The Power of Positive Inking

Quick swatch today.  Have you been taking advantage of this week’s 99-cent sale at Walgreens on SinfulColors polishes?  Hope you were smarter than I — despite my telling you to hurry down before the displays were picked over, I waited an extra day myself.  Idjit.  The selection was verrrrry limited and I didn’t get any of the newest colors.

A few weeks earlier, though, I bought a handful from the Oh Snap! Collection.  Love me some pinky-purples.  One of the cremes is called Ink Positive (#1543).

Ink Positive is a light plum or berry color, pretty any time.  It was more sheer than I prefer and I used three coats.  Thought that was OK but as I look at this photo, an additional coat or two would have been much better.  It dried quickly and very glossy.  With the camera flash:

Ink Positive flash

When I shook my bottle of Ink Positive, I couldn’t tell that there were any mixing beads in it, so perhaps that was part of the problem.  At any rate, it’s a beautiful berry color, reminds me a lot of how your fingers look when you’ve been out picking huckleberries, most of which seem to go in your mouth instead of in your gathering bucket.  And yes, I considered naming this post Huckleberry Fin… gernails.  [rim shot]

Have a great weekend!


Slight update on the new Winter Matte Velvets from Zoya — they are shipping now but I haven’t received media samples (nor has any other blogger I know), so sadly I will not be reviewing them nor showing comparisons to older Matte Velvets.  Wanted to let you know in case you were waiting on my review.  :-(

It’s October… and it’s 1972 again

Hey, hey!  Can you stand another one of my mega-nostalgic posts about 1972?  My last one took us down the Memory Lane that was August 1972, courtesy of Seventeen magazine.  I’ve also shown you issues of Seventeen from July and December of that year.  It’s fun.  Useless, but fun.

As I’ve mentioned before, I bought a six-issue lot of these mags on eBay a while back and have really enjoyed seeing them again forty-some years later.  I decided not to write about the September issue because it wasn’t all that interesting.  There weren’t many funny ads and the clothes were mostly pastels that looked more spring-like to me.

But let’s wallow in fall season now.  This issue, oh my gosh.  I remember pouring over it time and time again.  Several reasons — I’d just started high school.  My birthday was coming up and I was no doubt makin’ a list and checkin’ it twice, things to ask my parents or my sister for as birthday presents.  I was making lots of money for a 1972 teen babysitting (50 cents an hour!) and loved spending it on clothes and makeup.

Mostly, though, I was ready for a change.  Junior high was behind me and I wanted to look stylish.  Like many girls of the time, I’d been growing my hair out for years just to have it long, whether it was flattering or not (Hint:  It wasn’t.)  I wanted a new look SO BADLY.

Let’s start with the cover.  For this and all pictures, click on any one for a larger view.

October 1972 6

This girl, Ingrid Boulting, had everything I didn’t — clear skin, shiny smooth hair, pretty makeup.  I was in the throes of teenage acne, I wore braces, and I wore glasses.  I mean, just call me Igor and get it over with.  Seriously, my hair, while long, was super-oily near the roots and dry & frizzy at the ends.  Oh, the ends.  My split ends had split ends.

I coveted this model’s Levi’s denim jacket… and you know what?  I got one!  It was all the rage in 1972.  I made it even groovier by embroidering the entire back of it.

There were few nail polish ads in this issue but lots for makeup.  Revlon released a new small collection called “Little Red Foxes”:

October 1972 2

Yes, this was the look — fever-bright cheeks along with matching lips and nails.  They said you didn’t have to match everything, but we knew they didn’t really mean it.  The three blush colors were Brownberry, Russet Pear, and Peach Blush, while the lip & nail colors were Sly Red, Foxy Brown, and Little Red Russet.  Don’t think I bought any of these at the time; I thought of Revlon as more for older girls and women, plus it was a little out of my price range.

But here’s something I did buy (by the way, don’t ask me how I can remember all these details; I just do):

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Model Season Hubley was another girl I wanted to emulate.  “Your Face” by Coty had foundation in the tube, a matching coverup in the lid, and cost all of $1.75.  Bizarrely, when I saw this ad again after 40+ years, I was hit hard with the memory of how it smelled.  Why do I remember that?  Scents are very, very powerful in evoking memories.

This two-in-one product is a great idea.  They should bring it back.  Except nowadays I’d be trying to cover up dark circles instead of acne.

Speaking of scented products, here was a favorite of the season:

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C’mon, who else remembers these Yardley lip glosses?  They really did smell like apples!  Yummy.  Don’t think I bought any but my sister had the McIntosh Red one.  That’s model Evelyn Kuhn, by the way, one of the supermodels of the ’60s and ’70s.

How ’bout some eye shadow?  If you think we’re buried in brown and neutral shadows these days, blue ones were the late ’60s/early ’70s equivalent.  Everyone wore blue eye shadow, didn’t matter if you had blue eyes or not.

October 1972 4

Hey you, wear a bright sky blue shadow plus a cobalt blue plus a blue eye liner for good measure.

There weren’t nearly as many clothes spreads in this issue compared to the Stylezilla issue that was August’s back-to-school one.  Here’s one though.  I’m pretty sure I wanted everything.  As in past issues, the clothes were mostly bright and/or plaid.  No plaid shortage here.

