- First, a belated happy birthday to my sweet friend Anna -- baker, future business lady and grand enabler.
- Second, a happy happy birthday to my long-time friend and fellow British period drama lover, Lauren! Please go on over to her blog and wish her happy birthday if you haven't already.
- Third, and at the risk of sounding like a "Dexter"-style stalker, a super-early happy birthday to my first follower and one of my absolute favorite nail bloggers, Stephanie of Short n' Chic.
It's also my boyfriend's birthday today, but ... I've already dealt with him, so ... yeah. :-p
I have nothing in my stash remotely close to topaz, the November birthstone, and sorry, ladies, but you'll have to settle for my Rather Unreasonable Facsimile. Despite all of that (and the occasional lobster hands), I happen to love this one, so never fear!
This is the polish that was, in my opinion, the star of last year's Style in Argyle (or, as the MUA nail board called it, Shades of
Two coats with SV. Now I am craving honey mustard. I frown on O'Charley's but I love their honey mustard, damn it.
After a year of sitting first in photo storage boxes and eventually my Helmer, this polish made like a celebrity couple and began the process of separating. That's what all that red business at the bottom of the bottle is about. So I had to give it a roll and an impatient shake, and it was mostly fine. (I say "mostly" because it was a leeeeeeeeetle goopy -- not enough for me to want to thin it, but enough for me to mention it.) It dried very quickly.
This is the first full Barielle mani I have ever done. Aside from the minor degree of goop, I had no complaints. The brush stem length was not too long or too short, and the bristles spread polish pretty evenly. Not much to say in that department.
I bought this bottle at Ulta last fall, when it began selling Barielle polish. I remember thinking back then that Shades of
What do you think of this color? (I totally love it -- no surprise there.) Did you guys pick up any of last year's Shades of Fall? I also grabbed Cowl of the Wild, but that turned out to be a dud on my skin tone so I swapped it away.
As you know, I was sick last week. I'm happy to report that I am much better now! So if you bought the American Apparel Groupon that's floating around, you'll see my last pick from their new polishes at the end of this week. I'm also putting something cool together for next week, which I think you may like. ;)
Thank you for reading, and happy birthday, ladies!