August 21, 2016

Swatches of 2 New Sally Hansen Secret Garden Miracle Gel Shades!

*Sent for review*

Although I'm knee-deep in swatching fall collections, I still have a few summer goodies left to show you! The weather here is distinctly summer-y, so I'm not feeling fall stuff yet anyway. Today I have two new shades from the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Secret Garden collection for summer. First up is Sally Hansen Freesia Your Mind, a bright fuchsia pink creme. This is a great pink with berry/blue undertones and it looks fantastic with all the shine the Miracle Gel top coat adds.

This is two super easy coats. I do love the Miracle Gel formula. It has that gel-like consistency that makes the polish really stay right where you apply it. The larger, oval-tipped brush allows for a nice shape by the cuticles, so I barely need any clean-up. I finished this off with one layer of the Miracle Gel top coat.

This is a perfect end of summer shade while the weather is still steamy! Sally Hansen Ba-Bloom is a hot orange coral with plentiful golden shimmer. This one has a touch more pink/peach in person, but it is more of an orange coral for sure. The shimmer is so beautiful in the sunshine!

This is two coats as well and the application was also excellent. I used one layer of Miracle Gel Top Coat here too.

*Sent for review*

Both of these shades are limited edition and are available at a drugstore near you!

August 19, 2016

Lynnderella Friday, Vol. 52!

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Happy Friday!! Hope everyone made it through the week OK and that you have some good weekend plans. I am planning to do a lot of kayaking this weekend and catch up on some sleep. I've been staying up too late watching the Olympics! Speaking of the Olympics, I used this polish, Lynnderella Athlacquer in a Team USA mani I did last week and it was perfect. Athlacquer is "Athleisure for nails" and is a stunning shimmery royal blue with teeny red flecks and holo teal microglitter.

This was two easy coats. It applied like a dream. I used one layer of top coat and it was nicely shiny and smooth.

Lynnderella Athlacquer is available now at

August 17, 2016

OPI Washington D.C. Fall/Winter 2016 Swatches, Part Two!!

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Despite the heat wave we've been having here, I have some more OPI fall swatches for you today! These polishes bring to mind crisp fall days, the crunch of the leaves on the ground and cozy sweaters. First up is OPI Freedom of Peach, a peach creme with caramel tones. Thanks to the addition of some brown, this is definitely a fall color, not a light summery or spring-y peach. I think it will appeal to people who don't like brown polish though, as it is still a nice peachy caramel hue. Now I want a dessert with peaches and caramel!

This is three thin coats of Freedom of Peach. The coverage was very good, you should be fine with two regular coats. I think I was expecting it to be streaky maybe, but it wasn't. It had a nice consistency.

Now this is a polish for the chocolate lovers! OPI Squeaker of the House is a lovely rich milk chocolate creme. It has some deep taupe undertones and should be very beautiful on a wide variety of skin tones.

This is two buttery perfect coats. Squeaker of the House was very easy to apply and nicely opaque.

OPI Shh... It's Top Secret! just transports me to fall and winter. I love wearing this kind of super vampy black coffee brown, especially on toes. In some lighting, there are some deep wine/reddish tones to this shade, but in darker light, you really just see a very deep brown.

This is two coats. Application was easy due to the great formula. It's always nice when such a dark color has a good consistency, saves me time on clean-up!

OPI Madam President confuses me a little. The description calls this a "commanding red", but I do find it to be quite a pinkish red. I guess it's kind of like a bright watermelon red. Red or pink, it's very pretty and I like it a lot!!

This is two coats. It was a little on the thinner side and ran into my cuticles a bit. But it is nicely opaque and even, so just make sure not to load the brush up with too much polish.

Another of the red cremes in this collection, OPI We the Female is a deep cranberry red. This will be so perfect in the fall and leading up to the holidays too. I can just see this color on my nails wrapped around a mug of warm apple cider.

This is three thin coats. I found I had some bare areas after the second coat, so I went with a third to even it out. The formula was a little thinner than some of the others, but still pretty easy to apply.

OPI by Popular Vote is described as a "cool apple red". It has some pinkish/magenta and maybe even purplish tones to it, but I can see an apple red. Like a gala apple, how they have little pink hints. I have tons of red cremes, but I think OPI by Popular Vote is more unique than many of them. I will have to see if I can find any close in tone. It's really pretty!

