Thursday, February 18, 2016

OPI French Bordeaux with Revlon Brilliant Bordeaux

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So apparently, today is National Wine Day - I discovered that via Instagram while I was scrolling through in the evening.  I was also trying to figure out what to post before I saw that.  My mind instantly thought to figure out what polishes I had that have something to do with wine and pull them out.  I keep a private database with all of my polishes, so I popped "bordeaux" into the find feature and wrote down my results.

My results were OPI French Bordeaux and Revlon Brilliant Bordeaux.  Honestly, neither shade screams "bordeaux wine" to me (I think deep, dark red burgundy) but since I was going based on polish names...here we are.  These are both quite a few years old, so you could also call this a Throwback Thursday post.
I put down 3 coats of OPI French Bordeaux.  It was a touch more sheer than I wanted it to be so that's why I did 3 coats.  If I didn't have so much free edge, I might have been more content at 2 coats.  There is a fine red shimmer running throughout that is a bit shy.  I'm not good at figuring out if reds are blue-based or orange-based; on me it kind of depends on the lighting as to how it looks.  This was actually one of my first OPI purchases however many years ago (at least 5 since I'm pretty sure I bought it before we moved to our current home).  According to my research, I believe this is from the Colorcopia 20th Anniversary collection in 2009.  I don't know why I don't wear red polishes more - they are pretty, and classic...maybe being a "classic" color is why -- I want fun colors and glitter!!
That classic red didn't last long.  I added 2 coats of Revlon Brilliant Bordeaux to my nails which completely changed up the color to more of what I picture Bordeaux wine to look like...with sparkles added on top.  This combo definitely brings the color to more of a type that I really enjoy wearing.
I did leave my thumb at only one coat of the Brilliant Bordeaux since my thumb nail is sporting a patch.  Hopefully one less coat of glitter comes off easier than 2.
Revlon Brilliant Bordeaux is a very sheer gray jelly base with matte black and metallic magenta glitter dust with metallic magenta micro bar glitters and a sprinkling of slightly chunky silver holographic bar glitters.  This topper is from the 2012 Just Add Sparkle Holiday collection.
And as soon as I was done taking my label shots, I majorly smudged my polish.  Good thing I do those last.  I can say that I liked this combo well enough to recreate it at some point.  I'm actually enjoying these layering combinations I've been coming up with lately - the last one I posted was my Understated Valentine's Day Glitter Placement.  I'll have to do more of these, especially since the current "Spring" collections are not catching my eye at all.  Perfect time to play around in Polish World and save some money.  I am attempting to put myself on a "low-buy" once again...hopefully with better results than previous attempts.

How often do you play around with older limited edition polishes?  Have you ever attempted, and succeeded at, a low-buy?

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Urban Decay X Gwen Stefani Blush Palette - Swatches & 1st Impressions

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Oops, I kind of got off track last week when I was trying to do an entire week of Valentine's Day posts.  I did make it 5 days in a row, but then we had some things that pretty much took all of my energy.  I'm still lacking energy, but I know me.  If I continue to let myself slack off, then I'll keep doing that - vicious cycle.

So I thought that to get back into things, I'd share a purchase I made at the end of January.  I believe there was an Ulta extra points deal going on.  I was debating between a couple of limited edition things and ended up deciding on the less expensive item...not that it's cheap, either...  Anyway, today I've got the Urban Decay X Gwen Stefani Blush Palette, which is the perfect accompaniment to the Eye Shadow Palette I swatched about a month ago.
#UDxGwen

Just like the eye shadow palette, the blush palette is heavy feeling.  It has a strong magnetic closure; overall it is a heavy plastic white case with the same metal plate.  This time, instead of black dots surrounded by white, there are white dots surrounded by gold.
 The palette has the same "magic's in the makeup" slogan in the bottom right corner of the mirror.
 Swatch time!  My hand is not prepped in any way (no primer, lotion, moisture, etc.).
Cherry, Easy, Angel
~Cherry and Easy mixed~
Lo-Fi, Hush, OC

I randomly decided to mix Cherry and Easy together since Cherry is a bit more of a pale (blue-based) pink than I really go for so I wanted to see what they would look like mixed -- pretty.  The top row all has some degree of shimmer.  I did go over Lo-Fi and OC twice to get them to show more evenly.  Lo-Fi is the only matte shade in the palette.  OC leans more satin than shimmery.  I'll have to play around with the bottom row since they are on the warmer, kind of orange-y side of things.  Hopefully once I finally put on some makeup again they will blend nicely with my skin-tone.  

