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Fun With Dotting Tools: A Tutorial

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Hello gentle readers. Damn it all, anyway. This was supposed to post on Friday. What the hell did I do? Okay, this is friday's post, posted Thursday night. Gah! I am such an idiot, sometimes! Fingers requested a dotting tutorial and I have finally gotten to doing and photographing one. I am sorry that it took me so long to get to this. But I am glad to do it, it was actually kind of fun. Okay, so... Dotting. It is easy. Fun. Dotting is one of the few nail art forms I think that I can do with any degree of success so I do it. A lot. As I said, dotting is easy and it is fast, if you don't have a ton of time to do nail art, dots can gussy up your tips in short order. You only need a few things to do dotting: A dotting tool, of course. You can find sets and individual tools for not a lot of money at beauty supply stores and online. If you can't afford them, can't find them locally or order them, you can make dotting tools out of simple objects around your home. A

OPI Pink Friday: Swatch and Review

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Hello gentle readers. Today I have a beautiful pink polish to share with you. Say hello to OPI Pink Friday from the Spring Nicki Minaj Collection. I didn't think that I would get any polishes from that collection, mainly because I have attitude about celebrity collaborations so imagine my shock when I ended up buying three. I have already shown the other two, the final one is Pink Friday, a sweet, slightly edgy blue based whitened pink creme. This is pink with a touch of bad girl. It is modern but has a sixties mod kind of feel to it. I really, really like this colour. I applied three coats for this swatch and topped it, out of necessity with Seche Vite. See what I mean about this shade? It is just fantastic. Too bad the formula isn't so fantastic. I don't usually have difficulty with OPI polishes, not even cremes but Pink Friday was just as bratty as it is pink. This polish dragged, went streaky, pulled bald spots and required three coats and a thick topper of

Bobbi Brown Corrector: Review and Photographs

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Hello gentle readers. Fair warning before I get started: If photographs of old broads without makeup are upsetting to you, if they offend your delicate flower eyes, turn around and run. Now.  'Cause I am old. At 47 I have some lines around my eyes, loose skin, hooded lids and uneven skin tone. In spite of those things, I like makeup. I use it and I like to talk about it and am going to do so, here.  Today, I am talking about Bobbi Brown Corrector. I am on a perpetual hunt for something. Anything. That will correct, conceal and brighten my dark under eye circles. Thanks in part to heredity; a gift from my paternal grandmother, (some grandmothers pass down to their granddaughters money, houses, antiques... Mine passed down to me her dark circles and her boobs. Thanks a lot, Amie. lol) and in part to year round indoor/outdoor allergies, I have seriously nasty dark circles. I have tried a wide variety of concealers, correctors, brighteners, powders and potions to kill them and have

Essie A-Crewed Interest: Swatch and Review

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Hello gentle readers. I have some time to write a post. Yippee! Today I have Essie A-Crewed Interest for your perusal. A flattering, easy to wear pink leaning peach crelly, Essie A-Crewed Interest is so pretty; creamy, rich and delicious to look at as peach ice cream. Talk about your perfect Summer polish colour. This swatch is three coats and top coat shot out in the sun. Where do I start with this part of the review? With something positive; the colour. Unfortunately, that is all I can like about this polish. The formula on this is just wretched. It was streaky on all three coats, It wanted to glob up, run, pool, drag and it bubbled, too. Top Coat helped to melt and smooth it a little but it never did smooth out completely.  I realize that I have been pretty hard on Essie, lately. Not, in my opinion without cause. I am not trashing this brand. I don't believe in trashing polishes or brands, even when the polish is an unmitigated disaster, I try to find somethin

Orly Jealous Much? Swatch and Review

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Hello gentle readers. Happy Saturday! The weekend is here and it is time to have some fun. Let's have some fun with a newer Spring polish from Orly, shall we? This is the lovely, creamy, soft, pale mint green crelly with a slight grey undertone. Man, this is pretty polish. I put this on to swatch it and, had I been done for the day I would have chosen to wear it. I applied three coats and used top coat. Photographs of this swatch were shot out in the sun. Orly Jealous Much? was pretty nice to apply. The first coat went on a little thin and streaky and sheer. But by coat number three, I had a smooth, opaque, deliciously squishy-like finish. There was no running or pooling, it didn't drag or give me any other trouble. There is a big, fat bubble on my middle finger, that is courtesy of my top coat. I am so pleased with this pretty, delicate polish and it's formula. I may have to get a couple more from this collection. Do you own any of the Spring Orly polishes

