Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Drugstore Halloween Part 2: Sinful Colors Pumpkin Spice and Black Magic

Hey everybody!  Have I ever been having some fun at the drugstore this Halloween. :)  So many polishes for so little $$$.   I've already shown you a couple from the Fantasy Makers Wet n Wild collection, and today I've got two from the Sinful Colors Halloween collection.

First up is a polish that is great for Halloween, Thanksgiving, or anytime you're craving pie but on a diet - Pumpkin Spice.

Pumpkin Spice is a fiery orange and gold glitter mix in a clear base.  This pumpkin's on fire!!

I layered two coats of Pumpkin Spice over China Glaze Bend Over Backwards.  Then I decided to be all cutesy and do a sort of reverse accent nail. :D  The formula was a bit thin, but I got loads of glitter with every bottle dip. 

Let me tell you, this is one flashy glitter polish.  The colors glow to make a party on the nail.  Very festive...I think I almost prefer it for Thanksgiving, you know, when everybody gets the after-dinner sleepies and you need a jolt to wake you up.  Well, this gets your attention way better than caffeine, AND it won't burn holes in your tummy! :) 

Next up is definitely a Halloween polish...Black Magic.

Wow...this is so pretty!  Black Magic is an orange and black glitter mix in a clear base.  It's also loaded with tiny silver glitters that make this polish come to life with a diamond-esque look.

I layered two coats of Black Magic over Sally Hansen Black Out.  Then I decided to press my luck and attempt cuteness TWICE with a reverse accent nail. :P  The formula for Black Magic was not as thin as Pumpkin Spice and was very easy to apply.

Black Magic has that burning ember look I love in a black glitter polish.  It's just as festive as Pumpkin Spice...only it's a dark and brooding kind of festive. ;)  Both Pumpkin Spice and Black Magic dried a little bit dull, but some good ol' top coat perked up that shine just like Mop 'n' Glow did on your 1970's linoleum! :D  Oh, I forget...like 99.7% of you all weren't even born then...:P

Have you all checked out the Sinful Colors Halloween collection?  Don't be afraid of a frightening price...I found mine at Walgreens for $1.99.  Well, they were actually on sale for $1.50.  Spooky, sparkly, and not 'spensive. :D

Thanks for stopping by, and have a glittery day! <3

Sunday, October 27, 2013

A Soft Shower: Orly Angel Rain

Hey everybody!  Have you all seen the Orly Surreal collection this fall?  Orly has been releasing some really pretty stuff lately (Sparkling Garbage, anyone?).  I happened up on the Surreal collection on sale and snagged a multichrome beauty called Angel Rain.

Angel Rain shifts from blue to pale green to lavender to pink.  This is one of the most interesting polishes I've seen lately.  I think it's a perfect fairy tale in a bottle...the kind of fairy tale where you don't want glitter and sparkle...just that glowing nimbus quality.

Angel Rain is a bit frosty, but fortunately, it doesn't leave all those pesky brushstrokes with the flashing red signs reading "Totally Tubular!!" 

Angel Rain is very sheer.  I used 3 thin coats for the photos, and I still had visible nail line, although you probably won't...unless you're like me and your nails are 84% calcium or something. :P  You can layer it over a color, but I prefer it on its own.  Be sure to let each coat dry thoroughly to avoid those dreadful little frost bubbles. :/

I had a rather difficult time getting Angel Rain to play nice and show the camera all its beautiful colors.  So much for an angelic personality...

Lavender shift in outside light


Ahhhh...shift to green:  SUCCESS!

Angel Rain is one of those polishes that you have to see for yourself to truly appreciate.  My paltry photography skills simply can't do the amazing multichromosity justice. :)

What do you think of Angel Rain?  Does the lovely color/colors outweigh the frostiness for you?  I will say that I was sitting next to my sister this morning in church under halogen lighting, and she saw this polish on my nails and thought it was pretty special. <3

Thanks for stopping by, and have a lovely day! :)

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Comparison Post: Attack of the Murky Greens!!

Hey everybody!  I hope your Saturday has been a fantastic one!  

Earlier in the week, I did a post on Sinful Colors Classified.  It's one of those greens with a pretty serious identity crisis...it doesn't know if it wants to be green, or blue, or grey, or all of the above.  Some of my friends observed that Classified bore a resemblance to a couple of other colors out there, so I decided to do a comparison post for your enjoyment (and possibly helpful info...or maybe just curiosity?). :D

L to R:  butter LONDON Victoriana, Zoya Evvie, Sinful Colors Classified, China Glaze Elephant Walk

Who knew there were so many polishes in desperate need of therapy?  One has to wonder if these gals could even describe themselves if asked!  Let's see if we can get to the bottom of this mystery... 


butter LONDON Victoriana

I finally snagged this one from my wishlist! :)  Victoriana is a dusty, more-blue-than-green color with a lovely foil-like shimmer and superb application.  Greasy bottle thumbprint not included in most versions. 

