Just for a little background, International Women’s Day was originally observed as International Working Women’s Day in New York City, 1909. In 1917, women textile workers in Petrograd demonstrated on the day, marking the start of the Russian Revolution. Upon the revolution’s end, the new government granted Russian women the right to vote.
Many moons ago, I was kind of close to heading off to New Orleans for college, but in the end I came to Canada, instead. To this day, I still haven’t visted New Orleans, and it remains on my travel list. I mean, I gotta try authentic beignets, po-boys, and jambalaya someday, right?!
OPI’s main spring collection this year is all about New Orleans. (This isn’t a new concept: see Misa’s 2010 Mardi Gras collection, which includes one of my all-time favorites, the one-coat wonderThrow Me Something Purple Please, which I can’t believe I haven’t reviewed yet!) I chose one shade out of the 12—which was fairly tough as the collection is full of fun brights!
Show Us Your Tips! (NL N62) is one of my most loved colors—a periwinkle blue—but with a twist. It’s full of fine, iridescent silver shimmer!
I first heard of British nail polish brand Eve Snow a year or two ago, and promptly added one of my favorite of their nail colors off the website to my Pinterest wishlist, just so I wouldn’t forget about them.
Fast forward to this last October, when found two Eve Snow bottles at Winners! It was my first time seeing the brand in person, so like a proper nail polish nut, I suppressed a squeal and moseyed over to pick them up. Turned out one was a dud (some kind of nail strengthener or something, whatever, amirite?) but the other was the exact shade I had pinned earlier. What are the odds of that?
So, fate conspired to add Alter Ego (008) to my collection. It’s a periwinkle blue iridescent shimmer. Pretty, right? It even has pink and green flashes in the bottle.
I was standing in front of the Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Color display at a drugstore, trying to decide what color to buy. I’m gonna be very frank here and say that I’m not usually a big fan of Sally Hansen polishes, but I did use to like the Xtreme Wear line. However, I hadn’t bought any for many years, and I kind of forgot what I already had.
In the end, I picked up a color that I was simply drawn to, even though it’s not the most unique. Yes, it’s actually quite similar to Essie Bikini So Teeny, which I also picked up recently.
Babe Blue (240) is a recent addition to the Xtreme Wear line-up, as it was part of Sally Hansen’s spring collection earlier this year. It’s a light pastel blue with a periwinkle tint: a little lighter and less periwinkle-y than Bikini So Teeny, if you’re wondering.
Essie calls Bikini So Teeny (800) “a sparkling, cornflower blue”. It’s certainly a very pretty, soft shade of pastel cornflower, but the “sparkling” part is overstating it! There is some fine silver sparkle in this polish, but it’s really subtle, a bit sparse, and can be difficult to see.