Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Nail Collection tag, from Kelli Marissa

From YouTuber Kelli Marissa (see her video at the bottom of this post):
The Nail Polish Collection Tag!

(Since I don't do videos, you get text. I'm old-school.)
  1. How many nail polishes do you own? I have a spreadsheet that's more or less up to date, and it says I have about 900 bottles, including minis. (About 100 of them are minis, I think - and in any case that's less than KM has! But still... that's a lot of nail polish.)
  2. What was the first nail polish you remember buying? A Revlon bright pink, don't remember the name any more. This was in the 70s, when even fuchsia was still considered a little racy, and I was 12 or so, so I thought I was being very daring.
  3. What is the most recent nail polish you added to your collection? At the time I first wrote this last week, it was two polishes from Olive Ave's new summer collection, Herbology and Fey. However, I've now gotten a couple of I Scream polishes in the mail, so for now, they're actually the newest. (There's a picture of Herbology below. I'll try to get some more posts up about all this stuff!)
  4. What is your least favorite nail polish that you own? I've said it before and I'm sticking with it, OPI Decades of Shades. Total baby-poop brown. (Some people love it, so I'm thinking it's one of those warm vs. cool colors thing. I'm very much a cool-tone person, so you warms may have better luck with it!)
  5. What is your rarest nail polish? I have Hard Candy Sky, which is the one that Alicia Silverstone made famous years and years ago. It's supposedly very HTF so I imagine that one would be the winner. I've thought of trying to sell it, but I like having it even if I don't ever wear it! Also I don't have the cheap plastic rings any more that came with the old Hard Candy colors, so I imagine that would hurt its resale value.
  6. What is your most expensive nail polish? If we go by what I actually paid for it, probably a Lynnderella that I paid maybe $22 for some years ago. Most of the time I won't pay those kind of prices, though. I have a couple of designer polishes that I didn't pay full price (or anything) for - some Marc Jacobs that I bought on sale, a YSL that my sister gave me, etc. Some of those might have a higher value than the Lynnderella, I'm not sure!
  7. What brand do you own the most of? Zoya, no question - I think I have about 100. (I do love Zoya, but also they have really good sales, which is why I have so many.)
  8. What color do you own the most of? Either pink or purple, I've never really bothered to figure it out. I am super-partial to those berry colors that are right on the border between pink and purple, anyway, so it's often hard to figure out which is which!
  9. Which nail polish in your collection means the most to you? I get very attached to fall polishes, for some reason (maybe just because fall means the hot Texas summer is over!) - Xtreme Wear Pumpkin Spice - which is long discontinued - is one that I am pretty sentimental about, although there are some others, too. (see below for a picture)
  10. What is your go-to nail polish right now? I have only been changing my polish once a week, lately, and I haven't been repeating myself much. I've been on a pink tear, though, so let's say anything pink, especially bright pink (but some pale ones, too). -- I've worn more pink this year than I have in years. Not sure why, exactly.

Re question 3: here's Herbology (not particularly well-cleaned-up, sorry!) over another Olive Ave green, Aster:
(I don't really think you're seeing the full awesomeness here. I really love it.)

And re question 9: here's several fall polishes that I'm very attached to (none of which are available any more, far as I know): Lippmann All Night Long, the aforementioned Pumpkin Spice, and Spoiled Cougar Attack. (Going from this, I think the thing that makes a great fall polish for me is brown + copper! But P-spice is still the best.)

And here's Kelli:

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Candles from Bath & Body Works

I've had an unfinished version of this entry sitting around in draft mode for ages, and this seems like a good time to get it done and out, with practically everybody still sitting around bored at home. You can't go in Bath & Body Works right now, of course but you still can order candles online. (Important notes: Not sponsored. Also, don't buy anything from these guys that's not on sale, unless you just want to burn money - they have sales a lot.)

Now, I'm not a huge fan of sweet-smelling candles, which B&BW sells a ton of - I suspect those are their best-sellers. I like some food scents - I like spicy scents like cinnamon and clove, and I usually like citrus scents. The one below is my example about where the line is, because on something like "cinnamon bun" scents, it tends to depend for me on how overpowering the sugar scent is. The fall candle "Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin" is one that could go either way:
In fact, I do like this one and I'm likely to re-buy this scent in the fall. But they also have lots of things that aren't obviously sweet-scented.

Here's more one-wick candles because that's the most recent thing I bought - they were having a one-day sale, a while back. Partly I like having candles around this time of year because we get thunderstorms pretty regularly in the spring - I like to put a candle and matches in every room, because I don't like to be trying to feel my way around in the dark when the power goes out. (And I don't really need 3-wick candles for that particular purpose!)

