Pass the butter and keep it comin’

Time for some more lip swatches!  The term “butter” has become very popular when naming or describing lipsticks and other lip products.  Suits me; I love butter and food names.

Here are two colors from Nyx Cosmetics’ Butter Gloss line.  They are semi-sheer lip glosses in a tube with a sponge-tip applicator.  All the colors are named after food items, whether the color fits the name or not.  The glosses I’ve tried have a similar vanilla cake-like smell but it’s faint.

Thought I’d try two “safe” pinks to see how I liked the Nyx Butter Gloss before I got any more.  Here are Vanilla Cream Pie and Éclair.

Nyx butter glosses

I’ve never seen a bright pink vanilla cream pie in real life but I suppose there could be one!  Here are the glossses open; they’re exactly the same size and Éclair only looks bigger because of the angle of the camera shot.

Nyx butter glosses open

As you can see, Vanilla Cream Pie is a bright pink although I wouldn’t call it hot pink or neon, and Éclair is more of a lavender pink.  Swatches under indirect cloudy outdoor light and then with the flash:

Nyx butter glosses swatch outd

Nyx butter glosses swatch flash

Like many lip glosses, these add a hint of color and a lot of shine but they’re not opaque or very long-lasting.  How do they feel?  Great.  Like, dare I say, butter.  They’re not sticky or heavy.  I love how they feel and plan to buy a bunch more in some after-Christmas sales.  Some of the other colors are Praline, Peach Cobbler, Angel Food Cake, Ginger Snap, and other names that make me hungry.

The Butter Glosses are a very manageable $5.00 (US) each at Nyx’s own web site, and are $4.99 at Ulta’s.  Target carries Nyx too.  Ulta often has BOGOHO (buy one get one half off) sales on Nyx makeup, plus Ulta has or had some holiday gift sets of the Butter Glosses that included three glosses for $9.99.  I no longer see those on the web site but saw them in the store just a day or two ago.  There were two sets, one with the name Sugar Rush (Sugar Cookie, Cupcake, Cherry Pie) and one called Pure Decadence (Red Velvet, Tiramisu, Devil’s Food Cake).  If I cut back on actual holiday sweets, can I have them all?

Road Trip!!!

I love road trips.  The adventure.  The fresh air.  The unknown.  The open road.  The diners.  The tourist traps.  The nail polish.

China Glaze has announced, unofficially, its Spring 2015 collection and it’s called Road Trip.


I’m lovin’ the 1970s vibe.  This photo and all others are via online retailer

Like most of CG’s big spring sets, there are twelve colors and they’re usually sold in two six-polish sets as well as singly.  The colors are:

Trip of a Lime Time – lime green creme

CG Trip of a Lime Time

My Way or the Highway – turquoise creme

CG My Way or the Highway

License and Registration Please – blue creme

CG License and Registration

Boho Blues – soft indigo blue creme

CG Boho Blues

Dashboard Dreamer – powder blue shimmer

CG Dashboard Dreamer

Wanderlust – powder purple shimmer

CG Wanderlust

Pack Lightly – powder peach shimmer

CG Pack Lightly

More to Explore – soft coral creme

CG More to Explore

Pinking Out the Window – salmon creme

CG Pinking Out the Window

I Brake for Color – bright red/pink creme

CG I Brake for Color

Pop the Trunk – bright orange creme

CG Pop the Trunk

Sun’s Up, Top Down – bright yellow shimmer

CG Sun's Up, Top Down

My gut reaction faves are Boho Blues and Pack Lightly.  Don’t think I have a light peach shimmer but it sounds refreshing.

Release date unknown, but at the end of a long dreary winter, I know I’ll be ready for some spring colors.  And a road trip.

A Dazzling Dance of a top coat

Disclosure:  This polish was supplied by Sleek Nail for review.

Yesterday I told you how online retailer Beyond Polish is now Sleek Nail.  Sleek Nail certainly has gone “beyond polish” because they now carry makeup and spa items in additon to polishes such as China Glaze, OPI, Essie, CND Vinylux, Jessica, and Color Club.

Today I have a sheer top coat from CND Vinylux to show you called Dazzling Dance.  Although it’s very sheer it has a lot going on:  it’s a light blue/purple duochrome and also has tiny holographic glitter.  Wow.

You could wear it on its own for a hint of color and sparkle or you could put it over another polish.  Here I have four coats of Dazzling Dance on my little and ring fingers, and two coats of it over an opaque white.  Don’t think white was the best choice and I now think it would look much more interesting over, say, black or a darker blue or purple or even a dark pink.  It applied well and dried quickly.

At two different angles under indirect outdoor light and then with the flash:

Dazzling Dance

Dazzling Dance 2

Dazzling Dance flash

And a closeup with the flash:

Dazzling Dance closeup

What a fun top coat or sheer polish for winter.  It reminds me a bit of Butter London’s Barkers, as far as its duochrome look, but Barkers is opaque, darker, and more green than blue.

