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Maya Cosmetics- It Can’t Rain All The Time & Almost Happy Hour

A few weeks ago, my friend Chris sent me a tweet telling me his good friend Kat had started a new nail polish line that had launched that morning and to “tell all [my] nail polish people.”  Then when we were in Antigua, he was asking what I thought of the line, and getting my opinion, like I’m an expert or something. Well, to be fair, this is probably the only thing on the planet where I know more about it than he does. So when I had some left over funds from my trip, I decided to purchase a few, and if I didn’t like them, I did my Good Friend Duty of The Year! Luckily, this was money well spent!!

Up first is It Can’t Rain All The Time. A sheer purple base with green, periwinkle, and lavender hex glitter, with lavender microglitter, It Can’t Rain All The Time is a great glitter on it’s own, but also great as a layering polish (see below!). Here I have 2 coats with a bit of visible nail line, but 3 coats eliminated that problem.  I also layered it over Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure’s Greige Gardens and it looked great then as well!

This will be a great polish for spring time and I will definitely be trying some of Kat’s other glitters. Also, props for the nod to The Crow.

The other polish I purchased was Almost Happy Hour. That’s a thought that runs through my mind at least 4 times a week. And as the “office appropriate” polish lover, this was definitely a “must have” polish for me. A taupe creme with a copper, silver, gold, and pink shimmer, this polish is office appropes with a dash of pizzazz. I used two coats here, but you can totally get away with just one! Those are the best kind! While a lot of my neutrals are in the pale pinks and mannequin hands category, this one will provide a bit of color in the office.

Maya Cosmetics are available their website for $8.50. Through the month of October, $1 from each bottle sold will be split between the Wounded Warriors Project and Fisher House. These are organizations that are close to my heart as I work for the Department of Veterans Affairs and have worked closely with people who work for, and benefited from, both WWP and Fisher House.

China Glaze- Elephant Walk & Sally Hansen- Glass Slipper

Just a quick post today as I’m still catching up from vacation (I had a blast, btw) and about to head to downtown DC for the DC United game and Soupapalooza!! Exciting stuff, I know.

China Glaze Elephant Walk is from the Fall 2012 Safari collection. I didn’t really “need” another gray, but I also never “need” a piece of tiramisu and that never stops me. So here we are. Besides, I love elephants, I would have bought this color no matter what shade. Anyways, Elephant Walk is a gray creme with a very subtle shimmer. I used 2 coats for full opacity, and the formula was excellent. I wore this on its own for 2 days without any tip wear. You can pick up China Glaze polishes at Sally Beauty, Ulta, and all over the interwebs, and they range from $4.50-$7 depending on where you buy.

After two days, I added a coat of Sally Hansen’s Glass Slipper to extend the manicure as I was quite busy. It’s a very classy flakie top coat that adds a bit of bling without going overboard. Again, work appropriate in my opinion. I love how it looks like snow flakes and will be a heavily use polish this coming winter. I picked this baby up for $3 at Walmart in February or March, and have used it multiple times since then. Definitely a diverse polish and I can’t wait to try it over a bunch of different colors.

Color Club Birchbox Exclusive- Put a Pin In It

So, occasionally, we come across a polish we don’t love. This is one of those polishes for me. I HATE THIS POLISH. HATE. IT. I like Color Club polishes a lot. And I love Birchbox. And I love the other colors in this collection. I really wanted to like this polish, because I love rose gold. But I just can’t. Metallic polishes have tricky formulas, and this is one showed every flaw in my nails. It was a PITA to clean up as you can see from the shimmer around my fingers. And it’s not quite rosy enough to look good on my skin tone. It also required 3 coats for full opacity. I’m just so blah on this 😦 Jess really liked it though, so hopefully she can provide a different point of view on it.

You can pick up the Birchbox and Color Club Custom Collection on the Birchbox website for $8.00.

Essie- Your Hut Or Mine

Essie’s Your Hut or Mine is part of the 2011 Resort Collection. After stalking occasionally checking my TJ Maxx for the $3.99 Essies I kept hearing about, I finally came across them last week while running errands on my day off. Naturally, I sat down and painted my nails with it immediately, rocking it for On Wednesdays We Wear Pink. I used two coats for this manicure as I could still see visible nail line after one coat. If I’m staring really closely, you can still see it after two coats as well, but it’s not nearly as noticeable. It’s a great formula as Essies normally are. I love the pink shimmer!! This is a great all-purpose color. Great for work, great for fancy events, great to wear because you feel like wearing pink!

Essie is available pretty much everywhere, retailing between $7.50-$8.50, and for less on many e-tailers, such as Trans Design.

A-England – Jane Eyre

As soon as I saw the press release for the new A-England Gothic Beauties collection, I know Jane Eyre had to be mine. I love A-England polishes so I ordered it through Llarowe as soon as it was available, and the rest is history. Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë, is one of my favorite stories. I’m a bit weird about it. I’m not a huge fan of the book itself, but I love the movie. That could have something to do with Michael Fassbender as Mr. Rochester. He’s perfect, isn’t he?  But I digress. Jane Eyre was the one polish in this collection where I went “OH OH!!!”

