Monday, June 30, 2014

Rescue Beauty Lounge Ghost (yes, again.)

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

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

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




Now about those better pictures ...




Three coats with SV.








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

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

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




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

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

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




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

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






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

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

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

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Hello Sunshine

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




Three coats with SV.








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

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

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

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

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


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

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

JulieG Nails Tahiti (it's a magical place)

Happy hump day, ladies! Okay, so this post was supposed to go up on Friday ... and Monday ... and maybe yesterday ... but shit happens. Also, I didn't think you all would mind too much. (If you *do* mind, let me warn you right now that July posts will be even more sporadic! Eek.)

Sooooooo, here is a green polish because my girl elbee picked that color over yellow in my last post. (Thanks, lady!) This polish was my Mother's Day NOTD. Sometimes when I choose a polish to wear, I have a little bit of an agenda, and that weekend, I had a lot of feelings about upfronts. HELLO, "AGENT CARTER" SERIES PICK-UP. I want it now!!! The one-shot short film was so flawless and I adore both Agent Peggy Carter and Hayley Atwell (except for in the "Brideshead Revisited" 2008 movie, but that movie was a whole lot of U TRIED IT), so I CANNOT. WAIT. for the show.

Oh, and "S.H.I.E.L.D." got renewed. I feel like I should be excited, but I'm more ... aggressively okay with it. Mostly I'm just excited that Ming-na is getting her cred because I've liked her since I was a little kid. I thought I would be more excited about Clark Gregg/Coulson, but IMO, Coulson came off as a whiny manchild for most of the season and ... just ... bleh. But I'll keep watching!, mostly in hopes that B.J. Britt's character will become a permanent fixture. I love him.

My point is this: I've never been to Tahiti -- I'm not sure I'd want to go because it's warm, and I don't like warm places -- so this JulieG polish is the closest I'm going to get.




Three coats with SV.








Pretty, yes? I like. Unique? Probably not. There are quite a few minty/jade green cremes with shimmer floating around right now; Sally Hansen CSM Pique Side and JulieG Shark's Cove come to mind, but their shimmers are different. Tahiti's shimmer is blue, and it seemed kind of faint to me (although to be fair, Alli at The Daily Varnish doesn't think so).

Formula on this one was OK. As a matter of fact, Tahiti was a hell of a lot easier to work with than Sonia Kashuk Fairy Princess (a LE polish from 2012), which I purged into my Zoya Exchange box -- that should give you an idea of how horrible that SK was. Compared to other pastel shimmers, Tahiti wasn't the easiest to apply, but maybe I'm just not used to those. I had a few bald spots after two coats, so I went for a third. Dry time was decent with SV, and I had average tip wear after three days.

All in all, not a bad polish, but at this point I honestly can't say I would reach for it again. Let me try my other shimmery jades/mints and I'll get back to you! ;) In case you DO want Tahiti, though, it's part of the JulieG Nails Cruise collection, $3.99 a pop and exclusive to Rite Aid. You also can find the collection on the Jesse's Girl site and if you don't have a swap buddy or a Rite Aid, shipping is free with a purchase over $20. Just sayin'. I didn't pick up any other of the JulieG cruise polishes, but if I can find Rio de Janeiro and Canary Islands on clearance, they will be mine!

What do you think of this polish? Have you ever been to Tahiti? Are you as excited about the "Agent Carter" series pick-up as I am?

Speaking of Agent Carter, I treated my parents and my aunt to "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." It was my third time seeing the movie (the second time was in IMAX 3D and it was SO worth it). My aunt had never seen any of the Marvel movies before, but I was happy to find out she enjoyed this one, which I think had a lot to do with forever bae Chris Evans. At the end of the movie, she shook her head, leaned over, and whispered, "He's *too* handsome. He's *too* good-looking." HA! Ain't that the truth.

