OPI You're Such a Budapest: Swatch and Review

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, 'nuff of that.

Today's polish is OPI You're Such a Budapest from the Euro Centrale Collection for Spring and Summer. This delicate blue toned lavender creme is gentle, cool and very ladylike. It is perfect for Spring and will be crisp and refreshing in the heat of Summer, too.

I applied two coats, added an extra to my ring and pinkie nails as this is a tad thin and didn't cope well with my ridges, all is topped with Seche Vite.

Dang! That polish is pretty!

The formula on this isn't as stellar as I expect from an OPI creme. It is a bit thin and watery, it was streaky on the first coat and I really had to run fast to keep it from flooding my cuticles. Other than that, it wasn't too bad. As I applied the second coat, it smoothed out, got (largely) opaque and, as it followed the first coat nicely there were no more attempts at running and flooding. I did need a third coat on my ridge-y ring and pinkie nails. Dry time is good, Seche Vite makes it even better, of course.

In spite of the minor formula difficulties, I really like this polish and I recommend it, if you are on the lookout for a sweet, soft blue-y lavender creme polish for Spring.

Do you own OPI You're Such a Budapest? What do you think of it? Do you like it? Did the formula mess with you? I'd really like to hear your thoughts, so please, do tell.

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

A Little Hiatus

Hello gentle readers.

I am putting the old blog on hiatus for a few days. I am really busy, preoccupied and distracted and quite honestly not in the mood to work on my blog, at the moment. I will be back on... Tuesday, methinks.

Take care of yourselves, be well and I'll see you all, soon.


I just love the stuff I find on Facebook! :D

OPI Eurso Euro

Hello gentle readers.

How's your week going, so far? Mine... Meh. Busy, I'm getting ready to go in and have me a little surgery on Friday. Nothing major, I'm having my gallbladder yanked out. Did you know that that surgery is considered an outpatient procedure, now? It is... I have to report in at seven in the morning for my nine o:clock operation and as long as there are no complications and everything goes according to schedule, I'll be home, chilling in my recliner by lunchtime. Wild, huh?

So, today I have this supergorgeous blue polish from the OPI Euro Centrale collection. Eurso Euro is a deep royal blue crelly. This polish is deeply pigmented and very shiny. I had to apply two coats for this swatch but if you have really smooth nails and apply a generous coat with a steady hand, this could be a one coat wonder, for you. I topped this with Seche Vite.

Was I lying? Isn't this beautiful? Rawr!

The formula on this polish is pretty much flat out fabulous. Smooth, silky, this polish is neither too thin or too thick, yet it has great body. Application is a pure pleasure, this polish sits right down where you tell it too, slips up the nail and self levels like a dream. There is no running, pooling at the cuticles or the edges, no dragging, streaking, bubbling or any other nonsense. What little cleanup I did do was just fussbudget refining. Dry time is good. A fast dry top coat just enhances that.

Do you own this glorious polish? What do you think of it? Do you love it as much as I do? Please do tell, I'd love to hear what you think.

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

Random Stuff Sunday

Hello gentle readers.

I spend too much time on Facebook. I know this, I am okay with it and if I didn't, how would I have these gems to share with you?

Have a great Sunday, everyone.

OPI My Paprika is Hotter Than Yours: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

OPI My Paprika is Hotter than Yours is a hot, hot, hot slightly reddened orange with a silver microshimmer. This polish is perfect for Summer. It would be great for pedicures.

I applied three coats for this swatch and topped it with Seche Vite.

Like some of the other polishes in this particular collection, this creme is unusually thin, a bit watery. I had to apply three coats for full opacity and smoothing of the ridges on some of my nails. Other than that, the formula is very nice. It is smooth, silky and easy to apply and control. I didn't have to deal with streaking, dragging, pooling or bubbles. Dry time is decent.

What do you think of OPI My Paprika is Hotter Than Yours? Have you picked up this hot beauty, yet? Think that you might like to? Please do tell.

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

OPI Suzi's Hungary, Again: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

The next OPI Euro Centrale polish I have to share with you is Suzi's Hungary, Again. This beautiful warm carnation pink creme is shot through with a very subtle silver microshimmer. The shimmer is so subtle that I was able to see it in the bottle but not really on my nails and I don't think that it shows in my photographs, at all. I don't really care... This is such a pretty pink creme that I don't need the shimmer.

This swatch is three coats. I have ridges that this polish did not deal with in a friendly manner. I topped  this swatch with Seche Vite.

I am finding the formulas for various polishes in this collection to be a bit inconsistent. This polish has a nice enough formula. I didn't have any problems with application, it didn't streak or drag or pool or bubble, dry time is pretty good but for a creme it didn't have much body and opacity. I had to apply three full coats to get ridge coverage.

I like this polish. It is so pretty and very Spring and Summer. Did you pick up this polish? What do you think of it?

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

OPI I Can't Find My Czechbook

Hello gentle readers.

Today I have OPI Can't Find My Czechbook from the Euro Central Collection. OPI I Can't Find My Czechbook is a slightly dusty medium turquoise blue creme.

I applied two coats and topped it with Seche Vite. I wore this for several days and received a few very nice compliments on it.

The formula on this polish is great. It is smooth, silky and fluid with good body. Application is easy, I didn't have any running, pooling, streaking, dragging or bubbles. Dry time, with Seche Vite was extremely respectable. Wear time for me was about on par with how long OPI lasts for me. I got a solid three days with this polish then it chipped and that was all she wrote.

I like this polish and I am so happy that I bought it. Have you picked up OPI I Can't Find My Czechbook or any of the other polishes from the Euro Centrale collection? How do you like them? Please, do tell.

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

Flower Polish Eye of the Tiger Lily: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

A while back, I had to go into WalMart to pick up a couple of things and while I was in there, I decided to drift through the beauty department. To my great surprise, there was actually a Flower cosmetics display that included a small but well stocked selection of pretty, wearable polishes. My eye was drawn to a bright orange polish and it just leaped into my basket. It must have known that it was a cold, cloudy day and I needed to treat myself to a little something bright and warm.

Flower polish Eye of the Tiger Lily is a beautiful, bright. yellow based orange jelly. It is very shiny and squishy but it is also translucent. I applied three thick coats and as you can see, there is still some VNL. While that doesn't really bug me with jellies, if VNL makes you very unhappy, you would need four coats or maybe some underwear.

This swatch is three coats and no top coat. That's right. No top coat! And look how shiny!

The formula on this polish is pretty lovely. It has great body and it is fluid and smooth. It sits down where it is placed and strokes up the nail like silk. There was no running, pooling at my cuticles, dragging, streaking or bubbling. Dry time wasn't super fast. I think that a good quick dry top coat would be a help.

Flower polish comes in a neat, clean lined rectangular bottle with a large, rectangular lid. The lid pulls off, revealing a smaller cap that is easier and more comfortable to hang on to while you are polishing. The bottles contain 0.4 fl oz or 12 Ml and sells for five dollars. (Unless an exact price is needed for some reason, I round up.)

I like this polish. It is good quality, the packaging is pretty nice, the price is affordable and the shade selection, while not anything unique or very large is made up of pretty, wearable colours that will appeal to a wide audience. I would definitely buy other colours from this brand in the future.

So, what do you think of Flower Eye of the Tiger Lily? Have you bought it or any other colours from the Flower range? Do you like them? Please do tell, I'd like to hear what you think.

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

Random Stuff Sunday

Hello gentle readers.

So, another week draws to a close. Another Random Stuff Sunday has arrived. I saw this on Facebook and I thought that you might enjoy it.

Expect some OPI Euro Centrale swatches, in the coming week. Then I'll be coming at you with China Glaze Avant Garden for Spring. I need to get my greedy fingers on some of the OPI Oz The Great and Poserful collection polishes. I need several of them. Need them, I say!

