Been eyeing L’oréal Color Riche Le Vernis for a while but held off from purchasing because I already have so many bottles of nail polish which I hardly ever use for I’d much rather get my nails done at the salon. However, I finally succumbed this week and bought two, this one, #107 Beige Boheme, and #401 Rouge Pin Up. Beige Boheme, as you can see is a pinky-brown, while the latter is an orange-red.

I must confess that I didn’t even bother to read the marketing spiel – it was the bottle’s shape and size that most appealed. I do like the longish square bottle, and 5ml is just enough for those of us who are fickle and want to try lots of colours but don’t necessarily want to be wearing them for years. I guess I would describe 5ml as a more ‘seasonal’ size, and really, that’s all a girl needs sometimes.

The manicurist was a little surprised when I pulled out the bottle from my bag, but she didn’t object. I could’ve quite easily done the paint job myself but my cuticles were in desperate need of tidying and although I could’ve sorted my left hand well enough, the right would still have looked like King Kong’s fist.

I would’ve quizzed her on the lacquer and the brush but she was a surly thing and seemed to scowl at me from behind the mask she wore over her nose and mouth. Then she and her colleagues got into a spirited discussion about the iPad – one insisted it was called the “iPad 4”, while the other said “No, it’s the iPad Mini!” and the word “Wi-fi” seemed to pop up rather a great deal, too. I was trying not to listen because I don’t speak Vietnamese and most of it didn’t make sense but I guess ‘iPad’ is now one of those words like ‘Google’ that doesn’t need translation and it integrates pretty well into any language and is easily recognisable to a random listener/eavesdropper, regardless of the tone, inflection or linguistic interference belonging to the speaker.

…Oh, where was I? That’s right. This polish seemed to apply extremely smoothly and dry equally well. The brush, I had noticed, was shaped just-so. I must say that L’oréal does do an excellent brush, but I believe this one has had noteworthy enhancements to its design and technology (if one can use the word when one is referring to nail polish!). As for the stuff itself, L’oréal calls it ‘Liquigel’, meaning it’s a lacquer with a gel base because these days everyone is using gel it seems, except that some of us don’t want to have it baked on, so this is the next best thing.

All in all, I’m pretty pleased with the resulting rich colour and shine, and #401 Rouge Pin Up looks pretty good on my toes, too.


This is Old Faithful, also known as O.P.I.’s Privacy Please. I’ve been using this for over a decade and I always go back to it. (I’ve tried a variety of similar shades over the years, including these recently.)

Privacy Please has the amazing ability to make one’s nails look dressed, and yet not overly so. Clean. A healthy ‘just so’ pink.

Obviously, the manicurist does it better (thicker!) than my left hand does my right – even after all these years, left still hasn’t quite mastered the technique, but no matter…

And I always think the name of my favourite polish seems to match me rather perfectly.


With the photo, two stories…

The first and frivolous one is: the colour is Dragon (Shade 475) by Chanel. Both the manicurist and I agreed that the colour is classic and probably one of the best reds in the history of nail shades, but the brush is diabolique. If Chanel could fix, nay, make their brush more like O.P.I.’s brush, I/she/we would probably wear Chanel on our nails more regularly. The brush is too long and too stiff. It sucks, it’s the devil. Hello, Chanel, are you listening?

The second and serious story is: I haven’t got the eye for detail or concentration at the moment. I made a serious enough error at work on Monday, which really, I could’ve done without. I had to recall an email to 250 (+/-) recipients, and we all know that the so-called recall function should in fact be be renamed “Let’s All Highlight Your Monumental Fuck-Up, Shall We?” My doctor has told me to take fish oil to help my brain, and I am trying to work on sleeping better so that I don’t wake up feeling like death warmed up and doing stupid things in my waking hours. (Besides a whole raft of Other Things.) In the meantime, it takes me twice as long to read anything, and as for sending emails, I’m re-re-re-reading them before I click ‘Send’. It’s irritating, to say the least. But not as irritating as the A4 sheet of ‘Sleep Better’ instructions I have received. Some of them are, hmm, going to be tough. For instance, I’m not supposed to eat after 7pm, or read in bed. REALLY? I don’t know anyone who has a real job who eats before 7pm regularly or easily. I’m not supposed to exercise after 6.30pm either. Again, REALLY??! I’m not even going to nudge ‘No reading in bed’ with the proverbial six-foot barge pole.

Needless to say, I was so glad to see the arrival of Friday that the first thing I did this morning was get myself the paint-job. Amen.


I did say that I was in the USA recently for work, didn’t I? Because it was a work trip, I didn’t do anything remotely interesting like sightseeing, but I did manage to fit in a few visits to Walgreens in San Francisco and Duane Reade in New York.

Big deal, I hear you say, but my drugstore experience was exactly what was needed on the Essie front. This nail polish range is AUD 18.95 in Australia whereas Stateside, it is merely USD 8.00! And although I didn’t need more classic, natural pale pinks in my collection, for less than $10 each, why not?

If you ask me, I reckon I was relatively restrained – I only grabbed two plus a bottle of Feed Me Intense Hydration Treatment. I couldn’t go past Ballet Slippers and Mademoiselle, the latter being the shade that seems to swipe a swag of beauty awards each year. To be honest, I prefer Ballet Slippers because Mam’zelle is a bit too opaque-white on me (if that makes any sense), but I have found that a coat of that worn with the ‘Slippers on top seems to work well.

Post-script: I totally forgot I also bought a red in the form of A-List! I don’t know how I could possibly have forgotten! (Perhaps I should’ve waited for the second coffee to kick in this morning before I clicked ‘Publish’.) So, I’ve updated the photo as well.

Left to right: Feed Me, A-List, Ballet Slippers, Mademoiselle