Pure Ice: The ‘Free Spirit’ Is Willing; The Manicure Is A Fail

Only one day away til the first day of Spring! I have always love celebrating that day because….it’s my birthday!!!

Here is a manicure I played around with for St. Patrick’s Day. I found that so many of my green polishes didn’t want to be opaque. So, I took white polish to try underneath with this one…

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This isn’t a nice-looking manicure at all. Here’s what I used…

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I started out with love and beauty’s ‘White’…

 

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Then I topped it off with Pure Ice’s ‘Free Spirit’…

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Each, in the bottle are so pretty and gave me hope. Can you see a bit of shimmer in ‘White’?…

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I left my pinky with just ‘White’ on it to see if the shimmer would show. After two coats, it really wasn’t going to happen. And then, literally, slapped on ‘Free Spirit’ because I could see I wasn’t going to get the effect I was looking for. And, I put on three coats…

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“Free Spirit’ has sparkly teal glitter but it became dull and uninteresting on my nails. This St. Patrick’s Day manicure wanna-be only lasted one day. It was a fail.

And, a bit of a confession, I did my right hand with just ‘Free Spirit’ and that’s why I went with a white polish underneath on my swatch hand. I couldn’t make either of them mind!!

I’m glad to move on from green manicures for now. How about you? Ready for other Springtime pretties?

St. Patrick’s Day Manicure

Yes, I am part Irish and I align myself with my Irish heritage strongly. So, you won’t find me going without wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day!

I have been wearing green polish for the past 3 weeks but this last one has been my favorite…

DSCF0049 DSCF0052‘Emerald’ from Forever 21′s love and beauty polish line is not a new polish. I know I’d had it quite some time. However, gosh, what a sparkling beauty. After using a coat of Lumos bottom coat, I had to put on FIVE coats of ‘Emerald’ to get it this opaque. And, actually, I am not totally happy with just five. It’s still a bit weak, but it is a jelly so…

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My camera did great picking up the sparkles WAY better in the bottle than what it shows on my nails…

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Besides having holo green sparkles in there, there are also green and gold shard glitter pieces. But, they were super bashful. I did get a few on my nails, however, they didn’t show up obviously. I did top my manicure with Color Club’s Eco Chic Top Coat. It wasn’t so strong in preventing tip wear.

Nonetheless, I LOVE ‘Emerald’! If you are going to go Irish, love & beauty’s ‘Emerald’ will keep you from getting pinched on St. Patrick’s Day.

I also wore green Docker’s. Did you have a green manicure and/or wear some green clothing?

Forever 21: Green and Brown Powder Palette

I can’t get enough of the Forever 21 splatter palettes. How about you? This is a very Fall-appealing palette…

polishes green eye 057Did I mention in the previous post on the purple palette that these only cost $4.80? In my books, very well worth it…

polishes green eye 058polishes green eye 059polishes green eye 025All but the white shadow are shimmery. The white has a sheen to it, though. All are fairly well-pigmented and build to a bold color when used with a shadow primer. These swatches, however, don’t have any primer going on. They are all swatched in the order on the palette…

polishes green eye 066 The sparkly-est!polishes green eye 071If you like neutral shades in gold, green, bronze and brown, you will love the combos you can create with this Forever 21 palette. It really goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway…I love mixing the purple and the browns together. The combos are endless.

Have you seen this palette at Forever 21? Which one do you like more…the purple/grey one or, this green/brown?

Forever 21: Pink and Grey Powder Palette

It was a real surprise to find out that my review on a couple of cream eyeshadow palettes from Forever 21 was one of my most popular blog posts. It was cool that may others felt the same way I did about how beautiful they were.

I’m not expecting to repeat it with these powder shadows from Forever 21 however, I still think they are neat to look at and work pretty darn good on the eye…

polishes green eye 014 polishes green eye 015Yes. There are two palettes. However, I’m going to show you the pink/grey one in this review. Then the green one later. I just have way too many cool photos to show.

