September 20, 2014

OPI Peanuts Halloween 2014 Swatches!

*Sent for review*

I'm starting to get in the Halloween mood. I ordered some new decorations, including a skeleton cat and a large hanging Pirate ghost, and I'm rocking these OPI Peanuts polishes for Halloween 2014. "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" is a classic Halloween movie and I still try to watch it once every year before Halloween, so I was excited to hear about this collection. With two cremes and two glitter toppers, you can create a wide variety of looks with these lacquers. One of the cremes is OPI Good Grief!, a marigold yellow creme. Good Grief! was inspired by the yellow of Charlie Brown's t-shirt and it looks like a perfect match for it. It also reminds me of the yellow mums I have out on the patio right now! 


Good Grief! applied fairly well for a yellow. The first coat was a bit streaky, but it definitely evened out by the second coat. This is two coats and the pigmentation was really great. Some yellows really require a third coat, but not this one. As long as you let the first coat dry before applying the second, you should be able to get a streak-free finish in two coats. Just as a note- this polish has no shimmer. I know in the above shot it looks a little shimmery, but it must be residue from my top coat.



OPI To Be or Not To Beagle is Snoopy's glitter polish, with an assortment of colored matte hex glitter and tiny black glitters. This dries to kind of a matte/satin finish and I like that a lot. If you prefer shiny, you can always put a layer of top coat over it. These glitters lay nice and flat and don't feel rough.


This is one coat of To Be or Not To Beagle over Good Grief!. To Be or Not To Beagle applied really well. The ratio of glitter to base polish was perfect, not gloopy at all. I love this combination. It's graphic-looking and bold. Love it!



OPI Who Are You Calling Bossy?!? is a glossy black creme inspired by Lucy's black hair. I actually needed a new black creme, so I'm happy this is part of the collection. I use a lot of black polish around Halloween!


I used two coats for these pictures. I think this could be a one-coater if you were topping it with glitter or nail art of some kind. It was nearly opaque and smooth in one coat, but I did feel like I wanted the second coat to make it more even and dark. The formula was really great though, perfect consistency. I HATE runny black polishes, there's nothing worse than trying to clean up black polish out of your cuticles. Grosssss! I did not do any clean up in these pictures. If I were actually going to leave this on, I would have fixed the shape of the ring nail there a bit, but I thought I'd show you how well it performed with no clean up.



This collection didn't come with an orange creme, but I always love glitter over orange for Halloween, so I thought I'd swatch OPI Where's My Blanket??? over OPI A Roll in The Hague. Where's My Blanket??? is a mix of yellow, peachy orange and black hex glitters with small black glitters in a clear base. This looks perfect for Halloween over orange! Like To Be or Not To Beagle, this was easy to apply and had a good consistency. The glitter lay flat and feel smooth with a layer of top coat.




For these swatches, I did one layer of To Be or Not To Beagle and one layer of Where's My Blanket??? over Who Are You Calling Bossy?!?. I wanted to see these mixed together just for fun and I like them together!


 *Sent for review*

Overall, I love the inspiration for this collection and I can't wait to watch "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" this year. I wish the collection included an orange creme called "The Great Pumpkin", but it probably wasn't possible for them to license that name. I do own enough orange cremes anyway haha! These four shades are also available in a mini pack ($13.95, $17.50 CAN) that comes with ten nail decals with designs ranging from popular Peanuts phrases like “Good Grief!” and “Pow!” to sketches of Snoopy and the signature squiggle of Charlie Brown’s shirt. The OPI Peanuts Collection is available now at professional salons.



September 18, 2014

Barielle Myrza's Meadow

*Sent for review*

Barielle Myrza's Meadow is one of those really popular polishes that I've wanted to try for ages, but just never got around to it until now. I'm not sure why I didn't get this lovely polish sooner, it's very unique and pretty. Myrza's Meadow is an avocado green with teeny iridescent sparkles. These sparkles look gold, blue, silver and tons of other colors depending on the light and how you move your hands. It's a really pretty effect, but it's not too crazy or blinged out. It's more of a soft sparkle. I thought this would be a good transition shade for me to wear to ease myself into fall. It's not a neon or a bright, just a nice medium green shade that seems perfect for all seasons.


