Eye Look With the Too Faced A` La Mode Eyes Palette Featuring Monaco With Lip Colour Options

Hello gentle readers.

I took a few photographs when I recently used my To Faced A` La Mode Eyes Palette. I really enjoy this palette. I thought that Monaco (a beautiful, intense magenta) was going to be scary but it isn't scary in the least. In fact, it is surprisingly wearable!

My eye look is comprised of:

  • Maybelline Color Tattoo in Too Cool over Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer. I loathe that particular Color Tattoo. It is patchy, stiff and unpleasant. But I needed a nice, bright base so I used it. Yuk.
  • Too Faced Monaco all over my lid, lash to crease. 
  • Jardin just above my orbital bone as a kind of transition shade and under my lower lashes. 
  • De La Mer in the outer corner and blended into my crease and pulled just slightly up onto my orbital bone. I tried to be careful to keep De La Mer from overtaking Monaco. 
  • Riviera on my brow bone and inner corner for highlight. 
  • Stila Smudge Stick in Tetra to line my upper lash line.
  • Loreal Voluminous Butterfly mascara. Just one generous coat. 
I like how bright and pretty these colours are, how beautifully they blend together to form gradients that look like the sky at sunrise and sunset, how bright can be fun but not in the least bit scary or intimidating. 

I'm too sexy for my hair turbie! :P 

On the rest of my face:

  • Revlon ColorStay foundation in 150 Buff.
  • Jane Iredale Circle Delete Concealer in Peach.
  • Maybelline Age Rewind concealer in Brightening under my eyes and as a highlighter.
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light.
  • Too Faced Chocolate Soliel Bronzer. 
  • Maybelline Master Highlight Blush in Pink Rose.
  • Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Ash.
  • Rimmel Stay Glossy lip gloss in Non Stop Glamour.

With a neutral lip. This is the Rimmel Stay Glossy lip gloss in Non Stop Glamour. This gloss is a sheer nude with a beautiful gold shimmer. It's a fave. The nude lip makes my overall skin tone look a little more tan.

 Bright lip option is Loreal Colour Riche Extraordinary Lip Colour in Pink Tremelo. This lippie makes me look more fair, brighter. Isn't it amazing how a different lip can change your overall look?

Hair is styled with a bit of Derm Organic and Alterna products. I am trying to learn how to work with my natural wurl (wave/curl) hair texture. My results are still hit or miss but I'll get the hang of it. Rocking my natural texture is easier on my hair since it has gotten so thin and I have to wear it so short, for now. Would anyone be interested in a detailed post on how I do my hair up all wurly? (Did that sound way too conceited?)

Okay, so, there is my eye look done with my Too Faced A` La Mode Eyes palette featuring Monaco.

Did you pick up this palette, yet? What do you think of it? Are you enjoying it as much as I am? Were you a little scared off by Monaco? Now that you see that it isn't scary, at all, will you dive in? Please do tell.

Thank you so much for coming in and reading. Take care and have a beautiful day!

Too Faced A` La Mode Eyes Sexy St. Tropez Eye Shadow Collection Palette: Swatches, Review

Hello gentle readers.

Spring brings new makeup to tempt us with brighter colours, softer finishes and of course, pretty, pretty packaging.

Too Faced, a brand that is swiftly becoming a great favorite of mine has released a new Limited Edition eye shadow collection palette for Spring/Summer. The A` La Mode Eyes Sexy St. Tropez Eye Shadow Collection palette is a grouping of nine shadows in shimmer, matte and pearl shades curated to create Summer sunset eye looks. I think that it will also create Spring flower looks, Autumn foliage looks, Holiday Glamour looks... This palette is full of colours that will transition from season to season.

Packaged in the new Too Faced tin packaging with a magnetic closure, this palette feels substantial without being bulky or heavy. The palette is a little on the compact side, making it a great size for popping into a carry on bag or your purse. The magnetic closure is strong enough to keep the lid safely closed without being difficult to open. I don't have any trouble with this closure suddenly coming open, as I do with my beloved Too Faced Chocolate Bar Collection Palette. The colours on this packaging are brilliant and evocative of a cabana on a beach in the South of France.

