My Favorites: MAC Archie’s Girls Collection “Betty”


I am so sorry, and I realize this is a little after-the-fact, but my MAC Archie’s Girls samples arrived after most of the products were sold out on the MAC site. This collection is so comprehensive, that it really took me some extra time to go through and pick my favorites for both the Betty and Veronica portions. Just because some of it is sold out online, doesn’t mean you won’t find it at a counter! So I feel this info is still relevant and wanted to make sure you didn’t miss the pieces I really loved.

I’ve decided to break Archie’s Girls up into two posts; this one—my “Betty” favorites, and in an upcoming post, my “Veronica” favorites. (UPDATE: Veronica is featured here.) These “favorites” aren’t super-comprehensive reviews, but please consider them more as “highlights”. I hope you see some pieces you like, and that you’re able to make them your own!

MAC Flatter Me Pearlmatte Face Powder & Betty Bright Lipstick

What spoke to me most about the Betty products, was the sheer femininity and everyday wear-ability of the pieces. Nothing here is too over-the-top, and they all sing spring to me. I’m so ready for fresh, pretty, girlie color! I know a lot of you in the Midwest and on the East coast are over the cold already too, and want to break out your sandals and short sleeves. I feel like Betty gives us that glimmer of hope that it’s coming soon! [Read more...]

OPI Euro Centrale Collection Review, Swatches, Photos for Spring/Summer 2013


opi euro centrale collection

I’ve been pretty excited about this release from OPI for Spring/Summer 2013—the Euro Centrale Collection! It features a mix of both classic and contemporary shades, in bright playful hues, to creamy dark shades. From the palest shades, to the deepest blues, Euro Centrale will be the easiest fashion accessory you can wear this spring.

Ready to take a closer look at some of the shades that have stolen my heart? Let’s go! [Read more...]

China Glaze Glitz—Bitz ’N Pieces Collection Review, Photos, Swatches


Launching in February from China Glaze, you’ll find a new, limited-edition collection of six unique glitter nail lacquers, the Glitz—Bitz ‘N Pieces Collection. This is a new generation of three-dimensional glitters, in which a combination of black glitter particles (micro-glitter, small round, hexagonal, and bar glitter) meet with a single highlight color of glitters in each shade. Let’s take a closer look…

In the bottle, looks can be deceiving, as they look pretty much like any other glitter with a transparent base. But once you apply them, the effect is pretty cool—almost like a paint-splat manicure, but with 3D glitter, instead. Most of the time (and with glitters that have larger particles or bar glitter), you have to not only coax the glitter out of the bottle, but then onto your nails too—practically getting into a fight with the brush as you try to lay the polish down on the nail. I’m happy to report that with Glitz—Bitz ’N Pieces, I didn’t have that issue. The glitter came out decently in one coat, but did look best with two.  [Read more...]

essie Sleek Stick Review, Photos, Swatches


essie enters the nail wrap arena with their first-ever textured sticker collection. While I love to paint my nails (I find it really relaxing!), I also like the time-saving convenience of polish strips. They’re great for a quick manicure on the fly, and are a lifesaver for those who like nail art, but don’t want to pay hefty salon prices for more comprehensive designs. essie is taking the polish strip a little further, by adding three-dimensional textures and lavish patterns to their collection of new Sleek Sticks.

Essie Sleek Stick in Stickers and Stones

Available in 12 patterns, each strip is UV-cured, allowing the colors and textures to stay looking fresh for as many as 10 days. I’m on my second run of Sleek Sticks, at first trying the pretty peach-pearled “Glam it On”, and yesterday, I applied my favorite—“Stickers and Stones”. Application is pretty simple, too. What’s cool about these, is that the “art” seems like it’s professionally hand-applied. Everywhere I’ve gone in the past 24 hours, there hasn’t been at least one person commenting on how pretty my nails look. Prepare for your hands to receive positive attention!  [Read more...]

