Tuesday, August 18, 2015

China Glaze Treblemaker

I wore this polish...quite a while ago, at the end of July.  I don't remember much about it, honestly, except for the fact that a.)  I didn't take pictures of it and b.)  I've never gotten more compliments from random strangers about my nail polish.

you...can see this color from a mile away

So these are the limited photos I have of Treblemaker, but it's honestly not a complex color so I think you can get the idea.  I will say that although it's basically just a neon green, it's a pretty interesting neon green in that it leans more blue than yellow.  It's really pretty.  Like I said, everyone was asking me what it was or telling me that they liked it while I was wearing it.  

I remember the formula being kiiiiiind of difficult and having to use three coats.  I also remember doubling up on base coat because I read that it stains--it didn't stain me, so I guess the double base coat is a must.  I know this collection is pretty old news by now, but...here we are.

Oh, also, I realized that last Sunday was the sixth anniversary of this blog.  SIXTH.  What even.  I don't know, y'all.  Let's celebrate with extra sprinkles. 

When I ordered my ice cream with "lots of sprinkles" the guy gave me some in a cup so I could dip my cone in it after I'd licked off the outer sprinkle layer.  Pretty much an ideal situation because I'm obsessed with the rainbow sprinkle/vanilla soft serve cone combo.

Even though my semester starts Monday (silent teacher-weeping), the way I see it we still have over a month of summer left.  So I say keep wearing those neons and keep eating extra sprinkles.  Because dammit, I will live the summer life until I'm dragged kicking and screaming into autumn.  Now, who's driving me to Dairy Queen?

Friday, August 14, 2015

OG Drugstore Flakey: SH Hidden Treasure

I'm just going to skip right into writing this post without apologizing that I've been gone.  Stuff's busy etc.  I've also been wearing some pretty normal, boring colors (busted out $OPI Metro Chic, for example, because I think Amy Schumer was wearing a similar color in Trainwreck and it made me have a yen for it).  But the other night I was digging through my Helmer and I found Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure which was ALL THE RAGE in 2010.  If you've been interested in nail polish for a while, then this is not news to you.  But I hadn't used a flakey in a minute, so I decided to see if I still loved it.  

Gross pic of my right hand with dried topcoat errywhere, but it looked so good in this 7am light that I couldn't not take a picture while I balanced a cup of coffee, two textbooks, my computer, and my purse.  DEDICATION.

I don't know if their being in Target means these necklaces are "back," but I don't care.  If I have an excuse to wear these weird chokers again like I did in 1997 then dammit I'm doing it. 

Awwww yeahhhhh

YAAAAAAASSSSSS QUEEN OF THE DRUGSTORE.  One coat of Hidden Treasure over three coats of OPI I Don't Give a Rotterdam.  I finished this manicure and was basically like, oh god yes.  Yes to all of this.  I don't even know if you can get Hidden Treasure around anymore.  eBay, maybe?  I know there is a polish in the core line now with the name Hidden Treasure that looks nothing like this.  But I also know/am pretty sure that Essie Shine of the Times is pretty much a dupe and much more available than HT.  So yeah, this is a great polish.  It's totally worth all the running around to various drugstores I did five years ago to acquire my several bottles (fun fact:  this is one of the only polishes I have back-ups of FOR OBVIOUS REASONS).  

I'm not going to lie to you and tell you you don't need this because you probably do.  If you can't get it, then there are definitely dupes.  But sometimes there's just nothing like the original.


Thursday, July 23, 2015

Whatever This Is

Not sure what possessed me to do this, but.  Well.  This: 

Yep, that's Friday Night Lights in the background.  Finally watching it.

Basically this is what happens when there are a bunch of nail polishes sitting on the coffee table and I'm like, eh.  Better just use all of them I guess.  Essie Chillato is on my thumb and ring finger.  Out of all of these polishes, this was the only one I hadn't used before.  Formula was...difficult.  But it's a pastel, so I don't expect much from it.  I used three coats.  Sally Hansen Bridal Bling is on my index finger; that one is good in two coats and really is extra beautiful.  It could make a nice layering polish, too.  Essie Blossom Dandy is on my middle finger.  I wore that one as a full manicure here.  Lastly, OPI Let Them Eat Rice Cake is on my pinky.  That one is a pretty old polish.  Even though it has all the good old chemicals in it, the formula is still kind of crappy.  It needs at least three coats and takes forever to dry.  Although all of these colors look a little bonkers together, I can't deny that I'm sort of into it.  It does look a little Easter-y, though.  I can overlook that.

