Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween Goth Girl Mani!

Happy Halloween! Just a quick post of my Halloween mani before I head out for the night with the kiddos. This was inspired by the one and only Robin Moses.



....And here's a little Halloween video by Zoya. Until next time. Be safe tonight!!!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Nicole by OPI Holiday Glitters Collection 2011 - Swatches and Review

Hello my pretty. Getting all dolled up for Halloween tomorrow? Well don't forget about the other Holidays! Tonight I have the Nicole by OPI Holiday Collection to share with you. Starting out with my favorite from the collection :)

Snowman of My Dreams - bright sapphire blue gliltter with scattered pink glitter highlights. I did two coats just for fun but 3 coats should allow complete coverage.


My Sleigh's in the Shop - Pretty and sparkly magenta glitter. This one was a little thicker and only required 2 coats.

Glitter in My Stocking - Sweet gold glitter with scattered red highlights. My second favorite! Three coats.

Orna-ment for Each Other - OPI describes this one as a tomato red glitter and I must agree. The tiny golden glitter wakes up the flavor. Two coats and I was done.

I'm glad OPI went outside of the traditional color zone and decided to mix things up a bit for the Holidays. Snowman of My Dreams is my favorite from the collection and can easily be worn throughout the year. My next favorite was Glitter in My Stocking. The burst of red adds more interest to the golden glitter. My Sleighs in the Shop and Orna-ment for Each Other are also nice. All of the polishes had a great application and layed smoothly against the nail without being chunky. They can also be layered over similar colors to allow for less glitter coats and easier removal.


Nicole by OPI Nail Lacquers and Nail Treatments contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde. Nicole by OPI formulas are long-lasting, fast-drying, and salon-quality.


These limited edition Holiday Glitters will be available November 2011 for $7.99 each in the U.S. at HEB, Sears, Stage Stores, select Target locations, Target.com, and ULTA. In Canada, lacquers will be retailed for $10.99 each in Shoppers Drug Mart, Loblaw and Zellers.


For more information, visit nicolebyopi.com. Follow Nicole by OPI on Twitter @NicoleByOPI and become a Facebook fan!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Nicki Minaj Collection by OPI - Press Release

OPI Partners with Platinum Recording Artist Nicki Minaj to Launch Limited Edition Lacquers

OPI announces the launch of six new limited edition shades inspired by hip hop sensation Nicki Minaj, including a purple Shatter! Inspired by Minaj’s unique style, love of bright colors, and her debut album Pink Friday, the Nicki Minaj by OPI promotion will feature an array of bold hues, from neon lime green to pink.

OPI is so excited to work with Nicki in releasing these six new nail lacquers,” said Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. Nicki has taken the hip hop world by storm, but her music is only part of the equation. She’s also become a fashion inspiration, noted for her daring costumes and hair color both on and off the stage.”

Nicki’s eclectic look made including a new hue in OPI’s bestselling Shatter coat a must for this collaboration. The purple Super Bass Shatter (a record-setting purple that "shatters" before your eyes) inspired by graffiti art and works when painted over any dry OPI hue. Adding top coat takes Super Bass Shatter from matte to glossy in seconds.

The line features five nail lacquers in addition to Super Bass Shatter, ranging from fantastic pink, rainbow confetti glitter and charcoal sparkle hues to two green shades in lime and teal:



Pink Friday
Kick off the weekend with this pop! of bubblegum pink.

Metallic 4 Life
This charcoal sparkle flies with the stars in the skies.

Save Me
I drove for miles just to find this silver-rainbow glitter.

Fly
I came to win, to fight…and to wear this aqua.

Did It On ‘Em
A lusty little lacquer that loves the “lime”-light.


Nicki Minaj by OPI nail lacquers contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application. This limited edition promotion will be available beginning January 2012 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $8.50 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each nail lacquer.

For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

OPI Pink Shatter Swatch

Just a quick post tonight of the pretty Pink Shatter. It's a medium pearlized pink that goes on in 1 coat thick coat. I paired it with Nicole by OPI "My Sleigh's in the Shop"a purple glitter. Here's the press release information about the shade. The proceeds go toward a great cause.

