Showing posts with label Collection. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Collection. Show all posts

Monday, August 18, 2014

Zoya Naturel Deux Collection Swatches & Review


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 Behold the, not so, triumphant return of my ultra nubby nails! No, I definitely did not intend to make my nails this short. Last week I had two awful breaks, both my middle nails went not-so-peacefully. To add insult to injury, the middle nail on my right hand broke twice in one day. It was a bad day that day. It is probably a good thing that the Zoya Naturel Deux collection looks so beautiful on short nails too :D. 
 I was sooo excited to see Zoya expand their "Naturel" range into a deeper, more fall oriented palette. These six creamy beauties all remind me of delicious coffee and rich chocolatey confections. To see these six, new, nudey beauties up close and person just keep on reading after the jump. 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Delush Polish Essence of Summer Collection Swatches & Brand Announcement

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Hi hello and happy Tuesday! 

  I hope everyone had a fun weekend! Mine was a bit rainy, but nice non the less. Summer is coming on reeeeal strong in South Florida right now, so I definitely welcome a bit of cool rain :D. Speaking of rain, it is pouring as I type this right now.... Ahhh Summer.
 And speaking of Summer, Delush recently released a new collection for the season that is completely perfect. Allow me to introduce the Essence of Summer Collection by Delush Polish. This release consists of Eight shimmery beauties, each as beautiful as the last. 
swatches after the jump
 Some other exciting things happening with Delush Polish is that the brand has announced a new Rewards Program where you can earn points from your purchases. 

To see close up shots of these shimmering Summer beauties and read my thoughts on them, just continue reading after the jump ♥. 

Monday, May 5, 2014

Zoya Awaken and Monet Swatches

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Hey guys! 

 So, I figured... since I have the Zoya Tickled and Bubbly Summer collections in hand.... that maybe, just maybe... Now is a good time to post my Awaken & Monet Spring collection swatches. Can you say "slacker"? 

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Zoya Dot- Dot is a classic ballerina pink creme-jelly. Even though it is really sqishy in finish, the formula was fairly opaque and easy to work with. I used Three thin coats for my swatch. 
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Zoya Cole- Cole is my favorite shade in this entire collection. She is a beautiful shade of perfect peachy creme-jelly. The formula on this color is amazing as well. I used Two thin and easy coats to for my swatch. Shades like this can be so universally flattering. I love how tan they make me look. 
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Zoya Rebel- Rebel is a soft sky blue with a subtle micro shimmer running through it. The shimmer gives a really pretty silvery/ golden, almost duochrome, effect. The formula on this color seems a bit sheer at first but is perfect in Two coats. 
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Zoya Dillon- Dillon is the seafoam sister of Rebel. The shimmer in Dillon appears more Silvery than Golden. I used Two thin coats. 
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Zoya Hudson- Husdon is the Orchid sister to Rebel and Dillon. The shimmer in this pretty appears more Golden. I used Two thin coats. 
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Zoya Brooklyn- Brooklyn is a frosty "White Gold" shade. Brooklyn is a little brush strokey. I used Two coats for my swatch. 
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Zoya Monet over Dot- Monet is a glitter topper. This polish is made up of iridescent hex glitters suspended in a, barely-there, pink jelly base. I had to add a boisterous amount of thinner to get this polish to work. As I received it, it was unusable. The formula was insanely thick and the glitter spread non existent. Once I added the thinner I was able to work with it, but it still gave me some troubles. IDK, I want to love it. t is really ethereal and looks so pretty in the bottle.... the formula leaves much to be desired. 
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 Overall, I am a bit disappointed in this collection. I'm not sure what, but something is missing for me. While the colors are really pretty, they don't feel special to me. I am SUPER disappointed in Brooklyn. A golden frost? Really?... And while I appreciate Zoya's effort with Monet, the execution of the topper fell flat for me. That formula is like glitter glue. 
 Strangely enough the shades I like best are the Two cremes, Dot and Cole.  Especially Cole... They are effortless and flattering. I almost wish they had released all the other shades as creme-jellies a'la Cole and Dot, I think that would have been a more interesting collection.

 Thankfully, I am stoked on the new Summer shades. I really think they redeemed themselves with the Summer colors. I hope I love them on the nail as much as I do in the bottles. How did you guys like the Awaken collection? Any faves here? 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Cult Nails Passionate Dreams LE Collection Swatches

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Happy humpday! 