This palette is made up of the After-Glow 8-hour Powder Blush palette, which I have not tried yet.  Each pan is 0.09 oz ($45 for 6 shades) - the core line is 0.23 oz each ($26 each).  So really, while the pans are smaller, you are getting 6 shades for about the price of 2.  As I mentioned at the top of the post, I picked mine up from Ulta, but it's also available at Urban Decay's site, Sephora, and Macy's (no longer on Nordstrom's site).

Have you purchased the Urban Decay X Gwen Stefani Blush Palette?  Do you want to?  Do you have any favorite (core) After-Glow Blush shade recommendations?

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**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Understated Valentine's Day Glitter Placement

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It took me all day to be inspired for today's post - literally it was 11:00 pm when the light finally struck.  I was reading through my blog subscriptions and came across Vampy Varnish's post on the Orly Melrose Spring collection.  The bulk of the comments were about how unique one shade in particular was - Beautifully Bizarre.  Yes, it's pretty and yes, it's unique...but I had the feeling I could replicate the look of the polish utilizing something in my stash.  All in the name of utilizing my stash and not continually purchasing new.

So after some browsing through my stash, I remembered a fairly opaque baby pink - Wet 'n Wild MegaLast in Cherry Blossom, which is a long ago limited edition polish.  I did 2 coats of it.  To get the shimmery part of Beautifully Bizarre, I turned to my Pure Ice drawer remembering that I had some transformer toppers.  I pulled out Oh Baby!, which may be discontinued.  I did 2 coats of the topper as well.  I got close with this combo, but my base pink is a shade or 2 too dark.  I don't have a lot of baby pink polishes, especially ones that are opaque in only 2 coats.  I probably would have been closer if I had used SinfulColors Tutu (that I used the other day under a Pure Ice heart glitter).  So while I think this is a little darker than my inspiration polish, I still really like it.
>>my lighting is making it look more yellow than it is in real life<<

Cherry Blossom + Oh Baby! almost = Orly Beautifully Bizarre

Wet 'n Wild MegaLast Cherry Blossom, Pure Ice Oh Baby!, Funky Fingers I <3 U

I let this dry for quite a while before proceeding - 4 layers already, you know...

To tie this in with my Valentine's Day Week theme, I decided to use this combo as a base to one of my heart glitter toppers.  I pulled out Funky Fingers I <3 U since it's one of the few that have a truly clear base, and is made up of primarily pink hearts (which is what I wanted).  I ultimately decided to do glitter placement so I wouldn't end up with quite so much of the clear base layered on my nails.
I ended up with a simple, understated Valentine's Day appropriate manicure that I'm really enjoying the final look of.  Yay!  Of course, now I won't want to take this off so...I still have 2 more days leading up to the holiday plus the 14th itself.  Even though my base color is a bit darker than the inspiration polish, I'm going to mark this as a close "my version of" a.k.a. dupe (close dupe, that is).

Have you decided on a Valentine's Day mani yet?  Do you like subtle looks, or all out festive?  Do you ever find yourself combining polishes to try to replicate one you see elsewhere?

