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Monday, September 29, 2014

OPI Neon Collection

Hello gentle reader.

Nothing like Summer neons in Autumn. Yep. I am a sad excuse of a blogger, lately. I have so many polishes that I need to swatch, photograph and talk about. Some going way back to Spring. I just kept buying and setting aside and stash diving for polishes to wear. Because I suck like that.

The OPI Neons this year are particularly pretty. Some are shimmery, some not. This collection includes a white base coat to amp up these neons and make them look more opaque with fewer coats applied. But, since one is applying the white base, one is still applying plenty of coats. Six one, half a dozen the other.

All of these shots are two coats of the neons over two coats of Put a Coat On It and are topped with Seche Vite.

First up, Hotter Than You Pink and Push and Pur-Pull:

Hotter Than You Pink is a beautiful, bright bubblegum pink neon with a blue-ish shimmer. This is one of the prettiest neon polishes I own. This polish has a pretty nice formula. A bit thin and uneven on the first coat but it evened out very nicely on the second. Seche Vite made it perfect.

Push and Pur-Pull is a purple neon jelly. This polish is very thin and applied streaky, I really should have applied a third coat. Lazy slag that I am, I didn't. It still looked pretty good with two.

Now we have Life Gave Me Lemons and You Are So Out of Lime:

Life Gave Me Lemons is a slightly green toned neon yellow creme. The formula wasn't bad. I really like this colour, the green tinge makes it very wearable and a bit different than the usual bright yellow.

You Are So Out of Lime is a lime green neon creme. The formula is pretty good, a bit streaky but it evens out nicely. Sadly, my photographs of this colour are not terribly accurate. My poor camera took one look at this and ran in the other direction. I'm thinking it is about time to break down, join the Cloud and learn some basic Photoshop so that I can fix little things like this.

Moving on.

Lastly there is Juice Bar Hopping and Down to the Core-Al: 

Juice Bar Hopping is a clear, juicy neon orange. This colour is very bright, grab your sunglasses or singe your retinas bright. The formula on this one gave me a lot of trouble, it was very streaky and it bubbled. Thank you Seche Vite, you smooth troubled polish.

Down To the Core-Al is a hot, bright orange coral with shimmer. The formula on this one is good.

Bright, fun neon dots!

Overall, these polishes are good. Like most neons, they want a white base for maximum pop and can be a bit streaky and titchy to work with until you get a feel for them. I applied two coats for these manicures, I really should have applied three. Dry time is good on these polishes but with the number of coats, including the base, it takes a little time for them to cure. Wear time isn't stellar. I got two days or so out of each manicure. A little longer from the dotted, I think because I applied extra top coat.

These polishes are available, here and there but they are getting a little hard to find.

Did you get any of these bright, fun neons and enjoy them this Summer?

Thank you for swinging by and reading. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Beauty Blogazons Weekly Roundup

Hello gentle reader.
Here is the roundup for my fellow Blogazons.
Have a good one!

Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup

Hello gentle reader.

My fellow beauty bloggers have some great ideas, suggestions and reviews. Go forth, read, be enabled!

  • TheFabZilla: Is The Rock Chick Luxury Palette from Charlotte Tilbury a must-have? TheFabZilla has the deets!
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Looking to add an amazing and affordable beauty oil to your skincare routine? Then evanhealy Rosehip Treatment Facial Serum Rose is your new beauty BFF!
  • Color Me So Crazy: A Fun Review of Super Cute Bow Decals from YouPolish
  • Painted Ladies: Sheila shows you how she goes from curly to sleek with Blowout Beauty Anti-Frizz Volume Boost Treatment Oil.
  • beautyXposé: Kristin shares some of her favorite Velvet Berry lip products.
  • Icy Nails: BFTE's The Shining Limited Edition Eye Shadow Collection is five frightfully fun shades. See them swatched here.
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Allison's picks for Fall makeup 2014
  • Be Happy And Buy Polish: Are you looking for nail inspiration for a night out? Check out Jessica's post with 6 different manicures!
  • BeautyTidbits: Enter to win the new COLOR ME Automatic Foundation Applicator Starter Kit worth $54! (5 winners) See anything you like?
  • Saturday, September 27, 2014

    How to Smell Absolutely Delicious

    Hello gentle reader.

    They say that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. I beg to differ. I think it is through his beak.

    Did you know that two of the scents that men respond most positively to in research are pumpkin and vanilla? 'Tis true. My man is no exception. He grooves on vanilla and pumpkin based scents. His favorite candle in my stash is Bath and Body Works Pumpkin Pecan Waffles. If I am perusing, trying to decide what to light up, he will grab that one and stand there, with a hopeful look on his face. Yep. Seems the boy likes him some vanilla and pumpkin. Which is a good thing, since I like to drench myself in sweet, warm, gourmand fragrance, walking around smelling like a bowl of some warm, gooey lovin' from the oven.

