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My Christmas Mani
Happy holidays everybody! I’ve returned in time to post my first foray into nail art. I tried to make my nails loook like Christmas ornaments, and I had a really nice and simple design planned, but when it came to actually execute the thing, it just didn’t happen. I am not skilled with a brush at all, and in my attempt to even out the lines I made them too thick. I put glitter on them in an attempt to distract from my mistake, but that ended up being overkill. I don’t know if I’m up for doing nail art again. It takes such a long time and the result isn’t that great.Colors Used: Savina Emerald Essie Thigh High Pure Ice Bite Me! Color Club Gingerbread Nubar 2010 (Barely noticeable, but it’s there)

My Christmas Mani

Happy holidays everybody! I’ve returned in time to post my first foray into nail art. I tried to make my nails loook like Christmas ornaments, and I had a really nice and simple design planned, but when it came to actually execute the thing, it just didn’t happen. I am not skilled with a brush at all, and in my attempt to even out the lines I made them too thick. I put glitter on them in an attempt to distract from my mistake, but that ended up being overkill. I don’t know if I’m up for doing nail art again. It takes such a long time and the result isn’t that great.

Colors Used:
Savina Emerald
Essie Thigh High
Pure Ice Bite Me!
Color Club Gingerbread
Nubar 2010 (Barely noticeable, but it’s there)

None of the nail art tutorials ever tell you about the long-ass amount of time you have to wait for your base color to dry before you can start the actual “art.”

NOTD: Nicole by OPI Wild Blue Yonder
Nicole by OPI Wild Blue Yonder is a simple blue shimmer. There’s a small hint of purple in the bottle, but it doesn’t show up on the nail at all, which is a shame. Even though I’m more into the glitzy colors, I love this one. It just looks fantastic on me. The formula was pretty good as well. Even coverage in 3 coats. I still can’t get behind the flat wide brush, though. I have the matte version of this color as well, so I’ll do a comparison in the future.

NOTD: Nicole by OPI Wild Blue Yonder

Nicole by OPI Wild Blue Yonder is a simple blue shimmer. There’s a small hint of purple in the bottle, but it doesn’t show up on the nail at all, which is a shame. Even though I’m more into the glitzy colors, I love this one. It just looks fantastic on me. The formula was pretty good as well. Even coverage in 3 coats. I still can’t get behind the flat wide brush, though.

I have the matte version of this color as well, so I’ll do a comparison in the future.

NOTD: Nicole by OPI Yellow It’s Me
Get it? Yellow, it’s me? Ah, OPI and their cheesy puns. Yellow It’s Me is a yellow creme with flecks of unidentifiable color thrown in. I can’t decide whether that shimmer you see is pink or orange. There’s green/gray in there too. The color is nice in theory, but I just can’t get yellow (or most light colors for that matter) to work for me. The shimmer’s so subtle, it may as well not be there at all.  That’s six coats up there, so it has definite coverage issues. I’m willing to put up with a so-so formula for a nice result, but this one just isn’t my cup of tea.

NOTD: Nicole by OPI Yellow It’s Me

Get it? Yellow, it’s me? Ah, OPI and their cheesy puns. Yellow It’s Me is a yellow creme with flecks of unidentifiable color thrown in. I can’t decide whether that shimmer you see is pink or orange. There’s green/gray in there too. The color is nice in theory, but I just can’t get yellow (or most light colors for that matter) to work for me. The shimmer’s so subtle, it may as well not be there at all.

That’s six coats up there, so it has definite coverage issues. I’m willing to put up with a so-so formula for a nice result, but this one just isn’t my cup of tea.

NOTD: Nicole by OPI Imagine If… over Positive Energy

Nicole by OPI Positive Energy is something between a silver shimmer and a frost. This type of finish only looks good under bright light and clashes with my skintone all other times. Formula-wise it’s all right. This was three coats.


I had already worn Positive Energy on its own before, so I decided pair it with Imagine If…Yes, the ellipses are in the name. Imagine If… was too sheer to wear on its own. I used two coats here.

The effect wasn’t as fantastic as I was hoping, but it looks nice. It would be interesting to see how Imagine If… works with other colors.

NOTD: Nicole by OPI Sensational Scarlet

Nicole by OPI Sensational Scarlet is a glitter polish with a red jelly base. Sadly, the red jelly part is all that managed to show up on my nails. There are some tiny specks of glitter here and there, but the glitter isn’t nearly as dense as it appears in the bottle. I’ve seen pictures how this one is really supposed to look, so maybe I applied it wrong. Even so, the result here isn’t bad. There’s some VNL going on, but it’s nothing major.

This was three coats. Usually jellies require lots more, but this one was very pigmented.

NOTD: China Glaze Rare & Radiant

China Glaze Rare and Radiant is a Chanel Peridot dupe from the Bohemian collection which was released this summer. I absolutely loved Peridot when I first saw swatches of it online, but I’m not willing to shill out $25 on any bottle of polish ever, so I decided to wait for a dupe. So when my local Sally Beauty store got this collection in stock, I went out and bought it.

I’ve never owned a China Glaze polish before and I’ve heard nothing but praise for their formula, but to be perfectly honest, I’m not impressed with the formula for Rare and Radiant. Maybe duochromes are just tricky like that, but I found it very difficult to get the finish to appear smooth. It likes to snag at the tips in the same way Sally Hansen Black Tie did.

As for the color, I hate to say it, but I’m over it. It looks gorgeous in the flash picture (as it does when under a direct light source) but I live in cloudy Washington, so most of the time it looks like a murky light green mess you see in the first pic. Lighter shimmers just aren’t my thing I suppose.

Overall I’m suffering from a case of broken pedestal with this polish. I’m certainly not going to give up on China Glaze as they have other colors that I’m dying to try, but it seems duochromes and I don’t get along very well.

Seriously considering selling most of my collection on Ebay and leaving just my favorites because wow. 63 years.

Wait, NVM. I just calculated the amount of time it would take based on the exact amount of polishes I have, taking their fl oz contents into account along with the number of coats they require and now I’m seeing 63 years. It would take 46 just to get through the number of .5 fl oz polishes I have.

Kill me plz.

  • Let’s say that a 0.5 fl oz bottle of nail polish lasts for 100 1 coat manicures at 0.005 fl oz each.
  • At an average of 4 coats per manicure, this number becomes 0.02 fl oz.
  • There are 25 4 coat manicures in one 0.5 fl oz bottle of nail polish.
  • At an average of 5 days per manicure, 25 manicures equals 125 days. 1 0.5 fl oz bottle lasts 125 days.
  • 125 (give or take, since I have several minis) bottles of nail polish, at 125 days per bottle is 15,625 days.
  • 15,625 days total divided by 365 days in a year is 42.8 years.
  • It’ll take me 42 years to get through my entire nail polish collection.