I have a sometimes unhealthy obsession with nail polish

20th November 2011

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Nail of the Day: 11.20.2011
This lovely polish is butter LONDON’s West End Wonderland. It’s a clear base but it’s absolutely PACKED with tons of gold glitter and a tiny bit of bronze glitter. This photo honestly does not do this polish justice! It is utterly stunning in person! For these photos I used one coat of OPI’s Glitzerland as a base, and two coats of West End Wonderland. While you can kind of see the white line of my nails in this photo, it’s really not noticeable in person. I picked this bottle up back in September during Ulta’s buy one get one free sale. I got no less than TWENTY compliments on this color today alone. It’s great for fall and transitioning into the holiday season. The more butter LONDON varnishes I try, the more I love them! If you’ve never tried this brand before, I highly recommend it!
West End Wonderland: 2 coats (layed over one coat of OPI’s Glitzerland)

Nail of the Day: 11.20.2011

This lovely polish is butter LONDON’s West End Wonderland. It’s a clear base but it’s absolutely PACKED with tons of gold glitter and a tiny bit of bronze glitter. This photo honestly does not do this polish justice! It is utterly stunning in person! For these photos I used one coat of OPI’s Glitzerland as a base, and two coats of West End Wonderland. While you can kind of see the white line of my nails in this photo, it’s really not noticeable in person. I picked this bottle up back in September during Ulta’s buy one get one free sale. I got no less than TWENTY compliments on this color today alone. It’s great for fall and transitioning into the holiday season. The more butter LONDON varnishes I try, the more I love them! If you’ve never tried this brand before, I highly recommend it!

West End Wonderland: 2 coats (layed over one coat of OPI’s Glitzerland)

Tagged: Nail of the DayNOTDbutter LONDONWest End Wonderland

16th November 2011

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Nail of the Day: 11.16.2011
Today’s NOTD comes from Zoya’s Gems & Jewels holiday collection, and is called Izzy. The collection consists of 6 polishes (3 shimmery metallics and 3 glitters) all in beautiful jewel tone colors. The metallics can be worn alone or under the glitter polishes for a unique look this season. Izzy is a deep metallic fuchsia that almost has an ombre effect on the nails, which gives great dimension. The beauty of this color doesn’t fully show up on camera, especially with interior lighting (it’s already getting dark really early where I live!). Zoya’s Izzy is opaque in ONE coat, but I used two just out of habit.
Surprisingly, this is my first Zoya nail polish! I’ve heard great things about the brand, but I’ve never checked them out. Thankfully, I received Izzy in my November Birchbox. If you’re unfamiliar with Birchbox, it’s a $10 monthly subscription that allows you to try 4-5 deluxe size high end beauty products each month. I highly recommend this service, as it allows you to try several items for a reasonable price without blindly splurging on the full sized products.
After you’ve tested and loved your products, you can submit reviews on the Birchbox website to earn points. Each review adds 10 points to your account, and for every 100 points you earn, you receive a $10 note towards a full size product. You also earn points for referring friends and for shopping on the site. The $10 per month subscription includes shipping for each box, and if you order any of the full sized products from your box you get free shipping on those too! I honestly cannot say enough good things about this service! To learn more about Birchbox, please visit their website: http://www.birchbox.com/.
I will definitely be checking out more Zoya polishes in the future. Which Gems & Jewels are your favorite this holiday?
Izzy: 2 coats

Nail of the Day: 11.16.2011

Today’s NOTD comes from Zoya’s Gems & Jewels holiday collection, and is called Izzy. The collection consists of 6 polishes (3 shimmery metallics and 3 glitters) all in beautiful jewel tone colors. The metallics can be worn alone or under the glitter polishes for a unique look this season. Izzy is a deep metallic fuchsia that almost has an ombre effect on the nails, which gives great dimension. The beauty of this color doesn’t fully show up on camera, especially with interior lighting (it’s already getting dark really early where I live!). Zoya’s Izzy is opaque in ONE coat, but I used two just out of habit.

Surprisingly, this is my first Zoya nail polish! I’ve heard great things about the brand, but I’ve never checked them out. Thankfully, I received Izzy in my November Birchbox. If you’re unfamiliar with Birchbox, it’s a $10 monthly subscription that allows you to try 4-5 deluxe size high end beauty products each month. I highly recommend this service, as it allows you to try several items for a reasonable price without blindly splurging on the full sized products.

After you’ve tested and loved your products, you can submit reviews on the Birchbox website to earn points. Each review adds 10 points to your account, and for every 100 points you earn, you receive a $10 note towards a full size product. You also earn points for referring friends and for shopping on the site. The $10 per month subscription includes shipping for each box, and if you order any of the full sized products from your box you get free shipping on those too! I honestly cannot say enough good things about this service! To learn more about Birchbox, please visit their website: http://www.birchbox.com/.

