Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Nicole by OPI Kourt is Red-y for a Pedi

I fucked up my wrist again (HOW DO I KEEP DOING THIS TO MYSELF, UGH DAMMIT), so I'll be as brief as I can, which should be interesting because I so rarely am. After getting my purple fix from Dior Shadow, I couldn't decide on a new polish and charged my sister -- who is immensely more interested in perfume than polish -- with picking out this one for me last Saturday.

This polish looked amazing on Anna (albino friend) and Janice (not so albino friend). Since I'm somewhere in between them, I had hoped to be blown away. When I first put this on, I felt pretty ambivalent about it, color-wise. However, Kourt is Red-y for a Pedi was released last November? December? as NOPI's Kardashian-themed holiday collection, so at least I'm getting my holiday polishes on now.

Three coats with SV.


This is not what I think of as a true holiday bright red, but after a couple days, I fell in loooooooove with it. I think I loved it after I realized it looked fantastic in my horrible office lighting, which is no small feat. So if you are like me and acquire a crap ton of bright tomato reddish-coral cremes, you need this. If you do not have a crap ton of colors like this but are in the market for one, you also need this. If you hate Kardashians like I do but you love colors like this ... you still need this. Basically, you need this. And you can get it for CHEAP like I did if you are near an Ulta, because the whole Kardashian Kolors (ew) NOPI collection is on clearance for $3.99 (it's still at Target and Walmart for full price).

The formula and dry time were perfect. I think this NOPI collection was the first to do away with the gross wide broom brush that the Target Spring 2011 exclusives and the Bieber polishes had. The NOPI brush is more like a SH Xtreme Wear brush, just a little wider. Anyway, this was incredibly glossy WITHOUT top coat and wore really well for three days. I only took this off to chop my nails down last night and then put it back on. I think I'll try to change my mani tomorrow. We'll see how ye olde wrist is doing.

Oh, and the reason I had to chop my nails down? = I got my first break. It wasn't much and it was on a brittle corner of my right index finger that I usually chop down anyway, so I'm not sure if it's enough to ask if I'm a real nail blogger now. (Am I?)

I only noticed it halfway through a spur-of-the-moment Costco trip and I didn't want to just tear it off. But I played with it much in the same way a six-year-old will wiggle a loose tooth until it falls out. That seemed to work, and I filed it down as soon as I got home. You'd never know.

Now that I might have grossed you out, I'm going to wrap this post up like leftovers. Do you hoard red-coral cremes, or other colors? Do you have this polish or any others from this collection, or is the Kardashian tie-in enough to make you back off? I don't know anything about Kourtney Kardashian except that she makes fun of Kim's crying face, she has kids and there's the Suri's Burn Book post in which her partner, Scott Disick, has an eyepatch. Whaaaaat. Scott is such a dapper asshole troll sometimes.

Oh wait. Apparently a picture exists of Kourtney wearing this polish. I have to admit it looks good on her.

(source: BellaSugar)

One more thing (God, I sound like Uncle in "Jackie Chan Adventures"): If you are a U.S. reader, you should enter my ROYGBIV Holiday Giveaway if you haven't already done so. And if you entered earlier on Monday, you probably didn't see that I fixed the Rafflecopter widget so that you can type in the name of the movie you'd like to win. If you did not type it in, you should do take a couple seconds and do it, otherwise your contest entry will be incomplete, and that would make us both sad. So get thee hence.

So much for being brief. My wrist smarts like a mofo right now, but it's okay because I blogged. Thanks for slugging through this post with me!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Rach's 2nd ROYGBIV Holiday Giveaway

Yuuuuuuuuuuup, it's back. I know. I just had a giveaway, but that one was kind of ... unplanned? But I had so much fun running this last year that I knew I wanted to do it again.

Here are the polishes you get to take home:

Red: Essie Leading Lady
Orange: Orly Flicker
Yellow (gold): Zoya Ziv
Green: Piggy Polish Jingle, Belle
Blue: China Glaze Blue Bells Ring
Indigo: OPI Tomorrow Never Dies
Violet: Color Club Glitter Wonderland

And some other goodies ...

