Sunday, January 27, 2013

Urban Outfitters NP Chilly & Mystic

I have a couple of polishes to show you today that I picked up a few weeks ago at my local Urban Outfitters store.  They really had some great colors on display and in abundance.  UO has bulked up their cosmetics, BIG TIME.  If you go to their UO online store they have even more cosmetic options than they have in their stores, including an extensive collection of Anna Sui polishes that I really haven't seen anywhere else as well as ELF brand makeup.  I did end up ordering an Anna Sui polish as a treat along with a fantastic coat and a pair of wedge sneakers for a bargain basement prices - the AS polish was not so much of a bargain, but still very pretty.  I'll post about that one later.  So, these lovelies were purchased in person and totaled $8.72 with our super high 9.10% sales tax included.  I believe these are $5 each or 2 for $8.

I was very impressed with these UO polishes.  They were inexpensive, they looked fabulous (I don't own a polish that looks like either of these) but did not behave like a cheap polish.  The formula for both was good with Chilly being thicker than Mystic, as expected, since it was all full o' glitter.  I used my usual Orly Bonder  base coat for both manicures, but I layered Chilly over 2 complete coats of Essence Oh My Glitter which is a lovely lavender shimmer polish.  Both built up well in 4 coats.  I topped both off with a nice thick coat of SV.  Chilly was a slight top coat eater, so I put a second coat of SV on it for good measure.

Here's Chilly:

 Next is Mystic.  Mystic was a little hard to capture because it is inky indigo inky blue.  Aaaand best of all, it's a FLAKEY! ::swoon:: Now who doesn't like a flakey?
I tried to post the most accurate shots of it, color wise, that I took, so excuse the strange brightness of my hands.

Pretty cool, huh.  I realize that Mystic reminds me a little bit of Cult Nails Clairvoyant, but definitely isn't a dupe or anything.  *Edit - Duh!  I just realized that Mystic may just very well be a dupe for Deborah Lippman's Ray of Light.  Sadly, I do not own Ray of Light, so I'm unable to do a comparison, but in in reviewing swatches of ROL online, looks like it might be a ringer!*

Next on my lemming list for UO are their holo polishes. They have a couple stunners that I NEED to have, but we'll wait til next paycheck for those.

So what do you think?  Have you ever given UO polishes a chance?  Will you now?

Until next time  ☺

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

eSalon - To try? Or not to try?

So I signed up for eSalon recently and just got my first set of hair color via USPS today. I will be giving it a whirl this weekend and will post how everything if it goes well.  If it goes hideously, then I may just sulk and try to pretend it never happened.

Look at this nice packaging...

It's very well packed and it's personalized too (my name is on the bottles).  Do you know anyone who has tried eSalon, or have you tried it yourself?  What did you think?

Also this weekend, I will try to catch up on some much needed polish blogging.  I recently bought a couple of Urban Outfitters polishes that turned out to be very impressive, as well as several new American Apparel and Zoya polishes I have acquired.

Stay tuned.  ☺