Monthly Archives: September 2011

OPI DS: Glow

I have a huge list of new polishes I plan on buying soon. I promise I will get some new and more exciting posts going on in the near future. I’ve been pretty busy, and currently I have a huge boot obsession that is allowing little spending money for nail polish. Oops. ūüôā

Foil-y, gorgeous bronze

The DS line if OPI’s is pretty awesome. This is a color I wouldn’t normally buy, but I remember something about it drew me to it right away. This polish is full of sparkle and is so pretty. Since it’s a neutral-y bronze / metal color, it’s not overly loud in terms of base color, and since it’s so sparkle-y, that sort of allows for this to stay in the “pretty” zone. There’s so many colors in this polish. Bronze, gold, silver…but they all melt together to create this interestingly sublet, gorgeous, warm toned, polish. It’s grown up sparkle.

Gorgeous finish and easy application

Foil finishes usually lend themselves to an easier application, for me. They dry quickly, like this one did. The formula was a bit thin, but I used three coats and got full, sparkle-y coverage. As far as application tips, I would make sure each coat is dry before you apply the next to avoid any bald spots. I also got decent wear out of this polish, which usually doesn’t happen with foils for me.

Where to Buy: Ulta / JCPenny / Trade Secret / Online Retailers / $ 7 – $10.50

Do you own Glow? What’s your favorite OPI DS polish? I’ve been meaning to pick up Glamour for forever.Or does the designer line not do it for you?

It’s almost the weekend!

– Liz

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OPI: Ski Teal We Drop

What’s fun about the change of seasons, in regards to nail polish, is that you get to revisit all the colors from collections of previous years that you wore when it came out, and haven’t since. Ski Teal We Drop is a polish that I loved when it was released last year with the Swiss collection, that I found out I still loved when I wore it again recently.

Dark, beautiful teal creme

What I love so much about this polish is that it is a dark creme (which lends itself to be¬†sophisticated¬†and grown up on its own) but it’s still¬†noticeably a dark blue. It’s really nice to have a dark polish that isn’t purple, red, or black. I’m always on the look out for the right balance of darkness and color saturation, and this has it. The color is gorgeous; it’s almost exotic in a way. It’s got the depth and darkness of ¬†a gem tone, but also reminds of the ocean at night. It’s¬†definitely¬†a blue leaning teal.

Great application

The formula on this polish, like most in this collection, was excellent. It was highly pigmented, smooth, and very saturated. It has that slightly thin or runny consistency that allows for you to spread the polish evenly. For polishes with this saturation and consistency, I like to put on a thick first coat, and a thinner second coat to finish everything off. I used two coats and had no issues. Decent wear as well.

Where to Buy: Online Retailers / $ 6 – $ 8

Do you own Ski Teal We Drop? Do you think it’s gorgeous? Or is a dark creme something that isn’t that special to you?

– Liz

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Wet N Wild: Tickled Pink

This polish was an impulse buy at Walgreens a few months ago. I was in a phase of bingeing hard on stuff at Walgreens. (Also known as being bored on Friday night). It was an impulse buy because I’m not a pink girl, especially not cotton candy / bubblegum pink.

Cool toned, bubble gum pink creme

The color of this polish speaks for itself. I mean, it’s basically as girly as they come. A light, cool toned, pink creme. Pretty standard for a girl’s collection. Shockingly though, this is the only one I own. It’s pretty similar to my favorite of this group (that I don’t own) Essie’s I Need A Vacation. It’s weird, I actually quite enjoyed wearing this polish.

Not the best formula, but it's inexpensive

Wet N Wild actually delivers most times on quality for their inexpensive nail polish (and other beauty products). But the application on this polish wasn’t very good. I did have some streaks and bald spots, and major chipping by the end of the day. (I seriously need to step up my top coat game though). The brush sticks are pretty long too, because the bottles are tall, and that makes application a bit difficult.

Where to Buy: Drugstores / $ 1.99

Do you wear barbie pink polish a lot? What’s your favorite pink polish? I need to get more “classic” manicure colors, such as pinks and cremes, so I’d be open to suggestions!

– Liz

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Zoya: Jem

Sorry I’ve been away for a few days. I feel like recently I haven’t had time or left over energy for much of anything. It’s like as the days are getting shorter, so is my time. It’s stressing me out.

