I’m still a bit stuck on what to wear on my nails lately. Some days I see a mani in real life or posted online that inspires me but it still seems like most days I can’t figure out what to wear… and sometimes when I do decide on a polish it’s something that I’ve already posted about on the blog before and than I feel bad about reposting it. So I think I’ve decided that layering polishes and finding fun and pretty polish combinations is going to be my thing for the time being when I can’t decide on what to wear. So my first layering combo during my rut of polish un-inspiration is (two coats of) OPI What’s Dune layered over OPI Loredana. Yesterday So Cal experienced it’s first dose of June Gloom so when the sun came out today, I knew I had to take advantage and wear a holo. Horray for sunshine. Oh and, don’t forget to view these pictures full size to see What’s Dune? in all of it’s holo-y glory!
So the sun came out today and as promised, here is Zoya Loredana with top coat. I swear that in real life it is much more shiny and sparkly than pictures make it appear. The second picture is slightly blurry to show the tiny silver and rainbow sparkles that shine in the sunlight. It’s worth viewing that picture full size . I can’t decide if I like it better matte or with top coat…
It’s been a rainy day here in So Cal and so grey weather usually puts me in the mood for grey polish and Loredana was the first grey polish I pulled out of my Helmer tat screamed ‘wear me!!’… and so I did. It’s a gorgeous sparkly gunmetal silver matte that is opaque in two coats. I thought about wearing it with top coat but since the sun wasn;t out to make it sparkle and shine, I decided against it. If the sun comes out tomorrow though I will add topcoat and share again.
China Glaze Stone Cold is the polish I was most looking forward to from the Colors of the Capitol collection. It’s a matter gunmetal silver filled with tons and tons of tiny, irregular shaped silver glitter flecks. I love dark grey and black matte polishes and I think this one if my new favorite. I think I could have gotten away with wearing just one thick coat but I used two anyways.
On a side note, yesterday I was back in LA for the first time in quite some time and I made my way over to the Hotel Cafe to see Marcus Foster, one of my favorite singers perform. And in case you’re unaware of who Marcus Foster is, I’ve posted his video for his current single I Was Broken Below. He’s good music… my type of people. I literally have spent my entire day in bed listening to his album and the rain pour outside.
Before I start on this green falkie combo let me just mention that yesterday’s China Glaze Four Leaf Clover mani stained the hell out my nails. I mean, they’re worse than any other stains I’ve ever had. My nails are literally green. I soaked them in acetone for about 30 seconds and scrubbed at them but the stains didn’t diminish. The polish is so pigmented that it even slightly stained the skin around my fingers when green I was removing the polish. It was a nightmare. It’s a pretty polish but after the horrendous stains acquired, I’ll probably never wear that polish again. In my experience, stains lessen over time but still, almost no polish is worth stains this bad.
Now on to today’s mani. This is two coats of OPI Gargantuan Green Grape, a medium lime green creme matte, topped with two coats of LA Girl Crowd Surfing, a green tinged clear base loaded with duochrome orange flakies and micro shimmer that shift to yellow and green. Crowd Surfing isn’t nearly dense enough to wear on it’s own and get coverage so I thought that GGGM would be a good pairing.
Yesterday was on hell of a day for me and at the end of the day my nails looked like hell and desperately needed repainted so I chose to use Zoya Veruschka since it’s a matte and doesn’t need topcoat or much time to dry. It’s a pine green matte that’s filled with green and rainbow micro glitter. It’s on of my all time favorite green polishes… it reminds of of a forest.
Why the hell of a day you ask? Well, I was rushing to work and as I was getting in my car, my car door closed on it’s own, smacking me on the left side of my head, slamming the right side of my face onto the edge of my car where the door meets the rest of the car. I figured it would give me one hell of a massive bruise but instead I started gushing blood everywhere, called 911 and ended up getting six stitches right below my right eye brow. All before 11:00. I have the worst luck with accidents I tell you. I am forever falling, tripping, getting bruised and cut… and this just takes the cake. I guess I should consider myself lucky since I’ve gone 23 years without breaking a bone or needing stitches and this was just me paying my dues I suppose. It’s shitty, but as long as I don’y have a terrible scar I’ll be fine. What a way to start my long weekend!
I kinda miss the fall ’09 matte trend…so now that the cold and rain have come around, I’m bringing it back. Zoya Loredana from the Fall 2009 Limited Edition Matte Velvet Collection (how’s that for a wordy collection name?!) is a matte, medium charcoal gray-silver that’s loaded with shimmer. The thing I love about this polish (as well as the other matte polishes Zoya released that year) is that it’s really, really matte. A lot of brands that year came out with matte collections and were either close with no cigar or completely missed the mark. Zoya however hit the nail on the head. Zoya mattes are totally and completely matte. And I love it. And even though it’s matte, you can still see the amazing rainbow sparkles shine though. Indeed this is the perfect polish for a cold and rainy autumn day.
Oh, and I almost forgot to mention, I used Wet n Wild Black Creme to stamp on a fun Halloween stamp using Bundle Monster plate BM-224.