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**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Valentine Inspired Swatch Wheel - All Brands

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Continuing on with the Valentine's Day week theme, today I've got all of my heart glitter polishes to share, with swatches on a nail wheel.  Last time I did a post like this, it was for my patriotic-inspired glitter swatch wheels post.  As I mentioned in that post, many of these polishes are older, limited edition and/or discontinued polishes.  As far as I know, only SinfulColors, Pure Ice, and Funky Fingers put out actual Valentine-inspired polishes this year.  Last year Salon Perfect had a collection, but nothing from them this year.  Bummer, since I typically love their glitters.
Starting at #1 and going clockwise: (1-4) ICING Valentine Set (no names); REVLON Hearts of Gold FX; NICOLE BY OPI Step 2 the Beat of My <3; SALON PERFECT Hearts A Flutter; FUNKY FINGERS I <3 U and Queen of Hearts; SINFULCOLORS Love Sprinkles and Love Bombs, PURE ICE Hearts on Fire, I Pink It's Love, 143; OPI Bearest of Them All
Icing Valentine Set (no names, 4 of the 5 shades) 
Revlon Hearts of Gold FX, Nicole by OPI Step 2 the Beat of my <3, Salon Perfect Hearts A Flutter 
 Funky Fingers I <3 U and Queen of Hearts, SinfulColors Love Sprinkles and Love Bombs
Pure Ice Hearts on Fire, I Pink It's Love, 143, OPI Bearest of Them All

I nearly forgot to include OPI Bearest of Them All since I keep the polish still in it's box with it's keepsake Coca-Cola Bear, but I remembered just before I started taking my pictures.  I thought I had a manicure with SinfulColors Love Sprinkles, but I can't find where I shared any post on it...maybe I never got around to taking pictures while I just enjoyed the look.

I'm not sure what I'll post for tomorrow since I've now shared all of my heart polishes.  I might have to come up with some manis utilizing these glitters...and maybe some stamping as well.  Or try to do some pink/purple makeup look to attempt to take pictures of.  Can you tell I'm not decided yet?  And I've got a few more days to fill for Valentine Week...

Do you have any heart glitter toppers in your polish stash?  Any favorites?  Any that you wish you had been able to get but missed out on?  Any suggestions for the rest of the week?

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**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated



Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Pure Ice Limited Edition Heart Glitter Collection

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Today I've got yet another Valentine's Day collection that just hit the stores.  Today's is from Pure Ice (Walmart exclusive brand).  I had actually forgotten I'd seen it on Instagram a while ago, but when I was in a different Walmart a couple of days ago, I randomly spotted the stickers on the handles...mixed in with the Winter collection display.  So I have no idea what, if any, other colors are officially in the collection.  Let's enjoy this picture I snagged from Pure Ice's Instagram, shall we?
Suggested base color shades are Wear Red, Flirt Alert, and Feisty
Hearts on Fire, I Pink It's Love, 143
Since I have no idea what other polishes are in the collection, I randomly pulled a couple of SinfulColors polishes to pair with the trio of heart glitter toppers.  On my pinkie and index fingers, I've got 2 coats SinfulColors Candy Coated.  On my ring and middle fingers I applied 3 coats of SinfulColors Tutu.
143, Hearts on Fire, I Pink It's Love (middle and index)

On my pinkie I have 1 coat, plus some heart fishing and maneuvering, of #143 (no actual "word" name).  I would say that 143 has a clear base (I didn't notice any altering of my base polish).  It has matte baby pink hex glitters, small shiny blue glitters, and shiny holo-silver-to-purple hearts.  There's also a sprinkling of tiny background glitters...maybe silver and blue (very hard for my tired eyes to make out tonight).

My ring finger has a generous coat of Hearts on Fire, with just minimal maneuvering to get an even coat.  The base is slightly tinted so over such a pale pink, any unevenness would be noticeable.  I really like this one - it has baby pink matte hex glitters (I think there's also matte white hexes but the base tints them when on the nail), shiny red small glitters and a sprinkling of holo glitters with the shiny red heart glitters.  I did have to fish a little to get a heart out.

On my ring and index fingers I added a generous coat, plus heart fishing, of I Pink It's Love.  I'm in love with how it changes Candy Coated.  I Pink It's Love also has a slightly tinted pink jelly(?) base and has matte bright pink hex glitters and shiny bright pink hearts and small glitters.  The jelly was tinted enough that it turned a rather blue-based periwinkle-lavender into a true baby purple.  Magic.
I do suggest turning the bottles upside down for some time to try to encourage the hearts to come out to play with hopefully less fishing.  I am happy to report that I did not end up with nearly as much thickness on my nails as I did with yesterday's SinfulColors Love Bombs glitter topper.  It's been quite a while since I've purchased any Pure Ice polishes, but I'm fairly pleased with this purchase.

