Friday, October 25, 2013

Layering: Curse of the Shimmer Beetle

Orly Mysterious Curse, Hard Candy Beetle, NYC Shimmer Blast

Layering with Orly Mysterious Curse and Hard Candy Beetle

Orly Mysterious Curse, Hard Candy Beetle, NYC Shimmer Blast

Layering with Orly Mysterious Curse and Hard Candy Beetle

Layering with Orly Mysterious Curse and Hard Candy Beetle

Orly Mysterious Curse, Hard Candy Beetle, NYC Shimmer Blast

Layering with Orly Mysterious Curse and Hard Candy Beetle

Orly Mysterious Curse, Hard Candy Beetle, NYC Shimmer Blast MACRO

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
3 Coats Orly Mysterious Curse
1 Coat Hard Candy Beetle
1 Coat NYC Shimmer Blast
1 Coat Orly Mysterious Curse
2 Coats Hard Candy Beetle (Gradient)
1 Coat Borghese Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

So, you might be saying... whoa, that's a lot of polish. And... you would be right. But look how preeeeetty it is! Seriously... is there anything better than layering duochromes with duochromes and adding sparkles for a completely unique look? Everything about this layering changes depending on your viewing angle.

Mysterious Curse is a gorgeous purple packed with blue shimmer. Beetle from Hard Candy is a fuchsia/red/copper/yellow duochrome. It's actually quite complex. I even noticed a little flash of yellow-green. NYC Shimmer Blast is a super-fine multi-color shimmer that added a lot of cloudiness to the layering. So much so, that I had to cover it up with a coat of Mysterious Curse, and was kinda glad when it got eaten alive. Then I got the idea to do a messy, sparkly gradient, and Voila! Curse of the Shimmer Beetle was born... :)

In other news... I may have recently hit the 300 mark in my stash (woohoo!), but this layering made me realize that my collection needs a whoooole lot more polishes like Beetle. I really like the complexity of duochrome polish, and I loveLoveLOVE the amount of sparkle that's packed in it... 'cause, you know... me and the shinies = Lurve. :)

What do you think of this layering?


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Pretty Little Liars: "Grave New World" (4x13)

Last night marked the premiere of the 3rd PLL Halloween special AND the 13th episode of this season. It featured a crossover with new show Ravenswood, serving as sort of a prequel to that series. Toby and Spencer were the first Rosewood residents to visit Ravenswood back in "Under the Gun", and "Grave New World" picked up right where "Now You See Me, Now You Don't" left off... in the spooky town of Ravenswood.


The Liars found Edwardian-wear for the Ravenswood Gala at Bindful Things. (I'm guessing that's a nod to the corset Hanna was complaining about.) After a quick change into costume, the Liars were on their way to a celebration in Ravenswood Memorial Cemetary.


Ezra called Aria to see what she was up to, and she told him that she was in a Cemetary, in Ravenswood, and that it wasn't a good time to talk. Forget mysterious, but yes... She'll be careful. Aria hung up, and the camera panned to Ezra watching her, Emily, Spencer, and Hanna from behind a gravestone. Creepy.

After their thorough inspection of A's Lair, Aria, Spencer, Emily, and Hanna are on the lookout for "A" in his gas mask costume. They see a random guy in a gas mask costume, talking to a girl in a white dress, named Lea. The boy is her cousin, and I'm guessing it's Luke from Ravenswood. Originally, the actress playing Lea was to play Luke's twin, and the producers took her character in a different direction. So much so, that they actually recast the role. Either way... It was random... Very Red Herring but might be pivotal later?

But, I digress.

The girls saw Ali and followed her into an underground tunnel. They found themselves in a windy section and Hanna was separated from the group. Hanna found her way into Grunwald's mansion (cough, cough, funeral parlor), got locked in a phone booth, saw Alison, saw Gas Mask, and was rescued by Miranda, the scene-stealer from Ravenswood.

Spencer broke off from the group next, and found herself face to face with A. She sliced his hand, knocked him down, but then made a biiiiig mistake of trying to unmAsk him before he was properly secured. Soooo, he knocked her out cold.

