Monday, November 24, 2014

They Say It's My Birthday

I've been wearing the same polish on my birthday for the past four years.  Last year I decided to change it up and use OPI Dazzled By Gold as a topper instead of on its own, and I liked it so much that I did it again this year.  I decided to use a China Glaze holiday polish, Out Like a Light, as a base (it's dark, dark gray). Here's how it turned out.



wore the same cupcake sweater yesterday that I did last year on my birthday...sadly couldn't wear it today because not office appropriate

Something pretty interesting happens to Out Like a Light with Dazzled By Gold over it.  Namely, it looks kind of green.  I took a photo of it with my hand on my green coat, and it really enhanced the effect.  DBG is kind of sheer on its own; if I recall correctly it definitely needs three coats to be worn on its own.  I've never worn it over a dark color before, but I like how this looks.  Kind of a lot.  Also, the China Glaze has a really good formula--pretty much a one coater.  Yaaaaaay.

So I'm not quite sure what's on my birthday agenda today, but Ben and I definitely made a weekend out of my aging process.  On Saturday I had to work a little, but after that we went out for a fancy dinner and then we went to my favorite ice cream place, Jeni's.  Y'all, the buttercup pumpkin ice cream was bomb.

YEEEEES all the spoonfuls

On Sunday morning we got our butts out of bed [kind of late] and went to my favorite breakfast place of all time, The Inn on Coventry.  I used to go there all the time, like at least once a week, but now that we live further away we never go.  If you've never been there and you're in the Cleveland-ish area, I highly recommend a trip.

eggs benedict (literally my favorite meal because it's eggs topped with more eggs and butter) with avocado

Then we went to The Cleveland Flea (which we also did last year) and poked around.  Lots of good stuff this year, but lord was it packed and hot in there.  A lot of the vendors that we talked to said that Saturday was actually way, way more crowded, so it was a good thing we went Sunday.  Still seemed super packed to us, though.  I came away with two necklaces, some prints, and Ben got a Christmas gift for a friend.  A good haul.  Then last night we went and saw Mockingjay, and then had sushi.  So, it was a pretty great weekend.  I have to work today, for at least a little while, but later in the day I'm going to go see my parents and have dinner with them and such.  Plus cake!  Can't beat that.  

I feel like turning 28 is kind of weird for me.  Now that I'm married people invariably are like, SO WHEN ARE YOU HAVING BABIES.  I never know what to say because, frankly, I don't feel ready to care for another life and also kids just aren't my bag.  Cats, yes.  Kids, eh.  I know it's different when they're your own, etc etc.  But anyway, I'm reasonably sure my mom had me when she was 28.  I know that I shouldn't be pressured by what other people do or say, but still.  Turning 28 feels like I should be thinking about procreating and stuff even though most of the time I'm just like WHAT IS LIIIIIIIIFE.  

But I'm having good birthday times anyway.  Things are good and I'm going to eat cake and snuggle my fluffy cat.  So I hope you're all having good days too, and I will talk to you later.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Rescue Beauty Lounge Opaque Nude

Oh, you guys.  Rescue Beauty Lounge.  If you read me with any regularity, then you know it's not my favorite brand.  I don't buy from them BUT that doesn't stop me from asking my best pals to buy them for me and send them to me.  Rach offered to send me a couple when the recent sale happened, and I have wanted Opaque Nude since...well, since I knew the brand existed, because I'm pretty sure it's an old color.  It's been around since at least 2009, and I know it was part of Bring It Back at some point--but I don't keep up with the brand on social media, so I basically have no idea what's going on with it, ever.  But anyway, I've wanted it for a while, so when Rach offered to send me a couple I couldn't say no.

expect me to be wearing this bedazzled beanie from Target for forever this winter

When I took these polishes out of their little boxes I basically involuntarily went, "AW YEAH" because I freaking love the way the bottles look.  I CAN'T HELP IT THEY ARE SO PLEASING!  The RBL website describes Opaque Nude as "buff-colored."  And to that I say, yes.  It is indeed.  In fact, I have a khaki trench that is pretty much this exact color.  When Rach asked me how I liked it I told her I thought it was a little band-aid-y in color and that I wished it was a little bit pinker.  But really, it's a good nude polish and it is opaque, so good on RBL for accurate naming.  The formula on this is classic RBL, which means it's super thick but okay to work with.  It needed two coats to be fully opaque.  Dry time was fast with SV. One of the reasons I stopped buying this brand is because the formula doesn't agree with my body chemistry and they chip almost immediately, so I was fully expecting Opaque Nude to be making a cameo, one-day appearance on my hands.  Color me shocked, y'all, because it's three days later and I'm still wearing it.  And, let me tell you, I put my hands through some strenuous stuff this week, including unfurling my first ever fake Christmas tree.  It took forever and is seven and a half feet tall.  But anyway, I only have one chip, and it's on my right index finger--which is the one that always chips.  I also knocked my finger against a doorframe and it broke my nail a little, so I don't blame the polish. 

