Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Nonie Creme Colour Prevails Socially Awkward

These Colour Prevails displays have been trickling slowly into Walgreens stores over the summer. I wasn't sure when I would run across one, so I was pleasantly surprised to find one near my parents' back in June. I was pretty distracted because I'd just learned about the "Hannibal" cancellation; I was walking around the store frantically texting my fellow Fannibals and was so excited to see the display that I whipped out my debit card on the spot.

Although the Colour Prevails display also contained all kinds of makeup, I'd been looking forward to trying the polishes the most. Seeing as Nonie Creme is the former founding creative director of butter LONDON, I figured it was safe to assume that the woman knows a thing or two about nail polish. And while I was drawn to more than few colors, I picked out this pistachio green pastel because after many years of hoarding collecting nail polish, I like to use pastels as my baseline for brands that are new to me. Pastels, as we all know, are notorious for being fussy and having the worst formulas, so in my line of thinking, if a brand puts out a good pastel, then the other colors most likely will be more than OK.

Either I'm easy to please or I have low standards, but I LOVED this one. And the name, ha.

--BTW, I forgot that Nouveau Cheap (one of my favorite blogs) also reviewed this polish a while back, so definitely make sure you get her take on it, too.




Three coats with SV. These bottles are as fun to hold/pose with as NOPI bottles (translation: they suck for those purposes).












I don't have Essie Chillato (yet), so I have no idea if Socially Awkward is close enough to Chillato to be considered a near-dupe. They're definitely cousins. My guess is that Socially Awkward is a little more dusty and less of an in-your-face yellow/chartreuse than Chillato. Based on everything I've read about Chillato, the formula is streaky AF, a total PITA, and needs a minimum of three careful coats to achieve opacity.

I also needed three coats for Socially Awkward. BUT! It wasn't bad! I will say (1) it really is not a polish you should attempt using before sleepytimes and (2) it does help me to use a ridge filler or a nice thick base coat like Gelous so you can polish as smoothly as possible. To go back to the Nouveau Cheap review, I also was delighted to find that the formula wasn't watery, thick, goopy, or chalky. Sure, it was a little bit fluffy, and I had a little streakage after two coats, but I got opacity on the third (I used a thick final coat). I waited a couple minutes between coats and didn't notice any odd self-leveling issues before using SV. It was dry to the touch within five or so minutes, but still a little fluffy, so I wouldn't recommend trying to tie up your hair or pee or do anything that might dent your nails for at least a good half hour. I wore this for four days without any chips and minimal tip wear -- I might be wearing it again right now, it's THAT good. (Or maybe I'm not? Apparently I don't even know my life.)

I'm sure this has been covered on other blogs, but it's worth pointing out again here:
  • For $8 (maybe less if you buy online or if there's a promo sale in store), you get 0.32 fl oz. Not going to lie, you might not be into that. Some of you might feel that you'd rather pony up the extra fifty cents and get a bottle of another brand of polish like Essie, which contains 0.46 fl oz. (ETA: I just re-read Nouveau Cheap's post and she also mentioned the Essie bottle size in comparison -- didn't mean to echo her there. Just thinking about other polish brands you can buy at Wags ... heck, the Sally Hansen Xtreme Wears are 0.40 fl oz.!)
  • The plastic butterfly part of the cap does come apart from the regular cap, like a Chanel's or butter LONDON's would, so should you find the cap too distracting to paint with or too difficult to grip, you'll be okay. I think it does stay on pretty securely as long as you don't drop the bottle or do anything that might seriously dislodge or compromise the top.


    However, my only worry was that I might accidentally knock the bottle over and spill polish because I don't screw the cap all the way down while polishing.
  • Going back to my comments on the formula, I have to stress that it was quite excellent for a pastel, but (1) I generally take my sweet ass time polishing, and (2) I've gone through much more cumbersome and PITA formulas since 2009. If Chanel Riva and Chanel Mimosa's formulas were even half this good, I wouldn't dither so much about keeping them. I'll take fluffy and slightly streaky over watery, chalky, and goopy ANY day.

Hope this post helped you out a little! If you are even remotely into these pistachio colors, GET THIS ONE. I know I'll be picking up a few more Colour Prevails once I get a job again -- I'd love to try Cry Baby, Shy Guy, and Girls Club. Let me know if you own some Colour Prevails polishes, if you've tried them, or are interested in getting any of them (JESS, I'M TALKIN' TO YOU, WOMAN). And although I don't see myself buying any, if you've bought a CP eye, face, or lip product, I'd love to hear what you thought about it!

