May 5, 2015

Smitten Polish Radiant Orchid

 *Purchased by me*

I have a large collection of indies that are a year old or more that I haven't gotten around to swatching. I am determined to start getting through some of them because they are really pretty!! Some may not be available from the maker anymore, but there are always blog sales and such.  Smitten Polish Radiant Orchid is one such beauty. This is a gorgeous purple-y pink linear holo, in honor of the 2014 color of the year, Radiant Orchid. The linear holo flame is very strong in this polish. This is a tad darker and more purple in person, I think the rainbows confused my camera a bit!


This is two coats of Radiant Orchid and the opacity is perfect. The formula is great and super easy to apply.


Smitten Polish Radiant Orchid is still available at smittenpolish.bigcartel.com!

May 2, 2015

OPI SoftShades 2015 Swatches Part 2!

*Sent for review*

Alright lovelies, I have the three remaining OPI SoftShades lacquers for you today. I have to type one-handed, so commentary will be light. Please feel free to ask any questions you might have! First up is OPI Chiffon My Mind, a beautiful soft white shimmer. The shimmer in this is a really pretty iridescent blue-pink that was hard to capture in pictures. The shimmer sets this apart from other white polishes I own.



This is three coats of Chiffon My Mind and I am happy with the opacity. It's a teeny bit streaky, but not bad at all for a white polish.




OPI Put It In Neutral is a pink-toned beige jelly. It's definitely a neutral, nude pink, not a candy pink.


This is three coats. Being a jelly, there is still some VNL, but I think that is to be expected. The coverage is nice and even, no streaks. I think I got some of my nail oil on it, so excuse the cloudy looking spots.



OPI Petal Soft is a mix of soft pink and white glitters in a clear base. The stars of the show here are the large white flower glitters, very cute!


This is one dabbed coat of Petal Soft. It was pretty easy to apply, but I did have to fish for the flower glitters, they tend to sink toward the bottom.

*Sent for review*

If you're looking for pretty soft neutrals and jellies this spring, you can't go wrong with the OPI SoftShades collection, available now at Ulta, Ulta.com and fine salons.

April 30, 2015

Ow!

Hi lovelies, I just wanted to let you know that I fractured a bone in my right hand. This is making polishing and blogging very hard and time consuming, hence why I have yet to post the rest of the pretty OPI SoftShades. I actually swatched and photographed them, but cropping the pics and typing is so slow. I will have those up this weekend, but it may be kinda slow around here for a bit!

April 29, 2015

Zoya Island Fun & Paradise Sun Summer 2015 Preview!









Introducing two new Zoya Nail Polish collections for Summer 2015, Island Fun & Paradise SunAll in the Big5Free* formula Zoya is famous for.

ISLAND FUN (creams)
Ready for an island vacation, these playful creams embody a tropical getaway! They are strong in color to balance the brilliance of the summer sun, with a flawless cream formula.

• Jace (ZP796) - Modern tropical green in a full coverage and densely pigmented cream formula. A green that is more muted than lime and surprisingly wearable!
• Cecilia (ZP797) - Classic teal in a full coverage and densely pigmented cream formula.
• Talia (ZP798) - True turquoise in full coverage and densely pigmented cream formula. 
• Serenity (ZP799) - Summer purple in a full coverage and densely pigmented cream formula. Reminiscent of beautiful blooming irises, a harbinger of summer! 
• Nana (ZP800) - Deep summer fuchsia in a full coverage and densely pigmented cream formula.
• Demetria (ZP801) - A vibrant poppy red in a full coverage and densely pigmented cream formula.


PARADISE SUN (metallics)
Fully saturated with a gorgeous micronized metallic sheen, these shimmering beauties are much like sunshine sparkling on water. Meant to be used as an independent color, these shades feature a full-coverage, densely pigmented formula.

• Genesis (ZP790) - Crystalline white with a micronized metallic pearl finish. Designed to look like micro-fine diamond dust!
• Selene (ZP791) - True teal with a micronized metallic pearl finish. A unique shade with an aqua fleck that resembles deeper
layers of ocean water.
• Oceane (ZP792) - True turquoise with a micronized metallic pearl finish that reflects the clearest blue ocean waters. 
• Isa (ZP793) - Deep blue-based purple with a micronized metallic pearl finish and an aqua flash that embodies the beauty of exotic island flowers.
• Mae (ZP794) - Warm magenta pink with a micronized metallic pearl finish, reminiscent of vibrant Mediterranean flowers.
• Aphrodite (ZP795) - Vibrant summer red with a micronized pearl metallic finish and multi-hued flash that brings it to life.
AVAILABLE 05/05/15!
ZOYA IS THE HEALTHY COLOR OF FASHION!
$(US)
Available in top salons, spas and on 
zoya.com
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MORE BIG NEWS…
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Join us on Friday May 1st at 12:30pm EST to meet the collection and talk with Zoya Creative Director, Rebecca Isa, on how the new shades blend with summer cosmetic and fashion trends. If you don’t have a Periscope account already, don’t forget to get it set up now!

Broadcast Time: 12:30pm EST
Follow Zoya on Periscope: @ZoyaNailPolish

April 24, 2015

OPI SoftShades Spring 2015 Swatches, Part 1!

