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Zoya: Tanzy

Hey guys, more internet problems have kept me from being able to post. I promise I will be back on a regular schedule. I don’t want to be blogging less, I’ve just kept running into problems! I’m sorry. More posts and new polishes are in my future.

Tanzy is a polish that has been sitting in my untried drawer for…a year and I finally got around to wearing it.

Golden orange foil

Tanzy is a golden orange foil. It definitely reads orange overall, but the gold in the polish adds depth and another layer of color. It reminds me of summer sunset. It has a relaxing summer feeling to it. It’ll look great with a tan.

Easy, smooth application

I always like the application of foils. They apply smooth and evenly. They are quite forgiving when you don’t do the best job applying. And they dry quickly. Zoya foils are always a breeze to apply. I used three coats for maximum sparkle and full coverage.

Where To Buy: Zoya.com / $ 8

Do you own Tanzy? Do you like this polish?  Is orange a go to summer color for you? Do you find foils as easy as I do to apply?

– Liz


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OPI: Warm & Fozzie

Happy Thanksgiving, all! I hope you have eaten enough food for a small army already today or will be shortly. I’m starving and can’t wait to get my mashed potatoes, stuffing, and cornbread on.

I picked this polish to wear for the holiday because it really evokes a sense of warmth and comfort. The name couldn’t be more fitting for this golden-y, bronze, foil-y beauty.

Warm, shimmery, metallic goodness

Warm & Fozzie is absolutely beautiful. There are so many colors in this polish, but they all work together in a great way. It’s a foil-y, mostly overall metallic, polish that is full of gold, bronze, and even some sparse red particles that make this polish look so warm, cozy, and inviting. There is also somewhat of a green tinge that comes out in certain lighting. What is also so nice about this polish is that it translates perfectly from the bottle to the nail; no color or sparkle gets left behind.

The application and formula on this polish was great, I had no issues. Sometimes with foils they need three coats to really bring the luminosity and depth, but I only used two thick coats and everything looks wonderful. Though with a lot of foils, the wear-time hasn’t been ideal for such a pretty polish that I can’t stop admiring!

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

So, is this a top pick of yours for the Muppets collection? Have you picked it up already or are you planning to? Does this polish remind you of OPI DS Glow just a bit?

– Liz


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Halloween Manicure for my Costume! OPI Blue My Mind and China Glaze Lighthouse

The man, Coach Taylor.

Let me give you guys a little background on my Halloween costumes. I have this thing were I dress up as a male every year for Halloween. It started a few years ago when my best friend and I were Wayne and Garth from Wayne’s World and has spiraled our of control since. And my affinity for television series lead me to decide to be Coach Taylor (a la Dillion Panthers) from Friday Night Lights this year. Some of you might think this is bizarre and whacky and all I have to say  is, well, I am a little bizarre. But it’s fun and it is Halloween after all!

Picking out the perfect Panther blue for my large collection of blue nail polishes was not very easy. But I ended up choosing two polishes that I really love for their vibrancy and overall they are pretty polishes.

Metallic royal blue with glittery yellow / gold

Despite the erratic nature of an “every other nail” manicure, I think this manicure looks pretty good. I really like the texture difference between the smooth, slick finish of Blue My Mind and the gritty, sparkley finish of Lighthouse. It adds for extra oomph and intensity. It works for a special, fun occasion manicure.

Easy, smooth application on both polishes.

I ended up using three coats for both polishes.  As you might know, Lighthouse is a little sheer on the first coat, but builds up very nicely by the third coat. Blue My Mind is overall pretty saturated and applies very easily on the nail. I probably could have gotten away with two coats, but added another for good measure.

Where to Buy OPI Blue My Mind: Ulta / Trade Secret / JCPenny / Professional Salons / $ 8

Where to Buy China Glaze Lighthouse: Online Retailers / $3 – $6

Do you have a Halloween manicure on for the weekend? One that matches your costume like me? Anything funny (like me) or weird (maybe also like me)?

Have a fun weekend everyone!

– Liz & Coach Taylor


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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. 🙂

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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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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Chanel: Peridot

There is really is something special about these Chanel fall polishes, and I can’t say no to them. I have tried to talk myself out of buying them a number of times. I finally purchased Peridot the other day and don’t regret it. Although, I will from the jump let you guys know that Chanel polishes don’t wear well on me, but I’m an idiot and still buy them.

But just LOOK at how pretty this is in the bottle?? Olive green, gold, blue?? I couldn’t resist.

Duochrome of olive green, gold, and blue

This polish color / duochrome is completely different to me. I haven’t really seen anything like it and I don’t have anything like it in my collection. It looks absolutely beautiful in the bottle and it all translates onto the nail. And the finish is a metallic shimmer that looks expensive and special. The gold is the most predominate on the nail but you get a good amount of the olive-y green. And the blue is by no means just a flash; it shifts and is visible often. It’s awesome, I really loved admiring this manicure.

Smooth, opaque application

I’m happy to say that I had no complaints with application or formula. The formula was thinner and easy to apply and spread on the nail. It was opaque with good pigmentation that only took two coats. The drying time was also good.

But as I mentioned, Chanel polishes don’t wear well on me. In all honesty, I don’t get good wear out of most of my polishes. 90% of the time I get chips within the first 24 hours. I do a lot with my hands at work and just don’t really see a way around it with a regular manicure. I am looking at trying new top coats but who knows if that will solve my issues. I doubt it, so I just deal with it.

Where to Buy: Chanel.com / Chanel Counters / $25

We all know Chanel polishes are pricey, but this color is worth it to me. It’s beautiful and really eye-catching. I also plan on picking up Graphite when I have the chance.  I’ve been dreaming about both since photos started popping up online.

