My Winter Pajama Flannels Inspired My Manicure!

I know I can’t be the only one this has happened to. I picked a polish color, along with a glitter top coat and, it matched my jammies!!! Please tell me this has happened to you…

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This is what I came up with using Cult Nails’ ‘Kiss My Rose Bud’ with Pure Ice’s ‘Santa Merry Me’.

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‘Santa Merry Me’ is one of Pure Ice’s newest Winter glitters and it’s pretty! ‘Kiss My Rose Bud’ is a matte pink that set the perfect background for this pairing…

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So, when I cozied up in my flannel jammie pants (and, a fuzzy top, of course) and did my nails…

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I guess I was subliminally inspired to create this pink Wintertime manicure…

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I have done a manicure, more than once, only to discover that it matches something I’m already wearing and I wasn’t even trying to do a match. Please tell me that you’ve done this too so I don’t feel totally weirded out!

Revlon’s PhotoReady Eye Art: Topaz Twinkle

How have Revlon PhotoReady Eye Art shadows come in under the radar? I went to Rite Aid to pick up the Snowman polishes (only to find out that they are the same colors they had last year!) and found a display with these new products…

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I don’t know how I missed reading anywhere about the PhotoReady Eye Art shadows because I would have been on a hunt PRONTO for them! I exercised EXTREME restraint and only purchased one. This is Topaz Twinkle …

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And since there were approximately 10 different colors, I picked Topaz Twinkle because there was only one left of that shade. Now, you might, rightfully, ask yourself, if this one is THAT pretty, I wonder if other colors like blue, green, black, and others are as pretty…

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I will save you the wondering. They are. I’m waiting for a sale! This was almost $10 at Rite Aid and, I see them for $8.98 at Walgreens.

One end, has the metallic-like shadow and the wand applicator is bendy, and you know, I liked how easy and gentle that made the application. The other end that has the glitter, it’s a pointed brush that allows for plenty of product pick-up…

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In the meantime, here are swatches of Topaz Twinkle to lust over…

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I wore my PhotoReady Eye Art shadow with and without eye primer. It was actually good both ways. I got a little bit more mileage with a primer so, that’s how I’m going to continue to roll with this product. I also used the glitter part as an eyeliner, over a couple of Urban Decay pencil eyeliners, over Beauty From The Earth mineral shadows applied foiled as eyeliners and, I used it all over the Topaz cream shadow. I loved it all! An interesting side note: when I apply the glitter, it has a very cooling sensation. I am thinking it may have some sort of alcohol component that allows for it to dry quickly and add to cohesion that creates that cool temperature feeling.

Photos fail, extremely, to show the metallic look of the cream shadow and, the very sparkly goodness of the glitter. This is one product I can’t wait for Santa to arrive to put it in my stocking. I’m going in for early self-gifting!

Have you spied Revlon’s PhotoReady Eye Art shadows? Which one(s) did you get?

Amazing Grunge: Sally Girl Polish Pairs Up With Cult Nails

OK, I’ll admit this is more of a Halloween look than a Thanksgiving look. However, my goal was a Fall look. And, I’m quite OK with the turnout of this manicure. It was fun to pair up these two…

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Cult Nails polishes are my ‘go to’ polishes to find a base color for glitters. I know Cult Nails polishes are practically hassle-free for me. Like purchasing Profusion and L.A. Colors palettes, Sally Girl polishes are a low-investment to try something new…

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The mixture of lime, black and blue bar glitter intrigued me. I am in the ‘love bar glitter’ camp. There are many polish lovers that don’t care for it at all. As for me, I think I like ALL polish glitter!!!

Cult Nails’ Grunge is anything but grungy, in my opinion…

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Both, Cult Nails and Sally Girl performed awesomely…

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It almost reminds me of a tweed-like pattern. What can I say…I’m a sweater girl!

I know you love Cult Nails! Do you like the affordability and fun-factor of Sally Girl polishes? I catch Cult Nails sales when they are on pre-order so, I get them for around $8-9 a bottle. I have a Sally’s card and, I got Amazing for about 88 cents.

Pretty Polished ‘Candy Coated’ Nail Polish For Easter

Retail stores work on capitalizing on holidays the best they can. We all know that Christmas items are available right after Halloween. But this year, I was way over Easter a couple of weeks before it even got here! So, I have to say that 1) I am so over all the Easter-themed things I have seen online and in stores and 2) apparently I am lying to myself because I didn’t post this Easter-themed manicure and it was done a week before the holiday. No excuse. I wanted to share this very cute polish.

