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OPI: My Vampire Is Buff

myvampisbuffbottleDoes this polish remind anyone else of Spike? From Buffy? A buff, pale vampire? No? Just me? Okay.

I’d like to tell you guys that I have missed you! Life has gotten busy and I haven’t been dedicating enough time to my nail polish habit, but I have missed keeping up with the trends and hopefully finding more interesting colors to add to my collection.

I’ve been on a search for a nice almost white polish for a long time. As we know, it’s hard to find the shade we have in our heads and My Vampire Is Buff isn’t quite it, but I do think it’s quite nice.

Creamy, cool biege-y white

Creamy, cool beige-y white

My Vampire is Buff is a cool, creamy white beige. A nice, light neutral.  It doesn’t have much pink / fleshy tones to it. I like that it’s a cool toned almost white color. Although I am fairly warm toned, in the dead of winter (can I get some sun please?) cooler toned polishes look alright on me. Although I think I will like this one a lot more in the summer when I have a bit of color to me. Overall though, I think this color is very pretty and a nice addition to my collection.

I didn’t have much difficulty with the formula. I have heard some complaints of it being a bit streaky, but for a polish of this color, I actually thought the formula was pretty good. I only used two coats, with the first one thicker, and everything evened out and covered just fine.

Where to Buy: Ulta / JCPenny / Dillard’s / Professional Salons / Trade Secret / Online Retailers / $ 8.50

Okay, tell me. What’s your favorite color from the OPI Euro collection? Did you pick up My Vampire is Buff? Any others I should add to my collection? I want to hear from you guys, I’ve missed chit chatting about polish!

– Liz

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OPI: Don’t Pretzel My Buttons

This may sound a little crazy coming from me, but I couldn’t wait to wear this polish. And even crazier, I love it. Of all the Germany collection polishes that I’ve tried, this is my favorite thus far.

Warm, nude creme

Though this polish seems a little bland, something about it is extremely flattering and pretty. It’s a warm, beige, nude-y creme. Although it seems very warm and pale, this polish was a pretty awesome looking mannequin hand manicure on me. This polish hit all the right notes for me and I can’t wait to wear it again.

Easy application, even for a creme

Cremes can be fussy, but I had no issues with Don’t Pretzel My Button’s formula. It went on smooth and very even for a creme. I used three coats to be safe, and got full coverage. As far as application tips, I’d just let each coat dry fully since cremes can drag easily.

Where To Buy: Ulta / Trade Secret / Dillard’s / JCPenny / Professional Salons / Online Retailers / $ 8.50

Let’s hear it, do you agree that Don’t Pretzel My Buttons is pretty? Or is it a bit boring for you? Did you pick this polish up? Do you want to?

– Liz

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OPI: Every Month Is Oktoberfest

Okay, I am attracted to a lot of the polishes in this fall’s Germany collection. There’s something about the range of colors and them hitting the right note of interest for my color preferences. I picked up a few last weekend, and I’m sure I’ll be adding to them shortly. 🙂

I would like to say I did have trouble photographing this polish. I think it was the warm morning light, so I apologize. I don’t like doing that to you guys, but I think it still reads pretty accurate to what the polish looked like on skin.

Shimmering, vampy, purple / red, with golden shimmer

Every Month Is Oktoberfest caught my eye right away. It’s a dark, shimmering plum. On first coat, this polish seems to be a little wimpy and a bit sheer. But by the second coat, it builds up to this interesting deep, purple / plum with golden and warm shimmer that really comes out in the sun. Otherwise this polish does read mostly as just a metallic in natural lighting. This polish reminds me of something Zoya would do for a fall foil, it’s rich and fresh. I think it would look really great of fairer skin than mine.

I had no formula issues with this polish, I did three thin coats and got full coverage and depth. I do think the formula was a bit thin, which is why I chose to do three thinner coats to achieve full coverage.

Where to Buy: Ulta / JCPenny’s / Dillard’s / Professional Salons / Online Retailers / $ 8.50

How are you feeling about the fall OPI Germany collection? Are the polishes as interesting to you as they are to me? Or do they seem repetitive to you? Which one if your favorite so far? I’d love more recommendations to pick up!

– Liz

 

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OPI: A Roll In The Hague

Happy Memorial Day weekend! I hope you guys are having a fun weekend hanging with friends and family and enjoying the hot weather. Sorry to all the regular readers, I’ve been slacking on posting recently. It’s been tough to post about new polishes since I haven’t really been excited about many. But I really love A Roll In The Hague and don’t know why I didn’t snag it earlier!