    This Fall, I am feeling Bath and Body Works Pumpkin Latte & Marshmallow Comfort. They call it creamy pumpkin latte and toasted marshmallow. I think I am picking up some vanilla, a hint of honey, a whiff of crackling fire. This is a sweet scent that doesn't come across as cloying and heavy.

    I like to take the layering approach for maximum enjoyment and prolonged scent.

    Scent layering starts in the shower or tub. I am new to Bath and Body Works shower gels. Well, I am now a huge fan. The shower gel is fragranced and the lather is soft and cushioning. I have very, very dry skin and this shower gel doesn't dry my skin. It leaves my skin slightly scented and my sanctuary smelling scrumptious for a while.

    Next, moisturize. I really like this body lotion. I don't need huge handfuls, it spreads smoothly across the skin and sinks in fast. There is no wet or greasy after feel and I can get dressed, right away. This stuff leaves my skin feeling velvety soft until my next shower. If I am not going out or want just a light whiff around me, I stop here.

    When I want to ramp it up, next comes the fragrance mist. All over, head to toe, even in my hair. Yes, I am one of those freaks who wears perfume in her hair.

    Now comes the coup de gras... Bath and Body Works is releasing a new signature scent, soon. (It may be out, by now... Not sure) Wild Madagascar Vanilla and it is quite gorgeous. It is vanilla but not too sweet, with hints of pear and fire. I tried the tester, instantly fell in love, bought a preview bottle and picked up a second the next time I was in for more candles. After I layer my Pumpkin Latte & Marshmallow Comfort, I hit my pulse points and hair with Wild Madagascar Vanilla Perfume Spray. This scent is long lasting, I can still smell it on my skin the next day before I shower. Mmmm... So good.

    That is how I smell absolutely delicious. When I layer these scents, husband hangs around a little more, lingers a bit longer, sticks a little closer. I don't wear fragrance for him, but it is gratifying that he likes what I wear.

    Okay, I set out a Leaves candle to burn on this rainy, breezy day. Husband just put it away and got out Pumpkin Pecan Waffles and lit it up! What did I tell you? Pumpkin. Vanilla. Trust me.

    How do you like to smell absolutely delicious? What are your favorite fragrance notes? What makes your sweet one come in a little closer?

    Thank you for spending a little of your Saturday with me. I am going to enjoy this very, very rare, cool, rainy day. I hope that you have a beautiful weekend.

    Friday, September 26, 2014

    Street Style: Ipsy September

    Hello gentle reader.

    My September Ipsy Bag part delighted, part annoyed me, this month.

    This month's theme was "Street Style." I guess that studded, slightly tarnished silver looking vinyl bag that I oddly don't hate is the "street" portion of the style.

    The contents of my Ipsy Bag are as follows:

    Briogeo Don't Despair Repair Deep Conditioning Mask. Sample size. Full size is 5.25 oz,  $26.00. Thick, creamy deep conditioner enriched with avocado, sweet almond and argan oils. Paraben, silicone, sulfate, dye and fragrance free. This conditioner is cruelty free and contains some organic ingredients. It is a thick, creamy feeling deep conditioner. I haven't tried it, yet. I am still pouting and I refuse to put it in my hair. Why am I pouting? Because I am annoyed with this conditioner in the extreme. From all of the pre release hype, I was fully expecting to receive the Alterna CC Cream. I got this glop, instead. Thanks, Ipsy.

    Pacifica Natural Waterproof Eye Pencil  in Fringe. Sample size. Full size is $11.00. Claims to be waterproof, smooth and buttery and full of good for you stuff. It's a pretty-ish taupe-brown shade and it swatched nicely. The jury is out on actual performance on the eyes.

    Nourish Organic Face Cleanser . Sample tube. Full size is 6 oz, $13.99. This is the cucumber and watercress scent. I like cucumber and watercress sandwiches. Do I really need them in my face cleanser? I dunno. I haven't used this, yet. I have three face cleansers going, right now. I don't need to add a fourth to the whirl. Hey, Ipsy, I requested no skin care, moar makeup. Not that you care. After all, you didn't send me the Alterna CC for my hair. Hmph.

    Yep. Still pouting.

    Be a Bombshell Smooth Criminal Powder. This is a full size product. 4 g $12.00 This super-super fine (I haven't even removed the sticker over the sifter, yet I can get powder to use. Yeah, that fine!), silky pure silica powder seems to be just the thing for setting my under eye area. Only the tiniest bit is needed, it is absolutely invisible when applied with a small, soft brush and it doesn't cause settling into my fine lines or make my under eye area look dried out. I have a feeling that this little jar of powder is going to last me a long, long time. This one is a hit.

