Thursday, January 31, 2013

NOTD: OPI I Have a Herring Problem

I recently swatched OPI I Don't Give a Rotterdam, and so I thought I'd make my way thru the Holland Collection.

OPI I Have a Herring Problem

The above swatch is two coats. I definitely think I could have gotten better coverage with 3- see the patchy areas on my ring and middle finger? 

I Have a Herring Problem is the darker version of I Don't Give a Rotterdam. They are so similar, it's interesting that they are in the same collection. 

OPI I Don't Give A Rotterdam!

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

OPI DS Collection Swatches

Holos are quite the craze right now, and the OPI DS collection has quite a few gorgeous holos, both linear and scattered. I thought I'd do a round-up post with my OPI DS swatches. Some of them need to be re-done!

OPI DS Chiffon (holo)

OPI DS Classic (scattered holo)

OPI DS Coronation (scattered holo)

OPI DS Couture (holo)


OPI DS Design (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


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 Tapestry (weak holo)

OPI DS Tapestry (weak 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 Treasure (foil)
I didn't realize I was missing so many!

And here's a complete list of all the OPI Designer Series shades as of Summer 2011:

  • Amethyst 017
  • Chiffon 008 - a glimmer of lightest pink
  • Classic 031 - an elegant shimmer of golden beige
  • 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 - glittering, glamorous magenta
  • Fantasy 022 - deep, dark blue with a magical shimmer
  • Glamour 018
  • Glow 036- a brilliant sparkle of rich , burnished gold
  • Illuminate 033 - a brilliant sparkle of rich, burnished gold
  • Jewel 023 and 035 - a spectacular sparkle of cabernet
  • Limited 032 - glistening, glimmering warm peach
  • Magic 039 - metalic royal navy
  • Mystery 037 - an alluring dark violet with diamond shimmer
  • 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
  • Radiance 038 - metalic silver
  • 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

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Monday, January 28, 2013

NOTD: Color Club Harp On It

Color Club Harp On It

On Saturday I painted my nails with the other Club Club I have from the Halo Hues collection. And when the sun came out for a bit on Sunday, I rushed out to take a pic. And grabbed the wrong bottle for the shot. 

The bottle pictured above it Cherubic.

But the polish is 2 coats of Harp On It. Isn't it pretty? Again,these are no-fuss holos. No special base or buffer needed, no special topcoat needed either.

For comparison, here's my Cherubic shot.
Color Club Cherubic

Harp On It is definitely silver-based, and Cherubic is more gold. But they do look quite similar. Yes indeed.

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

NOTD: OPI The Impossible

Today I have another one of OPI's Liquid Sand shades to show you. One of OPI's latest innovations is "Liquid Sand", which is basically a matte, textured glitter meant to be worn without topcoat. There are four shades of liquid sand released as part of the Mariah Carey collection. I picked up the mini set at Ulta to check what I thought.


Macro shot of OPI The Impossible
3 coats

OPI The Impossible
3 coats, no topcoat


OPI The Impossible
3 coats color, 3 coats of Gelous and 1 coat NYC GSC added

left: no topcoat                         right: topcoat

Again, I wore this for a day before I added topcoat and it wore great. I absolutely loved it so much more with topcoat, it is gorgeous.

I do want to note that I do not think I got a single piece of star glitter in my bottle of The Impossible. Now, maybe that is because it's a mini bottle and there was just less of a chance of getting some in there? After I did all 10 fingers with 3 coats and didn't get one, I turned the bottle every which way and search to see if there was any in there and I did not find a single piece. A bit of a disappointment.

Overall, I really liked the Liquid Sand polishes. I love being able to change the look of my polish on the second day, and adding a topcoat is a fast and easy way to do that.

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Friday, January 25, 2013

PR info: China Glaze Avant Garden Collection

I received some PR info on China Glaze's Spring 2013 collection called Avant Garden. I am most excited about the coral shade called Mimosas Before Manis- it just screams Spring to me!


The delectable palette flows between soft hues and vibrant pops of color, offering an unconventional bouquet of cheerful and vivid shades. Take a stroll down the China Glaze® path, passing a bubbling brook of light and bright blues. Take in the view of the mossy green meadow and stop to enjoy the fragrant flowers of soft pink and white.  Let Avant Garden take you away to a playful, romantic field of color and innovation this Spring.  