Zoya Evvie

Evvie is definitely a green-grey color with only a very slight hint of blue.  As you can see, just my holding the bottle gives the whole photo a murky quality.  Evvie is a creme with a lovely application.

Sinful Colors Classified

You can read my entire (not so) Classified review here. :D  It's more blue-leaning than Evvie but not as much as Victoriana.  It's got a great creme formula with a remarkable price tag!

China Glaze Elephant Walk

I would say Elephant Walk is 50% green, 45% grey, and 5% blue.  This is one of those colors that looks different on the nail than in the bottle, and in a very good way.  I was surprised by this polish...it's a fantastic neutral with a gentle shimmer.  And that adds up to 100% gorgeous! :)

Now for some group shots!  And yes, Midget Pinky is fully aware that she looks ridiculous.  She'll be needing therapy too...

L to R:  butter LONDON Victoriana, Zoya Evvie, China Glaze Elephant Walk, Sinful Colors Classified
L to R:  butter LONDON Victoriana, Zoya Evvie, China Glaze Elephant Walk, Sinful Colors Classified 

L to R:  Sinful Colors Classified, China Glaze Elephant Walk, Zoya Evvie, butter LONDON Victoriana

My final thoughts:  these are all four clearly not replicas (no, I will NOT use that annoying word) of each other, even though they have that same murky quality about them.  All four formulas are very good...it's just a matter of whether you like a foil, a creme, or a shimmer application best. :)  I really love all the colors and find that swamptastic shades like these look pretty good on me.  I think? :)

What do you think?  Which of these is your favorite?  

Thanks for stopping by, and have a lovely day! <3

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Blogger Made Me Do It: butter LONDON Pistol Pink

Hey everybody!  

Today I have another post for which I'm not taking responsibility.  Okay, at least partial responsibility.  I've said before how my fellow bloggers make a certain polish look so inviting that I feel I NEED it in my life...well, today's blame goes to (drumroll please)...Yun of The Polish Hideout.  This is the second time Yun has won this dubious honor! :)  She had a post reviewing butter LONDON Pistol Pink, and my memories get all fuzzy after that.

See what I'm talking about??  How on earth could anyone resist Yun's perfect pictures of THIS polish?  The ideal raspberry pink shimmer creme was calling my name!

Pistol Pink is from the Rock Your Colour Collection.  The formula is smoother than a Frank Sinatra ballad and hides flaws like your favorite Spanx.

ARRGGH!!  I'm in love with this polish.  It's so amazingly pretty. <3  Oh, and I should add that the butter LONDON bottle is much kinder to Midget Pinky.  She doesn't struggle nearly as much for photos whilst holding it.  (See pic 1 above.)

Look at all the shimmer!!  It looks like velvet. :)

Do you have Pistol Pink?  Do you love it as I do?  I snagged mine in the Ulta buy 2 get 1 free sale that's currently going on. :)

I hope you have a wonderful day!  Stay tuned in the future for lots more reports of taking very little responsibility for my lack of willpower.  There's plenty of blame to go around! :D

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Top Secret Style! Sinful Colors Classified

Hey everybody!  Have you all been to your local Wal-Mart lately and happened to have seen a HUGE 4-sided display of Sinful Colors polishes?  I saw just that last weekend, and said display had several brand new colors on it.  So, I took this as a golden opportunity to get my very first Sinful Colors polish! :) 

The new colors have espionage themed names.  They're quite funny.  One of the ones I picked up is Classified, a creme with a not-so-definite color.

Let me mention that I have no idea what is going on with that first pic.  I look like I have something stuck all over my fingers?  Ugh...overlook that please and just pay attention to the lovely autumn color this is!

Classified is a dusty, greyish-blueish-greenish creme.  I just love it when a polish color is impossible to define.   Mayhap I am the same way? :P  I have read how sometimes Sinful Colors polishes are hit-and-miss as far as the formula goes, but Classified had a good formula and was almost a one-coater.

The pics look like there is a slight shimmer to Classified, but I can't for the life of me see it in real life.  Usually it's the other way around.  I must be more tired than I thought!

I have tried the Sinful Shine line of Sinful Colors, but this was my first regular SC polish.  And I think for $1.99, this is a pretty good little strangely-hued creme.  If your Wal-Mart has the new colors, check them out.  There are some really pretty things going on there. Um, I meant the SC display...NOT Wal-Mart.:)

Thanks for stopping by, and have a lovely day! :)

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Spook-tacular Halloween with Pretty Jelly! (Pic Heavy)

Hey everybody!  Today I'm continuing my Halloween polish posts with one of my very favorite indie brands, Pretty Jelly.  Liz is a super talented polish designer, and I've pretty much resigned myself to the fact that I'll want everything she makes. :)  The Pretty Jelly Halloween collection is yet another fun and interesting group of polishes...oh, and they have the best names EVER.

