Saturday, December 24, 2011

Winter Manicure with China Glaze Sea Spray

Merry Christmas Eve! Please forgive the state of my cuticles-- I've been working at a flower shop (as I do during the holidays) and it's great but it trashes my hands. Anyway, here is a cool-toned winter manicure with China Glaze sea spray and bundle monster stamp m70.  Sea Spray is a pretty, gray-blue with a subtle shimmer. Very pretty! 

Sunday, December 18, 2011

OPI Extravagance

I was at Ulta a few weeks ago during their crazy "we're practically giving stuff away" post-Thanksgiving sale, and I got this holo from OPI. I have to say, holos are emerging as one of my favorite things. I mean, one of my favorite things that doesn't involve sleeping, or coffee, or food with copious amounts of butter or chocolate in them. But I'm getting off-track. Look at how pretty it is! The way the light fires it up and it looks almost like it's glowing. Application was standard OPI: easy on, two coats. 

Friday, December 16, 2011

And the Winner Is...

The winner of the Christmas Cheer giveaway is Arielle at Only Always Soccer Mom! Congratulations! Arielle, I'm trying to find an email for you on your blog, and I'm having some trouble. 
Please email Theresa at! :)
Thanks again, everyone, for reading the blog and for entering the giveaway!

*The winner was selected using

OPI Holiday Glow

Holiday Glow is from OPI's 2009 collection, although I bought it last year. I love this polish. I think it looks like sugared molasses cookies, which probably tells you as much about me as it does about the polish, the most important of which is that I think waaay too much about nail polish. Anyway, it is a warm, dark brown base (almost with a touch of burgundy) that contains tiny pieces of gold glitter. The formula is really nice. Definitely worth hunting down if you're up for a quest. 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

LA Colors Lush Lavender

Dear Inexpensive Makeup Emporium in the Nyack Mall, 

You're awesome. You have LA Colors and LA Girl, neither of which test on animals, and both of which are inexpensive and of good quality. Merry Christmas to me! 

Tin Roof Nails

I think the name of this polish is not quite representative of the actual color. This is a pale, silver frosted polish with a very slight inclination toward lilac. To me, lush lavender looks more like this. Anyway, the formula is nice, if somewhat sheer even after several coats. If visible nail line bothers you, you should steer clear of this polish. I think a faint visible nail line can look nice under frosty polishes like this. Although the color nor the finish break any new ground, I think this is subtle and pretty, and will be nice in the winter months. 

Monday, December 12, 2011

The Christmas Cheer Giveaway! (Now Closed)

Now Closed. 
Yes, I know I've been going a little crazy with the giveaways, lately. It's my way of wishing my awesome readers a happy holiday. Just think of it as holiday cheer in a small lacquer bottle. :) There is one prize, which is one bottle of Ulta What a Maroon, China Glaze Holly-Day, and Sinful Colors Queen of Beauty. What a Maroon is a not maroon, but red, as you can see from the swatch in the photos below. It's a lovely crelly with a nice formula. See my review of Holly-day for details and photos. Sinful's Queen of Beauty is a densely-packed silver glitter in clear polish with a nice formula. 

This giveaway is open to Tin Roof Nails followers in the US and Canada. New followers are welcome to enter! This contest will close at 11:59 Friday, December 16th. The winner will be chosen using, and will have 24 hours to respond following the announcement. If the winner doesn't respond, an alternate winner will be chosen. Good luck!!!

And the Winner Is...

And the winner is Sarah at Starlight Radiance! Congratulations, Sarah! :D

Thanks to everyone for reading my blog! I'm planning another giveaway (a quick one, so I can get it in the mail before the Christmas craziness at the post office), so look out for that! 

*The winner was chosen using 

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Merry Manicure

China Glaze's Poinsettia is my new favorite red. It has eclipsed even Essie's Really Red, which was my favorite red until now. The truth is that they're either dupes or near-dupes, so what gives China Glaze the lead is that the company does not test on animals and is not owned by a company that tests on animals, which leaves me with no ethical dilemma to unsnarl. I can simply enjoy my awesome technicolor-red manicure. All the polishes in this manicure are China Glaze*: the base is poinsettia; the dots are Holly-Day (green), Twinkle Lights (glitter), and 847 (Gold).  

