Nail Polish Lottery Club–Week 84

Two weeks ago I wore Normani a lovely nude polish from Zoya, and honestly I didn’t want to take it off… as a matter of fact it’s still on my feet. sigh… this was a pretty straight forward removal since it wasn’t glitter… what I didn’t pick off my self (I know bad habit) I used a bit of polish to remove the rest.

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This Weeks Random Number is 202

 

Sinful Color’s  Super Star

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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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Sinful Colors…. I love it! I love that I can get a good polish for a good price (cause you know I’m cheap). Best time of the year is that 99 cents sale that they have at Walgreens every few months…so naturally this beauty got picked up, it wasn’t until a few months later when I was looking at my collection that I felt like I had already had something that was very similar (I generally don’t buy a polish if it’s similar to one that I already own). So I had to take a closer look at the polishes  20140805_162532Sinful Color’s Hottie (center), Different Dimension’s Think of All The Other Fellas I Haven’t Kissed (right) and Super Star (left)  and after swatching I realized that none of them look alike.. probably should have did that in the beginning. (swatches had no base color and were two coats each)

Super Star was apart of the Winter Shimmers collection in 2012. it’s  a super pretty blue jelly with purple and aqua glitter… it’s also notoriously difficult to photo so that you can see all the facets of the nail polish.  As you can see from my swatch above this is totally a nail polish that SinfulColorsuperStaryou can wear alone, maybe three or for coats and your good to go (hopefully you have a good glue base so you don’t have to worry about scrubbing you nails (and possibly drying the nail and your cuticles in the process). But I really wanted to add a bit of depth, so I paired this polish with Zoya’s Neve (which was my week 48 pick) and used Super Star as a glittery topper…. sparkles galore!!

The application of this polish was a breeze, I was a little confused because some people were 20140729_124701saying that that the second coat was a little bit tacky, and at first I assumed that happens when you use the polish as a stand alone (since I didn’t swatch until after I painted my nails) . But I20140729_152103 didn’t have any issues when swatching, so I’m gonna make that up either to old polish or a user error. I really liked this polish, and I loved how it adds a little something special to an already fantastic polish. My only issue with this polish is that the camera can’t grab all the awesomeness. (I did spend quite a bit of time twirling my fingers in the sunlight….)

So I searching for a particular Sinful Colors polish and I came across this little gem, does anyone remember what the old SC bottles look like? I had no idea that the company had been around for so long… take a look at this

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Like every model, you have to get them when they are fresh, and in the case of this model. It’s best to photograph her right before she’s settling down in my her bed, for mid-day nap. I really like the way this color looks against her black fur…and think that when the time comes this would look quite striking on her as a color, but alas Tsuki enjoys sparkles that are pink…although she didn’t seem that impressed with the color, I remain so. This polish was fantastic and I’m giving it a 9 out of 10… the only reason it’s not getting a perfect score was because I couldn’t really photograph it properly on my nail (and honestly that’s not the nail polish’s fault.

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 80

I actually thought that the removal process of last week’s pick would be a pain because I had on water decals, but it actually was a bit easier, I was gently remove the polish with an orange stick, with just tiny amount of nail polish remover to get some of the pieces left behind. No fuss, no muss and the best part there was absolutely no staining…. so good job Julep!

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THIS WEEK’S RANDOM Pick

Zoya’s Tori

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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

PROGRAMING NOTE: Generally the number is posted in the afternoon on Monday, but at the time of creating this post (Tuesday 5:30pm) the number wasn’t posted so I’m just randomly picked on for my self so that I could keep schedule of this blog

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20140710_18311120140710_183120The web site describes Tori as “Deep cool-toned berry red packed with pink duochrome shimmer and silver microglitter. It seems like it’s been forever since I had a  Zoya polish on my nails, so believe me when I say I am super happy. I really love this brand of polish and I think it’s a fantastic value for the quality that I’m getting. I don’t think that I have ever had an issue with this brand; which is why I was a little freaked out when I put on my first coat of this polish and Ii t was super thin. I seriously freaked out a little bit; I started to wonder if the polish was to old… maybe I got a bad batch…. something… but after putting on the second coat I quickly realized that everything evened out by the second (which I was really grateful for). Although two coats should be good enough I did 3 just to make sure. But you can see in the photos (if you look close enough) there is still a bit of VNL. Overall the application was smooth and I had no issues with clumping or taking too long to dry.

