Monday, October 29, 2012

Sometimes You Gotta Wait...

...because mascaras need some time to open up. Or something. Like a wine? Who knew. The first time I used L'oreal's Voluminous Power Volume Collagen Waterproof Mascara (seriously - who comes up with these names? Because they...could use some fine-tuning), I wasn't that impressed. I let it sit for a couple of weeks - not intentionally, just because I, erm, forgot about it - and the next time I took it out again, it was like a whole different mascara!

Well, maybe not that different. But almost. The first time, it did seem to add volume and length, but it was a bit smudgy. Two weeks later, much less smudging. Much less. It holds a curl, adds oomph - and length, which is a bonus - and is easy to remove. I don't feel like I'm yanking out all of my eye lashes. It's kind of amazing.
The brush is big and uh...I'm not a mascara expert, so I don't have much else to say. It's a fat brush. Not for those who like tiny, precise brushes.

I still don't wear mascara daily, because I still don't consider it an essential and I'm lazy. But when I do, this is the go-to. I curl my lashes, apply this, and bam. There is minimal smudging in the first five minutes, perhaps, but after that, it's nice and solid. I usually just bat my lashes gently against a finger to remove the excess, and it's fine. Now. Photos!
Your left: with mascara. Your right: without. Lashes were pre-curled with my Shiseido curler. I like that this one doesn't clump too much, doesn't give those flakies (hate that. Looks so cheap), and holds a curl for a full work day. Really opens up my eyes!

Both eyes have mascara. Please ignore the wonky uncurled lash on the left, haha. 
And if you want to see it in action (part of an eotd):
This is the smoky eye from my Bandit Nude Lips post. Ignore my-color changing face ;)

Ingredients
These go for about $7.95 on drugstore.com; I originally bought mine at Fred Meyer with a coupon, but next time I'll probably buy them from drugstore.com. And there will be a next time. The mascara hunt is OVER.

What do you look for in a mascara? I'm a volume girl. Do you go for length? Curl? Volume?

Sunday, October 28, 2012

I HEART Fall

Seriously. I do. And now I'm going to tell you all about it, because Liz said so.

1. Favorite fall lip colour:
Normally I'm all about vampy burgundies or plums in fall, like Rouge d'Armani 609, but for some reason this autumn, I'm really wanting a coppery, warm red. Something warm and rustic. Or rusty. So uh. I don't have my favorite fall color yet? HAHAHAHA.

2. Favorite fall nail polish:
Damn. How are people able to pick just one? I ask you. Like I said, I've been feeling very different colors this year - not the usual vampy purples and reds. My mind has been on shades like Butter London Scuppered, Wallis, West End Wonderland. Coppers, rich olives - basically, harvest and leaf colors.
This year's fall favorites. I'm trying to put together a post but I'm also trying to resume life as normal, so it may or may not happen. L-R: BL West End Wonderland, All Hail the Queen, Dior Exquis, Butter London Wallis, OPI Live and Let Live, Goldeneye, Essie Miss Fancy Pants*,  MAC Soirée**, Dior Shadow**, China Glaze Midtown Magic

3. Favorite Starbucks fall drink:
Pumpkin Spice lattes. As if there were any other answer.
4. Favorite fall candle:
Still last year's Marshmallow Fireside. That thing is divine. I'm tempted to pick up some more candles though >_<

5. Favorite fall scarf or accessory:
My mum just bought me a pretty scarf from Korea, and I also picked up one from Nordstrom this past summer. They're my current favorites.

6. Favorite Halloween movie:
I'm not really into Halloween. And I hate scary movies. OH! I KNOW. The Nightmare Before Christmas. It has great music, too - I have the soundtrack.
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7. Haunted house, haunted hay ride, or haunted corn maze?
Uh. I don't really like any of these options. I've only been to a haunted house of the three, too. Maybe...maybe...a haunted hay ride? Because the idea of moving at a nice speed through all the scary shit is really appealing. And I can ride with a buddy, right? OH. SPEAKING OF HAUNTED HOUSES: have you seen THIS? It's hilarious.

