Sunday, June 30, 2013

Milani Sail Away ... "Dexter," it's been killer

My Twitter/ONTD buddy Chelsea is staying with me for several glorious days, and in a couple of hours, we'll be getting ready to go to drag brunch with some of my gurlfrans. (There will be a massive post about this visit, don't worry. Maybe even a two-parter, I don't know.)

Tonight is also the final season premiere of "Dexter," which has been kicking it for eight seasons. EIGHT. The show definitely has fluctuated in quality and I really don't care about some characters (sorry, Quinn), but I have a weird soft spot for it. A lot of that has to do with marathon watching that show like it was my job back in the fall of 2009, while I was funemployed. My roommate at the time was really into "Dexter," and she wanted me to start it so we could watch Season 4 together. Well, I caught up, and Season 4 was AMAZING. It's been really hard to top, to be honest, and MCH was sick right before? during? Season 5, so I feel like there was a reasonable dip in quality around that period. I do think the show's cancellation was timely, but at least it enabled the creative team to lay the groundwork for Dexter's final denouement. It seems promising, and I don't like it when shows end unsatisfyingly (LOOKIN @ U, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA + BIG LOVE). As someone once said, "Now we don't have to watch this creepy fucker have breakfast any more." (LMAOOOOOOOOOOOO)

I was thinking about subjecting you to my godawful pictures of RBL Killa Red, which I wanted to do for my TV week last October, but they're really terrible, so then I thought ... what about Ice Truck Killer nails? And then I rewatched Season One during an epic crafting marathon last week, and rediscovered this moment:


Without further ado, Milani Sail Away:

Three coats with NYC Grand Central Station.



All I have to say about the color is this: (A) this is a good enough slate blue-slash-navy foil, but it would have made a baller glass fleck, (B) this would have been right at home with Zoya's Surf collection, and (C) in the sunshine, it reminds of the ocean; in low light, it reminds me of denim.

The formula on this polish runs thick, like most foils do, but it's really easy to work with. Dry time was fast. I wore this for two days without chipping or tip wear. Color me IMPRESSED.

I grabbed Sail Away on clearance at CVS last month for a dollar and change, so I'm not sure whether this is an issue of this shade being permanently discontinued, or CVS not carrying it any more. Check your CVS for this polish, or try your luck online -- I found it when I hit the Google Shopping tab, so don't forget to look there, too.

Any thoughts on this Milani? I have three others from this brand, but it's not really one I hunt for often. As I said, I only got this because (1) clearance, and (2) nautical names make me happy. I don't wear makeup, but Milani seems to be a more sought-after drugstore brand when it comes to blush and lipstick; nail polish, not quite as much.

Anyone care to share any comments about "Dexter"? Tell me about your favorite moments, your favorite season, your favorite character (DOAKES, MOTHERFUCKER), worst guest star, lamest plot line (*cough* Season 5 in general *cough*), best kill ... anything! Rewatching the first season, I've been laughing my ass off over how many times Dexter name-dropped Hefty bags. I counted three mentions, but they weren't exactly subtle. I wonder if Hefty ever sponsored the show. Like I've said, it's gotten pretty ridiculous over the years (also, Dexter Morgan, could you be any more sloppy or overly melodramatic??), but I truly will miss it.

Are you doing anything special for the premiere tonight? I'm watching it at my friend's house, and I'm bringing donuts. Totally Dexter-appropriate, yes? I'm so stoked to see Queen Charlotte Rampling on the show. She better slay.

P.S. You have GOT to check out Manicurity's "Dexter"-inspired nail art. SO GOOD!

P.P.S. Please enjoy this article about how Dexter's kill clothes are supposed to be sexy. I've always thought that was the point, ever since MCH turned it OUT during the first season.

P.P.P.S. The Ice Truck Killer was totally into NYC (New York Color) polishes. Watch Season 1 and report back to me. It's cool, I'll wait.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Calm Yer Tits!, Google Reader edition

As you know, Google Reader will be retired on July 1, which is a pretty ludicrous concept to me and to my friends, online and off. I'm still incredibly pissed off about it.

