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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.

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I’m lovin’ the 1970s vibe.  This photo and all others are via online retailer Head3ToeBeauty.com.

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.

Honey, I’m home

Quick post today before I hit the kitchen and start whipping up goodies.  Three words:  Chocolate Pecan Pie.  So easy yet so decadent and yummy.

I’ve become quite the lip product piggie lately — lipsticks, balms, glosses, butters, and crayons.  I’m trying to take better care of my skin which includes my lips, and some photos have made me realize that my lips usually look pale and unhealthy.  So a bit of color is a welcome change.

But I’m very picky.  The Queen of Picky.  I loathe heavy, waxy lip products and will not stand for them.  Frankly, they gross me out.  I blame my earliest experience with lipstick, when as a child of 7 or 8, a teacher put lipstick on me for a school play.   It felt awful — get it off, get it off me!  Not quite scarred for life, but you get the idea.

Today I’d like to show you a lip crayon from Revlon that’s a wonderful combo of balm and stain.  It’s called Colorburst Balm Stain (CBS) but until recently, I believe, the line was called Color Stay Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain, a name that no doubt proved to be too unwieldy and vampiric-sounding.  The old name is still on Ulta’s web site and you may see it on product in various stores.  Also in the Colorburst lineup are Lacquer Balms and Matte Balms.  The former is high shine and the latter is matte, as you might expect.

CBS is currently available in ten colors.  At Revlon’s web site you can see how various ones look on models with four different skin tones.  It’s a chubby crayon that swivels up and down from the base, so no sharpening required.  Trying to sharpen a soft makeup crayon is like shoveling smoke and I’d rather not, thanks.

I picked up the innocent-looking Honey, a soft mauve-pink.  It goes on smoothly and both feels and looks lightweight.  It’s one of those “my lips but better” colors that I love and it doesn’t dry out my lips.  The last time I wore it, I went out to eat and was not shy about wiping my lips during the meal, so was surprised to see when I got home that I still had good color on my lips from Honey.

Honey closed

Honey open

Here are swatches on my inner arm, first with the flash and then under artificial indoor lighting.

Honey flash

Honey artificial light

I’ll be the first to admit that there isn’t really a “Wow!” factor in how it looks, but I love the hint of color and especially how it feels and lasts.  This stain really stains, in a good way!

The SRP for the Colorburst Balm Stains is about $8.50 to $9.50, but Revlon products are often on sale in BOGOHO deals, and with Black Friday and other holiday promotions coming up, I’m sure you can find better prices.

 

It’s Movie Night! I mean Mauvy Night.

I’ve sure been enjoying Revlon Super Lustrous lipsticks lately.  Had forgotten what classics they can be and how good they feel.  I may grumble occasionally about some other Revlon products but they do lipstick right.

Some of the ones I’ve swatched are Pink in the Afternoon (how’s your search for that discontinued shade going?), Toast of New York, and Teak Rose.  Today I have another creme called Mauvy Night.

Mauvy Night is currently available and is a lovely shade of dark mauve or plum.  It has purple tones but isn’t violet.

Mauvy Night label

Mauvy Night open

Here’s a swatch of it under the camera flash, and then a comparison of it to both Toast of New York and Teak Rose.

Mauvy Night flash

Mauvy Night comps

I think I’m set for winter Super Lustrous lipsticks!  Maybe I’ll pick up some more pinks in the spring.

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Now, in case you really do want a movie night instead of or in addition to Mauvy Night, I’ve got some suggestions.  Most are available on Netflix Streaming.

Nebraska (2013) is a black-and-white “road trip” film starring Bruce Dern.  He was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar and the film received five other Oscar noms including Best Picture.  I watched this with my husband and half of the time we were laughing and the other half of the time we wanted to cry.  Very touching in many ways, and the cinematography perfectly portrays a small town on the Great Plains.  Rated R for language.

