Tuesday, September 27, 2011

OPI: Road House Blues and Servin' Up Sparkle


Hi everyone! Today I have two gorgeous polishes to share with you. TWO! LOL.  The first is OPI's Road House Blues from the Touring America Collection. This is a rich gorgeous blackened navy blue creme. I love the finish on this one and just adore these blackened colors in general.  It is not so blackened though that it looks black, it is a true navy blue which is so chic to me. 

The formula on this is lovely and I just needed two coats for the opacity pictured. I love the creme finish and it's got a nice high shine to it. 

Photo one is no flash, photo two is with the flash, which is why it appears slightly more blue. 





I topped Road House Blues  with Servin' Up Sparkle  from the Serena collection and I love the combo! Servin' Up Sparkle is gorgeous!! It's a clear base with tons of holo glitter and some hex glitter thrown in. I just love how it looks on top of the rich navy blue!

The formula was not too hard to work with. Often, hex glitters are hard to place on the nail and this is no exception but it really wasn't that hard because it is packed with glitter.  I really love the end result and think this is one of the prettiest top coats I have seen in a long time. 




So are you loving this combo as much as I am?

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Monday, September 26, 2011

OPI: Mermaid's Tears (Pirates of the Caribbean Collection)


Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend and that this week goes by quickly and smoothly.

Today I wanted to share a color from the OPI Pirates of the Caribbean Collection. I know, I know, that collection is old but I haven't gotten my hands on it till' now!

Mermaid's Tears is a gorgeous aqua green that is similar, I think, to Essie's Turquoise and Caicos. I think Mermaid's Tears is more green than Turquoise and Caicos though. It's a really pretty fun color that I think most skin tones can pull off no problem.

The formula on this one is really nice. I used only two coats for the opacity shown in the photos. It went on smoothly with no streaking or balding. I am happy to report that I am getting really used to the OPI pro wide brush which makes me so happy!









Are you a fan of this polish? 
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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

OPI: Crown Me Already (Miss Universe Collection)


Hi everyone! Today I want to share photos of OPI's Crown Me Already which is part of the Miss Universe collection.  It's a really bling-y metallic silver with tons of silver regular glitter and silver hex glitter. When the light hits this one it's absolutely beautiful!

For a glitter it is extremely opaque and I got the photographed opacity in three coats. Nice!!! So this is not a top coat, you can really wear this alone. You do have to be mindful of where the hex glitter goes but it's not the most difficult glitter I have applied. It was really a nightmare to remove though. The hex glitter stuck to my nails and I had to buff some of it off. That was annoying. I find that that happens to me sometimes with larger glitter polishes for some reason.


 



I really like this one. I see myself pulling it out of the good ol' Helmer during the holidays. What do you think of it?

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Monday, September 19, 2011

$15 for $30 Worth of Beauty and MORE!


Savemore.com is having another good beauty deal right now.  For $15 you get a $30 voucher at aveyou.com which sells all types of beauty products including OPI and Essie! And just like last time, if you are not a SaveMore user and sign up you get a $10 credit which would make this deal $5 for $30 worth of stuff. Nice!!! You can also buy $50 worth of products for $24 or $75 worth of products for $35. 

Note: This voucher does not include shipping so you'd have to pay whatever shipping you had, but orders over $50 ship for $1. 

I think I will buy one voucher. I have never ordered from aveyou but they have some cool products. Let me know if you get a voucher!!!

Remember, you will get the voucher after the deal is over.

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Color Club: Nouveau Vintage (Back to Boho Collection)

Hi there! I hope you're all doing well. Fall is in there air in my part of the USA. I love the crisp cool air this time of year brings. I cannot wait to pick apples and sip cider. Summer flew by though! Woah! 

Anyway, today I have a color from Color Club's Back to Boho fall collection. This is Nouveau Vintage which reminds me of Club eyeshadow from MAC (used in an eye look here). It's brown and  green and red all at once. It was impossible to capture this shade on camera but I tried my best.  This is a really nice color for fall because it's deep and complex.

 
The formula was nice and I had no issues with application. I used three coats for the pictured opacity.  I do think it chipped rather quickly, as I wore it for three days and by day three it was chipped a lot, especially on the tips.   I do think the color is worth dealing with that though because it is rather pretty! 





