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Saturday, August 31, 2013

BKD Signature Necklace and a GIVEAWAY! *CONTEST ENDED*

CONGRATS to Shelly A.

Tonight I have a beautiful, hand-made pendant to show you - part of a new line of hand-made jewelry by BKD Signature called Glam and Glitz Collection featuring nail polish from My Ten Friends! This new line went live yesterday, Friday, August 30, 2013! Please stay tuned to the end for a money-saving Coupon Code AND a chance to WIN one of your very own! (It's a teardrop pendant necklace with Space Sauce! Pic at the end!)

This is mine...

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Weekend Bits and Bobs - August 31, 2013

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My Bits and Bobs posts have been pretty popular and they're my favorite types of posts to do, so I thought I'd stop by this weekend with another one! Might make this a weekly thing if you guys keep enjoying them!

To see my "bits and bobs" for this past week, meet me after the jump!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Literary Lacquers - Literary Liquors Collection

*These products are Cruelty Free 

Tonight I have a brand new collection from Literary Lacquers to show you called the Literary Liquors Collection, which launches September 5, 2013 at Noon MDT. (That's 1 PM Central time and 2 PM Eastern.)

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Extend-A-Mani - Illamasqua Gradient

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I'm back with another "Extend-A-Mani" post for you. This method is my go-to and the quickest and easiest of all my "easy way out" manicures.

All it takes is about 5 minutes, a make-up sponge and a coordinating color for the mani you're already wearing!

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Thrifty Thursday! Less than a Buck - With a Grey Comparison

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Thursday again - time for a thrifty find! Tonight's thrifty polish is a 99¢ polish- Essence Colour and Go Movie Star. And at the end I'll have a grey comparison for you with Dior and Nails Inc.

Movie Star is a medium grey creme. No issues at all - creamy smooth formula, easy application and it dries to s high shine. Two coats for full opacity and no top coat for the photos.

How does it compare to other greys? These 3 were the closest I have.

no top coat on any of them

Perfecto is darker with blue undertones. Paddington is darker with green undertones and Gris Montagne is a light-to-medium grey that's a few shades lighter than Movie Star. All cremes. All perfect formulas.

Dior polishes retail for $24.00. Nails Inc. polishes retail for $9.50 (here in the States) and Essence polishes retail for 99¢ in the smaller bottles and $1.99 in the shaped bottles.

What do you think?  Personally I need all 4 of these - they are totally different as far as color. Formula and application are similar.

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Pound of Glitter - Nassau and Atlantis

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Today I have a new-to-me indie polish brand to show you: Pound of Glitter! I have a polish duo from the Staycation Collection, inspired by the beautiful waters of the Bahamas: Nassau and Atlantis.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Darling Diva Polish - Bad Girl and Sakura

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Tonight I have a couple of Darling Diva polishes to show you: Bad Girl and Sakura! I picked these to show you tonight because I've been rather stuck on Autumn for a while now and it is, after all, still summer. The first one, Sakura is perfect for summer! Bad Girl is an all-season polish.

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Girly Bits - Crunchy Leaves Retiring Soon

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Today I thought I'd show you a gorgeous polish from Girly Bits that is being RETIRED SOON - I don't want you to miss out if you haven't grabbed it already. And it's also in keeping with my current obsession with all things Autumn right now: Crunchy Leaves.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Comparison Request: Peach - Illamasqua Purity vs Sinful Colors Skylark

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*Illamasqua is Cruelty-Free 
*Sinful Colors - Owned by Revlon
(which is no longer Cruelty-Free)

Tonight I have a quick comparison for you of a couple of peach creme polishes: Illamasqua Purity and Sinful Colors Skylark.

Purity is a bit warmer and more orange than Skylark. As you can see, they're certainly not dupes. It's not the best color on me, so I really don't think I need both, but I get a bit less of a "zombie hands" look with Purity than with Skylark.

Illamasqua polishes retail for $17.00 in the States while Sinful Colors polishes retail for $1.99.

Both had the about the same formula. Not really a nickel's worth of difference between them in that area. As is the nature of pale cremes like this, they're a tad thicker than darker polishes in general. With that, you need to use very thin coats - two will do, but make them thin because they don't really self-level well at all.

What do you think? Do you need both?

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Extend-A-Mani: Stripes

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*These products are Cruelty Free 

I've been doing what I call extend-a-mani nail art for quite a while. Mainly because I'm lazy. But also because I was never great at nail art and needed the practice. So last year, I started trying a little nail art on my mani before removing it. I got a little practice and it didn't really matter if I messed up because I was removing it anyway. Plus, when they actually turned out okay, I'd leave it and wear the next day. Bonus!

