Icing Polish: So Fierce

I have an obsession with the recent type of nail polishes that look like sprinkles suspended in a murky jelly base. At first, it was rare to come upon them. However, now they are quite trendy. This is a cutie I got at Icing…

kiehls icing mani ugly face 069Pink and glitter sprinkles…yes, please!

kiehls icing mani ugly face 070‘So Fierce’ is a pink base and lots of pastel hex glitter. Very girly-girl.

kiehls icing mani ugly face 081kiehls icing mani ugly face 074It does have a slight bit of texture but, I don’t feel that it is as much as the photos convey. This is just 2 coats and it is still somewhat translucent. I did 2 coats as I didn’t want to make the appearance look too thick.

kiehls icing mani ugly face 097kiehls icing mani ugly face 095Currently, I am staying with my brother, my sister-in-law and niece until I find a place of my own. In the meantime, I am unable to polish my nails, wear perfume or fragrance lotions because of my brother’s fragrance sensitivity. So, I haven’t been able to change my polish as often as I have in the past. I wore this one for about a week and I didn’t mind at all. It’s just that pretty.

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?

Icing’s Sunlit Pairs Up With Revlon’s Cosmic For A Swamp Thing Look

I found this random polish immediately say to myself that this is a great one for Halloween! I found this one at Icing and saved it til now…

Wild, isn’t it!? This is ‘Sunlit’ and I found it on the clearance shelf. Because it is so unique, I had to get it…

Let me see if I can describe this one. It’s a jelly and the base is a murky olive color. There is iridescent micro glitter in this along with a lot of bar glitter. The bar glitter is holo and some is medium green. And the green looks to be transparent. (Remember Toxic Seaweed from Cult Nails? This looks like the ‘real’ stuff!)

I didn’t feel that ‘Sunlit’ was going to turn out so good alone. So, I paired it up with a Revlon dual-end polish. I used the creme end of ‘Cosmic’…

I like this green so much! And, it is perfect for ‘Sunlit’…

My thumbnail has a hangnail and it didn’t get noticed until doing the posting. Groan…

I used two coats of Relvon’s ‘Cosmic’ and one coat of Icing’s ‘Sunlit’. That looks so much like stagnant, murky water. And, I’m sure there is some sort of swamp monster in there!

Does getting into water where you can’t see your feet creep you out too?

Icing’s Sipping On Bubbly; Cheers With Champagne

Icing is a sister store to Claire’s. There used to be another sister store called ‘Topkapi’. I managed one of those stores, way back. For a very short time. It was terrible. They didn’t have makeup or polish back then. It was terrible.

What’s not terrible is checking out Icing for their funky nail polishes. It is always a delight to find something new. This is a rather new addition for me…

‘Sipping On Bubbly’ is a cute name for a very unique polish. This one has a lot going on…

Lots of micro glitter. I see iridescent, gold and bar glitter that flashes from magenta to orange then to a sparkly iridescent look. I meant it when I said it was complex!

On the nail, it isn’t as fantastic as it is to look at in the bottle…I have two coats over bare nails. No top coat here and surprisingly, this polish was not difficult to remove. I did experiment with different base coat colors. And, I found some shades did better than others. However, I decided to go naked…

I didn’t work on trying to get a lot of the bar glitter out. I just applied like I would any other polish. So, this is a rather demure glitter manicure. I can see how the name reference to champagne is used; the micro glitter looks just like a pale bubbly drink.

Even though it isn’t all that flashy…

It does have a different look. Maybe I don’t need to always wear ‘out there’ colors. Maybe a sophisticated ‘Sipping On Bubbly’ fits the bill once in a while.

I like champagne, most of the time. Do you like it? How about Icing’s ‘Sipping On Bubbly’? Do you like that better?

 

 

 

Icing’s Primed and Ready’ Eye Shadow Primer

Shadow primers are relatively new to the makeup scene for the general public. I got my first one as a duo with a lip primer in a Laura Geller collection. At the time, about 7-8 years ago, it worked quite well for me. However, for the past 1 to 1-1/2 years, I can’t get a primer to work for anything! So, I have been quizzing bloggers and members on beauty forums what they have found works. I have taken quite a few recommendations and still haven’t found one that keeps my shadows in place all day. Boo.

Somewhere down the aging line, I started getting oil lids. I don’t think I had that problem when I was younger. In fact, my skin has become a bit drier but I still have oily lids. Boo.

On my quest, I have purchased many different products. I found this one at Icing’s and since it was 50%, I figured it wasn’t that much of a $2.75 waste to give it a go…

This is Icing’s ‘Primed and Ready: Golden Girl’. I’m going to take it that the golden part is because of the primer’s color…

I guess, that would be an old gold color. I found this primer to be very liquid-y. When I put it on my lids, I patted it on rather than rubbed it because it was just that runny. The first couple of times I tried ‘Primed and Ready’, I didn’t find that it made my shadows last a lot longer before it creased up. I gave it a go with several mineral and pressed shadows.

As swatched on my arm, this is one layer…

There is only the very slightest of pigment from one layer.

Since it was rather thin in consistency, I thought I’d experiment with applying 2 layers. So, I put one the first one and then did some other makeup task waiting for it to dry before applying a second layer. This is a swatch of two layers allowing for drying between them…

I’m tapping it on with my fingers rather than rubbing. With 2 coats, you can start to see that it is building up. Slightly.

Two layers did a lot better than just one. But, it only got my shadows to last maybe an extra hour. So, I’m still not really satisfied with the results. As you can see the color better with 2 coats, it does make for a nice, muted wash of color on the lid. I didn’t find that this primer intensified the colors of any of the shadows I used.

If you have ever used one of elf’s shadow primers with the doe-foot, ‘Primed and Ready’ is very close to the same consistency. I can’t recommend this shadow primer, as in my experience with it, I didn’t get the results that I set out for. However, I did feel that it made my eye shadows last a couple of hours longer than if I hadn’t used anything. Do keep in mind, maybe someone with non-oily lids could get this to work like a charm.

I gambled with just under $3 and here, I feel I got what I paid for. Have you tried Icing’s ‘Primed and Ready’ shadow primer?