July 29, 2016

Zoya Urban Grunge Preview!!

Introducing URBAN GRUNGE* by ZOYA!
The NEW ZOYA Urban Grunge collection of creams, metallics & holos reinterprets Grunge with a modern twist for Fall 2016! Featuring six sleek, one coat, color saturated creams plus six coordinating linear, scattered holos and metal foil metallics to amp up the voltage of the season. All densely pigmented with a smooth application. 
·          AUGUST (ZP854): A full coverage gray like a fine, expensive leather with a mid-ranged, balanced tone. 
·          MALLORY (ZP853): A full bodied, vibrant Prussian blue with a deeply saturated color.
·          TARA (ZP857): A purple plum with a balanced tone between red and purple.
·          COURTNEY (ZP856): A deep red beet root shade. 
·          WYATT (ZP855): A true racing green with a deep pigment 
·          NOAH (ZP858): A mid-range taupe evenly balanced between yellow and grey 
·          ALICIA (ZP859): A linear holo with a touch of gold.
·          TROY (ZP864): Liquid pewter with a foil finish and an edgy touch of black and gold. 
·          MERIDA (ZP861): A brilliant lush evergreen scattered holo.
·          FINLEY (ZP860): A deep royal purple scattered holo.
·          BRITTA (ZP862): A berry metallic with a red and purple, fuchsia flash.
·      ASH (ZP863): A vibrant cherry with a red and gold metallic shimmer.

$10 ea.(US) 
·          Clean and prep nails using Zoya Remove +.
·          Apply one coat of Zoya Naked Manicure TM Basecoat. 
·          Follow with one coat of Zoya Naked Manicure TM Perfector to create an ultra-smooth surface. 
·          Next apply one to two coats of Zoya URBAN GRUNGE Nail Polish color. 
·          Top with one coat of Zoya Naked Manicure TM Glossy Seal. 
·          Finish by applying one to two drops of Zoya Fast Drops

*Formulated without formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, dibutyl phthalate, camphor, THTP, parabens, xylene, ethyl tosylamide and lead. 

Happy 50th Lynnderella Friday!!!

*Purchased by me*

Wow, I can't believe I've done 50 editions of Lynnderella Fridays already!! Time flies when you're swatching glittery treats! I have some real stunners for you today in celebration of 50 Lynnderella Fridays, starting with the new version of Lynnderella I Don't Mean Rhinestones. The original IDMR was a glitter topper with jewel-toned turquoise diamonds and other medium-sized glitters and it was released in 2012 with the Sweet Somethings for a Summer Solstice collection. The new version is a microglitter of the same rich turquoise shade. The new version also has the beautiful holo diamond glitters. This is just about the sparkliest polish I own! So beautiful!

The great thing about this new microglitter version is that this is two coats all by itself, no base color! So easy! The formula was very good. It has a lot of glitter packed in there, but I didn't find it to be difficult to apply. I did use two layers of top coat for these swatches.

 *Purchased by me*

Lynnderella Arc-en-Noir is a  neat glitter topper that can take your favorite summer bright polishes and give the a fall twist. This one has black holo microglitter and black holo small, medium and large circles (yay!) in a smoky gray base that deepens any color underneath it. It's a mysterious looking glitter, love it!

 This is one coat of Arc-en-Noir over China Glaze What I Like About Blue. It was easy to apply with the dabbing method.

*Sent for review*

Lynnderella Pinkie Swear is a new LE with bubblegum pink holo microglitter with pink accent glitters. This is a very cheery and happy pink and I love all of the metallic accents. They really provide depth to the polish and extra shine too.

This is two coats. The coverage was great! The formula was very nice as well, no problems at all. I took a full sun shot below, it is crazy holo in the sunlight!

I Don't Mean Rhinestones and Arc-en-Noir are available now at lynnderella.com. Pinkie Swear is available at http://stores.ebay.com/lynnderella-lynnderella.

Any good plans for the last weekend of July (*gasp*)?? I have an 8 hour fitness workshop for dancers both days, so that's pretty much my weekend, since I'm sure I will come home and pass out afterwards!

July 25, 2016

Sally Hansen Secret Garden Miracle Gel Preview!!


Embrace the power of the flower with new botanically beautiful shades available in Miracle Gel™ duo packs for Summer 2016.

Cultivate your collection with nature’s most vivid hues! This season, the prettiest finishing touch to your summer wardrobe is a posy-pretty manicure you can do at home. Sally Hansen Miracle Gel is the revolutionary #1 zero light gel system that is more chip-resistant than regular nail polish – the next best thing to a salon gel manicure! Keep nails abloom with these six fresh-from-the-garden hues, including three new limited edition summer-ready shades. Each shade is accompanied by our Miracle Gel™ Top Coat in a duo pack for 2X the volume. 

The “Secret Garden” Color Collection: Freesia Your Mind – Get garden-party gorgeous with a lush, berry pink. (limited edition shade), Ba-Bloom– Bring on the bouquet in this shimmer-infused bright coral. (limited edition shade), Flower Crown – Everything’s coming up roses inthis pearlescent petal pink (limited edition shade) , Pink Cadillaquer – Stay vibrant in this poppy pink hue, Birthday Suit – Celebrate in this neutral, complimentary nude tone and Red Eye – Get ready to bloom with this fresh geranium red.
How to Use: An innovative development in nail color, Sally Hansen Miracle Gel™ is a two-step, no light gel manicure system; simply apply the Miracle Gel™ color of your choice, then follow with the Miracle Gel™ Top Coat for volume and high gloss, mirror shine. The polish is cured by natural light, so there's no need for a UV or LED lamp. Enjoy up to 14 days of color and shine, and then easily remove with regular nail polish remover – no soaking necessary!

