That Corset Is Going To Get Green If You Don’t Wash It!

Very quickly, and then we will move on…My 3 prize (did I say three??) giveaway is on. Click here to enter, if you haven’t already.  

This polish is one of five from the Scandal line I purchased when I went to Orlando Premiere. Not only did I dig the colors but the bottles are f’in’ cute!!!

This is ‘Madeleine Green’. And Madeleine is wearing a bitchin’ corset!

I am just as crazy for the bottle as I am with this lush, lush, lush green!

It doesn’t matter if it is shady window (as above), or outdoor shade (two photos prior) or direct sunlight. This green is dynamite. It is a mossy green with gold and green micro-glitter.

Only downside: it stinks! Girl, you need to wash that skanky corset!!!!

Never mind, we’ll talk about Tide laundry detergent later…

Oh, and this is NO top coat! I did use Wet ‘N Wild’s Base Coat but, Scandal is all on its own, otherwise. Super shiny with just 2 coats.

Snooping around to find out where to purchase these, I found only this place from Australia or New Zealand. There have been a few Aussie bloggers that have reviewed Scandal in the past too. Jacie at You’ve Got Nail, last year, reviewed this brand. I couldn’t even find any on Ebay. So I’m very happy I picked up a few at the Show.

Admit it; you’d get buy something like this because it was in a cute bottle!!

Glitter Bombs and Sandwiches

Check here where I blogged about some glitter polishes to scream for. I even stopped by another Forever 21 to see if I could find any other glitters like these. But, alas…no.

I did this mani yesterday and it got bumped to the front of the blog. Clear the area…glitter bomb coming through!

I started off with a light lavender pastel shade from Color Club. The one I used is called ‘Secret Rendezvous.’
I, then, layered the Forever 21 newly-acquired ‘Purple/Silver’ polish…

Ta da!!! I put one top coat of Color Club’s ‘Eco Chic’ and the glitter barely feels gritty.

Then, I wondered if I could do the manicure ‘sandwich’…

My middle finger looks better for the sheerness of coverage. However, it’s wacked by a cuticle bed that grows boingy.

Even though ‘Secret Rendezvous’ is not a jelly, it’s a creme, I got a lot closer to replicating the sandwich manicure. The sandwich manicure is where a base color is laid down first, then followed by a clear base glitter polish. Last, it is topped with either the base color again or a sheer polish that lets the glitter slightly show through. It works best with sheer jellies but I used a creme. And, I’ve seen this on other blogs as well.

At one of the stores I worked at today, one of the employees fawned over my nails. That’s enough for me to not change them out for…oh, 3 days, which is long time for a nail blogger. Even longer for someone like me that doesn’t care for sandwiches.

Purely Pleasures Cosmetics

Just have to plug the current giveaway. I have 3 prizes for a just because contest. Check it out here.

Earlier this month, I won a contest and, here is what I got…

 

The contest was sponsored by Purely Pleasures. I got to pick out three mineral shadows of my choice. And the elf brushes and the Lip Lush were added bonuses.

‘Lip Lush’ come in two choices: original and peppermint. I picked peppermint. Every single ingredient in this lip balm is one that I know.  Here’s from their description:


Ingredients: (All organic)
Original & Peppermint: Soybean Oil, Sunflower Oil, Palm Oil, Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, Beeswax, Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Vitamin E.
Peppermint Only: Pure Peppermint Extract

My ‘Lip Lush’ is right in front of me, in my desk drawer, I use it that much. It is very smooth, glides on and the peppermint is as minty as a York Peppermint Patty. (However, less fattening.)

 Two elf shadow brushes. These are my first elf brushes and now I know what the rave has been about. Truly, I adore these two. And, I certainly would know a thing, or hundred, about makeup brushes…

And the shadows next…

One shimmer and two mattes. I picked 3 shades that I felt would compliment each other.

I think I did quite well.

The shimmer is called ‘Innocence’ (#17). It is a dusty rose shade with just a hint of taupe. Works as a shadow highlighter, as I hoped. I also found it was nice as a light-handed cheek highlighter. I used a huge brush for a quick sweep over the apples of my cheeks.

This is ‘Closet Freak’ (#52). A smudgy, browned-out purple, this matte color is as super pigmented as the other two shades.

And last, is ‘Gunmetal Gray’ (#50). An incredibly pigmented matte gray, leaving no question that this is going to be bold on the eye.

This has never happened to be before: I swatched these three dry and then wet and there is hardly any difference. ‘Closet Freak’ and ‘Gunmetal Gray’ look the same. Even though they are matte, I figured foiling it would intensify the saturation. So, have a look for yourself…

Sunny day in the shade.

Direct sunlight.

Maybe that is part of its uniqueness. You don’t have to foil them to get deep color. I am, with that, deeply pleased with the application. I like pigmented shadows and these were no exception. It doesn’t take hardly any powder to get transference.  On the downside, the jars have no sifters so there is spillage; a bit messy.

Click on over to Purely Pleasures Cosmetics website to see the rest of their products. The prices are very competitive. The ‘Lip Lush’ is $2. The shadows are $4 for 3 grams. There is a monthly color that is $3 for 3 grams. A set of 4, only $15. A set of 8, just $28. The website also shows these different sets with recommended color combinations. Really helpful if someone isn’t confident on picking their own combinations.

