Grateful and Guilty

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Writing Prompt: Whether it’s a trashy TV show, extra-pulpy fiction, or nutrient-free candy, write a thank-you note to your guiltiest guilty pleasure

Dear Mr. Cohen,

I just wanted to write you a to thank you for feeding my addiction for trashy,botox-filled reality television, there is something quite fulfilling about watching “rich” women living their “perfect” lives. Even though from your seven version (yes, I’m counting D.C. even though it lasted one season and Miami ) 20 Divorces or separations, and yes, I’m counting NeNe even though she remarried the same man 13 bankruptcies, the 28 business created (and  some  failed) and the countless self promotion  and 3 federal indictments.

What started off with only watching two franchises, I can say now  that I have seen all of them and even some international versions.  I love it so much I even watched The Hotwives Of Orlando on Hulu Why do I continue watching, when all they do is talk about each other behind their backs, fight and lie? Well that’s easy, it makes me feel better about my life and get’s me through my daily mundane chores, besides who doesn’t enjoy watching women make complete and total asses of themselves on television….I swear there isn’t enough money in the world to be on that show…. but I still love it.

Thanks again and keep it coming Andy!

Until Next Time….

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Nail Polish Lottery Club : Week 92

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Week 92 Random Number is 143

Essie’s Marshmallow

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Are you still not sure what the Nail Polish Lottery Club let me give you a quick rundown; It’s a club for nail polish lovers. Do you have lots of nail polish you never used before? Put all your untried polishes into an excel sheet and every week we pick a random number and wear a different nail polish, then we post the results on our YouTube channel, blog, or on the NPLClub Facebook page! Totally easy right? If you’d like to join us feel free, we’re all totally cool!! Nail Polish Lottery Club guidelines link Nail Polish Lottery Club Facebook page Use the hashtag: #nplclub on Twitter and Instagram

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Last week I wore which was a perfect shade for autumn, seems almost fortuitous that I for a Mariah Carey polish considering all the publicity she’s getting for her Tone Deaf Tokyo Tour….Elusive Chanteuse Show and the fact that she can’t hit a note… but we are not talking about her performance (which is a hot mess) but we are talking about the polish….the removal process was super easy and it took less time than it usually does, and I think that has to do with new nail polish remover I’ve been using, but I didn’t experience any staining which is always a plus.

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20140925_151433“Marshmallow is a cloudy sheer white, perfect for a French manicure.” well at least according to Essie, and honestly I tend to agree.. I love white, but honestly I tend to use it was a base or only for nail art… but this is the perfect standalone white polish. Generally when I use a white polish the application is streaky and it’s filled with problems and I either give up half way through or not happy with the overall appearance (it either looks lumpy, or it’s  mega white and nearly blinding).

I had heard a lot of good things on a nail polish group that I’m on and with my previous issues finding the “right white” I figured it wasn’t gonna hurt anything but my wallet to give this one a try. I got to Ulta and I wasn’t able to find it, after talking to store associate she was not only able to locate it but she pointed out the20140925_151447 super bargain bin… I was able to get China Glazes for 99 cents….she is my new favorite person at Ulta…. seriously. So I get this polish and I’m super excited about it. I wanted to try it out immediately but I was wearing another polish that I was smitten with and didn’t want to remove at the time.

But finally the time has come wear it and to tell my reader how I feel about it. Marshmallow Is a milky “jelly” white crème, no shimmer. For the most part I don’t have any issues with Essie polishes, but my major concern about this polish was that it was so thin and it took 3 coats to get about 80% opacity. Because you are applying three sometimes four coats it takes a while for the nail polish to dry. After being extremely careful after painting my nails and waiting 3 hours to go to bed I woke up to find that I hand imprints in the polish… which was extremely disappointing; after two coats of topcoat the “imperfections” were barely noticeable, but the experience  left a sour taste in my mouth. After doing a bit of research a lot of people complain about the lighter shades being thin. This puts me in between a rock and a hard place because on one hand I didn’t enjoy previous white nail polishes because the formulas were thick and now I’m complaining that this polish is too thin….what’s a girl to do?3

This is a nice color, I’ll admit that. But if you look online the color if this polish varies a lot depending on the light . One blogger called it, “taupe colored neutral”. So my search for the perfect white continues next white that I’ll be trying is OPI’s Funny Bunny which is an exact dupe or perhaps My Vampire is Buff… but I’m hoping the formula is better…which me luck!

Tsuki being a feline supermodel gave one her her best poses to date…no word on her thoughts on this polish… but it sure does match the background well. As for me,  I have a serious love/ hate relationship with this polish for in fairness it get’s a middle of the road 5 out of 10. What’s your go-to white nail polish?

Essie’s Marshmallow retails for $8.50.

