July 25, 2016

Sally Hansen Secret Garden Miracle Gel Preview!!


Embrace the power of the flower with new botanically beautiful shades available in Miracle Gel™ duo packs for Summer 2016.

Cultivate your collection with nature’s most vivid hues! This season, the prettiest finishing touch to your summer wardrobe is a posy-pretty manicure you can do at home. Sally Hansen Miracle Gel is the revolutionary #1 zero light gel system that is more chip-resistant than regular nail polish – the next best thing to a salon gel manicure! Keep nails abloom with these six fresh-from-the-garden hues, including three new limited edition summer-ready shades. Each shade is accompanied by our Miracle Gel™ Top Coat in a duo pack for 2X the volume. 

The “Secret Garden” Color Collection: Freesia Your Mind – Get garden-party gorgeous with a lush, berry pink. (limited edition shade), Ba-Bloom– Bring on the bouquet in this shimmer-infused bright coral. (limited edition shade), Flower Crown – Everything’s coming up roses inthis pearlescent petal pink (limited edition shade) , Pink Cadillaquer – Stay vibrant in this poppy pink hue, Birthday Suit – Celebrate in this neutral, complimentary nude tone and Red Eye – Get ready to bloom with this fresh geranium red.
How to Use: An innovative development in nail color, Sally Hansen Miracle Gel™ is a two-step, no light gel manicure system; simply apply the Miracle Gel™ color of your choice, then follow with the Miracle Gel™ Top Coat for volume and high gloss, mirror shine. The polish is cured by natural light, so there's no need for a UV or LED lamp. Enjoy up to 14 days of color and shine, and then easily remove with regular nail polish remover – no soaking necessary!

**NOTE- I don't have images for Freesia Your Mind or Ba-Bloom, but they sound lovely!

Price & Availability: The Sally Hansen Miracle Gel™ “Secret Garden” Collection will be available at drugstores nationwide beginning July 2016 for $14.99 per duo pack. 

July 24, 2016

OPI Infinite Shine Neutrals for Summer 2016 Swatches!

*Sent for review*

I know this one took me awhile, but I finally have swatches of the OPI Infinite Shine Neutrals for Summer 2016! My trip to Florida really messed up my blogging schedule, but I am trying to get back on track for sure. First up we have OPI No Stopping Zone, a medium tan creme. OPI describes this as a "dusky rose", but I don't see a ton of rose in it. Maybe just a touch.

This is two easy coats. The formula is lovely and the coverage was perfect. I mostly like the Infinite Shine formula, I haven't had many bad experiences with it. The Gloss top coat really adds a great shine too.

OPI Hurry Up and Wait is a peachy pink toned tan creme, pinker than No Stopping Zone. It's like a blush, but still has a nice does of tan too.

This was three thin coats. The formula was good, I just had a touch of sheerness after the second coat, so I went with one extra.

OPI No Strings Attached is a very pale, off-white neutral. It's a bisque-toned neutral, with hints of almond.

This is three coats. The formula on this one was thinner and runnier than the others. It kept wanting to flood my cuticles, so just don't put too much on the brush when applying.

This salmon-hued nude might be the most unique in the collection. OPI Don't Ever Stop is an interesting mix of a neutral with peach and warm salmon pink, and a good dose of creamy white in there too. I'm not sure it's super flattering for me, but I really like the color a lot! Very pretty and spring-y feeling!

This is three coats and the formula was pretty good. It was a little uneven in places with the second coat, so I did a third. It was mostly opaque in two coats though, so you might be fine with just the two.

OPI Staying Neutral on This One is closely related to No Strings Attached, but it has more pink tones in it. It's an off-white with blush hints, rather than bisque/almond. But it's not too pink, so it's still very neutral, as the name suggests!

This is three thin coats and the formula is pretty good. I was surprised at how even it was, with such a pale hue. Coverage was good too. I like this one a lot!

In the category of least flattering neutral on my skin tone, we have OPI Can't Stop Myself. This one just gives me lobster hands like no other, haha. It's kind of a yellow-y peachy tan. I usually think yellows and peaches look fine on me, but this one maybe has too much tan with the yellow and peach.

This is two coats and it's a tad uneven, but opaque. I probably could have used a third coat to even things out.

Below you can see all of the shades on swatch sticks, so you can check out how they look right next to each other. I am slogging away with my swatch stick project and am nowhere near done. If you want any of these compared to anything else, let me know and I will do that for you!

