NOTW: 11/03/12

-base coat of Barielle Rebuilding….something or other
-two coats of OPI Lemonade Stand by Your Man (seemed to be apropos, given my hair)


NOTW: Incoco from Angela! (and a slightly underwhelming mani)

Angela was a total sweetheart and sent me some goodies a while back, and I’ve been hoarding them and carefully doling them out to myself (they are amazing). Last Thursday, I put on the brilliant leopard-print Incoco nail appliqués she sent – and was immensely overjoyed by 1-how stunning they are (I cannot stop staring at my nails and showing them off) and 2-how easy they were to apply – for some reason I expected them to be difficult, but I found them to be pretty noob-friendly and easy to get on. And they’ve lasted REALLY well, considering how hard I am on my nails in general (lots of typing, and using my nails to get under things or in things even though I know that risks chipping and breaking): another mani would be destroyed by now, but I’ve only got tip wear on three fingers, and, honestly, that’s most likely because I used a coarse file on them before applying, and so the tips of my nails aren’t as smooth as they could be, and therefore haven’t been playing as nicely with the appliqués as they could. I’m generally too lazy for nail art, and I don’t know any salon around here that would do a similar mani (or as well, if they did), so I’m pretty much SOLD on nail appliqués. I may never go back to “real” nail polish again. (Okay, I probably will. But…not too soon. I’m loving these too much.)

-Seche Rebuild base coat (I didn’t read the instructions, and put it on out of habit before I put on the appliqués – it is helping my nails stay strong and long, though, so yay for Seche Rebuild. Seche Vite, I still hate you, you gloopy, unsatisfying mess.)
-Incoco appliqués (I don’t see these on the site, but they look kind of similar to the Design ones in Purrty and Cat’s Meow)
-Gelous topcoat

I really expect these to withstand at least another week, before getting raggedy. In comparison, here’s the mani I had on previously, which lasted, oh, ONE DAY, before chipping to hell (yes, I used a top coat), and looked a hot fucking mess after three days:

-Seche Rebuild base coat
-Zoya nailpolish in Emme (3 coats)

-two coats OPI I Lily Love You (so pretty in the bottle, so disappointing on the nail)
-Gelous top coat

NOTW: OPI’s Steady As She Rose

Which also made an appearance in my last TiLT post, you may recall. So it’s really the nail polish of half of last week and half of this week? I’m finally getting around to watching the second and third Pirates of the Caribbean movies – IKR, so late. They’re pretty good actually. And I kept wondering where I’d seen Ragetti before, and why I found him so hilarious – turns out he’s a famous British comedian (Mackenzie Crook), and he played Grishnak in the “Goths” episode of Spinechillers, which is my *favorite* episode of Spinechillers, so brilliantly hilarious. (AND apparently he’s on the British Office, so I may have to watch that.)

Anyway, I wasn’t expecting to love this color as much as I do. I mean, I figured I’d like it, but WOW, I loooooove it. I’ve been holding off putting the silver shatter polish over it, because it’s so pretty. But I’m doing it this week, once I get enough tip wear. (I’m hoping that’ll double the wear of Steady As She Rose, by covering up the tip wear and/or chipping. We’ll see, won’t we?)