Halloween Pumpkin Skull Nail Polishes Found At Rite Aid

When Halloween rolls around, I get excited for all the new nail polishes. I was super excited to see SKULL GLITTER!!! And, not just black and/or white but other colors!

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These pumpkin polishes are adorable! I got these three at Rite Aid for $3 each. Even though they are pretty to look at, they are a pistol to get that glitter out and on the nails.

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I will be OK with just two or three pieces on a nail. I used Cult Nails as color base coats on these. I used ‘Nevermore’ and “Let’s Get Dirty’…
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The skulls I like are the cutesy kind, not the biker kind, so these are right on the nail for me! Ha!!!

Do you like Halloween polishes? How about skulls?

The Life Of A Frustrated Beauty Product Mad Scientist

Sometimes I just want to experiment with makeup and see what will turn up. I have been doing this since I was a kid and would mix up baby powder, hand lotion, aloe juice and swipe it on my hands with Q-tips. I was like 7 years old and I was playing with beauty products! Now, I can get my hands on the good stuff! It doesn’t always turn out great but the trying is the fun part.

I also like to try different nail polishes together, working with various top and under coats to see what transpires. Here’s one that I thought about for quite a bit and finally just went ahead and did it. I used Maybelline’s Color Show ‘Emerald City’ and Cult Nail’s ‘Angel Whispers’…

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Each of these polishes is adorable on their own. ‘Emerald City’ truly is more green than the photos show…

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And, Cult Nail’s ‘Angel Whispers’ is beyond charming with it’s soft and demure sparkle…

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Have you ever had a handful of polishes sitting in front of you and you want to see what they look like thrown together? That’s what I did. Truthfully, each of these have way more merit on their own than playing together.

Do you have either of these lovely polishes?

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Sally Hansen’s Fuzzy Polishes Meet Cult Nail’s Cream Polishes

Lots of photos; not much words…

Sally Hansen’s ‘Wool Lite’ with Cult Nail’s ‘Let’s Get Dirty’ (I love how the names relate)…

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Do you have either of these brands and shades?

Cult Nail’s Mid-Summer Collection: Road Trip, Anyone?

Cult Nails is a company that I eagerly await what their next collection will be. The ‘Road Trip, Anyone‘ collection doesn’t disappoint.

Maria has worked for a very long time to get the perfect materials to create a holographic polish. Getting the best ingredients is a part of Maria’s high standards for quality. In this collection is ‘Mayham’, a holographic topcoat that has no rival.

There are the polishes…

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cult nails road trip collection 003 cult nails road trip collection 004‘All Out’ is a shade that makes me a believer that yellow polishes CAN rock! And, talk about rock, I have seen on other beauty blogs where ‘All Out’ is used over ‘Be Loco’ and you really have to brace yourself for the all-out stunner look this becomes.

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And, what perfect polishes to demonstrate this effect with than the adorable polishes in this collection…

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Here’s ‘Mayhem’ over a bare nail…

cult nails road trip collection 019When I hear the word ‘Mayhem’ it makes me think of the All State Commercials. Cameras are Mayhem when trying to capture holographic polishes. They end up looking like just a glittery polish. But, if you are a true nail-esta, you know how much the camera is lying to you!!!

Naturally, I wouldn’t lie to you. ‘Mayhem’ is DA BOMB! And the rest of the collection is just what you need to fashion your nails on out for the rest of the summer.

This collection was purchased by me and these are my own, personal opinions.

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?

Cult Nails: Behind Closed Doors Collection

I have the great honor to show you the newest collection from Cult Nails called ‘Behind Closed Doors‘. This is their last collection of the year. And, Maria is having a money-saving sale on the set as well. Keep reading!!!

One thing customers can count on with Cult Nails is that they are trend-setters, not trend-followers. The ‘Behind Closed Doors’ collection is exactly that! See for yourself…

I took the collection out from behind closed doors into the outdoors. Hee hee! Starting from the left: Afterglow, Bitten, Coveted, Disciplined and Flushed.

Here they are individually with a close, close up…

Afterglow is a bronze-copper with deep pink shimmers…

Bitten is a rich red that has gobs of pink shimmer…

Coveted is a forest green jelly and in it are green flakies…

Disciplined is a wicked stand out from the collection. A sheer, whisper grey that shimmers blue then pink…

And the fifth polish is Flushed. Very complex in that it is a blurple that is deep. Then the shimmer is a deep burgundy wine color. This photo blows the entire color out of control. It is much, much richer than the photo shows…

Before I get to the swatches, I want to show you one good nail I did with Disciplined. It’s sheer so it didn’t reflect well on the white nail wheel. Disciplined is light and sheer but it is buildable. Here it is with three very thin coats…

Here are swatches on the nail wheel…

You can truly see how rich these polishes are, especially with Flushed.

If pressed for a favorite, I will pick Disciplined. It reminds me of the look of pure snow on a bright, yet cloudy day.

The ‘Behind Closed Doors‘ collection goes on sale tomorrow, 11/9. The set will be $40 for all 5. This price will end 11/15. On 11/16, you can then purchase the shades individually for $10 a piece.

You can place your order on the Cult Nails website here. Scroll through the bar at the bottom to find this collection and place your order.

Special Highlights From The Makeup Show Orlando

The Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida were invited to a Bloggers Preview Party for The Makeup Show held this past weekend in Orlando. James Vincent, Director of Artistry, for The Makeup Show spoke with us about highlights of the show, up and coming products and companies, and sharing a very nice swag bag for us. But one thing shined through, James is passionate about makeup education, community and people.

