Dreams Can Come True: OPI and Forever 21 Polishes

This is going to sound weird, and it IS! I dream about, not just polishing my nails but, creating combinations of polish. I also find inspiration on makeup looks from dreams. I know I’m not the only one. And hopefully, beauty blog readers and writers will nod their heads in understanding.

This is my latest creation. I knew I wanted an iridescent base. It had to be something that would conceal the nail line. I dug through my stash and found this ancient OPI jewel…

It looks dingy and yellow, I know. But it is a shimmery pink iridescent. It was part of a set that was bridal themed and yes, it was a LONG time ago.

But, it was exactly what I wanted…

And this was the glitter polish that I was wanting to showcase…

Forever 21, love & beauty’s ‘Purple/Multi’. Something better: Grape Bubbles. Now to marry them…

I used three coats of the old OPI and 2 coats of love & beauty’s ‘Grape Bubble’.

The finished look was just as I dreamed; ethereal and airy. See, that wasn’t so bad. I call it a dream translation success.

Cult Nails: Charming and Happy Ending From The Fairy Tale Collection

Happy June!!! The newest collection from Cult Nails is soon to be released. This one is called the Fairy Tale collection. I adore the shades in this collection because they remind me of one of my new, favorite shows: Once Upon A Time.

Here are the first two that I tried…

This is ‘Charming’ and ‘Happy Ending’.

If you like lavender or a soft purple, you will be charmed by ‘Charming’. This polish has just a hint of magenta flash to it. You have to look deep to see it but it is what gives ‘Charming’ its special spell. I have on three coats here. And man, Cult Nails dries so fast for me. Good thing because I can’t sit still.

And, adding onto that with a ‘Happy Ending’, well, it couldn’t get any more perfect…


 ‘Happy Ending’ is like nothing I have or, have seen. It’s flakies that look like shards of colored glass. And these pieces lay down flat, no roughness. I didn’t have to go fishing for them either. Joy! Happy Ending!

Look forward to seeing the rest of the collection as I will be swatching them as well. But, don’t wait on me; go to Cult Nails and order your collection today.

Don’t you love fairy tale collections?

Milani’s Twinkle: Jammin’ Good Blue & Purple Glitter

A new polish added to my collection is this super-duper glitter…

Milani continues to make glitter that is spell-bounding, pigmented and just plain fun! This is ‘Twinkle.’ You can’t get much bluer in color than this.

I have on just 2 coats of ‘Twinkle.’ I didn’t get complete opaqueness but from a normal distance, it was not that obvious. A third coat for me would have gotten rid of the see-through.

‘Twinkle’ is made up of brilliant blue and violet glitter. It is jammin’ in that polish, I tell ya!

The last photo is in the shade. It washes out in color, but I like the look of it. It shows the real brilliance of the polish.

As with almost all glitter polishes, this one wasn’t easy to remove. However, it did apply well and wasn’t super gritty. Oh, and this manicure was over 2 days old. There’s barely any tip wear.

Is ‘Twinkle’ a glitter polish you can jam on?

Milani’s Spring Collection: Orchidia and Lavender Fizz

Milani Cosmetics was a big sponsor for the Central Florida Beauty Bloggers last month. We got the opportunity to preview a lot of their spring collection. And the nail polishes were PRIME!

Here is the first shade I chose to try out…

This is ‘Orchidia’. Make sure you look closely because ‘Orchidia’ is NOT a creme. There is a shimmer in this that is as dainty as gossamer fairy wings. This shade is so nice that even my camera played nice with it. This is a very good reproduction of the color.

But there was another polish in there that made a spectacular match. The glitter polish is ‘Lavender Fizz.’ And it is a darling glitter bomb…

It’s filled up with purple glitter. ‘Lavender Fizz’ is a one of Milani’s One Coat Glitter polishes. So, I used a very thin coat of it over ‘Orchidia’. Perfect!…

These 2 polishes are right on trend with the brighter pastels of spring. Milani polishes, as well as their other makeup products, are known for being highly pigmented. Both ‘Orchidia’ and ‘Lavender Fizz’ live up to both the color trend and coverage.

I used 2 coats of ‘Orchidia’ and one thin coat of ‘Lavender Fizz’. I didn’t need a top coat because ‘Lavender Fizz’ is not only sparkly but it’s shiny too. And these polishes wore without a chip or wear for 2 days.

