The Golem and The Jinni

Time for another book inspired post!  I may have perviously mentioned that I’m a huge fan of audible.com – I spend at least two hours a day in the car driving to and from work, so being able to “read” in the car makes me feel more productive.  Right now, I am listening to an amazing book called The Golem and The Jinni.  It’s kind of a historical fantasy novel, and I am really loving it. I’ll admit, it’s a little long and it took me a while to get into/get invested in the secondary characters, but it was totally worth it.  I’m about two thirds of the way through, and I actually just purchased the physical book so I can read it when I’m not in the car.

the golem & the jinni

My ring finger is OPI Taupe-less Beach topped with Nails Inc Westminster Bridge Matte Top Coat.  My middle finger is a water marble using Essie Fear or Desire, Sinful Colors Chick Chick, and Essie Snap Happy.  The rest of my fingers are OPI Ski Teal We Drop sponged with OPI Unfor-Greta-bly Blue and OPI Frog in My Throat.  I tried to represent the beautiful book cover, the Golem, who is made of clay, and the Jinni, who is made of fire.  I didn’t realize until I was writing this post that the watercolor fire looks kind of like a face, which is just so perfect!  I couldn’t do it again if I tried.

the golem & the jinni

I would 100% recommend this book.  It is a very interesting story and extremely well written.  If you’ve read it, let me know what you think in the comments below – no spoilers please!  If you’re on Goodreads, add me as a friend here!  And please feel free to share your book recommendations below.

Foie Gras

Foie Gras is another one of the Hunger Games polishes from China Glaze.  I had originally passed on this, but ended up getting it a few weeks ago.  I love colors like this!  It’s a nice, dark taupe that reminds me of the hot chocolate that comes in the packets.  Love it!

I forgot to do a comparison (I’ll add it to my list), but I think this is pretty close to OPI You Don’t Know Jacques.  If I had to pick one of the two, it would be Foie Gras, since the formula is much better.  This was two super easy coats with no top coat.

I think taupes like this are going to be huge this fall, and this is an excellent one.  It might be a little harder to find, but I’ve heard it’s been found in beauty supplies (on clearance), and I got mine on Amazon, so you can probably still find it there.

Miss Fancy Pants

This is one of those polishes that I bought mostly for the name.  I mean, I don’t really need another taupe-y neutral from Essie.  Don’t get me wrong, I actually really love these colors, but I probably have at least three that are super close to this color.

Miss Fancy Pants is from Essie’s Fall 2012 collection, and, as you can see, is a great, light, neutral option.  It says “fall” without being too dark or foliage-hued.  It is somewhere between Chinchilly and Glamour Purse, only lighter.  I really like it!

Shown is three coats with Essie Good to Go.  Formula was a bit thick, but not unmanageable.

Like Stylenomics, Miss Fancy Pants does NOT match the promo picture (what’s up with that, Essie?), but it’s not that far off.  In some lights, MFP can look much more grey than this, but I couldn’t quite capture it in a picture, sorry.

I know they’re nothing new, but I do love all these ‘greige’ colors that have been coming out in fall and winter collections these past few years, and this is a good one.

butter LONDON All Hail the Queen

This is my first butter LONDON polish, and I’m in LOVE!  Which is saying a lot, since I am not a glitter/shimmer/sparkle person.  This is the most I’ve ever spent on a single polish, and I don’t regret it a bit.  The formula on this is seriously amazing.  This is three super thin coats with Essie Grow Stronger basecoat and Essie Good to Go topcoat.

With flash.  The pink shimmer you see in the bottle is much more subtle on the nail. You can definitely see the holographic microglitter here.  So pretty!

In natural light (which isn’t a lot right now since it’s snowing).  It becomes much more muted in indirect light.

It’s subdued indoors, and super sparkly under bright light.  Definitely a new favorite! I will definitely be buying more butter LONDON polishes  soon (Lady Muck is next on my list).