Category:Brown’

Color Club Nouveau Vintage

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Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I love the theme of the year’s harvest and being thankful. I also love all of the amazing, yummy food!! Tofurky, mashed potatoes, mushroom gravy, and pumpkin pie under a huge pile of whipped cream…so, so good! I only wish the leftovers had lasted longer! :-D I looked through my untried for something that said “fall” to me, and decided that Color Club’s Nouveau Vintage fit the bill. This polish from Color Club’s Back to Boho collection is a brown, gold and burgundy shimmery metallic. It’s a very rich color. I used my Crayola stencils to add a cute accent using Color Club’s Voodoo You Do, Antiquated and Orly’s Rock-It. Overall I was pleased with how it came out, and I thought the colors I chose for the hearts brought out the different colors in Nouveau Vintage. I think this coming year I am going to work on getting better at nail art. :-D

How was your Thanksgiving? Did you do a special manicure?? :-)

Color Club Nouveau Vintage

Color Club Nouveau Vintage in natural light

Application was very good. Two coats and a top coat shown (the top coat is over the nail stencil layer).

Color Club's Nouveau Vintage, Voodoo You Do, and Antiquated and Orly's Rock-It

Color Club's Nouveau Vintage, Voodoo You Do, Antiquated and Orly's Rock-It

No Miss Braden Blackberry

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No Miss’s Braden Blackberry is a shimmery brownish wine color. It is a delicious shade that’s perfect for fall. My husband and I went apple picking last weekend. Although it is still warm here, we are supposed to have cooler weather this weekend. For me this color calls to mind the smell of yummy fall baked goods like pie! In fact, my mouth is watering a bit as I type this review :-)

No Miss Braden Blackberry

No Miss Braden Blackberry in sunlight

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

No Miss Braden Blackberry

No Miss Braden Blackberry

Color Club Untamed Luxury Indulgence Collection

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Color Club’s Untamed Luxury Indulgence Collection is another set that I think would make a fun stocking stuffer. I grabbed this one at Ross for only $7.99! What a steal, seven colors for only eight bucks! :-D

Wild Orchid

Wild Orchid is a lovely cool toned grey with a bluish-silver shimmer. It is a beautiful, elegant color :-)

Application was very good. Although the formula seemed a bit thin, it covered in two coats. Two coats and a top coat shown.

Color Club Wild Orchid

Color Club Wild Orchid in Sunlight

Color Club Untamed Luxury Indulgence Collection

Color Club Soft as Cashmere, Color Club Jewel of a Girl, Color Club Wild Orchid, Color Club Snakeskin, Color Club Red Velvet, Color Club Untamed Luxury, Color Club Ready to Royal

Overall if you don’t already own this set, I think it is a great find at $7.99! It would be a great gift, or a fun gift for yourself!

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

Sephora by OPI Rocker Chic

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Rocker Chic is Sephora by OPI’s new fall collection. There are nine new colors. Here are the five that appealed most to me.

Do I Know You?

A pinkish-beige crème.

Sephora by OPI Do I Know You?

Sephora by OPI Do I Know You? in sunlight

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

Dating the Drummer

Based on the pictures and description on Sephora’s website, “sheer warm walnut with fine holographic glitter”, I was expecting something different. I would not describe the polish as particularly sheer, and I was hoping for  more glitter. It is pretty, but subtle and not as exciting as I had hoped it would be.

Sephora by OPI Dating the Drummer

Sephora by OPI Dating the Drummer in sunlight

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

Rock His World

A dark brownish- red crème.

Sephora by OPI Rock His World

Sephora by OPI Rock His World in sunlight

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

Club Scene Queen

Smoky with fine teal glitter. Sephora describes this polish as being sheer, and it sure is! This polish had promise, and I would have really liked this one if it was more opaque.

Sephora by OPI Club Scene Queen

Sephora by OPI Club Scene Queen in sunlight

Application was so-so. This polish is pretty sheer, and I had issues with bald spots. Even after three coats there is still a distinctive visible nail line :-( Three coats shown.

Just a Little Dangerous

A lovely metallic purple with pink and blue shimmer. It is no surprise that this one is by far my favorite! :-)

Sephora by OPI Just a Little Dangerous

Sephora by OPI Just a Little Dangerous in sunlight

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

Sephora by OPI Rocker Chic

Sephora by OPI Rocker Chic

Overall this is a nice fall collection. I would have liked a bit more shimmer and glitter though! Given the name, I would have expected it to be a bit more edgy or fun.

Essie In Stitches and Velvet Voyeur

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I usually wear my nails longer, but last week I suffered a home improvement related accident and had to cut them short. :-( So my fall swatches are going to be short and sassy! :-)

In Stitches and Velvet Voyeur are two more polishes from Essie’s new fall collection. For the other colors in this collection, please see my review of  Essie’s fall 2010 minis.

