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Lady Gaga Edge of Glory set by Deborah Lippmann

Posted in Original Posts Archive with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 16, 2012 by clairesayswhat

So I meant to have this review up in time for The Grammys, but it just didn’t happen. I’m still trying to find a groove for updating with new posts. The goal has been to use my half day on Fridays to get three posts written and set to upload throughout the week. Still workin’ on that one, too!

But anywho, today I have Lady Gaga’s Edge of Glory Deborah Lippmann polish set set for review! My mom surprised me with it for Christmas (and the wacky egg spinner toy!), and you can see a photo of the box in my Glad Tidings post. I waited awhile to try this polish, too, since black and really dark shades aren’t normally my thing. Thankfully, the Edge of Glory polishes–like Gaga herself–are amazing! Have a look-see:

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Are you freaking out over the gorgeous flakies yet?! I was so amazed when I applied it and saw that the flakes showed up as different colors over the black polish. Totally cool! Other flake topcoats I’ve tried have been just one color, so this was a very unique effect for me.

With this set, you get the black polish and the flake top coat. Both are named Edge of Glory. If only that video had been as amazing as this polish is! Actually, I don’t mind that video. It’s just that the dance sequence goes on just a little too long. You and I is actually my favorite song/video from the Born This Way album.

But back to the polish! I applied the black polish first, of course. It is wonderfully dark, opaque and inky and not watery at all like a lot of black polishes tend to be. I still had to do clean up, but it was pretty minimal compared to when I’ve used other dark polishes. This polish adheres to the nail really well and, amazingly, didn’t drag at all. I think I may have actually used just one coat here, too! Now, would I wear it on its own? Absolutely not. But the flake top coat completely transforms it!

The flakes in the top coat show up as green, blue, and orange. The effect really reminds me of color film negatives for some reason. My favorite color is the blue and the way it contrasts with the black base. On the box, the Edge of Glory is billed as “Two Step 3D Holographic” and, while I don’t think it quite achieved 3D status, the holographic effect was genius and beautiful. In fact, I think Deborah Lippmann should make the Edge of Glory holographic topcoat part of core nail lacquer line since I think it would look amazing over many of her other polishes.

Best of all, even though this set was part of Gaga’s Workshop for Barneys New York at Christmas last year, you can still get it–on sale even! It’s currently available at the Barneys website for $29, which is a steal, really, considering Lippmann polishes retail for $18 each. Get it before it’s gone! And maybe you’ll get lucky and they’ll still send it in the nifty Gaga’s Workshop bags!

With nail polish collaborations being the latest thing in fashion and makeup right now, I really hope that Lady Gaga teams up with someone to release her own line of nail polish. I can only imagine the colors she’d come up with!

UPDATE: Apparently Barney’s took the Gaga’s Workshop stuff down just after I wrote this post. That or everything sold out. So if you still want the Edge of Glory set, I’d suggest watching ebay at this point. Also, there are quite a few flake topcoats out now that are similar to this one, such as the ones by Finger Paints that are available at Sally Beauty Supplies stores and online.

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Color Club Kiss Me Mistletoe

Posted in Original Posts Archive with tags , , , , , , on December 2, 2011 by clairesayswhat

Well, Happy Holidays, Glossy Expectations readers! It seems the holiday season really came on strong this year seeing as how some places were putting Christmas merch out on the shelves before Halloween was even over. Sheesh! As much as I love Christmas and the holidays, that was a bit much! I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving (or at least a good day or so off from work) and that you’re looking forward to more holiday fun. Now, on to an exciting find!

I was shopping at the Sally Beauty recently with my mom, and I spied a tiny display of Color Club holiday shades! They were hiding with stocking stuffer stuff on one of those little kiosk-type displays that Sally has at the front of the store, usually directly across from the register. For some reason, no one around here carries Color Club, so I hope the appearance of this collection means that the Sallys in my area will be carrying more of their polishes soon. They had just two colors available, Kiss me Mistletoe and Gingerbread Man. I picked up Kiss Me Mistletoe and passed at first on Gingerbread Man,  but who was I kidding? I totally went back for it (stay tuned for a review) after trying Kiss Me Mistletoe! Sometimes I amaze myself with the decisions I don’t make. haha Color Club also has a coordinating collection of glitter shades called Beyond the Mistletoe which are probably meant for layering over these two shades, but they were in absentia at Sally Beauty.

