Monthly Archives: May 2012

Lynnderella Forget You Not

Today I have a polish from Lynnderella’s Lovely Is As Lovely Does collection. This one is called Lynnderella Forget You Not, and it has multi-sized periwinkle hexagons, pink sparks, blue sparks and cornflower-pink shimmer in a sheer blue base. Because of the sheer base, I layered it over H&M Peppermint Fusion, which is also a periwinkle with blue shimmer.

I wasn’t convinced that I loved this one at first sight, but after wearing it for a day, it grew on me. The glitters make my nails look like they are made out of periwinkle-colored hammered copper. This is beautiful in the sun, but I think it looks even better in the shade!

The formula is great, I had no problems “catching” the glitter, and it spreads evenly and easily on the nail. I’ve used two coats of H&M Peppermint Fusion and two coats of Lynnderella Forget You Not for this mani. Two coats of Gelous and one coat of Seche Vite made this smooth on the first day, but you might want to reapply a topcoat after a day or two since the glitter kinda absorbs topcoat and gets a little bumpy again.

Lynnderella polishes are sold at Llarowe, visit her site or Facebook for updates on ordering and availability.

HARE Bisbee

“Indie” polish, or handmade nail polish, is this year’s big thing, and it’s so much fun to see all the new and exiting stuff people come up with! It seems like new Etsy shops open daily, and business is booming. One of the “veterans” in this game is HARE polish, and I was lucky enough to snag a few bottles of this lovely brand the last time her shop was open.

One of the beauties I bought is HARE Bisbee, a gorgeous turquoise jelly with different sized gold glitter and hexes. Totally unique, I haven’t seen anything like this. Please be aware that I couldn’t capture the true base color, it’s actually a lot brighter and greener in real life.

The formula was excellent, and it’s actually one of the rare indies that doesn’t need to be layered. I’ve used three coats of Bisbee on its own, and the glitters are perfectly dispersed and the base is even and beautifully jelly-squishy. It dries sort of vinyl-y on its own, so I prefer to use a topcoat. To avoid any bumps, I’ve used two coats of Gelous and one coat of Seche Vite, which made this mani smooth and shiny.

EDIT: For updates on availability and upcoming sales, check out HARE polish’s Facebook page.

Hot Blush Stamped

I haven’t done any stamping in a while, and since the golden shimmer in Linda Johansen Hot Blush was practically invisible on the nail, I thought that it needed a little gold on top.

I’ve used China Glaze 2030 and SdP-A for the stamping.

See how different Hot Blush looks from the outdoor pic? Such a chameleon.

More from the Linda Johansen Sugar Blossom Collection

A while ago I got a box with seven of the polishes from the new Sugar Blossom summer collection from Linda Johansen Nail Candy. I’ve already showed you Lilac Lilly and Key Lime, and today I have swatches of the remaining five colors I recieved.

 

Bikini Bottom
Greenish sky blue creme. Bright, but sometimes surprisingly dusty as well.

Blushing Bride
Light, soft pink with subtle golden shimmer.

Caribbean Breeze
Light blue with sparkly glassflecks.

Hot Blush
Bright pink with a hint of golden shimmer. The shimmer is visible in the bottle, but unfortunately very shy on the nails.

Sea Mint
Pastel mint creme.

The formula on these was excellent, the polish is neither too thick nor too thin, and it glides on the nails beautifully. Even Sea Mint was a dream to apply, which is very surprising for such a light pastel polish. All of these were opaque in two easy coats, except Caribbean Breeze, which needed four coats. These swatches are shown with a topcoat, again except Caribbean Breeze.

The colors are lovely, and very appropriate for spring and summer. The Sugar Blossom collection consists of fourteen polishes, mostly purples, pinks, blues and greens, so there should be something for everyone here. Linda Johansen Nail Candy can be purchased at Linda Johansen Beauty Shop, the price is NOK 139,- a bottle.

These products were sent to me for review.

OPI You Callin’ Me A Lyre?

Hi! Remember me? I’m sorry for disappearing for so long, but I’ve just been very busy lately, combined with being very uninspired, so blogging hasn’t been a priority. But hopefully now I’m back!

Today I have a simple polish from a collection I think is one of the best this season. This is OPI You Callin’ Me A Lyre? from the New York City Ballet collection, which consists of five neutral “sorbets” and one glitter topcoat. I never thought I’d love a collection of semi-sheer pastel jellies this much, but they are actually pretty awesome! I bought four of them, and they really live up to the hype!

“Lyre” is the peachiest of the two pinks from this collection, and I absolutely adore it. It’s such a soft and beautiful “your nails but better” shade, perfect for the times when you don’t want your nails to stand out too much.

The formula is surprisingly good, it goes on perfectly without streaks or bald spots. I’ve used three coats for a semi-opaque look, but you could get away with two coats if you want it a bit more sheer.

I bought this from eBay.

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