September 23, 2016

Lynnderella Friday, Vol. 55!

*Sent for review*

Hi all! Hope you are having a great Friday so far! I have a new Lynnderella glitter topper for you today that is perfect for a Friday. Lynnderella Shoe Shopping contains different colored shoe and wine glass (!) glitters, as well as stars, large hex glitter, small hex glitter, squares, triangles and many more. The base has a lovely strong pink shimmer ( I think you can see it very well below). I've said before that Lynnderella glitter toppers are still my favorites, and this one is definitely a winner for me. It feels like a party! 



This is one dabbed coat over OPI I saw... U Saw... We Saw... Warsaw. It was pretty easy to apply, though I did place the shoes and wine glasses. My nails are too short and curved for them to lay flat by themselves, so I have to coax them along!


Lynnderella Shoe Shopping is available now at lynnderella.com. Use the code "LoveLynnderella" at checkout to save!

September 21, 2016

MAC Skin of Evil

*Purchased by me*

Some of you may already know that my makeup collection and passion for makeup is equal to my love of nail polish. So I was super excited when MAC announced their Star Trek collection! I ordered a couple of items from the collection, including MAC Skin of Evil nail polish! Skin of Evil is really unique yellow-green shimmer with large black glitter. In some lighting the shimmer looks more golden, and more green in others. The shimmer is gorgeous, it glows! This polish is probably not for everyone, but I'm glad I got it. It's very unique and it will be perfect around Halloween!


 This is two coats. It built up pretty nicely. In person, I could not see any VNL, but my camera picked up on a bit. To the naked eye, the shimmer makes this look more opaque and also it makes the black glitter look smoother, so the overall effect in person is nicer. It was fairly easy to apply. Sometimes the black glitters clumped up a bit, but they were easy enough to separate.


MAC Skin of Evil is available now at MAC counters and stores, as well as maccosmetics.com. There are also two other nail polishes in the Star Trek collection, a silver and a gold sparkle. I might want to grab the gold sparkle too!!

September 16, 2016

Lynnderella Friday, Vol. 54!

 *Sent for review*

OK this time I'm actually going to do Lynnderella Friday on a Friday and get back on track here. This was my first full week back to our regular class schedule and I am exhausted!! It's quite an adjustment to get back on a schedule from the carefree summer days. But Lynnderella Orchid Child reminds me a bit of my carefree summer afternoons. It's a beautiful orchid "shimmerella" with some matching holo microglitter accents. It's a nice medium purple with some reddish undertones, but it's well balanced so it will flatter a variety of skin tones.



This is two coats and it was lovely to apply. The shimmerellas are very easy to work with and hardly need any clean-up, so it's a quick and simple mani.



Ahhhh look at the cute shoe glitters!!! Lynnderella Always a Bride has a mixture of soft white and pink satin shoe glitter, mini hearts and stars, and blue satin diamonds. It has a nicely shimmered base with hints of pink. I am just super excited about the shoe glitter, it's adorable!! Despite having small nails, I was able to angle these a little and have them lay perfectly flat, so that was great news too!


This is one dabbed coat over Lynnderella Orchid Child. Always a Bride was surprisingly easy to apply and I just had to nudge the shoes a bit to angle them.



For a nice soft look, I used one dabbed coat of Always a Bride over OPI It's a Boy!. Very Cinderella feeling!



Orchid Child and Always a Bride are available now at http://stores.ebay.com/lynnderella-lynnderella. For more beautiful polishes, check out lynnderella.com.

September 14, 2016

Dr.'s Remedy Optimistic Orange and Timeless Teal Swatches!!

*Sent for review*

Today I have swatches of two Dr.'s Remedy polishes that are perfect for fall and Halloween. First up is Dr.'s Remedy Optimistic Orange, a bright pumpkin orange. It has red tones to it and is a nice pop, without being neon. I can see myself using this in a bunch of Halloween manis!


 This is three thin coats. It had a bit of VNL at two coats, but it looked nice and jelly-like, so you may want to keep it at two coats. It was easy to apply and had a nice consistency. Optimistic Orange was also really shiny by itself. I did use one layer of Dr.'s Remedy Calming Top Coat in these pictures, but you don't need it for shine.



Dr.'s Remedy Timeless Teal is a perfect moody blue-green creme. It's well-balanced between green and blue, a true teal. I always want to wear dark teals in the fall, so this is perfect for me.


This is three thin coats, it was mostly opaque in two. I did the third just for the camera really. Timeless Teal was also very shiny on it's own. I did use one layer of Calming Top Coat here.



Speaking of the Calming Top Coat- I also got that and the Basic Base Coat to review and have been wearing them with a few different manis now. I am very impressed with them both. I have been getting good wear time (3 days with no chips and minimal tip wear is good for me). The top coat, although not marketed as a QDTC, dried very quickly. My entire mani is dry to the touch in around 60 seconds with this top coat. Before trying this base coat, I was feeling like my nails looked very dry and vertical ridges seemed more prominent than usual. After using this base coat for 3 manis, I already see a bit of improvement. My nails definitely seem less dry and the vertical ridges might even be a tiny bit less visible.

All Dr.'s Remedy products are free of formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, camphor, pthalates and DBP. They do contain a special blend of ingredients meant to help with the appearance and health of your nails. This blend includes: wheat protein, tea tree oil, garlic bulb extract and lavender. You can purchase any of the products in this post at Remedy Nails.


September 12, 2016

Lynnderella Friday on a Monday!

