June 29, 2015

SinfulColors Henna I Do Nail Appliques!

*Sent for review*

I was excited to try SinfulColors nail appliques for the first time this week. I like the idea of nail appliques, especially when the designs are more complex than my nail art skills allow. However, I feel a lot of them are pretty pricey for how long they seem to last on me. But not the SinfulColors appliques, they are just $1.99! I tried the SinfulColors Henna I Do stickers from the summer 2015 Street Fusion collection.  These appliques are clear with gorgeous gold designs with coral accents. I loved how these looked!! I typically hate seeing the whites of my nails, but I liked it here for some reason!

These were pretty easy to apply. I just selected the right size for each nail, stuck them on and filed off the excess. Unlike some other strips I've tried, the excess was easy to file off. I didn't top coat these, so they only lasted a day. If I top coat nail appliques, they sometimes last 2 days for me, but I've never worn been able to wear them longer than that. It might be my application, but the stickers at the tips always pull up.

*Sent for review*

Overall, I love this design and the ease of application! There are five sets of nail appliques in the SinfulColors Street Fusion collection, as well as 29 lacquers and 6 glitter top coats, so check them out at now at a Walgreens or other mass retailer near you.

Check out SinfulColors online at SinfulColors.com      



June 26, 2015

Lynnderella Fairy Thee Well

*Purchased by me*

I am just really loving the sunny days lately. Sure we've had a bunch of rain too, but the sunshine and warmth are just gorgeous when we have a nice day. What better way nail polish to wear with all of the sun than a super sparkly holo micro glitter! This beauty is Lynnderella Fairy Thee Well,  a recent Special Edition "Paulish". The Paulishes are inspired by Lynnderella's brother Paul and his interests. This one was inspired by the Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well tour. It's a spectacular shade of slightly purple leaning blue with red glitter accents. The holo bits of glitter really stood out in the sun today!

This is three coats. It was opaque in two, but I just have such a habit of doing three coats and find that sometimes glitters pop more with three. It was super easy to apply (I didn't do any clean-up here). One coat of Essie Good to Go made it nice and smooth.

*Purchased by me*

I'm not entirely sure if Fairy Thee Well is still available, but you can email Paul to check at lynnderellalacquer@gmail.com. He is awesome, so don't be afraid to ask him! Stay tuned for future SE polishes by liking Love Lynnderella on Facebook. For more Lynnderella lacquers, visit lynnderella.com, lynnderella.storenvy.com and lynnderella-lynnderella.blogspot.com.

June 23, 2015

SinfulColors is Having a Blast for July 4th!

*Sent for review*

SinfulColors has a fun collection out now in celebration of Independence Day here in the US and it's called Having a Blast! Having a Blast features red, white and blue polishes, as well as a festive red, white and blue glitter topper. July 4th is coming up fast, so check out these swatches now! SinfulColors Snow Me White is a bright, clean white creme. Snow Me White is a really great crisp summer white, perfect to wear alone or with some glitter on top!

Snow Me White has an impressive formula for a white. It was very opaque in two coats and if you did a thick coat, you may be able to manage just one coat. It was also not streaky in two coats. I did allow the first coat to dry completely before applying the second, just to be on the safe side. This did have a little thicker, more gel-like consistency, but I think it worked better to make it less streaky. I am very happy with this one, I think it's my new favorite white!

Next up is SinfulColors Star Blast-Off, the red, white and blue glitter topper. This cute polish has medium sized red and blue hex glitters, lots of small white hex glitters, and large white star glitters in a mostly clear, lightly red tinted base. This is a really fun look for a 4th of July party or fireworks celebration!

Star Blast-Off was a little tricky to apply. The base is kind of thick and the glitter didn't want to spread out evenly. I did dab the glitter on and try to even the base out, but as you can see, that caused me to miss a little edge of my ring nail (I noticed this while cropping the pictures...). I had to place the star glitters, but they came out fairly readily.

SinfulColors Out of This World is a pale sparkly silver shimmer. It's almost a white silver and the shimmer is bigger, almost like glass fleck.

This is three coats of Out of This World and there is still some VNL. I like this polish better layered, and it would look really great layered over Snow Me White. Check your stash- this one has been around for awhile, so you may own it already.

This bold ruby red jelly is SinfulColors Ruby Ruby. This is a great juicy true red. If you're in the market for a new red jelly, this is a great choice.

This is two coats of Ruby Ruby. It was nicely pigmented, but tended to want to flood my cuticles. It also might possibly be a stainer. I had some red cuticles left over after removing this.

SinfulColors Hot Spot is a shimmering deep cobalt blue. It's not quite as dark as a navy blue, but it is a nice jewel-toned blue. 

