hello, i’m ____ and i’m a nail-polish-holic.
“Hello, I’m La C. and I am a nail-polish-holic.”
There, I said it. I suppose I thought confessing my unhealthy addiction of mine would be followed by the huge sigh of relief in addition to the weight of world suddenly lifting from my shoulders. But there was no gratification of the sort. Which can mean either two things: one, I’m not yet a true nail-polish-holic; or two, I am past the point of no return in this sweet tooth of mine.
It started when I was about ten or eleven, when I was promised one bottle of nail polish if I completed a wee The k’s worth of good grades, piano-practicing, and partaking in my share of chores. I worked diligently, of course, for that first bottle of pearlized mauve perfection (that soon led on to cherry reds and peach-y golds… I had quite the sophisticated taste in colours for a not-yet-pre-teen girl). And somehow along the way I went from applying lacquer only on special occasions (birthdays and Christmas) to rarely leaving the front door (or garage, depending on the day) sans polish. Exact details are a blur – perhaps I can make the strong fumes of nail varnishes the scapegoat for my inability to recall the facts?
And on those rare occasions when I actually am without polish of sorts (I dutifully give myself a manicure every one to two weeks, as chipped nail polish is one of my pet peeves), I do try to revitalize my poor nails in the attempt to nurse them back to adequate health. Surely my nails are not in pristine condition as they have suffered years of abuse (but they do look rather pretty…), but they are in decent condition. After removing every last bit of polish, I apply any sort of cuticle cream high in Vitamin E on my actual nails. Think of it as a conditioner of sorts; leave it in for a while, until the oils soak into the nails, and voilà, a smoother surface and a stronger nail that resists staining of sorts. I’m a genius, I know. (I kid, darlings.)
But I digress a bit from the point of the post. Whilst I am in attendance of this drab Nail Polish-holics Anonymous metting, I may as well confess that I bought two more nail varnishes, two of which I have been eyeing for quite some time. Not to mention, they are my latest obsessions and simply perrrfect for fall.
(my photographs are rather dodgy, as per usual; the true coloration is not captured! But beneath the bottles is the original ad I saved)
I introduce to you my latest babies, all by Sephora by OPI (a beautiful, beautiful collection of colors of which I would never hesitate to purchase more polishes from): Metrochic and Under My Trench Coat. Had I not entered Sephora with a clear mission in mind, I do think I would have been wooed by the other colours and thus would have spent hours trying on, cooing, and being indecisive over which I would bring home with me. I simply cannot say enough good things about this collection – the color pigmentation, quality, and application are phenomenal, and at $9 a bottle, they are quite the steal.
I first fell in love with Metrochic months ago when the collection first premiered (if the loyal followers from the very beginning remember my near-Christmastime wishlist, Metrochic was included), in which I tore the ad starring Metrochic from Teen Vogue and clipped it into my inspiration journal (and it is still there). The infatuation was further solidified when one of my favorite makeup gurus, Lollipop26, announced it was her favorite. It is the most unusual and unique of colors; described as “dark smoke with a hint of purple” on Sephora, but what I would call a murky purple: a blend of lavender, taupe, and gray in a cream finish. I’ve officially named it my favorite. Wearing it makes me feel inimitably chic yet mysterious; unafraid to embrace color, but done demurely. Mm.
And Under My Trench Coat, was simply irresistible for two reasons. One, I can never turn down an adorably coquettish name with suggestive context and two, I am obsessed with taupe colours. Or “light grey khaki with gold shimmer”. Either way, it vies for my love and adoration in ranking with Metrochic, though such competition is entirely unnecessary. I love both equally so. It is such a pity that I cannot photograph UMTC well; it truly is the prettiest and unique of shades!
Other polishes on the wishlist: IM Beauty (“bright buttercup yellow”) // Call Your Mother (“lavender putty”) // Meet for Drinks (“shimmering magenta plum”) // I’m With Brad (“shimmering wine over dark coffee”)
Did I mention how much I love the names? OPI truly is the most creative.