October 1, 2014

Orly Smoked Out

 *Purchased by me*

Orly Smoked Out was a definite Must Buy for me this fall. Smoked Out is a gorgeous matte blackened teal with gorgeous lighter blue-green shimmer flecks. I love this kind of matte base with pretty shimmer in it and the dark teal shade is gorgeous. I think my pictures lean a little too blue, but teal is always a tough shade to capture. It's more green than most pictures I've seen, but it's also very deep and dark, so it has that great murky, is it blue or is it green? feeling.

The pictures above are just two coats of Smoked Out, no top coat. It dries to a matte finish on it's own. Below, I layered on one coat of Sally Hansen Insta Dri top coat. It looks gorgeous shiny too! Smoked Out was pretty easy to apply. Like most mattes, it dries quickly so you have to work quickly on each nail.

*Purchased by me*

I love blackened teal anything and I also really love that this is a matte with shimmer. You can wear it shiny if you want, but you also have the option of wearing it matte without the use of a matte top coat. This is the first Orly I've purchased in awhile and it has me going back to look at past collections to see what other Orlys I should buy!

September 29, 2014

Smitten Polish Seasonal Lattes

*Purchased by me*

As soon as fall officially started, I was allll about the pumpkin coffee. I haven't had a Starbucks PSL yet this fall, but I have sampled Dunkin Donuts Pumpkin Creme Brulee latte and Doughnut Inn Pumpkin Spice coffee. I am a huge coffee drinker and do love when pumpkin coffee drinks start showing up in the fall, so naturally, I love the name of this gorgeous polish- Smitten Polish Seasonal Lattes. Seasonal Lattes is a warm coffee brown linear holo. It is more of a reddish brown, although in low lights, it looks more like a very dark chocolate brown. The holo effect is CRAZY with this polish. My camera was having a heart attack trying to process all the rainbows!

 This is three coats of Smitten Polish Seasonal Lattes. Two was opaque in person, I really did the third just for my camera. When I wear it as a full mani, I'll stick with two coats. I have had nothing but great experiences with Smitten holos, and Seasonal Lattes is no different. Application is smooth and easy, no patchiness or dragging like you get with some holos. These swatches are with no base or top coat.

*Purchased by me*

I know Noelie is waiting to receive some more bottles before she restocks the gorgeous fall collection, but check the Smitten Polish Facebook page for restock info. Seasonal Lattes is available at the Smitten Big Cartel store.

September 27, 2014

EOS Lip Balm and Nicole by OPI Partner for Breast Cancer Awareness!

Beauty with a Cause.
EOS Lip Balm & Nicole by OPI Nail Lacquer Partner Together to Support Young Women Fighting Breast Cancer

eos Products (EOS) and Nicole by OPI have come together to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer support with a limited edition pack.  This pack includes an EOS all-natural, USDA-certified organic Strawberry Sorbet Smooth Sphere Lip Balm and salon quality Nicole by OPI Nail Lacquer in a soft, sweet pink shade Feeling Berry Pink Today. 

“Both the EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm and Nicole by OPI Nail Lacquer are “must-have” products for college students and Millennial consumers alike and the two brands felt that there was a natural fit in making a collection together to benefit such an important cause,”  explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, Nicole by OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director.  “These products make a delightfully pink statement for a great cause!”

This eye-catching duo, which is in the signature pink color, will benefit young women fighting breast cancer as 5% of proceeds from the sale of this item will be donated to Young Survival Coalition to support and educate young women with breast cancer.

The pack will be available starting September 2014 at ULTA stores and Ulta.com for $9.99 suggested retail.  

About EOS
EOS is a leading skincare brand based in New York. Known for its unique packaging, elegant design and superior products, EOS is #1 lip balm brand in the United States. EOS’ products include lip balm, hand lotion and shaving cream. Its bestselling Smooth Sphere Lip Balm (“The lip balm that makes you smile”) blends iconic design, organic ingredients and delicious, natural flavors for moisturized lips. EOS’ purse-friendly, fast-absorbing natural Hand Lotions give hands the moisture they need all day long. EOS Shave Cream is so moisturizing, you can shave wet or dry, leaving your skin softer and smoother long after. For more information visit www.evolutionofsmooth.com.

