Saturday, July 22, 2017


Empties - I have more than this but I'll start here:
L-R (these are sample/travel sizes except as noted):

  • LeeAnni Eco 3 in 1 Revolution (full-size)
  • Pantene hairspray
  • Theorie argan oil hair serum
  • Christophe Robin hair mask with pricky pear oil
  • Korres brightening 24-hour moisturizer
I'm not even sure where I got all of these. The last two came from Sephora but the others probably came from Ipsy, or maybe Walmart, because I was getting those boxes for a while. Actually I'm pretty sure I got a sample of the LeeAnni stuff from Ipsy and then ordered the full-size one directly from LeeAnni. This is a good moisturizer although maybe not as revolutionary as they want it to sound. I like it a lot and it's pretty reasonably priced.

The Pantene hairspray is of course nothing unusual, but it is for me because I don't usually use a lot of hairspray. I usually spray my bangs - just, like, one quick spritz - to keep them from flying around, but I don't spray the rest of my head. So that means even a trial size hairspray lasts me a long time. I did like this one, though, although I ultimately bought a bigger can of L'Oreal hairspray to replace it with.

I've talked before about how my hair has changed texture, and I'm still working through what products suit my hair. My hair is curly now, but not super-curly, and hair oil is maybe a little much, still. A few years ago it was still quite oily and I would never have dreamed of putting more oil on. It's much drier now but if I use hair oil it has to be quite lightly. So I didn't ever completely use up the Theorie stuff. I did really love the Christophe Robin mask, though, and if it wasn't so very expensive I would be buying more of that.

And then the Korres was another moisturizer I really liked, although this is the day cream and I know I liked the night cream even more than this. (The packaging has changed but I think it's basically this stuff.) (Here's the night cream.)

Friday, July 21, 2017


Last two Formula X polishes, but apparently I only have a new picture of one of them.

This was part of a line called Shifters, which did not seem to mean that they are true duochromes, but rather that they have multiple colors of microglitter to make them shift color. You can see some heavy shimmer or microglitter in the bottle here. I also found this entry with a lot of pictures of it. Looking at it in the bottle (in person - I have it in front of me now), I see a lot of what looks like cool-toned microglitter, and the base looks like it might be a dark plum. (This is why I'm having so much trouble picking favorites, I think. These are very complex polishes!)

I said that another of these polishes was too dark to wear in the summer - but I actually have Legend on right now, even though it's just as dark. I like it but I don't think it's going to make the favorites cut.

I was thinking I had taken a new picture of Hyped but apparently I didn't reswatch it. Maybe that was because I mostly did the reswatches in order to pick a favorite, and I didn't really feel like Hyped was eligible. It's a really pretty almost-neon pink (or maybe raspberry) with a satin/matte finish, but it has pretty serious wear problems, as I noted in this entry. That's enough to throw it out of competition, in my mind. (I went back after I wrote this and swatched Hyped - I'll have that to show another day

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Cosmic, Aura

I went back and figured out that I've talked about all my Formula X polishes except for four (out of the 12). That's all but Cosmic, Legend, Aura, & Hyped. So I feel like I can't just drop this now, I have to finish the set. (And also I haven't said what my favorites are. I've decided I can pick two, and I know already what one of them is but I'm not sure about the second one. We'll see after I've taken a better look at the rest.)

When I did my big color-wheel pass last year (linked above), I paired this with No More Waity Katie because, I said, they were both "betwixt and between" - and I do see what I meant by that, but it looks odd when I go back and look now because they are nothing alike other than being vaguely purple. What I meant, really, was that they were sort of the odd men out. NMWK is between purple and gray and Cosmic is between purple and blue. It seems sort of shifty but what I decided was going on - I think - is that it has a purple base and both blue and red-violet shimmer in it. It's actually pretty cool. I notice that in the past I've said that the shimmer doesn't really show up. - but that was not my experience this time. It doesn't show up in all lights but I could see both blue and fuchsia at various times. (NOTD pics to follow.)

