Finding New Beauty Bloggers

It is very meaningful to me to meet beauty bloggers from all around the world. Seriously. Did you ever think you’d have friends in Europe? Canada? Even in an entirely different state, without even leaving your home? It boggles my mind. Yet, I wouldn’t have missed it for anything.

I have asked a few of my new friends to share with me, so that I could share with you, a bit about themselves. I’m thrilled to share and to call these bloggers friends.

This will be my Sunday blog posts for the next few months. I do hope you enjoy getting to know these fabulous bloggers too.

Today’s A to Z Of Me is by Nicole from Nightly Nails. They just don’t get any sweeter than Nicole. One of the first bloggers I made friends with, I’m in awe of her nails and her skills. Here’s a bit more on her:

The A-Z of me.

A. Age:
Ain’t nothin’ but a number!

B. Bed size:

Not big enough?
C. Chore you hate:
Dishes.
D. Day:
Cliche, but Friday.


E. Essential start to your day:


Coffee!

F. Favorite color: 

Green


G. Gold or Silver:

Silver

H. Height:


Wicked short! 5’2″

I. Instruments: 

None. 

J. Job title:

Taxi Driver

K. Kids: 

Yup!

L. Live: 

North Carolina

M. Mom’s name:

Susan

N. Nicknames: 

Niki

O. Overnight hospital stays: 

One


P. Pet peeve: 


Dishonesty. Rudeness. Comic Sans.
Q. Quote from a movie: 

I am Jack’s complete lack of surprise. (Fight Club)

R. Right or left handed: 

Right

S. Siblings:

Five.


T. Time you wake up: 
.

Too freaking early!


U. Underwear: 

Yes please?


V. Vegetables you dislike: 

Beets. Urgh.

W. What makes you run late: 

Mornings. Because I hate, hate hate mornings. So I’m always behind. But I hate being late!

X. X-Rays you’ve had: 

Too many to count!

Y. Yummy food you make: . 

Meatloaf.

Z. Zoo:


At my house? A little bit!

Can you just tell she’s cute as a button and just as darling? Nicole’s blog is Nightly Nails so stop by and be ready to add her to your list of favorite blogs.

I Have No Clue Which OPI Mini This Is

OMG! I have a TOTALLY BOSS new blogspot design coming up! I can’t wait to show you.

In the meantime, I’m clearing out working through older swatches and photos. I have a feeling if I don’t get through them, with all these gorgeous Fall collections coming, they will get sent to the cornfield.

So, let’s get started…

And this is one of those cute OPI minis from a collection. But damned, if I can figure out which one. I checked the Burlesque collection thinking it could have been one from there. But it doesn’t match any of the swatches I googled for.

That is exactly why I have purchased sticky dots, recently, to label the bottles. I have many Color Club bottles that are not labeled either. I know I thought I’d remember what collection this one came from, at the time I swatched. But, how silly is that thinking I could rely on my memory. Sheesh!

It is sparkle-mungous! And, it is more purpley in real life. And with that, I can only show swatches of this pretty color because all I know it that it is an awesome OPI mini.

If anyone can help me ID this, please let me know. I’ll be totally grateful. Til then, I think I’ll wish myself off into the cornfield.

Psychedelic Sunshine Summer Lovin’

This is a fun one. It reminds me of this song.

Finger Paint’s took my black heart and filled it with sunshine ala ‘Psychedelic Sunshine’.

With the new, Fall Finger Paints newly released, I gotta get these Summer ones on here for you to see. Gangway, Comin’ Through….!!!!!!

Just stand in awe at this yellow jelly belly….

There is a whole bunch of iridescent glitter going on in this yellow jelly polish.

Yes, it is true; I still have VNL after 2 coats. However, it is not very noticeable in real life. I think the gummy goodness of the ‘Psychedelic Sunshine’ makes me not worry about that.

On my thumb, it seems like it would be gritty, but again, it’s just an illusion. ‘Psychedelic Sunshine’ is thick, but not gritty. And I like my nails at this length. I’m still growing out the divets from the nail tech driller episode, but am on my way back to this length.

If you like jellies, don’t you think this one is divine? I caught an earworm during this post….this is it. Bucket List for me: Dance with John Travolta. aw haaaaaaaaaaa!

