Icing: Flower Child

Do you throw confetti at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve? Naw, me either. But, those ‘rockin’ parties seem to. I’ll settle for confetti on my nails. That hangs around longer…

swatches toss trash reviews 114 swatches toss trash reviews 116I found ‘Flower Child’ at an Icing store. I don’t know why I keep looking for more, new polish. I have more to-be-swatched than days of the week. Probably everyone can agree that there isn’t enough time during the Holiday season to get everything done. So, my nail-painting has slacked!

‘Flower Child’ is the perfect polish for those that like lots and lots of glitter…

swatches toss trash reviews 115 swatches toss trash reviews 117There’s round glitter, hexagon-shaped, and lots and lots of shards. I see teal, orange, silver, fuchsia, green and gold colors.

This glitter polish is the kind I love painted over a dark, creme polish. And, ‘Nevermore’ from Cult Nails is my all-time, only-one-I-need, one-coat black creme polish. But, I was fascinated to see it on a dark blue creme (I don’t remember which brand I used), as well…

swatches toss trash reviews 112 swatches toss trash reviews 111 swatches toss trash reviews 110I did have to do a bit of placement as the glitter wanted to all collect at the tip. You can see how this made the topcoat not as smooth. Of course, with ‘Nevermore’, I only needed one coat but, the blue polish got two. Then I put on two coats of ‘Flower Child’.

Since I didn’t wear this on my own nails, I can’t judge how it would wear for real. However, for a one-night event, such as New Year’s Eve, being a ‘Flower Child’ might be the new bling.

Do you think you’ll ever NOT like glitter polish?

elf: 32 Piece Warm Eyeshadow Palette

Lately, my passion has been for palettes. Lots and lots of palettes! Even though I have several elf palettes, this one is a newer one. It has all these soft and bright shades, I had to get it…

swatches toss trash reviews 061 swatches toss trash reviews 062And, shoot! For $5 I’ll skip a Starbucks Chai for one day.

This palette ranges from powder pinks to yellow golds and to bright purples…

swatches toss trash reviews 064 swatches toss trash reviews 065Rows and rows of bright shadows in a white palette make for some fun shots that I can use on my MOO business cards…

swatches toss trash reviews 072 swatches toss trash reviews 067 swatches toss trash reviews 075 swatches toss trash reviews 068Are you ever surprised at how well a photo turns out for you? These amazed me because they look really good! I always feel the need to let the person who is getting my business card that I took the photos.

Maybe you would be more interested in some swatches. I did just a few to test the pigmentation and the texture…

swatches toss trash reviews 078 swatches toss trash reviews 077I didn’t use any primer with these swathces. In fact, I just used the applicator that came with the palette. I didn’t find the product to be powdery however, the pigment seems to be on the weak side. Probably a shadow primer would brighten the intensity. When I used my makeup brushes to apply it on my eyelids, I was able to build it up reasonably. These are not as vivid as some of the other elf shadows I have, yet I am in no way disappointed with this palette.

Is there anyone else who obsesses like I do over makeup palettes?

Finger Paints: Midnight Sleigh Ride

I hope you don’t have a blue Christmas. But, you might enjoy blue Christmas polish! I like this one very much…

notd secret santa 001 notd secret santa 002Finger Paints ‘Midnight Sleigh Ride’ is a beauty. It’s a medium shade of blue with blue and silver micro-glitter…

notd secret santa 008The shimmer isn’t too obvious from a natural distance, however. But, that shade of blue is pretty. I remember my Grandparents’ Christmas tree that was one of those spindly silver ones. All the ornaments were thread-covered blue Christmas balls. It was pretty back then. Now, I guess it would be very ‘retro’.

Two coats of ‘Midnight Sleigh Ride’ turned out just right…

notd secret santa 003 notd secret santa 005The shine on this polish is incredible! I don’t have a top coat on it at all. The polish itself is so smooth and applied evenly. Pretty Christmas polishes like Finger Paints don’t give me a blue Christmas.

Do you like blue Christmas polish?

