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OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls

OPI is my go-to brand for beautiful basics, I love their cremes and jellies. Paired with my favorite brush and excellent formula, they rarely disappoint. From the Spider-Man collection, today I’ll show you OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls.

At first glance, this looks like a regular white creme, but it’s actually not quite white. It’s slightly greyed-out, making it a cool and kinda grungy take on the simple white canvas. I think it’s really chic and strangely exciting for such a “boring” color.

(Sorry for the fuzz and lint on the nails in these pics, I didn’t notice until I saw the macro shot on the screen, and then I had already put more stuff over my mani! Damn fuzzy chairs!)

Looks pretty white, you say? Let’s see it next to a regular white creme, China Glaze Snow. As you can see, the OPI clearly has a grey tint to it.

The formula was slightly on the thin side, but good. It’s a bit streaky on the first coat, but it evens out very well in the end. It’s opaque in two thick or three thin coats, I’ve used three coats here.

What’s your favorite basic or neutral polish with a little twist?

Candeo Oceania

Another reason I’m happy I got Aqua Lily, is that it’s the perfect underwear for Candeo Oceania. Oceania is almost a glitter version of Aqua Lily, and they compliment eachother gorgeously. It has a clear base with medium white, matte teal and matte lavender hex and an added dash of small matte aqua hex.

This isn’t as glitterbomb-y as most indie glitters, so you can do one coat over a base color for a subtle effect. I wanted a bit more, so I did two coats of Oceania over Aqua Lily.

The formula was good, and it was easy to spread the polish over the nail. The glitters didn’t need to be dabbed on.

Candeo Colors have their own web shop where they are sold for $9 a bottle, or you can do what I did and purchase them from Llarowe where they are $11 a bottle.

Lynnderella 50 Shades of May-Be

Despite going through a rough patch, Lynnderella is still going strong. This summer she released a collection called Sweet Somethings For A Summer Solstice, consisting of 14 new glittery beauties. (Well, technically 13 new and one re-release of Connect the Dots.) With a little help from my friends, I managed to snag 7 of the 14 polishes in this collection. As you may know, Lynnderella is now only selling her polishes on eBay, and she doesn’t ship outside USA.

The first polish I tried from SSFASS is Lynnderella 50 Shades of May-Be. Lynnderellas description of this one reads: 50 Shades of May-Be may be like Connect the Dots with less than fifty shades of gray, but these matters are never just black and white. Possible summer reading material?¬†Clear base with silver-white-shimmer.” Whether or not you like the books this one clearly is inspired by, the polish itself is really pretty. Since it has a clear base, I layered it over China Glaze Concrete Catwalk.

Say what you want about Lynnderella, but the formula of her polishes always impresses me. This is one coat of 50 Shades over ChG CC, and I had no problems either getting the glitters out or spreading them on my nails. You can apply this one just like a regular polish, no need for dabbing or fishing.

Have you read Fifty Shades of Grey? I have to admit I’ve read the entire trilogy. Hey, I had to see what the hype was about, right?

Picture Polish White Wedding

This summer Picture Polish released a collection of sorts where they worked with certain bloggers and sellers of PP products to create their dream shades of nail polish. The result was the Collaboration Shades, 7 gorgeous polishes created by the creative minds of nail polish lovers all around the world.

When I saw the swatches of Llarowe’s collaboration shade, Picture Polish White Wedding, I fell for it right away. This is a semi-sheer white with lots of fine iridescent shimmer, it reminds me of moonlight reflected in fresh snow. Very sweet and delicate.

White Wedding was rather ok to apply, or at least better than I had feared. The consistency is right on, but it’s quite sheer and can be a bit uneven on the first coat(s). I did three thin coats, with a light hand, and a fourth thicker coat which evened out everything brilliantly.

Picture Polish White Wedding is available at Llarowe (USD 14.50) and Picture Polish (AUD 11.50)

Two Lynnderellas from the Lovely is as Lovely Does collection

Hi! Long time no see again, but now I’ve finally started my summer vacation, so hopefully that leaves me with plenty of time to play with nail polish.

Today I have a couple of Lynnderellas from this winter’s “Lovely is as Lovely Does” collection. There’s been a lot of ruckus surrounding Lynnderella lately, and I don’t want to get into that whole can of worms, so let’s just talk about the polish, shall we?

First we have Sweets to the Sweet, described by Lynnderella as “translucent white multi-sized hexagons and squares, with scattered yellow, red, purple, turquoise, lime and emerald squares and hexagons in a shimmering translucent white sparkling base. There are also small iridescent green hexagons to sweeten the mix”. Unfortunately, it seems like some of the glitter in this polish is bleeding, causing the white base to turn a slight pinkish hue.

This is two coats of STTS over OPI Don’t Touch My Tutu.

The other one I have for you today is Boy-Girl Party, which is “a mixture of red, fuschia, pink, blue, turquoise and royal multi-sized hexagons, squares and diamonds in a transparent pink base”. There’s been reports of bleeding glitter with this one as well, but I can’t tell if my bottle has any fading glitters or not.

This is one coat of BGP over two coats of Revlon Desire.

Both of these were easy to apply, and the glitter is very dense and spreads easily and evenly over the nail. They are sheer, so you’ll need to layer them over a corresponding (or contrasting) base color.

Now, Lynnderellas are no longer available at Llarowe, instead Lynn will now be selling them herself through eBay. Unfortunately, that means no international shipping and a much higher price tag (they will now be $20 a bottle). Lynnderella has started updating her blog again, and there you’ll find information on where to buy, and also pictures of her new collection “Sweet Somethings for a Summer Solstice”.

What do you think of this whole situation? All I can say is that I keep my fingers crossed that Lynnderellas will be easily available for everyone again.

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