Orly Nite Owl - Polish Post

For my first polish post, I'd really like to give a shout out to Miss Scrangie. I'm not even sure what her "real" name is, but she, over the past five years, has become my serious nail polish inspiration. She has always been there for me when I'm feeling the need to look at nail polish porn, and provides honest, truthful feedback about formulas and finishes. I have honestly immediately gone out and bought a color that I have seen her swatch on her site. Thank heavens and also curses for her gorgeous photos seducing me. So, thank you, Scrangie. 

And now for my content! 

Here I'm showing off the polish I'm currently wearing: ORLY Nite Owl. Nite Owl is a kind of dusty taupe with some very pretty micro shimmer. I chose to wear it right now because my poor nails are little nubbins after a set of acrylic nails I only had on for three weeks. The glue used to fasten the acrylic nails to your natural nails is so damaging. My nails are not as healthy as they were beforehand; they kept chipping and breaking so badly after having the acrylics removed that I filed them down to nothingness. Well, this is nothingness for me. I typically wear them at a medium/long length. They're actually quite cute this short.

I also photographed my left hand because my right hand has a pretty sad nail on my middle finger. The acrylic snapped off at one point because I caught my hand in a cash box at work. Little did I know at the time that it also snapped my nail - right down the middle. I took the best care of it that I could, but finally last night I had to trim off the break, and my nail is NOT pretty. So left hand it is!

What I really love about Nite Owl is that the formula applies very evenly! Two coats and I'm finished, no streaks, no problems at all. It's also a very wonderful neutral color, especially if you're feeling like giving off a feminine, subdued vibe. Nite Owl says to me, "I'm a bit of a girly girl, but not too much." 

This color also has a bit of a light-shifting ability. Certainly, polish looks darker in darker light, but take a look at the above photo. It was taken in natural light, outside, at the dusk hour in February. The below photo is taken in natural light, outside, in the dusk hour of last summer. You can clearly see how winter light is much "cooler" on the polish than the "warm" summer light. How neat is that?

Base Coat: Seche Vite
Polish: ORLY Nite Owl (purchased at Sally Beauty Supply)
Top Coat: Seche Vite