Aura is red microglitter in a black jelly-ish base. It looks great in the bottle but when I've tried it on my nails I didn't love it so much. I think this is one of those where I need to either give it another try or give it away. That decision may be waiting til fall, though, because this is just not something I feel like wearing in the height of summer. Apparently this was from a collection called Black Quartz. (Here is Imperfectly Painted's entry on it.)

(That leaves two more Formula X's for Friday, which works out perfectly.)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


This is Formula X Explosive:
It's a very in-your-face glitter, with a big sprinkling of holo and what appears to be a lot of silver stuff besides. And yet its dark-gray base keeps it quite chic. (That's not a word I use a lot, but here it seems appropriate.) I saw somebody call it the perfect polish for New Year's Eve, once, and I definitely agree with that.

NOTD pic
old swatch picture of Explosive
Formula X stash

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

More Formula X swatches

I showed my Formula X stash but I didn't come up with favorites. I decided I needed to re-swatch or at least poke around and look at the swatches I already had. I showed one set and here are a couple more.

Ignite already has a post of its own. It's a lovely dark red, although here is the picture Sephora had posted of it, which looks rather different. And then this is the new swatch I did - it's #10 here:

A nice metallic pewter-looking gray.

I have two from a collection that I think was called Transformers Top Coats, which are really just matte glitters in a clear base, as far as I can tell. I have the periwinkle and the darker blue one, but I know there were more colors than that.

The periwinkle one is Boom (over a dark base here):
And you can see TNT in the above picture as well, it's the cobalt blue one above Boom. I really like Boom over the dark-blue base but I haven't found anything that does as well for TNT. Maybe I'll have to try it with some of these new blues I've gotten lately

Monday, July 17, 2017

Formula X blue-greens

Since I have several Formula X in more or less this same blue-green color range, I swatched them all together so I can compare.
On the wheel (starting from the bottom) it's:
  1. Marine, one coat
  2. Prism, two coats
  3. Honestly, this was an accident but I quite like it - I'm pretty sure it's Marine over State Of The Art
  4. Marine, two coats
  5. State of the Art, I think only one coat (it really needs two, you can see streaks)
In the bottle, left to right this is State Of The Art, Prism, and Marine (with the black cap). I had forgotten how dark State Of The Art is - in the bottle it looks slightly bleached-out, but that doesn't seem to transfer to the nail. Prism is lighter and brighter, and Marine is in between those two as far as color, but it's also basically a texture. Marine is probably my favorite of these three, and the one I've worn the most. (But bear in mind that I also liked State Of The Art enough to put it in my favorites last year - all the more surprising because it's a creme, and I'm not a creme fan in general.)

old posts of mine about these:
Prism & Marine
State Of The Art (and my swatch wheel of 2016 favorites)
all my Formula X stash

posts from other people:
Marine (which is apparently from a 2015 "Sea Glass" collection)
State Of The Art (that's a Pinterest link because that's all I found apart from my own prior picture)

Sunday, July 16, 2017


This is SquareHue Norteña, from July's box:
It's a pretty dark plum creme. I don't think I have anything exactly like this, so there's another hole filled in my collection! (I'm not a creme person, as I have said many times, but this looks like a good base for layering.)

Here's the original post about this SquareHue collection.

Saturday, July 15, 2017


This is SquareHue Limeña, from July's box:
It's a red with (I think) coppery shimmer. It looks vaguely orange some of the time, I guess because of the copper. It's very pretty but I'm not sure how flattering it's going to be on me.

(Here's my original "unboxing" post.)

Friday, July 14, 2017

Bath & Body Works

I have never really shopped at Bath & Body Works - I think it got popular about the same time I stopped shopping at malls a lot, or else I just ignored it. I did go in with Rob one time not too long ago and we sniffed at a lot of different scents, but I don't really remember what was what, and anyway, that was during the holiday season and the holiday scents aren't out just yet. (I bet they'll be getting fall scents any time now, though!)

