Hello, sailor. Get ready to embark on a chic color adventure in delicately sparkling lights and ultra soft brights that whisper easy elegance. It’s smooth sailing into summer with a collection of nail colors that’s a casually cool affair — perfect for a stylish night on the town and a dress that feels more caftan [...]
Okay. So I never got my Friday post up. I was in the middle of a computer switch and let’s just say it wasn’t as simple as I’d planned. I loved the mani, but I made the mistake of getting distracted and cleaning the laundry room floor before I photographed it! Big mistake. That’ll teach me to never clean the laundry room floor again. (Whoops, maybe that’s the wrong lesson learned.)
So today I have an untried, Smooth Sailing, from Essie’s 2011 Braziliant Collection. I didn’t pick this up too long ago – so it’s still available. It’s a pretty periwinkle blue with silver shimmer. The formula was really nice.
I have seriously neglected the occupational mani area of this blog (WORK). My original intent was to chronicle plain old work appropriate manis in addition to fancy schmancy nail art (PLAY) and new polish swatches (POLISH). But work appropriate isn’t much fun. I’m embarrassed to admit this… but lately I’ve been going to bed with bare nails. On my way out the door in the morning, I stand at the kitchen island wearing my coat and quickly slap on one thick coat of Zoya Farah or Pandora and one coat of Seche Vite. GASP! Check the rulebook, folks, but I don’t think that even qualifies as a mani! But it gets worse - next I get into my car and put my seatbelt on like I’ve lost full use of both of my arms (to protect the wet nails, of course) and drive into work. My family offered to take a picture of this ritual for me to include in this blog post and I decided I didn’t want to ruin what little wonder and mystery may be out there!
So I’m trying to turn over a new leaf. Last night I applied today’s work polish, Zoya Natty, in advance, and I am literally wearing it this very minute. (Unless, of course, you don’t read this until tomorrow and by then it will be long gone.)
It’s Day 2 of Digit-al Dozen ART theme week. Today’s mani is my take on Wassily Kandinsky’s Color Study: Squares with Concentric Circles (1913) [picture source]. Kandinsky is credited as being the pioneer of abstract art. One fun fact I remember from an art history class is that Kandinsky had synaesthesia (I had to look up the spelling!). This is a neurological condition where a person can essentially experience two senses at once. For Kandinsky, he could HEAR color! ISN’T THAT CRAZY!?!? I think I can hear nail polish. It says “buy me” and “you need me”.
Disclosure: Products in this post were provided by the manufacturer, their PR firm or retailer for my review.
Last week I received three colors from the new China Glaze Tranzitions Collection. These polishes react and change color wherever topcoat is applied. Sounds good to me – I figured it would be a quick way to make an interesting mani without a lot of effort. The application and wear of the three polishes I’m showing you today are similar. So let’s see the looks and then I’ll tell you what I think! BTW, I used a flash for the first time in these pics. It seemed to be the best way to capture the color change.
The first mani is Split Perso-Nail-ity with an accent in Modify Me. Split Perso-Nail-ity is a dusty lavender-leaning pink that turns almost magenta with the topcoat. The finish is a cross between a cream and a shimmer…almost satin.
Today I have the second half of the China Glaze Cirque Du Soleil Swatches. Yesterday I showed you the cremes and a jelly. The remaining six polishes are glitters and a shimmer.
Bend Over Backwards is a metallic, shimmery, coppery orange. The formula reminded me of China Glaze Magnetix – thick and creamy. The pic doesn’t do this polish justice. It has the same shimmer as Riveting from the Hunger Games Collection…super vibrant!