Sonia Kashuk: Limited Edition Red Matte Lipstick

This was a VERY exciting find. On soooo many accounts…

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Even this…

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Maybe you are like me and when you find something like this you canNOT believe your luck. I don’t have a single bit of regret on snagging this one up…

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I’m very surprised it doesn’t have a real name, though…

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But, it’s gorgeous…

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Oh, yea….embossed love too…

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It is hard to do that first swatch to mar the embossing, but with a deep breath, I went for it…

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Goodness gracious, matte creaminess!!! It wasn’t drying. It didn’t drag. It is a sublime red shade. I love how it applied and stayed on for hours and hours…

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I can easily say that if Sonia Kashuk creates any more matte lipsticks, I will purchase them. This has to be one of the very best wearing red matte lipsticks I have ever tried. It looks great with my skintone and I am enamored by it.

Sonia Kashuk is at Target. Have you tried any of her other lipsticks?

 

Wet ‘n Wild: My Signature Red Hot Lipstick Look

Of all the red lipsticks I own, and a blue-red being my very, very favorite and, red is the shade I own the most of, I love Wet ‘n Wild’s red lippies the most…

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You know that question: If you could only have one lipstick color for the rest of your life…or, if you could only have one makeup item, etc. Well, here is my answer…

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Wet ‘n Wild’s ‘Cherry Frost’ isn’t frosty at all. It’s shimmery. And it is a shimmery blue-red that livens up my face. If I’m in a super hurry, I don’t need any other makeup if I can just get my hands on my red lipstick.

Cherry Frost Lips

This would be my one and only lipstick if I could only have one and, it’s my signature color. Now, more about ‘Cherry Frost’, itself other than my love for the shade; it is super creamy.  It’s creamy and it gliiiiiides on. My lips felt smooth all day with this on. And I only needed to touch up right after lunch. But even then, with a lip primer, this kisser stayed kissed!

I posted several years back about how I come by loving red lipstick genetically. My maternal Grandma wore red lipstick. She had to ‘put her lips on’ anytime we were going to take photos. I put a small blue-red lipstick in a box that was buried with my Grandma’s ashes.

Tell me what your signature lippie is.

Rite Aid Rhinestone Christmas Polishes

Don’t be afraid to use your Christmas/Winter Holiday nail polishes for real ornaments. They can be that cute! It’s a tie between the girly bottles and the actual polish which is more festive…

DSCF0043DSCF0051Gosh, if the brand is called ‘Ornaments’, I think anyone would be remiss if they called you on it!

I didn’t go into Rite Aid to look for new polish. But, can I make myself feel a bit better by saying I did limit myself to just three! These have no names…

DSCF0047but you’ll leave an impression with your festive nails if you decorate yourself with any of these three. There are two coats..

DSCF0041This one is a collection of all the glitter that falls off in the wake of a fast-moving elf…

DSCF0046I will move this one over to the Mardi Gras possibles if I don’t get to it this Christmas…

DSCF0048This pink glitter doesn’t have to hide out just for the Winter Holidays either. Two photos in different lighting but, still the same polish..

DSCF0050 DSCF0049I have more Christmas/Winter polishes than I can possibly wear during one season. That’s the truth! Next year, I am going to have a Christmas party at my house with a ‘Come Paint Your Nails For Your Holidays’ theme. I’ll provide food, drinks and polish!

It’s just too frightful for me to even think about counting how many Christmas Holiday polishes I have! What would you guess? I’m going to say about 125. Gulp! How about you?

Straight From Etsy, I Love Nail Polish Holiday Polishes

Can I give you a couple of reasons why I love I LOVE NAIL POLISH brand? First, the combinations of holos and glitters are like nothing I see anywhere else. Also, I can order smaller bottles, which are less expensive, allowing me to purchase a larger variety.

Let me show you a couple of my recent purchases that will insure I’m ready for the holidays…

swatches nails and makeup 041 swatches nails and makeup 044Seriously. ‘Pumpkinhead‘. Nothing will scream Halloween better than this glitter screamfest. I haven’t had any polishes that made me want to stare at them in quite some time. It’s a whole paragraph just to tell you that there is square and different size of hex glitter in this. The green, copper and orange colors are in the right ratio for Fall.

swatches nails and makeup 037 swatches nails and makeup 040“Christmas In Bordeaux’ is the Norman Rockwell for the fingernails. Right? Every single glitter color is Christmas! Square, shard, dot and hex glitters abound. Gold, red and green colors will deck your nails for Yule. (Shhh…beat Santa to the punch. Order the full size of this one at ILNP.com because it’s on clearance!)

No need to pontificate, see for yourself!…

swatches nails and makeup 060swatches nails and makeup 058‘Pumpkinhead’ makes me ready for hayrides and caramel apples…swatches nails and makeup 067“Christmas in Bordeaux’ will get you in the mood to hang tinsel and string popcorn for the tree…

swatches nails and makeup 066swatches nails and makeup 056I don’t mean to rush the Holidays, but you can get your I Love Nail Polishes at their Etsy store. The minis are $3.75 each and I got my order in less than 5 days.

swatches nails and makeup 035 swatches nails and makeup 036I do need some help, however. What color of polish would you recommend as a base color for these Holiday smack-you-in-the-face glitters? Do you have your Holiday nail manicures selected?

