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Experiments in Jelly Sandwiching & More YA Gushing

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

I’m sorry for my absence these past two months! I don’t have an excuse for my blogging negligence. Well, I have an excuse, it’s just not a good one. I’ve been consumed by YA. My husband keeps saying he’s a YA widower. Specifically, Vampire Academy and the spin-off series, Bloodlines, have been particularly distracting. Ugh, love it so much. If you haven’t read this series, and you’re into YA, please don’t let the deceptively cheesy title dissuade you, it’s awesome (and only mildly cheesy). You simply must read it. Its got a bad-ass, no apologies, somewhat morally ambiguous female protagonist, vampires, love triangles, soap opera-y intrigue, brooding heroes… in other words, pretty much everything you’ll ever need in life. It’s also a smidgen on the smutty side – yes, please! The next installation comes out next month and I can hardly contain my age-inappropriate angst until I can get my hands on book 4 of Bloodlines. In case you’re wondering, yes, I am ashamed of myself. I’ve been, not even kidding, harassing every single person I know to read this – sure, my friends and coworkers hate me now but I did cause a wait list at the library for book 1 and I’m proud of that.

VA/Bloodlines hasn’t been my only distraction. I’ve also been checking out the books recommended by you all in the comments section of the last post. I just finished City of Bones this morning. Boy, that was a bizarre roller-coaster of double-you-tee-eff. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read it but about half way through, I thought to myself… is this going where I think it’s going? Then I immediately thought no, no way, that cannot be where this story is going. Well, that was precisely where the story went and I found myself at the end of the book having to recover from a holy-shit-record-scratch-wha….-WHAT?!?! -WHAAAAAAT?!?!-moment. That was followed by frantic texting to other YA addicted peeps. Their feelings were similar to mine, i.e., straight baffled. I didn’t love the book but I think I’m going to stick with the series just to see how this creative cluster is going to unravel.

I only have one, slightly better excuse for abandoning you guys… I started writing a novel. *cricket sounds* I know, I know… ridiculous lofty goal. I dunno, the new iPhone update came out and I was so frustrated by it that I started fantasizing about ways to destroy it. Think me pummeling my cellphone with a baseball bat, Office Space style with Still by the Geto Boys playing in the background. That frustration gave me a pretty good idea for a dystopian themed science fiction story. I’m only in the beginning stages now and I’m still making decisions about things like whether to tell the story in first person or third person, whether to have only one or multiple point-of-view characters, etc.. I’ve written one exploratory chapter so far and I’ve come to a few conclusions. First, fiction writing is really hard so I’m going to stop hating on the writing of others, especially YA authors. Second, fiction writing is a lot of fun and I wish I had explored it academically when I was younger. I mean, I’ve always enjoyed writing, hence this blog, but there’s something really cool about going through the process of getting into a character’s head, figuring out their motivations and how their thoughts and actions shape events in a story. I’ve spent a good portion of the past two months thinking about characters and plot development, etc..

My adventure into fiction is just for fun but please be tolerant of my blogging flakiness while I evolve into the angsty, tortured writer I was always meant to be. : P

In any case, enough blabbing about fiction, now for some nail polish. A couple of months back, I was experimenting with evolving manis and layering. This is one of those NOTDs. I got a lot of compliments on it and a friend even tried her own version using Chanel Blue Satin and a silver glitter polish whose name escapes me at the moment.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Inky

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Inky. Inky is a good descriptive name for this color because ink-like is exactly what it is – it’s a very, very pigmented, uber dark night blue, almost black. This swatch is two coats, but it’s definitely a one coater. The formula was a bit on the thick side, I thinned it a little before application. This brand is new to me – the brush is similar to the Pro-wide but slightly less wide. Beware, this a hardcore stainer. My nails and fingers were smurfy, to say the least, and I had to whip out the Bubble White to get it off.

Sephora by OPI Only Gold for Me over OCC Inky

I topped Inky with Sephora by OPI Only Gold for Me, (RIP SOPI *spills a bit of my drink*) a sort of antique gold glitter polish composed of both medium size hexagonal and small circular glitter. This is just one coat of polish – although I did use the dabble method to get evenly dispersed glitter on the surface of the nail.

