Saturday, October 31, 2009

Boo!

Happy Halloween! Ah, my favorite day of the year. Unfortunately we are having house guests tomorrow so my mom is going crazy, making me Soft Scrub the bathrooms and make sure the place looks spotless. Oh well. I have my official Halloween manicure for you today!


This is pretty freaking adorable, isn't it? I was at the drugstore yesterday buying Halloween candy for trick or treaters and I noticed that Sinful Colors polishes were on sale for 99 cents. I knew I had run out of options for a Halloween manicure, so I picked up Serena & Chloe, an orange jelly polish with orange glitter. As with many Sinfuls, Serena & Chloe is a bit sheer. I used three coats here to attain satisfactory coverage. On my ring fingers I used one coat of Rimmel Black Satin and a cute little ghost decal.

Alright, that's all I've got for you. I hope everyone has a nice Halloween, and don't forget to rabbit rabbit tomorrow morning.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Holo Pumpkin Polish

Halloween is almost here! Very exciting. I think my last manicure with You Don't Know Jacques and the pumpkin bar glitter was a huge hit. I got a lot of compliments on it, and a couple people asked me what the color on the bottom was. Hehe. Even non-polish people love You Don't Know Jacques. Props, OPI.

Today I have another drugstore pumpkin polish for you, also just called "Pumpkin Nail Enamel." I got it at the same time as the bar glitter (both for 99 cents). It's a dark gray polish, sort of charcoal colored, with holographic glitter. It's a really awesome color, sort of like OPI My Private Jet. It'll be good for times other than Halloween as well. Unfortunately it is completely overcast here in Pleasantville. Seriously, when I woke up at 8am it still looked like it was nighttime in my room. I can't believe I waited until it was crazy gross and sunless out to use a holo. Silly me. I took pictures under a lamp, so hopefully you can still see the pretty glitter. I think we all know what holos look like, but just in case check out my post on OPI My Private Jet here and my post on Wet n Wild Wild Orchid here. Picture time.


Ack, sorry these pictures are so awful. Trust me when I say this polish is really nice. I had to do three coats, but what can you expect for 99 cents? I'm happy with it and the bottle is adorable.

Hopefully I'll have time to post a new manicure tomorrow. Have a great Friday!

**EDIT
I finally got some sun! It is now literally THE PERFECT fall day. Here are updated pictures.


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Halloween Pumpkin Glitter

Good morning. My second Halloween manicure is a little bit different. I knew I wanted to use one of the drugstore glitters that I got over the weekend, and I thought that perhaps I should use it over something that's not black. I thought about it for a while and finally decided to use my beloved OPI You Don't Know Jacques from the 2008 fall Collection de France. I don't need to lavish praise on this polish; the blogging community has done enough of that for me already. We all know that OPI is trying to milk all it can out of this unique color; the company has already released two other versions of this color, You Don't Know Jacques Matte and You Don't Know Jacques Suede, which I showed you here. I wasn't a fan of the OPI Mattes so I didn't buy any of them, and from swatches I've seen, I kind of thought YDKJ Matte was a big fat fail. It looks like dried mud. The original polish, though, is really amazing.

I used two coats of the OPI, let dry, and put on some Halloween bar glitter. Because these bits of bar glitter aren't really straight, they kind of look like confetti. This polish doesn't have a name, as far as I can tell. The bottle is made to look like a pumpkin and its bottom says "Pumpkin Nail Enamel." I needed two coats of Seche Vite to make this manicure feel even remotely smooth, and I can tell that this is going to be a pain in the ass to remove. So, here it is.

I actually quite like this. It would have been nice over black, yes, but then we wouldn't have been able to see the black bar glitter. I think it still looks Halloweeny. Any opinions?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Abracadabra!

Hey guys. Welcome to the first post of my Halloween-themed week! Today I have a really cute manicure for you. I used my trusty one-coat black, Rimmel Black Satin, and one strategically placed coat of a Halloween polish I got at the drug store the other day. I don't think it has a name, but it was on a Halloween display and the brand appears to be Phantom Frights. Anyway, I'm calling it Abracadabra, and it's yellow and orange stars suspended in clear polish. I used a toothpick to place the stars on my nails.


