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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Revlon Glitters: Girly & Radiant with Undercoats

So as I continue to work through my untried polishes, I decided to try two of the Revlon glitter polishes in my collection.  The first, is a fairly recent release, Girly, from the Revlon Bubble Gum Days/Urban Nights collection, released during the Winter of 2012.  Girly is a milky glitter with pink & purple, multi-sized holographic glitters. 

Because Revlon Girly is somewhat sheer and we all know how troublesome removing multiple layers of glitter can be, I chose to wear a base coat of Essie Splash of Grenadine.  This was released during the Spring of 2010 as part of the Resort collection.  I remember being on the hunt for this shade.  Essie Splash of Grenadine is a fuchsia pink crelly with a purple undertone. Looking through both my purple and pink collections, I really don't have any shade similar.  Pictured here I'm wearing 2 coats, but if I were going to wear this alone, I would probably add a third coat. This is a great shade for Spring & Summer.

So with the Essie Splash of Grenadine base coat, I layered two coat of Revlon Girly.  Most nail polish addicts have at one point in time done a "sandwich manicure"- requiring at least 2 separate polishes. Revlon Girly is pretty much a "sandwich manicure" in a bottle.  The different glitters are suspended at different levels in the polish. Application is easy. The glitter spread with no trouble. I didn't need to "place" them as with most glitters. There's something about this  polish that just reminds me of a cupcake with sprinkles. 

The next glitter I'd like to share with you is Revlon Radiant. However, being that Radiant is in a transparent base to achieve fully opaque manicure would require many coats, if at all possible.  So as a base color, I chose one of my all-time favorites, Orly Blue Collar. I have worn this shades many times and am shocked when looking back that I have blogged about it. I love Orly polishes and especially their cream polishes. This mid-tone sky blue cream applies like a dream and is still readily available.

To Orly Blue Collar I layered Revlon Radiant.  As I mentioned, Radiant is in a transparent base, so it requires a undercoat. In that base is blue micro glitter along with larger hexagonal green and silver glitters. I love glitters like Radiant. You and achieve many different looks all depending on the base you select. Much like Girly, the application was easy and I didn't have to struggle with the placement of the glitters.  It should come as no surprise that I would love this blue glitter.

For whatever reason, I don't have many Revlon polishes in my collection. Revlon is a brand that has been around for decades.  I need to give it some more love.  What are some of your favorite Revlon polishes?

Grace, Peace, & Blessings.


* FTC: These products were bought with my own money, unless otherwise noted. These are my honest opinions. I am not employed by nor was I paid by any of these companies. This is not a sponsored post.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Remembering Our Military...Memorial Day, 2013

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Today is Memorial Day, 2013. It's the day that, we as a country stop to Honor Our Military, past and present.  Living in a Military town, not a day goes by that I am not reminded of all the sacrifices Our Military has made and continues to make, and for that I say "Thank You and God Bless You".
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Dear Heavenly Father,
As we remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy every day, we think of how they have followed in the footsteps of your son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. Please hold our servicemen and women in your strong arms. Cover them with your sheltering grace and your presence as they stand in the gap for our protection.

We also remember the families of our troops. We ask for your unique blessings to fill their homes, and we pray your peace, provision, and strength will fill their lives.

May the members of our armed forces be supplied with courage to face each day and may they trust in the Lord's mighty power to accomplish each task. Let our military brothers and sisters feel our love and support.

In the name of Jesus. Amen.
~Mary Fairchild (author)
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Grace, Peace, & Blessings.

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Barielle Summer Brights & reminder of the Tips to Toes Sweepstakes...

I've recently posted a few of Barielle's nail lacquers I received to review.  I also posted about the Barielle Facebook Tips to Toes Sweepstakes.  10 winners will receive over $100 worth of Barielle products and 1 grand prize winner will receive a Michael Kors wallet and over $100 worth of Barielle products. Since the sweepstakes ends tomorrow, May 27, 2013 @ 12:00 pm (EDT), I thought I would share with you another look at one of the Barielle 5-shades sets, also received to review. If selected as one of the winners of the Barielle Tips to Toes Sweepstakes, you will be allowed to select one of the 5-shades sets.  

