Sunday, December 30, 2012

My Top Polishes For 2012

Hello gentle readers.

2012 was quite a year in my little realm. I bought and received for review some awfully pretty polishes over the last twelve months and narrowing them down was a real project. I wanted to feature far more but I decided to keep it down a bit, this year.

Here they are, in no particular order; my Top Polishes of 2012. The polish names are links, if you would like to see my original posts. Obviously, these were not all released in 2012, but that was the year in which I purchased/first used them.




























Sation Garnet Red  A sentimental Favorite. 












Rami My best franken, this year. 

I could have gone on. And on. But I didn't. Don't you admire my incredible restraint? Heh heh. 

What were your favorite polishes of 2012? Please drop me a comment and share. If you did a faves post (or posts) pop me a link in your comment so I can see yours. 

Thank you for popping in and reading. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble. 

Saturday, December 29, 2012

An Ugly One

Hello gentle readers.

I applied tow polishes that didn't work together. Really didn't work together.

Rimmel Lasting Pro in Rags To Riches and accent nails topped with OPI Divine Swine. Green and purple usually look fab together. Not in this case.





These are two nice polishes. They are just not nice together.

Thank you for popping in. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas Nails

Hello gentle readers.

I know... I should have posted this on Christmas.

I didn't.

I'm doing it now.

I chose to do a simple, but somewhat festive look. I applied two coats of China Glaze Red Satin and a coat of China Glaze Golden Enchantment and topped it all off with Seche Vite.

I love Golden Enchantment so. Much. It's my fave sparkly topper. I am on my second bottle and I have a backup on deck for when I run through this. Every time I am cruising polish on Amazon, I am tempted to drop another one in my cart. I don't feel good when I think that I might not have it.

Okay, in truth, I feel a little panicky.




I enjoyed this one. A lot. I'd still have it on but I knocked my right middle nail hard, chipped it and tore my polish all to hell. I am now wearing base coat. What I need to do is get to swatching. I have new polishes stacking up. I love it when I have piles of new polishes to play with. I get all pretending that I am ashamed of myself but really... I kind of dig having them hanging around.

I hope that you all had fantastic holidays of choice. Our Christmas was quiet and relaxed. We hung out, watched TV, enjoyed the Christmas tree and the fireplace and had a yummy dinner or spiral cut ham, mashed potatoes, corn, green bean casserole and crescent rolls. Strange to think that Christmas is past and the New Year is coming up fast.

Thank you so much for popping in and reading. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

To All Of My Gentle Readers

I hope that you have a beautiful, happy Christmas, if you celebrate. If you don't, have a fantastic day.


(Found this on Facebook.)

See you all in a day or two. *Kisses!*

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup


  • BlushingNoir: Is the MAC Taste Temptations Quad really so tempting?  Check out the EOTD and see for yourself!

  • Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom: Destany showcases some Went Wild Wild Shine lipsticks!

  • datyorkLOVES: datyorkLOVES Weekly filled with nail art, current events, challenges and more!

  • Painted Ladies: Painted Ladies has partnered with Cetaphil and is giving away a $100 Visa Gift Card and has a $3 coupon, as well!

  • TheFabZilla: If you give love a bad name or you're livin' on a prayer , then you know why TheFabZilla snagged this palette. Bon Jovi fan? die hard here! So will she be laying down in a bed of roses with the Balm's Balm Jovi Rockstar Palette?

  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: "New Year's Resolutions From 8 Beauty Experts" article by Katie Jones, from My Daily, Features Lola's Secret Beauty Blog!

  • Beauty Professor: Rouge Bunny Rouge has a new foundation, Skin Sanctuary, and the Beauty Professor has swatches of all shades!

  • Mama Fashionista: Got gift cards? Here are some awesome ways to treat your tips (and use that gifted plastic)!

  • Emily Hudspeth, hair and makeup: DIY Sugar Scrub- A great holiday gift!

  • Icy Nails: Erika got sidetracked from her polish obsession and reviewed the Too Faced Shadow Bon Bons Palette for Christmas/Holiday 2012.

  • BeautyJudy: BeautyJudy got the marriage proposal of a polish addict's dreams, complete with Nicole by OPI and "Unicorn Puke!"

