Who is the Fairest of Them All?

It’s been all about Essie lately – let’s show OPI some love, shall we?

This lovely little shade, called Muir Muir on the Wall from OPI’s 2013 San Francisco collection, is a shimmer, plummy duochrome with hints of brown, gray and gold depending on how the light strikes its fancy. Between the pretty color and obvious Disney princess reference, I simply had to pick this one up.

 

Muir Muir on the Wall - OPI

Muir Muir on the Wall – OPI

I must say that upon application of the first coat, I was a little horrified and thought I might be returning this one (thank goodness for Ulta’s lovely return policy), since it was a streaky, gray and plum mess. Upon application of the second coat though, I must say this turned out opaque and completely lovely. I paired it with CND’s Stickey as a base coat and Orly’s Top-2-Bottom as a top coat, and  I’m well into my fifth day of wear with only minor chips. 

Orly Top-2-Bottom, CND Stickey and OPI Muir Muir on the Wall

Orly Top-2-Bottom, CND Stickey and OPI Muir Muir on the Wall

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The Darling of Fall

I’m pretty sure Bahama Mama by Essie is quite possibly one of the most universally adored fall nail polishes ever, and today we combo’d it with Sally Hansen’s Xtreme Wear polish in Strobe Flash from their fall 2013 collection:

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From left to right: CND Stickey, Orly Top-2-Bottom top and base coat, Essie Bahama Mama, and Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Strobe Flash

For this lovely little result:

Sophisticated, yet fun,

Sophisticated, yet fun,

This is actually the first time I have used Strobe Flash since I bought it, and I’m diggin’ it. I’m not usually a fan of bar glitter, but this one works. It’s completely matte, and has a fun polka dot effect. Bahama Mama, of course, is that quintessential lovely, plummy wine color that everyone reaches for in fall. Together, it says “sophisticated fall look, with a splash of awesome.”

It’s Like Buttah

The first time I ever picked up a Butter London nail polish, I was all “OOOH, PRETTY.” And then I looked at the price tag, and put it back as I laughed hysterically. I told myself that never, ever would I spend $15 on a nail polish. 

But then Tati, aka GlamLifeGuru came along, and once fall started she was constantly wearing Butter London’s Brown Sugar. And after she gushed about it, and I watched her wear it for weeks on end, I simply had to have it. I don’t regret the purchase even one tiny bit – it is beautiful. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a polish like this, and believe me, I perused polish racks and blogs for weeks trying to find a dupe before I caved in.

Behold the beauty: 

I lurve it.

I lurve it.

Pretty!

Pretty!

I’m not normally one for browns and reds and oranges and golds – we’ve talked about my love of cool neutrals before. I’m a winter, not a summer, etc, etc. But this polish is incredible. Forget duo chrome – this is like 20 (okay, 4) colors in one. I tried to get the light to strike it in the picture, so that you could possibly see that it changes between brown, gold, a deep red and orange depending on the light, but I still don’t think the picture does it does justice. The best part is, even though the polish is comprised entirely of fine glitters, this stuff does not remove the way normal glitter polishes do – aka, like hell. As usual, I paired it with my Orly Bonder base coat and Orly top-2-bottom base coat, and it’s lasting power is ah-mazing. 

So, if you have a bit of money burning a hole in your pocket, try this out. I just hope I don’t find any other colors as incredible as this in their line – that could get expensive.

All That Glitters is Rose Gold

I’ve officially hopped on the rose gold bandwagon, ya’ll.

This is surprising to me. I hate yellow gold. Sort of hate it on other people (just on principle), really hate it on myself. Part of this is probably due to the fact that everything about my natural coloring is cool-toned, from my skin to my eyes to my hair. I tend to stick to a color palette that consists of black, gray and blue. If I’m feeling especially sass-ay I may throw in some white or cool purples. Me and cool neutrals: we’re BFFs. We text for hours every day, we braid each other’s hair, we have slumber parties and gossip about those horrid browns and oranges. We have a thing.

I own one – count ’em – one piece of yellow gold jewelry. One single, solitary gold glitter nail polish top coat. And that is about the extent of my love for yellow gold. But rose gold? … I think it’s growing on me.

Exhibit A: Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Gold Roses from their fall 2013 by Tracy Reese. It’s a beautiful rose gold with a metallic finish – and it’s a TRUE rose gold. It’s not copper, it’s not yellow gold with a tinge of pink. It’s rose gold.

Best part? This is with only one coat. It's the little things.

Best part? This is with only one coat. It’s the little things.

This polish is vying with Orly’s Rage for top contender in rose gold nail polish. Also, can we talk about the brush in this nail polish? I love this brush. I want to save one of these brushes, wash it off, and save it to use each time I apply any polish. It’s the perfect shape, and coats my nail in two swipes.

Here's all the polishes used in today's look!

Here’s all the polishes used in today’s look!

I topped my ring finger with a few coats of Essie’s LuxEffect in A Cut Above. I like to think my love for glitter makes up for how boring the rest of my ensemble usually is. Right?

Purple and Gray Fall Tri-Accent Nail Art

So, guys – can we talk about how Essie is killing it with their fall and winter collections for 2013? They have completely suckered me into buying each and every single color from both collections. I have a problem.

But there is no color I love more in these collections than Cashmere Bathrobe. It has become my new staple, and feeds my need to wear gray everyday. It’s a lovely, dark, sophisticated, almost black-ish gray with the most subtle shimmer in it, and I pink puffy heart it. Know what else I pink puffy heart? Tri-accent nails. This fun little trend was brought to my attention by the awesome beauty guru YouTuber LeighAnneSays, who almost always has her nails done in this pattern in varying colors. 

So today, I decided to mix Essie’s Cashmere Bathrobe (fall collection 2013) with Essie’s Warm and Toasty Turtleneck (winter collection 2013), which is a pretty, dusty lilac color – it’s perfect if you’re looking for a way to bring that traditional pastel spring and summer color into fall. And of course, no life is complete without a wee bit of glitter, so I added a dash of Sephora by OPI Jewelry Top Coat in Mauv-ie Star in the Making, which is a mix of silvery-gray and mauve glitter chunks (P.S. – this color may not be available any longer now that Sephora has come out with a new polish line).

Left to Right: Orly's Bonder base coat, Orly's Top-2-Bottom top and base coat, Sephora by OPI Mauv-ie Star in the Making, Essie's Cashmere Bathrobe and Essie's Warm and Toasty Turtleneck

Left to Right: Orly’s Bonder base coat, Orly’s Top-2-Bottom top and base coat, Sephora by OPI Mauv-ie Star in the Making, Essie’s Cashmere Bathrobe and Essie’s Warm and Toasty Turtleneck

The result of mixing these lovelies? Ta-da:

BAM. Tri-Accent.

BAM. Tri-Accent in yo’ face.

I feel like this is a super fun way to mix it up with your nails, and looks impressive while being ridiculously easy, while also allowing you to use any possible combo of your favorite colors-of-the-moment. Try it and let me know how it turns out!