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I didn’t realize two of my favorite players, Ivan Ljubicic and Fernando Verdasco, were going to meet each other in the third round.  I already did a mani-pedi specific to Ivan’s kit, so I’m due to do one for Fernando’s (even though I was expecting and rooting for Ivan to win, which he did, in straights).  Illamasqua Gamma (Toxic Nature, Spring/Summer 2011) is a light orange neon creme:

Picture taken in sunlight.  (As is the case with neons, pictures do not do this justice.)  This didn’t have the same impeccable formula I’ve come to expect from Illamasqua; it was actually a little sticky, but applied well enough.  I needed three coats for opaque, even coverage.  Despite the less than perfect application, the end result looks amazing.  It’s so refreshing to see a neon orange that isn’t traffic cone orange.  It’s a lighter shade, but it’s very bright, punchy and intense.  And of course it has that lovely neon glow.  I paired this with Sally Hansen Grass Slipper (Complete Salon Manicure) on my toes.


I know this polish is relatively old now, but I’m trying it for the first time today.  I had this hang-up about trying all the polishes from this collection in the same month, and I’m only getting around to doing that now.  China Glaze Orange Marmalade (Summer Days, Summer 2009) is an orange glass fleck with gold microglitter:

Picture taken in natural light.  (I wish I could’ve gotten some sun to show off the sparkle, but the beauty of glass fleck polishes is that you can still see the microglitter and depth of finish in the shade.)  This applied well; the first coat was sheer but built to sufficient opacity in three coats.  This isn’t one of those super-bright, punchy oranges, but it’s definitely still a summery shade.  It’s orange-orange, like the fruit.  The name is so apt; the pretty, warm golden microglitter suspended in the transclucent base really makes me think of those bits of peel suspended in orange marmalade, mmm. 🙂  I paired this with OPI A Good Man-darin is Hard to Find on my toes.


Keeping with my theme of this year’s Australian Open tennis kit-related NOTDs, I’ve chosen another mani/pedi combo to match Novak Djokovic’s night kit.  Illamasqua Whack is a bright tangerine creme:

Picture taken in natural light.  This applied well, in the sense that it flowed well.  Even though it felt like it went on smoothly, somehow, it looked like it was streaky!  I used three coats to try to make it look even.  The color is bright, but not quite neon.  I really like this type of bold orange!  And the name seems appropriate in the context of tennis, no? 🙂  Since Novak’s kit has orange piping but is mainly black, I paired it with OPI Baby It’s Coal Outside! on my toes.


Here’s one more Halloween NOTD before I start another run of Posteason Blues™.  Milani Magical (Black Magic, Halloween 2009) is an orange glitter in a black base:

Picture taken in sunlight.  This applied well; I got full coverage in two coats, plus touchups.  Out of direct light, the orange glitter is still somewhat apparent, although not as sparkly as it looks in the sun.  Even though I haven’t tried all the polishes in this collection, this one seems the most Halloween, because it is a black and orange combo.  On each nail it looks like there’s a tiny fire within the darkness.  I paired this with Revlon Orange Pop on my toes.


I said my Halloween-themed NOTDs would be black, but I figured I’d throw in an orange.  MAC Imperial Flower (Jin Soon For MAC Nail Trend, Fall/Winter 2010) is a fiery orange with orange and gold microglitter:

Picture taken in natural light.  (I don’t think this is photographing completely accurately.  It’s quite a bold and punchy color.  Edit: I’ve changed the picture to one that I hope is slightly more true to life.  My computer’s having monitor issues so I can’t really tell which of my photos are the most accurate.)  This applied well; because of the slightly jelly quality of the base, I needed three coats to cover up VNL.  I love this delicate microglitter type of finish, and this is a gorgeous orange!  It has a glowing ember-like quality.  It doesn’t look very fall to me, but it fits perfectly well with the theme of this collection.  I paired this with Rescue Beauty Lounge Moxie on my toes.


After wearing more cool-toned pinkish shades for the past few days, I opted for something warmer this time.  Essie Tart Deco (Art of Spring, Spring 2010) is a melon-orange creme:

Picture taken in sunlight.  The formula was a bit streaky; it was almost okay in two coats but I needed three to cover up bald spots.  But the formula had decent flow so doing three coats wasn’t too much of a bother.  My issue with the polish is that topcoat completely changes the color!  I experienced this with Van D’Go as well.  There’s a very obvious difference between pre-topcoat (and bottle color) and post-topcoat.  It was disappointing because when I was applying it, the color had a nice pinkish tone, but the dry mani looks straight-up orange (in my picture it looks peach, but in real life it looks more orange).  I paired this with Sephora by OPI Lost Without My GPS on my toes. 


Unlike Sarah, as my nail polish collection grows I use seasonal colors/themes just to make sure I don’t end up using a light blue nail polish (my favorite) every single time I manicure. I decided to use an orange, Nasturtium from Tracy Reese for Sally Hansen (Spring 2009) because Rachael Ray was making pumpkin soup on Thanksgiving in 60:

The first time I used this polish was this spring when it released and I hated it. It looked melon-orange in the bottle but dried much darker, more like a vibrant but dark red-orange creme, and I didn’t think it was suitable for Spring. Now that it’s November I think that the color is just lovely and reminds me of everything Autumn. The first coat goes on kind of streaky but what you see here is 2 thin coats and a layer of Seche Vite.

Maybe now it’s time to figure out what a Nasturtium actually is?

^.^  Jules



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