My first holo: Do not wear while driving!

I keep realizing how many holo polishes I have.  Hopefully, you aren't all sick of these kind of posts, cause I could stare at holo photos all day!

OPI DS Extravagance fits it's title so very well.  It is the most eye catching deep magenta shade that I've ever seen in a polish.  It is so smooth and gorgeous.  Every polish lover should own this!  It's a perfect pedicure color as well and I'm really glad I forked out money for this polish! It'll be one that you can't stop staring at!

China Glaze rides again!

Oy, a week without posting. Sorry, all! Life just got away with me last week and I pretty much did not turn my computer on for the last 5 days.  Bad, blogger, bad!!

This is 2 coats of China Glaze Cowgirl Up.  This is such shimmery, frosty purple and once out of the bottle it really shows its stuff.  There are teeny little blue flecks of glitter throughout the polish and if you pay attention you'll catch them from time to time.  Ignore the wibbly application on my ring finger, because this polish applies very smoothly.
I don't normally wear purples this tone on my hands, but this can definitely be an all year polish color.  I'm thinking it'd look great as a pedi. 

Purple Pizazz and many thanks!

Wow! I now have 40 followers on my lil' blog and I must say I appreciate each and every one of you! It's nice knowing that people find me (somewhat) entertaining :) I think once I hit 50 I'm gonna have a cool polish and book giveaway! Thank you all again so much!

Here we have Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Purple Pizazz.  I do really love this polish, but it is seriously so dang sheer.  These photos are with three coats and in the direct sunlight I still had visible nail lines! *grumble* At least this polish applied well and it's beautiful jelly finish makes it a must have from your local drugstore.  Check out the fine flecks of reddish glitter! 

Holo Happiness Redux

I seriously could have a million holo posts and I'm positive this will not be my last one.  I can't help it, the sun is out and for me that means BLING polishes!
I'm also celebrating my friends 25th birthday this weekend and I know will be spending some time by the pool.  I think this polish is pretty festive :)
3 coats, Insta-Dri topcoat

China Glaze OMG, you complete me.  Your ultra fine holo shimmer satisfies my inner raccoon. I have to promise myself to not stare at you while driving, lest I cause an accident.  

What's your favorite holo?!

Presents are fun :)

Hopefully, everyone has recovered from all their St. Paddy's day endeavors! I snapped a few photos of yesterday's mani and the wonderful gifts I received in the mail!!

For this manicure I did one coat of Rimmel Camouflage with three coats of Nfu-Oh 56.  I love the flakies in this manicure.  They were a little hard for me to capture in the direct sunlight, but I know you can see those opalescent flakes! Pardon the tip wear, I wore this one all week :)

Here's a macro shot from that same mani. 

Here are the lovely giveaway goodies I received this week from Mary over at Body and Soul.  I recently won one of her Friday Follower giveaways and I loooove my prize pack. 
I received - California Mango hand care kit
                 - Orly French Polynesian Travel Kit
                 - Barielle Rebuilding Nail Protein
                 - Orly Nail Rescue (So happy I won this!)
                 - China Glaze Dripping Wet (I'll have swatches for you soon!)

So this was a lovely package to get in the mail.  Did you get any goodies in the mail this week? 

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Since there is no such thing as too many green polishes, I figure why not post some! Just call me Alan GreenSPAM.

This lovely is Rimmel Camouflage.  It's a beautiful green with a golden shimmer to it. The bottle says it'll be good in one coat, but I didn't find that to be the case.  This here is two coats! A great St. Patrick's Day color!

Zoya Suvi, is a great blackened deep forest/hunter green. In super dark lighting it can tend to look black, but in the sunlight this polish shows its rich shimmer.  This polish does go on sheer, so three coats were completely necessary for me. 

Zoya Verushka is one of my all time favorite matte polishes. Its a slightly steely evergreen with fine silver shimmer running all throughout it.  This was my go to fall color, but trust me it's not just for fall.  Throw a topcoat on this one, please!

Hold onto your balls! Didn't I tell you it would be great?! Simply adding a topcoat transforms this polish to an amazingly sparkly green with tons of shine.  I love that I get two very different polishes in one bottle :)

China Glaze's Gussied Up Green is hands down my favorite forest green. Although, similar to Zoya Suvi, I find that Gussied Up Green looks "cleaner" in my opinion.  I'm not sure if that makes sense, haha. 

Well, from the looks of things I think I need some brighter greens! I've got a few more greens in my collection, but have yet to be photographed.  I'll try and post my actual St. Patrick's Day mani later on!

Finally, another book review!

I've been meaning to write more book posts since I've gotten back into reading more often.  Here is one of the latest that I've read...

