Friday, March 6, 2020

NOTD: Black Friday Is My Cardio

Polish 'M has had their Black Friday duo marked down, and Black Friday Is My Cardio is half of the duo. (The other is First In Line, which I'll show later on.) Honestly, Black Friday Is My Cardio is kind of an odd name for a blue glitter, but I love the polish and the name is funny, so I can't make myself care too much about that. This is a sort of a wintry blue with a lot going on - various complementary colors of glitter and shimmer (purple, aqua) and also some holo. It's lovely. I got not just compliments but exclamations (as in "Wow, that's gorgeous!") about this polish.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Olive Ave Flora collection

Right after New Year's, Walker (from Olive Ave Nails on YouTube) had a Kickstarter for her new polish brand, and you could pre-order either the entire first collection of 6 polishes, or 3 polishes of your choice. I'm never the completist so I did three, and the Kickstarter was funded in, like, 2 days, so there wasn't much suspense about that part - always a good sign.

I knew my polishes were supposed to be in the mail - considerably earlier than the date promised, I believe - and they came yesterday. The first collection was pastels, but I'm not quite as anti-pastel as I used to be, and they are lovely. (See the bottom of the entry for Walker's swatch video with all six colors.) When I was trying to decide what to get, I passed over the yellow and the coral (because I  usually think warm colors aren't flattering on me), and the blue (just because it was a cornflower-ish color that seemed similar to things I already had), and what I got was the purply-pink (Rhododendron), the minty green (Aster), and the pale-green shimmer (Calla Lily):
 
Added: I forgot to say that these polishes are now available online! here - Olive Ave Polish
 
My swatches are below, but first of all, it came in this nice (recycled and recyclable) envelope, with a hand-written note inside. (I believe if you ordered the full set of 6 you get a box.)

Here's Rhododendron:
These two cremes have really nice formulas. On both this and Aster, I did two coats. And I love this color. It's light enough to be spring-like but not super-pale - right up my alley.

Aster:
I was calling this a green, but really it's noticeably blue-green. And as I said, the formula seemed very similar to the one above. This is also two coats.

The third one, Calla Lily, is different, since it's a shimmer:
It's much more pale, but super-pretty. This is three coats. I haven't tried it on my nails yet, so I don't know yet whether I'll feel like that third coat is really necessary on the nail. But it has sort of a golden shimmer that's really unusual. (I should have swatched it over Aster, just to see what that looked like, but I didn't think about it last night when I was doing these!)


And here's Walker's swatch video:

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Valentine's manis

Yeah, I know, I'm late with this, but oh well, pinks and fuchsias are always in fashion, right? I went into Valentines-Day mode on February 1st, more or less, so this is what I wore the first two weeks of February. First I wore Starry-Eyed For Dear Daniel, from the OPI Hello Kitty collection a couple of years ago (not the more recent one, from 2019):

 After that I wore Wind Beneath My Wings from Music City Beauty:
(This was one of the polishes from that Breast Cancer Awareness box last fall, so it's probably not available any more.)

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

More January manis

If you follow my Instagram you've seen these already - and sorry I'm so late, I know it's March, but I don't seem to be able to post consistently lately. (I started to put January and February in one post, but I felt like that got too long.)

I stumbled on this doorbuster at Cupcake Polish, and couldn't resist:
It's just called Blurple. I like. (It's my first Cupcake Polish, y'all.)

On Instagram, Jo of @polish_talk always does challenges, and one for 2020 is, pick a few polishes you want to use up. I picked a couple of Zoya cremes because I figured I could use them as bases since I never seem to wear cremes alone. So this is CG Where's The Party Canon At? (a My Little Pony polish) over Zoya Kieko.

This one was a KL Polish that I hadn't worn before, To The Stars:

And last, Zoya Dannii:





Monday, January 27, 2020

Zoya Dannii, Faye & Fern

I am so behind on posting stuff - part of me is tempted just to skip it all, but no, I'm determined to get the bulk of this posted here, if nothing else just so *I* have an easier time keeping track of what I bought when later on.