Packaged with the palette is a Glamour Guide that details the shades included and gives suggestions for eye looks. I kept mine long enough to take this photograph then I pitched it. I wouldn't use it and I don't like clutter so... Buh-bye!

When you open the A` La Mode Eyes palette you will see a navy blue interior, a nice sized mirror and of course, the main attraction. Nine stunning eye shadows. There are soft, light tones, a few neutrals and some fun, fancy brights. A mix of colours that can create just about any kind of eye look one could imagine, from simple and chic to all out smokey glam.

There are three large, light toned shadows; each weigh 2 g/0.07 oz. Net Wt. 6.0 g/0.21 oz.
There are six smaller, neutral and bright shadows; each weigh 0.9 g/ 0.03 oz. Net Wt. 5.4 g/0.18 oz.
Total Net Weight - 11.4 g/0.39 oz. (If my math is right. ;))

I don't know what it is but when I received my A` La Mode Eyes palette in the mail, my shadow, Soliel was loose, floating around in the palette when I opened it. Really? Another palette with a loose shadow in it? I have heard complaints from others about loose shadows in their palettes, too. Straighten that business out, Too Faced. For the price you command for your palettes, we should not have to deal with this nonsense. It's not a deal breaker for me but it is annoying.

Now that I am done complaining, let's feast our peepers on swatches and run down the colours, shall we? These swatches are on lightly moisturized skin, over primer.

I need to work on my lighting. These swatches look like hell. *hangs head*

The three large shadows are:

  • St. Tropez: A soft ivory matte with fine gold glitter. This shadow is a bit stiff to the touch and very sheer. The gold glitter isn't super thick or obnoxious. The shadow it's self has low pigmentation and payoff. I would suggest this over a glitter glue base or to top another shadow for a touch of sparkle. Just don't expect a lot of colour under the sparkle.
  • Riviera: A gentle peach pearl. This shadow is soft and slightly velvety to the touch and has good pigmentation and payoff. This is a pretty all over lid or highlight shadow. 
  • La Croisette: Soft white pearl. This is a beautiful highlight and inner corner brightener. A tad stiff and dry, this has nice pigmentation and payoff but is a little flaky and needs a little care to blend smoothly. 

The six smaller shadows are:

  • Cannes: Copper shimmer. A touch stiff to the touch, is a little flaky upon application but blends out beautifully. 
  • Jardin: Soft, coral rose shimmer. This one is softer to the touch, the pigmentation and payoff are very nice and it blends like a dream. I love this for a transition, inner third of the lid, all over lid colour. It may be my fave of this palette. 
  • Monaco: Matte magenta with a slight purple duochrome shift. A little stiff to the touch, the pigmentation and payoff are terrific and it lays down on the lid and blends so nicely. I love this colour. I never thought I'd say that!
  • Soliel: Cocoa base with a rose pearl. Soft to the touch, this shadow has beautiful pigmentation and payoff. 
  • Cote d` Azure: Taupe/brown radiant pearl. This shadow is exquisitely soft and velvety to the touch and applies and blends flawlessly. 
  • De La Mer: Navy blue matte with a cobalt duochrome shift. This. Shadow. is. Gorgeous. It is a bit stiff and dry to the touch and requires a little care upon application and blending it out. This shadow has beautiful pigmentation and payoff but it is flaky, beware of fallout! This is beautiful for smokey looks or as a liner.

Overall, I love the Too Faced A` La Mode Eyes Sexy St. Tropez Eye Shadow Collection palette. The shadows are great quality and with one notable exception, all have plenty of pigmentation and payoff. The colours are versatile and appealing and I am having a lot of fun with them. I am really getting in to brighter colours, these days. Lips, eyes... I have taken a huge step out of my little box and I am enjoying the view.

