Cloves!

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Do you know what Sinful Colors “I Klove U” reminds me of? Clove Cigarettes!

I’ll admit it…when I first started smoking cigarettes, it was cloves. I thought I was so cool, with my shimmery brown Sampoernas. Listen children, it’s all fun and games until you start coughing blood. Years later, long switched to Marlboro Ultra Lights, my husband-to-be laughed at me when I told him I used to smoke cloves. Ehhhh…I ‘m not embarrassed – it was like a 90s Alternateen right of passage.

In any case, this is two coats of “I Klove U” over Sinful Colors Base Coat. It dried rather quickly and and smoothly, although it wasn’t as dry as I thought it was – I got a sheet impression in my right thumbnail. The edges are also starting to chip after 24 hours. Booooooo.

Bloody Angel

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Pretend it isn’t November 1st and that it’s October 31st. Thanks.

Dripping Blood is my favorite Halloween nail art. This year, I decided to mix it up and go with a matte white background. I started with two coats of Sinful Colors “Angelik” after Sinful Colors Base Coat. I painted the drips freehand with Sinful Colors “Undead Red”. Not a bad job, if you ask me. Someday, I’ll get off my ass and use one of my fancy brushes…

This paint job lasted quite a while…well, Friday to Monday.

Only 364 days until Halloween!

Belly Dancer

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Years and years ago – like 1999 – I used to take belly dancing classes. I really enjoyed it, but I changed jobs at one point and started working weekends, so the classes no longer worked with my schedule. I couldn’t imagine taking classes again now – as self conscious as I was about baring my itty bitty belly at 23, I cannot imagine baring my lumpy mama belly now. Pretty sure I sucked really bad, too – the teacher always praised how well I could remember the choreography. I will, however, always cherish the brief moment in time when I was able to roll a quarter up and down my stomach – I really could do it!

My point IS…that my nail polish combination reminds my of  gorgeous belly dancer costume. I started with Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and then two coats of Revlon “Chameleon”. I used Nanacoco “Emerald” and Sinful Colors “Twilight Twinkles” on the tips, to bring out the green and gold in “Chameleon”. I finished with Glisten & Glow Top Coat.

Hmmm…I’m gonna go find some quarters.

Red Left Hand

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Sometimes, I see a nail look on Instagram that I just have to imitate. This is one I saw on @am1e’s feed. I happened to have all the stuff to make it happen, so I did.

I started with Sinful Colors Base Coat and then two coats of either Sinful Colors “Black on Black” or “No Text Red”. I used Sinful Colors “Devil’s Stare” as accents on my middle and ring fingers. The finishing touch was Zoya Velvet Matte Top Coat.

It turned out REALLY good – I was very proud of myself. I’m almost starting to prefer matte-d glitters to shiny ones. Almost.

Lily was not a fan of the matte finish. She said they felt “weird”. I guess matte nails are an acquired taste.

Pumpkin Spice Everything

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It’s that time of year again…Halloween Nails!

I’ve been wearing my “Pumpkin Spice Everything” shirt every chance I get, so I decided that my nails should match. I’m not even that big of a Pumpkin Spice fan, but I have some psychological problem that makes me buy every Pumpkin Spice product that I see. Just this weekend, I bought Pumpkin Spice Cheerios, Pumpkin Spice Pop-Tarts and Pumpkin Spice Nutrigrain Bars. Something is really wrong with me. (Although I did eat the Nutrigrain bar as a snack today and it was fucking delicious.)

I created my own personal Pumpkin Spice on my fingernails. I started with Sinful Colors Base Coat and I borrowed Sinful Colors “Courtney Orange” from my daughter. After two coats of the orange, I did the tips with…wait for it…Sinful Colors “Pumpkin Spice”. I finished with Glisten & Glow Top Coat.

I also did my toes with “Courtney Orange”, but no “Pumpkin Spice”.

Undead Red

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Now THIS is a matte polish.

Or is it? It’s a bit shiny for a matte polish…but there’s a sticker on it that CLEARLY says “Vampy Matte”. Maybe “Vampy Matte” means not really that matte?

Regardless, Sinful Colors “Undead Red” is a helluva polish. It’s a matte-ish red glitter with black flakies. This is two coats over Sinful Colors Base Coat and NO top coat. It’s so deep and beautiful and I can’t stop looking at it. It was so much tougher than that Basketball polish. Yes, it did eventually chip after 3-4 days, but certainly not within 12 hours!