Just think: Google is keeping Google Plus, yet they're retiring Google Reader? THE FUCK?! To quote my friend Janice, Google Plus is the "fetch" of Google products -- they need to stop trying to make it happen, because it's not going to happen (if we can help it).

Google Friend Connect is NOT going away, but it wouldn't surprise me if they tried to do away with it entirely. After all, it's been long discontinued on all non-Blogger blogs. The best thing about GFC is that you're able to see who's following your blog -- which for me is crucial when it's giveaway time. So if you're not following Stuff on GFC, please consider it! I would love that. I always get excited when I see new readers. :)

And if you're still not subscribed to Stuff on Bloglovin', please do so! Bloglovin' is the best way to keep tabs on Stuff, IMO. (I would have told you guys to go Team Facebook, except there's a Bloglovin' widget that will auto-publish your posts to Facebook.)

TIP: If you search "stuff i (s)watched" on Bloglovin', you'll find this blog. Those parentheses, yo!

There's a Bloglovin' button on the top of the righthand column on Stuff. Click on that and it'll take you to my Bloglovin' page, which looks like this:

Yeah, I had roughly 20 tabs open that day.

I only have two problems with Bloglovin':
  1. I can't see the names of my ALLLLLLLLLLLLL my Bloglovin' subscribers. I wanna know who you are! :(
  2. If I derp and need to change the URL of a post, the new URL won't re-post to Bloglovin'. You see an error message instead, and ... yeah. I'll just have to be extra mindful of this issue from here on out.

You also can subscribe to my RSS feed, as well as via e-mail. Both widgets also are located at the top of the right column of the blog. There's also Facebook (which I haven't done much with lately -- bad blogger, I know), and Feedly is great (though I haven't customized it 100% to my liking yet) -- so Bloglovin' really is your best bet right now.

So come join the Bloglovin' party, and stick around here! I always enjoy sharing part of my day with you, and I hope you feel the same way when you read my blog.

My best kitty friend joins me in thanking you for your time and compliance. Have a good weekend! Come back for a "Dexter"-centric post on Sunday. :)

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The Long Haul: June 2013

This month started out innocently enough. But then $OPIs went on clearance, and I did a bad, bad thing. I realize some of those babies might pop up at TJ Maxx in a few weeks? months?, but I don't care. I bought a few back-ups, and everything I thought about getting but never did.

The rules: If I bought other items at one store along with polish, I won't include the tax, just the total amount I spent on polish. Additionally, swaps or anything I bought as a gift for someone else won't figure into this and won't count.

Notes: If I pick up anything before the end of the month, ofc I'll edit this post.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Summertime color blocking experiment

When I'm not telling myself to White Cap ALL THE THINGS, I've been wanting "summertime on my nails," whatever that means.

I've done the accent nail and skittle thing before, but I've never tried full-on color blocking. However, I wanted to wear Essie Peach Daiquiri and Wet n Wild Waves of Enchantment at the same time, and color blocking seemed like the obvious answer.

Three coats of both polishes + NYC Grand Central Station.

And here's my right hand ...

Fuuuuuuuuuun, yes? I've been wearing this for a day now, and I'm pretty happy with it for a weekend look. This actually reminds me of a mani Eileen would have done .. only I did the lame version of it, haha.

Both polishes had awesome formulas and dry times, and I like them together way more than I thought I would. They're great summertime shades. Peach Daiquiri is core in both the salon and retail Essie lines, although Waves of Enchantment is a little harder to track down these days. I can't believe it's been two years since Mermaid's Cove! ... anyway, I never wanted Waves of Enchantment until a couple of months ago, and I got my bottle from Steph's Closet Store.

Not feeling particularly chatty right now, since I'm coming down from the "Hannibal" season finale. --That finale, yo. I understand how someone would find it anticlimactic compared to the rest of the season; I do think having all the loose ends come together the way they did was more powerful than, say, having the team go after another serial killer. Anyway, you better believe I'm going to put the DVD release date in my calendar as soon as I know what it'll be. 2014, you're too far away!