Bright, poppy orange creme

A Roll In The Hague was from this year’s Holland collection. A collection that seemed pretty interesting overall, but I didn’t pick up any of the polishes except for this one. I had been searching for an orange with a touch of red in it, and this is exactly what I was looking for. It looks great on my warm skintone and the hint of red keeps it from being in the coral category. I really love this polish!

Very easy and smooth application

I had zero issues with this polish. The formula was actually really awesome. It was really smooth and pigmented; it was a breeze to apply. I used two coats for full coverage. The polish does seem to dry a touch darker than it looks in the bottle, which I like. It ends up looking a touch more red when it dries as well.

Where To Buy: Ulta / Target / Trade Secret / JCPenny / Dillard’s / Drugstores / $ 8

How do you feel about this bright orange? Did you buy A Roll In The Hague? Did you buy any other polishes from the Holland collection? What were your favorites?

– Liz

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OPI: Don’t Touch My Tutu!

I’ve been somewhat on a search for the perfect “white” polish for a while. I love the way a more opaque, but not full coverage creme, white polish looks. It’s so clean and more modern than the common sheer whites. I loved the way this polish looked in the bottle, so I was unable to resist it.

Sheer-er, milky white

Don’t Touch My Tutu! (I actually think this name is cute) is a sheer, pale white from the 2012 NYC Ballet Soft Shades collection. It has a pretty, medium coverage jelly finish to it. This polish has a crisp, clean color to it. It doesn’t have any noticeable blue or pink undertones to it. It’s pretty, and very different from what I normally wear. I like it, though wish it was more of what I was looking for and more of what it appeared to be in the bottle.

Only noticeably streaky in macro, looks very even on the nails

This photo makes this polish look as though it’s streaky or uneven, but in real life, it’s almost undetectable. The macro setting on the camera made this much more visible. I did use three coats for this polish, but had no issues with drying time. The formula was thinner but it is semi-sheer. I do wish it was a touch more opaque so it would have been more of what I had in mind. My only application tip would be is that you can build it up or wear it sheer, whatever look you are going for it seems to be pretty flexible.

Where To Buy: Ulta / JCPenny / Trade Secret / Dillard’s / Online Retailers / $ 8.50

Do you like Don’t Touch My Tutu!? Do you often wear classic, sheer polishes like this one? Did you buy any others from this years Ballet Soft Shades collection? Or what’s your favorite more opaque white? I’m still looking, help a girl out!

– Liz

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OPI: Damone Roberts 1968

My green polish selection is one of my favorites, so choosing one for the holiday weekend wasn’t an easy choice. But then I remembered that I don’t think I had ever blogged about this polish personally. When they re-released this polish a couple years ago, I had to have it immediately. It may not look that unique, but the tone is almost perfect.

Gorgeous sea foam-y green with just enough yellow undertones

Damone Roberts 1968 may look like a common sea foam-y green creme polish. Which a lot of us adore, but companies release these types of colors all the time so usually there isn’t really anything too special about them. But this one has just the right amount of yellow undertones in the base color to make it very pretty AND flattering to wear. There’s no lobster hands here with this light green. I have a lot of yellow in my skin and this polish looks wonderful on.

Slightly streaky formula

The only thing about this polish that isn’t perfect is the formula. It’s not awful, but it is a bit jelly-ish in consistency so I think that is what leads to the issue. It’s not overly pigmented and it is a bit streaky. I used three coats to even out any streaks and to get full opacity. My only tip would be to apply thicker coats and let them dry to really get saturation and pigmentation. But it’s totally worth it, I love this polish.

Where to Buy: I’m not sure! 😦

Do you own Damone Roberts 1968? Did you want to purchase it but missed out? Does this polish look unique to you or is it just another sea foam green? Do you like to wear this color polish?

I think it’s funny that this polish exactly matches the color of my nightstand! So maybe I’m a little bias about it… 🙂

Matching furniture and polish!

– Liz

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OPI: Jade Is The New Black & Zoya: Apple

This happened to turn out to be an early St. Patrick’s Day manicure apparently. Which I didn’t even realize until my boss said to me, “Hey, you’ve got St. Patrick’s Day nails!” So, I’m deciding to roll with it. Green is my favorite polish to wear anyway.

Green jade creme with a touch of blue and light green and yellow sparkle-y sponged tips

I had Jade Is The New Black on for a couple of days. It’s a cult classic green creme with just a touch of blue. I didn’t love this polish when it first came out, I’m not sure what I was thinking, but adore it now. I looked into my untried drawer and found Apple sitting in it and decided it sponge my tips with it. The light green and yellow foil looks great sparkling at the tips.

No issues with application here

I didn’t have a problem with JITNB during application. It actually went on smooth as butter. It was also very opaque and pigmented. A pretty impressive formula now that I think about it. I used two coats and was good. Apple went onto the tips with no issues. I find foils are the easiest (and most forgiving) polishes to sponge with. Just a dab and you’re good to go.