Em and Aria found their way to a room with an open window. Em was about to jump out to get help, but was distracted by Alison's voice... a welcome distraction, considering the pane of glass that fell when she was just out of its reach prooooobably would've killed her.

Still searching for Hanna, Em and Aria found Spencer knocked out, and she recounted her fight with A. They followed the sound of Alison's voice to a Reel-to-Reel machine. Grunwald found them in the room, told them they shouldn't be in the house, and also claimed that the Reel was from one of her sessions with Alison... and it had been stolen 6 months prior to that evening. Duh, Duh, Duh.

On the other side of the mansion door, Hanna and Caleb had their Casablanca moment, and the four girls reunited, eager to leave Ravenswood behind. But Spencer's SUV had a flat tire, and that spare? It was never replaced after her and Melissa's accident from waaaaaay back in the Season 1 Finale. How on earth will they get home?

Oh, look. Headlights. Someone is here to save the day...

Ezra, of all people shows up and offers the girls a ride. Of course, they take him up on it, because they have no idea that he's A a.k.a. Evil Incarnate. Is he getting creepier, or has he been this creepy all along?

Ezra dropped off the girls and pulled away, just in time for another Red Coat sighting. Only this time... the Liars followed after her, caught up to her, and she revealed herself to be...

Alison DiLaurentis!

Yep. ALIVE and in the flesh, y'all. 

So, what did Ali D have to say for herself?


"Did you miss me?"

AND...

"Look, I don't have much time. It's still not safe for me to be here. Look, I wanna come home, but you have to help me. Remember what I told you at the hospital Hanna."


"Shhh."

Ali left just before Ezra came back. Aria left her phone in his car, and he was oh-so-nicely returning it to her. MmmmmHmmmm. Suuuuuuure. Whateeeever you say, EzrA.

Lightning flashed, and the Liars turned to find Alison gone. The episode ended with Miranda and Caleb still in Ravenswood, lurking in the cemetery.

My Thoughts

There was a lot of buildup to this episode, and I don't really know that it lived up to they hype. So much of the hour was dedicated to fleshing out the Ravenswood story and Miranda's backstory. Sure, we got a big reveal... but we also have a LOT more questions.

Like...

  • Why doesn't Alison warn the girls about Ezra?
  • Does she not know that he's A?
  • How does she know where A's lair is, but not know WHO A is?
  • Why is Ezra so obsessed with tracking her?
  • Alison claimed that the girls know what happened that night. Specifically, she claimed that they "knew more about that night than you think you do."
  • What got Ali into so much trouble?

And those are just the tip of the iceberg, really. We have no more information about Shana, Melissa, Mona, Wren, Jenna, or Jason or what they're up to. We have no idea how the N.A.T. club ties into the whole Alison-is-missing, Ezra-is-A world of Rosewood. We also STILL don't know who murdered Ian, Garrett, or Wilden.

I'm not sure at what point this happened, but PLL 4x13 was originally titled, Let the Maid Go. I'm not exactly sure why that changed or even when it happened. Either way, Grave New World really didn't tell us much, other than what we (and the Liars) have been suspecting for a while. Alison's alive, but if A has his way... she won't be for long!

Season 4B of Pretty Little Liars kicks off on Tuesday, January 7th with the appropriately titled episode, "Who's in the Box." My question exactly!

-S


Friday, October 18, 2013

Revlon Bordeaux vs. SinfulColors Aubergine

When I picked up my Revlon Parfumerie polishes, I spotted another Holiday Display from SinfulColors. Not Glitz & Glittered... Not Decorate Decadently... Not the Crystal Crushes... Naughty or Nice! That's the one!!! Anyway. The Display had the nail art stripers AND polish, and one looked VERY similar to Revlon Bordeaux. Considering that SinfulColors is owned by Revlon... TOTAL possibility!

Revlon Bordeaux vs. SinfulColors Aubergine

Revlon Bordeaux vs. Sinful Colors Aubergine

These two are close... and while my pics don't do a great job of showing it... they're NAWT identical. Bordeaux from Revlon leans a smidge more blue than Aubergine, and it slightly darker. Aubergine is lighter and its plumminess leans more red than blue.