I really like the patterned wrappers that are on a couple of these.
Eucalyptus Rain fragrance notes: Aromatic Eucalyptus, Spearmint Leaves, Fresh Spring Rain
Turquoise Waters fragrance notes: Coastal Waves, Sparkling Bergamot, Sun-Drenched Musk

Limoncello notes: Sorrento Lemons, Cane Sugar, Lemon Zest
Sun-Washed Citrus notes: Sorrento Lemons, Citron, Agave Nectar

And then below are some more that are currently out of season:

This is a fall one I like, "Leaves":
Notes: Crisp Red Apple, Golden Nectar, Warm Clove Spice
(If you're not familiar with how B&BW works, they tend to rotate the same set of scents seasonally, usually with a ton of different wrappers and labels. I think this particular wrapper is especially pretty because the tiny leaves are cut-outs and so you can see the light flickering through them when it's burning.)

"Fresh Balsam" is my very favorite for winter & the holidays:
There are others I like but this is absolutely #1 for me. This one above was empty when I took this picture, months ago now, and I believe I went though another one before the winter was over. I bought a couple more when B&BW was having their big one-day sale before Christmas. I think this scent is probably a best-seller because I've seen it with many, many different designs.

Another one that seems popular is "Winter":
 Notes: White Woods, Pine Needles, Sparkling Clementine, Spiced Clove

"Cinnamon & Clove Buds" is another of my favorites for the holidays:
Notes: Cinnamon Leaf, Clove Bud, Ground Nutmeg

This is an old picture, but this is my other favorite Christmassy scent, "Tis the Season":
I don't have one of these at home currently, and these aren't on the website right now, so I don't know the notes exactly, but this one totally smells like Christmas, somehow.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

NOTD: Ma-holo At Me

Here's that picture I couldn't find yesterday, which was China Glaze Ma-holo At Me on my nails:
(I had to download it from Instagram - if I had a local copy it got lost!) Anyway, I still think this is very pretty, but this is awfully sheer so that makes me think an undercoat is a good idea next time. It looked better in real life than it looks here, I have to say.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Ma-holo At Me

I've worn China Glaze Ma-holo At Me and I really like it:
It's just a light-blue holo, but that's a nice thing. I swatched it by itself and also over KLP Wishbone, which is just a light beige/tan sort of color. I think you may or may not want an undercoat, depending on how many coats you want to use and how much your nail-line tends to show. This is from the Shades of Paradise collection, from summer 2018. Here's pictures from the whole collection - you have to scroll down a good ways to find this one.)

I couldn't find the picture of it on my nails, but it was on Instagram so I downloaded it again:
(I did a separate entry for this picture, but this is the same picture I put there. I have gotten where I like to have links back and forth as much as possible - the other entry is here if you really want to see it. )

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Swatches from Polish 'M

I had not tried the indie brand Polish 'M before I got the big BCA box last fall. And then sometime around January I happened to look at their website, and I noticed that they had a Black Friday duo from last fall marked down on their website (in fact it's still there). I posted a picture of Black Friday Is My Cardio a while back, but I didn't post swatches, and meanwhile I bought another couple of polishes from them that were on clearance as well.

This is the other half of that duo, 1st In Line:
It's described as "a medium grey with pink to lavender duochrome shimmer, metallic teal, orange and raspberry hex glitter, red to orange shifting UCC flakes and scattered silver holo magic flakes." I haven't worn it yet because it feels like a fall polish to me. (Really I bought the duo for the other polish in it, but this is still kinda cool.)

Here is Black Friday Is My Cardio on the left (the upper one of the two blue swatches) and Brave Hearts on the right (the lower blue swatch):
I had a bad minute - before I put these two next to each other - where I thought, man, why did I buy both of these, they are too much alike! But as you can see, they're actually not. Black Friday Is My Cardio is quite a bit lighter and totally packed with, well, stuff: "a winter blue holo with aqua shimmer, metallic teal, purple and magenta micro glitter, blue-purple shifting iridescent glitter and silver galaxy holo glitter." The other one is Brave Hearts, and it's really pretty, too, but in a slightly less showy way. (It's not on the website any more, so I don't have the detailed description for it, unfortunately.) I would call it a really heavy shimmer, offhand. And I love the color.

The other one I got is called Glow By Candlelight:
It seems to have holo and some scattered flakes. I really like this color, too.

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.

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: