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Too Faced Shadow Bon Bons Eye Shadow Palette: Swatches, Photographs and Review

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Hello gentle readers. Today I have the new Too Faced Shadow Bon Bons palette from their Love Sweet Love Collection for Christmas/Holiday 2012. This palette is available on the  Too Faced website , Ulta, Sephora (in store and online), I purchased mine from  Apothica . The palette retails for $42.00 US. Want to know what really attracts me to Too Faced products? Their very sweet, girlie, vintage/romantic inspired packaging. I am a total sucker for that kind of stuff. The outer box is slick card stock in a soft pink printed in gold and black. On the back of the box is a photograph of the contents of the palette. (I am a bonehead who forgot to take a picture of the back. Sorry.)  Inside the outer box is a paperboard palette covered in a pink velvet like material embossed in gold. The top flap folds down over the front of the palette and is held in place by a magnet and there is a small ribbon loop to grasp so that you can pull the palette open.There is also a romance card tha

OPI Bubble Bath

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Hello gentle readers. Here is a polish I have been meaning to pick up for years. Years! And I just recently, just last month, finally got it. Glad I did. OPI Bubble Bath is the quintessential delicate, ladylike semi-sheer milky pink jelly polish. Soft, delicate, pretty, always appropriate and perfect for any setting, any occasion. If you like pink, you need this polish. It's a classic. It belongs in your polish stash. This is two coats of OPI Bubble Bath and Seche Vite. So squishy. So shiny. A little translucent, tho an extra coat will give you opaque, if the VNL thing isn't your thing. Okay, let's talk formula. Fantastic. Smooth, silky, the perfect viscosity, it sits sweetly down where it is placed, mounds every so slightly, then whispers up the nail. There is no running, pooling, streaking, dragging, bubbling, Dry time is good, Seche Vite makes it even better. Wear time on this is pretty decent. It wore gracefully for four days then I killed a nail,

China Glaze Glistening Snow: Swatch and Review

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Today I am sharing the beautiful China Glaze Glistening Snow from the Holiday Joy Collection. This fine silver and holo glitter is simply gorgeous. This polish looks just like the sparkling light flashing off of an unbroken snowfield on a bright, sunny day. Simply gorgeous. This swatch is two coats over my glitter undies topped with Gelous and Seche Vite. As terrific as this polish appears in my photographs, it is ten times more amazing in person. China Glaze Glistening Snow has a nice formula, smooth, easy to work with and it can be layered or worn alone, getting to opaque in two easy coats. This polish doesn't drag, run, pool or bubble. Dry time is pretty fast and it dries satin matte and is thirsty and slightly gritty. Plenty of Gelous and Seche Vite make sit smooth, shiny and super sparkly. When I first saw this, I wondered if it were similar to China Glaze Fairy Dust, a topper comprised of fine silver holo particles in a thick suspension base. Well, it isn't.

Wet N Wild Limited Edition Holiday 8 Pan Eye Shadow Palette in Sparkle 'Til Morning

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Hello gentle readers. I thought that I would show you the Wet N Wild limited edition 8 Pan Eye shadow Palette for Holiday 2012 in Sparkle 'Til Morning. I picked this up at my local Walgreen's in the Beauty Bar display. It is priced at $4.99 US and contains a net weight of 0.3 ounces or 8.5 grams of product. The Sparkle 'Til Morning palette is comprised of eight shimmery shadows in mostly neutral colours with a surprising pop of bright teal blue. The packaging is bare bones plastic, lightweight, a bit flimsy. I could wish for something a little more substantial, a bit more aesthetically pleasing to grace my dressing table but pretty packaging costs a lot and in the end, I suppose what really matters is nice quality makeup at an affordable price. And I can always stash this palette in a drawer. Have a look at the palette. See all of the pretty colours. Wet N Wild likes to press location designations into their multi pan eye shadows to give the user suggestions for appli

China Glaze Champagne Kisses: Swatch and Review

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Hello gentle readers. I am trying to verify my blog with Pinterest. I followed the directions on TopTrix and woh-woh-woh. Didn't happen. I think I goofed... I'll give it another shot another time when I am feeling a little fresher of brain and a lot less frustrated. Computer stuffs... I am not so good at them. So, today I have my swatch of China Glaze Champagne Kisses from the Holiday Joy Collection. This is so pretty. This stuff looks like champagne, it is subtly golden with a little sparkle and red bits, too. Elegant. Effervescent. Champagne Kisses is a good name for this polish. This swatch is three coats plus Gelous and Seche Vite. Good golly, this is pretty. The formula on this glitter is pretty nice, it is smooth, fairly fluid, easy to apply and control. My only minor gripe is for me, I get a bit of build up on the edges of my nails with three coats, due in large part to my application technique, I suspect. I think that I would prefer to wear this over

