Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Skinny Dipping (With Friends): NYC In a NY Color Minute Prospect Park Bloom

This was not going to be my pick for this month. I had Anna pick a polish via text, but then I set it down somewhere in my house and couldn't remember where I'd left it. Naturally, I found it in my overnight bag almost right after getting these pictures, because that's just the way things work, n'est-ce pas?

Anyway, I went with another nude from the same brand as Anna's original pick, an NYC polish. I can't remember the last time I blogged an NYC, although I've worn a few that didn't make it on here. But a few weeks ago, I made a Rite Aid trip to pick up a ginger ale and buy some on-sale shampoo when I got to the clearance bins and noticed one was full of NYC products. I grabbed a few In a Minute colors that looked interesting, because they were 99 cents and if you stick a clearance label on something and I'll probably definitely buy it.

So, Prospect Park Bloom. There seem to be two different versions of this color, a soft pink blush-tinged buildable sheer/jelly, and then there's the version I have, which also is a buildable sheer/jelly, but much, much more yellow-toned.

FYI, I had to lighten my pictures a bit because Prospect Park Bloom came out looking more peach than nude. Although I didn't have much success, you can get a feel for the yellow tones in this version. My skin color does not look right AT ALL (normally I wouldn't mind, but with nude colors? UGH). Maybe I just need to take photos of this under the OttLite.

Four coats with SV.

Hmmmmmm. First off, I think I'd like to see the pink version of this in person because I bet it's more wearable for a wider range of skin tones than this yellow version is. In fact, I'd only recommend this version if your complexion carries more yellow & olive tones than red and pink ones because lobster hands is nagl, even if this was 99 cents.

Also, strangely enough, Prospect Park Bloom was one of those colors I loved on my nails when I saw it in natural light. OTOH, I didn't love it so much when I saw it in artificial light. (It actually made me think of cannoli.) I don't know how this compares to polishes like OPI My Vampire is Buff or Zoya Jacqueline, neither of which I own; I gave away my bottle of Zoya Cho a long time ago, but this is more red than that one was.

Maybe this polish actually is a creme, but this bottle of Prospect Park Bloom went on the nail like a buildable sheer jelly. It's opaque at three coats -- I just wanted to see how it looked at four. If you wait a minute or two in between coats, you won't have to worry about patching or bald spots; similarly, the formula was easy to work with some patience. (I take my patience for granted because I usually do my nails while watching TV and I get caught up in a show pretty easily, but you might not be the same way.) Dry time was quick with SV, and I wore this for three days with no chips and barely discernible tip wear.

This polish is core in NYC's In a NY Color Minute line (the line that gives us Grand Central Station), which you can find anywhere that sells NYC products. However, I noticed that a good chunk of NYC products also happened to be on clearance at Target, so I recommend that you grab what you can if you are prone to panic. According to Nouveau Cheap, Rite Aid no longer will be carrying NYC products -- holy mackerel, where I am supposed to get their LE collections now? I only ever saw them at Rite Aid! -- and I think NYC also has redone their permanent line. I also believe NYC rebranded with a new logo; if you check out this Instagram post, you'll notice the NYC In a NY Color Minute bottle we know on the left, while the right-hand bottle sports a slightly different logo. I haven't been to a drugstore in two weeks because I've been snowed in, so I'm curious to see what's up. BASICALLY, if you're like me and you don't want to live in a world without NYC Grand Central Station, just grab it every time you see it. $1.99 isn't so bad ... I just skip the soda purchase instead. ;)

Thanks for reading! Any thoughts on this nude, problematic nude polish shades, NYC, clearance buys, mislaid polishes, or discontinued product panic? Anyone who loves makeup KNOWS that struggle is way too real! And don't forget to look at Anna's Skinny Dipping pick -- we both derped on this month's post, but it's been a ridiculous, cold, snowy, SHORT month, so please forgive us. March should be better. :)

One more thing before I sign off: Have any of you gals ever taken a barre class? I mentioned earlier that I'm trying to find a fitness routine I won't hate (I'll almost certainly hate the music, though, I always do), and I am one of those people who prefers in-person classes because I need structure/routine and 100% will screw around if I'm on my own. I don't know if it's the winter cabin fever talking, but I signed up for an intro class tomorrow night (barring natural disasters, ofc), so I'm excited. --Excited, and also a little worried because SO FAT, MUCH FITNESS, VERY LULULEMON, MANY STEPFORD, etc. I also get self-conscious because I wear glasses and no matter what I'm doing, working out with glasses always looks weird. (I can't wear contacts, and wearing sports goggles during tennis lessons caused major fashion trauma when I was younger.) Anyway, please share what you know. Thanks in advance! I'll try to report back in my next post.

