Franken Fun: She Didn't Say That!

Hello gentle readers.

A while back, I had the remnants of two OPI polishes that I just adored, there was a little bit of I'll Take the Cake and some old formula (oh, why, OPI did you change the formula of that polish?!?!) Princesses Rule! and I decided that they might make a pretty franken so I dumped one into the other, shook it up and hello! Nothing too dramatic but a solidly pretty pale, pale, pale pink, glass fleck semi sheer.

I decided to name this little franken She Didn't Say That! in honor of Marie Antoinette. Girlfriend has has been the victim of a two centuries old smear campaign beginning in the run up to the French Revolution and continuing to this day. One of the terrible lies spread about her was that when she was told that her people were hungry and had no bread she flippantly responded, "Then let them eat cake." Marie Antoinette didn't say that. But it made good fodder and helped to whip up sentiment against her and the rest of the monarchy.

I applied two coats of She Didn't Say That! and topped it with Seche Vite. This franken wears very nicely and is very soft, flattering and work appropriate but not boring and flat. It is an easy polish to apply and it dries fairly quickly. I think it is a success.





So, what do you think? Would you wear this? Do you like to franken, play mad scientist with your polishes? If you have never tried it, go for it! It's fun. And, you don't have to waste a large amount of polish. (As I learned the hard way... ;)) Start by mixing a few drops of this, a few drops of that, a dab of the other and see what you come up with. Different textures... Shimmers, jellies, cremes, glitters. Remember not to over dilute glitters with colour, you don't want to kill the suspension base and have all of your sparkly goodness fall to the bottom. After mixing, test on a nail wheel or your own nail and see what you think. If your drops of fun turn out to be something magically delicious, go for it on a grand scale and make a bottle of your own, unique polish. If it is a fail, no big... You didn't waste much polish and you can always try again with different combinations. Sometimes you can mix a couple or more polishes that weren't such hot stuff on their own into something truly special.

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

China Glaze Passion for Petals

Hello gentle readers.

Happy Monday. I hope that you all had a great weekend.

Today I have China Glaze Passion for Petals fro the Spring Avant Garden Collection to share with you. Passion for Petals is a deep pink creme. Shiny and warm and slightly dusty. This isn't unique, by any means but it is a solidly pretty polish that can work and play well anywhere and on a wide variety of skin tones.

This swatch is... Two? I think? Coats. I forgot to write the number of coats in my notes on this polish. But I think it may be two. I topped this with Seche Vite.





This polish has a nice formula, it is easy to apply, smooth, biddable and doesn't run, pool or flood my cuticles. Dry time, especially with Seche Vite is danged respectable.

What do you think of China Glaze Passion for Petals? Have you picked this up? If you are interested in grabbing it, you can find it where China Glaze is sold.

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

Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup

Hey, look who got her shit together and is posting a Weekly Roundup! I'll get back into the swing of things... I swear I will!




  • Mama Fashionista: Have you tried Soap & Glory? Find out more about the cheeky beauty brand and learn about Quinn's Top 5 Picks!

  • Emily Hudspeth, hair design and makeup artist: NYX Cosmetics Haul. I got all this for $60!

  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: If fabulous smooth, hydrated and protected skin is on your list of must-haves- then welcome to the world of Eucerin skincare! What an amazing and affordable find!

  • My Highest Self: Tina reviews Honey Sweetheart, one of the latest fragrances from Bath & Body Works!

  • Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom: The new Zoya Stunning Collection is very aptly named! Check on Des

  • D.G.S.Beauty: In need of a new makeup travel bag?  The Hold Me Company has the perfect bag for your needs.

  • Just For Trendy Girls: 2013 Spring Beauty Trends

  • Painted Ladies: Although she's obsessed with golds, Sheila talkes a walk on the silver side with Sugarpill's Tiara pigment.

  • BeautyTidbits: Pondering over the perfect gift for mom? Check out Mother's day gifts that primp and pamper!

  • The Gloss Menagerie: Alyson of The Gloss Menagerie is feelin' vampy...check out her tips for wearing vampy lips!

  • Beauty by Miss L: This week Miss L reviewed MUA Makeup Academy Gel Eyeliner.

