A Day At The Office With a Mermaid

Whilst nail polish blogging is fun, it quickly turns into an addiction.  Or, maybe it’s an obsession.  Workout DVDs have been my addiction for almost 8 years.  Even though I started using them back in the ’80’s, I leaped off with it in full bravado exactly one day after getting married.  And I have/had a lot of fun jumping on various fitness band wagons.

As I had blogged here, American Apparel is all new to me.  But not anymore!  They sell 1 bottle for $6, 3 bottles for $15.  Yes, you are right; it made better sense to get the 3/$15!!  Surprise.

Nope. I could NOT leave well-enough alone.  First of all, I used American Apparel’s ‘Office.’  Not sure why they chose ‘Office’ as the name.  Looks more like kitchenware from 1950’s era.  It’s a creme polish that doesn’t have a lot of shine on its own.  It’s sort of turquoise, sort of blue-ish green.  I know I don’t have anything like this in my stock, though.  It is much greener than China Glaze’s ‘For Audrey.’  I just got that one and will soon swatch it.  But even with the two next to each other, there is no duplicate.

Then I started to play with this mani.  I tried out my China Glaze Matte.  Now it looks like some vinyl covering on a bar stool from my hometown drug store!  I wanted to jazz it up so I whipped out the ‘makes every polish better’ Sally Hansen’s ‘Hidden Treasure.’  Ah, that put some piss in the pizazz!

Hidden Treasure with Office (just for kicks, a Hidden Treasure in my Office would be finding that the stapler works on the first try) reminds me of a mermaid.

Gosh, I’ve trimmed my nails since I did this manicure.  I miss them too.  Stupid broken nail!!!  I sure wish my fingernails could be has hard as my biceps. 😉

Got some polish that you have to pizazz?  Do you agree that Hidden Treasure makes a lot of so-so colors better, and good colors great!?

Pink as Cotton Candy from Coney Island

Before I started nail blogging, I never knew about a lot of the different brands out there.  My scope was very narrow; just those at drugstores and Sally’s and the OPI polishes I saw at the nail salon.

With immersing myself into nail blogging world, it opened up a completely new dimension for me.  One of my first outings into ‘new to me’ polish was American Apparel.  After reading a few reviews and swatches of this brand, I quickly Googled to see if there was an American Apparel store in my city.  Woot!  There was!  Woot!  They were at an outlet mall!  Triple Woot!  It was a mall I had clients in!!!  Since I make my own work schedule, you bet I changed it to go to the outlet mall that following week.

Here’s what I ended up with…

Here is ‘Coney Island.’  It does look like pink cotton candy!!  Please, please forgive the skill of my manicures.  I am practicing and want to get better at it.  I have lots of blogs I follow who inspire me to step up.

Coney Island is a semi-matte lacquer.  I’m surprised that the brush isn’t of better quality.  But since I have usually purchased polishes that have this skinny brush, I’m rather used to it.  The quality of the polish, however, was a WOW to me.  It went on very creamy.  It became opaque with just one coat.  It dried fairly quick too.

Here’s the sunny window shot.  I used one coat of base, 2 coats of color, 2 coats of Seche Clear and then a final coat of Seche Vite.  It’s that Seche Vite that put the shine into it.

With the sunny outdoors shot, I see my terrible attempt at the cuticle space.  In my defense, this was one of my early attempts of a manicure for my blog.  Someday I hope to look back at these early blog postings and say ‘Wow, that’s terrible. I’m sooooo glad I do better now!’  But for now I’ll just say ‘Wow, that’s terrible.’  In an attempt to divert your attention, the color in the photo represents the color in real life, if not just a tad darker.

American Apparel has their polishes at $6 or, 3 for $15.  They don’t have a TON of different colors.  However, my first attempt in purchasing some left me with leaving without a purchase.  I was overwhelmed by which three I would get.  Since then I have purchased 7 different colors.  And here’s pink because, well, pink IS appropriate here, don’t you think?

The Outlet Mall Blues

American Apparel is not a store I frequent.  However, when I found out they carried some very nice nail polishes, it was worth looking into.  

Living in Orlando, FL, there is not only a lot of retail commerce, but also a lot of outlet malls.  The tourists love ’em.  Googling for a local location of American Apparel informed me that there was one at one of the malls I do work at.  Great!  I’ll visit next time I go there, I thought.

Very quickly and I’ll get on with the swatching…Outlet malls used to mean that the products were older and cheaper (sometimes even seconds) than what are found at the regular stores.  Not so at the outlet malls around here.  Blog postings were stating that the polish at American Apparel was $6.  It was the same at the store I visited.  However, they were selling 3 for $15.

Not one to miss a good deal, I picked three colors.  But only on my second visit.  I left the first time in agony from trying to decide which ones I wanted.  It reminded me of the first time I went to buy a cell phone; too many to choose from!  I couldn’t decide!

On the second visit, I quickly snatched three up and fled.  Well, I did pay first. This was the only American Apparel in the city and I didn’t want to get banned from there.  I’d be coming back for more polish!


This is Mount Royal.  It is a blurple.  It’s a blurple creme.  It’s gorgeous.

Shows a bit truer to its color out in the sunlight.  Look at the shine!

Mount Royal went on like butter, for lack of anything clever to compare.  But it’s true.  This formula is heaven.  And I’m only using 2 coats here without even considering a third.  No brush stroke marks, no cuticle puddling, just perfection.

Even though it appears to be tip wear on my thumb’s edge, that’s actually a reflection shine.  I do have the one BC, 2 Seche Clear, 2 coats color, 1 Seche Clear and finally 1 Seche Vite. regime I follow.  Yet, after 1-1/2 days of wear, I did chip off a noticeable chunk on my middle finger.

At $5 a bottle, not a regret.  I will get more.  And I’ll be swatching the other two in the future. Just be warned: Just because it calls itself an outlet mall doesn’t mean the items will be cheaper than what’s found at a regular mall.

Do you like American Apparel polish?  Or, do you have it on your lemming list?  Do you like to shop at outlet malls?