Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Mini Hiatus

I think this is the first time I've ever taken a hiatus from Imperfectly Painted.

Those of you who have followed me on Facebook and Instagram have known that my cat had been very sick last week. She had major surgery on her bladder to resolve a blockage. She came home yesterday, and all seems OK so far, but she is going to need a couple of days of keeping an eye on her while she recovers.

My dad is also coming into town today for a visit through Saturday. He had planned this visit 2 months ago, but the timing has worked out well. I don't have family here, and while my boyfriend has been great support, I really needed some family around during this rough time too.

So, I'll be spending the next week relaxing, sleeping (which I haven't done much off at all in a week!), helping my kitty, and spending time with my dad.

I plan on being back next week if all is OK. It's unlike me not to blog, since I love it, but my energy has been completely expended else where. I'll be around social media though hopefully!

Have a great week!

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Milani Color Statement Lacquers- Greens

* I received the following products in exchange for my honest review.

I have the green shades of the new permanent Milani Color Statement lacquers to show you today.

The past 2 weeks I have posted the blues and the pinks, so be sure to check those out if you haven't yet.

As the past few times, I will doing one finger swatches in order to save time. I have more shade families of this line to show you over the coming weeks!

Mint Crush
 Mint Crush is a pale mint creme.

Tattle Teal
Tattle Teal is a medium teal creme.

Silhouette is a dusty sage with a very subtle shimmer.

Color: Beautiful saturated colors. Mint Crush and Tattle Teal are not very original, but if you don't have colors like this in your stash already, these might be nice to add. Silhouette is a stand out shade to me. I rarely see a green like this in drugstore brands. I also adore this color!

Formula: Tattle Teal and Silhouette had excellent and easy to use 2 coat formulas. Mint Crush like the other pastels I've reviewed in this line was trickier to apply. I found it a bit streaky and hard to level.

Price: These can be found at CVS or the Milani website for $3.99 each.

Overall: Nice selection of green shades. Silhouette is beautiful color, and not something I typically would see offered in a drugstore brand. I highly recommend Silhouette. Tattle Teal is a great standard teal color, and I'd recommend it if you don't have a teal like it in your collection. Mint Crush, beautiful color, but a tricky formula. I would say you could probably find a similar color with a better formula in another brand.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Paint Splatters
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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Deborah Lippmann Razzle Dazzle

Deborah Lippmann is a not a brand I frequent, for what I think are obvious reasons. $16-$20 on one bottle of nail polish is pretty darn exorbitant at least for me. Deborah Lippmann has become a birthday and special occasion only brand for me, when I feel like I can justify on the splurge. A past birthday treat of mine happened to be a bottle of Razzle Dazzle, and it had remained a favorite polish in my entire collection.

Razzle Dazzle 
Razzle Dazzle is a blackened raspberry jelly base with raspberry fine glitter.

Collection: All That Jazz Fall 2010

Color: You cannot go wrong with this color. This color is glitzy, rich, sexy, and beautiful. Everyone needs a color like this in their stash. Hot!

Formula: A very nice formula here. I used 2 thick coats above.

Price: This used to be $18, but DL prices have been raised and it's now $20 -gulp-. If you search this, you will find this on a few retailers for that price. If you're looking for an cheaper alternative, I'd recommend Essie Toggle on Top, which is significantly lower priced. You can find a comparison on The PolishAholic. They're not exact dupes, but close enough!

Overall: Stunningly beautiful color. I bought this way before Essie Toggle on Top was in existence, so I'm happy to have it in my collection. The price is definitely hard to swallow, so you won't offend me if you go for the Essie!

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Paint Splatters
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Way-Cool Mani Wednesday: Indigo Jewels

I'm gearing up for fall. I'm still sporting summer manis, but fall is creeping it's way into my manicure repertoire. Here is my current mani were I ease into fall with some jewel tones. 

Polishes Used: Revlon Indigo Night and OPI Sparkle-icious

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

OPI Do You Have This Color in Stock-holm?

I have to admit 2014, has been a big flop for me as far has mainstream brand collections so far. Spring and summer I can count on both hands the number of new mainstream polishes I bought. Drugstore polishes and indies are a different story.

Now, we're on to fall collections being released. Mainstream brand fall collections rarely wow me. I find a majority of them to be the same variations of dusty neutrals or vampy jewel tones. This year is a bit different. Sure, every mainstream collection has its predictable colors, but I'm finding some stars in mainstream fall collections this year. I've bought more mainstream brand nail polish the past week than I have so far in all of 2014! Clearly, I'm into it!

I have star shade from OPI's Nordic fall collection to share with you today.

Do You Have This Color In Stock-holm?
Do You Have This Color in Stock-holm? is a bright saturated blue-toned violet creme.

Color: You know blurples? Well, I'd call this a purblue (I am horrid at names). This is more purple than it's blue, whereas blurples are more blue than purple. This color is divine! I do not own a nail polish that is this shade. Cremes in a lot of cases can be dupey, but this is original. This color is striking!

Formula: I was worried at first with this formula. The first coat applied sheer and watery, but the second coat was perfect. I only used 2 coats above. This was a fake-out formula in a good way!

Price: I got this for $8.50 at Sally Beauty Supply with my Sally's card. I believe other places it will be $9.50.

Overall: Incredible standout color! This is a must have in my book. Formula was great. Good going OPI!

My Rating 5 out of 5 Paint Splatters
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