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MOTD- Essie “The Lace is On”

Hiya!

Whew, has it been a busy day. That seems to be my M.O. recently- I’m always busy doing something. It’s tiring, but I like being on the go. It’s much more exciting than just sitting around!

Today I have a gorgeous polish to show you from Essie’s fall 2013 “For the Twill of it” collection. I know I’m a bit late showing these fall polishes, but hey, better late than never, right? I actually used this color recently in my cotton candy water marble, but I’ve never shown it on its own. The Lace is On (the color du jour) is a deep purple/magenta metallic. It’s almost blackened in some light on the nail, which adds a great 3D depth to the manicure. But there’s also some subtle pink shimmer running through the polish, as well. It’s definitely a stunner. Formula wise? Um… definitely not a fan. First of all, the brush seems to be really stiff. I’ve never had that problem with an Essie polish before, so I have to wonder if it’s just a bad bottle. The polish was also kinda gloopy and hard to apply (which you can tell by my swatch pictures). It’s pretty uneven and kinda patchy, even after the second coat, and it’s so thick I wouldn’t want to apply a 3rd. It’s a shame, because the color itself is such a stunner. Pictures below are 2 coats of The Lace is On, no topcoat.

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I wanted to hide some of the imperfections of the polish, so I decided to layer a glitter over it. I picked OPI’s Lights of Emerald City, which is a matte white square glitter with iridescent small square glitters interspersed. I’ve reviewed it before, here. I really like the combo. Pictures below are one coat of LOEC over 2 coats of TLIO.

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I like how the iridescent squares look firey red against the magenta base of the Essie polish. So, I guess all in all, it is a win-manicure today. Have you had the same issues with The Lace is On as I have? Let me know in the comments.

Essie polishes retail for between $7-$9 a bottle, and can be found at most drugstores, beauty supply stores, and on their website, here.

~Beth~

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MOTD- OPI “Live and Let Die”

Hello everyone!

It’s been a good day today, Zoya retweeted my tweet! It’s not really THAT exciting, but hey, I got some attention from a big brand, it’s like reinforcement I’m doing a good job! Every comment/criticism I get helps me improve my blog for YOUR reading enjoyment, so please, keep on reading! I hope you continue to enjoy what I post!

I feel like I’ve been on an OPI kick recently, and more specifically, a James Bond collection kick. So when I decided to pick a green color for today’s mani, I figured I may as well continue the trend and go OPI. The color I’m wearing is called Live and Let Die, and it’s a deep evergreen color. It’s definitely on the blue side of greens, and looks almost navy or black in some lights, but has a beautiful green glow from within. There’s also some gold shimmer under the light which really gives the polish an extra dimension. It applies like a dream and is almost opaque in 1 coat, but I used two for pictures below, no topcoat.

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Of course, since I’m addicted to stamping right now, I had to see what this looked like. I used the random linear design from the M64 Konad plate I showed in yesterday’s post with Sephora by OPI’s Bring on the Snowflakes, a bright, opaque silver shimmer. I love how it turned out! The gold in Live and Let Die and the silver in Bring on the Snowflakes blend together like a metal alloy, I adore it! Pictures are without topcoat.

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So what do you think of this polish and this design? Are you a big green fan for fall? Let me know in the comments!

OPI polishes retail for about $9 a bottle, and can be purchased at beauty supply stores, some drugstores, and on their website, here.

~Beth~


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OPI Gwen Stefani Winter 2014 Collection!

Hi everyone!

Big news! Gwen Stefani and Suzi Weiss-Fischmann of OPI have teamed up to make a dynamic collaboration collection to be released this coming January! This collection features 5 polishes inspired by Gwen Stefani in what OPI is calling “Breakthrough Finishes” Two of the polishes will be a “satin” finish (which I believe will be something like half-matte with some sheen left to it), two will be “creme glosses” (maybe similar to their “sorbet-like finish” of the Texas Collection coral color Guy Meets Galveston?) and the last will be a sparkly glitter topper. There will also be a 6th color, which has been named (it’s called Push and Shove) but the color has yet to be released. Executive VP of OPI Suzi Weiss-Fischmann describes the collection as follows:

OPI wanted to create a collection as dramatic, diverse and glamorous as its namesake. With crème and glitter hues, new satin matte texture, a mirrored chrome and SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, Gwen Stefani by OPI presents the latest in pigments and finishes, while combining elements of haute couture and street fashion.”

Here are some press photos below!

Pictures are from http://www.everything2k.com/

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In addition to these amazing shades, OPI will also be releasing a signature Gwen Stefani LE red, called Over & Over A-Gwen, which will be packaged and sold similarly to the gold leaf topcoats that have been released for the James Bond Winter 2012 and the Mariah Carey Winter 2013 holiday collection. The box will include the limited edition polish, and nail studs and gems to punk-ify your manicure just like Gwen Stefani herself!