So now, when I'm tired of my mani, I just add a little nail art and wear it another day - extend-a-mani! I've done quite a few posts on these and got a great response, so I've decided to start showing you my extend-a-manis on a more regular basis.

Yesterday, I was wearing Illamasqua Baptiste. Last night I used a striping brush, a plain white creme (I use Wet n Wild Wild Shine French White Creme) and Essence Colour and Go Break Through, each alone, and then mixed for another coordinating shade and just did free-handed, random stripes.

I think it's a cute, very quick and EASY way to extend your mani. And it's free-hand and random, so you really can't mess up. And if you do, I'll tell you a little secret...these photos are always close-ups. At arm's length, you really can't see the mistakes.

What do you think? Is this something you would do?

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Color Club - East Austin

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Today was the first day of school here, as in many places. I thought I could almost hear the collective sighs of relief blending with the moans of anguish of parents and children respectively. Even I was ditching summer today for wishes of Autumn by wearing fall colors on my nails. So, I decided to show you one last glimpse of summer in all her glory with a coral.

Color Club East Austin from the Girl About Town Collection:

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Girly Bits SALE - Retiring Shades

Just a quick post to let you know, if you haven't already heard, that Girly Bits is retiring a few shades to make room for the NEW ones!

So she's having a SALE!

Click HERE to go straight to the sale.


On The Way Out

We are retiring select shades and putting them on sale!

In order to make room for our upcoming fall and winter collections (announcements to come in the following weeks) we have to make some room in the Girly Bits workshop!

The following shades have been moved to our "On The Way Out" category:
  • Banana Hammock
  • Candy Corn
  • Crunchy Leaves
  • Erin go Bragh-less
  • Fright Night
  • Holo'ween
  • Hulk Smash
  • Monster Mash
  • Star Spangled
  • You're a Mean One...
ON SALE: $6.00 each

Once the existing stock has been sold they will be retired!

Happy Shopping!


Girly Bits Erin Go Bragh-Less
Girly Bits Crunchy Leaves

Girly Bits Black Eyed Susan

Girly Bits Monster Mash

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BB Couture - Carrie, Ruby Ruin and Galactic Stranger

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Monday. It's true you "can't stop that day." But you can cheer that bugger up a bit! Today I have 3 polishes from BB Couture to show you that will do just that. I am so ready for Autumn and while I can't bring about season change, I can wear a little of it on my nails to make me happy. These three shades remind me of Fall.

Carrie, Ruby Ruin and Galactic Stranger

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Girly Bits - Off the Scale

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Sunday morning coming down? Let's perk it up with a sparkly polish from Girly Bits that is absolutely off the scale! No really. It's called Off the Scale.

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Daphine Polish - Goddess of the Two Lands Collection - Nut and Sekhmet

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Tonight I have two brand new shades to show you from Daphine Polish's Goddess of the Two Lands Collection: Nut and Sekhmet. There are a total of 6 shades in this collection.

This collection was launched yesterday (Friday August 23, 2013) at the Daphine Polish Etsy Store. She's also having a Labor Day Sale! See details at the end of the post.

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Weekend Bits and Bobs

Happy Saturday!!!

I'm working on a post with some pretty new indie polishes I'll be showing you tonight but I thought I'd show you quickly some "bits & bobs" from my week.

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Just Add Water! Marbleous Nails Review

 *Products in this kit are Cruelty Free 

If you're like me and find water marbling too difficult, I have a product for you. Tonight I'll be showing you a water marbling kit called Marbleous Nails, the brainchild of Veronica, a 13 year old super girl! Don't let her age fool you. Before I decided to review this product, I checked her out and believe me, this girl has it together better than most adults. If I'd had her brain power, go-get-'em attitude, organizational skills and pluck at 13, I'd own the world by now! And she may very well do that.

So what is this "kit?" Well if you're intimidated just by the thought of how difficult water marbling might be, I think you'll like this. It's taken all the work out of assembling everything you'll need. Well, except the water.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

365 Days of Color - HIMYM Collection

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LeGEND - wait for it - ARY! Well how could I NOT get that out of the way first? For How I Met Your Mother fans, no explanation is necessary and for those who aren't, well it's not a requirement to think this collection from 365 Days of Color is legendary. (Thank goodness. Because I'm not a fan of the show *ducks and dodges the stones I can feel being hurled my way now* The collection, however, is really lovely!)

9 AM Pacific Time

The HIMYM Collection is, of course, inspired by Sunny's love of the TV sitcom How I Met Your Mother.