Thanks for reading this super late-ass post! I'll be back tomorrow with the yellow polish I mentioned earlier, and I think you guys are gonna like it. :)

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

White Hot Wednesday: Nicole by OPI Yoga-then-Yogurt

Welcome to the second installment of White Hot Wednesday! Full disclosure: I'm cheating a little bit today because this technically isn't a searing white creme. It's totally kosher, though! Even if I didn't have this mini-feature, NOPI Yoga-then-Yogurt is well worth a blog post for those of you who are looking for something a little less loud than the typical white creme, e.g., bL Cotton Buds. Or perhaps you don't feel like reliving your middle school days of putting Wite-Out on your nails.

Real talk: Middle school was not terrible, but it wasn't college. It takes a helluva lot to beat college, because college was amazing. (To give credit where credit was due, my one year of home schooling in 6th grade also was amazing. The isolation kind of sucked, but I had a neighborhood of kids to play with and being able to be a nerd 24/7 was beyond epic.)

OKAY, NAIL POLISH.




Three coats with SV.








I mean, I would have bought it for the name alone. It's the perfect shade of plain Greek yogurt! I am a plebe and basically let my parents buy me yogurt in bulk from Sam's Club, so I am Team Oikos (and by extension, Team Stamos). I've tried Chobani -- it's too chalky for me. I'm too scared of trying a new brand, hating it, and wasting money I could be using on polish (duh), although I'm open to any suggestions you might have.

BUT FIRST:

  • Formula & application: SUPERB. Really, really easy to apply. If anything, this would err on the thick side, but that's a good thing! Wait a couple minutes in between coats to make sure it dries and settles; after the first coat, you are GOOD TO GO. Pro tip: When working with whites or scary pastels, use a brand new bottle of top coat, or one as close to brand new as possible. It will make your life a million times easier. Promise.
  • Opacity: 2 coats, unless you're as derpy and/or as paranoid about patches as I am. Photos are one thing. IRL, it would require a discerning eye.
  • Wear: 5 days!!!!!!!! Minimal tip wear, which I think was probably the result of a dying bottle of SV. One barely visible chip on my chippy finger.
  • Price: $7.99 at CVS and Ulta, though you also could find it online, Walgreens, and Target (Target has it online for $5.99 RIGHT NOW). Cheaper if there's a NOPI promo or if you have a coupon. I bought this during the winter with some CVS ExtraBucks. :)
  • Year of release: 2014, at the very beginning of this year.
  • Number of compliments received: Two, because I did a lot of work outside of regular office hours when I wore this last week and saw no one except the guy at the Wendy's drive-thru window. Also, does it count if one compliment came from your mother? I was mostly at work and at home, otherwise I'm suuuuuure I would've gotten fawned over. #alexwhatishubrisfor500

TL;DR = This polish is WONDERFUL and you need it, especially if you are afraid of pure white cremes. It doesn't break the bank, and depending on when and where you buy it, you have an insanely awesome bargain! I wholeheartedly recommend Yoga-then-Yogurt. Well done, NOPI. :)

Anyone want to chime in with your thoughts on this white? What about your favorite brand of Greek yogurt? --Oh, and if you have an opinion about yoga, I'd love to hear it, too. I'll be honest, I've never tried yoga ... I'm more of a stay-moving-once-I-eventually-start-moving kind of girl (what can I say, I'm very Jessica Stein). Pilates, though ... JFC. That's a post for another day.

Thanks for reading! I should have one more post up on Friday, but I haven't settled on it yet. Which would you rather see, a yellow or a green??? (Thanks in advance!)


P.S. This is the program my family used during the 1996-97 school year. We ordered the fourth and sixth grade curriculum for my sister and myself. Pricey, yes, but we loved it! In fact, we wouldn't have gone back to school the next year if my parents' jobs hadn't required more time than they could give us. If you're looking into the whole homeschooling thing and this program piques your interest, holler at me and I'll be happy to share my experiences with you via email. :)

Monday, June 16, 2014

Skinny Dipping (With Friends): Essie Cocktails & Coconuts

Happy Monday, friends, and time for summer Skinny Dipping. If you like Essie, you're in luck today -- Anna and I will be showing off some lovely Essie nude polishes, new for 2014 and perfect for summer.

