25 November 2015

Mani...uh Wednesday! And a Thanksgiving Update

Happy Mani…Wednesday? I didn’t have a chance to post this until today and I wanted to put up something this week, so here it is. To be honest, my nails are bare right now because I’ve been baking all week and nothing can withstand the furor of baking! J But, I started out the week with 2 shades that I got from an HSN set. Both are from Deborah Lippmann. The navy base color is called “Rolling in the Deep” (2 coats) and then I topped it with one coat of the most gorgeous of blue glitters called “Va Va Voom.” There’s nothing particularly special about “Rolling in the Deep,” but it served it’s function as a nice base for the glitter shade. “Va Va Voom” on the other hand is yet another glitter masterpiece from Deborah Lippmann. She really does glitter like no one else. Anyway, “Va Va Voom” has a very sheer navy base with tons of deep blue glitter hexagons in a variety of blue shades. It’s stunning! As per usual these days, my pictures don’t really do it justice. I just love the 3D quality Deborah Lippmann’s glitter polishes have. They’re so beautiful and rather unique in the nail polish world.

On a random note, I’m in full swing prep mode for Thanksgiving right now. I started baking on Monday (hoping those pies aren’t stale by tomorrow!) and haven’t really stopped since. Well, I’ve run about 20 billion errands as well, mainly to grocery stores with one unsuccessful hunt for a mini maple leaf cookie cutter. I’m actually rather proud of my organizing skills so far because I planned ahead, wrote it out and am actually following my plans! J

I’m basically just making desserts because I love baking. Case in point, there are 5 people attending and I’ve made 3 different desserts! So far I’ve baked mini Dutch Apple Pies (my Grandma’s famous recipe modified slightly to muffin tin size), I made the classic Pumpkin Pie because it’s just not Thanksgiving without one, and super early this morning I made some kind of Pumpkin Crumble Lava Cake recipe that I found on Pinterest (check it out here) and it looks delicious! J I’ve also made a Smoked Gouda Pumpkin Cheese Dip and a Fluffy Pumpkin Dip (basically Cool Whip and Pumpkin Pie spices). Currently I’m on my second attempt for the Cheesecake Factory-like bread. I’ve made it a few times before with no trouble, but this time I keep screwing up! I blame it on my sleepless delirium. Tomorrow comes a crack at Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes, my Tofurkey (everyone else is eating turkey) and I think that’s about it. It’s been a lot of work on my part and no one expects anything special, but I enjoy at least trying to make dinner special.

So that’s been my week so far and I hope you understand why I haven’t been posting. There have also been a few medical mishaps in the family that are adding to the chaos, but things seem to be getting better. If I get any pictures taken tomorrow, I may share them…at least of me. Not sure everyone else wants to be online! J I found an overly fancy dress and will undoubtedly be way overdressed, but I don’t care. Actually, now that I’m thinking about it, I made a Pinterest board with any and all things related to this Thanksgiving – recipes and clothing – if you’d like to check it out. You can find it here. I think that’s going to be it from me for now.

Thank you so much for being patient with me and I hope to be back soon!!! And of course to my fellow Americans, I hope you have a wonderful and enjoyable Thanksgiving. I’d love to know what some of you are doing!

16 November 2015

#ManiMonday China Glaze Ruby Pumps & Quick Update

Today's polish is yet another one from China Glaze. I seem to be on a kick lately! This is Ruby Pumps and yet again I cannot get it to photograph true to life. It's a slightly deeper red than it appears with fine red glitter dispersed throughout. It's absolutely gorgeous in person and so perfect for the Holidays, but it kind of just looks red in these photos. The glitter makes the polish really sparkle and there's a unique multidimensional quality to it. So pretty! I did my best, but it's nowhere near how looks in person. I used two coats, but really one is probably enough. The formula is nearly perfect and it also removes pretty nicely despite all the micro glitter. Highly recommend this polish, especially if you're in need of a good festive red!

