Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Bonita Cocktails and Carving (and Cat Ears)

I absolutely love carving pumpkins.  Usually I get my own pumpkin and one of those little carving kits and go to town.  Last year I even did it by myself because Ben wasn't home.  I spent an afternoon on my kitchen floor trying to keep Remy from eating pumpkin guts.  This year I was glad that my friend Kayleigh wanted to carve pumpkins with me.  We made the plans a day prior, and decided to use a lambic that I had left at her place forever ago to make a sangria.  After I knew we were making drinks and carving pumpkins, I was like, "I have the perfect nail polish for this!"  Thank goodness for Bonita Cocktails and Carving.

I left the bottle inside when I took these photos and I didn't have time to run back and get it...so, sorry.  But trust me when I say that it's true to bottle color.





First let me say that I think this is a really pretty color orange.  It's kind of muted, a little browner than a true orange like, say, Lippmann Lara's Theme.  Cocktails and Carving also has really pretty gold shimmer throughout.  So those are the good things about it.  The not so good things include the formula, which dried really quickly (but in a bad way--like while I was still polishing), was very thick, and not at all self-leveling.  That combined with my dying dead bottle of Seche resulted in a pretty uneven finish.  Also, I think it looks terrible on my skintone.  I've worn oranges that I really like before, like, say Lippmann Lara's Theme, but this one was not so good on me.  But you know what?  That's okay.  Because it was absolutely perfect for our carving party.  For which I may have worn cat ears and done some makeup:

Seriously, any opportunity I have to wear cat ears I will take.

I was super impressed by Kayleigh's carving skills.  She's a pretty artistically talented and creative person as it is, but she free-handed a little sugar skull on her pumpkin and carved much of it out...with a screwdriver.  Props.


Seriously, look at her skull.  My kitty is way less impressive.  But it's cute.

Aaaaaand after the sangria started to kick in a little (and thankfully we were done using knives and screwdrivers).

If you, too, have a bottle of lambic sitting around that you don't know what to do with, this is the recipe we used for our cocktail.  It was pretty good and also caused a pretty terrible hangover.  Please notice that in these photos we are OUTSIDE.  It was 72 degrees that night and completely beautiful.  It was so delightful to be able to sit outside and do carving rather than doing it inside and worrying about a huge mess.  I'm pretty sure this weekend it's going to be pretty chilly, so I'm glad we got to savor our little warm snap.

Okay, that's all for today.  Stay tuned for one more post this week.  I hope everyone is doing well, and I'll talk to you soon! 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Bonita Eat, Drink & Be Scary

I CANNOT BELIEVE that Halloween is Friday already.  Oh, how October just flies by every year.  My Halloween nail-game has been woefully inadequate this year, but I think I might have a few polishes to show you this week.  Maybe.  I mean, at least one.







I can't say that I know much about Bonita.  I noticed their Halloween display in Rite-Aid in July, but at the time I was all, SUMMER WILL NEVAH END so I didn't get anything.  Eventually I did succumb and buy a couple closer to autumn-time, and Ben chose this one.  Eat, Drink & Be Scary is ridiculously pretty, especially in the sun.  I would describe it as a blackened teal foil.  The formula was pretty typical for a foil-type polish, meaning that it was absolutely incredible.  I could have gotten away with just one coat, but I wanted to make sure there were no bald spot incidents, so I did two.  I absolutely luuuuuuurrrrrved how this looked on my short nails.  I've been pretty into darker colors lately, so that combined with its spooky theme make this polish a winner for me.  Plus it comes at a pretty cheap price point; I think I paid $3.99 for it.

I had to add the picture below because it cracked me up.  If you ever wonder if my hand-by-face photos are kind of awkward to take, they are.  First I'm looking for decent light (which I can't always find) and next I'm standing there posing with my hand on my face for as long as it takes to get an okay picture, sometimes in public.  The other day I was about to get in my car when the sun came out, so I rushed to take nail photos.  Right as I was about to take the hand-by-face picture on my front-facing camera, a bee flew by my nose.  I freaked out, but I still managed to click the shutter, and this was the result:

This was right before I screamed/yelped, jumped into my car, and shut the door.  No thanks, bee.  No thanks.

Other than bee incidents, I had a pretty decent weekend.  I ran errands on Saturday for most of the day, and when I got home Remy made it pretty clear that I wasn't going to be going anywhere else for the evening:

Submit to my snuggles, human.