8. Favorite candy to eat on Halloween?
Erm, anything not chocolate. So, Skittles? Skittles aren't bad.

9. What are you dressing up as for Halloween?
I had to go to a Halloween party so I wore glasses, lipstick, a brown turtleneck, and a paper "m". That's correct. I was the brown M&M. I figured she had enough attitude. Also, I'm all about low-effort.
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Did you know she has a twitter account? Haha.
10. Favorite thing about fall:
I love the changing leaves, as that doesn't happen in my hometown. I also love the crisp weather, boots (I just ordered new ones!), cute coats, scarves, hot drinks, apple cider, pumpkin pie and scones, Thanksgiving...can you tell that I really HEART fall? I do. It's my favorite season.

So now, it's your turn. Do the tag! :)

*received as a free Klout perk
**gifted to me by the lovely Reductionista

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Sweet Anthem Falltiming 2012

Sweet Anthem's Falltiming 2012 release was a relief for me - it is much different from the usual "autumn" release, full of candied apples, freshly turned dirt and spicy pines, musty mosses and creaky cabinets. I understand the appeal of these spooky fall favorites, but many of those notes do not suit me, and as a result I usually skip them. Not so here. Sweet Anthem's collection this year evokes the wistful memory of a fading summer, rather than the preservation of a dying, sleeping world. To me, it seems to be inspired by the sensuality of flesh and other earthly desires, a different spin on the usual earth-bound harvest collection.

I purchased a sampler set of perfume oils during sweeps. As usual, I have included the perfume name, notes, and official description, all taken from Sweet Anthem's site.
Linden blossoms.
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Lucille: amber, jasmine, linden blossom, rosewood, sea salt, tonka bean
"From an old Germanic ballad: The linden-maiden rests beneath an illuminated grove/night-bloomin jasmine fastened in her hair/ Surrounded by the memory of ash and smoke and trove, the linden-worm takes flight/ off they climb together, through the salty air."

I was apprehensive at first, because Lucille opens very sweetly, almost in a gourmand way - I get a sense of ethylene (think the honeyed, ripe quality of bananas) in the very beginning. Then she slips into something more floral, like a white dress, and while that innocent sweetness remains, she grows wiser and older and the final dry down is a subtle, salty (in the best, best way) softness that stays close to the skin. The salt is not astringent or aquatic - it's more like the contrast in a salted caramel. In a word: divine.
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Marguerite: absinthe, lavender, leather, mimosa, mint, olive, tobacco
"The sparkling diamond: Tales of ill-fated love in bawdy dance halls are woven by French lavender, droves of acacia, and a dash of mint. Leather corsets mingle with absinthe-spiked martinis in this scintillating scene of glamour and grief."

Marguerite is not my favorite, but it is a storyteller's triumph. It is very much the tragic darling of a masked ball - all of a person's nuances, in one perfume. Imagine: You see a woman laughing, threads of hair escaping a beautiful updo, the absinthe in her hand spilling over the glass as she twirls madly around. The bold, dizzying sweetness of the drink is mixed with the briny scent of sweat and frenzied movement; as you get closer, you breathe in the powder clinging to her skin, catch the barest glimpse of leather corset strings, the tobacco stains from her lover's fingers. Marguerite is not shy, not tame, and not ordinary.
Miranda in the Storm, by John William Waterhouse (source). I don't know if this is the Miranda that Meredith was thinking of, but this is certainly who springs to my mind.
Miranda: black agar, cocoa absolute, immortelle, pink pepper, white agar, white pepper
"We fall, but our souls are flying. A baleful blend of banded peppers and woods, tragically impaled with bloodshot immortelle blossoms."

I'm not an agar girl. I simply am not. With that said, I tried really hard! Miranda starts off with an almost maple-sweet note (immortelle, perhaps?), emboldened with cocoa, and softens into something grassier, almost windswept, and old. It is spicy, and definitely, definitely oud. It is kind of like the agar itself, you know? Something natural taken over by a darker other, turning into an aged, wizened form of itself.
Alexander Roslin's The Lady with the Veil.
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Nicolette: honey, mandarin, myrrh, orange blossom, pomelo, white amber
"A sticky-sweet blend of orange blossom, honey, and myrrh with a prickling of pomelo and mandarin. A seduction in the orange grove: let the flower kiss your cheek."

