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OPI NYC Ballet Soft Shades 2012 Collection Swatches!

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Morning! Today I have OPI’s New York City Ballet Collection to show you! This serves as OPI’s Soft Shades Collection for 2012. It brings us 5 new soft sheer polishes and one seriously awesome glitter. Usually I am not a fan of sheer polishes, before these I owned maybe 2….possibly only 1 actually. I don’t really care for how my nails look naked so sheers are just not something I’ve ever gravitated towards. I always envy girls with pretty smile lines who can make sheer polish look amazing, I wish they looked like that on me! Surprisingly even though I don’t love sheer polishes I really like this collection…go figure! I may be a fan of sheers after these (omg who the heck am I right now, wow lol)!

All 5 of the sheer shades in this collection were pretty consistent formula wise. They were all easy to work with and not streaky, which I was surprised about. Since they are sheers if you want more opaque coverage you might need to do a lot of coats, I was comfortable with 3-4 medium/thick coats for each polish. I’ll let you know which ones below were 3 coats and which were 4. I feel like these were all much easier to apply in thicker coats and with a very light touch when applying the polish, I tried doing one in thin coats and it was a streaky nightmare.

Barre My Soul is a sheer beige. This was one of my favorites of the collection and definitely one I feel like I will wear again. I feel like with 1 more coat this could be a good mannequin hands polish for me! I used 3 coats for the photos below.

Care To Danse? is a sheer lilac. It does look lilac in the bottle but on the nail it looks more beige-y/pink, maybe it’s just my skin tone that isn’t bringing the lilac out more. This was one of the most sheer in the collection, I used 4 coats for the photos below.

Don’t Touch My Tutu! is a sheer white. This is the only one I have anything similar to, it reminds me a lot of Essie Marshmallow. If you like Marshmallow but don’t care for the formula you will probably like this a lot better, it’s much more user friendly. I used 3 coats for the photos below.

My Pointe Exactly is a sheer grey. Hands down this is my favorite of the collection, aside from the glitter, it’s leans a little to the brown side of grey. This was so flattering and soft looking on, I never thought I would like a sheer polish as much as I like this one. I used 3 coats for the photos below.

You Callin’ Me A Lyre? is a sheer pink. This one is pretty, I don’t really have much to say about it haha. I used 4 coats for the photos below.

Pirouette My Whistle is an awesome glitter packed with super fine silver glitter and sheer white hex glitter in a clear base. In the bottle I was kind of meh about this, until I put it on…then I was kind of in love. It’s so soft and delicate looking, if you like glitter it’s a must have. Formula wise, it was on the thick side but since I’ll only ever layer it over other things the formula doesn’t matter much to me. I used 1 coat over My Pointe Exactly for the photos below.

I’ve seen a lot of people talking about how Pirouette My Whistle might be a dupe of Nubar’s White Polka Dots. Good news, no dupes here. They are similar, but the small glitter in these polishes is quite different. Pirouette My Whistle has very tiny silver glitter and White Polka Dots has larger more iridescent glitter. It’s most obvious over dark shades and in the bottle, over the soft shades in this collection I couldn’t tell a difference between the Nubar & the OPI on the nail unless I looked really closely.

For this first photo I have 1 coat of each of the glitters over Care To Danse? Photo is in the shade.

Here are the bottles next to each other, they look so much different side by side like this. The silver of the OPI is much more noticeable next to the very white overall look of the Nubar. Photo is in the shade.

Overall I like this collection much more than I thought I would. A lot of the shades do sort of look the same once they are on the nail so unless you really really love sheer polishes I don’t think you need all of them. My picks are Pirouette My Whistle and My Pointe Exactly!

New York City Ballet by OPI will be available April 2012, at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $8.50 ($9.95 CAN) suggested retail for each Nail Lacquer.

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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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