Archive for the ‘green’ Category

China Glaze Trendsetter <3

November 13, 2011

This one is a winner! Not only do I love this color, it got exclamatory compliments on the bus.

indirect light

Two coats will do it, and this baby wore like iron. See how green it looks on me? I had the impression that this was a yellow polish, but not on me. Chartreuse, maybe. With gold shimmer. Which is a gorgeous combination… *sigh*

 

When you get it into low light, say, moody overhead lighting in fancier restaurants? A reddish microshimmer shows up, almost like a duochrome. The waiter must have questioned my sanity, but I wasn’t able to capture the shimmer. Here’s another photo anyway!

 

sun

What do you think?

 

Essie School of Hard Rocks

November 7, 2011

I really do love the Essie winter collection, but School of Hard Rocks is my favorite.

full sun

Ahh. So soothing. This is a way greyed-out teal that looks green in some lights and goes on in two buttery coats. My guy picked it out of the bunch as *his* favorite, too. If you like cremes Essie has some gorgeous colors this season. They look fall and winter-y to me but are a soothing break from the vampy colors.

<3

Zoya Shawn

October 28, 2011

I didn’t just buy Yara and Neeka when I went on my Zoya spending spree. Shawn fell into my (online) shopping cart.

full sun

Isn’t that a soothing green? I had thought that Shawn was a brighter green, but on my skin it’s pretty dark. It reminds me of billiard balls.  I don’t know why. It’s just a smooth, creamy green. This is two coats.

Here’s a huge and gratuitous picture with a wild violet leaf:

Wild Violet!

Does it seem like I have a lot of green polishes?

Zoya Yara

October 25, 2011

Of Zoya’s collections, Smoke and Mirrors is definitely my favorite. I would buy them all if I had both unlimited funds and unlimited, self-organizing storage… but that’s another story. The MUST-have for me was Yara. Olive green with gold flecks, it’s interesting without being flashy.

twilight

Click the pic to view sparklies bigger

Yeeah. Two coats, easy application. Really easy. I am so in love with the gold speckles and the formula that I’m really glad I threw Neeka in my cart as well…

Sephora by OPI Caught with my Khakis Down

October 7, 2011

I recently saw SOPI Caught with my Khakis Down on one of my fabulously stylish friends. I begged to know what she was wearing and even though she told me what it was and promised to pick up a bottle for me, I couldn’t wait. I went right out and bought Essie Sew Psyched.

 

What’s wrong with that?

 

We met up again finally and she handed over my precious. Let’s see it:

 

indoors

 

This baby is a lovely sage green or khaki creme. Two coats went on extremely smoothly, though I would recommend throwing topcoat on there to hide my nail ridges. Also, you should always use topcoat if you aren’t going to change your polish for a couple of days.

 

SOPI CWMKD and Essie Sew Psyched are incredibly similar. Check out the bottles:

reaaaally similar

 

Pretty much the same color and they both have a tendency to separate unattractively. Don’t let that deter you from picking either of them up though, because:

 

indoors

 

Look how awesome they both are! I honestly don’t regret having both. The Essie has a very subtle shimmer that does not show up on camera, but it does turn the green ever so slightly more grey. Plus shimmer is fun when you’re in the mood for shimmer, and creme is great when you’re not!

 

These are a couple of colors I would call “on-trend” and “totally” work-appropriate. Go wild. :P

 

Essie Sew Psyched

October 6, 2011

Turns out having a full time job makes it tough to blog!  Whodathunk.

Okay, I’ve wanted to show you Essie Sew Psyched for a while now, but the first two times I put it on, I *had* to take it off immediately. It was so lumpy, so streaky… UGH. I was getting a sneaking suspicion that my Seche Base was to blame since nearly every polish has a terrible first coat on it. And I tried it with the old Sally Hansen Insta-Grip and voila:

 

natural light

 

Two coats of lovely application. I am not sad at all that I’ve been wearing this pretty much all week. I’m pretty sure it will go well with lots of skin tones, so if you’re into the “military” green color trend, go for it! Here it is with flash to try to show off the secret silver shimmer:

 

indoors with flash

 

I don’t know why the flash made it seem rubbery rather than shiny, and believe me, this polish gets a medal for only having tipwear after the extreme paperwork situations it’s been through. This one is going to be a favorite of mine for quite a while, I can tell!

 

$1.99 love: Confetti My Favorite Martian

September 14, 2011

When I noticed the $1.99 Confetti display, I think I grew faint. I knew I would be unable to resist, but I limited myself to some glitters. I don’t expect much for that kind of money but this one blew me out of the water:

full sun

Ugh, so much pretty! Yellow-green jelly with silver and green glitter. There are occasional bigger pieces of green glitter, but also some fine silver glitter that helps build up the opacity. Four coats are shown, but they dried fairly quickly. I also find these glitters to be surprisingly smooth. Removal gets glitter everywhere but it doesn’t stick stubbornly like the Orly Goth did. What a deal!

Sally Hansen Pixel Pretty

September 12, 2011

I picked this one up a really long time ago, but I’ve been seeing the HD polishes in CVS’ clearance bin for 75% off. Here’s Pixel Pretty, swatched over an opaque creme, three coats:

indoors

It’s a little brush-strokey, very sheer, and to be honest? A little disappointing. I don’t know what I expected – probably the insane chrome look that the Sally Hansen display showed. But I like to put one coat of some Insta-Dri on my toes and throw this one on top for some shimmer. Brush strokes don’t bother me as much when they’re far away, you know?

Essie Turquoise & Caicos

August 23, 2011

Can you tell I like Essie? It’s the little bottles. They’re so cute! I am a huge sucker for packaging.

Three coats of Turquoise & Caicos, I promise to get better at photos:

light turquoise nail polish

late afternoon sun

I spent a few weeks drooling over pictures of people wearing this one before tracking it down in the store. When I found it, I kind of hated it in the bottle.  Surprise!  It dries darker.  I even freaked out a little on the first coat because it looked really yellow-green.  Three coats (I still had VNL at two coats) and I’m in love.  <3 <3 <3

a light turquoise (green-blue) creme polish

shade

Here it is compared to Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Sea Breeze:

While this one still falls into my turquoise category, it’s much darker. This Insta-Dri is thick – opaque in one coat showing brush texture – but the brush is kind of awesome. Wide and beveled. I feel like it’s quick to chip, though. Even with top and base coat, huge chunks of it come off after a day. Another thing? This color will stain, beware!

Is anyone a fan of Insta-Dri?

Essie Dive Bar

August 20, 2011

Here’s my current polish, Essie Dive Bar, pictured here at a few days old:

 

Green/blue nail polish

full sun

 

This was three of the most irritating coats of polish I have ever put on. I was trying to be really careful too, letting each coat dry for several minutes before applying the next. It seems to dry as you apply it, so that you can’t overlap at all or you’ll wipe off the layer below. It reminded me of dry-erase pens. Other people have reported an easy two coats, so who knows.

 

same polish in the shade

shade

It’s hard to capture the duochrome on this one. As I type, it’s almost a navy blue, but in most bright light settings it’s a dark base with bright green/teal shimmer. When twilight comes around, it’ll look more like a a blue/teal.

 

indoors

This terribly blurry picture shows the bluer indoor shade. The purple shows up in the bottle but I find myself waving my hands in front of my face trying to find it on the nail. Is it just me or do duochromes exist so people can laugh at us for flailing about while staring at our nails?

I’ll keep this polish even though it’s scary to apply. I’m optimistic that my photography AND nail polish application skills will improve!  Also cuticles, and mysterious hand redness, and funky nail shape…