Go Green for Fall (and Winter)!

It’s no secret that I love green nail polish.  And rich, jewel-tone greens are my absolute favorite colors to wear in the colder months.  If you’re not adventurous with your polish, this is the time to experiment – it’s easier to start with a vampy green than with a summer neon.  I thought I’d share some of my favorites, mostly because I use blogging to justify my obsession.  But maybe you’ll find something that you like.  I’ll link to the swatches I’ve already posted, and you can expect to see the rest of these in the next few months.

1. Deborah Lippmann Don’t Tell Mama: One of my all-time favorites.  It’s a black base with a gorgeous emerald shimmer.  Like velvet for your nails (without the weird texture of velvet nails).

2. Sonia Kashuk Emerald City: A creamy emerald green (that’s less blue-toned than most), great formula, and the only one of these with a price tag under $5.

3. OPI Live and Let Die: Thisclose to being black, with gorgeous green/gold mini flakes.  Did I mention this is a one-coater?  Yeah, you should probably go get it now.

4. Butter LONDON British Racing Green:  If you want classic, this is it.  Gorgeous dark green, with just enough shimmer to make it something special.

5. a-England Saint George: Emerald green.  a-England’s flawless formula.  And tons of holo goodness.  (Also check out Dragon.)

6. Butter LONDON Stag Do: So, technically (according to the BL website), this is blue.  But it’s definitely on the teal/green side, and it is filled with gorgeous green shimmer.  It still works, right?

7. Essie Going Incognito:  For me, this is the one that started it all.  My first (grown-up) green polish.  It’s the perfect balance of light, dark, green, and blue, with a bit of dustiness that makes it more wearable.  Love!

8. OPI Cuckoo For this Color: This one’s for you metallic lovers out there.  It’s gorgeous and rich, with a crazy amount of shimmer.  This one screams “holiday season” to me.

9. Julep Diane: Dark forest green with no creaminess, shimmer, or blue.  Beautiful and deep.

10. OPI Jade is the New Black: Medium jade green.  Leans a little blue, and is just dusty enough that it’s not “too green.”

11: Essie Stylenomics: This one is almost-black, but still a gorgeous color.  It’s on the teal side, but you almost can’t tell. If you like black polish, you’ll love this.

12: a-England Tess D’Urbervilles: A blackened green base, with an insane amount of coarse green/gold shimmer.  Reminds me of light peeking through dense trees.  Gorgeous!

Fall Favorites

Fall is one of my favorite seasons.  I just love the cooler weather, cozy knits, and deep colors.  Since my nail polish collection has probably quadrupled from what I had last year, I thought I’d share the polishes that I will be using a lot this fall.  These are just some of my favorites, but you can also check out my Fall Color Guide if you want to see what this season’s trends are.

1. Essie Chinchilly: because I love gray, and this one is pretty near perfect (plus, the name is super cute).

2. China Glaze Jungle Queen: as close as I will ever get to Chanel Particulare, I love the dark neutral with the unexpected fuchsia shimmer.

3. a-England Tristam: gorgeous navy and holographic microglitter… need I say more?

4. Sonia Kashuk Two Cent: rich metallic copper that seriously glows, this is like fall in a bottle!

5. Deborah Lippmann Don’t Tell Mama: one of my favorite dark polishes, it’s subtle, but the green shimmer is beautiful.

6. Essie Stylenomics: another so-dark-it’s-almost-black green, but without the shimmer – still gorgeous (in the sun)

7. Nails Inc. Hampstead Gardens: it’s kind of an ugly color (my little sister nicknamed it “mustard poop”), but I still love it!

8. China Glaze Man Hunt: cobalt is big this fall, and I love that this is almost navy, but still super vibrant (I’m also loving CG First Mate for a great fall blue)

9. Orly Mirror Mirror: a beautiful, clean gray for those days when I don’t feel like wearing a dark polish

10. Essie Wicked: a classic. I think I’m on my third bottle.

11. Nails Inc. Tate: the perfect, classic, slightly blue-toned dark red

12. OPI Germanicure by OPI: (the only one of these I don’t own yet) gorgeous vampy shimmer – something completely missing from my collection

13: Julep Stefani: metallic charcoal, set apart by the addition of tiny gold flakes – love!

14: China Glaze Mahogany Magic: because when else can you wear warm brown polish?

15: OPI You Don’t Know Jacques: an oldie, but a goodie. I’m still obsessed with dark taupes

16: Essie Bordeaux: blood-red (or wine, I guess) colored jelly – another favorite!

17: Sonia Kashuk Emerald City: the perfect dark emerald green (Essie Going Incognito is another good one)

18: China Glaze Desert Sun: the color of pumpkin pie, butterscotch, and caramel apples

19: butter LONDON All Hail the Queen: slightly holographic nude, appropriate for any occasion, but still really special – it’s my “good luck” polish

20: OPI Number One Nemesis: an almost-dupe for Chanel Graphite, this feels super edgy, trendy, and expensive, but still easy to pull off

These are just a few of the polishes I’m looking forward to wearing a lot this fall, and hopefully I’ll get around to swatching them soon.  What are yours?

