Thursday, January 31, 2013

OPI The Spy Who Loved Me: Swatch and Review Plus Color Club Snow Flakes

Hello gentle readers.

Today I am sharing the absolutely gorgeous OPI The Spy Who Loved Me. This clear, true red jelly is packed with gold and red glass fleck shimmer. This polish is, in a word, stunning. Splendid. Gorgeous. Flattering. Okay so that's four. Sue me. I need to gush about this one. It is worth it.

This swatch is two coats and Seche Vite. Or did I use Gelous? Eh... Who cares?






The formula on this is as fabulous as the polish is beautiful. It is smooth, silky, sits sweetly down where it is placed and just whispers up the nail. I didn't have to do much cleanup while working with this beauty. Mostly just fussbudget refining. No matter how well a polish applies, I think that my application is never good enough and I have to tweak it. Dry time is decent with this polish. 

Next, I have a little bonus. I have a few of the Holiday Color Club polishes that I picked up before Christmas. I haven't worn them, but I thought that it would be fun to trot out the flaky, Snow Flakes and put it on over OPI The Spy Who Loved Me just for fun. This is one coat of the flakies topped with Gelous. 

You should see this combo in person. Pretty as it is in a photograph, it glows and burns, in person. If you have these two polishes, try them together. I'm willing to guarantee that you will love the effect. 







So do you own OPI The Spy Who Loved Me or Color Club Snow Flakes? What do you think of these beauties?  If you want them, The Spy Who Loved Me should still be available in a lot of places where you find OPI. Color Club Snow Flakes was a LE Winter/Holiday offering that was, if I remember correctly, exclusive to Sally Beauty Supply but you may be able to still find it. If you can't find it in store, check E-Bay or Amazon, you might luck across it. 

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

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Orly Angel Eyes: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

I know what you are thinking. "Is this broad going to feature any nail polish in her nail polish blog?"

The answer is, yes.

Today I have the oh so lovely Orly Angel Eyes to share with you. This is a fine blue glitter with tiny holo sparks. This is so beautiful and sparkly. Like the night sky full of stars.

This is three coats and two coats of Gelous.


 Please ignore that damned hair on the bottle. I usually manage to see and deal with things like that before I shoot my photographs but somehow, I missed that one. Sorry about that. 



The formula on this is very nice. It was easy and smooth to apply, it didn't give me much trouble, really. It was very well behaved and I didn't have to do much cleanup while putting this polish on. One thing that kind of bugged me is that the holo glitter bits like to sink toward the bottom and I had to replace the cap and ind invert the bottle between coats to be sure that I picked up the holo on my brush. It's no biggie, I don't mind doing it but I thought that it should be mentioned. Dry time on this polish is pretty good. It dries surprisingly smooth, for a glitter polish of this ilk.

What do you think of Orly Angel Eyes? Do you own it? Think that you might like to? I bought mine at my local Sally's before Christmas time, it should be available here and there were you buy Orly.

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

Monday, January 28, 2013

Review: Reviva Labs Stem Cell Booster Serum

Hello gentle readers.

My final Reviva Labs product review is the Stem Cell Booster Serum.




From the Reviva Labs website:

Special Benefits:
  1. Swiss apple stem cells help revive skins own dormant stem cells and can help bring new life and energy to the epidermis. Recharging epidermal cells with our stem cell serum makes skin more responsive to the day or night cream applied over our serum. Overall results are accelerated and remarkably improved.
  2. Swiss research showed a major decrease in appearance of lines and wrinkles in 30 days. The study with volunteers aged 37 to 64 determined a significant decrease in crows feet wrinkle depth for 100% of the participants.


This serum is a white, lightweight gel-creme. It doesn't have much discernible scent. The serum spreads smoothly and sinks in instantly. It is very gentle, it doesn't cause any redness or irritation to my skin, it doesn't bother my eyes, even when I use it right up to my lash line, top and bottom. I am careful to keep this off of the mucous membranes, of course. I let this serum sink in for a few minutes before I apply my regular eye cream and moisturizing day or night cream.

I honestly didn't know what to expect when I started using this serum. I am highly skeptical of skin care company claims, especially where they pertain to improvement of signs of aging. Let's face it, topicals can only do so much. I don't expect this serum or any cream to make me look eighteen, again. At forty-eight, that would be quite the feat for any skin care. I can say, after a few weeks of consistent use, this serum makes my skin feel soft and velvety upon application and it seems to make my skin more receptive to the moisture and other beneficial ingredients in my regular eye and face creams. I am seeing some firming in my eye area, around my mouth and my skin tone overall is a little smoother and my skin looks prettier. I am hoping that with continued use to see further improvement.

I like this serum. I like it a lot and I am going to purchase another bottle, when this one runs low. I don't want to be without this serum.

I hope that you enjoyed this series of reviews of Reviva Labs skin care products. All five of the products sent to me are good products, I am impressed with this line and I would like very much to explore more of their products.

Reviva Labs doesn't use animal products or test on animals.

If you are interested in investigating and trying Reviva Labs skin care, you can shop their website. You can Like Reviva Labs on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

*This product was provided to me by the company for consideration and review.*

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup




  • Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom: Check out Destany's review of Nail Candy pens...one of the most inventive things to happen to Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom!

  • Blushing Noir: The Chanel Raffinement Quadra Eye Shadow is anything but boring!  This palette will be your new Spring staple!

  • BeautyTidbits: Harshleen swatches and reviews the new Maybelline Color Whisper Lipsticks.

  • Portrait of Mai: Missed out on IMATS LA 2013? Check out this recap of all the booths and some of the brand new releases from Sigma Makeup and Sugarpill Cosmetics

  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Lola's Secret Beauty Blog loves the entire vbeaute skincare line, and therefore wasn't surprised by how effective their Lite Up Intense Brightening Agent proved to be!