  • TheFabZilla: Metallic? Sheen? Cream? TheFabZilla reviews Sonia Kashuk Moroccan Dunes Limited Edition Eyeshadow Palette

  • Pammy Blogs Beauty : Do you change your Beauty Routine for the change of Season? Check out how Pammy Blogs Beauty tweaks her Beauty Routine for Spring and Summer. Plus, enter to win $500 from Jergens!!!

  • Beauty Professor: The Beauty Professor loves the Amore Pacific Color Control Cushion Compact...watch her tutorial on how she applies it!

  • Blushing Noir: Blushing Noir shows you how to wear the new Chanel Stylo Eyeshadows for Summer 2013!

  • China Glaze Sunday Fun Day: Swatch and Review

    Hello gentle readers.

    China Glaze Sunday Fun Day from the Spring Avant Garden Collection is a bright cerulean blue creme. While this is part of a Spring collection, this polish reads Summer to me. It is that gorgeous, eye popping pool blue that is so pretty on tips or toes through the Dog Days.

    This swatch is two coats and Seche Vite.





    China Glaze Sunday Fun Day has a great formula. Smooth, biddable, there is no running, flooding cuticles, pooling, streaking or dragging. Dry time is decent, especially with a quick drying top coat. If you have a great technique and smoother nails, you might get away with one coat with this polish.

    Have you picked up this brilliant blue polish for the warm months ahead? What do you think of it? Please do tell.

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

    Pink Glitter Gradient

    Hello gentle readers.

    I decided to try a glitter gradient manicure. I did one, long ago and it didn't come out all that well, I think that this one came out much better. I could still use a bit of practice to get it to look just the way I want but I am pretty happy with this.

    I applied two coats of China Glaze Dance Baby then did the glitter gradient with Shimmer Polish Vicki. I chose Shimmer Vicki because the base is pink tinted and I got a two-fer... I was able to get two shades of pink plus the pretty, pretty pink glitter. I topped the whole thing with Gelous then Seche Vite.





    What do you think of glitter gradients? Do you like them? Do you do them? Please do tell.

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

    *Shimmer Polish Vicki was sent to me.* 

    China Glaze Fade Into Hue: Swatch and Review

    Hello gentle reader.

    China Glaze Fade Into Hue is a soft, sweet, slightly dusty periwinkle. This colour is simply enchanting. This swatch is two coats, three on my pinkie... My ridges were out and loud and I needed a little extra coverage. If you have nice, smooth nails or just less ridged nails, two coats should do the trick for you.

    The formula on this baby is very nice. Easy, biddable, it was slightly streaky on the first coat then the second went on and gave a smooth, opaque finish. I had no trouble with dragging, pooling or flooding my cuticles. Dry time was pretty decent, too. I topped this swatch with Seche Vite. See how shiny?





    What do you think of China Glaze Fade Into Hue? Have you picked it up? Please do tell.

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

    China Glaze Budding Romance: Swatch and Review

    Hello gentle readers.

    China Glaze Budding Romance from the Spring Avant Garden Collection is a warm, slightly murky green jelly. It has a lovely translucency and the colour evokes tender new growth, before the flowers burst open.

    This swatch is two coats and Seche Vite.





    The formula on this polish is interesting. The first goat is oddly goopy and streaky, at the same time but the second coat goes on nicely and leaves the finish lovely and smooth and opaque. This polish isn't all that difficult to handle, once you get to know it. I didn't have any trouble with running, flooding my cuticles or pooling on my nail edges. This dries nice and shiny and in pretty good time.

    Overall, I kinda like this polish. The colour is not your typical pastel pretty, girly Spring green. This one is a bit edgier and darker. If you are in to murky greens, you might really like this one.

    What do you think of China Glaze Budding Romance? Have you picked it up, yet? Please share what you think of it.

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

    Bad Ass Polish Copper Waters: Swatch and Review

    Hello gentle readers.

    Today I have the other polish that Amy from Bad Ass Polish sent to me to share with you. This is Copper Waters. When I first saw this polish I immediately thought that it had been created with my state in mind. The colours are are so evocative of Arizona: Purple, copper, blue, gold, flashes of green. This is just Arizona in a bottle.

    And it is some kind of gorgeous.

    This swatch is three coats topped with Gelous and Seche Vite.