Do you own the Too Faced A` La Mode Eyes palette? What do you think about it? If you would like to pick it up, you can find it at Ulta or on their website, the Too Faced website and in a collection from Sephora. It retails for $36.00 and it is worth every penny, if you ask me.

Thank you so much for coming by and reading my review and have a beautiful day.

My April Ipsy Bag Goodies... Better Late Than Never! Review and Photographs

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Hello gentle readers.

Buckle up, grab a cuppa. This is a long one and there is a load of photos, too!

My April Ipsy Glam Bag arrived in good time. It just took me forever to get my shit together and get this post up. I'm tellin' ya... I am the sorriest, slacker beauty blogger. lately. *sigh*

Anywhoozle, April's Ipsy bag was a mixed bag as far as my satisfaction level was concerned. Still a good one but not the delight my first Ipsy Bag was. I know that not every bag is going to be a full on home run. That is half the fun of the whole thing... Surprises and delights and yes... Disappointments, too. For the price, I am happy to take the chance! The Ipsy Glam Bag subscription is only ten dollars a month and, in my opinion is well worth it.

Let's take a gander at what arrived in my April Ipsy bag, shall we? The theme is Beauty Rocks.

The bag... Okay kids. Now I know where the stinky complaints come from. I pulled this baby out of my little pink bubble mailer and gave it a sniff and. WOW! Holy odoriferous off gassing, Batman! It is  a dark blue vinyl zip top bag with grey graphics. Meh.

Also included in my April Glam Bag were:

  • Kiss Lashes. These are their Looks So Natural Feather Light lashes. One full sized pair.
  • Benefit lolli tint. Sample sized in Candy-Orchid.
  • City Color White Gold Shadow and Highlight Mousse. Full size.
  • Cailyn Tinted Lip Balm in Acid Pink. This is full size.
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide On Eye Pencil in Black Velvet. Travel size. 

Let us have a closer look at the products included:

Kiss Lashes. Available in Walgreen's and other retailers where Kiss Brand is sold. Price varies by store. These look so pretty and natural, for false lashes. I haven't used these yet. I keep forgetting to pick up lash glue (my old tube dried out), I don't trust the glue in the package. I have sensitive eyes and I don't want to risk irritation. I prefer to use lash glue that I know works for my peepers.

Based on how pretty they are in the package, I would buy more of these lashes. I like the tapered tips and the lightweight, more natural look. Drama but not an opera. Just the way I like my false lashes.

Benefit lolli tint lip and cheek stain in Candy-Orchid. I received a sample. The full size is .42 ounces and retails for $30.00. You can find it at Ulta, Sephora, their online sites and wherever Benefit cosmetics are sold.

I am not overly impressed with this product. The colour is beautiful but the texture, which starts out lovely and smooth dries and gets sticky. It stains like a mofo. I don't mind staining on my lips but on my skin? I don't like. This stuff isn't impressively pigmented, either. The swipe swatch is a pile of the product. As you can see, the place where I laid down a dot, just before blending it out for the blended swatch stained in the couple of seconds it sat there. The blended swatch is two coats! It's nearly invisible. *grumble* I wouldn't purchase the full size. Nope. No way.

Next is City Color White Gold Eye Shadow and Highlight Mousse. Full size is $3.99. I received a full size. The website calls this an eye shadow and face highlight mousse. It has a soft, whipped texture that blends down smoothly.

This mousse shadow/highlighter is supposed to be used on the eyes and the face. It has a strong glittery golden to white gold gleam shift and as much as I love shimmer, even a hint of glitter, this one is a bit much for me for day to day use. It might be fun for a party, tho. I'll keep it around a while and see if I make use of it.

Cailyn Tinted Lip Balm in Acid Pink. $19.00. I received a full size. This product will be available for sale on their website in June, 2014. This lip product is billed as a tinted lip balm. It claims to moisturize lips while delivering intense colour. Please click the link to read all of their claims of benefits. This lippie is intensely pigmented and is more of a stain than a balm, in my experience and opinion. It is beautiful but I didn't find it to be moisturizing, in the least.

