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Sinful Colors Rich In Heart and Sweet Dreams

I just love all the glitters I’ve tried recently, but sometimes it’s lovely just to put on a good, old-fashioned simple shimmer or glassfleck. These two Sinfuls hit the right spot for me, even if they’re very different from one another. One is a gorgeous vampy shimmer, the other is a beautiful, crisp glassfleck. I got them both in swaps, and I was positively surprised by both of them.

Sinful Colors Rich In Heart is a deep, dark red vampy shimmer. It reminds me of red wine, the color changes from a deep red to a mahogany brown at times. Such a sexy polish, I love it! I wanted to layer something over it, but I ended up wearing it for four days alone, because it’s such a stunner.

Sinful Colors Sweet Dreams is a blue-green polish with lots of fine silver glassfleck shimmer. It’s from the Girls in Pearls collection, which also contains this summer’s hit Cinderella. This is a very cute and summery color, it reminds me of a cool and soothing swimming pool.

Both of the polishes had a very nice formula, and they were both opaque in two coats. I love the Sinful brush, it’s flat and firm, I think it’s perfect!

Which “staple” polishes do you love to wear between glitterbombs?

 

Orly Preamp

I feel like there’s so much focus on indies lately, that news of collections from “regular” brands are almost hard to come by. I just stumbled upon a swatch of Orly Preamp by accident this summer, and I fell in love with this beautiful pinkish-golden flecked pink shimmer. It’s from Orly’s fall collection for 2012, Electronica.

The sun is getting weaker this time of year, so the sparkles aren’t as punchy in these pics. I hope you’ll still be able to imagine the gorgeousness of Preamp.

The formula is a tad on the thickish side, but easy to apply. I only needed two coats for full opacity.

The Orly Electronica polishes are available now at TransDesign ($4.25 a bottle).

OPI Smitten With Mittens

OMG you guys, I’m so sorry for disappearing on you again! It seems like every time I set out to be more active on my blog, life takes a left turn and I get bogged down in stuff to do which leaves no time for doing nails or blogging. I hope I’ll be less busy from now on though!

Here’s a mani I wore a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been wearing a lot of glitters and indies lately, but sometimes you just want something simple and classic, you know? OPI Smitten With Mittens has been sitting in my untrieds drawer for a while, but when I laid eyes on this beautiful, gold-flecked red, I knew this was the perfect “palate cleanser” color.

Smitten With Mittens was released with the Holiday Wishes collection in 2009, which means it’s limited edition, discontinued and hard to find at the moment. I was lucky enough to find it at nailXchange’s blog sale a while ago, and I think blog sales or eBay are the best options if you want to get your hands on this one.

The formula and application is perfect, it glides on very easily and it’s opaque in two coats. If you want, you could add a third coat to make the color a bit deeper and richer, but I think it looks great the way it is as well.

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.

The ABCs: S for Sara

I rarely wear red polish, but I always love them when I do. Red nails are classic for a reason, you know! I was happy when I saw that I had an untried red polish starting with the letter S, namely Zoya Sara from the Fire and Ice collection.

Sara is a real stunner, packed with lots and lots of glassfleck glitter that makes it look like it glows from within. It’s a very raspberry-leaning red, almost looking pink at certain angles. I figured out why, it’s because the glassflecks actually change from gold to pink! You can tell from the bottle in these pictures, see how the glitter is golden at the top of the bottle, but flashes magenta at the bottom? Gorgeous!

Please excuse the vampirish skintone in these pics, I just got my hands on a macro lens for my Nikon D90, and I haven’t completely figured out how to adjust the white balance and everything else perfectly yet.

Sara is a dream to apply, the polish glides on very effortlessly. You could probably get away with one thickish coat of this one, but I did two thinner coats to make the color deeper and more saturated.

I got this from Nailetc, where it’s still available for $8. (It’s listed as Sarah, though, my bottle says Sara. Scrangie mentioned the same difference between bottle name and Zoya spoon name in her post about this collection.)

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