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OPI – Jade is the New Black

4 Feb

Happy Friday! I don’t know about you, but I am exhausted! It’s from all the dinner parties, coffee dates and movie-watching. Did you see The King’s Speech yet? If not, run, do not walk, to the theatre. It’s brilliant, cast was excellent. And Colin Firth was, of course, sigh-worthy. Also went to Dine-Out at Fishworks in North Van – so yummy! Will likely take my mom there for her birthday.

All this happened between Monday and Wednesday, by the way. Somehow I managed to make myself believe that it was the weekend. Too bad I have a midterm and an assignment due next Monday. *sigh* I think I foresaw the horror of the following week and decided to treat myself to an early weekend. Time to start crackin’!

Hopefully things will start to look up with this gorgeous colour, though!

OPI’s Jade is the New Black is from the Spring 2010 Hong Kong Collection (Holla! Home town represent!). Of course I was excited for this collection and what they decided to name them. But as expected, the names are cringe-inducing and horribly cliche. To give you an idea, here are some of the other polishes from that collection: Suzi Says Feng Shui, A Good Mandarin is Hard To Find, Panda-monium Pink, Red My Fortune Cookie, Dim Sum Plum, Chopsticking To My Story, Bling Dynasty. *insert collective groan here*.

There are way more defining characteristics of Hong Kong that could have been used to name nail polish without resorting to general American cliches of Chinese culture. The fortune cookie wasn’t even invented in Hong Kong! I haven’t even eaten a fortune cookie in Hong Kong before! Also, Japanese and Korean people use chopsticks too! What the hell! And Bling Dynasty is just tacky.

Okay. I’m getting irrationally angry about this. Moving on.

I freaking adore this colour. A perfect mid-toned green creme, slightly on the blue side (but not at all teal). Not too bright. It looks so clean on the nail! Average polish turnover for me is 2 days. I had this on for 5 days! I think it might be a record – it’s definitely love.

Essie – Sew Psyched

23 Jan

I love green nail polishes – deep hunter green, bright emeralds, pale mints, dirtied olives – I would even consider wearing a neon fluorescent (sadly I do not own one as of now). In fact, I honestly can’t think of a colour of nail polish that I dislike because I think it’s too “strange”. Though obviously I have once disliked a colour because it made my fingers look funky. One such colour was Manila by American Apparel – made my cuticles look bright red!

I digress. For those of you who aren’t that inclined towards crazy colours though, perhaps you should get your feet wet with this gorgeous number:

(Picture taken indoors under incandescent lamp – click to enlarge)

Ah, Essie. It’s a love it or hate it brand for most people, and I subscribe to the former group. They never stray too far away from what they’re good at (classic and trendy neutrals), but why change a good thing? Formula us usually top-notch. My only gripe with the brand is that their brush isn’t stellar. I’ll save all my comments on that for a future post on brush comparisons!

Sew Psyched hails from Essie’s Fall 2010 collection and is a winner in my book. It’s a dusty greyed-green with a very subtle white/silver shimmer – super hard to detect. It’s a great colour for the colour-wary – subtle, not too in-your-face, but yet still noticeably green. No complaints with the formula – looked great with two coats and applied very evenly.

It’s successfully quelling my lemming for Chanel’s Khaki Vert (it’s not a dupe, though Sew Psyched does happen to be an near-identical dupe for Rescue Beauty Lounge’s Diddy Mow). It’s also an extremely wearable colour that doesn’t get me weird looks from strangers, like the time I wore a highlighter yellow nail polish (for the record, I didn’t like how it looked on me, but I had no time to take it off D:).

It suddenly occurred to me that you probably want to know where I bought this – again, I will likely write a blog in the future detailing where I buy nail polish in the Greater Vancouver area. Stay tuned! :)


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