Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Color Club Seven Deadly Sins: Fierce

purchased by me

For Fall 2014, Color Club has created seven textured polishes inspired by the seven deadly sins.  For those of you who didn't have a medievalist college professor who was also the product of 17 years of Catholic schools, you just remember PEWSAG L.  Pride, Envy, Wrath, Sloth, Avarice, Gluttony, Lust.

As far as I can tell, the Color Club polishes correspond to the sins like this:

Pride  -  You're So Vain

Envy  -  Obsessed

Wrath  -  Fierce

Sloth  -  Under Your Spell (I don't think this one works very well, but the others make sense, so the last polish had to go with the last sin!)

Avarice  -  Dirty Money

Gluttony  -  Indulge Me

Lust  -  Friends with Benefits

Fierce is a plummy brown with multicolored mini-glitter.  It's opaque in two easy coats, but somewhat slow to dry.  There's a hint of green duochrome in the bottle, but it doesn't really show up on the nail.

Indoors with flash:

If you like textured polishes with a deep base and multicolored sparkle, you can find Fierce at many e-tailers.  I got my bottle at Head2Toe Beauty.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Color Club Riviera

purchased by me

Riviera is the textured twin of Deborah Lippman's Mermaid's Dream, a cool mint green shimmery base studded with blue, green and silver glitter.  The formula is a bit runny, but it's opaque in two coats, dries quickly, doesn't stain and removes easily.  If you still love textures, as I do, you'll want to grab this beauty!

Indoors with flash:

Indoors without flash:

In the sun:

Riviera is part of the Sea Salt collection, which debuted in December, 2013.  It's still available at many e-tailers, and I got my bottle at Head2Toe Beauty.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Sinful Colors Silk + Satin: Real Teal

purchased by me

Despite the name, Real Teal is more of a light emerald green than a teal.  It has a satin matte finish, tiny little blue micro-glitter, and a very well-behaved formula.  Real Teal was opaque in three quick-drying coats and looked lovely both with and without top coat.  I fell in love with this beauty and couldn't stop looking at my nails when I wore it!

Without top coat, indoors without flash:

Without top coat, indoors with flash:

With top coat, indoors without flash:

With top coat, indoors with flash:

The Silk + Satin collection is limited edition, but I am still seeing parts of it at local Rite-Aid and Walgreens, so if you are interested, check all the displays for stragglers!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

OPI, Clark + Kensington paint, Ace Hardware and Piet Mondrian

purchased by me

A couple of weeks ago, the lovely G of Nouveau Cheap posted that there was a trio of OPI mini polishes available at Ace Hardware.  My dad's second post-retirement job was as one of Ace's Helpful Hardware folks, a job he was good at and where I loved to visit him, so I knew I had to have it!  Clark + Kensington have collaborated with OPI to bring OPI colors to interior paint, and the only fault I find with the collection is that there's no C+K version of Espresso Yourself!  So I zipped into Ace, asked where the nail polish was, giggled, bought the trio, and came home with this cute little box:

Can't Find My Czechbook is a turquoise crème from the Euro Centrale collection, I Eat Mainely lobster is a red-coral crème from the Touring America collection and My Vampire is Buff is an off-white crème also from the Euro Centrale collection.  You've all seen them dozens of times, so I decided not to swatch them on their own, but to try for some nail art.  

Even though there is no yellow in the mini-collection, I immediately thought of Piet Mondrian's lozenge works, and starting with a base of My Vampire is Buff, I added black lines with my Migi nail art pen and filled in random rectangles with I Eat Mainely Lobster and Can't Find My Czechbook.

My lines are terrible because of how much my hands were shaking, but it's a fun mani and I'm glad I did it.  I even wore blue & coral today to match!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

My first Ipsy bag was a bust. :(

purchased by me

I finally got off the wait list and onto the monthly bag list, just in time to get a bag full of nothing I could use.

The be a bombshell face powder is made is China, and given the multiple cases of contamination of food products we've seen from there, I'm certainly not putting it on my face!

The Cailyn Art Touch Tinted Lip Gloss is slightly sticky, lightly moisturizing and gets points for being made in the US.  However, it loses points for being much too orange for me and for the fact that it doesn't come safety-sealed.

The Briogeo Don't Despair Hair Repair is too heavy for my fine hair.

The Pacifica Waterproof Eye Pencil was such a light brown, I thought it was an eyebrow pencil for a blonde!

I am reluctant to try the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel, both because of my experience with the Revlon Color Stay polish and because of the color.  Piggy Pink is a coral-pink crème, and honestly, if I'm going to be stuck with a polish that long, it's not going to be boring.

What I do love is the bag.  It's a soft gunmetal imitation leather with four little pewter-colored studs.  It seems reasonably well-constructed, and the pyramidal studs give it a bit of a steampunk edge, which I am a complete sucker for.  So, one out of six.  If next month's bag isn't a whole lot better, I'm going to cancel.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Espionage Cosmetics Nailed It! Kickstarter

press release

Please feel free to join me in contributing!

Geeky nail wraps?  Yes please, especially since they include tentacles and the backdrop for Mira Grant's Newsflesh series!