Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Zoya Rikki

Sorry for the late post. I have been pretty congested the past couple of days, and the humidity ain't helping, especially when I sleep. It's easy to go to sleep for once, but with the congestion, it's just as annoying as you think it might be.


Strangely, I've been blogging mostly newly-released polishes this summer. However, that doesn't mean I haven't been reaching for some goodies from Summer 2013.

Today, I've got a super underrated polish from Zoya's Irresistible collection. Last year, I went gaga for Amy, and although I didn't get a chance to blog Kerry, it was one of my favorite 2013 releases. Most of my blogger friends have been losing it over Hazel, but that one didn't really appeal to me. Rikki, though? Oh, man. I don't remember when it happened, but one day I walked into Ulta and decided I was going to have to acquire it at some point. Once this year's Zoya exchange rolled around, acquire it I DID.

Three coats with Cult Nails Wicked Fast.

Man, I love this polish. I have no clue why I was so drawn to it last year, because it's not particularly obnoxious or different. Like, a green foil, whoopty shit, right? First of all, I love foils because they're not super high maintenance when you need to go to bed fifteen minutes after you put them, and they usually look really good and dry fast. Second, this green is not heavy on silver shimmer, otherwise it would make me look like a ghostie. Instead, the shimmer is infused with gold, and that helps the green base warm up. Naturally, I LOVE the way this looks on me so much.

I had no issues with formula, application, or dry time. As with most foils, you're gonna wanna give each coat maybe an extra minute to dry so it doesn't pool and so your application will be nice and even. I'm pretty sure this was opaque in two coats, btw, but you know me and my three-coat compulsion. I wore this for a weekend back in June, and this looked good after two days. (Oddly, I remember more details when a polish wears badly. Anyone else?)

Again, Rikki is from last summer's Zoya Irresistible collection. You can find it online at various retailers, try beauty supplies, or cave in at Ulta, where it's $9. Your best bet would be add this to your cart during the next Zoya promotion. I knew the "threedom" deal just happened, but with fall collections coming, I wouldn't be surprised if they threw out one more.

Thanks for reading! I am doing my darnedest to have a post for Friday. We'll see how that goes, though. Fridays are the best, unless you are me and it's blog o'clock, and then they're the woooooooooooorst [/Jean-Ralphio Saperstein]. Thanks for putting up with me, though. It's really appreciated, especially during these next few weeks.

P.S. I'm giving some good stuff away for my third blogaversary. To quote Selena Gomez, come and get it.
P.P.S. Yes, I went there. (Thanks, ONTD, for being the reason I know that SG exists.) But also, this just reminded me I have an untried NOPI Selena Gomez ... should I blog it?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Skinny Dipping (With Friends): Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pearl Up

Oh man, it's Monday. That was ... quick. At least Anna and I have new Skinny Dipping posts up.

Thanks to some inconvenient time and money issues, I've been avoiding drugstores for the past couple of weeks. However, right before I started doing that, I made a pit stop at Walgreens to check out Sally Hansen's new Electric Summer collection in the Xtreme Wear line. It's been a while since I bought some true pastels (neon pastels, while lovely, are not exactly the same thing), yet I walked out with four polishes -- have you tried resisting a two for $4 deal? It's almost impossible. (I would have bought two more colors if they'd been in stock, but the display had been emptied of those colors long before I got to it.)

Here is Pearl Up, the polish I knew I needed as soon as swatches of this collection started popping up.

Crap, I forget whether this is 3 or 4 coats. All I remember is that I used SV as a top coat. Sorry, guys.

I admit I'm kind of biased since SH is my favorite drugstore brand, but can we all just agree that Sally Hansen is killing it this summer? You guys. This polish! I DIE. Pearl Up is a nude, beige-leaning jelly (!!!). I found that I needed a little TLC to apply it, but I'm 99.9% certain that was because my base coat application was not good the day I took these pics. (I need to get a new bottle of Gelous so, so badly.) I waited a couple of minutes between coats, which worked out nicely. As I said earlier, though, I don't recall whether I used 3 or 4 coats. I also don't remember at which point Pearl Up started to look opaque. All I know is that I used SV as a top coat. How long did it take to dry? I don't remember that, either. --I know, I'm the worst. I zoned out so hard because I was watching the last episode of "Rev" and WOW, did that show get me right in the feels.