Anyway, I decided I needed to find a reasonably-priced shower gel, because while I just use bar soap a lot of the time, sometimes I do like to have the option of using liquid soap as well. I got on their website and there was a sale with three travel size soaps for $12 or so, so I figured I'd use that to try out some scents. And I ended up buying some full-size hand soaps and (of course) a candle. All of it was on sale and I think there was a free shipping promo also, and I ended up spending around $30-35 altogether. And here's the box that came in the mail today:
The big bottles are the hand soaps, and the shower soaps are scattered around in there, and then the thing in the bubble wrap is the candle, which was wrapped so diligently that I had trouble prying it out again:
So far so good. I opened some of it to sniff and I like everything fine so far.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Terrybly "nail laque"

I have known of the existence of the brand Terrybly or "By Terry" for a couple of years - I think I first found it while poking around on Neiman Marcus' website, if I'm remembering right - but it's very expensive and I didn't really expect ever to own any. Before Louboutin nail polish came along, at least, it was the most expensive nail polish I'd ever seen, especially since you only get .33 oz for your $30. But Space.NK had it on sale for $7 (and it's still there, for $7.00 or $7.50 depending on the color - if I'd known it would be around this long I've have posted this link when I first saw it!) so now I have two bottles to show you - once I pry them out of their boxes:
I controlled myself and only bought the two, Garnet Nectar and Moving Mauve:

(You can probably guess that the one on the left is mauve and the one on the right is garnet.) I have heard good things about one-coat coverage and such with this brand, but my early swatching doesn't really bear that out for these colors, at least. I'll report back on that part later on.

I'm not sure but at these level of discount I think that they must be discontinuing this line. Space.NK's shipping isn't especially cheap so unless you spend enough to get free shipping (which I think was $50) this doesn't end up being quite so cheap in the end - but I couldn't resist trying out the brand.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Buffalo Nickel

This is Buffalo Nickel, the Miracle Gel shade I bought a couple of weeks ago:
It was marked down, which I'm guessing probably means it's discontinued. It's a nice shade, though - a sort of pewter-ish antique silver. (Hmm, Daily Varnish really likes it, for whatever that's worth.) I have only tried a couple of shades of Miracle Gel but it seems like a pretty good product. It doesn't last anything like 14 days on my very difficult nails, but it last longer than most things, which is about all I can ask for.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Stash: Formula X

Here is my Formula X stash - part one:
L-R: Marine, Metamorphic, Explosive, Aura, Legend, Hyped

and part two:
L-R: Prism, Ignite, Cosmic, State Of The Art, TNT, Boom

I'm not entirely sure about significance of the white caps vs. the black caps - I think it may be that the white caps are the "core" line and the black ones are the various "special effects" lines, which there were always a lot of. All eight of the black ones seem to be some sort of special formula, either a glittery or shifty thing, or a texture, or matte glitters - so that seems to make logical sense.  I only paid full price for one of these, as I remember it - I mostly thought this brand seemed a bit overpriced (overpriced? Sephora?) and only bought them when they were marked down.

I do have one mini bottle (it's Ignite) which I didn't bother to photograph because I also have the big size, which I bought recently when they were being discontinued. Here's an older photo if you really want to see.

(Also here's a shortcut to the Formula X label - which normally resides further down on my sidebar - in case you want more of a look at these.)

And as far as favorites, well, two of the blue-greens are ones I know I love - that's Marine and State Of The Art. And if you want a really splashy glitter, Explosive is a really nice one. And Ignite is a dark pearly red. A bunch of these I haven't worn a lot, or certainly not recently, anyway, and I may need to do some reswatching, or maybe even wear some of these. What a concept, huh.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Favorites, first half of 2017

This year is already half over, amazingly, so I thought I'd make up a shortlist of first-half favorites, and save myself work in December when I start working on my yearly favorites list. I came up with 14 polishes that I really liked - they are not necessarily new releases but were new to me. And then I narrowed it down to my very favorites, five of them.

In alpha order by brand - although I will say that if I had to pick one favorite off the top of my head right now, I'd go with Das Esspensive.

