Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Storenvy Removing Paypal from Checkout Options?

Note: This post has been updated in certain sections.

Today I received some unsettling news: soon Storenvy will no longer allow customers to checkout with Paypal and is switching to Stripe.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

American Horror Story: Freak Show Inspired Manicure

Or "How a Mani Can Show You've Grown as a Person."  More on that later.

Let's just talk for a second about how awesome American Horror Story is. Where else on television will you see this amount of gore, depravity and general sinfulness?  Although to be honest some scenes are really hard for me to watch (especially that one in S03E01. You KNOW the one I'm talking about--or rather a lot of season 3 period) where I have to clench my teeth and kinda squirm until it's over.  Also it was really special to see my girlhood crush Dylan McDermott doing all the dirty and bad things he did in seasons 1 and 2.  Thanks for that, AHS!

But aside from the horrific parts of AHS there are some really great moments like pretty much any scene with Jessica Lange or this:

In honor of American Horror Story's 4th season Freak Show I dedicate the following mani.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Polishes Sneaking Into Your Stash!

Well dear readers it's finally happened. While shopping my stash today I found a color I have absolutely no recollection of buying.  I have probably over 1,000 polishes (despite my recent attempt at purging) but surprisingly I remember every single one of them.  There has never been a time where I found a polish in my collection and think "Oh yeah, I forgot I have this one" or "Where did I pick that up?"

And then there was today.  I'm looking in my stash for OPI Sapphire in the Snow and while looking around I spot a white-ish polish.  Thinking it's OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls I pick it up and consider using this slightly off-white instead of the true white for my upcoming mani.  But then I notice the shimmer.  Lo and behold it's actually OPI Moon Over Mumbai.

My reaction:

... Wait, what? Where did this--?  Wait, WHAT?   I don't even-- Where did this come from?  Did I steal this??

I know the "Did I steal this?" sounds strange but truly that seemed more likely than the idea that at some point I picked up this polish, looked at it and thought "Yes, I will buy this!" and now have no memory of it.  I know my memory sucks most of the time but this is polish we're talking about.

It's not that it's a bad polish, it just doesn't strike me as a ME Polish.  As it is I only own OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls and the true white I was thinking of using (Finger Paints Paper Mache if you were curious) for nail art purposes.

From what I've read online Moon Over Mumbai from the Spring 2008 OPI India Collection is a sheer, dove gray with a pearly finish.  Some reviewers on Makeupalley insist there is a pinkish and/or lilac hue to it.

So I think the best thing to do under these circumstances that the polish of unmemorable origin be released to someone who will love it properly.  Off to the blog sale it goes.  Luckily I can tell from the treads and the level in the bottle it's unused so there's that.

Do you ever find polishes in your collection that you don't remember buying?

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Colors by Llarowe Yo Cupid Take A Hike Swatches

Quick review of the first time Colors by Llarowe participated in their monthly collection of A Box Indied.

Colors by Llarowe Yo, Cupid, Take a Hike is a deep, ultramarine blue holographic polish.  This is one seriously pigmented polish.  One coat was almost all that was needed but photos below are with two thin coats and no top coat.  The polish flows really well—there was no thinning necessary!  As usual with Colors by Llarowe the holo is gorgeous and stunning.

Yo, Cupid, Take a Hike was limited edition and exclusively available in the February box of A Box Indied.  You may try your luck with on eBay, polish groups on Facebook or Storenvy to score a bottle.  

Friday, February 28, 2014

Blog Sale Update

Hi guys!

I just updated my Blog Sale page with a bunch of new polishes and added pictures that I recovered from the old blog.  I have a TON of polishes, many are brand new or very lightly used (mostly swatched on a nail wheel, some used for 1 mani etc) and many are below retail!  I've got lots of indies and mainstream polishes that need a good home so be sure to check it out!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Elevation Polish Matsuda Swatches and Review

Hi everyone!

Today I'm featuring a brand I've never tried before and I have to say so far I'm impressed.

I was searching for swatches of a glitter polish when I came across the combination with Elevation Polish's Matsuda as a base.  I happened to catch the store when there were a few bottles still in stock and decided to take a chance.

Matsuda is a lovey proper blood red cream polish with a slight red shimmer that's more noticeable in the bottle.  The formula is VERY nice!  It applied great and dried pretty quickly to a glossy finish.  Shown here is three thin coats but I bet two normal coats would be enough.  One problem I had with Matsuda was a bit of staining so definitely wear a base coat with this polish.

I had seen Elevation Polish and heard how great they were but creams usually aren't my normal preference (in comparison to glitter, sparkles and holos!).   Now that I've actually tried this brand and experienced how nice the formula is I can totally see why people love Elevation Polish.  And even though I have several other reds in my collection Matsuda is still unique to me and the formula is outstanding so I'm really glad to have it!  

On another note when I ordered from the Elevation Polish website I got a shipping notice the very next day and received my polishes quickly.  They were wrapped properly and had no issues.  Even the shipping charges were reasonable--a little over $3 for 3 polishes. 

Elevation Polish is available directly on their website where there's a restock at 9 PM CST every 7th and 22nd of the month and Llarowe.