Monday, March 30, 2015

Essie in Flowerista

Brand: Essie Nail Lacquer

Shade: Flowerista
(magenta purple color, glossy finish)

Cost: $$

The Scoop:
Spring is basically here, so I had to dig into Essie's cheerful 2015 shades. This one's a winner. After the long, frigid winter we had in NYC, it makes you happy just looking at it.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Julep in Lucky & Margot

Brand: Julep Nail Color

Shades: Lucky & Margot
(grass green color with glitter finish & pure gold color with shimmer finish)

Cost: $$$

The Scoop:
What better time than March to put the luck of the Irish on your fingertips? I think this pot of gold shade is a subtle tribute with a 4-leaf clover-colored accent nail. But the glitter was especially stubborn to remove.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Zoya in Lotus

Brand: Zoya Professional Lacquer

Shade: Lotus
(dusty grape color, iridescent shimmer finish)

Cost: $$$

The Scoop:
I skipped the typical romantic pinks and sexy reds in favor of this lovely shade. It's chic enough for work, covers with just 2 coats and is always shiny without a topcoat. I'm in love.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Julep in Aurora

Brand: Julep Nail Color

Shade: Aurora
(silver color, metallic finish)

Cost: $$$

The Scoop:
This is a great New Years Eve shade -- perfectly shiny for dancing (or watching Downton Abbey) as the ball drops. And it doesn't chip! (Update: It stayed on for a full 10 days -- wow.)

Monday, December 1, 2014

Butter London in Come to Bed Red

Brand: Butter London 3 Free Nail Lacquer-Vernis

Shade: Come to Bed Red
(cherry red color, glossy finish)

Cost: $$$

The Scoop:
This is a classic red, perfect for all your holiday parties.  Butter is great because it's really glossy straight out of the bottle, but use a top coat anyway. Santa doesn't like chipped nails.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Avon in Midnight Green

Brand: Avon Nailwear Pro Nail Enamel

Shade: Midnight Green
(forest green color, shimmer finish)

Cost: $

The Scoop:
For the cost, Avon polishes are great. I love deep green as an alternative to my first love, navy blue. I do wish this one lasted longer -- I had to touch it up twice during the week.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Essie in Wicked

Brand: Essie Nail Lacquer

Shade: Wicked
(oxblood red shade, glossy finish)

Cost: $$

The Scoop:
Wicked was Essie's color of the month for October, so I fished this one out of the archives (see, it's so old, the logo isn't even white!).  It looks brown-ish in this picture, but it's a deep shade of red, kind of like dried blood. Perfect for Halloween, no?

Friday, October 10, 2014

Essie in On a Silver Platter and No More Film

Brand: Essie Nail Lacquer

Shades: On a Silver Platter & No More Film
(silvery gold shade, blue and iridescent glitter with metallic finish & deep navy blue color, glossy finish

Cost: $$

The Scoop:
Did you know that today's a holiday? It's 10/10, the Perfect 10 Manicure Day! In honor, I'm posting one that combines all my favorite things: navy polish, something sparkly, and an accent nail.

Monday, October 6, 2014

L'Oreal in Fashion's Finest

Brand: L'Oreal Extraordinaire Gel-Lacque

Shade: Fashion's Finest
(teal green color, glossy gel finish)

Cost: $$$

The Scoop:
I do love this shade for fall, but I have to say it doesn't have the staying power of a gel polish, even the at-home variety.  It chipped after one day.  Expensive and doesn't last?  No bueno. Not worth it.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Sally Hansen in Fiery Island

Brand: Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure

Shade: Fiery Island
(coral orange color, glossy finish)

Cost: $$

The Scoop:
This is a great shade to celebrate the last days of summer.  It went on my fingers AND toes.