Monday, November 20, 2017

CoverGirl stash

This is my most of my CoverGirl stash:
Most of these are microglitters in a range of colors. The outlier is the red one, which is called Sangria and which is a slightly orange-leaning red which seems slightly jellyish. (I don't seem to really wear red a lot, even though it looks good on me. So I haven't worn this one much either.) Also note that the other two minis are the same as the colors above them - I'll talk about those more below but I had the mini Glosstini ones first and then I found the full-size bottles on sale later on. I think that the microglitters are discontinued and that's why they were marked down.

I have one other stray old-school CoverGirl, and it's called Gold Rush:

I've been calling these microglitters, but I've also seen them called glass-flecks.
This picture is not in the same order as the one above; L-R, this is Midnight Magic, Seared Bronze, Pyro Pink, and Violet Flicker. Some of the Glosstinis were released as Catching Fire tie-ins but I don't think all of them were. There were a bunch of these at one time, maybe 10 or 12. Actually there are 9 in this post but Midnight Magic is not there, so it must not have been a Catching Fire release. I think some of them existed before that, though.

As far as favorites, I really like all of the glass-fleck ones but I think I'd have to go with Seared Bronze.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Liquid latex

I've always wanted to try ombre manicures, so I figured for that I'd need liquid latex to keep from making a gigantic mess. I saw a video that talked about buying it on Amazon, which is down at the bottom. It seemed like a much better deal than just buying a small bottle of it, since the small half-ounce bottles cost as much as (or more than) the whole big jar, most places I've seen.

I had some trouble trying to decant it into a usable form, though. This is how it came - although I had already opened it and made a big mess with it by the time I took this picture, which is why the label has smears on it. (Basically, my ability to make a mess of things is pretty infinite.)
This is ammonia-free latex. Even in this bright color it does work as advertised - that it, it peels right off once it's dried. (Due to the aforesaid mess, I can attest that it peels off right off of a variety of items including my fingers and the table.) Here's a link to the same brand in pink - if you've ordered from Amazon a lot like I have, you probably already know to check the different colors for differences in prices and the shipping costs. This comes in a large variety of colors, some of which were eligible for Prime and some weren't. Amazon also sells another brand that comes in even larger containers, but I figured I'd probably never even use up a 4 oz. jar, much less 16.

I had a plastic squeeze bottle like you use for haircolor - I bought several of them from Sally's when I did that big order a while back. But I couldn't figure out how to get it into the bottle at first. I didn't have a funnel or anything like that (or a syringe, which is Kelly's solution in the video below), but my improvised solution worked - I took a piece of heavy paper torn out of my September Vogue and made a cone-shape, put it down into the squeeze bottle, and poured through that. It worked fine, although of course some sticks to the paper. That seems like a minor issue, though. Then, since that bottle has a pointed tip (although it's not visible in the picture below) getting it from there into the small bottle was easy-peasy.
The small bottle was an old Chick polish bottle that I cleaned out, so it has the advantage of having the cute chick graphic, but other than that any polish bottle should do. I just left the rest of the latex in the squeeze bottle and discarded the original messy jar.

(I haven't tried the ombre thing yet, but at least I'm one step closer!)

Here are the videos I had watched a while back:

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Fall Mood

This is Revlon Colorstay Fall Mood:
Around this time last year I compared this polish with another coppery metallic, and the best I could come up with to describe it was "indeterminate fall-toned metallic" - it's somewhere in the pale-copper-to-bronze range, but it also has some little flecks of stuff in it which I think may be what was throwing me off. Anyway, unless you can find it on eBay or somewhere, it's not available, since this is the older version of Colorstay. It really is a lovely fall color, though.

(Note that this is on one nail alone, and on one nail over an orange polish, because that's one of the things I tried while I was doing all those Astros-orange manicures last month. It looked good that way.)

(Come to think of it, maybe that's why whoever named it came up with "Fall Mood" - maybe they couldn't decide quite what it was either!)

