Sunday, October 30, 2011

OPI Fall 2011 Touring America Collection: My Address is "Hollywood"

OPI My Address is "Hollywood" (3 coats)

I hope your weekend was fun and relaxing. Mine was fine overall. I officially have less than a week before I leave for Cambodia and I'm going to try and get ahead on my posting so you guys will still have something to look forward to. Again, I've made a new science blog that I will be posting to every day (hopefully) while I'm gone so you guys can see what I'm up to. If you're interested in the link, please e-mail me at  

I only have 4 polishes from the OPI Touring America collection since I have no place to get cheaper OPI polishes now that Transdesign isn't selling them anymore. If you know of a reliable place to get them, please let me know! My Address is "Hollywood" (what a bad name) seems like a boring pink, but I think it is so pretty. It is a bright rose color with lots of subtle pink and gold shimmer. I do wish the shimmer stood out more, but I still like it. It's always hard to determine the formula with the mini polishes from OPI because their brushes suck. Perhaps 2 coats would have been ok, but with the tiny brush, it needed 3 for me. 

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Revlon: Starry Pink

Revlon Starry Pink (3 coats)

I am so stuffed full of Mexican food right and that's alright by me. Today was pretty productive; we spent the day driving the Hyundai Accent (no, I haven't gotten a car yet), shopping for my trip to Cambodia and eating some great food. Of course I had to stop by Ulta to see if there were any new polishes out, but nope. I did, however, find this little gem while there a week ago. I've heard a lot about the Deborah Lippmann dupe for Bad Romance, but they were out of it at Ulta. When I was Walgreens earlier this week, they had a full display of the new Revlon glitters. Since I already have the Deborah Lippmann one, I didn't bother with the Revlon ones. I would definitely recommend Facets of Fuchsia to those who didn't get to pick up Bad Romance. Oh, Starry Pink is so gorgeous and I don't have anything like this in my collection. It contains large, silver hexagonal glitter with smaller silver glitter throughout suspended in a light pink base. If you don't own it, I would definitely recommend that you stop at your local drugstore to pick up this beauty. It was also more opaque that I thought because it barely needed 3 coats. 

Thursday, October 27, 2011

China Glaze Fall 2011 Metro Collection: Skyscraper

China Glaze Skyscraper (3 coats)

Yes, we've finally come to the end of the Metro Collection. I think I will post either some Color Club or OPI polishes next. Poll: what would you rather see next? When I first saw the name of this polish, Demi Lovato's new song came to mind. Since I have a rather long commute to work every day, I tend to listen to all genres of music, including new pop. There's just something about that song Skyscraper that grates my ears. Am I the only one? Anyway, I thought Skyscraper was much better than the other glitter polish, In the City. The fact that this doesn't have a clear base, but a midnight blue color with silver glitter makes this one much more opaque. More opacity = one happy girl. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

China Glaze Fall 2011 Metro Collection: Concrete Catwalk

China Glaze Concrete Catwalk (2 coats)

Whew, I am exhausted. I didn't have time to eat lunch today and dinner didn't come until 8 o'clock. It was one of those times where I should have been starving and weak, but I was working so hard that I sort of forgot about all of that. Does that ever happen to you? If I'm sitting at my desk doing nothing, I'm starving the whole time, but if I'm up and about, food is the last thing on my mind. 

I only have 1 more polish (after today) from the Metro collection to show you guys. I didn't buy the whole collection because I thought most of the other ones weren't that unique...which brings up my post about Concrete Catwalk. There isn't anything wrong with it by any means, but it is just your run of the mill deep grey polish that has quite a bit of blue in it. It's fine, but unless you're dying for another grey, I might skip it. On the bright side, the application and formula was pretty good (now that I think of it, the only problems I had were with the glitters). 

Monday, October 24, 2011

China Glaze Fall 2011 Metro Collection: Lofty Ambitions

China Glaze Lofty Ambitions (2 coats)

Oh, I am starving! Mr. Right on the Nail's computer died tonight so we went out and got him a new one (he already had one picked out just in case). I must say, October has been an extremely harsh financial month for me. Good thing I'll be out of the country most of November where pretty much everything will be paid for. 

Anyway, on to more important things such as nail polish. Sinful Colors are again $0.99 at Walgreens so make sure to stock up this week (I always pick up some point I'll have the whole collection). Lofty Ambitions is another dark color from the Metro Collection. You've heard me say this time and time again, but I think the subtle red/pink shimmer in this one is what sets it apart from other polishes. Without this, it's just another deep burgundy color. I like it, but it's not my favorite polish. What really helps it is the great application and coverage which was the best of the collection. 