Thanks for reading, and have a good weekend! My sister is coming to visit for a few days, so we'll see if I have time to post something next week. Either way, I'll see you in March!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Shopping My Stash: Boos Choose

I love Valentine's Day because it is THE optimal holiday for puns. Last year, Steff and I had a generic Valentine-y SMS theme; this year, I got the harebrained idea to have our significant others pick our polishes.

Once again, I failed at my own prompt. In all honesty, I don't think B particularly cares what's on my fingers as long as they don't continue to smell like polish. We were watching TV one night recently and I was massaging his scalp when he started sniffing the air and said I still smelled like polish. (Really, dude? Six years, and you're gonna comment on it now?) Anyway, I mentioned this theme to him last week and I was so tired at the time that I think he said, "Wear a Valentine color!"

"Riiiiiight," I said. "Another Lippmann it is, then." (... and then the conversation devolved into the topic of stupid nail polish names. Typical male.)

You wouldn't know it due to the lack of activity on this blog, but I'm actually pretty deep in a Deborah Lippmann phase that started sometime near the end of last year (I actually wore a Lippmann last weekend). Like, I LOVE Lippmann. The formulas generally are impeccable, my body chemistry agrees with them, and when I can get DL on sale, I love them EVEN MORE. Sure, I had a bunch of options for this SMS since DL polishes are named after songs, but given my relationship history, I really only had one choice.

Three coats with SV.

And don't worry, I have every intention of reswatching this. Weather is weird and so is my phone cam and I don't understand what is going on with top coat on my ring finger. Are those bubbles? What the HELL?!

Put your hands up if you're into this polish! Dear gawd. It's been a minute since I've worn a vampy jelly (the last one I wore was a Lippmann, too), but when I put these suckers on, I ask myself why I don't just wear them all the time. Contrary to these brown photos, Single Ladies is a deep red jelly, opaque at three thin coats. I don't know of any dupes for it, but if you don't feel like shelling out for Lippmann, there are a bunch of great options at just about any price point.

This was released for Fall 2011, but I didn't acquire my bottle until February of last year -- there was a crazy awesome Beauty Brands sale and I ended up buying this (and 7 other Lippmanns) for $6.99. I KNOW, RIGHT? Again, if you're a hardcore Lippmann stan, this may be worth a full price splurge, but if you can't ball like that, keep your eye out for a good deal. They're out there, I promise.

Not only do I love this polish because of my aforementioned feelings about the DL brand, but DL Single Ladies also reminds me so much of all the great things going on in my life circa late 2008, which is when I started getting into polish. I loved vampies, and the first polish I ever bought was a vampy similar to this one (albeit less red and slightly more berry). Plus, "Single Ladies" was an annoyingly popular song at the time***, which also was around when I met B.

Speaking of B, tonight makes exactly six years since we first went out for a drink, which fell on a Friday that day, too. Barring the weather and his work schedule tonight, I think we'll be stopping by that bar later for old times' sake and a quick drink. Will I be drinking any long island iced teas, like I did then? I highly doubt it. Will I go home with him, like I did then? Yes, probably. Haaaaaaaaa.

Thanks for reading Shopping My Stash! As soon as time and weather cooperate with me, I swear I'll fix this month and last month's SMS pictures. They're so janky. :( Also, Steff's post accidentally went up last night, but if you haven't had a look at Ben's Valentine-y selection, check it out. I already have a slightly zany idea for next month's theme ...

Happy Galentine's Day to all my ladies for today, and if it applies, have a happy Valentine's Day tomorrow!

And now,

*** I had a few coworkers who ran this song into the ground, which had me hating it even though it's a total bop. Also, a college friend of mine danced to this song as part of his campaign for homecoming king, so ... there's that. And yes, he wore the leotard.

P.S. Is it really necessary to play this song at weddings whenever the bride tosses her bouquet? WE GET IT.

P.P.S. The line about Dereon jeans still makes me cackle like a hyena. I spent wayyyyyy too much time in ONTD comment threads, hahaha.