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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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.¬†


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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