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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

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“My name is Barack Obama and I endorse this… nail polish?”

Okay, yes, I work in politics. And, yes, this post pretty much reveals which side I’m supporting this November. And yes, I am loving that, thanks to members of the beauty industry like Marie Claire, and Anna Wintour, and the other gazzilion “go get ’em!” girls who have been rallying the troops this year, being politically informed is now in full fashion.  But, really, all I’m here about today is to say that Obama has his own nail polish. And I want it.

According to the “Runway to Win” website, which is part of Obama’s campaign store, the set, designed by Richard Blanch includes: “Red-y To Win Red – A delightfully deep red, a bold pop of color that makes a statement; Victory White – A soft, clean white perfectly polished for every day wear; and Bo Blue – A shimmering sapphire blue, a fun take on the classic navy.” And to seal the all Americana feel, four little words: “Made in the USA”. It’s even on sale, marked down from $40 to the totally splurgable amount of $25.

I know, I know, we all have like 20 dupes of these colors in our collections, but I need this. If POTUS puts his seal of approval on these colors, that’s like an executive order on nail polish trends or something, right? (You know, I type these things and then I realize I come across like Elle Woods, before she realized smart was sexy too…) I’m sure non-polish addicts will look at this and go, “uh, really? why would a campaign seriously sell that?” But since I am, in fact, a polish addict, I’m pretty sold on it being a fabulous concept, and I am seriously considering getting it. Basically, the real reason I need this is because I love the fact that I can support something with my weekly nail polish splurge for once, and I love the fact that I can wear it long-term. If someone wants to say something about it being silly, I’ll gladly quote the NYT discussion on how nail polish is the new lipstick of economic indicators and that, really, it’s kind of an ingenious move. The fact that it’s not a metal button with “made in china” on the back is a perk too.

Who am I kidding, my debit card is already in hand. I’ll let you know how a political polish turns out 😉

xo- Jess

Sunday Brunch Mani! Essie Cocktail Bling w/ Pure Pearlfection

Yesterday I went for Sunday Brunch at my favorite restaurant, Volt. If you are a Top Chef Nerd, you may remember the owner, Bryan Voltaggio, was the runner-up on the season his brother Michael won. The food was phenomenal as always (see pics below) and girl talk was had. Naturally, I did a mani for the occasion and it looked great with my dress.

Essie once again has hit it out of the park with Cocktail Bling. It’s a perfect 2 coater, and applies like butter. The formula may be a bit thin for some, but I love it. It’s easy to work with and it doesn’t pool around the nail crevices. It’s a great winter neutral that has some color, but is cool enough it fits into the winter season. The picture shows it leaning purple, but it’s actually a blue leaning gray.

As for Pure Pearlfection, I’ve covered it before. I’d like to tell you that I wore it over CB to represent the frost and snow we got in MD this weekend or some crap like that. The truth is, I just really love this top coat. It gives a little bit of bling in a classy, not-in-your-face type of way. I have noticed there is a blue and pink shimmer I haven’t noticed before. I’m not sure if this is due to being layered over a blue polish or not.

Both of these polishes retail for around $7.50-$8.50 depending on where you shop. Cocktail Bling is from the 2011 Cocktail Bling Collection and Pure Pearlfection is from the Luxeffects line.

Mattese Elite – Gold Glitter (and Blue Star) + Times Square = A Spectacular NYE

So, life since I moved to NYC has been a bit of a whirlwind, although most of it hasn’t been city livin’ related. I’ve been traveling to MD and MI to get my stuff, trying to organize my room, and settling into my job. Moving is hard work y’all!

BUTTTT all that craziness made my NYE weekend extra super special 🙂 One of my girlfriends from MD came up for the celebrations and scored us vip passes (read: we had an FBI escort, it.was.awesome. And only slightly ego inflating haha) to the Times Square festivities, and it was just an all around fantastic weekend. Of COURSE we had to have amazing manis for the night! So we busted out some Mattese Elite and had a mani party before we hit the town.