  • one hand-knit scarf using Lion Brand Jiffy yarn in ... well, it's either Caffe or Espresso (I threw the label away. DERP.)
  • one Dolfin chocolate bar in my favorite masala flavor. You know, to give you a break from all the peppermint and gingerbread
  • one pack of my favorite TRIM nail sticks
  • assorted holiday cards in case you're late for this year (or need some for next year)
  • assorted teas
  • (not pictured) two sheets of white felt for polish removal

... and one really awesome prize that I don't have a picture of because YOU get to choose it. YES.

Remember the holiday movies I blogged about last year? This year, my ROYGBIV Holiday winner will win ONE of those movies on DVD. You must choose one movie from this list:

  1. "While You Were Sleeping" (1995, dir. Jon Turteltaub)
  2. "Joyeux Noel" (2005, dir. Christian Carion)
  3. "Sugar & Spice" (2001, dir. Francine McDougall)
  4. "Eastern Promises" (2007, dir. David Cronenberg)
  5. "About a Boy" (2002, dirs. Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz)
  6. "In Bruges" (2008, dir. Martin McDonagh)
  7. "Die Hard" (1988, dir. John McTiernan)

  1. You must be a U.S. resident and public GFC follower. 
  2. This giveaway is open until Saturday, Dec. 15 at 11:59 p.m. EST. I will announce the randomly-selected winner on Sunday, Dec. 16. The winner will have 24 hours to contact me to claim the prize; a new winner will be selected if that person does not e-mail me.
  3. Please fill out the Rafflecopter entry form below. 
  4. Get hype. (Wellllllll ...)

    EDITED TO ADD: I modified the Rafflecopter widget so that you can type in the name of the movie you would like to win. If you entered earlier today, please make sure you fill out that part, or your entries won't count! My apologies. I will try to e-mail you later when I get some more time.
Thank you, good luck, and happy holidays! :)

Friday, November 23, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012 and Dior Shadow

O HAI. Did you have a good Thanksgiving? My mom is probably arriving in the motherland any time now. :( In the end, my uncle ordered a turkey and some side dishes, so we were okay ... in addition to the FIVE PIES and other baked goods that were on the table. Plus I made mac & cheese in my dutch oven, and I think it turned out pretty baller. My sister dubbed our celebration "A study in carbs," which sums it all up.

(L): My sister's second pear and almond tart with blackberries. She baked some walnuts into the crust. Recipe from Smitten Kitchen

(R): My second zucchini coconut bread. Recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod

Sad-looking shih tzu

I haven't worn purple in a while, so after polling my Twitter friends, I went with this one; unbeknownst to me, elbee also had this polish on for Thanksgiving! Dior polishes are probably my favorite high-end ones. I love them. I love purple. So when I first heard of the Les Violets Hypnotiques collection, I knew I NEEDED this one like the burning.

I also think of this Shadow. Don't hate. DON'T YOU DARE.

As far as seven-year-old Rach was concerned, if you were a kid or a parent of a kid in the '90s and you didn't get violently upset at least once during this movie, you had no heart. I mean, between this and "The Brave Little Toaster" ... GOOD GOD. I caught the end of "Toy Story 3" on the Disney Channel last Saturday and cried a little, much to BF's amusement, because how do you not?!?!

If Dior Shadow makes me cry, it's because it's the The shimmer on this one isn't as WHAM POW in most lights as I was led to believe, but we all know how I feel about cremes.

Two days of wear, three coats with SV.

Y'all, I'm so sorry about my cuticles. My skin has gotten drier as it's gotten colder, and no amount of moisturizer will do anything right now. Maybe in another week, they'll be back to normal.