In the vial and immediately on my skin, I get a sharp sense of myrrh, which can smell synthetic on me - almost like latex. The pomelo sharpens that further, and makes Nicolette kind of brassy, and surprisingly soapy on my skin. Reminds me of those tales of bold, ambitious courtesans - seductive and secretive, but with that slight bite of citrus. There's a honeyed note that lingers, like that final kiss. That softer, sweeter note is quite romantic, but I'm not a fan of how myrrh opens and wears on my skin.

All of these scents are limited edition and still available on Sweet Anthem's website, though I'm not sure how much longer they'll be around. If you're curious - snap them up! While I enjoyed playing with them all, I've only really fallen in love with Lucille, and am contemplating a full size of that gem. What about you? Do any of these strike a chord?

Friday, October 26, 2012

Empties + Rejects, V9

Doing monthly empties posts is actually a nice way to mark time. I thought about only posting when I had lots of things to show, but well, this gives me a better idea of how long products last, when they become effective, etc. So, monthly posts it is! Except that this one is about half a month late. Eep.

Empties

Philosophy Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash, sample
I actually did like this, quite a lot. The beads are small and they aren't rough, but my skin still feels refreshed afterward. Maybe I'll buy a full size later, but I have something else to try out right now. Also, this little sample packet lasted a long time!

Origins A Perfect World for Eyes Firming Moisture Treatment with White Tea
Talk about a mouthful, jeez. This wasn't bad at first, but after a while it started to pill under concealer in the mornings. I found that if I applied concealer immediately after eye cream, that issue was avoided. I like it (although it does have a strong white tea smell - doesn't bother me, as I rather like it, but be warned if you're sensitive) but I'm not sure I'd repurchase at this time. I do love the pump packaging, though!

Philosophy Hope Oil-Free SPF 30 sample
Don't like. Greasy feeling, can't imagine it would go well under makeup. I wore this in the early mornings when I took Dennison out on his morning walk (S and I switch off every other morning), before I washed up and got ready for the day. I needed the SPF! I won't be purchasing it, though.

Crest 3D Whitestrips

Used these to brighten my teeth before the wedding. Find my experience here.

Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Milk
This thing lasted almost a year! Impressive, for sure. Already repurchased. You can find my review here.

Expired & Rejects

Shu Uemura eyelash curler
Yes, it's a tool, and can't really "expire," per se, but they don't sell refill pads and I put in the refill pad that came with it long ago. I bought a Shiseido curler, because they sell refills, and the difference with using a fresh curler is astounding.

Stila Natural Beauty Palette
I have had a love-hate relationship with this palette. On the one hand, it has a selection of shimmers and mattes in neutral shades, which I love. On the other hand - and I've mentioned this before - the quality of each shade kind of sucks. I've dealt with it in the past because I wanted matte shades, but now I'm just kind of fed up of packing on the powder just to get a bit of color to show. It's gone.

Well, that's it for this round. I've started acquiring things again (yikes!) but I'm also culling the stash at the same time, so I think we're still sort of in equilibrium. I haven't started overflowing the train case yet, at least!

How have you been doing? Have you chucked anything that just wasn't cutting it? Do you try to make it work?

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Thursday Post


Patrick Wolf: Overture. There's something really sexy about this combination of strings and classically smooth, sexy voice. He also does a cover of Lana Del Rey's "Born to Die" that I actually kind of like (not-so-secret-secret: cannot stand Lana Del Rey).

I don't like "all-in-one" palettes, usually, but Lena makes this Guerlain palette look extremely covetable.

We saw Looper! And really enjoyed it.

Your thoughts on the Disney issue?

We saw belugas in Vancouver (at the aquarium). I don't think they made people sounds, though.

