Friday, November 25, 2011

Sally Hansen - The Real Teal

Hello everyone! I hope you had a very happy Thanksgiving, if you celebrate it, or a happy Thursday if you don't. Today's polish isn't very seasonal but it's a fun one. The Real Teal is just what it says, teal! It does lean a little turquoise but it's close enough. My favorite part of it is the cool green shimmer that runs through it and lights it up. I don't own very many Sally Hansens simply because the color selection isn't that exciting but there are some neat ones like this. The Xtreme Wear formula is a great one, requiring only 2 coats and having no problems at all. This is a nice, fresh, fun way to bring a little bit of summer to your nails as it gets colder outside. :)

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

China Glaze - Midnight Kiss

Hi everyone! Sorry I'm late. It's been a busy but good week. This polish gave me enough sparkle to help me through. :) Midnight Kiss is a really fun, simple color, a good solid champagne gold foil. I don't think it's terribly unique but it's a really nice color anyways. This was 2 nice, smooth coats. Foils are one of my favorite finishes but they can be unforgiving if you have ridged nails. I always buff mine a little once a week or so to keep my ridges down, but if you don't want to buff you can also wear a ridgefiller. This is from last year's holiday collection, just like Peace on Earth. I think holiday collections are my favorite since they usually have a lot of green and gold and I love both those colors. :) My nails are finally growing back to a point where I'm okay with them. I can't stand seeing my nails shorter than my fingertips so this is juuuust enough to make me happy. I might keep them slightly shorter this time around, but we'll see.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

China Glaze - Emerald Fitzgerald

Hello everyone! Sorry I'm so late with this post. I've been snapping photos of this polish in all different light and can't get it to come through, so I figured I'd give you the best I can. Emerald Fitzgerald is a lush, deep shimmery green. It looks almost black in the bottle but lightens up slightly on the nails. However, it becomes a pain to photograph because under most light it ends up looking blue on camera when it's really more of a dark foresty color. Sigh. I did the best I could here. This is in partial sunlight coming through my window. The formula is great, like most China Glazes. 2 quick coats and I was done. Hooray! It did stain a little when I did cleanup though, but I can understand that since it's dark and well-pigmented.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Nicole by OPI - Midnight Snowfall

Hello there! Today's polish is a bit of a chameleon. Midnight Snowfall came out in Nicole by OPI's holiday collection last year, along with Fell From The Tree and a lot of other great colors. However, it's a bit hard to pin down! You can see under this bright light, it looks definitely blue. However, in other lighting it looks like a rich, slightly dusty purple. This is a blurple polish if I ever saw one. Kinda cool. The only downside is some formula problems. You can see a few patchy bits here and there and I got a load of tipwear on this after only 2 or 3 days. I used 3 coats. Thanks to TA from Color Me Cagey in the comments on  my last post for suggesting dark colors on nubbins, this looks much better than light yellow!

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Nicole by OPI - Yellow It's Me

Hello everyone! I finally have another swatch for you. This is my first post with my new, very short nails. I don't think I picked the best color for short nails.. Yellow It's Me is a really cool color in the bottle, light yellow packed with pink shimmer. It always makes me think of raspberry lemonade or something like that. However, the yellow base is jelly. Yellow + jelly = not the most flattering results. To me, it makes my nails look sickly. I'm also not a fan of jellies since they tend to be sheer, you can see the tiniest bit of VNL here after 3 coats. However, I still think this is a really cool color that would look great layered over a bright, solid yellow to give it some more punch and keep it from looking washed out. The first photo is most color accurate for displaying the base color while the second photo shows the true color of the shimmer. It really is a cool color combination.

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Friday, November 4, 2011

And the winners are..

Hi everyone! I have the giveaway results for you today. I will be contacting them and if I do not receive a reply within 72 hours (3 days) I'll have to re-draw.

Absolutely Alice: TAR
Sapphire in the Snow: Misty

Congratulations! Thank you to everyone who entered and followed me, it really means a lot. I wasn't expecting new followers since I didn't make it a requirement of entry but it makes me happy to see more people here enjoying nails along with me. I'll have another giveaway at 100 followers.
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