Monday, January 26, 2015

OPI 50 Shades of Grey - Shine For Me

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Today's been interesting, especially for the Mister.  We had so much snow yesterday and overnight last night that his car got stuck in our driveway (which luckily doesn't have a hill).  He literally had to dig his car free before he could continue the treacherous journey to work.  When he got finally got home he just parked on the street until he got the driveway cleared with the snowblower.  While he did that I cleaned off our front porch which literally had a snowdrift on it.  This way Kozmo won't slide around as much or track in nearly as much snow.  Plus Kozmo had so much fun playing in the snow as I shoved it off the edge.  Luckily, I don't work outside the home - homemaker/blogger here - so I didn't have to deal with it.  During the day I just had to clean up Kozmo's mess from his "chew toy" a.k.a. the rocking chair, and do some other chores.  lol  Ah, winter... all though I shouldn't complain since it sounds like states farther northeast of us are going to get hit harder.
~display at Ulta~

So for today's post, I've got a bit of a combined mini haul and N.O.T.D. to share.  First, the haul (not from Ulta):
6-inch cotton applicators box, OPI Shine for Me, Zoya Anchor basecoat
Shine for Me is from the brand new 50 Shades of Grey collection/collaboration.  This was the main color that caught my eye in the collection since I thought I had similar grey cremes in my collection already.  Turns out, I don't have as many as I thought but I'm not sure I'll pick up any more.  The other shade in the collection is a red, which I skipped for the same reason as the rest.

Shine for Me is actually still on my nails, and has been since I believe Friday night.  I just took my pictures within the last hour so sorry for any tip wear...but thanks to my new base coat I'm trying out, there's hardly any!
This is 1 coat of OPI Shine for Me over SinfulColors Cool Gray (not pictured - I believe similar in tone to OPI Cement the Deal).  I also used the end of my cleanup brush to put big dots on my ring and pinkie nails to tie the colors together a little bit better.  This polish applied super easily and evenly, but I haven't tried building it up on it's own yet.  Dry time was decent, although it would have been better with either no undies color or just 1 thinner coat (rather than 2 medium-thin) of Cool Gray.
Shine for Me is a metallic foil microglitter in a clear base.  It's mainly silver but there's lots of small glitters in what looks like 2 shades of blue to make it interesting.  In some lights it almost looks like there's other colors in the microglitter.  I did see this in another blogger's post over a dark base and didn't like it that way, hence the light grey/nearly matching base.

My ring and pinkie nails have 2 coats of SinfulColors Ardoise.  When I was all done I put on a layer of quick dry top coat.  I thought that Ardoise looked fairly close to OPI Dark Side of the Mood.
SinfulColors Ardoise is a nice dark charcoal grey creme.  It was nearly a one-coater, but I added 2 just to be sure it was even, especially since I wasn't planning on covering it up with anything.  Other than a big dot, that is.
I do have a couple of chips and cracks, especially on my left hand (I'm a lefty) but considering how much vacuuming, dish washing and other chores I've done since putting this mani on, I'm quite happy.  As long as nothing flakes off from where there's cracks, I could leave the house tomorrow without needing to remove my polish.  Yay!  So far, I'm really liking how Zoya's Anchor basecoat is working.  I bought it right after I was disappointed in the wear of the last Zoya polish I had on.

If you're curious what I got the applicators for, I was tired of getting the "pink stuff" from my nearly empty bottle of Kate Somerville EradiKate on my fingers because of using regular Q-tips.  Long handle equals clean fingers and I'm a happy camper once again...except for my bottle is nearly empty.

Have you spotted the OPI 50 Shades of Grey movie collaboration?  Do you plan on picking up any?  Do you know of any dupes to the other shades in the collection?

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**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sunday Stash Sharing - OPI Spotlight on Glitter, Coca-Cola, Misc. "Travel/Destination" Collections & "Mystery Polishes"

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All my technologies are cooperating today so I'll be able to stay on track with my Sunday Stash Sharing mega-series.  Yay!  Today I'll be sharing the rest of the OPI polishes I've purchased through the end of 2014.  (Yes, I've bought 1 this year but I want to give it a regular post before plopping it in the lineup.)

So while today has been oh, so snowy...and still going...I've been updating my polish stash list online, which is something that has been unfortunately neglected for over a year.  I have 24 drawers total, and have finished updating 12.  Luckily most of those aren't completely full, but it still takes a while.  Maybe tomorrow I'll get another nice sized section done.  I think part of what took so long today is that I really did some investigating & figured out what Essie polish came out in what collection and when.  I'm down to about 5 that I really can't figure out at all, other than they are or were part of the core line.  I also did some digging on a couple of OPI "mystery polishes" from a duo-pack I picked up from Marshalls a few months ago.  This is the site that I was using for the OPI's.  They are in today's post, so let's get started with those!
Blue Chips and Stir-Fried Eggplant
~most likely a.k.a. Ulta Exclusive A Bolt from the Blue and Stay the Night~
I'll have to swatch Stir-Fried Eggplant against Stay the Night one of these days, and if they are in fact dupes, Stir-Fried Eggplant will be the one to get kicked out since my bottle of Stay the Night is labeled as being a liquid sand.
Where Did Suzi's Man-Go? and I Have A Herring Problem
Where Did Suzi's Man-Go? is from the Spring/Summer 2014 Brazil Collection (12, plus a mini 4 set of liquid sand shades)
I Have A Herring Problem is from the Spring 2012 Holland Collection (12 piece collection)

I have a set of minis from the Fall 2013 San Francisco collection.  I am keeping these in the box since mini OPIs don't have names on them.  I believe this was a 12 piece collection and I now have 7.
First Date at the Golden Gate, Muir Muir on the Wall, In the Cable Car-Pool Lane, Peace & Love & OPI
Moving on, we have the 2 polishes I picked up from the Spring/Summer 2014 Spotlight On Glitter Collection:
Blush Hour and Rose of Light
There was 6 total glitters in the collection but the other 4 were essentially dupes of past OPI glitters, which I have the originals.

And my final 2 OPI polishes of 2014:
Orange You Fantastic! and My Voice is a Little Norse 
Orange You Fantastic! is from the Summer 2014 Coca-Cola collaboration (9 shades).
My Voice is a Little Norse is from the Fall 2014 Nordic collection (12 shades).

This catches up all of my 2014 OPI purchases.  If you'd like a recap, here's a list of all my OPI's:

I haven't quite decided which brand to delve into for next Sunday yet.  I'm thinking it will probably be another which I've already posted in the past so I want to catch up on the brand.  But we'll see...

Do you have any of these in your stash?  How do you keep track of the polishes you have?  As always, if there's any of these you'd like to see on my nails soon, just let me know!  Any brand requests to be featured next?

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**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Last Chance to get My Favorite Ornament - N.O.T.D.

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I've got a quick n.o.t.d post to share today before I fall asleep from the cold medicine that the Mister insisted I take.  The congestion came back full-force today and even more fatigue.  I was so tired that as soon as I woke up, I took a nap before really getting up for the day.  Maybe the kitties piled up on my legs helped that sleepiness....

Anyway, let's see what's on my nails right now.  I put this on Monday, I believe, and some nails are wearing well while others I've redone since I don't know what happened to them.  I'm not sure when I'll completely take this off as right now I'm quite enjoying the color combo.

So I thought I wanted to do a full manicure using just OPI's My Favorite Ornament, but when I got done with my pinkie and ring fingers, decided I wanted to pair it with something.  I used 3 coats of My Favorite Ornament on the previously mentioned fingers, then did one coat as a half-chevron tip on my middle fingers.
OPI My Favorite Ornament is kind of a champagne-silver-gold.  I thought it was just a super fine glitter, but I feel it could easily live in my textured drawer since it does dry down feeling like a Liquid Sand.  But that's ok, as I'm sure that a coat or 2 of Gelous would smooth things right out.  Dry time was excellent and I don't have any tip wear on the fingers wearing this.  It also worked well as once coat over a base coat.  My Favorite Ornament was from the Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 collection.
I ended up pairing it with Sinful Colors Last Chance, a nice dark forest green creme.  I put 2 coats of this on the rest of my fingers.
Sinful Colors Last Chance got a 2 coat application, but with enough care, it could easily be a one-coater.  It's a nicely pigmented creme polish.  It does have an issue, though, and that issue is that it stains my cuticles badly, even when doing cleanup shortly after applying the polish.  Bummer.  So far, wear time has been decent with mainly just some tip wear after a couple days.
There's 2 reasons I'm not looking forward to removing this mani.  The first is that My Favorite Ornament looks like it might be a bit messy with all the glitter particles going everywhere.  The second is that Last Chance does try to stain my nails some, even with base coat.  So this could be a mess when I take these off.  Oh, well.  At least they look pretty.

