China Glaze With Love: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

Today I am continuing my review series of the China Glaze Holiday Joy Collection for Winter/Holiday 2012 by showing you With Joy, a classic, hot red. This is sexy, a little pin up and very flattering. Lordy, I love this polish. I can't get too many great reds and this one is very welcome in my polish collection.

This swatch is two coats and Seche Vite.

Still learning how to photograph my right hand. :P

The formula on this is pretty fabulous, almost perfect viscosity, it applies smoothly, doesn't pool, run, streak or bubble. Dry time was good, too. All in all, this is a really terrific red creme.

So, what do you think of With Love? Are you in the market for a fabulous tomato red creme polish? If so, you could definitely do a lot worse than this beauty. China Glaze With Love and the rest of the Holiday Joy collection is available where you buy China Glaze.

Thank you for swinging by and reading. Have a terrific day and may your polish never bubble.

China Glaze Blue Bells Ring: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

My next China Glaze Holiday Joy Collection polish is the beautiful one coat wonder blue foil shimmer Blue Bells Ring. This intensely pigmented royal blue creme is packed with silver foil shimmer and it positively glows. Serious pretty.

This swatch is one coat topped with Seche Vite.

The formula on this polish is dense and has a lot of body but isn't gloopy or thick. It applies smoothly and if applied with a bit of care you won't need to do much cleanup. This polish doesn't run, pool, streak, drag or bubble. Dry time is okay.

Now to give you the lowdown on the dark side of this glowingly gorgeous beauty. It is intensely pigmented and it can stain like crazy. First of all, base coat. Don't skip it. In fact, I strongly suggest at least two coats ov base coat. I applied two when O swatched this baby. While applying it, have your acetone and brush ready to go and if it hits your skin, clean it off instantly. Even if you do clean it up right away, it is going to stain a bit. It also leaves behind a lot of silver scattershot from the foil shimmer. The scattershot does disappear when you wash your hands. Be careful when you remove this. Do not, under any circumstances rub your cotton back and forth when you clean it off of your nails, just pull it straight up and off. When I removed this swatch, I got careless.

I got smurfed.

Happily, the stain didn't last long... After some cleaning with acetone and a couple of hand washes, it was pretty much gone. But just be careful with this stuff or it will mess you up.

China Glaze Blue Bells Ring is a dangerous beauty and there is a price for enjoying it. If it is a price you are willing to pay, you are in for a real treat.

Do you own Blue Bells Ring? Like it? Been smurfed by it? Please do tell.

Thank you so much for popping in. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble.

China Glaze Red Satin: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

Today I am starting my China Glaze Holiday Joy Collection for Winter/Holiday 2012 polish reviews. I knew, back lo... Those many months ago that I would want this collection and was tickled when I walked into my local Sally's earlier this month and was able to get all of them. I had a couple of coupons so I got a great deal on the whole collection.

First up is Red Satin, a beautiful blue based red jelly. This polish isn't anything new, unique or groundbreaking but it is really gorgeous and mad shiny! And if you are on the lookout for a fabulous true red jelly polish, you would probably really like this one. Red Satin is perfect for Christmas time or any time.

This swatch is two coats and Seche Vite.

The formula on this is pretty nice, it is fairly easy to control; it wanted to run on me a bit but once I got it's number it was well behaved and didn't give me any more trouble. Application is smooth, there is no streaking, pooling, dragging or bubbling. Dry time is decent.

So what do you think of this lovely red polish? Have you picked it up? Thinking that you might like to? It and all of the polishes from this year's Holiday Joy Collection are available wherever you find China Glaze polish, right now.

Thank you for popping in and reading. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble.

School Glue Glitter Base Coat; Does it Really Work?

In my travels around the nail blogging community, I have heard a good bit about using white school glue as a base coat for glitter manicures that aid in easier removal of the glitter polish you are wearing. Traditionally, those of us who love to wear glitter have had a tough time removing it. I have read so many different tricks, tips and assertions that this or that is the only way to effectively remove the glitter from the nails. I tried some, with varying levels of success. My favorite method of glitter removal is to do the foil method. I use this method frequently, it is effective, easy and doesn't take nearly as much time as trying to scrub the glitter off, nail by nail.

