OPI I’m not really a waitress

OPI I’m not really a waitress

So this is cleary a pic I took during december. It shows two coats of OPI nailpolish in the color I’m not really a waitress. This is an older OPI and a classic. It is also more liquid than I expected, resulting in flooded cuticles. 😦 But I guess that’s my fault. Should have been more careful.

The color itself is beautiful, a deep red with red shimmer. The polish lasted the usual three days without tip wear and then some minor tip wear. This is what I always get from OPI when wearing polish whithout top coat. My new year’s resolution is finally start wearing top coat, so in the future the wear time might change. But first we’ll have to slog through the polishes I wore in december. 🙂

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essence my love diary

essence my love diary

I’m still catching up on my nail polish posts, so here you have a mani monday:

This is essence the gel nail polish in the color 48 my love diary. This was included in last year’s advent calendar, which is why there’s a gingerbread man on it. Minus that sticker this nail polish should be available in their normal range.

The nail polish is a lovely dusty pink, not quite red, not quite mauve. It’s hard to describe but looks very lovely when worn. The pic was taken in direct sunlight and as such pulls a little yellow. Shown in the pic are as per usual two coats and no top coat. The polish applied easily and lasted for three days with minor tip wear.

I think this is the last item from last year’s calendar that I’ll review. Overall I was very pleased with it, some duds but mostly good stuff. Sadly this year had several repeat products so I didn’t buy it. This year I bought the Essie calendar instead which means there’ll be a lot of Essie swatches coming up in 2018. (I also got a Balea skin care calendar. Those items will only show up in used up posts.)

Essie nail polish swatches

Essie nail polish swatches

We’re skipping Fragrance Friday today because I didn’t feel like it and also because I am super behind on my nail polish posts because my phone ate the pictures. But now I recovered the pics and I figured I’d just put all the Essie polishes into one post to catch up.

Essie had some leather collection thingy going on all with semi-matte finish. This is the dark blue one, called In hot purse-uit. It’s a beautiful dark blue with multicolored shimmer and a semi matte finish. Shown are two coats, no top coat. The polish lasted for four days without any chipping, then there was minor wear.

Same collection, the green Back in the Saddle. Absolutely beautiful and my fave out of the three in my mini set. Quality like the blue one.

Last I applied Tote-Ally in Love, expecting it to be like the other two. I must have gotten a dud. This one is aweful. The shimmer sank to the bottom and nothing made it reintegrate with the polish anymore. Note, this is a brand new bottle, not something standing around for years. The stuff that made the finish semi matte also vanished, making it weirdly shiny but in a bad way, not like a proper creme. The color also wasn’t even, my pinky finger really is that much lighter than my index finger, it’s not just the light. The polish was weirdly thin on application and the finished thing only lasted two days. I’ll probably throw this one out.

Then to raise our spirits I got a real good one again. This is Kimono-over. This is from a past collection, last year or so? Color is a dark purple creme, can look black but I think it’s visibly purple. Color beautiful, quality good, all wonderful.

This one is Over the Knee, also from a past collection but further past I think. It’s a warm brown with very slight coppery/red shimmer. The shimmer isn’t really visible on the nail but it helps the quality I think. With all the other polishes in this post I applied two coats, but this is just one because it applied fairly well. Looking at the pic I think I should have done a second coat, but irl it looked quite good. Lasted chip-free three days, would have done four if I had done two coats I’m sure.

And last but not least, cozy in cashmere, also an older collection polish, from a matte collection. The color is so, so pretty, a taupe with blue shimmer. It dries down matte very quickly, but must have been still wet underneath because I put dents in fast. Sadly the lasting power is not very good, something known from truly matte polishes. Essie got the formula a lot better with their semi-mattes (except for the red one above but I suspect I just got a bad bottle and that not all of them are like this).

And that concludes my quick nail polish catch up. Yay. Which is your favorite color? Do you like Essie? I hope you do because I got their advent calendar and that means there’s gonna be about twenty or so swatches coming in when I get around to put them on. See you next week, bye.

