Archive for the ‘jelly’ Category

Essie Rock the Croc

November 28, 2011

I’ve been lemming this Essie ever since kittytokaren’s hunt for the perfect red. On to the photo:




My photo is nothing compared to hers, please go click that link. This is a brown-toned jelly red that glows. Can something glow darkly? I think this does. It’s extremely glossy and a pain to apply, but so so worth it. I like this one so much that I’m having a hard time putting on anything else.


On the other hand, jellies seem to have to shortest wear time on me. Wear time is like this: Good glitters>Cremes>chippy glitters>jellies. Anyone else?



Zoya Casey

October 21, 2011


Zoya had a BOGO sale for “email insiders” or whatever they call them, and I used the excuse to pick up the famous vampy, Casey.


I seriously love the color and the jelly finish, but it’s pretty streaky at two coats:



But the color! So purply-jelly-delicious! The streaks didn’t bother me that much. I wore it like this for two days (hence tipwear) and hastily took pictures while the sun laughed at me and faded away…


another view


Haha sun. I managed to throw on another coat and do a jelly sandwich. Index and ring are the jelly sandwich (a coat of Confetti Dreamdate between two coats of Zoya Casey.) The middle and pinkie show the smoother but darker 3-coat version of  Casey.  The glitter from the jelly sandwich was extremely subtle in this dark of a polish, but I liked it anyway. I think it might be easier to just buy a glitter in a wine-colored jelly base, but then again, this was fun!


Zoya has earned a fan. I love the bottles, the formula and the Smoke and Mirrors collection (more on that to come…)

OPI Got the Blues for Red

October 2, 2011

I love this red. LOVE it. I picked it up and hated how it looked in the bottle (and retail establishments always seem to have fluorescent lights, which are death to a lovely vampy red anyway.) Nevertheless, I knew I would love it on the nail. Here are two coats of OPI Got the Blues for Red:


overcast :)


This stuff really looks like blood when you get a bead on your brush. Wait, that might gross you out.

It’s an excellent color! First coat goes on really pink-blue, next coat leaves you with a glassy, blood red jelly finish. This has no topcoat, it’s a shiny, shiny demon all on its own.

This is part of what I consider “work-appropriate.” How about you? 

Shorties – Essie Clambake

September 23, 2011

My nails were still peeling a bit so I decided to go shorter. I guess I went a little too far this time! What looks good on short nails?

I like vampy colors, of course, but also jellies when I don’t have a lot of free edge to show contrast through the polish.




I know I’ve shown Essie Clambake before, but it’s the first thing I reached for to cover my nubs. What do you like to wear on short nails?

Sinful Colors Ruby Ruby

September 22, 2011

I don’t know what made me grab this one. It’s a nice red jelly, good coverage in two coats, but a little blue-pinker than my usual pick.


full sun


Isn’t it weird with the changing light? It’s hard to know when to take pictures. Now I don’t mind the VNL here, but I know some people would. Sometimes a photo exaggerates the VNL but this is accurate.




I thought I would show you a comparison with some other reddish hues so I hastily threw them on:




Shown are two coats of everything. The index has Orly Haute Red, one of my favorite medium reds. As you can see, it’s much more opaque. Middle and pinkie are Ruby Ruby and my ring finger shows Essie Clambake. It’s definitely an orange and at two coats, the VNL screams! Haha.


It looks like the hard drive recovery is no-go, so my laptop is officially dead with no ability to Resurrect. I will try to update as often as possible despite this setback!

Confetti Papa-razzi

September 15, 2011

Come on Fall! I got really irritated by the 90-degree weather last week, so I decided to encourage the arrival of the next season with Confetti Papa-Razzi, a glittery pumpkin color:

full sun

Yes, that is a pumpkin spice latte! I thought it might help with my little ritual.

It *has* to be fall now, right?

This is three coats. It’s a reddy-orange jelly with gold glitter/shimmer. I started thinking of it as “electric pumpkin.” I really expected this one to be like My Favorite Martian, but I think it looks more like a foil than a glitter on my nails and I just can’t get into it. :(

I will find a new home for this one as soon as I can.

A note about my coffee habit – at this point it takes four coffee shops to support me. This is obviously Starbucks, which provides me with sticky-sweet hot drinks and stays open until 9 PM. For amazing loose-leaf tea, unique pastries, decaf, and a not-too-sweet coffee frappe drink, I visit our town’s mom ‘n pop shop, which I will call IndieCoffee. For freshly roasted (caffeinated) brewed coffee, croissant and scones, I visit the new LocalBakery. And sometimes when IndieCoffee is closed, I will go to Peet’s for tea or for peppermint hot cocoa, yum.

Am I the only one with four coffee shops?

$1.99 love: Confetti My Favorite Martian

September 14, 2011

When I noticed the $1.99 Confetti display, I think I grew faint. I knew I would be unable to resist, but I limited myself to some glitters. I don’t expect much for that kind of money but this one blew me out of the water:

full sun

Ugh, so much pretty! Yellow-green jelly with silver and green glitter. There are occasional bigger pieces of green glitter, but also some fine silver glitter that helps build up the opacity. Four coats are shown, but they dried fairly quickly. I also find these glitters to be surprisingly smooth. Removal gets glitter everywhere but it doesn’t stick stubbornly like the Orly Goth did. What a deal!

Essie Clambake and Whales

September 5, 2011

Remember how I promised to update you on an animal-themed piece of clothing sort of similar to the ones Stephanie at Short ‘n Chic likes?

I found it on sale for $8:

Photo from Urban Outfitters

But they only had medium. And, to understate it, the top didn’t fit. With a little bit of amateur hour at the sewing machine, voila!

the dog likes cameras

To do something similar for yourself, fold, pin, iron, cut, then sew.  It won’t be even but mostly only you will know.

I decided I needed Essie Clambake, a gorgeous orangey-red jelly:

oo jelly

It has great formula, but like most jellies, you’re going to have VNL unless you put a creme underneath. This is one rather thick coat of Sand Tropez (allowed to dry for a long time) and three coats of Clambake. I love this color! It also goes pretty perfectly with Sephora’s lipstick in It Girl. Sephora’s Rouge Cream lipsticks are okay, especially for $12, but they have a weird shape and a pretty strong smell. Here’s my It Girl smirk:

heehee, matching

Try not to laugh. Now to celebrate with a frosty soft drink that happens to match:


It was a good day.

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.


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!