Friday, February 3, 2012

Lynnderella Heart Strings and Liquid Valentine (♥) + blush + February shopping list!

I wasn't going to post swatches of these initially, since they were gifts from Lynn, but someone requested them so... here you go. They are not available for sale, but hopefully they will be in future collections! I know there's a bit of a bar-glitter-fan club out there!

Heart Strings over Illamasqua Collide (the name is sooo cute!)

Liquid Valentine (or ♥) over Zoya Alegra

Since it's a new year, I am trying to curb my spending on cosmetics and nail polish. January didn't start out so good, because I bought 4 blushes (and swapped for 2 more). I seem to have a growing blush obsession (do you?!).

Here is my modest (modest to some, already crazy to others) blush collection:

And some subpar swatches, because I needed to make sure I didn't have dupes (you guys know me!)

So for the month of February, I'm going to make a shopping list for cosmetics/np and STICK TO IT (at least try).

Here is what I'm allowing myself to purchase for this month:

  • A-Englands: I know I am totally late on the bandwagon here, but I recently decided to take the plunge and try this brand at the insistence of my NB friends. I plan on ordering the following through llarowe's shop (once they come back in stock): St George, Dragon, Order of the Garter, Tristam, Lady of the Lake, Galahad, Elaine, Perceval, and Guinevere. Do you have any of these? What do you think of my picks?
  • Layla Holographics: These are not yet available in the US, but should be ~sometime~ at and You can get them from Layla's italian site, but I lost patience trying to navigate their site in Italian (lol). I'm going to allow myself to purchase 5: Mercury Twilight (silver holo), Jade Groove, Mermaid Spell, Ocean Rush, and Flash Black (black holo). I'm skipping the nude/pink/purple ones, because let's be honest, if I'm going to wear a holo, it's gotta be blue or green :D
  • Zoya True collection: I only want three: Bevin, Skylar, and Lotus. The rest seem nice, but "nice" doesn't cut it anymore in my stash!! hehe.
  • Jessica Cosmetics: Disco Diva duo and Smoky Feather (the Chanel Graphite dupe)

It's going to be a pricey month (well, contingent on when the Laylas will become available), but I am so excited! It's been a while since I have been excited about polish, and I think my year-end purging and Lynns really sparked my interest again!

Are any of you sticking to budget or fixed shopping list this month? Hmmm?

(p.s. Sorry for the off-topic makeup stuff, I was too excited and wanted to share. I know when I was first into np I hated seeing makeup posts mixed in with my nail blogs, so apologies!! XD)


  1. Heart Strings is the perfect name for that polish!  Actually all the Lynderellas have perfect names!

    I'm a blush girl myself, but have yet to buy any Tarte's....I think I need Blissful....

  2. A-England is a wonderful brand, I have all your choices except Order of the Garter and Perceval. The rest are Ahhmazing, both in application and formulation!

  3. That Illamasqua is amazing! I don't blush I bronze instead...too hard for me to find a decent/suitable blush.

  4. Oh, A-England!! You won't be disappointed.  I just got my first three, Perceval-it is THE most beautiful red ever! Order of the Garter, another wow.  And Princess Tears, sigh.  I'm definitely getting St. George and Dragon next.  And those Layla Holographics?? I have been stalking the Zappos site for over a week.  Man they look awesome!  I wish I had a bottomless bank account.  My husband is going to kill me! :)

  5. Nice! I love blushes too! I have already two ful boxes and still have plenty on my wish list... 

  6.  I must say I don't fix budgets for me, but I should. This month I spent 90€ only on skin care products. I own only one blush, and one highlighter. I will buy another when this one is finished. I have products that I only have one of, like foundation, concealer, pouder, mascara and blush, and I have products that I have enourmous quantities of, like eye shadows, and eye liners, and all sorts of lip products

  7. nooo i love the makeup posts!  i think i need nars amour now, dangit.  and i love how you have 7 blushes, i have like 70.  oops!!!

    love the lynns also!

  8. I'm not a fan of bar glitter but heart Strings looks great over that pink!

  9. I love that you post your thoughts about budgets, making shopping lists, etc. I am obsessed with making nail polish shopping lists :)

  10. You know what's funny? Nail polish is the only cosmetic that I tell myself I can never have enough of! I only have one blush I use daily (Benefit Thrrrob) and only use the eyeshadows from my Naked palette... but yet I can buy the same shade of teal nail polish so many times! lol. Thanks for the pic of Heart Strings - I was curious what it looked like on nails!

  11. I'm not a big fan of bar glitter, but I have to admit, that Lynderella is making me reconsider! Her stuff is so gorgeous, and you do a great job with the pictures. :) Jessica Disco Diva is a MUST! It is amazing! And I can't wait to see your gorgeous pictures here. Also, on the blush front, I just picked up Illamasqua's Hussy, and I think I may be in danger of developing a blush addiction myself. ;)

  12. I know! usually bar glitter is a huge deterrent for me, but I like how this one looks. The name has got to help, though. haha. I can't wait to get Jessica Disco Diva! AGHHH! I want to try Illamasqua blushes too... mmmm blush. 

  13. Haha, we all have the same nail polish addiction XD It's a tough life, huh? ;) 

  14. That's pretty good of you! I don't have much of an addiction to lip products, since my lips are really sensitive and peel all the time :( If they ever heal properly though, IT'S ON LIKE DONKEY KONG! XD