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!


Boo-Gie-Down


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!

Incoco Nail Polish Appliques in Spooktacular

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Hello gentle readers.

I should have had these up, earlier. My nails were not cooperating. They can be snotty, like that. *sigh*

Incoco Nail Polish Appliques in Spooktacular are part of the Fright Night Hallowe'en collection of nail polish appliques. These adorable appliques are black with white, glow in the dark ghosties. So fun. And yes, the ghosts really do glow in the dark!


Under my OttLight. No top coat.


In the dark.


As always, the Incoco Nail Polish Appliques are such nice quality, so easy to work with and look so good on the nails and wear well, too. I love that they are incredibly easy to customize to your nail size. I have learned to remove the clear plastic, trim with small scissors, if necessary, peel off of the backing, apply to the nail, stretch and smooth, then if needed, I can do a little additional trimming and cleanup to further refine the fit. I like to apply Seche Vite to my nail appliques and wrap my tips to extend wear time and protect my nails from moisture incursion but it isn't necessary. Just my personal preference. 

You can find the Spooktacular Ghost Nail Appliques on the Incoco website here.

Peruse Incoco's entire line of incredible and affordable line of real nail polish appliques on their website.

Like Incoco on Facebook.

Follow them on Twitter.

Incoco is on Pinterest.

Follow on Instagram, too. 

What do you think of these cute Hallowe'en design Nail Polish Appliques? Aren't they the cutest? Do you wear Incoco Nail Polish Appliques? Did you pick up any of the Fright Night Collection Appliques?

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




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Liquid Lacquer Blue Pistachio: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

Sometimes a glitter polish comes along that just makes me smile like a fool. Liquid Lacquer Blue Pistachio is one of those glitter polishes. This toothsome, sweet, neon pistachio green crelly base is shot through with a super fine silver shimmer and swimming with small and larger hex glitter pieces in bright and deeper blue. So fun. So happy. So sweet. So delicious.

This swatch is two coats of Liquid Lacquer Blue Pistachio, one coat of Gelous and one coat of Seche Vite.








The formula on Liquid Lacquer Blue Pistachio is pretty terrific. It is easy and smooth to apply, the base isn't too thick or difficult to deal with, it flows nicely up the nails without dragging, running, pooling or flooding my cuticles. It is a tad streaky on the first coat but evens out to be opaque and smooth by the second coat. The glitter distributes very easily, if you are experienced with glitter, this baby won't give you any trouble, at all. I didn't have to pat or place much, it pretty much fell into place. I did fish a few of the larger pieces to fill in, in a few sparse spots but it wasn't at all difficult to work with. Dry time is decent. Better, with Seche Vite. 

I won this beauty from Tracey, the owner of The Sparkling Hoard, when she had a giveaway, a while back. If you don't know Tracey and her blog, please click the link and mosey over and say hi and get to know her. 

Check out Liquid Lacquer's shop, here. They have pretties in stock as of the writing of this post, if you are craving. UPDATE: The shop is going into vacation mode so that the owner can catch up on orders. Please Like their Facebook page to keep up with news from this dynamic brand. 

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

October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month! Nail Art and My Tribute to Sabryna

Hello gentle readers.

Did you know that October is Adopt a Shelter Dog month? I didn't, until Leticia at Cosmetics Afecionado was getting a nail art roundup together to honor and bring attention to Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. Having been a shelter dog mama myself, this is a cause that is near and dear to my heart and it is important to me that as many dogs in shelters as possible can find loving, forever homes. I encourage everyone who is considering adding a dog or cat or other creature into their family to first go to their local shelters, Animal Control adoption facilities, breed rescue organizations or consider adopting from a family who has been surprised with an unexpected litter. One person can't save every unwanted pet in the world but when you save just one unwanted pet, you change that pet's entire world. And that makes a big, big difference.

My nail art look for Adopt a Shelter Dog Month is in shades of grey with touches of white and black, to evoke my late Sabryna and her beautiful, crazy coat and a dot of blue for her blue collar. The black and silver nail symbolizes the steel fence around the run in which she was held when I first met her on that bright chilly, windy day in March, 2002. She was a cherished member of our family until we said goodbye to her on March 29th of this year. She was fourteen and she had a happy, love filled life and she brought us so much joy.




This picture of Sabryna was taken in 2010, she had just had a bath and was out on the front balcony, drying off in the warm July sun. That dog hated having a bath but she loved being all wet and cool, afterward, she always felt all frisky and smiley.




