Monday, October 5, 2015

China Glaze Tongue & Chic

Still in "YAY, FALL" mode, even if the leaves haven't changed yet and it's been pouring rain almost every day for a week. Hope all of you close to the coast are staying safe, dry, and hurricane-free!

Last week, I got a little overwhelmed trying to choose an old China Glaze fall polish to wear because they're all fantastic, so I did what I usually do: I had Madeline choose one for me. Since she's really feeling vampy shimmers -- at least, that was the case last week -- this polish from the 2013 Autumn Nights collection was her pick. I call the Autumn Nights collection "Vintage Vixen, Part II" because that's essentially what it is. I haven't worn a vampy shimmer in forever and ohmygod, the jewel tone-ness of it all ... I'm into it.

Three coats with SV.

That "lit from within" glow, DAAAAAAAAAYUM GIRL. It's so much prettier than my pictures show, I promise. To my eye, Tongue & Chic leans closer to the blue side of teal -- it actually reminds me of a flower girl dress I wore when I was 8. (I wish I had a picture of that dress. You would never believe it was made by hand and not bought in a store -- my friend's lola was an amazing seamstress!) Anyway, I have so much appreciation for a blackened shimmer that isn't *too* black; from far away, you can see that this polish is quite teal. It's not a dupe for China Glaze Emerald Fitzgerald, which is more green and contains comparatively larger shimmer particles. My bottle of EF lives with Anna now, but I think this color suits me better because I feel like it's a little brighter.

Tongue & Chic was incredibly easy to apply! I'm echoing all the other bloggers out there who say that you can get this opaque in ONE coat if you're careful, but I did three out of habit. (Plus, you never know how things are going to photograph.) The formula is nice and thick and won't pool or flood as long as you wait a minute between coats, which brings me to say that this does dry pretty fast even before top coat. I like to give polish some time, though, because I'm super paranoid. Dry time was so, so quick with SV and I wore this for four days with no chips and minimal tip wear; I would have wrapped my tips, but I'd trimmed my nails down too far to wrap them before I put this on. BTW, when you remove this, make sure you've (1) put on double basecoat beforehand, and (2) have some Orly Cutique on you, because it might be stainy.

Oh, almost forgot one more thing about the formula, and that's that it totally smells like blue. (I think I need to make "smells like blue" a new tag on this blog.) On a scale of "mild" to SH XW Pacific Blue ... nah, I'm just kidding. ;) But that smell is definitely there, so if you hate it, you've been warned!

I don't think Tongue & Chic is a core retail China Glaze, but you'd easily find it online or at a beauty supply/dusty with an extensive ChG display for less than $5. If you like vampy, blackened shimmers, I heartily recommend it! I usually like my shimmers to be significantly more "WHAM POW HELLO THAT'S BRIGHT AF" but there's something to be said for blackened shimmers, especially when China Glaze makes so many good ones.

What do you gals think of Tongue & Chic? Do you prefer blackened shimmers or brighter ones? Should I blog more fall jewel tone polishes? More of my Autumn Nights/VV, Part II stash???? You should leave a comment with a suggestion, and then Madeline can pick out another one for us. ;)

Thanks for reading! Hoping I can get another post up before the end of the week. But seriously, tell me what to wear. The indecision is so real.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Revlon ColorStay Fall Mood

IT'S FALL, Y'ALL! I mean, Steff's not having it ... but I'm stoked. I've been ready since Labor Day weekend, when I had my first pumpkin coffee (DD > Starbucks) and pumpkin beer of the season! Meantime, I've had to turn the heat on in my car, I've been chowing down on slices of Costco pumpkin pie (served with seasonal pumpkin ice cream), I'm so excited for new seasons of my favorite returning TV shows, I'm pulling out my vampy, berry, and purple lipsticks, and of course I'm crushing on fall polishes like they're going out of style. (Holiday collections?? Pfft. No, it's too soon! LET FALL HAVE ITS MOMENT.)

There is so much to love about this Revlon. Obviously, it's metallic and you know how I feel about that finish (I can't stand shimmery cosmetic products anywhere except my nails, apparently). Second, the name is super on point for right now. Third, I've been lusting after OPI Worth a Pretty Penne but I'm not gonna drop my penn(i)es on it anytime soon. So I went stash shopping for something similar and remembered this Revlon and consequently remembered how much I paid for it: all of $1.50 at Big Lots last year. Uh, HELL YEAH.

For the record, the OPI is decidedly more of a rose gold than this polish. That's okay. I think I was just jonesing for a nice metallic foil, and this one fit the bill.

Three coats with SV. Photos taken after 1 day.

