Archive | April, 2011

Runway Ruffian Nails

25 Apr

Okay. So I’m barely 5’1″ with a decidedly un-waif-ish figure and therefore have no chance in hell of ever being on the runway. But does that mean I can’t try the trends? Of course not!

Behold, the Ruffian Manicure! It was imagined by the people at CND and debuted on the fingertips of models at the FW2010 Ruffian show. The original manicure actually has the blue part mattified with a matte top coat (which I do not own), and I think the original colours were metallic silver and matte black. Though, I think my warm gold/copper and royal blue version complement each other well, and the glossiness looks pretty.

It was surprisingly easy to do myself, too. I started off with one coat of Revlon Copper Penny, followed by two coats of Orly La Playa (which I’ve previously blogged about here) over it. The crescent shape is accomplished by applying the polish the same way I apply it at the cuticle line, if that makes sense.

Anyway, there are a ton of brilliant tutorials available to check out if you just Google “Ruffian manicure”, so you won’t have to read my inadequate descriptions. :)


OPI – Guy Meets Gal-veston

22 Apr

SUMMER. PLEASE. It’s gotten to the point where I hope that typing in all-caps will make it true. Sigh. In the spirit of ineffectively making the weather cooperate, here’s another “summer” shade!

OPI Guy Meets Gal-veston, from the Texas collection, is one of their “sorbet” finish polishes. OPI’s really pushing this as a new, ingenious finish, but come on now. It’s really just a glorified jelly that’s been around for years; that is, a very sheer, watery polish. The above photo shows three coats.

Why would you even want a sheer, watery polish, you ask? Well, I love jelly/”sorbet” polishes because they build up to look like yummy squishy jellybeans. They look so clean and fun! Guy Meets Gal-veston is an adorable, punchy red-orange-coral that would look gloriously summery on toes in toe-baring sandals. One can only dream of wearing such footwear in this weather…

I’ll leave you to your own fantasies of summer for now, and wish all the students out there good luck with their final exams! :)

Continuing the summer(?) theme: Orly – La Playa

19 Apr

This colour does not remind me of summer in the least, but the name strangely does. La playa = the beach in Spanish. The only reason I know that is from our band trip to Cuba in tenth grade. Ah, memories…

I don’t know who decided to name a deep navy creme such as Orly’s La Playa “The Beach”. Does this remind you of the beach at all? Seriously now. This is from Orly’s 2010 summer collection called Viva, by the way.

Okay, this is a totally random observation, but the colour matches the Facebook favicon almost exactly. Weird.

Strange observations and naming aside, this colour really is quite lovely. It dries to an ultra-glossy finish, and has a very thin consistency. Thankfully, it is also pigmented (read: not streaky) and the brush spreads over the nail easily. As a result, the polish is easy to control and could possibly be a one-coater, but I still used two out of habit. And you know how much I love a good clean-looking creme polish! This one does not disappoint.

Bonus: A photo of me sipping a piña colada, wearing La Playa on the beach!

…in my Photoshopped dreams.

Is it summer yet? Essie – Fiesta

14 Apr

Sorry everyone, school has seriously been draining all the hours from my day. I have had absolutely no time to update this blog! My polish even – get ready for it – chipped because I hadn’t changed my polish for over a week (it was Butter London All Hail the Queen by the way, and considering my total lack of regard for my manicure during that week, I’d say it held up pretty well)! First world troubles, I’m telling ya.

The good thing about having two exams on the first day of exams means that I now only have one more exam to write, and I finish them all pretty early! Woohoo! Still, I can’t help but think of summer, and how perfect this polish would be for lazing around on the beach. And this is after it started raining and slushing where I live. I think there was even thunder and lightning! Gosh.

Okay, so Essie’s Fiesta is not the most unique polish on the block. It’s your run-of-the-mill hot pink, a little bit shocking, but not neon. I would say it’s more of a cool pink. Formula was good, but it’s one of those weird ones that Essie does that is a creme, but acts a bit like a petulant jelly. Does that make sense? What I mean is that it goes on a bit weirdly streaky, but not even in the sense that the application is uneven, but that some parts dry darker than others? Eh. I’m not getting anywhere with that description. But it’s nothing three coats doesn’t fix.

So yeah, it’s not unique amongst the other colours available on the market, but I only own one hot pink (and I intend to keep it that way), and I’m thinking that I made the right decision with this one. Now if only the weather will cooperate…

OPI Katy Perry – The One That Got Away

4 Apr

Totally kicking myself for not getting this one the first day I saw it.

Yup, it’s OPI’s The One That Got Away, from the Katy Perry collection. A mid-to-dark berry purple/dark pink colour with this wicked shimmer. The shimmer has the same quality as OPI’s Tease-y Does It – I think this is called “glass-fleck”? Well either way, I LOVE IT. A friend I bumped into a few days ago commented that it looks like it would be gritty to the touch (I agree; probably because it looks like the shimmer floats on the surface), but it feels absolutely smooth. It glitters gloriously in the sunlight. The above photo, taken under incandescent light, captures this somewhat.

Another photo of it under a fluorescent light; see how the shimmer looks sort of like it’s packed on the surface?

Strangely this one doesn’t look very impressive in photos. I can assure you, though, in person…it is gorgeous! Oh yes, and since it was part of the Katy Perry collection, which I’m sure you remember to have contained Black Shatter, this colour is also meant to be worn under the shatter polish. I don’t know though, I don’t really feel like covering up the amazing shimmer with some black shards of goop. *shrug*