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Rose Dust

I’m back!  Visiting family has left, and while I’m a little sad, some good nail news is that I was able to hook one more person on the wonderfulness that is Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream.  Huzzah.

Have you made it to the Sinful Colors 99¢ sale at Walgreen’s yet?  I made a quick trip and picked up the one I wanted the most, Rose Dust (SC #1501).  I think it’s a brand new shade but am not positive.  There were some other colors I’m thinking about — need to look for swatches and reviews — opalescents in green, blue, and purple.

Rose Dust is a lavender pink with a fine silver shimmer, great for spring if you’re a pink girl like me.  Two coats gave very good coverage.  Under indirect bright outdoor light and with the flash:

Rose Dust

Rose Dust flash

Not exactly a stop-the-presses color but I really like it.  Plus when I get a Sinful Colors polish — my favorite ultra-budget brand with great quality — for 99 cents I feel like World’s Savviest Shopper.

What colors have you picked up in the sale?

Happy (Kid) President’s Day

Happy Presidents’ Day to all here in the States!  Whether you’re sick of snow and are finding the revolving door of blizzards Grounds for Violence or whether it’s just another day, I hope you all find the time to be awesome and make others feel that way too.

I was reading a survey in our paper this morning with the topic “Who’s your favorite president?”  Mine is Kid President, aka Robby Novak.  Robby is an 11-year-old boy who, in 2012, became a YouTube sensation with the introduction of his Kid President persona.  He’s the star of several inspirational videos that are semi-scripted and which urge us to be good, kind people.  No political agenda, no religious one.  His “A Pep Talk” has one of my favorite lines:  If life is a game, aren’t we all on the same team?

Now, while I love Kid President, I can only listen to him in small doses, which goes for anyone giving pep talks.  And lest you think little Robby is just a spoiled kid with everything going for him and nothing to worry about, consider this.  He has osteogenesis imperfecta, a congenital incurable disease usually called “brittle bone disease” and he’s had over seventy fractures.  Does that keep him from dancing?  No it does not.

He was asked, “Any desire to be president when you grow up?,” and he replied, “I want to play football, soccer, or baseball, or be a Marine.  No, too much paperwork to be president.”

Kid President always wears a suit and a bright orange-red tie in his videos.  Here’s a nail polish called Tamsen from Zoya to celebrate the look.  I don’t wear orange-y shades much but this color is pretty cool, one of those modern-yet-retro ones.   Tamsen was part of the 2011 Summertime Collection.  Under indirect bright outdoor light:


The formula was great — two coats gave excellent coverage and it dries super-glossy.

Now, get out there and follow some KP advice.  Dance.  Be polite and say “thank you” and “please.”  Treat everyone like it’s their birthday.  Don’t be boring.  “You’re gooder than that.”

Perfect for Valentine’s Day

The big V is coming up, Valentine’s Day.  It used to be a big deal with me and Mr. Silver Nail, but now after 30+ years, we’re more, “Hey, I got you a card.”  “I got you a card too.”  “Cute, thanks!”  “Wanna go out to dinner?”  “Doesn’t matter to me; we could stay home and have spaghetti and wine just as well.”  “OK.”  Quelle passion!

But a good red or pink nail polish is always good to have, Valentine’s Day or not.  What if you can’t really decide between the two colors?

Here’s an older polish from Zoya that I recently picked up in their New Year’s promo.  It’s called Ariel and is from the Summer 2007 Smitten Collection.


Wow, gorgeous, if you love both pink and red.  It appears red in the bottle but the base is a sheer magenta pink and there’s dark pink shimmer in it.

It’s not very opaque, however, and I used three coats — might’ve even needed a fourth, although you could put down an opaque creme in a close shade and then use Ariel as a top coat.  Under indirect outdoor light and with the fill flash:


Ariel flash

Against my other red polishes it looks pink, and against my other pinks it looks red!

Ariel should not be confused with the way-too-similarly named Arielle from Zoya, which is a dusty orchid pink, nor with Aria which is no longer available.

The Mystery Trio from Zoya

Disclosure:  The Essie top coat used was previously supplied by Sleek Nail for review.

By now, it’s no secret what the three mystery mini polishes were that Zoya advertised in their promo a month ago because bloggers and others have been showing them for at least a week.  I only received my order today.

This promotion promised three “brand new” mystery shades in a mini size plus any three Zoya polishes (regularly $9-$10 each) all for $15 shipping.