In the spirit of the holiday season, I have Christmasified my swatch of Kiss Me Mistletoe:

Even Santa approves! Cute, right? You can expect lots more Christmasified photos this month! I wore this shade on Thanksgiving, and got lots of compliments on it from family. It really is a standout shade. Now, do you want to hear a funny store? Of course you do!

I had noticed in the store that these two polishes are scented, and this may have been why I only decided to try just one of them at first because the appeal of scented polish kind of escapes me. After you put a on a top coat, especially if you use Seche like me, what’s the point? Anyway, so as I was painting on this polish and marveling at the coverage, all of a sudden I thought to myself, “Wow, this nail polish sure does smell distinctively of pine! How odd…” I thought maybe it was just the scent of Color Club polish, being that it’s new to me. Then I picked up the bottle to check the name of the shade and remembered, oh yeah, DUH, it’s scented!

And let me tell you, the scent is quite strong! It’s supposed to smell like mistletoe but it’s more like Christmas trees if you ask me. Now, this is normally a scent I don’t care for too much, but it really didn’t bother me. Actually, it was kind of nice because it masked the scent of the Seche. Plus, I could still smell it pretty well for at least 2 days after I applied it. Impressive!

Kiss Me Mistletoe also reminded me of just how much I love metallic foil shades like this. I hadn’t really bought or used one in awhile, and this is a truly great one. The coverage is superb with this polish. I probably could’ve gotten by with 1 coat but, of course, I did two. The consistency is a bit thick and slightly gritty, but it smooths out well on the nail. And it’s just so bright and shiny that who could resist? Call me a Color Club fan for sure now, and I’ll definitely be on the lookout for more shades on future trips to Sally Beauty!

Check back soon for a review of Gingerbread Man and lots of other fun holiday shades! And don’t forget to Like Glossy Expectations on facebook for more nail polish fun!

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:

Image from Refinery29.com

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?

Lily Pulitzer mani

Posted in Original Posts Archive with tags , , , , , , , , on August 25, 2011 by clairesayswhat

So I wanted to try the Konad stamper again with some new polishes I got but didn’t have any luck. Both were too thin. My initial plan was to stamp the green over the pink. I was in a bit of a rush and didn’t let the polish dry quite enough. Needless to say, I made quite the mess. And to top it all off, I was out of paper towels (which is what I use to take of my polish)!

So I decided to just take the mess off the thumb nail of my left hand and off two other nails of my right hand that I had smudged in the process and apply the green to those nails. This was the end result:

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I’ve discovered that I’m a big fan of mismatched nails! Essie’s new Carry On Collection has several colors that I want to get specifically for mismatched manicures. I just think it’s a cute look. Anywho, the pink shade above is Lilac of the Valley by Orchid, and the green is Fresh by Orly. What you see on my pinky nail in the photo is more accurate to the actual color saturation of Lilac of the Valley. Lilac is a cream shade, but the formula was a little weird. Honestly, I think I’m just about ready to swear off cream polishes. I just always seems to have trouble with them, and I’m never satisfied with how they look in the end. The Orchid company makes some pretty colors, but so far every polish I’ve tried by this brand has been less than outstanding in some way. So I think I’m done with that brand for now.

Fresh, however, is great! The color is bright and cheery and applied well. Thank goodness for Orly, which has proven itself to be a brand I can trust. My grocery recently got a bunch of Orly mini bottles in stock, and I need to get some soon. This color combination reminded of Lily Pulitzer, a fashion company that was founded by Lillian Pulitzer Rousseau and is known for it’s bright, fun patterns that usually include flowers and animals, often in pink and green. The brand’s fun dresses and separates were made famous by the likes of Jackie O and other ladies of the day. Lily Pulitzer patterns always recall summertime and the beach and, if I were a rich retired lady in Florida, I would wear her stuff everyday! How cute would it be to have a flower girl for a wedding dressed in a Lily Pulitzer dress, too? Super cute! The Lily Pulitzer stationery below is a good representation of the company’s designs:

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As I mentioned earlier, I’m still having a bit of trouble with the Konad. I haven’t been able to find very many polishes in my collection that seem to work. That or I’m too slow with the scrape and stamp process. So I think I’m going to order some of the polishes that Konad makes especially for stamping and try my luck with those. They don’t dry as fast as regular polish, which is what I think I need at this point. If you have any non-Konad polishes that you’ve had success with, though, please let me know!