Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Behold! The Mysterious and Captivating: Lynnderella

Lynnderella Attitude Adjust-Mint & Gotta Love Brains

Aren't they just amazing? These were the first two Lynnderellas I decided I simply couldn't live without, although now the list has grown!

Since this is a layering polish I started with a nice minty green, Essence's I Like from last year's spring collection.

This polish really is quite beautiful on it's own-- see that blue shimmer? I just wish it were a bit more noticeable. Also I believe this is quite similar to Sonia Kashuk's Fairy Princess, but with a smoother texture.

And today I present to you the lovely, the magnificent, Attitude Adjust-Mint!

Watch her sparkle and shine as she glides effortlessly, er... on my fingertips! Yes.

Seriously. I love, love, that beautiful spring green glitter, and the little flecks of iridescence are so magical!

Next I tried it over a touch darker/blue-r hue, Mint Macaroon from NYC.

NYC Mint Macaroon

The result is only a shade or two different, but I think this combination is gorgeous as well. Also since the base of AAM is so pale & milky, it might not look very good over a color that's too dark.

The colors remind me of one of my new favorite obssesions, Swarovski chrysolite opal crystals. Swooon.

Hope you enjoyed the insane picture spam! I'll have Gotta Love Brains up soon. ♥

Monday, June 25, 2012

Katniss & Chroma glitters

Here are a couple of lovely polishes from China Glaze's Hunger Games & Chroma Glitters collections, Fast Track and Prism.

China Glaze Fast Track (aka Katniss)

I'm not usually a big fan of gold or neutral polishes, but this one really intrigued me. I love the texture, and, surprisingly, the color as well. Even though I think it's more flattering on warmer skin tones, I still love how it looks on me.

China Glaze Prism

You really can't see the duochrome in this one, but it's there! A very subtle shift from blue to purple, and of course all of that crazy rainbow glitter. I think I layered this over Essie Lapis of Luxury, since it's a little sheer, but I can't recall! Anyhow I really love this one as well. It's very fun and festive, and different from other polishes I have since I've only recently gotten into the wild glitters.

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Also, I am so super excited for the new metallic duochromes from China Glaze, their Bohemian Luster Chromes. They're supposed to come out in July-- I really hope it's soon!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Unicorn Pee 2.0

Isn't is just so awesome that all of these gorgeous color-shifting topcoats are finally becoming more available? When I first saw Clarins 230, along with the price tag, I just thought no way, ever. And then I spotted Fantasy Fire on Pretty Digit's blog, and completely freaked out.

Max Factor Fantasy Fire over Revlon Royal

Seriously! This polish is jaw-droppingly spectacular. Above is in direct sunlight.

Even in the shade the shift is noticeable and captivating.

I actually purchased Revlon Royal just for laying with FF. I really kind of hate the color on its own, and I get terrible tip wear for some reason. :/ ...So now I want to get Essie's No More Film (an indigo creme) and try it instead. And hopefully use it on its own as well!

The color shift is so striking at these extreme angles. And heck, I'll even wear a color I don't particularly like just to fully enhance it's multi-chromatic goodness! I'd like to give another huge thank you to Anna of Pretty Digits for sending me this incredible polish. Looovee it!!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Perfect Blue

A while back I had entered in Toms giveaway of an exclusive Essie polish, Barefoot in Blue, in honor of their One Day Without Shoes challenge. I'm not sure if all who entered received a polish, but I did and was super excited because it is gorgeous!

Essie Barefoot in Blue

I was also lucky enough to find a shiny blue dusty polish at Kmart, this lovely blue-pink duochrome Blue Brilliance. It came out last Spring, and I'd missed out on it in Colorado, only to find it here in Charleston-- woohoo!

Essie Barefoot in Blue and Maybelline Blue Brilliance

It's actually very sheer and best layered, and the duochrome isn't that visible, but I've been super obsessed with blue-pink duochromes due to my unquenchable lemming for OPI's Sugarplum Yum. AGH it's so pretty, why don't we see more amazing duochromes like that?!

The next day I think I received an online order with a few polishes including Essie's Lapis of Luxury, which I then realized is basically the same polish as Barefoot in Blue-- ah well! But wait, there's more: I had also recently picked up a new color by Sinful Colors, Morning Glory, which is practically identical in color but has a glass-flecked texture instead of a creme. I included some bottle and swatch comparisons so you could see for yourselves.

Essie Barefoot in Blue, Essie Lapis of Luxury, Sinful Colors Morning Glory

Essie Barefoot in Blue vs Essie Lapis of Luxury vs Sinful Colors Morning Glory

I must really like this color if I've bought it this many times, so I feel like I'm going to get good use out of it on it's own as well as layered over.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

It's a boy girl party! ...ish

Ever since I first saw this polish, I couldn't stop thinking about it. For some silly reason I decided not to add Boy Girl Party to my first Lynnderella wish list, but I can assure you that won't happen this time around!

Revlon Indigo Night + LA Girl Celebrate + Nyx Superfunk

At first I thought, "You know, I could easily recreate this with some of the glitters I have-- it will be indistinguishable!" Erm, not quite.

While I did really like this combo (despite my craptastic application), it simply isn't the same! The real Boy Girl Party has an amazing assortment of varying colors and sizes of glitters that give it more dimension and awesomness. Pure glitterific awesomeness. These two have more tiny specks of glitter and not enough large/medium sizes for my liking.

Llarowe will be taking new Lynnderella wish lists starting next week, so make sure you've signed up for email updates on her site if you wish to be included! And check out some beautiful swatches of Boy Girl Party by Sparkly Vernis.

Friday, June 8, 2012

My First Polish Swap!

A few months back Happyberrynaiad and I decided to arrange a nail polish swap. After seeing her lovely swatches of some of the gorgeous polishes from Singapore, I asked if we could do an exchange, and here are the beauties:

L to R: Blue Korean polish, Elianto Racing Green, Elianto Lilac, Tony Moly GT02 Earth, Essie Dive Bar

Aren't they fantastic?! I was so excited to have these lovelies! The first color I decided to try was the magnificent Tony Moly glitter, Earth.

Such a spectacular combination of glitters: pink, blue and purple, all set in a blackened base. My application was a little bit messy, but hopefully it doesn't take away from this lovely color.

And of course the beautiful and captivating, Elianto Racing Green.

Racing Green is a bewitching green and gold shimmer in a dark blue base. It's unlike any color I have, and it was love at first sight!

As you can probably tell, I'm finally getting the hang of cleaning up my polish with a brush and acetone. I decided to use pure acetone and it was like magic, wow! Now I can finally wear darker polishes without worrying they'll look like a globby mess.

Thank you again for the wonderful swap Sherry! I absolutely love all of these polishes. ♥

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Spoiled & Lush

Recently I picked up a few polishes by Spoiled, a new CVS exclusive brand made by Wet n' Wild. There were a few that were very lovely, but the one that really stood out for me was Are Mermaids Real?

Spoiled Are Mermaids Real?

This polish is an eye-catching purple shimmer with tons of gold sparkle, in the same vein as Zoya Faye and Orly Oui, but the purple is much more grape-y. I know we've seen a lot of polishes with a similar look since last year, but I really love them all.

Spoiled Are Mermaids Real? + China Glaze Luxe & Lush

The next day I topped AMR with China Glaze Luxe & Lush, a really cool shredded iridescent glitter from their Hunger Games collection. I think it looks particularly awesome with the gold in AMR, and although I used two coats of topcoat, it could probably use more still to fully smooth it out.