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This is the mani I’ll be wearing for Halloween.¬† This polish is the perfect match for my biker costume. ūüôā¬† Color Club Revvvolution (Femme Fatale, Spring 2009) is a black holo:

Picture taken in artificial light (I wish it was sunny, but my next best option was to use one of those super-bright flashlights to make the holo quality come out).¬† This applied well in two coats.¬† I have a few black holo polishes, but this is the first I’ve tried since I started keeping track of my NOTDs.¬† I have to make a note to try the other ones sooner, ’cause black holos are gorgeous!¬† This one does not disappoint in the holo department.¬† Whenever I look at my nails in the light I see a strong rainbow effect.¬† Because the base color is a nice, rich black, this definitely has that oil-slick look about it.¬† I paired this with FingerPaints Easel Come, Easel Go on my toes.

<3sarah

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Most of the remaining men’s singles matches are scheduled for night, so I’ve already probably seen the last of Novak Djokovic’s day kit this tourney.¬† I did one last mani/pedi to match.¬† (Another one of my favorites, Ivan Ljubicic, also had blue in his kit but lost in an earlier round. :()¬† Essie Mesmerize (Spring 2009) is a medium blue creme:

Picture taken in sunlight.¬† This applied well in two coats.¬† My description of “medium blue creme” sounds so simple and standard, but this polish is gorgeous.¬† I like that it’s not a navy and thus not in almost-black territory, and I like that it’s not a super-bright sky blue (there are a lot of both already).¬† It doesn’t really lean green or yellow, either.¬† It’s just a vibrant, pretty blue!¬† And since it’s a creme, it just looks so fresh and so clean. ūüėȬ† I paired this with Barielle Glammed Out Garnet on my toes.

<3sarah

I think I’ve found my new favorite teal!¬† And it’s yet another previously untried polish, I don’t know what took me so long.¬† Illamasqua Muse (Sirens, Spring/Summer 2009) is a teal creme:

Picture taken in sunlight.¬† (Please imagine this a little more green in real life.)¬† The formula was excellent!¬† It applied so effortlessly and was well-pigmented; I only needed one coat.¬† I absolutely love teal polishes so I knew I would love this too, but the amazing formula is just the icing on the cake.¬† This is the shade I think of when I picture teal.¬† It doesn’t really lean too blue or green; it’s a lovely blend of both.¬† The name also reminds me of both Greek mythology and the band Muse. ūüôā¬† I paired this with Sally Hansen Caribbean Coral (Xtreme Wear) on my toes.

<3sarah

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.

<3sarah

After all the hot neons (and cremes!) I’ve worn in a row, I thought I’d end the month with something very different.¬† Rescue Beauty Lounge Frugalista (Spring 2009) is a silver, purple and fuchsia glitter in a clear base.¬† I layered it over Sally Hansen Celeb City (Xtreme Wear), a silver foil:

Picture taken in sunlight.¬† (Click to see all the glittery detail!)¬† I used two coats of each polish.¬† I only applied one coat of Poshe; I didn’t want to make the manicure any thicker than it already was.¬† I’m a huge fan of the jewel-encrusted look, and this definitely falls under that category.¬† This looks its sparkly best under bright light/sunlight.¬† Seriously, it’s really beautiful.¬† At first glance it might just look like a silver glitter, but the sprinkling of purple and fuchsia glitter is a nice touch.¬† I paired this with Milani HD on my toes.

<3sarah

I wanted to make my last spring-y green mani of the month really sparkly.  (I actually did this on the last day of March, but WordPress was not letting me upload new pictures yesterday.)  I chose Rescue Beauty Lounge Locavore (Spring 2009), a light green, aqua, and fuchsia glitter packed in a clear base.  I layered it over Sally Hansen Going Green (Xtreme Wear), a kelly green shimmer:

Picture taken in natural light.¬† Both polishes applied well; I used two coats of each.¬† I used one coat of Poshe, which doesn’t make it completely smooth and glassy, but doesn’t leave it that rough, either.¬† I love this mani, it looks like crushed peridot on the nail.¬† And it glitters even in low light!¬† I paired this with Barielle Myrza’s Meadow on my toes.

<3sarah

In honor of Mardi Gras, I’m wearing Rescue Beauty Lounge Look Rich, Be Cheap, (Spring 2009) a greenish gold and purple glitter packed in a clear base, over Sephora by OPI Charge It!, a gold metallic:

Picture taken in natural light.¬† I wanted to wear Look Rich, Be Cheap by itself, but I found that the glitter wasn’t dense enough.¬† So I layered two coats of it over two of Charge It!.¬† My nails weren’t smooth with just one coat of Poshe but I wanted to avoid putting down more layers of polish.¬† I love the finished result!¬† The color is predominantly gold but the purple definitely comes through.¬† And it screams “jewel encrusted,” very sparkly :D.¬† I paired this with an unnamed L.A. Girl Flare pinkish purple glitter on my toes.

<3sarah

After all the reds and greens I’ve done this month I felt like doing something different.¬† Sally Hansen Tassel (Tracy Reese for Sally Hansen Salon, Spring 2009) is a warm gold metallic:

Picture taken in natural light (well, as much light as I could get; it’s rainy out).¬† This applied fairly well in two coats.¬† Brushstrokes weren’t that bad considering it’s a metallic.¬† I actually had to redo a couple of my nails because I¬†got some¬†horrible bubbling.¬† I think that was probably my fault though because my second try turned out fine.¬† This type of shade and finish isn’t my favorite, so I’m not terribly excited about this polish, although it is pretty.¬† I paired this with Barielle Make it a Latte on my toes.¬†

<3sarah

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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