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ALU NYFW NOTD Challenge SS11 – Day 4

lippmann-today-was-a-fairytale-dashing-diva-penthouse-views Oh hello there!  I didn’t forget about the challenge.  I’ve just been running around NYC like a madwoman.  I returned late Wednesday night and literally slept my Thursday away.  A week of only sleeping four hours a night will do that to you.  I could actually crawl into bed right now, I’m that tired.

Not that you want to hear about any of that.  I was having an absolutely fabulous time so a little sleep deprivation is a small price to pay.  So Day 4 for me was Sunday.  It’s always one of my fave days at NYFW because it kicks off with the triple threat beauty team of Deborah Lippmann, Sarah Lucero from Stila and Ted Gibson backstage at Lela Rose.

Since I knew I’d be seeing Deb, I concocted a layering combo using her holiday color Today Was A Fairytale.  I’ve been pretty obsessed with it ever since I wore it to an Emmy watching party.  This time instead of using a pale blue underneath I opted for something a little more industrial and gritty, the new Dashing Diva Penthouse Views from their fall color collection.

My day actually started an hour before the Lela Rose show when I went backstage at Derek Lam and got to see the talented Jin Soon again. She showers me with more love than I deserve and always compliments my nail color. We have very similar taste when it comes to nails so getting a compliment from Jin is very high praise.

The base color of this manicure, Dashing Diva Penthouse Views is a metallic gunmetal gray. It looks more shimmery in the bottle but on the nail, you see those telltale metallic streaks.  I hadn’t actually worn this color on my nails prior to this so I was disappointed in the application and VERY happy to be layering something over it.  The consistency was pretty thick and while the color is very pigmented I wouldn’t wear it on its own simply because the finish is so streaky.


However, applying a coat of Deborah Lippmann Today With A Fairytale on top really saved the day. The streaks were still there but the glitter and hexagonal sequins masked it for the most part. Unless you held my nails up to your face, you weren’t going to see any problems including the oops I made on my pinkie finger when I accidentally bumped the polish with an orange wood stick. At 2am mistakes are bound to happen!


Deborah Lippmann Today Was A Fairytale is available now at Barneys NY stores and will be coming to in October. Dashing Diva’s Fall 2010 nail color collection is available now on and at Dashing Diva salons.

What do you think of this combo?  Do you like Today Was A Fairytale better over the light blue-grey or this gunmetal shade?  What colors would you suggest putting underneath it?

Disclosure: Product samples were provided by Deborah Lippmann and Dashing Diva. For more info view my Disclosure Policy.

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  1. Princessflttrby says:

    I’m so jazzed about picking up TWAF when it’s available in October! It looks so stunning. I just LOVE Lippmann’s glitters :) I really like the gunmetal underneath it. The CG blue was very pretty, but the gunmetal is more my style. I think this would look amazing layered over a pinks, like CG FLAW collection. I’d also attempt to make this solid, like one layer of Orly Shine & then as many coats as I had the patience for of TWAF. I’m forever trying for Disco Ball nails & this looks like it could be a winner :D Layering this over a muted tauple or green would be pretty punky, like over Chanel Khaki Vert, or Essie’s Merino Cool or Sew Psyched? The possibilities are endless with a fantastic silver glitter!

  2. Phyrra says:

    I think this is a pretty combo.

    • Mascha says:

      I liked TWAF over CG light blue-gray better. This one is just OK – not stunning like your first combo was. I might try TWAF over black when I finally get it. Maybe over Lippmann’s Waking Up In Vegas, too.

  3. Sarah says:

    I thought I liked it over the pale blue but I LOVE it layered over the darker gunmetal. So pretty!

  4. Kitty says:

    Nice save there! I usually save manis that way too.

  5. Jea says:

    im loving that combo. soo pretty!

  6. Bunny says:

    Although this looks very nice, the combination is too close to Marquee Moon. It’s hard to tell from the pictures, but it looks like a mix of silver glitter. If so, I’d love to see it layered over a richly pigmented, sunny yellow, a creamy slate gray, or a medium blue like Lapis of Luxury. If there is also blue glitter in the mix, then I think it would look sensational over aqua or a light teal, such as Nouvelle Vague or For Audrey.

  7. lia says:

    I absolutely loved Today was a Fairytale over the light blue (China Glaze Sea Spray) you used last time, and cannot get it out of my head… can’t wait for both colors to be available! This mani looks good, but not as cute as the other one.

  8. Winnie says:

    Today Was A Fairy Tale looks like it would be good for layering over a ton of different colors. I like both of the combos but I think I prefer the lighter blue-gray, it has a more… mystical look.

    Glad to hear that you had a good time and are home safe and sound (and somewhat rested). Can’t wait to read more about your adventures!

  9. moeysullivan says:

    I like this OK, but…Suggestion for a base: This is where you use one of those oddball reincarnations of OPI My Private Jet. Fewer brushstrokes, a bit of color from the wannabe holo, and an ab-so-lute PARTY on the nail once those sparkles hit. I used one of the CG glitters last year and could hardly bear to take it off. TWAF would be even better.

    • Winnie says:

      Another good way to use those non-holo versions of My Private Jet!

      I have both versions myself, and I layer the non-holo under the holo version, in order to use less and make sure my ‘good’ bottle lasts longer. I never really considered using the ‘wannabe holo’ (heheh) for much else though, not sure why. Great idea!

  10. Mascha says:

    I love Bunny’s ideas about For Audrey, Lapis of Luxury and Nouvelle Vague combos. I agree that your latest combination is too close to Marquee Moon.
    Yay, I just got TWAF at Barneys NY – thanks for info Michelle – can’t wait to see all these combos in real lie. Too bad CG Sea Spray is not available yet.

  11. kirsten says:

    I can believe some of you think this looks like Marquee Moon! Marquee Moon is a silver color with the slightest bit of pearl/champagne to it not a gunmetal grey like this! TWAF has both glitter and hexagonal sequins whereas Marquee Moon only has the sequins. I have Marquee Moon and I don’t think this combo is remotely too close to it.

    That said, I must admit I’m very disappointed with TWAF. I’ll still buy it, but when we first saw your pics of it in the bottle backstage I thought it would be opaque instead of just silver sequins and glitter with a clear base. I had the same hopes for its gold counterpart from the holiday collection, but now I’m afraid it will be just like TWAF only gold. Like I said I’ll still buy both of them, but I would have been way more jazzed about them if they had opaque bases.

  12. I really like this combination. I was wondering, how’s the durability/wear of dashing diva polishes?

  13. Katie says:

    Lately my polish has been coming off my entire nail at one time, usually without me even realizing it. Do you have any ideas on why that might be?

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      That’s so odd. Are your nails unusually dry or flaky? Have they experienced any trauma? Have you started using a new product in your routine?

  14. kathy says:

    this is so beautious i can barely stand it.

  15. Jen says:

    After seeing this, I couldn’t help but wonder how Deborah Lippmann’s Today was a Fairytale compares to Revlon’s Belle.
    Granted, there’d definitely be differences in the consistency and quality of the polish, but they look so similar!