6.21.2012

Trying Pastels


Nail polish is a huge thing in blogland now, so this is one of those blogger cliché posts. To be honest, I don't wear polish very often, especially now that I'm working in the library. I'm constantly handling books, shelving books, and smashing my fingers, so it never lasts more than a day without getting destroyed. So this is not be something I'll be posting about regularly; I'll leave that to those who are actually skilled in that area (see here and here).


In the past, I've only gone for red or black, excluding the time in junior high when for some reason I became obsessed with collecting bottle upon bottle of blue glitter. Up above was my entire polish collection until a few weeks ago. Red, red, red! However, I very recently dipped my toe into the pool of what I call the "Easter egg" colors. Funny enough, it was not the blog world that got me interested in the new pastel trend, but seeing a minty polish on my friend Shannon's nails convinced me to try and branch out.


The first bottle I tried out was Wet n Wild Megalast in I Need a Refresh-Mint. It looks like sort of an aqua color in the bottle, but it wears like more of a sky blue. They're not kidding though, this stuff lasts! I've been wearing it for about a week and it hasn't really come off much at all.


Most recently, I picked up Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Mint Sorbet. I absolutely love the minty color, but the polish was a real hassle to apply. Even after shaking it, it was goopy going on, and it takes forever to dry! Actually, when I was looking at the different polishes at Target, they had the "Fast Dry" kind, and this kind, and Jose said "This is the Extremely Slow-Dry... it takes eight hours... you're gonna hate it." and we laughed hysterically, but he was actually not too far off. I ended up taking it off the next day because it was already so dinged up and just bad looking. I can't sit around for two hours waiting for my nails to dry!


Mint Sorbet on the left, and I Need a Refresh-Mint on the right.


Then, I saw this post by Jenny and loved the colors and the sparkle of the Deborah Lippman polish, so I went looking for the Revlon Version. The base color comes out clear, so I spent ages looking for a light blue to paint the glitter over, and finally found Hard Candy's Sky. It bubbled pretty badly on application (the light blue, not the glitter), so I'm not in love with it, but the color is pretty and the glitter sort of covers the bubbles. It reminds me of birthday cake!


Lily approves!

20 comments:

  1. Sometimes I go through phases of either loving nail polish or absolutely hating it, so I can sympathize with your small nail polish collection! I absolutely love how you took pictures of your polished hands - so clever *_*

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    1. I actually am a little bit over it already, haha, I just took it off today! ;)
      Thanks Kailey!

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  2. Oh so lovely! I like the gold clutch (?!) you are holding in one of your pics too!!!

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    1. Thanks, Donna! I love that clutch, I got it for one dollar at a thrift store... I think it's like Bratz Doll brand too, which is so weird but it reminded me of a mermaid so I bought it to go with my sea ghost Halloween costume from a few years ago.

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  3. Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear shouldn't be goopy, maybe you got a bad bottle. Maybe try exchanging it?

    To help avoid chipping, a good topcoat's your secret weapon. Seche Vite is the best, but it's expensive at $9 a bottle, so if you don't want to spend the money on that, I just recommend getting a topcoat.

    As for the polish bubbling, your hands might've been too hot.

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    1. Hmm, maybe. I doubt I'd bother exchanging it but I'll have to try it again sometime when I have a few hours to sit around without having to touch anything, haha.

      I do use a topcoat, and usually it works pretty well. For the bubbling, I did try it two different times on two different days in two different locations, and I'm pretty sure it wasn't hot at all, but it's no big deal, I'll still use it anyway. Thank you for the tips! ;)

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  4. Ohhh first off...the photos...fab!! That GOLD!! ahhhh!

    me tooo...for years it was ONLY black!! And sometimes red!

    Aqua was my foray into "Easter Egg" colors as well! :) I've tried pink..but I'm too pink myself. ;) haha

    It's MEGA hot here! Like melting in my seat hot. How about you guys?

    xo Jenny

    ps Thanks for the shout out!!

    That Revlon glitter polish is so so fun! Mine didn't bubble...weird.

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    1. Thanks so much, Jenny!

      For some reason I've never been interested in pink polish at all. Probably because I'm too pink too, haha.

      Right now we're on vacation in Orange County and it's pretty darn hot, but probably not as bad as it is in your neck of the woods!

      Oh I meant the light blue base I used underneath bubbled, not the glitter polish, that one went on just fine. I should probably make that more clear!

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  5. I have the mint sorbet one. (In fact, I'm wearing it now.) It lasts longer than most of my other polishes.

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    1. Well darn it, I must have gotten a bad bottle. I'll have to give it another try sometime.

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  6. Super fun! I have consistently painted my toenails black (that black Wet-n-Wild Wild Shine you have in your photo, actually) since 2004, but I haven't worn fingernail polish in about 6 years. Maybe I should give it a whirl again.

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  7. I love that mint polish!! Sooo pretty.

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  8. Every time I see that glittery Revlon polish I consider buying it but backed out each time because I was afraid the glitter might look muddled. But it's so pretty! I will have to go for it next time.

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  9. wow you have such pretty nail polishes! I specially like that minty tone on the right :)

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  11. Both of the mints are gorgeous! I love the props you used to, the glitter and ice cream cone look snazzy heehee!

    Love the blog, glad to have found you. New follower :-)

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  12. I love that Revlon glitter one sooooo much, I'm totally gonna buy that. Ah Hard Candy, I remember thinking those were just the MOST in middle school!

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  13. The colours are so lovely. Pastels are perfection!

    xo,
    The Damsel in a Dress

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