Friday, November 17, 2017

Fairy Dust (China Glaze version)

This is China Glaze Fairy Dust (here over KL Porter Miami):
Fairy Dust is just a plain holo glitter topper. If I'd swatched it alone, you wouldn't really be able to see it. I like it over this nice blue polish, though. (I'm sure you can figure this out, but #8 on the wheel is Porter by itself and #9 is Fairy Dust over Porter.)

As it happens, I have another polish called Fairy Dust which I was wearing the other day. That one is e.l.f. and it's also a topper, but in this case it's a flakie. I wore it over the weekend over Mozart, the dusty purple KL Polish. The flakie looked really nice over it. Unfortunately I didn't get pictures, though.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Feel The Funk!

This is Orly Feel The Funk:
It's from the Melrose collection, which I think was last year's fall collection, if I'm remembering right. (Or maybe it was summer. The only ones I have from Melrose are this and Vintage, and neither of them exactly look fall-ish.) Anyway, it's basically a very sparkly holo-laden top-coat somewhere in the range between pink and orchid. I'm looking forward to wearing this. Maybe around the holidays, it seems like that would work.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Where's The Party Canon At?

This is another oddly-named polish, China Glaze Where's The Party Canon At?
This is a My Little Pony tie-in, and so there's probably something in the My Little Pony movie or elsewhere in their canon - so to speak - to explain it, but to me it's sort of nonsensical. (The label does say "canon" not "cannon" which would make somewhat more sense - a pun, maybe? I don't know.) I do really like this polish, though, so understanding the name is definitely secondary. It's small glitters in a magenta-ish jelly base. I notice on other people's pictures, it looks brighter than it does here. I've only worn it layered so far, but it does seem to get perfectly opaque so it can be worn alone.

This is part of a collection that was released a few months ago, but it must not be too severely limited an edition - at least, when I googled, it came up as available on various shopping sites. (I got mine from Sally Beauty.)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

I Love You (again)

This is the oddly named Sinful Colors I Love You:
I don't know, is that a Barney callout, you think? It tends to give me that earworm, unfortunately, whether it's intended or not. But I love this polish. In fact, I showed it six months or so ago when I did my Sinful Colors favorites. The reason I'm reswatching it now is because I gave in and bought a backup bottle on Amazon. You can see the line pretty clearly in the picture above - it's nearly halfway empty. I tend to do a bunch of coats, that's why I've gone through so much. I think the swatch is three coats.

I always try to compare, when I buy polishes from Amazon or eBay, to make sure the colors look like they're supposed to, even though I've never had the slightest reason to think anything I've bought has been fake. These look awfully close to identical. (I should have swatched each bottle separately, that would have been the best test, but I didn't think of it in the middle of the night the other night when I did this.)
(Original bottle from Walgreen's on the left, new one on the right.)

Monday, November 13, 2017

Pumpkin Spice

This is Sinful Colors Pumpkin Spice, which as far as I know is a new polish this year:
It's a sort of a mixed fall-colored glitter, with coppers and so forth* - pretty definitely not something that will get opaque. You can see that on the swatch. However, below the one where it's by itself, I tried it over Square Hue Lengha (which is just a shimmery brown) and I liked that quite a lot.

(It's a wonder there haven't been more polishes named Pumpkin Spice, what with the popularity of the Starbucks flavor - or maybe there are and I've just missed them. The only other one I know of is my old favorite Xtreme Wear one - also coppery - which is discontinued.)

Other swatchers describe it as orange and gold, not copper - I always have trouble with sorting out glitter colors, or maybe I'm just too impatient. (Here it is over orange. I think I tried it over the Astros colors somewhere along the line and didn't like it, but her version looks really pretty.)

Sunday, November 12, 2017


This is Zoya Isa:
Zoya's description is a mouthful: "a deep blue-based purple with a micronized metallic pearl finish and an aqua flash that embodies the beauty of exotic island flowers!" It's a pearly blue-violet, however you look at it. I can't say I've noticed the aqua flash - I'll have to look for it when I wear it again! (Anyway, this is definitely a current color, and it's quite beautiful.)

