Lacquer Saturday: I’m in a Hurry!

I’ve realized I’m kind of a last-minute sort of person when it comes to my nails. I decide which color to change them to about 20 min before I need to leave the house, and I haven’t gotten dressed yet. As such I’ve been getting a lot of use from the (so-called) quick dry top coats, which sometimes aren’t as quick as we’d like them to be. So this week I’m sharing my top three picks for the best “quick dry” top coats!

#3: Essie Good to Go- As big of an Essie fan as I am, I have to put their quick dry top coat in last place on this one. It’s not awful, I definitely thought it would dry quicker than it did, but I’d use it again if I’m in a jam.

 #2: Sephora Quick Dry Spray- This one isn’t a polish but instead a spray, and it worked way better than I expected. I tried it out in the store over a Sephora by OPI color I was trying out (I figure Sephora wouldn’t allow you to open nail polish bottles if they didn’t want me to sample them)

Lacquer Saturday: NCLA + CND Effects

This week, I tried out two polishes I got in my gift bag from Channing’s party- CND Effects in silver and an NCLA color in ‘Hello, I Love You’. The NCLA is a really cute pinkish-purple, but it finished a little more dull than I’m used to. Definitely needs a top coat (I’d do Essie’s Let It Shine to get it really shiny) and the CND gave the perfect amount of glitz.

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Lacquer Saturday- Post NYFW

This week I experimented with a few polishes gifted to me by my Greg Littley (I love that my co-workers knows me so well) two exclusive Essie colors from the NYFW Mercedes-Benz and Naeem Khan installation-

Designo Magno Cashmere White and Designo Magno Alanite Grey

I don’t usually go for whites, especially one this stark but I figured it could be a great background color for one of my new top coats. I layered it with Sephora‘s 3D glitter in blue, which turned out very pretty (would’ve been a perfect ‘first snow’ mani). The only thing I didn’t like was the nail polish smudged almost 3 hours after I did my nails- something that’s never happened with Essie so I’m blaming it on the Sephora glitter. Continue reading

Lacquer Saturday: OPI – Fly

I’m really more of an Essie girl at heart but sometimes I find these super-cute OPI colors and I just can’t help myself! As is the case with this blue-green colors from the Nicki Minaj x OPI Collection called ‘Fly“. So as Fly is one of my favorite songs from her (I feel like it’s one of the realest songs on that album) I made no hesitation to ‘buy it now’ on Ebay and try it out real quick. With the exception of the ‘Pink Friday’ (a pastel pink hue) the collection is a range of bold and bright colors, which is what I tend to gravitate towards as we go into spring. The ‘Fly’ color is a little tropical, which is a good pick-me-up from this disrespectfully windy and cold weather we’ve been experiencing:

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Lacquer Saturday: I’m Feeling ‘Animal-istic’

As cute as my sequin Sephora Nail Blings were they didn’t last very long through my NYE night, so come Kwanzaa evening I had new ones on:


And in keeping with my call of the wild theme this week one of my new OPI colors came in from Ebay! Part of the OPI + Muppets Holiday collection, Animal-istic is a pretty reddish pink with a metallic finish: