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Zoya Magical Pixie Swatches

Hey guys! It’s been a while since I’ve shown some nail swatches here because I was curing several breaks and tears. But when I finally got around to getting some done, this is the collection I reached for — Zoya Magical Pixie Swatches. Here they are shown in the order of the press release.

First up is Cosmo.

Zoya Cosmo

I absolutely adore this shade. It’s a glitter with silver holographic particles. What’s not to love? It is described as “a silver crystal sparkle, textured PixieDust with mega hex iridescent particles”. This type of shade isn’t new at all (I think of OPI Servin’ Up Sparkle) but that’s a limited edition shade so those that missed out on the OPI can get this Zoya one. Comparison between the 2 is that they’re similar but Zoya Cosmo has a textured finish and it’s more packed. Glitter in both will differ as well, which is why I see them more as similar and definitely not as dupes. Shown is one generous coat with no top coat.

Zoya Cosmo (in shade)

Zoya Cosmo (direct sunlight)

Zoya Cosmo (close-up)

Next up is Vega.

Zoya Vega

Vega is the blue version of Cosmo basically. It’s packed with the same glittery goodness and bears the same texture finish. It is described as “blue opal sparkle, textured PixieDust with mega hex iridescent particles”. Formula is great to work with. Shown is one generous coat with no top coat.

Zoya Vega (in shade)

Zoya Vega (direct sunlight)

Zoya Vega (close-up)

Lastly, here’s Lux.

Zoya Lux

Lux is basically the same exact thing as Cosmo and Vega except in Pink. This is described as “a rose quartz sparkle textured PixieDust with mega hex iridescent particles”. Formula is great to work with and it dries really fast. Shown is one generous coat with no top coat.

Zoya Lux (in shade)

Zoya Lux (lighting changed)

Zoya Lux (direct sunlight)

Zoya Lux (close-up)

Zoya Lux (lighting changed again)

This is Zoya’s offering for the texture trend that’s been very popular in the nail polish world the past few months. “Imagine the best-selling Zoya PixieDust formula amped up with larger glitter and the first ever holographic pixie particle – for a never before seen magical effect!” I personally don’t care much for the texture trend, but I can safely say that these Zoya’s are my favorite among all the textured polishes I’ve seen. I don’t care much for non-glitter texture polishes really. Some non-glittery texture shades can pass off as cute to me (like a mint color), but I certainly have no desire to get them in every shade possible. I like the formula for these as I didn’t have to pat or strategically place the glitter on the nail like some other hex glitter polishes from various brands.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


Drugstore.com 30% Off Sale

Hey Guys! Just reminding you guys that Drugstore.com is having 30% off on everything in their makeup department until Friday this week. Just go to their site here and click on the “click to redeem” button and start filling up your cart.

My Drugstore.com Haul

I took advantage of this offer a few days ago and my order showed up today! Some of you may have seen it on Instagram if you follow me there (kittypolishnbags).

My Drugstore.com Haul

Some of these are already on sale and take 30% on top off that. I also used my Discover card and went through the Shop Discover program on their site for 10% cash back. If you don’t have Discover, you can go through eBates for 6% cash back. I loaded up my cart to hit $25 for free shipping as well. Not a bad deal! What I wish I remembered to get? Some Revlon glitter polishes I’ve been looking for. They’re all in stock too! Dang, maybe next time since this offer is just one per account. They also carry polishes from other brands like OPI and China Glaze, so check it out!


OPI Germany Collection

OPI Germany Collection press release info is out! Read on.

Edgy Elegance

OPI Launches the Germany Collection for Fall/Winter 2012

OPI embraces runway trends with the Germany Collection for Fall/Winter 2012. Drawing inspiration from Berlin, an exciting new fashion hub that blends classic looks with the avant-garde, the collection’s twelve shades offer a mixture of vibrant color, urban-chic neutrals, and reds in variations from light to dark.

“Designers showcased rich colors and striking textures for fall,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “The Germany Collection beautifully complements these looks, with standout shades in various hues of red and burgundy – the season’s ‘new black.’ Sapphire, black olive and lime yellow are married with creamy neutrals in honey, taupe and nude rose.”

“The overall feel of the Germany Collection is elegance with an edge,” adds Suzi. “The varied palette of colors adds another accent to the list of special touches – think beadwork, paneling, fur and embroidery – that walked the runways during New York Fashion Week. Wearing these shades on fingers and toes is a great way to accessorize a range of looks for the season.”

Germany by OPI includes the following shades:

OPI Don’t Pretzel My Buttons

A haute honey-beige that can always make you smile.

OPI My Very First Knockwurst

…and what a magical rosy-nude rendezvous it was!

OPI Berlin There Done That

A traveling taupe that’s seen it all. (Yep, that too).

OPI Don’t Talk Bach To Me

There’s nothing mellow about this sassy lime-yellow!

OPI Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine!

A bodacious black-olive? We say “Ja! Ja! Ja!”

OPI Unfor-greta-bly Blue

Everyone’s favorite Fraulein loves this uber shiny blue.

OPI Every Month Is Oktoberfest

Prost! Here’s to the prettiest plum in the Biergarten.

OPI Suzi & The 7 Dusseldorfs

The most beautiful bright purple of all.

OPI Deutsch You Want Me Baby?

A self-assured shade of shimmering red-orange.

OPI Danke-Shiny Red

You “Bitte” try on this ravishing ruby before it’s too late!

OPI German-icure By OPI

The best burgundy shimmer in the business.

OPI Schnapps Out Of It!

Shake off the blues with a shot of Fall’s must-have mauve!

Germany Collection nail lacquer shades contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and each includes OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application.

Germany by OPI will be available August 8, 2012, at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $8.50 ($9.95 CAN) suggested retail for each Nail Lacquer.

For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!


OPI Holland Collection

OPI sure knows how to kick things off next year! Read on.

Color with a Touch of Dutch

OPI Launches Holland Collection for Spring/Summer 2012

OPI celebrates color with the Holland Collection for Spring/Summer 2012. Inspired by the country’s range of stunning shades – as seen in vivid tulips, windmill-dotted hillsides and bustling canals – the collection’s twelve shades offer a mixture of sophisticated neutrals and highly-pigmented brights.

“Holland has a very unique, vibrant beauty to match its open-minded nature,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “Spring is the season of color, and the Holland Collection provides an array of pink, coral and orange hues that capture this energy. The bright lacquers are married with neutrals in new variations like red clay and sea green.”

A sequence of electric brights, including a sun-lit orange (A Roll in The Hague), a hot coral-red (Red Lights Ahead…Where?) and two perfectly pretty pinks (Kiss Me on My Tulips and a light-catching Pedal Faster Suzi!) complement their cooler counterparts in hues of glistening purple (Dutch ’Ya Just Love OPI? and Vampsterdam), while elegant neutrals (Gouda Gouda Two Shoes, Did You ’ear About Van Gogh? and Wooden Shoe Like to Know?) meet two shimmer-laced blues (I Have a Herring Problem and I Don’t Give a Rotterdam!) and a creamy sea green (Thanks a WindMillion).

“Wearing these colors on fingers and toes will accessorize the season’s hottest trends,” remarks Suzi. “The varied palette of colors accentuates the looks that walked the runway, from colored pants and ladylike frocks to long, blousy-sleeved tops and dramatic patterns.”

Holland by OPI includes the following shades:

OPI A Roll In The Hague

Take advantage of this frisky little orange.

OPI Red Lights Ahead…Where?

This coral-packed red is the hottest in the district.

OPI Kiss Me On My Tulips

A smooch-worthy shade of hot pink.

OPI Pedal Faster Suzi!

This pink lavender shimmer will have you “wheeling.”

OPI Dutch ’Ya Just Love OPI?

All of Holland hollers for this crowd-pleasing plum.

OPI Vampsterdam

A deep purple for a divine diva.

OPI Did You ’ear About Van Gogh?

Rumor has it…this sandy bisque is a work of art.

OPI Thanks A WindMillion

You totally deserve this breezy sea green.

OPI Wooden Shoe Like To Know?

It’s no secret…everybody loves this shimmery chocolate-brown.

OPI I Have Herring Problem

What’s that you say? I need to “sea” this shimmery green-blue?

OPI I Don’t Give A Rotterdam!

This sassy steal-blue shimmer means business!

OPI Gouda Gouda Two Shoes

Take a walk on the wild side with this robust rose.

Holland Collection nail lacquer shades contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and each includes OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application.

Holland Collection by OPI will be available February 8, 2012, at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $8.50 ($9.95 CAN) suggested retail for each Nail Lacquer.

For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!


OPI Touring America Swatches

I know most of you guys have seen swatches of these right now, but I finally got around to sifting through all the shots to pick the best ones out to post. I’ll probably end up swatching them again at a later date. I remember swatching these when my cuticles were very raw and tender. There’s a ton of perfect shades in this collection for Fall into Winter and the formula is pretty good for the most part. They’re shown in the order of the press release.

Here’s Are We There Yet?

OPI Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet? is a coral-y orange shimmer shade. The shimmer is like a light dusting of gold. Very nice.

OPI Are We There Yet? (in shade)

OPI Are We There Yet? (direct sunlight)

OPI Are We There Yet? (close-up)

Next is I Eat Mainely Lobster.

OPI I Eat Mainely Lobster

I love this one. This is a bright coral with very subtle shimmer. I almost want to say it’s fairly visible only under sunlight. If you have a lot of corals though, you probably want to pass on this one.

OPI I Eat Mainely Lobster (in shade)

OPI I Eat Mainely Lobster (direct sunlight)

OPI I Eat Mainely Lobster (close-up)

Here we have one for the West Coast, My Address Is “Hollywood”.

OPI My Address Is "Hollywood"

This is my favorite shade in this entire collection. I’m a sucker for shimmers and red is my favorite color.

OPI My Address Is "Hollywood"

OPI My Address Is "Hollywood"

OPI My Address Is "Hollywood"

Next is Color To Diner For.

OPI Color To Diner For

This is my favorite shade in this entire collection. I’m a sucker for shimmers and red is my favorite color. I have many similar red shades, but it’s hard for me to say no to reds. ‘Nuff said.

OPI Color To Diner For (in shade)

OPI Color To Diner For (direct sunlight)

OPI Color To Diner For (close-up)

Next up is Honk If You Love OPI.

OPI Honk If You Love OPI

This one’s a purple creme shade. It’s quite vampy really. I don’t have anything quite like it yet, so this one’s definitely a keeper.

OPI Honk If You Love OPI (in shade)

OPI Honk If You Love OPI (direct sunlight)

OPI Honk If You Love OPI (close-up)

The lone blue in this collection is called Road House Blues.

OPI Road House Blues

Definitely another keeper for me. Very, very pretty creme shade that’s a cross between blue and purple. I don’t have anything like this one at all. I can’t wait to use this under glitter top coats to see how it looks. I think it’d be stunning.

OPI Road House Blues (in shade)

OPI Road House Blues (direct sunlight)

OPI Road House Blues (close-up)

Suzi makes another appearance here with Suzi Takes The Wheel.

OPI Suzi Takes The Wheel

Love the name, but this shade seems like it’d have tons of dupes or close dupes. Blame it on the grey craze stirred up a while back with shades like Deborah Lippmann’s Waking Up In Vegas.

OPI Suzi Takes The Wheel (in shade)

OPI Suzi Takes The Wheel (direct sunlight)

OPI Suzi Takes The Wheel (close-up)

We move on to another grey called French Quarter For Your Thoughts.

OPI French Quarter For Your Thoughts

Really? Another grey creme in this collection? And not only just another grey, but kinda close to Suzi Takes The Wheel. I mean, even in the press release you can see that. :( You guys know what I’m thinking right now. Probably could’ve done another shade or a much darker grey or something. While I appreciate them trying to stay within the theme, they could’ve done a lot of other things instead. How about a Mardi Gras shade? I’m sure they could’ve found something that would fit in a Fall Collection with that.

OPI French Quarter For Your Thoughts (in shade)

OPI French Quarter For Your Thoughts (direct sunlight)

OPI French Quarter For Your Thoughts (close-up)

One of the most talked about shades in this collection is Uh-oh Roll Down The Window.

OPI Uh-oh Roll Down The Window

Uh-oh Roll Down The Window is the lone green in this collection. I can see the appeal even though I kind of hated this shade at first. I like the name definitely and in the end, this olive-green creme won my heart.

OPI Uh-oh Roll Down The Window (in shade)

OPI Uh-oh Roll Down The Window (direct sunlight)

OPI Uh-oh Roll Down The Window (close-up)

The shade with the name I dislike most in this collection is A-taupe The Space Needle.

OPI A-taupe The Space Needle

I get the name, but I thought they could’ve come up with a better one. A-taupe The Space Needle is a warm brown creme shade. This also happens to be the shade I like the least of all 12 in the collection.

OPI A-taupe The Space Needle (in shade)

OPI A-taupe The Space Needle (direct sunlight)

OPI A-taupe The Space Needle (close-up)

Another brown we have is called Get In The Expresso Lane.

OPI Get In The Expresso Lane

Mmmmm, this brown is more up my alley. This is a dusty brown creme shade. I love it.

OPI Get In The Expresso Lane (in shade)

OPI Get In The Expresso Lane (direct sunlight)

OPI Get In The Expresso Lane (close-up)

Lastly, we have I Brake For Manicures.

OPI I Brake For Manicures

I Brake For Manicures is a dusty eggplant purple creme. I like Honk If You Love OPI better because it’s not dusty I think.

OPI I Brake For Manicures (in shade)

OPI I Brake For Manicures (direct sunlight)

OPI I Brake For Manicures (close-up)

These shoule be available at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $8.50 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each Nail Lacquer.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


OPI Nicki Minaj Collection

This collaboration doesn’t really surprise me. I mean, Katy Perry’s line was a huge hit in my opinion. In fact, the shades are sold out in a lot of places. I’m still having trouble locating Teenage Dream and while I do have some close dupes of it, I still want the real deal. I’m sure a lot of nail polish fanatics understand what I mean by that. With that said, I am looking forward to this upcoming collection a lot. The colors are very vivid, not holding back at all.

