A Month of Thanks 2013: Day 13 – Nail polish

I’m a beauty blogger, yes, but I am far from a makeup collector. What I review I typically put to the side to share with my sisters or donate the gently used items to domestic violence shelters for women and children. I have no need to collect makeup. For what? No one really needs 200 tubes of lipstick.

But nail polish…

Butter London

Nail polish is different. This is the one thing I actively collect because nail polish really makes me happy. Polishing my nails is therapeutic. It just makes me feel good. Glancing at my nails during a rough day can instantly boost my mood. So yes, I am thankful for nail polish.


Little known fact: My water broke while I was polishing my nails. Crazy, huh? 

OPI Limited Edition MISS UNIVERSE nail polish collection

Back in September (how is it already November???) OPI released a small collection of 3 polishes showing love to the Miss. Universe pageant. Each polish came with an adorable complementary bejeweled crown ring. Which is just the perfect touch, darling. I received these for review and while they aren’t terrible unique, they are still stunning to look at.

OPI MISS UNIVERSE nail polish collection

Even on my nubs.

OPI I’m Feeling Sashy

I’m Feeling Sashy is a dusty purple and OPI does a great job at producing creamy muted purples like these. It reminds me a lot of Parlez-vous OPI, a very popular shade from OPI from back in the day.

OPI Miss You-niverse

Miss You-niverse is a deep black plum that looks almost black. It’ll make for a great Fall color and it’s just screaming to to be topped off with a shimmery or glitter top coat.

OPI The Gown Needs A Crown


The Gown Needs A Crown is a textured matte platinum. We’ve seen the satin finish from OPI before and I’ve always been a fan of it. I loooove this polish so hard. The smoothness of the polish just looks stunning. It’s sheer perfection!



I applied 3 coats for each polish and didn’t have any problems with them. If you’re loving any of these you better hop to it and snag them with the quickness. I’ve spotted them at ULTA but I’m not sure how long they’ll last!

Zoya Cashmeres Collection

It’s about to be a Zoya marathon around here for the next few weeks. After this collection, I have 2 more collections to review and I’m not even mad about it. Zoya has been doing some pretty awesome thangs in the nail polish world and I’m just honored to be able to get the chance to share it with y’all. I got this collection to review and Cashmeres is just well…

Zoya Cashmeres

…very lovely indeed.

Zoya Flynn

Flynn is a lush camel brown nude cream and well er uh…I’m just not a fan of how these kind of shades look me. They look like “too light” foundation. In fact, I think the only way I could successfully pull this off is with some glitter thrown on top. And said glitter needs to be a reallllly pretty glitter.

Zoya Sailor

Sailor is a classic dark navy cream. I can’t even begin to explain how much I loooove this polish. Yes, there are plenty of navy blues out there but Zoya does creams beautifully and Sailor is just sheer perfection.

Zoya Pepper

Pepper is a brick red cream and dang, this is a gorgeous. Yeah yeah, I know if you’ve seen one red you’ve seen them all but I love the smokiness of this one. It’s stunning!

Zoya Hunter

Hunter is a dark sea green cream and no one does luscious greens like Zoya. This is such a rich and luscious green.

Zoya Louise

Louise is a rich chocolate brown and it’s another color that I’m on the fence about. I definitely like it more than Flynn but I never know if brown polishes flatter me or make my nails look dirty.

Zoya Livingston

Livingston is a lush autumn red that is THEE perfect red for the season. I’ve got plenty of reds but this one is just perfect.

Bravo Zoya! What a stunning and season-appropriate collection. I love the uniqueness of the shades Louise and Flynn. But for my not so adventurous nail polish wearers, there’s Pepper and Livingston. You can snag the entire collection from Zoya.com for $48 or you can get each polish for $8 a pop.

Which polishes are your faves?

Zoya Zenith nail polish collection

I can’t believe that I am already talking about Winter 2013 nail polish collections. How is this even possible? Sounds crazy cliché but dang…time flies. I’ve actually got a ton of Zoya nail polish collections that I’ll be cranking out in the next few weeks and Zenith sparked my interest the most. I got this collection for a review and really it was that stunning blue holographic nail polish that had me swooning at first glance…

Zoya Zenith nail polish collection

You see it, don’t you?

