Maybelline’s 24 Hour Tattoos: Dare To Go Nude Collection

Obviously, I love makeup. I couldn’t be a makeup blogger if I didn’t. And, a few of the items I get, I become obsessed with. Maybelline’s 24 Hour Color Tattoos are some of them. I know I’m not the only one either. You know how you find out you are obsessed about particular makeups? You get overly giddy when you find that limited collection and find it ridiculously hard to remain calm, cool and collected. You also have to hold your hand over your mouth when you pay for them because you are extremely giddy about it and want to blab your good fortune to the uninterested ¬†(I promise)¬†checkout person. But, when I can run home and photolog them…sigh…sweet bliss…

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These are from Maybelline’s Dare To Go Nude Collection. Yes, I know wearing makeup and calling it nude a nude look is an oxymoron. That’s the fun of makeup.

I paid about $8 a piece for these. Considering they are some of the best products to wear as eyeshadow primers, I think they are a very worthy investment. Especially when I can put one on, do some eyeliner and mascara and I’m rather ready for work. Great payout for a little effort. And, the name ‘tattoo’ is meant to mean they.stay.put. With one exception that I’ll get to, that’s what these do.

The lightest shade, ‘Pure Nude’ makes for a flirty, shimmer eye primer. But, you can go it alone and call it almost a Marilyn Monroe look with a very dark eyeliner…

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Next is ‘Stroke of Midnight’. I think this is probably 11 minutes after midnight because it turns into something way different, like once it’s past midnight, than the other five tattoos. You’ll get a shot of that in the swatches…

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‘Nude Compliment’ is a name that makes me giggle. Compliments on my eyes, I’m totally sure is what it means. This is the best taupe eye shadow primer/cream I own. If you get just one, this would be the classic for your Vanity…

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I know ‘Caramel Cool’ isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea. However, the effects it has with green and yellow eyeshadows is so worth the investment. You will be pushing all of your eyeshadow looks to new limits with this one…

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Now, if you only get TWO, you should get ‘Sleek & Spice’. I love this one as a stand alone. I used my richest brown eyeliner (*cough Beauty From The Earth’s upcoming ‘The Last Drop’ eyeshadow cough*) and I have made the fastest smoky eye in the West…

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Last is ‘Beige-ing Beauty’. What looks like a peachy-nude, actually has this orangey duo look to it. Totally awesome. Totally unexpected…

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The swatches in non-direct sunlight…

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And these are high noon light…

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‘Stroke of Midnight’ was so patchy that it had to get a severe pat-down and, that still didn’t quite do the trick. I am going to have to fiddle a lot with that one. My next trick will be to see if I can use it as a cream eyeliner. I won’t be using that one much as a primer or shadow, I can tell. The others, they are work horses. I love them all and am pleased without any doubts to add them to the Vanity.

I found these at Walgreens in a display and have been seeing them more and more. But, they are going fast because I haven’t seen a full display with all six shades since I picked these up.

Are you game?

 

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?

Is Halloween Getting Rust-y? Try Forever 21′s Version

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Only one more day left to call out Halloween polishes. After that, I’m doing ‘Fall’ manicure swatches. OK, maybe they could be Halloween ones still. And, just because I didn’t get in all the Halloween looks I wanted to, doesn’t mean I can’t morph them into Thanksgiving/Fall swatches. I’m getting into this ‘my blog, my rules’ thing. Bwaahaaahaaa!

This polish definitely fits into both categories…

‘Rust’ is a copper glitter overload from Forever 21′s love and beauty. And one thing about Forever 21 polish, most of the glitters are dense and easy to use. This one makes coverage by using a lot of different sizes of glitter. Look close…

Hex, micro and regular sizes galore. And these babies didn’t have any issue laying down on the nail.

I swatched up some orange and black fun…

Starting from the left: Forever 21′s ‘Rust’ over Cult Nails’ ‘Nevermore’; ‘Rust’ all by itself; ‘Rust’ over Zoya’s ‘Arizona’; Pure Icing’s black crackle over Zoya’s ‘Arizona’; ‘Arizona’ all by itself; and last is Cult Nails’ ‘Nevermore’ all by itself.

I really liked how ‘Rust’ seemed to be glowing orange embers with ‘Nevermore’. I did a manicure with it and it was definitely THE Halloween look…

How’s that for some fire on the fingertips? ‘Rust’ wasn’t terribly hard to remove. Since ‘Nevermore’ is a one-coat polish (love that!!!) and I only used one coat of ‘Rust’, this was a quickie.

Are you finished with Halloween looks and ready to move one? I feel I am.

Pure Ice: Halloween Crackle Looks Get You Into The ‘Spirit’

I’m all about getting the best deal for my money. And Pure Ice polishes deliver. Their color range is huge. Even their crackle polishes come in 11 colors. And, at $1.99 each, you can get several.

Here are some that will get your nails in the Halloween spirit…

For the nail wheels, I started off with Cult Nails’ ‘Nevermore’: my go-to one-coat black polish. The next swatch is the yellow ‘Catwalk’ crackle over the black. And then, the Shattered’ green over black creme. The far right is Pure Ice’s black crackle, named ‘Strobe Light’ over L’Oreal’s ‘The Temptress’ Touch’.

And then I just went Pure Ice Crackle Happy…

‘Catwalk’ over black on my thumb and middle finger. ‘Shattered’ over black cream on my index and ring finger. On my pinky, ‘Nevermore’ by itself.

Wait…I still have more to show you…

Random polishes with Pure Ice over them. Check out the middle finger: that’s an orange glitter with ‘Shattered’ over it. The pinky is an orange and yellow glitter with ‘Strobe Light’ over it.

So, you can see that it would not be hard to come up with some spooky, crackle nails for Halloween. And, just one bottle of crackle from Pure Ice, you can make lots of combos with polishes you already own.

Pure Ice is found at Walmart stores.

The Pure Ice crackles were sent to me for my review and my honest opinion. Cult Nails sent me ‘Nevermore’ for promotional use as well.

Nabi Polish Again With A Purple Creme And A Cult Nails Surprise

My last post was a Halloween manicure using Nabi ‘Dark Red’ and ‘Jumbo Lilac Glitter’. I purchased this Nabi shade, ‘New Lilac’ at the same time as the first two. I had it sitting on the table with me while doing the ‘Dark Red’ manicure. Naturally, I have to do something while my nails dry. Here’s what I did…It was just a lucky day that I was able to capture the true color of a purple polish! That’s astounding in itself. So, I’m happy to show you that this is, indeed, a yummy purple polish…

Next, I added the glitter top coat and that made it a party…

Nail Wheels to show the mix…

The top nail is two coats of ‘New Lilac’. A very pretty and true purple creme polish. The middle nail is ‘New Lilac’ with a top coat of ‘Jumbo Lilac Glitter’. And the bottom purple is two coats of ‘New Lilac’ over one coat of Cult Nails ‘Nevermore’, a one coat black creme.

And indoors, it still makes a striking appearance…

I’m so thrilled I experimented with ‘Nevermore’. Now I want to do a bazillion swatches using it to see how dark I can make other polishes.

Am I the only one that thinks the nail with the glitter looks like something from ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’?

Piggy Polish: Lightmare For Halloween

It’s treat or trick time! This polish got the trick on me…

This is Piggy Polish’s ‘Lightmare’ for Halloween. I got this at Ulta and it was $7.50. All I can come up with is that this shade is weird…

I get the orange glitter. However, the milky black base, with gobs of not quite black micro-glitter, that ends up looking like dirty water, I don’t get or like…

It applied OK. It was a bit thick but, that actually helped the glitter to transfer. I have 3 coats on with no top coat. There’s no compliant about how it covered. However, I should point out that it is key to watching out for possible bald spots.

It’s just that this combo is not my cup of tea. ‘Lightmare’ isn’t something I’ll be holding onto…

Even in real life, that dark gray gives off a bluish cast. I’m just confused over this entire polish color!

I’m feeling compelled to watch the presidential debate. Sounds like a good time to remove this polish. I can tell it’s going to be a beast…the polish, not the debate.

Is it me or is this Halloween polish a trick?