I had recorded a ton of Halloweenie movies, including, but not limited to, The Addams Family and Addams Family Values.  I hadn't seen either movie in forever, and I couldn't stop marveling at how flawless Anjelica Houston looks in them.  I mean, FUH-LAW-LESS.  That would be a great Halloween costume one year.  I mean, either that or Wednesday as Pocahontas.  

And on Sunday my friend and I went for a walk.  It was a really lovely fall day, and the perfect temperature to be outside.  So, so pretty.


Okay, that's all for me for today.  I'm hoping to be back a couple more times this week with some more Halloween goodness, but we'll see how it goes!  I hope everyone is doing well, and I'll talk to you soon!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pearl Up

Rach sent me this polish a little while ago because when I read her post on it I couldn't not have it.  Once I read her post, I went out to all the Walgreens in this area and poked around for it, but even if I found the display Pearl Up was already cleaned out every time.  Anyway, Rach is the best and sent it on over to me.  Sadly I completely passed out on the couch, like, as soon as I had finished doing my nails, so there are some dents in the polish.  Plus there's my dry hands issue because hand sanitizer.  C'est la vie.






I've seen Pearl Up described in a couple different ways.  Some have described it as a pink-leaning beige, some a pink-leaning white.  To me, it's a straight-up light pink.  I don't think it could ever be mistaken as a white, at least not on my skintone, and the same goes for beige.  It just looks pink.  Pearl Up is a jelly, so it's not super opaque.  Meaning I had to do four coats to get it to look like this, and that was why it was a bad idea for me to fall asleep right after applying this.  But Ben was watching The Simpsons, which I don't really love, and I was under like three blankets on the couch...and the next thing I knew Ben was standing over me telling me I had to get in bed.  I knew my nails would dent.  But anyway, for a jelly the formula wasn't bad.  It's a very pretty, demure polish. The kind of polish that would enhance the look of your natural nail color at one or two coats, but that speaks for itself at three or four.  Does this have a dupe?  I don't doubt it.  I'm sure there are Essie dupes.  But SH Xtremes are so cheap that I think you'd be hard pressed to find a sheer pink that performs better at its price point.  I do think this looked better on Rachel than it does on me--it really pops on her in a good way--but I still like it.  So thanks, girl!  Much appreciated.

Anyway, non-polish news:  I got a new job!  It's at the same institution--and actually the same-ish department--but it's a different job with different responsibilities and it pays a bit more.  So I'm excited for something new.  Sadly it's not full time, but hopefully after the new year begins I will have something else on the horizon to fill the rest of my time.  Until then, I plan to be boring and married, fall asleep on the couch to The Simpsons, and to settle into my new role at work.  

I have also lately found myself digging around my stash for brownish polishes.  I think OPI How Great Is Your Dane? has kicked off some dormant desire in me to wear all the earth tones all the time.  So if anyone has any suggestions for good brown polishes, let me know what they are in the comments.  Because I am receptive.  I hope everyone is doing well!  

Friday, October 17, 2014

Shopping My Stash: October Occult!

Is there any time better than Halloween?  I love walking into Walgreens and seeing severed hands and skeletons in the seasonal aisle.  I love the creepy feeling that October evenings have.  I love that the leaves are changing colors and that it is time for all things pumpkin.  But really I just freaking love Halloween and have since forever.  When I was a teenager I got it into my head that I was going to celebrate Samhain with my two friends--because I was totally fascinated by the origins of Halloween and the idea that the dead could cross over into the world of the living--and we went to the woods, a graveyard or two, my friend's treehouse (ha), and even this creepy abandoned house with our Ouija board in tow.  We did this all throughout October, and I always felt electric waiting for Halloween to come.  Now that I'm a grown-ass woman and I know that no religion is for me, even the cool Gaelic ones, I still get so anticipatory every October.  Last October Rach and I had a general Halloween theme, and this year she suggested a broader occult theme.  Fine by me, girl.  Fine by me.





indoors

this necklace is from J.Crew, by the way.  a couple people have asked me.

I have to say again what I said last year, which is that it's a challenge for me to find unused spooky or Halloween-related polishes in my stash because I tend to buy them and use them right away.  But I did have SpaRitual Howl tucked away.  It reminds me of werewolves and Professor Lupin.  This polish is from 2011, but I haven't had it that long.  I actually think I got it from Michelle at some point, because I don't usually buy SpaRitual for myself.  And now I know why!  I got mad tipwear after like half a day.  Seriously, when I looked back at these pictures I was like, uh?  I just put this on!  I guess this formula just doesn't agree with my chemistry or something.  Which is a shame, because Howl is very pretty and very autumnal.  The base of it is a deep, espresso brown, but the shimmer is red, gold, and lighter brown.  When the light hits it you can tell how special it is.  It kind of reminds me of China Glaze Wagon Trail in that way.  When you're looking at it inside you're kind of like, yeah, this is okay... but when you get outside?  fugetaboutit.  Like I mentioned in my post about Formula X Anomaly, I've been really, really into browns and earth tones lately, so Howl is right up my alley.  That's why I'm so bummed that it wouldn't stay on my nails.  I had to remove this after only a day.  Sad!

