Fair Game

This is one of those polishes that I didn’t really like when I first saw it, but picked up on a whim, and then ended up loving.  It happens a lot.  Fair Game was released in one of Essie’s resort collections a few years ago, but I found it in a new display at Rite Aid a couple of weeks ago.  It’s a really pretty blue-ish pewter color with a very nice metallic finish.

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This is two coats of Fair Game with topcoat.  The formula was excellent, especially for a metallic.  If you’re careful, it’s easy to avoid brushstrokes, which is amazing!

This is not the sort of polish I typically wear, metallics tend to be too flashy for me, but this one is really nice.  It’s very soft-looking.

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What do you think?  Are you a fan of metallic polishes?

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Advent Calendar Day 4 – Silver

I’m usually pretty uncomfortable wearing metallic polishes, especially silver.  They’re just too bright and flashy for me.  So I didn’t really know what I wanted to do for today’s post.  But then I remembered I had gotten China Glaze Glistening Snow (from the Holiday Joy collection), which is gorgeous.  But removing ten full glitter nails didn’t sound very appealing, and I wanted to do something a little bit different, so this is what I came up with.  I actually ended up really liking it!

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For all my nails except my ring fingers, I used Essie No Place Like Chrome.  I got this polish for stamping, and it is definitely excellent for that purpose.  This is one coat!  The ring fingers and dots  are China Glaze Glistening Snow.

This kind of reminds me of glitter wrapping paper.  I really love the texture – I decided not to add topcoat because I loved the way that the glitter dots were raised.

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And here’s a super close, blurry picture so you can see the awesome holographic sparkly-ness of Glistening Snow:

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What’s your favorite silver polish?

Advent Calendar Day 3 – Green

I absolutely love with how these turned out!  They’re two parts Christmassy, one part preppy.  They remind me of expensive wrapping paper.  For my green polish, I decided to go with China Glaze Glittering Garland.  This is the first time I’ve used it, and I really love it!  It’s gorgeous!  And I especially love the combination of the green and gold.  It’s definitely sparkly, but still sort of earthy at the same time.

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I started with two coats of China Glaze Glittering Garland, and then stamped the deer with Bundle Monster Plate 214 and Essie Good as Gold.  I used the single deer stamp to make my own pattern and, while I could definitely benefit from some practice, I think it turned out really well.

green & gold reindeer

This is one of those manis that is completely distracting – I can’t stop staring at my nails!

Advent Calendar Day 2 – Gold

Today’s mani didn’t really end up like I had envisioned it, but I thought I’d show you anyway.  I had the idea to do some stamping with two different shades of gold, and went with my favorite pattern – houndstooth.  I do have to say that this looked better in real life, but, in addition to orange and purple, my camera also hates shiny (I’m looking into getting a new one).  Anyway, I did like this, and think it would look equally awesome with a brocade pattern.

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For the base, I used OPI Goldeneye (from the James Bond Skyfall collection) and stamped the houndstooth with Bundle Monster plate 322 and Essie Good As Gold.

And here’s a really awkward angle so you can see the pattern better.  I really hate how Goldeneye has a tendency to get everywhere.  Word to the wise, do not get this on your cuticles.  Ever.

gold houndstooth

For someone who doesn’t really wear metallic polishes, I actually have quite a few golds.  What’s your favorite gold polish?

S’no Man’s Land

Another new Pretty & Polished!  This one’s called S’no Man’s Land (love the name!).  It’s a metallicy/frosty white base with large and small white glitter, and tiny holographic glitter.  I love the effect of all the glitters under the white.  It ends up looking a little bumpy, like real snow, and it’s just so clean and pretty looking.  This is a great white for winter!

Shown is two coats with topcoat.  I considered doing three coats for full opacity, but I surprisingly really liked the sheerness of this one.  What do you think?

S’no Man’s Land is part of the Pretty & Polished holiday collection and will be available in her Etsy Shop starting Friday, November 9.

Pretty as a Peacock

This week, I have some gorgeous new colors from Pretty & Polished to show you.  Excited?  You should be.

Pretty as a Peacock is a gorgeous metallic teal base with medium turquoise, small purple, and tiny green glitters.  Depending on the lighting, the base can look almost army green.  The colors are beautiful together.  It reminds me of all those amazing mermaid-esque polishes that have been so popular lately (think Deborah Lippmann Mermaid’s Dream), but darker.  I love it!

I did two coats of Pretty as a Peacock, although it probably could have used a third for pictures.  Application is really smooth for a polish with so much glitter.

Let me just say, this looks SOOO much more amazing in real life.  My camera hated this polish.  I had to take over 100 pictures just to get something good enough to show you.  So take my word for it, this polish rocks!  My pictures don’t do it justice.

Pretty as a Peacock will be available in Chelsea’s Etsy shop beginning Wednesday, November 7th along with at least one other new color.  What do you think?

Two Fingered Salute

Some days I wonder why I’m willing to shell out $14 for a bottle of nail polish.  This is why.  Two Fingered Salute is stunning!  It’s a muted sea green with rosy copper microglitter.   This is so unique, which is pretty rare for a big brand, but it’s what butter LONDON does so well.  I could not stop staring at my nails the entire time I was wearing this.  It’s awesome.  Just think “badass mermaid.”

This is two coats with Essie Good to Go.  Formula was great, despite the amount of glitter in it.  And sorry about the cut on my cuticle!  That’s what happens when you have six cats…

I LOVE the name, too!  A “two fingered salute” is basically the British equivalent of giving the finger 🙂

Two Fingered Salute is a Nordstrom Exclusive, so it’s available only on the butter LONDON and Nordstrom websites, or in Nordstrom Stores (I’d recommend checking availability before you go).