Sleek Nail has Dazzling Dance for $5.00 and it’s fun to look around at other colors if you’re planning to place an order.  In October 2013 I tried my first CND Vinylux polish, also from Beyond Polish, an opaque shimmer called Pretty Poison.  It’s an unusual color that ended up being one of my favorite greens ever.

As I mentioned yesterday, Sleek Nail has a deal especially for readers of The Silver Nail.  Use code SILVERNAIL10 to get 10% off your first order when you create an account.  Sleek Nail is having a pre-Christmas sale of 12% off right now when you use the code 12DAYXMAS from December 13-24.  So you could save slightly more with the second code, but if you want to wait until after Christmas for whatever reason, then the special SILVERNAIL10 code is usable.  Codes cannot be combined.

Disclosure:  This polish was supplied by Sleek Nail for review.

A sleek deal from Sleek Nail

Disclosure:  These polishes were supplied by Sleek Nail for review.

We all need a good e-tailer (online retailer) or two to have in our repertoire of places to shop.  Face it, even if you’re lucky enough to have good local stores to browse, they can’t carry everything.  And good sale prices are not too shabby either.

One of my fave e-tailers has been Beyond Polish and that store no longer exists, but don’t worry since Beyond Polish is now Sleek Nail.  Sleek Nail carries great brands such as China Glaze, OPI, Essie, CND Vinylux, Jessica, and Color Club, plus the store also has both regular nail polish and gel polish.  They are now carrying some makeup and spa items as well.  (I love the Nyx brand of makeup.)

To celebrate the changeover from Beyond Polish to Sleek Nail, the store graciously sent me several polishes for review.  Let’s jump right into a couple of great holiday looks.

China Glaze’s 12-polish holiday set is called Twinkle, and it’s a sparkly wonderland of mostly glitters and shimmers — reds, silver/white, blues, and more.

China Glaze Twinkle holiday set

I’ll channel the model in this picture, since I received the same shade she’s wearing, called Define Good.  Actually it’s “Define Good…” but I’ll leave off the dot-dot-dot.  Define Good is a deep cranberry shimmer.  The first coat was slightly streaky but a second coat gave very good coverage.  Visible brush strokes were not a problem.  With no top coat, under indirect dull outdoor light and then with the flash:

Define Good

Define Good flash

It’s gorgeous on its own, but I could hardly wait to dress it up with another polish, the gold glitter topper from Essie’s Luxeffects line called Summit of Style.  Summit of Style has both gold hex glitter and gold microglitter in a clear base.  It’d be great over almost any color.  I only needed one coat of it over the red, and the glitter was thick enough that I didn’t have to fish for it, but not so thick that it was clumpy.  Same two lighting conditions:

Define Good with Summit of Style

Define Good with Summit of Style flash

Sleek Nail has Define Good for the super price of $4.00 and Summit of Style is also $4.00.  Honestly, I almost never see Essie polishes at such low prices; it’s a brand that’s rarely on sale.

But wait, there’s more!  Sleek Nail has a deal especially for readers of The Silver Nail.  Use code SILVERNAIL10 to get 10% off your first order when you create an account.  Sleek Nail is currently having a pre-Christmas sale of 12% off, though, when you use the code 12DAYXMAS from December 13-24.  So you could save slightly more with the latter code, but if you want to wait or have to wait until after Christmas to buy more polish, then the special SILVERNAIL10 code is there for you.  Codes aren’t stackable.

Tomorrow I’ll have one more polish from Sleek Nail to show you.  It’s out of this world!

Disclosure:  These polishes were supplied by Sleek Nail for review.

While You Were Sleeping — Memebox #76

Disclosure:  All Memebox links and codes on this page are affiliate ones for which I may receive commission.  I purchased all the products in this review.

Time for another Memebox review!  For details about how Memebox works and what it is, see my review of their Pinkaholic box.

I’ve reviewed one of their all-makeup boxes and now it’s time for an all-skin/body care box.  I ordered the #76 While You Were Sleeping (WYWS) box in late October when it first became available, and it’s been sold out for a long time, but Memebox occasionally restocks sold-out boxes.  As of this writing it’s not in stock.  WYWS was a “Superbox,” or one that contains all full-size items.  It was $29.00 plus shipping.

The box appealed to me because of its title (more on that later) and mostly because I wanted to beef up my selection of Korean skin care products, especially nighttime items.  Was it all I hoped?

YES.  I’ve received eight various Memeboxes to date and this has been one of my favorites.  The box was packed full of good-sized, useful skin, body, and hair care products.

