Mary Kay: Nourishine Plus Lip Gloss

This has never happened before to me. I was at the mall and happened to see a woman applying a lip gloss that was simply gorgeous. It stopped me right there and because I knew I was staring too long, I had to say something. Well, the truth made it easy. I told her that her lip gloss was really pretty. She replied with a ‘oh, yea?’ and she took my sincere compliment seriously. I mentioned that I am a beauty blogger and just randomly notice pretty stuff. (Insert canned laughter) She showed me the tube, and I said it was nice, and told me it was Mary Kay. I was so surprised because I haven’t looked at Mary Kay products in a very long time. Then she told me she was a Mary Kay representative. Oh, no! I thought. What did I got myself into it? She started digging in her bag and I knew I was going to get to see all the new items MK has, ala brochure. But this nice woman, GAVE me a brand, new tube as a gift! She didn’t even give me a business card.

Look at this yummy gloss…Of course, I love red lippies!

If I spent the time, I know durn-well I’d find a nail polish in my stash to match this. It’s an orange-ish red with red and magenta sparkles. So not in your face sparkly, though. Check further down and you’ll see.

A simple, random act of kindness. It, truly, made my day. And, after trying this out myself, I wish she would have given me a card. I would like to try other shades. I did some research and found that Mary Kay’s Nourishine Plus Lip Gloss comes in 14 shades and is $14. The anti-oxidants and botanical extracts keep the lips smooth and hydrated. It promises to be long-lasting and good at conditioning my lips.

I wore ‘Red Passion’ for the rest of the day…

‘Red Passion’ is smooth, really smooth. There’s not fragrance or taste. Only thing I didn’t care for was that it was somewhat sticky/tacky, at first. That causes me to want to rub my lips together too much. And, that has to look weird. Other than that, I like it!

Thank you, nice Mary Kay lady, wherever you are!

Cult Nails: Evil Queen and Happy Ending

My favorite stories are fairy tales. Ever since I could read, I love reading them over and over.


At the heart of many fairy tales are evil queens and step-mothers. Kind of makes it hard to take on the role of being a step-mother, in my opinion!


However, these is one nail company that is getting a good reputation: Cult Nails. This company’s customer service is top-notch. They are a true grass-roots business. And the part that everyone who tries Cult Nails knows-it delivers.


The newest collection is called the Fairy Tale Collection. I reviewed ‘Charming’ and ‘Happy Ending’ here. Next up is ‘Evil Queen’ with her ‘Happy Ending’.

First, the ‘Evil Queen’ stands alone…

This is a very wicked red. It’s not a blue-red but not a tomato red. Cult Nails created a red that is right in between. And, that makes this a red that suits practically all skin tones.


Take a look at ‘Evil Queen’ with my cool undertone skin…

 

This is a drop-dead red. Even on a cloudy photo day, this red was beaming.

Long nails and red polish. That’s my kind of all-out look for wearing nail polish. I have applied a top coat of Lumos High Speed Top Coat.

Want to see how I tweaked it up a notch? I gave the ‘Evil Queen’ a ‘Happy Ending’…

 
 

And I do want to add, this is one coat of ‘Happy Ending’ over two coats of ‘Evil Queen’. I didn’t have to ‘fish’ out any of the shards of colorful glitter. Hey, they wanted a Happy Ending!! 

Both ‘Evil Queen’ and ‘Happy Ending’ dried super fast. So fast, that I didn’t have any time to gouge or nick my nails. Ah, now that’s MY Happy Ending!


For more info on the Fairy Tale Collection, click here to get to the Cult Nails website.

The Fairy Tale Collection was provided to me for my honest review. These are my own opinions.

China Glaze’s The Hunger Games; Electrify

China Glaze, recently, came out with a collection called ‘The Hunger Games’. I do live under a rock but even I know about this book series and that the movie was a financial success. I think this polish from the collection is a success as well…

 I was eager to swatch this one called ‘Electrify’. Heck, even in the shade it looks like it is on fire…

The base is a transparent copper with gold and blood red glitter. This is what one coat looks like…

 I swiped it over ‘Foie Gras’ (from the same collection), which I reviewed here.  It didn’t come out as great as I had envisioned it would…

 Uhm, yea…pass! But don’t pass on either of them; they are both worth getting. ‘Electrify’ can come back for a visit around Christmas, I say.

