Wednesday, February 29, 2012

OPI Jade Is The New Black

stormy here in Virginia Beach... very strange for February. Missouri got hammered pretty badly by tornadoes recently, please send them prayers and good energy!

today's polish is OPI Jade Is The New Black, a warm green cream. it's definitely the greenest polish i own, it's WAY more warm green than it looks in the bottle... bottle color looks almost teal! the only jade i own is much more yellow toned than this color is, but i know jade comes in loads of different varieties so that's not a good litmus! the formula was okay, opaque in two coats. my complaint is that it wanted to be patchy, and yet at the same time it was thick and gloopy. the color is gorgeous, though, and it does even out by itself if you leave it for a couple minutes after the second coat. after adding Seche Vite, it's worth the extra effort!

one coat Seche Base, two coats JITNB, one coat SV.

since i don't have any other greens close to this, i can't recommend it against other greens... but this one is really pretty. Happy Wednesday! Ria :)

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

China Glaze Orange Knockout (Neon)

today's my birthday! i don't really celebrate my birthday, but i went out for lunch with my mom to IHOP because they are having a fundraiser to support Children's Miracle Network (great cause!!). since it's my birthday i got a free sunday... worth the embarrassment of getting sung to by the waitresses :)

my birthday nails had to be fun so i went super bright! China Glaze Orange Knockout (Neon) is just what its name implies... NEON(!!) orange cream! i'm so in love with it. i used three thick coats but they were super easy to apply and dried fast. it dried matte and ended up looking like a dirty traffic cone, but after two coats of Seche Vite for extra shininess it is became completely scrumptious!

one coat Seche Base, three coats OK, finished off with two coats of Seche Vite!

this mani just screams funsies, right?? if you don't already have plans, consider going to IHOP today. you get a free short stack of three pancakes and then you can leave the donation of your choice at the register... please support a great cause!! Ria :)

Monday, February 27, 2012

Orly Rose Radiance

my mom recently found out she has bulging disks in her back, so today was her first day of water therapy. i was surprised that out of all the things that have been invented... the major tool for water therapy was... a noodle! i don't know if countries outside of the US have these, but they are long foam tubes that float (and look like a big fat spaghetti noodle!). it's just amazing that something so basic can be the foundation for such important work... pretty cool, huh?

today's polish is a lovely that i got from a local shop, Beauty 21. this was my first time going there... but definitely not my last! some of their polishes have been there for years, they have polishes in the old bottles that i've never even seen before! i was hoping for some duochrome or holo magic... no such luck. other people must have snapped those up :) i'm looking forward to heading back and digging through the rubble again!

on to the actual polish... Orly Rose Radiance. it's a stunning cool toned pink frost... very traditional! if you only like modern polishes, stay far away from this one. while it's not a super brushstrokey frost, it's definitely a true frost all the same! it's a one coater... but i used two. i have this feeling the world will end if i don't put at least two coats on every mani... *eye roll*. there is slightly more warmth to this polish, but with lots of pictures, lots of editing... and lots of crankiness, this is the closest it got :)

one coat Seche Base, two coats Orly Rose Radiance, one coat Seche Vite.

i got some dotting tools from Beauty 21 because they were only like $2.99... so i'm trying to do some dot flowers. it's not going so well, apparently i just don't have an innate gift for nail art. if i get something i like, i will definitely be sure to post it! hope everyone's week has gotten off to a great start, Ria :)

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Revlon Whimsical

oh my gosh! line dancing was so much fun! i, of course, had no idea what i was doing but i've never let that stop me. i felt a little bad because i think i annoyed the people who really knew what they were doing by stumbling around. i got frustrated a bit because i hate not being good at something... i somehow feel that i should be able to walk onto the floor and instantly be able to do all the fancy footwork and the tricks (i LOVE tricks, i'm a bit of a showoff, i confess!)... i'm going to get it, though! i think we're heading over there this week because they have dance lessons in the early evening... my husband might even try that. he's much more concerned with looking silly than i am! i feel like SUCH a dweeb, all the bouncing around gave me a little asthma attack, so next time i will arrive with my inhaler. that is possibly the most geeky thing i've ever had to do :)