One of my favorite things about summer is Essie's annual resort collection. However, for some reason, I'm not really feeling the Resort 2014 color story this year (although I must admit it would look GORG as an ikat print). It's possible that I might be bored with newly-released nail polish. WHO AM I?

While I like cocktails verrrrrrry much, I'm still figuring out how I feel about coconuts (is there a more polarizing flavor?). The funny thing is that I didn't even have to think about buying this polish, as it was the only one in the collection that spoke to me. It was more a matter of when I'd have $5 in ExtraBucks to put on this. An Essie for $3 and change? Yes, please.




Three coats with SV.








If you're in the market for a nude palette cleanser in between the summertime neons and brights (yes, I said "palette," not the correct "palate"), Cocktails & Coconuts is about as good as it gets. It's a pretty unobtrusive shade. The specks of silver shimmer don't show up unless you look closely, so for the most part it looks like a creme. I'm okay with that, but I understand wanting the shimmer to be a little more prominent. It probably got lost in the heavy creamy base.

Formula was okay for this one. It's not streaky, but if you don't wait in between coats, you'll get some hardcore patching. If you work carefully, you can get it opaque in two coats, but I find it looked the most even at three. Dry time was super fast with SV. This was only a swatch, though I'd feel confident about wearing it for a more conservative work week stretch.

The Resort Fling collection was released absurdly early this year. Now that summer displays are trickling into stores, you'd probably stand a better chance of buying this one somewhere like Ulta or at a beauty supply than you would if you wandered into CVS today. If you can wait, snap it up online ... I've seen eBay prices, and they seem pretty reasonable. I'm not sure if I'll go back for Find Me an Oasis, but never say never.

Now that I think about it, Cocktails & Coconuts might be a more flattering version of Essie Mochachino. Mochachino is untried (surprise!), so I don't know if the sparkle in that polish actually shows up on the nail. I'll have to look into it.

Sorry this post was so late. The pics I took this weekend were a blur fest, and I didn't get a chance to take new ones until lunchtime today. Merp. But I'd love to hear your thoughts on this polish! Shoot, tell me about your favorite summer cocktail(s). What are your feelings vis-à-vis coconut as a flavor? I really only like it on hummingbird cake, and even then ...

Thanks for reading! If you haven't already, make sure you get a look at the Essie polish Anna posted today. I passed on it because I think I'm too yellow to make it look good on me, but she is making me reconsider.

If I have time to post tonight, I might be back this week with a few more catch-up NOTDs! I have pics -- that's half the battle, right?

Friday, June 13, 2014

Shopping My Stash: That summer feeling

Hi! Happy Friday! Also, HOLY FRIGGIN' CRAP, YOU GUYS. It's Friday the 13th *and* a full moon -- I should not have been surprised when my internet went out last night halfway through writing this post. What. A. (First World) Nightmare. There was no time to finish it before I had to leave for work; when I left for home, I was so tired that I was falling asleep driving and dove into bed after getting my mom's birthday gift inside the house.

Long story short: Friday the 13th, man. (Also, HBD to my mama, whose celebrity birthday twins include Kat Dennings, Rivers Cuomo, '90s bae Ethan Embry, and forever bae Chris Evans. Especially Chris Evans.)

You've probably seen Steff's Shopping My Stash post, so you know that our theme is basically ~shades of summers past~. I own more polishes from Summer 2008 than I thought I did, and kept texting Steff with my rando discoveries until she was like, "I say use Mini Shorts. Neoooooon."

INDEED.




Three coats with SV.










It's kind of funny to look back at the time when a nail polish was released. It's even funnier to look back at a time before I started collecting like a maniac! When the first Essie neons were released in the summer of 2008, I think I was in my comic book phase, which coincided with my "MUST SEE 'IRON MAN' EVERY TWO WEEKS" phase. My biggest beauty priority at the time was finding a good place to get my eyebrows done. Ha.