OPI Senorita Rose-alita

OPI Senorita Rose-alita

For Mani Monday today I have an old OPI: Senorita Rose-alita. I am wearing two coats and no top coat. This is a mid tone pink with golden shimmer. The shimmer is so rich it looks sort of frosty but since the shimmer is warm toned I wouldn’t really call it frosty. I super liked wearing this polish – and it looks even better in real life. Somehow it was really hard to catch the color on camera.

It was also easy to apply and lasted almost a whole week. I think it was chip free for five days, or at least four. However, upon removal my nails were stained despite wearing a base coat underneath. I’m not sure if it was because it’s such an old color or whatever. Otherwise, this polish was just fine.

Essie Too Too Hot

Essie Too Too Hot

So, the thing is, I put this nailpolish on in August and it took me forever to do a post on it here because the photos got sort of lost. Like I thought I had put them on the computer but I hadn’t, but they weren’t on the phone either etc. And I finally had to go sleuthing on instagram to find out when I took the picture to find it like that. So, don’t say instagram is worthless, I guess. At least it’s organized while my computer is a mess. Behold, my instagram post:

 

#notd is #essie too too hot. It's a lovely squishy red-coral thing. #nailpolish #red #coral #notd💅🏻

Ein Beitrag geteilt von Dandygal (@the_dandygal) am

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does that picture load for anyone? my poor Too Too Hot post is cursed. Here’s the picture I finally found on my hard drive:

So what I can tell you after all that time is that this was a great nail polish, it lasted almost a week and applied like a champ, too. Good polish, my organisational skills: not so good. End of story.

 

If the gods will it, there will be a BalmainxLoreal post on wednesday. If I can find the photos I shot, that is…

OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls

OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls

This super gorgeous off-white aka very, very light grey is OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, two coats, no top coat. Quality is great, lasted about five days with next to no chipping. This is from a Collection they did for for the first Amazing Spiderman movie (the Webb ones). I can’t believe that by the time I got to post it, yet another Spider-Man movie series exists!!! Good news is my bottle is now several years old and still as good as new.

OPI I just can’t Cope-Acabana

OPI I just can’t Cope-Acabana

Showing two coats and no top coat of OPI I Just Can’t Cope-Acabana. I think this is from last year’s summer Collection? Quality is great, two coats are opaque and it is easy to apply. Yellow shades used to be hard to get right, but this one has no problems at all. It lasted almost chip-free for five days.

While I was busy worrying about a reduction in the line of Essie polishes (turned out to be totally unfounded) OPI has been silently moving out of the Austrian market! I snagged up a good portion of them on sales for a very good price, so expect to see some more older OPI on this blog. But then it’s gonna be over. I’m sad because I love their polishes. On the other hand, they were sold at € 16, which is way too expensive. I never bought them at full price and I doubt most others did. So I understand why it didn’t work out, but I think they should have had lower prices. Butter London failed for pretty much the same reason.

Guerlain La Laque Coleur: A la Parisienne

Guerlain La Laque Coleur: A la Parisienne

This would be a case for #ThrowbackThursday but I don’t post on Thursdays, so you get it today. XD

This is one of Guerlain’s old nail polishes. The whole line has been replaced by their new nail polishes in the LPRN design (spade bottle). I don’t know if the color made it to the new line. This is a single coat of 263 A la Parisienne. It’s a lovely melon pink/coral. A second coat makes the color more solid.

This is my only Guerlain polish, but this one here has a good quality. Just the right thickness, quick to try, lasts well. I don’t know why they felt the need to change it, but maybe the new design has the same formula anyway.

OPI Red Lights Ahead… Where?

OPI Red Lights Ahead… Where?

