Today I finally get to start showing you guys O.P.I's Holland inspired Spring Collection. I have to say that this year O.P.I really redeemed themselves. Last year I was really let down by the Texas collection. It just did not seem very coherent to me. This year they did Six beatiful shimmers that left me a little speechless and Six lovely cremes that could brighten anyone's day. I was really excited about this collection from the moment that I saw the very innacurate promo shots.
I've decided to split the collection into Two posts because I am running myself thin trying to keep up with my daily posting and working until very late in the day. Like I've been saying this week, I am still adjusting... So here is the creme portion of The Holland Collection.
This will be a super quick post. I wanted to get the comps out of the way before I showed you guys O.P.I's Spring collection. I figured it would make it easier for those of you wondering if there is any dupage between O.P.I Spring and Zoya Spring.
Today I limited Muffin's picks to Orly colors. I feel like I don't give Orly enough love. I also feel like out of all the big brand name brands Orly "Wow's" me the least. I don't know what it is but their colors just feel tired to me. It seems like once in every collection they have a really amazing color and the rest are just ok, to me. I really like their "specialty" collections like the Cosmic FX and the more recent Mineral FX collections. The pretty Muffin picked today comes from their Plastix Collection.
I remember this color being one of my very first lemmings. I could not go on without having this color in my collection and I searched high and low until I found it, that was an awesome day. I could go on and on about my feelings on my older polishes back from when I first started blogging, but this could turn into a very long post. I love being able to look back at colors fondly now hahahah!!
For today's Sunday Spam I will be showing you some pretty Pinks, Blacks and Blues. The inspiration for this theme comes from a line in one of my favorite songs. The song is called "Bruises" by The Chairlifts. I will post a video at the bottom of the post. It is the cutest little love song and I can't help but smile whenever it comes on my iPod or Pandora. I have really strange taste in music and find a lot of inspiration from songs. Music is my happy place so it seemed only fitting that I do a Sunday Spam based on one of my favorite songs.
Please enjoy this sneak peek of some awesome glitter becoming available very soon! Some are already out!!
You will notice that there are 6 shades that will be coming soon, and are currently not available. The rest are available through the Jordana website now, and 12 shades will launch at Kmart this February.
The 12 shades that will be available at Kmart are: 01 Magenta Magic, 02 Celebration, 06 Fairy Dust, 08 Sequins, 10 Gemstones, 11 Cosmic, 12 Celestial, 14 LA City Nights, 15 Blue Bash, 17 Copper Blaze, 21 Funky Gold Town, and 23 Rhinestones.
Pretty sweet right!!? OMG I want all of theeeese!!!!
Today I have a lovely Aussie polish from the brand Ulta3. This brand releases some AMAZING colors and I really wish that we got them here in the U.S. I got this pretty thanks to the lovely Carina. I've only worn this once.... WHYYY?!!! As I was applying this color yesterday I kept wondering why this had not been on my nails more than once. I wore these nails last night to a work party along with a pretty Turquoise stones necklace and it looked soo pretty! So, should I stop blabbing now and let you take a peek at this amazing polish?
For more details about this lovely polish and layering just keep on reading.
Today's post is a lovely swatch of a lovely color! I'm keeping pretty short and sweet today because once again. It is super late, I am pretty tired and I'm still getting used to having a regular work schedule along with blogging. I didn't realize how much work blogging took until I started my new job. WOW! BUT!! I love my lovelies and I just can't not post. So I went waaaay back into my swatches I had yet to post and I decided on this pretty Jordana Pink creme. I hope you like!
This pretty Pink Bunny has just the perfect touch of Blue in it to take it our of the Easter territory. I actually really love this shade because it is so pretty against my skin tone. It's a nice Bubblegum Pink with a little twist. Two effortless coats.
Have a nice day my loves!! I have a block party at my work later (I work at a Model House in a new development) and I am so excited to do some awesome nails for that!
I was not in a Pink mood when I came home from work yesterday. Also, I've had this mani in my head for sometime and I felt like I had to do it NOW! I'm keeping things really short today because it is very late, I am very tired and I still need a shower... But these pics should really give you something to stare at... Mr. LTHP and I could not believe how amazing this turned out.
