Favorites Month: Neutrals

This isn’t the most thrilling category, I know, but I do like seeing what people’s favorite neutrals are. I found my favorite (and now discontinued, SOB) white from just such a favorites list! So here are my top ten picks for neutrals:

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FYI: One of only two OMG polishes I own, the formula on this guy is a bit weird – it’s SUPER runny in the bottle, but the holo looks normal on the nail so I’m not sure what happened (I did get it off eBay, though, so…). I do love me a neutral with a twist, though, which is why I love FYI – a nice, soft nude that nonetheless has a KAPOW holo flare in the sun. As much as I love more scattered holos, this kind of super smooth linear holo is so cool and futuristic-looking and I wish more polishes had it.

Sand Tropez: A pretty neutral tan, Sand Tropez is a nice neutral that I usually just use under glitters but it’s such a classic mani shade – my friends always flock to it when they raid my collection.

My Vampire Is Buff: (I can’t find my bottle, so Samoan Sand is standing in!) This collection came out right around the time that I was starting to accept neutrals/traditional colors into my polish collection and I’m so glad I scooped this baby up! It’s a favorite of lacquerheads everywhere with its easy formula and pretty French vanilla hue that’s a perfect base for nail art or a lovely, clean look on its own.

Frosty: So prettyyyyyyy. China Glaze has some fan-freaking-tastic holiday colors, and I have five or so from this collection (2010). Frosty is a sheer, jelly-ish white with tiny white, pink, and green sparkles. It screams “winter!” and ugh I just love its icy splendor so much!

White On The Spot: Another favorite that is now gone! This guy was amazing – usually whites are super streaky and take at least three coats to even out, but with WOTS I could sometimes get away with one coat. ONE COAT. Siiiigh. Milani has apparently done away with this line and has a new polish line out, and I’m just praying that they didn’t change the formula too much because my bottle now is chunky and old :/

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Skull & Glossbones: This came from that weird OPI Pirates of the Caribbean collection that was all subdued pastels – not really what comes to mind when one thinks “pirates” – and I didn’t give any of the polishes much thought until I kept seeing S&G pop up on blog after blog. I finally got my own bottle and I’m so glad I did – it’s a light gray with a pinch of green, an odd, ghostly color that I nonetheless love.

Pelican Gray: I was torn between this one and OG China Glaze gray Recycle, but I do prefer the lighter, more dove gray of PG (the horrible formula of my bottle of Zoya Dove, similar to this color, immediately put it out of the running). I wore this once by itself, mattified, and it was a really cool, weirdly chic look. Hmm. Now I want to try that again…

Dahlia: I love the Zoya PixieDusts and Dahlia is no exception! It was a little disappointing when I first put it on – since it looks black in the bottle but once it’s on your nails it’s actually a dark gray – but I do love the deep yet warm gray, and it’s sparkly as all get-out. It looks like crushed graphite on your nails!

Storm: I’ve only worn this guy once, very briefly, but it was enough to get on my list! I hope Zoya keeps making more and more colors in this awesome irregularly shaped, holo-flecked formula; I already own almost all of them! I’m not a huge fan of black on my nails (a bunch of friends wore plain black constantly on their nails in college when I was in college and somehow I kinda OD’d on it) but this little beauty almost makes me want to wear it every day!

Black Crème: (I also can’t find this polish, so another black WnW is standing in!) I’m sad to report that W’n’W has changed the formula of this perfect gem. The bottle I have (on its last legs, oh nooooo) has a perfect, buttery one-coat formula that made it a cinch to create nail art. I got a newer bottle not too long ago and while it’s not the worst, it doesn’t come close to this original formula.

For my neutral mani, I wanted to wear Dahlia on its own because I only wore this once, ages ago, and I wanted to get it on my paws again! I mentioned that I don’t like plain black on my nails, but I do love gray – it feels more chic to me than black, even though I know that’s the go-to for lots of people (including my #1 polish buddy, my sister).

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Dahlia also has the added bonus of being a sparkle explosion, which is always welcome since I’m not usually one to wear a crème neutral by itself. I did add these little silver studs for extra interest, though, and I love them with Dahlia!

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See any of your favorites up here? Do you have any suggestions for a great white since my fav is discontinued? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you back next time with my favorite metallics! – A x

Favorites Month: Pinks

I don’t have that many pinks in my stash, but I was surprised at how many different kinds of pinks I actually had. I am not usually a pink fan, but once in a while there’s nothing better than a nice pop of pink – especially if it’s neon!