Oh, the drama.  As soon as the mystery colors appeared, people cried foul.  Turns out they were not “brand new” but had been featured at a fashion show a year ago.  Still, they’d never been offered for sale.  Zoya said the wording of the ad was wrong and changed it.  People still complained.  Furthermore, despite very clear wording in the ad that it could take up to 5 weeks to receive the orders, people were screaming, “Where’s my order?!?” after just a week or two.

This latter issue goes under the heading of “Obtuseness on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine.”

Hey, I was happy to get three full-sized polishes on my wish list (Edyta, Crystal, and Ariel, gorgeous!) plus three mystery minis, all for the total price of $15.  I think it’s a good deal no matter how you look at it, but if a complainer whines in the forest and no one hears her, does she exist?

Let’s get down to swatches.  The three colors are:

  • Charlotte (my bottle says Charlott) — a yellow-putty creme
  • Anais — an almost-black with subtle shimmer
  • Severine — a silvery gold metallic

Mystery trio

They were streaky on the first coat:

Mystery trio 1 coat

You can see how Anais has a dark brown cast to it.

Good by the third coat:

Mystery trio 3 coats

Are these colors I would have picked?  No.  I think they’re kind of boring, but you know me, I would have picked a pink, a blue, and a purple — I’m predictable that way!  I probably would have been more enthusiastic about the polishes six months ago, going into fall and not into spring like now.

I already have several blacks and golds, yet still like Anais and Severine.  Charlott, eh, not my color.

But let’s dress up Charlott and Anais a bit.  Here they are with one coat of Essie’s Summit of Style:

Mystery trio w top coat

Better, much better!  Even Charlott is more wearable for me this way.

I don’t believe these polishes are available for sale from Zoya, but considering all the people complaining about them online, you may find them for trade or for sale elsewhere.  If you did receive them, what do you think, good colors or not?  Have you dressed them up with some other top coat or used them in nail art?

Disclosure:  The Essie top coat used was previously supplied by Sleek Nail for review.

That’s intense

New lip products from Nyx!  The company has come out with a ton of new things for Spring 2015 and one of the new lines is called Intense Butter Gloss and includes twelve shades.

I had a post in December about Nyx’s regular Butter Glosses and I loved them.  After those two light pinks I showed you, I went out and bought a bunch more, mostly in holiday or post-holiday sales.

The Butter Glosses are sheer and the new Intense Butter Glosses are much more, well, intense.  Opaque.  Un-sheer.  In your face (literally).  When I first saw online swatches of them I was reminded of the Melted line from Too Faced, and although I don’t own any of those, the SRP of Melteds is $21 each and the Nyx Intense Butter Glosses are $6 each.  You do the math.

I haunted our local Ulta until I saw these new glosses in person and haven’t seen them yet at other stores such as Target.  I could not believe how picked over the new Nyx product displays were already!

I picked up Napoleon, a medium pink, and Chocolate Crepe, a mauve-brown.

Nyx Intense

Nyx Intense2

The applicator is a good-sized flat sponge-tip.  Don’t jerk it out of the container quickly or gloss may go flying.  I didn’t discern any particular scent to these.

Here are swatches on my inner arm, first under indirect dull outdoor light and then with a fill flash (although, because of the reflection it may appear to be the other way around).

Nyx Intense swatch outd

Nyx Intense swatch flash

This is one light swatch, not built-up layers, so I believe you can see how much more opaque they are than the regular Butter Glosses.  As a reminder, here are swatches of two of those:

Nyx butter glosses swatch flash

On my lips, I found Napoleon to be a little more coral and less pink than I expected.  And Chocolate Crepe was a nice mauve color on my lips, not a muddy brown at all.  I did use quite a light touch though.  Upon removal, each gloss left a bit of a stain.

I like the Intense Butter Glosses OK but prefer the lighter regular Butter Glosses, as I feel the Intense ones’ opacity highlights every fine line and the slightest rough spot on my lips.  However, if you’re fed up with lip glosses that are too sheer and want something heavier, I recommend getting one of the Intense BGs and giving it a try.  You can see swatches of all the colors on Pinterest, Instagram, etc.

As of the time of my purchase and this writing, Ulta was/is having a BOGOHO (buy one get one half off) sale on Nyx lip products.  Plus, Nyx is considered a regular, not “prestige” brand of cosmetics, so you can use one of many Ulta coupons on your haul, either in-store or online.  Between the sale and a coupon, my two Intense Butter Glosses ended up costing me $3.95 each.


Quick swatch today.  I was going through some older polishes when I realized there was one that slipped under my radar, and I hadn’t swatched it.  It’s Tess from Zoya.

