31 July 2011

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30 July 2011

Scientist chicks are HAUTE!

(spelling usage intentional to avoid scary creepers)


I bought myself a bottle of glycerin maybe... two years ago?  But never did anything with it.  Now I will, thanks to Loodie Loodie Loodie's YT video!





Detailed blog post:  http://loodieloodieloodie.blogspot.com/2011/07/moisturize-your-nails-with-acetone.html


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29 July 2011

Comparison of Grayed-out Lilacs

This is a post from the early days of my blog, I hope my newer readers will enjoy it!

I have been on a kick with these dusty violets lately! I realized I have acquired quite a few and wanted to share, hopefully you will find a lemming killer - or a new lemming!
One of these is not like the other!
The first time I wore this p2 I didn't see ANY of the shimmer, which is why I included it in this set. Now I clearly see it should not be grouped with the others.
No true dupes, but they are all close.
I most likely will keep them all, or if I see one of them on a wish list I might send it along.
(Good reason to keep your wishlists up-to-date!)
purple-grey comps 2

thumb to pinky:
p2 gracious - 2 coats
Illamasqua Velocity (UK) - 2 coats
joe Fig - 2 coats
Color Club - Uptown Girl - 3 coats
American Apparel - Dynasty - 3 coats

no top coat

purple-grey comps
my thoughts:

best formulas - Illamasqua, joe
darkest - joe, then Illamasqua
most purple red - Color Club
most similar - Color Club and American Apparel
thinnest formula - Color Club and American Apparel, but looked good after 3 coats

purple-grey comps 4
Availability
p2 - Germany
Illamasqua - UK (exclusive color)
joe - Canada
Color Club - US (I got mine from Ross!)
American Apparel - US


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28 July 2011

China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy (Pedi)

Another blast from the past post!  We are still not in our new home yet, currently we are living out of our cars and our friends couches... hopefully I will have my real computer up and running soon =)

China Glaze's Poolside Collection was very highly anticipated, I know quite a few people who bought the who set the day it came out. For some reason I wasn't really feeling it, so I waited. First I ordered Towel Boy Toy, and I loved it! Then I decided I NEEDED Flip Flop Fantasy. Naturally it was sold out at all the Sally's (or Sadly's) around me, I went to at least four different ones!

Which is why I was so happy I stumbled upon it at Ulta of all places a few weeks ago.
I guess I should be glad that Ulta really sucks at getting their inventory out sometimes!

I tried to take "normal" shots of this POTD, but I couldn't capture the neon color correctly.
I was seriously just messing around when I took these shots (there might have been some margaritas involved). But I really loved how they turned out!

Happy Feet!

This was two coats on my little toes, and three on the big toes. Rather hard to work with formula, I need more practice!

xoxo,
polish insomniac





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26 July 2011

ChG Rodeo Fanatic vs OPI How Are You Blue-In

Index and Ring:  China Glaze Rodeo Fanatic
Middle and Pinky:  OPI How Are You Blue-in?




When I published bottle pics of the Ulta exclusive OPI's, many of you commented that the darker color looked like China Glaze Rodeo Fanatic.  You can see from these pictures the colors are very different!  However, the polish applied like a dream.  I love them both!

25 July 2011

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Beauty Blogazon Roundup



Hello Ladies!  We were supposed to move into our new home last Saturday, but those plans fell through.  The good news is that we are moving into our "new" new place on this coming Saturday!  I apologize that my posting schedule will continue to be sporadic this week.

Please check out these wonderful posts in the meantime!

NOTD: Delicious Diamonds over Dull Duochrome (hehe) Drebel 
Re-Swatch: OPI DS Sapphire Life And Polish
LTHP shows us polishes with a great cause. Let Them Have Polish
Vintage Pink Lilly Pulitzer Print Nails: Bookworm Nails
Dr's Remedy Hot Hot Hot Summer Shades for Summer 2011 - Midnight Manicures
Blue Hydrangea by Nubar Nailderella Nails
Cotton Candy Skies Polish Pauper
Too Dupe or Not Too Dupe?  ChG Nova v. OPI Servin' Up Sparkle Polish Insomniac
How does Urban Decay's Meltdown hold up? Beauty Thesis
My Favourite Foundation Combo  Style Eyes
A-England: Avalon, King Arthur, Tristam Swatches & Review Nails and Noms
100 followers and a Giveaway! Painted Pixies
Make Up For Ever Giveaway Addicted To All Things Pretty
OPI Touring America Glitter.Gloss.Garbage



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23 July 2011

My fairy name...

Get your own fairy names from The Fairy Name Generator!My fairy name is Bindweed Elffilter
She is cheerful and friendly.
She lives at the bottom of tangled gardens and in hedgerows.
She can only be seen on midsummer's eve.
She wears tangled multicoloured skirts made of petals and has transparent green wings like a cicada.
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22 July 2011

TooFaced New Smokey Eye Swatches


While browsing around at ULTA yesterday I was surprised to run into the New TooFaced Smokey Eye Collection.  I had seen it online but this was the first time I had seen it in person (my Sephora does not have them in stock).  Now, I am no KarlaSugar, and I am not used to swatching outside my home.  So I apologize for the messiness of these swatches!

