I really like this color. It reminds me of a couple things, namely China Glaze Fast Track (which I love so, so much) and also China Glaze Golden Spurs (which I blogged about almost exactly two years ago to the day!). I also found this great comparison, which justifies my owning both $OPI I Only Shop Vintage and Fast Track. They actually are pretty different when you see them side-by-side, with the $OPI being way, way warmer. I Only Shop Vintage is a lovely sort caramel/light brown/taupe/toffee-colored (godiwantcaramelandtoffee) base color just packed with gold shimmer.
If you were to ask me what my favorite brand of nail polish is I would say China Glaze every time. But I always forget about $OPI. Their formulas are always spot on and easy to apply, I love their brush, and every single polish I own from them only needs two coats. They also last forever on me, which is a minor miracle with my body chemistry that just rejects every nail polish outright, sometimes after only 36 hours or so. For the photos above I used two coats. The only thing that $OPI has against it is its price. It's more expensive than regular OPI polishes which is super annoying. I can get China Glaze for like $4 online so it still has an edge over this idiosyncratic brand.
Something is different about this manicure, too. For a while I have been seeing my two pals Rach and Anna blog that they're using NYC Grand Central Station as a topcoat. I did some research and found enough positive reviews to convince me that if it was good enough for Rach and Anna it would be good enough for me. I went over to Duane Reade one day and picked up a bottle for $1.99. I should probably wear it more than once before I give you my opinion, but I wore it for the first time over I Only Shop Vintage, and this manicure...actually hasn't chipped yet as I type this. I've been wearing it for...let's see...five or six days. $OPIs tend to do well on me anyway, but this, as I mentioned, is still a miracle. NYC GCS also dried pretty quickly. Not as quickly as Seche (but what does?), but after I watched an episode of The West Wing my nails were totally dry. I also love the consistency of GCS, which is...very thin. Nothing like Seche, and pretty easy to work with. I am tentatively saying that due to price, wear time, availability and ease of use that NYC GCS is an epic win. But I'll report back as I continue to use it.
I have one funny story to tell you about from last week, and if you're friends with me on Facebook you already know the gist. But, I was on the subway, wearing my bitchface as per usual, and this guy kept looking at me. For a couple stops he was just...looking at me. I got a little creeped out. Then he got up, came over, and handed me a business card. He was one of those slash people, guys. Like, artist/dj/blogger/whatever. But he told me he is an artist and that he has a tumblr of photos of New Yorkers. And then he asked very, very nicely if he could take my photo. I have a soft spot for "artists," so I agreed. He did it really quickly once the subway stopped, told me that the photo would be up this afternoon, and then hopped off the train. It was odd. But, sure enough, I'm up there.
he labeled me as "high fidelity girl," which...is pretty great
you can find this tumblr at vandaleyesnyc.tumblr.com, and find me in the February archive. I'm the last photo of last month
This is funny for a lot of reasons. First, he picked me out as "a New Yorker," which, no. Second, I was TOO COOL to take off my shades. Next, I have a stupid Puma backpack next to me like I'm in grade school because I have to lug around books everywhere with me and my Longchamp bag just wasn't cutting it. I'm still holding his business card here. I asked him, "What should I do?" He said, "Just be yourself." So I gave him THIS FACE. Oh, PS, I'm wearing the Urban Decay Super Saturated Lip Pencil in Glinda, which came in my Glinda palette (but it's also a dupe for Naked, which is a permanent color in the regular line) and I love it. It is a perfect lip color for me (and I imagine for a lot of other skin tones as well). Anyway, it was just a funny and sort of surreal experience. But I really like the photo. Every picture of me that has been taken in the past like three months features me wearing this coat, which is from ModCloth and is hands-down my favorite garment.
Okay, that's all. Today is going to be...so tiring. I'm going to the Jewish Theological Seminary for my Jerusalem in the Middle Ages seminar (which usually meets Fridays), then I have another class directly followed by ANOTHER CLASS. Busy Mondays are the worst.