I recently read about an easy glitter removal base coat made from white glue and a little water. Intrigued, I decided to try it for myself. I used a cleaned out empty top coat bottle, I filled it about... 2/3-ish with white Elmer's glue and then filled it up to the top of the shoulder of the bottle with water  and gave it a good shake, shake, shake. I applied two coats, letting it dry in between coats. The base coat dried pretty quickly, blowing on it made it dry faster. It went on a little milky and dried clear.

I then applied a glitter manicure. I used two coats of Milani One Coat Glitter (one coat, my aunt) in Blue Flash and accent nails done in three coats of China Glaze Lorelei's Tiara. The polishes went on easily and smoothly, just as with normal base coat. I topped my glitters with Gelous and Seche Vite. Dry time was as normal. I did my normal cleanup with my cleanup brush and acetone. The glue didn't interfere with that process in the least.

Wear time with this base coat is not impressive. I applied this manicure early on the first day, by the next morning, after a shower and much hand washing, it was beginning to chip. By that afternoon, it was coming off of a couple of nails in larger chunks. I went ahead and picked and peeled off the manicure. I don't have pictures of that, I did it while I was in the car and we were driving around. I tossed the polish shells out the window. I should have tossed them into my purse. But I didn't think of it. I was having too much fun peeling my manicure off of my nails. The glitter peeled off easily, once I got it started. There was no damage to the edge of my nails from starting the peel process and no damage to my nail plate after the polish peeled away. It all came off clean, just a little left over residue on a few edges which were easily whisked away with a little remover on a  cotton round.

So, does white glue base coat under glitter work? Yes, it does. It is super cheap, easy to get and mix up. It applies smoothly and dries quickly. There is no chemical odor, just the smell of white glue, which is not unpleasant. Removal is easy-peasy; next time I'll use a wood cuticle pusher stick to start the peeling process. This is best for short term wear. An evening, a special event, a party or for a day or so. If you want to wear your glitter for a longer time, normal base coat is a better choice.I will be making use of this glue base coat often.

Have you tried using white glue as a glitter base coat? What do you think of it? Did it work for you? Did you have longer lasting results than I? Please share, I'd love to hear your experience.

Thank you so much for popping in and reading. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble.

Random Stuff Sunday

Hello gentle readers.

Thanksgiving weekend is almost over, we are now in the throes of the holiday season. Where did the year go, I ask you? I haven't even absorbed the fact that Hallowe'en is past and I am making my Christmas shopping list and decorating my tree... Time flies. And let me tell ya, the older you get, the faster it goes.

Today, I thought that I would share a little of my crone's wisdom with all of my gentle readers looking for love this holiday season.

(Not mine, found it on Facebook.)

(Or girls... Girls like bacon, too. ;))  

Have a great Sunday, everyone. 

Sinful Colors Winterberry

Hello gentle readers.

How's your weekend going? Mine is going well. We had a nice Thanksgiving, a busy yesterday rearranging furniture and putting up the Christmas tree. I still have hours of decorating ahead of me but the tree is up and fluffed. Oh and I have three bulbs to replace, as well. I have them marked and as soon as my husband brings the Christmas decorations containers up from the storage room I can get that done. I also have a hair appointment later. Yay! I get to get my roots done. I love being a blonde... I don't like roots.

Okay, polish...

Sinful Colors Winterberry. Beautiful smoky purple with a a ton of silver shimmer. Really gorgeous colour. Check it out:

This is two coats and top coat. Pretty, huh? A little brushstroke-y but you don't see that, as a casual observer, you just see a beautiful smokey silvered purple. Too bad the formula is a dud. Thick, gluey, snotty, streaky, clotted. Blech. This was a royal pain in my ass to apply. In spite of being thick, it ran all over the place, blobbed off the brush and headed straight for my cuticles and sat there, daring me to clean it up. I was forced to apply thick coats because thin coats were impossible due to dragging and bald spots all over the place. What a mess. Sinful normally has a pretty good formula but yuk. This one is just nasty. Dry time wasn't too bad, a little pokey but Seche Vite helped to make it not unbearable.

And if the application was unhappy, wear time was abysmal. I had significant tip wear and tiny chips by the end of the first day, after my shower the next morning, that was all she wrote for this baby. I thinned the crap out of this polish after struggling with it. I may give it one more chance but I am honestly not holding out hope for it. What a disappointment.

