Decided to go for a bit of a darker nail color this week. I tend to wear mostly pastel or brighter colors in the summer but for some reason I’ve had the urge to go darker. I was initially leaning towards a black polish but since I’m visiting my parents for the long weekend (and my mother hates black polish) this one would have to do. This is the re-formulated version of My Private Jet. I’ve heard that the original was much more holographic but had a terrible formulation. I don’t own the origional so unfortunately I can’t compare the two. This polish is smooth and easy to apply. I tend to apply 3 coats with all of my OPI polishes but you could probably get away with two
Here’s the manicure I’ve been sporting for the last couple days. At first I wasn’t sure but the more I wear it the more its grown on me! Red HotTamaleis the perfect summer red shade, a true tomato red. I love the combination between the red and the more grey-toned taupe! I really wanted to use both colours and polka dots seemed like the easiest option. This is my first time wearing the Essie shade (previously featured in this haul post), and I can easily see myself pairing this with many other colours. Its the perfect almost silver- toned gold with a strong, dense, glitter shimmer throughout. Formula was great on all of these polishes!
As promised on my last Nail of the Day post, here is a quick haul of my recent nail polish purchases. Now I want to preface this post by saying that I haven’t purchased a polish in quite some time now, and that I realize that this is definitely not a normal amount of polish to purchase in such a small time frame. However these are polishes that I’ve had on my to-buy list for quite some time, and by finding them on a sale… I just couldn’t say no. Here is a quick overview of all the polishes I purchased.
Here are my Deborah Lippmann purchases. From top left to right: Cuticle Oil, Good Girl Gone Badand I’m Not Innocent. I have yet to use any of these polishes however I have swatched the two coloured shades on my swatch wheels. Good Girl Gone Bad is a gorgeous polish with a deep magenta base combined with a pink/purple shimmer. This polish dried pretty matte on my swatch wheel, but a top coat provided a smooth glossy finish. I’m Not Innocent is a light slightly-yellow toned nude shade; as I said I have yet to wear the polish however from the swatch this may take the place of ‘my perfect nude polish.’ These polishes were all purchased from nailpolishcanada.com. The site will no longer be carrying the Lippmann brand so polishes are deeply discounted. If you are a Deborah Lippmann fan I would definitely suggest checking out the site!
Next up are two Essie shades. I’ve had each of these polishes on my to-buy list for quite some time now and finally decided to bite the bullet and purchase. Beyond cozy is an interesting polish, in the bottle it pulls more gold however when swatched it is a very finely milled silvery gold. If silver toned gold was a word, this polish would be its most accurate description. This polish is ALL shimmer; surprisingly the formula seems to be quite good; the shimmer is incredibly dense! Topless and Barefoot is another nude shade, this one is darker and more pink-toned compared to the Deborah Lippmann. I’ve wanted this polish for almost a year now, however it never seemed to be in stock at Trade Secrets (where I typically purchase my discontinued polishes). I tend to prefer pink toned nudes against my skintone so I’m anxious to see if this polish will have been worth the wait!
These are the last 3 polishes of my haul. I’ve already done a post on Butter London’s QueenVicso I won’t talk too much about it. This is my first Butter polish and while at first I was a bit unsure; the longer I had it on, the more it grew on me! Revlon Colorstay‘s Top Coathas been my go-to top coat since I purchased it about a year or so ago. The proof that I love it so much is that this bottle is a repurchase! Its extremely rare for me to finish a polish; In all honestly I can probably count the number of polishes that I’ve actually finished! I haven’t tried the matching Base Coat and decided to go ahead and pick one up. I found the Colorstay polishes on an AMAZING deal at saleevent.ca. At $2 a bottle I really couldn’t pass this up, not pictured are the other 2 bottles of top coat that I purchased…yes this is excessive however my rationality was that now I won’t need to buy top coat for the next 3 years 😛 and with shipping costs being $5 flat, I wanted to order enough to make it worth it.
This is my first Butter London polish and I must admit I have mixed thoughts. Pigmentation was great, I used two coats for the above image. However I found the polish to be a bit on the thick side, something that I’m sure can be fixed with some nail polish thinner but that is something I would prefer to not have to do on a new bottle. While I love the bottle shape and the lack of certain chemicals in a Butter polish, for some reason I’m just not drawn to the colours they release. Queen Vic is a polish that has been on my to-buy list for quite some time however there’s only about 1-2 other polishes at the moment that I would consider purchasing. I don’t typically wear purple polishes so I was a bit hesitant when I first used this polish however it has considerably grown on me. I do perceive this as being more of a fall shade so this may be the only time I use it for the next couple months.
I’ve actually purchased quite a few polishes within the last 2-3 weeks so expect a polish haul post within the next couple days!
on index and ring finger Deborah Lippmann – Boom Boom Pow
First off sorry for the lack of bottle shot in this picture! This picture was actually snapped mid morning while I was running errands, I thought the light really captured the polish so I quickly tried to take a picture. Another reason why this isn’t the clearest shot, it can look quite odd taking a picture of your nails in public! This has been one of my favourite winter manicures, during the holiday season I was really into adding some sort of glitter into my weekly polish. Khloe had a little lam lam has quickly become one of my staple fall/winter shades. The perfect darkened greenish blue shade, its one of those colours that just looks good with my skin tone. I’d say this leans darker and greener than OPI’s Ski Teal we Drop, I actually preferred this polish so much that I gave the OPI one away! Somehow I couldn’t justify having both since I always preferred this one.
