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What a crazy week!  It’s times like these that I miss my year off to finish school.  I miss lounging at the Starbucks for hours studying my butt off while waiting for class (yep I was that annoying guy, but at least I was buying stuff).  And to think it was less than a year ago.  Yowza!  I’m still trying to get used to this Monday – Friday work week.  Luckily I wore Zoya’s Harley though most of it and it held up like a dream and matched just about everything bringing me some simplicity.  Score!

 

Harley

 

The Application:  I will jump straight to the spoiler, I love this polish!  But the application was less than desirable.  It was a little thick and gloopy making it hard to apply which you can see if you look closely at the photos.  Still, the color is so pretty I can almost look past it.  Almost.  One of these days, I will have to buy thinner for problem child polishes like this and hope for the best. The good news is Harley was completely opaque in two coats.  Yay!

 

Harley

 

The Color:  How to describe this beauty?  In some lighting, Harley is a light bluish, gray with a silver shimmer while in other lighting it’s a light  lilac, gray with silver shimmer.  Interesante!  Either way, it’s so beautiful and the perfect grayish neutral.  I don’t normally  care for gray polishes as they look like crap on me, but Harley is gorgeous!  I seriously couldn’t stop admiring my nails all week.

 

Harley

 

The Verdict:  Come on!  I already gave it away.  Yes, please!  Harley is such a pretty,  pretty polish!  I could see myself wearing this one a lot.  It’s just a shame that the application was less than desirable.  Hopefully, after a little thinner, Harley will be the dream gray polish I have been craving.  Great job Zoya!

 

Harley

 

Harley

 

There’s a monsoon out my window!  Back and forth between cool weather and warm weather.  Back and forth!  What’s a girl to do when changing her polish.  It feels like vampy weather but I’m ready for spring.  How about a red polish which works for any season.  Heck yeah!

 

DS Reflection

 

The Application:  Perfect!  I have to be honest, it’s pretty rare when I run into an OPI that doesn’t have a great formula and DS Reflection was no exception.  Perfect consistency and completely opaque in two coats.  DS Reflection was almost a one coater for me , but I always do two just to be on the safe side.

 

DS Reflection

 

The Color:  In the bottle DS Reflection looks more red then it does on the nails.  Even in the photos, it looks more red then it is when applied.  It’s a hard color to describe.  It’s more of a pinkish, red with orangish undertones.  Strange, yes and a total disaster for a cool toned girl like me.  The plus side is that it has various pink, red, and blue scattered holo in the mix making it unique.  But don’t think you’ll be getting a strong holo effect as it very minimal.

 

DS Reflection

 

The Verdict:  I have to be honest.  I removed it the same night I put it on.  The color was too dark red, orange for me.  This type of color will never work on me but would be perfect for the warm toned gals out there.  The formula is perfect and I’m sure the wear time is fabulous, but this is just not my type of red.

 

DS Reflection

DS Reflection

DS Reflection Extreme!

I’m back after a much needed vacation in Europe!  Yep, the good thing about corporate is that a person can make enough money to treat themselves here and there.  Take that theatre though I still love you and the lack of money you bring me!  I also recently celebrated my birthday and was given the gift of nail polish by a close friend of mine.  She had recently made an order from A England’s site and bought a few polishes for me there.  Now I have heard of A England but tend to not be a big fan of Indie polishes.  I like to make my life simple.  Still, when I saw these polishes, I couldn’t say no.  First tried, Princess Sabra:

 

Princess Sabra taken From A England's Site

 

Application:  Perfecto!  Went on smoothly and flawlessly.  It took two coats for Princess Sabra to be opaque.  Though I love the design of the bottle for A England, the brush was a little less sturdy than I am used to.  Also, the brush is very thin, though it worked with little issue.  The quality may have been compromised on the actual brush to cut down on production costs, but I can say that the polish itself is great quality, so fear not!  In fact, the polish itself lasted a good 6 days with little wear.

 

Princess Sabra

 

The Color:  Princess Sabra is a light, olive, bronze holo polish.  Bronze and olive are two colors that don’t normally go with my cool skin tone, but Princess Sabra looked great on my digits if I do say so myself, making me believe it would work for many skin tones.

 

Princess Sabra

 

The Verdict:  Love!  Yep, that’s right, I love this polish!  I can see myself wearing it often as I kept staring at my fingers admiring the unique color during the whole 6 days I wore it.  Though Princess Sabra is a holo, be warned that the effect is slight and not as strong as some holos on the market.  This did not bother me in the slightest as I don’t discriminate when it comes to holos.  But even with a more subdued holo effect this is one fabulous color that will be a stand out in any collection.

Because these polishes are available through A England’s site which is stationed in England, the price is a little more hefty than most polish due to the conversion rate of the Pound vs The USD.  But if you are used to higher end prices for Butter London, Chanel, Dior, etc. and don’t mind the steeper price, you will not be disappointed.  Trust me!  I can’t wait to try the rest of the four I received!  Thank you dear friend!

 

Princess Sabra

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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?

 

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

 

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