First Look: OPI to Release Miss Universe Nail Polish Collection


Start practicing your pageant wave now! OPI is set to release a Miss Universe-themed collection of nail polishes to coincide with the annual competition that takes place in São Paulo, Brazil this September. Channel your inner pageant-queen with these four new sparkling Miss Universe by OPI shades for tips and toes:

 

Congeniality is My Middle Name — berry wine shimmer

Swimsuit…Nailed It! – shimmering blue [Read more…]

Review & Swatches: OPI & Serena Williams Glam Slam! Wimbledon/England Collection


Have you been following the collaboration between OPI and tennis great (turned nail pro), Serena Williams? The two have joined forces to release some pretty creative color combinations in the recent past. First, it was the Glam Slam! duo to coincide with the Australian Open, then we received two duos in the Glam Slam! France collection. Up next for serve is Glam Slam! England, to coincide with Wimbledon. This collection will be released in two separate sets. Each containing one base color (Grape…Set…Match or Your Royal Shine-Ness), and an additional sparkling top coat (Servin’ Up Sparkle) with each.

“For stand-out nails, I love experimenting with different glitter shades,” explains Serena Williams. “The new Glam Slam! England lacquers can be worn alone for a bright pop of color, or layered with Servin’ Up Sparkle to create a textured effect.”

Grape…Set…Match is a majestic sparkling metallic purple with very faint duo-chrome properties. This one really twinkles! [Read more…]

Slightly Obsessed With…Barielle Nail Brightener


I wear a lot of nail polish (like you, I’m sure!) because I’m a polish fanatic. There are days where I swatch up to 12 shades in a day when I’m reviewing a collection—in addition to my regular application of the color of the week. That’s a lot of polish on one’s nails! All of that tends to make my natural nails look a little dull, and let’s face it—there are days when I want my nails to be sans color (scoff!), but I still want them to look polished and professional. I’ve recently become obsessed with Barielle Nail Brightener as a result.

What it is…

Nail Brightener is a hybrid of treatment and polish. It contains anti-oxidizing properties, with very faint nail brightening pigments. It appears to be translucent on the nail, but if you view it very closely—you can see extremely subtle hints of a light-reflective shimmer that almost make the nail “glow”. Barielle promises that this formula has the ability to hydrate the nails, but to be honest I haven’t worn it long enough for any one period of time to test that theory in its entirety. I just change polishes too often to notice! But good to know, right?

Here’s a before & after… [Read more…]

Review & Swatches: OPI Nice Stems! Collection for Summer 2011


OPI harnesses the power of pink this summer with their latest collection, Nice Stems! Four new variations of the ever-popular girlie shade to tickle your fancy (or tickle you pink—if you prefer) are yours for the taking. I had a chance to try out all of the new lacquers, and I guess you could say I was tickled pink by them myself! With three solid colors and a multi-dimensional pink glitter/foil top coat to partner them up with—the choice is yours for tips and toes. What shades will you go with?

“These vibrant, feminine hues complement 60’s ladylike fashions, 70’s glam looks, and bold color-blocking, which are the season’s staples,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director.  “The Nice Stems! collection also offers an interesting contrast and feminine accent to the punk and biker looks on the runways.”

Here’s the shade breakdown from OPI: [Read more…]

Review & Swatches: Zoya Touch Collection — Pandora, Minka, & Shay


The Zoya Touch Collection came when I least expected it, but I’m sure glad that it did! Remember the other Zoya collections for summer it seems like we just reviewed? Touch is a welcome departure, and I could not be more impressed. These are all creamy, opaque nudes with a light shimmer that make me want to reach out and touch them. If they had textures, I imagine they’d feel like cashmere sweaters and soft knits that I’d want to cuddle up with while drinking a creamy latte. It may seem odd for summer, but WOW—these are NICE! Two coats for each shade delivered complete opacity for me, with a smooth flow.

Minka is a light beige with warm yellow undertones with a very subtle shimmer. I was worried it wouldn’t look well with my cool-toned complexion, but I think it looks flattering (in my humble opinion). I think it will be even more flattering on darker and olive skin tones for sure.   [Read more…]

Review & Swatches: Shades from the Jessica Cosmetics Carte Blanche Collection


Last week, I was walking through GAP (The Gap for us old fogies), and I marveled at how gorgeous all of the neutral and nude shades looked on all of the displays. There were blush tones, soft peach colors, nudes, and pale greys paired up with white—and it all looked so fantastic. When I saw the Jessica Carte Blanche Collection, it instantly brought me back to that experience. Shades like these are certainly chic, and pretty timeless—not to mention—look great up against a faux tan! While I don’t have all six shades to show you from the collection, I do have three of them, and they’re very soft shades of grey and lavender. Let’s take a peek…

Trés Chic is an opaque lavender/grey pearl, but takes on more lavender than grey.  [Read more…]

Review: Broadway Nails Nail Dress Stick-on Wraps Nail Stickers


Nail art isn’t easy, Minx manicures rarely come on the cheap, and sometimes just painting your own nails can look more like a crime scene than a perfectly polished set of fingernails. It’s hard to achieve a perfect 10, so several companies have launched at-home nail art/nail polish stickers to help us out. While some are actual nail polish strips, these are from Broadway Nails. Their Nail Dress Stick-On Wraps are actually stickers to help you create an instant nail makeover. I tried them out to see how easy they were to apply, and how well they lasted…let’s see how they did!

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Review & Swatches: Zoya Mod Mattes Collection For Summer 2011


Now that is some SERIOUS neon, right? Maybe not as eyeball searing as these neons Vampy Varnish posted, but the Zoya Mod Mattes Collection reminds me of a time when all I wanted was a pair of pink Reebok hi-tops and “Cruel Summer” by Bananarama was at the top of the charts. Those were the days…

These days, things aren’t so simple (at least for me)…so when I see something that makes me go all retro in my head, I get a little excited. Here’s the shade breakdown:

  • Lolly — bold magenta with a matte velvet finish
  • Mitzi — yellow-toned lime green with a matte velvet finish
  • Phoebe — azure electric blue matte with velvety soft shimmer

See swatches below: [Read more…]

Review & Swatches: NARS Cosmetics Summer 2011 Collection


From NARS:

The Summer 2011 Collection is a range of warm, sophisticated, shimmering shades, punctuated with shots of vivid, nature-defying color. Eyes are washed in icy sea foam, silver-green and frozen turquoise. Lips are infused with mandarin orange gloss and hot pink matte color. The look is finished with nails in bold sunflower yellow or matte opaque white for a modern, edgy effect that’s strictly NARS.

Wowza, I couldn’t have said it any better myself! For a few weeks I’ve been dreaming of seeing this entire collection with my own eyes and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. While I may not have all of the products from the collection to share with you, I feel I probably have the best and most versatile pieces from the collection that almost anyone would enjoy wearing. Let’s get started…shall we?

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