Monday, February 28, 2011

Blog Sale!!! I'm finally unloading some things...

I've been wanting to do a Blog Sale for a while now and I finally decided to do it. I owe special thanks to Jen at PolishAholic for helping me with understanding how to run a Blog Sale.  This is my first time - I really hope I don't blunder.


Have at it folks!

Giveaway! Get a Free Item from Pretty in Dayton and Send the Trend by Rocking Your Red Pumps!

The Red Pumps Project Website.
Hi everyone! I really have a treat for you!  In honor of the Rock the Red Pumps campaign that  I told you about last week I have made an arrangement with Send the Trend. You see, I had an extra credit floating around from a buy-one get-one from a while ago and I thought I'd like to turn it into a Give Away for National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on March 10th. They agreed!

Winner Will Receive:
1 Code for Send The Trend to purchase ANYTHING they want!

Here's How to Enter My Rock the Red Pumps Giveaway
  1. "Like" Pretty in Dayton on Facebook
  2. "Like" Send The Trend on Facebook 
  3. On the Pretty in Dayton Events Page for Rock the Red Pumps, post a picture of you rocking your Red Pumps!!!
  4. Comment on this blog letting me know you have done so (just in case).
  5. I will be accepting  your entries up until Noon on March 11th EST. 
  6. Continental United States only for this Giveaway. Sorry folks!

While I'll take any entries from now through March 11th EST, I do encourage you to still wear your Re Pumps on March 10th.  So I will give you an EXTRA entry if you post your picture ON March 10th.

Send The Trend really has been very awesome to Pretty in Dayton in a way that most small bloggers like myself probably don't deserve. A special thank you to them for not only supporting PUSH Runway the Right Way, but also for allowing the flexibility for me to be able to do this for you, my lovely readers. I have truly grown to love this company and their products.

Note: This is not an official Red Pumps Event, it's just one I'm doing on my own. If you would like to donate to Red Pumps Project you may do so from their website (scroll all the way down to the link through paypal).

Essie Sexy Divide - Woo Hoo Another Gorgeous Purple!

My very good friend and reader Kara gave me Essie Sexy Divide as a birthday gift. She guessed correctly that I did not have it, but it was absolutely on my "Get it!" list.



What a name for a polishe, eh? I know I've read more than one jab about Sexy Divide in reference to female genitalia (odd for Essie, no?).

Color
Deep metallic purple. It's not so dark that it looks black in dim lighting, but it's dark enough that it qualifies as edgy ellegant.

Application
Two coats. Easy.

Wear
With one coat of Qtica Nail Growth Stimulator and topped with Seche Vite I had really good wear out of this polish. No problems except a little Seche Vite "shrinkage".

Bottom Line
If you're of two minds about Sexy Divide, dismiss your apprehensions and go for it!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Coveted Item of the Week: Embarassing Romantic Overtures

Back when it was Valentine's Day, @PenhaligonsLTD had a Facebook contest, describing a Valentine's Day experience you've had. I described one of my "romantic horrors" I experienced in High School. I confessed my embarrassing display on their Facebook page and I won't repeat it - it was too mortifying. But I realized how much I desperately miss having the freedom to put myself out there and display my feelings for someone else. For the past week I have also been thinking about how much my husband and I don't really do a lot to show each other how much we care for one another, so I've been hypersensitive when I see something I approve of, however foolish.

So for this week's coveted item I'm going to show you clips from two shows that show EXACTLY what I'm talking about. The displays you can only get away with in High School (maybe).


Coveted Item Of the Week - Embarrassing Romantic Overtures

1. Vampire Barbie Rocks The Stage on The Vampire Diaries - I am a HUGE Vampire Diaries fan and the character of Caroline Forbes has grown on me over the last year. Last night she totally did something that reminded me of ME so much that I had to put it here on this blog.



I absolutely admire the display of stupid bravery here. I am all about stupid bravery - at least I was in High School. Caroline gets the happy response I only ever dreamed I'd get. It's the kind of response that only happens "in the movies" or on your TV set.

Now on to something a bit more realistic, but just as adorable though far more on the "stupid" side of "stupid bravery"...

