Tuesday, August 20, 2019

NOTD: Sorry Not Sorry (over Through The Grapevine)

Here's what I'm wearing right now:
This is two coats of Mega Strength Sorry Not Sorry (made by Sally Hansen) over one coat of Megalast Through The Grapevine (made by Wet n Wild). I'm not entirely sure if I needed to put an undercoat under this but I decided brighter is better. I really really like this polish.

This is Through The Grapevine on its own:
I posted these pictures on Instagram, and I said there that I feel like I would want a second coat of this if I was going to wear it on its own. For layering, I thought one was plenty. On my monitor, at least, it looks brighter here that it did in real life.

Monday, August 12, 2019


Wet n Wild released a whole set of Pac-Man stuff, which is so adorable I couldn't resist it even though it's not really anything I need at all. I did refrain from buying absolutely everything - in fact, I didn't even buy the nail polish! - because it was not very interesting colors, I thought. But I bought a couple of items from Ulta, and then more from WnW directly later on.

This is the Game Over eye palette:
I'm linking Kathleen's video below, partly because she compares this to a recent Anastasia rainbow palette, and she says it totally compares favorably, and this one is $9.99 as opposed to $45. (This whole collection is limited edition, so if you want something from it, better go grab it fast!)

Here's the lip scrub - Bonus Fruit!
I feel like they even got the font right. (Can you tell I have feelings about Pac-Man?) I bought the two items above first, and then later I kinda went on a lip scrub binge from WnW - they were having a sale - so here's my new lip-scrub collection:
I am not big on green apple scent or taste, really - the  rest of these definitely are more my kind of thing (although the green apple is okay, not obnoxiously scented at all). The pink and black one at the bottom is from the Rebel Rose collection, I think, and so far that one is my favorite.

So from WnW I also got a gift set which included many of the Pac-Man items I didn't buy the first time around:
This is the Powder Kit, and it has the blush palette, the powder brush, and the little pellets of bronzer. Kathleen also loved this brush, and I have to say I don't disagree. Plus, it has a handle full of floating glitter, so coool. (Imagine what we would have made of all this in the 80s...)

Many of the kits still seem to be on WnW's website at the moment. Don't know how long that will last, though.

I also bought another little box of pellets which is "blushlighter" but for some reason I don't seem to have a picture of that. It works much better than I expected, though, I like it. I may end up giving the bronzer away, though, because I doubt that I will use it.

And then I bought this to experiment around with. It's the kind of thing I probably will use some of the time, at least.

Here's Kathleen, with a nice take on rainbow eyes from the palette:
(I can't really visualize myself wearing it, but it's still pretty!)

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Assorted new polishes

I thought this was some kind of Nordstrom house brand but apparently it's not, it's a nail salon's house brand. This is Satellite:
It's $18 - which I guess if you look at Jin Soon and Lippmann, that's par for the course for those kind of brands. I would never have paid that, but Nordstrom gave me a "note" (meaning a coupon, basically) for $10 off anything, and I used it on this. This is a sort of deep grayed-out teal, I think? It will be awesome for fall.

Going from high-end to low-end, I've heard a couple of people mention the Kiss Gel polishes which you can get at Dollar Tree, so I went and looked at the store nearest us. It's not the biggest Dollar Tree around, and they didn't have a big selection, but I ended up bringing True Romance home with me:
It will also be a nice fall color. (Note that you can see it in the picture up top, and it looks much darker - maybe I had added another coat? If so I failed to note that on the wheel.) I'll be interested to see what kind of wear this gets - and I may go check out a bigger Dollar Tree and see if I can find some more colors.

And then I bought a bunch of stuff from Wet n Wild which I'll show soon, but included in that was one nail polish, Megalast Through the Grapevine:
I don't exactly need any more berry-ish colors, but this is really pretty. I feel like this may have been in the same collection with Careful It's Vine-tage back a year or two ago, but I didn't find any confirmation of that in a quick search.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019


I have some empties pictures that have been sitting in a folder on my computer for a while, so I think it's time to post these if I'm ever going to. They're just random stuff - mostly not nail polish. I hardly ever use up nail polish other than maybe base or top-coat or treatment products. (There is one nail product down at the bottom, here.)

