Monday, March 30, 2015

Essie Petal Pushers/Whoops Here I Am

Oh, hey.  Accidentally took a month break from blogging and caring about nail polish because March has been a little crazy for me.  I've had a lot going on in a lot of ways, and I couldn't find time to a.) do my nails b.) take pictures of them and c.) write about them.  I had to write about other stuff, which, trust me, was way less fun.  But now, here I am and I don't even have good pictures to show you.  But I figured that something was better than nothing.

this lipstick is Maybelline Siren in Scarlet and it is everything, which I may have mentioned before

uh, love this

I didn't have good enough light to take proper photos of Petal Pushers, but I'm so overdue on this one that y'all know what it looks like.  It's a very, very cool toned gray creme.  The formula was really nice and I only needed two coats.  I think if you like grays you should just buy this.  It'll look good on everyone, and it's appropriate for pretty much every season.  It also lasted a pretty long time on me, so I give it a ringing endorsement. 

So anyway, like I said I have been busy, but I've also been trying to head down lake-ward when I can, because everything is starting to thaw and I'm ready for sun.  Last weekend it was still a little cold but there was a pretty sunset, so I thought I'd share this picture I managed to snap from inside--because, like I said, it was cold.

Not much else to report.  Ben and I just watched the finale of The Walking Dead and I felt kind of whelmed by it/by the second half of this season generally.  Maybe my expectations were too high going into it; who knows.  But you know what I have been enjoying?  Better Call Saul.  Seriously, if you were at all into Breaking Bad and you're not watching BCS you are missing some profoundly amazing television.  It makes Mondays worth living through.  Also Rach got me into Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.  I binged it in one day, and then I also made Ben watch it a couple days later.  So good.  We are constantly singing the theme song.

Alright, I hope that you guys have been doing well.  I'm sorry I haven't been around, but I will try a little harder in April.  


Wednesday, March 04, 2015

L'Oreal Masked Affair

Limited edition collections are so annoying.  I heard rumblings a while ago about a drugstore holo making an appearance in a L'Oreal collection, but I didn't expect to run across it because I don't have time to hunt around (regrettably).  A couple weeks ago I had to go to Walgreens for something, and as per usual I made sure to walk past the seasonal cosmetics.  And there it was!  The L'Oreal Dark Sides of Grey collection!  Completely full!  I grabbed the holo, Masked Affair.  The other polishes didn't look super special to me, but it's hard to pass on a holo, amirite?  

I will apologize in advance for my ridiculously dry cuticles and the failing sunlight.  ..sorry.

Okay we should probably talk about how obsessed with red lips I am right now.  I mean, I'm kind of always obsessed with red lips, but I'm going through a serious whenever-I'm-not-at-work-I'm-wearing-red-on-my-face phase.  This particular combination is one I'm dying over:  SmashBox Always Sharp Liner in Crimson (LOOOOOVE--wore to my wedding, is epic) with Maybelline Creamy Matte Siren in Scarlet.

So, is Masked Affair worth whatever hype it's generating?  I mean, it depends on your collection.  First let me say that I've read descriptions of Masked Affair that call it lavender.  I guess I can see how it could be construed that way, but really it just looks silver to me.  So if I'm callin' 'em like I see 'em, this is a silver semi-linear holo.  There are other places you can get dupes or semi-dupes, like China Glaze OMG (maybe if I actually put Masked Affair next to OMG I would see a difference, but...lazy).  But this polish is really accessible in that you can find it at the drug store.  Conversely, it's also kind of inaccessible because it's limited edition, like so many good things in the makeup universe.  I already have a couple of silver-ish holos, so I didn't really need Masked Affair.  But, I mean, it was there.  So I bought it.  No regrets.

The formula is actually really nice for a holographic polish.  I didn't use it over a special base coat or anything, just my standard OPI base.  I used two coats of Masked Affair and experienced minimal dragging.  The nice things about linear holos like this is that they almost always look great in photos because of the effect the polish generates, even if there are weird brushstrokes.  But like I said, this one actually has a decent formula.  An interesting thing about holos is that when you put topcoat over them it immediately makes the holographic effect look like it has been dulled.  Fear not, friends.  As the topcoat dries the holo comes back.

