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Untried Nail Polish No.15

Two more to go!! We are now on CREME! Which I like to pronounce as crem. This is an older OPI, but is now officially my favorite ted. It’s deep and vampy while still being red enough to tell that it is indeed red. Reds, unfortunately, can go from classy to messy really quick if your application and clean up aren’t on the fleeks. Mine are not on the fleeks. I’ll make a post on how to do right by red polish since I’m obviously and expert.

This is OPI I’ve Got the Blues for Red. The perfect Adeep blue-based red. It goes great with my pale, cool skin. This was two coats with a coat of top coat. The formula is smooth and easy to use.


Basecoat is a must. I had some major staining, you can see it where I tried to clean up around the cuticles and it stained the actual nail. It took a little bit of scrubbing with remover to get the polish off the skin. I should have gone straight in with acetone, but I didn’t want to get up to wash my hands after I used it. #Lazygrrlproblems. My fingers start to burn a few seconds after I’ve used acetone so I generally try not to use it.


I’m really pleased with this polish. I’m sure if I had been sitting up to paint my nails on a flat surface things would have gone smoother. Yet, once again, despite knowing better I chose to paint them while laying in bed in the dark. We can’t always win them all.

Next up we have our final polish, “The Gift”. Technically all of my nail polishes are gifts besides my older ones so I can choose whatever I want!

May your manis be on the fleek with minimal clean up!

Untried Polish Challenge No.14

So close to being done! And I may do it again since I didn’t seem to make even the smallest of dents into my untried polish box. I hate myself. I’m not feeling do swell, so let’s get this one over with.

Zoya Ziv is a yellow gold textured polish with holographic glitters scattered through it. I have a weird issue with any kind of texture on my body, be it my nails, skin, whatever. It sends me into a weird shame spiral of NEEDING to pick it off. Top coat is important to me. This was 2 coats of Ziv and 2 coats of Out the Door to make sure I couldn’t feel any of those textured pieces popping through the first coat.


The polish was kind of thick but super easy to use and to control. Clean up is a bit of a pain as all glitter polishes are a bit harder to take off. I let a cotton ball soaked with remover sit on my nails for about 1 minute and it was easy to just swipe the polish off. It did leave me with some random bits of holo stuck in and around my cuticles. Normal glitter polish shenanigans, as they tend to be a bit of a little scamp upon removal.


All in all, I loved this polish. I’ve had it since the summer and hadn’t pulled it out yet. It isn’t the best looking color next to my skin tone, but I do like it and will continue to wear it. This one would be great for someone who is looking for a polish that looks like sand for nail art!

I can smell lasagna and it’s making me hangry. It is time to go annoy my bb until he feeds me. As life should be. Find you a dinner butler. That’s what the men folk are for. It’s okay if you aren’t into the men folk, they can still be used for dinner if need be. You can trust me on this one.

Fair the well, my little scrumptions,

Untried Polish Challenge No.13

I’m almost done. I’m honestly so surprised I stuck with something like this for so long that I’m actually almost done. If you know me you know I mean well, but I have zero attention span… Then I realize I dun goofed and never finish anything because of anxiety and shame. Is there a word for that? Shaxiety? Shamxiety? Doesn’t really work.

I’m on the 13th one, which is In Season. I wanted to choose something that had come out recently, but was also appropriate for the time period and weather. When I wore this manicure it was early March in that pre-Spring area where it’s still cold, rainy, and gross. Essie Gel Couture line is among my favorite polish formulas so Closing Night was a no brainer. This came out for Essie Gel Couture’s Ballet Nudes Collection for Spring 2017. The whole collection is full of great neutral pallet cleansers.

Closing Night is a really great mid dusty blue with a fine, vibrant blue shimmer throughout. I’m getting major OPI I Can Never Hut Up vibes from this polish, but we’ll chat more about that in a moment.


Closing night was easy in two coats. I did find this formula to be a bit runnier than I’m used to and I had some minor pooling around the edges. Nothing crazy. The pictures also seem to pull out ridges and nail line, both of which were not visible to the naked eye. If I were to do raw macro swatches again I’d do 3 coats, but I am far too lazy for that and honestly, why!? The polish is great. The color is great. I recommend giving these a try if you haven’t yet. Transdesign tends to have them for really great prices if you’re interested.


So this comes down to Essie Gel Couture Closing Night vs OPI I Can Never Hut Up. Both polishes are great, they are both lovely, BUT do you need both?!?! I’d say yes, but I am a glutton. 1heffer <=== ME. Rocko’s Modern Life when Heffer goes to heck for being a glutton, but still asks for snacks. Back on track. I Can Never is more green and gray toned and may suit warmer skin tones more so than Closing Night. Closing Night has more blue to it and I’d say more cool toned. It all comes down to preference at this point. They are both good formulas that take two coats to opacity.


My top hand is OPI I Can Never Hut Up and the hand on the bottom is Essie Gel Couture Closing Night.

