Monday, December 29, 2014

#ManiMonday: My 2014 in Nails

My 2014 in nails, #ManiMonday, Mani Monday, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, Essie Toggle To The Top, M.A.C Cosmetics The Simpsons Nail Stickers, Zoya Matte Velvet Veruschka, Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin, Deborah Lippmann Polka Dots And Moonbeams, American Eagle Outfitters Black Diamond
2014 is coming to a close, and I think it's only fitting to do a wrapup post of sorts. And what's more apropos than a wrapup of all the nail polishes I tried, tested and loved this past year? Below, the colors and brands I absolutely loved during 2014. Some I featured on the blog, others were only seen on Instagram (be sure to follow me there if you aren't already for exclusive content!). You can even go further back in the future and check out my 2013 in Nails, too. And be sure to let me know your favorite nail polishes of the past year in the comments!

JANUARY
My 2014 in nails, #ManiMonday, Mani Monday, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, Rococo Dollar Molten Lava
Rococo Dollar Molten Lava: Luckily I discovered this silver stunner early on in the year. What a perfect color for a night out on the town.

My 2014 in nails, #ManiMonday, Mani Monday, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, Essie Belugaria
Essie Belugaria: This one definitely polarized my followers on Instagram. I happen to really love the chunky black glitter, but other people HATED it. What do you think?

My 2014 in nails, #ManiMonday, Mani Monday, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, Dolce & Gabbana Stromboli
Dolce & Gabbana Stromboli: While the name makes me think of the evil man in Pinocchio, the shimmery olive green hue definitely takes me to a happier place.

My 2014 in nails, #ManiMonday, Mani Monday, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, Chanel Frenzy
Chanel Frenzy: Looking for the perfect nude? Found it.

FEBRUARY
My 2014 in nails, #ManiMonday, Mani Monday, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, Zoya Magical PixieDust Lux
Zoya Magical PixieDust in Lux: Oh, Zoya. You've gone and stolen my heart with this glitter-encrusted pink polish, haven't you? (Yes. Yes you have.)

My 2014 in nails, #ManiMonday, Mani Monday, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, Jin Soon Voile
Jin Soon Voile: This springy purple made the grey Pittsburgh winter a little brighter.

MARCH
My 2014 in nails, #ManiMonday, Mani Monday, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, St. Patrick's Day Nail Art, Zoya Opal, OPI Jade is the New Black
St. Patrick's Day Nail Art: I may not be Irish, but I loved my celebratory manicure with Zoya Opal over OPI Jade Is The New Black.

My 2014 in nails, #ManiMonday, Mani Monday, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, Deborah Lippmann Let's Go Crazy
Deborah Lippmann Let's Go Crazy: The first time I tried this nail polish, I actually didn't see what was so special -- I couldn't get the glitter particles to show up on the nail. But adding a third coat a couple days later? Instant glittery goodness.

APRIL
My 2014 in nails, #ManiMonday, Mani Monday, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, Lacquer Queen Color Changing Nail Polish Angel Baby
Lacquer Queen Color Changing Nail Polish in Angel Baby: I'm a sucker for innovation, so this color changing nail polish had me at hello. (Luckily, it's equally gorgeous in both its pink and purple iterations.)

My 2014 in nails, #ManiMonday, Mani Monday, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, Essie Toggle To The Top
Essie Toggle To The Top: I'm a sucker for a beautiful, glittery red -- and this one made my heart flutter.

My 2014 in nails, #ManiMonday, Mani Monday, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, Marc Jacobs Enamored Nail Lacquer Lola
Marc Jacobs Lola: I may have originally bought this polish just because of the name, but I kept and loved it because of the glossy, rich tomato red hue.

MAY
My 2014 in nails, #ManiMonday, Mani Monday, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, RGB Cerulean
RGB Cerulean: Nail polishes that become instant favorites? Not as common as you might think. But this one made its way into my heart immediately.

My 2014 in nails, #ManiMonday, Mani Monday, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel Wintermint
Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel in Wintermint: I thought a scented nail polish was ridiculous until I tried this fresh minty gem.

