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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!

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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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Milani – Hi Tech

You can’t go to a rooftop birthday dinner in Manhattan without fabulous nails. You also can’t go and not take pictures like this one to drool over:

But back to the nails haha. I wanted something a little crazy and playful but generally simple;  Milani – Hi Tech fit the bill. It is a light green holo, which I know sounds scary, but I feel like most skin tones could rock this. Butter London released a light green holo this fall, so it’s also a drugstore version of a on-trend color. It’s just a little brighter green than the BL.

 

I did two coats then sealed it with Seche Vite and it’s beauuuutttiiffulll. Kinda like this weather (seriously, can September last forever? this weather has been amazing, I want it around always). I love holos because somehow they capture fun and funky but somehow maintain a little bit of class. I know my version of professional nails is basically “if it’s a well done mani, why should I restrict my colors?” but I think this could be a widely accepted office color in business casual environments. Over all, it’s a quality polish, quality color, and I felt like my nails at least attempted to shimmer as bright as the lights of New York at dinner, so wins all around.

I did add an accent nail of Ying’s Nails – Starry Meteor because I picked it up at a street fair last weekend and couldn’t resist. This shot also shows Hi Tech with flash and all of it’s holo goodness.

Essie Spring 2012 Collection- Navigate Her

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Navigate Her (pale green with a high shine)
A Crewed Interest (peach creme)
To Buy or Not to Buy (lilac shimmer)
Tour de Finance (magenta with ultra fine silver shimmer)
Ole Caliente (fiesty coral)
Orange, It’s Obvious! (orange-tangerine jelly)

I chuckled to myself with the names of some of these polishes. My new year’s resolution is get my finances stabilized and to finally start building my savings… While still funding a nail polish habit, a travel habit, and paying off my credit cards. So the fact there’s a line of polishes coming out with financial names amused me. Especially after I spent 3 hours last night plotting a credit card payment plan and tweaking my budget.

I’m personally excited about Ole Caliente. Y’all know I’m anti-orange but love red and pink, so coral is a nice compromise!! What colors are you excited for?

Zoya- Edyta

I wanted to get a Zoya polish or two up since they are having that great deal running right now. I bought Edyta mostly because I thought she would look gooooooooooooorgeous mattefied, and I was right. She’s such a great polish, alllllmost a one-coater. It probably could be if it was a thick enough coat. But I used two here. The Zoya website describes Edyta as “a complex mixture of gold, olive, blue-green and smoky grey with a sparkling metallic finish.” That sounds about right! When I was looking at swatches of Edyta before I purchased her, I thought she might resemble L’Oreal’s Owl’s Night but she’s much more green and gold than Owl’s Night. And Butter London’s Wallis is more olive and gold. I definitely do not have anything else like this in my ever-growing collection. I’m really glad I bought her, and highly recommend you do the same with the great People Promotion they are running.

Cult Nails- Unicorn Puke

IT’S HEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRREEEEEE!!!!! I have to thank my friend Gina for bringing this to my attention. And then once she did, I refrained from purchasing it. I’m trying to be less impulsive. My restraint lasted all of 5 minutes until I read that there were only going to be 250 bottles sold! So I went and immediately placed my preorder. Like Jess says, I did it for the blog. Hit the jump for pics and a review!! Read the rest of this entry

Butter London- Wallis (An Adventure with UglyAwesome Polish)

When Ulta was running that Butter London Buy One, Get One Free deal, Wallis was definitely one of my “free” ones. It scared me. But I’m an open minded individual and thought, I’ll give this a chance. It’s awesome. It’s what I like to call UglyAwesome. Kinda like those men that are SexyUgly. They aren’t attractive by society’s standards, but you still find yourself attracted to them. Like, you can get down and dirty with them, and not have to worry about ruining the pretty. But I digress. Wallis is much like that. It’s not a classically beautiful nail polish. It’s a nail polish that is beautiful because you love it. And ohhhhh boy do I love it. It’s grungy and pukey colored, and glittery and fabulous. Plus, it’s named after a Yank who stole the King of England’s heart. I hope to do the same one day (or at the very least, a rich baron of something). Again, I digress. Wallis is a metallic olive gold packed with gold glitter, and it’s a WONDERFUL formula. Two coats gives you full opacity, and one coat will do ya if you are in a rush. More importantly, it dries smooth, so you don’t really NEED a top coat. The only downside I find with this polish is that cleanup is a bit of a bish. As you can see from my macro shot, there’s still glitter everywhere. And that’s after 30 minutes of cleanup!  At $14 a bottle, I have to reeeeeeeeeeeeeally like a polish to say it’s worth that kind of money. I have a mortgage to pay and don’t really like living off ramen all the time. Wallis is totally worth eating ramen.

