Layering with Lynnderella in Forget You Not

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As soon as I put on Essie in #756 Smooth Sailing, I knew I wanted to put Lynnderella in Forget You Not over it. I won't be buying any more Lynn's, but I have a lot of her polishes and I'm trying to go through and figure out which polishes I want to keep and which I want to purge. I really like Forget You Not! 

This is Lynnderella in Forget You Not (2 coats) over OPI in Barre My Soul (1 coat) over Essie in #756 Smooth Sailing (2 coats). Cilucia at Spaz & Squee showed Forget You Not over Smooth Sailing and I thought the colors were a good match but needed a little more contrast. I added a thin coat of OPI in Barre My Soul, which is a beige jelly with a hint of peach. I chose Barre My Soul because orange and blue are complementary colors, so I thought the the peachiness of Barre My Soul would make Forget You Not pop the most. I think it worked out - there's just enough contrast between the base and glitter that they, you guessed it, complement each other. I used 1 thick coat of Gelous and 1 coat of Seche Vite for a glossy, smooth finish. There was a bit of shrinkage at the tip because my base colors were dry, but it wasn't bad.

Lynnderella in Forget You Not is from the Winter 2012 "Lovely is as Lovely Does" collection. Lynn originally described it as "multi-sized periwinkle hexagons, pink sparks, blue sparks and cornflower-pink shimmer in a sheer blue base." I didn't notice a tint to the base at all. This is a very nice glitter to work with because the base is not at all thick. I could spread the glitter on as I would apply a normal polish and then go back and dab extra glitter in spots and it didn't leave lumps from thick suspension base. The polish is composed of pink and blue shimmer; small, medium, and large cornflower blue hex glitter - the small hex glitter appears to be flat while the medium and large are shimmery; and medium blue/purple opalescent glitter (think the glitter in Lynnderella in Bride of Franken). OPI in Barre My Soul is from the Spring 2012 Soft Shades "NYC Ballet" collection. Essie in #756 Smooth Sailing is from the Summer 2011 "Brazilliant" collection. Worn July 27 - 31, 2012.

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Essie in #756 Smooth Sailing + Comparisons

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Essie in #756 Smooth Sailing is from the Summer 2011 "Brazilliant" collection. Aside from Holiday 2011, this is really the last collection from Essie that I've been in to, but then Essie is probably my least favorite of what I consider the main brands (OPI, China Glaze, Orly, and Color Club and Misa to a lesser extent). This is largely because of the formula, since I really like the bottles. 

Smooth Sailing has a better formula than I find is normal for Essies, which tend to be thinner and streakier. However, the formula, although easy to apply (I had to do practically no clean up), was still a little too thin to fall into my "perfect formula" category. I just had to be sure to wipe off the brush stem or it would pool down as I worked, making my coats thicker than I wanted. This is two thin coats.

This polish is what I would call a mid-tone cornflower blue, slightly dusty, with small white pearl flake-type shimmer. It also has subtle purple and teal microshimmer. The effect is generally not sparkly - it's more of a creme with shimmer in it than a shimmer polish - but the white shimmer is always visible. 

Sorry, in the sunlight pictures there's a dog hair on my index finger that I didn't notice until now! Worn July 25 - 26, 2012.

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OPI in La Paz-itively Hot Matte + Comparisons

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This is maybe my favorite matte polish. I just really like the juxtaposition of this girly pink with the slight edginess of the matte finish. It's the same fusion I see from my favorite designer, Marc Jacobs. 

OPI in La Paz-itively Hot Matte was released as part of the Summer 2009 "OPI Matte" collection. This was the only winner from that collection for me, but it does not have the easiest matte formula. It flows nicely, but this is the fastest drying matte I own - giving you about 2 seconds of play time before it gets goopy! You can see that my application is not completely smooth in 2 coats. Scrangie (of course!) has some application tips here (scroll down). 

