Friday, August 16, 2013

Essie Neons

Brace yourselves: this is about to get messy.  I know the drill, because it doesn't take long after reading a few nail polish blogs to learn that the best way to wrangle neons is to lay down a white basecoat.  So I did.  And it did. not. help.  I only partially blame myself.  All is not lost, though: one neon was actually halfway decent.  I'll give you the good first.

In sunlight.

How: One coat of China Glaze 'White on White,' two coats of Essie 'Saturday Disco Fever,' and one coat of clear topcoat.  

Verdict: Saturday Disco Fever was surprisingly easy to apply for a neon.  This wasn't my first rodeo with neons, but I haven't ridden many, because neon has burned me before.  Alas, the boyfriend gave me three of Essie's neon hues for my birthday back in May, and with the Alaskan summer quickly fleeting, I thought it was high time I gave them a go.  Anyway, the above photo makes it look somewhat sherbet-y, but I assure you, it was as neon as they come (my photography skills are admittedly lacking).  I paired it with an equally neon orange running tank to my last outing at this year's local fair, and it just seemed right.  This was the good.

   In sunlight.

How: Two coats of Essie 'Blanc,' 2-3 coats (depending on the nail) of Essie 'Bottle Service,' and one coat of clear topcoat.

Verdict: Not the worst, but definitely could've been better.  Not as easy to apply as the orange above, and what a bummer.  But, still, not the most heinous neon I've ever tried my hand at.  This was the somewhat bad.

In sunlight.

How: Two coats of China Glaze White on White, one coat of Essie 'Shake Your $$ Maker,' and one coat of clear topcoat.

Verdict: This. was. a. NIGHTMARE.  The pictures don't accurately portray the terrible coverage, the splotchiness, the insert-words-of-disappointment-and-frustration-here.  The more I look at this picture, the more I wonder why I kept attempting to take a better picture of this mess.  Again, it could be my terrible painting skills, but my word.  This was most definitely the ugly.

In sunlight.

Bonus: Bottle Service was salvageable.  With the help of Different Dimension's 'Comfortably Numb,' I was able to cover up some of the blemishes in this manicure.  My pictures definitely don't do this glitter topper justice.  You can just barely make out the goldenrod microshimmer in this polish, and you certainly can't see the effect of the hot pink hexes and squares against the neon pink background, but I dug this nonetheless.  Comfortably Numb definitely pops much more against a black basecoat, but I'm sure you've already seen swatches like that.  I'm much later on the scene than most (okay, all) other nail polish bloggers, I know this.

Now, a question for anyone out there who may stumble across this blog: I must find a way to whittle down my nail polish collection and put some of it in storage.  My fall season is probably approaching a little faster than yours (just a reality of the Arctic), so I'm taking it as an opportunity to de-clutter the area where I stash my collection.  Tell me: if you were me, what types of shades would you keep out to take you into the fall season, and which shades (like neons) would you package up and put away for awhile?

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Orangefest 2013: Part Deux

It was fair weekend up here, so I only had enough time for two manicures (which, heck, is typical anyway for a two-day weekend).

First up for me this weekend was my first half marathon.  Which I didn't train for and didn't even plan on running until pretty much the morning of, when I decided I didn't want to not go since my boyfriend and a friend of ours were going.  I'm the youngest child, so I have a thing about not wanting to be left out...

Feeling super accomplished after the race. 

The first manicure is what I chose to wear for my first half marathon.

Crappy cell phone picture, taken with sunlight coming through the window behind me.
How: Two very easily applied thick-ish coats of OPI 'Schnapps Out of It!' and a topcoat.

Verdict: Schnapps Out of It! was a bit of a confusing shade for me.  I thought of it as a burnt orange, very brown-leaning, but the boyfriend and our friends all thought it was brick red.  What do they know?  I'm sticking with burnt orange.  The formula was great.  It really went on the nail quite well with great opacity.  I'm pretty sure I only needed the second coat, because I have a tendency to apply polish more thickly near my cuticles than my tips.