Was this color blocking experiment a fail or a win? Do you have any suggestions for future color blocking manis?

Thanks for reading, and enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

LATE Skinny Dipping (With Friends): Wet n Wild Mega Last 2% Milk

This post may be mega ultra late, although hopefully it's better than the previous one.

The past couple of weeks have been a weird combination of Real Life, crankiness and the loss of my ability to GAF about anything that wasn't related to (1) my bridesmaid/bridal shower duties and (2) TV. I caught up with "Dexter," and I'm working on "Breaking Bad" right now. Plus, the "Hannibal" season finale is tonight and I'm just not emotionally ready for that.

(source: WeKnowMemes)

This .gif may be the best thing to come out of those dumbass flop "prequels". --That, and the seemingly endless press Ewan McGregor was doing at the time. He will never not be one of my favorites.

Basically, I didn't feel like blogging. And after next week, I really won't know what my timetable will look like, so please continue to bear with me. I'll make it up to you!

Anyway, 2% Milk. Steff caused a minor frenzy when she blogged this polish almost a year ago. After that post, a bunch of my friends who didn't have it suddenly HAD TO HAVE IT. I lucked into it a couple of months ago when I got it as a swap extra. Why, WHY DIDN'T I GET THIS SOONER?!

Three coats with SV.

To quote Madeline, "Behold, the perfect milky sheer." So accurate. I'm not sure what's going on with me and these peachy/beigey sheers lately, but I'm not hating.

You know that scene in "Anchorman" with Ron Burgundy's pleated, erm, optical illusion? This polish had a similar effect in that it was very difficult for me to act like I wasn't impressed. I was SO IMPRESSED. For one thing, the formula is amazeballs for a milky sheer. No streaks, no waiting five hundred years in between coats, fast dry time and nearly a week of perfect wear (this was my NOTD at the beginning of last week). I mean, between last year's OPI NYC Ballets and this polish, I think I've found my benchmark for milky sheers. Other companies must wish they could make some that are this good!

2% Milk retails for $1.99 at drugstores and places like Five Below. $1.99 doesn't exactly break the bank, but if you'd rather save your pennies, hold out for a Wet n Wild promo and you'll be able to pick this up for almost nothing.

Y'all, I can't even play right now ... JUST BUY THIS POLISH.

I'll have another Skinny Dipping post next month, and *knock on wood* that should be on time. I'm not sure when Anna's post is going up, but be sure to visit Business Lady Polish to find out when. Thanks for reading (and not abandoning me completely) -- I appreciate it! :)

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Another photobomb: nails inc. Baker Street

So, Baker Street. You know the drill: insanely fun to wear, not so much to photograph. Luckily, roughly a zillion posts about this polish have been circulating for the past year now, so even if you don't own it, you have a good idea of what it looks like. These photos are the best I could get, which is a little scary.

Three coats with SV.

I don't need to talk about the incredible color because really, it makes me die. If you own it, you're familiar with these feels. It's great, totally chic, etc., etc. Let's talk about the not-so-fun stuff instead.

... such as the formula. Although I purchased this and other nails inc. polishes a loooooooong time ago, Baker Street was my first experience applying wearing the brand. This was slightly more watery and uneven than most true cremes are on the first coat, so I needed a second one for opacity. And then I still wasn't happy, so I added a third coat. If this had been thicker like most cremes, I actually would have stopped at two. But if this is the worst problem I had with Baker Street, then that's a pretty good problem to have.

I got great dry time and wear out of this -- minimal tip wear after three days, and tiny chips on the usual chip-prone fingers. I wore this five days in all, and by then I had some pretty bad chips, however ... after I removed it, I was tempted to reapply it. This color is THAT GOOD.

The best place to snag Baker Street is online at Sephora, although some stores do carry the line. You have to check. It's $9.50 and worth every penny.

In short: If you love blue, you need this. If you're a nail blogger ... you better hope you have a good camera or Photoshop, because this is what you get.

