So I usually like to stagger these with Steff, but I haven't posted in a while and I have so much to say! So, per usual, scroll down and give Steff's post some love. It's pretty awesome.
Ok, first off, as Steff has already mentioned, the wonderful Brooke of Getcha Nails Did -- which, b the dubs, is a name I really love -- gave SnC a great shout out today in her list of new blogs to follow. For our earlier followers, this means you're ahead of the trends. Well played. To our new readers, welcome to the insanity. We really appreciate every reader we get, and of course, we LOVE comments, so the more the merrier. Speaking, of merrier, look how many new followers we have already. Yay!
Secondly, I haven't posted since my birthday, but it was a lovely affair, involving cheap liquor and bad/awesome movies. Steff sent me a really gorgeous double sided necklace, and the cutest picture of her and the cat wishing me a happy birthday. My parents got me cookie cutters, which is great as the only thing I love so much as polish is baking, though I do it much less, and both seasons of Pushing Daisies. Which.....love. I never got to see how it ended, so I'm really excited.
Excitement aside, I feel like I must warn you that part of the reason I've been kind of absent lately is because grad school applications are fast approaching -- like, in a week -- and I'm FREAKING. THE FUCK. OUT. (Can I say that here? Oh well, I just did). Point being, most of my time is going to trying to describe my research goals without sounding asinine. Which, hard sell. So, please forgive, once again, that I'm gone for weeks at a time.
Ok, to the nails! (No, to the pain! Ha, I SLAY myself). Today I have two Barielles. The first is Slate of Affairs. Like all the polishes from this -- admittedly really beautiful -- blogger line, I had trouble with the application. It seemed too thick, and didn't spread well. But I can forgive that because it's really pretty. It's a light-medium blue, slightly on the grey side, with bright non-greyed out shimmer. Does that make any sense? Yeah, me either. Just look at the pictures, huh?
So lovely. So, I feel like this is exactly the color of those dresses girls wore to junior high dances in the late 90s/early 00s, with the sheer lays over the dress part. Do you know what I mean? I think Steff does, because, hello, we are the same mind. But seriously, this made me want to awkwardly slow dance to some "This I Promise You." I feel like I must explain before Steff dies. We are both hardcore Backstreet Boys fans. Were then, are now, will ever be. N*SYNC can frankly suck it. Not that I want to start a war amongst the nail polish bloggers, but this is how I feel. However, for those of you not a preteen in the last boy band heyday, This I Promise You, was by N*SYNC, not the beloved BSB. I only choose this song over the PERFECT I'll Never Break Your Heart (Baby...I know you're hurting) because I had such an experience to said N*SYNC song with this guy I was in love with -- well junior high love -- for years who was dating my best friend at the time. We danced, I died inside. He later married his high school sweatheart (not the best friend), and they look super happy. Also, I hope he does not read this as....embarrassing. But whatever. So, yeah, I'm sorry for the super long diversion, but it needed to be said. So, again, this polish = those dresses, and that feeling. Which is a good thing. Also, I want to watch SpiceWorld now, the world's most secretly incredible film.
How to regain street cred after so much indulgence in my girly youth? Let's just hurry on to the other Barielle for today, Date Night, which I'm pretty sure is from Fall 2008. First off, the formula seems different. It's still thick, but the kind of thick that still cooperates and just means I probably could have done with one coat, though I did two just in case. I didn't have nearly the problems as I have with all of my newer Barielles, so that makes me think it's not the brand OR me, but the line itself. However, once again I would like to say that I think it was a great line with really unique colors, so it's pretty worth a little pain. I still haven't tested it with thinner because...I'm dumb.
The color of Date Night is a great green -- not too yellow or blue, just a very literal green. Jewel toned with shimmer. The bottle seems to show silver shimmer, but I must be blind cause I can't see it at all. When I first saw this I thought I would gush, but I think that was before a recent surge of greens in the polish market. After seeing CG's Emerald Sparkle, which just seems to glow, I was a bit let down. But that prettiness aside, it is still a very good green, and probably a bit more staid than Emerald Sparkle. Perhaps for a vampy sexy look that's not quite so holiday?
I hope our new followers and old followers alike will comment galore. I'll try to resurface once some of my applications are in. But until then: what are your favorite junior high moments? Favorite silly girly bands? Who here even remembers O-Town and the disgusting "Liquid Dreams," or is it just me that this song has haunted for years?