While Meli is romping around Western Europe with the love of her life, some of us girls have been holding down the fort for her. Elissa got us all hot and heavy over Emile Hirsch and shared some fabulosity with us, and Anika reminded us why Nathan Fillion earned the title of Captain Hotpants before giving us her own rendition of Loveable Friday. Now that the baton has been passed to me, I don’t intend on dropping it!
I’ve got a little confession to make: Over the past 12 months, I’ve become quite addicted to nail polish. My collection began with a meager bottle of Rimmel 60 second vinyl shine in “Zeitgeist”, which I had been hauling all over the states with me since I graduated college over six years ago. (Nail polish NEVER goes bad, ladies! It’s true.) And today my collection looks like this:
That doesn’t include ten top + base coats I have or the 15 polishes that are making their way to me via USPS right now. That brings my stash up to 110 polishes. Time to clear another drawer in my Ikea Helmer!
Things finally spun out of control after Meli’s crafting (and nail polish) party in July. As my time on Pinterest, Makeup Alley’s Nail Board, and Instagram began adding up, I realized I might have a problem. Honestly, my little addiction doesn’t embarrass me too much. It’s a cheap thrill, for the most part. And it’s such an easy, quick way make you look polished (no pun intended) while adding color to your wardrobe.
Here’s a closer look at some of the gems in my collection:
I never intended on owning a $25 bottle of polish. That’s crazy! But, when I caught wind of Chanel’s limited edition polish called Peridot, I had to have a look-see. (It is, after all, my birthstone!) In this photo, the green in the duochrome is completely lost. For better swatches, check out Temptalia’s review.
From left to right: Orly Liquid Vinyl, Hailey’s Comet, Nite Owl, Galaxy Girl, Fowl Play, and Royal Velvet)
Orly (available at CVS, Ulta and other beauty retailers) has quickly become a favorite of mine. The formula is generally super slick and easy and the bottles are larger than most. Win-win!
From left to right: Kleancolor City Never Sleeps, Chunky Holo Black, Winter Wonderland, Chunky Holo Bluebell, and Disco Ball.
Glitter and flakies, oh my! Kleancolor, notorious for being one of the foulest smelling polishes around, has the very best glitter and flakies. What’s a flakie? Think really big glitter in irregular shapes. Anika shared a swatch of the Kleancolor’s Chunky Holo Black in the last Loveable Friday, which is one of the coolest flakies out there. Kleancolor is available at BeautyJoint.com for $1.75/each. I ordered the five polishes above from them and they arrived quickly and were very well packaged.
Win a China Glaze Holiday Gift Set
Let’s kick off the season of giving early. Up for grabs is a holiday gift set from China Glaze. The four mini polishes (9.6mL) include: Ring in the Red, a great glittery red; Holly Day, a creme holiday green; Twinkle Lights, a red/green/gold glitter; and Velvet Bow, a dark red creme.
To enter, leave a comment on this blog post and tell us what your favorite nail polish brands and colors are. One random winner will be selected a week from today, Monday, Nov. 21, 2011.
Note: None of the products mentioned above or those in the giveaway were provided by third parties (advertisers, brand representatives, public relation representatives, retailers, manufacturers, etc.).
Until next time!