Nails of the Day – OPI Care to Danse?

One of my lovely friends bought me the New York City Ballet mini OPI collection for my birthday – which consists of three sheer polishes, and a delicate glitter – think tutus, pale pink satin ballet slippers and feminine, elegance – and that there is the collection!

The first I tried out was Care to Danse? – OPI say “this lilac is up-to-the-minuet in fashion” – but I’d say it’s more pink than lilac. A very white, cool-toned pink in a jelly formula.
First, let me talk about the sheerness of this – it is verrrrry sheer. I ended up doing five coats to get it this opaque, sheer! If someone had very well manicured nails, I can imagine this would look very pretty – but the nails underneath would have to be gorgeous, because it’s totally transparent. It’s also a great colour for bridal looks, but personally, for me, it has to be worn built up in this way.
What do you think of it? Do you wear your sheers sheer, or build them up like me?

Nails of the Day – China Glaze Below Deck

This is another from China Glaze’s Anchor’s Away collection. Below Deck is a nice twist on the usual taupes, with a heavy dose of lilac, it’s a colour unique to any other I have.

It feels wrong wearing a colour like this in the blazing sun, but luckily summer seems a bit washed out, so I’ve been wearing this lots. It does last well, and as you can see from the photo, it’s really glossy too which is a main point-earner in my mind.

Yes, I decided to give the ring finger mani a go…. still undecided. The colour I used for the ring finger is Models Own Champagne. 

Whatcha think? You like?!

Nails of the Day – OPI Steady As She Rose

I know I must sound like a stuck record banging on about how great the Pirates of the Caribbean collection by OPI has been, but I have honestly, hand on heart, loved each polish I have from the collection. So much so that I am tempted to buy the shades I hadn’t originally chosen. The colours have been fresh and different, and the formula has been spot on in all three I have. The colour is opaque within two coats, goes on easily and lasts well.

Steady As She Rose is a really strange colour! It is a cross between a fawn, and a very pale lilac colour. A rose infused cafe latte if you will! It’s really pretty and I absolutely adore it! I did a whole day of DIY wearing this polish and there wasn’t a chip in sight, thoroughly impressive!

Topshop Meteoric Eyeshadow Duo

Last week I purchased my very first pieces of Topshop make up. Well I might be lying… I think they used to have a cosmetics line back in the 90s which I owned some of, and loved. Anyway, I digress… one of the pieces I bought was the Meteoric eyeshadow duo. It looked to me very much like a special kind of MAC shadow, in it’s shiny packaging and colours swirled into each other. At £8 for 2.5g it seemed quite good value, for essentially 3 colours – the silvery shade, purpley shade, and mixed together.

I swatched them on my hand, silver, purple and then mixed together. Even the silver on its own has quite a few lilac tones in it, and together they made a gorgeous metallic purpley fawn colour. This photo was taken in the shade outside.

One thing I was disappointed with, is that the shadow is quite powdery. There was quite a lot of fall-out when I applied it to my eyes, and after using it, you can see just how much excess powder there was on the shadow itself.

I see it will be quite a messy product to use!

I applied it to my eyes using the silver all over, the two colours mixed together in the outer third of my lid, and the purple in the crease. I then used MAC Smoulder eyeliner on the top and bottom lash line and finished with Revlon CustomEyes mascara.

I took this photo indoors. I noticed that it looks slightly more brown in these photos, I think it depends on the kind of light you are in. There is definitely more of a cooler tone to them… I am used to wearing warm toned eyeshadow so think I will use it most often as the two colours mixed together…. very very carefully trying not to spill any of that excess powder!

What do you think? Do you own any pieces of Topshop make up, or Meteoric eyeshadow?

Nails of the Day – OPI Sparrow Me The Drama

Another nail post?! Well, yes.

This is another from OPI’s Pirates of the Caribbean collection – released on 1st May in USA. In quite a contrast to the last Pirates of the Caribbean nail post, Skull & Glossbones, Sparrow Me The Drama really does fit with the season even though it has a cool tone to it. It’s a gorgeously pretty pink with a hint of lilac. It reminds me slightly of a brighter version of Sephora by OPI’s Casting Call. I love the creme finish OPI polishes, although this one doesn’t feel like one of the best formulated – I experienced a bit of dragging when painting my right hand but nothing too terrible. I have a feeling this will be a firm favourite for Summer 2011.

Nails of the Day – Essie Merino Cool

This is another of the Fall 2010 collection from Essie, one that I have been really impressed with. I have always liked Essie, but think that the brush could be thicker for easier application. The colour lasts well usually, but this shade lasts exceptionally well – polish for me lasts 3 days absolute max – last time I wore this I had it on for 5 days before I had to remove it! It glides on like a dream, fantastic coverage and gorgeous colour – a dusty lilac grey. Gorgeous.

Nails of the Day – Butter London Muggins

This is another polish sent from Powder Rooms and o.m.g. I love it! Its a flat colour but can be described as so many different colours – grey, heather, lilac, blue…. it looks different in different lights, but this will definitely be one I will wear again and again.

Nails of the Day – OPI Rumple’s Wiggin’

This came out as part of the Shrek Collection earlier this year. It is a gorgeous light purple creme polish with a slight blue tone to it. It’s very pretty and so far I’ve found it to be different to any other lilac shades I have such as OPI’s Lucky Lucky Lavendar. It’s definitely my favourite polish from the Shrek Collection.

As usual with OPI, I am in love with the pro-wide brush which makes it easy to apply the polish within 3 strokes. It looked a little streaky after just one coat – I settled on two coats but I think 3 coats would have been better as I can now see patches which seem to have a little less polish on than the rest of the nail.

2 coats + Poshe topcoat

The colour is very flattering and I’d imagine it would suit all skin tones. It’s the kind of shade you’d expect to find on a Mini Egg –  yum!