I started with a base of Two coats of Chick NP Raven's Egg. I sponged the tips of my nails in Chick NP All A Twitter. To give the tips some sparkle and a little something extra I lightly sponged all over the Light Blue and somewhat into the Dark Blue with Finger Paints Sparkle TC. I stamped using Red Angel plate RA-111 and Essence Be Optimistic! This light Blue is amazing for stamping! I added some gemstone accents on my Ring Finger and Thumbs. This mani goes back to one of my first layered manis. Some of you may remember [THIS]? I freaking LOVE this!!
The gemstones came from Avon and they were a gift from my lovely M-I-L Cindy. Julie from CNP!! I hope you are reading!! I love this look soo much and your lovely colors inspired the whole thing.
Today I have for you the second magnetic polish I picked up while I was at ICING this past weekend. This one is the amazing Blue to Purple duochrome magnetic shimmer. This one is quite spectacular. For today's magnetic look I used the wavy design magnet. I got lucky and ended up with one of each kind of magnet. The straight line effect and the wavy line effect magnets. I really like how the Blue looks in the wavy design so I went with that one. These are so much freakin fun!!
You HAVE to see all the other pics I took of this! Click it!!
Today is a new day! I have something sooo cool to show you today. This is really Muffin's pick. What happened to the picture you ask? Well my butt forgot I had the picture in my camera still and I accidentally deleted ALL the pictures.... Her choices were Lynderella's Love Potion No. 99, Mercurial and ICING's Blue/Purple, Green/ Gold Magnetix. I was very excited for her to pick ANY of those because they are all incredible polishes in their own rights.
So instead of a pic of Muffin making her pick, I have a picture of Muffin and Truffle's new spot. They literally take turns in it! :D It is too cute for words... So here is this...
To see some AWESOME AWESOMENESS just keep reading!
It's mine!! It is finally mine. I have the best readers in the world and thanks to the help of some bloggy friends this beauty finally made it to me!!! When Deborah Lippmann came out with Glitter in the Air last year I was actually really let down with it. I expected more from it for such an expensive polish... So I passed on it.... However when Revlon did their flawless dupe I could not help but love it.... SOOOO.... Inevitably... I needed it in my collection.
When I posted about Royal not long ago a lot of you got the perception that I hate Revlon polishes. That is just not the case lovelies! I just hate Royal. I have a few other Revlon polishes thatI actually quite love. One of them was even in my top 10 of 2011 :D. Whimsical is a total WIN in my book.
I started with a base of Two coats of the very amazing Orly Frisky. Can I just say how madly in love I am with this combination? I've seen a lot of girls layering Whimsical over soft Blues but I honestly love this even more. The soft, milky Blue base of Whimsical toned down the brightness of Frisky just enough to make this really beautiful. Whimsical does not have the best application as the glitters are very sparse (as was the case with the original version of this color). It is best to dab it on and then spread it on the nail carefully so as not to push all the large Hex glitters to the tips of your nails. I stopped at Two coats because I love the soft and almost angelic look of this combination. I love the Coppery Pink and Light Blue Hexes in this. It's dreamy.... *swoon*
Yesterday was my first day at work and it went great! I'm really excited about this job. It feels good to have a nice job with normal hours. The people I work with are all really nice as well. That always makes things a lot better :D. I'm super happy!
Today I have my first glitter-jelly sandwich. As a treat to my self for getting this new job I rewarded myself by getting an Orange jelly. What color more perfect than O.P.I's Ya'll Come Back Ya Hear? (which has an amazing formula).I am so IN LOVE with how this turned out. And I also cannot believe that it took me so long to try one of these. They look like some sort of candy or cracked glass marble... LOVE THIS!
I started with Two coats of Ya'll Come Back ya Hear? Then I applied one coat of $OPI Only Gold for Me. I decided that was not blingy or flashy enough so I switched to Milani's Gold FX which really gave me the fish- scale look I wanted. So I "applied" Two coats of Milani Gold FX. I finished off with one more coat of YCBYH? and topped the whole thing off with some Seche Vite for extra shine and to dry all those layers o.O
I'm not looking forward to removal.. But who cares when it looks this awesome! I feel like a fiery mermaid or something. I have soooo many ideas for more glitter-jelly sandwiches. These are a great and easy way to make your nails look fierce and like you put a ton of work into them... YAY!
