Wednesday, February 29, 2012

On Wednesdays We Wear Pink: OPI: Kiss Me On My Tulips

Happy Wednesday and BONUS it's leap year! Cool! Enjoy your "extra" day! As you know, on Wednesdays we wear pink! Today's pink is OPI's Kiss Me On My Tulips from the Holland collection. It's a blue toned pink color which I can usually never pull off, but you know what, I think this one is really nice. I think because it is not as "hot" pink as many in this color family seem to be.  This is a pink I can get behind for sure.

I used two coats for opacity and this creme polish went on well. I had no issues with balding or streaking and found it to be beautifully opaque. 

What do you think of this one? Sure, not particularly unique but overall a nice pink to me. 

Are you wearing pink today!?

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Nude Nails on the Red Carpet

Last night, former wrestler and actress Stacy Keibler and The Muppets star Amy Adams both walked the 84th Annual Academy Awards red carpet wearing OPI nail lacquer in Samoan Sand on their hands. This nude hue, which complemented the ladies’ respective gold and silver dresses, is a favorite of celebrities and fashion designers alike.

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OPI: Red Lights Ahead... Where? (Holland Collection)

Happy Monday everyone! I hope everyone has a great work/school week. Today I have another color from the OPI Holland Collection to share with you all. This is Red Lights Ahead...Where? which is a coral based hot read creme. This color is hot hot hot! I think it's going to be on my toes a lot this summer. It's so bright and fun! I think it's a great color for those of you who have to remain somewhat conservative at work but can rock the reds and corals with no issues.

I used  two coats for full opacity and had no issues applying this polish.  No streaking and no balding here.  The finish is really nice and shiny. Overall a great lacquer. 

What do you think of this one? Hit or miss.

Also, did you watch the Oscars last night? See any manicures that got your attention? 
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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Nubar: Blue Raspberry and Black Polka Dots

Hi everyone! Thanks for popping in and seeing what's on my nails. 

Today I have two polishes from Nubar to share with you.  The first is Blue Raspberry from their Jelly Beans collection. Nubar calls this one "a semi-opaque light turquoise creme".  That's spot on. This is somewhat of a creme/jelly hybrid. Similar to Strawberry from the same collection in consistency. 

The finish is awesome. You know how I love these creme jellies. I used three coats for full opacity. The finish is super high shine and squishy! I just love this look. I wish there were many more polishes with this finish. 

The color is great. It reminds me of Essie's Turqioise and Caicos but to my eye pulls slightly greener or perhaps is just a bit darker.  

I am a big fan of this one. From the color to the texture, Nubar just got everything right here.  

To make that beauty even better I decided to add two coats of Nubar's Black Polka Dot.  This is from the Polka Dot Collection and it rocks! 

Black Polka Dot is a pretty much clear base with tons of black hex and smaller black glitter particles.  This looks so cool over Blue Raspberry. I have to say, I think this is one of my favorite manicures, at least the favorite as of late.  I think it looks awesome! 

So what do you think of these polishes? What would you wear Black Polka Dot over? Do you have any polishes that I NEED with the same creme/jelly texture as Blue Raspberry

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Deborah Lippmann: Across the Universe

Happy Monday my friends. I know you've all seen this polish before but I just got it so I wanted to share. I have been lusting after Deborah Lippmann's Across the Universe since it came out and I finally bit the bullet and purchased a bottle for myself.  

Across the Universe  is a navy blue sheer jelly with tons of blue and green hex glitter.  To my eye it also has some tiny blue glitter throughout.  

I used three coats for the opacity shown but I feel like I might have benefited from a forth. The base is pretty sheer so unless you are really careful you'll get some bald spots.  I find that Deb Lippmann is the queen of the chunky glitter.  Her polishes are the only polishes with hex glitter that apply well for me. This is packed with glitter so there's no need to worry about it showing up on your nail.  (Looking at you Orly Androgynie). 

What is not to love about this color? I am not sure it looks as amazing on me as it does on others but I still enjoy it. It's got such a pretty depth to it and in some lighting it's just mesmerizing. It reminds me of mermaid scales or something. 

