Archive for August, 2011

Chop chop! and Sally Hansen Wet Cement

August 31, 2011

My nails were peeling like mad at the tips, so it was time to trim. I don’t know whether to blame acetone or the hauling boxes I’ve been doing lately. I constantly forget how much I like having nubbins, though. Kinda like I forget that I love creme polish. I guess it feel less inspiring in the bottle than a glittery-shimmery-multi-chromey lovely, but on the nails?

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Chic. Cremes feel chic. For the record, this was Sally Hansen in Wet Cement, three coats, performed in the dark. I was catching up on Breaking Bad, what can I say? Application was easy-peasy (which is the case for 2 out of the 3 Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear polishes I own.)

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I can’t say that I think the wear on these is XTREME or even extreme… they last an average (for me) 2-3 days before chipping. That’s with topcoat, mind.

And who wants to see my stubby fingers? No one? OKAY!

stubbulons in the shade

Not that I recommend polishing in the dark, but Breaking Bad is madness.

Milani Juicy Glo

August 30, 2011

This is the polish from my Hall of Shame. I am still trying to grow out the stains, and I always use base coat.

full sun

But look! So so gorgeous! I love orange and this thing called to me from the rack. It’s my first Milani polish and if I don’t get over my fear of stains, perhaps my last.  This is two coats (great for a jelly, right?) and topcoat. I can see my nail line if I stare hard but I love jellies.

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It’s a bright orange but I wouldn’t call it neon. In some lights it looks redder than orange, but it’s not really coral either.  Maybe coral with the volume way up.

I’ll probably try it again with my new Seche Base instead of the old Sally Hansen I was using when the staining occurred. Wish me luck because otherwise this bottle is donezo!

Mood Struck Color Change ooOOooo

August 28, 2011

I was obsessive about mood rings as a kid.  Actually, anything color-change.  I had a pretend tea set with little plastic cookies that “jam” magically appeared on when you rubbed them with a cold knife. Dip them in hot water and bam!  Clean.. cookies.  The tea cups that changed color were a bit more successful since they’re still selling them:

Playskool Magic Tea Party

Aheeenyway… Rite Aid had a nail polish sale and I picked up Mood Struck Heat Activated! Color Changing Nail Polish for half off. I promptly hid it in a drawer because I felt like a three-year-old for buying this thing. Once I swatched, however, look!  It is très awesome:

full sun, no topcoat

It dries matte and while the brush itself is okay, the screw top makes application tricky. It also really needs at least three coats. (Three shown.)  Notice that the tips are darker?  That’s where the free edge is cooler than the base of the nail. I really love the subtle gradient effect.

full sun, no topcoat, hot and cold

Now for the fun part – I pulled out the hair dryer and an ice cube to test the extremes of the color change. Index and middle turned into a bright light blue with heat, and the ring and pinky are the dark blue with, sadly, no hint of purple on me. I know that it goes all the way to purple when it gets really cold but my body temperature wouldn’t allow it. I next applied topcoat to see if that affected the color change:

full sun, with topcoat, hot!

No problems! I love this glittery blue.

full sun, topcoat, cold

I am sitting here trying to decide if I’ll wear it matte or shiny but I think for durability and wow factor I have to go for shiny. If I had to guess I would say that this is the best of the available shades, but I have a thing for blue glitters so I’m biased.

OPI What’s With the Cattitude

August 27, 2011

I had my boyfriend pick my next polish after the Gray Suede debacle. I still can’t decide if I should try Gray Suede again. But this! This I love.

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Love love love. Sky blue creme, formula is pretty decent.  I would say this picture looks a tiny bit brighter than the polish actually is.  Three coats.

 

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This is after a couple days of wear and it seems to be going strong. I purchased it on impulse, thinking it was a sky blue with delicate shimmer. When I found out it was a creme I thought I was going to hate it, but I don’t.  I love how clean it makes my hands look. *sigh* I might need to find some Jordan almonds now.

Revlon Gray Suede

August 26, 2011

I want to get into the taupe-y shade trend, I really do. But most of the grey ones look like a sickly purple on me, and I wanted a tiny bit of shimmer to offset the mannequin-hand effect. Along came Revlon Gray Suede:

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While I think the shade works for the trend, I’m not sold on it yet. Not to mention this was three streaky, bubbly coats. I didn’t do anything to deserve those bubbles that I know of. I like the shimmer – tiny silver pieces. I didn’t like that either the topcoat darkened it or it dried with some pink patches. I don’t know why, but it hardly shows on camera.

