2/29/12

Deborah Lippmann "Boom Boom Pow" Nail Polish Over Sally Hansen Insta-Dri "Presto Pewter" Pictures



Today's nail combo was inspired by a bracelet I have and love.  It is a gold leather band with gunmetal faceted "stones":


I love the color combo of the gold & gunmetal, and wanted to to wear it on my nails as well.  First, I did one layer of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in "Presto Pewter":



Then I used one layer of Deborah Lippmann's "Boom Boom Pow" a 24 carat gold infused glitter:







Blurry, but you can see more of the contrast that is more apparent in real life.
Color:  Sally Hansen "Presto Pewter" is more gunmetal or even graphite colored than pewter.  It is really a pretty color nonetheless. "Boom Boom Pow" is flashy yet wearable at the same time- there are larger hex shaped glitter pieces plus gold micro glitter as well.  Another Lippmann I am happy to welcome into my collection.  

Formula/Application: SH 'Presto Pewter' was a ONE coater!  For a metallic polish, it was very smooth and not "brush-strokey".  'Boom Boom Pow' was chock full of glitter in one coat- perfect!

Where To Buy: The Sally Hansen in this particular shade came out in late Summer/ early Fall last year (sold in most drugstores).  I purchased mine on clearance around November, so I'm not sure that this one will be an easy find.   I purchased Boom Boom Pow from Apothica.com!




2/28/12

Zoya Dree and Zoya Rina Nail Polish Pictures


Here's a combo for you- I'm still not sure how I feel about it.  It's...different :)

First I used 2 layers of Zoya "Dree", an olive-army green creme:



Then one layer of "Rina", a green holo bar glitter that also has tiny, green micro-glitter mixed in:



I probably should've just left 'Dree' alone, but I was itching to try 'Rina' over something.  I guess I will keep searching for her prefect mate.

Formula/Application:  'Dree' was a breeze to apply- 2 layers, zero streaking, and perfect consistency.  'Rina' is also easy to apply- you get an ample amount of glitter with one layer.

Where To Buy: Zoya.com!  Ulta also carries Zoya, but their stock/colors on hand is usually limited to the newest collection only.


What do you think of this combo?  Hideous or kinda cool in a weird way?

2/27/12

Deborah Lippmann "Daytripper" Nail Polish Pictures

Besides neutrals/nudes and teals, corals are my next favorite nail polish color to wear.  My coral love, plus my love for The Beatles song of the same name, led me to Deborah Lippmann's "Daytripper":









Color:  "Daytripper" is described as a pink melon.  This is a very pink toned coral with an extreme brightness that is only a few steps away from being classified as neon.

Formula/Application:  Sublime!  A creme-jelly hybrid, this polish glides on so smooth and easy.  This was my first try with a Lippmann creme (all of my others are glitters) and it was instant love. This stays super shiny!

Where To Buy:  I ordered my bottle from Apothica.com; other Lippmann etailers are Zappos.com, Barneys.com, and HSN.com

2/24/12

Deborah Lippmann "Stairway To Heaven" Nail Polish Pictures/Review

Usually I am a polish-layering fool, but today I flipped the script and wore Deborah Lippmann's "Stairway To Heaven" by itself.  I was surprised when I first saw the bottle, because I had always assumed that the base was completely clear, but in actuality, it is a milky white.  The glitter inside is glowing and ethereal, which is perfectly fitting considering the name of this color  (BTW, I remember the first time I ever heard the song, "Stairway To Heaven" by Led Zeppelin- I was around 12 years old and at my cousin's house for a sleepover.  Is it weird that the memory of that is etched into my mind?  How can you not love that song?).  I wanted to see how opaque the milky base color of this was.  Turns out, not very much at all, but I still love it by itself for some reason. I couldn't narrow my picture choices down, so here are a bunch:










Details:


Color: Sheer milky white base with iridescent, mostly square glitter.  This reminds me of really pretty fish scales.

Formula/Application: This was surprisingly easy to put on- no 'fishing' or 'placing' of the glitter is required.  I used 2 layers here.  It dried to a nice, shiny, smooth finish.

Where To Buy:  I ordered mine from HSN.com (free, fast shipping).  Other etailers that carry this are Zappos.com and Barneys.com.

2/23/12

Sinful Colors "Cinderella" Nail Polish Pictures/Review

On my nails today: Sinful Colors "Cinderella".  This polish keeps popping up on the blogs I follow, so of course I had to try it for myself.









Details:

Color: A pastel, baby blue with 'flecks' of what looks like pink crystal glass crushed up and mixed in.  The pink was extremely difficult to capture on camera, but rest assured-it's there.  This polish is really soft and the glitter flecks make it interesting.

Application/Formula:  On the sheer side.  I did 3 layers of polish here and it was almost completely opaque.  Dried pretty fast as well!


Where To Buy:  I found my bottle at Walgreen's for $1.99.

What do you think of Cinderella?

2/22/12

Borghese "Menta" Rapido Nail Polish Pictures (Close Twin To Dior Waterlily!)

I have never owned a Borghese nail polish.  I've never seen a polish of theirs that would inspire me to pay $8+ for a drugstore brand, but I came across a set of Borghese polishes for $3 (the other polish was their fast dry topcoat)!  They were at a store called "Ocean State Job Lot" when I was in Massachusetts recently. I believe this store is only in New England- it's what I affectionately refer to as a "junk store". There are tons of different items there and they are pretty cheap. You can get anything from toys, to a roof rack for your car, to bottles of barbecue sauce.  I always skip right to the cosmetics and they always have odds and ends or discontinued items.  It's like a mini-treasure hunt! (They have a limited selection of Revlon polishes for $1.50 each too!). I picked this up because the color, "Menta", reminded me a lot of Dior's new polish, Waterlily.  A quick Google search when I got home proved that other people thought the same thing: here is a great comparison!  They are not EXACT but super close.  Plus, Dior polishes run about $23 each, and this one was basically $1.50 for me, so I am more than happy ;)








Color: A pastel green with a hint of mint shimmer.

Formula/Application: This polish is a little sheer and I used 3 layers here.  No problems with dry time since this is a "Rapido" polish (Fast dry).

Where To Buy: If you have an Ocean State Job Lot nearby, check them out- it will definitely be the cheapest way to get this color.  I get the feeling that not every one of their stores carries the same exact items, but I could be wrong since I've only ever been in one.  I believe most drugstores carry this brand and you can also find some on ebay!