Saturday, July 19, 2014

REVIEW of elf Nail Polish in Coral Dream With SWATCHES

Hello sugarplums,


Why do I keep buying orange polishes? Seriously, can someone explain to me why I have so many oranges? I hate orange. It looks terrible on me. Actually, it's not that much of a mystery. Most of the oranges in my collection were attempts to find perfect peach and coral polishes. Instead I have a collection of polishes that I don't like the color of which apply horribly. If you haven't been able to tell, I may be in a little bit of a mood today.

Color: Elf Coral Dream is a light orange creme polish. I really want to compare it to Revlon Apricot Nectar but I don't think they'll be exact dupes. Coral Dream has a creamier feel. It's not light enough to be a pastel but it has a soft look than a lot of oranges. I wouldn't describe it as dusty or muted. It's just... creamy. It makes me think of folding whipped egg whites into a cake batter.
Formula: This polish has an unquestionably thick formula. The polish threads as you pull the brush from the bottle. It's not as bad as the Julep polishes I tried once upon a time but it isn't great either.
Application: Full disclosure, I only applied this polish to one hand so I could do swatches. Applying this polish with my nondominant hand could have been a trainwreck that might have altered my review. Now that we have that out of the way... applying this polish with my dominant hand, the first coat went on fairly opaque because of the thicker formula but application was tricky. The brush was a little streaky and the polish was thick and not self-leveling but I would suggest not trying to even out the polish with the brush because you're just going to make things worse. At two coats, this polish wasn't opaque under a light test but I decided to just leave it at two, only adding a third coat for comparison on my middle and pinky fingernails. At three coats the polish is fully opaque but there's not too much of a difference.

CONCLUSION: It's difficult to recommend this polish. It's not the worst polish I've used and I managed to get fairly good results that mask the troublesome application with all the threading. But the formula is way too thick. Opacity is fairly high. I would say get this polish if you're really in love with the color and you're already placing an elf order online. This is a polish you get because it's cheaper than other polishes, not because it's amazing in its own right. Though, this is actually not the worst orange polish I've ever tried to apply. If you'd like me to do a new comparison of the orange polishes in my collection or just a comparison with Revlon Apricot Nectar, let me know in the comments.
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Hair Mask REVIEW

Hi chickadees,

I received a deluxe sample 1.0 oz of this Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Hair Mask in my January 2014 ipsy glam bag. This product is normally sold in a 5.25 ounce container for $26. I know it almost always takes me forever to review things but this time I have a relatively good excuse as I only started using this product in April after getting a haircut. I have no explanation for why I waited four months to start using this product. Anyway, enough vamping, on to the review!

Overview: I won't be purchasing a full-size container of this product. It's on the expensive side for me as I don't invest that much in hair care and I just didn't get dramatic enough results to justify the price or the hassle of integrating it into my routine. I find the scent to be pleasant. It's mild in the way that milk and honey and oatmeal scents are and you can smell it as you're applying it. It's a bright scent that isn't sharp or aggressive like citrus or mint. Because of the scent, I enjoyed using it but I didn't feel like it made a real difference in the condition of my hair. I wouldn't dissuade you from trying it out as it didn't damage my hair but it didn't do anything for me.


I had my hair cut in the middle of April. My fine hair is relatively healthy with some shine but it's a bit drier than normal and I have issues with scalp itch and dryness. In total, I got 12 uses out of the 1.0 oz sample of this hair mask.

The first time I washed my hair after my haircut I integrated this product into my routine. I washed my hair with Head and Shoulders shampoo, rinsed it out, and then applied maybe half a teaspoon of the Briogeo Hair Mask. This would be a good time to mention I'm not fantastic at estimating amounts or comparative sizes. I concentrated most of product right at the scalp and at the ends of my hair but I worked it throughout my hair. I left the mask on for five minutes before rinsing it out. My hair was still a little tangled which doesn't happen with my regular conditioner as my hair doesn't get that tangled to begin with. Afterwards my hair looked frizzy and still rather dry. The day after my scalp was already starting to become greasy and to itch again and my hair appeared limp and lacking in volume.