Anyway, I super enjoyed the look of this. I'll have to bring this one back out as a full NOTD sometime. Now in case you're looking for this polish and the rest of the Electric Summer colors, I've seen them at Walgreens and at bigger Walmart stores. I'm not sure if the 2 for $4 deal is a Wags-exclusive thing or a time-sensitive thing because I saw it on the Wags display endcap and was so excited to find the display, I don't remember seeing any specific dates on it. Sorry, ladies. :( But if you want any of the Electric Summers, you'd better run out ASAP because these pretties are limited edition. I think I might want a back up of this polish, so perhaps I'd best get to steppin' myself.

What do you think of Pearl Up or the SH XW Electric Summers? Have you been able to find them? If you have, did you buy any? Which ones? I WANNA KNOW. I've been super into drugstore polishes this summer, but it's been a second since I blogged a legit drugstore brand for Skinny Dipping. I hope we get some good drugstore nude polishes this fall -- I hope I don't wait till next year to blog one again!

Thanks for reading! I hope to have a blog post up on Wednesday, but in case I don't get a chance to finish it, I should be back on Friday. Until then, make sure you stop by Anna's blog and take a peek at her Skinny Dipping post ... guys, it's good. I was really surprised by how much I want to stop by a drugstore to get it. *hides wallet* We'll see how long my resolve lasts!

P.S. I'm continuing to pimp my 3rd blogaversary giveaway. Can't stop, won't stop! It's open to both U.S. and international readers (for once), so don't miss out. :)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Nicole by OPI Sing You Like a Bee

Okay, you guys. In case the lack of entries this week wasn't a big enough indicator, please know that we officially have entered the part of July-slash-summer that is going to be BATSHIT CRAZY for me. Accordingly, everything you're going to see for the rest of this month has been (sort of) planned and scheduled to the best of my ability (whatever this means). --A little anal-retentive of me, yeah, but I have one hell of a backlog building up ...

Anyway, for the three of you who were wondering if I got any of the NOPI Carrie Underwood polishes released earlier this year, the answer is yes: I have two.

I'm not a huge Carrie Underwood fan -- I know only three songs of hers ("Ever Ever After," which is the song she did for the movie "Enchanted," and of course "Before He Cheats," and "Jesus Take the Wheel." Can I just say that "Jesus Take the Wheel" is a REALLY STRANGE CHOICE of song for a child to sing at a children's talent show? That was such a strange night). Basically, everything I know about her comes from reading ONTD: For instance, I have mad respect for her for taking a personal trainer on tour with her instead of a make-up artist. But I have to agree that she is the perfect musician/celebrity to partner with NOPI for a collection of her own. I don't know why NOPI didn't collaborate with her until now.

Like Carrie herself, the colors in her collection are on the safe side, but there's something in there for everybody. As soon as I saw swatches of Sing You Like a Bee, I knew it was for me.

This is four coats plus Gelous + SV.

Also it just occurred to me ... was Carrie Underwood a judge on "The Singing Bee"? Because that would explain this name.

I have this obsession with gold, and white and gold together are two of my favorite colors. (How bad is it?, you ask. Let's just say that if I ever have to have a fancy wedding, that color combo is LOCKED IN. Close friends, take note.) Naturally, I had to have Sing You Like a Bee. I can't say how similar it is to ChG White Cap, apart from the gold-on-white action and the fact that some bloggers also have used Sing You Like a Bee for layering.

The formula was pretty good on this one, too. I think it looks perfectly opaque after three coats, so I don't know why I used a fourth. I must have zoned out during an episode of "Broad City" (which, LOVE) while I was polishing. Anyway, I mainly wanted to point out that Sing You Like a Bee dries super gritty, to the point where I wondered if it actually was a texture and I didn't know it. The good thing is that if you slap a coat of Gelous + SV over it, the grittiness dies down significantly. Dry time was super fast and I only wore this for two days, but it was lovely.