I wish the photos captured its complexity! Oh well, I tried!! Do you like this one as much as I do? 
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Monday, September 12, 2011

OPI: It's My Year (Miss Universe Collection)


I hope everyone is having a great Monday! Today I have a gorgeous color to  share with you all from the OPI Miss Universe Collection.  This is It's My Year; it's a stunning purple with tons of gold/copper shimmer throughout.  It's almost a foil finish.  It's absolutely gorgeous and is so shimmery! I love it.


The formula was great, I had no issues with balding or streaking and the color was opaque in just two coats. I did add a third coat though just because. I have been on a 3 coat kick lately for some reason. 




What do you think? I love this one! I am a sucker for purples and anything with a golden sheen!

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Remembering 9/11/2001


Ten years later I find myself reflecting back on the events on September 11, 2001.  I wish I had written my feelings down that day so I could see what my 17 year old mind was thinking, but even without words on paper I remember the day as clearly as if it were yesterday.

I was a senior in high school and 9/11/2001 began as just a normal day early in my senior year.  It was a beautiful day; sunny, warm and perfect really.  I went to school as usual and all was well in my 17 year old mind.  During homeroom, announcements over the PA system were the usual, with an added request:  We were told that there was word of a plane crash in New York City, a city about 90 minutes away from us.  We were asked to say a prayer for those affected and if they got more information they'd let us know. (I went to a Catholic high school, hence the prayer).  The TVs in the classroom came on and we were stunned to see that the plane that hit building 1 was not a small plane as we'd all assumed.  We watched and wondered how this could have happened, but it was still early and we thought it was some kind of strange accident. 

Then we saw the second plane hit. Everyone in the room gasped and then there was a stunned silence that permeated the atmosphere.  We all looked around at each other in horror and wondered what on Earth was happening! Who would do such a thing? What were the people in the building doing? How many would die? We knew now it was no accident, we were being attacked... but was this the end, or just the beginning.

I remember the news speculating on how many more planes there were, where they were targeting and we all moved throughout our day, classroom to classroom, watching the live newscast wondering what to expect next. We were just kids, but almost adults and we just didn't know what was happening or why.

The images of the day are seared in my memory.  The building burning, then FALLING, oh my gosh, falling.  Who would have imagined such devestation.  Watching this all unfold live is a living horror that no one can forget.  I always think of those in the planes and wonder, "did they know?" I wonder what those who were forced to jump from the building were thinking in their final moments on Earth.  Did they even know what happened? Did they even know why? Not a single person that day deserved that end. 

I didn't lose anyone in these attacks but those killed have a special place in my heart nonetheless.  The innocent victims and the many heroes of the day deserve to never be forgotten and they live on as a reminder that this World is a dangerous place and that life is short and precious and never to be taken for granted.  

As we remember, 10 years later, I want to personally say thank you to every first responder, everyone who gave blood, who cleaned up, who joined the military, who fought for our flag and everyone who believes this country is great! Those we lost and those still with us, we love you and we will never ever forget that day in history when our lives were turned upside down by an unspeakable act of evil.   



Thank you for reading. Please take a moment today to just remember all of the souls lost and affected by 9/11. 



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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Press Release: Zoya Gems and Jewels





Zoya Nail Polish presents 3 new jewel toned metallic shimmer polishes and 3 glitzy, glitter glazes (featuring unique bar glitter) for an extra special holiday and winter 2011 season!

Zoya Gems and Jewels Collection
Rina (ZP576): Full coverage, rich green metallic shimmer.
Holly (ZP577): Gorgeous green glitzy, glitter glaze (with unique bar glitter).
Kissy (ZP578): Full coverage, party pink metallic shimmer.
Izzy (ZP579): Vivid pink glitzy, glitter glaze (with unique bar glitter).Twila (ZP580): Full coverage, icy blue metallic shimmer.
Noel (ZP581): Bold blue glitzy, glitter glaze! (with unique bar glitter).


