Friday, November 28, 2014

Purple Friday: Zoya Savita

Happy Friday all! Hopefully you had a nice Thanksgiving, or are looking forward to the weekend! We had a pretty nice day-- my parents came to town, we had a wonderful dinner at my aunt's house and the kids did really well, especially given that they stayed up two hours past their bedtime!! But we all survived and had a pretty low-key day today-- no Black Friday shopping here. The weather forecasters are saying there may be snow, but I'm not holding my breath. We'll see! And my hubby has to work tomorrow, which sucks but there isn't much I can do about it!

Tomorrow is the Huskies' last regular season football game, our annual rivalry game (the Apple Cup) with our cross state university. It's being played on the other side of the state and it's supposed to be very, very cold. I can't say that I'm sad that I won't be there in person. So of course I had to paint my nails! I pulled out a new polish for this, Zoya Savita from the recently re-released Matte Velvets collection. I missed these before, so I snapped out the whole collection when they were released! And I'm so glad I decided to do that, because these are excellent polishes. Savita is a "bold, vibrant medium purple with strong red and gold shimmer." This polish goes on smoothly and easy-- two coats is all I needed. It dries quickly, down to a nice matte finish. Savita has a wonderful glow to it; it's stunning.

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Gorgeous! Savita just glows! I am completely smitten by these Zoya Matte Velvet polishes-- they are wonderful. Zoya, if you're listening, you can definitely make more of these! If you're looking for a matte purple, run out right now and get Savita as fast as you can!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Purple Friday: Sally Hansen Gummy Grape

Another Purple Friday post! Tomorrow is the last Husky home game of the season, I had to get a post up (under the wire, but whatever). This week I am wearing Sally Hansen Gummy Grape, which I picked up this last summer. Gummy Grape is a medium grape purple that leans more a little more red than blue (of course, my photos are the opposite). When this came out where there weren't a lot of purple textures on the market (at least, not real purples) so I knew I had to snatch this up when I saw it.

Gummy Grape went on fairly well-- the first coat was a little streaky but a second coat took care of that. Because this is a texture, it did dry fairly quickly. Although this is technically a "creme" texture, it does dry to a slightly shiny finish.

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I even said in my notes I needed to incorporate this into a Football Friday manicure... and here we are! Really I would like to use this with some vinyls or something, but that will have to wait I suppose! I really like this texture and will definitely be using it in the future. Gummy Grape is still listed on the Sally Hansen website, though as a "Sugar Shimmer," not a "Sugar Coat" like my bottle, so... I'm not sure if they are the same or different. That's annoying!

So, purple creme texture: yay or nay?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Two-fer Tuesday! L'Oreal Jean & Tonic and Distressed Turquoise

Hey all! I am hoping that this will become a regular (or at least sem-regular) feature on the blog where I will show you two polishes that are either the same color, same brand/collection, or same finish (and potentially all three!). I thought this could be a way to combine a few of my swatching photos and hopefully inject some life into my blog! We'll see if I can keep it up!

 For my first Two-fer Tuesday I am bringing you two L'Oreal polishes, both from the Miss Denim textured collection that was released this spring. First up is Jean & Tonic, a teal textured polish. Personally, I love the name, mainly because gin & tonics (or any drink with gin, if I'm honest) is my favorite libation. This applied really well and I used two coats here:

And then we have Distressed Turquoise-- which you'd think, from the name, would be... I don't know, turquoise, right?! Hahaha! You would be fooled, then. This is a light, sky blue polish that doesn't have any turquoise that I can see. This also had a good formula and applied easily. I used two coats here.