You can find the NOPI Carrie polishes online, at several drugstores, and at Kmart, Target and Walmart. However, most stores only carry a few colors; I did notice that Kmart and this one super fancy Walgreens store sold the entire collection. I actually bought this at Kmart one day when I popped in to buy some shampoo on sale. There is one more polish I'm thinking about getting, but I'm in no rush. If this collection is anything like the Kardashian, "Modern Family," and Selena Gomez ones, then what I want will be on clearance at the end of this year.

I'm curious to hear what you guys have to say about this polish, especially vis-à-vis its texture. If you have any NOPI Carrie colors, which ones did you get? Would Sing You Like a Bee make it onto your wishlist(s)? I'll try to share my other NOPI Carrie polish in the coming months, but you probably can guess which one it was.

Also, because it's cute:

BEST MOVIE EVER. Not sure how I feel about this alleged sequel, but "Enchanted" will forever be one of my favorite movies.

Thanks for reading! Hope you guys have a good weekend. And of course, don't forget to enter my blogaversary giveaway. Treat yo self!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Shopping My Stash: Setting sail

Sooooooooo, uh. I slept through my alarm this morning, so I did not get a chance to write this post until, you know, now. At least I had pictures ready ...

Once again, you've probably already read Short 'n Chic by now, so you know we went nautical this month. If you've been a Short 'n Chic or Stuff reader for the past couple of years, then you also know we love nautical themes (not just in the summertime, but all year!) and it was merely a MATTER OF TIME until it extended to stash shopping. :) I had trouble picking a polish, so I texted Steff some options. There were two polishes in particular that she liked best, one for the name and one for nostalgia.

"The name" ended up winning, because I had 20 minutes to get photos done and HAZMAT NO TIME. (Don't worry. The nostalgic selection will make an appearance on this blog eventually!)

Three coats with SV. Sorry about my pinkie nail looking janky around the cuticle. That nail did not want to cooperate with SV that day, so I had to re-do it maybe 3 times. UGH. And with 20 minutes to take some photos, I didn't bother cleaning it up. Sorry.

If you're thinking this color is Really Not A Pink Rachel Would Wear, you would be right, but the truth is that I rather enjoyed it! At first I thought it was "dangerously Grandma chic," but I'm not one to knock a color that is flattering on me, so there's that. (Also, a 12-year-old girl at work told me she liked it.) Sailor's Delight is a muted pastel pink creme that leans warm; I think it would fit pretty seamlessly into a "blush and bashful" scheme. I didn't cut my nails this week, and on my "talons," the muted quality of this color made me feel like a fancy receptionist in the late '80s ... very Doralee Rhodes. ;)

AND THE NAME. UGH. LOVE. Supposedly it's from that saying, "Pink sky at night, sailor's delight," but I've heard "red sky," too. If you sail, you should probably leave me a comment and set me right!

Formula was really great with this polish, perfect creme and easy to work with. I think it was opaque in two coats, and dried super quickly with SV. I have been wearing it for three days now, and I won't lie to you -- I'll be sorry to take it off. But I'll save this polish for the next time I need to be a little bit Doralee.

Sailor's Delight was part of Barielle's Spring 2009 collection, so it's pretty darn old. I don't see Sailor's Delight for sale on the Barielle site, but I did notice it's in the Pink Revolution 5-pack (which was floating around TJ Maxx this time last year). I'm going to venture a guess and say it's discontinued, although you also could pick it up separately on Amazon. At one point a few years ago, Ulta sold Barielle, so I'm thinking I bought this color when Ulta was clearancing its Barielle polishes.

All right. What do you think of this color? Do you love it as much as I do, or is it boring? If you have not popped by Steff's nautical polish yet, do it. I have to admit that polish is still in my untrieds! Eek. Anyway, I'm really glad I went with "the name" for this month's prompt instead of "nostalgia," because this polish would have gone untried for foreverrrrrrrr. This is part of the reason why I love our stash shopping series so much. :)

Thanks for reading! So sorry this post went up so damn late. There is A LOT going on IRL this summer -- it's kind of stressful, if I'm being honest, but some fun things are happening, too. Next week is going to be particularly busy for me, although I plan to have at least two posts for you.

