Monthly Archives: July 2012

Essie: No Place Like Chrome

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Rating System:  Poor, Okay, Average, Good, Excellent

Brand:  Essie

Collection:  Mirror Metallics

Finish:  Metallic / Chrome

Formula:  Good

Application:  Good

Durability:  Good

Coats:  2

Base Coat:  Essie Sensitivity Base Coat

Top Coat:  Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat

Price:  €7,95 Germany, $8 (USD), £7.99 (UK)

Availability:  I picked up the whole Mirror Metallics collection from DM in early June and they disappeared fast, so I don’t think they’re still available there unfortunately.  However, I have also seen them in Douglas stores here in Germany.  For you ladies in the States, you can find this collection at CVS, Target, Walgreens and Ulta.  In the UK you can find these at some Boots stores.  I still have not heard where these are available in Canada, so if you know please comment below.

My Two Cents:   The finish on No Place Like Chrome, as with the entire Mirror Metallics collection was awesome in my opinion.  Metallics can be tricky to work with but these have been wonderful.  In fact I have absolutely loved the whole collection with the exception of Penny Talk, which just simply did not suit my skin tone.  This will be my go to silver polish and while I thought it truly came to life when I applied my Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat, I was astounded by how it looked in direct sunlight and even in the moonlight.  My nails looked like little glowing mirrors and Captain Canada even commented on how “cool & blingy” they looked.  I’d definitely scoop up a few colors from this collection if you come across them since metallics are all the rage at the moment.  You won’t be disappointed.

Tips:  I read that with metallics and holographic polish that it can be helpful to give you nails a light gentle buffing beforehand so I’ve started doing this and I’ve found that I do have better results.  Having a smooth surface to start with will help minimize flaws in the finish along with a good base coat and top coat.  Another thing I feel worth mentioning as I have with all my reviews on this collection, is to be sure to keep a good amount of polish on your brush (not too much) to prevent streaks and dragging.  Also, work a little more quickly if possible and do not try to go back over any problem areas until that coat is absolutely 100% dry.  Trust me, you will just make it worse.

Something Similar:  China Glaze “Millenium,” CND “Silver Chrome,” Stargazer #232, Sally Hansen has quite a few: “Platinum Chrome,” “Crystal Chrome,” “Black Pearl Chrome,” and OPI “Birthday Babe” to name a few.

This is the last of the Mirror Metallics collection so there are now swatches and reviews of the entire collection on my site.  Keep an eye out for more swatches and reviews though because I have an obscenely large stock pile of polish to share you with during the upcoming months with more on the way. No to mention some new products from M.A.C. (I posted a pic of these on Twitter) and Maybelline that I’m currently putting through their paces.   As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.


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Tarte Friends & Family Sale!

I just watched a YouTube video from Vintage or Tacky and she shared the Tarte Friends & Family 30% Sale coupon code early.  You can subscribe to her channel and watch that specific video here where she also shares some of her favorite Tarte products, if you like.  Not only is she a great beauty guru but she is actually a makeup artist who does great tutorials.  So if you want to take advantage of the sale just add your items to your shopping bag and then enter FFAUG in the coupon code box during checkout to receive 30% off your order until August 6th.  Yay!  I am thinking of picking up a few of the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blushes myself (Tarte now has Amazonian Clay Shimmering 12-hour Blushes available as well).  Still not sure yet though because I just picked up more stuff from M.A.C. and I don’t want Captain Canada to blow a freakin gasket or anything.   Anyhow, I just wanted to share this with you guys. As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.

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Essie: Go Overboard

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Rating System:  Poor, Okay, Average, Good, Excellent

Brand:  Essie

Collection:  2012 Go Overboard Collection

Finish:  Creme

Formula:  Good

Application:  Good (This came from the U.S. so it doesn’t have the wide brush)

Durability:  Good

Coats:  2

Base Coat:  Essie Sensitivity Base Coat

Top Coat:  Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat

Price:  $8 USD

Availability:  My mom picked this up from Walgreens or Rite Aid if I’m not mistaken.  However, I have heard that this collection was available at Target, CVS, Ulta, Nordstrom and as well.  in the States.  I’m not sure where you would be able to find this particular color in Canada or the UK and I never did come across it here in Germany either, which is why I had my mom send it.

My Two Cents:   I had anticipated this color being less dark than it was once I applied it to be honest.  However, I didn’t mind because not only do I quite like dark colors, but Go Overboard is just a really beautiful color that I can see myself wearing well into the fall and winter.  I personally experienced some chipping by the third day of wear, but once again, I’m notoriously rough on my nails so I attribute that more to me than the formula.  The one complaint I have is that Essie has not included the new wider brush, which I think is amazing, in their bottles of polish in North America.  That little brush is just a pain and the wider brush really does make a huge difference in obtaining a much neater easy application.