    Hikari Lipstick. Full size. $13.00. Hikari is a brand with which I an completely unfamiliar. This lipstick is in the colour of now; a cool toned berry red called Cabernet. The packaging looks good but it is very lightweight and feels flimsy in the hand. My bullet keeps dragging on the interior of the package, something that doesn't make me happy. I suppose it shouldn't matter but dammit! It does. The lipstick is fairly creamy but can drag a bit and is a little patchy, I have to work at it to get an even, satisfactory finish. I didn't wear it long enough to ascertain whether or not it is comfortable or moisturizing. Sorry, no lip swatch. My lip pics were shite. I do like the colour, tho. It seems to work with my skin tone.

    A quick swatch shot of Pacifica Waterproof Eye Pencil in Fringe and Hikari Lipstick in Cabernet.

    The Ipsy Bag hits for me, personally this month were definitely Smooth Criminal Powder from Be a Bombshell. The bag, too. Still shaking my head over that one.

    The okay, I'll use them... They just aren't making me jump for joy products are the Pacifica eye liner and the Hikari lipstick, the facial cleanser.

    The shit is definitely that jar of deep conditioner. First off, I like silicone in my conditioner, so does my hair. So eat that, Ipsy. And secondly, I didn't receive the Alterna CC Cream. Yep. still pouting. I may never use it. Just to show them.

    Because I'm mature like that.

    I re tweaked my preferences. Again. Maybe it will help. I am willing to give Ipsy some more time. Since my first home run bag, this service has been very hit or miss for me but I have received some goodies that I have and am still really enjoying and at ten clams a month, it is a fun and relatively inexpensive treat to look forward to.

    If you are interested in trying Ipsy for yourself, it is a quick and easy set up. You give them your info, take a style quiz then you are set to go. Tip: If you want right off the wait list just do a Facebook share and you are in line for the next bag to ship. If you act quickly, you should be able to get in on October's bag! If you use the links I provided, I receive points that I can redeem for goodies. After you sign up, you can share your link for others to do the same. It's a link and points daily chain.

    Okay, this is long. Time to shut the fuck up.

    Do you subscribe to Ipsy? If so, have you been enjoying your bags, the contents? Please drop me a comment and tell me about it.

    Thank you so much for coming in and reading and go forth and have a beautiful day!

    Thursday, September 25, 2014

    Beauty From the Earth Pumpkin Blush

    Hello gentle reader.

    One of my recent purchases from BFTE was Pumpkin blush. Kimberly created and released Pumpkin blush as a Limited Edition for Fall, 2014. This soft orange peach with just a splash of pink and a gentle gold shimmer is perfect for this time of year. Pumpkin blush imparts a warm flush and a subtle glow and makes you look as if you had been out in the fresh Autumn air, picking pumpkins and kicking through leaf piles.

    I really need to work on my lighting. This shot was the best of a bunch. *sigh* I suck. But I think that you can see that warm, soft peachy-orange with just a hint of pink. This blush is just so pretty. The blush powder, it's self is very smooth, silky and pigmented. It glides on to the skin and blends out like a dream. I like to apply this blush with a medium density natural hair blush brush.

    Now, I know what you're thinking... Peachy. Pink. Gold shimmer. Is this dupe-y for Nars Orgasm? Funny you should ask. I asked myself the same question. And, since I happen to own Nars Orgasm, I thought I'd do a little side by side. The short answer is nope. Not dupes. Observe:

    BFTE Pumpkin blush is more peachy/orange with a pink undertone and the gold shimmer is extremely fine, more of a subtle, radiant glow.

    Nars Orgasm is a true peach-pink heavier than the BFTE blush on the pink and the gold shimmer is bolder, chunkier, much more in your face. Needless to say, when I wear Orgasm, I don't need to bother with a cheek highlighter!

    Both gorgeous. Both adored by your's truly. But not dupes. Cousins, once removed. Certainly not twins.

    So there you have it. BFTE Pumpkin blush. I like this blush muchly and I am very happy that I purchased it. If you would like to have a BFTE Pumpkin Blush of your own, they are still available but quantities are limited. BFTE Pumpkin blush is 2 g, packed in a 10 g sifter jar and is ten dollars.

    Do you own Beauty From the Earth Pumpkin blush or any other BFTE blush? Word is, Kimberly, the  BFTE Mineral Goddess Extraordinaire is working on something special for Christmas/Holiday. I, for one can't wait to see what she is cooking up in her lab.

    Thank you so much for popping in and reading. I hope that you are having a beautiful day.