Okay, I'm out. Have a good weekend! It's National Blueberry Muffin Day -- I'm off to run some errands and might stop by Dunkin Donuts on the way home. >:)

P.S. My 3rd blogaversary giveaway is open! I'm giving away some good stuff, so please enter and spread the word!
P.P.S. If you guys like sailing-inspired music, give the Tennis album "Cape Dory" a listen! It's name and nostalgia, all in one. Here's the track that made me drop everything and made me a fan:

You're welcome. ;)

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Blue Cross Summer Brights 2014: Ube Ice Cream

Happy hump day! I don't have a lot of time today, so this is going to have to be a quickie. (That's what she said.)

2014 has been bringing it not only in the glass fleck department -- the number of neon pastels I have seen this year is enough to make my head spin, no exaggeration. If you read Nouveau Cheap or the drugstore display posts at Frazzle and Aniploish, then you know what's out there. I ran across the Summer 2014 Blue Cross Summer Brights display at Rite Aid back in April (I think), and immediately got a case of the grabby hands. Then common sense got a hold of me, so I permitted myself to buy juuuuuuuust one.

Blue Cross is the same company that makes the beloved cuticle remover at Sally's, as well as the same company that puts out the polishes in cute little pumpkin or snowman head bottles during the appropriate holiday seasons. The only thing is that Blue Cross doesn't seem to name their polishes, so I named this pastel neon purple after the first purple food I could think of.

Three coats with SV.

If you're still confused by the name, here you go:


It's the purple from a yam, but it's so much more than that. (Also, I'm sorry if you just got ragey over the word "yam" ... I just did, but that might be the two consecutive years of reading Things Fall Apart from when I switched high schools and had to read it AGAIN speaking.)

This neon pastel is on the cooler side, so I'll dare to say it's universally flattering. The only catch with this one is that it dries semi-matte and you have to work quickly but carefully. A self-leveling top coat (SV) helps substantially! I wore this so long ago that I forgot how many days I got out of it, but I do remember getting chips on my chippy finger on Day 4. Not too bad at all.

AFAIK, these Blue Cross displays are Rite Aid exclusives, so that's where you'll want to go look for these. I can't find my receipt, but according to the display photos, they're $3.99 a pop. That's a fairly decent price for a drugstore polish; however, when you consider the fact that people with pro discounts can get salon brands for about that price, $3.99 seems almost steep. But I liked this one; if you want it, go for it.

Oh, and I went back for a blue from this display. I hope I can try it and blog it before the end of the summer, but don't hold your breath.

Anyway, I'd love to hear your thoughts on this polish, or neon pastels in general. Do you have any favorites? Did you pick up anything from this collection? Also, if you have never tried ube ice cream ... do it. I finally figured out two years ago why I don't like halo-halo (there are a few foods I hate that touch, and that is one of them -- I don't know why, I like almost everything in it ... separately), but ube ice cream on its own is so freakin' legit. I'm sure there are more than a few blogs out there that can tell you how to DIY your own ice cream at home in case you can't get to an Asian market that sells it, so try it out and report back to me.

Thanks so much for reading! I'll be back on Friday for Shopping My Stash, so definitely come back for that. And if you haven't yet taken three minutes to enter Stuff's 3rd Birthday Giveaway, totally do it! Not to toot my own horn or anything, but it truly is a gift that keeps on giving. Or something. ;) Thanks for the love, you guys. Means a lot.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Stuff's 3rd Birthday Giveaway!

It's so funny to think that this blog officially turns three today! Three years ago, I hit the "publish" button on Stuff's first blog post and shared some pictures of Chanel Riva, but I wasn't expecting to spend as much time (or money) on this outlet as I actually have. As someone who has a great deal of difficulty following through with things that aren't related to work, reaching my third blogaversary is kind of a big deal. (I think the correct word is "blogiversary," but that poor i looks so out of place to me. Anyone else?)

