The city of Charlotte has lost its collective mind.
Charlotte isn’t exactly what I would call a good sports town. But the Carolina Panthers are in the NFC Championship and the buzz around town is amazing. The bars are packed every Sunday and there are Panthers flags on houses and cars. Even though I’d hardly call myself a Panthers fan it has been fun. And Cam Newton and I did graduate from the same college so it’s nice to see Auburn getting some love.
The boy and I are going to our usual bar to catch today’s game so I figured I’d best have an appropriate manicure.
This was a super simple manicure to do. I started with a black base (I used Sally Hansen Blacky-O) and topped it with OrlyFX Spazmatic. Then I added some whiskers to just the ring finger with OPI Centennial Celebration.
I like the glitter in this manicure. It’s something a little different.
Under the jump you will find another swatch. And I’ve done several other Panthers manicures in the past. I will link to those under the jump as well.
My local CVS had Valentine’s Day stuff out before Christmas (seriously) but now that it’s the middle of January I’m ready to face the fact that Valentine’s Day is around the corner.
I’ve always really liked Valentine’s Day. So, of course, I’ve already made plans. The boy and I are going the Charlotte Symphony for their (now) annual A Symphonic Valentine show. But, what I really get excited about for Valentine’s Day is all the fun makeup displays!
I was on the hunt for new lipstick and found myself in the Revlon section of CVS. Revlon always has the best Valentine’s Day displays. The 2016 Fall In Love display is no exception. It seemed like most of the things on the display were from the permanent line (the lipstick I picked up, Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick in Softsilver Rose has been around a good while). But, you see, here’s the thing. Revlon was buy one get one half off and Sultry just looked so pretty in the bottle so…
Sultry is a bit of a chameleon. When I picked it up in the store I thought I was buying a blue nail polish. When I got it home it looked purple! Depending on the light Sultry is a purple/blue polish with flaky small pink glitter.
The formula is a bit thin as is the nature of polishes with this finish. I used 3 coats in my swatches.
I’m not sure how this polish has flown under my radar for so long. I love it! In fact, I can’t seem to stop wearing it. And y’all…Sultry is the sun is all kinds of crazy sparkling goodness.
The good news is that since Sultry is part of Revlon’s permanent line it is super easy to find. You can even pick it up online at drugstore.com or on Amazon.
Make sure to check out the swatches under the jump. I included a MACRO shot so you can see the shimmer as well as a photo I took in the sun!
I’m back with an update.
I emailed a link to my post last Friday regarding the lip problems that the EOS lip blam caused. They responded in a timely manner (especially considering the amount of emails they must currently be getting!). There’s a copy of the email under the jump.
Just a little update on my lips. I would say they are 90% back to normal. I actually got to wear lipstick for the first time in ages over the weekend! I was so excited to be wearing lipstick again I even bought myself a new lipstick (CoverGirl Bombshell Pink).
Anyhow. So far I’m pleased with EOS’s response to my personal issues. We’ll see if they follow through with what they promised in the future!
It’s a perfect day for a giveaway, don’t you think? Yep. Me too.
It’s been such a long time since we’ve done a giveaway. I was SO excited about Starry Starry Night that when I ordered my bottle I decided to order two! One for me and one for you!
For swatches you can check Alli’s review of the Essie Retro Revival Mini Set!
You can find more contest information below!
Good Luck & Happy Monday!
This post has absolutely nothing to do with nail polish. But it’s a beauty (and health!) related matter and if it helps one person avoid what I’ve been through the last 2+ months then it’s worth it.
I’ve been an EOS lip balm fan for ages. I’ve gone through quite a few of the cute little spheres and generally keep one by my computer.
Last October after not having an EOS balm for ages I decided to pick one up to send to Katie as part of her Christmas gift and also picked one up for myself. I got the Summer Fruit (aka the red one) because it’s my favorite. I put the new balm beside my computer and didn’t think anything about it.
The next 2 and a half months were a series of odd events revolving around my lips I couldn’t figure out. And didn’t connect to a product until a week ago.
Currently there is a class action lawsuit against EOS (Evolution Of Smooth) claiming EOS lip balm can cause skin damage. Here’s an article from time.com about the suit.
A pretty detailed account of what I like to call the worst 2 months of my lip’s life can be found under the jump.
Trust me y’all, throw away those EOS lip balms!
There are 2 things that immediately come to mind when I see ‘Milky Way’. One, is of course, the candy bar. The other is Drops of Jupiter by Train. Seriously…I had that song stuck in my head the entire time I was wearing this polish!
Anyhow. Perhaps I should starting thinking about this nail polish Milky Way because y’all. It is amazing.
Though originally released for Spring of 2014 I have to say I feel like Milky Way has a bit of a winter/frosty vibe.
Milky way is a super pale blue almost white jelly base with medium sized bronze and silver holographic glitter. In the right lighting there is also some blue microglitter going on. A pretty complex polish, to say the least.
The formula is good. I used three coats in my swatches and the depth 3 coats creates really makes this polish. The finish can be a bit bumpy due to all the glitter but a thick top coat fixes that right up.
You can still find Milky Way on Amazon.
Make sure to check out the swatches under the jump!
The product(s) used in this post were provided to TDV for review. For more information check out our disclosure policy.
The essie Retro Revival collection has landed. And the hype surrounding the collection is something I haven’t seen in the nail polish world in ages.
Granted, the vast majority of the hype is about one polish; Starry Starry Night. But there are 5 other polishes in the collection. I picked up the mini set so I could get a feel for the entire collection.
The mini set includes Starry Starry Night, Life Of The Party, Bikini With A Martini and Birthday Suit.
I have swatched and reviewed all the polishes in the mini set under the jump!
The Retro Revival collection is currently in stores. You can find the collection online at Ulta.com (including the mini set!) as well as on Amazon.
Happiest of Tuesdays, friends!
Thankfully, the holiday hustle & bustle is winding down and it’s time to start looking forward to arguably the biggest deal in nail polish land right now: Essie’s Retro Revival Collection & the return of Starry Starry Night. I’ve been on the hunt for Starry Starry Night for about a decade. I even found a dupe: Maybelline Twinkle Twinkle. For some reason, I gave it to Alli. Oops. Anyway, my bottle of Starry Starry Night is on it’s way from Trans Design so I figured that this is the perfect time to discuss a polish that often comes up in the Starry Starry Night discussion: Zoya Dream.
I suppose the argument is that holographic glitter reigns supreme. Does it? I guess that’s up to you. I love holographic glitter, but Alli doesn’t. I suppose it’s all in personal preference. So let’s get to it.
Zoya Dream was originally released in 2013 as a part of the Zenith Collection. It’s my only polish from this collection, but as a holo lover, it’s definitely the standout. Dream is a deep navy blue jelly absolutely loaded with scattered holographic glitter. It’s quite sheer at first – I almost hit the panic button – but it builds very nicely and with three coats it’s perfectly opaque and gorgeous. I used Seche Vite as my top coat and didn’t have any of the usual Zoya vs. Seche Vite shrinkage problems. Horray!
It reminded me me of OPI Give Me Space so I decided to do a comparison. Summary: are they different? Yes. Are they different enough? Not really. The holographic glitter is slightly larger and more pronounced in Dream. Give Me Space is a bit darker. I’ve included pictures below so you can make up your mind.
You can grab Dream from the Zoya website for $9. It’s also available on Amazon in the $9-$11 range + free shipping.
I love my Zoya polish and I’m so glad I finally added Dream to my collection.
Happy New Year!
I had a fantastic time ringing in the New Year (I even managed to post the required drunk NYE selfie AND my manicure) and am really looking forward to 2016. I have a feeling it’s going to be a great year.
But, before we move on to 2016 lets take a look back some of the awesome nail polish 2015 brought us.
Under the jump you will find a list of the top 10 polishes from 2015 according to your views.
Happy New Year’s Eve!
This year I’m having a rather low key New Year’s. Tonight (or rather, this afternoon…) the boy and I are heading to our normal bar to watch the first of the College Football Playoff games. We plan to come back home for the second game and ring in the New Year with a nice bottle of champagne and a meat and cheese plate.
Anyhow. I’ve been rocking this manicure for a few days this week. Because I can (plus, it matches my headband).
So, first things first. I am totally obsessed with essie Starry Starry Night (from the essie Retro Revival collection). I will do a full review after the New Year (I have the mini set) but it’s one of the few polishes that lives up to the hype. And the hype is insane.
I’ve essentially been living in Starry Starry Night so I used that as my base. Then with essie Private Weekend and the smallest dotting tool I own I wrote out 20-16.
Simple mani but straight to the point. And really quite easy!
There’s another swatch under the jump.
Where ever and however you are ringing in the new year I hope you have a fantastic time!