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Quitting Smoking Chapter 3 and OP-I Hate This Color!

October 13, 2009 1 comment

Hey there, peeps, and welcome again! I promised you that I would post on Tuesday and Wednesday only this week, so here I am. This time detailing the fourth month anniversary that I’ve chosen to quit.

This time things are going much better. I haven’t had a cigarette since 9/4, when I could only smoke half a cigarette before my nose began to burn. And quite frankly, I’m excited about this. I’m also one step farther on my patch–I went from step 1 to step 2, and I may simply have to cut my step 2 patches in half to accommodate for step 3.

I also have a polish for you. Remember the second part of the title? Well, here is that polish.

Time-Less Is More

Time-Less Is More

Time-Less is More is a very sheer, angelic white jelly. Now, while this sounds good, let me point out something. With a color of this opacity, one of two things has to happen. Number one, you either have to really love sheers to put up with two coats, or number 2, you have to really pile on the coats to get it to full impact. My choice was number 2, since I hate sheers.

Well, I’d already put on three coats before my b/f came knocking at my door last night. So I brought the bottle up with me when I went up to his place. And during that time, I had to sneak in a fourth coat, then a fifth coat, and then a sixth. And all that time, the polish was very dentable. When I woke up this morning, I had to put on a seventh coat since the polish dented while I was trying to sleep.

And taking piccies of this polish was also no fun. I couldn’t get a very good shot, so I ended up taking almost 30 just to get one good one. And the one you see is the best I could do.

Until tomorrow, then my dears, SilverDiva signing out. Have a great day.

Categories: Health, Nail Color, OPI

Tale of Two Grays: Suzi Skis In The Pyrenees

September 25, 2009 Leave a comment

Hello peeps! Today I’m presenting to you a tale of two grays in one bottle: OPI Suzi Skis In The Pyrenees. Check out the two piccies below.

Suzi Skis Creme

Suzi Skis Creme

Check out what happened when I mattified Suzi Skis In The Pyrenees using Orly Nails For Males.

Suzi Skis Matteish

Suzi Skis Matteish

Now this looks different! As you can tell, Suzi Skis In The Pyrenees is a deep charcoal creme, not quite black but almost. The matteish look seems to somewhat take a bit of edge off the glossy color.

Have a great afternoon, people! SilverDiva signing off!

All That Matte-rs

September 17, 2009 Leave a comment

Now I’m sure you may be wondering what in the hay’s up with my post title tonight. Well, tonight’s post is about mattes–the ones I’ve managed to do. My secret weapon until I can get a better matte topcoat? Orly’s Nails For Males, which imparts a satiny matte finish on the nails–both bare and painted.

So, allow me to show you what I’ve done with this. Here’s Wet ‘n Wild Craze’s Nocturnal, mattified.

Nocturnal Matteish

Nocturnal Matteish

Next is OPI’s Can You Tapas This?, mattified.

Can You Tapas This? Matteish

Can You Tapas This? Matteish

And finally, I have two purples for you. First up is China Glaze’s Stella. It’s a beautiful purple metallic with a bit of pink to it, on its own. Let’s look at the result when I mattified it with Orly’s Nails For Males.

Stella Matteish

Stella Matteish

Now we have a very slight blue cast (or it could just be my camera) on the resulting color. And finally, we have OPI’s Pamplona Purple mattified.

Pamplona Purple Matteish

Pamplona Purple Matteish

Now this is the kind of matte I like. Not chalky, like found on the piccies of other nail color blogs, but satiny, like there’s a little bit of something there. I’m definitely getting my hands on a better matte formula, but I’m not going to buy separate colors just for their matte versions like OPI is having people do. Why do that when you can simply make a matte topcoat and sell that? Wouldn’t you think that’s a better marketing strategy than making separate matte formulas of other colors and making the consumer pay extra for, say, Russian Navy Matte when they already have Russian Navy in its original formula?

Anyway, sorry for the ramble there. Just thought I’d get that off my chest. Feel free to comment, tell me which of these colors is better as a matte or its original formula. I’d appreciate it.

Double Color of the Week: China Glaze Watermelon Rind and OPI Can You Tapas This?

