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When I first caught wind of this collection, I was most excited to try this polish, as red cremes are my favorite to wear and I also love neons.  I didn’t quite get what I was expecting but I’m still happy with the result.  American Apparel Neon Red (Neon, Summer 2011) is a neon reddish coral creme:

Picture taken in sunlight.  (This looks just a little bit more pink in real life.)  This applied well, although I needed three coats for even coverage.  I think the formula is like a really opaque jelly, not the most pigmented but definitely not sheer.  The finish has this juicy, fruity look to it.  At the same time, it has that lovely neon glow. 🙂  Funny how American Apparel went about naming some of the colors in this collection.  This doesn’t really look red, this one is the one that looks coral to me (while Neon Coral looked orange and Neon Orange was practically goldenrod yellow.)  I do love this color; it’s like a reddish-orange hot pinky-coral blend that’s perfect for summer, even more so with its neon glow.  But I am disappointed that it isn’t actually red.  A neon pin-up red-red is something I’d definitely like to see, if it can be done.  I paired this with Essie Aruba Blue on my toes.



After my previous crackle mani, I’m returning to something simpler.  I’m still keeping up with the neons, though!  American Apparel Neon Coral (Neon, Summer 2011) is a corally orange neon creme:

Picture taken in sunlight.  This applied well; I used three coats for an opaque, even finish.  I’m not sure why this is called coral; it doesn’t have enough pink in it to look like a true coral.  It’s orange, but it’s not traffic cone orange.  The shade has a softer, sherbet-like quality to it.  It probably does have some coral tones in it to make it look this way, but overall the color seems more orange.  (Although not as orange as it appears in this photo.  It was difficult to capture the true tone and sherbet-ness of the shade, but it does look just slightly more coral in real life.)  Whatever it’s called, it’s such a pretty color!  It looks so creamy, and the neon, slightly glowy quality also makes it look bright and punchy.  I think I like this more than traditional orange!  I paired this with Essie Haute as Hello on my toes.


I could hardly think about 4th of July weekend with The Championships on my mind.  It’s all about Novak Djokovic. 😀  I’m immensely happy and proud that he acheieved both a career goal (reaching the No. 1 ranking) and realized a childhood dream (winning Wimbledon).  He is having an unparalleled season so far, losing only one match in 49 played, and has already won eight titles, including four Masters Series and two Grand Slams.  I am certainly looking forward to the rest of the season.  But anyway, for my 4th of July mani I chose Orly Retro Red (Plastix, Fall 2010), a reddish coral satin creme:

Picture taken in natural light.  (I would have waited for sunlight but I was afraid I would smudge my nails even more than they already are here.)  This applied well, like a regular creme polish.  I needed three coats for opaque, even coverage.  I’m a little disappointed that this isn’t a true red; it’s more of a red-orange with strong coral tones.  It’s a lovely color nonetheless, it’s just that with a name like “Retro Red” I would have expected that classic, pin-up, lipstick red-red, or something that looked like a red leather jacket.  I do adore the satin finish; it still looks a little matte, but not flat and chalky.  The big downside to this polish, though, is the dry time.  Maybe because the formula had a consistency like regular nail polish, or maybe it was because of the humidity, but I found this took forever to dry through.  Even though my nails were dry to the touch, they were still very dentable, even after trying to set them with ice water.  I couldn’t wait around for it to dry completely so my mani got wrecked within hours of finishing it. 😦  I wish it did dry faster, ’cause I like most everything else about this polish!  I paired this with Sally Hansen Thinking of Blue (Complete Salon Manicure) on my toes.


Since summer is winding down, I’m picking polishes that remind me of the season, before getting into the fall/winter stuff.  Illamasqua Lament (Sirens, Spring/Summer 2009) is a pinkish-coral creme:

Picture taken in sunlight.  (The sun kind of washed the color out; it’s a tad pinker and bolder in real life.)  This didn’t have the same buttery, practically perfect formula I’ve come to expect from Illamasqua, but it applied pretty well anyway.  I used three coats to cover up bald spots.  It’s not that exciting or unique, but nonetheless pretty and great for summer.  I paired this with Sally Hansen The Real Teal (Xtreme Wear) on my toes.


I’m still very much in the mood for neons, and it’s still so, so hot here.  Essie Haute as Hello (Summer 2010) is a peachy coral (slightly) neon creme:

Picture taken in natural light.  (In real life the color appears brighter and slightly more saturated.)  The formula was a bit streaky, although not hard to apply.  I used three coats.  The bottle color does not reflect the true appearance of the shade.  In the bottle, the color looks like a soft pastel.  But once the polish dries on the nail, the color becomes darker and bolder.  It isn’t that glowy, but still quite bright, and it does dry to that satiny finish like a neon.  I really like this type of color, it’s so pretty!  Despite its neon qualities, the shade still has a soft quality.  I paired this with Essie Mini Shorts on my toes.


For the last of May’s NOTDs I’ve chosen Essie Cute as a Button (Summer 2009), a pinkish, melony coral creme:

Picture taken in sunlight.  This applied well, despite being on the thin side.  It was not very pigmented so I needed four coats to get it opaque and streak-free.  I love the color; it’s perfect for this gorgeous weather.  It was hard to pin down but I guess I’ll call it coral.  Another one of those shades that make me want to eat fruit. 🙂  I paired this with OPI OPI On Collins Ave. on my toes.

This picture is from the Kehlsteinhaus (Eagle’s Nest) near Berchtesgaden, Germany:

The flash is so harsh because it looked like this outside:

It was about to thunderstorm, and we were so high up on that mountain that I could feel static electricity in my hair!  Tingly.


It’s nice out again today, so I chose another bright, happy color.  China Glaze High Hopes (Up & Away, Spring 2010) is an orangey coral creme:

Picture taken in sunlight.  (This is more vivid in real life.)  The formula was consistent with the others in this collection; thick and runny at the same time.  I needed three coats to cover up bald spots.  I’ve already said how much I adore wearing warm brights, so of course I love this too!  I paired this with Sally Hansen Sea Breeze (Insta-Dri) on my toes.

This is also from the garden outside that Landzeit restaurant in Austria:


I really like corals; they’re great for spring and summer.  And because the weather’s been so nice, I’m wearing one today.  MAC Coconut Ice (MAC in Lillyland, Spring 2010) is a pinky-peach coral creme:

Picture taken in sunlight.  The formula leaves something to be desired.  It wasn’t overly thick or hard to control, but it was streaky and not very pigmented.  It took me five coats to be satisfied with the coverage. (I had issues with bald spots, but it was more of a problem on my right hand, because I was working with the formula for the first time there.)  Shame, because I absolutely adore the color!  When I first heard about this polish I expected it to be white, but I was pleasantly surprised that it was coral.  It totally made sense after finding out what coconut ice actually is.  I’ve never eaten it, but I definitely want to try it, yum. 🙂  I paired this with Sephora by OPI How Cute is That? on my toes.

This is another flower from that garden in Chatres:




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