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?

 

 

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…

swatches of wnw 005I had to take a super close-up to show the twinkle..

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?

Gifts From Heaven Above; Walgreen’s Top Shelf Shopping

The season has come for the ‘Look Up’ shopping. What is this, you say? Retail stores receive a mess-load of Christmas products. It will fill up their backroom in an over-consumption minute. What Walgreens is known to do is put out the Holiday gift sets on the higher shelves, above the head, in preparation to move them down to the shoppable levels. But, if it is out on the floor, you can still buy it! I shared some of my Walgreens findings with G. at Nouveau Cheap‘s blog. She’s my source for all things new at the drugstore.

This is one of the first items I purchased…

swatches galore 014Look! One Buck!! Profusion comes out with a variety palettes during the Holiday. I find them hit or miss as far as quality. It’s a small gamble to find out if the shadows are too hard, too powdery or just right. Many one of the shadows is unblendable. Sometimes the entire palette isn’t worth your time. Yet, this one was a dollar. I lose that much in my car seat! So, this splurge is hardly a dent.

If I remember correctly, there were 6 different palettes to pick from. I got the purples…

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I can sit and stare at color palettes all day. Even when I was a kid, I had to have all my crayons in rainbow order and I wouldn’t use them. I didn’t want to spoil them so I would ask a classmate if I could borrow theirs. I don’t know if anyone ever caught on to my scheme. A bit of my reason to blog is to not only capture the virgin moment of makeup but also, to get me to make that first step in using it by swatching.

Anyway, are not these shades pretty? Nothing new but still pretty. Here are the sacred swatches from my first 2013 Holiday palette…

swatches galore 027I used a swab to swatch. And these were velvety smooth. I found them easy to blend with my makeup brushes. A bit of fallout but I really loaded up the swab for a swatching. They do build to a super pigmentation over a shadow primer.

Cheaper than a couple of bananas, you won’t be doing the peel slip by inventing in at least one of Profusion’s palettes. And for a buck, these can make nice Secret Santa or stocking stuffer gifts.

Do you treat yourself to these little, baby splurges? Do you think I’ll end up with some other palettes this Holiday?

 

 

Julie G: Matte Sparkle Collection From Groupon

Have you purchased anything from Groupon? I scour their daily newsletter for something that is a good buy or, for something I have wanted to try out. I don’t think there is one thing I have purchased that I have ever been disappointed in either. Getting this set of JulieG polishes did not disappoint…

nail swatches 004In a sea of pastels during Spring and Summer, it is a welcome change to have bright colors. These are right up my alley too.

Let’s start…

nail swatches 006nail swatches 020 nail swatches 008‘Tangerine Dream’ looks a super yummy icee drink. The glitter in this is fiery.

There’s a little tip noted on each bottle…

nail swatches 007Now another fiery shade…

nail swatches 010 nail swatches 011 nail swatches 019‘Sugar Rush’ looks like molten lava. I’m crazy on this one too.

nail swatches 012 nail swatches 013 nail swatches 021‘Hot Cinnamon’ rocks out a glittery red that is sure to win over any red nail polish lover. Like me.

nail swatches 022 nail swatches 015 nail swatches 014‘Rock Candy’ is probably the least dimensional of the set. It’s still pretty but not as outstanding as its mates.

nail swatches 017 nail swatches 018 nail swatches 016‘Crushed Candy’ is another one, like ‘Rock Candy’ that doesn’t have the umph that the oranges and red have. Still pretty and, they both look much better on the nail than in the bottle.

The entire collection is a winner. It was fun to wear these when there were so many pastels around. Not being so much of a pastel polish wearer, it is nice that Julie G’s brand contributed a different twist of fun summer colors this year. I used two medium, thick coats to achieve this look…

nail swatches 024 nail swatches 025 nail swatches 028Oh, and I tried it, then, with a shiny top coat, just for kicks…

nail swatches 034The tip was a good idea. A top coat doesn’t add a thing to these sparklers.

The last thing I purchased from Groupon was a set of sheets. They are chocolate colored with a faint embossing of leaves. They are gorgeous and soft. I have never had dark colored sheets before so spending $30 for them worked out perfectly. What have you bought from Groupon?