Zoya Seraphina

Seraphina is a full-coverage, polaris silver metallic and as much as I want to love it, it’s pretty blah for Zoya. I know every color can’t be spectacular but I don’t know, Seraphina, you don’t seem to be as fabulous as your siblings here.

Zoya Payton

Payton is a galactic cranberry with holographic glitter and yassss, now we’re getting somewhere. This is what I’m talking about. Zoya does holographic nail polishes beautifully. Payton is just stunning and I love how dynamic it looks without a top coat.

Zoya Mosheen

Mosheen is an astro ice blue topper that works well on top of other nail polishes, of course. So I’m not madly in love with super sheer polishes but I kinda dig how this icy bar glitter looks on its own.

Zoya Belinda

Belinda is a gorgeous cosmic purple/blue metallic that beautifully changes shades when the light hits it. This is an interesting shade from Zoya. I don’t think I’ve seen them do a shade like this so this was a nice surprise to see in their line-up.

Zoya Cassedy

Cassedy is a celestial pewter metallic and man, isn’t that quite the description? Pretty dead on, if you ask me. At first glance Cassedy looks like a darkened grey but if you look closer, it comes off as a deep grey with just a hint of shimmery army green.

Zoya Dream

Dream is my favorite shade of the bunch because well, look at it! This deep space blue with holographic glitter can’t get any better. It applies like a dream (hehe, see what I did there?) and I just love how bright and bold this polish is with only 2 coats. It’s gorgeous!

Application of these polishes was ridiculously easy. I found it so refreshing to see a winter collection that didn’t have any traditional shades in it. Way to go, Zoya! Of course Dream and Payton are my favorites but I love that the collection has a little somethin’ for everyone.

The Zenith collection is available for purchase at Zoya.com for $8 a bottle or you can get the entire collection for $48.

Cult Nails All Access collection

I’m a loser for not doing a post on The Makeup Show Orlando yet. I know, I know. I’m on a serious budget these days so this collection of nail polishes was the only thing I purchased from the Show. Crazy, right? Usually I empty my pockets like mad. Look at that… I’m growing up. Ha!

I helped Maria of Cult Nails set up the day before the show and I had the chance to play around with the collection All Access. I fell in love. And for a good reason. I mean look…

Cult Nails All Access


Cult Nails Grunge

I knew I would love Grunge before I even swatched it. Maria was wearing this color on her nails and I couldn’t stop eyeing it. It’s described as a perfect military green creme and I couldn’t agree more. It has enough gray in it to where it doesn’t look like a Spring-y shade. It’s just perfect.

Cult Nails Feedback

Feedback contains soft gold, pink, and orange mylar flakes and I found it to be more sparkle-y than most topcoats with flakes. I love how it looks over Grunge. It looks pretty awesome over Lamestain too.

And speaking of Lamestain…

Cult Nails Lamestain

This is by far my favorite polish out of the entire collection. I mean, honestly… This rich, deep, ox blood creme is beyond anything that I’ve ever seen and I love that it doesn’t look black. I’ve been rocking it for a good week now and have no intentions of removing it.

Cult Nails Wack Slacks

‘elloooo Wack Slacks. There ain’t nothin’ like a gorgeous purple/blue nail polish (especially a creme) and Wack Slacks just makes me happy. It’s more blue than purple and applies like a dream.

Cult Nails Disillusion

Disillusion caught me by surprise! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a polish like this. Hot pink mylar shreds are sunken in a black jelly polish? Wow! It is opaque at 2 coats but really shines with 3 coats. I can’t wait to see how this looks over Cult Nails’ black nail polish.

Impressive, right? The pre-order for the collection has already passed but you can buy the polishes individually for $12 at CultNails.com.

Makeup Wars: Fall Manicure

Hey girl hey! Fall is in full swing (even in humid Florida) and I am all kinds of excited about it. The changing of seasons means I get to expose Elle to random happenings like pumpkin patches and it also means I can pull out my favorite Fall-inspired nail polishes. This Makeup Wars, the girls and I decided to showcase our favorite Fall manicures. I am far from a nail artist so I kept it simple and used one of my favorite polishes out this season.


Say hello to the gorgeous Lamestain from Cult Nails’ All Access collection. I purchased all of the polishes from this collection but I adooooore this one the most.