Victoria’s Secret: Pout FX Lip Primer and Definer

I don’t see a lot of blog reviews on Victoria Secret’s makeup. However, I got a 20% off coupon and thought I’d try something new. After careful consideration, I chose this lip primer…

notd poop lots of swatches haul 060I couldn’t resist trying out Pout FX before I photographed it. It had to be tested right away…

notd poop lots of swatches haul 062This is twist-up crayon that’s easy to hold. It’s a bit chubby so it makes for quick service to apply. I found Pout FX to be very smooth and soft. It is like a flavor and fragrance-free lip balm, just a bit on the heavier side. Some of the lip primers I use are moist and I have to let them set before applying my gloss or lipstick. With Pout FX, I was ready to go as soon as I capped the crayon. There was not any color change in the lipstick that I used this with.

notd poop lots of swatches haul 064The application is easy and I found that this product was not drying at all on my lips. It fact, I feel I could wear it without any gloss or lipstick over it. But, that wouldn’t be near as fun, now, would it?

Here’s what Victoria’s Secret Pout FX has to say about itself…

notd poop lots of swatches haul 065Basically, it says that it will keep your lipstick from bleeding and will help it stay put longer. Just what I want my lip primer to do. And, that is what I got! Pout FX worked perfectly with lipstick, gloss and both together. The Vanity can wholeheartedly recommend this lip primer.

I got this at Victoria’s Secret store for $9.60 with my 20% off coupon.

My New Favorite Red Shimmer: Finger Paints Hollydazzle

Finger Paints made a Christmas/Holiday red that is off the charts! My camera just could not deal with it. But, I tried…

notd poop lots of swatches haul 001 notd poop lots of swatches haul 003‘Hollydazzle’ is right! What looks like just a bright red polish is just the beginning. Look at the different colors of shimmer…

notd poop lots of swatches haul 002 notd poop lots of swatches haul 023The above photo is in the sunny kitchen. It gives the best look at the true red shade and still shows the shimmers. And those shimmers look gold, magenta and red to me. I mean CHOCK full of shimmer!!!

notd poop lots of swatches haul 008 notd poop lots of swatches haul 006This is only 2 coats with a top coat of Color Club’s Eco Top Coat. I found this polish super easy to apply.  I still have this polish on, it’s been 3 full days and I don’t even show tip wear. I could possibly wear this all the way to Christmas.

‘Hollydazzle’ has just become my new, favorite red shimmer polish. Do you have a favorite red?

Why In The World Would You Put Chicken Poop On Your Lips?!

This is me with Chicken Poop on my lips…

notd poop lots of swatches haul 075Wait! Before you click out, I can explain!!!

I found ‘Chicken Poop: Lip Junk’. Wouldn’t that make you curious?…

notd poop lots of swatches haul 051And before I could mentally hear my Mom say ‘Put that down!’ I read this part…

notd poop lots of swatches haul 052So, why do you ask that it is called ‘Chicken Poop’?…

notd poop lots of swatches haul 053I can’t remember who told me this, but I remember some family elder telling me this because I always had chapped lips. Demented, I know. (Starting to get the picture, eh?)

So, before you run away in disgust, check out these fine ingredients…

notd poop lots of swatches haul 054See? It’s all good!…

notd poop lots of swatches haul 058You might think that this would have a strong fragrance, however, it is very light. And it is soft on the lips. My lips stayed smooth for some time after applying this.

So, yes…I would recommend ‘Chicken Poop’ to you!!

I found this at The Christmas Tree Shops for $2.59. I even got my friend one for Christmas. She said she liked it too.