However, it’s not all work and no play for these bloggers. After the meeting, we headed to Chili’s to talk more shop…

Alyssa from Pretty Little Bottles, Krystal from BFTE Cosmetics (a fellow Kansas girl) and Maria of Cult Nails.

You’d think these two cuties were sisters. However, they are life-long friends. Mina Slater from Fabulous Awesomeness and Marlene of A Big Bit Of Everything.

Since Mina had the prettiest drink…

She was crowned the Chili Princess…

Maria, owner of Cult Nails, had a booth at the show…

Juan, is Maria’s husband, and she works him hard!

Cult Nails had a rotating crew helping out. It’s awesome to have created a blogger group that truly supports each other. (psst…cool side note: Cult Nails will be releasing their last collection for 2012 later this week…I’ll give you more info later.)

AJ Crimson, a makeup artist that is not only super friendly, but also, incredibly talented, gave us demos of his new gloss line…

Cristina from Let Them Have Polish loved her magenta gloss.

Judi from Judixo rocked this red which led to other bloggers in our group to purchase this shade as well.

Maria of Cult Nails show off a burgundy called ‘Tyler’ and this led me to purchase that color as well.

And, a very, very awesome highlight of the show was three bloggers from our group sat on a panel to field questions about blogging makeup and the beauty industry…

To think, I have three great friends that are right up there with other well-known bloggers like Koren from EnKore Makeup and Elessa from PurseBuzz. On the front row: Cristina from Let Them Have Polish, Brittany from Clumps of Mascara and Courtney from Phyrra.net. All of them sharing their passion for makeup.

There were so many photo opps that we couldn’t photo-bomb them all…

Maria shows off her Nail Veil, by Su Lange of Chronicle Stones, while making it look like she is going to put my eye out with her long nails.

So, I took the opportunity to dress up for the Show in all my funkiness…

Yes, even Sebastian was in on the photo bombing.

I have many more moments and photos to share too.

Tidbits Of The Makeup Show Orlando

I haven’t come down from the buzz of The Makeup Show here in Orlando. My, oh my! I got to meet some of the best makeup artists in the industry, I bought so much I’m broke and my wonderful, good friend, Maria, owner of Cult Nails had a booth at the show.

This is a quickie to give you a feel of what it was like. This is a photo I took walking into the ballroom where the show was being held…

Makeup For Ever Academy had a model, ALL DAY, in their chair getting made up like this. Literally, HOURS…

I got to make my own nail polishes!!! Oh, you’ll see more of this later…

And, can I just say…I got to meet and get my photo taken with Toby Sells, makeup artist from The Walking Dead…my favoritest TV show!!!!!…..

This dude was getting made up to look like he was hacked up.

Yes, I had fun. Yes, I got to see crazy and fun and cool stuff. Yes, I got to meet some folks I never thought I’d ever get to meet. And, yes, I was exhausted yet, exhilarated.

There’s so much more to share with you too. I’m excited to give you all the info.

James Vincent & Orlando Santiago: Creative Celeb Makeup Artists Bring The Makeup Show To Orlando

This past Monday, October 29, I got to have dinner, at Cafe Tu Tu Tango, with Orlando Santiago and James Vincent. Not only are these two gentlemen top celebrity makeup artists, they are the brains and brawn behind The Makeup Show

The Makeup Show has been held in Berlin, Chicago, New York, and LA. What a statement for them to bring The Makeup Show to Orlando!

I got sweet with James…

Without a doubt, James loves women and, of course, people. He is so passionate about his work and the makeup industry. I found him to be open, friendly, supportive and very positive. He is so passionate about makeup artistry that I found myself wanting to be a makeup artist again!

And, I got to sit with Orlando…

Orlando shares his talent around the world. He’s all about providing education to the makeup industry. Besides working with so many celebrity artists (you have to check out James and Orlando’s websites to see their lists), James and Orlando have teamed up to share education to all makeup artists. The Makeup Show is more than just a chance to purchase quality makeup. It is an extreme opportunity to get some of the best training and info about the makeup industry.

And, a few of the Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida were there to make it even more awesome!

My gal pals, Maria of Cult Nails and Safia of Lipstick Mixtapes

Me with Safia

Beautiful Alyssa of Pretty Little Bottles, with Orlando Santiago…

Su from Chronicle Stones, and Phyrra of Phyrra.net hung out with me…

This is our darling, Brittney from Clumps of Mascara. She helped organize this dinner for the Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida to meet James and Orlando. And, she is showing off ‘Baby Clumps’ who is on her way to meet the beauty world…

It’s no lie, pregnant women glow!

What a grand evening! I got to meet two international celebrity makeup artists and have fun with my gal pals from Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida too. We are all so ready to attend The Makeup Show this coming weekend. Beauty bloggers at a Makeup Show??!!! Sounds like the grown-up version of kids in a candy store!!!

I bet you’d like to go too, right? James Vincent has arranged for this to happen! Yea!! This show is for industry folks, that means makeup artists. However, you don’t have to be one to get in, with a little bit of help. Here’s what you do: Go purchase a ticket to the show here. You HAVE to do this by tomorrow; the deadline is 11/1!!! When you come to the box were it asks ‘Company’, put in my blog name ‘Libby’s Pink Vanity’ and THAT is your credentials to get in! You can get in as a fan and reader of my blog. Let me know if you get a ticket so I can arrange to meet you as well.

One more thing, Cult Nails will be there too. Do stop by and pick up some Cult Nails polishes. You will NOT be disappointed in these polishes. They are my favoritest!! And you’ll get a chance to meet Maria Morrison, the owner and creator of Cult Nails.

Safia from Lipstick Mixtapes blogged about our meet up here.

Maria from Cult Nails blogged about our meet up here.

Phyrra of Phyrra.net blogged about our meet up here.