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Essie Bobbing for Baubles

Last week I showed you arm swatches of Essie's holiday collection, but I didn't get to show you Bobbing for Baubles on my nails. I totally love this color. I've done two back-to-back manicures and I'm still not tired of it. It's a greyed/muted navy, and somehow it feels both conservative (office-friendly) and chic. Bobbing for Baubles is slightly lighter, and a little more blue than Dior Perfecto, NARS Galion, or Zoya Cynthia. Essie polishes are $8 each, and if you want free shipping, I...

Zoya Twila

I had to get one of Zoya's holiday glitters onto my nails as soon as possible, so (at random) I picked Twila ($8). Holy cannoli, this polish is glorious! Glorious! For those of you who have been engaged, you know the initial temptation to keep admiring your hand? That's just what this polish is like. It's utterly dazzling, especially in sunlight. People kept asking me if I was wearing a gel. I painted... I think 4–5 coats (because I'm a magpie and couldn't stop myself). I had basically ach...

Guest Swatcher: Dior Aloha

I haven't yet made it over to Saks to check out Dior's summer nail polishes, Aloha and Paradise (Paradise is exclusive to Saks, and somehow my Nordstrom didn't get a tester of Aloha). As I mentioned in my Dior Summer post, these polishes are not only ridiculously sexy for summer, they're also a great buy, because Dior has packaged each shade with a full-sized topcoat (and the bundle is $26; individual Dior polishes are $21). Luckily, the ever-amazing Kristina volunteered to share her swatche...

Chanel Mimosa and Morning Rose

Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending Saks' "Mimosa-Mimosa" Chanel Summer Launch party. Attendees were treated to makeovers and polish changes — and refreshing beverages, of course. When I arm-swatched the Chanel summer collection, I wondered if Mimosa was better suited for medium-to-dark skintones. Yellow can be a tricky color. To maximize my swatching potential, I requested Mimosa on one hand and Morning Rose on the other. (These photos were taken late in the afternoon.) I was ...

Dior Bond Street

When Dior launched their spring collection, it contained one grey nail polish, Gris Montaigne. But Gris Montaigne was also part of a capsule collection: Dior made three "grey" nail polishes, one for each of three fashion capitals. Gris Montaigne represents Paris; Bond Street represents London; and NY 57th (obviously) represents New York. Bond Street and NY 57th are sold exclusively through Dior's website, but when I saw a photo of Bond Street, I knew I had to have it. I've been loving deep...

Look at My Nails! Custom ManiQ Manicure

Cosmetics technology advances at an incredible rate. I know you guys have heard of acrylic nails. You've probably also heard of gel manicures (like Calgel) and — the latest breakthrough — gel-polish hybrids (like Shellac by CND). These options are tougher (longer lasting), more expensive, and not as DIY as regular polish. But in addition to their multi-week weartime, gel and gel-hybrids let you create nail looks impossible with ordinary polish. When I was in New York for Fashion Week, I met u...

Guest Swatcher: OPI Katy Perry Collection

I didn't jump on the Black Shatter bandwagon right away, but after reading this fantastic guest review and swatches by Soaper1, I'm reconsidering. OPI's recent collaboration with Katy Perry produced four polishes: The One that Got Away, Teenage Dream, Last Friday Night, and Not Like the Movies. Black Shatter was released simultaneously (overlapping the Katy Perry and Serena Williams Glam Slam collections). And I thought Black Shatter wasn't going to be a must-have. As it turns out, I love it, a...

Guest Swatcher: Knockout Cosmetics Liberty

I can always count on Soaper1 to keep me informed of important events in the world of nail polish. Knockout Cosmetics is a new-to-me brand, but when Soaper1 sent swatches, I was intrigued by their all-matte aesthetic. The finish of her nails is so appealingly West Elm/Pottery Barn, don't you think? Here's her review: I've wanted to try Knockout polishes for at least two years, but the price tag always stood in my way (they retail for $19 each, available at koknockout.com and other etailers). La...

American Apparel Malibu Green

Just a random nail polish for you today: American Apparel's Malibu Green. American Apparel released their nail polishes in three "waves" — Malibu was one of the shades in "round two." I like American Apparel polishes because their range is entirely cream finish. Many of their shades are also opaque or almost opaque in one coat (though I still paint two). Their polishes are $6 each or 3-for-$15. Malibu Green is... rather dramatically bright. It seems to encourage strangers to talk to me. I ...

Zoya Caitlin

I decided to make Caitlin my first manicure from Zoya's Intimate collection (I'm just in love with blurples at the moment). I usually find Zoya polishes very easy to paint, but Caitlin was a little bit finicky. It's one of those where you have to keep your calm through the first coat — don't try to go over it, just trust that the second coat will even it out. What do you think? Love it or hate it?

Guest Swatcher: OPI Black Shatter

I remember wearing "crackle" nail polish back in high school. Admittedly, it's been a really long time since then, but I thought I remembered applying my crackle to a wet base color.  Everyone I've spoken to says that's not right: crackle polishes have to be applied on top of dry polish to get the right effect. Here's Soaper1's review of OPI Black Shatter. Click here to go back to her review of the Sally Hansen Effects. After successfully applying Sally Hansen Effects to one nail, I suddenl...

Guest Swatcher: Sally Hansen Salon Effects

Soaper1 just sent an awesome combination review of Sally Hansen's new Salon Effects and OPI Black Shatter. Since they're entirely different products, I thought I'd break them into two posts. Click here to read her review of Black Shatter. First up: Sally Hansen Salon Effects. I just learned about these and I am instantly enamored! Doesn't that pattern look like Liberty of London? I have to try this for myself. Here's Soaper1's review: I've got a combo swatch picture for you today (this h...

Illamasqua Baptiste

Oh, Illamasqua, you really know how to make a girl's heart go pit-a-pat. This darkly sparkly, blackened violet beauty is Illamasqua's Baptiste. It's pretty magical in almost any light — forgive me if I went a little photo-crazy. Illamasqua is an English brand with an incredibly diverse product offering — and a penchant for color. In the U.S., you can buy a selection of their products (including Baptiste) at Sephora. Their nail polishes are $14 each.

Sally Hansen Wholesome Earth

You may already know that I have a weakness for vampy, black-cherry nails. Well check out this sexy little number: Sally Hansen's Wholesome Earth (a permanent shade from her Maximum Growth formula). Sally Hansen has a lot of different nail polish formulas: Salon Complete, Insta-Dri, Maximum Growth plus nailcolor, Hard As Nails, Xtreme Wear, No Chip, Hi-Definition... since I haven't really found a formula I don't like, I don't pay too much attention to which formula I'm using. Wholesome Ear...

Sally Hansen Starry, Starry Flight

I recently swatched the five "Tracy Reese" polishes in Sally Hansen's latest limited-edition collection — and I think I mentioned that I actually bought seven shades from this collection in all.  Another one of those was Starry, Starry Flight, an absolutely amazing silver glitter. This polish deserves more than my poor photos can show. It's brilliant, blazing, disco-ball-on-your-fingers silver. It's opaque in two or three coats (though I might have painted four). The glitter particles are...