It’s a stunning polish, right? It’s a gorgeous and rich burgundy jelly that DOESN’T look black on the nails. It is everything I could have ever wanted in Fall nail polish. To add a bit of sparkle, I added Essie’s As Gold As It Gets on top.


And since I’m as untraditional as they come, I am also loving butter LONDON’s Royal Navy as a Fall mani.


I did a horrible silver glitter nail design on top but Royal Navy is the best navy nail polish everrrrr.

Check out the polishes the Makeup Wars girls picked as their favorite Fall manicures…

OPI San Francisco collection, part II

I’m back with the rest of the gorgeous nail polishes from OPI’s San Francisco nail polish collection. The first half of the collection is here. The second half is full of gorgeous pinks and reds. See…

OPI San Francisco


OPI First Date at the Golden Gate

First Date at the Golden Gate is a really pretty ruby. It wouldn’t be an OPI collection without a stunning red.

OPI In the Cable Car-Pool Lane

In the Cable Car-Pool Lane is lovely. Nothing says fall like a rich and creamy burgundy. This one is flawless. I applied 2 coats of it and I probably should have applied a third.

OPI I Knead Sour-Dough

I Knead Sour-Dough is a Grandma-y shade with glam. It’s a nice rosy brown with a gorgeous hot pink shimmer. I didn’t expect to like this so much but wow. It’s very unexpected.

OPI Embarca-Dare Ya!

Embarca-Dare Ya! is a shimmery magenta. It isn’t anything special but that doesn’t make it any less pretty.

OPI Lost on Lombard

Lost on Lombard is a seasonly appropriate garnet.

OPI It’s All San Andreas’s Fault

It’s All San Andreas’s Fault is a mauve. It’s one of OPI’s Liquid Sands and I think it’s one of the best Liquid Sands in terms of quality. I’m not a fan of the shade but it’s certainly “interesting”.

OPI Wharf! Wharf! Wharf!

Wharf! Wharf! Wharf! is indeed one long and annoying name. Ha! But other than that, it’s a rich and bright blue. This Liquid Sand requires very thin strokes but I have a heavy hand and applying thin strokes are never easy for me.

OPI Alcatraz…Rocks

Alcatraz…Rocks is a blue-ish gray Liquid Sands that doesn’t look as “sandy” as the other Liquid Sands in this collection.

The entire collection…

OPI San Francisco

OPI San Francisco

This collection is currently available anywhere OPI products are sold. You can snag ’em for about $9 a bottle.

Which one are you lovin’?

OPI San Francisco collection, part I

I feel like such a big girl. I am finally caught up on reviewing summery nail polish collections and can now start cranking out Fall collections. Wee! I love when OPI does these location-themed collections. I always feel like I know a city a little better without actually going. Which probably sounds crazy but whatev. I received this collection for review and here’s the first 6 of ’em.

OPI San Francisco

And I’m in love with them all. Or most of ’em at least.

OPI OPI  Peace & Love & OPI polish

Peace & Love & OPI is a gorgeous sage and eggplant duochrome. I can’t even begin to explain how much I love this polish. Duochromes are everywhere these days so I tried so hard not to be impressed but man, this baby just shines.

OPI Keepin' Suzi At Bay

Keepin’ Suzi At Bay is a rich and creamy bright blue. OPI describes it as a navy blue but I find it to be more of a cobalt blue.

OPI Incognito in Saulsalito

Incognito in Saulsalito is a dark blue that almost looks black at a quick glance. There’s nothing special to it but I love a good vampy and dark blue for the cooler months.

OPI Haven't The Foggiest

Haven’t The Foggiest is a foil-y and shimmery silver. Nothing out of the ordinary but somehow it fits in the collection.

OPI Dining Al Frisco

Dining Al Frisco is a gorgeous blue with sweet silvery undertones. I’m not sure how unique this is but I love it anyway.

OPI A-Piers To Be Tan

A-Piers To Be Tan is a chocolate-ly tan that I’m on the fence about. I never know how I feel about colors like this. Sometimes I like how they look and other times I’m like “Ewww!”


OVERALL: I applied 3 coats of each polish and didn’t have problems with any of them. Peace & Love & OPI really only needed 2 coats but I figured a third wouldn’t hurt. Stay tuned for my review of the next 6 of these babies.