and I wasn’t really satisfied with 2 so I went for the 3. It went on fine, not runny or streaky. The color is a bright, fun red. From far away it even reads as kind of a hot orange.

My biggest problem with this polish is that the finished, dried nail feels so soft. Luckily, I took this picture right after application. I found this mani so easy to dent and scratch that by today I could barely stand to look at it because it was no longer jelly and shiny it was just dull and chipped and scratched. I used Seche Vite as the top coat and maybe I could try it again with a different top coat, but this definitely wasn’t a long wear for me.

The pros of Jelly Apple are color, shine, fun factor, the cons are that you shouldn’t plan on this being your mani for the week because it won’t look good that long.

Happy early hump day!

-Lauren

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Essie: Fruit Sangria

Hey everyone. I haven’t really felt like blogging the past week for whatever reason. Sort of because my polish and manis have either not been lasting, or haven’t been looking “up to par.” And also I have been slightly aloof mentally and not feeling great about some personal things. So, I have been trying to cheer myself up with brighter, summery, fun polish colors such as this. I have to get my final summer color wear in, unfortunately.

Fruit Sangria is a very bright, saturated pink. It has a good amount of red in it as well. Indoors it could be mistaken for red. The application and formula on this polish was great. It was very smooth and almost fully opaque in one coat. The thing that bothers me about this color however, is that in the bottle and in this photo you can see there’s gold microshimmer in the polish. But it doesn’t show up in the polish, literally at all. It wears as a creme. Which is sort of bummer because you can see it in there. I’d like this polish as a shimmer or creme, either way, but I feel like it’s tricking me. And I do not like my polishes play me!

This is going to be a long week,

Liz

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OPI: Tickle My France-y

So shiney!

It’s been awhile since I used this one. I don’t know what I was thinking! I should use this all the time. For me, it’s one of the best nudes, I think. I really like the sheer look with this one, so it’s only 2 coats. The coverage is pretty good though, there’s barely any VNL. This is from the OPI France collection, which I want to say is from 2008, but you can still find a lot of polishes from this collection at stores.

Tickle My France-y

I’ve read in other blogs that this color doesn’t always show well on all skin types. I’m pretty fair, but I think this polish is worth taking a shot on because when it works it really works. It’s very shiney, subtle, and works for all seasons. This color was perfect for me this weekend because I needed a palette cleanser. I had been wearing very dark and sparkly colors lately. I also had to do something light after all the work it took to get OPI DS Fantasy off of my nails! I love that polish, but it was definitely a headache to remove. Blue everywhere!

Planning a new color for today!

-Lauren

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OPI Designer Series: Fantasy

Fantasy!!

Nail friends, do I have a treat for you today, OPI DS Fantasy!! This is one of the polishes that I found in a random bin of OPIs at CVS. I’m so glad I got it and for standard OPI price. Honestly this has changed my mind about paying full price for designer series polishes because I absolutely love this, it has easily become a new favorite. I already plan on getting more, bank account willing. This is 2 coats, but it went on dark and lovely in one. I love that it’s navy because most of the other dark blues I have are bright or purple-leaning.

Working the shimmer

Can we talk about the sparkle!? Look at it shimmer and shine. I can’t get enough of it and have been staring at it all day. I can definitely see myself wearing this color all fall and winter long regardless of what the current trend is. The brushes on these are a bit wider and I wasn’t as used to it at first so you may notice that I got quite a bit all up on my cuticles. I wouldn’t say the polish was thin or runny or anything, you just need to be mindful when switching to a wider brush.

Last pic, I promise

Okay, this is the last picture, I swear. I just really want to show how deep and shimmery this color is. Obviously, these designer series polishes are serious. If you ever see them for under $10 snatch them up as fast as you can, no matter the color.

Not wanting Fantasy to end,

-Lauren

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