Thanks for reading. I've got 2 more scheduled posts coming while I'm gone, so don't forget to check back. :)

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

ABCs of Untrieds: C - American Apparel Crescent Heights

Back in the day when I actually made an effort to get things going with this blog, I attempted an ABCs of Untrieds feature to aid in my painfully slow stashbusting process. As you can see, I made it all the way through A and B before I flitted on to whatever struck my fancy at the time. A few years and a lengthy hiatus later, I think it might be fun to try again and pick up where I left off. (Of course, this all latches on whether I find substantial work anytime soon, because I know I won't be able to blog the way I like to if that happens.)

Anyway, back in June, I almost tripped over a shoebox containing several untrieds, including my American Apparels (I sort my untrieds by brand). I poked through the box and came up with two AAs from the last time I bought AA polish. But last month when I was tossing around the idea of bringing back the ABCs of Untrieds, I thought Crescent Heights would be a great polish to kick off this go-round.




Three coats with SV.








I've been wearing A LOT of green this summer, but I hadn't quite gotten around to chartreuse until this happened. So thanks, ABCs of Untrieds. :) I love the look of Crescent Heights -- it doesn't quite fit what I'd consider a lime green or apple green, nor is it as WHAM POW as other acid greens out there, since this is slightly murkier and dustier than other similar greens. It definitely belongs in the chartreuse family. These types of colors usually look pretty good on me, but on the off chance that you recall last year's fail with Essie The More the Merrier, you'll know not all chartreuse green cremes are created equal.

I haven't worn an AA in forever, so I'd forgotten just how much I HATE the AA brush. The stem seems inordinately long ... I would only hate it more if it was thicker with a tapered brush (think: a Dior brush or a SH Insta-Dri brush). And the long square bottle, while very aesthetically pleasing, worries me a little bit because I'm constantly afraid I'll knock it over. At least the formula was pretty good. It dries semi-matte, so (1) work as carefully as you can, (2) wait a minute or so in between coats, and (3) you're definitely going to want to use top coat for a glossy matte finish. I used two thin-medium coats plus a thicker final coat to hide any potential patches and topped it all with SV. This time, I only used a base coat of Gelous because I thought Crescent Heights would be a quick swatching situation ... but then I liked it so much that I wore this shit for AN ENTIRE WEEK. That is the longest I have ever worn an AA polish!!!! Even back in the day, AA would chip on me or I'd have nasty tip wear after the second day, tops. So my friends and I were impressed as hell. I didn't have any chips until the end of Day 4 (right corner of left index finger), a second chip on Day 5 (right corner of left middle finger), and a much smaller one that I noticed on Day 6 (tip of right middle finger). Maybe I'll have to wear my other AA polishes to make sure this occurrence wasn't a fluke! ;)

IIRC, Crescent Heights was among the second batch of colors added to the core American Apparel polish lineup toward the end of 2011. I bought this bottle sometime last year along with two other polishes because you know the drill -- it was was 3 for $15 back in 2010, but it miiiiiight not be $15 any more. I don't remember. In any case, Crescent Heights is not listed for sale individually on the American Apparel site (#notsureifdiscontinued?); however, you should be able to get it in a 3-pack. I haven't been in the Richmond AA store since February of this year, and I really have no idea if you can get this in stores these days, but I feel like every brand makes some version of this color that you can check out in person.

Okay, not bad for my first ABCs of Untrieds in two years -- let's hope I make it to at least "G" this time, LOL! I still can't believe I got a whole week of wear out of this polish. Isn't that bananas? Any thoughts on this ABCs of Untrieds shebang? If you have a favorite stashbusting method, please share it. I like having options. Anyone have any opinions on American Apparel polishes? (It's been a minute since I've seen those!) Should I still not have a job in the next couple of months, would you be interested in seeing more?

Thanks for reading! I'll be traveling for the next three weekends, so I'll have a couple of posts lined up and ready to go while I'm gone because I don't want you to forget me again. This weekend, I'm heading to New York for my childhood family friend-slash-penpal's bachelorette party. I haven't seen my friend since 2009 and I'm not sure if I'll be able to attend her wedding in September, but at least we'll be able to have some face time this way. :) After that trip, I'll be off to L.A. with my friend Jennifer (where I'll meet Ashley!) for an early birthday getaway, and then another bachelorette party in Louisville for Labor Day weekend. (If you want to follow along, I'll most likely Instagram some shit before I get around to blogging it.) Don't worry, I'll leave the penis straws at home. That'll be one less thing for TSA to have fun with, right? Ha. Anyway, you be good. I'll try to do the same. <3

Friday, August 14, 2015

China Glaze Daisy Know My Name?

Happy Friday! Posting late because I had the worst headache the night I was working on this post, and then Comcast derped on me as I was going through pictures. Not ideal. But here, you can read something while you're waiting on dinner or stuck in traffic or whatever you're up to tonight. I don't know your life.