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Until Next Time…

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Nail Polish Lottery Club–Week 82

The removal process of last week’s took a little bit longer than I expected, but seriously not a as long as it would if I was using a glitter, one of the reasons is because I used a mega shine top coat and 3 coat of polish, but overall it wasn’t bad .. I am learning to love nudes, and it really is a learning process for me, it really is true when they say that one nude is not like the other, you really need to find one that works with your coloring, and your overall personality. I think one of the problems that I’ve had in the past is choosing nudes that were a bit too light.  And recently I became aware that the spectrum of nude polish is a lot larger than I originally thought… so that’s super helpful

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This Weeks Random Number is 188

Alternative Number is 18 + 2 =20

Zoya’s Normani

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Are you still not sure what the Nail Polish Lottery Club let me give you a quick rundown; It’s a club for nail polish lovers. Do you have lots of nail polish you never used before? Put all your untried polishes into an excel sheet and  every week we pick a random number and wear a different nail polish, then we post the results on our YouTube channel, blog, or on the NPLClub Facebook page! Totally easy right? If you’d like to join us feel free, we’re all totally  cool!!

Nail Polish Lottery Club guidelines link
Nail Polish Lottery Club Facebook page

Use the hashtag: #nplclub on Twitter and Instagram

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20140720_100829Zoya polishes (for me ) are on the expensive end of the polish spectrum… I start to get a little antsy when I’m nearing the $10 mark… maybe that’s why I have such a deep love for Sinful Colors polishes..But I was able to get these during their 3 free sale in July were three polishes were free and you simply had to pay 12 for shipping and handling…. DONE!  Three bucks a bottle is more my speed anyway, and I’m kinda mad that I didn’t get more… but I won’t fret the next time they have a sale I’m gonna be on it! I know I’m always late to the party… but how come no one told me about the color spoon program? Seriously this is brilliant.

Normani is part of the Zoya Transitional Naturel Spring (2014) Collection. Described as a Sable Mauve crème  this polish had me at hello..The Zoya polishes feel a bit thin and watery but they spread easily and, for the most part, have great pigmentation. I could get away with two thin coats with all the shade. Like last week’s pick, this one looks different depending on the light. Seriously depending on the lighting … it was really difficult to get a “true” color, but I think it works out better without the flash. I have also been told that this color is very similar to Essie’s 20140720_100720Merino as well as Zoya’s Jana . I’ve already mentioned the formulation of the polish let’s talk about the bottle and the brush… because I really like them both: Their signature Italian glass (the bottles are actually made in their production facility in Milan….how fancy !!) bottles have a tapered, shiny black plastic cap that makes it really easy for me to polish my nails. The brush is short, round and medium in girth with flexible bristles that allow for ease of control. (this photo used flash)

20140729_152154Ever the diva Tsuki would only pose in the correct lights and wouldn’t allow me to use flash (she tends to close her eyes) as you can see she’s seriously working on her supermodel poses. If you look closely to the bottle it looks (yet) again like a  different color… . Now back to the polish… what can I say I love, love, loved it… this is really something that I would consider an everyday polish…… this one get’s a 10 out of 10 ! Maybe I will explore nude nails more often.

 

 

Until Next Time…
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Nail Polish Lottery Club – Week 67

So all last week several women posted on Polish-aholics Anonymous how nail polishes were on sale at Kmart. Now I haven’t been to Kmart in years honey…. YEARS… but when more than one person is telling me to hop, skip and jump to get on these sales…. you know I’m on my way, especially considering that it was one of the days that I was on medically ordered bed-rest. I went anyway. And of course is the luck of Tyra … the pickin’s were slim… SLIM! So I went home with 2 bottles of Sinful Colors, which were on a Buy 2 get 1 free….. I was able to get some other stuff that was majorly marked down as well… I traveled all that way for nothing…. see ladies this is why you should always listen to you doctor.. stay in bed and order your polish online!

I won some nail polish from Nicole by OPI and Dove Chocolate and The Nail Polish Lottery Club is having a contest as well… so if you’re interested in joining a great group and possibly winning some great products… so check it out here


Are you still not sure what the Nail Polish Lottery Club let me give you a quick rundown; It’s a club for nail polish lovers. Do you have lots of nail polish you never used before? Put all your untried polishes into an excel sheet and  every week we pick a random number and wear a different nail polish, then we post the results on our YouTube channel, blog, or on the NPLClub Facebook page! Totally easy right? If you’d like to join us feel free, we’re all totally  cool!!

Nail Polish Lottery Club guidelines link :https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PJtYOL0VJjvrrfDVgK-3GSnjCcuyRDdj0Gb9IZKMjQA/edit
Nail Polish Lottery Club Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/NailPolishLotteryClub?fref=ts0
Nail Polish Lottery Club Twitter hashtag: #nplclub

 

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THIS WEEK’S RANDOM NUMBER IS 202
Alternate Number 20+2 =22
 

Essie’s Lady Like

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This week’s pic is a little different for me  as noted on previous posts I tend to have an aversion to nudes/neutral/light pink nails polish. so imagine my surprise when this weeks pick lead to Essie’s Lady Like . I got a double triple whammy on this one.  Lady like is a pink/plum tone mauve polish that is part of the  “Brand New Bag” (2011) Collection. As with any neutral it can go with anything and pretty much looks good with everything that you wear. I should probably say that this polish was gifted to me, and that’s the only reason that I won it; this would never be a polish that I would purchase for myself.