 Reminder: If you haven't thrown your hat in the ring for my Color Icon giveaway, click on the link in the upper right hand corner! 

*Note: I've done a lot of China Glaze posts lately, so I want to note that all polishes were purchased by me.

Friday, December 9, 2011

China Glaze Twinkle Lights

I love this polish. It's funny that I do because in general, I'm not much of a glitter girl. But look at it. I mean, seriously. It is so shiny and sparkly and unabashedly festive, and I have to give it some props for that. I wore this polish on its own on my middle and pinky fingers, and layered it over China Glaze 847 (I swear, I'm not shilling for the brand, here!) on my pointer and ring fingers. I did this because it does require quite a few coats to build to opacity. I thought that if I wore a base of gold that I could reduce the number of layers of Twinkle Lights.

 Ultimately, I preferred the look of Twinkle Lights by itself. I found that with or without the gold underlayer, it took a bajillion coats for opacity. A bajillion minus one is still a lot of coats, so I figure it's better to go for the prettiest effect. By a bajillion, by the way, I mean more than three. I like the way this polish looks when it's totally opaque, so it might be that I'm using more than someone else would.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Winter Manicure With Ulta Mint Condition

I saw this color in Ulta and immediately thought it would be pretty for a cool-toned winter manicure. A couple of things about the base polish, Ulta's Mint Condition: the first thing is that this polish is nice--  the formula, the application, and the finish. I had no cleanup for this manicure, not even on my dominant hand. Now THAT'S a good formula. One minor bummer: the color is a little different against my skin than it was in the bottle. The color appears less dusty, more defined, which is too bad because the bottle color was so cool. It looked like one of those odd-pretty industrial colors from the 60s. 

My Winter Manicure

Base Color: Ulta Mint Condition
Dotting Colors: Wet n' Wild French Creme, Sally Hansen Celeb City, Ulta Bam-blue-zeled.  

Above: Ulta Mint Condition in natural light

Above: Ulta Mint Condition with flash

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Swatch and Pass: Another Little Giveaway (Now Closed)

Now Closed.

After swatching this polish to do the Color Icon post, I decided that It's All in the Cut needs to belong to someone who appreciates glitter more than I do. It seems unfair, somehow, for it to languish, unworn, in my polish collection when I know there are some hard-core glitter girls out there who would love it. And if it finds a home with a glitter girl who is also a purple polish lover, then so much the better! Anyway, Wet n' Wild limited edition polishes can be hard to find, so if you've been wanting to try the Color Icons, here's another chance to get your hands on one! Note: as suggested in the title of the giveaway, I did swatch this first (on one nail, pictured below!). 

This giveaway is open to TRN followers in the US and Canada. New followers are welcome to enter. Please fill out the entry below. This drawing will close at 11:59 pm, December 11th.  If the winner doesn't contact me within 48 hours, I will select an alternate winner. Good luck! 

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Poinsettia Swatch and Stamp

This is a stamp manicure I did using China Glaze Poinsettia for the base and Sinful Colors Black on Black with Bundle Monster plate 201 for the stamp. I was surprised at how much the stripes darkened the over-all appearance of the polish; as you can see from the photo of Poinsettia on its own, it is a really vibrant red. It's another one of those bright pinup reds I love-- my other favorite is Really Red from Essie (which I no longer buy, as the company is now owned by L'Oreal. Booo for animal testing!). Anyway, if you'd like a Rosemary Clooney in White Christmas Red polish, I recommend Poinsettia. 

Above: China Glaze Poinsettia with Sinful Colors Black on Black 

Above: China Glaze Poinsettia 

Friday, December 2, 2011

Revlon Starry Pink

I bought this polish a month or so ago, and didn't wear it until yesterday-- I wanted a palette-cleanser from the fall and Christmas colors. Starry Pink is a great polish! I was not expecting to like it as much as I do, maybe because it is a light pink, which tends to be not only subdued, but also well-covered territory. Credit must be given to Deborah Lippmann for the much-imitated look of semi-sheer polishes that contain small and large pieces of glitter. I like that the glitter is used to add dimension to the polish and doesn't turn the sparkle into the focal point. I'm glad that other brands have picked up this trend. 