Newest Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Collection 2013

The colors for both nail polishes and eye shadows have been so appealing this summer. I don’t think I have been this pleased with summer shades. When I saw the new Sally Hansen LE polish collection, I have to admit, it was the ‘LE’ that reeled me in. I managed to pick just 3…

Sally Hansen and Salon Perfect polishes

Sally Hansen and Salon Perfect polishes

nail swatches 027The sunlight was just right to show off the sparkles in these polishes. I thought they were pretty in the store when I found them; they are breathtaking in the sunlight…

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nail swatches 035 nail swatches 031 nail swatches 034I was able to flesh out the real blue tones in ‘Royal Invite’ when I used my green adirondack porch chair. This shade looks like a brilliant night time sky.

And, if ‘Royal Invite’ looks like the night sky, then ‘On Parade’ is the morning sun…

nail swatches 030‘Private I’ has all the makings of a crushed velvet king’s cape…

nail swatches 029All three of these vibrant colors remind me of the Colorado Renaissance Fair that I went to this past weekend. I saw the Queen and King in their carriage and, a bawdy beggar where no one got away from him without some sort of wicked barb..

Renne Faire found Salon Perfect polishes 024 Renne Faire found Salon Perfect polishes 031 Renne Faire found Salon Perfect polishes 057 Renne Faire found Salon Perfect polishes 070 Yes, that is a turkey leg and he has put a baby shoe on it. See his collection of baby shoes in the lower left corner. That was uber creepy!Renne Faire found Salon Perfect polishes 071The polishes and the Festival…they are all fun things I enjoy. How about you? Have you ever been to a Renaissance Faire?

Pure Ice Polish: Taxi in Velour Texture

Pure Ice nail polishes has, recently, released a gob of new shades and textures. I couldn’t pass up the fun. One of the textures is called ‘velour’…

This pretty purple is called ‘Taxi’. I just know there is a story behind that name, I just don’t know what it is. I do know that I think it is pretty…

At the curve of the bottle, can you see the golden shimmer? That’s what makes this purple polish pop. In some light, the color looks all gold.

This is three coats. I did use Lumos Top Coat and I still have this polish on after a week. I have the slightest bit of tip wear. I know I could get more mileage out of this mani too. I just am ready to try something else. And, when I saw all these new Pure Ice polishes, I got a bunch!

Did I mention that they are only $1.99 at Walmart? I have some polishes that cost 5 times that amount and don’t perform as top-notch as Pure Ice does. I got lots so look forward to more swatches.

Nabi Polish Again With A Purple Creme And A Cult Nails Surprise

My last post was a Halloween manicure using Nabi ‘Dark Red’ and ‘Jumbo Lilac Glitter’. I purchased this Nabi shade, ‘New Lilac’ at the same time as the first two. I had it sitting on the table with me while doing the ‘Dark Red’ manicure. Naturally, I have to do something while my nails dry. Here’s what I did…It was just a lucky day that I was able to capture the true color of a purple polish! That’s astounding in itself. So, I’m happy to show you that this is, indeed, a yummy purple polish…

Next, I added the glitter top coat and that made it a party…

Nail Wheels to show the mix…

The top nail is two coats of ‘New Lilac’. A very pretty and true purple creme polish. The middle nail is ‘New Lilac’ with a top coat of ‘Jumbo Lilac Glitter’. And the bottom purple is two coats of ‘New Lilac’ over one coat of Cult Nails ‘Nevermore’, a one coat black creme.

And indoors, it still makes a striking appearance…

I’m so thrilled I experimented with ‘Nevermore’. Now I want to do a bazillion swatches using it to see how dark I can make other polishes.

Am I the only one that thinks the nail with the glitter looks like something from ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’?

Milani Monday: Shadow Eyez 12 Hour Wear Eyeshadow Pencils

Eyeshadow pencils that have good pigment AND don’t crease are hard to find. Oh, you’ll find plenty of companies telling you that their pencils last but, if you have oily eyelids like me, one can almost give up even trying to find such an animal.