This I gotta share; check out this caterpillar I had riding on my car…

Seriously, it is one weird insect!! That red dot, the head ???, was super bright. I hope it grows up to be something splendid. Kind of eery I’d come upon some insect that has gold and red on it…like the polish…[cue Twilight Zone music.]

Anyone know what this is???

Orna-ment For Each Other, At Least Through Christmas

Nicole by OPI is a brand I rarely pick up. I will check them out while shopping, but I only have 3 or now, 4. My reasoning is that they rarely have anything I find unique. And, I know, that is an odd remark coming from a nail blogger that will swatch 3 different brands that have similar colors. But, as a lot of nail/beauty bloggers know, we don’t always have the most logical reasons for our choices.

Here’s my latest Nicole addition…

A Christmas nail polish, if there ever was one. This is ‘Orna-ment For Each Other.’ Cute name! I do have to hand it to OPI, they come up with fun and definitely, unique names.

There is so much glitter in ‘Orna-ment For Each Other’ that it is opaque in just 2 coats. But I did the fail-safe 3…

This polish is heavy-laden with micro gold and red glitter. Very shiny; I’m swatching with no top coat. ‘OFEO’ is gritty, but it isn’t difficult to remove like some glitters can be. It wore nicely for the 36 hours I had it on.

 

There’s just a one thing I wasn’t happy about with this polish. It makes my fingers look red. I think it is the combo of red and gold together. It combines to be an orange and my pallor can’t handle it. Sadz.

However, besides that, it is a great Christmas glitter polish. It is feisty and cheery and just Christmas-y.

I’m just sad that the beautiful color ‘OFEO’ shows in the bottle didn’t translate onto my nails. Interestingly enough, the color looks all the same in my photos.

Here, it shows a bit of patchiness, but I’m chalking that up to user-difficulty. There’s enough glitter jammed in this polish to counter bald spots. I feel that this is the type of glitter polish that looks good on both short or long nails.

Are you a Nicole by OPI fan? Is ‘Orna-ment For Each Other’ for you?

Del Sol’s Christmas Polish: Tinsel Toes

This just in…Holiday Del Sol polish!!!

 
 

‘Tinsel Toes!’ I love it! I visited clients that have businesses out at the airport and this is where there is a Del Sol store. Since I found a Halloween polish and I blogged about it here, I stopped in to see if they had any Christmas polishes.

OK, the novelty is neat but I like the colors a lot. The fun of this brand is to show people that haven’t seen it. Kind of like magic!

‘Tinsel Toes’ is a softened gold that is slightly sparkly and understated. It is not an ‘in your face’ flashy gold. These photos were taken in the shade.

Now watch it change…

A little more red….

Getting darker and redder…

And here it is a magical golden red. However, it comes off a bit like a salmon color on the nails. It’s not so noticeable in real life. However, you can see how it makes my fingers look like the infamous ‘lobster fingers’ where the contrast between nail color and flesh tone collide.

I was surprised, and I don’t know why, that this wasn’t more opaque. I have on 2 coats and I just finished there because I knew it would take many more to get it opaque.

So, Del Sol’s ‘Tinsel Toes’ is a more subtle sparkle, and after flashy glitter manis and polishes, it is nice to wear something more demure.

Share with me your thoughts on ‘Tinsel Toes.’

Is Bigger Better For Glitter? What If I Said Flaky Glitter?

I just have to face the facts. I’m going to wake up and it is going to be Jan 2, time to start a new year and new business contracts. That means Christmas and New Year’s Eve will have flown by me and I’ll be sitting here with a lot of Holiday polishes I never got to swatch. So, I better get busy!

Realizing this situation, I dug around the to-be-swatched drawer in the vanity. I was all set to pick out my favorite one and get crackin’. My first choice was China Glaze’s ‘Snow Globe’ from their 2011 winter collection. In staying with the comparison theme, I dug some more and found Cosmetic Arts no-name flaky that is now ‘Super Size Me Flaky’.

 

‘Snow Globe’ is the perfect name for this polish. You’ll find a mix of holo micro-glitter along with a bit of holo hex glitter.

