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Why no, I Don’t Give a Rotterdam!  Not after this crazy day of insane humidity, rain, messed up appointments, and all and all craziness.  I’m afraid to go out tonight because of what may occur, but what is life without risks?  Luckily, I have a fabulous blue polish to make everything okay.  How I love blue polish…

 

I Don’t Give a Rotterdam

 

Application:  I Don’t Give a Rotterdam went on smoothly and was opaque in two coats.  It was a little thicker than expected, but it wasn’t unworkable at all, it was just thicker than I prefer.

 

I Don’t Give a Rotterdam

 

The Color:  I Don’t Give a Rotterdam is lighter dusty blue, with silver, gold, and darker blue shimmer.  Wowza!  As I said, I love blue polish and this one did not disappoint.

 

I Don’t Give a Rotterdam

 

The Verdict:  Yes, please.  I have already worn I Don’t Give a Rotterdam a few times this summer and will be able to take it with me well into fall and winter because this is the type of blue can be warn year round.  Me likey!

 

I Don’t Give a Rotterdam

 

I Don’t Give a Rotterdam Extreme

 

Collection: OPI Spring 2012 Holland Collection

Zoya Gaia

Riding the NYC subway is always an adventure and usually not a good one.  But once in a while you will see something lovely once you get past the gum and garbage remnants left behind by careless strap hangers.  One early morning, while being crammed onto a stalled train, I spotted the loveliest shade of white polish on the tips of a well put together rider’s nails and toes.  At that moment, as the dude next to me breathed his garlic breath onto my face, I realize I wanted to look that clean and refreshed on the Q Train in 88 degree weather with full humidity!  So inspired by this lovely lady, I went home, dug through my stash and pulled out Zoya’s Gaia.

 

Gaia – It Isn’t This White in Person

 

The Application:  On Zoya’s site, Gaia is listed as being highly opaque.  Not so much.  It took Gaia four coats, count em’ four coats to become opaque. That does not equal high pigment in my book.  Also, for me, Gaia was a little runnier than I am used to, but I made it work.

 

Gaia

 

The Color: Gaia is a clean, white polish with warm flecks of golden shimmer giving it more depth than most stark white polishes you’ll find on the market.  You know, the type that look like you raided the White Out aisle at Staples.  I have a problem wearing most white polishes because of the White Out effect.  Let’s face it, pure white doesn’t look good on most girls with a pale complexion.  But Gaia worked!  Even with the gold shimmer which normally looks pretty bad on my complexion thanks to my cool coloring, Gaia worked!

 

Gaia

 

The Verdict:  Yes, Gaia is a little warm for my cool complexion, but I didn’t care.  I actually found it quite appealing!  It was clean, fresh and well kept, exactly what I was looking for thanks to the inspiration of the Q Train muse.  Also, Gaia lasted a good five days before I had to switch it due to wear.  It helps that Gaia is a light color because it makes seeing the wear a heck of a lot harder.  Even though it took four coats for Gaia to become opaque I will still give it a thumbs up.  It really is a pretty polish!

 

Gaia

 

 

It’s always nice to get away for a while.  I love the heat of NYC, but whew, the humidity!  But as soon as I got back, I immediately was on the prowl for an easy going polish that would be low maintenance for my crazy “welcome back to reality” week.  So, I dug through my collection of untried and, BAM!  Zoya Shimmer!

 

Shimmer

 

The ApplicationShimmer went on smoothly and was the perfect consistency.  It only took two coats to be almost completely opaque which brought me to my happy place!

 

Shimmer

 

The Color:  Shimmer is a light pink with flecks of silver, pink, and blue shimmer.  Shimmer kind of reminds me of a snow cone in this crazy, hot weather, which I LOVE! At first, I was worried that it looked like a frost as I am NOT a fan of frosts.  No offense to those who love them, I just can’t do them.  But I can assure you now that Shimmer is exactly what you will get, no frost here!  Zoya describes Shimmer as a polish for cool toned girls, but I think it leans more towards those with a warm tone.  Still, it didn’t look bad on me, so maybe it is a polish for all skin tones.  Harmony at last!

 

Shimmer

 

The Verdict:  I have to say.  Even though this is not usually my style, I really liked Shimmer.  It’s one of those polishes you slap on when you need something low maintenance, because if there is any wear, you won’t see it.  Perfect!

 

Shimmer

Shimmer

Shimmer Extreme!

