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October 9th, 2011

Goodbye, Summer

The nights are getting nippy, the fragrance of wood smoke is in the air, and Halloween will be here in a couple of weeks.  There’s no denying that fall is here and summer is over.  Still, I wanted to do a last hurrah with some summery nail polish spam.

Nicole by OPI OMB! (Justin Bieber collection)

 

LA Colors Raspberry

Some Sinful Colors pink underneath OPI I Lilly Love You

Wet N Wild Waves of Enchantment

 

LA Colors Shock

China Glaze Solar Power

 

LA Colors Lime

Wet N Wild Ocean Grotto

MAK3 Color aka dollar store Kleancolor reject – forget the name of this green.

 

Hard Candy Frenzy

Sinful Colors Rise N Shine

 

Wet N Wild Blue Wants to be a Millionaire

 

Brash Electric Sky

 

Butter London No More Waity Kaity

Wet N Wild Sea of Dreams

 

MAK3 Color aka dollar store Kleancolor reject – think this one is called Neon Purple.

Wet N Wild Sea Witch

 

 

~ Allison ~

October 8th, 2011

2 L/E Sally Hansen Insta-Dri’s – Teal-y Fast and Bronze Ablaze

I snagged these polishes at my local Walgreen’s for about $5 a bottle.  They are from the Insta-Dri Fall 2011 collection.  Normally I don’t bother with this line because the colors don’t call my name, but these I had to get.

Teal-y Fast (groan, that name) is a richly pigmented teal foil.  This applied like buttah in two coats.  The photo below is in indirect sunlight.  Although there’s a hint of a purple duochrome effect in the bottle, it doesn’t translate to the nail.  I don’t mind though because this color is so scrumptious.

And bright, direct sunlight:

Bronze Ablaze also applied wonderfully with no muss.  It’s a rich metallic bronze, really the quintessential fall shade.  The wrinkling you see on my ring finger is not from Bronze Ablaze, but from my Seche Vite which I slopped on too thickly methinks.

True to their names, these dried in a flash and would be perfect for a quickie manicure when time is short.

 

~ Allison ~

October 8th, 2011

Wet N Wild Diving for Pearls + Revlon Sweet Nothings + Sally Hansen Snappy Sprinkles

Diving for Pearls is from Wet N Wild’s Summer 2011 Mermaid’s Cove collection.  It’s a pretty teal foil with very fine golden shimmer.  It applied beautifully in 2 coats – well worth the $1.99 price tag!

Then I added a coat of Revlon Sweet Nothing Lilac Lingerie, which adds a lovely iridescent luster.

Oooh.

Just for fun here’s how it looks with Sally Hansen Insta-dri Snappy Sprinkles, a limited edition green and pink holographic bar glitter.  This is such a spring-y polish!

 

~ Allison ~

August 27th, 2011

OPI Simmer and Shimmer, Fingerpaints Vintage Velvet

 

Last night I popped into CVS last night to pick up some last minute hurricane supplies, along with three-fourths of the rest of New Yorkers.  Of course, with my CLIF bars, batteries, and beef jerky in hand I couldn’t resist wandering by the cosmetics section.  Although this CVS rarely updates their OPI’s they happened to have Simmer and Shimmer from OPI’s Burlesque collection.

This was my existing mani – Vintage Velvet from Fingerpaints Fall 2011.  Love this subdued greyish teal so much.  It’s just the right balance between teal and hunter green, in my opinion.  I would love a vintage velvet blazer in this color.  And yes, I tried a little Cracked Concrete China Glaze crackle as an accent nail but that didn’t show up too well.

Then I glitterfied it!  This blue-toned glitter dried in a flash and covered completely in two coats (on top of my existing color – not sure how it would fare on a bare nail).

Closeup you can see the rainbow colored glitter, even though blue is predominant.

Then I shattered it!  Used China Glaze here but any other black crackle would do the same thing.  Any glitter under crackle = beyootiful.  I used a goodly coat of Seche Vite on top to even out the surface and add glossiness.

Hope my peeps in the East Coast will stay safe this weekend and weather Hurricane Irene without event.  Hopefully I won’t have to paint my nails by candlelight!

 

~ Allison ~

 

August 24th, 2011

Maybelline Cool Couture

The very first nail polish my mother allowed me to get, when I was 7 years old and begging her in the grocery store, was a bright candy pink Maybelline.  (It was lots of fun until I spilled it all over my bedroom floor.  Oopsie!)  Tangents about childhood aside, I haven’t bought any Maybellines since because they seem to stick with pinks and reds – a color range I find snooze-worthy.  Cool Couture is an exception!  This is a limited edition shade from the Express Finish line.  I find it hard to describe this chic fall color.  The best I can do is call it a dark slate grey – appearing as an almost-black teal in low light – with a fine, hidden, yet electric turquoise shimmer.  I couldn’t wait to see if that shimmer translated onto the nail!

The shimmer certainly visible in strong light.  I took the picture above in direct sunlight.

In weaker light you can see how it seems more slate grey – and that turquoise shimmer is much more subdued.

Now, the bottle proclaims this a “50 second” nail polish.  I beg to differ.  When I brushed it on a teeeeensy bit too thin it dragged horribly and started drying right away.  Then the slightly thicker coats took several minutes to dry.  A few minutes isn’t bad, but it’s not 50 seconds.  This lacquer easily migrated into my cuticles so cleanup was not too successful, as you can see.  I used 2 coats here which ended up providing good coverage.  I got a small chip on my tip after 1 day.

Methinks I will definitely hold on to Cool Couture and give it another try, because I think it’s too interesting of a color to give up.  Can you think of any dupes?  I’m at a loss…

Have you had any luck with any of the Maybelline polishes?

 

~ Allison ~