Taken in sunlight with flash.

How: Two coats of OPI 'Deutsch You Want Me Baby?' and topcoat to protect.

Verdict: I love this orange.  Built up super easily on the nail.  My photo doesn't really do its depth justice.  As mentioned above, I only used the topcoat to protect the mani and speed up the drying process a little.  Deutsch You Want Me Baby? had plenty of shine on its own, and truth me told, I'm really procrastinating removing this shade tonight (which I must do so I can go to work tomorrow), because I'm really enjoying the beautiful, subtle shimmer.

I have a few more recently purchased oranges in my arsenal, which I hope to get put up next weekend.  I hope everyone has a good new week!  Back to the grind....

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Orangefest 2013

Okay, I'm trying like crazy to get all my vacation swatches up.  One theme I noticed while I was back home visiting family was that the orange-lover in me shone through pretty predominantly.  I've been on a real orange kick as of late, so I thought I'd put up a sampling of my newest orange shades.

How: Two coats of Covergirl 'Orange Oasis' and one coat of Insta-Dri Clearly Quick.

Verdict: I found that I had to keep twisting the brush back onto the bottle and giving it a good shake, because it seemed to get thick and clumpy on the brush after a nail-and-a-half.  However, I really dug the finish and could've done without the top coat, as the Glosstini line this summer is actually just as advertised: glossy.  Orange Oasis is a super fun and playful shade of orange, and I kinda wish I hadn't given it to my sister before I left California.  Sometimes it's good to share the wealth, though, right?  

Taken in sunlight, shows golden-orange.

Taken with flash, shows the reddish orange.

How: Two coats of Ozotic '730' with one coat of topcoat.  Went on super smoothly, although the metallic nature of the formula can show brush strokes.

Verdict: I SUPER dig this shade.  It's another one I just kept looking at, moving my hand around to see the different colors.  I'd like to try it over white or black the next time I wear it.

Taken in sunlight.

How: Two coats of Dance Legend 'Papaya' and one coat of Seche Vite topcoat (finally broke down and bought Seche Vite!).

Verdict: This nail polish is SO MUCH FUN.  I really wanted the darker orange version of this, called 'Pitaya,' but the vendor was out at the time, and I simply couldn't wait any longer to try this stuff.  The orange was super bright, like traffic cone bright, but I didn't feel like a walking Halloween display, so that was a plus.  An even better plus was the glitter: SO EASY to get good coverage.  No fishing required.  I wish all glitter polishes were this easy to apply.

One thing is for sure: I need... more... orange.

Monday, July 15, 2013

'Meet Me at Sunset' by Essie

I have a confession to make: I have now gone through 3 manicures I had intended to blog about WITHOUT TAKING ANY PICTURES.  Kinda makes it impossible to review something when you have no evidence that you ever wore it.  The really crummy part?  I let my sister have one of the colors from Cover Girl's summer Glosstini collection, so I'll never wear it again.  There goes my Glosstini collection post.  Oh, well.

I'm here to review Essie's 'Meet Me at Sunset,' because it's the shade that recaptured my affection for this brand.

Taken indoors with flash

How: Two coats of Essie's Meet Me at Sunset and one coat of Insta-Dri Clearly Quick.  Application was surprisingly easy, considering I wasn't a fan of the brush in several of my older Essie polishes; I could be mistaken, but it seems as though Essie has improved their brush to allow for easier application.

Verdict: Considering what I want out of an orange shade, Meet Me at Sunset comes pretty darn close to meeting my purposes.  See, what I look for is a good, rich, orange-leaning red-orange, not too Halloween-y, with just a hint of burnt quality to it.  In the bottle, Meet Me at Sunset looks like it has that burnt-but-not-TOO-burnt quality.  On the nail, however, it doesn't quite cut the mustard.  BUT, I think it's a lovely shade, anyhow, and may shoot to the top of my orange favorites list.  

