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It has been a few years since I last brought you a CbL Collection, and I’m so excited to share their brand-new collection for Spring/Summer 2017 today! There are seven beautiful shades that will have you screaming for sun and heat, especially if you’ve been under rainy skies like we have. This collection launched yesterday, May 1st on Llarowe.com!

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The first of the seven shades is She Sells Sea Shells, a bright pinkish-red linear holo with pink to lilac shimmer. Totally passable as a one-coater, She Sells Sea Shells applied smoothly and provided perfect, lush coverage with its second coat. I can’t wait to wear this cool bright polish for my summer pedis!

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The other shade in this colour family is You’re a Little Firecracker, a bright deepened fuchsia-red multi chrome holo with a purple/blue flame that shifts from deep fuchsia to copper orange to bright fuchsia. Llarowe calls this one a “summer vamp for your nails!” Another polish with perfect coverage and dreamy application, YaLF was almost a one-coater and its holo, perfection. Just a warning that the intensity of this one could stain a little, so use a good basecoat and don’t smear a polish-soaked remover pad when removing. Just LOOK at the holo in the slideshow below!

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Dream Big, the only purple in this collection, is described as an indigo-purple creme base with delicate but intense pink to gold to red shimmer. Although it looks quite deep in the bottle, once applied, I found it to be more of a midtone with beautiful complexity. I live for hidden shimmer!

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If you love neons, you will need Radioactive in your life! An intensely bright neon green creme base with intense red to gold to chartreuse shimmer, this one is truly blinding. I found this polish to be more of a jelly, and therefore a bit on the sheer side, even at two coats. To make it truly pop even more, wear this one over an opaque white!

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One of my favourites from this collection has to be The Bluest Eyes in Texas. Siiigh… Described as a bright milky turquoise blue creme base with intense gold shimmer and hints of gold to red/pink to green shimmer, this beautiful light blue shows intense fiery and pink flashes. Leah Ann was inspired to make this beauty by her sister’s eyes. Oh to have such lovely eyes!

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The Bluest Eyes in shade

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The Bluest Eyes in sunlight

The last two polishes in this collection bear the same name. The first, The Deep End, is a vivid turquoise-based multi-chrome that shifts from turquoise to green to blue to purple to pink. I found The Deep End to be a bluish teal with intense shifts in colour, needing a full two coats for complete opacity. It’s almost like a crelly (cream-jelly) polish, and so so gorgeous:

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And last but not least, my other favourite from this collection, The Deep End (H), which is basically the holographic version of the above polish. Described the same as its non-holo twin, a “vivid turquoise-based multi-chrome that shifts from turquoise to green to blue to purple to pink,” it has an incredibly gorgeous added holo sparkle. Do you see the two-toned nails in the slideshow below?? The deep blue-to-algae-turquoise looks exactly like the depth of the ocean!

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Look at these macros of holographic The Deep End!! I was utterly mesmerized by the beauty and sparkle of this polish!

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All Colors by Llarowe polishes are 5-free, cruelty-free and vegan.

In addition to Llarowe.com, you can find Leah Ann’s collections at a number of international stockists. As always, be sure to follow CbL on Instagram and Facebook for the latest news, restock updates, and for more swatches!

Which of these beauties is calling your name? Are you in love with the blues like me, or tend to lean for pinks and brights?

~xo

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(Products were provided for consideration and review. All opinions are my own.)

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OPI Announces NEW California Dreaming CollectionFeaturing
West Coast-Inspired Hues for Summer 2017 
 

 

This summer, tour the west coast with the California Dreaming Collection by OPIExperience the brand’s beloved home state with a palette of fun, flirty shades ideal for big adventures, from a day at the beach or a quick surf session to a hike in the mountains or wine tasting in Napa.

 

The California Dreaming Collection features 12 new hues in classic Nail Lacquer and Long-Wear InfiniteShine formulas, allowing consumers to experience the colours of California’s majestic sunsets and diverse landscapes with a variety of nail wear options. Shades are as unique as the collection’s namesake destination, including rich merlot and punchy pink, orange and coral hues, along with soft, warm shades of rose, pink, peach and nude that conjure the state’s most picturesque locales. Have this summer’s perfect bright red, while deep metallic gold evokes the hazy twilight golden hour. Shimmerings late with brown undertones offers a softer take on classic black. The collection’s hero shade Time For aNapa is a pink coral hue ideal for matching bikinis and wearing on both fingers and toes while exploring California’s 800 miles of coastline.

 

“I always draw inspiration from fashion, food and travel, and California’s unique mix of cultures, cuisines and landscapes serves as a constant source of creativity,” remarks OPI co-founder and brand ambassador, Suzi Weiss-Fischmann. “From San Diego to San Francisco, the state is filled with breathtaking vistas; from active adventurers wearing yoga pants to Hollywood stars in sequins,California fashion is completely unique. And when it comes to food, there’s something for everyone!The California Dreaming Collection offers a flexible palette ranging from berry to nude, with gold and black hues ideal for nail art and two-tone looks – providing wearers with a taste of the beauty found in ‘The Golden State.’”

