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!

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?

Covergirl’s Natureluxe Lip Balm: Hibiscus

Finally, warmer days here in Colorado! I have been itchin’ to sit out on my porch and wind down my days. But, I don’t do it without some SPF going on. And that means for my lips too. This is Covergirl’s Natureluxe Gloss Balm…

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It’s equal parts a gloss and a balm, making my lips hydrated and yet with just a little bit of color. They are touting a 15 SPF, which isn’t much, but it’s better than nothing. You still gotta protect any exposed skin!

I chose ‘Hibiscus’ because it is the cutest Summer pink shade…

DSCF0071 DSCF0072With mango, shea and other natural butters, you can bet this balm gliiiiiides on smoothly. You are trading a bit of color for a creamy texture but this is perfectly OK when you only want a hint of color. If I’m out and it’s rather warm, I don’t want a heavy lipstick on. Covergirl’s Natureluxe gloss balm is just the thing…

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There is still enough color that you will want to apply it like a lipstick rather than like a no-color balm, though. That means, you’ll want to color within the lines!…

covergirl lippie no sun covergirl lippieThis gloss balm’s packaging is sleek and doesn’t take up a lot of room. So don’t hesitate to pop it into your picnic basket, beach bag or capri’s pocket this Summer.

I picked this balm up at Walgreen’s for around $4. Have you picked up yours yet?

Revlon’s ColorStay Ultimate Suede in Preview

I always have a ‘just in case I need it’ lipstick hanging out in my purse. The one that I have been using for the last 6 weeks has been Revlon’s ColorStay Ultimate Suede…

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My ‘go to’ shade is ‘Preview’…

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This is like a high-performance lip balm. It is ultra smooth and makes my lips feel hydrated and soft. Springtime is very dry in the Rockies. I feel it around the tops of my cheeks and my lips the most. It’s great to have a lipstick that has awesome moisturizers like Colorstay.

‘Preview’ is a shade that isn’t too mauve and isn’t too pink. It’s just right!

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I found the wearability to be around 3 hours before a touch-up. I picked this up at Walgreen’s for $9.99 as part of a buy one get one 1/2 price, so it cost me $7.50.  I think paying full price is a bit much at $10 for one. However, the quality is there and this color works any time for me. It’s like ‘my lips but better’ color.

Have you tried any of Revlon’s ColorStay Ultimate Suedes?

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?

 

 

Facial Wipe Wednesday: Beauty Concepts’ Tickled Pink Detoxifying Wipes

I have never heard of the department store Gordman’s until I moved to Denver. This store is like a more organized Marshall’s. Or, similar to Steinmart’s but trendier. I’m glad I stopped in because I found some makeup, scarves, purses, jewelry and purchased a swingy cardigan while shopping there.

It was time to pick up a new facial wipe and I was open to try something new. When I saw the pretty pink packaging of this one by Beauty Concepts, I was ready to start…

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This package of 30 wipes cost $4. I was eager to see if they smelled like grapefruit but sadly, I was disappointed. It did smell OK but it didn’t remind me of anything grapefruit. Here’s the list of ingredients…

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And the second part of the backside…

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I like that it hasn’t been tested on any beasties. I wonder who is checking to make sure only those that are over 18 use these, though???

The total size of the wipe is standard…

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And, the texture is run of the mill…

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Here’s my thoughts on ‘Tickled Pink': these made me pink because I had to really scrub my face to get my eye makeup off. It was a combination of the ingredients not being potent enough to dissolve my makeup and, the wipes were not moist enough to emulsify. The top tab that opened and closed was solid enough however, I wonder how old these wipes could be that they could have, possibly, dried up some? There’s no way to tell. I do know that my eyeballs weren’t too happy with how hard I had to press to remove my makeup. Too hard for me to feel OK about it. The wipes did alright with removing my foundation but, I still felt like I was scrubbing rather than wiping. I would rather wipe!

Despite the vibrant pink packaging and listing some natural ingredients, I don’t feel my skin was detoxified. These wipes just didn’t cut the muster for eye makeup.

Have you heard of Beauty Concepts before? Have you shopped at Gordman’s?

Be A Runway Beauty: Wet ‘n Wild Three-Pan Shadow Collections

Nothing wants time to fly faster than me anxiously awaiting to get the newest Wet ‘n Wild shadows. These three are almost their newest ones. There are the holiday cream glitters and 8-shade palettes now coming out. I’ll show you those in the near future. For now, here are some delightfully interesting 3-palette shadows…

swatches of wnw 002When Wet ‘n Wild puts a color collection together, it will get it to expand out of ‘safe’ color choices for shadows. Most of the time, I would never think of putting some of these colors together. Yet when I create a look with them, I’m like ‘Wow! That’s amazing!’

First up: Grays Matter…

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swatches of wnw 006Here’s your warning for this post: my swatches didn’t turn out at all like I wanted them. You may know that, mostly, Wet ‘n Wild powder shadows are not all chalky. Some have the fall-out expected from Wet ‘n Wild shadows. But, the natural lighting I used is way too harsh to see the proper pigmentation of these on the skin. There. I have given the disclaimer…

swatches of wnw 009Why there is the reference of gray in the name of this palette is beyond me. These shades are purple! The lightest shade is very pale. However, it did show up better on the eye. And the darkest, it was very flaky but with primer, it rose to the occasion for the eye of the day look.

