I’m the Toast of New York!

Well, not really.  I’m not even the toast of Smalltown, Montana.  But I do have a lipstick from Revlon called Toast of New York that I recently bought and find myself reaching for over and over this fall.

For many years I’ve been wearing cool-toned lip products (or, when lazy, none at all) but it’s been fun to have Toast of New York (ToNY) which reminds me of a reddish-brown lipstick from Estée Lauder whose name I can’t recall that I wore all the time back in the late ’70s.

ToNY is an older shade in Revlon’s Super Lustrous line — a classic.  Vintage.  It was apparently a big deal in the ’90s because of supermodel Cindy Crawford, but I don’t remember the buzz.

Cindy Crawford Toast of New York

Revlon has produced great lip products for decades.  I’m not much of a fan of their eye products, especially the last eye shadows of theirs I tried, but they do lipstick right.  It’s hard not to be familiar with classics like Cherries in the Snow and Love That Pink.

ToNY is a warm reddish-brown that’s bright enough not to look muddy yet isn’t a screaming orange either.   It feels very creamy and applies well with good staying power.

Toast of New York base

How the lipstick itself looks with the camera flash:

Toast of New York

And how a swatch looks on the skin of my inner arm under indirect cloudy outdoor light:

Toast of New York swatch

I really like that it’s brownISH without being brown.  If you love Revlon lipstick or other lip products, it’s worth mentioning that Ulta is having a great sale this week — 40% off all Revlon.  Also 40% off Nyx, Physicians Formula, and Almay.

Color Club’s holiday collection, Made in New York

Ready to see one more holiday collection?  I just posted about Color Club’s fall set last week, and now we’re talking holidays:  Made in New York.

On Color Club’s web site, I see what I think is the worst winter holidays advertisement banner ever.  It looks like a disembodied zombie hand:

CC made in ny banner

Yuck!  Here’s CC’s inspiration for the collection, which is better:

CC made in ny insp

Those pictures are pretty and I just do NOT know what is up with the Blue Hand of Doom shown in the banner.

The set’s blurb reads, “Twinkle and shine in the city that never sleeps. Each shimmering shade was expertly designed to make your holiday season sparkle. For a unique effect, layer multiple shades together.

Here’s the set of seven — click on  the picture for a better/larger view.

CC made in ny coll

Some appear to be opaque cremes or shimmers, and some are tinted shimmery top coats.

Apple of My Eye

CC made in ny apple of my eye

Bright Lights Big City

CC made in ny bright lights big city

Concrete Jungle

CC made in ny concrete jungle

Lady Liberty

CC made in ny lady liberty

Million Dollar Listing

CC made in ny million dollar listing

Night at the Met

CC made in ny night at the met

Off Duty

CC made in ny off duty

I think Apple of My Eye is gorgeous and that some of the top coats could be fun to play with — maybe Million Dollar Listing or Concrete Jungle over the red?  There is also a mini set of Million Dollar Listing, Apple of My Eye, Bright Lights Big City, and Off Duty.

CC made in ny minis

The full-sized polishes are $8.50 each and the mini set is $12.95 directly from Color Club.  Head2ToeBeauty has the polishes for $3.25 each, plus shipping & handling.


Edit:  I haven’t seen any swatches yet but would like to point out this photo from Work/Play/Polish, taken at this summer’s Cosmoprof convention.  In it, Bright Lights Big City looks more pink and less coral than in Color Club’s bottle picture.  Also, Concrete Jungle looks more light blue.  I really like the look of both of these top coats!

Puttin’ on my Taupe Hat (a franken)

I played around a bit this morning and made a new frankenpolish, which as I’ve mentioned before, is when one creates a new polish by combining two or more other polishes with or without other ingredients such as extra glitter.  It’s fun, although my results are better at some times than at others.  Really loved the last one I made, a blue-purple shimmer I called Train Wreck.  Please read that post for tips if you want to make your own mix — be very careful about ventilation, disposal, and so forth.

This time I started with a rather plain silver shimmer, one of several polishes I had that were almost identical.  I poured some out and added an inexpensive gold from Sally Hansen called Coin Flip, then added a few drops of a bright yellow creme.  This mix looked too greenish so I added a bit of both an orange shimmer and a rose-purple shimmer.

