Saturday, June 30, 2012

Orly Can't Be Tamed

it's so awesome to finally have a backyard to play with my dogs in! i'm trying to teach Jewels to fetch... so far, she's mastered chasing the ball, touching it, then running back to me. it's hilarious... and i'm the one getting the work out by running back and forth after the ball :D

today we've got the last of the polishes from the Orly Flash Glam FX collection, Can't Be Tamed. it's a large purple hex glitter with small silver pieces in a clear base. i like the coverage it gives in one coat, but you need to make sure not to go over it with too many brushstrokes... i made that mistake on my pointer nail and it's full of bubbles! the purple pieces really catch the light and change in tone from warm plummy purple to a cool violet. i paired this over Zoya Codie and i really like how the brown and purple look together. one coat of Seche Vite is enought to seal the glitter, but if you like a smooth nail, you'll probably need another coat!

i really like this whole collection... word is that there will be 17 more FX glitters coming out... WOOHOO! Ria :)

Friday, June 29, 2012

Zoya Codie

we get the Game Show Network now that we've moved... and Mr. Pawlish and i are completed addicted to reruns of Family Feud! yep, we're being those people who yell the answers at the tv :) some of the answers people have given in the surveys are just mind boggling!

today we have Zoya Codie, a dark brown creme. it's a really rich expresso brown, just like having coffee on your nails! the formula is great, two coats for full opacity. it's slightly more runny than i prefer, but easily manageable with a gentle hand!

one coat Orly Nailtrition, two coats Codie, one coat Seche Vite.

Happy Friday, hope you all have a fabulous weekend! Ria :)

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Sonia Kashuk Fairy Princess

today at Starbucks they were giving away a free drink with a purchase of a drink... that means i had two frapps today for the price of one! terribly exciting, right? :D

today's polish is Sonia Kashuk Fairy Princess. i bought it because i saw it featured on another blog (i wish i could remember which one!) and loved it! i'm happy to say, it lived up to my expectations :) it's a minty green creme with a subtle blue shimmer running through it... gorgeous! i used two thick coats for full opacity and it worked well that way. thin coats would take forever to build up! you do need to be careful because it has a slight tendency to pool towards the sides of the nail. i was pleasantly surprised by the formula since i had purchased a Sonia Kashuk polish in the past and returned it because of the terrible formula.

one coat Orly Nailtrition, two coats Fairy Princess, two coats Seche Vite.

two coats of Seche Vite really brings out all the shimmers, i highly recommend you go for that added topcoat! are there any other Sonia Kashuk polishes i'm missing out on? let me know! Ria :)

Sonia Kashuk polishes are available at Target for around $5!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Orly Be Brave

went to the Monterey Aquarium today... all the animals are so cute! it was especially cool because wild sea lions and otters were outside in the Bay and you could see them from some of the balconies :) i was shocked by how small the penguins are... i thought they were much bigger. and by the way... puffins are SO CUTE!

today we are checking out Orly Be Brave from the Flash Glam FX collection. it's a holographic pink bar glitter and i love it! it reminds me of a polish i had when i was little... i wish i still had it, i think it was called Baby Sparks? that also had other types of glitter in it, but the pink bar glitter is a great start. my issue with the application is that the bars all want to clump together... so i went over the same places multiple times and got some really bad air bubble action on a couple nails! i used two coats on my swatching hand, then used the technique of holding the bottle upside down before starting my left hand. loads more glitter came out, but it did want to clump... comment below if you have better techniques, please!! :)

one coat Orly Nailtrition, two coats Maybelline Sapphire Siren, one coat Seche Vite, two thin coats Be Brave, one coat Seche Vite.

i love the combo of the deep blue and the pink together, i'm glad i decided against going with basic black which was my first instinct! Ria :)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Maybelline Color Show Sapphire Siren

worked on organizing my polish today... i decided to put all the polish that hasn't been featured on the blog yet into my drawer units... i'm debating whether or not to buy more to put the 'used' polishes in or to figure out something else. i'm definitely not paying the sticker of $40 a pop for them! at my old house i had my polishes organised by color, but since so many ladies organize by brand... i decided to jump on the brand boat! :D

today's polish is Maybelline Color Show Sapphire Siren, a dark blue creme. i'm going to go ahead and call this one a navy, but it is on the very light end of the navy spectrum! the formula for this one was great... scary on the first coat with all its streakiness, but evened out to full opacity in the second coat. it dries very shiny on its own, it's another solid polish from this new Color Show line!