Saturday, November 11, 2017

What color is this? Peru-B-Ruby

This is OPI Peru-B-Ruby. If you look it up, as I did, you will find that this is not the color it's supposed to be. Apparently mine has darkened. A lot.
Normally, it's a dupe for Chanel Tentation - it's pink, or at least fuchsia - it's one of those colors that often reads as being right on the line between red and pink. (If you scroll on down at that link, there's a comparison swatch.) But somewhere along the line, this bottle turned seriously darker. It's actually really pretty the way it is, but it's absolutely not what Peru-B-Ruby is supposed to look like.

Usually when I label something "what color is this?" it's because I can't decide, or it's in between - but this one is just weird. (I don't have kids, or a husband who is prone to practical jokes, or I'd think somebody switched the labels around on me!)

Added: Here it is a year and a half ago - I think it's darkened there but it's not as dark it is now.

Friday, November 10, 2017


This is Pretty Serious Frogtown - named, I believe, after an old movie called "Hell Comes to Frogtown" :
It looks kind of teal in the bottle but mostly on the nail it just reads kind of green, as I recall. (As a polish with a "frog" name should, I suppose!)

(Added: I talk about this at more length here.)

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Mozart + more KL

This is KL Polish Mozart, which is another polish from her fall 70s Vibe collection:
(I rewatched part of Kathleen's video about this collection and I'll put it at the bottom again - "Mozart" is a nickname her dad has for her, is the short version of the naming story.) This is a really nice dark dusty purple. Note that the swatch is quite a bit darker than the bottle color.

I'm sitting here with freshly base-coated nails and I'm seriously thinking this may go on my nails next. So I'll report back on that.

Kathleen also just put up a pre-order for her next collection, which comes in a limited edition box set * with a free Colourpop lip color. (It's the same price that I paid for the box set you can see below, so the lip color is truly a freebie seen in that light.) I don't feel any urge to run out and buy this whole box, thank goodness - although I'm sure I will end up with one or two! Note that the polishes themselves are not limited edition, just the set. All of Kathleen's polishes are permanent, as I understand it, except the couple that were specifically marketed as limited edition (which is Das Esspensive and Mami Martha). (Also, I just noticed as I was about to hit the "publish" button that the box set now says "sold out." I don't know if that's it for the set or if there will be more!)

*Added: I originally had the wrong link in the paragraph above, so if you tried to click through and couldn't, sorry, and it's fixed now. Also I notice that the individual polishes are on her website as well, not just the box set.

Here's Jess' take on the fall collection, because I happened to find it just now:

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Royal Invite

This is another of those discontinued lines from Sally Hansen (there are a lot of those), Diamond Strength Royal Invite:
This polish was an LE, I believe, and that was several years ago so I don't know whether this one is easily findable. But it's quite beautiful. Sally Hansen got on a kick for a while there of doing these limited editions, and they came up with some great stuff. They need to do that a lot more. Anyway, as you can see, this is sort of a blue-violet with a ton of shimmer. I haven't poked around to check but I think I put this in my top Sally Hansens list.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017


This is Sinful Colors Kissy, a really nice teal-ish shimmer:
I put this in my top 5 Sinful Colors polishes, I like it so much. I do have other things that are similar but nothing that's an exact dupe, to my knowledge.

(Added: not a current color, I checked. However, I see several bottles on eBay for reasonable prices right now.)

Monday, November 6, 2017

So Jelly

Here is KBShimmer So Jelly, one of the Unicorn Pee polishes:
Unicorn Pee is the official-unofficial name of the pigment providing the shimmer in these polishes. (Surely if you order it from a wholesaler or whatever, that's not what they call it, though.) It's called that among nail polish fans because it's supposed to be very rare - and it is officially the name of KBS's collection. So Jelly, as you might guess from the name, has a jelly base in dark red and then that pigment, which is really beautiful. In the jelly base, it just glows.

(NOTD pic here.)

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Show Us Your Tips!

This is OPI Show Us Your Tips! from the New Orleans collection. (A terrible pun that still manages to make me laugh.)
It's a lovely periwinkle-ish blue-violet that leans to the violet side - is that the best description for it? I feel like there's got to be something better that doesn't involve the word "blurple" (which I guess it is, technically, except that's usually used for darker colors). Nice and shimmery, really beautiful and I don't think I have anything like this. I'm trying to figure out if there's some reason I swatched this twice, but I haven't found this wheel to see if I wrote anything on it. If I figure it out I'll come back and say so!