The top 5:
Femme Fatale The Necromancer
ILNP High Tide
KL Polish Das Esspensive XXV
Marc Jacobs Oui!
One-Step Wonder Gel (WnW) Periwinkle Of An Eye

Here's the rest of the original 14:
A England Saint George
D.Lippmann Good Girl Gone Bad
Formula X Marine
Insta Dri Cherry Fast
Morgan Taylor The Last Petal
Pretty Serious Fairy Lights
Revlon Hypnotic
Zoya Destiny
Zoya Mimi

Added: a couple more I really like and I don't want to forget about later:
Zoya Anaka
Nine Zero January 2016 (maybe I haven't worn this? maybe that's why I didn't include it. But I thought I had.)

A few swatch pictures:

High Tide
Das Esspensive

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Status Symbol

Here is Essie Status Symbol, which I decided was one of my Essie favorites:
It's a slightly coral-leaning pink creme, sort of a Lilly Pulitzer pink, I guess? I'm actually wearing this right now, with Bikini With A Martini on top of it. If anything that seems to have made it look more coral-leaning. (I don't have pictures of this mani, unfortunately.)

I bought both this and Mesmerize (and Midnight Cami, as I mentioned) at the same time from Ulta. What I didn't realize at the time was that the first two are from the same collection in 2009. My notes say I bought these in 2011. I seem to remember Status Symbol being kind of a trendy thing for a while. It's not anything you still hear people talking about much, though.

Friday, July 7, 2017

July SquareHue: Marinera

I have to be honest and say that the first thing I thought of when I saw this name was tomato sauce - which is actually not spelled the same - marinara is the sauce, in case you're like me and you're not quite clear on this. (I did know immediately that that was surely wrong, just because it doesn't have anything to do with dancing, and that's what SquareHue's theme is for this year.) So it turns out that the marinera is a couples dance that seemed very familiar to me but I'm quite sure I could not have told you was from Peru. I hate to admit to this much ignorance but I figure I'm better off getting it all right out there up front. (I saw a reference to this dance as being from coastal Peru, so I'm clinging to the word "marine" to help me remember how to spell this. I'm usually a good speller, but those seemingly-interchangeable a's and e's are definitely giving me trouble.)

Anyway, this is the box I got:
Like last month, I only got two out of the three polishes; the third one was described as a straw color so I was pretty certain right away that it was not going to be something I was interested in. (After all, straw is pale and yellowish and I am not a fan of pale color or of yellow colors, either.) The two polishes I did get are Limeña, a warm red with coppery shimmer, and Norteña, a dark plum creme. Both very pretty. I did more proper swatches and I'll get those up later. (As far as the names, Limeña just means a woman from Lima. Norteña means "northern" and applied to a person it'd presumably mean a northern woman, since these words are both feminine forms, but it seems to particularly refer to the style of music that goes with this dance, as best I could determine.)

Next month's dance is the flamenco, and the three polishes were a pearly dark olive, a "light terracotta" which doesn't sound like my thing, and another red. As much as I'd like to see the olive color, I decided to skip the August box since I wasn't much interested in either of the other two. (Maybe I can find somebody to swap polishes with - if anybody ends up with that flamenco olive and doesn't want it, let me know and maybe we can work something out!)

I noticed that SquareHue's polishes now say .45 oz where I thought it used to say .5, and that turned out not to be my imagination. I pulled out an old one to compare. (If you want to know, I think the purple polish in this picture is Baby Baby Baby, from the December 2015 collection, next to Limeña.)
Basically, the exterior of the bottle seems to be exactly the same size, it's just that the interior of the bottle is hollowed out a bit more in the old version of the bottle than in the new. I looked at several bottles to make sure that's what I was seeing, and the shapes varied a little but the interior of the new bottles seem to consistently be a little shallower. The difference is only, what, 1/20th of an ounce, so it doesn't take much. (It doesn't particularly bother me that they're smaller, I was mostly just curious to see where the difference was.)

(I am trying to remember to write SquareHue - one word - instead of Square Hue, two words. I mostly became aware of that because Google has corrected me a couple of times. My tag is still two words, though, if you decide you want to look up what else I've had to say about them!)

