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Guess who snagged a few more shades of Parfumerie polishes?

No, it was not the Grinch. He keeps his nails in terrible shape.

Bordeaux

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I didn’t think much of a wine scent for nail polish, so I was surprised at how much I like this fruity, red wine scent the polish gives off.  This is a deep red creme.

China Flower

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A bright, reddish tangerine creme shade that smells of sweet flowers.

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Spun Sugar

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It’s more silver metallic on me than pewter. It smells sweet, but I can’t detect any real sugary scent.

African Tea Rose

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It’s a little warmer in person and less hot pink. The scent is a lovely soft floral. It’s a bright pink creme.

Chocolate Truffle

Hold onto your fondue pots……this one is not for eating. 

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This is a dark chocolate creme. The scent of it is sweet, but it doesn’t really smell like chocolate. It just smells like sweet vanilla. Artificial vanilla or something like that.

The formula on these shades is mostly decent (with Spun Sugar being the exception). You’re looking at two coats in every photo.

Being a March baby, I couldn’t pass up a St. Patrick’s Day themed top coat.

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It’s a clear polish with flower cut-outs in white and light green dispersed throughout. The formula was somewhat thick. I had to push the cut-outs around to place them where I wanted them on my nails.

From left to right: One coat of Shamrockin, two coats of Shamrockin, then two coats of Shamrockin over NYC Palm on the Beach, and two coats of the top coat over Orly Enchanted Forest.

This polish costs $2, so I wasn’t too upset over the thick formula. I think if you really like fun top coats and have the patience to work with it, you could consider getting this. It dried down in about 10 minutes and after that it was fine. The most trouble it gave me was getting the cut-outs to sit on my nail and stay in place. It’s not a nail polish you can brush on (like glitters and top coats).

I purchased the Remix Kit in December. I gave Rhubarb and Sable to a couple of friends and kept the remaining two.

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Pomegranate is on the left, Winterberry is on the right.

Pomegranate is a bright tomato red. It is slightly orange toned.

Winterberry goes on surprisingly muted. I thought it would be deeper and vampy. It’s a soft red with berry tones.

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Top to bottom: Winterberry and Pomegranate

From what I know, Winterberry was limited edition and Pomegranate is permanent. I recommend Pomegranate. It’s quite pigmented and can work across a range of skin tones.

Today I have 5 new shades to show you.

Did I ever tell you that I quite like the bottles of Maybelline Color Show? They’re easy to store and take up little space. And the label sits nicely on top of the bottle, making each one easy to identify.

Thank you Maybelline for making my life easier.

Now I just need to find a way to get my laundry done without leaving my desk. Scientists, get to work!

Midnight Swim is a deep, inky blue creme.

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Twilight Rays is a deep olive green with brown tones and lots of gold glitter.

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Dust of Bronze is a very interesting shade. It’s taupe with pinkish rose tones and much shimmer.

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It looks more deep beige/taupe on me.

I got two Brocades shades: Gilded Rose and Crushed Crimson.

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The glitters went on fairly easily. I used two coats here.

So, that’s it! Which one is your favorite?

NOTD: Peacock Blue & Goldie

I really want to get good at nail stamping, so I’m buckling down and using my stamping plates more from now on.

If there were an Olympic category for nail stamping, I would train for the gold.

In the meantime, I’ll set my sights on gold nail polish. It’s easier to obtain than an Olympic medal.

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Base color: China Glaze Goldie But Goodie
Stamping color: American Apparel nail polish in Peacock
Accent nail color: Sephora by OPI Teal We Meet Again topped with Spoiled by Wet n Wild in Pirate’s Booty
Stamping plate: BM-319

I picked up four shades from Ms. Hayek’s brand recently.

Guess how much I paid for them

*waits 36 years, 4 months, 8 days and 5 hours for a response*

$4,25!

