Thursday, December 15
Some Enchanted Evening is described as a pink salmon shimmer. Like her other glitter polishes, Some Enchanted Evening is comprised of Lippmann’s iconic hexagonal glitter and micro-glitter. I was curious to see how close Some Enchanted Evening matched up to Sparkling. When I returned home, I realized I had another similar color to compare! Essie recently came out with a top coat called A Cut Above. It is from the new Luxeffects Holiday 2011 line out in stores now.
Deborah Lippmann retails for $18 and can be purchased on QVC.com, Deborah Lippmann’s website, and fine retail stores like Nordstrom’s. Essie retails for $8 and can be purchased at drug stores and retail stores. Revlon retails for $4.99 at drugstores and retail stores. I purchased mine at Walgreens and the cashier used a $2 off manufacturer’s coupon, dropping the price to $2.99.
Below are the three polishes:
In the bottle I hardly see a difference between Some Enchanted Evening and Sparkling. The difference with A Cut Above is very obvious, however. A Cut Above looks much darker and is comprised very heavily of hexagonal glitter.
I immediately swatched all three polishes on my nails. Below you will see all three with one and two coats. With one coat, the differences are subtle. Essie has the most clear base, Deborah Lippmann had a lot more micro-glitter, and Revlon seemed to be somewhere between the two. Revlon is more similar to Lippmann than Essie.
Once I applied the second coat, the difference with Essie became the most apparent. It is heavy with hexagonal glitter. I would say it is not very similar to Some Enchanted Evening, definitely not a dead on dupe. Revlon on the other hand, was still very similar to Some Enchanted Evening. If you look at the swatch below, you’ll even notice that the placement of the large glitter was more evenly spread out among the nail than the Lippmann polish. I would attribute this to the brush. A criticism I read often about Deborah Lipmann polishes is that the brush is too small.
I have to mention that I do not like the formula for A Cut Above. I find it too thick and goopy. I am also not a fan of a top coat so heavy on large, chunky glitter. The formula for Sparkling is a tad on the thin side, but it is still easy to work with. One perk I found is you will not have any trouble using the brush to re-position the glitter. The formula for Some Enchanted Evening is just right, in my opinion, not thick or not runny.
In my opinion, Revlon’s Sparkling is as close a dupe that you will find to Deborah Lippmann’s Some Enchanted Evening. Essie’s A Cut Above is not a close dupe. Which polish you should purchase all boils down to your personal preference on formula, finish, and price point. Essie would be my last choice, but I can’t choose a favorite between Deborah Lippmann and Revlon.
Which polish would you choose?
Tuesday, December 6
Last week I was at Sally Beauty Supply to pick up China Glaze’s Snowglobe which was sold out when I visited the store the day before. (I ended up getting Snowglobe in a duo with Blue Years Eve because it was only a few dollars more, but I’ll save those for another post.) Right next to the display they had a stocking full of these beautiful ruby red polishes. I completely purchased it on impulse. It was deep red, it sparkled, and it was only $1.99; I couldn’t say no!
The thing is, I don’t wear red nail polish. Red is just one of those colors I don't feel I can pull off. They’re for chic, sophisticated ladies and I, with my short and wide nails atop short and stubby fingers, am not chic. But something about this shade just drew me in.
I don’t like miniature bottles of lacquer because I hate the OPI minis. The OPI mini brush is horrible for application and I feel like I get too few manicures out of a mini bottle and the annoyance isn’t worth it. I don't have the same issue with the China Glaze miniature bottle and brush. It didn't take much to make me fall in love with this polish.
I can’t get a good photograph of this color. Red glitter and a red jelly base, run of the mill, right? But it is just the perfect shade of red! Deep enough that it doesn’t read orange, but not too dark and vampy. It is the perfect polish for this holiday season.
Above is a quick shot I took with the sunlight left for the day. I added Deborah Lippmann Happy Birthday to my ring finger for an accent.
