Thursday, June 22, 2017

NOTD: Lengha (+ some stray purchases)

It seems a little fallish to wear in the middle of summer, but I went ahead and tried out Square Hue Lengha and I really like it a lot. Square Hue does a good shimmer, I've noticed that before.
I'm not seeing ridges in person, but they really show up in this picture on the bottom two nails. I don't really think this picture does this polish justice, quite honestly.

I went in the grocery store to pick up a prescription and ended up with a new lipstick (which I'm about to need) and a nail polish (which I didn't need, but hey, it was on sale):

I'd really like to start calling this lipstick by its French name, Beau Gosse, because its English name, Hunk, just seems like a stupid name for a lipstick. Although I looked up "gosse" - I did take French once upon a time so I knew "beau" - and it means roughly the same thing, it just sounds better. "Gosse" means "kid" and "beau" is the masculine version of "belle" so it's more like "good-looking boy." I know I'm overthinking this as usual but this is my third tube of this lip butter so I keep being reminded about it. (Added: I was poking around on Temptalia just now, and figured out that in fact I must not have been the only person who didn't like the name Hunk; the color is still available but it is now called Thunderstorm. This must have been a very recent change since I just bought this lipstick yesterday.)

I decided to try Buffalo Nickel out as an accent nail. (Lengha has silvery shimmer so I felt like they coordinated reasonably well.)
Since Buffalo Nickel covered up the much darker Lengha, I think it's pretty safe to say this most likely a one-coater. I feel like I have something fairly similar to this... but this has a nice antique feel to it and I can't think of anything else quite like that, so I doubt that this is really a dupe to whatever silvers I have. (If I figure out otherwise I'll come back and say so!)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Dorothy Who?

This is China Glaze Dorothy Who?
I believe this is actually a recreated version - Dorothy Who 2.0, so to speak. This is from the same collection as Ruby Pumps, Wizard of Ooh Ahz (the link is to Scrangie's post on this collection from 2009). This collection was originally released in 2001, but apparently most of the original formulas got lost sometime in the interim and had to be recreated for the 2009 re-release. (Scrangie compares a couple of new vs old versions in her post - but not this one.) I don't think that applies to Ruby Pumps because it was in the core collection and was in production all along, but the rest of them were not. Dorothy Who is in the core collection now but wasn't then, as I understand it. Anyway, it's sort of the blue version of Ruby Pumps, as far as being a fine glitter in a jelly base. Here it's a bright blue with a mix of blue and silver glitter. I didn't put it in my China Glaze favorites but it was a close thing. It's really beautiful. (I think that part of the reason I left it out was because I have so many bright blues - you can see two more of them on this wheel. But I put Ruby Pumps in although the same thing is true of reds, so go figure.)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017


This is Zoya Luna, which didn't make my top 10 Zoyas but was in the shortlist.
It's hard to get a really good picture of it, but it is a fine silver glitter in a pale gray base, which makes it somewhat unusual. I just checked and it's not on Zoya's website, so I assume it's discontinued. (I do see a couple of bottles on eBay though!) Actually I think all of the line this was in are discontinued - that would be the Ultra Glitters - I think it was Luna and Aura and Nova, something like that. (Oh, here - I was close, it's Astra, not Aura.) Anyway, the reason I particularly value Luna is that it's a lovely base for jelly sandwiches. With something like Paloma under it, it's spectacular.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Quick Jeanius

This is Insta-Dri Quick Jeanius, which was in my Sally Hansen favorites:
It's a navy microglitter that leans just a hair toward violet. It's got a silver shimmer that's really gorgeous. This was from an LE "Rent the Runway" collection several years ago, so I imagine it's pretty hard to find. (Huh, that website Hollar that advertises so much on TV has it showing up on their website for $2, currently. I've heard very mixed things about them so I'm wary about trying them out, personally.)

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Mist You

I found a swatch of a polish that I genuinely haven't shown before, that I know of, Sally Hansen Salon Mist You:
(There are only a handful of polishes left, out of 600+ , that show up in my spreadsheet with a blank spot for the date when I swatched it, but this is one of them. They are mostly the sheer ones that I originally found it hard to get decent swatches of, or - in a couple of cases - things that are MIA somewhere in my junky house. But I am gradually working in as many as I can find, at least!)

As you can probably guess, this is Mist You over WnW Black Creme. Actually these top-coat things have turned out to be very interesting to swatch over black because you just never know what they're going to look like. Here it's purple - who knew?

Sephora/Tarte birthday set

Everybody who has a Sephora account and has their birthday in the first half of the year has probably seen this already, but oh well, I finally remembered to take pictures of it and I'm showing them to you anyway.

Have I got that right that you just have to have a Sephora account? I think I do. So-called Beauty Insiders. (I was always a Beauty Insider until Sephora Flash was invented, and since then I've been a VIB - which pretty much tells you that I rarely go inside the physical Sephora stores. So I think I knew for quite a few years that I could get a freebie if I went to Sephora around my birthday but I could never remember/be bothered to actually do it.)

So anyway, this year we have Tarte items - I think the alternate choice was some skincare set  which I've forgotten already. Not that I'm not all into the skincare, because I totally am, but I pretty much have every skincare sample that Sephora's given out in the last several years two or three times over. So I figured I'd be different and go with the makeup.
It's two items: Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in Paaarty, and Tarteist creamy matte lip paint in Birthday Suit. They're mini-size, but pretty generous ones.
The colors are a bit more neutral than I really prefer, but I feel like I can make them work. I imagine it's difficult to please everybody with one color choice.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

NOTD: LOL (with & without Leia)

I just noticed that Lavender Out Loud spells out LOL, so that's probably what I'm going to call it in my head from now til eternity.

This looks like it has bald spots in this picture, but I think it's just a reflection. It went on very evenly in two coats, and I didn't see any bald spots at all. It seems to me that most of the polishes I have that are similar to this tend to be balky to apply, so if I'm right then this one is unusual. I'm going to have to poke around in old posts to see if there's actually any evidence of that, though.
I wore the Periwinkle polish all week last week without putting any color-changing or glittery thing over it, so it was too much to expect me to go another whole week, I guess. I put Zoya Leia on top of it, and I really like how it came out.
It looks here like it shifted more blue, doesn't it? Pictures can be really deceptive on purples, but on the monitor I'm looking at now, this looks pretty true to what I'm seeing in real life.