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Ocean Drive

This is KL Polish Ocean Drive, from the summer Miami collection:
I posted a mani picture of this the other day, and I'm mostly reporting back to say that while I like the color of this a lot, be warned: it's a stainer. It stained my nail beds a little bit - that part is not so bad. The bad part is, it stains the skin around your nails, and it even stained my thumb where I was holding the cotton round. It came off eventually, but that's really kind of a pain. I can't say I wasn't warned, because there was a review on the website that mentioned it. I just thought the color was so pretty I ignored that. I really did like it a lot and I'll probably wear it again, but the staining issues will make me think twice about it.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Zoya Destiny (w/bonus meme)

I finally got around to trying Zoya Destiny, and I really like it:
It's a coral/red-orange texture. The red-orange part is usually crucial for me, because the yellower a polish gets, the less likely it is to flatter my skin tone, but this one swings far enough to the red end to be fine, I think.

This is two coats of polish and two coats of top-coat. I decided after two coats that it was opaque enough to suit me, but I think VNL-haters will probably want three. (And don't think that just because I used the word "hater" that I think there's something wrong with that. There's definitely not.)

I realized after a while that I hear the word "destiny" in my head in Darth Vader's voice. I never really thought much about this, but of course it's a meme:
Honestly (now that I'm thinking about it) I don't think this is a dramatic enough polish to deserve this very dramatic name. It should be a vampy color, not a summery one. However, this is still a nice polish, despite that bit of cognitive dissonance.

Oh yeah, and I don't think I ever posted the swatch picture, so here's that too:
This is two coats without top-coat.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Vestido de Gala

This is Jade Vestido de Gala - I think the name means "party clothes" or something to that effect. I showed my stash from several brands of international polish yesterday, and I decided this was my favorite from that bunch.
I have several polishes from this "Special Glitz" line - they are fine glitters in a jelly base. You can't tell it from this picture but the glitter is mostly holo glitter - there might be some regular glitter mixed in, but it's the holo that you notice. This is one coat on the nail wheel; it darkens up considerably on the second coat. And it's quite textured, as I recall - it's not a textured polish per se but you probably want Glitter Food or maybe an extra coat of top-coat for this. But it's really really pretty. (All of the polishes like this are pretty, mind you, but since this one is my beloved berry-color, naturally it's my very favorite.)

Monday, July 3, 2017

Stash: assorted international brands

I've decided to combine some of the brands that I only have a few of - I'll never get through this tour of my stash if I go one by one. So here we have some various non-US brands. 

This group is all British:
This is Model's Own Hyper Gel in Pitch Purple, No 7 in Pillarbox, A England Saint George and Briarwood, Barry M in Silver Glitter (which was an LE polish).

I have four of this brand, so they get a picture to themselves. This is Jade, which is a Brazilian brand:
Three of these are the same formula, Special Glitz, which is a jelly full of fine glitter. I really like those. The names are Echarpe de Seda (dark red), Vestido de Gala (plummy red), V.I.P (orange), and the outlier is Stiletto, which is just a medium green creme. I used to get these from Llarowe but I don't know if they have a US seller these days.

And then this is just what's left over. I have a couple of Illamasquas which must be with the higher-end polishes, and I have Nfu Oh 51, which is just MIA, I haven't seen it in a while now. I'm sure it's here somewhere and it'll turn up, though. Oh, and I didn't put the Kikos in with these, either, but I know they're around somewhere in another bin.
Layla is an Italian brand (as is Kiko) and these two are CE61 and CE39 (which is sort of a grayed out purple). You can see that the bottle of CE61 is about halfway empty - I've worn that one a lot. I really liked the purple one also but I haven't remembered to wear it as much. Then the wavy bottle is Dear Rus, which is South Korean, and this is #601 - it's a nice gold-and green glitter which I always forget to wear. And last is Glitter Gal Lizard Belly, which is a dark gray-green scattered holo.

I decided that out of these polishes, Vestido de Gala would be my favorite. I did a new swatch for it and I'll post that soon, but meanwhile here is the old one. (If Nfu Oh 51 was here it would probably have been a contender, but since it's not, I decided it was ineligible. I'm picking from what I actually had on hand to photograph.)

