Monday, October 5, 2015

LynBDesigns: The Hallows Mini Collection

Happy Monday, dear readers! I hope you are having a great start to the week! I'm usually feeling a little meh about Monday starting, but I was thrilled for today to get here. I finally got to meet up with a two moms and their kids that I met online a few years ago in a mommy group; it's been such a great morning! Now on to today's blog post!

Over the past few months, I have shared several Harry Potter-inspired mini collections from LynBDesigns. Today, I have another mini collection to share with you. The Hallows Mini Collection consists of three colour shifting toppers. Let's check them out!
I really love to put toppers like this over brighter colours to give them a different dimension. I used one coat of each of these polishes over their base shades

over Aurora Gel Effect 112
Color shifting topper that shifts from blue to green to purple and has blue glass flecks
Retail: $10

over Zoya Snow White
Color shifting topper that shifts from green to gold to blue and has green glass flecks
Retail: $10

over Zoya Sooki
Color shifting topper that shifts from pink to purple to blue and has pink glass flecks
Retail: $10

I am so mad at my camera! The colours are much more obvious to the eye, but my camera just isn't quite sensitive enough to capture them. The formula was pretty easy to work with although it was a little thicker than I prefer for toppers. They were much easier to spread a thin coat over the base after I added a couple drops of thinner. The glass flecks add a great flash of colour, and I did have to be mindful of them so they wouldn't be stick out beyond my nail. Overall, these are a fun trio that will jazz up any nail polish base.

The Hallows Mini Collection launches on the LynBDesign etsy shop here October 9th at 7pm EST. You can also follow LynBDesigns on Facebook here for shop announcements and even more photos.

Until next time, dear readers, have a great day!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Nail Art Featuring China Glaze The Great Outdoors Collection

Good afternoon, dear readers! I hope you have been having a wonderful week. For today's blog post, I wanted to share the Fall China Glaze The Great Outdoors Collection with you. I wanted to do something a little different than just swatching, and I decided to create several easy nail art looks spanning the entire 12 piece collection. Let's do this!

First up, the easiest look to accomplish. All you have to do is paint your nails!
I know, I know, it's just too easy. I originally intended this to be the base for something more elaborate, but I just loved these duochromes so much I couldn't bear the thought of covering them. They were also sheerer than I had expected so I had to scrap the design I planned.

Colours Used:

Cabin Fever
Pink to copper duo chrome
3 coats needed for opacity

Deep amethyst duo chrome
3 coats needed for opacity

Up next is something a little more complex. I was inspired by Sleeping Under the Stars and went with a touch of twinkle to the night sky.
Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight....  I really love how these colours pair together! It's like they were made for each other!

Colours used:

Sleeping Under the Stars
Dark blue with stardust shimmer
2 coats needed for opacity

Let's Dew It
Multi dimensional blue gray glitter
3 coats shown here

I had hoped to reach opacity with just three coats, but as you can see, I need at least one more if not two coats. It wasn't quite as obvious to the eye, but my camera definitely is showcasing the bare nail peaking out!

On to the next look!
This bright light lime really sticks out in the collection, and I was surprised to see it was named S'more Fun. I don't know about you, but I'm not eating S'mores that colour! I naturally had to correct the issue in my head and paired it with the gorgeous brown in the collection with this easy toothpick manicure. I LOVE how these two different colours and finishes play off each other!

Colours Used:

Wood You Wanna?
Rich brown burgundy metallic
2 coats used here, 1 may be enough for opacity for some people

S'more Fun
Adventurous lemon lime crème
2 coats needed for opacity

Wood You Wanna? have S'more Fun? You betcha! How about s'more nail art looks! These last two are still pretty easy although a little more complex.

I love this look! I was inspired by Gone Glamping to create this design. One of my favorite things from camping is hearing the sound of rain on the tent, and I wanted to pair it with this sultry glamorous colour combination. I also used droplet stencils from YouPolish to get this look. 

Colours used:

My Lodge Or Yours?
Natural mauve crème
2 coats for opacity

Free Bear Hugs
Deep black red crème
2 coats for opacity, thin consistency so beware of flooding

This one did not want to photograph properly for me. It was either blown out and too light or blurry with colour accuracy. At least it's a creme, right? Oy!

