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Essie Spring 2012 Navigate Her Collection Swatches

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Happy Friday!! Anyone have fun plans this weekend? I DO!! I’m going the ISSE show in Long Beach this weekend, it’s basically a big expo kind of thing with nail & hair and education and whatnot…a lot of the big brands like China Glaze, OPI, Essie, Orly, Nubar etc… will be there. I’ve never been before but it looks like fun. I’ll take as many pictures as I can so I can share the whole thing with you guys! Maybe there will be some fun sneak peeks of collections or something…that would be great!

Today I have Essie’s Spring collection, the Navigate Her Collection to show you guys! I found this a couple weeks ago mixed in with the core Essie display at CVS. Hopefully by now it’s out on a regular display…good thing there is a fabulous green in here that caught my eye among all those other Essie polishes!

Click the Read More button below the collage for reviews and photos of each shade!

A Crewed Interest is a peachy creme. I love love love this shade so much, creamy peach shades like this are some of my favorites. Unfortunately, this beauty had some formula issues. It was streaky, patchy, hard to apply etc… I ended up using 3 very careful coats to get it to look good. Despite the less than amazing formula I guarantee I will wear this again, sometimes polishes are so pretty that I can deal with a yucky formula…this is one of those shades.

Navigate Her is a light green. I was going to try and be more descriptive about the green but it’s unusual, like a dark pistachio maybe? Sometimes I suck at describing colors, this is one of those times. I will say that if you like green, you need this. It’s gorgeous and I can see why it’s the namesake of the collection. The formula was pretty good on this one, no issues! I used 2 coats for the photos below!

Olé Caliente is a bright coral red. This is the very very red side of coral but you can still tell it’s coral, I was having some issues photographing it because of that haha! I’m not one to be all OMG over a red looking creme but this one is beautiful, one that deserves to be seen in person if you are on the fence about it. The formula was AWESOME, I was like whoa when I was applying it! I used 2 coats for the photos below.

Sorry about the shadow-y photos here guys, like I mentioned it was hard to get this to photograph color correct, these were the only 2 photos out of over 100 that were right.

Orange, It’s Obvious is a dark orange creme. I love me some orange so I was excited about this when I saw it, unfortunately the formula was a bit of a nightmare. It was horribly streaky and I needed 4 coats to even it out. I do like this shade of orange though, it’s dark but bright. I’m guessing by the way that my camera kept wanting to make this neon that there is some neon pigment hidden in there somewhere.

To Buy Or Not To Buy is a light lilac with the most hidden blue shimmer you will ever NOT be able to see in your entire life. I was all ohhh ahhh when I saw the shimmer in the bottle then I put it on the and I needed a microscope to actually see the shimmer. I am disappoint, son. Pretty lilac either way but meh…shimmer being invisible = me no longer being interested. Formula wise it was a bit streaky and patchy, I used 3 coats to even it all out.

Here is a horribly color inaccurate bottle picture to show you that awesome shimmer I told you about. I guess I’ll just stare at the bottle since I can’t see it on the nail

Tour De Finance is a bright blue toned hot pink with a purple flash of shimmer. I was not expecting to like this but man…it’s my favorite of the collection! I wore this under Lynnderella Connect The Dots and it was mind blowing. I think I might even put that combo back on for the ISSE show! Maybe not the most original polish ever but since I don’t own a ton of hot pinks it’s pretty unique in my stash. The formula was nice and easy. I used 2 coats for the photos below.

fun fact…because I’m lazy I only used 1 coat of this on my right hand under Connect The Dots and it looked great that way too 🙂

Overall this collection is a win for me, it’s hit or miss formula wise but there are some winners in here color wise. I really love Tour De Finance, Navigate Her and Olé Caliente. A Crewed Interest is nice too but if you don’t want to fuss with the formula then it’s probably not for you.

The Navigate Her collection is available now, I found it at CVS…it’s also on some of the etailers already (Transdesign, Head2Toe). Essie retails for around $8, depending on where you buy it. I noticed that it’s more expensive at CVS than it is at Ulta…what’s up with that, CVS?!?

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Color Club Wicked Sweet Collection Swatches

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Good Morning guys!  Hope you all had a good weekend, mine was boring…I guess that’s good? haha

Today I have for you guys swatches of the first of 2 summer collections Color Club has put for this year. This one is called Wicked Sweet. All of the polishes in this collection are scented, and there are a couple interesting combos, color wise. I have heard that this set is already popping up at Ross and is also available on some etailers like Transdesign.com and VictoriasNailSupply.com (my 2 favorites!)