today's polish is all over the nail world... meet Revlon Whimsical! it's a super sheer milky baby blue with large pieces of blue and pink hex glitter and tiny round iridescent blueish/greenish glitter. i think it is a bit over hyped, but i do like it. i've been seeing this polish pop up on so many ladies' blogs, it quickly became something i was slobbering over!  like most people, every store i checked either didn't carry it or the slot was empty... until Rite Aid! i found one bottle, so obviously i picked it up, even though their prices run much higher than places like Walmart... it was worth it :) i layered Whimsical over an opaque white to see what it would look like that way, i've only seen it by itself and layered over different blues. if you want it to look like it does in the bottle, buy a base color that matches it... it would take loads of coats over white to get the manicure to bottle color.

Whimsical is considered a dupe to Deborah Lippmann Glitter In The Air... i don't have that one, though, $17 is a bit too spendy for one polish... especially one that i wouldn't be using all the time! check out Fab Fatale's comparison here!

please check out MariJo's Whimsical pairing here... i actually much prefer her mani of layering Whimsical over a light purple!

in my manicure, Whimsical is a light, light blue... with the blue and pink glitter, all i can think of is cupcakes! i admit it, sometimes i still like to have Funfetti cakes... who's with me?? :) after adding the Seche Vite, Whimsical shrunk a bit, leaving the polish at the base and tips of my nails looking slightly more white. it definitely is not noticeable, though! if you look closely at the swatchie, you can see the iridescent glitter next to where the shine reflection is. it's a fun mani that's not too in your face, if you hate for your nails to arrive in a room before you do, try this look out!

three coats of Whimsical over opaque white, finished with one coat Seche Vite.

 i'm looking forward to trying Whimsical over different shades of blue! how many of you have found yourselves madly searching for this polish? if you're still on the hunt, i hope you get your hands on it soon!! Ria :)

Saturday, February 25, 2012

OPI You Don't Know Jacques!

polish shopper by day... line dancer by night... well, at least i'm going to attempt line dancing! i'll let you all know how my night went in tomorrow's post. i don't think i've ever done line dancing before... i do love a good square dance, though :)

today we have OPI You Don't Know Jacques!, an OPI cult favorite. as someone who's not huge into browns, this obviously isn't my favorite polish ever, BUT it is an absolutely gorgeous chocolate milk brown with strong greY undertones. the formula is typical of OPI cream polishes, two coats for full opacity. if you are looking for a cool toned brown, this is definitely a great option!

two coats YDKJ!, one coat Seche Vite.

happy trails! Ria :)

Friday, February 24, 2012

Sally Hansen complete Salon Manicure So Much Fawn

Happy Friday! looking forward to hanging out with my husband this weekend, we're going to go line dancing with friends on Saturday night. i've never been line dancing but i'm supersupersuper excited because i love any kind of dancing :)

today we're checking out Sally Hansen complete Salon Manicure So Much Fawn. formula is awesome! almost a one coater... probably one thick coat is all that's necessary, but i'd much rather use less and have two smooth coats. i have no clue on the name... this isn't fawn colored at all! at least if by fawn you're thinking baby deer. this is a very dusty rose/mauve... it's a browned out rose, but definitely not actually brown! this is a very work appropriate color (in my opinion!), unless you work somewhere that has a natural nail rule.

two coats SMF, one coat Seche Vite (except my middle nail, which i somehow missed a spot so it had to have a second coat!)

weekends are grand, aren't they? Ria :)

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Zoya Yara

today's a swatching day! makes my cuticles cranky, but i'm out of backup/emergency swatches, so it's got to be done. before today, i've been editting all my photos to reflect indoor lighting... i'm going to start using the color the polish is in direct sunlight. this way shows all the nuances and shimmers the polishes have!

today's lovely is Zoya Yara, an olive green shot through with golden shimmer. the formula is typical Zoya... perfection! two easy coats for full opacity... when topped with one coat of Seche Vite this polish is beyond yummy! greens aren't my special faves but this one is definitely a winner.

