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Labor Day Neutrals

Posted in Original Posts Archive with tags , , , , , , , , on September 5, 2011 by clairesayswhat

It’s your lucky day, readers! Just for Labor Day I’ve got a special “2 for 1” post for you today. Two reviews, one post! Get it? Ok, so it’s not that clever, but that’s sort of why I haven’t updated in the past week or so. Every time I thought about it I just couldn’t seem to find anything fun to say. It happens. Anyway, I’ve been experimenting with neutrals lately, which is something totally new for me. After I stopped biting my nails, I was all about the glitter and anything shiny or metallic. If a moth could be attracted to ethyl acetate instead of a flame, well, you might say I was that moth.  But I’ve been noticing other colors that I never would’ve considered even six months ago have begun to get my attention.

The first neutrals to catch my eye were the colors from Essie’s new fall Carry On collection. I kept noticing the ads for them in magazines and finally broke down and decided to give three of them a try.

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You see, I came to the conclusion that I liked the colors really well together as opposed to by themselves. The lady I purchased them from at Walgreens thought this was funny and couldn’t believe that I was really going to wear all three shades at the same. But look how fun!! These three shades (left to right) are Case Study (a kind of khaki brown shade), Lady Like (a pretty lilac), and Carry On (a very dark, blackberry shade). I was so in love with this color combo that I wore it for a full week, which is rare for me! I also got lots of compliments on it. I started by painting the pinky nail of my left hand with Case Study and continuing with alternating the colors on each finger. Now, I’ve done manicures with one accent nail before, but three colors at once was new for me, too. I will definitely be repeating this look in the future, though. And I’m still undecided if I’ll wear any of these three shades by themselves, on all my nails. I just like the way they look together so much! There are also three other shades in this collection, but I’m on the fence about getting them. We’ll see….Overall, I just love the 1970s vibe of the Carry On collection.

The most surprising thing about these shades is how well they applied. I was super impressed with the formula, and I’ve had some not-so-great experiences with certain Essie shades (I’m looking at you, Smooth Sailing). But these all applied like a dream! They are smooth and highly pigmented and each self-leveled very well. They also had a bit of malleability so any mistakes could be fixed pretty easily before the drying started.  I would say the formula of these is somewhere between a cream and a jelly and if Essie is changing the formula of more of their polishes to match these, then count me in!

Now, the craziest thing happening right now, is that I am actually wearing brown polish. For the first time ever. On all of my nails. I have a history with hating brown, but I’ve started to explore this color more in the past few years.

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This is Cashmere or Loose Me by Barielle, which I got during Barielle’s recent buy-one-get-one-1/2-off sale (thanks, Mom!). A shade like this is something totally different for me and, surprisingly, I really like it! It’s basically the color of melted milk chocolate. The formula was similar to the Essie polishes but maybe slightly creamier. It applied very nicely, too. I tried layering another shade that I ordered at the same time, Buddha-ful, over Cashmere, but Buddha-ful was more opaque than I thought it would be so I removed it and reapplied Cashmere. I’ll post a separate review of Buddh-ful soon.

What I noticed that all four of these polishes have in common is a thin brush. I used to love the OPI brush above all for its wide width and quick distribution of polish, but I’ve really grown to love a thinner brush for the level of control that it gives. I can paint the sides of my nails with more precision and less mess than with a wider brush, which I like. I think I’ve also gotten better at painting my nails in the past few months. Practice does make perfect! But I do like that the Essie and Barielle formulas work so well with their brushes, and these are now two brands that I’ll look to more readily in the future.


Wocka Wocka!!

Posted in Original Posts Archive with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 26, 2011 by clairesayswhat

As you may or may or not know, OPI is set to release what is quite possibly the BEST collection of nail colors ever–The Muppets Collection!! You guys, I cannot even begin to contain my excitement over the fabulous colors in this collection! The news about its release broke a couple of months ago that this collection would be released for the holidays, but I just found out that the first of the polishes will debut in November! Better yet, it happens to be the one that’s been #1 on my list since I saw the first photos of The Muppets Collection! Feast your eyes on Rainbow Connection:

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Just…wow!! Who can deny the power of such an amazing glittery confection?! Unfortunately for my bank account, every other color in the collection is amazing as well! I’ll have to see them in person first, but I would reason to speculate that at least half of The Muppets Collection will make it into my personal polish collection. My other favorites are: Divine Swine (a grapey glittery shade with larger, round silver glitter pieces strewn in); Fresh Frog of Bel-Air (similar to Divine Swine only in green, of course); Excuse Moi (a raspberry, holographic-looking shade), and Warm and Fozzie (a gorgeous warm, brown-toned gold metallic).

