Friday, July 13, 2012

Sinful Colors Rain Storm and Bloggin' My Bangs

I have an uncanny ability to spot new Sinful Colors polishes on displays mostly full of old re-promotes.  I walked into Walgreens yesterday and saw this display (called "Start a Phenomenon") FULL OF pretty colors.  But for some reason one, Rain Storm, stood out and I bought it immediately.  






Okay now, listen to me.  Er, well, you can't hear me.  So read this carefully:  this polish has one of the best formulas I have ever used.  Yes, it's true.  I've shelled out the big bucks for Chanel and Rescue Beauty Lounge polishes, and the formula on this little guy is as good as those.  Pretty much a one-coater with careful application.  Also, I am absolutely in love with this color.  It's a bit grayer and dustier than these photos are showing, and it reminds me a lot of one of the Chanel jeans colors.  Blue Boy?  Blue Boy looks more grayed out.  But I'll never know because I won't be buying that Chanel.  Maybe one of you guys can let me know.  Here is what I do know:  I paid $1.99 for this amazing little polish and it has one of the best formulas in my stash.  It's a gorgeous creme that seems like it'll be perfect for every season.  I call this a win.

Now, life stuff.  More specifically, hair stuff.  I am ONE OF THOSE GIRLS that doesn't really have a hair routine.  I like to wear it long and in Heidi braids and in braided up-dos and in high ballerina-esque buns.  But my haircut had been the same for ten years.  In a decade I hadn't changed my hair.  Here's a picture I've posted before that's pretty indicative of Steff-hair.


I'd been toying with the idea of bangs for quite some time.  The guy I had been dating for the past couple years was vehemently against the idea, so I held off and kept my hair the same.  The other day I went to go get my bi-annual haircut, sat down in the chair, and said to my new stylist (Mike!), "Do you think I would look stupid with bangs?  Tell me the truth."  He toyed around with my hair for a while and then said they would look great on me.  So I said, "Do whatever you want."  I am going to show you several photographs of MY NEW HAIR because I want OPINIONS.

wearing Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Sweetheart
Wearing CoverGirl LipPerfection in Hot

This is a pretty big change for me.  They're not those severe straight-across-y bangs; I can still get them out of my face.  But still, super different.  So, what do you think?  Everyone I've talked to likes them.  Ben is crazy about them.  And yes, I'm happy with them.  I know that if I get sick of them I can just twist them back and pin them.  But I'm pretty insecure about them nonetheless.  They're just so...different.

Also, funny side note.  I thought to myself earlier, "I really need to blog my bangs;" I thought it would be funny if "blog my bangs" became some sort of a cliche.  Like instead of "minding my own business" it was "blogging my bangs."  I was just SITTING THERE, bloggin' my bangs...  No?  Okay, maybe it's just me.  But if we could get something started there I'd be pretty excited.

So that's it.  New hair and a perfect blue drug store polish.  I'm telling you, run, do not walk to Walgreens and buy that blue.  It's calling out to you.  

53 comments:

  1. Replies
    1. Gail, provider of black labels, you're so sweet. Thank you.

      Delete
  2. The polish in an unsual blue.. gorgeous... It's already on my wishlist!
    Now... the bangs!LOVE!!!
    In the first picture you look really pretty! :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. Def on the lookout for that polish now, thanks for letting us know about it! And you look GREAT in bangs! I love that they're not straight across or like a side bang..they're perfect. :D

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! Definitely hunt down Rain Storm if you like blue.

      Delete
  4. First of all-there is a problem when your boyfriend won't let you do what you want with your hair. That's a big no no for me. I'm glad you kicked him to the curb. It's your hair to do as you please!! Second, you look sexy hot with those bangs. Before, without you were pretty, a student look. This look with these bangs definitely works for you, makes you look more grown up, PhD ready! I esp like the first picture you posted of your bangs. Sexy girl! Your new boyfriend must be lusting you even more now! HAHA! I also love that Sinful. I may need to hunt that one down.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I didn't mind so much that he voiced his opinion on the bangs. I can't blame it all on him. I finally got some balls and did it, though, so yay! I think I will keep them ;) And yes, Ben loves these bangs. Completely worth it.