And look at my cuticle! It looks normal now…squeeeeee!

Sometimes, Only Walgreen’s Will Help

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Sometimes, only a lunchtime trip to Walgreen’s will help you get through the day.

Last Friday, I decided that I couldn’t risk waiting for a sale to get Sinful Colors “Undead Red”, from this year’s Halloween Collection. I passed up the rest of the collection – I don’t need another red creme or another glow in the dark polish with impossible to retrieve glitter. $1.99 well spent.

I also finally tracked down Twix Dark…I’ve been searching for these, every time I check out at the grocery store or go to a gas station. Finally.

I also grabbed a new hairbrush for my son’s glorious locks. His sister wouldn’t let him borrow her brush (I gave her the Tangle Teezer), because he said he doesn’t have a brush. I dug around under his sink and found the EcoTools Brush I gave him and he said it doesn’t work – sorry Influenster. I had to prove him wrong, as I brushed his hair with it…as he scowled like the almost-teenager he is. Whatever, I can afford $3.99 for a plastic bristle brush.

Not pictured, the two Coca Colas I also picked up – “Patterson” and “Christina”.

Fuck You, Albert

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As always, I’m a bit behind. Twin Peaks: The Return ended just a few weeks ago, but I can’t get the ending out of my head. It literally blew my mind – and yes, I am not incorrectly using the word “literally” instead of “metaphorically”. It’s a total mindfuck.

At the center of that mindfuck is my favorite new/old character in The Return, Diane Evans. Even though Diane was an integral part of the original series, as the unseen person on the other end of Coop’s trusty tape recorder, she was nothing like anyone expected. She was BETTER. Her answer to any line of inquiry was “Fuck you” – something that may be in my head, but she had the lady balls to say it. And then I saw her nails.

The first thing I did was chop them all to a demure, matching length. Then I dug DEEP into my polish stash to find matches…The thumb and pinky were easy – Sinful Colors “Black on Black”. The wine colored index was also easy – Pacifica “Red Red Wine”. I had the hardest time with my middle finger – after comparing half a dozen polishes, I finally decided on Color Club “Aquamarine Azulino” – it has a bit of a pearl to it, but not enough to make it distracting. I came across Sally Hansen “Hot Magenta” while digging – it’s an oldie, but goodie.

Two coats on each nail, sandwiched between Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and Top Coat.

Ignore the mangled cuticle on my index finger – ugh, I’ll fix it with Vanish before the next polish.

Kissful Coral

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I know it’s September, nowhere near Valentine’s Day…but I wanted love dripping from my fingers.

I used two coats of Sinful Colors “Island Coral” to start – with Sinful Colors Base Coat, of course. I have so many flamingo pink polishes. I never pick them – they just end up in my possession, via gift with purchase or subscription boxes. This one is (obviously) more coral than pink, but it’s very flattering.

Sinful Colors “Kissful Thinking” is very fine matte glitter, either white or light, light pink – it’s hard to tell – in a clear base. And LIPS! Reddish gold lip glitter. Of course, there are maybe 12 in the whole bottle. Luckily I only did a few accent nails instead of all of them.

I finished of with Glisten & Glow “HK Girl” – I just popped open a fresh bottle and it’s so smooth and easy to work with…

Fuck You, Harvey

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I had quite a bit of free time on my hands last week, while being trapped in my house with Hurricane Harvey. Lots of makeup and lots of nails…and lots of sadness as I saw what was happening to my town. While we were unscathed, several friends and family members experienced the invading waters – from just a few inches to several feet in some cases. A few even lost everything.

I decider to recreate that fucker Harvey on my nails, using the Sinful Colors Hypnotic Transforming Top Coats. I wanted to try them together, instead of starting with a regular polish. After Sinful Colors Base Coat, I alternated my nails with Sinful Colors “Rebel Rebel” – a dark royal blue – and “Purpunk” – a delicate lavender. I was pleased with much more swirly, bubbly action with the two top coats reacting with each other. Each nails has a single coat of each, topped with “HK Girl.” The swirls and bubbles are lots of fun – much more fun than Harvey, anyway.

I want more than just the five shades that were released – give me more!