Essie Camera: Swatch and Review

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Hello gentle readers. Fair warning: Buckle up, kiddies, it's going to be a long, bumpy ride. I would like to begin with something that I saw online and when I saw it, it made me lose my shit.  This made me absolutely sick when I read it and saw the images . This is not fashion, it is not chic and it is certainly not art. It is just disgusting. Care to take a gander at a new Essie polish? This is Camera from the new Poppy*Razzi Collection. Essie Camera is a bright orange toned pink neon jelly. Holy monkey this polish is pretty. It is eye popping bright, squishy and juicy. I love this colour. Too bad I don't feel that way about the formula. I'll talk more about that, after the photographs. For this swatch, I applied three coats and used top coat. Photos were shot in the sun. This polish freaked my camera out. That poor thing just about cracked in half trying to capture this polish. It did a pretty craptastic job. The colour is more accurate in the bottle

OPI I Eat Mainly Lobster: Swatch and Review

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Hello gentle readers. Today I have a lovely polish to share with you. This is OPI I Eat Mainly Lobster; a soft, warm coral jelly with shimmer that fires different colours in the sun. This polish is part of last year's Autumn Touring America Collection but it evokes Summer, to me. The beach, fresh, ripe cantaloupe, coconut scented suntan lotion and twilight walks on the sand all come to mind when I look at this pretty charmer. This swatch is three coats, top coat and was shot in the sun. OPI I Eat Mainly Lobster has a formula as lovely as it's colour. Smooth, silky and easy to apply, it smoothed onto my nails without any streaks, running, pooling on my cuticles or nasty bubbling as it dried. Dry time is good. By the time I finished firing off my photographs, had I decided to wear this, it would have been ready to get on with the rest of my day. What do you think of this polish? Personally, I love it and will be wearing it, this Summer, for sure. Thank you so m

OPI I Have a Herring Problem

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Hello gentle readers. What are you hooked on? Coffee? Buying Shoes? Three martini lunches? Someone is hooked on stinky fishy stuff. Witness OPI I Have a Herring Problem. This polish is a beaut, smelly name notwithstanding. I Have a Herring Problem is a rich grey toned greeny-blue crelly-like substance with a gold glass fleck shimmer. It looks like a calm sea, gently ruffled by the wind, with the golden rays of the slowly setting sun glinting and sparkling off the planes and angles of the water. I am such a sucker for a colour like this and I fell for OPI I Have a Herring Problem hook, line and sinker. Okay. Okay. Enough of the corny fish jokes. I promise. I had to re shoot this polish. I don't know what happened to my photographs of it when I did a swatch-fest but they were really bad. My camera likes to be a creep, sometimes. I'm kind of glad that I did have to re shoot it because rather than just swatching, I applied it and wore it for several days and enjoyed every m

Revlon ColorStay Delicious: Swatch and Review

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Hello gentle readers. Happy first day of June. Summer officially begins, soon. It is setting in very nicely, already in my neck of the woods. Today I have a swatch of the other Revlon ColorStay polish I bought at my local CVS, recently. This is Delicious, a hot, hot, hot coral red. Like it's name, this polish is delicious. It is warm, bright, squishy and so hot you could swear you were standing on the surface of the sun. Yes, indeedy. Mama likes this one. I applied three coats and topped it with top coat for this swatch. The photograph was shot out in the sun. Danged camera washed this out. Darned ornery old thing, anyway.  As difficult as Revlon ColorStay in Buttercup My swatch and review of that polish is in my previous entry, just scroll down) was for me to apply, this one was a pleasure. Smooth, silky and jelly-licious this polish sat sweetly down where it was placed, whispered up my nails without any nasty nonsense and dried in good time. The brush on this