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For Letitia

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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

Hallowe'en Nail Art

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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 s

Orly Sparking Garbage: Swatch and Review

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Hello gentle readers. I have wanted the polish featured today since it was first released. I finally got around to picking it up a couple of weeks ago and I am so glad that I did. Orly Sparkling Garbage is a gorgeous fine holo glitter topper in shades of green and blue with sparks of yellow, orange, red, even pink. So sparkly and beautiful. And the name is irresistible. I don't have any of the other polishes from the Spring collection but I may still hunt a few down and pick them up. Tho the Fall collection is due to release pretty soon and I have seen pictures of it and oh, boy, is it ever pretty! Maybe I'll just hold off. Save my money. Since talk of Fall is beginning to hit the blogs here and there, I decided to layer Orly Sparkling Garbage over a Fall polish. I chose Orly Lucky Duck, a beautiful, rich mallard green crelly with a simply gorgeous formula. Very Fall. This swatch is one coat of Sparkling Garbage over Lucky Duck topped with Seche Vite. Photos were snapped ou

China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy: Photographs and Review

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Hello gentle readers. How long ago did China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy hit the scene? How many times have I seen in on blogs, in YouTube videos, picked it up in stores, put it back down time and time again? Well, I finally picked it up, bought it and took it home with me. China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy is an amazing bright coral neon creme. This polish makes my hands look as if they have been on vacation in San Tropez even though they are just living the housewife life here in the AZ. This is two coats of China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy and Seche Vite. First of all, I must apologize for the washed out colour of these photographs. My camera takes one look at neons and brights and turns and runs like a scared baby. This polish is brighter, cleaner, more saturated than these photos show. A little about the formula. This polish is a stone cold 24 karat hand embroidered bitch sent from the bowels of hell to torment me. It streaks, it drags, it pulls, it bubbles, it stacks, it

OPI Tiffany Case: Review and Photographs

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Hello gentle readers. OPI Tiffany Case is one of the Bond girls Collection Liquid Sand polishes released this Spring and it is my favorite of the Liquid Sand polishes, ever. Ever. Tiffany Case is a cool medium blue base with the Liquid Sand-y sand bits, shimmer and glittery sparkle particles of blue and silver and small round glitter pieces. There is a bit of a blackened undertone, as well. There is a delicious complexity to this polish that isn't present in all of the Liquid Sand polishes. I wear this polish and I drool all over my nails. Yes. Drool. I don't mind admitting it. This is two coats over my usual base coat, no top coat. I am enamored of the formula on the OPI Liquid Sand polishes. I find them easy to work with; they are smooth, fluid, sit beautifully down where they are placed flow up the nail without dragging or streaking, The first coat is normally sheer, I usually have opacity by the second coat, with a couple of them, I need three. Dry time

OPI My Vampire is Buff: Swatch and Review

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Hello gentle readers. Today's offering is a polish that I bought with some trepidation. I saw it. loved it, read the not so stellar reviews, convinced myself (sorta) that it was going to be different for me and put my money down. You know what P.T. Barnum had to say about suckers. OPI My Vampire is Buff is a beautiful French vanilla crelly. Warm, rich, delicious. Oh, gentle readers, the beauty you see disguises a seething pool of deception and pain. This swatch is four coats. No, your eyes are not paying tricks on you. I said four. Coats. Plus Seche Vite. The formula on this polish is a black hearted demon sent from the bowels of Hell to torment the unaware. This polish is thin, the pigmentation is weak, it is streaky, it likes to run and try to flood my cuticles, it bubbles, it tries to drag if you overwork it, it starts to tighten up as you are applying coat after coat after coat after coat. Seche Vite was mandatory to smooth a bit of lingering streakiness and som

OPI You're Such a Budapest: Swatch and Review

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Hello gentle readers. Okay, so I lied. I took a few extra days off. I have learned to listen to myself and myself was saying take a few more days. I want to take a moment to thank you for your kind well wishes. <3 p=""> I am recovering nicely from my surgery, I still have my frakking gallbladder. I won't bore you with too many details, but it is hidden, my surgeon couldn't find it (it couldn't be found on ultrasound when I had diagnostic tests, either) and rather than convert to an open procedure and dig around, possibly damaging my liver and causing me to have a very rough time of it, indeed, he did a quick confab with my husband and the decision was made to close me up and make another plan. I am scheduled for a CAT scan next week, then we'll go from there. I am NOT amused. Having surgery for no reason and facing another one? I am a bit annoyed. It isn't my surgeon's fault, it is just my weird anatomy. But I am still annoyed. Okay, '