Sunday, October 23, 2011

China Glaze Fall 2011 Metro Collection: Westside Warrior

China Glaze Westside Warrior (2 coats)

Can you believe it's Sunday already? Why do weekend days have to fly by? I've spent a portion of my weekend looking at new cars, and so far I'm leaning towards a Toyota Corolla because I can get a 2011 for pretty cheap. I dunno, it's so hard replacing a loved car :-( 

Just ask my husband, I am a huge fan of The First 48. Just seeing the name of this polish, Westside Warrior, makes me think of something that'd be on the show. I'm so glad China Glaze added an olive green creme to their collection because I'm loving them. As you can see from the picture, the polish dried darker than the bottle, but that's fine. This one was also a favorite of the collection, so if you're looking to get any of these, I'd recommend this one. 

Friday, October 21, 2011

China Glaze Fall 2011 Metro Collection: Brownstone

China Glaze Brownstone (2 coats)

So, I am now looking for a new car. Jack Bauer is officially totaled and I will need something new. I have a few cars that I'm interested in, but am open to suggestions. Does anyone have any cars they like? I just need something that isn't too expensive and gets good gas mileage (since I have a long commute). 

Continuing through the Metro Collection is Brownstone which was very difficult to photograph. It is a deep burnt orange/brown color that is appropriate for fall. With the weather getting colder, I am loving colors like this more and more. I was also very impressed with the formula on it which was really smooth and opaque. I can see how some might not love this one, but I'm digging it. 

I hope your weekend is off to a great start!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

What's New at Target (and other Drugstores)

I stopped by Target the other day to pick up a prescription and I found a lot of new polishes. I thought this would be a nice change to a simple swatch every day. First I found the Essie Winter 2011 polishes. Despite not being the Holiday Collection (hello, FLAKIES!), there are a few polishes that look really awesome.

The collection includes:

Size Matters-a ruby red
Bobbing for Baubles-a luxurious, deep blue
Brooch the Subject-an elegant nude
Cocktail Bling-a dazzling soft, gray-blue
School of Hard Rocks-an edgy gray-green
Bangle Jangle-an opulent gray-lavender

If you are looking for some holiday glitters, look no further than the Nicole by OPI Holiday Collection. If you're not interested in the sheer glitters of the Muppets collection, definitely check out the Nicole polishes (I saw some swatches on another blog and they looked great).

And lastly, remember those cute Sally Hansen Effects Nail Polish Strips that had a Halloween theme? Well, they now have some cute holiday ones to suit your fancy! Check 'em out:

My favorites:

Unfortunately I didn't pick anything up because I still don't know if I need to buy a new car from the accident. Until I find out what happens, I'm going on a no-buy (no worries, I still have other polishes to show!)

So, have you purchased any of these polishes yet?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

China Glaze Fall 2011 Metro Collection: Trendsetter

China Glaze Trendsetter (2 coats)

Well, at least I have a rental car now. I'm currently driving a Nissan Cube which is a really cute car with so many windows! I had to get my things out of my old car, Jack Bauer (yup, my car was ironically named after the bad ass FBI agent), which was really sad. I guess there's still a small chance that he can be fixed and I'll get him back, but I'm not holding my breath yet. Isn't it strange how attached you can get to some inanimate object? I'll keep you guys posted on what happens. On a happier note, I am physically feeling much better now. 

Trendsetter is by far my favorite polish from the Metro Collection because it is just so different than most polishes out there. Yup, it's one of those polishes that is sort of ugly, but you like it anyway. I think what really sets it apart is the gold shimmer in the polish. I've seen a few creme polishes similar to this, but not with the shimmer. I was also much happier with the application in that it only needed 2 coats overall.

Monday, October 17, 2011

China Glaze Holiday 2011 Let It Snow Collection Promo

I think there are a few that need to go into my stocking, what do you guys think?


Spend the Holiday season with glittering, shimmering, ravishing color in the Let it Snow Collection from China Glaze

Los AngelesCA – (October 2011): Spend the holidays in style with the new Let It Snow collection from China Glaze! Introducing 12 festive shades sure to get anyone in the holiday sprit this season. Specifically created with the wintery season in mind, Let It Snow will have even the biggest Grinch feeling jolly all winter long. Not only a must-have for a holiday manicure and pedicure, Let It Snow is available in 12 seasonal inspired gift sets perfect for stocking stuffers, Hanukah gifts, Secret Santa, co-workers and Teacher’s gifts. China Glaze Let It Snow collection will be available at fine salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide!

