Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Milani Rad Purple

You know how I said in my last post that the weather in the Denver area was still warm? I lied. Today, we all woke up and were greeted by about 5 inches of wet, drippy, slushy snow, and it's still coming down. Tree branches are breaking everywhere, and the bus I took to work this morning got momentarily stuck in the parking lot.

Unfortunately I don't have a photo of the mess outside, it didn't even occur to me to take a picture this morning so I didn't have my camera.

I do however have photos of polish. This is Milani's Rad Purple; I finally caved and bought it online from Cherry Culture. And I have to say, this is one of my absolute favorite, top polishes of all time. Look at how squishy it looks!! SO AWESOME. I love it. I was a little heavy-handed on my ring finger during application, so that's why it looks so much darker than the othes. I don't even care that it's a pink toned purple, it looks fabulous on me and I get super excited every time I look down at my nails.

It even matches my african violet in the background!

I really have nothing more to say about this. except that it's so pretty :)  I don't even mind the opaque bottle, which I know bothered a lot of people.

I have a portfolio draft for a Poetry Analysis class due today later, and I'm really struggling with getting good, if any information down for it. I'm hoping that my "draft" will be allowed to be relatively rough, because I need way more time on it than I've had in the past few days.

Thoughts on Milani? Has anyone been able to find their products in the Denver/Colorado area?

Monday, October 24, 2011

OPI You Don't Know Jacques!

The weeks are just flying by, aren't they? I can't believe October is almost over, and I don't even remember it starting. The leaves have changed colors and are starting to fall, but the weather in Colorado isn't yet cold enough for daily coat use. It gets pretty chilly in the morning but warms up significantly in the afternoon, and I can't wait for it to be cold all the time. I absolutely love fall, sweaters, scarves and pumpkin spice lattes from Starbucks (it's the only time I buy them) :D

OPI's You Don't Know Jacques! is a great fall color. It's a dark brown/greige/taupe/mushroom (by the by, I hate the word "greige". It sounds weird.) BUT the color is great. I'm actually a big fan of this, and the formula was wonderfully creamy and consistent.

You really have to look around to find the right taupe/mushroom tones for your skin color. That Essence polish that I tried out here just didn't do anything for me. But this definitely does. I can't say exactly why I'm a fan, but something about the deeper color and maybe the onset of fall has me going. I don't know.

If this post makes absolutely no sense, it's because I got absolutely no sleep last night, and am exhausted. I really need to start nailing (ha, no pun intended) down a true schedule and sticking to it, because at the moment I dont' even have one. I just sleep when it's gotten too late, and my homework is always finished last minute. You would think that a 4th year university student would have learned to properly manage her time, but that's a big fat no.

So what are your thoughts on You Don't Know Jacques! ? I know it's a pretty popular color, or used to be...

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Zoya Shawn

I don't have much time to post today so I'll make this one a quickie.
I used Zoya Shawn, and on my ring finger I used CQ Cosmetics Golden Green #542 for an accent finger. I thought this was pretty fun, and want to do it again with different polishes.

Sorry my nails are so dinky by the way! They peel horribly and I have to chop them off so they won't continue to peel. This frustrates me. 

 In terms of the polish itself, the Zoya was wonderful, I was very pleased with the formula and it only took two coats. The CQ was on par with most drugstore polishes I've tried, didn't knock me out of the park, but did the job well. It was a little prone to brush marks, so you need to be careful during application.

While I was wearing this manicure, I had one person ask me if I was a Texas Longhorns fan. When I looked at him with a confused look on my face, he said "well your nails are two different colors, are you a football fan?"
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Orange and white are very different colors from olive and green hahaha. And no, I'm not a football fan, but I thought it was hilarious he thought so. When I explained that no, the colors didn't mean anything specific, he was the one who was confused so I had to explain that I did it solely for the aesthetics.