This is three coats of Myrza's Meadow. The base is a bit on the sheer side, probably to let the sparkles show through. The first coat seemed very sheer, but it was buildable to full opacity in three coats. The formula was a nice consistency and was easy to apply. It was a little hard to capture the exact green shade of this polish for some reason, possibly because the glitter reflects back at the camera in the sunlight. The photo below looks a bit too minty and pale.

*Sent for review*

I definitely see why this is such a popular shade. It's totally unique in my collection and if you like interesting green polish, Barielle Myrza's Meadow is a must have! Myrza's Meadow and other Barielle polishes are available at barielle.com.

September 16, 2014

One Last Blast of Neon with Lynnderella Fairy Kitty

*Purchased by me*

OK OK after this, I promise it'll be all fall manis on here! I just always hate to see summer go. The end of summer means it starts to get dark and cold and stays that way for what seems like forever here in CT. I needed one more neon mani to prolong the feeling of summer, so I made it a good one. This is Lynnderella Fairy Kitty over China Glaze Highlight of My Summer. Highlight of My Summer is one of my favorite neons, because it's a neon mint! And I knew I needed Lynnderella Fairy Kitty just for the name, but it's also a gorgeous polish. It has a mix of soft lavender, mint, blue, white, a few black glitters and some silver holo star glitters in a clear base with tons of tiny lavender and green sparkles.


 This is just one coat of Fairy Kitty over three coats of Highlight of My Summer. Fairy Kitty was easy to apply and has plentiful glitter. When I use polishes with star glitter, I usually have to press the corners of some of the stars into the polish when it's damp, especially if I end up with a star on the curving area of my nail. But I love star glitter, so it's worth it!

*Purchased by me*

So I guess this is see you later summer and summer manis! I better start building my igloo for the winter.
China Glaze Highlight of My Summer is still around on some polish sites, like 8ty8beauty.com. Lynnderella Fairy Kitty is a LE Lynnderella, but I believe there are still some bottles of it left. It will be available again at lynnderella.com or possibly on the Lynnderella Storenvy.

September 14, 2014

Lynnderella Williams-Burgundy Swatches- New Fall Microglitter!

 *Sent for review*

I'd been trying to ease myself away from the summer neons and I admit, there was some reluctance. But when Lynnderella Williams-Burgundy showed up at my door, the reluctance went away and I had to try it out immediately. Williams-Burgundy is a stunning vampy burgundy microglitter with assorted other larger glitters in several different colors and sizes. Williams-Burgundy is from Lynnderella's new Fall in Love with New York collection and it is a core polish, so it will be readily available and easy to get for quite awhile (yay!). 


This first swatches show one coat of Williams-Burgundy over two coats of OPI William Tell Me About OPI (see what I did there with the two Williams? Haha!). I loooooove this combo, I think it really makes the holo glitter pop. Williams-Burgundy was a dream to apply and can also be worn alone (as you will see in a moment).


 The three pictures below are three coats of Williams-Burgundy alone with no base color. It was pretty opaque in two coats, but my camera picks apart microglitters, so I did a third. It was very easy to build to opacity, the glitter is quite plentiful. This is just one coat of top coat (Essie Good to Go) on top and it felt smooth to the touch.



Sometimes I feel like microglitters fall flat when I wear them alone with no base polish, but not Lynnderella Williams-Burgundy. I think the pops of color from the larger glitters look really gorgeous and the burgundy holo glitter seems to be extra holo!

*Sent for review*

If you haven't seen the rest of the excellent Lynnderella Fall in Love with New York collection, here's a picture from Lynnderella's blog. I think it's a perfect fall collection and I am really looking forward to trying the rest. I really love William-Burgundy, so if the others are equally awesome, I'll be thrilled!


