2/28/13

OPI Oz The Great And Powerful Collection (Pictures, Swatches, Review)

Hello there!  OPI is releasing a new collection of  6 Soft Shades plus one new Liquid Sand inspired by Disney's new movie, Oz The Great And Powerful! I have pictures of them to share with you today!

Now maybe the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Oz is not soft pinks and glitter, but I do think they capture the whimsy of Oz quite nicely. 


First up in the Liquid Sand (a textured, matte finish polish-see more of them here) called What Wizardry Is This? This "rich taupe...was designed for James Franco's character, the great Wizard of Oz" according to the Great and Powerful OPI :)



Next, I topped 'Wizardry' with the gold glitter confetti polish, When Monkeys Fly! This polish has a clear base with giant gold hexagons and a mix of smaller iridescent glitters. You need some effort in order to make this wearable. You see, the giant gold pieces are curled, making application difficult. I knew this before I tried the polish, and was determined to make it work somehow. If you grab a pair of tweezers and work quickly- you will need to flip the pieces around so that the curve is facing downward (not upward, making a cup shape)- the result is very pretty:
Below, you can see what I am referring to better- the pieces with the arrows are the ones with the curves facing upward, and the one in the center is facing down:

Here's a side shot; the nail on the bottom has the upward facing curls, while with the next nail, I made sure to flip around any that landed that way. As you can see, the middle nail's glitters lay nice an flat:
Is all that tweezer effort worth it? That's up to you- for me, it was. It was quite easy and I loved the end result!

Next is Don't Burst My Bubble, a jelly-ish white polish with the slightest hint of pink. This polish is so clean looking:

3 layers

With flash, you can see just how opaque this can appear:

Next is I Theodora You (a play on Mila Kunis' character's name). This polish is the sweetest shade of baby pink. The jelly formula applied sooooooo beautifully and covered really well in 3 layers (no streaking!):


Then there's Glints Of Glinda, a beige jelly. I thought I would fall head over heels for this one, but it's just too close to my skin tone, making it look like my nails are slightly yellowing. I'm sure it would look fabulous on skin tones a little lighter or darker than my own.  2 layers shown:


I topped Glints Of Glinda with the fun glitter, Lights Of Emerald City.  This has a clear base with iridescent sparkly fun glitters and larger white/matte square glitters. This one was a little difficult to apply for me since the texture was on the thick side. The 'dabbing' method is definitely ideal (as opposed to painting stroke of polish on):


Lastly, we have Which Is Witch?, a sparkly silver, glittery, holographic-y delight. This is probably more intended to be a layering polish, but I wanted to see how it looked on it's own. It covered quite nicely (although not completely opaque) in 3 layers:


I really love nude polishes, so these are completely and utterly right up my alley.  The more I wear the Liquid Sand polishes, the more I fall in love with them.

Here's some parting info from OPI:

As with all OPI nail lacquers, the shades inspired by Oz The Great and Powerful 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 March 2013 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, jcp Salons, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $9.00 ($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!


Thanks for stopping by!

***Disclosure: Products in this post were provided for review***
 



















2/27/13

Orly Royal Navy Nail Polish (Re-do)

Beauty blogging (about nail polish specifically) can sometimes hinder one's ability to actually wear a color more than once. I'm always in search of new things to photograph and write about, and in the process, some old gems get pushed to the wayside. Recently though, I've become quite a fan of blue polish, something that my formerly nude-polish-only lovin' self can hardly believe!  I dug out Orly Royal Navy, a polish I first featured on my blog back in May of 2011. Royal Navy is a deep blue creme/jelly polish with 'hidden' light blue shimmer inside. A good shaking is necessary to spread the shimmer love around, because left unmoved for some time, all of that glittery goodness will settle on the bottle of the bottle.


Here's me wearing 3 layers today:



 
And for fun, would you like to see my original photo of this? You can see that my nails were SUPER nubby back then:

Kinda funny, huh? 

 Royal Navy, I 'm so sorry that I haven't pulled you out in almost 2 years. Please forgive me!

Do you ever feel guilty for ignoring your polish?  



2/26/13

Twinsie Tuesday: Ruffian Manicure

Hey girl hey!  It's Twinsie Time, and this week's theme was one I was dreading: Ruffian manicure. If you are unfamiliar with this look, it uses 2 polishes- one in a "moon" shape near your cuticle area, and another for the rest of the nail.

I've seen some tutorials for this that use tape to get the shape perfect, but I have little patience for the drying time in between polishes that would take. No, I decided to go freehand, and I have to say it was easier than expected.