one coat Orly Nailtrition, two coats Sapphire Siren, one coat Seche Vite.

even when polishes dry super shiny on their own, i'm just not happy with them until they have a coat of Seche Vite... i love how it makes the polish look thicker... and somehow more expensive! Ria :)

Monday, June 25, 2012

Orly Sashay My Way

we saw wild otters today! they were SO cute :) we saw a mom and a baby next to the wharf we ate dinner at, the baby slept the whole time while mom ate clams. chomp chomp chomp :D i never thought we'd actually be so close to wild otters, it was super exciting... and made my husband's week, otters are his favorite animals!

today's lovely is Orly Sashay My Way, a gold holographic glitter (be still my heart!) from their Flash Glam FX collection. it's comprised of large hex pieces and bar pieces... i feel it would have been better had the bar pieces been left out. i didn't get any on my pinky nail at all, and they weren't consistent on any nail. i did place a couple pieces of hex glitter, but no more than i would for any average glitter. i haven't seen a gold holo glitter like this, i feel like it's been done a million times in silver... it's quite refreshing to see it in another color!

one coat Orly Nailtrition, three coats China Glaze Velvet Bow, one coat SV, one coat Sashay, one coat Seche Vite.

i LOVE the name of this glitter, it's so cute! what do you guys think, should the bar glitter have been left out of the equation? Ria :)

Sunday, June 24, 2012

China Glaze Velvet Bow

what a wonderful husband i have... he just watched Real Housewives of New Jersey with me! at least he was in the room... i don't that he actually watched it. and he has now run off, Watch What Happens Live was just too much for him :D

today's polish is China Glaze Velvet Bow, a deep red jelly! it's a true blood red, and since it's a jelly, it's squishy looking and even more blood like. two thick coats would have worked, but i did three coats of differing thicknesses. it dries super shiny on its own, but i did add my obligatory coat of Seche Vite!

one coat Orly Nailtrition, three coats Velvet Bow, one coat Seche Vite.

tomorrow will be another of the Orly Flash Glam FX polishes, can't wait! Ria :)

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Orly Spazmatic

we've been working on purging books... that's really hard for me, because i love books so much! but... we were over our weight limit for this move, so heavy things like books are getting the old heave ho.  i'm super happy that i found my grooming books, i didn't want to cut Jewels' hair before i looked through a mutt book for inspiration :)

today's polish is Orly Spazmatic from the Flash Glam FX collection. it is a glitter comprised of the large blue pieces and loads of blue micro-glitter. i used one thick coat over Revlon Black Lingerie and finished it off with a coat of Seche Vite. the formula is thick on this one, to spread the glitter particles out how i wanted them, i went over the nail with multiple strokes instead of trying for as few strokes as possible (like i usually do!).

all blogger websites are coming up as fraudulent on my computer... i think my virus software is in overdrive? i wish i knew more about computers! let me know if this is happening to any of you... thanks, guys! Ria :)

Friday, June 22, 2012

Revlon Black Lingerie

i was putting food in my hermit crab tank today and dropped the hood... and blew both the day time heat bulbs! gah, what a frustration. luckily, we needed to run errands anyway (the errands just never seem to end!), so going an extra place wasn't a big deal.

today's polish is Revlon Black Lingerie, your basic creme black. i bought it on clearance thinking it would be a good base for glitter... and i'm quite impressed! this polish is opaque in two coats and dries super shiny. its flaw would be a runny formula, make sure to use a light hand to prevent pooling in the cuticles.