  • Emily Hudspeth, hair design and makeup artist: Quick and Easy 2 Ingredient DIY Sugar Scrub. Great for Dry Lips!

  • Beauty by Miss L: Miss L reviewed Lavera Basis Sensitive Organic hand cream.

  • TheFabZilla: Love coffee and tea? they're culprit to teeth stains. Remember, if you're not whitening you're yellowing. Will Crest 3D White Strips be the answer?

  • Beauty Info Zone: Beauty Info Zone puts Revlon Colorstay Suede Lipstick to the test. Was it a pass or fail?

  • Beauty Professor: Forever a foundation fiend, the Beauty Professor swatches and reviews Dolce & Gabbana's Perfect Finish Creamy Foundation!

  • Polarbelle: Sally Beauty has the Fingerpaints Candy Coated Collection nail polishes and caviar nail beads that is perfect for springtime!

  • Endless Summer: Elena reviews Estee Lauder Lash Primer Plus and mascaras, and shows how they look on her lashes.

  • Painted Ladies: Sheila from Painted Ladies works a bold, red lip with purple and silver eyes in 365 Days of Makeup.

  • Lipgloss Break: Angela reviews KISS Nail Dress nail stickers.

  • My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog: Laura from My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog shares her review on the Laura Mercier Creme Eye Liners in Indigo and Espresso.

  • Pammy Blogs Beauty: The MAC Matters "Build a Core Collection with $21 a Month" Continues! Check out what Pammy Blogs Beauty got in January for the challenge!

  • Saturday, January 26, 2013

    Press Release

    Hello gentle readers. Please enjoy this press release from Sation.




    Sation sweetens the new year with Candylandia
    Miss Professional Nail (Miss) has announced the launch of “Candylandia,” their Limited V nail lacquer collection. The flavored, fantasy-themed line presents 12 candy-coated colors with a mouth-watering range of confectionary names.

    Candylandia was inspired by the edible escapism of Hasbro’s Candy Land board game, a classic favorite spanning six decades. Miss loved the bright, playful visuals of the swirly rainbow board, which sparked the creation of its own irresistibly sweet polish palette. This whimsical collection offers winning colors that will stir up memories of childhood imagination and endless game-playing.

    Embark on a magical, manicured journey filled with fun characters and luscious lacquers. Sweeten up your new year when Candylandia hits the shelves this January.

    Polish players, take your places at the Sation starting line!

     AbbacaDazzle: Ta-da! You’ll go bonkers for this yummy sunflower yellow
     Cast a Spill on You: A bewitching cornflower blue with a pearl sheen will hypnotize you
     Chocolate Chip Resistant: A creamy cookie dough with a sugary glaze
     I’m so Ogre it: Reach for this sleek steely gray for those moody mani days
     Lollipop! Goes the Princess: Pucker up for this pale, pretty periwinkle
     Paint Some Sugar on Me: This sparkly blue-raspberry shade will give you a sugar rush
     Peppermint Pedi: Your nails will be in mint condition with this refreshing vermilion
     Plenty of Frogs: A toad-ally awesome grassy green with a kiss of shimmer
     Queenie in a Bottle: Blink blink blink for this royally rich pink!
     Super Nail-tural Powers: A potent indigo-grape will keep your players spellbound
     Unicorns are Teal: No one can clip your wings when wearing this mystical turquoise
     You’re My Lacquer Charm: Cross your fingers and flash this pop-rock pink for good luck!
    All Miss products are free of DBP, Toluene and Formaldehyde
    Miss is an MBE (Minority Business Enterprise) certified company

    See anything to tempt your sweet tooth? I see a few that I need to snack on.

    Friday, January 25, 2013

    Review: Reviva Labs Oxygen Mask

    Hello gentle readers.

    Today I am sharing the Reviva Labs Oxygen Mask.




    Of the products generously sent to me, this is one of my favorites. This masque contains green papaya and hydrogen peroxide, two ingredients that work in tandem to boost oxygenation, gently exfoliate and brighten the skin.

    This thick, light green cream smooths onto the skin and feels comfortable. The scent is slightly herbal and medicinal. There is no stinging or burning, I can put this mask close to my eyes, being careful not to get it on my mucous membranes, of course! While it is working, I can't really feel anything "happening", my skin just feels coated and warm, as the mask holds my skin's natural warmth in while it is working. After it is cleaned away with a warm, wet wash cloth, it leaves my skin feeling very soft, smooth and looking brighter, more even and slightly plumped up. It does feel as if my skin is a bit more receptive to the serum and moisturizer I use, after. I really like this product. It works for my skin.

    Oh! If you have dark hair and brows, keep this masque off of your hairline and eyebrows! It can bleach hair a little, (tho I haven't really noticed any real difference) due to the peroxide. I am a blonde and my brows are pretty light, anyway do I don't worry about it but yeah, just be careful if you are a brunette beauty.

    Reviva Labs Oxygen Mask is 1.5 fluid ounces and is $12.00. There are no animal products used in the formulation and Reviva Labs doesn't test on animals.

    What do you think? Is this something you might be interested in trying? You can find this product here.

    You can Like Reviva Labs on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

    Thank you so much for coming by and reading and have a great day.

    *This product was provided to me by the company for consideration and review.*

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

    Review: Reviva Labs Nourishing Cream

    Hello gentle readers.

    Today's Reviva Labs review is the Nourishing Cream. This is a lightweight moisturizing cream that is rich in Omega 3 and 6 Essential Fatty Acids to help hydrate and plump the skin, giving it a fuller, younger, smoother appearance.