      Delete
  5. Damn you know how to sell a polish, I'm all frenzied! Your bangs are SICK. They give you this great BoHo sophisticated look that I am seriously digging. Also, that aqua necklace and red lip are unfairly awesome. Oh dear, I might have just developed a girl crush...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's a good polish. And thank you so much! The aqua necklace was a graduation gift from my mother, and it's proving to be super versatile. And aside from MAC Lady Danger and Illamasqua Maneater, that CoverGirl red lipstick (Hot) is the most-used red in my arsenal. I highly suggest you pick it up. It's under $10, and its staying power is absolutely incredible.

      Delete
  6. Love that blue. Also I like your bangs but think they would look much better a tad shorter.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The stylist suggested that I keep them longer, because you can always go shorter. But I do kind of like them like this. Maybe someday I will go shorter (before I go to New York?).

      Delete
  7. The bang is great, changing hairstyle is good to keep nice spirits and you were right to do it. I love that it's a bit long, a bit wild, a bit untamed. Also I never noticed how cutely shaped were your jaw and chin until then, if my vision matters.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Of course your vision matters. Looks-wise (and heart-wise!) you are one of the most fabulous people I know. So I love that you approve!

      Delete
  8. Love the bangs! Very cute on you, and nicely versatile. And now I need to try to hunt down that Sinful, dammit.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! And there were literally six of those Sinful displays...so if there's enough interest in Rain Storm maybe I will do a giveaway...

      Delete
  9. The bangs make you look younger and fresher - nice choice. Love your blog! -Kristin from Canada :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! A couple people have told me they make me look younger.

      Delete
  10. That polish is SICK. I need it!!! Might have to break my low-buy for it. In love with your necklace, too (but I love bib necklaces, so).

    And yay for your Awesome Big Girl Hair. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. At 25 I finally became a hair-adult.

      Delete
  11. Love the bangs! Very flattering!

    ReplyDelete
  12. I got Rain Storm in a swap from Jen's Nail Files, I still cannot locate it here. You have me SO excited to try it. I love Sinful Colors!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sinful Colors is sort of hitting it out of the park lately with their new shades, as far as I can tell. Glad you were able to get this one :)

      Delete
  13. Nice blue...I am thinking it might be close to China Glaze First Mate??? Or maybe this one has a touch of teal in it? We only have 1 store with Sinful in it and never seems to get new shades - only 2 little shelves of it. We never get the new collections of it either. Not sure why. It would sell well in my little town that folks either have a lot of $ or are just getting by it seems...not much of a middle class here...so $1.99 for a bottle is in there as a good way to pick up a I need something mood. Your bangs are cute - but having grown out bangs so many times in my life - I now am thinking no bangs and growing my hair long again to wear it like both Hepburn ladies did - long and pulled up maybe for the rest of my life. I am still struggling with the left overs of my bangs now that fall out of my pony tail and all but a Kate Middleton pull up front part, apply barrette or hidden pins. My bangs days go way back...I even worn those thick bangs Cher made popular in the 60's where you took your bangs all the way back to half of your hair line at the crown. I still remember my mom one night, parting my thick, long bangs and discovering that I had been plucking my eyebrows without her knowing it! My mom was strict on stuff like that!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think CG First Mate is much less grayed out, I think. It's more of a true blue.

      Cute story about your mom!

      Delete
  14. Love the polish, that is a great blue. Your bangs look fantastic! A very good change. Also, I love the look of that Revlon Balm Stain in Sweetheart. I already have two of those, in Cherish and Lovesick, but you are making me want Sweetheart! I already had a hard time deciding not to get that one.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I have four of the Revlon Balm Stains (more on that on Monday!), and Sweetheart is the one I would recommend getting out of the four. I don't have Cherish or Lovesick (Cherish looked too light for me, but I'm not sure). But if you were wavering on Sweetheart, I say go pick it up.

