Saturday, August 28, 2010

Illamasqua Fern

Just received Color Club's Untamed Luxury collex yesterday from their PR folks. Hopefully, I'll have a chance to swatch them over the weekend. I'm currently in a wrist brace right now (explanation can be found at the bottom of the post) so it may be a little slow going. I guess I could remove the brace for swatching but that seems to be going a little too far for the sake of some pictures of nail polish...?

Hey, at least I have a huge backlog of swatch photos to post if I'm not going to be able to do a lot of new swatches for awhile...

Illamasqua Fern

I loved this NOTD (even though I got some shrinkage with Gelous bc and Diamont tc). It applied so very easily in two coats. Vibrant azure blue base with light blue shimmer. The shimmer is not subtle at all, which I just love. It gives it so much more pop. :)

And what I love best of all about this nail polish is that it cost me $5 and change! Thank you, eBay, you are not so evil after all! I had a $10 coupon from PayPal to use on any eBay purchase and found this seller who was selling Illamasqua Fern, Snap and Phallic for $26 Buy It Now. Even though people were bidding on it auction-style, I decided that it was too good a deal to let slip through my fingers. With the $10 coupon, I got all three for $16! I love a good deal.

So bad news on the workout front: when I fell off my bike in July, I either sprained or fractured my wrist and now I have to wear a brace... and cannot put any weight on my wrist, which means no vinyasa yoga, no strength training with free weights, no pushups. :( I have been treating it somewhat gingerly since the fall because it hurt but I had been trying to ignore the pain (because I'm stubborn and stupid), thinking it would go away sooner or later. Well, six weeks later, pain has not gone away. Not surprising since I wasn't giving it much of a rest. I just got an x-ray yesterday so I'll at least know what exactly is wrong by the beginning of next week.

Aug 23rd (25m cardio), Aug 24th (60m cardio+strength), Aug 25 (40m hike through the woods on my campus with my labmates and advisor... because my advisor is trying to exercise more and thought it would be a great idea for a lab meeting).

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Ping said...

This is a pretty sweet color :) Can't wait for Untamed Lux pics, but you should definitely wait until your wrist gets better. And, yay for awesome eBay deals!

Anonymous said...

Very pretty! Sorry to hear about your wrist. You got an unconventional advisor though, I must say!

Oje Delisi : ) said...

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Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh - hope your wrist feels better soon. Sorry to hear that you've been in pain for so long.

Adrienne said...

OMG KRIS!! BE CAREFUL <3 I've had a sprained ankle for about six weeks too, and I'm actually going to physical therapy for it.......... who would've thought, sprained ankle needed physical therapy.

Please take care of yourself!!

Katie said...

Wrist splints...I know them well. My doctors can't decide if I have CP (Cerebral Palsy) or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. They swing between the two. I basically sprain or hyper-extend them once or twice a year so I bought $27 wrist splints; one for each wrist...and that $27 is the price for ONE. They usually last three years. I usually replace my right one before my left as my right acts up more. I should be wearing both right now but I left them upstairs, oops.

If you'll be wearing it for more than two weeks, do yourself a favor and buy a good wrist splint. Hospital splints become uncomfortable quickly. The ones I use are approved by wrist specialists for CTS (hence the $27-$30 price tag depending where you live). I'm not saying get a $27 splint. Before mine became a chronic problem, I used ACE splints. They're really good, actually.

Hope your wrist feels better soon!

Lucy said...

So sorry to hear of your misfortune. I've had Carpal Tunnel Sundrome which was really bad. I wore splints on both hands. Tough to get to sleep with them. I had surgery on one wrist and it really helped. Pray your wrist will heal. Good thing for the backlog of photos. This is a gorgeous blue. That was a great deal you got.

flinty said...

@ping: I ended up swatching some polishes yesterday but not all of them. The swatches ended up a little bit on the disastrous side...

@kittypolish: yeah, she's kind of an odd duck. I think she gets social with us because she has three kids and very little opportunity to hang out with adults that's not purely work related.

@oje: following.

@glockoma: it's not major pain but it has limited my use of that arm in general, which has not been fun. I'm hoping it gets better soon.

@adrienne: Aaack, I'm hoping I won't need PT for my wrist. Although I've lost so much strength in this arm already I wonder if that's not in my future too.. :(

@katie: You'd think there'd be more of a difference in symptoms for CP or carpal tunnel, no? I bought a splint off of Amazon that is fairly comfortable... well, as comfortable as these things get, I suppose. This is the one I got:

@lucy: Yeah, I take the splint off at night because otherwise I can't sleep. I'm also very much a back sleeper so my hands and wrists are usually not squashed under me or anything like that when I sleep.

Katie said...

@flinty- In some cases, yes. Some cases, no. It depends where the pain is located. Mine tends to be in areas where CTS occurs, but anti-inflammatories don't help; if it were CTS, anti-inflammatories would help. The wrist specialist axed CTS.

Splints with more padding and breathable fabric are more comfortable, truly. ACE and Futuro are the most comfortable that I've tried. The ones I'm using now are Futuro. I would stay with ACE if they didn't have such a short life span (about a year). I can sleep with ACE or Futuro splints on and I'm the toss and turner.

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