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Peep My Polish: Ginger + Liz Swagger

This week, I’m rocking Swagger by Ginger + Liz, a “soft, sexy metallic with rose gold undertones.”

The formula is pigmented as all get-out, so it only took two coats to achieve this gilded gorge-osity. And it’s so hot, every time I peep my own polish, this starts playing in my head:

No one on the corner have swagger like us
Swagger like us, swagger swagger like us…


Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips

If you’ve perused the beauty aisle at your local drugstore, you’ve likely spied the new Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips from Sally Hansen. As a big fan of their Nail Art Pens that launched a few years back, I expected to love these. But after trying them, I have to admit that my feelings were a lukewarm like.

Like a moth to a flame, I’m inexplicably drawn to anything leopard print – so it’s a no-brainer that I chose to outfit my nails in the Kitty, Kitty style. Following the instructions, I affixed the stickers to each nail and became very frustrated with the fit. It was a Goldilocks kind of situation – the strips were either too narrow or too wide for my nail bed. And when I tried to stretch the sticker for a perfect fit (the directions suggests doing this), the sticker ripped several times.

Peep my polish. The finished results look pretty damn impressive in the photo. But close up, it’s actually kind of messy…Cher Horowitz might characterize my mani as a “full-on Monet.” On some of my fingers, parts of my nail are clearly visible. And on others, the design overlaps my cuticle and the skin on the sides of my nails. Granted, I don’t think anyone will be scrutinizing my hands with a critical eye. But, to me, it doesn’t matter if others notice the minor imperfections…what matters most is that I do.

My friend, Alyssa, had a better experience than me (see above), though she did have some of the same complaints – namely that the strips don’t apply as smoothly as she had hoped. However, she praised the product’s staying power. Her mani lasted for about a week and might have worn longer, had it not been for an unfortunate run-in with an errant Ped Egg. 

Maybe I’m too much of a perfectionist or perhaps my application technique could use some practice. Bottom line: when it comes to my manicure, it better be wow-worthy. Otherwise, I’d rather sport nekkid nails.

If you’re looking for a quick, DIY alternative to the Minx mani, the Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips are a decent bet. I’d recommend the High-Fashion Designs (Wild Child, Kitty Kitty, Fly With Me, Girl Flower, Misbehaved, Laced Up, Booty Camp and Collide-o-Scope, Cut it Out, Check it Out , Skinny Jeans) and High-Shine Metallics (Frock Star, Bling it On, Glitz Bitz, Raise a Glass, Blue Ice) over the Shiny Neons (Cry Baby, It Girl, Violet Night, Teal With It, Groove, Electric Shock, Squeezed!, Red-y for Trouble) because I’ve heard the neons really exaggerate nail imperfections and the result doesn’t look as – pun intended – polished.

But at $10 a box, I’d rather spend two more bucks and indulge in a professional manicure at my local nail salon.

OPI Texas Collection

For its Spring/Summer 2011, OPI comes “home” to the USA with timeless style in the Texas Collection. “Texas provided the inspiration for this season, with bright colors and classic neutrals that draw from the American spirit,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “Taking cues from the state’s naturally beautiful backdrop, the Texas Collection features warm tones from honey and tangerine to dazzling hues of violet and sky blue.”
The Texas Collection includes:
San Tan-tonio
A “honey” of a ten-gallon tan!

Suzi Loves Cowboys
But she loves this campfire chocolate shade s’more!
It’s Totally Fort Worth It
A shimmery lavender grey that’s so worthy of you
Don’t Mess with OPI
A lean, mean, kick-grass forest green
Austin-tatious Turquoise
Cowgirls love this bodacious blue-green.
I Vant to Be A-Lone Star
You won’t want to share this starry Texas-sky blue.
Y’all Come Back Ya Hear?
This Texas tangerine will be waitin’ for ya!
Big Hair…Big Nails
A rosy pageant peach
Guy Meets Gal-veston
An “engaging” coastal coral
Too Hot Pink to Hold ‘Em
A red-hot pink-red that deals a winning hand
Do You Think I’m Tex-y?
A “berry” sexy bloom of Dallas dahlia
Houston We Have a Purple
A galactic red-violet that’s ready to “rocket roll”!

My friend/co-worker/hand model, Angela, is rocking I Vant To Be A-Lone Star, my current favorite shade of the collection. But all of the colors are so gorge, I’m sure I’ll have a new pet polish next week.

Six of the shades (Guy Meets Gal-veston, Ya’ll Come Back Ya Hear?, Too Hot Pink to Hold ‘Em, Big Hair…Big Nails, Do You Think I’m Tex-y? and Houston We Have a Purple) have a semi-transparent finish that OPI is calling sorbet. “These sorbet-style formulas for nails will be in full swing by 2012, but women can get a jump start on this trend with colors in the Texas Collection,” says Weiss-Fischmann. “Unlike thicker creams or light sheers, these twelve shades are slightly translucent – similar to the look of icy, water-based sorbet!”

Watch the video below to learn how to apply the sorbet formula and to see the finished result!


*Samples were provided by the brand for review.

Peep My Polish: OPI Lucene-tainly Look Marvelous

These days, most of the time I have my hands full with Westley – who recently turned 6-months old! Anyway, last week, I had a rare opportunity to get a manicure. I got out of work early and my fabulous co-worker, Alyssa, and I got our nails did.

I decided on OPI Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous (from the Swiss Collection). It’s a stunning pewter shade that almost takes on a blueish cast in the light.

 Alyssa also opted for OPI. I can’t recall the name, though…but isn’t it glitterrific?

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