Review & Swatches: OPI Miss Universe Collection

So much is going on this month! The end of summer, New York Fashion Week for Spring 2012, and the Miss Universe Pageant is coming up on September 12th. To share in the glitz and the dazzle, who better than OPI capture that glamour?

“Miss Universe is the most popular and publicized beauty pageant in the world,” said Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “We are excited to partner with the Miss Universe Organization, whose contestants provided so much inspiration for rich, high-fashion color.”

Here’s the shade breakdown from OPI:

Congeniality is My Middle Name
And berry-wine shimmer is what I do best!

It’s MY Year
It’s about time for this champagne-rose to shine!

Swimsuit…Nailed It!
An itsy bitsy teenie weenie vibrant shiny-blue bikini.

Crown Me Already!
A sassy silver sparkle that knows what it’s worth.

Swatches… (each done with two coats)

It’s MY Year is definitely my favorite of the bunch. It takes on hints of violet, then reflects champagne shimmer as you move.  This is the must-have of the entire collection!  [Read more…]

Review & Swatches: 4 New Nicole by OPI ‘Something About Color’ Target Exclusive Shades for Fall 2011

You all know I’m a sucker for a new nail polish collection, most of them are introduced with 6-to-12 new shades every season, with a few small collections in-between. I thought this was really smart by Nicole by OPI however; only releasing four fall shades to mingle in with their existing color collection at Target. I like doing just four shades, and doing those four shades very well. How about you?

Nicole by OPI has taken the Something About Spring collection that launched in Target this past March and added new shades to take the line from Spring to Fall,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, Nicole by OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director.  “Target has become a hub for fashionable consumers, which is why the new colors feature some of the season’s hottest hues, like red [I Love You Cherry Much], which will appear this winter as an accent shade to add a bright pop of richly-pigmented color. The neutral trend will also continue, adding elements of taupe, khaki and olive green [Green Up Your Act!] to the current favorites of nude, tan and grey.”

Here are your swatches and shade breakdown…   [Read more…]

Review & Swatches: Duri Cosmetics Fall 2011 Wine Tasting Party Nail Polish Collection

Yesterday, it was only a smart 106° in my neck of the woods. I honestly CANNOT wait until it’s time to bring out my light fall sweaters! I might have to wait a month or so longer for those—but believe it or not, I’m already switching over nail colors. Last week, when I went in for a pedi, my gal was stumped when I brought her a dark and inky blue for my toes. She asked me “What about summer colors?”

“I’m kind of over them,” I replied.

I am, I really am! So trying out these new fall shades from Duri was perfect timing for me, their Wine Tasting Party Collection. This was only my second time trying out the salon/spa brand—you might remember these shades from spring and summer a few months ago that I wore.  Wine Tasting Party seems to only have a few wine-based shades, but I’ll forgive them for that. With shade names like Dragontini, it’s easily forgivable. Especially considering how beautiful I think the shade is!

See the swatches and shade descriptions… [Read more…]

Giveaway: Win the OPI Spookettes Mini Halloween Nail Polish Set! (3 winners)

I know it might be a little bit early, but stores are already putting out Halloween goodies! When I spied these, I knew I had to pick them up for you—they’re just too cute! Three lucky winners will be picked to receive this mini nail polish set from OPI, the Spookettes Collection for Halloween 2011. It contains four small polishes in shades; He’s My Boo (orange), Mummy Knows Best (white), I Only Date Werewolves (black), and Zom-body To Love (glow in the dark green). Also included are some spooky nail art decals to complete your Halloween manis and pedis!

Want to win? Keep on reading! [Read more…]

What’s New: nails inc. LONDON Launches at Sephora

I must be nuts to soak off a perfectly good gel mani a week early—or I really wanted to try out these nail polishes from the UK, by nails inc. as fast as I possibly could. Because that’s what I did! The line launched in the States today, exclusively at Sephora, but nails inc. has been a cult-fave across the pond since 1999. Hmm…I wonder what other cool brands the Brits are keeping from us?

While I’ve only tried three of the core shades; it looks like there’s a great mix of cremes, glitters, special effect polishes and metallics. You’ll find nails inc. has several nail care basics too—like their Vitamin E Oil Pen, and the Kensington Conditioning Hand Cream. The colors in the line look punchy and imaginative, and they’re all named after destinations and streets in the UK. Fun, right?

I had fun experimenting with South Molton Street, Haymarket, Porchester Place; and special effects polishes Fitzroy Square (teal and green glitter), Westminster Bridge (matte top coat), and Camden Crackle Top Coat (similar to OPI Black Shatter).

Ready to see swatches of what I tried out?  [Read more…]

Review & Swatches: OPI Touring America Collection For Fall 2011

Who doesn’t love a road trip? If you haven’t taken one this summer, that’s okay—because Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI’s Executive VP & Artistic Director was so inspired by her recent road trip across the USA—she dedicated the entire fall collection to trekking America! The Touring America Collection incorporates rich autumn shades with variations of popular grey and taupe shades, and a few brighter surprises. Here’s the shade breakdown from OPI:

Are We There Yet? — Don’t make me reach back there and take that perfect melon shade!

I Eat Mainely Lobster — We “clawed” through crowds to catch this coral for you.

My Address is “Hollywood” — We put this pretty rose-pink on the map.

Color to Diner For — I’ll take the rosy-red with a side of “awesome.”

Honk if You Love OPI — Don’t let this gorgeous dark grape pass you by.

Road House Blues — In this case…R&B stands for “Really Blue.”

Suzi Takes the Wheel — Buckle up—she’s not stopping until she gets to gray!

French Quarter for Your Thoughts — Want beads? Then show us your sexy gray nails!

Uh-oh Roll Down the Window — You’re gonna wanna pull over for this “unexpected” olive green.

A-taupe the Space Needle — You’ll climb to new heights with this creamy-rich taupe.

Get in the Expresso Lane — An amped-up dark brown that’ll never letcha down!

I Brake for Manicures — This gorgeous eggplant-plum has our full attention.


I Eat Mainely Lobster is a vibrant coral with subtle shimmer.   [Read more…]

Review & Swatches: Limited Edition Milani High Speed Fast Dry Nail Lacquers

Exclusively for July, Milani launched several exciting and colorful products at CVS locations—and I have a peek at them for you in case you haven’t seen them yet. They’re coming up this week in different posts as not to overwhelm you at once, but here are a few shades of the latest High Speed Fast Dry One Coat Formula Nail Lacquers.

Racy Green is a shimmering teal that looked great after just one coat, and dried quickly too—in about a minute!  [Read more…]

Review: Nutra Nail Instant Smudge Repair

UGH. Don’t you hate it when you spend time painting your nails, only to cap the bottle—and within minutes smudge them on something silly while your nails are still wet? I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve grumbled and started over, after trying a few other things to even out my mess. Depending on how bad the smudge or nick is—sometimes a good top coat will get rid of the evidence. But then, there are those that can’t be denied a fresh start. Out comes the polish remover and there I go again. Trying to apply the same loving care, only this time I’m a little miffed as I’m painting. Not quite the relaxing experience I was going for. Laugh if you will, but painting my nails has become like therapy to me—it truly relaxes me…until I smudge one!

Nutra Nail has a new product, Instant Smudge Repair that promises to restore your messed-up manicure so you won’t fret. I gave it a shot, and here are the details!  [Read more…]

Review & Swatches: Dolce & Gabbana The Italian Summertime Collection

Part drama, and part soft-hued neutrals and nudes—The Italian Summertime Collection from Dolce & Gabbana brings several contrasting tones together, and makes it work!

“We were very much inspired by the ideas behind the Summer 11 runway,” says Stefano Gabbana, “We wanted to reflect the Sicilian culture with a fresh interpretation. We began by imagining a young bride’s hope chest, full of treasures from the past and the present that are the key to her future. To capture this moment of purity and deep passion, the moment when a woman’s future beckons was so challenging… yet, in the end, the collection evolved so naturally, it could work for any significant passage of a woman’s life.”

Who better to bring this challenging concept to fruition than the legendary Pat McGrath? Collaborating with Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, McGrath achieves Sicilian flavor with modern elements in this collection for summer 2011. Lipsticks in shimmering neutrals (Perla and Luna), the PERFECT nude (Mandorla), and a shocking red (Venere) start things off on the right track. These are extremely luxurious and creamy, and remind me of the formulas of lipsticks that 50’s screen sirens must have worn, both in texture and fragrance. These are extremely feminine in every way!

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