Deborah Lippmann’s Boom Boom Pow is one of my favourite polishes. I wear gold much more than I wear silver and this polish, although pricey, has never been one that I regret. My only gripe is that the large hexagonal glitters don’t apply as well as I would have liked. This may be a polish where you have to ‘place’ the glitter flecks to get a more uniform look.
This is a shade that I half got for the name and half for the actual color. Although this polish is from the OPI Swiss collection of Fall 2010, the name makes me think of William Shakespeare; both in his literal name and the slight poetical whimsy of the of the polish moniker.
I bought this polish since it looked to be that similar dark eggplant shade of lacquers such as OPI’s Lincoln Park at Midnight but with a name I much preferred. The polish itself is a deep vampy purple, however I found it to lean more of a brown toned purple. The formulation was great and boy is this polish chip resistant! When paired with my favourite Revlon Colorstay top coat, my nails were still chip free an entire week later!
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure – Thinking of Blue
Earlier this year I went on the hunt for the perfect indigo shade. I had become recently obsessed with this indigo scarf that I had received as a gift some odd years ago and wanted a nail polish to match. Yes, matching a nail polish to a scarf seems quite strange but I was literally (and am still) obsessed with this shade. This seemed to be the closest I could find, with not quite enough purple this leans a bit more navy than indigo but is still a beautiful shade.
This is my first polish from the complete salon manicure line and I’m not quite sure how many more I will purchase. The formulation was good and when paired with my favourite Revlon Colorstay topcoat, I haven’t had any chipping for about a week. However the brush is flat and quite wide, not a shape that I am used to and took a bit of extra patience. While I prefer a thinner brush, if the right color came along I wouldn’t hesitate my purchase.
I picked up two Joe Fresh nail polishes while in Alberta (this is my first time dabbling in the brand) and, with the polishes at least, I’m pretty impressed! Wave is a pale robin’s egg or sky blue, a shade that I have had my eye on for a while but have never found one that was just right. Who knew I could score one on a 3 for $10 deal!
This isn’t entirely a cream polish, there is a slight shimmer however it is only noticeable in certain lighting and even then its not like this is a metallic polish or anything. Application was good, not as amazing as an essence or essie polish but not terribly streaky either. I’ve been using my Revlon Topcoat over each manicure now so it’s difficult to tell how chip resistant this polish is since the top coat works like glue.
This polish comes with 6ml as opposed to the 13.5 – 15 ml of an essie or OPI polish. But hey, considering I’ve NEVER finished a polish, I’ll gladly take the lesser volume. 2 coats gave full opacity
I’ve been lusting after Deborah Lippmann’s Boom Boom Pow since the beginning of the year and about a month ago I finally bit the bullet and bought it! Deborah Lippmann is pretty hard to find in my area, let alone finding the full range. This along with the price tag of this polish left me eying longingly at a distance (the distance being my eyes to the computer screen). Eventually picked this up off of ebay and it was love at first sight! Don’t know why it took me so long to actually use the polish, but it is perfect in so many ways!
Boom Boom Pow is a gold multi-glitter polish with a gold shimmer base. I had been on the hunt for a polish just like this for quite a while, but was never able to find one that was just right….well until I found this polish that is. The glitter doesn’t apply as easily as the milani glitters however it looks absolutely beautiful on the nail, especially when it hits the light. I used Essence nude it as a base and it worked perfectly. This polish applies like a dream, completely opaque in 1 coat. Love this combination and can’t wait to add some golden glitter to my future manicures!
I do apologize for the over-saturation of this picture (curse you phone apps!) however it does show the truest dimension of the polish; I got a lot of color cast from the natural sunlight.
Personally I am a HUGE glitter fan, especially when there’s multi-glitter in the mix. Here is the nail combo I came up with today, notice anything different between my right and left hand? Here’s a closer look
I love this effect! Its that almost ‘jelly sandwich’ look where the glitter looks like its within the polish instead of sitting on top. To do this look I did a couple coats of 2% milk as a base, followed by a coat of milani gems. That combination is on the hand to the left, on my other hand I added another coat of 2% milk to dull down some of the extra shine and I am completely in love with the outcome!
Now if you look at Milani gems you might be thinking hey, that looks a lot like Deborah Lippmann’s Happy Birthday in which case you would be correct take a look at this post over at addictedtoallthingspretty.com to see some great comparison shots. I’ve tried Happy Birthday and personally I prefer the Milani, first off there’s a $15 price difference but the polish itself applies more glitter with each stroke compared to the Lippmann. That means that you won’t have to build up the polish by applying coat after coat to get the same effect.
I am pleasantly surprised with Wet n Wild’s 2% milk. This was my first Wet n Wild polish and I actually got this for just over a dollar when Zellers started their big blowout sale. The formulation is perfect, its a sheer polish that didn’t left very little visible nail line! My nails are pretty short at the moment so any nail line isn’t very noticeable right now but I can see myself getting a lot of use out of this polish!