2. Puck Sings Fat Bottomed Girls on Glee -  I don't watch Glee regularly so I don't really know what's going on with the characters here, but from what I saw it looked like a genuine romantic overture that wasn't thought through quite as well as it should have been. It is easy to see how the recipient of the song would have felt embarrassed and disrespected, but Puck just seemed so clueless.



By the way, I had SUCH a hard time actually finding this clip with the Glee footage, I think because of the recipient of the song and the reactions it drew from the audience. But personally, no matter what size I have been I would have been happy to have this song song to me! I think it is so sexy. :)

What Does It Cost?
Time, money, and pride. Lots of the latter! Be prepared for an unhealthy serving of "humble pie".

Will I Get It?
Never. My husband likes to show his affection through gifts (jewelry, so I should never complain). As for whether or not I will ever embark on another embarrassing romantic overture myself, I'm sure I will if there is occasion. But until then, I've found that the best way to alleviate my need for embarrassment and self expression is through karaoke (something I have not done for many years).

Get me to a local Karaoke Bar ASAP!

Althea Harper - Fall 2011 Collection

I have to thank @ashliecormier for sending me pictures from the show and pictures from the Lookbook for Althea Harper's Fall Collection. She has been working as assistant to Althea Harper, and is an aspiring designer in her own right. It's well worth reading her blog: Peace, Love, Happiness and Fashion.

Althea Harper Fall 2011 Presentation
I desperately tried to rearrange my business trip in order to attend this presentation. However, two weeks ago I sat at my computer at 7 pm plugged in waiting for the reveal of Althea Harper's Fall 2011 collection. I sat and waited... and waited... and waited. I have to admit that trying to watch this presentation via the live feed was so frustrating! The feed kept going in and out, none of us on the feed knew when things were going to begin, and once the models we revealed, we couldn't really aim the camera where we wanted to go. In the end we got a glimpse, but no real good looks. At least from what I saw. I got so frustrated with how things were moving on my slow wireless connection in my house I eventually gave up and went to my workout. I eventually came back, but I think I missed most of the meat (if I could have watched it at all.

But from what I saw, I was absolutely captivated!

As you know from reading my other posts on this collection, Althea Harper's inspiration was old Hollywood horror movies and their Damsels in Distress, particularly focusing on their strength and beauty. I think she succeeded in creating some incredibly interesting pieces.

Thanks to Ashlie, let me show you the pieces that caught my eye. I don't know the names, but I have pictures!

The Browning Jacket - (The Killer Blazer)



Hands down my favorite piece of this collection is this blazer. If I only get one thing from this collection it will be this piece. It stood out over the Live Feed and I was so excited to see it once I actually had "real pictures" to look at. Althea Harper told me on that phone call I had with her back in January that there was going to be an awesome blazer. She was really telling the truth! I love the three-quarter sleeves, the way that it closes, the shaping of the panels. Now, on the model it's paired with a pair of hot pants. I can't rock those, but I will find a way to use this piece in my wardrobe. Look at the way it follows the body. Assuming it hits all the right places, I can't imagine it not being flattering. It will be mine! (and yeah, I want the boots too).

The Neve Dress - (I referred to it as the "Swamp Thing" Dress)


I'm a huge fan of the muted grey-purple palette, so when I saw this piece in the Live Feed it stood out to me. Until I knew it's name (Neve), it was "The Swamp Thing" dress to me simply because I get this mossy grimy feel from the detail on the hips. I really mean no disrespect. I just have no other way of referring to it right now. It's interesting, and I'm not sure I like it. But I love the neckline. I could do without the shoulder detail (which I could not see on the Live Feed). That reminds me a little too much of the movie "Usherette" uniforms of old. It's a little too much costume for me, but truly I could go either way. Too bad I probably won't ever get a chance to see it in person. I also can't help but look at it and think of my friend/reader sorchabeanrmt. She could rock the hips on this sucker!

The Delphine Dress - (I called it "Sister to the Swamp Thing" Dress)


This grew on me after the Live Feed. During the reveal they placed it next to the previous (Neve) dress. I thought they were the same, but in different colors. That just goes to show how details don't show up on a Live Stream at my house! I love the way this looks in the photographs I received from Ashlie so much more. This has a similar neckline and similar hip detail to it's sister but it's hardly the same. Maybe it's the way the hips are done here. The look almost functional. Maybe they are pockets? Either way, it comes across as a little more wearable to me, regardless of the low neckline. That's what awesome Killer Blazers for right? Too bad it isn't the purple-gray.