Sparkle-dazzle holiday. Yes, it does, indeed, look like a snow globe…

I picked this photo because it reminded me of the kid that got double-dog dared to lick a metal pole. You know, from ‘A Christmas Story.’ I can only guess that the little people in this snow globe are playing hide-and-seek.’ But they must really suck at it.

Done digressing…
Cosmetic Arts is missing the fun by not naming their polishes. But, they are giving me some fun. When I first laid eyes on this one, I really did yell out ‘Oh, shit!’ I couldn’t grab this polish fast enough when I found it at Ross’…

I don’t think I have another polish that has flakes this size. Thus, ‘Super Size Me Flaky.’

There was nothing that could suffice to showcase these topcoats other than a rich creme. I picked out ‘Velvet Box’ from China Glaze’s current holiday collection. And, I think this one did the job…

On my thumb, middle and pinky finger, you see ‘Super Size Me Flaky.’ That leaves ‘Snow Globe’ for the index and ring finger. Now tell me, if you had 4 seconds to pause at a red light, wouldn’t you stare at these?

 

Good grief, those flakes are on steroids. And I was flat out thrilled that this polish applied in a very well-behaved manner. ‘Snow Globe’ was thick and it wanted to bunch up at the tip of the nail. After patience with laying it down and going back over it before it dried, it fell into that scattered look.

I’m gong to play favorites all over this post…

 

I’m not a fast-food girl; I gave it up 9 years ago. But this is one time I have no regrets at all to ask for a Super Size.

Opinions? Envys? Revulsions?

‘Yule’ Be Seeing Red With These Comparisons

In the years before becoming a blogger, during the Holidays, I’d just wear a red creme polish. I haven’t traveled too far from that love. Red will always be my favorite nail polish color to wear. (Oops, I should have named the blog after a RED vanity, eh?)

These red polishes were fun to compare…

 Sorting through my untrieds, these are some hot reds that I found.

Starting from the left: Finger Paint’s ‘Magenta Mood’; Color Club’s ‘Yule Love It’ (from the ’09 Holiday collection); Zoya’s ‘Sarah.’

This started out as a comparison post and not a dupe one, but you’ll soon find that it all takes a turn…

 Here are the polishes in the order I put them on my nails.

And, this was my outcome. ‘Sarah’ is on my thumb as well as my ring finger. ‘Magenta Mood’ is on my index and pinky. That leaves ‘Yule Love It’ for the middle finger.

Zoya and Finger Paints, surprisingly, are dupes. I couldn’t tell them apart. That is, if I don’t count the application. Zoya reigns supreme in that area.

I didn’t put on cuticle oil before taking photos, and that’s a super bad habit. In this photo, can you see how ‘Sarah’ and ‘Magenta Mood’ are total twins?

Color Club’s ‘Yule Love It’ looks bubbly and gritty next to the other two. It wasn’t bubbly, just gritty.

The opinion I’ll give is that you do not need both ‘Sarah’ and ‘Magenta Mood’. Zoya is going to get my vote because it applied so much easier. Even with just 2 coats, both of these were fine. However, I completed the mani with a total of 3 coats. And I didn’t use a top coat.

Next post will be on Holiday greens. 

Do you have any of these reds? Gotta favorite?

The Ghosts of Christmas Dupes

Can you believe there are this many polish dupes this season? I don’t know if this is normal, as it didn’t seem like that last year.

Well, here are some more to check out…

I really like these combos. First is Color Club’s ‘Jingle Jangle’ from their Beyond the Mistletoe collection. Very much micro-glitter in a very light gold, light purple, and iridescent colors. Next to that is China Glaze’s ‘Twinkle Lights’ from the Let It Snow collection. This one doesn’t look totally similar in the bottle, however.

  ‘Twinkle Lights’ has glitter that is a bit larger than the Color Club’s. The glitter is gold, red and green. It looks very pretty in the bottle. I’d love to have a long scarf like this and wear it with a dark green or black shirt.

This is what they look like side by side…

‘Jingle Jangle’ is on my thumb, middle and pink. I put ‘Twinkle Lights’ on my index and on my ring nail. Hard to see a difference, even though they seemed quite different in the bottle.  I didn’t get in super macros on this but you can see just the very slightest bit of green in the ‘Twinkle Lights’ on the two nails. 

