Friday, 9 September 2011

My First Nail Polish Franken

For those not familiar with nail polish blog vernacular, here's a crash course.

VNL- visibile nail line (specifically in reference to a polish that is sheer enough you can see the white part of your nails)

Lemming- A term for a polish you've been wanting for a long time.

Franken- A mix of two or more polishes, glitters etc. Basically taking existing polish and mixing them together to come up with a different color.

Franken two nail polishes I was never a big fan of is exactly what I did.  Yodel Me On My Cell and William Tell Me About OPI are both from last years Swiss collection.  Yodel Me On My Cell is a shimmery medium blue with green undertones.  It's pretty but not really my cup of tea.  William Tell Me About OPI is a dark plummy creme color that looks black unless in direct sunlight. And.... not that it really matters but they both have pretty stupid names!

Sorry it's a bit messy, I was in a hurry. But holy cow! So pretty! Just a few drops of WTMAO made YMOMC (see how stupid these names are?) so much more intense and gorgeous!  I'm so glad that I'll finally be using up two polishes that would otherwise be gathering dust. What do you think? I'm tempted to name my creation but I'm not sure what. Any ideas? Certainly just about anything would be better than the names of its parents!


Friday, 2 September 2011

Essie Private Bash

Essie Private Bash is a red berry creme polish I picked up several years ago.  I'm glad I rediscovered it because it is just oh so fall!  The application was nice enough, very opaque on the first coat. However I did notice a bubble or two.  I don't know if that was because of the formula, me or because the polish is 3 years old.

Are you excited for Fall? What's your favorite part about Autumn? I love hot apple cider and beautiful scarves but most of all the changing of the leaves.  Unfortunately we don't get the amazing display here like back home in Upstate NY.  Fall is gold and brown which is quickly followed up by snow here. ;)


Thursday, 1 September 2011

Zoya Charisma + China Glaze White Cap (and mountains!)

Did you see this combination coming a mile away?  I just had to see what Charisma and White Cap are like together.  Yup, I'm kinda obsessed.

It looks great in the pictures, but honestly, I wasn't blown away.  I felt it wasn't super flattering against my skin tone.  The gold glitter was pretty but I felt like the milky-ness of White Cap didn't look nice over top Charisma.  Meh, or maybe I just wasn't feeling it that day.  I don't know.  I ended up taking it off and trading it for Midtown Magic.

In non-nail polish news, today was especially clear and crisp so I decided to take a walk.  Ten minutes later, I snapped this spectacular view of the Rocky Mountains!

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I just love love love my city so much!  I can't imagine ever getting tired of seeing the Rockies.  To my husband and his friends (lifetime residents of Calgary) it's just kinda old hat.  To me... well you'd think I had just seen each mountain individually flown in via helicopter and strategically placed right in front of me.  It's just magical!    I've had to fortune to live in three vastly different locations in the last 2 years. They all have their own beauty and have a special place in my heart that won't be replaced.  Yet it sure is hard to compete with snow capped mountains outside your door!