Boston bound, and getting beautiful one nail polish at a time...

St. Patricks Day Greens!

No where in the US gets excited about St. Patrick’s Day quite like Boston! School is even closed on St. Patrick’s Day! So to celebrate the excitement that my new city has for the holiday of leprechauns and green beer, here are some of my favorite “Emerald Isle” greens.

An assortment of some of the emerald greens in my collection

China Glaze Jolly Holly - this one was a holiday release with a great shimmer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Recycle - one of the best creme greens ever made

Ulta Professional Urban Jungle - this is a great darker green with a slight shimmer

China Glaze Outta Bounds - a brighter green with tons of shimmer, this older color is a home run!

Zoya Ivanka - a true green with tons of gold glittery flecks

China Glaze Emerald Sparkle - a green glitter in a green base, like Ruby Pumps but in green

Deborah Lippmann Shake Your Money Maker - a dense chunky green glitter with gold holo glitter in it as well. I only did this on one accent nail since it is such a royal pain to remove (think 20 minutes of soaking). I’m still waiting to get a bottle of OPI Glitter Off Base Coat. Maybe then I’ll go for the whole hand!

Zoya Chita - if you are all about texture, this Pixie Dust polish is beautiful. It’s an emerald green with silver flecks.

My St. Patty’s Mani - two coats of Ulta Professional Urban Jungle as a base with China Glaze Outta Bounds striped on top. My nails are kind of short right now, and the stripe down the middle helps them look thinner and longer.

Another Nude Glitter Combo


On my last trip to Sephora, I found these mix and match Ciate Trios, where you can choose three mini Ciate colors or effects (studs, caviar, etc.).


The Ciate mix ‘n match bar at Sephora in the Prudential Center Mall

I ended up packing my little black box with a bottle of studs, Social Elite, a mixed bar glitter with gold, black, and light blue, and Beam Me Up Lottie, a “matte glitter” of gold and rose gold chunky fleck glitter in a sheer milky base. 


Ciate Beam Me Up Lottie

Honestly, Beam Me Up Lottie is beautiful and it’s right up my alley; I definitely have an obsession for amazing glitter toppers. It’s the kind of polish you need to dab on because it does not apply smoothly and you will not get the glitter evenly spaced out if you try to apply it like a regular nail polish. For a great video on how to do this, check out one of my favorite nail bloggers All Lacquered Up for a little video! 


My color selections for this mani

I used two coats of Essie Penny Talk , a rose gold metallic for an accent on two nails. This color is a little tricky. It can drag a little when you apply it on the first coat, and you feel like you will have terrible brush marks, but the second coat smooths things out and the brush marks level out. I painted my remaining three nails with two coats of Zoya Kennedy, a pink-tinged beige opaque creme. I know, I know. Another opaque nude. What can I say? I’m in a zone with these types of colors! This color applies really well - a little sheer on the first coat, but reaches full opacity with the second coat. I also like the shade on my skin color. I layered Beam Me Up Lottie over two of the nails with Kennedy as a base. I used top coat over all of my nails, but the matte look of Beam Me Up Lottie was very pretty as well.


A close up of Ciate Beam Me Up Lottie over Zoya Kennedy



So what do you think of the final result??

The new @milanicosmetics glitters!! Absolutely in love! #glitterygoodness #glitterbomb
The new @milanicosmetics glitters!! Absolutely in love! #glitterygoodness #glitterbomb

The new @milanicosmetics glitters!! Absolutely in love! #glitterygoodness #glitterbomb

Lippmann Glitter in the Air v. Revlon Whimsical

Deborah Lippmann Glitter in the Air is one of my favorite polishes. I wear it so often that I am already on my second bottle. I love wearing it over a nude base, as Lippmann intended when she released the color with Naked, a nude, in her Spring 2011 collection. 

When I saw the Revlon color, Whimsical, I thought for sure they were a dupe. Finally, I decided to examine them closer with the eye of a macro lens (Thanks, Olloclip). 

Macro of Deborah Lippmann Glitter in the Air

Macro of Revlon Whimsical

The two colors are really very close to being identical, but you can tell in the Olloclip pics that the quality of the glitter in the Lippmann color is much finer. In the Revlon color, you can see that the actual pieces of glitter are kind of splotchy and uneven in their coloration. The Lippmann color also seems to have more prevalent pieces of little bitty iridescent glitter. To the naked eye, it would be hard to tell the two apart, and you probably don’t need both of these colors, but close inspection shows that you are paying for the quality of materials in the polish.

The Lippmann retails for $19 and the Revlon for $5.

Ruffian Mani with Butter London Marrow

After organizing all of my nail polish into their new home, a tall Ikea Alex, I realized I hat yet to year this gorgeous Butter London purple, Marrow. Marrow is a dusty deep purple-plum, without being too red or too blue. It has a subtle silvery shimmer throughout. The shimmer is barely visible, but it gives the color a cool mystique. The formula is very buttery and smooth, and the polish glides right on the nail. Butter London’s website reads, “A hand-mixed dark purple nail lacquer for the Vena Cava designers, who named it after the dark, purple, rusty center of a bone.” If you are into purple shades, this one is a beauty. It’s really unique.