Review & Swatches: Urban Decay NAKED Nail Kit


As part of Urban Decay’s early spring releases, you’ll find the NAKED Nail Kit at Sephora now. This set of six travel size (.16 oz each) nail polishes is part of their ever-expanding NAKED family; joining the collection of existing eyeshadow palettes, liquid foundation, cheek palette (to be reviewed soon!), and beauty balm. These beautiful neutral shades were inspired by their Facebook fan favorite eyeshadow shades from the original NAKED Palette, each one new and exclusive to this set! Let’s take a closer look…

Urban Decay NAKED Nail Kit

What’s inside:

  • Naked — opaque nude cream
  • Sidecar — sheer nude pink shimmer with silver micro-glitter
  • Toasted — pearlescent light mauve/champagne
  • Smog — metallic copper with gold shift
  • Hustle — metallic deep brown/eggplant
  • Creep — gunmetal shimmer with silver micro-glitter  [Read more...]

Review & Swatches: OPI Mariah Carey Collection


For January 2013, OPI introduces an 8-piece nail lacquer collection inspired by iconic Grammy Award-winning songstress, Mariah Carey. Mariah Carey by OPI also marks the introduction of a new polish finish for OPI—Liquid Sand.

Liquid Sand is a unique matte nail polish with a textured finish, infused with plenty of sparkle. I have a feeling this is just the start of mass-market availability of one-step textured polish finishes, so keep an eye out! Half of the Mariah Carey by OPI collection features the Liquid Sand finish (“Stage Shades”), while the remaining four shades (“Studio Shades”) feature traditional polish finishes—so don’t worry! If texture just isn’t your thing, there’s something else for you to choose from. Ready for a closer look?

 Mariah Carey by OPI

“OPI is extremely excited to work with Mariah,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “She’s very passionate about beauty and her nails in particular. Her music, which includes 18 Billboard No. 1 singles, served as a wonderful inspiration for glamorous, sultry, vibrant colors.

“To pay homage to her iconic status, we wanted to launch her collection with something completely new and exciting. OPI Liquid Sand nail lacquer offers a never-before-seen look with a pebbled finish that lightly shimmers with fine glitter particles. Worn without top coat, Liquid Sand lacquer gives nails a unique textured matte finish worthy of a superstar.”

See more photos, swatches, and details… [Read more...]

Review & Swatches: ZOYA Lovely Collection for Spring 2013


Isn’t it lovely?

This is one of the first signs that the holidays are nearly over and spring is on the way—pastel nail polish! ZOYA isn’t messing around, and they’re first out of the gate with the Lovely Collection for Spring 2013, which features designer shades for both the Peter Som and Zang Toi Spring/Summer 2013 New York Fashion Week shows. Let’s take a closer look!

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Zoya Lovely Collection

The collection features three cremes, and three metallics. The cremes immediately remind me of Jordan almonds, and the metallics make me think of Easter eggs! [Read more...]

Review & Swatches: Le Métier de Beauté Holiday 2012 Nail Lacquer Collection; Christmas Town, Dream Maker, Tinsel Town, & Moon’s Glow


Last month, I was let in on the secret of Le Métier de Beauté. This gorgeous luxury brand boasts a $265 facial peel/mask combo that will knock your socks off, just like it did for me. But admittedly, I’m a complete newbie to the brand. So when these holiday edition nail lacquers arrived; I had to turn to my friend, Pink Sith, someone I consider to be a Le Métier de Beauté aficionado, for help.

Moon’s Glow, Tinsel Town, Christmas Town, Dream Maker

I learned from Ms. Sith herself (in this post right here) that these four lacquers in the holiday 2012 collection are actually broken up into two sub-collections; ‘Deck the Nails’, and ‘Bright as Night’. Allow me to introduce you!  [Read more...]

Review & Swatches: Nicole by OPI Selena Gomez Collection for 2013


Starring…Selena Gomez!

I’m loving the new Selena Gomez nail lacquer collection from Nicole by OPI like a love song! (And who knew?) Yes, I just said that.

“Selena is an ideal partner for Nicole by OPI. Millions of fans love her for the same reasons we do; she’s smart, talented, funny – and has an incredible sense of style,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, Nicole by OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director.  “She has that classic ‘girl-next-door’ appeal, but she’s also edgy and fun – just like the Nicole consumer.

“Selena is not only a chart-topping singer and actress, she’s also a clothing designer and an active philanthropist,” adds Weiss-Fischmann. “Like women around the globe, Selena has many interests and passions; this collection, with its diverse range of hues, offers a perfect match for every occasion!”

Shades from the Nicole by OPI Selena Gomez Collection

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