July 30, 2015

SinfulColors A Class Act Collection Fall 2015 Swatches, Part 1!

*Sent for review*

Today was 92 degrees here (the start of a heat wave) and it's still July. So naturally, the mall is full of sweaters and leggings, the grocery store has Candy Corn for sale and I'm swatching a back to school collection! Luckily, it's the lovely A Class Act collection from SinfulColors, so I don't mind at all! First up is SinfulColors Chalk It Up, a satin matte pistachio green. This collection has a couple of this demi-matte finish, and I quite like it. It's not as flat as a traditional matte, it's kind of a nice soft finish. Chalk It Up is a great slightly yellow-y mint green.

This is two coats of Chalk It Up. It was nicely opaque, but definitely let each coat dry before applying another, as it can streak a bit (typical for mattes). You can see that it's not a blue-green from the sunlight picture below. The real color is sort of in between the sun picture and the two shade ones.

SinfulColors Burst of Fresh Flair is what I like to call "baby chicken yellow". It's a bright, yet soft, shimmering yellow. SinfulColors calls it a "pearlescent lemon yellow".

This is three coats of A Burst of Fresh Flair. You can still see some VNL here, but it doesn't bother me too much with this shimmering color. It had an easy to apply formula.

SinfulColors Truth or Lavendare (** note- I originally confused this with another color I received, Hazed. You'll see Hazed soon, but this is Truth or Lavendare. Sorry, I shouldn't write posts late at night!) is a pretty demi-matte brightened lavender. It's brighter than a pastel, but softer than a real bright or neon. In some lighting, it looks more blue-violet than others.

This is two coats of Truth or Lavendare. It was pretty smooth to apply and nicely pigmented.

One thing I like a lot about this back to school collection is the inclusion of several great summer colors, like SinfulColors Summer S-cool. I need to ease out of wearing summer brights, I can't just quit cold turkey. This bright robin's egg blue creme will be great for those hot days in September. This is a gorgeous clear sky blue, and you know I can't resist a great blue!

This is three coats of Summer S-cool. It seemed pretty sheer on the first coat, but it built up really well by the third coat and it was nicely opaque in the end. It had a great formula too. I don't think I'll be waiting until fall to wear this!

SinfulColors V.I.Peach is another of the demi-matte finish polishes, this time in a soft pale yellow. I love this creamy pastel yellow in the satiny finish, it looks so yummy! Like creamy butter! The name V.I.Peach makes me wonder why it's not more peach colored, but I guess peach skin is yellow sometimes.

This is three coats of V.I.Peach. It was opaque in two coats, but was a little uneven. Just make sure to let each coat dry completely before applying the next. I don't think I let my first coat dry enough, so it wasn't completely smooth.

*Sent for review*

So what do you think about these? I like them a lot, especially Summer S-cool and the demi-mattes. Are you seeing all fall stuff and back to school where you live?

The Sinful Colors A Class Act polishes will be $1.99 each at Walgreens and other mass retailers for August & September 2015. I will have a few more of these swatched for you soon!

July 28, 2015

OPI Venice Fall 2015 Preview!


