This’ll be a quickie post as I should head to bed soon – I have another wedding tomorrow in the Valley I have to head to early in the AM. This will be the 5th wedding I’ve done the makeup for, 4th one I’ve attended since the end of June…phew! They’ve all been SO much fun, but I’m glad to have them almost all behind me. It’s been a really, really busy Summer so far.
Again, this combo was done in preparation for my wedding attire tomorrow – a navy blue one-shoulder body skimming dress I got on sale at Jacob at Christmastime but have not yet worn. I didn’t want to go too ‘standard’ since the dress isn’t too crazy, but I wanted to still look classy – just with an edge. I wandered into American Apparel today and picked up one of their neon polishes, a pretty magenta shade called ‘Neon Violet.’ I used to have an almost identical shade from Zoya back in the day called ‘Charisma,’ which was a matte and it chipped within hours. Drove me nuts – I swapped it away last year. This actually has a satin finish rather than glossy, so it looks similar in that way too.
If you notice a lil twist to San Tan., you win a prize! (No, not really. But good eye! :)) I added a coat of CND’s ‘Copper Shimmer’ on top to give it a bit of a kick. I have not NOT used this top coat nearly enough (or…at all. This might be the first time) and it’s really beautiful. As I’ve mentioned before though, typically I’m more into cremes so that’s a contributing factor.
Details: One coat of butter London Nail Foundation and two coats of polish for both mani & pedi. Additional one coat of Copper Shimmer over mani, and one coat of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat over both mani & pedi.
Size & Price: American Apparel polishes are 0.5 oz and retail for $7.50 CDN a bottle (3 for $18). OPI polish are also 0.5 oz and ranges from $9-14 CDN. CND polish (Effects line) is 0.33 oz and are about $14 CDN.
Where to Buy: A. Apparel polishes can be found at – surprise! – A. Apparel stores worldwide. OPI polish is EVERYWHERE…lol in Halifax at least you can find the best selection at Chatters Salons. CND polishes can be a be tricky to find – your best bet in Halifax is to order them from spaboutique.ca.
I’m enjoying this pairing a lot (though I just put it on about 30 minutes ago!). I really like ‘Neon Violet’ and I think it’s a good transitional shade from season to season – not so neon that it’s restricted to just Summer. Application for N.Violet was pretty great – two coats easily applied, though you could almost get away with one, which is typical for A.Apparel polishes. I’ve previously discussed my feelings on San Tan here. ‘Copper Shimmer’ is my only CND polish, but if it’s any indication, they have an absolutely fabulous formula – perfect thickness and a dream to apply.
How do you feel about top coats that change the look of your polish? And neon polish – awesome or too much of an 80’s throwback?
I have to get up in 6 hours and I need my beauty rest, so that’s it for now. I hope all is well for everyone, have a great weekend!!!