NOTD: Sally Hansen Insta-Dry in 170 Expresso

NYC Grand Central Topcoat over

NYC Grand Central Topcoat over

This color is a gorgeous dusty rose color in a cream finish. This is kind of surprising considering the name, but I’ll go for it. I was so impressed by this polish: its pigmentation is incredible (this is literally only one coat!) and it did dry extremely fast. Thanks to the wide, stiff brush, application was also a breeze. It isn’t the shiniest polish out there, but this doesn’t ┬ábother me because I always use my fabulous NYC topcoat (review here) anyway. I am looking forward to trying more from this line, if they are all like this my wallet may be in trouble!

 

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NOTD: OPI I Don’t Give a Rotterdam!

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This color is a gorgeous greyed cool periwinkle with fine silver, pink, and lavender glitter. This is such an unusual color, I really love it. The glitter also runs pretty densely through the polish, which is surprising considering the pigment is rather sparse and it is a glitter, not a shimmer. It is very sheer, so it takes three coats to build it up, but it dries extraordinarily fast so that doesn’t really cause any problems. The formula is also rather brittle in a way (possibly from the density of shimmer?), which can lead to a shorter wear time. A good topcoat (like the fabulous NYC Grand Central Station) will take care of that. Honestly the quality of the polish isn’t stellar but the color is, and you can certainly work with it. It’s certainly worth it!

NOTD: Essie Merino Cool

Essie Merino Cool Swatch

Essie Merino Cool is a mid-tone purple cream with grey and taupe undertones.I really love this color, I’ve really gotten into more subdued creams, I think they really fit well into the winter and fall seasons. I love how this is such an interesting and relatively dark color, but the grey undertones keep it relatively quiet. This makes is a fairly wearable color, perfect for the more cautious nail polish wearer, and this would also suit so many skintones. The formulation could be better in terms of wear, but with a good base coat and/or top coat you’ll be fine. The pigmentation is excellent, though. I think this will be a staple color for many more A/W seasons to come!

Have a fabulous Friday!

Lilla xx

NOTD: OPI San Tan-tonio

 

This color was one that really grew on me. I got it as a gift, but to be honest when I first saw it I didn’t think I would like it. But after I finally applied it and wore it for a bit, I found myself really enjoying it. I will definitely be reaching for this one more! I also love how it’s part of the Texas collection, as I am from Texas. I feel like a bit of a traitor, though, as I don’t own the Houston one… :/ That will have to be my next OPI color!

Have a great weekend y’all!

Lilla xx

 

 

 

 

NOTD: OPI Uh-Oh, Roll Down the Window

So I know this color may not be to everyone’s taste, but I personally adore it. i have wanted this color for a really long time, and I finally got it this month for my birthday! It is a dark olive-y green, an army green maybe? I don’t know. The name is cute, and a little bit apt, I must admit. This came out in the Touring America collection, I believe.

Are there any colors that you personally love but other people can’t stand? Are there any that seem to be really on trend but make you hurl? Share in the comments below!

Hope you have a nice weekend!

Lilla xx

NOTD: OPI Lucern-tainly Look Marvelous

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This is one of the polishes I got from my sister for my birthday, and I love it!! It is an amazing metallic gunmetal-gray color, the kind of polish the Black Widow might wear. Well, in my mind, anyway. Maybe I’m crazy but this polish makes me feel slightly badass…

Is there any polish that gives you confidence and/or makes you feel badass? Comment below!

Hope you have a great weekend!

Lilla xx

NOTD: Wet n Wild Bijou Blue (443D)

I would just like to start off this post by saying, I don’t think this polish is aptly named. Instead of calling it ‘Bijou Blue’, I think it should be called ‘Superhero Blue’. That is what this polish really reminds me of, a superhero’s cape. Which just makes it awesome. It is an interesting color, not quite turquoise but not your classic blue either, with a not-quite-greeny-turquoisey shimmer running through. This polish is pretty, dirt cheap, and does not use animal testing… not bad, Wet n Wild! OK, truth be told it does tend to chip… well, a lot. But you can just wear a good base coat and you’ll be good to go! Another good thing about the polish? It really truly does give ‘Wild Shine’, it is glossy enough that if you are pressed for time, you can skip topcoat and still be fine.

What nail polish are you wearing right now?

Love,

Lilla xx