Friday, January 27, 2012

OPI "Dutch Tulips"

This week I decided to spice up winter by trying out a new (well new to me) OPI nail polish that I just got over the weekend!  “Dutch Tulips” is this gorgeous red color.  It is hard to describe because it is classy yet feisty, and it is fun but flirty.  I really love this color!  However one problem I encountered was that it took FOREVER to dry!  I spent the better part of four hours sitting around waiting for them to dry and then when I went to bed almost all the nails still got a little patterned by my comforter.  Also I have found out that the polish chips really easily.  I have been wearing “Dutch Tulips” all week and after the first day the tips of over half my nails had no polish on them anymore.  That has been kind of a letdown because OPI polishes usually hold up nicely for me.
However while “Dutch Tulips” doesn’t seem very durable the color is fantastic!  I used two coats of color along with the clear basecoat and clear topcoat.  I probably could have gotten away with one coat of color but I opted for a second coat to make the color be a little brighter.  “Dutch Tulips” as a color is very hard to describe.  I would classify it as a red, but in some lights it looks more like a hot coral color.
Overall I really do like this color I just wish it would hold up longer and not chip so quickly.  Also please forgive the picture.  I typically try and use naturally sunlight, but it is the middle of winter and we haven’t seen the actual sun in weeks now.  I used the flash because if I didn’t the pictures were coming out too dark and a little blurry.
Also as a side note I laid my entire nail polish collection the other day and realized I have 65 bottles!  The last time I checked I had about half that many! 
Thanks for reading my blog!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

butter LONDON "HRH"

So this week I decided to stick with purple, but this time I went with a jewel tone!  This week I went with Butter London’s “HRH,” and I found it because I sometimes spend endless hours surfing the Internet looking for new nail polish trends, colors, and blogs.  And near the end of last year I came across the brand Butter London.  I instantly fell in love with the brand, which is 3 free!  3 free means that is doesn’t use Formaldehyde, Toluene or DBP, which are harsh chemicals.  London Butter is kind of pricey and cost me about $15 for one bottle.  I was nervous about spending that much money on a single bottle of nail polish, but it has been well worth it!

As you can tell by the brand name Butter London, the brand is inspired by all things British.  The color that I purchased is called “HRH” which means Her/His Royal Highness.  The significance of the name is that in the olden days purple was very expensive to make, so essentially only royals could afford it.  Overtime the jewel tone purple color became associated with royalty and become the royal color, which is probably why Butter London named theirs “HRH.”

Anyway enough with the history lesson and onto the nail polish!  So purple is my fave color and I couldn’t resist going with a jewel tone to make my week, full of freezing cold weather, pop!  “HRH” is a really gorgeous bold color that sparkles in the light when I move my hands!  As usual I used a clear basecoat so that I don’t stain my finger nails and in the case of “HRH” I used two coats of polish to make sure that the color was as bright as possible.  Butter London definitely didn’t disappoint.  It covered very well and lasted well without chipping, though I don’t really know how long it could have gone before chipping because I had several babysitting jobs and had to switch keys between key chains, which chipped the crap out of my nails!

Overall spending $15 on Butter London was well worth it!  In fact I bought two more bottles yesterday because that’s how much I love it!  It covers well, is environmentally friendly, and lasts well.  And as a side note:  Don’t worry about how big the cap is because it is a faux top that pulls off and has a smaller handle beneath which is easier to paint with!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Zoya "Jana"

Hey!!  Sorry for not posting in a while but with all the holidays and final exams blogging had to take a back seat.  Anyway now that another semester has started back I should be able to post regularly again.

First off I just want to say sorry about the poor quality of this picture but my digital camera was dying and the pictures refused to come out clearly.  Have no fear though I got a new camera for Christmas and its picture quality is much better!  EDIT: Updated photo now. (1/2/13)

So now that winter is in full swing, and it is freezing outside, I have started wearing more winter colored nail polish.  “Jana” is this really great dusty purple color that is muted enough to be a winter color.  I was really excited when I ordered this color from Zoya’s website because purple is my favorite color and I have a hard time finding winter colors that aren’t jewel tones.  I actually ordered this color back in October but waited to wear it over Christmas Break when the weather was cooler.  For me “Jana” is a nice splash of life during the cold winter months when not many flowers or plants are blooming.

This was my first time using Zoya nail polish and I have to say I LOVED it!  The polish covered very well and I only ended up using one coat of color.  Another thing I noticed about Zoya nail polish was it lasted for well over a week before it chipped, which is practically a miracle for me.  I cannot wait to try more Zoya nail polish in the future!

Hope you enjoyed my blog!

EDIT: As with a couple of my other posts I decided to update the picture because my previous camera was old and on its last leg and the pictures just didn't do the nail polish justice.  The original picture is now here at the bottom and the new updated picture is at the top!  :)