The packaging contains a little brush that is housed in the cap. I strongly suggest that you use the brush! This stuff will stain anything it touches, including skin outside the lip line, fingers... I applied by drawing a precise line around my lips then filling in very carefully. I applied two light coats for this swatch. I love the colour. I am not so sure how I feel about it not being so comfortable. I need to try it with a clear gloss or balm over, see if I like it better.

This balm makes a great base for Radiant Orchid lips! After I swatched the Cailyn Tinted Lip Balm on my lips, I grabbed a NYX Butter Gloss in Merengue, slicked it on over and, ermagherd! Radiant Orchid lips!

Finally, we have Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide On Eye Pencil in Black Velvet. I received a travel size. The full size is $20.00. You can find it at Sephora, Ulta, the Urban Decay website... This is a matte, deep black liner pencil.

This is a gorgeous liner. It is smooth, easy to apply, once it sets, it stays in place all day, for me and the deep black, matte finish is perfect with a smokey eye. Delicious.

Stand outs in this bag for me were the Kiss Lashes and the Urban Decay liner pencil. I give the Cailyn Tinted Lip Balm an It's Okay. I need to work with it a bit more to see if I am going to love it. I was not as excited about the Benefit lolli tint and the City Color Shadow and Highlight Mousse. Some subscribers received a Rainbow Honey nail polish. Hello! Ipsy! I have indicated I love the nail polish. That would have been a better choice for me than say, the uber glittery shadow/highlight mousse. *sigh*

Even tho this bag wasn't a full on home run for me, personally, it is still completely worth the price, in my opinion. I am definitely continuing with my subscription and I recommend that if you are in the mood to try a beauty subscription, that you try Ipsy! It is affordable and a whole lot of fun.

If you would like to sign up, here is my link. If you sign up through my link, I receive points that I can apply toward future goody purchases. After you sign up, you can share your link so that others can help you amass points. If you would like to sign up without using my link, simply go to ipsy dot com. I am perfectly happy, either way.

What do you think of Ipsy? Do you subscribe? Think that you might like to? Please do tell.

Thank you so much for reading my wind bag nattering and perusing my many, many photographs. I hope that this was helpful to you and that you enjoyed it. Have a beautiful day.

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OPI Kiss Me I'm Brazilian: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

OPI Kiss Me I'm Brazilian from the Brazil Collection for Spring/Summer is a beautiful, blue based coral pink crelly. Smooth, shiny and so bright and feminine. This is gorgeous on tips, it would be equally gorgeous on toes.

This swatch is three coats and topped with Seche Vite.

The formula on OPI Kiss Me I'm Brazilian is lovely. Dreamy smooth, easy to apply and control, I had no trouble with dragging, running, pooling or bubbling. It is a touch streaky and sheer on the first coat but levels out and is perfectly even by the second. I needed three coats for full opacity. I tend to paint on thicker coats so just know that you will most likely need more than two for this polish. I don't mind applying three coats when it is so easy to work with. Dry time is decent, made even better with a quick dry top coat.

I like this polish so much. Like the rest of the polishes in the OPI Brazil Collection, this is perfect for the upcoming warmer months and will get a lot of love, this Summer.

Do you own OPI Kiss Me I'm Brazilian? If you would love to have this pretty coral pink, you should be able to find it at Ulta, on their website, at Sally Beauty Supply and on their website. OPI is also sold at JC Penny salons and various independent and chain beauty supply stores and salons across the country.

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

Radiant Orchid Eye Look

Hello gentle readers.

Pantone declared that Radiant Orchid is the Colour of the Year for 2014.