Can you see the mileage one could get from just these two Milani polishes?

The products reviewed in this post were provided by the maker/distributor. All opinions are my own.

Sinful Color’s Zeus Is A Gift From The Gods, Themselves

When I was in second grade, I read about Greek mythology and I was hooked! One of my top 10 favorite movies is the original ‘Clash of the Titans’. This makes Sinful Colors new Spring collection, Cast Away, even more special to me.

The god of the gods, ‘Zeus’, is a grand polish shade…

‘Zeus’ is a lilac purple color with a magenta shimmer. I think I could wear this polish all spring long, I love it that much.

I have on three coats and that was just the right amount to make it fabulous…

I used Color Club’s ‘Vivid’ as a top coat and went to town lookin’ fresh and spring-y. I had no issues at all with applying this polish and removal was easy. It wore well for the 2 days I had it on too.

I like my nails at this length. It’s long and I’m able to, reasonably, wear them like this. Plus, I’m on a ‘no bite or pick’ mode again. I should get a poster of my nails when they look good and use that as incentive. 🙂 Wearing ‘happy’ polishes like ‘Zeus’ works wonders. It’s a gift from the gods.

I’m reading positive comments on the blogosphere about Sinful Color’s Cast Away collection. Do you have any or is there a favorite shade you want to get?

Icing’s After Party; No Hangover Necessary

These two polishes are not terribly new but worth a review. I got a shimmer and a flakie and they work together perfectly.

I got both polishes at Icing, Claire’s Boutique’s sister store. First, here is the shimmer…

Even in real life, ‘Orchid’ is stingy with showing her shimmer. At first, I thought it was a creme. But when you can look closely at the area where the sun is shining really bright, that gives you a glimpse of it. The shimmer color is like 2 shades lighter than the base color so it is very demure.

 Oh, just a tiny bit of shimmer showing here.

I have mentioned in previous posts that I’m just not a big pastel color lover. ‘Orchid’ is about as pastel as I care to go. I have on 3 coats but seriously, 2 would have been just fine.

This next polish I picked up was the only one left. It was so mine. You’ll see why…

This is ‘After Party’, a multi-color flakie polish. The colors are not holo, just colored flakie glitter. Keep going to see what 2 coats look like.

Ready to see them together?


 It isn’t a perfect flakie; it tends to drag on up to the tips and it is bumpy. And let’s not forget, a pistol to remove. I didn’t need to do the foil method, just did some heavy rubbing.

But, I’m willing to lower my standards for a look like this. Yea, I had to work for it a bit however, I’m in love with the look.

‘After Party’ looks exactly like its name; glitter confetti everywhere!

Party on!

I know these are lillies, but I planted something and it bloomed! I planted a long row of these along the side of my front walkway. The purple in the lillies looks very similar to ‘Orchid’ polish…

J2 Squared; That’s A Polish?

You know what a magpie is, right? They are birds that are known to be drawn to shiny objects. I’m a magpie. I’m a shiny-seeking magpie and a new and unusual item-finding magpie.

When I saw this polish in a ‘hair store’, (isn’t that so funny to go into a store and buy hair?) I nabbed it right up. I know there were more shades but this purple and square bottle caught my magpie eye…

This is J2’s ‘Plum’. And a big, juicy plum is exactly what this shade looks like.

 I didn’t have any problems applying this polish. I wish I would have purchased other shades now.

Shimmery and shiny, both. I used 3 coats here and no top coat. I’m surprised that after 24 hours, I didn’t have any chips. It wore well.

 I am trying out a gel nail product and am wearing it here. It was hard not to use too much because the product was super thick. In fact, too thick for my tastes. From a distance, it isn’t so noticeable. But with up-close shots, like these, it’s easy to see that my nails look thick. I’m slowly filing it down. That’s dangerous stuff!

 Now that is shiny!! I can see my reflection.

Can you see why J2 would make me a magpie? I still have this cute, square bottle sitting on my desk. There doesn’t seem to be any other square/cubed bottles in my stash so I’m fascinated with this one. And, since I have had ‘Plum’ sitting around so long, I don’t remember which hair store I got it at. Ack! (That’s a sad magpie’s call.) But, if I see it again, I’m sure my ‘magpie’ skills will kick right in.

What are you a magpie about?

A Positively Purple Polish

This comparison is quite by accident. And so is much of the cool things I have discovered in my life. That’s why I’m so big on things I call ‘pleasant surprises.’

