Sunday, June 28, 2009

Color Club - Catwalk Queen

The big mall near me has this store I haven't ventured into a lot over the years. "Beauty Plus Salon" boasts that it has the "lowest prices on all hair products" but any time I have gone in there, the prices seem outrageously high. But, in search of some new nail polish, I took another look. Their nail selection is actually quite large even though it only occupies one aisle of the store. They have a huge selection of Essie, Color Club (which I haven't found anywhere else) OPI, Orly minis (which again, I have never seen before) and all sorts of other nail products I never knew existed. Desperately looking for another topcoat to go over the chiptastic China Glaze - LOL, I searched their shelves and came up with "Out the Door". Because I had such great success with Color Club's Revvolution, I picked up "Catwalk Queen", "Electronica" and "Naughtycal Navy" as well as Essie's "Huckle Buckle"

I tried "Catwalk Queen" first. It's pretty gorgeous, but it's probably similar to some other polishes I already have. It took three coats to look pretty and so far has been wearing very nicely. Both of these pictures are outside in daylight.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Revvvolution and Rhinestones!

Color Club Revvvolution. This stuff is AMAZING! It goes on like a dream, wears like iron and even comes off pretty easily. Plus it's GORGEOUS on the nail. I got tons of compliments from complete strangers and my husband while wearing this. Oh! It also works well with Konad. I really need to look for more Color Club polishes!



Then I got a little silly and added some Konads and rhinestones.

A few days later I added a little Piggie polish over it in "you're blue-tiful" gave it a neat effect!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


I know I am being silly, but I am totally LOVING this shiny grey polish. It reminds me of the beautiful dolphins we saw at Seaworld in January! It's so perfect! It was kind of streaky at first, and needed about 3 coats, but it's gorgeous and totally worth it! I'm loving this way more than blackboard. It's a totally rich creamy-grey. No shimmer or sparkle.


Indoor lighting

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, seems to make simple, but stunning and unique products. "Dangerous" was exactly the grey cream I was looking for. The other ones that interest me are "Inky" and "Swamp Thing". But, I have a whole list of stuff I want to order before I get back to OCC. :)

Monday, June 22, 2009

The Devil Wears a Blue Dress and wears it well!

Devil in a Blue Dress is my first Lippman Collection nail polish. I received it from a wonderful MUA'er in a swap. The polish is a mini-size so the brush was kind of short and stubby. It took three coats to get it where it didn't look streaky and brush-marky. But then, boy was it beautiful! It's so dark it's almost black, but in the sun, it's this gorgeous, deep, inky marine blue. Totally creamy, no shimmer. It wore like freakin' iron too! I applied it Friday night and by Monday I only had minimal tip wear. There were no chips, nicks, and it was still as shiny as day one. It also didn't take a gallon of aceton and a boar bristle brush to remove. GREAT stuff!

I also experimented a little and compared Devil to Sally Hansen's Xtreme Wear "In the Navy". Very different. Index is SH, middle is Devil.

As you can see, "In the Navy" is blue-er, with some shimmer . Devil is a darker, blacker glossy navy. Both are gorgeous on.

For funsies, I also experimented with my Art deco polishes. I'm still not getting this freehand french manicure thing down, but I had fun trying. The black is BB Couture "Cash Black" Brown is BB Couture "Animal Instinct" with Revvolution, FYI, IMG and WW - Carribean Frost on the tips.


Saturday, June 20, 2009

Drugstore Finds

Sakky Hansen Xtreme Wear - 50% off at CVS made some nice Konad designs this color is "Flirt"

This is the one I am most excited about! NYC "Chinatown" it's a deep purple/grey color with a lot of depth and shimmer. It's on my index finger here. And there it is super-close up below. The other colors are Sinful -"What's your name" and "daddy's girl" and on pinky is Milani "Timeless".

NYC "Chinatown"

Pretty, right!?

Milani "Antique" with flash

This one was hard to capture indoors. It's a little more periwinkle than baby blue on. This is three coats. It's really gorgeous on and has a deep secret shimmer to it, barely noticable but really gorgeous!

Milani "Antique" with no flash

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

OPI redeems itself.

Ahhhh...that's better.

DS OPI in "Passion" is very pretty. I thought it was going to be a sublte, scattered holo, but it's very vibrant on! I only used one coat over the Venus di Violet, and it came out beautiful.

OPI - Venus di Violet, Color me "Not Impressed"

Very weird color. Looks so pretty in the bottle, and I have seen it on others on MUA and it was gorgeous (one of the reasons I bought it!). But it felt weird on me. Must not go with my skin tone. The shimmer is strange too. Plus it took about 5 caots to not be see-through.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Nothing like the smell of a broken bottle of polish spilled all over the place and copious amounts of remover used to clean up to make you want to barf.


Party Time!

