Saturday, December 25, 2010

OPI Black Cherry Chutney

Happy Holidays everyone! Hoping all of you have a good holiday season with lots of love, laughter and joy, no matter what you do or don't celebrate.

Rickie's pick.

Black Cherry Chutney is a nice deep red-based purple with subtle red shimmer. Vampy as heck, but not black. Totally looks like cherries on your fingertips.

Two coats with topcoat.

Pic of the Moment: Here's a wintery pic of the view outside my work window. The first one is actually the view from my window during the day. The building happens to be the offices of a housing developer here in Calgary. They built our house. The second pic is a pic of the same building but at night with all their lights on and from a different angle.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Hard Candy Mr. Wrong

Blu11's pick.

Mr. Wrong is a purple polish with gold foil particles. So cool. Going to keep this short, trying to get some work done.

Two coats with topcoat. No issues.

Pic of the moment: I made these little origami cubes as ornaments for my coworkers. I should probably do some sort of tutorial for these things, I can't seem to find one on the internet.

And here are some extra pictures. I was at Zoo Lights last night with two of my friends. Zoo Lights is this thing the Calgary Zoo puts on where they deck the zoo out in lights and you get to wander around and go ooooh, aaaaah at all the pretty. I didn't bother to get any pics of the lights because my camera doesn't do night shots well and it was cold. Like really cold. So. Cold. But here are some pics from inside the conservatory. They made it look all nice like.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Sephora by OPI What's Your Point-Settia?

What's your Point-Settia is a deep berry red with gold glitter. Click the image to get a good look at the glitter. Totally jelly-ish. I luffs it. It's festive without being overly in your face bright. Lasted four days before it chipped.

Two coats with topcoat. No application issues, just wish the brush wasn't so thin.

Pic of the Moment: My baby.

This is my new mixer. I got it last week. I have named it Mixey. I feed it and love it and hug it and pet it and talk to it and if I could take it out for walks, I would do that too. It's the KitchenAid Professional HD mixer. I love it even more because HD are my initials. I'm not sure why a mixer is High-Def, unless it stands for something else, but it just makes it that much awesomer. Forgive the mess in the background. I got distracted by the mixer.

Anyhow, I've wanted this mixer since high school. It's the mixer of my dreams. I had used it back in high school for a cooking/baking/foods class and fell in love with it. But I could never justify the price. I finally caved though. And I've been baking like mad. Totally wish all of you guys lived close because I would feed you all the fatty and unhealthy stuff I've been making.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Avon Grey Cement

Guest post! It's her birthday tomorrow so give her some love.

And I’m back again, one last time, to bring you the last of Avon’s matte polishes. Today, we’ve got Grey Cement.

I usually love me anything grey. Clothes, boots, polish. But Grey Cement doesn’t quite do it for me. It might be the dull finish—this one’s much more like the formula of Black as Night rather than Violetta and Red Velvet—or the fact that the color’s kind of dull. Even the name—Grey Cement—brings to mind somewhat dull images.

Two coats, no base or top coat.

I have a very similar non-matte in Rescue Beauty Lounge’s Concrete Jungle. (Is anything else but concrete grey?) It’s lovely, and I wear it often. Perhaps I just don’t like matte greys. To each their own, of course. Will I never wear this again? Only time will tell. Gotta love mattes for their quick drying time. In a pinch, I think I might slap two coats of this on as I’m heading out the door, definitely.

Pic of the moment:

I ran across this photo in my Pinterest dashboard and love it. I love, love, love this time of year.

Thanks so much for reading and commenting on my guest posts, and again to P for having me here!

<3, M

Monday, December 6, 2010

NYX Jungle

Time for a new blog banner!

Jessi McKinney's pick

Jungle is a blue-polish-with-gold-shimmer green. I didn't realize how many of these were out there. And I own so many of them. Lol.

Three coats with topcoat. It's actually quite sheer so required the full three coats. No other application issues.

