I hear much of the country is being socked in by ice and snow right now. We’re supposed to get some combo of rain, snow, sleet and a plague of frozen locusts, for all the drama the forecasters are conveying. I’m glad I’m not traveling anywhere further than the kitchen for more hot cocoa.
It seems like the right time to put up a brief post on a nail polish I’m wearing right now that makes me smile every time I look at it — China Glaze’s Ruby Pumps, which is perfect for the holiday season, and a part of my current obsession with all things red.
Ruby Pumps is no news to anyone into nail polish — I understand it was released previously in a Wizard-of-Oz themed collection and proved so popular they’ve continued to make it.
I didn’t know any of this, so I thought Ruby Pumps was just another sparkle-glitter red. It is not. It is the sparkle-glitter red. It is the ur-red-polish, the mother of all sparkly glitters. The problem is that online photos simply don’t do it justice, as nail polish bloggers lament. It is only when you put it on your nails — where it blings its merry bling that is some sort of miracle combination of micro-red glitter and impossible shimmery depth — that you realize it is every bit as fabulous a color as Dorothy’s slippers were in the movie. It’s ridiculously gorgeous. No wonder everyone loves it. Also, the glitter is really really small — so it’s not that disco-queen effect. In fact there’s something weirdly elegant about it.
I didn’t wear it to the party with my gunmetal ball gown — that seemed a bit much, so I went with a matching gunmetal polish by Nicole. I also feel obliged to point out that there’s a green polish in the set, Emerald Sparkle, that is also quite popular among the polish bloggers. If you want to buy either, you can follow the link and they make recommendations for reputable polish etailers who carry these and other stuff.
Finally — I’d love some red polish recommendations from you all. I have OPI I’m Not Really A Waitress and one of their Russians, but that’s it. I’d love a wonderful red cream with kind of a retro vibe, which doesn’t seem like it should be that difficult, but am having trouble choosing something. Also, like red lips, red nails seem to demand an extra level of precision. It’s not like I’m slopping my other polish on, but messy red nails seem particularly awful to me. Application or cleanup tips?