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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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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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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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Long time no see thanks to the holiday season!  Thanksgiving made me realize all I have to be grateful for, and I am ready to powerhouse through the remainder of the year which includes school, work and getting started on a new play I’m in.  Fantastic!

So, in honor of Thanksgiving, I wore OPI Extravaganza as my holiday polish last week!  Why?  It reminded me of cranberries.  I hate cranberries, but I sure love this polish!  Onto the review!

 

Extravaganza

 

The Application:  Perfection!  Extravaganza went on smoothly thanks to its great consistency.  I haven’t used an OPI polish in a while and I forgot how big the brush is.  I like the big brush, but it’s a lot bigger than I am accustomed to.  Still, it was great quality and painted my nails in a snap!  It took two coats to make this beauty opaque.

 

Extravaganza

Extravaganza

 

Color:  Extravaganza is a purplish, pink berry polish with scattered holo.  I love the linear holo polishes, but I will never turn my nose at a well done scattered holo polish, especially not this one.  Even without a top coat, this polish is perfectly shiny!

The Verdict:  Uh yeah!  You know I love it!  This has to be one of my favorite polishes right now.  It really is!  Extravaganza wore like iron.  I had it on for six days and only had minimal tip wear.  The color is gorgeous in pictures, but you really should see it up close and personal.  Love, love, love!  Also, Extravaganza is such a versatile color I think it would look great on so many different skin tones.  I love this color so much I decided to put up tons of photos even though they are not needed.  Go on overkill!   Enjoy!

 

Extravaganza

Extravaganza

Extravaganza

Extreme Extravaganza!

 

 

 

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While shopping in my hood, I came across a bunch of cute little bottles of pumpkin polish for the holiday season.  I don’t normally care much for cute, I like zombies, but I couldn’t resist these little guys and grabbed a few.  So, for the upcoming holiday, I present you the pumpkin polishes.  I will be putting up the bottles later, thanks to a crazy week, I didn’t have time to photograph them.

 

Orange Glitter Pumpkin

 

The Application:  I have to say, I am not a fan of big glitter like this because even with top coat, it looks questionable.  It went on easily enough, but no matter how much I tried, I didn’t like the end results.

The Color:  As you can see, the glitter is large round spheres of metallic orange suspended in clear polish.  They are all the same size and though they are thin, they still won’t lay down as well as I would have liked.

The Verdict:  Not for me.  The large pieces of glitter make the polish hard to work with so I have to give it a thumbs down.  Still, for Halloween purposes, it’s sure to please and will give the effect that most desire for a festive appearance, but outside of Halloween, I don’t see a purpose for this one.

 

Silver Glitter Pumpkin

 

Black and Silver Glitter Pumpkin

 

The Application:  Though this polish was easier to apply than the first one it still took work.  The base polish was a little thin and the glitter kept escaping me, but after two layers, it ended up looking decent so no complaints.

The Color:  This polish is small round black and silver glitter suspended in clear polish.  In the first photo, the polish looks frosty, but that is actually the polish underneath (Raven’s Strength).  I also put it on top of Carbonite to show off more of the black glitter since you couldn’t see it on the first photo.

The Verdict:  I like this one a lot better than the orange pumpkin.  It’s simple and fun and could be used on other occasions to spice up a polish that is a few days old.

 

Starry Pumpkin

 

The Application:  This one was a pain in the butt to put on.  The polish itself was really thin while the glitter was heavy, so the moon and stars kept dropping to the bottom of the bottle.  I finally kept the bottle upside down for about 10 seconds to let the pieces settle and then quickly tried to apply it.  After the second try it worked, but with minimal results.

The Color:  The base is clear like the other polishes with silver and iridescent glitter.  The glitter is mostly small circles with large half moons.

The Verdict:  This one was my favorite in the end though the application was quite a task.  The first few times I kept getting clear polish on my nails and that was it.  Not impressive, but it finally worked in my favor and I loved the results.  Again, the polish looks frosty due to the Raven’s Strength underneath.  It’s my only black as I find black to be too cunflattering on my pale hands.

 

All in all, these polishes were just okay.  they were too thick to work with and the smell was kind of strong giving me a slight headache.  Still, I don’t know what I expected for $1.99 a piece.  You get what you pay for sometimes.  I don’t know if I would buy them in the future because I found the application to be too difficult.  Still, these would be fun for Halloween for many, especially for the price.

 

 

 

 

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After great success with Wallis, I was ready to try Butter London’s Victoriana from the 2010 Fall collection.  I love blue, I really do.  I know some consider blue to be strange or just overdone.  For me, I just think it’s glorious!  I never grow tired of it so you can imagine my happiness when Victoriana fell into my grasp thanks to a fantastic sale.

 

Butter London Victoriana

 

The Application:  So far Butter London has treated me well with their formulas and Victoriana was no exception.  The application was a snap due to the great consistency and after the first coat, Victoriana was almost completely opaque.  Impressive!  Still, for the best results, it’s best to put on two coats to make sure Victoriana lives up to its full potential.

 

Victoriana

Victoriana Natural Light

 

The Color:  Victoriana is a smokey, bluish, gray color with micro flecks of whitish silver.  After seeing it in the bottle, I was pretty stoked to try it on as I love me some blues!  Yes, I love blue so much it messes with my grammar!  After trying on Victoriana and wearing it for a full day, I realized, it was just okay.  For me it really wasn’t anything special for a blue and didn’t really leave a lasting impression, it was just there.

 

Victoriana

 

The Verdict:  I guess I just wasn’t all that impressed with Victoriana.  The formula was perfect, the packaging is ridiculously awesome, the color looks perfect in the bottle, but to be honest with you, it did nothing for me while wearing it.  I don’t know, I guess I just didn’t connect with it as I feel there are more intriguing blues out there.  In fact, after two days I threw on China Glaze’s Atlantis to spice it up.  When in doubt, always throw on glitter or foil flakes.  Though, Victoriana was a no for me, I am sure there are plenty of lovely ladies out there who will absolutely love Victoriana.

 

Victoriana

Victoriana

Victoriana

 

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Okay, so when I bought Street Chic from China Glaze’s Metro Fall Collection I had a little bit of Deja Vu.  So I dug through my polish collection and found the exact dupe in Essie’s Mink Muffs.  I also had the hankerin’ to put Essie’s Glamour Purse into the mix to see how much lighter it was in comparison to the other two just for my own sick curiosity.

Because I did this at night, I only had two different sources of artificial light to compare them.  Glamour Purse is definitely a different class of brown than the other two, but Mink Muffs and Street Chic are almost identical, so if you have Mink Muffs, you don’t need to pick up Street Chic.  Though it appears that Street Chic is slightly lighter than Mink Muffs.  Again, I wish I had done this in sunlight as well, but thanks to Hurricane Irene, it wasn’t going to happen.

PS: Excuse the clear and blue top coat bottle on the second picture.  I tried different ways to photograph the polishes and the first way was with a top coat bottle.  I know, still learning the ropes…

 

DarkerArtificial Light

 

LighterArtificial Light

 

 

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