i highly recommend picking this one up, whether you are a green lover or not... it's delicious! Ria :)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Pro Violet Metal

ugh, had to go to the dreaded grocery store today. as visits go, this one wasn't too bad, thank goodness! i recently tried Burger King's bacon, egg, and cheese croissan'wich (i think that's how you spell it...), it's AWESOME! plus, it's a lot less calories than a sausage biscuit... always a bonus. if you don't like fast food, please disregard :)

today's gem is a polish i found at Target on clearance yesterday... Rimmel London Lasting Finish Pro Violet Metal. it's a STUNNER. voilet metal is a great description, it's a cool toned plummy pearl with a light blue duochrome flash. as always, i was hesitant to buy a drugstore polish, but after seeing Vampy Varnish's review here, i went for it. so far, i'm impressed! it has one of those nice fat brushes i love so much, right there i'm on board. i used three coats for full opacity, but it did want to bubble. after two coats of Seche Vite for extra shininess, all those nasty bubbles were gone! only bums was the SV really shrank the VM back... but left some behind so that there is a light plum line at tips. weird, huh?

one coat Seche Base, three coats VM, two coats Seche Vite.

run out and get this polish... at two bucks and change, there's not much to lose by giving it a go! Ria :)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Sally Hansen complete Salon Manicure Fairy Teal under OPI Servin' Up Sparkle

went to Target today... man, i love Target! i don't know what it is about that place, i just love going there. part of it probably is that it has a Pizza Hut Express and a Starbucks inside. shopping, Pizza Hut, Starbucks... i mean, does it get better than that?!

today's manicure is Sally Hansen complete Salon Manicure Fairy Teal under OPI Servin' Up Sparkle. FT is another perfectly formulated polish, two buttery coats. the actual color is darker than it appears in the bottle, it's slightly more rich and deep. i think part of the reason colors look different on me is that i am SO pale! the most accurate part of the swatchie is down the middle of the nail, to get the truest color i needed to darken the image... which somehow turned the sides more green? and my skin color all orangey again? i'm not so good at editing yet :( it dried quite shiny on its own, but i finished it with Seche Vite because... it makes everything even better! i think the swatchie speaks for itself. SUS is my favorite glitter of all time. it's comprised of sparse holographic large hex glitter and loads of tiny holo round glitter in a clear base. it amps up every manicure and i grab for whenever i feel the need to take things up a notch... or stretch a manicure another day! i use only one thick coat and finish the whole thing off with Seche Vite... of course! this polish looks identical to China Glaze 'Techno' from the swatches i've seen, i will definitely be passing on that one. to see for yourself, click here, also just check out her amazing blog :: Ommorphia Beauty Bar... i promise you won't be disappointed!!

one coat Seche Base, two coats FT, one coat SV.

one coat SUS, one coat SV.

as always, gotta show that holo!

the color under the glitter looks different because to really show the glitter, it didn't want to show FT true to color. *sigh* sorries!

i LOVE this mani! i actually took it off and reapplied it the next week... that's super rare. Ria :)

Monday, February 20, 2012

China Glaze Solar Power

my husband had the day off today, which is nice because we actually get a two day weekend together since he got home on Saturday!

today we are looking China Glaze Solar Power. It's a surprisingly opaque yellow pearl, it looks like a warm, golden daffodil. the formula was good, i ended up globbing it on because i accidentally bumped something and smeared it. it was a nice, thin formula which held up to being globbed on nicely! i'm really impressed with the formula, generally yellows are such a nightmare to apply.

loads of Solar Power, one coat Seche Vite.

short but sweet post today... you can tell this is an older swatchie because... there is no nub! i can't wait until that silly thing has grown out again, i hate it. hope your week has a gotten off to a great start! Ria :)

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Orly Le Chateau

my husband's back! :) we went to the Virginia Living Museum today to see their reptile exhibit... it was awesome to see all of the animals! i love all animals so i was in heaven getting to pet the snakes... they had some HUGE pythons. one was albino so it was even more gorgeous... yeah, i'm just a big animal person :)

today we're looking at Orly Le Chateau. LC is a cream that is as dark as a teal can possibly be before it crosses the line to black. on the first coat it was light enough that you could tell it was actually not black... but that coat was a streaky mess. the next coat evened everything out, but made it incredibly dark. if you don't tell people it's teal and have them really examine your nail, no one is going to know! so far i'm not a huge fan of Orly, but i've got some more colors to try out so i'll keep you guys updated. this is one coat Seche Base, two coats LC, one coat of Sally Hansen clear that i hated so much i just put Seche Vite over top... before remembering that i should've taken a picture so i could actually do a review. *sigh* so that review will be coming up!