Now I'm going to quickly iron the Mister's shirt and get my makeup off before this nighttime cold medicine really kicks in.  Guess who's gonna feel weird tomorrow?

Do you have My Favorite Ornament?  What other colors would you pair it with?

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**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

Monday, January 19, 2015

Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover - Influenster Product Review

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I've got another Influenster Frosty VoxBox product to review today!  I'm sharing my opinion on the Rimmel Just Let It Go...Gentle Eye Makeup Remover. 
According to the product card, this "gently removes all eye makeup, including long-lasting and waterproof makeup, with no oily residue."  It retails for around $7.50.  It claims to be suitable for sensitive eyes & contact lens wearers.  I do have sensitive eyes, and yes the product itself didn't irritate my eyes but... well, just keep reading.  

Honestly, I felt that this did not remove all my eye makeup and I don't even wear waterproof makeup.  My eyelids felt tacky for a few minutes, unless I immediately washed my face to get the remover's "residue" off.  Said residue isn't oily, it's just tacky.  My eyes weren't irritated by the remover, but they weren't particularly happy with how long I had to keep going at them trying to get my mascara and liner off.  My one good point for this remover is that there's absolutely no scent to it to irritate my eyes while taking forever to attempt to actually remove makeup.

I tend to saturate a cotton pad and hold it over my eye for 15-20 seconds with other brands.  With the Rimmel, however, I would be standing with my eye covered for nearly a minute (each).  Then I would start lightly applying pressure/rubbing to get the liner and mascara off.  With the Rimmel, I took another minute on each eye.  But even after spending a couple minutes on each eye, I still had mascara in my lashes the next day.  I had been using a Rimmel mascara (one I bought myself) for most of this testing phase; on me, the newer-to-market Rimmel mascaras I've used so far do tend to be on the stubborn side for removal.  But I found this to be true even with a new mascara from another brand that I just opened the other day that results in "natural" lashes.  So even removal of a light weight mascara was beyond this product's abilities.

So, would I purchase the Gentle Eye Makeup Remover from Rimmel?  No I would not.  There are removers I like better, both cheaper as well as department store range.  I can't even say that the price is good since I feel it's too high for how it performs, as well as how much product you get (4.2 fl. oz.).

Have you tried the Rimnel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover?  What's your favorite remover?

**I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.
**my opinions are my own


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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Sunday Stash Sharing - OPI Mariah Carey & Gwen Stefani

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I've got another OPI version of my Sunday Stash Sharing Series.  I had strict orders yesterday to only rest as soon as I got home from my appointment and other running around that had to be done.  The Mister oh, so lovingly told me "you look really tired, go to bed" and that was at like 8 pm.  I really have no idea why I'm always so tired/fatigued nearly every day, even if I get like 8-9 hours of sleep.  I'm still...I guess the right word is lethargic today but I really want to try to stay fairly consistent with my posts this year.  So with that being said, let's take a look at this grouping of OPI polishes.  I've linked to swatch posts, but for some reason I don't think I got any of my manis with these shared.

I'm getting started with a couple of additional polishes I've picked up from the 2013 Mariah Carey Holiday collection.  I had only purchased one originally, and picked these 2 up on clearance from the local supply shop a few months ago.
My Favorite Ornament and Underneath the Mistletoe
Now let's move on to Gwen Stefani collaborations.  The first pair is from the original collection that was out in early 2014.  There was 7 total polishes in the release.
4 In The Morning (satin) and In True Stefani Fashion
And finally, what I picked up from the Holiday 2014 Gwen Stefani collection.  I only picked up 4 of the 19 shades.
I'll Tinsel You In, So Elegant, Snow Globetrotter, Comet In The Sky
I'm sure that if I come across any of the cremes from these collections somewhere on clearance, or even at TJ Maxx/Marshall's prices, I'll pick up some more. Cremes are, I feel, lacking in my stash...especially ones that tend to wear really well on me (OPI).

As of now, there will be one more OPI installment before moving on to the next brand, unless I missed something in my sorting last week.  I haven't decided what brand to move to when OPI's all caught up yet.

Are any of these polishes in your stash?  Any recommended creme OPI polishes I should pick up?  As always, let me know if you'd like to see any of these on my nails soon!