I layered Marrow over two coats of American Apparel Smoke Dazzle. It’s a duochrome simliar to Essie For the Twill of It and OPI Peace & Love & OPI. It has that purple to teal/green shift that we have seen a lot of this fall. It’s a really pretty shade, but if you have one of the Essie or OPI colors, you can pass on this one.

I love how Marrow looks with the duochrome peeping out from underneath! Smoke Dazzle is a nice accent because it either contrasts or blends in with Marrow, depending on the light. 

A Tale of Two Private Jets

OPI My Private Jet. A color with a lot of history and controversy. Yes, it feels weird to say that about a topic like nail polish.


Both bottles side by side

There is a reason why the most beautiful holo MPJ sells for $80 on eBay!

This color was released in 2007 in the Bright Nights collection alongside OPI Ink, and its really is a gem. It’s a dark charcoal/brown with a linear holographic shimmer throughout. It’s one one of my mom’s favorite colors of all time and she loves wearing it on her toes. 

At some point, OPI changed the formula and started selling “the same color” with the same label and color code. But this impostor My Private Jet is missing the beautiful holo that the original had. The new MPJ is more brown than the original, and the holo has been replaced with a flecked, scattered silver glitter. It reminds me a lot of the glass flecks seen in a lot of China Glaze polishes, but more silvery. After taking a picture of the polish with my new Olloclip, you can see that the maybe the flecks have a touch of holo on them, but the result is no where near as amazing as the original.

You can definitely find the newer My Private Jet around, both in stores and online, and don’t get me wrong - it is a really pretty color. 


Both labels side by side, same color codes, NL B59


Left side is holo MPJ, Right side is silver scattered MPJ


Macro of holo MPJ


Here you can really see the difference of the two colors - this is the silver flakie scattered MPJ


Holo MPJ on index and ring fingers, Scattered MPJ on middle and pinkie fingers


Holo MPJ on index and ring fingers, Scattered MPJ on middle and pinkie fingers


Holo MPJ on index and ring fingers, Scattered MPJ on middle and pinkie fingers

Color changer…

So when I first got into nail polish, in high school and throughout college, I was a strictly red and French girl. I was raised by a mom who wore the same red nail polish on her beautiful, long nails until I was in high school, and I think that predisposed me to want to wear red. Red nails, red toes. Red, red, red. I had acrylics too (ha ha), which I think helped my end my nail-biting habit.


Sorry, Mom. I know this is not the most perfect picture of you. But it does capture the utter glamorousness of your most perfectly painted, long, red nails… And who is that couple possibly just married behind you? Weird. Anyways…

In college, I mastered the art of giving myself French pedicures in my bedroom at the sorority house. I would sit on the floor or the edge of the bed, and do each toe ever so carefully, so that I had just the right amount of white polish showing. I always HATED when I saw girls with thick, gross white lines painted nearly half way down the nail. It’s one of my bizarre pet peeves, the rest of which I’ll save for another post.

My evolution of polish continued into pinks, purples, salmons, and I started ordering my first nail polishes online: China Glaze, Butter London (shipped from London), and CND. I also went through a huge blue and green phase.

Now what am I into? Nudes. Well, only opaque neutrals. Mannequin hands. I’m on a quest for the perfect nude that is not too yellow, not too gray, not too pink and blends perfectly into my skin without making my hands look ruddy. It’s become an endless scavenger hunt to find the exactly right shade. And no matter how close the color is, there’s still another one out there to try!

And my drawer of a zillion red polishes sits, waiting patiently, until my moods and preferences change again…


Our paths will surely cross again, my loves!

Get it Quick!! Butter London Last Orders


Last chance to buy lots of awesome Butter London colors, before they are gone forever!! The sale includes some holiday sets that were out, as well as colors from the Colour Clash collection from this summer, some beautiful linear holos, like Trustifarian and Dodgy Barnett, and some really old colors, like Prince’s Plums, which is one of the first Butter London colors I ever had, before they even started selling in the US.

Must haves:

Dodgy Barnett - a gorg silver linear holo. I’m considering buying a second bottle because 1) the color is amazing, and 2) it’s my last name!!

Cheeky Chops - I LOVE a light lemony color! So sunny!

Gobsmacked - A slightly textured gunmetal gray. After all, it is still winter and dark nails are a cold weather staple!

Happy shopping! xx

Valentino nail art inspiration!!
Zoya Shay for the base and Zoya Black Swan for the striping. Excuse the stripes - it was my first time!!

Pantone Color of the Year - Radiant Orchid


image from Pantone

Pantone has revealed their Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid. They describe it as follows: “an enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

I have scoured the interweb for polishes in the color family of Pantone’s Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid, and pinned them all on one Pinterest Page. Hope you find the perfect purple polish for you!

Click here to go directly to the Pinterest Page!