while i like the color because it appears to be a very rich black on the nail, i'm not a fan of the formula or the Orly brush. i would much rather have this color from another brand! how do you guys feel about Orly? Ria :)

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Zoya Edyta vs. Revlon Mistletoe

i'm picking my husband up from the airport in a couple hours! woohoo!! :)

today we are comparing Zoya Edyta to Revlon Mistletoe. i'm astonished how similar these polishes are... down to the formula! both are shimmery olive greens that require two buttery coats for full opacity. i have no idea why Revlon chose to name their polish Mistletoe... it doesn't remind me of mistletoe at all! these greens are far too yellow toned... olive is a far more accurate description. these polishes are almost identical... Mistletoe is the slightest bit darker, Edyta has a lot more gold shimmers in it. they both have smatterings of holographic microglitter... at least i think it's holo, it might just be red and green glitters! i really don't think you need both unless you are really into these types of colors. these are so close but i think i prefer Edyta, it feels more rich to me because it's pure shimmer, whereas Mistletoe looks a tudge patchy.

two coats on each respective finger, topped off with two coats Seche Vite to really bring out the shimmers! the shimmers wouldn't photograph nicely at all, it just looked like gold... the photo below is true to life, in the light it's just more shiny!

so what do you guys think? which would you choose or would you buy both? Ria :)

Friday, February 17, 2012

Revlon No Shrinking Violet

lunch with a friend today at a Japanese restaurant... so good! if you live in Virginia Beach, Ichiban on General Booth has a $4.99 lunch special, you can't beat that! AND it's just as good, if not better, than going to a traditional steakhouse where they cook in front of you... without the big show. if you really want to, you can sit at the bar and watch the owner cook, but he doesn't do any tricksies. however, so worth it to pay $4.99 instead of $30.00 or more!

today's polish is a traditional Revlon named No Shrinking Violet. it's a very pretty dusty purple pearl and it has a great formula, almost opaque in one coat! added the second coat to cover one patchy spot... but, that spot was definitely my fault. my issue with this polish is it dries dull. i used THREE coats of Seche Vite on it to make it shiny... but, once i got that high shine, it's utterly gorgeous! i had to take the picture in the shade to show the most accurate coloring... and because my camera takes such hi def photos that it can make pearls look like shimmers! blessing and a curse :)

excited for tomorrow, i'm going to a Lancome lipstick launch (i'm a Lancome FANATIC), plus (!!) my husband comes home! two weeks has flown by, i'm glad he had such great time in Japan. i guess his being over there gave me such a jonesing for Japanese food... Ria :)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Nicole Rich In Spirit under Funky Fingers Flashing Lights

HORRORS. yesterday evening i went to sit down and when i pulled my chair under me... my middle finger nail snapped off down to the quick! i can't bear to cut the other ones off, so i will have a tragic nub in my posts for the next week or two... sorries. my husband is still in Japan, so i sent him the before and after pictures... i think it made his week, he laughed for like two minutes straight! it does look pretty funny, actually :)

today we are looking at Nicole by OPI Rich In Spirit layered under Funky Fingers Flashing Lights. RIS is a gorgeous light blue foil. i almost took this one back after swatching it on a nail wheel, it looked like is was really sheer. i'm glad i went ahead and gave it a go as a manicure, i love it! it took three coats to give complete opacity, but the formula was nice and didn't bubble or drag.

Funky Fingers is a brand sold Five Below, a bargain store chain in the US. the formula is pretty yucky, i would not even consider buying this brand in regular colors. the glitters, however, are worth working with! i used two thick coats to achieve a look of opaque glitter... i LOVE this manicure! the polish is made up of light blue and holographic glitters, the holos are constantly catching the light and shining and changing... definitely one of those stare at your fingernails manis. the best part of this brand? they retail for three for $5! can't complain when you can get an awesome glitter for that price :)

one coat Seche Base, three coats RIC, one coat Seche Vite.

two coats FL, topped with Seche Vite, sharply focused.

slightly out of focus... are you drooling, yet?

totally out of focus, but look at all that holo!!!

