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Zero is My Hero

Got one more polish from Nicole by OPI’s Coca-Cola Collection to show you.  After trying the silver DC Lover, I wanted to go back and get the dark polish Zero is My Hero.  Although it turned out to be not what I thought, I still like it!

Under the store’s fluorescent lights, I thought Zero is My Hero was a duochrome that shaded from black to purple and gold.  Boy, was I wrong.  It’s actually a dark cola brown base — which makes more sense with its name that alludes to Coke Zero — with dark red shimmer.

The first coat was streaky but three coats looked good and the polish dried very shiny.  Under indirect outdoor cloudy light and with the flash:

Zero imh

Zero imh flash

This is a color I know I’ll love for fall, and even though I may have a dupe or near-dupe in a Zoya polish or two, it’s good to have a new, fresh bottle.  Zero is My Hero was $5.99 at KMart for 0.5 oz/15 ml.

A new silver from Nicole by OPI

I kept thinking about the new Coca-Cola collaboration that Nicole by OPI just released.  Posted about it the other day.  The silver was calling my name, probably because my name is The Silver Nail.  Ya think?

The local Ulta didn’t have the set and Target didn’t either.  Who had a brand new, full display?  KMart!

I bought DC Lover ($5.99 for a full-sized 0.5 oz/15 ml bottle) and was seriously tempted by the very dark Zero is My Hero, which looks black at one angle and purple-gold at another.  I actually thought all the other polishes were pretty too.  The signature Coke red is very shimmery, not a creme as I first thought.

DC Lover is a clear base with silver shimmer and tiny red glitter particles.  Unfortunately it’s very sheer and needs many coats to build up opacity on its own.  For swatching purposes I used four coats but in the future I’d probably wear it by applying two or so coats over a gray or silver base.  It dries brilliantly shiny and has a verrrry slightly gritty feel but is not a textured polish by any means.  Under indirect sunshine and with the flash:

DC Lover

DC Lover flash

I also wanted to see how it looked with a clear top coat and with a matte one.  The clear top coat made it feel smoother but didn’t change the appearance, and even though I applied two coats of the matte topper, it’s still rather shiny due to the silver and red particles.  I couldn’t get it completely matte.

DC Lover w top coats

I like DC Lover and think it’s different.  Silver with a kick!  Some minor points that I don’t like about Nicole by OPI is that their web site is hopelessly out of date and that their teardrop-shaped botttles, while distinct, are difficult to hold and to store.  But no big deal.

No Text Red

Ugh, sorry I haven’t been posting much!  Don’t mean to leave you all high and dry, but I feel somewhat “in between” spring and summer news and new polishes.

But today I bring you a public service announcement from my fave super-budget brand, Sinful Colors:  Don’t text and drive.  Sinful Colors has a campaign going on called No Text Red.  It’s not new but I saw it for the first time today in a local store.

No text red

Those stats are chilling — thousands of teen deaths and hundreds of thousands of injuries due to something so trivial as texting.  And of course it’s not just teens; adults do it too.

Sinful Colors has a polish called No Text Red, but really, any bright red will do.  Paint your thumbnail bright red as a reminder not to text while driving.  It’s for everybody — girls, guys, teens, adults.  Make a statement and spread the word.

No text red bottle


A pigment of my imagination?

I read a rumor a while back that Nicole by OPI was coming out with a Coca-Cola collection this year, but then I thought, “Nah, can’t be.”  OPI just had one last year.  I never picked up any of the colors, but read about it here.  Plus I couldn’t find any confirmation that this alleged new set was real.

But it’s real.  Once again, Beauty Geeks has the stuff!  She’s, like, magic!  Swoon to her writeup and photos HERE.

I don’t think I need another bright red creme to keep my other fifty bright red cremes company, but The Silver Nail is always up for a new silver.  The polish called DC Lover looks pretty sweet on that swatch plate, and I’d love to slap a shiny or matte top coat on it.  I want to see how close it is to the besteversilver I use for my avatar, the long ago limited edition Designer De-Better from OPI.

Nicole by OPI is a hard brand for me to find.  The local Ulta only has a few bottles left and seems to be closing out the brand, no new stuff.  Of all places, my local KMart is the best place for me to find the brand these days.

What do you think, too much of a “do over” of the Coca-Cola Collection from OPI to Nicole by OPI?

Happy (Kid) President’s Day

Happy Presidents’ Day to all here in the States!  Whether you’re sick of snow and are finding the revolving door of blizzards Grounds for Violence or whether it’s just another day, I hope you all find the time to be awesome and make others feel that way too.

I was reading a survey in our paper this morning with the topic “Who’s your favorite president?”  Mine is Kid President, aka Robby Novak.  Robby is an 11-year-old boy who, in 2012, became a YouTube sensation with the introduction of his Kid President persona.  He’s the star of several inspirational videos that are semi-scripted and which urge us to be good, kind people.  No political agenda, no religious one.  His “A Pep Talk” has one of my favorite lines:  If life is a game, aren’t we all on the same team?

