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More spring news. Yep.

I know, I know, it’s not even Thanksgiving.  The other day when I was in Wally World they were playing Christmas music already.  I don’t mind seeing Christmas things now but I’m not ready to listen to carols and “Jingle Bell Rock.”

So here I’ll make things worse by showing you spring polish news.  Hey, I hate to be scooped by other bloggers too much!

Orly’s Spring 2016 collection is called Melrose.

Orly Melrose banner

Orly Melrose display

Here’s the official blurb:

Take a stroll down the famous and funky indie shopping mecca that stretches from Silver Lake to Santa
Monica.  Here you’ll find designer couture, funky indie shops, restaurants, and one of L.A.’s most popular
flower shops.

An acid mixture of bubble gum, coral, raspberry and minty turquoise softened by pinkish nudes in a
variety of effects from matte to ultra-glossy, and foamy or gelatinous translucents.

Um, “acid mixture” and “gelatinous translucents” sound a little gross.  Why does the word “gel” sound so much better than “gelatinous”?  Anyway, color names are:

Beautifully Bizarre (pearl shimmer)
Vintage (creme)
Trendy (shimmer)
Feel the Funk (holographic glitter)
Hip and Outlandish (creme)
Window Shopping (creme)

Orly Melrose dots

Very spring-like!  I love all the pinks.  The greens are pretty too but may not suit my skin tone.

Polishes will be available separately, in a full set, and in a 4-polish mini set.

Orly Melrose set

Orly Melrose minis

Release date unknown.  Polish colors, names, and other details are subject to change.

P.S.  So… Melrose in California, huh?  Darn.  I was hoping they meant Melrose, Montana.  Population 138.  Elevation 5,467 feet.

Feel the Halloween Vibe

Disclosure:  This polish was supplied by SinfulColors for review.

Happy Halloween!  Having fun yet?  Since it’s cold and has been raining nonstop for two days, I envision a dearth of trick-or-treaters tonight.  Hmmm…. what wine goes best with leftover Snickers bars?  Château de la Cacahuète, perhaps.

While I don’t do nearly the Halloween decorating and dressing up that we all did years ago when the kids were little, it’s still fun to do something.  Maybe the something for you is painting your nails.  Here’s a holiday-appropriate color, Feel the Vibe (#1214) from SinfulColors.

Feel the Vibe is a straight-up orange creme.  I’d call it a medium-dark pumpkin color, not yellowish and not neon.  I rarely wear oranges but Feel the Vibe would be a great background for nail art such as little stickers of bats, spiders, jack-o’-lantern faces, and so on.  Would also look cute with, say, a black & white glitter topper.

It took three coats for full coverage and applied smoothly and dried to a good glossy finish.

Under indirect cloudy outdoor light and with the flash, no top coat:

Feel the Vibe outd

Feel the Vibe flash

As with most oranges it makes my skin look rather ashen, but on Halloween, that’s cool.

Disclosure:  This polish was supplied by SinfulColors for review.

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!

Infamous, the holiday collection from Orly — preview

All the fall collections are — as far as I know — out now and holiday news is rolling in.  I even heard about a spring/summer collection for next year!  (OPI’s if you’re interested; the theme is New Orleans.  You can Google it ’cause I’m not talking spring/summer yet.)

Orly’s holiday collection is called Infamous.

Orly-Infamous set

Orly-Infamous-Holiday-2015-Collection circles

This looks like a good set of holiday/Christmas/New Year’s colors; you’ve a got a dark red, a dark green, a glittery gold, a sparkly black, plus two others.  Front Page looks rather frosty, not my favorite finish, but maybe you could use it as a sheer top coat.

I sure like this set better than Orly’s fall one called In the Mix, which did not look at all autumnal to me.  Infamous will be sold in the six-polish set, individually, and there will also be a set of four minis:

Orly-Infamous mini set

Apparently it’s already out, at least from certain retailers, because the polishes are on YouTube.  Check out vlogger Phoebe Moon here for a great review.  Look at the multicolored sparkle in that black!

The pumpkin stampede

OK, Labor Day is past, the weather is fall-like in my neck of the woods (snow in nearby Glacier National Park, even!), and I’m ready to go all-out autumn.  It’s my favorite time of year and I love pulling out old sweaters, getting my orange plaid latte mug down from the cabinet, and switching out some of my usual makeup and nail polishes for deeper, warmer shades.

And I’m all about the pumpkins.  Love pumpkin flavor in just about anything — coffee, creamer, pie, muffins, cake.  Pumpkin Spice Latte, while by no means new, is HUGE this year.  Apparently it’s some annual Starbucks phenom, but I rarely go to Starbucks — not that I don’t like their wares ’cause I do, but it’s too easy to spend too much money there too often.

At any rate, remember my review of a lipstick/lip gloss duo from Walgreens-exclusive Nonie Creme Colour Prevails?  The color was called Warm Berry and I wanted to go back for the shade called Pumpkin.  SRP was $14.00, but Walgreens was having a 20% off sale on Colour Prevails so it was $11.20.  I’m fine with that price for good-quality dual product, no matter where it’s sold.

I really like that the Classic Lip Duo Lipstick/Lip Gloss has two options, a more opaque lipstick and a sheerer lip gloss.  You can wear one or the other or wear the gloss over the lipstick.  Pumpkin is a dark orange-red.

CP Pumpkin

CP Pumpkin2

Here are swatches on my inner arm, first under indirect cloudy outdoor light and then with the flash:

CP Pumpkin sw outd

CP Pumpkin sw flash

The lipstick is very pigmented and the gloss is quite sheer.  There was no scent or taste to either and wear was good.  I’d probably wear the gloss more because I prefer gloss to lipstick most of the time.  After removal both left a slight stain.

