Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy Legitimate-Excuse-to-Wear-Green-Polish Day!

Most days I get the feeling that non-polish-obsessed people of the world judge green nail polish harshly. St. Patrick's Day is the one day a year where green in all it's forms is not only accepted but openly celebrated! (In fact I've had several compliments on my polish today already!) Now I only have two greens in my collection - this and OPI Jade is the New Black - and I'm usually not a big green polish-wearer, but I felt like I had to go for it this St. Patty's Day...especially seeing as I own no true green clothing (teal is as close as I get) and I don't want to be pinched by drunken revelers!

Here is Rescue Beauty Lounge - Orbis Non Sufficit:

The reason that this is one of the only greens in my collection is because it has a lot of things going for it that I really like - it's an RBL first off - from the limited edition Blogger collection, and it has that great dusty/grey-blue quality to it that just floats my boat. Being extremely cool-toned, I feel like these colours just flatter me and hey, if I'm going to go green I'm going to do it the dusty way!

I'm glad I had an 'excuse' to bring this one out honestly, because I think it's going to be making more frequent appearance in my repertoire! It doesn't even look green-green in a lot of lights - it just kind of looks like the depths of a lake - blue-green, dark and murky. It's moody and mysterious without being overwhelming and definitely isn't 'in your face'. Dare I say it, but this green is...chic?

The formula of this one puts it in the same class as RBL Dead Calm, Mismas and Teal - one coat buttery perfection. I've already raved about this enough!

(Sidebar: I've heard people complain recently about RBLs shrinking when Seche Vite is used as a topcoat. Mine did that too but my easy solution is to put regular old normal OPI topcoat over the colour, wait a few minutes, then apply SV. I got no more shrinkage and the wear is great - I even do this on other polishes that don't shrink with SV just to improve wear time.)

So my St. Patrick's Day manicure isn't as exciting or creative as some that I've seen today, but I'm quite pleased with it! I feel like I've re-discovered a real treasure in my stash! :)

Did you go green for the holiday? What did you choose? I'd love to hear about it/see pictures!

Mono demands that I nap now!

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Anonymous said...

Whoo, embrace the green! I love ONS.
I ended up using a glittery green franken for St. Patty's Day.
Feel better!

Skulda said...

Looks awesome. I ended up with "Jade is the New Black".

Irides said...

Man, I wish I had ONS with me now! I do think it's beautiful and chic, and that's what I love the most about it; I feel as though non-green-lovers could still wear and like it because of its off-beat versatility.

<3 <3

mKat said...

I am sorry to hear you're unwell... I wish you a speedy recovery!

I (inadvertently) ended up rocking a green mani today. I'm wearing China Glaze Tree Hugger, topped with NfuOh #38 and a Konad embellishment in Wagon Trail. I'm a little embarrassed by it.

I had been meaning to pull Tree Hugger out for a while. I bought it a year ago and had never worn it... It's just such an offensively bright green.

I liked it plain on my nails, but after three coats plus a coat (or two) of Seche Vite and all the other crap that was piled on... it's not my favourite mani. There's also something about the consistency of Tree Hugger that rubs me the wrong way.

Still... my flakies finally made an appearance so there's something.

I like your green... very classy looking.

Grace said...

I have a bunch of greens in my collection, but I do usually resign them to weekends. Because of St. Patty's though, I felt totally comfortable with my Jade is the New Black mani. I actually put it on last Thursday, figuring I could just say it was for St. Patty's if anybody asked (close enough), although the truth is I just couldn't wait any longer to try it out!

kittytokaren said...

@hausofpolish - woo! sounds like you're sparkly and celebrating! :)

@Skulda - I love that one - I really debated doing JitNB for today too!

@Irides - I think you just described the colour better than I ever could! Thank you! Are you on vacay?

@mKat - Wowza!! I'm trying to imagine the result of that mani and failing - pics!?

@Grace - Yes! Another JitNB-er. I bet it gorgeous on you. I am not typically into green and I had fun wearing that one for my bday :) It is great to have an excuse like St. Pattys!

<3 kittytokaren

mKat said...

@kitty... trying to get some work done/not fall asleep in the process... I'll try to upload some when I'm finished. :)

Claudia said...

It looks so pretty on you!!!
I hope you had a great day!

Papaya Bunny said...

Orly's Enchanted Forest, topped with their prisma gloss in gold.

No one batted an eye of course, as they're used to me wearing whatever color polish I chose on any given day anyways.

kittytokaren said...

@Claudia - Thanks, friend! You too! I"m so sorry ONS didnt work for ya!

@Papaya - That sounds lovely! Also sounds lovely not to be openly judged!!

Arrianne said...

I know, green polish just isn't accepted. Or orange, or yellow, or blue or anything not normal. At least in my experience.

gildedangel said...

That is a gorgeous green!

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