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A sleek deal from Sleek Nail

Disclosure:  These polishes were supplied by Sleek Nail for review.

We all need a good e-tailer (online retailer) or two to have in our repertoire of places to shop.  Face it, even if you’re lucky enough to have good local stores to browse, they can’t carry everything.  And good sale prices are not too shabby either.

One of my fave e-tailers has been Beyond Polish and that store no longer exists, but don’t worry since Beyond Polish is now Sleek Nail.  Sleek Nail carries great brands such as China Glaze, OPI, Essie, CND Vinylux, Jessica, and Color Club, plus the store also has both regular nail polish and gel polish.  They are now carrying some makeup and spa items as well.  (I love the Nyx brand of makeup.)

To celebrate the changeover from Beyond Polish to Sleek Nail, the store graciously sent me several polishes for review.  Let’s jump right into a couple of great holiday looks.

China Glaze’s 12-polish holiday set is called Twinkle, and it’s a sparkly wonderland of mostly glitters and shimmers — reds, silver/white, blues, and more.

China Glaze Twinkle holiday set

I’ll channel the model in this picture, since I received the same shade she’s wearing, called Define Good.  Actually it’s “Define Good…” but I’ll leave off the dot-dot-dot.  Define Good is a deep cranberry shimmer.  The first coat was slightly streaky but a second coat gave very good coverage.  Visible brush strokes were not a problem.  With no top coat, under indirect dull outdoor light and then with the flash:

Define Good

Define Good flash

It’s gorgeous on its own, but I could hardly wait to dress it up with another polish, the gold glitter topper from Essie’s Luxeffects line called Summit of Style.  Summit of Style has both gold hex glitter and gold microglitter in a clear base.  It’d be great over almost any color.  I only needed one coat of it over the red, and the glitter was thick enough that I didn’t have to fish for it, but not so thick that it was clumpy.  Same two lighting conditions:

Define Good with Summit of Style

Define Good with Summit of Style flash

Sleek Nail has Define Good for the super price of $4.00 and Summit of Style is also $4.00.  Honestly, I almost never see Essie polishes at such low prices; it’s a brand that’s rarely on sale.

But wait, there’s more!  Sleek Nail has a deal especially for readers of The Silver Nail.  Use code SILVERNAIL10 to get 10% off your first order when you create an account.  Sleek Nail is currently having a pre-Christmas sale of 12% off, though, when you use the code 12DAYXMAS from December 13-24.  So you could save slightly more with the latter code, but if you want to wait or have to wait until after Christmas to buy more polish, then the special SILVERNAIL10 code is there for you.  Codes aren’t stackable.

Tomorrow I’ll have one more polish from Sleek Nail to show you.  It’s out of this world!

Disclosure:  These polishes were supplied by Sleek Nail for review.

Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year – Marsala

As I’ve already lamented on Facebook, Pantone has come out with their Color of the Year for 2015 and it’s a reddish-brown or brown-mauve called Marsala.

Marsala is a town in Italy and the term is more famous as the region’s eponymous red wine.  It’s also the name of the evil guy in Ben-Hur.  No, wait, that was Messala.  At any rate:


I don’t generally care for this color but hey, it’s no big deal and will not keep me from having a Merry Christmas or whatever.  In fact, until just a few years ago, I was blissfully unaware that there even was a Color of the Year (CotY).  And as I said in the post about 2014’s CotY, Radiant Orchid, who picks these things?  A committee?  A Magic 8 Ball?  Is it random?

Some colors will flatter some of us and not others.  This Marsala is OK for me in small doses or on an occasional product, such as the Revlon lipstick Toast of New York, which I do love, but only in the fall and only for a short time.  This color in clothing or nail polish makes me look sallow.  As an example, here’s Pepper from Zoya.


In general the color of the fabric swatch shown above makes me think “grandma color” and late 1970s or early 1980s.  Don’t mind me — I’m just being grumpy today.  It’s one of those days when nothing’s gone right.

Now, you may have a warm complexion that will rock Marsala.  Go for it!

OPI Trend On Ten mini set

We’re starting to get bombarded by holiday ads, Black Friday ads, and Cyber Monday ads.  That’s OK, because I feel like you can ignore them if you’re not interested but if you are shopping for gifts, then it’s good to know what’s out there.  I’m a planner and a compulsive list-creator, so Christmas shopping really pushes me to make a list and check it twice.  Or ten times.

And speaking of ten, OPI has released its annual holiday mini set of ten polishes.  The 2012 set was called The Top Ten, 2013 had Take Ten, and this year’s is Trend On Ten.


The colors are:

  • Haven’t the Foggiest
  • Alpine Snow
  • Bubble Bath
  • Tickle My France-y
  • Princesses Rule!
  • Toucan Do It If You Try
  • Cajun Shrimp
  • Big Apple Red
  • Malaga Wine
  • Lincoln Park After Dark

The photo above is a CG one and if you look at a real photo, you can see that Haven’t the Foggiest is much more glittery and some of the shades look a bit different.  Ulta has the set for $27.50 but I’ve read that Costco has it for $19.99.


The set comes boxed in two groups of five polishes each, so if you wanted them for gift-giving, you could give all ten, two sets of five, or individual ones as stocking stuffers.

As far as I know, none of the colors are new and most of them are well-established, so finding swatches of each color online should be easy.


Dancing Nails

Today when I was at Walgreens buying mini sizes of Kleenex, Tylenol, and Tums to keep my travel bag stocked — BOR-ing!! — I decided to get myself one little bottle of polish.  Wags had quite a few from various brands at great clearance prices and there are lots of holiday items and sets out, but I reached into the basic Sinful Colors display.

