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.
Even though I am working my way through my untrieds and trying not to buy any new polish (special exceptions excluded, obviously), I picked up Essie’s Play Date this weekend because I knew I wanted it to be my Caribbean vacation pedicure color. I also thought it would make a great base for Spotted. I absolutely love this color. The formula is wonderful as Essies usually are, and it went on perfectly in 2 coats. It’s also super easy to control. I barely had to do any clean up because it doesn’t pool in my cuticles, or drag. This is a bit brighter than Rimmel’s Wild Orchid, but resides in the same family and are close enough that I may purge my Rimmel. I picked up Play Date at Target for $7.79.
I have to give a huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge shout out to my friend Gina who sent this to me in a care package this week. She knew I was having issues with my eBay purchase of Spotted, while she somehow manage to bid and win two bottles. So when I opened my package and saw a mini of Spotted, the sounds that came out of my mouth in excitement were not human. She poured some of her bottle into an empty mini and sent it to me!! Thanks Gina!! Obviously, I had to try it immediately, and I love the result. I definitely need some work on the application. You are supposed to put on a VERY THIN coat, and while I wiped my brush until I was sure there no polish on it, that still ended up not being thin enough. That’s why you are getting pictures that only have 2 and 3 fingers in them. My other fingers just look… special. I can’t wait to try Spotted over other colors and see the different combinations. You best believe there will be a DC United manicure done with this before the end of the season.
Unfortunately, you can’t buy OPI Spotted in the States at this time. You will probably need to find a kind and generous soul in France to purchase and ship it to you, or pay out the hoohah for it on eBay. That’s another reason I’m grateful Gina sent me this mini. I can’t really afford a full-sized bottle at the extortionate eBay prices so this is now my most prized polish!!
Phew, it’s been a trying week and a half. Apologies for the lack of a Deal Alerts post, but with the office move this weekend, and the days leading up to it, I just didn’t have the time to do a comprehensive post. But they’ll be back next weekend, and coming at ya from NEEEEWWW YORK CITY. And also apologies for the oddly watermarked photos. I’m having some issues with camera-computer link up, and figured it would be better to do this than to not post at all.
So! Today we have Essie’s Turquoise and Caicos, a color I had wanted for a long time before finally picking it up with an ULTA coupon over the holidays. Turquoise and Caicos is a light pastel turquoise jelly-creme. Unfortunately, I’m not sure whether I love or hate this polish. My first attempt with it lead to me removing it after getting frustrated while giving myself a pedicure and practically throwing it into my melmer in disgust. This attempt went much better as a manicure, so perhaps it’s just not a formula that is meant for a pedicure (unless you take it to your professional manicurist!). This is three coats, and three coats are definitely NEEDED, and even then its not entirely opaque. I used to be a three-coater, but I’ve definitely come to appreciate a quick two coat and done type of manicure. Besides, if after 3 coats you’ve still got VNL and a bald spot or two, you’re lucky you’re not in the purge pile already. But the color, ohhhhh the color. It’s a great spring/summer light turquoise that I just love! So I’m torn. I may give it one more chance before officially throwing it in the purge pile. Third time’s the charm, right?
Hit the jump for an artistic shot of my T&C mani, with my new 8th Floor Cubicle with a Window! view 🙂 Read the rest of this entry