Tuesday, February 28, 2012

China Glaze Summer Neons Nail Wheel

Now this is a neon collection! I love neons, especially in the Summer months, but their streaky flat/matte finish is not something I love. China Glaze Summer Neons Collection will have twelve shades, many of which have a shimmer finish. These are shown with a top coat, but they aren't entirely flat naturally. I would categorize them more along the lines of a satin finish--think Misa Wishes Collection. These should be available March/April.

China Glaze Crackle Glitters Nail Wheel

Here's a quick look at the China Glaze Crackle Glitters that will be coming out soon. This collection contains 4 crackle glitter shades (also shown over black), which are a bit more glittery than their Crackle Metals Collection from 2011. I think I'm over the crackle craze though. Are you?

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Jessica Cosmetics Spring 2012: Heavy Petal Collection

Jessica Cosmetics recently shared their upcoming Spring 2012 Collection called Heavy Petal on their Facebook page, and below is a look at what they shared. My first impression was that I was unimpressed with the shades, lots of pinks and purples. But once I started looking closer at the bottle pictures that you can view on their page, and the names of the polishes, I became more interested. As an avid gardener, I love the flower names! Witchy Wisteria (the darkest purple shade) looks to be laced with delicate gold shimmer, and Rolling Rose looks much more delicate in their bottle picture, perhaps a soft milky pink tone. I've mentioned many times that I think Jessica has a superior formula, so I would love to hear that Rolling Rose is streak-free and opaque in 2 coats. I'm looking forward to seeing swatches of this collection in the coming weeks.

L-R: Born 2 Pansy, Witchy Wisteria, Dazed Dahlia, Hotter Than Hibiscus, Rolling Rose, Geranium Gypsy.

Spring fashion is all about incorporating mood and emotion to reflect personal style. Introducing HEAVY PETAL, a style melody of 6 JESSICA® Custom Colours; featuring amplified tones and textures, HEAVY PETAL is a combination of drama and spirit that is sure to steal the spotlight!

Whether you are a seasoned fashionista or a newbie, HEAVY PETAL will transform you into a free-spirited ROCKinista! Reminiscent of spring flowers in bloom, delicate yet feisty hues flourish in shades of pink and purple that will lift spirits and ignite sparks from manicured fingertips. So put the pedal to the metal this spring and join us on tour with HEAVY PETAL, because you were BORN TO ROCK!


Sample Spotlight: Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream

My samples are piling up, so I thought I would get them organized and start making a concerted effort to start using them up and reviewing them as I go. Between all of the samples I receive from Sephora orders, their deluxe sized samples that are often ordered with codes, samples that come with Macy's and Bloomingdale's orders...let's just say I have a lot of samples! They're now all neatly organized in a pretty glass container in the bathroom, and I encourage people to take what they'd like when they come over to visit. Of course if I'd quit ordering beauty products, my samples would deplete themselves over time, but what fun would that be?

I do enjoy receiving various samples though, because I've found some great products this way. I've also been able to reject the idea of purchasing a full sized product, by realizing that a particular product that I sampled first, just didn't work for me. My first Sample Spotlight will focus on Bobbi Brown's Hydrating Eye Cream, which I received from Sephora a while back using one of their deluxe code offers.

Bobbi Brown's Hydrating Eye Cream is a rich white cream that has little if any scent. The texture is of medium consistency, and it applies very smoothly with quick absorption. I just use a small amount on my finger tip for each eye, and I feel that a little of this product goes a long way. This product feels very nice going on--it's silky smooth and non-greasy. This is primarily a hydrating eye cream that also sets the stage for a smooth canvas for your concealer. It doesn't promise to remove wrinkles, puffiness, or dark circles, although hydration alone can often help to alleviate those issues. It is very hydrating, and the area around my eyes continues to look soft and moisturized all day long.

The photo above is of the full-sized product from Bobbi Brown's web site. Below is my sample jar that hopefully gives you an idea of the texture.

Here is a look at the official product description, followed by the ingredients.

