Sunday, May 20, 2012

I'm Back! + Deborah Lippmann Ray of Light

It is odd to be back in the fray after one of the most decadent weeks I've had in a very long time. I graduated on Monday (where Bobbi Brown accepted an honorary degree! Random trivia: Bobbi Brown went to Emerson College as an undergraduate), and brought my parents around New York, Niagara Falls, and took a (sort of embarrassing but super fun) Segway tour through Washington, DC. I wanted to look at more memorials (other fun facts: I actually have a minor in Visual Studies and the Arts and took a class on urban public art in my final year) and visit more museums and was really excited to see all those works I've only studied on screen and paper, but alas my family was less amused by twisted colored metal and odd shapes on the grass. Perhaps I'll return to DC anon. It is architecturally a breathtaking city.

After my parents left, I spent the entire weekend quite guiltily indulging in, well, fun that I haven't had time to have for the earlier part of the year. I spent the past two days in equal amounts of playing Diablo III, watching Mad Men, and reading The Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire. Imagine my alternating fist pumps to killing decayed monsters, Peggy Olsen (and goodness I want to move like Christina Hendricks), and crying "Winter is coming!!" to the stubborn warring kings. It was such a good weekend, but once school ends vacations become short. And unemployed graduates need to find jobs (sigh).

I figured a quick one will do after a week of absence, and I checked to make sure this was still available before I posted it. Deborah Lippmann Ray of Light is part of their spring release, an intriguing confection of indigo navy polish with what looks like copper flakies in the bottle.

A shot to show how it looks in the bottle

On application and closer inspection, the flakies are actually red/orange/yellow/green, though when directly in the light it reflects copper. The indigo navy base is jelly-ish, and the formula seems to be thicker than usual, so it was not a breeze to apply. It requires two coats for full opacity.

I received many compliments when wearing this color, and wore it a full five days with nary a chip. It's one of the more intriguing colors that came out for spring, and if you don't mind suffering a little during application (and have an ardent weakness for flakies), I say get it before it's gone!

Deborah Lippmann Ray of Light retails for $18 and can still be found on and


  1. Congrats on graduating! I actually live...very very very close to Emerson College LOL. Why hello there, neighbor!

    The nail polish is gorgeous btw, I loooove flaky ones.

  2. This is a gorgeous color. LOL. I like indulging in TV dramas too.

  3. Congratulations on your graduation! What a great accomplishment :) Here's to a bright future for you! Love the nail color and glad you're back - missed your posts!

  4. I'm loving the nails! how do you compare DL polishes to RBL in general? I've never owned both and was thinking of putting an order on some lovely RBL polishes. Unfortunately, aqua lily is sold out! :-(

  5. I've seen this in person but couldn't swatch it because I was wearing nail polish that day. It looks really interesting in the bottle, but I've heard the formula is too thick and on some people the complexity doesn't translate too well. I guess it's a hit or miss, and I'm glad it's a hit for you!

  6. Maggie- Oh? *excited flapping of hands*

    GirlieBlogger- I've watched so much TV in the past 24 hours it's almost a crime :D

    Sabrina- Thank you very much, Sabrina! And congrats again on The Beauty Look Book's 3rd birthday!

    Tracy- DL has great colors and textures but I have to say RBL wins overall as I think it's more consistent throughout its polishes. They're both worth trying! (though so sorry AL is sold out before you managed to get it :( )

    Sunny- The formula is a little thick and but it's not impossible to manage, though that takes some of the fun out of application :(

  7. congrats on graduating! are you now based in Boston then? :)

  8. I won't lie. I kept thinking 'Has it been a week yet? Has it been a week yet?'. It warms my heart to see a new post from you :D

    I gotta say though, I was so turned off by how thick Ray of Light was and how poorly it applied, I returned it straight away. I was so disappointed because the swatch was gorgeous and I was so excited for my days off to put it on. Unfortunately it applied like a years-old, improperly sealed polish. In fact, it was so thick that it actually 'strung' out like cheese pulling away from a pizza slice and flopped onto my desk. Hugely disappointed, especially for the price tag ($22 for us Canadian folks!!!)

  9. Congratulations :) It must be nice to be out of school!

    I love the colors of that polish. However, I have such a difficult time applying thick polishes, I just don't know if I'd spend the money. Despite that - 5 days without a chip is friggin' miracle for me! Mine chip so easily and it seems to get worse when I use OPI polishes. It's so sad!

  10. CONGRATS CHEEKZ!!!! So happy for you!! Sounds like you had a great time!
    I love this one! I haven't seen it here yet, hopefully soon!

  11. Congratulations on graduating! I live right by Emerson! And I really love this polish, so pretty!

  12. Congratulations on graduation!

  13. Yes, winter is coming! Fist pump! Big hugs and congratulations on graduating :) 5 days of chip-free wear is amazing, and so is the color. So what did you major in, if you don't mind my asking? And I agree about museums, I've had so much fun visiting them after Art History. It's like seeing old friends again!

  14. Anonymous- Thank you! I'm still vacillating between cities :) definitely aiming for NYC for the job hunt.

    R- Aww, that's probably the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me <3 eep at how Ray of Light performed for you! Mine was thick but wasn't as bad as you described. How sad :(

    Sidney- Thank you! Nice but daunting :) I agree about chipping. And sometimes it's just a lucky bottle of polish that makes it last. I'm wearing RBL Aqua Lily now and after NINE days it still looks perfect.

    Tracy- Thank you, love <3

    Cassidy Lee- Thanks! You live at such a nice area :)

    Amy- Thanks Amy!

    Makeup Morsels- Ahaha I can't decide whose side I'm on. I'm like Winterfell! Then Dragon Queen! Then oddly rooting for Tyrion as well.

    I have a degree in Writing, Literature, and Publishing and majored in creative writing :)

  15. Fist pumps for battling the Burning Hells (and lovely unique polishes!) My nails have been bare for the past few Weeks due to a new job and a cold but seeing your pretty tips really makes me want to run home and grab the closest dark polish (summer shades be damned)

  16. I know ahhaha I always want to root for Tyrion, then I want to root for Robb too. It's so confusing! That is an awesome major :)

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