February 13, 2018

Valentine's Day NOTD with OPI and What's Up Nails

*Some products sent for review*

Valentine's Day isn't really my thing, but I typically do try to do a mani for it at least. This year I went simple, but eye catching, with OPI Let's Be Friends as a base for some hearts. Let's Be Friends is from the Hello Kitty collection and I forgot how much I liked it until I put it on for this mani. It makes a great stark white pink base for the hearts. I used these heart chain stencils from What's Up Nails and Vapid Lacquer Hard Candy for the hearts.

If you are planning on celebrating Valentine's Day I hope you get lots of chocolate and have a fun evening!

February 4, 2018

Zoya Kisses Pastel Jellies Swatches!

*Sent for review*

February is that weird month where you want winter to be over, but it's not yet, though you might get that occasional hint of spring in the air. The Zoya Kisses Pastel Jellies collection is absolutely perfect for this time of year. The jellies are soft and have just that hint of spring color. 

Zoya Vickie is a warm and cozy gray jelly. This gray has little tinges of lavender and pink. It's not a cold, stark gray by any means. This is a great neutral with an edge.

This is three thin coats. All three of these jellies were sheer on the first coat, but built up nicely in two or three coats. I wanted the squishy look without too much VNL, so I did a third coat. If you like a little sheerness and VNL, two coats will be fine. I did not use top coat with any of these, because I wanted to show you how shiny they are all by themselves! Top coat definitely speeds up drying time though.

Adding one coat of Zoya Leia on top of Vickie makes for a stunning mani. Zoya describes Leia as a "sheer, opalescent white with flecks of fuchsia, green and gold". Over Vickie, the pink flecks show up very strongly and look really beautiful with the gray base.

This is one thin layer of Leia. It's nice and easy to apply and the shimmer is the smooth variety, so no worries about roughness or difficult removal.

Zoya Libby is such a pretty pinky lavender. I think it's actually hard to find real true lavender polish, but this is a true lavender for sure. The jelly finish is excellent paired with this color, a perfect match.

This is three coats. Again, two would have a bit more VNL, three retains that delicious squishy feeling. These jellies are so easy to apply and very even, not streaky at all.

Ugh, this is like unicorns and rainbows prancing around in a garden 😍. One coat of Leia over Libby is the perfect early spring mani. The pink shimmer stands out well, but you also catch those flashes of green and gold on angles. Such a lovely combo!

If you're looking for a little more saturated pop of color for spring, Zoya Princess is a petal pink jelly with a little hint of brightness. It's less pastel than the other two colors, but still soft. It's more pastel looking with just one coat, so you can vary the brightness to your liking.

Three coats again. The fact that you can build these up or wear them sheer is great. A lot of brands claim that their jellies are buildable, but sometimes three coats can still be very sheer. These are just perfect at three coats.

OK not only is this a fantastic combo, but Princesss... Leia!!! This is one layer of Leia over Princess, making it a Princess Leia mani 😀. Now I need Zoya to make a polish called "General", so I can also do a General Leia mani.

So typically I honestly do not really like jellies. Mostly because of what I said before- the claim is that they are buildable, but sometimes are are not. These are really and truly buildable and have a beautiful finish to them. I really enjoyed swatching them, due to the ease of application. The shimmer topper is a perfect partner in this collection. I would highly recommend ordering the whole Kisses collection, I think you will find them very versatile and perfect for spring, yet also year round. Love!! A+ Zoya!

The Zoya Kisses collection is available at zoya.com.

February 2, 2018

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Lynnderella Friday, Vol. 82!I

 *sent for review*

I have a bunch of Lynnderellas for you today and I've lost track a bit of when some of these were released. So, they may not be available in the Lynnderella store, but you can always email lynnderellalacquer@gmail.com to check on any that may catch your eye. Lynnderella Live and Let Olive is a great holo olive green with little red accents, perfectly reminiscent of an olive! The concept of this one is really creative and you know I love weird greens, so I am a huge fan of this one.

 This is two easy coats. It was pretty full coverage in one coat, so you may be able to get away with just the one if you do thicker coats than I do. Application was a breeze and I only used one layer of top coat.

Lynnderella Can't-Forget-You-Blue is the most stunning shade of cornflower blue with holographic nano glitter accents. This blue is so saturated and the holo really pops. I can't wait to wear this in the spring when the first bit of warm weather arrives.

 This is two coats and the formula was excellent. This is more of a shimmer based polish, so it was quite smooth with just one layer of top coat.

This gorgeous shimmer is Lynnderella Ruby Sugared Violet. It's a violet shimmer with red accents that really glow and add something special to this purple shimmer. I love the way the red accents look like burning embers, very cool effect.