The Blooming Brights colors are:
·         Budding Romance: moss green
·         Sunday Funday: bright blue
·         Fancy Pants: indigo with pink and purple shimmer
·         Snap My Dragon: bright red with pink shimmer
·         Passion for Petals: bright salmon-pink
·         Mimosas Before Manis: coral with a light wash of shimmer



The Pastel Petals colors are:

·         Life is Rosy: blushed mauve
·         Pink-ie Promise: iridescent baby pink
·         Tart-y for the Party: light lavender creme
·         Fade Into Hue: periwinkle creme
·         Keep Calm, Paint On: sea foam green
·         Dandy Lyin’ Around: shimmery vanilla icing

China Glaze® Avant Garden will be available March 2013. Individual shades retail for $7; 6-piece collections retail for $42.

China Glaze® is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde.

China Glaze® nail lacquers are available through salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide. For more information, please visit www.chinaglaze.com or follow China Glaze® on Facebook (@ChinaGlazeOfficlal), Twitter (@ChinaGlaze) and Pinterest (pinterest.com/chinaglaze).


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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

NOTD: OPI Stay the Night

Today I have another one of OPI's Liquid Sand shades to show you. One of OPI's latest innovations is "Liquid Sand", which is basically a matte, textured glitter meant to be worn without topcoat. There are four shades of liquid sand released as part of the Mariah Carey collection. I picked up the mini set at Ulta to check what I thought.


Macro shot of Stay the Night (3 coats)

This is matte black with shiny pink glitter. Definitely my favorite of the set so far (I still have The Impossible left to swatch).

OPI Stay the Night
3 coats, no topcoat

I wore the shade with no topcoat for 24 hours and again got no chipping and minimal tipwear.

Stay the Night
with topcoat applied (3 coats of Gelous, 1 coat of NYC GCS)

I actually think I love it even more with topcoat- it's absolutely glowing!

left: no topcoat                         right: topcoat


This shade was a bit harder to remove, and I actually probably should have just used the foil or Reesa method. I used my scrubby tub and had to scrub quite a bit on each finger- it probably took me at least twice as long to remove as the purple and blues liquid sand shades did.

Come back tomorrow for swatches of The Impossible!

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

NOTD: OPI Get Your Number

Today I have another one of OPI's Liquid Sand shades to show you. As we discussed yesterday, one of OPI's latest innovations is "Liquid Sand", which is basically a matte, textured glitter meant to be worn without topcoat. There are four shades of liquid sand released as part of the Mariah Carey collection. I picked up the mini set at Ulta to check what I thought.



Macro shot of Get Your Number (3 coats)
 

OPI Get Your Number
3 coats, no topcoat

OPI Get Your Number
3 coats, no topcoat
 
As you can see from the blurry pic, there is some seriously gorgeous holo glitter in  there that is so so pretty in the sun.
 
This shade did need three coats to reach full opacity, especially at the tips. Again, I wore the shade with no topcoat for 24 hours and again got no chipping and minimal tipwear.
 
Get Your Number
with topcoat applied (3 coats of Gelous, 1 coat of NYC GCS)
 
 
I love this both ways- with and without topcoat. It's eye-catching.
 
left: no topcoat                  right: topcoat
 
I also wanted to speak on removal- although it took a bit longer than a normal creme polish, this bumpy glitter came off just fine in my scrubby tub. I was afraid I might need to use the foil or Reesa method, but I had no problems getting every last piece of glitter off without scraping or having t o work too hard.
 
So far I am loving these Liquid Sand shades.


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Monday, January 21, 2013

NOTD: OPI Can't Let Go

One of OPI's latest innovations is "Liquid Sand", which is basically a matte, textured glitter meant to be worn without topcoat. There are four shades of liquid sand released as part of the Mariah Carey collection. I picked up the mini set at Ulta to check what I thought.



Macro shot of Can't Let Go (2 coats)

OPI Can't Let Go
2 coats

I was very impressed with the coverage I got in just two coats, so I stopped there. I am so used to using a quick-dry topcoat, so it was hard for me to leave the topcoat off and let them dry on their own. I would estimate it took about 10 minutes for them to feel dry and like I wouldn't mess them up if I touched them.

I have seen some swatches of the liquid sand polishes taken before they have had a chance to completely dry and reach their final texture. Those swatches don't look quite as matte. I really think it really helped show the effect for my swatch to be taken on the second day. I have also seen some people mention that they felt applying lotion dulled the matte effect, but I didn't find this at all.

I was also pleasantly surprised with the wear- I went a full 24 hours without a single chip and barely any tipwear- and I work with paper all day in my job and did business as usual.

I also thought the texture might bother me, but it kinda felt cool, so I didn't mind it at all.

Can't Let Go with topcoat applied (2 coats of Gelous, 1 coat of NYC GCS)

On the second night, I applied topcoat to see how that changed the appearance. This photo was taken the next afternoon. I actually loved it with topcoat too- the topcoat made the glittery super-shiny and gorgeous in the sun.

left: no topcoat                        right: topcoat

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