Monday, December 15, 2014

Brie Mode Nails

So I confessed to you guys in the latest Twinsie Tuesday post that my boyfriend and I are pro wrestling fans. Yes, it's kinda dumb and I know it's "fake," but I love the spectacle and theatricality of it. It's like a superhero cartoon come to life.

Well, tonight, we are going to our very first live WWE event--the RAW show in Detroit--and of course my nails had to be decorated for the occasion! I had a lot of ideas on what I wanted to do, but ultimately I decided to do some nails inspired by one of the WWE Divas (a.k.a. lady wrestlers), Brie Bella:

I have a lot of thoughts on how the WWE treats their women's matches (hint: it's mostly not good), which I won't bore you with here, but Brie seems like a cool chick and she's one of my favorite Divas. One of her signatures is when she's setting up a big move in the ring, she climbs on the ropes and yells out "Brie Mode," almost like she's powering up:


Trying to explain it makes me realize how dumb it sounds, but I digress. Long story short, I made some Brie Mode nails in Brie's signature colors of red, white and black. Enjoy.

My thumbs, which you can't see here, are just plain ol' Rimmel Black Satin, then my red is OPI Over And Over A-Gwen. I did the lettering with a white Sally Hansen nail striper. My bf actually took this picture for me, so a big thanks to him! The B and the R were definitely the hardest parts, especially since I had to write them with my non-dominant hand. I had to re-do the R a couple times and then it had the audacity to smear when I applied topcoat over it, but other than that, I think this came out pretty decently. 

There were a few awkward moments at work when a couple people asked what was on my nails and I'd sheepishly change the subject, because I haven't 100% embraced the whole "why yes, I'm a college-educated woman who will publicly admit to loving professional wrestling" thing.

Friday, December 12, 2014

OPI Cuckoo For This Color

Have you ever seen a blue spruce tree?

Well there. Now you have. You're welcome.

Random question, I know, but a blue spruce is what came to mind when I was trying to come up with a way to describe OPI Cuckoo For This Color. It's a pine green shimmer that also has a decent amount of blue in its base (almost teal, but not quite), so the blue spruce seemed like an apt comparison, especially with the holidays right around the corner. Blue spruces are a popular choice for Christmas trees.

Anyways, why the hell have I devoted so much time to discussing trees? Let's look at some polish already! Here's two coats of Cuckoo For This Color.

This polish came out as part of the Swiss Collection in 2010, but you can still find it online for cheap. I have a soft spot for the Swiss Collection, because it takes me back to the time when I was getting super into polish; when it went from something I liked to a bit of an obsession. But nostalgia aside, it was a pretty great batch of polishes too! Yeah, there were too many reds (what else is new?) but the rest of the colors were fan-freakin'-tastic. You had classics like Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous, Ski Teal We Drop, Yodel Me On My Cell, Glitzerland (a.k.a. my all-time favorite gold) and of course, Cuckoo For This Color isn't too shabby either!
It's also a pretty unique green. I think the closest thing I have in my huge collection of green polish is maybe Butter London British Racing Green? Based on swatches I've seen of China Glaze Emerald Fitzgerald, that might be similar as well, but I don't have it to compare in-person.

Is there a polish that reminds you of something completely random? Is there a particular polish or collection

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

KBShimmer Dressed To Gild

KBShimmer Dressed To Gild just might be the most sparkly polish in my entire collection. This holographic gold textured polish with splashes of lime green and lavender glitter is ridiculously vibrant. Pictures don't even begin to do it justice; it's too hard to capture how pretty Dressed To Gild looks as the light hits it. And you know something? This has quickly become one of my favorite polishes...well, ever!

 Slightly blurry shot to show off dat shimmer...

Considering how dense this polish is, I thought it'd be really chunky and thick to apply. But I was pleasantly surprised by how wonderful the formula is. There's no drag at all and the consistency is spot-on. I only needed two coats. Dressed To Gild is meant to be worn as a textured polish, so I skipped the top coat here. Dry time was very quick.

So yeah, absolutely loooooveeee this. It has so many of my favorite things: holo, glitter, gold, bright colors... Seriously y'all: buy this polish. You'll thank yourself later.

You can purchase KBShimmer from their website.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Orly Pretty-Ugly

I love me some pretty-ugly shades, but honestly, I think this one from Orly is so misnamed! To me, pretty-ugly shades are more along the lines of China Glaze Trendsetter and Orly's very own It's Not Rocket Science (one of the first swatches I ever did on this blog, so you've been warned as to its quality). But I don't find a delicate baby blue with iridescent blue shimmer like Orly Pretty-Ugly ugly at all!