Depending on the light you're in, Shadow will look either like a smoky purple creme (think a blend of OPI Siberian Nights and Essie Smokin' Hot) or a reddish violet. As I said, the shimmer isn't the most apparent one -- admittedly, Dior is pretty excellent at making polishes with "secret shimmer" -- but DOES glow a little bit in artificial light and does come out to play in the sun, so yay. If you decide to keep this on for a few days, make sure you refresh your top coat, because I felt like this dulled after two days. (Also, I was slaving in the kitchen yesterday ... so that could have had something to do with it.)

If the edges of my nails look jankity, it's because I hate the Dior broom brush. This one wasn't cut perfectly, and polishing fails are easier to see with darker colors, no matter how neatly you try to clean them up. At least the formula and dry time with SV were nothing short of perfection.

Shadow was the crown jewel of this fall's limited edition Les Violets Hypnotiques collection. Although this is probably long gone from your Dior counter, you can snag it (and Orchid and Poison) on the Dior site for $23 USD. I actually bought this bottle online from Dior when conducting a mini-haul in September with Tara.

Tell me about your Thanksgiving! Did you make anything yummy? What polish(es) did you wear? Did you brave Black Friday shopping? Did my "Homeward Bound" reference just blast you to the past a little? Or we can talk about Dior ... have you tried any? What's your favorite high end brand? Did you spring for any of the Violets polishes?

I'm out to try my luck at Target and Best Buy for DVDs, and then I'm going to see "Lincoln" with my sister and my dad. SO EXCITED, but so angry that almost no one I know had any Lee Pace sightings when "Lincoln" was shooting in Richmond last year. Boooooooooo. Speaking of "Lincoln," I'm going to cackle when I see Sally Field. I always do. She'll always be Sassy the Himalayan cat to me.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Skinny Dipping (With Friends): Essie Case Study

First, I'd like to thank all of you one more time for reading Stuff and entering my 100,000 Pageview Giveaway! Mary e-mailed me and her new polishes are on the way to her, so that's that. :)

Second, welcome to a very late Skinny Dipping post. I feel kind of bad about that after hounding Anna about it Sunday night and then proceeding to be offline until today. But sometimes life happens. More on that after we get to the swatches.

After a couple of months of baiting y'all, I hope you're not too disappointed to find out that Essie Case Study is my favorite fall nude. When this one was released in last fall's Brand New Bag collection, the only polish in just about everyone's wheelhouse was Power Clutch (and for good reason ... it's stunning). Very Structured made a few waves because it was such a weird color (I could never wear it, kudos to you if you can!), but Case Study ...

... oh, Case Study.

Three coats with Essie Good to Go.

I can see why some of my albino friends wouldn't want to make a case for this polish (pun VERY MUCH intended), as it's not exactly the most wearable color. It's definitely on the warmer beige side of the nude spectrum, though some green tones creep in in certain lights (mostly artificial). I have no idea why, but this makes Case Study a perfect fall nude and somehow it manages to look, well, amazeballs on me. Best of all, no lobster hands.

The formula was typical Essie (to me), good after two coats and easy to work with. Dry time was quick with Good to Go. I only wore this one for a day, which is what you see in these pictures, but I could have worn it for a few more days. Depending on how cray things get around here, I actually might try that.

I don't know if Case Study made it to Essie's core line, but it's not HTF online. I also saw it quite a bit at Marshall's and TJ Maxx last month, so you might get lucky there.

Do you own this polish, or do you think you might want to now? Are you of the opinion that Essie's fall collections generally aren't the most exciting? (Essie Summer and Winter collections FTMFW.) Was Brand New Bag a snooze for you?

Once again, real life has gotten crazy bananas lately. If any of you are the praying kind, I would appreciate it if you said one for my lola (in English, my grandmother), who fractured her hip and is in the hospital ... over in the motherland. My mother, who returned stateside last Tuesday, is flying back there tomorrow morning and won't be in the U.S. again until December 27. This means that (A) work is going to be insane without my mom -- I'm not sure how much slack I have to pick up -- and (B) my father and I have to plan a Thanksgiving meal for six people, including ourselves. I know this is not a bad problem to have but whenever I thought/fantasized/nightmared about making Thanksgiving dinner, it was usually in the context of a Friendsgiving and with ample preparation time.

