Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Revlon ColorStay Fall Mood

IT'S FALL, Y'ALL! I mean, Steff's not having it ... but I'm stoked. I've been ready since Labor Day weekend, when I had my first pumpkin coffee (DD > Starbucks) and pumpkin beer of the season! Meantime, I've had to turn the heat on in my car, I've been chowing down on slices of Costco pumpkin pie (served with seasonal pumpkin ice cream), I'm so excited for new seasons of my favorite returning TV shows, I'm pulling out my vampy, berry, and purple lipsticks, and of course I'm crushing on fall polishes like they're going out of style. (Holiday collections?? Pfft. No, it's too soon! LET FALL HAVE ITS MOMENT.)

There is so much to love about this Revlon. Obviously, it's metallic and you know how I feel about that finish (I can't stand shimmery cosmetic products anywhere except my nails, apparently). Second, the name is super on point for right now. Third, I've been lusting after OPI Worth a Pretty Penne but I'm not gonna drop my penn(i)es on it anytime soon. So I went stash shopping for something similar and remembered this Revlon and consequently remembered how much I paid for it: all of $1.50 at Big Lots last year. Uh, HELL YEAH.

For the record, the OPI is decidedly more of a rose gold than this polish. That's okay. I think I was just jonesing for a nice metallic foil, and this one fit the bill.

Three coats with SV. Photos taken after 1 day.

When all is said and done, I think gold is more of my color than this light bronze, but Fall Mood is still pretty great. This was the first time I've worn anything from Revlon's ColorStay line (which has been discontinued and replaced by the ColorStay Gel Envy line), and I was really pleased with it. EDIT: No, it isn't the first time I've worn ColorStay -- I did that last year and completely forgot about it! Fail. Formula and application were perfect -- two coats would probably suffice for opacity, but old habits die hard -- and dry time with SV was much faster than my previous experiences with polishes in Revlon's regular line. This manicure survived four days with plenty of dishwashing and spot cleaning with no chips and mostly no tip wear (the two right hand fingers with "ugh"-level tip wear have Essie Feed Me as the base coat -- my peelies are back, and as much as I love Feed Me, it takes FOR.EV.ER. to dry ... so those fingers suffered a few dents, too).

Basically ... I dig it. I don't know why I love the simplicity of the metallic foil so much, but I do. Maybe it's because it's finger bling that I don't have to worry about losing? Anyway, it was nice to try out Fall Mood and I have no idea why I waited so long. I'm definitely craving more fall colors, although I'm not sure what to whip out next. True story, I pulled out my China Glaze Helmer drawer the other night and stared at it for way too long because China Glaze consistently releases the best fall collections. (Sorry, OPI, but it's true. WTF was Nordic?)

Aaaaaaaanyway, Fall Mood was a solid fall intro. I hope the other ColorStay (and ColorStay Gel Envy) polishes are this good! What do you think -- did you like that Revlon line? In your opinion, which brand releases the best fall collections? Do you have a favorite Fall 2015 collection, or are you impossibly bored by it all? Let me know. I'll be over here drinking my DD pumpkin spice coffee (out of a Christmas mug, most likely) and mulling over which China Glaze fall polish I want to wear next.

Thanks for reading, and I'll catch you next month. Bye, September. You were fun.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Birthday blue: Sally Hansen Triple Shine Wavy Blue

Uhhhhhhhh, so this blue, y'all. I love it so much that I wonder what other goodies SH's Triple Shine line might have in store.

Also, this might be jumping the gun a little, but I'm not sure if I'll be able to post again this week or next because #weddingseason and I don't have anything ready. So I'm hoping these pictures will, at the very least, be worth it. I haven't taken NOTD pics in, like, a month. I gotta find a new groove!

Three coats with SV.

A while back, I'd picked out a polish that I knew I wanted to use for my birthday nails. Last month, I even put that polish on my bed to remind me when I got back from my travels ... and then I forgot about it when I sat down to do them. So I grabbed a few sapphire blue options, texted them to Anna, and let her pick. Good thing, because DID YOU SEE THESE PICTURES?!?! Wavy Blue is somewhere between cobalt and sapphire, which is pretty great. Some of you might be disappointed to learn that the light pinky-purply duochrome you see in the bottle dies on the nail, but the glass fleck finish is so damn good that I don't mind that at all.

Formula and application were pretty good, too -- my bottle had been sitting around for a while, so I did have to roll it briefly to mix everything back up to the desired consistency. Other than that, it was so easy to work with. Although the glass fleck wasn't overly jelly-based, I wasn't satisfied with opacity until the third coat (the Ott Lite makes things look harsher than they are ... I wonder what this would have looked like if I'd stopped at two coats). Dry time was pretty fast even without SV, so I didn't have to wait an aggravatingly long time between coats. I didn't mind the paddle brush so much so that I don't think I'd have cleaned up around my nails if I hadn't taken pictures for this blog! I wore this for 5 days with no chips and verrrryyy minimal tip wear. (I doubled up on base coat, if that makes a difference, so I did Instant Artificials + Gelous.) I like this so much that if I were traveling for an extended period, I would take this polish along FOR SURE.

