Browsing Tag


Rescue Beauty Lounge – Anne and Jane

Wednesday, 22 September, 2010

I was going to write something witty about the last two colors of RBL’s The Real Housewives of the Tudor Dyntasty, but I decided against it. I’m not feeling it right now, but I do like these colors.

Unlike the other 2 Catherines, these colors were runny and took a while to dry. Both of these colors are three coaters because they were thin coating, even when I went super heavy handed on the second coat.

Seriously pretty and gorgeous almost but not quite grey green. At least it looks grey green on me! Definitely a great color that Ji’s pulled off.

Crazy up close shot of the color in the bottle.

Super faint shimmer in this shot. So faint it was that I honestly thought it was the camera messing up. Then I looked at it again.

You can see the shimmer here and even the shimmer while it’s in the bottle. Very pretty. However, the color really isn’t me – doesn’t look good at all. Maybe I’ll learn to like the neutral colors, but this type of neutral doesn’t entice me. 🙁

Up close shot of the color in the bottle.

China Glaze – Classic Camel

Tuesday, 17 August, 2010

This color was a real surprise…in a very good way.

I’m surprised it looked decent on me given it’s a fairly warm shade. China Glaze did a great job on this.

Formula was wonderful! Fast drying, opaque in two coats. Woo hoo. 🙂

This color is part of the Vintage Vixen collection from China Glaze for Fall 2010. Loved this color so much I’m giving this 3 pictures so you can fully appreciate it. It’s got a great gold shimmer through it that’s subtle but completely beefs up the color and keeps it from being totally dull. Wouldn’t you agree?

Chanel – Violette

Sunday, 11 July, 2010
Chanel Violette

Happy Sunday!

Whilst going through a moving box that was innocuously labeled “Bathroom Junk” from three years ago (shhh….), I discovered this little gem – Chanel’s Violette. Released in early 2000, I’d actually venture to say about 2003 since that was when we were living in Scotland and I know that this is where I purchased this color, I had high hopes for this to be a dupe of my infamous lemming/lust/must have/WILL KUT YOU FOR of Chanel’s Brown Sugar nail polish. Released about six months after Rouge Noir – the original – in 1994, I went nuts for it. Loved it so much I scrimped my pennies to share it with friends because I’d buy them a bottle for their birthday.

Brown Sugar is a polish I can definitely wax lyrical on for…well, ever. Four years ago I saw a bottle of Brown Sugar on eBay. I stopped bidding at $40. It ended up selling for $60. To this day, that is one of my true nail polish regrets. I would, in all honesty, trade in all my bottles of nail polish just so I can have a good bottle of Brown Sugar. That is how much I loved that color.

While Violette hits the spot, it’s like eating a banana when you really want chocolate – you get the potassium you wanted, but it’s not the flavor or texture that would send you into your own happy place.  There are also some very subtle differences – Brown Sugar was bit more beige-y, slightly mushroom-y and a tinge more purple. Violette is…well, more violet colored and a lot lighter. I felt Brown Sugar was truly the best neutral nail polish out there. It flattered all my friends’ skin tones.

All right, enough. I’ll stop. Here are the pics.

Formula on this was terrible! But I think this was one of the first bottles of 3 Free, but I could be wrong so don’t quote me on it. These were two thin coats with no top coat put on. It bubbled and I was immediately reminded why I had thrown this color into a box and conveniently forgot about it. My Brown Sugar never bubbled, but it took forever and a millennia to dry.