THINK: Romantic color inspired by Baroque period decadence
WHAT THEY ARE: All new lacquers and gels that pay homage to one of the world’s most beautiful cities. The leading nail professional and color experts at OPI have created a collection this Fall/Winter 2015 that captures the essence of one of Europe’s most romantic ancient capitals. A city of opulent pleasures, lavish artwork, and breathtaking Baroque architecture, for centuries Venice has inspired artists and composers to create works of timeless beauty. The world’s number one salon brand has created its own tribute to the famed “Queen of the Adriatic” with the all new Venice Collection. Featuring 15 new lacquer shades with matching GelColor to evoke the sumptuous elegance and grandiose splendor of the floating city, the OPI Venice Collection brings the alluring spirit of Venice to life anywhere.
OPI Co-Founder & Brand Ambassador Suzi Weiss-Fischmann explains, “Dreaming of Venice calls to mind people- watching in the piazza, sipping champagne in a gondola, or enjoying a gelato in an outdoor café as you stroll and float through this extraordinary city. So we created a collection of romantic reds, decadent blues, striking corals, dreamy pastels, elegant nudes, dramatic darks, and luxurious metallics that celebrate this vision of over-the-top indulgence.” This bold and elegant collection will introduce 12 new shades to the permanent OPI color family, and three limited edition offerings to ignite and renew your passion for color with a touch of Italian seduction.
The Complete Venice Collection Includes:
  • Venice by OPI Nail Lacquers ($4.75 salon, $9.50 retail) ($5.95 CAN salon, $11.50 CAN retail): Enjoy 15 shades
    of on-trend color that puts Venice at your fingertips. Available as part of the permanent OPI color offerings in lush melon A Great Opera-tunity, persimmon crème It’s a Piazza Cake, shimmery copper Worth a Pretty Penne, coffee cream Tiramisu for Two, ravishing red Amore at the Grand Canal, red shimmer Gimme a Lido Kiss, opaque crème Be There in a Prosecco, pale gray I Cannoli Wear OPI, icy-sweet Gelato on My Mind, pastel lilac Purple Palazzo Pants, bold eggplant O Suzi Mio, luscious black My Gondola or Yours?. Catch these three LIMITED EDITION shades of bold aquamarine Venice the Party?, glittering gold Baroque...But Still Shopping, and deep navy St. Mark’s the Spot.
  • Venice by OPI GelColors (salon price $15.99): Enjoy the same 15 Venice Collection lacquer colors in long wearing, durable OPI GelColor: A Great Opera-tunity, It’s a Piazza Cake, Worth a Pretty Penne, Tiramisu for Two, Amore at the Grand Canal, Gimme a Lido Kiss, Be There in a Prosecco, I Cannoli Wear OPI, Gelato on My Mind, Purple Palazzo Pants, O Suzi Mio, My Gondola or Yours?, and the LIMITED EDITION shades of Venice the Party?, Baroque...But Still Shopping, and St. Mark’s the Spot.
    WHERE TO FIND THEM: Discover the collection beginning August 2015 at Ulta, Ulta.com and professional salons.
    As the number one salon brand worldwide, OPI is committed to providing high-quality products and services to both salons and their customers, along with a focus on industry safety and innovation. Known for its exceptional formulas, fashionable colors, and iconic names, OPI’s heavily-pigmented lacquers are super rich, long-lasting and chip- resistant – offering an affordable luxury to consumers. OPI Nail Lacquer is available in more than 200 shades. Each lacquer features OPI’s exclusive ProWideTM Brush for the ultimate application. Currently, OPI is available in over 100 countries and retails a full line of professional items including OPI GelColor, which is available in more than 150 shades that match the iconic OPI colors that are known and loved, nail treatments, finishing products, lotions, manicure/pedicure products, files, tools, gels and acrylics. OPI is guaranteed only when purchased through authorized professional beauty outlets and prestige stores, not from a drugstore, supermarket, or mass outlet, or other unauthorized source. To learn more about OPI visit www.OPI.com.

ILNP Cameo

 *Purchased by me*

Today I have the lovely ILNP Cameo, one of their Ultra Chrome polishes. Cameo is a super shifty polish, the colors I saw while wearing this include purple, pink, gold, copper, and definitely green. I even maybe saw a hint of blue somewhere too. I love ILNP's Ultra Chromes, they really pack a lot of punch. I have been disappointed sometimes with other duochromes, but all of the Ultra Chromes I've tried from ILNP have really been fantastic and shift to such a wide array of colors.

This is three thin coats of Cameo. It was very easy to apply and had a great consistency.

*Purchased by me*

ILNP Cameo is available now on ILNP.com!

