November 25, 2014

OPI Gwen Stefani Holiday 2014 Swatches, Part 1!

 *Sent for review*

I am finally ready to start getting in a holiday mood! I am never ready to think about holiday stuff until the week of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving week really starts the season off for me AND it is supposed to snow here tomorrow, so I thought I'd show you some of the OPI Gwen Stefani Holiday polishes today. First up is OPI Fashion a Bow, a great warm red jelly. Fashion a Bow has some orange undertones to it and it is nice and bright. The orange tones and the jelly finish make Fashion a Bow stand out from all of the other holiday reds.


This is three coats of Fashion a Bow. The formula is great, nice and easy to apply. Because this is a jelly, there is still a bit of VNL, but it's the nice squishy kind. I can't wait to try a few holiday glitter sandwiches with this!



OPI Cinnamon Sweet is a cool-toned darker red creme. It has blue undertones and is a slightly deeper hue than Fashion a Bow. Cinnamon Sweet is more of a traditional holiday red creme. It's a nice classic, rich red.

This is two easy coats of Cinnamon Sweet. Great formula and pigmentation. My top coat was bubbling for these swatches, I'm not sure why. Just know the bubbling is not from Cinnamon Sweet.



OPI Red Fingers and Mistletoes is a really pretty sparkly crimson red with golden glass fleck shimmer. I love this kind of red shimmer, it really says "holiday" to me. The red base of Red Fingers and Mistletoes is a cooler toned red, but the golden shimmer brings some warmth to it, so I think it will look great on a variety of skin tones.


This is just two coats of Red Fingers and Mistletoes. The formula was really lovely and pigmented. This is one of those practically applies itself polishes!



OPI What's Your Point-settia? is a bright true red creme. I didn't find it to be as cool and blue-toned as Cinnamon Sweet, nor was it orange-y like Fashion a Bow. It's nice and bright and clean looking. It will be a great base for glitter or nail art during the holiday season.


I did three thin coats of What's Your Point-settia? I still had a bit of VNL after two coats, but if you do thicker coats, two may work for you. The formula was good, maybe a little thinner than the others in this collection, but not hard to work with.



 OPI First Class Desires is my favorite of the six I swatched today! First Class Desires is a very deep eggplant purple packed with golden shimmer. I love polishes with this kind of highly visible shimmer. The dark vampy purple base is lovely and different in a holiday collection.


This is two coats of First Class Desires. The formula and coverage were excellent. Love this one all around!



I was hoping the light would hold out for all six polishes today, but alas, it got cloudy and dark right in time for me to swatch the last polish of the day. Please excuse the bad lighting. OPI Sleigh Parking Only is a dark browned plum creme. It's a moody, complicated color. It sometimes looks more deep plum, and other times more like a chocolate with hints of purple. I definitely like it a lot and I like seeing vampy colors in holiday collections!


This is two coats of Sleigh Parking Only. The formula was lovely and nicely pigmented. This does dry to a nice shiny finish. Something about the bad lighting here makes it look very waxy, but it's not.

 *Sent for review*

Out of these six polishes, my favorite is definitely First Class Desires for sure. I also quite like Red Fingers and Mistletoes, especially if you don't own anything like it. I can't wait to swatch the rest of this collection soon! OPI Gwen Stefani Holiday collection is available now at salons and Ulta.

November 22, 2014

Drool-Inducing! I Love Nail Polish Masquerade

*Purchased by me*

Well folks... I have finally met a nail polish that I could wear every day for a year and not be bored. I Love Nail Polish Masquerade (H) is hands down the most intense color-shifting polish I have ever seen. The colors span a broad spectrum all the way from deep violet to copper to a bright acid green. While wearing this, I also saw red, pink, a rose gold-ish hue, and a violet so dark it almost looked navy blue. The (H) in the name stands for holographic, because why stop at crazy multichrome? Why not add linear holographic shimmer to this amazing polish as well?!? The linear rainbow flame shows up in certain lighting situations. At other times, it looks more like scattered holo shimmer. Either way, it's very rainbow-y!


I included more pictures of Masquerade than I usually have in a post, but honestly there are so many colors to show you in this one polish! I kept taking pictures and they all looked different! In the description of Masquerade on ilnp.com, it says it is one of the strongest color shifting polishes in the Ultra Chrome line. For me personally, it is the strongest color shifting polish I have ever seen. When I wore this, people kept grabbing my hands and saying things like "I just saw your nails change color! How do they change color??".



Here's the bonus- not only is this polish stunning, but it is also easy to apply and totally opaque in 2-3 coats! I did three coats, I just felt the multichrome effect was better with three. Application is a total breeze too, the formula is great!


 *Purchased by me*

Moral of the story? Run, don't walk, over to ilnp.com and get yourself a bottle (or 12) of Masquerade! I'm pretty much obsessed with it.

November 20, 2014

Two More Gorgeous Fall Holos from Smitten Polish!

 *Purchased by me*

The Smitten Polish fall collection is really spectacular. If you haven't checked it out yet, you really should. I tried Seasonal Lattes first and it was gorgeous, and now today I have two more stunning fall Smittens for you! Smitten Polish Antiquing is a really unique tarnished silver linear holo. In some lights, it looks like a lighter silver and in others, more of a deepened pewter. Sometimes it even has some warm taupe tones. Antiquing is a complex color and other silver holos I own look kind of basic in comparison.



This is three thin coats of Antiquing, but it was pretty pigmented. You could do two thicker coats. Like every other Smitten holo I have tried, the application is a dream. Perfect consistency, easy to apply!



