Take a Break with VV – Session 5

Hey guys!

This afternoon I’ve got another installment of my Coffee Break series. If you don’t know what these are, basically it’s just an open session in which I give you some news about what’s going on, and you get to ask me questions about whatever you want!

Welcome:

I want to welcome all the new people I have recently seen on VV (and Twitter), thanks so much for reading the site! Without you I am nothing. :D

Cool news:


Along those lines I am extremely excited to announce that this week I passed the 100,000 readers per month mark and almost 300,000 pageviews per month!! This is a HUGE milestone for me, I really never imagined that I would get that far, so thank you for that!

I always find it interesting to see who visits the site. The top 10 countries right now are:

  1. USA
  2. Canada
  3. Brazil
  4. UK
  5. Germany
  6. Singapore
  7. Netherlands
  8. Australia
  9. France
  10. Sweden

Kind cool huh?

VV 3.0:

So how are you guys liking the new website? Personally I love it! I find it much faster, easier to navigate and find things, and it’s much cleaner. I am very pleased with the job that Cred8 did with it. I have been working with my media company on removing those pesky pop ups and floating ads on the site, and think most of them are gone now.

I’m not sure if some of you were aware but I am still posting more personal pictures and things under the Personal tab on the top bar. If you want to comment on any of these posts (because the comment area isn’t always at the end of the post) all you have to do is click the title of the post and it will appear.

Anniversary giveaway:

The two year anniversary of Vampy Varnish is fast approaching (September 7th) and I have some really fun giveaways lined up for that entire week. It’s going to be 5 days of giveaways! I honestly can’t believe it’s been two years already. Time flies!

I’m sure you have noticed I am doing a lot more blogging about cosmetics by now. But I am also keeping up with nail polish posts, so never fear, those won’t go away. Hopefully you enjoy the variety of posts I am doing because I certainly do. It helps me from burning out!

Open forum:

Ok now I’ll turn everything over to you guys. Please ask me whatever you want and we can get some fun chatting going on! Whatcha doing this weekend? What’s for dinner tonight? Any exciting news you want to share? :)

-VV

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61 comments

  • August 13, 2010

    Hey VV,

    That is all such great news! Congratulations on everything. I, personally, think v3.0 is perfect. I like that it’s light and find it really easy to read. Also love your mix of cosmetics, polish, animals and videos!

    This weekend I’m going to see Knight and Day – the new film with Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz – it’s probably been out in the USA for a while now. Then the rest of the weekend I’m chilling out with the cats and my boyfriend :)

    Do you have any nice plans?

    • August 13, 2010

      Hi Tilly,

      Thanks!!

      I want to see Knight & Day also. It has been out here I believe. My plans are fairly low-key but I want to go see the new Will Ferrell & Mark Wahlberg comedy maybe :)

  • August 13, 2010

    Congratulations on everything! I love the new look of the site and that you’re doing more makeup reviews.

    I’m going to my friend’s engagement party this weekend and I’m really excited and nervous at the same time. I haven’t seen this friend in years! I also don’t want to blow my diet at the party (been on Weight Watchers for awhile now). I’m also going to the Dallas Cowboys Training Camp in Oxnard, CA. The boyfriend is obsessed with them and I just like seeing giant, muscular dudes in tight pants, lol!

    I’m kinda interested in seeing the Will Ferrell & Mark Wahlberg movie, too. :)
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    • August 13, 2010

      Hi Tammy,

      Oooh have fun! I can never keep myself in control with eating, so I have much respect for you on that!

      That’s cool that the BF doesn’t mind bringing you along to oogle at the players, haha!

  • August 13, 2010
    kimberly

    so, i know you dont like to use products that are tested on animals, and i think thats AMAZING. im a huge animal lover myself. the only problem is that im obsessed with covergirls lash blast mascara :-( what mascara do you use/recommend?

    • August 13, 2010

      Hi Kimberly,

      I don’t use products that are tested on animals either, and I really love Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Mascara. I think it’s greatly under-rated. I try a ton of new mascaras, but always come back to this one.
      Tammy´s last post…Blushin’ Big Time with elf Studio BlushMy Profile

    • August 13, 2010
      kimberly

      thx tammy. ill have to chk it out. does it happen to come in waterproof?

    • August 13, 2010

      Hi kimberley,

      AAHHHH they do?? They weren’t on the PETA list I had of companies who test on animals, so I didn’t know that. That really bums me out because I love the LashBlast stuff. Before it I was using Dior DiorShow, which I love.

    • August 13, 2010

      It doesn’t come in waterproof, but I’ve never had problems with smudging or flaking (and it gets pretty hot here in Los Angeles). I wear my makeup into the wee hours of the night and this mascara has always stayed on.
      Tammy´s last post…Blushin’ Big Time with elf Studio BlushMy Profile

    • August 13, 2010

      Covergirl is part of Proctor & Gamble, and they’re notorious for animal testing. If you see P&G on the package, skip it!
      Tammy´s last post…Blushin’ Big Time with elf Studio BlushMy Profile

      • August 13, 2010

        Well crap I did know about Proctor & Gamble, but didn’t even connect it. Hard to keep up.

    • August 13, 2010
      kimberly

      Yeah, covergirl is made by proctor & gamble, who do test on animals. so r u currently using lash blast?

      • August 13, 2010

        Well I was! :(

    • August 13, 2010
      kimberly

      haha jynx tammy! lol

  • August 13, 2010

    Yeah, it’s going to be tough controlling myself with all the food that’s going to be there, especially the baked goods. I have a huge sweet tooth.

    Oh, believe me, the BF barely notices I’m even there when “his boys” are around. I just take pics, get autographs, and eat lotsa food (in moderation, now, of course)! The other fans are also really nice, so it’s just a big get-together in my eyes.

    P.S. Do I always have to write a new comment to reply to you? There’s no “reply” thingy in your comment.
    Tammy´s last post…Blushin’ Big Time with elf Studio BlushMy Profile

    • August 13, 2010
      kimberly

      just click on the reply link in your comment and itll go under it with kellys. ;-)

    • August 13, 2010

      Oooh, got it! Thanks, Kimberly!
      Tammy´s last post…Blushin’ Big Time with elf Studio BlushMy Profile

    • August 13, 2010

      Hmmm let me check into that I think that should be resolved.

      Have fun!!

  • August 13, 2010
    kimberly

    kelly, now i feel bad for telling u :-( but im sure ud rather know than not know. just sucks huh. i love that mascara. wahhhhh.

    • August 13, 2010

      No don’t feel bad at all! I would rather know. It’s hard to find out the real info online because a lot of different websites have different info. I have heard that by 2013 European companies will have banned animal testing in cosmetics and household products. I wish the US would be as civilized about it. I feel terrible because I work for a Biotech company and I know they test on animals. But I can’t just quit my job over it either so I am really torn and have been for all my time here. But I can control what I buy, and cosmetics just isn’t the same as cancer drugs. Although I still don’t agree with animals testing period!!

    • August 13, 2010
      kimberly

      omg, i wish they would do that here. maybe someday? wishful thinking probably. yeah, my mom works for a biotech company, and they test on rats/mice but she cant quit her job either so i feel ya. its so sad b/c ive had pet rats, so to me they are a pet, not just a rodent or a pest like some ppl see them. but no matter what, they are animals, and i just cant condone it no matter what animal they are testing on. are you vegetarian?

      • August 13, 2010

        It’s very hard knowing they do that, and if I could I would stop it! I agree I think rodents are pets also. I am not vegetarian, but I try and eat as organically as I can when I eat meat. I have read Fast Food Nation and other books and do not like animals being treated badly or inhumanely. I don’t buy anything from Foster Farms and only free-range eggs. Thinking about it definitely bothers me, but I don’t think I could ever totally give it up. Wish I had been raised a vegetarian!

    • August 13, 2010
      kimberly

      yeah, i try and eat primarily vegetarian, except for bacon lol. i think theres actually a shirt that says “vegetarian except for bacon” hahah, its just so good. but its really easy for me to go complete vegetarian if i want b/c i WAS raised vegetarian hehe. alrighty, well i g2g back to work lol. keep doin what ur doin! i love ur site and ur youtube vids! ttyl!

  • August 13, 2010

    I love the new site. I’m trying to recuperate from surgery. I like that you’re doing makeup reviews. I ALWAYS love to see swatches, be it nail polish or makeup.
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    • August 13, 2010

      Hi Phyrra,

      Thanks. So happy you have that surgery over and done with, and your doggie is making you feel better :)

  • August 13, 2010
    Beth

    I really like your new site! I miss the bacon though…it always makes everything better! :)

    Well, I’m an auntie again – yeah! – so I’m going to visit my brother this weekend and see my new nephew Emmett. Of course this means I need to go shopping for a baby gift, but I’m sure the polish’s siren song will get me! I really want some of the new OPI Swiss collection – Ski Teal We Drop and William Tell Me about OPI. Still on the fence about Cuckoo….