Can we talk about this CLE weather?  What even? 

windchill -9?!  NO.

it requires me to wear my warmest and dumpiest sweaters

it's not pretty but it's warm

UGH.  I miss summer :(  But anyway, that's all for me today.  If you know me and my blog, then you know which polish you'll be seeing from me next week!  Have a good weekend!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

NYC Crystal Couture Fashion Queen

It's honestly pretty rare these days that I find a polish that makes my heart go pitter-patter.  The moment I saw the Crystal Couture collection in Rite-Aid many weeks back I knew that Fashion Queen was something special.  This is the second polish I've tried from this collection, and I'm even more smitten with this one than I was with Ruby Queen--and that's saying something.  At the time I took these photos I didn't have the bottle handy, so I'm holding my change purse.  Sometimes ya gotta improvise.

Fashion Queen has a two different types of glitter in it:  copper microglitter and larger, round gold glitter.  When they're mixed together on the nail and in the bottle it's difficult to identify that overall color as either gold or copper.  It's an interesting amalgamation of the two.  And it's shiny.  And I love it.  The formula was really nice for a glitter, and its opacity was good.  At two coats it wasn't quite opaque enough, so I slapped on a third and also a generous coat of SV; it didn't dry gritty at all, and I loved wearing it.  I put this one on last Thursday afternoon and I just took it off last night, so it lasted almost five days with only one [hardly noticeable] chip on my right thumb.  Seriously y'all, this polish is amazing.  It's perfect for the holidays and for fall.  I'm totally obsessed with it.  It's funny, because if someone asked me if I love glitter I would say no, but some of my favorite polishes are glitters.  Dazzled By Gold, Mingle With Kringle (which are basically dupes), Hors D'Ouevres, Cherry Pie...all glittery.  I guess I'm a closet glitterphile.  

No other news here, just trying to survive the stupid snow that decided to dump on CLE over the past few days.  Ben and I are planning on Christmas-ing up the joint tonight after I get home from work, so I'm excited for that.  We didn't have a Christmas tree last year because Remy was just a little tiny thing and I felt like he would just be living in it like a baby squirrel, so this year we are definitely getting one.  Speaking of Remy, follow him on Instagram (RemyRagdoll) for more little tidbits like these precious little paws!  

K, I hope wherever you are is less snowy than where I am.  Because it's getting a little bonkers up in here.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Shopping My Stash: Thanks for Giving

A while ago I was thinking, what would be good for November's SMS...and because I love food, I thought, oh, we should totally do a food theme!  Then Rach came back at me with her freaking amazing suggestion that we should feature polishes that other people have given to us.  Which, duh.  Of course we should do that.  So that is what we did.

I will tell you that I have never yearned for an OttLite so much as when I was trying to take these damn pictures, because the weather here has been balls and the light is terrible.

random picture I took at work to see if fluorescent light would help.  it didn't.

tiny cute bottle, yes please

This polish was sent to me in 2010, before I even started my first round of grad school, by a lovely [former] blogger named Nathalie.  She is French and she sent me the nicest package full of Barry M and H&M polishes (because at the time I don't think H&M polishes were available in The States!), and she also included this polish, which is Biguine Makeup Noir DorĂ© from a limited edition Betty Boop collection (sign me up).  Because Nathalie is a very, very lovely person she also included a letter with her package.  As anyone who has ever lived with me can tell you, I am not one to throw sentimental things away, but I've moved four times since 2010 so I'm not quite sure where the letter is.  But I do recall that she sent me this particular polish because of how much I spew my love for China Glaze Wagon Trail (some things never change).  And it does have some similarities to ChG WT.  Noir DorĂ© is not a complex polish; it's gold glitter flakes in a black base.  But somehow, in some lights, it does look olive green.  Isn't that interesting?

