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.”

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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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Review & Swatches: essie ‘Leading Lady’ Collection for Winter 2012


essie proves a girl can have it all with the new Leading Lady Collection for winter 2012! You deserve the best of everything, so let these noble nail shades accessorize your winter looks. Take a closer look at the collection…

Where’s My Chauffeur?, Butler Please, Snap Happy

She’s Pampered, Leading Lady, Beyond Cozy

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Review & Swatches: essie RepStyle Collection


Magnetic attraction….

New from essie, you’ll find their first ever magnetic polish collection in stores this month! These magnetic polishes are embedded with micro-iron spheres, which come to life by using the special included magnet that leaves a snake-like pattern on the nails. Once known for more demure, sheer shades, essie is now one of the brands I look to for more fashion-forward polish hues. Ready to take a closer look at the RepStyle Collection?

Sssssexy, Snake It Up, Lil’ Boa Peep

Crocadilly, Snake Rattle & Roll, RepStyle

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Review & Swatches: L’Oréal Paris Limited-Edition ‘Diamonds’ Collection


Prepping for festive holidays? Don’t miss this new collection from L’Oréal Paris, the Diamonds Collection! Comprised of an array of sparkling eye, lip, and nail colors—you’ll be good to glow. Ready to check it out? Let’s go!

L’Oréal Paris Limited-Edition Diamonds Collection

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Review: Sally Hansen Salon Insta-Gel Strips Gel Manicure Starter Kit


Gel nail manicures are gaining in popularity, due to their instantly dry, long-wearing high-gloss finish. For a long time, gels were mostly considered an in-salon service, since it takes several coats of different products that have to be cured under a special UV lamp. Not only is it time-consuming, but both the products and the lamp aren’t exactly cheap. So unless you had a manicurist’s license, you weren’t getting your hands on a gel system.

My, my, my…how the times have changed!

Sally Hansen just released a fool-proof way to get a salon-inspired gel manicure, with their new Salon Insta-Gel Strips Starter Kit. Everything you need to complete a set of gel nails at-home is at your fingertips! If you’re capable of applying a nail sticker and a single layer of top coat, you can use the Salon Insta-Gel Strips system.

What’s inside:

  • 1 mini LED lamp with automatic timer
  • gel top coat
  • 16 gel polish strips
  • 2 nail cleanser pads
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Review & Swatches: Shades from the Laura Mercier ‘Art Deco Muse’ Collection for Holiday 2012


Inspired by the decorative architecture, style and mood of the Art Deco period in Paris in the mid-1920’s, most notably the beautiful paintings of the artist Tamara de Lempicka

I haven’t had any Laura Mercier fun since June, back when I posted a few pieces from the fall Cinema Noir collection. That was SO long ago! Far too long to be without the lovely LM, so here are a few key pieces from the holiday collection for 2012…

Art Deco Muse is comprised of gilded metallics, complemented by spectacular reds. Think striking, ornate hues; not the traditional (and let’s face it—sometimes not-so-original) holiday reds and golds. It can either be done very well, or done very poorly or tacky…and Laura Mercier did it perfectly in my humble opinion! While I don’t have all of the pieces, I’d love to show you the rest—let’s go! [Read more…]