    Reviva Labs Nourishing Cream is a lightweight cream, it doesn't have much scent, it smooths easily over the skin and sinks in quickly. My skin, once it has absorbed  feels soft, smooth, velvety and comfortable. My face doesn't feel at all greasy or filmy. This is a lovely day cream for my very dry skin and I love it under makeup. It doesn't have quite enough oomph to work for me as a night cream.

    Reviva Labs Nourishing Cream comes in a recyclable plastic jar, is 1.5 fluid ounces and  is $25.00.

    Reviva Labs Nourishing Cream doesn't contain any animal products and is not tested on animals.

    If you would like to shop for Reviva Labs, visit their website, here. You can Like Reviva Labs on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

    Thank you so much for swinging by and reading and have a great day.

    *This product was provided to me for consideration and review by the company.*

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

    Review: Reviva Labs Light Skin Peel

    Hello gentle readers.

    I didn't get a post up yesterday. Between my Internet acting like a butt and a migraine from Hell, I wasn't much in the mood to try to fight through writing a review post. It's hard to make happy talk about skin care when my brain is imploding and I am typing in something vaguely resembling Martian.  Happily, my Internet seems to be behaving a bit better today and my head is back down to a dull roar so, let's get to it.

    Today I am sharing my thoughts on the Reviva Labs Light Skin Peel. This is a non chemical physical and herbal exfoliating product that is designed to slough dead skin cells, stimulate, refresh and brighten the skin. I am guessing that this peel would be appropriate for all skin types, oily to dry. I have very dry, not sensitive skin and my face doesn't feel dried out or uncomfortable after using this peel. I could see this feeling very refreshing for oily and congested skin. I would have loved this back when my skin was oily.




    The Reviva Labs Light Skin Peel is a thick, spongy, kind of bouncy product, light brown in colour, it smells herbal and of Oil of Thyme. There are what look like bits and pieces of flowers in the mix, kind of giving this an oatmeal masque look and feel. While thick, this peel spreads easily, it dries down in minutes then it is rubbed off of the skin to complete the process. I like to use a clean, dry terry cloth washcloth and I rub it off over my bathtub because I make an unholy mess of the job and this way it all lands neatly in my tub and just washes down the drain next time I take a shower.

    So, does the Reviva Labs Light Skin Peel work? Yes, it does. After I rub it off, my face feels soft, smooth, velvety and refreshed and it looks fresh and brighter. I dig the results I see from this peel. My only small objection to the product is that the Oil of Thyme is a strong presence and while I like the scent the fumes from it can be quite uncomfortable for my very sensitive eyes. The fumes do dissipate fairly quickly but for about half a minute or so, my peepers aren't the happiest creatures, ever. In spite of that small discomfort I am using this peel and enjoying the benefits to my skin.

    Reviva Labs Light Skin Peel is 1.5 fl. ounces, is packaged in a recyclable plastic jar and is $20.00. Reviva Labs products are formulated without animal products and are not tested on animals.

    Shop for Reviva Labs products on their website. You can Like Reviva Labs on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

    Thank you so much for reading and have a great day.

      *This product was provided to me by the company for consideration and review.*

    Monday, January 21, 2013

    Review: Reviva Labs Alpha Lipoic Acid, Olive Oil and DMAE Hand and Body Lotion

    Hello gentle readers.

    I was recently contacted by Anna at Reviva Labs and asked if I would like to chose and test drive a product from their natural skin care line and review it. I knew a little bit about Reviva Labs, mostly from reading blog posts about their products and I was definitely interested in trying something from their line. I decided on the Stem Cell Booster Serum, which I will review later in this series. When my package arrived from Reviva Labs, it contained not only the serum, it also contained four other products and a very nice letter from Anna asking if I would like to try them, as well. She said that as my blog is primarily a nail blog that maybe I would like to try the additional products on my hands but I couldn't bring myself to use the face care on my hands, I wanted to try them on my face.

    The first Reviva Labs product I have for you is the Alpha Lipoic Acid, Olive Oil and DMAE Body Lotion. It comes in an eight ounce bottle and is $14.00.




    From their website:

    "Helps firm and improve skin tone of upper arms and body with Olive Oil, Green Tea and Vitamin E antioxidants, it fights against future free radical damage. A true "treatment" body lotion that helps fight skin aging as it moisturizes and treats past damage."

    Wow. Those are some claims! Now, I don't know if this stuff really does all of that, I haven't been using it long enough to verify or refute the claims but what I can say is that it is a good all over body lotion. I have very dry skin with patches that can be flaky, tight and itchy. In the Winter, without a good moisturizing lotion or cream I can be downright miserable. I use my usual moisturizing body wash then follow up with this lotion. The texture is lightweight; it feels almost like a gel lotion, it spreads easily over my skin, sinks in quickly, dries down in almost no time and leaves my skin feeling soft, velvety and comfortable. It moisturizes well enough to calm the flaky and itchy areas and doesn't leave my skin feeling oily or greasy. I can get dressed right after I use it and my clothes don't stick to me. My skin stays soft and smooth until I take my shower the next day and reapply.

    I like Reviva Labs Alpha Lipoic Acid, Olive Oil and DMAE Body Lotion and I am really enjoying it. If you are interested in trying this lotion, you can find it on the Reviva Labs website here..

    Reviva Labs is on Facebook and you can follow them on Twitter.

    Reviva Labs doesn't use animal products and their products are not tested on animals.

    Do you use Reviva Labs skin care products? Think that you might like to? Please do tell.

    Thank you for coming in and reading and have a great day.