July 24, 2015

TGIL- Happy Lynnderella Friday with Violet Lightening, Piffle, Coral... and Clown Frappe

*Sent for review*

Happy Friday everyone! Sorry for the late post today, but Binx had his yearly vet visit this morning and then I went out kayaking since the weather is gorgeous!! Speaking of gorgeous, I have some more Lynnderella pretties for you today, starting off with Lynnderella Violet Lightening. Violet Lightening is a complex mixture of different flake glitters, including holographic lilac and blue flakes, with microglitter accents and tons of shimmer in a blue-violet base. There are some teeny micro bar glitters in this one, so I wasn't sure how much I'd like it, but on the nail they just look like pretty holo sparkles. They also sit very flat and smooth on the nail. The intense blue shimmer mixed with the iridescent flakies is a really great look.

For these pictures, I used one coat of Violet Lightening over China Glaze Plur-ple. It was easy to apply and packs a big punch with just one coat layered over a base color. I used one layer of top coat to finish off this mani.

The "Piffle" series is a new favorite Lynnderella grouping of mine. I was super excited to see Lynnderella Piffle, Coral... in the package this week. Piffle, by the way, means "nonsense". Piffle, Coral... is a coral microglitter with a translucent coral base and some larger coral glitter accents. I haven't ever seen a coral microglitter polish before and this one is stunning! The coral microglitter is holographic and really sparkles in the sunshine. It's an orange-y coral for sure, but you can see hints of pink in person. This is a perfect summer polish!

This is two coats of Piffle, Coral... The opacity is great and there were no bald spots or problems applying. The formula was maybe a tad thicker than some Lynns, but I didn't find it to be hard to use at all. This is with one coat of Essie Good to Go on top.

Be still, my chunky glitter topper loving heart! Lynnderella Clown Frappe is party for your nails, featuring a great assortment of glitters in red, pink, green, blue, yellow and several other colors. There are large holo pink circle glitters, red diamonds, smaller green circles, and many more shapes to be found. Clown Frappe has a clear base with tons of pretty pink shimmer. Although I am growing more and more fond of Lynnderella's microglitters all the time, her toppers are still my absolute favorites! I've already got plans to make this my birthday mani (my birthday isn't until November, haha!).

This is one dabbed coat of Clown Frappe over Sally Hansen Dive Bar. It was easy to apply using the dabbing method and the glitter is quite plentiful, but the polish doesn't seem thick or chunky at all. Clown Frappe is a great name, it cracks me up!

*Sent for review*

Lynnderella polishes are available at Lynnderella.com and lynnderella.storenvy.com. I know Clown Frappe is still available (although I don't see it on lynnderella.com), so you can always email Paul to ask. Check out Lynnderella-lynnderella.blogspot.com for more info and like Love Lynnderella on Facebook for swatches and news!

July 22, 2015

OPI Nail Envy Strength + Color Swatches!

 *Sent for review*

Tinted nail treatments are a big thing right now. OPI Nail Envy is a hugely popular strengthening treatment, so it makes perfect sense for OPI to release some tinted versions! I am testing out the strengthening properties over a period of time, but enjoy these swatches while you wait for my thoughts on the treatment properties.

OPI Hawaiian Orchid is a pretty pink creme with purple/mauve tones. It has a warm cozy feeling to it. I don't own this shade in the regular OPI polish, but I see why it's so popular. It's probably work safe for a lot of people, but it still manages to be a lively looking pink.

This is three thin coats. Hawaiian Orchid was the most pigmented of the Nail Envy tinted treatments. It was a tad sheer on the first coat, but built up very well, as you can see. It had a lovely smooth formula.

OPI Bubble Bath, another very popular shade, is a sheer whitened pink. It gives such a soft creamy glow to the nails.  This palest pink wash is an OPI classic, so I'm not surprised they picked it for this collection.

This is three coats of Bubble Bath. I think it might be more opaque than the regular polish version. It is very sheer on the first coat, and still has some VNL at three coats. But this is part of the appeal of this polish for a lot of people. It was easy to apply.