Footloose

I realize that this polish was limited edition and is now nearly impossible to get (I’ve seen a few on Ebay), but I had to show you anyway.  Deborah Lippmann makes some freaking awesome polishes, and Footloose is no exception.

It’s an orange-red jelly, but it is more opaque than most jellies.  It’s a little more orangey than in these photos, but they’re pretty close.  Like all the Lippmanns I’ve tried so far, it applied perfectly.

I used two coats here.  In real life, there was still a bit of visible nail line, but I was ok with it.  It wasn’t really visible to anyone but me, and I didn’t want to use any more of the polish than I had to.

I absolutely love how shiny this is! It felt very vintage-y and classic.  Sometimes it’s great to just wear a simple red polish.

The wear on this was fantastic! It took two days of being super hard on my hands to even see some tip wear, and I’ve been wearing it for four days, without a single chip, which for me, is really amazing.  I usually chip my polish within a day or two (sometimes within ten minutes haha).

What’s your favorite Lippmann polish?

Don’t Tell Mama

Yet another Deborah Lippmann polish that I absolutely love.  Seriously.  That woman makes ah-mazing polishes.  If you haven’t tried them, you should.

This is Don’t Tell Mama, an almost-black teal with forest green shimmer.  Gorgeous.  It can look black indoors, but it only takes a little light to glow.  I am so glad I was able to score this on sale a few weeks ago, since the $16 price tag is a little steep.  But I do think that it’s worth it for Deborah Lippmann.  Her colors are beautiful and unique and the formula is flawless.

This was two perfect coats with Essie Good to Go.  And for being such a dark color, this did not stain at all, and came of really easily.  Love it.

I’ve had this on my coffee table since I got it in the mail just because the bottle is so pretty to look at.  I also really love the name of this one – I can’t help but sing it haha.

So far, I have six Lippmann polishes, and have yet to try what she is best known for – her amazing glitters!  Across the Universe is next on my wish list I think.

What’s your favorite Lippmann?

Almost Paradise

This is another color from Deborah Lippmann’s Footloose collection.  To be honest, I only bought this duo because I wanted the other color, Footloose, which I will hopefully get a chance to post soon.  I wasn’t expecting to like this.  If anything, I figured I’d kind of like it, but it would be too close to a color I already have.

I was wrong.  I absolutely LOVE this!  Despite the fact that I have more green polishes than any other color in my stash, none of them come close to this.  The closest are maybe butter LONDON Bossy Boots and Essie Navigate Her.  Almost Paradise is lighter than Navigate Her and much brighter and more yellow than either.  It’s like a neon lime with a ton of white mixed in.  It’s bright, but pastel at the same time.  My perfect summer green!  The only thing that will keep me from wearing this all the time is that it’s limited edition and I want to make my bottle last.  If it wasn’t for my recent polish buying spree (which included this), I’d buy another set!

This is three coats with Essie Good to Go.

Yet again, I was super impressed with Deborah Lippmann’s formula.  This one is a tad sheer, but goes on like butter.  Love it.

Let’s Hear it for the Boy

My first Deborah Lippmann!  I had completely given up on being able to acquire one of these amazing polishes until I get a real job.  I just can’t bring myself to drop $16 on a single bottle of polish as a poor college student.  As it is, I haven’t eaten a real meal in a week due to my polish buying spree.

Anyway, when I saw Deborah Lippmanns on sale at HSN.com, I couldn’t pass them up.  I picked up this half of the Footloose collection for $16 a few weeks ago – two for the price of one, which I thought was pretty amazing.  And then yesterday, I ordered the second half of the collection for… wait for it… $10!  Seriously, if you’ve been waiting to try Deborah Lippmann, now’s your chance!

This is one of four polishes that Deborah Lippmann released with the remake of Footloose a while ago.  It’s called Let’s Hear it for the Boy (which gets stuck in my head whenever I look at the bottle), and it’s a gorgeous bright powder blue.  Even though it’s a pastel, it stands out and it makes my hands look tan – which takes a lot.

This is two coats with a coat of Essie Good to Go.

This is the first Deborah Lippmann I’ve ever tried, and I have never dealt with a nail polish formula quite like it.  It actually took some getting used to because it was so different, but I absolutely love it.  The brush is amazing – it’s small and short, but also soft, so it spreads well and gets the polish exactly where you want it.  The formula is thin, but super smooth, and this only took me two coats to get it completely opaque.  It also dries lighting fast – faster than any fast dry topcoat I’ve ever tried.  While I do really like this, this is the part that took a little getting used to, because you have to apply it really quickly.

Overall, I am in love with this nail polish! Though it isn’t an everyday color, I think I’ll be wearing it a lot this summer.  And I will definitely be buying more Deborah Lippmanns as soon as I can – I have my eye on the Snow White & the Huntsman duo (which might just be my birthday present to myself).