I didn't buy anything from the New Orleans collection at the time it came out - this was the only one that interested me at all and I never even got around to it til now. But I'm glad I did.

Saturday, November 4, 2017


This is Square Hue Tumbao, from the Salsa collection.
I guess you would call this a light dusty-rose, wouldn't you say? The swatches at the bottom of the wheel above are the same as the ones below - that is, the darker pink polish is KL Zoey. They seem awfully similar in color, really, except Tumbao is lighter and Zoey is darker.

(I think these are the last polishes I'm getting from the Dance Collection. I'm taking a couple of months off, and I'll see what they come up with for next year!)

Friday, November 3, 2017

NOTD for Parade Day

The Astros' parade is today, as I think I mentioned yesterday, and I can't go but I'm still wearing my orange mani and I'll be wearing my "Houston Strong" Astros shirt as well. (I don't actually live in Houston proper - and in fact I've never lived inside the Houston city limits, ever - but I've lived somewhere in the general vicinity of Houston for the vast majority of my life so for purposes like this I consider myself a Houstonian.)

Here's what's probably the last orange manicure of 2017 - after this I'm sure I'll go on to other fallish colors. This is Jade V.I.P. over Square Hue Nani:
Nani is just a red-orange creme; and then the Jade "Special Glitz" polishes (which I have in several colors) are microglitters with a lot of sparkly stuff. They're not super-super sparkly, which is kind of nice, really. Sparkly enough to look nice, without being all "Hey, look at me!" - if you know what I mean.

Thursday, November 2, 2017


This is Square Hue Akamai, which is from the Scuba Hawaii collection in 2016:
They call it a foil but I don't feel like it quite gets to full foil-ness here. Close, but no cigar. It's a lovely color, in any case. Would you call this teal? It looks like it in the bottle but maybe not quite dark enough for that on the nail. It's pretty sheer.

Meanwhile, guess what, I am still wearing orange. I wore two coats of Nani today - which incidentally is from the same collection as the polish above - and then since the Astros actually went and WON the thing, now I feel like I have to keep wearing it for a day or two more. (The parade evidently will be Friday, although I have to work so of course I won't be going.) So I put Jade VIP on top again, which looks really pretty.

Added: I looked it up - akamai means "clever" in Hawaiian. I guess that fits with why it's also the name of a tech company.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Be Fairy Afraid + Colourpop at Sephora

Colourpop - a limited selection, anyway - is now available at Sephora. There are several limited edition sets and a very small selection of single eyeshadows. I've already seen some discussion of this - the sets are more expensive than the sets on Colourpop's website; however, they have more colors and apparently the pans on the eyeshadow sets are larger, so if you do all the math it supposedly comes out as a somewhat better bargain. I had heard before that Sephora did not intend to raise Colourpop's prices.

(No nail polish, though. I didn't expect it but I'm still wondering if they have some plan for these nail polish formulas, since they are quite good.)

Here is Colourpop Be Fairy Afraid:
These are still on Colourpop's website (on the sale page) for $3. Be Fairy Afraid is #3 on the wheel, the pink. From a distance the purple and the pink look pretty similar, but I think the pink is a little paler than the purple one. They really do have an extraordinary formula.

(As you may already know if you follow baseball at all, the World Series is going to game 7 tonight. My nails are a mess and I may just start over with one last orange mani.)

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Oranges for Halloween

I've been talking about orange polish off and on all month, since I've been trying to wear mostly Astros Orange as long as the playoffs are going on. I'm not going to specifically talk about baseball* but since it's Halloween I thought this was a good time to talk about the oranges I've been wearing and the ones I haven't. The Astros version of orange is a brighter orange - but I'm also a Texas Ex (aka Longhorn) and I also went to a high school that had an orange color-scheme, so I've always been very aware of the differences between bright orange and the Longhorn version, which is usually more of a burnt orange. I've learned over the years that I can wear orange pretty well if it's a red-leaning orange, but burnt orange is less flattering to me (although mostly passable) and anything that leans very far toward yellow-orange makes me look really bilious. So while I own quite a lot of orange polishes, one way and another, they're a carefully-curated set of oranges that avoid anything too yellow-toned. I didn't do any new swatches for this but I'm going to pull some of my old ones and talk about the differences.

