New POP Beauty Nail Glams

5 November, 2011

So the rock that I have been living under kind of got moved big-time. I hadn’t bought any polish, really, since February of this year. I think 6 bottles, to be exact: Chanel Mimosa, one of the China Glaze crackles, and four POP Beauty polishes (Pinkest, Turquoise, Violetta, and Yellow-the last three being in a set for $10 at Urban Outfitters). But when I was on vacation, I was at Nordstrom and their juniors department just happened to have the Pop Beauty polishes. Not the ones I was used to, though. They are doing something like how they have Impulse Beauty at Macy’s, in that they have a few brands presented IN the Brass Plum department. I saw Too Faced and Stila, but there could be more. I think it’s smart: get some higher-priced brands in that are still fairly accessible, and it’s great for gifting (makeup and clothes in one transaction) without the intimidating nature that cosmetics counters can sometimes have. I was intimidated for so many years…

Anyways, they had several new polishes-the Glitzes and the Metals. There are a TON of them-the Glitzes being glitters and Metals…well, you know. Here are the shades!

Glitzes
Aquatic Glitz-Clear base with aqua glitter as well as some pinkish and silver accents
Confetti Glitz-Clear base with large fuschia and pale pink glitter flecks
Gold Glitz-Gold glitter
Lavender Glitz-Pale blue and lavender glitters
Pink Glitz-Mixed pink glitters…could it be like China Glaze Pom Pom? Hmm…

Metals
Denim Metal-Metallic blue (reminds me of a brighter, non-suede version of OPI Russian Navy Suede-you know, with the shimmer)
Golden Metal-Metallic gold
Jade Metal-Pale metallic green
Naked Metal-Metallic beige
Ruby Metal-Metallic pinky-red
Sterling Metal-Metallic silver

Additionally, there are two other shades on the “New” section: Flamingo Hollar (looks like a fluro pinky-purple), and Pansy Purple (shimmery purple). Read the rest of this entry »

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Vacation Haulage (Lightly)

5 November, 2011

Well, I just got back from another vacation, and there were quite a few interesting things that I saw! I didn’t haul as much makeup as previously…I dunno. I think I’m in a bit of a rut, either that or just burnt out because I have so much already and I need to be better at using it all.

Anyways…my biggest news is that at 5 Macy’s locations in the US (South Coast Plaza and Fashion Valley are two of them), you can now purchase Inglot! Thanks to the Impulse Beauty, there’s my favourite brand to try-as well as get the full selection (somewhat) of Urban Decay. (Flipside is NOT at ULTA anymore, as well as many Sephora locations) The thing that I found very, very reassuring is that there is very heavy demand from my fellow Washington residents-the girl at the counter said that already there had been around a dozen people wanting it in Seattle or the Seattle area-and the counter had been there for just a few short weeks. I certainly would love it, because it would mean that I could start a Freedom System as well as get more of my favourite gel liners.

Speaking of which, I got three new liners, and I love them to death! 73 is a pale purple, not quite a lavender though. It’s a bit warm-toned, but not quite a plum or aubergine, and it’s light enough to where it’s just a hint of colour (not quite the pop of my beloved 88), but it still shows quite nicely. It’s very understated. 81 is the lighter of the two oranges that they make-80 is more of a primary orange. I’m definitely a fan of this one because it’s a unique thing. I mean, who else does orange eyeliner? Not many big brands. And I’m quite certain that even fewer of them make it in a gel liner form-so I had to get it. Again, it’s a great pop of colour without being too overbearing. Finally, I got 85 which is the chartreuse. I almost got it the last time I had been down, but I decided on 87 and 88 instead. It’s really fun to do that and then one of those for a bi-coloured waterline, but also since I use a lot of greens and blues it goes well. Next time I’ll probably get one or both of the pinks, as well as the royal blue. Gotta start setting aside eyeliner money! Read the rest of this entry »

More Vacation Hauling!

25 May, 2011

So as we speak, I am getting a rare moment on my computer! Fun, eh? Well, anyways, I’ve hauled a bit, and IT FEELS AMAZING!

First off, Inglot. I was in the mood for more gel liners, and I think I rounded it out quite well. I picked up 87, which is a sky blue, and 88, which is a peacocky teal. Both are AMAZING on the waterline, the sky blue especially for brightening the eyes. They’ve already taken quite a bit of a hit! I am planning to get more before I leave, too. I highly recommend them both.

Next up, MAC Pro. I finally bit the bullet and got myself Blue Calm, which is amazing. It’s completely different from Freshwater, or for that matter, any of the other royal blues I have. As always, it requires a good amount of primer. But it’s real pretty, and I’d almost say dump Freshwater and get this. I thought that I could suffice without it-I was wrong. Big-time. I also got my latest PRO pigment-Chartreuse. It’s one of those pearl-finish ones, meaning that it isn’t as fluffy, but it’s really easy to use. I actually prefer them to the frosts, believe it or not. I’m planning on getting at least one more before I leave, maybe Electric Coral or Acid Orange. To be honest…I don’t know why it’s not at counters. I don’t know why we are deprived of the pearl finish pigments in general, because I like them better. Oh well… I did restock on Violetta as well. 7 months and it’s nearly gone! I’m not B2M’ing the tube, though, cause I like it. I am more done on Full Fuschia, but I can suffice with Show Orchid and it could end up at the CCO sometime.

Finally was a quick pop inside the Urban at Fashion Island-and they had a Pop Beauty 3-pack on clearance for $10. Apparently it was affiliated with Rye Rye, a musician. The set had Violetta, Turquoise, and Yellow-all shades I had been wanting to get. I’m going to wait to open it until I get back to town next Thursday, but I saved myself a ton of cash. The availability really varies, the Fashion Island one is big while Brea, not as much.