So, I ordered these Zoyas from a promo... I don't know how long ago, maybe last summer? I've completely lost track. It might even have been for Earth Day. But I do remember poking around and looking for colors I'd like to have, and I came up with Dannii, Faye, and Fern. Looking at Zoya's "ZP" numbers, which are sequential, the first two are older polishes but Fern is much more recent.
I'm not sure I've even worn any of these yet.

I looked it up, and Dannii is from spring 2011 - the Intimate collection. Zoya calls it a "metallic shimmer" in medium purple.

Faye is also from 2011, but from the summer Sunshine collection, which one of the ones with all the glass-flecks, I believe. Zoya calls it a "bronzed mauve metallic" - it's sort of in grandma-color territory, but that's not always a bad thing.

And then Fern is from last spring's Innocence collection, "a balanced sage with a beautiful warm pearl accent."

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Rachel Zoe Box of Style

I used to be on Rachel Zoe's mailing list (I unsubscribed from it in one of my periodic fits of cutting my e-mail list) so I was already aware of the existence of the Box of Style, which is a quarterly box that she offers. It's $100 so I never really considered buying one before, but in the fall Covet Fashion had a promo with RZ that reduced the price to $70, and you got game money to boot, and I looked at the purse in this box and was tempted into buying one of these for the first time. It was totally worth the money.

(Note that what looks like a dark spot on the flap of the bag is something in the camera, not on the actual bag.) I usually carry a larger bag, but I have been wanting something smaller to carry on the weekends, and this turned out to be exactly right. I believe they said that the retail value of this bag was something like $139 (added: the website says $148), and I like that it's a nice, well-made leather bag - but that's really not why I love this so much. It's really cute and neutral, and it's just the right size for my wallet, phone, keys and a few very small things like a mini-lipstick in the zippered compartment. (Actually I had bought a Vera Bradley wallet from the online outlet last summer - for, like, $12! - and it's a little larger than some so I thought there was no way it would fit inside this, but it does, barely. Originally I was intending to use the little card case which you can see in the top picture, but I didn't have to. It's much easier to just grab the wallet and move it from one bag to the other.)

The white item visible in the picture above is Shani Darden Texture Reform, which retails for $95. It's a gentle retinol creme meant for sensitive skin, which is exactly what I need. Most retinol/resurfacing-type cremes are way too strong for me.

And then this statement necklace is not something I would normally wear (because it's really heavy, not because it's not cute), but I took it as a given that I could find somebody to take it off my hands, and in the end I gave it to my sister for Christmas and she really loved it. It's from Dannijo, and it retailed for over $200.
There were a couple more items that you can see in the picture up top - and there was a bonus item, a little gold necklace with a star and a moon, which is very much more to my taste in necklaces.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

China Glaze holiday polishes

I got hold of a few of these from Polish Pick really early, and I thought, oh, I can post these and be ahead of the crowd for once, and well, somehow that didn't happen.


China Glaze's holiday collection was a second Sesame Street collection (after You Do Hue, last summer). The picture above was about all I had when I picked my colors but I did pretty well, I feel like.

I showed one of these in my favorites post yesterday but here's the swatch of it that I did - this is Since 1969:

Next up is Fa-la-ah-ah-ah!
I liked this a lot but it's really sheer. I could still see enough nail-line to bug me a little bit at three coats. I might try it with some very neutral base the next time.

I haven't worn this one yet - it's Gift Fur You:
Note that there are swatches of it on both sides of Fa-la-ah-ah-ah - above it's by itself, and below it's over black. It gets fairly opaque on its own so it's personal preference on this one, I'd say.

The last one I bought from this collection was #thisismystreet:
There's two swatches here, too, but I managed to get them next to each other this time. I don't really feel like this one works too well on its own, but I haven't gotten around to trying it yet.