May 3, 2016

Zoya Summer 2016 Seashells and Sunsets Available NOW!

ZOYA INTRODUCES TWO STUNNING NEW COLLECTIONS
FOR SUMMER 2016!
  Zoya Seashells & Sunsets



SEASHELLS: NEW Fresh from the shore... Six sparkling, textured Zoya PixieDust* ** colors.
·         Levi - ZP841: Beige gold textured PixieDust with medium holographic hexes. Designed to update a classic neutral pixie with a little more glam. 
·         Linds - ZP842: Cherry red textured PixieDust with red and fuchsia glitter to mimic the look of maraschino cherries dipped in sugar.
·         Zooey - ZP843: Classic pink textured PixieDust laced with a fine thread of gold and medium sized holographic hexes for an added layer of dimension.
·         Cece - ZP844: Full impact green, textured PixieDust with a thin vein of gold creating a fizzy lemon-lime effect.
·         Bay - ZP845: Sky blue textured PixieDust with fine silver and gold glitter creating a dreamy effect. Reminiscent of cloud gazing on warm summer days!
·         Tilly - ZP846: Starry grey textured PixieDust with a small holographic glitter interwoven with a darker gunmetal. Perfect for hot nights out on the town! 
  
NEW ZOYA LIPSTICK! Mellie – ZPLIP12
  
SEASHELLS 3QUAD GIFT SET – ZPSEASHELLSQUAD1603: Cute sand dollar graphic window box gift box set includes 0.25 oz. sizes of Zoya PixieDust in Levi, Linds and Tilly with a full size lipstick in Mellie.
  
SEASHELLS FUN SIZE SAMPLER – ZPSEASHELLSQUAD160302: Four select 0.25 nail polish colors in a custom designed window box. Set includes Zoya Bay, Tilly, Zooey and Levi.




SUNSETS: NEW
 Captured from the sky...
Six stunning Zoya Nail Polish* one-coat creams.
·         Cam - ZP847: Deep, fully saturated orange with a densely saturated, buttery smooth application. Rich and juicy like a ripe tangerine!
·         Dixie - ZP848: Juicy watermelon red with a densely saturated, buttery smooth application. A cool treat for hot summer days!
·         Brynn - ZP849: Popsicle pink with a densely saturated, buttery smooth application. The epitome of happy carefree color!
·         Liv - ZP850: Fun-filled purple that is seriously saturated and makes a statement! Great on any skin tone, with or without a tan. 
·         Dory - ZP851: Vibrant cornflower blue with a densely saturated, buttery smooth application. Get ready to rock the waves!
·         Ness - ZP852: Softened jade green with a hint of blue to make it wearable for all skin tones. Reminiscent of sea glass found on your favorite beaches!
NEW ZOYA LIPSTICK! Candy – ZPLIP11
  
SUNSETS QUAD GIFT SET – ZPSUNSETQUAD1604: Cute sand dollar graphic window box gift box set includes 0.25 oz. sizes of Zoya Nail Polish in Liv, Brynn and Dixie with a full size lipstick in Candy.

SUNSETS FUN SIZE SAMPLER- ZPSUNSETQUAD160402: 
Four select 0.25 nail polish colors in a custom designed window box. Set includes Zoya Dory, Liv, Brynn and Dixie.

AVAILABLE on ZOYA.COM NOW!
ZOYA IS THE HEALTHY COLOR OF FASHION! 
ZOYA NAIL POLISH – 0.5oz bottles
$10 
(US)
ZOYA LIPSTICK - 0.14 oz. Tube
$12 
(US) 
QUAD GIFT SETS
$18 
(US) 
FUN SIZESAMPLERS
$20 
(US)

Available in top salons, spas and on 
zoya.com
*BIG5FREE, TOXIN FREE: Zoya Nail Polish Formula contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene or camphor. 
**ZOYA PIXIEDUST APPLICATION: For best results apply 2-3 thin coats of polish for full coverage to a clean oil free nail surface. Allow product to dry completely for full effect. Top coat can be applied for additional glossy effects.

May 1, 2016

OPI Infinite Shine Spring 2016 Swatches and Review!!

