Thursday, December 15, 2011

[NOTD] Revlon Catty

I'm wearing Revlon Catty for the first time, and I adore it!  Catty is comprised of very fine metallic glitter pieces that create a brushed metal look on the nail.  I needed two coats because it did look sparse with only one coat.  The color is between gold and silver.  It easily catches the light and sparkles.  I might wear this polish again on Christmas.  The name "Catty" does have a negative connotation though.  I would have preferred a name like "Jingle Bell Rock" or "Sleigh Bells Ring."

Revlon Catty (tungsten lighting, no flash)

Revlon Catty (natural lighting)
I'm wearing Sally Hansen Double Duty for a base coat and New York Color Grand Central Station for a top coat.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

[Favorites] Top 10 Fall Nail Polishes

There are only 8 days left until winter, but I thought I'd share my favorite autumn polish picks with you anyways.  Better late than never, right?  Right?

I love to wear dark, shimmery, or jewel-tone nail polishes in the fall.  I especially gravitate towards reds or browns.  Last autumn, I loved to wear Revlon Vixen on my toes and Revlon Gray Suede on my fingers.  This autumn, I've expanded my nail polish collection.

Top 10 Fall Nail Polishes (l to r): Zoya Nina, New York Color Lincoln Center, Revlon Vixen, Essie Plumberry, Zoya Shivon, Revlon Facets of Fuchsia, Milani Purple, Revlon Gray Suede, Essie Lady Like

My Top 10 Autumn Nail Polishes

[Maroons] Zoya Nina | New York Color Lincoln Center | Revlon Vixen

Zoya Nina ::  This is a creamy chocolate brown with a red undertone.  It is dark but not too dark, so it still looks fine against my super pale skin.  I wear this color for a shocking dark mani or pedi. (Here Nina is worn on my toenails.)

New York Color Lincoln Center :: This color is very similar to "Nina," but it is more red than brown.  The consistency is very watery, which I find easier to apply to my fingernails than my toenails.

Revlon Vixen ::  This color is very similar to the last two, but it is slightly lighter and more maroon.  Of the three, I like this color the best, but it applies a bit streaky and therefore needs three coats, so I usually just apply this as a pedicure.

[Swatches] Middle finger: Revlon Vixen | Ring finger: New York Color Lincoln Center | Pinky: Zoya Nina
In the swatches above, Revlon Vixen is on my middle finger, New York Color Lincoln Center is on my ring finger, and Zoya Nina is on my pinky finger.  (I think Essie Size Matters is on my pointer finger.)  All are shown with two swatches.  Vixen could use another coat.  Obviously, I love maroon nails for fall.

[Lovely Reds] Essie Plumberry | Zoya Shivon

Essie Plumberry :: This is a beautiful red.  I have very pale, cool-tone skin.  This color leans a bit blue and isn't too dark, so it's my perfect red nails polish, and I love having red nails in the fall.  The formula is great: it applies easily in two coats and lasts for days without chipping.

Zoya Shivon :: I have already shown you Shivon. (I've also worn it on my toenails.)  As I've mentioned before, it's a metallic red with gold shimmer on top.  It has a flash of gold, but the base color is blue-toned, so it still looks good on my cool-tone pale skin.  It's a festive holiday color.

[Shiny!] Revlon Facets of Fuchsia | Milani Purple Passion

Revlon Facets of Fuchsia :: This polish has hexagons and tiny dots of fuchsia glitter in a black base.  It was opaque in two coats.  While I normally shy away from black polish (because I am very pale), this polish had enough sparkle to brighten the dreary black plus it's paired with a vibrant fuchsia.  This is my way of wearing black nail polish.

Milani Purple Passion :: This is a gorgeous metallic blue-leaning purple polish.  I love wearing jewel tones in autumn.  Unfortunately, this polish chips very quickly.  I wore it on one finger here and with crackle over it here.

[Fall Neutrals] Revlon Gray Suede | Essie Lady Like

Revlon Gray Suede :: I often prefer neutral manicures, and these following two polishes are my way of wearing a neutral nail in the fall.  Gray Suede is a taupe with a tiny flash of shimmer.  I love it.  I shared a not-very-good picture of me wearing it here (color accurate but you can't see the shimmer).  This is a thin polish (which I like), so I find it easy to apply, and it's opaque in two coats, and it lasts for days.

Essie Lady Like :: I love pinks and purples and browns, and what do you get if you combine all those? Mauve.  This is a lovely light mauve.  It's the same color as Essie Demure Vix(en) without the shimmers.  It's creamy and easy to apply and lasts a long time.  I wore Lady Like here with a lacy scarf of the same color (that I knit myself!).

What have your favorite fall nail polishes been this year?

[Nails of December] Orly Candy Cane Lane, Essie Bangle Jangle, Essie Cloud Nine, Zoya Mia

For all nails in this post, I used Sally Hansen Double Duty for the base coat and New York Color Grand Central Station for the top coat.

Most of December, I was into pastel nails.  Now I'm finally sporting a Christmas manicure.  This mani is two coats Orly Candy Cane Lane with New York Color White Lights Glitter on the tips.

Orly Candy Cane Lane with New York Color White Lights Glitter (natural lighting)

Candy Cane Lane looks exactly like the red part of candy canes.  It's a fabulous Christmas red nail polish.

Next up, I wore Essie Bangle Jangle for the first time.

Essie Bangle Jangle and ribbon candy (tungsten lighting, no flash)

Essie Bangle Jangle (tungsten lighting, no flash)

Both of the above pictures were taken with the same camera, at night, under tungsten lighting, and with no flash, but the colors look more true to life in the second picture.

The Bangle Jangle formula is thick and dries quickly, so I had to paint my nails very quickly, which I don't like.  However, the end result was lovely.  You could probably get away with one coat, but I almost always do two to cover up any application mistakes.

From earlier in December, I wore Essie Cloud Nine with a glittery accent nail.

Essie Cloud Nine and accent finger (tungsten lighting, no flash)

I adore Cloud Nine.  It's sheer but milky, so it covers up some of the flaws of my nails, and it is NOT streaky.  I applied two coats for the above look.  On my ring fingers, I applied two coats of Cloud Nine topped with one coat of Essie Kisses & Bises and two coats of New York Color White Lights Glitter.  I think the iridescence and glitter of the ring fingers created a snow globe look.

Lastly, I wore Zoya Mia.

Zoya Mia (natural lighting)

Mia is a dusty rose color.  It's easy to apply and looks great in two coats.

I apologize if these manicures looked sloppy.  I pulled a muscle in my upper back raking leaves (how decrepit am I? geez louise!), so I need to be careful moving my shoulders and neck.  I'm a sloppy painter anyways.  Also, I photo-edited my cuticles in some pictures.  It was for your own sakes (my cuticles looked... gross).  I did not alter the nails.

Right now, I'm decking my nails with glittery metallic nail polish: Revlon Catty.  It's sparkly and cheery.  What are your favorite nail polishes to wear over the winter holidays?