Shades include:

  •  Poinsettia – Ruby red crème inspired by the traditional holiday plant.
  •   Ring In The Red – No Holiday season would be exact without this glittering red polish for holiday gatherings.
  • ·        Winter Berry – Creamy, cranberry-red perfect for sipping hot cocoa by the fire.
  • ·        Velvet Bow – Rich red crème color inspired by your favorite red wine.
  • ·        Glittering Garland – A dazzling glittery green to match the holiday greens of pine trees, garland, and mistletoe.
  • ·        Holly-Day – Looking for a bold color without the glitz? Holly-Day is a rich hunter green without the sparkle. 
  • ·        Champagne Bubbles – Sophisticated gold metallic with a golden shimmer.
  • ·        Twinkle Lights – A mix of glittery shades to emblemize twinkling tree lights.
  • ·        Snow Globe – Frosty white polish with flecks of snowy color.
  • ·        Icicle – Smooth silver shimmer with a hint of flash and ice.
  • ·        Tinsel Town – Bold silver, metallic glitter and the perfect match for sparkling night on the town.
  • ·        Blue Year’s Eve – Ring in the New Year with this lustrous, shimmering blue. 

The Let It Snow Collection is available in a 12 piece counter display, 24 Piece Lil’ Stuffers Display and a 36 Piece Polish Rack. Gift sets include:

  • ·        Belle Of The Ball: Champagne Bubbles and Tinsel Town with a Festive Ornament.
  • ·        Seasonal Sparkles: Poinsettia, Twinkle Lights and Holly-Day.
  • ·        Meet Me Under the Mistletoe: Ring In The Red, Velvet Bow and Glittering Garland with Lip Lacquer.
  • ·        Santa’s Little Helpers: Ring In The Red, Holly-Day, Twinkle Lights and Velvet Bow.
  • ·        Let It Snow: Blue Year’s Eve and Snow Globe with a Mini Snow Globe.
  • ·        Holiday Spirits: Icicle, Champagne Bubbles and Glittering Garland with a Pewter Bottle Stopper.
  • ·        Berry Sweet: Velvet Bow and Ring In The Red with a Holiday Berry Moisturizing Lotion.
  • ·        Baby It’s Cold Outside: Icicle, Blue Year’s Eve and Poinsettia with Fingerless Gloves.
  • ·        Deck The Halls: Glittering Garland and Champagne Bubbles with Limited Edition Holiday Berry Cuticle Oil.
  • ·        Winter Ice: Blue Year’s Eve, Tinsel Town, Icicle and Snow Globe with a Snowflake Charm Necklace.
  • ·        Holly Bear-y: Holly-Day and Winter Berry with “Holly Bear” Plush.
  • ·        Carry Me Away For The HolidaysTinsel Town, Poinsettia, Velvet Bow and Icicle with a Manicure Carrying Case with Nail File.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Butter London Fall 2011: Toff

Butter London Toff (2 coats)

So I was in a really bad car accident on the highway coming home from work and I've been recuperating all day. I'm ok despite having lots of bumps, bruises and aches. My car, on the other hand, is pretty much totaled :-( I am just going to show a new Butter London polish called Toff. I really liked it, but I don't really feel like saying much more more tonight. I hope you guys can understand. I hope your weekend started better than mine. 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

China Glaze Fall 2011 Metro Collection: In the City

China Glaze In the City (4 coats)

Man, I just woke up from a tiny nap because my lovely cat, Mr. Nose, decided he was going to love on me before the sun even came up. Needless to say, I was dragging all day today. On one hand, his loving nature makes me happy, I just wish I could explain that I only need it when the sun is up! 

In the City is my least favorite polish from the Metro Collection because I couldn't get this thing to get opaque! This shows 4 coats, and you can still see my nail beneath. I like the colors that make up this glitter (dark purple, black, silver and gold?), but I wish the particles were a bit larger. The application and formula was ok for the most part...I felt like I really needed to slather on the coats to get the coverage I did. This collection has some great polishes, but I'd skip this one. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

China Glaze Fall 2011 Metro Collection: Midtown Magic

China Glaze Midtown Magic (2 coats)

Long time no see, ladies and gentlemen! I hope this week has been going well so far. I can't believe I am leaving for Cambodia in 3 weeks! I've started a new science blog to document my research and travels and, if interested, e-mail me at to get the address. 

On the nail front, I just signed up for the Julep Maven box. I got an e-mail saying I could get 2 polishes and a hand product for $5 shipped and I couldn't resist. Is anyone else a Maven? Please let me know your thoughts. 

Look how far behind I am on posting polishes! I'm just now getting to the China Glaze Metro Collection. Up first is one of my favorites called Midtown Magic which is a blackened brown base with gold, red and maybe green shimmer. It's dark, but is definitely a complex polish which I love. Being so dark, it only needed 2 coats for full coverage. Great start to this fall collection.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Color Club Fall 2011 Foiled Collection: Lumin-Icent

Color Club Lumin-Icent (2 coats)

Woo, I got a new computer! It's so fast and shiny compared to my old one. One not fun thing about getting a new computer is that you have to download all of your programs over. Right now I am downloading the Adobe Suite which takes forever to download. I figured that since I have the time, I'd post the final color from the Foiled Collection called Lumin-Icent which is an icy-blue foil. It's such a light blue that sometimes it almost looks gray. I really like this one a lot, what do you think?