As I mentioned above, I nearly missed the Heart Glitter collection since it was hiding in amongst the winter collection display.  Maybe other Walmarts have an actual display??  It makes me think of the old "Where's Waldo?" books, just with polishes.  If you're not following Pure Ice on Instagram, I suggest you do (if interested in the brand) so that you'll know when to be on the lookout for something new.

Have you come across the 2016 Pure Ice Heart Glitter topper collection?  Does one (or more) of these toppers catch your eye enough to make it's way into your polish stash?

**all items purchased by me
**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

Monday, February 8, 2016

SinfulColors Love Bites Valentine's Day 2016 Collection - My Picks

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As I was adding the title to my post, I just caught myself wondering about my older collection posts called "Spotted, Hauled & Swatched"...I guess since I only purchased one polish in this collection (already had the bulk of them) it doesn't count.  Hopefully I'll get to bust out that title again at some point...maybe for another brand.

Anyway.... I'm continuing on my Valentine's Day week theme by sharing this year's SinfulColors Valentine's Day collection.  I think the name of the collection might be Love Bites, but it's not really clear on the display.  The collection is full of repromotes, which at this point in my quite large Polish World, I'm fine with, but there's also one new polish - a glitter!  This glitter has blue hearts(!) which, I feel, make it much more unique in the heart glitter topper polish spectrum.  There's also packages of nail stickers with conversation hearts and some miscellaneous smaller hearts.  I have only seen this collection at Walgreens (I haven't seen anything new SinfulColors pop up at Rite Aid in ages).
There are two polishes in the collection that I do not have in my Polish World, and they are Pink Smart and Tempest.  Both have made an appearance before and, according to this post, are part of the Walgreens core line up (unless things changed this year).  I did not pick these up as I feel like I have polishes extremely similar to them already (same feeling when they first came out) so I have resisted them again.
I did, however, purchase the new glitter so I pulled the other polishes I already had from the collection out to do a line up.  Those aforementioned blue hearts are very shy in the bottle (and coming out of the bottle).
Sail La Vie, Gogo Girl (red), Love Bombs, Feeling Great (fuchsia pink)
I did some quick swatches of all 4 of the polishes.  The glitter topper needed lots of fishing to get any of the blue hearts out, which resulted in a very thick look on most of my nails.  Bummer.  I ended up doing a little color block application just to give a rough idea of how the glitter looked over the other 3 colors, and my ring finger has a single coat on a bare nail (which is the one nail that doesn't look thick).
pinkie - 3 coats Gogo Girl; ring - 1 coat Love Bombs; 
ring - 3 coats Feeling Great; index - 3 coats Sail La Vie
I like how much silver-looking "background" glitter there is in Love Bombs so even before I fished out the blue hearts, the topper was interesting to look at on the polishes.  It's got a neat light blue shift in appearance.  There's also 2 shades of shiny pink hex glitters.  For as much glitter as is in the bottle, I don't think this would ever, nicely, build up to be opaque.  Plus, by the time I finally retrieved a heart for each nail and got it placed, there was so much of the glittery (clear) base that it got very thick looking on all my nails that had a base color down.  Maybe if I hadn't needed 3 coats of each it would have looked better.  I'll have to play around with it.  It might not be "Valentine-y" but I am curious as to how this would look over black.  Maybe when I have a free moment (hahaha) I'll play around with it some more.  I think this would also look pretty over the light pink and lavender shades also in the collection, maybe even white as well.

I do think that Feeling Great and Gogo Girl are too similar (even though one is red and the other is pink) - in my regular room lighting (and the lightbox) they come off rather similar.  Maybe daylight (outside) would show the difference better.  If it were up to me a violet purple would have been in the collection instead of Gogo Girl and skip the red altogether.

