Before I go back to Chanel next week – hip, hip, hooray! – I wanted to pick a totally different (and totally “out there”) polish for this week’s manicure. You can’t get more un-Chanel than Save Me from the Nicki Minaj collection for OPI; it looks like fireworks in a bottle.
Save Me is full of holographic bar glitter interspersed with fine silver micro-glitter, all suspended in a clear base. While it can easily work as a layering polish, it would probably achieve opacity on its own in 3 coats. [In the photos below, I used 2 coats. This is one exception to my no-VNL-ever rule; I kinda like the peek-a-boo effect of this polish on its own.] Application was really easy, and the formula flowed well. It does dry a bit gritty, which is to be expected for such a glitter-packed polish, so top coat is a necessity.
I wanted to up the glitz factor, so I layered two more polishes on top: Pure Ice Oh Baby and CND Sapphire Sparkle.
These polishes are similar; they work best as layering polishes, intended to add a bit of extra shimmer. In both cases, the shimmer is duochrome, flashing aqua, blue and purple. It’s a very pretty effect. I found the Pure Ice to be more subtle, with the shimmer particles in the CND polish being slightly larger and giving a stronger effect. These look particularly lovely over darker colours. Over Save Me, their sparkle was a bit lost – there is a lot of competition there! Still, this was one awesome glitter sandwich!
While, obviously, Save Me sparkles like crazy in sunlight, it also looks pretty (and much softer) in natural light.

The colours of the bar glitter in Save Me reminded me of my striped Gap shirt so, of course, I had to pull it out for the “inspired” outfit. A skinny pink belt adds a bit of contrast.

During the photo shoot, a member of the audience decided he wanted to join in the fun.
Guess we know those “camera ham” genes have been passed on to a new generation.

Happy Friday!

3 Comments on Manicure of the week: Save Me

  1. I always find myself chipping nail polish like crazy! As a result, I either do nothing, wear only a clear coat, or hand out my $ to get a simple set of french tip gels done at the salon (which I hate doing… feels like a waste of $). Any advice for doomed polish-chippers?

    Love the outfit! The pink belt truly adds to the look. Not something I would have thought of. I don’t do belts very often and feel like maybe I need to rectify that now.

    BTW, your little guys is very cute and looks so happy with you 🙂 Have a good weekend!

  2. @ Kathy: I may not be the best person to speak to your chipping problem, because I have gel nails (not the acrylic tip type) so I don’t have issues with that, just tip wear (i.e. where the polish starts rubbing off at the tip of the nail). However, if you have natural nails, I would try using a base coat first, then polish, then add a top coat. According to my polish-loving friends, that usually takes care of chipping for at least 3-4 days, sometimes longer.

    As for belts … I have been preaching the gospel of belts for a long time now, LOL! If you get a chance, check out the Personal Styling section, and you will see what a difference belts can make to an outfit no matter what the body type. I know a lot of people tend to avoid belts, but they’re a great accessory!