Nail of the Day 11/27/11: butter LONDON Tart With A Heart
Tart With A Heart is the other polish that came in Ulta’s Dressing Table duo along with The Black Knight. It’s also the color you guys chose on Twitter when I couldn’t decide what to wear. What good taste you all have! *applauds*
Tart With A Heart is gorgeous. Think - sparkle, sparkle, and more sparkle! It consists of a sheer pink base with gold and holographic glitter.
I layered this varnish on top of Essie Lady Like for more opacity, but you can definitely get by without it. It just depends on the look you’re going for. If you want something more subtle - skip the layering. If you want a little more pop - use a soft pink, green, or purple polish as a base to complement the glitter. Just be aware that with glitter comes the hassle of removing it, and this lacquer is no exception. *sigh*
Shown above: Essie Lady Like - 1 coat + butter LONDON Tart With A Heart - 2 coats
Nail of the Day 11/19/11: OPI Pros and Bronze
FREAKIN’. AMAZING. Yep, I think that pretty much sums up this nail polish.
Pros and Bronze is from OPI’s Fall 2011 Serena Williams Glam Slam! duo. I’ll probably end up doing a post on the other polish (which, by the way, is also gorgeous) but I think this one deserves some serious spotlight time first.
Pros and Bronze is a crazy hybrid of a varnish - glitter, foil, AND duochrome. There are so many layers to it, I don’t even know where to begin! At first glance, the golden bronze foil is the most noticeable aspect. Upon closer inspection though, the eye begins to pick up tiny copper glitter and rose gold duochrome. I absolutely love how multidimensional this polish is and I think it’s going to become one of my top three nail polishes - if not my new all-time favorite! The only thing I don’t like about Pros and Bronze is that it’s REALLY thin and kind of runny. In the photos, you can see how the polish sloshes around in the bottle. It’s not a huge deal though, because the formula is still fairly easy to work with. Plus, it covers beautifully despite the consistency. Oh, AND it wasn’t a nightmare to get off! *happy dance*
I just can’t get over Pros and Bronze. I’m seriously in awe! I feel like these photos don’t do it justice either. You really need to see it in person, then you’ll understand.
OPI definitely hit a grand slam with this one. No bronze medals here - just gold, gold, gold!
Shown above: OPI Pros and Bronze - 3 coats
Nail of the Day 11/16/11: Revlon Facets of Fuchsia
I actually wore this nail polish almost a week ago, but decided to save the photos for a later post. Looks like “later” is now!
Facets of Fuchsia is one of three (fairly) new glitter polishes from Revlon. I was immediately drawn to this varnish because it looks identical to Deborah Lippmann’s Bad Romance. Until now, there was nothing that could measure up to the unique edginess of Bad Romance. Comparatively, they are pretty much the exact same lacquer. The only differences being: 1) Facets of Fuchsia has slightly less glitter 2) Bad Romance costs 3x more at $18.
I was also impressed with the black base. I guess I expected Facets of Fuchsia to be kind of gloopy and sheer because it’s a drugstore nail polish. WRONG! How could I ever think that? Afterall, there hasn’t been a Revlon polish I’ve owned and disliked. Plus, their varnishes are comparable - and sometimes superior - to higher end brands. Shame on you, Ingrid. You should know better! *slaps hand*
*Ahem* Anyways, even though I ended up using three coats, I absolutely adore this polish. The combination of small and large hexagonal glitter against the dark base is lovely. It’s one of those colors that makes me happy when I look down at my nails. So if you’ve had your eye on Bad Romance, don’t bother. Go with Facets of Fuchsia instead and save yourself a few bucks!
Shown above: Revlon Facets of Fuchsia - 3 coats
Nail of the Day 11/13/11: OPI Excuse Moi!
I really wasn’t impressed with the glitter polishes from OPI’s recent Muppets collection. Most of them had clear bases and looked weird and chunky on their own. However, there WAS one exception - Excuse Moi.
Being a long time Miss Piggy lover, I’m happy to report that this lacquer doesn’t disappoint. I think everyone’s second favorite pig (Porkchop being the first, of course) would be proud.
Excuse Moi has a pinky red base with pink and silver microglitter as well as medium sized, multicolored glitter. In short, I love everything about this varnish. Mostly because it reminds me of a cupcake topped with frosting and rainbow sprinkles, and anything cake/rainbow related makes me happy. I was pleasantly surprised by the opacity too - complete coverage in two coats! Well done OPI, well done.
Shown above: OPI Excuse Moi! - 2 coats
Nail of the Day 11/10/11: Modern French Tips
A modern take on the classic French tip that’s quick, easy, and perfect for fall!
To learn how to achieve this look yourself, watch my tutorial here:
Nail of the Day 11/07/11: Essie Cocktail Bling
This is the “mystery color” I was wearing in a vlog on my second channel. I promised I would reveal it to you guys, so here ya go!
Cocktail Bling is a lovely pale gray with a blue-ish undertone from Essie’s Winter 2011 collection. Admittedly, the name is a little misleading because when I hear the word “bling,” thoughts of sparkle and glitter automatically enter my mind. This creamy polish may lack bling factor, but it’s still undoubtedly chic and gorgeous. Plus, it’s opaque in two coats. Definitely a must-have for winter!
Shown above: Essie Cocktail Bling - 2 coats
Nail of the Day 11/05/11: OPI Skull & Glossbones
When I saw Laura (my favorite blogger of all-time) raving about this nail polish in one of her posts, I had to have it.
Skull & Glossbones is a soft gray with a creamy finish from the Pirates of the Caribbean collection. The color reminds me of the kneaded erasers I use for sketching - very putty-esque. I’ve had a thing for gray varnishes recently, and this one definitely fits the bill. My problem with most gray polishes is that they’re usually too dark, but I’m happy to see an emergence of lighter shades hitting the shelves. It’s also just a nice change from Essie Chinchilly, my usual go-to gray laquer. Skull & Glossbones is completely opaque in two coats and applies beautifully. I’m so glad I saw this on Laura’s blog, and I’m even happier to see her blogging again!
Shown above: OPI Skull & Glossbones - 2 coats
Nail of the Day 11/02/11: butter LONDON The Black Knight
The Black Knight is one of three limited edition polishes from butter LONDON’s holiday collection this year. I found it in the Dressing Table Duo at Ulta, which features two holiday colors for $25. All of the polishes can be purchased individually, but you save $3 if you get the set.
I was immediately drawn to The Black Knight because it looks absolutely stunning in the bottle. The pink, blue, and silver glitter complement each other beautifully against the black polish, resulting in an edgy, festive look. The best part? It looks exactly the same on my nails! No false advertisement here, and I wholeheartedly appreciate that. Since I was a little wary at first, I decided to apply one coat of OPI’s Black Onyx underneath to ensure complete opacity, but you can definitely get by without it. The black base in this varnish is actually quite good on its own, and doesn’t cover up the glitter with a murky grayish cloud. Glitter nail polish lovers rejoice!
Shown above: OPI Black Onyx - 1 coat + butter LONDON The Black Knight - 2 coats