Hydrating Eye Cream

This quick-absorbing eye cream delivers naturally-occurring humectants that melt into the skin, leaving the eye area soft, smooth and refreshed for up to 24 hours. A perfect level of emollients imparts a lightweight texture, allowing concealer to glide on evenly - Aloe Vera and Witch Hazel Extract soothe and comfort; Jojoba Seed, Avocado Oil and Squalane condition and revive continuously.

Ingredients: water, ethylhexyl palmitate, squalane, butylene glycol, cetyl alcohol, glyceryl stearate, hydrogenated vegetable oil, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, persea gratissima (avocado) oil, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) extract, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, retinyl palmitate, cholesterol, peg-100 stearate, glycerin, sodium pca, trehalose, ascorbyl palmitate, ethylhexylglycerin, hydroxyproline, proline, acrylates copolymer, phytantriol, glycine, linoleic acid, phytosphingosine, tocopheryl acetate, sodium hyaluronate, tocopherol, carbomer, sodium carbomer, disodium edta, phenoxyethanol.

Usage: Apply with fingers, patting gently around eye area. Make sure cream is fully absorbed before applying concealer.

.5 oz./15 ml $46.00

My thoughts on this eye cream are favorable, although I am certain I won't be purchasing the full-sized product. I've been using this faithfully for almost 3 weeks now, and other than my eye area feeling and looking hydrated, I'm not seeing too much improvement in fine lines and dark circle reduction. It delivers hydration as promised, it didn't irritate my eye area at all, it feels soothing and moisturizing well into the night, and it does make my eye area look better. However, my eye area doesn't look significantly improved using this product any more than it does using many other lower priced products. Again, this product doesn't claim to address all of my eye concerns, but I had read a number of reviews that claimed dark circles were erased, their fine lines had lessened, and that sort of thing. This product was of interest to me because of several reviews, so I'm glad I was able to sample it before spending my money on it.

I'm always looking for a miracle eye product that will turn back the hands of time, and I've yet to find one that "does it all". Many of them, including this product from Bobbi Brown, do a decent job improving my overall eye area. Does this eye cream do what it claims to do? Absolutely. However, if I'm going to spend $46.00 on any eye product, I want to see more results. This particular product is too expensive compared to the results I received. I would definitely spend more than $46.00 for an eye product, but I would need to see visible improvement in several areas of concern in order to warrant the cost.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Estee Lauder Mad Men Collection


A Limited Edition Makeup Collection Inspired by the Award Winning AMC Drama Mad Men®

In an exclusive partnership with the Emmy® and Golden Globe® award-winning AMC drama Mad Men®, Estée Lauder will introduce two limited edition makeup collections. The first Estée Lauder Mad Men® Collection will debut in March 2012, timed with the premiere of Season Five, and the second collection will launch with Season Six in 2013.

The first collection features two classic makeup items inspired by the look of the women featured in Mad Men’s ® 1960’s New York City setting. Bold, red lips and creamy, rouged cheeks define this iconic moment in time:

− Estée Lauder Mad Men® Collection Lipstick in Cherry features a cream satin finish and continual moisture delivered to lips for smooth, rich color.

− Estée Lauder Mad Men® Collection Creme Rouge in Evening Rose is an easily blendable and buildable formula that highlights cheeks with a dewy, smooth and natural finish.

The Estée Lauder Mad Men® Collection advertising was shot by world-renowned photographer Craig McDean and features Estée Lauder spokesmodel Constance Jablonski. The outer carton for the collection is a custom design inspired by the Estée Lauder packaging from the 1960’s.

Estée Lauder Mad Men® Collection Lipstick in Cherry is packaged in a fluted golden case in a leather-like gold pouch. Estée Lauder Mad Men® Collection Creme Rouge in Evening Rose is also housed in a fluted golden compact and leather-like pouch. The inner rim of the compact features an embossed stamp signifying the name of the limited edition collection – Estée Lauder Mad Men® Collection.

Set in 1960’s New York, the sexy, stylized and provocative AMC drama Mad Men® follows the lives of the ruthlessly competitive men and women of Madison Avenue advertising firm Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, an ego-driven world where key players make an art of the sell. Mad Men® is produced by Lionsgate and will launch its fifth season in March, 2012.