    *This product was sent to me  for consideration and  review.*

    Sunday, January 20, 2013

    Seche Collage Overlay: Swatch and Review

    Hello gentle readers.

    Think that Seche  is just for fantastic top coat? Think again, my friend. Seche does polish, too. And a glitter overlay topper called Collage Overlay; a chunky glitter mix comprised of silver holo bars, large silver holo and jumbo matte white hex pieces all joyfully swimming in a thick, clear suspension base. I don't dislike this. In fact I kind of dig it. Check it out! This swatch is one coat over OPI Tomorrow Never Dies and topped with Gelous.





    Okay. Formula. This is pretty thick and you know me and thick. I thinned this out a goodly bit prior to swatching and it wasn't bad, at all. Application was pretty smooth and not horribly troublesome. Yep, I had a bit of fishing and placing to do; I expected it, I always do when I work with a chunky like this so no worries, certainly no ding. Dry time is good, as with many glitters. This dries a tad satin, plenty of top coat is needed to get it all perfectly smooth, glassy and ultra shiny and sparkly. I like to use a thick coat of Gelous, then top with Seche Vite. I don't know who came up with this combo, (it wasn't me!) but they are a freaking genius and I bow at their feet.

    I was honestly expecting this glitter to be a stone bitch to work with and it wasn't. Colour me pleasantly surprised and happy to recommend this to you.

    I typed then deleted a long, pissy rant about idiots who swatch, use up and gunk up polishes in stores. I was inspired by the fact that after I got this polish home, I noticed that the polish level was pretty low and the bottle neck under the cap was a hugely gunked up mess of dried base and glitter chunks telling me that this had been swatched. A lot. Gah! Just... Knock it the hell off already! Swatching, unless a bottle is marked "tester" and paper or nail wheels are provided isn't cool, it isn't right and you need to just not do it! Here in the US, most retailers accept returns on makeup and polish, if they don't provide testers for swatching before purchase so there is no good excuse  to gunk up, contaminate and ruin polish and makeup for other people. In fact, may stores that offer testers, still accept returns! Just buy the product, take it home and try it out. If you don't like it, grab your receipt, return it and use the money to get something you will like. Don't mess things up for others.

    Okay, mini rant over. Lesson learned, remember to check the neck of the bottle prior to purchase, even if it does freak me out to open polish in the store.

    Have you tried this pretty glitter topper? What do you think of it? If you are interested in acquiring and trying it, Seche Collage Overlay is available at Sally Beauty supply. I wish that my local Sally's would get the Seche Colour line, too as I would love to try them.

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

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

    China Gaze It's a Trap-Eze: Swatch and Review

    Hello gentle readers.

    China Glaze It's a Trap-Eze from the Circue Du Soleil Collection has me longing for Spring. How could it not? This milky, ever so slightly blue tinted base is packed with multiple sizes and shapes of glitter in pink, blue, green, red, yellow and white. Isn't this just happy? Doesn't it invoke images of Spring flowers, sprinkles on cupcakes, speckled sugar Easter eggs and pretty cotton sundresses?

    This swatch is two coats over my usual undies, topped with two coats of Gelous.





    The formula on this polish is really nice. It smoothed on over the base I laid down ahead of time, slipped up the nail very nicely and the glitter distributed evenly with just a little coaxing and patting, here and there. Dry time is pretty decent. This polish looks so glossy smooth and pretty with two coats of Gelous over the top. I just love it. This polish behaved so much better than Get Carried Away and Whirled Away from this collection.

    Of the three chunky glitter polishes that China Glaze included in the Circue Du Soleil Collection, this has the best formula and gives the least bit of trouble. I am very happy that I purchased this polish and I can see this getting worn frequently, this Spring and Summer.

    While I feel that their effort to produce really great, unusual glitter polishes wasn't entirely successful in this collection, I applaud China Glaze for keeping an eye on what is happening in polish. They seem to be aware of the surge in the popularity of indie glitters and they are making an effort to bring that hand made quality; the different colours, textures and interesting glitter piece combinations to the mass market.

    What do you think of China Glaze It's a Trap-Eze? Do you own it? Don't you think it's pretty and sweet? If you would like to have it, it was recently released with the China Glaze Circue Du Soleil Collection and it should be available where you buy China Glaze polish.

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

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

    China Glaze Get Carried Away: Swatch and Review

    Hello gentle readers.

    Today's polish offering is China Glaze Get Carried Away, a thick grey suspension base packed with tiny silver, small black square, large black, silver and copper hex and black bar glitter mix. This swatch is one coat over Wet n Wild Black Creme. I topped this swatch with two coats of Gelous.





    The formula on this, to start was absolutely terrible. Too thick, gloopy and tight. Application was difficult, I tried to swatch it over bare nails, undies, polish. Nothing worked, it just turned out bad. I finally decided to thin it out well then I swatched it over black. I was still not too wild about it but after I applied two thick coats of Gelous it turned out pretty nice. Unfortunately, the black bits got lost against the black background.

    This polish is seriously top coat thirsty. Be prepared to put on lots. Dry time is a bit slow, what with it being goopy and all.

    I decided to do swatches of this over a few different grey/silver base colours just for fun. I tried China Glaze Millennium, China Glaze Jitterbug and Zoya Kelly. I kind of like the effect over Millennium  it looks kind of industrial and cool.




    I am not so sad about this as I could be, as it really does look kind of great over black. Will I use it much? I don't know... It'll be fun to hang on to for a while, we'll see what happens with it in the future.

    Do you own China Glaze Get Carried Away? What do you think of it? Do you like it? Did it behave well for you or was it difficult? Please do share.

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

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

    OPI Goldeneye: Swatch and Review

    Hello gentle readers.