I hope this was somewhat helpful for anyone who was curious about these two polishes. By the time this is posted there will probably be a lot of comparisons up, but for anyone who stumbles on this blog I hope this helps!

I had to recruit my partner to take the bottom picture… I forgot that I can’t take a picture of both of my hands at one time. Only after I asked him to help did I realize that I could have used the timer. My poor brain is borked. Take me out back and put me down like Ol’ Yeller. Time to put this old cow out to pasture.

Try not to bork your brains!

Untried Polish Challenge No. 4


I’m excited about this post. I have a ton of neutral polishes that I haven’t tried yet since they are one of the main staples I gravitate towards. My makeup collection is also pretty heavy on neutrals. When all else fails, neutrals tend to look elegant, classy and go with everything.

The color I chose for this one didn’t look the best with my skin tone, but it is to DIE for (shame me for it, I am an old lady and I deserve to be ridiculed) and the formula is butter. There’s your review, there really isn’t much else to say about this one. I’m really sad that it didn’t look great on me, but I think it’d work with my friend’s skin tone better so I’m going to have to have her try it.

Here we have Zoya’s Noah.

This polish came out in Zoya’s Fall 2016 collection, which was phenomenal by the way. I also really enjoyed their Winter collection too. I’d swatched this on one nail and decided it didn’t work on my skin tone. Coming back, I had hoped that maybe one of the colors I’d had on the fingers next to the one that had this polish one it had skewed the color a bit. Alas, it was not meant to be.

This was two easy coats, no muss, no fuss. I really don’t have much to say besides the fact that I love it, it’s unrequited and the crippling depression of said love is beginning to set in. Noah is a medium-light, putty, clay type color that appears to be pretty neutral toned.

I took a few pictures in different lighting so you can see the color more accurately. The bottom photo was with a daylight light bulb, the other two were taken varying distances from a normal yellow toned light bulb. It’s science!… or something!

I am so sleepy and sloppy AND GAAAAY (it turned into a song). Farwell, sweet little puppos!


Untried Polish Challenge No. 1 One Color

Oh, hi there. I haven’t been around a lot… Or at all. The short story is that I haven’t been feeling well enough to wear makeup so I stopped spending money on it. Unfortunately, I get tired about halfway through applying makeup and decide it’s time for a nap. Shout out to the Chronic Fatiguers out yonder in the interwebs. Makeup blogging is a lot of fun, but it’ll have to sit on the back burner until I figure out my life and start getting the help I need for my Ehlers-Danlos, Dysautonomia, Gastroparesis, Failed Back (thanks Scoliosis/Spinal fusion surgery), and all the other issues I’m letting sit to stew because I’m trash. No worries! Things are moving along, it just takes time and money to life as an adult.

To maintain some semblance of normalcy I’ve taken up a healthy infatuation with nail polish. Not only is it great for distracting me for about an hour, it’s super for hiding my ‘snacks’ I like to keep under my fingernails for later in case hunger strikes! So, this brings us to my cover picture. I found a ton of these nail polish challenges while looking for something to do to make me feel like I was accomplishing something. This one by Justaddpolish.com looks great since I have a bunch of polishes that I’ve swatched, but have yet to wear.

So let’s begin! Excuse the large file size, my fiance is fixing my Mac and I didn’t want to edit with this software because I’m a brat. The lighting will be better for the next set of photos as well. Pro Tip: Daylight light bulbs look a lot better for product shots on a budget.

OPI’s Squeaker of the House from this fall’s Washington DC Collection.


Honestly, I bojangled on this little buddy because I was scared of brown. I got it because I thought it looked super classy on other ladies, but then I remembered that I am an actual living dumpster and ‘class’ is an unattainable dream for this McDonald’s Alleyway Dumpster Trash Fire™.

The polish is great. I actually did feel pretty classy with this polish on. This is 2 coats with shiny top coat. Despite this yellow lighting, I felt like the polish had an almost purple undertone to it that was flattering on my cool toned skin. The formula was opaque and easy to use. She also self-leveled really well.

Some personal, yet relevant, nail details: I use the 3 swipe method with all polishes and tend to float my brush over the nail. Thicker formulas appeal to me because I feel like they tend to be easier to control than thinner, runnier polishes. Even if the polish is a one coater I’ll do 2 coats because it ‘feels right’. Generally, I top out at 3 coats, but I’ll do 4 for a color that I feel strongly about. I rarely use basecoat and will disclose if I do (my nails are yellow because of this laziness). I also tend to always use a shiny top coat even if I choose to wear a polish matte because it prolongs my wear time. Wear time doesn’t matter to be anymore because I tend to do my nails every day to every other day now. I chip so quickly with every formula that that is about all I can get out of a polish. Lastly, I tend to gravitate towards colors that look good on a Deep Winter skin tone because I am just that extra.


There ya go. That’s number one down of the Unused Polish Challenge. Success is a few bottles of polish away! I’m super happy I decided to try this polish out and I will be experimenting more with browns now. Next up we have 2 Zoya scattered holos!


Huggles from me to you bb,