Archive | November, 2011

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Shiny Penny

24 Nov

Happy Thanksgiving, readers! I’ve been putting off posting because the weather (and sunlight) have been absolutely abysmal here in New York, but the sun has finally poked its head out just in time for me to post on one of the best American holidays of the year.

Today I have for you a very seasonally-appropriate shade of bronze, Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Shiny Penny. This shade was a collaboration with designer Tracy Reese for New York Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week this fall.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Shiny Penny

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Shiny Penny

I showed it to a friend, who said, “I love that! It reminds me of a shiny penny!” I laughed and said, “Good, because that’s actually the name.” I have to say, it’s not often that colors are so accurately named. (To be honest, this shade reminds me more of copper tubing, but that is by no means a charming name for a nail polish.)

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Shiny Penny

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Shiny Penny

Pros: This is two coats – if I had applied thickly, and at the cost of dry time, I might have been able to get away with one. This is also into several days of wear, treating my hands pretty roughly. And let us not forget the fabulous Sally Hansen CSM brush.

Cons: Some metallics have brush stroke issues. If this polish had a different kind of brush, brush strokes would be extremely noticeable. There are minor flaws with this one. Not enough to keep me from wearing it!

I found mine at my local Duane Reade on a counter display. I picked it up about a month ago, but I’ve been seeing it for a while now – it seems to be the least popular color. Not sure why – it’s a beauty! (Say that in an Australian accent.)

Enjoy the day, readers, no matter who you’re spending it with.


Essie School of Hard Rocks

18 Nov

As Kermit says, it’s not easy being green.

He’s right.

I’ve always found that it’s a lot easier being teal.

Essie School of Hard Rocks

Essie School of Hard Rocks nail polish

Not unlike its holiday collection compatriate, Essie‘s School of Hard Rocks is gemstone themed, but I like this group of polish’s interesting twist on bling. There was only one red and the rest of the shades were all muted. A more refined way to bring on the holiday cheer, perhaps? I’m surprised – I see teal as more of a fall color than winter, but the rest of the shades in the collection definitely transition well between both seasons. Either way, while the color was enjoyable…

Essie School of Hard Rocks

Essie School of Hard Rocks nail polish close up

It was not easy to photograph, due to NYC’s icky weather as of late! This second picture is more accurate. This is definitely a dusty teal shade, almost a blue sage, if that makes any sense to you.

Pros: Definitely a unique shade in my collection. As I acquire more teals, I still don’t have any like this! The dry time was also pretty solid on this one.

Cons: I hate the Essie brush. It doesn’t aid in application at all – every time I use Essie after using OPI, Orly or China Glaze, I think there’s something wrong with the polish. There isn’t – it’s the brush!

Grab it before it’s gone – it’s limited edition! Your local drugstore should have it, or you can find it here on Nordstrom‘s website. Have you tried this one? How do you feel about teal?

OPI Excuse Moi!

14 Nov

Hey gang – I know it’s been a while, and for that I do apologize. We have much to catch up on. I’ve gotten some great questions in my absence, figured out some exciting techniques (always learning!), and acquired some awesome new products. I do truly regret not posting on Halloween, and have gotten some requests to post my look, so I will probably backpost that if I figure out how to do that – or just post it a month late! (I will say that I scared myself applying the first part of my face.)

SO – about awesome new products. You may have – must have – all heard about the new Muppets collection for OPI! I am a major Muppets fan and have been since I was a wee one, so I knew it was a lineup that I couldn’t pass on. I plan on going back for more, but I totally snagged THE best one in the bunch, the Miss Piggy-inspired Excuse Moi!

OPI Excuse Moi! nail polish

To be honest, I am often hesitant about applying glitter nail polish – we all know they’re a huge pain to get off (check out this how-to guide I wrote to make the glitter polish removal process easier), but once I actually slap it on, I’m all…glitter, please don’t leave me. And you know how I said recently that I’m not super into pink nail polish, particularly as a manicure? Well, for this shade, I can make an exception, because damn. (I hope you heard that in your head narrated by Will Smith in ‘Men In Black,’ because that’s how I heard it in mine. Okay, let’s continue.)

OPI Excuse Moi! Nail Polish

OPI Excuse Moi! nail polish close up

Dude, look at this! This nail polish is like Elle Woods meets 1980s Elton John. And I have no problem with that. (In fact, I’m all about it.) I honestly don’t think you can deny the fabulosity of this nail polish. This raspberry-colored glitterbomb is a microglitter base studded with larger hexagonal glitter flakesraspberry, iridescent, and the occasional green, probably for Kermit!

Pros: TWO COATS. Glitters almost always take more than two coats to look this awesome. I could have applied three, but I don’t want to tempt the nail polish removal gods.

Cons: You might be able to guess that this polish feels as gritty as all hell. I don’t really mind, to be honest, and I think that’s kind of cool. You can fix that with liberal coats of Seche.

To be honest, you’re not going to have the easiest time finding this nail polish, but if you want it need it gotta have it, I would try after checking out your local OPI retailer – visit to find yours!

What do you think? I know a few people who are going to need this after seeing these pictures! I also know a few people who are definitely going to pass. Which one of those people are you?

I missed you! Each one of you. Don’t believe otherwise.

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