Sunday, May 23, 2010

My Private Jet

Many blogs have already discussed this, but I'll go ahead and throw my hat in the ring.

My Private Jet - the chameleon of OPI. And not like a duochrome, either. There have been several iterations of this popular color.

I originally picked up one bottle that happened be a holographic version, and I fell for it. Fell hard. I ordered FOUR more bottles. Unfortunately, those four came from different stock.

You can see the difference here:

On the left, one of the four 'duds'. There is still some teal flash in this bottle. But compared to the bottle on the right...

I tend to make use of my dud bottles by doing the initial coat with them, and the second coat with my holo bottle. Even the dud bottles are lovable - the charcoal + holo just seems so wearable - much less harsh than just black. Sigh, this is the color that really got me hooked on polish.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Grey versus grey.

Just a quick little side-by-side bottle comparison pic:

Sally Hansen Wet Cement and China Glaze Recycle. SH is lighter and cooler.

Thursday, May 20, 2010


Hello, my new organizational friend.


It's going to be a little while before I can start posting pictures of my own nails.

As I realized for the billionth time this week, nail polish isn't just about aesthetics. It also keeps me from (ugh) biting my nails down to nothing. Anxiety much?

I've discovered it's a very simple equation:

*polish on = no nail biting
*bare nail = suddenly up for grabs

Well, onward and upward.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The brilliance of Scrangie

In navigating the world of the nail polish blogs, a beacon of awesomesauce is the blogger that is Scrangie.

This is her swatch of Sally Hansen Wet Cement and In The Spotlight from her original post, found here. I just couldn't get this combination out of my head. So much so that I was compelled to stop in my local Walgreens where they fortunately had these two on the shelves. First time I've bought drugstore polish since...high school? It's been a while. But these are fantastic.

Wet Cement is a beautiful light grey that I can see wearing quite often, and I am a real believer in the power of interesting topcoat polishes (like In The Spotlight) to save a boring or damaged or unflattering manicure.

Not pink or grey: American Apparel polishes

I guess you could call it a mini-haul...

Took advantage of the 3 for $15 multiple special they have and grabbed Mouse, Hunter and Mount Royal.

This is directly thanks to all the many nail polish bloggers who were kind enough to post lots of swatches and talk about what they thought of these colors. I definitely would not have chosen these otherwise.

I looked hard at Factory Grey, but I already own China Glaze Recycle and I thought they would be similar. Maybe not, I'm new at this. I might have to grab that one, too. AA just came out with six more shades, so perhaps even more bottles in my taste will be forthcoming.

Have also picked up my first bottle of Seche Vite. It applies so thickly! Wow.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Why the name?

I love OPI, pinks, and greys. That's most but not all of my polish collection. Sounds limiting when I put it that way, but I can keep the collecting until control if I limit myself to shades I'll actually wear.

I think nail polish is fun and feminine. There are far worse hobbies to have!