Weekly Nail Wrap-Up + October Favorites

So … it’s been a shitty week. Actually, not a shitty week so much as I’ve just been in a really crummy mood. I continue to struggle with my grief and sadness. Overall, I feel “meh” about pretty much everything. And kind of pissed off at the world.

The one thing that seems to cheer me up consistently is my nail polish addiction. This week, I decided to do something a bit different in an effort to bump myself out of these doldrums. I decided to do seven manis over the course of seven days. I love doing my nails. It makes me happy and gives me a feeling of peace and contentment. So, I thought, what better way to fight this bad mood of mine? Plus, I thought it would be fun to see if I could actually manage to redo my nails every day.

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I started off the week with a fun Halloween-themed manicure. I used Colores de Carol, “Chimera” as the base and black acrylic paint for the design. This nail art was fun and super easy. I initially saw the tutorial for it on my favorite YouTube channel (Phoebe Moon, who else? She is the best!) This is the first year I’ve tried Halloween nail art, and I loved how easy this one was to do. It’s also very striking in appearance.

Chimera is … yummy, yummy, yummy. This is the most delicious orange polish. I specifically saved this one to wear on Halloween, and it’s perfect. No, it’s beyond perfect. I’m a fan of orange polishes, so it was a given I would love this. But it’s beyond that. I would not be going too far out on a limb to say that this is my favorite orange. And likely to remain my favorite. It’s got so much shimmer and depth. It’s a beautiful polish. It looks like spun glass on my nails.

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This is a Prototype polish from Colores de Carol. It doesn’t have a name, just “Prototype”.

When I decided to do a week-long nail polish extravaganza, I told myself that at least one polish for the week had to be a red. I love red polish. I think it’s pretty and sophisticated. But, for some reason, I tend to cringe at red on my own nails. I like it marginally better when my nails are short, which is exactly where they are at the moment. It seemed like a great time to push my internal comfort boundaries a bit.

For my first red foray, I chose this polish. It’s a red jelly base packed with tons and tons and tons of glitter. There is definitely some sparkly red in here. But I also saw orange. And, in certain lights, I felt like I caught a glimpse of purple, too. I didn’t pick this polish out. Prototype polishes on the Colores de Carol site are a bit of a grab-bag. You order them without ever knowing what you will receive. I love the idea of this, and I feel crazy excited about it whenever I’m lucky enough to get an order in for one of her prototypes.

I liked this polish. This time around, I didn’t LOVE it, but I feel that I could come to love it the next time I wear it. It’s a bit of an orange-y red, which makes sense considering the presence of orange glitters. I have to be in just the right mood for this shade of red. Also, I didn’t do a great job of application with this polish. I don’t know what happened, but I feel like I did a major screw-up. The polish ended up feeling thick and unwieldy on my nails. I’m definitely chalking that one up to user error.

I adore the idea of this polish, though, which is what makes me think I will likely love it the next time I wear it. I’m from San Antonio, Texas, and I thought FIESTA! the moment I saw this bottle of polish. That’s what it reminds me of: the glitz, glam, glitter, and fun of Fiesta in San Antonio.

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Since I was already on a red kick, I decided to wear OPI, “Can’t Read Without My Lipstick” next. This is one of the polishes from the Holiday 2016 Breakfast at Tiffany’s collection. I think this collection is beautiful, but it’s really red-heavy. I think there were five or six reds in this collection (or five reds and a pink, maybe?). The point is: That’s a lot of red!

“Can’t Read Without My Lipstick” was the only red I wanted from the collection. This polish is stunning. It went on in two fairly easy coats, and I love the deep and vampy color. There is something dramatic about it. I also like the squishy appearance it had on my nails. Overall, I’m thrilled with this one and so happy I decided to order it. I’m already looking forward to pulling it out for Christmas and maybe New Year’s.

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Next, I wore Pacifica, “Swamp Thing”. Pacifica is a totally new brand to me. As you can see from the picture, it is 7-free, cruelty-free, and vegan. I have looked at the display of this polish in my local Ulta for just about forever. I’ve always been intrigued by it, as there is a great selection of beautiful colors. Being cruelty-free and 7-free is a huge bonus for me, but, let’s face it: I’m a sucker for the shiny colors. Usually, I walk away without buying anything because I feel they are kind of expensive for a brand about which I know nothing. What if I hated it? I would feel like I had wasted my money. A few days ago, I realized I had enough points saved up to get a fairly decent discount. This pushed me over the edge and convinced me to give this brand a try.