So...yeah.  There are my weird flip-floppy feelings about this polish.  It's good and beautiful, but it's pretty much dupable...I think.  It's like $5, though, so I feel like if you do happen to see it it's best to just snap it up.  You know, for hoarding purposes.  So, that's all for me today.  Anyone else run across this magical limited edition display?

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Essie Coat Couture

Spoiler:  love this polish.

Coat Couture has a smoky, cool toned taupe base and electric blue-ish aqua shimmer.  It's an absolute beauty that can pass for a neutral but when the light hits it, it's all KAPOW.  The formula was sort of typical for a matte-finish polish.  It was pretty thick, but overall easy to work with.  I used two coats.  I also put topcoat over it, obviously.  I recommend you get this one if you're at all a fan of taupe polish because it's out-of-this-world pretty.

I'm referring to last weekend as my Lost Weekend because House of Cards.  I am totally obsessed with it and have been since I lived in New York and watched a lot of political shows to distract myself (I marathoned The West Wing like there was no tomorrow).  Remy isn't exactly named after Remy Danton, but the name was in my head when we got our cat because I had been watching House of Cards.  For the first week or so I had our Remy, I kept hearing Frank Underwood's southern drawl in my head when I thought of his name.  So, this:

if this isn't the best use of pic stitch idk what is

Season three was completely amazing.  I think episodes one and thirteen were probably the best, and Doug's storyline was totally enthralling.  Also there was a lot of Remy Danton, which I liked, but there was not enough Cashew the guinea pig, which I didn't like.  All in all though...I'M FREAKING OUT THAT I HAVE TO WAIT ANOTHER YEAR FOR MORE.  But god was it good.  Did anyone else finish it all in one weekend like a maniac?  Please tell me I'm not insane...?

K, that's all for me.  Hope you're all doing well, and YAY IT'S MARCH!!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Essie Wrap Me Up

The other day my friend Sammy asked me what I thought of the Essie Cashmere Mattes.  To which I responded, I don't know.  I bought a couple and then promptly forgot about them.  I decided to pull one of them one and see...what I think of it.

This lipstick is everything.  Rimmel Kiss Me You Fool (again).

Wrap Me Up is one that I didn't initially buy but felt like I had to go back for.  My verdict?  Eh.  I think the matte thing is kind of a gimmick, so I put topcoat over it.  Really I was just in it for the color.  Essie is calling it a "whisper soft pink" or something like that, but the first word that comes to mind when I look at it is "almond."  It's okay, don't get me wrong, it's just not special like I thought it might be.  I have seen swatches of it as matte and that doesn't excite me either.  The formula was a little bit tricky.  I had to work fast, and I needed three coats.  I still probably have some bald patches down toward my cuticles from where the brush dragged over the not-quite-dry polish.  But it looks pretty decent.  I would call this a very work appropriate color...but at the same time it's a bit stark and eye-catching.  Is it unique?  Well, I guess so because it has the weird matte finish.  Will I take advantage of the finish?  Nope.  That having been said, I feel like I have a lot of colors that look like this-ish.  So, I say you can skip this one, Sam.  And everyone else.

That is all I can muster today, y'all.  I have had like the worst headache for a couple days this week--I don't have it in the morning but it develops throughout the day and then by nighttime I'm ready to dramatically collapse.  Maybe the pressure has changed or something and it's my sinuses.  Who knows.  At any rate, I'm writing this in the evening so I'm going to go dramatically collapse now.  And by that I mean watch Shaun of the Dead and then roll over and go to sleep.

Steffie out.  

Monday, February 23, 2015

Orly Color Blast Coronation Ball

I'm just going to cop to loving Frozen right now.  I know I am not a six year old girl, but dammit I grew up during the Disney Renaissance (I'm pretty sure I watched The Little Mermaid so much as a little girl that I WORE OUT THE TAPE) and if there's one thing I love it's singing princesses, OKAY? So when I was at Walgreens and I saw displays with Elsa on them I was sold.  I haven't bought Orly polish in a long time, but cute little bottles + Frozen made me take a couple home.  

