17 October 2011

Facets of Fuschia was pretty while it lasted

Yesterday I gave my girl a mani. Her Ruby Kisses "All Purpled Up" was all tuckered out! I admit, I was a bit jealous. I wish I could paint my own nails as nicely as I was able to do hers.

My daughter and her OPI "All That Razz-Berry"
While we were waiting for her nails to dry, I did my own with Revlon "Facets of Fuschia". I forgot my base coat, did three quick + thick coats, and topped it with Poshe.
Revlon "Facets of Fuchsia"
Sadly, I wasn't 100% happy with the formula on this. It seemed thin and streaky and wasn't as opaque as I thought it would be. A couple hours after applying I dinged one of my fingers while putting on the lid of the crock pot and began to pick. The polish had never completely dried. It was still soft and squishy and sludged off when I picked at it rather than coming off in chips.

In total this color was on my tips for maybe five hours. I do like the color over all so I will likely give it another shot sometime.
"Facets of Fuchsia" in natural sun
Today is cold and grey and my nails will likely be painted in attempt to match the skies.

Happy Scratches!
carakitty   >^. .^<

16 October 2011

pink and black and some wisdom

Hello! Recently I started my day listening to Joy Division. I took my girl to school and upon returning home I started listening to the Pandora 80's Alternative station while doing my mani. This is the colorful creation which flowed as a result...

It is OPI Ridge Filling base coat, an old Revlon called "Strawberry Electric" followed by the black China Glaze crackle polish with one more coat of Strawberry Electric on top and Poshe to seal and dry it all. I wasn't expecting this to end up on my nails based on the mood I was in when I woke up but it ended up making me happy.

I really wish I could get together with the creative director of the L'oreal and Project Runway "Colors Take Flight" collection. I don't have a problem with basing a color collection around birds, but I am completely baffled as to how they can view a Cockatoo as charming, sophisticated, and enchanting. I haven't met a single Cockatoo yet who I would describe with those words! I would be more inclined to describe my cockatoo as audacious, which they have used for an Amazon. Regardless of that I still bought both nail colors of the Cockatoo palette just because I have a Cockatoo. Some may color me silly for that but I don't care!
L'Oreal Cockatoo's Wisdom, direct sunlight
With Cockatoo's Wisdom, I used two coats of the color and I absolutely loved the application on it! Very smooth, even coverage and nearly opaque in one coat. I also have Cockatoo's Mystery to try out.
Cockatoo's Wisdom and a cockatoo feather!
I loved the formula on this color so much that I'm wanting to go back and get the "Owl's Night" nail color. The online bottle pictures I've seen didn't impress me but I seem to have become infatuated with it since spying it in person. It is a near black base with metallic golden bronze shimmer which has a slight hint of green.

Happy Scratches!
carakitty   >^. .^<

05 October 2011

Hello, October! - Suzi Says Da!

The weather here had a cool spell, enough to make the trees start changing their leaves. It has warmed up again, but I'm sufficiently in the Fall Spirit! I decided to wear OPI Suzi Says Da!. I have mentioned it before and felt it was time to bring it out again. It is a deep chocolate brown creme. Released with the Russia Collection of 2007, it has the updates on 3-Free formula and the brush is the "Pro Wide" style.
OPI "Suzi Says Da!" bright sunlight

I had no problems with the formula. I did my usual routine of OPI Ridge Filler Base coat and two average coats of the color on top of that with Poshe top coat. It stayed on for two days before it got a miniscule chip then I started picking at it so it was removed.
Indirect light
This was a very nice color to wear. Although black is my first love, brown has a special place in my heart too. Something about it seems comforting. This shade reminds me of coffee, chocolate, and the deep brown eyes of a Labrador Retriever. It was fun to pose with the dead leaves too!
OPI "Suzi Says Da!" in the shade
As I'm writing, my nails are naked. Tonight I hope to try out one of my new L'Oreal colors. The "Colors Take Flight" collection caught my eye, and I've got a bit to say about it!

Happy Scratches!
carakitty   >^. .^<

03 October 2011

Last of September- China Glaze Blk-Bila-Bong

This is the last polish I wore last month. I can't believe it's October already! We are getting excited for Halloween here. My daughter and I are going to be cats (surprise, not, lol!) and we're getting started on Halloween coloring sheets and little crafts.

I love wearing dark colors year-round, but having cooler weather set in makes me feel a little less weird about putting them on. Blk-Bila-Bong was released by China Glaze as part of their Surf's Up collection in 2007. I got my bottle as part of a Secret Santa swap. As far as I know, this polish is getting hard to find. Here is my first picture of it.
Early evening sun with on-camera flash
I used OPI Ridge Filler Base coat and two average thickness coats of the color on top of that with Poshe top coat to dry it all and enhance the shininess. I think with glitters and glass flecked polishes such as this one, that having extra gloss on top really helps to bring out the color which can sometimes seem hidden. In the following picture is what it looked like most of the time on me, and I feel this is the most color accurate shot that I got.

Early evening sun, no flash
The things that I like most about this polish are that it applies nicely, dries pretty quickly, and is very well named! Blk-Bila-Bong is a black base with aqua glass flecks and dark blue shimmer. I wish I could sit and stare it this color with a bright light and a magnifying glass all day. I want to drown in the depth of this beauty! This is one of my last shots, sorry for the tip wear! I like how the cool tones are accentuated under this type of light.
CFL with a white lamp shade
Do any of you like Green Day? The song "When September Ends" has been on repeat play in my head as I've been writing this post! 

Things are kind of crazy here, but not, as they always are! I've been casually job hunting and picked up applications but along the way there have been a couple small road blocks to getting those babies filled out and submitted. First of all, when looking over my old resume, I noticed that a couple of the places I've previously worked have gone out of business! And my refrences list seems to be missing in action. I'd better hustle and get that figured out if I want to take part of the retail madness fun of the holiday season! Well, time for me to go feed my critters then color my claws! I have been eyeing the pretty leaves starting to fall and have a fun idea on how to incorperate them into my next set of pictures.

Happy Scratches!
carakitty   >^. .^<