 

Wet ‘N Wild Lipsticks: Great Pick-Me-Ups

Wet ‘n Wild lipsticks are some of my favorites. These shades last and last. Heck, even the price is right! Here are a couple of new acquisitions…

polishes green eye 141As you will see with the swatches, and from the product byline, these are shiny. Sometimes I am in a matte mood; sometimes I’m in a shiny mood. This is one bold shiny red…

polishes green eye 150 polishes green eye 149 polishes green eye 152Wow. Just wow. Of course you’ll feel ‘Fierce’ when you wear this one. No doubt!

However, if you want to tone it down, just a little…

polishes green eye 144 polishes green eye 143 polishes green eye 145Itsy bitsy bits of shimmer are there. ‘Risque’ is a neutral for me. I can wear mauve shades with just about anything.

Check out the opaque coverage of these lipsticks…

polishes green eye 160 polishes green eye 156I hope I put on a good face with ‘Fierce’…polishes green eye 234 polishes green eye 235I have no idea just how many lipsticks, lip liners and, glosses I own. I used to purchase one if I felt blue (OK, now I just buy). There are always 99 cent lipsticks. And you know what? It would work. Way better than the guilt of a DQ Blizzard. ;D I picked these lipsticks up at Rite Aid for around $1 on sale.

Do you like Wet ‘n Wild lipsticks?

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…

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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?

Black Radiance Lipsticks; Two Red Hot Colors

When I get a new product, I’m itchin’ to try it out. But, I refrain until I can take photos of it and swatches, as well. Heck, I even managed to photo one of these products on my lips…

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It is only on a rare occasion that I find Black Radiance cosmetics. I know they are made by the same wonderful folks that make Wet ‘N Wild. When I do come upon them, I look for any new lip shades. Even though Black Radiance is marketed to women of color, I find that most of their lipsticks and glosses look awesome on me.

Here are the two lippies that I got…

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Sadly, there are no names on these. Sort of odd since Wet ‘N Wild has some of the cleverest names for their products. Anyway, #5016 is a super deep magenta color. #5014 is a dark pink-red; definitely has the blue undertones.

This embossing makes me weak in the knees. I love things like this with makeup…

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Swatching these two products reminded me exactly why I love red lipsticks…

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Since I was on a roll, I went right ahead and applied # 5016. I wanted to see how it looked on me…

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I found that this darker shade was not quite as dark when swatched or applied on my lips. Nevertheless, I really like the color and how it turned out.

These lippies are very creamy and smooth. After about 2 hours, I did feel like my lips were getting drier. However, I have moved to a much more arid climate and have been experiencing dry lips for months.

Black Radiance is a bit more expensive than Wet ‘N Wild. I don’t remember the exact prices of these lipsticks but I do remember that their 8 pan shadows run about $1 more than WnW. Still, I find their prices to be quite reasonable.

Do you think it’s cool that a drugstore brand put an embossing on their lipsticks?

My New Favorite Red Shimmer: Finger Paints Hollydazzle

Finger Paints made a Christmas/Holiday red that is off the charts! My camera just could not deal with it. But, I tried…

notd poop lots of swatches haul 001 notd poop lots of swatches haul 003‘Hollydazzle’ is right! What looks like just a bright red polish is just the beginning. Look at the different colors of shimmer…

notd poop lots of swatches haul 002 notd poop lots of swatches haul 023The above photo is in the sunny kitchen. It gives the best look at the true red shade and still shows the shimmers. And those shimmers look gold, magenta and red to me. I mean CHOCK full of shimmer!!!

notd poop lots of swatches haul 008 notd poop lots of swatches haul 006This is only 2 coats with a top coat of Color Club’s Eco Top Coat. I found this polish super easy to apply.  I still have this polish on, it’s been 3 full days and I don’t even show tip wear. I could possibly wear this all the way to Christmas.

‘Hollydazzle’ has just become my new, favorite red shimmer polish. Do you have a favorite red?

Studio M: Sparks Fly For A Holiday Look

It’s a crying shame that there are no Rite Aid drugstores in Florida. However, it’s a stroke of luck that I have a friend in Wisconsin, where there are RA, who can pick up some polishes for me. And when I saw the new Studio M polishes, I was burning up my email begging my friend to snag me some. I made this one into a Holiday manicure…

nail swatches Gosh 001nail swatches Gosh 002 nail swatches Gosh 003“Sparks Fly’ is very unique in my collection. The name is cute and I love hairy glitter. It doesn’t seem that many folks like bar glitter, but I do!

nail swatches Gosh 005 nail swatches Gosh 004Using Revlon’s ‘Cosmic’ from their Moon Candy collection, I whipped up some Holiday cheer for my nails. This dark green creme is almost a blackened green on the nails. But it does allow the red and silver glitter to twinkle…

nail swatches Gosh 009I did have to do a bit of glitter fishing as the bars would all end up at the tip. And, up close you can see that the clear base didn’t always smooth out.

Using Lumos Instant Impact Base Coat, I applied 2 coats of  Revlon’s ‘Cosmic’and then two coats of Studio M’s ‘Sparks Fly’…

nail swatches Gosh 015A lighter green shade would have given me the perfect look I was going for. But, Revlon’s Moon Drops creme polishes are some of the easiest cremes to work with. I don’t mind this creation.

Do you like hairy glitters? Does this manicure make you think of a big, mess of curly Christmas ribbons?

China Glaze’s Prey Tell: A Halloween Brew

Here’s a mixing of a witch’s brew…

China Glaze’s ‘Prey Tell’ which is a dark brick red…

And, add to that a wicked orange glitter; a swipe of Sally Hansen’s ‘Pumpkin Spice’…

And you can create a fun concoction for Halloween…

Three coats of ‘Prey Tell’ and two coats for the accent of ‘Pumpkin Spice’, all topped off with Lumos Top Coat.