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OPI Gwen Stefani Collection Swatches

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Hi guys! Hope you all had a great weekend, mine was really nice! The most exciting thing though was finding the Gwen Stefani Collection at my local nail supply. I don’t think I have ever been so excited for a collection. Gwen Stefani has pretty much my favorite singer since I was 11, Tragic Kingdom by No Doubt was the first album I ever bought and I’ve seen them live more times than I can count on fingers and toes…I also have 2 No Doubt tattoos! Pretty much anyone that knows me in real life knows that the 2 things I love most are No Doubt and nail polish haha!

Anyway, when I heard OPI was collaboration with Gwen on a collection I pretty much died from fangirling. I’ve been stalking calling  my local nail supply every couple days for WEEKS asking about this collection and when I called on Saturday and the owner said they got them I hauled booty over there and snatched up whole collection, the owner even gave me an empty display to have…he’s pretty much the best lol!

4 In The Morning is a black satin. This is a black base with a soft silver shimmer that dries down to a satin matte finish. In lower lighting, like the shade, you can’t see the silver shimmer and it looks like a flat black. I really like this both with and without top coat! The formula was good, it was a really nice consistency and easy to apply. The opacity was also good and it dried pretty quickly. I used 2 coats for the photos below.

Hey Baby is a bright pink creme. Nothing ground breaking here in terms of color but the formula and consistency of the polish were nice. I used 2 coats for the photos below.

I Sing In Color is a dark vampy red. This is very dark and pretty much looks black in most lighting, even direct sunlight, but you can see the red peeking out around the edges of the nail. The formula was good, it was nice and opaque and I had no issues with application. I used 2 coats for the photos below.

In True Stefani Fashion is a glitter bomb with silver and holographic glitter. This is super glitter dense, you could probably get it opaque on it’s own if you really wanted to. The formula was good, it wasn’t thick and the glitter payoff was great. I used 1 coat over 4 In The Morning for the photos below.

Love.Angel.Music.Baby is a gold satin matte. I’m not normally a gold girl but dannnnnnngggggg…I love this. The finish is gorgeous matte and I also love it with top coat. The formula was a touch thick but very easy to apply and super opaque. This could easily be a 1 coater, I did 2 coats just to amp it up a bit. This also dried relatively quickly. I used 2 coats for the photos below.

Over & Over A-Gwen is a red creme. Normally I’m like meh about reds but I really can’t imagine a Gwen Stefani Collection without a red. Over & Over A-Gwen is truly special in this collection, it comes in a collectors box and includes Swarovski studs & crystals. Because of that this does retail for a bit more than the other polishes in this collection. I’ve put some photos of the box and the contents of the box below, I really like the little pamphlet it comes with that gives some good ideas for nail art! The formula of this polish was good, it was a good consistency and the opacity was nice. I used 2 coats for the photos below.

Push and Shove is a silver chrome. This polish comes in a duo with a mini sized base coat called Lay Down That Base. This is meant to be worn without top coat and according to OPI for only 1 night. I’ve heard from others that the wear isn’t good with this, I decided to give it a little test. I wore this on it’s own without top coat for a little over 22 hours and had slight tip wear and minor chipping along the free edge of my nails. During that time I did all my normal stuff, went to target, typed up most of this post etc.. nothing too crazy that involved using my hands/nails.

Because this is a chrome I was expecting Lay Down That Base to be a ridge filling base coat, but it’s not.  I used 1 coat of Lay Down That Base and let it dry for about 5 minutes then applied 2 thin coats of Push and Shove for the photos below. I have to say, not a fan of this….like pretty much every other chrome it dries with brush strokes and shows every imperfection on the nail.  Other than that the formula was good, it was super opaque and could be a 1 coater.

Since I wasn’t happy with Push and Shove I decided to do some experimenting. I tried using it with a ridge filling base coat (Butter London Nail Foundation) and WOW what a mess..maybe it was user error but using Push and Shove over the other base made application a nightmare. It was patchy and the polish would drag right off if you went over a spot more than one…it just looked like crap. Then I tried sponging it on, I feel like every time I post a chrome/frost I get comments from you guys telling me to try sponging on the final coat to eliminate brush strokes. Well that was a big fail too, maybe someone can point me in the direction of a good tutorial for that technique?

Overall I like the collection, it’s not groundbreaking in terms of colors but I like all the different finishes OPI gave us and the bottles are super cute. I love how they have a sleeve that’s all geometric and says the finish of the polish along with if you should wear it without top coat…I think that’s helpful for people who aren’t necessarily into polish but are buying these because of Gwen.

My picks from the collection are Love.Angel.Music.Baby and 4 In The Morning. The Gwen Stefani Collection will be available in January and each polish retails for $9. Over & Over A-Gwen retails for $14.95! I have already seen them online at Ulta.com but I’m not sure about the availability in stores.

Also, just for fun here is my display which is now residing on top of my Alex! I’m so happy the guy at my nail supply gave this to 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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