Monthly Archives: December 2012

Midweek Manicure

Deborah Lippmann nail color in Sugar Daddy.

Deborah Lippmann nail color in Sugar Daddy.

I needed to change my polish today. I’m one of those people. One small chip, and I have to change it all. I even keep nail polish remover in my purse.  I can’t abide a messy manicure. So for a mid week change, I decided to keep going in the metallics I’d been enjoying so much over the past week and a half, but skip the glitter.

This time I opted for my only Deborah Lippmann polish. I just picked it up last month while on vacation. I wanted to see what all the hype was about. So many people rave about these polishes, I just had to see for myself.

What I really love about this polish is the color. It’s called Sugar Daddy. In some light, it looks like a straight gold. If the lighting changes, it takes on a rose gold tone. It’s really a beautiful mirrored chrome polish. I also like how easily it applies. This polish could easily show heavy brush strokes, but doesn’t. It also dries very quickly. It’s a bit thinner than most of my other polishes, so I did have some clean up when I accidentally flooded one of my cuticles.

I really love this shade, and will enjoy using it, but I’m not sure I have to rush out and grab a bunch of other Deborah Lippmann polishes. The price is what keeps me at bay. $18 is a bit steep for me just for one polish. I might acquire a few more over time, but I won’t be purchasing them in bulk like I do with Zoya, OPI or China Glaze.

Deborah Lippmann nail color in Sugar Daddy

Deborah Lippmann nail color in Sugar Daddy

Are you a fan of luxury nail polishes? Do you have a price limit on what you’ll pay for nail color? What’s you’re most expensive polish? Is it worth paying more for the higher end brands? Let me know, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Cover Girl Blast Flip Sticks Review

You already know I love lipstick, and all types of lip products. The other thing I love is adding new shades to my collection. I recently received 3 of the Cover Girl Blast Flipsticks in the mail from Buzz Agent. As a Buzz Agent I received these lipsticks for free, and I have fun sharing my thoughts, ideas and coupons with others.

Cover Girl Blast Flipsticks

Cover Girl Blast Flipsticks

If you’re not familiar with the Blast Flipstick, it’s a double ended lipstick that has a creme color on one side, and a shimmer or highlight color on the other. The idea is that you can use the more pigmented color over your entire lip, and highlight your pout with the shimmer. If you check out the picture of Sofia Vergara above, you’ll see what I mean. You can also use the lipsticks individually  or mix and match to your heart’s content.

My lipstick collection ranges from high-end tubes that cost around $30 each, to drugstore brands that cost between $6.50 – $9.50 each. I do have my favorites. Aside from my favorite colors and companies, here’s what I look for in a lipstick.

  1. I want something that feels good on my lips. It can’t be waxy, drying or grainy. I also don’t like it when it drags on my lips during application. I need a smooth application.
  2. I want something that I don’t have to constantly reapply. There are some sheer formulas with staying power.
  3. I need options. I love colors that mix well with others. I nearly never wear one shade alone. I’m always layering and mixing my lipsticks.

My perfect lipstick right now is from Hourglass. It costs $30 a tube but it’s worth every penny. I love the consistency, the deep pigments, and the rich moisture in this lipstick. On a scale of 1-10, the Hourglass lipstick gets a 9. I have to believe there is a better lipstick out there somewhere. Here’s how the Cover Girl Blast Flipsticks stack up.

I’d give these lipsticks a wink and a nod with a generous score of 6.5. Here’s why: For a drugstore brand, it’s good. There are 13 Flipsticks, and part of me wishes there were more. (you can watch the video for swatches) I found that one of the full size samples I received was a bit grainy. It was only the creme color side that was grainy, not the highlight/shimmer side. I wasn’t sure if it was just an issue with a batch of lipsticks in that shade, or if it was a formula issue with that shade. I found that some of the darker colors pulled on my lips when I was applying them. There was a bit of drag, and they didn’t apply smoothly. That’s not something I like in a lipstick. I did like that the color lasted well. I found the shades to be quite highly pigmented, and they stayed on for several hours.

I haven’t found a drugstore lipstick that rivals my favorite high-end lipsticks yet, but I do love that they are getting so much better. I hadn’t tried Cover Girl in years. After the last two Buzz Campaigns I’ve participated in with Cover Girl, I’m glad to say my opinion has changed, and I’m starting to shop Cover Girl again at the drugstore.

Where do you get most of your cosmetics? The drugstore, department store, or a specialty store like Sephora or ULTA?

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Snowy Penguin Nails

My fellow blogger and friend, Shannon at Eyemasq did this really cute penguin nail art post just a few days ago. I loved it so much, I had to try it out.

It took me 3 episodes of Top Chef Seattle, and my husband laughing at me while I was cursing and removing all the polish from my nails only to start again, to realize this is harder than it looks. It’s not that I haven’t tried nail art before, I just haven’t blogged pictures of any attempts. So here are the first pictures of my penguins.

I knew I wasn’t able to do all 10 digits, so I decided to do 2 fingers per hand. Thumb and ring fingers. The rest I painted white and used a sparkly top coat to make it look like glistening snow and ice.

Penguins using Zoya Purity, Raven, and Arizona. Glitter top coat is China Glaze Make a Spectacle.

Penguins using Zoya Purity, Raven, and Arizona. Glitter top coat is China Glaze Make a Spectacle.

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Two fingers are all I could manage. I had to use Seche Vite to smooth out all the brush strokes.

I think I spent enough time making these penguins to tickle my fancy. I’ll be trying out more nail art soon. Time to start watching some Youtube videos! If you have any suggestions for me, I’d appreciate it. I don’t want to learn to paint someone’s portrait on my nails, but I do want to learn a bit more about using real nail polish for nail art.

Thanks for taking a look at the penguins, and make sure to check out my friend Shannon’s blog, Eyemasq. She does amazing things with eye shadow and liner!

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Love This!

Absolutely! Just what I needed to hear when I feel so exhausted this holiday season. I hope this gives you a little encouragement.

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Holiday Nails

I’ve been taking a break from polishing my nails. Does 10 days count as a break?  I finally promised myself that It was time to get back in the routine again.

I’m used to changing my polish 3 times a week, and my nails had been paying the toll. They were short, brittle and wouldn’t grow very long. I stopped buffing my nails at every manicure, and stopped using some base coats and top coats that weren’t 3 free. (Good-bye Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Hard As Wraps, and Seche Vite top coat.) I hope that will help. I also need to stop cleaning under my nails with an orange stick several times a day. I find that I get weak points at the edges of my nails where they start to tear.

I decided to take these pictures with the Christmas tree lights in the background. It was just too pretty to pass up. It was my attempt at making it feel more festive.

Essie Chinchilly and China Glaze Glistening Snow accent finger

Essie Chinchilly and China Glaze Glistening Snow accent finger

Essie Chinchilly and China Glaze Glistening Snow

Essie Chinchilly and China Glaze Glistening Snow

I wore a very similar look Wednesday until I changed my polish today. (I started wearing polish mid this week after a week and a half break) Here’s a look at it. It also includes a metallic micro glitter from the China Glaze Holiday 2012 Collection. This picture was taken with my phone, and not my Cannon Rebel T3.

OPI Don't Pretzel My Buttons and China Glaze Champagne Kisses accent finger

OPI Don’t Pretzel My Buttons and China Glaze Champagne Kisses accent finger

It might be time for some honest to goodness nail art. I might have to try my hand at a candy cane stripe, or a Christmas tree design. Maybe just an accent nail or two. I’ll just dangle my toe in the water and see how it goes. If it takes too much effort, I’ll never do it again. If it looks too busy, I’ll never do it again.

Happy Holidays!

What are you wearing on your nails these days? How are you keeping your nails long and strong? I’d love to know. Comment below if you have a moment.

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