This polish is nicely dark and moody. I love that. In some lights, it looks black. In others, it looks green or blue or teal. It went on in two easy coats. And it didn’t stain my nails or fingers. I really liked it, and I think I will buy more from this brand in the future. (Did you hear that? I think it’s the sound of my wallet crying in the background of this post.)

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This is Pacifica, “Mermaid”. I wore it over China Glaze, “Twinkle Twinkle Little Starfish”. Initially, I had planned to wear Starfish on its own. I wanted a  break from all the dark and moody polish I’ve been wearing. Starfish felt light and airy and just perfect. Until I put it on by itself. It wasn’t horrible, but it didn’t wow me. I felt like it was missing something.

Enter Mermaid! On a whim, I decided to top Mermaid over Starfish. (Hey, they’re all from the ocean, right? So they should go together. Polish addict logic at work.) I ended up liking this look a lot more than I thought I would. Mermaid is a gorgeous polish. I love the breezy sort of feeling it has, and the mix of blues and greens in this polish is beautiful. I feel like it has a lot of depth. I will be wearing this polish again in the near future. I’m already making plans to top it over a super dark and rich blue.

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After a short break to enjoy a couple of lighter colors on my nails, I was ready to kick back into Fall. I did that with China Glaze, “Electrify”.

This polish is WOW! It packs such a visual punch. I love the mix of bright gold with red, and it is jam-packed with glitter. I didn’t have any problems at all with wearing this polish on its own. It built up well and easily became opaque. It’s Fall in a bottle!!

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And last but not least (or maybe it is least? hmmm …), this is the manicure I currently have on my nails. I used Orly, “Mansion Lane” as the base color and acrylic paint for the design. When I was out walking this morning, I saw the neatest poster on the wall of one of the stores near my house. And that is what inspired this design. I wanted to do a design with several colors and that had a “groovy”, almost 70s flavor to it. I’m not sure if I succeeded in bringing my vision to life, but I did have a lot of fun painting this. I like how the colors work with each other, and, overall, I’m really happy with how this turned out.

I liked Mansion Lane a lot. This polish is from the Orly Fall 2016 Collection. It went on super easy and smooth. At first, I thought it was going to be a one-coat polish, but I had just enough streaking and unevenness on my nails that I realized I would need a second coat. The polish leveled out easily. I think this is a pretty color. I like how muddy it looks, caught somewhere between gray and brown. It’s very warm and comforting.

EDIT: I was so tired last night when I put together my Weekly Wrap-Up that I completely forgot to include my October favorites. So I’m back this morning with a little addendum to my previous post. Hopefully, it won’t make things way too long. These posts are mostly pictures, though. I’m telling myself that so that I’ll feel less guilty.

Here’s what I loved the most during October:

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Colores de Carol, “Chimera”. I can’t even begin to explain how stinking much I love this polish. I’m a fan of orange polishes, generally, and I tend to gravitate toward them. Not horribly, like I do with the blues … but, yeah, there’s a bit of a pull. Now, I know I’m going to be comparing all oranges to this one. And most of them are not going to stack up in the least. If I could only have one orange polish for the rest of my life, it would be this one. These are scary words, I know. (yikes!)

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Superchic Lacquer, “Trap Queen”. I can’t believe a pink is landing on my October favorites. A pink!! But … honestly, this polish is All The Things. And then, a smidge more than that. I loved it so much that I did not want to take it off. In fact, I’m sitting here fighting the urge to put it back on my nails right this minute.

I also loved this particular manicure. I was happily surprised with how well my little mummies turned out, and it was a fun look for Halloween.

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Colores de Carol, “Morticia”. Ugh. Just … kill me now. Yes, this polish is so fantastic and beautiful and sparkly. But it is also deep and dark and moody. I love it. That is all.

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Colores de Carol, “Demeter”. This looks like sparkly denim on my nails. Yes, please!! I got so many compliments when I wore this polish. It has a perfect formula, and it’s just perfection on my nails — in every way. I can’t wait to wear it again.

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Colores de Carol, “Vampire Nightmare”. I love how this polish is an oxidized red. As creepy as it sounds, it really resembles the color of dried blood. Perfect for a Halloween collection, but also just a gorgeous, gorgeous color. I never thought I would look at a polish and think, “Oh, wow. It’s the color of dried blood. How pretty!” But, yeah … There ‘ya go.

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Colores de Carol, “Feronia”. So I wasn’t sure about this color when I ordered it. It’s pretty “out there” for me, color-wise. But I had seen swatches that were so, so pretty. And I had a coupon code. You know what? I LOVE this polish. LOVE IT!! It’s such a perfect, murky green. And the glitters give it just the right bit of oomph. This is another of those polishes that I could just wear non-stop on my nails.

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