I've learned so much about blogging in the past three years, acquired polishes I never dreamed I would, and have formed solid friendships with some really wonderful ladies -- all because I like to share cell phone photos of my nail polish collection. That's pretty fucking wild. And AWESOME.

Let's celebrate these three years with a giveaway, shall we?

Here's what you're winning! I have no pictures of anything now because real life got the best of me this weekend and some of the polishes haven't arrived yet, but I'll add pictures to this post later.


You'll win 6 of my favorite polishes in the past year. If you already have one, some, or all of these, then I think you'll agree they're quite worthy of back-ups:
  • OPI All Sparkly and Gold
  • Sally Hansen CSM Summer Lovin'
  • NOPI Yoga-then-Yogurt
  • Zoya Liberty
  • China Glaze White Cap
  • Orly Saturated  

Aaaaaaaand of course you're going to need something to put on while you're polishing so I'm also including the first season DVD of "Friday Night Lights," one of my favorite shows. Don't worry. I got it for between $8-$9 on Black Friday, which is practically robbery, considering how wonderful this show is.

Don't worry, international friends. I have something for you, too.

[INTERNATIONAL READERS ONLY] One $30 USD e-gift card to Sephora. (Please make sure Sephora delivers in/to your country!)

  1. You must be a public Google Friend Connect follower. Have you been lurking? Now would be a great opportunity to make it official! (Also, 300 followers on my third blogaversary would thrill me to death.)
  2. This giveaway is open until Friday, August 1 at 12:00 a.m. EST. I will announce two randomly-selected winners later that same day. I will email both winners, who will have 2 days to respond to claim their prizes. If one or neither of those original winners respond, new ones will be chosen and then given 2 days to claim their prizes.
  3. Please fill out the Rafflecopter entry form below and follow its instructions. You MUST leave me your GFC username AND your email address, plus the prize pack you want to win + a comment to this blog post. Should you decide to go for extra entries via Twitter and Instagram, please (a) use the hashtag #stuffs3rdbirthdaygiveaway with a link back to this post, and (c) use the cupcake photo from the beginning of this post!
  4. Get excited.

Good luck! Thank you for reading Stuff and spending a few minutes of your day with me. Here's to everything great that's happened here in the past three years, and to all good things ahead. <3

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

NEW: L'Oréal Acid Watermelon (also, Pink Wednesday!)

When I saw Nouveau Cheap's post on the L'Oréal LE Summer 2014 neons, I knew I needed them. Although they don't resemble true flashy neons (i.e., OPI's neons this year), I had to have them: I am a sucker for bright, punchy cremes, and after loving the two L'Oréal polishes I wore this year, it only made sense for me to expand my collection. ;)

I scooped up four of these L'Oréals at Bed Bath & Beyond almost a week ago (yo, L'Oréal polish is $1 cheaper at BBB than at Walgreens, where I first spotted this collection). I was drawn immediately to Acid Watermelon's neon pastel quality and HAD TO try it out first.

Ugh, so good.

Three coats with SV.

Droooooooooool. This looks like a mix between Zoya Shelby and China Glaze Bottoms Up -- so, cool toned, and just freaking perfect for me. I am DIPPY IN LOVE with Acid Watermelon (which totally sounds like a Jolly Rancher flavor, btw).

The formula was not as great as I expected it would be, but it wasn't terrible to apply. I *think* it was opaque at two coats, but three coats covered up any weird patches I had. Dry time was so fast with SV! I only swatched this and have not yet trotted it out as a full NOTD, but you know it'll happen this summer. :)

I did some Googling, and it looks like this polish was released last year in Europe as part of some gel-based Colour Riche line over there. The bottle looks completely different, too! It's slim and round, sort of like a Pixi polish bottle (you know, from Target?), not like our square Colour Riche bottles here in the U.S. Whatever the deal is, I'm just glad we get to have this polish across the pond, because it's great. If you like neon pastels and pinks, I highly recommend this one. I've only seen it at Walgreens or at BBBeyonds with a Harmon, but who knows, it might be popping up elsewhere soon.