Anyway, I was really surprised with how much I loved China Glaze Daisy Know My Name?, which I think might be new favorite yellow jelly. I classify it as a jelly because it applied wayyyyy too much like one.

Also surprising? Getting decent photos out of my extremely busted, obsolete Droid Incredible phone camera and not having to retouch them.




Four coats + SV. If I had been good and waited between coats, I wouldn't have had the dreaded cuticle drag that I did. Take it from me, you might have to baby this polish juuuuuust a little, but oh my god, it is so worth it.








As part of this summer's ChG Electric Nights collection, Daisy Know My Name? is the perfect hybrid of neon and bright. It has many characteristics of the typical neon, but it lacks the sear that true neons possess (think ChG Celtic Sun, ChG Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, ChG Sun Kissed). But it does go on like a jelly and dries semi-matte, like some of the squishier bright jellies of the past (anyone remember Milani Rad Purple? THIS). So understably, it'll look more neon in some lights and more like a nice lemon yellow in others. Which, okay. It's nice to not wear a sunny egg yolk yellow every once in a while.

However, it's the formula that knocks DKMN out of the park for me. Obviously I thought it was pretty nice and I know I just said it wasn't the easiest to work with, but I've been through soooooo much worse with yellows. Don't be fooled into thinking "oh, it dries semi-matte so I have to move it around FAST." No, you don't. Take your time with this one -- the color payoff is just incredible. Because of the cuticle drag, I wouldn't recommending loading up your brush as you apply. Since I waited in between coats, my dry time was really quick. I wish I remembered how long I wore it -- somewhere between 3 to 5 days? -- but I know I took it off because it was cracking at the sides.

If you're on the hunt for DKMN, I've seen it at Ulta in the Electric Nights display and in the clearance section at Sally's (apparently the Electric Nights polishes did really well during the most recent red tag sale). It's also really easy to hunt down online. I bought this bottle during the last mix & match B2G1 sale at Sally's, so it was easy for me to knock out what I wanted from Electric Nights and Orly Adrenaline Rush, especially with my coupon. (OH MY GOD, Adrenaline Rush! *emoji heart eyes*)

Would I recommend Daisy Know My Name? Yes, but only if you're as freakishly patient as I am. (Like, I'm not working right now. I DO have all day!) Yes, if you have worked with some truly god-awful yellow polishes in the past and you need something better. For the record, I loved Orly Key Lime Twist (which is neon AF), but its formula was nowhere near as good as this one's, just sayin'.

For those of you who DO have this polish, would you agree or disagree with my assessment? For those of you who don't have this polish, is it something you'd be interested in getting? Did you guys have any favorites from ChG Electric Nights or any of the past ChG summer collections? Save for Summer 2014, China Glaze has been serving up some of the best summer collections since 2009. Heck, I'm still working my way through my Sunsational neon pastels from Summer 2013 ... I just took That's Shore Bright off my toes, and it is too gorgeous.

Thanks for reading! Hope you have a good weekend. I'll be back next week with a polish I wore more recently ... if you follow me on Instagram, then you've seen it. I LOVED IT.

Monday, August 10, 2015

RGB Cosmetics Copper

Can we talk about the "Poldark" season finale the other weekend? I actually ended up watching the double-episode finale with B and his mom, and let me just say that that was the quietest I've ever been while watching TV because usually I'm sorta extremely obnoxious with my commentary.

I can't believe we live in a world where my boyfriend, who has ZERO interest in Masterpiece Theater, has watched much, much more Masterpiece than I have lately. He watched a good chunk of "Wolf Hall" with his mom when it aired on PBS in April; these days, they've been watching "Poldark" and "The Crimson Fields" together, so he started out the season more caught up than I was. I thought, "Well, this is unacceptable" and then promptly did a Derek Zoolander-ish "Who am I?" 

I'm completely caught up now, thanks to a few episodes on PBS.org (which streams each episode at that site for one month after its PBS air date). While watching one night, I was about to put a gold polish on my nails when all the talk of copper, mining, and smelting reeeeeeeaally made me want to wear that color instead. I'm glad I changed my mind, because if I hadn't turned my stash upside down looking for copper polishes, this wouldn't have happened:




Three coats with SV.








So this is beautiful, yes? I hate to post a potentially discontinued polish (I'm tagging it as such because it's not on sale on the RGB site or at most RGB retailers), but either RGB Copper is too much, or I'm ridiculously easy to please. You know I adore a good metallic! RGB makes some good ones, but I think the price point is what scares people off. $18 is a bit much if you're trying to stretch your dollar, which is why I only splurged on RGB when there was a good sale code (most likely how I acquired Copper).

