Forever 21: Love & Beauty’s Hot Pink Pigmented Finish Gloss

It’s been a good, long time since I have been to Forever 21. I miss not being able to step into one every week. However, the last time I was at the mall, I sure did make it a point to stop in. I picked up this lipgloss

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Anytime I see the words ‘pigmented’ with lipgloss, I’m drawn like a moth to a flame. Even though I love me some gloss, these highly pigmented ones allow me to skip out on the lipstick color all together. And Forever 21’s love and beauty line didn’t disappoint me one bit.

This is ‘Hot Pink’ and boy, is it ever…

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Forever 21 has the ‘good’ symbol on it…

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It’s a bit on the tacky side, so I would suggest using a lip liner to keep the gloss from traveling outside of the lines. But, maybe a bit of a tacky texture helps hold it in place…

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However, they are not lying when they state that there is pigmentation going on. I didn’t have to pack this on my lips at all. And, there is even a mint feeling and smell to it. Not so much a flavor, but then, that’s quite alright. I don’t need to be licking this gloss off!…

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I can’t say that the gloss last a long time; it hangs around for about 2 hours and then starts to fade away. Yet, for the price, it’s pretty nice. As you can see from my lips, it has not only lots of pigmentation but a high gloss shine. I tried using ‘Hot Pink’ just once over a complimentary lipstick and my mileage did improve just a bit.

Have you bought any Forever 21’s love and beauty lately?

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…

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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…

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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?

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.