I remember when the Hunger Games polishes first came out, I was very interested in this polish. But then somehow forgot about it when I started to pick up specific polishes from the collection. But recently on an Ulta splurge, (it was a bad one) I found Riveting in the clearance bin and was thrilled since I had forgotten all about it.
Fire-y orange with metallic gold shimmer
Riveting is a loud polish. With that being said, I actually found it to be pretty wearable and flattering. Most of you know that I am not a red polish girl, and this polish somewhat straddles that line. However, since (to me and on me) it does read more orange, it makes it more interesting and “hip”. The golden shimmer is packed in heavily, and really lights up the polish. It really does look somewhat like a burning orange sunset or a campfire. I find it to be pretty unique and a really great end of summer / into fall polish.
I had no issues with formula with this polish. I ended up using two coats for full coverage. The polish was very saturated and pigmented, but went on very smoothly.
Where To Buy: Online Retailers / Ulta (Clearance) / Sally’s (Clearance) / $ 4 – $ 6
Did you jump on Riveting right away when the Hunger Games collection was released? Do you like this fire-y orange red? Or have you seen it before? I think it would also be very fun and appropriate pedicure for fall!
Okay, I am attracted to a lot of the polishes in this fall’s Germany collection. There’s something about the range of colors and them hitting the right note of interest for my color preferences. I picked up a few last weekend, and I’m sure I’ll be adding to them shortly.
I would like to say I did have trouble photographing this polish. I think it was the warm morning light, so I apologize. I don’t like doing that to you guys, but I think it still reads pretty accurate to what the polish looked like on skin.
Shimmering, vampy, purple / red, with golden shimmer
Every Month Is Oktoberfest caught my eye right away. It’s a dark, shimmering plum. On first coat, this polish seems to be a little wimpy and a bit sheer. But by the second coat, it builds up to this interesting deep, purple / plum with golden and warm shimmer that really comes out in the sun. Otherwise this polish does read mostly as just a metallic in natural lighting. This polish reminds me of something Zoya would do for a fall foil, it’s rich and fresh. I think it would look really great of fairer skin than mine.
I had no formula issues with this polish, I did three thin coats and got full coverage and depth. I do think the formula was a bit thin, which is why I chose to do three thinner coats to achieve full coverage.
Where to Buy: Ulta / JCPenny’s / Dillard’s / Professional Salons / Online Retailers / $ 8.50
How are you feeling about the fall OPI Germany collection? Are the polishes as interesting to you as they are to me? Or do they seem repetitive to you? Which one if your favorite so far? I’d love more recommendations to pick up!
The Nubar “Going Green” collection has been something I’ve been collecting for awhile, at a very slow pace. I love green nails and there’s something about this collection that always kept me thinking about them. However, although Wildfire always seemed to look so cool in swatches and in the bottle, I don’t think this green duochrome is for me.
Yellow green shifts to a rusty copper
Wildfire is a yellow leaning medium toned green base, that shifts (very easily) to a rusty, earthy copper. This polish is very much a duochrome. It is always changing colors with you move your hands, which is cool. I know how much polish collectors love duochromes, but I have to say, I feel frumpy wearing them. I didn’t love this polish. I feel like the metallic-y finish is dated and duochrome colors are never saturated, rich, or deep enough as I want them to be. Unfortunate for me.
This polish went on very easily. The formula was a bit thin, but it wasn’t an issue during application. I used three coats to get the most out of this polish. It also dried very quickly, which is always nice.
Where to Buy: Bynubar.com / $ 8
How do you feel about duochromes? Do you own Wildlife? Do you love their shifting of colors? Or are they too much for you? What’s you’re favorite duochrome nail polish?
Raspberry pink glass fleck and pink glitter with multicolored round glitter pieces
Just poppin’ in to show you all my Christmas Manicure and wish you a Merry Christmas! Hope Santa brings you some nail polish!
Happy Thanksgiving, all! I hope you have eaten enough food for a small army already today or will be shortly. I’m starving and can’t wait to get my mashed potatoes, stuffing, and cornbread on.
I picked this polish to wear for the holiday because it really evokes a sense of warmth and comfort. The name couldn’t be more fitting for this golden-y, bronze, foil-y beauty.