The name Baker Street reminds me of one of THE GREATEST Disney animated features OF ALL TIME (which was based on a children's series by Eve Titus; never read it. Maybe I should):

And this episode of "Happy Endings":

It's from Season 2, and it's called "Cocktails & Dreams." In case you didn't know, the name of that sax number is ... yeah, "Baker Street." (Google it.) This episode is why everyone needs to incorporate the phrase "he's Freddy Kruegering us in our dreams with sex" in her/his lexicon, and why I no longer can think about Freddy Krueger -- or Fran Sinclair -- without laughing hysterically.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

White Cap ALL THE THINGS! (Chanel June photobomb edition)

Basically, this is my credo for summertime nails. Or nails in general. (At this point, I feel like White Cap deserves its own tag on the blog, Y/N?)

This post originally was going to be Chanel June solo, but there were just too many problems with that, the biggest ones being (1) HAZMAT NO TIME and (2) the fact that I went to sleep after slapping on top coat, so I woke up with sheet marks on my left hand. I didn't have time to re-do my nails, hence the emergency White Cap.

Now that I think about it, Emergency White Cap would make a great band name ...

One coat of China Glaze White Cap + NYC Grand Central Station over four coats of Chanel June and NYC GCS. I only would have needed three coats if I hadn't been polishing at OH GOD I SHOULD BE ASLEEP o'clock.

I'm sorry these photos are so washed out, but I had to do it that way to get the color right. :/ While it's fun to look at IRL, it's so merpy to capture.

The only photo that was the most color-accurate:

Purdy. But as you can see, also a photo fail. It was bound to happen after a several-entry streak, haha.

June looks really orange, though. The frustrating thing about it actually wasn't the formula, but the color, which is meant to be a soft orange-y peach. However, once you add top coat, it gets a little more yellow and more in the cantaloupe neighborhood. (I found that Seche Vite turns June into a straight up yellow-leaning orange.) For Chanel prices, I would've thought they'd find a way for this not to happen, but I guess not.

I'm going to attempt to swatch Chanel June on its own one day when I have more time (and sun) to do it properly, but don't hold your breath. In the meantime, let's hope my next mani isn't a total photobomb!

I also have two more manis in my June/July line-up that I know will be getting the White Cap treatment, so check back for them! --Yes, there is a line-up. (See also: Virgo.)

What was your last photobomb? And seriously, does White Cap deserve its own tag?

Monday, June 10, 2013

Zoya Rory

I blogged Zoya Amy on Friday, and because I'm a big old "Doctor Who"-lovin' nerd, I removed it as soon as I got home from work so I could wear Rory. Twooooooo wuv, etc.

(source; the link is a bit spoilery if you haven't seen Series 6-onwards)

I gotta tell you, it was a small challenge to find a non-derpy AND non-spoilery picture of everyone's favorite time-traveling nurse. But really, he's the best.

This polish, on the other hand ...

Three coats with Cult Nails Wicked Fast.

Not the most unflattering shade I've ever worn, but unfortunately, also not my favorite.

I have no idea what the heck kind of pink Rory is, so I'm going to borrow from Willam and scream "IT'S FUCKIN' PINK." (With slightly mauve tones and prominent silver foil shimmer.) I do think the silver sort of ages Rory a bit -- maybe a coral or even a gold shimmer would have made this 10x more interesting.

The formula was a little thick, but I think I've come to expect it from the Zoya Surf shades (except for Kimber, because it's not a proper foil). You can get this done in two coats, but I'd wait a couple minutes in between coats so you won't have any dragging. Rory dried quickly with Wicked Fast; for some reason I topped it with NYC Grand Central Station on my right hand and dry time was nearly the same. Wear was good, too. No chips and barely visible tip wear after two days. Nice.

But DAMN. This is the third Zoya Surf polish I haven't liked -- someone (Madeline) tell me I won't hate Zuza! Rory's still quite ETF since it only came out last summer, so wait until there's a Zoya sale or see if you can get it on the cheaps at a beauty supply.