Okay, must motor. Have a great Sunday, everyone.

Nail Art, I Did Some

Hello gentle readers.

Yep. You read my title right. I did nail art. I know... I don't do nail art that often and when I do I usually manage to screw it up royally but I think that this latest effort came out pretty well.

I was in the mood for some Spring like colours but since it is still technically Winter, I decided to choose soft, light colours with a greyed or dusty tone. I sifted through my polishes and settled on Zoya Bevin, Zoya Marley and OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls.

I applied Marley, a soft lavender with a hidden silver shimmer on my pinkie and index nails, Bevin, a dusty medium green on ring and thumb nails and My Boyfriend Scales Walls on my middle nails. I did a plaid like stripe detail with a striper brush in Bevin and Marley on my middle nails. On my ring and thumbs, I stamped an image from BM 306 in My Boyfriend Scales Walls. I should have used a white, the OPI turned out a little faint, when stamped. Then I dotted my pinkie and index nails with My Boyfriend Scales Walls. I finished it all off with two coats of Seche Vite.

What do you think? Look okay? I must say, I was pretty happy with this and wore and enjoyed it for several days.

I didn't do proper swatch posts of Zoya Marley and Bevin but if you are interested in seeing either or both, let me know and I'd be happy to swatch them.

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

Color Club Wild at Heart

Hello gentle readers.

Today I am showing you the beautiful and very popular Color Club Wild at heart. This is an intense blue based purple with a soft, somewhat linear holographic effect. The holo in Wild at Heart is less intense than the new Halo Hues collections.

I applied two coats of this polish and topped it with Seche Vite. Top coat doesn't dull the holo all that much; it settles it down slightly but since the holo in this polish is a bit more subtle, it isn't that apparent. This polish has decent wear time. I wore it for four days before it chipped and I decided to remove it.

I shot these photographs out in the sun.

Seriously, my camera is cracked in the head. That weirdo photographed the polish on my nails as purple but the bottle looks more blue. *shaking my head*

This is more holo in person. My camera eats holo.

The formula on this polish is great. It is smooth, biddable, easy to work with and control. This polish didn't give me any trouble, there was no running, pooling, streaking, dragging or bubbling. Dry time is good and as I mentioned earlier, wear time was acceptable. While not everyone would be happy with a polish that lasts four days, I don't mind, as I change my polish frequently.

What do you think of Color Club Wild at Heart? Do you own this pretty holo? If you would like it, you can find it here and there. I bought mine on Amazon.

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

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

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 shimmery peach pink type cremes, this is a nice one to pick up and add to your rotation.

Next up is the sparkling beauty of OPI Pink Yet Lavender. This gorgeous layering glitter is a thick clear base swimming with tiny square glitter that in some light looks green, then when bright light hits it, it explodes in holo multicoloured splendor. Added to that is medium hex sequins in a beautiful pink. The combo is truly girlie, beautiful and so much fun. I love this glitter.

This swatch is one coat over OPI A butterfly Moment and topped with Gelous. I had to content myself with this as the swatch. For some reason, every time I tried to make this work over bare nails or my glitter undies, my swatch turned out a major mess. I finally gave up and decided that this would have to do.

The formula on this polish is pretty much standard. The best way to apply is to pat and stroke as it goes on and drop hex pieces in any bare spots. Dry time is pretty good, this glitter dries a bit satin matte so pile on some top coat for maximum sparkle and shine.

What do you think of OPI A butterfly Moment and Pink Yet Lavender? Have you grabbed either or both? Please do tell. If you would like to have either or both, they are in stores, now.