Radiant Orchid. If you are of an age to have been wearing makeup in the 1980's you know that we've been here, done this. We didn't call it "Radiant Orchid" back then, but we wore this colour. Some of us *cough* wore the fuck out of it. Eyes, cheeks. lips, nails. Even brushing it through our blonde tresses... Yeah. And burned out on it. And declared to anyone who would listen (my fat face staring back at me in the mirror) that "I wouldn't be caught dead at a dog fight in that colour, ever again!"

Print my obituary and release the hounds. I am wearing Radiant Orchid. And I am kind of liking it. 

I am a bit astounded. I mean, me? Wearing purple, again? And enjoying it? What's next? Frogs raining down from the heavens? Dogs and cats living together? This is deep blue apocalyptic stuff, here. I am making a conscious choice to pull myself out of my deep neutral eye shadow rut and wear more colour. To embrace and revel in the bright, the bold, (bright and bold, for me, anyway) the fun side of makeup.

This Radiant Orchid look was created with a mix of drugstore, mid tier and high end range products. It was easy to do and would be simple to replicate, if one is so inclined. Would you like details?

I used:

  • Lorac Behind the Scenes primer all over my lids. 
  • Maybelline Color Tattoo in Too Cool, a shimmery white as a brightening base. (I loathe that shadow and need to get something else to do that job.)
  • Loreal Infallible Eye Shadow in Burst Into Bloom all over my lid, inner to outer corner, lash line to crease and along my lower lash line from outer corner to about 1/4 of the way from the inner corner.
  • Violet from my It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Palette in my crease and pulled up onto my orbital bone and blended out. (The Maybelline base made this matte shadow look like a shimmer.)
  • Sheer Joy was applied as highlight on my brow bone and the inner corner. 
  • Transforming Pearl was applied in a fine line from the inner corner to about 1/4 of the way along my lower lash line. (My photos didn't pick it up, but it was visible in person.)
  • I lined my upper lash line with Stila Smudge Stick in Tetra.
  • Mascara is one generous coat of Loreal Voluminous Butterfly in Black on my upper lashes. 
  • My brows were done with Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Ash. (This photographs a tiny bit warm but it is a true ash tone. I need to do a review post, don't I?) 

The full shadow look. I kept the application simple and blended it out well while not allowing the dark crease colour to blend too much into the lid colour. I wanted to keep that Radiant Orchid shade as true as possible.

The goofy special effects were used to cover the background comprised of a bathroom door that was left hanging open and my messy bookcase. Nobody wants to see that!

The rest of my face:

  • Revlon ColorStay foundation in 150 Buff.
  • Jane Iredale Circle/Delete Concealer in Peach
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light. (A review on this is coming soon.)
  • No contour this time but I used a little Too Faced Chocolate Soliel Bronzer to warm up my face a bit.
  • Maybelline Master Highlight blush in Pink Rose.
  • On my lips: Maybelline Color Elixir in Petal Plush. 

I am pretty happy with how this eye and all over look came together.

I did a bit of extremely amateurish airbrushing to correct the unhappy areas on the sides of my nose, courtesy of my current glasses and to brighten up my dark circles a bit. My lines and wrinkles, the sagging that is natural to someone of my age were, as always, left as is. I am forty-nine, I am the age I am and I am not going to hide it. I am horribly self conscious about my dark circles and the angry areas on the sides of my nose. Happily, there is something I can do to ease them a bit so that I feel better about showing my likeness to the world. I am not going to explain this, every time I post photographs of myself on my blog. But I felt that it needed to be said, this time.

So, there you have it, my Radiant Orchid eye look. I hope that you like it. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask them in a comment.

Thank you so much for coming by and reading, take care and have a beautiful day!

OPI Toucan Do It if You Try: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

OPI Toucan Do It if You Try from the Brazil Collection is another coral, this time it is a fresh, juicy orange with a hint of iridescent neon fire in it's heart. This is a Summer polish so get a tan, get a mani, get a pedi with this polish, get hot and get ready to party and dance all night long.