We got a pie pumpkin in our box this week. Good thing I bookmarked this! :D

I will have wedding photos soon. Very soon. :)
Ahahaha. I think this is another case of "ball-flail." 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

My Experience with Crest 3D White Whitestrips

I really like coffee, tea, and wine. These are all notorious for staining your teeth, however, and while I do take care of my teeth pretty well (brushing 3x a day, flossing every day), stains are inevitable. Partially in preparation for the wedding and partially just because it's something I've been wanting to do, I picked up a box of Crest's 3D White Whitestrips - the 14 day version with "Advanced Seal" technology. Each set of strips (top, bottom) is worn for half an hour daily for two weeks.

It came in a pack with a 2-hour version from Costco, for $39.99, which is a steal, compared to drugstore or even Amazon's prices. It has a Crest guarantee on it (full refund if unhappy) and Costco also has a good return policy, so I figured it was worth trying. I gave myself a little over a month before the wedding to do this, so that I would have plenty of time to alleviate any issues that could possibly occur, but also so I wouldn't have to rush through the procedure.

What I'm going to do today is just relate my experience with the product - I'm not going to "review" it in the normal way, because this is a bigger deal than just evaluating the texture of a lipstick. Dental health is important and the situation is different for everyone, so I am in no place to recommend anything. Some people did express curiosity in the manner and wanted to hear how it turned out, so I thought I would share. This will be quite long - I'm trying to be detailed - so feel free to skip.
Crest Advanced Whitestrips: top and bottom set. You apply the bottom strip first, and then the top. You can see that they only really fit over the handful of teeth directly at the front of your mouth, which is all that is exposed when you smile normally. Since teeth whitening is purely cosmetic, I don't have any problems with that.



The first time I put it on, I was careful to pay attention to any sensations; there was a faint tingling, but otherwise, everything felt fairly normal. It is peroxide, so it will foam, so talking is a bit awkward - it's a good thing that S. apparently really likes me. I left both strips on for 30 minutes, and then pulled them off. I rinsed my mouth thoroughly, and made sure to wash my hands before and after. I took a few photos for my own personal reference (teeth photos are awkward, I won't be sharing them - I hope you understand). I did the same for the next two days, but wasn't able to wear them on the fourth day because of my schedule. The directions say that it's okay to skip a few days in between, and actually encourage that if you experience any teeth sensitivity.

It wasn't until the fifth strip that I started to feel a little bit of sensitivity with some of my teeth; I skipped a couple of days and then my teeth were fine again. I did this on and off for the remainder of the 14 sets, so I didn't do all 14 strips in a consecutive two weeks, but it didn't really matter. I definitely saw a marked difference by day 4 or 5 (the box says there should be a noticeable difference by days 3-4). S. agreed. I started on September 10th, and didn't finish until October 5th. This wasn't entirely because of sensitivity, though - sometimes I was just too busy! I will say that it definitely worked for me - my teeth are a lot whiter, now, and I was happy with the result.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Annabelle BB Compact Makeup Gives a Lovely Glow

One of the products I purchased in Canada was Annabelle's BB Compact Makeup. I remember Tracy raving about it, and I ended up using it for my entire stay in Vancouver. 
Mine is Light-Medium. It only comes in two shades: Light-Medium and Medium-Dark.
It's a lightweight powder that comes with a two-sided poof/sponge - the "velvet" side is for light coverage, and the sponge side is for heavier coverage. I used the velvet side while in Vancouver, because I hadn't brought a face brush with me, but now that I'm at home with my full arsenal (which isn't very large, ha!), I just use the Real Techniques Buffing brush.
"Velvet" side. This is the little compartment under the powder pan; it has a mirror and space for the sponge.

