Friday, November 29, 2013

Cirque Vesuvius

I have managed to acquire quite a few Cirque nail polishes.  I have worn a couple of them and really loved them all but this one was special I didn’t want to take it off and I did wear it for about five days.  It wore so well I just love this polish.  The formula was great.  It dried fast.  I wasn’t real opaque so I did use three coats but I didn’t care because it was just so darn pretty.  This is definitely one of my new favorite indies and I got two glitter toppers that were beautiful.  I will post them this week I need to crop them.  I wish I had someone to do the cropping for me and all I had to worry about was writing the posts.  I used to post a lot more but going back and looking at what I was posting well, let’s just say I wish I could have some redos.





You can buy Cirque polishes at their website Cirque Nail Polish.  This particular polish was on the high end costing $15.00 but some are $13.00.  I do want to say the shipping is not high and you get your polishes really fast.  I think the turnaround time is about 3-4 days which I really liked.
Ciao for now,

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Editorial.........Stop the Madness!

I just wanted to write about some thoughts I had that have turned into a positive experience.   I suffer from cystic acne.  Early in this blog, I wrote about it.   About two weeks ago, I started ti have a breakout.  I decided to change my skin care products but who was going to be telling me what to use?  The lady behind the Clinique counter? What's her training?  Does she really know what my skin needs?  No!  She is just going to sell me their three step program and that has never worked on my skin.  So, I put all my skincare products and my makeup bases in a bag and headed to the dermatologist, who one is not trying to send me a load of makeup and is really going to treat my problem.  She gave me samples of a a creme, which I think is great because you never know with those things.  It did irritate my skin so she called in some clindagel, which had worked in the past a low dose antibiotic.  Total cost: $62.00.  I think I would have spent a lot more money if I had just gone to the makeup counter.  I did ask what cleanser to use and she said that the Neutogena was fine. Then I asked what makeup was good, she basically told me all makeup can cause a breakout.  She recommended that when I use makeup. Take it off as soon as possible and just use a thin layer of the clindagel.  So, now I am on a quest for a different makeup.  I've been using Clinique but I've gotten some samples of some other ones and I think I found what I want.  I'll let you know


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Mish Mash Challenge Grey

Grey is a nice color but in nature it just seems to mean rain is coming or is here. So, I tried to spruce up this manicure I used Nars Storm for the pinkie, middle and pointer finger with Lynderella’s Connect the Dots.  Then I did two fishtail/braided accent nails.  I just used a lighter grey and white.  This was simple and a design you can use with any color. 




So, that is my manicure for this challenge.  Let’s see what the other girls did.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

What I wore with this……….

I have to say this summer was a TOTAL bummer to me.  There was no trip to the beach or anything.  Just homebound because of my husband’s Achilles surgery and I was pretty home bound because he was on Percocet and could not be left alone.  If you are in a relationship with a man you know what babies they are when they are sick.  Well, my husband is no different except he tries to do things he shouldn’t.   It is like taking care of a toddler.  At least my first husband just laid down moaning.  I would just get him to sleep and he was fine but this one no.  So, I had bought my summer wardrobe and never got to wear it.  I think I was able to wear 1/3 of it.  So, I did buy a lot of nail polish.  I just posted my August haul.  One day I was stir crazy, one of my girlfriends called and they were getting together for lunch a wanted me there.  My husband promised to be good and encouraged me to go I jumped up and grabbed the first shirt in my closet and got to painting.   So, this is what I came up with.

The Shirt





I used OPI Did You Ear About Van Gogh.  Then the first stamping plate I got Konad 48.  (I think everyone has that plate and if you are thinking of stamping this is the most recommended plate).  I used Konad Orange and Magenta polishes for the designs.  Now the shirt wasn’t too special but pair it up with a nice mani and you’ve got a great look.

Ciao for Now,

Friday, November 8, 2013

Mish Mash Challenge Holographic

This was a fast manicure I did today since I am not feeling well.  I used Jade psycodelica and Magica to create the gradient but used stripping tape at the top of the nail to show the gradient a little more proximately.  This is really easy to recreate and looks like you put some effort into it when really it wasn’t that hard.  I did have something else planned but this little cold front came across Houston and it kicked my hips.  So, next week I know I have something really cool and I can’t wait for you all to see it.  Oh, I forgot to say this manicure with the gradient and laser tape can be done with any type of polish, I think it would look really cool with a duochrome.  I have seen some really nice ones from ILNP, KB Shimmer and Ludurana.  So, if you love duochromes like me you can try this another one to try is one with a glitter base and a crème top.  China glaze has put out some really nice glitters for X-Mas I just know you have to put a top coat on the glitter before you laser tape and you can use two or three colors on the top that would look really cool.  I think I will do some of these so you can see them.  I might even try one with……texture.  So, that is all for today.   Maybe some of you have seen this manicure and it is old news but for some it might be new so I am just here to say it easy not hard at all and you will see a couple come from me before the end of the year.  Now let’s see what great creations the other girls came up with I already saw one and it is beautiful.




Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Deborah Lippman Wicked

In honor of the 10th anniversary of the wickedly wonderful play Wicked Deborah Lippman captured the colors of the play and I have to say she hit the nail on the head.  If you haven’t seen the play it is the preclude to The Wizard of Oz and how the wicked witch became so mean and green.  If you saw this year’s story of The Wonderful and Powerful OZ., they just jive I really wish they would have kept it in line with Wicked but whatever is going to make money that is what we get but this is to celebrate Wicked and the three wonderful characters in Wicked. 
So, the names of the polish are named after the songs in the play this one is called Popular sung by Glinda, the good queen, when she was young while the character represented sweetness.  There were times I just wanted to strangle her this pink is perfect for Gliinda.  Now, this polish is a jelly.  I love the way jellies look but I hate the dry time on them.  This one had a miraculously fast dry time.  (Wish this formula was on Daytripper).  I was blindsided but it has a bluish shimmer.


The pink is called Popular and represents the blonde squeaky clean blonde roommate of Elphaba



This is called Defying Gravity that wonderfully powerful song sung by Elphaba.  The formula on this is just like a lip gloss.  It went on so smooth.  I only used one coat and it did not need anymore.



The glitter topper which of course represents the city of Oz is called One Short Day.  This is not a chunky glitter and goes on like the the green with glitter. 
I am so glad I ordered this set.  THe formulas are like nothing I’ve ever seen from Deborah Lippmann.  I got this set at Nordstrom.  It cost $29.00.  The bottles are little but that is ok because every color except for Popular needs only on coat.  I used three coats on Popular but you could get by with two.  If you like these colors or know someone who does buy it for or give it as a gift.  It is funny.  I just saw a  commercial for the anniversary of Wicked.   I saw it around two years ago with my niece and we both wore green nail polish but if it comes to town again I’ll be there wearing one of these polishes.  

Ciao for now,