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Orly Spring 2012 Cool Romance Collection Swatches

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Hi guys! Are we Spring collection-ed out yet? Almost? I hope not yet because I have another one for you today! This one is Orly’s Cool Romance Collection! I haven’t heard a ton about this collection, in fact everything I did hear about it said “out in January” and well, January came and went and I never saw it out anywhere. I’m glad I was able to grab it at ISSE this past weekend, it’s a beautiful collection!

Artificial Sweetener is a light pink with a subtle silvery shimmer. I almost didn’t get this one, it didn’t look like much in the bottle but once it was on the nail it’s beautiful! Reminds me a bit of OPI’s Pedal Faster Suzi but it’s much softer looking and with a lot less obvious shimmer. The formula was nice, a little thick but easy to apply. I used 2 coats for the photos below.

For anyone wondering, this was bought solely for the name since I didn’t love it in the bottle. No Doubt is pretty much my favorite thing since sliced bread and my favorite song of theirs is called Artificial Sweetener. I have music notes going around my wrist that are a line from that song!

Faint of Heart is a light brown/grey with a really interesting finish. This shade is what I like to call “donkey grey”, sometimes it looks brown, sometimes grey. I didn’t notice in the bottle but the finish on this is very different and unusual. It’s not flat creme but it’s not a shimmer. I don’t even know how to describe it…reminds me a bit of Misa Grey Matters but it isn’t as noticeable as it was with that polish. To see what the heck I’m talking about please look at the third photo below lol! The formula on this one was also a little thick but easy to apply…I used 2 coats!

Jealous, Much? is a light minty green. Original? Nope but I still love it! The formula was just okay, it was on the streaky side but I kind of expected that. I used 3 coats to even everything out!

Prelude To A Kiss is a peachy creme! Another beautiful peach for spring…I am a fan! The formula was just okay…I’m calling it a careful 2 coater. It was a little bit streaky but I did a thick-ish second coat and all was well!

Since it was requested here is Prelude To A Kiss vs Essie A Crewed Interest. I used 2 coats for the Orly and 3 for the Essie. Color wise almost spot on here, the Essie is a touch darker but I don’t think regular folks would even notice the difference. Formula wise the Orly is better…it’s also cheaper and the bottle is bigger…I think it’s the winner all around!

Steel Your Heart is a metallic steel grey. meh…I’m sorry, I just don’t like shades like this. I try really hard to love them (as you can tell since I buy them over and over) but I just can’t do it. The brush strokes drive me crazy. It also feels SO out of place in this collection…like they needed a 6th polish and just threw this in because it was laying around somewhere. Formula wise it was on the thick side but it was easy to apply, I used 2 coats.

You’re Blushing is a light purple taupe. I feel like I’ve got this polish a billion times over but I love it every time. Purplish taupe polishes like this are so flattering and easy to wear. The formula on this was seriously flawless, almost a 1 coater!

Overall I do like this collection, a lot of the shades feel done but they are ones that I always like. My favorites are Artificial Sweetener, Faint of Heart and Prelude To A Kiss.

Availability wise I have no idea when these will be in stores like Ulta or Sally Beauty…I would guess sometime in February but I don’t know an exact date! I tried to ask at the Orly booth at ISSE but they were so crazy over there at the time that she couldn’t answer me 🙁

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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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