SP has a semi-sheer pale-pink cream base that contains small, round pieces and larger, hexagonal pieces of glitter. The glitter makes the polish interesting, and the fact that it is layered in the polish tones down the sparkle, and keeps it pretty, feminine, and subtle. I keep looking at my hands, which I am not often inspired to do when wearing a pale pink polish. In my experience, Revlon formulas are hit-or-miss. I'm happy to say the formula for SP is very good and easy to work with. SP is a limited release from Revlon (I think it was only available at Target, but I think I've seen it elsewhere). 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Silver Filigree

For this manicure I used Revlon Top Speed in Emerald (a dupe for this is Sinful Colors Envy). For the stamp I used Sally Hansen InstaDri in Silver Sweep with Bundle Monster stamp 206. This manicure is pretty, but it's also pretty Christmassy. I mean, reeeeaaaally Christmassy. Like, santa-sweater Christmassy. Electric Lawn Creche Christmassy. These nails say Merry Friggin' Christmas long before your mouth does. It's a little cheesy is what I'm getting at. I've decided I'm okay with that. :)

Monday, November 28, 2011

Layering with China Glaze Snow Globe

I sat on the fence about getting China Glaze Snow Globe since I'm generally not a huge fan of glitters or of layering. I admit, I didn't sit on the fence for long. I more paused while hurdling it. Anyway, once again, I have found that my polish preferences are not set in stone. I might be into this polish because it's so different from the creams and crellys that have dominated my polish choices this fall. It's sparkly and pretty and looks like icy glaze. In the photos above, I've layered it with other polishes: China Glaze First Mate, Sea Spray, and Orly Winter Wonderland, which is my as-yet uncontested favorite winter polish. On my pinky is three coats of Snow Globe by itself. Please excuse my lovely stained nails-- it's the price of being a polish fanatic. The formula of SG is good. The glitter is a bit sparse, but works nicely as a layering polish or on its own as a simple, pretty manicure.  

The Winner Is...

The winner of the Slaying the Lemming Giveaway is Crystal!*
Thanks to everyone for reading my blog and for throwing your hat in the ring for Behind Closed Doors. I've got another giveaway coming up, so look out for that. 

*The winner was selected using 

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Three from Wet n' Wild Color Icon

If you love glitter, you will love, love, love, the Color Icon polishes from Wet n' Wild. 

It's All In the Cut is a  two-tone glitter. The base is clear with fine, lavender glitter. There is a smaller amount of slightly larger round glitter in a color I can best describe as electric peach. 

Rockin' Rubies is another two-tone glitter in a clear base. The smaller pieces of glitter are red and the larger are almost a salmon color. The over-all effect is interesting. With a topcoat, it's very sparkly. Without a topcoat, it has a finish reminiscent of sugared fruit. Very pretty. 

24 Carats looks like a pimped-out shag carpet. It is copper and gold bar glitter in a clear base. This is probably one of the most interesting polishes I've ever seen, and I don't mean to use the word "interesting" with a patronizing snarl; it is actually a fascinating polish to look at. The direction of the brush-stokes seems to "comb" the bar glitter as the polish is applied. If it weren't for the super-sparkliness of the glitter, this matted look might remind me too much of a strip of freshly-vacuumed carpet or of a cross-section of particle-board. 

I've seen some other reviews of the Color Icon polishes that have been critical of the formula. I had no problems. They needed three coats to build, but I think that is reasonable for a glitter. The bottom line: if you love glitter, you will love these. If you are a fan of OPI's Muppets collection, you should seek out the Color Icon polishes, especially It's All in the Cut and 24 Carats, both of which would be at home in that collection. 

