Tuesday, January 31, 2012

OPI Nikki Minaj Collection Swatches and Review


Today I have the OPI Nikki Minaj Collection to share with you. I was excited to hear about the collection since I'm a Nikki Minaj fan. She has a unique fashion style that was captured in many of the polishes.


Pink Friday - soft Barbie or should I say Nikki pink. I wasn't sure how I would feel about this one because I have so many pinks but it's really pretty on. I needed two coats to make it opaque.

Did It On 'Em. Lime green creme. The formula was a lot thinner than Pink Friday and I needed 3 coats to make it opaque.

Fly. Blue creme with a hint of green. I really love this one. The color reminds me of Nikki Minaj's blue eye shadow that she wears often. I used two coats.

Metallic 4 Life. Silver hex glitter (small, medium and large) in a black jelly base. The silver really pops against the black. I used 2 coats.

Super Bass. Purple shatter with pink shimmer throughout that my camera didn't capture. It crackled quite well using one medium coat. Like most crackles it dried matte but glossed with a top coat.

Save Me
- A little party in a bottle. I really like this combo of silver, gold and teal glitter. I wasn't sure if it would contrast well with the blue/teal but it's really beautiful.

Save Me over Super Bass - I tried a little glitter over shatter for fun.

And there you have it! I think this collection is a fun reflection of Nikki Minaj's unique fashion sense. My favorites from the collection are Save Me, Fly and Metallic 4 Life. The collection is currently available at ULTA, JcPenney's and other fine retailers that carry OPI.





~ Provided to me for review~

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Tell-Tale Hearts

Hello my lovely readers! A quick post to say hello and apologize for my lack of posts again. Boy when it rains it pours. I'm sick once again with a cold. Hopefully it won't hang around too long this time.

I'd also like to share a previous NOTD made with Sally Hansen Silver Sweep and NerdLacquer Nebula. I'm also wearing Nebula sans stamping today. I love the stamps but didn't think my Instructor would allow it, lol.


Stamping was done using Red Angel plates. This is the only plate that I've noticed that's not perfect. There's a slight scratch within the heart that smears the stamping a little. It's probably just a scratched plate because the etching is perfect. Not too noticeable though.

Well thanks for stopping by. I'll be back later this weekend with more posts. Have a great evening!







Saturday, January 21, 2012

Zoya True Collection Spring 2012 - Swatches and Review


Today I'm excited to share the Zoya True Collection with you all. The collection consists of 3 creams and 3 metallic glitters/shimmers. I photographed them in sun and shade because some of the polishes really varied by light. Zoya did a great job with describing each polish so I used their description for each.

Cho - opaque yellow-toned soft peachy beige with a hint of ultra fine silver shimmer. I was really surprised by how much a liked this one. I'm always picky when it comes to neutrals. Cho looked great against my skin tone and required 3 coats.

Farah - opaque light khaki-beige with subtle sandy greenish undertones and a cream finish. Farah's formula is a lot thicker than Cho. It also appears to have more gray and required less coats. I used 2 coats to make it opaque.
Bevin - dusty medium sage green with teal tones and a creamy opaque finish. I really love this one. I immediately thought green tea when I put it on. It looks more dusty in the sun and more creamy in natural light. Very beautiful.

Skylar
- medium steel blue with a softened, dusty look and speckled by visible gold and silver shimmer flecks. I ooohed and ahhhhed when I applied Skylar. The silver peaking through the blue made me drool. Love it!

Lotus - a very soft blue toned amethyst-purple with colorful shimmer that reflects pink, red and gold. The shimmer peaking through the soft purple makes the overall look more interesting.

Tru - A saturated red-tone grape purple with speckled shimmer that reflects gold, orange and red. My camera couldn't appropriately capture the beauty of Tru. A grape bonanza with hints of red and orange shimmer. I used 2 coats.

A view of the entire collection.