I'm sure we'll pull something together, though. I remembered to pick up Costco pumpkin pie and bring home "21 Jump Street" with the intention of introducing its goodness to my sister and my cousin, so I'll live. For now, feast your eyes on this holiday viewing tradition:

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Stuff's 100,000 Pageview Giveaway Winner!

Heeeeey old friends (and new followers)! Word of warning: I am sort of distracted while writing this post ... I just got back from taking BF to see "Skyfall," Sterling Meowlory is being adorable, and there are two awesome character actors playing judges on tonight's "The Good Wife."

And now the moment we've all been waiting for ... the winner of my 100,000 Pageview Giveaway and the winner of the Color Club Back to Boho set:

Congrats, Mary D!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
You have 48 hours to e-mail me to confirm your win. :D

(source: volnaib)

Thank you, all of you, for participating and reading! If you missed out on this giveaway, never fear ... ROYGBIV Holiday is coming up sooooooon.

How'd everyone's weekend go? Here's a bonus picture my friend Jennifer snapped during a stop at an awesome vintage boutique yesterday afternoon. I hate pictures, and this is one of the few pictures from yesterday in which my (grievous) choice of dress does not make me look like I just entered my second trimester.

Scotty cardigan: H&M
Mary janes: Indigo by Clarks Plush

I like the idea of vintage shopping, but it's just not feasible for me because of my sizing and my allergies to a good deal of synthetic fabrics. I wish I were brave enough and more of a skilled photographer to start a fashion blog for people who are (A) allergic to everything that isn't cotton and (B) who are not tiny white girls who love Modcloth. Not to be SUPER salty if you are a tiny white girl who loves Modcloth (you know I love you girls), but I get tired of reading the same kind of blog over and over again. That being said, I hope Stuff gives you a little variety in the nail blogosphere, at least in terms of commentary.

Okay, time to bake a cake and watch "Moonrise Kingdom."

Saturday, November 17, 2012

OPI On Her Majesty's Secret Service + giveaway reminder!

Today is the last day to enter my 100,000 Pageview Giveaway! I'll announce the winner tomorrow and the lucky lady will have 48 hours to e-mail me to claim the prize. Are you sick of me pimping it? I'm sorry. But doooooooo eeeeeeeet.

Are you also sick of seeing OPI Skyfall swatches? If you are, I'm sorry about that, too ... but can we talk about how awesome the movie was some more? The end. HO. LY. SHITSNACKS. Unlike my father***, I don't want to spoil anything for anyone who hasn't seen it, so if you can't restrain yourself in the comments, feel free to e-mail me. I'd love to hear your thoughts. I will say this (for the third time), however: If James Bond requires a bed or a shower or lady parts for sexytimes ...

(source: the internet? all of Tumblr? but if this is your .gif, please tell me so I can credit you!)

I did not care for "The Hunger Games," but that .gif is appropriate on so many levels for a myriad of hypothetical occasions.

Anyway, here is another OPI Skyfall polish I didn't think I needed until I saw it in person at Ulta. I stopped by the day Sandy was supposed to hit my neck of the woods, and lo and behold, the entire collection was in stock. I grabbed this and Live and Let Die, thinking that if I hated them, they would at least be easy swaps. (And that is how I sometimes get into trouble with my wallet.)

Four coats with SV.

I have no idea how to describe this polish, though the first thing about it that springs to mind is the SMELL. This one was a real stinker. I'm not sure if it was something in the pigment, but some polishes I own *do* contain a similar smell, specifically China Glaze Frostbite and Sally Hansen Xtreme Wears Pacific Blue and Wet Cement. Anyway, it's nothing that you won't notice once you slap on some top coat.