We don't have a dog in our family, right now. We are waiting for a while but when the time is right, we will be adopting from the shelter, again.

Please check out the other manicures in honor of Adopt a Shelter Dog Month and if you are considering adding a pet to your family, please, adopt. If you can't adopt a pet, please consider donating money, food, toys, bedding and other desperately needed supplies to your local shelter. Every little bit helps.

Click Here to Find a Shelter Near You

How to Choose the Best Dog for You and Your Family

Tips for the First Thirty Days of Your Dog's Life in Their New Home

Adoption Tips From the ASPCA

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

OPI In the Cable Car Pool Lane

Hello gentle readers.

Happy Monday Morning to you. Are you at all as freaked by how fast this month is going by as I am? I mean, really, this whole year? Is it just me or was it just the New Year and now we are staring into the teeth of Hallowe'en and the Holidays!

Today I want to share with you the beautiful OPI In the Cable Car Pool Lane from the San Francisco Collection. This glorious, deep, red-violet crelly is one of the surprise beauties of the collection, for me. When I picked up this polish, I thought I was buying another burgundy and I didn't really know why I was buying another burgundy polish because really... I need more burgundy polish like I need to gain another five pounds.

This polish isn't burgundy.

We'll leave off discussion of the five pounds...

I applied two coats of OPI In the Cable Car Pool Lane, then I added an extra coat to a couple of nails that needed it to get full coverage of my ridges. I topped this mani with Seche Vite. Look. Just look how shiny!





OPI In the Cable Car Pool Lane has a fantastic formula. It flows off of that splendid Pro-Wide Brush I love so much, sits sweetly down where it is placed, whispers up the nail like a dream, it is slightly streaky on the first coat then it it is smooth, opaque and perfect on the second. If you have smooth nails, twoo should do you. I needed an extra coat on a couple of nails to cope with my ridges! This polish behaves so very beautifully. There was no nonsense. No running, pooling, dragging or pulling or bubbling. I had very little cleanup to do, mostly just fussbudget refining, because you know, that's how I roll. Dry time is very good, especially with Seche Vite. Wear time on this polish was impressive, in my eyes. I wore this polish for eight days and it held up well, showing lots of even tip wear and one small chip. Not too shabby for over a week of hard wear.

Do you own OPI In the Cable Car Pool Lane? What do you think of it? Love it? Want it? If you are thinking that you'd like to glom on to it, it's for sale at Ulta, JC Penny Salons and other places you buy OPI in your area.

Thank you so much for popping in and reading and hanging out for a little bit. I hope that you have a great day and are set to have a terrific week.

OPI Wharf! Wharf! Wharf!

Hello gentle readers.

OPI Wharf! Wharf! Wharf! is a beautiful navy blue creme Liquid Sand polish. Deep and rich and beautiful and so flattering.

This swatch is two coats over base coat.





The formula on OPI Wharf! Wharf! Wharf! is beautiful. It is a little thinner than some other Liquid Sand polishes I have used but it isn't runny, it doesn't flood or run or pool on the edges of my nails, there is no streaking, dragging or pulling or bubbling. Dry time is pretty good, too. Be careful about removal. If you melt this and get it on your skin, it can Smurf you. This did stain me a little. It wasn't bad and it wore off very quickly. Just be careful.

What do you think of OPI Wharf! Wharf! Wharf! Do you own it? Think that you might like to? It's available where you buy OPI, places like Ulta, JC Penney salons and so forth.

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

OPI Alcatraz Rocks: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

Every now and again I buy a polish that just steals my heart and makes me love it. One such polish is OPI Alcatraz Rocks from their San Francisco Collection for Fall 2013. This is one of the Liquid Sand polishes for this collection and it is a beauty.

OPI Alcatraz Rocks is a greyed purple jelly base with the OPI Liquid Sand particles and beautiful multicoloured sparkle shimmer pieces. Wet, it is decidedly purple and quite sparkly, dry it is more muted and greyed down and the sparkle is more subtle, tho still visible. This polish is amazing worn as intended or with top coat.

I don't normally wear polishes before I swatch them here. I wore this one on two separate occasions before swatching it and I have worn it, since. I just keep reaching for it. It's that fantastic.

This swatch is two coats of OPI Alcatraz Rocks over base coat and left to dry.






And here is OPI Alcatraz Rocks with two coats of Seche Vite on top. I wish I could have gotten photos out in the sun but there wasn't any that day.