Vid of the Moment: Instead of a pic I have a vid for you guys. If you don't die of cute from this, then you have a heart of stone.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Avon Red Velvet

Guest post!

Hey gang! Mandy here. Thanks again to P for asking me to do a series of posts on Avon’s matte polishes. Today I’m bringing you Red Velvet.

I’m not that big on pinky red polishes, so I wasn’t sure about Red Velvet at first. I love mattes, however, so I snatched it up along with the rest of them. Before applying, I thought Red Velvet was going to be similar to Violetta, with the lit from within qualities. I was right about it being more of a satin—it’s definitely got more glamour than Black as Night—but it’s got more of a shimmer/glitter effect than Violetta.

I tried to angle my hand to best show off the golden sparkle. The color is lovely, but muted. I’m sure it would really shine with a top coat. Thinking about it, it’s a very winey color. I like it, I don’t love it, but I’m thinking it might grow on me? It’s very grown-up.

Pic of the moment:

This is the holiday décor I’ve got set up in my cubicle at work. I love working in a creative department—I’m a copy editor/writer at an educational nonprofit—we can get away with so much!

See you next week with my last post featuring Grey Cement.

<3, M

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Lise Watier Winter 2010 Jingle Belle Collection

Recently I stumbled upon Lise Watier's Winter 2010 collection, Jingle Belle at London Drugs. And I'm sure y'all can guess what drew my eye. Nail polish. Gorgeous, stunning, beautiful, breathtaking nail polish. Oh so perdy.

Bottle pic! These promo pics are actually surprisingly accurate. They did a good job. On the left Violet Dore. Reminds me very much of Sally Hansen Purple Gala. On the right is Rouge Braise. When I tried both on a piece of tape in store, they were duochromes. Let's see if they actually are.

Image credit: Cinnamon Kitten

These bottles are 12 ml each for $12.00 CAD. As it is a Canadian brand, I'm unsure how accessible it is outside of Canada. So if you're interested, it's best to check the Lise Watier website for availability near you.

Now onto the polish. Violet Dore is a blue-based purple packed with gold micro-glitter. It reminds me a lot of Sally Hansen Purple Gala. This is a total glitter bomb. Just wow. When looking at it head on, it's gold, but the edges are purple. The gold shows up so freaking well. And the glitter sparkles green and pink in artificial light. I like.

Two coats with topcoat. Applies very well. Goes on smooth and where you want it. It's also got a nice flat brush.

As I was saying earlier, this really reminds me of Purple Gala, but Purple Gala is more purple where Violet Dore is more indigo. Purple Gala also has different glitter, it's denser with both gold and silver where Violet Dore just has gold making it more duochromey.

Lise Watier Violet Dore (left) and Sally Hansen Purple Gala (right). Click the image for a close up of the glitter.

Now here's Rouge Braise. Pink with gold micro-glitter. Holy crud, this does not look good on me. This totally turned out orange in pictures, but it's more a corally pink (for a more accurate pic, check out the promo bottle pics up top). It's all the gold, makes it too warm. Girls with the warm skin tone would totally be able to rock this. Depending how you move your hand, you'll see either pink or gold.

Two coats with topcoat. Oddly, this has no flat brush. Weird. Application same as Violet Dore.

Pic of the Moment: More origami. Basically, it's just another flower ball. Pretty boring for today.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Avon Black as Night

Another guest post!!

Hello again! Mandy here. P’s asked me to do a month-long series on Avon’s matte polishes, so I’m back, with Black as Night.

Black as Night is your typical black matte polish—it’s the color of a chalkboard before it’s been lightened with chalk dust.

(Forgive the strange color of my fingers.)

In fact, I’m now tempted to try drawing on it with chalk.