Anyway, this first Essie neon collection consisted of four polishes with shorts-themed names. Summer-tastic, yes? I didn't start acquiring them until maybe 2010. Shorty Shorts, the neon pink, was the last one to join my stash, courtesy of Janice, who sent me a well-loved bottle a couple of summers ago (a bottle that will be loved until the last drop, btw. THANK YOU!). Bermuda Shorts, the neon violet, is one of my favorite pedicure colors. Shorty Pants was the first yellow I've ever loved, and my first yellow pedicure. But for whatever reason, Mini Shorts, a punchy neon orange, has gone untried until now.

Mini Shorts is a deeper, more red-tinged shade of traffic cone orange than my first Essie neon orange, Bright Tights. Now that I think about it, Mini Shorts reminds me a lot of Zoya Paz. I'm not going to say they're dupes, although they are close enough that if you had one, you wouldn't need the other. If I'm being honest, I think Paz has the better formula, but that could be because my bottle of Paz isn't as old as my bottle of Mini Shorts; I've noticed neons tend to get a little gummy over time. The good news is that Mini Shorts wasn't too difficult to work with. Dry time was not as fast as newer neons are, so this isn't necessarily a polish I would slap on before bed. Buuuuuuut, this orange is so deliciously squishy and obnoxious that I don't mind keeping both Paz and Mini Shorts.

Sorry this post is so late, but like I said, Friday the 13th, man. I just wanted to get this up TODAY, partly because I feel like I bugged Steff out of her blogging hiatus, and partly because our first Shopping My Stash post also was on a Friday the 13th. Can you believe it? In three more months, we'll have been at this for a year! Whaaaaaaaaaat.

Thanks for reading, and I'll be back next week with some of my backlogged NOTDs, plus a Skinny Dipping post on Monday. Until then, don't forget to see Steff's summertime shade! If you have a great dad, at least give him a call this weekend if you're not together. ALSO. Anyone going to see "How to Train Your Dragon 2" or "22 Jump Street" this weekend? I can't go until next weekend ... but I cannot wait. I loved both of the original movies, and I've heard nothing but good things about the sequels! :D


P.S. Since this post was so late, I made you a terrible/amazing playlist of some of my favorite summertime songs. I don't understand the concept of a short playlist, so this one is 30+ songs long! ... good if you're doing some mindless chores, winding down, or whatever. You'll be able to tell which songs remind me of summers past, because they are SO ridiculous. ;) Enjoyyyyyy.



Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Summerlime

Despite the hundreds of polishes in my stash, I've been loving the same four color families so far this season: metallics (duh), whites, pinks, and greens. If you've noticed this is the third green polish I've blogged in a row and you're over it, consider yourself lucky because this would have turned into an ENTIRE WEEK of green if I'd had more time on Monday.

Last week I needed to do my nails again and could not make a decision (what. a. surprise.), so I had Madeline pick a polish via text. As always, she obliged me, picking this Sally Hansen. By the way, Summerlime is from the same collection as Summer Lovin' -- Summerlime is actually a lot easier for me to find because it's so different (read: not pink) that I think ladies in central & SW Virginia must be afraid of it. I don't know why they would be. I love this. In fact, I'm gonna go ahead and declare that this must have been MADE FOR ME.

Word of warning: This green looks different on everyone's devices and monitors ... and then there's the shimmer, so take heed.




Three coats with NYC Grand Central Station.








Bonus points because it really does resemble the outer peel of a lime. Amazeballs. I don't know the difference between spring green and grass green -- I get so overwhelmed by all the variations! -- but I think if you have some yellow/olive in your complexion, this should be good on you. Initially, I was worried this might be too blue, but it's not.

This is opaque in two coats, SUPER easy to work with, and dries fast. Basically, the only way I would love this polish even more is if the shimmer were more prominent. I wouldn't say it dies on the nail, but it doesn't exactly make a statement in dim or natural light, where it appears a little silver. In bright artificial light, it looks a little gold. Either way, I got lime peel out of it. I'm satisfied.

