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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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…]