What a cute polish! I was really happy with this manicure. It didn't last long, though. My day at work today totally owned it, so it's already gone. I'll have another Halloween manicure to show you tomorrow.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Drugstore Nirvana

Yesterday after work I decided to go to a couple drug stores and see what they had for me. I haven't bought any polish in a couple of weeks because I've been blowing most of my money on clothes; H&M has the cutest stuff in the fall and winter months. First I went to Drug Mart, my favorite drug store, specific to northeast Ohio. I got one of the Wet n Wild Festive Flirt polishes, a Halloween-themed polish, and an eyeshadow. I wasn't quite satisfied with that, so on my way home I stopped at Rite Aid. As soon as I walked in I was greeted by a display of the new Limited Edition Sally Hansen HD polishes. I literally skipped over to them, grabbed Opulent Cloud and said aloud, "Gotcha." I freak people out, I swear. So I got that, and two other Halloween-themed polishes. You'll see all the Halloween ones this week, which aside from today's post will be a countdown of sorts to the most wonderful day of the year.

Today I have Opulent Cloud for you. I couldn't wait to get it on once I got it home. Over the past few months I've seen other bloggers say that they were kind of underwhelmed by the color. I...can't say that. This is my favorite polish I've purchased since China Glaze Wagon Trail and I plan to bring it to the salon with me for my next manicure. I'm sure you all know this, but Opulent Cloud is kind of a weird duochrome. It's somehow gray, purple and gold all at the same time. The gold flash is strong in sunlight and direct artificial light. I have no complaints about my dear Opulent Cloud. I used two coats and the coverage was perfect. There were brushstrokes, but I expected that because it's basically a metallic. I like this so much that I'm considering going back to Rite Aid to get the other bottle (there are only two bottles of each of the four colors on the display; how wimpy). Okay, enough talky, more pictures.

Sunlight
More sunlight
Sunlight bringing out the purple
Shade

My nails were stained a little red from MonSooner or Later, sorry about that. Pictures can't really capture the awesome in this polish. I'm in love, I'm in love. The only problem? My Seche Vite has gone retarded. I didn't have my Restore with me while I was painting my nails so I was forced to just kind of glop it on. Results? About three hours after this manicure I was doing dishes and all my polish was pushed back toward my cuticles and wrinkled. Um, ew. I'll be adding a generous amount of Restore any minute now.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Halloweeny?

I'm carving pumpkins today [alone] so I thought I'd give myself a festive little manicure. I actually don't own a pure orange creme. Someday I have to remedy that. Instead I used OPI MonSooner or Later (one of their best names, I think) from the India collection. It is orange, but it has a lot of red in it too. The application on this polish is great. The only problem I have with it is that after three coats I still have visible nail line. Merp and a half. After I let my nails dry I put a little spider decal on each of my ring fingers.


Even though the orange is a little red I still think it reads as Halloweeny.

I hope you guys have a great weekend :D

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Betsy's Wearing Pink -- And It's No Accident!

Once again, I'm totally behind. But to make up for it, two swatches! The weather all last week was sad, cold, grey, and rainy. Which I love, but also means I've been in the lab FOREVER since we can't really work outside when it's raining. But on the upside, I did my nails in the middle of the week last week, as well as my usual weekend painting. Here we go!

The reason I have titled this post as such is twofold. One, I basically never wear pink. I don't think I own any pink polish, and for the most part I don't wear girly polish. But for some reason, I've been really drawn to the recent surge of bright pinks tinged blue. The one I bought is OPI's Ate Berries in the Canaries. I was pretty underwhelmed by the collection, and even polishes that I initially thought I would love kind of lost me after repeated viewings. But I bought this on a whim, and I'm pretty glad I did. Reason Two, I was in an accident last week. Nothing major, no worries. Not a nail was chipped. But I thought it was funny that my job has me so well trained that literally before I did anything else, before I called the cops or my dad to be like "HOLY HELL WHAT DO I DO?!" I called work to let them know I would be late. Who is whipped? Yes, moi.

