O.P.I: You Don’t Know Jacques!

The exclamation point in the title is not because of enthusiasm for this polish, it’s part of the name!  The way I said that makes it sound like I don’t like this polish.  Eek.  Ok, let me rephrase… or better yet, let me just say, I LOVE this polish.  For MANY reasons, which you are about to read about. 🙂

So!  On with the review.  Here are the standard pictures of the bottom of the bottle and the bottle itself:

First let me say, with this polish, it was IMPOSSIBLE to get the color exactly translated into a photo.  I took , oh gosh, I don’t know HOW many photos, playing with different light, different times of the day… And I managed to get the right color with “Ruby Pumps” when I used natural light from  my window.  Unfortunately, where I live, it has been overcast for several days, and for the past two days, it HAS NOT STOPPED RAINING.  Which is annoying because school is now in session.

The color above in the photo, honestly, looks NOTHING like the actual nail polish color.  I just really wanted to write this review, but I have better pictures on this post if you keep reading.

The actual color is much darker.  And will be shown and explained in this review. 🙂

I have several pictures that are pretty close to the color.  So here’s some:

This photo was taken in my bathroom, over the sink, which has a large window.  But it still has the influence of fluorescent lighting.  The photo nails look like a dark brown, but it’s really a gray/brown.

This polish changes color in different lighting.  Not literally, as if it were a mood ring, but depending on the lighting, sometimes “You Don’t Know Jacques!” is more gray than brown and sometimes more brown than gray.

This is a picture right next to the window, letting in natural light.  This is pretty close to to the actual color.

It looks SO BROWN, but it’s NOT!

I can keep putting up more photos and continue to confuse you, but I won’t.  And if you’ve read up to here, I congratulate you, because I’m really just rambling nonsense about this color.  I’m going to give up on the photos and just give you my personal opinion/experience with “You Don’t Know Jacques!”

Little background to this.  I have always wanted to get O.P.I polish but I could never find it!  And finally, one day, I was at the mall helping a friend pick out a ring at a kiosk.  While my friend payed for the ring, I stood on the side, just looking around, and right across the kiosk was Trade Secret.  Now, I’ve gone to this mall my entire life.  I’ve walked past this store over a hundred times.  I always thought they just sold shampoos, hair care products, and the like.  But when I glanced at the store, I saw a rack a nail polish.  And I thought, “Oh! They sell polish.”  Then I saw a big sign on the rack that said O.P.I.  I can’t quite describe the feeling I had.  But I hope one day you can feel the way I did.  😀

So, here’s the ACTUAL review. Lol.  Sorry for making you read all this other stuff.  So this was my first time using O.P.I and I think I might have a new favorite nail polish brand.  You get your money’s worth, for sure!  This is quality polish.  The application process is so smooth!  The more polish you put on, the darker it gets, as with most polishes.  I used three coats.

“You Don’t Know Jacques!” is a creme polish, and it is a brown/gray color, also known as taupe.  I noticed that in the fluorescent light it’s more gray than anything else.  A dark gray.

I fell in love with this polish immediately because it’s so different.  It’s a unique color.  Not even CLOSE to anything I have in my collection.  It’s a great fall color.  Perfect for the upcoming months! 😀

It dries fast, removal is fine. AND.  It’s so shiny!  After three coats, it looked like I was already wearing a top coat!  It looked like glass!  And my nails felt like glass too!  It was SO SMOOTH.  I couldn’t stop feeling my nails.  Creepy much?!

I HIGHLY recommend this to anyone!

And I know I said I would have something posed on Monday, and actually, I started typing this yesterday.  I had every intention of posting it.  But then it was getting late, and I still wasn’t done typing, and I was getting frustrated with the lack of good, color-right photos.  So I just gave up and went to bed.

One last try!  *sigh* I just can’t get the color right.  That’s probably the only irritating thing about this polish.  It does NOT like to be photographed.  I can’t blame it.  I don’t like to be either. 😀

♥ ☮

~LinZ

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Special Shout Out!~

Today is my BEAUTIFUL sister’s birthday!  She’s turning 19!  But she’s faraway in college.  Which means I can’t give her a hug until she suffocates or shake her until she’s dizzy.  Or any other (fairly) harmless things to her. 😦  But I WILL dedicate this page to you, my dear sis!