Could you justify owning both? Sure. I can always justify that for you! But seriously... I think they're different enough that you can warrant owning both. Just from the fact that Bordeaux is scented, and Aubergine is not. Plus... the Revlon Parfumerie bottles are just soooo pretty! (Like, leave out on your vanity or dresser pretty.) I'd love to see this line continue to grow and multiply, but the general consensus seems to say Limited Edition. :(

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Revlon Bordeaux

Revlon Bordeaux

Revlon Bordeaux

Revlon Bordeaux

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
2 Coats Revlon Bordeaux
1 Coat Borghese Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

Revlon Bordeaux is a gorgeous plummy red that's not only perfect for Fall, but year round. Definitely a classic shade. This is one that would probably suit a wide range of skin tones.

As you can see from the pics, this is another polish from the Revlon Parfumerie collection. This particular one falls REALLY flat in the scent department. I got a slight whiff of fruitiness after I got ready this morning, but I'm honestly not sure if it was Bordeaux or one of the various scented products I use while getting ready. Body wash, lotion, hair product... It didn't last long, and it wasn't that memorable.
Overall, I like this shade a lot. It's not a groundbreaking shade or super original, but I'm glad I have it in my stash. I can see getting a lot of use out of it for manis during the Holidays. HoHoHo and all that... :)

Have you picked up any Revlon Parfumerie polishes?


Holiday No Buy 2013

Holiday No Buy 2013

Every Holiday season, I fall into the same trap. I'm supposed to be thinking of others, not shopping for myself. But what do I do? I end up buying a ton of stuff for myself too, and it's soooooo nawt always stuff I need. I've been thinking about doing a longer No Buy for a while, but now I'm really ready to commit. No Buy July wasn't that bad. It wasn't even that hard. (And this is me saying that!)

But this time around is a little different. THIS No Buy isn't just for one month. It's not just for AFTER Black Friday. It's MORE than 3 months. It's 70 Days. SEVENTY!

Yep. You read that correctly!!! It's a HoHoHo No Buy!

Yesterday marked the beginning of my 2013 Holiday No Buy. 70 (seventy!) entire days of not purchasing anything other than the essentials.*

*With a few exceptions.

The Official Rules...

1. I won't by anything but the essentials. Essentials = Coffee, Soda, snacks, other beverages, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, foundation, and hairspray. (I think that's all.)

2. I'll allow myself 12 Treats of Christmas. 12 things from now until 12/25/13. Each treat must be under $6.00 and will be documented here.

3. Items purchased with Gift Cards don't count. Especially Gift Cards I already have.

4. Gift Cards may be purchased as gifts, but not for myself.


Anyone else care to play along? Or am I 70 kinds of crazy all on my own? (and please... don't answer that...)


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Layering: Jesse's Girl Confetti

Currently loving my NOTD...

Jesse's Girl Confetti Layering
Natural Light

Spoiled 2 Weeks Sober Layering
Natural Light

Jesse's Girl Confetti Layering
Sunlight

Layering with Jesse's Girl Confetti
Natural Light

Jesse's Girl Confetti Layering MACRO

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
2 Coats Spoiled 2 Weeks Sober
2 Coats Jesse's Girl Confetti
1 Coat Borghese Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

When I first bought Confetti, it was because I was lemming hard for Rescue Beauty Lounge Scrangie. It may have fulfilled my craving, but it's definitely not a dupe. Vampy Varnish did a comparison to prove it.

On its own, I don't particularly like Confetti. It's very sheer, and it just doesn't build up to the shade I'd like it to become. It's not Scrangie, and I can't make it be. *sniffles*

BUT. 

Layer it over 2 Weeks Sober, a pretty shade in the same family of purple, and it completely transforms. Seriously. This mani just GLOWS when it's in the sun. It's also WAY more budget-friendly than a bottle of RBL polish. Spoiled polishes retail for as little as $1.99 and Jesse's Girl polishes are $3.99.

What do you think of this layering?



Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Limited Edition Fall 2013 Glitter Polishes

These FINALLY popped up at my CVS over the weekend. Honestly, I had almost given up on them completely. Behold the glittery goodness...

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Glitter Polish
Sally Hansen Limited Edition Xtreme Wear Glitter Polishes

Sally Hansen Strobe Flash, Rosey Shooter, Green Rocket
Sally Hansen Strobe Flash, Rosey Shooter, Green Rocket

Sally Hansen Glitter Gun, Frazzle Dazzle, Confetti Punch, Sea-ly String
Sally Hansen Glitter Gun, Frazzle Dazzle, Confetti Punch, Sea-ly String

These are 7 out of 10 Xtreme Wear Rent the Runway Limited Edition Glitters, although, it seems CVS isn't marketing them that way. Their signage just says Dazzling Colors, nothing about Rent the Runway... perhaps because they don't have all 10 colors? In my CVS, they were on the Nail Bar... not sure if there will also be displays?

Either way, CVS had Confetti Punch, Frazzle Dazze, Glitter Gun, Green Rocket, Rosey Shooter, Sea-ly String, and Strobe Flash. I picked up Confetti Punch and 2 bottles of Glitter Gun. Not because I'm really into gold glitter or anything. Those rumors about 2 different versions G said Emily reported? Totally true. One has large white hex glitter while the other does not.  

The missing shades are Confetti Cake, Silver Streamers, and Spark in the Dark. I'm not going to launch into a bitter tirade about how these are the 3 I wanted most, but... I'm a little bitter. Just a little though. I'm honestly happy to have spotted these at all. I've only been stalking CVS and Rite-Aid for 54 days. :)

What do you think of these glittery gems?!?


Friday, October 11, 2013

Fangirl Friday: 10.10.13

Woooooow is it ever rainy outside! What a Friday, huh? NOW it's starting to feel like Fall! This kind of weather is what coffee, hot cocoa, good books, blankets, and chili were made for. :)

c/o piCture pOlish

1. Meet imperial by piCture pOlish. First of all, piCture pOlish is an Aussie brand. With a ton upon a ton upon a TON of just gorgeous shades. Recently, they did a collabo with a couple of bloggers, and my fave... Jeanette from The Swatchaholic was one of the lucky ones chosen. imperial is her creation, and if you've seen any of her manis, you'll appreciate that this shade is just as complex as one of her incredibly gorgeous layerings. You can find piCture pOlish online at Harlow & Co. Unfortunately for me, imperial is currently Out of Stock. Totally wishlisted.  

c/o Cirque Colors

2.  Coronation is described by Cirque as, "a royal purple with multi-dimensional copper shimmer in a translucent (jelly) base." Translation? Coronation joins the ranks of infamous polish royalty like Max Factor Fantasy Fire, Nfu-Oh #51, and Clarins 230 (Unicorn Pee.) It's a limited edition collaboration with jewelry designer Jeannie Vianney, and comes with the rose gold-plated ring you see in the pic. $48 might seem pricey, but it's quite affordable when you consider the company it keeps. Wishlisted.


3. Revlon Parfumerie... foundthemFoundThemFOUNDTHEM! So I made a completely random stop by Rite Aid the other day, and FINALLY found the Parfumerie Collection from Revlon. But that wasn't all... first of all, there were a LOT of corporate people in the beauty section. I'm talking like 5 or 6 at least, that I saw. In addition to putting out new LE displays, they were working on revamping some core wall displays. So those got all beautified and everything, but one of the corporate guys told me he had just put out the Parfumerie display a few moments prior. (I'm all like, I know... I've been stalking patiently waiting for it...) In addition to the Revlon Parfumerie display, they also put out a CoverGirl HungerGames display, the Sinful Colors Naughty or Nice Collection, and Blue Cross Snowmen! (Already?!?) I was totally about to take out my phone and start snap, snap, snapping pics, but those helpful corporate buggers just kept coming over to talk to me. We're talking vulturing on a Bath & Body Works level. Needless to say, I hightailed it to the register as fast as my trusty bootseses could carry me! 

