You all know I love winter. I hate to see spring coming. Our spring lasts approximately 47 minutes, and then it's summer for the next 10 months. Sigh. I do like spring polish collections though...not as much as I do winter ones (i.e. vampy), but they are usually pretty, eye-pleasing colors. Today I have 2 picks from the City Flourish collection by China Glaze, a floral-inspired (and named) group of pastels.
The first one was hand-picked by my number one polish shopping buddy, my dear hubby. And he picked it because he loved the name...What a Pansy.
What a Pansy is a periwinkle creme that is more purple than blue. It also looks a touch dustier in real life than the pics. This polish had a strange formula...the first coat went on very patchy and thin, so I applied the second coat a bit heavier, and it just sort of sat there and didn't level on its own. But I will say my top coat did level out the unevenness of the polish. What a Pansy is pretty shiny too, and I like the color a lot...very feminine, yet a bit edgy. :)
My other pick from City Flourish is Strike a Rose. "What?" you ask..."an indecisive pinky-coral shade that you always find so offensive?" Uh...look! Pictures!!
I can't help myself. This is SO pretty. Strike a Rose is...yep...a dark rose pink with a lovely subtle shimmer. It really is mostly rose with just a *speck* of coral, so I guess it's really NOT that color I hate. Whew. I feel so much better. :P The formula on this one was good, and I used two coats with no issues.
|Blasted little shorties! :(|
The City Flourish collection is made up of 12 really pretty pastel shades. I have read that some people had a lot of trouble with the formulas. While What a Pansy was a little troublesome at first, it didn't behave too horribly for me. Overall, I liked both of these quite a bit and sort of wish I'd picked up the mustard-esque yellow and lime green ones. Do I need my head examined?? :)
Thanks for stopping by, and thank you for sticking with me while my nails grow long again. :P
Love that purple and that rosey shade has such a pretty shimmer in it too :)ReplyDelete
Yes, I agree! The shimmer is more subtle in real life, but it's there. :)Delete
I missed you and your wonderful posts!!! And you reappear with quite a fanfare! I lovelovelove Pansy on you but then I am a big fan of that color! LOL for the pink-coral-yet-not-so-coral second one, very Melissa and your porcellaine skin adds just that dose of dimension I found lacking with darker skin tones - perfect on you! And see? There are times in the years when our vampies stand back generously to let us play with bolds and softer shades - if for a couple of weeks only <3ReplyDelete
<3 It's so nice to be missed...thank you. LOL...as for the pink-yet-coral-yet-not-so-coral, I suppose it's finally time to warm up to it. I'm wearing a full mani today with Strike a Rose, and I happen to have a sweater the EXACT color of it, so I'm wearing that too. I had a client to come in, and when she saw me, she exclaimed, "OH!! That is YOUR color!" Sigh. So...I have officially decided to make peace with indecisive pinky-corals. :)Delete
I was wondering where you were! These look great on you.ReplyDelete
Oh, I was around...cleaning up the mess that was Nailpocalypse.. :D And thank you. :)Delete
I was wondering where you were too! Glad you're back :) For the record, I love your shorties and your fingers don't remind me of sausages. I love Strike a Rose! It looks like a perfect Spring pedi shade for when we also undoubtedly have our 8 month summer. I'm dreading the heat :^/ReplyDelete
Yay!! No sausage fingers! You girls are so sweet. <3 And while Strike a Rose is lovely, I will have to take your word about the pedi thing, as I have an extreme aversion to feet and never show mine. I'm just full of hang-ups. :DDelete
What, no red? And hubby was your shopping buddy? Lol. Glad to see you back! You're like me -- I love winter and hate the heat too. Is it coral in general you don't like, or the pink/coral fence-sitters, or do you think it just doesn't look good on you? I have pale skin but lately I can't get enough oranges. NOT the Campbell's tomato-soup-plus-milk color, but the gorgeous creamsicle/soft peach colors. Urk, I just HATE breaking a nail. I have nursed along almost full grow-outs with nail glue. Never leave home without it.ReplyDelete
There was no red in this collection, or that would have been hubby's pick! :P It's a strange thing with this color...I love indecisive colors that force me into deep thought as to how to define them...all except indecisive pinky-corals. They just offend me that they can't make up their mind. I don't especially care for coral, so I suppose that's the root of the whole problem. I'm thinking, why mess up a perfectly nice color like pink with coral? :D And I hate orange...LOL at "tomato-soup-plus-milk color"!! Zoya Arizona killed it for me with the pale oranges...worst stuff I ever saw on my nails. And the longest I can go with glue is probably a few days...:(Delete
Zoya Arizona is my lemming! Hahaha!Delete
Wow, 4 nails!? That's a lot at one time. Sad :( Glad they are getting back to normal now though. I love that shade of purple. Man, your husband has good taste! I'm surprised he didn't make you get a red again.ReplyDelete
LOL...well, there was no red to be had, or you know he would have. :) What a Pansy is a really nice color though. And thanks for not thinking my nails look AWFUL! <3Delete
I was going to say, it appears you actually like this ambiguous pink-coral nonsense a little bit :D I think your nails look fab this length but I certainly know what it feels like to have a bad break. It's like cutting your hair. Length is pretty but really, so is short. You rock both :) I'm definitely going to have to check out What a Pansy. Hopefully I get to see these at my Sally's or Ulta before the displays become ravaged beyond recognition. And it's always the ChGs, nothing else. So strange.ReplyDelete
LOL...maybe it's that 7-year thing? You know how you drastically change every 7 years? Hmmm...nope...the math's not there. I just don't know. And of course, this isn't the last of it. :P Ah, thanks...I had short nails when I started blogging, but I was desperately trying to find something to help them grow. And you did, LOL...so now I hate them short. They're growing pretty quickly though. :)Delete