My 2014 in nails, #ManiMonday, Mani Monday, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, RGB Violet
RGB Violet: I painted my nails with this rich violet before heading to Israel with my family. To say I was obsessed? Don't know if that word covers it.

JUNE
My 2014 in nails, #ManiMonday, Mani Monday, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, Sephora Formula X Free Fall
Sephora Formula X Free Fall: It dazzles, it shimmers, it sparkles, it shines ... basically, this light blue does everything and more.

My 2014 in nails, #ManiMonday, Mani Monday, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, Deborah Lippmann Polka Dots and Moonbeams
Deborah Lippmann Polka Dots and Moonbeams: This is one of those nail polishes that just gets better and better the more you build it. I love how the glitter takes on a sandwich-like effect with each coat.

My 2014 in nails, #ManiMonday, Mani Monday, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, RGB Minty
RGB Minty: If I could only take one nail polish with me to a desert island, this just might be it. Minty has been one of my favorite colors for years, both because the name aptly describes the shade and because it's just so, SO good.

JULY
My 2014 in nails, #ManiMonday, Mani Monday, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, Chanel Tutti Frutti
Chanel Tutti Frutti: The perfect summer color? Found it.

My 2014 in nails, #ManiMonday, Mani Monday, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, M.A.C Cosmetics Maleficent Nail Polish in Flaming Rose
M.A.C Maleficent Nail Polish in Flaming Rose: What better way to celebrate July 4 than with a flaming red nail polish?

AUGUST
My 2014 in nails, #ManiMonday, Mani Monday, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, American Eagle Outfitters BTS 2014 Nail Color Collection Black Diamond
The American Eagle Outfitters BTS 2014 Nail Color Collection: Being the Copy Director for American Eagle Outfitters has many perks, but one of them? Getting to name all of the nail polishes for the company! In August, I swatched our entire BTS nail polish collection both for The Beauty of Life and the American Eagle Outfitters blog (like this stunner, Black Diamond). Such a treat!

SEPTEMBER
My 2014 in nails, #ManiMonday, Mani Monday, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, Zoya Naturel Deux (2) Collection Madeline
The Zoya Naturel Deux (2) Collection: This collection was chock full of polishes I'm going to wear again and again. But Madeline, a beautiful light mauve, really stole the show.

My 2014 in nails, #ManiMonday, Mani Monday, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, Tom Ford Black Cherry
Tom Ford Black Cherry: Um, Tom Ford? I didn't really realize it was possible to love you more than I already had. But you went and made me do it with this deep blackened cherry lacquer.

My 2014 in nails, #ManiMonday, Mani Monday, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, M.A.C Cosmetics The Simpsons Nail Stickers
M.A.C The Simpsons Nail Stickers: Hands down (pardon the pun) one of my favorite launches of 2014. I had a hard time actually USING these, since they're such a collectors item, but I'm so glad I did. I don't think any other manicure I did this year got as many stares and compliments.

My 2014 in nails, #ManiMonday, Mani Monday, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin
Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin: Divine. Simply divine. This nail polish lived up to all the hype and then some. I feel completely justified in having spent $50 on it.

My 2014 in nails, #ManiMonday, Mani Monday, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, Paintbox Hot Shot Manicure, nail art
The Paintbox Hot Shot Manicure: During a trip to NYC for a friend's wedding, I simply HAD to check out Paintbox. It was really difficult to choose which manicure I wanted, but I'm really glad I ended up with this foiled masterpiece!

My 2014 in nails, #ManiMonday, Mani Monday, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, Zoya Ignite Nail Polish Collection, Zoya Yuna
Zoya Ignite Nail Polish Swatches: All of the colors in this collection were gorgeous, but for me? Yuna really stole the show.

OCTOBER
My 2014 in nails, #ManiMonday, Mani Monday, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, Halloween nail art Zoya Maybelline
Halloween Nail Art: My first-ever attempt at a French manicure was this orange and black one for Halloween, using colors from Maybelline and Zoya. I was pretty proud of how it turned out!