*Sent for review*

I'm going to do Lynnderella Friday a little differently and post it on Monday this week! I have three gorgeous polishes to show you and I was a little too busy on Friday and over the weekend to get it posted. I hope this makes your Monday feel more like a Friday! First up is the stunning Lynnderella Little Pink Drink. This beauty is a pink holographic microglitter with multicoloured holographic flake accents. Little Pink Drink looks crazy holo in person, so I think the combo of holo flakes and microglitter is pushing the rainbow quotient up a lot. This lovely nail polish also has a frosty pink sheen to it.




This was two coats and the coverage was fantastic. Quite nearly a one-coater. It was pretty easy to apply and smooth with one layer of top coat.



Lynnderella Pink Milky Way is my favorite fall polish so far. This is so incredibly beautiful, very much like outer space with pink stars! The base is a deep purple-y navy shimmer and it is jam packed with metallic pink accent glitter and pink holographic microglitter. In some lighting, you can also see a glimmer of pretty royal blue shimmer too.




This is two super easy coats. Pink Milky Way applied like butter and I didn't even need to do any clean-up. It was perfectly smooth and shiny with top coat.



If it's still 85 degrees or higher near you like it is here, you may not be finished wearing your summer nail polish. If that's the case, Lynnderella Pink M.E. Up! is so perfect for you! This is a bright neon magenta with blue-violet shimmer and purple sheen. I really like that this is a neon, but the shimmer is so strong. It's a beautiful effect to have that brightness with the contrasting pop of blue shimmer!



 This was a little less opaque than the other polishes in this post, but this is still two coats. I went a little heavier on the second coat, but that's probably a normal coat for most people. It was very easy to apply and has a great formula.


These are all available right now at http://stores.ebay.com/lynnderella-lynnderella. For more gorgeous Lynnderellas, check out lynnderella.com!

September 7, 2016

Zoya Urban Grunge Metallics & Holos Fall/Winter 2016 Swatches!

*Sent for review*


Today I have the Zoya Urban Grunge Metallics & Holos for your enjoyment! We've had a couple of days that felt sort of like fall here, so I am definitely getting more in the mood for the season. Nail polish is a big part of feeling the season for me and this gorgeous Zoya collection is definitely helping me feel ready for fall! Zoya Merida is probably my favorite of the whole collection! It's a gorgeous deep green scattered holo. The scattered holo look is similar to some past Zoya fan favorites like Dream, Blaze and Storm. I think the holo effect is stronger this time though, with more holo particles in the polish. Zoya describes the color as a "lush evergreen" and it really does feel rich and lush.



This is three thin coats. You might be able to do two, but I found three to look a bit better and not have any remnants of VNL. The formula was great, very easy to apply and had that gel-like consistency that I love.




Zoya Troy is a dark gunmetal metallic shimmer. It's highly reflective, yet deep and sultry too. Zoya describes it as "liquid pewter with a foil finish and an edgy touch of black and gold". I can see a touch of gold sometimes (see below, right in the center of the nail), depending on the lighting, and that definitely makes this polish more unique than other dark gray metallics I own. 


This is two coats, but it really could be a one-coater! I would actually wear this in one coat, it was perfectly opaque. I only did the second for the camera. The formula is perfect too, nice and buttery smooth.



Next up we have a pinky red metallic foil, Zoya Britta. Britta is a berry red, with purple and fuchsia touches. It's right on the line between red and pink, sort of hard to pick which one it is! But if you like jewel-toned reds with tons of pink undertones, I think you will like Britta.


In the picture below, you can see that lower lighting/shade really brings out the purple tones in Britta. I did two coats for these pictures and the polish was very pigmented. Great formula and easy to apply too!



Oh man, look at this beauty!! Zoya Finley is a majestic purple scattered holo that I want to wear pretty much all fall. This one definitely has way more scattered holo pigments packed in there than Zoya scattered holos of the past, and I love the effect it gives! I hope Zoya does more scattered holos like Finley and Merida in every color of the rainbow.



This is three coats of Finley. I would really wear just two coats, as it looked perfect to my naked eye, but I did a third for my fussy camera lens. It is more pigmented than some of the older scattered holos  too, and the formula is just a dream. I took a billion pictures of this because it is so gorgeous!




Zoya Ash is a bright cherry red metallic shimmer. This one feels very much like a holiday color to me, especially when I had it sitting next to Merida! Whether it's a holiday or fall nail polish, it pretty all the time. It has some red and gold shimmer, so it's very vibrant.


Ash was nicely opaque in two coats and has a lovely formula. No complaints here!



Ahhhhhhh, let's all stare at Zoya Alicia for a minute.


OK, now that we got that out of the way, I was SO excited to hear that Zoya was going to release a linear holo polish. Besides Color Club, there aren't a lot of mainstream companies doing linear holos right now. To me, that's kind of mind-blowing, considering the intense popularity that linear holos have in the indie polish world and the fame of the old OPI holos. So let's have a round of applause for Zoya right now! On top of just releasing a linear holo, they also made it insanely gorgeous and unique! It is this really cool mix of silver, white and gold. Somehow I manage to see all of those colors together when I look at Alicia. It's mostly white gold, but it doesn't lean too warm, so you do get that silver flash in there too. And the linear flame is nice and strong!!



This is three coats of Alicia. It is a bit on the sheerer side, but buildable in three coats. The formula was a little thicker than the others in this collection, but it was still very easy to apply. Like the creme half of the fall Zoya nail polishes, the metallics and holos all had fantastic formulas. You just can't go wrong with these!

*Sent for review*

This half of the Urban Grunge fall collection is my favorite Zoya collection in a long time. I am thrilled with Alicia, and really love Merida and Finley as well. The three metallics are also beautiful and so easy to apply, so I know I will wear them a lot in the coming months. A+ on this collection, Zoya!

The Zoya Urban Grunge Metallics & Holos are available now at zoya.com.