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Polished:  Dry Brush Nail Fail

September 28, 2015

On Saturday I figured I’d try doing some nail art, because sometimes you just want to let loose and so the wild things in life.  I thought I’d do a dry brush manicure because it’s touted as being soooooo easy.  Unfortunately dry brush/distressed polish is surprisingly difficult to get right in spite of the fact that the actual technique is simple.  I think I’ve narrowed down where I went wrong.  I’ve made mistakes so you don’t have to!  Let’s keep it that way, thx.

1.  I used sheer colors for the actual brushing/distressing.  The dry brush technique usually looks better when there’s greater contrast between the colors and a stronger “edge” to each of the strokes. This just looks like some vaguely-80’s-ish watercolor pattern, or maybe an infection.

2.  I didn’t go all the way to the edge and sides of the nail bed!! The left hand (first picture) doesn’t look so bad, but on the middle three fingers of my right hand I didn’t go to the sides of the nail and it looks weirdly unfinished. Sort of like I stained my nails or made a mess with art supplies.  

3.  Sheer/barely noticeable background color.  I don’t think this one would be so bad is I had used a more prominent color for the brush strokes, but I didn’t, so it was.

3.5.  Inconsistent ‘loading’. Some of the blobs had too much polish and lost their shape, some had too little and barely showed up, and it was just way too much work to get them to look even. This one is only a half point because it goes with the sheer polish problem – had I used something more opaque I would not have needed to work so hard to get it to show up.  Bah!


Polishes Used

Base coat:  Revlon Quick dry base

Base color:  OPI Altar Ego

Brush stroke-y colors: Zoya Celine (true jelly, DC’d) and Sinful Colors Strapped (matte jelly???)

Topcoat:  NYC Grand Central Station polish


Swatched:  Sinful Colors Ruby Ruby

September 25, 2015

  Two coats of Sinful Colors Ruby Ruby over one coat of Revlon Quick Dry Base Coat.  I used two coats of NYC Grand Central Station as a quick drying topcoat; it’s not technically a topcoat, but it works pretty well as one anyway. Also, it’s under $2 USD so the price is RIGHT.

Phot below is after two days of wear. I’m pretty hard on my hands, so this level of top wear is okay with me.

Ruby Ruby is a cherry red jelly. I have nubs right now so it’s hard to see, but this polish will leave VNL.  A single coat will be a sheer, almost neon dark pink.  T actually levels out pretty well, so I didn’t have any problems with streaking or unevenness.

For a 1-2 dollar polish I like this a lot!  Not too shabby, Sinful Colors.

Return from the dead and link to a sweet giveaway!

October 29, 2013

OH HEEEEEY!  I haven’t posted in almost a year, and it’s been a huge year for me.  I’m now a parent and haven’t had the inclination or time to do fun makeup as much as I used to, so I’ve slowly transitioned to focusing on skin and lips to compensate for a lack of time to do fancy pants eyeshadow and liner.  


The lovely Blix is hosting a giveaway featuring products from Morgana Cryptoria.  Check out the deeteeteets here:

Pink Fluffy Unicorns Dancing On Rainbows

November 9, 2012





This was done last Friday; I finally took a day off from work because I had been feeling tired and awful all week. This was an awesome way to cheer up, much like the fantastical song for which it was named.


Lid: GC Companion Cube topped with AL fanclub

Crease: TANF Earl Grey

Lower lash line, from outer edge to inner corner: SM Shocking, AL Almost Midnight, Fyr Bite Me, AL agentorange, GC Continuum, ES Wyvern, WnW silver glitter liner (just in the very innermost part)


I loved wearing this and I’m hoping I’ll keep ballsing my way back to this sort of makeup. I really miss it!

Lazy Eyes

November 6, 2012



This was a super lazy semi-smoky eye for a day of grocery shopping and reading. Awesome day, I wish I could have those more often.

Lid/upper lash line: Sassy Minerals Vendetta
Lid and crease: Sassy Minerals Psych
Crease: matte caramel brown from the Wet n Wild Vanity palette
Lower lash line: Evil Shades Wyvern, something else
Glasses: only for driving! Or when I’m trying to cover really dark circles under my eyes.


**EDIT** When I took these photos they looked SO NICE, all crisp and clear and stuff, and then they turned craptacular.  This makes me miss my old phone.  Samsung GSIII, you have failed me.

Face of the day: lazy lipstick

September 15, 2012


Ambition is being reserved for painting future BabyMango’s room; a lion driving a yacht is involved. Instead of doing eyeball makeup I pulled out a sheer red lipstick and called it good enough.
Lips: Jordana Easy Shine lipstick in Sweet Strawberry

Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes, or the mascara post that was months too late

August 23, 2012

Back in March or so I decided to try out the Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes mascara.  I was feeling frisky and I’ve had pretty good luck with Maybelline mascaras in the past so it seemed like a safe bet.

The thing that surprised me about this product was the brush; I knew it was going to be small and kind of funky-looking but I didn’t realize how small until I pulled it out of the packaging and started playing with it.  Look at those tiny nubs!

I found the formula to be rather wet (tends to stick lashes together) but very dark and easily workable; it doesn’t keep pulling product off when swiping the brush through already-coated lashes, nor did it blob ALL OVER the eye.  I only applied two coats and I didn’t notice significant clumping.

It doesn’t really lengthen lashes much, but makes the natural length more noticeable–that is, it coated the entire length of each lash and emphasized it rather than leaving the tips slightly bare, which is something that I’ve experienced in other mascaras.  This may be due to the slightly thinner/wetter formula.  It holds curl nicely.

My thoughts:  I dislike the brush.  Fo sho dislike it.  The narrow inner portion made the lashes along the inner corner of my eye stick together something fierce, probably because the ‘bristles’ are so short that they deposit too much product without combing through the lashes .  The thicker outer portion provides much better separation to the outer half, and the overall effect is a flared outer corner with stuck together, albeit thicker looking, inner lashes.  I love the way the longer bristles separate but I found that getting my lashes to look the way I want them to took much more time than I’m willing to spend on a mascara—doing this swatch took me around three minutes, which is too much time for me to spend on mascara.  I’d rather just pull out the eyelash curler and leave it at that.  At least the brush isn’t so fat and huge that it stabs my eyeball.

This mascara actually works pretty well on the lower lashes if you’re careful and take your time.  I’m usually not into time-taking and I blobbed mascara under my eye when I first tried it, but it was easy to wipe away with a damp Q-tip.

Other pros:  washes off pretty easily, good solid BLACK-black instead of a wimpy grayish color

Other cons:  maybe it was just my tube, but this thing flaked on me within the first week of opening it.  This was enough to turn me off forever.

I just don’t think this was the right product for me.  I like thick, dark, dramatic lashes with a NON-waterproof formula that does not flake, and I understand that this can actually be pretty hard to find.  If you have full, somewhat straight lashes that take well to curling mascaras, OR like a natural yet defined look, this might work well for you.  It’s cheap enough that you don’t have to feel bad if the product makes you want to break a chair, and I’ve found that Maybelline is actually pretty darn good with their mascaras.  Some of them might not work as advertised but I rarely have a truly awful tube, just one that doesn’t give me what I want.


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