This has been sort of a weird week.  I worked last Saturday and last Sunday, so I didn't go into work on Monday or Tuesday.  And now it's already Thursday.  I spent my two days off doing this:

per usual; #dockselfie

And also encouraging Remy to walk a little bit with his ridiculous harness and leash.  He's not super into it, but he did a little bit of exploring while I sat near him.  I think it's a good sign that if something scares him he runs to me and sits in my lap instead of running away from me and hiding in a bush or something.  But I guess that's what the leash is for.

If you'd like to see more of Remy's adventures, follow us on Instagram (RemyRagdoll)

Anyway, that's basically all.  I kind of can't believe that July is winding down already.  I feel like yesterday was the Fourth.  The shitty, rainy summer we've been having is supposed to let up for most of this week, so I'm glad about that.  And last weekend it was 90 and sunny where I was (which resulted in gnarly sunburn but also kind of made me happy).  I cannot cope with another Cleveland winter without the benefit of a Cleveland summer.  I hope all of you are having nice weather wherever you are.  Don't forget to walk your cat.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Cuteapillar

Yeahhhhh, not gonna lie, I bought "Cuteapillar" solely because of the name.  The color of this polish is fine, don't get me wrong.  But I mean, Cuteapillar??  Just take my money, Walgreens.

both of the above pictures make the color look waaaaaaay too bright; the ones below are more color accurate, FYI

diggin' the color next to these earrings, which I love

As soon as I put Cuteapillar on I had a weird sense of deja vu.  I realized that it really reminds me of OPI Thanks A Windmillion, which I could have sworn I wore yesterday.  Turns out it was in January (wut).  I compared the bottles, and they do look really, really similar.  Both are sort of blue-ish sage colors.  I think the OPI is just a tad bit dustier-looking.  The formula on Cuteapillar was a bit watery and thin, but I felt like it was okay at two coats so I did that and left it.  I honestly have no idea if you can still find this polish.  I think it was part of the 2015 spring collection that was butterfly-themed.  I got this on clearance ages ago now, so unless you find it there too I think you may be out of luck.  Sorry my blogging is not more timely.  Buuuuut if you decide you really need a color like this, I'm pretty sure you can still find the OPI at Ulta.  Quite a price difference, not gonna lie.  The color is really good though. 

Two posts in one week, y'all.  I know.  Crazy.  But I didn't immediately put black back on, so I figured I would take pictures and such.  Maybe I'm exiting my black mood; who knows.  Anyway, I hope you all have had lovely weeks and that your weekend is full of sunshine.  I'm reasonably sure mine won't be because we live in a monsoon now.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

OPI Sorry I'm Fizzy Today and the #dockselfie

As I was signing into the ol' blog here I caught myself thinking, wait a minute...have I not blogged since before the Fourth of July?!?  And no.  No, I have not.  Time totally gets away from me.  Also, my nails have been super boring.  I've been wearing Funky Fingers Dark Knight (which is a straight-up black creme) a lot, and that's not really worth showing you.  In this post I'm wearing a polish I had never worn by itself; last July I did some crappy nail art with it, which you can see here.  But after all the black I've been wearing I wanted something a little brighter.

Lipstick here is Milani Matte Beauty, which is one of the newer mattes released recently.  I highly recommend it if you're into the brownish sort of Cindy Crawford lip, which I still am.  I'm eagerly anticipating when I can drop a stupid amount of money on Urban Decay 1993.

Hello, bug eyes!  I bet you were all wondering, is Stephanie not into coral anymore?  I am.  I have what is basically a head-to-toe coral running outfit, which happened to match this polish.


This is OPI Sorry I'm Fizzy today, which is a very pink-leaning coral.  Honestly, it's nothing special.  And also, I thought I remembered the formula being a poop from the first time I wore it.  Then I started polishing with it this time and was like GOD I HAVE THE BEST MEMORY FOR THE STUPIDEST THINGS because yes, it's a poop.  It's not terrible, but it's streaky as EFF for an OPI creme polish that really should be opaque in two coats.  I needed three here.  I topped it with NYC Grand Central Station and I was good to match it to my workout clothes like an idiot and head off into the sunset.

