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Maya Cosmetics- It Can’t Rain All The Time & Almost Happy Hour

A few weeks ago, my friend Chris sent me a tweet telling me his good friend Kat had started a new nail polish line that had launched that morning and to “tell all [my] nail polish people.”  Then when we were in Antigua, he was asking what I thought of the line, and getting my opinion, like I’m an expert or something. Well, to be fair, this is probably the only thing on the planet where I know more about it than he does. So when I had some left over funds from my trip, I decided to purchase a few, and if I didn’t like them, I did my Good Friend Duty of The Year! Luckily, this was money well spent!!

Up first is It Can’t Rain All The Time. A sheer purple base with green, periwinkle, and lavender hex glitter, with lavender microglitter, It Can’t Rain All The Time is a great glitter on it’s own, but also great as a layering polish (see below!). Here I have 2 coats with a bit of visible nail line, but 3 coats eliminated that problem.  I also layered it over Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure’s Greige Gardens and it looked great then as well!

This will be a great polish for spring time and I will definitely be trying some of Kat’s other glitters. Also, props for the nod to The Crow.

The other polish I purchased was Almost Happy Hour. That’s a thought that runs through my mind at least 4 times a week. And as the “office appropriate” polish lover, this was definitely a “must have” polish for me. A taupe creme with a copper, silver, gold, and pink shimmer, this polish is office appropes with a dash of pizzazz. I used two coats here, but you can totally get away with just one! Those are the best kind! While a lot of my neutrals are in the pale pinks and mannequin hands category, this one will provide a bit of color in the office.

Maya Cosmetics are available their website for $8.50. Through the month of October, $1 from each bottle sold will be split between the Wounded Warriors Project and Fisher House. These are organizations that are close to my heart as I work for the Department of Veterans Affairs and have worked closely with people who work for, and benefited from, both WWP and Fisher House.

Hangin with Lil Jon at Ricky’s in Soho!

*Disclaimer: This post has pretty much nothing to do with nail polish, but it is full of awesome! To be fair, I had every intention of this being a “nail adventures” post, but patience was not on my side this morning and what is usually a quality polish turned into a blotchy mess, and well, it just wasn’t going to do it justice to post the polish. Hopefully all the pictures of the actual adventure make up for it!

When I got an email from Ricky’s earlier this week announcing that Lil Jon was going to be at their Soho location to promote his Halloween mask collaboration with the store, my first thought was “uh, heck yes”. Well, okay fine, it was “YYEEEAAAYYAHH, WHHHAATT” haha. I pretty much scheduled my whole Sunday around it.

And I wasn’t let down, it was a great event. I got a couple pictures with Lil Jon, got him to autograph a mask for my best friend Erin (who also visited this weekend!), got to shake THE Ricky’s hand (yeah, I’ll admit it, I was more awestruck meeting him than Lil Jon. I mean, come on, he’s RICKY), and got to meet the lovely LeAnna in person, which was quite the treat after basically being Ricky’s pen pals for the past year! (she’s the one that sends all the awesome Ricky’s blogger blasts, FYI) Pretty much the only thing that could have made it better would have been if Mel was in town to enjoy it with me 😉

Oh, and in case you were wondering, turns out Lil Jon likes a good “hello” haha. While being interviewed, he was asked if he was a little over people stealing his catch phrases. His answer: “Yeah, yeah I am. You know, you can just say ‘Hi’ you know, ya don’t have to scream at me!” Which made him seem really down to earth, but was then followed up with “It’s hard to be me” hahaha.

Jump below the cut for a gallery, or enjoy the slideshow below 🙂 If you want one of the Lil Jon masks, they are available at Ricky’s stores or online at Rickysnyc.com for $12!

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Essie – Nice is Nice

So, a couple of weeks ago it was my bbbiirrfffddaaayyy and I made a trip home to MD to see my family and friends, including the lovely Melissa 🙂 The day before I left I also got a promotion (!!!) so I had a lot to celebrate. I ended up doing three different bday manis, haha, but this one wins the “blog official” bday mani.