Firefly, White Lie, In A Flash
I die.  I love the shimmer in these!  And they are multichromes!!!
Cloves, Nice Ash, Smoking Jacket
Click to enlarge!
Up in Smoke, Smokin Hot, Smolder
Please forgive the quality of these last three - I ran out of room, they are matte, and I didn't use a base.  These are the shadows I would normally use as an eyeliner.

Now, I am a complete sucker for TooFaced eyeshadow palettes (palettes in general, really).  But I hated the original Smokey Eye palette.  I am ready to not eat for a week so I can go back and buy this baby!!!

The Smokey Eyeshadow collection is $36.00 and is available at Sephora.com and Ulta.com.  I did not yet see if on TooFaced's website, but I am sure it will be there soon!  

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Buffing out a nail tear - tried, tested, and approved!

I was overjoyed at how many of you loved the last Loodie Loodie Loodie YouTube video I posted!  I have another one to share with you today, and this is a techniquie I have recently tried myself.  When I started getting into nail polish a few years ago I threw away all my regular nail files in favor of a glass file.  However, I have been struggling with tears on both of my thumb nails for about six months.  So I watched this video, headed to Sally Beauty, and stocked up on different grit nail files.  (Sally's has a bunch of files on sale this month, BTW!)  I am very pleased with the results.  I hope this video helps you as much as it helped me!



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21 July 2011

OT Post: My weight and snack bars =)

Anyone who follows me on Twitter knows I recently left my job.  I spent two and a half years working it a call center.  During that time I also quit smoking.  Between my job and blogging (and reading blogs!) I spent approximately 12 hours a day on the computer!  And of course when I quit smoking I substituted food for cigarette cravings, so I gained about twenty pounds!

I am ready to get rid of those twenty pounds, and a few (or 10) more.  I know that it really only takes two things - diet and exercise.  Unfortunately, I have the attention span of a gnat.  I can barely remember to eat, let alone exercise!
I have been focusing on finding great tasting but health snack bars.  That way I can reach for them when I realize I am hungry, and not chips or candy bars.  Luckily for me, my friend Jen recommended That's It Fruit Bars.  They sounded perfect for me, and I was lucky enough to have some sent to me!



What makes That's It bars different are the ingredients.  Each bar is made with apples and another fruit.  Apples + Cherries, Apples + Apricots, and Apples + Pears.  That's it!  No other ingredients.  So you get two servings of fruit, and they are less than 100 calories!

The consistency of the bars is very interesting, it reminds me of eating raisins when I was little.  My mom would buy them in the little cardboard boxes and I loved when all the raisins stuck together.  That's the exact texture of the That's It bars.  My favorite is Apples + Cherries.  It's absolutely perfect for hot summer days.  I can throw it in my purse and not worry about it melting!

Unlike my Special K bars, that turn into a melty chocolate mess.




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50% off Sally Clearance, In Sale and Online!




ChG Nova vs OPI Servin' Up Sparkle

OPI Servin' up Sparkle, China Glaze Nova

OPI Servin' up Sparkle, China Glaze Nova

Ring and Index:  China Glaze Nova
Middle and Pinky:  OPI Servin' up Sparkle
Ring and Index:  China Glaze Nova
Middle and Pinky:  OPI Servin' up Sparkle
OPI Servin' up Sparkle, China Glaze Nova

I these are very similar in the bottle, on the nail you can see that the micro glitter in the China Glaze is much more dense.


Do you own either of these?  Which do you like better?





18 July 2011

Makeup Monday - Cool Neutrals with Revlon Colorstay

Revlon Colorstay 12 Hour Eyeshadow in Sterling Rose
I am jealous of people that can wear warm-toned neutral eyeshadows.  I feel like the stores are full of them - hello, Urban Decay Naked Palette?  It's even harder to find cool-toned eyeshadows in the drugstore.  Luckily I stumbled upon this Revlon quad at CVS recently (I was trying to use up all of my ExtraBucks before I moved!).


This was my first experience with the Revlon Colorstay Eyeshadows.  From Revlon's website:
Silky smooth, blendable powder shadow with SoftFlex™ won’t crease or smudge, staying flawless and beautiful for up to 12 hours. Color coordinated quads provide expert mix and match ability for your most gorgeous eyes ever. Available in 18 beautiful quads. Opthalmologist tested. Non-irritating. Safe for contact lens wearers and sensitive eyes.
I decided to put the eyeshadows to the test.  I swatched them (over TooFaced Shadow Insurance) on my arm... and the swatches were still intact at the end of the day!  They did  not last that long on my allergy eyes, but that is to be expected.


Can you say TAUPE???


What is your experience with these Revlon Colorstay Eyeshadow Quads?

Do you have any great cool-toned neutral drugstore eyeshadows I should try?

xoxo,
polish insomniac

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