I will definitely be checking out more Zoya polishes in the future. Which Gems & Jewels are your favorite this holiday?

Izzy: 2 coats

Tagged: BirchboxIzzyNOTDNail PolishNail of the DayZoyaGems and Jewels

14th November 2011

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Nail of the Day: 11.14.2011

Today’s NOTD is a combination of Essie’s Merino Cool and butter LONDON’s No More Waity Katie. Essie’s Merino Cool is a purple-y grey creme polish. The application is great, but you do need three coats for complete opacity. I found that with two coats it was a bit sheer near the cuticle. 

Merino Cool is the exact base color of butter LONDON’s No More Waity Katie. I picked up No More Waity Katie back in June but I’ve only used it about twice since then. I love the lilac glitter in it, but the purple-grey base color is so sheer! I needed like five coats to achieve opacity. I only tried the combo of Merino Cool and No More Waity Katie on my ring fingers, but I think it looks pretty good. I used two coats of Merino Cool and two coats of No More Waity Katie on those fingers.

Essie is widely available at a variety of stores. I picked this bottle up at Rite Aid, but I’ve also seen it at Target, Meijer, and Ulta, of course. I grabbed this bottle of butter LONDON at Ulta, but it’s also available at Nordstrom stores.

Tagged: Nail PolishNail of the DayNOTDEssiebutter LONDONNo More Waity KatieMerino Cool

9th November 2011

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Nail of the Day: 11.9.2011
This polish is Designer…de Better! from OPI’s Holiday 2011 Muppets collection. I would describe it as a silvery champagne shimmer that will be great for the holidays. It’s opaque in two coats, which I love! I picked this bottle up at a local salon about a month ago, but I’ve been told Ulta has the Muppets collection in stock now as well.
I’ve been reading a lot of nail polish blogs lately, and it seems the Muppets Collection is a hit or miss with most. I’m kind of on the fence with the collection as a whole. I purchased 4 of the 12 polishes, all of which I’m quite happy with. I agree that the collection is not the most holiday-inspired, and some of the colors are similar to other OPI polishes (the deep reds and plums). But Designer…de Better! is one of my favorites.
What do you think of the collection?
Designer…de Better!: 2 coats

Nail of the Day: 11.9.2011

This polish is Designer…de Better! from OPI’s Holiday 2011 Muppets collection. I would describe it as a silvery champagne shimmer that will be great for the holidays. It’s opaque in two coats, which I love! I picked this bottle up at a local salon about a month ago, but I’ve been told Ulta has the Muppets collection in stock now as well.

I’ve been reading a lot of nail polish blogs lately, and it seems the Muppets Collection is a hit or miss with most. I’m kind of on the fence with the collection as a whole. I purchased 4 of the 12 polishes, all of which I’m quite happy with. I agree that the collection is not the most holiday-inspired, and some of the colors are similar to other OPI polishes (the deep reds and plums). But Designer…de Better! is one of my favorites.

What do you think of the collection?

Designer…de Better!: 2 coats

Tagged: Nail PolishNail of the DayNOTDOPIMuppetsHoliday 2011Designer...de Better!

7th November 2011

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 Nail of the Day: 11.7.2011
Today’s NOTD post features Deborah Lippmann’s Across the Universe. It’s a dark blue jelly base with small blue glitter and large blue and green glitter. Deborah Lippmann’s colors are very unique, and all of her polishes are named after songs. As you can see in this direct sunlight photo, Across the Universe is very sparkley! I picked this bottle up at Neiman Marcus for $18.
Now for the bad news: I actually find myself a bit disappointed with this polish (considering what I paid for it). I’d been lusting after it for months and was so excited to try it out, but it fell short of my expectations. First, the jelly base is VERY thin. I used 3 thick coats and the polish is still very sheer. I think next time I will try a coat of OPI’s Russian Navy underneath to make it opaque. Second, as you can see in photo, the polish has worn away from the tips of my nails. I painted them the night before I took the photo. It’s like the polish shrunk or something.
That being said, I still think Deborah Lippmann’s Across the Universe is a beautiful color. I’m going to play around with trying colors underneath and a couple different top coats to see if I can achieve my desired look. I did get a ton of compliments on this color too!
Across the Universe: 3 coats

 Nail of the Day: 11.7.2011

Today’s NOTD post features Deborah Lippmann’s Across the Universe. It’s a dark blue jelly base with small blue glitter and large blue and green glitter. Deborah Lippmann’s colors are very unique, and all of her polishes are named after songs. As you can see in this direct sunlight photo, Across the Universe is very sparkley! I picked this bottle up at Neiman Marcus for $18.