In other news, I apologize for being a bit MIA. It will probably continue for at least the next few weeks because there has been A LOT going on at the moment, then there's Thanksgiving and as it is, I'm already totally exhausted. Please bear with me until at least a smidgen of energy returns. :) If I'm able I will post during these next two weeks. If not, I hope to return to my regularly scheduled programming after Thanksgiving. I hope you're all well and I hope to be back soon!!! Thanks for your understanding.


09 November 2015

#ManiMonday - China Glaze "Better Not Pout"

It's Monday yet again, which means time for another featured nail polish! This week's pick is yet another shade from the new China Glaze Cheers Holiday Collection for 2015. It is called "Better Not Pout" and it is stunning! :) Yet again the pictures do not do it justice. It's showing a bit more reddish-fuchsia than it is in person. I couldn't get an accurate depiction of the color - if anyone has some tips for doing that in particular with purples, please let me know! Anyway, "Better Not Pout" is what I would call the perfect jewel-toned sugar plum. It's somewhere between fuchsia and purple with a slightly metallic finish. Absolutely beautiful and actually this was the polish that made me so interested in the China Glaze Holiday Collection. I love "Better Not Pout!!!" Beautiful.

As far as application, the pictures show 2 coats. It's pretty even and opaque in 1, but to ensure it was completely even I did two. The polish itself is quite thin despite it's high pigment. I often found that I had way too much polish dripping down the brush and would have to wipe the brush once or twice while painting a nail. Not a huge deal, but notable. Brush strokes are minimal and mostly evened out as it dried. It also wears fantastically! (Last week's polish did too and I don't know if my nails are just in better condition or if these polishes are longer wearing than I'm used to. I think it may be the former.) I know this wear well because I wore it for half of last week before repainting this week. :) Needless to say, I highly recommend "Better Not Pout!" So far I would highly recommend this entire collection. This shade it beautiful, paints pretty well, covers wonderfully and wears spectacularly. Definitely check this out if you get the chance! :)

04 November 2015

Sephora VIB 2015 Recommendations - Cruelty Free

It’s one of the most glorious times of the year – it’s nearly Sephora VIB Sale time!!! That means 20% Off everything for VIB and Rouge members. That never happens…well, it happens once a year. J The advance dates for this year run from November 6-9 for Rouge members (the code is ROUGE20). VIB members should receive their 20% code starting at the end of that window and running for about another week. Rouge members can usually continue receiving the discount through this period as well. I will try to update the VIB information as soon as I know it. Anyway, I thought I would share my cruelty free recommendations today…and it’s gonna be lengthy. So, let’s get into it!

02 November 2015

#ManiMonday - China Glaze "Don't Get Elfed Up"

It’s the beginning of another week which means another #ManiMonday! J I recently ordered the entire China Glaze Cheers! Collection for the Holiday Season and immediately wanted to wear every single shade! Maybe I’ll find a way to make them all work together…and grow two more fingers…so I can wear them all at once!  Hehe! J Since I just picked one, I started out with China Glaze’s Don’t Get Elfed Up.” Oh. My. Gawd! This color is absolutely spectacular. The picture does not do it justice. It’s a deep almost blackened, not-quite teal, holly green. There's a bit of a purple shift in the bottle, but it really doesn't translate to the nails. Though there’s no black to it, it is very dark. However, it absolutely glows with the most gorgeous sparkly green! This is probably one of the prettiest deep green shades I have ever seen! And it definitely screams Christmas to me. I love how it almost glows. The glow also keeps it from looking black even in really low lighting. This is a polish that you really need to just try to see its beauty because pictures don't show it's true awesomeness! 

It applied easily and looked perfect in two coats. I ordered the Collection on eBay and you can find the listing for all 12 shades, or by the individual bottle here. The price was quite reasonable so I'd check it out! “Don’t Get Elfed Up” is definitely a must have polish if you love greens and want something festive this season!

30 October 2015

October 2015 Favorites - Frighteningly Good Stuff!

Farewell October! You know what that means…October Favorites time!!! I think I’ve already talked about a lot of these things in reviews and what not so you may be familiar with them. I will try not to be too repetitive and I’m going to just jump right in! J

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