I've been doing a lot of layering, but most of my Astros manicures have been things layered over a couple of red-oranges. Zoya Destiny works really well. By itself it's almost a coral, which is why I've mostly been using it layered. You can see on the wheel below that it looks almost pink. The more coats you put on, the more orange it looks on its own, though. This is two coats on the swatch here, but three coats probably work better for my purposes.
Mostly I've worn Y'all Come Back Ya Hear on top of it. though.
The Zoya on the left here is Autumn, which is a very burnt orange and I didn't try to use that, but you can see that Y'all Come Back, next to it, looks very pumpkin-orange - maybe just a hair of red-orange to it, but not much - and furthermore it's a "sorbet" (as OPI calls these jelly-like polishes from the Texas collection) so it layers really well. You can get this pretty opaque on its own but I usually don't bother, I just layer it over something. Together with Destiny it's pretty much perfect for my purposes.

I also used Square Hue Nani as a base:
It's not as coral as Destiny but it's definitely a bit red-leaning, also.
I layered VIP here (above) on top of Nani, and as I mentioned at the time, I eventually put Colorstay Fall Mood on top of that.
I put it on with a dry brush, and just kind of spread it around lightly without covering up the orange. I like this technique. Fall Mood - which is from the previous iteration of Colorstay, not the current one - is a sort of hard-to-classify metallic bronze color. (The polish on the left here is Orly Flagstone Rush, which is a bit more orange-brown and probably would have worked fine for this as well. I was also thinking that Princess Penny would probably have worked well.)

The Astros have been in the playoffs so long that I've started over completely with the orange layers at least twice. I started with Destiny first, then Nani, then Destiny again. I did the Destiny thing the same way as the first time, with Y'all Come Back Ya Hear on top, but then a couple of days ago I switched it up and put Zoya Kaufda on top of it.
Kaufda looks more red-orange here than I usually think it is. It's sort of a hybrid orange-coppery shimmer. It's lovely, and went well over the layers underneath. It darkened it a bit but it still looks plenty orange enough. (I'm still wearing this mani but it's chipping now. I will probably just try to patch it up and get it to last a bit longer rather than start completely over again, though.)

The other polish in the picture above is called Candy Cane Cordial and it's a holo glitter, it's nice. I didn't come across that one and I didn't find Orly Retro Red, which is a matte red-orange that I was really intending to use the last time. Despite the name, it reads pretty orange and it seemed like it would work. Here's a picture of it:
Many of these polishes are discontinued, I should note. Zoya Destiny is still current and so was Autumn, last I checked, but Kaufda is not. Kaufda and Y'all Come Back Ya Hear are polishes that might be findable from beauty supplies and so forth, though.

*Yeah, ok, I can't completely not talk about baseball. Did you see that crazy game on Sunday night? I thought I was going to pass out before it was finally over. And now it's two games in Los Angeles today and tomorrow, and if we win either one of them we win. Yike. But Verlander's pitching tonight, so I'm hoping for the best. Maybe we won't have to go to game 7 at all. (Knock on wood.)

Monday, October 30, 2017

Bat My Eyes

This is China Glaze Bat My Eyes, which was a Halloween polish a few years back:
I was thinking I had already posted this picture, but I can't find it and anyway it's the right time of year for this, even if I have. It's a really lovely gold and black glitter (with some scattered flakes of other stuff). I said last year when I wore it that it was almost too elegant to be a Halloween polish, and maybe that's true, but it's also a really awesome Halloween polish. I didn't try to look and see if it was available this year (kinda late for mail order, anyway), but it still was last year so there might still be some bottles hanging around somewhere. This is very textured, for the record - I think I said last year that I pulled out the Gelous for this.

I saw this in Walgreen's:
(The mayor even had two faces, it was pretty cute.)