The Lucio Dress


Totally the same color palette as my Anthropologie Dress I'm giving to the PUSH Charity Auction. Except this is far more elegant and more grown up. When I saw this I knew my sadness over giving away my Anthropologie dress needed to end. What I particularly love about this dress is the understated sexiness of the slit in this dress. It's like tulip petals! So cute! And it hits right at the knee too! Yeah, I dig it!

The Tandy Top and Voodoo Pant - (Sheer Black Shirt And Kick-Ass Leggings)



Doesn't the model look like she wants to kick your ass in this outfit? Yeah, she's totally ass-kicking! I can't picture wearing these leggings in real life, but that's just me. Maybe there's an alternate universe where I am that daring (I can't even find pair of Jeggings that fit me due to my sorely lacking inseam). But for those of you who are funky legging lovers with long legs, here's something for you! I love how the mesh is just slashed out in places that are almost (but not quite) scandalous. I hope Althea Harper includes inseam measurements on these... and hopefully there's a 30 inch option. Maybe by fall I'll be in "ass-kicking" shape enough to wear this.

The Starrlette Dress - (I think of it as "Lorenzo Grows Up")


When I saw this dress I instantly thought of my newly acquired Lorenzo dress. There's the same sort of color work on the side paneling vs. the main body. There's the one shoulder thing (though this one is far more elegant and intricate), and there's the body hugging curves. I bet it's comfortable too. It wouldn't surprise me in the slightest.

The Funky Prints






I'm not going to talk about these pieces individually, but I just wanted to mention that while I tended to love the pieces with solid colors from this collection, Althea Harper still has a way of making prints look interesting. I'm not sure what inspired these prints, but I'll bet it's another cool idea (though how can you beat Sound Waves, I just don't know). These prints look sci-fi, moth/alien like to me and that makes them very interesting.

I have to say, I'm still not digging the pants over all. I do think Althea Harper's stregth is in dresses and how she plays with panels. Most of the pants in this collection are either leggings (like the slashed) or loose in a "I'm not a cargo pant" kinda way where I'm worried it would just look sloppy on someone like me.

There are a few other looks, but they didn't stand out to me as much. Plus it gives you something else to look forward to once the images are up on Althea Harper's site. I am SO HAPPY that the look book pictures were taken with a background that makes the pieces stand out (unlike the Fatalistic Futurism images) and are polished (unlike many of the Sittella images). To me, the loyal internet shopper, a good picture can sell me the garment.

Final Thoughts
Overall I think the pieces of this collection go very well together. Compared to other collections I've seen from Althea Harper, I really can see the connection to her chosen theme, and how these separates could be mixed and matched to any buyers delight. There's not a single piece here that couldn't be worn with that Killer Blazer. Likewise, the shirts could be added wardrobe additions, matched with pants or jeans. Like Harmonics, this feels very "wardrobe building" to me, very easy to wear, and special.

There was one dress in the collection that didn't seem to fit, though... this, to me, feels like it belonged more with Harmonics Spring 2011 than this collection.


Althea herself wore this at the show for the Live Feed, I believe. It was gorgeous on her. Of course, when is she not fantastic?


Images courtesy of Ashlie Comier of Althea Harper LLC.

02/26/2011 - Edited to include the names of my favorite pieces.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Heads up! Hale Bob has 50% Off Sale Pieces Right Now!

You know I was so happy to get this email notice this morning that Hale Bob has a code for 50% off their sale pieces right now. The code is: 2HALFEBS

I can verify that it worked too because I purchased my "Covet" item from a few weeks ago for on $50! Yippee! That's even cheaper than Rue-La-La had it priced for last week! I just hope it fits...

Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Quest For My Pretty - Weekly Weight Loss Report

Reader ggggg will be happy with me this week. I left for a business trip on February 13th and returned on Feb 17th. I ate with my team, I drank with my team, I snacked with my team. I should tell you that coincidentally, my boss sent on 45 lbs of candy (mostly chocolate) to the meeting - the weight I have lost. It was an interesting visual. When I told her this, she said "Do you have any idea how HEAVY that box was???" Yes, Boss Lady, I do know. I carried it around for too long.

When I returned from my trip, I'll admit I wasn't great at the eating bit (I purchased a package of Cadbury Mini Eggs, which is like kryptonite to me). But I've been doing better.

In terms of exercise, like I said last week I got my cardio in, but not my weight lifting. I missed my workout entirely last Thursday because US Air lost my luggage and my workout DVDs. Thankfully, I got the luggage from a co-worker who was on the plane that the luggage arrived on. It's good to have such good friends!

Anyway, Lest you think I was minding my calories closely while away on my business trip, check out my shame:






Tuesday was the result of a delicious Chinese dinner at Joseph Poon's Restaurant in Chinatown in Philadelphia. It may have been made relatively healthy (he's known for that) but there was SO MUCH food!

Anyway, on to the weigh in...

Weight: 158.8 lbs (-2.2 lbs) YAY!!!!!

This was over a two week period. I did weigh myself before I left for Philadelphia (158.6 lbs). So I consider last week maintaining, with the previous week having a loss. Pretty darn good for gorging at Joseph Poon's and not getting in all my strength training!

Obviously the next week I'm getting back to routine. I'm also hosting that Shakeology Cleanse on Facebook in order to make sure I feel like I am back on track. I do hope you'll join me and Kimi! We look foward to sharing our cleanse experience with you!

I AM IN THE 150s!!!!!!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Spring Cleaning! Shakeology Cleanse to Start Next Week!

I am inviting you to take part in the Shakeology Cleanse that myself and reader @Kimikay are going to do next week. After so much crazy food on my latest trip to Philadelphia, I could probably benefit!

Here are the details:

What can the Shakeology Cleanse Do?
As I said the last time I did this cleanse, there are a few reasons for doing this cleanse. You may be able to:
  • Jump start your metabolism
  • Lose weight
  • Reduce cravings
  • Lower your cholesterol
  • Promote healthy digestion (and regularity, if that's an issue).
Basic Cleanse Guidelines
For 3 days you follow the following plan:
  • Three Shakeology shakes per day - make this with ice and water: NO DAIRY.
  • 1 piece of fruit as a snack
  • 2 cups of green tea per day
  • 1 salad consisting of lettuce, veggies and 4 ounces of lean protein (can be things like chicken, fish, tofu, legumes).
  • Low Fat Dressing
Sample Menu
This is what I ate the last time I did the cleanse
  • Breakfast: Shakeology and a cup of green tea
  • Lunch: Salad with 4 oz of chicken breast, apple vinegar as dressing
  • Snack: Apple, or banana,
  • Dinner: Shakeology, a cup of green tea
  • Desert: Shakeology
If you want to take part in the Shakeology Cleanse and need Shakeology, you can order it through me

I have created an EVENTS page on Facebook for this. I hope that you'll join in! I'll be posting regularly during that week and updating you on my progress. If you can't start exactly the same day as Kimikay and I, no worries. You can join in whenever you want!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Fashon Meets Fragrance - Penhaligon's To Scent Meadham Kirchoff Fall/Winter 2011 at London Fashion Week

As you may remember, I received a lovely press release from Penhaligon's about them scenting the Meadham Kirckoff Spring 2011 Fashion Show with Bluebell. On February 22, Penhaligon's will again be teaming up with Meadham Kirckhoff to scent the line's Fall/Winter 2011 show. This time the fragrance chosen will be Blenheim Bouquet.

The Press Release:
"Penhaligon’s is delighted to continue their partnership with Meadham Kirchhoff by scenting their Autumn/Winter 2011 collection. Each season, the designers personally choose a fragrance to reflect and compliment the style of their collection. The pieces, models and catwalk are then all scented with the fragrance. This season Meadham Kirchhoff has chosen our classic citrus fragrance Blenheim Bouquet.

Created in 1902 and taking its name from Blenheim Palace, Blenheim Bouquet is a bracing mix of citrus oils, spices and woods. Inhaling Blenheim Bouquet today it is hard to imagine it was created over one hundred years ago. It is a fragrance that has continually adapted to every twist and turn of its existence. Blenheim Bouquet is discreet, sensual and immaculately turned out with a flash of heritage flourish.

For further information about this or any of our other fragrances please contact:
press@penhaligons.com 0207 590 6125"

According to Penhaligon's website, the scent itself has head notes of lemon, lime and lavender, no heart notes, and base notes of pine, musk and black pepper. Sounds interesting to me.

I've actually been to Blenheim Palace. The company I worked for had a team meeting in Oxford  back in 2008.  As a treat they arranged us a private tour of Winston Churchill's birthplace, drinks out on a patio (a very refreshing concoction with elderflower in it that I've never been able to replicate). And then a private dinner. I found the location very impressive and I'm actually curious to see if the smell that Penhaligon's concocted matches with my memories.

Since I don't have any pictures of Meadham Kirckhoff's clothing to show you (since the show has yet to go on), why don't I end with some of my pictures from Blenheim Palace?


I was never quite sure what this was to be honest...

The view off the patio.

My pictures of the inside of the palace were not very good, so I was happy that I was sent home with a booklet of pictures and a coffee mug. Anyway, if you're ever in Oxford, it's worth checking out. But the food wasn't all that great. Lots of interesting things to be seen in this palace. There is a surprise around every corner.

In case you were interested, here is a link to London's Fall/Winter Fashion Week Schedule

Sunday, February 20, 2011

I Owe Many Of You a BIG "THANK YOU"!

I wanted to thank everyone who voted for my color choice in Rescue Beauty Lounge's competition. I did the best I could to muster up people to vote for me and I know many of the rest of you did too! I just wanted to say thank you.

And thank you to those of you who tried to vote but were unsuccessful in voting due to IP restrictions. As I understand from my co-workers, because we were all on the same network the voting mechanism saw us as one person, not the many on many machines that we were. Oh well. I know you tried! It really means a lot to me.

From the winners, it's clear that the majority of fans were leaning toward the blue and greens. I'm not surprised. Rescue Beauty Lounge does these types of colors very well. I also think that Ji did the right thing in taking the top four. It will be an interesting mix of blues, greens, and turquoise hues. A blue collection, one could say. I would also be very surprised if it doesn't sell out instantly. I'm sure it will!

Who knows... my dream of a Princess Leia in the Gold Bikini polish is not dead. Maybe someone will make it sometime. The idea, after all, is up for grabs for anyone who wants to make it!

Get Your PUSH Runway the Right Way Tickets!!! #Dayton

Just in case there were any of you who still wanted to go to the Push charity auction "Runway the Right Way" on March 5th, I thought I would let you know that they are using a Facebook page to organize. On that page you will not only see info on who is attending, but occasional glimpses at what will be up for auction. So buy your tickets! There are a limited number of seats.

Lest you think I have not made good on my own promise to donate, here are just a few of the many items I unloaded from my closet:

Suzy Chin Dress - Fits Size 12/14

ABS by Allen Schwartz - Fits size 12/14

It has an awesome back!
Moulinette Sours Dress from Anthropologie - Fits 14-18 (I'm not kidding)
Ties in the back!
Banana Republic - Size 16

Ann Taylor Loft  - Size 14

Please come! I hope to see you there!

Legwarmers - Yes or No?

My lovely colleague @GruberGirl has one of the best senses of personal style out of anyone I know. She is also one of the few people I know who has transitioned from the Dayton area to NYC. She is well traveled and adapts to any situation.

I would describe her style as "sophisticated comfy-sporty". I also think she always looks fantastic. So when I saw her wearing these, it forced me to reconsider my stance on Legwarmers:





@GruberGirl reported that she purchased these abroad, but from an H & M, if I recall correctly. As a fellow usability professional, when I asked her why she bought leg warners she said something like "think of it as extending you shoe into a boot." That makes a lot of sense!

I really liked these on my colleague. The stitch and color work keep these from looking too '80s. I may have to knit myself up a pair. But I am curious: what do you think about Legwarmers?

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Review: Cult Nails - My Kind of Cool Aid

I've been really excited about R3 Daily's brand of polish Cult Nails. Seriously, it's rare (I think) to read about the genesis of a nail polish company, from conceptualization through to completion. It's such a dream come true and I really hope you've been following this blog and brand like I have.

Now for my first taste: My Kind of Cool Aid


Didn't see the stray hair on my pinky until it was too late.
To be honest, when I first saw this color on the R3 Daily blog my first thought was "Ok... not the dream color I would have expected a fellow polish and beauty blogger to start a line with." Then I thought about it - I'm not sure I would know what type of color to start a line with. So I really can't judge based on that. As a polish (pretending there's an entire array of polishes backing this one up), My Kind of Cool Aid is FANTASTIC!!!


Color
The color is a grayish purple blue. There is what seems to be shimmer in it but it's so subtle this is more like a cream or something different entirely. I'm not convinced the shade is unique, but the finish is interesting.

Application
Two coats. Applied like a dream. I even like the brush!

Wear
Here's where I'm freaking - my nails actually failed before the polish! This wore like iron! I had it over Qtica Nail Growth Stimulator and topped it with a (tainted... so sorry MKOCA) layer o Seche Vite. This sucker stayed put!

Bottom Line
This one is worth the $10 for wear, even if the shade didn't seem like it's that unique. I hope that Cult Nail's other polishes wear as well as this one. If they do, then I'm hooked!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Rock the Red Pumps! - National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awarenss Day March 10th

I learned about the Rock the Red Pumps Campaign from R3 Daily.  I am more than happy to also don a pair of Red Pumps on March 10th to show my support. You will see a banner at the top of my blog promoting the campaign as well.

In their own words:
"The Red Pump Project™ raises awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls. Our mission is to promote HIV prevention through education, and open dialogue about the issues that surround sexual and reproductive health."
Read more on the Red Pumps Project About Page.

What do you think? Maybe it's time to pull out my "Jessica Rabbit" incredibly uncomfortable Fluevogs again.



Don't forget about the Dayton Push Runway the Right Way show coming up! It's a related charity topic so I thought I should plug it again. And go get your PUSH gloss from Evil Shades already!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Quest for My Pretty - Weekly Weight Loss Report

No numbers today! I'm traveling and no where near a scale. So I figured I'd let you know what I've been up to. As expected, I have been doing my best to turn my hotel room into a gym. I've verified that Turbo Fire EZ 55 and Turbo Fire 30 workouts are possible to be done in a very tiny amount of space. However, I have not gotten the time to do any strength training. I think next week will be a rude awakening for me.

I knew going this week that there would be 45 lbs of candy. Coincidentally, that's the exact amount I've lost! Well, I did very well the first day of avoiding the candy (within reason). The second day... Swedish Fish struck. That was my gateway candy. After that it was hershey's kisses, crackle bars... you name it. Add to that a very delicious chinese dinner at Joseph Poon's in China Town and you get me eating what was probably a 2500 - 3000 calorie day. Not at all what I'm used to. What did I do? I walked back to my hotel, recorded what I ate, woke up the next morning and did my Fire 30 workout.

The show must go on regardless of one day of terrible eating behavior, right?

On the plus side, many people at this conference say I look better and more healthy than I have during the 8 years they have known me. That makes me smile.

By the way, vote for "Sarah" on Rescue Beauty Lounge's Polish contest!!!

YES!!!! I made @RescueBeauty and her finalists! For for My Choice!

Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes!

You  only have 48 hours to vote, but I'm begging... Please vote for my Princess Leia in the Gold Bikini color! I will love you forever if you do! My color is listed as #3 under "Sarah".


Go Vote!

Here was my original entry if you want to read it.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Review: Zoya Intimate Collection

I apologize for being a little late with this review. But here it is!

When I first saw the pictures for Zoya's Intimate collection I had the feeling that these pale shades would be riding the line of my comfort zone. There's something about this assortment of pale shades that does remind me of innocent personal details, lingerie, and embarrassing blushing... everything I associate with the word "intimate". While this isn't my favorite Zoya collection, the fact that it got me comfortable with a different type of color (pales) that I have to tip my hat to Zoya for getting me out of my comfort zone.

To be blunt, I thought that the colors I would love the most in this collection would be Dannii and Gemma, but I seriously underestimated Marley and Jules.

Colors 







Dannii is a purple metallic bordering on Foil. It's  paler than Mimi or Julianne, the other similar foil purples that Zoya has. I got the feeling that Zoya might be filling a color shade "slot" with Dannii. It's pretty, don't get me wrong. But I wasn't as excited about this one as I thought I would be once it was on my tips. Dannii is also more thin than meets the eye. You might need three coats.


Jules


Jules is sort of a more subdued version of Chanel Kaleidoscope. It's a gorgeous foily taupe-gold. If you want a less blingy version of Kaleidoscope this is a must have. But I have to warn you - it'll take three coats for this girl, and the extra coat may cause annoying chippage (see picture above).

Caitlin



When I first saw Caitlin I thought of Kelly. But this color is both a bit more blue and a lot lighter than Kelly. I had issues with Seche Vite and this color in that when my Seche Vite dried it took the color with it. Shrinkage strikes again! But Caitlin is still quite beautiful.

Dove



I am not a fan of gray polishes. But Dove is neutral enough that I don't mind it too much. It was a little uncomfortable to wear, but for those of you itching for a straight gray (but cheaper than RBL's Concrete Jungle) then Dove is a good alternative. I should compare the two.

Marley



Woah Marley! Talk about an intimate and uncomfortable shade! This isn't white, it's not gray, it's not exactly purple, but for me it was an uncomfortable lavender. The funny thing was, although I don't think the shade suits me, the longer I wore Marley I more I grew to like Marley. This became one of my favorite shade of this collection, and that means a lot given how strange it felt to wear this shade.



Dannii


 
I don't like it when Zoya tries to make creams into duochromes. They did this with Zara and I had an issue with it and they did it with Gemma. Gemma is the darling of this collection for many people, but she's not really my darling. The blue duochrome seems out of place on this green. The cream base feels almost too heavy for the flash of blue. It's pretty but it's not for me right now.


Details on Application
For this review, because there are several finishes, I think I need to split my evaluation based on the finish:


Shimmer/Foils - Danni and Jules fit this category. Both took three coats, a little thinner than most Zoyas. You will get VNL with Jules if you use only two coats.  Just be aware.

Creams - Caitlin, Dove, Marley all applied with the normal two coats for Zoya.


Duochrome - Gemma also applied with the normal two coats.

All polishes were applied over one coat of Qtica Nail Growth Stimulator and Topped with Seche Vite. 

Wear
Wear on all of these colors was pretty darn good.

Bottom Line
Regardless of the three coat issue, Jules is my star for this collection for being Kaleidoscope without being as blingy or showy. Marley is a shade I liked in spite of myself. I also suggest Dove if you're into grays. But I would pass on Gemma and Dannii, though may would dissagree with me. You also don't really need Caitlin, though she's gorgeous. 

Full Disclosure
The products in this review were furnished to me by Zoya not only for my use but for review. Other than the products mentioned above I will not be compensated in any other way by Zoya and will provided my honest opinion of the product. I don't sell Zoya products, nor am I affiliated with Zoya/Art of Beauty in any way.

A Cranberry Eye Using Evil Shades Wink and Cranberry Campagne

Lately I have been obsessed with pink and red shadows. So I did this color combination when I got some colors from Evil Shades.


I really adore both of these shades. Wink is a pink shade with a cool shade of blue that flashes  in the light. Cranberry Champagne is a gorgeous shade of cranberry with a hint of gold. However, I might have my application off a bit because after wearing this for only a few minutes the Cranberry Champagne had pretty much overtaken the Wink (as you can see in the picture). I intend to try these shades with a tackier base than Urban Decay Primer potion to see if performance changes.


Breakdown
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • Evil Shades Wink
  • Evil Shades Cranberry Champagne
  • Meow Cosmetics Virgin
  • Mac Plushlash Mascara in Plushblack

Monday, February 14, 2011

Random Food Pics - Dinner at Morimoto

I am absolutely in love with Morimoto restaurant. So on my recent trip to Philly I had to drag a couple people along with me. There's a specific dish I am obsessed with: Yosedofu.





Yosedofu is a tofu dish that they prepare at your table. I can't make it at home because it would be a huge pain. But truely, it's delicious - even if you don't like tofu. They serve it with a soy based sauce and a crab sauce. Awesomeness!




This was some sort of whitefish appetizer. Also very good! Quite a bit of a acidic zing to it which I loved.





Fifty dollars of sashimi, including scallops (my new fave sushi) and a few fish I can't get when I eat in Dayton. I ate it all!




Desert - a Miso Honeycake with ice cream. Yum!

Delicious dinner. I highly recommend this restaurant if you're in Philly.

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