02 September 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Summer to Fall

Another Twinsie Tuesday, and this week's theme is a transitional polish pick, a shade that carries over from summer to autumn, and my choice...well, my choice from the bag on the counter that's doing its valiant best to stand in for my stash while I'm on the road...is a brand-new beauty to me, Finger Paints Hammered Terra Cotta.

Finger Paints Hammered Terra Cotta swatch

When I picked up Hammered Terra Cotta, I had no idea it was a texture, but I really like it! It's full of rosy pink, sparkling gold, and yes, terra cotta orange. I'm wearing two coats here, but it was actually great in just one. Easy, smooth formula. Nice drying time. Awesome glimmer in the sun.

Finger Paints Hammered Terra Cotta swatch

I can totally see Finger Paints Hammered Terra Cotta as a summer polish, maybe with a pair of white shorts and a lemon yellow top (and I'd put good money on it looking fabulous with tanned and darker skin tones). I can also see this as a fantastic choice for fall, looking rich and warmly golden with some jeans and a cozy, neutral sweater and some high, brown riding boots, and suddenly I'm in the mood to go shopping. While I do that, please check out some of my fellow Twinsies' blogs for more transitional picks!

Also in important news today...

Happy Birthday, Grandfather!




Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Anna at Going to the Showing
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Casey at Casey Lane Loves Polish
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
ChiChi at I'm Just Me...ChiChi
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Erin at Paint Those Piggies
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined & Polished
Lisa at The Polish Playground
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished to Precision
Traci at Drink Citra

31 August 2014

Wayback Nails: Hawaiian Shirt

So before I left town all those weeks ago I said, "Eh, don't worry about that August Wayback post. You'll have tons of time to get it done after you get back!" Aaaaand now it's August 31st. Thankfully I remembered just in time, and thankfully I gathered enough new supplies for the nails I wanted to revisit, last year's Hawaiian shirt nail art!

flower nail art

Happily, I think last August's version still holds up (I love that teal!), but I'm really happy with how today's version came out too. I went purple to match my outfit, mixing a range of light, medium, and dark shades, and those shadows and highlights really made the leaves and flowers pop!

purple nail art flowers

The base for these is Pure Ice Shore Bet, which I'm planning to share swatches of in a few days (spoiler alert: I love it), and I'm so drawn to these putty-neutral shades. They look great on their own, and they're awesome under nail art too!

Last year's Hawaiian shirt nails had a little more background and embellishment, which I meant to add to these as well, but I was so smitten with how these were turning out that I just had to leave it alone. They may look a little less "Hawaiian shirt" because of that, but I think I made the right call.

(Self-restraint feels weird.)

29 August 2014

Red Flower Nail Art

I've gradually picked up a decent selection of some new polishes while I've been over here, but it feels like ages since I did some nail art. So, once I realized how much longer-than-scheduled this trip was going to be, I hoofed it to the store for some paints and a brush...

red flower nail art

Between my rusty painting skills and the wrong sized brush, I had a little trouble with these, but my fingertips were so happy to wear some flowers again. And even though the red accidentally gave them kind of a Christmas-y, poinsettia vibe, I loved the deep red on top of China Glaze Five Rules.

red nail art flowers

Insert fascinating closing statement here! (^_^)

27 August 2014

OPI My Signature Is "DC"

I mentioned in my silvers comparison post that OPI My Signature Is "DC" was on my shopping list for the very near future, and it was the first bottle I grabbed when I drove up to Ulta. No, I didn't really need more silver, and no, I didn't really care. Love, love, LOVE this polish.

OPI My Signature Is DC swatch

This is two smooth and easy coats of OPI My Signature Is "DC" (you may get away with a single coat if you're generous and even enough!), and the formula is simply wonderful. Great spread, great control, great all of it. And it's so, so freaking shiny!

OPI My Signature Is DC swatch

Bright or low light, it's beautifully reflective, and while I've worn a lot of silvers lately this one really made me think of molten metal. The foil particles do scatter the light, so it's not a mirror finish, but it still reminded me of that cool, melty T-1000 from Terminator 2.

OPI My Signature Is DC swatch

How awesome is that finish? And if anything, my top coat may have slightly muted its reflective gleam. OPI My Signature Is "DC" may not be utterly unique among the silvers in my collection, but it is 100% fabulous.

26 August 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Sideways French

I have seen some "sideways french" manicures that are all smexy and sleek, and just thinking about how cute these can look makes me even sadder at how mine came out this week. First attempt, pitiful. Second attempt, anger and recriminations. Third attempt, resignation. I call it "interpretive watermelon."


The players are Sally Hansen Presto Pink with side-swooshes of butter LONDON Jack the Lad and dots of vaguely seed-like black. I think it was actually a pretty good idea, but I didn't really do it justice, what with "roughing it" and all while I'm still on the road. Eh, can't win 'em all. Looking forward to seeing what my fellow Twinsies made of the side-french mani!


Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Anna at Going to the Showing
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Casey at Casey Lane Loves Polish
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
ChiChi at I'm Just Me...ChiChi
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Erin at Paint Those Piggies
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined & Polished
Lisa at The Polish Playground
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished to Precision
Traci at Drink Citra

24 August 2014

OPI DS Reserve

I came across OPI DS Reserve on a trip to Ulta (actually a road trip to Ulta, about an hour and a half up the highway, but at least they have one that close by here...I'm looking pointedly at you, Hong Kong...). It's a shade I don't really wear that much, but it's a pretty, shimmery, scattered holo, and I am weak. Needed it.

OPI DS Reserve swatch

OPI DS Reserve is a medium, berry-rose pink. In low light, it has an awesome silver shimmer. In brighter light, the scattered holo particles are just Ka-POW. Now, despite the bright sunlight I didn't manage to capture the beautiful rainbow that scattered shimmer was throwing off here, but even with just a hint of it, it's still all kinds of pretty. IRL, seriously, the holo sparks are fantastic.

OPI DS Reserve swatch

Reserve applied just like every OPI DS polish I've tried so far. Buttery-smooth, beautiful spread, all that stuff. And even as a pathological three-coater, I was perfectly content to stop here at two. Really a fantastic formula.

OPI DS Reserve swatch

OPI is so, so good at these scattered holo polishes! I know holos are more expensive to make, which may be why they've strayed into different looks for the more recent DS releases, but I would gladly pay that extra dollar or two for more of these holographic beauties.

23 August 2014

China Glaze Five Rules

Please say hello to Five Rules from China Glaze's tie-in collection for The Giver, which... I think is a book that's a movie now? Yes, I am staggeringly out of touch. But even if I don't know the meaning of the name, I'm fully versed in the awesomeness of this softly, subtly gorgeous shade.

China Glaze Five Rules swatch

China Glaze Five Rules is the kind of creamy, nuanced neutral that could easily find itself at home as a new core polish. This putty shade seems to be both warm and cool, beige and grey, and while it's perfect for autumn I'd say it's a great year-round shade as well. Just really, really flattering.

China Glaze Five Rules swatch

I was very pleased with Five Rules's formula. No streaking, just two buttery coats that spread easily and leveled like a dream. I am definitely going to help myself to a backup (or three!) of China Glaze Five Rules.
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