I wore this polish before swatching it for this post and it is a new fave. I am crazy about bright, hot colours, this year and this one is one that I am all about. This swatch is two coats (three on my ring and pinkie, thanks to my ridges of doom) and topped with Seche Vite. This polish is shiny on it's own but top coat just powers it up.

The formula on OPI Toucan Do It if You Try is just as beautiful as it's bright, juicy hue. This creme polish applies very well, flowing off of the Pro-Wide Brush I love so much, settles where I place it and doesn't make any raggle baggle. There is no streaking, dragging, pooling, running or bubbling. My only minor gripe is that I need three coats on my ring and pinkie nails, thanks to my stupid ridges but I can't really fault the polish for that, but a lot of cremes do cope with my ridges in two coats, so...

Dry time on this polish is pretty good, enhanced by Seche Vite, of course. Wear time is pretty standard for me with an OPI polish. I got a good, solid four days out of this beauty. As I have said before, long wear time isn't really a huge deal to me, as I am a frequent polish changer. YMMV, I know that some people get a full week or longer out of their OPI polishes, others less. What can I say? We humans are strange creatures and tend to be a bit unpredictable when it comes to our beauty products.

What say you about this bright, juicy orange-y coral polish? Do you like what you see? Are you you going crazy for brights, especially for orange which seems to be absolutely everywhere this year? If you have yet to embrace the orange trend, may I suggest you try it? Most people can find a shade or tone of orange that will flatter them. Keep your skin tone and undertones in mind when you scope out the orange and coral world then sally forth and get thy orange on.

Oh! Of you want OPI Toucan Do It if You Try you should be able to pick it up at your local Ulta, JC Penney salon, Sally Beauty Supply or Sally's online. Try various beauty supplies that carry OPI and of course, small, independent salons and spas that sell this brand.

Okay, 'nuff nattering. Thank you so much for popping in and reading. Have a terrific day and may your polish never bubble.

OPI I Just Can't Cope-a-Cabana: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

I hope that those of you who celebrate had a lovely and happy Easter.

OPI I Just Can't Cope-a-Cabana from the Brazil Collection for is a beautiful, bright yellow crelly that will bathe your nails in sunshine. This polish is very bright, happy and perfect for the Spring and Summer days to come. Wear it alone, as a base for nail art or as an accent colour with any of the other polishes in this beautiful collection.

This swatch is three coats and Seche Vite.

Except for the fact that I needed three coats to get a completely opaque finish (thank you so much ridges!), OPI I Just Can't Cope-a-Cabana is pretty much a drama free yellow polish. It applied easily, was a breeze to control. While there was a bit of streaking on the first coat, subsequent coats dealt with that very nicely. I didn't have to deal with running, pooling, dragging, flooding my cuticles or bubbling. Dry time was okay. A little slower than fast thanks to three coats but Seche Vite helps a lot.

What do you think of OPI I Just Can't Cope-a-Cabana? Are you on the hunt for a fabulously bright, easy to love yellow polish? If so, this is one that may just fill the bill for you. It it available where you find OPI. Try Ulta, Sally Beauty Supply, both in store and online, JC Penny salons and various beauty supplies and independent salons that carry OPI in your area.

Thank you so much for coming in and reading this review. I hope that it was helpful. Have a terrific day and may your polish never bubble.

OPI Live. Love. Carnival. Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

OPI Live. Love. Carnival, from this year's fantastic Brazil Collection for Spring/Summer is a beautiful, warm, perfectly balanced orange coral creme. The mix of red, orange, peach and even pink is absolutely on point, making this coral a Summer neutral that can be worn with many other colours like navy blue, white, yellow, green even brown, if it floats your boat. This polish is going to set off tanned tips and toes perfectly, all season long.

This is not just a swatch and run post, gentle reader. I have been wearing this polish and I can't get enough of it. I am on a major bright and coral kick, this year and this polish is ticking all of my boxes. The wear time is pretty decent on this baby, I get a good four days out of it before it falls apart on me and needs to go bye-bye. I'll take it.