So give it to me; are you a Chanel buyer or not? I see both sides of it but I definitely love their polishes and colors. Are you lemming Peridot or Graphite? Or waiting for the Barry M dupe that will show up soon?

– Liz


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Zoya: Tanzy

Glittery orange!

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all gotten a good start to the weekend so far. I’ve been doing some much needed spring cleaning. I finally got to relax and paint my fingers and toes. I’ve been looking forward to this little gem from the Zoya Sunshine Collection, it was practically what induced my order a few weeks ago!

Tanzy is a bright, golden orange packed full of gold glitter. It’s a little lighter than orange, actually… more like a tangerine. This was the one that stole my heart from the bottle.


When I applied it, it seemed a lot more golden on me than I had expected, but it still looks very orange in the pictures. I only did 2 coats, but I can definitely see doing 3 if you really want Tanzy to pack a punch.

When you look at it head on, it’s all orange and gold. If you’re me, it’s more gold than orange. Pretty much just as you see it in the bottle. My favorite part of this polish though is when you see it in the shade or look at it from the side, it flashes coral! Such a pretty coral too, I just love it. This polish is absolutely perfect for summer. I can’t even imagine how good it’s going to look when we all start working on our tans.

from the side

I tried to get a shot of the coral tones of Tanzy, but unfortunately just could not get it to come through in photos. This applied really nicely, it wasn’t too sheer on the first coat although it is rather light. No problems with it at all. I’ll have to get back to you guys on the wear and removal of this, I’m not sure how much of a problem all the wonderful glitter may pose. I say if you’re ordering summer polishes from Zoya, definitely put this on your list. One more pic before I go!

close up!

Where to Buy: Zoya / $8

Can’t wait to get to the rest of the Sunshine polishes,


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Sephora by OPI: Go With The Flow-er & OPI: Guy Meets Gal-veston

I change my polish so often that I don’t really ever need to “freshen up” my manicure. Though for some reason today, yesterday’s manicure of Guy Meets Gal-veston was looking a little rough and also not wearing so well. Which is always a bummer for me. I usually only wear my polish for 2 days and if it can’t make it through that, I get super annoyed. So I did something I usually don’t, I layered!

Coral micro glitter with hot pink and gold flash

I’ve had Go With The Flow-er sitting around on my list of “re-wear and re-swatch”. I already loved this polish. But I was looking at it earlier, and thought about how well it matches GMG and that it would layer over it great. It looks awesome! GWTF is so pretty on its own, but it is a little sheer it’s mostly jam-packed with coral micro glitter that flashes hot pink and gold. The base is a little translucent orangey coral. So, matching it to a coral (or any color you want) and layering it over allows it to work out best.

Glowing nails!

GWTF literally glows. It lights your nails up in a flashy way, but since the colors in it are so pretty and feminine, it’s still beautiful and not too much. I used two coats to refresh this manicure. It really gives an extra punch of pink and shimmer that is perfect. I’m obsessed. It’s fresh and perfect for summer.

Where to Buy: Sephora / $ 9

Do you own Go With The Flow-er and love it like I do? I’m thinking it might look really cool over a purple polish.

– Liz

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Borghese: Cristallo Shimmer

Little gold shimmer!

Hi everyone! Happy Friday! For starters, please forgive the state of my nails/cuticles in this picture. I used this polish during Mardi Gras and was in a hurry. This is Borghese Cristallo Shimmer. It’s a very light and very sheer gold shimmer polish.

I don’t often use this nail polish alone so when I did I knew I had to get some pictures. I generally use this to liven up a creme polish or just when I’m in the mood for layering. It’s definitely my go-to for a shimmery top coat. Next time I use it for that I will have to get good pictures. However, here you can see it alone! In it’s gold and glittery glory!

With flash

Not sure if the second picture gives you all a better idea of the shimmer/opacity of this polish, but I threw the flash picture in there for good measure.

I have never had a problem with the application of Cristallo Shimmer, when I’m layering it I generally never use more than 1 coat over 2 coats of another polish. Here I’ve used 3 coats of Cristallo Shimmer alone, you’re not really going to get any kind of deep hue or opaque color out of this, so I wouldn’t bother going for more than that.

I think this is a really nice layering polish and looks very pretty on its own as well. It’s been a good stand by for me and I recommend it if you want a shimmery top coat or just something light and springy.

Where to Buy: Drugstores / Online retailers


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China Glaze: Lighthouse


Happy weekend, polishheads! I’ll keep this post short because I know you guys have seen the Anchors Away swatches more than you want to and are sick of them (I know I am. I was let down from the collection after all the hype.)  Lighthouse is only polish that I thought was actually pretty unique from this collection that I felt compelled to purchase.

Golden shimmery yellow

Even though I was drawn to this polish, I wasn’t sure I was going to love it. As you have noticed, it’s very golden. And I’m not a yellow lover so I wasn’t sold at first. Lighthouse is pretty golden, but also quiet bright on the yellow side so you’re not going to mistake for a gold. It’s saturated and fun. And it’s an almost sheer base, so it’s light on the nail. The shimmer  is awesome and allows for this polish to really glow…like a lighthouse. I get you, China Glaze.

China Glaze Lighthouse

As mentioned, this yellow polish is saturated and bright enough, even though it’s a sheer polish, to look like you have polish on your nail. Not like your nails look dingy and weird. The formula on this polish was pretty runny. I wasn’t quiet able to get the hang of it. But I was suggest applying a thick first coat to have a strong base to build on. I used three coats and have no complaints. I think somehow this polish will be flattering on almost anyone. I think it’s super cool and I completely love it. It’s weekend and summer appropriate for sure.

Where to Buy: Sally’s / Ulta / Online Etailers (I got this from Transdesign for $3!) / $ 6ish

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– Liz


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