Happy New Year! OPI The Gown Needs a Crown is My New Year Sparkle

Happy New Year gentle reader!

To say that I am going to be glad to see 2013 receding far in my rear view mirror is an understatement. As years go, this is not one upon which I will look back with a great deal of pleasure. 2013 kicked my ass, physically, mentally, emotionally. I am ready for a new year, a fresh start and sunnier, happier days ahead.

As your own midnight approaches, my wish for you is for health, happiness, joy, that all of your wishes for your new year come true in all of the best ways. Cheers!

I was thinking about New Year Nails and what to do. What to do. No time for nail art... Something simple. Something that makes a statement yet doesn't shout. What does that better than OPI The Gown Needs a Crown. The third polish in the Miss Universe Collection for 2013, this unique finish is comprised of silver shimmer particles dumped into a matte top coat base. Stroked onto the nail, it dries to a matte, glowy, almost pet-able finish. This polish is as different as it is beautiful.

This is two coats over base coat. No top coat.

The formula on this polish is interesting. It is different from regular cremes and jellies, it isn't like Liquid Sands or other textured polishes. It is an entity all to it's self. It applies somewhat like a matte top coat, but with the additional challenge of a thick shimmer; it requires a bit of extra care but you don't have to baby it. Plenty of polish on the brush, a deft hand, not overworking it will ensure a smooth finish. Let the first coat dry, which it will, quickly, before applying the second to avoid pulling or dragging. To have that soft, almost pet-able finish, leave the top coat in it's bottle.

What do you think about this silver stunner? Did you pick it up? What did you do for your New Year nails?

Okay, I'm going to get this posted before it gets too late. Have a great New Year's Eve. If you have party plans, have a great time. If you drink, please, please, please, don't drive. Call a friend, call a cab. strap on some roller skates... I know... You're a grown ass adult and don't need any lectures. I can't help it. I want to see all of you, bright and shiny and rearing to go, as the new blogging year begins. So just humor me, mmmkay?

Okay, I'm out. See you all in my next one.

Review: Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Nourishing Facial Cream

Press Sample

Hello gentle readers.

Sibu Beauty is a company committed to creating a line of efficacious, ethical skin, hair and body care products. The central ingredient in the line is the sea buckthorn berry, from the Tibetan Himalayas purported to be rich in a host of powerful antioxidants and essential fatty acids. Rather than try to rewrite what the website has to say, I will direct your attention here so that you can read all about it, for yourself.

When I was first contacted by a representative of Sibu Beauty about possibly reviewing a product for them, I went to their website and had a good look around. One of the things that first struck and impressed me about this company is their insistence on fair trade, Earth friendly, animal tender business practices. All Sibu Beauty products are GMO free and vegan.

I chose the Sea Buckthorn Nourishing Facial Cream  to try and to review. I am always on the lookout for the next best moisturizer, especially for daytime. I need something that is going to beautifully hydrate my very dry skin, not be heavy or waxy and muck with my makeup, and is, of course, chemical sunscreen free. Not exactly an easy order to fill.

Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Nourishing Facial Cream. One Fl. oz. (30 ml.) Packaged in a frosted, recyclable glass bottle with a pump delivery system. This cream sells for $20.95.

From the Sibu website:


Our sea buckthorn facial cream, with omega 7 fatty acids, creates the perfect barrier to moisturize, rejuvenate, repair and protect. This light, non-greasy cream is ideal for daily use and offers a pleasing, light citrus scent. It is paraben free, and cruelty free and contains no dairy, wheat, yeast, gluten, sodium or preservatives.

  • Rejuvenates sun damaged skin.
  • Protects against environmental stress.
  • Preserves healthy skin tone and texture.
  • For all skin types.
  • 1 fl. oz. 
  • 100% natural.

Ingredients: water, sea buckthorn seed oil, glycerin, sodium levulinate, sodium anisate, polyglyceryl-10 pentastearate, behenyl alcohol, sodium stearoyl lactylate, cetearyl alcohol, olive oil unsaponifiables, meadowfoam seed oil, shea butter, sea buckthorn fruit oil, orange essential oil, aloe barbadensis leaf juice powder, caprylic / capric triglyceride, xanthan gum, panthenol, sodium phytate.