Pink Everyday!

OPI Partners with Platinum Recording Artist Nicki Minaj to Launch Limited Edition Lacquers

OPI announces the launch of six new limited edition shades inspired by hip hop sensation Nicki Minaj, including a purple Shatter! Inspired by Minaj’s unique style, love of bright colors, and her debut album Pink Friday, the Nicki Minaj by OPI promotion will feature an array of bold hues, from neon lime green to pink.

OPI is so excited to work with Nicki in releasing these six new nail lacquers,” said Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “Nicki has taken the hip hop world by storm, but her music is only part of the equation. She’s also become a fashion inspiration, noted for her daring costumes and hair color both on and off the stage.”

Nicki’s eclectic look made including a new hue in OPI’s bestselling Shatter coat a must for this collaboration. The purple Super Bass Shatter (a record-setting purple that “shatters” before your eyes) is inspired by graffiti art and works when painted over any dry OPI hue. Adding top coat takes Super Bass Shatter from matte to glossy in seconds.

OPI Super Bass Shatter

The line features five nail lacquers in addition to Super Bass Shatter, ranging from fantastic pink, rainbow confetti glitter and charcoal sparkle hues to two green shades in lime and teal:

OPI Pink Friday

Kick off the weekend with this pop! of bubblegum pink.

OPI Metallic 4 Life

This charcoal sparkle flies with the starts in the skies.

OPI Save Me

I drove for miles just to find this silver-rainbow glitter.

OPI Fly

I came to win, to fight…and to wear this aqua.

OPI Did It On 'Em

A lusty little lacquer that loves the “lime”-light.

Nicki Minaj by OPI nail lacquers contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application. This limited edition promotion will be available beginning January 2012 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $8.50 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each nail lacquer.

For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!

One thing that REALLY stood out for me with this is the shade Fly reminds me of Cult Nails’ Let Me Fly based on the name and shade color. They don’t look like close dupes, but similar in the shade at least being teal (and the name, of course). Coincidence?


OPI Pink Shatter: Pink Of Hearts 2011

In time for October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, OPI created a new shade called Pink Shatter, in line with their annual Pink Of Hearts edition lacquer released every year. For more details, read the press release here. Pardon the state of my cuticle area. It was really sore from swatching and I had a small cut that was healing. Can you say ouch when I have to use remover? :(

OPI Pink Shatter: Pink Of Hearts 2011

I didn’t use white to show how it would look over other shades. I used it over Milani Breezy and it shows how the Pink Shatter would show up over a shade where it didn’t turn out as pink as you think it would. Pink Shatter has a slight shimmer to it, but it’s more sheer than what you might think and it shows in the swatches. Formula is typical for a shatter shade and it dries really fast. Shown is one coat with no top coat.

OPI Pink Shatter: Pink Of Hearts 2011 (in shade)

OPI Pink Shatter: Pink Of Hearts 2011 (direct sunlight)

OPI Pink Shatter: Pink Of Hearts 2011 (close-up)

The limited edition Pink Shatter: Pink of Hearts will be available throughout the months of September and October 2011 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $8.50 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each Nail Lacquer.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


OPI DS Bold

Hey guys! Today I have one of the 2 latest OPI DS shades to show y’all. It is very unfortunate that the other shade met its fate as it slipped through my fingers when I slightly tripped. :( R.I.P. OPI DS Temptation, which I also liked much better between the 2. But still, not all is lost. Here is OPI DS Bold.

OPI DS Bold

All I have to say is that I really liked the earlier DS shades more. The later ones are mostly just glitter and this is no exception. DS Bold is made up of silver glitter in a dark reddish pink jelly base. I don’t have anything like it in my stash, but at the same time it’s not impressing me that much in terms of creativity. Like I said, the other DS shade is much prettier. It went on smoothly onto my nails and dries fast. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

OPI DS Bold (in shade)

OPI DS Bold (direct sunlight)

OPI DS Bold (close-up)

Sorry for the slight yellow-ish hue around my cuticle area. I was swatching other shades earlier and one of them stained pretty good. Back to the shade, don’t get me wrong, it’s pretty nice. But it’s no stunner like some other OPI DS shades such as DS Sapphire. Ah, those are the good ‘ol days.

These shades should be available beginning September 2011 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $12.50 ($15.95 CAN) suggested retail for each color.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


OPI Halloween 2011 Collection

Have you spotted these yet?

Look Frighteningly Fashionable with OPI!

No Tricks, Just Treats with New OPI
Halloween Nail Lacquers

Celebrate the scariest day of the year with OPI’s Halloween-inspired nail lacquers, available in two promotional gifts sets. For a limited time only, OPI will offer the new Spook-ettes mini pack, which includes four mini lacquers: He’s My Boo (a scary orange), Mummy Knows Best (a spook-tacular white), I Only Date Werewolves (a bewitching black) and Zom-Body to Love (a glow-in-the-dark green).

OPI Spook-ettes 2011

The Spook-ettes mini pack also includes free nail decals, along with instructions on how to create different nail art designs using the lacquers and stickers. For example, create a two-toned look with “Jack-in-the-Moon,” featuring a grinning face in a white full moon on a black nail, or go bold with “Welcome to Spider’s Corner,” showcasing a creepy-crawler layered over a bright orange hue.

Additionally, the Pair’em Scare’em duo pack will bring Zom-Body to Love and OPI’s bestselling Black Shatter together in a hair-raising pair. Inspired by graffiti art, Shatter leaves behind a crackled, two-texture finish when painted over completely dry OPI nail lacquer. Paint Shatter over two coats of Zom-Body to Love and add a top coat for a one-of-a-kind, glow-in-the-dark manicure.

OPI Pair'em Scare'em 2011

“Halloween motivates us to express wild, imaginative concepts through hair, makeup, nails and costumes,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “The Spook-ettes and Pair’em Scare’em lacquers allow consumers to get fun and creative with our Halloween colors by pairing them with themed nail decals or adding the captivating shatter effect.”

OPI products contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application.

Spook-ettes ($12.50 US, $16.95 CAN) and the Pair’em Scare’em duo pack ($14.95 U.S, $20.95 CAN) will be retailed at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA.

For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!


OPI Serena Williams Glam Slam! US Swatches

The last of the Glam Slam! sets is finally out. This collection features the least amount of shades, but doesn’t end things quietly at all. I honestly didn’t expect much based on the press release. I thought they’re nice, but nothing spectacular really. Here are swatches for the 2 Serena Williams Glam Slam! US shades.

First up is Love Is A Racket.

OPI Love Is A Racket

This one’s a little tricky to capture in pictures. Not sure what is up with red offered by OPI lately, but they don’t translate well into photos for some reason. Love Is A Racket is a red shimmer with some flecks in it. Compared to the press release photo, this is much better looking in person. Formula was nice and smooth, a bit on the thin side. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

OPI Love Is A Racket (in shade)

OPI Love Is A Racket (direct sunlight)

OPI Love Is A Racket (close-up)

The second shade in this set is called Pros & Bronze.