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Shelby: I remember being confused with myself when I added this polish to my cart, but I’m glad I got it – sometimes you need a nice, light pink, and this one definitely fits the bill.

Bottoms Up: A fantastic cool-toned bubblegum pink neon. Talk about Barbie pink! It’s definitely streaky, but I’m okay doing three careful coats for this fun hue.

You Drive Me Coconuts: Another cool-toned neon pink, but darker. This is from the same collection as Bottoms Up but the formula is a dream – it’s technically a jelly but it’s opaque in two easy coats. My go-to neon pink!

Warhol: Similar to YDMC but more warm-toned. China Glaze is known as the brand with the best neons, but I gotta say, Color Club has a lot of great ones, too – this one and Lava Lamp are two-coat neons, which is difficult to find!

Love’s A Beach: I usually prefer my neons to be cremes, but the shimmer in LAB gives it a little something extra, in addition to a buttery formula. But then, basically every polish from this collection (China Glaze’s 2012 neons) is great!

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Disco Biscuit: This guy is super sheer – I usually layer it over another polish – but I looooooove the blue/purple glitter in this hot pink jelly base. It’s so sparkly and gorgeous.

I Lily Love You: I actually prefer this over black – the pink cellophane and glitter in the transparent pink jelly base turns blue and purple over dark colors and gives it a completely different look. Worn over another pink it’s a bit too girly for me, but the combination of glitters in ILLY is so fun.

Reggae To Riches: An oldie but a goodie – a rich magenta with a bright purple flash. Not my usual pick but something about that lovely duochrome purple makes me crave this polish every few months.

Mason: This looks pretty purple here, but it’s really a lovely, rich magenta (“Fandango pink,” according to Zoya, whatever that means). It’s got fabulous magenta sparkles that aren’t super noticeable but look amazing when the light catches. I can’t wait to use this guy in a jewel-tone mani for fall!

Cherry Cherry Bang Bang: I got this after seeing it on Rach’s site and was surprised how much I loved it! I usually wear this with an aqua like Zuza, but the nice, rich berry shade looks very classic on its own.

I did an easy gradient look with Bottoms Up and Warhol that I loooooooooove. It’s a very fun end of summer look, and I got so many compliments – sometimes the simplest nail art gets the most attention (and I’m sure the neon help draw people’s eye, as well)!

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My gradient wasn’t as smooth as I wanted, but I did this quickly super late at night. Not as bad as it could’ve been, though!

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See any of your favorites on my list? Let me know in the comments! Thank you so much for reading! See you next time with my favorite neutrals – A x

Favorites Month: Purples

I haven’t been super into purples lately, but when I was putting together my all-time top ten list, I remembered how much I love them, and it was actually quite hard to narrow them down!

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Sweet Hook: Dainty light purple with a dreamy formula. Since getting this I’ve barely touched my old bottle of Rumple’s Wiggin since I discovered I much prefer pink-leaning lavenders!

Lavendairy: One of only two Lime Crime polishes that I own, I adore this bright lavender. The formula is a bit thick but that means it’s practically a one-coater, which is cray for a light color. I love using this as a base for glitter toppers (as seen with my Ariel polish).

That’s Shore Bright: TSB and Too Yacht To Handle are the only polishes from China Glaze’s Sunsational collection that don’t have completely terrible formulas, which is good, because I use them both so much! I have no idea what to call this color – in some lights it looks like a light magenta because of all the pink tones, but mostly it looks like a bright lilac, I guess? Whatever you call it, it’s amazeballs.

Dream On: This is my second bottle because my first one from aaaaaaages ago changed color and darkened, but this guy is still chugging along. It’s definitely neon and is guaranteed to get you lots of compliments when you wear it!

Ultraviolet: Awwwww my bottle of this has changed color, too! It used to be a light neon purple (can you have a light neon?) but now it’s kind of a pinky-berry color. :( It’s still got that great, bright blue flash, though – maybe I’ll be able to find another bottle, because this color was awesome (if a bit sheer).

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Burgundy Orchid: I totally remember these multi chrome Sally Hansen polishes from when I was a kid (I also had some of these holos, if I’d only known…), and when I began collecting in ernest a few years ago, multi chromes were still few and far between (and pricey), but I found this guy on eBay for a about $7. I wasn’t sure if it would be worth it until I actually had it in my hands, and then I couldn’t believe I’d gotten it for so cheap! It’s absolutely breathtaking – the main color is a lovely deep purple, then as you shift your hand it changes to an orchid purple, a reddish berry, and a sunset-y orange. So, so beautiful – I had a hard time capturing it but this picture shows it off perfectly.