The True Collection is a beautiful conglomerate of soft shades to help you transition from Winter to Spring. The neutrals are great for the workplace but not too boring. When I look at them together I immediately think resort. The second half of the collection is comprised of captivating soft brights with multidimensional glitter or shimmer. My favorites from the collection are Bevin, Skylar and Tru.

The True Collection can be purchased from Zoya.









~Sent for review by Zoya~

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Spring Garden

Happy Saturday! Hope you all are doing well. I apologize for the short break. School has started and I've been sick for a couple of days. I think I'm mostly sick and stressed from having to return to school, lol. I really didn't want to go back but at the same time it's very exciting because I graduate this year. Yippeee!!

I have a couple of manis and swatches to share, but first I thought I'd share my nails from yesterday. I was having a depressing week so I wanted to try a happy mani. To created this look I used Red Angel plates RA-116 and Bundle Monster BM216 over Color Club Take Me to You Chateau. I stamped with a green Franken and Sally Hansen Flashy Fuchsia. Super easy.



Not my best stamping but still cute :)


I hope you enjoyed this mani. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

NOTD William Tell Me About OPI + Red Angel 108


I hope your new year is going well so far. I've committed to a healthier me in 2012 and started up a new workout routine. I guess it's not really a new routine but a more frequent effort. I'm still in pain from yesterday's interval workout. I ran and walked 2 mile intervals on 6.0, 5.0 and 3.5 mph. My legs are on fire but that's a good thing because that means it's working.

I was too tired to workout today so I decided to remove my New Years mani. For the base I went with William Tell Me About OPI, a dark eggplant creme. I used 2 coats which dried pretty quickly then stamped using China Glaze 2030 and Red Angel image plate 108.


Here's 2 coats of William Tell Me About OPI sans stamping.

And that's all for today. I have to go soak my legs in Aspercreme. Thanks for stopping by!






















My Memories Giveaway

Today I have a special giveaway for you by My Memories Suite, a photo scrapbooking software company. They are giving away a software package to one of my lucky readers valued at $40!


The great thing about the software is that it does not require PhotoShop. I’ve done some light family scrapbooking in the past using PhotoShop but My Memories is much easier. It comes loaded with 5 picture bundles that are predesigned and allows you to simply drop your photos into the boxes. It also provides additional functionality by allowing you to create your own layouts with predesigned backgrounds.


To enter the giveway simply visit their website then fill out the entry form below.


Rules:

1. Must be a Google Friend Connect follower.

2. Must visit My Memories site and select your favorite scrapbook design.

3. Fill out the form below.

4. Optional, follow My Memories blog for 1 extra entry.


The winner must respond within 48 hours to claim your prize. This giveaway is open to US and International Readers and will end on January 27th at 5pm Central Time.



Here's one of the layouts I used for my little one's photos.



Mesmerized by nail polish, lol.




Complete this form to enter. Good luck everyone!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!!!

I hope the year brings many blessings to you all!!!

The year is starting off great for me so far. I woke up without the slightest headache after a long night of partying, the weather is great here and Hubby is winning his Fantasy Football league :) These are small things, I know, but you have to appreciate the little things in life.

For my first post of the year, I want to share my New Years Eve mani. I got the idea from one of my favorite bloggers Polish Hoarder Disorder.


I added a holographic glitter topcoat. It adds a slight shimmer of pink and blue.

It also looks great without numbers.

How to create his look:
1. Base color of LA Colors LIVE (silver foil)
2. Paint tips black
3. Black glitter gradient using Uninhibited
4. Stamp in Konad white (plate M64)
5. Sinful Colors holographic glitter (#79 opal glitter)
6. Stamp numbers (plate M42)
7. Topcoat

It may sound complicated but it was quite easy. See PHD's tutorial for a quick look at the glitter gradient. I skipped the rhinestones and added holographic glitter instead. I hope you like this design. I love it!




Thanks for stopping by. Happy New Year!!!




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