i got some other glitters along with this one, i'm excited to see what i can create! i definitely recommend picking up the glitter polishes from this brand... i'd definitely skip on the basic colors, though. excuse my poor little nub! you can see that i broke it right before i added the glitter coat... figures i couldn't even have finished the swatching for this mani. Happy Thursday! Ria :)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Sally Hansen complete Salon Manicure Lavender Cloud

the weather is nice at my apartment today, but so windy at the ocean! i'm really glad i walked into the wind at first so it was at my back when i turned around... i can't imagine walking into when i was already tired. yoga tonight!

today is the first review of the Sally Hansen complete Salon Manicure line (why they chose not to capitalize the 'c' in complete, i'll never know), starting off with Lavender Cloud. i LOVE this color! it's the lightest lavender greY of all time... if you hate the 'white out' look, definitely skip this polish. i enjoy wearing pure white on my nails, so this is a gem to me. it has a slight, slight cool tint to it, softening the effect. while it's not a polish for everyone, it's absolutely delicious to me! great formula, two buttery streak free coats for complete opacity. plus, it dries super shiny on its own!... but of course i had to use a topcoat... i just don't feel complete without it :)

one coat Seche Base, two coats Lavender Cloud, one coat Seche Vite.

this line seems to be excellent, i tried another color that was equally perfect in formula... i bumped it and ripped a giant chunk of polish off of a nail; then i was ticked and didn't feel like re-applying! major bonus :: they use another thick brush similar to OPI! check out drugstores, most of them have a lot of this line marked down! happy hunting, Ria :)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Revlon Poppy

fun afternoon of shopping... here's to repeating it tomorrow! i collect Build A Bears and McDonald's is having their Build A Bear happy meal toy promotion; if you collect them or have kids that do, the plushes come with a coupon for $10 off of  $30 to use at Build A Bear... awesome coupon!

CVS is having a Revlon promotion this week, buy one get one 50% off... but you are limited to only buying six in total. it's a good deal and  i'm super impressed with Revlon! i've tried a few drug store brands and this is the only one that really, really impressed me... other than Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure (post on that tomorrow!).

and now what you're really waiting for... the polish! we're looking at Revlon Poppy (from their Top Speed line) today, i am absolutely flabbergasted at the quality of this polish! i've been a polish snob, only buying high end, for years and years. i did swatch some other polishes from brands like Maybelline that i got on clearance... i took those back, they were a nightmare. this color is STUNNING! it's a peachy, melony, pink... it is slightly frosty but mostly pearl, i think most people will like the finish. formula is amazing, two easy coats for full opacity... i'm telling you, it's doesn't get better than this... AND i got it for under two dollars on clearance at Rite Aid! i would suggest heading over there to check out their clearance polish, Target, too!

one coat Seche Base, two coats Poppy, one coat Seche Vite.

i really can't say enough good things about this polish... i took advantage of the CVS deal today, i'll be reviewing more Revlon polishes shortly! if they are all as good as this one... my mind will officially be blown! if that's not enough... these polishes retail for under five bucks! Ria :)

Monday, February 13, 2012

OPI Kiss Me On My Tulips vs. OPI That's Hot! Pink

WHEW! i was up on Skype with my husband until 4am my time... i'm so sleepy. it was so worth it, though :)

the final polish of the OPI 2012 Holland collection is OPI Kiss Me On My Tulips (is it me or does that sound really naughty?), which we'll be comparing to OPI That's Hot! Pink. i can't believe how similar they are in color! the formulas, on the other hand, are hugely different. they are bright, cool pinks, as you probably gathered from the names... they are both your typical hot pink. TH!P is slightly warmer than KMOMT... but unless you are really looking, you can't tell. in terms of formula, KMOMT blows TH!P out of the water! i did two coats of each... KMOMT was perfectly opaque in two coats, while TH!P shows visible nail lines and was streaky on top of that. you slightly see the nail line on my middle finger, it was actually more visible in real life... how often does that happen?!

one coat Seche Base, two coats of each on their assigned fingers, one coat Seche Vite.

you definitely don't need both of these polishes... if you are in the market for a hot pink, run grab up KMOMT! i'm glad i have it so i can put TH!P in the give to friends drawer... i know i won't be using it again. 