I think the thing that I liked to most about this polish was the shimmer . I love a polish that has shimmer and glitter in makes me feel super girly. This is a polish that is really at it’s best when it’s in the sunlight. as you can tell in the pictures there is a bit of shimmer, but add a little 20140710_183038sunlight and you’ll definitely get a little bit more.  I thought about adding a little nail art, but seriously this is Zoya… you gotta let it stand on it’s own.

The whole time I was applying this polish I kept thinking that I already had a polish just like this, but as you can see from the photo the Ulta 20140710_171655polish is more of a jelly with larger glitters and shimmers… it’s similar, but hey…there’s not law saying that you can’t have similar polishes in your collection.

I love my cat… she’s so expressive and I seriously think she’s over this whole nail polish thing, but hey she has to do it … I feed her… but seriously she doesn’t seem all that excited about this particular polish as evident by her bitch face…. well po-po on her I thought that the polish was great. I never seem to have any real issues with Zoya20140710_183204 polishes, the colors are fantastic, the price is goo for the quality of polish (especially if you can get it at one of their sales) So Tori is getting a super solid 9 out of 10! The only reason why it’s not getting a perfect score if because I would have liked to have a little bit of shimmer in the polish.

 

 

 

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Nail Polish Lottery Club – Week 69

PROGRAMMING NOTE: I marked last week’s NPLClub entry as Week 69… that has been fixed.. apparently I was excited about this week.

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM NUMBER IS 118

Alternate number 1+1+8 =10

SINFUL COLOR’S DREAM ON

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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 : http://docs.google.com/document/d/1PJtYOL0VJjvrrfDVgK-3GSnjCcuyRDdj0Gb9IZKMjQA/edit
Nail Polish Lottery Club Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/NailPolishLotteryClub?fref=ts
Nail Polish Lottery Club Twitter or Instagram hashtag: #nplclub

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I am on a hunt. I am on the hunt for Sinful Colors’ Beau Khaki, it’s got to be one of the mostdownload (1) inappropriate nail polish names that I have ever heard and I have decided that I need it! I need it in my life. I have seen it on eBay and Amazon and they want a lot of money for it. So if any of my readers find it at your local Walgreens, Wal-Mart or Target Store, let me know, I am willing to pay for the polish as well as the shipping…if worst comes to worst I will buy it on eBay (ugh!!)

Finally as a last ditch effort to take part of the Sinful Colors $.99 sale at Walgreens, I had to travel all the way to China Town and go to the Walgreen’s there to find some nail polishes, as I motioned last week, the two Walgreen’s near my house were tapped out, so to say that I happy with my meager selections was an understatement. I was only able to get four polishes… but I was still a very happy girl.

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This color is part of Sinful Colors Bright Essentials Collections. One of my previous picks (and one of my favorite blue’s ) was also part of this  collection. I am making an effort of wearing more bright colors, and this one certainly fits the bill.

Dream on would be classified a bright violet (actually more of an orchid shade) polish with a satin finish; now I did look up this polish and some people actually said this polish had a matte finish.
The formula on this polish is a bit thin, so you will need at least 3 coats to get it opaque. Not gonna like, I almost gave up on this polish because it’s so thin, every time I would move my hand or try to polish another finger I would end up smudging the polish or it would find it’s way on my hand.  So take your time with this one. One thing that I learned about this polish is that it is notoriously hard to capture the true color of the polish so it may look different in the photographs in this post…even though they were taken while I was in the same position, and in the same amount of light. And word on the curb is that this polish is an exact dupe to Zoya’s Charisma

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I gotta say, nothing say spring like a bright neon color and this one certainly hits the nail on the 20140428_145751head. I was concerned about this shade would look on me, but screw that… it looks fantastic on me! I will be honest I am having a hard time wrapping my head round this polish… it seems to be a bit of a chameleon some of the bottles are satin and some are matte… seems very strange.