 Today's mid week treat brought to you by; MOAR Cult Nails :D. This sexy Foursome is the Passionate Dreams collection. These pretties were released around Valentines Day, back in February. For this release Maria did a Silver foil, Two sparkling pretties and a new Red wax finish. I am SOOO stoked on that Red wax, BTW. 

All shades but Kiss are shown with a top coat of Cult Nails Wicked Fast.

Cult Nails Ignite- This beauty is an amazing Black creme-jelly base packed full of micro Gold and Silver glitter. I am in love with this shade and the way the glitter peeks through perfectly through the opaque Black base. The formula is amazing on Ignite. I only needed Two coats for full opacity. 

Cult Nails Angel Whispers- This shade is a dreamy, soft and ultra-shimmery Pink. This shade is extremely beautiful and feminine. I really love the shimmery finish. This pretty is not without its issues though. The formula on mine was insanely thick. I had to add a few drops of nail polish thinner to be able to work with it. Once I added the thinner I was able to apply thin enough coats to build it up evenly. I used Three coats for my swatch. 

Cult Nails Lethal- This shade is just amazing. Lethal is a super dense Silver foil. In person, it is practically a chrome finish. The formula on this shade is absolutely perfect. I used Two coats for my swatch, though I could have done with One. This shade dries a bit matte and looks great either way. Lethal also makes a great polish for stamped nail art.  

Cult Nails Kiss- This is the newest wax finish. It is Red, it is sexy as hell and it is waxy. Kiss is a perfect shade of rich candy apple Red. The formula on this shade is fantastic. I love it for days when I am in a rush because I can usually just do one coat, and it dries quickly. Basically for instant fab, just add a coat of Kiss. Shown are two easy coats of Kiss.  

All of these shades are still available for purchase from Cult Nails as well as the Beautylish Boutiques. Each shade retails for $12.00.  I absolutely adore these. Even though I ran into that formula issue with Angel Whispers, I still adore that shade. My absolute faves here are definitely Ignite and Kiss. 

Happy humpday loves!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Cult Nails Casual Elegance Collection Swatches

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Happy Humpday!! 

  Today I want to share my swatches of the newest Cult Nails Collection, Casual Elegance. I want to say a million words about this Trio. The colors are superb. The formulations, as usual, are perfection. This collection really hit a soft spot for me and my obsession with the color Purple. I think this collection hit a soft spot for many gals actually. So much so, that the pre-order  is completely sold out on the Cult Nails site, and with good reason. In this release there is a beautiful creme, a painfully sparkly micro glitter and a dreamy holographic shade. Could it be possible that such a small release is already going to the top of my list for 2014 releases? You bet your booty it is! But Purple is my spirit animal.. So I am biased ;).  
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 All swatches are shown with a top coat of Cult Nails Wicked fast for shine, smoothness and a full finished look. 

Cult Nails Winter's Light- This beauty is made up of micro Amethyst Purple glitter suspended in a Red-toned Purple jelly base. The application of this glitter is very easy, the glitter spreads evenly and the base is not sticky. This shade can be layered or built up to full opacity. I chose to wear mine alone. I used Three thin and easy coats for my swatch. Winter's Light dries with a little bit of a gritty finish, a top coat will remedy that. I am so in love with the way the glitter in this polish twinkles perfectly to create a crushed Amethyst illusion. I also really like that the jelly base is a tad lighter than the glitters as it gives a slight jelly- sammich effect. 

Cult Nails Casual Elegance- Lilac.Creme.Perfection. No seriously, this shade.. Ok, this shade.. I LOVE a good lilac creme... This one is as good as it gets. I love that Casual Elegance is a true, clean, Lilac creme. There are no undertones of Pink, and it does not lean too Blue. The formula is just amazing on this shade. I could have gotten away with one coat if I had applied it more patiently. Casual Elegance has a thick but very manageable formula. It is not thick, goopy or streaky. I used Two flawless coats for my swatch. 

Cult Nails Intriguing- This baby is truly a gem. I could literally, sit here all day and type out a dissertation on how much I love this color and why. But I wont subject you guys to that ahah. SO, Intriguing is a magical shade of Periwinkle Blue with a dreamy linear holo effect. The holo is a subtle, but present. This shade is perfect for when you are feeling dainty, but want a hint of something special. Intriguing has an amazing formula that glides on like butter and is opaque in Two easy coats. Of course the day I chose to swatch these, it was also raining very heavily... I hope to get Sunlight PIc of this beauty soon. I think it deserves that courtesy haha. 
The pre-order may be done but be on the lookout for the individual release of these shades. Don't worry, you have not missed out just yet :D. And trust me, you don't want to miss out! I have always been a fan of Cult Nails' aesthetic and vibe, but they really hit it out of the park with these Three shades. I need more micro glitters from Cult Nails.. Maria if you are reading... How about a kick ass Emerald next haha? 