Doesn't seem sparkly, right?
I have to say that I was surprised by how sparkly the powder is. Don't get me wrong - it gives my face a beautiful, natural finish that I really love. I only noticed the sparkles because I was applying it under strong lights in the hotel bathroom. And apparently there were intense lights in the elevator, as well, because S. commented that I was "sparkly." From a normal viewing distance, though, it's really a lovely finish, and it's lightweight. It also doesn't make my face feel powdery or dry, and it doesn't look powdery. I'd compare it to MAC's MSFN, though I think I like this even better at the moment. The MAC MSFN can sometimes look powdery or emphasize dry bits, and this doesn't seem to do that. I'd say the two are really close, though, so you don't need both. Oops.
Not a normal FOTD shot, but I figured it's okay because it was a honeymoon shot! We were on Granville Island.
Face: Bobbi Brown Corrector in
Peach, Annabelle BB Compact Makeup
Cheeks: Senna Cosmetics Très Jolie
Brows: MUFE Aqua Brow #25
Eyes: theBalm Nude'Tude palette, Benefit Magic Ink, Urban Decay Bourbon, L'oreal Voluminous Power Volume Waterproof Mascara
Lips: Annabelle Volume Lip Coralicious
The ingredients can be found on Annabelle's site (woohoo!). I purchased mine in a Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada for $16.99 CAN, I think. The unfortunate thing is that it's difficult to find elsewhere; there is a list of places where it can be purchased on Annabelle's site. It appears that if you are in the US, you can call and place an order; there is a minimum of $30 CAN, but you can combine items from Marcelle, as well, to hit the minimum. Shipping is quite high, however. Perhaps you can find a friendly Canadian? :D
We rode an Aquabus to get to Granville. It's a really short ride, but it's really convenient. They're a little ridiculous looking, though, haha.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

What's In My Makeup Bag: Honeymoon Edition

I'M BACK. Thanks so much for all of your congratulations and happy thoughts!

I figured I'd share what I brought with me on my honeymoon. Since we drove up to Vancouver, I didn't need to pack up tiny little bottles of liquid and blah blah blah. I tried to keep things simple, but we were also going out to nice dinners, etc. (and I had to meet a Bandit!) so I also brought a couple of "showstopping" lipsticks. Three, to be exact. Don't judge.
NARS Sheer Glow in Ceylan, and Bobbi Brown corrector in Peach.

First, for the face. I ended up using the NARS foundation exactly once, ha. This is because I bought the Annabelle BB powder while I was in Vancouver, and also...I've just been going out with less face stuff. *shrug* It's a stage, I guess. I have been loving the Bobbi Brown corrector, though, so it came with me.
MUFE Aqua Brow #25 (which is asdflkje amazing!), theBalm Nude'Tude palette, L'Oreal Voluminous Power Volume mascara, Benefit Magic Ink, Urban Decay Bourbon, and NARS Eye Shadow Base.

This time I even have swatches of theBalm's Nude'tude palette, which was gifted to me by the gorgeous Danielle of the Bloomin' Beauty Blog.
I don't think I've ever used the brush.
All swatched with a finger on to bare skin, no primer.
Direct light (Ottlite).
Not the most "neutral" neutral palette out there, but neutral enough. I was able to create a lot of easy, wearable looks with this palette. I wasn't really up to fussing about with makeup, so "wearable" and "easy" were key.
Senna Cosmetics Très Jolie, Rouge d'Armani 400, 510, 609, and MAC lip liner in Cherry.

For lips and cheeks, I stuck to one blush - a soft, flattering pink - three Armani lipsticks (because of their lasting power), and a red lip liner, to make sure my red lip was really clean. I did wear each lipstick at least once, though I also, erm, bought a handful of Marcelle lipsticks. *cough* More about those later.
EcoTools mini eye brush set, Shiseido curler, Real Techniques angled brush (for brows), EcoTools brow brush, Ecotools Blush Brush.
I kept the tool kit sparse, too, because I just did not want to fuss around with everything (sense a theme here? Haha). These are the bare necessities - mostly eye brushes. And a blush brush. This is pretty much what I use on a daily basis, anyway.

The skincare stuff was composed of mostly minis and travel sized items that I have accumulated - products that I use on a daily basis, as well, because I don't like trying to use all kinds of new items at once. Recipe for disaster, that! So I kept it simple and small. Overall, I was quite proud of myself. And we had a lot of fun! I have a lot of  Canadian goodies to show you all, as well as some items from the wedding that I haven't had a chance to review yet. And another "Beauty of Science" post is stirring around, as well. Woohoo! It's nice to be back.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Thursday Post

Daughter: Youth. Dreamy voice, amazing beats.

Kind of amazing - looks like light.

I still find dinosaurs fascinating.

Hurray, Dovey!

Guide to gluten-free bread.

Best. Face. Ever.

