Maybelline: Two Green Mattes With A Bit Of Pumpkin Hex Glitter Help

A road trip to Rite Aid was called for. I was hoping to find more than I came away with, unfortunately. In fact, only one item I got was intended. When I found these two polishes, instead, I thought all really wasn’t a waste. Maybelline is rockin’ some fun polishes, lately…

swatches nails and makeup 184 swatches nails and makeup 185Two murky olives; one lighter than the other. Even though I like the shades, I was curious about the glitter pieces in them. Or, maybe they are shards of glitter. I really couldn’t tell until I got these in strong sunlight…

swatches nails and makeup 186Microscopic view of ‘Aged Olive’… swatches nails and makeup 190 Beyond personal space with ‘Sage Staple’…swatches nails and makeup 188I’m going to go with shards since they don’t have a defined, consistent shape. Yet, here’s the disappointment…

swatches nails and makeup 183 swatches nails and makeup 182They look sort of like an alien terrain on the nail. Or, maybe I dusted while I waited for my nails to dry. (You may be laughing very loudly at that!) I love the matte shades. It’s the lack of shard-show that is the disappointment.

Now, the reason for the Rite Aid trip was to get some of the pumpkin polishes. There was only one that appealed to me or, I already had the others. But, I’m happy with this disco-ball of polish…

swatches nails and makeup 194 swatches nails and makeup 197Not just circle glitter but, tiny hex glitter. I wouldn’t consider this a Halloween glitter and that is quite OK. It will work all year long. It also jazzed up the murky Maybelline greens…

swatches nails and makeup 178 swatches nails and makeup 180Hex Pumpkin will be fun to experiment with and, don’t leave me out on the dance floor but, I know I might have something already like it. Luckily, it was less than a couple of bucks. $2 for some kicks. That’s cheaper than one Starbuck’s fix for me.

Do you like Maybelline’s ‘Ageless Olive’ and ‘Sage Staple’? What do you think about glitters in dark matte shades?

Rue 21: Just A Bit Of Retail Left Over From Orlando To Colorado

There is an outlet mall in the town I live in. It is quite nice but doesn’t really hold a candle to the malls I was used to in Orlando. I still get a hook-up with Adidas, Bath & Body Works, Coach and Claire’s here, so it was a pleasant surprise to find a Rue 21 store as well. I had to stop in. Well, not really had to. I had a 25% off everything coupon! Nail polish is the only thing I landed on…

polishes green eye 080 polishes green eye 073polishes green eye 079These Rue 21 polishes love the sunlight!

polishes green eye 082polishes green eye 078 polishes green eye 077polishes green eye 085With no names, it’s difficult to tell you which one is which. So, there are two top coats that have iridescent bar glitter. One is a transparent milky white, the other is transparent milky pink. Then I got a pink shimmery polish to coordinate with the pink bar glitter. The orange shimmery glitter rocks with the white bar glitter. Easy….right???

polishes green eye 090This makes it a littler easier to follow. Starting from the bottom, I have the pink glitter alone, followed by the pink shimmer. Then, I used the pink bar glitter over the pink shimmer. Above that, I just repeated the same sequence with the orange.

polishes green eye 099 polishes green eye 092polishes green eye 089 polishes green eye 103The shimmer polishes have a semi-matte look and I find that to be very chic. The bar glitter over it makes it whimsical and fun. The bar glitter over the pink shimmer looks gloppy and that is due to my application; not the polish. I used three coats and only very close up can you see the brush stroke lines.

And, when I was ready to wrap up my sale, the sales person asked me if I would like a bottle of their newest perfume called ‘Fallen Vixen’ for just $6. After a whiff, I said add it to the basket!

polishes green eye 106If you like ‘Flowerbomb’ by Viktor & Rolf’ you might like this fragrance. Since it is a cheapy perfume, I have to spritz often to keep the fragrance around. Are you like me and love the ritual of applying perfume? Then, you won’t mind needed to spritz often to keep the fragrance going.

How do you feel about the trend of semi-matte polishes? Are you a pushover for those little add-on sales?

Wet ‘N Wild Lipsticks: Great Pick-Me-Ups

Wet ‘n Wild lipsticks are some of my favorites. These shades last and last. Heck, even the price is right! Here are a couple of new acquisitions…

polishes green eye 141As you will see with the swatches, and from the product byline, these are shiny. Sometimes I am in a matte mood; sometimes I’m in a shiny mood. This is one bold shiny red…

polishes green eye 150 polishes green eye 149 polishes green eye 152Wow. Just wow. Of course you’ll feel ‘Fierce’ when you wear this one. No doubt!

However, if you want to tone it down, just a little…

polishes green eye 144 polishes green eye 143 polishes green eye 145Itsy bitsy bits of shimmer are there. ‘Risque’ is a neutral for me. I can wear mauve shades with just about anything.

Check out the opaque coverage of these lipsticks…

polishes green eye 160 polishes green eye 156I hope I put on a good face with ‘Fierce’…polishes green eye 234 polishes green eye 235I have no idea just how many lipsticks, lip liners and, glosses I own. I used to purchase one if I felt blue (OK, now I just buy). There are always 99 cent lipsticks. And you know what? It would work. Way better than the guilt of a DQ Blizzard. ;D I picked these lipsticks up at Rite Aid for around $1 on sale.

Do you like Wet ‘n Wild lipsticks?

Believe The Hype: 24 Hour Color Tattoos by Maybelline

Have you ever been reluctant to try something, then get the opportunity to do so, find you love it and kick yourself for waiting? That’s my story on Maybelline’s Color Tattoos. Sure I was reading all the raves about them on other beauty blogs. Yet, my previous experience with L’Oreal’s Infallibles turned me off on these so-called long-lasting cream shadows. The Infallibles failed and creased before I even finished my makeup.

