Frazzle and Aniploish

I live near Detroit with my husband and many bottles of nail polish. When I'm not writing in my blog about nail polish and nail art, I'm working as a software engineer or pursuing one of my other hobbies, like skiing, quilting, and knitting.

Selections from SpaRitual Wander Collection

Standing at Ulta looking at the display for the SpaRitual Wander collection for fall, my first instinct was of course to grab one of each color and go check out. My next instinct was to get none of them because they weren't on sale and I didn't have a coupon (or not a good coupon; I don't recall exactly since I'm at Ulta so much the trips tend to blend together). Then I managed to find that underutilized part of my brain that practices moderation and picked my three favorites and bought those ....more

Color Club Catch Up

This time of year I should be pumping out posts on the fall collections, but first I need to catch up with some bottles Color Club sent Lucy for review (via my US mule services, which I'm sure I've talked about before). I have two of the six colors in the Cookies & Cream Limited Series collection, all of which are pastel cremes with matte black glitter. First up is Soft Baked, which has an ivory base and black glitter and really does look like cookies & cream ice cream ....more

Wheel M7: Glitters from Wet 'n' Wild and China Glaze

I went with glitters for this episode of Nail Wheel Wednesday. Most of these are on the dense end of the glitter spectrum, though some could be layered.(all 3 coats plus topcoat)1. Wet 'n' Wild ColorIcon Jewels for Your Highness2 ....more

Starlight and Sparkles Mythological Holos

Earlier this year, I did a series of posts showcasing some Starlight Polish pretties that Issa of Starlight and Sparkles had sent me for review. I especially liked the Starlight holo topper (in this post) and ordered a full size bottle so I wouldn't have to worry about running out. Of course, I couldn't resist getting a few other things, and it's those things I have to share today—a trio of holo shimmers ....more

Zoya Naturel Deux Collection

Sample provided for review Today I have the Naturel Deux collection from Zoya, which is their post-summer, pre-fall offering. It consists of six cremes: Spencer, Chanelle, Emilia, Madeline, Aubrey, and Marney.This is a follow up to the Naturel, which was a post-winter, pre-spring collection from early this year. Both collections are made up of browns and mauves, with Naturel Deux being overall a darker interpretation of that theme ....more

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Create & Ornate Swatches

After I put up my domestic display post earlier this week, my friend Julie aka turtlechick said she was looking forward to seeing my swatches of the Xtreme Wear glitters, which is all the encouragement I needed to pull them forward in my posting queue. There are eight limited edition polishes in the Create & Ornate collection (subtitled: Royal Statements), four glitters and four matte cremes (the display also has a nail art pen and two stripers, none of which are new or LE as far as I can tell). Glitters on top: Family Jewels, Mind Your Manors, Court Jest, Rogue Red ....more

Wheel B7: Grey Shimmers

I once again failed to bring the right notebook with me to work so I could do this post during my lunch break, so this is a "better late than never" edition of Nail Wheel Wednesday. It features grey shimmers, any of which would have coordinated better with my outfit today than the beige and glitter combination I have on my nails right now.1. Milani Whimsical (3 coats)2. China Glaze Pelican Gray (2)3 ....more

Geographically Diverse Displays

As promised yesterday, today I have displays I came across in my recent travels, starting with Houston, where I was glad to be able to meet up with my friend Mel, who writes Delicious Color. She very kindly indulged my desire to go to an HEB store. The main thing I saw there that I can't get here were the Orchid polishes, of which there were multiple displays (and a sale going on, so I picked up several colors to bring home with me) ....more

SE Michigan September Displays

Once again, it's past time for a display post. Since my last one, I've been to Houston and to Minsk and shopped for nail polish in both places as well as making my usual rounds here in metro Detroit, so I have even more photos stored up than usual. In order to not make this the longest post ever, today I'll share the displays I've come across close to home here in Michigan, then later in the week, maybe as soon as tomorrow, I'll do a travel display post.I am not sure what's up with the Essie Back to Chic trend collection; the display at Rite Aid had four shades: Macks, Master Plan, Minimalistic, and Who Is The Boss ....more

FingerPaints Film Noir Collection

I intended to do a Nail Wheel Wednesday post yesterday but my brain is still lagging; I neglected to bring the notebook with the color names with me to work and then was too tired to write after I got home. Next week I hope I'll have settled back into my normal routine. Today I've got the FingerPaints Film Noir Collection, which debuted at Sally Beauty in August but which I've still seen in some stores recently ....more