The formula on this one is much like Violetta, without the shimmer and more flat-matte than satin matte. It’s a one coater, if you’re very careful, but two coats will give great coverage. I used
Orly’s Bonder as a base coat this time; I didn’t see any difference in the finish. Using the basecoat definitely helped the tip wear and chipping, although I still had minor chipping a few hours after application. But that’s probably just because I’m hell on my manis, and we all know how temperamental matte polishes are.

If you want a nice, black matte, you can’t go wrong with this one.

Pic of the moment:

It’s Thanksgiving tomorrow here in the U.S. Go out and eat some turkey!

See you next week with Red Velvet.

<3, M

Sunday, November 21, 2010

OPI Smitten with Mittens

Holla party people. *Waves* I've just been featured on the Be In Style blog on Pocket Change. Check it out if you guys have a chance. I like their blog recs, they pick really interesting blogs. Of course, I say that because they picked me. Hehehe.

Random thought of the day: I like to live on the edge. Sometimes I purposely go into a skid during winter time just to see how slippery the roads are. Not when anyone's around or anything. But at 4-way stops, I'll just slide right through the intersection. I'm b-b-b-baaaaad to the bone. Hahaha.

Jessica D.'s pick.

Smitten with Mittens is a deep wine red with gold glitter/flakies. Blingtacular and almost foily. It's a little more bluey than the pic. Man, it's been a long time since I wore red. This definitely has the festive feel to it. I love how it's a really deep colour in lower light, but the glitter just catches the light and makes it sparkle. Like stars in the night sky. Except this sky is red... Which is a scary sort of sky.

Two coats with topcoat. Good opacity. Good application. No issues.

Pic of the Moment: Now let me show you my mittens. This is why I love winter and fall. Bundling up. When you're out, it's great. I just hate hauling all these layers around when you're inside.

Let me go through my cold weather outfit with you. Beginning with my head, my touque. StBFF gave me this and it's been my fave hat ever since. It's gotten a bit battered and snagged, but it's still awesome. I've also got a little friend pinned to the right side. Mukmuk!

Next up is my scarf. Greatest scarf ever. It's so plush. The inside is lined with super soft faux fur. The other is knit. Now my mittens. Striped moss green and brown. One of my favourite colour combinations. I had a friend make this for me because I have super small hands and I was finding kids mitts just weren't all that well made. You don't see them, but there's also a second pair of gloves under those mitts for maximal warmth. Then there's my jacket. Minimum 85% down fill. I love this jacket. It's so warm, but not hugely bulky. Although I do look a little bit like a big brown marshmallow on legs. Speaking of my legs, I'm wearing two pairs of pants. Long underwear for the win! Hahaha. And you can't see it, but I'm wearing Emus on my feet. Same thing as Uggs, just cheaper.

You must now be asking why I've gone through all of that. Well, I wanted to show you what I was wearing when I went out to get these pictures.

You may or may not remember this place from this post. It's always amazed me how much winter can transform a place. I didn't take many pictures because one, it was freaking cold and two, it was freaking cold. But enjoy the ones I did take.

And one last little bit to fit in. I love the song My Boots by Lights. It's a great winter anthem. There's always summer anthems and I love how she wrote one about winter. Check it out.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Sally Hansen Jade

The reaction has been quite positive to Mandy's posts so I've asked her to guest blog for the next three weeks featuring the last three Avon Mattes. Hope you guys enjoy that. I'm looking forward to what she sends me.

Heather's pick.

Jade is a black polish packed with green shimmer. This looks black unless you look closely or in bright light. This was perfect for my dark-polish mood. I think this might have been a Canadian Exclusive a couple years ago. But I can't seem to find any information on it anymore. In my spreadsheet I have it listed as part of the Passport to Morocco collection but I'm not 100% sure.

Two coats with topcoat. Application was fine. No issues.

Pic of the Moment: My mom went to a wedding last Saturday and she came home with these. Aren't they the cutest little key chains you've ever seen? AWESOME idea. I've gone home with some sucky things from weddings, this just proves that you can indeed get awesome stuff.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Avon Violetta

Guest post!!! Mandy was nice enough to do a little guest post for me. Hope you enjoy it.