I’m going to say this one is my favorite: Silent Era Film…

swatches of wnw 019 swatches of wnw 021Everything you read before on the first palette applies here. The darkest shade doesn’t work too well without a primer or something underneath to grip it. The lightest shade is more obvious on my eyelids because of the skin tone difference from my much darker hand.

And last, here’s Camera Obscura…

swatches of wnw 013 swatches of wnw 017The lightest and second lightest shades practically don’t exist on my hand. Again, on the lid, it is better. But, not only by about half. These two shadows were the weakest pigmentation-wise of the entire collection. However, where the previous darkest shades were full of fallout and really needed a firm hand to apply properly, this dark shade rocked out. It was very pigmented and created an awesome, deep smokey eye look.

If you keep your eye shadow choices far away from the wild side, you should be quite happy with these. They are more subdue, much more neutral, than the previous Pop Art collection of late this past summer.

How do you feel about these colors? Can you see the cross-usage between them?

Rue 21: Just A Bit Of Retail Left Over From Orlando To Colorado

There is an outlet mall in the town I live in. It is quite nice but doesn’t really hold a candle to the malls I was used to in Orlando. I still get a hook-up with Adidas, Bath & Body Works, Coach and Claire’s here, so it was a pleasant surprise to find a Rue 21 store as well. I had to stop in. Well, not really had to. I had a 25% off everything coupon! Nail polish is the only thing I landed on…

polishes green eye 080 polishes green eye 073polishes green eye 079These Rue 21 polishes love the sunlight!

polishes green eye 082polishes green eye 078 polishes green eye 077polishes green eye 085With no names, it’s difficult to tell you which one is which. So, there are two top coats that have iridescent bar glitter. One is a transparent milky white, the other is transparent milky pink. Then I got a pink shimmery polish to coordinate with the pink bar glitter. The orange shimmery glitter rocks with the white bar glitter. Easy….right???

polishes green eye 090This makes it a littler easier to follow. Starting from the bottom, I have the pink glitter alone, followed by the pink shimmer. Then, I used the pink bar glitter over the pink shimmer. Above that, I just repeated the same sequence with the orange.

polishes green eye 099 polishes green eye 092polishes green eye 089 polishes green eye 103The shimmer polishes have a semi-matte look and I find that to be very chic. The bar glitter over it makes it whimsical and fun. The bar glitter over the pink shimmer looks gloppy and that is due to my application; not the polish. I used three coats and only very close up can you see the brush stroke lines.

And, when I was ready to wrap up my sale, the sales person asked me if I would like a bottle of their newest perfume called ‘Fallen Vixen’ for just $6. After a whiff, I said add it to the basket!

polishes green eye 106If you like ‘Flowerbomb’ by Viktor & Rolf’ you might like this fragrance. Since it is a cheapy perfume, I have to spritz often to keep the fragrance around. Are you like me and love the ritual of applying perfume? Then, you won’t mind needed to spritz often to keep the fragrance going.

How do you feel about the trend of semi-matte polishes? Are you a pushover for those little add-on sales?

Believe The Hype: 24 Hour Color Tattoos by Maybelline

Have you ever been reluctant to try something, then get the opportunity to do so, find you love it and kick yourself for waiting? That’s my story on Maybelline’s Color Tattoos. Sure I was reading all the raves about them on other beauty blogs. Yet, my previous experience with L’Oreal’s Infallibles turned me off on these so-called long-lasting cream shadows. The Infallibles failed and creased before I even finished my makeup.

However, I got a chance to try a couple of the Color Tattoos out. The 24 Hour Color Tattoos run roughly $5 to $7. So, I knew I had a steal when I found a pot for $1.78 at Target…

polishes green eye 124 polishes green eye 125Even though it was a matte orange, I figured that it was a very cheap investment to find out just how great these Color Tattoo pots were. But, for good measure, I picked out a metal-colored one too.

First, this is ‘Fierce and Tangy’…

polishes green eye 126 polishes green eye 130 polishes green eye 132The metal shade I chose is ‘Inked In Pink’…

polishes green eye 129 polishes green eye 127 polishes green eye 131The reason I picked a pink was in the hopes that the posts I read about these was true; they last and last. I figured that pink would make a great colored primer if it did just that.

I liked what I saw when I swatched…

polishes green eye 138 polishes green eye 137 polishes green eye 134After allowing the creams to set on my arm, I did a finger rub and they did not budge. I was eager to try out ‘Fierce and Tangy’. I wore a solid orange top that day and I got a couple of compliments on how cool my shadows looked. IOne person even asked me if I did my own makeup. I took that as she couldn’t believe I could have done so well. Shrug.

Did they live up to the hype? Affirmative. And with flying, stay in place, colors. You may not believe it, so I’ll do another post on the 9 more I have accumulated since these two. Talk about hanging around on the eyelid!!!

The texture is a bit dry yet, you can work with it before it sets. I used my finger to apply it. Later on with a matte taupe I purchased, I tried a stiff makeup brush but that didn’t work so well. It clumped up. But, one thing you can do is layer this product. After applying one, let it set. Repeat.

Have you tried any of the Maybelline Color Tattoos? What one is your favorite color?