      Delete
  15. I need that color. Going to check Walgreens tomorrow if I can. And I agree with what everyone else is saying -- those bangs look GREAT on you!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you. I hope you find it at Walgreens!

      Delete
  16. Your bangs are Bangin' (that was totally lame =) ) but I really really love them.


    Aaaaand now I have to track down that blue. If not for the amazing colour, then for the name!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Your comment made me wish I had RBL Bangin' to wear. Missed opportunity for sure.

      Delete
  17. I spent the afternoon looking for this polish yesterday with no luck, oh well. I found Essie Stroke of Brilliance instead!

    Your bangs look fab, I personally adore bangs but couldn't keep up with the maintenance after a year and a half. So I'm in the process of growing them out now.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Stroke of Brilliance looks pretty! I guess a giveaway is in order for Rain Storm since I seem to have created a frenzy...

      And thank you :) I'll let you know how well I deal with the maintenance.

      Delete
  18. The bangs are perfect on you!

    ReplyDelete
  19. I've been following you for two years, but I've never commented. Your bangs are fantastic - they really frame your face and add a sophisticated look for your next chapter in NYC. Also - just bought Rain Storm and I KNEW you would have it for some reason...I can't wait to wear it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. mackenzie, I'm so glad you finally commented! That makes my day.

      Rain Storm is amazing. So glad I snatched it up, and you did too!

      Delete
  20. Ugh, I was literally JUST looking at this nail polish in Walgreens, and your review makes me want to run BACK out to buy it! It's really the perfect denim blue.

    It'll be my first Sinful Colors purchase, so it's encouraging to hear that you think the formula is so great. Thanks for the review!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Not all Sinfuls are this great, but this one definitely is. Such a miracle drug store polish.

      Delete
  21. Love, love, love the long bangs on you! They really draw the eye in toward your face and accentuate your cheekbones.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks very much! I do think they're nice for the framing-my-face quality. Never thought of that...

      Delete
  22. Funny coincidence - after I published my comment I saw the "I love, love, love your comments, guys!" line. I was trying to get across how much I strongly approved of the new look without making it sound like you didn't look great before - because, of course, you did!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I like to think I always look great ;) (not really)

      Delete
  23. I love this color...I can't believe I didn't see this earlier. Oh well, better late than never!!! You've inpired me...to go buy this polish!!!

    ReplyDelete
  24. Big shout out to you!!! I haven't used this polish yet (just got it yesterday) so I figured people could check it out here!! http://www.facebook.com/GltterMeThis?ref=hl

    ReplyDelete
  25. Hi Stephanie -

    I'm literally over a year late to the party, but I just wanted to thank you for all your posts! I'm commenting on this one specifically because you linked to a nail polish blog in Russian, which I've been looking for, so I need to express my appreciation! I'm a PhD student in Russian, so it's nice to be able to finally have found a site (albeit not one that I enjoy as much as yours)that I can use to practice my Russian.

    Not to get too sappy here (and this probably isn't the perfect post on which to comment) but I just wanted to commend you for your bravery in taking a leave from your graduate program. I am struggling with the same decision - whether I want to stay in school, study what I love, and be miserable, or move to be with my boyfriend and actually enjoy my life - and it's such a relief to know that I'm not the only one who has dealt with this. I read your post on questions people have asked you; my only question is, where did you find the courage to finally put yourself first? Thank you for setting an example to the people who read your blog, which I would sum up as this: regardless of what other people think, you should do what makes you happy in any area of your life. Be that in beauty products, in relationships, in your job, or in where you choose to live, it is your and only your decision. Screw the haters, just do you.

    Thanks again for the wonderful blog, now I'm off to read the rest of your archive!

    Amanda

    ReplyDelete

I love, love, love your comments, guys! Thanks so much for leaving them! I try to respond to questions either in the comments section or in forthcoming posts, so check back later!