A big thank you to Perry for having me as a guest blogger today! My name is Mandy, and I blog about a wide variety of things—many of them of the nerdy variety—on my personal blog, Chocolate and Cream Cake. I blame credit P with helping me to revitalize my love of nail polish, which I haven’t been into in such a big way since I was in high school.

Recently, I was waiting on a microwave meal in the kitchen where I work and I found myself perusing an Avon catalog to kill the three minutes. I haven’t bought anything from Avon in ages—perhaps ever?—but I was immediately drawn to their new Matte polishes. I love the matte look, even though matte manis only last brief amounts of time on my nails due to the amount of typing I do on a daily basis.

I couldn’t resist—my lust was exacerbated by the fact that they were on sale—I ordered all four: Violetta, Red Velvet, Black as Night and Grey Cement.

I’ve only tried one so far, but—to put it simply—it’s one of the most gorgeous colors I’ve ever had on or near my fingertips.

The polish in the bottle shows a shimmer, which I wasn’t sure would translate well in matte form. I was wrong. The shimmer turns Violetta into something lit from within. The polish isn’t totally matte, but the finish is definitely on the matte edge of satin. And I bet it would still be gorgeous with a shiny top coat, too.

Perry here, Mandy let me choose between a closeup of just her nails or a pic that includes her bling. I obviously picked the pic with the bling. Mandy just got married last month, isn't it gorgeous? Totally send her some congrats if you have a moment.

Both photos show two coats, no base or top coat. Had I been more careful, I probably could have gotten away with one. The coverage is great.

The wear time was pretty typical for a matte, at least for me. I had tip wear and a few chips by the end of the day. Next time I sport this—and I doubt that’ll be too long from now—I think I’ll try a basecoat to extend the wear, even though you’re not “supposed” to use one.

P also asked me to include a Pic of the Moment, so here one is:

This is an illustration of the latest Doctor Who and Amy Pond, done by webcomic artist John Allison. Two of my very favorite things, Doctor Who and webcomics. If you’re interested in either, definitely check out my blog! /shameless plug

Thanks again to P for letting me post, and to you for reading!

<3, M

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Joe Fresh Prune

Varnish Vixen's pick. You know what's funny? She picked this colour, then I did a swap with her and sent this to her, so she reviewed this even before I did. Hahaha.

Prune is a deep dark vampy red-based purple creme. Love it. I've been in such a dark polish mood lately and this is just perfect. This is one of those almost-looks-black-but-never-quite-gets-there-and-so-still-manages-to-look-purple-even-while-looking-black polishes. So chic and awesome for fall. It looks black in this pic but is a tiny bit lighter.

Two coats with topcoat. Perfect application, no issues. But wow, did I ever do a crummy cleanup job. Lol. I was a bit rushed.

Pic of the Moment: On the day I painted my nails with Prune, I painted my friend's nails for this fancy schmancy gala she was going to attend the next night. Her dress was a beautiful champagne and all her accessories were silver, so I picked OPI's Glamour Game. Totally love this polish. Have another looksee. And you can check out my earlier swatch here.

Now for a serious moment. Here in Canada it's Remembrance Day today. Every year on this day we take in the poem "In Flanders Fields" by John McCrae and we remember those soldiers who have fought and died. If you can, just take a moment and remember. Do not forget.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Ardene Emerald Green

Emerald Green is an emerald green shimmer. When they're talking jewel tone, this is what they're talkin' 'bout. Hot dang is this thing ever vibrant. I'm in too much of a vampy mood to really appreciate it though. This is another blue based polish with gold shimmer, much like GOSH Golden Dragon but not as blue. It's odd how gold shimmer never gets captured in pictures.

Two coats with topcoat. Applied smooth as buttah. No issues at all. Fantastic application.