    The formula on this is very nice. I did thin it, as I routinely do with polishes from this brand. It is so easy to handle and control, it sat down where I wanted it to, ran smoothly up my nails, the glitter dispersion is even, there is no patting or placing or coaxing it into place. There is no running, flooding, pooling on the edges or any other raggle baggle. Dry time is, as usual, very good. This is a fairly smooth yet slightly thirsty glitter and dries on it's own satin matte. Top coat, a couple of coats will ensure maximum sparkle and shine. My preferred glitter topper is a coat of Gelous and a coat (or sometimes two) of Seche Vite. Use your personal fave toppers, you can't go wrong.

    What do you think of Copper Waters? Isn't it dreamy?

    Bad Ass Polish is available for purchase on their Etsy page. Copper Waters isn't available for purchase, just yet but if you are craving it, be sure to Like the Bad Ass Facebook Page to keep up to date with new releases including when Copper Waters will become available.

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

    *This was sent to me by the company for consideration and review. The links in this post are NOT affiliate links. I do not get paid if  the links are clicked or a purchase is made after they are clicked.*

    Bad Ass Polish Chocolate Covered Cherry

    Hello gentle readers.

    I was recently contacted by Amy at Bad Ass Polish about reviewing some new colours. Uh... Yes, please! I recently received two bottles to try and review for you. The first one I am going to share is Chocolate Covered Cherry.

    Chocolate Covered Cherry. Just reading that name makes me crave cherry cordial chocolates. The dark chocolate ones. Mmm.... Pop one into my mouth... That wonderful snap! as the chocolate shell breaks under my teeth, then my mouth is flooded with that insanely sweet melted fondant then the cherry to chew and all of the flavors meld together and I swallow and immediately dive into the box for another one. Preferably while drinking some hot, creamy coffee and reading a really great book.

    Where was I? Oh, yeah. Nail polish. Bad Ass Chocolate Covered Cherry, at first glance seems a simple brown-y red glitter polish but it isn't. Chocolate Covered Cherry is rich, surprisingly complex. It is a slightly greyed translucent brown base packed with tiny square glitter that shifts red and black and sparks gold and purple and even pink. This swatch is three coats and Gelous then Seche Vite.

    My old camera doesn't do this delightful polish true justice. Trust me, this glitter sparkles, flashes, shifts and throws sparks into your eyes.






    When Chocolate Covered Cherry landed on my doorstep, the first thing I did was admire it in the bottle, just kinda sat there and watched the glitter play in the light for a bit. Then I grabbed my thinner, fed some into the bottle, shook it up really well and let it sit for a couple of days. I do this because Bad Ass tends to have a thick base and I don't get on well with thick polish. It isn't the fault of the polish or the brand, it is all me.

    After sitting overnight, it was ready to roll. Application was a breeze, smooth and easy to control, this polish sat sweetly down where I put it and glided up the nail. There was no need to pat or coax the glitter into place, it just flowed. There was no running, streaking or dragging, it didn't try to flood my cuticles or pool in globby mounds on the edges of my nails. What cleanup I did was just fussbudget refining. It didn't really need much but I am unable to leave well enough alone and I have to fix, even when it isn't necessary. This polish built to a perfect, opaque finish in three pleasant coats and dried swiftly to a soft satin sheen. The surface was smooth, for a glitter and a coat of Gelous and then a coat of Seche Vite gave it that super sparkly, glossy shine that I love so much.

    If you like what you see and you are thinking that it is time to have this beautiful polish for your own, you can buy it from the Bad Ass Polish Etsy Store. Like and stalk their Facebook page to keep up with the latest news on new releases and availability.

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

    *This was sent to me by the company for consideration and a fair and honest review. None of the links in this post are affiliate links, I do not get paid if you click them or make a purchase after clicking them.*

    China Glaze Pink-Ie Promise: Swatch and Review

    Hello gentle readers.

    So... You ever meet a polish that you would love to take out back and bitch slap because it drove. you. that. crazy?

    China Glaze Pink-Ie Promise is one of those polishes, for me. This polish is evil. Evil, I say! Don't let it fool you. That sugar sweet almost Pepto Bismol pink creme is a nightmare. I had to swatch this polish three times. Three. Times. And the third attempt still looks like forty miles of bad road. This polish is thick, it streaks, it drags if you dare even try to over stroke it, it runs, it flooded my cuticles then shattered and got choppy on the edges when I did cleanup. Dry time? I don't know. I didn't leave it on long enough to give it a chance to dry. I just wanted it off, as soon as I shot these photographs.