Application: kind of gross -- it's uber runny. But I was a little heavy handed with my second coat, and everything turned out fine. Those issues aside, I rather surprisingly love this color. Like, I was worried it might be way too much for me, but in all the drab fall weather, it was a nice unexpected punch of color. My only reservation is that I would probably prefer it once I lose my tan. I've been too trained to associate a bring pink/tan pairing with old ladies in Miami, so I think I'll probably like it even more against my usually pale skin.

Pictures!




These were taken during the aforementioned grey week, so I had to take these inside in our crappy bathroom light, since it basically looked like dusk like all day long.

The second batch of pictures is a nice color with DREADFUL application. Maybelline Express Finish 50 Second Teal Appeal. I don't know why I never learn. I always have terrible luck with Maybelline, or at least their 50 Second stuff. It always needs 80 watery coats, and I just end up getting pissed off. Plus, it's like $5, right? I'll deal with Sinful Colors being wonky sometimes because it's $2, so it's worth it. But 5 bucks isn't reduced enough from good polish. And yet, I have like 5 (uncooperative) bottles of this brand. Why do I never learn?




Anyway, this is three coats and I could still see the nail line, plus the polish is bordering on foil territory, so all the brush streaks were visible. Bleh. But all this whining aside, what a lovely color. It's a great aqua/teal, with shimmer that just brightens the polish even further. It's part of what I assume is Maybelline's attempt at a fall line, with a berry and a gunmetal grey that seem pretty on point, but not really trendy. Does that make sense? Kind of like how things get filtered down to the department stores of the Midwest a few years after and a little less fabulous than the original incarnations. Anyway, this color popped, both in the collection and on the nail. But really, the polish is such a giant pain in the ass, I'm not sure if it's worth it.

Right now I'm wearing Enchanted Forest (which I won't post since Steff already did), and I'm loving it.

Oh...Sort of Glam!

I'm posting way more often than I have been. Aren't you glad? I am. Okay, It's sunny again and almost 70 degrees. It's absolutely beautiful outside. That means good mood.

A while ago I wanted to paint my nails white, but it was Fail Sauce because of my ancient Alpine Snow. I was too lazy to thin it so it just never happened. At least not attractively. Today I wanted to give it another go, but with a slightly off-white color, OPI Oh So Glam! It's sheer white with some gold thrown in. Unfortunately it kind of turned out more gold than white, but I guess that's alright. It's still kind of a nice color. Understated. I feel like it's kind of elegant. Sorry my hands are so dry. I just used a ton of acetone.

Sun.

Shade.

There's still some visible nail line, even with four thin coats, but what can you expect from a sheer? The sunlight picture looks pretty.

Alright, that's all for now. Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

I Really Want To Do a Pun Involving Suede From Project Runway, But I Can't Think of One

It's 65 degrees and sunny! The perfect fall day! I wanted to take advantage of the sunshine so I chose a polish that I felt really needed to be seen in natural light. I know Betsy said she bought the entire OPI Suede collection, but I wanted to show you guys the one I got, You Don't Know Jacques Suede. The original You Don't Know Jacques is kind of a weird, taupey, mousey, grayish, brownish shade. Good description, right? It's one of my favorite colors. I was disappointed in You Don't Know Jacques Matte...it kind of looked like dried mud. When I found out there was a "suede" version I was all over it. Enough talk. More pictures. I put Seche Vite on my left hand but not on my right. Lookit.


Then, because I couldn't really tell the difference between these (with topcoat in the first picture, without in the second) I took a picture of the suede effect in the shade.

And then I put Seche Vite on half the fingers on my right hand. This one was taken indoors.

This polish is ridiculously awesome with and without topcoat. I don't want to wear it without just because I think it'll chip easier and wear off way sooner. Now I'm tempted to go buy more of these. The application was incredibly easy; two thin coats. The dry time was a little slower than a regular matte, but way faster than most OPIs. I'm a little in love with the color. It's a pleasantly and seriously sparkly golden brown.