on to my final thoughts for this collection. while all the colors are pretty, i just am not in love with the collection as a whole. i think i was so excited for it to come out (i've been waiting since last year when swatches started showing up!) the actual colors couldn't quite live up to what i was hoping for them to be. all of the formulas were so easy to work with, there weren't any duds at all! if you like the colors, you're not going to be disappointed. let me know what you think if you've tried any of these or which ones you're hoping to pick up! Ria :)

Sunday, February 12, 2012

OPI Thanks A Windmillion vs. OPI Mermaid's Tears

such a bummer, i didn't get to see my sibs today :( it snowed here last night... but it was a wet slushy snow which froze on the roads this morning. plus, one of my brothers ended up working. we're just going to re-schedule for when my husband gets home for Japan!

today we are comparing two polishes, OPI Thanks A Windmillion (2012 Holland collection) versus OPI Mermaid's Tears. these polishes are pretty similar, but they are not even close to being dupes. both are dusty, minty creams and they both have a great formula, opaque at two coats. i do actually prefer MT, it's much lighter and does not have the strong greY undertones of TAW. TAW is a far more subtle nail polish, if you don't like nails that scream 'LOOK AT ME!', you will probably really like this one... especially if you are hesitant to jump in the deep end of green polish. this will get you used to seeing some green on your nails and prepare you for more saturated colors such as Zoya Gemma!

one coat Seche Clear, two coats TAW and MT, one coat Seche Vite.

you don't NEED both colors, but if you like heathery greens, i think you should go for it. last Holland collection polish tomorrow, i'll have my final impressions on the whole collection as well as reviewing Kiss Me On My Tulips! Ria :)

Saturday, February 11, 2012

OPI Wooden Shoe Like To Know?

glad to be back to the Holland collection! technology is awesome... until it's not! i'm so glad i was able to get the pictures off the disc... i honestly have no idea how i got the picture to save. craziness.

today's polish is OPI Wooden Shoe Like To Know? from the 2012 Holland collection. i didn't expect to like this as much as i do because brown is usually not my go to color at all. it's a beautiful chocolatey brown that looks like a cream... but it is subtle shimmers that surprise you every once in a while! i had to edit the picture a lot to get the color right, so the photo looks a little funky. it's still not exactly the same color, but it's as close as i can get! it's a little darker than the photo... are my fingers totally wonky colored or what?! good news :: the formula was really easy to work with, just like all the other polishes in the collection! i only used one coat of SV as the topcoat, but if i were going to wear this out instead of just swatching i definitely would have added another coat to make the color really pop!

Seche Clear, two coats WSLTK?, one coat Seche Vite 

i'm still working on how best to photograph my manicures... if you have any advice (or just want to say hello!), comment below or drop me an email! Ria :)

Friday, February 10, 2012

Nicole by OPI I'm a BELIEBER

break today from the OPI Holland collection, my SD card decided to stop working so i'm going to have to redo everything i've done! grrrr. hopefully i'll be able to make it work or use another one... today i'm just using a backup post i keep in case of emergency :)

we're looking at Nicole by OPI I'm A BELIEBER. it's a warm purple cream, not a super special color. i think there are a lot a of dupes for this color, however, i don't own one. IAB has an okay formula, patchy on the first two coats, evened out with coat three. the best part of this polish is that it doesn't need a topcoat... it dried Seche Vite shiny without ANY topcoat at all!

hope you enjoyed this post, Happy Friday!!!! Ria :)

Thursday, February 9, 2012

OPI Red Lights Ahead... Where?

went on a little road trip today to see my friend again before she heads back to Germany. when she moves back to the US we'll be living on opposite coasts... so, i have no idea when we'll see each other again, major bums on that for sure!!

today we're looking at the red polish from the 2012 OPI Holland collection, Red Lights Ahead... Where?. i have to say i hate the name of this one but i LOVE its color! it is similar to OPI Monsooner Or Later, but more cool toned and with a jelly cream finish as opposed to MOL's straight up cream. it's so fun and bright, the color reminds me of ripe tomatoes... but super shiny! polish just can't be too shiny for me and this dries super shiny and with the Seche Vite topcoat it truly has that vinyl shine... dreamy :) the formula is thick but so easy to work with, two thick coats = perfect. using Seche Base as your foundation (it dries with a slight white tint) makes it much easier to reach full opacity with any polish!

