Monday, February 27, 2017

LynB Designs: The Bright Side Collection

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Happy Monday, dear readers! I hope this post finds you well and you've had a wonderful weekend! To kick off the week, I wanted to share the upcoming LynB Designs collection. Inspired by Always Look on the Bright Side of Life by Monty Python, The Bright Side Collection consists of eleven beautiful shades; there is definitely something for everyone to enjoy! Let's jump in and check them out!

Some Things in Life are Bad
Three coats plus top coat

Deep green crelly with contrasting purple shimmer and silver galaxy holo.

Some things may be bad, but this polish certainly isn't one of them! This polish is stunning and one of my favorites from this collection. The formula is fantastic and this shade applied like a dream!

Retail: $10


Other Things Just Make You Sweat and Curse
Three coats plus top coat

Bright red jelly base with linear holo and pinky red shimmer

Retail: $10

I love glittery jelly shades, so I am so excited to see this as part of the collection! It is easy to apply but take care not to overwork the formula as it does get harder to work with if overworked. This is such a happy polish and makes me ready for spring!


Don't Grumble, Give a Whistle
Three coats plus top coat

Thistle colored crelly with holo shimmer and gunmetal flakies

Retail: $10

I'm not overall a fan of lighter purple polishes, but I am taken by this beauty! I just love the addition of the shimmer and flakies, and there is just the perfect amount to make it fun and interesting. The formula is a little on the thinner side so you may need to take caution so as to not have flooding on your cuticles and side walls, but overall it has a great formula!


Laugh and Smile and Dance and Sing
Three coats plus top coat

Periwinkle blue crelly with purple glow and shimmer

Retail: $8

Laugh and Smile and Dance and Sing is such a pretty colour, and I love to see how much it glows! That being said, the formula is a little tricky to work with and does require some patience. I had some trouble getting it to apply evenly and smoothly, as you may notice from the photos. Pastels are admitedly not my strong suit so you may have more luck with application than I did.


Don't Be Silly Chumps
Three coats plus top coat

Medium cool toned purple crelly base with shimmer that shifts from blue to gold to green

Retail: $10

This polish is exquisite and another one of my favorites from the collection! The formula is fantastic as well and applies easily with minimal effort required.


Death's the Final Word
Three coats plus top coat

Tan creme base with glow and shimmer that shifts from pink to silver to green

Retail: $10

Who knew that death would come with so much glow?!? This polish is stunning and one of the highlights from the collection. The formula is fantastic and easy to work with, although you do have to take care not to press to much with the brush which can result in a little uneveness.


Life's a Laugh and Death's a Joke It's True
Three coats plus top coat

Deep brown jelly base with gold and bronze flakies

Retail: $8

This colour is one of the most unique in my collection, and while it is admitedly not for everyone, I quite like it! It also applies smoothly and easily so I am happy to report it has a fantastic formula.


What've You Lost? Nothing
Three coats plus top coat

Pale grey creme base with golden shimmer and small golden flakes

Retail: $8

What a pretty colour! While it looks a little more grey in the bottle, it looks much more subtle against my olive skin tone. This is one of those shades that your skin colouring will dictate just how grey it looks, and I can promise it is definitely worth giving some love. The final look is so beautiful and soft and one of the must haves of the collection.


You'll See It's All a Show
Three coats plus top coat

Super sparkly pink crelly with pink galaxy holo glitters and berry galaxy holo glitters

Retail: $10

Fewer things scream spring more than a vibrant pink shade, and I adore the addition of the galaxy holo glitters! It's fun and bright, and the formula is really fabulous.


Give the Audience a Grin
Three coats plus top coat

Red orange jelly base with linear holo and red gold glass fleck

Retail: $10

I am completely in love with this polish, but then as an avid orange lover, I'm sure that comes as no surprise to anyone. I'm also happy to report that the formula is superb and it is another standout from the collection.


Life's a Piece of S**t
Two coats plus top coat

Red toned brown crelly base with intense linear holo

Retail: $10

Life may be shit from time to time, but this polish certainly isn't! This colour is warm and comforting, and the formula is fabulous and on point.


The Bright Side Collection launches on the LynB Designs website located here this Friday, March 3rd at 7pm EST. To celebrate the launch of this fantastic collection, there is a special introductory discount code for a limited time! Use the code BRIGHT to save 50% off any order at the shop. You can also purchase the entire collection for $50 and free shipping within the US.


Do you have any favorite shades from this collection? There are several great polishes to choose from, and my favorites at Give the Audience a Grin, Some Things in Life are Bad, and What've You Lost? Nothing. I'd love to hear what your top picks might be!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!
XO!