So do you love this one? Did you purchase one as well? I am happy with this purchase and I see  myself wearing this over and over! 
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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

OPI: Wooden Shoe Like to Know? (Holland Collection)

Good morning everyone! It's a gorgeous day here in Connecticut. It seems spring is trying hard to make an appearance.  I love a good crisp sunny day. I hope it's lovely where you are. Thanks for checking in with me! 

Today I have a fun color from OPI's Holland Collection to share with you. This is Wooden Shoe Like to Know? and it is one of the most interesting colors I have seen released in a long time.  To my eye it's a purple toned milk chocolate with a golden/bronze microshimmer throughout.  I am digging this one for sure. It's so chic and unexpected.  The name is actually really cute as well.

This is a great color because it's interesting but still conservative enough to wear to work and not have any real issues. Though I tend to wear whatever I please to work I do know that some offices and professions require more muted shades. I think you can get away with this one for sure and still feel like you're doing something fun with your manicure. I tend to wear more conservative colors whenever I have to make a court appearance and I find that this one is fine for that occasion.

I used two coats for full opacity and had no issues with application. The formula was buttery and smooth. There's something about this one that just screams luxury to me. I love it!

So what do you think? Let me know in the comments :-)

Thank you kindly for stopping by and taking the time to read and comment. I am so happy to have so many awesome readers. 

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day & Nubar Strawberry

Hi everyone! Thank you for hanging in there with me when I took a little time off to deal with the loss of my aunt. I am back and ready to write. Thank you all for your kind comments, they mean so much to me.  I am so glad you all could see how wonderful my aunt was from my post. Her services were exactly how she'd have wanted and well over 600 people came to her wake. She was well loved and leaves a big hole in the hearts of many. he's going to be missed each and every day but life goes on and she wouldn't want me to dwell. 

Happy Valentine's Day! I hope you all were spoiled today. I hope that even though today is a day to spoil your love that you tell them what they mean to you everyday, not just on Valentine's Day. 

Today I want to show you a gorgeous pink jelly/creme from Nubar. This is Strawberry and it is part of Nubar's new spring Jellybeans collection.  This is a really interesting color because the finish falls between a jelly and a creme. I just love it! It's squishy and shiny and just the right shade of pink for me.

I used three coats for full opacity and I just love the results. The formula was excellent, my ideal really. I just love a good jelly style polish that can actually be opaque.

If light pinks tend to give you lobster hands try this one. I think it's blue based enough to keep the red in your skin tone from popping out. If I was going to list my favorite pinks this would be in the top 5 for sure.  

So what say you? Love it or leave it? What's your favorite shade of pink!? And let me know if you did anything romantic for Valentine's Day! 

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

In Loving Memory of Helen "Pixie" Henry (Aunt Pixie)

I just wanted to check in and say I am sorry for the lack of posting this week. My dear aunt who I posted about a while back passed away on Sunday evening so things are a little sad around here.  I wanted to check in and let you all know since I posted about her last week and I am sure some of you are wondering how things went.  Even though we knew this was coming it's still so sad. Cancer is just awful and no one should have to deal with the pain and suffering that it causes. I know my aunt is no longer suffering so that helps.  

In her memory I purchased a Tinkerbell charm for my Chamilla bracelet. My aunt was a huge Tink fan and could often be seen sporting a Tinkerbell shirt.  As most of you know, I was married in Disney World. My Aunt was in attendance and while we were all watching the Wishes fireworks that night my aunt can be heard on my wedding video, with all the excitement of a child, shouting  "THERE'S TINKERBELL!" when Tink flew from her post atop the castle. I am so happy that I will always get to hear that in my video! That's Aunt Pixie for you, candid, fun and  the life of the party.  I am so happy she was able to come to my wedding so far away.  That's who she was though, she'd do anything for someone she loved. 