Layering Rehab over Only Gold for Me over Inky

I finished it off with 3 coats of my beloved Lippmann Rehab, a dark blue jelly, that is still one of my favorite colors ever, even after all this time. I really loved the final look, sort of like a hex version of Essie Starry Starry Nights. Gosh, I love jelly sandwiches.

Are you guys over the jelly sandwich thing yet? Because I’m totally not.

Annnnnnd, excuse me while I cheese out for just one more minute, have you read Vampire Academy/Bloodlines? If so, what team were you on?! (*hint* there is only one correct answer to this question, hahaha.) Also keep the book recommendations coming, I’ve been zooming through these and I have to keep replenishing my to-read pile.

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Disclaimer: Sephora by OPI Only Gold for Me and Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Inky were sent to me for review. Lippmann Rehab is from my own collection. 

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The Polish Addict’s Top 20 Polishes of All Time: #7 Essie – Starry Starry Nights

Friday, February 27th, 2009

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Starry Starry Nights is another hard-to-find polish that has found its way into my heart and onto this list. I really can’t say much more about it other than it’s unspeakably stunning. I really wish Essie would kick back to the old days and create some new colors as gorgeous as the coveted SSN.

Here’s an excerpt from my original post about Essie Starry Starry Nights.

“Now that I can finally wear ‘out of the ordinary’ colors again, I went hunting in my ‘untried’ box and rediscovered Starry Starry Nights. “Wow” is all I can say. Dark blue jelly with small silver glitter makes for an amazing polish. I can definitely see what all the hype was about.

The jelly-ness gives the glitter at different coats varying degrees of visibility, which really makes this polish look the way the sky does in places where there are no lights to drown out the shining light of the stars. One of the girls on MUA said that my nails looked like they came straight out of the Van Gogh paining. Love the reference, and so very true.”

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Reader Request: Bright Summer-y Zoyas

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

A reader, Celine, requested swatches of these colors a million years ago and I’m finally getting around to posting them now. (Sorry Celine!) These swatches were taken with top coat and 3 coats of color. They all applied fairly well. She initially asked for 5 colors, these 4 and Zoya Kylie. However, Zoya actually has two polishes named Kylie. I only have one of the Kylies and it wasn’t the polish that Celine wanted to see so I left it out of this post. I’ll post a swatch of the bright Kylie as soon as I get my hands on it.

Celine is looking for a Zoya that her friend used to wear, it’s a neon orange-y pink creme. In my opinion, Maya is the closest thing to that description.

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Eva is a bright rose pink creme. This is the type of ‘bright’ polish that is excellent for people who feel like they can’t wear bright colors because it’s not as showy as other brights tend to be.

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Fergie (some bottles might say ‘Feigie’) is a funky pink-toned purple creme. It’s a little brighter in person.

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Kali is a bright crimson-toned pink creme. It’s not as bright as the others in the set but still summer-y.

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And finally, Maya, which is a unique semi-jelly bright pinkish coral creme. This one is my favorite from this set.

Zoya is running a promotional nail polish exchange. Send them your old unwanted polishes and they’ll send you any Zoyas of your choice. They charge 3 dollars per bottle for shipping and processing. I heard on the nail board that the last day that Zoya will accept packages containing polishes for the promotion is this Saturday, February 28th, so it’s not too late to participate if you hurry.

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Disclosure: These colors were sent to me for review by Zoya.

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Never Say Never: NARS Zulu

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Behold: NARS Zulu.

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Did you hear that? It was the sound of my head exploding with joy.

If you read my blog with any sort of frequency then you know that I have a hardcore undying obsession with this color. I’ve posted about it constantly (see here and here). I went through some serious angst in my fervor to procure this color. Amidst the rumors that NARS was planning a re-release, I had all but given up on ever owning an original. I continued to feel that way until two incredibly generous girls did the unspeakable.

I feel truly blessed that I have met so many incredibly generous girls in my nail polish adventures and that I am fortunate enough to call these girls my friends. First, fellow blogger and confidante, Scrangie, hit the mother-load of L’Oreal Bijous at a Dollar Tree. Knowing that I was Bijou-less due to my awesome-deficient local Dollar Tree, she RAOK’d a ton of gorgeous Bijous from her bounty. I was so excited by the Bijous that I almost missed looking at the contents of the little red satin Sephora bag she sent me. Inside, tucked away behind some delicious all natural tea, was a decanted bottle of Zulu. Yes people, Scrangie, decanted her own bottle to help me kill my lemming.