Gone Glamping
Gold to green duo chrome
3 coats needed for opacity

How gorgeous is this polish! This is definitely a favorite from the collection, and I'm not a huge fan of duochromes!

And one last look for the remaining shades....

I just had to embrace the natural look for this manicure. I also got to test the stamping abilities of two of the polishes by using a stamping plate from Born Pretty Store.

Colours used:

Change Your Altitude
Pebble greige crème
2 coats for opacity

Take a Hike
Rich mossy green crème
2 coats for opacity

Check Out the Silver Fox
Metallic gunmetal gray
2 coats shown here, you may only need 1 for opacity

I really enjoyed this challenge of creating nail art looks using all the shades from this collection, and I hope you love them! All the designs are easy to create, and I like how the colours play together. 

What are your favorite shades from The Great Outdoor Collection? How would you combine them for nail art looks? I'd love to hear from you!

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

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Superchic Lacquer: Rotten to the Carmeled Core

Press Sample

Happy hump day! This post should have gone up yesterday, but my sick baby had other plans for me. Let's jump right in, shall we?

In yesterday's blog post, I shared swatch photos of shades from the new Dreamology Collection by Superchic Lacquer. It's an awesome collection for you holo lovers, and I am excited to share that she is releasing a second collection of thermal crellies called the Goosebumps Collection! As if that wasn't cool enough, most of the collection also glow under black light UV lighting. I have one of those shades, Rotten to the Carmeled Core, to share with you. Check it out!
Transition state, or what my nails look like most of the time wearing thermal polishes
Warm state. I have to take photos quickly as my nails change very quickly due to the length.
Cold state. This photo shows the two cooler shades perfectly! My fingers are too warm to get a photo of the coldest darker shade fast enough.
Bright neon apple green when warm to carmel to burnt carmel when cool, deliciously loaded with green and copper glitters and shimmer

If this polish doesn't make you think of caramel apples, nothing will! This polish is scrumptiously fall, and it reminds me of strolling through our county fair in North Carolina on a cool day with a caramel apple in hand, usually with a second to take home for future enjoyment! It is such a fun polish, and I love the name! I had no application issues with this polish- it applies well, and the glitters spread nicely over the nail. I used two coats plus top coat for these photos. Unfortunately my black light flashlight ran off on me while I was swatching, probably with the assistance of my toddler, but this shade is supposed to glow under black light.
Thermochromic polishes have a limited shelf life, so to extend the thermal properties, store in a cool place away from sunlight. If you have the space, refrigeration is highly recommended.

Rotten to the Carmeled Core and the other shades from the Goosebumps Collection launch on the Superchic Lacquer Etsy shop here and on the Superchic Lacquer online boutique here today at 4PM PST. Each polish will retail for $10 a piece.

Be sure to follow Superchic Lacquer on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for shop news and announcements.

What do you think of this polish? Does it make you want a caramel apple *rightnow*? I know I do!

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

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Press Release: Zoya MattVelvet for Holiday/Winter 2015


Six new MATTEVELVET Nail Colors to slip into this WINTER/HOLIDAY season.

The best-selling, MATTEVELVET finish returns this holiday season with six new shades. Each nail polish perfectly opaque, matte color with that extra special ZOYA MATTEVELVET fleck finish everyone loves.

·         Aspen (ZP814) - a sparkling artic white with a micronized diamond pearl fleck.
·         Sue (ZP815) - a soft champagne gold with a multi-hued oyster shell pearl fleck.
·         Amal (ZP816) – a classic crimson red with a ruby red pearl fleck.
·         Iris (ZP817) - a deep amethyst with a fuchsia pearl fleck.
·         Yves (ZP818) - a deep sapphire that's midway in between indigo and royal blue with a blue pearl fleck.
·         Honor (ZP819) - a true emerald green with a tone on tone emerald pearl fleck.