Where to Buy (JITNB): Online Retailers / $ 5 – $ 6

Where to Buy (Apple): Zoya.com / $ 8

Do you love Jade Is The New Black or Apple? Do you like this dual green combination? What are you planning on wearing for St. Patrick’s Day? 

– Liz

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Sonia Kashuk: Sugar Rush & OPI: Fiercely Fiona

I’m almost back to feeling 100% after being on my death bed. I have a looming cough that won’t quit, but I’m hoping that will subside eventually. Sooner rather than later of course.

Fiercely Fiona is one of my beloved polishes. I adore the green-y yellow hue that is oddly interesting yet approachable and cheery.  I needed something to cheer me up so I pulled out Fiercely Fiona, but also wanted something clean and fresh. That’s where Sugar Rush came in.

Natural pink with a fun green-y yellow accent

Sugar Rush is a really pretty natural, slightly sheer blush pink. It takes a bit of time to dry, which is annoying, but I really like this polish. It just brightens everything up. A “your nails but better” type of polish. Fiercely Fiona is from the Shrek collection. A chartreuse creme to me. A green-y yellow that is fun, but still interesting and a bit sophisticated since it could be deemed as a bit ugly. I really like this color combination and manicure. It’s something different.

Accent nails

I used two coats of Sugar Rush. This polish takes a bit of time to dry, which is annoying. But I did apply two thicker coats to get a more opaque look from it. For Fiercely Fiona, I also used two coats. This polish applies just a touch streaky on first coat, but evens out with no problem by the second. And wish no drying issues at all.

Where To Buy (Sugar Rush): Target.com / $ 5

Where To Buy (Fiercely Fiona): Online Retailers / $ 5

Do you own either of these polishes? Do you like either of them? Did I make you want either of them? 🙂

– Liz

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OPI: Stranger Tides & Sit Under The Apple Tree

I feel awful for my absence the past week! I have been apartment searching and it has eaten up any ounce of down time I’ve had. Luckily, it’s over and I can get back to taking care of my nails.

I found Sit Under The Apple Tree (hate this name) on clearance at Ulta recently. It’s originally from OPI’s Retro collection in 2009. It’s rather sheer so I knew I wanted to layer it. I’m very satisfied with this outcome, I’ve been admiring it all day.

Pretty pale, shimmery green combination

I knew I wanted an opaque base for this manicure and a number of base colors would work well with layering Sit Under The Apple Tree. I picked the pale, grey-ed out sage Stranger Tides. SUTAT is very pretty and delicate for a yellow / green shimmer. The micro-shimmer is so fine and dense that it really covered my nail well with one coat. It looks gorgeous and cheerful in the sunlight. Somewhat “springy” because it’s a yellow-toned green. There’s definitely a brighter cast of green that comes out when it’s applied, but it worked perfectly with ST.

Easy application and pretty outcome

I used two coats of ST and everything was opaque and streak-free. It also dried quickly. On top of that, I only needed one coat of SUTAT to get a good amount of shimmer and color. Of course, applying another layer would bump it up even more. I think SUTAT would look good layered over a lot of different colors. Neutrals, green, yellow..maybe even black.

Where to Buy Stranger Tides: Online Retailers / $ 5 – $ 8

Where To Buy Sit Under The Apple Tree: Online Retailers / $ 4 – $ 8

Do you own Sit Under The Apple Tree? Do you like layering sheer shimmery polishes over cremes? If not, what’s your favorite way to wear them? Do you want to pick up SUTAT?

– Liz

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OPI: Got A Date To-Knight?

I picked this up as an impulse buy on clearance at Ulta recently. This is definitely not a “me” color at all, but I’ve really enjoyed wearing it. Although my skin is warm toned, I thought this cool toned polish looked great on me. It was released in 2009’s Prince Charming Collection. Cute name too!

Cool toned pink jelly

The photos really speak for this polish; there isn’t too much to say. It’s a cool toned, pink jelly. Almost bubble gum pink. There is something about this polish that looks great. It’s cheerful and girly. With one coat, it could be a “your nails but better” polish as well.

Super easy application

The formula on this polish was pretty flawless. It went on so smooth and easy. And considering that it is a jelly, it was pretty opaque. I used two coats for this manicure. It went on completely smooth and dried evenly and quickly. Look at how shiny it is!

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

Do you own Got A Date To-Knight? Or any other polishes from the Prince Charming collection? Is pink one of your go to manicure colors? I prefer it for pedicures, but cant wait to wear this polish again! It’s basically the perfect pink.

– Liz

 

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