I've been meaning to get the regular version of OPI Samoan Sand for ages. It looked like it would be a great nude for me and it is for sure. Samoan Sand is a warm-toned beige with hints of creamy pink. It's not my mannequin hands shade for sure, but it's a really nice looking nude polish on my skin. I think it would be a flattering nude for a lot of people.

This is three thin coats. Again, it was sheer at one coat, but built up well at three. It was very easy to apply and had a great formula.

 *Sent for review*

The fourth shade in the collection is OPI Pink to Envy. This is a shade exclusive to the Nail Envy line (i.e. not found in the regular polish line). This is a verrrry slightly pink-tinted clear polish. On the nail, it mostly looks clear. This is three coats and I do think it made my nails look slightly pinker overall. Like the others, it was easy to apply. All four of these were very glossy looking without top coat. I did not use top coat for these swatches. Just to note- I believe these do contain formaldehyde resin if you are looking to avoid that.

The OPI Nail Envy Strength + Color collection is available now at Ulta, Ulta.com and other professional salons.

July 21, 2015

20 New Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Shades, Plus Reformulated Top Coat!


2 stunning new collections and 6 limited-edition shades also join the Miracle Gel lineup

These days, bigger is better when it comes to beauty. Following the major success of the first Miracle Gel launch, Sally Hansen has done it again, developing  the new & improved volumizing Miracle Gel Top Coat - adding to the award-winning Sally Hansen Miracle Gel collection: the most buzzed about at-home nail system and the closest thing to a salon gel manicure at home. 

When partnered with the Miracle Gel shades, Miracle Gel Top Coat volumizes as it protects. The Top Coat formula delivers 2x the volume to your manicure - creating dramatically fuller-looking nails with a high-gloss, mirror shine finish. 

The result: the look of a gel manicure at home, without the trip to a salon! Miracle Gel's simple application takes just two steps. First, apply two thin coats of Miracle Gel color to clean, bare nails. Then, apply one coat of the new Miracle Gel Top Coat. Natural light does the rest, creating a manicure that resembles a UV / LED cured gel polish and up to 14 days of color and shine. The next best thing to a salon gel manicure, without using an UV / LED light AND removes easily with regular nail polish remover.

To coincide with the release of the new top coat, Sally Hansen announces a total of 20 new vibrant colors of Miracle Gel

 The Tribal Vibe collection adds seven new sun-baked shades to the permanent line up: Cream of the Crop (ivory with a hint of warmth), Tribal Sun (fiery coral like the setting sun), Rhythm & Blue (mirrors the hue of a bright blue sky), Totem-ly Yours (an appealing dusty rose),  Per-Suede ( the color of rich reddish leather), Terra-Coppa (melds the gleam of copper with the earthy appeal of pottery) and Buffalo Nickel (a cool, classic silver white). 

Another new collection, Boho Chic, brings together seven festival-ready saturated shades for free spirits everywhere: Rhapsody Red (updates classic cardinal red with a blue undertone), Tipsy Gypsy (a bubbly, bright pink), Boho a-Go-Go ( a deep, creamy eggplant), Beatnik ( a statement-making cobalt), Mintage (a medium-toned mint), Fish-teal Braid (an aquatic turquoise), Miss Wanderlust (packs colorful glitter into a soft stunning coral

In addition, limited-edition duo packs pair the new Miracle Gel top coat with one of six summery colors: Blue Hue (a subdued, milk-glass blue), Teal Twin (a dark gemstone teal), Geo-Mint-ric (a vibrant spearmint), Get it Bright (the color of freshly sliced watermelon), Block Party (a tigerlily orange, tinged with coral), Up the Ante ( a medium-toned plum)

PRICE & AVAILABILITY: The new Miracle Gel Top Coat, limited edition duo packs, Tribal Vibe collection, and Boho Chic collection are available beginning July 2015 at chain drugstores and mass retailers nationwide. Miracle Gel Color Coat and Top Coat cost $9.99 each and the limited edition duo pack costs $14.99.