After seeing some lovely pictures at MUA, I was inspired to start trying to do a free hand french mani with some interesting colors.
Thumb is Piggy Polish - "You're Blue-tiful" Art Deco blue glitter with ChG "OMG"

Index: SH Hard As Nails - "In the Navy" CHG OMG with Piggy on tip
Middle: Essie "Sag Harbor" CHG OMG and SH Hard as Nails in "Gunmetal" on tip
Ring: Essie "Sioree Mauve: ChG OMG and Essie "not just a pretty face"
Pinkie: reverse of Ring.

Phew...that's a lot to type out!

I also layered some of the Piggy over Sag Harbor, which was kind of pretty (thumb).

This was the prototype: ChG "OMG" over $OPI Metro Chic

Still rockin the Metro with Konadoodles

I'm still not so good with the Konad, but I like to doodle around with it. I can't manage to stamp the tips (or anything really) on straight. But I think being crooked gives it a jaunty look. Heh.

Still loving the Metro Chic though, it seems to be wearing quite nicely.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Going Metro Chic for the week

I have a busy week where I am going to be in court almost every day, so I pulled out my chic, nuetral colors...starting with Sephora by OPI's "Metro Chic". It's a nice putty-greyish color. Seems more brownish than the pictures show. I hope it's not too close to OPI Over the Taupe which I have also been waiting to try. I have been dying to try Metro for awhile, and finally ordered it last week. Man 212 a bitch to get off! That polish was clinging for dear life! Anyway, here is Metro.

I like it! This is 2 coats. It went on a little thick, but very smooth. The lighting in my office seems to have dulled it, but this is actually really bright and pretty on. Drying time seemed very long, even with Seche Vite. I am going to visit my Dad tomorrow too, hopefully it is not "too loud" and "Grown up" enough not to be commented on. We'll see.

212 - I can't decide

Sephora by OPI 212

(shouldn't it be OPI for Sephora?)

212 has had a lot of buzz. was sold out of it for awhile. It's only going to be sold in like one store or something. I am a sucker for a limited edition/hard to find, well anything. Plus, given the success of My Private Jet and Revvolution, this sounded like something I would like.

It's...interesting. It's kind of a brownish color, with chunks of coppery...stuff and other color glitter in it. I'm not sure what to think, so I will just show the pictures:

I slapped some Sinful Colors, "What's Your Name" over it and that is pretty nice.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Beware the Sephora

You know where else I should stay away from?

Or at least their website. Because I always get suckered by the free samples, free shipping and coupon codes for free goodies.

These bottles are...weirdly phallic shaped, what's with that?
Colors are- 212, Never Enough Shoes, Metro Chic, Call Your Mother and Special Request.

My package came while my niece was visiting, so being the good Aunt I am, I let her try 212 first. I don't have pictures because she's a teenager and hates having her picture taken even though I believe she has 417 photos on Facebook, so go figure.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

More Blue

Remember how I said I had not worn blue polish in like 20 years? Well, I guess I am making up for lost time. From my trip to Wally-World is Sally Hansen's Spark. Honestly it is more like a blurple. It's beautiful. I thought it was a little weird on me. Not sure if it's toooo dark for me (is there such a thing?) It has an incredible shimmery depth to it. It was quite striking. It wore really well too.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Places I should stay away from

I should really stay away from Wal Mart. Nothing good ever comes from going there.


Tuesday, June 9, 2009


How great is a company that calls itself Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics? Because let's face it, collecting makeup is an obsession for quite a few of us out there. I like a brand with a sense of humor. Besides that, they have some fresh and interesting colors. While I have been branching out into the world of strange nail polish colors and finishes, I had a strong desire for a grey nail polish. No sparkle. Just a nice darkish creamy grey color. Maybe because one of my favorite suits is a grey pinstripe suit and I thought grey would be a funky polish but still wearable for court days. Then I saw Scrangie's blog and OCC's Blackboard, and I thought, what the hell, I gave blue polish a try, how about green?

I was oddly on the fence about this. I like the color, but I don't know how I felt about the color on me. Green is one of my favorite colors, but I have never worn green nail polish before. I caved when I saw it on Scrangie. It looked so perfect on her. But now I am not so sure. It’s interesting. It is a pretty green, but maybe too over powering for my skintone? I don’t know. It didn’t seem to wear well. I woke up with sheetmarks on my middle finger. I hate that. It’s one of the reasons I stopped wearing nailpolish. I had let the stuff dry for like 5 hours and a coat of Seche Vite before bed, so that was weird. Also seemed to show a lot of wear, scratches, “scuff” marks in the polish within just one day of wearing it. Defintely don’t like that. Hope Dangerous isn’t the same way, because I think I am going to love that color. Strangely, I didn't try Dangerous yet which was the grey polish I wanted so badly. Go figure.