Nail Polish Advent Calendar from Ciate

4. Is my obsession for nail polish showing yet? This is a cute Advent Polish Calendar from Ciate. I guess you could use it during any month, but with 24 polishes, it's definitely designed for December. Although... I'm not sure how the 12 Days of Christmas would work without prior planning... Hmmm. :)

c/o Cynthia Rowley

5. This dress. And it has nothing to do with the fact that it kinda looks like a nail polish or two that I've owned. Nothing at all! I also have a slight obsession with Ms. Rowley's cashmere sweaters. Particularly the duster and flyaway breeds.

6. Boots and more Boots! Really, you can never have too many pairs. :)

images c/o Steve Madden, Piperlime, and Target


These are just a few that I'm loving right now... And yes. I do realize that I have a slight obsession with Steve Madden boots. I'm wearing a pair as I type... :) And don't even get me started on this pair...

c/o Steve Madden

One of my fave things that Steve Madden does is this red zipper. It's a total standout contrast that's just awesome! I have a pair with the red zipper on the side, and they've seen better days. These (in a size 7.5 or 8) would be such a great addition to my collection. WishyWishy! 


Hope you had a great Friday so far... Happy Weekend!!!


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Revlon Autumn Spice

So I made a completely random stop by Rite Aid the other day, and FINALLY found the Parfumerie Collection from Revlon! I picked up a couple of shades, and this one screams pumpkinsautumnnutmeg...

Revlon Parfumerie Autumn Spice

Revlon Parfumerie Autumn Spice

Revlon Parfumerie Autumn Spice

Revlon Parfumerie Autumn Spice

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
2 Coats Revlon Parfumerie Autumn Spice
1 Coat Borghese Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

This is a GREAT shade for fall. Autumn Spice is a warm, rich, brown with glass flecks that flash gold and a little bit of pink. You get more of the pink flash in the bottle, but it is slightly noticeable at certain angles on my nails. There's a lot of richness, depth, and shimmer going on here.

And then there's the scent.

Each Revlon Parfumerie shade is scented. The names of the polish describe not just the color, but the scent packed in each of those adorable square bottles. I mean... just LOOK at them. I want a wall full of them in every color of the rainbow! (Revlon, can you hear me?!?)

Autumn Spice is actually just what you'd expect from a candle with the same name. There's pumpkin, nutmeg, and maybe a tiny dash of cinnamon mixed with a warm vanilla. Honestly, I was worried that the scent would be overpowering, but it's not at all. I'm scentsitive, (see what I did there?) so this was a pretty big gamble for me. There are sooooo many perfumes that give me headaches that it's not even funny. I got a migraine and almost threw up from a Hazelnut candle that was lit for under an hour. True story!

So yeah... I'm really digging this polish, and I'm eager to try the others I picked up. I'm even wondering if I can do a layering that will look awesome AND smell delicious. 'Cause I live on the edge and all that. :)

I haven't popped over to CVS to see if they have these in stock, but I'm hoping to get over there tomorrow. I have a few things I'm looking for, and then it's seriously time for an extended No-Buy. I'm thinking at least 2 months this time, if not more. (Wish me luck, I'll need it!!!)

Have you spotted any Revlon Parfumerie polishes?


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

CoverGirl Black Heat

CoverGirl Capitol Collection Black Heat
Natural Light: CoverGirl Black Heat

CoverGirl Capitol Collection Black Heat
Sunlight: CoverGirl Black Heat

CoverGirl Capitol Collection Black Heat
Natural Light: CoverGirl Black Heat

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
3 Coats CoverGirl Black Heat
1 Coat Borghese Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

Black Heat is at the moment, my fave from the Capitol Collection! It's a dirty blackened green that looks blacker as you add more coats. I only noticed the greenish tinge with the first coat. CoverGirl added some green, gold, and amber colored glass flecks in on the fun, and that's what makes Black Heat super pretty.