Now for the bad news: I actually find myself a bit disappointed with this polish (considering what I paid for it). I’d been lusting after it for months and was so excited to try it out, but it fell short of my expectations. First, the jelly base is VERY thin. I used 3 thick coats and the polish is still very sheer. I think next time I will try a coat of OPI’s Russian Navy underneath to make it opaque. Second, as you can see in photo, the polish has worn away from the tips of my nails. I painted them the night before I took the photo. It’s like the polish shrunk or something.

That being said, I still think Deborah Lippmann’s Across the Universe is a beautiful color. I’m going to play around with trying colors underneath and a couple different top coats to see if I can achieve my desired look. I did get a ton of compliments on this color too!

Across the Universe: 3 coats

Tagged: Nail PolishDeborah LippmannAcross the UniverseNeiman Marcus

4th November 2011

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 Nail of the Day: 11.4.2011
This is St. Petersburgundy from OPI’s Fall 2007 Russia Collection. It’s a deep blood red creme and the consistency is quite nice. I have 3 coats on for these pics, but 2 covers just fine. This is also a great color to transition from fall to winter, as it’s not a bright holiday red, but a more warm shade. Unfortunately, OPI has not made this polish part of their permanent collection. I’ve been told they will occasionally re-release some of their previous limited edition colors, but I’ve never seen that happen. I would love to get my hands on some varnishes from the Fall/Winter 2003 British collection!
St. Petersburgundy: 3 coats

 Nail of the Day: 11.4.2011

This is St. Petersburgundy from OPI’s Fall 2007 Russia Collection. It’s a deep blood red creme and the consistency is quite nice. I have 3 coats on for these pics, but 2 covers just fine. This is also a great color to transition from fall to winter, as it’s not a bright holiday red, but a more warm shade. Unfortunately, OPI has not made this polish part of their permanent collection. I’ve been told they will occasionally re-release some of their previous limited edition colors, but I’ve never seen that happen. I would love to get my hands on some varnishes from the Fall/Winter 2003 British collection!

St. Petersburgundy: 3 coats

Tagged: Nail PolishOPIRussian CollectionSt. PetersburgundyNail of the Day

2nd November 2011

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Nail of the Day: 11.2.2011
I had a very pleasant surprise in my letter box yesterday: butter LONDON’s The Black Knight! I ordered it online because I absolutely had to have it NOW! I wasn’t expecting it to arrive until the end of this week/beginning of next. This is truly the most beautiful polish I have ever clapped eyes on! It’s a black base with loads of magenta, teal, and purple glitter. It covers in two coats, which is great. I think this polish may have replaced Deborah Lippmann’s Happy Birthday as the crown jewel of my collection!
butter LONDON’s The Black Knight is one of three holiday polishes, along with Fairy Lights (a metallic rosy pink) and Tart with a Heart (a pale pink glitter). All three are lovely and would make great additions to any varnish junkie’s collection this season. I buy most of my butter LONDON from Ulta, but you can search for sellers in your area on the bL website: http://www.butterlondon.com/.
The Black Knight: 2 coats

Nail of the Day: 11.2.2011

I had a very pleasant surprise in my letter box yesterday: butter LONDON’s The Black Knight! I ordered it online because I absolutely had to have it NOW! I wasn’t expecting it to arrive until the end of this week/beginning of next. This is truly the most beautiful polish I have ever clapped eyes on! It’s a black base with loads of magenta, teal, and purple glitter. It covers in two coats, which is great. I think this polish may have replaced Deborah Lippmann’s Happy Birthday as the crown jewel of my collection!

butter LONDON’s The Black Knight is one of three holiday polishes, along with Fairy Lights (a metallic rosy pink) and Tart with a Heart (a pale pink glitter). All three are lovely and would make great additions to any varnish junkie’s collection this season. I buy most of my butter LONDON from Ulta, but you can search for sellers in your area on the bL website: http://www.butterlondon.com/.