 

California Dreaming Collection by OPI includes the below shades in classic Nail Lacquer and InfiniteShine formulas:

 

OPI Nail Lacquer in This Is Not Whine Country
This is Not Whine Country
The merlot the merrier I always say.
OPI Nail Lacquer in GPS I Love You
GPS I Love You
I couldn’t have pinked a sweeter travelling companion.
OPI Nail Lacquer in Malibu Pier Pressure
Malibu Pier Pressure
This cotton candy pink has a very persuasive vibe. 
OPI Nail Lacquer in To the Mouse House We Go
To the Mouse House We Go!
This magic red is for kissable lips, polka dot bows and tempting apples.
OPI Nail Lacquer in Me Myselfie I
Me, Myselfie & I
But enough about me, doesn’t this coral look good in my selfie?
OPI Nail Lacquer in Santa Monica Beach Peach
Santa Monica Beach Peach
Go ahead and hit the beach, this punchy orange has your back.
OPI Nail Lacquer in Time For a Napa
Time for a Napa
It’s always the right moment for this bubbly hot coral.
OPI Nail Lacquer in Excuse Me Big Sur
Excuse Me, Big Sur!
This rose may be soft, but it’s not afraid to speak up.
OPI Nail Lacquer in Barking Up the Wrong Sequoia
Barking Up the Wrong Sequoia
Finding the perfect peach is a tall order.
OPI Nail Lacquer in Feeling Frisco
Feeling Frisco
This nude’s bound to put you in a Bayful mood.
OPI Nail Lacquer in Sweet Carmel Sunday
Sweet Carmel Sunday
You’re always a treat in this glistening gold.
OPI Nail Lacquer in Dont Take Yosemite For Granite
Don’t Take Yosemite for Granite
Of quartz not! Everyone appreciates this shimmering slate.

 

California Dreaming Collection by OPI will be available in classic Nail Lacquer and Infinite Shine formulas beginning May 2017. Nail Lacquers will retail for $10.00 ($13.50 CAN) each and Infinite Shine colors will retail for $12.50 ($16.95 CAN) at Professional Salons, as well as Beauty Brands, beautybrands.comChatters, Dillard’s, Regis, Sally Beauty, ULTA and ulta.com and Macy’s. OPI is guaranteed only when purchased through authorized professional beauty outlets and prestige stores, not from a drugstore, supermarket, mass outlet, or other unauthorized sources.

 

For more information, please visit OPI.com. Follow OPI on Twitter and Instagram @OPI_PRODUCTS and go to OPI Products on Facebook to become a fan!

It’s piCture pOlish Thursday again and today I bring you another sparkly gem that is part of the Limited Edition Collaboration shades! piCture pOlish is an amazing brand that created the Collaboration Shades, polishes that the piCture pOlish Girls created with bloggers or their Network members (online vendors). How cool is that?

piCture pOlish Atomic was created with blogger Sarah of Samarium’s Swatches, and launched in January of this year. Sarah was inspired by the element Samarium, her blog namesake, a silvery white metal. Samarium oxidizes in the air, forming a grayish-yellow powder, and that is why there is gold shimmer sparkle in her creation!

piCture pOlish describes Atomic as a silver/white metallic holo (scattered) that has NO glitter.  Atomic contains a holographic shimmer to create a magical shade, complex with a lot going on!

Atomic is a pale silver with a warm tint, making it suitable to, in my opinion, all skin tones. It is perfect for layering – it’s sheer enough to be a top coat-type polish in order to change the base colour, but today I wanted to capture its pure beauty. Below I used two generous coats of Atomic over base coat, and luckily it was a sunny day so that you can see the amazing holo sparkle!

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I personally like VNL (visible nail lines), but if you wanted total opacity, you could add a third coat of Atomic or layer it. You know what else is amazing? Atomic dries super-quickly, so you don’t have to worry about layering or using three coats!

Here is a picture of Atomic slightly blurred to show off the amazing delicate holo for you:

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Do you think I should layer Atomic over a coloured base next time?

Get your very own bottle of Atomic by visiting piCture pOlish on-line and or any piCture pOlish Network member, including Harlow & Co, Llarowe and Nail Polish Canada. And don’t forget to follow the Girls on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram for all the latest news, giveaways, and more!!

~xo

 

(Product provided for consideration and review. All opinions are my own.)

…what do you do??? You keep painting your nails with the same polish!!!

I wanted to use a creme. I wanted to do something light…something sheer…

But I had Lynnderella’s Gotta Love Brains on my counter, staring at me. I took another polish, tried it on my thumb. GLB was still looking at me.

Tried another.

GLB. Still enticing me.

Ok fine.

You win, GLB!!!

Here we go. Gotta Love Brains with no base colour. Still stunning. A little more subtle. Ever so st

unning. One of my fave Lynnderellas ever. And one of the shiniest frankens I have seen!

 

Do you have a polish or a makeup item you keep running back to?

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