Tuesday, July 28, 2009

NOTD: OPI DS Chiffon


OPI DS Chiffon

Making my way through my DS shades.... this is so pretty! I was in a hurry last night and was watching The Bachlorette so I needed something I could slop on while I watched. This fit the bill- smooth, easy to apply, and fast drying. Love it!

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

NOTD: OPI DS Design

OPI DS Design

As close I could get to Smoochie's suggestion.....

Forgive the redness on my pointer cuticle... getting nervous for my trip, and I tend to revert back to my old nail-biting ways when I am nervous!

Hopefully this polish choice will last until Sunday. I'm hoping for very little noticable tip wear since it's such a forgiving shade. I really like it and it's goregous in the sun. As with all DS shades, it applies beautifully.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

NOTD: OPI DS Divine

OPI DS Divine

This has been a crazy week filled with Vacation Bible School, and I am worn out! But of course I found time to paint my nails Sunday night. This picture wasn't taken until Tuesday afternoon, so there is the beginning of some slight tip wear- after all, I shuffle paper all day, so it's bound to happen!

I do like this color- it was a nice change after the mattes I was sporting last week. Very bright and summery. Still haven't met a DS shade I don't like!


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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Manicure for Mommas Without a Lot of Extra Time

Although I love doing my nails (and I totally wish I was a nail tech) this working mom of two just doesn't have a lot of time on her hands.

But I've found that by following this routine, if I'm done painting my nails by 9 pm, I can go to sleep at 10 and not have any sheet marks at all. Plus, my mani will last 4-5 days with no chips- I usually just have to repaint because of new growth and tip wear.

So without further ado, my nail routine:

1. Sally Hanson Instant Cuticle Remover. I apply this all around my nails, wait a bit (you can wait longer that it says), then use the thumbnail of my opposite hand to push back/scrape the cuticles. I typically do this twice.

2. Wash your hands and dry them well.

3. Orly Bonder. This is fab- takes any oily residue off your nails and gives your polish something to stick to. Key to a long-lasting mani.

4. Sally Hanson Nailgrowth Miracle in the gold bottle. Love this as a basecoat. Watch for CVS to have their BOGO or BOGO half off on Sally products and stock up.


5. OPI polish (2 coats). In my non-professional opinion, the best polish there is. One of my faves is I'm Not Really a Waitress.

6. Seche Vite top coat. I won't use any other top coat. This is a super-fast dry topcoat with a fab shine. Expensive, but worth it!




7. Creative Nail Design Cuticle Eraser. Keeping your cuticles neat and clean is one of the keys to making your manicure last longer. This product is fabulous and I massage this into my cuticles a few times a day to prevent hangnails and prevent cuticle buildup.

With these products, you can achieve a salon-quality manicure at home!

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Link to a fun nail giveaway!


What a fun giveaway! Gwen at Confessions of a Control Freak is having a fun giveaway to celebrate her 1 year Blog Birthday! Head over there and enter.

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Friday, July 10, 2009

NOTD: Zoya Matte Loredana


Zoya Matte Loredana

This one applied so much better than the Posh- or maybe I was just more used to it! It seemed thinner and easier to apply. Love love love.

That's two coats over a coat of Orly Bonder that I allowed to dry for about 10 minutes.

How gorgeous is that?


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Thursday, July 9, 2009

List of OPI DS Shades

Most lists I'm finding of the OPI DS shades are incomplete, so I'm compiling my own list. Let me know if I've missed some!

Amethyst 017
Classic 031 - an elegant shimmer of golden beige
Chiffon 008 - a glimmer of lightest pink
Coronation 025 - silvery platinum crowned with diamond dazzle
Couture 004 - sumptuous, shimmering rose
Dazzle 014 - brilliant, sparkling magenta
Design 012 - elegant gold with a soft gleam
Desire 020 - rich, deep, smoldering gold
Diamond 021 - a starburst of silver dazzle
Divine 005 - divinely brillant fuchsia
Elegance 006 - vivid pink with a sprinkling of sequins
Exclusive 002- deep amethyst satin
Extravagance 026
Fantasy 022 - deep, dark blue with a magical shimmer
Glamour 018
Illuminate 033 - a brilliant sparkle of rich, burnished gold
Jewel 023 and 035 - a spectacular sparkle of cabernet
Limited 032 - glistening, glimmering warm peach
Original 003 - gorgeous, glistening plum
Opulence 028 - magnificent mauve drenched in diamond
Passion 019 - precious pink shimmering with stardust
Perfection 015 - rose glimmering with diamond dewdrops
Reflection 030 - rich, glowing ruby
Reserve 027 - a shimmer of vintage pink
Royal 016 - glittering royal purple, as befits a princess
Ruby 009 - rich, jeweled red
Sapphire 010 - true blue twinkling with stars
Sensation 013 - a spectacular shimmer of bright pink
Shimmer 001 - dazzling, radiant platinum
Signature 007 - a marvelous sparkle of mauve
Tapestry 029 - dazzling deep rose
Treasure 024 and 034- a dazzling golden coral
Vintage 011 - the glow of coppery taffeta



