There are eight polishes in the collection, and I'm sharing two more of them today. If you missed part one, click here! I chose the peachy coral and velvety red for today's post, both are beautiful!
These polishes have some really great inspirations so I've included those along with Amy's comments in the quote blocks, my comments are outside those blocks.
Original Virtue, inspired by Oscar Wilde, a warm pinky-peach glass fleck shimmer
“Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man's original virtue. It is through disobedience and rebellion that progress has been made.”
Oscar Wilde is one of the original celebrity literary outlaws. Accused as a homosexual (which he most certainly was) by the father of his lover, Lord Alfred 'Bosie' Douglas, he sued for libel, but was clearly the one on trial himself. Wilde withdrew his case but was ultimately arrested and convicted of gross indecency with other men and sentenced to two years hard labor. After his release, he left for France and never returned to Britain or Ireland.
Original Virtue is the perfect bright summer coral color with gold flakes that glisten in the sunlight. I enjoyed wearing this one and even got a few compliments on it! I tried this in three coats on its own first but there was still VNL so I layered two coats over Color Club's East Austin, the perfect undie for it!
I just got some new chevron nail stickers from a recent ebay order so I thought I'd try them out with I'm Drinking Stars, a sheer nude holo also from LL. What do you think?
And So I Step Up, inspired by The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, a merlot glass fleck shimmer.
“And so I step up, into the darkness within; or else the light.” Offred, the protagonist of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale is a reluctant rebel. Over the course of the book, she thinks about rebellion often but is too afraid of pain to act directly. Offred is a handmaid, a fertile woman assigned to a Commander of the dystopian Gilead regime to bear a child for the Commander and his wife. In this version of the future set in barely recognizable Boston, women are property, not even allowed to read. Offred’s rebellions are small at first, stealing butter to moisturize her skin and taking a dried out flower from an arrangement, but she eventually begins an affair with the chauffeur, Nick. As the novel ends, the secret police are coming to take her away, but she’s told by Nick that it’s the rebellion coming to help her escape. We do not know if Offred is rescued or sent to her death, but as she steps up into the van and her own uncertain future we can only hope for her safety.
I'm not an avid book reader, but from the excerpt above it sounds like a great book! I can relate to being faced with challenges, risks, being cautious, and being deceived. And So I Step Up looks almost like velvet on the nail. It has depth and is a beautiful, almost smokey looking shade of red. I wore two coats with topcoat, the formula was smooth and easy to apply.
I have had NYX Girls Gilded for a very very long time and I figured it was high time I tried it out! I noticed that it darkened And So I Step Up just a little bit, but I think its pretty that way too. I've always thought that red and gold were a near perfect pairing on nails, and this didn't disappoint!
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