Acid Watermelon: COMPLETE AND TOTAL WIN. I'm curious to know what you all think! Obviously, I love it -- one down, three to go! (If I run across the orange and the purple, they are SO mine.) I'm not sure which polish to try next, Punchy Lychee or Banana Pop. If these other colors are as good as Acid Watermelon, then I don't even know, you guys. This was ~$20-ish well spent.

Thanks for reading! I'm not sure if I'll have a post up in time on Friday (Fridays tend to be particularly problematic blogging days for me), but if I'm not back, I hope all my American readers have a safe and fun Fourth of July!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Rescue Beauty Lounge Ghost (yes, again.)

Last year, I blogged some pretty weak photos of RBL Ghost for a "Game of Thrones" season premiere post. This time around, I've got substantially better snaps ... and some concert talk. --That is, what I can remember of it, because it was so long ago and I never got around to blogging it for some reason.

At the beginning of June, I went to see The Head and The Heart play a sold out show in Richmond. I knew vaguely that a couple of the band members were from RVA, but until I noticed all the people around, it didn't strike me that this show practically was Neutral Milk Hotel levels of sold out. In fact, back when tickets went on sale, the show I attended sold out so quickly that the band had to add a second Richmond date.

Anyway, I'd done my nails the night before at my friend Krysi's house. I used RBL Ghost partially because I knew it would be easy to work with and would dry fast, but also because of this song:

Now about those better pictures ...

Three coats with SV.

While I think it's very beautiful, RBL Ghost is kind of a brat to capture, which most likely is why there are so many different photos of it floating aorund. As I said when I first blogged this polish, the RBL description is very accurate (something about the "nebulous glow" of the adobe). The red bits don't exactly show up on the nail, which is fine with me -- the overall effect is like a faded sort of metallic. It's very nice, as are Ghost's formula, application, and dry time. RBL tends to wear well on me, and Ghost looked great for the two days I kept it on after the concert.

If you're looking to buy this polish, it's out of stock at RBL and Ji has no plans to bring it back. However, I've seen this pop up on so many blog sales for a decent price! Knowing how in love I am with this polish, Anna was a peach and gifted me her bottle, which I actually used for this mani because I didn't feel like digging for mine. Thanks, A!

Okay, concert dish. Uhhhhhhhhh. It's been 4 weeks, so everything is a bit fuzzy. I guess the beginning is a good place to start: Not long after some of my local Twitter friends were buzzing about this band, I watched their early 2012 "Austin City Limits" episode. I remember being lame and thinking, "Oh man, I gotta tweet so-and-so later, he was not kidding." More importantly, I also remember being enamored with violinist/vocalist Charity Rose Thielen's necklace. What IS that thing? I NEED ONE. Look at it. Does it not have my name all over it?

The band released a second album last year, so they're touring now. I missed them twice in Richmond, once in 2012 (I had tickets that I had to sell on Craigslist because Rufus Wainwright was the same day and Rufus was kind of a priority, no shame) and another time last year when they were at Brown's Island, I want to say. I hadn't listened to the new album until May, but I think I bought tickets for this show because I'd missed them twice and dagnabbit, let me just see them once and for all.

I'd left B's house later than I wanted to, but I still arrived to the venue early, bought a poster and the new album, and staked out a spot to stand where I wouldn't have to stare at 6'+ guys' shoulders all night. Success! Then I watched people trickle in. I usually recognize maybe one or two people when I go to a show at The National, but that night, I glimpsed maybe five people I knew, including a good friend of mine who I didn't know was going, and vice versa.

The opening act, Lucius, was insanely good. Guys, I've only ever paid attention to and kept listening to two opening acts that I can think of. One was Eleni Mandell (who is amazing). The other was this band.

Definitely get your hands on a copy of their album, "Wildewoman." I promise you won't regret it! According to reader & pal Marija, most of the people at the Baltimore show looked like they were there mostly for Lucius. So weird and wonderful. Once you listen to "Wildewoman," that's easy to believe. Plus, Lucius puts on a pretty good show.

