October 24, 2016

Sally Hansen Gets Spooky for Halloween!

*Sent for review*

OK I'm finally getting down to some Halloween manis, just in time with only a week until the haunted eve! Sally Hansen has some great spooky nail offerings this year, perfect to help you with any Halloween nail art you might do. Sally Hansen Black to Black is the perfect one coat coverage black creme. It's smooth and highly pigmented. It's a nice rich black, not greyed out at all. Perfect shade for some bats :).

This is just one coat of Black to Black! The perfect coverage and relatively quick dry time make this my ideal black for nail art purposes.

Looking for a pumpkin orange to wear on Halloween this year? Check out Sally Hansen Orange Zest. I haven't been pumpkin picking yet this year, but when I go, I'll be looking for a pumpkin this exact shade.

This was two easy coats. Orange Zest was nearly a one-coater and may be one for you depending on application. I love the Insta Dri line, I find them to be great formulas and easy to apply. It's nice to see these offerings are the same!

Two Sally Hansen Miracle Gel shades are also available for Halloween- Tribal Sun (above) and Blacky-O. I reviewed Tribal Sun about a year ago when it first came out and immediately thought it would be great for Halloween!

These Sally Hansen shades are available now at a drugstore near you. Grab them today when you go grab another bag of Snickers or Kit Kats!

October 21, 2016

A Halloween Lynnderella Friday!

*Purchased by me*

I have a special treat for this Lynnderella Friday!! I've been dying to have Lynnderella make me a custom polish for Halloween for awhile now and this was the year! I didn't have any real idea of what I wanted this polish to look like, but I sent her some spooky pictures and she came up with six options for me to choose from. Honestly, if I had the money, I would have had her make all six, they sounded spectacular! But in the end, I chose "Gold holographic nanoglitter with tiny accents in orange, black, purple, green and gold. Clear base." and Lynnderella All Hallows Gold was born! The name is perfect and the weird green-y gold is so amazing. I wanted the accent glitters to be what I consider "classic" Halloween colors- orange, black, purple, and green. Lynn chose the perfect shades of those colors to go with the gold nanoglitter.

This is two very easy coats of All Hallows Gold. The nanoglitter is really great for full coverage polishes and is smooth and shiny with one layer of a good top coat.

Lynnderella is always so generous and she included an extra polish for me, as well as a huge bag of amazing Halloween loose glitters (not pictured). The extra polish was one of my other options (my second choice) and it was described as "Translucent multishimmered white "ghost" base with scattered orange, black, purple, green and gold glitters". I haven't swatched it yet, but you can bet I will have it swatched before next Lynnderella Friday! I think I'm going to call it "Just a Bunch of Hocus Pocus" ;).

*Sent for review*

Next up I have a new Shimmerella for Halloween, Lynnderella Pretty Ghouly. Pretty Ghouly is a perfect shade of girly pink, with a really cool ghoulish green shimmer. You all know I'm not a rabid pink fan, but I really love this. I think the spooky green shimmer adds some interest for me. The pink is a little short of bubblegum, not too sugary sweet, and should be pretty on lots of skin tones.

This is two flawless coats of Pretty Ghouly. It was a breeze to apply! I love Shimmerellas!

Lynnderella Pretty Ghouly is available now at http://stores.ebay.com/lynnderella-lynnderella. All Hallows Gold hasn't been released yet, as I just got my bottle, but it will also be available soon. More Halloween pretties are in stock at lynnderella.com.

October 20, 2016

Vapid Digit Dust for a Spa-like Mani!

*Purchased by me*

Hi everybody!!! Sorry about the long, unexpected blogging break! I broke a nail on my swatching hand really badly, then I was sick, and then crazy busy. But now I should be getting back in the saddle here. I plan to do lots of Halloween stuff over the next week and I have the delicious Zoya holiday collection coming up too. For today, I'm just dropping in with a little recommendation for Vapid Digit Dust. If you like to do a nail soak as part of your mani routine, you should definitely give this stuff a try! Digit Dust is kind of like a mani bomb crumbled up, which is nice because you can control how much of it you want to use. It is really moisturizing too, and the moisture stays with you for awhile too, it doesn't disappear the next time you wash your hands.