Aaaaanyway, I know that Rach isn't much for Halloween, but I have enough excitement for us both.  This year Ben and I are going to parties on the 31st and November 1st (hopefully we can make it to both) so I am excited.  We're doing two obligatory-we-just-got-married couples costumes, and I think they'll both be pretty good.  What about you guys?  Any fun Halloween plans?  

Make sure you drop on by stuff to see what Rachel has for you today, and I'll talk to you all next week!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Formula X Anomaly

So when you look at this pictures of my nails in this post, you're probably going to be like, ew look at her dry hands (ALL the hand sanitizer and hand washing), and look at how she did kind of a shitty job applying this polish, gross.  Well, I'm sorry.  But you know what?  There are basically no swatches of Formula X Anomaly on the internet, so I really wanted to do this post even though my polishing skills were lackluster when I put this on.  As I was telling Rach recently, my color palette of interest lately consists of really earthy tones...rust, camel, light browns, olive, etc.  It's all I want to wear on my body, and kind of all I want to wear on my nails.  Anyway, I decided that Anomaly needed to come home with me when I found it for this reason.  I had happily been wearing OPI Germanicure by OPI, and I hadn't even had time to take pictures of that yet before I decided I just had to wear Anomaly.



I got my fringe back.  There is something about fall that just makes me want bangs.  I cannot resist.

Sephora describes this color as a russet brown.  I call foul.  I think "russet," by definition, means a warm, reddish brown.  This color is literally the exact opposite of that:  it's a cool, greenish brown.  It's a brown that's so green that it almost looks olive.  But not quite!  It's still brown.  And I have to say, I'm pretty taken with it.  It's an interesting neutral, that's for sure.  And it definitely fits the season.  This is only the second Formula X polish I've tried.  I was whelmed by my first one, but I had a much more pleasant experience with Anomaly.  The formula was really, really nice.  I used two coats.  I've been wearing it for a day now and I don't have any tipwear or chips to report, so I would say I'm pleased.  I'm trying to think of a color I have that could dupe this or come close to it.  Oh, you know what?  I bet it has some similarities to A-Taupe the Space Needle, which is absolutely one of my very favorite nail polishes ever (but I'd have to do a comparison to see).  Okay, that explains why I dig Anomaly so much--and I just realized it as I was typing this out.  I guess this polish isn't...an anomaly?  Ha.  Ha.

Last Sunday I took a drive down to Apple Valley to the lake house.  Partially--mostly, actually--to spend time with my parents, but partially because I wanted to do some classic Ohio October leaf peeping.  The foliage (and the weather in northeast Ohio on Sunday) did not disappoint.


we went on what I think was probably the last boat ride of the season when I got down there.  The sky was a lot grayer in central Ohio.  A plastic cup of wine and a blanket and I was happy.

This happened on my way home.  It happens all the time when I'm driving to or from Apple Valley, but this time it was while the buggy was going up a huge hill so I literally could not pass it safely.  I took the opportunity to snap a picture because I was behind it for A WHILE.

Okay, I will be back with a post for you tomorrow, too!  Lucky you, right?  But before I go...


This little grump.

Friday, October 10, 2014

NYC Crystal Couture Ruby Queen

I don't really wear that much red.  I have a few red polishes that speak to me (hellooooo ChG Igniting Love), but for the most part I'm not super, super into it.  I also don't wear that much glitter.  But when I ran into the NYC Crystal Couture collection at Rite-Aid a couple weeks ago I was completely drawn to Ruby Queen (as well as, let's face it, basically the entire rest of the collection).









(trying out the 90s Cindy Crawford lip here--or, as it has been reincarnated recently, the Kylie Jenner lip--I'm into it.  NYX Mauve lipliner and NYC Euro Trash matte lipstick)

Ruby Queen is a pinkish red jelly with small red and larger purple/maybe fuchsia round glitter.  You guys, it's good.  The fuchsia glitter is what saves it from being too holiday-esque, but I definitely see this working well for Christmastime, if you're so inclined.  For a jelly/glitter, the formula was phenomenal.  It was thick without being too thick, and it stayed where I put it.  I needed three coats for it to be opaque, but I think that makes it a versatile polish.  Layer it at one coat, or wear it opaque at two or three.  The best part about Ruby Queen is that it's $1.99 at Rite Aid, and there are usually coupons on the collection displays.  NYC is, hands down, my favorite drug store brand for polish.  I always find myself loving their seasonal collections.