Have you tried a glitter sammich? What is your favorite combo?
So, I skipped this color when it came out last year.. It got a lot of hype and I thought it was an amazing shade and I loved all the swatch pics I was seeing... I still skipped on it because for some reason it was not singing to me. Not long ago I saw a post that had used this polish and that single post did me in and I had to have Royal. I was all OMFGWOWAMAZING when I saw this swatch pic.... So I ran out and picked up myself a bottle of Royal .....
While the finished result with the Red Angel (plate RA109) stamping in Nfu. OH #61 is really actually quite beautiful.... This base color by Revlon was an absolute nightmare to apply. I needed FOUR.... Yes.. FOUR coats and it was still uneven, streaky and not up to my standards. Thank goodness for stamping and being able to cover up "my sins" with the lacey holographic flowers. There almost an Asian inspired look to it so I'm not mad at the end result...
What I am mad at is this (*points at swatch*)... It just doesn't look as perfect and smooth as I would like.. This really was a PAIN to apply. I've never had a polish be more problematic than Royal. If you are not patient, experienced or.. PATIENT... DO NOT get this color. This color has a streaky, runny almost watery formula.... Not happy with it at all.... I don't even know how this color got some much hype when the formula is such a mess... If only the beauty of the color matched the formula....
Maybe it was just my bottle... But who knows. I don't own many Revlon polishes and this will be the one and only Jelly I ever get from Revlon. This experience was enough to put me off Revlon jellies for the rest of my polish days....
I have some wonderful news before we get started with my usual nonsense.... I have a JOB!! A nice office job in real estate at a really nice community. I am so excited about this opportunity and I can't wait to see where it takes me. I am also happy that I will be able to keep my nails looking pretty lol... I know that sounds uber shallow or maybe dumb.. But I am, after all, a nail polish blogger and my nails should be always looking nice right?
For today's post I wanted to play with some of my holographic beauties from Llarowe... I've done lots of creamy splatter manis but I had been wanting to do a holographic one because I though the effect of the sparkle would look so cool. I went for it and I am so happy with the awesome and flashy results!
This is a really simple look. I started with a base of Two coats of Glitter Gal's Frappe. For the splatter I used HITS Atena and Glitter Gal Lizard Belly. I love LOVE love how this looks. Because of the holographic sparkle it almost looks like a watercolor mani. Have you guys seen those yet? They are soo cool and I am dying to try one. I think I will soon. This is quite and edgy and fun look... Holo Splatter! A big win in my book!
Please enjoy this quickie Press Release from O.P.I.
Former wrestler and actress Stacy Keibler walked the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards red carpet with George Clooney on her arm and OPI nail lacquer in Did You ‘Ear About Van Gogh? on her hands. This new nude, which complemented Keibler’s classic look, is part of the Holland collection, launching in February for Spring/Summer 2012.
Laura Linney, nominated for Best Actress in a TV series for her role in The Big C, paired her purple-hued dress with the jewel-toned OPI nail lacquer Congeniality is My Middle Name, a limited edition shade from the Miss Universe partnership.
Today's post is going to be really short and really quick cuz it's my b-day!! So I decided to celebrate in my concoction of flakies that I named Close Enough. Here I an wearing it over Zoya's Raven.
Two coats of each color... Nails on FIYAH!! So Awesome!!
Well guys thanks for stopping by today!! Sorry I am in such a rush but IT'S MY B-DAY lool!! I'm turning 13 25... I don't feel 25... What is 25 supposed to feel like anyways lool? Anywho.. I hope you enjoyed this quickie post.
For this edition of Sunday Spam I have some totally random swatches. The actual plan for Spam Sundays is to have some sort of Theme but for this first one there were a few colors I needed to swatch or wanted to re- swatch. Spam Sundays are really fun to work on so I'm really happy last Sunday's Post had such a positive response.
So like I said, this week is going to be a little bit all over the place but I hope you guys enjoy the spam non the less :D....