 *Sent for review*

I have a great collection for you today- the OPI Spring 2016 Infinite Shine shades!! I am really feeling this collection and I think it has something for everyone to enjoy. OPI Reach for the Sky is a dusty grayed out blue creme. It's a light blue, but with the dustiness, I wouldn't call it a pastel, it's edgier feeling than a pastel blue. Kind of like a grungy version of a pale blue for spring and I love it! It's like a summer sky right before a thunderstorm hits, cloudy and murky!


This was two easy coats, topped with the Infinite Shine Gloss top coat. This will probably start to sound repetitive, as most of the shades in this collection were two coats with a wonderfully easy application. They have a great, gel-like consistency that applies really nicely.



OPI Half Past Nude is a pretty nude pink creme. It seems to have pretty equal portions of pink and beige, so I'd imagine it would flatter a good variety of skin tones. It doesn't seem to lean too cool either, so that is nice to see in a pinky nude.


This is three thin coats and the formula was my least favorite in the collection. It's not bad, but I found it to be thicker than the others and not as buttery smooth when applying.



Between this and the New Orleans collection, OPI has churned out some really stunning purples this spring!! OPI Don't Provoke the Plum! is a rich, warm-toned red grape creme. It's jewel-toned, but bright enough to feel like a spring color. I love warm-toned purples, they seem so much more vibrant than cool blue purples. In brighter lighting, this almost has elements of fuchsia/pink too (see the last picture). The fuchsia tones make this one different from OPI Spare Me a French Quarter (which happens to be on my toes right now!). That one has more berry undertones and looks darker.


 This is two flawless coats. So easy to apply!!



When I need a break from wearing neons in the summer, I like to hit up a really stark, mod-looking white or white pink. OPI It's Pink P.M. will definitely be my go-to this summer. It's Pink P.M. is a super pale pink with a ton of white in the base. It's almost a white with a tinge of pink. It has that almost chalky look that is fun sometimes with a summer tan (just kidding, I never get tan!).


This is three thin coats. The formula was very good. I thought the first coat was a little sheer and streaky, but it built up nicely in three coats and any streaks were eliminated with the third coat. Same great consistency as the others!



NEW FAVE ALERT---- OPI Olive for Green!! As you already know, I do live for green polish, so this one was probably destined to be my favorite. I LOVE the idea of having an olive green in a spring collection. It's fresh, but murky at the same time. This is really the perfect olive green too, not so yellow-toned that you think of baby poop. It has a more sophisticated feel than some olives we've seen, and it's perfect for spring! When you get tired of pastel mania, check out this great dirty green!


Two perfect coats, no clean-up!



It wouldn't be spring without a good coral polish and OPI In Familiar Terra-Tory is a great coral. It's a rich, brick red toned coral with some burnt orange tones. It's not a crisp, fresh coral, more like a coral with a sunburn. Like Olive for Green and Reach for the Sky, it has some of that grungy, murky feeling, while also being bright. I have plans to wear this as my next pedi color!


This is two easy peasy coats! Lovely application!



OPI Rose Against Time is a bright bubblegum pink, a real classic spring shade! Rose Against Time is the perfect balance of brightness and softness, it's not at all neon or chalky, but it's not a super soft pastel either. Very nice blue-leaning pink creme. 


This is two coats of Rose Against Time. It was fairly easy to work with, maybe a little streakier than I was expecting based on my experience with the others. I had some streaks on my ring nail and middle in particular, plus some strange bubbling on the ring nail. But I didn't have any of this bubbling with the others in the collection, so it may have been user error.



OPI Sunrise to Sunset is a nice cantaloupe melon creme. It's a nice mix of orange with softer peach. Like Rose Against Time, it's not too bright, nor too pastel. Just a great balance of color and softness!


This is two coats and the application was great! I love this shade, so I was happy the formula was lovely too!

*Sent for review*

My favorites in this collection were Olive for Green, In Familiar Terra-tory, and Don't Provoke the Plum!. If you are a fan of the Infinite Shine line, I think you will really love these. If you haven't tried the line, this is a great place to start! Hope you are all having a relaxing and fun weekend!

The OPI Infinite Shine Spring 2016 collection is available now at Ulta, ulta.com, and other fine salons.

April 28, 2016

Vapid Lacquer Base Coat and Top Coat Review!!