 Make sure to follow Cult Nails on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates on this collection, promos and more! 

Thanks for coming by today! 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

O.P.I Gwen Stefani Collection Swatches

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Happy Humpday!! 

 Today I want to share my swatches of the O.P.I Gwen Stefani collection. I won't even lie. I was SOOOO excited to find out that O.P.I would be doing a collaboration with Gwen Stefani. She is such a music and fashion icon. But what I love best is that Gwen is one of the original "nail girls". I remember watching No Doubt music videos and always admiring her long vampy nails, Pink hair and fantastic Red lips. This collection is such a beautiful representation of Gwen's style. 

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 For close up swatches and more details just keep on reading. 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

KBShimmer Winter 2013 Multichromes Swatches & Video

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Oh Multichromes ♥!! 

 Can KBShimmer make polishes or what?! Seriously, this girl has such immense talent for her craft. Back in winter of 2013 Christy released Seven new multichrome polishes. Three of these are smooth shifters and some have an added flash of holographic sparkle. There is also a Blue based shifting glassfleck. 
 I will warn you now... My skin tone looks awful in all these photos. My ultimate goal with these photos was to capture as much of the shift as possible. I was not concerned with my skin color. All photos were taken in the shade so that the shift would come through a bit stronger in photos.
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 But, that said.. I did make this quick video which shows these babies in action. It was the best way I could think of to try and capture as much of the shift as possible. 

 To see close up swatches of these beauties just continue reading. 

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Zoya Zenith Collection Swatches

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Good morning and happy New Year's eve! 

  Today I want to share my swatches of the Zoya Zenith collection. As usual Zoya did an amazing, Six color, collection that perfectly captures the flash and sparkle of the Holiday season. I love that they can do this without creating colors that feel overdone or too typical. Brava for thinking out of the box Zoya! I was so happy to see Zoya revisit the holographic jelly- glassflecks, the painfully bright foils and the bar glitter glazes this year.
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To see close up swatches, and have your retinas burnt by these amazing colors, continue reading ♥.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

O.P.I San Francisco Collection Swatches- Part One

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Happy Humpday! 

  This morning I want to share the first half of O.P.I's San Francisco Fall collection. This portion is the creamy pretties from this release. This Fall has been all about deep Blues and Vampy shades. I was really hoping for more Emerald polishes this season. That said, these shades will appeal to many gals because they really do seem to fall into the realm of timeless colors. 
To see close up swatches of these classic beauties, just keep on reading ♥.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

OCC Modercraft- Fall 2013 Nail Color Collection

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Happy Humpday! 

  Today I am very excited to share swatches of OCC's Fall moderncraft nail polish collection. These six beautiful shades are inspired by the 1920's cabaret look. These polishes are insanely beautiful and the formulations really left me kind of speechless. The full Moderncraft collection is available online and at select Sephora stores now. 
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 To see close up swatches and find out more about these amazing beauties just continue reading ♥. 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Zoya Cashmeres Fall 2013 Collection Swatches

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OMG it is Thursday already!! 

  This week has been such a blurr for me, I'm not quite sure why. I hate the feeling of "missing days". I know I have not spoken much about my health in a while... it's been really rollercoaster-y. The good news is that I do not have Crohn's afterall... It was something else all along, basically my stomach is too slow and does not empty properly.
 It sucks because there is no treatement for it other than "lifestyle changes" which I have been working on since 2010, when these issues started presenting... I'm really frustrated, and a fairly anxious mess, which does not help with my "gastric distress"... Fun, right?! Needless to say all of these things have been getting in the way of life in general. I'm trying my damn hardest to keep a positive midset and stay calm, but some days are harder than others. Today is not so great, my heart feels heavy, my body drained but my mind is doing 100 miles per hour. I'm hoping to dive into some nail art and hopefully get lost in it for a while. I really need to catch up on my #31DC2013 posts. 
 Now that "that's" out of the way, how about some swatches of the Zoya Cashmeres Fall 2013 collection? This portion is the creamy half of this year's Fall releases. Six new yummy shades that range from classic nudes and browns, to bold reds and a very uniqe Green & Blue.  
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 To see close up swatches and find out my thoughts on these shades just continue reading ♥.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Milani Retro Glam LE Collection Swatches

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Happy Friday my lovelies!! 