Core Collection of Color

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Whether you are just starting out your collection, or you’re a polish pro, there are definitely staple colors that every girl (or guy!), should have in their collections! There’re certain color genres that are timeless; classics that will never go out of style despite the constantly changing styles in the world of fashion.Nail polish is also a cheap accessory. I can’t afford Louboutin shoes, but I could do the Louboutin mani (in theory, if my nails were long enough). We’ve been asked by a lot of our friends who are fairly new to the lacquer game what colors they absolutely NEED in their collections. After some fairly extensive research, I’ve put together a list of colors every collection should have. I’ve tried to provide a variety of brands and price ranges that will appeal to every type of nail painter. If it’s been previously reviewed on the blog, you can hit the link to be linked back to our review. But if you don’t see a color that should be listed, drop a comment! We’re always open to suggestions! 

True Red– nail polish was invented by the Chinese around 3000 B.C. Royalty is thought to have worn silver and gold polish, but red is also one of the earliest colors. And no wonder it’s stood the test of time. There are so many different shades of red, and in a pinch, it can go with almost everything. It can be dressed up or dressed down. Because red is a timeless color, there is usually some variation of it in every line released by every lacquer brand, from the affordable Wet n Wild, to the mildly over expensive Butter London, to the it will make your wallet cry Chanel. I operate under the motto “You can never have too many reds!” and that’s why it’s the most extensive color in my personal collection. Its also a year round color, giving you more bang for your buck! Berry reds work best on fairer skin, bringing out the pink undertones, while strong reds work best on darker skin tones, and wine/burgundies work best on medium skin tones.

Suggestions: Butter London- Saucy Jack, $14; Sinful Colors- Ruby Ruby, $1.99; Essie- Russian Roulette, $8

Pretty in Pink– Pinks are the most feminine colors and a must for pretty much any collection. Like reds, there is a very broad spectrum of pink, and some look better on certain skin tones than others. Blue based pinks work best on fair skin, yellow based pinks work best on darker complexions. To determine this, hold the bottle up against your inner wrist, and see what the reflection color is. Pink is the other most extensive color in my collection, and I mean extensive. If I could take any color to a desert island, it would be pink.

Suggestions: Rimmel- Posh Pink, $4; Sinful Colors- Beautiful Girl, $1.99; Essie Knockout Pout, $8; Chanel- Morning Rose, $25

Grey– I am aaaaaaalllllll about the greys/slates/carbon colors this fall. This is probably one of the colors with the widest spectrum of shades. And therefore, it’s one that will always be in style. It’s a good color if you are afraid to go really dark, but are willing to experiment.

Suggestions: L’Oreal- Raven’s Strength, $5; Mattese Elite- Capo, $6; Essie- Power Clutch, $8; Chanel- Graphite, $25

Neutral– As the one in The Clique with the traditional federal government office job, I am always on the lookout for colors to add to my neutral collection. While it’s not explicitly stated that I can’t wear wild and crazy colors, I have been in the awkward situation of being called into meetings with high level officials with neon green nails. So I try to keep it tame Mon-Thursday, and then get a little rebellious on Fridays, or half days. There are definite benefits to wearing neutral polishes. They keep your nails looking cleaner and healthier, while being non-flashy. Chips also aren’t obvious and it goes with everything. When I travel, if I bother painting my nails at all, I go with a neutral. If you’re skin tone has yellow undertones, you’ll want a beige polish, where those with pink undertone will want a pink leaning polish.

Suggestions: confetti- paradise pink, $2; Essie- Mademoiselle or Lady Like, $8; OPI- You Don’t Know Jacques, $8; Butter London- All Hail The Queen, $14

Purple– We are HUGE fans of purple here at the blog. It’s a great color and there is such a wide spectrum of colors. There are red leaning purples, and blue leaning purples, and everyone has their favorite shades.Generally, lighter colors work best on fairer skin, and darker colors on darker skin. However, when it comes to purple, I don’t follow these rules. I buy the colors I like and wear them with swagger, even if they don’t look good. Because we love this color, I’m going to give more suggestions than I have with other colors, because I don’t think I could narrow it down.