Want to know the worst part of it? I accidentally bought a second bottle of this goop. Yep, one of the few times I purchase a duplicate bottle of polish, I buy one that sucks. Just my luck. I'd return it but I lost my receipt and two clams isn't worth the raggle baggle.

So, I must ask you, did you buy this lovely colour? Did you have the same trouble with the formula that I did? Do tell.

Okay, I must move along. I need another cup of java and I have things to do. Thanks for popping in, have a great day and may your polish never bubble.

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

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 doesn't even like brown. You're right. I don't, normally. But this one... Yeah. It's just too fabulous. It's rich and dark and flattering and I just love it.

After it dried for a bit, I stamped leaves on my nails with an old Bundle Monster plate. I can't remember the number and I am not trekking downstairs on this foot (I royally screwed up my middle toe on my stairs, yesterday... walking is interesting, stairs are like Everest) just to look at it. If you have the old BM plates from 2010, you know which one it is. I stamped the leaves with China Glaze 2030 and Hi-Tech. Then I let them dry a bit and topped them with a coat of China Glaze Golden Enchantment for a delicate all over sparkle. Next I applied a freehand funky French with China Glaze I Herd That then topped the whole thing with a coat of Gelous and a coat of Seche Vite.

Of course, I had to make some mistakes while stamping. It wouldn't be my work if I didn't bungle it, somewhere! Dodgy stamping aside, I am really happy with how this turned out. It's warm and golden and sparkles beautifully in the sun. It makes me happy.

And, because I can't leave well enough alone, I am going to include a funny cat picture that I found on Facebook, I think and have kept stashed on my hard drive until today.

I hope that you all have a happy, safe and delicious Thanksgiving, if you celebrate. If you don't, Have a great day!

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

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 polish is just jelly enough that it can't cope with the flaws in my nails in fewer coats. This polish is mad shiny on it's own, tho I did swatch it with top coat. I left the top coat off of one nail. Can you guess which one?

Next up is Feliz Navi-Doll, a gentle dove grey jelly packed with silver shimmer. This polish is sheer, lightweight, delicate and very ladylike. This swatch is three coats and top coat.

Feliz Navi-Doll can also be layered. I applied one coat over Wet-N-Wild Black Creme, Sation I Love Yule and Miss-Tletoe.

This is Miss-Tletoe, a dusty spruce green jelly with a gorgeous teal shimmer. This swatch is three coats and top coat. Look at that shine! And ignore the fonky business on my middle finger nail. That wasn't the fault of the polish. I dinged it and tried to smooth it with additional Seche Vite too soon and after I oiled my cuticles and well... Yeah. I should have re done the nail but I just didn't have time.

 And here we have the namesake lacquer of this collection: Holiday Golightly. This robin's egg blue is full of glorious silver shimmer. This is a jelly texture, as well and a bit sheer; I needed four coats for full opacity and ridge coverage. If you have smooth nails, three should do the job. Top coat was used, of course.

I can hear you asking, "Is this anything like China Glaze For Audrey?" Well, let's take a gander, shall we?

Clearly, the answer is nope. These are not dupes. Both polishes are a robin's egg blue. Holiday Golightly is a jelly texture, squishy and somewhat translucent with that silver shimmer. China Glaze For Audrey is a creme, is darker in overall tone, a bit more blue, is opaque and has no shimmer.

Here is Suede Shoes. This royal blue jelly contains silver micro glitter. This polish positively glows and the silver micro glitter sparks and flashes when the light hits it right. This is three coats and top coat. Tho this polish is a very pigmented blue, I was pleasantly surprised that upon removal, this polish didn't Smurf me. Not even a tiny little bit.

Billed as white, Strumming My Nails is a beautiful pale, pale, pale blue grey creme. The slight tint softens this, makes it very wearable and less stark and bright. This is fabulous on it's own and would be a beautiful base for nail art or glitter. This swatch is three coats and top coat.

If this lovely creme looks familiar, it should. It is almost a dupe for OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls. While not an exact match, it is that same softened, slightly greyed down white that resembles lime washed concrete.

As you can see, Strumming My nails is a little lighter, brighter, OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls is slightly more grey-blue. At some angles, these look alike.