What I say:

This lightweight yellow cream is silky, smooth and smells softly, sweetly of oranges. It spreads easily across my skin and sinks in almost instantly, leaving my skin feeling soft and velvety and hydrated and not in the least bit oily or greasy. The orange scent dissipates quickly, it doesn't linger too long, but if you are very sensitive or just dislike scent in your products, you may not like this cream.

I was surprised that such a lightweight cream formulated for all skin types could be so moisturizing. I have very dry skin and this cream, over a serum beautifully hydrates my skin all day whether I am wearing makeup or not. This cream doesn't quite have enough oomph for me for night. If your skin isn't as dry, you might find that this cream may work beautifully for you, round the clock.

I really like Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Nourishing Facial Cream. I use this cream on a regular basis and enjoy it. I definitely recommend it and yes, when this bottle runs out, I would most likely purchase a bottle, myself. I would also like to try some of their other skin care items.

If you would like to check out the Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Nourishing Facial Cream or any of their other beautiful, natural skin, hair or body care products, please Check out their product line here.

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Have you tried any products by Sibu Beauty? What do you think of them? Do you think that you would like to try any products from this line?

Thank you so much for popping in and reading and have yourself a great day.

Press Sample

OPI Miss You-Niverse: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

I hope that everyone who celebrates had a beautiful and happy Christmas.

Today I have another stunning Polish from the OPI Miss Universe Collection. This is Miss You-Niverse. One of the things I love about OPI is the goofy names they give their polishes. Seriously. I love them. Sometimes, I buy polishes simply because of the names. Truth. In this case, I bought this polish because it's gorgeous and because it was part of this set.

And because it's freaking gorgeous.

OPI Miss You-Niverse is a dense, rich, smoky, deep purple creme. This swatch is two coats and topped with Seche Vite.

While this polish is stunning, the formula is, like some pageant beauties, a teensy touch temperamental. I found, when applying this, it was almost a one coat wonder. Almost. It was a little streaky in spots and it pulled and dragged a little a couple of times. A second coat leveled and smoothed everything to perfection, tho. This isn't a bad polish, it just wants a steady, sure hand and a touch of cozening. If you are willing to sweeten it along a little, it will reward you with the finish you see in my photographs. For that colour, that shine, that finish, I'm okay with a little high maintenance hi jinks.

What do you think of OPI Miss You-Niverse? Isn't she stunning?

Thank you so much for popping in and reading and have a great day.

OPI I'm Feeling Sashy Review and Photographs

Hello gentle readers.

OPI I'm Feeling Sashy from the Miss Universe Collection for 2013 is a beautiful dusky lilac crelly. This polish is smooth, very shiny and has just a touch of squish. It's rather delicious. Pastels are hot, for Winter, but I think this colour will be gorgeous going into Spring, too.

This is two coats with Seche Vite.

The formula on this polish is great. Fluid and easy to control and apply, it flows off of the Pro Wide brush and sits down where it is placed. It is a tad streaky on the first coat, don't let that bother you. The second coat goes on and everything levels out and all of a sudden it is perfect. Even and opaque. Dry time is pretty good, a good quick dry top coat makes it even better. I wore this polish as a full mani and got a solid five days wear out of it before I needed to remove it. Impressed I was.

What do you think of OPI Feeling Sashy? Did you pick it or any of the three polishes in the collection up? If you are interested in obtaining this one, you may still be able to find it where you buy OPI.

Thank you so much for popping in and reading and have a great day!

For Letitia

I have learned a lot about myself in the last month and a half or so. Lessons that I thought that I had already learned from previous losses. Lessons I didn't think I needed to be taught, again. Then my beautiful mother left this world and mine blew apart. Far further than I could ever have anticipated. I thought, at first that I could just take a little time, then pick up and carry on, much as usual. Ha! Laughs life, laughs fate. Turns out, what has been needed is not only time to grieve, to mourn, but to realign, to find my new axis. That process takes time, I am allowing it. Following the natural course I need to take to move forward and pick up. I'm feeling ready to take first steps, methinks.