Here are swatches of all the DS shades I own.




OPI DS Chiffon (holo)


OPI DS Classic (scattered holo)



OPI DS Coronation (scattered holo)


OPI DS Couture (holo)


OPI DS Design (holo)




OPI DS Divine (holo)




OPI DS Elegance(holo)




OPI DS Exclusive(holo)









OPI DS Extravagance(scattered holo)




OPI DS Illuminate(scattered weak holo)




OPI DS Opulence (weak scattered holo)





OPI DS Original(holo)



OPI DS Reflection(weak scattered holo)




OPI DS Reserve(scattered holo)



OPI DS Ruby(holo)




OPI DS Signature(holo)




OPI DS Vintage(holo)

Shades I don't have:
OPI DS Amethyst (holo)
OPI DS Dazzle (foily dupchrome)
OPI DS Desire (holo)
OPI DS Diamond (holo)
OPI DS Fantasy(scattered holo)
OPI DS Glamour(holo)
OPI DS Glow(foil)
OPI DS Jewel(shimmer)
OPI DS Limited(foil)
OPI DS Magic(foil duochrome)
OPI DS Mystery(glitter)
OPI DS Passion(holo)
OPI DS Perfection(foily weak duochrome)
OPI DS Radiance(foil)
OPI DS Royal (foil duochrome)
OPI DS Sapphire(holo)
OPI DS Sensation(foil weak duochrome)
OPI DS Shimmer(holo)
OPI DS Tapestry(foil)
OPI DS Treasure(foil)


I didn't realize I was missing so many!


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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Posh: Day 3 (or is it 4?)

Zoya Matte Posh on Sunday night


Zoya Matte Posh on Wednesday afternoon

I'm super impressed with the wear, although you can see the finish has changed a little. I wouldn't call it shiny like normal polish, but it's lost a little of it's super-matte finish. But I have absolutely no chips and just a small amount of tip wear.

I am pretty sure I took both of these in my bathroom in identical lighting.

This is basically day 4 and I've showered three times (each morning) and applied lotion and cuticle cream as usual- no way I can give that up.

I'm satisfied with this polish and can't wait to try the other two Zoya mattes!

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Sephora Mattes!

Looks like even Sephora is jumping on the matte bandwagon! I really want Matte Domestic Goddess! They show as "temporarily out of stock" for now.


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Monday, July 6, 2009

NOTD: Zoya Matte Posh


Zoya Matte Posh

Girls, I just don't know about this polish.... it was kind of hard to apply, and you can't use a topcoat, and that kind of freaks me out. It does dry awfully fast..... But it was kind of thick and gloppy.


Looking at it today, I do like the way it looks. I am anxious to see how long it lasts without chipping, since other bloggers said it chips pretty quick. I did use Orly Bonder underneath it, although they tell you not to. One blogger said to go ahead and do it because it makes it wear better.


On Zoya's website, they say not to use hand lotion, but that's plum crazy. I applied lotion as usual this AM and also used my CND Cuticle Eraser, and it doesn't look any different... so we shall see. Not sure of the final verdict yet.


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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Lip Gloss Giveaway

Do any of you nail-polishes junkies like lip gloss too?

If so, go check out my Fresh Sugar Lip Gloss giveaway at my giveaway site.

Good luck!


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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

NOTD: OPI DS Extravagance

OPI DS Extravagance

You know I love this polish if I'm using it yet again when I still have a ton of untrieds! Truly, this is my HG polish- simply gorgeous and the best application ever.

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