  • Beauty Info Zone: Learning about a new cosmetic company is always fun for us at Beauty Info Zone. We are excited to share with you some Christina Choi cosmetics. You'll be impressed.

  • The Advice Sisters: Have you looked at Avon's holiday products? They're pretty amazing at an amazing price. The Advice Sisters highlight some of the best of Avon Holiday Beauty

  • BeautyTidbits: Still need to find that perfect gift for your loved ones? Check out the World Vision Gift Catalog for a selection gifts that give back this Christmas. Plus enter to win a Thai Silk Scarf!

  • Endless Summer: Elena reviews Russian monthly subscription beauty box - GlamBox.

  • Beauty by Miss L: This week Miss L created purple smokey eye look.

  • http://mimismanisandotherbeauty.blogspot.com/: Destany shows us some yummy looking nails

  • Random Stuff Sunday

    Hello gentle readers.

    Those of you who know me even a little bit know that I love coffee. A. Lot. Here are just a few good reasons:



    Some of us like to have our nails done in a salon. Some of us like to do it ourselves:



    Anyone who is owned by a cat (or two or three or...) can totally identify with this meme:


    (Obviously these aren't mine. I found them here and there.)

    Have a great Sunday, everyone.

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

    Discontinued But Pretty

    Hello gentle readers.

    Here is a discontinued Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polish. Good To Grape is a soft medium purple creme. This is two coats and Seche Vite. Nice formula, smooth application, good dry time. There are a ton of extremely similar polishes so if this appeals to you, it isn't hard to find something similar or even dupe-y.




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

    Friday, December 21, 2012

    OPI The Living Daylights: Swatch and Review

    Hello gentle readers.

    What is is about glitter? I tell myself that I have enough for three lifetimes then I see a new one, go all full metal magpie and have to have it.

    It's a sickness. One I am still feeding, if my recent polish purchases are any indication.

    But enough about me and my twisted polish obsessions.

    This is about OPI The Living Daylights, a layering glitter comprised of a thick, silky suspension base and medium hex glitter in silver, copper and teal. As far as glitter goes, this one feels very different. There is a more sophisticated vibe to this; the colours, the simple, clean statement that it makes isn't per the usual. I swatched this in one coat over OPI Live and Let Die. Topped with a little Gelous and Seche Vite, this comes out incredibly glossy and sparkly.





    The formula on this is pretty much chunky glitter typical. The base is very smooth and thick and plenty of glitter hitches a ride on the brush, making application slightly labor intensive with some patting and coaxing but it isn't an ordeal. Dry time is good, some Gelous and Seche Vite make sure that this is glossy and shiny to the max.

    So, my glitter mania continues unabated. I think that it is time to throw in the towel, admit that it isn't ending anytime soon and just roll with it. Probably a good time to get zen, since I have more glitter to come.

    A lot more glitter to come.

    Did you pick up this sleek, glamorous sparkler for yourself? What do you think of it? Like it? If you are considering purchasing it, The Living Daylights is out there, in stores and salons now so go grab it, you magpies.

    Thank you so much for coming by and reading. Have a terrific Friday and may your polish never bubble.

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

    OPI Live and Let Die

    Hello gentle readers.

    Every time I see the name of this polish, I think of this song. It plays in my mind, my memory. Yes, I am old enough to remember when Live and Let Die was released in theaters and this song getting massive radio play. Everyone had an album, 45 or tape with this song on it and to this day, it is one of my all time favorite movie soundtrack songs.


    Click and listen. You know you want to. 

    OPI Live and Let Die is an insanely gorgeous polish. Dark, slightly smoky green with gold glass fleck.This polish isn't bright, cheerful and happy. Nuh-uh. This is dark, edgy, sexy. A little dangerous. A lot fabulous. This is one of those polishes you put on and you don't want to take off. I applied two coats of this polish and topped it with Seche Vite. 






    The formula on this polish is, in a word, flawless. Perfect viscosity, it is neither too thick nor too thin. It is silky and biddable, sits sweetly down where it is placed, smooths up the nail and doesn't run, pool, streak, drag or bubble. Dry time is highly satisfactory. Wear time on this polish is also damned decent, especially for an OPI polish, a brand from which I don't normally get super long wear. 

