OPI Ski Teal We Drop

I own a few shades from the 2010 Swiss Collection, but I didn’t pick up STWD because it was mentioned by someone that it’s extremely similar to American Apparel Peacock, which I own. So I skipped STWD and ordered Diva of Geneva, Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous, Just A Little Rosti, I’m Suzi & I’m a Chocoholic, and William Tell It To OPI.

I found a bottle of STWD at the Cosmetics Market for $4, basically half retail price. It was either fortune or fate that blessed me that day.

It’s a deep creamy teal. I think it’s more blue than green. Like a Columbia blue? Fun fact: I was accepted to Columbia University but didn’t attend.

I don’t regret buying this. I love these deep blues and the Swiss collection was so great overall, I don’t mind expanding it.

What do you think of it?

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Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Riff

Riff is described as a “brown nude”.

It surely looks like it in the pot.

It is a warm brown with orange tones and a satin finish.

I’ve been using this in the crease, but it also works as a simple lid shade.

It’s good so far, but it is a tad too peach/orange. I’ll buy Buck and Naked next time.

Do you have a favorite Urban Decay eyeshadow? Or a favorite neutral brown eyeshadow?

 

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Essie Nail Polish in Where’s My Chaffeur?

Where is that indolent bastard? He said he was bringing the car around!

The more reliable and prompt one is on my fingernails.

Essie describes this as “an opulent turquoise”.

It’s a cousin to China Glaze For Audrey. It reminds me of the Tiffany box blue hue, but paler and more green.

As with the other nail polishes I’ve swatched this month, WMC? was one I held off buying because I didn’t really need it. Until I found it for $3 at the Cosmetics Market.

It applied decently, no streaks or annoying thickness. It covers my nails in two coats, but I had to let it dry fully in between coats to allow it to achieve an even covering of color.

If you don’t own China Glaze For Audrey, consider this. If you do, it’s too similar to FA to spend your money.

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Tom Ford Lips and Boys Lipstick in Nicholas

I was deeply curious about the Tom Ford lipsticks, and despite wincing (and possibly weeping at the price), I purchased one during the VIB sale.

I chose a shade I knew I’d get a lot of use out of: Nicholas.

It’s clever of Mr. Ford to name each shade after a man he knows. It’s a nice counter to the NARS Audacious lipstick line, as well as Zoya’s approach to naming their products.

The packaging is tres chic, very small, elegant and sexy.

This is a first for me, but I hadn’t known that TF pushes a small tab on to the mouth of the tube to keep it protected and to reduce the chance of it getting smushed. Interesting concept.

Nicholas is a deep Burgundy red matte. At first I thought it leaned berry but closer examination has altered my opinion.

Here is the swatch.

Beautiful, isn’t he?

The lipstick glides on smoothly and feels very comfortable. I’m able to wear it for hours without it fading or needing a touch up. If I drink or eat something I do need to reapply it, but it does not wipe off completely.

The color is true to swatch, delivering intense deep red pigmentation without any unevenness or patchiness.

I really enjoy wearing this. I’m going to spring for more colors in the future. I think I want to get Ben, Christopher, and Dominic.

Would I recommend this? If you wanted to gift it to a makeup loving friend or treat yourself to a luxury product, then yes. It is incredibly expensive at $36 USD for 0.07 ounce. It’s not unique or excellent enough to justify the cost, but it sure is gorgeous to look at.

 

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Tuesday Talk: Self Sessions Vol. 38

Hey friend, how are you?

My self care has been better this week. I went to therapy this past Friday, and it was helpful. She taught me some breathing techniques that have been helping me reduce stress. You breathe in deeply on a count of 8, and focus on each body part as you exhale. Start with your head, then move to the shoulders, chest, etc. Try it and let me know if it helps you.

Here is what I’ve done for self care.

1) On Sunday I popped over to visit my friend Eileen. We went for a walk to Marshall’s and Michael’s craft store. Eileen makes greeting cards and needed some supplies. At Marshall’s I found a leave in conditioner I wanted at a reduced price! Score!

2) I didn’t go to work yesterday. I had back pains and I’m prioritizing my health over everything else.

3) Last night a friend and I went to the Brooklyn Academy of Music to see a speaking engagement with Arundhati Roy! I’ve long been an admirer of her work. If you haven’t read any of her books start with “The God of Small Things”.

4) I’m on my bed gazing at the blue skies and fluffy white clouds and enjoying a cool breeze. I love early afternoon summer, when it’s not sticky hot and the sky is more beautiful than anything else I see right now.

5) I bought myself flowers. Sunday was Father’s day, and I didn’t realize this until after I purchased them, but I have been my own father throughout my own life,  so I deserve the flowers!

What was your self care this past week?

 

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Essie Nail Polish in Chocolate Cakes

Essie describes this as “rich and delicious. this creamy dark chocolate brown lacquer creates a decadently sensuous manicure that’ll have them begging for crumbs of your affection.”

It does remind me of Hershey’s chocolate syrup. It’s a deep rich brown crème that doesn’t sink into almost black territory.

I’ve been wanting Chocolate Cakes for a while now, but as with OPI Suzi Says Feng Shui, I couldn’t justify buying this until I saw it priced at $3 at the Cosmetics Market.

It looks great on the first day, but chips after 4 days. Not so bad given that I do type a lot and I work with my hands quite a bit.

I’ll try this with a top coat and base coat next time. Would I recommend it? If you want to add a chocolate brown crème to your nail polish community, this is a decent one to choose. If not, it’s not collectible-worthy enough for you to be hunted down.