The Estée Lauder Mad Men® Collection will be available for a limited time beginning March 2012 exclusively at Bloomingdale’s stores nationwide, http://www.bloomingdales.com/ and http://www.esteelauder.com/.

Estée Lauder Mad Men® Collection Lipstick in Cherry $25.00
Estée Lauder Mad Men® Collection Creme Rouge in Evening Rose $40.00
Prices are suggested retail.
Mad Men® is a registered trademark of Lions Gate Television, Inc.

Photo & press release courtesy of Estee Lauder

MAC Cosmetics Launching A Marilyn Monroe Collection

MAKEUP IS A GIRL’S BEST FRIEND: MAC Cosmetics will celebrate Marilyn Monroe’s legacy and iconic beauty look with a limited edition color cosmetics collection, due at all worldwide MAC locations in October. Launched in partnership with Authentic Brands Group LLC, which acquired the intellectual property of Marilyn Monroe LLC in January 2011, the range will feature about 30 custom-designed stockkeeping units, priced from $15 to $27, and include eye shadows, lipsticks, nail lacquers and eyeliners.


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

IO Beauty Launching at QVC & Giveaway for my Readers!

Update: Congratulations to the winner, Beauty to Love! Thank you to all who entered.

IO Beauty is launching on QVC this Friday, February 17 at 10:00 PM on the Lisa Robertson Show. I don't normally offer giveaways on products that I haven't personally used, but this is an exception because it's a fantastic opportunity for one of my lucky readers to win a complete 4 piece IO Beauty Skin Care Set. I am however, quite familiar with the cosmetics line of one of the founders, Sue Devitt. She makes a wide range of beautiful cosmetics that I would put in the same quality/price range of brands such as Estee Lauder and Laura Mercier. Sue Devitt has partnered with Tanya Zuckerbrot, who is a nutrtionist and best-selling author. You can learn more about both of IO Beauty's creators here. After reading through the press material and exploring the IO Beauty web site, I was convinced that this product line was worth sharing with you, sight unseen, so to speak.

The concept and science of IO Beauty is worth a read, and you can learn much more about it by visiting their web site. What's unique about this skin care regimen in addition to their science, is that you actually ingest the Boosters drops for optimum results. It's a dual use product, because the Booster drops are also designed to be mixed with the Treatment Concentrate to form step one of the regimen, which is to apply this combination as a serum. You then follow that application with the Moisture Concentrate, and also included is an Eye Concentrate, which is applied around the eye area. The 4 piece set includes the following:

-IO BEAUTY Protect/Rejuvenate IO BOOSTERS
-IO Beauty Protect/Rejuvenate Treatment Concentrate
-IO BEAUTY Protect/Rejuvenate Moisture Concentrate
-IO BEAUTY Protect/Rejuvenate Eye Concentrate

Women who used IO BEAUTY Protect Rejuvenate experienced:
-90% Improved Appearance of Skin
-80% Improved Firmness
-97% Improved Hydration
-97% Smoother Skin
-100% Liked the Taste of the IO BOOSTER

Here's what you need to do to enter! Below is the information that I received in the press release. If you're going to enter to win something, you want to know what it's all about, right? There are 5 questions at the end of the post, all pertaining to IO Beauty and their product line. If you read about their line, you should be able to answer the questions. One random winner will be selected, and if they've answered all of the questions correctly, they win. If not, I'll let random.org continue to select winners until we get one with all 5 correct answers. Entries will be accepted until midnight, February 20. The winner will be contacted on February 21. U.S. residents only, as the prize will be mailed from the manufacturer or PR firm. So go ahead and read the information below, enlighten yourself on this product line, and leave your answers in the comments section! No need to copy and paste the questions, just list your 5 answers in the order that the questions appear. (Note: I had this set up with a Rafflecopter entry form and it was not loading correctly. I'm now using the comments to accept entries. Please leave your eMail as well so that I can contact you should you win. If you would prefer not to leave your eMail, please check back on Tuesday when I announce the winner, and then you can contact me. I apologize for any inconvenience.)

