Showing posts with label Glitter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Glitter. Show all posts

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Love & Beauty - Forever 21 Polishes - Gorgeous glitters!

Long time no blog. :(  I have been a busy bee! This is going to be a short one too.  Pics mostly.  
I picked these up at Forever 21 a month or so ago.  I love that they have affordable and totally trendy polishes for a super thrifty price.  These remind me of something Deborah Lippmann would put out and then Revlon would knock off..  ;) I've never had an issue with coverage or application and I just built these puppies up with about 3-4 coats and then topped with SV.  The only complaint I have about Love & Beauty polishes are their boring generic names.  Yaaaawn!

Here they are:

















Have you tried Love & Beauty polishes?

Until next time  ☺




Sunday, February 10, 2013

Anna Sui 701 and the cutest nail polish packaging ever!

Ever head of Anna Sui?  She's an American fashion designer  (a pretty darn successful one too!)  and happens to have a very cute line of cosmetics available at Urban Outfitters.  I know at my local UO, they do not have her products in stock at the store, although I don't know if that is true of all of the UO stores.  Now that I'm looking, it does appear that UO has all of her products available only on their website for purchase.  I think that's a mistake, but what do I know?  I have been an admirer of her nail polish for few years after I saw that the bottles were shaped like roses (they have since been updated - read ahead), but have never bought one until now.  If her other items weren't so expense, I would have loved to have tried a few them out.  I can tell you that just from a packaging stand point, they are really beautiful.  These are kind of cosmetics one would have on display on their vanity, to be mostly admired vs used.  Case in point,  her nail polish bottles.
Check this out:






How cute are they?!  Reminds me of the Nfu-Oh bottles, but more sweet and simple. 
The color I ended up with is a nude with shimmery silver micro glitter, which looks like it may even have a few tiny holo bits in it in certain light.  I thought this was really lovely when I saw the photos online and was just as enthused when I saw it in person.  Nudes can be so boring, but really everyone should have a few good nudes in their nail polish collection and this one spices things up in the nude department for sure.  

For this mani I used my usual Bonder base and then 3 coats of Anna Sui 701.  As you can see, it is a little bumpy in texture, but I smoothed it out pretty well with a thick coat of SV.











This polish reminds me of Brittney Spears' hot nude outfit from the 2001 Mtv VMA's and her glitter bodysuit from her Toxic video in '04. 
Photo by Getty Images/Youtube via http://au.launch.yahoo.com


 Am I high?  Or is that spot on?

Anna Sui polishes are priced at $15.00 a bottle.  I know, pretty steep!  But I think of how much people pay for Deborah Lippman and MAC polishes ($18 and $16 each, respectively). I feel that the Anna Sui polishes are definitely in the same league and the packaging is obviously veeeery special.  Usually UO will have free shipping on purchase over $50.00, so maybe someday you'll spy something you don't think you can live without on UO and will opt to add one of these pretties to your order just for the helluvit.  That's what I did! Not only did I get a great winter coat for a steal of a price (UO.com clearance sales are INSANE!), but I also got my very first Anna Sui.  Win, win!

Until next time ☺







Sunday, January 27, 2013

Urban Outfitters NP Chilly & Mystic

I have a couple of polishes to show you today that I picked up a few weeks ago at my local Urban Outfitters store.  They really had some great colors on display and in abundance.  UO has bulked up their cosmetics, BIG TIME.  If you go to their UO online store they have even more cosmetic options than they have in their stores, including an extensive collection of Anna Sui polishes that I really haven't seen anywhere else as well as ELF brand makeup.  I did end up ordering an Anna Sui polish as a treat along with a fantastic coat and a pair of wedge sneakers for a bargain basement prices - the AS polish was not so much of a bargain, but still very pretty.  I'll post about that one later.  So, these lovelies were purchased in person and totaled $8.72 with our super high 9.10% sales tax included.  I believe these are $5 each or 2 for $8.

I was very impressed with these UO polishes.  They were inexpensive, they looked fabulous (I don't own a polish that looks like either of these) but did not behave like a cheap polish.  The formula for both was good with Chilly being thicker than Mystic, as expected, since it was all full o' glitter.  I used my usual Orly Bonder  base coat for both manicures, but I layered Chilly over 2 complete coats of Essence Oh My Glitter which is a lovely lavender shimmer polish.  Both built up well in 4 coats.  I topped both off with a nice thick coat of SV.  Chilly was a slight top coat eater, so I put a second coat of SV on it for good measure.

Here's Chilly:













 Next is Mystic.  Mystic was a little hard to capture because it is inky indigo inky blue.  Aaaand best of all, it's a FLAKEY! ::swoon:: Now who doesn't like a flakey?
I tried to post the most accurate shots of it, color wise, that I took, so excuse the strange brightness of my hands.









Pretty cool, huh.  I realize that Mystic reminds me a little bit of Cult Nails Clairvoyant, but definitely isn't a dupe or anything.  *Edit - Duh!  I just realized that Mystic may just very well be a dupe for Deborah Lippman's Ray of Light.  Sadly, I do not own Ray of Light, so I'm unable to do a comparison, but in in reviewing swatches of ROL online, looks like it might be a ringer!*

Next on my lemming list for UO are their holo polishes. They have a couple stunners that I NEED to have, but we'll wait til next paycheck for those.

So what do you think?  Have you ever given UO polishes a chance?  Will you now?

Until next time  ☺