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Archive for the month “November, 2012”

Rainbow Honey’s Equestria Collection: Mare of the Moon

Ladies and Gentlemen, today I present to you the first in what will be a somewhat lengthy series of posts: Rainbow Honey’s Mare of the Moon! I received a bit of money over my birthday and was able to purchase miniature bottles (7mL) of both her Equestria and Sakura Matsuri collections. I was just thrilled when I received them-her pictures (and mine) don’t do them justice! There’s a depth to most of her polishes that just doesn’t translate well in pictures.

I tried taking pictures of all of my little adorable boxes lined up, but the light isn’t right here for that. I did however manage to take some pretty decent pictures of the super cute bottle and the polish on the nail! One day though I’ll come back and edit in some packaging photos-it’s all highly professional looking, and it’s sort of astounding to me that one lady makes and puts together all of this. :O

Today, I’m going to show you lovely ladies “Mare of the Moon,” named after Celestia’s sister, Luna, who is the ruler of the night. This polish is absolutely stunning over a dark purple (I used Cirque’s Fascination Street) and really does resemble the late evening sky! In these pictures I am wearing one coat of OPI basecoat, 2 coats of Fascination Street, 1 coat of Mare of the Moon, and 1 coat of Seche Vite. (It sounds like a lot when I type it out! But I spread my nail polishing out over the course of a day-removal and base coat during baby’s first nap, base color during his second nap, and then Mare of the Moon and topcoats after he goes to bed for the evening.)

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Aren’t the little moons darling? 

The formula on these was fantastic-it dries just slightly matte, though a topcoat fixes that immediately if you’re inclined. The small round holographic glitters came out readily, though as you’ll see below only one moon made its way to my nails. I suppose I could’ve fished around for them a bit, but I thought I’d try not to and see what happened first. Actually, I kind of like just the one moon-it’s more like a real sky to me. 🙂

There’s a gorgeous light blue shimmer in this polish as well that doesn’t photograph well-you can see it a little in the last photograph of my thumb. It adds a bit of depth and sparkles in the light just enough. ❤

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So there you are m’dears! Rainbow Honey’s Mare of the Moon. This size (7mL) is a mini, and is for sale on her site rainbowhoney.com for $5. Next post I’ll have another one for you!

As an aside, I may be starting to work again soon! This new job will probably not be OK with super flashy nail colors, but I promise I’ll still be lacquering up on my days off! 😉 The blog shall go on! 

ta!

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Nail Mail! Rainbow Honeys and Urban Outfitters

Got the Rainbow Honey polishes I ordered today! I’m so excited to swatch them, guys! They’re beautiful! Also received two Urban Outfitter polishes that are dupes for Deborah Lippmanns. Keep your eyes peeled for the post!

Working without Light, and other Alaskan issues

Well, I have many new polishes (new to me!) to show you guys, but unfortunately, have had extraordinary issues photographing them. My main difficulty stems from a uniquely northern problem: severe lack of sunlight in the winter. The sun rises about 10AM here and sets around 3PM. I have an 8 month old, Rowan, who you all have yet to meet, who occupies most of that time being awake or being put down for his afternoon nap.

My solution will be: a lightbox! I’m currently setting one up on the cheap (have you seen how much they cost on Amazon?!) but have struggled to find time and a boxcutter. As soon as it’s up I’ll do a test post for it with some cookies and my latest and greatest polish, Cirque Fascination Street. I also have a couple of Enkelini holos to show off, have received a couple of Layla holos, and will hopefully (by the time I write the next post) have two full collections (in mini size) from Rainbow Honey to show you all as well. (It’s been a busy two weeks in the Pint&Polish household!)

In case you’re curious, other Alaskan winter issues include: mildew on your windowsills (from keeping your curtains pulled shut all day, if you have baseboard heaters like we do), SAD (which can be remedied to some degree with both Vitamin D and “happy” lights), and your door freezing shut because there is too much humidity in your home (if your door seal isn’t tight). We have been dealing with all three, in addition to normal Alaska rigors, like remembering to plug your car in and wearing enough gear! It has been an interesting winter so far in our first house.

I was gifted a few beers over Thanksgiving as well, only one of which I had not tried before. Unfortunately for us all, I drank a couple of the other ones first, and forgot to take pictures and write down my thoughts on the new one, as well as…(oh the shame) the NAME. I will attempt to dig it out of the trash soon and at least get that for you all. I remember it had lemon and blackberry flavors, and was decidedly strange.

Well, my darlings…until next time! I’ll have pictures of our ficus, Albus, in all his Christmas decorated glory next time for you, too. Ta!

Mooses are a Nuisance

This morning when I woke up I looked out my window and saw a moose cow and her yearling calf! I was excited, grabbed the camera, and as I was checking the battery noticed the dog needed to be let out. Now, I have a husky…he’s gorgeous. He’s lazy. He’s usually pretty intelligent. So I thought, the moose are all the way over there! I’m all the way over here! I’ll just let him out real quick, he’ll pee where he usually does, and then come running back in because there are beasts fifteen times his size over there.

Moose and calf

Moose cow and her yearling calf

Nope. Retard-o went running full-tilt at the moose, growling, barking, yapping, and generally making a ruckus. Hackles up, the whole nine yards! So Mama Moose, who is not to be messed with and Ain’t Got Time for All That, started towards him with the express intention of stomping his stupid little fuzz head into a twitching pulp. (This kills the dog. And is usually what happens if a moose gets close enough to one.)

Luckily for everyone involved, my sister pulled into the driveway in her big-ass SUV just in time to see me screaming at the dog from the doorway, and my dog “protecting the yard” from a moose that wasn’t fooling around. She honked her horn as loud as possible and as soon as the moose moved off a bit jumped out and hauled my dog by his collar back into the house.

Then we went grocery shopping.

Freaking Alaska.

Birthday Manicure!

So my birthday is tomorrow, darlings! I’ll be an old lady, according to my sister (who is only three years younger than I am). My husband’s still older than I am, though-ha! Regardless, I’ve received quite a few polishes, and have used them to make an excellent birthday manicure!

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That’s OPI Fly, with OPI Save Me and China Glaze Fairy Dust over it! There’s soooo maaaaany sparkles, guys! It is gorgeously festive. So wonderful. I love it. It’s my first bar glitter, and while I’m still on the fence about bar glitter in general, this one is beautiful. My soft spot for holographic strikes again! 😉

I also got a set of craft beer glasses-one each for different kinds of beer! They’ll be making an appearance soon. 

 

Later, all!

A-England’s St. George

Just a quick update-things have been busy here! It’s down to -20F most days now, and with the cold comes a few household maintenances that have been put off for a bit too long.

The formula on this, like the other a-England polish I have (Dragon) was phenomenal. The polish is *very* pigmented, requiring only one coat to be opaque! It dried to a fine shine, though I slapped some Seche Vite on top because hey, I’m a mom, and my baby wakes up randomly and makes me smudge my polish a lot. HA. Sadly, the SV shrunk it up a tad, and so by day two my tips are showing. 😦

The scattered holo in this is very fine, and does not appear in normal lighting. Even in sunlight, you have to be paying attention. Just keep that in mind! And now, without further ado: photos!

You can really see the holo sparkles in the bottle here!

This matches my favorite mug!

a-England St. George

Such a luscious teal!

 

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Bottle shot 2, full sun

a-England St. George

Bottle shot, full sun

Next time I’ll add a bonus shot with the matching mug. 😉 Ta for now, sweethearts!

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