The formula was pretty sheer and thin (it reminded me of OPI Warm & Fozzie), though I suspect this consistency helps the foily shimmer particles shine with each coat. The good news is that this dried more quickly than I thought it would; the bad news is that I had slight tip wear after a few hours of wear. I wore this for two days with no chips. It does give me lobster hands in some lights, but I think I'll keep it for now. If it bugs me, I'll always have OPI Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous and Your Royal Shine-ness to fall back on (both great buildable, silvery grey metallics).

On Her Majesty's Secret Service is currently for sale at Ulta, beauty supplies, and generally any OPI retailer and e-tailer. If you want this polish, you'd best get it while this collection is out for the gettin'!

Is this polish a must for you, or are you able to resist it? How nutty is it that I blogged two polishes from the same collection in a timely manner? (Wut.)

Do you have any awesome weekend plans (other than entering my giveaway, of course ... one more time now)? Are you going to see "Skyfall" or even "Lincoln"? I haven't seen the latter yet, but I'll probably have a lot of love for it because it was shot in and around Richmond, #RVA WHOOP WHOOP. Today, though, I will be embarking on an afternoon of Parisian adventure with a friend (I'll explain later) and making a birthday cake for BF. I'll try to have pictures, especially of the cake.

***He accidentally spoiled my mom re: a certain character. WAY TO GO, DAD. WAY. TO. GO.

Friday, November 16, 2012

OPI Live and Let Die

Tomorrow is the last day left to enter my milestone 100,000 Pageview Giveaway! Don't miss out!

You've probably seen this polish a few hundred times already, but never on me. I wore it when I thought I would be able to watch "Skyfall" last Saturday, as per Madeline's suggestion. However, I suddenly succumbed to Gomez Addams "swing low, sweet chariot" levels of illness that night, so I didn't get around to watching the movie until Wednesday, but YES ...

All the awards.

Right now you're probably all, "GIRL. Are you talking about the movie or the polish?" I think my assessment can be applied to both. I have nothing groundbreaking to say right now about Daniel Craig's body Live and Let Die that everyone else hasn't already said, so ... here are pictures.

Three coats with SV.

The good: This polish is everything I wanted China Glaze Smoke and Ashes to be. The smoky dark green base is teh sex. I feel like the glass fleck isn't nearly as prominent on the nail as it is in the bottle, but then again, the base color is one that gets lost in my skin tone. It does sparkle something fierce in low light, though. I had no issues with the application, formula (this is perfectly opaque in two coats) or dry time, and I wore this for five days.

The "bad": The sparkle dulled on the third day of wear. (Granted, I am not a top coat refreshing kind of blogger.) The longer I wore it, the more I realized I would rather have worn Orly Meet Me Under the Mistletoe, which, admittedly, is a completely different animal (MAXIMUM SPARKLE) ... but the heart wants what the heart wants. So really, if that was the only bad news I could drum up about this polish? Consider it a win.

Live and Let Die is currently available at Ulta, OPI retailers and beauty supplies along with the rest of OPI's Skyfall collection, this year's limited edition holiday tie-in. Get what you want while you can! I haven't been so grabby hands-y about an OPI holiday collection since the Holiday Wishes collection in 2009. That collection still makes me die.

If this polish were a Coldstone size, it'd be Gotta Have It -- but only if you're into vampy green polish, OPI holiday polishes, or anything Bond. Do you agree, or do you care to dispute this? I know you're not going to dispute the awkwardness/awesomeness of a certain "Skyfall" scene. You know the one.

BF says: "What color is Moonraker?"
Me: "Silvery grey."
BF: "Okay, that makes sense. What about Octopussy?"
Me: *facepalm*

Guys. Seriously.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

China Glaze Emerald Fitzgerald

First order of business: It's elbee's birthday! Happy birthday, lady(flash)! <3333 youuuuuu!
And happy birthday to BF, if he is stalky reading this, in which case I know this is polish green and not blue. Sorry, buddy.