In Stitches

In stitches is a brownish-pink crème. It’s a nice fall color, and I think it would be appropriate for most offices. Something about this color is not really my style, but I think it looked good on.

Application was very smooth and even. Two coats and a top coat shown.

Essie In Stitches

Essie In Stitches in artificial light

Essie In Stitches

Essie In Stitches in sunlight

Velvet Voyeur

My first impression of this color is that it was a deep burgundy red. Upon closer examination, I found the color to be more interesting than that :-) Velvet Voyeur is a dark brownish purple crème.  I really like this deep vampy color, so my swatch turned into a full mani!

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

Essie Velvet Voyeur

Essie Velvet Voyeur in artificial light

Essie Velvet Voyeur

Essie Velvet Voyeur in sunlight

Essie In Stitches and Velvet Voyeur

Essie In Stitches and Velvet Voyeur

Essie Fall Collection 2010

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It’s in the high 80′s today in the beautiful Bay Area, so it is difficult for me to get into a fall mood. To be honest my thoughts are drifting more towards lemonade and cranking the A/C. In spite of the heat it is time for all of new the fall collections to come out.

This collection of Essie minis is a Nordstrom Beauty Exclusive.

Sew Psyched

Sew Psyched is a greyish-green with a slight shimmer. The promo pictures made it look like a fall version of a mint green, but it doesn’t really strike me as a mint in person. It’s a bit of a strange color, but I like it. :-)

Essie Sew Psyched

Essie Sew Psyched in artificial light

Essie Sew Psyched

Essie Sew Psyched in sunlight

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

Merino Cool

This color is a bit harder to describe, as it seemed to change depending on the lighting. I saw it as being a lavender/grey/beige. It reminds me of Sephora by OPI’s Metro Chic.

Essie Merino Cool

Essie Merino Cool in artificial light

Essie Merino Cool

Essie Merino Cool in sunlight

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

Little Brown Dress

Dark chocolate crème – sounds yummy doesn’t it? This one was surprise. In the bottle it looked a bit like chocolate syrup. Tasty perhaps, but not a very exciting color. I really liked it on though! Something about it strikes me as sexy and sophisticated like a deep red, but a with a twist. It is probably not a color I would have gravitated towards on the shelf, but I quite like it! It is much more luscious in real life. The pictures don’t do it justice!

Essie Little Brown Dress

Essie Little Brown Dress in artificial light

Essie Little Brown Dress

Essie Little Brown Dress in sunlight

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

Limited Addiction

A sexy cool toned dark red crème. Some reds don’t work for me, but this red looked great on my skin tone!

Essie Limited Addiction

Essie Limited Addiction in artificial light

Essie Limited Addiction

Essie Limited Addiction

Application was very good (in spite of a wiggly kitty who insisted on sitting on my lap and “helping” me). Two coats and a top coat shown.

Essie Sew Psyched, Essie Merino Cool, Essie Little Brown Dress and Essie Limited Addiction

Essie Sew Psyched, Essie Merino Cool, Essie Little Brown Dress and Essie Limited Addiction

Hey, it may not be fall yet but if I close my eyes with the A/C on I can imagine myself on a crisp fall day! :-D  Hopefully fall will wait a little while though, as I still have a few spring and summer collections to swatch and review!

What do you think of Essie’s new fall collection?

Nailtini Amaretto Fizz

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Amaretto Fizz is a shimmery duo chrome dark golden brown that shifts to a plum. When I bought it I thought the color was similar to OPI’s Meet Me on the Star Ferry. They do share some similar characteristics the bottle, but not on the nail. The OPI is more of a red leaning plum with blue and pink micro glitter, and the Nailtini is golden brown/brown plum with a shimmer finish.

Nailtini Amaretto Fizz with OPI Meet Me on the Star Ferry

Meet Me on the Star Ferry on middle and pinky fingers

Nailtini Amaretto Fizz

Nailtini Amaretto Fizz in artificial light

Nailtini Amaretto Fizz

Nailtini Amaretto Fizz in sunlight

I like amaretto as a Christmas treat, but I had never heard of or tried an Amaretto Fizz. My friend Veronica was kind enough to come over and help me make one :-) It was quite tasty, but much lighter and not at all similar in color to the polish! If you are interested in trying the drink, the recipe I used called for equal parts amaretto, orange juice and club soda (2 ounces each). Shake the amaretto and oj with ice in a cocktail shaker, then pour into a martini glass. Add the club soda last and enjoy! Mmm…

Nailtini Amaretto Fizz

Nailtini Amaretto Fizz in sunlight

Nailtini Amaretto Fizz

Nailtini Amaretto Fizz with an Amaretto Fizz :-)

I wore this one for almost two days, and got a lot of compliments. It did not wear very well though. I had tip wear (visible in the pictures, especially on the ring finger) within a few hours of application! :-(

Nailtini Amaretto Fizz

Nailtini Amaretto Fizz

Two coats and a top coat shown.

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