Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Essie Find Me An Oasis

Couldn't really get proper pictures this time, but luckily Find Me An Oasis is easy to describe and a pretty simple color.

Lipstick is NARS Audacious Charlotte with Jordana Plush Plum liner.  I really can't say enough good things about the Audacious lipsticks.  I applied Charlotte one time, in the morning, and it wore all day.  It definitely faded, but it faded gracefully.  Charlotte gets a thumbs up from me.

It's just a baby blue.  A really light baby blue creme.  That's all.  But it does look nice!  It's from Resort 2014, and it definitely reads as a spring color.  The formula, for me, leaves much to be desired.  If there's a dupe of this one out there with an easier application then I would love to know because this one is super finicky.  This is three coats and I still had some patchiness and unevenness. 

I spent last weekend at the lake again.  It was sunny on Friday night when I got down there (at like 7:00pm), but it rained the whole rest of the weekend :(  I still got a little of this in:

Still worth it.  But now it's cold here!  I needed a coat again today!  And I think this chilly snap is supposed to continue into the end of the week.  I would like summer to come and stay, please.

Okay, that's all for me today--and likely this week.  At the end of the week Rach and B arrive, and then on Friday we're all hauling ass to MI for Anna's wedding.  I know you're jealous and you should be ;)  I'm pretty excited for a little getaway.  I will report back!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Rescue Beauty Lounge Footpath

Rach sent me this polish forever ago and I just now got around to remembering I have it using it.  I know it's pretty much the antithesis of a spring color, but as soon as I found the box floating around my Many Drawers of Makeup I decided to slap it on right then and there.

doing a little research at work because gooooooooooold

Against ALL of the odds, I actually weirdly enjoy this color.  As you can see, it's a brightish yet still muted mustard-y color in the sunlight; in shade it's much browner.  But I think it's really interesting.  Of course it doesn't suit my skin tone, but that's fine.  I'm still digging it.  The formula is typical creme RBL--very thick, very dense, but very easy to control at the same time.  I used two coats.

Not much to report today except CAVS WIN and the Bulls can go the hell away now.  I'm on my way down to the lake house today to spend the weekend and I'm hoping it doesn't rain and is at least decently warm because, as you can see above, it's been a little cold the past couple days.  I needed a trench coat.  That was very disappointing when it was 90 degrees over the weekend.  But, summer is coming and I intend to really enjoy it.

Footpath thoughts?

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Essie Urban Jungle

I could have sworn that I posted this one because I know that I wore it at least once, but apparently I just derped on that.  The other night I really wanted to find sort of a stark neutral (or even a white, but we all know how difficult that is) to wear, and I came across Urban Jungle.  And I really like it.

I don't really know how to describe this color other than putty-pink.  At first it seems like sort of a grungy neutral color, but it's definitely pink--especially in indoor lighting.  I think it looks really beautiful and classy, and I vaguely remember wanting to wear this one for my wedding.  So, whoops. The formula is what you would expect for such a light color.  I needed three coats.  Applying it didn't piss me off too badly, but I wouldn't call it pleasant.  Regardless, I'm keeping Urban Jungle around for sure (and I've already had it a year--haha).  I think it'll be a great color for toes in the summertime.

Speaking of summertime, spring said goodbye to us (at least for last weekend) and it was 90 degrees. Luckily I was at the lake house for Mother's Day and it was the best weekend I've had in a long time.

Day 1.  This was obviously taxing but someone had to do it.

Our first sunset boat ride.  It rained later, but held off for our little jaunt.

Day 2.  Sky was blue.  It was hot.  Thumbs up.

Seriously, I feel like it has been the longest winter ever--I mean, it snowed like three weeks ago.  As soon as I got down there on Saturday after work I was immediately in a bathing suit lying on the dock.  My paper white self needed that vitamin D help, definitely.  Plus Mother's Day is always nice because I love my mom ;)  But something about this past weekend was particularly amazing.  OH YEAH and the Cavs beat the Bulls on Sunday, so I screamed myself hoarse about that.  Just good times, generally.  Ben is out of town again next weekend, so I'm going back down lakeward to hang out with my dad--my mom is going to be painting the town red in New Orleans celebrating her retirement with a friend.  I think dad and I will survive.  And I really hope it's hot again.

K, hope you guys are having good weeks.  Looks like another busy one for me, but my final grades are in for my class and my articles are edited so HELL YAAASSSS.  Things should start to slow down for me soon.  Hooray for summertime!!

Monday, May 04, 2015

H&M Chill Out

NGL, partially chose to wear this polish because of the name, but also because I'm kind of feeling mints right now.  This isn't exactly a mint--in fact, I'm not sure what color it is--but it's a damn pretty polish. 

Y'all, what even is this color??  It's like, not quite blue...not quite green...not quite robin's egg...but also not quite mint.  I like it because it's sort of beachy-looking.  I bought this one in the winter at some point--I think in December--but I also think it's a great color for spring.  I was bracing myself for a terrible formula, but it was actually pretty flawless.  I used two coats here plus SV.  It's so, so pretty, and if you can find this one at H&M I recommend you check it out.

So about my last post...thank you!  Thank you for reading my blog and thank you for commenting with your own experiences and for making me feel better and less alone.  It was very sweet of all of you.  I honestly wasn't expecting that, so it's been a joy to read through the comments and e-mails I've gotten.  I'm glad that you're still reading me!!  And I'm glad to still be writing.