OPI Pros & Bronze

Pros & Bronze is a beautiful rose gold with a finish that reminds me of the shades from Zoya’s Sunshine Collection. Foil metallics almost really. Formula was beautiful and it dries pretty fast. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

OPI Pros & Bronze (in shade)

OPI Pros & Bronze (direct sunlight)

OPI Pros & Bronze (close-up)

OPI Pros & Bronze (lighting changed)

Sorry I don’t have a boxed set shot. I know that they usually come in nice boxed sets (like Glam Slam! France), but these didn’t come to me that way this time. What do you guys think? Will you be getting any of these?

These should be available in various retail stores nationwide such as ULTA and Trade Secret.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


OPI “The Muppets” Holiday Collection

Here is the press release for OPI’s Holiday 2011 offering. I can tell you right now that the glitters are what I’m after. Just look at them! The names are so adorable as well. While I liked their holiday offering last year, I wasn’t feeling the Burlesque theme in that collection. I love almost all of the 12 shades, but the theme didn’t do anything for me really. I was apprehensive about this, but I can put all my fears to rest. I grew to love this theme.

OPI Celebrates Disney’s “The Muppets” with Holiday Lacquers Inspired by Walt Disney Pictures’ New Film

This holiday season, OPI pays homage to America’s favorite Muppet friends as they hit the big screen in Disney’s The Muppets. With an all-star cast including Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper, Kermit, Miss Piggy and the entire Muppet crew, the family comedy opens in theaters nationwide on November 23, 2011.

Inspired by the film’s namesake lively and colorful characters, OPI launches twelve limited-edition Nail Lacquers for Holiday 2011. “OPI is so excited to work with Disney to celebrate this long-awaited movie release,” said Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “Not only do The Muppets characters inspire fun, bright and joyful colors, the fashionable Miss Piggy lends her name to three high-shine pink-based hues, ranging from bold red flecked with silver to a multi-dimensional strawberry shade.”

This line features six shimmery reds and neutrals, as well as six glitter-packed shades, including:

OPI Animal-istic

This wild bright red cannot be tamed!

OPI Meep-Meep-Meep

Missing out on this fuchsia would make you weep, weep, weep!

OPI Wocka Wocka!

The popular deep berry makes everything fun and merry!

OPI Pepe’s Purple Passion

This deep, decadent shade is the best purple ever, okay!

OPI Designer, de Better!

And this light metallic bronze is ready for the runway.

OPI Warm & Fozzie

A feel-good shade of metallic copper.

OPI Rainbow Connection

The rainbow glitter of your dreams.

OPI Excuse Moi!

Ahem! This pink glitter has something to say!

OPI Gone Gonzo!

The aqua-blue glitter is taking over the world!

OPI Fresh Frog of Bel Air

A glitter that prefers the greener things in life.

OPI Divine Swine

The finest, most fabulous magenta glitter ever.

OPI Gettin’ Miss Piggy With It!

Red glittery fun for everyone!

Lacquer packed with micas and sparkle gives a 3-dimensional textured look that makes nails look like jewelry. With shades ranging from textured glitters in rainbow, red, green and blue to softer shimmers in copper and bronze metallic hues, these twelve colors provide the perfect accessory for the holiday season.

As with all OPI nail lacquers, these shades inspired by Disney’s The Muppets contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application.

This limited edition promotion will be available beginning November 2011 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $8.50 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each Nail Lacquer.

For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!


OPI Miss Universe Swatches

I didn’t think much about this collection when I saw the press release, but I am pleased to say that for the most part some shades blew me out of the water. I thought to myself that this is just another collection with pretty much the same ‘ol stuff. One shade that stood out? Swimsuit…Nailed It! It’s possibly the most gorgeous blue I have ever seen. Without further ado, here are the 4 shades from the Miss Universe Collection from OPI.

First up is Congeniality Is My Middle Name.

OPI Congeniality Is My Middle Name

Congeniality Is My Middle Name is a shade with a name just a tad too long for my preference. It doesn’t take away from the beauty of this shade though. This berry-wine number packs in a lot of shimmer that it quite hard to capture with the camera, which is why I also included a shot taken with flash on. Formula was almost on the watery side. It applied smoothly onto my nails, but requires more coats as 2 thin ones were not enough for this beauty to show well enough in pictures. I retook photos that show 3 thin coats with no top coat.

OPI Congeniality Is My Middle Name (in shade)

OPI Congeniality Is My Middle Name (direct sunlight)

OPI Congeniality Is My Middle Name (close-up)

OPI Congeniality Is My Middle Name (with flash)

Next is a shade called It’s MY Year.

OPI It’s MY Year

This shade reminds me a lot of Zoya Faye. It looks kinda close to me, but not dupes at all. It’s MY Year is a very pretty rose-pink purple with gold foil shade. It’s pretty even though it’s not something new to me per se. Formula was good and it dries pretty fast. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

OPI It’s MY Year (in shade)

OPI It’s MY Year (lighting changed)

OPI It’s MY Year (direct sunlight)

OPI It’s MY Year (close-up)

OPI It’s MY Year (lighting changed again)

Next up is my favorite, a blue called Swimsuit…Nailed It!

OPI Swimsuit…Nailed It!

Oh. My. God. I die. This shade is absolutely stunning. This has to be the prettiest blue I have seen yet. And to think that this was the shade I dismissed most based on the press release! Wow…..that’s all I have to say. You can see the pictures for yourself. It speaks volumes. It tells all. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

OPI Swimsuit…Nailed It! (in shade)

OPI Swimsuit…Nailed It! (direct sunlight)

OPI Swimsuit…Nailed It! (close-up)

Last is another one I didn’t give much thought about, Crown Me Already!

OPI Swimsuit…Nailed It!

I’ll admit, I thought to myself that this is so much alike with OPI Servin’ Up Sparkle and wasn’t too thrilled to have this one in the set. It’s similar enough for most to justify owning only one of them, but I can see the difference enough for me to own both. Crown Me Already! is a very pretty glitter shade that I can easily use on its own and not just as a glitter top coat. That is one of the main difference I noticed between that and Servin’ Up Sparkle. To me, Crown Me Already! is more opaque and the other main difference is the glitter. The glitter in this shade is purely silver like the surface of a mirror. Shown is just one coat with no top coat.

OPI Crown Me Already! (in shade)

OPI Crown Me Already! (direct sunlight)

OPI Crown Me Already! (close-up)

These should be available in various retail stores nationwide such as ULTA and Trade Secret. Have you gotten any of these shades yet?

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


OPI Pink Shatter: Pink Of Hearts

Here’s the press release about a pink shatter shade from OPI, releasing in time for Breast Cancer Awareness month October!

EDIT: Swatch here.

Let’s Shatter Breast Cancer!

