Partly cloudy today, but I'll still take that over blizzarding. Last week when I went to Walgreens for more cotton balls there was some deal on Rimmel polishes. I got two of them for $1.99 and I'm going to show you Steel Grey today. It's so strange for me to spell it "g-r-e-y." Usually I spell it with an a. I wrote a huge paper about Jasper Johns' use of gray and I spelled it g-r-a-y throughout the whole thing, so it's tough for me to type grey. Strange. They're both right. My cuticles look so dry and peel-y in these images. They don't look like that in real life. I guess the macro setting and the sunlight just helps bring out my natural cuticle beauty. Eww. I'm sorry.
So...obviously the Rimmel people were snorting something when they decided to name this Steel Grey. It's pretty obviously a taupe. The sun brings out the warmer tones while the shade brings out the cooler tones. It's pretty. I really, really like this polish. I feel like I could wear it forever. As has been gone over ad nauseum on blogs, Rimmel has adopted the old Sally Hansen Salon bottles. Unfortunately it also adopted the crazy-ass Insta-Dri brushes. The brush shape and stem size are identical to the SH Insta-Dris except, obviously, the bottles are stouter so the brush stems are shorter. This does make it a bit less unwieldy. Application on this was really, really perfect. This was two coats. It dried quickly. I have no complaints. For $1.99, how could I? I also love the little detail on top of the bottle lid.
I wish I could test the claim that it lasts for up to ten days. Has anyone tested this claim from Rimmel? Even though I love this polish now, I guarantee that I will be sick of it tomorrow. Also, maybe it's my body chemistry, but almost no polish lasts for longer than two days on me. I'm pretty tough on my hands. I wash dishes all the time, I'm constantly banging my nails against things like espresso grinders and giant hot coffee urns. DS Mystery only lasted a day on me. Last night when I got home from work like half of it was gone. Oh well. C'est la vie.
This morning I woke up...to sadness. Someone had left out the Caribou Acacia bag as if there were still beans in it. Yay, Acacia! I thought as I picked up the bag. Then I realized it was empty.
Acacia is really, really awesome. It's Rain Forest Alliance Certified and it has dark chocolate notes that, for me, are easily detectable. It's a blend. It's also organic, which isn't a big deal to me but I know some people who will only drink like...organic and fair trade. *shrug*
Then I picked up the Perennial bag. Empty! What's going on!
Also Rain Forest Alliance Certified and not quite as delicious as Acacia. I think these beans come from the first crops from places in Central America. It's also a blend. Citrusy notes.
I had to do the unthinkable: dig in the back of my cupboard until I found a half-empty bag of Starbucks French Roast. Sigh. I really, really dislike Starbucks. I guess that's the price I have to pay for caffeinating in the morning. It was either Sbucks French Roast or nothing. I woke up about thirty minutes before Boyfriend and I think the coffee brewing lured him down. He poured himself a cup, took a sip and said, "This is excellent." He never compliments my Caribou. I guess I'm going to have to face it: I'm in love with a Starbucks man. I'm just going to have to search for a Caribou coffee that he likes.
In other news, Caravaggio has surpassed Michelangelo in terms of popularity. It's the headline on MSNBC right now. Strange! Here is an interesting article. I love Caravaggio, but I'm not sure I love him more than Michelangelo. Actually, the latter artist was the one that really got me into art history. I read a novel called The Agony and the Ecstasy that was about Michelangelo's life, and it kind of spawned an obsession. I actually started weeping with joy with I saw David the first time I went to Florence. Yeah, I'm that person.
Time for Alley spam!
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