But does it make it unique? Possibly. But I'm not quite sure. Pretty Girl Science swatched Maybelline Twilight Rays, and it looks like it could be a dead-on dupe. I haven't seen it in any in my local stores, so I can't say for sure. If I find it, I'll definitely do a comparison. I already want a backup bottle of Black Heat, so if Twilight Rays is comparable AND full size... well... that just makes my head spin. :)

What do you think of Black Heat? 

CoverGirl Limited Edition Capitol Collection Glosstinis Part 2

So, FINALLY, I found one of the collections I've been stalking the drug stores for... finally.Finally.FINALLY! Since this is a rarity of late, I wasn't quite sure what to do, but I had coupons and they were having a sale, and 5 minutes later... the entire collection (plus one) and I were happily bounding out to my little Fit. Self restraint, you say? What's that?!?

CoverGirl Capitol Collection Glosstinis
Scalding Emerald, Rogue Red, Sulfur Blaze, Black Heat, Flamed Out, Pyro Pink, Inferno, Seared Bronze, Violet Flicker

CoverGirl Capitol Collection Glosstinis
Natural Light/Shade: CoverGirl Capitol Collection
l to r: Violet Flicker, Sulfur Blaze, Seared Bronze, Scalding Emerald, Rogue Red, Pyro Pink, Inferno, Flamed Out, Black Heat

CoverGirl Capitol Collection Glosstinis
Sunlight: CoverGirl Capitol Collection
l to r: Violet Flicker, Sulfur Blaze, Seared Bronze, Scalding Emerald, Rogue Red, Pyro Pink, Inferno, Flamed Out, Black Heat

CoverGirl Capitol Collection Black Heat, Flamed Out, Inferno
Natural Light: CoverGirl Black Heat, Flamed Out, Inferno

CoverGirl Capitol Collection Pyro Pink, Rogue Red, Scalding Emerald
Natural Light: CoverGirl Pyro Pink, Rogue Red, Scalding Emerald

CoverGirl Capitol Collection Seared Bronze, Sulfur Blaze, Violet Flicker
Natural Light: Seared Bronze, Sulfur Blaze, Violet Flicker

My Capitol Collection hails from my alternate CVS. They had 2 displays, and if I wouldn't have been so excited to see them, I probably would've remembered to take pictures. I blame it on the sparkles, too. There were 2 displays, both were likely recent additions, as most of the products were still intact. I actually had to open the shrink-wrap on the little booklets that came with the displays. :)

As I'm typing this, I'm wearing Black Heat, and it's the 2nd time I've worn it since I got it. I would probably say it's my favorite from the collection. Also, I was really impressed with the pigmentation of this collection. The pics above are just 2 coats! Scalding Emerald is the most sheer of the bunch, while Rogue Red, Black Heat, and Sulfur Blaze are probably tied for the most pigmented.

Remember how I said I'd have to see this collection in person? Well... this is honestly one that you do need to see swatches. I was surprised by the difference in swatches versus bottle color on some of these shades. I still maintain that it would've been nice to see different finishes... BUT... I do have to admit, I really ended up liking this collection more than I thought I would. If you're a fan of sparkles and glass flecks... You'll definitely want these for your stash!

Which Capitol Colors are you on the lookout for?

Friday, October 4, 2013

Fangirl Friday: 10.4.13

It's Friday, and can I just say that I can't BELIEVE it's October? I mean... Peanut is almost 1. One whole year old! Forget where did September go... Where'd the last YEAR go?

This face was an early fave. :)

1. Peanut's first OFFICIAL word... She says Apple! She can sort of say down, and sort of Da for yes. Some mornings, she's in her crib chatting up a storm with all the stuffed animals who will listen. And yes, that includes the friends on her mobile. I just love her little voice... and the snuggles. :)

c/o Cult Nails

2. Cult Nails Disillusion and Feedback. They're both from the Cult Nails Fall 2013 All Access Collection and they're so pretty. So very pretty indeed. Wishlisted!

Lush Bath Bombs in Lord of Misrule, Space Girl, The Enchanter, and Twilight

3. I'm soooo overdue for a snuggle date with hot water, a Lush Bath Bomb, and a good book. Thatisall. (And wishlisted.)


What have you been loving lately?


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