Warm, shimmery, metallic goodness
Warm & Fozzie is absolutely beautiful. There are so many colors in this polish, but they all work together in a great way. It’s a foil-y, mostly overall metallic, polish that is full of gold, bronze, and even some sparse red particles that make this polish look so warm, cozy, and inviting. There is also somewhat of a green tinge that comes out in certain lighting. What is also so nice about this polish is that it translates perfectly from the bottle to the nail; no color or sparkle gets left behind.
The application and formula on this polish was great, I had no issues. Sometimes with foils they need three coats to really bring the luminosity and depth, but I only used two thick coats and everything looks wonderful. Though with a lot of foils, the wear-time hasn’t been ideal for such a pretty polish that I can’t stop admiring!
Where to Buy: Ulta / Trade Secret / JCPenny / Professional Salons / Online Retailers / $ 8.50
So, is this a top pick of yours for the Muppets collection? Have you picked it up already or are you planning to? Does this polish remind you of OPI DS Glow just a bit?
Happy long weekend! I’m really excited to catch up on sleep and relaxing.
For the past couple of months, I’ve been really into all things somewhat “Americana”. Fashion wise, interior design wise. And also in the more literal way in terms of color combinations. Red, white, and blue has been drawing me in a lot. My bed is rocking a bunch of that, it looks so classic.
This being said, I wanted to wear a red polish this week. Most of you know I don’t love red polish, but I have a decent amount because I do actively try to combat my innate distaste for it. Fishnet Stockings was one of my first reds, and still one of my favorite reds.
Sexy, darker blood red
One of the main reasons I like Fishnet Stockings so much is because of its richness. It’s something that falls somewhat flat in photos, but it has this darkness to it. It has a bit of depth that’s like a dark blood red, but it’s still vibrant. A nice balance for a red nail that’s not screaming bright, like a cherry red. For me, reds that are a bit darker are more my taste. This is a cool toned red, which doesn’t go best with my skin (making me look extremely pale), but warm toned reds don’t appeal to me as much.
Shiny, glossy finish
The formula on this polish is outstanding. It goes on so smooth. It’s also easily spreadable. It’s full of pigmentation and you wouldn’t need more than two coats. I have also gotten pretty good wear from it.
Where to Buy: Ulta / Professional Salons / Drug Stores / Target / $ 8
What’s your holy grail red? Is it a jelly or creme? What’s your favorite warm-toned red? Fishnet Stockings and Jason Wu CND Veronica are my two favorites. I know every girl has their go to red, let’s hear yours.
Sonia Kashuk is big in the Target make up lover’s world. I have a few items from her make up line and I really love them. This is a polish of her’s that I have had since it first came out last summer. And it is honestly one of my go to summer colors, especially for my toes. Even if I despise the name of the color.
Red leaning coral creme
Tutti Fruitti is a red-leaning coral creme. There’s both orange and pink undertones in this polish that really softens up the red factor, which is great for me. It’s very saturated but it’s not screaming bright. This color looks great on even if you just have a touch on color from being out in the summer. It would be flattering on just about everyone. Is it the most unique red-coral? No. But it looks great.
The formula and application of this polish is quite impressive when considering the price and that I believe this was the company’s first go at nail polish. The consistency is almost ideal: it’s thicker so there’s no pooling issues and is very smooth and easy to apply. It’s also full of pigmentation. I needed two coats for full coverage.
Where to Buy: Target / $ 5
Also as a side note, I like these polish bottles. I think the square is cute and the silver handle makes it look a little fancy. Sort of like Estee Lauder polish bottles. Short, fat and cute.
Do you own any Sonia Kashuk nail polishes? Do you scope them when you’re at Target but haven’t taken the plunge? I think this is a great one to try first.
This nail polish makes me think of comics. Why? Because I loved Archie comics and the two female characters were Betty and Veronica. I used to collection them and have hundreds. I obviously loved Veronica because she looked like me. So, Veronica will forever draw that connection. Nerd!
I haven’t seen many swatches of this CND Jason Wu collection yet. I have really been appreciating neutrals lately and wanted to beef up my CND collection. So, this collabo fit the bill nicely. The set comes with 4 full sized polishes and 1 CND Effects polish.
Closest to actual color. Gorgeous, deep red.
