So today I have some not so great pictures, but some very exciting news. But for that part, you must muddle through the whole post. Or skip ahead, but that's very Harry Burns of you, don't you think?
Ok, first I have one of those many Barielles I bought way back when, from the fall 09 collection. This time I have Blackened Bleu. It's just gorgeous. A knock out. This is two coats which were still thick, but this time less annoyingly so. Maybe all that sparkle breaks it up? I don't know, but I seemed to be less peeved this time around. BB has a smoky black verging on grey base, with brilliant blue shimmer, what Scrangie often calls "glass-fleck." That seems pretty much on the money. Now sadly, I have awful pictures of this gorgeous gorgeous color, because my camera and I seemed to disagree on how to take the pictures. I voted for clear and precise with great detail. My camera voted for blurry and stupid looking, showing only flaws and no loveliness. Camera 1, Betsy 0.
BLECH. Blurry grossness aside, I hope you will trust me that DROOL THIS IS PRETTY OMGZ. But you already know this because in polish terms this is from like a year ago. You've seen the swatches. There is more exciting news about this polish. I think I have found an almost spot on dupe. Sinful Colors See You Soon. I had bought SYS like months ago and totally forgot about it, and then when I was swatching BB, I dug it out of a bottom drawer and took a shot. Again, pictures suck but check it.
Blackened Bleu on pointer and ring (1&3 from left), See You Soon on middle and pinky (2&4)
Again, it's hard to really buy my theory with this crap, but it's uber uber close. SYS is more shimmery, not quite that glass-fleck look of BB, which makes it slightly less rich looking, and the shimmer doesn't pop quite as well. But geez, if that's the only difference? You guys have probably picked up on my Sinful Colors love by now. I think it's cheap and magical, and the broke ass (ex)college kid in me loves that. Barielle has been giving me shit from day one with the formula, plus it's normally $8 plus shipping, not $2 at a drugstore. I'm not trying to say Blackened Bleu isn't wonderful it's just.....you know....cheaper is pretty awesome.
Okay, for the other big news. Drum roll please! I'm starting my own giveaway today. YAY! Now unlike most giveaways, I'm not giving polish -- although it is polish related. I honestly don't have enough polish stocked up I'd want to part with, and I always seem to get things late here in the STL, so it seems silly to give you what you probably already have. Instead, I'm taking a page from Scrangie's book (girl is getting play in this post today) and I'm giving away this:
Sorry, I'm sure you wanted an awesome picture there, but I don't want to steal those from the artist. Maybe I'll get ahold of here. Point being, go there and look. This is the Etsy shop of Ginger Kitty Designs, who does beautiful nail polish jewelry. My plan is whoever wins can pick out the one they want; I suggest the custom polish necklace or the gorgeous swirls, but if you're dead set on the earrings or something, we can talk.
So, here's the deal. I want you to write -- on this post please -- something. Just something. It doesn't have to be polish related; in fact, I would love it if it weren't. My favorite posts on here are the ones that get people talking about music, tv, memories, jr high dances, whatever. I love the cool sense of community it forms. Plus, I sense there are a lot of pop culture dorks out there. I know that's part of why Steff and I are such good friends, and part of what (I hope) you come to this site for. It can be as little as, "Hey remember that discussion of Velvet Goldmine? Ewan McGregor IS the shit, you're right! Thanks for the YouTube of his flopping peen. It's my screensaver." Or "Hey Steff, that Jasper Johns painting is tres fabulous, and here's my mini-thesis about it." Whatever you're feeling. And feel free to respond to each other. I just want to see where this one goes. If it so happens to loop through Buffy a few thousand times, so be it! And no need to aim your comments at things you know we like -- although if you sense we might, feel free to suggest that as well. You wanna talk about the merits of metalcore, go for it! I will try follow along as best I can.
Anyway, there shouldn't be too many questions about what I want, although feel free to ask. And please, if you don't mind, while we always love getting comments, even if you only want to give a quick shout out of "love the color," in this instance, maybe a smidgen more than that? Please???
Must be a follower, of course. We love followers. I tell people at work about new followers. Seriously. Feed my insanity. For your entry, post a comment to this post "I Would Be Proud to Partake of Your Pecan Pie." Umm also..someone please understand that. Without looking it up? Your post should have:
2. Your email address
3. A name -- doesn't have to be real, I'd just like to be able to say something other than, and the winner is....Anonymous! Yay! Pseudonyms are very welcome.
Entries: 1 for the post, 1 for putting our blog in your blog role (if already there, that counts too, of course), one for giving the contest some sort of shoutout in your blog. Because we like shameless self-promotion. But mostly because I'm still one of those people who if my name was in the paper, I would get 38 copies and send them to everyone I knew. Hell, I might do that if my TOWN is mentioned in the paper. I seriously show people this stuff.
RECAP. One entry for following with a comment, an email address and a name of sorts. One entry for putting us on your blog role, with link please. One entry for giving the contest a shoutout, also with link please. Feel free to do any or all of these. Mostly, just have fun!
EDIT: ACK! I forgot something already! I'll be ending this on February 1st. As long as your comment is some time on the 1st as registered by my computer, you're good. I'll announce the next day, along with Phil's winter predictions. My guess....more winter. Because it's February, and isn't there always more winter at that point? You know, like all the rest of February and March?? Weird tradition.