OPI launches the limited edition Pink Shatter: Pink of Hearts Nail Lacquer to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure® in its promise to save lives and end breast cancer forever. The 2011 Pink of Hearts edition will follow in the footsteps of its namesake 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 Nail Lacquers in raising awareness of breast cancer for the fifth year in a row, during the months of September and October (National Breast Cancer Awareness Month). Unlike previous shade incarnations, this year’s Pink of Hearts Nail Lacquer marks the debut of fan-favorite Shatter coat in OPI’s first pink shade.

“We are continuing to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure in the hopes of increasing breast cancer awareness, while inspiring and empowering women. The organization’s dedication to this cause is unwavering,” remarks Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. OPI is proud to join with Susan G. Komen for the fifth consecutive year to offer Pink Shatter: Pink of Hearts. By launching our first-ever Pink Shatter coat, we hope this exciting new textured hue will generate lots of awareness for this cause.”

Each bottle of Pink Shatter: Pink of Hearts has a special pink-ribbon tag and pink cap wrap to call attention to breast cancer awareness.OPI will also be making its annual donation of $25,000 to Komen for the Cure. Pink Shatter coat contains no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and it also features OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application.



So what do you guys think? I love this combo!

The limited edition Pink Shatter: Pink of Hearts will be available throughout the months of September and October 2011 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $8.50 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each Nail Lacquer.

For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!



~Sent to me for review~

Monday, October 24, 2011

New OPI Designer Series 2011 - DS Bold and DS Temptation Swatches and Review


DS Tempation - Bright purple glitter with scattered blue microglitter in a blue-purple base. This is a thick formula and only 2 coats were needed to make it opaque. It's not as thirsty as I've seen some glitter. I needed 2 applications of topcoat to smooth things out.

Outdoor Light

Indoor Light

DS Bold - Bright pink glitter in a rosey base that combines to give it a shimmering rosey glow. The formula was thinner than Temptation and required 3 coats.

Outdoor Light

Indoor Light

Both of the glitters are eye catching which is probably due to their super sparkly-ness. Their formulas contain diamond dust which gives them extra shine. Application was smooth for both glitters and they built up quite nicely without being too bulky. DS Temptation needed 2 coats and DS bold needed 3 coats. They dried matte and needed a quick top coat to give it a good gloss. Two applications were required to smooth the surface. Overall both glitters are quite beautiful but DS Temptation is my favorite!

OPI DS polishes are available for purchase now at JcPenney, Dillards, Ulta, TradeSecrete and other fine retails that sale OPI Products.






~The above polishes were sent to me for review~

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Halloween Mani 7 - Dry Halloween Marble

Just a quick post to share my last mani for Halloween Week. It turned out better than I expected and thank goodness because I was running out of ideas!

Products Used:
NYC In a New York Minute Quick Dry Polishes:
* Gold -
Backstage Brown
* Orange -
Pumpkin
* Black -
Blackula

(Sunlight)

The gold and orange are both shimmer polishes which adds a little more interest to the marble.
(Indirect Light)

And that's a wrap for my Halloween week! I hope you enjoyed.






~The polishes above were sent to me for review~

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Halloween Mani 6 - Fabulous Nail Stickers

I was trying to think of a mani for today when I came across these nail stickers. I purchased them a couple of weeks ago from Fabulous Nails when they had a coupon running. They're similar to Salon Effects but more difficult to apply.

Sorry for the
subpar results. I think I'm pretty good at applying nails stickers but I couldn't get these on quite right. You're supposed to blow dry them first to soften the adhesive and then apply. I was rushing so maybe I should try them again when I'm not in a hurry. They have a similar thickness to minx stickers and they're supposed last to at least a week.




Here's an example of what the sticker sheet looks like. They're
suppppppper long and enough for 2-3 applications if you have short nails. The biggest one is large enough to put on your toe.

These stickers are so cute. I'm a little sad about the way they came out but I'll try them again before Halloween is over.