*Purchased by me*

I've been meaning to write this review for awhile since I am totally in love with my Vapid Lacquer All About That Base and Get Your Shine On! Quick Dry Top Coat. Vapid Lacquer is having a restock this Saturday that includes these two products, so I thought I should post this now! All About That Base is a strengthening base coat that also seems to help prolong my manis. Since I started using the Vapid base coat about 5-6 weeks ago, I have noticed I have fewer peelies on my thumb nails. My thumbs always have peelies because I am a bad nail blogger and use them as tools. But the Vapid base coat is starting to help me get rid of them! I think in a few more weeks, the existing peelies I had will probably grow out and be gone. So I love this base coat just for that. But wait- there's more!!


 When I use the Vapid base coat and the Get Your Shine On! top coat for a mani, my nails still look great 4-5 days later! Above you can see my YSL Peace Green mani after 4 days of wear (including hot showers every day, dish washing, lots of hand washing after touching germy kids at dance class, etc.). There is a bit of tip wear and my right thumb had one small chip. But I have to tell you, most true quick dry top coats and I don't get along. My usual wear time with a QDTC is 1-2 days max. After that it is a hot chippy mess. So for me to get 4-5 days with a real QDTC (dry to the touch in 60 seconds!) is a serious personal victory. I also have to say that this top coat packs SERIOUS shine! The shine also lasts, it doesn't start to look dull on day 3. The Vapid base and top coat get an A+ from me!


Two more awesome Vapid things that will be available this Saturday- Chocolate Body Mousse and Nail Sauce! Chocolate Body Mousse is a delectable body cream that smells like hot chocolate or chocolate pudding. It is really nicely moisturizing, but doesn't feel too heavy or greasy. I am addicted to this now and sometimes I even open the jar just to look at it! I mean, it looks delicious, doesn't it?


Binx wanted to get in on my photo shoot, LOL!



Nail Sauce is a great cuticle product with a gel-creme hybrid consistency. It sinks right in to the nail area and makes my cuticles look so much better instantly. I bought it in two different scents- Unicorn Milk and Birthday Bitch. Unicorn Milk smells like Fruit Loops with a touch of vanilla frosting, while Birthday Bitch smells exactly like German Chocolate Cake, in my opinion. I have been using this product almost daily since purchasing and plan to order at least one more scent this Saturday. I have already nearly used up Unicorn Milk! I love this for cuticle moisturizing that seems enjoyable, rather than a chore.


The Vapid base and top coats have really made a positive difference in my nail health, as well as how often I can wear manis. Now that I can use a QDTC, I find it MUCH easier to just slap on a new mani whenever I want and not have to worry about it chipping a day later. I highly recommend all four of the products in this post.

Restock info: The restock will be at 1pm CT (Central Time) at http://vapid.mybigcommerce.com. For complete details about what will be restocked, please check out the Vapid Lacquer Facebook page.

April 24, 2016

CrowsToes Mintally Unstable and Abracadabra


*Purchased by me*

Happy Sunday, hope you are having a great weekend! I wanted to show you my mani from most of last week- CrowsToes Mintally Unstable with an accent of CrowsToes Abracadabra. Both of these lovely polishes are Hella Holo Customs and I know I've mentioned it before, but if you aren't a member of the group on Facebook, you are really missing out!! Mintally Unstable is a stunning mint green holo with a very strong pink/gold contrasting shimmer. It was hard to capture the pink shimmer in photos, even though it is so strong in person, but I think you can kind of see it below.


Abracadabra is like an oil slick turned into a glitter polish. The magic of this one though is that it is so smooth and not like a rough glitter at all. It was even easy to remove! I'm not sure what kind of spell was used to create this, but it is worthy of the name Abracadabra! I used two coats of Mintally Unstable and three coats of Abracadabra here. Both were super easy to apply.


Full sun for holo goodness:

These two polishes are not for sale from the maker anymore, but I have seen a few people selling them in the Hella Holo Customs group. You can only purchase them if you are a member, so I strongly suggest you email hellaholocustomercare@gmail.com to join. By the way, the makers for this month are Dreamland Lacquer (formerly Smitten) and Sayuri and the polishes are GORGEOUS!!

April 22, 2016

Lynnderella Vol. 40, Cyantific Method!

