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:

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.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Favorites!! for 2019

I went through the polish I wore last year - the first half of the year I was doing really good at keeping a list, and the second half of the year I fell off on the list-keeping but I started posting everything on Instagram instead - and I cut really severely and came up with a shortlist of only eight polishes. That's a very low number, for me. I usually have trouble getting down past twenty.

So here's what I've got - it's three purples, three fuchsias, a steel-gray and a blue-green. (I haven't been this much into fuchsia in a long time! I've always liked it, but I over-did it on fuchsia polish for a couple of years and then didn't have the urge to wear it much for several years after that.)

I put these in order by brand, since so far I haven't settled on one particular favorite:
  • China Glaze Since 1969 (from the Sesame Street holiday collection)
  • China Glaze Who Wonder (from the Grinch collection last year) 
  • Heather's Hues Think Pink (the only indie here, surprisingly)
  • Morgan Taylor Sarong But So Right
  • Nails Inc Holler-Graphic Get Out Of My Space
  • SH Insta-Dri Metallic Seaweed (one of the Crayola Colors)
  • SH Insta-Dri Matte Violet Velvet
  • SH Mega Strength Sorry Not Sorry
The Grinch polish reminds me to say that my rule has always been that anything that I first wore in a particular year is eligible - it doesn't matter to me if it's actually a new polish or not. The Nails Inc Holler-Graphics must go back to late 2018 as well, and I don't have any idea when Sarong But So Right came out.

Let's see if I can produce pictures for all of them.

This is Since 1969, probably with matte top-coat:
 I've seen people say they hated this one, but I loved it. Particularly with matte top-coat, but really I enjoyed it both ways!

This is Who Wonder after I'd had it on for a week - pretty good!
There are more NOTD pictures and a swatch picture here. It's interesting to see there that at the time, I was just kind of, "meh, another pretty bright pink" - I guess it's grown on me!

Here's Think Pink:
The wheel swatch is here. This has a pink base but it leans more lilac to look at, to my mind.

I think I had had Sarong But So Right on for several days before this picture was taken:
It's tempting to lump it in with that "oh, another fuchsia" thing that I was talking about above, but this one is noticeably more purple - more on the raspberry side, really. (Swatch here.)

Here's Get Out Of My Space, which as you can see is a medium-purple holo:
I like these - they seem to be an interesting mix of linear and scattered holo. The polishes labeled "Holler-graphic" come in a variety of colors, but they all seem to have this same formula, as far as I can tell. (I looked on NailsInc's website and these are mostly gone from there, but that doesn't mean you can't find them around if you're so inclined.)

This is Violet Velvet, from the Insta-Dri Matte collection:
I really liked all of these I've tried, but this one stood out to me the most. (I can't find a picture of the other Insta-Dri on this list, which was Metallic Seaweed from the Crayola Metallic collection. I may have to do something to rectify that!)

And last we have Sorry Not Sorry, from the new-ish Mega Strength line:

So far I haven't decided on one single favorite, which I've done the last several years - if I manage to pick one I'll let y'all know!!

Saturday, January 18, 2020

2019 empties (or discards)

I haven't posted much the second half of this past year, so I have all kinds of pictures backed up. I found a lot of makeup buried at the bottom of various storage places. These are not even empties, really - this is the stuff I just tossed out because it's so old I'd never be comfortable using it!

A couple of tinted lip balms (I think these were in my car!):
The top one is Wet n Wild, the other one is Alba.

A box of Feria haircolor which I bought back I-don't-know-when:
(In fact I haven't been coloring my hair at all for the last year or more, so there's some semipermanent gloss-type stuff from Sally's that I also need to throw out in a drawer somewhere.)

A couple of Clinique things that I'm sure came from Clinique Bonus sets, and a stray Revlon eyeshadow. I even have close-ups of these:
These were never very interesting colors. (Also, ugh, these applicators.)
The Revlon one was the only interesting color - but then, y'know, the Clinique bonus sets have to make an attempt to appeal to everybody, so they're always totally middle-of-the-road.
I do like this color, but I'm sure I never wore it much.