Of the six polishes shown here, four are a jelly texture. Suede Shoes, Feliz Navi-Doll, Under the Miss-Tletoe and Holiday Golightly are all somewhat sheer, have that delightful translucent squish and all of that delicious shimmer. All four need at least three coats, a couple even more to get to full opacity. The formula is good, not too thick, not too thin. They all apply smoothly and are easy to control. The first coat is a bit streaky, that smooths out with subsequent coats, so it's not a problem. These polishes self level pretty well, they don't run, drag, pool or bubble. Dry time is a tad on the slow side, a good fast dry top coat is a good idea.

I Love Yule has a formula that is, in a word, scrumptious. The viscosity is perfect, it is silky, smooth and self levels like a dream. This polish sits sweetly down where it is placed, whispers up the nail and doesn't run, pool, streak, drag or bubble. Dry time is really good on this one. Did you guess which nail is top coat free? It is the middle finger nail.

Strumming My Nails is a great formula, too. Smooth and easy to work with. Slightly streaky on the first coat, it quickly levels out and is perfectly smooth and opaque with subsequent coats. There was no trouble with this polish, it didn't drag, run, pool or bubble. If you have smoother nails than I, two coats would probably do you. I needed three to cover my ridges. Oh, and just FYI, the formula on this polish is a little better than that of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls. It is a bit smoother and less prone to streaking.

Overall, these are six really pretty polishes. None of them is particularly unique or groundbreaking, but they are solid, pretty, wearable and worth buying and wearing. While I like all six of these polishes just fine, I Love Yule, Holiday Golightly and Strumming My Nails are my clear faves, by several furlongs.

What do you think of the Miss Sation Holiday Golightly and the other two polishes? Any here catching your attention? If so, you can shop for Miss Sation Holiday Golightly and many other beautiful colours on their website, at salons, beauty supplies and TJ Maxx stores, Rite Aid drugstores and various e-tailers. Find Miss Sation on Facebook and follow on Twitter, too.

Thank you so much for popping in and reading. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble.

*Products were provided to me by the Company/PR for consideration. Thank you Miss Sation.*

Orly Moonlit Madness and OPI Excuse Moi!

Hello gentle readers.

I recently wore a polish combo that before I applied it, I wasn't so sure it was going to work. I thought about testing it out on a nail wheel before committing to my nails but then I thought, what the heck. Go for it.

I'm glad that I did. The combo kinda rocked my socks. I also received several very nice compliments on it, including from the lady from whom I always buy polish at Walgreen's. She is hip to my polish madness and always has something nice to say about whatever is currently riding my nails.

This manicure was two coats of Orly Moonlit Madness and one coat of OPI Excuse Moi! and topped with Gelous and Seche Vite.

Orly Moonlit Madness is a buttery burgundy creme just packed with shimmah. (You have to growl a little as you say "shimmah".) The formula is somewhat gorgeous and applied like a little dream. Sadly, it bubbled like a glass of champagne and it was a tad pokey to dry. The bubbles could very well have been my fault, I tend to pile it on. I can usually calm most bubbles with Seche Vite but this time that wasn't happening. I neglected to photograph the polish on it's own but most of you have probably already seen it. If you haven't and would like a swatch, let me know, I'll knock one out for you.

OPI Excuse Moi! Ahhh... How much do I adore this glitter? It is typical OPI gorgeous glitterness. The raspberry base is packed with different sizes and shapes of glitter pieces in gold, red, green, silver, pink. There is itsy-bitsy teeny-tiny holo shimmer glitter and in person, this is so complex, shimmery, glittery. It dances and scintillates. It is one of those glitters that you absolutely must experience for yourself to fully appreciate it. Photographs can't do this polish justice.

I loved how these two polishes worked together. Have you tried any new, out of your box combinations, lately? Were you happy with the result? Please share.

Thank you so much for popping in and reading. Have a terrific Tuesday and may your polish never bubble.

Shimmer Polish Amy: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

I am wrapping up this series of Shimmer Polish glitters with the lovely Amy. This rosy pink tinted base is swimming with glitter in different sizes, shapes and colours of pink, blue, green, red, gold and tiny holo sparks. This polish is as sweet as strawberry jam and twice as pretty.

This swatch is one coat, two on my ring nail over my glitter undies. Gelous and Seche Vite finishes this to glossy perfection.