If you ask me, OPI has really hit it out of the park with this collection. The colors and the names are just all so fantastically fun! It’s also pretty genius that OPI has chosen to release a holiday collection that 1) appeals to the childhood nostalgia of the 25+ year old set, and 2) will also appeal to younger kiddos. That’s some genius marketing if you ask me! Miss Piggy, I’m sure, is so proud, and you can bet she’ll be giving you a piece of her mind if you’re not sporting at least one of these shades for the holiday season! The non-glitter shades, such as Pepe’s Purple Passion and Wocka Wocka!, are perfect for coordinating with the season’s neutrals for casual home gatherings or the office. And the glitter and metallic shades are certain to to be a standout for any holiday parties and especially New Year’s Eve! Imagine doing the countdown and toast wearing Rainbow Connection–I die!! The release date of this shade is also perfect because my birthday happens to be in November–intrepid readers take note!!

Head on over to Refinery 29 to view their fantastic slideshow of The Muppets collection colors! Prior to this I had only seen some smaller pictures of the display and a UK print ad that was also quite small, so to see the colors in their slightly-larger-than-life digital versions was definitely a treat. I predict that many of these shades, especially the glitters and metallics, will sell out fast,  so I know I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for a firm release date!

Which shades of The Muppets Collection will you be swooping in on?

OMG my cuticles!!

Posted in Original Posts Archive with tags , , , , , on August 14, 2011 by clairesayswhat

A couple of months ago I started noticing that my cuticles were beginning to get a little on the dry side. Regular acetone use will do that, I’m afraid! It’ll also turn your nails yellow, which I never quite believed until I noticed the effect taking place on my own nails. Eep! Stay tuned for another post about nail whitening soon.

Anyhow, so I was on the lookout for a product to help my ailing cuticles. Just like I’m not too keen on lipglosses that come in pots that you have to apply with your finger (eew, germs!), I didn’t really want to get something like that for my cuticles, either. So I was excited when I happened upon the new Sally Hansen Maximum Growth Cuticle Pen:

It’s actually a brush that you twist to bring up the treatment from inside the pen and then apply to your cuticles. And fear not: it doesn’t make your cuticles grow, it’s just included under than moniker because there’s another pen that’s not nail growth.

Use a little or a lot, let it sit it for a bit while your picking out the perfect color for your nails, and then wash it off before starting the manicure process. It’s safe to use over polish, too, so it’s great anytime your cuticles are getting a little flaky. The best part is that it smells soooo good! I could swear there’s almond oil in the formula, but the packaging just lists safflower oil, apricot kernel oil, and coconut oil. Either way, it smells like almonds to me, and that’s a good thing! It moisturizes quite well without getting too messy or oily. There are similar nail brush pens at Sephora selling for $12 but, as always, Ms. Hansen keeps the price point reasonable at around $4 in local drugstores.

Speaking of Ms. Hansen, does anyone know if she was a real person or just another marketing mirage like that other gal, Ms. Crocker? I have to give it up to Ms. Hansen, too, because she’s really stepped up her game in the past few years with her range of products. I’m still iffy on some of the polishes (except for the Complete Salon Manicure line which is ah-mahzing), but the nail care products are comparable if not better than most of the more expensive options. You gotta love a product that delivers exactly as promised!

So I used to be the world’s worst nail biter…

Posted in Original Posts Archive with tags , , , , , on June 29, 2011 by clairesayswhat

And now I’m starting a nail polish blog! If you had told me three years ago that I would be doing this, I wouldn’t have believed you for the world. In fact, when my boyfriend found a product that he thought would work to get me to stop biting my nails, I immediately responded with,”Nope! I tried it! It won’t work!” We still joke about that to this day because he was right, and it did work! Of course, a number of other factors combined to help me stop biting my nails besides that, but the point is that it’s pretty amazing that I’m actually starting a blog to write about painting my nails.

It’s not that surprising that I ended up becoming “addicted” to nail polish, really. I put that in quote because, obviously, real addiction is a serious issue after all. That’s what Intervention and Celebrity Rehab is for! Anywho, when I bit my nails I was more obsessed with makeup, specifically eyeshadow. Along the way, I’ve also developed an obsession with necklaces. I love accessories, okay, what girl or good drag queen doesn’t, right? So it’s no wonder that now that I don’t bite my nails anymore I’ve become obsessed with all things polish–colors, brands, trends, what works best, etc. I have to tell you, it was a pretty exciting day when I realized that I was actually reading and paying attention to features on nails in the beauty and fashion magazines that I read!

I’ve also loved to write since I was a kid and had been wanting to start another blog for awhile. So I finally realized that I do have a lot to say about nail polish, and that I should throw my brush in the ring, so to speak, and offer my own thoughts on the subject! So here we are. At Glossy Expectations you can expect to find mostly reviews of nail polish and related products done in a unique style. Follow me on twitter, too, if you like! I tweet about many other things besides nail polish if you’re at all interested. Also, please comment with any ideas or suggestions of things you’d like to see at Glossy Expectations!

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