Pure Icicles = pure fun

I posted about Pure Ice’s new holiday set, Bling on the Holidays, a few weeks ago.  I hadn’t bought any new Pure Ice polishes, a Walmart exclusive ($1.97 for 0.5 oz/15 ml), for a long time and couldn’t get that fired up about them.

Pure Ice Holiday2014 set

Left to right:  Santa Merry Me, Winter Blues, Gold Peppermints, Pure Icicles, and the title shade Bling on the Holidays.

Well, never say never, because once I saw them in person, I wanted the red and the pink ones but thought, “Oh, heck, I’ll pick ‘em up next time I’m in the store.”  Apparently other people were more on the ball than yours truly, because the next time I went, the red and the pink ones were all gone.  I looked high and low and searched about three different Pure Ice displays.  That’ll teach me!

The blue, silver, and gold were still in stock so I bought the silver called Pure Icicles and LOVE it.

It’s a clear base filled with silver shimmer and two sizes of white hex glitter, and it looks like you dipped your fingers in snow.  I think its biggest use would be as a top coat over other polishes, but you could also wear it alone for some holiday sparkle on your bare nails.

Here I show it as one coat over a bright deep pink creme called Fergie from Zoya, and as two coats over the royal blue shimmer of Zoya’s called Song.  Under indirect cloudy outdoor light and then with the flash:

Pure Icicles

Pure Icicles flash

I think it would look good over any color except perhaps silver or white, where it wouldn’t show up.  But over red, green, purple, black?  Yoobetcha.

Dream Boxes & Mini Glams from Zoya

Happy Thanksgiving week!  As I said last year and the year before at this time of year, if you celebrate this holiday, I wish you all a happy, safe, thankful day.  If you don’t celebrate this holiday, I still wish you all a happy, safe, thankful day!

I haven’t received an email about it nor seen the news on Zoya’s blog, but yesterday when I was browsing their site, I saw a tab marked “Holiday Gifts.”  Clicking on it brought me to a page full of goodies for gift giving, stocking stuffers, or for yourself.  There are mini bottles, mini trios, and “Dream Boxes” which are trios of full-sized p0lishes in a white gift box.

The minis are half-size or 0.25 oz. and are $5.  So cute.  This is the Matte Velvet Posh:

Zoya Holiday Posh mini

The mini trios are $12 and here’s the purple one that contains Belinda, Haven, and Thea.

Zoya Holiday purple mini trio

The Dream Boxes contain various permutations of polish colors and finishes and are $30.  Here’s “Spice & Everything Nice” and it has the awesome Autumn, India, and Teigen.

Zoya Holiday Spice_&_Everything_Nice_Dream_Box_450

You  can also build your own Dream Box by picking the three colors you’d want.

Now, these are NOT sale prices, although minis from Zoya are rarely available.  There may be a Black Friday-type sale coming up on these gifts; I don’t know.  If money is no object you could certainly go ahead and beat the crowds by ordering the polishes you want.  (And if money is no object, please put me in your will.)  If you do need to watch your spending, though, like me, I’d wait and see if they’ll be on sale soon.


Update thanks to an observant reader!  https://www.facebook.com/ZoyaNailPolish/photos/a.145471118814.113407.92896153814/10152845819523815/?type=1&fref=nf

Free shipping now through Wednesday and get any 5 Mini Glams for $20.

It’s Movie Night! I mean Mauvy Night.

I’ve sure been enjoying Revlon Super Lustrous lipsticks lately.  Had forgotten what classics they can be and how good they feel.  I may grumble occasionally about some other Revlon products but they do lipstick right.

Some of the ones I’ve swatched are Pink in the Afternoon (how’s your search for that discontinued shade going?), Toast of New York, and Teak Rose.  Today I have another creme called Mauvy Night.

Mauvy Night is currently available and is a lovely shade of dark mauve or plum.  It has purple tones but isn’t violet.

Mauvy Night label

Mauvy Night open

Here’s a swatch of it under the camera flash, and then a comparison of it to both Toast of New York and Teak Rose.

Mauvy Night flash

Mauvy Night comps

I think I’m set for winter Super Lustrous lipsticks!  Maybe I’ll pick up some more pinks in the spring.


Now, in case you really do want a movie night instead of or in addition to Mauvy Night, I’ve got some suggestions.  Most are available on Netflix Streaming.

Nebraska (2013) is a black-and-white “road trip” film starring Bruce Dern.  He was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar and the film received five other Oscar noms including Best Picture.  I watched this with my husband and half of the time we were laughing and the other half of the time we wanted to cry.  Very touching in many ways, and the cinematography perfectly portrays a small town on the Great Plains.  Rated R for language.

