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Tour de Finance.  I can relate.  I’m taking a crash course.  I’m an actor and all around artist who has decided to take a finance job for a while that brings me the finer things in life.  Or rather, the things that many with a “real” job take for granted: health care, a steady paycheck, a structured schedule.  Well, two out of three ain’t bad I guess.  But I won’t lie, getting used to the whole corporate thing has been quite the challenge, especially when it’s finance.  That’s why when I saw Essie’s Spring 2012 “Navigate Her” line which nods to the world of finance I had to laugh and cry at the same time.  Ah finance, you may pay my bills but the trade off is long hours that cut into my pursuits of jazz hands.  So this, this is my nod to you Corporate America: Tour de Finance!

 

Tour de Finance

 

The Application:  No complaints here, smooth sailing with Tour de Finance.  Easy application and perfectly opaque in two coats.  Isn’t life grand when things work out easily!

 

Tour de Finance

 

The Color:  Tour de Finance is a mellowed fuchsia with fine blue particles shimmer.  Ooooh aaahhh.  Just to clarify, “mellow fuchsia” means it’s more of a medium fuchsia, not the darker more blinding type that can take out your corneas.  I personally like both, especially the brighter kind.  I hear they can work miracles with eye surgery!  Is Tour de Finance something we haven’t seen before?  No, not really.  It’s pretty dupable.  But if you don’t have a color like this in your collection yet, then this is a mighty fine one to have.

 

Tour de Finance Top

Tour de Finance

 

The Verdict:  I like Tour de Finance, I do.  I even wore it to my fiance job to see if it made me feel like a powerhouse executive.  It did not!  I still had to pick up the phones for my boss while dealing with travel and expenses.  Still, it was a pretty fuchsia that got a lot of attention.  Is it my favorite fuchsia?  No, but it’s definitely pretty, just overdone.  After a few days, I decided to spruce it up as I get bored easily.  Take old mani, add Essie’s As Gold As it Gets, and Voilá!  You have a winner (see pics below)!  Either way el natural or with added pizazz, Tour de Finance is a solid eye catching polish perfect for spring.  It even lasted five full days with only a little tip wear.

And just to clarify, I am definitely not the 1%!  No, not even close…

 

Tour de Finance Side

Tour de Finance

Tour de Finance

Tour de Finance with a Little As Gold As it Gets

 

 

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Sometimes, you just want to be a little low maintenance.   That time was this week.  Usually that entails a color that is lighter or neutral.  So I dug into my ever growing collection and pulled out Did You ‘ear About Van Gogh <insert groan here>.  Now, I am not a huge fan of colors like this because frankly, I am so freakishly white that they look like crap on me.  Truly!  Even so, you need to do at least one thing that scares you everyday, so here we go…

 

Did You ‘ear About Van Gogh?

 

Application:  No complaints here! Did You ‘ear About Van Gogh went on smoothly and was not too runny and not too thick.  Just right!  It also was perfectly opaque in two coats.  Sweet!

 

Did You ‘ear About Van Gogh?

 

Color:  Did You ‘ear About Van Gogh is described as a sandy bisque.  Hmm, makes me think of yummy, yummy soup.  Actually, it is reminiscent of clam chowder with a little drop of green.  This would be great on someone with warmer coloring or someone with a nice tan.  I have neither!  It doesn’t look horrid, it’s just not, “wow” either.

 

Did You ‘ear About Van Gogh?

 

Verdict:  Don’t love it and I don’t hate it.  It doesn’t look horrid, it doesn’t look great.  Yeah, I know.  Not very helpful, but I mean well.  I guess I find it a little boring.  Would I wear it again?  Sure!  Would I grab for it often?  No.  I have seen better whites out there, but this one will definitely please many.

 

Did You ‘ear About Van Gogh?

 

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I can’t stay away from my blues for long.  Especially now that I know The Walking Dead is over for 6 months, that brings me sadness.  Maybe I should change this blog to the Walking Dead Blog with the way I’ve been going off about it.  No, instead I will go into my Blue Period a la Picasso and tell you about I Have a Herring Problem.  No, I cannot make this stuff up, that is REALLY the name (groan)!