First up Is Get Your Lem-On. This one was pretty sheer, but the color is fab. I don’t have anything dupey in my stash. It’s a bright highlighter yellow with a green shimmer. On it’s own I needed 4 coats for okay opacity, I could have used another but I’m not down with doing 5 coats of polish lol. I also have it layered over white on my ring finger in the pictures below. Over white I only needed 2 coats, awesome! The only downside to layering it over the white is that it seemed to kill that awesome shimmer, you could still see it but it wasn’t very noticeable 🙁 Get Your Lem-On smells like….you guessed it, Lemon Candy.

The Lime Starts Here is a bright neon green, I do like this color but it’s nothing new we haven’t seen before.  The formula was just okay, for a neon it did well, no dragging bald spotsI Always Get My Man-Darin is a bright orange packed with shimmer! I have a lot of orange in my stash, but again nothing like this one. The formula on this was pretty much exactly the same as Get Your Lem-On, very sheer. On it’s own I used 4 coats and 2 coats over white on my ring finger.

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Saturday Spam: Lynnderella

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Hi guys, hope you’re all having a good weekend so far…I sure as heck am, more on that tomorrow! Today I have a big helping of spam for you….this spam is all Lynnderella! I’ve been waffling on posting this because for the past few months Lynnderella=drama. The drama associated with it turns me off the brand so I had decided not to post pictures of what I have. Then I kind of tested the waters in my Indie spam post with 1 Lynn polish and everyone liked it, so I decided what the heck I’ll just post everything I have that I haven’t shown before in one post. Hope you guys enjoy!

If you want to buy Lynnderella polishes it’s a bit of a process…you have to send in a wish list to Llarowe then wait for your last name to come up in her rotations. I think the 1st rotation of wish lists is still going on so depending on your last name you could be waiting for like 4-5 months, it wasn’t too bad for me but I know some people are frustrated with the wait. I know the waiting sucks but I do like that at least you get everything you want eventually. It’s worth it just to avoid the mad dash of trying to get things before they sell out in .5 seconds during re-stocks. Right now Llarowe is not accepting wish lists but last I heard she would be taking them again soon-ish.

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Alright guys…I’m just going to tell you what I layered these over (for most of the polishes) instead of writing a little novel about each! Hope ya don’t mind!

Boy Girl Party over Zoya Ginessa. FYI there is diamond shaped glitter in this…LOVE!!

Very Pretty Vampire over OPI Black Onyx. I actually really don’t love this combo but I was losing daylight so I couldn’t re-do it. My favorite way to wear VPV is over purple!

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piCture pOlish New Collaboration Shades: Siren Song, Geode, Douceur & Imperial

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Hi guys! Today I have 4 of the 5 new collaboration shades from piCture pOlish to share with you! These were released a couple of weeks ago and I couldn’t wait for them to show up at my house. I always love the collaboration shades, it’s fun to read the posts of the girls who created the shades plus I usually feel like these are shades I want too but don’t already own.

Douceur is a light nude/beige base with fuchsia glitter mixed throughout. This was a collaboration with Tartofraises somehow I had never heard of her blog but since getting her shade I’ve been over there looking through her posts and she does really beautiful nail art! To read her post about the shade check out her blog here.  The formula was good, it was more opaque than I expected it to be and it wasn’t streaky at all.

Imperial is a super vibrant purple with a heavy blue shimmer and gold glitter. This is a collaboration with Jeanette of The Swatchaholic. I was so excited to see this one, Jeanette is a blogger that I’ve become friends with over the last couple years and I had no doubt that if piCture pOlish ever collaborated with her it would be gorgeous. Well, let me tell you Imperial is insanely gorgeous…this is one of my favorite collaboration shades ever and will most likely be a favorite for 2013 for me. I wore it all of last week and was sad to take it off.

Imperial is super vibrant, more so in real life than it appears in photos, I’m also dying over the stunning blue shimmer in this. I loved how the shimmer was visible in the sun and didn’t disappear in the shade.  If you want to read about how Jeanette came up with Imperial and see her beautiful photos of it check out her blog here. The formula was good, it was nice and opaque…I had no issues with application. This does dry a bit matte due to the neon pigment in it.

Siren Song is a sea foam green with a silver flecked shimmer. This is a collaboration with Rebecca Likes Nails. This shade was inspired Fender guitars & bass guitars by Mark & Tom from Blink 182. Ah yes…now that’s my kind of inspiration I love me some Blink 182 and have seen them live several times throughout the years…even stood in like for like 6 hours about 10 years ago to meet them (now I feel old btw). I love the shimmer/glitter in this. It’s bigger than shimmer but smaller than micro glitter…it’s interesting! To read more about the inspiration and naming of Siren Song check out Rebecca’s post here. The formula was good, it was a bit streaky on the first coat but perfect with the second coat.

All of the new Collaboration shades are available on the piCture pOlish website, along with at their network of etailers all over the world like LlaroweHarlow & Co and Nail Polish Canada. For a full list of etailers all over the world check out the piCture pOlish website here.

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