However, I got a chance to try a couple of the Color Tattoos out. The 24 Hour Color Tattoos run roughly $5 to $7. So, I knew I had a steal when I found a pot for $1.78 at Target…

polishes green eye 124 polishes green eye 125Even though it was a matte orange, I figured that it was a very cheap investment to find out just how great these Color Tattoo pots were. But, for good measure, I picked out a metal-colored one too.

First, this is ‘Fierce and Tangy’…

polishes green eye 126 polishes green eye 130 polishes green eye 132The metal shade I chose is ‘Inked In Pink’…

polishes green eye 129 polishes green eye 127 polishes green eye 131The reason I picked a pink was in the hopes that the posts I read about these was true; they last and last. I figured that pink would make a great colored primer if it did just that.

I liked what I saw when I swatched…

polishes green eye 138 polishes green eye 137 polishes green eye 134After allowing the creams to set on my arm, I did a finger rub and they did not budge. I was eager to try out ‘Fierce and Tangy’. I wore a solid orange top that day and I got a couple of compliments on how cool my shadows looked. IOne person even asked me if I did my own makeup. I took that as she couldn’t believe I could have done so well. Shrug.

Did they live up to the hype? Affirmative. And with flying, stay in place, colors. You may not believe it, so I’ll do another post on the 9 more I have accumulated since these two. Talk about hanging around on the eyelid!!!

The texture is a bit dry yet, you can work with it before it sets. I used my finger to apply it. Later on with a matte taupe I purchased, I tried a stiff makeup brush but that didn’t work so well. It clumped up. But, one thing you can do is layer this product. After applying one, let it set. Repeat.

Have you tried any of the Maybelline Color Tattoos? What one is your favorite color?

Maybelline’s Color Show: Polka Dots Collection

We used to purchase polishes that look like these from indy brands. However, thanks to trend-forward Maybelline, these are in stores for everyone…

polishes green eye 107 polishes green eye 113 polishes green eye 111Maybelline calls this the ‘Polka Dots’ collection. I really like these and, I think you might too…

polishes green eye 108This is ‘Blue Marks the Spot’. All of these are milky jellies. And, they are loaded with hexagon-shaped, multi-sized black and white glitter. This blue is just a wee bit darker than a standard pastel so it doesn’t look too baby-ish.

polishes green eye 109‘Pretty in Polka’ is a cute almost fuchsia pink shade. These are, essentially, the colors of Libby’s Pink Vanity so, I am in love. Of course!

polishes green eye 110‘Dotty’ is going to be THE Halloween manicure for me, this year. I love the uniqueness of this one.

Without any base polish, here are three polishes from the Maybelline Color Show ‘Polka Dots’ collection…

polishes green eye 114I did two coats for these polishes. Uber jellie, right? Whimsically and unique. Gotta love ’em, right?

If I HAD to pick a favorite, I’d go with ‘Dotty’. I don’t have anything at all like it. Which one do you like best?

Forever 21: Green and Brown Powder Palette

I can’t get enough of the Forever 21 splatter palettes. How about you? This is a very Fall-appealing palette…

polishes green eye 057Did I mention in the previous post on the purple palette that these only cost $4.80? In my books, very well worth it…

polishes green eye 058polishes green eye 059polishes green eye 025All but the white shadow are shimmery. The white has a sheen to it, though. All are fairly well-pigmented and build to a bold color when used with a shadow primer. These swatches, however, don’t have any primer going on. They are all swatched in the order on the palette…

polishes green eye 066 The sparkly-est!polishes green eye 071If you like neutral shades in gold, green, bronze and brown, you will love the combos you can create with this Forever 21 palette. It really goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway…I love mixing the purple and the browns together. The combos are endless.

Have you seen this palette at Forever 21? Which one do you like more…the purple/grey one or, this green/brown?

Forever 21: Pink and Grey Powder Palette

It was a real surprise to find out that my review on a couple of cream eyeshadow palettes from Forever 21 was one of my most popular blog posts. It was cool that may others felt the same way I did about how beautiful they were.

I’m not expecting to repeat it with these powder shadows from Forever 21 however, I still think they are neat to look at and work pretty darn good on the eye…

polishes green eye 014 polishes green eye 015Yes. There are two palettes. However, I’m going to show you the pink/grey one in this review. Then the green one later. I just have way too many cool photos to show.

Not all of the shadows have a batik look to them…

polishes green eye 049 polishes green eye 017Just the square-shaped pans are multi-colored. As with many, if not all, of the shadows I have from Forever 21, these are buttery soft, have some fall-out, yet have great color pigmentation…

polishes green eye 020 polishes green eye 019 polishes green eye 030 polishes green eye 029There’s a bit of golden over-spray. I know you’re not fooled by that anymore. It just appeals to the magpie in us for shiny things. However, the swatches are divine, regardless. I swatched these in the same order they are in the palette, starting from the top row, going to the right…

polishes green eye 053 polishes green eye 055 polishes green eye 056Take a look at the bottom row, first shade on the left. What??? It looks super-duper dark grey/blakc in the palette so, it’s odd that it swatches as a golden brown. Don’t think I’m complaining! I love the swatched shade! And the two on the right end; yummy for the brow bone.

I used a Q-tip to swatch these. I have found when I use a brush, I don’t get a good, saturated swatch. Just by experimenting, I found that a swab grabs the powder and transfers to my arm better. And, these swatches, as with all my others in the blog, are not done over any primers.

Can you imagine how many looks you can get from this palette? Soft pink to a smoldering smoky eye. I did spend quite a few days playing with this Forever 21 palette…

polishes green eye 051You haven’t tried Forever 21 makeup yet? Why not? You should!