Butter London Holiday Lacquer Duo #2 ($20.00) is an absolutely perfect pair of polishes for the holiday season. I love gold, and I love glittery reds. Of course, I’m head over heels (nails?) in love with this set. Chancer is a glittery, shimmery red, while The Full Monty is a semi-pale, gilded gold. It’s not a bling-bling kind of gold; it’s more subdued, but still chalked full of shimmer and shine. The gift box packaging is fun and festive, so it makes a great gift to give to your nail lacquer lovin’ pals. I must admit that I was startled by how wasteful the box is, though, so I do wish they’d reduce the size, even if it is cute. Chancer is very similar to China Glaze’s Ruby Pumps (which I have and love), though I do feel like the glitter in Chancer is not nearly as chunky as Ruby Pumps, which makes it easier to remove. The Full Monty almost has a chrome/metallic finish, but it still has a lot of shimmer working for it, so you don’t have to worry about brush strokes showing.
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Zoya’s 2008 Winter Collection is called Flourish and contains six excellent shades of polish perfect for the season. Zoya’s formula is one of my favorites, because I always find their colors are rich and pigmented and two coats is always enough. Their Color Lock System is my go-to for keeping my nail color long-lasting, durable, and chip-free. I’m so happy to say that Flourish doesn’t disappoint in the least. In fact, Zara stands out so much amongst the pack that it is almost back-up status worthy. (If I didn’t have seventy some-odd polishes and did my nails more often…) Mieko is this delightful strawberry red color–there’s just something about it that really draws me in. I anticipate wearing it beyond winter–probably summer–as well. You can get their sampler platter featuring all six polishes for $36 at zoya.com.
What’s your favorite?
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Essie’s Winter 2008 Collection features six stunning shades of rich jewel-toned polishes. Each polish goes for $8, but you can snag all six as a set for $45. My favorites were Sexy Divide, a gorgeous, deep dark royal purple; and It’s Genius for its softer, lighter magenta-purple tone. Essie polishes have always worked well for me, and this set is no different overall. All of the polishes are pigmented and go on smoothly with the exception of Shifting Power, which I’d probably do three coats of. Because Shifting Power has a more metallic finish, it’s easier to see the stroke lines, too.
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Jaqua Pink Buttercream Frosting Hand Soap ($14.00) is such a deliciously girly product in my bathroom arsenal! It smells exactly as it is named, like buttercream frosting. The scent even lingers a bit after you’ve dried off your hands. As the holidays roll around, I’m all about rich and delicious baked goods. And let me tell you, I’m a huge fan of buttercream frosting! As an added benefit, since using this as my primary hand soap, my hands haven’t been nearly as dry as they usually are. Living with a furry creature will have you washing your hands more often than the average person, which leaves me with parched paws! It must be the vitamin E and aloe, but whatever it is, I’m lovin’ it.
Borghese Pomino Plum Nail Lacquer ($8.00) is a frostym, shimmery royal purple with purple-fuchsia shimmer. It’s a nice option for transitioning into fall as the temperatures get cooler! Borghese polish goes on easily with just two coats of polish. This was the first Borghese polish I’ve tried, but I wasn’t disappointed!
From Dior’s Black Diamond Holiday Collection, this is what Black Sequins looks like! It’s this really intense, dark black with chunky silver glittery bits. It doesn’t try 100% smooth, because the glitter is thick. I think it makes a great sophisticated black polish for the wintertime. It isn’t a creme or matte or just boring black; the glitter updates it and makes it more wearable and just fun.
And Dior’s polish formula? To die for. I wore this on my nails for a week straight, and I barely even saw tip wear.Absolutely no chips!