Can anyone confirm or deny my suspicion that Essie improved/changed their brush?  I was pretty much done with Essie after being really annoyed with what I perceived to be difficulty in applying their shades to my nails (I won't even get started on my disappointment in their summer neon collection), but I stood at Kohl's yesterday, staring at the Essie display, agonizing over whether I wanted to try Meet Me at Sunset or the redder 'Clambake' (I think I chose the better of the two), despite my past let-downs.  I pulled the trigger and am so glad I did.  I just might give Essie another chance.  I mean, they're readily available around town, I love the names of the different colors, and now with the brush in the bottle I bought yesterday, I really dig how the manicure turns out.

Anyway, I'm still on leave, which means I pretty much give myself a new manicure every night before I go to bed (not just on the weekend!), so I'm going to try and do a collection review of a few of L'Oreal's newer Iconic Muse shades and one from their Trend Setter Collection.  That's if I don't get distracted by some other nail polish along the way and abandon that mission.  I have very little self control...  

Sunday, July 7, 2013

'Kimmy' & 'Tanzy' by Zoya, 'Moonlit Dance' by Sally Hansen's Diamond Strength line

Whew!  What a weekend, I tell ya.  Between taking (and passing!) my Basic Rider Course and a failed attempt at finding some not-dried-up river to float down on the fourth, I managed to rock my remaining two Zoya colors from my first Zoya order a couple weeks ago.  I've also decided to compare the orange Zoya shade with an orange I bought from the Diamond Strength Sally Hansen line about a year ago, when this nail polish spending spree of mine was just starting out.

Let's start with the red, shall we?

Photo take in sunlight

How: Two coats of 'Kimmy' by Zoya with one coat of Insta-Dri Clearly Quick.  Picture appears a little more orange-y than in real life; according to Zoya's website, it's a candy apple red, and I agree with that description.  I will say it appeared lighter in person than what my computer screen shows me on their site, but that's not a bad thing.  Color went on super easily and evenly.

Verdict:  I much prefer this red to Zoya's 'Nidhi' from last weekend.  The finish was smoother, no physical texture whatsoever, but had good depth with its metallic glittery-gold sheen.  A definite keeper, and I'm so glad I fought the urge to try on my orange shade first this weekend, because Kimmy was perfect for getting into the 4th of July holiday spirit!

Photo taken in sunlight

How: Three coats of 'Tanzy' by Zoya, one coat of Ista-Dri Clearly Quick, and a couple of drops per nail of Nicole by OPI's Dry Drops.  I probably could've called it good with two coats of Tanzy, but I love me some good vibrant orange, so I went with three.  Color went on easily and evenly.

Verdict: I really dug the formula on Tanzy, and it's another great shade to look at with tons of gold sparkle to add interest.  Unfortunately, depsite the fact that I finally motivated myself enough to use an actual camera to take this photo instead of my usual iPhone shot, I did a poor job of capturing the sparkle effect that makes this orange so awesome.  Oranges often walk a fine line of bordering on Halloween-y, but in my opinion, Tanzy can be worn whenever.  I wasn't self conscious wearing this at all this weekend, and in fact, it's almost a flashy version of Harley Davidson orange, which I thought was fitting when I went out to look at a used Harley as my first bike yesterday (I'll let you know how that story goes).

And now for our orange comparison...

Photo taken in overcast sunlight

How: Two coats of Sally Hansen's Diamond Strength 'Moonlit Dance' and one coat of Insta-Dri Clearly Quick.  Polish went on easily and mostly evenly, although a little finagling was necessary, as it seemed a little thick at times.

Verdict: You may not be able to tell, because I used my iPhone for this photo (yes, I've learned my lesson: use your good camera when taking nail polish photos), but Moonlit Dance is pretty much identical to Tanzy.  The difference is in the formula.  Although Moonlit Dance offered impressive opacity in two coats (as opposed to Tanzy's three), I abhorred it's consistency and the texture of the finish.  It's not supposed to be a textured polish as far as I'm aware, but it seemed... almost gritty.  No me gusta.  Getting rid of this one, since I believe Tanzy to be a good enough dupe that I like much more.