Shades Of Grey by Jasper Fforde

Rating: 4/5
Recommend: Yes, indeed!!
Quote: ""Okay, this is the wisdom. First, time spent in reconnaissanse is never wasted. Second, almost anything can be improved with the addition of bacon. And finally, there is no problem on Earth that can't be ameliorated by a hot bath and a cup of tea."" 

Jasper Fforde is one of my favorite authors and I always enjoy the satiric way he plays with words. Having read all of Fforde's last books, I knew I wouldn't have trouble enjoying this one. This book is much different than his last few, but his off beat sense of style is very apparent throughout the novel. 

Shades of Grey is the start of a new trilogy set in a dystopian world called Chromatica, a world were the social hierarchy is determined by the colors you can see. Our main character, Eddie Russett, is sent away from his comfortable home town to the Outer Fringes to do a survey for the Colortocracy.  Eddie soon comes to find that the world he once knew has all but dissolved.  His normal, rigid adherence to the rules of the Colortocracy are no longer doing him any good. Eddie, with the help of Jane, a Grey, begins to learn that following the rules will not guarantee merits and safety in the Outer Fringes.  

I wish I could give this book a 5, but the extreme slow pacing in the beginning gave me a rough time.  I had to force myself to read at times, but once everything fell into place I could not stop.  Fforde takes great care in building a story and the world that it takes place in. There's action, humor and the end holds you until the very last pages.  I'm already wishing for a sequel!!

If you've ever read and enjoyed any Jasper Fforde novels, I highly recommend you pick this up!

Up and Away!

I must say that I love China Glaze so very very much right now.  All of their colors always seem to suit my mood and make me happy while I wear them.  Today, I've got two from the Up and Away Collection.  These are such great spring colors!

I love Lemon Fizz, although it did give me a small case of lobster hands in this photo.  It's such a bright pale lemon color that isn't too pale or too bright.  This color may be a soft yellow, but it does command some attention and you won't go unnoticed while wearing it.  I'm proud to say this is the only yellow I have that doesn't look horrible on me, hooray!!

Flyin' High looks a little more sky blue than it actually is in this photo. It's got an aqua feel to it that I just can't get over.  I've worn this polish for a week straight because it makes me happy. I've gotten quite a few compliments on this one too.  I think people cannot help liking colors like this.  

I have Four Leaf Clover as well, but I CANNOT for the life of me get an accurate photo.  Every time I take a picture I get a blue and not the lovely green that it is.  I'll keep trying and see what I come up with. 

So, what polishes do you love from this collection?

Getting green...

Since St. Patrick's Day is approaching and green is one of my favorite colors, I figure my blog could use with a green polish.  I notice that I've got a lot more blues and purples, but not nearly enough greens as I should.

Welcome to one of my favorite drug store greens.  This is two coats of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Emerald City with two coats of Claire's green Chunky Glitter on the ring finger.  I liked the idea of an accent nail for this mani and I think it looks fun without all the hassle of glitter removal.  I can't say enough about SH Xtreme Wears.  They are so worth their little price tag.  Claire's also has a few other shades of chunky glitter, but mine only had the blue and green.  

So what are your favorite greens? 

Orly Foil Fx

I've got Luxe and Shine for you today! My Sally's did not have Rage, although I'm not really into rose gold type shades.  These are my first two Orly polishes!

Ok, I HATE gold jewelry, but Luxe is the most beautiful shade of gold polish! This one really appeals to me because it is a true gold without leaning toward yellow gaudy-ness. This polish seems to have a super  teeny, fine shimmer to it that I can't quite describe.  It's pretty much opaque in one coat and a definite must have if you like the look of Minx and foil finished nails!

The sun had just ran behind clouds as I took this photo, but Shine is freaking amazing none the less! This is such a crisp, clean silver and I'm sad that I don't have a better photo for you.  Trust me, it's so worth it.

Both of these polishes applied smoothly and I did two thin coats for both. The fact that these are metallics with a foil finish AND not a brush stroke in sight makes me love Orly.

What does everyone think about these polishes?


Although it's mid-week and I have Friday to look forward to, this rain is killing me! I need a sunshine fix soon or I'm going to go bonkers.  So, I'm posting a happy manicure that reminds me of glistening swimming pools and summer.  

I didn't think OPI Sea, I Told You So! needed any help being pretty, but layering Nfu-Oh 53 over it made it hot! The flakies in that polish remind me of a really light, lab created opal set of earrings I had when I was younger.  I loved the color of them, but couldn't suffer through wearing non-surgical steel earrings.  So, now when I want an opal fix, I just slap one Nfu-Oh or another over my polish and the effect is amazing!