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