Suggestions: Sinful Colors- Verbena, $2; wet n wild fast dry- Ready To Pounce, $2; Revlon- Modern Grace, $6; Mattese Elite- Whack, $6; Essie- Splash of Grenadine, $8; OPI- Honk If You Love OPI, $8; Butter London- Queen Vic, $14

Blue/Green– I’m putting these together, mostly because I personally wouldn’t put these in a “Staples of a Collection” but I know Sandy and Jess would literally kill me if I left them out! There are some gorgeous shades under both colors and if you can pull them off, more power to you! Most of the colors I have in my collection that fall under blue and green collection I bought thinking “That’d make a great pedicure color!” however, they have their place and can be great fun when worn in the right situation.

Suggestions: Blue/ Zoya- Cynthia, $8; OPI- Dating a Royal, $8; China Glaze- First Mate, $6 / Green: Sinful Colors- Open Seas, $2; China Glaze- Emerald Sparkle, $6; Butter London- British Racing Green, $14

Vampy Dark Color – Vampy colors look most chic on short nails, so this is something to keep in mind when selecting a polish. They also require a great deal more maintenance. But done right, they can look really sophisticated. Deep plums work best on those with darker skin tones. Really dark colors are tricky for fair-skinned people, because they can make you appear washed out, and even more pale than you were to begin with. But these colors are seductive and sexy, and a must have.

Suggestions: China Glaze- VIII, $5; OPI- Lincoln Park After Dark, $8; Deborah Lippmann- Bitches Brew, $16

Black– Black polish isn’t just for punk and goth kids. Black is a staple for any collection. It makes an excellent base for many layering polishes, and it can be sleek and stylish when done right. It also goes with EVERYTHING. Much like the Vampy Dark Colors above, it looks best on shorter nails. Otherwise you risk looking like Elvira. Balcony polish also requires more maintenance. It’s a little difficult to clean up, and even the most minor chips are glaringly obvious. You will also need a really good top coat for a black polish. You will want a glossy finish if you want a professional look. Because I don’t want to post just straight black cremes, I am including blacks that have glitter and shimmer to them in this category.

Suggestions: wet n wild fast dry- Ebony Hates Chris, $2; L’Oréal- Owls Night, $5; Butter London- Union Jack Black, $14

Makes you happy- these are the colors that maybe they fall under one of these other categories, or maybe they don’t. I have a bunch of colors that make me happy, but I would never consider them timeless or classic. But they are colors that I wear when I’m having a bad day, or I’ve got the grumps, or I’m feeling like I wanna have a party on my tips or my toes. They are my go-to colors when I can’t decide what I want to wear, ones I KNOW I love, and can wear for days on end. It’s that polish you know you will like until the end of time, and you don’t care if it goes out of style or not.

Jess’ Five Fall Favorites

A day late and a dollar short… well, in this case, a computer short haha. This past week my (very) old computer decided to finally pass on over to the land of scrap components, without my consent of course. But! I have a new one now 🙂 so I’m bbaacckkkkk! Admit it, you missed me haha.

What’s a better place to start a fall list than with a glow-in-the-dark pumpkin polish??

Jack O' Varnish - Devina the Trollop (Meijer's pumpkin polish - named by me with a monster name generator)

Now, Devina may take a few coats to wear on it’s own (8 to be exact…) but it’s a perfect pick me up on those dreary days of fall. Being such a thin polish, it’ll be a great top coat too. And it GLOWWWSSS! Just like Gralch the Hag and Drakos of Winged Death, this polish is pure fall fun! (and will get a full Halloween worthy review soon!)

Hit the jump for my four other fall favorites, and maybe even some snuck in fall nail art 😉

❤ Jess

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China Glaze – Emerald Sparkle

This isn’t a new color or anything but it’s fantastic.  It’s basically an emerald green glitter jelly in a dark base.  I wore this about a month ago for when I went out with Melissa (and our friends including Gina!) to see the last Harry Potter (awesome) on IMAX 3D at the Natural History Museum.

1 coat Seche Rebuild (base)
2-3 coats China Glaze – Emerald Sparkle
1 coat Seche Vite (top coat)

More under the cut!

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