Saturday, December 12, 2009

Looks Good At Parties

This is part of my holiday stash. Look at that, only $6.99. Color Club is one of my favorites. These are a little smaller than their normal bottles.

One thing I like is you can count on their dense glitter in not too many coats. Here's everyone out of the box.

L to R, Wonderland, Under The Mistletoe, Yule Love It, Clear Top Coat (hee)

Here's the best one first.

Wonderland is a big silver glitter in a gold base so it comes out this pretty white gold.

In bright sunlight though, and this is true for all of them, the glitter actually casts its own shadow and looks too dark. These all look better in low lighting. I would rename Wonderland as Candlelight.

BUT! On each tiny label it says CAUTION: AVOID HEAT & FLAME. I was holding a candle last night and had no idea I was being so reckless.

Here're the other two.

I think these two are just too light for my taste for holiday marketing. These seem more like late spring colors - imagine azalea and grass. The green has a lot of yellow and the red has a lot of pink.

Here's everyone up close and then full hand.

The texture is pebbly, but smooth. It appears exactly like that thick foil paper you see wrapped around champagne bottle necks or in gift bags.

I didn't even wear the top coat, and these are two coats each. They could have used another coat or two for density, but the coverage of glitter was fine in two coats.

You can see here where the glitter casts a shadow and defeats the purpose.

The top coat made the polish smooth as a creme. It was nice to have a top coat in there. At first I was disappointed because I would have liked another color instead of clear, but when a polish is chunky that top coat finishes it nicely and I like having a new top coat instead of some old thing I have laying around. Feels kind of special.

I think this would make a nice gift for a work pollyanna. The Wonderland looked really nice for a holiday dinner and I got a compliment on it!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Shopping For Myself

Because what are the holidays for except that you use all those holiday bargains for your own happiness? We should all just spend lots of money on ourselves. It's also my birthday around now, so more reason to buy myself presents.

Here's a stash I bought at the beauty supply store and Ulta the other day.

Look at all that holiday happiness! It almost makes me want to get in the mood and decorate. The OPI ones came with a free gold and silver bracelet.

On the left in the middle is Orly - Pixie Dust. And here it is.

You also get a pixie charm. I love this color. It's just enough gray not to be blue and it has silver micro glitter and tiny silvery-gray flakes. Pretty as anything. Work-appropriate? I say yes.

I found Essie - Jackie Oh My on sale but my pictures came out blurry for some reason.

I must redo this because it's beautiful. Sheer and subtly sparkly, applies without streaks, made my nails look amazing.

You can almost see the shimmer in this one.

For you younger folks, there was an autobiography called Jackie Oh! about Jacqueline Onassis (Jacqueline Kennedy, wife of pres.). She was a big fashion scion in the late 50's, early 60's. Tab collars, giant sunglasses, pillbox hats, etc. Really cool fashion of the time. Her eyes were very far apart. You gotta look that up now don't you?

I bought some Jessie's Girl because I wanted to test it out. It was very cheap, like $2 or something at CVS. The bottle is a little rectangle.

This is called Midori. Good name. It's a little pearly for my taste. Just looks kind of cheap. Like the kind they put in little girl sets with a disney character or snoopy or something.

Here's a Midori Sour. I could go for one of these right about now.

Here's my overdue Halloween effort.

Such a cute bottle! I will always love bar glitter, but it always looks hairy. Good for Halloween. This is called Fantasy Makers - Black Magic. It's clear with pink, blue, yellow and black bar glitter.

Here's an old CG Nailslicks I found somewhere. It's called Midnight Forest.

I like the name, but don't really see any green here, if that's what they meant.

It reminds me of Sally Hanson - Gunmetal more than anything. Let's see if I can find my swatch of that.

Yep, it's a little darker, but much the same feel.

Next post will be all those new holiday things I got!! MAYBE I'll start doing them NOW!!