Friday, January 27, 2012

Sometimes, I have to look professional...

Hello Lovelies, happy Friday! While this is normally a day of, well... not quite rest but more like winding down for me, I am all over the place trying to get everything together to take a trip out of town to SoCal for the Grand National Roadster Show (classic and antique cars, etc.)  in Pamona and a weekend of "relaxing" with my hunny. Laundry, packing, tidying up the house. All those fun things have left me with no time to give myself a fresh mani for the trip. I don't really need one, but I like to give myself a manicure that will last and give me strength for the weekend so I don't have to worry about chips or breaking. I'm currently wearing Jessica Cosmetics Irridescent Eye, a Chanel Peridot dupe, and it is beautiful but I'm packing BL Wallis and a non-qd top coat in case I have any chipping or extreme tip wear after showering. I've already got this beauty lined up in draft to be posted upon my return!

So, like I mentioned in my last two posts covering OPI's Nicki Minaj collection, I had to wait to wear the super vibrant colors. I had a meeting lined up for preliminary discussions regarding an internship opportunity and I didn't think that almost-neon skittle nails would be completely appropriate. (I did however wear them to a tabling event the following day!) Since I'm a student of the environment, I felt a green was in order and dug out a color I haven't worn for a while: Da Bush by Essie.

Da Bush is a dusty pistacio/avacado green, very subdued and extremely complimentary to my complexion. These first few photos are not quite color acurate, but the ones I took under the kitchen light more adequately represent the dustiness. Incidentally, when I was browsing the sale bins at Ulta I came across quite a few of the POTC OPI's and picked up Stranger Tides and discovered the dupe! For some reason I feel like I may have already known this but since I wasn't interrested terribly in the collection as a whole it may have just never stuck. I finally picked up Skull and Glossbones recently, and only because it was on super-sale. Not sure why exactly I wasn't all that into POTC... hmm. The world may never know. :)

Essie - Da Bush
Essie - Da Bush
Essie - Da Bush
Essie - Da Bush

Day two, because I get bored easily (and mostly because I love Glass Slipper) I added a coat of Sally Hansen's Glass Slipper and really liked the combination. It is very understated but sparkly, at certain angles the flakies all but disappear. The combo actually makes me think of mint chocolate chip ice cream, that doesn't make sense completely because there are no brown or black "chips." I'm thinking that its because the GS flakes make me think of ice crystals that show up after ice cream has softened and then refrozen.

At the same time, I think of pistacios. MMMM, delicious.

Sally Hansen - Glass Slipper 
Sally Hansen - Glass Slipper

Application was pretty breezy, no major issues. I'm getting used to Essie's smaller brushes and although I don't think they pick up as much polish as OPI's pro-wide brushes do, they do provide for better control of application. If I didn't leave enough polish on the brush for the second coat, this color was prone to dragging and leaving bald spots so I used a thicker second coat. I think that is my typical application anyway.

Essie - Da Bush

You can see that the kitchen light gives me lobster fingers with this green, it doesn't appear that way irl fortunately. Tip wear was excellent and I believe I wore the combo for a total of three/four days. Removal was also easy, no major issues with the flakies.

Sally Hansen - Glass Slipper

Oh, and I got the internship. I had my second meeting this Wednesday and I'm super excited!

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