OPI Announces New Pink Shatter: Pink of Hearts Nail Lacquer to Support
Susan G. Komen for the Cure®

OPI Pink Shatter: Pink Of Hearts

OPI launches the limited edition Pink Shatter: Pink of Hearts Nail Lacquer to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure® in its promise to save lives and end breast cancer forever. The 2011 Pink of Hearts edition will follow in the footsteps of its namesake 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 Nail Lacquers in raising awareness of breast cancer for the fifth year in a row, during the months of September and October (National Breast Cancer Awareness Month). Unlike previous shade incarnations, this year’s Pink of Hearts Nail Lacquer marks the debut of fan-favorite Shatter coat in OPI’s first pink shade.

“We are continuing to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure in the hopes of increasing breast cancer awareness, while inspiring and empowering women. The organization’s dedication to this cause is unwavering,” remarks Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “OPI is proud to join with Susan G. Komen for the fifth consecutive year to offer Pink Shatter: Pink of Hearts. By launching our first-ever Pink Shatter coat, we hope this exciting new textured hue will generate lots of awareness for this cause.”

Each bottle of Pink Shatter: Pink of Hearts has a special pink-ribbon tag and pink cap wrap to call attention to breast cancer awareness. OPI will also be making its annual donation of $25,000 to Komen for the Cure. Pink Shatter coat contains no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and it also features OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application.

The limited edition Pink Shatter: Pink of Hearts will be available throughout the months of September and October 2011 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $8.50 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each Nail Lacquer.

For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!


Kitty Meets….

This is the first of (I hope) many series on fellow bloggers that I have met in person. Popping my “meeting a fellow nail blogger” cherry is Polish Police.

As many of you know, I have just recently returned from my 3 week visit to my family in the Philippines. While it felt short, it was just enough time for me to actually enjoy being back at work (which is good thing). My blog’s first year mark hit when I was in the air, traveling back to the US. I wanted to do a giveaway for it and all, but I was strapped for time to plan for it. But it’s okay. After all, I had this delight when I was there during my stay….

Philippines Flavored Ice Cream

….and of course I had so many more other yummy things. That’s ice cream in 3 different flavors. My parents got a tub when we went to the grocery store some time during the first few days that I was there. The purple one is Ube, the pink one is Strawberry and the yellow one is Cheese. Haha, yes! You read that right! Cheese! There was a 4th flavor in the tub, Rocky Road, but it was gone by the time I took this shot. My favorite is Ube. It’s Purple Yam and it’s so damn good. I consume it alone or with coconut meat. *drool*

Aside from missing treats such as these there, I miss a fellow nail blogger and someone I’m proud to say I’ve become good friends with: Pam of Polish Police (or known as @turbochicken on Twitter). You can read her blog entry on our meeting here. Let me tell you, she is the ultimate shopping partner for nail polish in the Philippines. I will not recount what happened blow-by-blow since you can read it on her blog entry, but let’s just say we hit all the nail polish brand stores I wanted to see in a span of 2 hours.

And of course, we swapped some. :) The pictures aren’t the best when using flash, but here are the goodies she got me.

Etude House

The Face Shop

Tony Moly

Deborah Lippmann, Majolica Majorca & OPI

And I shopped more of course. Who knew that there were lots of Asian brand cosmetics in the Philippines?! I didn’t take pictures of those, but the lovely ladies I chat with on Twitter were impressed when I told them I lugged back about 200 bottles of nail polish. I was so nervous they’d be confiscated cause of some technicality or what not. They all made it safe though (no casualties!) and these beauties shown above were part of the close to 200 that I lugged back. In case you were wondering how I packed them, here’s what I did:

1) Grab a gallon sized clear resealable plastic bag. The thicker the plastic bag, the better.
2) Cut out a cardboard to the size close to the gallon sized plastic bag. I determined the size by stuffing a layer of polish in it first and seeing what width it should be. Length should not reach the resealable end, since you will need room for it to close properly and comfortably without the cardboard getting in the way.
3) Cut out smaller pieces of cardboard to act as a divider between glass surfaces that touch next to each other. Note that I am packing my polishes in one flat layer, kind of like how the pictures above this post of my swap are shown. This way, TSA and any other parties that need to inspect my luggage can see clearly the contents of the plastic bag.
4) Cut out long and thin pieces of cardboard about the size of the polish base to prevent glass bottoms from touching those in the next row.
5) Keep filling the plastic bag with polishes row by row until it is almost full. If there is enough room left for a polish to be placed horizontally, do it. This will make sure that the contents of the resealable plastic bag won’t move around.
6) Seal tightly. I also put a piece of clear tape over the bag and wrote “nail polish” on it. Just for my own peace of mind. :)
7) I packed them in between layers of towels and clothing. Make sure that there is enough in that piece of luggage prevent anything from moving around.

I will be featuring different brands and shades of polishes in the next few weeks. Some are from the swap I did and some are those that I have purchased when I met my fellow nail blogger and friend. She is one of the sweetest person I have ever met and I can’t wait to go back again and see her. We talked for hours over Filipino food during lunch and there were no awkward moments in our conversations at all! I am so glad that I have met her in my lifetime. I truly mean that. :)

I hope you guys stick around to see what these and the other polishes look like and fare!


OPI Blue Shatters Swatches

Here are swatches from the blue shatters released by OPI. There are 3 of them, 2 shimmers and one creme. They came with a little instructional tag with 3 easy steps outlined. The steps are basically the same as any crackle or shatter polish out there right now. I’m not sure if this trend is dying just yet. I see more brands coming out with it as each day goes by.

First up is Blue Shatter.

OPI Blue Shatter

Blue Shatter is a bright royal blue shatter that I layered over Deborah Lippmann’s My Old Flame, which is a red creme shade. I didn’t expect a lot from this shade from the press release other than it gives me more variety in terms of color. I thought it was nice and that’s about it. It blew me away when it went on my nails. It’s a very nice royal blue shimmer. Formula was of the right consistency and the layer of shatter polish spread evenly onto my nails. Shown is one coat with no top coat.

OPI Blue Shatter (in shade)

OPI Blue Shatter (direct sunlight)

OPI Blue Shatter (close-up)

OPI Blue Shatter (lighting changed)

Next is Navy Shatter.

OPI Navy Shatter

Navy Shatter is the creme shade among the 3 shatters. It’s a really dark shade. So dark that when I layered it over the same red shade I used with the other 2, it looked black (photo of this at the end of this entry). I thought at first my bottle was labeled wrong and it was Black Shatter, but I see that it’s a dark jelly shade in the bottle. That’s when I decided to layer it over a much lighter shade instead, white. Formula was just about the same as the 2 other shades and it went onto my nails with no problem. Shown is one coat with no top coat.

OPI Navy Shatter (in shade)

OPI Navy Shatter (direct sunlight)

OPI Navy Shatter (close-up)

Last shade up is my personal favorite among all shatters released by OPI so far, Turquoise Shatter.

OPI Turquoise Shatter

Turquoise Shatter is simply stunning. It’s so vibrant that I instantly fell in love. It went onto my nails smoothly over the same red shade I used with Blue Shatter, Deborah Lippmann’s My Old Flame. Shown is one coat with no top coat.

