Urban Decay Nail Enamel in Sin, swatch

Throwback Thursday! Urban Decay — Sin (Nail Enamel)

Brand: Urban Decay

Finally this week, after posting about my Ipsy bag, doing a rare Award/Tag, and sharing my Sephora sale haul, I’ve got a nail polish for you all!

For Throwback Thursday today, I have quite an oldie! Urban Decay got their start with unusual shades of eyeshadow, lipstick, and nail polish. This particular polish is from their second revamp (c. early 2000s, maybe?) of their nail polish line, and it was simply called Nail Enamel, like the original.

The bottle was pretty similar to the first style, except the cap was changed to look a little less industrial and a little more luxe.

Urban Decay nail polish history: Curfew, Sin, Gash

Urban Decay nail polish history: Curfew, Sin, Gash

I was glad for the change, even though the new polishes contained 50% less product, because the original bottle caps were plain awful. They were awkwardly small to hold while polishing, and they never screwed on tightly enough so all of my original polishes dried out long ago (as you can see with my bottle of Curfew, above).

(Note how the bottles look progressively bigger, but the volume actually decreases! Ah, marketing.)

The new bottle was discontinued some time ago, though Urban Decay have occasionally reintroduced nail polish here and there as special editions. More recently, they’ve introduced more polish in nude (“Naked”) shades to go with their immensely popular Naked eyeshadow palettes, and they reissued some of their original colors, too. Despite the stupidly high Canadian price (C$18, the hell?!) I had to pick up Gash when UD ran a sale, since it’s one of my favorite red shimmers from back in the day! My original bottle, of course, dried out.

Sin is a pretty nude beige with a lot of silvery shimmer. Definitely one of the more conservative Urban Decay shades! It’s also one of UD’s most popular, as it still exists in eyeshadow form.

Urban Decay Nail Enamel in Sin

Urban Decay Nail Enamel in Sin

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Zoya Professional Lacquer in Tallulah, swatch

Throwback Thursday! Zoya — Tallulah (Professional Lacquer)

Collection: Zoya 2009 Summer, Ooh-La-La

It’s Throwback Thursday again, and here is one of my all-time favorite blue polishes. That’s saying a lot, because I have a lot of blue nail polish!

Tallulah (ZP481) is a beautiful, fairly true blue with a touch of cornflower. It doesn’t read overly cool, so it still works well on my warm skintone. The superfine silvery aqua shimmer also has an iridescent violet flash.

Zoya Professional Lacquer in Tallulah

Zoya Professional Lacquer in Tallulah

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Orly Nail Lacquer in Haute Red, swatch

Classics: Orly — Haute Red (Nail Lacquer)

Brand: Orly

Haute Red (20001) is listed in my database as being coded 40001, so I think at some point Orly changed their numbering system. I also don’t know which collection this came from, though it was released as a miniature in 2006. All of Orly’s codes are 5-digits, however, so as an -0001, I feel like Haute Red just might be Orly’s first ever shade!

It is, after all, a pretty standard cherry red cream that would be included in most collection launches.

Everybody needs a red cream—just my opinion but yeah, you do!—and this is a fairly basic, flattering, true-to-slightly-cool-toned light-medium red cream. It’s bright without screaming, sexy yet sweet, and so on.

Orly Nail Lacquer in Haute Red
Orly Nail Lacquer in Haute Red

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Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum

Throwback Thursday! Elizabeth Arden — Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum

I received this 7-use sample of Elizabeth Arden’s iconic facial serum back in 2015 in a subscription box, and promptly totally forgot about it. I think I’d gotten a few samples back in my younger days (early 20s) when I got some Elizabeth Arden GWPs, and I never used them, thinking they were not meant for the young. Ah, I was silly in my youth.

Anyway, I finally got around to trying out this facial serum earlier this year, so I hope it was still good!

Ceramide Capsules were first launched in 1990. The current product sold by Elizabeth Arden has the word “Advanced” tacked onto the front: Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum. The classic capsules have been revamped for 2017:

Janet Curmi, vice president of Elizabeth Arden global education and development tells Allure. “In the new formula, we fine-tuned the combination of these lipids with new and elevated levels of skin-identical ceramides, higher levels of fatty acids, and a new ingredient, cholesterol, to further help support the [the outer layer of the skin],” says Curmi.
Allure

So, bear in mind that the formula has changed from the sample I got, though Elizabeth Arden do not mention how the technology is now advanced.