[I'm still on my honeymoon - I will respond to comments when I get back :) Hope your week is going splendidly!]

Monday, October 15, 2012

Red Lips for a Non-Bandit - Guest Post

Good day, all! By the way, I AM NOT LARIE. ***arms waving wildly***

Ahem. Had to get that out of the way as there was some confusion the last time I was posting at Eye Heart It. Larie's busy honeymooning and probably (hopefully) buying lots of Canadian makeup at the moment, so here I am, pawing through my paltry red lips collection and wondering how I've managed to accrue five very different kind of red lippies for someone who is deathly afraid of reds. For a long time, I associated red lips only with celebrities and very glamorous occasions, neither of which have much bearing on my personal life. Then I got sucked into the world of beauty blogging -- and the rest is, well, this.


Here are some of my red lip inspirations:

Medium red lips with black liner and barely there makeup.
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Blue-red lips with thick black liner and flushed cheeks courtesy of NARS.
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Dark red with smoky eyes and plenty of black liner.
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Bright blue-red with plenty of mascara and contoured skin.
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Stained red lips and cheeks with barely there makeup.
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And this is not to mention how Larie herself likes to wear red. See here, here and here

I probably wear my red the most like the last picture, as a stain with barely any other makeup. But I've been inspired to be bolder with makeup and am working my way to the smoky-eyed look. (Hoping to rock that at a holiday party this winter!) And what's the point of owning all these red lippies if not to use them, right?

From left to right: Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in 517 Triomphal (LE from Christmas 2011); LORAC Tie Dye for Gloss in Flaming Mix (LE from Christmas 2010); MAC Matte Lipstick in Diva; Revlon Colorburst Lipstick in 085 Ruby; and Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in 035 Candy Apple.


Same order as above.

Triomphal (left) / Flaming Mix (right)

Diva (left) / Ruby (right)

Candy Apple: left one coat, right three coats

All very red reds yet totally different. I know Candy Apple looks quite orange in these shots, but trust me, on the lips they are a bright pop of red. On the few occasions I wore it to work with three coats opaquely, I received some compliments on the shade which only bolstered my resolve to wear red lips more often. There's a shade out there for every skin tone and I think it's only a matter of experimenting with the eyes and skin to come up with the perfect combination. 


I'm making a point of wearing one of these reds at least once a week. How about you? Do you rock red lips on a regular basis or save it for special occasions? How many reds are in your stash?

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Polishes For a Rainy Day - Guest Post

[Larie's note: Amy is a dear and wrote a guest post for me today! If you don't already follow her, you should. She's lovely and funny and so very, very cute. Find her at Beyond Just Beauty.]

Hi, y'all! I'm so excited to be helping fill in for Larie while she's off getting married and honeymooning (yay!!!). I'm a huge fan of Eye Heart It, and while I'm still not really sure why on earth Larie would entrust a day of her blog into my spastic hands, I'm really glad to be here!

Like Larie, I reside in the Pacific Northwest, though a ways further south. I grew up here, and always scoffed when people said it rained all the time. Then I went to college back east, and WOW, you guys, it rains all the time here. I was amazed to discover that there are places that have more than 3 sunny days total between November and June. (Alright, alright, that's a bit of an exaggeration, but in the depths of winter, which around these parts is March, and sometimes June, it certainly feels that way.) Moving back to go to grad school has generally been a positive thing, but the dreary winters that last foreverrrrr are a definite downside.

See, I love wearing nail polish. (Hang in there with me, it'll all connect back up.) I mean, I love pretty much all makeup, but I have a special place in my heart for nail polish because it's the one item you can easily see on yourself––just hold up your hands, and voila! Pretty colors. I have a particular fondness for sparkles, and the arrival of cloud cover has the potential to ruin the glittery fun I so adore. But fear not! I've come up with some polish ideas that don't require sunshine to be awesome. I realize not everyone's winter is clouds and rain, but I do figure that we all have to put up with some precipitation at some point, so I'm hoping you all find it somewhat personally relevant! This is by no means an exhaustive list, and I welcome any other ideas you have in the comments!