I actually grabbed this whole collection (and do have the other polishes to show you at some point) but overall, given that I'm a big fan of textured polishes, I really loved this collection. These are great colors, for any time of year, really, and they have a great formula. I can't say anything bad about them! The only thing is that Jean & Tonic does want to stain if you are not careful, so I would definitely double up on base coat.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Deborah Lippman Careless Whisper

Today I have my first ever Deborah  Lippman polish on the blog! Technically not my first Lippman polish, because a friend gave me Glitter In The Air for my birthday, which I haven't worn yet! Nail blogger problems, yo. I love the way these bottles look and have often found myself wanting polishes from her collections but never took the plunge until recently. But a month or so ago I saw that there were some Lippman polishes on sale at, so I decided to snag a couple. Careless Whisper was a bit of a gamble on my part- did it pay off?

Careless Whisper is a pinky beige nude with a very pretty pink shimmer to it. A little Googling tells me this was released in 2013 (as part of the spring collection). This can be used as a (relatively) sheer polish, but here I used three coats to make it opaque. I actually decided to wear this to a job interview I had recently (my first in over eight years!) and it was perfect for that. Unfortunately, I didn't get the job-- though I think it came down to a timing issue more than anything else. But as I now have to search for a new job because I am being laid off (ugh) I might be pulling this out more!

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I'm glad I took a chance with this polish; it's a great neutral! I think it's really pretty for an understated polish. This polish appears not to be available for sale for anymore, so if you like this you might be out of luck. However, I was really pleased with my first Deborah Lippman experience and can't wait to play with the other polishes that I got!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Sunny's Body Products Fall Exclusive Box

I have a slightly different post to share with you today! After I got into the world of nail polish, I followed that by becoming interested in hand care products and so hearing about Sunny's Body Products came at a great time! I have very dry hands so I love having new hand creams and cuticle products at the ready! Sunny has started offering seasonal boxes filled with a variety of her hand products and it's a great way to try several different ones all at the same time! I actually have two other boxes to share with you but... busy busy blah blah.

Anyway, these product boxes are great! You get 1 full size cuticle balm, 1 full size cuticle oil, 1 full size intensive therapy oil, 1 full size lip balm, 1 one ounce hand cream, and one 1 ounce hand scrub! So many goodies!

Sunny's Hand Cream- Pumpkin Apple Butter: notes of orange, apple, pear, pineapple, and cherries; middle notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove; with base notes of warm vanilla.

Theoretically I should like this a lot, but this smells way too sweet to me and it's clear that, for myself, this type of sticky sweet scent is not my favorite.

Sunny's Intensive Cuticle Therapy- Caramel Apple: the aroma of a big red juicy apple dipped in warm, buttery caramel.

This smells exactly like the name promises: caramel apples! The sweet caramel scent is very strong in the bottle but when I apply it the caramel dissipates quickly and all I smell is the juicy apple.

Sunny's Cuticle Oil- Autumn Harvest: Crisp apples, vanilla, nutmeg, sweet pumpkin and cinnamon make this a perfect Autumn blend!

This is my second favorite scent from the box! The apple scent is strongest when first applied but fades and the spice comes through more.

Sunny's Miracle Balm- Pumpkin Crunch Cake: aroma of creamy pumpkin pie filling; surrounded with freshly baked yellow cake, melted butter, pecans, and hints of spice.

At first I wasn't a huge fan of this scent-- it was a little too sweet for my taste, but when I apply it the sweetness dissipates and it takes on a more spicy smell which I really like.

Sunny's Hand Sugar Scrub- Autumn Mums: features a sparking top note, a floral heart combining neroli, rose, carnation and marigold, with a base note of twigs and earth.

This is probably my favorite scent of the whole box! It smells exactly like fall to me.

Sunny's Lip Saver- Pumpkin Pecan: A delicious blend of pumpkin spice and pecan cream filling!

To me, the pecan scent is very strong and it's not my favorite (which is sad because I freaking love her lip balm!) but when I start wearing it the scent fades and it's not as noticeable.

Overall, this box was a little disappointing to me, but that's entirely based my scent preferences-- you might love this, especially if you like sweet scents! I have thoroughly enjoyed the other two boxes I got from Sunny's Body Products and I can't wait until her Christmas box comes out! The Fall Exclusive Box is currently still available from Sunny for $22 at her website.