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**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

Friday, January 16, 2015

Essie Summit of Style

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Surprise! I've got a post for today.  Turns out we're not able to go anywhere this weekend since some "stuff" happened where the Mister works and he can't get away.  The plans for traveling have merely been postponed, so in the meantime...on with the show.  Also, I've been toying around with changing up the background of my blog so if anything appears funky this weekend, bear with me as I play around.  I'm thinking maybe something a little more "grown-up."

So let's get to today's post, which is my current Nail of the Day (notd).  My base color is 2 coats of Zoya Neeka, which is a murky medium-dark purple.  It has a fine gold shimmer that decided to hide in all my pictures, typical for my luck lately.
For better pictures and my review of Neeka by itself, click here for a prior post.
Then I used an untried glitter, Essie Summit of Style and quickly did a cuticle gradient with the brush.  After a few minutes I put on a layer of quick dry top coat since I needed to go to the store.  Man, that "little" puppy eats a lot...
Essie Summit of Style is one of the newest additions to the LuxEffects line of glitters.  I'm not positive if this is a permanent addition or limited edition, time will tell if it appears in a core display.  I picked my bottle up from the local supply store on Black Friday.  If you buy this from Ulta or drugstores, your bottle will look different.  Anyway...Summit of Style has a clear base with copper/rose gold hex glitters in 3 different sizes.  The formula behaved wonderfully for a gradient, no excess base to run everywhere and the glitter came off the brush easily.
I have no idea why my nails are looking essentially matte in the photos. 
 They aren't, promise.

I picked this combo out last night figuring it would be long lasting for the weekend and I put it on this morning.  Unfortunately I've already had to patch the color on my pinkie nail and fill in some tip wear so I'm disappointed on the wear time.  So I'm not exactly sure what's going on.  Maybe the Zoya didn't like my base coat combo.

After a quick hop onto Essie's site, it's showing there are 9 total LuxEffect polishes currently available.  Pardon me while I go figure out how many I have and which I'm missing.  I'm back.  I'm missing Rock at the Top, Jazzy Jubilant and Sparkle on Top.  There was also Shine of the Times, but that one has been discontinued for quite a while - I don't have it, either.  While looking up pictures to see the missing polishes I came across Pinking About You, which I'm thinking I might see if the local shop has as well (matte baby pink hex glitters!).  It seems like I'm always adding polishes to my wish list.

Do you have any of the LuxEffects toppers from Essie?  Do you think the LuxEffects line is original as far as mainstream brands, or are some of them too similar to other brands?

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**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Sephora Haul - Birthday & Post-Birthday

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Today I've got a little "mini" haul to share, although the price wasn't that mini.  Isn't that what always happens when you order from Sephora?  Anyway, today's haul was what I ordered recently with the e-gift card the Mister gave me for my birthday last month.  I have lots of things on my "Loves" list so it took me a while to decide.  I ultimately decided to order a limited edition item, and at the same time another item from the same brand popped up on sale (more than 50% off), which was what pushed me to make my order now rather than wait to see if any of the kits I was interested in would go on clearance.

To see a bit of my reasoning behind the brand I chose to explore with this order, let's travel back in time to December (right before my actual birthday but before the Mister gave me the gift card).  I placed an order on Sephora's site knowing that I would not be able to take my usual birthday drive to an actual Sephora store.  I had ordered the Make Up For Ever Studio Case, bought on sale, with Beauty Insider discount (out of stock, and since it was limited edition it won't be back); I also got my Make Up For Ever birthday gift and the Sephora Sample Bag.  The other thing I decided to order to get my free shipping was the Sephora Favorites Summerstash which included a mini Nars bronzer.
I've really been enjoying the mini Nars Laguna bronzer so I wanted to explore more of the brand.  And now we're all caught up so let's see what came in the mail today:
I picked up the Nars Duo Eyeshadow in Demon Lover, currently on sale for $15 (was $35).  This little sale was what finally triggered my purchase.  I figured what better time to try out Nars eyeshadows?  Although they aren't the dual intensity formula so... maybe someday I'll try that formula.
My swatches are built up slightly, I dipped back into the pans 2 times to get the pigmentation you see in my swatches.  The blue shade is metallic while the dark purple is matte.

