Today it was 72 degrees, and I took advantage of that by spending as much time outdoors as possible. Soon it will be spring, that time of year when a randy gal’s thoughts turn to … nail polish and other fripperies.
The new Sephora OPI Digital Diva collection:
Left to right:
Access 24/7 (juicy magenta pink)
Techno Girl (vivid azalea)
Lost Without My GPS (bright vintage orange-red)
I’m Wired (electric coral red)
Hi Def (rich tangerine)
IM Beauty (bright buttercup yellow)
Special Request (modern tangerine coral, not new but an amazing color)
It’s hard to be sure but I think these are all cremes. The first two look brighter and less blue in person, and the yellow is much brighter, more limon-y. Allow me to mention again how criminally off Sephora’s lighting is, and if you’re buying something I strongly suggest you wear it out into the natural light first. Their lights warm everything up and kill the blue tones. I want that Special Request.
Also, continuing with wabi-sabi: here’s a link to what looks to be a gorgeous exhibition of kintsugi (ceramics mending) at the Freer in D.C., and here’s an enthusiastic review from the Wash Post. Weird aside: I threw on one hasty coat of SOPI’s silver-gold Queen of Everything a few days ago for an event. I hate chipped polish, I think it’s nasty. But QoE is wearing off in an artistic way, individual flecks across the nail rather than at the tips. It’s like the gold finish wearing off old lacquerware. It’s strangely beautiful.
Also, I just started Latisse – the eyelash growth topical drug now available via “prescription” (my dermatologist just handed it to me) from Allergan, the company that tipped off the FDA about RevitaLash and Jan Marini using an unapproved drug in those eyelash growth products y’all were loving. Allergan did this so they could rake in the dough themselves, since they held the patent on the original glaucoma drug (I think it´s a prostaglandin analog) with the unexpected lash-growth side-effect, and they were working on bringing it to market for use in eyelash growth. So what do you get for your $140, besides the peace of mind that Big Uncle is watching over you? Well, in addition to the tiny squeeze bottle which except for the label is identical to Allergan´s glaucoma eyedrop bottle, you also get – no kidding – a box of wrapped, single-use brushes for each eye, to use once and discard so that you don´t transmit dangerous eye-to-eye cooties back and forth across the no-man´s-land of your nose. (For that you will have to rely on your mascara, eyeliner, shadow, fingers, etc.) I´ve already blown off their brushes for a thin eyelining brush just for this purpose, and I´m doing the lower lashes in direct contraindication of their instructions, I´ll let you know if my eyeballs pop out or my lower lashes grow so long I have to trim them. I have heard of this with the old JM and RevitaLash, btw. Personally I don´t have issues with length so much as density – mine are long but I have sparse lashes and areas of no lashes on the lower lid. Since the concept as I understand it is a change in the length of the growing cycle of the lashes, maybe this product is better suited for people with dense but short lashes. Here’s a link to their website with some encouraging photos of people with similarly sparse lashes, so maybe I’ll get lucky. I´ll keep you posted on my results.