    I love this polish. Seriously. The colour, the shimmer, the formula, how well it behaves and wears. It is a home run. If you like green polish and want a fantastic one, get OPI Live and Let Die. 

    Do you own this beautiful polish? How do you like it? If you would like to own it, it is part of the OPI Skyfall Collection for Holiday 2012 and is in release, right now, so go get it while you can. 

    Thank you so much for popping in and reading and spending a little of your day with me. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble. 

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

    Behold My Christmas Sploticure

    Hello gentle readers.

    So, how'z about some Christmas-y nail action?

    I have for you my latest nail art attempt. I can't exactly label this a fail but it didn't turn out exactly as I was imagining it. In fact... It came out a long way from what I imagined. Ah, such is life as a nail art challenged individual.

    I started with OPI Alpine Snow. My fave white polish, for sure. I also love China Glaze Snow (the one from the 2010 Christmas Collection) but the OPI is just a little bit better. It is a seriously fabulous white creme, smooth, easy to apply and opaque and streak free in two pleasant coats. Yep. I love it.

    Here is Alpine Snow topped with Seche Vite.



    The next day, I set out to dot. Now, I should know better than to dot when I am over caffeinated and under fed. But I decided to do it anyway. And I ended up with splots, rather than dots. I did my splots in solid colours topped with matching glitters. China Glaze Phat Santa and Ruby Pumps, China Glaze Holly Day and Emerald Sparkle and Finger Paints Key to my Art and China Glaze 5 Gold Rings. All topped with more Seche Vite, of course.

    It isn't awful... In fact, after I got over the horror if it, I grew rather fond of it.




    I am not sure what I am going to do, today. We'll see where the spirit leads me.

    Thank you so much for popping in and reading. Have a fantastic day and may your polish never bubble.

    Monday, December 17, 2012

    OPI On Her Majesty's Secret Service

    Hello gentle readers.

    Today I have a polish from the OPI Skyfall Collection for Holiday 2012. This is On Her Majesty's Secret Service. This beautiful smokey blue jelly is packed with glass fleck shimmer in gold, green, magenta, purple, even flashes of red. I applied two coats and topped it with Seche Vite.

    This polish is insanely pretty. My camera couldn't come close to capturing the gorgeous. And, as pretty as it is under my OttLight, it really comes to life in the sun, sparkling, all of the pretty colours dancing across the surface of the nail.





    The formula on this is pretty good. It is smooth and easy to apply and control with, just be sure that you don't over work it too much, as it begins to set a little more quickly than some other polishes and it can drag and if you apply too thick coats, it can come across brushstroke-y and muddy. My experience is that two fairly thin coats applied swift and smooth was perfect. Dry time for this polish is good. As you can see, this polish and my good old Seche Vite don't get along too well, it caused tip pull. I really need to remember to pick up a bottle of Posche for the polishes that don't work so well with the Seche Vite. This polish is a beauty and I wore it for three days with no significant tip wear or chipping.

    Have you purchased this polish, yet? What do you think of it? If you would like to buy it, it is available where you find OPI polishes.

    Thank you so much for popping in and reading. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble.

    Sunday, December 16, 2012

    Weekly Roundup



  • Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom: Can a lip gloss curb your appetite? Destany tests Joey NY lipFIT to find out!

  • Blushing Noir: Check out the MAC 5 Neutral Eyes Palette from Holiday 2012 and see how un-neutral it can be!

  • BeautyTidbits: Looking for the perfect gift for the jewelry loving gal? Check out Lisa Hoffman Fragrance Jewelry!

  • TheFabZilla: Skin care that replaces water? TheFabZilla reviews PUR attitude. Is it the coveted fountain of youth?

  • Painted Ladies: Megan tries Lip Rock Metallic Lip Foils - and it's a golden lipped glam fail!

  • Beauty and Fashion Tech: Five Easy Holiday Nail Polish ideas

  • Girl Gloss: Holiday Party Makeup Looks

  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Lola's Secret Beauty Blog has discovered the artfully handcrafted tweezers, scissors and manicure sets from Artestile. They are hardworking high quality tools made in Italy that are simply GORGEOUS!

