Thursday, April 17, 2014

SuperChic Lacquer Morphamas

SuperChic Lacquer Morphamas is a bright teal jelly filled with blue and chartreuse glitter pieces (primarily hexes). It's blue, green and glittery. For me, this is pretty much the recipe of a successful polish, so you know I love this one! I got Morphamas from the always generous Amanda, who always introduces me to awesome new brands!

The formula is excellent, albeit a touch sheer--this is a jelly, after all. But I managed to bring it to near-opacity at three coats. Morphamas was actually a holiday polish, but what it really makes me think of, with its mix of blue and green, is the ocean. So it makes a fantastic summer polish as well!

You can purchase SuperChic Lacquer on Etsy.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Butter London Sweet Somethings Preview

Essie isn't the only polish company with a new wedding collection coming out this spring! Now, everyone's favorite anglophiles, Butter London, are trying their immaculately manicured hand at the wedding polish game. Their inaugural wedding collection, Sweet Somethings, features four polishes, with each representing one of the traditional "somethings" a bride needs for her big day: old, new, borrowed and blue.

L to R: Doily, Alabaster Gaze, Petticoat

Pink Ribbon is a re-promote (you can see my swatches of it HERE) but the other three are brand new polishes. Currently they can only be purchased as a minis set. It would make a great gift if you or someone you know is getting married, but I must admit I wish there was the option to purchase the colors on their own too. But maybe we will see some of the individual colors join Butter's core line-up in the future! 

The Sweet Somethings set is already available on BL's website. Will you be trying Butter's first-ever wedding collection?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Sephora by OPI 212-Sephora

For this installment of Twinsie Tuesday, we're featuring a polish that was given to us as a gift! I love receiving polish as a gift but I know I'm probably not the easiest person to buy it for, given the ridiculous size of my collection. So most of my gifted polishes have come from fellow bloggers, who share and understand the same obsession! The polish I chose for today's post, Sephora by OPI 212-Sephora, was a birthday gift from the lovely Nory!

If you ask me, 212-Sephora was the crown jewel of the now-defunct SOPI line. It's a very deep brown jelly with chunky silver holo glitter and iridescent green and orange flakies. This is a super unique polish. I can't think of anything else out there like it!

And then a really quick shot I snapped in natural light so you can see all the flakies better:

I'm not normally big on brown polish, but this one really won me over. You know me: I can't resist anything sparkly! I do wish my nails were still super long so I could show off this beauty properly, but I had a bit of a mishap at work this weekend that wrecked my right thumb nail, so unfortunately I had to trim down the rest to match. :(

But getting back to the polish itself, the formula is nice and can be built up to full opacity, no problem. I used three coats here. 212-Sephora is the only SOPI I own, but if there's one polish worth tracking down from the line, this one gets my vote!

Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Rachel at Top Coat It
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Traci at DrinkCitra

Monday, April 14, 2014

Deborah Lippmann Rockin' Robin

 Deborah Lippmann Rockin' Robin is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth! This blue-based mint green creme is filled with small matte black glitter pieces, meant to mimic the look of mint chip ice cream. With warmer weather (maybe?) on the way, this polish puts visions of summer heat and icy desserts in my head. There are several mint ice cream-inspired polishes out there, but I think this one is absolutely spot on. It looks almost good enough to eat!

The green base is a bit streaky, but self-levels impressively. I used three coats here. The amount of black glitters in this polish is pretty much perfect. There are enough that you don't have to worry about getting them to spread evenly across the nail, but no so many that they overshadow the pretty pastel base.

I'm rocking another Deborah Lippmann, the classic Happy Birthday, on my toes right now and I think Rockin' Robin will be my next pedi polish. I love wearing pastels on my toes and I think the glitter will be a fun extra twist!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Review: Lush Buffy

It may look plain, but that little bar you see above packs some serious magic! One of my all-time favorite Lush products, Buffy is a body butter bar (try saying that five times fast) that's an exfoliant and and a moisturizer all in one--perfect if you're like me hardly ever remember to put on body lotion!

Buffy could not be any easier to use. Just rub it against wet skin and let the ground rice, almonds and aduki beans go to work polishing your skin and slogging off all the rough, dry bits. While Buffy means business, it isn't overly harsh and its infusions of lavender oil, cocoa butter and shea butter will leave your skin feeling moisturized and silky smooth all day long! After I'm done buffing my skin with the bar, I like to take a minute or two to massage in all of the oils and butters, then rinse it all off. (Extra tip: Heat and moisture makes Buffy melt-y, so I highly recommend keeping it safe and dry in one of Lush's body butter tins.)

Buffy is also great for after shaving. I'll rub my legs with it, then run my razor back over my legs to get all that dead skin off. This gives you the smoothest, softest legs ever! I'm a little self-conscious about my legs, but it helps knowing that Buffy will always leave them looking their best!

Have you tried Buffy? What are your favorite products to help get your skin ready for summer?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Zoya Carter

Zoya Carter is a black-based texture with purple glitter. Second to Liquid Sand, Pixie Dusts are my favorite textured polishes and Carter is a prime example of why. It has a dense, vibrant sparkle that really stands out, especially against the black base. This would be a great polish for a night out!

I've had a major lemming for Carter for a while now, so I was thrilled to find it on clearance a few weeks back! Score!

The formula was great and reached opacity in three coats. Pixie Dusts always wear like iron on me, which is one of the things I love about them--and really, textured polishes in general.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Orly Baked Preview

I gotta admit, the last couple Orly collections haven't really done much for me. But their summer collection, Baked, looks really promising! The collection, which launches in May, is filled with the ultra-saturated brights you would expect from a summer set, but they look a bit more unique than the typical neon shades we see each year.

Neon Heat
Hot Tropics
Tropical Pop

 I'm especially curious to see Lush, Ablaze and Saturated! Are you looking forward to any of these shades?