one coat Seche Base, two coats FLAW? (it totally amuses me that it spells flaw!), and one coat Seche Vite.

as always, the polish color changes in different lighting, this was taken under an OTT light... which is supposed to show true colors... the swatchie looks totally different when i have my laptop actually on my lap than when it's in front of me, the truest color for most lighting is when the laptop is at eye level!

i truly have nothing bad to say about this polish, if you love reds i think you should pick it up! it's probably not the most unique color, but i don't have a dupe in my collection... it's probably my new favorite bright red. happy Thursday! Ria :)

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

OPI I Don't Give A Rotterdam!

tried a new barbecue restaurant today... i'm really picky so i didn't like it very much. i'm kind of lame, i like to go to the same restaurants every time and at each one i have one specific thing i always order... i'm definitely not adventurous with food!

today we have the other blue shimmer from the 2012 OPI Holland collection, I Don't Give A Rotterdam! this is another one i'd buy just for the name! this is a favorite from the whole collection, i do love my blues! outstanding formula, it practically applied itself in two thick coats! this is far lighter than yesterday's color OPI I Have A Herring Problem. it's a light dusty blue with greY undertones and subtle silver shimmers... as with most shimmers, i added an extra coat of Seche Vite to really bring out the sparkle!

one coat Seche Base, two coats IDGAR finished off with two coats Seche Vite.

it looks murkier and slightly darker under different lighting, especially under some  interior lighting. this polish looks its very best outside! Ria :)

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

OPI I Have A Herring Problem

hey, everyone! my dogs got confused last night because they couldn't find my husband! we always Skype when he has business trips and the dogs have to be on camera, too (of course!)... they could hear his voice but couldn't find him behind the couch. it was really cute :)

today's OPI 2012 Holland collection polish is I Have A Herring Problem. it's kind of reminiscent of sea green, but to me it looks more like what i call jean blue. it's medium toned, neither dark nor light, and has very slight green undertones. like most of the other shimmers in this collection, the sparkle is very, very understated. i wouldn't say it's business appropriate, though, simply because it's blue... if you're going to go blue in the office, i would definitely go with a lighter more feminine blue! great formula like most in this collection, i used one super thin coat and two thick coats... i would suggest just going with the two thick coats, you'll have complete opacity with those! i used two coats of Seche Vite to finish off the manicure to bring out the sparkles a bit more, but if you like more satiny nail looks you could either go with one coat SV or no top coat at all!

one coat Seche Base, three coats IHAHP, two coats Seche Vite.

this is not my favorite blue of all time, i prefer more saturated, jewel toned colors... but it's quite pretty. it totally screams 1980's to me... rock out those jean jackets, ladies! Ria :)

Monday, February 6, 2012

OPI Vampsterdam

my husband left today for Japan, he gets to travel there to teach some classes! lucky, huh? he'll only be gone for two weeks, for a Navy wife that's nothing... but i will be ecstatic when he gets back, of course!

today we're looking at OPI Vampsterdam, a beautiful plummy pearl. i would have bought this one just for the name! everyone likes to look vampy sexy sometimes :) this is a warm toned purple and not as dark as some vampy shades... it would make a great transition polish for people who aren't ready to wear something completely blackish burgundy like OPI Black Cherry Chutney, this color is the little sister of shades like that! it has a good formula, easy to work with and opaque in two coats.

one coat Seche Base, two coats Vampsterdam and finished off with one coat Seche Vite.

it has a completely pearlescent finish in most lighting. if you shine a bright light directly on the polish you can see slight burgundy and blue shimmers, you can see them a little bit in the swatchie. the blue shimmers can make it look like you've got dust on your nails, i kept trying to wipe it off... oops! Ria :)

Sunday, February 5, 2012

OPI Pedal Faster Suzi!

