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Saturday Spam: Essie

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Happy Weekend! Today I have a helping of Essie spam for ya! Essie is a brand that I didn’t have any interest in until a couple years ago so I don’t have a ton of them. For the longest time they made the most boring polishes, all pinks and whites…very bridal and work appropriate. It wasn’t until they released the Summer 2010 collection with Pretty Edgy in it that I even looked twice at their displays. Since then I’ve become a big old fan of their polish, mostly new polishes but I do have some older gems in my stash that are also in this post!

Cherry Pop is a very very very very very sheer pink polish. Guys, why do I own this? What is the point of it? I have no idea, but I do own it…maybe it’s good for french manicures? I think I probably saw this and went whoa this looks cool in the bottle and bought it. Yeah, I have no idea.

Dive Bar is a blackened teal shimmer. Let me tell you a little story about this polish, it was one of the polishes that came out when Essie went retail last year. The first place it started turning up was at my nemesis, Walmart. I hate Walmart but I stalked that store like a boss for weeks in search of this. I finally found it and rejoiced, brought it home and put it in my Helmer where it sat untried until I grabbed it for this post. What the heck, good job Jen. I need to stop doing that, look how beautiful this is…I was missing out!!

Lilacism is a light pastel purple creme. Beautiful color but not the best ever formula. It was a streaktastic nightmare on the first 2 coats, I ended up getting it to even out at 3 coats by making my 3rd coat very thick. While I love the color I don’t know if it’s worth it dealing with the formula.

Mochacino is taupe-y brown with a strong silver shimmer. Love this! God forbid I could only wear “work appropriate” nail polish this would be what I would grab for. It’s a good neutral that has a little something extra. I do have a few polishes like it but that doesn’t make me love it any less! The formula was just okay, mine was a little thick.

Pretty Edgy is an awesome bright green creme. Oh yes, the nail polish that changed my opinion of Essie. This is not only one of my favorite Essie’s but one of my favorite green polishes ever. It’s such a vibrant green…I love it! I was actually surprised when I was going through my Essie posts on here that I’d never shown this one on it’s own before! It does remind me a lot of  Essie Mojito Madness that came out this year but it’s actually a bit darker! The formula is nice, a little thick but easy to apply.

Ruby Slippers is a red jelly base packed full of red and golden glitter and shimmer. This was on my wish list for what seemed like an eternity then one day Sam from Fashion Polish posted that 8ty8beauty had them on their site for $4. Once I recovered from the shock of finding out it was randomly online I bought a bottle. Luckily it lived up to all my expectations, I have a lot of red glitters like this but this one is special!

The formula was thick but the opacity and glitter coverage was great! I used 2 coats for the photos below. I also needed a ton of top coat for this. It dried dull and continued to look dull after a couple coats of top coat. I think I ended up with 3 coats of Sally Hansen Insta Dri before it looked all glassy.

Sag Harbor is a light blue grey with a silvery shimmer throughout it. This was another on my wish list for ever and ever. I finally got my paws on it last year when I went up to LA for the day with Jackie from Candy Coated Tips and Liz from Lacquered Lizard. We got together for a girls day at The Painted Nail and met up at a nail supply nearby where I found this! The formula left a little to be desired but I don’t even care, I love the color!

Sand Tropez is a yellow toned nude creme. When I was got this I was all OMG about it but now I’m kind of meh. There are better nudes out there for my particular skin tone that I’ve found since then. 🙁 The formula was nice though!

Variety is an orange creme. This is an oldie, I can’t seem to find any info about it (googling Essie Variety brings up a whole lot of not useful information lol)  but I can tell it’s old based on the label, the handle of the brush and the overwhelming chemically stink that comes out when you open the bottle. I really love this orange, it’s like my perfect pumpkin orange color! The formula was nice, thin but opaque.

Waltz is a white jelly. I’m pretty sure I bought this when I couldn’t find Essie Marshmallow a while back. It’s alright, I guess. The formula is sheer and streaky but even-ish and mostly opaque with 3 thick coats. Honestly, I never wear this or grab for it when I want a white jelly…I should probably get rid of it to make way for something I’d like better.

Wild Thing is a metallic looking berry with little bits of holographic shimmer. This is lovely in the bottle but kind of meh on the nail. The holographic bits don’t translate as much as I would like them too.

Stroke of Brilliance is periwinkle blue glitter in a clear base. This is the newest polish in the Luxeffects Collection from Essie. This does seem to be a bit of a chameleon color wise, depending on what you layer it over it can look very silver. The formula was pretty great, it was easy to get a lot of glitter and it was easy to apply!

Essie is available a whole ton of places, pretty  much every drugstore carries the brand now along with more professional salon stores like Ulta! It usually retails for $8 a bottle but it can vary depending on where you buy. Some of the shades shown are old, Hard To Find and expensive on places like eBay (like Ruby Slippers, Variety & Sag Harbor) most likely you can’t just walk into anywhere and find those, sorry!

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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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