Just a Reminder about RSS...

I know you all must be inundated with similar posts at this point, but as a reminder, on Monday, Google Reader will be shut down. I am a person who likes her creature comforts, so this has been quite a grieving process for me, one which I have still not fully come to terms with! In fact, although I have had my data transferred to multiple different RSS readers for months, I have stubbornly refused to use them to ease my adjustment. Even though many of you might be feeling similarly, there are still a few other options for following my blog:

Feedly is the site I've been gravitating toward. I think it has the most similar features to Google Reader and is trying hardest to accommodate those consumers. It is a very customizable system, but I do think it focuses a bit more on flashy rather than utilitarian design, which takes some getting used to. There is also the annoyance that you can't add multiple tags, but hopefully they will eventually address that.

The Old Reader attempts to more directly mimic Google Reader's style. My peeve with it is that it doesn't connect directly with the old Google Reader, so as I imported a couple months ago, I have to redo the process to keep my feeds up to date. For those of you exploring many options, this might be a frustrating experience, since this reader isn't keeping track of any activity not done on its own servers.

The other reader that many bloggers are recommending is Bloglovin'. I personally find Bloglovin' to be a little too utilitarian, but I think it's a good option for readers who don't like to jump around their feeds as much, as well as those with a smaller number of sites that they follow.

That's it! Please follow me, and we'll keep the posts coming! Thanks!

Chanel in #647 Lilis + Comparisons

Direct sunlight - late afternoon

Most recently, I wore Chanel in #647 Lilis. This is the final polish from Chanel's Summer 2013 "L'Été Papillon de Chanel" collection. Obviously, with two vibrant duochromes in the collection, this polish was kind of an underdog. But, it turns out I LOVE it. I was so surprised by how gorgeous this was on. Lilis is limited edition, and Chanel's corals and pinks tend to go relatively fast - for example, Chanel in #571 Fracas was released for Spring 2013 and is already sold out, whereas polishes like Sky Line (Fall 2012) and Gold Fingers (Winter 2012) are still available - so if you want this one, I would act soon.

Chanel describes Lilis as an "intense coral," and that's a pretty apt description. It's a bright coral creme that leans toward the orange side of the spectrum. It dries a couple shades darker and brighter than the bottle color. I have a ton of corals, so I'm not easily impressed, but when I put this shade on, I was in a rush to make a lunch date and it gave me a huge smile from how great it looked and how little expectation I had for it.

Lilis does have a slightly finicky formula. I applied it in 20 minutes before I had to leave, and I didn't have time to do thin coats because the formula was a bit sticky and tended to bald spots. I did 1 thin coat and 2 medium coats to avoid this, and it worked out find with no detriment to wear. Lilis dries extremely glossy, but of course I always apply Seche Vite too.

Sorry about the dirt on my index finger - I think it's smudged mascara that I wiped off and didn't notice. Also, I did have to adjust the color of my pictures a little bit. On my camera, the pictures came out accurate, but when I uploaded them to my computer, it turned the color about 10 notches too pink, so I adjusted for that.

Up next should be Chanel in #591 Alchimie, so stay tuned!

Worn June 13 - 19, 2013.

Indirect natural light
Direct sunlight

Chanel in #667 Bel-Argus + Comparisons

Direct sunlight

Sorry for the unexplained absence. I've been in a bit of a post-graduation funk. I've spent most of my life in school, and now that I'm free from it I feel a bit at sea. Anyway, I have Chanel's Fall 2013 collection coming to me, so I wanted to get up some more Chanel posts before then. Chanel in #667 Bel-Argus is part of the Summer 2013 "L'Été Papillon de Chanel" collection. It is still available but limited-edition.

Chanel describes Bel-Argus as a "metallic blue." It is a foil metallic duochrome with a bright mid-tone blue base. It shifts mainly turquoise and indigo. As with many duochrome polishes, the shift is stronger out of direct sunlight. Although Bel-Argus does not have quite as strong a shift as Chanel in #657 Azuré, I prefer Bel-Argus because it is so bright and vibrant. It is the favorite blue metallic in my collection.

From what I can find through Google, in French Argus is a rather convoluted taxa of butterfly (known as Polyommatinae in English). Bel-Argus seems to mimic the colors found in the Argus bleu or Common Blue butterfly (Polyommatus icarus).

Source: http://www.sustainableguernsey.info/blog/2011/07/a-pictorial-guide-to-some-guernsey-butterflies/
Source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Common_Blue_(Polyommatus_icarus).jpg

I would describe Bel-Argus's formula as perfect. It was the perfect consistency and just flowed out exactly where I wanted it to go. I was polishing while watching Hannibal, and it was the way polishing is meant to be - a source of relaxation and joy. I used 3 thin coats to build up depth. Bel-Argus shows slight brushstrokes (less than Azuré), but because I was on such a roll, I used the sponge technique for my 3rd coat. Of course, I topped with a layer of Seche Vite.

Worn May 29 - June 5, 2013.

Indirect natural light
Indirect natural light - indoors
Artificial light

Revlon in Heavenly over OPI in You Callin' Me a Lyre?

Direct sunlight

I'm no longer picking up many Deborah Lippmanns because of growing weariness with the brand, so when I saw that Revlon had released a dupe, I did something all too rare for me these days - I went drugstore hopping. Over the winter I was loving really soft and delicate glitter combos, and I thought this polish would be perfect for that kind of look. Sadly, like Arrested Development Season 4, this polish let me down! Revlon in #770 Heavenly was released with the Winter 2012 "Bubble Gum Days / Urban Nights" collection and is currently permanent. It is composed of large hexagonal and square glitters in a clear base (it looks slightly ivory and milky in the bottle, but applies clear). The glitters are opalescent and flash orange, yellow, blue, green, and purple. And you can probably tell from my macro, but the formula SUUUUUUUCCCCKS. It is extremely thick - thicker but not as gluey as Rescue Beauty Lounge in IKB:2012. I thinned it twice before applying, and it was still disgustingly thick. It was so thick that I could not really do a thin coat. Normally I wouldn't complain as much about it, but you can see that it caused bubbles. All. Over. The. Place. So many bubbles. From a normal distance, the bubbling wasn't really visible, but it was so prevalent that it really bothered me. I got my bottle from a new, untouched display, and I had heard the Lippmann formula was really thick as well, so I won't chalk it up to a bad bottle. But I do like this combination of glitters, and I will probably try to use this again after thinning it like 3:1, so I guess I am a sucker.

I layered 1 coat of Heavenly between OPI in You Callin' Me a Lyre? (1 thin coat over Heavenly and 2 thin coats as the base). You Callin' Me a Lyre? is the light pink jelly from the Spring 2012 Soft Shades "NYC Ballet" collection. It has a lovely, easily-buildable, non-streaky formula. The pink is pretty neutral, maybe a tiny bit cool.

Also, instead of using my normal CND Stickey base coat, I used Nail Tek Foundation II, which is a ridge-filling base coat that has a modest white tint, which I sometimes use to help build up the opacity of sheerer polishes.

Worn January 9 - 10, 2013.

Indirect natural light

Here's a blurry picture to give you an idea of how this mani looked from a normal distance:

Indirect natural light - cloudy