Voila!  Ended up with a light silvery bronze or shimmery taupe, and since I love thinking up silly names I called it Taupe Hat.  Here are two coats under indirect cloudy outdoor light and then with the flash:

Taupe Hat

Taupe Hat flash

Is it a shade so amazing and unique that the world will sit up and take notice?  No.  But it was fun to play with some polishes I wasn’t using and turn them into something I like better.

Have a great weekend!

Yet one more “Last Orders” sale from Butter London

Butter London fans, the company is having another of its “Last Orders” sales.   If you love their polish (like I do) yet find the $15 a bottle price too steep (like I do) these sales are a welcome sight.  Oh, and there’s some makeup on sale too.  I don’t have any experience with Butter London lipstick, blush, and eye makeup, except that I bought one of their cream eyeshadows in a pink shade when it was on sale.  I found it merely OK, didn’t show up well on my skin and wasn’t worth the price in my opinion.  Think I’ll stick to BL’s nail polish.

They have the “Double Take Fire Duo” for just $12, which contains two full-sized bottles, and I really loved the dark shimmery Rebel Fox contained in the set.  What an awesome color for fall.  You can also buy Rebel Fox separately for $7.50.

Fire Duo

Speaking of fall, I see Chuffed is half-price too.

BL Lolly Chuffed

And while I tend to harp on this shade over and over, it’s one of my all-time fall favorites ever, Scuppered.

Scuppered outd

The sale also included some purples, blues, greens (Jack the Lad!!), and other colors.  Maybe go in with a friend to split the shipping cost or hit that $50 mark where you’d get free shipping.

Read the find print about the offer on Butter London’s site.  Offer expires at 11:59 pm Pacific Time on 9/27/14.  Free shipping on orders $50 and up.  US only.  Some products may no longer be available when you place your order.


I may not be posting quite as much this week.  Our house is being re-roofed and it’s Hectic City here.  Pets are freaking out and I’m stressed too!  The last time we lived in a house that was getting a new roof I literally got out of town for a few days.  Wish I could do that again, but it’s not to be.  Maybe I’ll just wander sales sites online.  ;-)

Fall Into Color with Nicole by OPI

Nicole by OPI has released a small four-polish set for autumn called Fall Into Color.  The lovely banner

Nbopi fall banner

makes me think of falling leaves and other autumn goodies, but the actual polishes are not particularly fall-like.

Berry the Hatchet:

Nbopi Berry_The_Hatchet

Poised for Turquoise:

Nbopi Poised_For_Turquoise

Did He Wink at Me?

Nbpoi Did_He_Wink_At_Me

and a glitter top coat, Dazzling with Talent:

Nbpoi Dazzling_With_Talent

Fall, really?  These could have been called a spring or summer set just as easily.  That’s OK; not everything has to be brown and copper and pumpkin this time of year.

BeautyGeeks has wonderful swatches of all four polishes and I love the berry and purple ones.  Also, you can see from her swatches that the glitter has some holographic flash.

I probably won’t be picking any of these up, but if you’re a big Nicole by OPI fan or you find a good sale, go for it!

The Blue Mind

Recently I was made aware of a human-proposed phenomenon called “The Blue Mind.”  It’s the name of a book by Wallace J. Nichols which I haven’t read yet, but it sounds intriguing.  The lengthy subtitle of the book is “The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do.”  Whew, that’s a mouthful!

The Amazon blurb says, “Why are we drawn to the ocean each summer? Why does being near water set our minds and bodies at ease? In BLUE MIND, Wallace J. Nichols revolutionizes how we think about these questions, revealing the remarkable truth about the benefits of being in, on, under, or simply near water. Combining cutting-edge neuroscience with compelling personal stories from top athletes, leading scientists, military veterans, and gifted artists, he shows how proximity to water can improve performance, increase calm, diminish anxiety, and increase professional success.”

I’m a skeptical of so many grand claims and would boil it down to something much simpler:  We as humans tend to love being around, next to, looking at, and in water.  It’s often calming and just plain makes us feel better.  Think about it — we take vacations by the seaside, paint our bedrooms blue, add water features to our properties if we aren’t lucky enough to live on a river or lake or pond, and sometimes listen to recordings of ocean waves and babbling brooks to relax and fall asleep.  No one says, “Well, I think this year we’ll spend our week’s vacation next to the train tracks.”