Cremes: By far my least favorite polish finish, and the few ones I have I use pretty much exclusively for layering with glitters. The good thing about them, though, is that they are consistently boring––it's not like the lack of sunshine suddenly makes them dull. (Sorry to all the creme lovers out there!) This means you can wear your creme polishes with abandon in the wet and dreary months! Congratulations, I guess.

Vamps: Dropping temperatures and looming clouds are the perfect occasion to wear vampy polishes, according to the style powers that be. According to me, though, lots of vampy polishes end up just looking black unless they're in direct sunlight, so I'm restricting the choices here to those that retain their purpley-red color even in low light, and also to those that have enough shimmer that they don't look like cremes, because see above.
Left to right: OPI Every Month is Oktoberfest, Orly Fowl Play,
Wet N Wild Night Prowl over Wet N Wild Black Creme
Brights: Sure, vampy polishes go with the chilly wintry atmosphere, but sometimes I just can't take any more darkness. That's when the brights come out to play! Corals and bright pinks may be prototypically summer, but when it's been raining for 30 days straight, there's nothing quite like bright, punchy nails to cheer yourself up.
Left to right: Wet N Wild Saved by the Blue, Wet N Wild Dreamy Poppy,
Wet N Wild Blazed, China Glaze Ruby Pumps, China Glaze Ahoy!, Zoya Kimber
The cobalt blue looks a little out of place next to all the reds and pinks, but I thought it had a similar vibrancy and emotional effect. Also, notice the creme! (It's Dreamy Poppy, and I allow it because the color is so bright and happy.)

Foils: Foil finish polishes sparkle and glow in all lights, which makes them a good choice for sunless days. They also tend to be really fast-drying, which is a nice bonus!
Left to right: Zoya Carly, Zoya Reva, NYX Sunday Afternoon,
Sinful Colors Precious Metal
Glitters: Ah, glitters. You're so beautiful, and yet such a PITA to remove. Many glitters actually look best not in sunlight, so they can get plenty of wear in the wet months, assuming you're willing to put in the effort of taking them off (foil method helps!). Of course, you can always do flakies if you want to skip the painful removal process––Essence and Revlon have ones available (Essence's is more prototypically flaky-like, Revlon's is chunkier, but they're similar enough in concept).
Left to right: Cult Nails Captivate over Revlon All Fired Up, Revlon Whimsical
over Wet N Wild I Need A Refresh-mint, Finger Paints Twisted over Wet N Wild Black Creme,
China Glaze Make a Spectacle over Wet N Wild Black Creme, NYX Dreamy Glitter
over Wet N Wild Black Creme
Captivate can be worn alone, or over bright polishes, and definitely works as a "bright" polish as well. And, of course, all the glitters can be worn over more interesting base colors as well! Glitters can be found pretty much everywhere these days, and many are opaque, but some do look better under sunlight. My rule of thumb: if it manages to look cool under terrible drugstore lighting, it will manage to look cool under terrible cloudy lighting.

Rain: Some polishes just look like rain. Dusty, grey, muted: these are the polishes to reach for when you're embracing the moody weather.
Left to right: Zoya Neeka, Cult Nails My Kind of Cool Aid, Sally Hansen Grey Area,
Essence Grey-t to be Here, Sinful Colors Cinderella
My Kind of Cool Aid, Grey-t to be Here, and Cinderella all look best in sunlight, ironically, since it brings out their shimmers, but the color and feel of them are very winter-appropriate.

Duochromes: I saved my favorites for last. Any polish with duochrome immediately gets my attention (Grey-t to be Here and Fowl Play both have duochrome sparkles!), which is doubly true in the cloudy months when I don't have pretty holos to distract me. Duochromes show their awesome color shift in any light, so a lack of sunshine has absolutely no effect no their joy-bringing. Happily, duochromes have been having a moment lately, so there's tons of options, and the ones shown below are but a tip of the iceberg.
Left to right: China Glaze Unpredictable, Zoya Reece, Sally Hansen South Sea Pearl,
Orly Space Cadet
And phewf! You made it to the end! *confetti* I hope you all survived it okay, because now it's your turn! What are your favorite rainy weather polishes? And how do you feel about cremes? And, of course,

HAPPY WEDDING, LARIE!