*Sent for review*

After having really nice bright sunshine and temps close to 70 a few days ago, today is chillier and a little bit cloudy. It's just the kind of spring weather that makes me think of soft blushes and beige hues, rather than brights or candy pastels. For this kind of weather, I tried out three of the new OPI SoftShades lacquers! This soft palest silver shimmer is OPI This Silver's Mine. This is a very understated looking silver, not chrome-y or loud at all. It actually almost has some slight pink/blush tones to it. The finish is more pearlescent, not like a chrome or metallic.


This is three coats of This Silver's Mine. It was a little sheer after one coat, so I did think I needed three for full opacity. It looks very brushstroke-y here, but I think it was less obvious in person. If you despise visible brushstrokes though, it might not work for you.



OPI Act Your Beige! is a sheer white beige with pink undertones. It is a very pale buff color, but it's soft looking, not stark. And I am just now seeing the lovely black cat fur on my pinky nail, ugh! Sorry, Binx is shedding like crazy right now.


This is three coats of Act Your Beige!. I did a thin first coat and it was nearly clear, so my second two coats were a bit thicker. The application was pretty good, it's fairly even for such a pale sheer color. There is a bit of streaking on my ring finger, but otherwise very good! I let each coat dry before applying the next. The consistency of this polish is perfect, not too thick, nor too thin.



 This pretty concoction is OPI Make Light of the Situation over OPI Act Your Beige!. Make Light of the Situation is a mix of soft iridescent glitter in a shimmery base. It can be worn alone for a soft sheer sparkly look, or over just about any polish. This look was very pretty in person! The iridescent glitters are several different sizes and they are nicely rainbow-y.


This is just one coat of Make Light of the Situation and it was extremely easy to apply. This is a great topper for any pale sheers in this collection or any you might own already. I think it would also look really pretty over pale spring pastels too. I will definitely try that and post pictures when I do! 

*Sent for review*

I will have the remaining three SoftShades up on Sunday for you! The OPI SoftShades 2015 lacquers are available now at Ulta, Ulta.com and professional salons.

April 22, 2015

Lynnderella Greener Than You Pink! and Princess Sweet Pea Swatches!

 *Sent for review*

Continuing with my theme of "polishes that look great in the sunshine", I have two holographic microglitter Lynnderella pretties for you today! First up is Lynnderella Greener Than You Pink!, a holo blue-green microglitter with lots of gorgeous pink shimmer and larger accent glitters. This teal green microglitter is really nicely holographic, it's so sparkly and rainbow-y in the sun! The pink shimmer is strong enough that occasionally you get a big flash of it, almost duochrome-like. There are larger green and pink metallic glitters too that peek out of the microglitter.


Greener Than You Pink! was super easy to apply. This is three thin coats and it is perfectly opaque. It was basically opaque in two coats, I really kept going out of habit! Lynn's microglitters keep getting easier to apply and more opaque.



Lynnderella Princess Sweet Pea is actually what Lynnderella calls a "nanoglitter", meaning smaller than microglitter! She describes this as a "pink and lilac holographic nanoglitter with tonal accents in magenta-sparked translucent magenta base". To me, it looks like a purple-y toned pink holo glitter with larger metallic lavender, pink and holographic pink accents (including a large pink holo circle! Yay circle glitter!). Like Greener Than You Pink!, this is super rainbow-y in the sun.


Also like Greener Than You Pink!, application was a breeze. This is three coats, but again, depending on the thickness of your coats, two may be perfect. Lynnderella's microglitters (or nanoglitters) are so easy to apply that they're getting to be my new "nail pajamas". I can slap on two coats of them, sometimes with no base coat, and either leave them like that if I'm in a huge hurry (without top coat, they're sort of like a sparkly texture polish), or use a QDTC for beautiful smooth shiny glitter nails! They dry really quickly on their own too.

*Sent for review*

Both of these beauties are Limited Edition and are available on lynnderella.com and lynnderella.storenvy.com. For more information about Lynnderella lacquers, check out lynnderella-lynnderella.blogspot.com.

April 20, 2015

I Love Nail Polish Rapture (H) Swatches!

 *purchased by me*

I am loving the sunshine we've been having, mostly because it's a great chance for me to wear ALL THE HOLO stuff!! ILNP Rapture (H) is one of the polishes I wanted to test drive during this sunny period. Rapture is an antique gold Ultra Chrome Flakie that shifts to blue and olive green. The holo version here also contains scattered holo sparkle that really adds to the beauty of the polish. You can see all the twinkly rainbow sparkles mixed in with the beautiful flakies, it's a really cool effect in person!


This is just one coat of Rapture (H) over OPI Road House Blues. I wanted to wear it over a dark blue to make the gold and the holo really pop, but you can wear the ILNP Ultra Chrome Flakies on their own in a few coats as well. This was super easy to apply and has a great consistency. I felt like the flakies spread themselves around well and didn't end up concentrated in one spot.




I'm chalking ILNP Rapture (H) up to another Win for ILNP in my book. I am really loving these Ultra Chrome Flakies! ILNP Rapture (H) is available now at ilnp.com.