Color Club Launches Pride

 
COLOR CLUB LAUNCHES PRIDE: Raise Your Hand if You Believe in Life in Color
New York, NY – July 2011 – What makes us proud: Being bold. Making a statement. Living life to the fullest. Equality for all. From New York-based Color Club, the new PRIDE Collection—vibrant polishes in every color of the rainbow, from red to violet—captures what it means to live your life in color and express your true self (or just your mood du jour). Seven formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, and paraben-free shades celebrate equality with cheeky names like “Not Just for Kelly, Green” and “Boys Wear Blue,” while a portion of proceeds from the sale of the collection benefit New York-based AIDS-related charities. Life comes in all shapes, sizes, colors, and preferences. At the very least, shouldn’t your nail polish? 
From left to right: P is for Pride, Polish For All, Dress For The Parade, Not Just For Kelly, Green, Boys Wear Blue, Express Yourself, 0-60 Speedy Topcoat
Ready for the most spirited manicure in town? The PRIDE Collection is available at shopcolorclub.com.
ABOUT COLOR CLUB
Color Club is a nail polish brand developed by Forsythe Cosmetic Group.  Founded in 1979, the Forsythe Cosmetic Group is a New York-based cosmetic company widely regarded worldwide as a pioneer within the professional beauty industry. A global brand with products represented in more than 95 countries, Forsythe was one of the first companies to recognize and address the needs of the professional nail salon, a new phenomenon at the time. Rather quickly, the Forsythe name became synonymous with excellent, performance-proven products available in a diverse range of eye-catching shades. Today, more than three decades later, the Forsythe Cosmetic Group remains a vanguard in the beauty business by constantly introducing new concepts and elevating industry standards. Forsythe manufactures every product it offers, a practice that ensures superior color-matching quality control and the ability to respond quickly to consumer demands for the latest and most exciting trends in nail color, nail treatments and lip color. Color Club products are available at www.shopcolorclub.com

Sock It To Me, Supernova

I’m not holding back…

 I love this polish. In 1979, I had a black, sheer blouse that had rainbow threads running through it. I wore it over an off-white tube top. Go ahead, laugh. But I was rad.

The minute I laid eyes on this LA Girls Rock Star, I knew it was mine. It’s called ‘Supernova’ and it is so swoon-worthy. In a black sheer base, there is a ton of holo bar glitter.

Knowing it was sheer, I invited ‘Supernova’ to be a coverup for some hot polishes. I chose these…

LA Star’s ‘Supernova’; Color Club’s light pink creme that came in the French Affairs collection; Sally Hansen’s ‘Black Out’; Sonia Kashut’s ‘Starry Night’; Cosmetic Art’s No Name Bright Blue.

I did it ‘skittles’ style…

 

On my thumb, you see ‘Supernova’ all by itself. Index is over Color Club’s Light Pink French. Middle is Sally Hansen’s ‘Black Out’. On the ring finger is Sonia Kashut’s ‘Starry Night’. And rounding out the skittles is Cosmetic Art’s Bright Blue.

There is one topcoat of China Glaze’s ‘Fast Forward Top Coat’.

Each beauty in her own photo…

‘Supernova’ alone.

Over Color Club’s Light French Pink (no label on bottle).

Sally Hansen’s ‘Black Out’. (So far my favorite all black creme.)

Over Sonia Kashut’s ‘Starry Night. (Got this one on clearance at Target. Can you see the tiny silver glitter?)

Cosmetic Art’s Bright Blue. (No names given on these either. I have 2 coats but as you can tell, it’s showing sheer.)

 

I like them all, except for when ‘Supernova’ stands alone. That sheer black base makes the nail look dirty. But it shines over other polishes. Let’s just keep ‘Supernova’ over to the handy side for later use.

Which one do you like the best? Or, do you have a shade you would put ‘Supernova’ over?

Sneak A Peek at Chic Peek by Ulta

Decadent looks, ‘Chic Peek’…

As their own name brand products, I have found that Ulta does pretty darn good. This is a polish that caught my browsing eye. This is ‘Chic Peek’.

I don’t even know where to begin to explain this complex shade…

For starters, the photos do no justice to this mad shade. It is sparkle-palooza. Here I go at my attempt to describe the colors…

The base color is a muted, brick red color. It is filled over the top with micro-glitter that flashes shades of green, silver and burnt orange. It isn’t as gritty as it may look. I have on 3 coats but no top coat. So the shine you see is its own. However, with that said, I have 3 days of wear on this puppy and I see tip wear.

‘Chic Peek’ is a warm shade that I wouldn’t call a Summer color. I feel it is more for the cooler months. And I’d just love to have a sweater this color to wear with jeans. It just looks that warm.

Since I wore this polish for 3 days, and these photos are ones I pulled up from the Vanity’s Vault, I felt it really was a chic color to wear. It doesn’t demand attention; it earns it.

What colors come to mind when you think of chic?

I Spy…New Makeup Collection at Payless Shoes

There are some work ‘rules’ that are totally outdated. Like, wearing toe-covering shoes. That takes out sandals. Maybe in certain industries like food and construction, you need to cover your toes. And flip-flops are usually too casual for most places as well. But, come on!!! It’s the 21st Century and it is FLORIDA!!!! It is perfectly fine for me to wear nice sandals for my job as it is to wear sneakers.

OK. That preludes to my need to find TOE COVERING shoes for work. I got these at Payless Shoes earlier this year. I was hoping to find the same style in a taupe color for more versatility.