I bet a lot of you have seen swatches (or have worn) this gorgeous polish from Zoya’s fall 2011 collection. Look at it in the bottle, it’s gorgeous. But it did end up falling a bit flat in the wrong lighting…

Red based purple, with glass fleck gold and pink

Jem is pretty unique. This polish is a red based purple, with gold and I think hints of pink glass fleck. As mentioned, in the bottle it’s really very beautiful, as well as when it’s in direct sunlight. It’s gorgeous, almost¬†mesmerizing. However, I did really notice that when indoors or in overcast (like this rainy day photo) it’s actually somewhat…underwhelming. It definitely loses its luster, and falls flat. I wish the sparkle stood out more.

The application and formula on this polish was good. I used two coats (though maybe three would have helped my sparkle issues?) and it applied evenly and saturated. It also dried quickly. I did though, have chips on the first day. Never cool, and it’s the story of my nail polish life.

Where to Buy: Zoya.com / $ 8

– Liz

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Barry M: Indigo

One of my girlfriends went on vacation to London and Berlin recently, and I was dumb enough to forget to ask her to buy me every Barry M polish (among other brands) she saw. Good thing she was sweet enough and knows me well enough to pick out this stunning purple polish. For real, it’s gorgeous. May be my new numbero uno….

A stunning, vibrant blue based purple. (Less blue in real life.)

Indigo is absolutely perfect. Though, the name is a bit¬†deceiving. To me, it’s a blue based purple. Indigo has more blue than this does. That’s subjective I know, just how I¬†perceive¬†this color. Regardless, it’s beautiful, vibrant, and somewhat exotic. I like how it’s deep and rich, almost vampy and fall-ish, but still very striking. I can’t keep my eyes off this manicure.

Super glossy and full of pigment

The application and formula on this polish was better than many much higher priced polishes I own. The pigmentation was outstanding and glided on like butter. It has a somewhat jelly finish, but the shine is so high it looks almost wet. I used two coats and have nothing to complain about it. Just look at it!

Where to Buy: BarryM.com / £2.99 (So what, like $5? Worth it!)

Do you own any Barry M’s? If so, what are your favorites? You bet I’m ordering some asap! Or Have you been wanting to get a haul? Let me know, I’m so impressed and smitten with this polish.

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Zoya: Yara

I was really looking forward to wearing this polish over the weekend. I love greens and was ready for this polish to be a home run for me. I did end up liking this polish, but I didn’t love it as much as I was expecting too for an interesting green. Kind of a bummer!

Dusty, oilive green with scattered gold shimmer

Yara is a medium toned olive green base color, with scattered gold shimmer running throughout. It has a bit of murkiness to the base color, but for me, it almost takes away from the polish this time. Even with the shimmer, it seems a little dull and too dark. I also think that with my skin tone, I don’t get the contrast that would allow for this color to look brighter and prettier. Lighter, cooler toned girls might look best with this on their nails. It looks a bit muddy on me.

The formula and application of this polish was good. I used two coats and it went on smooth and even. Though, I will say the wear on this polish was wasn’t great. I did this manicure on Thursday night, and it’s looking rough. I’ll have to remove it tonight.

Where to Buy: Zoya.com / $ 8

I know people have been gushing about Yara, how do you feel about it? Are you getting a little sick of the “dusty” toned polishes? Do you love Yara?

Not looking forward to True Blood being over for the season tonight!

– Liz

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Zoya: Neeka

Neeka is another polish from the Smoke and Mirrors 2011 collection. This polish is unique in both color and finish. I feel like I’m so used to Zoya doing their standard cremes and foil finishes in these sets that I was surprised to see this different finish for the Mirrors part of the collection. Happily surprised though!

Muted, medium toned dusty purple

Neeka is an all around unique polish in my collection. The base color is really pretty. It’s a somewhat medium toned purple, but has a lot of dustiness and grey mixed in. Almost dirty or dingy. It’s almost dull in a cool way, if that makes sense. Indoors it can look a bit dark, but with enough light you can really tell the color and tone.

Sparse glitter scattered throughout

The finish on this polish is really cool. There’s metallic glitter scattered throughout the polish, but it’s not too heavy and not really fine (not a microshimmer). It’s an interesting finish that I really like. Just a bit of sparkle. This polish just seems like “the cool girl” of the group. It’s different and I love it. The formula and application of this polish was good, I had zero problems. I used two coats and they went on smooth and even. Though, I think I did have chips within the first day of this manicure, a total bummer.

Where to Buy: Zoya.com / $ 8

Do you like Neeka? Do you like the restrained glitter finish? Or are you more keen to creme or sparkle? What are your favorites of the Smoke and Mirros so far? I’m looking forward to wearing Yara next!

– Liz

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