OPI A Butterfly Moment and Pink Yet Lavender: Swatch and Review

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Hello gentle readers. Today I am sharing OPI A Butterfly Moment and Pink Yet Lavender from the recent Mariah Carey Spring Collection. A Butterfly Moment is a soft peach pink creme with gold shimmer. This polish is interesting. It is an odd mix of the modern and the feel of similar polishes from the 1970's. This colour isn't terribly unique but it is pretty and would be suitable in many settings. This swatch is three coats and Seche Vite. OPI A butterfly Moment has a nice formula. Not stellar, I had a little trouble with it handling my ridges and it wanted to build up on the outer edges of my nails and streak a bit. Just a little trouble, tho. This polish wasn't difficult, really tho a bit more than OPI polishes usually are for me. This polish sat down where it was placed, didn't run, pool or bubble. Dry time is a teensy bit pokey, Seche Vite is very helpful. Overall, this is a nice polish, has a decent formula and if you are into these soft, slightly

Color Club Halo Hues: Eternal Beauty and Beyond

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Hello gentle readers. Time to wrap up my Halo Hues miniseries with the final two polishes in this collection. Eternal beauty and Beyond; the deep, dark beauties of this collection. Buckle up, dearies. There are a lot of photographs coming your way. My full review of these polishes is  in this post  if you missed my raving about how fab the quality of these polishes is. This is Eternal Beauty, a rich, glowing purple holo. This is so gorgeous, kids. If you love purple and holo, you need to buy this polish. This swatch is two coats, no top coat and shot in the sun. And last, but certainly not least, we have Beyond. This dark charcoal grey is nearly black and dances with holo goodness. The holo effect isn't quite as strong in this polish as it is in the rest of the collection but it is no less beautiful. This is, as with all of the rest, two coats and no top coat. Just for fun, I topped this swatch with Seche Vite. As you can see, the holo is

Color Club Halo Hues: Miss Bliss and Over the Moon

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Hello gentle readers. Today I am showing you two more beautiful Color Club Halo Hues polishes. If you would like to read my review of the formula on these polishes,  clickity-click here  for that and to see the first two. First, let's take a gander at Miss Bliss. This darling raspberry pink holo treat is sweet, girlie and flaming gorgeous. This swatch is two coats, no top coat. These photos were taken in full sun. When my bottle of Miss Bliss arrived on my doorstep it had suffered a bit of a spill in transit. Not a great deal of polish was lost, as you will see in the next two photographs. About the amount for swatches on four nails or so was lost, so not a big deal and the spill was easy to clean up with a little acetone and a couple of cotton rounds. But look at how pretty this stuff is, even spilled on the outside of the bottle. Rainbow holo spill. Here we have Over the Moon. Royal blue. Strong holo. Oh, yeah. Mama like. Mama love. My holo eati

Color Club Halo Hues Kismet and Cosmic Fate: Swatches and Review

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Hello gentle readers. I am beginning my Color Club Halo Hues miniseries with Kismet and Cosmic Fate. I decided to do two polishes at a time because I have a lot of photographs of each polish and trying to do all six in one post plus my wordy yap? Hey, even I won't inflict that kind of torture on my gentle readers. The Halo Hues collection from Color Club is a set of six strong linear holographic effect polishes in deep and bright colours. All six of these polishes have a fabulous formula. Smooth, silky, sweetly biddable, they sit right down where they are placed then smooth up the nail with no running, pooling, streaking, dragging or pulling bald spots. I tried to make this polish misbehave and I couldn't. No matter how much I overworked it, it was just perfect, it didn't bubble or clot. No special base coat is needed to use these polishes, no harmful, damaging buffing is required, either. All of these polishes dry in good time. I have swatched all of these p