Yep, it was BOGO free, plus I had some CVS ExtraCare bucks. :D

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L-R: Sea Glass, Tropical Jade, Blue Agave, Prickly Pear

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Here is Prickly Pear

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Sea Glass is a minty green-blue. It applied kind of streaky and was the most troublesome when it came to application.

Tropical Jade is a bright teal with slight green tones (which are more apparent in person). It applied smoothly and nicely.

Blue Agave is a deep, beautiful lapis lazuli blue. It applied smoothly and with no issues.

Prickly Pear is similar to Orly Enchanted Forest. It’s a deep, dark forest green. I was able to apply two coats with no issues.

All swatches are just two coats (with the exception of Sea Glass which was three coats). I like the formulas of Blue Agave, Prickly Pear and Tropical Jade. The only one I would not recommend is Sea Glass. I love the color. but the formula is dreadful.

While you wait for the next post, work on your guessing skills, okay?

Black Rose Necklace from Elemeez

I ordered this beautiful black rose necklace with glass pearl beads.

It arrived neatly packed in a small box.

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Here is what I ordered

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Normally, sellers just send the items I ordered. Some sellers send a small gift.

Elemeez actually sent two pairs of earrings as free gifts. :D

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Lately, I have been really interested in pearl earrings, so I was happy to receive this pair.

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I am very pleased with the customer service and shipping time. It shipped out quickly and arrived with no damages or issues.

I highly recommend this shop. Check out their site. 

 

I’m pretty glad to be back on the blog, posting about my life. And stuff I like. And makeup. And goblins.

Wait, forget that last one. I am not speaking to the goblins because they wouldn’t let me open a savings account at Gringotts. You disturb just one dragon and they get all pissed at you for all eternity!

While I fume at the goblins, check out what I’ve been enjoying this past month.

1) Bite Beauty High Pigment Lip Pencil in Pomegranate: I bought the Remix set a few weeks ago, and a mini version of this is in it. It looks deep red on other people, but on me it’s a less deep and more tomato red.

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2) White chocolate chips: I have been baking more with white chocolate. I made white chocolate orange cookies two weeks ago, and I have some tasty treats in mind that feature white chocolate chips. Maybe strawberry squares?

 

3) “Mea Culpa” by Enigma: Since I suffer from depression and anxiety issues, I’ve been searching for soothing, ambient-type music to help me relax. Enigma is pretty famous when it comes to this category. I now have many favorite Enigma songs, but Mea Culpa is one that I’ve been listening to a lot.

4) Spiced chai tea: I got a little sick during December, and what helped my throat was spicy tea. I bought a box from Trader Joe’s and used it all up! I definitely need to restock with at least a dozen boxes. Okay, maybe not a dozen. Maybe 11 boxes.

I drink mine with almond milk and blue agave syrup.

 

5) Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigments Eyeshadow in Buff n Tuff: I’ve been mixing this with the gold shade in the WnW Vanity palette as a recent go-to “all over neutral eyelid” color. It has a nice shimmer to it that isn’t overpowering. On its own, it’s a little paler than I’m used to, but mixing it has given me a nice result.

What have you all been loving recently, whether makeup related or otherwise?

NOTD: Scrolled Gold and Golden Indigo

This is a manicure-gone-wrong post. So bear with me.

I initially wanted a deep blue/gold look, but the universe wants to make sure my readers laugh at me, so this is the look I wound up with.

The thumb stamp looks more blue because I first tried this with Wet n Wild Blue Moon. It was too sheer and didn’t give much of a contrast. I switched over to Sinful Colors See You Soon.

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Base color: Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Gilty Pleasure
Stamping color: Sinful Colors See You Soon
Accent nail: Zoya Indigo topped with Spoiled by Wet n Wild in Pirate’s Booty
Stamping plate: BM-321

I swatched three minis just for you today.

Yes, you. Not, not you. The other you.

 

Haute in the Heat

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Roarrrrange

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Fierce, No Fear

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These were all pretty decent when it came to formula and application. I like them, but I admit they aren’t very unique.

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