The formula on this polish is as fabulous as it is beautiful. It applies easily, is a breeze to control, it doesn't pool, run, flood my cuticles, drag or pull or bubble. I did a little cleanup just to refine and perfect my edges and curves because I always do but I could have probably skipped the cleanup if I weren't doing macro photography. Dry time takes a little time. The surface dries fairly quickly but these Liquid Sand polishes need a chunk of time to dry thoroughly. Until they do, they are vulnerable to smudging and gashing. Happily, if you do gash a nail, a repair is easy to do. Just push the polish back together as best you can with a wet finger, smooth it out a bit and repair with a little fresh polish. The textured surface is very forgiving and hides repairs well. This polish wears pretty well for me, I usually get a solid four days out of it before I chip it.

What do you think of OPI Alcatraz Rocks? Do you own it? Do you love it as much as I do? If you haven't picked it up yet... Why haven't you picked it up yet? It is available at Ulta, JC Penney salons and other places you buy OPI, locally. It's LE so get it while the getting is good. 

Thank you so much for stopping by and reading and have a wonderful day. 

Ruby Wing Scented, Colour Changing polish in Chocolate Mousse: Swatch and Review

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Hello gentle readers.

Today I have another Ruby Wing polish from their Cupcakes and Champagne Collection for Fall. This is Chocolate Mousse, a somewhat chocolate scented, colour changing base with mylar shards. This starts out ivory then swiftly morphs a deep, intense purple in the sun. Chocolate Mousse is crazy jelly, insanely translucent and squishy when purple. It looks like smooth, melted grape jelly with jewels embedded in it all over your nails. It's wild.

This swatch is two coats of Ruby Wing Chocolate mousse over two coats of white creme polish topped with Seche Vite.



Ruby Wing Chocolate Mousse over white creme, indoors. 


Out in the sun. Was I lying? Look how translucent, you can see right down into the polish, the mylar shards sparkle like jewels in the sun. You have to see this in person. Seriously. You have to.  Before you move on, look down into the bottle. Doesn't it look like a giant, purple opal? 

The formula on Ruby Wing Chocolate Mousse is a touch thick. This is a polish that you want to treat with some care, have plenty on the brush, work quickly but don't rush it, be smooth and deliberate but don't roughhouse it. You will need to cozen the mylar shards a little. They distribute fairly well on their own but they like to bunch up and hang together a bit and you will need to break up their little cliques and spread them around. This needs a good, high shine top coat, I suggest a couple of coats, as it tends to be textured due to the nature of the mylar shards. 

What do you think of Ruby Wing Chocolate Mousse? Like? It isn't your normal shattered glass sparkle topper. If you kinda like that look but want a little something more, something special, this may be right up your alley. If you think that Ruby Wing Chocolate Mousse needs to be yours, you can find it here.

Like Ruby Wing on Facebook, Follow them on TwitterPinterest, and on Instagram, too. 




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

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Ruby Wing Sweet Cream Scented, Colour Changing Polish: Swatch and Review

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Hello gentle readers.

Can I just start by saying...

I freaking HATE Photobucket! I have my social media buttons hosted on my Photobucket. I was recently informed that I was close to my bandwidth limit for my free account (who wants to pay for Photo-frakking-bucket?) so I really quickly transferred almost everything to my Flickr and thought I was in the clear. Nope. Photobucket decided that I had, instead exceeded my bandwidth and cut me off. Now, even tho I have practically noting in my library, I have to wait until the eleventh for my bandwidth to reset. So, you are probably thinking why doesn't she just hose her buttons on Flickr and tell Photobucket to kiss her ass? I tried. I couldn't make it work.

If any of you host your social media buttons on Flickr and have them on your Blogger blog, what code are you using to make it work? So, I have no social media buttons, right now. I hate Photobucket. They are so stupid!

Okay enough of that.

Ruby Wing Champagne and Cupcakes  is the new colour changing and scented Nail polish collection for Fall 2013 from Ruby Wing. These polishes are toppers that are largely clear or a light, sheer tone indoors that shift to a deep, intense jelly shade in the sun. These polishes are also scented to resemble dessert scents.