I currently have two scents of Digit Dust- Cherry Snow Cone (smells just like a cherry snow cone!) and Vapi-Birthday!, which smells like cake and vanilla and all sorts of yummy stuff. I am planning on ordering another scent, Drunken Punk'n. I have the nail sauce in that scent and it is SO GOOD!!! So I clearly need the matching Digit Dust.

Vapid Digit Dust is available now on vapidlacquer.com.

October 11, 2016

Zoya Enchanted Holiday 2016 Preview!

Combining the magic of the holidays and the wonders of winter, Zoya’s new Enchanted collection creates an ethereal beauty spotlight for nails this season. Consisting of four glittering PixieDust Mattes and two velvety color-flip metallics, this unique nail polish collection is absolutely stunning. 

·      ELPHIE (ZP871) green pixieA bewitching emerald green with a sugary green sparkle in the exclusive Zoya PixieDust Matte Sparkle formula.
·          OLIVERA (ZP872) green flip: A spellbinding color-flip metallic with an indigo base and a green and purple shift.
·          LORNA (ZP853) plum pixieA luscious berry with a sugary sparkle in the exclusive Zoya PixieDust Matte Sparkle formula.
·          WAVERLY (ZP876) sapphire pixieA brilliantly deep sapphire blue with blue sparkles in the exclusive Zoya PixieDust Matte Sparkle formula.
·          ALICE (ZP874) periwinkle pixieA captivating periwinkle with magenta and blue sparkles in the exclusive Zoya PixieDust Matte Sparkle formula.
·      SAINT (ZP875) periwinkle flipA whimsical color-flip metallic with a periwinkle base and magenta shift.


October 7, 2016

Lynnderella Friday, Vol. 57!

*Sent for review*

Hi all, hope you are having a good Friday. I have some great new Lynnderellas for you today, so let's get started with Lynnderella Luna Is a Star!. Luna is the latest in the Goddess Series of polishes and it is a lovely blue-violet holographic microglitter with teeny holo silver stars and some micro flakes. I love the depth of this blue, it looks like the night sky right after the sun sets, when it is a little purple-y. The micro flakes add a nice flash here and there.

I did find the nano star glitters got buried under the blue microglitter. There are a lot of them in the bottle, so it was hard to avoid having them go on my nails on the first coat, so it led to a lumpy look in places. The formula was also thicker feeling than Lynnderellas have been as of late. It did feel nice and smooth to the touch with one layer of top coat.

Lynnderella Pink No. 227 is a "cool medium pink shimmerella with multishimmer and subtle tonal holographic microglitter accent". It looks so glittery and blingy, but feels and applies more like a smooth shimmer, love! This pink seems to have a touch of lavender in it too, always a good thing in my opinion!

This is two flawless coats, great formula!! It was super easy to apply and needed no clean-up!

This shade is SO stunning!! Lynnderella Yes, I'm Finally Over Blue! is a richly saturated ultramarine blue shimmer with tons of blue and purple shimmers. This looks more purple or more blue depending on the light, but it really glows in any light!

This is also two easy coats! It was very pigmented and could almost be a one-coater if you do thicker coats. Perfect formula!

I saved my favorite of this bunch for last! Lynnderella Vamplify is a "vampy shimmerella that features red and blue shimmers with multicoloured holographic microglitter accents". I like that this is vampy, but it really has a lot of sparkle and dimension too. It's a nice mix of a bit of burgundy, a touch of brown and a dash of purple. The holo microglitter really pops too (see blurry picture below).

If I didn't already love this, the awesome formula would have changed my mind. Two coats, super easy to apply and perfectly smooth with one layer of top coat. A++!

These beauties are all available now at http://stores.ebay.com/lynnderella-lynnderella. For other pretty Lynns, check out lynnderella.com.

October 5, 2016

Sally Hansen Fall Metallic Miracle Gel Shades!

 *Sent for review*

Happy hump day! We are half way through the week- not that it helps me right now because I am working both days this weekend :/. But I have some pretty metallic Sally Hansen Miracle Gel shades that are perfect for fall festivities. Sally Hansen Game of Chromes is a shimmery platinum metallic. It's like a white gold, a bit warmer and more unique than straight up silver. Game of Chromes is highly reflective and will be great right up into the holidays.

This is two coats of Game of Chromes. It could maybe even be a one coater if you do thicker coats. It has a great formula and was easy to work with.

