Saturday, July 24, 2010

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Tough girl FAIL, bug WIN

Soooo, this morning when I arrived to work, I was greeted by a MASSIVE BUG. It was laying on it's back all dead looking by the cash register, so I grabbed a container and an excessive amount of paper towels to brush it into the container with. As soon as I touched it with the paper, it SPRANG to life and came right for me. I swear. Right for me.

So, maybe it was just running for it's life, but still. It was about the size of a quarter, like a hybrid beetle/roach thing. Big clicky exoskeleton and ... just ugh.

Anyway, I put on one hell of a display. Screamed ... all the mall walkers were looking at me. LOL!! Then I tried to just put the container down on top of it to trap it (that's my method when there's no one around to kill things for me), but it was in a corner, and the rounded edges of the container wouldn't get it. A customer came in to get their glasses, and I said "Picking up? OK, you're just going to have to wait a minute ... I'm having a stand off with a bug, and I'm not taking my eyes off it till it's taken care of ..." (because, you know, if you take your eyes off it for even a fraction of a second, it'll be all up in your pants leg or in your hair ... THAT display would be memorable and a half for any witness)

They looked at me like I was completely stupid and perhaps crazy, but the dude got it into the container (after examining it extensively *eyeroll* I don't care WHAT it is, strangerman, I just want it GONE, preferably DEAD!), and because it wouldn't be prudent to allow him into our lab to get to the back door, and he CLEARLY didn't intend to kill it for me, he handed off the container and I ran shrieking to the back door with it and flung it outside.

It was an event. I'm good at making an ass of myself.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Orly Rage

This is just a super fast swatch of Orly Rage, but I have worn it as a full mani ...

Orly Rage is a rose gold with silver metallic fleck polish from their Foil FX line which also featured a silver and a gold.

Outside, full sun

Indoors, natural light

Sooo ... I'm a little bummed about this one because the color just seems too bland for something called RAGE (Killing in the NAME of ...). I really wanted the copper/rose aspect to show through the most, like a brand new penny, but it's nothing close. As you can see in full sun, it's rather pinkish, but very pale and almost silver leaning. While, inside it looks like a pale gold. Other than the blandness of the color, I have very little to complain about. The formula is nice and thin, goes on evenly, and dries quickly. Shown is 2 coats with no base or top. It's got lots of oomph as far as the effect goes, very sparkly and eye catching. It does dry to a satiny finish though. It wears pretty nicely, I can get 3 or 4 days out of it with minimal chipping if I use a top coat and good base.

So there ya go.

The rest of the Blush minis, skittle style.

I REALLY ought to work on my cuticle care and overall hand care ... I'm increasingly embarrassed over the shape of my hands. Blah. :(

Anyway ... here are the other 5 colors in the jelly Blush set I posted about a few days ago. From thumb to pinky they are: Stayin' Alive, Can U Dig It?, Pychadelic [sic], Hustle, and Boogie.

Indoors, natural light

Outside, bright sun

OK, so, overall? I guess I got my money's worth ($3.99) ... Blah. The red is nice, the green is just ok, the rest pretty much suck. The formula on these was just as bad as the first one I swatched. Got super glumpy and thick right away, streaky, etc. The purple was the most disappointing polish of the bunch. Look how boring!! It was more sheer than the yellow and green too! I used 4 coats for the purple and 3 for the rest.

These are definitely going into Miss M's collection ... DNW for myself.

Some Claire's bargains = NIGHTMARE!!! (pic heavy)

Sooooo, Miss M and I got the head's up that Claire's would be having their 10 for 10 clearance sale over the last weekend. Since she had a birthday giftcard burning a hole in my wallet (not a mistake, lol. Her gc, my wallet), we were in there bright and early Thursday morning when the sale was set to start. We hit the proverbial "jack-pop." She got about a gabuhjazillion pairs of earrings to play with once her ears heal from piercing, a neon orange "pearl" necklace (she insists it's her birthstone, just orange. Don't ask me! LOL), tons of crap with "Awwwww, kitties!!!" on it, lots of "lickstick" and of course mommy made a bee line for the polish ...

So, I thought I had scored BIG when I saw this set:

Cute, right?!? A set of 7 mini creme brights for a dollar?!? Weeeeelll ... maybe not such a hot deal ... When I applied the first one, I noticed an odd smell. Is that Elmer's Glue?!? But I stayed the course and continued with my skittles ... As the first coats dried, I noticed that even though they applied opaque and creamy, they dried sheer and had sparse glitter. OK. Whatever. It could be interesting. So I carried on. Three coats later, and still smelling glue, I wondered if maybe these are peel off polishes.

Here's the red, blue, orange, purple and pink.

Inside, low artificial light

Outside, full sun

The next pics have the yellow and green on index and middle, but thumb, ring and pinkie have my other finds; Emerald City, Fire and Magic. I'll comment on those three later.

Inside, low artificial light

Outside, full sun

OK, speaking JUST about the 7 polish set, they *are* cute, but definitely weird. They would never have built full opacity. I was relatively certain by the feel of the finish that they were peel off paints. Sooo, I started peeling!

OMG!!!! WTF?!?!?! That shit STAINED!!! BAD!!!

Thank goodness, the stains have since faded (remover and acetone didn't touch it, but each time I applied another polish and removed, they got a little lighter. You know when you get gum stuck to your face after blowing a big bubble, and the only thing that can get it off is a larger wad of chewed gum, the bond between the bits of gum is stronger than the bond between skin and gum? I think it was like that concept), and I'm now just a little bit yellowed, but DAMN! That was the worst dollar I ever spent!!! I'm not passing these on, I'm throwing them OUT! BOOOO Hiiissssssss ...

Onto the other 3 ...

OK, this will be short and sweet because I don't have a lot to say about any of them, lol. Let's see the full sun picture again.

Emerald City (thumb): Foil/metallic style with bits of silver and green. Similar in concept to the Orly Foil FX line, but no comparison formula-wise. Thick, goopy application. Good coverage though (pictured is one coat) and it evened out fine. It's a nice color, just not my type. For a buck though, it's a win.

Fire (ring): Neon pinkish orangish red. Pretty sheer. 3 coats shown. Nice smooth application. My pic is no where NEAR coloraccurate, it's a neon. It's just not possible for a $50 camera to do, LOL!!! If you're used to looking at pictures of nail polish though, I'm sure you can see that one stripe of neony goodness on my ring finger and imagine this one stopping traffic. I want to wear this one as a full mani soon.

Magic (pinkie): Sigh. I don't really have anything *bad* to say about this polish, but I don't have anything *good* to say either. I know a lot of people really like this one, and some people even have it on their lemming list, so I feel bad for not loving it, but ... It's a darkish blurple jelly with golden shimmer. It's a fine color, but it's just ... not my thing, I guess. Here's a pointless close up indoors:

The end!

Miss M's birthday money nails ...


Betcha can't guess how long these bad boys stayed on ... LOL!!! Oh well, it was good fun for the 80 cents she spent on them (thanks to mama and her bargaining ways!!). And how jealous are we of all those silly bands??? Very.