Nail of the Week: Teals, Gold and Other Glitters

Orly Teal Unreal and Cirque Colors Helios
Orly Teal Unreal and Cirque Colors Helios (click to ENLARGE!)

Anyone relying on my photos for accurate swatches is a fool. That fact is most apparent to me today, as I tried incessantly to take an accurate photo of Orly ‘Teal Unreal’ nail polish. And then I just gave up.

Orly Teal Unreal and Cirque Colors Helios
Orly Teal Unreal and Cirque Colors Helios

Teal Unreal is a bright teal — blue infused green. So obviously, the photos are too blue; in real live Teal Unreal is greener.  I’ve been really loving the combination of teal and gold lately. The gold here is Cirque Colors ‘Helios’ — I will need a back up of this bottle as mine is running unexpectedly low.

Another version of this mani was Essie ‘Go Overboard’ (with Helios), a darker teal. I forgot to take pictures until day 5 or 6 so, scusa the chippies. The one accent nail is with Orly ‘Sparkling Garbage’, a multicolor glitter that I’ve also been loving — except some variation with this in the next few months.

Essie Go Overboard, Cirque Colors Helios, Orly Sparkling Garbage
Essie Go Overboard, Cirque Colors Helios, Orly Sparkling Garbage (click to enlarge!)

The swatches below actually reflect the colors much better. Go Overboard is a smidge darker than in real life, but the tone is correct. That is a dot of Sparkling Garbage over the teals.

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Nail of the Week: more vacation glitter!

notd zoya sienna cirque colors xx

As I said before, the holidays are for glitter manicures. This time it’s Zoya ‘Sienna’ and Cirque Colors ‘Helios’. Cirque Colors is a brand I’ve wanted to try in a while, and Luxola’s recent 30% off sale was an enabling force (ha!). One of the Cirques I got was ‘Helios’, and gosh, this is the best gold nail polish I’ve ever seen. Honestly! It is a beautiful glitter of gold that is not too yellow or too mustard, just perfect. There are multicolor glitters in it, but not so much that they overwhelm the gold. When I put on nail polish at night, sometimes I use a headlamp. One swipe of Helios on the nails and BAM! That jaw-gaping moment with brush mid air. The pictures here don’t do justice. I’ve been adding Helios to my past four manicures, it’s that awesome!

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Zoya Sienna is a great orange for my skin tone, as you can see. It’s bright but clean, with a golden shimmer that brings out the pink in my skin (and tone down the yellow). Click on pictures to enlarge.

notd zoya sienna cirque colors xx2Outdoors under sunlight