Today I have a totally awesome splatter mani. I haven't really been shy about my love of Essence Color and Go polishes. I really wish that the ENTIRE Essence line was available in the states. They release some really incredible stuff in Europe... I own some of that awesomeness thanks to the lovely Deborah but I just cannot get enough of these little polishes.... So, it had been a while since I busted out my Color & Go's and I was really wanting to play with some of these because I just love these little suckers. I have a really cool mix of colors and I always want to mix them in really contrasting ways... As such :D!
So for this mani I started with alternating bases of Lime Up! and Underwater. Then I splattered with the alternating colors using a little coffee stirrer straw thingie. I love those because I can really aim at the nail and it makes it a little less messy and a lot faster for me. How cute is this combination?! It looks like pictures of Planet Earth from Space or something. I am just over the moon with this mani! To top it all off I added a coat of INM Northern Lights.
And there you have it! I love these polishes!! They are .99 cents and they are just AMAZING. They have outstanding formulas and great brushes. I love theseee!!! Go get some!! lool!!
Please enjoy the following press release from China Glaze!
Los Angeles, CA - (January 2012): Where heavy metal meets rocker chic, China Glaze® introduces the Spring 2012 collection, ElectroPop. Inspired by all things girly, edgy and fun, the 12 shades of ElectroPop bring out the inner rock star in all. For flash and glam this spring, China Glaze® hits the stage in style!
ElectroPop Shades include:
Kinetic Candy – Touch the sky in light blue crème
·Electric Beat – Periwinkle nails for a wink worthy performance
Aquadelic – Pool blue for nighttime gigs and daytime fun in the sun
Gaga For Green – Green lacquer for the girl craving the limelight
Sunshine Pop – Shine in the spotlight in bold yellow
Make Some Noise – Rock the mic in tangerine
Wicked Style – Party cocktail tropical punch
Fuchsia Fanatic – Fuchsia pink for the rocker diva in us all
Gothic Lolita – Steal the show on girls night out in seductive purple
Dance Baby – Hit center stage in cotton candy pink
Sweet Hook – Blow a kiss in dreamy lilac
Techno – Glitter confetti polish for a dazzling topcoat finish or all over finger tip bling
ElectroPop is also available in:
·6 Piece Collection of “Brights”:Techno, Aquadelic, Sunshine Pop, Gaga for Green, Make Some Noise and Wicked Style
·6 Piece Collection of “Lights”: Fuchsia Fanatic, Dance Baby, Electric Beat, Kinetic Candy, Sweet Hookand Gothic Lolita
·12 Piece 3D Counter Display
·36 Piece Rack
ElectroPop will be available February 2012. 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, visit: www.chinaglaze.com or follow China Glaze on Facebook and Twitter:http://twitter.com/ChinaGlaze
China Glaze is a division of American International Industries.
About American International Industries
For nearly 40 years, AII has been the leading manufacturer and worldwide distributor of innovative, quality beauty and skin care products for men and women. Our product lines include Ardell, Andrea, Body Drench, Bye Bye Blemish, Checi, China Glaze, Clean + Easy, Clubman/Pinaud, Duo, European Secrets, EzFlow, Fright Night, Gena, GiGi, Gypsy Lash, IBD, Jeris-Lustray, No Tweeze/Micro Tweeze, 'N Rage, Prolinc, RAW, Seche, SuperNail, Surgi-Care, Waterworks, Winning Nails, Woltra, Woody’s, and Youthair. For more information, visit our website: www.aiibeauty.com.
Today I have two quick layering combos using Essie's Shine of the Times. This pretty was released around the Holidays and it made a huge splash due to the fact that it is a Flakie. Now, this one is a dupe of Nubar 2010 and Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure(Original). I have Nubar 2010 but I couldn't pass this up for some reason... I've only layered over Two colors because this has been seen time and time again but it's still just so pretty!!!
Here is Shine of the Times over Bettina's Bordeaux. I won't really be going into detail about Shine of the Times because we all know what it looks like lol.. But I love how fiery this looks over certain colors. I love how this looks over Red shades in paticular. It creates a really interesting textured look and so many colors come out.
And here I have it layered over A England Galahad. I love how this looks like a Sunset sky. You know? when the Sun is going down and there is a Blue sky covered in Pink clouds? This reminds me of those types of afternoons.