Monthly Archives: August 2010

OPI: William Tell Me About OPI


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….



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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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,



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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,


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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!


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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,


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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!


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OPI Designer Series: 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,


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Essie: Demure Vixen

Demure Vixen in sunlight

This is Demure Vixen from Essie’s Summer 2010 collection. This was the only polish I knew that I really wanted from the collection and I searched for it high and low for at least 2 months. Liz and I finally found it a couple weeks ago and I have been so excited for this polish. When I began applying it last night, though, it really shocked me. At first, I thought it looked simply awful on me and was so disappointed, but the lighting in my apartment was weird at the time, so I waited it out. It grew on me and when I saw it in more normal light today I was very pleased.

The darker side

The color is definitely different. After a day of wear, I have decided that it is greyish-purple, or greyple, if you will. The shimmer is very subtle and part of me wishes it was more prominent, but then I suppose it would not be “demure”. I think by now, most gals know that this is a sheer polish, I used 3 coats, it was alright in 2, but I had planned on 3. I have a bit of tip wear, but I think it’s mostly my fault. My nails aren’t in great shape, so I’m sure I’ll have to take this off tomorrow or the next day, which is kind of disappointing because now I’m loving it!

Your demure vixen,


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Orly: Oh Cabana Boy NOTD


Fun polish name, right? I have to admit, I have been totally obsessed with this color the past two weeks. Which is slightly weird because, well, look at it. I feel like a lot of us nail polish fanatics would look at this color and want to barf, but I have been totally loving it. I know it is completely barbie, bright, and sparkly but I can’t get enough of it. This is another one of those neon Orly’s I ran into at CVS recently. This bright pink is a neon and dries slightly matte.

It also has a pinkish purpleish micro shimmer that runs through it to make it even more flashy.

purple shimmer

It adds a purple/violet sheen to it at the right angle. I love that. Maybe it has been the heat here in Chicago that has made me want to wear this hot, bright color continually, I’m not sure. This color also looks great with a tan. And even makes you look tanner. I used three coats to get the full effect of this color and full opacity. This color looks even better on toes, as a lot of you are thinking. Can’t get enough of it!

I also wanted to mention that somehow surprisingly my Panda-monium manicure lasted three FULL days without chipping or seriously any tipwear. Which is honestly amazing to me. That never happens. I have switched to Nailtiques forumla 2 as my basecoat recently. One of my best friends uses this one so I decided to give it a go and see what happens. So the combination of formula 2, OPI, and Barielle topcoat seems to be a winner for me.

Til I paint again,


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Sephora by OPI: Leaf Him At The Altar

Leaf Him At The Altar

This is Leaf Him At The Altar from Sephora by OPI’s Spring 2010 collection. This polish struck me right away and was the first one I got from the collection. I also picked up Iris I Was Thinner. I will not tell a lie, I love this polish. This was the second time I wore it, which with all the polish Liz and I have can be rare. Granted, I did have an occasion for this color, but it was a welcome mani. I love how foil-y it looks and all the gold glitter involved. I definitely don’t have any other green like this, most of them are cremes or bold polishes. To me, even though this is very sparkly, it’s still kind of a muted green, I can see it working all year and not just in spring.

This mani was 2 coats and I decided that I’m definitely doing 3 next time, it will make the color so much better. I’ve been a fan of $OPI polishes, they apply well and wear well, nothing groundbreaking, but standard, I feel. I had no problems with this one aside from recommending 3 coats. It’s a great color and I recommend picking it up if you ever get the chance. Unfortunately, my mani is kind of ruined today because I didn’t take my time doing it and have been putting together furniture, which has made my fingers so sore and gross! ­čśŽ

Hope everyone has a relaxing Sunday, my nails will be resting,


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