A mauve/plummy pink foil, I found that it had a pretty strong smell, perhaps because it is older.  It’s no longer available on Zoya’s web site but if you feel you have to have it, Nails Ave. carries it and some other discontinued Zoyas.  Tess was part of the Fall 2006 Uptown Collection which was rather monochromatic.  Quinn, Paige, Andi, and Coco are still sold by Zoya if you’re interested.

Tess’s formula was fine and I used two coats, but the brushstrokes were more visible than I prefer.  Under indirect bright outdoor light and with a fill flash:


Tess flash

Eh, I dunno…. I can’t work up much enthusiasm for this color, and I usually love foils.  Sorry!

The name Tess puts me in mind of that book we were all forced to read in English Literature, Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy.  One summer, between my high school graduation and going off to college, I had a self-imposed death wish task to read as many Thomas Hardy novels as I could.  I don’t recommend it, because if you aren’t depressed when you start, you certainly will be when you finish.

Jude the Obscure, Far from the Madding Crowd, The Mayor of Casterbridge….. just kill me now.  No, I’m kidding; they were well worth reading and I’m glad I did.  But they are depressing!  If you prefer movie versions of classic lit, the Julie Christie/Terence Stamp vehicle, 1967’s Far from the Madding Crowd is pretty good.  My favorite is the 2003 TV movie The Mayor of Casterbridge with Ciarán Hinds in the title role.  I would watch a movie of Mr. Hinds reading the dictionary, though, so I’m not unbiased.

Bonus!  The term “cliffhanger” originated with the serialised version of Hardy’s novel A Pair of Blue Eyes, in which one of the protagonists is left literally hanging off a cliff.  In case you’re ever in a trivia contest and need to know that.

Pie Day!

No, I’m not an Aussie saying “pay day.”  It’s not Pi Day, which is March 14th (3.14).  It’s National Pie Day.  Really.

What better time to break out another Butter Lip Gloss from Nyx called Cherry Pie?  I picked it up as part of a trio at Ulta at Christmas time but it’s available separately, with an SRP of $5.00.  Sleek Nail is still having a sale on Nyx Cosmetics, and it’s only $4.00 there.

Cherry Pie

As you might imagine, Cherry Pie is a bright red, but the sheerness of the Butter Lip Glosses mean you can wear it as a sheer wash of color or build it up.  Feels light and moisturizing.

Cherry Pie swatch

Both swatches are Cherry Pie; the top one is built up a little more.

Nyx is coming out soon with a new line of Butter Glosses called Intense that will be more pigmented.  Stay tuned for more news on that line as I hear it.

Since it’s Pie Day and this is a short post so far, how about a pie recipe?  No, I am not going to turn this into a cooking blog, but just once, why not?  This is an old recipe of my mother’s — don’t know where she got it — called Million Dollar Pie.  It doesn’t cost a million dollars to make, and while it’s good I wouldn’t pay a million dollars to buy one, either.  It’s easy, different, and very tart.

Million Dollar Pie

2 baked pie crusts

  • 1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk)
  • 1/2 c. lemon juice
  • 1 c. crushed tart cherries
  • 1 c. chopped nuts (I like pecans)
  • 1 large Cool Whip container

Combine milk, lemon juice, cherries, nuts, and Cool Whip, then spoon equally into pie crusts.  Refrigerate.  Makes 2 pies.


I have a follow-up to an older post of mine.  I wrote about a box from Memebox called While You Were Sleeping here and I’ve been enjoying the contents.  One of the things I hadn’t tried at the time of the review was the Rosemine Azulene Calming Gel and I just had an opportunity to try it.

This is kind of embarrassing.  Since the big M (menopause) I’ve had my hair do weird things.  Stopped growing under my armpits (yay).  Started growing on my upper lip (boo).  I tweeze the hair I don’t want on my lip but when it gets to be too much I resort to a Scorched Earth policy and attack it with Nair, the kind made especially for facial hair.

When the instructions say, “Leave the cream on for 5 minutes,” what it really means is, “DON’T EXCEED 5 MINUTES, YOU MORON!”  Sigh.  I set a timer but it didn’t start correctly and I probably had it on for 10 minutes.  When I did wipe it off, oh, did my upper lip hurt.  It burned.  But then I remembered I had the Azulene gel and used that.  What a relief!  It was immediately cooling and calming, and took the redness away too.

As you can see, my mind today is rather like an attic in an old house.  Full of junk and miscellany, but if you look around long enough you might find something good.

Have a great weekend!


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