Pacific Blues

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[Left: New Pacific Blue, Right: Old Pacific Blue]

(1) We’re moved! Yay! I’m thrilled to have my polish collection & rack out of storage and up in the bathroom! Though I definitely need another one! I have this whole floating shelf in the bathroom taken up with polishes that I picked up in the last three months! Ahh!! And that’s not even including the bin of my daughter’s polishes!

(2) I don’t usually hear a lot about polishes outside of other bloggers and vloggers sharing their new color finds with us, but this one kept popping up: Sally Hansen’s Xtreme Wear in Pacific Blue. Everyone was saying the same thing; they changed the formula and it is terrible!! However, I wasn’t seeing any side-by-side comparisons and I had no experience with it myself; blue just isn’t a color that I pick for nail polish very often. Before these, I owned two: Zoya’s Sailor and CoverGirl’s Skylight. The latter of which was bought for a specific purpose and I’ve still not even opened the bottle. But curiosity got the better of me and Independence Day is coming up; that’s an excuse to add two blue polishes to the collection, right??

It didn’t take long to see what everyone was upset about…

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Left: The old formula. Right: The new. (Excuse the picture; I had the bright idea to do each hand with a respective polish for comparison…forgetting that I don’t have a third hand… Whoops! Phone hanging off my desk, taking a picture with my nose…what, what??) One coat of each.

If loved the old one, you will hate the new one. The old was a creme that went on nicely. The new is a jelly that is difficult to work with. 

Even more annoying is that they’ve recently released Royal Rage; which I didn’t buy (See, Sarah? I DO have limits!!), but which is featured here: lacqlustre.com And…it looks like what they meant the “new” Pacific Blue to be; a brighter, more-cobalt-than-cornflower blue. Why, Sally?! Why?! They could have just left Pacific Blue alone, released Royal Rage and forgotten about this thin, shimmery thing they’re trying to pawn off as 420 Pacific Blue. 

If you really want the old one before its gone, look for a polish that isn’t “sparkly” and sort of looks like a blue polish that someone poured milk into. On the ones that I have, you can also tell the difference by the sticker on top of the cap; the new has a black sticker with white lettering, the old is a silvery sticker that has to be held at an angle to be read. I’ve seen both new & old available at Walgreens and Meijer here.

Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy (Day Three)

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Well…that was disappointing. Yes; we’re moving…however, the majority of our stuff has been packed in storage for the last two months so, I haven’t really done anything above and beyond what I would normally do in the course of 3 days. After the first day, one corner was a little chipped. No big; over all, they still looked good, but by day three…it looked like most other polishes do on my nails after three days of wear. I was really hoping for a few more good days out of this product. :-/

Today I’m kidnapping the Hubby and am planning to take him to get a pedicure! He has nice feet, but I’m hoping he’ll get some relaxation out of it and…I wanna go! It’s been so long and it always feels soooo good! I think I may get a quick manicure while I’m there for Monday morning’s errands (just before loading the truck) and hope that that braces my poor nails for the move a bit. 

I’m not completely sure when we’ll have internet on at the new place (soon!) and we’re breaking down the computers either tonight or tomorrow morning, so far well for now! 🙂

Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy (Day One)

I noticed a display in CVS a week ago for Revlon’s new Colorstay Gel Envy nail polish. Aaaand all four of the top coat slots were empty. *grumble* Mind you, I head desk’d my through the replies to Revlon’s limited edition throwback lipsticks a couple of months ago; I understand that the display held two of each and that they were *limited edition.* Not everyone was promised to get one. This is different. It appears, by the mass clearancing of their previous Colorstay polishes, that this is new line launching. Sooooo…you need to put out ample top coats, assuming that most people are going to buy one or two colors and a top coat. (You don’t really expect 4 people – there are four slots in the displays – to buy out the rather large display of colors, do you? … Okay, I’ve watched too many YouTube polish collector’s videos; don’t answer that! LOL But seriously… It’s a new line. Most of us want to test the waters first…)

Anyway, yesterday, Hubby-to-be and I stopped off at a Walgreens for something unrelated and there – after I had searched the three drug stores closest to us – sat two of the top coats in their display! SQUEE!! I picked up a top coat and Jokers Wild. 

Test Drive: Day One…

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I like having my nails painted, but I don’t want to paint them more than once a week…or invest in a $50 light and more in a bunch of actual gel polishes…on top of already rather large collection of regular polishes. I know; I like cake and not just looking at it! I also don’t know how I feel about the whole stripping off gel polish process…my nails are sort of thin and fickle anyway. I still love my Zoyas, but some wear better than others, they raised their prices this year and…I haven’t seen them run a sale since January. (Granted…the January promo was amazing, but still…on a budget here!) Thus, I’m always looking for alternatives. (The Revlon Gel Envies are regular $7.99, but were – and Revlon commonly is – on sale BOGO  50% off at Walgreens… Two for $12 does beat $16-$18 for two…plus shipping if you can’t find the color(s) that you want at Ulta.) 

And when this one does chip off, I’m looking forward to these…!

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Sally Hansen’s ‘Red, White & Hue’ and Revlon pebble texture in ‘Moroccan Oasis.’ 

We’re also waiting on word from a company up North on a final job offer so that we can get moved and the rest my precious’ can get taken out of storage! Though I think I might need a second rack…my three Zoyas that I brought with me for the short-term have slowly but surely gained 19 (!) new friends as a “couple of weeks” stretched into a “few months”! *well polished fingers crossed*