    This swatch is two coats and Seche Vite. Thank heaven for Seche Vite. It melted and smoothed this polish out so that it doesn't look too heinous in these photographs.





    Bleargh! I am so disappointed in this polish. Maybe a dose of thinner will help it behave better? I don't know and honestly, I am not inclined at this point to even try. I'm sorry but I can't recommend this polish. If I knew then what I know now, I would have left this one behind in the store.

    Do you own this polish? If so, did it behave better for you than it did for me?

    Thank you for dropping by and reading. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble.

    China Glaze Life is Rosy: Swatch and Review

    Hello gentle readers.

    Last month, I splurged and bought the China Glaze Avant Garden Collection. What can I say, I am a sucker for flower colours and I had coupons and Sally's had a special on and well...

    First to go is Life is Rosy, a beautiful sweet, dusty rose creme. This is not, by any means an original or unusual colour but it is very pretty, ladylike and wearable. I applied two coats and topped it with Seche Vite.



    Yes, this is the same polish! Wild, huh? Just shows how a polish can look very different depending on the angle at which it is viewed and the light in which it is viewed.



    The formula on this polish is quite nice. It is a dense, rich, very pigmented creme. Fluid, with great body, this polish applies easily and smoothly and, if one has a great polish technique and smooth nails, this could be a one coat wonder. I needed two coats, thanks to my ridges. I didn't have any trouble with streaks, dragging, pooling or bubbling. Dry time is a tad slow, a nice fast dry top coat is a helper.

    What do you think of China Glaze Life is Rosy? If you are on the lookout for a lovely dusty rose pink creme with a very nice formula, you could do a lot worse than this pretty polish. Life is Rosy and the rest of the China Glaze Avant Garden collection for Spring is available where you buy China Glaze.

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

    My First Ruffian

    Hello gentle readers.

    So, I finally did it. A ruffian. I know... Those were sooo 2010.

    Only took me three years to get enough confidence in my polishing ability to actually give this syle a whirl. I used Orly Wild Wisteria and Orly Bubbly Bombshell for this mani. I topped with with Seche Vite. I'm pretty happy with how it came out.





    Have you tried a Ruffian? Do you think I am hopelessly out of touch? Don't you just love purple?

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

    OPI Polka.Com Swatch and Review

    Hello gentle readers.

    Last to go of my Euro Centrale Collection polishes is Polka.Com, the glitter of this collection is a cleat base packed with tiny square and larger hex sequins in pink, green, blue and purple. This glitter is so fun and happy and it works beautifully over all of the Euro Centrale colours I bought. Sadly I can't show you those photos because a certain addlepated broad sent the file containing those photographs to her recycle bin then dumped it before she realized what she had done. Gah!

    This swatch is one coat over OPI My Vampire is Buff and topped with Gelous and Seche Vite.




    This glitter has the typical substantial but fluid OPI glitter formula. It is smooth, easy to apply and the glitter pieces distribute easily and fairly evenly without too much extra manipulation. Dry time is very good, typical of many glitters, it dries a little satin and top coat is a nice idea if you want maximum shine and sparkle. I like to top glitters with a coat of Gelous then Seche Vite. I like that super glossy, Verathane kind of finish.

    So, what do you think of Polka.Com? Do you have this one? Do you love it? Do tell.

    Thank you so much for popping in and reading. I appreciate you sticking with me lately. I know that my posts are a little hit or miss. I am dealing with some life and health and budget stuff and trying to keep up here, too. It should get easier, in a bit and I will be able to get back on a more consistent posting schedule. I miss it, I really do. This isn't my "day job" but it is work that I truly enjoy.

    Have a great day, gentle reader and may your polish never bubble.

    OPI My Vampire is Buff: Swatch and Review

    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 some bubbles. I don't know if this was going to dry... I got this off of my nails the instant I finished shooting these photographs and it was still pretty wet.

    I am so disappointed in this polish. In spite of that, I am not quite ready to give up on it, just yet. (Who knew I had a masochistic streak?) I am going to give it another shot, over underwear and see if I have better luck with it. But at this time, I am sorry, I can't recommend this polish.

    Do you own OPI My Vampire is Buff? What do you think of it? Did it behave better for you than it did for me? Please, do tell. Maybe I did something wrong?

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