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Intergalactic Blue: It’s Out of This World!

Hey everyone! Happy new year +1 month! I hope 2011 has been good to you all so far, although I can’t honestly say I personally notice a big huge difference from 2010 (*yet*!), but I am looking forward to discovering what the year has in store. I’m sorry for my long absence; aside from the scandalous condition of my cuticles, I’ve been so busy that I’ve been resorting to the easiest of manicures, which is my favorite rocker chic black (and which is a bit more forgiving when it comes to chippage- chipped black nail polish, though slightly unattractive, can look rather fashionable… in a grungy punky sort of way).

Speaking of my favorite manicure, I thought I’d make my first post of the year about my other favorite nail polish color, a fun, equally as dramatic alternative to black: deep, metallic indigo, or as I like to call it “Intergalactic Blue.” Perahps this color was once more of a “young” color for the experimental teenager, but now it would seem that even the most chic of sophisticates is sporting this deep, striking color. In fact, admiring this shade on my own fingers sort of sends me into a sci-fi trance… it reminds me of space ships, futuristic trend setters, and rocker chicks from another dimension. Honestly, I don’t know why this polish has such a psychedelic effect on me (I share this information at the risk of sounding a bit delusional…), but there is something so transcendental about this color that sends me into the whirlwind throws of an overactive imagination.

The intergalactic blue that I use is No. 266 Blu Oltremare by Kiko Make Up Milano. However, since Kiko is not available everywhere, I’ve done my research and compiled a small list of some formidable dupes:
1. OPI Yoga-ta Get This Blue (via Get Nailed By Polish)
2. Sinful Colors No. 929 Let’s Talk (via eye adore pretty)
3. Wet N Wild Saved By The Blue (via The Nailphile)
4. Revlon Midnight Affair (via Dani Cassiano Make Up)
5. Essie Aruba Blue (via Aurora’s Nails)
6. China Glaze Blue Paradise (via Scrangie)

Until next time, the force be with you…


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Once You Go Black, You Never Go Back: Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro No. 430 Black Satin

If we think for a moment of all the traditional trend-predicting clichés like “____ is back!” “____ is so ‘in’ this season!” “____ is the new black!” and fill in all the blanks with “BLACK” (yes, even the last one), it would be pretty hard to date the trend, assign it a year, a season, or even an era because it’s the truth. Black is always back, in, new, and well, black. Ok, maybe as far as black nail varnish is concerned, I may be stretching it a bit, especially because of its classic ties to cultish envelop-pushers such as good old Marilyn Manson. But since being endorsed by Chanel, and earning an honored place on the Chanel Runway, I think it is safe to say that black has officially earned the acceptance it deserves in the nail polish mafia and a deal with cultish mainstreamers such as…. well, again, fill in the blank. And I have a theory as to why black polish has such strong lasting power. Oh yes, the picture says it all; quite simply, black nail polish is crazy, sexy, and cool.

At first I feared that a post about black nail polish would have been boring as there is nothing particularly unique or exceptional about black lacquer. However, black is one of my most “favoritest” colors to wear (so much so that it warrants my using the double superlative most “favoritest”), and I decided to show it a little love. What’s more, after years of searching for the best black polish- that is, the blackest, shiniest, and longest-lasting- I do believe I’ve found a brand that meets my very picky expectations, and I wanted to share the wealth.

So after much searching, I’ve finally found my favorite black that pleases me with a perfect, lasting manicure each time. That is Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro No. 430 in Black Satin, and black satin it truly is.

In other words, this polish does its name justice. It’s a smooth pure black color, without any shimmer or extra-luminary this, that, or the other thing to make the polish “prettier” and give it more “dimension.” Not necessary. I just want a glamorous, true black that will make my nails look dramatic, yet manicured, and this Rimmel Black Satin does precisely that. What’s really great about this nail polish (other than its true-black color and super high-shine) is that it doesn’t chip, nor does it wear along the tips (always a huge polish peeve of mine, especially when it comes to black). One recommendation I would make (a little trick I’ve discovered with trial and error): be sure to paint the tips of your nails well, making sure that the polish covers everything. Tried and true, this helps it to last much longer.

The only (possible) drawback of this polish is that I find the consistency of the forumla a bit thick. So it can be a tad bit difficult to work with, and it does take a little longer to dry. However, this can be taken care of with careful, patient application. And anyway, there is a positive side to this in that full opacity can be achieved in just one coat (but I always apply two), and the manicure lasts much longer.

So give it a try! The price is good and the results are better.

Until next time!


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