nail polish remover

Do you love glitter nail polish?

Do you hate taking glitter nail polish off, scratching and scraping to get every last particle off your nail?

Do you have a spare $4.95?

I bought this Designer Brands tub of nail polish remover because I thought it was an interesting gimmick. I had no preconceptions of quality but it certainly exceed whatever I had. It comes with a cut piece of foam inside and the idea is that you insert your nail, twist it, and the polish is gone.

I sceptically tried it with three hardcore layers of glitter polish, twisted each nail for around 15-20 seconds each and bam! Gone. Just a quick wipe with a cotton pad got any last pieces off. Probably the easiest de-glittering I’ve ever undertaken in my life.

This stuff is magic. If you see it, get it.

The lovers, the dreamers and me

Rainbows are visions.

It was love at first sight when I saw OPI’s Rainbow Connection polish last October. Well, love at second sight really because the first time I saw it there was none left on the display, just the pretty little swatch nail, and I had to traipse across Perth to buy one from another store. Never mind. Its multi-coloured glitter brings out the seven-year-old child in me and I knew I had to have it.

Rainbow Connection is part of the new Muppets collection and for me, the absolute stand out. I put it on last weekend because I was only going to be working two days out of the next seven (and it isn’t really a work appropriate polish) and I couldn’t stop staring at my sparkly hands. It’s full of multi-coloured glitter, including large hexagonal pieces that really catch the light. It’s easy to apply as long as you go slowly and place the glitter on the nail, but honestly it was an absolute mofo to get off.

The above pic is three coats with no colored polish as an underlay. Three coats is when you start to get significant coating of the nail by the glitter. Mine chipped on day three, particularly on the index fingers, but because of the nature of glitter polish it was really easy to provide some seamless touch up surgery. I absolutely love it.

I was a HUGE fan of the Muppets as a kid and owned the soundtrack to the Muppet Movie on LP. I’d play it over and over singing along to classics such as ‘Movin’ Right Along’ and of course, ‘The Rainbow Connection’. The latter is such a beautiful song with lovely, meaningful words. If you haven’t heard it in a long time then you’re missing out.

Why are there so many songs about rainbows
And what’s on the other side?
Rainbows are visions, but only illusions,
And rainbows have nothing to hide.
So we’ve been told and some choose to believe it
I know they’re wrong, wait and see.
Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection,
The lovers, the dreamers and me.

Who said that every wish would be heard and answered
When wished on the morning star?
Somebody thought of that
And someone believed it,
And look what it’s done so far.
What’s so amazing that keeps us stargazing?
And what do we think we might see?
Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection,
The lovers, the dreamers and me.

All of us under its spell,
We know that it’s probably magic…

Have you been half asleep
And have you heard voices?
I’ve heard them calling my name. Is this the sweet sound that calls the young sailors?
The voice might be one and the same.
I’ve heard it too many times to ignore it.
It’s something that I’m supposed to be.
Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection,
The lovers, the dreamers and me.

New crush

Well sometimes I go out by myself.

I very nearly bought this gorgeous Anya Hindmarsh Valorie clutch from Shopbop the other night. I haven’t been looking for a black or sparkly clutch per se, I just really love this one. Infatuation at its best.

I’m not sure when I became a person who thought a $400 clutch sounded good, but it does.

The Valorie also comes in multi-coloured and silver glitter. Let’s see how long I hold out.

Self flagellation

Blue and green should never be seen...

Here’s a conundrum: what happens when one of the most stunning nail polishes you’ve ever worn turns out to be the absolute worst you’ve ever tried to remove? A few months ago I succumbed to the beautiful temptation that is Deborah Lippman’s Across the Universe – a navy jelly base with tiny flecks of dark blue glitter and gorgeous big hexagonal light blue and green glitter pieces. It looks like a magical undersea world come to life on your nails, and that would be no overstatement at all.

I applied three coats of the polish on last Saturday night and went to remove it on Wednesday night because my right hand was badly chipped. Left hand had only the barest tip wear and to be honest, I thought both hands would probably hold up that well so it was disappointing that they didn’t. I have terrible issues with any polish chipping regardless of brand, from Chanel right down to Ulta3. However what followed my decision to remove the polish was pretty much an hour of torture.

The damn stuff doesn’t budge. In fact, there was still glitter flecks on my nail over 24 hours later. I had to soak a cotton pad in remover, wrap it around my nail for a couple of minutes, try and tip more remover on, remove half the polish, anxiously scrub at the giant glitter particles still adhered to my nail, then repeat the whole process. It was TORTURE.

This is the first Lippmann polish I’ve tried after reading plenty of rave reviews and I picked mine up for about AUD$20 on eBay including postage from the US to Australia. Let me make it clear that the colour is out of this world incredible and unique and the wear isn’t too bad. All you need to do is ask yourself if you can live with the trauma of trying to take it off!

If you want to look at some genuinely good swatches rather that my amateur iPhone efforts, check out Temptalia and the lovely Tine also covered the polish recently.