I did notice that Staying Neutral on This One is a bit similar to OPI Stop It I'm Blushing from SoftShades 2016 (my bottle says Stop I'm Blushing, so that's what ended up on that swatch stick). Staying Neutral is a bit darker and more pigmented than I'm Blushing, but they are in the same family for sure.

Staying Neutral on left, Blushing on right.

What do you think about these neutral shades for summer? I like some of them, especially Staying Neutral on This One and Don't Ever Stop!, but they're not what I really reach for in the summer. Maybe in the spring!

The OPI Infinite Shine Neutrals are available now at Ulta and fine salons!

July 22, 2016

Lynnderella Friday, Vol. 49!!

 *Sent for review*

Happy Friday!!! Today is a special Friday- my mom's birthday!! We're doing a nice dinner later, presents, and then delicious ice cream cake! I hope you have some good plans this weekend. Today I have two beautiful Lynnderellas for you, one new and one classic. The new one is Lynnderella Seaing Green. Seaing Green is a "translucent sea green turquoise with lilac and aqua shimmer as well as a lilac glow". It's a gorgeous shimmery aqua concoction that has the most beautiful dash of blue-purple shimmer. This is one of my favorite recent polishes of any brand, it's just stunning.

This is three thin coats. There was a little bit of translucence left, but I liked it. I think it looked like sea glass. This was nice and easy to apply. I wore this polish for 6 days while I was on vacation in Florida and had ZERO chips and just a little tip wear on my thumbs. And I wasn't exactly babying my nails while vacationing in Disney!!

Seaing Green was part of a batch of limited polishes (less than 25 were made!) and is currently sold out on lynnderella.com. But you can always hope for a return sometime, or maybe to find it for sale.

*Purchased by me*

Lynnderella Bunny Nosegay is an older core polish that I just love! It was part of a spring collection a few years back and still screams spring to me! It has a mix of pretty pastel and bright glitters in many different shapes and sizes, in a clear shimmery base. 

I used one coat of Bunny Nosegay over OPI Staying Neutral on This One. Bunny Nosegay applies well and the formula is still a perfect consistency, even though my bottle is a few years old.

Bunny Nosegay is available on lynnderella.com now! Seaing Green's limited companions are still available on lynnderella.com, so make sure you check those out here- https://lynnderella.com/collections/new-lynnderellas. I just ordered Opal Flower Moon, so I'll have swatches of that soon!

July 19, 2016

China Glaze Let's Jam

 *Purchased by me*

Hi everyone! Just popping in for a quick post about my NOTD for the past few days, China Glaze Let's Jam. I ordered some of the summer China Glazes awhile back, but am just getting around to wearing them. Let's Jam is a lovely purple with a violet blue shimmer. The blue shimmer is quite prominent in the sunshine and certain indoor lighting, but not visible at all in dimmer indoor lighting. I think this is a little brighter and less pale than my swatches show. I've noticed that a lot of swatches of this look different. I think it's because the blue shimmer makes the purple look like a different shade, depending on lighting.

This is two coats and the formula was OK. I applied thicker coats than usual, because the first nail I did, my first coat was thin, but very uneven looking. It's not difficult to apply, just maybe not the kind of polish that practically applies itself.

China Glaze Let's Jam is available at Ulta.com and Sally Beauty, as well as other salons near you!

I realize my posts have been sparse lately, but I've had a big week at work, so it will return to normal towards the end of this week! I have OPI Fall already, so swatches of that soon!

July 15, 2016

Lynnderella Friday, Vol. 48!!

*Sent for review*

Happy Friday readers! I hope you made it through the week unscathed and have some good weekend plans ahead. I have some real beauties for you today, starting with this intense fuchsia-toned purple shimmer, Lynnderella Born to the Purple. Born to the Purple is almost a neon bright purple and has a beautiful blue-lilac glow to it. I would say it's a tad darker than my pictures show, my camera hates to photograph bright purples!

This is three thin coats. It was nice and easy to apply, with a perfect consistency. I used top coat here because this didn't dry completely shiny, more like a satin finish.

Lynnderella Kanga Loves Roo is so awesome!! First of all, the Winnie the Pooh themed name rocks (having just returned from Disney World, I am all about it!). Second, this mauve glitter is so packed with holographic micro glitter and crazy glowing opal glitters! Kanga Loves Roo takes mauve to a new level! Lynn has made a few Winne the Pooh themed polishes recently, if you are a fan. So far, I think we have this one, C. Robin, Pooh Bare, and Love That Tigger.