After wearing BB Couture Sloth, I was in the mood to try another vampy shimmer and China Glaze Emerald Fitzgerald won the untried vampy lotto. I think I had FSF and the new "The Great Gatsby" movie on the brain -- too bad it won't be released until next year! Also, can I just say: AMITABH BACHCHAN as MEYER WOLFSHEIM. Shaking and crying, because where did that come from?!?! Bless the person who thought that was a great idea (it IS).

See, here's my thing about Gatsby: I get FSF and I 100% acknowledge its place in literature and what it's inspired in others, but it doesn't do anything for me. I've always wondered what I'm missing and why I don't see what others have seen in it. --Trust me, I've read and loved plenty of books about people with too much money and messy personal lives (hello, Evelyn Waugh's entire oeuvre) so I don't think it's that.

/Cool story, bro. But I think I'm trying to say I must have felt SOMETHING for Emerald Fitzgerald at one point, because I swapped for it two years ago and then proceeded to let it fester in my Helmer until last week. Was it worth the wait?

Yes, and no. (WHAT?!)

Three coats with SV.

This is a lovely polish. Just maybe not so lovely on me, and certainly not very emerald. I would say this leans a bit too blue/teal for me to consider it a true emerald. It's more like a pine/teal color, which I have a hard time pulling off (please see my lobster fingers). Such a shame ... I love the glowy, vampy metallic shimmer finish. I had no issues with the application, formula (is it the shimmer?) or dry time. Two coats will do you just fine on this baby.

Emerald Fitzgerald was part of China Glaze's Vintage Vixen collection from Fall 2010. I have no idea whether it became part of China Glaze's core line, but it's not HTF at all. Although I swapped for mine back in the day, I bet you could find it at beauty supplies or dusties, and it's readily available at several e-tailers for a reasonable amount of money.

After this color/skin tone fail, I'm really hoping I didn't waste $20 on RBL Jack. What do you think of Emerald Fitzgerald? Worth a gamble? More importantly, if there are any literatis reading this, what would you recommend to someone who would like to have a better grasp of Gatsby (or any work of literature)? Are you excited for the new Luhrmann movie, or are you perhaps as intrigued by Amitabh's casting as I am? Seriously, someone hold me.

P.S. My U.S. readers have two more days to enter my 100,000 Pageview Giveaway!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

BB Couture Sloth

There's still a few days left to enter my 100,000 Pageview Giveaway! Get on it, good people. :)

Look at me, still playing NOTD catch-up for you. I've got maybe five or six more to go in addition to what I'll be sharing for the rest of the week, but one post at a time ...

Today's post features one of my new favorite shades for fall, BB Couture Sloth.

Three coats with SV.

I. Am. In. Luuuuuuuuuuuuuuurve.

I didn't think I would feel this way about a vampy blackened shimmer -- or in this case, a browned one -- but boy, do I ever. In fact, when removing this polish after four days, I wanted to wear it again! This reminds me of OPI Germanicure and Oktoberfest, neither of which I own, but the idea is the same. The gold shimmer is more prominent in the bottle, although when combined with the red shimmer bits, you get a nice glow going on your nails, and who doesn't love that with these types of vampy shimmers?

The formula on this was one was thin, but applied nicely and was quite opaque in two coats. I did get a bit of tip wear and tiny chips on this, though I think that was because I wore this right before and during Sandy, and I did a lot of cooking that weekend. Just something to take into account.

Sloth was part of BB Couture's ladies' set from last fall's Sinfully Polished collection. Although I got my bottle from Kellie Gonzo's mega blog sale in September, you still can purchase Sloth directly from BB Couture and also from Overall Beauty for $10.95.


I'm still not sure what I think of Movember, but I really love the idea of mustaches, especially ironic ones. That's just something watching too much costume drama (and making fun of hipsters) will do to you.

This precious little guy is available at the MaryMaryHandmade Etsy shop for $60. I bought this spork necklace three years ago, and although it was super cute, I haven't the faintest idea how to clean sterling silver, so it's an unsightly color. :(

Any thoughts on Sloth: the polish, the animal or the vice? Sloth and gluttony are this girl's worst offenses, forever and ever, amen.