There are 6 glitters in this collection...

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Thrifty Thursday! Starring Essence Do You Speak Love

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*This product is Cruelty Free 

It's THURSDAY! Ever-closer to the weekend again! And it's time for another Thrifty Thursday installment. Today, I have a fantastic RED from the Essence Colour and Go line - Do You Speak Love.

Do You Speak Love is a medium blue-based red crelly. The bottles are 8mL and retail for $1.99. I'm not sure where else they're sold, but Ulta carries them and that's where I got mine. The crelly formula leaves you with the juicy, shiny look with 2 coats for opacity. I used two coats and one coat of Poshe top coat for the photos. No issues at all to report and on day 2, still not even a smidge of tip wear.

Sorry about the reflection of my camera and fingers! But that just shows how truly shiny this one is. It's a great red crelly and for $1.99 I'd recommend it. What do YOU think?

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

KBShimmer Showgirl - Swatches and Review

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Tonight I have another KBShimmer Bath & Body polish for you - Showgirl!

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Dollish Polish Space, The Final Frontier - Hyperdrive - Swatches and Review

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Today's polish is one of those "Yes, I think you NEED this one" polishes. I mean there are several of those, but this one really surprised me! It's Dollish Polish Space, The Final Frontier - Hyperdrive. And for all you trekkies, I need not explain!

Dollish Polish Space, The Final Frontier - Hyperdrive is a blackened teal scattered holographic with a perfect, creamy, self-leveling formula. To be honest, I've worn this with one coat when I've had to be out of the house in a hurry. But for the swatches below, I'm showing you two coats and no top coat. No issues to report at all.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Literary Lacquers - Amnesia Euphoria Ecstasy - and a Happy Birthday!

*This product is Cruelty Free 

Get ready to add to your wishlist because tonight I have a very special polish to show you from Literary Lacquers to celebrate the creator's birthday!

In celebration of her birthday on Saturday, August 24, 2013, Literary Lacquers will be launching a special, Numbered, Limited Edition polish called Amnesia Euphoria Ecstasy.

More photos, my review, where and when to purchase and how to enter to WIN one!
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Kiko Sugar Mat Collection Part 4 of 4 - Swatches and Review

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I didn't forget! Today I have the final installment of the Kiko Sugar Mat Collection - the last 4 "Pearly Mattes" to show you!

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Contrary Polish - Blood Orange, Greenhouse and Indigo Rose

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Today I have three polishes from Contrary Polish's Color Context Collection to show you - Blood Orange, Greenhouse and Indigo Rose. These are my first Contrary Polishes and I'm impressed at the depth and complexity of the shimmers!

Check them out!

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Girly Bits - Remember Aja

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*This product is Cruelty Free 

Today I have a gorgeous polish to show you from Girly Bits - a charity polish called Remember Aja. (Please click the link to read more about Aja.)


Per the maker: 
$3.00 from the sale of every bottle of Remember Aja is donated to
The money raised will be used for:
  • building awareness of the dangers of "The Choking Game" and self-asphyxiation
  • annual youth soccer scholarship

    This polish was created in loving memory of Aja in her favourite colour, purple.

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    Sunday, August 18, 2013

    Kiko Sugar Mat Collection - Part 3 of 4 - Swatches and Review

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    Are you ready to start the Kiko Sugar Mat Collection "shimmers?" Tonight I have part 3 of 4 - starting the final 8 polishes which are the "Pearly Mats."

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    Scattered Sunday: My Favorite Things

    I started last Sunday with random odd-ball posts and I thought I'd just continue it today. After all, the blog's name IS "Pointless" Cafe, right?

    So how about some Pointless stuff? A few of my favorite things.


    What I'm STILL drooling over even though I have passed on it several times...

    Balenciaga City - Anthracite (photo credit

    My favorite mani this week...

    KBShimmer Turbulence

    Favorite scarf at the moment...

    Hermès Cocottes en Soie (I call it the oragami scarf LOL) 

    Hermès Cocottes en Soie 

    Hrmmm...I'm seeing a pattern. I must be more than ready for Fall. I've always liked grey though.

    Where I wish I were right now...

    Eilean Donan Castle, Dornie, Scotland (photo credit ME)

    What I wish I were munching on right now...

    More favorites...

    Favorite memory - I miss my mom!

    Favorite photo of Twinks and Murphy

    And it just seemed so appropriate favorite MEME!

    Maybe that should say "I have no idea what I'M talking about...

    Hope everyone is having a GREAT weekend! Come back later tonight for Part 3 of 4 of the Kiko Sugar Mats Collection!

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