Orly Nailtrition, two coats Black Lingerie, one coat Seche Vite.

as you can see by my pointer finger, you can see imperfections and dust really easily in this polish... but that tends to happen with black polish. excellent deal for only .97 cents... and the name is totally fab! Ria :)

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Orly Mermaid Tale

i'm happy to report that i found a place today that makes excellent Margherita pizza! it's so perfect that i don't even need to find a place that serves bruschetta anymore :D i can't even begin to express how delighted (and full!) i am right now!

i'm super excited to review Orly Mermaid Tale today, it's part of their Flash Glam FX collection. it's a super dense green glitter with large hex particles and tiny round (i think!) particles. there is also large holographic hex particles... totally adding to the mermaid effect! this is only one coat, it will definitely be easy to get this glitter opaque on its own (spoiler... unlike the rest of collection!). because it is so dense with glitter pieces, this formula is a bit gloopy, make sure to use an easy hand!  i really wish they would have named it Mermaid Tail... i guess they were going for a pun thing? but it really does look like gorgeous shiny scales that a mermaid might have!

the one coat is over Maybelline Color Show Blue Freeze, i still had it on from my last post and decided it would make a great base for this glitter! the glitters in this polish are super shiny, they catch any light and sparkle like crazy :)

one coat Orly Nailtrition, two coats Maybelline Blue Freeze, one coat Mermaid Tale, one coat Seche Vite.

did anyone watch the new Burn Notice tonight? how crazy was that ending?! Ria :)

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

June 20, 2012 Haulage!

ran errands today, fun stuff! the great thing about running errands, though... browsing through cosmetics sections :) i'm pretty excited over what i got... some stuff on clearance... three Maybelline Color Show polishes (i accidentally bought their version of a crackle thinking it was just a purple polish... so that will be getting reviewed, too!)... and my favorite purchase... the five polishes out from Orly Flash Glam FX!

i think i'm going to be swatching the Glam FX over black... i'm definitely not doing them over naked nails, that would be scary! my nails are, sadly, very stained. does it feel like Friday to anyone else? i can't believe there are still two days left in the week! Ria :)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Maybelline Color Show Blue Freeze

took our dogs out to lunch today... i can't get enough of being able to take them to restaurants with us! we also registered Jewels for Obedience 1... i've never taken an obedience class before, or rather... taken my dog to one... so, it will be a huge learning experience for both of us. the plan is to work towards taking agility classes one day :) one of my very best friends does agility with her dog and loves it, so i thought i'd try it out. i really wish we lived closer together (we're only an entire continent apart) so we could take classes together eventually!

i'm happy to finally be reviewing Maybelline Color Show Blue Freeze today! i saw the display and posted a blog about it here, but haven't gotten around to actually trying out the polish until today. Blue Freeze is a navy blue that's sparkles with pink and blue shimmers... it's delicious! the only disappointment is that it looks like it might be a bit duochrome in the bottle, but it doesn't translate to the nail at all. it only needs two coats... i was absolutely shocked, i thought with a price tag of under three bucks, it was sure to be a tragedy. wrong wrong wrong! this is beautiful and super easy to work with, its brush is medium length and thickness, no complaints there either. i did use two coats of Seche Vite on top (as i do with most shimmers) to make sure as many sparkles showed up as possible!

one coat Orly Nailtrition, two coats Blue Freeze, two coat Seche Vite.

you can see a slight wrinkle on my pinky nail... i think the SV must have still been a little wet on the finger when i applied the second coat... booooo. i'm planning on heading to Walmart tomorrow, i will definitely be checking to see if i can find any more of these babies to try out! Ria :)

so far, i've only seen the display for these at Walmart and the price tag was under three bucks... they are probably at other drugstores, though... chain stores aren't nearly as accessible in Monterey as they were in Virginia Beach, so i'm not in them very much anymore!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Pixi Very Violet

i went to a little weekly farmers/flea market today... i love stuff like that! i got some good finds and i'll be definitely heading back in a couple weeks. i can't believe i forgot to put sunscreen on! i cooked my shoulders big time, i look a little like a lobster :D

i have one last Pixi polish to show you guys today, this one is Very Violet. it's a rich purple creme that leans towards being a jelly, it definitely has a slight squishy look! the formula on it is great, two super easy coats for full opacity. it dries dull, so you'll want to add a topcoat to bring out the vibrance of the polish. the color of the polish is much more gorgeous in person than my camera could possibly capture!

one coat Orly Nailtrition, two coats Very Violet, one coat Seche Vite.

Very Violet has an almost neon look to it in real life, it's awesome... of the three Pixis i reviewed, this is definitely my favorite! have any of you guys tried Pixi's polish? what do you think? Ria :)

Pixi polishes retail for $8 for .25 fl.oz and can bought online at and, they can also be bought in Target stores!

:: this polish was sent to me for review, these are my honest opinions! ::

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Pixi Vivid Coral

we tried to go down to Cannery Row today, and apparently... so did everyone else in Monterey! since i didn't want to pay $20 just to park while we ate, we ended up not eating down there. i'm thinking i probably won't be heading out to Cannery on weekends anymore... it's hard enough to park there on weekdays in the middle of the day :D

today our polish is Pixi Vivid Coral... which is another well named polish from Pixi! it is indeed a vivid coral red with a jelly formula. i was expecting the formula to need loads of coats for full opacity and was pleasantly surprised to really only need two! i used three on a couple fingers, just to see the difference, and there really isn't much of one. if you have long nails, you may need more coats to get rid of any visible nail line... but this polish does cover really well! my camera also refused to capture the brightness and depth of this color, although it wasn't quite as freaked out by Vivid Coral as it was by Pixi Summer Pink. this dries quite dull so you will definitely want to add a topcoat. the Seche Vite did cause it to back off some from my nail tips, leaving it more pink at the very ends. this was not nearly as noticeable in person as it is in the swatch!

one coat Orly Nailtrition, two coats VC on pinky and middle fingers, three coats VC on ring and pointer fingers, one coat Seche Vite.

i was really shocked by the opacity of this polish... i was expected a runny creme, so i was super delighted to find a fairly opaque jelly! the color leans more red than it does in the bottle, i'd love to find a polish that is the exact bottle color to have in my collection as well. Ria :)

Pixi polishes retail for $8 for .25 fl.oz and can bought online at and, they can also be bought in Target stores!

:: this polish was sent to me for review, these are my honest opinions! ::

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Pixi Summer Pink

even though i'm still homesick, i'm really, really loving how dog friendly Monterey is! we went to the outdoor mall here today and took the dogs with us... we had lunch at outside tables and the dogs are allowed in every store! i guess Monterey is starting to grow on me :)

today we are checking out a Pixi polish, this one is Summer Pink. it's a gorgeous BRIGHT pink... my camera absolutely could not capture how bright it is in person! the color tone isn't quite right either, this is definitely one you want to see for yourself. the best way to describe it is as super hot pink creme that is super saturated.  i used three coats for the swatchie, but only two on my other hand. it's best to do the second coat as a fairly thick coat, that should even out any streaking. as with all my manis, i added a coat of Seche Vite to make sure everything is completely even and there are no bubbles, and of course to make it super shiny!

one coat Orly Nailtrition, three coats Summer Pink, one coat Seche Vite.

i'm not sure that this is quite bright enough to be a neon, but it is super bright and noticeable! it's a fun color and perfectly named as Summer Pink... this color just screams warm weather and fun. it's also nicely pigmented, many neons suffer needed loads of coats to be fully opaque. Ria :)

Pixi polishes retail for $8 for .25 fl.oz and can bought online at and, they can also be bought in Target stores!

:: this polish was sent to me for review, these are my honest opinions! ::

Friday, June 15, 2012

Revlon Top Speed Sheer Cotton

spent the day setting up my hermit crab tank, i'm so happy to have them back in their big tank! they are pretty happy to be out of the travel cage, too :)

today's polish is Revlon Top Speed Sheer Cotton, a cream colored creme! i love the color of this polish, it's a very pink toned cream which gives a soft take on white nails. the formula, however, it terrible. it's very thin and streaky... and it is well named as Sheer Cotton, because it sure is sheer! i used three coats which was almost opaque on my short nails, but it would take a lot more coats to be opaque on nails with an actual nail line.

one coat Orly Nailtrition, three coats Sheer Cotton, one coat Seche Vite.

the polish looks better in the photo than it does up close in person... in person you can see the streaks where the polish is super thin in some places. i love this color, but hate the formula... i hope to find the same color somewhere else! Ria :)