I was going to use a codename, for privacy reasons, but HECK, the good people DESERVE to know your amazing name!

And here are some words of wisdom from Glitterfy.com:

I *&%$#@&(%#@ LOVE YOU!~

♥ ☮

~LinZ

What’s Coming Soon

Well, if you’ve read some of my other posts, you would know that I kind of sort of left most (ALL) of my school work to the last week to do it, while I had a whole summer.  But let’s not dwell on that.  It just means that I’m really busy right now and don’t have time to post anything new.  BUT!  School starts Monday, and by then, I’ll have had all my summer work done, and hopefully I’ll be able to post something!  There are SO MANY things I want to put up.  And I thought, why not tell the good people what’s coming up and what to get excited for!?  Lol.  So here’s a list of what I have in mind:

  • Review:  O.P.I’s “You Don’t Know Jacques!”
  • Review:  O.P.I’s “Heart Throb”
  • Review:  O.P.I’s  “Fiercely Fiona”
  • Nail Design:  Funfetti Nails (The Purple Nails I did for PHD’S challenge)
  • Nail Design:  Valentine Nails (The Red Nails I did for PHD’S challenge)
  • Nail Design:  Vintage Nails (I used Konad!)

So, yep.  That’s what I have planned.  I already have all the pictures for three of them.  I just need to type them up.  The nail design posts I’ll just do what I usually do by having a photo(s) and telling you all what I used, how I did it, etc., etc…

I hope you don’t mind my few days of hiatus!  But I will be back!  I PROMISE.  Nothing can keep me away from this blog for long!

♥ ☮

~LinZ

O.P.I Nail Lacquer

I shouldn’t be on the computer right now.  I shouldn’t have gone to the mall today.  There’s a lot of things in life that we SHOULDN’T do, but we them ANYWAY.  Like for example, today I was supposed finish my summer reading for school.  But I had accidentally discovered the other day that the mall by my house has O.P.I Nail Lacquer.  I went into a fit.  Sort of.  I kind of just jumped around and got all excited.  Do I have problems?  Maybe.  I ramble because I have so many things I need to say!

Anyway!  So there’s a Trade Secret in the mall and when life hands you nail polish, you don’t say no.  So that’s how I ended up going to Trade Secret today and got my first three O.P.I bottles of polish EVER!  I always just had China Glaze and some other small brands.  I have been CRAVING for O.P.I.  And now I have it!  SCORE FOR ME! 😀

SO.  I don’t have time to review each of the three bottles right now.  But I WILL have the reviews sometime next week, along with several other posts that I have been putting off because I am a procrastinator and left all my school work for summer the week before school starts.  I had three months.  And I leave it for 7 days.  *sigh*

Oh well.  I always get it done anyway!   Here are the three polishes I got!

Aren’t they beautiful…  They look so… OFFICIAL.  Is it sad that nail polish makes me so happy?

I got “Heart Throb” which is a light pink.  “Fiercely Fiona” which is a light yellow-green (from O.P.I’s “Shrek” collection).  And “You Don’t Know Jacques” which is a brown/gray color (from O.P.I’s France Collection).  And I’m wearing that right now. Lol.

I don’t have time to dawdle too much over the polish.  I’ll have the reviews up soon.  Until then!

♥ ☮

~LinZ

PHD’S “Song Inspiration” Challenge

Polish Hoarder Disorder‘s most recent challenge is “Song Inspiration” which means you pick a song and find a way to translate the lyrics and its meaning onto your fingernails!  Quite a challenging challenge, no?  Lol.  But I guess that’s why they’re called challenge.  To challenge your creativity with your nails!  I plan on entering designs for all the Weekly Challenges because they are so much fun to do!  Anyone can participate!  And it’s a great way to interact with people online who also have a nail obsession.  It makes me feel not quite so strange.

If you want to check out everyone’s nail designs for the challenge, click this link! http://polishhoarderdisorder.blogspot.com/2010/08/challenge-gallery-song-inspiration.html

Here are the photos I submitted:

Song: “White Houses” by Vanessa Carlton

Song: “City of Blinding Lights” by U2

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I’ll probably make separate posts for each nail design, explaining how  I did it, what I used, etc.  But I know I’ll definitely make one for the “City of Blinding Lights” because I took a BUNCH of pictures while I did the nails.  So I have pictures of the nails in process.  And I’ll get some better, close up pictures of the design.