Kahaani (2012) is the best Indian thriller I’ve ever seen.  Unlike many Indian films there is no singing, no dancing.  Kahaani features a strong female protagonist, Vidya, who arrives in the city of Kolkata, pregnant and alone, looking for her missing husband.  Did he ditch her?  She says not, but the police are skeptical.  Is she deluded?  This is a movie where nothing is what it seems, and maybe I was dense but the twist at the end totally broadsided me and made me want to watch the movie again immediately.  Unrated but I would say R for violence.

Argo (2012) is well-known since it won the Best Picture Oscar two years ago.  Starring and directed by Ben Affleck, it tells the story of the CIA’s elaborate ruse to rescue six Americans in Iran following the takeover of the U.S. embassy and their subsequent hiding in the Canadian one.  It’s one of those stories that is so bizarre no one could’ve made it up.  One of things I loved about it is that the clothes, hairstyles, and even eyeglasses are 1970s-spot on.  Rated R for language and some violent images.

Want something a little good, a little bad, and a little weird?  The Good, the Bad, the Weird (2008) is a Korean tour de force that looks like an old-fashioned American Western and is packed with thrills, strange characters, action, and comedy.  It’s a high-speed chase to …. somewhere.  Set in 1930s Manchuria, it starts with a train robbery and never lets up.  Watch this with your adult kids and they’ll think you’re majorly cool.  Trailer viewable here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzNnCK5cd8Q  Rated R for nonstop violence and some drug use.

Have fun & have a great weekend!

Fifty, I mean Five, Shades of Grey from OPI

As mentioned the other day in my OPI Spring 2015 Hawaii Collection news post, OPI is also coming out with a tie-in collection to the Fifty Shades of Grey movie, which was based on the ultra-popular books about, well, you know.  Hint: not grey hair.

With a tentative release of January 1, 2015, the Fifty Shades of Grey set appears to have five shades of grey and a red.  Because fifty shades of grey polish would be overwhelming.

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Names are:

  • My Silk Tie – This silky, gleaming silver has got me all tied up
  • Shine for Me – This shimmering silver with subtle blue sparkle really turns me on!
  • Cement the Deal – I’d sign anything to get my hands on this stony, cool gray
  • Romantically Involved – I’m in a deep relationship with this luscious crème red
  • Dark Side of the Mood – This brooding, stormy charcoal is dangerously gorgeous
  • Embrace the Gray – Let this chic, moody gray crème become one with you

If you love grey/gray for winter polishes, have fun with these.  There will even be a complete set in the mini size.

OPI-fifty-shades-of-grey-mini-set

Red for remembrance

After the silliness that was yesterday’s post, I’d like to do a 180 and be serious today.  It’s Veterans’ Day in the United States, a day to remember all armed services veterans, and in the UK it’s Remembrance Day, to honor the armed services members who lost their lives in the line of duty.  Being American and Canadian, I observe both.

Remembrance Day was started by King George V in 1919, and it’s observed on November 11th because the armistice of The Great War, later called World War I, formally ended its fighting “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.”  The war officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919.

Red poppies became the symbol of Remembrance Day because of the poem In Flanders Fields by Canadian physician Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, who himself died in The Great War.

In Flanders fields the poppies grow,
      Between the crosses, row on row,
   That mark our place; and in the sky
   The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
   Loved and were loved, and now we lie
         In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
   The torch; be yours to hold it high.
   If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
         In Flanders fields.

I never learned much about WWI in school.  When we studied American or world history, by the time we got to the 20th century in the history books, the school year was over or almost so, and the last few chapters were rushed.  WWII got much more class time than its predecessor, perhaps because it was so fresh in the minds of our teachers and parents.

Similarly, there are many more movies about WWII than WWI.  All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) is a classic and is worth watching for the excellent acting, horrors of war, and its anti-war sentiment.  Paths of Glory (1957) is another one, not so well-known despite its star, Kirk Douglas, and its director, Stanley Kubrick.

