Thursday, February 28, 2013

NOTD: OPI DS Reflection

OPI DS Reflection

OPI DS shades are always my go-tos when I am short on time. They apply so easily they are just fool-proof! This is two coats topped with NYC Grand Central Station, and I have mad love for this color. 

What's your favorite DS shade?

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Collection Revisit: Sephora by OPI Manhattan Minis

Sephora by OPI Manhattan Minis Collection ($22)

This set contains six 0.125 oz nail colors in:

The Sparkle That Never Sleeps
Never Know 'Til You Tri-beca
What's Brooklyn Good Lookin'?
I'm on the List
Say It Ain't So-ho
Stand by Your Man-hattan

The collection was sold in Fall 2011 and these shades were only available in this mini collection.

The Sparkle That Never Sleeps
two coats on the two fingers on your left
three coats on the two fingers on your right

Never Know 'Til You Tri-beca

What's Brooklyn Good Lookin'?

I'm on the List

Say It Ain't So-ho

Stand by Your Man-hatten

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Collection Revisit: Sephora by OPI Glimmer Wonderland Collection

For Holiday 2011, Sephora by OPI released the Glimmer Wonderland Collection, which included some new shades, as well as several gift sets packaged with minis of older shades.

I purchased all the new releases that were part of the collection, and loved them all. It was really the start of their "Nail Jewelry Top Coats".

Today I thought I'd post all my swatches from Glimmer Wonderland.

L to R

Keep Me on My Mistletoes
Chestnuts About You
Don't Be Eggnog-ious
Sugar Plum Fairies Gone Wild
Stop Stocking Me!

Naughty is the New Nice
New Year's Red-solution
Countdown to the Kiss
Good Tidings We Bling!
Be-Claus I Said So

China Glaze Poinsettia
topped with Sephora by OPI Be-Claus I Said So

Sephora by OPI Chestnuts About You

Sephora by OPI Chestnuts About You
topped with Don't Be Eggnog-ious

Sephora by OPI Naughty is the New Nice

Sephora by OPI Stop Stocking Me!

Sephora by OPI Sugar Plum Fairies Gone Wild

Sephora by OPI New Year's Red-solution

Sephora by OPI Countdown to the Kiss

I am thinking I should have tried Sugar Plum Fairies Gone Wild over Stop Stocking Me! 

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Revlon Brand Spam

Still no sun in our near future, so how about some Revlon spam today? I always have good luck with Revlon polish, and you can often find good deals at Walgreens or CVS with their good deals and ECB programs.

OPI Merry Holly-Days!
topped with 2 coats of Revlon Stunning

Revlon Saucy

Revlon Whimsical over Sally Hansen Air

Revlon ColorStay in Marmalade

Revlon Glitz & Glam

Revlon Carbonite

Revlon Facets of Fuchsia

Revlon Perplex

Revlon Just Tinted in Mystical

Revlon Top Speed Sugar Plum

Do you have a favorite Revlon?

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Brand Spam: Deborah Lippmann

It's cold and snowy here today, so I 'd thought I post some spam from one of my favorite high-end brands, Deborah Lippmann. What's your favorite?

Deborah Lippmann Lady Sings the Blues

Deborah Lippmann Razzle Dazzle

Deborah Lippmann Ray of Light

Deborah Lippmann Mermaid's Dream

Deborah Lippmann Superstar

Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Want

Deborah Lippmann Daytripper

Deborah Lippmann Girls Just Want to Have Fun

Deborah Lippmann Ruby Red Slippers

Deborah Lippmann Marquee Moon

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Mani: Gelish Up In The Blue

At-home gel polish kits are popping up everywhere you turn, from Sephora to CVS. And it’s no wonder why – saving you both time AND money, they’re a no brainer! Gelish® MINI’s at-home gel polish system provides the long-lasting color you crave, and at just $90 total, it’s a fraction of the cost of most other at-home gel polish kits on the market.

The Gelish® MINI formulation lasts up to 3 weeks, does not damage the natural nail bed and comes in a wide array of eye-popping colors. Gelish® MINI is available Please feel free to reach out for additional information!

Today I've got on a gorgeous shade that's giving me Spring Fever!

Harmony Gelish Up In The Blue (2 coats)

Last year I purchased the Gelish starter set and light so that I could try out this new fad. This set is very user-friendly and it didn't take much for me to feel like I knew what I was doing! The set comes with an instruction book, which is very helpful, as well as a DVD, although I haven't watched that.

Here's what comes in the starter set, which is about $50 at Sally's, or $45 if you have Sally's club card.

The starter set does not come with a color, allowing you to choose your shade. Gelish colors are $15, or $13 with the Sally's club card.

And this is the light I use. I read all the reviews on this light and it seemed like a great way to go to begin. The light retails for $25, or $23 with the Sally's club card. Note: I don't use this with batteries- I read that you get a stronger light if you use a power adapter, so I just use one I found laying around from a walkie talkie set.

A few tips:

1. It's not really necessary to use the Gelish Cleanse.... once I run out of the starter bottle, I'll use the higher percentage Alcohol and it will work just fine- I think it's 90%. You just don't want to buy the 70% Alcohol because it won't work as well.

2. I use an old t-shirt for my lint-free cloth to wipe the cleanse across my nails- you do it twice- once before you start, and then at the end to remove the sticky residue that remains after curing.

Disclosure: Although the shade pictured above was provided to me for review purposes, I purchased the starter set and light myself.

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Bottle Pics: Sephora by OPI Metro Too Chic set

I am sure we are all familiar with Sephora by OPI's Metro Chic, which came out in 2008 and started a mushroom nail polish revolution. I spotted the Metro Too Chic set on Sephora's website for $24.50 in January and knew I needed to have it.

Sephora by OPI Metro Too Chic set

Left to right:
Pale is the New Tan
Arose Beyond Shimmer
Metro Too Chic
Keys to My Hybrid
Nifty Shade of Grey
Tweet You Later!

I noticed a gorgeous hidden shimmer in Metro Too Chic- that will definitely be the first one I swatch.

I am so anxious to swatch these! Two kids and a full-time job are getting in my way though.

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Revisit: Sephora by OPI Glee Collection

I accidentally got quite behind on Glee, and then we had a DVR that died.... so I basically gave up in the middle of Season 3. However, I recently discovered that I could watch them on my iPad with my Amazon Instant Video app that I have since I have Prime shipping, so I decided to start back over and watch Season 3 in the mornings while getting ready for work. I finally finished last week and am obsessed with Glee all over again! So let's revisit swatches of the Glee collection from Sephora by OPI.

Let's start with the mini collection, which sold for $24.

Miss Bossy Pants
(also available as a full-sized polish)

(also available as a full-sized polish)

Slushied topped with one coat of Celibacy Club

Gleek Out
(also available as a full-sized polish)

Sue vs. Shue

Express Yourself to Yourself

There were also four few colors that were sold only as full-sized polishes for $9.50.


Mash Up

Who Let the Dorks Out?

Hell to the No

Wasn't that a GREAT collection? Do you have any of the Glee shades? Are you a fan of the show?

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