WYWS box

WYWS box  items

WYWS items

Eight different things, all well-described on the accompanying info card.  Front and back (click for a larger view):

WYWS card a

WYWS card b

I’ve had time to try most of the products, so here are my impressions.

1.  A.H.C. Whitening Special Gen Skin Care Kit — this included a toner, serum, and moisturizer.  I’ve been using all three together for a couple of weeks and really like them.  Korean toners are different from Western ones in that they are meant to prepare your skin for the next steps after cleansing.  Western toners are usually more for extra cleansing and are often astringent, not something my older drier skin needs.  And when a Korean product says “whitening” it doesn’t mean bleaching.  Whitening refers to healing dark spots (aka sun spots, age spots, liver spots) and evening out skin tone.


2.  Dr. MJ Jasmine Sleeping Water Mask — A sleeping mask or sleeping pack is something to be applied at the end of all your skin care items at night.  It seems to seal in the moisture, and I’m loving this one.  It goes on as a thin tacky translucent gel but dries quickly to a non-tacky, non-sticky feel.  Before I used a sleeping pack I was afraid it would be something that would rub off on my pillow.  Nope, not the case.  In the morning my skin feels so soft!  Note:  Dr. MJ does not refer to either Michael Jordan or Michael Jackson.  Here’s a picture of this item with two others in the box:

WYWS 3 jars

3.  Pure Smile Potion Hand Pack — It’s a sheet mask for your hands!  COOL.  This came in a random selection of either Pearl, Royal Jelly, or Hibiscus, and I got the Pearl one.  I haven’t used it yet and will probably have an entire post about it when I do.

WYWS hand mask

4.  Grinif Queen of Rose Water Eye Cream – A thick, creamy/buttery, white eye cream that smells faintly of roses.  Not a heavy scent.  I love this one too and have been using it for several weeks.  It’s making my eye area feel so soft and smooth that I have to stop myself from touching my skin too much.  A little bit of the cream goes a long way.

5.  Grinif Shea Butter Multi Balm — I haven’t used this yet but am going through the balm I got in my Pinkaholic box quickly — it’s awesome when I put it on my feet, followed by lotion, and then wear cotton socks overnight — so will probably use it soon.

6.  Mizon Olive Cocoa Butter Foot Cream —  I tried this and thought it was just OK, couldn’t see or feel a big difference.  It does feel good though, so I gave it to my husband who needed a foot cream and he likes it.

WYWS 2 creams

7.  Glam Up Highly Enriched Ampoule — This is a conditioning hair product which I’ve only used once.  I have very short hair and couldn’t really see any results, but it’s recommended to use it with a hair cap so I’ll try that the next time.

8.  Rosemine Azulene Calming Gel — A blue gel for calming red or irritated skin, the color comes from chamomile extracts and not from anything artificial.  I haven’t used this yet but think it would be good for sunburn, windburn, bug bites, razor burn, that kind of thing.

Overall, I thought this was a fantastic box.  The card says that the retail value of all the products is an amazing $150, ranging from the $2 hair product to the $50 (!!!) eye cream.  As always I take these prices with a grain of salt because you can shop around online and possibly find lower ones, but no matter how you look at it, While You Were Sleeping was a great value.

And now, the reason I liked the name of this box so much is that 1995’s While You Were Sleeping is one of my favorite romantic comedies and/or Christmas movies of all time.  I just watched it again the other night with Mr. Silver Nail, who cries over it even more than I do, the big sap.  ;-)  It’s so cute and funny and sweet, and Sandra Bullock has never been more lovable in my opinion.

Sandra Bullock - Copy


If you can’t stand another version of A Christmas Carol or if you’re It’s a Wonderful Life-d out, I highly recommend While You Were Sleeping.



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Disclosure:   All Memebox links and codes on this page are affiliate ones for which I may receive commission.  I purchased all the products in this review.

Essie 2015 — Cashmere Matte Collection

Visitors have departed, beds are stripped, sheets and towels are in the laundry, and I’m exhausted.  Yeah, such a hard life — shopping, eating out, and watching movies at home.  But staying up late and getting up early have taken their toll and I can barely keep my eyes open.

So here’s some news but I have no swatches of my own.   Courtesy of other bloggers, meet a new collection from Essie called Cashmere Matte.  I believe the 6-polish set is due to be released in January.

For excellent swatches and photos, check out BeautyGeeks and Ommorphia Beauty Bar.  BeautyGeeks is even having a giveaway for the set!  Somebody has to win; why shouldn’t it be you?

The new polishes are pretty, matte, mostly neutrals.  Something to look forward to after the holidays.

Taking a break for a couple of days

Hi, all is fine (all is calm, all is bright…) but we have company and I want to concentrate on things this week besides the blog.  So I will be ignoring you all for a few days and will be back this weekend, hopefully with some fun swatches.  Take care!


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