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

Orly After Party: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

Do you ever buy a polish, tuck it away in your untried polish stash and then a long time later finally haul it out and swatch or wear it? Well, that is what I did with this polish. Orly After Party was part of the Orly limited edition Summer neons collection. I don't know why I waited so long to haul this out and swatch it. I just do that, sometimes. I'll see it, think that it is time to swatch it, bring it out. look it over, think about it, put it back. Then, months later, do it again until I finally get it on my nails and in front of my camera.

Orly After Party is really beautiful. It is a black base packed with shimmer and microglitter in magenta, purple and blue. The consistency is a little like the Liquid Sand type polishes that are getting popular. This is an interesting formula, it is very fluid but feels sandy, kind of like polishing on paintable fine concrete. This is a one coat wonder and while it is easy to apply, I had a good deal of cleanup thanks to being over caffeinated and under fed. It dries satin, if you want it very shiny, top coat is necessary. I needed two coats of Seche Vite, as it is a thirsty little bugger. For the fun of it, I applied Orly Matte Top on my ring nail to see how this looks matte. I like it either way.

Did you pick up this pretty polish when it was available? What do you think of it? If you would like this, you could probably still find it here and there. It may be floating around in random beauty supply stores, on E-Bay or Amazon.

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

OPI Anti Bleak: Swatch and Review and Pink Yet Lavender

Hello gentle readers.

Had a little three day weekend. Enjoyable and I feel refreshed and ready to blog, again. Sometimes a little break, a mojo recharge is in order.

Today I have OPI Anti Bleak and Pink Yet Lavender from the Spring Mariah Carey collaboration collection.

Anti Bleak is a beautiful, rich, velvety, berry toned creme. This polish is scrumptious. Simply scrumptious. Deep but not dark, bright enough for Spring and Summer but has enough depth that it can easily slide neatly into the cooler months, as well. I think that this polish would flatter a wide range of skin tones.

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

The formula on this polish is just as scrumptious as the colour. The viscosity is perfect for a creme, thick but not gloopy, gluey or sticky, it has plenty of body, is buttery smooth and silky. This polish applies like a dream, it sits sweetly down where it is placed and slips up the nail with no dragging, streaking, bubbles or other nonsense. Anti Bleak was almost opaque in one coat, two easy coats gave me a flawless, opaque finish. Dry time is pretty good, for a polish with this much substance.

I bought Pink Yet Lavender from this collection and I decided to pop a coat on over Anti Bleak. Pink Yet Lavender is a goofy name. Even I, who love goofy, pun-ny polish names am a little... Impatient with this one. I am not, however impatient with this beautiful layering glitter. I will be showing it in more detail in swatches, soon.

Aren't these pretty, together? I have to tell you, OPI nailed it with these two polishes. They are lovely.

So, have you picked up OPI Anti Bleak or Pink Yet Lavender? Perhaps both? What do you think of them? If you would like to acquire these two beauties, they are available. Get them while the getting is good.

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

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  • China Glaze Graffiti, Mosaic Madness and Scattered and Tattered

    Hello gentle readers.

    I am going to wrap up the China Glaze Bitz 'N Pieces Collection by showing you the final three polishes. These are all swatched over y glitter undies and topped with Gelous and Seche Vite.

    First up is Graffiti, the green version. This is emerald, very Pantone Colour of the Year.

    This is Mosaic Madness. Blue.So pretty. This is the one I left behind when I went to Sally's for these polishes and didn't realize I hadn't bought it until I got home. Apparently, I can't count! LOL I had to get back the next morning and This bottle was the last one in the display. It was just sitting there, waiting for me. It knew that it was supposed to be mine.

    And finally, Scattered and Tattered. Red and black. Classic and sexy and sassy. My ho-bag camera kind of ate the red, it is brighter than in these photographs.

    I like this collection of glitters. Please don't let my lack of yammer make you think otherwise. For some reason, I ran out of gas and my descriptive powers just deserted me. If you are looking for indie style glitter mix polishes in a mainstream brand, I suggest that you try the polishes in this collection. The colours are beautiful, the quality is great and they are affordable and easy to find.

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