ONLY TWO DAYS AWAY! QVC unveils a new way to boost your beauty inside and out: io BEAUTY, a synchronized topical and ingestible skincare regimen designed to deliver comprehensive beauty benefits. Developed by renowned beauty expert Sue Devitt and leading nutritionist Tanya Zuckerbrot—top experts in outer and inner beauty, respectively—io BEAUTY launching on QVC, bringing a new dimension to the multi-channel retailer’s renowned range of beauty offerings.


THINK: “Beautrients” to promote inner and outer beauty.

WHAT IT IS: A synchronized topical and ingestible skincare regimen for comprehensive beauty benefits. Women are constantly seeking the latest beauty breakthroughs, from the newest serum to the most innovative ingestible. For the first time, io BEAUTY introduces a truly synergistic regimen comprised of inner and outer beauty technology, creating a comprehensive system to deeply hydrate, diminish fine lines and wrinkles, and foster fresh, radiant, healthy skin. By combining breakthrough, cutting-edge technology, clinical levels of advanced ingredients and powerful antioxidants in a topical/ingestible regimen, io BEAUTY delivers enhanced, boosted results inside and out. The brand’s apply/digest™ technology allows the io BEAUTY regimen to synergistically treat, protect and rejuvenate topically and internally for visible results that can be attributed to the complete regimen. The technology synchronizes the high-performance ingredients found in the topical and ingestible formulas for the ultimate in healthy, younger-looking skin.

Developed by renowned beauty expert Sue Devitt and leading nutritionist Tanya Zuckerbrot—top experts in outer and inner beauty, respectively—io BEAUTY features a first-of-its-kind formula that’s used as both a topical treatment and an ingestible treatment, pioneering a new beauty breakthrough that’s literally good enough to eat. Created through a trade secret extraction process, the unprecedented product is packed with a high-level of beauty nutrients (“beautrients”) handpicked by the experts to deliver maximum anti-aging benefits. Non-sticky and never bitter, the state-of-the-art topical/ingestible formula is the first-ever product to provide powerful protection against the aging process.

Comprised of a Protect/Rejuvenate Beauty Booster, Treatment Concentrate, Moisture Concentrate, and Eye Concentrate, the complete regimen is designed to foster glowing, youthful skin both inside and out. The key component of the regimen, the io Beauty Booster is a blend of biodynamic Wild Australian Blackberry, Goji Berry, Mangosteen, Açai and Equis AV that is applied topically (combined with the Treatment Concentrate to create a powerful serum) and ingested internally (to deliver the USDA’s daily recommendation of 3,200 ORAC units, the scientific measure of antioxidants). The Beauty Booster works synergistically inside and out in the following ways:

APPLY: Topically, the io Beauty Booster is combined with the io Treatment Concentrate, a blend of clinical anti-aging ingredients including Ridulisse C and Aquatic Collagen, to activate the io Synergy Complex. When applied, the hybrid serum is brought to deep layers of the skin through a Liquid Crystal delivery system to help protect skin from free radical damage and rejuvenate the skin’s appearance.

DIGEST: To experience the inner beauty benefits, drop the food-grade, calorie-free, “beautrient”-enhanced Beauty Booster under your tongue or mix it into water or juice. Just a few drops of the exclusive blend of minerals and antioxidants provide comprehensive protection and revitalizing benefits from the inside out.

WHAT IT COSTS: $32-$75

WHERE TO FIND: www.shopiobeauty.com and www.QVC.com


1. What does I/O stand for?

2. For topical application to the skin, what other IO Beauty product would you mix the booster with?

3. What type of special “delivery system” is used in IO Beauty?

4. What are 2 of the active ingredients?

5. How many ORAC units (the scientific measure of anitoxidants) does the IO Beauty Booster deliver?

Monday, February 13, 2012

A Closer Look At Adele's Grammy Manicure

Last night while watching E! Online's Red Carpet presentation, my eyes were immediately drawn to Adele's nails. Of course, I thought she looked absolutely stunning, but I was left wondering what that contrasting look was on her tips. I just received the press release on her manicure, and it was produced using Ciaté Paint Pots. Below are images and information about her look, and I have to admit that I'm extremely excited about the very last line of this press release!

Adele made her debut comeback at last night’s Grammy’s looking as glamorous as ever. Her nails were expertly polished by celebrity manicurist Mike Pocock in a ‘Louboutin’ style using Ciaté Paint Pot in Jewel on top and Ciaté Paint Pot in Mistress underneath.