Two coats again and since this is a shimmer, it only needs one layer of top coat. It's perfectly smooth without any top coat, but I think the clear gloss brings out the red pops a bit more.

Lynnderella Unteal We Are Holograms is described as "teal green metallic flakes mixed with black holographic, violet and blue violet microglitter". This is a very complex polish and looks brighter or darker depending on lighting. It's absolutely gorgeous and those metallic flakes really make it interesting, more unique than your average teal microglitter.

Two coats and one layer of top coat. This was very easy to apply, no complaints!

With Valentine's Day approaching, you definitely want to check out Lynnderella Ruby Trifle. This deep cranberry microglitter has red and purple accents glitters, including heart glitters. The deep base color is a little vampy, so the hearts aren't too cutesy looking. Pretty sure this will be my mani for Valentine's Day.

Two coats! I did use a second layer of top coat for extra shine and to seal in the hearts, but it was pretty smooth with just one.

Some of these lovely Lynnderellas are available at http://stores.ebay.com/lynnderella-lynnderella now, but if you don't see them, don't hesitate to send an email to find out about availability.

January 30, 2018

Pink and Red for Valentine's Day from Sally Hansen and Rimmel London!

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Shades shown below: Watermelon Wizz, ASAP Apple, Peppy Le Fuchsia, Rapid Red

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Shades shown below in Heartbeat and Firestarter

January 24, 2018

Zoya Party Girls Winter/Holiday Swatches, Part 2!

*Sent for review*

Today I have the second half of the lovely Zoya Party Girls collection. Like the first half, these colors are great year round, they are not really holiday specific. So if you didn't order these before the holidays and are regretting it now, no worries, you can wear these any time! For example, Zoya Kelsey is a great Barbie fuchsia creme that is perfect now, great for spring, and works well in the summer. Zoya describes this as a "muted cerise pink". It's not that muted really, but it's not super bright either. Kelsey will look lovely on all sorts of skin tones.

This is two easy coats and the formula is great. This is a pretty standard pink color, but if you're looking for one with great application, you can't go wrong here.

Zoya Danielle is a very interesting shade of blue, more unique than I was expecting. Danielle is a dark periwinkle and has lots of purple and gray mixed in with the blue. While it has a lot of purple-y tones, it still manages to be mostly blue and not what I would call a "blurple" (remember when that term was being thrown around constantly?). Love that Zoya took periwinkle and made it into a darker, moodier shade!

Two perfect coats, no fuss here! I also had no staining when I removed this, although I only had it on for a short time to swatch.

Zoya Isadora is a jewel-toned wine purple shimmer with hints of magenta. It is described as "rich, refined pearl in magenta plum". The shimmer is a really smooth glowy kind, very soft and not chunky. This is nice and vampy, but not so dark that it looks black. The magenta in the base color really helps the shade not get too murky looking.

This is two coats. I thought the consistency was a bit on the thin side. Be careful not to load up your brush too much, or it will flood your cuticles.

Zoya Landon is a rich purple creme, described as a "mysterious, deep aubergine cream". It's not too deep though, so it still provides a nice pop of color. It's pretty well balanced between red and blue based, so it will be flattering for a variety of skin tones.

Two coats, nice pigmentation. Zoya's creme formula is so consistent lately, they just have really perfected it over the years.

I wrote in my notes that Zoya Delaney reminds me of spring irises and it really fits. It's that exact shade of purple iris flowers. Depending on the light and the angle of your nails, you will also see flashes of blue, green, and some silver. Zoya calls this one a "royal multichromatic (pewter, blue, purple, green), metallic flip". The multichrome effect isn't overly strong, but it's there for sure and quite pretty. Almost like a soft multichrome.

Delaney was a bit sheer on the first coat, but started to build up nicely after the second. I did use three thin coats here for the best coverage. The formula is easy to apply, but you may see a brushstroke here and there.

Ahhhhh man, Zoya Blake is my spirit color right now. Blake is the color you wear when the holidays are over and the dark gross month of January has begun (I hate January, can you tell?). It's dark and moody, but has a gorgeous shimmer that lifts your mood a little. Blake is a deep navy sapphire with a smooth light golden shimmer. Love this one so much!

This is two coats. Application was very easy, no complaints here at all!

My favorites from this half of the Party Girls collection are Blake and Danielle. Overall, I think this collection was very well curated and the shades are lovely for parties, but also for daily life throughout the year. This makes the Party Girls collection a very solid buy for your polish wardrobe. Check out my swatches of the first half of the collection here.

The Zoya Party Girls collection is available now at Zoya.com.