Purely Pleasures has a gamut of products that are all natural (no chemicals from a lab), not tested on animals and, mostly vegan. If you are wanting to try out beauty products from an all natural indy company, I suggest you try Purely Pleasures Cosmetics.

Sharing Blog Love with Central Florida Bloggers

There’s a 3 part giveaway going on at Libby’s Vanity! Check my post here to enter and read the rules and guidelines.

On with the love-sharing post!!

There is a group of nail bloggers right here in the Central Florida area.  I’d like to make sure you are aware of them too.  I follow them all and they each of wonderful blogs. Just take a look!

For Me, It Works isn’t truly ‘Central Florida’ but nonetheless, she is a kindred soul.

Once Bitten shows off the classy look of nail blogging.

Imperfectly Painted is having a blog sale, so check it out and her polish reviews as well.

Clumps of Mascara gives in depth reviews on more than just nail polish.

Cult Nails has her own polish line and can give you the best ‘Rockstar’ nails you can imagine. 

Phyrra taught me to fear not the red eye shadow. And she shares her makeup talents generously.

Nails Beautiqued has the newest releases on OPI and other polish brands.

Niftyba  is a cute pixie that pulls fashion into real life.

If I have left out any Central Florida nail/makeup blogger, get a hold of me right away!

How About A 3 Prize Giveaway

I can’t wait any longer! It’s time for a giveaway.

Photo from Dreamstime Stock Photography.

Three different prizes for this giveaway.

First prize…

An OPI mini ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ set. I got one as a gift and fell in LOVE with it. So I bought another one because I am sure someone else will love it too.

2nd prize…

Four pack of LA Colors metallics. Again, I’m glad I got my own set.  Hee hee!

3rd prize…

 

In honor of my niece having her second baby in August, 2 baby colors. However, we already know she’s having a girl. :) From Cosmetic Arts, this is a creme pink and a creme blue.

Easy…we all like easy. Rules are super easy:

#1  You must be a follower of my blog. Please list in the comments your user name and how you follow. Only one entry for each person. Any more than one will be deleted.

#2  You must include your email address in the post.

See, EASY!

More information on my giveaway:

*I purchased all these items myself. They are new and never used.
*I wish I didn’t have to say this but I can only accept North American entries. I cannot take the risk of being slapped with a felony charge and a heavy fine by sending nail polish out of the country. Just in case you are not aware of it-it is illegal.

*Your entry will be eliminated if you put in any other URL, website address, anything that would divert a reader to another post or blog, other than mine. I am very lenient when it comes to folks who post their blog address in the comments. For my contests, it will not be allowed.
*If you have won with me before, fear not. You can enter anyway if you live in North America.
*Giveaway starts RIGHT NOW! It ends on Saturday, 7/2/11 at 8:00 PM EST.
*I will notify each winner by email. Please respond back by Tuesday, July 5, so I can get your mailing info. I have yet to find anyone who doesn’t respond super quickly. However, just covering the basics. I’m making the response back a few days longer as the deadline is over the July 4th holiday.

Now, go enter!!!

Today’s Southern Orlando Haul

I woke up today feeling pretty yucky. I had a ‘recovery day’ scheduled from running, so I pushed myself into that. I had a feeling of a fever but I did my ‘pretend’ jump rope workout anyway. (I jump rope but don’t have a real rope to use; just go through the movements with my arms.) I had a work project scheduled early this morning, it was already 80 degrees before 10 AM, but I went and did it anyway. I wanted to come home and be inside where it is cool. However,  I went to Ulta (it really is on the way home) and made sure I used my $9 in points and my $3.50 off $10 coupon today.

Even then, I went to a large mall do finish up more work so I wouldn’t have to do it tomorrow. But I stopped in Forever 21 anyway and found some polish.

Semi-soothing, here are the goods…

 Sparkle babies. From left on: Currant, Silver and Coral.

But you have to check them out up close to get a good looky…

Currant. I merlot shade with red and gold glitter.

Silver. It is a much lighter shade of silver IRL, with iridescent micro-glitter.

Coral. A pinkish coral shade with red and fuchsia micro-glitter. This one might be a jelly. I’m not sure yet.

BUT WAIT!!!!! THERE’S MORE!!!!!!

Early July 4th sparklers! From the left on: Purple/Silver, Green/Clear and Red/Black/Silver. Oh, those names got me excited!!! *rolls eyes, one way then back the other*

 Silver/Purple. The base is clear with chunks of silver and a red-purple hexagon glitter.

Green/Clear. A clear base with chunky leaf green and silver hexagon glitter.

Red/Black/Silver. Again, a clear base with chunks of very red, black and silver hexagon glitter.

Any one of these three hexy glitters could make some interesting nail ‘sammich’ manicures.  I’m ready to experiment!