The formula on this was very thick, and it was also a one-coater, but I did two just in case.  I can't say I enjoyed the brush on this; the stem was very long, so it could get messy if there's any excess polish on the brush.  But all in all, I think this is very pretty.  I went back through my e-mail and found an exchange between Nathalie and me.  She was letting me know that she got a package I sent her, and she said that I had given her one polish she already had.  She said, "But I don't mind.  I will keep both.  In essence, I keep every gift I receive:  they are attached to people who make the gift and so, dear to me.  I've never gotten rid of a present."  She pretty succinctly summed up how I feel about gifts, too!  Seriously, she is one of the sweetest, most genuine people...and I hate to say that we've fallen out of touch.  Her blog isn't up anymore, and we haven't e-mailed since 2011.  So if you're reading this, Nathalie, I hope you're doing well, and thank you again for the gifts you've sent me.  I love them all.

Yesterday it snowed.  But it wasn't just a light dusting or anything.  I mean, it really snowed.  When I went out to my car on my way to work I was pretty shocked to find 6 inches of snow blanketing the thing.  By the time I got home from work there was probably double that on the ground and my apartment complex hadn't plowed anything.  My car is currently stuck outside in the lot--but I managed to get it stuck in a parking space and not just helter skelter wherever, so there's that.  I am so not ready for winter.  I do not have any childlike fascination with the snow this year.  I don't get a warm, fuzzy, Christmas-y feeling from it.  I would like it to go away, and I would like it to be 60 degrees again like it was LITERALLY ON TUESDAY.  Get it together, Cleveland.  I can't live like this.   

Remy was pretty cool with the snow, but I think that's because he doesn't have to drive in it.

Speaking of Remy, he's got an Instagram account now.  I have no idea how well we'll do at maintaining it, but it's there.  So if you only visit this blog for Ragdoll pictures, as I suspect is the case for many, then check out RemyRagdoll on Instagram.  He's there for your viewing pleasure.

Okay, that's all.  If you stuck with me through that whole post, then cheers.  You're a pal.  Make sure you pop over to see what Rach is wearing today!

Friday, November 07, 2014

OPI Icebergers and Fries (Meh) with Glitter (Yay!)

Yes, it's another OPI.  I'm sorry!  They're just speaking to me right now, and it doesn't help that now I have a couple from holiday to try out.  But don't worry; I have some China Glaze and drug store goodies lying around, too.  So until then, enjoy this color that I'm not quite sure that I enjoy on me.

Okay, so this is Icebergers and Fries from Nordic.  I bought it because of my current earth tone penchant, but I wasn't sure it would work on me.  I do love the color of this.  In the sun it looks like a camel shade (it actually matches my purse almost spot on) and in indoor lighting it looks like milk chocolate (which just makes me want fondue).  The formula was pretty standard for an OPI creme, but I felt like it wasn't super opaque.  I used two coats here, but in bright sunlight I could tell that I definitely had cuticle drag.  Even though I like this color in theory, I don't think it works on me.  Like, at all.  In an effort to jazz it up a little bit, I added OPI All Sparkly and Gold from last year's holiday collection--I had a mini bottle lying around.  It is indeed all the sparkles and all the gold.

I tried to do a bit of a gradient starting at the cuticle.  I think it turned out well, and this glitter complements Icebergers really, really nicely.  Once I added the glitter I felt a lot better about wearing the brown; I'm still wearing it right now after a few days on.

Yesterday I did a little thrifting to check out the ugly Christmas sweater situation, and let me tell you...they're out in full force right now.  Ben and I are hosting our second annual Christmas Vacation viewing, during which we ask that our guests ugly sweater it up.  Last year Ben waited too long to get his and everything was gone from my thrifting haunts.  Anyway, I ended up getting a couple things that were not ugly sweater-related.  One of them is a tartan short-sleeved blazer that was missing a button.  I ended up removing all of them and sewing on some new ones.  I had it spread out on the floor and was checking to see that I had aligned the buttons well, when Remy decided that he was going to live inside that blazer.  He was burrowing in it like a little mole.

Yeah, it totally still smelled like the thrift store at this point...

He was so pissed at me when I took this blazer away from him to wash it.  He followed me to the laundry room and yelled at me from the floor.  Maybe the person who had this before had a cat or something?  Who knows.  Now it Remy.  I'm so into the idea of tartan right now, and I can't tell if it's because of the winter weather/holidays coming up, or because I was just in Scotland and tartan is everything there.  Either way, I like it and want to wear it.  And so does the cat.  