Anyhoo, I'm glad I have Copper because it is stupid gorgeous -- not too red, not too yellow ... perfect! -- and because RGBs typically have wonderful formulas and wear well on me, as this one did. Although this is a foil with great coverage and opacity, you're gonna want to wait at least two minutes in between coats to avoid pooling or dragging. I thought it looked best at two coats but I couldn't resist piling on one more. I wore this for two days and couldn't stop staring at my nails.

I really don't know where you could score Copper these days, but there are so many good copper polishes out there that you might be able to content yourself with something similar. I can't find my bottle of China Glaze Harvest Moon, though I'm thinking that might be close-ish. Plus there's a lovely (albeit significantly less foil-y and more gold) copper from Sinful Colors called Copper Pot that is to die for --  was down to that one and this RGB for this post, tbh. Just give me all the metallics. It's been a while since I posted one, so I'm glad it was this polish!

Now I have to ask all two of y'all who also watched "Poldark": Is RGB Copper Wheal Leisure-appropriate? Haters gonna be Warleggans. ;) As for the show itself, I do agree with everyone who found the pacing to be a little aggravating to follow on a weekly basis; if you binge it within a weekend, it probably isn't that much of an issue, though I don't think this quibble is unique to this show. However, I do like the social conflict within the series, so if that amps up + the Warleggans go full asshole in Season 2, that might get me to consider "Poldark" Appointment Television. The season finale was pretty emotional -- I'm definitely dumb enough to have let "putrid throat" throw me for a loop despite knowing full well what diphtheria is.

Also, and this might sound BEC, I like the show well enough, but it wasn't as exciting to me as other series have been. While it did merit a blog post, it certainly hasn't reached "Hannibal" or previous Masterpiece levels of obsession.* I don't know, maybe I'm broken. Yeah, Aidan Turner is a good Captain Ross, only I'm not really attracted to him -- I can't unsee him as Mitchell from "Being Human"! -- so perhaps I'll come around once he goes the salt and pepper route. For now, more for you. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I'm shallow, but hey, if a lead has the right ~smolder, I'll make more of an effort to bat for a series (hellooooooo, Richard Armitage in "North and South").

To the show's credit, it's introducing a character that isn't as well known 'round these parts or to this generation. So there IS that. Oh, and all those shots of the Cornwall cliffs are gorgeous. AND the younger actors are pretty good at holding their own, too, especially the gals who play Demelza, Elizabeth, and Verity (LOL forever at Demelza being the best friend from "Angus, Thongs, and Perfect Snogging"). It's weird to me that as I'm getting older, so are the actors I grew up watching; it's interesting to see the actors closer to my age/generation make their way into new projects.

Clearly I'll have no problem biding my time until Season Two, because here are some relatively new-to-me things I have been watching this summer that might be new to you, too:
  • "Another Period" (Comedy Central): #specialsnowflakealert. I hate the Real Housewives, I cannot with the Kardashians unless they're shilling nail polish, and I'm not a fan of "Downton Abbey." But put all those shows together, and they're great material for satire! I've seen a lot of reviewers go with the "more crass than clever" description, which, 100% THIS, so "Another Period" won't be everyone's cup of tea. I mean, I can take only so much of it at one time for whatever reason, so I really just watch it while working on blog posts and break up my viewings with other shows. I'll admit it would be nice to see them get away from half the sex jokes and ALL of the toilet humor. We'll see where this goes. OTOH, I do like the ensemble cast, and I'll continue to enjoy them as long as they don't bring in guest stars for the sake of doing it (especially since most of the guest stars portray historical figures. Like, how many could possibly descend on the Bellacourt estate? If you already watch, you know what I mean). My comments just now re: the ensemble cast reminds me that I really need to get on "Wet Hot American Summer" like two weeks ago ...

  • "Grace & Frankie" (Netflix): I LOVE Lily Tomlin and I remember hearing about this when Netflix ordered it, but forgot about it until my sister mentioned it back in May (I think she was charmed by the spelling bee episode, because she was a NSB contestant when I was in high school). She's fired for not telling me that my '90s teen movie boyfriend Ethan Embry is in this. Anyway, it's a nice little show, and I'm glad I started watching it -- it is, to quote Grace, oddly "life-affirming" to me because it does make me question what I want in life -- but I can't help feeling that the show isn't serving or challenging its principal actors as well as it could be. Does that make sense? I don't know, maybe I'm just BEC with my TV. I feel like it could be tighter, funnier, less broad ... something vital is missing, and I'm hoping to GOD the show finds that element in Season Two. (For the record, June Diane Raphael's character is everythinggggg. And the jokes about Craig T. Nelson's character are too much.)