The most recent set released is the Barielle Summer Brights.

Pink Flip-Flops is a classic baby pink cream, that all collections need. When I first saw it, the addict in me had to compare. It is very similar to OPI Pink Friday.  I had some slight streaking with this, but for some reason, I experience that same issue with most baby pink creams.

Blue Capri is a dusty yet vibrant royal blue cream. Of course, this is my favorite of the collection. Application was easy, I applied 2 coats but along with a base coat...I am suspect of most dark blue polishes and staining. The closest polishes in my collection are Illamasqua Cameo (lighter) and American Apparel Cameo Blue (more grey).

Next, is Sweet Addiction, is a dusty teal green cream. While I do have several polishes in the same green family, I really don't have anything that dupes Sweet Addiction. The closest is OPI Mermaid's Tears, but Sweet Addiction is darker and more green. This could be a one-coater, but out of habit, I applied 2 coats.

Here we have Cosmic Kiss.  This is a bright, raspberry magenta pink cream. Not unique, but pretty still. I found a couple polishes that were close to Cosmic Kiss; Zoya Lara, and OPI Strawberry Margarita.

Lastly, is Lemon Drops, a bright, warm, yellow cream. Lemon Drops is an ideal Summer shade. I own no exact dupes to this shade of yellow. The closest is Sinful Colors Unicorn, which is more milky.

Barielle Summer Brights is a great collection. Worn alone or as a base for layering or other nail art, these are great colors to be included in any nail polish collection.  

Also, don't forget to enter the Barielle Facebook Tips to Toes Sweepstakes

Grace, Peace, & Blessings.

* These products were sent to me for review consideration by either the manufacturer or the PR firm representing the manufacturer. These however are my honest opinions. I am not employed by nor was I paid by this company.

The Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser Challenge plus a Giveaway...

It all starts with clean skin. So today, I am starting the Ultra Gentle Cleanser Challenge using the New Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser.  I've made it no secret that my favorite facial cleanser has been Philosophy's Purity Made Simple. However, I have long since been on the hunt for a drugstore product to match or beat Purity.  So I will be doing a head-to-head or a face-to-face comparison of the two. I've been using Purity for well over 5 years, so I know exactly how it works for me and my skin. 




The New Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser promises to remove 99% of dirt, oil and even makeup, with no filmy feeling while protecting skin's natural moisture barrier to leave it feeling soft—never too dry, never too tight. And unlike some other gentle or sensitive skin cleansers that can leave behind residue, Ultra Gentle rinses completely clean. Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser is formulated with a hypoallergenic fragrance that is free of known skin allergens and irritating essential oils. This cleanser has been clinically proven gentle for cleansing sensitive skin, including skin with acne, eczema, rosacea and atopic dermatitis.

Now, I have tried other facial cleansers that promise the same thing, but most have left my skin feeling tight and dry. That is why I would always return to my Purity. I would love to find a drugstore product that left my skin feeling as cleansed, and hydrated as my beloved Purity. So let the battle begin...

Do you want to join in with me in the Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser Challenge? Just head over to Ultra Gentle Cleanser Challenge to get started.  Also, Neutrogena as offered to giveaway 3 full-sized bottles of the New Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser to 3 lucky winners (1 bottle each). Simply enter below and good luck!
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Grace, Peace, & Blessings.

* These products were provided by the representing PR firm. These however are my honest opinions. I am not employed by nor was I paid by this company.

Friday, May 24, 2013

NEW: Introducing Salon Perfect Neon Collision for Summer 2013

A COLOR-MEETS-TREND EXPLOSION
Introducing Salon Perfect® Neon Collision for Summer 2013

I have shared with you the Salon Perfect brand of nail polish and I mentioned that there would be seasonal collections. Well here is the first... 

