Month: October 2010

OPI Merry Midnight Layered With The Show Must Go On

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Right now I am about half way though midterms :-) Last night I decided that I needed a cheerful, sparkling study mani. I started off with OPI’s The Show Must Go On! to match my toes. It was pretty, but I felt like it needed a little something more. I decided to try layering OPI’s Merry Midnight over it, and I was very pleased with the results! :-D It ended up being lighter than Merry Midnight. I would describe it as a boysenberry pinkish purple with blue micro glitter and flakie glitter goodness! It is just what I needed to provide a little extra boost to my studying! :-D

Application was very good on both. Two coats of The Show Must Go On! with a further two coats of Merry Midnight and a top coat shown.

OPI's The Show Must Go On! layered with OPI's Merry Midnight

OPI's The Show Must Go On! layered with OPI's Merry Midnight in sunlight

OPI The Show Must Go On! and OPI Merry Midnight

OPI The Show Must Go On! and OPI Merry Midnight

Butter London All Hail McQueen

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This week I am studying for midterms, but the sun is out so it was time for a quick photo session and blogging break :-)

All Hail McQueen is actually my first Butter London Polish. I’m not sure what I was waiting for?!? This pinkish-beige holo polish is a tribute to iconic fashion designer Alexander McQueen who sadly committed suicide earlier this year. The color is gorgeous, and the application was buttery smooth. Love it! :-D

Application was excellent, but a bit sheer. Three coats and a top coat shown.

Butter London All Hail McQueen

Butter London All Hail McQueen in sunlight (nail decal on ring finger)

Butter London All Hail McQueen

Butter London All Hail McQueen

Sephora by OPI Halloween 2010

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This year I have been having a lot of fun with holiday polish. :-)

Kitty Loves Black

Kitty Loves Black is a slightly sheer dark charcoal grey with teal shimmer. I like it! The shimmer gives it a nice depth on the nail. I could see myself wearing this beyond Halloween. :-) Please excuse the cat hair that sneaked into this picture!

Application was good. Two coats and a top coat shown.

Sephora by OPI Kitty Loves Black

Sephora by OPI Kitty Loves Black in sunlight

If You’ve Got It Haunt It

A chunky multi-colored glitter in a somewhat sheer soft black/dark charcoal base. It is pretty opaque after two coats. This is ok, but I don’t love it. I think I would like it better if the glitter was a bit more fine, or if it was a holo glitter.

Application was a bit uneven, but a top coat leveled it a bit. Two coats and a top coat shown.

Sephora by OPI If You've Got It Haunt It

Sephora by OPI If You've Got It Haunt It in sunlight

Full Moon

Full Moon is a white crème. It does glow in the dark, but not very strongly. For the price, $9 a bottle, I expect a bit more. A $3 drugstore glow in the dark polish would probably perform just as well.

Application was a bit streaky and uneven. It dried a soft matte, but needed a top coat to even it out. Three coats and a top coat shown.

Sephora by OPI Full Moon

Sephora by OPI Full Moon in sunlight

Sephora by OPI Full Moon

Sephora by OPI Full Moon (glowing in the dark)

Kitty Loves Black is pretty, but overall I liked Color Club’s Bewitching set more than these.

Sephora by OPI Kitty Loves Black, Sephora by OPI If You've Got It Haunt It, Sephora by OPI Full Moon

Sephora by OPI Kitty Loves Black, Sephora by OPI If You've Got It Haunt It, Sephora by OPI Full Moon

Ulta Lavendaring

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Lavendaring a is dusky purple crème. Lavender sure, but daring? It strikes me as a pretty “safe” color. ;-) It is pretty, but I think I will find myself reaching for more shimmers and glitters this fall :-D

Application was a bit streaky and sheer, but was fine in three coats. Three coats and a top coat shown.

Ulta Lavendaring

Ulta Lavendaring in sunlight

Ulta Lavendaring

Ulta Lavendaring

Nailtini You Call It Set

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Nailtini worked with Mad Men’s amazing costume designer Janie Bryant to create this cocktail themed set of nail polishes. Rather than using retro nail colors like classic red, the lush fabrics of classic cocktail gowns inspired these stunning polishes.

French 75

This rich glittering gold really does remind me of fabric. Chunky glitter and a foil base create a textile texture. Although I don’t see this as being an everyday polish for me, it would be stunning for a special occasion or the fast approaching holidays!