For those interested in learning about her this is a copy of her obituary, the family selected a stunning photo of her: 

Helen A. (Pixie) Whalen Henry, age 51 of Hamden formerly of Bridgeport, the beloved wife of Richard Jeff Henry, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, February 5, 2012 at St. Vincent Medical Center, after a long courageous battle with cancer, with her loving family by her side. Born in Bridgeport on February 25, 1960 she was the daughter of the late Amelia Mae Tilson, Betty and Edward Whalen. She was a life long Bridgeport resident before settling in Hamden a few years ago, a graduate of Central High School, class of 1977, where she met most of her lifelong friends. She began her waitressing career at Frankie’s Diner in Bridgeport, melting the hearts of even the most difficult customers, and taking special care of the loneliest ones, she loved it. Her kindness continued to touch the hearts of all until her retirement from Sherwood Diner in Westport. She was famous for her yearly, handwritten Christmas cards that will be sadly missed by all. What Pixie loved the most in life was spending time with family and friends. She loved to plan the party that would get them all together. In addition to her loving husband, she is survived by her daughter, Theresa Amelia Sanches and her partner, Brian DiMoura of Hamden, her grandsons, Daniel and Jake Allen of Hamden, her granddaughter, Anastasia Koutrakos of Stratford, her brothers, Ronny Tilson and wife Joyce of Margate, FL., Jeffrey Lesniak and wife Lyn of Georgetown, CT., Edward Whalen and wife Launa of Trumbull, her sisters, Jacqueliene Weiner and husband Martin of Shelton, Trina Nicolett and husband Louis of Beacon Falls, Charon Benson and her husband the late Raymond Sr. of Bridgeport, Georgejinna Chevrette and partner Art Minto of Ansonia, Bette-Jo and partner Robert of Bridgeport, and a very special Goddaughter, Launa Whalen, and many nieces and nephews. 


My aunt will be missed by so many, friends and family alike but we have a million and one fond memories to cherish.  It seems when we lose someone we say thousands of great things about them just because they are gone, but honestly my aunt was the most loved person I know.  Every single family member was close with Pixie, even the ones who lost touch with everyone else.  Pixie had so many close friends I cannot even name 1/3 of them.  There is no one who could have met her and disliked her. Of all the people I have ever known she was the most genuinely caring individual. A lot of people relied on and needed her love and I am scared some may be lost without it. 

My Aunt Pixie was taken too soon. Besides her countless friends and extended family she leaves her husband, daughter and two grandsons. Please keep them in your thoughts. 


To my Dear Aunt Helen Pixie Henry: 

Rest in peace. We will all miss you! Thank you for being at all my life milestones, from my birthday parties, to my communion, to my confirmation (thanks for sponsoring, it is an honor to have Helen in my name now) to my graduations to my wedding. Every birthday I knew I'd have a card in my mail box from you, you never forgot! 

I don't know many people as loved as you. Know that you touched so many hearts and that your spirit will live on through so many of us. You were taken way too soon but we know you're no longer in pain. You had a rough few years but always managed to keep it positive.

Thanks for everything Aunt Pixie....

"Up you go with a heigh and ho
To the stars beyond the blue
There's a Never Land waiting for you
Where all your happy dreams come true
Every dream that you dream will come true

When there's a smile in your heart
There's no better time to start
Think of all the joy you'll find
When you leave the world behind
And bid your cares good-bye
You can fly! You can fly! You can fly!"

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Zoya: Skylar

Hi everyone! Thank you all for the positive vibes you are sending my aunt's way, every bit helps.  I used to contribute to the message boards at CandleFind a alot and whenever someone needed positive vibes they would all "burn blue" for luck, they would burn a blue candle or tart for the person who needed extra thoughts. So today I am going to feature a blue polish for my aunt.

This is Zoya's Skylar which is one of the most beautiful shades of blue nail polish I have seen in a long time. It's a light dusty cornflower blue color with tons of silver and gold shimmers.  It looks speckled! It's absolutely stunning. 

The formula on this was great. Thick but not too difficult to work with and I only needed two coats for full opacity.  I had no issues with balding or streaking. 

What do you think of this beauty? Has it captured your eye the way it did mine? 
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