Ciaté Paint Pots are long lasting, ultra glossy, full coverage nail polishes and ‘5 FREE’ as the polish formulas do not contain Formaldehyde, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP),
Toluene, Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor. They have a unique professional optimum
250 bristle, flat brush to give an even, smooth finish to the nails in three easy strokes.

Ciaté Jewel and Ciaté Mistress Paint Pots $15 each
Available in March at Sephora stores & Sephora.com

Friday, February 10, 2012

MyGlam.com January Bag

I've been receiving Julep's monthly subscription box for 6 months now, and while I haven't had any problems with their service, I decided to cancel that service and replace it with the MyGlam.com monthly beauty bag subscription. Julep features primarily nail and hand care products from their own line, while the MyGlam service features an assortment of products from many different brands that offer cosmetics, hair care, skin care, and other beauty related items. The cost is $10 per month. I should note that I am not affiliated with MyGlam.com, and the links I'm furnishing are simply links to the product manufacturer.

My January box arrived last month, and I'm expecting my February box any day now. To join MyGlam, you can go to their site and fill out a short beauty profile to get started. Each month you'll receive an assortment of 4-5 full-sized or deluxe sized samples, all packed in a cosmetics bag. Here's a look at what my January bag included:

I adore The Balm and have quite a few of their make up palettes, but I've never tried one of their nail polishes, so I was happy to receive You're So Hot & Gold. Some MyGlam members received an eye shadow single, but I'm happy with the polish. This is full sized at 0.5 fl. oz., and it's a sparkly mix of holographic glitter, perfect to use as a top coat over a darker base color. The retail price for The Balm polishes is $10.00.

Freeman's Cucumber Peel-Off Mask is also full-sized at 6 fl. oz. I have several Freeman products that I enjoy using, so this is nice to have in my stash of skin care products. The retail price for this product is $3.99.

Wen Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner will be my first Wen product. Here's a brief product description from Wen: A 5-in-1 formula, this one product takes the place of your shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner, detangler and leave-in conditioner. It cleanses hair thoroughly but without lathering and all the harsh ingredients that may be found in ordinary shampoos—it is designed so it won't strip your hair and scalp of their natural oils. I've heard good things about this line of hair care products, so I'm excited to try this out. I'm already in love with the scent! The 16 fl. oz. size retails for $36.00, and the tube in the MyGlam bag is 2 fl. oz.

Sheer Cover Duo Concealer is a "new to me" brand. Sheer Cover specializes in mineral based cosmetics, and the product description says "A unique pigment and mineral complex that provides full coverage with a sheer, flawless finish." This product retails for $19.95 on HSN for the .10 oz. size, which is the size I received.

My thoughts on the first bag I received are mostly positive. For $10.00, I received plenty of product. Would I have gone out and selected these specific products? Probably not, but that's part of the fun in receiving these services, because there's always that element of surprise. I wasn't overly excited about any of the products (well, maybe The Balm polish made my heart skip a beat!), but I'm not disappointed either. My hope is that after trying out the goodies, I'll discover some new products and brands along the way, and some of those products will become staples in my beauty routine.

My transaction with MyGlam went well, but I have heard that some people received bags later than they anticipated. Each month also includes a different style of cosmetics bag, but I already have more than enough of those, so that's not really a big draw for me. Also included, are product information cards and coupon codes for the products in the bag. I'll keep my subscription for a couple of months to see how it goes, but with new subscriptions from other companies coming out constantly these days, I'll probably move on to a new one in the future. I get bored easily!

Has anyone else signed up for MyGlam? Let us know your thoughts if you have--good, bad or indifferent.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Revlon Whimsical

I've been on the prowl for Revlon Whimsical ever since swatches starting popping up on blogs, and the only place I was able to locate it was at Meijer. I love that Revlon is introducing these gorgeous glitter concoctions, and this one is so Spring-like. We even have blue skies and sunshine today, although it's very chilly.

