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April 2011

China Glaze Electric Pineapple

Thursday, 28 April, 2011

China Glaze Electric Pineapple is electrifying! Like, bright…in a good way. However, I’ve seen China Glaze Electric Pineapple on other girls and on me…I think my skin color just sucks the brightness and happiness out of this color. LOL It gets dull. Like I’m an abusive boyfriend or something.

China Glaze Electric Pineapple is part of their Summer 2011 collection called Island Escape.

Or maybe my camera freaks out at the intensity of the polish. Either way…come on over and see what the brightness is about!

China Glaze Electric Pineapple

Hm…Not quite the color of evil. I think it overshot the mark. Do you? 😉

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Butter London – Lady Muck

Wednesday, 27 April, 2011

What do I have on offer here?

In Brit slang, muck about means to take your time…kind of just hanging around doing nothing. Basically, wasting time.

Lady Muck, however, is an entirely different meaning. When you call someone a Lady (or Lord Muck), you are actually insulting or pointing out the obvious character flaw. Calling someone Lord/Lady Muck means that they are putting on airs and acting well above their station in life – a bit like wanting to be well bred when, in reality, they’re living in a shabby place. In short, you’re calling them delusional bastards.

There is a Britcom that I could not stand watching, but a friend of mine loved it. So much so she could watch the same episode over and over and over…to the point where I honestly thought I was going to stab her in her sleep. The Britcom was called Keeping Up Appearances. It still airs on PBS and BBC America. That’s like nails on a chalk board to me. She made me so sick of that show…so much so that I could barely stomach looking it up on Wikipedia. That show incites some serious anger in me.

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Zoya – Gemma

Tuesday, 26 April, 2011

Gemma is part of Zoya’s Spring 2011 Intimate collection…and she’s quite a stunner! While I’ve seen this shade of green before, I haven’t seen it with a shimmer quite like this. I’m at the point with nail polish where I go, “Oh…that’s pretty. However, I’ve seen this before and I’ll put it at the bottom of my list.”

I almost did this to Gemma, but something about that shimmer called to me. I’m so glad I didn’t pass her up.

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BB Couture – Glampyre and Overall Beauty – Baby Me

Monday, 25 April, 2011

I happened to catch a tweet from Kim at Overall Beauty about some samples. Like any girl out there, I’m a freak over samples. When I was in Paris and I’d go to Sephora, I’d totally live for the samples of shampoos, conditioners, face creams, etc they’d put in the bag when you’d purchase things. I’m so bummed the Sephora here in the US doesn’t do that, but the fact that we have Sephora at all is a good thing…

Anyway, Kim from Overall Beauty sent me this package and said I should get it in a few days…try the next day! All hail USPS that can haul butt like that. 😉

I literally squeed with glee when I opened the package: a full sized bottle of  a color that was created for a band called Saints of Ruin ( commemorating the release of their new album due out soon called Glampyre. Incidentally, that is also the color name of the polish, too! Their lead singer, Ruby Ruin, helped create this color that I love wearing. I’m a dark nail polish kind of gal. I googled them and they were described as a Bay Area goth band…and the long dead goth girl in me did a happy dance. I’m a huge supporter of all things Bay Area and especially if they’re good. If you haven’t had a chance to listen to their music, please give them a shot – you won’t be disappointed.

Check out the pretty things I got from Kim at Overall Beauty –

Nail polish!

Eye shadow!

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I’m baaack!

Sunday, 24 April, 2011

Ok, my self imposed two weeks off have been good. Plus, it’s been raining here and there. When I wanted to swatch, the weather wasn’t coordinating. I got tired of trying to plan accordingly.

The sun came out last week and cooperated enough to get me re-motivated.

In the meantime, what have I been doing? Watching trashy tv (Real Housewives) and working on my friend Joanna’s blanket for her impending birth to a baby girl. I’ve been sneezing over my cat and hanging with friends. Oh and of course, job hunting. It does get so discouraging after a while, but I won’t bring that in here.

I was watching Real Housewives of Orange County tonight and just had to roll my eyes at Alexis and her, “I’m going to be a designer but I don’t know what couture means!” She gave a bogus explanation that had the girl in me who LOVES haute couture cringing…and the French speaker in me weeping for her ignorance and stupidity. Anyway, enough about trashy tv – but feel free to email me or friend me on Facebook to talk about those shows! I’ve been catching up with the Real Housewives of New York, too. Maybe it’s me, but I don’t find Alex McCord attractive at all. 🙁 She looks like a skull with a wig on. Maybe it’s me. She is not my idea of head turning. I just don’t understand why people say she’s beautiful/pretty.

I’ve got an awesome blog post and blog giveaway on a polish I am featuring in tomorrow’s post, so stay tuned!

Thanks for being so patient with me.


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Zoya – Phoebe, Lolly and Mitzi – aka Mod Mattes

Tuesday, 19 April, 2011
Zoya Lolly


I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted. Two weeks. In between sneezing fits thanks to the crazy weather changes, a sick husband and purchasing so much nail polish…I went into a tizzy.

I also wanted to give myself a tiny break because I was worried I was going to burn out. I don’t want to do that. I’m surprised at how many hits my blog gets despite not having many followers. If you have time and are not a follower in Google Friend Connect, I’d really appreciate it if you followed – just so I know. 🙂

Now…on to the polish. Where do I begin?

This is Zoya’s Mod Matte Summer 2011 collection.

The Good: I am slowly starting to like and appreciate colors like this. I know people want bright colors for summer. These colors are definitely eye catching and ones I would love to keep wearing, but…

The Bad: …the formula. Oh the FORMULA. *wrings hands* Lumpy, chalky, hard to manage…

The Ugly: …I hated that I could never get these colors to smooth out for me even after FOUR coats.

How about you be the judge after the jump?

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Revlon – Perplex

Thursday, 7 April, 2011

I am Perplexed that I was not able to find this color sooner.

I got a call from a BFF going, “What is that color you were looking for from Revlon? Is it called Perplex?”


BFF: “I’m at Big Lots. They have three left and…”


BFF: “Ok. Stop yelling in my ear. They’re a dollar each.”

Me: *faints*

I got the package 2 days later. Yay for NAIL MAIL!! Thank you, Karen! Thank you, thank you!!!

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Butter London – No More Waity, Katie

Tuesday, 5 April, 2011

I know I’ve been slacking on the posts, but the weather has been gorgeous and all I’ve been wanting to do is bake, bake, bake! It doesn’t help that our friend has a farm and keeps providing me with these gorgeous fresh eggs that make a world of difference in my baking. He has given us 6 duck eggs and I’m about to go a little crazy with them! 🙂

However, that does not pertain to nail polish – I know! Recently a friend of mine found 3 bottles of Revlon’s Perplex at Big Lots! So I now have Perplex to compare against Paradoxal and another color with a CND nail effect on top of it. YAY! Slowly but surely coming back to the polish love. I’ve also got 15 Zoya colors coming in and I still need to swatch the Intimate collection. Too much for a gal to do, in addition to doing taxes and the crazy job search…plus, little Rex had 2 seizures yesterday. Inherent to his breed (he’s a Cavalier King Charles spaniel), but still scary to see. He does bring lots of joy into my life and he’s my little guy. I’d be so heartbroken if anything bad happened to him.

I ramble. I’m sorry. Check out the pictures and review of this polish after the jump.

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