I rocked Mattese Elite – Gold Glitter, which is sheer amazingness. It does take a couple coats to get full coverage, 2-3 depending on how much patience you have moving the glitter, but with it being gold, small gaps only show up under a microscopic view. (I will admit in the photos below the cut that in my rush to get ready, it got pushed back on the tips a bit. Didn’t realize it until the photos though) Also, it could work as a top coat too! It’s a clear base with gold hex glitter and holo flecks. I’ve worn it several times since picking it up, and my roomie even added it to her lemming list. The holo flecks really add dimension and movement to the gold glitter; it makes the glitter dazzling. It’s been a while since I had a “OH MY VARNISH” glitter come into my life, this one certainly fits the bill! If you are a glitter lover, this should be on your wish list.

Tori had brought a polish with her, but seeing as she wanted little monster worthy paws to put up when Gaga came on, I let her raid my stash for something fun. She grabbed the new Mattese Elite – Blue Star crackle; her good taste is one of the many reasons we’re best friends haha. I suggested she put Funky Fingers – Sand and Stilettos underneath it, and when she said on the subway for the 5th time that she couldn’t stop staring at her nails, I knew we had chosen well 😉 Blue Star was one of the new ME crackles released in December and I had played with it a few times before doing Tori’s nails. It’s honestly one of the best crackles I’ve ever used. It’s super easy to put on; you can even play a bit if you want thin or thick coverage, both ways it will crack! It’s also just a unique color for a crackle, the gold microflecks in it make me stare at the bottle, let alone when it’s on a mani 😛

If you need a little vicarious NYC living, hit the jump for a gallery of my fave NYE pics as well as some shots of the Mattese Elite – Blue Star bottle and Mattese Elite – Gold Glitter in various lighting!

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Revlon- Fashionista + Whimsical

Yesterday I shared Naughty, so today I wanted to share Fashionista. It’s one of the ones I wanted IMMEDIATELY upon seeing the display on Nouveau Cheap, and actually carried around the store for about 20 minutes before putting it back the first time I saw it. But I picked it up at Walgreens this past week when I went in to pick up the Lord of the Rings Pez dispenser set (which, btdubs, was the highest grossing item at my office’s blind auction to raise money for an adopted Veteran family!! But I digress.)

I used:
1 Orly Bonder
2 coats Revlon Fashionista
1 coat Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat

Fashionista is a deep, dark teal creme. I’m in love, despite this not being my best manicure ever. It’s dark enough to go with my pale skin tone, but not so dark it looks gothic. 2 coats are needed for full opacity, but only because there is a bit of brush stroke towards the tip of the nail on the first coat. I put a coat of Whimsical over it 1) because I wanted to show y’all what it looked like over a darker color and b) I was so flippin’ excited to use Whimsical now that it was mine!! I’m going back and forth on whether I like the combo (LOVE Whimsical itself). I think the color combo is gorgeous, but due to the cloudy nature of Whimsical, the unevenness of one coat is really apparent over a darker color. And I can’t help but stare at it, in a bad way. Perhaps I will try again with two coats, but I feel like this is a layering glitter, and you should only need one coat for it to look nice. So as of right now, I’m leaning towards using it only over lighter colors.

Fashionista can be found at Walgreens and Kmart for $4.99, or at Bed Bath & Beyonds that sell makeup for ~$3.79.

Revlon – Whimsical !!! (over OPI – Planks A Lot)

1 coat Seche Rebuild (base)
2 coats OPI – Planks A Lot
2 coats Revlon – Whimsical
1 coat Essie – Good to Go! (top)

Revlon definitely wins brand of the year for this one.   Those of you that know me know that my biggest lemming of all time is Deborah Lippmann’s Glitter in the Air.  There’s something about that cotton candy-like light blue and pink hex glitter (with blue and silver micro glitter) floating in milky blue base that makes me drool.  I could look at swatches of it alllll day.   What doesn’t make me drool is the cost of one Deborah Lippmann polish ($18-$20).  I know they’re worth it, but I was waiting for a sale to happen (ANYTHING) and it just wasn’t going happening in my area.  When I first heard about Whimsical being a GiTA dupe, I knew this had to be mine!!

