Looking for a way to wear mustard yellow nail polish in spring?  No?  Well, here’s one anyway.  Butter LONDON Bumster is a mustard yellow that is somehow really delicate and pretty.  It’s very muted and lighter than most yellows like this I’ve come across, which makes it easier to wear.  If you have very yellow skin, this might even be close to nude for you.  I know some of you will probably hate this, but I really like this.  It’s not my favorite, but I still think it’s very pretty.  And it’s an easier, subtler way to wear yellow nail polish.


Bumster has been on my wishlist since I discovered butter LONDON, but I never bought it until a few months ago when there was a great bL deal on Coterie and this was one of the only choices I didn’t already have.  I’m so glad I ended up getting this!  (And for about $5 if I remember correctly.)

The formula was great, like most butter LONDON polishes I’ve tried.  This was two coats with topcoat.


Are you a yellow polish fan?  It’s definitely a hard color to wear, but I think Bumster makes it a little bit easier.

Fun fact about Bumster: it was part of the Alexander McQueen tribute collection (along with All Hail the Queen – originally All Hail McQueen), and is named after his famous low-slung pants.


I wasn’t really drawn to the shimmers in the new Zoya Lovely collection, but I did get all the cremes, and I absolutely love them!  I used Blu and Neely in this manicure a few days ago, and today I’m wearing Jacqueline.  I can’t decide which of them is my favorite.


Zoya Jacqueline is a creamy, yellow, nude polish.  It’s rare that a creme polish is this unique.  In most lights, Jacqueline pulls nude on me, like a creamier, whiter version of my skintone.  But it’s almost a yellow.  I really love it, and I got a lot of compliments on it already.

Formula was a little bit finicky – this was one thin coat and one thick coat with Seche Vite.  I did have to pay special attention to a few patchy spots, but it levels out pretty well.


What do you think of Jacqueline?  Are you already craving pastels like I am?

Do You Lilac It?

Despite the fact that winter is my favorite season, I have already started craving spring colors.  Looking through my polish collection, I decided to try a color that I bought a while ago, but hadn’t worn yet.  OPI’s Do You Lilac It? is a gorgeous lavender color that is absolutely perfect for spring.  I really love it!

do you lilac it?

The formula was great.  I used two coats of Do You Lilac It? with Essie Good to Go.

do you lilac it?

Do You Lilac It? should be fairly easy to find (I got mine at Ulta), but if you can’t find it, or are looking for a cheaper option, the new L’oreal collection has a pretty good dupe called Royalty Reinvented (which I actually picked up at CVS last week, not realizing it was a dupe).

P.S. Keep an eye out for my Pantone Spring 2013 nail polish color guide which I plan on publishing soon!  This color is going to be for spring!

Julep’s Black Sparkle Duo

Since I skipped my January Julep box (I think I’m good with neons, and none of the nudes seemed special enough), I decided to pick up a few things in their end of the year sale.  I ordered a scarf, a crystal nail file, and these two polishes… for less than the price the monthly box.

The two polishes are called Patti and Brandt, and came in a set called “Black Sparkle.”  The set is no longer available, but both polishes can still be purchased individually.  Here they are:

julep black sparkle duo

I really liked them both, so I decided to do a simple accent mani using both colors. For most of my nails, I used Brandt, an “off-black” creme.  For reference, Brandt is only slightly darker than Essie Power Clutch or OPI Nein, Nein, Nein, Ok Fine!, but lighter than some dark grays I have, such as OPI Suzi Skis in the Pyrenees.  It pretty much just looks like a soft black.  Really nice.  I used two coats.

julep black sparkle duo

I painted my ring fingers with Patti, a very sheer black jelly base filled with black microglitter and more sparse silver glitter in two different sizes.  I kind of wish you could see the little black glitter more, because it just looks like black polish, and that’s not really worth having to remove a million black specks.  Formula was a little thick, but standard for a glitter like this.  I used three coats and two coats of topcoat to smooth it out.  I do think it is really pretty, and I like the sheerness, because I think it might make a decent topper.

julep black sparkle duo

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Black Onyx

I’m one of those people that avoids Black Friday like the plague.  I don’t even leave the house because of the crazy people on the road trying to get from one Black Friday sale to another.  These days, you can pretty much avoid all the people and buy things online anyway.  In fact, this year, I’ve already hit two Black Friday sales (both on nail polish, of course) before 8am without even leaving the house.  Yay!

