Post-Birthday Post: OPI Birthday Babe

Thanks to everyone for the kind birthday wishes.

I, of course, wore OPI Birthday Babe for the big day – rather the really uneventful day. The boyfriend and I had tickets to the worst production of Hamlet ever. This Hamlet was even more emo than Shakespeare intended the character to be. The actor wore his hair in the quintessential emo style (parted, slightly over the eyes) and skinny pants. His rendering of Hamlet involved a lot of screaming.  It was basically a lame attempted Baz Luhrmann rip-off. We had to leave at the intermission. There definitely was something rotten in the State of Denmark.

Enough about me, let me tell you about the polish. OPI Birthday Babe, a light silver with a frosty finish from the 25th Happy Anniversary Collection, was sadly disappointing. It’s not sheer but it’s pretty thin so I needed 3 thick-ish coats to get rid of VPL. No doubt, it’s a gorgeous color but it was fairly hard to apply. As expected of a frosty finish, the brush strokes were abundant. Even worse, it showed all the imperfections on my nail bed. Next year, I’ll probably have to wear it over Barielle Nail Camouflage to resolve the imperfect magnification issue. Yes, despite the fact that it didn’t ‘wow’ me, I’m going to continue wearing it on my birthday every year until my bottle runs dry. I’m stubborn about my polish names, can you tell?

I only wore this color for 2 or so days. The day after my birthday, I had an extremely important job interview. Consequently, I trimmed my nails to the nubs, removed the flashy color, and dawned the ultra chic professional OPI Tickle My France-y. Little did I know, my interviewers had a fine appreciation for cool nail polish and long nails. The ultra conservativeness was completely unnecessary. I was under the impression that half my collection would be on the bench next year after I start my legal career, so it makes me absolutely ecstatic to know that successful female prosecutors can have fabulous nails if they so desire.

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12 Responses to “Post-Birthday Post: OPI Birthday Babe”

  1. Jessica Says:

    I can see why you’re disappointed with Birthday Babe, and I’m not big on frost, but the color is so gorgeous that it totally distracts from any imperfections.

  2. Michelle Says:

    Before i read your comments, i was thinking on how your application was almost impeccable for a frosty almost metallic polish! I really like it on you, and yay for great nails :D

  3. Andie Says:

    That’s so sweet that you can have long nails and wear awesome polish to work. I knew i should have gone to law school! I guess corporate compliance hasn’t taken the plunge yet…especially with Wall street slowly disappearing, it will be more conservative than ever.
    Birthday Babe looks amazing on you… as always! (=

  4. vampyvarnish Says:

    Thank god we live in a time where it’s finally ok for women to wear nail polish that isn’t necessarily “natural” looking to work. I am very thankful to work for a very liberal company where we can wear shorts, running shoes, multi-colored hair, piercings, tattoos and black nail polish and still be thought of as smart people and great employees. And this is a large top 100 Fortune Magazine best company to work for! Yahoo!

  5. melli Says:

    The polish looks stunning on you! I wish I could wear silvery colours like this, but it does nothing for my skin tone.

    I am a professor and thankfully my colleagues think my polish obsession is cute! My students all love my ever changing nails and when I say I should probably become more conservative as I get older (I am turning 40 this year), they all tell me to never change! I enjoy all the like-minded people on the polish boards!

  6. Jason Says:

    Pretear, your nails look absolutely stunning. I had to do a double when you mentioned the ‘imperfections’ – what imperfections?! :)

    Congrats on the new job (or is this pre-mature positive thinking on my part…?). And yay on the nails being accepted too! That would be torture not to be able to wear them as you like.

    I’ll echo what Vampyvarnish says about ‘alternative styles’, especially since men have just begun to enter into this area. Yay for diversity!!

  7. Zorba Says:

    I got your website from “The Nailphile” Website. Yours is as good as hers! Great colors, great photography and a lot of imagination. The longer your nails get, the better the presentation of all of the great colors you have shown. The “Birthday Babe” is a terrific color for you. I can’t wait until your next post!

  8. Stef Says:

    I love this colour on you, even with the brush strokes. Glad to hear you can wear pretty colours to your new job, I love that about my office too-bright blue doesn’t look out of place! In fact our receptionist was rocking a neon orange the other day, it looked fab.
    Also, a belated happy birthday!!

  9. pretear Says:

    Jessica – I might just be a stickler for perfection lol. Frosts are slowly growing on me. : )

    Michelle – Thank you!

    Andie – I think it really just depends. The office I work for now, I think I could wear neon green and no one would care but before I used to have to keep it really professional. Maybe we just need to start a coalition of the willing! : )

    VampyVarnish – I completely agree.

    Jason – Thank you! And it is premature unfortunately. I got a call back but there is still a large pool of applicants. : ( But I have hope! ; )

    Zorba – Thank you!

    Stef – Neon orange! Whoa. I want to work in an office like that! lol.

  10. Trina Says:

    I’m planning on getting Birthday Babe for French tips, should I? =\

  11. pretear Says:

    Go for it, I think it would look great. ; )

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