 

I've Got a Herring Problem

 

The Application:  I have heard of people having problems with this collection due to poor formulas.  I have to be honest, I have not seen this at all so far.  Maybe I got a good batch, because the application of I Have a Herring Problem was absolutely perfect!  It was perfectly opaque in two coats.

 

I Have a Herring Problem

 

The Color: I Have a Herring Problem is a slate blue color with various sizes and shades of silver throughout it.  I love blues and this puppy did not disappoint!  Though for a cool tone girl like me, this blue did not pop like most blues do on my skin tone.  So maybe this is a blue directed more towards the warm toned girls.

 

I Have a Herring Problem

 

The Verdict:   Even those I Have a Herring Problem wasn’t the most flattering on my skin tone, I really loved this color.  Though,  I have a feeling I Don’t Give a Rotterdam (also from the same collection) will probably work much better for me.  Even so, sometimes you have to say forget skin tones and just enjoy the color to the fullest.  Life is too short.  Especially if a zombie apocalypse occurs…

 

I Have a Herring Problem

I Have a Herring Problem

I Have a Herring Problem

 

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The beautiful weather is here and call me excited!  I removed the dark polish and decided to start anew with a fresh, clean, neutral to begin the week.  Okay, not my normal style, but I like to keep people guessing.  So I dug threw my huge pile of untrieds and pulled out Fast Track from the Colors from the Capitol collection.  Thanks Hunger Games!

 

Fast Track

 

Application:  Fast Track applied like a dream thanks to its perfect formula.  It went on easily and flawlessly and was perfectly opaque in two coats.  Pure win!

 

Fast Track

 

The Color:  Fast Track is a light beige color with a golden shimmer.  Up close, it’s definitely more beige, but from a far, it looks more gold.  Interesting and fantastic!  In some respects, it reminds me of Butter London’s All Hail the Queen but with more of a punch.  For me, All Hail the Queen wasn’t all that flattering on my naturally pale skin tone and I found myself growing a little bored with it quickly.  But Fast Track has been perfect even with the gold highlights which sometimes look questionable on my cool coloring.

 

Fast Track

 

The Verdict:  You want this color, you know you do!  Yes, it’s a neutral which may not excite some, but this isn’t your typical blah, blah, blah, boring neutral. This color is gorgeous!  Seriously, I have been staring at my nails all day and that’s saying a lot for a neutral.  I am one happy camper thanks to Fast Track and matching outfits will be breeze this week!

P.S. The Walking Dead was awesome this week!

 

Fast Track

Fast Track

Fast Track Extreme

 

 

 

 

 

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I am so ready for the light, fun colors of spring.  Especially after this week’s fabulous weather in NYC, 70 degrees!  But yes, I am still wearing the ever popular dark colors, specifically Armed and Ready from Essie’s Go Overboard collection.  It’s time to let go of the dark colors soon, but so many companies keep releasing such cools ones this late in the season that I can’t resist.  What is a girl to do?  Keep trying them all even when the lighter colors beckon.  I hear your call Armed and Ready, I hear your call.

 

Armed and Ready

 

The Application:  I found the formula of Armed and Ready to be slightly on the runnier side making it a little hard to work with.  Not too big of a deal, but I did have to pay more attention when applying as I hate a sloppy manicure (like anyone likes a sloppy manicure)!  In the end, with a lot of concentration, I had a decent manicure that was opaque in two coats. Yay!

 

Armed and Ready

 

The Color:  Armed and Ready is a dark grayish, olive green with gold shimmer.  Yes, it sounds amazing and I couldn’t wait to slap it on.  Unfortunately, for me, the gold shimmer was not very prominent and was only really visible when I was under bright lights or was specifically looking for the gold shimmer.  I felt like Lucky looking for his lucky charms after the rain had passed only to find I had struck out.  Wow, where did that come from?

 

Armed and Ready

 

The Verdict:  If you’re looking for a dark military green, Armed and Ready is a good color to pick up, but if you already have a few, I don’t think you will really need this one.  It’s nice, but nothing really special even with the gold shimmer thrown into the formula.  It just wasn’t enough to elevate it to that “wow” level.

 

Armed and Ready

 

Side Note:  Because I was craving the gold, I decided to fix up Armed and Ready with a little help of Essie’s As Gold as it Gets.  One way or another I would find my pot o’ gold and I did.  I have to admit, I really loved this combination.  Check out the photos below!

