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Nail Art: French Flag Manicure (Bastille Day 2013!)

Bastille Day NailsHappy Bastille Day!

No, I’m not French. But I’m a tad bit obsessed with Europe and France in particular. What can I say? Paris stole my heart.

Last year I did a manicure for Bastille Day so I wanted to continue that tradition on this year.

After alot of unnecessary contemplation I decided to do a French flag manicure. It’s a super simple look to achieve. I started off with a coat of L’Oreal Jet Set to Paris. I let that dry then used tape to block off the bottom third of my nail and applied 2 coats of Ulta Snow White. I again let my nails dry, blocked off two-thirds of my nail with tape and applied Sally Hansen Diamonds and Rubies. I find this works really well and if there is any bleeding of colors I used a striping brush and white polish to clean up the edges.

At first I had a flag on all 5 nails. I decided that was WAY too much. I opted for solid colors on the pinky and ring finger and did glitter (Forever21 Tinsel Town and NCLA United States of Glitter) on the thumb nail.

There is nothing in particular that I do to celebrate Bastille Day (I’m not French, after all…) but I grab onto any excuse to do a themed mani! I have made an effort this week to read a book called An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris. It has nothing to do with the storming of the Bastille or the French Revolution but it does chronicle the lives of ordinary Parisians in Place Saint-Sulpice.

As always there are swatches below the jump. I hope everyone has a fabulous fourteenth of July!


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OPI We’ll Always Have Paris

I’m really getting into fall shades! Literally the weather turned cooler here overnight. I woke up on Sunday morning and Fall had finally arrived! Like OPI St. Petersburgundy, We’ll Always Have Paris is one of my go to fall shades. It was originally released as part of OPI’s Fall 2008 La Collection De France (doesn’t that sound fancy!). I immediately picked it up because I loved the name so much.

We’ll Always Have Paris is a deep red creme with purple and brown undertones. It’s a very interesting color because depending on the light it can appear more brown or more purple but never appears black.

As with most of the polishes from the France collection, We’ll Always Have Paris applied beautifully. I used just two coats in my swatches.

OPI did not add this to their permanent line but it is easily found on Amazon.

While this color is beautiful, I think the reason I love it so much is because it brings back such good memories of my time in Paris. Some people travel the world by drinking wine from all corners of the earth but I travel the world via nail polish. How strange am I?

Anyway, make sure to check out the swatches below the jump to see how this polish changes colors.


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Fall Favorite: OPI We’ll Always Have Paris

The days are becoming shorter, and there is a cool breeze in the air….or at least that is what I tell myself. Either way, Fall has to get here soon, right?

Every year around this time I start to leave summer corals behind and begin to gravitate towards darker polishes. OPI We’ll Always Have Paris is always one of the first polishes I can’t wait to wear. First of all, the name is perfect. I have a serious love affair with Paris (I just turned one of my spare rooms into a “beauty room” and it has no less than 4 Eiffel Towers on the wall). Secondly, it’s just a gorgeous color.

We’ll Always Have Paris is a deep berry red with a heavy purple undertone. Application was perfect. Two coats were plenty for even, opaque color.

This polish was originally released in OPI’s Fall 2008 La Collection de France collection, but it is now (thankfully) part of their permanent line.

OPI Parlez-vous OPI?

OPI Parlez-vous OPI?Yet another winner from OPI’s Fall 2008 La Collection de France. This and the Russian collection are my all time favorite OPI collections 🙂

Parlez-vous OPI? is a smoky purple gray creme. It’s a lovely color for fall. The smokiness makes it feel Fall yet it’s still on the lighter end of the color spectrum. Application was up the usual OPI standards; two to three coats for even, opaque coverage.

Sadly this is not part of the OPI Classics collection, so it can be a bit difficult to find. I have a few similar polishes in my collection. Color Club Uptown Girl is the most similar, though it has a little less gray. Nina Ultra Pro Never Glum Plum has quite a bit more gray and OPI Done out in Deco has more white. Zoya Kelly is a more blue version of this polish.


OPI You Don’t Know Jacques!

OPI You Don't Know Jacques!I love France, so naturally I loved OPI’s Fall 2008 La Collection de France. I tend to reach for polishes from that collection alot, if only for the names 🙂

You Don’t Know Jacques! is a creme that falls somewhere between a grey and taupe. I’m not a big fan of the grey/taupe trend, but I love this and I think it’s due to the fact that it is neither grey or taupe.

Application of this isn’t amazing. I used 3 coats and there are still a few bald spots (granted, the bald spots only show up in pictures).

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!


OPI Louvre me, Louvre me not

OPI Louvre me, Louvre me notThis is one of my all time favorite polishes from one of my all time favorite collections!

Louvre me, Louvre me not is from OPI’s Fall 2008 La Collection de France. It is a grape purple with a little bit of a frost. The shimmer is only noticable in direct sunlight or under strong artificial light. One thing I love about this purple is that regardless of light, it never looks black.

The formula isn’t great. It can be streaky and hard to get even. I always have to use three coats. Two coats leaves bare spots.

Regardless of the formula problem, I just absolutely love this color. Not only is it a gorgeous purple with shimmer, it’s from a collection based on one of my favorite places.


OPI Yes…I Can-Can!

Yes….I Can-Can! is from my all time favorite OPI collection; La Collection de France. Released in the Fall of 2008, La Collection de France is responsible for two of my favorite polishes (Lourve Me, Lourve Me Not and We’ll Always have Paris).

When France was originally released I passed on Yes…I Can-Can!. There were just too many other colors in that collection that I needed to own. But when I saw OPI was discontinuing Yes…I Can-Can!, I decided it was time to finally pick it up, and I’m glad I did.

Yes…I Can-Can! is a reddish purple creme with just a bit of silver microglitter. It isn’t so much microglitter as it is a little shine. As is expected, the polish applied like a dream, no streaks and opaque in two coats.

While I love this color, it is certainly not what I could consider unique. Once I had it on my nails, I realized it looked quite a bit like some other polishes I own.

As you can see, it is similar, but not an exact dupe, of a few polishes in my collection. OPI We’ll Always have Paris is slightly redder, and is a creme. OPI Black Cherry Chutney (I forgot how much I love this color!) has red microglitter in a darker, more black base. Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Flirt is essentially a Black Cherry Chutney dupe except it has a bit less glitter.

For a non nail polish fanatic, owning all of these polishes probably doesn’t make much if any sense. But I love a good vampy plum especially when it comes with a little shine!