Oct 27, 2013

Lynnderella Halloween Twinset - part 1

I'm going to get into the Halloween spirit (hehehe spirit) this week with some Halloween themed nails, art and polish.  Halloween has never been very big in Australia, as a kid we never did trick or treat, but I've noticed it getting bigger each year.  Probably due to the internet, international traditions are something we all have more exposure to now and they're catching on.  Last year we had quite a few kids door knocking and my boys dressed up and handed out lollies.  It was fun.  The kids are already planning what they will wear this year and we'll be carving a pumpkin again.
Alex and Ben hollowing out the pumpkin last year.
Starfleet Captain Alex and Dr Ben last year.
Personally I think the best part of Halloween is all the indie polishes so I'm starting my Halloween nails with some Lynnderella's from Glitter Connect.  I'm lucky enough to have the limited-edition Halloween twinset, Are You a Good Witch? and Ghouls Just Want To Have Fun!.  What makes them a twinset?  Matching iridescent burple shimmer and octagon-shaped bottles.  There's probably some Lynnderella collectors/fans out there that will have a problem with the bottle shape, it doesn't match the usual bottles, but that doesn't bother me.  These bottles match each other as you'd expect from a twinset, besides some of my older Lyns are in round bottles.  Anyway tonight I'm going to show you some simple nail art with Are You a Good Witch? and you'll have to come back to see Ghouls Just Want To Have Fun! later :)
Are You a Good Witch? is described as a multiglitter made with assorted black, green, purple, white and neon red glitters in a violet-blue-shimmered clear base.
As with any Lynnderella glitter bomb the first thing I did was test it on a nail wheel over a range of different colours in a search for the perfect 'undies' and like most Lyns it looks great over just about anything.  I wanted a base colour that would be dark enough to bring out the purple shimmer but not so dark it would hide the black glitter.  I loved it over black, it made the little green stars pop but the black glitter was lost.  I decided on a dusty greyed out purple, China Glaze Jungle Queen, which is apparently a Chanel Paradoxal dupe but I don't have the Chanel to compare.  Jungle Queen is a lovely polish, smooth and perfectly opaque in two coats with a subtle purple shimmer.
This is without top coat.  A top coat would bring out the shimmer.
Then I sponged a gradient on the tips with China Glaze Gothic Lolita.  It's a good match for Jungle Queen, with a similar hidden shimmer and dusty purple, just brighter in colour.  I cut my sponges into thin strips, about as wide as an orange stick, so I can sponge on polish without getting it all over my fingers.  I really should get a photo of my gradient technique one of these days.
With my base gradient done I then sponged on a gradient of Are You a Good Witch?  Using a sponge to apply it made it easier to place the larger glitter where I wanted then carry the finer glitter and shimmer down to my tips.
On my accent nail I stamped a spooky witch's house using BM-305 plate.  I filled in some details with glow in the dark polish and added the dead tree by hand.
Check out that glitter!
I love the way this turned out.  Pretty and magical but still Halloweeny.  Lynnderella Are You a Good Witch? is just stunning.  It's packed with so many different glitters.  I don't think I've even discovered all the types of glitter in there yet.  The little green stars are my favourite and the fine purple shimmer glows so beautifully.   It's not just for Halloween, it's a polish I can see myself wearing again and again
It went on really easy with a sponge but with the brush it still gives a great spread of glitter with just one coat.  I topped it with a coat of clear Gelicious ultra glaze top coat, it's a UV gel polish.  I like to use UV top coats over coarse glitter polishes because they give a really glossy smooth finish and there's no wait for drying time.

Like all glitter bombs removal can be a pain and is best using the foil method but if you want to make it easier I recommend a coat of Picture Polish Revolution under the glitter layer or a peel off base coat.  I used Innisfree peel off base under this manicure.  Even with the UV gel top coat the peel off will let me just 'pop' this lot off in the morning so I can play with the other half of this twinset.  If I didn't want to remove it the peel off can just as easily last a week without lifting.

If you're in the US you can get Lynnderella polishes from Lynnderella.com but us Aussie girls are lucky enough to be able to get them from Glitter Connect in Australia.  Check out the Glitter Connect facebook page for news and releases.
Halloween twinset, Are You a Good Witch? and Ghouls Just Want To Have Fun!


  1. I love this mani, the glitter, the stamping and the hand painted details are all perfect.


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