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China Glaze Island Escape Collection Swatches!

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Good Morning guys! Hope you aren’t having a case of the Mondays today…I’m not! I’m usually far from being a morning person but today I’m all peppy, it’s kind of weird lol! I hope that you all had a good weekend too!

Today I have for you guys the China Glaze Island Escape Collection for Summer 2011, I’ve been looking forward to this collection for a while. The promo stuff looked great for it!

First up is 108 Degrees a bright pink packed with micro shimmer. It is gorgeous in the sun and definitely says summer to me! Next time I do a pedicure I’m pretty sure this will be the color going on my toes! The formula was okay, a bit sheer and I had some issues with cuticle dragging. My best advice on this one (and all the rest in this collection) is to let the coats of polish dry completely before starting on the next coat. That isn’t something I usually do but these were a bit tricky if you don’t do that. I used 3 coats of 108 Degrees for the photo below.

Blue Iguana is a bright blue packed with micro glitter, this one was incredible in the bottle it looked like it had a beautiful purple duochrome but it didn’t show on the nail very well and I wasn’t able to capture it with my camera. The formula on this one left me a bit disappointed, it looked like it would be more opaque that in was. It was pretty sheer but did build up to be beautiful! I used 4 coats of Blue Iguana for the photo below, but I could still see my nail line when I was out in the bright sun.

Cha Cha Cha is a bright kind of froggy green packed with gold shimmer. I can’t think of another way to describe this other than froggy green lol. Initially I hated this one on me, which is unusual for a green but I’ve really warmed up to it after I wore it for a couple of days. The formula was good on this one, I used 3 coats for the photos below. My main issue here is that Cha Cha Cha showed brush strokes, which I’m not a huge fan of…but the color is great so I can forgive that!

Electric Pineapple is a yellowish green creme. Reminds me of OPI Fiercely Fiona (which I don’t own so I can’t compare). I thought I was going to hate this since I was not a fan of the OPI but I kinda like this…a lot. It’s one of those ugly/pretty shades. It was more flattering on my skin tone than I expected it to be! The formula was also pretty good, it was one of the more opaque polishes in this collection. I used 2 coats of Electric Pineapple for the photo below.

 Papaya Punch is a bright orange creme..not quite neon but very bright. This one is so confusing to me, it doesn’t look how I expected it to from the swatches I had seen prior to getting my bottle. It’s a lot more pumpkin orange than I expected. I really like it, I’m wearing it as a full manicure right now!The formula on this one is easily my favorite in this collection. It went on very smooth, I used 2 coats of Papaya Punch for the photo below.

Last up, Senorita Bonita is a gorgeous purple with pink micro glitter. Love this one, I wish I could have better captured it to show it’s full beauty! All the photos that showed the fab shimmery glitter were horribly color inaccurate for the purple lol. The formula on this one was a bit sheer, I used 3 coats for the photo below.

Overall, I really like this collection. Some of the formulas let a little to be desired but the color payoff is worth the extra coat of polish. Both the creme polishes are fantastic, probably my 2 favorites of the collection! These should be available in stores and online soon, though I don’t know an exact date!

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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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