This is Coronation Ball, which should probably actually be named "My Sister's Cornoration" as per Anna's sleepy mispronunciation at the beginning of the movie.  I guess I'll call it a lavender microglitter; it also has some darker purple glitter in it too, and in the bottle it definitely has a hint of duochrome, which you can see in some of the shade pictures.  Try as I might, though, I couldn't see it on the nail.  The formula was thin enough that you could use this as a glitter topper, but it's opaque at three coats.

I think there were two displays of Elsa polishes.  One appeared to be brights, and the other was pastels.  I only bought from the pastel display because I guess that's what I'm feeling right now.  It's worth mentioning that although these smaller Orly bottles are really cute, they're also a little pricy for the size.  I'm pretty sure I paid $6.99 apiece for these little guys, but they're Disney so it's okay.  I guess the Color Blast line is also sold at Kmart, but I can't remember the last time I was actually in a Kmart so this was the first time I'd see them.  So far I approve.  

I had the weirdest week last week, y'all.  Ask Rachel, because I was bitching to her about my life (which isn't actually that bad) on Saturday night so hard.  But there were some good parts of the weekend, like when Ben dragged me out of the house to see Whiplash (which he had already seen with Rach).  I was stunned by how good it was and by how emotional it made me.  Apparently it's out on Blu-Ray tomorrow and I'm excited to buy it and watch it again in the comfort of my own home/in pajamas.  I also finally watched Birdman yesterday right before the Oscars (glad I did) and thought it was pretty clever.  I saw 6/8 Best Picture nominees this year, so I feel like that's pretty decent.  Whiplash was BY FAR my favorite, but I see the merits of Birdman and the acting was phenomenal.  Yay movies.

Aaaaaanyway, that's going to be all for me today.  I hope you are all surviving your Februarys (because it's THE WORST MONTH); it has been so shitty here, weather-wise, that I'm just ready to GTFO to a warmer climate forever.  I love Cleveland with all my heart, but these winters are getting to be too much.  Has anyone else run across the Elsa polishes yet?  I hear tell that there's an Elsa makeup bag, and I might just have to scoop one of those up, too...  

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Essie Blossom Dandy

When I saw the Essie spring preview over on Michelle's blog they totally made my heart go pitter patter.  Imagine my surprise when I wandered into Walgreens the other night when it was -26 degrees (with windchill) out and I saw the mini, four-color version of the display.  I believe I said, "Yay!" aloud and grabbed Blossom Dandy immediately.  I go through periods where I'm all about minty colors, and I'm pretty sure BD has rekindled my love somethin' fierce.

V-Day flowers from B

I always pull out this now-five-year-old Target cardigan when I'm ready for spring/it is spring.  See here--last year I busted it out in April, but like I was -26 the other day.  Spring please.

weird sunset light, sry

Ahhhh, I love this SO MUCH.  It is just what my fingers need right now.  Is it unique?  No, probably not.  But I love it anyway.  I would actually call it more of an aqua than a mint.  Maybe it's a mint-leaning aqua.  Either way, it's blue-y green-y.  The formula is okay.  It's not as bad as I anticipated it to be--can we all recall last year's spring collection?  Anyone remember Fashion Playground?    Beeeaaauuuutiful color, baaaaaaaad formula.  And I blogged it almost exactly a year ago, to the day.  Anyway, Blossom Dandy is way easier to work with than FP.  I did two [thick] coats, but I think three thin ones would be better.  But I am way impatient, and when I'm doing my nails it's basically my life mission to never use more than two coats.  So, there you have it.  It still looks nice, and there are no bald patches, so I'm calling it a two-coater.

I really love the look of Essie spring this year.  Like if I could mash all those colors together and wear them on a floral print dress I totally would.  I know I've said this the past couple years, but spring is my favorite season.  Used to be fall, now it's spring.  Spring forever.  Spring please.  I love the sudden influx of color in the makeup world, I love trench coats, I would rather it rain than snow, and I love it when the flowers start to bloom and the trees don't look dead.  So, I got really excited when I saw this collection at the drug store.  I got one more polish, but I feel like I want them all?  This is one collection that I just might need to own in its entirety.