This swatch is two coats and Seche Vite.

On to the formula. It's pretty great. Smooth, easy to apply and control, this polish doesn't give me any difficulties, really. There is no running, pooling, flooding, streaking (beyond the norm on the first coat kind of thing), pulling, dragging or bubbling. I didn't have to do a ton of cleanup while applying this and what I did do is because I usually polish highly caffeinated and I have a little tremor so yeah... I make a bit of a mess, no matter how carefully I polish and I end up doing cleanup. Dry time is pretty good with this polish and even more stunning with Seche Vite or another fast dry top coat. I can slop this on, top coat it and get back to my daily activities in not a lot of time.

I am really digging OPI Live. Love. Carnival. Do you own this beautiful polish? If you are looking for a fantastic Summer mani-pedi colour, you could do a lot worse than this one. If you are now craving coral goodness, you can find OPI Live. Love. Carnival. at Sally Beauty Supply, Ulta, JC Penny salons, other beauty supplies that carry OPI.

Thank you so much for coming by and reading and have a bright, warm day!

I Love Nail Polish in Music Box: Review and Photographs

Hello gentle readers.

I Love Nail Polish Music Box is a gentle, slightly greyed teal blue creme base with a beautiful linear holo rainbow sparkle. The holo in this polish is not super strong but it is no less beautiful and magical. I am convinced that holo is mainly a personal magic and light show! It is best appreciated in the right lighting, up close by those of us who are in to this kind of thing. Everyone else can admire our pretty nails in whatever capacity they are able. That is what is so great about I Love Nail Polish polishes, when the holo goes on the down low, the polish still looks fabulous. I received several lovely compliments on this polish and all of them were in indoor lighting when the holo wasn't doing it's thing.

This manicure was two coats and I topped it with Posche fast dry top coat.

I Love Nail Polish in Music Box has a beautiful formula. Smooth, creamy-dreamy. A delight to apply,  this polish flows off the brush, sits sweetly down where I place it and glides up the nail without running, pooling, flooding my cuticles or bubbling. There was no streaking, dragging or pulling bald spots when I needed to go back over for a quick swipe or two. Boy, has holo come a long way! This holo can be top coated without worrying about losing the rainbow deliciousness. When the top coat is first applied, the holo shatters then as the top coat dries, the rainbows re form and all is happiness and sparkle plenty, once again.

Now I do have to impose a tiny little cloud in this sunny day of polish gushery. Wear time. This polish ain't got it. I applied this beauty and it was falling apart on me and had to be removed two days later. Now, short wear time is not a big problem for me as I am one of those nut cases who is in to frequently changing my polish. If you are an apply-it-and-wear-it-and-forget-about-it-for-at-least-a-week kinda polish wearer, this is probably not the polish for you. If you don't mind a shorter wear time, this polish may just be your cup of tea.

I am a big fan of the I Love Nail Polish brand, overall and this polish, in particular. I think that you will be, too. This beauty is part of the I Love Nail Polish Spring Collection and it is available, now! It's ten clams and you can find it by clicking right here.*

Do you own I Love Nail Polish in Music Box? Have you tried other polishes from this brand? What do you think of them? If you get longer wear than I do, what is your secret?

Thank you so much for swinging by and reading. Have yourself a fab day and may your polish never bubble!

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Zoya Blu: Review and Photographs

Hello gentle readers.

Zoya Blu feels so fresh, bright and cool, perfect for Spring. And it is perfect to add life to my fresh new nubbins. Dang it! I just had my nails to a length that I like for swatching and a bad break on my swatching hand necessitated filing back down to nubbins. My normally thin, delicate nails are even more fragile, lately and growing or keeping any length has been a massive challenge. I am hoping that stepping up my vitamin regimen and being more consistent about taking them will help because... Damn! This nonsense is getting old!

