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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.*