Monthly Archives: January 2012

Lynnderella Change

A few weeks ago I ordered some Lynnderellas from Llarowe, and the other day the package finally arrived! I’m sure you all understand that this is a big deal, opening a Llarowe/Lynnderella package is like Christmas and birthday combined. I couldn’t wait to try them on, and inspired by the stunning swatch pic (made by TraceFace Philes) on Llarowe’s site, I decided to start with Change from the Funny Money collection.

As usual I’ll go with Lynnderella’s own description of this shade, because words fail me: Change is gold, silver, pewter, copper, bronze glitter with flecks of holographic gold with multi-coloured accents in a very sparkly gold base. Holy crapola, it’s beautiful! I’ve layered two coats of Change over a black creme, and this looks like different kinds of shiny coins and gold dust scattered on the ground.

Change is easy to apply, although I wish I would have stopped at one coat instead of two. The glitter is very dense, and the golden shimmer really adds a lot of sparkle.

I also ordered some bottles of Lynnderella’s special top coat Glitter Tamer, and I’m still trying to decide if I like it or not. It’s a very special beast indeed, but it lives up to its name and tames that glitter perfectly! Earlier, I’ve used 3 x Gelous and 1 x Seche Vite to get my Lynnderellas smooth, but now I only need one coat of Glitter Tamer and one of Seche Vite and it’s done! I have to add a disclaimer, though, as people have had very frustrating experiences with this stuff: It stinks, it can make bubbles, streaks and weird bulges in the mani and it can take on the consistency of glue. I’ve heard that the trick is to add Seche Restore until it’s manageable again, so keep in mind that this in no way is an easy top coat to work with.

Lynnderella’s polishes can now be bought exclusively at Llarowe’s web shop, $15 a bottle, international shipping is available. Please understand that these are one-of-a-kind, exclusive and handmade items, so naturally the supply doesn’t yet cover the incredible demand for these beauties. Leah Ann is working hard to satisfy all her customers, so just keep an eye on her Facebook site and join her mailing list for updates on availability.

Oh, and what do you think of Lynnderella’s latest collection, Lovely is as Lovely Does? Can I just say swoooon?!

Linda Johansen Nail Candy Purple Haze & Star Gazer

The other day I got a message that a mystery package had arrived for me at the post office. I didn’t remember ordering anything from that sender, so I was super curious to find out what it was. Turns out it was a beautiful box of goodies from Linda Johansen Beauty Shop!

The box contained two Lip Spa lip balms, a bottle of Speedy Top Coat and two bottles of polish from the Winter Breeze collection.

I’ve reviewed the top coat earlier, along with the shade Mannequin, read more about it here. Today I will be showing you my swatches of the two winter colors, called Purple Haze and Star Gazer.

First out is Purple Haze, this is a purple taupe creme. It has a chameleon-like quality, sometimes it looks grey, sometimes brown and sometimes it leans more purple. Although it’s a creme, it looks very similar to Chanel Paradoxal, just without the violet shimmer. A very chic and edgy color.

Next we have Star Gazer, and I just have to say wow! What a stunner! It has the same base color as Purple Haze, but it’s packed with tiny glitter particles in gold and purple that really makes it sparkle. It kinda reminds me of a purple version of SpaRitual Sacred Ground, which I also love.

These were easy to apply, just a tad streaky on the first coat(s). I used one thin and one thicker coat for Purple Haze, and it really levels out beautifully on the nail. For Star Gazer I needed three coats, but you could also layer this one over Purple Haze, since the base colors are so similar. I’ve used the Speedy Top Coat over these swatches, and it’s a quality top coat with great shine.

These polishes, and other products from Linda Johansen’s line, can be purchased here. The price of the nail polishes is NOK 139 a bottle.

By the way, did you know that Karianne from Neglelakkmani is a color consultant for Linda Johansen’s nail polish line? I trust her to give Linda some insider tips on what we nail polish addicts really want to see more of! ;)

(These products were sent to me for review.)

Diamond Desire

I just don’t get tired of glitter nowadays, I need it in all kinds of combinations. That’s why I decided to make a glitter/jelly sandwich today. No, it’s not something you eat, it’s a way of layering glitter and jelly polishes that creates a “underwater glitter” effect on the nails. You start out with the jelly underneath, then a coat (or more) of glitter, then finish it off with a coat of jelly over the glitter. I’ve never tried this technique before, but I’m stunned by the results!

For this manicure I started with two easy coats of Revlon Just Tinted Desire, a pink jelly that dries to a satin-y finish on its own. Then I added a coat of Petites Pink Diamond, a combination of big and small baby pink glitters in a clear base. I added a coat of Desire over Pink Diamond, and finished it all off with Seche Vite.

I have to say I love this combination! It’s so pretty and light, but still with some excitement in the glitter bits caught beneath the shield of jelly. Now I want jellies in every color to make a bunch of sammies on my nails!
Have you tried any interesting combinations of jelly and glitter lately?

Wet ‘n’ Wild Back Alley Deals

A while ago I got three polishes from the Wet ‘n’ Wild Ice Baby collection, and I thought that was it. But no, I realized I had made a terrible mistake when I hadn’t bought Back Alley Deals as well! I kept seeing these tasty swatches, and I just had to have this polish in my life. I finally found it on eBay, and yesterday it dumped into my mailbox. I couldn’t wait, so I had to put it on right away!

Back Alley Deals is a dream come true for me, I just can’t think of a better combination than this concoction of fine purple glitter with bright fuchsia hexes in between. It’s like this polish was made for me, I guess everyone knows my weakness for pink and purple. My pics doesn’t even begin to show how intensely this sparkles, but I hope you get an idea.

Not even is it gorgeous to look at, this polish is easy to apply as well. Even if it has a clear base, the glitter is dense enough to be opaque by itself in three coats. The glitter spreads evenly on the nail, and there’s no need to coax the hexes around for better distribution. It dries very matte and gritty, though, so I brought out what I thought was my fail-proof combo of Gelous x 3 with Seche Vite on top. Even with this industrial strength topcoat combination, my mani shows some bumps when dry. I’m really exited to try Lynnderella’s Glitter Tamer topcoat which I have coming in the mail, hopefully that will quench hungry glitters like this one.

Essie Bobbing For Baubles

I have to admit that Essie isn’t my go-to brand, not because they don’t have pretty colors or interesting collections, but I’ve had some – shall we say – not so good experiences with their polishes. Though after seeing a lot of gorgeous swatches of Essie Bobbing For Baubles, I just had to give in despite my somewhat lukewarm relationship with Ms. Weingarten’s creations.

Bobbing For Baubles is a beautiful, dusty, dark navy blue creme. It was released right before New Year’s with the Cocktail Bling collection for Winter 2011.

This polish was a dream to apply, very pigmented and smooth and opaque in two thin coats. The biggest surprise was the brush, I have never liked Essie’s skinny brush, but now it looks like they have changed to a wider, square brush. Me likey!

I was also surprised by how grey this polish looks compared to the swatches I’ve seen online, and I see that even in my own pics it looks bluer than it seems in real life. I did a small comparison between a grey (China Glaze Concrete Catwalk) and a blue (China Glaze First Mate) just so you can see how it looks.

I bought this polish at a local store (Cubus), I think the price was NOK 129. That equals roughly $21, so it’s quite a lot more expensive than getting it at for instance TransDesign, where Essies are $8 a bottle. Still, I was so happy to see that we can get more “international” brands where I live as well, so I decided to buy it locally in the hopes that we could get more polish into Norwegian stores! (I wouldn’t mind lower prices either, but one thing at a time.)


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