A quick heads up: just like every summer my posting schedule gets a little patchy when it’s hot out. It’s because while blogging is fun, swimming is even better and blogging when in a body of water is NOT recommended. 😉

This pic shows two coats of an older OPI: “Red Lights Ahead… Where?” and no topper. The polish is a bit jelly-like, intense color and sort of see-through. Application was okay but I’ve had better. Lasting power? Usually okay for three days, then it chips. This time around… it melted on day two??? Like it was hard before and then it got soft again and I could just scrape it off with my other nails? I think it might be less the polish and more the inhumane working conditions in my office because later on it got hard again and chipped like normal. I also might have had cream or sun cream on my nails before application which caused it not to adhere properly but I swear it hardened like normal at first. Weird.

Essie Lovie Dovie

Essie Lovie Dovie

Good news, phone works again. Here’s the promised nail polish post:

This is Lovie Dovie by Essie, two coats no top coat. I found this and some other Essie polishes for 50% off. I don’t know if it was only that store phasing them out or if they’re discontinued. I hope not discontinued, because Lovie Dovie is such a good polish! Apart from being just such a pretty mid tone pink it applies like a dream and lasts four days chip-free and after that it had only minor chipping so I wore it for a whole week. I want more nail polishes like this.

Sally Hansen Luna Pearl

Sally Hansen Luna Pearl

Lookit pretty shimmer! Ahem. This is two coats of Sally Hansen Luna Pearl 120. I don’t own a lot of Sally Hansen, because while the quality is good, the colors are often rather normal. When I saw Luna Pearl I expected a sheer polish with a bit of purple shimmer. And that is what you get, but in a good way. The color is off white and not opaque, but it does give off color. And there is plenty shimmer. Depending on light the shimmer appears more pink or more blue toned. I am not sure if there is real duochrome in it. If there is it is faint, but there is a certain shift in the color.

Quality is great. I wore this for seven days and there was only minimal chipping. Application was easy as well. The first coat is uneven, but the second helps a lot. I didn’t try for a third coat, because I don’t think that would have made it opaque.

For maximum fairy effect I wore this with the Zoeva Spring Strobe Spectrum palette, which includes a blue highlighter. (Review upcoming)

Essie Coat Couture

Essie Coat Couture

There was this LE of Essie‘s a few years ago, matte colors with beautiful shimmer. I wanted some, but I didn’t buy any. Recently I found some of the polishes lounging around the Essie display. I don’t know if they were re-released or if the shop just happened to find them in the store and put them out again.

This color is called coat couture. I am wearing two coats and no top coat. The polish is dark purple with teal shimmer. The finish is matte. The polish dried extremely fast. It also chipped extremely fast. I got major dents on the day of application. So, while this is very beautiful my original notion of ‘skip them’ might have been right. XD It might just be this particular color. Matte polishes usually don’t last as long as shiny ones and you don’t put a top coat on top either. But even considering all that I have matte polishes that last much better than this one.

In a nuthsell: pretty but you’re not missing anything.

OPI Suzi’s Hungary AGAIN!

OPI Suzi’s Hungary AGAIN!

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This is from a past OPI Spring/Summer Collection: Suzi’s Hungary AGAIN! In the bottle it looks like a cute pink with silver shimmer. On the nail the shimmer isn’t visible and color gets stronger. This is basically a neon polish. It looks happy and intense on the nail and it lasted for a full week. Application was trickier, it was always a bit streaky and never quite opaque at two coats. As usual I don’t have the patience for another coat so in the pic you get two coats and no top coat. XD

essence play with my mint

essence play with my mint

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Hopefully winter is slowly giving way for spring soon. What better to celebrate late winter than with pastel nail polish? This beauty here is essence play with my mint. Despite the fact that I own several light blue greens, I have no exact dupe. In this pic I am wearing two coats and no top coat. Unlike the red essence polish I showed a while ago, this one here does not self level completely, making the surface wobbly. It also lacks the high shine the red polish had. So while the color itself is okay and mostly opaque in two coats, it is not the best quality there is and profits greatly from a good top coat. It lasted four days with a bit of chipping.