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Dark Side Of The Moon

This is Deborah Lippmann Dark Side of The Moon:
It's a nice vampy eggplant color - they call it a cream but it seems to have jellyish tendencies to me. Anyway, very pretty - I think I got mine as a freebie from - they used to do that from time to time. A gift with purchase, I guess you'd call it. But I just checked and it's still a current color.

In today's installment of the Orange Nails saga, I have had on Destiny again (orange pixie dust) with Y'all Come Back Ya Hear (orange jelly) on top, but I got kind of bored with that and decided to push the walls of my self-imposed constraints just a bit - so now I have Zoya Kaufda on top of all of the above. It looks very nice and I'd still say it matches the orange in my Astros t-shirt just fine. Kaufda leans more towards the "burnt orange" end of the orange spectrum, but with all that lighter stuff underneath, I think it keeps it from looking so dark. (I was intending to start with Orly Retro Red, which is basically a red-orange, but I couldn't find what I did with it. I don't think it's much different from all this other stuff I've been wearing anyway. (If you're not following baseball, but are interested in knowing: the Astros and Dodgers are tied at two games each, now. So there will be one more game in Houston and at least one in LA, maybe two if needed. Tomorrow in Houston, then a travel day, then game 6 in LA on Halloween night, and if the same team hasn't managed to win both of those, then there will be a game 7 to decide it all on Nov.1. And then I will paint my nails some Halloween color even though Halloween will be over by then. I've been saving It's Alive for that!)

Saturday, October 28, 2017


This is Zoya Dovima, a matte velvet:
I figure this is kind of in the Halloween wheelhouse, because it's a near-black and very elegant. It looks charcoal-colored in some lights and black in others, but it's beautiful all of the time.

(To my knowledge this is not currently available. Zoya usually releases some mattes around the holidays every year but these older ones have not been re-released the last couple of years. They do have some other colors and a matte top-coat available.)

Friday, October 27, 2017

Just Breathe

Here is Orly Breathable Just Breathe:
It's a nice pastel-ish purple. When I wore this (see the link below) I was amazed at how well it wore with no base-coat or top-coat - which is how it's intended to be worn. I wore two coats but I believe it probably needs three coats for it to be really opaque.

When I showed my manicure with this polish a few weeks ago, I also showed the video for Breathe (2am) because that was the earworm my brain was presenting me at the time. My brain can be unpredictable about the earworms at any given moment, but this week I've been listening to a lot of Pearl Jam and so - rather predictably for once - when I looked at this polish I got Pearl Jam in my head instead.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Moisturizer and blush from Walgreens

A couple of things I bought at Walgreens the other day:
I'd never heard of this stuff - or I looked at it and my eyes just skipped right over it, I suppose is more likely. But my dermatologist recommended CeraVe Itch Relief and I bought that a while back, and it does seem to work well, so I guess my brain started picking up that brand-name a little bit - I still wasn't thinking of it as something you put on your face, though. But then Rank & Style had this product as #1 on their list of moisturizers for sensitive skin, and that was what made me really notice it. I maybe paid a bit more for it at Walgreens than I would have somewhere else, but I was so floored - it's SIXTEEN OUNCES. Every other moisturizer I've bought has been maybe six or eight ounces at the most, and a lot of them (Origins! La Fresh!) are 1.7 ounces. Which is why I found 16 ounces to be such a shock, and went running out to buy it right away. I figured if I didn't like it on my face I can always use it for a body lotion! But I do like it, it turns out.

Now I have to say that this doesn't really have a consistency like the Origins and La Fresh moisturizers I've had. I thought at first it felt like a night cream, compared to those two which are extremely light-feeling. But it seems to sink in just fine so I don't really see why you can't wear it in the daytime as well. Some of that is just personal preference, of course, so YMMV and all that.

And then Walgreen's had CoverGirl stuff x% off (I've already forgotten how much exactly) and my eye was caught by this:
Apparently this color is Deep Mauve. It's definitely darker than the MAC blush I've been wearing (which is really a little too pale, honestly) but it doesn't seem excessively dark, either. If I end up using this I will probably have to be careful to put it on lightly, but it's a beautiful color. I'll get back to you about how I end up liking it.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Cozy In There?