 

 

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Clinique Different Lipstick in A Different Grape

A Different Grape has been on my wish list for some time. I like anything grape (including the real thing!) and Clinique’s lipstick formula has always been gratifying for me.

Imagine my delight when I discovered a healthy stash of them at the Cosmetics Market, each one only $7. Clinique prices this lipstick at $17.

It does come in the pea green hued packaging, indicating that it was initially a sample lipstick. The usual Different Lipstick is housed in a silver tube.

Here is the swatch:

Clinique describes this as a Pinkish Grape with a Satin finish, Medium coverage and a member of the Violet family.

This is a good lipstick in terms of what Clinique promises. It is a satin finish lip color, offers medium coverage, and appears as a soft grape pink on my lips. It’s more violet than I thought it would be (I thought it would be plum) but it looks great on me regardless.

What’s awesome about this lip color is that is can work for different skin tones. I think if you’re fair skinned it would look like it does in the tube on your lips. If you’re dark skinned it would look like a slightly grapey soft pink.

Would you try A Different Grape?

 

 

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OPI Suzi Says Feng Shui Nail Polish

I wanted SSFS when it was launched as a member of the Hong Kong collection. My, er….overindulgence in bright blue nail polish ushered me away from it at the full price. I just didn’t absolutely need another blue crème polish.

I stumbled across a bottle of it at the Cosmetics Market, and at just $3 I knew my lemming could finally be satisfied.

This is described as “A serene cobalt blue to balance your yin yang.”

It’s a bright, Pacific sea summer blue creme. I think it’s lighter than cobalt.

I’m not disappointed. This is a beautiful color. Thank you, Cosmetics Market for giving me this long desired nail polish.

What do you think of this? Do you wear bright blue nail polish?

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Sunday Riley Good Genes

Sunday Riley Good Genes is a product I’ve sort of discussed on the blog before, but I haven’t done a real post on it.
Here it is. My glorious, beauteous, miracle worker.

From the website: “What it is:
A clarifying, line smoothing lactic acid treatment.

Solutions for:
– Dullness and uneven texture
– Dark spots
– Fine lines and wrinkles

If you want to know more…
Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment is formulated with high potency, purified grade lactic acid that immediately exfoliates dull, pore-clogging dead skin cells, revealing smoother, fresher, younger-looking skin. Fine lines appear visually plumped while the skin looks more radiant. With continued use, the appearance of stubborn hyperpigmentation and the visible signs of aging are reduced for a healthier-looking complexion. Perfect for all skin types and all ages, this treatment is enhanced with licorice for brightening, Good Genes clarifies, smooths, and retexturizes for instant radiance.”

I consider this to be a mild skin resurfacer. It is labelled an AHA treatment. It’s much milder than my treasured Ole Henriksen Invigorating Nighttime Treatment, but still effective. I find that it doesn’t irritate or sting if I have a small cut or sensitive area on my face.

My skin looks smoother, more radiant, plumper, and brighter after a week of use. My skin does look like it has improved texture, and the fine lines on my forehead are gone.

The one sad thing about this product is the staggering price tag: $85. I suppose each person has to make up their mind and decide is the price is worth it to them. I think it’s worth it. I started out with the smaller bottle and I have already repurchased the full size version.

INGREDIENTS:

-High Potency, Purified Grade Lactic Acid: Exfoliates dull, pore-clogging dead skin cells to instantly clarify and reveal smoother, clearer, younger-looking skin, while fighting visible signs of hyperpigmentation.
-Licorice (Glycyrrhiza Glabra): Naturally brightens the appearance of hyperpigmentation.
-Lemongrass: Helps boost radiance.
-Aloe: Helps soothe the skin.

Opuntia Tuna Fruit (Prickly Pear) Extract, Agave Tequilana Leaf (Blue Agave) Extract, Cypripedium Pubescens (Lady’s Slipper Orchid) Extract, Opuntia Vulgaris (Cactus) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract & Saccharomyses Cerevisiae (Yeast) Extract, Lactic Acid, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Squalane, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Ppg-12/Smdi Copolymer, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol And Ceteareth20, Glyceryl Stearate And Peg-100 Stearate, Arnica Montana (Flower) Extract, Peg-75 Meadowfoam Oil, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Oil, Triethanolamine, Xantham Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Steareth-20, Dmdm Hydantoin.

 

 

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Tuesday Talk: Self Care Sessions Vol. 37

I’m happy to report today that my self care has improved lately.

1) I went to therapy on Saturday. My therapist is very nice and seems to want to help me. It was a session meant to gather information for my insurance company so they can authorize payment. I didn’t get to really delve into my issues, but this is still a great first step.

2) After therapy I made an impromptu trip to the Cosmetics Market and bought Loacker chocolates, Royal Dansk wafers, Walker’s shortbread and of course some makeup! The store is known as a makeup store, but they sell other things like housewares, perfumes, costume jewelry and fine treats like European chocolates and biscuits. For makeup I got Clinique lipstick in A Different Grape, Yes to Tomatoes face mask, and three nail polishes: Essie Chocolate Cakes, OPI Suzi Says Feng Shui, and China Glaze Masai Red.

3) I’m still watching Buffy. I’m on Season 5.

4) I finally got the Tory Burch Sophia dress, and for a great price too. Kate Middleton owns the same dress.

 

What did you do for self care this week?

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