Letitia Ellsworth was my mother. She was my kindred spirit, my touchstone, my best and closest friend. She was the one person who understood me like no one else, who knew me on a level that no other human being ever could or ever would. I miss her so much. Sometimes it is so strong that I can't breathe. Sometimes I forget... For a crazy moment... I pick up my phone, scroll through my contacts list and get excited to call my mom. Then I remember and am blown away, again. I think that I should delete the contact to remind myself, to move on but I can't bring myself to do it, yet.

Hoarders: Contact List Edition.

Did I just say that? Inappropriate. Yet, oddly therapeutic.

One of the things I wanted to do to honor my mother was a special manicure and post it here in my blog. My mother would actually come and read here, from time to time. Surprising as hell, if you knew my mother. While she had an appreciation of the girlier aspects of life, she was not into the whole get made up and polished thing. She had no use for beauty and polish blogs but she was proud of mine and would swing by, check up on my latest work and then gush at me. It made me feel good. Gobsmacked, but good.

For this manicure, I was inspired by my mother's love of garnets, her favorite gemstone. I tried a lot of different polish combinations on a nail wheel before I finally came up with a layering technique that I feel evokes the red of the stone and the fire deep within the facets of the stone.

I started with a coat of Cover Girl Glosstinis in Rogue Red, a coat of Color Club Snow-Flakes, then a coat of Cover Girl Glosstinis in Violet Flicker and Sation Garnet Red. Topped off with Seche Vite.

I was pretty happy with it and I think that Mother would have liked it, too.

I think that this layered combo looks kind of like garnets. The glass fleck in the Cover Girl polishes and the flakies in the Color Club Snow-Flakes look like facets and fire deep in the gemstone the Sation Garnet Red is a sheer jelly but pigmented enough that one coat topped the under layers, perfectly, giving that deep garnet colour yet letting the sparkly goodness shine through.

Okay, so. I think I'm back. I hope that you'll forgive the all over the place nature of this particular post. It isn't my usual fare.

Just click Publish, Erika. It's time.

Thank You

Hello gentle readers.

I want to take this opportunity to say thank you for your lovely comments, your sympathy, hugs, caring and support. I can't even begin to express to you how much they have meant to me in my time of sorrow. This world is full of beautiful people and I have evidence of that, right here.

I am gearing up to return to blogging. I am beginning to really miss it and interacting with all of my bloggy friends. I'm going to ease back in and find my footing, again. I have some fun new things to share, some pretty polish, some great makeup that I acquired during Birthday Week/retail therapy shopping. Even some hair care that I still don't know what the hell I was thinking when I bought it! But I did, I regret nothing and will share what I think about it.

I'll be back, soon with a post.

I really do, you know. :D

Please Bear With Me

Hello gentle readers.

I need to put my blog on a bit of a hiatus. My beautiful mother passed away this morning and I need some time to process and to take care of things and myself.

I will be back soon. Take care of yourselves, be kind to yourselves and one another.

OPI Keeping Suzi at Bay, Swatch and Review Plus... Bonus Sparkle!

Hello gentle readers.

I'll bet you thought that I was done with the OPI San Francisco Collection polishes, didn't you? Ha! That's what you get for thinking.

OPI Keeping Suzi at Bay is a stunning deep royal blue creme polish. Smooth, silky and so shiny, this is a wonderful addition to any polish collection. If you like blue polish, if you like a creme finish, you need OPI Keeping Suzi at Bay.

This swatch is two coats and is topped with Seche Vite.

I love this so much. The formula on this polish is as gorgeous as it is to look at. Smooth, easy to apply and control; there was no running, pooling on the edges of my nails, no flooding my cuticles, no stupid bubbles or streaking or dragging. Dry time is pretty decent. I have no complaints.

After I finished having fun with Keeping Suzi at Bay as it was, I decided to dive into my OPI stash and hauled out Simmer and Shimmer from the Burlesque Collection and I did a soft gradient then topped that with Gelous and more Seche Vite. It's kinda Rawr.