I used the Stickey sandwich method, using CND Stickey base coat in between my two color layers to improve wear time, and I only experienced some tip wear (definitely more than a polish with top coat, but not bad). 

This is a warm, deep pink with blue-pink toned shimmer, which makes it wearable for all skin tones. The shimmer isn't visible in low light, but keeps it from looking flat and lifeless like the rest of the OPI mattes. Worn July 20 - 24, 2012.

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Chanel in Gold Fingers + Comparisons

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Chanel in Gold Fingers is a limited-edition release from the Bellagio and Winter 2012 "Las Vegas de Chanel" collection. It had a nice, but slightly weird formula - easy to apply, but a little watery, so that it was hard to get coats as thin as I like. It is a shimmer in the vein of #529 Graphite, with a shimmery jelly base that builds up to opaque in two coats (I did 3 just to be sure), with particle shimmer suspended in it. It looks bumpy in some shots, but it's perfectly smooth, it's just the particle glitter under the shimmer base. There is also the classic Chanel hidden shimmer - red and green - which I wasn't able to truly capture with my camera and isn't visible unless you look up close. It is a yellow-toned gold, but not so much that I don't think most people could pull it off. I have no dupes in my collection. Worn July 12 - 19, 2012.

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Rescue Beauty Lounge in Decorous + Comparisons

I felt like something a little more edgy, but still polished and chic, so I pulled out Rescue Beauty Lounge in Decorous. Decorous was released with the Spring 2011 "Iconic/Ironic" collection and is still available online until it sells out. This is a taupe that doesn't lean too cool or too warm, so depending on the light it pulls different tones. It has subtle white shimmer, which gives it extra depth and is noticeable if you pay close attention in the sunlight. There is also pink and green shimmer in the Chanel-subtle shimmer vein. The formula is one of the most perfect I've ever used - it lives up to the famed Rescue Beauty Lounge formula, which I've found lacking in many of the more recently released polishes; I had to do no clean up, because the polish went exactly where I placed it. It was not too thin or thick, and it was easy to do opaque, thin coats (I did 2, but you could get away with 1 thick coat). Worn July 8 - 11, 2012.

Chanel in #495 Mica Rose + Comparisons

I was looking for a mani that was tidy and dainty, so I pulled out Chanel in #495 Mica Rose. Mica Rose was released with the Spring 2009 "Celestial Lights" collection. The swatch pictures I've seen are misleading; they all show Mica Rose as a pale pink, when it looks just verging on mid-tone pink on my nails. This is a very odd polish, because it looks pale in the bottle, but when I apply it it looks darker, even though it still matches up exactly with bottle color. It reminds me of the pink that most plastic baby doll toys come in. This is the pink Barbie would wear if she had jury duty. It is so not my type of color. This is a Chanel shimmer that shows no matter the lighting, but is still subtle - like a veil of white. There is also some of that pink and green Chanel subtle-shimmer that can only be seen very close up. For full opacity I needed 4 thin coats, but streaking wasn't bad. Worn July 6-7, 2012.

Independence Day Stars & Stripes Mani

From my Instagram with Walden filter
I hope you all had a great 4th of July! This is just a low-quality, 1-pic post, because it hides how horrible this mani came out! I was inspired by this mani by LizAnne, which I saw on Nouveau Cheap's Independence Day Manicure Round-Up. I am not a nail art person, and this mani totally confirmed that for me!

For the stars nail, I used Revlon in #730 Royal as the base (love that color, but it stinks!). I tried doing the dots (RGB in White) with a toothpick, because I have no nail art tools, but they were coming out all deformed, so I got out a bobby pin and finally got it looking okay. However, after waiting for a couple hours, I used Gelous to smooth it out and get the polish wet before I used my Seche Vite, but it made the white streak into the blue polish (this also happened when I tried to use Gelous over my stripes after letting it dry overnight, so I would advise just not using Gelous - things did not bleed when I only used Seche Vite).