And the big ticket item for this haul, the Nars Virtual Domination Cheek Palette.
 1 highlighting blush powder, 3 blushes, 1 bronzing powder

I put a little square around the Miss Liberty Highlighting Blush Powder since even after I built it up some it just wasn't showing up in my pictures.  Just like the eye shadows, I went back into the pans 2 times to get my swatches built up to how they are in my picture.  I can't wait to see how these look on my cheeks.  The 2 more coral shades, I'm pretty sure I'll reach for quite a bit, I'm just not sure about the cool pink blush.

The blushes are just slightly under full size each and the bronzer is actually more than a regular full size bronzing powder.  The bronzing powder retails for $38 and the blushes are $30 each.  While this is a pricey purchase for one time, it's actually an amazing deal.
I didn't take individual pictures, but I did add on the Beauty Insiders Only Skin Refresher Sample Bag, which contains samples (all but one are in a "foil-packet") of cleansers and masks:

  • Fresh Soy Face Cleanser
  • Ole Henriksen 3 in 1 clensing gelee
  • Purity Made Simple
  • First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser
  • Nude Detox Brightening Fizzy Powder Wash
  • Soap & Glory Face Soap and Clarity Vitamin C Facial Wash
  • Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser
  • Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm
  • GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment mask
  • Origins GinZing Refreshing Face mask (the one product in a tube)
  • Bliss Multi-'Face'eted All-in-One Anti-Aging Clay mask
  • Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel mask

I also picked the Dr. Brandt microdermabrasion/laser fx serum duo, the Tom Ford Velvet Orchid parfum spray and the Make Up For Ever HD Blush (cream) samples from the choices available.

As I was putting this post together, I realized that each of the last 2 times I've ordered Sephora had large sample bags available.  I did like December's sample bag a touch better since it came with a nice (really cute) reusable makeup bag and this month's looks like a fancy ziplock bag.  But between these 2 bags I've got loads of new cleansers, masks and moisturizers (last month) to try.  This month's bag has 3 brands of cleansers that I have never heard of before, but it'll be a while before I get to any of these since I'm working on finishing currently open deluxe samples of various cleansers.

Have you ever tried anything from Nars?  Any makeup brand you are just getting into?

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**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

EcoTools Sleek + Shine Finisher Hair Brush Review - Influenster Product Review

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**all items received free from Influenster for review/testing purposes

I thought today I'd get started posting my Influenster FrostyVoxBox reviews.  If you need a refresher on what all I've been testing the last few weeks, check out my Initial Impressions post here.  First up is the EcoTools Sleek + Shine Finisher hair brush.
The inner brush head that holds the bristles is made of a squishy material.  The bristles don't feel sharp or scratchy on my scalp when I apply a lot of pressure.  I did feel that the shape of the handle was a bit awkward to use; keep in mind I have relatively small hands.  I always caught myself putting my index finger on the brush head itself to help control it a bit better.  I think that my main "issue" is that it's just not my preferred brush style for blow drying my hair - I prefer the ones that are more of a skinny rectangle.
This brush retails for around the $11 mark, which isn't really bad.  I'm not really sure how to test the claim of "dries hair 20% faster for less heat damage."  I did feel that it helped my hair quickly - about 10 minutes (with only about the same amount of time wrapped in a towel prior).
My results are not exactly as SLEEK or SHINY as I was hoping for, given the name of the brush.  In the following pictures, I can see little hairs popping up from my part and my longest section looks almost dry and frizzy.  In person I can also see the ends of hairs almost flipping out where my hair's been thinned/texturized.  If I were going somewhere where I really needed to be perfected, I would be reaching for the straightening iron.  Normally when I know I'll be needing my hair to be super straight, I wash and dry it the night before and straighten it the day of so I'm not blasting it with the dryer then immediately ironing it.  But with this brush, I won't have to plan as far ahead and it'll be perfect for last minute (same day) plans that come up.
~same day, different camera/lighting~

Each time I've used it, I felt that my hair looked a bit flatter than normal - especially on the side opposite my bangs.  To help prevent that, I prefer to start drying my hair just using my hand as a comb and once my hair is about 75% blow-dried, then I bring in the brush to really start getting into the roots and try to minimize my natural waves.  The above pictures are when I did not use that technique.  If I use this brush just to run through my already dry hair, I feel like it gets even more flat looking overall as far as volume, but shine looks better.