As if that didn’t make me the luckiest girl on earth already… a few weeks after that, another friend, MUA’s RaspberryBeetle, RAOK’d to me the motherload of rare hard-to-find greens. Her generosity was other-worldly, she sent me the works, seriously. We’re talking OPI Jasper Jade, Real Teal, Creme de Menthe, Iridescent Opal, Tequila Lime Light, just to name a few. As unbelievable as it may sound she also sent bottle of Zulu. The amazing-ness was so overwhelming that I’m still not over it. I feel like I’m going to wake up one day and find that it was all a dream.

Was Zulu everything I ever dreamed it would be? Honestly, yes, and so much more. When I finally had it on, I felt like I had attained some sort of nail polish nirvana. I hope the rumors that NARS is re-releasing Zulu are true because this color is truly fantastic and everyone deserves to own it without having to pay the scalper’s prices.

The petition for the Give Us Zulu Campaign is still going so take a minute to sign it if you haven’t already.

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Spring of Yesteryear: Zoya Blissful Collection

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

Soon we’re all going to be bombarded with the spring collections so I figured I would kick off Spring ’09 with a collection from Spring ’08. Zoya Blissful is a pretty, light and demure collection. All the colors in this collection are subtle and work appropriate. It’s definitely not exciting, but I like it.

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Zoya Felicity is rose with subtle pink and gold sparkly shimmer. It’s work appropriate with a kick. This swatch is 3 coats.

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Zoya Laurie is jelly-like sheer pale baby pink cream. It’s opaque at 4 coats but can be worn at varying levels of sheerness with less coats.  Laurie is more cute than it is professional, I probably wouldn’t wear this one in really conservative officers.

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Zoya Lulu, a jelly-like sheer light peach, is one my favorites from this collection. It reminds me of Rescue Beauty Lounge Starfish Patrick but it’s not a dupe. Lulu is not as bright, however, I think this would be a good substitute for anyone who hasn’t taken the RBL plunge yet. Lulu takes 4 coats for opacity but can be worn with fewer like Laurie.

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Zoya Miley, a jelly-like sheer pale lilac cream, has been one of my favorite Zoyas for a really long time. I’ve been on a mission to spread my love for it since I first tried it on. It was one of my choices for the Zoya Mini-Collection promotion last year and I also ROAK’d  it to Dami of Perfectly Polish Tips. She raved about it as well. Like Lulu and Laurie this is a 4 coater if you want bottle color but it can be worn with fewer coats.

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Zoya Penelope, a dusty mauve cream, is a Mom color. It’s chic and professional.  This swatch was 3 coats.

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Zoya Zanna is a muted dusty rose cream. As many of you know, I have a thing for dusty versions of traditional colors so I’m really digging Zanna. This swatch was 3 coats.

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Disclosure: This collection was sent to me for review by Zoya.

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Just Close Your Eyes and Repeat, “It’s for a Good Cause…”

Monday, December 15th, 2008

It’s pretty rare to find a color that looks so abhorrent on me that I can’t manage to wear it for a full 24 hours. Usually, if I do encounter one, it’s shimmery. I think this might actually be the very first time in the history of my obsession with nail polish that I’ve encountered an unwearable creme, OPI Pink of Hearts 2. Let me quantify that statement, I don’t think this color is inherently unattractive. I think if my skintone were lighter, if my nails were less yellow-stained, and if they were shorter so as to not reveal as much VPL, this color would look okay, maybe  even very good. However, the condition my nails are in right now is just not conducive to successfully rocking this color.

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With all that said, even though I’m 2 months late with this post, purchasing this color is for a good, deserving cause. OPI donates $25,000 every year to Susan G. Komen for The Cure. I don’t believe the donation is tied to the purchase of the polish but I still think it’s an excellent way to show support for the search for a cure to breast cancer. Last year’s Pink of Hearts was gorgeous so I have high hopes for next year’s installment, assuming OPI continues to relaunch variations of Pink of Hearts for breast cancer month. This mani was 1 coat OPI Start to Finish base coat, 4 coats of Pink of Hearts (it’s very very sheer, but not streaky), and 1 coat of Seche Vite.

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