Thursday, June 26, 2014

butter London No More Waity Katie

Cue my being the worst ever blogger, because I totally didn't notice that the BEAUTIFUL GREEN TREE outside my window was reflected on my nails/the bottle while I was taking these pictures.  Sorrrrryyyyyy.

No More Waity Katie is one of the many, many items sold to commemorate the royal wedding.  I can't say I was super pumped about said wedding, but I do have really fond memories of that point in time (like when Sam and I watched the William and Kate Lifetime movie in her very small apartment while eating terrible [but also amazing] Chinese food on the floor).  Anyway, I didn't get this polish until last weekend when I was tooling around Ulta and poking around the butter London display; I had kind of wanted it for a long time, and I decided it was just time.  There are a lot of conflicting opinions on this polish, but I think it's really nice.  It's just lavender glitter suspended in a smoky purple-gray jelly base, but something about the color looks really special...ESPECIALLY in the bottle.  I think it looks better there than on the nail, but I'm still a fan.  Because the base is so sheer it definitely needs three coats to build up opacity, and also it eats topcoat.  I used two coats to try to make it feel sort of smooth, but even with that it's still a little lumpy.  

But anyway, I'm glad I have this polish.  And look at Kate now!  All stylish and babied up.  She probably wouldn't wear this color, would she?  Oh well, more for me!

Monday, June 23, 2014

L'Oreal Skinny Jeans

I still love me a texture.  And my favorite textures are the ones that are matte and remind me of a popcorn ceiling.  I don't know why this finish entices me so much; ever since I tried Sally Hansen Sugar Coat in Sour Apple I was smitten.  When I ran into the summer L'Oreal textures at Bed, Bath & Beyond one day I knew I had to leave with a couple even though my passion for polish seems to have fizzled out a bit.  Regardless, here's Skinny Jeans:

This color is just to die for.  It's so pretty.  The photos aren't super color accurate in that Skinny Jeans is a softer, more periwinkle type of color rather than the bright blue you see particularly in the first picture.  The texture is also a bit different than Sour Apple, which has become my benchmark for popcorn-ceiling-textures.  The bumps it dries with are finer and more delicate.  It doesn't feel rough, like it's going to catch on sheets or knits.  It just feels interesting.  The formula was really nice and very easily controlled, and I did two coats here (no topcoat, obviously).  

One reason I chose to wear this color was because I wore this Plenty by Tracy Reese dress to The Cleveland Museum of Art Summer Solstice party on Saturday, and I felt like even though this polish was a little matchy-matchy with it, it still looked nice with the dress.  I also like textures like this because I feel like they dry pretty quickly, so a manicure really requires minimum effort.  I'm still wearing Skinny Jeans as I write this, and I'll probably keep it on until it chips.  It really is a nice polish, and I recommend picking it up if you can (although I think I got this like a month ago, so I have no idea if it's still around).  

I actually ran across the display when I was on my way back from bridal shoe shopping.  I decided to go the extra classy route, and I'm going to wear clear jelly shoes.  Not kidding.  I found these by Steve Madden, and when they're actually on they look totally invisible.  I tried them on with my dress at my fitting last week and I was pretty delighted by them.  Plus, I know brides nowadays (NOWADAYS because I'm an old lady) like to wear like, bedazzled four-inch heels, but I am so not doing that.  Flats please.  The shoes have been the hardest part of the wedding ensemble to plan BY FAR.  

ANYWAY.  Shoe tangent.  

I hope that all of you guys are doing well and that you're enjoying the first few days of summer.  It has been oddly cool here for the middle of June.  We had a couple of scorching days last week, but for the most part it has been temperate.  I'm really looking forward to truly hot weather.  I still don't feel like I've recovered from the ridiculous winter that we had here in Cleveland.  Anyway, back to anyone else still into the texture trend like I am, or are you over it?  Even if you are over it, you can't deny that Skinny Jeans is one gorgeous blue.

Oh, and one more thing:  happy birthday to my mom!  TREAT YOSELF today!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Shopping My Stash: SUMMAHTIME

Hey guys!  I went a full month without blogging, which is kind of crazy.  I haven't done that in half a decade.  I'm back today to do a SMS post with Rach.  It doesn't even seem possible that somehow we're in the summertime months, but here we are.  SOMEHOW WE ARE HALFWAY through June. Which is scary!  Summer is such an ephemeral time where I live, but I wish it could last...for longer than it does.  ANYWAY, we chose a generic summertime theme for June.  In 2010 Wet n Wild released a collection of summery polishes all named after tropical or vacation-y destinations.  I had tried out all but two (and they're for layering!), so I decided to give the last couple a whirl.  

you know it's summertime when:  my face freckles are like, HEY

This is two coats of Wet n Wild Tahiti (a warm pink creme) with a coat of Wet n Wild Bora Bora over it (a pink glass fleck-y shimmer).  I've never been a huge fan of pink nail polish, but I have to say that once I decided I was in love with OPI Elephantastic Pink, I began to be more accepting of other pinks.  The formula on the creme, Tahiti, was nice and easy to work with and I only needed two coats.  Bora Bora was also nice, and I felt like one coat added sufficient sparkle.  The one big gripe that I have with these polishes is that the bottles are TINY and so are the brushes.  It makes them really hard to work with.  I showed a picture of the tiny brush stems back in my original post about these, which you can see here (May 2010, holla!).  I in fact had so much trouble while I was polishing that at one point I dropped the brush and got pink nail polish everywhere; that's something that has never happened to me before.  I felt like a giant fumbling around with these stupid tiny bottles.  But anyway, it turned out nicely in the end.  As pink manicures go, this one was interesting and blingy enough for me to wear it for a few days.

May was such a busy month for me, and I'm not sure that June is going to slow down much, either.  At the end of May I took two trips:  first, to Colorado to see my cousin Katie graduate from high school, and the very next weekend I went to Massachusetts to visit Sam.  We spent our days together in Provincetown doing a bunch of Cape Cod-y things like going whale watching (I found out I get seasick and I threw up a lot, but it was worth it), eating lobster, and going to the beach.  It was a great time.  I'm working a lot this week, and then next week I'm taking a little mini-break with another friend.  I have my FIRST FITTING (that sounds so Say Yes to the Dress), so we're going to make a little trip of it and stay a couple days down in Columbus where I got my dress.  Should be fun.  

Anyway, I hope that you've all been doing well while I've been away!  I've been lurking around and reading blogs (without commenting because I suck at doing that on my phone) so don't think I've forgotten about any of you!  Make sure you stop on by to check out what Rach is wearing (I think it's an oldie...but of course a goodie).  Until next time!