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Hot Off the Glosses: The latest Spring/Summer 2012 Nail Trend!

Posted in Original Posts Archive with tags , , , , , , , , on January 13, 2012 by clairesayswhat

Even though I actually sneaked a peak at their new collection yesterday, I just saw this tweet from butterLONDON:

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┬áS/S 2012 Nail Trend – Demi Neon. The evolution of neon, still bright & in the family but more sophisticated and subdued bit.ly/zCyWJ
Clicking the shortened link above will take you to the official butterLONDON website where you can purchase their newest Demi Neon colors. I’m a fan of Disco Bisquit and Trout Pout! Which ones strike your fancy?
Essie also has a collection in the Demi Neon color family coming out for Spring called Navigate Her.You can check it out over on the inimitable Scrangie. I can’t stand the name of the Essie collection. It sounds like a Harlequin Romance series title, doesn’t it? One where a desperate single mother starved for love after a nasty divorce falls in love with the captain of a cruise ship on a singles cruise her wilder and sluttier best friend drags her on. But I digress! I do like a few of the colors quite a lot, though. A Crewed Interest, Navigate Her, and To Buy, Or Not To Buy? will all probably come home with me as soon as I see this display in the drugstore.
I quite like this new Demi Neon trend. Full-on neon polishes are notoriously hard to work with and many even require the use of a white basecoat. And, while fun, let’s face it: neon polishes carry a distinctively young vibe. I’ll wear pretty much any color or finish, but neon is just a bit much for me in general. But if it works for you, go for it! This new Demi Neon trend will be great for the office, weddings, and other spring/summer events where you want to stand out for all the right reasons! I also like how many of the nail companies are moving away from all the greiges and more traditional neutrals and towards more shades that have a bit more pop.
I’m excited to see more spring and summer collections from the other companies! Also, look for more Hot Off the Glosses posts from Glossy Expectations for details on new colors, trends, and collections!
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A Perfect Job Interview Polish!

Posted in Original Posts Archive with tags , , , , , on January 12, 2012 by clairesayswhat

I’m sure there are many polishes out there that are great for job interviews, but the one I’ll be featuring today was perfect for me. It got me the job!! Okay, so my awesometastic interview skillz and qualifications are what really did the trick, but I can’t help but give a little credit to the polish I chose to wear on the day I went for my interview. And it wasn’t without careful consideration, of course. I wanted something that was 1) neutral but not too blah 2) didn’t clash with my outfit but 3) also coordinated nicely. So I decided on OPI’s Cosmo-Not Tonight Honey!:

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Personally, I think this shade is more Cafe Au’Lait than anything else, but I get the “honey” reference more now than when I bought this polish. The “cosmo” part is still weird to me, though, as that always carries either space or hot pink connotations for me.

AnyWHO, I chose this shade for my interview because it was the perfect combo of everything I mentioned above. It has a light brown base with some iridescence to it and, at certain angles, almost matches my skin. So it’s close to being my “mannequin hands” shade, but not quite. And it’s one of OPI’s sheer formulas that builds up quite nicely at 3 coats, which is what you see above. Or maybe it’s 2 coats in the photo. I don’t really remember at this point! haha But either way, it’s versatile enough that you can wear it sheer in a pinch or keep applying coats to bring out the color base more.

I bet it would work well as a base polish for some of the gold glitters and flakes that came out for the holidays, too! Lucky for me, my new office environment is business casual and leans heavily on the casual, so I’m not expecting any restrictions or issues with nail polish colors. Yay! Actually, I could probably even get some junk nails and nobody would notice because we’re so focused on things like correct MARC coding and AACR2 idiosyncrasies. If you’re reading this and you know what that means, raise your nerd flag!

But back to the polish. Cosmo-Not Tonight Honey! is a lovely shade. If you have an interview coming up or work in a professional environment that has a more restrictive dress code, I encourage you to give this shade a try!

Essie Merino Cool

Posted in Original Posts Archive with tags , , , , , , , , on December 28, 2011 by clairesayswhat

I never thought I would embrace a color like the one I’m featuring today, but it’s happened. In the beginning of my nail polish odyssey I just couldn’t understand neutrals. And there are still quite a few that don’t strike my fancy. Indeed, a polish has to be just the right shade of neutral for me to truly love it.