I love the glitters from the Burlesque Collection and I am so happy that I picked up a few, when they were available. I had to thin this polish before I used it. I have noticed that as these sit, they are really thickening up. No worries. That is what lacquer thinner is for.

What do you think of OPI Keeping Suzi at Bay? Do you own this gorgeous creamy dream? Are you thinking that you might like to have it? I think I saw it on the Ulta website and you should be able to find it where you buy OPI in your area. I'm sorry to torment you with Simmer and Shimmer. But there are a lot of beautiful fine, mixed colour glitters out there that will give you a very similar look.

Thank you so very much for popping in and reading and don't be a stranger. Come back, soon.

Liquid Lacquer Bubble Up

Hello gentle readers.


More glitter.



Heh. Heh.

Liquid Lacquer Bubble Up is a delightful confection blending a sheer pink base, with tiny pink hex, tiny blue square holo, small pink hex, medium pink hex, small and medium iridescent hex that shifts and huge round pink sequins. Oh, gentle reader, if you are into pink, fun, bubbly, give you a toothache sweet glitters, you have to get your tail over to Liquid Lacquer's site and find and buy this glitter because... Yeah.

This is one generous coat applied as you would a glitter of this ilk over OPI Chic From Ears to Tail and topped with Gelous and Seche Vite. Handling of this baby wasn't too difficult, it applied pretty nicely, there was some patting and coaxing, not too much, I did have to fish the big pieces, as expected. I don't mind.

So what say you? Isn't this pretty? I think it is. I hope that you aren't growing weary of glitter, the holidays are approaching, glitters are in abundant supply, this time of year. And, I can't seem to lay off of them so... Buckle up.

Thank you so much for stopping in and reading and have a great day!

Fire and Sparkle

Hello gentle readers.

Just a quickie.

Fire and sparkle were on my nails, recently. China Glaze Roguish Red and Orly The Right Amount of Evil topped with Gelous and Seche Vite on random accent nails. I really enjoyed wearing this manicure. It was so bright and warm and insanely sparkly. It reminded me of the trees as they change to their full Autumn glory, which is happening, around here, right now. One nice thing about living at a little lower latitude; when everyone else's trees are done, ours are just getting into full swing. It is looking pretty good around here, right now.

Tired of my orange and glitter thing, yet? I promise, there is more and different coming up.

Okay. Must run. Thank you so much for swinging by and reading. I'll talk to you tomorrow. Kisses!

Happy Hallowe'en and Welcome to the Monsters Ball!

Boo! Gentle readers!

Happy Halloween and welcome to my swatches of the Monsters Ball polishes by China Glaze that I picked up. This is a long one with lots of photographs, so settle in, you're going to be busy for a little while! Monsters Ball is a collection of four glitter polishes, one textured black matte and a glow in the dark top coat. I passed on the texture as I wasn't into it and the Ghoulish Glow, as I had had a bottle languishing in a drawer for a couple of years that I recently sent to a young friend of mine. I just indulged in the glittery goodness from this collection. I love it when China Glaze does collections like this, they are Hallowe'en gone glam and the polishes are not just Hallowe'en, they can easily go on to other occasions and holidays. So, even if you didn't get these for Hallowe'en, pick them up, enjoy them at other times, too.

 Many sorrys for not having this up sooner but I did not have these polishes until just a few days ago. I got them on my nails and in the can as quickly as I could. Ready? Set! And here we go.

Howl Ya Doin'?

 Thick, somewhat goopy purple, jammy jelly base packed with orange and purple glitter and flakies. A bit streaky on the first coat and watch out for dragging! The glitter can go on a bit unevenly, but everything evens out and gets nice and smooth and opaque after the second coat. Dry time is pretty good. This is thirsty! Two coats of top coat is suggested. I use Gelous and Seche  Vite. Works for me.

Macro, to show off the purple and orange mini flakies and glitter. You should see this in person! I could see this gracing nails for Mardi Gras, in the Summer... Definitely versatile. 