    I am sharing a swatch of another OPI Skyfall polish that I bought, last month. This is Goldeneye and it isn't your mother's gold polish. Nope. This is an insanely gorgeous mix of gold micro glitter and glass fleck shimmer that comes together to form a sparkling, dancing, scintillating coat of glamour on the nails. This isn't a flat gold, it scintillates and fires sparks of yellow, green, red and bronze. It is sexy and sophisticated and beautiful. Beautiful on fingers, this would be stunning on toes in the Summer, with a tan and some sassy little strappy sandals.

    This swatch is three coats and Seche Vite.





    The formula on this polish is pretty good, overall. It is pretty easy to control and reasonably biddable. A touch of care is needed when applying this polish as it can drag if it is overworked. Just feel it out and once you know how it likes to be handled, it isn't a problem. Dry time is really good. If you want a little texture, a look like metal, just apply one coat of top coat. If you want it to be super glossy and glassy, add another coat. Either way, it is stunning.

    So, what do you think of OPI Goldeneye? Do you own this beauty? Love it? please do tell.

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

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

    OPI Walked the Red Carpet at the Golden Globes

    Hello gentle readers.

    Please enjoy this press release from OPI.


    Actress Claire Danes walked the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards red carpet wearing sheer pink OPI nail lacquer in Passion to complement her bold red Versace dress. Danes won Best Actress in a Drama Series at last night’s award ceremony, and the show in which she stars – Homeland – was also given top honors as Best Drama Series.

    Model and actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley joined presenter Jason Statham on the red carpet, also wearing the soft hue Passion.

    “Both Claire and Rosie wore bold dresses – Claire in rich red and Rosie in dramatic black – and the sheer pink, ultra-feminine lacquer shade Passion gave their nails a classic, polished look,” said OPI celebrity manicurist Beth Fricke.

    OPI Passion This shade graced the nails of Claire Danes and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards.








    *Images and text published with permission from PR.*

    More Flaky Fun

    Hello gentle readers.

    This recent nail look was created with Sally Hansen X-Treme Wear in Cherry Red and Finger Paints Asylum. The Sally Hansen is an amazing, blue based ever so slightly pink cherry red jelly. Smooth, silky and extremely biddable. Love this polish. It has been sitting around unloved for a long time. Now that I have worn it, I don't know why. It's really smashing stuff.

    I applied two coats of Cherry Red, then topped it with two coats of Finger Paints Asylum, another of the multicoloured flakies that Finger paints released back in the Winter of 2011. This one varies from Twisted in that the flakies are bigger and not quite as colourful. But it is still really pretty. The flakies weren't as brilliant against the red as the black but I still really liked the look. I topped this one with a coat of Gelous then a coat of Seche Vite.

    You know how sometimes you do a layered look, have your cleanup all fussed to perfection then, after you take all of your photos and so forth, you look down and to your horror you see a little blowout where your base colour has broken free in one spot and flooded into your gap? Well, that happened with this mani. I saw it after I took and uploaded my photos. Of course. How did I not notice it sooner? You tell me. I guess I wasn't looking for it because I thought everything was good. Happily, I have a rudimentary airbrush tool in Picasa so I was able to kind of zap away the blowout on my ring finger nail. You will no doubt see the spot I "fixed". Still need a little practice at it. But I am slowly getting the hang of it.






    What do you think of this combo? Have you tried these flakies with red?

    In grow out my nubbins news, my nails are almost long enough for me to feel good about swatching on them, again. Good thing,,, I have polishes stacking up.

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

    Monday, January 14, 2013

    Review: Wet-n-Wild Take On the Day Eyeshadow Primer

    Hello gentle readers.

    Today I would like to share a review of of a product I picked up at my local Walgreen's, the other day. Part of the new Wet-n-Wild Fergie cosmetic line is their Take On the Day eyeshadow primer. Wait! What-what? Wet-n-Wild makes an eyeshadow primer? I was surprised and delighted to find this product when I did my latest Walgreen's beauty department crawl. It cost me $4.99 USD. Not too shabby, especially if it works.



    Wet-n-Wild Take On the Day eyeshadow primer.



    The packaging is a very low quality black tube that holds 0.34 fl oz. or 19 mL of product. The package claims is that this product primes and preps, lasts all day and doesn't crease. 

    Wet n Wild Take on the Day eyeshadow primer is a lightly pigmented pink leaning nude. The texture is very smooth, quite silky, in fact. The primer has very nice slip, it smooths easily across the lids, gives a few moments to work with it then quickly sets to a clear, softly diffused satin matte finish with that bit of grab that one expects from a good eye primer. This primer caused my eyes a couple of minutes of mild discomfort that dispersed and didn't return. I experience this sensation with any primer, regardless of brand or price point so I am convinced it is my eyes, not the product. 

    Application of shadow over this primer is easy and smooth, my shadow applied and blended without dragging, grabbing or skipping. This primer, like any primer helps to enhance the vibrancy of shadow and the wear time is very good. I wore this primer and the Wet n Wild shadows I applied for ten hours. The primer didn't fail me, my shadow remained vibrant and smooth with no real fading at the very end of my long day. Impressive, in light of the fact that without primer, I am lucky to get three hours out of my eyeshadow. What can I say? My lids eat shadow. Voraciously. Primer stops that from happening. 

    I want to speak a little about the product, the package and a bit of an issue I have with them. When I first opened this primer and squeezed it out onto the back of my hand, a lot of clear liquid poured out. From the feel of it, it was thin silicone or some such substance that was either not completely blended into the product or that had separated out as the product settled in the tube. Not a major objection, I had the same experience with a Too Faced eye primer I own so I don't attribute that to this product being inexpensive. I put the cap back on the tube, shook it and squeezed a little more out and while it "watered out" a little, I got a nice, solid line of primer, too, as you can see in the photograph, below. I squeezed out a bit more to lightly spread so that you can see just how silky and smooth this stuff is and the colour tone. 


