February 5, 2016

Lynnderella Friday, Vol. 30!!

*Sent for review*

Happy Friday everyone!! It's a snowy Friday here- one of those really beautiful storms where the snow gets stuck to all of the bare tree branches. I love that kind of snow! I'll try to get some good pictures when I go out to shovel. I have two pretty Lynnderellas for you today, as well as a look at a brand new Lynnderella product. First up is Lynnderella Strobing, a stunning glittery pinky-nude. Lynn says it has "three new glitters: nude miniglitter, clear holographic and intense fire opal iridescent. Lilac- and multi-shimmered base". THIS is how I wear nude polish LOL, with serious sparkles! The fire opal glitters are awesome, when you move your nails around they flash all different colors. You can see them best in the picture below. If you didn't already know, strobing is a makeup technique in which you emphasize bone structure using only highlighter and blush, no bronzer or contour.

This is three thin coats of Strobing. It was very easy to apply and has a great consistency. You could probably use this as a topper over a great pinky-nude as well, something I want to try soon!

 This picture is a little weird lighting-wise, but I think it shows off the lilac pink shimmer very well, so I wanted to include it.

*Gift with purchase*

Next up I wanted to show you a Lynnderella mani I recently wore. This is a polish that was given as a gift when you purchased the entire ValenTime collection last year. Lynnderella Free Love is a gorgeous mix of purple, red, pink, and some blue glitters. There are some great shapes in here, like my favorite circle glitter and a pink bow glitter (see below on the left side there). Free Love has a clear base with purple and silver microglitter.

For this mani, I used one coat of Lynnderella Free Love over OPI Super Cute in Pink. I love this combo!! Free Love was easy to apply, despite having lots of glitter! Free Love is no longer available, but you may see it pop up in a blog sale or in a Facebook group.

 *Purchased by me*

Now for the brand new product!! This is a Lynnderella The Glittering Crowd pouch!!! Isn't it adorable?? There are only two of these in existence right now and I managed to snag one, but Lynn and Paul do have plans to make more of these for sure. This holds 4 bottles of Lynnderella polish (see below) or 6 MAC lipsticks (of course I tried that out!). The pouch measures 3.5 x 5.75 inches. The second pouch is up at lynnderella.com right now, you can see it here.

My pouch has an engagement ring charm on the zipper pull. The one up at lynnderella.com right now has a cute lucky cat charm. This pouch also has a little inside zip pocket. Overall it seems like a very durable fabric and very well-made. I'm loving mine- it's already in my purse!

Lynnderella Strobing and the new pouch are both available now on lynnderella.com. 

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February 3, 2016

OPI Hello Kitty, Part 3!!

*Sent for review*

Alright everyone, I have the rest of my OPI Hello Kitty swatches for you on this fine Wednesday! Halfway through the week!! OPI Starry-Eyed for Dear Daniel is a really pretty raspberry pink filled with lots of silver glitter. The glitter kind of floats in the pink base, rather than looking like it's sticking out of it. It's really nice sparkly polish, without being bumpy looking!

This is three coats. You could definitely do two coats of Starry-Eyed for Dear Daniel, but I did a third to make sure it looked opaque on camera. This has one layer of top coat over it and it felt very smooth to the touch. I don't know how they made it so glittery without being rough, but I'm loving it!

Urrrrgggghhhhh this is my new favorite purply-pink!!!! OPI Super Cute in Pink is a stunning orchid pink with lots of hints of purple. Super Cute in Pink is very shiny and squishy looking too. I can't think of a shade I own that's exactly like this. If you think of one, let me know!

This is two effortless coats. It has that gel-like formula that I am loving so much. It dries very shiny, but I did use one layer of top coat for even more shiny goodness.

How's this for something to wake you up this morning?? OPI My Twin Mimmy is a bright marigold yellow. I love yellows and this one is stellar. It's a pretty true yellow, no orange-y undertones or anything else. Just pure, sunny yellow!

This is the best bright yellow creme I have ever tried. This is two coats and there isn't a streak in sight!! It has the gel-like formula, so it goes on super smoothly and is very shiny. If you are in the market for a fully opaque, easy to apply yellow, this is the one for you!

*Sent for review*

OK now that I have done all of my swatches, it's time to tell you my favorites. This is going to be a ridiculously long list, but I honestly love this collection. The formulas are spot on perfect and these are colors I personally really enjoy wearing (and I've already worn a bunch of them, which is unusual when I first get a collection). My favorites are Spoken from the Heart, Look at My Bow!, Super Cute in Pink, and Starry-Eyed for Dear Daniel. An honorable mention goes to My Pal Joey and My Twin Mimmy too! I love that this collection has good spring colors, but it's also great for any time of the year. 

The OPI Hello Kitty Collection is available now at Ulta, ulta.com and other fine salons.

January 31, 2016

OPI Hello Kitty Collection, Part 2!