For comparisons, here are Pumpkin in the middle, Colour Prevails Warm Berry on the right, and a lipstick I got last spring from Sonia Kashuk called Nirvana on the left.  Nirvana is lighter and more of a coral nude, and Warm Berry is obviously much more of a cool plum shade.  For a price comparison, Nirvana was $11.99 and does not include a lip gloss.

CP Pumpkin comp

The Focus Collection from Zoya — full review

Disclosure:  These polishes were provided by Zoya for review.

I had fun swatching the shimmery Flair Collection yesterday.  Today, let’s Focus!


Charli (ZP807) – dusty taupe with a hint of green
Desiree (ZP806) – classic sable brown
Hannah (ZP805) – clear, classic red
Janel (ZP804) – deep warm red
Lidia (ZP803) – rich eggplant
Sia (ZP802) – true royal blue

All the Focus polishes are cremes.  Unless otherwise noted, all swatches are under indirect smoky outdoor light and are two coats, no top coat.

Focus bottles

Let’s get Charli out of the way first.  I’m guessing this grayish-brownish-greenish shade is considered stylish, but it’s not my style.  With apologies to Dr. Suess, I do not like it in a house.  I do not like it with a mouse.  I do not like it here or there.  I do not like it anywhere.

Focus Charli

It had a good, smooth formula, and I think if you worked in an office it could be a trendy neutral.  Bonus:  covered well in one thick coat!

Desiree is, as the description says, a sable brown.  Lovely.  Not bronze-toned, it has a slight grayish tint but is not overly grayed.

Focus Desiree

Hannah?  Bright medium red, clear and slightly warm-toned.  Excellent formula and almost but not quite a one-coater.

Focus Hannah

Janel is a brick red that doesn’t lean orange and it’s not muddy.

Focus Janel

Deep eggplant purple describes Lidia well.  It’s not blue-toned, and if I had to say it leaned a certain way I’d say slightly red or, more accurately, plum.

Focus Giada

Ooh, love it.  Dark.  Mysterious.  Inky.

Sia is a bright royal blue, and Zoya particularly warns about staining with this polish, so be sure to use a good base coat.  Blues seem especially prone to staining.

Focus Sia

Sia is such a bright blue that I think it makes my skin look yellowish.  Too bad, because it’s another one in the collection that was almost a one-coater.  Looks more summery than autumnal to me.

My favorite is the purple Lidia, and I also like Desiree and Janel a lot.  The two reds, Hannah and Janel, are pretty but not unique.  I really wish Zoya didn’t have two reds so close in color to each other in the same collection.  Couldn’t one of them have been much darker or persimmon red?  All six cremes had an excellent formula, very smooth and glossy.

Usually I take weekends off from blogging but I’m going to try to post lots of comparisons in the next few days, the new Zoyas to old Zoyas.  I don’t have every shade the company ever made, but I’ll do my best!

ZOYA IS THE HEALTHY COLOR OF FASHION!  The Focus and Flair Collections are shipping NOW!

$9 (US) Available on Zoya.com and at finer salons and spas.

*BIG5FREE: Formula contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, or camphor, and is vegan-friendly.

Disclosure:  These polishes were provided by Zoya for review.

A lipstick/lip gloss combo from Colour Prevails

Betcha thought I forgot about Nonie Creme Colour Prevails, eh?  I had a wonderful treasure trove of products supplied to me by the company and reviewed them earlier in the summer.  You can see those reviews here:

Well, I’ve liked the products so much that I’ve bought some of the nail polish for myself at retail — it’s a Walgreens-exclusive brand — and recently picked up the lip product I was coveting the most.  It’s called the Classic Lip Duo Lipstick/Lip Gloss and is a great dual-purpose item.  It comes in twelve colors:

  • Vintage Rose
  • Neutral Pink
  • Warm Berry
  • Tropical Pink
  • Classic Red
  • Orange Red
  • Iris
  • Vamp
  • Pumpkin
  • Rockabilly Pink
  • Blue Red
  • Mannequin Beige

One end is a full-sized twist-up lipstick and the other end is a tube of lip gloss with a sponge-tip applicator.

CP Warm Berry

CP Warm Berry 2

CP Warm Berry 3

One minor point but something that I really like is that when the lipstick is retracted it’s completely under the edge of its container, which you can see in the first photo.  That means no nicking or gouging it with the clear plastic cap when you remove or replace it.  Because I’m clumsy that way.

I love this duo.  Besides getting a two-in-one product, the lipstick is very pigmented and the gloss has a pretty wash of sheer color and shine.  I could not detect any scent or taste to either one at all.  Wear was good and the lipstick alone felt slightly drying so I’d wear it with the gloss.  After removal the lipstick left a slight stain but the gloss alone did not.

Here’s a photo of some quick swatches.  The top one is the lip gloss alone, the second one is a light pass with the lipstick alone, and the third one is a heavier application of the lipstick alone.

CP Warm Berry 4

When the lip gloss is worn over the lipstick it looks very much like the third swatch, but shinier.

As far as the color Warm Berry goes, I love it but feel “Warm” is a misnomer.  I’d call it a cool-toned plummy red.  It was tough to pick just one color at the store, as I liked most of the pinks and was really drawn to the “Hey, it’s almost fall !” shade called Pumpkin.  I suspect I’ll be going back for Pumpkin soon.

SRP was $14.00, but at the time of my purchase Walgreens was having a 20% off sale on Colour Prevails so I paid $11.20.  I feel this is a good price for a quality, pigmented lip product that gives you both a lipstick and a gloss.


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