I’ll make it quick. I got this polish by Pretty Polished from a special beauty blogger and very good friend. It’s called ‘Candy Coated’…

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I used three coats with this polish and the ring and pinky have on a top coat. The polish isn’t quite matte but I wanted to see if I could make it more shiny with a top coat of Eco Chic ‘Over The Top’ from Color Club. It didn’t make any difference, though. However, I found ‘Candy Coated’ to be a perfect Easter polish because it works so well with some of the Easter candy that my friend sent along in the package…

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It took a bit of scrubbing to remove the glitter. However, I am pretty forgiving when the polish wears like iron to begin with. I’m looking to wear this Pretty Polished nail polish again next year. I’ll just make sure to do it well before my Easter holiday burn-out sets in.

Do you think that the Whooper brand malted Easter egg candies are the BEST and only ones that you’ll eat? Indeed!!

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…

DSCF0038 DSCF0037 Although it isn’t going to blow up anyone’s Pinterest board, it was just fun to see what would turn up…

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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?

 

 

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?

Disney’s ‘Ocean Mist’ for a Splendid St. Patrick’s Day Nail Polish

Did you know that Disney has its own polish line? Yes! And who else could make such magical shades as this one?…

DSCF0400This is ‘Ocean Mist’. Isn’t it a great, sparkly green for the advent of Spring, fanciful leprechauns and St. Patrick’s Day?…

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Sadly, photos do not even begin to show the almost holographic sparkles in this polish. The various colors are so tiny that you have to stare super hard to see them individually…

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I don’t know if this is a shade that Ariel would wear as much as I imagine Ursula sporting it. In person, it is not subdue. I had more people ask me if I was wearing green for St. Patrick’s Day. Yea, well, that too. But I received this find bottle of polish in a Secret Santa gift exchange…

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And it is special just because of that. I will mention, however, that this polish glided on like a fine Disney on ice skier. I have on just two coats and the leveling ability is star quality. Just remember when you take it off, you are going to be left with some of these teeny bits of glitter as a souvenir of your Disney polish, like a fine ‘Ocean Mist’. The wear was average for me, 4 days with a Color Club Eco Top Coat. Even though ‘Ocean Mist’ didn’t need a top coat to add any shine, I do it to get extended wear.

Are you sporting your green for March? Have you tried any of Disney’s 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.

 

 

 

 

Too Dimensional? From L’Oreal’s Color Riche Gold Dust Textured Collection

Textures and glitter and matte, oh my!!! Take a look at my first polish color for 2014…

DSCF0239 DSCF0242 DSCF0252I’d rather clean my house with a tooth brush than go on a no-buy rule. However, I have many brave friends that are doing just that. What I can do is slow down and not buy ALL THE COLLECTION!!! This is my attempt at that and, a successful one at that! ‘Too Dimensional?’ is from L’Oreal’s Color Riche Gold Dust Textured Collection.

It’s just a busy lil’ polish, I tell ya…

DSCF0255 DSCF0246If you don’t like your polishes rough, you may or may not care for this one. However, I think it is practically smooth compared to most glitter polishes. This polish, even though it was on the thicker side, laid down flat and easily. It isn’t glass smooth but has the feeling of a very soft linen cloth.

I have on three coats. Two would have been just fine. I was just blogging and reading blogs and was putting on a third coat before I even realized it was #3…

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Quite a dazzler, in my opinion. I didn’t bother with a top coat as I love the matted look. As of today, I have had this polish on for 7 days. I have worked 3 of those and don’t have but the most microscopic wear. For $3.99, I picked this up at Rite Aid and I am getting my money’s worth.

Even though I didn’t apply this mani in 2014, it has carried me over into the New Year. Over the weekend, I will pick a new mani but, it hasn’t been hard at all wearing this one for over a week. I am not tired of it.

This shade is sort of blue. It’s sort of gray. It’s sort of purple too. And, it’s festive enough to not seem like a New Year’s Eve party leftover.

With all the dimensions that are going on with ‘Too Dimensional?’, what will they come up with next for 2014? I’m super curious! Have you heard anything?