Saturday, March 10, 2012

OPI: Lucky Lucky Lavender

Lucky Lucky Lavender debuted in the OPI Spring/Summer Hong Kong Collection of 2010.  I have no words to explain how perfect this color is.  I've gone through countless polishes from multiple brands trying to find this exact shade of lavender.  Most of the time the colors look nice in the bottle but end up coming out too pinky or too purple or just all around wrong.  This color is so nice and creamy that I wore it for almost two months straight when I purchased it last summer (somewhere around May 2011).  I change my polish every couple of days but I loved this color so much that I kept repainting my nails in this shade for what seems like forever, which is extremely rare for me.

This color is straight up creamy with absolutely no shimmer.  The only thing is that I find I like to use 3 or 4 coats of this which seem like a lot considering this color looks like it should be pretty opaque.  However even though I am naming this as a 'con' to this polish it could also be a 'pro' for me because I like the thick almost jelly like coating that it gives my nails.  The staying power of Lucky Lucky Lavender is amazing!  I do use a top coat (like always) but this polish could last a good week or so if you wanted it to without chipping.

*artificial lighting, 3 coats, Canon T3.

Purchased online through Amazon:
Beauty Store Depot
Nails & Beyond

Friday, March 9, 2012

Essie: Power Clutch

 Part of Essie's "Brand New Bag" Collection that was released in the Fall of 2011, Power Clutch is one of those greige shades that you never really know what to make of.  In the bottle it looks like a dark grey creme but once you get it on you nails there is a chameleon-like quality.  I personally wasn't sure how this color would look on my skin tone but I absolutely love it!  It's definitely one of those staple winter colors that I believe everyone should have in their collection.  Power Clutch instantly makes your nails look a little more polished and refined, I could see this as a very good color for the workplace.
 I used 3 coats, but you could get away with 2 if you wanted to.  I always like to paint on an extra coat or so even if the color is opaque, I don't necessarily know why but I just like to think of it as insurance. The hint of green is so subtle that I didn't even really notice it until I was reading other reviews of this color and figured I better point it out here too.  I only got two of the colors from this collection (the other being 'Carry On')  but I would say that this is the more unique of the two.

*artificial lighting, 3 coats, Canon T3.

I bought mine at Walmart, but you can easily get it at these sites below:

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Essie: Fifth Avenue

 Fifth Avenue is a color that Essie introduced a few years ago I believe.  This creamy shade is a bright tomato red with a fairly strong orange tint.  In these photographs it looks incredibly orange, I think it might have something to do with the lighting that I used, however when you use it on your nails the orange tint is undeniable.  Perhaps just imagine a pinch more red and you'll reach the color of Fifth Avenue.  I painted on 2 coats but you could absolutely get away with one fairly thick coat if you were in a rush.
 I'll admit, I originally bought this color because of the name (something that I do with all my products...if it has a cute or catchy name I'm 99% guaranteed to purchase) but I really do like the color. I've worn this on my nails a few times now and I find that it's the perfect shade of tomato red for my skin tone.  Sometimes reds can come off too bright or too dark for my taste but since this has that orange sheen it's a great bright color especially for the summertime.

*artificial lighting, 2 coats, Canon Rebel T3.  

This bottle was purchased at CVS, but you can find it practically anywhere with an Essie stand, it's one of the colors in their permanent collection.  It's also available at these links:

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Essie: Damsel in a Dress

 First off, this isn't necessarily a 'new' Essie polish.  It debuted as part of Essie's Winter 2008 collection, I picked it up about 2 years ago I'd say somewhere during the Fall of 2010.  I had just moved to Chicago for college and was shopping at Target to stock my dorm room.  Knowing me, I left with this polish instead of toothpaste.  Oh geez.
This color is absolutely beautiful on as well as in the bottle.  It has that sort of shimmer that gives the color incredible depth and shine making it the perfect winter color. My bottle is currently about half full since I pull this baby out as a 'go-to' color once the weather starts to drop.  Anyway, that pearlescent sheen it has is my favorite part of this polish, it makes it unique amongst the sea of dark purple polishes out there.  I topped it off with one coat of my Sally Hansen top coat just to give a little bit more shine, but this polish doesn't really need it.  Damsel in a Dress has great staying power as well as nice opacity after 2 coats.

 *artificial lighting, 2 coats, Canon Rebel T3.

Like I said above, I bought mine at Target but since it's somewhat of an older color it's pretty readily available at places like Walmart, CVS, etc.  Or online at places like:

NOTD: February 9, 2012 (late post)

My current nail combo is 1 coat of Khloe Had a Little Lam-Lam with 2 coats of Kendall on the Katwalk layered over top, and 1 coat of Seche Vite.  
Khloe Had a Little Lam-Lam I absolutely love.  It’s a nice rich forest green that I can see myself reaching for all year long but especially when fall rolls around.  It was pretty opaque with one coat although I always like to do an extra coat or two just in case.  However in this case I stopped at one coat since the color isn’t even too noticeable with the glitter on top.  
Kendall on the Katwalk is gorgeous as well, a bit different from your typical blue glitter polish.  I was a little hesitant to but this one since I already have Eyes Like Sapphires and Dorothy Who? (both by China Glaze) but this one is so beautifully different.  It is a combination of blue, green, and purple glitters in a medium toned blue jelly base.  The effect it gives on your nails is a bit peacocky which I really like.  The glitter wasn’t too chunky either, it wasn’t too gritty to the touch but I always like to follow up with a top coat just to give my nails that extra sheen.  

You can purchase these two colors here:
FYI: They are limited edition so there's no telling how long they'll stick around for sale.  If you like these colors as much as I do I suggest picking them up while you can!
*artificial lighting, 3 coats of color total, Canon T3.
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