The formula on this polish is as sweet as this polish, it's self. It is fluid and smooth and applies very easily and settles into place with little real effort. A few of the chunkier bits could use a little patting but it is just so easy, overall. Dry time is good.

What do you think of Amy? Like? If you are interested in making Amy a part of your polish family, wander on over to Shimmer Polish's Etsy store.

Overall, I really liked these five most recent polishes I reviewed for Shimmer Polish. Of the five, Carol was my clear personal favorite with Marilyn, in spite of it's slightly troublesome formula running a close second. Amy which I reviewed on this post is going to go into heavy rotation come Spring! I like this polish line. The glitters are beautiful, the formula really good and Shimmer Polish's customer service is nice, too. I recommend them.

Thank you so much for coming by and reading and commenting. Have a good Monday and may your polish never bubble.

*This polish was sent to me for consideration and review. Thank you, Shimmer Polish.*

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  • Random Stuff Sunday

    Hello gentle readers.

    Happy Sunday, everyone.

    (Found on Facebook)

    Aren't you glad that you aren't a dog? 

    Have a great Sunday, everyone. 

    Shimmer Polish Brooklyn: Swatch and Review

    Hello gentle readers.

    This is my next Shimmer Polish glitter to share with you. Say hello to Brooklyn. This is a slightly blue tinted jelly base with a variety of glitter shapes in blue, green, pink, gold and tiny silver holo sparks. I applied one coat over my glitter undies and two on my ring nail, as per the usual. This swatch is topped with a coat of Gelous and Seche Vite.

    The formula on this polish is very nice. There is enough finer glitter in this polish to make it fluid and easy to handle and apply. I didn't have to do much patting or coaxing, it just smoothed up the nail and settled in where I asked it to. Dry time is good and a coat each of Gelous and Seche Vite made this just as smooth and glossy as you could ever want it to be.

    Shimmer Polish Brooklyn is available or will be available on their Etsy shop. They are back from vacation and open for business.

    Thank you so much for popping in and reading. Have a great Saturday and may your polish never bubble.

    *This was sent to me for consideration and review. Thank you, Shimmer Polish.*

    Shimmer Polish Marilyn: Swatch and Review

    Hello gentle readers.

    Today I have the beautiful Shimmer Polish in Marilyn. This beautiful dark red jelly is packed with red tiny square glitter and is very glamorous. Unlike your typical Christmas red glitter, Marilyn has an edge, a darkness to it that keeps it from being so typical or sweet.

    This swatch is two coats of Marilyn topped with a coat of Gelous and two coats of Seche Vite.

    The formula on this polish is a little bit of a brat. The base is thick, fairly fluid but it likes to string together, pool on the sides of my nails and clot up as I am applying it. This polish dries fast and gritty and it is a thirsty lady come top coat time. To get the glossy finish I achieved for my photographs, I needed Gelous and two coats of Seche Vite. I probably could have done two of Gelous and two of Seche Vite.

    After I applied this swatch, I thinned it well to see if I could improve the texture a bit and make application any smoother and easier. I used the thinned polish to paint a nail on a nail wheel and it behaved really well, it was fluid and smooth and didn't give my any trouble. The next day, I wanted to reshoot the swatch in the sun as I had swatched the others in this series in the sun and well, you know me and my thing about continuity. When I went to swatch this polish a second time, it had tightened right back up on me. *sigh* I'm not giving up on it, tho.

    So you might be looking at this swatch and thinking to yourself "Hey, wait a minute. Is this a dupe for China Glaze Ruby Pumps?" The simple answer is, nope. While they are similar; red jelly base polishes packed with glitter, Marilyn is deeper, cooler and has a blackened quality while Ruby Pumps is brighter, lighter, a more true, clear red. Ruby pumps is also a bit more translucent, requiring three coats to Marilyn's two and the finished texture is smoother and requires less top coat. Here is a quick comparison on a nail wheel:

    So, what do you think? Do you like Marilyn? Interested in owning a bottle of this beautiful polish? If so mosey on over to Shimmer Polish's Etsy shop and pick up Marilyn or any other beautiful polish that might take your fancy. The Shimmer Etsy shop is closed for vacation until November 26.

    Thank you so much for popping in and reading. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble.

