Wednesday, February 24, 2010

What's up, N.Y.C.?

N.Y.C. nail polish is great. They've got some nice colors, I can find them in most drugstores and they're only 99 cents. So its no surprise that I often swing by the N.Y.C. display to see if there's something I don't have yet.

A few weeks ago, I was in Walmart and I did just that. I saw two colors that I didn't remember having at home so I bought them. Even if I did already have them, what's a couple bucks. Cheap thrills, that's me, lol. One was a purpley-gold duochrome sheer called Wing It Wine Creme (how its creme, I have no idea) and the other was a pink-gold-turquoise sheer shimmer (bad description, I know) called Love Letters. The name Love Letters started to nag my brain on the car ride home. I knew I had another polish by that name. But I also knew I didn't have an N.Y.C. that was that color.

When I got home, I immediately started digging through my stash. And found out I was right. I did have Love Letters.

Old version on the left, "new" version on the right.

What the heck!?

Then it got worse. I checked my nail polish spreadsheet...


Wing It Wine Creme was already on there. Still, I had a sneaking suspicion that led to further digging through my stash...

Yep. N.Y.C. did it again.

Old version on the left, "new" version on the right.

What's going on N.Y.C.? I understand slight changes in batches. But in opinion it should be New Color = New Name. And I'm not even going to mention the lack of creme in Wing It Wine...

So I did some quick swatches so you can see just how different the old versions are compared to the new version. All are three coats plus topcoat except for the old version of Love Letters. That bish is five coats and still not as even as I would prefer. I know it should probably be on the sheer side since it is for french manicures, but at three coats it was streaky and still showing my yellow stained nails. I couldn't handle it and had to add more layers. Sorry about the bubbles.

Outdoor shade. Index to Pinky: Wing It Wine Creme (old version), Wing It Wine Creme (new version), Love Letters (old version), Love Letters (new version)

Outdoor late afternoon sun. Pinky to Index: Love Letters (new version), Love Letters (old version), Wing It Wine Creme (new version), Wing It Wine Creme (old version)

So whats up, N.Y.C.?

Monday, February 22, 2010

Essie Love, Beverly Hills

Once upon a time, Essie released a Limited Edition polish called Love, Beverly Hills xx that claims to be infused with pure 24K gold. This gold infused polish also carried a hefty price tag of $18. Is it worth it?

Three coats, afternoon sun:

The sun kind of washed out the color, so I moved indoors and under my "daylight" lamp:

The last picture best shows what this polish looks like most of the time indoors (which is where I spend most of the time anyway). Application was smooth, any streaks evened themselves out within seconds. Two coats was okay, but a third really added depth. I love this color, but I don't think its worth the $18 price tag it originally had. I bought my bottle for $3.99 at a discount outlet. I think the most I would be willing to pay is the $8 Essie usually retails for.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

OPI Suzi Says Fung Shui

Recently OPI released the Hong Kong Collection. I would have loved to get them all, but I'm trying to scale back on how many new polishes I buy (at least for a little while!). I couldn't resist picking up the blue in the collection though. I can never resist a blue!

OPI Suzi Says Fung Shui

According to OPI, Suzi Says Fung Shui is "A serene cobalt blue to balance your yin yang". I don't know about balancing my yin and yang or if I would call this cobalt, but I do like it! It's a sort of bright blue with a dusty cast that I didn't quite capture. Anyhow, this polish applied very smoothly, I only wish all my polishes would apply so hassle-free. Three coats out of habit, it really would have been fine with two.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Fourth of July Nails

I know, I know, it's not July. But I wanted to show you this mani from last year. Nice and simple, that's my kind of nail art. It would be even simpler if you have a star design Konad (or Fauxnad, the Konad knockoff). I didn't have one at the time so I improvised with a bit of Con-Tact paper and a craft knife.

(I originally posted this on MakeupAlley and don't have an unaltered copy handy right now to change the watermark. Oh well.)

Monday, February 15, 2010

Nfu-Oh 54 MATTE

Okay this is the last picture of this mani, I swear. On the third day I wore Nfu-Oh 54 over Icing Manic Monday, I had to see what it looked like matte. So I swiped some Nailtek Foundation II basecoat over it. Quite pretty mattified, I think. Apologies for the tipwear, my job is hard on my nails.

A few weeks ago, I actually found this Color Club set in my local Ross. Browns aren't usually my thing, but for that kind of price I'm certainly willing to try them!

Hopefully I'll get to them soon!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Nfu-Oh 54 Layered

Last time, I showed you my Icing Manic Monday disaster. I fixed my cleanup issues ( definitely need more practice using a brush instead of an orange wood stick) and yet I still wasn't happy with Manic Monday. Too dark for my mood. So I did the best thing you can do with a dark polish you're just not feeling.

I layered it.

Two coats of Nfu-Oh 54 over two coats of Icing Manic Monday. Pictures taken outdoors on a sunny day.

Nfu-oh 54 is a gorgeous flaky. Heck, even the Nfu-Oh bottles are pretty. I'd really like to try layering this over a beautiful teal creme. I think the effect will be rather like a mermaid's tail. There is nothing I can say that you can't see in pictures. All I can say is I'll be buying more of them when I can.

I forgot to mention in my last post that these are not old pictures. My nails are shorties again. In fact, today they're even shorter than these pictures show due to an unfortunate accident. I was filing a rough edge while watching House and got so caught up in what was going on I kind of filed a little too much on one side of the nail and had to even it out and then it didn't match the length of my other nails and then....well you know how it is. I well and truly have nubbins now.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Icing Manic Monday

I tried something new while painting my nails. When the time for cleanup came, instead of using my orange wood stick, I tried using a nice stiff paintbrush dipped in acetone.

Me + paintbrush = FAIL

You can totally see where I missed spots and even managed to get polish in my cuticles where there was no polish originally. I'm almost too embarrassed to post this, but I want to show you the base for what I did the next day.

First, a bottle pic of today's polish under a daylight lamp, Icing Manic Monday.

Pretty color, very dark though. I took the next photo outside, midday sun. I don't know what was going on that day, but I kept getting dust on my hands when I would go outside no matter what I did.

This was two coats of polish that applied very smoothly. Color is highly pigmented. Outside on a sunny day, you can definitely tell this polish is a deep green. Indoors under fluorescent lighting it really starts to lean toward black unless the lighting is blindingly bright. Overall the polish itself is nice, but my skills were sadly lacking and I just wasn't feeling it that day. So what do I do when I'm not feeling our manicure? I layer something over it! But that will have to be a post for another day.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Color Club Wild and Willing

Duochromes are a particular love of mine. I love all polish. Cremes, shimmers, glitter...even sheers, although I don't wear them much due to having stained nails. I'll even tolerate a frost if it isn't too frosty. Maybe. But duochromes...the way the color plays across the curve of my nail fascinates me.

Last fall Color Club released the Wild at Heart collection which is where today's polish comes from. Wild and Willing is a beautiful gold-orange-pink with green winking at you from the edges. First up, a bottle pic.

In the bottle you can see multiple colors around the edges. Hmmm, does that make this a multichrome?

I took so many pictures trying to capture this one, it was hard to pick out only a few to show you. I'm always trying to improve my photography skills and I hope that one day I can do this beautiful polish the justice it deserves.