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"I can't get enough of Caption Polish's sheer, iridescent 'Walk to the Light' ($12) hue. It's the only color — well, non-color — that an incredibly unskilled nail painter like myself truly can not screw up. Don't be fooled by the peachy hue in the bottle; the polish itself is translucent (which means mistakes are virtually invisible) with a pretty shine that reflects blue-purple in the light. I do one to three coats, depending on how much of a pearlized effect I want (which you can really pump up by using a milky ivory as a base coat, like Essie's 'Allure,' $8.50). In case you're unfamiliar with the brand, Caption is part of the new breed of polishes that acts like gels, in terms of high shine and long wear-time, but you can still use regular nail polish remover to take it off.
I love to pair this polish with opal rings, which have a similar iridescent effect. I bought two from the Brooklyn brand WWAKE to wear with a family ring that belonged to my great-great-grandmother. I love how modern the WWAKE pieces are in comparison to my family piece. Opal is extra special to me because it happens to be my birthstone (October's Very Own, baby)."
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