Not all of the shadows have a batik look to them…

polishes green eye 049 polishes green eye 017Just the square-shaped pans are multi-colored. As with many, if not all, of the shadows I have from Forever 21, these are buttery soft, have some fall-out, yet have great color pigmentation…

polishes green eye 020 polishes green eye 019 polishes green eye 030 polishes green eye 029There’s a bit of golden over-spray. I know you’re not fooled by that anymore. It just appeals to the magpie in us for shiny things. However, the swatches are divine, regardless. I swatched these in the same order they are in the palette, starting from the top row, going to the right…

polishes green eye 053 polishes green eye 055 polishes green eye 056Take a look at the bottom row, first shade on the left. What??? It looks super-duper dark grey/blakc in the palette so, it’s odd that it swatches as a golden brown. Don’t think I’m complaining! I love the swatched shade! And the two on the right end; yummy for the brow bone.

I used a Q-tip to swatch these. I have found when I use a brush, I don’t get a good, saturated swatch. Just by experimenting, I found that a swab grabs the powder and transfers to my arm better. And, these swatches, as with all my others in the blog, are not done over any primers.

Can you imagine how many looks you can get from this palette? Soft pink to a smoldering smoky eye. I did spend quite a few days playing with this Forever 21 palette…

polishes green eye 051You haven’t tried Forever 21 makeup yet? Why not? You should!

Forever 21: I Haven’t Been There In Forever

My job no longer allows me the opportunity of working in malls. I’m bummed by that. I miss shopping the stores after doing my merchandising. I really miss popping into Forever 21. Luckily, there is one in the mall that I live close to. I just don’t get up by it at all.

So, I made a special road trip to visit the Forever 21. This store is huge too! I picked up this cutie blue on this last visit…

nail swatches 044 nail swatches 046Hmmm…interesting name. I rather like ‘Cutie Blue’ better. It was that shimmer of gold that reeled me in. I didn’t even try to resist…

nail swatches 047Application was on the thin side and I had to use three coats. A visible nail line is still well, visible. Rest assured, it wasn’t that noticeable from a proper distance…

nail swatches 049 nail swatches 053This Forever 21 polish wore well considering I used Nail Tek 2 Intensive Therapy as a top coat. It’s actually made to be used right on the nail to strengthen it. But, I couldn’t for the life of me find any topcoats. Weird, eh??

I stopped by a Walgreens today. I noticed that they have those top shelves up over the shampoo and haircolor products. Not all of them have those shelves until the Holidays. Get ready to start peeking up there for Holiday makeup goodies!

Forever 21: 6-Pan Cream Eyeshadows

What I didn’t tell you in my previous post on a Forever 21 cream eyeshadow palette is that I got 2 palettes…

Mega swatch day 017 Mega swatch day 018Not too similar in shades, I am still fixated on the splatter effect. This palette, being smaller, is less overwhelming but, not dismissive at all…

Mega swatch day 021 Mega swatch day 020 Mega swatch day 019These fun shadow creams have not been wear-tested yet. I have been trying out another type of shadow. However, this one is eagerly sitting in line for its turn.

The swatches dance in the sunlight. They come off like duochromes. You can’t help but be mesmerized…

Mega swatch day 025 Mega swatch day 029 Mega swatch day 030The swatches are ‘swiped’ rather than ‘swirled’. I didn’t mix the splatters to create the swatched color. I just took a swab, loaded it up with some shadow and transferred it to my arm. That is why there are some various colors in amongst the swatches themselves.

The creamiest of creams, these glide on as smooth as warm butter. Using just these shades should create some attractive EOTD (eye-of-the-day look).

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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?

Forever 21: A New Nude Palette

Even a ‘no-buy’ limitation on myself doesn’t stop me from wanting ALL THE EYESHADOW PALETTES!!! I had to yell because, well, it’s seriously true.

Two things go into breaking this rule: 1) The price is soooo good, 2) experience has shown that this brand was good in the past, and 3) no will power. OK, that’s three so, let’s not count that last one, shall we?