Go out and get some of these suedes. They are fab.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Paint Me Pinta

Holy crap, another week is starting. Where did the weekend go? I ended up really loving the No-Name Hot Topic polish. I got a few compliments while I was at work yesterday. Today I decided to use a polish that has been sitting in my box of untrieds for quite a while, Zoya Pinta. Pinta is part of the fall 2009 Dare collection and is really, really stunning. It's a deep, dark purple that I thought might be one of those almost-black colors. It's not. At least to me, it's discernibly purple in all lights. It reminds me a little bit of OPI Lincoln Park After Dark, but it's a lot less eggplanty and lighter altogether.

Of course, as with all purples, I had a really hard time capturing this one. I had early morning sunlight for the first time in like three weeks, so I tried to take advantage of it (without going outside, because my atomic clock tells me it's 38 degrees out there right now). I'm just going to throw out some pictures now and narrate a little afterward.



Like I said, not remotely color accurate. The first and last pictures are too dark, although in the last picture the color in the bottle looks pretty much how the color looks on the nail in natural light. I have no idea how that happened. In the middle picture the purple really came out. The best advice I can give you guys is to get this color yourselves. It's really gorgeous and I can see myself wearing this through the winter. That's all for today. I hope everyone is surviving Monday...

Friday, October 16, 2009

A Horse With No Name

Happy Friday everybody! I finally got around to scrubbing off my glitter polish today. It wasn't too hard. I soaked a few cotton balls in pure acetone and then let them sit on my nails for like 30 seconds or so. After that it came off semi-easily. Anyway, yesterday I went to the mall in search of a cardigan that my friend Angela showed me. Although I liked it online I didn't like it in person as much. The trip wasn't a total loss, though, because I picked up a nail polish from Hot Topic. I've never used any sort of Hot Topic cosmetics but I didn't have high hopes. I was immediately attracted to the color, which doesn't have a name as far as I know. I checked the website and couldn't find it. It can look blue, purple, green or gray depending on what light you're in. Of course my pictures can't really accurately capture the effect, as usual. Here are a few by a natural light source.



And here's one a little further away from the window.

You can sort of see the pink/purple flash in this last picture. It's a pretty cool polish, right? As for the polish itself...it's kind of terrible. This is four very thin coats. On the first and second coats I was leaving bald patches all over the place and I was getting quickly pissed off. The third coat started to even everything out, and after the fourth coat everything was fine. I've read that some people have trouble with the bottle, which is kind of tall and skinny with a really wide lip. The brush is also long. I didn't have too much trouble because I think it's really similar to the Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear bottles. The cap, though, was problematic. It's flat and kind of like a regular bottle cap, which made it hard to grip. With a little practice I think it would be okay. To conclude, the polish is a pain in the ass. Plus it's kind of annoying that it has no name. What can you really expect for $2.99? I really like the color, though. It's a little understated without being boring.

So, if you guys could name this polish what would you call it?

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Epic Awesome: Trick or Treat

This morning I tried a Sinful Colors polish I had never used before called Twinkle Midnight Star. It was really sheer, but I was prepared for that. I did four coats, put on a coat of Seche Vite and let it dry for a little bit. It shrank. I had so much nail tip showing that I didn't even feel like I could take a picture to show you guys. Sinful Colors fail. I have to go to work soon, so I decided I needed something shiny on my nails to look at. I removed Twinkle Midnight Star while doing a bit of a happy dance and chose something else.

Does anyone remember when Bath and Body Works sold nail polish in the late 90s? Yeah, I'm going back that far. Their brand was called Color Drops and I still have a few of them. When I was younger my favorite nail polish was Color Drops Trick or Treat. I just recently found it and thinned it out, and I have to tell you that it's completely awesome. I used one coat of my favorite black, Rimmel Black Satin, first. I didn't really need to. You can hardly see the black through Trick or Treat, which is copper, gold and black glitter suspended in clear polish. It screams Halloween. I know it's still a little far from the 31st, but I decided a Halloween polish is just what I need.


How incredible is this glitter? Loves it. What a blast from the past. I'm going to have to sandblast this stuff off my nails, but that's okay. Hopefully I'll be able to wear it for a few days.