Now, while I love Kid President, I can only listen to him in small doses, which goes for anyone giving pep talks.  And lest you think little Robby is just a spoiled kid with everything going for him and nothing to worry about, consider this.  He has osteogenesis imperfecta, a congenital incurable disease usually called “brittle bone disease” and he’s had over seventy fractures.  Does that keep him from dancing?  No it does not.

He was asked, “Any desire to be president when you grow up?,” and he replied, “I want to play football, soccer, or baseball, or be a Marine.  No, too much paperwork to be president.”

Kid President always wears a suit and a bright orange-red tie in his videos.  Here’s a nail polish called Tamsen from Zoya to celebrate the look.  I don’t wear orange-y shades much but this color is pretty cool, one of those modern-yet-retro ones.   Tamsen was part of the 2011 Summertime Collection.  Under indirect bright outdoor light:


The formula was great — two coats gave excellent coverage and it dries super-glossy.

Now, get out there and follow some KP advice.  Dance.  Be polite and say “thank you” and “please.”  Treat everyone like it’s their birthday.  Don’t be boring.  “You’re gooder than that.”

Diamonds and Rust

Guess what, I was wrong.  Wasn’t the first time and it certainly won’t be the last!

A couple of months ago when Pantone announced the color of the year for 2015, Marsala, I was quite bitchy about it and said how much I disliked it.  I think what I hated the most was that picture which showed the color in a very dull fabric swatch.  It did, as one person commented, look rather like dried blood.

But since then I’ve been schooled a bit and have looked at a lot of Marsala shades and products and finishes, and it’s grown on me.  Now with my cool-toned complexion and salt ‘n’ pepper hair, I know it’ll never look as good on me as it does on, say, a warm-complected person with black or blonde or red hair, but I can try it sparingly.

As you might imagine, some companies were afflicted with severe bandwagonitis and rushed to promote old or new products of theirs as being all Marsala, all the time.  One product that appeared and quickly sold out was an eyeshadow palette from Sephora called the “Sephora + Pantone Universe Facets of Marsala Eye Palette.”  It’s no longer on Sephora’s site but you can read a review of it and see a ton of photos and swatches at Temptalia.

It was a bit pricey but I think I might have bought it had I known about it in time.  As it is, I’m attempting to more or less recreate it with an empty palette and single eye shadow pots from Coastal Scents along with some singles I already own.  It won’t be an exact dupe but I’m having fun with the challenge.

One company that has not been pushing Marsala — but has it anyway — is Nyx Cosmetics.  I picked up one of their Jumbo Eye Pencils in the color Rust, which is a rusty red, kind of maroon.

Rust closed

Rust open

I’ve tried these Jumbo Eye Pencils before and really like how creamy and blendable they are.  SRP is a reasonable $4.50 and they’re often on sale at Ulta.  Target carries Nyx, too.

It swatches out to a pretty shimmer.  Under indirect dull outdoor light and with a flash:

Rust swatch Rust swatch flash

I wouldn’t wear a reddish eye shadow heavily or too close to the white of my eye, for fear of looking tired or as if I had pinkeye.  But it can be a transition shade with more neutral browns for a pop of color.  If you want to dip a toe into Marsala Lake, this eye pencil might be an easy way to try it.

The name of my post refers to the title song from a 1975 album by Joan Baez.  Diamonds and Rust was well-received and included Baez compositions along with great songs such as Stevie Wonder’s I Never Dreamed You’d Leave in Summer and Jackson Browne’s Fountain of Sorrow.  I think I played this album so much in high school I practically wore it out.  Still have it, too.

Diamonds and Rust is about Baez’s relationship with Bob Dylan and I always took the meaning of the title to be that time does odd things.  It can create something wonderful and valuable (diamonds) or it can tear down and ruin (rust).  Memories — old loves, past homes, departed friends — can be diamonds or rust.

You can easily listen to the song online.  And, yeah, I’d go with the original Baez version, not the Judas Priest cover.

Perfect for Valentine’s Day

The big V is coming up, Valentine’s Day.  It used to be a big deal with me and Mr. Silver Nail, but now after 30+ years, we’re more, “Hey, I got you a card.”  “I got you a card too.”  “Cute, thanks!”  “Wanna go out to dinner?”  “Doesn’t matter to me; we could stay home and have spaghetti and wine just as well.”  “OK.”  Quelle passion!

But a good red or pink nail polish is always good to have, Valentine’s Day or not.  What if you can’t really decide between the two colors?

Here’s an older polish from Zoya that I recently picked up in their New Year’s promo.  It’s called Ariel and is from the Summer 2007 Smitten Collection.


Wow, gorgeous, if you love both pink and red.  It appears red in the bottle but the base is a sheer magenta pink and there’s dark pink shimmer in it.

It’s not very opaque, however, and I used three coats — might’ve even needed a fourth, although you could put down an opaque creme in a close shade and then use Ariel as a top coat.  Under indirect outdoor light and with the fill flash:


Ariel flash

Against my other red polishes it looks pink, and against my other pinks it looks red!

Ariel should not be confused with the way-too-similarly named Arielle from Zoya, which is a dusty orchid pink, nor with Aria which is no longer available.


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