Sally Hansen Stilettos & Studs is a dark gunmetal metallic shimmer. It has a tinge of deep blue to the shimmer in some lighting. I love colors like this for fall!

This is two coats. It was nicely opaque, but has some visible brushstrokes. They were less apparent in person though and didn't really bother me.

Sally Hansen Rock On is an interesting one. It's a soft silver shimmer with small black glitter in the base. The silver is a more satin-y shimmer in person and the glitters are pretty flat, not chunky looking.

This is two coats and it was easy to apply. The brushstrokes are definitely not as noticeable in person. I really liked this, but it didn't photograph that well to be honest. Every once in awhile that happens, but just picture the silver looking more satin-y and smooth, and less brushstrokes.

These great three metallic shades are available now at drugstores, Ulta, and Target stores near you!

October 3, 2016

NerdLacquer Returns to Never Enough Nails!

*Purchased by me*

I have a fun post for you today with a brand that really helped kick off the indie polish world a few years ago. If you weren't involved in the polish world back then, let me tell you- NerdLacquer was crazy in demand! I loved all of the NerdLacquers I got back then and was sad when the brand ceased to exist for a bit. However, over the summer, I discovered that NerdLacquer is back in action and better than ever!! There are TONS of great new shades, but you can also have some of the old shades remade. I purchased two new shades and had two old ones remade to satisfy years old lemmings of mine! First up is NerdLacquer Kylo. I really just purchased this for the name, since I have a secret crush on Kylo Ren. Kylo is described as a "glowy and menacing wicked blood red with flame and violet (violent?) shimmer and black microglitter". I love this violet-tinged red and the violet shimmer is more apparent in person. The red glitter lurking under the deeper red jelly base really pops out. I love this much more than I thought I would, and though I only got it for the name, I can't wait to wear it!

This is two easy coats. It was easy to apply and has a nice gel-like consistency, not runny or thin at all. It was smooth to the touch with one layer of top coat.

I wanted NerdLacquer Acid of 1000 Fangs SO badly a few years back. I think one went on eBay for like $75 and I was actually considering it for a minute. Acid of 1000 Fangs has a chartreuse acid green crelly base with matching chartreuse hex glitters, lighter yellow-green glitters and teeny silver sparkles. It is a really unique polish and not for the faint-hearted or glitter-fearing among us. I love a good weird green polish and I also love glitter, so this is everything I had hoped it would be!

This is two coats of Acid of 1000 Fangs. I used two layers of top coat and this mostly felt smooth, I just had one or two glitters that stuck up a bit on the sides. I probably could have pushed them over to the center of my nails more, but I really didn't notice them at the time. The formula was a little thicker, but I didn't really have trouble with it.

Another older NerdLacqer that I coveted for ages, NerdLacquer Batcave was originally released as part of a trio that was exclusive to Harlow & Co. I could not nab this for the life of me and I was so sad about it. Happily, I was able to get it remade now and I am thrilled with the result. I think this version is even better than the original. The original seems to have had a darker gray base, whereas this is more of a blue-gray jelly base. Both versions have plentiful metallic blue glitter and black glitter accents, as well as teeny silver sparkles.

This is two coats of Batcave and I found it to be pretty easy to apply. It is packed with glitter, so you may need to push some pieces around. I used two layers of top coat and it is smooth and shiny.

My second new shade that I purchased is NerdLacquer Tristan & Iseult. Tristan & Iseult is a dirty olive green with copper and orange sparkles, bronze flakes, and a shimmer that looks like it could be slightly gold toned, but it's not too warm. The shimmer just adds a nice glow to the polish. This is a really complex and unique polish and unique polishes are what drew me to NerdLacquer years ago. I am so happy to see that tradition continue!

 This is two very easy coats. It has a great formula and was perfectly smooth to the touch with one layer of top coat.

My order also arrived with these adorable skulls-

 and this cute light up squishy ring!

I placed my order on July 22 at night and received it on July 27, an excellent turn around time. Everything was packed extremely well and I will definitely order again. I am very happy that NerdLacquer is back and can't wait to see what else she will cook up! 

You can purchase Kylo and Tristan & Iseult on http://www.nerdlacquer.com. If you are interested in purchased Acid of 1000 Fangs or Batcave, you can email info@nerdlacquer.com.