Lynnderella Williams-Burgundy and the rest of the Fall in Love with New York collection is available now at lynnderella.com and the Lynnderella Storenvy.

September 13, 2014

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Coming Soon on Never Enough Nails!

INTRODUCING MIRACLE GEL
THE REVOLUTIONARY NEW GEL MANICURE SYSTEM WITHOUT THE LIGHT



THINKThe fusion of color and science
WHAT IT IS: The first salon-quality manicure that combines pure nail color with high techno gel...exclusively from Sally Hansen. Love the high shine, glossy look of a gel manicure but could do without the complexity of LED lights, time consuming removal, and expensive price tag? Now, Sally Hansen, the leader in nail color innovation, is making manicure history with an entirely new way of thinking about long lasting nail color. Its new, patented Miracle Gel, is the first ever part lacquer, part gel manicure system that delivers up to 14 days of lasting color and shine in just 2 easy steps. Simply apply two coats of the Miracle Gel Color Coat, followed by the Miracle Gel Top Coat, to achieve the most convenient manicure, ever.
THE TECHNOLOGY: The Miracle Gel manicure contains patented Tube Technology. This allows a higher level of actives and continuous care ingredients to release into the gel lacquer film, prolonging the integrity of the filmresulting in beautifully durable, shiny nails. The advanced Color Coat, which is a combination base coat and nail color in one, and Top Coat formulas contain an oligomer, and the Top Coat also contains a photoinitiator. The photoinitiator in the Top Coat formula reticulates with the oligomer contained in the Color Coat, thus curing the formula without the need of an LED/UV light. As the manicure cures over time, it becomes more durable due to the increased hardness of the film. So LED/UV lamp curing is not necessary, only natural light. Then, when you’re ready to change up your look, Miracle Gel comes off easily with both acetone-based and acetone-free nail polish remover– no soaking, wrapping, scraping, or filing necessary.
THE COLORS: Available in 47 new and of-the-moment shades, cutting-edge Miracle Gel gives you a whole new way to think about color. Today’s color trends don’t follow rules, they make their own. Day or night, summer or winter, the hottest nail looks defy boundaries and capture timeless beauty with a playful, joyful confidence. So go ahead and embrace the pleasure of Miracle Gel’s color palette that complements all skin tones with fresh color categories.




THE COLOR COLLECTIONS: 
Flawlessly NudeFive clean and natural skin tone colors elongate nails for a polished, minimal look. 
Love Pink: Seven pinks create the ultimate chic and confident nail statement.
Street PastelsMuted meets edgy with this sweet, feminine collection of seven perfectly washed out pastels.
Runway ShockSeven punchy, outrageously playful brights turn up the glam for a pop of intense, bold color.
Daily DelightsSeven yummy feminine colors that create a soft and creamy effect.
Mad ModSeven retro inspired shades to bring out your ultra-confident, graphic ’70s side.
Fired Up Metallics: Seven super saturated multi-colored hues create an intensely reflective collection bursting with fiery bright shimmer.
WHAT THEY COST: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Color Coat and Top Coat, $9.99 MSRP
WHERE TO FIND THEM: The Sally Hansen Miracle Gel collection is available nationwide August 2014 at chain drugstores and mass retailers nationwide 

NYC Fashion Queen Collection Preview!

THE WORLD IS YOUR RUNWAY WITH THE NEW FASHION QUEEN COLLECTION   
FROM NYC NEW YORK COLOR

THINK: Fun, fearless fashion for your face and nails.