Anyway, I thought I’d go for the obvious and paint my nails black.  I haven’t had black nails since high school, so it’s been at least six years.  But since I had to cut my nails super short, I actually really like how these look.

I bought OPI’s Black Onyx a few days ago at Ulta, mostly so I could use it as a base for glitter (and I needed another polish to get a free base coat).  I had actually intended to put glitter (Happy Hands I Just Blue Myself) over these, but at the last minute decided not to.  Sometimes I just need something super simple.

This was two coats of Black Onyx with Essie Good to Go.  Formula was great – this may have just replaced Essie Licorice as my favorite black!

What do you do on Black Friday? Do you stay home like me, or are you one of the (crazy) people who have been camped out in front of Best Buy for the past week and a half? Either way, I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone is having a good Thanksgiving this year!  One that involves spending time with family and food and not camping out in front of Best Buy.  But to each their own, I guess.

Anyway, I’m just doing a quick post to show you my Thanksgiving Day mani before I start cooking – I’m making ratatouille and browned butter rice crispy treats this year!  I wanted something very fall, and after trying on all of my “fall” nail polishes (and a plaid nail fail), I settled on just a simple accent nail.

The main color is OPI Ginger Bells, which had been pretty high up on my wishlist for nearly a year before I got it.  I absolutely LOVE it!  The glitter is Finger Paints Fall of Surprises.  Can you believe that’s only one coat of the glitter?!

In person, Ginger Bells is a bit more muted, and just so perfectly fall.  I really like this color combo.

What are your Thanksgiving plans this year?  And what are you wearing on your nails?


I think gray is one of the most versatile nail polish colors, and it’s a favorite of mine for fall.  Needless to say, I have collected my fair share of gray polishes, but I always come back to this one.  Essie’s Chinchilly is the perfect mix of gray & greige, which just a hint of purple thrown in.  It’s a soft color, that isn’t too dark, and is super flattering on almost everyone.  If you need a good gray, this is it.

I’ve only ever finished one or two bottles of nail polish ever (I have too many to choose from), but I am almost on my second bottle of Chinchilly.  That’s how much I love it.  Can’t believe I hadn’t shown it here before!

This is two coats of Chinchilly with Essie Good to Go.

What’s your favorite gray polish?  I’m always looking for good ones.

Green-Blue Ombre

I LOVE how this turned out!  I’ve been changing my nails every day lately, but I wore this for three days because I loved it so much.  The colors work really well together.  It’s fun, but still subtle.  I will definitely be doing these again, and am trying to put together other color combinations that work just as well.

From green to blue (thumb to pinky), the polishes I used are: OPI Don’t Mess With OPI, OPI Jade is the New Black, Essie Going Incognito, Essie Go Overboard, and OPI Ski Teal We Drop.

Just looking at these pictures makes me want to do these again.  These are definitely a favorite!  I actually have the bottles sitting on my desk right now because they’re so pretty together.

What do you think?  Are you a fan of ombre nails?

Spider Webs

Day 2 of the Twelve Days of Halloween is… spider webs!  Ok, not all that exciting, but I think they turned out pretty cool.  I’m saving the more exciting posts for closer to Halloween, I promise.

I think these are easy enough for anyone with a little patience and a striping polish or a tiny paintbrush.  I used the smallest nail art brush I own, which allowed me to fit in a bit more detail, but you can do whatever you want (even add spiders!).

The black I used was Sinful Colors Black on Black, and for the base I used China Glaze Roguish Red from their “Wicked” Halloween Collection.  Since you pretty much saw what it looks like already, I included a swatch below instead of doing a separate post later.  Despite the name, this color is right on the verge of being orange.  And as you can see, there is definitely some neon in this – enough to freak out my camera.  This is a very bright polish.

Shown is two coats with Essie Good to Go.

Sorry these aren’t the best pictures.  My schedule has been a bit crazy lately, and I was in a hurry when I did these.

Lady Like

Lady Like is one of my favorites from Essie’s Fall 2011 collection.  It’s definitely a classic, but the grayed out, slightly purple-ish quality makes it modern.  My friends and I agree that the best way to describe this color is Silly Putty (after being put on a newspaper one or two times).    I really love this color on me – it’s almost a nude on my skin tone, but stands out just enough to make it something different.  Definitely a great fall neutral!

This was two coats with Essie Good to Go.  Last year’s fall collection is still one of my favorites.  It was full of standouts like this.  I bought five of the six shades, and still use them all the time.  What’s your favorite polish from a fall collection?