My thoughts, if you need just one, you might be hard pressed to decide. Here’s why: China Glaze applied a bit easier and had less drag than Color Club. But Color Club’s ‘Jingle Jangle’ gave more coverage with the 2 coats I applied. Once again, I didn’t put on a top coat so you could see just how sparkly they were without it.

Now, on the right hand…

These are out of order from how I applied them on the nails. However, this is what is lined up here: Finger Paint’s ‘Santa Kisses’ and this is from the Merry and Bright collection. In the middle is China Glaze’s ‘Ring in the Red’ and that is from the Let It Snow holiday collection. On the right is Wet ‘n Wild’s ‘Rockin’ Rubies.’ That is from the recent Ice Baby collection.

 Wet ‘n Wild’s ‘Rockin’ Red.’

 China Glaze’s ‘Ring In The Red.’

And this is Finger Paint’s ‘Santa Kisses.’

They can all look similar, at first glance because they are reds all within the same hue.

So, let’s see what happens when they end up on the nails…

Starting with my thumb and ring finger: that is Wet ‘n Wild’s ‘Rockin’ Red.’ Then on the index finger and pink, that’s China Glaze’s ‘Ring In The Red.’ And all alone, on the middle finger, I have applied Finger Paint’s ‘Santa Kisses.’

Let me start off with ‘Rockin’ Red.’ This polish has pink glitter floating in a mass of red micro-glitter. And then, sometimes that pink glitter will flash red. It’s a trickster.

On the index and pinky, I have China Glaze, and this is my favorite of the three. With the first coat, which almost always is thin, I can tell that the base color is a translucent red. Swatching it on white pape, it looks fuchsia next to the other two. But the micro and semi-micro glitter is red, no doubt. This gives it better coverage in two coats than the other two.

Last is Finger Paints and I’m actually disappointed in this one. The base is a much weaker base of red. And it has true red glitter but only one size. However, it didn’t give as complete coverage as the other two did. It would need three or four coats to become opaque. So you might want to keep that in mind.

The lighting is off, but I wanted you to see the differences in the opaqueness of the three.
I think they are similar, again, that I wouldn’t need all of them. For the gold, my favorite, easily is China Glaze’s ‘Twinkle Lights.’ And I’m favoring China Glaze’s ‘Ring In The Red’ for the red glitter.
Tell me your thoughts on these.

Copy Cats, Round Deux(P)

Thanks so much for the feedback letting me know you like dupe posts as much as I do.

Here are a couple more for you to check out…

These twins, separated at birth, are China Glaze’s ‘Lorelei’s Tiara’ and Sally Hansen’s ‘ShowGirl Chic.’ ‘Lorelei’s Tiara’ comes from the 3-D Glitter collection. ‘ShowGirl Chic’ is from the Gem Crush collection. I have acquired all of the polishes, in this post, in the last 2 weeks; brand new stuff.

Here’s a side by side. Cameras do weird things with contrasting sparkles, like here. If you look at the top photo, of the Sally Hansen polish, that is a totally accurate color representation. The bottom photo, even though they still look the same, it looks as if they are smoky or grey. They are not.

On the nails…I used SH’s ‘ShowGirl Chic’ on the thumb, middle and pinky. China Glaze is on the index and ring finger. These polishes are stuffed with silver glitter. Then for a playful splash, there is a bit of deep teal glitter added.

Very hard to see a difference…

The index and the middle finger look so close. I’m not sure why the ring finger looks more pigmented. I did 2 coats on all nails and I didn’t use any top coat. I didn’t figure I needed to because, well, just look at all that sparkle!!

That was the left hand, and here is what I did on the right hand…and yes, I wore these to work just like you see here…

 On the left is China Glaze’s ‘Love Marilyn’. The Sally Hansen is called ‘Cha-Ching!’ These both are from the same collections mentioned above. The photos put up a noticeable difference, not a huge one though. The dominant glitter color is, of course, red…lots of it. And then to spice it up, a pinch or two of regular size silver glitter. (I was thinking ‘Rudolph Puke’….LOL!!)

In the direct sunlight, it seems that ‘Love Marilyn’ has denser glitter.

So, let’s see how they play out on the nails…

 Again, just the slightest bit of difference. Not much. The SH is on the thumb, middle and pinky. China Glaze is on the index and ring finger.  I did experience some drag with ‘Love Marilyn’ and you can even see a bald spot on my thumb with ‘Cha-Ching!’

However, these reds are blinged out sparkly. The SH applied OK, but, in both comparisons, the China Glaze went on smoother. Close up, it shows that ‘Cha-Ching!’ is not as dense in glitter as ‘Love Marilyn.’

Here’s my thoughts on these comparisons: you do not need both unless you are a hoarder polish blogger/lover like me. The differences are slight and, in person, only noticeable to a very discerning eye. But if you want a super-duper, sparkly Christmas look, both colors are going to do you right.

The China Glaze applied the easiest. All were gritty so if you don’t like that feel, you will not like these. I don’t mind it. Wear was good for the day I had it on. These colors made me feel festive and cheery. But they must have loved me just as much because they didn’t want to leave me (aka…scrubbed to get them removed). I only used 2 coats and no top coat. That was a real winner as well.

Are they close enough for you that you wouldn’t need both? Which color do you like best?

Three Polish Brands; One Big Holiday Polish Haul

These are my recent nail polish hauls. And it’s a haulage!!

I got these at Sally’s. I wanted to get ‘Ingenue’ as well, but it was gone!

These two polishes are from Orly’s Holiday Soiree collection. On the left, the gawdawesome ‘Androgynie’. The one on the right, that’s ‘Oui’.

Go ahead and take a closer look…

‘Androgynie’…the final frontier. The baby lacey nail file is cute but utterly useles.

‘Oui’ to a gold and silvery-purple duochrome.

Lovely shades. Nothing terribly new, but these are the shades of polish I like. You can see some ‘hot damn’ swatches of this collection at I Drink Nail Polish’s blog.

I was at the right place at the right time to get this collection from China Glaze…

This China Glaze collection is from the one called Eye Candy 3-D. I don’t know what the 3-D part is because these polishes have no more or less depth to them than any other glitters. But, maybe I missed getting the free 3-D glasses that should have come with these.  I did get in on the sale at Ulta though. I bought 2 and got 1 free. At first, I was only going to get 5 but since that sixth one was free, I got them all.

The first one above is called ‘Lorelei’s Tiara.’ That’s the one that has silver glitter and then some teal glitter swirling around within. That is one of the more unique looks.

Next to that is ‘Marry A Millionaire’. Great saying that goes with a medium purple glitter with holo bar glitter. Another rather new look to me.

And then the last one in this line up is a gold glitter; ‘Blonde Bombshell.’ This is the one I wasn’t going to get at first. It’s a gold glitter but has these larger sizes of gold glitter as well. I feel I have to get my nose right down into it to see the differences in the sizes, however.

Next set…

From left over to right; ‘Material Girl’; ‘Some Like it Haute (named after one of my favorite movies); and then ‘Love Marilyn.’

 ‘Material Girl’ is a dusty pink glitter with larger sized pink holo glitter.

Next is ‘Some Like It Haute.’ This one is another favorite. It’s a dark, slate gray and has holo glitter suspended in it. Last is ‘Love Marilyn’ and this is a gorgeous red glitter sprinkled with silver glitter.

There’s ‘Androgenie’ next to ‘Some Like It Haute’…

 I know they are not the same and the only similarities can be they are both dark and have holo glitter. However, when you put them side by side, they actually bring out the unique flavor of each other.

Blurred for shimmer, you can see both are full of holographic glitter. ‘Androgynie’ has the larger hex shaped pieces.

And lastly, I found the Nicole By OPI’s Holiday Glitter collection. I picked up just two…

 On the left, ‘Orna-ment For Each Other’. Now that’s a Santa suit red! It’s got speckles of gold glitter within a sea of red glitter. Ho Ho Ho!

 And on the right, that’s ‘Glitter In My Stocking.’ It’s a bright gold glitter that has red and copper glitter thrown in for some major holiday awe-ness.

They look like glitter tree ornaments, don’t they?

There were a total of 4 shades to this collection. One was a fuchsia glitter (‘My Sleigh Is In The Shop) and the other was a bright blue with a rainbow assortment of colored micro-glitter called  ‘Snowman of My Dreams.’ I hemmed and hawed over that one and I think I’ve convinced myself that I will have to go back and get it.

I better get busy and Holiday Swatch! Do you have any of these or, are there some here that you know you’ll get?