I wonder if anyone else has blogged about Color Drops. Does anyone have any of these? I'll be showing you guys another one around Christmas.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Today I'm A Goth Chick

Hey guys. Today I have one of my new polishes which I mentioned getting last week, Orly Goth. I've been wanting Goth for a long time. I kept buying black polishes with silver glitter to try and fill that hole, but none of them could quite measure up. I ended up getting Goth at Sally's along with some other Halloween-themed stuff.

I finally took off my Wagon Trail manicure this morning, which lasted for about four days. Since it lasted so long I decided to use the same topcoat that the manicurist used on me, OPI Top Coat. Um...not a win. I'm used to Seche Vite, of course, and I knew OPI would be slower. NO KIDDING. It took thirty minutes for my nails to sort of dry. It also feels really rubbery even when dry. I of course messed up my nails while eating lunch (after letting my manicure dry for AN HOUR). Further, I have a chip already after a day at work. Ugh.

Okay, onto the color. Loves it. I love black nail polish. I know Betsy's posts lately have had the theme of chic alternatives to black. She also had a small rant about how black has weird connotations because of the stupid young starlets who insist on sporting the color constantly (LiLo). I don't have this problem with black. I love how black looks against my skin, since I am basically an albino. I like Goth because it has different sizes and shapes of silver glitter, which makes it kind of look like a moonless night sky.

This first picture is kind of dark, but it shows the glitter fairly well.


Ugh, my nails look terrible already. Sorry.

Here's the bottle. You can kind of see the glitter. If I would have taken this near a window all you would have seen is glare.

Also, how awesome is this ring? I got it at Icing. Big sale, five things for $10. I always like to wear a huge ridiculous accessory to work because I'm obliged to wear all black, every day.

K, that's all. I'm going back to my Seche Vite tomorrow.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Huey was right. It is Seriously Hip to be square.

What a good weekend. I did my nails while watching Dollhouse and eating greasy Chinese from my favorite take-out place. Basically, a perfect Friday night for me. I may be a homebody, but I freaking love it.

So Steff already showed you China Glaze's Wagon Trail, and now I'll be swatching MAC Seriously Hip. From everything I've read, they're rather similar except for perhaps a slight difference in size of glitter. I don't have Wagon Trail -- I can't seem to find ANY of the recent China Glaze's. I am tres sad. -- but if they are really similar as people seem to indicate, let me just up front say that MAC is $12, and for less polish. China Glaze is about half that. Just saying...

This is probably the most expensive polish I've bought to date -- RBLs and the like are way too rich for my blood. In fact, I wouldn't even normally have bought this, but the polish just called out to me as I walked through Dillards, just trying to get to my car. And it said:
"Betsy, don't you just love me?"
"Yes."
"Buuuuuuuuy me."
"Err...aren't you kinda pricey?"
"Noooo. Buuuuuuuuuy me."
"But.."
"Buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuy me."
"...Yeah, all right."
Creepy glimpse into my mind and the conversations I have with inanimate objects aside, the polish won me over, so here we are.



The first coat felt kind of grainy, which was weird, and it went on REALLY streaky, like the worst types of foils. Eww. But the second coat smoothed all that weirdness out, and a good heavy coat of Seche Vite got rid of the strange grainy feeling. Seriously Hip is a black polish with gold and red shimmer and gold flakes that make it look olive green. I don't know how that works. It's like magic. Beautiful, beautiful magic. The flakes aren't thick; it's more like little flakes of gold foil. Those are more sparsely scattered throughout the polish.

Blurry, but decent color representation through all the haze.

Bottle shot.

As Steff already expressed re: Wagon Trail, this color is PHENOMENAL. But like I said earlier, the price difference is pretty large, and while I think MAC is probably slightly different, I'm also a bit of a cheap ass, so if I could find any of the China Glazes, I'd probably buy that instead. But I am glad I bought this one. I think I might wear it always.

This seems to be a trend with my posts of late, but once again, I think this is a great alternative to basic black. It's chic and super sexy. Plus, I think it's a great way to get into a "weirder" green for those who might be a bit shy of slapping on some OCC Swamp Thing. So, A+. And drool.

