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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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Zoya: Wednesday

Hey all. I hope you’re all getting time to enjoy summer and the warm weather. It’s by far my favorite time of year and I’ve been enjoying sitting out on the patio relaxing and admiring my flowers.

I apologize for my lack of posting recently. It’s not that I don’t enjoy writing about nail polish anymore or don’t enjoy polish anymore; it’s that it’s been really difficult for me to find new collections that really pique my interest enough to want to purchase them. I feel like many collections have been quite repetitive and nothing new or exciting. I still want to chit chat and connect with all of the wonderful readers of DPB so, as always, I’m keeping my eyes peeled for new polishes to wear and write about.

Wednesday is just one of those colors that will suck me in everytime. I could have my own helmer drawer for turquoise-y green-y blues. This polish did look a little dustier to me in swatches then it ended up being in real life.

Shiny turquoise-y blue

Although this shade is quite common, I couldn’t help myself. As mentioned, I did think Wednesday would be a little dustier or a slightly more interesting tone via swatches, but I’m pretty sure it matches most of my other turquoise cremes, silly me. I do think it has a nice balance in it, and it’s definitely blue (to me) so there’s no lobster hands in sight.

Very nice formula and application

The formula and application on this polish was really great. It applied like butter to my nails, very smooth and opaque. I used two coats for full coverage. It was super quick and easy application.

Where to Buy: Zoya.com / $ 8

Did you get any of the Zoya Surf and Sun polishes? Did you pick up Wednesday? Which is your favorite? Or did they seem pretty standard for a summer collection?

– Liz

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Rescue Beauty Lounge: IKB: 2012

Although my RBL stash isn’t large by anyone’s standards, I am a big fan. I appreciate the attention to detail from Ji and the company and think they always have interesting colors and stories that draw me in. However, my bank account hates when that happens.

IKB: 2012 is from the fan collection. I literally couldn’t wait to get my hands on this electric blue; it couldn’t be any more my taste.

Jelly / creme electric blue

First of all, this polish wasn’t easy to photograph. In real life, it is deeper and darker than these photos display. I apologize for not being 100% color accurate. However, the way these photos turned out is more so what I thought the polish was going to look like. I was expecting a bright, radiating blue. But it is darker and more purple than I was expecting. It dries semi-matte, so this leads me to believe there’s some neon pigment in the formula, but it’s not as bright as I was hoping or expecting. I wanted it to be a bit louder. I still actually love this polish a lot, but I did have a different pre conceived idea of it.

Somewhat tricky formula

I heard the first batch of these fan polishes had formula issues, but they were to be resolved. I didn’t have much issue with the formula on IKB: 2012. The first coat did go on pretty uneven and sparse, but by the second coat it really covered my nails and was almost completely opaque. I did do another thin coat (3 in total) just to make sure everything was perfect. It also dried quickly thanks to the neon pigment (I think). I did do this manicure last night, and already have tipwear though. Not what I like to see from a $20 bottle of polish, to be honest.

Where To Buy: RescureBeauty.com / $20

So let’s hear it! Did you end up buying any of the RBL fan collection? Did you get IKB: 2012? If not, which color was most interesting to you? Did you like the idea of fans of the line being able to win and developed their own polishes?

– 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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PA: A72

I was out of town for the weekend last week, so I apologize for the lack of posting! I hope you all are doing well and enjoying the summer weather that is finally here.

This is the second polish that a friend was sweet enough to bring me back from Japan. As you all are well aware of, I love everything blue. And this dreamy turquoise had me from the jump.

Creamy, dreamy turquoise

This color isn’t the most unique and many of us that collection polish have numerous variations of it, but I think many of us are drawn to it. It’s beautiful. Though this creme polish leans a touch more green (to me and on my skintone), it has a nice balance of blue and green. It’s a perfect summer color and I have loved admiring this color on my nails.

Easy, smooth application

This polish has a super shiny finish, since it’s a half creme half jelly hybrid. The formula on it was great; super easy and quick to apply. It also dried very quickly. What I’ve been most surprised with regarding this polish, is how well it has worn on me. Polishes usually chip within the first day on me, but I’ve had minimal tipwear after 3 days. Always a welcomed surprise!

Where to Buy: Online Retailers / $ 4 – $ 5

Is turquoise one of your go to nail colors for summer? Or like me, do you like to wear it year round? Summer for me means turquoise and coral!

– Liz

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Urban Outfitters: Bandeau & China Glaze: Blue Years Eve

I mentioned how it was my birthday over the weekend. And it took me awhile to pick what I wanted to wear for it. I ended up with this sponged manicure and I absolutely loved it. It turned out great and was perfect for the occasion.

Bright, violet purple creme with blue and purple foil sponged tips

Bandeau is an awesome polish. It’s a bright, violet blue leaning creme that is stunning. It’s so fun and easy to wear. It’s one of my favorite purples that I own. Blue Years Eve is also a great polish. It’s a purple and blue foil that has a a lot of depth and was dark enough to contrast with the brighter Bandeau base. I honestly think they look perfect together.

Easy application for both polishes

I used two coats for Bandeau. Although it seems a bit streaky on the first coat, it builds up really easily. I would suggest doing thicker coats though, just to make sure you get full coverage. It also dries slightly matte, which means it also dries quickly. I used a make up applicator sponge to sponge on Blue Years Eve on the tips. Just dabbed on the polish on to the sponge, then built it up on the tips. It’s very easy and doesn’t take much time to do or dry. I love it!

Where To Buy (Bandeau) Urban Outfitters / Urban Outfitters.com / $ 5

Where to Buy (Blue Year’s Eve): Sally’s Beauty / Ulta / Trade Secret / Online Retailers / $ 6

So, do you like this manicure? Does it say “Birthday Girl” to you? 🙂

– Liz

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