NOTE: MATTEVELVET nail color by Zoya is not intended to be worn with a base coat, glossy top coat or speed dryer. Due to the unique matte formulation, color is not as long-wearing as traditional nail color. A completely clean, dry surface yields the best results for matte nail color wear. To extend wear, apply one coat of the Zoya Matte Velvet Topcoat over your favorite matte shades after polish is completely dry.


Zoya MATTEVELVET Colors, 0.5 oz. -  $10 (US) ea.
Zoya MATTEVELVET Color Sampler, 6 – 0.5 oz. bottles -  $60 (US)

Available in top salons, spas and on

* **BIG5FREE, TOXIN FREE: Zoya Nail Polish Formula contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene or camphor.

Superchic Lacquer: Dreamology for Fall 2015 and NEW Marvel-Star Top Coat

Press Sample

Good afternoon, dear readers! I know I've been quiet on the blog front since my surgery, and I am happy to report that I am doing well and almost back to normal. I'm still supposed to limit my activity and how much I can pick up; following doctor orders is hard when my toddler just wants to climb me! He apparently never got the memo. Ha! Hopefully the next month goes by quickly so we can resume our normal play! Now to today's post!

For today's blog post, I have several shades from the new Dreamology collection by Superchic Lacquer to share with you. This is a collection of 6 power shades with immense colour depth with intense linear holographic effects. You only need one coat to reach full opacity! Heck yeah! I have four of these shades to share with you in addition to a new topcoat, so let's get to it!

Lucid LaLa Land
Intense deep lucid blue
One coat

What a beautiful blue! I always look forward to fall and winter so I an wear these darker blue shades, and Lucid LaLa Land is simply gorgeous! The formula was fantastic and the application was perfect.

Realm of Erotica
Intense racy-red
One coat

Wowza, what a sexy red! I am enamored with this shade, and I'm putting it on my toes later today! I have no issues to report with this beauty, and I recommend it for every red lover! 

No Rest For The Wicked
Intense deep emerald green
One coat

While all the shades I reviewed for this collection are stunning, No Rest For The Wicked is my favorite. This emerald green is majestic and has me weak at the knees. The formula was superb, and you're going to want this baby!

Wake Me Up
Intense red-berry
One coat

Be still, my beating heart! I am drawn to these rich berry hues, and I am so glad to see one in this collection! I'm even drooling over the colour looking at these pictures while I write up this post! Ha! Like the others I reviewed, the formula was on point and I have no issues to report.

I am totally in lust over these rich jewel-toned shades from Superchic Lacquer! They are pretty in the bottle, but they spring to life the moment the brush hits your nails. You really can't go wrong with any of these drool-worthy shades! Please keep in mind that because they are one-coaters, they are deeply pigmented. You will want to pair these with a good quality base coat to prevent staining, especially if your nails are porous. I applied these over Superchic Lacquer's Bring It On! base coat and had no staining on my nails whatsoever. Of course you also have to be careful with removal so you don't stain your fingers.

Marvel-Star Top Coat
Neon luminescent liquid macro top coat. Ignite andy polish in your collection with this amazing top coat that glows under black light UV lighting! If you love Marvel, you'll fall in LOVE madly with Marvel-Star this festive season!

Superchic Lacquer is also releasing a new top coat this fall! I used it over the polishes from the Dreamology collection and used my little blacklight to capture the effect.
What a fun effect! I don't spend much time around blacklights any longer- long gone are my nights at the club- but this is really cool and fun to wear! I think some of my Halloween decorations have blacklights so I'll at least get to enjoy this fun top coat around the house, lol! Like the original Marvel top coat, Marvel-Star dries to a rock-hard finish quickly and leaves your manicures with a beautiful shine. It also doesn't dull holos so you can enjoy your polishes whether you're in sunlight or in blacklight.

The Dreamology Collection and the Marvel-Star Top Coat launch on the Superchic Lacquer Etsy shop here and on the Superchic Lacquer online boutique here September 30th at 4PM PST. Each polish will retail for $10 a piece.
Be sure to follow Superchic Lacquer on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for shop news and announcements.

Superchic Lacquer is releasing another collection tomorrow as well, and I'll have a post with one of those polishes up later today!

Until next time, have a great day!