Slight break in posts here due to just having a busy week! This past Sunday was my birthday (woohoo!) and Monday was my boyfriend’s, so I took a four day weekend (I had forgotten what those feel like!) off of work to celebrate. He managed to get our birthdays off as well, and this was the first birthday in quite a few years we’ve both been able to have the time off and get everyone together! We went to a nearby tiki bar which I loved; I always prefer a big fruity drink with an umbrella over a plain beer. Had some other exciting things go on this weekend that I won’t post about until I know things are set in stone and what I can/can’t post about, but everyone keep your fingers crossed and send your good energy my way!
So back to business here, I broke away from the Kleancolor swatches since I needed some professional nails for a day. Perfect opportunity to try out NCLA Nudes collection “Volume IV” that my neighbor Amber gave me! At $16 a bottle (plus shipping, since I’ve never seen them at any store near me) NCLA isn’t a brand I buy. Since this is just a hobby for me and I’m by no means rich, that’s a bit out of my price range! I considered one of their special seasonal ones this December that looked like crushed peppermints… and then I spent all my money on presents so that was probably better anyway… I only own two bottles of their polish, this one, and a valentine’s day heart glitter called “Heart Attack” which I’ll post about in February… and Amber gave me both of them. Pretty sure she got them in an Ipsy bag too!
Here’s my confession which I know most don’t agree with: I HATE nude nails. They’re just so boring! Why bother painting your nails, taking the effort/time/money when they just blend in even more with the rest of your nails? The longer they are the worse they look to me too, so at least my nails are short right now. They also make me feel like I have the hands of a Barbie doll.
Whatever your view on nude nails are, this is a pretty nice shade. It’s a bit darker than my skin tone, more olive toned as well, but didn’t look awful on me. The nice thing about the NCLA nudes collection is that they have a good range of tones from dark to light; but as I said before since this was a gift it’s just what I’ve got! I’d probably go with Volume I since I’m very used to not being able to find makeup light enough. It is a pretty shiny polish, but I wanted them to be super glossy so I used a gel top coat shown in the photo once the polish was dried. They dried decently quickly which made using a gel top coat not a huge hassle. As usual, I used two coats of the polish, and it was opaque without any more.