This is three coats of Hot Spot. There were some patches that were a bit transparent, even with three coats. It applied well, but I wish it had been more even at three coats.

The SinfulColors fan favorite Green Ocean is back with this collection. Green Ocean is an iridescent blue-green flakie/shard polish. It's definitely one of SinfulColors classic polishes and well-loved by many. If you don't own it already, definitely pick this one up! It looks especially beautiful over any dark color.

This is just one coat of Green Ocean over Hot Spot. It's easy to apply and packs a glittery punch in just one layer.

*Sent for review*

The Having a Blast collection has some great looks for your 4th of July celebration! My favorites are Snow Me White and Star Blast-Off, and I think I'll be sporting that combo on the 4th!

Check out SinfulColors at SinfulColors.com, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. By the way, there are a lot of SinfulColors fan pages on Instagram, but the official page is @sinfulcolorsprofessional, so make sure you're following that one!                                                                      

The SinfulColors Having a Blast collection is available or will be available soon at a Walgreens near you!

June 20, 2015

Last Day of Spring with Lynnderella Goodies!

*Sent for review*

Since today is the last full day of spring, I thought I should swatch a bunch of my remaining Lynnderella spring goodies before summer hits! Although, these are all so gorgeous, you'll want to wear them in the summer too. Lynnderella Everybunny Loves You has a selection of pastel glitters with pretty raspberry colored microglitter in a clear base. Everybunny Loves You has white squares, white hex glitters, my favorite circle glitters in colors like yellow, pink and mint, and assorted pops of other springy colors. I want to wear this over a bright neon pink base next, I think it would look amazing! Everybunny Loves You is part of the Spring Things core collection.

This is one dabbed coat of Everybunny Loves You over my beloved China Glaze Bahamian Escape. It has lots of glitter, but it's not thick or gloopy at all. It was easy to apply. I am wearing this now as a full mani and loving it!

*Sent for review*

Lynnderella Whysteria is a limited edition lacquer for spring featuring really beautiful iridescent lilac shimmer. It also contains violet and lilac circle glitters, some of which are holo, and green triangles. This reminds me of a garden full of blooming purple irises. I always love purple and green together, so I love the green triangles in here.

This is one coat of Whysteria over OPI Lost My Bikini in Molokini. I applied this normally to get the shimmer to be nice and even, since the shimmer is so predominant in this polish. This was easy to apply and had a nice consistency.

*Sent for review*

Lynnderella Peripinkle contains lots of different shapes of periwinkle and pink glitter in a blue shimmered clear base. There are a couple of different shades of pink glitter ranging from pale pink to hot pink. There are also matte periwinkle stars and a couple of different sizes of shiny hex glitter. Lynnderella makes the best periwinkle glitters and Peripinkle is no exception!

This is two coats of Peripinkle over China Glaze Boho Blues. It was a breeze to apply and had a great consistency. Peripinkle is also from the Spring Things core collection.

*Purchased by me*

Lynnderella Angel Bunny is a stunning mix of pastel glitter in a shimmery clear base. I love all the different colors here, white, yellow, aqua, pink, brighter pink, etc. I also love the teeny white, pale blue and pale pink glitters scattered throughout the polish. They kind of make the overall effect look like lace. Angel Bunny is a limited edition.

This is two dabbed coats of Angel Bunny over Illamasqua Blow. Angel Bunny has a lot of glitter, so I found dabbing it on and then spreading it around was the best way to apply, or else I would get too many glitters in one area. With the dabbing method it was nice and easy to apply.

I love all four of these polishes so much, especially the two bunny polishes. Lynnderella bunny polishes are always extra amazing! You can grab these spring pretties on lynnderella.com or lynnderella.storenvy.com. For more information about Lynnderella, check out lynnderella-lynnderella.blogspot.com.

June 18, 2015

OPI Brights for Summer 2015 Swatches, Part 2!

*Sent for review*

Only a few more days until the real start of summer here and I have already been wearing my bright polishes a lot! The OPI Brights 2015 collection has some great offerings for summer fun and I have the second half of my swatches for you today. This bright warm red squishy creme is OPI I STOP For Red. It is a little orange toned, but definitely more red than anything else. It is brighter and warmer than OPI Red Hot Rio and is brighter than OPI Fashion a Bow in the bottle. It has the same sort of squishy creme or slightly jellyish finish as those two.

This is three coats of I STOP For Red. Due to it's jelly nature, it still had a bit of VNL at three coats, but it's the pretty kind that looks like candy, not the kind that looks like you did your nails wrong! The formula was a lovely consistency and very easy to apply.

