2012 Favorites

There have been so many great polishes this year!  It was hard to narrow down my favorites, so I ultimately decided to go with four lists, so here they are.  Because I’ve been sick for over a week, I haven’t had time to swatch all these, so I went the easy route and made a video of bottle pics.  I hope you guys don’t mind!

First up, my 12 favorite 2012 releases from mainstream brands (in no particular order):

  • Essie Orange it’s Obvious
  • Essie Butler Please
  • Essie Go Overboard
  • OPI Every Month is Oktoberfest
  • OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls
  • Zoya Arizona
  • Nicole by OPI Khloe had a Little Lam-Lam
  • China Glaze Desert Sun
  • China Glaze Manhunt
  • China Glaze Champagne Kisses
  • butter LONDON Jack the Lad
  • butter LONDON Two Fingered Salute

Next, my top 12 indies from 2012:

  • Windestine Moana
  • Windestine Snow Prince
  • Happy Hands Afternoon Thunderstorms
  • Happy Hands I Just Blue Myself
  • Dollish Polish Dino-mite Yoshi
  • KBShimmer Witch Way
  • Hare Polish Supernova Springs
  • Hare Polish Bury the Hatchetfish
  • Lac Attack Felix Felicis
  • Lac Attack Death Day Party
  • A-England Saint George
  • A-England Jane Eyre

And, since this blog is relatively new, and I’ve really enjoyed discovering some older polishes this year, I thought I’d include a list of polishes that I’ve loved this year, but were released before 2012.  So here it is:

  • OPI Glitzerland
  • OPI Yoga-ta Get This Blue
  • OPI Cuckoo for this Color
  • Essie Lilacism
  • Essie Chinchilly
  • butter LONDON All Hail the Queen
  • Sephora by OPI Slushied
  • A-England Tristam
  • China Glaze First Mate
  • Orly Mirror Mirror
  • Sally Hansen Pacific Blue
  • Nina Ultra Pro Cobalt

There are no pictures of these, but I wanted to include my favorite collections of 2012:

  • Lac Attack Magical Musings
  • China Glaze On Safari
  • OPI Skyfall
  • OPI Germany
  • Happy Hands I’ve Made a Huge Mistake
  • Windestine Hawaiian Collection
  • Windestine’s new collection
  • A-England Gothic Beauties

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?