 *Sent for review*

I hope you are all enjoying the weekend! I'm just having a chill weekend and getting a lot of cleaning done, so nothing exciting. I have a couple more polishes from the OPI Hello Kitty collection for you today, starting with OPI 5 Apples Tall. 5 Apples Tall is a juicy warm red creme, the shade of the red portion of a gala apple. This is so shiny and luxurious, it's definitely a new favorite red for me. 

5 Apples Tall is kind of like a crelly-ish creme. It's very shiny and the first coat has a nice translucence to it. But it builds up nicely to full opacity in just two coats. It has that great gel-like consistency that I love because it makes it so easy to apply.

OPI My Pal Joey is a stunning vivid bright blue creme. Not too long ago, I was thinking to myself that OPI typically does really dark blues, rather than light or medium ones, so it's nice to see them prove me wrong. I think we've seen this shade before, but it's gorgeous and has a flawless formula, so I don't mind at all! I actually am wearing it right now as a full mani, with some glitter on top!

This is two effortless coats of My Pal Joey. It has the same gel-like formula that just glides on. I am not sure if this is a new or tweaked creme formula for OPI, but it just seems all the ones in the collection are spectacular.

OPI Never Have Too Mani Friends is a great black creme. If you are looking for a new one, this is definitely a winner in my book. Very shiny and black black, not wimpy black.

This is two coats of Never Have Too Mani Friends. It was easy to apply and nicely opaque, although it would be even nicer if it was opaque in one coat.

 *Sent for review*

I have to tell you- I have already worn 3 of the Hello Kitty polishes as full manis. I am really hooked on this collection. The colors are cute on their own or with glitter toppers, the formulas are fantastic and... HELLO KITTY!! I see myself wearing these a lot.

The OPI Hello Kitty collection is available now at Ulta and ulta.com.

**I will have the remaining three posted tomorrow. I was originally going to include them here, but I swatched them on a different day than the ones in this post, and wouldn't you know it? The night after swatching these three, I broke a nail on my swatch hand so badly!! So the remaining three are on super short nails and I felt like I couldn't put them in the same post!

January 29, 2016

Lynnderella Friday Vol. 29!!

*Sent for review*

Happy Friday! It seemed like a fast week to me and I can't believe January is almost over already. January is my least favorite month, but it really flew by this year for a change. For this last Friday of my least favorite month, I have some Lynnderellas that breathe some spring air into this post! Lynnderella Amusemint is a cool shimmering whitened mint. It is described as a "pearly mint creme with mint and pink shimmers". The pink shimmers stand out more in person and in the sunshine and they really like pretty in the pale frosty mint! 

This is three coats of Amusemint by itself. It was a little sheer on the first coat, but was easy to build up to full opacity. It applied well and has a nice consistency.

Ooooof, oh man I love this combo! My heart just sighs a little when I look at this! Lynnderella Lovely SentiMint is a glitter topper with mint, white and pale lilac-pink glitters, including hearts, stars and my favorite circle glitters!  The base is a sheer mint with tiny pink holo glitter and pink shimmer.

I used two coats of Lovely SentiMint over Amusemint for this mani. I think these two are just perfect together!! One coat of Lovely SentiMint was good, but I wanted more minty hearts, so I went back for more. It was easy to apply with the dabbing method.

Introducing my new favorite polish- Lynnderella Sea the Love! This is so so beautiful and has such great depth to it. I know we have seen teal and green glitters together before, but the color combinations and specific glitters Lynn used here just make for such a complex, stunning polish. Sea the Love is described as "multiglitter valentine for mermaids and mermen of all ages. It features cyan holographic hearts and flowers, diatoms, a few renegade pointy starfish and green bubbles. Clear aqua- and cyan-shimmered base.". Drool.

This is one easy coat of Sea the Love over OPI Fly. Application was fantastic, even with all of the bigger glitters.

*Sent for review*

I love all three of these so much... I guess I really am a big sucker for greens and blues! 

January 27, 2016

Barielle Naturale Eye Shadow Palette Swatches and Review

*Gift from Barielle*

Happy hump day!! The lighting hasn't been good for polish swatching the last few days, so I figured I'd show you a little something different for today. Did you know that Barielle has eye shadow palettes?? I didn't know until they sent me one as a gift over the holidays! I have been wearing this a bunch of times lately, so I thought it was time to tell you about it. The Barielle Naturale palette is a nice selection of six gorgeous neutral eye shadows. There is a matte medium brown, a shimmering pale rose gold, a shimmering gray-taupe, a shimmering champagne, light copper with glitter flecks, and a dark shimmery brown. 

I like the finish on these shadows a lot. The shimmers are soft, glowing shimmers, rather than super metallic ones. I also like that they did include a matte brown, because I always think you need to use at least one matte in your shimmery shadow looks, and this is a perfect crease shade.

These swatches were done with the included foam applicator over bare skin- no primer! I have been wearing them with a Maybelline Color Tattoo or MAC Paint Pot as a base. They last for at least 8 hours with no creasing or fading for me!