  • "The Last Man on Earth" (FOX): Started this when it first aired, lost track halfway through the season. I will watch anything by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller -- I looooooooved "Clone High" back in the day, then they did "The LEGO Movie" and the "21 Jump Street" movies, which I also love -- so even though the premise for "Last Man" was kind of weird, I went with it. The main character is such a jackass, which is probably why I dropped off. "Clone High" has been embedded into my brain for the past 13 years, so (A) I can't help thinking that "Last Man" would be a decent animated series, and (B) I can't not picture Abe Lincoln when I hear Will Forte's voice ("I have your baby in me, giraffe!"). I wonder what the second season will be like. Also, I'm gonna need Boris Kodjoe to stay on that show because he is fiiiiiiiiiiiiiine and if Phil is gonna keep being annoying, I'm gonna need something to look at.

  • "Welcome to Sweden" (NBC): Now that NBC's cancelled it, there's no rush to start watching. I've loved Lena Olin hardcore since her stint on "Alias," so I was excited to see her on American TV again! This show is based on Amy Poehler's brother Greg's move to Sweden to be with his then-girlfriend (now wife); both the customary and not-so-customary "meet the family" and "dumb American in another country" hijinks ensue. Maybe it's because I grew up in America as the child of immigrants, but I will never NOT watch things about love and culture clashes since I figure that's gonna be my future (if I ever ~find love). There are some uniquely Swedish/Scandinavian jokes and moments that crack me up so much -- that is, once you can get past the jokes about Ikea and "Birger King." Anyway, I liked it, even when Bruce was being a dumb American (he's a man, so of course he'll be dumb regardless of his native country), and I loved Emma and Viveka's relationship. RIP, show.

Whoa, that was a long-ass TV post, but in my defense, it was severely overdue. ;) Sorry! If you ladies read *any* of that, then kudos to you. (Apparently my hiatus equals word vomit, now that I'm sort of back to blogging.) What do you think of RGB Copper? Do you have any RGB polishes? Would you like to see more? And if you watched "Poldark," pleeeeeeaaaaase tell me what you thought of the first season (feel free to email me if you think your comment is spoilery)! Oh, and if you want to share your TV recommendations or tell me what you've been watching this summer, you should do that, too. My list is way too long already, but it's a nice distraction while I wait for more rejection letters. :/ (I will get to "Sense8." You know, when I get to this season of "Orphan Black" ... and "Killjoys" ... God help me, I do love a show with an Ashmore twin.)

Thanks so much for reading! I'll be back on Thursday with something that definitely was new this summer -- care to wager any guesses?



* I'm not going to front, I might be a tad bitter that in a new age of show renewals, reboots, and revivals, my beloved "Horatio Hornblower"/Ioan can't get a piece of the action. I'm sure it's a complicated issue with rights, the Forester estate, etc., but still. HH is a wonderful character and Ioan's not getting any younger ...

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

OPI Girls Love Ponies (and "Magic Mike XXL")

Well, this girl loved "XXL." I never went through a pony or horse phase as a little girl, but between this and "Parks and Rec," I'm definitely in a "Pony" phase.* Anyone who is in constant contact with me will sigh and tell you that I will not shut up about the Channing Tatum movies I've been watching with Madeline -- they're so wonderfully ridiculous. Since we aren't blaming Mercury for everything at the moment (at least, not for another month), we're blowing through some real gems in his filmography** and constantly asking each other just why we're so charmed by this no-neck dudebro potato-looking motherfucker. He is objectively not good-looking, so I don't get it, but I'm not gonna fight it because #yearofpotatum.

Also, it's August. What. The. Hell. *screams into pillow*

But first, for your #waybackwednesday viewing pleasure/hilarity:


That's cool, it's not like we're looking at his face or anything but speaking of faces, LMAO @ this girl's expression


Ladies Queens, I deeply regret not seeing "XXL" at midnight on release day because you know it would have ended with me throwing $1 bills (a.k.a. my toll money) at the screen. It's not as raunchy as it could be, but I think that's for the best. It's just a lot of fun. My point is, GO SEE IT. BRING YOUR FRIENDS. (Or, in my case, bring your sister, then your aunt.) And then if you have a significant other or whatever, let that person reap the rewards of your "XXL" experience when you get back.

Because, yeah ... it's certainly an experience. If you have any qualms about going to see this movie, look no further than Roxane Gay's "XXL" recap on The Toast (spoilers ahoy!, just FYI). I will read anything Roxane Gay writes, so I pretty much died at her recap. It, much like this polish, is too legit.

Note: I had to fiddle with these photos a little bit so you could see just how insanely saturated this color is.




Two coats with SV. How stinking cute is the plastic pony wrapper on the cap? Also, pardon the clean-up lines ... my brush is on the way out. You wouldn't even notice this in person. Boo.