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Let's Go Crazy

Here's Deborah Lippmann's obviously Prince-themed Let's Go Crazy:
So this has settled a good bit, and I really couldn't get it to shake up to the point where it looked really mixed-up in the bottle, but as you can see I still got a pretty good glitter payoff on the nail, just the same. It's a mixed glitter in a purple base, which I feel like should love... but somehow I don't, quite.

My sister bought me these three Lippmann glitters which you can see swatched here as a birthday gift  a couple of years ago - she works at a department store and presumably didn't pay retail for them, but I still feel kind of guilty because except for Mermaid's Dream I don't really love any of them. I looked at swatches and gave her a list of things I thought I wanted, but I don't really love either of the conventional glitters I have from Lippmann. I like microglitters and I like things like Mermaid's Dream which are kind of offbeat glitters, but for whatever reason I am very "meh" about these. (Although actually, considering how popular that line was, I'm not sure if you can truly call Mermaid's Dream unconventional, either. But hopefully you know what I mean.) I think the last time I talked about this I said I needed to wear it and see, and I haven't worn it but that's still the case. I can't quite make myself give this away so far (it's a Prince polish, after all) but if I keep avoiding wearing it, maybe I should.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Non-permanent haircolor

I've been coloring my hair with this stuff from Sally Beauty and it seemed worth talking about. They've been in the process of changing the packaging but I believe this is the old packaging:
You buy most of the bits and pieces for this separately, which is weird for those of us who are used to the little kits from Clairol or L'Oreal. This is the color that I got, it's Burgundy Brown.
I used to use a Feria color years ago called Chocolate Cherry which I really liked and which was sort of similar, so this one seemed like a good bet. (I don't think a real auburn would be flattering on me but the ones with red-violet tones seem to do well.) Right after I used this the first time, I thought I was going to hate it, but then when I washed it the first time it lightened up some and after that I thought it was perfect. It lasts for 20 shampoos, which is a good while if you don't wash your hair every day. My experience was that it fades very gradually and unobtrusively.

I used Feria (which is L'Oreal) when I first started coloring my hair, probably 15 years ago or more now - I started getting noticeable gray when I was still in my 30s. Then for a while I got it done in the salon, and then (in the time when I was unemployed) I started doing it at home again, and I tried a number of different things, Nice & Easy and the boxed brands like that. I'd let it grow out for a while and it would always start annoying me eventually and so I'd eventually color it again. Then one day last year I let the hairstylist talk me into getting a "gloss" or demi-permanent color - I'd always had permanent color before. "Gloss" for haircolor turns out to be a trademark owned by Redken, but I did really like it, so later on I went in Sally's and asked whether they had something similar and this is what they steered me to.

I bought a kit with the applicators and the little pan (and gloves, which were really awful ones but did the job) and then you buy the developer separately and the "sealer" to put on afterward. It's all amazingly cheap if you're used to salon prices, and I'm pretty sure it's at least as cheap as the boxed stuff in the end. It seems much quicker than doing permanent color, and it's much easier on your hair, because it has fewer chemicals. If anything it seems to make your hair easier to handle. (I assume I'm not the only person around whose graying hair has become much more troublesome - so anything that helps with that is wonderful.)
Since it's easier to deal with overall than permanent color, and the results so far have been great, I'm really sold on this.

Friday, June 30, 2017

NOTD: Ocean Drive

This just came and I haven't even swatched it yet, so you're seeing it on my nails first, for once. This is KL Polish Ocean Drive:
I cleaned it up some more after I took this picture - it's not perfect but you can get the idea. This is from the new summer line. It doesn't say it's a flakie but that's what it seems to me to be. It's rather sheer, but it was opaque enough to suit me in two coats. If you are a fiend about visible nail lines and you don't want to see any at all, you'll want three, I would think.

I wish Kathleen would do more polishes that aren't cremes, because I really like her formulas so far on the not-creme ones. (The creme formula seems nice, too, on the one that I've tried. I'm just not really a creme person.)