If memory serves, the Triple Shine line debuted near the end of 2013. I'm so freaking pleased with Wavy Blue that (1) I can't believe it took me this long to try it -- thanks, Anna! -- and (2) I wonder what else I've missed from Triple Shine. If you want this polish, it's readily available online but I have no idea what the deal is with Triple Shine in B&M stores because some may have them and some may not ... I remember seeing a bunch on clearance somewhere earlier this year, but I'm blanking out as to where exactly. Anyway, as much as I love this, I don't think this is worth more than $5. Hell, $4 is pushing it for 0.33 fl oz, because you can get a SH Xtreme Wear for anywhere between $2 to $3.70 for 0.40 fl oz, y'know? I don't even remember when I got this, only that it was in the core line at CVS and I probably paid full retail because I'm weak for glass flecks.

So, good birthday polish, y/n? I'm sorry this post was such a doozy -- they say your memory is the first thing to go when it comes to aging. ;) Which reminds me: thank you SO MUCH to all my bloggy friends for the sweet birthday wishes last week! If you have a birthday this month, then I'm sending those well wishes right back at you (my girl Ashley's is today, hayyyyy!).

My dad and I went to see this movie. I thought it was cute and good end of summer fun. One reviewer opined that Guy Ritchie was making style the substance, which I found to be an accurate description, and I wouldn't mind a sequel. (I didn't love the "Holmes" movies so I was surprised that I enjoyed this one.) Still not into Armie Hammer, though. 

I hope 29 is a good year. I REALLY hope it brings me the mythical Full-Time Job (with Benefits!) -- though if I don't find that, I'd be equally happy with a push in the direction of a vocation or trade. Despite all the moaning and groaning I've done in the past year, I know deep down that I'm fortunate to have been able to take my time with the job hunt, but I've been more than ready to get back to work since the spring! I just need someone to cut me a break. My sister got a job offer yesterday (yay!!!) and will start at the end of this month? the beginning of next month?, so I hope it'll be my turn soon.

Oh, and I just went on 3 trips so not only did I forget how much I love traveling, but I also forgot how $$$ that shit is when it adds up. So in that respect, yes, a job would help me get by and scratch a fair bit off my 30 Before 30 list. (I lost my list a couple years ago, but I remember most of it. I'll have to post it next year and you can laugh at me.)

After traveling practically nonstop for the past 3 weeks, I've stopped back at my parents' for a few days and decided that all I wanted to do since I have no friends here was to order pizza and watch movies. So I made my dad watch this and "Fury Road." Surprisingly, he enjoyed them both. I am incredibly entertained by this because (1) my parents are from another country and although they speak fluent English, they're TERRIBLE with idioms and American regional expressions, which is hilarious seeing as "Clueless" is an iconic and extremely quotable movie for our generation. ;) But even if my parents hypothetically did have a good grasp on all that, (2) they were starting their own business when that movie came out and therefore would have been completely unaware of anything that wasn't business-related. /TL;DR: I can't stop laughing over my dad enjoying "Clueless."

Two of the trips I just took were for bachelorette parties. It was so nice to see my friends, of course, and to meet new girls, but WHOA, did those trips ever remind me that I am eons away from being in any position to get married. There are lots of personal issues at hand, starting with the fact that I'm basically a prize catch right now (i.e., useless bachelor's degree + no job) and can't support myself, which isn't great for the ol' morale. For another, my parents were in their early 30s when they got married because of their jobs; when I was little, I always assumed that if I got married, I'd follow their lead. With 30 coming up next year, I'm bugging. I know it's not like there's a switch that magically flicks on when you hit a certain age, but I'm bugging anyway. Also, I haven't made up my mind about whether I want my very own uterine parasite(s), which would be good to know because that would help me settle other ~important issues such as where I am on religion, what I need in a partner (apart from his full relinquishment of the DVR), etc. Oh, and I'm terrible at meeting guys. Where would I even???

So ... I have a lot to think about when I eventually decide to start thinking seriously about it. I suppose the best thing I can do is to keep my eyes and my heart open and hope I don't miss anything. But I can worry only so much, and while keeping it 100 at all times is important, I reeeeeeally think a great job would do wonders for me. (So would a puppy.) Come on, 29. Please, please, please be my year! #cleareyesfullheartscantlose

TL;DR: I'm old and I need to get it together. What do you think, is Wavy Blue a good birthday blue? I've really got to post my original choice! Do you have any favorites from Triple Shine line? Anyone doing anything fun this week/weekend? (I'd ask if you're binging on the new season of "The Mindy Project" on Hulu, but it's going to stick to a weekly broadcast air schedule.) Sorry for freaking out in this post, BTW. Part of the reason I'm bugging is because it's finally hit me that I'm going to see a bunch of relatives at a wedding this weekend -- some of whom haven't seen me in 12 years, nbd -- and I haven't accomplished anything of note in forever ... which would be fine if I had anything resembling a substantial driving interest in something lucrative, and uh, I don't? I hear 30 is the new 20, maybe I'll get my act together in my next decade. Is that how that works? Man, I hope that's how that works. I'm such a mess. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Thanks for reading! And for the record, I would feel good about wearing this polish to a Dillon Panthers event. Just so you know. ;)

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Chanel Terrana

HAPPY SEPTEMBER! (Best month, obvs.) How's everyone doing? As this post goes up, I'll have returned from L.A. and I'll either be on my way to my best friend's house ... or, better yet, we'll be on our way to Maryland, where we'll board a plane to Bourbon Bachelorette Country (a.k.a. Kentucky). We do like our bourbon -- what can I say?

