Friday, November 30, 2012

Retro Nails: Revlon Raisin Rage

Just in case I haven't mentioned it before I think Revlon is the queen of red nail polish. This shade was introduced over seventeen years ago as part of the Fall 1995 color collection. I'd say it's had a pretty good run since it was only discontinued recently.  Raisin Rage is no longer listed on Revlon's website, but I just found a bunch of them at a local dollar store, and you can still buy the shade at (a site that specializes in discontinued makeup) as well as amazon.comThe matching lipstick hasn't been discontinued, so you can pick that up anywhere.

Check out Cindy Crawford rocking the shade in the vintage print ad below. The shade itself is a very deep brownish/burgundy red, or as Revlon described it: "RAISIN! Not Plum, Not Chocolate. Simply the most irresistible color in-between." 

I agree this nail polish shade is quite irresistible and totally worth snapping up a bottle for yourself before it's gone forever!  

Thursday, November 22, 2012

New Sally Hansen French Tip Nail Polish Strips

Here's a new collection from SH—these are a combination of traditional and "fun" French manicures. From left, the shades are: 

Pink Macaroon (pink glitter tip) 
Silver Lining (silver glitter tip) 
Gold Cabaret (gold glitter tip) 
Noir Boudoir (black tip) 
Polka Party (white tip with hot pink polka dots) 
French Twist (classic French with pink base) 
Excusez Moi (classic French with nude base)

Check out the pictures below for a closer look....

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Sephora Nail Bling Nail Polish Strips in Brocade Parade

Sephora's Nail Bling nail polish strips are actually a cheaper alternative to Sally Hansen—priced at $7.00 vs. Sally's $9.99. I also like the quality and design selection. 

For this mani I used China Glaze Aqauadelic as a base coat. Since Brocade is not a completely opaque design you can layer it over another shade. I recommend a light, bright shade like the one I chose, since a darker shade may not show through.

Sephora by OPI Here's Lilac In' At You, Kid

Yes, that is actually the name of this cool violet shade. Instead of trying to describe it myself I'll go with Sephora's description: opaque chrome blue-violet with two-tone effect

The sun really brings out the beauty of this shade. 

More Big Fun at Big Lots: Cosmo Girl Nail Striper Set

My Big Lots mani bonanza continues. On my most recent trip I picked up this set of 4 nail stripers in a perfect combination of shades—white, silver glitter, black and hot pink. So 80's retro! Also perfect for my little nieces. Just $5


Saturday, November 10, 2012

More Big Fun at Big Lots: Revlon Mistletoe, Revlon Ignite

Here's my third purchase (so far...) of the Revlon 2 for $2 sets. This package included Mistletoe, pictured on the left. I would describe this shade as a deep carbon gray with olive gold shimmer. Kind of a dark twist on green for Christmas—I like it! The shade was paired with Ignite (pictured below), the only dark metallic orange shade of nail polish I've ever seen. What a score! Now if I had only found this set before Halloween.....

More Big Fun at Big Lots: Revlon Craving Coral, Revlon Really Rosy

Here's the second set of Revlon nail polishes I scored for just $2 at Big Lots. I liked the contrast between the bright coral and demure rose shade so much that I decided they could only be worn together.

Big Fun at Big Lots: Revlon Ruby Ribbon, Revlon Tangerine

I had a blast picking up mani supplies at Big Lots this week. They have a great selection, just in time for stocking stuffers. My biggest scores were these two-packs of mostly limited edition and discontinued shades of Revlon nail polish, just $2 each. They had so much to choose from I had a hard time limiting myself to three packages! 

Pictured on the left: Ruby Ribbon is a burgundy with streaks of silver. The finish is called Matte Suede. What a gorgeous color and a nice change of pace from the super glossy manis I often wear! Tangerine (pictured below) is a bright orange shade that I'm still pondering.....but I'll find a use for it eventually.