Monday, February 27, 2012

Support Independent Filmmakers!

Hi everyone! This is a non-nail post, just a heads up. It is very close to my heart though. There's a documentary being produced called Circle the Wagen that chronicles two guys on a roadtrip in a '72 VW bus and their experiences with the vintage VW culture along the way. It looks like a really nice, interesting film & I'd love to see it get finished. As you may or may not know, I own a '70 bus myself and I wouldn't trade the experience for anything. I've had countless breakdowns, problems, high repair bills, and sweaty summers in her un-air-conditioned interior but I still love Marianne with all my heart. There's nothing like cruising down an open road on a nice, breezy day with the engine purring away or curling up on the bed at night in some peaceful park. That's why I'm so excited for this project! The vintage VW community really is full of kind, wonderful people and I think it's great that this movie will show this culture to the mainstream.

Marianne at a car show a few years ago.

The producers are asking for funding from people through a website called Kickstarter, where people can donate to help projects, like this movie, get made. The only problem is that if they don't reach their goal by the end date they've set, they don't get any of the money they've raised.. even if they're $5 short. As of this writing, they need just under $2000 in the next 2 days to make their goal. I know this might not interest a lot of you, but if you love documentaries as much as I do and maybe have fond memories of old VWs, please consider donating! The link to their Kickstarter site can be found here:

Sunday, February 26, 2012

OPI - Pros & Bronze

Hello there! Here's a rare OPI post for you. I don't own many OPIs simply because a lot of the colors don't really strike me, but the ones that I do like, I like a LOT. This is a good example. Pros & Bronze is one of the Serena Williams colors that came out a few months ago. I picked it up at my grocery store just a few weeks ago, lucky me! I liked it when I first saw it online but didn't want to get the duo. This is a really cool bronze that's also full of pink shimmer, there's a sort of duochrome effect when you shift your nails. I love the color but this was another one that's on the sheer side.. yes, another 4 coater, and that's even with me doing fairly thick coats! The thick coats got me in trouble with my right thumbnail which got dented like nuts but oh well. I know I seem to complain about sheerness a lot, I must sound like a broken record by now but really, I don't understand why so many polishes need 3+ coats! I know I need a little extra coverage since my nails are so long, but c'mon.. Anyways. :) Overall, a cool color and a good addition to my growing collection of copper and bronze colors.

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Nicole by OPI - Too Rich For You

Hello there! Quick post. I get crabby sometimes when polishes don't live up to my expectations. This is a good example. I was tired and wanted to put something on quickly that wasn't a matte. I looked at this and thought 'Oh, it's dark, it should cover nicely'. WRONG. 4 coats for this. Four. That's two too many for me when I'm feeling lazy! It's a nice color, but not 4 coats nice. The formula was smooth, at least. My camera isn't getting the slight green in this so I'll refer you to Paillette's post to get a good view of this polish.

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Essie - Van D'Go

Hello everyone! Whew, it's been a hectic week. Glad I finally found time to get a post together. This is a polish I recently received in a swap. Van D'Go is a peachy pink, not too orange to look odd on my pale skin but peachy enough to be different than a regular pink. This did take 3 coats with some streaking but, well.. it's a light pink. What else do you expect? I'm not the biggest fan of Essie's formula in general anyways, but it's tolerable for this. It's a nice, fresh, girly color that I think would look great with some stamping or other art on it. I was tempted to use my Hello Kitty stickers but I'll save those for another day. :)

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

My First Anniversary!

Wow, I can't believe my blog turns 1 year old today. It seems like so much longer than a year has gone by since I decided to start putting my nails on the web. I've definitely changed since then, in both my general life and in my polish hobby. I've really enjoyed interacting with those of you who come and comment and I thank all of you who visit my site and give it meaning & purpose. Thank you so, so much. :) I may be doing an anniversary giveaway soon so keep an eye out for that.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Nicole by OPI - Positive Energy (Matte)

Hello again! I have another Nicole by OPI matte to show you today. This was released at the same time as the matte version of No Limits. I really like mattes for quick manis but this one wasn't quite up to my standards. Most mattes that I've tried cover in 2 coats, some in 1. This took 3. I'm willing to do 3 or even 4 coats for a regular polish, but when I'm using a matte I need to be done as quickly as possible and not worrying about coverage. That said, the color is nice, even if it's not unique. The matte look does make it an interesting take on silver but I feel you might be better off just topping your favorite silver with a matte topcoat.

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