October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween with Sally Hansen and Rimmel!!

*Some products sent for review*

Happy Halloween!!!!! Hope everyone had a fun Halloweekend and maybe got a chance to dress up, because that's the best part of Halloween! Sally Hansen and Rimmel London sent me some products (both new and old) recently that are just perfect for Halloween. I used some in my Halloween mani (above) and others over the weekend for a costume party. Let's start with my NOTD- a graveyard scene with a twinkling gradient night sky. For the tombstones, I used my favorite tombstone vinyls from What's Up Nails and Sally Hansen Hooked on Onyx. It was important to me to have a really pigmented jet black polish for these, as you really can't do a second coat with vinyls, and Hooked on Onyx worked perfectly here.

For the night sky gradient, I used one coat of OPI Angel with a Lead Foot, then sponged on OPI I Saw... U Saw... We Saw... Warsaw and OPI Reach for the Sky. I topped it off with one layer of China Glaze Fairy Dust before adding the tombstones. Love love love the finished product and super happy that I had some time to do this for Halloween!

Over the weekend I wore this easy mani. This is two coats of Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Blacky O, with freehand designs using the new Sally Hansen I 💛 Nail Art Pen in Orange. This pen is probably the best nail art pen I have ever used. Usually I find them to be kind of a pain, either the polish doesn't come out enough or it floods your nail and ruins any design you might be going for. This one is just right, enough polish comes out to write or draw, but not so much that you can't control where it's going. I did this in a huge rush and it still came out half way decent for me and freehand designs haha.

My pinky nail is supposed to be googly eyes but I didn't really have enough room. Don't judge.

Rimmel London also has two great new products that are perfect for Halloween makeup. Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Color in Pitch Black is a super black matte liquid lipstick (top pumpkin swatch in the picture above). It is a very saturated black color. I am not the world's best applier of matte liquid lipstick, but it was pretty easy to work with and didn't dry down so quickly that it became patchy. I just had trouble smoothing out the edges and couldn't figure out what to use as a liner! My new favorite Rimmel product is the Scandaleyes Bold eye liner (bottom pumpkin and line swatch in above picture). It has a very cool innovative round tip that I found to really help me apply the liner evenly. I wore this liner over the weekend and it lasted perfectly, no flaking or smudging at all. It's very very black too, which I prefer!

If you are in need of any last minute Halloween supplies, these great Sally Hansen and Rimmel London products are all available at a drugstore near you!

October 25, 2017

Zoya Sophisticates Fall 2017 Lipsticks!

*Sent for review*

Top row left to right- Zoya Lucky, Layne, Izzy, Bristol
Bottom row left to right- Zoya Addie, Tommy, Maggie

Today I have the Zoya Sophisticates lipsticks for your viewing enjoyment!  I have been really feeling Zoya's lipsticks and I am glad they are releasing more of them now. They are typically a lovely formula, creamy and comfortable to wear. I have dry lips and they feel moisturizing when I wear them. I also love that they included a blue lipstick in this collection!

Zoya Lucky is described as a "vibrant cool toned pink". It's a nice fuchsia that has a bit of sheerness to it, so it's not such a heavy punch of color. It looks fresh and really brightens up my face.

Zoya Layne is described as a "medium dusty rose". It leans towards a nude rose on me and I am in love with this one! It's a perfect shade for when you want something polished and professional, but you want something more flattering than a true nude. The hint of rose is perfect and looks more alive than a nude.

Zoya Izzy is described as a "deep fuchsia". Strangely enough, in my arm swatches, I feel like this looks like almost a coral color. But once it is on my lips, it is definitely a raspberry pink, maybe with a bit of warmth to it. This is probably because my arm is as white as a piece of paper so the color looks totally different 😂.

Zoya Bristol is described as a "medium wine tone". This one seems a bit brighter to me than a wine, but it may be the undertones of my lips causing it to turn more pink. It's a very pretty color though, nice and flattering.

Zoya Addie is described as a "pinky nude apricot" and that is a perfect description. This is a great nude for me, a little pink, a little warm, not too corpse-looking. Gorgeous!

If you're feeling daring, Zoya Tommy is a "saturated blurple". This is a great blue with some hints of purple. It took a few more swipes than the other colors for full coverage. The others really apply well in one or two swipes, this took more like 3 or 4. Love the color on me though!

Zoya Maggie is described as a "deep berry". I really love this one too, it's SO perfect for fall. It has that vampy berry look and is such a juicy looking shade. I can't wait to wear this one!

Overall, I can highly recommend these lipsticks. They apply well, are comfortable to wear, and last a good amount of time for cream finish lipsticks. They are all available now at zoya.com!

October 20, 2017

Rimmel and Sally Hansen Products for Halloween 2017!

