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?

Forever 21: I Haven’t Been There In Forever

My job no longer allows me the opportunity of working in malls. I’m bummed by that. I miss shopping the stores after doing my merchandising. I really miss popping into Forever 21. Luckily, there is one in the mall that I live close to. I just don’t get up by it at all.

So, I made a special road trip to visit the Forever 21. This store is huge too! I picked up this cutie blue on this last visit…

nail swatches 044 nail swatches 046Hmmm…interesting name. I rather like ‘Cutie Blue’ better. It was that shimmer of gold that reeled me in. I didn’t even try to resist…

nail swatches 047Application was on the thin side and I had to use three coats. A visible nail line is still well, visible. Rest assured, it wasn’t that noticeable from a proper distance…

nail swatches 049 nail swatches 053This Forever 21 polish wore well considering I used Nail Tek 2 Intensive Therapy as a top coat. It’s actually made to be used right on the nail to strengthen it. But, I couldn’t for the life of me find any topcoats. Weird, eh??

I stopped by a Walgreens today. I noticed that they have those top shelves up over the shampoo and haircolor products. Not all of them have those shelves until the Holidays. Get ready to start peeking up there for Holiday makeup goodies!

Salon Perfect Polishes Usher In Fall 2013

Ready for Fall? Nope, me neither. But, like it or not, retail stores are already vying for your end of the year dollars. Yep, I’m sucked in too.

Salon Perfect nail polish is having a banner year. They have been showing up strong at Walmart. Even though I found this endcap on the lotion and shampoo aisles, instead of the beauty area, it was full and fresh for the pickings…

Renne Faire found Salon Perfect polishes 084 Renne Faire found Salon Perfect polishes 089 Renne Faire found Salon Perfect polishes 088 Renne Faire found Salon Perfect polishes 086 Renne Faire found Salon Perfect polishes 085There was a small inner struggle to resist getting one of each. However, I soothed myself by snapping a few photos of shades that didn’t make the cut…

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I feel that a limit of 3, from any collection, is not as hard as I thought. Considering I’m not wearing polish at the moment. But, I am still enjoying the process of polishing…

Mega swatch day 007 Mega swatch day 009 Mega swatch day 005 Mega swatch day 006 Mega swatch day 003 Mega swatch day 004Stunning, right? Yes!

Mega swatch day 002 Mega swatch day 001Just Wow. These brushed on so smoothly. You can see that they are super-rich in pigmentation. Two coats and these are good to go. Oh, and there is no top coat on these self-shiners.

Which one would you wear first?

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?

Sinful Colors: Luminary Just In Time For Halloween

This is a persnickety polish!…

This Sinful Colors polish is named ‘Luminary’. And, if you like orange, you’ll like this orange sherbert sparkle. I thought it would be cute for Halloween…

I don’t seem to have the skills to get orange with shimmers to apply well. I restarted this manicure twice before I got it to layer down evenly and not throw patches at me. But, because I like this color so much, I persevered…

The shimmer in ‘Luminary’ goes from magenta to just white. But, it gives this orange some character that a pastel orange lacks.

As I mentioned, I had to really work to get this Sinful Colors polish to do its job for me. It is on the sheer side and it kept getting patchy. So, I have four coats on, with the fourth one being rather thick. Since I did that, I didn’t put on a top coat. If I did, it would have taken way too long to dry.

Do you think this makes a good Halloween color or, should I save it for Easter?

Maybelline New York Fall 2012 Polish: Downtown Brown

Holy Whip It…Good!

It would be a huge surprise to me if my beauty blog is the only one you read. Heavens, I read at least 50 from time to time, myself. I’m a blogger but I’m more of a blogger reader. So, I have seen this gorgeous Fall polish alllll over the blogs…

A fancy-smancy ‘Downtown Brown’ from Maybelline. Coming from their Fall 2012 collection, I didn’t dally around trying to decide if I wanted this one. I grabbed it!

This is two coats and I didn’t even take the time to put a top coat on it. I loved how easy this Maybelline polish applied.

Not quite as light as milk chocolate but the green shimmer makes this one full of mystery!!…

The color in the bottle transferred to the nail very well. I don’t have to hunt for that green shimmer to show.

I still have nubby nails but they are growing fast and they feel strong too. ‘Downtown Brown’, however, continues to make me focus on my nails because that color is just BOSS! This is, so far, my favorite Fall shade.

I found this display at Walgreens and it was $4.99. I have seen this in several other Walgreens and Bed, Bath and Beyond, so I don’t think it is too difficult, at this time, to find.

Are you going to get it?

China Glaze: Blue Year’s Eve To Chase Away My Blues

Today is Grandparents Day and I have been thinking about my own Grandparents all day. They are all gone and I miss them very much. I was lucky to have grown up in the same, small town they lived in. They were instrumental in giving me the happiest childhood memories.

