Carrie Underwood’s ‘Lips Are Dripping Honey’ by Nicole of OPI

Carrie Underwood got her own series of polishes with Nicole of OPI. While I’m not a fan of hers, my niece thinks she’s all that and a KitKat. My hope for Miss Underwood is that she continues to be a strong and positive role model for teens and young women such as my niece. And I have no doubt that my niece spent even some of her own money on some of Miss Underwood’s polishes. I got me this one…

DSCF0091 DSCF0090It was those dadburn sparkles that look like they can go with just about anything that caught my eye. ‘Lips Are Dripping Honey’ sounds messy but I wanted to add this one to my collection…

DSCF0097Large hex glitter that throw off all sorts of different colors. I spy magenta, blue, turquoise, yellow, purple, green, and on and on. Then there is the micro glitter that gives a backup assistance. These glitters are a soft gold shade but it takes light, fractals it like a thousand broken Tennessee hearts. (I’ve lived in Memphis AND Nashville and I think there are more fractured dreams there than talent.)

I needed a trusty cream base polish to show off this honey of a polish and all I have to do is grab my Cult Nails box of polishes to find a match. I landed on ‘Lamestain‘ without even needing to give it a consideration. It was one, perfect duet…

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‘Lamestain’ is a vampire blackened red cream and it is a pistol to photograph in natural light. As deep a shade as this cream is, it didn’t overpower ‘Lips Are Dripping Honey’. In real life, these two are power-ballad badness…

DSCF0082 DSCF0087I used two coats of ‘Lamestain’ and just one coat of ‘Dripping Honey’. Only downside I see of these two pairing up; glitter removal. Other than that, these nails rock!

Are you a Carrie Underwood fan? My niece went to one of her concerts last year and she floated on that until…well, I think she still is floating! It was only a matter of days that the Taylor Swift posters were off the wall and replaced with Carrie. As for me, I am not a ‘new’ country fan and I am happy to not live in Tennessee anymore. However, the polish is a hit.

 

 

 

 

Forever 21: Creamy Splatter Eyeshadows

It has been several months since I have been to Forever 21. My current client is not in malls, just Walmart and grocery stores. So, no mall work. Boooo! So, I don’t get to visit many of the stores that I used to and, Forever 21 is one of those. Luckily, the mall that is close to me (not counting an outlet mall in the city I live in) does have a Forever 21. I’m so due for a shopping day there. Maybe this weekend.

Anyway, during one of my past visits, I got this colorful palette of cream shadows…

Mega swatch day 010 Mega swatch day 016 Mega swatch day 012I rarely use cream shadows because almost all shadows, and especially cream ones, crease like crazy on me. However, the cool splatter, speckle effects gave way to any excuses I came up with to not buy them…

Mega swatch day 036 Mega swatch day 035 Mega swatch day 034 Mega swatch day 033 Mega swatch day 032 Mega swatch day 031I am SO sorry I waited so long to swatch these. I love the colors! I swatched the four largest circles first…

Mega swatch day 041Here are the 7 smaller circles…

Mega swatch day 079 Mega swatch day 075I wore that orange and slate gray the ever next day!!!

Here’s what was fun; look at the circles after they have been swatched…

Mega swatch day 083 Mega swatch day 082 Mega swatch day 081 Mega swatch day 074Not a one of them turned out exactly like I thought it would. I gave the two shades I mentioned above a try. I wasn’t too hopeful though but, I was loving how it went on so easily. I used Ofra’s eye primer, which happens to be the best performing primer for me at the moment, and made a stunning look. Nope, I didn’t snap a photo. By the time I remember, I’m already driving to work. But, mark my words, I got 5 hours of staying power with that look. I didn’t put the creams on lightly either. It was a very bold orange and gray blend.

My lesson is don’t wait so dang long before I swatch new products! Well, a lot of the posts I have coming up are just like this Forever 21 cream palette; I have had them for way too long and now I’m sorry I didn’t break into them earlier.

Plus, I do owe you an EOTD look with these creams.

Have you seen these? What cream shadow is your favorite?