A friend mentioned yesterday that MS MR will be playing a gig in February, and would I be interested in going?

The show’s on a Monday night. Who the heck does that sort of thing on a Monday night?

That aside, I do want to go. What’s stopping me? Nothing but the fact that I always let convention be in charge.

Time for a change?


And another thing: the nails on that hand (not Keira’s on the cover of Vogue USA). I can’t tear my eyes away from those bad-ass acrylics. Do people still wear acrylics? I used to -years ago- until I realised that my own nails weren’t in fact that bad. Now I shudder at the ‘nail abuse’.


Been eyeing L’oréal Color Riche Le Vernis for a while but held off from purchasing because I already have so many bottles of nail polish which I hardly ever use for I’d much rather get my nails done at the salon. However, I finally succumbed this week and bought two, this one, #107 Beige Boheme, and #401 Rouge Pin Up. Beige Boheme, as you can see is a pinky-brown, while the latter is an orange-red.

I must confess that I didn’t even bother to read the marketing spiel – it was the bottle’s shape and size that most appealed. I do like the longish square bottle, and 5ml is just enough for those of us who are fickle and want to try lots of colours but don’t necessarily want to be wearing them for years. I guess I would describe 5ml as a more ‘seasonal’ size, and really, that’s all a girl needs sometimes.

The manicurist was a little surprised when I pulled out the bottle from my bag, but she didn’t object. I could’ve quite easily done the paint job myself but my cuticles were in desperate need of tidying and although I could’ve sorted my left hand well enough, the right would still have looked like King Kong’s fist.

I would’ve quizzed her on the lacquer and the brush but she was a surly thing and seemed to scowl at me from behind the mask she wore over her nose and mouth. Then she and her colleagues got into a spirited discussion about the iPad – one insisted it was called the “iPad 4”, while the other said “No, it’s the iPad Mini!” and the word “Wi-fi” seemed to pop up rather a great deal, too. I was trying not to listen because I don’t speak Vietnamese and most of it didn’t make sense but I guess ‘iPad’ is now one of those words like ‘Google’ that doesn’t need translation and it integrates pretty well into any language and is easily recognisable to a random listener/eavesdropper, regardless of the tone, inflection or linguistic interference belonging to the speaker.

…Oh, where was I? That’s right. This polish seemed to apply extremely smoothly and dry equally well. The brush, I had noticed, was shaped just-so. I must say that L’oréal does do an excellent brush, but I believe this one has had noteworthy enhancements to its design and technology (if one can use the word when one is referring to nail polish!). As for the stuff itself, L’oréal calls it ‘Liquigel’, meaning it’s a lacquer with a gel base because these days everyone is using gel it seems, except that some of us don’t want to have it baked on, so this is the next best thing.

All in all, I’m pretty pleased with the resulting rich colour and shine, and #401 Rouge Pin Up looks pretty good on my toes, too.


This is Old Faithful, also known as O.P.I.’s Privacy Please. I’ve been using this for over a decade and I always go back to it. (I’ve tried a variety of similar shades over the years, including these recently.)

Privacy Please has the amazing ability to make one’s nails look dressed, and yet not overly so. Clean. A healthy ‘just so’ pink.

Obviously, the manicurist does it better (thicker!) than my left hand does my right – even after all these years, left still hasn’t quite mastered the technique, but no matter…

And I always think the name of my favourite polish seems to match me rather perfectly.


I know that I could just as easily substitute this for a tub of Vaseline but I always* have a tube of Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream amongst my lotions and potions – and never Vaseline. (Yes, I know it’s petroleum jelly.)

The manicurist did a nice paint-job the other day, but she was a touch heavy-handed with the clippers as evidenced by the reddened cuticle area of my little finger… which sent me straight to the Eight Hour Cream.

On related note, everyone seems to be doing Shellac manicures these days. Am I old fashioned not to have tried it yet? I’ve read the promo gumpf which states the product doesn’t damage the nail but I’m still wary.

* Honestly, I did try not to repurchase the stuff earlier this year – it was amazing, finally running out of the Eight Hour Cream after about five, or was it more like ten, years (seriously, it lasts and lasts and lasts)-, but after reading War Paint: Helena Rubinstein and Miss Elizabeth Arden: Their Lives, Their Times, Their Rivalry, I wasn’t able to resist. Oddly, I’ve never tried any Helena Rubinstein products – nor do/did I feel the urge to do so, even after reading the book.


I did say that I was in the USA recently for work, didn’t I? Because it was a work trip, I didn’t do anything remotely interesting like sightseeing, but I did manage to fit in a few visits to Walgreens in San Francisco and Duane Reade in New York.

Big deal, I hear you say, but my drugstore experience was exactly what was needed on the Essie front. This nail polish range is AUD 18.95 in Australia whereas Stateside, it is merely USD 8.00! And although I didn’t need more classic, natural pale pinks in my collection, for less than $10 each, why not?

If you ask me, I reckon I was relatively restrained – I only grabbed two plus a bottle of Feed Me Intense Hydration Treatment. I couldn’t go past Ballet Slippers and Mademoiselle, the latter being the shade that seems to swipe a swag of beauty awards each year. To be honest, I prefer Ballet Slippers because Mam’zelle is a bit too opaque-white on me (if that makes any sense), but I have found that a coat of that worn with the ‘Slippers on top seems to work well.

Post-script: I totally forgot I also bought a red in the form of A-List! I don’t know how I could possibly have forgotten! (Perhaps I should’ve waited for the second coffee to kick in this morning before I clicked ‘Publish’.) So, I’ve updated the photo as well.

Left to right: Feed Me, A-List, Ballet Slippers, Mademoiselle