  • Beauty Professor: The Beauty Professor has found her perfect winter bronzer: Rouge Bunny Rouge at Goldcombe Bay!

  • Mama Fashionista: Mama Fashionista shares why Bath and Body Works' Cashmere Glow is the perfect scent for the season!

  • Lipgloss Break: Enter to win a Clos du Bois Pixi Cosmetic Bag. There are 5 up for grabs!

  • Curls N Pearls: This week, Christina from Curls N Pearls looks back at how her skin care routine has changed over the years.

  • Pammy Blogs Beauty: Pammy Blogs Beauty wants you to get gorgeous this Holiday season with Laura Mericer's Art Deco Muse Collection

  • Beauty by Miss L: Miss L had an opportunity to review Adorebox which is a monthly subscription beauty box available in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

  • Polarbelle: Do you love holiday nail art?  Check out Polarbelle's Christmas tree accent nail for a holiday flourish.

  • Endless Summer: Elena thought she had found the best mascara ever, but then something went wrong...

  • Beauty Info Zone: Beauty Info Zone is back with the Mystic version of Senna's Haute Nudes. A palette and bonus you don't want to miss.


  • Press Release From Miss Pro Nail

    Hello gentle readers. Please enjoy this press release from Miss Pro Nail About the First Annual 100 Dresses Campaign.




    Miss President accepts Board invite, sponsors nationwide dress drive
    Miss Professional Nail President Mike Vo has announced the company’s first annual “100 Dresses” campaign in conjunction with esteemed non-profit Working Wardrobes. After accepting the invitation to join its Board of Directors earlier this year, Vo explored opportunities to support the charity’s confidence-building mission: to empower men, women and young adults who have faced life crises to re-enter the workforce, through job skills and professional wardrobe services.
    The “100 Dresses” nationwide campaign will benefit the at-risk high school seniors attending this year’s “Dreams Girls and Distinguished Gentlemen” Prom Event, presented by Working Wardrobes. Excess dresses will be donated to the Camp Pendleton YMCA to prepare and serve nearly 800 Marine wives so they can attend the Marine Ball.
    In return for gently used prom dresses and attire donated to Working Wardrobes, Miss Professional has pledged a gift of six bottles of Sation Nail Lacquer to the first 100 donors; every donor thereafter will receive three bottles. Working Wardrobes founder and CEO Jerri Rosen shares, “We are so honored to have Mike Vo join our Board of Directors. Mike is a powerful voice for corporate social responsibility, as is evident in this amazing national drive Mike is orchestrating. We are looking forward to an avalanche of dresses from everywhere in the country!”
    The “100 Dresses” campaign will run December 15, 2012 - February 22, 2013. The following guidelines apply:
    Shipments can be sent to: Working Wardrobes 3030 Pullman St., Costa Mesa, CA 92626.
    Drop offs (use above location): Monday-Saturday, 10am-2pm beginning December 15, 2012 (excluding Holiday weekends).
    Reference: Please mention Miss Pro Nail with your shipment/drop off to ensure that every donor receives their free polish.
    For more information on the “100 Dresses” campaign, please contact Marlo at MarloK@workingwardrobes.org
    For more information on Miss Professional Nail, please go to www.misspn.com or contact:
    Mike Vo
    President
    Miss Professional Nail
    (310) 538-5975
    mvo@misspn.com
    Miss in an MBE (Minority Business Enterprise) certified company

    Saturday, December 15, 2012

    Broken

    Hello gentle readers.

    I can't talk about polish, today. I tried, I really did. I wrote a post, inserted photographs. And deleted it. I am just not feeling it, today.



    What I am feeling is sorrow. Anger. Confusion. I want to call Scotty and demand that he beam me up off this planet. I feel unable to wrap my brain around the unimaginable horror of what happened in Newtown Connecticut. My heart is broken, I am aching for the families of twenty-six innocent victims.

    I feel broken, today.


    Friday, December 14, 2012

    Too Faced Shadow Bon Bons Eye Shadow Palette: Swatches, Photographs and Review

    Hello gentle readers.