Armed and Ready With As Gold as it Gets

Armed and Ready With As Gold as it Gets Extreme

 

 

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Tine for the spring/summer collections to start rolling in.  These are my favorite collections of the year because it means warm weather is on the way!  That’s what I’m talking about!  Immediately, I liked the name of the collection because going overboard pretty much sums up a good part of my personality.

As usual, this collection will just be a sneak peak, but during the next few weeks I will take them for a test drive to check wear and tear and if I lose interest or not after applying it.

Here we go!

 

Play Date:

 

Play Date

 

I was a little bit disappointed with Essie’s Lilacism last year because I have to be honest, I found it chalky and a pain to apply.  Play Date is exactly what I was missing with Lilacism.  It applies smoothly, is glossy, and one pretty soft purple!  It’s feminine and delicate, something I usually don’t go for, but this just screams spring.  It took only two coats for a perfect application.

 

Play Date

 

Go Overboard:

 

Go Overboard

 

If you want to make a statement, then slap on Go Overboard and be on your merry way, because there is no missing this polish.  Go Overboard is a flashy teal polish that was practically opaque in one coat.  Not bad!  Unfortunately, it did leave a little staining after removal.  I don’t always use a base coat when swatching and with this one, I probably should have.

Now I love bold colors, but this one maybe too much for me.  I know, I didn’t think it was possible, but here we are!  I may save this one for pedicures only because I can’t see myself wearing this too often on my fingernails.  I know, killjoy!

 

Go Overboard

 

Armed and Ready:

 

Armed and Ready

 

This one was a surprise for a spring collection.  Armed and Ready seems more like a winter or fall color as it’s a grayish, green polish with gold shimmer.  Still, I was excited to try this one thanks to a the addition of the gold shimmer.  I have to be honest, the shimmer isn’t really visible unless you are looking for it or if you happen to be in bright light.  Disappointing.  This is the polish I decided to keep on for my manicure right now, but I think I may need to spruce it up.

 

Armed and Ready

 

I know this is crazy, but out of these bold colors, my favorite is the one that won’t be turning too many heads.  I really love this purple!  Go Overboard will most likely be a fan favorite for many, while Armed and Ready will probably not disappoint as long as you know the shimmer is very subtle.

All in all, I would give this collection a solid grade of a B.

 

 

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This Sunday I decided to go for what would most likely would be my last deep, reddish color of the season.  This was before March 1st mind you.  Originally hailing from California, I’m a huge fan of of  spring and summer, so once the beginning of March comes, I’m onto the fun, bright colors of spring.  I’m an optimist!  So to bid the winter vamps goodbye, I pulled Bahama Mama from my untried stash and began applying it while watching The Walking Dead, again.

The lone zombie in the field spoke volumes without even saying a word.  I feel your pain Shane.  Onto Bahama Mama!

 

The Applications:  I had been warned about Bahama Mama but didn’t want to believe it.  I think a person should never pay attention to rumors about something or someone until they are able to make their own opinions based off of their own experience.  Well, I experienced Bahama Mama, and the formula was el stinko.  It was streaky, had a poor consistency and was just too hard to work with.  It took three coats to correct most of the unevenness of the prior applications and even after the three coats were applied, I could still see light spots where it didn’t cover correctly.  Nightmare!

 

Bahama Mama

 

The Color:  I have to be honest.  I’m so disappointed that Bahama Mama applied so horribly, because the color is beautiful.  It’s a raisin color leaning a little bit more towards crimson with a jelly finish.  I love colors like this but because the application was so horrid, it looked sloppy.

 

Bahama Mama

 

The Verdict:  Uh, no.  I loved the color of Bahama Mama, but the formula was inexcusable!  It really was that bad.  If you look closely at my photos, you can see where the application is sloppy and how the color is uneven.  Now, I may not have the steadiest hand when it comes to painting nails, but I’m not as bad as these photos make me appear.  Maybe it was the batch I received, but I have heard of others having the same problem with this specific polish, so I have a feeling it’s the overall formula.  It really is a shame because Essie could have had a winner with this one.  I ended up removing it the same night because I just couldn’t go through the week with such a sloppy manicure.  Oh the humanity!

 

Bahama Mama

Bahama Mama - Yikes to the Application!

 

 

 

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