    *This polish was sent to me for consideration and review. Thank you, Shimmer Polish.*

    Press Release From Miss Sation

    Hello gentle readers. 

    Please enjoy this updated press release from Miss Sation about their Holiday Collection.

    Happy “Holiday Golightly” from Miss
    Holidays are a time for all things fabulous: parties, presents, and polish! Miss Professional Nail (Miss) is
    ringing in the season with “Holiday Golightly,” a shimmering new collection of nail lacquers. These six
    sparklers are a great idea for fun stocking stuffers and to accessorize your New Year’s Eve look!
    Miss’ Creative Director Staci Dao wanted to celebrate the joy of gift-giving (and receiving!) by reminding us to
    pamper ourselves and our loved ones this season. Silver screen icon Audrey Hepburn captured our hearts
    playing free-spirited fashionista Holly Golightly, whose love of shiny gems helped inspire Miss in creating this
    wish list of winter stunners.
    From the timeless, Tiffany-inspired blue to unique reds and greens, these luxe shades will light up your holiday
    season: “Under the Miss-tletoe,” a pearlescent pine green; “Feliz Navi-doll,” an icy crystalline grayish-white; “I
    Love Yule,” a velvety poinsettia red; “Let’s Mingle & Jingle,” a silver-spangled sapphire blue; “Holiday
    Golightly,” a glistening Robin’s egg blue, and “Stop Scrooging Around,” a gold-sparkled ruby wine. ‘Tis the
    season to channel our inner Holly Golightly and embrace the Miss mantra that “It’s the little pleasures that
    If you don’t the find the Holiday Collection under your tree, it will also be available online and in beauty
    supplies in late October.
    All Miss products are free of DBP, Toluene and Formaldehyde.
    Miss is an MBE (Minority Business Enterprise) certified company.

    Text and image provided to me for publication by the company/PR.

    My Movember Manicure

    Hello gentle readers.

    I was recently approached by a fellow blogger, Missy's Manicures about doing a manicure in honor of Movember, a campaign to raise awareness for men's cancer. Specifically testicular and prostate cancers. I have chosen to do a manicure in light blue, the colour of prostate cancer awareness.

    According to the American Cancer Society prostate cancer is the second deadliest form of cancer to men, behind lung cancer. Approximately 271,400 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in 2012, of them about 28,170 men will die. Early detection and treatment is crucial; when the cancer is localized or contained within the prostate or regional, meaning some spread outside the prostate but no lymph node involvement, rate of successful treatment is nearly 100%. In cases where the cancer has spread or metastasized the overall survival rate drops to only 29%. The 15 year survival rate for men diagnosed and successfully treated is about 91%.

    My dad was diagnosed with stage four metastatic prostate cancer in September of 2007 and we lost him a year later.

    It is my hope that through increased awareness and education, more men will get regular exams and those who have prostate cancer will be diagnosed early and receive successful treatment and fewer men will have to die from this terrible disease.

    In honor of my dad, I did a simple, pretty manicure in light blue with a subtle linear holographic shimmer. I tested a lot of ideas on nail wheels; stamping, funky French tips, ribbons, mustaches. In the end, I knew that while pretty, none of them were right. My dad wasn't one for excess ornamentation. He liked beautiful things with clean lines, sleek, simple and pure of form and function. He wasn't into ribbons to symbolize causes. I think that this feels most "like" him. :)

    This is two coats of Wet-N-Wild Bird Bath topped with a coat of OPI What's Dune? and Seche Vite.

    If you would like to do a manicure for Movember and share your work you can do it here. Feel free to leave a link to your Movember manicure in a comment (on this post only, please). I'd love to see them.

    Please encourage the men in your lives to see their doctor and have the proper screening exams. Prostate and testicular cancers, when caught early, treated properly and given a little luck can be cured and a man can live a long and healthy life after diagnosis and treatment and perhaps fewer wives, partners, sisters and daughters will have to mourn the loss of a man they love.

    If you are wondering why I didn't do a manicure for Breast cancer Awareness Month in October, it is because I did that last year and this year I did Movember. Neither is less important to me, I just have my way of doing things.

    Thank you so much for popping in and reading. Have a terrific day and may your polish never bubble.

    Beware Pretty Little Bottles of Polish With Ugly Little Strings Attached

    Hello gentle readers.