 

dappled shade

 

And here’s something crazy – I didn’t use the slimline technique, but – does this polish make my nails look fat? Ugh, it just feels weird. I’m probably biased by the application, and the fact that I don’t like the bottle design, and also that I type “Revlong” nearly every time… maybe it’s time to say so long, Revlong… gah!

Short ‘n Chic Giveaway!

August 25, 2011

As an addendum to my earlier post about how awesome Short ‘n Chic is, I wanted to note that she’s now doing a Grand Giveaway! A comment on her post might win you three gorgeous American Apparel polishes of your choice.  (Peacock, Army Jacket, and Poppy, perhaps you will be mine!)

P.S. I forgot to say that I dig her fashion sense – I’ll try to get a photo of the whale-print dress I just found that reminded me of her unicorn sweater.

Essie Turquoise & Caicos

August 23, 2011

Can you tell I like Essie? It’s the little bottles. They’re so cute! I am a huge sucker for packaging.

Three coats of Turquoise & Caicos, I promise to get better at photos:

light turquoise nail polish

late afternoon sun

I spent a few weeks drooling over pictures of people wearing this one before tracking it down in the store. When I found it, I kind of hated it in the bottle.  Surprise!  It dries darker.  I even freaked out a little on the first coat because it looked really yellow-green.  Three coats (I still had VNL at two coats) and I’m in love.  <3 <3 <3

a light turquoise (green-blue) creme polish

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Here it is compared to Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Sea Breeze:

While this one still falls into my turquoise category, it’s much darker. This Insta-Dri is thick – opaque in one coat showing brush texture – but the brush is kind of awesome. Wide and beveled. I feel like it’s quick to chip, though. Even with top and base coat, huge chunks of it come off after a day. Another thing? This color will stain, beware!

Is anyone a fan of Insta-Dri?

Blogs to read: Short ‘n Chic

August 22, 2011

Why do I love Stephanie of Short ‘n Chic? If I had to pick one thing, I would say that she is the only polish blogger who regularly makes me laugh. But what’s not to love? She and I both love to wear short nails in vampy shades.  She’s not locked into that, though, as proven by her collection of taupes (OPI Tickle My France-y is her “favey-fave.”) She even has her own lexicon, and believe me, she has enough of her own terms to need it.

 

pup approves

 

I like hearing about her kitties and her adventures as a coffeeholic barista, but I have one problem: every gorgeous  polish she models looks completely different on me. Wah! Even so, she’s my favey-fave for sure!

Short ‘n Chic is property of this lady. I’m just telling you why I like it, as I will try to do for every blog I recommend.

 

Essie Dive Bar

August 20, 2011

Here’s my current polish, Essie Dive Bar, pictured here at a few days old:

 

Green/blue nail polish

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This was three of the most irritating coats of polish I have ever put on. I was trying to be really careful too, letting each coat dry for several minutes before applying the next. It seems to dry as you apply it, so that you can’t overlap at all or you’ll wipe off the layer below. It reminded me of dry-erase pens. Other people have reported an easy two coats, so who knows.

 

same polish in the shade

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It’s hard to capture the duochrome on this one. As I type, it’s almost a navy blue, but in most bright light settings it’s a dark base with bright green/teal shimmer. When twilight comes around, it’ll look more like a a blue/teal.

 

indoors

This terribly blurry picture shows the bluer indoor shade. The purple shows up in the bottle but I find myself waving my hands in front of my face trying to find it on the nail. Is it just me or do duochromes exist so people can laugh at us for flailing about while staring at our nails?

I’ll keep this polish even though it’s scary to apply. I’m optimistic that my photography AND nail polish application skills will improve!  Also cuticles, and mysterious hand redness, and funky nail shape…

Origin Story

August 20, 2011

Hello, world!

Why am I starting a blog?

To keep myself amused, I guess.

About my interests:

nail polish:

Really I’m justifying my recent purchases by taking pictures of them.  I’m buying this for the blog, you see.

running:

I like the chemical high that results when I stagger out a couple miles.  I still won’t do it unless I get to use Runkeeper, though.

gardening:

I planted a few herbs and tomato plants a couple of summers ago.  Herbs are completely worth it, see cooking.  Other plants?  Jury’s out.

cooking:

Having fresh herbs right outside my door inspired me to cook with them.  Delicious dishes!  How delightful.  Really though, I like to pursue my personal idea of the perfect version of a dish – look for recipes and links to recipes to come.

dogs:

It’s hard to type because my mutt is resting her head on my left arm.  Do I move her?  Obviously not.  I have no willpower.

books:

In my opinion, my eyesight is terrible because I read so much.  Not that I’ll stop.  And yes, I was that kid who enjoyed the assigned reading in school.  Usually.

Enough ramble!