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For my first layered mani in months, I’m wearing another long standing untried. Lippmann Happy Birthday (my bottle is the “old” version, from Holiday 2009) is a multicolored hex and small square glitter in a clear base. I layered it over Chanel Black Velvet:

Happy Birthday (over black)

Picture taken in sunlight. I used two coats of Black Velvet, and “two” of Happy Birthday, The glitter is actually not that dense so painting in normal brushstrokes will deposit just a very sparse amount on the nail. Instead, I applied drops of glitter and spread it around to make sure I had even distribution, repeating the process twice to get plenty on there. I feel like this is the OG “party glitter;” I think it’s the first one I ever bought. “Party in a bottle” is an accurate descriptor; I see so many colors of glitter, in both the hexagonal and square shapes: silver, yellow, green, orange, blue, fuchsia. I like putting this type of glitter over black to make those colors really pop. This isn’t my favorite of the few party glitters I’ve tried so far; I prefer Nails Inc. Soho Street because it’s more dense at two coats, but I still like this classic. I paired it with Illamasqua Aorta on my toes.



Nowadays I try to use a polish soon after I buy it, but I still have some old polishes that I just have to check off my list. This was one of them. OPI Sapphire in the Snow (Holiday Wishes, Holiday 2009) is a deep blurple creme:

Picture taken in natural light. (I’ve given up trying to photograph blurples accurately; they always turn out much bluer than in real life.) This applied well in two coats. I don’t think the name really matches the color. I picture a much truer blue when I think of sapphires. Regardless, it’s a very pretty and richly pigmented color. While this is a blurple, and it is very blue toned, I think this is actually one where the purple tones are more obvious. It’s quite dark but it has a certain element of dustiness that keeps it from looking pitch black.  I paired this with Color Club Rad Nomad on my toes.


Since the sun wasn’t out today I didn’t feel like putting on a shimmer or glitter.  I haven’t tried a creme since the beginning of the month anyway, so this is me not just trying an older polish, but revisiting an old trend as well.  RGB Cosmetics Minty (Holiday 2009) is a mint creme:

Picture taken in natural light.  This actually applied pretty well.  It was nicely thick and pigmented; I got full coverage in two coats.  It is very solidly pigmented, but not pastel enough to be really stark.  I haven’t worn a mint in a while, so this was a refreshing color to try again.  I was quick to call this a mint green, but this doesn’t really look like a green to me; the shade is more like a minty greenish turquoise.  It reminds me of mint chocolate chip ice cream, the commercial kind.  If I was one to do nail art I would paint in little chocolate chips. 🙂  I paired this with Essie Lollipop on my toes.


I know the holidays are far off but I’m anticipating having a lot more holiday-themed polishes to wear next month, so I thought I’d take care of this one now.  OPI Merry Midnight (Holiday Wishes, Holiday 2009) is a deep reddish-purple base with champagne and blue microglitter, and orange flaky glitter:

Picture taken in sunlight.  This applied pretty well but as expected, the base was rather sheer, to allow the glitter to shine through.  I needed three coats plus a few touchups for solid coverage.  It’s totally worth it, though, because the end result is gorgeous!  The base color builds to a rich plummy shade, and the different types of glitter look great mixed in there.  It’s great that the flaky glitter is so prominent!  It looks like burning embers.  There’s not much blue microglitter but when it catches the light it just pops.  The champagne microglitter isn’t really distinct, but it’s definitely needed to give the finish a more rounded, complete look.  This polish has a lot going on but all the elements somehow work together in a lovely way.  I paired this with Milani Totally Cool on my toes.


I thought this polish was most appropriate to wear this month, with amethyst being the birthstone of February.  Diamond Cosmetics Amethyst & Diamonds (Holiday 2009) is a reddish amethyst purple metallic shimmer with small bits of holographic glitter:

Picture taken in sunlight.  This applied well in two coats.  The finish looks a little frosty and brushstroke-y but it’s not too bad.  This bubbled on me like crazy!  I got bubbles after applying both the first and second coats.  I was hoping topcoat would fix the problem, and luckily, it did mask most of the bubbles.  Actually, I’m not sure if it was bubbling or if it was glitter that couldn’t rise to the surface.  Either way, it’s not very appealing.  The sprinking of holographic glitter does look pretty, but it is very subtle, and only noticeable in direct light.  I paired this with Color Club Fashion Addict on my toes.


Continuing the holiday theme, I’m wearing what is probably this brand’s most popular color.  China Glaze Ruby Pumps (my bottle is from Loves You Snow Much, Holiday 2009) is a ruby red with red microglitter:

Picture taken in sunlight.  (Definitely click to see the detail.)  This applied well; I needed three coats to cover up VNL.  I can see why China Glaze has used this color in multiple collections; it’s beautiful!  I usually rave about red cremes but I really love this too.  I can’t resist a nice jewel-toned polish.  It has some serious sparkle in the sun, while having the trapped under the surface look in the shade.  It’s gorgeous in both lights.  I paired this with China Glaze 5 Golden Rings on my toes.


I started the holiday theme off with a red, so I felt I should follow with a green.  China Glaze Emerald Sparkle (my bottle is from Loves You Snow Much, Holiday 2009) is a deep emerald with green microglitter:

Picture taken in sunlight.  (It’s definitely one to look at at full size!)  This applied well in two coats.  This polish is seriously gorgeous in every way.  The microglitter has that trapped under the surface look going on out of direct light, and is very sparkly in the sun.  The color…the color!  It’s so pigmented, rich, lush, and velvety; I just love these deep jewel tones.  The whole effect is truly, truly stunning.  I keep staring at my nails; it really does look like I have ten emeralds on my fingertips. 😀  I paired this with China Glaze Tinsel on my toes.


I refuse to deal with Black Friday madness, so I slept in, did my nails, and I’m watching some ATP World Tour Finals action. 😀  OPI Shim-Merry Chic (Holiday Wishes, Holiday 2009) is a cool golden bronze shimmer with orange flaky glitter:

Picture taken in natural light.  This applied well; the formula was a little sheer so I needed three coats to get it really opaque.  It’s definitely unique!  I love flaky glitter, and I was very pleased with the distribution of it in the polish; it shows up on every nail and it does rise to the surface so you can really see it.  Not only is there orange flaky glitter, there are also bits of blue and green glitter thrown in there (and it does show up on the nail, not just in the bottle.)  I paired this with Wet n Wild Inferno (Craze) on my toes.


I love when rich, dark colors are also sparkly; I think they really suit the holiday season.  OPI Holiday Glow (Holiday Wishes, Holiday 2009) is a chocolate brown with gold and rose microglitter:

Picture taken in natural light.  This applied well; because of the sheerness of the formula I needed three coats for full opacity.  But the sheerness is what makes it a great base for the microglitter.  I love this unexpected combination of colors!  It makes me think of raspberries and chocolate (wrapped in gold foil)…yum. 🙂  I paired this with Orly Golden Maharaja on my toes.


The Yankees are back home, and I’m continuing this run of Posteason Blues™ with Diamond Cosmetics Blue Diamonds (Holiday 2009), an icy blue metallic shimmer with small bits of holographic glitter:

Picture taken in sunlight.  This applied well in two coats.  The holo effect mostly disappears out of direct light, but it sparkles delicately in the sun.  (I think my topcoat kind of killed some of the holo-ness.)  Since this is a holographic glitter sprinkled throughout a shimmer finish, there are some metallic-looking brushstrokes, but it doesn’t look frosty.  The effect works well with this shade of blue.  I paired this with Color Club Worth the Risque on my toes.




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