    Have you heard of the latest thing to come down the pike? Lacquerous. It is being touted as Netflix for Nails. A polish sharing service designed to let anyone have access to the latest in mid tier and luxury brand nail polishes without the high price tag or the commitment of ownership. For a mere eighteen dollars a month you can have up to three bottles of high quality nail polish delivered to your door, use each up to three times in a month then send them back in their snug little prepaid mailer and receive three new bottles of the polishes on your list to play with.

    Sounds great, huh?

    I mean, what could be more fun than opening a package and being greeted by shiny, sparkly bottles of Tom Ford, CHANEL, Butter London, OPI, Dior and more? What can give greater pleasure than smoothing those beautiful lacquers in stunning colours and sparkling glitters onto your nails? What can be more satisfying than knowing that you are wearing the latest, the best, the most beautiful polishes that can be found on your very own hands?

    What could be more fun than receiving used nail polish in the mail? Polishes used by total strangers. Total strangers about whom you know absolutely nothing? Who are these people? What kind of hygiene do they practice? Do they keep a clean home? I know that there is not a germ, virus, bacterium, fungus or other living nasty that could possibly survive in the hostile, chemical atmosphere of a bottle of nail polish. However, just knowing that a total stranger has used that polish makes me unhappy. Look, I don't even like to buy polish in a store if there is evidence on the bottle that some random shopper has opened and swatched it, either on themselves or on a shelf, display, the handle of a stroller, the yappy little dog they drag around in their purse... I just don't like it. I don't mind polish sharing with family and friends and I have done a polish swap. But these are circumstances under my control and I am sharing with people I know, trust and with whom I want to share.

    I won't be joining Lacquerous. Not now. Not anytime in the future. The issue of sharing nail polish with total strangers aside, this service has what I feel to be a very dark side to it. Their Terms of Use. Their rules of the game. All of which are rigged heavily in their own favor and some of which, in my own opinion are suspicious if not downright sneaky and underhanded.

    Let us examine one of the rules of the game, shall we? Polish usage. According to the website's FAQ page you may use each bottle "up to approximately three applications in a month". Uh... What? Up to approximately three applications in a month? What exactly does up to approximately three applications constitute? Is it a set amount of polish averaged out across a wide cross section of the polish wearing population as the normal and customary amount of polish used three times? Is there a mark on the bottle when you receive it that shows the fill line and another to tell you that you may not use past that point?

    Lacquerous says that they "monitor the amount of nail lacquer in each bottle" to keep track of usage. How? How exactly do they monitor the amount of lacquer in each bottle and how do they prove that they sent an exact quantity to Customer X and that Customer X returned the bottle having used an appropriate amount of the polish. But what is an appropriate amount? Some people have very long nails and use a lot of polish every time they polish their nails. Others have very short nails and use less. I have what I consider long active length nails. However, I probably use more polish than another person with similar length nails because while they may paint thinner coats, I paint thicker coats. Do you see how this nebulous rule can quickly dissolve into utter chaos? I sure can.

    According to the Lacquerous Terms of Use page they can and will charge your credit card an extra amount if they feel that you used too much of their polish. How much extra would they charge and how would they determine that you used too much polish? According to their terms, you can't argue the point with them. If they feel that you used too much, damaged their property (they don't spell out damage) or otherwise used it inappropriately, according to them, they will slap additional charges on your credit card. Charges that again, they do not spell out clearly as to amounts. Five dollars? Ten? Fifty? I don't know about you but there is no way on God's green Earth I am going to give my credit card number to a company who lays down terms like these. I might as well just hand it over and tell them to use it as they want as that is what you are doing, if you agree to their Terms of Use, as I have read them.

    So, tell me gentle reader, when was the last time you had a credit check run? None of my business, you say? You are entirely correct. It is none of my business. But it is Lacquerous's business. That's right. Read that Terms of Use page very, very carefully, my friend. They reserve the right, at their discretion to run a credit check on you. Nice, huh? The thought of a credit check, one that will, by the way count against you and your FICO score makes those shiny, pretty bottles of polish look a little less shiny? A bit less pretty?