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Another dose of plaid came in an ad for Butterick, the sewing pattern company.  As I mentioned before, these old mags are full of ads relating to sewing, which all us girls learned to do back then.

October 1972 7

Ah, large-scale plaid plants, the style that flatters NO ONE.  Well, this model looks good.  Note his pants — the widest of the wide-wale corduroy.  They look like they’re made out of corrugated cardboard.  I see he got his Recommended Daily Allowance of Vitamin Plaid via his jaunty vest.

I realize I haven’t been as funny or as snarky with this issue as I have with ones past.  I just can’t do it ’cause I love it.  Stick it in my coffin with me when I’m gone.

Good news in that early in my freshman year I changed from an ugly duckling into a slightly less ugly duck.  My braces came off, I got my hair cut into one of those fabulous new shag haircuts, and thanks to a new friend I started cultivating some actual wit which has served me well in life.  Also, thanks to this friend, I was no longer embarrassed about being a bookish, straight-A student, something I’d been teased about in the past.  Yep, it was an autumn of revelations.

I’ll leave you with the back cover of this October issue.  Remember this slogan?

October 1972 1

Cabin Fever, the polish

I’ve talked about cabin fever the mental state before; today let’s talk about a polish named Cabin Fever.

Really liked the new China Glaze (CG) I got the other day, Wood You Wanna? from the fall set called The Great Outdoors, and I mentioned that Ulta was having a BOGO sale (now expired as far as I know) on all CGs.  What fun is a BOGO if you only get one?  So of course I got two.

The other one I picked up was Cabin Fever, an interesting multichrome.  More than just a duochrome, it flashes mostly copper and rosy pink but also has a greenish-gold shift.  I don’t have anything quite like it.

The formula is good although upon first application it seems frosty and streaky.  However, as it dries it self-levels extremely well and made brushstrokes a non-issue.  Under indirect bright outdoor light, with the flash, and in direct sunlight:

Cabin Fever outd

Cabin Fever flash

Cabin Fever sun

Same lighting conditions but at a different angle:

Cabin Fever outd2

Cabin Fever flash2

Cabin Fever sun2

Wow, looks like I’m holding three different bottles but I assure you it’s just the one.  As you can see, different colors in Cabin Fever are visible under different light and at various angles.  In direct sunlight it even looks bronze.  Really a fun, interesting polish — it’s like the changing autumn leaves in a bottle.

It’s baaaaaaaack! Great polish for 99 cents

Disclosure:  Some of the following polishes were previously supplied by SinfulColors for review.

You know what I’m gonna say — the 99-cent sale on SinfulColors polishes is back at Walgreens today, Sunday 10/4 through Saturday 10/10/15.   All regularly $1.99 SC polishes are included but participation may vary, and displays get picked over so shop early.  Like today.

Here are some previously posted photos of SinfulColors polishes I love:

Interstellar sun

Instellar in direct sunlight, shown over black on the left, and varying coats by itself on my other two fingers.  It’s so sheer (but super sparkly!) that I think it’s best as a top coat.

Casablanca Ice Blue Blackboard outd2

Ice Blue.  It’s shown over silver on the left, over black in the middle (my fave), and several coats alone on the right.

Sky Tree flash

Sky Tree, a teal shimmer/fleck

Rose Dust

Rose Dust, a lavender pink shimmer

SC Pink Break flash

Pink Break, a demi-matte or satin

Cherry Blossom flash

Cherry Blossom, a silvery pink fleck/shimmer

SinfulColors also has a base coat and top coats, if you’re looking for budget-friendly versions of those.

Disclosure:  Some of these polishes were previously supplied by SinfulColors for review.

Why yes. Yes, I wood.

Geeky madness here.  My favorite (currently only, as well) MMORPG is having a beta weekend starting now to test its new expansion pack, and I’m nerdily anxious to play.  So you get a short post from me.  But a good one!

China Glaze’s fall collection, The Great Outdoors, had me all excited when it was first announced.  As time went on and swatches appeared, my enthusiasm dimmed which is actually good for my wallet.  There was one shade, though, that I just had to have.  Wood You Wanna? is a silvery gray-purple-brown foil.

I love brown polishes yet am picky about them.  Don’t like them looking like dirt or…. other organic matter, if ya know what I mean.  A good way to avoid this with browns is to get a shimmer, foil, or glitter instead of a plain creme.

Ulta is currently having a BOGO sale on all China Glaze (CG) polishes, good through tomorrow, Saturday.  New releases are included.  That’s buy one get one free, a rare sale these days; usually things are buy one get one half off.  So two CGs that normally cost $7.50 each are $3.75 each.  ♪ ♫ Awwwwe-some! ♫ ♪

Wood You Wanna? applied extremely smoothly and gave good coverage in one coat.  Yes, it’s that rare bird, a one-coat wonder.  It also dried very shiny.  Under indirect bright outdoor light, with the flash, and under artificial indoor light:

Wood U outd

Wood U flash

Wood U ind

I love this polish.  LOVE IT.  Right up my alley for fall, and it’s a brown that looks good on my cool-toned skin.  Oh, and it begs a comparison to another new fall color I reviewed, Frock ‘n Roll from Essie.