WHAT IT IS: Metallic and jewel-tone beauty products that bring runway style to the street. This fall, get the designer look with the newFashion Queen collection from NYC New York Color. With shimmering topcoatsrich polishes, and silky eye palettes, this collection is the perfect accessory for the most stylish outfit. Famous for delivering uptown style at down to Earth pricesNYC New York Color willglam up any makeup look this fall, tailor-made for those who live for all things fashion


The latest eye-catching favorites include:







In a New York Color Minute Topcoat ($1.99): Add a stunning shine to your nails with this sparkling topcoat in six shades. Large specs of glitter suspended in color make it perfect on bare nails or for layering over your favorite polish. The special formula dries quickly, and the flat control flow brush gives a professional application every time. With royal shades like Ruby Queen, NY Princess, Fashion Queen, Blue Majesty, Queen’s Jewels, and Rule the City, this polish adds noble glam in a flash.



In a New York Color Minute Nail Polish ($1.99): Specially formulated to dry quickly, this nail enamel has a hint of shimmer for depth of color and brilliant shine. Three limited-edition hues are packed with pigment and infused with magnesium, iron, copper, and calcium to strengthen nails, with a no-fade finish that dazzles. Shades include Royal Chic, Queen of the City, and Crown Gold.

Individual Eyes Custom Compact ($4.99): Get runway glam with these sultry shadow collections, specially coordinated to intensify and enhance your eye color. With a formula that contains nourishing Vitamins A and E, and Green Tea extract, these silky powders blend smoothly and evenlyEach shade can be worn alone or blended, and kits include a double-ended professional applicator and step-by-step instructions to help you highlight, contour, and define your eyes. The two limited-edition sets include Queen B and Manhattan’s Elite.

WHERE TO FIND IT: Chain drugstores and mass merchandisers nationwide. To find a retailer near you, please visit www.newyorkcolor.com

September 12, 2014

OPI Pink of Hearts Duo Swatches!

 *Sent for review*

I can't believe it's this time of year already, but October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and OPI has released this cute polish duo for it's eighth annual Pink of Hearts promotion. According to OPI, "this duo pack is designed to raise awareness for the fight against breast cancer. In 2014, OPI will donate $25,000 to Susan G. Komen® in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. OPI will also donate $5,000 to Rethink Breast Cancer in Canada". The duo pack includes the classic OPI Mod About You, a new limited edition pink glitter The Power of Pink, and an adorable pink glittery nail file with breast cancer ribbon charm.



Surprisingly, I did not own OPI Mod About You before now. This is pretty much a cult classic OPI shade and after trying it, I definitely see why. Mod About You is a pale pink creme with a good amount of white in the base. It's a very clean looking pink, stark and eye-catching without being harsh. I'm not a fan of baby pinks that fade into the background, but this one really stands out and looks chic to me. I'm not sure why I didn't get this before now!


Mod About You also happens to be a really easy to apply pale pink, and sometimes that's hard to find. This is two coats and it's perfectly opaque. The formula was streak-free and a breeze to use. Love this!



OPI The Power of Pink is the glittery half of the Pink of Hearts duo. The Power of Pink has white and magenta hex glitter, along with small white and magenta glitters in a sheer milky base. These pictures show one coat of The Power of Pink over two coats of Mod About You. I really love the way these look together!


The Power of Pink was very user-friendly. The glitter went on very easily and I didn't have to do any placement of the glitter pieces. This is just one coat over Mod About You and I was happy with the coverage here. The formula is a nice consistency too, not too thick with base like some glitters can be.

 
You can also wear The Power of Pink alone in 2-3 coats. It's not really full coverage though, so I personally probably wouldn't wear it this way (I have very uneven whites of my nails, so sheer is not my friend). Here is my thumb nail with two coats of The Power of Pink alone. I do think it looks really cute this way! I didn't top coat my thumb nail and I like how it dried a bit matte looking. 

*Sent for review*

I really like this duo overall. If you don't already own Mod About You, I would really encourage you to try it. It's no wonder it's such a classic, it really is a great looking shade. The glitter is cute and looks fabulous over Mod About You and I will enjoy whipping out the glittery nail file too!

Pink of Hearts 2014 will be available September and October 2014 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, beautybrands.com, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, ULTA and ulta.com for $16.95 ($21.50 CAN) suggested retail.