Pic of the Moment: I've been finding it difficult to get my pics edited for posts lately. I'm the photographer at work. I spend all day either taking pictures or editing them, among other things. So when I get home, I'm really not interested in going through more pictures. But don't get me wrong, I'm getting paid to do something I actually quite enjoy. I get to take pictures of awesome things like Olympic torches, gold medals, and really really cool old stuff. I've been given a full photography set up, which is absolutely awesome. Or will be when it finally arrives. Hahaha. But I just wanted to let you guys know why it's taken me so long to get these pics out. Anyhow, just one pic of the moment for today.

I have named this piece of art The Search for EP Taylor. Bwahahaha. We were on the hunt for one image of EP Taylor in our archives. Oh good golly did we take apart the room trying to look for it. We never found it. This was the wasteland that resulted from the search.

I kinda think it looks like the hoodoos out in Drumheller, Alberta, what do you think?


Sunday, October 31, 2010

Elianto Dark Sea Green

I had the opportunity to do a swap with one of my lovely readers from Singapore. This was one of the polishes Cheryl chose for me. Thanks!

Sea Green is a dark vampy teal jelly. Almost looks black in most artificial lights. It reminds me of the deepest darkest part of the ocean. Or maybe it's more like the Caribbean sea at night? Either way, it's a super dark teal jelly. I think it's teh awesomes.

Three coats with top coat. Only with the Ott Lite and sunlight does it actually look like this. It doesn't even really require bright sunlight, which is weird, must just be the type of light. You don't see the bald patches at all in artificial light.

Pic of the Moment: I'd like to take this time to wish you all a very Happy Halloween. I was over at my friend Owen's house carving pumpkins yesterday. I'd forgotten how bad pumpkin smelled. My friend Andrea was saying it just smelled bad because it wasn't entirely ripe yet. Holy, it was gross. So I did not scoop out any innards. Disgusting. But yes, here is my pumpkin.

I was aiming for a wink. But it looks skeptical. I don't know, what do you guys think it looks like?

And here's my friend Andrea's pumpkin, it's got an OH MY face.

And then Owen's brother did this:

Lol. Anyway, have a happy and safe Halloween my little kumquats!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Who's a Wiener?

Number 180's a wiener! Is that how you spell wiener? I have no idea. Anyway, yes, the winner for my giveaway is:

And they are:

Congrats KarenD! I've emailed you. Please reply.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Nfu-Oh 555

So I'm semi on hiatus. I might still post, but I might not. My nails aren't in great shape right now, minorly separating from the nail bed. And I've kept my nails really short because I have to move stuff at work and am scared of breaks. I also feel like poop. Really not used to the new job yet. I just always feel exhuasted. But at the same time I still want to wear polish. Lol. So yeah. This job is only for two months, so we'll see how things go. And don't forget to enter my giveaway. It ends tonight. Edit: Hahahaha, oops, giveaway actually ended Friday. Oh well, whatever. I'll count all entries that came in, even late.

Now for jbrobeck's pick.

555 is a blue-based purple creme. For some reason this just doesn't do it for me. I didn't like it at all and ended up putting a coat of China Glaze Holographic topcoat on it. The pics are bluer than the polish. Seriously, I hate photographing purple polish.

Three coats without topcoat. It looked good at two coats but then under bright light you could see streaking so all three coats are needed. No other application issues.

Pic of the Moment: I took these pictures while On a bus on our way to Kaiping out of Shenzhen. The one thing I love about China is just how lush and green everything is. Too bad I couldn't stand the humidity.

Not sure if you guys can see, but at the top of the hill on that last pic, there's a temple. Actually, here, let me try and crop it for you guys. I thought it was pretty cool.

Hope you guys enjoyed the pics. As far as I can tell, there are about two posts-worth of pictures from my trip. I lied, there are at least three more posts-worth of pictures. I took more than I thought, but still less than I would have liked.