Mimi: Gorgeous warm-toned royal purple shimmer. This color is perfection, and is one of the ones friends reach for the most often when they come over to do their nails!

Funky Dunkey: Terrible name but great color! One of the first polishes I got when I first started seriously collecting (along with three others from the Shrek collection, the only one I can remember from OPI that didn’t have a red or pink!), this true purple creme has a great formula and is just so lovely.

Eternal Beauty: All the Color Club Halo Hues are great, but this grape purple is especially stunning. The color is vibrant and the holo flare is out of control. Love!

Let’s Talk: I can’t believe this photographed so well! Usually it comes out super blue, but this is pretty accurate – a deep, vivid purple with a hint of pearl or metallic, maybe? Not brushstroke-y, thankfully, although it does need three coats, but that’s a fine tradeoff for this lovely color!

I really wanted to do some stamping, so I pulled out my fav design (Winstonia plate W111) and stamped Eternal Beauty over Sweet Hook. I loooove the results! Not too flashy but not too girly, either, although this bad boy is pretty blingy in the sun with that fantastic holo. It was hard to capture, of course, but I tried:

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The holo is much more noticeable in person.

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Thanks for reading! See any of your favorites on my list? Let me know in the comments! See you next time with my top favorite pinks! Laterz – A x

Favorites Month: Blues

I don’t think I’ve worn very many blues lately, but they’re my favorite tied with greens. This was another category that was difficult to narrow down, but I finally did it:

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Wednesday: in the same collection as Zuza, Wednesday is what Zuza would look like if the base color was more faded and didn’t have shimmer. That might sound boring, but it’s a lovely soft – yet not boringly pastel – hue that reminds me of sea glass.

Aquadelic: I alllllmost included Too Yacht To Handle – which is like Aquadelic’s neon sister – here, but I had Aquadelic for years before TYTH came out and I’ll always have a soft spot for this happy turquoise polish. It’s my go-to color when I don’t know what to wear, and you can see from how much is gone that it’s one of my most-used polishes.

Zuza: I fell HARD for most of the colors in Zoya’s Beach and Surf collection, and Zuza might be my favorite. It’s a lovely silvery shimmer in a beautiful aqua base with an easy formula…what more is there to say?

DV8: I’m lucky to own two polishes from the coveted China Glaze OMG Collection, but this is definitely my favorite. It’s got a gorgeous, smooth linear holo flare, and the teal is so freaking pretty even when the holo isn’t visible.

Ozotic Pro 505: Lots of indie brands make similar multichromes today, but a few years ago Ozotic Pro, an Australian company, made a mint off nail addicts around the world snatching up these pricey but magical polishes. One thin coat layered over black makes this polish come alive, and I always spend the rest of the day shifting my hand this way and that, marveling at the fantastical color shift from turquoise to blue to purple to red.

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Electric Beat: I used to be vehemently opposed to periwinkles for some reason, but when I saw EB, something clicked and I had to have it! It’s not bright but not too soft, either; the perfect middle-ground for a fun, everyday polish.

Baker Street: A year or two ago I popped into Sephora to pick up Baker Street – the famous bright, perfect cobalt blue – and found a bunch of bottles with fun rhinestone caps on sale. Obvs I bought a few for myself and friends, and it’s remained one of my favorite polishes because of the color and the bottle (oh and its one-coat formula).

Get Your Number: Aw, the first texture I ever bought! I usually layer this instead of putting it on alone since it’s a bit sheer, but ohhhh do I love this medium blue with holo sparkle! It looks like crushed gems on your nail.

Dream: A more recent purchase and I still can’t get over how gorgeous this one is – thousands of irregularly shaped holo flecks flashing against the royal blue base turn me into a human version of the heart eyes emoticon.

Rodeo Fanatic: This deep, metallic peacock blue looks like rich satin in a bottle. Everyone raves about Wagon Trail or Cowgirl Up but this is my favvvv from the Rodeo Diva collection! It’s got that old-school thin formula, but it covers well in two coats and is chic, dreamy perfection.

