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I’m trying to clean up any lingering photos I have kicking around that I haven’t yet posted, start the year off fresh. I actually am feeling a bit more inspired lately so hopefully that translates into some interesting stuff for you guys to read/see! But I gotta do a little housekeeping first :)
Last year there were some pretty good promos coming from Rescue Beauty Lounge – free shipping being one of them. Almost every time Ji offered free shipping (I think it happened at least 3 times), I ended up picking up a shade or two; I just couldn’t resist. Truth be told, I’m actually not a HUGE fan of some of her shades – they’re a little too ‘out there’ for me at times (guess I’m boring like that) – but her formula has always been spot on, if nothing else. Over the course of the year I picked up 3 shades: Stormy, a moody grey creme; Mismas, a bold purple creme; and most recently, Oh Snap!, a girlish pink crelly. I have yet to wear any of these shades as full manicure yet (shame on me), but I hope to rectify that very soon. However, I already have a favorite – Oh Snap is such a feminine, pretty pink that I can’t resist it’s charm.
This is 3 coats, and though you can still see VNL, I don’t mind it at all. It flows on the nail so nice and evenly that the sheerness doesn’t seem to detract from the polish itself (in my humble opinion). It’s just so darn gorgeous!
As always, I checked for dupes in my existing collection, and was nervous at first because another RBL polish I own, Poco a Poco, seemed mighty close to Oh Snap! in the bottle. However, when applied, the two are definitely different. While they run in the same color vein, Poco a Poco is completely opaque, and leans a bit greyish. Additionally, Poco a Poco has very fine reddish shimmer, whereas Oh Snap! is just one creamy tone.
Below you can see the differences clearly; Oh Snap! is on my index and ring fingers, Poco a Poco is worn on my middle and pinky.
I think Oh Snap! is going to be THE perfect shade to wear come spring (though it’s suitable for any season, really), and I can’t wait to pull it out again and again. It’s a great shade that would go with a lot of looks but isn’t too neutral or boring in the least. Now all I need to do is just WEAR it already!!
Do you own any RBL polishes? What are your thoughts on the shades in general?
I mentioned in my last post that spring nail polishes can be tricky, especially if you don’t want to go for the typical pastel shades. Another great option I find when you just don’t know what kinda manicure you’re hankering for (which has been happening to me a lot lately!) is a nude/neutral shade. Many call this a ‘palette cleanser’ and I tend to agree. If nothing is grabbing my attention out of the boatload of shades I own, I usually grab a neutral hue and slap it on. Easy peasy and matches everything, and your nail still look did. WIN.
I got a serious lemming for Dior’s #257 Incognito vernis after seeing enticing swatches of it on The Beauty Look Book. Sabrina’s featured it a few times in various posts, and every time I think ‘I gotta BUY that already!’ Well, finally, I pulled the trigger (seems it always takes me ages to do so, but I get there eventually!), and I’m pretty pleased with my purchase.
Incognito is a muted, rosy-hued neutral polish that I wouldn’t classify as nude per se, as most of us don’t have rosy-hued hands. Due to that fact, it doesn’t veer into “mannequin hands” territory, which I like because I’m not generally a huge fan of that trend – I love a good nude but I’d rather it be a touch lighter or darker than skin tone to stand out more. However, it does blend into the skin tone well, likely due to it’s slightly sheerer formula. I prefer to wear it with two coats to retain some of that sheerness, as I find with three is can look more opaque than I’d like. In the above swatches, I’m wearing it without top coat, so you can see its fairly shiny on it’s own – though not entirely glossy. *Note that the formula I have is the ‘old’ formula – Dior has recently reissued their polish line in their gel formulation, which I imagine would be more shiny. Incognito is still available in this new formulation.
As someone who hates repetition, I always worry that I’m going to get home to find that I have a duplicate shade in my stash. When I did my first manicure in Incognito, it reminded me a lot of RBL’s Poco a Poco (LE), so of course I had to compare.
In the bottle, the two do look close, though Poco a Poco is more pink (and on the nail, actually more purple), and has the golden-fuchsia shimmer throughout. I also considered Inattendu (Chanel), but it’s much too warm and peachy to be a contender.
