Tuesday, January 03, 2012

OPI Skull & Glossbones

I started 2011 off with a neutral polish and I decided to start 2012 off with one too.  I hadn't used OPI Skull & Glossbones from the Pirates collection, so I thought I'd give that one a whirl.




My skin looks so pale in these photos...and I wish I could say I'm not actually this pasty, but I am.  Sigh.  Anyway, I'm really, really into this polish.  I don't know why I bought it and took so long to use it.  I was also feeling pretty shaky when I did this manicure and wasn't able to leave the gap between my nail and cuticle that I usually do.  Looks a little weird, huh?  And now I'm babbling, so I guess this means that I'm back into the groove of blogging, doesn't it?  Okay, anyway, the color.  The color is, for all intents and purposes, gray.  But in some lights it will fool you and look taupe.  And the best part about it is that there is definitely a drop of green somewhere in there.  It's a little chameleon.  The formula was a little thick and I ended up having to use three coats to even it out.  

Also, does anyone have any advice for my dry cuticles?  I've been slathering them nightly in Burt's Bee's Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream and it doesn't seem to be doing much.  Sadly.  I don't really know what else to do.  They're not that bad in real life, but with the macro setting they look pretty bad.  Also the really short nails don't help, but I had to cut them and even them out last night.  They were driving me crazy.

Okay, so opinions on Skull & Glossbones?  I didn't do a Short 'n Chic "best of" post of 2011, but if I had, the OPI PotC collection would have topped the list.  I'm crazy about every polish I got from that collection, this one included.  A set of pastels that drive me wild...who would have thought?

25 comments:

  1. I love this shade! PotC was an amazing collection!
    For dry cuticles, I like Lush's Lemony Flutter Cuticle Cream, it's really moisturising! or OPI's avoplex cuticle oil :)

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  2. Great color on you!

    Ugh - cuticles take constant maintenance, especially in the winter! I don't think yours look bad in these photos, but you asked for advice, so here's what I do: Essie Apricot cuticle oil every morning; Lush Lemony Flutter every night; some type of alpha-hydroxy lotion some time during the day (I use Amlactin) and Earth Therapeutics Nail & Cuticle Care right before I take pictures - it's really thick and evens things out, but doesn't look greasy in pictures.

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  3. I LOVE this color! It's very neutral and can be worn with anything! I receive many compliments when I wear it. :)

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  4. I use Kiehl's Imperiale Moisturizing Cuticle Treatment. It isn't cheap, and it doesn't smell great because the first ingredient is lanolin, but it works better than anything else I've tried.

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  5. That color looks great on you with your skin tone. It made me look like a walking corpse. I too have been fighting the cuticle battle. I have one that always rips regardless of what I do. It is painful and makes my swatch photos look crappy. I finally started using plain old vitamin E oil every night. Huge difference! I would give it a try.

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  6. i really love this on you, but i still haven't tried my bottle yet! *runs away in shame* i need to get on that soon

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  7. I've been using this Dermelect cuticle cream-kind of expensive though-but I also do oil and tons of lotion

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  8. I just did a post on my blog for moisturizing your cuticles. I swear by the product called Intensive Protein Treatment by Healthy Hoof. It's absolutely AMAZING. I used Burts Bees too but when I found this I almost the Burts Bees in the garbage! It's super cheap too. I put a link to a website where you can purchase it. Love this color nail polish by the way.

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  9. I am pasty pail too. I love that color. As far as the cuticles go, I wish I had better advice. I have heard that oils do pretty well though!

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  10. I haven't worn this since I got it, but I love it as well. I have to second the rec for Lush LF. A couple applications a week fixes up my dry cutes!

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  11. Another OPI I missed out on! It looks so pretty on you. For cuticles, I find that certain soaps can aggravate them, and also the Burt's Bees Hand Cream is way more moisturising (I find!) than the cuticle cream. x

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  12. That is a pretty colour! :o

    As for the cuticles, like many other people mentioned, cuticle oil is great for keeping them moisturized, along with a good hand lotion/cream. The cuticle oil I use is called Pharmanature.

    IDK, I have a bad habit of following what I do in my aesthetician program where there are steps to be done for a mani/pedi. But overall, for cuticle care, it is best not to cut cuticles since they grow back quicker and they are there to help protect your skin and nail area. I tend to put a cuticle remover cream on the cuticle (after filing and shaping the nails) then letting your hand soak with the cream in warm water. This helps hydrate the cuticle and makes them easier to trim. After a few minutes I would push the cuticles back then trim the parts of the cuticle that stick out then apply cuticle oil followed by a massage cream. The cream I use is OPI's white tea massage cream.

    I hope my comment helped even a little. v.v I talk too much. I apologize.

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  13. I would also highly recommend Lush Lemony Flutter! It is rather greasy, so I only use it at night, and a little bit will go a LONG way!

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  14. Happy New Year :) Skull and Glossbones is such a edgy chic color to bring in the new year! I think this was one of my favorite OPI 2011 releases.

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  15. This colour looks so amazing. It's not something I'd ever pick from the bottle but I'm seriously considering it, it looks so good!

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  16. Another vote for Lush Lemony Flutter. I was a staunch Burt's Bees Lemon Cuticle Balm user for years. I figured "how different could lemony flutter be?" Well, let me tell you: very different. It's pretty amazing. I still keep BB's in my purse to use during the day, but Lemony Flutter has now taken up residence in my nightstand for good.

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  17. Thanks for all the advice, ladies. I was actually thinking of popping over to the mall that houses a Lush sometime in the near future, so I think I'll take that advice and pick up some Lemony Flutter.

    You guys are the best :)

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  18. A bit late with this but still wanted to share. I do like Lush Lemony Flutter but for winter here in Canada I switch to the heavy artillery!! My two favourite products are by Cake Beauty, the Milk Made smoothing hand & cuticle buffer and the Satin Sugar all purpose treatment balm. I use the scrub each time I change polish, so usually 2x week, and the balm every night (and also sometimes in the morning before putting on my mitts to go outside). A-maaazing! I've bought it at Sephora but see cakebeauty.com for more retailers.

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  19. Can I pull out my blog stalker card for a minute? I remember when you were doing the POTC reviews this past summer and I commented saying that you just had to pick up Skull & Glossbones...I'm so glad you actually did! I totally forgot how much I love this color, so thanks for reminding me. It works surprisingly well with my winter wardrobe too - something I never thought would happen with an OPI summer collection.

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  20. Lindsey, I also remember that comment you made. And it was very apt. Honestly I had thinking about using this polish since I read your comment, so you did inspire me. It just took six months for the inspiration to kick in ;)

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  21. Pale colors are good, which will not be very lavish and very shiny good match for office dress codes

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  22. i like the color on you! for your cuticles, seriously the best thing i've found is solar oil by creative nail - it's awesome. the night before my wedding, i slathered it on my hands and toes - and in the a.m. they looked great. good luck!

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  23. p.s. how do you leave the gap between your nail and cuticle? i would love some tips for when i do my darks & brights. thanks!!

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  24. I don't like the name but the unique color totally convinced me

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  25. Finally a blog I can leave a comment without having to have an account! I really like this color and it's on sale for 4.99 at ulta, but I can't bring myself to buy it. Its just so plain. About your cuticles, my son has exzema and the dr told me to slather on vegetable shortening all over him everytime after a bath. After about a week his skin was back to normal after months of bright bumpy itchy red skin. I was so happy! I have exzema on my hands and wash my hands a million times a day. So everynight after I wash my hands and lay down for bed I rub a tiny bit on my hands and massage a little extra on my cuticles. They are back to gorgeous!

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