ended up going to my hometown, but luckily it was a great visit... saw family, had an awesome meal, AND saw my best friend's new house! no Sally's, but after cruising the internet... i can get the China Glaze Electropop collection a lot more cheaply from online vendors! who knew? probably everyone but me :)

continuing on with the 2012 OPI Holland collection, we're looking at Pedal Faster Suzi! today. i reallyREALLYreally love this color!! it's a divine shimmering light pink... definitely evokes thoughts of petals... such a cute play on words... and yes, i'm a geek :) the only disappointment with this polish is the opacity, i was hoping for two coats... but after three there was still a slight visible nail line and that was with starting the manicure with Seche Base. bums. of course, this was only visible on close inspection, so it won't be a deal breaker for most. it's a slightly blue toned pink, but it is really close to being a neutral tone. this color would be a perfect accent for any outfit... light pink is so ladylike and the slight silver shimmers make it more fun!

one coat Seche Base, three coats PFS!, one coat Seche Vite.

this is probably my favorite of the collection so far... but i really love pink and sparkles so i'm not at all surprised. have you've all had a fantastic weekend! Ria :)

Saturday, February 4, 2012

OPI A Roll In The Hague

today i think i'm heading back to the sewer where i grew up... sadly, i am not a ninja turtle! going there always makes me very nervous :( i'm hoping to hit up the Sally's while i'm there... going to need a serious nail polish pick me up!

today's polish is OPI A Roll In The Hague from the 2012 Holland collection... the name completely cracks me up! it's a bright orange cream... a really, really gorgeous bright orange cream! awesome formula, it applies very evenly and is completely opaque in two coats. the disappointing thing for me has nothing to do with the polish itself, it's just the fact that it reads really red on my skin tone (superSUPERsuper fair). i still love the polish on me, even though it leans so red.

one coat Seche Base, two coats ARITH, one coat Seche Vite.

i promise it will look more orange on people darker than me! you can see how much more orange it is in the bottle... i do wish that it translated so orange onto my nails. it's a fabulous color either way, i highly recommend picking it up. Ria :)

Friday, February 3, 2012

Dutch 'Ya Just Love OPI?

catching up on Real Housewives of Orange County, new season premieres soon! as with most things... the spin-offs aren't as good as the original. of course, i do still have to watch all the housewives! if i could only pick one television station to watch, hands down it would be Bravo.

today we're continuing on with the 2012 OPI Holland collection. this one actually has OPI in the name... Dutch 'Ya Just Love OPI?... so cute, right?! it's another dusty color, warm purple with slight gold and red shimmers. two easy, easy coats... my middle finger has three because i bumped it >.< i hate it when that happens. it's a really gorgeous color, a perfect plum... i think the swatchie speaks for itself!

two coats DYJLO finished with one coat Seche Vite.

what do you guys think of the Holland collection so far? Happy Friday!! Ria :)

Thursday, February 2, 2012

OPI Gouda Gouda Two Shoes

went to Target today... without my wallet! i forgot to take it out of my backpack after walking on the beach yesterday. so embarrasing :( luckily, i was with my mom so i can just pay her back. i think i would have fainted from embarrasment if i was by myself and had to return everything... eesh.

up today is OPI Gouda Gouda Two Shoes from the 2012 OPI Holland collection. it's a very dusty mauve with a great formula, opaque in two coats. it has a VERY slight gold and pink shimmer running through it, the shimmer mostly just adds to the depth of the polish.

at the tips of my fingernails you can see those sneaky shimmers! GGTS is very understated, it would make a great office approapriate manicure! i have to say... i have no idea why this polish has Gouda in the name... it doesn't look like cheese at all! but since the name is a super cute play on words, all is forgiven. Ria :)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

OPI Did You 'Ear About Van Gogh?

GORGEOUS day in Virginia Beach! awesome walk on the beach, much more of a workout than usual, the wind was really blowing... Jemima and i are exhausted. i'm being super lazy for the rest of today, swatching and blogging, with Rizzoli and Isles on in the background... my favorite show of all time :)

today is the first day of the 2012 OPI Holland collection swatches! we're starting off with the ultra fabulous Did You 'Ear About Van Gogh?, an almost mannequin hand khaki nude cream. it would be a nice two coater, but i messed up and so had to add a third coat. i have very, very fair skin so it is less pale looking on me than it would be on most. there are greY undertones, but it is clearly khaki. i absolutely adore this color!!

one coat Seche Base, three coats DYEAVG, one coat Seche Vite.

please, please excuse those cuticles! yikes! hopefully, the weather will stay warm and my skin will return to normal... thinking warm thoughts, Ria :)