Friday, August 26, 2011

It's the end of the world as we know it...

Lol, I couldn't resist.  Here's my Weekend mani: 
Zoya Irene with an accent nail of Essie Smooth Sailing.  Ohh, and my first Poshe use!   Loves It! My other hand is the reverse.   Color combination is kinda weird but welcome to my world.

Be safe fellow East Coasters and don't forget to fill your bathtub with water!

Thanks and have a good one!
Luci < ( ")!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

X-dry top coat is a liar!

So this is what my nails look like now.   Ignore the swipe of Flying Dragon :
Yeah not so pretty.  That's after lunch and a half hour of shopping. 

Luci < ( ")!

Soft and girly

Quick NOTD :
Ulta Lav-Ish. 3 coats with Ulta X-dry top coat.

Hope you like it because I do.   Wonderful lavender with a pretty and subtle gold shimmer.   Saw it at Mac's and used my Ulta rewards to pick it up.  

Sorry we're getting major rain in the Philadelphia Area and Irene is headed our way Saturday,  so it's a bit gloomy.

Thanks and have a good one!
Luci < ( ")

Sunday, August 14, 2011

The drapes match the carpet

Hey guys,

Quick NOTD :

Both toes and tips are the same, which hasn't happened in months!   Don't put me in a box!   Got a mani pedi for the first time this year.   It was a necessary luxury.

China Glaze DV8 with top coat.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Mmmm Wolverine...

So, continuing on with the Finger Paints post, this is Hue Rang?.  It looks like this one was a summer color from 2010, and I picked it up on clearance for $1.99 a couple of weeks ago!  SCORE!

So shiny...

It's purple!  It's blue!  It's cornflower!

This is 2 coats with base but no top coat.  It has a great formula, and the pigmentation is awesome.  You could be ok with only a single coat.  One of my biggest pet peeves is when I pick up a bottle of polish, especially if it is an expensive one, and its sheer.  Yes I understand the point of sheer polish, I just don't think it's worth the money.  So I was thrilled that HR is so dense, if you will.  The strong intensity is why Zoya is one of my favorites, and FP will be going into that category.  Especially for the price.

I picked up Essie's Smooth Sailing ( I know!) and need to do a comparison, possible dupe-age!

And here's some word association:
Hue Rang?-> Hugh Jackman->Wolverine->Hmmmmmmmmmmm
And here's a pic:
Not mine, but you're welcome
Thanks and have a good one!

Luci <(")

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Another green ombre mani

Quick NOTD :
Thumb Ulta The Jungle Look
Index Revlon Rapid Dry Emerald
Middle Finger Paints Scenery Greenery
Ring Tres Risk A Lotta Cash
Pinkie American Apparel Hunter
I'm doing this from memory so there may be mistakes.
Thanks and have a good one!
Luci <(")

Friday, August 5, 2011

Who are you and what have you done with Luci?

Here is the final fall Finger Paints swatch, Cordur-Orange.  So, first off...I hate orange.  Orange just repulses me normally.  It's not my cup of tea and I rarely like it on any one else. So in a growth exercise (ha!) I chose Cordur-Orange as my free polish at Sally's. I would like to pick up the other 6 colors, but bills need to be paid or I have no air conditioning.  And summer in Philly without air conditioning is like living in hell.  Literally.
Anyhoo, pics!  This is 2 coats on a base coat, no top.


Not quite the right color...

So, the pics make this seem much more coral than it is in real life.  It is an absolutely lovely, pumpkiny, spicy terra cotta like color that I surprisingly love!  As others have said, it is a truly fall color, bringing up images of pumpkin pie, fuzzy sweaters and fireplaces all a lit while leaves fall gently in the background while sipping on a hot toddy.  Or that just may be me.

Overall, I am genuinely impressed with Finger Paints.  I've just recently started shopping at Sally's, and I had picked up some of their colors on clearance, but hadn't tried them out yet.  I'll have some swatches of these older colors coming up soon!

Thanks and have a good one!

Luci <(")

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

I say: "Never too many greens!" Military Green Comparison

Hello all!

Here is the second of the 2011 Fall Finger Paints I have to show you.  Military Green is exactly my cup of tea! I love green, especially something murky!  So much so, that I have 4 similar colors, so I did a very unscientific comparison.  Warning, this is pic heavy!  All swatches are on a base coat, 2 coats of color, no top.  It was very humid, so MG ended up bubbling, but I was pressed for time, so no do over.  MG is on my index and ring fingers throughout.

First off:  American Apparel Army Jacket: 
In the shade

In sunlight   

AJ is much yellower, and MG looks much greyer than it is in real life.  Not close at all!

Next up, Essie Sew Psyched:

In sunlight

In shadow

 In the sunlight, you can tell that MG looks yellower now, but in the shadow, they're pretty close. 

Next: Sonia Kashuk Fatigued:

In shadow

In sunlight
 These two you can see the difference in shadow and sunlight.  Fatigued is bluer and deeper. But still pretty close.

Finally Zoya Gemma.  Yes I know Gemma has the purple flash, but I was curious about the base color.

In sunlight

In shadow
 Well, in sunlight the flash is distracting, but you can still see that MG is a bit bluer, but in shade, again, pretty close. 

Here are all five: 
In sunlight

In shadow
 In conclusion:  the closest would be Sew Psyched and Fatigued, with Gemma and Army Jacket being much too yellow.  Between those three, honestly, I think that SP and F are more dupes than MG with either of them.  Mind you close enough that if you're not a huge fan, I wouldn't get all three, but I'm ok with having them :).

Here are SP and F up close and personal:

In sunlight

In shadow
Honestly, I prefer Fatigued.  I like the formula better, not as watery, and at 3 bucks cheaper than Essie, score!  In truth, I don't think that Essie's worth the price tag, yet I sometimes get into the mob mentality and buy Essie, but I usually end up regretting it.  Unless it was at a deep discount.  I may be looking to give SP a good home soon. 

Thanks and have a good one!

Luci  <(")

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

I love a blustery day...

I'm very happy that all the fall collections are coming out!  My first grabs were from Fingerpaints.  I love the dusky colors and the lovely creaminess!  I've got three that I will show you, hopefully this week ;)

Here's a quick NOTD with Vintage Velvet with a bit of Silver Shatter thrown in for good measure.

This is Vintage Velvet with a base coat, 2 coats (formula was nice) and Sally Hansen Insta-dry Clear as the top coat.  A thin coat of OPI Silver Shatter on index and thumb. 
I really love this combination!  It has a great, rich, fall feel but with still a summer twist.  LOVE! 

It's teal.  That is all. <3
BTW, Sally's was doing a buy 2 get 1 free on all Fingerpaints...

Thanks and have a good one!

Luci <(")
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