As far as removal for all of above polishes, all are somewhat a pain to remove.  The Zoyas' sparkle is stubborn as a mule, but the Diamond Strength was extra gritty  and thick, which made my fingers sore after during what I have dubbed the Great Removal Effort of 2013.  

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Another Zoya deal!

You guys.  I can't seem to control this polish-buying impulse, much less when I keep seeing deals pop up everywhere.  I'm sure you're way ahead of me already, but in case you're not, look below:

Check out the Zoya blog for details, although they're already listed in the promo image above.  Don't get overly excited like I did, and just pick your favorite Pixie Dust color, slap on that promo code, and expect it to work, because it won't.  You have to order the blue seen above, 'Liberty' (duh), for it to work properly and get your two extra shades for free.  Took me minute to figure that one out.  And then I panicked when the Zoya site wouldn't confirm my order and just kept sending me back to the billing info page.  It was like Groundhog's Day (the Bill Murray movie; tell me you've seen it); it just kept happening over and over and over... I remedied that by opening a different kind of browser, and all was right in the world.

Anyway, Happy Independence Day to my fellow Americans!  I'm currently donning Zoya's 'Kimmy,' which I'll review later this weekend, hopefully, along with another shade.  That's if I can find time to remove Kimmy and put on the other shade, as I have to be up early (EARLY!) Saturday to attend day 2 of my Basic Rider's Course (I'm learning to ride a motorcycle; it's going to be a very Americana-heavy weekend for me).  Wish me luck, and I'll see you all then!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

'Nidhi' & 'Rica' by Zoya

I mentioned a few posts ago that I was waiting for a few shades from a particular brand I've been wanting to try for awhile.  Well, they came!  Below are the first two from the haul I ordered from Zoya's Summer Flashback FLOGO Sale (which I learned of through All Lacquered Up).  I see Zoya all over the internet and Instagram, but have never come across it myself in real life.  Upon reading about the brand, I learned that I had never seen it in stores, because they can only be found in spas, nail salons, and resorts.  And I don't frequent any of those places.

You learn something new each day.

First up:

How: Two coats of Zoya's 'Nidhi' and one coat of Insta-Dri Clearly Quick.

Verdict: I liked this shade of red, but felt the finish was a bit dull, even with the aid of a clear topcoat. However, I did like the shiny metallic flecks of gold (and pink?), which added an interesting look, despite finishing up rather dull.  Another con to this one is that I had to keep retouching it, as it chipped several times in the first 24 hours of wear.

How: Three coats of Zoya's 'Rica' and one coat of Insta-Dri Clearly Quick.

Verdict: This color is really fun to look at!  So much metallic goodness over a beautiful coral/pink.  It definitely feels summery.  I can't speak to whether it chips easily or not, though, because I've only been wearing it for about an hour.

All in all, I like the Zoya polishes, although I wish I'd ordered more of a variety of shades and finishes.  You'll see in my next Zoya post that the other two colors I ordered are also metallic (such a messy, glittery cleanup!), and I stuck to the red, orange, and coral/pink families, whereas I probably should've checked out some of their "cooler" colors, like blues, greens, and purples.  I will say, Zoya has pretty good brushes, which is always my favorite feature in a nail polish.  Although I was only able to coat about 1/3 of each nail with each swipe, the bristles were such that they allowed a good, even, clean coat of color, and I didn't even get too messy around the sides of my fingers and my cuticles!  Maybe that's from having more practice, but I like to give credit to a good brush whenever I can.

Stay tuned for the next two Zoya colors I ordered, and a bonus comparison between the orange color from Zoya and an orange from Sally Hansen's Diamond series!

Monday, June 24, 2013

'Shocked' by Picture Polish

It's midnight sun season up here in Interior Alaska, and to kick things off, I decided to participate in the Midnight Sun Run 10k.  It was my first organized race, and I was so proud of myself for finally manning up and taking the plunge into the running world, so I treated myself to a new set of running gear.  I was saving my new orange Mizunos for the beginning of July (because I insist on replacing running shoes every six months, exactly), but when I picked up a fantastic orange Nike Dri-Fit tank and some black and orange Nike running shorts at Sports Authority, I knew my orange Mizunos needed to make their debut.

Sent this picture to my mom.  It was my proof!

With all that orange going on, I needed to offset it with a fun pink.  Cue 'Shocked' by Picture Polish.

How: Three coats of Picture Polish's Shocked and one coat of Insta-Dri Clearly Quick.  As always, Picture Polish's brush and formula make applying an even coat a breeze.

Verdict: LOVED Shocked.  I put it just half a notch lower than 'Kryptonite' on the awesomeness scale.  For all its holographic flake-y goodness, it still doesn't pop the way Kryptonite does, but still --- it's a fantastic pink, more fuchsia than anything else, and it's super fun to look at in the sunlight.  My pictures never do these shades justice, so you'll just have to take my word for it.  I would never lie to you.

We fought mosquitoes and ate a lot of dust to 4-wheel up to this lookout rock.

I feel compelled to make a public service announcement.  See those smiling faces up there?  Those faces came at the cost of my shiny Shocked manicure.  What I discovered yesterday, as a group of us were preparing to take out some 4-wheelers and drive up a really cool trail to that lookout point, was that mosquito spray destroys your manicure.  We're talking full-on dull-age of the shine factor, replaced by icky gunk from the deet.  I hope you don't have as big of a mosquito problem as we do; they really are the party poopers of summertime.    

This concludes my Picture Polish series!  For now....

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Obligatory blog claimin'

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'O'Hara' by Picture Polish

The nail polish haul I referred to in my last post didn't arrive as scheduled yesterday, so I'm back with another Picture Polish shade.  And this time, ladies and gentlemen(?), I am sadly not thrilled.

The shade in question is 'O'Hara,' a red (as you might've already guessed).

Just as I did with 'Kryptonite,' I accidentally deleted the picture off my camera roll on the iPhone, and sadly, if I email myself the picture straight from Instagram, it loads tiny and won't zoom clearly, so if you really want to see O'Hara up close, personally, and not blurry, click here.

How: Three coats of O'Hara and one coat of Insta-Dri Clearly Quick.

Verdict: I had high hopes for O'Hara, because as I've mentioned in the past, reds and pinks are most flattering with my skin tone.  I have never felt outlandish, cheap, funky, or any other negative feeling when I've worn a red or a pink.  I wouldn't say I felt any of those things when I wore O'Hara, but I wouldn't say I felt the same level of confidence as I normally do.  It was somewhat difficult to achieve opacity with this one (for me, at least), and the glitters were a tad underwhelming.  I think, perhaps, it's because they aren't multi-colored; they appear to be a light pinkish, so it doesn't pop out of the red polish hardly at all.  I guess I just expected it to be the red version of Kryptonite, but I was wrong.

All hope is not lost, though!  I think either Picture Polish's shades 'Dorothy' or 'Vegas' might have multi-colored holo glitter, so that would be more satisfying to my eye.

Sorry for the pictureless post (a real faux pas for a nail polish blog), but if you took the time to click the link to the picture, what did you think?  Did O'Hara stack up against the other Picture Polishes so far?  Or does it fall a little short for you, as it did for me?