Friday, November 25, 2011

China Glaze Sugar Plums

This is China Glaze Sugar Plums from last year's Christmas collection. It is a pretty, wine-colored polish with a fine, subtle glitter. The application and coverage is good; my one caveat with this polish is that it needs a good, thick, topcoat (like Seche Vite). Without it, it has a dull finish that is slightly gritty from the glitter. That said, those problems are easily solved with a topcoat (which I would use anyway). This is a nice twist on a holiday burgundy polish. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

OPI Rising Star

This polish is from OPI's Burlesque collection from last winter. This came as part of Little Teasers, a set of mini bottles. I honestly can't decide how I feel about this polish. It's not so much pretty as it is eye-catching. It's warmer than gold, but not quite copper. Like caramel-bronze-honey-gold, which I must admit, sounds stunning. But while I do think it's an appropriate color for the trifecta of holidays, I also find it a bit odd. Anyway, regardless of the color and my inability to decide if I like it or not, I can say that the formula of RS is excellent, and like many metallic polishes, the dry-time is short. 

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Bull's Eye Mani

I've been on kick for the last few weeks of super-short nails with bright colors and crazy patterns. I like that there is something casual about short nails that seems to balance the effort and care it takes to do a manicure that is conspicuous in color or patterns. Anyway, the first day, I wore it as it is pictured in the first pic below. On the second day, I added the red french tips. 

Base polish: American Apparel California Trooper
Stamping Polish: Sinful Colors Black on Black
French Tip: China Glaze Poinsettia
Bundle Monster Plate 206

Note: California Trooper has ended up being a really useful polish. It's very nice on its own, but it's also nice as a neutral background for stamping.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Slaying the Lemming Giveaway: Behind Closed Doors

*Source for Lemming photo.  


Okay, so I know that Behind Closed Doors is from Wet n' Wild's Fall Collection, and we're past that and on to the holidays now, but I think an exception should be made in the case of this hard-to-find polish. I was in a Rite Aid yesterday looking for the Color Icon polish (which they didn't have), and I came face-to-face with about half of the On the Prowl Collection.  I couldn't believe it. Seriously. It was like spotting a yeti. I was actually almost annoyed because I had been dying for this collection for months and couldn't find it anywhere! I won't even tell you how many stores I checked, but I will say that I searched for it with a singleminded devotion that is usually limited to UFO nuts and Justin Beiber fans. I   had no luck until yesterday. Anyway, I grabbed the two bottles of Behind Closed Doors, one for me, and one for a lucky Tin Roof Nails follower who has been longing for her very own bottle but hasn't been able to find one. :) New followers are welcome to enter this giveaway!  This giveaway is open to TRN followers in the US and Canada. To enter, fill out the entry below. The drawing will close on Sunday, November 27th. If the winner doesn't contact me within 48 hours, I will select an alternate winner. Good luck! 

Monday, November 14, 2011

Guest Blogger: Nikki

My friend, Nikki, has a manicure for you today. She used Essie Mint Candy Apple as the base, with Wet n' Wild Black Creme with Bundle Monster plate 14. I think this design is so simple and so cute! Thanks, Nik! 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Orly Fowl Play

Dear Orly Fowl Play, 

I love you. You are beautiful. In the immortal words of Frank Black (via Dave Lovering), La-la-love you, don't mean maybe. :)

Tin Roof Nails

Okay, so if you want to know something about this polish other than that I think it's cool enough to deserve a Pixies serenade, then I'll elaborate: this is a dupe or near-dupe of OPI's Merry Midnight. I don't own MM, but there are plenty of good comparisons out there, which a Google search would quickly yield. FP has a good formula, and needs two or three coats for opacity (I used three coats for the photos). There is blue glitter that is clearly visible in the bottle, but unfortunately, almost not at all on the nail. I like this one because it's what I think of as a deep fall color-- it's not firey like the reds and oranges and burnt colors of September and October-- wines, burgundies, those are the colors I think of for this time of year. Anyway, what's cool about FP is that the larger, irregular orange flakes and small blue glitter give it a subtle texture and dimension that separate it from a straight wine or burgundy jelly or cream. 

 Frank Black said it much more succinctly. :)


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