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?

love & beauty: Two Shadow + Primer Eyeshadows

Do you know what an eyeshadow primer is? It is a product that you apply to your eyelids in hopes that when you apply an eyeshadow that it will stay put, not crease or fade…until you take it off. Lately, I have been discovering more shadows with the primer already in it. Here’s a couple of my most recent finds…

review photos Dads Kiehls 001 review photos Dads Kiehls 002These are from love & beauty, Forever 21’s brand. Since these cost next to nothing, like $3, I got the only two shades they had available…

review photos Dads Kiehls 005A metallic silver named ‘Light Grey’ and a shimmery taupe named ‘Champagne’. These are two shades that I find classy. And, gosh, the shimmer they have!…

review photos Dads Kiehls 004So, I put them to the test right away. I used ‘Light Grey’ all over my eyelid and used an eyeliner pencil along with mascara. I got creasing in about 3 hours. I tried ‘Champagne’ and it lasted just a bit past 4 hours.

It defeats the purpose, but I applied Ofra’s Shadow Primer and then used ‘Light Grey’ over that. I did manage to get about 4-4.5 hours this time. As much as I love the idea of splicing shadow with primer, I’m still looking for one that truly performs. I swatched the shades and you can see that they are quite pigmented and shimmery…

review photos Dads Kiehls 009 review photos Dads Kiehls 007I want to continue to experiment with these two love & beauty shadow + primers. I may not be able to use them as suggested, however, I like the way they look on me.

Have you found any good shadow + primers?

Dreams Can Come True: OPI and Forever 21 Polishes

This is going to sound weird, and it IS! I dream about, not just polishing my nails but, creating combinations of polish. I also find inspiration on makeup looks from dreams. I know I’m not the only one. And hopefully, beauty blog readers and writers will nod their heads in understanding.

This is my latest creation. I knew I wanted an iridescent base. It had to be something that would conceal the nail line. I dug through my stash and found this ancient OPI jewel…

It looks dingy and yellow, I know. But it is a shimmery pink iridescent. It was part of a set that was bridal themed and yes, it was a LONG time ago.

But, it was exactly what I wanted…

And this was the glitter polish that I was wanting to showcase…

Forever 21, love & beauty’s ‘Purple/Multi’. Something better: Grape Bubbles. Now to marry them…

I used three coats of the old OPI and 2 coats of love & beauty’s ‘Grape Bubble’.

The finished look was just as I dreamed; ethereal and airy. See, that wasn’t so bad. I call it a dream translation success.