September 16, 2009 Leave a comment

So this is a bit unusual for me. I’m going to do a double CotW post. Anyway, I’ll need a bit of time not only for this post, but also to update since my connection is so damn slow. So consider this ‘under construction’, and hopefully ‘finished’ tomorrow.

Anyway, check out the deets below.

Watermelon Rind

Watermelon Rind

Here’s the review on China Glaze Watermelon Rind.

•Application: It went about as well as you could expect. Not too gummy, but at the same time not too watery. Makes for a good combination, I think.
•Dry Time: Was about average. I applied this on Sunday, so I couldn’t tell you off the top of my head.
•Coverage: Based on my piccies above, I would have to say that this color covered in the average three to four coats.
•Wear: As with all my nail colors, I experienced tipwear within 12 hours of applying the polish. Luckily, since I applied my usual Nailtiques as a base, the wear didn’t get any farther than that. Or it could have been because I can’t usually stand to have a polish on my nails for more than 24 hours before I feel like I must change it. Yeah, I have polish AD/HD, but more than that, I have real AD/HD.

The second polish I’m showing for you on this double CotW is OPI Can You Tapas This?. Check out the deets and the review below.

Can You Tapas This?

Can You Tapas This?

So this is Can You Tapas This? as I applied it to my nails on Tuesday. It’s a lovely milk-chocolatey brown-raisin color that I’m absolutely in love with. And brown is not a color that I can normally say that about.

Now, check out the review for OPI Can You Tapas This?
•Application: Pretty good, I’d say. For me, though, it was slightly watery and with that big ProWide brush OPI is known for, that could spell trouble if not applied with a steady hand.
•Dry Time: About average, once again. I never really pay attention to dry times unless these are supposed to be fast-dry polishes.
•Coverage:  Despite the somewhat cumbersome brush and the slightly watery formula, this stuff was pretty well pigmented. I was able to get full impact in just two coats.
•Wear: OPI wears about as well as any of my other nail colors. After about 12 hours or so, there’s a bit of tipwear but not so bad that I have to start all over again. I applied this over my usual Nailtiques, so that helped with the staying power.

Depending on what kind of prep you do to your nails, and the base coat you use, you may have different results than mine. Maybe even better. So at this point I can neither recommend nor not recommend these two brands. I’m going to leave it up to your judgment.

Categories: China Glaze, OPI Tags: , ,

Pamplona Purple Matteish

September 5, 2009 Leave a comment

Yesterday I went on a sixteen-polish strong haul. I also picked up a nail treatment. One of the sixteen polishes I picked up was OPI Pamplona Purple, which I’m actually wearing right now. Check it out!

Pamplona Purple Matteish

Pamplona Purple Matteish

I also applied three coats of Orly Nails For Males, which was the nail treatment I picked up in my haul. This stuff is great! It actually makes the color look more like a satiny matte, which I really love over cremes in comparison to the chalky matte like that of OPI Alpine Snow matte. It was too bad my Regis didn’t have the OPI Mattes.

I can’t believe my camera actually got a great shot of the satiny matte goodness. It can’t get a good glitter capture, so I was just a bit skeptical about this one.

I’ve got nothing more to say on the subject, so with that… Have a good day, peeps!

Categories: OPI, Orly Tags: ,

COTD: OPI Brand New Skates

July 10, 2009 Leave a comment

Okay, welcome to a terribly rainy day in my neck of the woods. Today I’m showing you, ironically enough, a lovely color that looks about as gray as it does outside.

Brand New Skates

Brand New Skates

Beautiful gunmetal gray with gold shimmer from the Holiday in Toyland collection. I picked her up at JC Penney’s salon for close to $4 since it was starting to be discontinued. This was five buildable coats to full impact.

Categories: Nail Color, OPI

COTD: OPI An Affair In Red Square

Since I didn’t do a Color of the Day yesterday, I figured I may as well post two separate COTD posts today. This first one is the lovely An Affair In Red Square, and it was supposed to be for yesterday, July 6.

An Affair In Red Square

An Affair In Red Square

This is a lovely red pearl/frost, as I like to call it. This was two coats with no base coat and no top coat. The polish went on smooth, I think, although I can’t remember since I did the swatching two days ago. It was taken at my computer with the sun shining through my living room window (incidentally, that’s where my computer is located).

Categories: Nail Color, OPI