I just researched this bad boy a bit and apparently it is a cult favorite. It’s not hard to see why. I’m going to run and buy this in a full size the next chance I get. The only downside for me is this chipped after 3-4 days. I don’t normally wear a single color on my nails for that long, but this color is so gorgeous I want to wear it as long as I can! With China Glaze’s formula, it’ll be a pleasure reapplying my manicure.
If you’re want to try your hand at red nail polish but don't want a big commitment, I suggest buying a mini of Ruby Pumps. You won’t be disappointed!
Saturday, December 3
Today I was invited to a premier jewelry show. The only instructions were to wear a solid color shirt and no jewelry, since we would be trying on the showcased pieces at the show. I decided to keep my make up neutral since I wasn’t sure what to expect.
Urban Decay – Naked – on my lid
Aromaleigh – Magellanic – in the crease
Aromaleigh – Fiddlesticks – in the crease
YBF (Your Best Friend) Automatic Eyebrow Pencil - Universal Taupe
MAC Studio Fix - NC42
Elf - High definition powder
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish - Semi-Precious Pearl
Jouer – Lip Enhancer Conditioning Lip Treatment
The jewelry show was fun; although I didn’t purchase anything I had fun trying on a few of the pieces and seeing what styles did or did not work with my personal style. I also won a scented candle and sweets! Mostly I just enjoyed being in the company of my friends.
Did you do anything exciting this weekend?
Friday, December 2
I have been a BirchBox subscriber since April. The deluxe beauty sample subscription services has had its ups and downs in the months I have been subscribed, but I have learned about new companies that I now use and enjoy. In my opinion, it has made the $10 month commitment worth it.
BirchBox has a points system in place. For every item you review from your box you get 10 points. If you purchase from their store, each dollar you spend equals one point to your account. Once you reach 100 points you can cash them in for $10 off your next purchase. However, you can collect points for up to one year.
BirchBox had an after Thanksgiving sale. If you spent $50 you receive your 50 BirchBox points and 50 bonus points which equal $10 off your next purchase. I was a few points away from getting $40 off my next purchase, but with the sale I was able to score $50 off my next purchase.
I made two orders. My first order was for Number 4 Fleurs de Temps Volumizing Condition and the Clarisonic Deep Pore brush head. With the points I received a made a second order for the Deborah Lippmann Let’s Get this Party Started set and the Jouer Lip Enhancer. I received my Deborah Lippmann set for free and paid just $6 for the Jouer lip enhancer. I received free shipping on both orders.
The Clarisonic packaging took a bit of a beating between the warehouse and delivery, but all of the other items came in perfect condition. I’m a bit disappointed at the quality of the packaging for the Number 4 conditioner; it feels cheap for the price ($36 for 8.5 fl oz.) The box the product comes in is more luxe than the actual product packaging itself. However, I am most excited about the Deborah Lippmann polishes. The set is something I want, but would not purchase full price on my own. Hoarding my BirchBox points allowed me the opportunity to get high end beauty products for a steep discount. I’m very happy with my purchase! As an added bonus, I received 50 bonus points on the $6 order as well! :)
Are you subscribed to BirchBox or a similar beauty subscription service? Have you ever purchased any items from their store? Let me know; I’m always interested in trying new products! :)
Thursday, December 1
I might try to blog a lot in December. Blogmas? Blog more often in December? The last one is probably the most accurate, haha. I put absolutely no pressure on myself to write blog posts, and it has left me a bit lazy. I get quicker satisfaction from tweeting my nail of the day, face of the day, impulse buy than writing a post, but I enjoy my blog so I’m going to put more of an effort into it. :)
Below is a look I did when I had to run out of the house but didn’t want a completely bare face. I simply have on black eyeliner (Nyx Super Skinny Marker) and lipstick (MAC Rebel.) I think I am falling in love with MAC’s Rebel. I got 5 hours of wear even after eating. My sisters were incredibly impressed at the lasting power on this baby. Even though it reads more purple on me, I had a fun time wearing it out and got a ton of compliments and questions about the shade. That’s a winner in my book! ^_^
Are you going to try to blog a lot in December, or compose holiday themed posts? Let me know! :)