The first issue regards a China Glaze contractor, shopping networks and copyright infringement. If you read Fashion Polish and Vampy Varnish, then you know. (If not, click those links. They'll take you to the appropriate posts.) Whatever your feelings are about those blogs and/or bloggers, you should read those posts and do with that information what you will. Apparently this did not stop me from getting my picks from the Avant Garden collection, but I may hold off on purchasing future collections. We'll see. I also have never been so glad to be a little league blogger before. Or maybe I exaggerate. Am I tee ball?
The second issue concerns OPI. Starting this year, OPI raised its price point fifty cents from $8.50 a polish to $9.00. That was kind of ridiculous to me, because remember when Sephora by OPIs cost that much? Anyway, at $9, it was nice to have the option to use a coupon at Ulta. Unfortunately, starting March 10 (this Sunday), this will no longer be the case.
Snapped quickly during an Ulta trip last weekend
I guess this means OPI will be ~prestige~ now? I love OPI -- it was the first brand I really loved when I got into polish -- but this makes me a little sad, ngl.
Anyway, print ALL THE COUPONS and then go buy some OPIs before Sunday. Then find a dusty or two to frequent, look for a reputable e-tailer, or ask your pro friends to help you make the desired acquisitions to your collection. Against my better judgment, I did my share of panic hauling over the weekend, and looking at my bank account this morning ... oy.
After running some errands on Friday, Tara and I hit up our favorite Sally's, where we found China Glaze was on sale, two for $11. (Not as good as the two for $10 sales they've had in the past, but ... recession.) This was the first one I grabby handsed. I was so overwhelmed by awesomeness that I didn't know what to wear when we got home, so Tara chose this for me. Good job, T. Good job.
Part of the reason I'm not fond of blogging polishes from new/current collections is because I feel the internet is saturated with those swatches when they first come out, and do we really need one more? However, when it comes to Budding Romance, I say YES.
Three coats with SV.
The first four pictures (including the one above) are the most accurate.
BF: "It's goose turd green!"
Yeah, okay. But look at this murky olive jelly goodness! In case you're wondering if this is a dupe for RBL No More War, it's not -- my bottle is lost somewhere in the abyss that is my room, but rest assured ... NMW is more brown. I really like this way this looks on me.
I've heard some complaints about the formula on this one. I get that it's no Essie, but if you swipe your brush against the side of the bottle, it's okay. Wait in between coats so you don't get pooling or bald spots. This dried super quickly with SV. I had mild tip wear after a couple of days, but I was also pretty ruthless with my hands over the weekend, washing dishes and scrubbing out an apple tannin stain on one of my sweaters (boo).
A couple of Sallys I stopped at over the weekend didn't have their Avant Garden displays up, and yours might not, but be sure to check back so you can scoop this one up when they do! Again, I think they have China Glaze on sale this month with two for $11, which isn't a bad deal if you need instant gratification and aren't willing to pay shipping online. --That's all IF you still feel like throwing down for ChG, at least.
Questions, comments, concerns re: China Glaze, Budding Romance, fugly colors, nail polish dramz or this OPI/Ulta coupon sadness? I will say this for Avant Garden -- the colors are pretty great. Aside from four polishes, I more or less forgot last spring's Electropop collection even happened. What are your Avant Garden picks? If you tell me you don't have any, YOU ARE LYING.