Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Nails of the Week

This week has been a very nail focused week in our household. Just thought I'd share with you some of the polishes and nail art that I've been excited about this week! 

First up is my most recent nail polish purchase...

OPI's Just Spotted The Lizard

Without flash - truest to actual colour

With flash - shows how sparkly it is under certain lights

This polish is part of the OPI Spiderman collection that is currently available. It has been widely hailed as the exact dupe for Chanel's much acclaimed Peridot polish. Everyone seems to be talking about this colour and much excitement resulted when OPI released this cheaper alternative. 

My thoughts on the polish? 

That it really confuses me! It's like a chameleon polish, one second I love the colour, the next I'm not too sure. It's a brilliantly metallic sparkly gold colour with tinges of green, and it's one of those polishes with duo chromatic properties. It goes on brilliantly and smoothly with a great formula and lasts for ages. One coat is nearly opaque but two makes it look extra sparkly. 

But I don't tend to like gold polishes, or yellow, or even this kind of mustard green. And I don't love metallics. So really I should probably loathe this, and to be honest I did look past it at first. My sister then recommended it to me and then it really caught my eye. Opal is my favourite gemstone and in the bottle this polish looks very opaly, which was its main drawcard as far as I was concerned. But sadly this does not translate to the nail (please tell me if you know of any actual Opal looking polishes!).

This colour is at it's best under natural sunlight. I'm still very unsure about it, torn between thinking it's only alright and loving it. Perhaps it will grow on me. I don't really understand why there's so much hype surrounding this colour?! However, I have been complimented on my nails today far more than usual so perhaps that says something.

Either way definitely buy this over Peridot, they look identical! 

Next my friend did an excellent job of nail art this week. And the result was this very cool, abstract type pattern:

She said she painted the base coat first and then waited until it was completely dry. Then she used sticky tape to tape off a few abstract lines on her nails, and then painted black polish over the top. Once that was completely dry she peeled the tape off and voila! 
I think this would also look great using pastel colours, or all metallics.

Then we have another creation from my sister who has particularly enjoyed venturing into the world of nail art lately. Im not quite sure what pattern she was doing, but it sure looks great! It kind of reminds me of an American flag pattern or something.

Without flash

With flash

It was my lovely Mum's birthday this week too - Happy Birthday Mum! Part of her present from my sister included these two nail polishes, which I also love!

L-R: OPI's Java Mauve-A and Revlon's Raisin Rage

Java Mauve-A is a creamy dusky pinky brown colour, and Raisin Rage is a darker creamy plummy pink colour.

I think both are really great colours for everyday wear, and particularly suit women over 40. They are both great dusky, pinky colours which complement most complexions without looking over the top.

So that's my week so far of nail polish purchasing and decorating. It's becoming an addiction I swear!

Have you tried any of these polishes? What do you think of these colours? Also please let me know if you know of a good Opal looking polish!

Hope you are all having great weeks! xx


  1. I like those red and white striped nails! So cute:)

    A Brunette Duet

    1. Haha yeah my sister did well! I'll pass that along to her :D

  2. OPI's Just Spotted The Lizard looks like an amazing colour, but I can see what you mean about being confused about the colour. I was expecting there to be far more blue/green in it when I saw the bottle! xo

    1. Yeah I know! It looked opaly and I'm confused why that doesn't translate onto the nails! The bottle also lots like it has red in it too! So odd! x

  3. I love the striped nails! So cute! Found your blog through the beauty bloggers hop! New follower!
    Beauty by T

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    1. Yeah I really want to try that design myself, I'm just never patient enough for the polish to dry fully and then the sticky tape ruins the base layer! :P Love this blog hop, getting to find so many great blogs! x

  4. I love the lizard one! And your sisters nails are really cool.

    1. Yeah the lizard polish has definitely grown on me. It looks best with dresses and black clothes I think. They make it look expensive rather than cheap tacky metallic. I love it more each day! x

  5. I love the first color - really cute and different! :)
    The Fashionable ESQ

    1. Yeah it is very pretty isn't it! :) It's definitely grown on me over time! It's a very unique colour! x

  6. That polish looks so interesting! It does remind me of Peridot a lot!

    x Ellie @ Ellalogy 

    1. Yeah it is very similar! I just wish it was more than just duo chrome, it would be nice if it actually looked like an opal! x

  7. I love thos Peridot-looking nail polishes!!!! I recently purchased one and I haven't tried it yet.
    Love the other nail arts too!



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