This is a re-posting of one of my favourite ever polishes. Whenever I want to wear a nude shade, I always reach for this one. So it was only right that I showed it to you again. Going back to my review from early 2010, nothing’s actually changed as far as my emotions regarding this polish, so I’ve re-posted the review (with new and improved photos) for those of you who haven’t been following us that for long!
Today’s blog post is brought to you courtesy of one of my favourite bloggers ever - London MakeUp Girl. At some point I must have mentioned the fact that I wanted to try Rescue Beauty Lounge but that I was really reluctant to pay the extortionate shipping costs (but hey, you get free international shipping if you spend over $200….yeah right). Any way, the upshot of this is that I am now the proud owner of three gorgeous RBL polishes that Grace decided would be happier with me.
What an awesome gift, and one for which I am extremely happy and grateful. Anyway, as any of you who watch Blackadder will know, no-one likes a gloater, so on to the polish.
I’m not entirely sure when Grunge first appeared on my radar. I mean, yes, in the 1990s with Pearl Jam and Soundgarden and a lot of the bands that I still listen to today, but in this instance I mean Grunge the nail varnish. I think it was released around the same time as I started devouring nail blogs and it came up time and time again on various sites I was reading.
What can I say – it just called to me. It’s my kind of shade. Kind of beige, kind of grey, kind of mushroomy. Call me uninteresting, but if I could only wear one type of shade for the rest of my life, this would probably be it. I can’t even really explain why I like it so much as I know to a lot of you, this is going to appear really boring!
I’d heard a lot of things (all good) about RBL’s application. To me, this was just ok. But remember, I have big nails, so what works like a dream for a lot of people often doesn’t cut it with me. Yes, the consistency of the polish is beautiful and you can certainly tell it is a quality product from the way it simply flows onto the nail, but I struggled a little bit with how skinny the brush is. It took me about six swipes to cover one nail whereas normally I manage with three. (less with an OPI pro-wide).
Grunge required three coats. I got a weeny bit of dragging when I reached the tips but I think this is because it dried faster than I was expecting it to. Still, only a real eagle eye would be able to tell this so it’s the mini-est of mini complaints.
So – what do you think? Does anyone appreciate it as much as me? I love the fact that it is kind of murky and I suppose a nude with an edge to it. A lot less boring than all the mannequin hands everyone was sporting a few weeks ago, and I really love it. So thankyou again to London MakeUp Girl for helping me realise a lemming – this really is a nail varnish I never really thought I’d own so you can imagine how happy I am.
Now, I’m off to remember my teenage years by playing Pearl Jam’s Ten at full volume!
It is time for the monthly Beauty Blogs Backstage interview again. I have been a bit slow in posting this I am afraid as I am right in the middle of the house move and all the strass and chaos that it entails. Eek! Still, it will all be worth it in the end, right? Anyway, less of me and more of Rachael from the fab Retro Urban Rainbow blog! (where you can also see my answers to the questions that Rachael put to me).
1) What motivates you to keep blogging?
Passion. If I wasn’t passionate about cosmetics and whatever floats to my mind. I couldn’t blog without lovin’ it. It’s a great community!
2) What do you look for in a blog you choose to follow?
I look for personality! I want to see the soul of the blogger in that person’s blog.
3) What is your favourite beauty brand & why?
After all these years, I still favor Urban Decay. I love them with my life. Seriously!
4) Do you have any pets?
I have one kitten, who just turned a year. Peyton is my love!
5) What’s your earliest beauty- related memory?
My first memory is being a kid and having my mom do my makeup before my dance recitals.
6) Mascara or lipstick?
7) Describe your ideal weekend
Relaxing around the apartment and going out for lots of drinks with my friends after! My perfect time.
Thank,s Rachael! I promise to be a bit more timely with July’s posting.
This polish definitely wins the prize for being the most difficult one I have ever had to photograph. I must have taken a bajillion photos of this and it still wouldn’t play ball.
However, it’s an utterly amazing, very special polish. This was my first experience of trying Sinful, a brand that I’ve read a lot about on many American nail blogs over the years. This was sent my way courtesy of Scrangie, who I know loves this shade.
Quite sheer, it was about four coats in the end but I didn’t mind as each coat added extra depth and interest. This is such a perfect polish – imagine if OPI Ink had mor obvious pink shimmer and fleck and you’re there. Fabulous. It is a deep violet jelly with lots and lots of sparkle and detail. It looks multi layered and so three dimensional. Pesky camera.
Despite what you might think from looking at the pictures, I had no VNL whatsoever. It covered nicely and lasted for about three days, which is fine by me as I found it utterly mesmerising. Daddy’s Girl really comes into its own under electric light, but looks just as fab outdoors.
I wore this over Christmas when I was being a good wife and trekking around lots of electrical and computer stores, an experience I didn;t find as gobsmackingly boring as usual, mainly thanks to this polish, which looked amazing in the bright shop lights. So yes, if you were in a certain electrical outlet over Christmas and saw some girl standing in the aisle staring at her nails and grinning like crazy then, well, that was me.
Thank you to Scrangie for sending this my way!
About once a year (usually around Easter) I decide that I might quite like to wear a pastel toned nail varnish. Like I say, it doesn’t happen all that often. I wasn’t sure which one to go for but as per usual, Twitter came to my rescue and told me to wear this. Unfortunately I failed to sort out my cuticles – sorry about that.
I purchased What’s With The Cattitude? from Trade Secret on my honeymoon in Florida last year. At the time, the Shrek polishes hadn’t come out in the UK and I snaffled Funky Dunkey and Rumple\’s Wiggin\’ as well. To be honest, I don’t know why I bought this one as baby blues don’t really do it for me. It must have been the excitement of seeing something that wasn’t in the UK yet. For $8!
I generally find that these types of shades do my skintone no favour whatsoever. In natural light it isn’t so bad, but under any kind of artificial light, I brace myself for the inevitable lobster hands. Pale greens and blues just make my hands look red – unless I have fake tan on. They go better on my toes, but only just.
Application of this was pretty awful. This was three coats, and the polish just refused to co-operate. The first two coats were disturbed by the brush dragging stripes through the wet polish so I left it for a bit and went back and did a third coat once the first two were dry. A copious amount of Nubar Diamont later and actually, it looks pretty damn perfect. Who’d have thought it?
I can’t help but feel like a teenager when I wear these types of colours. Something was making me want to put twee red polka dots or roses all over it, perhaps because What’s With The Cattitide? is the same shade as Cath Kidston carrier bags. Hmm.
What do you think? I have to say that if I hadn’t purchased this on my honeymoon and therefore have some kind of sentimental attachment to it, then What’s With The Cattitide? would probably be going up for swap.