MAC Studio Nail Lacquer in Sweet Potion, swatch

MAC — Sweet Potion (Studio Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: MAC Winter 2015, Faerie Whispers

Hope everyone snagged a good deal or two this Black Friday weekend—though I suppose it’s now Cyber Monday, and the sales go on!

I’m continuing on from Friday’s review with another clearanced MAC polish that I picked up for CA$6.

Sweet Potion, is from last winter’s Faeries Whispers collection, though it was also recently repromoted in this spring’s Future MAC collection. It’s a warm, peachy tan cream with a slightly rosy undertone.

MAC Studio Nail Lacquer in Sweet Potion
MAC Studio Nail Lacquer in Sweet Potion

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MAC Studio Nail Lacquer in Rack 'Em Up, swatch

MAC — Rack ‘Em Up (Studio Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: MAC Fall 2016, It’s a Strike!

I hope all my American readers had a relaxing and enjoyable Thanksgiving!

I had the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on for Peanut yesterday morning, and he wasn’t too interested, except when the Thomas the Tank Engine balloon showed up.

As usual, I thought Ronald McDonald was kind of terrifying.

I did get a kick out of this:

MAC Studio Nail Lacquer in Rack 'Em Up
Mr. Peanut dabbing at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, November 24, 2016.

Now, onto the polish!

Earlier this fall, MAC decided to discontinue their line of Studio Nail Lacquer, which was actually only introduced in Spring 2015. I can’t say I’m entirely surprised, as I have personally found the line of little interest and only bought a few over the last two years. This is after they reduced the nail polish prices so that they were not almost as expensive as the lipsticks!

MAC will still be releasing limited edition nail lacquers with some of their collections, however:

A few of their remaining Studio Nail Lacquers have been clearanced online (at least in Canada and I think the US, as well). I picked up a few, just because it was CA$6 nail polish. I only passed on Babysplit, a too-sheer pastel green, and Style Matters, which I already owned.

Here’s one of the clearanced shades I did get, Rack ‘Em Up, which is from this fall’s bowling-themed It’s a Strike! collection.

MAC Studio Nail Lacquer in Rack 'Em Up
MAC Studio Nail Lacquer in Rack ‘Em Up

Rack’ Em Up is not the kind of color I usually go for: it’s a medium taupe brown cream with a slightly cool undertone.

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American Apparel Nail Lacquer in Butter, swatch

Throwback Thursday! American Apparel — Butter (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Happy Thanksgiving, USA!

Collection: American Apparel 2010 Winter, Nail Lacquer [Launch]

Today’s Throwback Thursday was released in American Apparel’s 2010 Summer collection, shortly after this line of polish launched in Winter 2009. I have my thoughts on this line of polish, and about the company itself, in my post about another shade, Dynasty.

Butter lives up to its name. It’s a pale, whitened yellow cream. There is a very slightest hint of dustiness to the color.

American Apparel Nail Lacquer in Butter
American Apparel Nail Lacquer in Butter

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Throwback Thursday! The Body Shop — Ananya Perfume Review

I can’t remember whether I’ve previously done a Throwback Thursday that wasn’t a nail polish, but here is one for today!

Back in the late 90s, perfume oils from The Body Shop were all the rage, and White Musk was probably their most popular scent. I, however, loved Ananya, and purchased a bottle of the eau de toilette spray, since I’ve never been one for perfume oils.

I dug up Ananya recently and found that, to my surprise, it’s still holding up pretty well!

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Throwback Thursday! OPI — Ruble for Your Thoughts (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: OPI 2007 Fall, Russian

Today’s Throwback Thursday was released in OPI’s 12-shade Russian 2007 fall collection. Some fabulous colors were released in this set, like An Affair in Red Square, Boris & Natasha, Midnight in Moscow, Russian Navy, and St. Petersburgundy.

Ruble for Your Thoughts (NL R56) is a lovely orange rose with plenty of pinked copper shimmer. It’s probably somewhere in between a shiny new penny and a deep rose gold.

I spotted it on clearance at Winners just over the weekend, and thought I’d snatch it up since it’s been discontinued for quite some time. It looked a little bit meh in the bottle, but upon closer inspection, it’s really quite a pretty shade!

