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!

 

Ari

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I done fucked up.

I didn’t realize that I was out of Julep Oxygen Bonding Base Coat. I dipped into the bottle and I barely got a brush of thick goop. It was still within my Julep Maven window, so I figured I would just add some to my September box…but it wasn’t available to swap into my box or add to my box. Well fuck. It is still available to purchase on the site, but I really don’t know if I want to pay $14.40 for it…ugh, I’ll have to wait until I get a really good coupon.

I really wanted to try Julep “Ari” though – it reminds me of a candy apple, which I absolutely hate – but they’re pretty to look at…so I tried it out over Sinful Colors Base Coat. “Ari” is not quite a jelly, but not quite a creme – it’s somewhere in between. “Ari” did NOT play well with the Sinful Colors Base Coat. It almost seemed to bead off of it. Bah. Jellies are tricky, but they shouldn’t be this tricky. “HK Girl” got me past most of the difficulty, but THAT bottle is thickening and getting old, too. Luckily, I have a back-up that I can bring into the rotation soon.

Readie or Not

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I cannot even pretend to know what the name of this polish is supposed to mean – Sinful Colors “Readie or Not”. Is it a typo? Is it a purposeful use of the old middle english spelling (Chaucer, etc.)? Who even knows how they come up with these names. I’m convinced that Sinful Colors just picks random names and phrases out of a huge bucket…I’ve said it a million times, I’d be SO much better at naming nail polishes…

In any case, “Readie or Not” is a fuchsia/eggplant foiled polish. A thin polish that applied smoothly, I got full coverage in two coats. I started with Sinful Colors Base Coat and ended with “HK Girl”.

This polish was decently long lasting, with minimal chips and edge wear. Yay!

Impeccable

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Impeccable, which means…not peccable? Peccable is a real word, although rarely used – at least when compared to its antonym, Impeccable. Peccable means “capable of sinning”, the opposite of which is not exactly how Impeccable is usually used today. In context, it is more likely to be interchangeable with flawless or faultless. ANYWAY…this brief lesson in etymology leads into my description of Formula X “Impeccable” – it’s a dusty blush nude, innocent and incapable of sin.

I am much happier with the shiny Formula X formulas than the mattes or glitters. This is two coats over Sinful Colors Base Coat and “HK Girl”. It’s a medium consistency polish, but very full coverage without being chalky.

I need to try “Impeccable” with a gold glitter.

Redrum

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Redrum…REDRUM…

Sinful Colors “Redrum” is aptly named – it looks like blood, bubbling up from…the abyss? Wherever blood bubbles from…I started with Sinful Colors Base Coat and then used several different colors to contrast: Sinful Colors “Snow Me White”, “Black on Black” and “GoGo Boy”. “GoGo Boy” was a last minute addition to my plan, since Lily had just used it to paint her nails and it was sitting there on the coffee table. “HK Girl” made it super shiny.

I’ll be honest, this was my second try with “Redrum”. On my first try, I made the mistake of painting each nail and letting them dry a few minutes. I added “Redrum” and then my nails were just red. Huh? I googled to see where I went wrong and found that I needed to add “Redrum” while the first polish was still wet. I removed all my polish and started over, this time, painting each nail individually and then immediately adding “Redrum” – BINGO!

This time, I was very pleased with the result – it’s like the next level of crackle polish. I’m looking forward to trying the other four.