    Today I have the new Too Faced Shadow Bon Bons palette from their Love Sweet Love Collection for Christmas/Holiday 2012. This palette is available on the Too Faced website, Ulta, Sephora (in store and online), I purchased mine from Apothica. The palette retails for $42.00 US.


    Want to know what really attracts me to Too Faced products? Their very sweet, girlie, vintage/romantic inspired packaging. I am a total sucker for that kind of stuff. The outer box is slick card stock in a soft pink printed in gold and black. On the back of the box is a photograph of the contents of the palette. (I am a bonehead who forgot to take a picture of the back. Sorry.) 


    Inside the outer box is a paperboard palette covered in a pink velvet like material embossed in gold. The top flap folds down over the front of the palette and is held in place by a magnet and there is a small ribbon loop to grasp so that you can pull the palette open.There is also a romance card that describes the contents of the palette and has a few drawings of suggested looks and how to create them. While I like the look of this palette, I mean, pink velvet and gold embossing? Yes, please! The velvet is highly impractical as it grabs on to any free roaming dust particles or cat hairs floating through the air in my sanctuary and is a bear to keep clean. For now, I am keeping it in it's outer box to keep it clean. 


    This palette contains twelve full sized eye shadows, each weighing 0.03 Oz/0.90 g for a total of 0.36 Oz/10.8 g, a deluxe sample sized Shadow Insurance in Candlelight, 0.17 Oz/5 g and a full sized tube of their Lashgasm "fluffing" mascara in black, 0.4 Fl Oz/12 mL. 


    Here are the twelve shadows up close. This photo was taken with flash, to get the best colour representation possible with my *cough* oh-so-stellar *cough* camera. These shadows are a mix of matte, shimmer and glitter textures in soft neutrals and sweet candy and cake colours. 


    Swatches! Top swatches are over primer (not the Candlelight), bottom swatches are over lightly moisturized bare skin. 

    From the left: 
    *Shadow Insurance in Candlelight. A soft, glowing golden ivory with some gold shimmer. 

    *Vanilla- Matte, soft, silky, a little powdery and a bit chalky. Nice, not stellar pigmentation and colour payoff. This is a very nice brow highlight and inner corner shadow.

    *Cut the Cake- Soft, slightly luminous lavender with a touch of interference pigment that provides a subtle gold shift. The texture is soft, somewhat powdery with nice pigmentation and colour payoff.

    *Framboise- Cool, purple shimmer with pink and gold fleck. The texture is soft, velvety and somewhat flaky. Look out for fallout. Terrific pigmentation and colour payoff. 

    *Coffee Bean- (Heavily swatched.) Matte dark brown with plenty of pigmentation that feels soft and somewhat creamy in the pan but it swatches patchy, it skips and clumps, almost like smearing clay. 


    *Peach Fuzz- Soft, barely there matte peach with gold glitter. Very pretty in the pan, when this shadow is applied, the peach nearly disappears, letting the gold glitter take center stage. This would be really pretty for a party or special date night. The texture is somewhat soft, the base shadow pigmentation isn't great but the glitter is very pretty.

    *Hot Cocoa- Soft, light milk chocolate brown with a gentle bronze shimmer and a little gold fleck. Soft, a little powdery with nice pigmentation and colour payoff. This one is even better over primer.

    *Candy Rose- Sweet bubblegum pink matte with silver glitter. This is similar to Peach Fuzz, the base shadow pigmentation is much better, the glitter is less obvious. The texture is very similar to Peach Fuzz.

    Lovey-Dovey- Beautiful brown/bronze shifting shimmer. This shadow is very soft and velvety. It has great pigmentation and colour payoff.


    *Nude Beach- Soft gold shimmer with fine gold glitter. The texture is a little stiff in the pan, the shadow it's self is a bit flaky. This one is best applied and worn over primer.

    *Cinnamon Sugar- Copper-bronze shimmer. This has a soft, velvety, slightly flaky texture with great pigmentation and colour payoff.