This palette is relatively small in size and the packaging is a light cardboard. I like both of those features, because it makes this the PERFECT palette to throw in your purse for touch-ups or taking your work makeup into the evening. As much as I love my UD Naked palettes, they are not exactly purse friendly, unless you like to tote your whole life around. This takes up only a few inches of space and weighs next to nothing!

I am impressed with this eye shadow palette and am happy I got to try it. The Barielle Naturale shadow palette is available now on Barielle.com.

Barielle also has some great deals and events coming up in February. Here's a list for you so you can get in on these offers!

February 2nd - February 29th: Treat Yourself for Valentine's Day Contest
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  • Barielle Nail Rebuilding Protein
  • Barielle No Chip Speed Dry
  • 1-800-Flowers $25 Gift Card
  • Purple Coach Tote ($395 value)
February 5th - National Wear Red Day
Bundle Price: $15 | Total Value: $40
  • 5 Barielle Red Nail Shades for $15 + Free Shipping
February 9th: Mardis Gras
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  • 5 Barielle Mardis Gras Shades for $15 + Free Shipping
February 10th - National Umbrella Day
  • Free Barielle Shade "Pink Parasol" with Every Purchase
February 12th - 14th - Valentine's Day Sale
20% Off + Free Shipping on Every Order
February 18th - National Drink Wine Day (one of our favorites!)
Bundle Price: $15 | Total Value: $40
  • 5 Barielle Vintage Wine Nail Shades for $15 + Free Shipping
February 22nd - National Margarita Day
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  • 5 Barielle Tiki Bar Nail Shades for $15 + Free Shipping
February 26th - 29th - Site Wide Sale
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January 25, 2016

OPI Hello Kitty Swatches, Part 1!!

*Sent for review*

Hi everyone!! I have some pretty OPI Hello Kitty swatches to brighten up your Monday! I have been super excited for this collection for awhile now, since I love Hello Kitty! But even if you are not a rabid HK fan, I think you will find some polishes to love in this collection. I am showing you my favorite of this half first, OPI Spoken from the Heart. Spoken from the Heart is a bright and beautiful pink coral crelly. This is a nice blend of hot pink with a touch of orange and the finish is so juicy and squishy! The crelly finish sets it apart from other corals I own for sure!

This is three thin coats, but I did the third just for the camera, it looks perfect with two coats. The application was excellent. The formula has that gel feeling to it and really stays where you apply it without any puddling or pooling. If you like the jelly look, this is perfectly smooth and streak-free in just one coat, so you can sport it that way as well!

This candy pink treat is OPI Look at My Bow!. Look at My Bow! is a baby pink creme with a healthy dose of lavender to make it more interesting. It reminds me of a pinker version of my fave OPI Lucky Lucky Lavender. I am a big fan of Look at My Bow!, it's super pretty and spring-y!

This is two coats and application was very good. It has a very smooth formula and it is nicely opaque.

*for some reason, when I type the name of this polish out, Blogger thinks it is HTML. So I am going to spell it out.*
I have been searching for something just like OPI Small plus Cute equals Heart for ages! If you've been looking for something soft pink and squishy, but more opaque than OPI Bubble Bath, this one is for you. This is a great pale pink crelly that is still juicy looking without being too sheer. It reminds me of strawberry milk with only a little bit of strawberry sauce.

This is three thin coats of Small plus Cute equals Heart. It is sheer on the first coat, but builds to full opacity in three coats, so you have options if you like some VNL. It was easy to apply and had that nice gel-like consistency.

OPI Kitty White is a super sparkly silvery white. It looks like the snow sparkling on my lawn right now!

This is three coats of Kitty White alone, so you can definitely build it up to wear by itself. I also think it would be a great topper with just one coat over one of the cremes in this collection because one coat of this is pretty sheer.

OPI Charmmy & Sugar has a frosty pinky silver metallic base with pops of teal, silver and pink metallic glitters. The base of this is kind of shifty, when you move your nails around you catch glimpses of gold and magenta shimmer. I think this is actually way prettier in real life!!

This is three coats of Charmmy & Sugar. It was easy to work with and the glitters are quite smooth with one layer of top coat. It looks a little bumpy in pictures I think, but it wasn't at all rough in real life. It is also more opaque looking in person.

I have to hand it to OPI. They just made me like soft-colored crellies by putting little kitties on the tops of the bottles and making them slightly more opaque than other variations. OPI Let's Be Friends is another dreamboat soft white pink crelly. I can't decide whether to call this one "white with a hint of pink" or "pink with a lot of white in the base". I think I'm going with white with a hint of pink.

Like I said about Small plus Cute, this one is so great if you like soft crellies with the option for full opacity. You can wear it sheer at one or two coats, and it builds up to full coverage in three. The formula was very good, no streaking despite the pale color and the consistency is sort of gel-like.

*Sent for review*

I am completely in love with this half of the Hello Kitty collection! I can't wait to try the other half. I am not sure I can even pick a favorite here... maybe Spoken from the Heart, but I love the others too. 

The OPI Hello Kitty collection is available now at Ulta, Ulta.com and other fine salons.