And cat shenanigans.  Remy loves straws.  There are straws all over the floor of our apartment because he loves to pick them up and run around with them, chew on them, chase them, bring them into bed with me...etc etc.  We buy multicolored straws so we can easily find them when they're all chewed up.  I don't usually use them to drink, but there was some lipstick happening on my face and I had never used a NYX matte before, so I wasn't sure how it would do with drinking.  Anyway, straw.


As you can see, he's interested.  As you can also see, this is where I do my nails.  And I like to stay hydrated?  That's one of my issues.  Water bottles everywhere.  You should see my nightstand (SORRY BEN).


AAAAAAND he goes for it.  He tried to take the straw right out of my mouth with his teeth.  Gently yet forcefully.  And his breath really smelled.  He is the cutest.

Okay, I'm out.  Anyone else pick up any of these Crystal Couture polishes?  I'm kicking myself for leaving the green one behind, and I'm hoping that if I pop up to Rite-Aid in the next couple days it will still be there for me.

Until next time!

Monday, October 06, 2014

Topshop Dancing in the Dark

Hello, everyone!  I'm finally home!  I've been pretty exhausted since we arrived (although jet lag is better coming back to the US from Europe than the other way around, I think), but I did find time to do my nails with one of the polishes I picked up on Princes Street in Edinburgh.







I know that I could have gone to Topshop in NYC every day if I had wanted to, but I don't think I ever did.  But when I saw it in the UK I definitely wanted to go in and poke around.  And poke around I did, at many clothes and shoes, but all I walked away with was one polish for £6 (which, I think, is kind of steep for the size of the bottle, which is .27 fl oz--to put it in perspective, an OPI is .5 fl oz).  Anyway, Dancing in the Dark is a taupey-gray jelly with white "speckle" glitter.  They had a couple colors like this with the same idea, but for some reason the gray one spoke to me.  I don't have anything exactly like this polish, but it's kind of the same idea as Hard Candy Cocoa S'more, except that one has black as well as white glitter.  Dancing in the Dark was pretty sheer, and I used three coats here.  A fourth one probably wouldn't have hurt, but no thanks.  Three is plenty for me.  Topshop polishes have small, wide brushes with short, stubby stems.  I didn't find this one difficult to work with, and I was really happy with how it ended up looking.  I like a taupey-gray like this for fall--or really anytime of year because it's so neutral--and the white glitter just gives it a little extra somethin' somethin'.  

I'm going to have to do another post that has some photos from our trip, because I myself don't have very many.  I didn't bring my own camera, and because my phone was a totally useless brick over there, I ended up turning it off, so I don't even have any crappy iPhone photos.  None of note, anyway. But I will get some photos from Ben to show you.  Spoiler:  we had a great time.  The weather in Scotland was unseasonably nice.  We were over there for a full 10 days, and it only rained at all on the very last day.  It was even sunny and warm and beautiful when we went into the highlands, which is apparently very, very strange.  We explored all of Edinburgh and did lots of things, and we also went to Loch Ness and a bunch of different locations in the highlands.  I'm really happy with how the trip ended up going; nothing went wrong at all, and I got to see two friends over there (one who I know from NYC, and another one from London who came up to spend the day with us).  The flat we were staying in--which belongs to a family friend--was absolutely gorgeous and homey and perfect.  I was very sad to leave Scotland.  Very.  Very sad.  I absolutely loved Edinburgh.  But I was happy to come home to this little fuzz:


This is his happy face while he was snuggled up next to me on the couch for the first time in a week and a half

Poor Remy must have thought we were never coming home.  But come home we did, and he hasn't left me alone since, even when I'm asleep.  Last night I woke up pressed against Ben, totally on his side of the bed (which is weird because I need space when I sleep), and when I scooted back to my side to see what the hell was going on, I ran right into Remy's butt because he was sprawled out longways against my pillow.  So that explained it.  

Alright, that's all for me this morning.  I will be back soon to show you some more polishes I got over in the UK (helloooooo Barry M).  I'm feeling a little more interested in blogging now, probably because I had a break and because...I don't have to plan a wedding!!!!  Wahoo!  K, talk later.  Happy Monday.