Thursday, June 14, 2012

OPI Gold Shatter over Sally Hansen complete Salon Manicure Parrot

we ate at California Pizza Kitchen tonight and found out that they don't carry Bruschetta anymore! i'm majorly bummed because that is one of my favorite foods and it's very difficult to find. i guess i'm just going to have to start making it at home! :)

i decided to refresh yesterday's Sally Hansen Parrot mani by slapping on a coat of OPI Gold Shatter. i do still love the crackles! this one does best with a fairly thick application and using as few brushstrokes as possible... if you can get by with one, that's perfect! the gold is much less in your face than other shatters, depending on what color you pair it with, it can actually look quite chic.

one coat Gold Shatter, one coat Seche Vite.

i'm not super happy with today's photo, but i had to use my right hand as the model because i managed to royally screw up my left! it was a case of... well, that's a little boo boo, let me just... OH, NO. whoops! Ria :)

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Sally Hansen complete Salon Manicure Parrot

we went today to buy some plants today for our backyard... only to find out they would just be salads for the moles who live back there! i guess we may end up putting a few plants in pots out there... i'm a little bummed about not being able to make it pretty. in the moles defense, they are really cute :)

today's polish is Sally Hansen complete Salon Manicure Parrot, a lime green creme. it's bright but soft at the same  time... it's quite pretty. the formula is perfect, two easy coats for full opacity!

one coat Orly Nailtrition, two coats Parrot, one coat Seche Vite.

i just love these Sally Hansen polishes, i can't think of one i've been disappointed in! Ria :)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Sally Hansen Nails & Cuticles Hand Creme

this morning was drama filled, as my mom woke me up to tell me there was a guy with a rifle outside in his yard shooting at something. if we lived in the country, that might be one thing... but we live in an apartment complex! so we called the police non-emergency line... no one was very concerned about it which really irritated me. it looked like the guy was shooting the moles that live around here (turns out he was, he got one :( ) and that it was probably a BB gun... but what if one of those things missed and hit my dogs?! i was not a happy camper. the police finally came, and the guy was actually shooting while they were there, so the cops saw him in action... and told him he couldn't do that, that you can't even use a slingshot in Monterey County (this is California!). AND the cops told them that we were the ones who tattled... so, i'm sure they are pretty ticked off. which is okay, i was pretty ticked that he was shooting in the direction of my yard!

today we are checking out one of my personal favorite products, Sally Hansen Nails & Cuticles Creme. i got this product as a free sample with some Salon Manicure polishes i bought... i wasn't too enthused but thought i'd give it a go since it was free. i'm so glad i did because i love it!! it really helps to moisturize my dry cuticles AND i can use it right before taking swatchie pictures because it sinks in immediately and isn't shiny at all. don't like for my hands to be shiny or to feel greasy, and this stuff is great at not doing those things :) my only complaint is the scent... i'd prefer something other than citrus. however, it's light enough that as long as you don't keep your fingers under your nose, you're not going to smell it! it claims on the tube to give 24 hour moisture... it doesn't do that for me, but i do tend to have dry hands, so it might last longer on someone else.

i got these free gifts with polishes i bought on clearance so i still have several unopened bottles... but once i use them up i plan on buying the full size! i was definitely the target market for this free gift... any of you get things for free in trial size that you now purchase in full size? Ria :)

Monday, June 11, 2012

Civilian Nails Of The Week... Zephyr!

Happy Monday! we had a great day today exploring Carmel, Jewels has settled in just like she's always been with us :) we were on the hunt for Lupine collars and leads, but the store we went didn't sell them... even though Lupine's website said they were a retailer... guess i should have called the store to check!

today's showcased nails belong to Zephyr, one of my closest friends! her nails are absolutely amazing... and natural! i can't believe how perfect her blue french tips are... mine never look nearly that good :D

China Glaze Blue Sparrow (neon)

China Glaze Ahoy!

thank you so much, Zephyr, for letting me show off your nails... they're gorgeous! Ria :)

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Zoya Carly

today we adopted a sweet terrier mix girl we named Jewels... she is just wonderful :) we adopted her from a rescue here in California (Stonecliffe Rescue!!) who had rescued her out of a kill shelter! she is, quite frankly, a gem :) i'll post a post picture of us at the end of this post!

today we have Carly, the last polish of the Surf collection! it's a gorgeous royal purple... don't judge a polish by it's bottle on this one! in the bottle it looks... pretty. like a basic purple with a lot of silver shimmer. but on the nail... WOW. it becomes this deep jewel (!!) toned royal purple that shimmers and gleams... it's stunning! and the formula is great, two coats to even out some slight patchiness. this is one that you'll definitely want to pick up :) no picture is going to do it justice!

one coat Orly Nailtrition, two coats Carly, one coat Seche Vite.

what did you guys think of the Surf collection? as a whole, it's much prettier on the nail than in the bottle, and i'm glad i picked up the whole thing! there isn't a polish i dislike... i actual love them all!

and here's a picture of me holding Jewels taken by a sweet lady with rescue... my other dog Jasper is in the corner! remember... Don't Shop, Adopt! Ria :)

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Zoya Zuza

unpacking is like Christmas... but not nearly as fun! i unpacked most of my room today, which is nice... but i don't have as much closet space so i'm trying to figure out alternate places to put my clothes. it's so wonderful to actually have tables and chairs and a bed to sleep in! now if i can only remember to buy light bulbs... i'm pretty well set! i can't believe i keep forgetting them... there is very little overhead lighting in this new place... my lamps have arrived, but since i don't have light bulbs... it's still super dark at night!

today's offering from the Zoya Surf collection is Zuza, and it is one of my favorites! It's a gorgeous shimmery teal that manages to look really chic... even though it's a color that might be out of a lot of people's comfort zone. the formula is nice, two easy coats to make the slight patchiness of the first coat even out. while this color probably isn't office appropriate, it's a great color for a night out if you generally wear neutrals and want to change it up!

one coat Orly Nailtrition, two coats Zuza, one coat Seche Vite.

i used a really thick second coat because i somehow got a little carried away on a couple fingers, then had a bubble on one, and dinged another! i don't know how i always manage to be so messy! Ria :)

Friday, June 8, 2012

My Stuff Came!

today has been full of craziness, it took almost all day to get all our furniture and stuff into our new place! stuff sure takes up a lot more room when it's in a million boxes than when it's just setting out. my dog, Jasper, was really freaked out at first... but as the wore on (and on and on...) he totally relaxed and went with the flow. after the movers finally left... he passed out on the couch like he had been doing all the work! it was really cute :) my mom and i spent the evening unpacking the kitchen... we got fairly close to finishing. the new kitchen is shaped really differently and has no where to put things, so we are coming up with creative storage solutions!

as you can see here... the worst damage done to my nails was a chip on my pointer! there is a bit missing from my thumb, but the was caused by my actual nail splitting... my nails are just terrible >.< but, i'll take some chips in my nails if it means i get to have all my stuff with me!

this is isn't really color accurate, but the color on my nails is Zoya Kimber.

looking around my house... we have SO much work ahead of us... but i have my own bed to sleep in tonight... so life is good! Happy Friday!! Ria :)

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Zoya Myrta

i know this is a silly thing, but i was so excited to find Cape Cod potato chips today! i didn't think i'd be able to get them this far from the East Coast... it's the little things in life :)

today we have Zoya Myrta, the orange of the Surf collection. Myrta is very peach toned on me, it almost looks pink! it's packed with silver shimmers and the formula is awesome, almost a one coater... needed the second to make sure there were no patchy areas. this is definitely the best formula i've encountered so far in the Surf collection!

one coat Orly Nailtrition, two coats Myrta, one coat Seche Vite.

this swatchie isn't quite right color wise... when my furniture gets here i will be finding a new place to take pictures... and it should get here TOMORROW! here's hoping!! Ria :)

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Zoya Kimber

WOOHOO! we have internet and tv! having high speed internet is just... the best :) it's funny because 3G phone internet is still faster than old dial-up AOL... remember those days? i don't miss them at all! there was only one phone number for my whole town so it took like an hour to be able to dial in to the network... oh, how far the internet has come :D

today we have Kimber from the Zoya Beach collection. it's a beautiful warm pink with a golden shimmer... somehow, it just looks juicy! it's definitely a perfect summer color. the formula was great, two easy coats for full opacity!

one coat Orly Nailtrition, two coats Kimber, one coat Seche Vite.

and just like that, we're halfway through Zoya Surf! have you picked a favorite yet? Ria :)

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Zoya Meg

we finally have a microwave! woohoo! our apartment's was broken when we moved in, and they just got a new one installed today... i'm so glad. i have a deep and abiding love for Lean Pockets :)

today's Zoya Surf collection polish is Meg... a green shimmer. that is the most basic of descriptions... but this polish is a lot more than that! the color seems like a glimmering Granny Smith apple and is almost metallic in finish... it's beautiful! if you love the greens, you need this one! on to the issue... application wasn't the greatest, it wanted to drag and pull. it reminded me most of the application issues that go along with Layla Hologram Effect polishes. even so, this ones a beauty!

one coat Orly Nailtrition, two coats Meg, one coat Seche Vite.

it might be that i either got a bum bottle or that the changing weather in my area affected the application... either way, it's beautiful enough for the slight annoyance of a goopy formula! Ria :)

Monday, June 4, 2012

Zoya Rory

i can't believe how outrageously behind i am on reading blogs! i have almost four hundred i need to get through o.O i guess if i don't get them read soon, i'll just have to start fresh!

we are kicking off the Zoya Surf collection reviews today with Rory, a pink with strong purple undertones! it has a lot of shimmer which gives it depth... the whole collection has the same type of shimmer and therefore the whole collection is a huge win for me! the formula is great, easily opaque at two coats. it was a touch thick, but it wasn't difficult to work with at all. i don't think i have anything like Rory in my stash... totally awesome :)

did any of you pick up the Surf collection? what do you think? Ria :)

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Zoya Arizona

the culture shock continues! the prices in restaurants here are insane. i nearly fainted today when the check at a local Italian place was $70... for two entrees, two desserts, one salad, one drink... o.O wow! in other news, i found a great used bookstore today that lets you bring your dogs in with you... doesn't get better than that :D

the final polish review from Zoya's Beach collection is Arizona... the real orange of the collection! you may remember i mistakenly picked up Zoya Jancyn... it was in the Beach display, too bad i didn't check the label! these oranges are quite similar in color and formula. Arizona is slightly more opaque, but i do feel it looks its best at three coats. (my pointer finger has an extra coat because i somehow got a black fiber stuck in it... grrr!) the swatchies of these polishes look pretty dead on, but in person Arizona is softer and slightly less saturated than Jancyn. i actually think Jancyn fits in better with the rest of the Beach collection!

one coat Orly Nailtrition, three coats Arizona (four on pointer!), one coat Seche Vite.

i can't believe how long it's taken me to get through six polishes... that's what travelling does to me! coming up soon will be the sister collection, Zoya Surf! i feel like the Beach collection should have been named the Sand collection... doesn't Sand and Surf just sound right together?? Ria :)

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Zoya Lara

i'm happy as a clam, we found a place today that has amazing white pizza... LOVE! tomatoes, basil, mozzarella, garlic... *sigh* :) sadly, there isn't an eat-in Pizza Hut for over an hour from our new place... that's a bummer because i'm a Pizza Hut fanatic! luckily, there is a Target with a Pizza Hut Express fairly close... but i'll sure miss my Stuffed Crust! anyone else a Pizza Hut devotee?

we're on the second to last polish from Zoya's Beach collection... Lara! it's a saturated pink creme that's opaque in two coats. the formula is a bit thick, but not too hard to work with... and the result is gorgeous!

one coat Orly Nailtrition, two coats Lara, one coat Seche Vite.

i love how rich Lara is, colors like this are flattering on every skin tone :D 

Happy Saturday! Ria :)

Friday, June 1, 2012

Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquer

got the sad news today that my internet won't be turned on until June 6th! i'm trying a different method of posting today by writing the post on my laptop and trying to save and copy over to my phone for upload... we'll see how it goes. the Blogger app really blows, unfortunately! i had no way to position the photo... there was much craziness trying to get my post done yesterday :D

i've been seeing this display around and decided to snap a photo and purchase a bottle today! Maybelline has come out with a new line of polish called Color Show... i'm excited to test out these babies! apparently, lots of other ladies were excited, too... the display was majorly picked over! here's what was left...

i grabbed Blue Freeze, a blue to purple metallic duochrome! i sure hope the duochrome holds up on the nail... it'll be awesome!

have any of you tried any of the new Color Show polishes? let me know what you think! 

a little update... i didn't know there were apps that let you tether your phone's internet to your computer! whatever smarty invented this... YOU ROCK! Ria :)