So this is love, la da da da. Anyway. My Vampire Is Buff is sort of an ivory/bone color. It has a drop of pink in it, too, which is much more evident in the shade than in the sun. The result is that the color is utterly wearable, even for a relatively stark nude creme. The formula was a little finicky. I definitely needed the three coats I used in order to even out the color.
The black glitter I used to create the effect of tiny and inconsistent polka dots is Wet n Wild Tangled In My Web, which came out with a Halloween-themed collection this past autumn. I really love how this turned out. Tangled In My Web is one of my more difficult glitters to work with. It's hard to actually get the little hex glitter to come off onto the nail without removing ones with the brush that you've already placed. It takes patience, which I sort of had forgotten, and I got a little frustrated by the time I was finished with all ten fingers. But, worth it. My camera also hates focusing on the hex glitter for some reason.
Also, is the name of this polish a Twilight reference or something? Because, no thanks. I was chatting with Rach last week and told her that I will be vehemently imagining that it is instead a Buffy reference.
God, I love how awkward that picture is. Xander is giving weird caricature-smile-face, Willow is all HERE'S MUH TUMMY, Giles is without his glasses and signature tweed, Spike looks like he belongs in Notre Dame ringing a bell, Riley is just...there for some reason (no thanks again), and JOSS WHEDON is like oh hey guys. I made this show, and I also think it's a good idea to wear this purple shirt. Regardless, Buffy is probably my favorite show of all time, so if I can twist the name of this polish to have EVERYTHING TO DO WITH IT, then I'm happy.
I have one more thing to babble on about today. This weekend a confluence of toiletry events occurred wherein I needed a new deodorant, a new pressed powder, and I had a Duane Reade coupon (if I spent some amount of money I got $10). So I headed over there and got a couple new things. This is one of them.
Makeup really has the stupidest names sometimes. But anyway, this is a Milani Shadow Eyez cream eyeshadow pencil in Champagne Toast. I was sort of dubious about them because I haven't had the best of luck with Milani. But I kind of spend my drug store makeup pilgrimages looking for dupes for Urban Decay Sin, which is my Favorite Eyeshadow of All Time. I live in fear of running out of it and having to pay like $18 for another single shadow. I saw this pencil and thought I'd give it a go.
On the left is the Milani in Champagne Toast and on the right is Sin (in regular powder shadow, not cream pencil, form)
They're...pretty close. The Milani is clearly a bit darker and a little bit more metallic and has more of a coppery tone to it, but they're pretty close. Not quite dupes, but I'm satisfied. If you too are interested in a good drugstore dupe of Sin, then there's a decent one in the Wet n Wild Walking On Eggshells trio (it's the bottom "eyelid" color). Anyway, I tried out the Milani pencil yesterday and I give it a ringing endorsement. The color goes on and is very saturated, it doesn't tug on your lids, it dries and won't smudge, and IT DOESN'T CREASE AT ALL (over primer).
These pictures came out a bit blurrier than I hoped, but they'll do. Here I used Champagne Toast on the inner third of the lid and very quickly applied Urban Decay Sidecar (Naked palette) to the outer two thirds and blended them together. You have to work fast with these if you want any blending action to go on because they do dry pretty quickly on the lid. I blended Sidecar up into the crease and then used a teeny tiny bit of Half Baked in the crease (Half Baked can be found in about a million UD palettes; mine came from my Naked palette). I also used Champagne Toast on my lower waterline and it actually held up pretty nicely. I threw on some liner and mascara and I was good to go. This is a very easy everyday I'm-wearing-makeup-but-not-that-much-and-still-look-great kind of eyeshadow.
The Milani pencils go for between $7-8. Mine was $7.49.
As this post goes up I'll be freaking the hell out about a midterm that's happening around 4pm. I'm going to be so happy when today is over, you all have no idea. So, happy Monday. I can't wait to crawl into bed and for it to be Tuesday.