Have you come across the SinfulColors Love Bites collection for Valentine's Day 2016?  Does the topper have a place for it in your polish stash?

**all items purchased by me
**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated


Sunday, February 7, 2016

Sunday Stash Sharing - Funky Fingers 2016 Valentine's Day

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I'm running low on energy lately for some reason, but I wanted to get as many of my Valentine's Day themed polishes shared this week as possible since the holiday is next Sunday.  So I thought I'd get the little "series" going by sharing my latest Funky Fingers polish acquisition instead of the grouping of Funky Fingers I had originally planned.

I picked up my latest Valentine polish a week or so ago from Five Below for $2.  It might be tricky to work with, but for the uniqueness and price, I'll make it work.
 
Funky Fingers Queen of Hearts
Funky Fingers Queen of Hearts is made up of matte black heart along with satin red and satin pearl-white hearts.  The red hearts look like there are 2 shades - one is more red-orange while the other is a touch brighter of a red.  This glitter topper definitely requires some brush swirling/fishing in the bottle to get the hearts out as well as dabbing/placing on the nail.  It requires some finessing to get a smooth look.  In my very quick swatch on my bare thumb, I kept going into the bottle to get some more of the clear base to try to smooth things out.
I'm still thinking about what color to put under this topper that would enable all the colors to show.  Maybe pink? purple?  You could alter the way this looks by using it over black; that would turn it into a red and white topper.  Red could be another possibility by only allowing the black and white hearts to noticeably show.  An off-white would probably disguise the white-ish glitters so that it would look like red and black hearts.  All kinds of possibilities.  Hmmm.....

Does Funky Fingers Queen of Hearts appeal to you?  What color would you put under Queen of Hearts?  Do you like heart glitter toppers?

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**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

China Glaze House of Color Duo + How I Wore Them

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I picked up this duo from Sally's Beauty Supply just after Christmas.  It's part of a collection that I had not heard anything about when I was purchasing (now, as I'm writing this I'm seeing blog posts and videos on) it.  So I went online to find a little info.  The duo is from the new China Glaze House of Color collection for Spring 2016.
Glitter Me This... is the polish that caught my eye in store - ooOOooo shiny!  Must have!  There's matte baby pink and white hex glitters mixed in with lots of shiny metallic gold hex glitters in a clear base.  I'm in love with this glitter - it's so unique to my stash.  On Instagram, I've seen Glitter built up on a bare nail, over a baby blue and over a pinky-nude.  I love all of the combos I've seen so far; I can't wait to get this on my nails again!
Let's Chalk About It is the other polish in the box.  I grabbed the set because for some reason I was thinking it was an un-advertised holiday duo which is why I grabbed it.  Now I've seen the collection in the individual bottles at Ulta.  I would have preferred to purchase the glitter by itself, but oh well.
On my pinkie nails, I used a color that looks similar to one in the collection - Orly Shockwave (2 coats) and put a nice coat of Glitter Me This...
On the rest of my nails, I have 2 coats of China Glaze Let's Chalk About It.  On my ring and middle fingers I put a generous coat of Glitter Me This...  Finally, I added the dots on my index finger in SinfulColors Snow Me White to show the difference between white and the pink.
While I was swatching this duo, I had the feeling that I'd seen one of the colors before...and from China Glaze itself!  I went to my "Polish World" and spied Friends Forever, Right? from the Giver collection from Fall 2014.
In my comparison picture, I have Let's Chalk About It on my pinkie and middle fingers - 2 coats each.  Friends Forever, Right? is on my ring and index fingers and took 3 coats.  Let's Chalk About It (House of Colors collection) has a better formula and the color is extremely similar.  Really hard to tell any difference, right?  There's maybe half a shade difference with Let's Chalk About It having a dash more color.   Friends Forever, Right? is more streaky and slower drying.  As much as I hate to break up sets, I might de-stash Friends Forever, Right? to a new home.  I've been thinking about purging Polish World of dupes so this might be another of the cuts.

Have you come across the China Glaze House of Color Spring 2016 collection?  Do you plan on picking up any?

**all items purchased by me
**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated