Monday, 7 June 2010

A cautionary tale - no, 2 cautionary tales!

1 Easy. Use basecoat before you apply Jessica Aqua Tint or you will get smurf-paws like this... Ta da!

See those cuticles! I have had pumice stone all over these fingers. I was 50 kinds of fool not to use basecoat under a blue. (This looks slightly washed-out in the sun. My cuticles are much worse IRL.)
This is part of universal nail-lore. Blues stain. Yellows streak.

What's on my nails today?

This is cautionary tale 2 btw.

CT 2
I check ebay for OPI bargains. The one on the left was sold as an unnamed OPI. Caveat emptor. Look at the pic, buy it if you like it. Fine. Nowt exciting but..fine.

The one on the right was described as Overexposed in South Beach. The pic wasn't great. Hey, it was described....(Yeah, I did that bit). Now that's a polish I wanted. £5.99. Ting! Thank you.

It duly arrives. I tear open the parcel to be confronted by....all I know is this. It ain't OE in SB. I negotiated a partial refund from the seller because I couldn't be @rsed to go through the faff of returning it. It's a pink foil of no particular distinction whatever. It's functional for days when I just can't decide. They said that the labels had been mixed up. It came with a label saying: Not So Berry Daring. It isn't that particular baby either! I don't mind them guessing at an attribution if they make it clear that there is a degree of doubt. I got a fair deal for an average polish so it's OK. It was meant to be love but it's just the nice lady I talk to at the supermarket - pleasant but not earth-shattering.

The accent nail?

It has to be slightly blurry to pick up the fleck in the jelly. It's over the lighter unnamed OPI. It is???

Who said BB Couture Napa Valley Red? All of you? Good.

My daughter's dog is moulting like a moulty-thing and I am getting white dog hairs all over my nails. I must be inhaling its hair because it's everywhere and on everything.



  1. Thanks for the eBay tip re: the jellies, I'm definately gonna invest, Jen!
    Do you paint your nails every day? That sure is good grooming! I'm such a goddamn slob. I swear my toenail polish has been on for a fortnight, eekkk!
    PS Absolutely love your sense of humour, each and every one of your posts never fails to raise a titter!!!

  2. VV, the jellies are a good buy but use basecoat or your nails will stain.
    I do RH and LH differently and post one hand one day and the other hand the next. Thus I can get 2 days before having to redo - unless I get bored. And I'm easily bored..
    Humour? D'you know, I've been likened to Dawn French. Oh, yes. I'm about the same height and weight.

  3. OOh that BB is lovely. I need some BB in my life.

    I'm entering your giveaway! I've thought about it for awhile and I'm going to finally do it :) I'm a follower and I love your blog, I think it has a distinct writing style that makes you stand out.

    1 Your fave pink polish? Ooh, hard one. I have about 2 million pinks lol...right now it's China Glaze Pool Party or Sinful Scandal.

    2 The polish you most looked forward to but disappointed you in reality. Color Club Rebel Debutante...I expected it to be lighter :(

    3 The best contest/competition/whatever that you have ever won. I've only ever won one contest lol but it was a good one! It was for a reusable waterbottle called a vapur and it is awesome!

    4 For what polish, if any, would you (or have you) paid over £15? $21.74 about in my currency and that is A LOT. I won't spend over $10 but I don't have the funds :(

    5 Tell me about your pets or thoughts on pets. I have 2 kitties named Skrinkle and Princess Pete and a chihuahua/rat terrier named Apollo. Skrinkle is a Japanese Bobtail and has the most ridiculous personality: stubborn snobby brat lol. It fits his breed but he is exactly what I wanted in a cat...what was I thinking! Princess Pete was originally named just Pete...until I realized she was a girl!

    6 Do you have a charity you particularly favour? What is it? I'm a sucker for charities involving babies and children like March of Dimes.

    7 Say something positive about yourself. I have very pretty eyelashes :)

    8 I have a slight preoccupation with the letters that one has to enter to verify a comment. Here are some recent favourites: entub, normip, sestorta. Do you take any notice of these? Do you have any that have made you laugh? What do you think /sestorta/ might mean???? They've got something to do with books I guess, I'm going to have to look it up and let you know! lol

    9 Is mental health a subject that concerns you? Yes, there are some mental health problems that run in my family and it saddens me that people often overlook them as actual medical issues.

    10 Say something positive about your workplace. The best job ever- I'm unemployed right now! Stay at home animal mom.

  4. Here is a link about reCaptcha and why it has funny words:

  5. Thank you, I0verlada. I have 2 words for you - ovulation fronts. Well, that's what reCaptcha told me. I can't say I understood it to my complete satisfaction so I shall have to look further into this as you seem to be suggesting.
    Just a couple of other things - ropem spars colabs scoticks
    Meaning? You're in the giveaway draw.
    Skrinkle. You too have an eye for words, I think. Hey, if you don't like the polishes I'll send you something else.
    I had a cat I thought was a girl but I was mistaken.
    Apollo for a chiahuahua. How very grand.
    That goes for everyone, of course!

  6. Oh no about OE in SB :( That one is gorgeous. I like the idea of an un-named OPI though, it's kinda like the fun of a lucky dip when you get it lol!

  7. Awww crappiness, it's stuff like this that makes me afraid to buy polishes from ebay.
    And also afraid to not wear base coat hehe!

  8. Tilly and Rebecca: I'm glad you agree it's not OE. I was adamant about that. I got a good quality polish for £4 in the end. Not a bargain but not a rip-off. Nothing (??a bit rash??) will shake my love for ebay! But Rebecca - I should have listened to you about bascecoat. My laziness will be my downfall...

  9. The more I see of Napa Valley Red, the more I like it. One of these days I'm going to have to get it :).

    So to enter the giveaway:

    1 Favorite pink polish? China Glaze Admire. I'm not much of a pink polish person, but this is metallic...and looks great with a layer of $OPI It's Bouquet With Me over it. (I just picked up Sally Hansen Diamond Shine Pink Diamond at the Dollar Store and it's really shiny so I'm probably going to like it a lot!)

    2 Disappointing polish? OPI Ink. It looks NOTHING on the nail like it does in the bottle. It looks like a plain navy blue shimmer, maybe just a little purply but unmistakably navy blue. None of that plummy shimmer in the bottle showed up on the nail. I already have several navy blue shimmers I like a whole lot more. I'm still soured on OPI polishes because of this one.

    3 The best contest/competition/whatever that you have ever won. I won my group in the Project Runway Fantasy Team game for season 7. I came in 20th globally. I was so happy.

    4 For what polish, if any, would you (or have you) paid over £15? That's about $20 USD according to the currency converter, and I have never paid anywhere near that for a polish. I'm not saying I never will, but it's going to take something truly extraordinary, considering it took me well over a week to convince myself to pay the $9 for the It's Bouquet With Me mentioned earlier.

    5 Pets? We have three cats. They are members of the family, but they're not children or kid-substitutes; they are the four-legged furry members of the family. Not that I don't dote upon them. I can't imagine my life without pets.

    6 Do you have a charity you particularly favour? What is it? I have a couple, but two of the big ones are the ASPCA and the Humane Society. Both organizations work for the welfare of pets, something I support wholeheartedly (all three of our cats are rescues or adopted from rescue groups).

    7 Something positive about me: I just had my hair color touched up, and it looks fantastic.

    8 I have a slight preoccupation with the letters that one has to enter to verify a comment. Here are some recent favourites: entub, normip, sestorta. Do you take any notice of these? Do you have any that have made you laugh? What do you think /sestorta/ might mean????

    My Favorite so far was "sili ninja". I love the image. Sestorta sounds like a big Italian meat pie.

    9 Is mental health a subject that concerns you? I'm not sure how to answer that. I wish we had a society that placed even a little importance on not stressing people out to the maximum they can endure.

    10 Say something positive about your workplace. My last couple of jobs have been contracts I've worked on from home. So I can say I approve of the complete lack of dress code and the comfortable environment, but I do get tired of having to make the coffee myself and the janitorial services leave something to be desired :).

    email: tropicalchrome .at. gmail (dot) com

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