Monday, July 28, 2014

Unintentional Xmas in July: China Glaze Velvet Bow

The other day I went with some friends to Great Lakes Brewery for a screening of the 1989 Batman.  The guy who was introducing the film said something like, "And just to let everyone know, this is an active brewery, so you might notice people walking around a lot.  We have a lot of Christmas Ale to make!"  I think I was supposed to be all, hehe! but instead I was like, NO CHRISTMAS.  NOT YET.  NOT EVER.  I am too into summer right now.  I would like time to slow down.  So imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon a polish at Marshall's that I felt like I really needed to have...and it's a Christmas polish.  WHOOPS.  But I wanted to wear it now, because sometimes a girl needs a little Uma Thurman vamp(ish).

So this is China Glaze Velvet Bow, which is from the 2011 holiday collection, Let It Snow.  Before this...I didn't have anything from this collection!  I don't know what the hell I was doing in 2011 that I missed all of these polishes.  Anyway, Velvet Bow is a pretty standard vampy brownish-burgundy-deep red.  I'm like 95% sure it's a dupe for one of my favorite vampies, OPI All A Bordeaux the Sled (last worn in 2012!).  I read a lot of reviews of Velvet Bow after I bought it, and most people said they had issues with the formula.  I didn't think it was bad, but because it's sort of a jelly-creme hybrid it did apply a bit patchy.  I used three coats.  I like colors like this a lot, but they're definitely a dime a dozen.  You'll find something like this in every brand's core line, but I like this one anyway.  I think vampies look great on everyone.  Definitely worth $2.99.  Thanks, Marshalls!

Not much to report going on over here.  I'm slowly getting wedding things done, which is good because it's getting pretty close.  My invitations went out last week, which is exciting.  But the most exciting thing is that after months and months of talking about it, we finally booked our honeymoon flights.

On September 23 we'll be on our way to Edinburgh for a ten-day stay, yaaaaay!  That's right, instead of going to a tropical location like I feel like most people do, we're going to a rainy, cloudy, kind of cold place with a lot of sheep.  We're pretty excited about it.  We've started reading Scotland books and deciding the type of things we want to do (should we pull a Lily and Marshall and head to Loch Ness? we think yes).  The reason we're going is actually not because of How I Met Your Mother, but because we have a family friend who has a flat in Edinburgh that she's letting us use, so that makes the trip a lot more affordable.  Regardless, we're pretty psyched.  So if anyone has any Scotland things that they think we should check out, let me know!

Alright, I hope everyone has a good start to the week.  Tonight I'm going to see my favorite band, Gogol Bordello, so I think I'm going to have a great day.  Take care!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

80s Creamsicle Nails!

Hey everyone!  I actually got okay pictures of my nails yesterday, so that's new.  The title of this post refers to what Ben said when I sent him a photo of this manicure.  The colors remind me a little more of the 90s than the 80s, but Ben will always go to the 80s with a reference if he can.  Anyway, this:

please note kitty paws riiiiight here ^^

On Saturday night I was texting with Sam and I sent her a picture of OPI Sorry I'm Fizzy Today and NYC Sweet Melon (which is part of the new City Samba summer collection) and I asked her which I should use.  She said both, so I did this.  The base color (the one closest to my cuticles) is Sorry I'm Fizzy Today, which I had wanted since I saw it on Sam's toes at the end of May.  It's a veeeeeeeeery pink leaning coral and the color is absolutely stunning.  I was fully expecting it to be opaque in two coats, but after the second one it was pretty seriously streaky.  A third coat evened things out, for the most part.  I let that dry, and then I went in with Sweet Melon and did a few gradated brushstrokes on each nail.  Sweet Melon is a really pretty, happy color.  I can't think of a better way to describe the color than "melon"--just like the inside of a cantaloupe.  There's also some hidden pearly shimmer in there that gives the polish just a little extra punch.  Also the pigmentation was really good on Sweet Melon.  I wasn't sure how it would do over Sorry I'm Fizzy Today, but I only needed one swipe for full, opaque color.  Yay!  This looks so happy and summery to me.

Has anyone picked up any of the NYC City Samba collection?  When I found the display at Rite-Aid last weekend I went kind of nuts with it and got five of the polishes...but I kind of want all of them.  At $1.99 apiece they're relatively guilt-free...AND there's a dollar off coupon on the display, too!  Which is why last time I popped into Rite-Aid I also got a bronzer (Coral Samba).  Anyway, I hope you guys are doing well and enjoying the summer...I've been trying to be outside as much as possible lately, which I hope helps my mood.  Because I'm a little stressed.  But anyway, talk to you all soon!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Funky Fingers Jawbreaker

This is going to be...the worst post.  Because I just couldn't get pictures of this.  Every time I thought of it I didn't have the bottle or the light was wrong or I needed lotion or something.  But it's the thought that counts. 