Thursday, June 29, 2017

NOTD: Odhani

So here's Square Hue Odhani actually on my nails.
This is the second time I've worn it, as I mentioned, and I still love the color but man is it difficult to get on. Since it's a crelly, it's pretty sheer, and you can see that the tips either never got covered properly or are already chipping (maybe a little of both), and this is with four coats, I think. If you don't already have this polish you probably can't get your hands on it anyway, and honestly I don't think I recommend that you try, despite the lovely color. It's just too much of a pain in the ass. (Which is not to say that I'm not going to wear it again, since I already have it, but maybe I need to look around and see if I can find anything else in this not-too-light not-too-dark range of blue.)

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Odhani vs Mesmerize

I showed my little Essie stash yesterday, and I said that Mesmerize was one of my favorites. When I was taking pictures, I noticed that Mesmerize is similar to Square Hue Odhani, which I had on last week, and loved. They're not dupes at all but they're close enough that they're interesting to compare.

This is Mesmerize, and then the other blue at the top of the wheel is Odhani (which was in last month's Square Hue collection):
You can see on these swatches that Mesmerize is definitely darker. They look more similar in the bottles, though, which is why I noticed this in the first place:
Odhani is a crelly; I think Mesmerize is just a regular creme. Odhani was a bit balky to apply but looked so beautiful once it was on that I really fell in love. (In fact I love it so much I may wear it again, and if I do I'll try to get a decent picture this time!)

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Essie stash

Honestly, I don't have much of an Essie stash at all. Here's the first piece of it:
This is Wicked, Shine Of The Times, Midnight Cami, Mesmerize, and Status Symbol.

and then...
The three minis were a set from the Retro Revival collection: Birthday Suit, Life Of The Party, Bikini With A Martini, and there was also a mini of Starry Starry Night, but I also bought the large bottle of SSN and the mini is still floating around somewhere but I didn't turn it up when I was sorting all this out. So the other three are Starry Starry Night (in the normal size!), It's Genius, and Crocadilly, which is a magnetic. I think there is also another missing bottle, which is Sew Psyched (see here).

I like several of the Essies I have quite well, but I just have never fallen in love enough to spend the money on more of them. I had Starry Starry Night in my 2016 favorites, but when it came down to it I decided that two of the three I first bought years ago were my favorites - Status Symbol and Mesmerize (which I think is now called Mesmerized, but back in 2011 or 2012 when I got mine it didn't have that "d" at the end). I've got new swatches for those but I'll post them separately. (The other one I bought at that time was Midnight Cami, which I do also like a lot. Maybe Ulta was having a buy 2 get one free sale, I don't remember.)

Monday, June 26, 2017

Rendezvous With You

This is China Glaze Rendezvous With You:
It's a nice dark plummy purple with shimmer. I don't know much else to say about it!

(I coulda sworn I posted this after I did the China Glaze favorites, but I can't find it. Oh well.)

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Stuck In The Middle

This is Pretty Serious Stuck In The Middle, which was part of a collab series:
This is basically a fuchsia glass-fleck, but it also has a lot of shimmer in it that seems to be mostly blue and purple, I think. I don't think it's quite as fabulous as it looks in the bottle, but it's pretty nice, just the same. (Oh, and it's also a jelly. I almost forgot that part!)

Saturday, June 24, 2017

What color is this? Posh Plum

This is Xtreme Wear Posh Plum, which I'm pretty sure is discontinued:
I hung the "what color is this" tag on this post because this polish is not really what I would call "plum" or at least it's lighter than what I would expect. It's absolutely a red-violet of some sort, but looking at the swatch and not looking at the name, I would be inclined to call it more of a raspberry-ish color, not quite purple and not quite pink. Also, while it doesn't show in this picture, I have thought in the past that it has a bit of duochrome flash - blue, maybe? (If so, it doesn't show up on the nail in either of these swatches, new or old, but I think I see it in the bottle in the older picture. What I don't remember is whether it's sometimes visible on the nail, but I think it might be. I may have to actually wear it or something and try to find out.)

Friday, June 23, 2017

Are You Jelly?

Here's China Glaze Are You Jelly?
If there can be such a thing as a neon jelly, this is it, or close to it, anyway. It's very bright.

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. But then 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 is most likely a one-coater, or very close to it, at least. 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!)