I’m happy I finally gave in to this lemming – it’s a classic shade that will never go out of style, and I’m confident I’ll get a lot of wear out of it. As usual for Dior polishes, it almost applies itself with that fabulous formula and brush, so it’s a bit of a no-brainer. HOWEVER: I swatched YSL’s Beige Leger at Sephora a couple of weeks ago, and I think I have to have IT too, even though it’s quite close to Incognito. It’s ever-so-slightly warmer and more flattering on my hands. You know I don’t love ‘dupes’ but I feel a bit crazy about this one!
What are your thoughts on nude/neutral polishes? Do you sometimes have the inability to pick a damn shade to wear??
Well another year has passed, and that means another Lent and a challenge to embark on. Six weeks ago, I revealed my plan to you for this year’s Lent, which was MUCH tamer than last year (giving up buying cosmetics cold turkey – gah! What was I thinking!?):
1) Write a blog post every single day, with the exception of Sundays
2) Wear every single makeup item in my stash at least once
3) Post regular FOTD pictures with the evidence
It was a pretty easy year, I have to say, which is why you didn’t get many updates from me as the weeks passed. I started strong with the FOTD pics (though failed at making them look good!), but as time wore on I found myself still mostly wearing the same old looks and products I always do. It was an unsuccessful Lent in that respect, but not entirely a waste – I did learn a few lessons!First, I came to some conclusions about blogging and how I plan to proceed with writing posts. While I almost always have a plethora of things I’d like to write about, near the end of the 6 weeks I found that I was feeling less enthused about blogging – working on a computer all day to come home to work for another few hours, every single day, started to get to me. Could have been year-end as well, but in order for me to maintain my blogging integrity and the quality of posts I want to produce, I think every second day or so is more reasonable for where I’m at right now. I really want to engage with more people, either our in the community making myself present, or through my own posts, and I’m barely finding the time to write a post, take good quality (as I’m able) photos, respond to comments, read others blogs and comment….it’s a lot of time and as I’m no night-owl…it gets pretty strained. So while I tried and mostly succeeded to write every day, it’s just not feasible for me if I want to still enjoy blogging as much as I do. I hope you all understand! :)
Second, and much more entertaining, I did experiment with makeup more than normal, working with shades that I had deemed unwearable and pairing them with different products to ‘figure them out.’ With the exception of a handful of shades, I’m pleased to say I did wear everything in my stash at least once. I had some particular successes:
– Wore MUFE Aqua Liner #5 (an aqua), a bold shade I was hesitant to wear, on the top lash line with minimal other makeup, and actually ADORED how it looked – and how wearable it turned out to be! A perfect look for Summer!
– Paired MAC’s Shimmermoss, another aqua shade, with MAC’s Petrol Blue liner (smudged at the lash line) to create a deeper, more intense teal shade which looked much better on my darker skin tone.
– Wore UD’s Kush (kelly green) from the BoSIII palette on Saint Paddy’s Day, along with Lise Watier’s Folie de Pomme loose shadow (golden green), and it looks absolutely amazing!
As to be expected, I also had some failures:
– I struggled to find ways to wear MAC’s Madly Magenta Cream Color Base, a deeply saturated violet pink (tried it on lips as well as cheeks, and I’m not too sure…*see below*).
– Several shades from the UD BoSIII palette continued to be completely unworn: Perversion (matte black), Uzi (glittering white), Midnight Cowboy Rides Again (glittering champagne), and Money (pale aqua-blue with a touch of glitter)…can you see a trend here? The shades with glitter (hello, fall-out!) are just so tough to pull off!
– Still haven’t taken the time to figure out NARS Habanera…I feel like the lack of effort I’m putting into it might be indicative of it’s fate.
Overall, while there were some shades I discovered new uses for, or learned how to wear them properly, there were also shades that just aren’t going to and won’t work for me. A lot of the more cool-toned, blue-based shades I own I think will have to go – I just don’t feel comfortable wearing them. The UD palette also is a bit of a thorn in my side, because while half the shades I love, the other half are essentially useless to me. It’s a bit frustrating! However, there are still some items that are a work in progress, and I’m going to continue to investigate whether or not I should hang on to them, such as Tarte’s Blushing Bride Cheek Stain (I think I’m too dark to make this work, as it’s quite sheer); Smashbox On Trend Cream Eye Liner, a deep khaki (I’m bringing it to Jamaica to try smudging it out a ton, as that feels like the just right look for the trip); and Clinique’s Salt & Pepper Lid Smoothie (a shimmering silver-grey that would be a great base for certain looks).