About Nicole by OPI
Nicole by OPI offers a salon-quality range of bold, fashion-forward nail lacquers. The brand’s heritage is based on OPI’s well-established foundation of excellence in both color and technology, providing premium products to a broad range of consumers looking for trendsetting nail lacquers.  Known for its celebrity collaborations and partnerships, the brand invites consumers to be creative and confident by expressing themselves through color. Currently, Nicole by OPI range boasts over 120 shades, including retailer-exclusive lacquers, and serves as the color authority for the younger demographic.  For more information visit www.nicolebyopi.com.

About Young Survival Coalition

Established in 1998, Young Survival Coalition (YSC) is the premier global organization dedicated to young women diagnosed with breast cancer. YSC offers free resources, connections and educational materials so women feel supported, empowered and hopeful. Through action, advocacy and awareness, YSC seeks to educate and influence the medical, research and legislative communities to address the disease in young women and ensure no young woman faces breast cancer alone. For more information visit www.youngsurvival.org

Win OPI Peanuts Halloween or Pink of Hearts and New DS Shades!

It's time for a fall giveaway!!! For this giveaway, there will be TWO lucky winners! One winner will receive the OPI Peanuts Halloween collection (four lacquers) and the other winner will receive the OPI Pink of Hearts collection, OPI DS Tourmaline and OPI DS Titanium (four lacquers and a glittery pink nail file). This giveaway is open only to readers with a US shipping address (my apologies to my international readers). The giveaway will end at midnight EST on October 11, 2014 and the first winner to email me their shipping address after winners are announced will receive their choice of the two prizes. Please use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. Good luck and happy fall!

September 26, 2014

Zoya Fall 2014 Ultra PixieDust Swatches!

 *Sent for review*

I am really excited about today's post- the fall Zoya Ultra PixieDust polishes! I have liked the past Ultra PixieDusts for their extra sparkly large hex glitter, but for me the pastel-ish colors have not really been calling my name. However, these three are just gorgeous jewel colors and I love them! Zoya Oswin is a red textured matte base with large holo hex glitters. Oswin is a cool toned red with a nicely sparkly finish. One thing I want to mention about all three of these new Ultra PixieDusts is that I found them to be less rough than the Magical PixieDusts. They feel more like a matte jelly base with glitter, rather than so much texture. I actually happened to be wearing Zoya Bar the week before these arrived and felt that these new ones were quite a lot smoother. These aren't likely to be snagging on your clothes or anything, so if you thought the Magical PixieDusts were too rough, still give these a chance.

Oswin was really easy for me to apply. It was nicely pigmented- this is two coats. When I use textures, I typically do not use a base coat (unless I think the polish will stain). I think some people were having trouble with these drying when they were applied over a base coat, but without base coat, they dry quickly. For me, part of the appeal of textures is that I don't need to use base or top coat. Nail pajamas!

Below is Zoya Oswin with one coat of Gelous. This felt pretty smooth to the touch. If you wanted a 100% glassy finish, you might want to use another layer of top coat. I personally liked Oswin better matte. The hex glitters kind of fade away with top coat.

Zoya Arianna is a raspberry red matte texture with large holo hex glitter. Arianna definitely has a pinkish/purple cast on me. Zoya describes this polish as "blue-toned red wine" and classifies it in the "red" color family, but I probably would place it more in the purple category. Or at least red-plum. It's a lovely color for fall! I do love a good red-plum!

This is three coats of Arianna. It had good coverage in two coats, but I felt like I could see a hair of VNL and the color just popped more with the third coat. You may be fine with just two coats though.

Below you can see Arianna with one layer of Gelous. Now this one I LOVE with top coat! I'm not sure why I like Oswin better matte and Arianna better shiny, but I do! It looks so juicy and kind of mysteriously plummy at the same time. Gorgeous! The top coat really gives Arianna great dimension and depth.

 OMGEEEEEEEEEEE.... This one has me drooling all over the place!!! Zoya Noir is freaking beautiful. Noir is a vampy purple base with red small glitter and large red hex glitter. The contrast between the plummy base and the red glitter is what makes this so fabulous. Noir just jumped into the list of my top 5 favorite textures EVER and I think it is by far the best and most unique of Zoya's Magical/Ultra PixieDusts.