This is two coats and the formula is great. Very easy to apply and perfect coverage.

The OPI Washington D.C. collection also includes three special limited edition shades. Kerry Washington is OPI's "Creative Ambassador" for this collection, so these three shades have names related to her. OPI Inside the ISABELLEtway is a caramel tan creme. This is a nice warm light brown and it looks very rich.

This is three thin coats. I had some patchiness and VNL at two coats, so I did add the third. At three thin coats, the coverage is good. It was pretty easy to apply though.

OPI "Liv" in the Gray is a great deep slate gray creme. It has some tinges of blue green to it. I like that it's pretty neutral, but still looks sort of edgy. I feel like this color is begging for some stamping or something.

This is two really nice, easy coats. Lovely formula and great pigmentation.

And last, but definitely not least, we have OPI Kerry Blossom, a deep reddish plum. I don't care how many red purple cremes I own, I love them all and I am not sorry that I hoard them like it's my job. They are all so pretty!

This is three coats. Two coats left me with some streaks. I would let this one dry completely between coats, it has a streaking/patchiness tendency.

*Sent for review*

If you missed my first bunch of OPI Washington D.C. swatches, you can check them out here. My top favorites from this collection are definitely CIA= Color Is Awesome, Suzi- The First Lady of Nails, and Never a Dulles Moment. Blue, green, and yellow- so typical for me! Overall though, I think this is my favorite OPI fall collection since Touring America Fall 2011 and Germany Fall 2012. It just has every color I would want to wear in the fall!

The OPI Washington D.C. collection is available now at professional salons.

August 12, 2016

Lynnderella Friday, Vol. 51!!

 *Sent for review*

Happy Friday everybody! This Lynnderella Friday I have some pretty polishes for you, like Lynnderella Cerisiously. Cerisiously is a dark cherry shimmer with magenta/pink tones. It has little silver holographic flecks that add a nice pop of holo to the vampy shimmer. The shimmer is really beautiful and complex looking, nice and smooth but with a lot of dimension.

This is two coats and the formula was excellent. Nice and buttery to apply. Below I think you can see some of the holo micro flecks a bit better, they were hard to capture.

Next up we have the new Castles for Starfish duo from Lynnderella! I received half of the duo to swatch and I did purchase the other half, but it won't arrive for a few days. A fellow Lynnderella fan was nice enough to let me show you her swatches of that half, we'll get to that in a moment. Lynnderella Ice Cream Castles is described as a "neon multiglitter that features clouds, moons, dots and stars with fire opal iridescent glitter and holographic microglitter accents". It has a great selection of bright glitter in lots of my favorite shapes, so I'm in love! Look at that hot pink moon below!

This is one dabbed coat of Ice Cream Castles over OPI Mod About You. It was easy to dab on, despite the plentiful glitters. The formula is a great consistency and that helps with the ease of application.

Swatch courtesy of Amy of AmiNails

The other half of this awesome duo is Lynnderella A Penticorn Walks into a Bar. The name refers to an older Lynnderella polish that was one of the first ones she did with neon glitter- A Unicorn Walks into a Bar. It also jokingly refers to the starfish glitters in the polish. Some of them are pointier than others, so Lynnderella calls them "penticorns". This polish is "made with assorted neon glitters and features regular and renegade pointy starfish, sand dollars and assorted diatoms. Accented with blazing blue iridescent glitters and holographic microglitter". These swatches of A Penticorn Walks into a Bar are courtesy of the wonderful Amy of AmiNails, who was a guest swatcher for Lynnderella this week. Please check out her Pinterest board for more beautiful swatches! Thanks Amy!

Swatch courtesy of Amy of AmiNails

Swatch courtesy of Amy of AmiNails

Amy swatched this beauty with a few different base colors. This blue Cirque Rehab. The white, orange and dark cherry bases below are RBL Ethereal, Zoya Thandie and Zoya Rihanna respectively.

 Swatch courtesy of Amy of AmiNails

 Swatch courtesy of Amy of AmiNails

Swatch courtesy of Amy of AmiNails

Swatch courtesy of Amy of AmiNails

 Cerisiously is available now at and the duo is available now at!