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure ($7.99)
This all-in-one formula with keratin boasts 7 benefits in one bottle— base coat, strength, treatment, salon color, topcoat, chip resistance and gel shine finish. 
Complete Salon manicure delivers up to 64% stronger nails and up to 10 days of chip-resistant wear. 
Shown below in Hooked on Onyx
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel ($9.99)
The #1 no light gel system!* In just two easy steps get up to 14 days of color and shine. More chip-resistant than regular nail polish!
Shown below in Blacky-O

Sally Hansen Nail Art Pens ($7.95)

The write way to turn your nails into a work of art. Forget complicated kits with stencils and decals—Sally Hansen lets you effortlessly personalize your nail.  With the Nail Art Pen, your nails can be as creative as you are: Let your imagination guide your designs for limitless possibilities.
Shown below in Orange and Black

Get ready for a bold, matte lip-look that stays on. Rimmel London introduces Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour, a new liquid lipstick with high-intensity colour, a velvety matte finish and a long-lasting, comfortable wear.
Shown below in Pitch Black 
Rimmel London Scandaleyes Bold Liquid Eyeliner ($5.49)
Intense glossy colour that lasts all day and night, up to 24 hour wear. The formula is fade, transfer and waterproof. The Innovative ball tip applicator allows for a bold look

October 13, 2017

Lynnderella New O.G. Collection!

*Sent for review*

Lynnderella recently released a new collection called the "New O.G.", O.G. standing for Original Glitter. I have swatches of some of the polishes for you today, starting with the beautiful Lynnderella Eye Candy. Eye Candy is a holographic blue nano glitter with turquoise hints and red microglitter accents. It looks more turquoise in certain lighting and leans more of a true blue in others. 

This is two coats of Eye Candy. I found it to be nicely opaque and apply well. I used one layer of top coat and it was very smooth, thanks to the nano glitter.

Lynnderella Fleshed Out is described as "nearly naked translucent shimmerella with pink and shifting blue shimmer as well as subtle silver holographic nanoglitter accents". If you're looking to jazz up your nude polish library, definitely check this out. It's understated, but still packs a holo shimmer punch.

This is only two coats, though if you have longer nails than I did at this time, you will likely need three coats. It was easy to apply and a nice consistency. I used one layer of top coat and it is smooth to the touch.

The namesake of the collection, Lynnderella New O.G., is, of course, an homage to the famous Connect the Dots. This new glitter topper is even better than the original, as it has stronger shimmer in the base and even more fun shapes. Lynnderella describes this as "black-and-white multiglitter with blue shimmer and silver holographic nanoglitter in a clear base. Dots, stars, hexagons, rectangles, hearts, triangles, clouds, flowers, squares, diamonds and more". This is always a great look!

This is one coat of New O.G. over OPI Reach for the Sky. I really like this pairing! New O.G. was easy to apply, no need for glitter placement, and all of the glitter pieces seemed to lay flat.

I've already shown you Lynnderella You Name It! This was the preview polish for this collection and it is a "multishimmered multiglitter topper with holographic nanoglitter accents. Lilac-shimmered clear base with holographic microglitter". You can name this polish and request a special hand drawn label!

This is one coat of You Name It! over OPI Polly Want a Lacquer!

There are two more polishes in this collection, Red Ahead and Vamper Tantrum. They look lovely as well! For swatches of those, check out Lynnderella's blog. New O.G. is available now at https://www.amazon.com/handmade/Lynnderella, lynnderella.com and http://lynnderella.storenvy.com. If you prefer email ordering, please write to lynnderellalacquer@gmail.com.

October 11, 2017

My Picks from OPI California Dreaming

*Purchased by me*

I think these are the last of the summer polishes I still have hanging around waiting to be swatched! I only picked up two polishes from the Summer 2017 OPI California Dreaming collection. These are the two that stood out to me, even though I probably have similar shades in my collection already. First up is OPI Don't Take Yosemite for Granite. This is very pretty shade, it's a shimmering warm slate gray. The shimmer is almost iridescent in the sun and has little hints of pink. I am a big fan of this color and very glad I picked this up.

This is two coats of Don't Take Yosemite for Granite. It has a pretty nice formula, easy to apply, but it is a little brushstroke prone. If that's something that bothers you, you may not enjoy this one. I find I don't notice the brushstrokes as much in person.

The second polish I picked from this collection is OPI Sweet Carmel Sunday, a shimmering bright copper. I definitely have at least 20 similar copper shimmers, but I do love them! This one is almost rosy toned and very shimmery.

This is also two coats. Same easy to apply formula, and also a little brushstroke-y.

I'm curious- what polishes did you get from California Dreaming? I'm surprised I only ended up with two from the OPI summer collection, that's unusual for me. Good thing fall is much better!!

OPI California Dreaming is available in salons and at Ulta.com.

October 5, 2017

Zoya Winter/Holiday 2017 Party Girls Preview!

Mysterious, moody and electric in one, the PARTY GIRLS Zoya collection mixes a variety of finishes and tones to make sure all eyes are on you at any winter or holiday soiree.

AVAILABLE October 15, 2017. 
ZOYA.COM $10 ea.(US)