Another one of my favorites from last year, OPI Life Gave Me Lemons, is a yellow creme with lime hints. This is a great tropical yellow and I like that you can wear it alone or over a white base for more pop. When layered over a white base, it looks more like a true neon. Either way, it's nice and summery!

This is three coats of Life Gave Me Lemons. Yellows are notoriously streaky and/or not well pigmented, but this one is pretty good. Two coats was a little streaky, but the third evened it out nicely and pigmentation was good.

OPI The Berry Thought of You is a very juicy looking pink berry creme. It is kind of berry/purple, but it does have a nice bit of pink to brighten it up. When I say "pink berry" all I can think of is Pinkberry frozen yogurt. And now I would like some Mango Madness fro yo with kiwis on top, please. Back to polish now, if you're a fan of berry polish, check out this great bright berry for summer.

This is two coats of The Berry Thought of You. It was great to apply, nicely pigmented and had a fantastic formula. Love this for sure! I have plans to make this my next pedi color.

OPI My Car Has Navy-gation is a navy blue creme with purple tones. I love navy in the summer, it always feel really fresh and nautical. This navy is kind of a squishy jellyish navy, and I'm not sure I'm loving the VNL with navy. I like the purple hints that brighten this deep dark blue.

I do think that OPI has done navy blues with way better formulas than this one. It seems like maybe they added some neon pigment, because it's goopy, on the thicker side, and dries semi-matte. This is three coats and it looked fine in the end, but I'm not sure I would reach for it all the time.

*Sent for review*

Overall, I am enjoying the OPI 2015 Brights. My favorite is still Can't Hear Myself Pink!, but I also really enjoy The Berry Thought of You. If you don't own the ones from last year yet, Down to the Core-al is a must have and Life Gave Me Lemons is perfect for the yellow-lovers.

The OPI Brights collection is available now at Ulta.com and fine salons.

June 15, 2015

OPI Brights for Summer 2015 Swatches, Part 1!

 *Sent for review*

The OPI Brights collection is always a fun collection to swatch. This year's Brights offering features six brand new shades and three shades that were released with last year's Neons. Let's start off with the shimmering pink OPI Hotter Than You Pink. This is a pretty medium pink with lovely shimmer that sometimes leans a little blue, depending on the light. This is one of the shades that came out with the Neon collection last year. If you'd like to see this or the other two repeats swatched over a white base, check out my pictures from last year.

This is three coats of Hotter Than You Pink. Three coats was nicely was opaque, while two coats still had too much VNL for my personal preference. This was easy to apply and had a nice consistency.

The lone glitter in the Brights collection is OPI On Pinks and Needles. On Pinks and Needles is a mix of several different sizes of hot pink hex glitter in a clear base. This makes for a very graphic pop of glitter over a clean white base! It's a great summer glitter for sure.

This is one coat of On Pinks and Needles over two coats of OPI Angel with a Leadfoot. This polish has lots of glitter and the base was not too thick and goopy, so it was easy to apply. The larger pieces of glitter had to be pushed into place a bit, but it wasn't too difficult.

Another repeat from last year, OPI Down to the Core-al, is a gorgeous hot shimmering coral. This is a gorgeous mix of red, orange and hints of pink. I love the shimmer in this too, it's very prominent and has that almost blue tint to it. Down to the Core-al also looks incredible and very bright over a white base. I wore it that way many times last summer and loved it!

This is three coats of Down to the Core-al. Again, two coats still had a bit too much VNL for my liking. This was nice to work with otherwise, no real complaints. Sorry for the lack of clean-up again, I am getting acetone today!

This shimmering blue beauty is OPI I Sea You Wear OPI. This is different from some other blue shimmers we've seen lately, because it has an iridescent rainbow cast to it, depending on the light. I saw a nice purple/pink shimmer to this in person. It's more complex than just a shimmery blue and I like this one a lot.

This is three coats and I could still see some VNL at three coats, so I do wish it was more opaque. However, it's so pretty, I'll forgive it. Aside from the VNL, it applied well.

OPI Can't Hear Myself Pink! is like I Sea You Wear OPI's pink cousin. This shimmering metallic pink has iridescent, almost duo chrome-like, shimmer that sets it apart from other pink shimmers. This has the most lovely amber shimmer, you can see it in the bottle above and in the two pictures below. The lighting in these pictures is a little strange, but I just had to capture this orange-y golden flash for you, and I could only do that in the shade.

This is three coats of Can't Hear Myself Pink!. It was easy to apply and had a nice formula.

*Sent for review*

Of these five, I think my favorite is Can't Hear Myself Pink!. The amber shimmer is just so pretty and unique! I also still love Down to the Core-al. I'll have the rest of the 2015 Brights up for you in a day or two!

The OPI Brights collection is available now at Ulta.com and professional salons.