Thursday, October 31, 2013

Wet n Wild Ghoul Time OR: It's Halloween!

I can't believe it's Halloween already.  I look forward to today all year every year, and it comes too soon (sounds like I'm a normal-ish person talking about "THE HOLIDAYS," doesn't it?).  Today I have a few errands to run, including getting the catalytic converter on our little Nissan replaced because, after being only four years old, the thing has literally rusted off of the car.  I'm pretty pissed off about it, but luckily it's covered by a federal mandate since the car's under 80,000 miles.  Anyway, I also plan on watching the movie Fun Size, both because it's Halloween-y, and also because they shot it in the Coventry neighborhood of Cleveland Heights, aka right outside my apartment window.  Seriously, their set lights kept me up for weeks because they only shot at night.  My street was decorated for Halloween in July and it was the weirdest thing ever.  I decided that it's finally time to watch it.  After that, I'm going to dress up for for trick or treat and head over to my parents' to help them hand out candy (yaaaaay!  Not many New Yorkers had a Halloween last year because of Hurricane Sandy, so I'm excited to make up for lost time).  I also did a little themed manicure.







This is Wet n Wild Ghoul Time (which...is this an extension of their tv show-named polishes?  Like a Home Improvement reference?  I don't know), and it's amazing.  First of all, I paid 99 cents for this.  It is part of the Neon Clairvoyance collection.  I bought this in September when I wasn't willing to let summer go, and now I'm so glad that I did.  This little guy is a neon lime green with gold microshimmer; good formula, too.  I only needed two coats.

To play off the name a little I added a little ghoul to my ring fingers.  I'm nothing if not lazy when it comes to this type of thing, so I just used a bobby pin to make the various dots, and boom.  Done.  The black is NYC Black Lace Creme and the white is OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls.  I think my little ghoul is pretty cute, so I'm happy with it.  

Okay, that's all.  I hope that everyone has a fun (and safe) Halloween, and I'll talk to you in November. I have some good stuff lined up to show you (and give you!!!), so stay tuned.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Sinful Colors Black Magic

I am of the opinion that Sinful Colors has a really difficult time naming Halloween-themed polishes.  This is the third Sinful polish that I have called Black Magic.  This is also the best of the three.  






This version of Black Magic is a dense charcoal glitter with round, orange glitter peppered throughout.  It's not super opaque on its own, but it would probably make a good layering polish.  I did three coats  and was pretty satisfied with how it looked.  I did two coats of topcoat to smooth it out.  The formula was actually runnier than I'm used to for a glitter, but it was manageable.  I'm still seeing this at Walgreens whenever I go, so I think it should be easy to find.  

So, last week it snowed.  Yes friends, on October 24th Cleveland had its first snowfall.  And no, it wasn't just some flurries.  Behold:

Ugh.  Stop.

That didn't stop us from throwing a little Halloween bash on Saturday.  As you know, Halloween is my very favorite holiday, so I was pumped to decorate our apartment, make food, and have people in costumes over.  Also I carved this pumpkin:

It was supposed to be a mummy.  It looks...okay?  Remy wasn't impressed.

We got a punch bowl (and I made a really awesome punch including pomegranate juice, orange juice, seltzer, and plenty of rum; the pomegranate juice made it blood red), and Remy immediately decided it was his home and that he would bop any intruders right on the head.  Don't worry.  We washed the punch bowl before putting punch in it.

I got a Cinderella costume at the end of September.  Ben wanted me to be something girly, so this is what I picked.  Then I decided that was a little boring so I did some makeup and went as dead Cinderella.  I think it turned out pretty nicely.

And here's a little family photo I took the morning after the party.  Yes I wear a sleep mask.  Remy likes to have cuddle time every morning and we are only too happy to oblige.

I think that I will probably go as something with less involved makeup for actual Halloween.  But all I'm doing that day is helping my parents pass out candy to trick-or-treaters (which I love doing and can't do at my apartment).  I'll be sure to snap a picture of whatever I decide to do.  Ben and I are currently watching episodes of Tales from the Crypt, and I love having excuses to watch things like this.  Halloween!  It's the best.  

That's all for today.  I'll try to get another post up before Thursday because I think I have at least one other seasonally appropriate polish to show you.  Until then, happy Monday!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Sinful Colors Leather Loose

So, it's been a while.  Sorry about that.  First I went on my trip, then came down with some sort of stomach bug that I'm still trying to shake, then Ben and I went to a clambake at my uncle's house, then we had engagement photos taken, and now we're trying to plan a Halloween party that's happening this coming Saturday.  Not to mention I'm looking for jobs and sending in applications and resumes and writing cover letters and meeting with people.  So there's that.  We've had a lot on our plates over here. But I did have time to put something on my nails yesterday, and it's this:

without topcoat







isn't he handsome?!

This is Sinful Colors Leather Loose from the Leather Luxe collection, which is all matte polishes.  I think, anyway.  I only got this one because Halloween.  Honestly, without topcoat it's pretty blah to me.  I put it on and was planning on wearing it matte, but I was all, "meh."  So I added some Insta-Dri and POW.  It's good.  The formula was a little tricky because it left really severe bald patches if I went over an area more than once with the brush per coat.  Letting it dry between coats is key (and it dries quickly because it's a matte).  I did two coats here.  In most of the swatches I've seen of this one the base looks decidedly black, so I was genuinely surprised that the base is actually sort of a murky merlot/brown.  There is copper or maybe orange shimmer peppered throughout, and that's what really makes this one special.  Very fall appropriate, and super Halloween-y.  

