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Over the past week I tried three polishes that would actually make a nice coral ombre manicure. The first was Essie Hip-anema (Spring 2013), a fiery red-orange creme:


Picture taken in weak sunlight. (This looks slightly more red in real life.) I don’t know what it is about red-oranges; they certainly aren’t lacking in color, but I find myself always needing three coats to achieve an even-looking finish. This still applies smoothly, so it’s streaky only in appearance, not formula. I have to add a third coat to cover up the dark spots that are still apparent after two. I love the red-oranges that lean really red! This one is very bold and bright, perfect for warm, beachy weather. I think this hot, fiery color fits perfectly well with its namesake, Ipanema. I paired this with China Glaze Bahamian Escape on my toes.


While I was happy to cross all those metallic polishes off my untrieds list, I’ve really missed bright colors over the past couple of weeks. I thought the perfect way to get back into it would be to start with NARS’ Indian spice market-inspired collection. NARS Lal Mirchi (Thakoon for NARS, Summer 2012) is a bold red-orange creme:

Picture taken in natural light. (This looks brighter and more obviously red-orange in real life; with the lack of sunlight it’s looking a little too orange here.) This applied very well; the formula was smooth and pigmented. Despite this, though, I still found myself needing three coats for that fully even look. While I wished this were a two-coater, I didn’t mind doing the extra coat since the formula was so nice. This is a great, fiery (it really does remind me of its spicy namesake) shade of red-orange, and I love how bold and saturated it looks. I had already gotten the other five polishes from this collection at Sephora, but once I heard about this one, I just had to go down to NARS’ Bleecker St. location to get it and truly complete the set. I paired this with Color Club I Always Get My Man-darin on my toes.


I usually choose black or dark polishes for my Halloween-themed manis, but I like to throw in an orange, too.  Illamasqua Alarm is a fiery red-orange creme:

Picture taken in sunlight.  This applied well, but I did need three coats for full, even coverage.  Illamasqua describes this as a pillar box red, but I always think of red-oranges as closer to orange than red.  Even though this has a strong fiery red tone, it’s still oranger (orangier?) than an orange-toned red.  Anyway, this is a lovely shade.  It’s bright, not really in the neon sense, but just that the color has a lot of impact.  I think this is my favorite red-orange creme, shade-wise, since it does have a lot of red.  I would have liked it even more if it could cover in two coats or less, but looking back at other similar polishes I’ve tried, they were at least three-coaters as well, so maybe it’s just something about the color.  I paired this with Suzi Skis in the Pyrenees on my toes.


This is the last of the polishes from the collection that I’ve now finally finished trying.  China Glaze Cherry Pie (Summer Days, Summer 2009) is a red-orange glass fleck with red-orange microglitter:

Picture taken in natural light.  This applied well; because the formula was a little sheer I needed three coats for desired opacity and color payoff.  And what a pretty color it is!  It really doesn’t remind me of cherry pie at all; it’s more orangey than the deep red filling.  I don’t even like cherries anyway…except maraschino cherries, and I guess the color reminds me a little of those.  Since I know this polish’s name, I can’t look at it without thinking of the Warrant song Cherry Pie. 😉  I paired this with Essie One of a Kind on my toes.


I’m still in a bit of a creme mood, and I felt like wearing this type of color today.  American Apparel Poppy is a bright red-orange creme:

Picture taken in natural light.  (It’s a little redder in real life.)  This applied well, though I needed three coats for full coverage.  There’s just something about red-orange that’s perfect for the season.  It’s a lively pop of color in a soft spring palette.  I love how bold and red-leaning this is; it really reminds me of corn poppies!  I paired this with Sephora by OPI Leaf Him at the Altar on my toes.


I had this mani planned for today, fully expecting Rafael Nadal to still be in the tournament, to be in the final, even!  (I was sad that he didn’t make it through, but am extremely happy that Novak Djokovic is in the final!!!)  Although Rafa’s already lost, I still wanted to do this NOTD in the color of the shirt in his kit.  It was a puzzling color, but I think I found a pretty close match in Orly Hot Shot (High Voltage, Summer 2008), a pinkish red-orange neon creme:

Picture taken in natural light.  (Ugh, the sun is hiding today.  I can see it behind the clouds but it refuses to come out.  This looks much brighter and bolder in real life.)  It applied well, needing three coats for opacity and evenness.  It isn’t the brightest I’ve seen, but it still has a good, glowy quality.  I also like the color; I think it’s a fairly unique shade for a neon.  Again, it feels weird to have a neon on my nails now, especially ’cause it has just snowed quite a bit.  I certainly wish I could be in Melbourne right now!  I paired this with Barielle U-Concrete-Me on my toes.

Sorry, a bit of tennis rambling (I actually wrote it the day I did my previous post but I wanted to put it at the end of this one.):  So, Rafa lost in the quarterfinals.  Despite having a lingering virus, he seemed to be in good form, not dropping a set the whole tournament.  But early in the match, he seemed to have injured something, and he was not the same after that.  His countryman, David Ferrer, had a strong performance and went on to win in straight sets.  I have such respect for Rafa, because he has has such respect for his friend and for the game of tennis.  After a certain point, him losing was an inevitability, but he did not retire.  He didn’t tank the match, either; he played the points as best he could. Although it was clear that he wasn’t feeling his best on court and that an injury was keeping him from playing like he usually does, he didn’t want to use that as an excuse for his loss.  When asked about it by the media, he highlighted the strength and level of play of his opponent.  While the possibility of a “Rafa Slam” is now over, he recognizes what he has accomplished this past year, winning three slams in a row (among many other things), even calling himself lucky to have done so. (It’s no small feat!)  Class, pure class.


I love wearing intense, bright colors when it’s nice out!  Sephora by OPI Cover Me in Petals (Modern Flowers, Spring 2010) is a vivid red-orange creme:

Picture taken in sunlight.  (It is more vivid and a bit more red in real life.)  This applied well; the consistency was not difficult to work with.  However, I needed four coats to make it opaque/streak-free.  I really love red-orange cremes like this!  They’re so bright and cheery (This one is particularly so!). 🙂  Haha, the name of this polish makes me think of American Beauty (love that movie!).  I paired this with Sally Hansen Three D (HD) on my toes.

I took this picture in the Valle de los Caídos (Valley of the Fallen) in Spain:




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