  Today, I have another of Milani's new nail polish collections. This pretty group is the Retro Glam collection. This adorable release is made up of Five dainty cremes and one adorable Black and White glitter topper. I really love the range of colors in this collection. There really is a retro feel to them. They remind me of those old kitchen wall-phones with the 27 foot cords. The ones that would get tangled into an unholy mess... Remember those? Ahh the good 'ol days when you could still slam a phone down to end an angry conversation.... Anyways, back to polish, I adore these colors to bits, but some of the formulas were... interesting...
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 To see close up swatches of these adorable colors just continue reading. 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Milani Fantastical Plumage LE Collection Swatches

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Longest. Week. Ever! 

  OMG it's finally Thursday! I have no idea why, but this week has really dragged on for me... My goodness I am ready for the weekend! Today I am sharing my swatches of one of Milani's new nail polish collection releases. I always get excited when I find out that Milani is doing new polishes. As far as drug store polishes go, Milani takes top billing for me. They hardly ever disappoint, they have great formulas and they have a great color range. 
 This is the Fantastic Plumage Collection. This group is made up of Five vivid cremes and one Black & White glitter topper. The cremes in this collection are absolutely to die for!
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To see close up swatches of these fun pretties just continue reading. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

O.P.I Oz the Great and Powerful Collection Swatches

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Good morning loves!! 

  Today I will be sharing my swatches of O.P.I's newest Summer Soft Shades collection which was inspired by the new film, Oz the Great and Powerful. This lovely collection is made up Three nude jellies, Three layering glitters and One new Liquid Sand shade for a total of Seven new shades.
 I will be SO very brutally honest. I was fully prepared to loathe this collection. I was ready to be all like "OMG it's so boring, the glitters suck etc". I found myself nomming on my words. I always think I will hate the Soft Shades, and I always end up enamored with them. I think it is because, while these are not colors I would normally pic for myself, they always end up looking so lovely and feminine. I can't help but enjoy the softer, healthy look these shades give my hands.

O.P.I I Theodora You
  I Theodora You is a lovely shade of soft Ballerina slipper pink jelly-creme. This color has a perfect squishy formula and applies very easily. I used Three easy coats for my swatch above.

O.P.I Lights of Emerald City over I Theodora You
 Lights of Emerald City is a blend of larger White squares and small opalescent squares suspended in a clear base. This topper is fairly easy to work with and I didn't have many issues getting the larger pieces to come out. The best thing to do is to store your bottle upside down for a little bit before application so the larger bits settle to the top of the bottle. I really love this glitter a LOT.

O.P.I Glints of Galinda
 Glints of Galinda is a really neutral beige jelly-creme. I'd say it is a sandy beige and it seems to dry just a tad darker on the nail than the color in the bottle. This shade pulled Peachy on me, which I really liked. I used Three thin coats for my swatch.

O.P.I When Monkeys Fly over O.P.I Glints of Galinda
 When Monkeys Fly is a mix of large Golden hexes and smaller Silver prismatic hexes in a clear base. This was the "problem child" of the collection for many gals. O.P.I decided to go with intentional curling (Taco Glitter) on the larger pieces, which bothered a lot of gals. Personally, I did not find the curling to be as drastic as some people made them out to be. Yes, they were slightly curved, but I did not find it to be an issue. The trickier part was getting the pieces to stay on my nail as I was applying the polish. I used more of a dabbing method to get the pieces on my nails. In the end, I really liked this glitter and I don't mind the slightly curved pieces.

O.P.I Don't Burst my Bubble 
 Don't Burst my Bubble  is a very, very light shade of Pink creme- jelly. It is practically a White jelly, with the slightest hint of Pink undertones. This was the sheerest of all, I had to do Four thin coats on this shade. That said, the formula was easy to work with and very even.

O.P.I Which is Witch? over O.P.I Don't Burst my Bubble 
 Which is Witch?  is a really lovely and twinkly blend of micro sparkles. Micro bars and slightly larger glitter Hexes in a Silver prismatic finish all suspended in a clear base. This polish is PACKED with sparkle and has a great spread of the glitter. I just love this look. It is dreamy and fantastical.

O.P.I What Wizardry is This? 
 This is the liquid sand shade that was released with this collection. What Wizardry is This? is a great shade of sparkling Bronze texture. I did not think I would enjoy this, but I do love it quite a lot. It is such a rich shade. It reminds me of coffee for some reason... Random I know haha. I used Two coats for my swatch, but I should have used a Third thin one.

