I've sported blue nails every year on my birthday since I got into polish. (My birthstone is the sapphire, blah blah blah.) I've been in a creme mood lately, and China Glaze Man Hunt seemed like the top contender until I remembered I owned this beauty.
Three coats with one coat of Gelous + one coat of NYC Grand Central Station.
I remember putting on my last coat of Grand Central Station and saying, "UGH DAMN IT" because this is my first Contrary Polish and now I want MOAR. (Goddammit.) Santorini is lovely cobalt jelly goodness with just the right sprinkling of tiny blue glass fleck/flakie particles. I looooove that you can see the particles even in low light, and although this polish isn't loud, it's shimmery enough to be different.
The formula on this one was amazing. Oh my God. The consistency was perfect, and since this is a jelly base, you'll want at least three coats for opacity. It doesn't dry completely matte, but I did need top coat to make it shine. With one coat of Gelous under one coat of Grand Central Station, it dried quickly and I'm still wearing it after applying this on Friday night. I've had great wear -- no chips, and barely visible tip wear, so I am EXTREMELY pleased.
I'm just as scared for my wallet -- I'm eyeing so many other Contrarys already! Santorini was released last fall as part of The Islands trio, along with Aruba and Anna Maria (which I currently am dying over). I bought this bottle at Llarowe over the summer, where you still can snag it for $11. Be sure to check Llarowe and the Contrary Polish blog for restock updates and information on new collections.
A pretty good birthday blue, yes? I'm all kinds of congested right now, so unfortunately I'll have to keep the celebrating to a dull roar this year. Good thing I didn't end up going to that Blondie show last night in D.C.! But that's okay, because ...
My friends threw me a small birthday party/wedding crafting night on Saturday
B and I went to Ikea, where he bought me Helmer No. 2 (OH GOOD LORD) and snacked on Swedish meatballs
We saw "The World's End" (not my favorite among the Cornetto trilogy, as "Hot Fuzz" is everything to me) and I later took this selfie with Sterling
I also bought two polishes (which I hope to blog in the next few weeks), and am hoping to snag a couple more. I treated myself to a Madeleine Peyroux ticket and will get my Mayer Hawthorne ticket this week. Also, I was in Target on Friday picking up a present for my dad when I saw this on sale, and couldn't resist:
I know birthdays aren't supposed to be about material things, but I do like my material things. However, this doesn't mean I haven't been touched by the birthday greetings I woke up to this morning! And get this ... several of those greetings were from wonderful ladies who also happen to be nail blogger friends. So thanks again, ladies! And thanks, you guys, for reading and reaching out in the past year! I mean, my nails and my life can be pretty boring, but I love sharing them with you, especially on days like today. :)
So, happy birthday to me (and Colin Firth).