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Shimmer Linna Nail Lacquer

Shimmer Linna Nail Lacquer
Shimmer Linna Nail Lacquer

Shimmer Linna Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as an “emerald green, teal mix.” It is primarily a mix of emerald green and teal glitter, but there are also some bits of blue and red pieces, too. While the glitter nail polish gallery is certainly growing, it is by no means comprehensive, and so I don’t have any dupes to suggest for this.

Linna had good density and opacity; I used one coat over a chartreuse green cream (L’Oreal New Money), and then I also did two coats over my thumbnail and three on pinky nail of the glitter polish alone. Two coats were pretty good but three would be best for full opacity (which is what the brand recommended to me for full opacity when I asked prior to even receiving product).  The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so the glitter dispersed and spread evenly across the nail without pooling along the edges and didn’t take long to dry.  I’ve tested two shades (and Linna was one of those) for wear, and I saw seven days with minor tip wear but no chipping. I do warn you that most polishes wear well on me, so even more so than usual, your mileage may vary!  I would recommend wearing a thick top coat on top to give a smoother, glossier finish.

The creatrix behind Shimmer is Cindy, and you can read more about how she got started and her philosophy on lacquer here, but I really love how she names her polishes after someone in her life that is important to her. It is an excellent way to acknowledge someone’s impact on your life. Per her website, she recommends two to three coats on her polishes for a “foil-like” finish. She has a good amount of stock and is available via Etsy, and the first is certainly something I look for in indie brands!

Shimmer Linna Nail Lacquer


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New Product Alert! Guerlain Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine Collection

The classic 1960’s pin-up girl is more than just a pretty face—she is witty, elegant, playful and secretive all at once. She is incomparably charming and has perfectly mastered the art of femininity. A reflection of her era, the 1960’s pin-up girl embodies bold originality. In homage, Guerlain presents Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine, a collection of lip glosses and nail lacquers as sensational as the era which inspired it. Just like the 60’s pin-up girl herself, Maxi Shine is playful, provocative, ravishing, and irresistible at first glance.

Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine ($30.00) (New & Permanent)

The 20 shades of Gloss D’enfer guarantee lips a shimmering, radiant and plumping finish. Maxi Shine’s oil composition creates a moisturizing barrier to ensure an intense softness. The ergonomic applicator allows for easy lip definition, more effectively evoking the hint of a smile. Additionally, each shade presents varying degrees of coverage and pigment intensity. The perfect partner for a desirable, appealing smile, Maxi Shine offers tailor-made effects for beautifully enhanced lips.

  • 400 Gold Tchlack
  • 401 Praline Blop
  • 402 Browny Clap
  • 403 Brun Buzz 465 Bubble Gum
  • 420 Rouge Shebam
  • 421 Red Pow
  • 440 Coral Wizz
  • 441 Tangerine Vlam
  • 460 Rose Splatch
  • 461 Pink Clip
  • 462 Rosy Bang
  • 463 La petite Robe Noir
  • 464 Guimauve Vlop
  • 466 Dragée Bomp
  • 467 Cherry Swing
  • 468 Candy Stripe
  • 469 Fuchsia Ding
  • 470 Magenta Waouh
  • 471 Prune Zip

Le Vernis ($23.00) (New & Permanent)

Guerlain’s 10 newest nail lacquers are indispensable allies for accomplished femininity. These ultra-vibrant shades incorporate adhesive resins to offer a perfectly even sheen that lasts for days. The new collection also contains a base and top coat, designed with a silicone derivative to strengthen, reinforce, and protect the nail. Using each shade’s extra-flat and widened brush, Le Vernis creates a shiny, daring and immaculate nail with ease.

  • 00 Lingerie
  • 64 Gemma
  • 121 Rouge d’Enfer
  • 125 Vega
  • 143 Nahema
  • 165 Champs- Elysées
  • 168 L’Heure Bleue
  • 280 Jardins de Bagatelle
  • 263 À la Parisienne
  • 463 La Petite Robe Noire
  • High Shine Top Coat
  • Protective Base Coat

Availability: April 2013 at select locations of Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman. Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine will be available at select locations of Sephora beginning May 2013.

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Burberry Misty Light Glow Natural Blush

Burberry Misty Light Glow Natural Blush
Burberry Misty Light Glow Natural Blush

Burberry Misty Light Glow Natural Blush ($42.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a pale, light-medium pink with subtle cool undertones and a matte finish. MAC Stay Pretty is slightly darker and cooler-toned. MAC Rosy Outlook is lighter and warmer. Illamasqua Naked Rose is similar but darker. MAC Launch Away is a touch lighter. MAC Oh So Fair is slightly warmer-toned.

The texture is incredibly soft and velvety–finely-milled, smooth, and sits nicely on the skin without being powdery or emphasizing imperfections. It’s blendable, and buildable, but it is a lighter shade, so it is better suited for light to light-medium complexions. On my medium skin tone, it is very subtle and adds a faint rosiness. It wore well for eight hours, and it started to fade after nine hours.  The texture and feel of Burberry’s blushes is amazing, but this color is less universal compared to some of the other shades in their catalog so medium and darker complexions may want to look to another shade.

Deal Alert! ULTA’s 21 Days of Beauty (2013)

ULTA Beauty’s 21 Days of Beauty is going on, and today’s steal features Butter London Nail Lacquers for $9 (regularly $15), along with $9 bareMinerals 100% Natural Lipgloss and Lipstick (regularly $15).

You can check out upcoming deals for the next few weeks here! (The most exciting ones I saw were 50% off Amazing Cosmetics Concealer on 3/17, 50% off Urban Decay’s Greed Primer on 3/22, 50% off Laura Gellar Champagne Spackle on 3/26, 45% off Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil on 3/28, 43% off Too Faced Natural Face Palette on 3/29.)