10 August 2009

Lacquer Lundi

I want to start by sending out a huge thank you to everyone that sent on well wishes for Simon's health. It really is comforting to have a support group from around the globe. He is doing much better now and hopefully there won't be any lasting effects from the Vestibular Syndrome. However, every time he even grumbles in his sleep, I'm hovering over him to be sure he's okay. Being a mommy is hard!

Now, on to the pretties:

China Glaze - Code Orange

- purchased at head2toe.com for $2.99 US

I enjoy a good orange polish and Code Orange, from China Glaze's Operation Color collection, is one of my favourites. This medium orange polish has a subtle pink shimmer that gives it beautiful depth.

My only problem with this polish was the formula. The consistency was a bit runny and this causes the polish to pool at the cuticle unless great care is taken to avoid this. Other than that, Code Orange was great - it covered in two coats and dried fairly quickly.

It held up well over the two days I had it on - only tip wear.

China Glaze - For Audrey
- purchased at Sally Beauty Supply for $3.99 CDN

Do you like Tiffany? Do you like Audrey Hepburn? Did you like the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's? Well, put them all together and you have China Glaze's tribute polish, For Audrey. As can be expected it is the exact shade of the signature Tiffany blue box.

This polish applied well (although the formula in my bottle was a smidgen too thin) and was opaque in two coats. It held up well for the two days that I wore it - only tip wear.

My only concern with this polish was that it did not really flatter my skin tone. It brought out the purpley-blue undertones which made my skin appear a tad sickly. I think this shade is better suited to a darker skin tone. I will still wear this polish however as I love Tiffany. I have never received a Tiffany blue box of my own, but with For Audrey on my nails, I can daydream about it! And, just for fun, here's what I want: this, this, this and this (hint, hint)!

BB Couture - Poison Ivy
- purchased at overallbeauty.com for $8.00 US

I adore green nail polish. It is probably my favourite lacquer colour (closely followed by blue). I am always looking for the next great shade of emerald, forest, olive or mint. Poison Ivy is one of those amazing polishes that makes my heart go pitter patter! It is a medium-dark green creme with a deep rich look to it.

The only problem with Poison Ivy was the application. The formula was quite thick and difficult to apply evenly to the nail on the first coat (although I certainly will add some thinner to overcome that issue). The second coat applied more smoothly and that was all that was required to attain a perfect opaque finish.

I only had tip wear after two days of wear.


Rachel said...

I really love the Tiffany blue. I just ordered a pair of shoes that color.

Mardel said...

I love the Tiffany blue color too and just bought it although I am not convinced it will look that good on me either.

Heather said...

I love the Code Orange

cidell said...

LOL. Soooo, I love FA. It's the best color on me (the dark skin) and I get lots of compliments on it (from random strangers). Can I suggest you try Diamond Cosmetics 'For Tiff' ? I think it's a shade lighter and has a touch of shimmer -- so you may like it better.

knitmachinequeen (KMQ) said...

I love your polish but especially your nails. They look so healthly and are the perfect length. I'm am trying my best to get mine to grow out a little before my wedding. I refuse to get acrylic fake ones as they ruin my own nails and seem to take years to recover.

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Sheila said...

I finally found an emerald green nail polish and wearing it today, by Sinful Colors, Show Me The Way.

gwensews said...

Love the orange! I like the blue and the green also, but orange is my favorite.

Maggie said...

I love all of these colors! I think you should reward yourself with one of those half a million dollar gifts from Tiffany's you like!!! I just walked by there on Saturday in NYC. I drooled over the stuff in Cartier's window too. Who buys this stuff really????
Nice knowing Simon seems to be on the mend.

Summerset said...

Oh, very pretty colors!

Have you seen OPI's new fall collection? I saw them today when I was at the salon for a haircut. There are some yummy browns, a dark grey and an unusual very dark green, darker than emerald. Check them out at opi.com

Carol said...

I want that green! It is the perfect green and I love it!

Trudy Callan said...

I'm so sorry to hear about the scare with Simon but also rejoice with you that he is better and that it was short lived.

I think the orange nail polish is a nice color.

Rose said...

Glad to hear that your boy is better! I'm a sucker for orange polish. I really like Code Orange and sorry to hear that it pools at the cuticle. I wonder if polish thickner would help.

lsaspacey said...

I love that green polish. I remember in college there was a girl in my freshman dorm who had dyed her hair that color. It was glorius and I'm always amazed I've never seen anyone else with it. It's unusual but just dark enough that she could have still slicked it back and held a somewhat conservative job with it.

Coco, not as in Chanel :) said...

Love the green. I am with envy -- hardy har har.

Barbara at Cat Fur Studio said...

So glad your Simon is recovering!

Claire S. said...

So glad to hear Simon's on the mend. It's hard when your furbaby's sick and you can't do too much for them.

Love today's colors, the green especially.

I finally found Biotin in Shoppers while in Toronto this week. I'm really hoping to see some improvment in my splitty nails.