    Let us know how The Other Guys is if you see it. Dinner for Schmucks looks funny too. Oh, where can I find Jessica’s Muse Collection? It’s not on her website; is it available yet?

    • August 13, 2010

      Hi Beth,

      Congrats!! I’m an aunt also but my nephew is 24 and niece is 19! I have a much older sister :)
      I also want to see Dinner With Schmucks.
      I don’t think Muse is out quite yet.

    • August 13, 2010
      kimberly

      ski teal we drop is beautiful in person too, you should get it. i got it last week! :-)

      dinner for schmucks is hilarious! lol.

    • August 16, 2010
      Beth

      Thanks! In addition to “My Auntie Loves Me” baby clothes, I got Ski Teal We Drop and William Tell Me about OPI……I couldn’t resist! I haven’t had time to try them out yet, but I’m super excited to see how they look!!!

  • August 13, 2010
    kimberly

    kelly, one more question…how do you feel about cnd super shiney?

    • August 13, 2010

      I tried it and wasnt that impressed. I am smitten with Nubar Diamont, nothing can compare for me!

  • August 13, 2010
    aaminahs mom

    love the new layout..i miss the bacon too. wow your anniversary is my birthday imagine that…great minds think alike :)

    • August 13, 2010

      Hi aaminahs mom,

      Whoo hoo!!

  • August 13, 2010
    Rachael

    Hi VV,

    Love the new site! I’m appreciating your makeup posts from afar, as I am not very varied in my makeup life (and I can’t afford another vice!!)

    Helping a friend paint tomorrow to prepare her house for sale, and then having a big family dinner on Sunday – should be nice!

    I’m loving your new bangs – I know there was some uneasiness just after your cut – are you at peace with them now??

    Rachael

    • August 13, 2010

      Hi Rachael,

      Have fun painting. I like it for some odd reason.
      I like and dislike the bangs. It’s been so drizzly and windy here they keep frizzing which is never a good thing! :)

  • August 13, 2010
    Christina

    I love the new site! I think I mentioned this in a tweet, but I love that it is mobile-friendly, as I am an iPhone user myself. I also looove that you are including more and more cosmetics reviews – your polish reviews are great, so it’s good to see reviews of other products as well! Keep up the amazing work!

    As for this weekend, I am going to a Riesling Festival here in good ol’ Upstate NY on one of our Finger Lakes. Wine tastings and New York State Crafted Beers – I’ll take it!

    PS – I am super-excited for your giveaways! haha.

    • August 13, 2010

      Hi Christina,

      Oh thanks! Have fun at the festival, it sounds like a good time. I haven’t done anything like that yet this summer, and wish I had!

  • August 13, 2010
    SB_Sweetie

    Hey, VV! Love your new bangs! I really think it’s a modern, great look for you. In terms of mascara…I always come back to MAC’s X mascara in Black. I have a fairly good set of lashes to start with, so I’m not sure how it would work for everyone, but I like MAC X b/c it’s a) nice & black b) holds curl and c) doesn’t flake or smudge on me. $13 a tube. Good price too. Worth checking out since MAC doesn’t test on animals. Chinese delivery for dinner. Hot & Sour Soup is on its way…Have a great weekend!

    • August 13, 2010

      Hi SB_Sweetie,

      I don’t think I have tried their X mascara, but have tried others. Good to know, thanks!

      Yum hope the soup was good!

  • August 13, 2010

    I just wanted to let you know that I really love the design of the new site. And congrats on another milestone!
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    • August 13, 2010

      Hi Perry,

      Thank you!

  • August 13, 2010

    I love your new site design, it is faster loading and it is very easy on the eyes. Also well organized.

    I enjoy your cosmetics posts as well, it is a nice break from nail polish and if you enjoy it that’s all that matters. You do so much swatching it must be nice to switch things up by posting other things.
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  • August 14, 2010
    Christine

    Hi Kelly,

    I just recently found your site and I love it. It allows me to get my polish fix without spending money and changing colours constantly. It does sometimes create a ” I need that colour!” If I am budgeting I go to my bins and try to find a similar polish. Congratulations on 2 years. Keep up the great work.