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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Literary Lacquers Magical March Pop Up Shop

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Greetings, dear readers, and happy Sunday! I hope this post finds you well and you've had a wonderful weekend! I know it's been very quiet here on my blog for the past week as my illness took a turn for the worst. I ended up setting the computer aside completely and did nothing but rest and stay in bed the entire week with very few exceptions. I knew I was sick, but I didn't realize just how much I was until I slept the entire day away and still needed more sleep at night. Thankfully, I am finally better and just about up to my normal healthy self! I have a lot I want to share with you over the upcoming week, and I just had to get a post up today after being gone for what feels like so long! Let's jump in!

With February racing to an end and March upon us, it is time to prepare for the upcoming Literary LacquersPop Up shop! If you may not be aware, Amy, the creative mastermind behind the brand, has changed her store model and is open the first weekend of the month only and offering select new and returning shades for preorder. March's offerings are about all things magical with one new shade, a revised version of an older shade, and four old favorites. Let's check them out!

Amortentia
Two coats plus top coat

A champagne rose gold almost metallic holo with glass flakies. Inspired by the love potion in Harry Potter, and designed with Rachel McNulty for her geeky wedding.

New to the Literary Lacquers lineup, Amortentia was created with a fan for her geeky wedding last year and inspired by the Happy Potter love potion of the same name. While I'm not sure how I feel about this specific colour on me, it's easy to see how anyone can fall in love with this gorgeous colour! It certainly captivated my attention once I saw the bottle and has quickly become one of my favorite Literary Lacquers shades. The formula is so fantasticly smooth as well and applied like a dream come true. I'm thrilled to see this polish added to the Literary Lacquers Library, and if you're on the hunt for the perfect rose gold polish, I strongly encourage you to pcik up this beauty!

Midsummer Night's Dream
(updated)
Two coats plus top coat

Deep shimmery blue, with small gold squares, black hexes, and holographic gold hexes

No Magical March could be complete without the addition of the stunning Midnight Night's Dream inspired by Shakespeare's comedy and one of the first Literary Lacquers shades created! I don't wear glittery polishes very often, but when I do, this is what I want it to look like! I feel like I'm lost staring into the dark night sky whenever I look at this polish. It has a similar feel as the original version only with much more sparkle. I couldn't find my original bottle as I've been rearranging everything in my polish room, but I can share a photo of my original swatch with the original formula. Please don't laugh at how awful this picture is, but it will help compare the old and new versions:
The original is pretty, but you can see how Literary Lacquers has grown in complexity and extra depth over the past several years! As for the newer polish, the formula is a little trickier to work with as it is densely packed with glitters, but it is still workable with a little extra patience. I spoke with Amy about my bottle and mine is a little thicker than it's supposed to be so buyer's bottles should be much easier to work with. Because it is packed with glitters, there is a textured feeling on the nails that can easily be remedied with Gelous and top coat. I do recommend using a peelable base coat for easy removal. Alternately, you can choose to layer this over a similar base shade for a less glitter-packed look. However you choose to wear it, you're sure to feel like you're staring up at a starlit sky.

In addition to these two shades, Literary Lacquers is releasing four previously-released polishes for Magical March.

Color of Magic
formerly known as Octarine
Three coats plus top coat

Lilac linear holo with glass flecks and flakies inspired by the Terry Pratchett Discworld series.

My original review can be found here.

Avada Kedavra
Two coats plus top coat

Black matte base packed with gold and green glitter inspired by the Harry Potter series.

My original review can be found here.

Felix Felicis
Two coats plus top coat

Liquid gold flakies and glass flecks inspired by the Harry Potter series.

My original review can be found here.

Mirror of Galadriel
Two coats plus top coat

Silver linear mega glitter holo inspired by the Lord of the Rings.

My original review can be found here.


The Magical March Literary Lacquers Pop Up will open Friday, March 3rd at 8pm MST and stay open until Sunday, March 5th at midnight MST. Polishes will be restocked throughout the weekend as they sell out, so as long as you plan to order within the alloted time window, your desired colours from this selection will be available for purchase! Please note that this is a pre-order, and polishes are anticipated to ship out within three weeks of the pop up closing. Also, while they are not considered limited edition shades, there is no current plan to restock these beauties beyond the Pop Up opening over the weekend.

Do you have a favorite shade from the Magical March offerings? I know I'm having a hard time picking a single favorite! I'd love to hear which ones are on your must have list!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!
XO!

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