Review & Swatches: Essie Winter Collection 2011 — Bling it On!

Here we go with holiday! I literally (and by that, I mean not even five minutes ago) just put our Halloween decoration on the front door. And when I say decoration, I mean one, because we live in an apartment—I wish we could do so much more! But the holiday collections are already launching, and here we have the latest from Essie for Winter 2011, Bling it On!

“Like any great accessory, jewelry makes a statement. So I say, the bigger the better! Whether you wear rings, bangles, pendants or brooches—size matters!” says Essie Weingarten, founder of essie cosmetics. “The same is true with color for Winter 2011—the bolder the better.”

The quality of this collection meets my expectations for polishes from Essie, but the one thing I did notice was that the darker shades seemed to have a little bit of a thicker base which caught me off-guard. It wasn’t bad, but I’ve just grown accustomed to more lightweight polishes from Essie. While I used two coats in each set of swatches, I almost could have used one coat with Bobbing for Baubles and Size Matters.

Swatches & shade descriptions…

Bangle Jangle — lavender amethyst  [Read more…]

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Review & Swatches: nails inc. LONDON Magnetic Attraction Nail Polish in Big Ben

JUST when you think you’ve seen it all, you really haven’t! Over the summer I reviewed a few shades of polish from London-based nails inc. during their U.S. debut at Sephora stores—and I was impressed. While the concept of magnetic nail polishes might not be new to most nail polish fanatics, it is new to this nail polish fanatic! New this month at Sephora, I wasted no time opening up this bottle of Magnetic Attraction to have a little nail art fun.

How magnetic nail polish works…

This unique formula has been specially developed with metallic particles to create a pattern on the nail using magnetic forces. As the magnet is held over the nail, the iron powder in the formulation gravitates toward the magnet forming the pattern secretly hidden in the magnet for an astonishing finish. The magnet is included in the cap of the nail polish.

Now that you can see how it works, here’s how Big Ben, a metallic gold shade worked on my nails:  [Read more…]

Review & Swatches: Essie Fall Collection 2011

With a strong focus on structure and shades made fashionable in the 40’s and 50’s, Essie captures fall 2011 in this eclectic collection of creamy nail polishes for the season. These classic shades have been reinvented—for the ultimate in femininity, and make it easy to turn your nails into the latest must-have accessory!

“The accessories that you wear and carry say so much about who you are and who you want to be.” Essie Weingarten, founder of essie cosmetics explains. “The same is true with your manicure and your nail color. The first thing a person notices when they meet you for the first time are: your shoes, your handbag and your nails.”

Carry On is a bold merlot cream.

Case Study is a rich camel cream.  [Read more…]

Review & Swatches: Serena Williams for OPI Glam Slam! U.S. Collection

This is it! The end of a year-long run of Serena Williams for OPI nail polishes that launched to coincide with all of the major tennis tournaments. I’ll really miss her fun spin on color, and unconventional ways of pairing up textures and tones—and she made them all work! This duo is the U.S. Glam Slam! Collection, and they’re the final two lacquers in the series.

“OPI and Serena return to our home country for the final launch with two bright, feminine lacquers,” said Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “Packed with red and gold micas for intense luster, the Glam Slam! series finishes with two classic, glamorous colors.”

Pros & Bronze is a glittering bronze with hints of rose glitter. This is in a clear base and may require 2-3 coats for full coverage. The two shades definitely make a nice contrast.  [Read more…]

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…]