Three days later I washed my hair with Head and Shoulders shampoo, rinsed it out, and then followed up with a Garnier shampoo. After the second round of shampoo I massaged a good amount of the Briogeo Hair Mask into my hair but avoided putting any around my roots to try and avoid weighing my hair down. I left the mask on for three minutes and then rinsed it out. Afterwards my hair again seemed to look the same. It was perhaps not as frizzy as it was the first time I used this product.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

REVIEW of Sinful Colors Professional Nail Colour in 1199 Song of Summer With SWATCHES

Hi chickens,
I know I've been letting the days go by without posting for a while. Sorry about that! I've been working on some non-blog related things, and probably doing more online shopping than I should be. Damn those fourth of July sales! Anyway, I'm back with a review of Sinful Colors Song of Summer which I actually picked up ages ago when I still visited the drugstore on a regular basis. It seemed a shame to let summer go by without trying it out so that's what I did.

Out of curiosity, what's your song of summer? I was thinking it would come from the new Lana del Ray album but while I liked it, nothing really jumped out at me. And even though I like Lights Out more than I liked Human Again nothing on it sounds as good as the best Ingrid Michaelson songs from her earlier albums. Alone Again by Betty Who has been my jam lately but I was hoping for more of a mindless pop song to associate with summer 2014. Moving on...

Color: Sinful Colors Song of Summer is a light green creme polish. It's not quite light enough to be a pastel as the yellow in it makes it a brighter spring green. But it also isn't an in your face aggressive color. It reminds me of the artificial shade of green that I associate with cheap pistachio gelato but just a bit dustier and more muted. The photos are color accurate so you don't need me blathering on about it.
Formula: The formula was a little thick. It wasn't horrible and gloopy, it was just noticeably on the thicker side.
Application: The first coat applied smoothly. As the formula is a little thick you might have to even out the polish a little with the brush but I would be careful about doing that as it doesn't even out perfectly. There's no drag but it's just tricky to even out the polish without the brush creating ridges in the layer of polish you just painted on. The second coat also went on smoothly. This polish is very manageable. I only ran into problems trying to even out the polish but even then, it wasn't too much of a hassle. In a pinch, you could get away with two coats but a light test revealed that the polish still wasn't opaque so I did three to achieve full opacity.
Wear: I wore this polish for six days and experienced very minimal wear in that time. I only removed this polish because I was doing someone else's nails without gloves and messed up my manicure with polish remover.

CONCLUSION: I would recommend this polish. It doesn't apply perfectly but it's totally manageable if you've got good control and the formula is pretty good for a lighter creme polish. The price is right with Sinful Colors polishes only costing a dollar or two depending on when and where you purchase them and if there any sales or store rewards you can apply. I would probably chose this polish over the similar Essie and Zoya shades that I have in my collection. If you'd like me to do a comparison to those polishes and maybe also OPI Gargantuan Green Grape and Butter London Bossy Boots, let me know in the comments.
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Saturday, July 5, 2014

REVIEW of Maybelline Colorshow Metallics Nail Lacquer in 80 Blue Blowout

Hello firecrackers,

Happy Independence Day to those of you in America (who are reading this post today) and Happy Thursday (or whenever it is you're reading this) to everyone else. I've had mixed results with Maybelline polishes in the past but they keep getting me to buy new bottles because of sales. Blue Blowout was no different. I found it on clearance at Duane Reade for $2.49 and hoping that it would be a dupe for Confetti Rhapsody in Blue, I snatched it up.

Color: Maybelline Blue Blowout is an aquatic blue metallic polish. Of the finishes, I'm familiar with, it's most like a chrome or metallic polish but it doesn't appear perfectly smooth. There are visible brushstrokes and there is weird grittiness to this polish that could be a defect. I would guess that it is darker than Rhapsody in Blue but I can do a comparison if you'd like. Indoors, particularly when there's less natural night, it comes closer to being an colder blue but in bright sunlight it's a brighter, aquatic blue that stops just shy of blue-green. The polish has a slightly flat finish. It's nowhere near matte but perhaps a bit more satin, not really possessing a full glossy shine on its own, though you can of course add your favorite top coat.
Formula: This polish has a thicker formula.
Application: The first coat of this polish went on so smoothly it was like this polish didn't even know what drag meant. There were visible brushstrokes because of the formula but I thought application would be easy with the polish already relatively quite opaque in one coat. Then I applied the second coat. I had to even out the second coat and suddenly the brush was dragging when I tried to even out the polish so my manicure started to look messy. At two coats the polish was opaque. I thought there was a slight difference between the look of the polish with and without top coat but then I never got around to taking the photos with top coat before my nails had grown out.
Wear: When applying this polish to my right hand, a weird flake of dried polish transferred to the nail. I'm hoping this came from the rim of the bottle and wasn't mixed in with the polish. I wore this polish for five days without top coat. In that time I saw notable tip wear, more apparent on some nails than others, and growth but no chipping. This polish did stain my fingers badly when I was removing it so that's something to keep in mind. It's one of those polishes that bleeds almost like ink as you remove it, staining your nails and skin. The staining fully faded after a day or two but don't expect a quick polish change with this one.