But my favorite movie about WWI is the multi-Genie-award-winning Passchendaele (2008).  This film, which culminates in the bloody battle of Passchendaele (pronounce it “passion-dale”), was written by, directed by, and stars Paul Gross, and I’d be lying if I said he wasn’t the biggest reason I’m nuts about this film.  It’s one you hate or love, I think, and despite instances of corniness and jarringly modern dialogue, I’m in the “love” camp.  I think it was too romantic for a lot of guys.  Oh well, can’t please ‘em all.  It’s rated R for language, numerous scenes of graphic war violence, and some scenes of sexuality.

If you watch a trailer for it, careful you don’t stumble across one that gives away major plot points.  Here’s a safe one:

Or direct link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6WYHagWdeE

Finally, here’s a red polish for the day, Carmen by Zoya.  It’s an older one from their Classics and is a good true red creme, nothing fancy.  I needed three coats for good coverage but it’s quite glossy even without a top coat.

Carmen

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Remembering my first cousin, Pte. Joseph Gerard Stanley Beardmore, served in the Royal Canadian Regiment, died 11 October 1951, age 24.  Buried in the United Nations Cemetery, Busan, South Korea.

Wishes from Zoya — complete review plus comparisons

Disclosure:  The Wishes Collection was supplied by Zoya for review.  Some of the comparison polishes were previously supplied by Zoya for review.

Sparkly, dreamy jewels — that’s Zoya’s new Winter/Holiday Collection called Wishes.

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Announced a little over a week ago and available for preorder now, Wishes is a set of six polishes:  one creme, two metallics, and three Magical (i.e., contain holographic glitter) PixieDusts.

Zoya Wishes sampler

What, no reds in a holiday set?  That’s OK, Zoya recently released a small 3-polish set of Ultra PixieDusts that were all red or red-toned, and I think it’s refreshing to go with bright blues and purples plus black.

Unless otherwise stated, all swatches are done with two coats.  All the Wishes polishes had good formulas and coverage.

Prim is a cool-toned periwinkle blue with a very strong silver metallic shimmer.

Wishes Prim outd

Haven is a violet-purple shimmer.  Shown under indirect outdoor light and then with the flash.

Wishes Haven outd

Wishes Haven flash

Willa is an opaque onyx black creme, no shimmer at all, unlike Zoya’s own Raven.  Willa is a renamed re-release of the limited edition color called Black Swan, which was part of a Zang Toi trio in September of 2013.  Solid black polishes like this make good “undies” for various top coats although of course can be worn solo.

Wishes Willa

On to the new PixieDusts.  I show each color with one coat on my pinkie fingernail on the right and two coats on my ring finger, so you can judge the opacity in case you’d want to use one coat as a top coat over something else.

Nori is a sapphire blue matte textured polish with heavy glitter and sparkle, both holographic and non-holo.

Wishes Nori

Thea is an amethyst purple.  I needed three coats of this one for good opacity.

Wishes Thea

Imogen is black with a lot of glitter and sparkle.  The holo glitter really makes it colorful.

Wishes Imogen

So how could you combine these?  Your imagination is the only limit, but here are two looks I tried that I love, one coat of Thea over Willa on my ring finger (left) and one coat of Nori over Willa on the right.  Without and then with a flash.

Wishes Thea and Nori over Willa

Wishes Thea and Nori over Willa flash

Complex and mysterious, just like me.  (OK, OK, I kid.)

I thought of some quick comparisons.  One of my favorite Zoya polishes for years has been Jo.  Prim is similar to Jo, but Prim has slightly more of a dusty purple tone and shows brushstrokes more.  Jo is more blue plus has blue shimmer in addition to silver.

Wishes Prim and Jo bottles

Wishes Prim and Jo flash

Nori reminded me of Muse from this summer’s Bubbly Collection.  Muse is more of a blue-green and the two have slightly different sizes of glitter.  Nori dries matte textured, but not completely matte.

Wishes Nori and Muse bottles

Wishes Nori and Muse

On the nail, Nori and Muse look very close.