  And there you have O.P.I's Oz Collection. What are your thoughts on this collection? I find these to be adorable, clean and feminine. I really ended up liking the glitters as well. I suppose it is a good thing I do not naturally gravitate to shades like these. They usually end up being unique in my stash, and that is always a good thing. If I were to only get ONE shade from this collection, it would definitely be I Theodora You.

 Which are your picks?

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

China Glaze Avant Garden Collection Swatches- Part One

Hello!! 

  Yesterday I held a little "poll" on Facebook to see what you guys wanted to see today and ya'll voted for the China Glaze Avant Garden swatches. This post will focus on Six of the Avant Garden Shades (and yes, I will be sharing the other six shades :). 
 China Glaze did a beautiful job with this collection. All the colors are definitely Spring-perfect and they all compliment each other. There is a nice range of shades in this 12 piece collection. 
 To see close ups of these pretties just continue reading ♥.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

China Glaze Bitz 'n' Pieces Collection Swatches

Good afternoon loves!! 

  Today I am sharing my swatchies of the new China Glaze Bitz 'n' Pieces collection. I'm pretty happy to see all these mainstream companies jumping on the "quirky, chunky glitter" bandwagon. This collection is made up of Six glittery toppers which are heavily accented by Black "bits and pieces". I know many of us have been spoiled by the indie polish makers but these really are fun, cute and HEAVILY packed with sparkly goodness.
 To see swatches of these babies just continue reading ♥.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

O.P.I Mariah Carey Collection Swatches

Good morning lovely people! 

  Today I am sharing my swatches of the O.P.I Mariah Carey Collection. This group is made up of Four "Liquid Sand" textured polishes and four "normal" shades. I've had my reservations about the liquid sand polishes from the second I heard they were coming out. I am happy to say that I was pleasantly surprised with the Liquid Sand shades and liked them even more than the four regular shades. 
 To see close up shots of the collection just continue reading ♥.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Nicole by O.P.I Selena Gomez Collection Swatches

Happy Thursday! 

  Today I am sharing my swatches of the Selena Gomez Collection by Nicole by O.P.I. This collection is made up of Seven full coverage shades and Seven glittery toppers. I can't say I am a Selena Gomez fan, or that I know what her "vibe" is... Judging from the range of colors in this collection I'd say girly and sweet :D.
 To see closeups of each shade just continue reading.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

SOB, Cry and Rage... Oh and Floam!

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  SO mad :(. I have not had a "bad" nail break since I first went to shorty nails. I think back in 2011 was when I decided to go to shorties. So, I had not experienced a "devastating" nail break for over a year. Yesterday, as I was prepping for a swatchathon, I snagged my middle nail on something and it broke in a bad way. I wanted to cry lolol.. If you have been following my recent shenanigans on You Tube you know that I have A LOT of product that needs to be swatched/ and or nail arted with lol. I SO do not need my nails looking like THIS... I know I LOVE me some nubbies.... But this is TOO nubby for me lolol!
..... Ugh.... So I figured, might as well actually enjoy wearing my Floam. I had only gotten to swatch it once, a long time ago. My bottle is pretty "old" and it had thickened up a little bit, this was not an issue though. I just added a few drops of nail polish thinner and shook it really well. The consistency was fine after I thinned it a bit. I used Three easy, thin coats to get my nail fully covered in Floamy bits. I top coated it with Two coats of Cult Nail Wicked Fast. Even though my nails are SUPER short I am still loving the Floam-y goodness!

  Also! Here is another You Tube vid! This one covers the contents of my Ikea Helmers :D


 I will be posting stashed swatches until my nails grow to an acceptable length :(. I really need to/can't wait get into my swatches and nail art again! I totally want get stuff done and then shiz like this keeps happenin lolol!!! In the meantime I will continue to focus on my FAQ video series and taking my vitamins to make sure my nails grow out fast :D!! 


Monday, December 3, 2012

O.P.I Skyfall Collection Swatches

Hey it's Monday! 

  Ugh! Anywho! I FINALLY have swatches of the O.P.I Skyfall Collection for you guys! This collection was released as O.P.I's Holiday collection and was inspired by the new James Bond movie; Skyfall. I'm personally not a James Bond fan. I've only seen a few movies about the famous spy but I was young and didn't get them lol. I also didn't speak English haha! BUT I do LOVE these polishes and they are perfect, not only for the Holiday season, but a great representation of Bond-Girl style and class. 
 To see swatches of the whole collection just continue reading after the jump. ♥