Hey everyone! Today is the third day of my "Best of 2011" series! I'll be sharing my favorite/must-have products of the year with you. Some of them are new, some of them aren't.. they're just products I've discovered in 2011. Either way, I'm super excited to share them with you!
Each day will have a new category: hair, skincare, nails, makeup, and fragrance. Are you excited to see what makes the lists?! Let's get started!
THE BEST OF 2011 -- NAILS
OPI's Designer, De Better!
When I first saw swatches of this, I thought I would pass it by.. but upon seeing it in person, I knew I had to have it. Funny how that works, isn't it? Designer, De Better! is a gorgeous light, metallic champagne/bronze flecked with red that is certainly unique in my collection. It looks great by itself or as a subtle base for nail art.
CHINA GLAZE's It's Alive!
While I'm not a huge fan of green polish, there's something about It's Alive! that caught my eye. The army green color is definitely not one I'd normally wear, but it looks amazing with the glitter and also plays nicely with my skin tone. Plus, as I've said before.. I love chasing Chris around the house while wiggling my fingers and saying "IT'S ALIIIIIVVVVEEEE!!!!" :D
This one definitely isn't a new polish, but it's so simple and delicate that I can't help but love it. Sweetheart is perfect palette cleansing color for when I want a more subdued and clean look. It's great for spring or a job interview and I've found myself wearing it more than I ever expected.. and I'm not a even a fan of pastels!
CULT NAILS' Unicorn Puke
I feel like any top polish list would be incomplete this year without the addition of Unicorn Puke/Clairvoyant. Man, what a gorgeous polish! It's one of the few flakies that actually does flash an entire rainbow instead of just 2 or 3 colors.. and I love it all the more for that. My bottle is extra special to me because Maria surprised me with it when I replied to one of her tweets after it was released. This is 2 coats of Puke over Color Club's Pucci-licious.
If you've ever checked my "Wish List".. you've definitely seen Deborah Lippmann's Glitter in the Air polish on that list. I've been lemming it for everrrr and now? I don't need it! Who would have thought that 2011 would be Revlon's year?! They've come out with so many amazing colors, and several are great dupes for high-end polishes! Whimsical is spot on what I wanted and needed from GITA and it's even more special since it was a Christmas present from my dear friend Jacqui. Shown is 2 coats of Whimsical over 1 coat of ChG Sea Spray
Carey is easily the most special polish in my entire collection. I've mentioned my grandparents a few times on here before. They were very close to me, and I loved them very much. My Granny passed away in May, but my PawPaw passed away in 2007. His name was Carey.. so you can see why this polish means so much to me. And this cool periwinkle grey is the perfect color for him. I even got my mom a bottle of it for Christmas.
|Me with my grandparents. I think I was about 4 here?|
OPI's I Lily Love You
This is one of the most unusual polishes I've seen come out of OPI in a while. Somewhere between a glitter and a flakie, I Lily Love You is a cheerful bottle of pink iridescent goodness! I've layered it over one coat of Zoya Ali here and it looks right at home. If you're looking for an easy way to jazz up a mani, this is definitely it! It's been on my wish list forever, so I'm glad it's finally mine. (♥)
I'm usually not a big fan of matte polishes, but Savita is something special. Even though I love her more with a coat of SV on top.. there's something special about her matte-ness that puts her on this list. It's just the quintessentially perfect purple. (Say that 5x fast!) And Savita has actually made me reconsider mattes in general. Before, I would have never given them a second thought. Now I have a couple more and I'm planning on getting the rest of the Zoya mattes at some point. :)
ESSIE's Shine of the Times
Since I missed out on Sally Hansen's Hidden Treasure, I literally tripped over myself to get 2 bottles of SOTT for myself and I can't say I regret the decision. For those who are fortunate enough to own HT, I know SOTT isn't much to brag about.. but it's a FLAKIE from ESSIE. No offense to the essie lovers, but it is one of the most underwhelming polish brands for me.. so the fact that they put this out gives them a lot of credit in my book! I love that SOTT completely changes depending on what you layer it over. This is over one coat of WnW Ebony Hates Chris.
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Are you enjoying my picks so far?! Stay tuned... Tomorrow is the Best of Makeup!