I did want to do a little nail art, but I wasn’t;t in the mood do to anything time consuming… so dots were it. For this particular art (as you can see there is no rhyme or reason… which is the fun when you choose dots) I I used Sinful Colors20140428_153629 White on White and Endless Blue,,

Seems like Tsuki liked it, but I can only give it a 6 out 10! If I were to buy another bottle of this polish who’s to say it will be exactly the same… too many unknown variables for me. Have you ever tried this polish? Was your experience different than mine. Let me know in the comments below.

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Until Next Time,

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Friend Makin Mondays: Life Skills

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All about Queens Day in AmsterdamSo a few days ago the Netherlands celebrated their very first King’s Day(Koningsdag), why am I even mentioning this since I don’t live in the Netherlands, nor am I of Dutch decent? If you are a long time reader of this blog then you might downloadremember that I am a huge fan of Princess Beatrix , I even wore my Zoya nail polish “Beatrix” during the week of her abdication.  I am a huge fan of Beatrix as well as the entire family and honestly how can you not love a woman who’s worn the same hair style for over 40 years…You can always tell when it’s (Queen’s or ) King’s Day… everyone and everything is decked out in orange

CaptureSo what were my Mountains and Molehills this week? My Mountain? Check out this snapshot of Tsuki’s instagram (it happened about 20 minutes ago)  My molehill this week was taking Tsuki to the veterinarian on Friday, after talking to the doctor and discussing the situation, we both came to the conclusion that it was best to proceed with the biopsy, after they took her vitals they took her back… and I burst into tears, I didn’t stop crying until they brought her back and I was able to see for myself that she was okay. We get the results back no latter than Tuesday and in the mean time I’m just keeping an eye on her, she’s still a little tender, but otherwise she’s back to normal. Before I forget I’m not sure if you know but Tsuki wrote her very first blog post AND she has an instagram…she’s a true diva!

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

 

Life Skills

1. Do you know how to drive a stick shift?

No, and to be honest I feel a little lacking because of it. I will never be able to drive internationally…. Sad smile

2. Do you know how to jump stat a car?

Nope I don’t. BUT I do have jumper cables in my car… and yes I’ve had to use them 3 times so far. I keep saying that I’m going to back one of those electronic jumpers in case I’m stranded in the middle of no where.. but then again, there is always AAA

3. Do you know how to perform CPR?

I think it’s really important for everyone to have a basic knowledge of First Aid and CPR. But yes I am certified in First Aid CPR and AED.

If you’re not and you’re interested check out this link

4. Do you know how to hang a picture?

First of all I think anyone who’s every lived in an apartment or lived in a dorm room knows alternate ways of hanging a picture in your room… but traditionally speaking I do know how to hand a picture. I use a level and everything.

5. Do you know how to ski?

A big NO! As a black person I jokingly say that “we are a tropical people, we don’t ski” and for all you non black people out there that is a HUGE misconception. There is actually something called the National Brotherhood of Skiers My high school would go on ski trips all the time, and when I was living in Las Vegas I wanted to go but I’m a big scary cat, and I’m afraid of heights, and I’m too much of a control free to “glide” down a mountain with only poles and skis to guide me.

6. Can you draw a basic map of the world?

Never tried…. so I guess I can attempt to do so… hey didn’t turn out half bad, I think I forget Hawaii…and Florida is incomplete…
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7. Can you do a decent dive into a swimming pool?

Oh hell no! I’m still kinda iffy on the swimming, plus I’m accident prone. I was actually walking on a deck and slipped and fell into the pool…. so wait… I guess “technically” that is diving!!

8. Can you open a champagne bottle?

Yes… considering that I can’t drink alcohol… and haven’t been able to o so for pretty much my entire life (thanks for no liver disease) I know lots of tricks

9. Do you know what to do if you spill red wine on the carpet?

Nope…I don’t have carpets and I don’t drink red wine… so that’s a simple fix1

10. Do you know the proper way to fold a fitted sheet?

Yes, and I learned how to properly do it from Oprah and Martha Stewart… it’s funny how you see something on TV and you remember it.

So the current count of things Tyra can do is 8 out of 10! So that’s bad…..not bad at all!!! After last weeks FMM a lot of people reached out to me either leaving a message here or emailing me sending me good thoughts and positive vibes, sharing their pet stories and I just want to say from the bottom of my heart Thank You… Thank You Very Much!!! I look forward to spending many, many healthy years with Tsuki!

as my Dutch friends say…

Tot de volgende keer

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