Ruby Wing Sweet Cream is a beautiful sheer lavender pink jelly with very fine duochrome pink to purple colour shifting flaky shimmer. Indoors, it is barely pink and shimmery, out in the sun, it swiftly shifts to a deep, rich purple jelly with an intense fuchsia shimmer. This polish is really beautiful to look at. It transformed the delicate lavender pink creme base over which I applied it into something truly special. The instant I walked out into the sun, this polish shifted to it's altar ego. It was fully morphed in less than ten seconds.

The scent is not too strong, which is a mercy. I am going to be perfectly honest here; I am not the biggest fan of scented nail polish. Not because I dislike scented products. I love scented products. The bigger, richer the scent in a product, the happier I usually am. However, I find the soft, sweet fragrance of cream, vanilla, a hint of butter mixed with the jarring smell of the chemical stew of nail polish to be an unhappy experience. To my nose, the two just don't mix in a beautiful way. I would far rather just have the straight up polish scent and the gorgeous shimmer and the beautiful colour change. Once top coat is applied and the polish is on for a bit, the scent starts to fade. It is't powerful or difficult to live with and it certainly won't keep me from wearing and enjoying this beautiful polish.

This swatch is two coats of Ruby Wing Sweet Cream over Two coats of Color Club She's So Glam topped with Seche Vite.



Indoors. See how the shimmer elevates the simple pastel creme and makes it look like a sugar cookie with royal icing and a glaze of crystallized sugar. So pretty! 



Out in the sun. Just look at that deep, rich purple. The bottle colour is the correct shade. My camera skewed my nails a little blue. *sigh* I don't know how manipulate photos to correct something like that. Look at that translucent, jelly squish and that shimmah. Yes, you have to growl a little when you say, "Shimmah!"

The formula on Ruby Wing Sweet Cream is a little on the thick, slightly goopy side. It needs a steady, smooth hand and a quick application. It is quite streaky on the first coat, as I found out when I took it out in the sun after just one coat, Two are definitely needed to get the result you see in my sun shot. Other than that, this polish didn't give me any trouble, really. It didn't run or pool on my edges, there was no flooding my cuticles, it didn't pull or drag or bubble. Dry time is quite good. Top coat is recommended. 




So, gentle reader. What do you think of Ruby Wing Sweet Cream? Think that you might be in to grabbing a bottle for yourself? If you are interested, you can grab it right here on the Ruby Wing website or anywhere in your area you find Ruby Wing polish.

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Tawdry Terrier Howling at the Moon: Swatch and Review

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Hello gentle readers.

Today I have the final polish of the three Tawdry Terrier Autumn in the Barkshires Collection that were sent to me for review. This one is by far, my favorite. Well, that's kind of a no brainer, when you think about it. It's blue. It has holo. Two of my all time favorite nail polish things ever in one tiny glass bottle? Thankyouverymuch! Colour me one happy nail polish loving lady.

Tawdry Terrier Howling at the Moon is a deep blue base with shimmer and glass fleck and tiny holo sparks running through it. This beautiful polish evokes happy memories of living in college housing for a while, when I was a kid. My mother, newly separated and striking bravely out on her own with five children in tow signed up for classes at a community college in Northern California and moved us in to the redwood sided apartment complex that served as student housing for the school a couple of miles from town. It was so much fun living among college students. One thing that students love to do is howl at the moon. On a quiet night, or, not so quiet night, preferably with a bright moon shining, one will start, "OW-OW-OW-OW-OW-OOOOOOOOO!!!!!" Another voice will pick it up and soon, the air is filled with a cacophony of human wolf song. As soon as the first howls began to rise into the air, us kids and often Mom, too would all run out onto the balcony and add our voices to the joyous, raucous cries in the night.

This swatch is two coats and Two coats Seche Vite.





Tawdry Terrier Howling at the Moon has a great formula for a glass fleck shimmer with glitter. Polishes of this ilk can be a bit stiff, thick and difficult to get smooth and even but this one is very fluid, surprisingly smooth and flows nicely off of the brush, sits down where it is placed and finishes to opaque, smooth perfection in two easy coats. I did some cleanup to refine and perfect my edges but I didn't need it to correct messy slop over. This polish doesn't run, pool, flood my cuticles, streak, drag, pull or bubble. Dry time is decent. It does dry a little textured, I suggest two coats of a good, thick, super shiny top coat for maximum gloss and sparkle.

I really like Tawdry Terrier Howling at the Moon. It is blue and holo and sparkly and beautiful. If you are thinking you need it, click the link provided! You can shop the entire Tawdry Terrier line on their Etsy shop. Like Tawdry Terrier on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

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