I wanted to do a little mani playing with textures, so I did a base coat of Wednesday, and once that dried I cut tape into angled pieces and painted Get Your Number on the top and DV8 on the bottom. I painted DV8 on a bit thickly so it kinda messed up on my pointer finger, but overall I’m pleased with how this came out!

Outdoor pic to capture the holo flare of DV8!

Outdoor pic to capture the holo flare of DV8!

See any of your favs on my list? Let me know in the comments! Thank you so much for reading, and I’ll be back next time with my top ten purples. See you then – A x

Favorites Month: Greens

So you know how in my last favorites post I combined all the warm colors into one list? Well, this list is restricted to just greens, but I had a WAY tougher time choosing! If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you know how much I love green, and it was hell trying to narrow them down. Notice how many China Glaze polishes there are – besides neons, CG makes the most amazing greens! There were so many that came thisclose to being included on this list, like Winter Holly, Holly Day, and Holly Jolly (okay, their great greens are mostly from holiday collections). In fact, I feel like there’s a serious lack of darker greens on the list as I look at it now, but I can’t bear to replace any of the below polishes so I’m leaving the list as is! Here are my painstakingly chosen top ten favorites:

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Def Defying: These kind of chartreuse-y colors are very divisive, but I love them (they’re yellow-toned greens, of course I love them!). Def Defying has a great formula and is just such a fun, eye-catching hue.

Fresh: This bright slime-y, lime-y green always gets compliments when I wear it and it’s such a great color, no wonder I love it so much. THe purple and blue from this collection are awesome, too!

I’m With The Lifeguard: An eye-searing neon slime green with pretty shimmer – what’s not to love? It’s opaque in 2-3 coats and the shimmer does tend to settle at the bottom but I kinda like it without shimmer since it makes the neon even brighter.

Posh: UGH FABULOUS. You can see how much of the bottle is gone – when you have as many polishes as I do, that’s a LOT of use! The formula is great (it’s a one-coater if you’re careful) and it’s just a perfect, true Crayola green.

Four Leaf Clover: One of the few blue-leaning polishes on this list. This is actually a recent addition even though it’s an older CG polish, but the formula is fantastic and the bright hue always makes me happy.

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Highlight Of My Summer: (I did this late at night and was too tired to do it again when I saw I’d used the wrong bottle. Here’s a link to another bottle photo with it, though.) Like many of the other colors from the Sunsational collection, HOMS is a bit difficult to apply and is quite streaky, but damnnnnnn, it is such an amazing shade of bright mint that I don’t really care.

Running In Circles: The most breathtaking medium green glass fleck. Seriously, if you are at all into green, you need this polish. It’s so sparkly, the color is to die for, and it just glows on the nail!

Reclaim: Nowadays there’s a million indie shops making holos in every color, but just a few years ago holos – especially in a more saturated color like this – were incredibly rare, and I was lucky to grab this one. Actually, this kind of smooth, linear holo (without sparkle) is still kind of rare, and makes Reclaim even more unique!

Dragon: I only own two a-England polishes, and they were some of the first (if not the first) indie polishes I ever bought when I first started collecting nail polish, setting the bar pretty high! Dragon is so unique and really does capture the feel of a dragon with its mossy green base and golden/olive shimmer plus the trademark a-England sparkly scattered holo. As if the color isn’t enough to recommend this polish, it’s also a one-coater!

Glittering Garland: This colorrrrrr, I can’t even deal with it. It’s perfect for holidays (fitting, since it’s from the 2011 holiday collection) but this deep green with lighter green micro glitter combination is so gorgeous that it looks chic any time of the year. Classy perfection.

For my mani, I wanted to use a polish I haven’t used in a while, so I chose Fresh. As I have mentioned a billion times before, I loooove bright yellow-toned greens, they feel so fun and, well, fresh! (Fresh is actually really close to China Glaze’s Gaga for Green from the 2012 Electropop collection.) Its formula has a super weird consistency, though – sort of a creme-jelly hybrid but…weirder. It’s such a fantastic color that I didn’t want to do too much to it, but I added a little color block of Four Leaf Clover, which looked practically blue next to Fresh. I really like this style for a simple and quick mani.

Ahhh sorry about my cuticles! Can you tell I did this post in a hurry? Next time will be better, promise!

Ahhh sorry about my cuticles! Can you tell I did this post in a hurry? Next time will be better, promise!

Thank you for reading! Do you see any of your own favorites on my list? Let me know in the comments!

I’ll be back next time with my top ten blues, see you then! – A x