 

I am not what you would usually call a neon girl.  I love bright polish, but to tell you the truth, I’m not into bright, BRIGHT, colors.  I don’t know why.  I like to make an entrance, but for some reason, I find it to be a little over the top.  Still, I figured that I would try something new.  Remember, always try something that scares you a little at least once a week.  It makes you grow!  So, to practice what I preach, I tried one of China Glaze’s loudest colors in their 2012 Summer Neon Collection: Sun Kissed.  Put on your sunglasses and let’s go!

 

The Application:  I have heard that neons can be a bit tricky to apply as they can be very gloopy.  This was not the case.  Sun Kissed went on perfectly and only took two coats to be opaque.  So much for the bad reputation.

 

Sun Kissed

 

The Color:  Oh wow!  What can I say?  It’s bright.  I mean bright, BRIGHT!  Sun Kissed reminds me of my last semester of college last year when I was taking all 300 level courses that were harder than hell.  All my books were filled with bright, fluorescent, highlighter pen markings which took up half of the pages in my book to study the major points of topics such as endocrinology.   Wearing Sun Kissed makes your nails look as if you went into your office’s supply closet, raided the highlighter pen section, and went to town on your nails after a late night binge on tequila.  Yes, it is THAT bright.  Though it is yellow, it does have a slight greenish tint to it so be prepared if that matters to you.

 

Sun Kissed

 

The Verdict:  Sun Kissed is a crazy fun color, no doubt.  Warm or cool tone, when a polish is this bright it doesn’t matter.  It isn’t for the wallflower type, so be prepared for stares.  I wore it for the weekend and let me tell you, people were staring and this is NYC!  Neon colors are hard to capture on film much like Bigfoot or a Chupacabra but I did the best I could without breaking my camera.  I did put an indoor natural light photo which is darker to show you the Sun Kissed green glow!  Would I wear Sun Kissed again?  Hell yeah, I’d just put it on my toes though most likely.  I work in an office environment, and though they let us wear anything, I think this may be pushing the boundaries even for this artistic vixen.

 

Sun Kissed – Natural Light to Show Greenish Glow

 

 

What is this?  Two posts in one week?  Shut your mouth!  Yep, it’s true, I finally got myself focused and am getting things done.  When finding motivation, one must find a color to match, and I found a color that screams,  “getting’ it done!”  Essie’s Sure Shot from the 2012 Resort Collection.

 

Sure Shot

 

Now, I’m not exactly sure how one is supposed to take the name Sure Shot at a resort.  I guess it means different things to different people, but Essie, how you make the mind wander.  Onto the review!

Application:  Sure Shot is a two coat polish which is pretty standard for most formulas.  The application was pretty good though a little bit on the runny side though not enough to make life difficult which is always a plus.

 

Sure Shot

 

The Color: Anyone who knows me well knows I LOVE colors like this.  Sure Shot is a bright magenta that is sure to get you noticed, as there is nothing timid about this color.  Sure, magentas are pretty common, right?  Well, yes!  But Sure Shot is unique for its flashes of bright pink shimmer.  Ah, yeah!

 

Sure Shot

 

The Verdict:  Love, LOVE, LOVE!!!  Am I biased?  Yes.  I will never walk away from a color like Sure Shot and I have tons of colors like this to prove it.  But what makes Sure Shot unique is the bright pink shimmer which flashes in the light.  It really is quite pretty and a perfect spring alternative to the bright reds of winter.  The formula is great, the wear time is good, and the color is vibrant just like the spring.

 

Sure Shot

 

 

I read the whole Hunger Games series in five days while on holiday break from school and work.  It was supposed to be a relaxing time, but instead, I stayed up late every night reading the books like a manic only to wake up grumpy and tired the next day.  My family was confused as they thought I should be relaxed while visiting home.  They had no clue about my late night obsession. I finally finished The Mockingjay on the plane ride back to NYC.  I won’t ruin anything for anybody, but the ending left me cold.  I remember looking out over the Atlantic as the plane turned to land at JFK thinking, “are you kidding me”?!?  Still, the first and second book are pretty damn good, so go into the third book with no expectations and you’ll be fine.  What does this have to do with the China Glaze Hunger Games Collection?  Absolutely nothing!

Anyway, I was thrilled when I received the polishes as there are some great polishes in the collection.   But I had to keep reminding myself that this was a spring collection.  The colors definitely lean more towards the fall color spectrum.  Still, I decided to finally try some of the colors from this collection as they have been sitting in my closet since March!  Besides,  the weather has been mostly rain, rain and more rain, so I decided to throw on Agroo as rain helps the flowers grow, so why not?