Summerlime is part of the limited edition Beach Paradise collection. I've only seen this collection at select CVS locations, generally the ones in the swanky sections of town. (If you're in the West End of Richmond, I've seen it at the CVS stores in Willow Lawn and Innsbrook at Cox & Broad. HTH! All my Beach Paradise CSMs actually came from the Willow Lawn store.)

Sure, the shimmer isn't immediately apparent, but I still love Summerlime for what it is (and it looks great on me). What do you think? Will you run out and scoop this one up, or will you pass? Also, what the hell is the deal with the Copper polish that's supposed to be part of this collection? ALU blogged it, but there never was a spot for it in the displays I saw. Have you guys seen Copper? I would have bought it if I'd seen it. I can't turn down a metallic, especially a LE SH CSM.

All in all, I'm happy that 2 out of my 5 SH Beach Paradise polishes were huge wins -- which should I pull out next, Leis-y Days or Hello Sunshine? I'm leaning toward the latter because I haven't seen anyone swatch it, but someone please tell me. Decision making is not my forte. (Thank you, Madeline.)

Thanks for reading! I'll see you on Friday for a Shopping My Stash post with Steff. :)

Monday, June 9, 2014

Essie The More the Merrier

Hello, friends. It's been a while since I blogged, and I'm glad I found some time for it today. The end of May and most of June is a busy time for my family every year, so that's not exactly news. Work, though? Oh man. Not only have I been adjusting to a new position ("new" = since January), but one of our staff members is leaving in late July and we're in a tizzy trying to prepare ourselves. Oh, and did I mention I work for a small business? If you do, too, then you know the drill -- you don't go home until you go home. And sometimes I don't walk in the door until midnight, which leads to me grabbing polishes that I *hope* are easy to apply, polishes I hope don't require much effort.

Enter Essie The More the Merrier. I had high hopes for this one. Color, it delivered in spades. Everything else left a LOT to be desired.

I'm not sure if my rage was the result of 1 a.m. polishing, or a seriously crappy formula. --Crappy for Essie, anyway. If I'm being honest, TMTM's formula reminded me of some of my Chanels (bleh).

But you guys. DAT GREEN.




Three coats with SV.








Drooooooooooooool. As chartreuse/lime shades go, this one is pretty heavy on the yellow. I don't mind, because I definitely can work with that!

The More the Merrier was the only creme in last summer's Essie Naughty Nautical collection, which was made up of glass flecked shimmers. Although cremes always will be my favorite finish, I would have liked to see this color in that business. Anyway, Essie cremes usually are pretty good, which is why I reached for this one over a couple other polishes in this color family.

Holy. Crap. The formula was TERRRRRRRIBLE. It was on the streaky side, and I had some patches after two coats. While I'm a compulsive three-coater, I've gotten used to most post-2011 cremes only needing two coats, so The More the Merrier threw me off. I was outraged mostly because my emotions rarely are in check after midnight; when I swatched this later, I wasn't quite as worked up, although it did need some TLC to apply. So keep that in mind if your bottle is as weird as mine was. When I woke up, I was even more enraged to find that my nails were covered in sheet marks -- I'll chalk that up to my dying bottle of SV, but still. STILL! Clearly that day was not my day.

As I said, TMTM was released last summer as part of the limited edition Naughty Nautical collection; I found this bottle and two other Naughty Nauticals for $4.99 a pop at Marshall's last November, so I grabbed them. I'm not sure if any of the other Naughty Nauticals have joined their namesake polish in the core Essie display, but I did check Ulta's site and TMTM and Sunday Funday are included in their core Essie stock.

All in all, I think I'll give TMTM another shot before I get rid of it. I'm usually pretty patient about working with nail polish, but when you're stuck doing your nails right before bed, you need polishes that do not require a fuss. Oh well. You live, you learn.

Thanks for reading! I'll try to get more posts up this week ... I've got quite a backlog of pictures, but time is not my friend right now. In case things get crazy, DO come back on Friday for Shopping My Stash! I don't even know what I'm posting yet, so that should be interesting. :)