May 29, 2012

A Peach of Cake on Sun Day

I'm not really a neon polish person, but sometimes I feel the urge to wear something very bright and cheery on my nails. That's what I was feeling like Sunday so I decided to opt for a near neon manicure using two Sally Hansen polishes (complete salon manicure line): A Peach of Cake & Sun Day.
Both polishes are new to my collection and I wanted to try them both without having to deal with the terrible dilemna: which one should I wear? (the same dilemna that I impose to my boyfriend and that drives him nuts! I just love driving him nuts!) so this is what I ended up doing, and I must say, I'm happy with the end result.

The formula on both these polishes was great and very smooth. 

Do you have any bright not quite neon polishes that you love?

May 27, 2012

An antioxidant polish

I never cared for green tea. I know it's full of good stuff such as antioxidants etc. but I just don't like it. My sister had ordered a green tea cake for her graduation dinner in Boston and just thinking of it makes me turn green. I must say that was the nastiest thing I've ever tasted, and believe me, my palate has encountered some weird food. The most unusual dish I've eaten must have been curried bat in the Seychelles. It was actually really good and tasted like rabbit or chicken. Yes yes, we Europeans, especially the French speaking ones, eat awkward stuff sometimes.

Anyways, enough rambling, let's get down to business.

Today's polish is Sally Hansen's complete salon manicure in Green tea. I must say, this isn't the color of green tea but it sure is gorgeous. This is the very first polish from this line that I try as it has only been available here for a very short time (actually I have to cross the border and go to Sephora in France but that's only a 15 minute drive) and I'm impressed by the quality and the range of colors.

I purchased a few others and will be trying them shortly. There were only about 20 colors in my tiny Sephora but if I really like these polishes, well then I'll stock up on them when I go to NY at the end of June.

Colorwise, I'd say Green tea is an opaque minty green, but it is a bit dustier and softer than what I've seen on the market these past years.

The formula was great: 2 easy coats, self leveling, very glossy.

The last picture was taken in daylight (mid PM)

Have you tried Green tea? 

Do you have any great polishes from this line to recommend?

Thanks for reading and have a nice Sunday!

May 23, 2012

An un-planked treasure

I never really used to like purple nail polish, unless it was über dark, but have felt the urge to wear it in the past few months. I started off with pastels but am now also attracted to medium toned purples.

As much as I loved OPI's Pirates of the Caribbean collection, I remember that the only polish I refused to wear was Planks a lot, the dusty purple one. I used it on some friends and they really loved it but I kept it as far away as possible from my hands as I could. You must be thinking "why on earth did you buy it?", question to which I'd answer "it came in a quatro pack and I really wanted the other three polishes".

This poor lacquer has been sitting in the back of one or my Helmer's drawers for too long and I owe it an apology. It is gorgeous and I felt like I had unearthed a long lost treasure when I dug it out the other day.
Never again shall I abandon you my dear.

The formula was great: opaque in 2 coats, not streaks, bubbles or problems of any kind.

Have you ever fallen in love with a polish you used to dislike?

May 20, 2012

Is the glass half full or half empty

Hello my dears,

People say you are either an opimist or a pessimist. I don't believe in that and think we are both. It all really depends on our mood and the people we are friends with.

Do optimism and pessimism have their corresponding colors? I don't think so and don't know how Essie came up with such a silly name. Eternal optimist...they could have done much better for such a pretty polish.
This typically is a color I would have steered away from a while back, and I don't know what is getting in to me these days but I'm becoming attracted to colors I used to flee. Must be the rain, my mood or an overdose of Coptic texts.

Enough rambling. Aside from the silly name, this polish couldn't get any better. It's opaque in 2 coats, fast-drying, self-leveling and super shiny without a topcoat. What more could you ask for?

Do you ever go through phases where you tend to gravitate towards polishes that you used to think were just blah and boring?

Thanks for reading

May 9, 2012

Glitter craze - phase 2

I'm still craving glitter!

Here's my most recent discoball manicure featuring 2 coats of Mavala's Sweet (#397, a dusty peachy antique rose creme) as a base and 1 coat of LA Girls Glitter Addict in Inspire.

I love this! What do you think of it?

Thanks for reading


May 3, 2012

I got a little glitter crazy


I'm in the mood for glitter. I usually am not a glitter fan and I don't lnow how to explain this sudden urge to bear disco balls on my fingertips...

For this manicure I used 1 coat of Dior's Waterlily as a base (light warm green) and added 1 coat of Purge from LA Girls glitter addict over top (green glitter in a clear base). Purge. What a horrible name for such a nice lacquer...

(Pictures taken in artificial lighting)

My pictures don't do this mani justice and you just have to imagine how sparkly this was.

I absolutely loved this manicure, got many many compliments on it , and have to admit it made me feel like Poison Ivy the whole time I wore it!

What do you think of this combo? Would you wear it or is too far off from your comfort zone?

Thanks for reading!

May 1, 2012

Dusty Dior

Hello my dears,

How have you all been doing?

Today I have a stunning dusty turquoise polish to show you: Dior's Saint Tropez.

This polish just came out and I jumped on it as soon as I saw it. It's dusty quality is just so special and very different from those über bright turquoise lacquers I'm used to seeing. I'm in love with a polish....yet again!

The formula was great: opaque in two coats, fast drying, self leveling and very shiny. I didn't even use a topcoat.

(pictures taken in daylight)

To spice things up on the third day, I added some sparkle: OPI's Pirouette my whistle (from the New York Ballet collection).
This glitter is great because it isn't too sparkly and looks almost as if you added a sheer polish over top in a very glitter sandwich-esque fashion.

(pictures taken in artificial lighting)

So, what do you think of this beauty?

Thanks for reading!