OPI Nail Lacquer in Ruble for Your Thoughts, Winners price tag

I did have to use Goo Gone to get all those sticky labels off the front.

OPI Nail Lacquer in Ruble for Your Thoughts, Winners price tag

The polish’s name is, of course, a play on the common English phrase penny for your thoughts, but swapping out pennies for rubles, Russia’s currency unit (the name is also used by Belarus). Personally, I prefer the spelling rouble, but it’s spelled both ways in English. Ruble properly corresponds with dollar, but I guess if they named the shade Kopek for Your Thoughts, most English-speakers wouldn’t get it. Yes, I had to look up the name of the smallest subdivision of the Russian ruble! 1/100 of a ruble is a копейка.

Russian ruble note commemorating the 2014 Sochi Olympics
Russian ruble note commemorating the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Image:

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The Handbags That Got Away

[MARC by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Baby Aidan satchel. Image:]

I’m the sort of person who gets a little bit obsessive about one topic at a time (though luckily I stay pretty obsessed with nail polish, ha!), and recently I’ve been diving back into handbags because my birthday is coming up in the fall and I wanted to narrow down my choices and give myself time to find a good deal!

(Yes, DH and I don’t really exchange gifts. We just do gift budgets. It works out great because we no longer get disappointed about not receiving quite what we wanted! Before, I’d ended up with jewelry that I don’t really wear, and you should have seen the look on his face when I bought him an apparently subpar bottle of Scotch one year. He ain’t never gonna live that look down.)

Anyway, handbags are the only fashion items I’ve been interested in buying, simply because I’m losing my pregnancy weight and even my damn shoes are too snug right now. Clothing will have to wait. I’ve already decided that once I get back to my pre-pregnancy weight—and I will! Right?—I’ll treat myself to a new wardrobe. But for now, handbags! Weeee!

My shortlist is pretty small now, so I just have to decide what I really want. But while I was doing my research, it got me thinking about bags that, for one reason or another, I have had on my wishlist for ages. Many are discontinued (style or color), so the secondhand market is the only place to find them now. Most of these bags will remain on my wishlist forever, I feel, but I enjoyed compiling them into a single blog post for sharing.

Alexander Wang Rockie satchel in Nectar
Alexander Wang Rockie in Nectar.

Alexander Wang — Rockie
The Rockie is the perfect size for my petite stature (the Rocco is too large for me), but reviews all say this is still one heavy bag, thanks to all the gorgeous hardware it sports. Part of me also feels I’m not cool enough for the bag, so I continue to admire it from afar. I especially love this one in nude and pastel shades with silver or rose gold hardware.

Christian Dior Miss Dior in Crimson
Christian Dior Miss Dior in Crimson.

Christian Dior — Miss Dior
This is beyond my comfort zone, price-wise. Simple enough reason! Isn’t that chain strap gorgeous, though? Most bag aficionados are gaga for Chanel’s quilted flaps, but for me, Dior and their cannage stitching is the grail. Sadly, I don’t see the Miss Dior on the official site any more.

Coach Borough in Retro Colorblock Oxblood/Olive
Coach Borough in Retro Colorblock Oxblood/Olive.

Coach — Borough (Retro Colorblock Oxblood/Olive)
Coach has come out with some beautiful styles lately. Every time I see someone carrying this, I wish I’d gotten one—but I don’t work in an office and this bag doesn’t fit my lifestyle. (As if a Miss Dior does! Hahahaha.)

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OPI Nail Lacquer in Outback Aphrodisiac, swatch

Throwback Thursday! OPI — Outback Aphrodisiac (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: OPI 2001 Fall, World

Today’s Throwback Thursday was released in OPI’s 12-shade World 2001 fall collection. Some of my all-time OPI favorites were released in this collection: Black Tie Optional, Mat-Adore Red, and Russian to a Party.

Outback Aphrodisiac (NL W22) is another one of these faves. It’s a sophisticated, intensely rich plum cream that’s hits a perfect balance between purple and red.

OPI Nail Lacquer in Outback Aphrodisiac

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