After I did this post on Cosmetic Arts nail polish, I went looking for a new polish to swatch. And wouldn’t you know it, I found this one…

This one is purple. No doubt. Take a look at it side by side with the previous Cosmetic Arts I reviewed…

Now there is no doubt that the one I first reviewed, which I named ‘Shifter’, is a green. There’s a lot less slate color present, as it showed alone in the previous post, when you match it up next to the purple.

So, I’m always thinking of a name for these no-namers whilst I polish. I have to, sometimes, really think it over. But most of the time, it will just pop into my thoughts. This is one I had to mull over…

I don’t write down a bunch of names and pick from those. It isn’t that important to decide, really. I don’t get any money or even brownie points. It’s just a fun game. So, here’s the one I got: ‘Positively Purple’.

And it has a LOT going on! This is 3 coats with Color Club’s ‘Vivid’ Color Intensifying Top Coat.

It is a bit of a shifter, itself. Glimmery, gritty, glitzy all happening at the same time.

Depending on the light source, there are many looks/shades to this Cosmetic Arts ‘Positively Purple’ polish.

What do you think…a cool purple? Between ‘Positively Purple’ and ‘Shifter’, which is your favorite?

Marry A Millionaire To Chase Away The Winter Blues

My double glitter giveaway ends this Sunday. Go here to enter. Good luck!

Lost in the Holiday foray was a China Glaze collection called Eye Candy. Here’s a smashing purple glitter from that collection…

I rather like this purple and silver glitter called ‘Marry A Millionaire’.

It is depressing to find all the Holiday decorations whisked away and the world becomes a bit gray. ‘Marry A Millionaire’ is just the polish to brighten my day…

This polish is a complex collection of purple glitter in two different sizes; micro and super-micro. Even the bar glitter, which flashes from teal/green to silver, is tiny. There is just the right balance of these glitters, so on the nails, it fractals light and becomes very, very sparkly. I did need 4 coats to get this much coverage. And, even though I found the polish to be a tad thick, as many glitter polishes can be, it dried faster than many do.

Photos are not doing the sparkle justice…

Interestingly enough, I found that ‘Marry A Millionaire’ didn’t eat (absorb) top coat as a lot of glitter polishes tend to do. I used one coat of Color Club’s Vivid Color Intensifying Top Coat and the texture felt smooth to the touch. On the other hand, the second day of wearing this polish, it was chipping. Or rather, it was flaking off in large pieces on my index fingers and my right thumb. I was able to peel all the polish off my index finger but stopped there as I didn’t want to take a layer off my own nail.

Of course, the peeling could have been due to the base coat I used from Wet ‘n Wild. It’s one I’ve had forever but still, I have been using it for weeks and haven’t had that issue before.

So, as I mourn the end of cheery Holiday decorations, I find that I can easily find solace in glitters and pretty nail polishes. And those are things that never go away.

Am I the only one that finds the world a bit duller when the Holiday decorations come down?

Whimsical Kool-Aid Manicure

Who doesn’t want glitter nail polish??? I’m giving away two prizes for the stuff! Enter here.

Revlon’s ‘Whimsical’ polish is the newest polish to cause a ruckus…

It’s funky-looking to me. But, in a cool way. ‘Whimsical’ has this milky-blue base with a scattering of pink and teal colored hex glitter. There’s teal regular glitter in there too. What a unique soup of polish. Well, I understand that it is a ‘dupe’ of another high-end polish. However, this is a mixture that is totally new to me.

Since I find ‘Whimsical’ to be on the thin side, I wanted to pair it up with a base color that would show it off. I picked a favorite polish of mine, Cult Nail’s ‘My Kind of Cool Aid’. ‘Whimsical’ muted down the gray/lavender of ‘MKOCA’ just a bit, but I don’t think it took away any of the charisma of either polish.

 I used 2 coats of ‘MKOCA’ and two coats of ‘Whimsical.’ Darn sparse glitter!!! Y U No come off on nail!!!

I first tested ‘Whimsical’ out on an old OPI mini to see if I could make my nail line disappear. It worked, but I wanted something with a bit more character. That’s why I went to ‘My Kind of Cool Aid’.

Even with the unevenness of my nail length, I still got a compliment on them. And that was at Walmart, of all places! That young lady was paying attention. 🙂

Have you been able to find ‘Whimsical’?