We like looking at water and the sky, at least I do.  While I live in land-locked state now, I have fond childhood memories of Sunday afternoons spent on Carolina beaches, and currently go to lakes and rivers whenever I can — to walk, to sit, just to gaze.  I’ve also always loved lying on my back outdoors and staring at blue sky, finding shapes in the clouds or merely daydreaming.  It never gets old.

We’re currently fixing up an old house (c. 1916) we bought a few months ago, and the wide front porch was in desperate need of some love.  All the elements — walls, trim, floor, posts, ceiling — had been sloppily painted white at some point and were dirty and covered in cobwebs and various stages of insect life.  Once it was all cleaned up and we started painting, the first thing Mr. Silver Nail did was to paint the porch ceiling a lovely shade of sky blue that I chose.  I’ve always wanted a porch with a light blue ceiling!  Where I grew up, old-fashioned porches often had that and it was called “Haint Blue,” the reasoning being that it keeps the ghosts away.  I’m cool with that.  And if it helps keep bugs away that’s great too.

So spend more time near the colors and things you love, whether it’s blue or pink or water or mountains or whatever.  Find your bliss.

And to segue into a blue polish, here’s one from Zoya with an ocean vibe called Marina.  It’s a dusty or smoky blue with silver and blue shimmer, reminiscent of perhaps a storm over the water.  Marina was part of the Fall 2011 collection of shimmers called Mirrors and also contained Yara, Jem, Neeka, Tao, and Nimue, all of which are still available.

The formula of Marina was somewhat sheer so I was pleasantly surprised that two coats covered well.  Under indirect bright outdoor light with no top coat:


What a lovely color for fall or winter.  It’s more gray than Zoya’s blue Skylar which I swatched years ago.

It’s good to be bad

Bad as in sinful…. but only if you’re talking about nail polish.

Presenting Color Club’s fall collection, Seven Deadly Sins.  On CC’s web site, we find this dagger-clawed vixen:

CC 7 banner

Color Club shows these pictures as inspiration for the collection, but note there are only six, so one sin got shortchanged.

CC 7 inspiration

The short description reads, “Color Club® Seven Deadly Sins contains 7 matte, textured glitters. Each of the deep, sexy hues was created to bring out the bad girl in all of us. Being sinful never seemed so glamorous.

Ooh, matte textures!  Just when I think I’ve tired of this fad/fashion, I see some new shades I’d like.  (Click on  the picture for a larger view.)

CC 7 collection

And now let’s look at them up close and sinfully personal.

Dirty Money

CC 7 dirty money


CC 7 fierce

Friends with Benefits

CC 7 friends with benefits

Indulge Me

CC 7 indulge me


CC 7 obsessed

Under Your Spell

CC 7 under your spell

You’re So Vain

CC 7 youre so vain

Wow, I think I’d love to have the fall-looking Indulge Me and Fierce.  And Dirty Money.  And You’re So Vain.

These are $8.50  each directly from Color Club, but one of my favorite e-tailers, Head2ToeBeauty, has them for $3.25 each, not counting shipping & handling.

So what are the real seven deadly sins?  You may have seen the Brad Pitt/Morgan Freeman/Kevin Spacey movie “Se7en” from 1995, which uses the sins as a theme.  Creeeeeeepy.  Not for the faint of heart.

The big seven are:

  1. Lust
  2. Gluttony
  3. Greed
  4. Sloth
  5. Wrath
  6. Envy
  7. Pride

I’d match them up with the polishes this way:

  1. Lust  —  Friends with Benefits
  2. Gluttony  —  Indulge Me
  3. Greed  —  Dirty Money
  4. Sloth  —  Under Your Spell (this one is a reach)
  5. Wrath  —  Fierce
  6. Envy  —  Obsessed
  7. Pride  —  You’re So Vain

What do you think of these colors?  Do you Lust after them and feel perhaps a bit of Greed?  I do, and normally I’m nothing but Sloth.  ;-)


Edit:  Found some lovely swatches of four of the colors, the ones that are included in a mini-kit:  Under Your Spell, You’re So Vain, Dirty Money, and Friends with Benefits.  Look here at LiveLoveGlittr !

Also, Veni Vidi Varnished (love that blog name!) has four colors too, but not the mini-kit.  She shows Dirty Money and Friends with Benefits as well, but also shows the GORGEOUS Fierce and Indulge Me.  Now I want those latter two more than ever.  They’re great matte but magical with the clear top coat.


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