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Though I am not a huge fan of pinks like Pedal Faster Suzi, I figured I wanted to tap into my more feminine side this week.  I have to be honest, it was kind of interesting timing considering I was enjoying a bloodier than usual episode of The Walking Dead at the moment of application.  I looked at my nails waiting for them to dry before grabbing into my snack bag, and one thought came to mind.  I would definitely miss my frivolous beauty products once the zombie apocalypse came, but having watched every zombie movie out there, I knew I would make it far.  That and I live in NYC.  If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere!!!  Onto the polish!

 

Pedal Faster Suzi

 

The Application:  I have had really good luck with OPI polish lately thanks to long wear time and fabulous formulas.   And as usual, the application for Pedal Faster Suzi was flawless and completely opaque in two coats.  Yay!  Again, the brush is either a good thing or a bad thing depending on your nail bed size.  Mine are larger, so OPI’s wider brush brings me much happiness.  If you have  smaller beds, you may curse this brush silently under your breath.

 

Pedal Faster Suzi

 

The Color:   Where to start.  Well, it’s definitely pink.  For me, that says volumes.  I am not a huge fan of girly pinks, because I am not a girly girl.  I tend to like a little attitude in my pinks.  Pedal Faster Suzi reminds me of the type of pink that Barbie would wear at some debutante soiree in the 1980’s.  Thanks to Starz Comedy channel for that reference as I have seen my fair share of bad 80’s movies after a late night on the town thanks to that channel, and this pink would fit right in.   No hate on the 80’s for anyone who loved the decade, but it’s not my style.   Pedal Faster Suzi isn’t a straight up bubble gum pink as its chock full of silvery, white shimmer flecks, but I couldn’t get the thought of Pepto Bismol out of my head all week which made my stomach grumble.

 

Pedal Faster Suzi

 

The Verdict:  Many will love this color and that is perfectly okay.  But personally, I don’t think I will be grabbing for this one too often.  The formula is perfect making the application a snap, but I found the Pepto Bismol, bubble gum chewing Barbie Pink color to be too much for me.  I kept getting distracted by the color during the week and returned to the same thought; this one is too dated for me.  Also, the name.  I understand OPI’s inside jokes with the names, but yikes.

There will be many of you out there who will think I am off my rocker because you think it’s such a great color and you love it. And you know what?  There is nothing wrong with that.  Differences in opinion and fashion make the world go round and keep it from getting boring.  But for this crazed ex-tomboy, it just didn’t work.

 

Pedal Faster Suzi

Pedal Faster Suzi

Pedal Faster Suzi Extreme!

 

 

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OPI DS Classic

I was feeling the need for something a little less flashy or vampy lately because I have been feeling a little sluggish and lazy lately.  So I dug through my collection of neutrals and spied OPI’s DS Classic.  At first, I wasn’t sure.  Maybe it was too docile, but then I realized this was exactly what I needed.  Sometimes, you just need something that’s a little less maintenance to get through the slow periods of life.

 

DS Classic

 

The Application:  Perfection!  Truly!  Every polish from the OPI DS Collection that I’ve tried has been as smooth as butter over fresh toast.  Yum!  Also, the polish is completely opaque after two coats.  I’m also fan of OPI’s larger sized brush, but I have long finger beds.  Someone with smaller ones may not care for it as it covers a lot of ground.

 

DS Classic

 

The Color:  DS Classic is a cross between Butter London’s All Hail the Queen and Tart with a Hart.  Though the glitter is more of a scattered holographic, multicolored glitter than Tart with a Hart.  The base color is the perfect beige, neutral that would flatter many skin tones.  What I love about DS Classic is that you can wear it for almost a full week and barely see any signs of wear thanks to the  shade of the color making it very low maintenance.  Exactly what I was looking for.

 

DS Classic

 

The Verdict:  Come on!  No surprises here, I love it!  It’s absolutely beautiful and easy to maintain.  It even stood up to my vigorous PS3 shoot em up game that I rocked for 3 hours.  The right side of my thumb always losses color quickly due to my video game obsession and typing but with DS Classic, I hardly had any wear even after six day.  I highly recommend this one!

 

DS Classic

DS Classic

DS Classic Extreme!

 

 

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Time for Part II of China Glaze’s Electro Pop Brights.  So the first batch left me a little underwhelmed as they really didn’t bring anything new to the table.  Many of them were dupes which is always disappointing.   But I had high hopes for Part II.  Always the optimist!  Here we go!

 

First Up, Make Some Noise:

 

Make Some Noise

 

I have to be honest, orange is one of my least favorite colors.  I have never understood the appeal.  Besides my dislike for the color orange, I am a cool skin tone girl all the way and oranges tend to look dismal on me.  Strike two!  So when I spied Make Some Noise, I was ready to hate.  But a strange thing happened.  After applying Make Some Noise, I didn’t want to tear it off of my hands as quickly as possible.  I actually realized I had an orange that I could somewhat tolerate.  Make Some Noise isn’t a straight up orange, but rather a melon color making it more subtle and dare I say appealing.  In fact, I found myself possibly even liking this color.  It’s a strange finish as its a cream with a touch of jelly making it a true enigma.  Thanks Make Some Noise for changing my perception on orange!