Two, last reasons to like ‘Chicken Poop’: Their 800# has POOP in it and, they make this stuff in Wichita, Kansas. That’s were I went to college! Check out the other fun stuff they have here.

love & beauty: Two Shadow + Primer Eyeshadows

Do you know what an eyeshadow primer is? It is a product that you apply to your eyelids in hopes that when you apply an eyeshadow that it will stay put, not crease or fade…until you take it off. Lately, I have been discovering more shadows with the primer already in it. Here’s a couple of my most recent finds…

review photos Dads Kiehls 001 review photos Dads Kiehls 002These are from love & beauty, Forever 21′s brand. Since these cost next to nothing, like $3, I got the only two shades they had available…

review photos Dads Kiehls 005A metallic silver named ‘Light Grey’ and a shimmery taupe named ‘Champagne’. These are two shades that I find classy. And, gosh, the shimmer they have!…

review photos Dads Kiehls 004So, I put them to the test right away. I used ‘Light Grey’ all over my eyelid and used an eyeliner pencil along with mascara. I got creasing in about 3 hours. I tried ‘Champagne’ and it lasted just a bit past 4 hours.

It defeats the purpose, but I applied Ofra’s Shadow Primer and then used ‘Light Grey’ over that. I did manage to get about 4-4.5 hours this time. As much as I love the idea of splicing shadow with primer, I’m still looking for one that truly performs. I swatched the shades and you can see that they are quite pigmented and shimmery…

review photos Dads Kiehls 009 review photos Dads Kiehls 007I want to continue to experiment with these two love & beauty shadow + primers. I may not be able to use them as suggested, however, I like the way they look on me.

Have you found any good shadow + primers?

Revlon’s Bubblegum Days Urban Nights Might Be Hidden In Plain Sight; Know Where To Look

During the Holiday season, you have to keep in mind the rule of ‘Look Up!‘ That’s what I did yesterday at Walgreens and found the new display for Revlon’s Bubblegum Days Urban Nights collection…New Revlons 001 New Revlons 005That’s ‘Girly’ and ‘Heavenly’. I picked them right off the top shelf, thankyouverymuch. Seems silly to find full, new displays staged for placement on the floor when there are several displays that don’t have a lot of product left. Merchandising law says that’s a No No! And there’s your inside secret to finding new products.

I will have swatches coming, I promise. These are just too cute to tuck back into the Vanity Vault!

Silk’n FaceFX At Home Anti-Aging Device Plus Special Offer

I have just finished testing out the Silk’n FaceFX device. This is one item I have wondered about and jumped at the opportunity to test it out. Now, I want to tell you what I think.

Silk’n FaceFX is new technology in your hands. This device, when used as directed, will rejuvenate your skin with red LED light and heat. It stimulates deep skin tissue rejuvenation like no other product can.

TMS Cult Nails 188 FaceFX is an at-home device that can improve the texture of skin. It, also, will reduce fine lines and wrinkles, fade skin discoloration and even reduce the appearance of pores. Sounds grand, doesn’t it! Well, it is…

TMS Cult Nails 191 TMS Cult Nails 190The device can be used on the neck, cheek area, the forehead and under the eyes. I used it in all those places except for the neck. But, I did use it on the back of my hands to reduce the light sun spots I have.

TMS Cult Nails 193Here is how the device works: Synergistically, with a combination of heat and LED light energy, these two elements begin to make changes to the skin’s texture. It’s easy to use. I gently massage the areas I wish to treat for 5 minutes…

TMS Cult Nails 197 This is the top of the device that, when turned on, will heat up and the red LED light will come on. I gently massaged the area around my eye and out to the side where I have fine lines. The device slowly heats up and becomes cozy warm. The red LED light only comes on when the device is in contact with my skin. After treating one side for 5 minutes, I moved over to the other eye area for 5 minutes. Then I would take 5 minutes for my forehead. Last, I would use it for 5 minutes on each side of my nasal folds above my mouth. I did this routine 3 times a week for 4 weeks.

I, also, included the back of my hands. I would do each one for 5 minutes. Since the device didn’t have a long enough charge to do my hands when I had already treated my face, I just did my hands on alternative nights. So, it’s nice that the FaceFX is rechargeable…

TMS Cult Nails 200The on/off swtich also has a ready light to let you know you are charged and ready to go…

TMS Cult Nails 199The FaceFX device is heavy-duty. It has some weight to it so I could tell it wasn’t a cheap product. Yet, it fits comfortably in the hand…

TMS Cult Nails 201As I mentioned, I used this device for 4 weeks. I just finished this week. I used it 3 times a week on my face, after I removed my makeup and washed my face, and also for the back of my hands on alternate days. This was easy to use and I passed the time either reading or watching ‘The Walking Dead’. Kind of ironic, eh?

