Manicure Monday: Reminiscing with the NYC Ballet

April 30, 2012

Let's get personal. Ballet, or even dance in general has a very special place in my heart. My mother enrolled me in my first ballet class at the young age of 3, and through the ups and downs, I stuck with dance and grew to love it more and more until I was just about 19 years old. Throughout the years, I was enrolled in various classes - ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop - man, I even taught hip hop for a while! But, above all, I enjoyed ballet the most. The form and grace of ballerinas was inspiring, and stepping into my first pair of pointe shoes was probably the highlight of my dance life.


My very first and very last pair of ballet shoes

I do miss ballet from time to time, which is why I was so excited when I first heard that OPI was coming out with a collection featuring the New York City Ballet. And of course, I had to pick up every colour available in the collection!


The NYC ballet collection is the soft shades range for this year, and while I have many similar shades, I had to have them all. Soft shades are appropriate for all occasions, whether it be in the workplace, or special events. I don't think you can ever own too many!


The first shade I chose to wear was You Callin' Me a Lyre? What's interesting about this particular collection is that they are all jelly polishes! So pretty.


You Callin' Me a Lyre is a peachy pink shade, and due to the formula and nature of the shade it doesn't go fully opaque. I had a little bit of an issue with streakiness during application, but a total of three coats was necessary to smooth everything out.


The formula was very nice to work with, and as stated before, it levelled itself out and became a nice uniform polish on my nails. The colour wore very well for about 4 days before signs of chipping appeared.


With the 5 soft shades this year comes a glitter topcoat called Pirouette My Whistle. The polish is full of fine silver glitter, and speckled with silver hexagonal glitter pieces.


The polish is relatively dense, so one coat is definitely enough for layering. It flows well onto the nail, and dries quite smoothly for being a glitter. Here I've worn Pirouette My Whistle over top of You Callin' Me a Lyre?


One of my favourite nail polish tricks is to wear a glitter coat over top of another polish. Glitter is notoriously difficult to remove, and because of that property, it makes your manicures last a lot longer. During the times when I have exams or just don't have time to change my polish regularly, I make sure to seal my manicure in with a glitter coat, so I don't have to worry about chips after at least 6 days.


So there you have it: the beginning of the OPI NYC Ballet collection. More to come next week!

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24 comments

  1. Hi Andrea! Wow, never knew you were a dancer! Impressive! I'm so happy you're blogging overseas. I'm in love with this shade and the glitter. Also, I always have the round nails not like the ones you have, maybe I should try that some day.:) Hope you're having lots of fun!

    xo Jo

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    1. Thankyou, Jo! I like keeping my tips square cause it looks more polished to me that way. Rounded nails give off a younger feel to me.

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  2. I love the look of Pirouette My Whistle! and paired with the sheer pink jelly, it looks so refined! beautiful.

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  3. Such pretty polishes! It's always a bit sad to reminisce about the past - but it sounds like you have some lovely memories and experiences to look back on :)

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  4. Love the color especially with the glitter on top!

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  5. awww! I didn't know you did ballet dance :) you should definitely pick it up again when you have time. The OPI collection looks so lovely too. Love the glitters! <3

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    1. I definitely will if I have the chance! :)

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  6. These are so delicate and pretty!

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  7. WOW, you did ballet before? I've always find ballet sooo inspiring and beautiful. How come you decided to stop though? I like how you put your first and last ballet shoes together, the mini ones are soooo cute!!!!

    The OPI New York City Ballet collections are really nice as well. I really like the glittery one with the small and big glitter sparks.I try to wear nude colors every now and then because i love to wear bright colors too much!!! lol

    Cinz
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    1. I had to stop dancing due to my school schedule. Going into university, I had so many commitments on my plate and needed the extra time to study for school! Definitely want to get back into it if I get the chance!

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  8. So awesome! I know why i love your blog <3

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  9. I always adore ballet dancers. Think their posture is so classic and elegant, even when they are not dancing. I only went for ballet lesson for a few classes. My mom said I refused to go after one summer. Love the new OPI collection. A gal can never have enough pink nail polish in her collection.

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    1. I totally had that reluctance for a while when I was taking classes.. but my mom made me stick with it and I love her for it!

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  10. love this nailpolish!Would you like to follow each other?
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  11. wow the colours are so pretty!

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  12. love the touch of sparkle, it's magical!
    xx
    ola
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  13. love this collection! especially the one with the glitter
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  14. awww lovely lovely!
    love the silver glitters. so princess like. ;)

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  15. love the nail polish and the photos! I am your new follower, follow back if you like xoxo ES
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  16. Those shades are really lovely! I can´t wait for next week´s post to come :)
    xx
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  17. lovely pastels..... have a nice weekend

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  18. Really nice!!! i love this post. thanks for sharing it with us. keep it up....

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