Friday, May 8, 2009

NOTD & Our First Weekly May Contest Winners Is...

Above and Below: Maybelline LE Coco Cabana. Such a unique finish!
Below: It appears as a pinkish-bronze in most light, but as you can see on my pinkie nail, it is more bronze in dimmer lighting.
...Alexandra! Alexandra is from Sweden and you can find her blog, Alexlyndra, here. She just did a great post featuring her Strawberry manicure, so be sure and check it out. Congratulations, Alexandra! It's not too late to send in your e-mail entry because we're doing a drawing every Friday during the month of May. You can find the details in the 'May Contest' box in the upper right corner of my blog.

Today's NOTD is an older polish, but one of my favorites. Maybelline's Express Finish LE polish in Coco Cabana is a beautiful bronze-pink shade with tiny silver glass flecks. It dries somewhat closer to a matte finish, not entirely, but enough that without a top coat (which I am wearing in the picture), it looks a bit dull. Not dull enough to be considered a true matte, unfortunately. It applies very well in just one coat, which is almost unheard of. I added a thin second coat, just for good measure, but it's amazing how well it covers in just one. This was released several years ago in a LE collection but I have read that it has been spotted at some Dollar Trees.

It looks like Brooke got her wish, according to our "Which Brand Would You Like Featured" poll in the upper right corner! As you can see, the results were close, but Pure Ice won out. I have enough Pure Ice polishes that I'll probably do this in 2 parts, because they also make great layering polishes and it may take quite a few pictures to show you a good representation of their polishes. I'll likely start the 'Brand Focus' posting over the weekend. I've been so busy and out of the house the last couple of days that I've fallen behind in reading all of your blogs, so I'm going to try and get to that this evening as I start my Pure Ice swatching. Have a great weekend!


  1. I really like the pinkish tones to that polish, it's fetching. Also congratulations to Alexandra!

  2. Yeah congrats to Alexandra :)

    This polish is beautiful ! very chic !

  3. 1 coat coverage? wow, that is awesome and the color is pretty!

  4. 1 coat coverage is great!! It's rare to find polishes like that. But yay for them. ;]

  5. Congrats to Alexlyndra! I love when other bloggers win becuase you get to see the pics!

    YES!! I love when I get my way! Pure Ice has some really unique colors, I'm interested to see which ones you have. Plus they have my fav. bottle shape : SQUARE!

    I have a Maybelline polish that has a finish that looks very similar to the one you showed. Mine is called Wet Sand, I will have to take some pics of it and see what you think.

  6. Congrats to Alexandra! Enjoy your win.
    Like the finish on the Maybelline. Nice color also. Looks pretty on you Mary. Hope I come across some.

  7. Congrats to Alexandra! I love those maybelline express finishes! I'm so happy that your doing Pure Ice! I don't have any of these and can't wait to see them!

  8. OH MY GOSH I CAN'T BELIEVE IT! Thank you soooo much! I'm overwhelmed.. Is there something I have to do now or.. I'm a bit confused but as far as I know, you have my address and such. Thank you guys!

  9. Coco Cabana is lovely, and congrats Alexlyndra ;)

  10. Clockwork~thank you! "Fetching" is a good word, but it's not as fetching as your KO Liberty :)

    Celine~thank you and "chic" is a good word, too!

    Deez~agree, very seldom do I find coverage in a polish like this one.

    Chrissy~I know, I wish all polishes covered this well.

    Brooke~yes, she must post pics! I'm going to try and do a post worthy of your desire for the Pure Ice polishes! I'd like to see pics of the Wet Sand polish...I like that name!

    Lucy~thanks! I'll keep my eyes open to see if I can find some for you.

    Kitty~maybe you'd better not read the Pure Ice post! They're addictive and for $1.97 each you know you're going to want them :)

    Alexlyndra~YAY! You're welcome and I'm glad you're so excited! Tell me some 'American' things you like and I'll see what I can do to make your package a bit more fun...and don't ask me for a plane ticket to come over here, that's a bit more than I can afford :)

    Vanessa~thanks you, I love the finish and the hint of pink in the bronze.

  11. Wow.. I don't know what I like actually.. It has to be a lot I think! I don't know if I want to ask for more, I mean it's your money we're talking about. ;P

  12. Congrats to Alexlyndra! And what a pretty color you brought us this time :-) It is so cute !

  13. That is one gorgeous colour! Just the sort of shade I like.

    I've never tried Maybelline polishes after being put off the brand when I didn't get on with Great Lash. Might be worth another look though!

  14. Alexlyndra~don't worry, I've got some ideas :)

    Tuli~Glad you like it, thanks!

    Helen~I love this color. Great Lash is horrible on me, although I know some people it works for. But their polishes work!