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum, label
Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum, label

This is the new full-sized packaging (60-capsule version):

Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum
Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum
Image: elizabetharden.com

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SinfulColors Nail Colour in Wonder Mint, swatch

Throwback Thursday! SinfulColors — Wonder Mint (Nail Colour)

Brand: SinfulColors

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Throwback Thursday post! I don’t know when Wonder Mint (1599) was first released, but the color code indicates that it’s from quite a while back, so I’m gonna say it qualifies.

The color is a little misnamed, in my opinion. It’s more of a robin’s egg blue than a mint green. Wonder Mint is like a brighter version of China Glaze For Audrey, and it’s bluer in sunlight, since warmer indoor light makes it look more green. The color is a pastel, but it’s just punchy enough to avoid a chalky appearance.

SinfulColors Nail Colour in Wonder Mint
SinfulColors Nail Colour in Wonder Mint

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OPI Nail Lacquer in I'm Not Really a Waitress, swatch

Classics: OPI — I’m Not Really a Waitress (Nail Lacquer)

Happy Groundhog Day!

Nova Scotia’s Shubenacadie Sam says spring is just around the corner, but the movie’s Punxsatawney Phil says winter is coming. My local-ish groundhog in Ottawa, Wiarton Willie, agrees with his fellow Canadian, so I’m gonna say spring it is for us up north!

Collection: OPI 1999 Fall/Winter, Hollywood

Today’s Classic is also a Throwback Thursday, as it was released in OPI’s 12-shade Hollywood collection from Fall/Winter 1999.

I’m Not Really a Waitress (NL H08) doesn’t really need an introduction, does it? I mean, it’s so iconic that OPI’s nail polish book even bears the same name. (And, yes, I have that, too!)

I actually intended to swatch my old bottle of I’m Not Really a Waitress (hereafter INRAW, because that name is just too damn long), which I got sometime in the 1990s. It’s possible that this bottle is actually a second one I owned; I might have repurchased it sometime in the late ’90s. Either way, it’s something like 15–20 years old, so it’s also in the old formula before OPI went 3-free.

However, I discovered this horror:

OPI I'm Not Really a Waitress, old 1990s bottle dried out
OPI I’m Not Really a Waitress, old 1990s bottle dried out

I’d used up quite a lot of it, so I’m not overly fussed. I do want to go and check on all my old, discontinued polishes, now. That could take a while. Eek.

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Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Rouge Noir, swatch

Classics: Chanel — Rouge Noir (Le Vernis Longwear)

Collection: Chanel 2016 Spring, Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour [Launch]

First order of business: Toronto FC are in the MLS Cup Final! Last night, after ten years of existence, my hometown team finally won the Eastern Conference Championship—against rivals Montreal Impact, no less. Toronto FC will now play for the MLS Cup against Western Conference Champions Seattle Sounders FC. Coincidentally, I also spent part of my childhood in Seattle, but I’ll no doubt be supporting TFC in the final.

Captain Michael Bradley lifts the MLS Eastern Conference Cup with Toronto FC
Captain Michael Bradley lifts the MLS Eastern Conference Cup with Toronto FC.
Toronto FC overcame Montreal Impact 5-2 on the night, and 7-5 on aggregate. (November 30, 2016)

Second order of business is that today marks the 21-year anniversary of the first date my husband and I ever went on! That night, we saw a movie at the Uptown and had an after-movie coffee and dessert at a nearby Swiss Chalet. (We were poor students, what can I say? We also had dinner at the university cafeteria before heading out! Mmm romantic.) Both locations are now sadly defunct, but we’re still going strong!

We ordered in Swiss Chalet last night, for the first time in three or four years, to celebrate. Gotta love the Festive Special that comes with Lindor chocolates!

Lindt Lindor Assorted Chocolate Truffles from Swiss Chalet Festive Special, 2016.
Lindt Lindor Assorted Chocolate Truffles from Swiss Chalet Festive Special.

Finally, today’s nail polish! Today is indeed Throwback Thursday, though I’m filing it under Classics as well, since it’s the original color in a new formulation.

Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Rouge Noir (18)
Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Rouge Noir (18)

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