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Mel’s present to me was a basket of nail goodies and a rummage through her purge pile. Essie – Nice is Nice was in there, as well as Spoiled – Jewelry Heist, which I used as the accent. NiN is a nice jelly lavender that took two easy coats to full opacity. I think it’s actually going to go in my favorites pile! (Insert “one woman’s trash…” joke here, haha) I thought that Jewelry Heist’s color suited Nice is Nice really well, and that it gave it a look that could be classy or fun.

My parents took me to Renn Fest while I was down, and my nails looks fabulous toting around my cider and raspberry wine 🙂

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Btw, these were the other contenders for bday mani, the second of which was done by my best friend Erin (with help from Antony!)

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Essie- Your Hut Or Mine

Essie’s Your Hut or Mine is part of the 2011 Resort Collection. After stalking occasionally checking my TJ Maxx for the $3.99 Essies I kept hearing about, I finally came across them last week while running errands on my day off. Naturally, I sat down and painted my nails with it immediately, rocking it for On Wednesdays We Wear Pink. I used two coats for this manicure as I could still see visible nail line after one coat. If I’m staring really closely, you can still see it after two coats as well, but it’s not nearly as noticeable. It’s a great formula as Essies normally are. I love the pink shimmer!! This is a great all-purpose color. Great for work, great for fancy events, great to wear because you feel like wearing pink!

Essie is available pretty much everywhere, retailing between $7.50-$8.50, and for less on many e-tailers, such as Trans Design.

Obama Polish by Richard Blanch of Le Métier de Beauté

A couple weeks ago I posted that I had discovered that the Obama campaign was selling nail polish, and that I needed it. Wellll yesterday it arrived and I had to give it a try. Disclaimer: This post is not a review of his person, campaign, or politics. But it is a review of this polish. I suppose a more fair way to review it is to call it Richard Blanch of Le Métier de Beauté’s polish, seeing as he is the designer behind it.

The perks? The bag it came in is great. (My boss almost stole it haha) The bottles, while tiny, are a cute mini cube shape. The colors themselves are classics. And with the logo on them, they’re gonna look cute sitting on my desk at work, right next to my framed picture of Washington Capitals Captain Alexander Ovechkin sitting in the oval office. (I’m special, I’m aware) And the mani I did with it ended up pretty cute, I felt very patriotic and chuckled with coworkers a couple times about it being Obama polish. All the colors are glossy, and I have pictures of them without topcoat below the cut, but I used Butter London’s matte topcoat for today’s look.

 

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Ruby Wing – Meadow (New UV Color Change Polish!!)

Crackle, Caviar… Color changing? The newly released Ruby Wings line is a brand of polish that changes color when exposed to the sun. Now, I know, there’s been mood polishes for a while now, but this is the first I’ve seen of UV based color change. When I saw the colors the line would be carrying, there were about 5 on my “oh that looks awesome list”, but the color that stood out as a “I must try this now!” was Meadow.

Meadow is a beautiful silver as it’s base color, and when exposed to the sun (or UV light in general I would assume), it turns into a lovely lavender metallic. I know, I’m fawning over it. I can’t even disguise it, I wore it for 5 days. Here, let me show you why:

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Taxi Cab Nails: with Cover Bands – Sticks and Stones

I’ve been sick as a dog this week, which mainly means being curled up watching Netflix and painting my nails trying not to sound like I’m dying of consumption (I know, I’m starting off on a real upper!). But that meant I had time to sit around and think about what to start back on the blog with and I decided on doing a taxi themed mani! Something a little New York, even though I usually am more likely to be cheap and take the subway or call up a gypsy cab… Anyway!
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I am in love with Sticks and Stones. I probably use it at least 3 times a month, and I always get rave comments when I wear it. The yellow I used is some random bottle I picked up at a beauty store on Flatbush, but it’s probably my favorite yellow ever. The brand is called “NK Nail Enamel” and the color is Amarillo. Formula is amazing; a two coater for coverage, but no hassle at all! and it’s YELLOW, not a neon yellow or a yellow leaning red or white. Why are good yellows so hard to find? haha. If I can find it again, it’s going to end up in Mel’s next care package.

Overall, I think I hit pretty close to my inspiration, don’t you?

