Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Butter London sale and contest!

press release



Sinful Colors About Blooming Time: Flower Power and Petal Be the Day

purchased by me

As I said in my last post, I am over winter and looking forward to spring.  Sinful Colors is helping out with their About Blooming Time collection!  I snagged Flower Power and Petal Be the Day, and one is a keeper and one is going to a different home.

Flower Power is a milky pink jelly filled with matte white and shiny fuchsia hex glitter in several sizes.  It's flower-like but with a bit of drama, was opaque in three coats and dried very quickly.  It does dry noticeably rough, so you'll want a second coat of a thick top coat, but it's so worth it, especially for $1.99!

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Petal Be the Day is a lavender milky jelly with shiny blue and lavender hex glitter in two sizes.  Unfortunately, it was much sheerer than Flower Power, and there was a lot of visible nail after three coats.  This one will probably work well as a layering polish, but I have plenty of those, so I'm giving it away.

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A note about finding these polishes--the Sinful Colors promo pictures show a small counter display called About Blooming Time, with 8 polishes.  Three of them are new, the two I've shown here and another glitter called Standing Bloom Only.  The new glitter polishes have little yellow and pink stickers on the cap which say Sinful Colors BLOOMBLAST.  My Walgreens did not have the counter display, just a large end-cap display, and I found these polishes by the sticker.  So don't despair if you don't see the display, just check all the other Sinful displays.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Walgreens Frozen collection: Ice-solated and Kristoff He Goes

purchased by me

Given that there is a foot of snow in my yard and that the temps have hovered around -6º to -10º F for the last month, you might think I'd be over winter.  And I am.  But I am not over the latest Disney and Walgreens collaboration!  For a ton of details and pictures, head over to Nouveau Cheap.  For swatches of two of the polishes, just scroll down.

Ice-solated and Kristoff He Goes were my first encounters with the Color Blast line, and I managed to pick two colors that hit the total best and total worst ends of the spectrum!

To spare you further suspense, Ice-solated was terrible.  For $6.99 + tax, I expect better from Orly than a formula which takes FOUR coats to become opaque and then remains dentable for more than 40 minutes.  Ice-solated is a super pretty color, a light turquoise with blue shimmer, which just adds to the insult.  I bought this on Saturday morning and returned it at noon on Sunday.

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On the other hand, Kristoff He Goes was glorious.  A deep teal crème, the formula was perfect--opaque in one coat, perfect viscosity, went exactly where I told it to go and dried swiftly and shinily.  One caveat--Kristoff does stain, so double up on the basecoat!

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I will probably try more Orly Color Blast polishes, because I really, really like Kristoff He Goes, but if you're in Walgreens and looking at the Frozen collaboration, save yourself seven bucks and keep going past Ice-solated!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Models Own Disco Pants: Roxy

purchased by me

Roxy is a gorgeous red-toned purple with vibrant blue shimmer.  It's the kind of polish that will make you stare at your nails and lose track of what you're doing.  It's also a very well-behaved polish, going precisely where you put it and reaching opacity in two coats.

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Roxy is available on the Models Own website for £4.99 + shipping, and the site ships internationally and takes Paypal.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Just a quick note and some bad nail art

press sample/purchased by me

I'm still alive, just in the middle of ruining my hands cleaning, assembling boxes and packing said boxes with the contents of the living room so the painters and then the carpet guys can get in.  Details on the home reno are on Curmudgeonette.  My kitchen is oak, sage, and copper with a steampunk vibe, so since I promised myself to practice my stamping, I got out a steampunk Bundle Monster plate and stamped!

The base is Zoya Sage, natch, and the stamping was done with Spa Ritual Running with Wolves.  I need to practice, practice, practice, but here's a picture anyway:


Thanks for sticking around, and there will be more (and hopefully better) nail art in my future!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Models Own Studio 54

purchased by me

Posting a couple of pictures of a polish that makes me happy, Models Own Studio 54 from the Disco Pants collection.  It's a very vivid hot pink shimmer that blew out my camera under flash and looked slightly more sedate in the sunlight.

Studio 54 is an easy two-coater with a smooth formula and a quick dry time.

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Studio 54 and the rest of the Disco Pants collection can be found at Models Own  website for £4.99 + shipping.  They ship to the US and accept Paypal.