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.

Bad Boy Blues

In my last post here, I mentioned my dear high school boyfriend.  Today, I’m going to talk about the ‘bad boys.’

After leaving the clutches of my parents, I let all hell break loose.  I partied, I drank and I hung out with ‘bad boys.’  It wasn’t because I really liked them.  I think it was just to be defiant.  Not one of those bad boys liked me for who I was.  They were not interested in cultivating a relationship.  In case you wonder, I saw the light and got away from that.  It is all out of my system, thankfully.

Yet, there are some things that you want to try out, you want to experiment with.  And experimenting with nail polish is a ‘safe’ hobby.  Albeit, not for my wallet!  This is Nina’s Ultra Pro ‘Babi Blue.’

I don’t feel ‘Babi Blue’ is coming through for me.  This is 3 coats and still VNL.  Gosh, and it looked so inviting and fun in the bottle.  But when I took Babi Blue home, it just…um….didn’t perform.  And I don’t even know how to pronounce ‘Babi’….Bay-bee???  Bah-bye???  Ah!  I like Bah-bye; that fits!!!

Nina’s polishes are almost always watery.  It can take 3 or more coats to get opaque.  Maybe that’s the premise of this brand; to be sheer.  And yesterday I was at Sally’s, where I got this one, and I alllllmost bought another Nina’s but in green.  I remembered this experience and passed.  I felt burnt by the first encounter.

Eeeeeee!  This is a shallow relationship, indeed!  Let’s see if I can clean this up.
I went looking for a not so white cream and I found it.  This is Avon’s Nailwear ‘Salma’s Hope.’  This came from an Avon collection for Breast Cancer Awareness.  I put it on first and then topped it off with Babi Blue…

Hey, that Nina’s was on clearance = cheap!  All the warning signs were there!  And Selma’s Hope didn’t have much hope on this mani.  With 2 coats of Selma’s Hope and 2 coats of Babi Blue, I decided that this relationship was requiring too much work.

The only thing I didn’t think of was to put some ‘Hidden Treasure’ on this.  That might have been a saving grace.  But I had broken off the relationship before I thought of that.  This mani was quickly replaced with a better one.

It seemed to be fun at the time, but it was dangerous to hang out with bad guys.  And no matter what anyone told me, I was going to do what I wanted.  Maybe television has influenced us too much.  We see a nice woman meeting a bad boy and changing him into a sweetie, next thing they are living happily ever after.  In retrospect, I know that this very, very rarely happens.  Bad boys are bad news. 

Happily, bad manicures and colors can be fixed and remedied in one day!

Have you had to break up with a nail polish?  No saving grace for it?  They go into the franken stock, don’t they?

NOTD and Toes Too

I made doubly sure that I didn’t pick out a sheer this time.  When all other polishes fail, choose RED!  Vampy, steamy HOT RED!

Here are the shades I picked.  A red for the fingers; Sally Hansen’s Lacquer Shine in Dazzling.  And the toes got Nina’s Pro in Velvet Seas.  No sheers…yeeeaaaa!

Out in brilliant sunlight!  It’s casting more of an orange hue here than it is in real life.  It’s actually a burgundy red with a shine.  I have on 1 BS, 2 coats of Seche Clear, 2 coats of color, 1 coat of Seche Clear and Seche Vite as the finishing top coat.  Now, ultra shiny.

Back indoors, in a sunny window.  This shows a bit truer but, that orange-y-ness, wha???

Toes, outside, in the evening sun.  This is Nina’s Pro Velvet Seas.  A color that looks like dusty green metal in the bottle but polishes to a green that is a smooth velvet.  The bit of shimmer it has is silvery green.  I have on a BC, 1 coat of Seche Clear, 2 color coats and 1 top coat of Seche Clear.  This bottle was on clearance at Sally’s Beauty.  I believe it came from a collection that was out last fall or winter.  I know I have a couple of other velvets from that collection.  They are lush.

If you haven’t checked out my post just previous to this one, run!  Go look!  It’s a giveaway!