I got the aptly named Jawbreaker about a year ago from Five Below.  Originally I got it as a sort of substitute for China Glaze It's a Trap-eze, which I just never got around to picking up.  But really they're not that much alike at all...and at least in photos, I like Jawbreaker way better.  This polish is a variety of glitters in a sheer, milky white base.  The formula is fine and easy to work with; here I did three coats, but I think if you want it to be totally opaque it's probably a good idea to do four.  It's wearing exceptionally well on me with Seche.  Today will be its fourth day, and not a chip in sight.  I honestly have no idea if this is still available...I haven't been to a Five Below in quite a while.  I tried to run into one last night, but I didn't make it before it closed at 9.

So, can we talk about weird weather for a minute?  Last night at almost 6pm it was only 62 degrees.  It's the middle of July.  I don't understand this.  We'd better have a warm fall or I'm just going to move south because this is total crap.  

Also, last night my mom and I did this Wine and Canvas thing where we went to a bar, drank some wine, and learned how to paint a painting of fireflies on a pond.  It was one of those things where everyone did the same painting, but everyone's also looked a little different.  Here's mine:

While I was doing it I kind of thought it looked shitty, but once I finished it I thought it looked pretty nice.  Because I'm an art historian a lot of people--outside of my field, at least--assume that I have some sort of artistic inclination.  The answer is that I absolutely do not.  I am not a visually creative person at all.  So, I was happy to attend this event where someone told me exactly what to do in easily understandable steps and I walked away with a presentable finished product.  Anyway, I think Wine and Canvas does events like these all over the place, so I definitely recommend checking it out.  It's pretty fun and low pressure.  Plus, wine.

Okay, that's all for today.  I hope you're all doing well and that it's not 62 degrees in July where you are (if you're in the northern hemisphere, anyway).  Until next time!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Shopping My Stash: Nautical Edition

I was pretty sure that I would have had another post up before July 4th, but it didn't happen because I was too busy.  Hell, I even thought I wouldn't be able to make SMS this month, but here I am.  Rachel suggested a nautical theme and I was happy enough to oblige because I have a few Wet n Wild Mermaid's Cove polishes from 2011 that I've been wanting to use for, well, three years.  A couple of pictures are a little blurry because the polish is so sparkly, but hopefully you can get the idea.  Also you're seeing my right hand because one of my lefthand nails is a little wonky right now.

So this is Diving For Pearls, and it's a teal with gold and green shimmer.  It's really, really beautiful, actually.  I'm not sure why I waited so long to use it.  Teals like this aren't usually my favorite polishes, but this one just screams summertime to me.  It was a tiny bit sheer and probably could have done with three coats, but I did two and felt fine with it.  This was a really good collection, you guys!  Does anyone remember Waves of Enchantment?  That was one of the most beautiful drugstore polishes I've ever come across.  And Diving For Pearls definitely gives that one a run for its money.  Also I love the name.

Alright, that has to be all for me today.  I'm glad I could get a post up, but I just haven't been into blogging lately.  I've been really busy with just like, life stuff.  Nothing is wrong or anything I'm just keeping busy with work and wedding and friends and family.  And also I've been cross stitching in my spare time.  Sounds boring, doesn't it?  But it's super cathartic.  Okay, hope you're all doing well!  And make sure to check out what Rach is wearing today (it's right up my alley...)!

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

OPI Green On the Runway

As soon as I walked into Ulta and spotted the OPI Cokes my interest was piqued.  A lot.  I picked up the Sprite one and one of the Vanilla Coke ones, and I was a happy little camper.  I immediately knew that the polish inspired by Sprite, Green On the Runway, was special.  And it is super, super special.

Pictures really don't do this one justice, but I did my best.  Green On the Runway is a green/copper duochrome.  Most of the time it looks green, but sometimes it has an olive cast, and at the right angle the copper jumps out.  It has the same sort of feel as Nubar Wildlife, but the colors are radically different even though Wildlife is also a green/copper duochrome.  Truthfully I much prefer the OPI because the green is more of a rich jewel tone.  Beeeeaaaauutiful.  

The formula was great and I used two coats here.  Notably, I also used the butter London P.D. Quick Dry--"pretty darn quick"--topcoat because I've heard it works miracles.  Verdict:  nuh uh.  I got the same wear out of this polish as I would almost any other (a couple days) before I got a very noticeable chip.  NYC Grand Central Station works just as well for me and the bL topcoat is literally nineteen times  more expensive.  Oh well.  I'll use up the bottle and then never buy it again.  

I'm going to try REALLY HARD to have one more post for you this week before I go off to my annual family reunion/party/funtime.  I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the weather!  It has actually been really hot here and I've reeeeaaaaally been enjoying it.  I've also been reading a lot, so if anyone has any book suggestions I'd be glad to hear them!

Until later!