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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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Reader Request: Lippmann Nefertiti

Monday, October 27th, 2008

Some of you might not know this but I do take requests. If I have the color you want to see, I’ll get it up as soon as I can, even though I’m not as speedy as Scrangie is with her requests. Lippmann Nefertiti was recently requested by a woman looking for a good gold. Nefertiti is slightly lighter and less foil-like than OPI I Get a Kick Out of Gold. It’s very appropriately named. This shade of gold is reminiscent of ancient Egyptian sarcophagi. The texture is antique-ish, fairly unique. It’s not rough to the touch but it has a rough looking texture, almost matte. As far as application – I was impressed. Very easy to apply, perfect in two coats.

For this manicure I used one coat of Color Club Stuck on You, two coats of Lippmann Nefertiti, and one coat of Lippmann Addicted to Speed. Ever since Lippmann included a mini Addicted to Speed in the very popular Party Like a Rock Star mini set, everyone has been raving about it non-stop. All the hype made me decide to cheat on my Holy Grail, Seche Vite. Addicted to Speed dries *alot* faster, amazingly so. All the other common seche beefs were absent as well, no bubbles, no tip pull even with no tip wrapping. Addicted to Speed has a no fuss application that might be easier for people who have not yet mastered the application of Seche Vite. It’s not as glossy as Seche, which might actually appeal to some people. It’s worth the money though I admit that it’s a bit of a splurge. I’m going to hoard my bottle for as long as I can.

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Fall Blitzkrieg: Lippmann Collection Holiday 2008 Swatches

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

I just want to remind everyone that the last day to enter The First Ever Polish Addict Giveaway for the Color Club Musique Collection is today. The winner will be selected tomorrow. : )

With that said, I’m pretty smitten with the new Lippmann Collection Holiday releases. What I particular like about this collection is that there is one color that is absolutely perfect for every major category in nail polish preference. There is a color for dainty lovers, the shimmer reds/pinks lovers, the vampy lovers, and the bling lovers. (Guess where I belong?)

Lippmann Collection Icing on the Cake is the light pink version of Lippmann Collection Rhapsody in White. Unfortunately, it has the same brush stroke issues but it is very pretty and delicate. I’ve come to the conclusion that nothing can be done about the brush stroke issues inherent to frosties. *Sigh*. This swatch is 3 coats.

Lippmann Collection Holiday is a red jelly with red and fuchsia microglitter. The shimmeriness is much more obvious in person than in my image above. It adds depth and glow to the bright base red. Holida is very color-appropriate moniker. Of the four releases in this collection, Holiday is definitely the most traditional Holiday-type color. I foresee this one being pretty popular during the Winter. My swatch is 4 coats because I’m not a fan of VPL. However, the application is *perfect* so if you don’t hate VPL, this color is definitely wearable at 2 coats.

Lippmann Collection Maneater. I’m the idiot that will buy a color just because I like the name. So I really LOVE it when an awesome color meets a badass name. A deep dark vampy brown called Maneater? Ummm…. I’m all over that one. Maneater has a jelly quality too it but it’s such a rich brown that it’s almost black on the nail – still gorgeous though. This swatch is 3 coats.

Lippmann Collection Superstar is hands down my FAVORITE from this collection. Copper Glitter in jelly brown base, it’s almost like Deborah Lippmann peeked into my dreams. Superstar has fairly chunky glitter in it but I got pretty good smoothness with 2 coats of Seche Vite. This swatch is two coats.

Scrangie has swatches of this collection on her site too. Lippmann Collection is available online or at some Bath & Body Work locations.

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

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Lippmann Pump Up the Jam vs. OPI Lincoln Park At Midnight

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

First, I thought I would make it easier for everyone and just have one page with links to all the fall collections that I’ve posted so far. So I’ve added a page, Swatches of the Fall 2008 Collections, for ease of access to these swatches. Right now I only have my own posts linked but I want to link to other blogs that have covered fall collections as well. If you have collections you want featured on that page, let me know and I’ll add your links.

I recently posted the Lippmann Fall Collection, in the post I promised you guys a sunlight image of Pump Up the Jam. Some of you requested a comparison of Lippmann Pump Up the Jam and OPI Lincoln Park After Midnight, so here’s the whole shebang:

I was actually surprised to find that in the sunlight Lippmann Pump Up the Jam’s shimmer leans more toward reddish violet – it’s definitely a lot dark indoors. I’m not sure why I’m surprised by that, every shimmer ever works exactly the same way. “Whoa, Bam” outdoors, “Oh that’s nice” indoors.