This particular polish has several dupes…which is good since this one might be in rotation anymore, China Glaze’s Dress Me Up and OPI’s Tickly my France-y … are just two

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DSC02578This polish only requires two coats and it’s opaque and something that seriously surprised be about this polish was it was so smooth to apply… seriously it was like butter…nice even strokes… I was pleasantly surprised by home much I like this polish. One of the things that I’ve noticed the past couple of weeks is that polish tends to look so different with shorter nails than it does, the last time I wore a nude shade I distinctly remember saying that my nails looked corpse like and it did nothing for my skin…. but I really, really like this; goes to show you that sometimes length of the nail does make a difference.

 

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I wanted to add two pictures one with flash and one without flash so that you see the subtle difference that the light makes with this polish. So one of my tells when I am really into a nail polish is me constantly looking at my nails… I love the idea of wearing this polish but looking like I’m not wearing polish.. this is defiantly the nail version of the “no make-up” make-up. My mom and I went out so I asked her what she thought about this polish (I know bad or good she’s gonna tell me like it is” She didn’t really care for the polish, but without me saying the name of the polish she said “it looks really lady like and demure, it looks like something a grandmother would wear”…. well she’s says I act like an old person so there.. I consider that a complement… but she did add, “I like it better when you wear bright colors” Well that’s the beauty of NPLC you use what

the pick is … you have no say. I have to say I’m grateful because I’ve discovered polish that I would have never touched otherwise.

This polish is defiantly makes me want to revisit the other nude that I blogged about in Week 14 Essie’s Sand Tropez. I wonder if I will feel differently about it with shorter nails, I maybe have to do another NPLClub rewind and see if I feel differently DSC02581. But since we are still talking about this polish we might as well get to rating it… I think it’s been a long time since I’ve been so generous with my ratings, but here we go Essie’s Lady Like get’s a nice big 9 out of 10 ! So there you go. Lessons learned this week…. Listen to your doctor, stay in bed and purchase you nail polish online AND don’t discount the nudes.

What’s your favorite nude/neutral polish? I might want to extend my collection.

Until Next Time…

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Nail Polish Lottery Club – Week 65

For the past several weeks I’ve noticed a huge change in my hair and nails, my hair is starting to fall out… I’m pretty sure it’s the blood thinner that I’m taking and my nails have gotten so brittle that they break super easily, I actually pulled off my glove to find that I had broken 2 nails and the broken pieces where just chillin’ out in the gloves… so I just decided to chop them all off… it’s a better look that having nails of different lengths… this is the shortest my nails have EVER been and my finger tips feel weird, I’m seriously thinking about going to the nail place and asking them to put on some tips….

 

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Are you still not sure what the Nail Polish Lottery Club let me give you a quick rundown; It’s a club for nail polish lovers. Do you have lots of nail polish you never used before? Put all your untried polishes into an excel sheet and  every week we pick a random number and wear a different nail polish, then we post the results on our YouTube channel, blog, or on the NPLClub Facebook page! Totally easy right? If you’d like to join us feel free, we’re all totally  cool!!

Nail Polish Lottery Club guidelines link :https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PJtYOL0VJjvrrfDVgK-3GSnjCcuyRDdj0Gb9IZKMjQA/edit
Nail Polish Lottery Club Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/NailPolishLotteryClub?fref=ts0
Nail Polish Lottery Club Twitter hashtag: #nplclub

 

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THIS WEEK’S RANDOM NUMBER IS 79

Alternate number 7 + 6 = 13

Essie’s Smokin’ Hot

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20140331_194528According to the Essie website Smokin’ Hot is from Essie’s Winter 2010 A Winter’s Tale collection (but now apart of the permanent collection) a describes as a fox grey, but let’s be real and call it what it’s really is.. it’s a kind of purplish brown grey color. Grey is generally not a color that I can wear, for me grey seems like a hot or miss color; kind of like pink is for me. but this color is amazing, but as you can tell (and from when it was originally released) this polish is more suited to the Fall and Winter seasons and it really complements my skin tone. This color is very similar to Zoya’s Kelly but after looking online, there are several dupes to this particular polish…. some are even cheaper.

 

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As I mentioned before this is a great color; and the color on your nail is pretty much to color in the bottle,  while the Essie website explicitly states that this polish requires two-coats I’m here to tell you that this is simply not the case. This polish is very thin and streaky so even if you can get the look you require in two-coats, you’re gonna be touching up spots to remove the steaks that are present. Because I had to use three coats the dry time was a little bit longer than I’m used to… not totally surprised as I’m not a big fan of Essie; many because their formulas are not consistent and for the price I’m paying I’m gonna need more quality than what I’m currently getting.

 

Since the weather is really nice lately… it was nearly 70 degrees here in Chicago, I wanted to lighten up the nails so I used Sinful Colors’ Show Stopper as a topper and gave it a little sparkle…if my nails are gonna be short, then they sparkle is going to blind you! And then I sealed it with Sally Hansen’s Diamond Top Coat. So this polish is going to get a 5 out of 10, and that’s because I’m really torn; I’m not sure if I like it or loathe it.

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So I’ll be rockin’ short and sassy nails for a while…

Until Next Time,

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