This polish, oh boy. My Limited Edition Disease knows no limits, because despite being the Chanel Méditerranée polish all the bloggers advised skipping, I bought Terrana anyway. Limited Edition Regret is real, especially when it's Chanel.

... but Limited Edition Regret over this Chanel? Take a look at my pics after one day of wear (!) and see what you think.

Three coats with SV.

I keep wanting to refer to this polish as "Chanel Terranasaurus" or "Chanel Pterranadon." It just rolls off the tongue, man.

I remember feeling pretty whelmed the day I put on Terranasaurus, mostly because $27 was a lot for a color that wasn't doing anything for me. (You don't know until you try, and unfortunately I'm one of those people who HAS to try everything that might interest me.) I think both the base color and the shimmer contain a little more red than I like on my hands. However, that shimmery glow is undeniably lovely and throws me major eyeshadow vibes. I didn't pay much attention to the Chanel Stylo Eyeshadows that came out in the Méditerranée collection when I saw the whole thing in person at Nordstrom back in July, but going by pictures and various online swatches, Terrana looks remarkably like the eyeshadow in Caroube. At first I was thinking it would be more akin to a shade in a UD Naked palette. I haven't tried Essie Sable Collar yet, but I might need to soon -- it's not a dead-on dupe for Terrana although it might be more flattering on me (maybe it's because the base color is smokier/plummier?).

Since the color to be a solid "meh," let's move on to formula and application. When it comes to my Chanels, I do think both can be a little strange; I never know what I'm dealing with until I unscrew the cap. The skinny brush is okay, although for $27 it could be so much better, especially when the formulas vary from polish to polish, ranging from perfect cremes to thin and watery shimmers or pastels that take forEVer to dry. Once again, for this price point, that is NOT OKAY. Terrana errs on the thin and watery side for me. On the plus side, it is opaque in one coat but I liked it best at three. It can get brushstrokey if you're not careful ... that does die down significantly after the top coat dries, but you should've seen my right hand before it dried (total mess). Dry time was a little slower than average with SV.

But this is where Terrana threw me for a loop: I wore it for FIVE DAYS. When I've worn Chanels in the past, I usually had tip wear somewhere during Day 1, but as you just saw, this was pretty decent for one day. Unless you were up close or unless you were a nail person, you wouldn't have been able to tell! I didn't get any chips until the end of Day 4, when I was trying to open a can of diced tomatoes and somehow took out a chunk of polish on my thumb (let's be thankful that it wasn't a chunk of actual thumb). Other than that, my nails looked pretty good. Seriously, where have these results been ALL MY LIFE???!? I think it's time to whip out my other Chanels and give them a go ... (Oh, and no stains when I removed it, yay!)

Terrana's crazy awesome wear results reeeeeeeaaaaally made me reconsider my original stance of "EWWWWW, NO." With this kind of wear time, it seemed silly to be hemming and hawing over my feelings about the color itself,although in the end, I don't think I would reach for it again. Again, the color really was pretty, but it wasn't quite right on me. (To my eyes, the red tones in this could qualify Terrana as marsala, BTW.) So I do think I'll let this one go -- if you're in the continental U.S. and are interested in working out a swap, email me and we can discuss swap terms. It's been a while since I did a formal swap ... my close naily friends and I basically just put in orders with each other now (e.g., "Are you still looking for this because I just found it?!" "Holy shit, this is at TJ Maxx/Marshalls/on sale, want me to grab it for you?" "OMG this display is out early and U NEED DIS") Funny how that happens.

Another good thing about this polish: it got me a more than a little excited for fall. :D China Glaze's upcoming fall collection is slaying me already, anyone else? Since my cash flow is less of a flow and slightly more of a deficiency at the moment, I'll most likely be wearing last year's fall picks -- but that's more than fine with me because Ignite and All Aboard continue to slay. (I have ALL of All Aboard, ty Ulta clearance! Any particular ones you'd like to see?)

That's all for today. Questions, comments, concerns on Terrana and LE Chanel Regret? Do you think it was worth the splurge or should I have followed my instinct to get another Méditerranée color? Are you possibly interested in a swap for this polish? Let me know. Who else is welcoming fall collections with open arms?

Thanks for reading! I don't know if I'll be able to have something up next week, but make sure to check back. Have a good and safe Labor Day weekend -- I really hope mine involves drunk 3 a.m. pizza in front of the naked Burt Reynolds mural because #priorities. You'll hear about it it happens, LOL.