It’s Just Too Much to Bear…

So I’ve been almost avoiding the internet for the past while, because its allure has been drastically reduced due to my Lent challenge.  It’s just too weird and unnatural for me to go online now and not look to see what’s happening in the beauty world outside my own bathroom.  *Which, as a side note, is getting pretty boring too – without regular inspiration I find myself somewhat repeating the same old shades and methods.  I’ve also been trying to limit my use to products that are thisclose to being finished (so when my no-buy is over, I’ll be fully justified in going on a major shopping extravaganza modestly replacing those products with new ones), which also makes for repeat makeup looks.*  Anyway, when I do happen to do a ‘lil surfing, I find myself browsing online clothes boutiques, which isn’t the smartest idea as I seem to be easing my cosmetics withdrawal with other, pricier items.  Yikes.

~Only 11 more days to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!~

One positive of all this (I’m finding them few and far between) is that because I haven’t been able to hoard any new polishes in the past month, I’ve actually worn almost every shade I own at least once, which finally gives me a better idea as to what I want to keep and what I will be putting up for swap.  Particularly, I notice that when I post pictures on here, looking back at the swatches generally makes or breaks the polish – and more often than not I decide to keep it even though initially I wasn’t loving the shade.  I seem to mostly post shades that I have some affinity for, which makes sense because the ones I’m not into I only can manage to leave on my nails for about two days.  Every time I look at the Nubar Marble Tower swatch I start thinking that it’s actually kind of awesome.  Go figure.

Today I have yet another polish I received in a swap (6 polishes at once!  Such a great day!): Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Commander in Chic.  One of those old ‘it’ shades that everyone has tried at some point.  I was unsure if I’d like it on my skin tone as it’s so close and has that grey tone that I don’t think is too flattering on me; however, it ended up looking quite nice, I think.  Very muted, elegant, and great for the office if that’s a concern.  I just applied it today at work actually (hence the dent in one nail – oops!) – now that year-end is over I have more time on my hands I guess lol.  I really liked the formula – and I personally enjoy these larger brushes, makes application so quick and easy! – it goes on thinly (but not too thin) and evenly and has decent pigmentation, although I did three coats as there was some slight patchiness.  Because they’re thin coats it wasn’t a hassle for the extra coat at all.  Overall, I’m definitely impressed, although I read somewhere that Coty, the company that owns Sally Hansen, tests on animals so I’m hesitant to say I will purchase any further polishes or continue to support them in the future.  Just not sure how I feel about that.

Ok, onto the polish:

What are your thoughts on this shade with my coloring??

I hope everyone had a great, relaxing weekend and are easing back into the work week without too much pain :)

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  1. #1 by Liz (Beauty Reductionista) on April 12, 2011 - 3:30 pm

    I think it looks great on you. It’s probably a great shade to be wearing for a business setting or something where you can’t wear outlandish colours. I’ve often looked at it but it looks almost the same as Rimmel Steel Grey and OPI for Sephora Metro Chic.

    Btw, I got the new Dior Rock Coat. :D :D :D

    • #2 by Toyarosie on April 12, 2011 - 6:55 pm

      Ahhh!! You have to remember, I have no idea what’s going on the ‘world’ right now! I haven’t heard about this Dior Rock Coat. Oh man…please, do tell me more!

      And, thank you :)

  2. #3 by Liz (Beauty Reductionista) on April 13, 2011 - 8:10 am

    I thought you might have heard about it before this crazy Lent thing began!

    It’s a sheer black top coat that goes on top of other nail polish colours to transform them into a darker, smokier hue. It turned my fuschia nails into a wine shade. I did a review which you can check out when the imposed ban is over! Almost there!

  3. #4 by Eugenia on April 16, 2011 - 9:20 am

    I actually really like this shade against your skin tone! I picked up the entire new Dior collection (including Rock Coat) last week as well (my wallet’s bleeding now…lol!) and will start playing with them as soon enough, but I’m still not sold on the whole ‘smoky’ effect idea….especially since I’m gearing up for summer! love your posts! xox

    • #5 by Toyarosie on April 17, 2011 - 10:59 am

      Thanks so much Eugenia! :) Obviously I haven’t seen the Rock Coat but just by the description I can completely see where you’re coming from – a lot of my shades right now are more ‘fall-winter-y’ and a smoky effect doesn’t really jive with my vision of ‘spring’ shades. I can’t wait to catch up on all yours and Liz’s posts!! T-5 days!! :D

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