    This is on lightly moisturized bare skin.

    After I did these swatches, I decided that I would try massaging the product in the tube to further blend it back together. Naturally I had the cap on and I must not have squeezed out enough air and the crimped end of the tube was very weakly sealed because as I put pressure on the tube to move the product around, the crimped end blew out, splattering my shirt and hands with primer. Nice, Wet n Wild. Really nice. After turning the air several shades of blue and cleaning myself and my shirt up the best I could I decided that I would return the product and put it back in it's blister pack, ready to go back to Walgreen's.

    I finished my eye makeup, using a little of the primer so that I could test drive it, in spite of my unpleasant experience. I was looking through the drawer in my dressing table for a bronzer and I spied with my little eyes two little mineral makeup sample jars with product I had no intention of trying, as they were not my shade. But the little jars gave me an idea. I opened them, popped the sifters, tossed them and the powders, washed and sanitized the jars with 91% alcohol then squeezed the primer into the little jars. After the blowout, I had the perfect amount of primer to fill both jars to the top, as you can see below:




    This will work very nicely. I actually quite like the primer and for the five dollars I would get back, it isn't really worth the time, gas and raggle baggle to return it.

    My assessment:

    Wet n Wild Take on the Day eyeshadow primer is a good, solid, well performing product. I am not impressed, however with the janky, cheap-o, badly sealed exploding plastic tube and the watering out of the product when I first opened it. Even for a bargain priced drugstore product, Wet n Wild can do better and should address and correct these small issues. If they do, they could have a real winner on their hands. That said, I won't be repurchasing this product.

    What do you think of Wet n Wild Take on the Day Eyeshadow Primer? Have you purchased it? Do you like it? If you are interested in giving it a go, you can buy it at drugstores and mass retailers that carry the Wet n Wild Fergie cosmetics collection. Just give it a good shake before you open it for the first time and be careful of the crimped end. You don't want a blowout!

    Okay, I think that I covered everything. If you have any questions or would like to chat about this product, please hit me up in a comment. I welcome your feedback and input. Please remember to let the Disqus comment system fully load or I won't see your comment. And I want to see your comment.

    Say, have you entered my giveaway for a Power IQ Tourmaline Ceramic Ionic Flat Iron? If not, you can go here to enter.

    Thank you so much for popping in, stay warm (or cool, if it is Summer in your neck of the woods) and have a great day.

    Hot Off the Presses

    Please enjoy this press release from Nicole By OPI.



    Colors for Every Occasion!

    Nicole by OPI Launches New Lacquers for 2013

    Nicole by OPI announces four new classically chic nail lacquer shades for 2013, including Plum to Your Senses!, Please Red-cycle, Totally in the Dark, and Still Into Pink.  Featuring two vibrant crème shades of bright pink and rich red and two shimmering hues of deep plum and glossy black, these elegant lacquers are suited for every wearer and occasion while delivering distinct color with a flawless finish. 
     “Swipe these four new lacquers on nails for intense color with on-trend hues,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, Nicole by OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director.  “When it comes to style, any look can be enhanced by adding a splash of color, and these fashionable shades can be easily applied to match your mood.  The playful shimmer of Totally in the Dark and bold pigments of Still Into Pink both make dramatic statements, while sophisticated Plum to Your Senses and classic Please Red-cycle give nails a polished, stylish finish.”
    The four new lacquers include:

    Plum to Your Senses!
    You KNOW this deep, dark plum is the perfect choice.


    Please Red-cycle
    Do the right thing and wear this apple red over and over.


    Totally in the Dark
    This shimmery black is completely unexpected.


    Still Into Pink
    Our love for hot pink will never grow cold.

    Nicole by OPI Nail Lacquers and Nail Treatments contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde. Nicole by OPI formulas are long-lasting, fast-drying, and salon-quality.
    These will be available in stores beginning January 2013 for $7.99 each at retailers including select Walmart, Target, CVS, Rite Aid, Kmart, Kroger, ULTA, H-E-B, Meijer and Duane Reade locations. In Canada, these shades will be available for $10.99 each at Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart Canada, Jean Coutu, Loblaw, and London Drug.
    For more information, visit nicolebyopi.com. Follow Nicole by OPI on Twitter @NicoleByOPI and become a Facebook fan!

    About Nicole by OPI:
    Nicole by OPI offers a salon-quality range of bold, fashion-forward nail lacquers. The brand’s heritage is based in OPI’s well-established foundation of excellence in both color and technology, providing premium products to a broad range of consumers looking for trendsetting nail lacquers.

    *Images and text published by permission  from PR*

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

    I Think That I am a Beauty Blogger Giveaway ~ Open Internationally!


    This giveaway is closed and a winner has been drawn, contacted and she has replied. Congratulations, April! :D

    Thank you everyone who entered my giveaway! It was so much fun to run and I enjoyed all of your fun and funny random facts! 

    I will be holding another giveaway, soon. :D




    Hello gentle readers.

    Every once in a while I lose my marbles and pretend that I am a real, honest to goodness beauty blogger. This is one of those times. And to celebrate my marbles rolling everywhere, I decided to have a little giveaway. The prize is a full sized Power IQ 1" Tourmaline Ceramic Ionic Flat Iron.This flat iron is supposed to be good for all hair types, has a heat range from 280 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. It is also dual voltage so that it can be used worldwide.   I received this as a gift with purchase last month when I hauled some polish at Sally Beauty Supply. I don't flat iron my hair but I thought that one of you, my gentle readers might like to have it.

     This iron is brand new (of course), the package has never been opened. I live in a smoke free home, but I do have pets. (Just letting you know, in case allergies are an issue.)




    Okay, let's talk rules:

    This giveaway will be run on a Rafflecopter widget. Please allow that widget to load then choose the entry options that you want. Please do not put your full entries in my comments (except the comment you can leave as an entry), any full entries left in comments not in the widget will not be valid and will be deleted. If you have a question or a problem, feel free to leave a comment or shoot me an e-mail. You can find my e-mail address on my Contact page.

    This giveaway will be open from the time this posts until Thursday, February 14th, 2013 in my part of the world. (Western United States.) This giveaway is open internationally to anyone anywhere to whom I can legally send a package.

    This giveaway is open to anyone 18 years of age or older or of legal age in your State or country. If you are under the age of 18 or legal majority, you must have permission to enter from a parent or legal guardian. I am not kidding about this one. Don't put me in the awkward position of receiving an irate e-mail from a parent or guardian who is not happy that some random broad on the Internet has their address and sent something to their kid.

    The winner will have 48 hours from the time I send the notification e-mail to respond and provide shipping information. If I do not hear from the winner in 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn. It is the responsibility of persons entering this giveaway to provide the correct contact e-mail address. If a mistake is made and I can't contact the winner and that person finds out that they won after a second winner has been chosen and contacts me later, I will not provide a second prize.

    I will ship the prize to the winner in the quickest yet most affordable manner I possibly can. Once the package leaves my hands at my local Post Office, I am no longer responsible for what happens to it and if it is lost/stolen in shipping, I can not and will not provide a replacement. If the winner is international she or he will be responsible for any and all fees, taxes or other expenses that may be levied by their nation/customs service.

    Please give the Rafflecopter widget time to load, then choose your entry options. The more options you choose, the more chances you have to win!



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    Okay, this giveaway is now live. Thank you for entering and good luck!







    Saturday, January 12, 2013

    Twisted Flaky Fun

    Hello gentle readers.

    I am rocking nubs, thanks to a series of unfortunate events that befell my poor nails. And dangit all anyway as I have swatching to do. Now, I am not adverse to swatching on nubbins but I prefer a little length to my nails for swatches; makes my nails and the polish look prettier, to me. So, while I await a little more length, I am enjoying my stash, going back and revisiting old friends who haven't seen much action, lately. And splashing on flakies. For some reason, I am really feeling the flakies.

    This manicure was a fast and easy one. I already had base coat on, so I just slopped on a coat of Wet-n-Wild Black Creme (you don't need a review, you already know how great that polish is, I am sure) then a coat of Finger Paints Twisted. I topped it all with a coat of Gelous then a coat of Seche Vite. My one regret? The coat of Gelous. I liked how glossy and shiny it looked but the Gelous made this mani dry very slowly.





    Ooo! Isn't that just one of the prettiest flakies? Photos don't do this full justice.

    Okay, time for me to run along. Thank you for popping in. Have a great day, stay warm and may your polish never bubble.

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

    China Glaze Whirled Away: Swatch and Review

    Hello gentle readers.

    I have just one burning question to ask...

    Really, China Glaze?

    Really?!?!? 

    China Glaze Whirled Away. Oh, you heart breaker! China Glaze, you produced this polish that got me so excited then dashed me upon the rocks of disappointment and despair.

    *Drama queen, much?*

    China Glaze Whirled Away is supposed to be a bottle of pure, unadulterated fun. A clear base just swimming with long black bars, large black hex and jumbo white matte hex glitters. This polish looks like fun. It. Is. A. Nightmare. Application was a long, drawn out process of stroking, patting, coaxing, placing, fishing, placing again, base glooping into mounds, base forming trenches. Argh! Why? Oh! Why?

    This is one "coat" if you want to call it that, over China Glaze Surreal Appeal. I topped it with two coats of Gelous to get it as smooth as I could.





    I Love China Glaze polish. Gentle reader, you know I do. And I want to love this glitter. I want to love it so much. Glitters like this usually delight my eyes and make me smile. This one makes me want to throw myself upon my bed and sob while my ladies in waiting bathe my face with cool cloths and bring me iced wine.

    China Glaze, I have to throw you in the tower for this one. Badly done.

    Have you purchased this polish? What do you think of it? Was it as difficult for you as it was for me? Did you have better luck with it than I did? Please do share, I'd love to hear what you think.

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

    Wednesday, January 9, 2013

    China Glaze Surreal Appeal: Swatch and Review

    Hello gentle readers.

    I picked up some of the China Glaze Circque Du Soleil polishes just before Christmas. I was a little will I? Won't I? on this collection. And to be perfectly honest, there are a couple of polishes in this bunch I kind of wish I hadn't. But more about that, another time.

    This, however is a polish I am super glad I did. I have been on the hunt for a beautiful pink leaning coral that works really well for my skin and delights my eyes and I found it in China Glaze Surreal Appeal. This is a crelly, slightly translucent, quite squishy and very shiny. It's lovely and I think this one is going to get a lot of love this upcoming Spring and Summer.

    This swatch is three coats and topped with Seche Vite.



    Isn't this scrummy? I just love it. Sorry about the focus issues, my camera decided to be a butt.

    The formula on this polish is just as delish as the colour. The texture is creamy dreamy, application is smooth and easy, sitting sweetly down where it is placed and whispering up the nails. I didn't have any trouble with streaking, dragging, running, pooling or bubbles. I think I could have gotten away with two coats if not for my ridges, but this is just translucent enough that it couldn't cope with the worst ones on my ring and pinkie nails. Dry time is really good.

    What do you think of China Glaze Surreal Appeal? Do you like coral? Do you have a mild case of pre Spring fever, like I do? I am already so over Winter. I know that we still have a long way to go before Spring has sprung for real. Maybe this will content me until the season shifts. If you don't have this pretty and are interested in acquiring it, hit up your local polish buying spots that sell China Glaze, you should be able to find it, just fine.

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

    Tuesday, January 8, 2013

    OPI Tomorrow Never Dies: Swatch and Review

    Hello gentle readers.

    Today I have a swatch of OPI Tomorrow Never Dies from the Holiday/Winter Skyfall Collection. This is a rich, deeply pigmented blurple shimmer. There is a hint of duochrome in this baby and it looks purple or blue... Depending on the angle and lighting. It is a tad brushstroke-y but it isn't obnoxious. It is actually far more obvious in macro shots than in person, so fear not. Oh, and the pink you see isn't in the polish. That is the reflection of my psychopathic pink top. Don't ask me how but it seems I always end up swatching on a day I am wearing that frakking top.

    This swatch is two coats and Seche Vite.





    The formula on this polish is, in a word, great. It gave me zero trouble. There was no running, pooling, dragging, bubbling or other nonsense. I did very little cleanup and joy of all joys, it didn't Smurf my ass when I removed it. A non Smurfing blue (blurple) is always cause for celebration in my polish realm. Dry time is good, a great fast dry top coat would merely enhance that.

    Overall, OPI Tomorrow Never Dies is a winner. I like it and I am happy that I picked it up.

    Do you own this beauty? Think that you might like to? It is available where OPI is sold.

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

    Monday, January 7, 2013

    Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup



  • Blushing Noir: Make your pucker stand out with MAC Night Blooming Mattene!

  • BeautyTidbits: Enter to win Playboy VIP Fragrance Set for Him & Her Giveaway.

  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Beauty Resolutions to Consider from Lola's Secret Beauty Blog for 2013

  • Polarbelle: Polarbelle finds Sation's Holiday Golightly Collection nail polishes match her Northern Christmas.

  • datyorkLOVES: Find out what the Top 10 Post of 2012 are for datyorkLOVES!

  • TheFabZilla: TheFabZilla got playful with 2013 color of the year (Emerald Green) where else but her eyes. Plus check out how you can incorporate this amazing color into your wardrobe.

  • Beauty Info Zone: Everyone has a best of 2012 list but do they have a worst? Find out what Marcia from Beauty Info Zone names her worst product of the year.

  • Mama Fashionista: Looking for a budge-proof lip stain? Mama Fashionista found just what you need at the drugstore from New York Color!

  • Beauty Professor: Adding to her Tom Ford obsession, the Beauty Professor reviews her latest acquisition, cheek color in Frantic Pink!

  • My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog: Laura from My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog invites you to get ready with her!

  • Portrait of Mai: Despite the spooky name, these Darling Girl Cosmetics Zombie Apoca-Lips duochrome color shifting glosses aren't so scary!

  • Emily Hudspeth, hair design and makeup artist: To prep for 2013, I start by recapping the great moments of 2012. My favorite post of the year!

  • BeautyJudy: "The Beauty Loser" is back on BeautyJudy! Do you have any weight loss resolutions? Find out what's working for Judy this time around.

  • Fabulous Awesomeness: Mina Slater and her family say buh bye to acne! Check out her review of Relogy natural acne treatment system.

  • Lipgloss Break: Angela from Lipgloss Break shares tips on how to stay motivated toward fitness goals in the new year!

  • Bad Ass Polish The Vikes and Dusk: Swatches and Review

    Hello gentle readers.

    Today I have two more Bad Ass glitter polishes. The Vikes is a treat of a glitter polish to celebrate the Minnesota Vikings. This polish is a thick, clear base with tiny purple square, small white hex sequins and large gold hex sequins. As per the uszh, I thinned this out very well before I applied it and it behaved like a sweetheart. The glitter dispersed smoothly and easily, I did have to fish a few of the gold  sequins and place them but all in all, this was pretty easy to apply. I don't mind doing a little fishing to have this kind of pretty.

    This swatch is one coat over my glitter undies, Gelous tops it for shine and sparkle.





    Pretty, huh?

    Now, here is Dusk. This is one of the Bad Ass polishes I was most looking forward to trying. Dusk was the polish that was heartlessly, violently taken from me by my local postal service. Happily, Amy at Bad Ass sent me another bottle.

    Dusk is magical and beautiful. The clear base is packed full of tiny square dark blue glitter and tiny gold holo glitter. This is Hampton Court Palace in the time of Henry VIII, with it's soaring, arched ceilings painted in the deepest, yet brightest blue imaginable studded with brilliant gold stars. The formula on this, after some thinning, because you know that I can't do the thick thing, was pleasant, easy and smooth. It applied without giving me any trouble. It dries quickly and a little textured. Lots of top coat gets this up and dancing.

    I applied this over my glitter undies so that you can appreciate it as it is. Personally, I feel that this is a layering polish and I am looking forward to playing with this some more, over various base colours. I applied one coat to my pinkie and index, two to my middle and three to my ring. Even after three coats, it wasn't too terribly thick, it didn't pool on the edges of the nail, it dried as swiftly as one could hope a polish like this one would. This polish is the colour of win.






    So there we have it, two more lovely and fun Bad Ass Polish glitter beauties. What do you think of them? Like? Think that you may need to have? Bad Ass Polish is available from their Etsy Shop. If you would like more info on this brand you can find their official site, here and you can follow on Facebook.

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

    *These were sent to me for consideration and review.*