I used a base of Misa Little Hands, which is a Tiffany Blue creme shade from their Spring Precious Moments Collection. My glitter placement was sparse after 2 coats, which was a little disappointing, because it looks more condensed in the bottle (below). This is still a lovely polish though, and it makes me happy! This shade combines pink and blue hex glitter with smaller silver glitter swimming in a milky aqua base. All of the glitters have some color shifting action--the blue and pink glitters shift to a coppery pink, violet, and brighter blue, while the smaller silver glitter takes on a blue green hue. The base is very sheer, which makes it ideal to use over just about any color of base. It will mute your base color, but it won't really alter it too much. So many layering possibilities with this shade! As you probably know, this shade is very close to Deborah Lippmann's Glitter in the Air, only with a much lower price.

I'll leave you with this image that caught me by surprise this morning. I bring all of my patio plants indoors during the Winter, and they normally become quite dormant and inactive. By the time it's warm enough to place them outdoors in late April, they look pretty pathetic with barely any leaves, and never any blossoms. I'm always afraid they're going to die before Spring gets here. For some reason, my Presidential Hibiscus is coming to life this week. It's covered in buds, so I should have 7-8 more blossoms in the next couple of days. Maybe a sign of an early Spring? I sure hope so!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Bath & Body Works Island Paradise Collection: Bali Mango

Bath & Body Works has a trio of scents available that are sure to lift your spirits during the cold and dreary Winter months! From the colorful graphics to the luscious scents, these products give me hope that Summer is not as far off as it seems. You can read more about the scents, notes, and pricing below my mini review of the Bali Mango Body Lotion.

The Bali Mango Body Lotion has a deliciously sweet citrus scent that isn't too sweet, once it dries down. At first, this smelled more like bubble gum, which wasn't too appealing to me. Luckily, once I applied it, the true scent was delightful. It smells very natural to me, like a slightly tart mango with a hint of sugar. The fresh fruity scent definitely makes me think "tropical" and "summer", and those thoughts are inspiring to me in the dead of winter.

Here is some additional information about these limited edition scents from Bath & Body Works:

Although the weather is chilly, get in the tropical state of mind with Bath & Body Works Island Paradise Signature Collection featuring Aruba Coconut, Rio Rumberry and Bali Mango.

Aruba Coconut
Top Notes: Juicy Thai Mango, Fuji Apple, White Nectarine
Mid Notes: Passionflower, Vanilla Orchid, Casaba Melon
Dry Notes: Coconut Cream, Tahitian Vanilla, Indonesian Sandalwood

Rio Rumberry
Top Notes: Thai Papaya, Tangelo, Fresh Coconut Water, Sparkling Summer Lemon
Mid Notes: Tiare Flower Plumeria, Watery Starfruit
Dry Notes: Coconut Cream, Tahitian Vanilla, Indonesian Sandalwood

Bali Mango
Top: Sparkling Tangerine, Asian Apple, Peony
Mid Notes: Thai Lychee, Passion Flower, Pink Rose, Nectarine
Dry Notes: Raspberry Coulis, Skin Musk, Sugar Woods

Body Lotion ($11), Shower Gel ($11), Fragrance Mist ($12.50) Triple Moisture Body Cream ($12.50), Glowing Body Scrub ($14)

*Product featured was furnished by the manufacturer or PR firm for consideration.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Friday Follower Freebie Valentine's Day Edition!

We haven't done a Friday Follower Freebie Contest in a long time, so let's do it! Today's FFF features Stila's Love at First Blush set. I have one of these for myself too, but because it's too pretty to disturb, I don't have swatches to show you! Here's the description of this product from Sephora:

Love At First Blush Set
What it is:A limited-edition set featuring an adorable multicolored powder blush paired with two deluxe-size Lip Glazes.

What it does:Embossed with hearts in three ultra-wearable shades of pink, this microfine powder has a velvety smooth finish and subtle shimmer for a natural looking blush. A duo of deluxe-size Lip Glaze shades add high shine and understated color to complete your look.