Kahaani (2012) is the best Indian thriller I’ve ever seen.  Unlike many Indian films there is no singing, no dancing.  Kahaani features a strong female protagonist, Vidya, who arrives in the city of Kolkata, pregnant and alone, looking for her missing husband.  Did he ditch her?  She says not, but the police are skeptical.  Is she deluded?  This is a movie where nothing is what it seems, and maybe I was dense but the twist at the end totally broadsided me and made me want to watch the movie again immediately.  Unrated but I would say R for violence.

Argo (2012) is well-known since it won the Best Picture Oscar two years ago.  Starring and directed by Ben Affleck, it tells the story of the CIA’s elaborate ruse to rescue six Americans in Iran following the takeover of the U.S. embassy and their subsequent hiding in the Canadian one.  It’s one of those stories that is so bizarre no one could’ve made it up.  One of things I loved about it is that the clothes, hairstyles, and even eyeglasses are 1970s-spot on.  Rated R for language and some violent images.

Want something a little good, a little bad, and a little weird?  The Good, the Bad, the Weird (2008) is a Korean tour de force that looks like an old-fashioned American Western and is packed with thrills, strange characters, action, and comedy.  It’s a high-speed chase to …. somewhere.  Set in 1930s Manchuria, it starts with a train robbery and never lets up.  Watch this with your adult kids and they’ll think you’re majorly cool.  Trailer viewable here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzNnCK5cd8Q  Rated R for nonstop violence and some drug use.

Have fun & have a great weekend!

OPI Trend On Ten mini set

We’re starting to get bombarded by holiday ads, Black Friday ads, and Cyber Monday ads.  That’s OK, because I feel like you can ignore them if you’re not interested but if you are shopping for gifts, then it’s good to know what’s out there.  I’m a planner and a compulsive list-creator, so Christmas shopping really pushes me to make a list and check it twice.  Or ten times.

And speaking of ten, OPI has released its annual holiday mini set of ten polishes.  The 2012 set was called The Top Ten, 2013 had Take Ten, and this year’s is Trend On Ten.


The colors are:

  • Haven’t the Foggiest
  • Alpine Snow
  • Bubble Bath
  • Tickle My France-y
  • Princesses Rule!
  • Toucan Do It If You Try
  • Cajun Shrimp
  • Big Apple Red
  • Malaga Wine
  • Lincoln Park After Dark

The photo above is a CG one and if you look at a real photo, you can see that Haven’t the Foggiest is much more glittery and some of the shades look a bit different.  Ulta has the set for $27.50 but I’ve read that Costco has it for $19.99.


The set comes boxed in two groups of five polishes each, so if you wanted them for gift-giving, you could give all ten, two sets of five, or individual ones as stocking stuffers.

As far as I know, none of the colors are new and most of them are well-established, so finding swatches of each color online should be easy.


What’s the next best thing?

Disclosure:  All Memebox links and codes on this page are affiliate ones for which I may receive commission.  I purchased all the products in this review.

As I said yesterday in my review of a makeup box from Memebox, pickings are slim on the site lately, not much new in the past few weeks.  But just announced is a new box that’s all skin care, called #81 The Next Best Thing in Skin Care.

nextbigthing (photo from Memebox site)

What’s going to be in it?  Don’t know everything, but the description does say, “…water packs, overnight sleeping masks, quick and easy multi-functional skin-conditioning sheets, and premium jelly capsule creams.”  If you’ve wanted to try a box that was all skin care, this might be one to pick.  No guarantees whether you’ll love it or not, which is a hazard with any “mystery box.”

The more I’m learning about Korean skin care and products, and the more I’m trying them, the more enthusiastic I am.  If you’re tired of the same ol’ same ol’ from Western companies, it’s an idea.

Short post today, sorry, not feeling great.  Need tea & rest.

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Memebox #64 Makeup Edition 2 — review

Disclosure:  All Memebox links and codes on this page are affiliate ones for which I may receive commission.  I purchased all the products in this review.

Time for another Memebox review!  For details about what Memebox is and how it works — it’s a Korean skin care and makeup shopping site which also curates mystery boxes, not subscription boxes — see this previous post where I  reviewed the Pinkaholic box which was half makeup and half skin care.

I decided to try one box that would presumably be all makeup, Makeup Edition 2, which is currently sold out.  (Sometimes sold out boxes are restocked.)  This was a Superbox; that is, contained all full-size products, not sample sizes, and it was indeed all makeup except for one application tool that was so outré that it got its own post.  I still haven’t used that egg and occasionally go to my closet and visit it and say, “What the hell?”  Then I go away again.

But let’s look at everything else that came in Makeup Edition 2.  Click on any of the photos for a larger view.

ME2 box

ME2 products

Everything was well-packed and safety-sealed.  The front and back of the info card:

ME2 card a

ME2 card b

1.  Revecen Perfect Star Powder — This is a loose shimmery eye shadow powder and was one of four random shades.  I got the gold and would have rather had any of the other three — pink, brondi (?? coppery), or grey.