Okay, enough crying and complaining. back to the polish. Zoya Blu is a soft, pastel blue creme. Golly, I love this colour! This manicure is two coats and Seche Vite. It is still on my nails and in good condition four days later. I am only plotting a polish change because I am ready for something else on my nails. Nice going, Zoya Blu!

As beautiful as Zoya Blu is to look at, this beauty does present a few challenges upon application. Like other white based, opaque cremes of this nature, it starts out very fluid and smooth but as you work with it, it tightens up and becomes increasingly difficult to work with. Polish as quickly as possible, Keeping this polish open longer is just asking for it. Have plenty of polish on the brush, smooth it on swiftly and deftly, let it self level a bit. Applying thin coats doesn't really work with this stuff. At least, it didn't, for me.

I had a fully opaque if a bit uneven finish in two quick coats. I wasn't too happy with how it looked... Until I grabbed my Seche Vite and floated a good coat over each nail. Ahhh... Magic! Seche Vite melted the slightly ripply, uneven finish and made it perfectly smooth and even. It even killed a couple of bubbles from my stupid base coat! Good old Seche Vite rides to the rescue, again. It is invaluable when working with polishes like this.

One thing that I really love about the formula on Zoya Blu is how easy it is to control. It sits down where I place it, smooths up the nail and doesn't run, pool, drag, streak or bubble. Dry time, especially with good old Seche Vite was very good. I was able to finish my manicure, oil my cuticles, snap a few photographs, clean up my mess and get on with my day.

All in all, Zoya Blue is a beautiful pastel blue polish with a somewhat challenging but not bad formula. If you love pastel polish, especially this time of year and are looking for a perfect, pale blue to grace your tips, pick up beautiful Zoya Blu and apply it to your tips. Just remember to have a good, melting top coat at the ready.

What do you think of Zoya Blu? Do you own it? Love it? If you are thinking that you would like to own it, you can pick it up anywhere you buy Zoya polishes including Ulta stores and their website, in many local beauty supplies and even some groceries that have beauty areas, on Zoya's website. So go get it!

Thank you so much for coming in and reading and may your polish never bubble.

OPI Brazil Collection Neutrals: Swatches and Review

Hello gentle readers.

Today I am sharing four of the OPI Brazil Collection polishes I bought. These are the neutral polishes in the collection, or what I like to call, Saving for My Vacation! These are four beautiful, neutral, work appropriate shades that are perfect to grace your tips while you are slaving away, 9 to 5 until you have squirreled away enough for your getaway to those sandy beaches,  blue waters, cold, frosty drinks and hot, hot nights, dancing until dawn.

Don't Bossa Nova Me Around
Soft slightly greyed pale pink creme. Delicate and ladylike, like a Spring bloom. This is lovely alone, as a base for glitter or nail art. This is two coats and top coat.

Taupe Less Beach
Pale lilac toned taupe creme. Very soft and feminine. This is Spring and happy while still toeing the line. Two coats and top coat. 

I Saw Paulo Over There
Rich, warm, deep taupe creme. Classic and perfect for everyone, everywhere. Two coats and top coat. 

Next Stop... The Bikini Zone
Sheer purple base with gold and multi coloured sparkling shimmer. Delicate and pretty. Can be worn alone or layered over any of these polishes or many others in your collection! Three coats with top coat.

The formula on all four of these polishes are lovely. They all applied smooth, easily. There was no streaking, dragging, running, pooling or bubbling or any other nonsense. Dry time is pretty good, too. Wear time is average for me. I like these polishes, they are beautiful and wearable. I Saw Paulo Over There is not my fave, I still can't imagine what I was thinking when I bought it. I may rehome that one. Why do I buy polishes I know I won't like or have too many of and won't like? *headdesk*

So, what do you think of the four taupe neutral polishes from the OPI Brazil Collection? Do you own any of them? Are you wanting any of them? Are you saving madly for a dream vacation to somewhere fabulous, somewhere you have always dreamed of going? Have you already had the opportunity to take that dream trip?

Thank you so much for coming by and reading and have a wonderful day!