I also thought I'd share some photos from my trip to Massachusetts to visit Sam (great fun was had).

Cape Cod was chilly

But The Lobster Pot in Provincetown has great bloody marys (my favorite)

I love this picture of Sam.  She's very elusive in photographs, like a bird of paradise or something (you know you are)

Me at the MFA Boston with a Hassam

Me crying to myself about this Sargent, which is mind-blowingly amazing in person

Salem.  I had to.

Nathaniel Hawthorne statue in Salem.

The smallest bookstore with the worst filing system (read:  no filing system) ever.  Also in Salem.

Sam was amused at how excited I got about shells.

I love ships!

We saw this a lot.  Thanks for being embarrassing, US government.

So, we had a lot of fun!  I would love to go back and I told Sam that I'm looking for haunted real estate in Salem.  I was entranced by how old stuff is there.  In Ohio most stuff is mid-nineteenth century, so I'm used to that, but over there it's like SEVENTEENTH CENTURY, WHAT.  I loved it.  Can't wait to go back.

To end, here's a little peek of Remy's Halloween costume...


I've only had it on him for like five minutes at a time and so far he's a pretty good sport.  He's just so cute.  AND it glows in the dark.  He'll be the life of the party!...for five minutes, and then I'll take it off of him and he'll probably walk around begging for food the entire night.  

So that's all for now.  Sorry it took me so long to post.  Hopefully I'll get to be around a bit more in the coming weeks.  Did anyone else pick up anything from the Sinful Leather Luxe collection?  Nothing else jumped out at me, but I'm glad that I got Leather Loose.  I'm planning to show a few more Halloween polishes in the next few days, so here's hoping!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Shopping My Stash: Wet n Wild Buffy the Violet Slayer

Hey guys!  Welcome to our second Shopping My Stash post, a collaboration with Rach of stuff i (s)watched where we explore unused polishes of yesteryear that have been languishing in Helmers, makeup drawers, and other sad, sad places.  This month our theme was "Halloweenie," and I really struggled to find a Halloween-themed polish that I haven't already used.  I tend to buy Halloween stuff and then immediately put it on my hands because I'm so obsessed with that holiday.  But I found one (and it is [almost] cheating).










This is Wet n Wild Buffy the Violet Slayer, and it is an electric purple shimmer that I'm sort of shocked is a drug store polish.  It's that striking.  I'm also pleased to say that the only picture that came out too blue is the one of my hand by my face.  The other photos are color accurate.  Buffy is a very pinky-purple, and I like that in bright sunlight the pink and blue shimmer that give the polish its color are completely visible.  Very pretty!  It came in one of the round Wet n Wild bottles, which I hadn't seen in at least a year...that is, before Wet n Wild released some texture polishes (I blogged about one here).  This polish is from early 2011.  The stem on the brush is very short, but I quite liked the brush itself.  It was easy to work with and fanned out nicely on the nail.  The formula was a bit thin, and I used three coats.  

I said up there that this polish is almost-cheating for our Halloween theme, and if you're a Buffy fan you know why.  In the Buffyverse, Halloween is the one night a year when things are quiet (supposedly).  Of course in each of the Halloween episodes shenanigans ensue; my favorite one of those episodes is "Fear, Itself" from season 4.  Here are a few reasons why:

this

this


THIS 
(I just love Oz's God costume)

Ah, it's a great episode with a hilarious ending.  And I'm always down for Giles in a sombrero.  

To end the post, here's a bonus picture of Remy voicing his displeasure when I was taking pictures out on the balcony and he was left inside, looking out the screen door:

HALP

Alright, that's all.  Yesterday I flew to New England to visit my friend Sam and I'll be gone for a few days.  I will return with many pictures, I'm sure.  Make sure you check out Rach's post over on stuff, and I'll talk to you all when I get back from my trip!

Monday, October 07, 2013

OPI OPI Ink

Ugh, guys.  The Indians lost.  I was so bummed!  Even though the game was pretty painful I still watched the whole thing; half at a bar, and half alone in my living room, still wearing my Indians cap.  But, as we say here in the CLE...there's always next year!  I decided after my red manicure that I needed something vampy, so I pulled out a polish from the 2007 OPI Night Brights Collection, OPI Ink.  







I was so happy to have gotten two color-accurate pictures of this polish:  the very first one and the very last one.  OPI Ink is an indigo that leans to the blue side packed with pink shimmer.  But when it's in bright sunlight or on camera it reads as very purple.  I didn't do any color correction on the images, so that's why it looks so purple most of the time.  But sometimes you can see the blue creeping in around the edges.  It's definitely a stunner.  The formula was a little bit runny and thin because it's an early B3F, but I managed it fine.  I had to use three coats to get rid of any VNL.  I think it looks nice on my short nails and I loved wearing it.  I'm glad I pulled it out of the back of my Helmer.  I've had this polish forever and worn it before, but never blogged about it.  Good decision.

I'll only have one more post going up this week, on Friday.  On Thursday afternoon I'm off to Massachusetts to visit Sam.  I'll only be gone for a couple days, but I'm definitely looking forward to it. She has planned all kinds of fun things to do, including a trip to Salem, which I've heard is completely abuzz and amazing this close to Halloween.  And as you all know, if there's one thing I absolutely love it's kittens.  If there are two things I absolutely love, Halloween would take second place.  But not by much.

Okay, I'm out of here.  Anyone else love OPI Ink?  Did anyone get the suede version?  It didn't have as much dimension as the original, I think.