Lastly, I did improve my photography skills a bit when it comes to taking FOTD’s, though I still have a LONG way to go!! Here are a couple looks I shot over the last few weeks:
So. While Lent this year wasn’t much of a big hoopla as it has always been for me in years past, nonetheless I still took something away from the experience, and it wasn’t for naught! I plan to continue to go through my stash regularly to weed out products that just aren’t right for me and could use a better home, and I’m definitely going to keep trying to experiment – with both products and photos. Blogging as a whole is a constant learning experience for me, and one that I relish and take great pleasure in. There will never be a shortage of things to discover and write about!
Oh, one last thing before I go – here was my Easter mani for the week:
(Tee hee!!) Happy Easter/Long Weekend everyone!! :D
Being a beauty junkie is ridiculously fun. Every day we get to revel and delight in every new shade, formulation, and skincare discovery we come across, and some of us even blog about it. However, as we all know, often a really good thing comes at a cost. While we frolic and play in the beauty world, we’re also painfully aware that all of these products we amass over time will RARELY be entirely used. It’s just not possible. To even conceive of completely using a whole blush, or finishing a bottle of nail polish, is a crazy notion that would only happen in (some of) our dreams. In my case, thinking about this fact gives me a li’l anxiety, I gotta tell ya. I deal with it – because OBVIOUSLY I’m gonna buy more stuff! – but sometimes I wish it weren’t so. Thankfully, my wonderful boyfriend had a terrifically simple idea that only boy brains can come up with.
“Why don’t you start painting all of your friends nails?”
So, this past Thursday, I brought my shoe box full of nail polish (I haven’t got enough yet to buy a specific storage system for them yet, but there are far too many to display on my dresser top any longer) over to my friends’ place with the announcement that I was going to do manicures on everyone. The idea was well-received:
My cute li’l preggers friend who’s due in less than two weeks! Might as well have her look as spiffy as possible before the big day :) I showed you this shade before here.
Another friend has beautiful long, strong nails – I don’t know how they don’t break! And this shade looks MUCH better on her paler skin than mine.
One of my close friends is going as Mrs. PacMan for Halloween, and wanted something that looked kinda 80’s to go with her outfit. Neon is always a great choice! I finally managed to photograph this shade more accurately (the first photo) with its more violet tones, rather than hot pink (second photo), which it looked more like when I swatched it previously here.
I wore this out recently and my friend loved it, so she finally got a chance to wear it herself! I think it looks positively smashing (but of course! This IS the polish of the season, in my opinion).
I really love this shade too, and it was nice for me to see how it would look on a different skin tone than mine. I am very much enjoying how it looks very neutral on her skin but not at all boring – so pretty and feminine! She paired it with Zoya’s Neeka on her toes and I think that was a great color combo!
This li’l experiment was super fun for me, for two reasons: 1) I was able to use up a little more polish than I would have before – making this a somewhat regular occurrence will be an infinite help in reducing my stash over time; and 2) I love all things beauty! Any chance I get to incorporate cosmetics in any capacity into my life is a great day to me :)
Now I’m off to get ready for some Halloween shenanigans!!! And I will be posting a bunch of fun Halloween stuff in the next couple of days that I hope you enjoy :) ‘Till then – have a great weekend!
*EDIT: Wow, this was such a quickie post that I forgot to put a title! ‘Scuze ME!
This is gonna be a quickie post (yea, how many times have I said that, and then rambled on and on :P) – I’m mega-exhausted and don’t have the brain capacity to write much of anything.
