By now, it should come as no surprise that the Achilles heel of my promise to stay faithful to Chanel nail polishes is Dior. [Well, one of them anyway. Apparently, I am a human centipede.] I can’t resist – from time to time, Dior will put out a colour I badly want, and for which there is no Chanel “dupe”. Other times, and this is one of them, the Dior colour will have just a leeeettle bit more of the ooomph I’m looking for than Chanel. I’ve looked at Chanel’s Blue Satin – a dark, midnight blue with a subtle shimmer – for months, going back and forth on whether to buy it. In the bottle, it looked beautiful, but when I tried it, it looked altogether too black. I wanted more of the blue shimmer to show through … enter Dior’s Tuxedo. I was very fortunate to score a tester bottle a while back, when it was all sold out. Since I didn’t start with a full bottle, I use it fairly sparingly (luckily, one coat is usually enough), but I love to rock it on short nails.
For New Year’s Eve, I decided to kick it up a notch and make things more festive by adding a coat of China Glaze’s Skyscraper – a blue based polish with silver glitter. I love the result!!
This is a darker version of one of my all-time favourite nail polishes, Essie’s Starry Starry Nights. As the name suggests, the polish resembles a night sky in all its star-spangled glory. Sadly, the formula is a jelly, which requires a good three coats to achieve the best results, and the chemical smell (I’m not sure if this older Essie polish is 3-free like the current collection) is a big detractor for frequent use. As a result, I rarely wear SSN – though, when I do, it’s a beauty. Here’s a pic (accessorized with my “midnight sky” glass ring):
Back to my Tuxedo manicure; for my “inspired by” outfit, I wanted a total colour contrast, and a bit of a party dress to boot. I went with one of my “maternity” outfits, which I adored wearing when pregnant. To be honest, I think it was more flattering then; it’s very body-con, and I’ve got a bit more to be conscious of now, post-baby. Oh well! That’s what New Year resolutions are for, right? Bwahaha!!
Happy 2012 everyone!!