Hope is an older polish that’s very similar to Haven.

Wishes Haven and Hope bottles

Wishes Haven and Hope outd

Haven is more plum; Hope is more violet.  While the colors are close, the formulas aren’t — my bottle of Hope is very thin and the polish needed at least three coats for good coverage.  Haven covered very well with two.

Wishes is such a beautiful collection, so much more than just a Christmas set.  You could wear these colors all winter; heck, you could wear them all year.

My favorites are Prim, Haven, and Thea, while my favorite combo look is either Nori or Thea over Willa.  Imogen would be fun to try over various cremes — dark green, red, gray.

Some caveats:  If you have the Zoya limited edition called Black Swan, be aware that Willa is exactly the same and only the name is new.  Willa is beautiful for a solid black creme and I think every polishaholic needs one in her stash, but if you already have a black creme I doubt I’d rush to buy this.  If you don’t have one though, the smooth formula and coverage make it a winner.

Prim and Jo are close but are not dupes.  Love both!  Haven and Hope are even closer.  If I already had Hope I probably wouldn’t get Haven, but if you don’t have Hope then I highly recommend Haven and its formula is much better than Hope’s.

As always, Zoya polishes are “Big 5 Free”: Formula contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, or camphor.

Disclosure:  The Wishes Collection was supplied by Zoya for review.  Some of the comparison polishes were previously supplied by Zoya for review.

Wishes come true with the Holiday/Winter Collection from Zoya

What’s almost as good as getting new holiday polishes?  Getting news about them!

Meet WISHES from Zoya:

Zoya Wishes banner

Zoya Wishes sampler

Click on those photos or any of the others here for large, clear, detailed views.  And just let me dive into a vat of the holographic black Magical PixieDust RIGHT NOW!

This is my kind of holiday set — beautiful winter colors, a mix of finishes, and NO over-dependence on red.  We’re getting the sparkly Magical PixieDusts in blue, purple, and black that I’ve been dreaming of for months.

The official press release:

Wishes really do come true with this magical new nail polish collection for Winter/Holiday 2014! Zoya Wishes** is a densely pigmented assortment featuring both traditional and Magical PixieDust formulas in coordinating color combinations that can be worn alone or combined into stunning combinations, no matter how you wear them, this collection delivers a fanciful way to celebrate the season!

ZP766 – NORI: Sapphire blue Magical PixieDust* with holographic hex glitter, perfect for any holiday festivity.
ZP767 – THEA: Deep amethyst Magical PixieDust* with an orchid flash, packed full of party-ready holographic hex glitter.
ZP768 – IMOGEN: Black crystal Magical PixieDust* with holographic hex glitter, just add an LBD and you’re off!
ZP769 – PRIM: Velvet blue metallic, with a full coverage, high-density pigment and buttery smooth application.
ZP770 – HAVEN: True holiday plum liquid metal with a thin vein of orchid for added brilliance.
ZP771 – WILLA: Full-coverage, onyx black cream.

* Zoya Magical PixieDust is textured, matte and sparkling. No base coat and top coat required.

PRE-ORDER STARTS 10/20/14!
SHIPPING DATE 11/01/14.

ZOYA IS THE HEALTHY COLOR OF FASHION!

$9 (US) Standard Colors
$10 (US)  – PixieDust Colors

Available in top salons, spas and on zoya.com

**BIG5FREE: Formula contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, or camphor.

Zoya Wishes display

Zoya wishes group

Zoya Wishes drip

The shimmery blue Prim is reminding me of one of my favorite Zoyas ever, the periwinkle blue called Jo.  And I’m looking forward to playing with and layering this set — Nori over Prim, Thea over Willa, Imogen over Haven.  Mix or match the colors.

Note that preorder starts today.  And enjoy these pictures!

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UPDATE:  Zoya answered my question from an alert reader and confirmed that the black polish Willa is their earlier limited edition polish Black Swan renamed.

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