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I’m not sure where NK – Amarillo can be found, but Sticks and Stones can purchased at NinjaPolish.com for $9. (expect to see it a few more times on here!) She also has the great feature where you can get email notifications for restocks, so sign up to keep tabs on it if you can’t score it immediately!

“My name is Barack Obama and I endorse this… nail polish?”

Okay, yes, I work in politics. And, yes, this post pretty much reveals which side I’m supporting this November. And yes, I am loving that, thanks to members of the beauty industry like Marie Claire, and Anna Wintour, and the other gazzilion “go get ’em!” girls who have been rallying the troops this year, being politically informed is now in full fashion.  But, really, all I’m here about today is to say that Obama has his own nail polish. And I want it.

According to the “Runway to Win” website, which is part of Obama’s campaign store, the set, designed by Richard Blanch includes: “Red-y To Win Red – A delightfully deep red, a bold pop of color that makes a statement; Victory White – A soft, clean white perfectly polished for every day wear; and Bo Blue – A shimmering sapphire blue, a fun take on the classic navy.” And to seal the all Americana feel, four little words: “Made in the USA”. It’s even on sale, marked down from $40 to the totally splurgable amount of $25.

I know, I know, we all have like 20 dupes of these colors in our collections, but I need this. If POTUS puts his seal of approval on these colors, that’s like an executive order on nail polish trends or something, right? (You know, I type these things and then I realize I come across like Elle Woods, before she realized smart was sexy too…) I’m sure non-polish addicts will look at this and go, “uh, really? why would a campaign seriously sell that?” But since I am, in fact, a polish addict, I’m pretty sold on it being a fabulous concept, and I am seriously considering getting it. Basically, the real reason I need this is because I love the fact that I can support something with my weekly nail polish splurge for once, and I love the fact that I can wear it long-term. If someone wants to say something about it being silly, I’ll gladly quote the NYT discussion on how nail polish is the new lipstick of economic indicators and that, really, it’s kind of an ingenious move. The fact that it’s not a metal button with “made in china” on the back is a perk too.

Who am I kidding, my debit card is already in hand. I’ll let you know how a political polish turns out 😉

xo- Jess

Deal Alerts- February 26-March 3, 2012

Walgreens
50% off Rimmel Cosmetics
(Not NP related) BOGOFREE ON PONDS FACE WIPES! (sorry, they are my favorite)
BOGO1/2OFF L’Oréal Paris Cosmetics

CVS
Get $3 ECB wyb KISS Nail Dress, Impress, or Everlasting Nail Kits.
2/$3 Spoiled (by WNW) Nail Color (the BOGOFree coupon that recently printed applies!)
BOGO1/2OFF ALL Revlon Nail Polish
BOGO1/2OFF ALL Rimmel Cosmetics
NOPI now available, $7.99

Rite Aid
BOGOFREE EcoTools Beauty Tools
Buy any 2 of Sinful Colors, Petites, CQ, Chamelon, Color Fever or Brucci Nail Polish, get a $2 UP+ Reward
Buy 2 Jesse’s Girl Cosmetics, Get a $2 UP+ Reward
40% off ALL Revlon Cosmetics and Grooming items. Buy $20 worth of these items, get a $6 UP+ reward!

I will update with the rest of the week’s deals when I get home from the bar. It’s Cup Final Day!!! COME ON LIVERPOOL!!

A Polish A Day Keeps the Doctor Away?

Probably not!! But it was a great idea by Jess to do this challenge, and we’re really proud of ourselves for making it this far. Us I’ve gotten rid of several of the polishes used because I finally realized I hated them! You will notice some of the polishes showing up twice, and that’s because we decided adding an unused glitter/flakie on top of the previous day’s mani qualified. Sometimes life happens, and sometimes you just want to come home from work, get in your jams, and watch Smash!.

Jess shared some of her swatches last night, so I wanted to share some of mine. Can you tell I’ve got a new photo collage app? We’ll have reviews coming soon. I don’t know about Jess’ ambitious “Post a Day” plan, but there will indeed be a leeeeeeeeeetle more action around here on the posting front. Plus my Colours From The Capitol polishes shipped today, so I plan on swatching those babies this weekend and having them up next week!!

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And don’t forget the blog sale! The link is at the top of the page by our names.