 

Make Some Noise

 

Up Next, Wicked Style:

 

Wicked Style

 

When I first put on Wicked Style, I had a little Deja Vu with this color.  A pretty light raspberry cream… Hmm, Fuchsia Fanatic anyone?  Yep, the same exact style and almost the same exact color only a few shades lighter.  Anyone who knows me understands that I love polishes in this shade group, and Wicked Style is a pretty, pretty color, but why have the almost identical shade in the same collection, at least jazz it up with glimmer, shimmer, anything!  Very disappointing.  Also, the color doesn’t match the name.  Wicked Style?  It’s too pretty to be cutting edge fashion or wicked.  Oh, and did I say it’s almost identical to Fuchsia Fanatic?  Yes, yes I did.  If you like a darker raspberry cream, go for Fuchsia Fanatic, if you like a lighter raspberry cream go for Wicked Style.

 

Wicked Style

 

Sunshine Pop, here we come:

 

Sunshine Pop

 

When I was a child, yellow was my favorite color.  By six, it was red and I’ve never looked back.  Since the tender age of six, I have never owned anything that is yellow, I just lost the love.  So when China Glaze released Sunshine Pop, I didn’t know what to think.  Sunshine Pop is a mustard yellow with a slight shimmer finish to make sure your nails get noticed everywhere you go.  Now Sunshine Pop is not a dark, spicy, mustard color, but rather a French’s bright yellow mustard color.  I’m not normally a fan of yellow polish because very few can wear it successfully, including me!  But after applying Sunshine Pop, I have to say I kind of liked what I was seeing and think it would be very cute as a pedicure for sure.  For me, that is a glowing review due to my dislike of yellow polish.  So, yes, I do like this one.  Dun dun DUN!

 

Sunshine Pop

 

Gaga for Green:

 

Gaga for Green

 

I am not a fan of Lady Gaga…at all.  So this color was little hard to swallow thanks to the name.  Well, that and bright green polishes are not really my style.  Well, one thing I can say about Gaga for Green is that no one can accuse this color of being boring that’s for sure.  If you like nontraditional polishes to wow the masses, look no further.  Gaga for Green is a lime green color polish reminiscent of the lime fruit you get in a pack of Runts at the nearest Dollar Tree.  Yeah.  I love polish that is unusual and makes a statement, but I don’t know how I feel about this one.  It has a similar finish to Sunshine Pop’s finish making it very dimensional and unique, but for a girl with cool coloring, I don’t know if this works.  I don’t know if I want it to work!  I just don’t know!  Part of me wants to hate it while the other part of me remains intrigued and may give it a test drive just to see the reactions.  Life can be exhausting sometimes.

 

Gaga for Green

 

Aquadelic:

 

Aquadelic Bottle

 

Wow!  This is not a color for the faint of heart and I like it!  Aquadelic is a light aqua cream that is sure to catch the eye of strangers for good or for bad.  I love colors like this, but many people who are traditionalist may shake there head and question this little lovely.  If it appears to be too bold for you, try it as a pedicure, that’s always a safe bet when you’re not sure you can pull off a color on your fingernails.  It’s a beautiful color and the formula was perfect.  I guess my main complaint is that it’s a little boring as far as finish goes.  I wish there had been some shimmer thrown into the mix to make it a bit more exciting.  Still, I wouldn’t turn my back on this color.

 

Aquadelic

 

Last up, Techno:

 

Techno

 

Techno is the “jazz up your manicure” polish of the group.  It has a clear base with various sizes of multi-colored holographic glitter.  In theory, this should be pretty cool.  In reality, it was sort of a pain to apply.  The clear base polish is very thin making it hard to get the glitter onto the brush.  My advice, tip the bottle upside down to bring the glitter to the top and then use the brush to scoop as much glitter as possible.  It helps if the base polish is mostly dry, that way you don’t mess up your manicure by thickly applying Techno.  I can see the appeal of Techno to some, but for me, it seemed a little clumsy which means I won’t be using this one too much.

 

Techno

 

So there you have it.  Part II China Glaze’s Electro Pop Brights.  I do think that this part of the collection is a little more original and fun for the girl who likes to make a statement with bold colors.  You will get stares with this half of the collection for sure as the colors are pretty dramatic and fun.