2.  Shara Shara I Wanna Cat’s Gel Liner — My first gel eye liner!  Been wanting to try one of these for a while.  I could have gotten either a dark pearl brown or a very dark navy that looks almost black.  Glad I got the brown.  It comes with its own brush that’s stashed in the handle.

ME2 shadow and liner

3.  Etude House Woo Baby Lip Plumper — Woo, baby.  Could have been either clear or glitter pink.  Thank GOODNESS I got the clear!

4.  Secret Kiss Sweet Glam Stick Glow — Claims to combine “the long-lasting wear of a lip tint, the high pigmentation of a lipstick, and the high glossy shine of a lip gloss.”  A random choice between Urban Coral and Wonder Pink.  I got the coral and would have preferred the pink, but on the other hand it’s good to branch out.

5.  Skinfood Mineral Color Fix Brow Mascara — Hmmm, this is interesting.  I’ve tried several eyebrow enhancers but never anything like a mascara.  Cool concept.  Was randomly one of four colors, and I luckily got the only color that would have worked for me, the darkest brown called Mineral Deep Brown.

6.  i.myss Beauty Toc Gold Egg Vibration Puff — ‘Nuff said about it in that other post of mine!

7.  Cover Queen Whitening BB Cream — This is a one-shade-fits-all (or not) BB cream.

Here are swatches of the products on the back of my hand:

ME2 swatches

My impressions are that overall it was a hit or miss box.  Someone could love all the randomly chosen colors, hated them all, or been about 50-50 like me.

The gold eye shadow powder is pretty but probably too intense for my older eyes.  I haven’t worn it yet and may try just the tiniest dab as a highligher or I may mix it into another powder, perhaps a dark brown.

Love the gel eye liner and also the clear lip plumper/gloss, although the latter doesn’t seem like anything particularly special.  The coral lip gloss is very bright and I haven’t worn it yet but want to.

The brow mascara was a good color for me and seemed to work well to fill in my thinning brows, yet removing it was a pain.  Using eye makeup remover and wiping my brows, it became a fine powder that was difficult to clean up.  Overall I think I prefer a good brow pencil/crayon.

I’ve only tried the BB cream once and found it hard to blend.  I much prefer the Missha BB cream that I’ve been using for several weeks — that baby blends like a dream.

Makeup Edition 2 was $23 plus shipping, and the total retail value that Memebox assigned to all the products in the box is $103, almost a third of which is tied up in that egg applicator.  I would have rather had a bunch more makeup items instead of it, but oh well, a mystery box is supposed to be mysterious!

I like most of the products — the gel eye liner is my favorite — but doubt I’ll buy a makeup-only box again, as there’s too great a chance of receiving colors I don’t want or can’t use.  However, I’m loving many of the skin care items I’ve gotten from Memebox in other boxes or bought individually.


Since I got interested in Memebox just a couple of short months ago, their site has changed a lot and I don’t know if it’s temporary or permanent.  The internet is rife with speculation and rumors, which means no one knows for sure.  Just a month or so ago, there were dozens of boxes and bundles to choose from and buy.  Now there are almost none, although the shop of separate items is chock full of goodies to peruse.  Here’s the U.S. shop and here’s the global shop.

Regarding the dearth of boxes, I’m not worried.  They just opened up their site in China so that must be super busy, and perhaps they are gearing up for lots of new boxes to be posted in the near future.  I’m content to wait and see and not run around screaming that the sky is falling.

Disclosure:  All Memebox links and codes on this page are affiliate ones for which I may receive commission.  I purchased all the products in this review.

November Memebox codes and offers:

November $5 coupon code on $30 or more (S&H and taxes do not apply)1FROGW — I believe this is a one-time use code per person.
Using my referral links will get $5 off automatically at checkout when you spend $100 or more.
Using my referral links will get $10 off automatically at checkout when you spend $150 or more.

Dancing Nails

Today when I was at Walgreens buying mini sizes of Kleenex, Tylenol, and Tums to keep my travel bag stocked — BOR-ing!! — I decided to get myself one little bottle of polish.  Wags had quite a few from various brands at great clearance prices and there are lots of holiday items and sets out, but I reached into the basic Sinful Colors display.

Bought Dancing Nails, or should I say, re-bought it.  This is an older shade that I had, gave away, then wanted again because I never swatched it for the blog.  The regular SRP of Sinful Colors is $1.99 for a full-sized 0.5 oz/15 ml bottle, and while I usually wait ’til they’re on a half-price sale, what the heck.  $1.99 is still good.

Dancing Nails is a light red with silver shimmer.  I have plenty of bright reds and dark reds, but few light reds.  It seems to be a hard color to make without venturing into the Land of Pink.

Here are two coats, no top coat, under indirect bright outdoor light and then with the flash:

Dancing Nails

Dancing Nails flash

Brushstrokes are slightly visible but not bad.  Would make a great, budget-friendly color for the holidays.


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