Tuesday, February 24, 2009

2007-2008 Top 20: #19-#16 Vignettes

#19: Zoya Yasmeen

This color is purple perfection. If there is a certain shade of purple that is associated with royalty, Yasmeen nails it along with its subtle gold shimmer. This is great for people looking for a dark purple without heading into the near-black category (i.e., Lincoln Park After Dark or Chanel Vendetta).

#18: Essie Short Shorts

Essie Short Shorts was the first pink neon I have liked. My sister is a huge fan of pink neons but I never liked any of the ones she had, but I was also still in my vamp stage. I bought my other sister the Essie Neons mini set as an early birthday present and took a liking to neons, especially Short Shorts. Between the three of us, that mini bottle of Short Shorts was quickly depleted. Since then, I have searched in vain for a dupe and ended up with a bunch of neon pinks that are close, but no cigar. My sister has happily taken them off my hands. I finally ordered a full bottle of Short Shorts that came in with my China Glaze Summer Days collection from Transdesign.

EDIT: This picture was taken indoors and required about 5-6 coats because I doused the final remnants of the mini-bottle with nail polish thinner; it really looks nothing like it does in RL. I'll try to get an updated pic now that I have a full bottle.

#17: OPI Have You Seen My Limo?

Have You Seen My Limo is to duochromes the way My Private Jet was to holographics for me. I was thoroughly impressed the first time I applied it. I was shocked by the duochrome, which changes from purple to brown to this blue-green sheen at different angles. Since then, I can't get enough of duochromes (yet I'm holding out on Nubar for financial reasons). I spent a whole morning at work trying to photograph the different sides of HYSML which is why of all my nail polish colors, it has the most pictures saved on my computer.

#16: Chanel Nuit de Russie

I graduated from university on December 13, 2008. I say this because that's how I rationalized dropping $90 for 3 bottles of nail polish: a graduation gift to myself. I seriously flipped the moment I saw the Moscou collection. A few select colors have had the distinction of an instant must-have the moment I see it; what makes the Moscou collection unique is that I didn't even see it swatched yet, but I had to have it due to what I saw on the promos. The moment it allowed me to order online, I was there with credit card in tow. I do think $30 is steep for any polish, but I don't regret it one bit. Of the three, my favorite is Nuit de Russie (followed closely by Feu de Russie). Or de Russie is last only because of a future Nail vs. Nail post. My picture does not do it justice: it has a lit-from-within blue sparkle. On my thumbnail was my very first (and partially scratched off) Konad experiment in China Glaze OMG and Konad plate m63.

Today (well, technically yesterday) I received my China Glaze Summer Days collection...wow! I really like China Glaze. I've heard complaints of their formula, but I love their collections; it marches to a different beat rather than Essie or OPI *glares* I have managed to more than double my collection within the first 2 months of 2009, from 103 at the end of 2008 to the current 212. *gulps* I think I may have a serious problem...that and my family is starting to notice the frequent packages sent to me...


Vanessa said...

Gorgeous nails!
I've been lemming both Yasmeen and Have You Seen My Limo for some time; now I'll just have to order them :)

Lydia said...

I love short shorts!

Lucy said...

I love the Essie color. Very pretty color on you. I think i've tripled my collection since reading all the nail blogs.

The Asian Girl said...

Vanessa--they're both great choices! I love the purple!

Lydia--Short Shorts looks so much better in RL.

Lucy--Tripled?! Wow...well, if things go the way they have been going, I'll triple it in April, lol

Brooke said...

I love the countdowns! I think they are so much fun. I need to figure out my top 20 and do mine.

I just got Yasmeen in the trade in your old polish deal Zoya has going, but I haven't tried it yet. It looks really great on you.

The Asian Girl said...

Brooke--they are fun! I have a feeling 2009's is going to be difficult to pick, though! Yasmeen is amazing...I first saw it on Scrangie when she was trying the Color Lock system.

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