Yesterday was Ben's birthday, so we had a weekend dedicated to his turning 30.  I think he had a pretty good time.  We saw The Avengers on Saturday night with friends and then went out and had a big dinner.  After that we watched what I like to call "Batman and Bane," thanks to my unfortunate drunken ramblings the previous night that went something like "BANE IS SO HOT OH MY GOD" that Ben posted to Facebook.  All weekend everyone was talking about Tom Hardy/Bane to me, and it was pretty funny.  Yesterday morning we went out to brunch with man-friends, then I baked birthday brownies to feed the boys (see, this is why I don't need kids yet).  Ben and I finished the day off with pizza and a Redbox movie.  So, hopefully he had a good birthday.  He always tries to make my birthdays special so I want him to have the same treatment. 

I thought I'd end by showing you this pretty amazing chalk drawing of Optimus Prime, I mean Iron Man that was outside the movie theater: 

I remembered this weekend after seeing the second Avengers that I actually didn't like the first one.  That kills me to say, because I love Joss Whedon.  But there is just too much going on in them for me.  I can watch Thor and be like, okay, cool.  I can watch Iron Man and be super into it, etc. etc.  But when all of those weird mythologies are presented in one movie, it becomes really difficult for me to suspend my disbelief and take it seriously.  In a nutshell, I think the movies are stupid.  BUT.  SO FULL.  OF MAN CANDY.  RDJ, Mark Ruff, Guy With the Hammer...I mean, if I have to watch something for two and a half hours, at least there was that.

Okay, I'm out.  Until next time!  And thank you all, again.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

China Glaze Boho Blues

Well.  I mean, you've probably noticed that I haven't been around, maybe?  Sorry guys.  Everything is okay, I've just been busy with lots of things.  But we can talk nail polish first and things later.

I left OPI's spring collection completely untouched (my wallet thanked me), but I did buy a few China Glaze colors.  I don't love blue nail polishes, typically, but I do really love periwinkle polishes. Boho Blues is juuuuuuust on the end of the blue spectrum towards periwinkle; a couple more drops of purple and I'd say it tipped the scales.  But it is a really pretty blue.  I've had troubles with the formulas on all of the ChG Road Trip polishes I've tried, and while the formula on this one is okay, it's not ideal.  I mean, especially for a creme.  China Glaze knows how to make creme formulas pretty flawlessly, so I don't know why these polishes have issues.  I was able to get away with two coats, but I used pretty thick ones.  Otherwise it would have been patchy and I would have needed three.  And as a great woman (it was me) once said, eff that.  I like this polish, but it doesn't come close to a recent China Glaze favorite from last spring, What A Pansy.  Now that is one delicious periwinkle.

So anyway, my absence.  It's been a combination of things, really.
1.  I don't know if I ever mentioned this here, but I started teaching a class at a community college at the end of January and it has kicked my ass.  It's my first time teaching this class, so I had to create a lot of content.  It's a three-hour class once a week, so I have had to write these long lectures weekly etc etc etc.  It took up so much time; I was kind of shocked.  Combine that with my other job, and I have been working much more than full time the past few months.  I'm also pretty sure I'll be teaching this same class next semester, but because I've already written the lectures and stuff it should be less time consuming and perhaps more enjoyable.
2.  In March I was doing a writing gig for...well, it's super boring so I won't even elaborate on that.  But basically I was writing [short] articles about what were, to me, completely unfamiliar topics (that were art historical but not in my field at all).  I spent a lot of time doing that, and sadly I've found out that that process still isn't over because they just came back to me from an editor.  So, that was a thing I was doing too.
3.  This is weird, and I've never had this happen before in the half a decade I've maintained this blog, but I got a little anxiety about posting stuff.  Of course this is a blog about nail polish, and I assume that if you're here we have that interest in common.  But since January or so I'd do my nails and look at them and think, well my hands look terrible or the topcoat looks weird or this stupid shit polish pooled at my cuticles, I'm not even going to bother taking pictures and stuff.  The last thing that I want is for this blog to cause me any sort of anxiety or for it to feel like work.  I wasn't really excited to post something today, but I at least had the urge so, there's that.
4.  I've kind of been having a hard time lately about some personal stuff.  It's nothing cataclysmic, and I know that I have it really good compared to many, many people.  My issues right now are related to being a married woman in my late twenties whose girlfriends are all pregnant.  People ask me all the time when I'm having kids, and I feel like the socially acceptable answer isn't to slap them in the face and say, "UH MAYBE NEVER??"  It's hard for me here right now because most of my really good friends are sort of scattered across the country, and the few lady friends I've managed to make here are pregnant now (all at the same time!!).  I feel like I'm just totally on a different page than they are, and it makes it difficult for me to relate to them/feel like I can fit in at all anymore.  I already felt different for a lot of reasons, but this has really highlighted it, underlined it, italicized it, and put two exclamation marks after it.
5.  Because I've been so busy/sad-ish/confused, I haven't been feeling super creative.  I don't do like nail art or anything like that, but I do often find that I like to express myself through writing--which is why I started a blog at all.  It's not about the pictures like many in this particular niche are; it's about the words and it's, at its base, about me.  I haven't felt like writing lately and I haven't felt much like sharing myself.  I guess it's just a weird time.

So, there are some reasons why I haven't been around.  I don't even know if anyone is reading this anymore, but I think that in May I'll try harder to maintain things around here.  I don't really want to be posting just once a month, because that's not worth it to me.  Here's hoping I can get my shit together and then keep my shit together, which I'm sure is a sentiment many of you can echo.  See you in May (fingers crossed)!

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.