This is expensive but it's a really good product: Briogeo's Don't Despair, Repair! conditioning mask:

Some of these are premium samples. This is another product that I really like, and I bought a small size of it and then a larger size. The Pep-Start products seem to be very reasonably priced - not much more expensive than similar drugstore products, at least for the moisturizer.

This is a Caviar (hair) cream sample that I've had for a good while. The brand here is Alterna, I believe, and  it looks from that link at Ulta that they've changed their packaging and I don't see that exact product offhand. But I'm sure there's still something similar. It's a good product, but I don't normally pay these premium prices for hair products (the Briogeo up above being my one-time exception).
(I take it back - here it is at Sephora. I imagine Ulta has it too. Sometimes Ulta's website is not the easiest thing to navigate.)

This is a full-size product that I bought at Sephora a couple of years ago - I believe I had had a sample of it back when I was getting Sephora boxes. I've never been sure if a "detoxifying" cleanser is really what my face needed, but I liked this cleanser and I only used it once or twice a week when I washed my hair, which is why it lasted so long. I really recommend it though, a tiny bit of it goes a long way and it didn't dry out my skin.

Oh, look, there's a nail product after all - Cuccio base coat. I actually liked this a lot and I would totally buy it again later on.
(I'm sure you can get Cuccio products other places but I've only ever bought it from HB Beauty Bar.)

Monday, July 29, 2019

Earworm material: Do You Sea What I Sea?

Previously posted on Instagram: OPI Do You Sea What I Sea?
 It was very shiny so I decided to try it with matte top-coat (I used this NeverMind mini):
It's really pretty either way but I think I liked it matte the best.

Thursday, July 25, 2019


I do most of my shopping online (and my husband likes to buy groceries, so I don't even go in the grocery store that much any more), so I haven't seen what nail polish displays there are to see in a while. My impression is that there aren't that many of them any more, and when I wandered into Walgreen's last week, it kinda looked like I was right - they had two. Well, maybe really three because this one appears to be two displays shoehorned together (CND + Ardell):

The only other one was Insta-Dri:
This doesn't really look like summery colors - is this an early fall display, you think? I don't remember seeing most of these color names before, except for Expresso which I have had for a year or more. I'm guessing that at least some of these are new or were new fairly recently.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Colourpop: Kathleen's favorites

This started because of a Kathleen Lights video, so I'll link that first rather than putting it down at the bottom like I usually do with videos. (That doesn't mean I expect you to watch it right now before you read any further. That part's up to you!)
Kathleen does collabs with Colourpop, and they were coming out with new products, so Colourpop had a "Kathleen's favorites" sale (which has now ended). I had been wanting to try out Colourpop concealer for a while now, so I used Kathleen's sale as an excuse to buy that and more.

I think Colourpop is 5 years old? that's what I decided this card was referring to.

I tried out several of the products that Kathleen talked about. I started out looking at the separate Zodiac shadows, which have just been released - I put two of them in my cart and then I went, "Y'know, it wouldn't cost much more to buy the whole palette," and so that's what I did.

Here's the items out of the boxes:
Top to bottom: Jelly Much shadow in Whistlin' Pixie (also see below), Colourpop No Filter concealer, Ultra Blotted Lip in Double Double, and the Zodiac palette. (I apparently didn't take a picture of the inside of the palette, for some reason, but you can see it here, not to mention that each individual eyeshadow color has a page, and the zodiac pigments -which I did not buy - also have pages, and so do the new blushes that were just released - and all that stuff is listed here.) Whistlin' Pixie was actually a color that Kathleen mentioned - and I jumped at it because I love coppery anything - but I don't think the blotted lip was one that she mentioned. I probably wouldn't have bought the Ultra Blotted Lip at all if she hadn't been talking about it, though, because it just wasn't on my radar. Kathleen's lip picks, especially, tend to be more neutral than I like, a lot of the time. Neutrals just aren't all that flattering on me.