Wednesday, November 30, 2011

NOTD: Orly Garnet Truth

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The NOTD I have for you today is Orly Garnet Truth. I'm not usually much for red polishes but I picked this one up on clearance after the holidays last year. Garnet Truth is a red shimmery base with lots of silver micro glitter. I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. Swatches shown are two coats.

Monday, November 28, 2011

NOTD: OPI Pepe's Purple Passion & OPI Divine Swine

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Today I have a NOTD using the new OPI Muppets collection. I started off with a base coat of China Glaze Seduce Me then topped my ring finger with OPI Divine Swine. This is ONE coat of Divine Swine. I cannot believe how glittery it is! You're blowing my mind here OPI! I added a coat of Pepe's Purple Passion to my other nails. Again this is one coat of Pepe's Purple Passion. Pepe's Purple Passion has really awesome gold irregular shaped glitter in it.

These polishes are limited edition so if you like what you see be sure to scoop them up fast.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

NOTD: Essie Dive Bar & Kleancolor Chunky Holo Teal

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The NOTD I have for you today is Essie Dive Bar topped with Kleancolor Chunky Holo Teal. I have to thank my lovely friend Evelyn for the fact that I own Dive Bar. Dive Bar is a dark shimmery blue with a purple duochrome. I did not see much of the duochrome on the nail. If Dive Bar had more purple flash I would be completely in love. I have to say I am a bit let down by Dive Bar. I appreciate and understand what Essie was trying to do, but I feel like they missed the mark. In all honesty I felt Dive Bar was a little flat. I topped Dive Bar with Kleancolor Chunky Holo Teal which was also a disappointment for me. You see, I get quite upset when polishes are called holographic and they are not in fact holographic. Chunky Holo Teal is a teal jelly base with glitter that flashes green/gold/orange much like the flakies in Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure or Nubar 2010.

I did enjoy this mani and I am looking forward to finding more layering combinations to use Chunky Holo Teal. Normally removal of glitter is a pain in the butt but I found the removal of Chunky Holo Teal to be quite easy. I did use acetone as I normally do with polish removal and it was quick & painless.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

I'm Taking a Break

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I just wanted to keep you all updated. I will be on vacation starting tomorrow until about mid December. Don't fret- I have lots of posts scheduled and this blog will still be updated while I'm gone. Also, I plan on doing a ton of shopping on vacation so I might do a few haul posts. One more thing- I have not one - oh no- but two- oh yeah i said TWO surprises planned for you when I get back. Stay tuned for major awesomeness! I hope you're all well and to my US readers- Have a great Thanksgiving Day. I want you all to eat some stuffing for me (it's my favorite part about thanksgiving) because I will not be having a turkey dinner- unless I can find a turkey sandwich in one of the airports. If you're not a US reader then I wish you a Happy Wednesday! New post on Saturday.


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

NOTD:OPI Mermaid's Tears + OPI Go On Green

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Today's NOTD is a layering combination. I started with two coats of OPI Mermaid's Tears which is a slightly dusty mint creme. Mermaid's Tears came out with the OPI Pirates of the Caribbean collection in Spring 2011. The formula was incredible. I love OPI's cremes. They go on so easily and evenly and they're amazingly self leveling. I then added one coat of OPI Go On Green. Go On Green is a very sheer light blue polish flooded with tons and tons of mint green shimmer .I'm not a fan of sheers on their own but I really enjoy layering with them. Go On Green is a bit watery but I find that to be normal with most sheer polishes.

In lower lights I can see more of the blue from Go on Green in this mani but in natural light all that gorgeous green shimmer comes out to play. I don't care if this mani gives me "lobster hands" I love it!

May I also just rave for a second about the OPI ProWide brush? I think its my favorite brush. My nail beds fall somewhere between 'normal' and 'wide' and with the ProWide brush I can cover my entire nail in one swipe. It makes painting my nails so much faster.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Things I Love: Urban Decay Lovechild

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I want to tell you about a lipstick I have completely fallen in love with. I'm normally a gloss or balm girl but this lipstick is absolutely amazing and it feels so good on the lips. I love the soft pink color. It's not a color I'd usually go for but I'm glad I picked this up. Swatch below is one pass on bare skin.

I love the way Urban Decay puts their name on their lipsticks.

I'm also head over heels in love with the packaging. How freaking cool is this packaging? I know, I know you shouldn't buy something JUST for the packaging but Urban Decay is completely winning me over here.

Monday, November 7, 2011

NOTD: OPI I Brake For Manicures

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This time I have OPI I Brake For Manicures. I Brake For Manicures is from OPI's Touring America Collection which was released fall 2011. I Brake For Manicures is one of those odd colors. Sometimes it looks purple, sometimes it looks more raisin.  It is a creme and certainly unique in my collection.  I Brake For Manicures is a great fall vampy color.  Swatch shown is two coats.

NOTD:China Glaze 2nite

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This time I have one of my favorite polishes. I cannot resist 99% of holographic polishes. 2nite is from China Glaze's OMG collection which was released in 2009. 2nite is a light to medium blue holo. I love the strong linear holo effect.

NOTD: OPI Jade Is The New Black

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The NOTD I have for you this time is OPI Jade Is the New Black. Jade Is the New Black was released in OPI's Hong Kong collection back in Spring 2010. I kept seeing this and fell in love with the color and it seemed any time I was polish shopping I'd pick it up and put it back. I finally purchased it and it sat among my other OPI bottle for months. I cannot believe I waited so long to try this. Jade Is the New Black is a green creme polish. It definitely has a lot of blue in it but I wouldn't call it a teal or a turquoise. It's still a green to me. I've got to say the OPI ProWide brush just might be my favorite brush. I had zero application issues. Swatch shown is two coats.

NOTD: Butterfly Nails

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Here is a look I did Halloween weekend. Butterfly wing mani! I used Essie Scarlet O'Hara as my base. I then used an Art Deco nail art polish (with the skinny brush) for the black wing details. I made the white dots but using Wet n' Wild French Creme White and a dotting tool. I let everything dry for a moment and topped it all with a coat of Seche Vite,

NOTD: Wet n' Wild Laughing Lilac

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This NOTD is Wet n' Wild Laughing Lilac from the Bloom collection that came out in spring 2011. Laughing Lilac is a soft purple that leans very pink on my skin tone. I had no issues with application but I will say I dislike the packaging in these MegaLast polishes. The short stubby handle is a little difficult to use as is the short brush inside.

This collection was limited edition and retailed for $1.99 per bottle