Sunday, November 28, 2010

Sally Hansen

Here's my little collection of the limited edition Xtreme Wears for this fall.

Left to right: Purple Gala, Purple Fiesta, Mystic Lilac and Concrete.

I only found Concrete last night! I found Purple Fiesta while in NYC. I've only had success finding these when I pop into random Rite Aids that I don't usually frequent.

These wear really nicely for me. I bought a backup of Mystic Lilac since it seems to require more coats than the others. Also it seems like a perfect color to wear in the spring. Purple Fiesta didn't seem to get too much love on the blogs, but I like it! Purple Gala, on the other hand...maybe it's a little too foil-y for me. It seems more...formal? Maybe I'll try it when dressing up.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Polish hauling as of late...

I have brought home to the Helmer all sorts of things!
Here's what I've hauled lately:

Sally Hansen:
Purple Fiesta
Purple Gala
Mystic Lilac
Shining Moments

Sew Psyched
Merino Cool
We Can Do It Pink

DS Classic
Suzi Skis Suede
Halloween Go Goth Minis
Pikaki Phakakta Plum (very very old)

Never Glum Plum


China Glaze:
Halloween Awakenings Set

a fresh Vite

More of my trusted SolarOil

Stellare Notte

Vintage Gray


Along with the Nubars, which are currently on their way, that's a lot of new polish to play with! At least for me, I don't have a huge collection (yet?).

Monday, November 15, 2010


A good example of the pleasures and dangers of nail polish blogs- I discovered this brand.

However in the name of frugality, i vowed to not place an order until a promotion was offered.

And that means I placed my first order today! There is a 30% off $30 or more promotion going on from November 15th to the 20th.

My choices were:

*Barricade (from the Fortress collection)
*Stronghold (ditto- love that they had a complete grey series!)
*Pharaoh Purple (from the Cleopatra collection)
*Gem (from the Prisms collection)

Not a huge order but I was concerned about shipping costs. With the 30% off, it almost covered the UPS Ground, which made me feel so much better about placing an order for polishes sight unseen. Haven't done that in ages.

I will be looking forward to sharing my thoughts on these!

Technical difficulties

Hello there,

I am sorry to say that my household contains three laptops- and ALL of them are on the fritz! Ugh. It certainly is putting a damper on sharing nail polish fun in a blog format.

At the moment I'm actually typing this out using the itty bitty keyboard on my iPod touch! It's quite silly but I wanted to post an explanation of why I'm missing in action.

I might try to post what I can. Let's see how it goes!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Stash Pics - Grey.

My slowly but surely growing collection of grey polishes.

First, the cremes:

Left to Right:
OPI Moon Over Mumbai
Sally Hansen Wet Cement
Rimmel Grey Matter
Maybelline Gray T Glamour
Essence Surfer Babe Point Break
American Apparel Factory Grey
China Glaze Recycle
OPI Suzi Skis In The Pyrenees

And my 'others':

Left to Right:
China Glaze Tinsel
Revlon Galaxy
OPI Give Me The Moon
China Glaze SciFi
OPI Luzerne-tainly Look Marvelous
Nina Smoke And Mirrors

Friday, October 8, 2010

Moon gazing

Following up on my Lunar Plains post, I thought I would do a comparison between two moon themed polishes I have.

Here we have two OPI polishes. Moon Over Mumbai on the left and Give Me The Moon on the right. So far, they look pretty (make that very?) similar.

OK, from this angle, you can see a bit of blue shimmer going on in Give Me The Moon on the right. Just the slightest hint.

Oh, THERE it is. From this angle the blue shimmer is much more visible. This is a lot more like how they are on the nail. With Give Me The Moon, the blue shimmer sort of overpowers the subtle grey color of the polish. I ended up not liking this polish when I applied it, because of this.

I definitely prefer Moon Over Mumbai. If you love blue, you might prefer Give Me The Moon.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Lunar lemming

CM Lunar Plains. How I want you.

I love the blog Polish or Perish and while going through their extensive back blog catalog, I came across the August 2009 post Gray and Purple.

(image courtesy of Polish or Perish)

While the post's title is enticing enough for me, a glimpse at one of the polishes used has stopped me in my tracks. That would be Lunar Plains. Grayish greenish gorgeousness shot through with silver shimmer? Yes please.

Of course, I can't find it anywhere, except for that one lovely picture, and a mention on a random Australian shopping site...

With any luck I can eventually track it down.