What happens when you mash up two of this summer’s hottest nail trends: neons and matte glitters? You get an energizing burst of color from the new Salon Perfect® Neon Collision nail polish collection!  

Salon Perfect® floats neon matte fine glitter in a clear base to create this “can’t-not-look” collection of six eye-catching shades that offer complete coverage in 2-3 coats.  Or give nails a blast of nail art by using any Salon Perfect® Neon Collision shade as a one-coat layering polish, or blend two shades to create an easy ombré look. 


The Salon Perfect® Neon Collision collection includes:
  •  ·     Jolt – Yellow and orange collision
  •         Bang – Orange and yellow collision
  •         Exploded – Reddish orange and yellow collision
  •         Kaboom – Turquoise and yellow collision
  •         Shocked – Hot pink and turquoise collision
  •         Zapped – Yellow and turquoise collision
Salon Perfect® Neon Collision will launch in June exclusively at Walmart stores nationwide as part of a limited edition promotional display.  Individual shades will retail for $3.98.

From lashes and brow products to nail color and beauty tools, Salon Perfect® has the products needed to get effortlessly gorgeous looks at affordable prices.  View the complete Salon Perfect® collection at www.salonperfect.com.   

Grace, Peace, & Blessings.



Host of Holos: Color Club 2012 Halo Hues Swatches

Earlier this month I posted a tutorial of a manicure I did using the 2012 Color Club Halo Hues collection. I received this collection as a gift from another nail polish enthusiast.  I realize that this collection is over a year old, but I thought I would share my swatches anyway. One can never have too many holographic nail polishes. A holo finish is one of my favorites and these linear holos of Color Club are some of my absolute favorites.  These pictures were all taken under an Ott-Light with no flash.

Let's get started...first, is Color Club Harp On It. This is a warm-toned silver, if that makes any sense. It's not that bamm, in-your-face, Christmas garland silver, but a silver none-the-less.

Next, is Color Club Cloud Nine, a light pinky-lavender linear holo. This is lighter and more pink than the next swatch, Halo-Graphic.

Here is Color Club Halo-Graphic, while in the bottle when compared to Cloud Nine, look very similar, on the nail is definitely a more red-toned purple.

Now you know that Color Club Blue Heaven would be my favorite of the collection.  This is a cooler light blue.

Next is Color Club Cherubic. This is a neutral beige but it gives me the mannequin hands look with that extra bling.

Lastly, is Color Club Angel Kiss, my second favorite in this collection. A beautiful blue-green, that leans toward teal.

Well this wraps up my swatches of the 2012 Color Club Halo Hues. They are still available through several of the online retailers. I mentioned the patchwork manicure I posted using this collection. If you missed that post, it can be seen by clicking HERE.

Color Club has released a 2013 Halo Hues collection. That's next on my shopping list. Have you purchased it yet and if so, which shades are your favorites?

Grace, Peace, & Blessings.

* FTC: These products were given to me as a gift from a fellow nail enthusiast.  These are my honest opinions. I am not employed by nor was I paid by any of these companies. This is not a sponsored post.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Random Blues Swatches...

I've made it no secret that I LOVE BLUE NAIL POLISHES!!!  So today, I went through my stash and pulled out a few of my untrieds to share with you.  None of these are new and I sure you've at least heard of them. So let's get started.  First is OPI Russian Navy (Russian Collection, 2007)...Simply, it's a gorgeous deep navy blue with faint purple shimmer. In the bottle there appears to be a duochrome. However, on then nail, not so much...nonetheless, if you love blue polishes, you need OPI Russian Navy.

Next is OPI Glacier Bay Blues from the 2004 Canadian Collection. I lucked up and was able to find this on one of the online retailers I use. This is a peacock blue/purple/green duochrome. This is the old pre-3Free formula. I don't know if this is the reason, but the application is superb. The duochrome, while not as each to photograph, is very visible on the nail.

Here is OPI Swimsuit...Nailed it! from the 2011 Miss Universe Collection. Of this collection, Swimsuit...Nailed It is my favorite. This is a beautiful electric blue foil. Just be sure to wear a really good basecoat, at least 2 coats. This polish really stains.

Lastly is OPI Swimsuit Nailed It layered under Orly Spazmatic.  I love mono-chromatics colors when applying glitters and these two are a perfect match. This is a gorgeous combination.  Spazmatic is from the Orly Flash Glam FX collection. While I haven't seen it in stores lately, I do know that the Flash Glam FX is still available online.

So this should hold me over on my blue polish addition, at least for a while. What are some of your favorite blue polishes? I can't see to get enough of blue nail polishes.

Grace, Peace, & Blessings.


* FTC: These products were bought with my own money, unless otherwise noted. These are my honest opinions. I am not employed by nor was I paid by any of these companies. This is not a sponsored post.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Orange/Coral Series Finale: Orly Glided Coral and Sinful Colors Clementine

Today I have the last two in my Orange/Coral series. That's not to say there won't be others in the future because I still have several more in my Orange/Coral drawer.  But I have enjoyed sharing some of my untried polishes with you. With sandal weather quickly arriving (or if you live in a warmer climate, already here) we really need to start looking at those beautiful Spring/Summer polish shades.  

First, is Orly Gilded Coral from the Spring 2011 Precious collection. I would like to thank G. of NouveauCheap for reminding me that I even had this polish. She mentioned it a couple weeks ago on Instagram and that made me add it to this mini-series.  Orly Gilded Coral is a rosey-pink coral with a gold shimmer. When this collection was first introduced, I will admit, I wasn't impressed with this polish, but it grew on me and as it became part of the core collection I was able to purchase it at Sally Beauty. This is 2 coats and with that I had no visible nail lines, and that was surprising to me. From looking at the bottle, I would have thought it was more sheer. The overall application was great-not too thick or too runny.

Lastly, is a bright creme-sicle orange cream. This is Sinful Colors Clementine. Surprisingly, I really didn't have anything else like this orange in my collection.  I don't know that it was part of a certain collection release but I found it at Walgreens. The application was almost a one-coater, but as I do with most of my polishes, I applied 2 coats. 

So that's it for my Orange/Coral series. What are some of your favorite orange and coral polishes? I could always use more, LOL!

Grace, Peace, & Blessings.


* FTC: These products were bought with my own money, unless otherwise noted. These are my honest opinions. I am not employed by nor was I paid by any of these companies. This is not a sponsored post.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Like a Florida Sunset...Orly Terracotta & Nina Pro Evening Sun

I have really been enjoying revisiting my orange & coral untried polishes. Today, I have two more. The first is from one of my favorite brands, Orly. This is Orly Terracotta.  It's a coral crelly-cream/jelly with a red undertone. For some reason, it brings to mine lobsters whenever I see it-"a lobster coral red." I have always loved Orlys cream polishes and this one is no different. The application was easy and was fully opaque with 2 coats. While this is an older shade, I have seen it in CVS and Sally Beauty. Terracotta is a "safe color" for someone just stepping into the coral range.

This next polish is one I have owned for years, but again for whatever reason just never wore it. It's so old the bottle has changed since I made this purchase. This is Nina Pro Evening Sun, available exclusively at Sally Beauty.  This is a gorgeous burnt orange with a golden shimmer.  The golden shimmer in the polish is a great complementary color for the gold/yellow undertone my complexion. In this picture I'm wearing 2 coats, but to have no visible nail line (VNL), I would suggest at least 3 coats. As I mentioned, while this is an older polish and the brand has changed its bottle, the color is still available.  

Nina Pro Evening Sun is perfectly named; on my nails and in the bottle, it reminds me of a beach sunset.

Since I won't be vacationing anytime soon, I will be living vicariously through my nail polishes. What are some of your favorite vacation polish shades?

Grace, Peace, & Blessings.


* FTC: These products were bought with my own money, unless otherwise noted. These are my honest opinions. I am not employed by nor was I paid by any of these companies. This is not a sponsored post.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

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