And so, I present to you, RBL‘s Poco a Poco from the L’Oiseau de Feu ($18CDN):Very pretty medium mauve-pink with golden-hot pink shimmer throughout. It’s not as noticeable on the nail unless in direct sunlight (as witnessed in the photos below), as these ‘hidden shimmers’ tend to do lately. Nonetheless, I really like it!This is actually in natural light but not direct sunlight, so while I find you can tell the polish isn’t just a cream, the fire-y pink shimmer is unfortunately absent. What results is the polish looking quite cool and the mauve tones are more present.These last two photos were taken under light from a lamp, and you can see a bit more of the warmness in the polish due to the shimmer. The polish looks much more pink in this light.
I was surprized that I took to this polish, as I don’t own many shades like this and most variations of pink – unless extreme – don’t entice me at all. However, there was something so feminine about this polish, and the golden shimmer really grabbed my attention. The formulation wasn’t as nice as I would have liked – it was thicker and slightly goopy – but overall it wasn’t too much of a hassle to apply, and it leveled out itself out fairly well.
I’ve worn this shade on my toes for a full pedi (these photos were just for swatching purposes), and it looks equally as nice on toes. I hope to get a lot of wear out of this polish, there’s just something about it I love, application issues be damned.
Thoughts on this shade? If a polish has a less than stellar formula, do you steer clear or will a color win you over no matter what?
That’s all for now! Thanks for reading :)
I’m headed away today with my mother for a five-day surprise getaway (surprise as in, I have no idea where we’re going – she won’t tell me!), and it’s unlikely I’ll be posting again till Wednesday, so I’m leaving you with a little teaser of swatches of all the Fall polish shades I’ve picked up (but have yet to wear!). The last of my haul, four shades from Zoya and two from RBL, came in on Thursday, so I’m super-stoked. BTW: I made my Nail Polish Canada order on Friday, August 26th, they were mailed the same day, and I received them 4 business days later. Color me impressed!!
I’ve made a few quick comparisons for those shades that are similar to colors I already own and for the most part have swatched on the blog, for your reference. I hope you enjoy!!My new Fall polishes in all their glory :)
Poco a Poco – A bit darker than Essie Muchi Muchi, with orangey-pink micro-shimmer. Three coats.Piu Mosso – Dupe of Joe Fresh Navy Marine but with firey-orange micro-shimmer. Two coats.Cynthia – Nothing like it! Deep dark indigo creme. Leans teal. Three coats but probably could have two (I wasn’t waiting much for them to dry before painting on the next coat).Neeka – Same base shade as Chanel Paradoxal. Has gold and green shimmer. Two coats.Anja – Nothing like it in my stash. Deep wine creme. Two coats.Yara – Same base shade as OPI’s Uh Oh but slightly darker. Has gold and green shimmer. Two coats.
Uh Oh Roll Down the Window – Nothing like it in my stash. Muted army green. Three coats (again, swatching too quickly before they dried).I Brake for Manicures – Nothing like it in my stash. Dark and dusty eggplant. Two coats.Graphite – Nothing like it. Pewter foil with silver and gold shimmer-glitter. Two coats (but I might like three).Peridot – Somewhat similar to CG’s Peace on Earth, but lighter and duochrome. Green-tinged gold with blue duochrome. Two coats.Trendsetter – Nothing like it. Green-leaning mustard yellow with gold, green and pink microshimmer. Two coats.Midtown Magic – NOTHING LIKE IT!!! Deep purple-brown base with gold, bronze and green shimmer. SUPER lit-from-within glow. Two coats.Pictures did not do any of these polishes justice, so just trust me when I say you need to OWN THEM ALL. Seriously. They are all more than lemming worthy. The only shades I’m not totally sold on are Poco a Poco and Trendsetter, and I’m hoping to chalk that up to being too tanned right now – I’m sure when I’m all washed out again later in the season, I’ll be rocking them out (if not, up for swap they go! Keep your eyes peeled :)).
Did I just hear everyone’s wallets explode?? ;)
Have a fantastic long weekend!!!!!
I feel almost ashamed at the way I’ve been behaving lately. Spending endless hours scanning around online trying to purchase some of the new Fall products (China Glaze Metro Collection, OPI Touring Collection, CHANEL Fall 2011 *as you already know*, and Zoya Smoke and Mirrors Collection, among others). Trying my hardest to either find an online retailer (since we have not received any of these collections anywhere in Halifax yet) that ships to Canada, and if so – one that doesn’t charge an arm and a leg for shipping costs. It’s been a fruitless search, and day after day I use my lunch hours to haunt my local beauty counters, hoping they will surprise me with some new goodies. Sadly, every day I return to work empty-handed, or with a ‘filler’ item – a new nail file, a brow pencil, a body oil. It’s been a long, depressing couple of months in my beauty world.
Today, FINALLY, the tides turned, and in my inbox I received an email from Rescue Beauty – the new Fall collection, “L’Oiseau de Feu” (“Fire Bird”) had gone on pre-sale. If you recall, this is how I picked up ‘Insouciant,’ which incidentally I wore this week (coincidence? I think not.)
That’s how quickly I put in my order for two of the polishes from the collection, Piú Mosso – a deep blue-black with fire-y orange microshimmer – and Poco a Poco – a girly pink polish with pinky-red-orange microshimmer.
Ji Baek, the creative mastermind behind Rescue Beauty polishes, had a fabulous inspiration for the shades she chose this season – when her and her husband were caught in Hurricane Earl last August:
I was mesmerized by the colors of a romantic and moody sky, the exotic rhythms of the wind, the nuance of different cadences as well as the unpredictable tempo of the raindrops. In my mind, a serenade by The Firebird kept me company. I stood for hours just absorbing the perpetual metamorphosis of colors that changed in the sky.
I envisioned my first color – Pizzicato – inspired by the gentle tiny taps of rain droplets as they hit the tin roof, reminiscent of plucked strings. A misty white with the faintest hint of lavender, Pizzicato has a shimmer that acts like prisms of light in a sun shower.
When the wind picked up, I saw Poco a Poco, “little by little.” This is a shade that changes from moment to moment. It’s the stunning, sparkling pink of a fanning cloud when the red and orange rays of the sun are trying to burst through.
Later, the ominous dark clouds bled into the sky with a fast-moving wind. Piú Mosso is an inky, blue-black that shoots through a flash of orange, the last glow of sunlight.
At last, when the light left the sky and the wind started to roar, the sky turned into a shade beyond description—a dark greenish, blackish, brown, leading to a powerful Fortissimo, the finale chord of The Fire Bird.
I listened to Igor Stravinsky’s “Firebird”…so amazingly haunting and moving. You can hear the story so clearly without needing a visual accompaniment. I played the clarinet all though school so I’m a not-so-secret fan of symphony and instrumental music, so this influence on the collection particularly hooked me.
Scrangie, Michelle of All Lacquered Up, and Kellie Gonzo all have great swatches of these shades. The other two in the collection are a lavender-tinged white with silver shimmer, and a very dark brown-black with a hint of green. It’s a broad collection and I think there is probably a shade for everyone, even though there are only four (compared to a typical release of about 12!).
After I put in my order, I had a thought that perhaps my CND Copper Shimmer polished over the ‘Navy Marine’ Joe Fresh color I wore last week would be a similar dupe to Piú Mosso. Something to consider, though I won’t know for sure ’till they ship my lacquers in late August / early September. Which seems So. Far. Away. Granted, I’ll get these shades before the regular orders, but STILL. Sheesh.
In any case, my consuming need to purchase something has been quelled – for now. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks the other collections will start trickling in and I can stop staring at this damn computer screen willing retailers to do my bidding.
To get in on pre-sales and other promos in the future, be sure to sign up for RBL’s newsletter! The polishes will go on sale right around the time they ship the pre-sales out, so keep your eyes open around that time!
What do you make of these shades? Stunning or just so-so? When a collection has an inspiration you can relate to, do you find that you are more susceptible to make a purchase?
Now I’m off to do yet another mani / pedi combo (hopefully to be posted tonight as well!). Everyone enjoy their Friday’s!!
