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I’ve been buying more polish to keep up with my latest obsession – doing my nails. Last night I used OPI‘s DS Classic, which looks like a boring neutral taupe from far away, but when you take a closer look, little flecks of gold and hologram-like rainbowy colors are present. Here, see for yourself.

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Indoor artificial light.

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Indoor artificial light – trying to show the flecks/hologram.

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Outdoor light.

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Outdoor light, showing the flecks and hologram.

I really like this color because it’s a neutral with a kick. It isn’t seasonal, but I do think the gold makes it perfect for this time of year. It’s going to be in heavy rotation for the next several months, for sure.

What’s your latest polish find? Which color should I try out next?

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I think I’ve got a new obsession – my nails. Ever since my nails have been in such great condition now that I’m taking Biotin daily, I’ve become more interested in trying to become more of a nail expert.

In the past I’ve had gel nails, and was happy to have my hands look good and leave the “heavy lifting” to the professional. I’ve never been very good at filing, polishing, and caring for my own nails. But things are changing.

First I eased in with the Incoco nails, which I still love and plan to use throughout the fall and winter. But when I saw how well the accent nail that I’d polished looked, I figured I should try my hand (pun intended) at old fashioned polish.

I like the idea of changing my polish as often as the mood strikes. Plus, keeping my hands busy at night, when I tend to get the craving to snack, is an added bonus. And we all know that practice makes perfect. So, I plan on making NOTD a regular feature on the blog whenever I have new polishes that I’m trying out. If you have suggestions for colors I should try, please leave them in the comments.

I’d actually gone to Target to pick up a different polish (which will be featured later) and to pick up Seche Vite, a top coat that most of the beauty bloggers I read say is their holy grail product. And I have to concur – you apply it as soon as you’re finished with the last coat of color; the instructions say not to let them dry at all. Literally as soon as I was finished putting the final top coat on the pinkie nail of my right hand, my left thumb was completely dry. I was worried that doing my nails only a couple of hours before bedtime might risk getting pillow marks on my nail, but I was pleasantly surprised to wake up to shiny, gorgeous nails. I can’t recommend this top coat more highly, but more “evidence” of why later.

Now on to the topic at hand – Purple Yourself Together by Nicole by OPI (Target). I loved the color as soon as I saw it in the bottle. It’s a perfect, subtle purple (if purples can be subtle), with tinges of gold.

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I love the way the color turned out, and that it takes on different shades in differing lights, as you can see.

20120812-223704.jpg The yellow light of my dining room.

The bright light of my bathroom: (these shots show the shimmering properties of the polish)

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Natural daylight through my bedroom window:

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I love this color!  It goes so well with every color in my wardrobe, and I think it looks great with my skin tone.   It will take me from late summer through the fall and winter.

20120812-223512.jpg And to prove the staying power of not only this nail color, but especially of the Seche Vite top coat, these are my nails three days later.  I spent over 3 1/2 hours cleaning my house from top to bottom, in and out of water, with all sorts of cleaners, etc.  I’m not one to wear gloves, so I was amazed that they still look this good.  Sorry for the dark lighting, but I think you get the idea.

So my first foray into the world of polished nails was a success.  Inner health like taking my vitamins regularly have led to outer beauty.  I like taking care of myself this way, and I love that my hands can look so good with me as the manicurist.

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As you guys know, I’ve been taking vitamins (lots and lots of vitamins) every single day since June 8th. One of the vitamins that I take everyday is Biotin, which is supposed to help promote hair growth. This will become really important once I start losing weight quickly after surgery. I am not ashamed to admit that I’m pretty vain when it comes to my hair, and losing it really scares me. Needless to say, the Biotin is one that I never forget to take.

But the other thing that Biotin also promotes? Nail growth!

My natural nails have never been nice. They break and split on the side, so I’ve always just kept them really short. Until now. The Biotin is making my nails strong, and they’ve been growing. Having nice-looking, natural nails is a sign of good health.

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My natural nails have NEVER looked better.

Not only are they growing, they’re all the same length, which is really something.

So today I found myself with a bit of time, and I decided to polish them.  Now I’m no Kenlie, who is an expert at doing her own nails, but I’m pretty proud of the way they turned out.  The accent nail, that pink camo one (which is called Booty Call – love!), is a Sally Hansen Salon Effects polish strip.  Have you seen those?  They’re like stickers for your nails that go on really easily and are supposed to last up to 10 days.  I’d never tried them before, but they were simple to use, and I liked that they didn’t need to dry, unlike the polish.  I wanted to be really careful not to get any bubbles or other nail problems, so I let each coat dry in between.  But I think the finished product was worth the extra time and effort.

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Not bad for an at-home mani by an amateur.

The thing that usually keeps me from polishing my nails is that they chip so easily.  Case in point:

Taken just a few hours after I polished them. Look at those nicks and chips. Ugh.

And what did I do to cause these chips?  I went grocery shopping.  Seriously?  I didn’t plant a garden, type a 10-page paper, or do the dishes.  I shopped.  This is why I hate nail polish – it never lasts on me.  And yes, I did use a base coat and a top coat.  If you have any tips for keeping polish from chipping, please let me know. 

I’m much too much of a perfectionist to have my nails looking like this, so I decided to put the Salon Effects on all the nails. I like the way the turquoise looks with the pink.  Very fun.

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Who knows how long this will last, but as long as it lasts the week, I’ll be happy. I’m also happy to report that because my nails are fairly short, I can use one strip on two nails.  Which makes these more affordable.  $8 for 16 strips is sort of expensive, compared to polish.  Doubling that makes the expense a bit more tolerable.  But really, not having to wait for them to dry and the fact that chips will be less likely makes them worth the extra money.

This whole new world of at-home manicures is kind of fun, so I’m going to head to Target tomorrow to buy more Salon Effects and some Essie polishes.  OPI polishes are my favorite, but I’ve heard good things about Essie too, and I think they’re a bit more affordable. I don’t think I’ll be a nail artist or anything, but I do think keeping up with my nails is going to be a fun nighttime distraction.  Bonus – you can’t give in to cravings while your nails are wet.

What’s your favorite nail polish?  Brand and color name, please.

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