I have never been a red nail polish girl. I admire them, and can appreciate their glow and sophistication, but I find them hard to wear. I’ve owned the OPI classics such as An Affair in Red Square, or I’m not Really a Waitress, but probably worn them once or twice a year that I let them go. The reddest red I have currently is probably OPI Smitten with Mittens, a red with gold glitter, which I actually wear pretty often for play, especially on toes. But a work red? Never had one until I came across OPI Over & Over A-Gwen, from the recent Gwen Stefani collection (I used to be a big fan many years back when she was still with her ska group whose name escapes me right now).
What drew me to the collection was actually the crystals and stickers that came with the set. But while I’ve yet used the crystals (waiting for a special event), I’ve had back-to-back, matching mani and pedi with this amazing red, Gwen’s signature color. It’s bright but not too bright; it works well on feet as well as hands; it complements my skin really well; and does not make me feel like I’m peddling myself. As a bonus, it is almost self-leveling, lasts at least 5 days without chipping (with minimal housework), and would look presentable even with one coat. See for yourself!
Nails of this week is OPI Suzy Says Fengshui (mid-tone blue) and Zoya Feifei on the accent nail. Application is splotchy as I was too lazy to find my headlamp and glasses last night. Oh the years, the years! And can’t find my nail cutter and was too lazy to look for it, thus the uneven top.
I like to apply my nail polish straight up and not follow the nail bed; you can see below the gap I leave on the sides. This will give the illusion of a slimmer and longer nail. Don’t worry, no one will see the gap except you.
My little Milani haul just arrived today. So excited! I’ve swatched the blush (baked blush in Bella Rosa) and it is a STUNNER. I also took one of the Lip Intense for a spin at the mall today, #02 Pink Rave. It did not last through dinner, but there was a dark stain that was even and a lovely berry color. So far, so good, and I’ll be playing with them this weekend.
Another favorite is OPI Deutsch You Want Me, Baby? from the Germany Collection, a favorite of mine since its release in the Fall 2012. Not too edgy and out there, but certainly not a boring mauve or pink. It is my go to when I want to appear professional without sacrificing color. A plus is that it is opaque in one layer, like the picture below, day four into the manicure (with OPI Nail Envy Matte as base coat and Seche Vite as top coat). The lasting power is above average even compared to my other OPIs.
OPi Yogata get this Blue is a sparkling blue that’s been my favorite for years. Not too sparkly, looks actually matte indoors, bright outdoors,is obviously a blue and can’t be mistaken for black, applies nicely (one coat, if done just right, is opaque enough!). A fun weekend color, definitely. Have a relaxing one!
When holiday come ’round, and I don’t have to see a soul for work purposes, crazy manicures galore! This week: blue ombre manicure. Glitters and ombres are my thing. I love patterns and bling, but most times I don’t have the patient for them.
These used OPI ‘Dating a Royal’ (the darkest) and China Glaze ‘Bahamian Escape’ (the lightest), and various mixtures between them. Start by putting on the darkest and lightest colors where you want them (in my case, on the thumb and pinkie), then start mixing them up for the fingers in between. I just mix them on any level and smooth, non-sticky surface (I use the backings of stickers).