Blue Mosaic by Revlon

From the same collection as Facets of Fuschia is Blue Mosaic (later repromoted as Radiant). Its a very light blue jelly with pale blue, pale green and silver mid sized hexes and fine silver glitter. I don’t think this one does go opaque but may if you went to 4-5 coats? This is two coats over Revlon Lunar (a black creme). Its a pretty polish but it takes quite a while to dry even with Revlon Quick dry Top Coat so its not often in circulation around here. Patience is a virtue but not a practical one in my house with small children running amuck!



Facets of Fuschia by Revlon

This polish is a bit of golden oldie from 2011. Facets of Fuschia has a dark violet base packed with multisized purple glitters. It’s pretty and sparkly without being over the top sparkly. This is two coats although a little patchy in places. It wears really well and has a super smooth finish (which I LOVE in a glitter). The only bummer with this is the removal but that makes it a nice one to layer over a purple creme. All in all this is a great polish if you can pick it up for $4! although it is a but is HTF. (It was known as a dupe for Deborah Lippman Bad Romance so sold out really quickly. )



Stagnate by Illamasqua

stagnate illamasqua

This polish is from Illamasquas Toxic Nature collection. It was a precursor to the spate of paradoxal greyed purples, in that it was a muted brown-grey-purple. It’s a related shade on the colour chart perhaps, but the paradoxal shades all looked pretty where this shade (similarly to all the colours in that collection) is an ugly beauty. It truly calls to mind a stagnant puddle of water, dark with muck and slightly off natural shade.

While compared to any polish from another brand this is a long wearing polish, it definitely doesn’t wear as well as the later Illamasqua polishes although if memory serves me correctly it may have been better when ‘fresh’. The formula is self leveling and has a true to bottle shade match.

GOT – Greens

This is Orly walk down the aisle over Revlon Silver. Walk down the aisle is not a good polish. It’s a no good, very silly polish. Super light. I thought it might behave as a fun top coat and give a slight green shimmer to the grey matte undercoat but the formulas seem to disagree and I got heavy cuticle flooding. Ackk. So much for that plan. Why do I have so many problems just throwing out nail polish that doesn’t work at all.



The kids are alright (Women in STEM)

There is a common argument that women are not involved enough in STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Maths). My theory is women are plenty involved in STEM but just not in the way that the established academe is recognizing. There are plenty of women in STEM – they publish successful youtube channels, have popular blogs/instagrams and run popular facebook pages.

I have young children and sometimes they ask me “Mum, what job do you think I’ll be good at when I am older”. I try and talk to them about their strengths (you are good at solving problems, at finding answers and fixing things or you are good at trying different things, working with your friends to find solutions and keeping on trying when things are difficult). The truth is, as I try and let them know, the jobs that they will do as adults are probably ones I can’t guess. The guys who invented Google wouldn’t have considered software entrepreneur as an option at 5 years old… and neither would Bethany Mota or Michelle Phan considered social influencer as a career 10years ago.

There is a chance, and indeed a likelihood, that social influencing and connection is a significant part of STEM in the short term. I see it as a really positive thing if teenage girls are running beauty blogs and learning HTML (at least as positive as boys playing video games and contributing to online gaming communities). I’m in awe of them!

I’m not sure if beauty blogging will still be as relevant in 10 years, but that’s the beauty of STEM. In a lot of ways the skill set of STEM is less about technical skills and more an approach of problem solving and using tools to derive an outcome. We won’t know what the technical landscape will look like in 10 years, but I have confidence that the current generation of  bloggers will be able to adapt and take part in the new technologies as they come up.

Cerise noir by Rescue Beauty Lounge

These are a couple of photos of Cerise Noir by Rescue Beauty Lounge.Image

They describe it as chocolate dipped cherries – it’s a red toned brown creme. The formula was lovely but the wear is not all that spectacular – I can already seem glimpses of tip wear at about 8 hours out.

This is a nice colour though, very sophisticated and fall like. I think I’ll probably try some glitter tips to prolong the mani as it looks like it might be a nice match for a gold glitter.