I absolutely adore the shimmer in Pretty-Ugly. So often, shimmer isn't as intense on the nail as it looks in the bottle (Essie is especially guilty of this), but this is a shade that absolutely delivers in that respect. This polish has a lovely formula too, with none of the streaking or runniness that can plague pastels. What you see above is three easy coats.

A big thanks to Amanda for sending me this beauty! What are some of your favorite fuglies?

Sunday, December 7, 2014

a-england Briar Rose

If you've never tried an a-england polish, I can't recommend them highly enough. It's easy to see the amount of love and passion Adina puts into her polishes and I am always fascinated by the inspirations behind each shade. The shade I'll be sharing with you today is called Briar Rose. It comes from a-england's Burne-Jones Dream Collection, inspired by artist Edward Burne-Jones' series of paintings depicting scenes from Sleeping Beauty. Adina has also created collections that draw from mythology, legends, ballet, history and poetry. I love how she draws on things she finds beauty in to create beauty of her own, in the form of some truly fabulous polishes.

As for Briar Rose, it is a rich cranberry with a beautiful prismatic finish. At first, I was tempted to label this as a scattered holo but honestly it's more special than that. It's got this ethereal glow to it and while the holo is not super strong, Briar Rose still pulses and shines like it has a life of its own. a-england's holos always have this almost dream-like quality to them, which is one of the many reasons I'm such an a-england fangirl--if you couldn't tell already!

The formula here is stellar. I used two coats and then skipped the top coat, to keep the holographic shimmer fully intact. Even without top coat, I got some excellent wear out of this mani. After three days, I only had one chip and virtually zero tipwear.

Are you an a-england fan too? If you had your own polish line (a girl can dream, right?), what would it be inspired by?

Friday, December 5, 2014

OPI I'll Tinsel You In

OPI definitely borrowed a few pages out of the indie polish playbook for this one--and that's totally fine by me! I love my indie glitterbombs for how unique and creative all the independent polish makers out there are, but it is still fun to see more mainstream brands incorporate some popular indie elements into their polishes as well.

I'll Tinsel You In is a matte black, white and white glitterbomb with hexes, bars and squares that brings to mind indie classics like Lynnderella Connect The Dots. (They aren't dupes, mind you, but they do play in the same sandbox.) Here it is over another OPI holiday shade, Rollin' In Cashmere.

Very nice formula here. I didn't even have to guide the bar pieces away from the edge of the nail, which is usually a concern for me. I used to hate bar glitter (I thought it was weird-looking, I dunno) but I've really come around to it. Application is hassle-free and the glitter payoff is great, no shaking or fishing required. This is one coat.

While I wasn't too impressed with the main part of OPI's holiday collection this year, I'll Tinsel You In was an instant must-buy for me. It's a super fun glitter and the fact that it's mostly black and white means you can layer it over anything!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

OPI Rollin' In Cashmere

I love color. I will wear just about anything, be it clothes or polish, and all that matters to me is that I like it. That being said, the one color that consistently gives me pause is yellow. I'm pale and blonde, so yellow isn't always my friend. Yet I found myself intrigued by OPI Rollin' In Cashmere, a very yellow gold from the Gwen Stefani holiday collection. I wasn't sure I could pull it off without looking jaundiced, but I kept thinking about the polish so I finally decided, "Hey, what the hell, let's give it a shot." And y'know, I'm really glad I did!

Visible brushstrokes are a concern here--this polish verges on frosty territory--but I don't think they're as noticeable in person as they are on camera. Still, you'll want to watch out for those when applying. This is two coats.

I am surprised just how much I like this polish on me and I can say that I don't have anything else like it in my collection, since I usually avoid these types of shades. I've seen some chatter wondering how similar this is to 50 Years of Style from the Ford Mustang Collection and to my eye, 50 Years of Style is less frosty and not as yellow-toned of a gold as Rollin' In Cashmere.

While I like Rollin' In Cashmere on its own, I love it as a base for glitter. I paired it with another Gwen Stefani holiday shade, Comet In The Sky, for last week's Twinsie Tuesday post and I'm currently wearing it with I'll Tinsel You In, from the same collection. It's different-looking enough that it still provides a nice pop as a base, but like any good metallic (which work like neutrals, in my book), it can still fade into the backdrop to let the glitter take center stage.

What was the last polish to surprise you? Are there certain shades you absolutely will NOT wear?