Here’s a new Forever 21 eyeshadow palette…

nail swatches Gosh 026 nail swatches Gosh 029 And, it is a NUDE palette to boot! Why, every makeup blogger knows you have to have at least one nude shadow palette on the vanity. I want to make totally sure that I’m covered. I mean, what would happen if I would accidentally drop one? Or, someone would break into my house and raid the vanity! Gasp!!! Maybe I’d misplace one and be frantic until I found the backup. (Not that any of these, save for dropping one, are remotely going to happen. But, you never know…)

What a heavenly lineup…

nail swatches Gosh 036 nail swatches Gosh 034 nail swatches Gosh 033The sunlight washes a few of these shades out. So, none of the shades are identical. But, they all compliment each other.

The Forever 21 store that I found this at had not been gentle with these palettes and, even some other styles, as well. It was my duty to provide a warm and loving home/vanity to a special palette. Actually, this one was the one with the least broken shadows…

nail swatches Gosh 032It didn’t hurt to ask the sales associate if I could get a discount because it was blemished and all the other ones were much more damaged. At first I was told a 10% discount. I said that it would be better if it was 25%. The store manager was brought in and she said that 15% was the highest she could go. Well, the palette was only $5.80, so I agreed.

And, I still got some great photos that I can use in future business cards…

nail swatches Gosh 031Oh, and this isn’t the last you’ll see of this palette. There is a bit more to the story, along with some swatches, coming up very, very soon!

Do you have a favorite nude palette?

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

Oli Oli In Come Freeeeee!

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.

A Dual Of Two Forever 21 Glitter Polishes

Why have my nail swatches been MIA? They have been sent to rehab. I’ll post more on that later this week. However, I have to admit (that’s the first step, isn’t it?) that I’m still buying nail polish, just not as much. Seriously, I have gotten picky. My next collection I’m up for is the new Cult Nails that is due to be released in September. I’ll be sharing that as soon as I can along with some fun news about it.

And with that preface, this is a manicure that I did better than a month ago. I wanted to swatch two different glitters from Forever 21′s love and beauty…

And since they are sheer, I picked Milani’s ‘A Rose Mylady’ as a base case.

Of course, these gliters from Forever 21 jumped out at me. They are glitter nirvana…

The first glitter polish is ‘Faded Rose/Multi’. This polish has a dark, rosy base color. The glitters are micro and large and they are iridescent that flash from magenta to pink. I like the consistency of this polish as it wasn’t too thick or too thin. After shaking the bottle up, I didn’t have to fish out the glitter.

The other glitter I couldn’t resist…

Simply named ‘Pink’ I think it looks like Pink Fire. It glows. The clear base is more of a purple-ish pink than ‘Faded Rose’. ‘Pink’ has super-micro and micro glitter in it. It also has shards. And, all of these glitters are iridescent flashing orange and lavender. Both of these glitters are what I call ‘busy’; there is a lot going on in those bottles!

I chose Milani’s ‘A Rose Mylady’ because I wanted a nude polish that would be very similar to my own nail beds. Knowing that the glitter polishes were going to be sheer, I wanted a polish that could create an opaque base to hide any visible nail lines…

On my left hand, I used ‘Faded Rose’ as the top coat. I have on two coats. This glitter went on like we wish all glitters would. There was no drag, the formula didn’t get goopy and it dried in a reasonable amount of time. I only used one coat of Milani on my ring and pinky to see if I could get away with just one coat.

This is my right hand swatched with ‘Pink’…

I only used one coat of ‘A Rose Mylady’ on my ring and pinky finger just to see how sheer ‘Pink’ would be. The other fingers have 2 coats. And, I used two coats of ‘Pink’ as it tended to not pick up the glitter every time.

‘Pink’ and ‘A Rose Mylady’ create a dusty glitter manicure. I am sad that the glowing look of ‘Pink’ is tamed down too much. I like that Pink Fire look. And, the shimmer of the shards and glitter are less obvious as well. I need to try ‘Pink’ with a different base coat to see if I can keep that glow.

Which do you like better: ‘Faded Rose’ or ‘Pink’? I am very partial to ‘Pink’. Especially if I can get it to glow more.