This is two coats. It was pretty easy to apply, but I did use two layers of top coat. It was a little bumpy still after one and two really brings out the opal glitters.

The latest in Lynnderella's beloved Whizard series is Lynnderellla C.A. Whizard, Sr. This is described as a "lively blend of holographic cyan, aqua and baby blue microglitters accented with silver holographic full moons and nano stars". I did get nano stars in here, but they kind of got covered up with blue glitters!

This is two coats and it applied well. I used one layer of top coat for this one.

All of these polishes are currently available! C.A. Whizard, Sr. is available on lynnderella.com and the others are on the Lynnderella eBay store.

July 12, 2016

Tonic Polish Rainbowfish

*Purchased by me*

Hi all! Today I have a polish from an exciting new indie brand called Tonic Polish. Lindsey, the maker of Tonic Polish, recently just had her first launch and it was extremely successful. I ordered three polishes on June 26, they were shipped on June 30, and I received them on July 2. I am pleased with that time frame. Everything was packaged very safely in bubble wrap. The first polish I tried from the batch is Tonic Polish Rainbowfish. Rainbowfish is described as "tropical turquoise jelly base with linear holographic pigment, silver holographic micro glitters, pink/gold/green shifting multi chrome flakes, and a whisper of purple highlight". I would call it a turquoise jelly with linear holo, scattered holo micro glitters, flakies that shift between purple and gold/green, with some pinkish purple shimmer. 

The Tonic description also says this has good coverage in 2 coats, but more are needed for full opacity. I'm glad it says that because that is the truth! This is three coats and I am happy with the opacity here, but two still had some VNL. The formula was fantastic though! Buttery smooth to apply and easy to control. I used top coat, but it wasn't too bumpy and gritty even before top coat.

I will say that the swatches on the listing for this polish appear a lot darker and more of a saturated turquoise than mine looks on me. I am still wearing it right now and would call it more of a watery turquoise than a vibrant one.

I took a cell phone picture in terrible indoor lighting yesterday while wearing this, but I wanted to include it because it shows off the linear holo flame!

I am pretty much obsessed with this polish and highly recommend purchasing it! I will have the other two I ordered for you to see soon and I am already planning on ordering more Tonic Polish. Rainbowfish isn't currently available on it's own, but Lindsey has said it will be returning, so no worries! Tonic Polish is available on Etsy.

July 8, 2016

New to Me Brand- daniPRO Nail Polish!

*Sent for review*

Hi everyone! Sorry for the long break in posting. I went away for a combo work/vacation trip and just couldn't get any posts together ahead of time. Today I have some polishes from a new to me brand, daniPRO. daniPRO is a "healthy" nail polish created by a Manhattan podiatrist. Healthy in this case just means it is 5-free, which we as nail polish enthusiasts know a lot of brands are now. It is also never tested on animals, so yay cruelty free! The first polish I have for you today is daniPRO Forever Girl Perfect Pink. Forever Girl Perfect Pink is a pale strawberry milkshake creme. It is almost on the crelly side of a creme and could yield a very natural gloss on the nails with just one coat.

This is three thin coats of Forever Girl Perfect Pink and it was pretty even for such a pale pink. I see a few minor streaks here and there, but not bad. I like the formula of these polishes a lot, they are that gel-like consistency that I find to be so easy to apply.

daniPRO My Girl Pure Pink is a gorgeous bright peony pink creme. It is so beautiful on my skin tone, so even though I have many bright pinks, I am really in love with this one! I think it will flatter a wide variety of skin tones. It's nicely bright, but not neon. I can't wait to wear it on my toes at the beach!

This is two flawless coats. It is nearly a one coater and is perfectly even in one coat, just a little less opaque. It applied perfectly and has a nice glossy finish even without top coat (although I did use top coat in these photos).

daniPRO First Kiss Red is a bold red creme. This is a bright, true red, without any orange or blue tones. Just a great classic red lip kind of red.

First Kiss Red had the same fantastic formula as My Girl Pure Pink. It's almost a one coater and applied with little effort. Like My Girl, I did two coats of First Kiss for these photos.

daniPRO polish is available globally at select podiatrist offices as well as online at www.DaniProNails.com.  The website also has some healthy nail tips from the podiatrist who created the line, Dr. Evans, as well as special seasonal offers and new product news. For more on daniPRO, check them out on their social media pages: