Wednesday, August 21, 2013

China Glaze Stellar

Sorry for showing my left hand today, my right thumbnail sustained a really, reeeeeallly bad break.

I can never decide whether or not I like Stellar. In theory I should-it’s got several things I really like in a polish: it’s a lovely butterscotch taupe, there are gold and silver glitters that sparkle like mad, and the formula is divine. But whenever I see it in the bottle, or on my nail, I hesitate.

I dunno…I feel like it has something to do with the glitter. Just when I’m sure it’s predominantly silver, it flashes gold. And when I want it to look warm and gold, it turns distinctly cool and silver. And the heaviness and coarseness of the glitter is a bit off putting. With a China Glaze glitter like Ruby Pumps, the larger glitter bits look wonderful-they catch the light and sparkle and look like the ruby slippers. But with something this neutral and subtle, I feel that maybe a more toned down glitter would have looked better.

This was three coats. And even though it is a very smooth glitter (no topcoat eating, I really love that about China Glaze glitters) I opted for Gelous as a topcoat rather than my beloved Grand Central Station.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Essie Bahama Mama (and something really beautiful!)

For whatever reason, berries and red-purples seem to be calling my name lately. I don’t own a lot because I don’t often reach for them, but I predict that this fall and winter I’ll be wearing them quite a bit.

Bahama Mama is a berry-ish, wine purple-red. I’m never good with describing colors like these :/. It reminds me a bit of M.A.C. Dark Angel, but I’m not sure how close they are in terms of color. I’ll have to do a side by side to compare.

The formula was your standard creme/jelly hybrid, nice and smooth, but a bit streaky on the first coat. I was a little overzealous in my painting and got some bubbles, but that wasn’t the fault of the polish. Just my impatience.

This was 3 coats with Grand Central Station. And I’d like to introduce you to the newest member of my jewelry family-a gorgeous little silver and gold flower from Scape. They’re based in Edinburgh, and even though I’m not a huge fan of silver, this little ring stole my heart. I can’t tell you how much I love it.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Sephora by O.P.I. Read My Palm

Sorry for the mini-break. It was a combination of camera problems and not really having the heart to polish. I’d been growing my nails out and they got quite long, so of course I had another break. No matter what I do my nails just seem to stay weak and peel-y. Ah well. At least they grow fast.

Read My Palm is a polish I picked up when I found out Sephora was discontinuing their O.P.I. line. I ordered about nine colors I’d had on my wishlist and while some turned out to be duds and will never, ever be shown here (IM Beauty and my skin tone had an all-out war), quite a few look lovely.

In the pictures, Read My Palm looks quite similar to Ciate’s Apples and Custard, but I don’t think they’re quite dupes. Apples and Custard is much more opaque, and it’s slightly dustier. But if you can’t get your hands on it, I’d say Read My Palm is an acceptable substitute.

This was 3 coats with Grand Central Station. The formula was smooth, thin, and buttery, and was a joy to apply. Every S.O.P.I. I own has that same smooth formula, it’s too bad they’re being discontinued. I believe they’re still on the Sephora website for $4.50.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Essie Maximillian Strasse-her & Misa Dance Fever

I could have gone on wearing Mrs. O’Leary’s BBQ much longer, but I figured I’d better get some select bright colors on here before I bring out my fall polishes proper. So of course I pick a muted color. What can I say, I’m a creature of habit.

I guess this is what the kids call a color block mani. I quite like it, it’s fun.

3 coats of each, a coat of Gelous over Dance Fever, and NYC on top of everything. Dance Fever is the most well-behaved glitter I’ve ever met.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

O.P.I. Mrs. O’Leary’s BBQ

Guys, I’m so sick of summer. So, so sick of it. I’m tired of the sunshine and the heat, and I’m tired of neon colors and wearing flip flops. I used to be stupid and make all sorts of grand summer plans that always came to nothing. No more futile attempts to coordinate a trip to a museum, no more wasted paper making lists of summer goals like taking a mini road trip or learning a language. I hide in my room until it cools off enough for me to actually wear real clothes again.

So to protest this awful summer thing, I’m cracking out a fall polish that I just couldn’t wait to put on.

Mrs. O’Leary’s BBQ, while perhaps not aptly named (that kind of naming really takes a set, O.P.I. I almost want to commend you), is a gorgeous, purple-brown, barbecue sauce burgundy color. The formula is buttery smooth and easy to apply, it’s shiny without top coat, and good lord is it sophisticated and vampy. It puts me in mind of chunky fall sweaters, orange and yellow leaves, and cozy autumn evenings with hot cider.

While it loses some of its purple qualities indoors, it still maintains a lovely dark red-brown color. When in the sun, the purple really comes out to play. I think maybe on deeper skin tones, the purple comes out more.

This was three easy coats with NYC top coat.

Hurry up, autumn!