Bought Dancing Nails, or should I say, re-bought it.  This is an older shade that I had, gave away, then wanted again because I never swatched it for the blog.  The regular SRP of Sinful Colors is $1.99 for a full-sized 0.5 oz/15 ml bottle, and while I usually wait ’til they’re on a half-price sale, what the heck.  $1.99 is still good.

Dancing Nails is a light red with silver shimmer.  I have plenty of bright reds and dark reds, but few light reds.  It seems to be a hard color to make without venturing into the Land of Pink.

Here are two coats, no top coat, under indirect bright outdoor light and then with the flash:

Dancing Nails

Dancing Nails flash

Brushstrokes are slightly visible but not bad.  Would make a great, budget-friendly color for the holidays.

Fifty, I mean Five, Shades of Grey from OPI

As mentioned the other day in my OPI Spring 2015 Hawaii Collection news post, OPI is also coming out with a tie-in collection to the Fifty Shades of Grey movie, which was based on the ultra-popular books about, well, you know.  Hint: not grey hair.

With a tentative release of January 1, 2015, the Fifty Shades of Grey set appears to have five shades of grey and a red.  Because fifty shades of grey polish would be overwhelming.


OPI fifty-shades2

Names are:

  • My Silk Tie – This silky, gleaming silver has got me all tied up
  • Shine for Me – This shimmering silver with subtle blue sparkle really turns me on!
  • Cement the Deal – I’d sign anything to get my hands on this stony, cool gray
  • Romantically Involved – I’m in a deep relationship with this luscious crème red
  • Dark Side of the Mood – This brooding, stormy charcoal is dangerously gorgeous
  • Embrace the Gray – Let this chic, moody gray crème become one with you

If you love grey/gray for winter polishes, have fun with these.  There will even be a complete set in the mini size.


Red for remembrance

After the silliness that was yesterday’s post, I’d like to do a 180 and be serious today.  It’s Veterans’ Day in the United States, a day to remember all armed services veterans, and in the UK it’s Remembrance Day, to honor the armed services members who lost their lives in the line of duty.  Being American and Canadian, I observe both.

Remembrance Day was started by King George V in 1919, and it’s observed on November 11th because the armistice of The Great War, later called World War I, formally ended its fighting “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.”  The war officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919.

Red poppies became the symbol of Remembrance Day because of the poem In Flanders Fields by Canadian physician Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, who himself died in The Great War.

In Flanders fields the poppies grow,
      Between the crosses, row on row,
   That mark our place; and in the sky
   The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
   Loved and were loved, and now we lie
         In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
   The torch; be yours to hold it high.
   If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
         In Flanders fields.

I never learned much about WWI in school.  When we studied American or world history, by the time we got to the 20th century in the history books, the school year was over or almost so, and the last few chapters were rushed.  WWII got much more class time than its predecessor, perhaps because it was so fresh in the minds of our teachers and parents.

Similarly, there are many more movies about WWII than WWI.  All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) is a classic and is worth watching for the excellent acting, horrors of war, and its anti-war sentiment.  Paths of Glory (1957) is another one, not so well-known despite its star, Kirk Douglas, and its director, Stanley Kubrick.

But my favorite movie about WWI is the multi-Genie-award-winning Passchendaele (2008).  This film, which culminates in the bloody battle of Passchendaele (pronounce it “passion-dale”), was written by, directed by, and stars Paul Gross, and I’d be lying if I said he wasn’t the biggest reason I’m nuts about this film.  It’s one you hate or love, I think, and despite instances of corniness and jarringly modern dialogue, I’m in the “love” camp.  I think it was too romantic for a lot of guys.  Oh well, can’t please ‘em all.  It’s rated R for language, numerous scenes of graphic war violence, and some scenes of sexuality.

If you watch a trailer for it, careful you don’t stumble across one that gives away major plot points.  Here’s a safe one:

Or direct link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6WYHagWdeE

Finally, here’s a red polish for the day, Carmen by Zoya.  It’s an older one from their Classics and is a good true red creme, nothing fancy.  I needed three coats for good coverage but it’s quite glossy even without a top coat.



Remembering my first cousin, Pte. Joseph Gerard Stanley Beardmore, served in the Royal Canadian Regiment, died 11 October 1951, age 24.  Buried in the United Nations Cemetery, Busan, South Korea.

Bling on the Holidays with Pure Ice

Haven’t mentioned Pure Ice polishes in ages.  But how about some new holiday glitters from the WalMart-exclusive company?

Pure Ice doesn’t appear to have an actual web site, but they do have a Facebook page and just changed their main photo to…

PI Hol14 banner

Note that not all the polishes shown in that picture are new, but there are five new glitters.  Behold.

Pure Ice Holiday2014 set

Pure Ice retails for a budget-friendly $1.97 each, and while there’s nothing earth-shatteringly original in these five, they’re sparkly and have a pretty mostly-monochromatic look, good for top coats.  Would be great stocking stuffers (a phrase I’m probably going to waaaaay overuse in the next six weeks).

Santa Merry Me

PI Hol14 Santa Merry Me

Winter Blues

PI Hol14 Winter Blues

Gold Peppermints

PI Hol14 Gold Peppermints

Pure Icicles

PI Hol14 Pure Icicles

And the title shade, Bling on the Holidays

PI Hol14 Bling on the Holidays



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