When all is said and done, I think gold is more of my color than this light bronze, but Fall Mood is still pretty great. This was the first time I've worn anything from Revlon's ColorStay line (which has been discontinued and replaced by the ColorStay Gel Envy line), and I was really pleased with it. EDIT: No, it isn't the first time I've worn ColorStay -- I did that lazt year and completely forgot about it! Fail. Formula and application were perfect -- two coats would probably suffice for opacity, but old habits die hard -- and dry time with SV was much faster than my previous experiences with polishes in Revlon's regular line. This manicure survived four days with plenty of dishwashing and spot cleaning with no chips and mostly no tip wear (the two right hand fingers with "ugh"-level tip wear have Essie Feed Me as the base coat -- my peelies are back, and as much as I love Feed Me, it takes FOR.EV.ER. to dry ... so those fingers suffered a few dents, too).

Basically ... I dig it. I don't know why I love the simplicity of the metallic foil so much, but I do. Maybe it's because it's finger bling that I don't have to worry about losing? Anyway, it was nice to try out Fall Mood and I have no idea why I waited so long. I'm definitely craving more fall colors, although I'm not sure what to whip out next. True story, I pulled out my China Glaze Helmer drawer the other night and stared at it for way too long because China Glaze consistently releases the best fall collections. (Sorry, OPI, but it's true. WTF was Nordic?)

Aaaaaaaanyway, Fall Mood was a solid fall intro. I hope the other ColorStay (and ColorStay Gel Envy) polishes are this good! What do you think -- did you like that Revlon line? In your opinion, which brand releases the best fall collections? Do you have a favorite Fall 2015 collection, or are you impossibly bored by it all? Let me know. I'll be over here drinking my DD pumpkin spice coffee (out of a Christmas mug, most likely) and mulling over which China Glaze fall polish I want to wear next.

Thanks for reading, and I'll catch you next month. Bye, September. You were fun.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Birthday blue: Sally Hansen Triple Shine Wavy Blue

Uhhhhhhhh, so this blue, y'all. I love it so much that I wonder what other goodies SH's Triple Shine line might have in store.

Also, this might be jumping the gun a little, but I'm not sure if I'll be able to post again this week or next because #weddingseason and I don't have anything ready. So I'm hoping these pictures will, at the very least, be worth it. I haven't taken NOTD pics in, like, a month. I gotta find a new groove!

Three coats with SV.

A while back, I'd picked out a polish that I knew I wanted to use for my birthday nails. Last month, I even put that polish on my bed to remind me when I got back from my travels ... and then I forgot about it when I sat down to do them. So I grabbed a few sapphire blue options, texted them to Anna, and let her pick. Good thing, because DID YOU SEE THESE PICTURES?!?! Wavy Blue is somewhere between cobalt and sapphire, which is pretty great. Some of you might be disappointed to learn that the light pinky-purply duochrome you see in the bottle dies on the nail, but the glass fleck finish is so damn good that I don't mind that at all.

Formula and application were pretty good, too -- my bottle had been sitting around for a while, so I did have to roll it briefly to mix everything back up to the desired consistency. Other than that, it was so easy to work with. Although the glass fleck wasn't overly jelly-based, I wasn't satisfied with opacity until the third coat (the Ott Lite makes things look harsher than they are ... I wonder what this would have looked like if I'd stopped at two coats). Dry time was pretty fast even without SV, so I didn't have to wait an aggravatingly long time between coats. I didn't mind the paddle brush so much so that I don't think I'd have cleaned up around my nails if I hadn't taken pictures for this blog! I wore this for 5 days with no chips and verrrryyy minimal tip wear. (I doubled up on base coat, if that makes a difference, so I did Instant Artificials + Gelous.) I like this so much that if I were traveling for an extended period, I would take this polish along FOR SURE.

If memory serves, the Triple Shine line debuted near the end of 2013. I'm so freaking pleased with Wavy Blue that (1) I can't believe it took me this long to try it -- thanks, Anna! -- and (2) I wonder what else I've missed from Triple Shine. If you want this polish, it's readily available online but I have no idea what the deal is with Triple Shine in B&M stores because some may have them and some may not ... I remember seeing a bunch on clearance somewhere earlier this year, but I'm blanking out as to where exactly. Anyway, as much as I love this, I don't think this is worth more than $5. Hell, $4 is pushing it for 0.33 fl oz, because you can get a SH Xtreme Wear for anywhere between $2 to $3.70 for 0.40 fl oz, y'know? I don't even remember when I got this, only that it was in the core line at CVS and I probably paid full retail because I'm weak for glass flecks.

So, good birthday polish, y/n? I'm sorry this post was such a doozy -- they say your memory is the first thing to go when it comes to aging. ;) Which reminds me: thank you SO MUCH to all my bloggy friends for the sweet birthday wishes last week! If you have a birthday this month, then I'm sending those well wishes right back at you (my girl Ashley's is today, hayyyyy!).

My dad and I went to see this movie. I thought it was cute and good end of summer fun. One reviewer opined that Guy Ritchie was making style the substance, which I found to be an accurate description, and I wouldn't mind a sequel. (I didn't love the "Holmes" movies so I was surprised that I enjoyed this one.) Still not into Armie Hammer, though. 

I hope 29 is a good year. I REALLY hope it brings me the mythical Full-Time Job (with Benefits!) -- though if I don't find that, I'd be equally happy with a push in the direction of a vocation or trade. Despite all the moaning and groaning I've done in the past year, I know deep down that I'm fortunate to have been able to take my time with the job hunt, but I've been more than ready to get back to work since the spring! I just need someone to cut me a break. My sister got a job offer yesterday (yay!!!) and will start at the end of this month? the beginning of next month?, so I hope it'll be my turn soon.

Oh, and I just went on 3 trips so not only did I forget how much I love traveling, but I also forgot how $$$ that shit is when it adds up. So in that respect, yes, a job would help me get by and scratch a fair bit off my 30 Before 30 list. (I lost my list a couple years ago, but I remember most of it. I'll have to post it next year and you can laugh at me.)

After traveling practically nonstop for the past 3 weeks, I've stopped back at my parents' for a few days and decided that all I wanted to do since I have no friends here was to order pizza and watch movies. So I made my dad watch this and "Fury Road." Surprisingly, he enjoyed them both. I am incredibly entertained by this because (1) my parents are from another country and although they speak fluent English, they're TERRIBLE with idioms and American regional expressions, which is hilarious seeing as "Clueless" is an iconic and extremely quotable movie for our generation. ;) But even if my parents hypothetically did have a good grasp on all that, (2) they were starting their own business when that movie came out and therefore would have been completely unaware of anything that wasn't business-related. /TL;DR: I can't stop laughing over my dad enjoying "Clueless."

Two of the trips I just took were for bachelorette parties. It was so nice to see my friends, of course, and to meet new girls, but WHOA, did those trips ever remind me that I am eons away from being in any position to get married. There are lots of personal issues at hand, starting with the fact that I'm basically a prize catch right now (i.e., useless bachelor's degree + no job) and can't support myself, which isn't great for the ol' morale. For another, my parents were in their early 30s when they got married because of their jobs; when I was little, I always assumed that if I got married, I'd follow their lead. With 30 coming up next year, I'm bugging. I know it's not like there's a switch that magically flicks on when you hit a certain age, but I'm bugging anyway. Also, I haven't made up my mind about whether I want my very own uterine parasite(s), which would be good to know because that would help me settle other ~important issues such as where I am on religion, what I need in a partner (apart from his full relinquishment of the DVR), etc. Oh, and I'm terrible at meeting guys. Where would I even???

So ... I have a lot to think about when I eventually decide to start thinking seriously about it. I suppose the best thing I can do is to keep my eyes and my heart open and hope I don't miss anything. But I can worry only so much, and while keeping it 100 at all times is important, I reeeeeeally think a great job would do wonders for me. (So would a puppy.) Come on, 29. Please, please, please be my year! #cleareyesfullheartscantlose

TL;DR: I'm old and I need to get it together. What do you think, is Wavy Blue a good birthday blue? I've really got to post my original choice! Do you have any favorites from Triple Shine line? Anyone doing anything fun this week/weekend? (I'd ask if you're binging on the new season of "The Mindy Project" on Hulu, but it's going to stick to a weekly broadcast air schedule.) Sorry for freaking out in this post, BTW. Part of the reason I'm bugging is because it's finally hit me that I'm going to see a bunch of relatives at a wedding this weekend -- some of whom haven't seen me in 12 years, nbd -- and I haven't accomplished anything of note in forever ... which would be fine if I had anything resembling a substantial driving interest in something lucrative, and uh, I don't? I hear 30 is the new 20, maybe I'll get my act together in my next decade. Is that how that works? Man, I hope that's how that works. I'm such a mess. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Thanks for reading! And for the record, I would feel good about wearing this polish to a Dillon Panthers event. Just so you know. ;)

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Chanel Terrana

HAPPY SEPTEMBER! (Best month, obvs.) How's everyone doing? As this post goes up, I'll have returned from L.A. and I'll either be on my way to my best friend's house ... or, better yet, we'll be on our way to Maryland, where we'll board a plane to Bourbon Bachelorette Country (a.k.a. Kentucky). We do like our bourbon -- what can I say?

This polish, oh boy. My Limited Edition Disease knows no limits, because despite being the Chanel Méditerranée polish all the bloggers advised skipping, I bought Terrana anyway. Limited Edition Regret is real, especially when it's Chanel.

... but Limited Edition Regret over this Chanel? Take a look at my pics after one day of wear (!) and see what you think.

Three coats with SV.

I keep wanting to refer to this polish as "Chanel Terranasaurus" or "Chanel Pterranadon." It just rolls off the tongue, man.

I remember feeling pretty whelmed the day I put on Terranasaurus, mostly because $27 was a lot for a color that wasn't doing anything for me. (You don't know until you try, and unfortunately I'm one of those people who HAS to try everything that might interest me.) I think both the base color and the shimmer contain a little more red than I like on my hands. However, that shimmery glow is undeniably lovely and throws me major eyeshadow vibes. I didn't pay much attention to the Chanel Stylo Eyeshadows that came out in the Méditerranée collection when I saw the whole thing in person at Nordstrom back in July, but going by pictures and various online swatches, Terrana looks remarkably like the eyeshadow in Caroube. At first I was thinking it would be more akin to a shade in a UD Naked palette. I haven't tried Essie Sable Collar yet, but I might need to soon -- it's not a dead-on dupe for Terrana although it might be more flattering on me (maybe it's because the base color is smokier/plummier?).

Since the color to be a solid "meh," let's move on to formula and application. When it comes to my Chanels, I do think both can be a little strange; I never know what I'm dealing with until I unscrew the cap. The skinny brush is okay, although for $27 it could be so much better, especially when the formulas vary from polish to polish, ranging from perfect cremes to thin and watery shimmers or pastels that take forEVer to dry. Once again, for this price point, that is NOT OKAY. Terrana errs on the thin and watery side for me. On the plus side, it is opaque in one coat but I liked it best at three. It can get brushstrokey if you're not careful ... that does die down significantly after the top coat dries, but you should've seen my right hand before it dried (total mess). Dry time was a little slower than average with SV.

But this is where Terrana threw me for a loop: I wore it for FIVE DAYS. When I've worn Chanels in the past, I usually had tip wear somewhere during Day 1, but as you just saw, this was pretty decent for one day. Unless you were up close or unless you were a nail person, you wouldn't have been able to tell! I didn't get any chips until the end of Day 4, when I was trying to open a can of diced tomatoes and somehow took out a chunk of polish on my thumb (let's be thankful that it wasn't a chunk of actual thumb). Other than that, my nails looked pretty good. Seriously, where have these results been ALL MY LIFE???!? I think it's time to whip out my other Chanels and give them a go ... (Oh, and no stains when I removed it, yay!)

Terrana's crazy awesome wear results reeeeeeeaaaaally made me reconsider my original stance of "EWWWWW, NO." With this kind of wear time, it seemed silly to be hemming and hawing over my feelings about the color itself,although in the end, I don't think I would reach for it again. Again, the color really was pretty, but it wasn't quite right on me. (To my eyes, the red tones in this could qualify Terrana as marsala, BTW.) So I do think I'll let this one go -- if you're in the continental U.S. and are interested in working out a swap, email me and we can discuss swap terms. It's been a while since I did a formal swap ... my close naily friends and I basically just put in orders with each other now (e.g., "Are you still looking for this because I just found it?!" "Holy shit, this is at TJ Maxx/Marshalls/on sale, want me to grab it for you?" "OMG this display is out early and U NEED DIS") Funny how that happens.

Another good thing about this polish: it got me a more than a little excited for fall. :D China Glaze's upcoming fall collection is slaying me already, anyone else? Since my cash flow is less of a flow and slightly more of a deficiency at the moment, I'll most likely be wearing last year's fall picks -- but that's more than fine with me because Ignite and All Aboard continue to slay. (I have ALL of All Aboard, ty Ulta clearance! Any particular ones you'd like to see?)

That's all for today. Questions, comments, concerns on Terrana and LE Chanel Regret? Do you think it was worth the splurge or should I have followed my instinct to get another Méditerranée color? Are you possibly interested in a swap for this polish? Let me know. Who else is welcoming fall collections with open arms?

Thanks for reading! I don't know if I'll be able to have something up next week, but make sure to check back. Have a good and safe Labor Day weekend -- I really hope mine involves drunk 3 a.m. pizza in front of the naked Burt Reynolds mural because #priorities. You'll hear about it it happens, LOL.

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 (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 ...