8.27.2014

Peanuts by OPI Collection: Swatches & Review!

Provided for review

Happy Wednesday, polished friends!  Today I have the new Peanuts by OPI Collection to show you!  This is OPI's Halloween collection, and it's adorable.  If you're a Peanuts or Charlie Brown fan, you'll love it.  If you're looking for traditional oranges and ghoulish greens for October, you'll have to look elsewhere.  Let's take a look at this four-piece set...


First up is OPI Good Grief!, a bright yellow with a hidden shimmer that I didn't see in the bottle.  Like most yellows, this was streaky and a bit difficult to work with, but with three coats and Out the Door top coat, I was able to smooth it out.  If you're a yellow fan, you'll love this shimmer!



The first glitter topper in this set is OPI To Be Or Not To Beagle, a mix of matte hexes in blue, light blue, light yellow, light orange, red, and white with matte black hexes, microglitter and tiny bars.  Here I have layered two coats over OPI Angel With A Lead Foot (white creme) with Out the Door top coat.  With a blob and spread application, this was easy to work with and I was impressed with the coverage.



OPI Where's My Blanket??? is a glitter topper with matte hexes in black, light yellow and light orange and matte black microglitter.  This swatch is just one coat (blob and spread) over OPI Angel With A Lead Foot and Out the Door top coat.  Again, this one was easy to work with and apply.



Finally, a Halloween staple, OPI WHO ARE YOU CALLING BOSSY?!? is a classic black creme.  No issues here.  This is two coats with Out the Door.



I think this is a fun little release from OPI!  The glitters are neat, especially for those polish people who don't have lots of indie glitters in their collections.  These polishes will be available in September 2014 in individual full-sized bottles for $9.50 or as a four-piece mini set, Little Peanuts, for $13.95 that also includes Peanuts nail decals!  Will you be picking up any of these shades?


8.26.2014

Silly Bee's Chickadess Port Maria and Coconut Pie: Swatches & Review!

Provided for review

Hello polished friends!  Today I have two cute polishes from Silly Bee's Chickadess to share with you!  Melissa from Silly Bee's Chickadees is probably one of the kindest people I have interacted with in the nail polish community.  She recently launched her Glitter For Good charity initiative, so I will include more info about that at the end of this post!

First of all, these are my first minis from Silly Bee's.  The bottles are rectangular and still have the signature cute Silly Bee's labels.  I was pleased with the brush in the mini bottles - application was easy!


The first polish I have to show you is Silly Bee's Chickadees Port Maria, a teal green jelly filled with metallic gold dot glitters.  This is the final polish in the Island In The Son Collection.  This is so pretty!  I used three thin coats for this swatch with Out the Door top coat.



Next, I have Silly Bee's Chickadees Coconut Pie, a glitter topper packed with matte white glitter shards.  This is part of Melissa's monthly pie-themed limited edition releases, and it is really cool!  You could layer it over anything, but I went for a high contrast manicure here with a black base.  This is two coats, blob and spread application, over black with Out the Door top coat.



Both of these polishes are limited edition, so get them before they are gone!  Full-sized 15mL polishes are $10.  Check out the Silly Bee's Chickadess Etsy Shop and her Facebook page for more information!  Also, please check out the information below about Glitter For Good!



Glitter for Good is the driving force behind Silly Bee's Chickadees. I believe that everyone, regardless of race, creed, gender or sexual orientation deserves to sparkle and it is my hope that we will inspire others to do just that. 

Silly Bee's Chickadees pledges to donate a portion of all sales to organizations with a special focus on empowering and improving the lives of women, children and youth.

Since its inception, Silly Bee's has supported several worthy organizations including Ronald McDonald House, Cancer Research Institute, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, SPCA of Central Florida, Vested Interest in K9s, and most recently Free Hill Primary and Infant School in Jamaica.

Each quarter, a different organization will be selected to benefit from Glitter for Good. There may also be limited edition polishes which will benefit special events.

As always, Silly Bee's Chickadees will continue to create the highest quality product while striving to bring joy to its customers. 

I hope you will support us as we launch this new initiative and vision. 

Glitter for Good. Because everyone deserves to sparkle.

Thank you for your support,
Melissa


8.25.2014

#LLWeirdScience!

Hello polished friends...it's LACQUER LEGION day again!  I have really enjoyed participating in these nail art challenges...great prompts from the ladies in charge and I've discovered lots of great people to follow on social media through the Lacquer Legion hashtags!  The theme for August is Weird Science, which, as always, you could interpret anyway you'd like, but as a biologist and geologist in my past life, I knew I needed to do a manicure related to that.  My manicure is inspired by a strata column showing different layers of rock!

Be sure to check out the #LLWeirdScience hashtag on social media to see lots of science-inspired manicures!


I don't love the colors of this manicure, but I felt it should be "earthy" instead of bright.  I used the following shades: OPI You're So Vain-illa, OPI Scores A Goal!, OPI How Great Is Your Dane, OPI Ice-Bergers & Fries, OPI Lost On Lombard and StripeRite in black and white.  I sealed everything in with KBShimmer Clearly On Top.



Not the prettiest manicure I have ever done, but I like how it turned out.  As an undergraduate, I was fortunate to work with a great geology professor who took me on all sorts of great trips, including a trip out West where we travelled through the Colorado Plateau and saw the Grand Canyon...this manicure brought back lots of memories of that!


Be sure to check out the #LLWeirdScience hashtag on social media to see lots of science-inspired manicures!

OPI and KBShimmer products in this post were provided for previous review.
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