Tag: Frida Kahlo

 
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Inspired by Frida

My new Frida Kahlo collection has inspired me! For the past few months, I haven’t felt overly inspired to do any nail art of fancy combinations. I’ve just been painting my nails and going about my business…but playing with my new makeup has given me a few idea.

I decided to play with Frida Kahlo “FKN37”, probably my favorite polish right now. I started with Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and “FKN37”. I topped my thumb and ring finger with Sinful Colors Hypnotic Transforming Top Coat in “Redrum.” I didn’t get much reaction on my thumb, but my ring finger turned out really cool. For the glitter on my middle finger and pinky, I used Funky Fingers “Red Wedding”. I left my index finger plain. I topped all of my nails with Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat.

I love red and turquoise together. I wanted to paint my walls turquoise and red, but I’ve been forbidden from painting any walls red in my house. At least my living room is a similar shade of turquoise. Maybe the next couch I get can be red?

Now I need to check my 20 miles of CVS receipts to see if I have any coupons I can use on more Frida Kahlo Nail Polish!

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Frida Kahlo x Ulta Beauty

It’s here – the collaboration of the year! Ulta Beauty just released a collaboration with the estate of Frida Kahlo. While Frida herself may have rolled her eyes at the commercialism aspect of her image and artwork being used to sell makeup, she LOVED beauty and I think would appreciate the celebration of her legacy.

The cornerstone of the collection is the Signature Box, which includes a 12 shade eye shadow palette and a New Hue Shadow Switching Pan in a Keepsake Box ($30). This is now my FAVORITE eye shadow palette – sorry KvD. I already have a New Hue Pan, but I don’t mind having another one. (Or Lily might get lucky…)

I also picked up the Face Primer ($15) – and it smells AMAZING. The scent is lightly floral, but not gagging. It’s a clear gel primer and it immediately blurs all my imperfections. It doesn’t break me out (so far) and it also works great as an eye shadow primer.

I splurged on all 4 of the Matte Liquid Lipsticks ($10 each). My favorite is “Pasion”, a universally flattering orangey red. “Surreal” is a dark mauve. I didn’t care for “Vida” – it is too light on me and was streaky. I’ll be trying the chestnut brown “Sensual” tomorrow. All the the lipsticks are super long-lasting – more so than other Ulta brand Liquid Lipsticks I’ve tried. They’re also not drying, which is crucial.

The last piece of the collection that I purchased was the Floral Headband ($18). My husband HATES it, but I LOVE it. He says it makes me look like an old lady, but I don’t care. I struggled a little bit with it – is it cultural appropriation? Ultimately, I decided it’s not different than when I wear floral headbands at the Ren Fest. It’s not necessarily work-appropriate, but fun for costumes.

I didn’t get the WHOLE collection – there is also the Artist Brush Set ($30), Liquid Illuminator ($10), Blush & Bronzer Duo ($12), a Brow Master Palette ($15 – and brows ARE what you think of when you think about Frida), and a Cosmetic Bag ($20). I really agonized over the Cosmetic Bag, but I couldn’t rationalize it with all the bags I already have. If any of it goes clearance, I might pick it up – as well as a back-up of the Primer.

I postponed my order until I could get a REALLY good gift with purchase – and not just one, but two of them. The Clinique gift was small, with deluxe samples of High Impact Mascara and Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm. The Ulta gift (free with $60 purchase) was really nice. It was a big comfy Cosmetic bag with an eye shadow & cheek palette; Face Highlighting & Color Stick in “Pixie Dust”; Makeup Remover Facial Towelettes; Lip Crayon in “Festival”; Patent Shine Liquid Lipstick in “Verona”; Matte Eye Primer in “Nude”; Hydrating Face Primer; Ultamate Lashes Mascara in “Jet Black”; Cheek Brush; Mini Blending Sponge (OMG, the tiniest one I have ever seen – it looks like a hummingbird egg); 3 hair ties; and a $5 off $15 Ulta coupon

Not only did I use a $10 off coupon, but also $59 in Ulta points that I had accumulated. My whole order was just $34 + tax!

Oh…and this order made me platinum for 2020…will I get to Diamond? Maaaaaaybe.

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Matte Mexico

Work was HORRIBLE today. My work wife is in Mexico on vacation and I had no one to coordinate playlists with…

…but before she left, she sent a pic of her nail plans. I had to be a total copycat, so my nails could be there in spirit. I decided to pull out Frida Kahlo “FKN.37”. This is two coats of Frida 37 over Glisten & Glow Top Coat and under Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat. I LOOOOOVE it.

This color never fails to remind me of my parents’ old house. They don’t live there anymore – my dad and sis moved to the Finger Lakes last year – but I drove by the old house last week and it was like an out of body experience. I couldn’t help thinking about how much I laughed when my dad painted the house this color. I think it was his way of trying to cheer my mom up, as she was getting sicker and sicker. It’s such a ridiculous color for a house…so you know I loved it. Even if I don’t get to hang out at the turquoise house anymore, I can always have home on my nails.

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I never thought it could take me so long to spend $6!

It’s a long story…my insurance requires me to get all my prescriptions at CVS – I have no choice as a consumer. I hate CVS, but mostly because of poor experiences at the location by my old house. This new location is actually not bad. The one benefit to filling prescriptions at CVS is the $5 in ExtraBucks for every 10 prescriptions, although I vastly preferred Target’s old system of 5% coupons, but that went away when CVS ate the Target Pharmacy. ANYWAY, with all my surgeries, I am up to my 3rd $5 in ExtraBucks, plus an additional $1 from I don’t even know where. I had made a trip a few weeks ago, birthday shopping for the bestie – but forgot to use it. So I went back….an wandered around the store for nearly an hour and could not find a single damn thing to buy. BUT…

…BUT then, I saw some very unique nail polishes in the bins by the checkout. Frida Kahlo Nail Polish! There was a red, a yellow and a blue – I picked the blue – “FKN.37” – a sort of dusty turquoise, really. What an unartistic polish name though, especially considering the work that went into the fantastic bottle art.

This is two coats of “FKN.37” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat. The polish was on the thick side, but the brush was very good quality and gave a lot of control. I might have been able to go with one coat, but it was just a bit streaky, so I went with two.

I don’t know that the polish was worth $8.49 – but definitely worth $2.49.