Thursday, May 17, 2012

OPI Sparrow Me the Drama

Continuing with my friends and family picks, this is Sparrow Me the Drama. My boyfriend picked this one and I wasn't sure he was going to like it on my nails but he actually did. It's a blue based bubblegum pink from the Pirates of the Caribbean collection that came out last year. It took three coats and even then I'm not sure it's completely even. I think I'm going to try comparing this to OPI Shorts Story because it seems very similar. Honestly, if I ever feel the need to purge my collection, I think this one would be on the way out. I like it fine enough but it doesn't wow me and it's a fairly basic color. Up next is my twin sister's pick and I'm super excited!

Monday, May 14, 2012

ELF Red Velvet

Happy Belated Mother's Day! I hope it was a fantastic one for you. My boys took good care of me. We went to Ikea and I got a new desk to use for a vanity table. Sadly, it can't be set up until we move. Fingers crossed I can show it to you before August ;)
I selected this polish using a method I will be trying out for at least another week. I asked some of my friends and family to pick a number and I used the corresponding polish from my google document. My friend Sam was up first and she picked 58. This is ELF Red Velvet. I have NO idea if this is the new formula or not. I got it in a gift set for Christmas and I don't own any other ELF polishes other than the 5 bottles in the set. Anyways, the application was dreamy. The brush is a little shorter than I'm used to and slightly wider than China Glaze but narrower than OPI. The first coat dried lightning fast but the second coat took ages. You can see the nick in my ring finger which happened a good half hour after application. There was significant chipping on the second day :/ I still enjoyed the color and application was easy enough that I would definitely consider purchasing more ELF polishes.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

China Glaze Dress Me Up

Continuing the fact that I was so freaking uninspired by my polish, I just moved onto another Hunger Games polish, Dress Me Up. It's supposed to be a dusty rose. There's a little peach in there but a lot more brown than I expected. It's very much a mauve color. I'm not in love with this color but I don't dislike it. It's a decent nude but certainly not my favorite nude so far. Two coats, Essie Grow Stronger underneath and OPI topcoat on the top. Some severe bubbling especially on my thumb. Overall, a nice color but the bubbling makes me eager to take this off.
I'm not so uninspired by my polish any more! I want to swatch the last Hunger Games polish I have. I also just picked up two polishes from Zoya's summer collection (and I'm eager to snap up the rest). I also chose two of the OPI Spiderman polishes and they are supposedly Chanel dupes! So lots of new posts on the way!

Friday, May 4, 2012

China Glaze Foie Gras

I was feeling so uninspired by my polish when I picked this. Nothing was even whispering pick me. So I figured let's go with a neutral. Something basic to help clear my head and let me find what it is in my stash that I'm actually looking for. So this is Foie Gras from the Hunger Games collection (or Capital Colors if you prefer). It's a purple/grey/brown color. It's pulling much more brown and lighter in this pic. I swear this is a kissing cousin of China Glaze Below Deck. BD is much lighter than FG but I love both. ALU called this Below Deck after dark, which is the best way to say it. Anyways, 2 coats, OPI base coat and top coat which are my absolute favorites lately.
I need to find something to inspire me. Maybe I'll try posting my last two Hunger Games polishes next, while I wait for inspiration to strike.