More, more, more under the cut…

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Wet n Wild Color Icon – Believe Me, It’s Real

1  coat Seche Retain (base)
1 coat Essie – Sexy Divide
1.5 coats Wet n Wild Color Icon – Believe Me, It’s Real
1 coat Wet n Wild Color Icon  – Back Alley Deals (ring accent nail)
1 coat Gelous (glitter tamer)
1 coat Seche Vite (top)

*cue Vanilla Ice’s Ice Ice Baby*

*whispers* Ice Ice baby!

The song was stuck in my head EVERY.TIME I walked into a Walgreens.  The search for Wet n Wild’s Ice Baby collection was long and hard (like most awesome Wet n Wild collections) but this was worth it. I’d do it all over again if it meant the end result were these gorgeous polishes.

More under the cut!!!

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Essie Cocktail Bling- Bobbing for Baubles w/ Luxeffects- Pure Pearlfection

I’m strange. While the Luxeffects line is pretty, there weren’t any was dyyyyyyying to have unlike the other 99.999998854765% of the nail blogging population. Instead it was more of an “If I see them, maybe I’ll pick one or two up.” Once I saw swatches, I was drawn to Pure Pearlfection. Probably because it was the most low-key of line. Shine of the Times is pretty, but I wouldn’t get much wear out of it, mostly because it’s got an orange hue, and partly because it’s not really office friendly. Pure Pearlfection is a great holiday polish. It’s a very subtle silvery white micro shimmer top coat that gives a frosty finish. When you go out into the sunshine, there are glimmers of blue and purple. It is SO. PRETTY. I think one coat looks great over Bobbing for Baubles, and I can’t wait to try it over several other colors, both dark and light. Hit the jump to see Bobbing for Bauble on its own! Read the rest of this entry

Mattese Elite Seductive Winter Wonderland – Uninhibited

When I saw this color was part of the collection, I knew it was one of my “must haves”. And I got SO much more than I bargained for! It’s by far the most versatile  in this collection, and while the snowy opalescence is definitely winter appropriate, it’s also a color that can be a year round staple. The best part of it’s versatility? It’s totally work appropriate, even Mel would agree!

The best place to start on this polish is the formula. It’s a great easy flowing, not too thin, not to thick consistency. Also, one coat goes on smoothly with no bald spots. Now, the actual color is a little thin, which is why I wanted to show it as a french mani. My VNL was annoying me and as you can see on my pinkie, I have a little bit of staining that shows through 😦 On it’s own, it takes a good 3 coats to minimize the VNL, and I say minimize because I didn’t want to go thicker and it was still showing in some lights.  I guess it could be a downside, but I think that’s a person by person call. Besides, I had other things in mind for this polish. For people with shorter nails, I don’t think it would really won’t be an issue, and you may even get by with 2 coats. Or for people that want to just slightly fancy up a bare nail look, one coat would be perfect. I also think this color would be a great way to frosty up other colors! So, this color is a win in my book.

What I did for the pics was is 3 coats over a french tip. And I used my new nail stamp kit and Mattese Elite – Vig to make it wintery and fun! For complete mani review (and to see what color this has replaced in my stash!!), hit the jump!

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Mattese Elite Seductive Winter Wonderland- Temptation

You’re probably wondering how the girl who, generally, dislikes blue wound up with the blue polish. Our email divvying up colors went something like this:

Me: I want the mint green glitter and whatever solid you two don’t want. (ed. note: I was going off a small phone picture of the press release graphic. It looks mint green.)
Sandy: I want the purple/pink solid.
Jess: I want the white solid. I’ve been secretly obsessed with whites recently.
Me: sounds great!! (mentally I’m going “crud. I was totally supposed to end up with the pearly white.”)

Well let me tell you something. I’m really flippin’ glad I “got stuck” with this polish. It’s pretty glorious. Read the rest of this entry