Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Some Burlesque Swatches: Let Me Entertain You and Extra-Va-Vaganza, Plus A Whole Buncha Bonus Swatches

Alright.  I'm doing it again.  It's been awhile, so I'm throwing up a whole bunch of swatches at once.  Because really, I've been hauling so much lately that i have absolutely no excuse for not posting something every single day, even if it's just stash photos or haul photos or just my NOTD :p  So here you go - here's what's been on my nails the past week or two.

Sorry about the watermark - I already posted this on MUA, so if you already saw these phots there, sorry :p  And I didn't have time to go back and change the watermark on all of them, so just try to ignore it :s  Also, sorry about my dry-azz cuticles :(

Okay, I'll start with some of the other stuff.  Why?  Just cuz I want to :p

Sparitual Chill. OMG, what a gorgeous creamy bluey-purpley! Do these Sparituals wear like iron on anyone else, or is it just me? Cuz if they all wear this well, I think I love...

Claire's Mood Polish in Mellow/Crazy. This is it cold...
...and this is warm. I may have jazzed it up with some random glitter topcoat, by the looks of it here, but I honestly don't remember... I thought this was new, but its really just a lighter, more boring version of Calm/Wild...
See how similar? Does anyone else have Mellow/Crazy?

Alright, here's those Burlesque polishes I promised you:

OPI Let Me Entertain You. Ooh, blue shimmer! I loved this one a lot more than I thought I would.

OPI Extra-Va-Vaganza. yeah, I loved this one exactly as much as I thought I would :) I mean, how can you not?

I will swatch the rest of these Burlesques as I wear them - I promise!  I have all of them now :S :S  I'm saving my favorite, Sparkle-icious, for last....

Milani Just Browsing. Your standard silvery, shimmery white. Kind of like OPI Kyoto Pearl.

China Glaze Stroll. <33333333333

Okay, and I really loved this one too:

Color Club Untamed Luxury topped with HT. UL is such a gorgeous polish - turquoise blue jelly base packed with aqua glitter...

...and topped with HT, it just looks so... mermaid-y....

Remember that 5-pack of blackened glitters Icing had a while back? This was my favorite one from that pack. The gold glitter stands out really, really well against the black base. Love :)

Massini Purple Medallion.... or, I mean Studio M, whatever.

And saved for last, my recent favorite:

This is Color Club Wild And Willing. I think I put it over With Abandon, which is a black with very subtle gold shimmer/microglitter, but it doesn't matter - you'll get the same basic effect over any black...



...and green :) Lovin would be easy if your colours were like my dreeeeeams.... yeah, never mind. It's kind of like a more intense Space Cadet, in my opinion.... if you can picture such a thing :)

Alright, that's all for now.  I have soooo much haulage to show you guys... Japanese dollar store polishes, MAC Jade Dragon, new Anna Sui and Bourjois, new WnW blackened glitters, and some really sweet frankens I made!  Yes, I, Lex, The Queen of FrankenSuckFail, made not one successful franken - but three! :D  And one's that SSN franken I've been meaning to make forever - turned out great! :D  Oooh, I can't wait to show you!

I'm tired now, though, and off to bed - I'll post my NOTD tomorrow too, I promise.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Huge Swap Haul! Things I Couldn't Get In Canada

Okay, I told you about that EPIC swap I did awhile back... I don't want to bore you to tears, but I did want to show you what I got in the swap really quickly.

One of these days I'd like to start doing Youtube videos about stuff like this.  And then I could just link to the video.  I'm probably completely kidding myself thinking anyone would be even remotely interested in watching anything like that, but really, I think I would have so much fun doing it that I wouldn't really care :p  But then I get to thinking about why I'd have so much fun doing something like that, and I start to feel kind of narcissistic and insipid and decide against it again.  But then I watch videos like this and this and especially this and want to do it again.....  ugh.  Anyway, I'll try not to drag this on....

Okay, so this swap was courtesy of the awesome jn_woods.  I don't know if you're a follower, Jen, but if anyone is on MUA and thinking of swapping with her, I highly recommend it - the woman is a CP wizard, people! :)

Okay, so these are in no particular order, since Blogger is not letting me rearrange my photos right now:

This is Love My Nails Glory, Essie Pink Parka and Sinful Innocent, which I think is a dupe for OPI Who The Shrek Are You?  Oops.