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

'Kryptonite' by Picture Polish

I know, I know... I named this blog Polished on the Weekend, so what am I doing blogging about nail polish on a Wednesday evening?  Rest assured, I am not wearing nail polish right now.  As you know, that would definitely not fly in my no-frills profession.  The reason I'm blogging about nail polish tonight is due to two reasons:

  1. I've been on a Picture Polish kick as of late and realized I had worn one of their shades prior to creating this blog, and it was such a fantastic color that I didn't want to risk forgetting to blog about it.
  2. I finally was presented with an excuse and opportunity to purchase some nail polish from a company I've been searching high and low for in stores around here, but without any luck.  I took advantage of an online sale last weekend and am eagerly awaiting the arrival of four new shades (new to me, anyway) which, according to the online USPS shipment tracking, should be here by Friday.  If that's the case, I'm going to want to try them as soon as possible and then blog all about it.  
In the chute? 'Kryptonite.'  In case you're unfamiliar with Superman, this particular shade is green.  

Unfortunately, I mistakenly deleted my full-handed Kryptonite photo today, so my thumb will have to do for now.

How: Two coats of Kryptonite, one coat of Insta-Dry Clearly Quick.  Again, great brushes in both bottles, makes my life easy.

Verdict: Had naming this shade been up to me, I'd have given it a name alluding to the Land of Oz.  The Emerald City.  Something along those lines, because as a May baby, Kryptonite is what I always wished affordable emeralds were.  A deep, dark green, Kryptonite explodes with color, thanks to the holographic glitter in the formula.  It's an effect you don't fully realize until you're out and about in the sunshine.  I noticed it while I was driving which, I must say, was almost distracting.

Before recently, I mostly played it safe with reds and pinks, but Picture Polish has produced a beautiful, not funky green that I know I'll wear again and again.  Seeing really is believing with Kryptonite, and it's definitely my favorite of the Picture Polish bash you see in the photo above. 

Sunday, June 16, 2013

'Aphrodisiac' by Picture Polish

A few months ago, my boyfriend, Andy, informed me that his battalion was having their ball on the Army's birthday.  A couple days later, I found out that my entire brigade was throwing a ball a couple week's after Andy's battalion.  Now, while I think the brigade will put on a lovely function, I prefer a smaller, more intimate setting, so I decided to attend Andy's ball, instead of my own.  Plus, I would be allowed to wear a civilian ball gown to Andy's function, whereas my ball would just be one more occasion where I would have to appear in uniform.

It was an easy decision to make.

A shameless selfie.  It's rare that I get to look like a proper lady.
As soon as I found my dress (which I left 'til the last minute to do; typical), I knew what shade of nail polish I was going to wear with it, and that was 'Aphrodisiac' by Picture Polish.

I've sung Picture Polish's praises before, and just prepare yourself to hear me do it again.  'Aphrodisiac' did not disappoint.

Let's ignore the fact that my fingers look like they belong to a corpse in this photo (I don't always choose the lighting or angles), and focus on the color, shall we?

How: Knowing that I would have very limited time between work and the ball, I wisely chose to pre-paint some press-on nails during the week, so I wouldn't have to worry about painting and cleanup the night of the event.  It's always weird for me seeing fake nails on my hands, but I'm really glad I did that.  Two coats of Aphrodisiac and a top coat of Insta-Dri Clearly Quick resulted in the rich royal purple you see above.  As always, Picture Polish's brush made it easy to evenly coat the nail with color.

Verdict: If you dig purple, you must get Aphrodisiac.  So smooth, so rich, and it dries pretty quickly, as well (always a plus).  If you're using it for an event, like I was, I hope it's either outside or in a well-lit venue, because Aphrodisiac definitely wasn't allowed to shine the way it should've at the ball, so it just appeared black to most people.  When I stepped outside, though, the sunlight revealed its true beauty.  

I hope no one's getting tired of back-to-back Picture Polish reviews, because there are more coming this way soon!

Friday, June 7, 2013

'Denim' by Picture Polish

I got off work a little early this Friday, because the big boss wanted to give our battalion a little head start to the weekend after our 6-mile brigade run this morning.  Naturally, I drove straight home, so I could test out one of the colors I've been dying to don.  Okay, so I actually made a pit stop at Wendy's for a small vanilla frosty, but that's neither here nor there...