Merino Cool by Essie is just such a shade. Every time I would visit the Essie stand at Walgreens it seemed to call out to me. But like the nice guy who tries too hard in a cheap Harlequin romance novel, I kept leaving it on the shelf. Nevertheless, by page 125 (because you know the action always happens right in the middle of those books) it was coming home with me! And I’m so glad I picked this seemingly nice, boring neutral, too, because it is anything but. Actually, it reminds me of the actress, Frances Farmer, more than anything, but perhaps that’s because I was reading a book about her in which the cover prominently featured a color similar to this one. It had kind of an art deco layout going on, which made sense considering her heyday in motion pictures was the 1930s. But anyway, check out Merino Cool:

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In the bottle and in low-light situations, Merino Cool is a nice, smooth dark-ish gray. But in the sunlight, it transforms ever so subtly to show it’s slightly purple side! It’s hard to capture in a photo, but I think my image does it a good amount of justice. It’s a gorgeous color and perfect for those times when you want a neutral with just a bit more pizazz than the others.

It applies and wears like a dream, too! I did a near perfect job of applying it this time, if I do say so myself (this only seems to happen about once every 12 times I do my nails so allow me to gloat just a little). And guess what? I’ve actually been wearing it for so long that I’ve forgotten how many days–at least a week! What you see above is 3 thin coats (over OPI’s base coat and Seche Vite for top coat), and I’ve experienced absolutely no chipping and very minimal tip wear. I am truly impressed with this polish! Some readers may remember that I featured it in a muti-colored mani a few months ago, but Merino Cool stands out even better when it’s given center stage as the stand alone color.

I seem to have much better luck with Essie’s cream polishes than any other brand. They just apply so well with minimal pooling, great coverage, and fantastic leveling. I think Essie is the brand to watch in 2012 as they’ve certainly upped the ante with their past several collections.

Like sands through the hourglass….

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

So are the day of our lives….If you grew up watching the soap opera, Days of Our Lives, like I did then you know you’ll never forget that line as long as you live! Every soap opera has its memorable theme songs and characters, and Days is no exception. Who could forget the never ending saga of Princess Gina and Stefano?? Oh and remember when Marlena was possessed by the Devil? Now that was some good TV! Days was the soap opera of choice for my aunt and grandma and, naturally, my cousins and I picked up on it as teenagers. We would watch it every day in the summers in the afternoon because they didn’t have cable at their house. We would also watch reruns of 90210…..What can I say? If you don’t have cable, it is slim pickin’s around lunch time, and you’re forced to watch reruns of sitcoms until the soaps come on (followed by the afternoon talk shows, of course)!

Anywho, because Ulta sent me a $3 off $10 or more coupon, I decided it was time to bite the bullet and give a Butter London polish a try.

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I’ve investigated the pretty Butter London displays at Ulta before, but the $14 price tag of their polishes is a bit much even for me. But the $3 off made it more do-able. I finally decided on All Hail the Queen, which is a sort of shimmery, light brown shade. It really reminds me of those unforgettable sands through the hourglass!

The Ulta saleslady said that a coworker compared the finish and wear of Butter polishes to the new Shallac polishes that are supposed to last up to two weeks. Out loud I said, “Oh yeah, cool!” but in my head, I thought “Sure, lady, I’ll believe it when I see it!” But you know what? She was right! The consistency of the polish was a bit thick, but it applied and laid down evenly. It didn’t have a lot of maneuverability time, but it didn’t need it because the polish was super smooth. All Hail the Queen dried with a lovely glossy finish, and it really did hold up extremely well! I topped it off with a coat of Seche Vite, but you could even skip a top coat on this one if you’re in a rush. And although I only wore it for a week, it looked nearly as perfect when I took it off as when I applied it. In sun light, this shade is totally gorgeous, by the way! It’s shimmery and sparkly, but in a subtle way. It falls somewhere in between a foil and a holo. My photo really doesn’t do this shade justice, but it’s hard to capture the shimmeriness on camera.

And if you’re worried that Butter’s signature rectangular black cap will be hard to hold on to, don’t–it comes off to reveal a normal sized, round black cap. It even has a fun little birdie (that wears a crown, of course) stamped on top!

Overall, I really loved this polish and will definitely try another one the next time Ulta sends me a coupon. Butter London has lots of fun colors (although I think many have cheaper dupes) with fun, British names that echo the origins of the brand.