Alright, that's all for me today.  I hope every had decent weeks--I did, and Ben got the dent in my car fixed, so that's good--and I hope you're all gearing up for wonderful weekends.  I'll talk to you later!

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

OPI Warm Me Up: Jurassic Polish

I have wanted OPI Warm Me Up since last December, but I couldn't find it anywhere once I actually decided I needed to have it.  Oddly, just the other day I was looking for it on eBay because of my recent obsession with brown, plus its nearly year-long lemming status.  Then I was at Marshall's with my friend and THERE IT WAS.  I snatched it up right away, and I'm super glad that I did.  Also it's very appropriate for right now because I finally let Ben turn the heat on on November 2!  I had been surviving in our freezing apartment by wearing fleece onesie PJs all the time.  #sexy

The lip color is an OCC Lip Tar, Vintage.  I'm trying it out.  There's definitely a learning curve with it and it definitely migrates outside the lip line...but it's pretty.

How to describe Warm Me's definitely a brown, as you can see from the photos where the sun came out to play.  But it's also sort of a pewter color.  And it has pearlescent microshimmer in it too that some have claimed makes it look frosty.  I don't feel that way.  I got no brushstrokes showing in my application and I think it looks absolutely gorgeous.  I used three coats because the formula was a little bit thin, but it dried super fast with a coat of SV.  I definitely remember re: last year's holiday offerings from OPI that I was disappointed and underwhelmed.  I ran into this year's collection last weekend in Ulta and I have to say, what in the hell is happening with all the reds?  I mean, I know that they have reds at holidaytime for a reason, and that has to be because people buy them all, but there are AT LEAST SIX.  That having been said, I may have bought one of the reds.  But there don't have to be six of them, you guys.  Relax with the red, OPI.  We get it.  More colors like Warm Me Up for holiday, please.  

Anyway, so Halloween!  Many months ago I suggested to Ben that we be Ellie and Alan from Jurassic Park.  We both absolutely love that movie and quote it pretty extensively and often, so we decided to go with the idea.  We tried to thrift as much of the costumes as possible.  Ben ended up buying a lot of accessories for his "for authenticity."  

But I thrifted pretty much my whole costume; the shirts I'm wearing as well as the shirt Samuel L. Jackson's arm is wearing and the headset are from Goodwill (Ben found the headset), and the shorts are from Walmart (on super clearance for I think $4 because I bought them after shorts season).  I got the belt from Target and the boots from DSW (but I've been wearing them pretty much every day, so they're more of a wardrobe item than a costume item).  I also wore my t-rex necklace that I got in Salem last October (which can be seen well in this post right here). The latex arm is from Spirit Halloween.  I painted it and attached the torn shirt, and then we velcroed it to my shoulder.  I mean, you all remember the relevant scene, right?  Anyway, this was my best costume.  Like, ever.  Everyone thought it was hilarious and it was pretty easily recognizable.  

Ben even had a raptor claw.  Which he enjoyed showing people and pretending to cut open their stomachs.  Try to show a little respect.

Look at Kayleigh's amazing sugar skull skills!  Seriously, her face looked so fabulous, and her makeup stayed on all night long.

Ben and I had another couples costume on Saturday night that we found hilarious and awesome, but the demographic of people at this second party was so young that they didn't get it (we were Tim and Al from Home Improvement).  I have never felt so old as I did at this party.  But the wonderful time we had at our friend Kyle's as Dr. Grant and Dr. Sattler the previous night made up for it.

And!  On Sunday I stopped at Starbucks for my first red cup of the season!  I don't know why Sbux holiday fare delights me so much, but it does.  


Then there was a small incident involving there now being an enormous dent in my car that Ben and I are convinced was not my fault.  That really put a damper on the weekend.  But I'm trying to forget about it and not worry about it too much.  At least the best part of 2014 is yet to come because Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner.  Also The Walking Dead is getting really good.  And Remy is cute.  So, those are all good things.  Oh, also, yesterday Ben and I saw St. Vincent.  And it was so good.  I highly recommend it.

Anyway, I hope everyone else also had lovely weekends/Halloweens if that's your thing.  I already cannot wait until next year.  Alright, I'm out.  Hopefully I'll be back later this week!