There will also be a special base coat released with the special colors Over & Over A-Gwen and Push and Shove, called Lay Down That Base. While OPI has not specifically stated what the purpose of this is, I’m interested in seeing how this base coat varies from their standard fare.

So what do you think of this upcoming collection? Are you excited to try out these new colors? I’m super intrigued about the glitter In True Stefani Fashion, but then again, I’m a HUGE glitter fan! This collection is currently scheduled to be released to the public in January of 2014, so stay tuned for more details!

~Beth~


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100th Post! MOTD- OPI “Golden Eye”

Hi ladies!

First of all- 100 POSTS! WOO! I’ve enjoyed writing every single one of them, and I hope you’ve loved reading them! Thanks for your continued support- here’s to 100 more!

We’re getting the remnants of a hurricane here today, so it’s ugly and rainy outside :/ Mondays are rough enough already, but add rain and tornado watches on top, and you get an extremely miserable day. To combat the gloominess outside, I wanted to make sure my nails sparkled like the sun! And what better color than gold? More specifically, OPI’s Golden Eye, from the Winter 2012 James Bond collection!

Golden Eye is a brilliant gold glitter in a gold-tinted base. It sparkles like a newly polished piece of jewelry- the glitter just dances in the light! The gold glitter particles are very fine, and give nice, even coverage. It’s a little patchy on the first coat, but 3 coats will plate your nails in rich liquid gold. You’re going to have Midas fingertips while wearing this polish! It’s nice and liquid and easy to apply. A showstopper in a bottle! Pictures below are 3 coats of Golden Eye without topcoat (yes, all that shine is WITHOUT TOPCOAT!)

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This polish also works great as a shimmery topper. I used one coat here over Sinful Colors’ Let’s Talk, a rich royal purple that I though would look perfect with my regal-themed mani. I used one coat of Let’s Talk and one coat of Golden Eye below!

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I seriously love this polish. I’m really sad I only got a mini bottle. OPI, if you’re reading this, I’d love another bottle of this fantastic lacquer! Or really a bottle of any of OPI’s colors- they really have one of the best formulas and selections of colors of all the nail polish brands out there! What do you think of this polish? Let me know in the comments!

OPI polishes retail for $8-$9 a bottle (although the mini sets are usually 4 bottles for $12.95, like the one I got Golden Eye in) and can be found at select drugstores, beauty supply stores, official salon retailers, and on their website, here.

~Beth~


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MOTD- OPI “A Woman’s Prague-ative”

Hi there!

While I’m so ready to embrace fall right now, the weather is just not letting me! It was even hotter today than it was yesterday here in the 302- 87˚ F! I’ve got a whole pile of fall nail polishes out in my room ready to be reviewed and the weather is like “nope, it’s still summer”. Well, sorry weather, but in all technicalities, it is fall, so let the autumn themed MOTD continue!

Today I have a GORGEOUS burnt coppery orange color for you from OPI called A Woman’s Prague-ative. Just to clear things up, this was part of the 2013 Euro Centrale collection, hence the central European inspired name (and it’s soooo cute!). I actually have used this color on my blog before, it’s in one of my 31DC2013 posts, here. A Woman’s Prague-ative is such a gorgeous, in-depth shimmer, I don’t even know how to start describing it! It has a very orange glow to it, but when the light hits it, it flashes gold and copper, and even a bit of subtle red. The shimmer is intense, guys. It really packs a punch, and I like it that way! This is a really unique polish- I’ve never seen any other polish quite like this. It’s a total stunner! Formula-wise, it’s also a win. It’s thin, but not so much that it’ll flood your cuticles, and the OPI brush is very effective at applying the color evenly. It’s a bit sheer, but opaque in 3 coats. Pictures below are 3 coats of A Woman’s Prague-ative, no topcoat.

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So what do you guys think about these colors? I know this was an OPI spring release, but I feel like it fits into the fall color scheme better, at least in my opinion! What about you? Let me know in the comments!

OPI polishes retail for about $9, and can be found in beauty supply stores, salons, and on their website, here.

~Beth~

 


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31DC2013 Day 18- Half Moon Nails!

Hi everyone!

I went a bit unorthodox with my design today… it’s reminiscent of today’s theme, but not quite…. but hey, I like being creative. I wanted to do something different. And thus, I arrived at today’s design. I hope you’ll like it regardless!