Bat My Eyes

China Glaze Bat My Eyes is a beautiful mix of murky, blackened green jelly and a mix of fine and small hex gold glitter and random orange and green bar glitters. This polish has a nice formula, it applies easily and doesn't give any trouble like dragging, streaking or pooling. The glitter distributes evenly and smoothly with little additional patting and coaxing. Very nice. I miss the gorgeously fluid glitters China Glaze treated us to in the last few years. Oh! Were they splendid! I would love to have seen this be like those. But this is nice. Dry time is good, have the top coat standing by! I used Gelous and Seche Vite.

A little macro action for you. This isn't just Hallowe'en, you know. As you can see, the bars are sparse and they don't interfere with the glam factor. Imagine this baby on your nails on New Year's Eve. Or on a hot date. Going out with the girls for drinks. Yeah. You need this. 

Fang Tastic

Happy, fun, lighthearted, childhood dreams of Hallowe'en on your nails. This ebullient mix of of glitter pieces in pink, green, blue and purple in sizes ranging from tiny to large all swimming in a clear base is shown over Orly Orange Punch and topped with Gelous and Seche Vite. This glitter can so easily go from season to season, occasion to occasion. If you love happy, bright, fun glitter mixes, you would love this. Imagine this in Spring over pink and yellow, in Summer over a shimmery fuchsia, for Holiday over silver... You get the idea! Application is about standard for a glitter of this ilk; go easy, be ready to stroke, coax a little and pat a bit and you are home free. Lots of top coat, don't forget.

Macro for your eyeballs. Feast them. Sooo pretty!


China Glaze Boo-Gie-Down (Okay, who is having a seventies crush, right now?) evokes ruined splendor. When I look at this glitter, I feel such a sense of despair and faded glory. Once magnificent mansions, now fallen into disrepair and partially burned, yet retaining a glimmer of their former grandeur. Faded heiresses, spent out, desperately digging through piles of once fashionable and insanely expensive, now mouldering handbags for just a little more coin to fund just one more night of drinks. This glitter is dark and sad, bright and tawdry, fascinating and slightly repellent. I love it. Seriously. Love. It.

Macro number one. Yep. I am treating you to two. Because this stuff is all that. A clear base carries a mix of insanity and clarity in the form of tiny to huge glitter pieces in a variety of squares to hex to rounds to long, thin bars in gold, silver, copper, black and white. Application of this is about what any experienced glitter hound would expect. It's not bad, truly, it isn't. And you know I am honest about these things. Just have a little forbearance and you will be rewarded. Gelous and Seche Vite made this glossy, shiny and sparkly. It could go matte, too. 

Just one more look. Fall into it. I dare you. I swatched this on a nail wheel over a dark, murky green and it blew my mind. Could you see this over a deep, dusty red? A mustard yellow? A grungy, ugly blue... Guh! This could rock your socks, any time. Anywhere. 

So, gentle spooky ones. What say you about the glittery glamorous four of the China Glaze Monsters Ball Collection? Do you love? Loathe? Do you own any of these beauties? Are any tickling your fancy? Tempting you to acquire, in spite of the fact that they won't be yours in time for Trick-or-Treat? 

As hard as I am crushing on all four of them, I have a couple of clear favorites. Bat My Eyes and Boo-Gie-Down are my two big loves. I am not planning to kick any of them out of my collection and I will use them, in the future because they are all that good, that beautiful and that wearable. 

Thank you so much for spending a little of your Hallowe'en hanging around with me and my crazy blog. We love having you here and appreciate your input in your thoughtful comments. Have a happy, safe and spooktacular holiday!

Hallowe'en Nail Art

Hello gentle readers.

Yeah. I know. Weird, huh? Nail art three times in one month? What's going on around here? Have we slipped into a vortex? An alternate universe? Is someone running a fever, here? It's okay. Don't panic. Everything is okay, you are safe and sound where you are, normalcy (well, as close to normalcy as it gets, around here) reigns and you do not need to run to the medicine cabinet for Advil.

I had a little fun with skittle style nail art, the other day. Skittle style nail art is something I am kind of getting into, lately. I am developing a real taste for interesting, multifaceted designs, something fun on each nail, cohesive yet not matching. Yeah... I'm into it.

I started out by applying Orly Black Pixel to my index nail, two coats. No top coat. Orly Black Pixel is  a nice textured polish, I recommend it, if you haven't checked it out, yet. The rest of my nails went bright orange with Orly Orange punch.