This polish was a bit thick, but it still went on pretty well. Two coats and a top coat shown.

Nailtini French 75

Nailtini French 75 in sunlight

Deauville

Although I do own other silver foils like Orly’s Shine, this one is still worth getting. The foil texture is smoother than Shine’s, and the polish is very opaque. It is also a much brighter silver than any other silver polish I have. This makes sense since Nailtini describes it as platinum rather than silver. Deauville strikes me as quite a futuristic look. I love it! :-D

Application was excellent. Two coats and a top coat shown.

Nailtini Deauville

Nailtini Deauville in sunlight

Bourbon Satin

As the name would lead you to believe, Bourbon Satin is a luxurious shimmery golden brown. Very rich looking! I look forward to wearing this color again (although my husband has indicated that he would like to swipe it for his toenails :-) )!

Application was excellent. This one glides right on! Two coats and a top coat shown.

Nailtini Bourbon Satin

Nailtini Bourbon Satin in sunlight

Stinger

This beauty was the most complex of the bunch, and of course the most difficult to photograph! In the bottle the duochrome (or should I say polychrome) effect is very pronounced. It appears to be a shimmery teal/eggplant purple/red/gold. On the nail the effect is not quite as strong, but it still has a good shift from blackened teal shimmer to purple. Mmmm, it is yummy! :-D

Nailtini Stinger

Nailtini Stinger in sunlight

Nailtini Stinger

Nailtini Stinger in shaded natural light

Every polish in the You Call It set is something I would wear again :-) It is the perfect way to add some glamour to your fall look. This limited edition set is currently available at QVC for $20, or 360 Beauty for $25. Nailtini’s mini bottles are almost twice the size of OPI’s (7 ml vs 3.75) and the brushes feel like they are full-sized to me.

Nailtini You Call It Set

Nailtini You Call It Set

Thank You for Entering My Giveaway!

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Thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway! I will select and notify a winner later this afternoon. It is awesome to be able to share with you though my blog, and for those of you who are also bloggers I love the opportunity to enjoy your reviews and pictures! :-D

OPI Burlesque minis set, MAC Bad Fairy, Nailtini You Call it Set

OPI Burlesque minis set, MAC Bad Fairy, Nailtini You Call it Set

Nailtini You Call It set

Nailtini French 75, Nailtini Burbon Satin, Nailtini Stinger, Nailtini Deauville

OPI Burlesque, MAC Bad Fairy and Nailtini Mad Men Inspired Giveaway!

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I am celebrating 100 Followers on Google Friend Connect! Thank you for reading my blog! To celebrate I am giving away:

- OPI Burlesque Red Shimmers minis set (includes 0.125 oz. bottles of The Show Must Go On!, Let Me Entertain You, Ali’s Big Break and Tease-y Does It)

- MAC Bad Fairy

- Nailtini’s Mad Men inspired “You Call It” Mini Bar set (includes 0.25 oz. bottles of French 75,  Burbon Satin,  Stinger and Deauville)

OPI Burlesque minis set, MAC Bad Fairy, Nailtini You Call it Set

OPI Burlesque minis set, MAC Bad Fairy, Nailtini You Call it set

Nailtini You Call It set

Nailtini French 75, Nailtini Burbon Satin, Nailtini Stinger, Nailtini Deauville

The sun is proving elusive today, so I only have one quick shot of the Nailtini set. These beauties deserve full swatches, so time and sun willing I will add them later this week. Stinger is especially stunning. It is a blackened teal green/purple shimmer duochrome. YUM! :-D

Each polish/set is new in box.


To Enter:

There are several ways to enter.

1. Follow me on Twitter and retweet the following: Follow @PlayWithPolish and RT to win OPI, MAC and Nailtini nail polish! :-) http://tiny.cc/wubs8

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5. Blog about my giveaway, or put in on your blog’s sidebar

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Each counts as one entry, with a total of six possible entries per person. Please comment and tell me which method(s) you used, and the name(s) you follow under. I also need an email address to contact you if you are the winner.

The deadline is October 11, 2010 at 5:00 PM Pacific.

I will choose one randomly selected winner on October 12, 2010 and notify them via email. Please respond within 72 hours, or I will select another winner. My contest is open to anyone (except my family of course).

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