Today I have for you a really pretty polish from Forever 21’s makeup line, “Love and Beauty”. And quite honestly, it’s the strangest name I’ve come across for a polish, because this polish isn’t red at all…. it’s a bright, raspberry pink. Oh Love and Beauty. You really do fail in the naming department sometimes. That being said, I’m really in love with this polish, so let’s get to it!
Love and Beauty “Red”
Love and Beauty “Red” is a rich, raspberry pink jelly polish with tiny glass flecks throughout. The glass flecks aren’t obvious at first, but they really shine in the sun! The polish is fairly sheer, so it takes 2-3 coats to build up. In person, it looks really squishy, like a plump berry ready to burst with its sweet juice. The glass flecks add an extra depth to the polish that makes it very unique. The name really does not do this fantastic polish justice. I’ll add a bottle shot to the photo mix to try and show the depth of the glass flecks. The pictures below are 3 coats of “Red”, with no topcoat.
Natural indoor lighting
Indoor bottle shot (to see the glass flecks)
I’m pretty enamored with this polish, it looks a little different every time I look at it! Have you tried any of the Love and Beauty nail polishes? Which is your favorite? Love and Beauty nail polishes are available at Forever 21 stores and on their website, here. A hint to bargain shoppers? Search through the Forever 21 sale bins. I found this polish there for 99¢! These polishes generally retail for $2.80.
So today I have a really fun, but really old, polish to show you. I’m currently over babysitting with one of my best friends, and the family we’re babysitting for has a HUGE nail polish collection. I swear, I’m in heaven. So I’m going to have plenty of fun swatches to share with you over the next few days. Let me tell you, I’m obsessed!
Today I have for you a shade from Essie’s 2004 Frozen Assets collection. The polish is called “Bonded”, and it’s a red crelly with glass flecks running throughout. It’s a pretty pure red, it maybe leans slightly orange, but it’s a fairly true red. It does leave a little bit of VNL (visible nail line) since it does have a somewhat jelly-ish consistency, but it’s perfectly opaque in 2 coats. The glass flecks really translate from the bottle to the nail. I’m truly in love with this polish! Below are pictures (they aren’t the usual quality, since I’m not using my usual camera), with no topcoat, and OPI’s Nail Envy for a base coat.
Natural outdoor light
Natural outdoor lighting
Sorry none of the pictures really pick up on the gorgeous glass flecks of this polish, you really have to see this one!
So what do you think? Are you a big red fan? Will you be hunting this old Essie gem down for your polish stash? Essie nail polishes generally run between $7-$9 (unless it’s a specialty color) and can be bought at most beauty supply stores, some drug stores, like Walgreens, and off their website, here
Today I have for you another of the polishes that I bought from Forever 21 in NYC. As it happens, I’ll be going there again tomorrow with my best friend! We’re going to see a show at the Lincoln Center called “Monkey: Journey to the West”. It’s completely in Mandarin Chinese and features Chinese music and dancing. My Chinese skills are nonexistent, so I hope my friend will help translate for me, lol! Luckily there are English subtitles, so I can still understand what’s going on!
In honor of the show I’m seeing tomorrow, I’m wearing red and gold nail polishes, in honor of the traditional colors of the Chinese flag. The red I chose to use is an Ulta Salon Formula Nail Laquer (in the old, rectangular bottles, as opposed to the new cylindrical ones) in the color “Ruby Slipper”. The red is deep, rich, and for a shimmery-frosty color, the brush strokes are extremely manageable. It’s almost a one coater for me! To ensure it was perfect, though, I used two coats.
The gold glitter is the Love and Beauty Forever 21 polish I got in NYC, and its name is “Gold”. I know, what a creative name for a gold glitter. But while it’s got a boring name, it’s by no means a boring color! “Gold” has tiny gold glitters mixed in with medium gold and holographic gold hex glitters. The glitter is pretty easy to manage (the formula isn’t too thick) and with two coats, the glitter spreads fairly evenly, so you won’t have to do too much glitter placement. I love this combo together so much! I think it’s perfect for the occasion, and highly sophisticated. Below are pictures in artificial, indoor lighting, with a base coat of Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Nail Color in “Flawless”, no topcoat.
What do you think of this glistening combination of colors? Do you like fun, punchy glitters like this one? Let me know!