Mix it up... The Zoya Gems and Jewels color assortment allows

for multiple layered nail polish looks! Have fun…
  • Wear the full coverage, jewel toned shades alone for a classic metallic shimmer look!
  • Wear the glitzy, glitter glazes alone for a hint of glitz.
  • Wear several layers of the glitzy, glitter glazes for a unique textured glitz nail look.
  • Layer the glazes over the shimmers to a totally glam nail jewelry look.
  • Layer the glitzy, glitter glazes over other colors to create a totally unique look that is all your own (hint - hint: silver, gold, white and black totally rock under the glazes!).


Ultra long-wearing, glossy nail lacquers by Zoya are free of harmful industrial chemicals like toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, resin, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) that are known to cause cancer and birth defects.

Find Zoya Gems and Jewels as well as over 400 other high-fashion Zoya shades at www.zoya.com.

As always, each and every Zoya color is made for women so we name them after women.
Zoya is the new color of fashion...

Shipping September 15, 2011

Sug. Retail $8.00 ea.



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On Wednesdays We Wear Pink: OPI: Congeniality is my Middle Name

Hi everyone! It's an icky rainy day here in CT but it's Pink Wednesday so I can't help but smile :-)

Today I am featuring OPI's Congeniality is my Middle Name from the Miss Universe Collection.  This is a deep berry/wine color with a really pretty shimmer.  I would call it a pink but I guess it's not a true pink. Oh well, for the season it works for Pink Wednesday in my mind. In some lighting, which I could not capture in the photo, the shimmer appears purple.  It's a really nice color for the fall and winter season. It has a good depth to it and I think it would flatter a ton of skin tones.

The formula on this was lovely. I used three coats for the opacity shown simply because sometimes I feel like shimmers need the depth of that third coat. Could you get away with two? Probably. My nails are unusually long for my normal taste so I wanted to make sure I had no visible nail lines because they drive me nuts. Three coats did it for me. 






What do you think? I am a fan. I think I will wear this periodically throughout the fall. 

I love love love the feed back on the French Manicure I have been  getting. Thanks all for participating in the comments. If you  have more to say make sure to head over to that post and sound off. Also, don't forget to vote in the poll to the right! I love hearing your thoughts!!


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Monday, September 5, 2011

The Classic French Manicure: A Clean & Chic Standby or Tacky and Outdated?


Happy Labor Day everyone! I hope you all got a day off and didn't have to work. I am enjoying the long weekend and wish it was even  longer. 

So today I decided I wanted to do a classic white-tipped french manicure. Now, I know, there's a ton of controversy over this look. Some of us love it, and some HATE it. I have heard so many different opinions on the classic french, so I want to know what you all think! I am going to put up a poll in the sidebar but I want to hear from you in the comments too. What do you think? Is this a clean, classic standby for you or do  you think it's tacky and outdated?

I personally love this look, I always have. I think the white is so chic and it's just a classic look that works in so many situations. They could be everyday go to work nails or wedding day nails. I think the french matches everything and looks elegant and fun! I just know I have heard that people HATE it and think it's trashy so I want to hear what the majority thinks... especially since I know all of my readers are nail polish fanatics like me!
For this look I used one coat OPI's In the Spot-Light Pink for a base and did the tips in Orly's White Tips which is a vibrant true white color. Another similar white is China Glaze's Snow. I love the bright stark white but I know some people enjoy a creamy color on the tips. 
  





So what say you? Love them or hate them? Those who hate them, why? Those who love them, what is your perfect french manicure color combo?

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Color Club: New Bohemian

Hi everyone! It's nice to finally have power again after that hurricane! How annoying was that? I was out for 4 and 1/2 days! It's insane how much we rely on electricity.

Today I have a color from the Color Club Back to Boho collection to share with you. This is New Bohemian which is a gorgeous teal/tiffany style blue creme. We've seen many colors like this and it seems to always be a crowd pleaser. I love these type of colors though I am pretty sure they don't look that great on my nails. I do like to do colors like this on my toes though, I think that's fun!

Like I mentioned, we've seen colors like this before. My all time favorite of this shade is Essie's Turquoise and Caicos the formula on that cannot be beat in my opinion.

I found this one went on a little thick but it wasn't a nightmare to apply, just something i noticed. I am sure if I was more careful applying 2 coats I would not have needed the third. The finish on this is nice and shiny, just how I like it.  I had no issues with streaking or balding. 



So, are you a fan?
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