*Sent for review*

I am so late with this post, but technically it's still Friday! Good thing too, because this polish is STUNNING!!! Lynnderella Cyantific Method is my new favorite LE, a gorgeous deep pool blue shimmer with aqua holo microglitter. When I was little, my favorite crayon color was cerulean and this gorgeous polish reminds me of my beloved cerulean crayon! Lynnderella describes this as a "multishimmered cyan shimmerella with aqua holographic microglitter". I love the name shimmerella, so cute!!



Best part of this polish? This is two flawlessly easy coats, no clean up necessary! It's lovely and opaque in two coats and the consistency was perfect. A++ formula! With one layer of top coat, it's smooth and glossy to the touch.



Lynnderella Cyantific Method is available now on lynnderella.com.

For more Lynnderella news and swatches check out:
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https://instagram.com/lovelynnderella/
https://twitter.com/lovelynnderella


As always, if you're looking for a specific Lynnderella and can't seem to find it for sale, definitely email lynnderellalacquer@gmail.com and Paul can help you!


April 19, 2016

OPI SoftShades 2016 Pastels Swatches & Review!

*Sent for review*

It FINALLY feels like spring here in CT, woohoooo!!!! To celebrate, I finally swatched the OPI SoftShades 2016 colors. I just couldn't get in the mood for them earlier, you know? But now I am all about the soft pastel shades, like OPI I Am What I Amethyst. I Am What I Amethyst is a pale lilac, almost like a soft white creme mixed with hints of lavender. Depending on the light, it can look grey or soft purpley-blue too, and just one of those pretty hints of color, rather than a color that hits you in the face. 


This is two coats and the formula was good. I was surprised that it really wasn't streaky and it was nicely opaque. I let the first coat dry before applying the second, as I would recommend with all pastels (to avoid any possible streaks). The consistency of this was perfect, it made it so easy to apply.



OPI It's In the Cloud is an off-white creme, maybe a little crelly-ish. It's a little brighter than an eggshell white, but still soft looking. Definitely not a chalky or stark looking white. 


This is three thin coats for me, and I did still see a bit of streakiness. The coverage was nicely opaque in three coats, I felt two still had a bit of VNL. I have seen others describe this as having a perfect formula though, so it could be just me here!



Now we're getting into my territory here! OPI This Cost Me a Mint is a lovely pale mint creme. This is definitely one of the paler mint cremes I've seen recently and I am loving it. It's like the creamy color of a Shamrock Shake, yum! Or those pastel pillow mints. Mmmmm I'm just making myself want tasty treats now. I like this too because it is a true pale green, it's not too blue-toned.


This is two easy coats. The formula of this one was great- full coverage, no streaks, fabulous consistency. Love!!!



How could you have a really good pastel collection without a baby chicken yellow?!?? Luckily for us, OPI included a great one here, OPI One Chic Chick. One Chic Chick is a super pale lemon custard creme. Reminds me of when I make Alfredo sauce and start mixing the butter and cream! Yum (still hungry!)!


This is two coats again and same lovely formula as This Cost Me a Mint. I am so glad that my two favorite colors in this collection have great formulas! It will make me reach for them more this spring.



OPI Stop I'm Blushing is a very pale pink with hints of peach. It almost has some yellow-y tones to it, kind of like cream with a hint of pink. 


This is three thin coats of Stop I'm Blushing. I thought it was a bit less opaque than the last two, so I did want a third coat. It wasn't really streaky, but it did seem a little thicker and came out a bit lumpy looking.



Another hit from this collection, OPI It's a Boy! is a perfect pale baby blue. It's pastel and soft, but still has a good hit of that nice clear sky blue. In my mind, this looked similar to OPI What's with the Cattitude? (which I do not own), but a quick Google for swatches of that indicates that this is much lighter with more white in the base.


This is two coats. The formula is good, but I think I can see a stray streak on my pinky nail. It's pretty opaque though and the consistency was very nice.

*Sent for review*

Overall, I think OPI did a nice job with these. The formulas range from "excellent for any polish" to "good for a pastel". My favorites are This Cost Me a Mint and One Chic Chick, with It's a Boy! in a solid 3rd place.

The OPI SoftShades 2016 Pastels collection is available now at Ulta, ulta.com, and other fine salons.