Smitten Polish Udora's Harvest is a pretty rose linear holo. It is described as a rose gold linear holo, and it definitely has some of the golden tones mixed with the pinky rose. Udora's Harvest is really pretty and flattering. It looks glowy and soft in indoor lighting.


This is three thin coats and same perfect application as Antiquing. I don't use base or top coat with holos, so these swatches are shown without both.

*Purchased by me*


Smitten Polish Antiquing and Udora's Harvest are both available at smittenpolish.bigcartel.com. Noelie also has an amazing holiday collection that will be restocked in a few weeks. I missed the pre-order, but I can't wait to order a few when they are in stock!

November 18, 2014

Lynnderella Couture at the Navy Yard

*Purchased by me*

I am seriously in love with every polish I have tried from the Lynnderella Fall in Love with New York collection. Possibly one of my favorite Lynn collections to date. Lynnderella Couture at the Navy Yard is a lovely navy holo microglitter with larger blue holo accent glitters. Navy is my favorite polish color to wear in the fall and winter and I can not resist a navy holo glitter! 


This is three coats of Couture at the Navy Yard by itself. It was easy to achieve full coverage in three coats. It was almost opaque in two, but I added the third just to cover any tiny gaps. I topped it with one coat of OPI Top Coat and one of Sally Hansen Insta Dri top coat and it was totally smooth and glossy. Lynn's microglitters wear like iron on me too, 4-5 days with just a little tip wear.

*Purchased by me*

Lynnderella Couture at the Navy Yard and the rest of the Lynnderella Fall in Love with New York collection is available now at lynnderella.com and lynnderella.storenvy.com. For more information about Lynnderella polish, visit Lynnderella's blog.

I feel like I'm so behind with blogging! I am almost caught up with fall stuff though, so I should be ready to start holiday next week! I apologize for any silence around here this week. The New England regional Irish dance championships are this coming weekend and I am crazy busy. But I promise to make up for it next week with some extra posts! 

November 16, 2014

New Favorite Fall Polish- Orly Edgy

 *Purchased by me*

This polish is exactly what I want to wear in the fall. Orly Edgy is officially my new favorite fall polish! It is kind of hard to describe, but Edgy is a dark antique golden brown shimmer. The shimmer is the kind where it looks like you can see every single shimmer particle. It's metallic looking, but also kind of neutral, but dark too. Depending on how you're looking at it, it looks bronze, maybe a little green, with little golden flecks. The shimmer in this is super sparkly and eye catching. Edgy is a very complex color and I am loving it!


This is three thin coats of Edgy. It was opaque in two, but I found the third coat really gave it that extra oomph and packed even more shimmer in there. The formula was really great. It applied so easily, and I didn't even need to do any clean up!

 *Purchased by me*

I think Edgy is my favorite mainstream brand polish this fall. If I decide to do a top something of 2014, it would probably make it into that. Nice job Orly! Orly Edgy is available at orlybeauty.com and also at Sally Beauty Supply and Ulta.

November 14, 2014

I Love Nail Polish Iconic

*Purchased by me*

OK who is prepping for the ILNP Ultra Chrome Flakies preorder today?? I know I am! It's really hard to choose which Ultra Chrome Flakies to try first, but I think I am going with Metropolis, Supernova and Electric Carnival. Then, if they are really spectacular, I will go back for more. I am also going to add Black Orchid to my cart. My birthday is tomorrow, so I have a good excuse LOL! If you're looking for a gorgeous nude/blush holo, you should consider adding I Love Nail Polish Iconic to your order. Iconic is really cool because indoors in low light, it's a pretty shimmery sand that is totally work appropriate and elegant looking. But outside or in certain artificial lights, it's like BAM!!! HOLO!!! The color itself is beautiful, it's a mix of blush, sand , and golden champagne tones. It could definitely function as a nude on some skin tones.


This is three coats of Iconic. The formula was great to work with and easy to apply. It covered very smoothly and I had no patchiness or dragging. I don't use base or top coats with holos.


 Here is Iconic indoors in low light. It's still stunning. I really like the fact that it looks professional inside and so rainbow-y outside.

*Purchased by me*

If you like nude holos, you will love Iconic. If you need work appropriate polish, but you'd like it to have some fun to it as well, definitely check this one out. So tell me, what are you preordering from ILNP today at 11 AM Pacific Time? ILNP Iconic and other pretties are available at ilnp.com.

November 12, 2014

Formula X Prophecy

 *Sent for review*

I am pretty happy that mattes and satins are having another moment this fall. I loved them in the very beginning and love them still, so it's always fun for me to see new brands release mattes and satins. Sephora's Formula X brand released a collection of matte shimmers for fall, called Brushed Metallics. When I first saw this collection, I instantly knew I had to have Formula X Prophecy. Prophecy is described as a matte metallic cobalt blue. It is a nice bright cobalt with hints of purple and the shimmer is really strong in person. This color is kind of chameleon-like, depending on lighting. Sometimes it looks dark, almost navy, other times it is clearly a bright cobalt, and other times it looks more purple.


The formula is pretty standard for a matte polish. It dries extremely quickly, so you have to work fast. You can't go back over a spot until it is completely dry. It is a bit thick, but not too thick to work with. I was worried about staining, but I wore it for a full day with no base coat and had no staining. I originally tried to wear a matte top coat as base coat, but the polish wouldn't apply properly, so I gave up on that. Mattes like Prophecy chip pretty quickly on me, but I love them anyway!

*Sent for review*

The Formula X Brushed Metallics all look really pretty, but I think Prophecy is a real stand out shade. If you like blues and mattes, you will want this one. Formula X Prophecy is available in Sephora stores and at Sephora.com