Speaking of blue, I was rummaging through my stash and found this beauty…

China Glaze’s ‘Blue Year’s Eve’ is quite a blue. Check out that far left side of the bottle and you can see the faintest hint of the pink shimmer.

About 14 years ago, I had a roommate that spent almost every day at the beach. She wasn’t into much girly-girl stuff but she always had her toes painted. She used a blue polish very similar to this one. And that’s what got me started wearing fancy, fun colors on my toes. I decided then that wearing ‘odd’ colors, as I thought of them at the time, on my toes was safe.

However, today I am sporting them on my fingers…

I have on three coats with no top coat. The first coat was super sheer and looked turquoise. A couple more coats and this became a blazing sapphire. Cool how a blue nail polish can help soften the blues of the soul.

Are you a blue nail polish wearer?

China Glaze: Blue Year’s Eve To Chase Away My Blues

Today is Grandparents Day and I’m blue missing all four of my grandparents. I was so lucky to live in the same, small town as they did. They were a vital part of my growing up and gave me the best childhood memories.

Speaking of blue, I was rummaging through my stash and found this beauty…

China Glaze’s ‘Blue Year’s Eve’ is quite a blue. Check out that far left side of the bottle and you can see the faintest hint of the pink shimmer.

About 14 years ago, I had a roommate that spent almost every day at the beach. She wasn’t into much girly-girl stuff but she always had her toes painted. She used a blue polish very similar to this one. And that’s what got me started wearing fancy, fun colors on my toes. I decided then that wearing ‘odd’ colors, as I thought of them at the time, on my toes was safe.

However, today I am sporting them on my fingers…

I have on three coats with no top coat. The first coat was super sheer and looked turquoise. A couple more coats and this became a blazing sapphire. Cool how a blue nail polish can help soften the blues of the soul.

Are you a blue nail polish wearer?

elf Cosmetics: Shimmering Palette

A new store opened in the Orlando area called ‘Christmas Tree Shops’. This is a chain that is owned by Bed, Bath and Beyond. There are a lot of Christmas Tree Shops up North and I know they are in the Dallas area too. But, this is the first one in Florida. And it has a Harmon Department. Not all Christmas Tree Shops, or BB&B, have a Harmon Department. That is the makeup, hair care, skin care, nails, razors, body products, etc. department. I’m fortunate enough to have a BB&B and this new Christmas Tree Shops close to my home and they both have a Harmon Department.

There’s an elf display tower at the Christmas Tree Shops. (Yes, it is ‘Shops’, plural). I have gotten quite a few goodies from this tower. Hey, I get to play with some makeup and none of it is over $3. Take this shimmer palette…

When I got this I was thinking lips, brow bones, and tops of cheeks…

Simple enough, right? Well, it IS that simple.And there is a tiny little brush that came with it. It works best for placing a shimmer right in the middle of the lips…

I swatched them out so you can see that they do have very noticeable shimmer…

And, as much as I wanted this to work, it doesn’t have much lasting power…

When I used these shimmers on my brow bones, the tops of my cheeks and on my lips, the only one that lasted over an hour was when I used it on my lips. I used it over a matte lipstick and that worked the best of all. I considered patting on some powder to keep it in place, but when I did that, it took away the shimmer.

Until I can find something that these shimmers can adhere to and still be shimmery on my face, I’m just using this for my lips right now. Anyone got any good suggestions?

If you want something permanent, I’d suggest a tattoo. But, you need to have the body for one…

Nabi Cosmetics: Eye Shadows

Nabi doesn’t just make nail polish, like the ones I reviewed here. They also make shadows. A lot of different color shadows. And they are very inexpensive. I got these two for something like 2 for $3…

I only purchased these two because I wasn’t quite sure how well they would apply. They had samples out but I didn’t trust them. However, these are as soft. But, they are also full of fall-out. I’ll come back to that in a moment.

This is ‘Coco Bean’…

And here is ‘Chocolate’…

Hungry yet? Swatched out..

‘Coco Bean’ is on the left. It has a slight gold shimmer too. ‘Chocolate’ is on the taupe-y side and has that shimmer of mauve/purple in it. I noticed it more in direct sunlight than here, in the sunny window.

Here’s my verdict: if you like to experiment with different shadows like me, it’s a very inexpensive investment. When I used my new Sephora airbrush shadow brushes, I didn’t get the fall-out I did just swatching these two with my finger. The two shades blend very well together and do play nice with other brands. Will I get more? Yes. I want to try out some of the strong, bold colors that they have. The vanity says yes, go play!

Again, I got these at a store called Rainbow at The Florida Mall. There is another Rainbow store in another mall, but it didn’t have makeup.

Does an investment this cheap make you want to just try it out?