All my bottles are minis, hence the artistic bottle shots. :D  

First is Witch Outfit?  I mean, even a witch has trouble narrowing down her pointy shoe choices for the party, right? ;) 

Witch Outfit? is a grape purple shimmer jelly.  It's sheer and can be worn layered, but I am showing it with 3 coats by itself.  This is a great purple, and the shimmer is gorgeous.

It looks like electric grape soda!  Count me in!

Next is a fantastic black jelly topper called Ghouls Night Out...heh heh...

I layered one coat of Ghouls Night Out over one coat of Sally Hansen Black Out.  The glitter applied smoothly and evenly.

Ghouls Night Out is a combination of multicolored hexes and squares.  I love the squares in this!

Next up in the Halloween collection is DJ BOOgi3...I'm sorry, but is that the most hilarious name or what? :D  Apparently the Boogeyman likes mixing and scratching...

But hey, there's nothing but awesomeness about this scattered holo!   It's a dark grey that almost looks brown due to the heavy gold/orange in the holo shimmer.  It's quite unusual.  I used two coats with no top coat.

DJ BOOgi3 has a sort of neutral holo color.

Next up we have the polish that made me 1) Crack up laughing at the name, and 2) Actually WANT an orange polish...Give it up for Sexy Pumpkin!!

Oh my...that name just kills me. :P  But would you LOOK at that beautiful shimmer??  Good grief, Charlie Brown!

Sexy Pumpkin is a bit sheer and can be layered.  I used 3 coats by itself.  It's a bright and shimmery orange, and it still looks awful on me, but I DON'T GIVE A FLIP!  Sometimes you just gotta shimmer like this...even if it's orange. :)

I saved my favorite from the Halloween collection for last.  Yes, it's true...zombies need love too.  It must be awfully lonely being gross all the time, eating brains and smelling like rot.  Don't you want Zombody to Love??

UGH!!  Isn't this the most delicious swamp green mess ever??  Zombody to Love is quite sheer, so I did layer it.  It is absolutely filled with beautiful gold shimmer and gold and green hexes.  There are also some black hearts, although I wasn't able to find one in my mini bottle.  It's okay though...there's definitely enough here to keep me interested! 

Swamp sludge never looked so fetching...this is two coats over one coat of Zoya Ray.

I hope you love the Pretty Jelly Halloween collection as much I do...and remember:  creepy CAN be classy!

Pretty Jelly polishes can be purchased on Etsy, Mei Mei's Signatures, and Edgy Polish.  Check out all of Liz's fantastically unusual polishes!  Pretty Jelly polishes are 3-free and cruelty-free.

Thanks for stopping by, and polish at your own risk! ;)

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Drugstore Halloween Part 1: Wet n Wild Poison Ivy and Lethal Injection

Hey everybody!  There's something about a drugstore to which I am magnetically drawn.  I don't know what it is.  When my sister and I were teenagers, we went to the drugstore every single Sunday afternoon.  We loved to look at all the new makeup and perfume displays and buy candy.  So as a result, we ended up being two chubby tarts who wore lots of Malibu Musk. :D

I still love to look at all the new drugstore makeup displays.  Last weekend, I was in Walgreens and saw a really big Fantasy Makers Halloween display...it had apparently just been put out, because I made the first purchase from it.  It was stocked with the trademark Fantasy Makers false eyelashes, eyeshadow palettes, and everything else, including nail polish.  I picked up a couple of the Wet n Wild Megalast polishes.  I believe the Halloween polishes are re-releases, but I didn't have any of them.  And they were only $1.99, you know?

First up I have Poison Ivy, a metallic green shimmer.

Poison Ivy is a deep, slightly blackened hunter green.  Strangely enough, I don't have another green this color in my collection.

I applied two coats of Poison Ivy for the photos.  The Megalast brush is called a "Manicurve Pro Brush", which means a wide, paddle style.  That is always problematic for me since I have such tiny nails, so I had to be really careful.  I experienced a bit of dragging, but of course, it looks worse here than in real life. :)

Poison Ivy is a great green, both for Halloween and for autumn.  The photos show a warmer side to the color, but in real life, it leans a touch more blue. 

I gave my sweet husband Brian the task of choosing my other Wet n Wild polish, and I think he did a great job.  The name is great...Lethal Injection.  Oh my.

The color of Lethal Injection reminds me of OPI Diva of Geneva, only Lethal Injection's shimmer is silver and not gold.  Again, in real life, this color is a bit different...it's more oxblood than wine.  Maybe Wet n Wild polishes like to keep you guessing? ;)

I experienced dragging again with my two coats, but it all looks fine in real life.  My biggest problem was how much of a mess it made my cuticles! :/

Lethal Injection isn't an unusual color, but if you are in the mood for a deep, vampy shade for very little money, this will do nicely for you. 

Quoth the Raven, "Lethal Injection!"  no...wait...

Have you gotten any Halloween drugstore offerings this October?  I always wish I had a place to wear all those great false eyelashes...*sigh*.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a lovely day! :)