Overall, I would give the Electro Pop Brights a B- rating.  Many of the colors are dupes or are lacking in dimension.  There’s nothing wrong with creams, but after a while it gets boring, especially if it’s a polish color we’ve seen many times before.  The formulas were all over the place though that could depend on batch, but many were too thick or runny, though a few were just perfect.  I felt like Goldilocks.  Still, many ladies out there will love the fun colors, but many may be thinking, “Haven’t we seen this before?”

 

 

 

 

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The spring colors are coming out quickly and it’s only February!  After a tough week, I needed some cheering up and was happy when I received my China Glaze Electro Pop Brights.  I won’t lie, I am normally not a fan of colors like this as they are a bit dated.  I guess I don’t love the colors of the 1980’s as much as those who lived them fast and furiously, unlike myself who was more in tune with the 1990’s!  Yes, I know the colors were inspired by Lady Gaga who has been stealing everything from everyone else, so why not the 80’s as well?  No, I am not a fan of Gaga at all and yes, I will probably get a few thumbs down emails, but life goes on which has sadly been a hard lesson this week.  On to the polish…

PS: The reviews will not be as in depth for the preview, but as I wear them, they will be, so be on the look out in future posts!

First up, Fuchsia Fanatic:

 

Fuchsia Fanatic

 

The application of Fuchsia Fanatic was a little thick and goopy for my liking.  The first coat was a little streaky, but by the second coat, the color straightened itself out making me a happy camper.  After my initial disappointment with the application, I was happy with the final result.  I am a sucker for colors like this and have more pinks in this shade than any other.  If there is ever an apocalypse and all nail polishes cease to be easy to find, know that if you locate me, I will have this shade of pink for you.  I promise!  Yes, I love Fuchsia Fanatic and yes I recommend it.  It’s juicy like fresh raspberries on my cereal in the morning in summer!

 

Fuchsia Fanatic

 

Up next Dance Baby:

Dance Baby

 

Okay, I am not a fan of the name of this one.  A little cheesy, but I understand that this collection was inspired by Gaga and it’s a baby pink, so yes, of course it had to be called Dance Baby.  Ugh.  Anyway, Dance Baby is you guessed it, a true baby pink cream.   The application was smooth and was almost opaque on the first coat which I found to be pretty common for this collection.  Impressive!  Anyway, back to Dance Baby.  I’m not a fan of baby pinks and found this one to be a little too sweet for my tastes.  Tomboys don’t like obnoxious pinks.  It reminded me of Pepto Bismol, not good.  But if you’re a girl who likes baby pinks, you will love this one.  I think a top coat of a shimmer or flaky would make this polish a little more tolerable in the long run.

 

Dance Baby

 

Bring on Kinetic Candy:

 

Kinetic Candy

 

It’s blue, my all time favorite.  So if the apocalypse happens, there will be plenty of blue in my collection if you drop on by, as well.  Kinetic Candy is a dusty light blue cream and is beautiful in a simplistic light blue way.  Is it a little boring?  Yes, yes it is.  Do I still love it because it’s blue?  Yes, Yes I do.  When I wear it, I plan on rocking it with a fun shimmer of flaky to liven it up.  The application was very runny making it hard to control.  I tried to redo this polish twice, you can still see I had problems.  Not good.

 

Kinetic Candy

 

Electric Beat:

 

Electric Beat

 

Yes, please!  I love this color!  Yes, it was a little runny for my tastes, but who cares when you have a color like this.  Electric Beat is a Periwinkle Blue cream and I am in love!  Yes, it’s similar to Secret Periwinkle, but my Secret Periwinkle started to separate after a few weeks, so far so good with Electric Beat.  Though the application was a little bit of a pain with the runny formula, in the end, I found love.  Big thumbs up to this color!

 

Electric Beat

 

Sweet Hook is next:

 

Sweet Hook

 

Sweet Hook is a light lilac cream which is very reminiscent of  Essie’s Lilacism though less chalky and slightly more pink.  I didn’t much care for Essie’s version, but I can deal with China Glaze’s Sweet Hook.  It’s perfect for spring, though again, like many of the creams in this collections, it needs a boost of flakies or glitter or shimmer to make it interesting.

 

Sweet Hook

 

Last up for Part I, Gothic Lolita:

 

Gothic Lolita

 

Ching, ching!  Yes, we have a winner!  Gothic Lolita is a medium purple with tiny flecks of pink and blue making it a very unique and dimensional color.  I am not usually a huge fan of purples, but this one is gorgeous!  It really is all that and even better up close and personal.  Out of these six colors, this is the color you need to pick up.  The formula was perfect, which makes it pure win!

 

Gothic Lolita

 

Gothic Lolita Extreme!

 

As you can see, the first part of this collection was a little bit of a let down and gets about a B- from me.  The colors are really nothing special because they’re pretty much boring creams that are so dupey.  I guess I just was expecting something more from this collection, especially if the collection is being named after a crazy pop star who makes her living off of being outrageous.  This collection so far just doesn’t match that style.  Hopefully Part II brings it!

 

 

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