Monday, September 9, 2013

Ch-ch-ch-changes + Chaos (of the Alta Costura variety!)

I'm sure by now you're completely perplexed, wondering something along the lines of: "what on earth is this Must Stachey blog thing that I have no recollection of following/subscribing to?!"  Well, that would be because you DIDN'T!  You'd never know it now, but this blogspot used  to be home to Uña, Dos, Tres...N'stuff!  I don't entirely know why, but one day I decided I really wanted to give my blog a makeover.  I guess women get makeovers sometimes when they're in a slump & feeling kinda "blah," so why not apply the same logic to my blog?  I guess I  was moreso feeling "blah" about blogging, so a fresh look is definitely invigorating to me. :)

Although I must say I felt a twinge, leaving my "Spanish based" name behind because Spanish is such a part of who I am and I love that, but I do think the blog evolution (blogvolution?) is natural & for the best!  
The new name came to me one day whilst I was pondering how my stash - not to be mistaken for my 'stache because I DO NOT have one! - aaanyways... pondering how my stash has grown exponentially over the last 10ish months, and the fact that even though I have so many amazing untried polishes, I KEEP BUYING MORE!  Although I literally sat & watched an Enchanted restock yesterday and didn't buy anything (she didn't restock the 2 I'm saving myself for), so I am giving myself a pat on the back for that. ;)

I really hope you enjoy the new look as much as I do, and please feel free to give me feedback!  Ok, enough current events: on to the MAIN event!

This is from an indie brand that was totally new to me...I scored this beauty on a blog sale.  Alta Costura Vernis does have an Etsy shop, but it seems the maker doesn't keep anything in stock?  Never really seen that before!  However, if it's more of a hobby than a livelihood, that makes sense.  Anyhoo, is this not a super fun polish?!  It certainly lives up to its moniker (Chaos).  I'm such  a huge sucker for neon glitter, it is not even funny.

Although every time I use one of my neon glitters, I wonder why I like them so much, because I am compelled to use only a white base and the white I have is the biggest pain in the butt EVER. Seriously, I was about to throw the bottle across the room when I was doing this mani!  I've heard that Milani something something White is a good one, so maybe I should just get that & set my current white aside for doing that 3-D spun sugar effect.
This is one coat of Chaos over the evil white.  I think I did do a bit of dabbing to get some of the bigger glitters where I wanted them, but the smaller ones didn't give me any lip. ;)

I think this photo does a good enough job of showing the different types & colors of glitters, so I hope you'll excuse me for not attempting to list them all! haha
Oh, I will make mention of the opaque medium matte not quite neon red-orange hexes (there are two on my middle finger, for a point of reference)...they're something I've never seen before and I think they're rather fun and definitely add uniqueness and yes - chaos - to the mix. :)  
So, I used them as my "inspiration" for my non-accent accent nail, which is a Wet Seal polish and apparently they do not have names nor any other identifying info...maybe 4212?  I have no idea.  It's a neon coral creme with a blue shimmer. VERY blinding, as you might be able to tell.  I did layer it over the white which helped it pop, but I think I have worn it without just took 2 or 3 coats.

Morrrre glitterssss! :)

So that's all regarding the polish... But I wanted to add a bit of a review on a beauty product, KBShimmer Kaleido-soap, since the colors match Chaos so well! Check it out -

KBShimmer describes it as: "A stunning prism of colors accent the tropical scent of orange, banana, peach and raspberry, with hints of gardenia, jasmine, musk and sandalwood. Coral reefs, tropical gardens, frozen drinks, sandy beaches, ahhh, what could be better then a soap that can turn your shower into a tropical paradise.
Loaded with Olive Oil, Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, the soap lathers and cleans like a dream! Once wet, micas make this soap sparkle and shine!"

