Transitioning Into Autumn, Maybe Once, Maybe Twice

Somewhere, along my life, I started liking Fall more than I liked Summer. As a kid, it’s easy to love Summer because there’s no school. So maybe I started liking Fall when I got out into the workforce, and Summer no longer held its spell.

I’ve always loved Fall styles and the trends, though. It makes perfect sense, then, that I love all things to do with make-up and nail polish for the Fall.

Here’s a case in point…

This is Nina Ultra Pro’s ‘Velvet Underground.’  The clearance tag from Sally’s shows ‘$2.99.’ I think this polish is at least 2 years old. It really needs some thinner, and the manicure reflects that.

 

As pretty as the polish photographs, it was a disaster to apply. It was thick and had a terrible fit when I tried to apply a second coat.

I had this polish setting out well before Halloween, queuing it up to swatch after that holiday.  Before then, I would pick it up and enjoy the swirl of dusty purple, shimmers of dusty gold and purple all mixed up.

I still like the color, but the look after application disappointed me enough that I think this will go into the trade bin.

It isn’t fair to say I hate ‘Velvet Underground’. I don’t. But for someone who is trying very, very hard to achieve better looking nails, ‘Velvet Underground’ doesn’t help me out.  I used 2 coats and did a final coat of Color Club’s ‘Vivid’ top coat.

The name ‘Velvet Underground’ reminds me of my favorite singer and song…

And this album, ‘Buckingham Nicks’, one of my most prize possessions, was given to me because I made a wish out loud that I had passed an earlier chance to purchase it and wished I had it. This will never go in the trade bin…

And, why not pass the autumn night, listening to Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac, enjoying tea, wishes made aloud and having fond memories of past childhood Summers.

Perfect Fall Polish Shade: Unforgettable Moments ‘Garnet’

Payless Shoes added a couple of beauty product lines over a year ago. In fact, I gave some of these as a giveaway. Even though I purchased a few of their polishes, I felt they went better with a Fall trend so I have one for you now and another one later this month.

This is Unforgettable Moments’ ‘Garnet’…

Looking at this color in the bottle, I’m thinking that I would not call that shade ‘Garnet.’ This is the color of a garnet and fits more with what I imagine…

Unforgettable Moments looks more brown. However, take a look on the nail…

Almost like the stone. And, just for your information, as beautiful as garnets are, they do not cost very much. Many times people will purchase a garnet stone rather than a red ruby, since rubies can be quite expensive.

So…in the bottle, a molten brownish-red…

On the nails, somewhat dark red that shows a hint of purple…

‘Garnet’ wore pretty good. I used 3 coats and have Finger Paint’s top coat over that. The bottle is small as it came in a box of four smaller versions of the originals; all in the Fall color spectrum. It is a very easy polish to apply and I had no problems at all with it.

Perfect Fall polish shade…

What shade is your favorite Fall polish?

Traditional Sally Hansen Fall Manicure with a Couple of Twists

I have an annual Fall manicure. I cannot tell you how old these two Sally Hansen polishes are but they are old! I bet this is one of the first glitter polishes that company ever made!!!

Click here to see where I blogged about this Fall look last year. I tweaked it then and I’m tweaking it again this year. Take a looky-see…

And then, on the right hand, more tweaking…

The one directly above I tried to take it out of focus to see that holo stuff going on with the ring finger.

OK, break downs…this is the core base colors I used…

Sally Hansen’s ‘Bronzegold Frost’ is the annual Fall base color. This year’s new base color is Zoya’s ‘Codie.’

 The traditional glitter top coat: Sally Hansen’s ‘Gilded Pink.’ Doesn’t look pink but copper to me.

And layering ‘Gilded Pink’ over ‘Codie’ it looks like a left over Halloween manicure. Pretty but I’m so ready to move on from Halloween.

On my right hand, I did the same base colors but with Kleancolor’s ‘Aurora’ as the layering top coat…

Sometimes the star glitter came out, most of the time it just stayed in the bottle. But the effects of the iridescent glitter is enough. I wish they wouldn’t have even bothered with the star glitter.

There’s no wedding planned but I think of it as ‘something old, something new…’ Here’s hoping you look forward to your Holiday traditions whether they are old or new, or a beautiful mixture of both.

Don’t Wait! Get Your Halloween Stuff NOW!

Amongst my travels today, I stopped at 2 CVS stores and 3 Walgreens. I didn’t find any of the Wet ‘n Wild products I have been longing for. But, I did find some other stuff. Also, I got some goodies at Bath and Body Works.

I saw this Sally Hansen display at Walgreens about 2 or so weeks ago…

And, I purchased ‘Teal-y Cool’…

I swatched that baby right out in the parking lot before I even got into my car…

This is over a blue from Color Club’s Poptsatic collection. (Damn, no names on the bottle!)

If you look at the display, there is a dark polish in the middle, next to a blue. That is ‘Pumpkin Spice.’  I photographed it but, didn’t buy it. I really figured I had something like that already. And, I was trying not to purchase every polish color that strikes my fancy.

That is until Scrangie swatched it on her blog. I haven’t swatched this one yet, so please, click on her name/link to jump over there and be in awe.

Ohhhhhh, Halloween, why do you have to be so far away! And, by the way, Happy Lammas: celebrating the first harvest of the year, August 1.

Next, I snooped the $1 bins at Walgreens. When you were a kid, did you like to put your quarter into the candy/cheap toy machine and get a luck of the draw jawbreaker or a rub-on tattoo? Well, I get that same feeling looking through the $1bins at Walgreens.

Here’s what I got for one buck…

Constant readers will know that I am a merchandiser. I get to make things look pretty in stores so you will empty your wallets be enticed to purchase. So, I get to go to malls every week. Yea, this job sucks….NOT!

I got a few of the little Fall candle samplers at Bath and Body Works last week. I loved them soooo much that I got 6 more to share with my blogger girlfriends when we had lunch. I noticed the second time I went back, they had even more fragrances. So, today I wanted to pick up some more.

Now I have a total of 6 different minis to tide me over until I get the biggies! But, what did I Spy at the counter when checking out…

Yes!!! SIX different body lotions!!! The store had just put out the first 6 as samples when I yelled politely asked when they would be available. The sales associate said they had boxes of them right there, just delivered. Yippeee!

Are these little Halloween themed-bottles so stinkin’ cute!!!!…

I am so glad to see all these Halloween-themed items coming out so early. This way all the Christmas stuff will be available in October. (sarcasm)

Do you have any of these items or, are they on your wish list?