So, what happened? I definitely see a change of texture in the skin around my eyes. That’s where I have the fine lines. Luckily, I don’t have any deep lines there but, if I continue to use my FaceFX device, I will stay ahead of the game. It has been interesting to see these lines start to fill out and begin to fade. The sun spots on the back of my hands have only slightly lightened. I feel that more treatments will continue to fade the spots as well. In otherwords, I saw results. I also feel I’ll continue to see more results in the upcoming weeks.

Even though the massaging felt quite nice, I did get a little antsy to be finished. I do get bored fast. So, using the device while reading or watching TV made the time go faster. The unit does heat up gradually. I would recommend that you slide the device, staying in contact with your skin when you move over to a new area. The reason is that even though the area you just treated gradually felt the increase of heat, the new area will not be quite as adjusted. By sliding the device slowly to the new area, I wasn’t so surprised by how warm the device was. It isn’t terribly hot, however, it does get warm. I found it pleasant to use.

When I was finished, I wiped the top of the device off with a microfiber cloth and reset it back into its charger. I would then finish with my nightly skin moisturizer. As the weeks went by, I saw those fine eye lines fading. I was even looking in the mirror, squinting hard, to even notice any lines. The texture of my skin around my nasal folds softened slightly. And the sun spots on my hands have begun to lighten. Success!!!

I let the fine folks at Silk’n know that I am really pleased with the FaceFX. I saw the device mentioned in my Allure magazine just a few weeks before I started treatment. So, in conjunction with Silk’n, I have a link for you to not only check out FaceFX, you also can get 25% off and free shipping now through midnight 12/17. Check this link. Use the code: SWEETDEAL.

The cost of Silk’n FaceFX is significantly cheaper than going to the dermatologist’s office for the same treatments. I recommend this to anyone who wants to work on reducing fine lines and wrinkles and improve the texture of their skin. It did for me.

This product was provided to me for my review. These are my own, honest opinions.

Forever 21: A New Nude Palette

Even a ‘no-buy’ limitation on myself doesn’t stop me from wanting ALL THE EYESHADOW PALETTES!!! I had to yell because, well, it’s seriously true.

Two things go into breaking this rule: 1) The price is soooo good, 2) experience has shown that this brand was good in the past, and 3) no will power. OK, that’s three so, let’s not count that last one, shall we?

Here’s a new Forever 21 eyeshadow palette…

nail swatches Gosh 026 nail swatches Gosh 029 And, it is a NUDE palette to boot! Why, every makeup blogger knows you have to have at least one nude shadow palette on the vanity. I want to make totally sure that I’m covered. I mean, what would happen if I would accidentally drop one? Or, someone would break into my house and raid the vanity! Gasp!!! Maybe I’d misplace one and be frantic until I found the backup. (Not that any of these, save for dropping one, are remotely going to happen. But, you never know…)

What a heavenly lineup…

nail swatches Gosh 036 nail swatches Gosh 034 nail swatches Gosh 033The sunlight washes a few of these shades out. So, none of the shades are identical. But, they all compliment each other.

The Forever 21 store that I found this at had not been gentle with these palettes and, even some other styles, as well. It was my duty to provide a warm and loving home/vanity to a special palette. Actually, this one was the one with the least broken shadows…

nail swatches Gosh 032It didn’t hurt to ask the sales associate if I could get a discount because it was blemished and all the other ones were much more damaged. At first I was told a 10% discount. I said that it would be better if it was 25%. The store manager was brought in and she said that 15% was the highest she could go. Well, the palette was only $5.80, so I agreed.

And, I still got some great photos that I can use in future business cards…

nail swatches Gosh 031Oh, and this isn’t the last you’ll see of this palette. There is a bit more to the story, along with some swatches, coming up very, very soon!

Do you have a favorite nude palette?