Unfortunately I have to make this post short because I am REALLY behind on my reading for school.  I would LOVE to keep typing and even type up more posts, but I can’t afford to.  I’ve already wasted enough time as it is.

But I’ll definitely have more to say later.  I don’t know when that “later” is, but I’ll figure it out.

♥ ☮

~LinZ

Funky Pink and Black Nails

I’m back with another nail design that I did not too long ago.  Maybe a month.  I have all these photos of nail designs that I’ve done, and now I can share them with the world through my blog.

This nail design is very… glittery. 🙂  And sparkly. 😀

First my nails looked like this:

And then I decided I wanted all my nails to match, so I redid the fourth finger to match the others.  And then to give the design a little something, a little “je ne sais quoi,” I added a rhinestone to each nail!  I love my rhinestones.  I hope you know that.  So this is what my nails ended up looking like:

Polishes used:

  • Sally Hansen HD Hi-Definition: Byte
  • It’s So Easy Stripe Rite: Silver
  • Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear: Black Out

I really like this design!  It’s simply, but it’s nice.  And I love the color combination.  I have ALWAYS thought black and pink went well together.

So, first I just applied “Byte” as a base color.  I waited for Byte to dry.  Then I used “Black Out” on the tips of my nails, like a French manicure. Wait for that to dry.  Then I used the Silver glitter polish.  It has a thin brush so it’s easy to make a nice clean line.  Lastly, I added the rhinestones.  And obviously I applied a base and top coat.  I never mention that I use a base and top coat, but I always do, and I think it’s obvious!

Now, these nails are kind of a wild French manicure.  The hot pink and black combo kind of makes it look punk-chic.  SO.  In my opinion, this would be really cool for prom, if it you have a black dress, especially if it’s accented with pink.  It’s a daring nail design. 😀 Do you agree?

♥ ☮

~LinZ

China Glaze: Ruby Pumps

It’s time for another one of my random reviews. 😀 And it’s a review on a nail polish by my favorite brand. CHINA GLAZE! So, let’s just dive into it.
Here is my review on none other than China Glaze’s Ruby Pumps. Here are some photos of the bottom of the bottle and the bottle itself:

Ruby Pumps is a bright, red glitter nail polish.  It’s very “Valentine’s Day.”  It reminds me of a glitterfied version of China Glaze’s Sacred Heart (Neon).  This polish is so much fun to use!  It dries really fast and goes on nice and smooth, despite the glitter!  I love smooth polishes.  Just applying the polish is fun.  I can’t describe what it is like to apply “Ruby Pumps”, so you have to get it for yourself and find out the fun that you are missing.

It’s… so… glittery.  It SPARKLES in the light!  It’s fun to look at your nails when wearing “Ruby Pumps”.  I could look at my nails all day.  Is that vain?  Who knows.

This is a picture taken by my window, using sunlight, to show off the sparkles.  The color in this photo is pretty spot on!  Which seems to rarely happen whenever I take pictures.  I guess the natural lighting is better than the light from the lamp on my desk that I usually use.  But the problem here is that I usually take all the photos at night.  And the sun USUALLY isn’t around at night. Lol.

This photo was taken using the light from my desk lamp.  As you can see, the color is a little bit different from the photo above.  I like the first photo better, but I decided to put this up to show the comparisons.  Oh!  Please pardon the fact that there’s extraneous nail polish on the sides of my nails.  I’m a messy (sorta) painter when it comes to simply putting on a base color.  It saves me time to just quickly put on the base color, rather than apply it carefully. Lol.  Once the polish dries, I always just peel off the extra polish.  It’s just my way of doing nails.  Not very professional, but oh well.

I wanted everyone to see how glittery this polish really is, so I took a couple of up close pictures to show you!  And you can click on the photos to enlarge them, and see greater detail!

So. I had a lot of fun with “Ruby Pumps.”  And I don’t see how anyone could not.  I really can’t think of one bad quality about this color.  Goes on smoothly, dries quickly, looks GORGEOUS.  There’s nothing not to love. 🙂  I think that wraps up the review.

EDIT: Aug. 29, 2010:  There is ONE thing not to love about this polish.  For people who know about polish, you already know this, but “Ruby Pumps” IS a glitter polish, meaning, it’s a PAIN to remove.  But that’s it. 😀

♥ ☮

~LinZ

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