**NOTE- I don't have images for Freesia Your Mind or Ba-Bloom, but they sound lovely!

Price & Availability: The Sally Hansen Miracle Gel™ “Secret Garden” Collection will be available at drugstores nationwide beginning July 2016 for $14.99 per duo pack. 

July 24, 2016

OPI Infinite Shine Neutrals for Summer 2016 Swatches!

*Sent for review*

I know this one took me awhile, but I finally have swatches of the OPI Infinite Shine Neutrals for Summer 2016! My trip to Florida really messed up my blogging schedule, but I am trying to get back on track for sure. First up we have OPI No Stopping Zone, a medium tan creme. OPI describes this as a "dusky rose", but I don't see a ton of rose in it. Maybe just a touch.

This is two easy coats. The formula is lovely and the coverage was perfect. I mostly like the Infinite Shine formula, I haven't had many bad experiences with it. The Gloss top coat really adds a great shine too.

OPI Hurry Up and Wait is a peachy pink toned tan creme, pinker than No Stopping Zone. It's like a blush, but still has a nice does of tan too.

This was three thin coats. The formula was good, I just had a touch of sheerness after the second coat, so I went with one extra.

OPI No Strings Attached is a very pale, off-white neutral. It's a bisque-toned neutral, with hints of almond.

This is three coats. The formula on this one was thinner and runnier than the others. It kept wanting to flood my cuticles, so just don't put too much on the brush when applying.

This salmon-hued nude might be the most unique in the collection. OPI Don't Ever Stop is an interesting mix of a neutral with peach and warm salmon pink, and a good dose of creamy white in there too. I'm not sure it's super flattering for me, but I really like the color a lot! Very pretty and spring-y feeling!

This is three coats and the formula was pretty good. It was a little uneven in places with the second coat, so I did a third. It was mostly opaque in two coats though, so you might be fine with just the two.

OPI Staying Neutral on This One is closely related to No Strings Attached, but it has more pink tones in it. It's an off-white with blush hints, rather than bisque/almond. But it's not too pink, so it's still very neutral, as the name suggests!

This is three thin coats and the formula is pretty good. I was surprised at how even it was, with such a pale hue. Coverage was good too. I like this one a lot!

In the category of least flattering neutral on my skin tone, we have OPI Can't Stop Myself. This one just gives me lobster hands like no other, haha. It's kind of a yellow-y peachy tan. I usually think yellows and peaches look fine on me, but this one maybe has too much tan with the yellow and peach.

This is two coats and it's a tad uneven, but opaque. I probably could have used a third coat to even things out.

Below you can see all of the shades on swatch sticks, so you can check out how they look right next to each other. I am slogging away with my swatch stick project and am nowhere near done. If you want any of these compared to anything else, let me know and I will do that for you!

I did notice that Staying Neutral on This One is a bit similar to OPI Stop It I'm Blushing from SoftShades 2016 (my bottle says Stop I'm Blushing, so that's what ended up on that swatch stick). Staying Neutral is a bit darker and more pigmented than I'm Blushing, but they are in the same family for sure.

Staying Neutral on left, Blushing on right.

What do you think about these neutral shades for summer? I like some of them, especially Staying Neutral on This One and Don't Ever Stop!, but they're not what I really reach for in the summer. Maybe in the spring!

The OPI Infinite Shine Neutrals are available now at Ulta and fine salons!

July 22, 2016

Lynnderella Friday, Vol. 49!!

 *Sent for review*

Happy Friday!!! Today is a special Friday- my mom's birthday!! We're doing a nice dinner later, presents, and then delicious ice cream cake! I hope you have some good plans this weekend. Today I have two beautiful Lynnderellas for you, one new and one classic. The new one is Lynnderella Seaing Green. Seaing Green is a "translucent sea green turquoise with lilac and aqua shimmer as well as a lilac glow". It's a gorgeous shimmery aqua concoction that has the most beautiful dash of blue-purple shimmer. This is one of my favorite recent polishes of any brand, it's just stunning.

This is three thin coats. There was a little bit of translucence left, but I liked it. I think it looked like sea glass. This was nice and easy to apply. I wore this polish for 6 days while I was on vacation in Florida and had ZERO chips and just a little tip wear on my thumbs. And I wasn't exactly babying my nails while vacationing in Disney!!

Seaing Green was part of a batch of limited polishes (less than 25 were made!) and is currently sold out on lynnderella.com. But you can always hope for a return sometime, or maybe to find it for sale.

*Purchased by me*

Lynnderella Bunny Nosegay is an older core polish that I just love! It was part of a spring collection a few years back and still screams spring to me! It has a mix of pretty pastel and bright glitters in many different shapes and sizes, in a clear shimmery base. 

I used one coat of Bunny Nosegay over OPI Staying Neutral on This One. Bunny Nosegay applies well and the formula is still a perfect consistency, even though my bottle is a few years old.

Bunny Nosegay is available on lynnderella.com now! Seaing Green's limited companions are still available on lynnderella.com, so make sure you check those out here- https://lynnderella.com/collections/new-lynnderellas. I just ordered Opal Flower Moon, so I'll have swatches of that soon!