CONCLUSION: Obviously, I cannot recommend this polish. Even though I like the color and it was opaque in 2 coats, it had a ton of application issues. I could look past the unevenness of the second coat as it ended up looking fine if it weren't for the inexplicable gritty bumps (they were not bubbles) that ended up on a few of my nails.
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Vente Privee Sample Sale Report June 2014

Hello bumblebees,

I'm surprised no one else that I follow has covered the Vente Privee Sample Sale at Clothingline yet. For those of you who aren't familiar with it, vente privee is a flash sale site. I really had no idea what to expect when I heard they were having a sample sale. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Let me give you the important details first. The sale is being held at 231 W. 39th St between 7th and 8th Avenues (second floor). It started yesterday and will continue until tomorrow June 26. Hours are 11:00 am through 7:00 pm.

The sale is grouped by style of apparel. Dresses are in the front and continue along the right hand side of the room. Gowns are hanging to the left. In the center you'll find separates which mainly consist of jackets, tops, and skirts with some pants thrown in. Also on the right hand side, you will find a selection of bras and underwear and at the very back you'll find the shoe section.

As for designers, the sign in the photo reads:
American Vintage, Cheap Monday, Guess, MIH, Tart tops $15, bottoms $20, dresses & jackets $25
Catherine Malandrino, Christopher Fischer, D&G, Diane von Furstenberg, Elizabeth & James, Erin Fetherston, Halston, Jay Godfrey, Just Cavalli, Kiki de Montparnasse, Kooples, Levis, Paul & Joe, Trina Turk, Vera Wang, Y-3 tops $55, bottoms $65, dresses & jackets $70
Armani, Escada, Facconable, Max Mara, Max Sport Ports, Valentino, Wolford tops $60, bottoms $70, dresses & jackets $125

Now I did not check every single label but I did not see anything from American Vintage, Cheap Monday, MIH, or Tart and I only saw Guess items in the shoe section. Maybe they were hidden in the separates racks which I did not check as closely.

$70 dresses dominate at this sale since Diane von Furstenberg and Erin Fetherston make up a lot of what's left on the racks. I also spotted a white fringe dress from Jay Godfrey, some Halston Heritage dresses, a D&G dress, an orange Trina Turk dress, and some jackets and separates from Elizabeth & James. I could not find anything from Malandrino. I think I also spotted a lot of items from Ports 1961.



Diane von Furstenberg Cindy Acorn Lace dress size 6
Trina Turk size 12


Erin Fetherston dresses were mainly in this section.

The Sak Brand Group Sample Sale Report June 2014

Hi chickadees,

Unfortunately, you can no longer shop The Sak Brand Group sample sale but I decided to type up this report anyway for my records. I need to add this sale to my annual sample sale list. You need to add this sale to your annual sample sale list. We all need to add this sale to our annual sample sale list. Let me explain.

The sale was held at what appears to be the brand's headquarters at 339 5th Avenue between E. 33rd and 34th St on the fourth floor from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Oh, yeah. When it's a one day sale that only lasts a few hours, you know it's going to be good. Prices were already great when I entered but within 10 minutes of my arrival sometime after 1:00 pm they slashed prices. Everything was half off the prices listed on the signs. Pandemonium! I think the only thing slowing people down was the cash only policy.



Amanda Uprichard Sample Sale Report June 2014

Hello lovelies,
If you're looking for some lightweight, colorful pieces to carry you through to the end of summer, I would definitely consider swinging by the Amanda Uprichard Sample Sale at 231 W. 39th St. It is on the ninth floor towards the back of the hallway in room 918. This sale favors small and petite sizes. I was able to find a decent amount of mediums in particular styles and a handful of larges but if you're a medium or larger I maybe wouldn't go out of my way to attend this sale.

There were a lot of thin, breezy blouses and button-downs on this rack, mainly in small and petite.
You'll find more mediums and larges on the racks by the window.

I think the leather shorts in this photo came in almost every size.