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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:

Photo by clairesayswhat

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:

Image from preppyprincess.com

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!

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The Trouble With Teals

Posted in Original Posts Archive with tags , , , , , , on July 27, 2011 by clairesayswhat

Humor me for just a minute, if you please….This happens to every nail polish addict at some point, right? When you realize you’ve bought multiple bottles of polish that are the…exact…same…color….Yeah. I realized this the other day about myself. So, my name is Claire, and I have a problem distinguishing shades of teal from one another. But in hopes of helping all of you out there, or anyone else with the inability to distinguish one shade of teal from the next for that matter, I have constructed the following compare and contrast exercise. There will be a test at the end of this post (just kidding)!

In the interest of full disclosure, I have arranged and photographed these polishes in the order in which I purchased them. From left to right, they are: Viridian Vinyl, Rise and Shine, and The Teal Thing.

I’ll start with Viridian Vinyl (which sounds like the name of a lesser-known Star Trek character…which makes two, count ’em, two Star Trek references in this post! Go me!) from the Orly Plastix collection. I bought this color awhile ago and have used it a few times. It dries with finish that’s sort of in-between matte and satin. I think it’s meant to be work without a top coat, which I tried the first time I wore it. But after about three days it started getting tacky and dirty, so off it came. Although, I did try it again later with a top coat and it’s pretty nice actually.

Now, on to Rise and Shine. I’ve written before about what I think of Sinful Colors’ polish names (they’re weird and make no sense is the gist of that story), and this one is no exception. Rise and Shine for a teal shade? Really? Anyhow, I was attracted to this color because, in the bottle, it appears to have a subtle sparkle. On the nail, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. The finish is…strange, to say the least. It’s overall just plain dull. And a top coat didn’t help to bring out any of the sparkle that I hoped for with this polish. It’s blah.

Finally, The Teal Thing, which I bought most recently. Much like Rise and Shine, I was attracted to this color because in the bottle it appears to have a really pretty gold sheen to it. So I was hoping for something really spectacular with this polish. Is this sounding familiar at all? Yeah, once again, I was disappointed. The Teal Thing is on my nails right this very minute and, I can honestly say, there is absolutely NO golden sheen whatsoever. In the bright sunlight it’s somewhat visible, but not enough to get excited about that’s for sure. Orchid is apparently a nail polish company based out of San Antonio, Texas, but I can’t seem to find a website or any additional information on them.

Despite the fact that these three polishes look like they might be slightly different in my photo, I can promise you, they are all EXACTLY the same on the nail. The sparkle that I thought would be there in the latter two shades somehow gets lots in the pigmentation. It’s really quite puzzling, so I can only conclude that teal polish must be a difficult formulation to perfect. If I had to choose one to keep around, I would probably pick the Viridian Vinyl (if you want to see examples of how it looks on the nail, just search for “Orly Viridian Vinyl” in Google Images and you’ll find a ton of examples). It applied the best and, with the top coat, actually lasted a full week. I wish I could say the same about the formulas of the other two.

How about you–have you had any trouble with teals?