Pure Ices in Beware and Strapless.  Both intended for frankening.  I think this is like my fifth bottle of Strapless :p

 This is Zoya Luna, Nova and Collette - obtained for me during Zoya's "LIPPY" sale earlier this year, which of course wasn't available to Canadians >:p

 Hard Candy Mr. Wrong and Lava.  My sister stole the ring from Mr. Wrong.  We have Hard Candy at Walmart here now, but of course, NO NAIL POLISH!  AWESOME!  THANKS WALMART CANADA!  >:p >:p

New York Summer Amaranth and Hot Baby Blue, and Sally Hansen HD Byte and Wavelength.  We eventually got these HDs in Canada, but not at the time I requested them.  I didn't want to wait 2 months till we got them here :p

 This is the Milani.... Hot Metal collection?  Liquid Metal?  Arrrgh.  I fail.  I know Milani had two collections of chromes (and then put out another with metallic reds and oranges....it's like, oooookay), and I got both of them, but I don't recall which was which.... to be fair, I never actually saw the display myself in person  :p  Anyway, I think this one is the Hot Metal collection.  I think.  These all have names with "melt" in them.... and they have been reviewed to death so I'mma move on...

 And here's the other collection.  These have computer-y names... and they look more like Liquid Metal, so I'm gonna guess these are those.  I don't remember all the names of them right now, and I don't want to go look, so.... oh man, this post sucks soooo bad, doesn't it?  :(  Sorry.

 These are Massinis, as you can see :)  They are super-pretty and blingy.  I'm so happy I finally got these, but ........ whyyyyy don't they sell these in Canada?!?  Sad face.
*EDIT - As I was reading this, when I read "as you can see", I looked up at the picture and saw.... that the bottles say "Studio M" on them now.  I IZ SMRT.....  Yeah.  Massini renamed itself Studio M a long time ago... and come to think of it, I may have seen the makeup in a store around here... so maybe we'll see Studio M polishes soon?
These are Essence Color & Go's.  Once again, not in Canada :(  I already had two of these from swaps - Pool Party and Underwater, and now I am the proud owner of Check Me Out, No More Drama, What Do U Think and VIP Appeal.  Stupid names, but whatever.  I read on the board that What Do U Think is a dupe for Chanel Orange Fizz.... really?  I dunno about that, but it's a cute colour.

LA Splash polishes!  The coveted Golden Seahorse, Sparkling Oceanspray and Sparkling Stratosphere.  Once again, never seen in Canada.  I feel like if I search dollar stores hard enough I'd find these one day, but I know it's a lie....

The entire collection of the summer LE Wet N Wilds!  Now, we have WnW in Canada, but we'd never, ever see new collections like this, let alone LE ones.  And I never thought I'd be able to obtain all of them, but I did!  :D 

Okay, I had a couple of more things to show you, like the names of the WnW polishes, not to mention the crown jewels of my swap!  :(  But blogger is NOT letting me upload photos right now.  At all.  I click on them to upload them, and nothing happens.  I realize this post really, really sucks, and I apologize.  Hopefully blogger will stop effing with me soon and I can go back and edit this.  If you're reading this before I have a chance, once again I'm sorry  :(  My next post will be better, i promise!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

My OPI Collection, In It's Entirety

Okay, so I randomly decided on a whim to count all my OPIs.  I attempted to photograph the entire thing, then I set about identifying each polish.  I'm just going to post the pics, and then all the labels below it.  It's a lot to sort through, but at least if you see a polish and wonder what it is you'll be able to find out.  Or you could just compare it to your own OPI collection.  Or... whatever, fine, you know what?!  I really don't know what the point of me doing this was.  But the point is, I did it, and now I'm going to post it just so I feel like I didn't waste two hours of my life  :p 
OPIs are not my favorite brand of nail polish - probably my second or third or fourth, realistically - but I do own a lot of them because they are so easy to find, and for a while there I really had a hook-up and I was able to buy a lot of the core colours for a dollar or two each :)  So my collection kind of grew.  And I mean, I do love my OPI.  They are good polishes, for the most part.  Certain ones definitely inspire a special kind of lust in me that few other brands can.  And they have created some of the coolest colours of all time.  So even though the company itself is ridiculous and stupid and can go pee up a rope, I do love their polish.  As you will be able to see. 

So... are you ready for this?

Okay.... I'm warning you.  This is ridiculous.  Downright laughable.  I own 181 OPIs!  including minis.  So....you wanna see?  You really wanna see my ENTIRE OPI collection?  Well.... okay.... you asked!  :p

This is the main OPI drawer of my Melmer... so far I have one drawer dedicated to OPIs, and the rest just on random stands around my room.  I'm going to have to dedicate another drawer to them soon - in the new Melmer I plan to buy soon, most likely.  You're probably gonna have to click on the picture to see all the numbers, but maybe not.

Also, please excuse the mess that is my room.  I'm reorganizing my closet - it doesn't always look like this, I swear!  :p
1. How To Jamaica Million 2. You Don't Know Jacques - Suede 3. Pearl Of Wisdom 4. Alpine Snow 5. Bubble Bath 6. We'll Always Have Paris - Suede 7. Skinny Dip'n In Lake Michg'n 8. Happy Anniversary 9. Elephantastic Pink 10. Kyoto Pearl 11. Princesses Rule! 12. Meet Me On The Star Ferry 13. Suzi And The Lifeguard 14. Lincoln Park At Midnight 15. Flower-To-Flower 16. Bling Dynasty 17. And This Little Piggy 18. Russian Navy - Suede 19. Wing It! 20. Lincoln Park After Dark 21. Mod About You 22. Black Cherry Chutney 23. OPI Ink 24. OPI Ink - Suede 25. (unknown unlabelled pinkish nude) 26. 18K Ginza Gold 27. Moon Over Mumbai 28. Here Today...Aragon Tomorrow 29. Sweet Heart 30. Don't Know... Beets Me! 31. Purple With A Purpose 32. Jewel Of India 33. Mrs. O'Leary's BBQ 34. You Don't Know Jacques! 35. Light My Sapphire 36. Give Me The Moon 37. Louvre Me Louvre Me Not 38. Russian Navy 39. La Paz-itively Hot - Matte 40. Cozu-melted In The Sun 41. Shim-Merry Chic 42. Manicurist Of Seville 43. Lemonade Stand By Your Man 44. Need Sunglasses? 45. Russian Navy - Matte 46. Yoga-Ta Get This Blue! 47. Can't-a-Berry Have Some Fun? 48. It's All Greek To Me 49. Brisbane Bronze 50. Dress To Empress 51. Bright Lights - Big Color 52. The "It" Color 53. Dating A Royal 54. Jade Is The New Black 55. Dutch Tulips 56. Royal Flush Blush 57. Suzi Skis In The Pyranees Suede 58. Miami Beet 59. I'm Not Really A Waitress 60. Hot & Spicy 61. Banana Bandanna 62. Green-wich Village 63. Here Today...Aragon Tomorrow - Suede 64. Amazing Lazing Lilac 65. Nomad's Dream 66. Holiday Glow 67. Malaga Wine 68. My Chihuahua Bites! 69. In My Back Pocket 70.Suzi Says Feng Shui 71. Gargantuan Green Grape 72. Do You Lilac It? 73. Tickle My France-y 74. Sand In My Suit 75. Royal Rajah Ruby 76. Bogota Blackberry 77. Flit A Bit 78. Midnight In Moscow 79. All-A-Bordeaux The Sled 80. A Oui Bit Of Red 81. No Room For The Blues 82. Sea? I Told You! 83. My Big Break84. I'd LikeTo Thank 85. Hollywood Blonde 86. Have You Seen My Limo? 87. Dim Sum Plum 88. Red My Fourtune Cookie 89. Thanks So Muchness! 90. St. Petersburgundy 91. Witch Arm? 92. Off With Her Red! 93. Glow-Ink In The Dark 94. Tattoo You Want Candy? 95. I Love Mummy 96. (unknown blueish silver) 181. Suzi Says Feng Shui.  Wow, that was ridiculous.  And the last one is 181 because I missed it at first :p

This is random stand #1, where they're playing nicely with Zoyas, Lippmans, Illas and Chanels:
97. Merryberry Mauve Glitter TC 98. Paris Couture For Sure TC 99. Thrills In Beverly Hills TC 100. Glitter Bit Of Music TC 101. Goldilocks Rocks! 102. Merryberry Mauve 103. Vodka & Caviar 104. Got The Blues For Red 105. Maliblue 106. My Fave Wave.

A stand hanging on the wall by my bed:
107. Who The Shrek Are You? 108. Fiercely Fiona 109. Ogre-The-Top Blue 110. What's With The Cattitude? 111. Can You Dig It? 112. Rumple's Wiggin' 113. Funkey Dunkey 114. SRO (Standing Room Only) Silver 115. Damone Roberts 1968 116. She's Golden 117. Fireflies 118. Blonde Date 119. Brand New Skates 120. Baby It's Coal Outside 121. Breathe Life 122. Maine-iac Mauve 123. Ate Berries In The Canaries 124. Sahara Sapphire 125. MPJ (teal flash) 126. MPJ (brown poo) 127. MPJ (holo) 128. (is actually China Glaze Strawberry Fields, not an OPI - oops)

The second stand, on my dresser, completely full:
129. Man Of La Mancha 130. Movin' Out 131. Rent 132. Thoroghly Modern Millie 133. Mamma Mia! 134. That's All Bright With Me! 135. Dress To Empress 136. Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous 137. Ski Teal We Drop 138. Color So Hot It Berns 139. Glitzerland 140. Cuckoo For This Color 141. Yodel Me On My Cell 142. The Color To Watch 143. Lincoln Park After Dark 144. Black Tie Optional 145. Have You Seen My Limo? 146. Sonic Bloom 147. Who Are You Wearing? 148. Ocean Love Potion 149. Peel Me A Gobi Grape 150. Merry Midnight 151. Smitten With Mittens 152. Call My Cell-ery 153. Sit Under The Apple Tree 154. Hey! Get In Lime! 155. Parlez-Vous OPI 156. Done Out In Deco 157. Sand-erella 158. Blue Moon Lagoon 159. Coral Reef 160. You Ottaware Purple 161. At Your Quebec And Call 162. Glacier Bay Blues 163. Rainforest

And the third stand, with my DS and Alice polishes, playing with Anna Sui and miscellaneous others:
164. DS Chiffon 165. DS Reflection 166. DS Reserve 167. DS Tapestry 168. DS Extravagence 169. DS Treasure 170. Mad As A Hatter 171. Absolutely Alice 172. DS Sapphire 173. DS Jewel 174. DS Glow 175. DS Glamour 176. DS Mystery 177. DS Illuminate 178. DS Elegence 179. DS Coronation 180. Ghostess With The Mostess.

Okay, this post was ridiculous.  I don't even really know why I just put it up. Guilt, likely.

*EDIT - I just realized two things.  1.) Even though I said #128 was a China Glaze, not an OPI, I still included it in the count.  Derpderp.  And 2.) I missed an OPI, cuz it was hiding in one of my other purses.  And it's one of my favorite colours - Significant Other Color! So, minus the ChG and including that, the final number is still the same... wow, that was entirely pointless, wasn't it....

So I got my giant swap in, and my TD order, and I haven't really gotten much else that's major in the past little while... I got Essie Sew Psyched and MAC Bad Fairy today - yay! :)  And I plan on getting each and every one of those damn Burlesques when they come out.... which should be any day now.  I have them all on hold at my local salon - they're getting them in any day now and they're calling me when they do :)  And now there's all this NARS madness going on.... gah!  I think I'll hate myself if I have the opportunity to get Zulu and Mash and don't....  oh, my poor poor wallet   :p

Anyway, some day soon I'll post photos of the giant epic swap haul.... plus I have all the Orly Cosmix swatched, which I might as well post.  And all my NOTDs that I've been backlogging, as usual :-/  Oh well.  And coming up real soon will be the Burlesques :)  I'm sure I'll do a trumpeting post on them full of squees the day I get them :)

Okay, it's kind of late, and my friends are all sitting around me talking, and it's kind of distracting, so... good night!

Oh yeah, one last thing - RIP Greg Giraldo.  You guys ever seen the Comedy Central roasts?  That guy was one funny mofo.  I can't believe he's gone.  The roasts are all going to suck now  :(