I might be alone here but I think that Lippmann Pump Up the Jam looks *nothing* like OPI Lincoln Park At Midnight. PUtJ has a darker base color, almost black, unlike LPAM, which has a visibly purple base color. Even the shimmer is different as you can see above, as I said before, PUtJ has an aubergine shimmer to it. The only thing similar about them is that they are both dark colors that incorporate shimmery purple. In my opinion, both are definitely different enough to justify owning both, especially if shimmery purplish vampies are your thing.

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Disclosure: Pump Up the Jam was sent to me for review by the Lippman Collection.

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Lippmann Collection Fall 2008 Swatches

Monday, August 4th, 2008

Sorry about that hiatus, I started a new soul-destroying job and I’ve had zero free time and zero sunlight with which to take swatch images. I’m going to invest in a light box so that I don’t have to be so sun dependent, until then, you guys will have to make due with sub-par indoor lighting.

Ok no more excuses for the moment, let’s get back to the Fall Blitzkrieg. That’s what I’ve decided to dub the insanity that is about to ensue when all the fall colors hit the shelves. It’s really like all the nail polish companies got together and conspired to empty out some bank accounts.

Here’s Lippmann Collection’s 4 new shades for fall:

Lippmann Collection Rhapsody in White is a frosty white with a tinge of silver. This is two coats in sunlight, (the only sunlight picture I was able to get today.) It’s a great color but I got a lot of noticeable brush strokes. I am not a fan of brush strokes.

Lippmann Stop and Stare is a magenta based bright jelly creme red. Gorgeous. This is 3 coats, but it’s wearable at 2 coats if you don’t mind VPL. This one had great application, not a streak in sight, smooth and perfect. I’m tempted to say that Lippmann Stop and Stare is dupish to Essie Jelly Apple, but I’m hesitant because JA is more a true red, and SaS has a magenta tone to it. I’ll do comparison swatches soon.

To be honest, I was a little surprised to see a true black in Lippmann’s fall collection. Not to hate on Lippmann, but black is black is… black. However, black is supposed to be making a come back this fall so I guess it makes sense. This is a normal, glossy, unadulterated true black creme. The application was excellent, it’s opaque in coat, but I preferred it with two. Now that I think about it, I wonder if every black really is created equal. I’ve never actually done side by side comparisons of my black cremes. My HG go-to black for layering is Milani Black Magic. It’s cheap and gets the job done so I’ve never really questioned the difference between tones, application, and wear in blacks. *light bulb goes on for article*

Lippmann Collection Pump Up the Jam is definitely the stand out color from the new Lippmann fall shades. I’m really loving these shimmery vampies. Judging by the enthusiasm for them on the nail board, I expect that vampy shimmers are going to be big this Fall. Lippmann describes this color as “Boysenberry Bijoux”. Not really sure what that means, but man, I love this color. It’s aubergine shimmer with a blackish base. This image does not do this polish justice, this one is a definite ‘must have’. I’ll definitely revisit this color for you guys when the sun comes back out, darn Florida weather.

Special thanks to Lippmann.

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Blue Comparison Swatches (OPI – Dating a Royal Mod Brights Collection)

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

It’s no surprise that OPI is late to the party yet again. Blues were the thing last season, but for those of us who don’t care about strictly following seasonal trends, OPI Dating a Royal from the new Mod Brights Collection is pretty amazing.

Originally, I was going to compare all of these colors but once I got the bottles together it was pretty clear that the only real contenders for comparison were Lippmann Collection – Rehab and Rescue Beauty Lounge – Dead Calm. China Glaze – Shower Together (twin of China Glaze – Aqua Baby), L.A. Girl Flare – Twinkling, and OPI Just Groovy don’t look anything like Dating a Royal, or each other for that matter. There was some concern arising on the nail board that all these colors might be too similar to justify owning all of them, but as you can see from the bottle picture, that’s not the case.

2 Coats Rescue Beauty Lounge – Dead Clam, 3 Coats OPI – Dating a Royal, and a whopping 4 coats for Lippmann Collection – Rehab

I apologize for the quality of this image. For some reason I just could not get these colors to photograph well. This was the clearest image of the bunch, but even with the lack of focus, this image is an accurate depiction of what these colors look like in person. The online teaser images of Dating a Royal made it seem like it would be more dupish to the aqua blues. As it turns out, it’s a much darker blue, but not as dark as the blues that were popular last season. Its comparative lightness makes it more relevant to the trends of this spring and summer but since it’s not technically a light blue it will be wearable in the fall. I’ll give everyone the skinny on the application and wear when I do the full swatches.

If there are any colors you guys want compared drop me an email or comment with your request. : )

In other news, I am now a member of Alltop.com. Yeay! Alltop condenses the best blogs on the net by category so you can read about your favorite topics all in one place. Their beauty section is pretty comprehensive, you guys should check them out if you haven’t already.

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