For the stripes, I did a base of RGB in White. This is a pretty good application for a white - streaky at 1 coat, but opaque and smooth at 2 coats. Much better than the touted 1-coat white Rescue Beauty Lounge in Underwear/ware! Unfortunately, when I took my mani off the four nails besides my pinky (which didn't have RGB as a base) were badly stained, even though I had used base coat. This also happened after my Lynnderella mani with RGB in Haze as a base, so I think RGB's have something in them that stains my nails. I used a ruler and an X-Acto knife to cut 2-milimeter strips of Scotch tape and taped them on the completely dry White. Then I painted over with Chanel in #475 Dragon. It was hard to get the tape to stick all the way down around the curves of my nails (even though I pushed hard with an orange stick), as well as the tips. You also have to work fast and deliberately to remove the tape so the polish doesn't dry too much over the tape. I used a toothpick to push the red strings of polish back in line, but also had to use the toothpick to fill in red and white lines and make them look cleaner. It took me so long, and I was super annoyed, but committed to sticking it out. This looks incredible when done by other people, but I suck! Worn July 4-5, 2012.

What did you do for your 4th of July nails? Do you like theme nails? And do you have any suggestions to help me out if I ever get brave enough to try again? Also, do you have any suggestions for a good, opaque white creme?

My Glittery Birthday Mani with Clarins in 230

1 coat Revlon Street Wear in #12 Starry over 1 coat Clarins in 230 over 1 coat Wet n Wild Coloricon in Give Me a Price Quote over 1 coat Del Sol in Ruby Slipper over 2 coats Deborah Lippmann in Call Me Irresponsible (direct sunlight)
Yesterday I turned 25. Agh! I know it seems ridiculous, but to me there is something about 25 - I feel like I should have my life figured out. So leading up to my birthday has been a series of stressing about and coming to terms with (a continual process) the fact that I don't completely. That said, I had a lovely birthday with friends, family, food, drinking, and happiness. To all you fellow July 2-ers, I hope your day was just as incredible! Worn July 2 - July 3, 2012.

I got this suggestion from the Makeup Alley Nail Board when I asked for birthday mani suggestions. Most people seemed to think I should use Clarins 230, some said bar glitter (which I love), and from there I just winged it. I'm happy with how this came out and hope my non-stressing about how to layer this mani says something for my 25th year. I know how stupid this all sounds, but, oh well!

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Rescue Beauty Lounge in Teal

Rescue Beauty Lounge in Teal (sunlight)
There's not too much to say about this one. I love it. I like it as a vampy for summer because it goes well with lots of brights and isn't blackened.

The formula is one of the formerly typical RBL-perfect cremes (the formula lately has been less consistent). I used 2 coats and could have gotten away with one (I did have to do a bit of cleanup because I was polishing while watching So You Think You Can Dance). I really like the RBL brush; it's just long enough and thin, but not too thin, flexible, but not floppy.

Usually Teal is slightly more on the green side of teal, but it is a rather perfectly balanced polish on the blue-green spectrum. In cool natural light, obviously it pulls more blue. This is a good vampy that never really looks black. I took one picture in as low light as I could get (in fully daylight), and although it's dark, it never looks black unless you're in very dim lighting. I forgot to take pictures, but Teal is much deeper and a bit more green than Illamasqua in Muse (ALU has a comparison). Teal is bluer and very slightly lighter than Nicole by OPI in Kourtney Had a Little Lam Lam *eyeroll at that name* (see Goose's Glitter comparison). Teal is more green and slightly darker than OPI in Ski Teal We Drop - I wouldn't consider them dupes (Perfectly Polished tips comparison).

Teal was released in the Fall/Winter 2008 collection, but is sold out unless it is voted to bring back. I got this and a ton of RBL's in the 50% off sale a few years ago, so I have very fond memories of this polish. Worn June 27 - July 1, 2012.