It’s been a week since my last post and I only have New York to blame. (And okay, Philadelphia too.)
Most nights, we arrived at Peter’s (or Ver’s, or Joel’s) apartment too exhausted to do anything but prepare for bed and collapse. On one hand, it’s a good thing because we’ve experienced so much of my favorite city, on the other hand, it’s not a good thing because this blog has gotten pretty sad.
Where has the nail polish madness gone?
Trust me, it’s alive. It’s alive in my head and it’s alive in my suitcase which has been made heavy by the bottles of polish I bought on this trip.
I was going to bring back the polish madness today by writing about my trip to Rescue Beauty Lounge and meeting my nail polish hero Ji Baek but I can’t.
Because the plan was to post pictures of the RBL Tudor collection but I couldn’t take pictures because one, my camera battery is dead and needs charging and two, I already packed the bottles and they are hiding under a pile of clothes and lip balm and magazines and they are ready to fly to LA.
I will get to that story soon, I promise (probably when I get to LA) but for now, I have something else.
I will talk about my New York manicures. And even better, I will show them to you.
I arrived in New York wearing MAC Formidable! on my nails.
My nail girl Melanie went through hell applying it (it took four coats!) but I think it’s worth it.
Check out MAC Formidable! attacking the udon at the Narita airport during our stopover.
This is MAC Formidable! under the sunlight just outside Peter’s apartment in Queens.
This is MAC Formidable! showing off the new love of my life – Pretzel M&Ms – to my Facebook and Twitter friends.
Then, one night during our first week in Peter’s apartment, I fell asleep while looking at nail polish photos online. I woke up in the middle of the night and found a box of YSL Manicure Duo Beautiful Day and a post-it note from Jill. “Better than what you’re looking at ”
The surprise was the continuation of her birthday gift to me (crazy, I know) – she ordered it all the way from the UK because she couldn’t find it anywhere else.
Naturally, the next morning, I wanted to wear it. But since my nails are too short for the French manicure the YSL duos are supposed to be used for, I decided to use the purple alone.
This is YSL’s Manicure Duo Beautiful Day Purple on a funny morning involving too many cheeseburgers and angry women at the post office.
This was Jill’s view of my manicure.
This is YSL’s Manicure Duo Beautiful Day Purple showing off a couple of postcards I was about to send to friends. (Miss Bun, you should be getting one of these soon.)
I spent a few days wearing that purple but I sadly had to change it because of Halloween.
This was Chanel L.A. Sunrise just a couple of hours before being Sharpied to death.
This was Chanel L.A. Sunrise in the middle of being Sharpied.
I removed my bee manicure that very same night and the next morning, in the middle of washing our clothes at the laundromat, I painted my nails with Rescue Beauty Lounge’s Jane. It was fast and easy, thanks to RBL’s fantastic formula. I was inspired by Ji who said Jane is her favorite nail polish shade now.
I had an encounter with a very rude woman at the laundromat but couldn’t strike back because my nails were still wet. (Damn it.)
Here is a very crappy photo of Jane, just cropped from a group shot at dinner. I promise to upload better photos of Jane soon. I’m pretty sure Jill has some.
I wore Jane for days and days until the night we were to watch a very small rock gig. I felt the need to wear something darker so I went for MAC Rich Dark Delicious. Rich Dark Delicious had been on my wishlist for ages and ages and I finally found it at a Cosmetics Company Outlet. I will write more about CCOs when I post about my New York (and Philadelphia) shopping adventures (and you will find out why I’m seriously considering going on a no-buy or fine, low-buy, for the next six months).
But first, here’s Rich Dark Delicious pre-cleanup.
I love this color. I love it so much.
You know how some lemmings turn out to be serious duds? Rich Dark Delicious is the exact opposite of that. It lived up to my expectations and it lives up to its name.
This is MAC Rich Dark Delicious at the Applepalooza event at Astor Center where I tried not to get drunk on apple cider and gave all my attention to the yummy apple fritters instead.
After Rich Dark Delicious, I was in the mood for something red so I changed my manicure to Dior Jamaican Pepper just minutes before we walked to Penn Station and boarded our train to Philadelphia.
Jamaican Pepper is such an awesome red. I still have it on my nails now (photo to follow soon) but my manicure has chipped. I will change my manicure when I get to LA. Maybe Bikini Bottom? Because my RBL sale haul is waiting for me there.
It was only on this trip that I realized the kind of damage cold weather can do to your cuticles. They get so crazy dry! I’ve been drowning mine in Lemony Flutter. I keep whipping out my little tub of Lemony Flutter to hydrate my cuticles even while riding the subway.
Yes, I’m crazy. But we already know that.