Other than that, I've just been working.  July is a pretty big month for programming at work, so cue my being there every weekend doing something-or-other.  But I've really, really, REALLY been trying to get to the lake so I can lie on the dock and obviously take a series of #dockselfies.  Because I can and because it's ostensibly summer even though it's been raining constantly.  Like seriously, our ceiling is leaking in the living room because it's been raining so much.  But anyway.

#dockselfie under the influence of Bloody Marys.  I was basically sleeping at this point.

#dockselfie wearing an amazing Target Xhilaration coverup thing that I got for like $10.  It looks fabulous on and I recommend you grab one if you're in the market for something that'll make you look less naked than a two-piece does when you're outside in a bathing suit and your neighbor's children are also playing outside.

I told Ben to take a picture of my aunt and me while we were lounging, but I stipulated that he not get my armpits in the picture because I didn't think I had shaved them recently (I hadn't).  So he took this picture of only my armpit that made us lol for about five minutes.

#dockselfie from last weekend when it was just me at the lake and the sun was difficult to come by.  But, I had a bathing suit, a Harry Potter book, and of course a Bloody Mary.  So I can't really complain.

Also, you may have seen this on my instagram (RemyRagdoll), but Ben got me this shirt that has Pusheen eating Ramen on it.  So.  I'm an adult.

That's about all for me for now.  I haven't checked the weather for the upcoming weekend yet, but if there is even A LITTLE SUN you can bet that I will drive my ass down to that lake and lie on that dock (even though I won't be able to make it down there until Sunday night because I have to work all weekend).  Oh wait just checked the weather and it's raining forever.  Okay seriously, I honestly don't usually get depressed by the weather...but this rain is getting ridiculous.  I don't understand it.  The summer is going so fast and there has been basically NO SUN.  I'm about to move to wherever it doesn't do this.

Here's hoping there's less water falling from the sky wherever you are.  Steffie out.  

Friday, July 03, 2015

The Fourth and Such

Quick post!  If you've been reading my blog for a while you know that the Fourth of July is kind of a big deal to my family; we're still trying to make it a big deal this year, but it's going to be A CONSIDERABLY SMALLER AFFAIR for REASONS.  But Ben and I have decided that that's no reason not to celebrate, so we're almost out the door for the lake as I write this.  BUT FIRST:

Two coats nails inc Baker Street topped with one coat of China Glaze Pure Joy.  And if you know your polish, you know that Pure Joy is in fact a Christmas polish.  To that I say, whatever.  It works just as well for this purpose.  I actually really like how this combination looks.  At first I thought it might be kind of jarring, because Baker Street itself is kind of jarring; but it works.  Reminds me of fireworks.  Like.

Other news includes that I cut off a ton of my hair:

Prior to this it was pretty much elbow-length, so it's a pretty big change.  But, feels good.  Sort of liberating without being too short, because I kind of prefer my hair long.  But let's be real, long hair can be super annoying.  And also that lipstick is NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copenhagen.  That, along with NARS Charlotte, have been my staples for the past month or so.  Who says you can't rock a vampy lip in summer?  

Alright, we have to get gone now.  To all my American pals, happy Fourth!  Eat a hot dog, roast a marshmallow, watch a firework.  To everyone else, happy weekend!  Drink wine.

Until next week!

Friday, June 26, 2015

OPI Chiffon My Mind

WHEN WILL I LEARN that I like opaque whites and not sheer ones?? When?!  The answer is never, because even though I really didn't like the last sheer white I wore, I went ahead and hunted down OPI Chiffon My Mind anyway.  And, eh.  

This polish has pretty, pretty shimmer...in the bottle.  I've seen some on-nail swatches of it where the shimmer shows up, but I couldn't get it to show up in my pictures.  Other than the shimmer, there's not anything special about this one.  It's a sheer white.  The formula is actually okay for a polish like this.  I used three coats and had some patches, but I think it looks pretty decent anyway.  Buuuuuuut I would skip this one if you're still thinking about it.  It's just okay.