This set contains:- 0.22 oz Love At First Blush Palette
- 2 x 0.05 oz Lip Glaze in Bubble Gum, Pinkle Twinkle

One follower will win this set, and this is open to International people as well. To enter, just leave me a comment using the Rafflecopter, and let me know if you enjoy Valentine's Day or if you're doing anything special. My husband and I don't do too much, but my daughter enjoys it so that's a good excuse for me to bake and decorate! An optional second entry is available by liking my blog's Facebook page. Contest ends at 12:01 AM Monday, February 6, and the winner will be announced in my Come Monday weekly newsletter, also on the 6th. Good luck!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Lynnderella Lilacs in Love & Heart Strings

Lynnderella Lilacs in Love and Heart Strings are two shades that are not part of any of Lynn's collections, and I don't really know if they may or may not be offered in the future. Currently, Llarowe is the exclusive distributor of Lynnderella polishes, so keep up with their Facebook page and sign up for their eMail updates on their site to stay informed of her stock.

Lilacs in Love, shown here over Misa Sweet Thing (a pale lilac), has a smoky violet tinted base and a multitude of glitter shapes and colors. It's almost impossible to determine all of the shapes and colors of glitter in this, but there are larger square and hex bright violet foil shapes, combined with multi colored iridescent micro glitter. I love how the micro glitter seems to glow or light up on the nail when the light catches it.

Heart Strings has a reddish/pink tinted base and is filled with red and silvery pink foil bar glitter. There's also a sparse amount of matching micro glitter mixed in. The photos below show two coats over Misa Bed of Roses, a bubblegum pink creme. I'm going to give this one a go over a black creme the next time I use it, because I think it would contrast nicely with a dark background.

Doesn't this macro shot look like something on a slide under a microscope?!!

Misa Precious Moments Spring 2012 Collection

Misa's Precious Moments Spring 2012 Collection offers 6 creme shades that include a mix of neutrals and pastels. The press release refers to the colors as tender muted shades, which describes them well. I used 2 coats on all of these except Bed of Roses, which is shown using 3 coats. I did not apply a top coat, and these were photographed indoors with an Ott lamp for lighting.

Bed of Roses is a rosy bright pink shade with a jelly finish. This is a sheer polish--not necessarily a bad thing, but 2 coats left me with visible nail lines so I opted to add a third coat. The formula itself was just the right consistency, and easy to apply. This shade has an extremely glossy finish, and it has a milky quality to it. I'm not a big fan of pinks, but I do love this one. I would describe the color as a bubblegum pink.

Sweet Thing is a soft greyed out lavender shade. It's very subtle and soft, making it a nice neutral pastel for Spring. The formula on this shade was slightly thick, but that didn't give me any problems during the application.

Pinky Promise is described by Misa as a ballet-slipper pink. This delicate pink hue has a hint of lilac to it. The formula is very creamy, making the application a breeze.

Someone Like You is a soft beige-pink, and it also has a touch of dirty peach to it. This shade also has a thicker formula, but levels off evenly.

Deep Breath is described as a dreamy periwinkle, and the promo picture looked like a pale dusty grey periwinkle shade. While this shade is nice dove grey hue with a good formula, I don't see the periwinkle anywhere, so that was a little disappointing.

Little Hands has an official description of a pastel mint green. This is a pale aqua green shade that is almost a perfect match to a Tiffany's box, so I'll call it a Tiffany blue. The formula on this was again on the thick side and I will likely add some thinner to it the next time I use it.

This is a pretty Spring collection, but I'm not seeing anything entirely unique in this selection of colors. Misa is one of my favorite brands for a number of reasons, but I would like to see them introduce some more creative shades, because I know they have that ability. Misa's Dirty Sexy Money was very unique and original when they came out with it, and many other companies have since introduced similar colors. Embroidered Emerald is one of my all time favorite polish shades, and they have many other unique and truly gorgeous shades that they've come out with over the years.

I love their bottles, I think they have one of the best formulas out there the majority of the time, and their polishes always seem to have higher than average pigmentation. There are some pretty shades in their Spring collection, and the fact that Misa's formula is thick but very workable, practically guarantees a 2 coat even finish. It's not often I end up with such good coverage on pastel shades, but these worked out very nicely. That being said, they present some nice on trend shades in this collection, but I do love when they come out with some "off trend" shades that give the other companies something to copy.

*Products featured were furnished by the manufacturer or PR firm for consideration.