On paper, and even just looking at the combination via the bottles, this sounds like it would be a complimentary pair. However, now that I’m looking at it on my nails, I’m not so sure I completely hit the mark. The lilac shade is a bit greyed out and somehow looks dull against the navy holo (that’s right, I said HOLO :) ). Or it could be my eyes and this horrid fluorescent lighting I’m in right now at work. Who knows?Anyway, what you want to know is what shades I’m talking about! Well let me just tell you then. On my tips I’m wearing a-england’s ‘Tristam’ – a gem of a polish, a dusty navy blue holo. In regular lighting, the holo is not readily apparent – it looks more like fine silverish shimmer, although at some angles you can see the rainbow effect slightly. It’s been cloudy the past couple days but as soon as the sun comes out I’ll update with pics to show the holo effect.*Updated with holo shots!*The polish applied OK – just OK to me, because there was a bit of patchiness in the first application. As well, the formula is a touch thicker than I would have liked, but it leveled itself out after two coats, so neither issue was really a problem in the end.On my toes, I’m wearing RBL’s Insouciant; this is only the second time I’ve worn this shade since debuting it to you back in March. While I found it looked nice in swatches, in person it washed me out due to the greyish, cool nature of the polish. It looks considerably better on me now that I’m tanned, but at the same time, it doesn’t make me think of Summer at all. So hence the limited number of wears.
For both tips and toes, one coat of butter London’s Nail Foundation, followed by two coats of polish, and a top coat of Seche Vite.
Size & Price:
a-england polishes – 0.44 oz, approx. $14 CDN (£9.00GBP) *plus shipping
RBL polishes – 0.4 oz, $18 US/CDN *plus shipping (free with $100US/$200CDN)
Despite the small issues with the a-england polish, I’m still really pleased with the shade. I also picked up ‘Lady of the Lake’ so I’ll have to swatch that for you soon. Even if you’re not a fan of holos, I think both shades are a great find. As for Insouciant, I’m not sure how I feel about it. I probably should put it up for swap, as I’ve barely worn it and I’m not likely to, but it’s my first and only (so far) RBL polish, so we’ll see. Maybe once I pick up a few more – Piu Mosso from the Fall collection looks amazing! – then I’ll be able to part with it easier.
Do you have any polishes you hang on to even though you know you shouldn’t? Do you tend to be less likely to give up shades [from brands] that are popular just because, or are you able to let go when you know it just doesn’t suit you?
Does anyone else feel like July didn’t even happen? I can’t believe it’s almost over! I’m going to be taking night classes come Fall, so I have to make August count!
Thanks for reading! :)
This is kind of a cool post for me because this polish just came out officially last week, but because I pre-ordered I already have it :) So I feel ahead of the curve for once! I think I will pre-order from RBL whenever the option arises, because I didn’t have to pay ANY shipping fees, woohoo!! So I paid $18 straight-up (which is the US price, but as our dollar is on par now, it was also the same CDN!). Gotta love it!
Having said all that good stuff, I am disappointed in this shade on my skin tone. Yet again, I feel like this just isn’t flattering on me, which is getting to be somewhat annoying. And this is my very first RBL polish so I was so excited, only to be let down. Not by the polish on it’s own merit though, I will say. Perfect coverage in two coats, and for all intents and purposes this is a very pretty color. Lilac with hints of blue shimmer, which you really only see in sunlight, but nonetheless give the shade added depth overall. *I did find this to be a fairly close match for OPI’s Parlez-vous OPI? in regular lighting, not a dupe but close enough for me to feel that I only need one or the other (definitely would choose RBL’s). I’ll post comparison pics soon!* I found the polish to be a bit thicker in consistency, and it dries faster than I’m used to so I had to move quickly, but once I got used to the application it wasn’t an issue. Excellent self-leveling polish – no matter what I did, if I just touched up a small smudge at the tip or whatever, it smoothed itself out without any appearance of a touch up. That in itself really impressed me. The wear has been good overall, nothing above and beyond but certainly not problematic in any way. Viola, pics below, in natural/direct sunlight:
I can say with certainty that I will be buying more polish from Rescue Beauty in the future. They do have a somewhat limited shade range, which is why I didn’t pick up any extra polishes when I pre-ordered because none particularly called out to me, but once my no-buy is over, I plan on give them a second look. One thing that gets to me about buying more and more expensive polishes is that soon enough you find yourself not even thinking twice about doing it again. After purchasing my one Chanel polish last Fall for $26, anything less than that seems almost reasonable. Kinda scary, really :S
Thoughts on this polish? Am I being too hard on myself re: these types of shades?