What do you guys have to say about Rory? Zoya Surf shades? "Doctor Who"/the Ponds? Amy and Rory may not be destined to be together in my stash, but that's quite all right -- this polish is something I think my mom would wear on her toes, so Rory will live across the hall with her.

I'll just leave you with this:

I dunno about you, but *I* would. --Wait 2k years for the dorky white boy of mah dreeeeeeeams, that is.

Thanks for reading, and enjoy your week. I'll try to catch up with you guys mid-week, but I have a couple of not-so-fun obligations, so I'm not making any promises. :/

Friday, June 7, 2013

Zoya Amy

Generally, any post published on this blog at 9 or 10 a.m. is a scheduled post. I woke up on Tuesday at around 9:20, saw that my Fannibal post had gone up, and thought, "GODDAMMIT, I should have titled the post 'THIS IS MY DESIGN.'"

You live, you learn.

Later that day, a huge chunk of purple chipped off my right index finger while I was scraping a sticker off a box, so it was time to do my nails again. And after wearing lovely, cool purple awesomeness for five days, I wanted a warmer color but couldn't make a decision, so I shot Anna a text: "Red, orange or gold?"

NGL, I was kiiiiind of surprised that she chose orange, but I was psyched to break out Zoya Amy. --I know, me wearing something from a current seasonal collection? What IS that?

The other beer I took home from B's. 
I love lambics, but this was TOO raspberry for me.

Three coats with Cult Nails Wicked Fast.

A lot of people have been wondering whether Amy is a dupe for China Glaze Riveting. Unless finishes are important to you, I don't think it is; Amy is more of a foil, while Riveting is more of a glass fleck. As far as color goes, they're pretty close. I can't find my bottle of Riveting (I need to deep clean my room so much), but I'm willing to wager that Amy has more of a sunburnt and rusty feel, plus more golden shimmer. And for those of you who are wondering which one I'd keep if it came down it, I'd probably go with Riveting -- alhtough Amy's golden shimmer is perfect for summer and probably would go great with a tan. ;) Amy is currently taming my desire for butter LONDON Sunbaker, which I believe is even rustier, though I haven't laid eyes on it in person, so don't quote me on that.

(Side note: I don't understand the craze behind tanning, but then I take great, occasionally borderline Nicole Kidman-esque measures to stay as pale as possible. When my family visited the motherland last year, I even wore a similar hat. My parents laughed at me and my dad said -- and I quote -- "Hats are for tourists and Korean ladies." HA HA HA. No offense. It's just that every Korean lady I've ever seen in the motherland was remarkably pale.)

Amy's formula and application were perfect and required no clean-up (I KNOW!). It was opaque after two coats, but it looked richest at three. Dry time was fast, and it's only gotten a little bit of tip wear in the past two days.

You can find Amy fairly easily right now, since it's a current release from the Irresistible half of Zoya's 2013 summer collection; it's $8 on the Art of Beauty site. My bottle was part of my Zoya Exchange order a couple of months ago along with one other Irresistible polish. I've been avoiding going to Ulta, so I haven't seen the Stunning & Irresistible polishes in person, but based on the swatches I've seen, they aren't interesting to me.

Any opinions on Amy or orange metallics for summer? (I'm LOVING this trend!) Anyone else find Stunning & Irresistible not quite so ... stunning or irresistible? Most importantly, does this polish seem particularly Amy-esque to you? I don't know, but I like it.

Fun fact: I was named for another Rachel whose childhood/family nickname was Amy. Now that I think about it, I've always been partial to the name Amy ... but I wonder if this might be why.

This polish, however, reminds me of another Amy. Gosh, how on earth did I ever make this connection?

I haven't been able to bring myself to watch Series 7 because deep down, I know I'm going to get pissed off, but I'll probably get to it later. I enjoyed the heck out of Series 5, though. Maybe I'll rewatch it after I get through "Dexter" ...

Oh my God. I just remembered I ordered Zoya Rory in my Exchange haul. !!! BRB, MUST FIND IT. NU!WHO OTP 4EVR. (Besides Jack/everybody, of course.)