I kind of feel like I have more fly-away ends than normal.  Part of that could be the fact that it's so cold here in Ohio that my hair is getting dried out from the outside elements, plus the furnace has been running so much so the air is much drier.  Also, I did run out of my favorite smoothing hair serum right before I started testing this brush and have been using something else.  I'm not super sold on the "shine" aspect either since right before receiving the Frosty VoxBox I had my hair colored and it tends to stay extra glossy for a few weeks after.  Saying that, I do think my hair looks a bit on the dry side immediately after blow-drying, especially the highlighted sections.  Later in the day, or the next day the shine is better (but more volume is gone).

Quick note about cleaning the loose hair out of the bristles.  It's very easy to do.  There's plenty of room for my fingers to get between bristle chunks without my cuticles getting stabbed so I can grab the hairs which pull easily out.  Another note taking care of the brush: "prolonged extreme heat from some blow-dryers can damage the cruelty-free bristles.  Avoid using in shower or bath, and do not soak the bamboo handle."

Overall, while I do like the brush...it's just not my preferred shape for using while blow drying.  A better match for me, personally, would probably have been the Styler + Smoother Hair Brush (described as a half-round).  I did like how quickly I was able to dry my hair so I will continue to reach for the Sleek + Shine Finisher brush, especially during these cold winter months, or when I need to get out the door quickly and dry shampoo just won't cut it.

You can find all of EcoTools' hair brush choices here.  While not the topic of this post, I really love their makeup brushes, which you can check out here.

Have you ever used an EcoTools hair brush?  What's your favorite style of brush to use?

**I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.
**my opinions are my own

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

My Top 2 Nail Polishes of 2014!

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I've seen so many "Top..." blog posts lately that I got a inspired to do a little version myself.  I pulled the 2 polishes that I remember wearing the most this year and combined them.  They both came out in the latter half of the year but I can already see that the amounts in each bottle are much lower than other polishes.  So I guess you could call this my Top 2 Polishes of 2014.  I'm not brave enough to attempt to figure out a top 10 and nothing else is really jumping out in my mind.  Yes, I bought a lot of polish, but these are the only 2 that really stood out to me.  Now that I'm typing this out, I do remember putting on OPI's Snow Globetrotter a few times for accents.

I decided to try to do a little nail art with my 2 faves and I'm pretty pleased with how it came out.  My dots could have been a little better, more defined...but I do my best to not be obsessed with getting things looking as perfect as possible.  I'll throw in a little side note here before really getting started.   Sorry if my thoughts are a bit jumbled tonight - my shoulders are in pain while typing and it's distracting me.  I think too many nights of the kitties snuggled so close to me I can only sleep in one position, which isn't the most comfortable, is getting to me.
So the "oldest" of my Top 2 is China Glaze Capacity To See Beyond from the Giver collection.  I just love this color!!  I've used this as my base color in several manis (first is linked above) as well as incorporated into nail art when I attempted the 31 Day Challenge here and here.
This is 2 coats of Capacity To See Beyond over a treatment and a base coat on my ring fingers and thumbs.  I also used this to free-hand half chevron tips (2 coats) on Mirrorball then pulled out my largest dotting tool and did 3 dots in the opposite "corner."
And my other favorite is Orly Mirrorball, which came out in their recent Sparkle Holiday 2014 collection.  I also purchased Bling, I just never go around to doing a mini haul/swatch post.  I wore Mirrorball several times during December - especially right around Christmas and through the end of the year, and I also wore Bling once - I believe that was on my birthday.
Orly Mirrorball is 3 coats (over the same treatment and base coats) over the rest of my nails and used to do the same half-chevron tip (2 coats for that) and dots on top of Capacity.  Mirrorball is actually my first "linear" holo, even though in my pictures it doesn't have that finish (it's slightly apparent in the above bottle shot).  What's really throwing all the holo sparks in my pictures is the holo glitter that's also part of the formula.  I found that even without topcoat, it still dried completely smooth even though those little glitters look like they would make it a bit bumpy.

When I was all done I sealed everything in with a generous coat of NYC Grand Central Station.
I hope that there will be some sunshine tomorrow to get some additional pictures.  Side note: I'm liking the new style of label/bottle shot pictures I just thought of doing while I was editing these pictures - looks cleaner.  What do you think?

Do you have any favorite nail polishes that jump out at you from 2014?

**all items purchased by me
**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated