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Badly Behaved Nails :-(

 - by Playing with Polish

Or clumsy me! Generally my nails are pretty well behaved. I try to take decent care of them, and they don’t give me too much trouble. However, since Christmas my nails and I have not been getting along. I broke my left thumbnail on Christmas Day (I was very disappointed as my husband gave me some lovely polish for Christmas). Finally as I was starting to get to a reasonable length again, I managed to break my right thumbnail! :-( I broke this one even further down, and after cutting my nails all the way down my thumbnail is quite lopsided. *Sigh* I suppose it is silly to be so bummed about my nails, but polishing them is so much fun and having pretty nails bring me joy. To add a bit of insult to injury my birthday was two weeks ago, and now I also have birthday polish languishing in my new polish bin.

What do you do to make your nails grow faster? Any tips for rocking shorties? Some of you do it so well! I just hate the way very short nails look on me. Thanks for reading and for letting me vent a bit!

birthday polish

my lonely birthday polish

Nars Pokerface

 - by Playing with Polish

Previously I reviewed Nars’ Pokerface with a CND Effects top coat. Here are some pictures of this shimmery lilac beauty on her own. Although this is not a color I would associate with the holiday season, it is a beautiful breath of fresh air for fall and winter.

I took my pictures in the afternoon, and although it was sunny outside my natural light pictures came out too orange. Even though it is the same this time every year, it seems like it is getting dark so darned early! The flash picture is a pretty good representation of the color and shows off the shimmer. :-)

Application was very good. Two coats with a top coat shown.

Nars Pokerface

Nars Pokerface in artificial light with flash

Nars Pokerface

Nars Pokerface

Coastal Classic Creations

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I have very sensitive eyes, but when I was younger I was able to wear glittery eye shadow and any mascara I liked. For the past few years I have not been able to wear eye makeup due the allergic reactions it triggered. I tried everything that was recommended to me as being good for sensitive skin. No matter what I tried, I still had an allergic reaction. I even asked my doctor, but she did not have any helpful suggestions. I pretty much gave-up.

Recently I decided to try again. I searched online for potential irritants, and discovered that most makeup no matter what claims they made, contained ingredients that could prove irritating to sensitive skin. I browsed the Environmental Working Group’s cosmetic safety database and found Coastal Classic Creations. I visited their website and ordered three eyeshadows and a mascara (eyeshadow samples are $32 for three, and $18 each in the full-size).

Coastal Classic Creations eye shadow

Coastal Classic Creations in Barrier Reef, Pearl and Habitat

Coastal Classic Creations eyeshadow

Coastal Classic Creation in Pearl, Barrier Reef and Habitat

I ordered trial sizes of Barrier Reef (light pink with a bit of a lavender cast to it), Pearl (very light grey) and Habitat (lavender). Costal Classic Creations classifies each as a light shade (dark shades can double as eyeliners). Application was pretty good. Perhaps it did not blend quite as well as “regular” make-up, but it has been a while and my memory could be flawed. Pearl was a bit lighter than I expected based on its appearance in the container.  I was able to wear each of these with no problems (along with their whispering seas mascara). Overall they delivered a soft and pretty look.

These might not be for people who crave a huge selection, and glittery shades. The price is also pretty high-end. However for women with very sensitive skin or those who are concerned about the ingredients in their makeup, I think these eyeshadows could be a wonderful solution! I am so happy that I can wear eye make-up again! I am looking forward to trying their other colors! :-D

BB Couture Zuma Wave Rider

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Zuma Wave Rider is a dreamy, creamy blue! In the bottle there was a blue shimmer visible, but I could not see it once it was applied. This color is very creamy looking sky blue in most lights, but in indirect light it appears to be a bit more of a periwinkle. This color almost looks good enough to eat!

BB Couture Zuma Wave Rider

BB Couture Zuma Wave Rider in artificial light

Once again BB Couture’s formula is a winner! It applied easily, and covered in two coats.

BB Couture Zuma Wave Rider

BB Couture Zuma Wave Rider

Although they are not exactly the same color, Zuma Wave Rider reminded me a bit of my childhood favorite, Grumpy Bear. Two coats and a top coat are shown.

Grumpy Bear with BB Couture Zuma Wave Rider

My old childhood friend Grumpy Bear and Zuma Wave Rider

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