    *Marzipan- Yukky to eat... Pretty to wear on your eyelids. This is a softly luminous cocoa rose. Not really matte, not quite a shimmer. The texture is smooth, a little powdery with nice pigmentation and colour payoff. It is even better over primer.

    *Licorice Latte- (Heavily swatched.) Matte black with a copper rose fleck. This is very stiff and a bit hard in the pan, the texture is chalky, powdery and it skips and drags when swatched. Primer only helps slightly. Very slightly. This is not a good shadow.

    Next up is the Lashgasm mascara. Too Faced calls this their "fluffing mascara" meaning, I assume, volumizing.

     
    The wand is tapered, plastic with teeth rather than the typical bristle brush. The teeth are fairly short, the brush part of the wand is flexible.


    The texture of this mascara is thick, a bit stiff and clay-like. I am accustomed to and prefer a wetter, thinner formula. This mascara applied well, it took me a little getting used to but once I got a feel for it, it went on nicely and fairly smoothly. I got a full coat and the result I was looking for without too much time or work or having to apply multiple coats. I did have a bit of clumping and this mascara does not appreciate having a lash comb run through it. It did "fluff" my lashes, they looked full and had good volume and their natural length was nicely enhanced.

    This mascara feels very heavy on the lashes. I was hyper aware of my lashes, for a while and I had to get used to them, almost as if I were wearing false lashes. Once I got used to it, it didn't bother me any longer but I have to say, I have never had to "get used to" a mascara, before. Lashgasm stayed soft and pliable on my lashes, all day which was nice. It didn't get hard and crunchy, something that really annoys me about some mascaras. I experienced moderate flaking from this mascara over the course of the ten hours or so I wore it. I don't like flakes. Not one bit. I may or may not use this up. I would most certainly not purchase this mascara separately.

    Eye look using some of the shadows from this palette (if I remember correctly), Cut the Cake, Hot Cocoa, Lovey-Dovey, a little Marzipan and Vanilla and the Lashgasm mascara. Liner is Milani Liquif-eye in brown. I didn't use the Shadow Insurance in Candlelight, I chose instead to use my Palladio Herbal Eye Primer.





    What I was crazy about with this palette:

    *It's pretty! I love it, inside and out. Even the velvet exterior.

    *The shadows. Most of them are good quality, swatch and apply smoothly with decent to very good pigmentation and colour payoff and blend beautifully. These shadows wear well all day; I suggest a primer for maximum payoff and wear time.

    *The Shadow Insurance in Candlelight. This is a good product, tho a bit shimmery for my taste for day to day use. For evening, or a party tho... I am all over it.

    What I wasn't so wild about:

    *The shadows are a bit inconsistent in quality, they don't all have fantastic pigmentation and colour payoff, a couple have terrible texture. Why is it so danged difficult for companies to make/source really good matte black shadows? They are out there. These shadows are soft in tone, overall. If you are into deeply pigmented, bold shadows, this palette may not be to your taste. I like softer tones, so these shadows are right in my wheelhouse.

    *Too Faced Lashgasm mascara. Not a fan. The mascara did "fluff" my lashes nicely and enhanced their natural length but the texture wasn't to my taste, it was a bit clumpy and didn't comb out and it flaked; a deal breaker for me.

    Bottom line; I recommend this palette if you know and love the individual components from Too Faced. In my opinion, at $42.00 it is a good deal for a lot of product. If you aren't so familiar with this brand, I would suggest that you swatch the shadows in store, if you can, maybe get a sample of the mascara and test drive it before you invest in the whole package. I think that this palette would make a terrific Christmas/Holiday gift for any makeup lover in your life or for yourself.

    I think that I covered everything, but if you feel that I missed anything, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to drop me a comment. (Please wait for the Disqus system to load or I won't see your comment.) If you own this palette, I'd love to hear your thoughts. If you think that you would like to buy it, it is available online and in store from Sephora, Ulta, the Too Faced websiteApothica and other similar retailers.

    Thank you so much for popping in and reading. Have a great day.

    *This palette was purchased from Apothica by me with funds paid to me by Skincare RX for hosting their ad on my blog page. This review was not required by or influenced in any way by Skincare RX or Apothica. I was not paid to trial and review this product.*