My 2014 in nails, #ManiMonday, Mani Monday, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, Zoya MatteVelvet Collection, Zoya Veruschka
Zoya MatteVelvet Veruschka: If ever there were a moment to pull out Janice's "Oh. My. GOD." from Friends, this would be it. The texture of this polish is so unique and I am DYING over the rich emerald green hue.

My 2014 in nails, #ManiMonday, Mani Monday, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, Essie For The Twill Of It
Essie For The Twill Of It: This wasn't my first time using this polish and it won't be the last. I love the duochrome and the way it catches the light. Not like anything else in my collection, that's for sure.

My 2014 in nails, #ManiMonday, Mani Monday, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, Essie Sssssexy Magnetic Nail Polish, Nails Inc. Trafalgar Square magnetic nail polish
Essie Sssssexy Magnetic Nail Polish: I pulled this one out of the recesses of my stash. I actually had to use the magnet from the Nails Inc. Trafalgar magnetic nail polish, since the one on this bottle didn't work -- but I LOVE the end result.

NOVEMBER
My 2014 in nails, #ManiMonday, Mani Monday, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, Chanel Blue Rebel
Chanel Blue Rebel: Who doesn't need the perfect navy nail polish in her life? I certainly do ... and I found it in Blue Rebel, which I picked up during a layover in the Madrid airport earlier this year.

My 2014 in nails, #ManiMonday, Mani Monday, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, Jenna Hipp On The List, Jenna Hipp Shaken Not Stirred
Jenna Hipp Shaken Not Stirred and On The List: I. Love. This. Manicure. So. Much. The two colors play off each other perfectly and the polishes themselves are PERFECT. Glossy, easy to apply, great staying power, opaque in two coats. Like I said, PERFECT.

My 2014 in nails, #ManiMonday, Mani Monday, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, Deborah Lippmann Mermaid's Kiss
Deborah Lippmann Mermaid's Kiss: Deb really knocked it out of the park for me this year with her glitter polishes. This one, even though it was an older shade, was new to me -- and stole my heart immediately.

DECEMBER
My 2014 in nails, #ManiMonday, Mani Monday, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, Deborah Lippmann Marrakesh Express
Deborah Lippmann Marrakesh Express: The burnt sienna hue, the tons of rough-cut gold flakes ... this is one that will be in my permanent stash for years to come.

My 2014 in nails, #ManiMonday, Mani Monday, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, Hanukkah blue ombre nail art
Hanukkah Ombre Nail Art: I love doing something special on my nails for different holidays -- and my Hanukkah blue ombre manicure this year was one of my all-time favorites.

My 2014 in nails, #ManiMonday, Mani Monday, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, Essie Jiggle Hi Jiggle Low
Essie Jiggle Hi Jiggle Low: My bottle may have turned out more silver than molten gold, as it's supposed to be, but regardless of hue? This is a polish I can't wait to wear over and over.

My 2014 in nails, #ManiMonday, Mani Monday, manicure, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish, R29 + Rescue Beauty Lounge Pretty Gritty
R29 + Rescue Beauty Lounge Pretty Gritty: Sometimes you see a nail polish and just instantly fall in love. That's how I felt about Pretty Gritty the moment I saw swatches of it online. I mean, look at it. This shimmery mauveish plum was just SCREAMING my name.

11 comments:

  1. So many stunners in your roundup! Zoya Madeline is one of the shades along with Brigitte that I wear most often. And I am dying to get DL Marrakesh Express...and probably most of the others too!

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  2. I love how Voile looks on you!

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  3. OMG, I am mesmerized by this post! The Tom Ford Black Cherry and Rescue Lounge Pretty Gritty are both making my heart go pitter patter! This is an epic post, Jamie!

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  4. What a great roundup! I'm still convincing myself to try CL nail polish.

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  5. Such pretty shades! I love the Zoyas best. Always an impeccable formula.

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  6. I actually stopped and scrolled back to Stromboli. Which means I need it.

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  7. Those Simpsons nail art stickers are the cutest products of 2014! Epic!

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  8. That Zoya matte green is my favorite!

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  9. Nice nail polishes!

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