OPI Turquoise Shatter (in shade)

OPI Turquoise Shatter (direct sunlight)

OPI Turquoise Shatter (in shade)

And here’s the comparison picture that I took before swatching them all individually. Left is Turquoise Shatter, middle is Blue Shatter and right is Navy Shatter. All are over 2 coats of Deborah Lippmann’s My Old Flame with no top coat.

OPI Blue Shatters Comparison (in shade)

OPI Blue Shatters Comparison (direct sunlight)

These should be available in various retail stores such as ULTA and Trade Secret.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


OPI Miss Universe Collection

Here’s a press release on the latest from OPI.

EDIT: Swatches here.

Unleash Your Inner Beauty Queen!

OPI Launches Limited Edition

Miss Universe Lacquers

Pageant-pretty nail lacquers in the new Miss Universe by OPI promotion give fingers and toes added glitz and glamour.  Featuring four shades packed with shimmer and sparkle, these limited edition colors capture the energy of the 2011 MISS UNIVERSE® competition, to be held September 12, 2011, in São Paulo, Brazil.

“Miss Universe is the most popular and publicized beauty pageant in the world,” said Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director.  “We are excited to partner with the Miss Universe Organization, whose contestants provided so much inspiration for rich, high-fashion color.”

With shades ranging from berry and golden pink to electric blue and glittery silver, Miss Universe by OPI provides high-shine lacquers, including:

OPI Congeniality Is My Middle Name

And berry-wine shimmer is what I do best!

OPI It’s MY Year

It’s about time for this champagne-rose to shine!

OPI Swimsuit…Nailed It!

An itsy bitsy teenie weenie vibrant shiny-blue bikini.

OPI Crown Me Already!

A sassy silver sparkle that knows what it’s worth.

The Miss Universe Organization named OPI its official nail care sponsor this June.  Additionally, Weiss-Fischmann will be a judge for the 2011 Miss USA® pageant, a precursor to the Miss Universe competition.

Miss Universe by OPI Nail Lacquers contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application.  This limited-edition promotion will be available beginning August 2011 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for  $8.50 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each Nail Lacquer.

For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!

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ABOUT MISS UNIVERSE:

The Miss Universe Organization, a Donald J. Trump and NBC Universal joint venture, is a global community empowering role models of beauty, health and leadership for young women of today. The organization is dedicated to partnering with charities around the world, and to increasing HIV/AIDS awareness by focusing on women’s health and reproductive issues. For more information, visit: www.missuniverse.com or follow Miss Universe on Facebook or Twitter @TheRealMissU.


OPI Serena Williams Glam Slam! England Swatches

Today, I have swatches of the 3 shades from OPI’s Serena Williams Glam Slam! England Collection. Overall, I am pretty impressed with the Serena Williams Collections and this one’s no exception. There are 2 sets, each with a pretty shade and a glittery top coat called Servin’ Up Sparkle.

First up is Your Royal Shine-ness.

OPI Your Royal Shine-ness

Out of the 3, this is the least interesting one to me. It’s a silver metallic shade that packs a lot of shine under sunlight. Formula is good to work with and it dries pretty quick. It’s just not a shade that stands out from any other silver metallic shade from many other brands. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

OPI Your Royal Shine-ness (in shade)

OPI Your Royal Shine-ness (direct sunlight)

OPI Your Royal Shine-ness (close-up)

Then we have Servin’ Up Sparkle that comes in the set over Your Royal Shine-ness.

OPI Your Royal Shine-ness with Servin' Up Sparkle

OPI Your Royal Shine-ness with Servin' Up Sparkle (direct sunlight)

The next set has a gorgeous shade called Grape…Set…Match.

OPI Grape...Set...Match

I absolutely adore this shade. L-O-V-E! Grape…Set…Match is a shimmery purple shade with a slight duochrome. One of the swatch pictures below definitely shows it! I see blue and purple flecks in the base, very pretty! It went onto my nails smoothly and dried in no time! Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

OPI Grape...Set...Match (in shade)

OPI Grape...Set...Match (direct sunlight)

OPI Grape...Set...Match (close-up)

OPI Grape...Set...Match (wow!)

And now, with Servin’ Up Sparkle from the set.

OPI Grape...Set...Match with Servin' Up Sparkle

OPI Grape...Set...Match with Servin' Up Sparkle (direct sunlight)

And a glimpse of Servin’ Up Sparkle by its lonesome.

OPI Servin' Up Sparkle (in shade)

OPI Servin' Up Sparkle (direct sunlight)

OPI Servin' Up Sparkle (close-up)

These should be available in various retail stores such as ULTA and Trade Secret. I personally think the set with Grape…Set…Match is a must-have!

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


OPI Serena Williams Glam Slam! US Collection

Here is a press release for the latest Glam Slam! shades of the Serena Williams line from OPI.

EDIT: Swatches here.

Grandstand Finale!

OPI Launches Sizzling Shades with Serena
Williams’ Glam Slam! Series in Anticipation of
Upcoming New York Tournament

OPI and tennis superstar Serena Williams announce the two final lacquers in the 2011 Glam Slam! promotion, timed in conjunction with the upcoming New York tournament. Glam Slam! U.S. features a duo-pack with two high-shine shades: shimmering red, Love is a Racket, and glittering bronze, Pros & Bronze.

OPI Love Is A Racket

OPI Pros & Bronze

“OPI and Serena return to our home country for the final launch with two bright, feminine lacquers,” said Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “Packed with red and gold micas for intense luster, the Glam Slam! series finishes with two classic, glamorous colors.”

“Whether worn alone or with Pros & Bronze layered over Love is a Racket for a golden glow, these two shades have rich hues that are perfect for transitioning from summer to fall,” adds Williams.

Serena Williams has received the World Number One in singles ranking by the Women’s Tennis Association on five separate occasions, along with being listed as sixth on the all-time greatest champions list. Additionally, she has won two Olympic gold medals in women’s doubles and has earned 27 Grand Slam titles to date. Serena is the most recent player to have held all four Grand Slam singles titles simultaneously and only the fifth woman in history to do so.

New shades in the Glam Slam! promotion are introduced to coincide with each of the four major tournaments, including the upcoming New York tournament in August 2011. As with all OPI Nail Lacquers, Glam Slam! shades contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and each includes OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in Glam Slam! U.S. will be available beginning August 2011 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $14.95 ($20.95 CAN) suggested retail for each duo-pack.

For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!


OPI Nice Stems! Swatches

Just got this in the mail recently. Overall, I like this set of 4 better than Femme de Cirque with the exception of the glitter top coat shade (mostly because nudes doesn’t do much for me). That, I prefer to be in a clear base like I Juggle…Men. Without further ado, here are the OPI Nice Stems! Collection swatches.

First up is Play With Peonies.

OPI Play The Peonies

Play With Peonies is a delicate pink shade that has a frosty finish. You know what it means when I saw frost, yes….brush strokes! So out of all 4 shades in this collection, I liked this one the least. The color itself is fine, but the finish is not something I have ever liked and that’s just a personal preference. It looked better with the top coat on; it covers the evidence of the brush strokes! :) Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

OPI Play With Peonies (in shade)

OPI Play With Peonies (direct sunlight)

OPI Play With Peonies (close-up)

OPI Play With Peonies with I Lily Love You

Next up is a shade that totally caught me by surprise, Come To Poppy.

OPI Come To Poppy

Come To Poppy is the stunner in this collection. I didn’t think much about it based on the press release pictures here. This is a pinkish coral shade that is packed with shimmer. It seems slightly frosty, but it’s still a shimmer to me. Formula is good and went on my nails smoothly. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

OPI Come To Poppy (in shade)

OPI Come To Poppy (direct sunlight)

OPI Come To Poppy (close-up)

OPI Come To Poppy with I Lily Love You

The one that came short for me is Be A Dahlia Won’t You?

OPI Be A Dahlia Won't You?

Don’t get me wrong, I still love this shade. I was let down slightly only because I thought that this was going to be more opaque than it is based on the press release pictures. This is a fuchsia shimmery shade that reminds me of glass fleck shades. Formula is good and went on my nails smoothly as well. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

OPI Be A Dahlia Won't You? (in shade)

OPI Be A Dahlia Won't You? (direct sunlight)

OPI Be A Dahlia Won't You? (close-up)

OPI Be A Dahlia Won' You? with I Lily Love You

Lastly is the glittery one of the 4, I Lily Love You.

OPI I Lily Love You (in shade)

OPI I Lily Love You (direct sunlight)

OPI I Lily Love You (close-up)

As indicated throughout the post, this shade is very sheer and seems to be meant more as a glitter top coat than anything else. This shade has multicolored round, square and flake glitter in a very light pink jelly base. Don’t let the view of the bottle fool you….it’s pretty sheer. Shown above is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

Any shade that interests you?

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


OPI Serena Williams Glam Slam! France Swatches

The 4 latest shades from the OPI Serena Williams Glam Slam! France Collection have been popping up at various retail stores lately. It is only fitting that I post swatches of those that I have as well! There are 2 sets available and are shown below.

OPI Serena Williams Glam Slam! France Spark de Triomphe & White Shatter Set

OPI Serena Williams Glam Slam! France Rally Pretty Pink & Red Shatter Set

First up is the first shade from the first set, Spark de Triomphe.

OPI Spark de Triomphe

O-M-G…..so pretty! This is a stunning silver glitter shade that I absolutely loved wearing just by itself. Formula is great and went onto my nails smoothly. Drying time is fast, as expected with a glitter shade. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

OPI Spark de Triomphe (in shade)

OPI Spark de Triomphe (direct sunlight)

OPI Spark de Triomphe (close-up)

Then we have the White Shatter that comes in the set over Spark de Triomphe.

OPI Spark de Triomphe with White Shatter

OPI Spark de Triomphe with White Shatter (close-up)

OPI Spark de Triomphe with White Shatter (with top coat)

The shade in the next shade is called Rally Pretty Pink.

OPI Rally Pretty Pink

Beautiful, beautiful shade. Rally Pretty Pink is not a true pink. It leans towards purple with gold shimmer. The gold shimmer reminds me that of some shades from Zoya. It’s almost a metallic foil, but not quite in my opinion. Formula is great and applied smoothly onto my nails. It also dried pretty fast. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

OPI Rally Pretty Pink (in shade)

OPI Rally Pretty Pink (lighting changed)

OPI Rally Pretty Pink (direct sunlight)

OPI Rally Pretty Pink (close-up)

And now, with Red Shatter from the set.

OPI Rally Pretty Pink with Red Shatter

OPI Rally Pretty Pink with Red Shatter (close-up)

OPI Rally Pretty Pink with Red Shatter (with top coat)

I love the shatters in the sets, but I prefer them to be paired with other shades in all honesty. I think both Spark de Triomphe and Rally Pretty Pink look so much better alone than with the shatters. I have used the shatters with other shades on my nails and love them much better than over the 2 shades mentioned. Nonetheless, the set is a good buy because all the shades will definitely be used! Both shatters look extra pretty when top coat is applied over it. I find that shiny, wet look very pleasant!

These should be available in various retail stores such as ULTA and Trade Secret. So, which shade will you be getting? I personally think all 4 are must-haves!

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


OPI Serena Williams Glam Slam! England Collection

Here is a press release for the new Glam Slam! shades of the Serena Williams line from OPI.

EDIT: Swatches here.

Get “Unbeatable” Sparkle!

OPI Unveils Three New Shades from Serena Williams’ Glam Slam! Series

OPI joins tennis superstar Serena Williams in announcing the latest three lacquers in the Glam Slam! collection. To celebrate the world’s oldest, most prestigious tennis tournament, Glam Slam! England features two duo-packs filled with sparkle.

The first Lacquer set includes Your Royal Shine-ness, a metallic silver shade, paired with Servin’ Up Sparkle, a shimmer-packed silver glitter. The second Lacquer set also features Servin’ Up Sparkle, along with Grape…Set…Match, a metallic purple.

OPI Your Royal Shine-ness

OPI Servin' Up Sparkle

OPI Grape...Set...Match

“England’s premier tennis tournament warrants colors with extra glitz and glamour,” said Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “The next big trend in nails is making lacquer look 3-dimensional by adding different micas and glitters, turning fingertips into jewelry. With two bold metallics and a sparkling glitter, these colors are fit for royalty.”

“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.”

Serena Williams has received the World Number One in singles ranking by the Women’s Tennis Association on five separate occasions, along with being listed as sixth on the all-time greatest champions list. Additionally, she has won two Olympic gold medals in women’s doubles and has earned 27 Grand Slam titles to date. Serena is the most recent player to have held all four Grand Slam singles titles simultaneously and only the fifth woman in history to do so.

New shades in the Glam Slam! collection will be introduced to coincide with each of the four major tournaments, beginning with the Australian Open in January 2011, followed by launches in May 2011 for the French Open, June 2011 for Wimbledon and August 2011 for the US Open. As with all OPI Nail Lacquers, the Glam Slam! collection contains no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and each includes OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application.

Glam Slam! England will be available beginning June 2011 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $14.95 ($20.95 CAN) suggested retail for each duo-pack.

For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit http://www.opi.com/. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!

I personally can’t wait for the purple one!


OPI Touring America Collection

Here is a press release for Fall/Winter 2011 from OPI.

EDIT: Swatches here.

Coast to Coast Classics

OPI Launches Touring America

Collection for Fall/Winter 2011

OPI hits the open road with a new take on classic style in the Touring America Collection for Fall/Winter 2011. Inspired by Americana and cities with rich cultural heritage, the collection’s twelve shades offer comfortable glamour and wearable elegance for nails and toes.

“My recent road trip across the country sparked the creation of the Touring America Collection,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director.  “Autumn is a time for reinvention, and these shades revive classic, iconic colors for fall, from cool heather, khaki and chocolate to warm rose, peach and red.”

The season’s go-to shades of taupe and pearl grey appear in variations from dark to light – A-taupe the Space Needle, Get in the Expresso Lane, French Quarter for Your Thoughts, and Suzi Takes the Wheel.  Lush urban neutrals in deep sapphire (Road House Blues), rich raisin (Honk If You Love OPI), chic olive (Uh-oh Roll Down the Window), and coffee brown (I Brake for Manicures) merge with iconic red (Color to Diner For), vivid rose (My Address is “Hollywood”), and luminous coral and orange (I Eat Mainely Lobster, Are We There Yet?) for an expansive color landscape.

“This collection will take women around the world on the ultimate tour across the USA, with stops in Baltimore, Clarksdale, Hollywood, Jackson Hole, Memphis, Milwaukee, New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia, Seattle, St. Louis, and Tucson,” explains Suzi. “Together, the locales that inspired Touring America make up a rich palette of color complementing trends from the runway, where we saw a mix of feminine details and dramatic menswear touches.”

Touring America includes the following shades:

OPI Are We There Yet?

Don’t make me reach back there and take that perfect melon shade!

OPI I Eat Mainely Lobster

We “clawed” through crowds to catch this coral for you.

OPI My Address Is "Hollywood"

We put this pretty rose-pink on the map.

OPI Color To Diner For

I’ll take the rosy-red with a side of “awesome.”

OPI Honk If You Love OPI

Don’t let this gorgeous dark grape pass you by.

OPI Road House Blues

In this case…R&B stands for “Really Blue.”

OPI Suzi Takes The Wheel

Buckle up—she’s not stopping until she gets to gray!

OPI French Quarter For Your Thoughts

Want beads? Then show us your sexy gray nails!

OPI Uh-oh Roll Down The Window

You’re gonna wanna pull over for this “unexpected” olive green.

OPI A-taupe The Space Needle

You’ll climb to new heights with this creamy-rich taupe.

OPI Get In The Expresso Lane

An amped-up dark brown that’ll never letcha down!

OPI I Brake For Manicures

This gorgeous eggplant-plum has our full attention.

Touring America Nail Lacquer shades contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and each includes OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application.

Touring America by OPI will be available August 3, 2011, at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $8.50 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each Nail Lacquer.

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Any shades for sure you’ll getting? My favorite based on these picures is Color To Diner For. I really hope it doesn’t disappoint!


OPI Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Swatches

Okay, most of y’all have seen swatches of these floating around on other blogs. It’s only a matter of time I’ll have it up on mine, so here it is…..swatches for OPI Pirates Of The Carribbean: On Stranger Tides Collection.

Let’s start with my favorite, Sparrow Me The Drama.

OPI Sparrow Me The Drama

This pink creme shade is right up my alley! It’s a dusty pink that can be worn all year round. I wouldn’t mind sporting this during any season of the year really. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.

OPI Sparrow Me The Drama (in shade)

OPI Sparrow Me The Drama (direct sunlight)

OPI Sparrow Me The Drama (another shot)

OPI Sparrow Me The Drama (close-up)

OPI Sparrow Me The Drama (with Silver Shatter)

OPI Sparrow Me The Drama (with Silver Shatter close-up)

OPI Sparrow Me The Drama (with Silver Shatter close-up and top coat)

Next up is my next favorite, Planks A Lot.

OPI Planks A Lot

This dusty purple caught me by surprise. I’m usually not a fan of dusty cremes, but the ones in this collection definitely surprised me. I adore this purple creme shade. In fact, this is one of my top 3 purple creme shades of all time. Sorry for the silver glitter bits you see around my finger. It’s from the removal of the previous shade with Silver Shatter. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.

OPI Planks A Lot (in shade)

OPI Planks A Lot (direct sunlight)

OPI Planks A Lot (close-up)

OPI Planks A Lot (another shot)

OPI Planks A Lot (with Silver Shatter)

OPI Planks A Lot (with Silver Shatter close-up)

OPI Planks A Lot (last shot)

Next we have probably the most popular shade in this collection, Mermaid’s Tears.

OPI Mermaid's Tears

Another dusty creme shade in this collection! Can you see the trend here? This one’s the green creme in the collection. This type of shade seems to be popular this year. I have seen similar shades in other brands’ collections for both Spring and Summer. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.

OPI Mermaid's Tears (in shade)

OPI Mermaid's Tears (direct sunlight)

OPI Mermaid's Tears (close-up)

OPI Mermaid's Tears (with Silver Shatter)

OPI Mermaid's Tears (with Silver Shatter close-up)

Here’s another one I like a lot, Steady As She Rose.

OPI Steady As She Rose

This one’s a very light rose shade. A little bit dusty as well. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.

OPI Steady As She Rose (in shade)

OPI Steady As She Rose (direct sunlight)

OPI Steady As She Rose (close-up)

OPI Steady As She Rose (with Silver Shatter)

OPI Steady As She Rose (with Silver Shatter close-up)

Here we have another crowd favorite, Skull & Glossbones.

OPI Skull & Glossbones

I love this shade, another surprise in the bunch for me. It looks like a slightly dusty nude with a hint of gray. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.

OPI Skull & Glossbones (in shade)

OPI Skull & Glossbones (direct sunlight)

OPI Skull & Glossbones (close-up)

OPI Skull & Glossbones (with Silver Shatter)

OPI Skull & Glossbones (with Silver Shatter close-up)

Last shade of the bunch is named after the movie, Stranger Tides.

OPI Stranger Tides

I can see the appeal of this shade, but it’s just not a favorite of mine. It looks like a dusty grey-ish green creme shade to me. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.

OPI Stranger Tides (in shade)

OPI Stranger Tides (direct sunlight)

OPI Stranger Tides (close-up)

OPI Stranger Tides (with Silver Shatter)

OPI Stranger Tides (with Silver Shatter close-up

The Silver Shatter dries a bit matte, but it packs a lot of shine still without top coat. I only applied top coat over Silver Shatter on one shade, Sparrow Me The Drama. You can see that it’s shinier, but not much of a difference really. One thing you really have to do is to let the underlying shade dry before applying the Silver Shatter. You can see in my Mermaid’s Tears with Silver Shatter swatch that the Silver Shatter layer pulled onto Mermaid’s Tears a bit, as I didn’t let it fully dry before application. I applied a thin coat of Silver Shatter on all the shades, as shown in the pictures. Formula for all 6 creme shades were lovely, a dream to work with. They went on smoothly and were almost as creamy and buttery as the cremes from OPI’s Hong Kong Collection I’ve used before.

These should be available in various retail stores such as ULTA and Trade Secret. So, which shade will you be getting?

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


Christina Ricci Walks Red Carpet In Zac Posen & OPI!

May 3, 2011 – Christina Ricci walked the red carpet in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art last evening for the annual Costume Institute Gala in a custom creation by Zac Posen. Ricci’s stunning silhouette was complemented by another custom element – her OPI-lacquered nails. Ricci’s manicure was created by mixing Samoan Sand and I’m Suzi and I’m a Chocoholic for an earth-toned rosy brown hue.

Christina Ricci At The Met Ball

Credits: Dress by Zac Posen, Jewelry by Fred Leighton, Nails by OPI

OPI Samoan Sand

OPI I'm Suzi & I'm A Chocoholic