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Sunday, December 30th, 2012

Blog Update and CoverGirl New Nail Shades

CoverGirl Timeless Rubies and Midinight Magic 

Hey everyone! Boy, let me tell you how much I've missed you guys! Well, to make a long story short, back in the spring I suffered from a lower back injury and pretty much everything came to a complete stop because it was so painful. The good news is, I am totally recovered and ready to get back to what I truly love. 

Of course there is a HUGE drawback with being gone so long, my backlog of polishes "to be swatched" is never ending and it seriously makes me nauseous just thinking about it. Quite honestly, that is exactly why I took so long returning. But, I have to take the bull by the horns and stop procrastinating. So, on a temporary basis I will be swatching on a plastic nail wheel. I'm not exactly thrilled about this because I'm not a big fan of nail wheels, but it works for the time being.

Let's start with two new polishes from CoverGirl's Outlast Stay Brilliant line. When this small collection originally launched a couple months ago, I completely passed it up and didn't look back. The colors really didn’t capture my attention; certainly nothing ground breaking for the relaunch. But, that’s all about to change with the new additions for 2013. At Walgreens, I stumbled across several new shades that included Timeless Rubies and Midnight Magic - gorgeous shimmer flecks! Yes, finally!

Timeless Rubies and Midnight Magic

CoverGirl Timeless Rubies, Midnight Magic

Timeless Rubies - is a reddish pink glass flecked shimmer with a slight gold duochrome. I'd say it's more of deep rosy pink than ruby red. But then again, it also seems red in different lighting. It has that metallic foil-esque look like most glass flecked finishes do, and covers perfectly with only two coats. Definitely a winner!

Now if you've guessed Midnight Magic looks awfully familiar, then you hit the nail on the head! She has many friends that's very similar  - OPI On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Sinful Colors Winter Wonderland and Zoya Fei Fei. Not particularly unique, but it's such a fantastic color; I never get tired of seeing it!

CoverGirl Nail Gloss (.37 oz) retails around $4.99 and higher depending on the store. The new colors should be surfacing now or when the Spring 2013 cosmetic resets go into effect.

(9) Comments

aaminahs mom said on Dec 30th, 2012 4:01 pm
Welcome back! I missed you

Steph said on Jan 10th, 2013 1:57 pm
Thank you!

Sara said on Dec 31st, 2012 9:20 am
So glad you are back and doing well!

Steph said on Jan 10th, 2013 1:57 pm
Thanks so much, Sara!

tawings said on Dec 31st, 2012 11:36 pm
So glad to see you back. Love the look of these polishes, hope they hit Australia at some stage. :)

Steph said on Jan 10th, 2013 5:58 pm
Thank You! Oh, I hope so too!! They are great colors!

Vick said on Jan 3rd, 2013 2:00 pm
Glad you're back!

Karli said on Jan 5th, 2013 8:24 am
So sorry to learn of your injury! Back injuries bring pain like nothing else. Glad you're well. And SO HAPPY that you're back! You were truly missed.

Robin said on Jan 8th, 2013 3:41 pm
Yay finally you are back to it! Missed your blog! Glad you are feeling better and look forward to some nail polish goodness!!!

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