Thursday, March 7, 2013

My Recent Manicures

I paint my nails a lot. A LOT. One manicure a week just doesn't seem to cut it for me these days! I've been known to change my nails as many as three or four times in one week. Even if I love the color I'm sporting, I just need something different a day or two later! Check out some of my most recent manicures.

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Chanel Paradoxal is one of those colors that I really WANT to love, but whenever I wear it, I'm left wanting something more. The first time I painted my nails with it, I was frustrated that it didn't really look the same on the nail as it did in the bottle. This time, I wanted the shimmer to come out more. It's a gorgeous color in the bottle, but I just wish it translated better on my nails!

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For Valentine's Day, I got in the spirit with a sparkly pink manicure. I started with two coats of Dior Rosy Bow, a gorgeous, creamy, almost neon pink. But this wasn't QUITE romantic enough for me, so then I added a coat of Essie A Cut Above -- a beautiful collection of pink and silver sparkles of various sizes that, on their own, don't do much for me, but as a top coat? Perfection.
Dior Rosy Bow retails for $24 at sephora.com.
Essie A Cut Above retails for $8 at beauty.com.

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OPI DS Illuminate had been in my stash for at least two years without me wearing it even once. And it's not that I didn't love the color from the get go, because I really, REALLY did. Who wouldn't love a holographic taupe with green duochrome? But I just kept holding off on using it for one reason or another. Finally, FINALLY, I pulled it out and went to town -- and WOW. This color is everything I imagined it to be and more! Truly spectacular.

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OPI Stay The Night is one of the four colors from the Liquid Sand Collection the brand launched recently. I have never seen a polish like this in all my years of loving nails! The matte glitter really does look like sand, and I love the black base. But what really makes this color stand out is the reddish-magenta glitter specks baked into the formula. All four of the polishes in this collection are amazing, but this is the true standout.

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butter LONDON Sprog just makes me dream of spring! I put this on during a week that was grey day after day after day after ... you get the picture. I just needed something bright and fun to perk me up, and this creamy opaque periwinkle did the trick! And, while I have a problem with the staying power of most butter LONDON polishes, this one lasted without any chips for five days!

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