I have had a lot of success with Milani Cosmetics so, I was very hopeful that their 12 Hour Wear Eyeshadow pencils in their Shadow Eyez collection would hold up. Here are a couple I have…

“Champagne Toast’, which the name says it all and, ‘Royal Purple’ which is a perfect purple shade. Both of these glide on like a professional ice skater across the ice…smooth. And, as no surprise, pigment overload!…

These are chubby pencils. I still like to use these for liners as well, even though they will give a thicker line. It is good for getting a smokey eye look. And, as creamy as these pencils are, you can smudge them out every easily.

Both are vibrant…

‘Champagne Toast’ seems to be lighter in color once it is drawn onto the skin. It makes for a dramatic highlight shade on the brow bone. And, ‘Royal Purple’ is about as matte as you can get without actually being a matte; just a smidgen of shimmer in there. That way, it keeps it in the 2010′s rather than in the 1070′s.

I actually like wearing these two shades together because they blend so easily and create a fun contrast…

As much as I like ‘Shadow Eyez’, I don’t get a 12 hour wear out of them. If I apply a shadow primer, I will get about 6 hours of no creases. Do keep in mind, I have oily eyelids and I’m in Florida. Your mileage may vary. When I use a primer and then one of these pencils over that, covering my eyelid, and then apply powder shadows over that, I get an intense look that wears long and beautifully for a good 8 hours.

I have a feeling that these would work perfectly, for me, in the winter temps, and in locations not as humid as Florida. I have several shades from this collection and they all are gorgeous. Save from having to work with them in a humid location, I have no complaints about Milani’s ‘Shadow Eyez’.

Have you tried any of these pencils my Milani? Which ones do you like?

 

These products have been given to me to review. This is my own, honest opinion.

 

elf: Python Collection Nail Polishes

I surprised myself when I saw the new elf polishes from the python collection. I didn’t think it would be anything new. Well, whether it is or isn’t, it didn’t matter. I got 4 of ‘em anyway…

The silver nail, to the far left, is the Studio M that I reviewed here. The purple shade that is next to it is not part of the elf collection either. So the third nail in starts with the new elf collection. Silly, elf…they didn’t name their polishes. There is a blackened green with green micro-glitter; a dark red with an orange/gold shimmer; a blackened green (again) but with teal micro-glitter; and a dark eggplant purple with dark magenta and blue micro-glitter.

These are the shades that I love to wear…

And this is with just two coats. However, I think someone that is very skilled at polishing nails could get away with just one coat. There’s no need to apply a top coat as these are shiny all by themselves…

The two photos above are the best that captured the elusive purple, on the far right.

It’s easy to be gushy on elf’s new collection. I adore these shades.

Did you get any of the elf python pattern topped polishes? Which shades do you like?

Milani Monday: Face Of The Day

This Milani Monday is a FOTD look. I used all Miani cosmetics to create it. Let’s start with the two eye shadows that I based this look around. These are from the Runway Eyes collection, which is a core collection…

‘Silver Charm’ is a soft color; not overly metallic-looking at all. ‘Royalty’ is a purply-violet that has lots of shimmer to it. ‘Royalty’ looks pink in the photos, but it is a lot more purple, which will show better in the swatches…

It might look like the sparkles are over-spray. However, I swirled into the pan and it stayed shimmery through.

I swatched both wet and dry. The larger swatch is dry while the narrow swatch is done wet…

‘Royalty’ is showing truer in the swatches.

To create my look, I used Milani for everything but the translucent facial powder. These are the Milani products I used…

From the top: my very favorite mascara, Total Lash Cover in Black; the lipstick is ‘Pink Love’; on top of the lipstick I used Haute Flash Full Coverage Shimmer Lipgloss in ‘Quick Flash’; I used two different eyeliners, both from the Shadow Eyez 12 Hour Wear Eyeshadow collection, ‘Green Safari’ and ‘Brown Deluxe’; and as the liner under my eyes, I used Color Play Felt-tip Liquid Pen in ‘White Line’.

This is how I got them all together…

Without a doubt, Milani’s products are very pigmented. I did the shadows wet and I couldn’t be happier with the intensity and blendability. The lipstick and gloss complimented each other very well.

In self-portraits, why is the nose made to look so huge!?? I wish it would make my lips look bigger. LOL

Do you have any of these Milani products?