EDIT: This looks obscenely good as a matte. I won't show you pictures, because my nails have been hit hard by the digging, and are gross, and I love you all too much to do that to you. But just trust me. It's awesome.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

What's Better Than Your Very Own Jet?

Hello fellow nail junkies. I usually don't post on weekends and I haven't changed my nails since my divine manicure on Thursday. I thought I would post a polish that I used a while ago, took pictures of, but then never blogged about. It's definitely blog-worthy and many of you probably know it well (and love it too). I'm talking about OPI My Private Jet from the 2007 Night Brights collection. This is a charcoal gray holographic polish, my first holo, actually, and it's amazing. As many OPI fans undoubtedly already know there are two versions of My Private Jet floating around out there; one is super holographic and super amazing, and the other is much less holographic and therefore, in my opinion, much less amazing. The former version is the older one. When I went to Ulta I picked up two bottles to compare them, and sure enough one was the old version and one was the new. I chose the old, of course, for it is epic.

These pictures were taken back when there was sun in northeast Ohio. This is two coats and not great application. Also, I'm not sure where the bottle was when I was taking these. Sorry about that.


I can't believe how awesome this stuff is. I don't have any other holo polishes (though I do own several with holo glitter), so I think I might have to invest in some China Glaze ones because I've heard they're awesome. It's a shame I found My Private Jet at the end of summer, because this is one of those polishes that just really needs to be seen in the sun.

On another note, yesterday one of my best friends from high school gave birth to a really cute little girl. Seriously, usually I think infants look like gross aliens, but this baby is adorable. I was at the hospital for a few hours waiting, but it was worth it to be able to meet little Brooke. It's so weird to be growing older and witnessing these milestones. Last year I was the maid of honor in her wedding and this year her newborn is holding my finger. Congratulations to my favorite old married couple and happy birthday baby Brooke. I can't wait to paint her little nails ;)

Until next week!

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Waggin' Tail: Wagon Trail

Happy Thursday! Today I have a day off and I finally decided to go and do something for me. I had a really crappy day last Sunday and it has really been affecting my mood. That day I decided that today I would go get my nails taken care of. I'm so bad at filing them straight and I wanted my cuticles gone. Yesterday I finally got a little package in the mail: China Glaze Wagon Trail. I have been wanting this polish forever. I finally broke down and ordered it from the internet. It came to about $7.50 with shipping, which is $1 more than China Glaze would usually cost me. I'm okay with that. I was so glad that it came yesterday because that meant I could take it to the nail place avec moi.

When I got there I told the chick doing my nails to file them as short as possible without hurting me. Holy poo, she did just that. They're so short. My cuticles are gone. It was supremely relaxing. I'm so glad I went. Of course there is an H&M next to the nail place so I kind of messed up a couple nails while I was trying on dresses. That's okay, though. I don't think anyone will notice. I got one dress and a long vest thing. Happy day!

So it's a really gray day here today. These pictures are blurry because I used weird camera settings in order to make the polish look color accurate. As you all probably know, Wagon Trail is a black polish with tons of gold shimmer which kind of makes it look olive green, somehow. It's divine. I think it has taken the place in my life as My Favey-Fave Polish. Big deal, I know. Here it is.

This is how it would look in the sun. This was taken indoors with a flash.

And this is how it looks most of the time indoors. I was next to a natural light source when I took this one.

And bottle.

Honestly, I can't even describe to you how much I heart this. The funny thing is that I looked all over for it, broke down and bought it, and then when I went to the nail place today they had the entire Rodeo Diva collection for sale. Not individually, though. You had to buy them in two sets of six. I may break down and do that sometime. I love all the colors and Wagon Trail is the only one I have. I wouldn't hate having a back up bottle.

Betsy recently told me that she got MAC Seriously Hip. I think it's pretty close to Wagon Trail, so maybe she'll post some [better] pictures of that polish soon. Alright, that's all. I'm finally in a good mood! Thanks Wagon Trail!