Weirdly I found it in this random cosmetics section of the hospital gift shop when my dad was still hanging out there.

Other news, other news...I'm sure there's something...oh right.  The Cavs lost.  Which, sad.  But all that means is that there's-always-next-year and also, it's Tribe time now.  Ah, the life of a Cleveland sports fan:

Other than that, just living.  Working.  Doing my nails sometimes.  Attempting to spend time in the sun, but it's been RIDICULOUSLY RAINY for the past, like, two weeks?  And this weekend doesn't look any better.  Sad.  Need summer.

But, hope all is well with you guys, and I will talk to you next week!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

American Apparel Coney Island

Close your eyes and cast your mind back.  It's 2010 and American Apparel starts releasing nail polish; we all go apeshit.  Or maybe it was just me.  I ended up buying a lot of the shades and, as often happens for me, forgot about most of them.  All of sudden over the weekend I was really feeling a mod light pink so I started digging around for Essie Fiji, but I couldn't find it (I really need to organize).  I did find AA Coney Island, which I had never used.  So, is it love?  (Disclaimer:  super dry cuticles and don't know why because it's humid out and I'm oiling my cuticles all the time; also, tiny black specks on my middle nail...no idea what happened)

Ummm yeah, this shirt is everything.  I really want to link you to it because I feel like I'm going to get questions about it, but it's apparently so new that it's not on the Anthropologie website yet--at least not as I write this.  I picked it up on Sunday and the SA at my Anthro told me it just came in.  It's Maeve, which has recently become my favorite brand at that store.

You guuuuuuuuuys, ohmygod this is such a good polish!  First of all, I haven't used an American Apparel in like...I don't know...several years?  Actually, the last one I used was Trenchcoat, and that was in 2011.  Okay, anyway, Coney Island.  It's pink.  Almost pastel/baby, but not quite.  But god damn if I don't love it.  It's white-based, but darker than Essie Fiji.  I remember that AA cremes have amazing formulas, and this one was pretty good, but not phenomenal.  I would attribute that to the pastel-ness.  I did three coats here, and although the polish was a little patchy going on, it was still really easy to control.  Seriously, I don't know what's gotten into me, but I feel like this is going to be my color this summer.  I don't usually feel this way about pink.  I think it would make a great pedicure color (on me, anyway), and I cannot stop swooning over it on my fingers.  

And that's all.  This is a busy week for me, so I don't know if I'll be able to throw up another post, but we'll see.  Until then, what's your favorite summer polish color?  I'm also digging minty greens right now.  

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

CLE!!!! or: All In Nails

Hey, all.  Sorry for my absence.  It's been a little nuts lately around here, but things are going well now.  My dad had some surgery, hung out in the hospital a while longer, and is now getting better in the comfort of his family room.  Hopefully he will heal quickly and be dancing a jig in no time (I'm not sure how likely this is but I like to think that that's what'll happen).  But until then...NBA Finals, y'all.  We're #allin here in CLE, and the prospect of a championship is so tantalizing.  It's great for us to have something positive to rally around, and I'm all about this city doing well.  So, obviously....poorly done Cavs nails were going to happen. 

oh heeeeeeeeeyyyy

Little did I know that RBL Footpath (last seen here) would be the best gold for Cavs wine and gold.  Thanks Rach!  The wine color is old as hell.  It's one of those Sally Hansen Diamond Strength polishes that has the little rhinestone embedded in the bottle.  Do they still sell those?  I have no idea anymore.  But anyway, the color is Always Ascher.  The formula on both of these polishes is fantastic and the dry times are good even without topcoat.  Two coats for each.  I can't say this is my favorite color combination of all time, but it's certainly lifting my little sports spirits.  

At an event at work last week we asked people to write six words about living in Cleveland.  I loved "just tell yourself Cavs in six."

Remy throwing shade because we were paying attention to game 2 and not him, but I like to think he was throwing shade at Golden State.  Want to see more Remy shade?  Follow us on Insta (@RemyRagdoll)

So anyway, win or lose this is a good thing for our city.  Of course I would vastly prefer the former outcome, but even now the atmosphere all over Cleveland is electric.  I've always been a proud Clevelander, but my heart is so happy right now.  I hope that all is well for all of you, and I'll be back next week (probably?).  Bye!