Happily, Noir applied really well too. This is two coats and there was plenty of the pretty red glitter. If you have longer nails, I could see you needing a third coat to cover up any VNL, since the base is kind of a matte jelly. My nails are pretty short right now, so two coats was perfect. As was the case with the other two Ultra PixieDusts, Noir was easy to apply. Zoya recommends not using a base coat with these and allowing each coat to dry before applying another. 

Here is Noir with one coat of Gelous. I like it with top coat, but I think I prefer it without. The top coat darkens the plum base and lessens the contrast between the base and the glitter. I really like how the red glitter pops against the vampy purple. This was smooth to the touch with one layer of top coat.

Now, let me apologize for this picture below, but I wanted to show you Zoya Oswin (left) vs. Zoya Chyna (right). It was about to rain when I was finishing up these swatches, so I just slapped them on two nails on my right hand and my right middle nail cuticle and I were having an argument that day. You can see that Oswin and Chyna are similar in color, Oswin is more cool-toned and blue-based (making it look pinker). The glitter is also different, Chyna ends up looking a bit more sparkly, even though Oswin has the larger glitter. You probably don't need both of these, so it just depends on if you want a pinker red or a more true red and how much sparkle you like. I like the finish of Oswin myself, it has a kind of frosted glass effect to it.

*Sent for review*

These three Ultra PixieDusts are definitely my favorite of the Zoya textures with larger hex glitter polishes. Noir might be my favorite Zoya texture period (including the regular PixieDusts!). If you like sparkle and texture polish, you definitely need at least one of these for sure. These aren't too rough feeling and they look gorgeous with top coat, so even if you aren't a texture fan, you might see one or two you like! The Zoya Fall Ultra PixieDusts are available now on zoya.com.

September 24, 2014

Zoya Ignite and Entice Tone on Tone Dot Mani!

 *Sent for review*

My Zoya Ignite and Entice bottles are sitting on my dresser right next to each other right now (still need to go get Helmer #3) and I love the way they look all together. I decided to try a kind of tone on tone dot mani with Zoya Claire and Teigen. I applied two coats of Claire and used a Born Pretty Store dotting tool to apply Teigen. The effect is subtle, but fun.

I think this looks a bit better in person, but I still like it in the pictures. The Ignite and Entice polishes are fun to play around with. I can see this idea working well with Remy and Ryan, or for a less subtle look, Claire and Autumn.

*Sent for review*

I'm loving my Entice and Ignite polishes. I think they'll become some of my most worn polishes this fall! Zoya Entice and Ignite collections are available at zoya.com.

September 22, 2014

Lynnderella ChelSea of Love

 *Sent for review*

Happy first official day of fall! Although fall doesn't really arrive until 10:29 pm tonight, I did a fall mani and pedi yesterday to kick off the start of my favorite season. I am in LOVE with my current mani, Lynnderella ChelSea of Love over Zoya Remy. Hubba, hubba, ChelSea of Love is STUNNING. Lynnderella describes it as a "holographic teal microglitter with small tonal accents in a teal base". It is more teal than it looks here because I used a more blue-leaning base. I need to find a good blackened teal in my stash to try it with next time. But no matter what base you use (or if you wear this on it's own), ChelSea of Love is a really gorgeous holo glitter paradise. The teal microglitter is super sparkly and I love the addition of the larger teal hexes and squares.

I took the blurry picture below to show you the holo-ness. So pretty and sparkly!

This is just one coat of ChelSea over one coat of Zoya Remy. Such a nice easy mani, both are very pigmented and beautiful to apply. ChelSea is dense enough to wear alone in just two coats. I'm going to do another post where I show you just ChelSea with no base, but once I put this combination on my nails, there was NO way I was removing it. I immediately made it my first fall mani of the season.

*Sent for review*

Happily, Lynnderella ChelSea of Love is from the new fall core collection, Fall in Love with New York. That means it is readily available and easy to get for a buy it now price of $21 with free shipping. Lynnderella ChelSea of Love is available now at lynnderella.com and the Lynnderella StorEnvy. For more information about Lynnderella collections, check out Lynn's blog.