A traditional half moon manicure looks a little something like this (picture taken from Cutepolish– if you haven’t visited her youtube channel before, DO IT NOW! She’s amazing at nail art!):

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Taken from cutepolish

While I love the way this design looks, I really wasn’t feeling it for my nails today (don’t ask why, I get “nail moods” lol). I wanted to do something different. I wanted to incorporate texture polish into the design, and use a different shape than the original curve. I started out with a base coat of 4 coats of Love and Beauty Pink. Love and Beauty actually has several nail polishes named pink…. this pink is the one I posted as a MOTD here. It’s super super sheer, so that’s why it took 4 coats, but the amazing blue shimmer in it was absolutely necessary to play off my contrasting color. I then cut pieces of scotch tape into triangle shapes, and placed them at the bottom of my nail. I then painted over my nail and the tape using OPI Can’t Let Go, one of the Mariah Carey Liquid Sand colors from early 2013. This color is TO DIE FOR. Seriously guys. I swoon. It’s a rich medium blue jam packed with silver holo hex glitters in all sizes (though mostly small). So perfect. Go find this polish. Now. I implore you. Even if you don’t like textured polishes, you’ll love this (it smoothes out wonderfully with topcoat). I immediately pulled off the tape, and voila! Texture, triangular half moon nails…. Well, ok, not half moon nails anymore, half moon INSPIRED nails! Pictures below are without topcoat.

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I hope you guys like this design- let me know how you feel about it in the comments!

Once again, I invite you to share this blog and my designs on social media to spread the word, and I’d love to do the same for you! Visit the “contact me” page to find out how to get in touch with me!

Tomorrow is galaxies day! I’m a little stumped on that one, I’m going to have to find some serious inspiration before tomorrow!

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~Beth~


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OPI Winter 2013: The Mariah Carey Holiday Collection!

Hi everyone!

So, we all remember Mariah Carey’s original OPI collection (who could forget the beginning of the “liquid sand” trend?). The colors were beautiful and trendy, and truly all must-haves! For OPI and Mariah Carey lovers alike, OPI’s limited edition holiday collection will be a dream come true! Mariah Carey and OPI have teamed up to create a limited edition collection of lacquers inspired by Mariah’s holiday album, and the holiday season! Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI executive VP and artistic director, says that the 18 polishes in this collection “evoke the warmth, beauty, energy and positive spirit that’s present in Mariah’s music”, and I must agree! The polishes in this collection are deep, rich colors, like reds, golds, champagnes, and more, and truly evoke a sophisticated image of the holiday season! Pictures below are from OPI’s press release, and are from Bohemian Varnish.

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OPI describes the polishes as the following:

  • My Favorite Ornament – Make this champagne glitter your new personal favorite.
  • All I Want for Christmas (is OPI) – This marvelous maroon is present-ly my top choice.
  • Cute Little Vixen – This deep red violet has foxy written all over it.
  • Underneath the Mistletoe – Is my kiss as spicy-sweet as this candy-apple red?
  • In My Santa Suit – This generously pigmented red is worth staying on the “nice” list.
  • Visions of Love – I see this rich burgundy in my immediate future.
  • Warm Me Up – This spiced coffee hits all the cold spots.
  • Wonderous Star – This gold-flecked shimmer has heavenly shine.
  • All Sparkly and Gold – What more can we say…the name says it all.
  • Sleigh Ride for Two – There’s only room left for this dark hot chocolate.
  • Ski Slope Sweetie – This golden pearl is everybunny’s favorite.
  • I Snow You Love Me – Just like I snow you love this disco light confetti.
  • Silent Stars Go By – This blush of textured pink has parades of sparkle.
  • Baby Please Come Home – Can’t wait to see you…in this textured and sparkling lilac.
  • Make Him Mine – But make this textured glistening rose mine first!
  • It’s Frosty Outside – This frosted silver is so icy it’s hot.
  • Emotions – This dramatic sparkling coal has got me feeling fine.
  • Kiss Me at Midnight – It’s time to fall in love with this frosted ice blue.

I don’t know about you guys, but I NEED I Snow You Love Me in my life. A silver sequin glitter!!!!! When it arrives at my local Ulta, I will most definite be picking it up! Other favorites from the press release pictures include Wonderous and All I Want For Christmas (is OPI). My favorite of the Liquid Sands HAS to be Kiss Me at MidnightWhich polish will you be picking up out of this collection? Let me know in the collection!

Oh, did I mention? There’s a new WHITE GOLD topcoat being released with this collection! We all remember The Man With the Golden Gun 18-karat gold topper released with the James Bond collection. I’m so excited to see a white gold and silver topper, I really hope it’s as classy as it sounds!

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This collection will be officially released in October 2013, though many bloggers have been reporting seeing them showing up in their local Ulta stores. OPI polishes will retail for $9 a bottle, and can be found at beauty supplies stores, as well as on OPI’s website, here.

~Beth~


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On Wednesdays We Wear Pink- OPI “I Knead Sourdough”

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So it’s Wednesday again! And today I have what’s probably my FAVORITE fall color that’s been released this year. Seriously guys, I’ve had a lemming for this polish since I saw the press release for the collection online. I was there in my local salon when they unboxed this collection on its release date. What is it, you ask? Well it’s none other than OPI I Knead Sourdough!