  • August 14, 2010
    Jea

    I just stumbled on your site and love it. Ive noticed that the gallery is a bit jumbled when looking at swatches by brand (wrong brands mixed in with the ones im looking at) otherwise love love love the layout.

    • August 14, 2010

      Hi Jea,

      There was one post that featured 10 different greens. For each category those green were put in, they all show up in the gallery for some reason. I am going to fix that. That is the only one like that as far as I know though, everything else should be where it belongs.

    • August 14, 2010
      Jea

      actually go look at china glaze in the gallery… for some reason there are other brands in their as well. not that i minded at all… totally made a trip to a few stores the other day thanks to your swatches.

    • August 14, 2010
      Jea

      ok… i retract that because i just looked again and now its not mixed up o.0… maybe my computer was being weird or something… oh well. either way i say again love the swatches. cant tell you how many times i have bought something loving how it looked in the bottle only to be disappointed when i got home and tried it. so major kudos.

      • August 15, 2010

        I fixed it actually right after I posted my response to you :D

  • August 14, 2010
    keri

    Wow! Two years is awesome! The new site design is really good! :) Also, I love that you do cosmetics posts as well, it adds to the site and we’re not losing something in exchange for it. Plus, it’s your site, so you have to be happy in what you’re posting.

  • August 14, 2010
    Amber

    Congrats on two years! I just have to say that I love VV 3.0, especially the Gallery. It’s really helpful.

  • August 14, 2010
    Allison

    Congratz on almost 2 years! Such a wonderful website. This is by far my favorite nail polish blog to visit, your reviews and pictures are so helpful! Keep up the amazing work and I LOVE the new website :)

  • August 14, 2010
    Paula

    I’m not surprised to see Brazil on 3rd. We’re crazy about nail polish and even more about foreign brands. Your blog is reference for online buying…I come here everyday!

  • August 14, 2010
    Sassy

    Hey!! Congrats on everything! I was wondering if you might be able to swatch the Go Goth! Halloween collection from OPI. thanks

  • August 14, 2010

    2 years and 300,000 page views, what awesome achievements! Congrats, congrats! And the 5 days of giveaways sounds so fun :) Can’t wait to see what you have in store for us.

    Just a thought for the anniversary week fun… maybe you could show us a few of your very favorite polishes (at least for the moment, I’m sure it’s always changing :) ) I know you do mention it, but it would be fun to see swatches and you tell us why you like them so much!
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  • August 14, 2010

    Cover Girl is owned by Proctor and gamble. And has been listed as 80% free of animal testing, But recently covergirl Ellen Degeneres has come under fire for being a Vegan Animal Rights activist who is employed by one of the largest companies still using what most people deem unnecessary animal testing.

    Its sad that Degeneres a long time activist took this gig either not knowing, or knowing full well who she was “getting into bed with” so to speak.

    KJ

  • August 15, 2010
    Fabulous Fabs

    I just discovered your website and YouTube channel while looking for nail polish swatches of the Zoya Wicked collection and the OPI Swiss collection on Google Image. WOW, I really enjoy what I’m seeing so far. Your website offers great help but also lots of temptation. I just watched your video on nail polish collection. I have bookmarked your site and I have subscribed to your channel. Keep up the good work. Looking forward to more reviews/swatches etc.

    Signed: A new followers from Montreal, Canada

    • August 15, 2010

      HI Fabulous Fabs,

      Thanks I hope you enjoy what you see! :)

  • August 16, 2010
    Sonya

    Congratulations on 2 years Kelly! I must have started reading your blog sometime around when you started. Your blog is my favorite!

  • August 16, 2010

    I always visit here! nice to see that Brazil is in third place. so who knows the foreign cosmetics brands companies invest more in here!
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  • August 17, 2010
    LaG

    hi VV!

    I just wanted to say hello and show a LOOOT of luv from Italy(:

    I’m really addicted2ur amazing site and ur nail polishes’s swatches are my daily joy!

    thxxx for everything

    un abbraccio (hug in Italian) laG

  • August 22, 2010
    Liis

    Hello!

    I wanted to say that I am from Estonia. :) First I started to read your blog, because I wanted to see nailpolish swatches. :) (I ordered about 30 nail polishs from transdesign.com :P ). Now I just read it because I like it. :)