I have fallen off the wagon. I blame it all on the snow. Something about a nerve-wracking commute that takes four times as long as it should that'll knock a person right off the track to kicking a nervous habit. I didn't do too much damage, so I didn't take any pics, but I'm still not proud. Stupid snow.
Now, remember that trip to Ulta? Well, this store may have taken Target's place in my book as the land of happiness and dreams. I could (and did) do serious damage in the place! Here's what I got:
Essie Sew Psyched and Revlon Suede Matte Ruby Ribbon. I've had long wear-time with the only other Essie I have, and the Revlon color will be a foray into a finish I've yet to play around with. I'll be sure and swatch that one, for sure.
Here are the three OPI colors I picked up (L to R): Coronation, Ski Teal We Drop and You Don't Know Jacques (it looks pink, but it's really a light milk chocolate color). I gotta say at this stage in the game that I'm gonna have to go with OPI as my favorite brand, for the range of colors alone. The formula is great, and the wear-time seems to be decent as well.
Here's Ski Teal We Drop. It's a creamy teal that leans towards blue. It came out a bit darker than I expected, which is not really a complaint. I did have some application problems, to be honest. The left hand (I'm right-handed) went on just fine, but by the time I got over to my right hand, it was going gloopy. Because of that, it was a messy manicure, and cleanup was a BEAR.
Excuse the bizarre choice of background in the last picture above, by the way. I'm still experimenting with manicure photography, and when your studio is a garage, you get creative!