    Uh-oh! You forgot that you had to send that package of rented polish back. Unless you promptly notify Lacquerous that there will be a little delay in returning them, you will be charged for the polish (s) and return shipping. So, lets get this straight, you pay the return shipping if you are late, pay for the replacement value of the polishes then return the polishes anyway. If I read that right, you just bought (used) polish at new polish replacement prices that you don't get to keep. Wow. Just... Wow.

    Here's some more really cute shenanigans for you. When they send the package of polish to you, they insure it and put tracking and delivery confirmation on the package. Fair and square, so far. I would do the same. But, say that the package goes missing, which packages can and do. Guess what? You get to investigate and track and try to find that package and if you fail, they not only get paid by the insurance that they took out on the package for the replacement value of the polishes but they will charge you for the replacement value of the polishes, as well. In my neck of the woods, we call that double dipping. And while it might not be illegal, it is underhanded. And it is not something with which I am willing to get tangled up. And, from a lot of the reading I am doing and tweets I am seeing, neither are many of my fellow bloggers.

    If you still think that Lacquerous is a good thing, if you want to try it, by all means do so. I am not your mama, I am not going to tell you what to do. But I strongly encourage you to thoroughly read their Terms of Use page before you sign up. Read it a couple of times. Because let me assure you, it makes for interesting reading. While the language of the page is in Legalese, it isn't too complicated. I am no walking brain trust and I understood it just fine. And I still don't like it. And I won't be going anywhere near it.

    Have you heard of Lacquerous? Have you done your reading on the service? What do you think? Like the idea? Maybe not so much? I'd really like to hear your opinion and thoughts on this new service. And yes, I even want to hear them if you completely disagree with me and think I am full of horse feathers.

    Shimmer Polish Julia: Swatch and Review

    Hello gentle readers.

    Today I have Shimmer Polish Julia. Delicate blue. Crushed aquamarines scattered all over my nails. Fine square glitter and small hex pieces in blue and silver with hints of pink create a scattering of colour, sparkle and magic.

    This is one coat of Julia and two on my ring nail over my glitter undies. Gelous and Seche Vite top it all off for maximum sparkle and shine.

    I am practicing swatching on my right hand so some of my photographs are going to look different and a little awkward as I get the hang of two handed swatching. I hope that you'll bear with me through my growing pains.

    Shimmer polish Julia is a fluid and easy glitter to work with. As it isn't all that chunky, it strokes onto the nail easily and there is far less patting or placing needed than with chunkier glitters. This polish dries quickly and top coats make sure that it is super smooth and sparkly.

    What do you think of Julia? Isn't she pretty? If you would like to grab this beautiful polish, you can visit Shimmer Polish's Etsy Shop after November 26.

    Thank you so much for popping in and reading today. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble.

    *This was sent to me for consideration and review. Thank you, Shimmer Polish!*

    Shimmer Polish Carol: Swatch and Review

    Hello gentle readers.

    Today I have for you the oh so gorgeous Shimmer Polish in Carol. This glitter is a combo of gold, rose gold, silver, pink, blue, tiny holo sparkles and sprinkles of larger black hex pieces. I really, really like this one.

    I swatched this over my glitter undies, Color Club Who Are You Wearing? a perfect neutral backdrop to showcase glitter without it having to fight a coloured base.

    Damn, I'm brilliant.

    This is one coat, two on ring (as usual) Gelous and Seche Vite on top. Shot out on sun and in the shade because I couldn't stop snapping photos of this one. Seriously. Could. Not. Stop.

    You know what? I lied. Come to think of it, this is just one coat, right the way across.

    The formula on this is pretty typical of chunky/fine glitter mix polishes. It wasn't too difficult to handle, it was smooth and fluid but thanks to the chunkier elements did need a little patting and coaxing into place. I am so used to handling glitter that it feels normal to apply them this way and I am certainly not bothered by it. If you like a more sparse, scattered effect, just stroking it on, like a normal polish would  do the trick very nicely. Dry time on this is good, as with most glitters. It is a little textured and a double shot of first Gelous then Seche Vite makes everything lovely and smooth and super shiny and sparkly.

    What do you think? Like? If you are into this beautiful glitter creation, you can shop Shimmer on Etsy. The owner of Shimmer is on vacation until November 26.

    Thank you for popping in and reading. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble.

    *Product provided for consideration and review. Thank you Shimmer Polish!*