My middle nail went dotty, spooky style with Wet-N-Wild Black Creme, China Glaze Snow and China Glaze Bizzare Blurple.

My ring finger is stamped with Wet-N-Wild Black Creme and Bundle Monster plate # 224.

On my pinkie is a coat of Orly So-Go-Diva.

Everything is topped with a generous coat of Orly Matte Top Coat.

So, I have fallen in love with PicMonkey. (No, I am not affiliated, I wasn't asked or paid to mention them) I use it so much that I am actually seriously considering paying for their Royale membership. Funny enough, I have a free premium membership, all the bells and whistles at Ribbet and I rarely use it. I just love the Monkey. One of the fun things in PicMonkey is special effects, even the free version has a lot of great options and I got down and got funky with my spookified self.

Oh, hush up. It's been a rough morning. I was up at the ass crack of way too fucking early, I had a doctor's appointment, I had to fast, no coffee, no food, no water no nothing. I'm still a little hung over from that, lemme tell ya and my brain is a bit fried out. Plus, she shot a bunch of steroids in my ass and I think they are wreaking havoc with my thought processes. Even if they aren't, they are a convenient scapegoat. Work with me, here.

Isn't this version fun? Very vampire, no? I kind of dig it. Which version do you prefer?

I went crazy making holiday themed watermarks, too. Editing. Not my strong suit. Oh! Wait until Christmas time! #sorrynotsorry

Okay, I'm going to post this before it gets too late in the day. Please don't forget to let me know in the comments which version: Normal Old Broad or Glam Vamp you prefer.

Thank you so much for popping in and reading and have a wonderful day. I'm going to go finish my coffee and bagel and open my package from Stila. My eyeliners are here! Yay! Bye!

A Manicure in the Theme of Fingers

Hello gentle readers.

I was swatching Essie For the Twill of It recently and after I took all of my pictures of it, I was inspired to do some stamping nail art over it. I was trying to decide what I wanted to do when the great stamping work of the fabulous and oh-so-talented Fingers, owner of Fingers Polish Mania popped into my brain. Fingers often does geometric style stamp patterns then tops her flawless stamping with her signature funky French. I thought maybe I'd do a stamped design and funky French that evokes Fingers's wonderful manicures.

This is Essie For the Twill of It stamped with BM 320 and a freehand funky French done with Wet-N-Wild Black Creme and topped with Seche Vite. My stamping isn't as impeccable as Fingers's is and my funky isn't as even but I kind of like how it came out.

I like this super macro of the single nail because it shows close up just how gorgeous Essie For the Twill of It is. Rawr!

I hope that you enjoyed seeing this nail art. What kind of nail art have you been doing lately? Stamping? Water marbling? Dotting? Is there a blogger who inspires you in a particular type of nail art? Please share in the comments.

Thank you so much for swinging by and reading and have a great day!

Essie For the Twill of It: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

Essie For the Twill of It is an oil slick duochrome shimmer. This deep grey base is packed with shimmer that shifts green, pink, to purple and throws tiny silver sparkles. This polish is almost a dupe for OPI Peace and Love and OPI, there are slight variations in overall tone and the formula is a little bit different. But, if you have one, unless you are a rabid collector, you don't need the other. Honestly, I'm not sure why I bought both!

This swatch is two coats and Seche Vite. My shots only caught the pink shift. Duochromes continue to elude my camera lens. Sneaky little buggers.

Essie For the Twill of It has a pretty nice formula, the viscosity is neither too thick nor too thin, it flows nicely off of the brush and spreads nicely up the nail without streaking, pooling, flooding my cuticles. I did experience a small amount of dragging and bubbling in those spots on the sides of my nails where the polish went thin and my brush over worked the polish. It wasn't major but it was an annoyance that I did not appreciate. Ah, Essie, Essie. You have to do this to me with the formula.

Do you own Essie For the Twill of It? What do you think of it? I like it fine but I prefer the formula on the OPI version and would suggest that one, if you can get it.

Thank you so much for popping in and reading. Have a great Monday and a great week!