All right, all right, alllllll riiiiiiiight. (Sorry, I had to.) Unless you adore the name, blue-leaning pink cremes, or last year's LE OPI Ford Mustang collection, then you can skip this one. OPI put out three LE pink cremes in 2014 alone: Hey Baby, this polish, and 50 is the New Fabulous (Sally Beauty anniversary exclusive). I have them all because I cannot turn down a blue-toned pink; I know it's not particularly en vogue to love pink polish if you're not an uber girly girl, but DAMN IT, they look so good on me and I love this one so freakin' much.

Its formula? Flawless. I usually do 3 coats, but this was so good in 2 that I let it be. Dry time was excellent and wear was great (2 days, no chips and minor tipwear -- not bad for doing lots of dishes without gloves tbh). What more could you want, besides another bottle? ;)

Which brings me to this word of warning: If you find the 4-piece OPI Mustang Pony Pack, the little bottle that's supposed to be Girls Love Ponies is actually NOT Girls Love Ponies! Lame. I don't know if this is true for you, but every set I saw at Ulta and TJ Maxx/Marshalls did not contain the true GLP; I'm not totally sure what polish it is, but it's a bright neon pink with blue shimmer. So if you are a sucker for pinks like this then I suggest you buy it online, which is what I did.

So yeah ... this polish is great and "XXL" is great. I guarantee you will not leave that theater without a smile on your face. I can't wait for it to come to the discount theater in Richmond or out on Blu-ray/DVD! You better believe I'm pre-ordering that shit because the day will come when literally nothing will cheer me up ... except this movie.

Do you like pink cremes? Do you enjoy silly movies about male strippers going on road trips? (HOW BADASS was Jada Pinkett Smith? OH MAH GAWD. #yassssssqueen) Have you also given yourself over to the charisma of Hollywood's most charming potato? I remember posting about "Magic Mike" in 2012; a couple of months after that, I saw "21 Jump Street" with Tara and we hopped on that bandwagon right away. I mean, if he hadn't won me over back then, his Reddit AMA would've done it. Just ... the guy's favorite Disney character is the broom from "Fantasia." I'm DEAD. And he loves Pinterest, which is too funny because I don't love it (it's too overwhelming for me. It's like Tumblr. There's just too much to sift through).

Thanks for reading! I'll catch you next week. Pony out.



P.S. Much like the original "Magic Mike" movie, my only real beef (ha) is that I would have liked to see Christopher Meloni as a ~male entertainer. You know he's great with comedy. What's more, if you watched "Oz," then you also know that the man's body is good for it. #dreamcasting #sigh

* Can you call almost two decades "a phase"? I CANNOT BELIEVE "Pony" will be TWENTY YEARS OLD next year. I mentioned it to Janice, who screamed, "Don't tell me that!"

** We watched "The Eagle" last month because neither of us had ever heard of it, despite Jamie Bell being Madeline's favorite. That movie was some serious D-list "Gladiator" shit peppered with many delicious slashy moments -- or was it the other way around? -- we couldn't handle it. Hilariously enough, my parents actually liked it and thought it was a legitimately good movie, so you know this means I need the DVD like now. Okay, Pony out for real.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Rescue Beauty Lounge Smile! LIPSTICK POST :D

Happy National Lipstick Day! Apparently, there truly is a day for everything. If I were still keeping up with Shopping My Stash, I'm pretty sure I would have lobbied hard for this as our July theme. ;)

To celebrate, I'm going to share phone photos of my favorite summer lipsticks later in this post. No swatches or anything, just bleh pics of them in their tubes because I'm lame. All I have are really shitty quality iPhone selfies I've sent Madeline because she is my lipstick friend, ha.

Anyhoo, that was a lot of words to tell you I love lipstick. In fact, a year before this (relatively new) obsession kicked in and the RBL Emoting Me collection came out, Smile was giving me lipstick vibes. Buying my own bottle and having it in my hands only reinforced this idea, so that's why I'm posting it today.

I fucking love this color. It's bright, bold, and just so happy. I wish I could find it in lipstick form. I'm already betting it would make my teeth look whiter ...




Three coats with SV.













Swooooon. Yes, there are hints of a golden shimmer in the bottle, but they're practically imperceptible on the nail. Laaaame. Good thing this reddish coral is so beautiful on its own!

Formula and application were great, RBL at its best. Nothing weird here. It's opaque in two coats, but I used three thin coats because I am an obsessive three-coater. Dry time is good, and I wore this for three days with no chips, just some miniscule tip wear. Because of the pearly shimmer, it looks semi-matte without top coat; even with SV, it dulled after a day. Didn't bother me, though.

I can't believe the RBL Emoting Me collection was two summers ago. Isn't that wild? Smile is still available for $20 on the Rescue Beauty site, or you could take your chances and try to score it via blog sale. If you like reds and corals, this little baby is a must-have in your stash!