China Glaze Merry Berry: Swatch and Review

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Hello gentle readers. The Swatch Town Express rolls on with China Glaze Merry Berry. Wait a sec... Swatch Town Express? Really, Erika? Really? SMH China Glaze Merry Berry is a beautiful berry plum jelly. Rich, pigmented, mad, stupid shiny and very delicious. This swatch is two coats and Seche Vite. China Glaze Merry Berry has a gorgeous, smooth formula, it applies beautifully and is easy to control. Too bad the brush on this particular bottle of polish is shit. They really fouled up on trimming it and it dragged the polish up my nails, leaving a wide swathe of bubbles it it's wake. Blech! Happily, Seche Vite did it's job and smoothed most of the bubbles away. I have an empty China Glaze base coat bottle floating around, in case I get the urge to franken or something (which I very rarely do) that has a good brush, I should swap out the cap and brush. Yepper. That is what I'll do. China Glaze usually does fab brushes but I have noticed in the last coup

China Glaze Cranberry Splash: Swatch and Review

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Hello gentle readers. Today is the first of December. It's supposed to be in the upper sixties, today. On December First of last year, we had over a foot of snow on the ground. It has been crazy warm, this Autumn. I mean, crazy warm. Not running any kind of heat, windows open all day crazy warm. It's crazy. So is this polish. Crazy beautiful. China Glaze is a rich, warm red shimmer polish with a hint of metallic gleam. This looks like Christmas ornaments.  It's snazzy. This swatch is two coats and Seche Vite. This has a rather smashing formula. It is smooth and easy to apply and control. I experienced no running, pooling, streaking, dragging, bubbling. Dry time is pretty quick with this polish, too. Yep. This is a nice one. Okay, I know... This polish looks an awful like OPI An Affair in Red Square, doesn't it? Yes, it kind of does. Actually, it looks a lot like it. Rich, slightly metallic red shimmer. Are these two polishes dupes? Take a look for you

Happy Thanksgiving! I did Nail Art... Don't Faint

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Hello gentle readers. Happy Thanksgiving to all of my fellow Americans. This is the day of the year my son lives for. He is a walking stomach; he pretty much lives from one meal to the next and he starts looking forward to the next Thanksgiving about the time I start the dishwasher after the current one is done. I just do the usual, turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potatoes, corn, rolls. I'm not much of a cook but if I stick to the formula, I can knock together a halfway decent Thanksgiving feast. So, in celebration of this, the most festive feast day of the year, I decided to do a little nail art. Oh, hush up. I do this from time to time. I started with two coats of China Glaze Call of the Wild and topped it off with Seche Vite. This polish seriously looks like hot, melted dark chocolate all over your nails. It is scrumptious. I let it dry for a while. Wanna see? Was I lying? Now, I know what you are thinking. Wait a minute, she

Miss Sation Swatches and Review ~ Edited Because I Am a Bonehead

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Hello gentle readers. I am a bonehead. I won't go into it all fully but suffice it to say, I mucked up. I thought I was doing right, did wrong and mis identified a polish and left out one that should have been included and well... Yeah. Idiot. So, I am fixing this post to reflect the changes necessary. My deepest apologies to Miss Sation for the foul up. And to my gentle readers for the bad information. Bad! Bad blogger! I want to go hide in a hole in the ground. But I'll stay above the surface and take my lumps. Today I have four of the Miss Sation holiday Golightly Collection for Holiday 2012 and a couple of other lacquers to share with you. . First up is I Love Yule. This is a slightly dusty highly pigmented poinsettia red jelly creme. Very Christmas but would work anytime, anywhere as it is a great all around red. This swatch is three coats. If I didn't have these demon ridges on my ring and pinkie nails, I could probably have been good in two. But this p

OPI You Don't Know Jacques: Swatch and Review

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Hello gentle readers. If you have been into polish for any amount of time you are already very well acquainted with this now classic, dare I say, iconic OPI polish. I just recently purchased this polish. Why did I wait? I don't know. OPI You Don't Know Jacques is a beautiful rich, warm taupe crelly. I applied three coats because this one had some difficulty coping with my demon ridges. Three coats also builds this polish to it's full opacity and develops the colour. As you all already know, the formula on this is just as fantastic as can be. A little sheer and brown on the first coat, but by the time you get all coats on, it is perfect taupe. I topped this swatch with Seche Vite. Sweet. What do you think of OPI You Don't Know Jacques? Own it? If you like it but don't have it yet, it's core line, (if I'm not mistaken) easy to find and at home in just about anyone's polish collection. Thank you for popping in and reading. Have a great day