Oh yeah, I bit the bullet and got myself the Michael Kors Island Palm Beach. It’s definitely one that you want to get if you see it, because NOT EVEN SEPHORA HAS IT. Ulta has had it, and Bloomingdales has it. I know that the Michael Kors store at South Coast Plaza had it, but not many. I got a mini bottle of Tom Ford Black Orchid as well, which is quite pricey so hooray for a mini. It’s a really fun one! I will be doing a review of the Michael Kors when I get back.

Haven’t been to ULTA in ages-but I popped in today hoping that they’d have some Sexy Hair minis that I can take when I go to California. Sadly, no dice. However, I browsed over by the Pop Beauty section-and it’s expanded! No longer just carrying a few palettes and face things, they have lashes, more lip stuff-and here is the most important thing: NAIL GLAMS! As in, my favourite polishes.

There aren’t a ton-however, my ULTA guy told me that they have been selling phenomenally, and this is sort of a test. He also knew exactly what I was talking about when I told him about Ablaze and Radioactive, so potentially there could be even more of an expansion, or best yet, the entire line carried. The ones they have so far are:

Pink Glitz-a light pink glitter.
Gold Glitz-a gold glitter. Not a bright gold like OPI Gift of Gold, and not even as bright as Dazzled by Gold. Still pretty though.
Pinkest-Eye-searing fluorescent pink.
Violetta-Eye-searing violet.
Turquoise-As the name implies, turquoise.
Ultraviolet-A muted indigo. Almost the colour of MAC Parfait Amour.
Punk’d-A true teal.
Foggy-A concrete grey.

I may have missed one, I’m just combining my memory with what is on the ULTA website. What can I say, I guess…I bought Pinkest and I am impressed. It’s a two coater that can rival some of the China Glaze or Essie neons, and the only gripe I have is that it shows off how much my nails have been stained. I have been a fan of Pop Beauty polishes, or at least the look, for ages, and when I finally got myself Ablaze and Radioactive I haven’t been able to stop myself from singing their praises. A nicely-edited range of colours (no “twenty different reds”) that are true to the look in the bottle, B3Free, and not animal-tested? Sign me up. Especially considering the fact that Zoya is only carried in some seasonal displayers at ULTA, and China Glaze is much cheaper elsewhere.

 

Oh, in other Pop Beauty news, there are three new polishes: Baby Blue, Raw (a pale clover green), and Sunny (a yellow that isn’t as bright as Yellow). All are currently sold out on the website, however Zappos.com has them.

Pop Beauty Sale!

13 August, 2010

Okay, I know they did one a while back, but right now they’re doing 25% off your entire order with the code POPMagnet (for their Magnet primers). Definitely, you need some of the nail polishes, but also try the Eye Shapers for great value. I love them for adding stuff to a look.

Okay, so this is another excuse for me to get more of the Nail Glams-from now until the 20th of June, you can use code POPSummer to take 30% off your ENTIRE order on the Pop Beauty website.

Other things I recommend? Try one of the eye kits for a great gift, and the Day to Play looks quite fun as well. Also the new jelly jar lip balms are so tasty. The Sunny Day Bouquet and Cabaret Bouquet are great all-over palettes, with the lipglosses being sequestered.

I was VERY, very lucky to recently get my hands on two of these (and I have a third on the way)! Here in the states, these are very difficult to find-ULTA, which is the only local stockist for Pop Beauty, carries very little-and predictably, none of the nail polishes. Good thing that there’s a website (beauty.com) that carries these, and with their recent F&F event I picked up Ablaze, Radioactive, and Yellow (that one being backordered).

The range of polishes is very tightly edited-and if you love colour, you’ll be very happy. Last fall they released three new shimmery/pearly brights (Ablaze, Brave, Radioactive) plus Twinkle, a silver glitter. In all 21 shades, there is ONE nude (O’Boy), three reds, and three pinks. Yeah, I love it.

Price-wise, these are on the level of most of the prestige makeup brands, retailing at $14 US for a half-ounce bottle where I bought them (but with free shipping) and $10 on the official website (no word on shipping). The bottles themselves are a basic rectangular bottle, which I personally love as opposed to the OPIs and China Glazes of the world, meaning a smaller footprint on my overcrowded desk.

Now onto the shades. I will try and get a swatch of Radioactive, but because it is so bright it is VERY difficult to photograph and get the shimmer at the same time.

Ablaze is a bright orangey-peach with a blueish shimmer to it. That alone, to me, is worth the price, because I have never owned a peach/orange with blue shimmer. Typically it’s gold, silver, or something closer, so the contrast is appreciated. This applied very well and nearly totally opague in two coats, which delighted me. Drytime is relatively good on these, too. Now when I say bright, I mean it-there is no skimping at all on this. It was very hard to get the colour right, but I chose this swatch because I felt it best brought out the blue shimmer.

Radioactive (swatch to come later) took more work. To me, it’s a definite three-coater because it is so bright and thus, a smidge thin, although we aren’t talking about the Essie neons or anything like that. This is, in all its glory, an unadulterated neon green. Not quite rave green, more like a grass green, green apple, or bright Easter greenĀ amped up twenty degrees. It does have a green shimmer to it, which I love as it helps set it far away from the pack. It does take a bit longer to dry-I had to add a fourth coat on my left and third on my right to get it so that the sheet marks were relatively minimized.

With both of these, they did dry a smidge flat, being that they are just below neon on the brightness level. One swipe with OPI DS topcoat, though, and all is taken care of.

So my honest verdict? I’ll have to get some more shades to see how good things are, especially creams and so forth. For now, though, these are definitely the sort of thing that you should check out.