In conclusion:  yay spring.  Yay Essie.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Essie Plumberry

A bit of a late post today, but considering last Thursday's early-post-snafu, I figured a late one would balance things out.  Plus it'll be super short because I've got to get to working on some things today.  Mondays off are great, but what I really need are Thursdays off, so I'm working from home today so that I don't have to on Thursday.  Sorry George Washington and Abraham Lincoln and...other presidents.  Also sorry in advance for the bad lighting.  The weather is not cooperative here.  

matte eyeshadows brought to you by the tartelette palette, which was brought to me by my husband.  if you're thinking about that palette, get it.  it's solid.  and the packaging is gorgeous.

Essie Plumberry was a total impulse buy for me.  It's core, so I've seen it a lot before, but I was never really interested in the color.  Then the same day that I was wandering around CVS buying random NOPIs, I decided to also throw Plumberry into my basket.  I am so glad I did.  This color is absolutely LUSCIOUS.  First of all, it looks great on me.  It would be a beautiful color to wear on toes in the summer.  When I looked up swatches of this one online I noticed that it looks pretty red in every picture.  I see now that's because it photographs too red.  Really, this polish is not red, not, pink, and not purple.  But it's kind of red, kind of pink, and kind of purple.  Descriptive, right?  
Basically what I'm saying is that it has a great name, because it's pretty much a plummy-toned berry.  If you like fuchsias or berries or reds, I highly recommend that you get this color.  It is just glorious.  I like it way more than I thought I would when I initially picked it up.  Anna and Rach, I'm looking at you two, because I remember how much you both like Style Hunter and I think this is in the same wheelhouse.  The formula was very nice, and this polish only needs two coats.  It's not a creme-jelly hybrid, but when it dries it does have almost a squishy look to me.  Maybe that's just because the color is so luscious, which I know I already said, but really is the best description of it.

To conclude, go buy this if you don't already own it.  Especially if you're in the US and off work today for President's Day.  All those dead presidents would definitely want you to own this polish because pursuit of happiness, etc.  I will perhaps be back with another post later in the week because I found some spring Essies at Wags last night, and y'all know that we Cleveland-people need some spring in our lives.  Happy Monday!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Shopping My Stash: A Very B V-Day

At this point I should just cop to the fact that Rach comes up with our SMS themes.  Usually I'm sitting at a desk frantically doing something when she texts me and is like, "Hey I have this great idea!" and I'm just like, "Oh my god, did the month change??!"  So what I'm saying is, she came up with a great idea for February, which is that we let our respective Bs/significant others choose the polishes.  My B loves choosing my nail polish.  Like, really.  So I think he was pretty happy when I directed him to the CLOSET OF INSANE AMOUNTS OF MAKEUP and said, go to.  He came back with several I had already worn and several I hadn't, and he ended up choosing CQ Pink Copper.  Which, as I said to Rach, was a curveball.  Like, when's the last time you saw someone blog CQ?  The answer is today.

lipstick is Rimmel Provocalips Kiss Me You Fool, which is perfect and will enliven any "no makeup" day, which is why you can see ALL OF MY FRECKLES

Pink Copper is...well, it has a great name.  Because that's a good way to describe it.  Either that or metallic salmon, which is what I plan on naming my Norwegian girl band one day.  It seriously is a pretty color, and somewhere in the depths of my being I feel like there's a Zoya dupe for it.  The formula was actually really nice!  I used three thin coats here.  There isn't much else to say about it.  If you're interested in finding this one...uh...I think they still sell them at CVS?  I don't even know.  I got Pink Copper so freaking long ago, and I never seek out this brand anymore.  There's something about the little weirdly shaped bottles that I like, though.  They're oddly pleasing and easy to hold.

I don't know about y'all, but Ben and I derped on Valentine's Day this year.  To his credit, he suggested we take a trip, but I feel overwhelmed by a lot of things right now and I didn't feel like taking a trip was the best thing for this weekend.  Once we decided not to take a trip, every restaurant ever was booked. So, tonight we're going out for our friend's birthday.  Tomorrow our plan is to cook dinner together (although Ben keeps saying he wants to do it, but I get territorial about the in, OH MY GOD GET OUT OF HERE IT'S TOO SMALL AND I'M COOOOOKING!!!), and then go out for ice cream or cake or something similarly terrible for us.  So, yeah.  Hopefully it will be low key because I need a day where I can just sleep in and not feel guilty about it.  What are you guys doing for Valentine's Day? 

Okay, over 'n out.  Check out Rachel's post, blah blah you know the drill.  See you next week!