I don't remember anything particular about THATH's set, only that generally it was pretty solid. If you watched that ACL video, you can see that they're so, so good live, and if that was just a video? The real thing is even better. The most I got out of it was that the band seems to love RVA as much as RVA loves them. And that's pretty important. :)

This was a really fun and pleasant show with great stuff from both the opening act and the headliner. Oddly, I was surprisingly calm during this show, probably the most calm I have been at a concert in a long, long time. (I'm usually either SUPER keyed up for a band, or I'm anxious about something else.) It didn't blow my mind or anything because I knew what I was getting, in a weird way, but it was so nice to feel calm and to enjoy it. I don't know how else to explain it. I know it sounds weird and I don't mean to come off as dismissive (I guess?) -- there's a lot to be said for feeling contented with where you are at any given moment. I haven't had that in a while.

Anyone have any thoughts on RBL Ghost? What was the last polish you successfully captured after a second (or third) attempt? Are you gonna listen to Lucius and THATH? (Actually, I'm going to be a little blasphemous and push Lucius on you right now because they're a newer band. "Wildewoman." DO IT.) Are you going to any concerts this summer? I'm seeing three shows near the end of July -- potentially four? -- so I'm hoping Real Life gives me enough time to share them with you all.

Thanks for reading! If I can get my shit together, I have something fun to show you on Wednesday. I loved it, and it wasn't green!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Hello Sunshine

I've proclaimed my love for glass flecks quite often on this blog, so you know I need them in every color, right? This is the summer to do it! Between butter LONDON's Lolly Brights and the FingerPaints Poolside Paradise polishes, I am so. good. this summer. I only have one of the Lolly Brights, but I just picked up all of the Poolside Paradise pretties (2 for $8 plus I had a coupon!, heyoooo). I don't know how this yellow SH CSM glass fleck compares to the yellow FP, but I hadn't seen too many swatches of Hello Sunshine. Basically, you're welcome, Internet.

Three coats with SV.

So far, I'm 2 for 5 among my picks from the limited edition SH CSM Beach Paradise collection. Today, I'm happy to report that SH CSM Hello Sunshine brings me to 3 for 5. NOT TOO SHABBY.

Hello Sunshine is such a happy, bright polish! I love it. (Also, it kind of reminds me of "Hair." I was lucky to see the 2009 revival -- incredible.) The formula was surprisingly great for a yellow glass fleck, super opaque and easy to work with. IMO, you need a minimum of three coats for glass flecks to really sing, as was the case here. Dry time was good. I haven't worn this as a full NOTD yet so I can't speak to wear time, etc., but I'm sure it would perform just fine.

I don't know if you still can find Beach Paradise at CVS, but I did chance upon a few sad bottles at Walmart last weekend. Hello Sunshine is probably my favorite yellow glass fleck right now -- again, I don't know how Hello Sunshine compares to FP Hula Aruba!, but if you have one, you probably won't need both. (I do, apparently.)

What do you think of this polish? Are you excited about all the amazing glass flecks that are out this summer? Anyone else have this CSM, or any other Beach Paradise colors? If I can love Leis-y Days, we are HOME FREE, because I know I'm going to love Blue Crush (metallic blue, duh).

Thanks for reading! I'm hoping to have a post tomorrow, but it all depends on what time I get home from work. Last night, I walked in my door at midnight EXACTLY, so ... yeah. Let's make like Bravo and watch what happens.

P.S. Despite the ruckus over SH XW Pacific Blue, Sally Hansen is still my favorite drugstore brand. Trust me, I get it. Pacific Blue and Wet Cement were the first Sally Hansen colors I drove all over Richmond's West End hunting for, so there's definitely a sentimental attachment. I'm going to miss the OG Pacific Blue, but it's not like I don't have 2 back-up bottles ... or several close dupes from other brands ... At any rate, I don't think irate (and surprisingly, occasionally rude!) comments, tweets, and IG posts to Sally Hansen are going to do anything. Unless SH changes its mind, I think the party's over. On to the after party, Liz Lemon!