Speaking of stashes, here's a really tame look at some of my really tame stash. Forgive the shitty photos. I'm just excited and I wanted to share *something* because I love that I've been able to wear lipstick more often these last few months!



  • NARS Dragon Girl - Duh. And okay, technically not a tube lipstick, but it's perfect. I got this to wear for Steff's wedding last year upon my MUA's suggestion and it still KILLS. I really had to twist Madeline's arm (no, I didn't) to get her to buy it for her birthday in May, and once she put it on, she sent me a very excited text saying something like, "THIS IS THE NICEST THING I EVER PUT ON MY FACE." Truth. It's a little pricey and I will have to get a NARS sharpener soon, but damn if it's not hella gorgeous. I barely have to touch up whenever I wear it, which is how you know this pencil is too fabulous and worth the $26. I'm dying for the 413 BLKR pencil but I'm soooooo stoked that the mini Cruella pencil is the Sephora BI birthday gift! I can't wait to pick up mine in September.
  • MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus - Probably the greatest thing Miley will ever give us. (And that includes "Party in the U.S.A.") SUCH a flattering pink! It's one of MAC's amplified cream finishes and so it's not a true matte, but who cares. While I didn't buy the lip glass, I've seen it on other gals, and the combination of this lipstick + that glass is just too beautiful. Grab the lipstick (or the glass) while you can. I might be hoarding a back up tube ...


  • NYX Matte Shocking Pink - Photo fail. This is decidedly quite orchid in the tube, but don't let that scare you! Its blue/violet undertones are so pronounced that I'm not sure that this this looks as good on me as other colors do, but I still like it a lot. However, my two NYX Mattes (this + Street Cred) tend to dry out my lips and flake within a couple of hours, even with primer (also currently NYX!), which is probably why I don't reach for them as much as my other drugstore brands. I've wearing this one a lot this summer so I can try to figure out what's the deal.
  • L'Oréal Colour Riche Freida's Red - More of a fuchsia? magenta? than red red on me, but stupid gorgeous. I wore this to Anna's wedding and it hung on really well, given the circumstances (I stuffed my face and I also had to use my UD Ozone as primer instead of liner, which is not my preferred use for my Ozone pencil -- I like it better as an outer lip line barrier). It's very creamy and pigmented, which always makes removal interesting at the end of the night. I would say it's my favorite so far among the 4  L'Oréal signature reds I got, but I haven't tried the others yet. (I picked up Blake's Red, Julianne's Red, and Liya's Red ... I still need JLo's. Maybe Julianne's Red is in order to try next.) There's a slight powdery? floral? scent to these L'Oréals, the same as the core Colour Riche lipsticks, though strangely it doesn't bother me.
  • Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Shocking Coral - The Color Sensational Vivids line probably is one of the best drugstore lipstick lines out there, IMO. Shocking Coral leans more pink and actually needs to be blotted and powdered twice before I can get it as pink as I like it (is that weird?), but it wears beautifully. (I knew I would stan this line after wearing this to $2 Burger Night at a local bar and it still looked good. Even B was impressed.) This particular shade was one of my favorites from last summer! You can pick it up when there's a Maybelline sale or you could drag yourself to Walmart and get it for way cheaper than a regular drugstore price (that's what I did).


  • Wet n Wild Silk Finish Nouveau Pink - Totally smells like a grandma lipstick if you know what I mean, but the color is to die for and it's easy to put on. The only thing I really hate it about it is the packaging design on the new, redesigned tube -- UGH @ the bottom of that curvy cap! If the cap breaks or won't stay on, you're kind of fucked. At least it's cheap (99 cents!). I got this tube in January, and it was one of my favorite colors this past winter.
  • Wet n Wild Mega Last Purty Persimmon - Another rec from Madeline last fall when I was in the market for an orange-leaning red. I know I just praised the Maybelline Vivids line, but the WnW Mega Last line is without a doubt THE BEST lipstick you're gonna get for your money. The range of colors is fantastic, so for $1.99 you can try out a shade without breaking the bank (especially when there's a BOGO half off sale or a 99-cent sale). My absolute favorite core color in this line is Sugar Plum Fairy, but that's more of a fall/winter lip for me. 
  • Wet n Wild Mega Last Sunset Siren - This was LE last fall with a few other matte shades, but honestly, it needs to be a permanent shade because it's so damn good. The pigmentation and staying power for the Mega Lasts generally are pretty good, but this LE matte is so fucking insane that it has no business being 49 cents (which is what I paid for it on clearance last year). This picture makes it look a lot like WnW Mega Last Cherry Picking, but trust me, Sunset Siren is more of a neutral red IRL. Bold, but not that deep of a red. Loooove.