Jane Eyre is described as an “intensely smouldering crimson embers, imprisoned in a veil of sombre black.” That, my friends, is a description! The formula is amazing, a one coater if you do a thick coat, but this is two thin coats. The shimmer is outstanding and I couldn’t stop staring at my nails. This polish was one where I made an effort to get a photo in the sunlight, which meant I had to stop on a street corner on my way home from work. I definitely got some looks. But it’s so worth it! I wore this for FIVE DAYS and experienced very little tip wear. I see this color getting A LOT of wear this winter. I bet it makes an amazing pedicure.

As this post goes live, I’m on my way to Antigua for 9 days!! I have several posts scheduled while I’m gone, and Jess is stepping up and doing a few extra posts. I’m going for the USA World Cup Qualifier so naturally there will be special manicure happening, including one very special one! I can’t wait to share them!

Wet N Wild- Poison Ivy

I’m not going to go on and on about Wet N Wild’s Poison Ivy, because you have eyes. You can see how gorgeous it is. I really love the formula on WNW’s Megalast polishes, this is 2 coats, but you can get away with one. Poison Ivy has that “glow from within” quality that I am loving right now. A small word of warning, the brush on this is not my favorite. I like a wider, stiffer brush, but this brush seems stiffer than normal, and it’s too wide for my pinky finger 😦 I shall deal with it.

Poison Ivy is part of the limited edition Pick Your Poison collection, and retails for $1.99. I picked up several polishes from this collection during CVS Wet N Wild BOGOFREE sale earlier this week. Good luck finding these, the WNW limited edition collections are notoriously hard to find, but eventually they start popping up. Definitely pick this one up!

L’Oreal Rainy Piccadilly w/ Zoya- Fei Fei

The only reason I picked up Rainy Piccadilly was because I had a coupon. That’s how many of my nail polish purchases happen. I can preach how I’m on a no-buy but I see a sale and I just can’t resist. I’m really glad I picked this up though. It’s named after one of my favorite places in London, so it’s extra special. The formula is excellent, opaque in two coats. To add a little bling, I did an accent nail is Zoya Fei Fei (photos below the jump), from their Fall 2012 collection. Expect a full review on that in the future, because it’s awesome!

Rainy Piccadilly is part of the British Invasion collection and can be found at Target, Walgreens, Walmart, and other major drugstores. It can retail between $4.50-$6 depending on where you purchase it.  Read the rest of this entry

RESWATCHED: OPI- Warm & Fozzie

Warm & Fozzie, from the Muppets Collection, was one of my favorite colors to come out last year. I even did a post on it when I had gotten the mini set. When I had the idea to do a re-swatch post, I went back to look at the previous swatches and had a really good laugh with Jess about how nubby my nubbins were when I did that post. It was early on in our blogging days, and I have gotten much better at swatching since then. And, as Jess said, I’ve “embraced a little length” with my nails.

Turns out, I still love Warm & Fozzie. It’s such a great fall color with the burgundy, gold, and copper flecks and one of the few “brown” polishes I’ll wear. I wore this to Philly last week for the DC United game (we won!) and got so many compliments on it. Here I used two coats, but I definitely think this is a three coater under normal circumstances. When I was looking at it in the sun, I felt like my nails were still a bit transparent. There is a bit of a shrinkage problem with Seche Vite as the top coat, so I definitely think I will try a different top coat next time.

You can still get Warm & Fozzie on Amazon and eBay!

A-England: Tristam

I love it. LOVE. IT. I ordered this back in July when Adina was running her 5gbp polish sale for hitting 5,000 fans on Facebook, and it just arrived this week. My original shipment got lost in the Olympic chaos and she had to resend them. Sidenote: Adina was really great about resending my order and answering my inquiries. Anyway, I ordered this and Galahad, both of which were on my lemming list. This polish is perfection. I used two coats, but it really only needed one. The holographic glitter is really subtle and shimmering. I believe this has taken over as the Most Complimented polish I’ve worn. And it’s definitely one of my most favorite polishes in my entire 460+ bottle collection. I can see myself getting a lot of wear out of Tristam this winter.  Read the rest of this entry

Butter London- Trustafarian

Butter London’s Trustafarian is not a Melissa color.  At least not typically.  But the more I saw swatches of it, the more I wanted it. I felt like it would be subtle enough that I could still wear it in the office and not be concerned about professionalism.  So I picked it up during the Ulta BOGOFREE sale last week. I’m so glad I did! I absolutely loved this polish and wore it for 4 days, which is a rarity in my world. The formula is a bit thin so I went with 3 thin coats for complete coverage. I really like the slightly pistachio color of this polish. It’s unique, and I got a lot of compliments on it. Especially when I was out in the sun. The holo qualities of Trustafarian are really subtle and my nails just sparkled. Removal was super easy, but there was a bit of shimmer left behind on my fingers. Let’s just say I temporarily resembled a Cullen. But I can’t wait to wear this again!

Trustafarian is part of Butter London’s Fall 2012 collection. You can pick it up on Butter London’s website, as well as Ulta, Ricky’s, Nordstrom’s and other sites. They retail for $14.

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