Wood U comp

Not dupes.  Wood You Wanna? is more brown and silver, and Frock ‘n Roll is more purple.  I like both.

Have a great weekend!

Invite Only — Holiday Collection from Butter London (preview)

Butter London has pretty much fallen off my radar in the past year.  While I love the polishes of theirs I’ve bought — some beyond all reason — their price increase has made them mostly a no-buy for me.  Plus a lack of what I see as anything truly new and exciting.

Nevertheless, the polish world doesn’t revolve around me and so I still like to see BL’s new collections, whether I plan to buy them or not.  This year the holiday one that includes makeup is called Invite Only.  There are three polish-only pictures on their web site: Invite Only, RSVP, and Twelve Months of Mani:

BL Invite Only set


BL Twelve Months

Lots of white space, miniscule bottles that practically require a magnifying glass to see properly.  Sigh.  I believe these are all mini-size bottles (0.2 oz) or what Butter London ridiculously refers to as “Fashion Size.”

Invite Only ($39) contains:

  • Pash (Set Exclusive!) – Berry, Shimmer
  • Vapour (Set Exclusive!) – Soft Grey, Creme
  • Lock In (Set Exclusive!) – Deep Navy, Creme
  • Peep Hole (Set exclusive!) – Teal, Metallic
  • Glad Rags (Set Exclusive!) – Opal, Shimmer
  • O.T.T. (Set Exclusive!) – Textured Red Sparkle, Glitter

RSVP ($29) contains:

  • Her Majesty’s Red – True Red, Creme
  • Ta-Ta! – Soft Grey, Creme
  • Dearie Me! – Cool Rose, Creme
  • Posh – Warm Nude, Creme

and Twelve Months of Mani ($68) contains:

  • High Tea – Opaque, Nude Creme
  • Luv (Set Exclusive!) – Light Pink with Deep Pink Glitter, Glitter
  • Fiver – Opaque, Mint Creme
  • Molly-Coddled – Opaque, Lavender Orchid Creme
  • Petal (Set Exclusive!) – Soft Cool Pastel Pink
  • Petticoat – Periwinkle Blue, Creme
  • Summer Hols (Set Exclusive!) – Jell Pink, Creme
  • Tiddly – Opaque, Melon Creme
  • Clever Clogs (Set Exclusive!) – Orange Rust, Creme
  • Swish (Set Exclusive!) – Deep Smoke with Metallic Gold Sheen, Metallic
  • Scrummy (Set Exclusive!) – Rich Crimson, Creme
  • Bubbly (Set Exclusive!) – Tinted Gold with Gold Glitter, Overcoat

I think some of the polishes in Invite Only are pretty but nothing I’m dying to have.  I love the “Twelve Months” idea but not at that price for minis.

You can see a better picture of the Invite Only set at Ulta’s web site, where you can mouse over them.

Zoya’s Winter 2015 Matte Velvets available now

Although the pre-release sale price is past, the new Winter 2015 Matte Velvet Collection from Zoya is now available for general sale at

Zoya winter mattes banner

Zoya winter mattes triple spill 2


Zoya winter mattes triple spill

Official press release:

Six new MATTEVELVET Nail Colors to slip into this WINTER/HOLIDAY season.

The best-selling, MATTEVELVET finish returns this holiday season with six new shades. Each nail polish perfectly opaque, matte color with that extra special ZOYA MATTEVELVET fleck finish everyone loves.

  • Aspen (ZP814) – a sparkling artic white with a micronized diamond pearl fleck.
  • Sue (ZP815) – a soft champagne gold with a multi-hued oyster shell pearl fleck.
  • Amal (ZP816) – a classic crimson red with a ruby red pearl fleck.
  • Iris (ZP817) – a deep amethyst with a fuchsia pearl fleck.
  • Yves (ZP818) – a deep sapphire that’s midway in between indigo and royal blue with a blue pearl fleck.
  • Honor (ZP819) – a true emerald green with a tone on tone emerald pearl fleck.

NOTE: MATTEVELVET nail color by Zoya is not intended to be worn with a base coat, glossy top coat or speed dryer. Due to the unique matte formulation, color is not as long-wearing as traditional nail color. A completely clean, dry surface yields the best results for matte nail color wear. To extend wear, apply one coat of the Zoya Matte Velvet Topcoat over your favorite matte shades after polish is completely dry.


Zoya MATTEVELVET Colors, 0.5 oz. –  $10 (US) ea.
Zoya MATTEVELVET Color Sampler, 6 – 0.5 oz. bottles –  $60 (US)

Available in top salons, spas and on

* **BIG5FREE, TOXIN FREE: Zoya Nail Polish Formula contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene or camphor.


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Zoya winter mattes Aspen


Zoya winter mattes Sue


Zoya winter mattes Amal


Zoya winter mattes Iris


Zoya winter mattes Yves


Zoya winter mattes Honor

Hope I will be able to review these and compare them to Zoya’s previous Matte Velvets such as Posh and Veruschka.


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