Like I said ... basic shit for a #basicbitch, but (1) it's summer and I noticed I reach more for reds and berries more in the fall/winter seasons. I love the idea of a purple lip (Maybelline Hot Plum/Brazen Berry/Orchid Ecstasy + MAC Heroine), only I don't know if I could pull it off. Also (2) I love a good matte lip, and (3) I've probably acquired one tube too many for someone who really only wears lipstick on weekends. I couldn't wear it at my last job, and who knows where I'll end up working? :/ 

Okay, that does it for today's lipstick ~celebration. What do you think, is RBL Smile reminiscent of lipstick? What polishes do you wish could be actual lipsticks? Besides this RBL, I think Orly Risky Behavior would be too mega. Maybe such a shade already exists, I don't know. Feel free to share some of your faves or future purchases in the comments, plus a warning if you think they're so good that I'll need to hide my wallet. ;) (I feel obliged to pimp this red because Peggy Carter. Maybe for my birthday ...)

Thank you so much for reading! I know I dropped off the face of the earth for a few months there and I have no idea what the next few weeks or months will bring, but as nice as that five-month break was, it's nicer to be posting again. Next month is going to be bonkers because I'll be traveling a lot (ofc my summer gears up just as the season starts winding down), so I'll try to get a handful of posts together for y'all. Sound good? I'll see you guys next week!


P.S. No, I did not wear OCC Technopagan to my best friend's mom's housewarming because I forgot to take it with me to B's. #fail Instead, I wore NARS Dragon Girl (surpriiiiiiiiiise! Not.) and it was bomb. My friend's mom said I looked like I was "on the prowl," haha. I suppose that's fitting, given the name "dragon girl." But Technopagan will happen as soon as I can pony up for my favorite makeup remover (Lancôme Bi-Facil -- I know it's for eye makeup, but it removes lipstick better than the Neutrogena wipes!) and an angled brush.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Christmas in July: Deborah Lippmann Dream Weaver

I was so bad last year, you guys. I went HARD with the Lippmann holiday 2014 collection, picking up four of its six polishes. When the first swatches appeared online, I remember going, "WELP" and making an out-of-my-way Sephora trip to pick up ... was it Weird Science or Dear Mr. Fantasy? ... in person (it was probably Dear Mr. Fantasy). I knew I had to get this one, too, but I waited for a killer holiday sale code on the Lippmann site before I pounced.

Also,




IDC what you say, Tia Carrere still is a babe. (#filipinopride) But now that I got this out of the way ...




Three coats with SV. Also, sorry, these pictures are not the best. :/ Visit this blog. And this one. Oh, and this one.








I think the official Lippmann description of this polish is a "mesmerizing mood stone," which ... sure, I guess? There definitely is some duochrome, though. It goes from a subtle smoky emerald? teal? to a subtle smoky deep purple, but if you don't have any sun or lots of light, it's just gonna look sort of like a muddy opal pewter. It's a stunner, but if you want something stronger and less plummy/brown, maybe try OPI Peace & Love & OPI or Essie For the Twill of It. I still can't stop staring at my hands.

Formula was surprisingly good on Dream Weaver. Although I used three coats, I really think two would suffice (especially if you go a little heavy on the second coat)! I polished carefully, so I didn't have any brushstroke issues. Dry time was fast, as always, with SV. I only put this on yesterday evening, so I don't know about wear yet, but Lippmanns tend to wear pretty well on me.

Dream Weaver currently isn't available on the Lippmann site, but you can nab it at several other online retailers for $18 (full price); I checked 6pm, which usually has great deals on Lippmann, but it's not there, either. I'd say that maybe the best place to buy Dream Weaver for a bargain right now is gonna be on a blog sale or destash. Anyway, totally in love with this Fantastical polish. I wonder which one(s) I'll end up wearing or possibly blogging this coming holiday season ...

I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to get this post up today because I didn't have pictures or internet until last night, so I'm really happy this worked out. Plus who doesn't love an excuse for a Christmas in July post AND a "Wayne's World" reference? Not this girl! ;) Schwing, indeed. If you have any thoughts on this Lippmann, the Fantastical polishes, a favorite "Wayne's World" quote, or a favorite duochrome that you would like to share with me in the comments, please do! It's been SO great to hear from you all again.

Anyone got any good plans this weekend? I'm not sure what's going on. I could be good and stay in, finish the last two episodes of "Wolf Hall," and work on more fruitless job applications or blog posts for August ... OR I could be bad and crash with my favorite kitty, watch "Antman" with B, go to a barre class (still doing it, btw, but not often enough to see ~results), and see my friends. The cash flow is not great right now for obvious reasons, but I feel like summer is practically over and I might as well enjoy it. Whatever you do, have fun and stay safe out there. I'll see you at some point next week. Thanks for stoppin' by, San Diego!