Thanks for stopping by. Peace, love and nail polish!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Halloween Mani 5 - Batgirl

Happy Friday! Just a quick throwback from last year. My version of a Batgirl mani.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Halloween Mani 4 - Prissy Goth

Hello beautiful! Tonight I have a fun Halloween mani to share using a combination of complementing colors. This would also be cool for any time of the year.



Woops! I got impatient towards the end and smeared the stamping :)

Products used:

Polishes
Pink - Zoya Sweet
Silver - Finger Paints Silver Sculpture
White - Sally Hansen Crinoline
Black - Color Club Where's The Soiree (my fav for stamping)

Stamping
Thumb - T29 (Sweet over Crinoline)
Index - T29 (spider), BM-216 (web - stamped with Silver Sculpture)
Middle - BM13 (cross), BM-225 (pink scatter - stamped with Julep Cameron)
Ring - BM-209 (fishnet - stamped with Silver Sculpture), BM-211 (skull)
Pinky - freehand (black water color)
Bow Sticker - Born Pretty Hello Kitty stickers


I hope you enjoyed this mani! Thanks for stopping by :)











*some of the products above were provided for review*

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Halloween Mani 3 - Pink Skulls

I did this mani last week when I wore Silver Shatter over Zoya Sweet. I stamped using Color Club Where's the Soiree (black) and Bundle Monster plates BM-221 and BM-225. I'm not sure if I like the results since the lines are crooked but I guess it's somewhat interesting.





Thanks for stopping by!!!




















Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Halloween Mani 2 - Happy Pumpkin

Hello everyone! I hope you're having a great week so far. I should have gotten this up sooner but I had to meet with my daughter's teacher to review her progress in class. It's been a loooong day for me but anyways here's my second Halloween mani.

This is very simple and easy to do. For base colors I used Revlon Tangerine and Essie Marshmallow. Both colors are lovely but I stopped counting coats at 5,
lol. I stamped with the happy pumpkin from Bundle Monster (BM224) then added Uninhibited on top of the orange. Uninhibited is very thick! I made the mistake of using full coverage on the pointer finger. For the others I dabbed the glitter on and you can actually see the orange underneath.






Have a great night and happy polishing!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Halloween Mani 1 - Spiders Galore

Halloween's almost here and it's time for some fun manis! I'll have one to share with you every day this week starting with these creepy crawlers. I hate spiders but I think these are quite cute.

Products used: Maybelline Sweet Clementine (orange), Color Club Where's the Soiree (black web), Sinful Colors Opal Glitter, Sally Hansen Silver Sweep (spider).






Thanks for stopping by! Happy polishing :)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

NOTW: Nails of The Week

Quick spam to share my nails so far this week!

Color Club - Wild At Heart. A long time lemming I got recently. Gorgeous color but I was slightly disappointed with the holo effect. I'm not sure if this is a dud or not???



OPI Silver Shatter over Zoya Sweet.

Revlon - Carbonite. I drove so far out of the way to find this one and then I saw it yesterday at Big Lots for $1.50, lol. I'm not sure how I feel about Carbonite. It's kind of dull in my honest opinion.










That's all for tonight. I hope you enjoyed my mini spam :)

Born Pretty Purple Crackle Polish

Hello everyone. I hope you're having a fabulous week! I started a new rotation this week which has been great so far and I also started working out again. I had a very long jog today and I'm exhausted now but I wanted to quickly share one of my previous manis.

I know a lot of your are worn out from the crackle trend but I just received this polish so I thought I would give it a go. It's a dark purple crackle from Born Pretty. I layered it over OPI Pros & Bronze.


Second pic to show the bottle.

The color is pretty but the crackles are not consistent. It could be user error because I put it over wet polish instead of dry. I prefer the bigger crackles that allow the gold to show through so I'll have to try it again over wet polish to see the true crackle effect.

That's all for tonight. Stop by this weekend because I'll be starting my Halloween series. Until then, Happy Polishing!!!












~the above polishes were provided for review~

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