For my ruffian manicure, I used Nicole by OPI Please Red-cycle and Totally In The Dark. First, I did one good layer of red on the entire nail. I waited approximately 2 minutes before moving on to the black polish. Painting my nail the exact same way I do any other time, only starting a little further up so that the red would peek through the bottom:



I can't wait to see what color combos the other Twinsies  came up with:


Amanda at Amandalandish 
Anna at Going to the Showing 
Anne at Grape Fizz Nails 
Ashley at Art Evolve
Brandi at The Beaulieu Review 
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Cordia at Seriously Swatched 
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Jamie at Polish, Please! 
Katherine at Haul of Fame 
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Meredith at Polish and Charms
Rachel at Top Coat It
Sarah at See Sarah Swatch 
Tara at Polishy of Truth


2/24/13

Spring Giveaway Winner!

Hi there!  The winner of my Spring giveaway (mini OPI Euro Centrale polish set and Avojuice Creme) is one of the sweetest girls in all of Texas, Jessi of Lacquered, Painted, Polished!  Thanks so much to everyone who entered, and look for more giveaways very soon ;)

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2/22/13

Zoya Pixie Dust Collection (Pictures, Swatches, Review)



Textured nails are "in" right now and Zoya is helping to lead the charge with the Pixie Dust collection!  These 6 gorgeous colored polishes dry down to a matte textured finish, with a hint and a glint of "sugared" sparkle peeking through.



 Chyna is up first. This polish reminds me of red currant jam- the texture is really special and makes this look delicious. 2 layers:

Curious as to what these look like all shined up with top coat?  Wonder no further....

Next up is Dahlia, which is fittingly named since "black" is always what usually comes to mind when I hear that name! 2 layers:


Next up is the also fittingly named London. This foggy gray makes me think of a comfy fuzzy sweater for some reason!  2 layers shown:


Nyx is a  sugary periwinkle polish. This one took 3 layers to cover completely:



Vespa is a sea glass green beauty. I love how soft this shade is!  3 layers:


Lastly, we have my favorite- Godiva. Aaaaaaah! A nude Pixie Dust!  This is right up my alley, of course. This literally looks like I dipped my nails is sugar. I love it....it gives off that almost mannequin-esque nail look. Sort of like when you look at a beauty ad, and the model's hands are airbrushed beyond recognition and you ask yourself- "who's nails acutally look like that?". THIS GIVES YOU THAT LOOK! 2 layers:


I'm surprisingly really diggin' this texture thing. The effect is pretty and different and I can tell you that I wore Godiva as a full manicure, and got so many compliments on it. Removal was a cinch too- pretty comparable to a light glitter removal. 

You can find the Pixie Dust collection on Zoya's website!  If you use my referral link here to create a new account, a coupon for a FREE bottle of Zoya will be awaiting you in your account! Tip-if you add 2 more bottles to your order in addition to your free bottle, you get FREE shipping too. (Disclosure- I receive Zoya 'points' for referring you).

What are your thoughts on textured polish?

***Disclosure- Products in this post were provided for review***

2/21/13

Barielle Sweet Treats Spring 2013 Collection (Pictures, Swatches, Review) Plus Matte-inee Top Coat

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Hi Friends!

Today I have some yummy new polishes from Barielle to share!  This is their new "Sweet Treats" collection for Spring, and it has some seriously fun shades that definitely make me think of candy:


First let's check out Banana Drop, a "creamy banana yellow".  This is a fantastic pastel yellow with a great formula. I used 3 layers of polish here:


Then we have Green Apple Chew, "bright and creamy lime green". This color is SO bright and SO delicious. 2 layers of polish shown:

If you want a more subdued candy color, Lilac Jelly Bean will definitely satisfy. This "creamy gray violet" is a great neutral and covered well with just 2 layers of polish:

Next up, Blue Cotton Candy, a "frosted, opalescent sea blue" that reminds me of denim. Super coverage; 2 layers shown:


Lastly, we have my favorite- Orange Parfait!  This is a "soft creamy coral" polish that has a nice dusty quality to it. LOVE! 2 layers:


I also received Barielle's "Matte-inee" topcoat for review, and I put it on top of Orange Parfait. You can use this topcoat to mattified any "regular" polish. I loved the formula which was nice and thin and dried fairly quickly.  You can also use Matte-inee by itself for a simple, finished look (or for a guy manicure....it looks nice without being overly "done"):



The Sweet Treats collection will be available on Barielle's website beginning March 1st!  They will retail for $8 each.

Which 'treat' was your favorite??



***Disclosure: Products in this post were provided for review***

2/20/13

Spring Giveaway: 2 Days Left To Enter!


Just a quick reminder that there are still 2 days left to enter my OPI Spring Giveaway!

Follow this link to the Rafflecopter entry form:  ***CLICK HERE!*** :)


Good luck!!!