Tips:  While I think you should always use a good base coat, I think it’s especially important with darker and more highly pigmented polish such as this to prevent staining.  I also think a good top coat goes a long way as well.

Something Similar:  Dior “Nirvana,” OPI “Ski Teal We Drop,” Nicole by OPI “Kloe,” and Revlon “Fashionista”

If you have more information as to where Go Overboard might be available in Canada, the U.K. or Germany please comment below.  As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.


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Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Author:  Ransom Riggs

Genre:  Young Adult Fiction/Fantasy/Mystery

Format:  Kindle &  Hardcover

Reading Level:  14 and up

Rating:  3 out of 5

Synopsis:  The story centers around Jacob, a seemingly normal sixteen year old boy living in Florida.   Jacob was always very close with his paternal grandfather and had a special bond with him.  In fact it was Jacob who had a knack for dealing with his grandfather and talking him down in instances where others had difficulty.

As a child Jacob had always been enthralled by his grandfathers photographs and stories of the peculiar children he lived in the orphanage with as well as his life as a solider during the great war.  However, as Jacob got older he began to tire of his grandpa Portman’s tall tales in spite of his love and admiration for him.  Jacob’s grandfather also became more and more forgetful, unsettled and paranoid as time went on and everyone seemed to chalk it up to old age and possibly alzheimer’s. However, Jacob came to realize a little too late that had not in fact been the case at all and that his grandfather’s stories were not quite as embellished or as made up as he once thought them to be.

After being so deeply effected by not only the loss of his grandfather but by his brutal murder and the horrific creature he saw in the woods the night his grandfather died, Jacob finds his own life spiraling out of control.  He also can’t seem stop obsessing over the meaning of the mysterious last words uttered by his grandfather as he held the dying man in his arms. So his parents send him to see a psychiatrist in hopes that it will help him work through his feelings and issues in order to get back to some semblance of normalcy.

Although his parents are weary, they allow Jacob to travel with his father to the island in the U.K. where the orphanage his grandfather spoke of was located at his psychiatrists urging.  They along with Jacob, hope he’s able to find some answers or at least some information to give him the closure he needs.  However, it seems Jacob ends up being faced with many questions and revelations before he in fact comes to find the answers he is looking for.

My Two Cents:  I had come across this book a few months ago when it appeared on my Amazon book recommendations and thought it looked interesting so I added it to my wish list and did not give it another thought.  That is until I heard Grav3yardgirl, or Bunny as some may know her, talking about it.  I was looking for something new and different to read as I had just finished the last book in the Call the Midwife series by Jennifer Worth.

In all honesty this book ended up taking a totally different turn that I had anticipated it taking.  For one I did not expect that the book would take place in the present at all, nor did I have any clue that there would be the whole time travel aspect.  I suppose I thought it would be solely about the orphans residing at Miss Peregrine’s.

I think Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was interesting and while I mostly enjoyed the book, I found myself feeling much less enthusiastic about reading it mid-way through for some reason.  Okay I know it’s a work of fantasy/fiction but it just started to feel as though it was going all over the place with the jump between the past and present, his grandfather’s double life, the peculiar children, the monster, the WWII & Holocaust tie ins, not to mention the budding relationship between Jacob and his grandpa Portman’s former flame.

I will say that Riggs is a wonderfully descriptive writer.   I also quite liked how he incorporated the vintage photographs and how eerie they were.  The photo’s added an interesting dimension to the book in my opinion.  Sadly though, the photographs, particularly the images of the letters, do not translate so well on the Kindle.  So if you plan to add Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children to your reading list, it might just be worth it to get in hardcover, or paperback when it becomes available.

This was a bit of fun read and I would definitely recommend it if you’re interested in something really quirky.  However, I personally did not fall in love this book (that doesn’t mean I hated it either, I just felt sort of lukewarm about it, if you will.  Near the end, I was kind of ready to just get it finished so I could move onto something else though, to be completely honest.  Don’t necessarily let the fact that Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was a little too peculiar for my liking deter you though.  I say give it a read if it appeals to you because as they say, different strokes for different folks.

Please comment below and let me know your thoughts on my review as well as your thoughts on this book if you’ve read it.  As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.

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Attn Bloggers: You CAN get sued for using other peoples photos

Cautionary tale for fellow bloggers…

Mae's Beauty

Mareli over at Ambra Photography shared a very interesting blog post that originated from Roni Loren’s website.

I try not to use other people’s photos and if and when I ever do (did) I give them credit in the article… not anymore after reading this post. I have updated all my posts that had any other picture to now represent a picture from Microsoft Word, mostly cute clip art.

Read on more for her story here. 

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