The Black Knight: 2 coats

Tagged: Nail Polishbutter LONDONThe Black KnightUlta

31st October 2011

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I get bored with seeing the same polish on my fingers day after day, but sometimes I just don’t have time for a full polish change. So to change it up quickly (and get a couple extra days of wear without starting over), I like to add a coat of glitter or OPI Shatter polish. Above are some examples, all over OPI’s Cuckoo for this Color. L-R:
butter LONDON West End Wonderland: This polish is packed with fine gold glitter, but one quick coat allows the color underneath to show through.
OPI Silver Shatter: I’m sure most of you are familiar with the shatter/crackle trend, but if not, you simply paint a light coat over two coats of any polish and it shatters in places to reveal hints of the color underneath.
OPI Sparkle Teal Sunrise: This was a limited edition Ulta exclusive I picked up back in July. It’s a teal jelly base with small and medium-sized holographic glitter. It looks okay alone, but I prefer it over a blue, teal, or green polish so it’s not so shear.
OPI Crown Me Already!: This polish is part of the Miss Universe collection that is currently available in stores. This particular color is often sold out at stores near me, but I was lucky enough to pop into Ulta right after it was restocked. It’s a clear base with small and chunky silver glitter. Looks great over any polish, but I don’t care for it alone.
Cuckoo for this Color: 2 coats, 1 coat per nail of West End Wonderland, Silver Shatter, Sparkle Teal Sunrise, and Crown Me Already!

I get bored with seeing the same polish on my fingers day after day, but sometimes I just don’t have time for a full polish change. So to change it up quickly (and get a couple extra days of wear without starting over), I like to add a coat of glitter or OPI Shatter polish. Above are some examples, all over OPI’s Cuckoo for this Color. L-R:

butter LONDON West End Wonderland: This polish is packed with fine gold glitter, but one quick coat allows the color underneath to show through.

OPI Silver Shatter: I’m sure most of you are familiar with the shatter/crackle trend, but if not, you simply paint a light coat over two coats of any polish and it shatters in places to reveal hints of the color underneath.

OPI Sparkle Teal Sunrise: This was a limited edition Ulta exclusive I picked up back in July. It’s a teal jelly base with small and medium-sized holographic glitter. It looks okay alone, but I prefer it over a blue, teal, or green polish so it’s not so shear.

OPI Crown Me Already!: This polish is part of the Miss Universe collection that is currently available in stores. This particular color is often sold out at stores near me, but I was lucky enough to pop into Ulta right after it was restocked. It’s a clear base with small and chunky silver glitter. Looks great over any polish, but I don’t care for it alone.

Cuckoo for this Color: 2 coats, 1 coat per nail of West End Wonderland, Silver Shatter, Sparkle Teal Sunrise, and Crown Me Already!

Tagged: Nail PolishOPIbutter LONDONUltaCuckoo for this ColorWest End WonderlandSparkle Teal SunriseCrown Me Already!

28th October 2011

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Nail of the Day: 10.28.2011
This is OPI’s Cuckoo for this Color, which is part of their permanent collection. It’s a lovely deep teal shimmer and perfect for fall. I used two coats for this photo, but three coats really deepens the color. Cuckoo for this Color also looks great under a variety of glitter top coats. I’ll be posting a set of pictures of how I like to dress the color up within the next few days.
Cuckoo for this Color: 2 coats

Nail of the Day: 10.28.2011

This is OPI’s Cuckoo for this Color, which is part of their permanent collection. It’s a lovely deep teal shimmer and perfect for fall. I used two coats for this photo, but three coats really deepens the color. Cuckoo for this Color also looks great under a variety of glitter top coats. I’ll be posting a set of pictures of how I like to dress the color up within the next few days.

Cuckoo for this Color: 2 coats

Tagged: Nail PolishOPICuckoo for this Color

27th October 2011

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Just when I thought my wallet was safe…OPI and Nicki Minaj have announced their new collaboration, set to hit stores January 2012. The collection consists of 6 colors, including a purple shatter and bright and glittery shades that are oh-so-Nicki. Colors (L-R):
Did it on Em: Lime green creme
Fly: Cerulean blue creme
Save Me: Silver base with multi-colored confetti glitter
Metallic 4 Life: Chunky charcoal glitter
Pink Friday: Bubblegum pink shimmer
Super Bass: Deep purple shatter
I’m really eyeing Save Me, as I find it the most unique of the collection. These lacquers will be limited edition, so get them while you can in January! OPI is sold at JCPenney Salon, Ulta, and many fine salons. Which one is your favorite?

Just when I thought my wallet was safe…OPI and Nicki Minaj have announced their new collaboration, set to hit stores January 2012. The collection consists of 6 colors, including a purple shatter and bright and glittery shades that are oh-so-Nicki. Colors (L-R):

Did it on Em: Lime green creme

Fly: Cerulean blue creme

Save Me: Silver base with multi-colored confetti glitter

Metallic 4 Life: Chunky charcoal glitter

Pink Friday: Bubblegum pink shimmer

Super Bass: Deep purple shatter

I’m really eyeing Save Me, as I find it the most unique of the collection. These lacquers will be limited edition, so get them while you can in January! OPI is sold at JCPenney Salon, Ulta, and many fine salons. Which one is your favorite?

Tagged: JCPenneyLimited EditionNicki MinajOPIUltaNail Polish