This is KL Polish Cozy In There?
This is a Walking Dead reference, as I talked about here - from the pilot, I think? (Or maybe it's the episode after that, I'm not sure.) It's a beautiful darker dusty blue - and like the majority of the cremes in this collection, it seems to be a bit darker on the nail than it is on the bottle.

Available here.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Dust A Dream

This is Colourpop Dust A Dream:
This has the same nice formula as the other Colourpop pastels - this one is pale mint green, maybe slightly dusty. As I'm writing this, this polish is still on Colourpop's sale page for $3 - which I assume means they're discontinued. Don't know how long they'll be there, but it's a bargain!

(It looks more blue in this picture than it really is.)

Monday, October 23, 2017

Princess Penny (+ orange polish & baseball)

This is KL Polish Princess Penny. I forget what Kathleen said it was named after... something involving Mary-Kate and Ashley? Again, I'm totally the wrong age.
Anyway, this is a really pretty bright copper-penny color, and I'm dying to try it. I don't think it will pass for Astros orange, though, and oh yeah, THE ASTROS ARE IN THE WORLD SERIES!! (Sorry, I can only resist for so long.) So I'm sworn to wear bright orange, or something that can pass for bright orange, until at least this weekend. (If the Astros sweep the Dodgers, it'll be over Saturday. Or, uh, y'know, the other way around, I suppose. I'm not that ready to stop wearing orange, thanks. Either way it goes until November 1 at the longest.)

Right now I'm wearing sort of a gumbo of oranges - I keep adding more stuff. I started with Nani, added a flakie top-coat, and then yesterday added Jade VIP, which is orange microglitter. Then it was chipping last night so I added Revlon Fall Mood (which is an old Colorstay polish) which isn't properly orange either but I sort of dry-brushed it around on top of the existing mani so that it covered up the chipped parts but it still reads as orange. If I'd thought of it in time I guess I could have done that with Princess Penny instead, but oh well. Anyway, I'll do something new tomorrow or Tuesday, I'm sure. I've still got a couple of orange things I haven't used, so we'll see what I can come up with.

Back to Princess Penny: it's available here, or in the box set - I got an e-mail saying the box set was nearly sold out though. (I don't know why they're telling me, actually - it's not like I'm going to go buy another one!)

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Fall favorite: Winterberry

Here is a classic, Sinful Colors Winterberry:
It doesn't seem to be a current color but it was around for a long time so I think it's findable. (Maybe not for $1.99 any more, though.) It's a nice sort of grape/taupe color that's very different, with lots of silver shimmer. Sinful Colors really should have brought this back considering how trendy grayed-out colors are this year.

Saturday, October 21, 2017


This is SquareHue Clave, from the Salsa collection:
I have to be honest and tell you I don't even remember ordering this. (I have the SquareHue subscription where you pick two out of the three polishes, each month, or you can choose to skip the month. What you can't do is only pick one, which is what I'm always wanting to do.) This is a charcoal crelly, I'm sure I'll wear it, but I can't think why I thought I really wanted (much less needed) it.

I also haven't been able so far to find the wheel I was using when I took this picture to confirm, but I think the swatch above Clave is SquareHue Y2K, which is a more metallic charcoal. Clave is darker - almost black - and has a nice depth to it.

I went to look up what "clave" meant in a salsa context, and it turns out that while it literally means "key" in Spanish, what it means in music is a type of percussion instrument, and a type of rhythm - it's easier to show you than to tell you, really:
This piece is called Rumba Clave, and both performers are playing claves - it means those dowel-like things, which you see often in salsa music. (There is a really long Clave article on Wikipedia, clearly lovingly written by somebody, but it's somewhat over my head - I was a music major long ago and I get some of it, but music theory is what drove me into changing my major in the first place, and that's exactly what that article is long on.) One thing about it, this year of SquareHue is teaching me things about dance music that I probably never would have known, otherwise. The only context I knew for "Clave" was in the Mortal Instruments books, which is not at all the same thing.

Friday, October 20, 2017


Here is KL Polish Chloe:
There's not much to say about it, really: it's a drab olive-green creme. And yet I'm definitely drawn to this color. I'm looking forward to trying it out.