OK, first things first. I do not understand the name of this nail varnish. I can only presume it is some kind of play on words from a popular (?) phrase that I have never heard of! Any ideas, readers?
Lighten Up, You’re Two Pence is from OPIs British collection of a few years ago. It almost looks like a precursor to some of the Burlesque shades that OPI released for Christmas 2010. It is a vibrant and shimmery orange with a hint of red duochrome, and a lot of gold. Certainly flamboyant and not for the faint hearted.
I see this suiting cool skinned ladies best as it is bright and warm, and well, orange. This was three coats and the application was spot on. It is very frosty as you’d expect with a metallic shade and there were some distinct brush strokes at the end of my application.
Now, here’s a weird confession. I’m a bit phobic about small change, particulary of the copper variety. It smells weird, is dirty, and I really don’t like touching it. It gives me the shivers. I hate it when people jangle coins in their pockets or worse still, put them in their mouth. Iactually can’t bear it – its worse than spiders to me. So, in all honesty, I’m not really down with the concept of painting my nails the colour of a two pence piece. Isn’t the mind a weird place? Or my mind anyway.
So, if you’re not totally hatstand, as I appear to have just outed myself to be, then actually, this is a pretty nice colour. It looks amazing and if you like these flashy metallics then this is one worth tracking down.
Now can someone please explain the name to me?
Running a blog can be a pesky thing. Aside from keeping on top of posts, swatches, taking decent photographs and all the rest of it, there’s the admin side of things to think about as well. Sheenie and I have been quite happily pleased with WordPress and generally have no cause for complaint, unlike the constant moans I see on Twitter about Blogger playing up, or “being an arse” as most people seem to refer to it as.
However. There was an emergency WordPress update released a while back that needed doing immediately for security reasons. What happened was that it slapped about 90 of our posts back in the drafts section and has deleted all of the photos that we cannot retrieve no matter how hard we try. So it’ll be a process of gradually restoring them and republishing the old blog entries as we go along. 90 isn’t a lot in the whole scheme of things but it is three months’ work that needs repairing. Annoying.
So, here we have a nail varnish that has been about for a while. Jo’Mina is from Illamasqua’s Spring/Summer Body Electrics collection from 2010. I remember not being entirely sure about it when it first came out (although I can’t think why now), but I really rather like it now.
This is textbook Illamasqua creme formula and was opaque in two coats. It’s very very thick though and so was prone to a little dragging. It dried super-fast though. All in all though, pretty good for a quick and very long-lasting manicure. I can always rely on Illamasqua when I want a speedy and hard-wearing product.
I’ve yet to see a photo of this that doesn’t wash it out. This isn’t a pastel lilac in any way shape or form. It’s an almost-neon purple shade that is just so bright and eyecatching. Best seen in the flesh. It looks absolutely divine on darker skin or with a tan as well. I really like it on toes with silver sandals.
By the way I’ve just noticed that I appear to be missing the corner from one of my nails. No idea what happened there *inspects hands in confusion*
What do you think? Is this one for you?
Last night I was prowling eBay in my usual style, seeking hard to find or discontinued OPI polishes. I came across one called Taupeless Showgirls (got to love that name) but when I Google-imaged it, the pictures I saw looked practically identical to this, Zoya’s Austine.
Austine was a gift to me from the fabulous Ms Nixxy. About two years ago. *blushes* But hey, like I always say, I’m ever grateful and just because something takes a while to crop up on here doesn’t mean I don’t love it. Promise. Thank you, Nix!
Having said that, just because I like Austine doesn’t necessarily mean that she likes me. I’m suffering from some pretty bad ridges in certain nails right now (gee, thanks, psoriasis) and these foily metallic shades just seem to show these up in all their – ahem – glory. What looks like visible nail line are actually deep ridges and no amount of buffing is going to eliminate these totally unfortunately. Ridge Filling products help a lot but they take so long to dry that a lot of the time I really can’t be bothered.
However, the colour is a pretty one. A kind of fawny-gold, it is a perfect foil that sparkles a little bit and covers absolutely beautifully. Forgive me the ridges and it’s actually perfectly smooth.
So, is it an actual dupe for the OPI that I was contemplating buying? I’ll have to get back to you on that one… I’m still on a blasted no-buy.