Ugh! What a busy week it’s been! Now that it’s Saturday, I can take a breath and give you guys a nice long review.
I have the brains behind LynBDesigns on the blog today to answer a few questions that you might have been wondering about.
Q and A
Good Witch Q: What made you start making polish?
LynB A: I started making polish simply out of boredom and lack of variety. First it was frankening and when I hate run out of my personal nail polish I bought my first supplies and in January of 2012 I listed my first collection. It also filled my need for a job. I lived in a small town and since moving I live in an even smaller town. Jobs are hard to come by, and I decided to create my own.
Good Witch: What inspires you the most?
LynB: Oh, what doesn't inspire me? Right now I'm making a collection based on the county I live in for a local store, of course my nerdier side inspires things. Anything and everything has the ability to inspire me. I have a five page long document of future collections that I'm constantly adding to.
Good Witch: If someone copies one of your polishes, is that flattering or insulting?
LynB: Hmm, that's a tough one. I don't think I've had to encounter that yet. I think on some level I'd be impressed and flattered, but also a little ticked off. For me personally, I try to not look at other people's polishes when I'm creating a collection. There have been a few that I made that were really close to others, and when I found out, I quickly changed them.
Good Witch: What are some of the new polish trends going around that you like and what are some that you cannot stand?
LynB: I LOVE linear holographic polishes and just recently added two to my store. I just can't get enough holo polishes. There aren't any others that I'm in love with for myself. I love the look of texture, but I can't stand it. I'm a nail picker and if my nails aren't smooth, I pick them. It's not a good thing. I really like the look of matte nails on others, but on me, it always looks weird. There's one that I hate, and it's caviar or bead manicures, and really any 3-D nail art. I prefer things smooth and even.
Good Witch: Do you have anything awesome in the works for your customers?
LynB: I have several things in the works that I'm pretty excited about. There will be more linear holographics, and a collection that's really close to my heart. It's based on gemstones. I'm a major rock and mineral nut.
Good Witch: What do you do outside of the polish world?
LynB: When I say nail polish is my life, I mean it. It's my job, and it's my passion. I've wanted to be an artist since I was in 2nd grade and that's what I am. I have three associates degrees, and I want to go back to school and get my degree in Art History with a minor in Marketing.
Good Witch: What type of base coat do you use or suggest? As well as top coat?
LynB: I use Nailtiques Formula two for my main base coat. It has helped my nails so much, if I weren't using it my nails would be minuscule and brittle. I also use Seche Clear for swatching. I alternate top coats, I use Seche Vite half the time and for special manicures I use Digital Nails Ain't Nobody Got Time for That. It has the special ability to smooth and shine almost anything.
Good Witch: Is there any nail-related ritual you can't skip when you're doing your nails?
LynB: When I'm doing my nails, I have to moisturize my hands and my nails. I use hand creme and cuticle oil. Simple, but effective.
Good Witch: Do you have any manicure secrets you'd share with us?
LynB: Manicure secrets? What I've learned is all info stolen from others. Because I have brittle nails I started taking biotin every day and I can't tell you how it's changed my life. When it comes to painting or taking care of nails, I'm a bit of an idiot. I'm lazy and tend to skip things, but when I see something I like, I make sure that I do it every time I do my nails.
That gives you a little glimpse into the creative genius Jennalyn is. I have always loved her polishes, ever since I was a fledgling in the polish world, her polishes have always been in the forefront of my indie madness. And the fact that she puts out some awesomely wicked Doctor Who polishes ranks her up pretty highly in my book.
I am relatively new to the whole Doctor Who fandom. I haven’t seen many of the newer episodes (but I am thoroughly excited that we’re getting BBC America when we get DirectTV- if that EVER happens) but I’m still a Whovian at heart.
The first one we have up is Slim and a Little Bit Foxy. Jennalyn describes it as a darkened silver with some slight color shifting sparkle.
To me it’s almost a pewter or gunmetal grey shimmer.
I’m not usually a fan of grey polishes, because they wipe out my skin tone like none other. But the shimmer in this makes it not so heavy and doesn’t wash out as much.
Like I said, not so bad. I’ve got two coats of Slim on my nails with a TC of Out the Door. There’s no bubblage, limited streakage and the opacity is top notch. This picture was taken indoors with artificial lighting.
With the flash there is minimal streakage, but it’s honestly not enough to make me go EWWW. I hardly noticed it when looking at it myself.
Here’s a close-up in natural light outdoors. Beware, my cuticles are a mess! I am always fighting a never-ending battle with my cuticles.
This is seriously a gorgeous grey polish. Like I said, the opacity is top notch, coverage is awesome.
Next up is Always Take a Banana to a Party. Jenna describes this polish as a creamy pale yellow base with silver, brown, black, and yellow micro glitters.
I was on the fence on this one. It looks very unassuming in the bottle. Almost mottled-looking. I kinda cocked my eyebrow and went on.
The more I looked at it, the more it reminded me of a crelly form of Floam. I just didn’t know what to do with it.
I tried it out under Zoya Purity….
While it wasn’t bad, it wasn’t all that spectacular either.
Just kinda fell flat.
So I decided to re-do it and not use an undie.
Ahhhh much better. ABABTAP goes on relatively opaque at two coats, so the coverage is way better than I had figured it would be, being a crelly and all. And the more I wore it like this, the more it grew on me.
It really is a very pretty polish. Now, it would need a good coat of Gelous, then your topcoat to be completely smooth. Unfortunately, I’m at the tail end of my bottle of Gelous so it’s starting to get stringy and nasty so I’m not able to use it anymore. But with a couple of good, thick coats of Seche or your other favorite TC you’d be good to go.
Am I Ginger? is up next.
Described as “reddish orange jelly base with linear holographic tendencies”, Am I Ginger? is, well… Spectacular.
Totally unassuming in indoor lighting….
It totally pops with a flash and shows its linear holo goodness in a full rainbow of glory!
This is just two coats, which in her shop she says it takes three to reach opacity. So yay me! I am not a big fan of orange, but this polish is right up there with Literary Lacquers’ Carrots! Carrots! in my book. The more these gorgeous oranges come out, the more I find myself being reverted!
How can you not like that?!?!?
It even sparkles in indoor lighting as well!
The last polish I have for review is Big Friendly Button.
Jenna describes Big Friendly Button as a black jelly base with small white and red glitter, white stars, and big red dots.
And that’s pretty much spot on. I love how it looks in the bottle.
It translates somewhat well onto the nail. Sometimes it gets a little clumpy, but that is the nature of the beast with larger glitters. It’s really easy to get a good amount of glitter, like the stars and circles, onto the nail.
I originally had tried this over Zoya Raven, and it would have been spectacular, but the OTD I was using was old and it trapped bubbles underneath the surface which REALLY peeved me.
This is really a magnificent polish after I got the first few kinks worked out of it.
The whole collection is awesome, to say the least. And at just $8, it’s a steal. Plus, she has a discount code that is good until the 1st. Use the code NIFTYFIFTY for 50% off your entire order!