1 March 2010

Lacquer Lundi

Happy March!  Even though we have had a butt load of snow over the last week, it still feels like spring is coming.  I think it's because of the increased amount of daylight and the Cardinals (the birds, not the baseball team) are starting to sing and carry out their mating rituals.  Although, I know we still have at least two months until all threats of snow are past, I can't help but feel a surge of hope.

On to the pretties:

Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear - Chocolate Nut
- purchased at Zehrs (chain grocery store) for $1.34 CDN

Is it bad that every time someone asked about the colour I was wearing, I said "Chocolate Nut" and then proceeded to giggle like a ten year old boy?  It is, isn't it?  Okay, then maybe we can just pretend I didn't just tell you that and we can all go on thinking that I am a chic, sophisticated woman.  Mkay?

Chocolate Nut (snort...tee hee hee) is a dark reddish brown base with oodles of gold micro shimmer.  It makes a lovely addition to my nail wardrobe, as I wear a lot of browns and autumn colours.

Chocolate Nut (BWAH HAH HAH) applied nicely - the formula and the nice wide brush worked together to layer the polish on opaquely in just two coats.  Wear was good - only tip wear after two days.

 Essie - Jelly Apple
- purchased at Rachelle's (beauty salon) for $0.50 CDN

The other day, I was at the hair salon getting beautiful-er and one of the stylists was sorting through the polishes, weaning out the little (or unused) ones.  Knowing what a polish fanatic I am, she gave me first crack at them and I quickly scooped up ten (hey, at 2 bottles for $1, how could I go wrong?).  Now I'm not normally a huge fan of red polishes, but the translucent jelly consistency and deep red colour of Jelly Apple called my name and demanded to be worn immediately.  So I obeyed.

Jelly Apple applied well - nice consistency and excellent coverage for a jelly polish.  I only needed two coats for complete opacity.  Wear was another story.  After two days, I had a lot of nasty tip wear and a couple small chips.

Rimmel 60 Seconds - Green With Envy  & Nfu Oh - #54
- Rimmel purchased at Shoppers (chain drug store) for $3.99 CDN
- Nfu Oh purchased at fabuloustreet.com for $12.50 US

First things first - Green With Envy is not green, with envy or anything else.  It simply is not green.  At all.  What Green With Envy is, however, is a rich turquoise polish with a metallic shimmer.  It looks like the wings of a beetle.  To say that the colour of this polish is stunning is an understatement.  Everyone that saw this polish was mesmerized by it, including me.  I could not stop staring at my nails.

Between the excellent consistency of the polish and the wide "Pro-cision Brush", the two coats of Green With Envy applied very nicely and covered well (no visible nail line for me).  It also wore well - only minor tip wear after two hand intensive days (involving sewing, cooking, cleaning and laundry).

Hoping to gild the lily further, in addition to refreshing my manicure, I added 2 coats of #54.  #54 is another drop dead gorgeous polish from Nfu Oh.  This time around, we have a colourless base packed with flakies that flash teal or emerald green, depending on how the light hits it.  A friend thought that my nails looked like a mermaid had thrown up on them.  I guess that could be a good thing.  (Click on the photo at right for a close up view of the glory that is Nfu Oh #54).


Summerset said...

Oh, I like all of these, including the poorly named Choc. Nut! Thanks for the pretties.

Paige said...

Those are lovely!

Cisa said...

Chocolate Nut....*snort* Amazing!

Eyrir said...

Have you heard of/tried magnetic nail polish? I thought it might be up your alley: http://gadgets.boingboing.net/2007/11/05/lancome-le-magnetiqu.html

Teddylyn said...


I love the tone of your post and see why you are such an effective teacher--humor is an essential part of classroom success and you have a wonderful sense of humor. I also love the color of the Chocolate Nut and will be on the search for a bottle of the stuff for myself.

Lynda in LV