Upon first glance, this color doesn’t look all that pink. It looks almost like a rusty brown color, with red shimmer running through it. But it’s actually a rich, dark pink. It does have subtle, red shimmer running through it when the light hits it, and looks darker, almost coppery, when not in direct light. But it’s definitely a rich, beautiful pink that’s PERFECT for the fall season. It was released as a part of OPI’s San Francisco Collection (fall 2013) and it’s perfectly on trend with the rich, dark, warm colors that all the big names in polish are releasing this season. It’s a very opaque color, though it looks really patchy on the first coat. By coat 2, it was beautifully fixed, no streaking or brushstrokes for me! Pictures below are 2 coats of I Knead Sourdough, no topcoat.

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This is definitely my favorite color of the collection! Though I’ll definitely be picking up more of the OPI San Fran colors soon. What colors would you like to see me review? Let me know in the comments!

31DC2013 post will be up later! Stay tuned for more!

OPI polishes retail for about $8-$20 (depending on the line) and are sold at beauty supply stores (like Ulta and Sally’s) and on their website, here.

~Beth~


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On Wednesdays We Wear Pink- OPI “The Impossible”

Hi guys!

This is my first of two posts today. I promise, I’m not going to fall behind on the 31 day challenge! But it IS Wednesday after all, and on Wednesdays, we wear pink, so I also have a pink polish to share with you today!

OPI’s The Impossible was released with their Mariah Carey collection in Winter of 2012. This was one of the first four Liquid Sand polishes OPI ever released- and pretty much began the trend of textured nail polish. The Impossible is a bright pink jelly polish packed with tiny reddish pink hex glitters, and larger, lighter pink hex glitter. In the full size bottle, there are also silvery star glitters, but I have a mini bottle from their 4 piece Mariah Carey mini set, so no stars for me. I don’t really mind it- I kinda like it better without the stars! This polish dries to a very textured matte, but a coat or two of topcoat will smooth is out somewhat and give it a lovely shine that actually deepens the pink color! The first two pictures below are the polish on its own, and the last two are with Ulta Color Enhancing Top Coat.

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I love this polish, but in my opinion, I’m not a huge fan of textured polishes. I keep touching my nails all the time, and it’s distracting and sorta weird for me. The color of the polish I love though, and I especially like the added depth that topcoat adds to it. Overall, I like this polish! (and the rest of the polishes from this collection, lol).

What is your opinion on textured polishes? Love ’em or leave ’em? Let me know in the comments!

#31DC2013 post will be up later this evening! Keep looking out for it!

~Beth~

 

 

 


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MOTD- OPI “Lights of Emerald City”

Hi everyone!

So I guess this is officially my first post as “The Polish Influenza”. I’m so happy with how my blog is looking right now, guys. Like, completely excited about it. I hope you all like it, too! I’ve spent a lot of time working on and designing it, and I hope it does the blog justice! Anyways, let’s get on to the lacquer!

Today I have another glitter bomb from OPI’s “Oz the Great and Powerful” collection. I’ve reviewed another one of the glitters from this collection, When Monkeys Fly!previously. I said on that post that I also had a nude color and the liquid sand from that collection to review, but unfortunately, I lost the photos to both of those polishes 😦 Hopefully I’ll get a chance to re-review them in the future!

This polish is called Lights of Emerald City, and it’s unlike any glitter I’ve ever seen. It’s a mixture of large, matte white square glitters with smaller, iridescent square glitters that are very similar to flaky polishes in that the color of the iridescent squares changes depending on the base polish. All the glitters are in a clear base. In the bottle, however, these squares look like they have an icy blue sheen, along with a firey orange red. Honestly, this polish is pretty fantastic. You do need to place the large white squares a little bit, but with 2 coats, they even out. The small, iridescent squares spread themselves. Pictures below are two coats of Lights of Emerald City over a base color of Fresh Paint Professional Nail Lacquer in Dragon Lady, no topcoat.

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And let’s just talk about the base color for a second. Fresh Paints is a brand sold by FiveBelow stores. They aren’t glitter bombs like Funky Fingers offers, but they have amazing shimmers. Dragon Lady has a base color of green, but it also has blue and gold particles in it. It’s probably my favorite green in my collection! It’s a bit sheer upon first application, but 3 coats will do the trick to get it opaque. Here are some pictures with Dragon Lady alone, 3 coats, no topcoat.

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So what do you think of this unique glitter from OPI? Does it capture the magic of OZ for you? I think the name of the polish is a bit misleading though, don’t you think a polish called Lights of Emerald City would be a green polish? Either way, the squares are a new twist on the classic glitter bomb.

OPI polishes retail for about $9, and can be purchased at salons, beauty supply stores like Ulta, or on their website, here.

~Beth~