I need to start off by saying, I LOVE this polish. I don’t like reds and this has me wrapped around its finger. Jason Wu describes Veronica as “a pomegranate seed tone.” It is deep and richly red like a pomegranate. It has a certain darkness to it that is stunning. It also has both blue and brown undertones in it, so it’s pretty much perfect! This photo is most color accurate; it captures its deep hue. It’s almost oxblood red but with duo cool / warm undertones. Just gorgeous.
Glossy, saturated and perfectly pigmented
The formula on this was absolute perfection. It was SO smooth and buttery, it almost didn’t need my help to apply itself to my nails. It was so rich and pigmented on the first coat, I barely needed a second. It was a touch runny, but it was easily spreadable. The finish on this polish was full of high shine, and it’s slightly squishy. It’s among the half jelly / half creme hybrid taking over.
Where to Buy: CND.com / $47 (PSST! – I got mine off of Transdesign.com for $23!!)
Are you interested in this collabo? Did the neutral collection turn you off or on? Have you heard about how WEIRD the effect top coat is? It’s suppose to be “tweed” inspired (cool idea) but looks like hair in your manicure! No thanks.
I wanted to mention that the packaging of this collection is really nice. It also comes with a cool little flipbook about Jason Wu’s inspiration for the polishes and some other info. I’ll post some pictures of it with the next polish I wear from the set. Sorry I forgot!
I started an awesome, new full-time nanny job this week and am wiped out!
But, I’m back with another polish that is one of my favorites, believe it or not. Regular readers know that I’m just not a red girl, but I LOVE this polish. And I’m not really sure why, to be honest. It’s not that unique of a shade, but there’s something about it that makes it look great on me, and it’s great for warm weather.
Bright, saturated red / orange
My Chihuahua Bites is part of OPI’s standard collection. I think I actually purchased this polish at Target on a whim. The color is awesome. It has a really nice balance of both red and orange. It also has a noticeable pink hue to it, but doesn’t read as coral, which is cool. Something about this shade is just perfect and it looks great on my skin and nails. It’s bright and poppy.
Glossy and shiny, almost jelly finish
The formula and application on this polish couldn’t be better. It goes on very smooth and easy. The first coat is almost fully opaque and I wouldn’t see ever needing more than two coats. The finish on this polish is basically a half jelly / half creme but I would say leans more jelly. There’s the slightest bit of VNL, but it doesn’t bother me at all. I love everything about this polish!
Where to Buy: Ulta / JCPenny / Professional Salons / Target / Trade Secret / Dillard’s / $ 8.50
Do you own My Chihuahua Bites? Do you love it as much as I do? Or is it a shade you hear about and mean to snag but forget?
P.S. – Enjoy this beauty.
I love this color combination
I want a polish the exact color of that light and airy citrus green-y yellow so bad!
I usually don’t do many “themed” manicures. But the Blackhawks are in the playoffs and I wanted to wear red for it this weekend. This time last year, Lauren and I wore red nails for upwards of TWO months for the playoffs. Totally nerdy and hilarious, especially since I don’t really like red polish.
I usually make the mistake with Zoya’s Sparkles (or foils) that two coats will be enough, and it’s not. However, Reva’s formula was SO saturated and pigmented that two coats was perfect. It was a great surprise.
Red with gold glitter
When I first got Reva I was confused as to why I ordered it. 1.) It was red 2.) It was red with gold, which is sort of a “classic” combination that isn’t my taste. It’s not very unique and slightly retro. But I was actually surprised by the fact that I do like it. There’s something about the tone of this color that is very flattering. It’s not too cool toned and not too warm toned. It’s slightly more warm toned, but it has a nice balance and I think it might shift a little on the individual.
Although I did like Reva more than expected, it still wasn’t totally doing it for me. So, I matted it, and like it even more! I usually don’t matte polishes because they chip so much easier and I usually favor shiny. But this is awesome. It adds something different to such a classic color combination. An unexpected texture. It still has a touch of sheen, so I would almost say it’s more satin than fully matte.
Where to Buy: Zoya.com / $ 8
Maybe I should always matte my reds, haha. I feel like matting all the bright glitters and shimmers in the summer is a cool twist.
P.S. I saw Water for Elephants this weekend (Not a great movie. It was alright, I like the circus. The hair and costumes were really cool though) and Reese was sporting a red half moon manicure with white tips but I can’t find any photos of it! It actually looked pretty good. It was cool that they incorporated that look in the details and styling since it has become popular again.