First of all, I loved the name, since I'm all about puns, obviously! ;)
I've used it in the shower on & off for a couple weeks, and to me, all the fabulous scents she lists are not really there.  It just occurred to me I should maybe email & ask if it's supposed to be this mild, or maybe I got a batch that was missing all the fruity oils?!  
The scent it does have, although faint, is nice & soothing. I get faint whiffs of it during the day & am actually rather addicted to it, but really was craving something more tropical like the description implies.  LOVE the colors though!  You really should see the images on KBShimmer's site...those swirls are outta this world!  Kaleido-soap is $6.50 for a 4-4.5 oz bar, which is about the size of a deck of cards, but thicker. Oh and the mica shimmer that's left behind is only a light dusting but it's quite pretty, and "there" enough for people like us to notice it. ;)  
Although I use it with my mesh pouf thingie because I hate washcloths (a couple swipes on the pouf create a nice lather), it feels rather sticky/clingy on my hands; they wouldn't just glide across each other like when using a standard soap, but I think I got used to it.  Just knowing that KBS's soaps are made with so many pure ingredients that are good for my skin makes me able to overlook the weird feeling! And I really do think my skin is much softer than it usually is. 
*Note: it gets a very mushy layer on it through the course of a shower, but it firms up just fine as it dries.  I don't keep it sitting in the shower because I don't want my Kaleido-soap to experience unnecessary, wasteful meltage when my roommates take their showers! Lastly, it sticks like gorilla glue to whatever it's sitting on when it dries, so expect to pry it off before your next use.  All in all, I do like the soap & I'm glad I tried it, but I'm not sure if I'd order it again.  I purchased the Chai Tea soap at the same time, so when fall is 100% here, I'll swap 'em out & probably review it too - with a fall mani, of course! ;)  

If you read this entire post, you deserve a HUGE, SHINING gold star!!!  Oh look, I just happen to have one for ya:

G'night, ladies! :) 


  1. LOLOLOLOL...the gold star!!! That is so stinkin' funny!!! Oh my goodness...

    Ah, yes...polish! This mani is really cute. And I have that Milani Something Something White, and it's not terrible, I guess. But then I don't own the heavily lauded My Boyfriend Scales Walls. I've never head of Alta Costura. The name sounds like a Portuguese grocery store chain. :D

    Love the new design!

    1. :D Another fun GIF brought to you by Google images search!! ;) Glad you were amused by that! And my heartiest congrats on making it to the end of the post! You're a trooper!
      LOL - when I first read your comment, I totally thought "Something Something White" was actually the name of that polish! I completely forgot that's how I referred to it in my post. :P I must be more tired than I though.
      Ah! So THAT'S the best white polish, huh? I wanted to ask, but I know I've seen a couple threads in PAA about white polishes, and one girl commented something along the lines of (oh.dear. I almost wrote "loins" instead of "lines!" bahahaha) it's been asked a bajillion times & sounded rather annoyed, so I wasn't about to start some drama! ;)
      Yes, it definitely is Portuguese - for High Fashion. :) There ya go with the food again! haha

      Awww thank you! I must say I'm a fan of it as well. :)

  2. Love the makeover! And love the nails. Great job using orange as the know that color is "in" right now, right??? Orange is the new black ya know ;)

    1. Thank you, Essie! And thank you again!! haha! Aaaand again! I REALLY appreciate all the help you've given me while I was trying to troubleshoot the most recent blog issues and when I first started - that was an IMMENSE amount of help! Your willingness to help new bloggers is awesome & ever so kind. :) You deserve quite a few gold stars - and a Michael Kors bag!
      Hmm orange is the new black, huh? Okay! I'll take your word for it. ;)

  3. The blogity blog blog looks amazing and your photos are looking great, too! This is such a fun looking polish, different from the multicolored glitters out and about now... Way to buck the trend!! Yes, Milani White On The Spot is a decent and affordable white creme. Otherwise, Butter London Cotton Buds is fab, or I hear Cult Nails Tempest is also a good one, OR you could go jelly and find yourself a Don't Touch My Tutu :)

    1. Thank you thank you thank you, Liesl!!! :D Aww shucks! YOU think MY photos look great?! WHOA. The earth just shifted! ;) It really is fun, isn't I said, neon glitters are my weakness. I paid $14 for that one...the most I've ever spent on a polish, I believe. Ohh yes, I'm SUCH a rebel! haha
      And thank you for the white suggestions!! :D