Back to the nail polish.  I follow Bernadette on Instagram (@bdettenails), which is where I got my introduction to a great company, Picture Polish.  Bernadette posted an amazing purple called 'Aphrodisiac.'  And thus started my love affair with these Australian nail polish geniuses.  I'm not exaggerating or trying to be cute when I call them geniuses, and if you've ever worn one of their amazing colors you know firsthand that I'm not kidding.

Perusing Picture Polish's online store threw me back to when I was a kid, and Toys 'R' Us was king.  It felt like I was rabidly running up and down the aisles, not a clue as where to start, and was completely overwhelmed by all the amazing shades I saw.  I clicked on all the pictures, read all the descriptions and reviews, and realized I needed to pace myself and make a short wishlist.  Not being from Australia, I first checked out one of their American online vendors, so I could save a little on shipping, but when the American shop didn't have everything I wanted, I knew I couldn't wait for them to restock and bought the last couple straight from Australia.

Yes, it was more expensive.  Ask me if I regret it.

No, is the answer.

Anyway, I drove home after my morning run and knew exactly which polish I needed to get on my fingers: 'Denim.'  Denim was one of my two "curiosity purchases."  I don't wear a lot of blue nail polish, but the description and color swatch hooked me, and I thought, This just might be the blue that makes me a believer. 

How: I applied three coats of Denim, because I have a tendency to struggle with opacity on the tips of my nails.  If you're better at applying nail polish, you'd probably be good with two coats.  Something I think is worth noting when it comes to nail polish reviews is the brush, and Picture Polish's brushes are... picture perfect (I had to).  The brush offers great coverage and makes it really easy --- even for someone with less-than-steady hands, like me --- to apply the color evenly.  As always, I slapped on a coat of my favorite top coat, Insta-Dri Clearly Quick.  I've tried several brands of top coat, but I prefer Insta-Dri, because of its great brush (I can usually get an entire nail evenly coated in one swipe), and its drying time really helps me seal in the color safely, so I can start using my hands without much worry.

Verdict: Denim has put me on the path to blue believer-dom.  I think the most important takeaway from this is that I think I prefer medium blues to paler or really dark blues.  Denim is enough to get noticed without making me feel like a total space cadet (sorry, there's still a lingering difficulty with taking blue seriously as a casual nail color), but it's not WHOA! TOO BLUE!  I wish the sun would come back out so I could accurately assess all the dimensions of this polish, but so far I can tell you that Denim has some silvery flecks that seem to lighten it up to what I would almost call periwinkle. 

And periwinkle is a fun word to say, so... added bonus there.

If you haven't already, I highly recommend you head over to Picture Polish and check out their inventory.  I can almost guarantee that you'll find a quality polish (or, five) that's right up your alley!

A quick 'hello'

I won't keep you long, but I figured I'd explain why I'm here. 

I'm Kara, and I am employed by the United States Army.  This means I wear an unflattering uniform and pull my hair back into a spinster bun most days of the week.  I'm pretty sure this is what fuels my passion for nail polish.  I was looking for something to help feminize me up on the weekends, since my civilian clothes mostly consist of jeans, t-shirts, and plaid (it turns out, I just look plain good in plaid), and it seemed like nail polish was the perfect fun accessory.

Nail polish, to me, screams GIRL!  There's an endless amount of looks you can achieve or supplement with nail polish.  For example, there are girly pastels and pale pinks when you are going for a pretty look.  Or, if you are feeling sassy, you have bolder, brighter colors that come into play.  Then, there are shades that just seem to go really well with different seasons: burgundy always reminds me of fall, and reds get a lot of use around December for me.  I love that I can grab a color and be matchy-matchy with my outfit, or I can put a little more thought into it and choose a contrasting-yet-complementary color to add a little unexpected flair.

Anyway, that's where I'm coming from, and I'm sure there are other women out there who can relate.  I know I'm not the only one who enjoys getting gussied up on the weekends.  I also genuinely enjoy sharing and discussing nail polish finds, so please don't hesitate to share your own thoughts and experiences!