Showing posts with label Fall 2011. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fall 2011. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

China Glaze Metro Collection Fall 2011 - abbreviated version

When I shop for new polishes, I basically do my homework by checking about a dozen blogs that I follow for the lastest lines and colors and then I whittle down the collections and colors to my "favorites"  or the ones I find to be the most interesting or prettiest of the collections, then I hit the web or the stores.  For the most part, I don't buy complete collections unless I can get an oustanding deal.  Nail polishes aren't cheap these days, especially if you are shopping for the better brands like OPI and Orly, SpaRitual, etc.  As a result, the colors I do end up buying, to me, are the best of the lot.  With that said, I can also make some mistakes in my pickings, especially if I'm shopping online and basing my decisions on whether or not I think a polish I'm seeing is unique or a color I've never worn before.  For example, meet Trendsetter by China Glaze...

It's not a horrible color on its' own, but with my skin tone, it is down right hideous.  One of my friends actually asked me to not wear this color again! It's a shame too, because I actually find the color to be unique and interesting.  Eh, I guess you can't win them all.

Next up from the Metro collection is Brownstone.  Brownstone is the kind of color makes me swoon and the formula and application was flawless.  It's a gorgeous color and it's shiny as hell.  I will definitely wear this one again...someday.  Loooove it!  (Please excuse the messiness of this mani)

Lastly is the super sparkly CG in the City.  For this one, I layered CG in the City over Misa's Date Night in the Twilight to assure opacity.  I don't like a spotty glitter manicure if I can help it.

Here's a shot a little out of focus so that the holo aspect of it can be seen.

 All of the above were 3 coats except for CG in the City which was 2, as it was a tad bit thick.  I used SV as a top coat for all, and laid it on thicker for CG to make sure it was as smooth as a glitter like this could be. 

Do you have a strategy when it comes to polish shopping? If so, what is it?  I would love to know.

Until next time.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Orly Mineral FX Collection and Orly Fowl Play

Oh, how I wish I had a bottomless nail polish fund so that I can buy any polish I wanted at any time and to my little heart's content.  That would truly be my Xanadu.  It's nail polishes like the current Orly Mineral FX collection that cause me to be a certifiable polish-aholic.  Soooooo gorgeous!  Now, I couldn't get all of them because they are hella pricey, at least to me they are, but I picked 2 of the ones that I thought were the prettiest at Ulta along with Fowl Play from the Birds of a Feather collection, using a store credit I had (thankfully!) and then picked up Rock It on a recent trip to Sally's.  FYI- at Ulta, they had Orly polishes buy 2 get 1 free (of equal or lesser value).  Deal!

All the colors in the Mineral FX collection are part of a "Rock" or "Stone" theme.  First up is what I thought would be my favorite, Rock the World.

This color is so's like...I have no words.  It's just such a pretty rosey shade on it's own, and then they went and added in the lovely gold microglitter, for the WOW factor, plus a formula that is what we have come to expect from a standard Orly - not too thick, not too thin, workable and manageable -  in a nutshell it's perfect.  Seriously, all the Orly's I own are just wonderful polishes and this goes on my list of Fall favs.   Good job, Orly. 
Now onto Rock Solid.  While I did wear Rock Solid, I opted to not take photos, just because it turned out to be my least favorite manicure due to some bubbling issues.  I do NOT like bubbling.  It's pretty awesome in the bottle, as you can see, but on the nail, for some reason it wasn't as impressive. 

Next is the belle of the ball, Rock It.  Now this is a color that made it onto my lemming list after reading multiple reviews and seeing photos.  Then when I saw it at Ulta in person, I only felt "Meh" about it.  I thought Rock the World was way prettier, so I left Rock It at Ulta.  On my recent visit to Sally's, there was Rock It again.  I thought, screw it, I'll give it a chance, and wowey wow, I'm glad I did.  This is a HOT color.  Check it out...

I should have taken a pic of how it looks in the bottle, but I was running out of sunlight.  It is a super saturated shimmery micro glitter reddish pink, but not too red and not too pink.  This is one of those colors that you need a thesaurus in order to describe adequately.  The only thing I didn't like about it was some tip wear that happened within 24 hrs of application.  I put 3 coats on the night before last with a topper of SV and I already have had to add another coat to keep it looking nice and chip free, but that small nuisance is worth it for a color like this.  Hiiiiighly recommended. 

Finally, I thought I would throw in Fowl Play from the Orly Birds of a Feather Collection, because it was the only one that I really found to be stunning and worth the price. 

This is what I would consider to be a "jelly" polish with flakes of flat irridescent glitter and some microglitter.  I feel like it's rare to see flakey polishes from anyone other than Nfu-Oh or Nubar, so seeing this is a real treat for me.  Fowl Play's formula was surprisingly thicker than I would have expected.  I imagine, it's probably for ease of application and proper suspension of the flakes, but that's only my assumption.  All in all, I find it to be a really special polish and a nice change of pace from the norm. 

In case you didn't know, there are 3 other polishes in the Mineral FX collection: Emberstone (orangey-red), Rococo A Go-go (deep shimmery purple & super pretty) and Stone Cold (blue flakey jelly) that will also be sure make you're heart pitter patter. 

Until next time.