This photo is courtesy of the Payless Shoe Store website.

Since I was at a mall today, I thought I’d step in (haa haa!) and see if they maybe had something like that.

No luck. But I did find they had a new beauty collection.
 

  
 This line is called ‘Brash.’ There are other products in the line, however, I didn’t want to overextend my opportunity given by the Store Manager. I did ask if I could photo the polishes, while explaining my purpose. He was very nice and granted me permission. Oh, and let me add, these polishes were only $2.99.

I didn’t want a run-in like I did last week at a Beya store at another mall. At first, I was given permission but another woman came up and was unprofessional in her approach to tell me I couldn’t. Stupid ‘gate-keepers.’ She didn’t even know why they had that rule. She was just going to parrot what she had heard someone else say. And, she said she wasn’t ‘interested in learning.’ I did manage to get some photos taken before she came up to me. However, when I came back by that store when I was finished with work at another store, she was out talking to a couple of men working at the kiosk outside her store. She must have forgot the ‘rule’ to stay in the store when working. Hmph. So…no free advertising for that store. They don’t even have an email address to write a complaint letter to.


But, I have digressed severely….back to the happy, new makeup!


Here are some individual shots of some shades from the Brash collection…




All of them have sparkle. It just seems that ‘Sergeant Khaki’ is the only one that flashed his. :) 


Some of the glitter line…



The top photo shows the white and black cremes. I think the point is to put the glitters over that. 


And, a very sneaky photo of the roll-on powder eye shadow…




 Can you sort of see the palettes in the background? They are dual foundation and concealers. There are some lip glosses and perfume in this line as well. 


Even though I’m trying very hard to be on a no-buy until I get the new, fall China Glaze polishes, I allowed myself just ONE of these new shades. But after mocking up this post, I think I want to go get ‘Sergeant Khaki’.

I did choose ‘Gun Metal’…


This photos, in the sunlight, give a shot of the sparkle in ‘Gun Metal.’ I will be forth-coming with a swatch on this heavy shooter. 



The colors seem to be spot on for Fall, wouldn’t you say? Can you wear open toe shoes at your job?

The Perfect Season for ‘Stranger Tides’

I’m stoked to show you this swatch…

 

A friend gave me the mini OPI set of the Pirates of the Caribbean collection. I love every color in it! This dusty green is named ‘Stranger Tides.’ 

With the usual 3 coats, this murky sage color is beautifully, quietly understated.  Where a pastel can sometimes be a bit ‘young’, a dusty pastel says ‘grown up.’

As a regular reader, you may know that I’m still working on my skills with creme polishes. While many can swatch up a creme like it is…well, cream, I battle to keep the streaks at bay and the thinning patches grounded.

 

Yet, I canNOT resist ‘Stranger Tides.’ I love this color. I love the statement it makes. There’s no top coat on ‘Stranger Tides.’ I wanted to keep the subdued feeling it had without a bright shine.

I think this has been the best OPI collection this year. Probably only to be outdone by the upcoming ‘Muppets’ collection. In the meantime, this is the PERFECT season to wear ‘Stranger Tides.’

Do you have a favorite shade from the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ collection?

Kleancolor’s American Eyedol Shadows

Just a quick look at some Kleancolor’s Baked Eyeshadows I got a couple of months back. Highly pigmented and work great wet too.

There isn’t just one blue, there are 6 of them. There is not just one shade of brown, there are like 8!

These are the ones I got. $2.99 each and I call it a win. I found these at a local beauty store called ‘Abradel Beauty Supply.’ This is the same store I found Kleancolor crackles and Mia Secret crackles.

Since I snapped these photos sometime back, I don’t have any swatches to share. I wanted to let you know these are out there and they are pretty cool for the money. And they are sure to have a color, or two, you will like.

Midnight Matte Sounds like a Cowboy Name

Who would have ever thought that a metallic metal nail polish would look so hot…

This Nubar is ‘Midnight Matte.’ Once again, I would have never picked up this color before nail blogging (BNB). I mean, it’s a darker gray, it looks sort of gritty and it isn’t shiny. Well, it is all those things but gritty. It just looks that way; it’s smooth. I’m thinking of a cowboy that talks like Sam Elliot.

You can hear is voice in your head too, can’t you? See….

On my ring finger is an Incognito sample I got at the Orlando Premiere Show. A demonstrator put this on me. It didn’t ‘test’ too well. Meh.

Nevermind, it’s ‘Midnight Matte’ that you have just fall for. This is just 2 coats. Wears like metal too!

 

I picked up an entire collection of Nubar Mattes called ‘Night Sky Collection’. The other two shades that came in this collection are ‘Sunset’ (reviewed here) and ‘Twilight’. I’ll visit ‘Twilight’ soon. :)

Do you like matte metals? Would you like your GPS to have Sam Elliot’s voice? No? Just me?