Deborah Lippmann Candy Shop, Claire’s Candy Shop = NOTD

I became aware obsessed with the Deborah Lippmann Candy Shop polish when I read about it on Nouveau Cheap’s website, where she showed how to make a dupe of the polish. To try to recreate this gem, I found a few glitters that I think would work, but I never really found a pink that I thought would do it justice. Then one day (a couple of weeks ago now) I saw on Nouveau Cheap’s website that there was a DUPE at Claire’s!

I did make it over to a Claire’s (without speeding or breaking any laws)- tossed the young kids aside that were in my way there (just kidding) and made my way to the bins of nail polishes. Holding my breath and crossing my fingers, I was hoping there would be a Candy Shop polish there. Hooray for good karma (and swimming lessons when I was young), there it was! (Cue the spotlight and the “ahhhh” soundtrack.)  Below you can see it on my nails (I think this was 3 thin coats)…it looks much better in person or at Glamonthecheap.

That was about a week ago. This week I have Sinful Colors – Forget Now on my nails.

Sinful Colors Forget Now

Looking back I wore quite a bit of pink in February…I wonder what color March will have in store!

The Help, NOTD, and Smarter than a Fifth Grader…

Ahh- another weekend come and gone. We were fortunate and had nice, almost balmy weather on Saturday and on Sunday it was cold, sleeting, and then it turned to snow! (and by Thursday of this week it is going to be 70 degrees!)

Movie: The Help

Over the weekend we rented the movie The Help. No, I have not read the book– which is a little unusual for me, but ever since the book club I was in stopped meeting (gulp, it has been a few years now), I have not read as much.  I had heard a lot of buzz about the book and the movie so we decided to rent it for $1.26 from Redbox. I do like Redbox and cannot understand why OnDemand does not charge less- especially for the older movies- I would pay $2 to see a movie from OnDemand and not have to leave the house. Yes, there are a handful of movies for $1.99 but it seems each time I check, there is nothing I want to see. I should check again- it has been a while since I have looked at the OnDemand listing.

The movie was good- entertaining and thought-provoking. I can’t imagine living through those times. Sadly, racism is still prevalent …how do you end it? This is interesting timing though since the  ESPN editor was fired for the racial slur used in one of their headlines about NY Knicks player Jeremy Lin. And Saturday Night Live (SNL), always on top of the current news, did their skit about this- Linsanity Cold Open. Am I promoting it by placing these items on my blog? I hope not…

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This color is L’Oreal’s Club Prive (3 thin coats). For those of you with an observant eye for detail- yes, there is one coat of…Sinful Colors Mint Apple on my index finger. Yes, the colors are similar- yes, I can see a slight difference and I am sure many of you can too, and yes, I have a bit of a nail polish problem.

L'OrealClubPrive

And- funny observation- I think this color was inspired by…no, not the beautiful waters off the coast of…no, not the beautiful color boxes that Tiffany jewels come in- no…I think it was inspired by Xerox….

Nail polish inspired by...copier

(I am  Not ) Smarter Than a Fifth Grader

Here were the questions- (for answers to these questions check back later this week. Or, if you can’t stand it, you can always Google it.)

1. Is Nigeria a third world country?

2. Is pneumonia contagious?

3. Who was the youngest US president?

4. What year did slavery end?

5. Who is the largest private employer?

For more questions you can watch the TV Show or visit – Fun Education.

Happy St. Valentine’s Day! (NOTD)

Hope you are enjoying Valentine’s Day- either with a loved one- family, friend, furry, or hopefully all of the above!

I love going green as much as I can, so when I saw this- I thought these are some neat ideas!

Green Valentine’s Day ideas
More Green-ish ideas

And this was the cutest- a cat licking a chocolate lab– and it makes him smile! Yes, I am partial to this because I have a chocolate lab too. Found the video on Huffington, but I think it may have come from PetTube?

And I did change my nail color- though I did love my Emerald green. I really like this one too- Sinful Colors Daredevil. It gives off a certain wattage I am sure. Not as cute of a manicure as Polish and Pearls, but definitely in the spirit of Valentine’s Day!

NOTD_SinfulColorsDaredevil

 

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For a few years now I have really liked the color GREEN (for clothing). It seems really popular now- even in Nail Polish! I saw the polish a few weeks ago and thought “no, I won’t wear green nail polish…”. Then I went back to CVS to look for it- Revlon POSH was the color on the model in the ad- and I went to get it to just “look at it” and they were OUT! WHAT??? How could this happen?? It’s not like they had a whole shelf of them in the display, actually I think there were only 2 to begin with, but I scoured all of the various nail polish displays to see if I could find POSH. No luck. OK, breathe…there are 1. other green nail polishes and 2. other CVS stores I can go to to look for it. While I was looking through the other nail polish selections of Sally Hansen, Essie, Milani, and Orly, I did find a Revlon in Emerald (below). (All Lacquered Up has GREAT photos and review of this color. In fact, I don’t know 1. how she paints her nails so immaculately or 2. how she gets such great photos!

So off I went (immediately) to another CVS. Whew! I found it-Posh the beautiful green color I was looking for…but…wait…Emerald was there too.  Well, long story short, I ended up getting both. Yes, I know…terrible. But I just couldn’t stand it- they were both so pretty. Honestly I can’t really remember what the difference was- but I think my thoughts were- Revlon Emerald is a little darker and good for the fall/winter while Revlon Posh was a little brighter (more yellow perhaps) and thus better for spring summer. So…since it is winter…I am wearing Emerald.

(Thank you to all of the work All Lacquered Up and Vampy Varnish have done on these colors- they give a more comprehensive review and true to color photos.)

POTD and NOTD

POTD (Pup of the day…)
Does it count if it is my pup and that I just might have to feature him every other day? (I will happily rotate between my 2 pups each day. :))

NOTD (Nail of the Day)
Not only am I addicted to nail polish- but my current obsession is dark polishes. (I want to try to grow out of this before the spring gets here- there are some great spring/summer colors out there!) Ones that almost look black but are just a really dark version of their actual color. I have on Pat on the Black by Sally Hansen but I still want Breaking Curfew by L’Oreal. (Yes, there are better and more accurate color photos out there on the internet, but I want to try to use my own photos if I can) On that note, if you are into nail polish check out Vampy Varnish, All Lacquered Up and Scrangie, just to name a few of my favorites. My hubby said he heard on the news that nail polish sales went up 35 percent! Which he quickly attributed to me. Well…maybe…

NOTD-Sally Hansen Pat on the Black

NOTD-Sally Hansen Pat on the Black