Agro

The Application:  I was surprised by Agro!  It’s what I would call a one coat wonder as it’s really pigmented.  I never trust one coaters though as I am afraid of bald spots so I threw on another coat to make sure I was fully covered.  I was!  The formula is great as well, not too runny and not too thick.  Perfecto!

Agro

The Color:  This is where I ran into some problems.  Agro is a deep, olive green, polish with metallic green and gold shimmer.  Gorgeous?  Yes, if you are a warm toned girl.  For the cool toned girl?  Not so much.  I felt like I was at Red Lobster with my long, red lobster claws grabbing for one more cheese biscuit.  It’s defintely not Agros fault, but rather genetics for giving me the wrong coloring for green polish.

Agro Extreme

The Verdict: Look, Agro is a great polish for all of you warm toned girls out there.  It’s not for me though.  Did I like it, yes, yes I did.  Will I wear it again.  Heck yeah!  Is it flattering?  Not so much.  But I’ll still rock it anyway as I do love the color and the formula is great.  I’ll just wait until fall where this color will really shine.

Yes, I am back!  While playing a little basketball a few weeks back, tragedy struck!  Okay, it wasn’t a full on game of basketball, but rather one of those miniature two player games where you shoot to see who can make the most baskets at the arcade.  The good news is I won, but sadly in the process, I broke one of my nails!  There was no way to fix it, so I had to drop off the face of the planet.  Well, thanks to fast growing nails, I’m back, baby!  Time to celebrate with a little gray jelly action.  P.S. You can still see a little damage to the nail as it is slightly more rounded.  What can I say, I tried!

My Pointe Exatly

Pirouette My Whistle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Application:  My Pointe Exactly went on perfectly.  At first I was concerned that there would be major streaking which tends to be a big problem with sheers.  Well, at least for me it is a problem, but with My Pointe Exactly, it was a none issue.  It did take three coats to get the desired effect I was looking for.  OPI’s Ballet Collection in general is fabulous, but if you have any staining on your nails, it will most likely show with this collection as it peeks through the polish.  My Pointe Exactly is the exception.

As for Pirouette My Whistle?  The application was slightly trickier as the glitter was a little hard for me to get on the brush at first.  The best way to make it work for you is to hold the bottle upside down briefly and then go for that fabulous glitter.  Totally worth it!

 

My Pointe Exactly

My Pointe Exactly with Pirouette My Whistle

The Color:  My Pointe Exactly is a gray jelly with a tad bit of blue.  Yes, I said it, a gray jelly which is not easy to find in the nail polish wild.  Well, congrats, OPI made one just for you!

Pirouette My Whistle is a clear based polish comprised of small silver glitter and larger hexagonal glitter.  If you like glitter but are afraid of being obnoxious, step out of your comfort zone.  Pirouette My Whistle is dainty and very understated for a glitter.  Fabulous!

My Pointe Exactly

My Pointe Exactly w/Pirouette My Whistle

The Verdict:  My Pointe Exactly is amazing!  It’s the perfect shade of gray for the cool skinned girls out there.  Usually,  grays look questionable on me, but thanks to the hint of blue, this puppy is just right!  If you are not a fan of sheers, My Pointe Exactly will completely change your mind, along with the rest of the rest of the collection.

Pirouette My Whistle is gorgeous, it really is!  This is one glitter that most can agree on, even those who find glitter to be a little gaudy at times (that would not be me, wear it loud and proud, I say).  It’s pretty, understated and can jazz up any polish out there for a fantastic finish.  Be prepared.  I have used Pirouette My Whistle on another one of the colors in the collection but didn’t photograph it thanks to the hideous break in my nail at the time.  It’s a bit of a pain to remove, so be prepared and find something mindless to watch on TV so you don’t get annoyed.

All in all, I am really pleased with OPI’s Ballet Collection and can’t wait to review more.  For someone who doesn’t normally like neutrals and sheers, this collection is pure win in every way!  Just be prepared to buff your nails if you have any stains, otherwise, they will show up under the more light colors of the collection.  If you are too lazy, than go for My Pointe Exactly, it covers a multitude of sins!  Don’t forget Pirouette My Whistle!

My Pointe Exactly w/Pirouette My Whistle

 

 

 

 

 

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