I did stop by CVS in the mall to check to see if I could find anything new. I found the new Limited Edition NYC polishes…

The coupons at the front expired on 6/1/11. Not nice. But one polish did come home with me (where at least 2 unexpired NYC coupons are)…

This is ‘Gramercy Glitz.’ It’s a pink, almost totally clear, base with tons of baby girl pink and iridescent micro-glitter. Not exactly a new shade but the kind I tend to gravitate to.

I’m a chick from the Midwest, I had to look this one up: Gramercy Park (/ˌgræmᵊrsi ˈpɑːrk/) is a small, fenced-in private park in the borough of Manhattan in New York City, United States.

It looks lovely. I’d like to visit it. Some day. When I go to New York. Where my hubs is from. NYC, where he got his Masters. Yea…some day.

See any shades that tickle your fancy?

This Just In…..China Glaze Metallic Crackles

Who says being nice to your Sally’s Manager doesn’t pay off? She called me today to say the China Glaze metallic crackles had just arrived.

Here they are…

Captured in the light of a hot, Florida evening.

Each one is just as pretty as the other…

Latticed Lilac, Haute Metal, Cracked Medallion

Tarnished Gold, Platinum Pieces, Oxidized Aqua

Do you see a favorite? I have no idea which one I want to try out first for a full mani. I think I’ll skittle my pink Cheeky Monkey mani that I have on already.

EDIT:  I couldn’t wait to show you…

‘Latticed Lilac’ over Cheeky Monkey’s ‘Man Chaser.’

OPI’s Rally Pretty Pink Takes the Court with Red Shatter

It was time to have some fun with Pink…

Did you pick up the OPI duo from the Serena Williams collection, ‘Rally Pretty Pink’ with ‘Red Shatter’?

So, it IS a different sort of pink…

However, I. am. loving. it.

Purply-pinky glittery stuff.

I could have stopped right there too. But I was way curious to see what the ‘Red Shatter’ would do…

Gee, whiz!!!

Frankly, I am surprised at how well these complimented each other. Or, maybe I should say, they complimented each other better than I expected. I never question OPI’s collections not working together, however. So I was delightfully surprised that I liked this VERY much.

 Me, along with a host of other wonderful nail bloggers are part of On Wednesdays We Wear Pink group. Click here to find others that have some pink-lovin’.

If you have ‘Red Shatter,’ are you thinking about what else you can combine it with? Do you think ‘Rally Pretty Pink’ is just fine alone, too?

My Continued Love Affair with Forever 21 Polish

As a faithful reader, you have read my many posts on swatching Forever 21’s Love & Beauty nail polish. It’s the sweet combination of beautiful colors and a price that is completely affordable.

Tara, owner of Tough as Nails, just finished up a week of reviewing Love & Beauty polishes. I’ve totally enjoyed them. You can too by clicking here.

That revitalized my love again, so I dug out a new one to swatch. This is ‘Lavender.’ Of course, that name does NOTHING for me. That would be like calling me ‘Girl.’ Yawn…

But, I say, let the mani do the talkin’…

The color reminds me of the lilac bushes we had in our backyard when I was a kid. I have on 3 coats, with 2 on the thumb, and just one on my index finger. It is a delicate shade even with just one coat…

I discovered that ‘Lavender’ had a chic, long-lost cousin, housed in bottles almost identical, and who will have her time in the spotlight later…

I’m reading that some nail bloggers are saying ‘Oh no! Another crackle?!’ But, I’m saying ‘Hey, another crackle!’  Lavender got the works…

I picked up 5 randomly and gave them a test-drive. Starting with the thumb, Sally Hansen’s ‘Vintage Violet’, China Glaze’s ‘Cracked Concrete’, Sally Hansen’s ‘Distressed Denim’, OPI’s ‘Silver Shatter’ and last, China Glaze’s ‘Crushed Candy.’

All of them seemed to have turned out well. I think the least favorite would be the ‘Distressed Denim’ since it doesn’t stay with that demure look. And, my favorite would be ‘Vintage Violet’ for purple on purple. 

Are you still having fun with crackle polishes or, has the love affair faded?

Premiere Orlando Show Highlights

Premiere Orlando Beauty Show was held Jun 4-6. Kari, from Once Bitten Blog, and I got to check it out. First of all….it was HUGE!

This was just one of 3 entries into the vendor hall. I like this one because it had the red carpet.

We did our fair share of gawking. I coaxed Kari to vogue with a model…

And to think, this was not a bad hair day for the model…she was supposed to look like that.

This visual was interesting, showy and macabre all at the same time…

Tim Burton must have been there…

 As well as Lady Gaga’s hair stylist…

Ohhhh, and I ran into Brittany from Clumps of Mascara!! Yes, she is the sweetest thing…

If these models were picked for advertising Keratin Hair Treatments, I think I could model for big CURLS…

I was surprised to see them actually getting food to eat!

These models were just too perfectly beautiful….

I thought their wardrobe was sexy!!

And then, there was this hair stylist…

At first, I was quite frightened by the thought of this person cutting my hair…

But what I was really digging WAS that coat! The front of it (which the crowd was determined to not let me get a photo of) had burn out panels along the vest area. Wicked.

It was a great time. I got my first LCN, Nubar and Cheeky Monkey polishes. And I am looking forward to next year.