Good morning, all. It's sunny again here, but I don't think it will be for long. Boyfriend just told me that it's snowing in Chicago and we usually get their weather a day later. Mega sigh. I was planning to get a manicure this weekend because if there's one thing I hate it's filing my own nails. I just feel like it takes forever and I'm not good at it. My nails are getting way, way longer than I'd like them to be. I caved, because I'm cheap, and I filed them a little myself this morning. Hopefully they look okay. Yesterday I went to Ulta and Sally's with a friend. I feel I showed some restraint. I didn't buy this Urban Decay pencil and sharpener set that I wanted, so that's good, right? I'll show you what I got at Ulta later in the post, but here's what I got at Sally's on clearance.
This is Cherry Pie from the China Glaze Summer Days collection, released last spring. It's the only polish I really wanted from Summer Days so of course it was one of the ones that didn't make it into the permanent collection. I had just been telling Ange-Marie the night before that I want Cherry Pie and Raspberry Festival, and I was lucky enough to stumble across one only hours later. Cherry Pie is a red-orange with pink glass fleck shimmer. It's a stunner, for sure. I found the formula to be excellent--but remember, I prefer a thin formula. This is one coat of Nail Tek II and two coats of Cherry Pie topped with a coat of Sally Hansen Mega Shine. Ahh, isn't it beautiful? It's a fantastically lovely warm toned red, but the pink shimmer cools it down a bit. Love this. However...when I was taking these pictures I had the strangest sense of déjà vu. I couldn't figure out why until I thought about it for a minute. Cherry Pie reminds me a lot of OPI Dress to Empress. Since I had already done a full manicure with the former I wasn't about to do an on-nail comparison, but here's a bottle comparison in bright sunlight.
Kind of similar, wouldn't you say? Same base color and same pink shimmer...although the ChG shimmer is just that: ChG glass fleck. The OPI obviously isn't. Just regular shimmer. But still. Similar. Fudge.
Ah well. I probably wouldn't have stopped obsessing over Cherry Pie until I got it anyway. And it's gorgeous. By the way, the sun really brought out the orange tones of both polishes in that bottle picture. They are each decidedly pinker in real life. Anyway, Ulta was having a buy two get one free deal on a bunch of brands, and I chose Orly.
Orly Luxe, Cotton Candy and Gumdrop
I really, really wanted Cotton Candy for some reason. It's not really a me color, but what the hell. Then I saw they had one lonely bottle of Luxe hanging around, so I got that too. I love me a sparkly gold. That left my free one. I got Gumdrop but I'm not sure why. Looking at it now it kind of looks like China Glaze For Audrey. I think it might be going in the April giveaway pile. I also came home to a package from the lovely Ange-Marie. The contents?
Holy shiiiiiiit! Nubar Wildlife and Gem and a franken she made juuuuust for me, a semi-dupe of China Glaze Dripping Wet which we named Balls Deep ;)
Yay! So you see, I have a shitload of polish to try out. All of these plus the OMGs and...other stuff that I just can't help myself from buying. Pretty excited for the Nubars, though! My first ones ever! *dancedance* I am hoping against hope to just have a super relaxing weekend. I hope you guys do too. To aid in your relaxation I am leaving you with a picture of the little meditating statue at the Louis Penfield House, where Boyfriend and I took our December vacation. It's the background on my cell phone, and looking at it always makes me feel kind of...peaceful.
Have a great weekend, everyone!