OPI More Than a Glimmer: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

Today I am sharing the second polish in the Pink of Hearts duo. This is OPI More Than a Glimmer, a pink creme base packed with a mix of hex glitters from tiny to large ranging from silver to gold to yellow, pink, red, blue and green. This glitter dries matte and somewhat textured, on it's own. I think that this glitter polish is insanely pretty.

This swatch is one fairly generous coat over OPI Pinking of You and topped with Gelous and Seche Vite. I forgot to take photographs before I applied top coat to show it matte but I am sure that you have seen other bloggers feature it in it's natural state. If not, if you would really like to see it as it dries right out of the bottle, let me know, I can do a swatch of it.

OPI More Than a Glimmer has a pretty nice formula. The base is very fluid and easy to work with, the glitter disperses easily and pretty evenly up the nail, I picked up a little extra on the brush and filled in here and there, where I felt it could use it but that was just being fussy, really. Other that that, this polish doesn't give any trouble; it didn't streak, drag, pull, run, pool, try to flood my cuticles or bubble. This polish dries fast and matte. If you like your glitter shiny, like I do, be sure to use plenty of top coat for that beautiful smooth, shiny, sparkle.

I am really happy that I bought this duo. While Pinking of You, the pink crelly drove me a bit nuts with it's many coats, I couldn't be happier with this beautiful, happy glitter and I recommend that if you can get your hands on it, that you grab it, if you like this sort of thing.

If you haven't yet snagged this duo and are craving, have a look at your local Ulta, JC Penney Salon, authorized beauty supply or other salons that carry OPI.

Thank you so much for popping in and reading and your comments. Please come back soon and have a wonderful day.

OPI Pinking of You: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

OPI Pinking of You is a sugary bubblegum pink crelly. Soft and sweet and very girly, this is an easy colour for someone of just about any skin tone to wear. This is not a terribly unique colour, it is pretty enough but to be perfectly honest, I bought the Pink of Hearts duo for the glitter that comes with it. I could have just bought the glitter polish on it's own but I got two polishes for just a few dollars more than for one and well... Yeah. I can't resist getting more for just a little more.

This swatch is four coats. Yes, I said four coats and Seche Vite.

The formula on this polish is nice, but this polish goes on very streaky. I had to apply four coats to get a smooth, fully opaque, streak free finish. Needless to say, I was not terribly pleased. Otherwise, this polish didn't give me any trouble, it didn't run, pool, flood my cuticles or bubble. I didn't wear it long enough to see how long it would take it to dry. My guess is, with four coats, it would have taken a while.

Why is it that the prettiest, daintiest polishes always slap me around like an unwanted step child?

Did you pick up the OPI Pink of Hearts duo? Perhaps just Pinking of You? You should be able to find this set at Ulta, JC Penney salons and salons that carry OPI in your area and at various authorized beauty supplies.

Thank you so much for popping in and reading and have a loverly day.

OPI Lost on Lombard: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

OPI Lost on Lombard from the Fall San Francisco Collection is a beautiful, shiny, rich brick red creme polish. While it is certainly not anything particularly new or unique, Lost on Lombard is definitely worth picking up if you don't already own a polish in this particular shade or, if like me, you can't seem to stop yourself from buying yet. another. beautiful red polish.

This swatch is two coats of OPI Lost on Lombard topped with Seche Vite.

OPI Lost on Lombard has a formula that is simply gorgeous. Smooth, creamy-dreamy, easy to apply and to control. The viscosity is nearly perfect, it flows off of the brush, sits right down where it is placed then sings up the nails without streaking, dragging, pulling, running, pooling in the edges of my nails, flooding my cuticles or bubbling.  Dry time is pretty good, Seche Vite makes it even better.

Did you pick up OPI Lost on Lombard or any of the other beautiful polishes from the San Francisco Collection for Fall?

I am still showing Fall polishes and am plotting my purchases from the Winter/Holiday collection. My wishlist from that one is a little more limited than I thought it would be. Probably a good thing for my budget. I'll still be doing a little damage, tho.

Thank you so much for swinging by and reading and have a great day!