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Archive for July, 2011

Milani Hot Pink Frenzy

Here’s the other shade I received from Milani’s High Speed Fast Dry One Coat Formula Nail Lacquer line that’s available in select CVS drugstores for the month of July. This bright number is called Hot Pink Frenzy.

Milani Hot Pink Frenzy

Hot Pink Frenzy is a super bright pink shimmer that can be best described as a traffic stopping shade. It is a hot raspberry pink that’s blindingly bright. Application was good and it dried pretty fast. True to its claim, this is a one coater shade (unlike Racy Green). Don’t believe me on how bright it is? See below for more pictures and yes, it’s even brighter in person. Pictures can only capture the effect so much.

Milani Hot Pink Frenzy (in shade)

Milani Hot Pink Frenzy (direct sunlight)

Milani Hot Pink Frenzy (close-up)

Shades from this collection should be available in select CVS stores nationwide. If you’re lucky, you can still score this or the other shades in that collection at your local CVS. Some CVS drugstores put the collections out late (not sure why) and some may just have not sold out of it yet. But if all fails, try grabbing them on their website while they still have ’em. They tweeted a few days back that they’re having free ground shipping in the US until August 5th!

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

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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!


Milani Racy Green

Milani Racy Green. Oh, how much I love you. You defied all my expectations about a green shimmer shade. This is not just any green shimmer shade. This is THE green shimmer shade. It took my breath away. This is part of the 8 piece lacquer summer collection (High Speed Fast Dry One Coat Formula Nail Lacquer) that’s limited edition and hit select CVS drugstores this month.

Milani Racy Green

Holy hell. I am actually having a hard time to find words that describe the awesomeness I see in this shade. In the bottle, it’s pretty neat looking. On the nails, it was more than just that. It rocked my world. This finish of this green shimmery shade is simply stunning. It reminds me of glass fleck shades, but not quite just that. It’s a cross between that and a metallic foil maybe? Whatever it is….I have never fallen hard for a green ever as I have with this shade. The collection claims the shades to be one coat, but I needed 2 for this one. I did try laying it on as one thicker coat, but no bueno. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

Milani Racy Green (in shade)

Milani Racy Green (direct sunlight)

Milani Racy Green (close-up)

Wow.

Shades from this collection should be available in select CVS stores nationwide. Also check other known Milani retailers.

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


Nicole by OPI Kardashian Kolors Collection

Here’s a press release from one of Nicole by OPI’s latest offerings scheduled to come out soon. What I’m super excited about are all the glitters! Eeeee!

Nicole by OPI Announces Kardashian Partnership, Featuring

14 “Kaptivating” Nail Lacquers

Nicole by OPI joins the Kardashian/Jenner family in announcing the launch of Kardashian Kolors, 14 new nail lacquer shades inspired by these six trendsetting women. Kris Jenner and her five daughters – Kourtney, Kim and Khloe Kardashian and Kylie and Kendall Jenner – are known for their head-to-toe unique style, which now includes nails!

“We are so excited to work with everyone’s favorite TV family – the Kardashians – to share a diverse collection of fashion-forward shades,” declares Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, Nicole by OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “With lacquers ranging from high-shine and sparkly hues to neutral taupe and pinkish coral, Kardashian Kolors offers the perfect accessory for every woman – from teens to moms and everyone in between.”

Kardashian Kolors includes:

Nicole by OPI It's All About the Glam

Shimmering-white glitz for the glamorous gal!

Nicole by OPI Kim-pletely in Love

Finally! The pink of her dreams has arrived.

Nicole by OPI All Kendall-ed Up

Powder your nose and get some pink on those toes!

Nicole by OPI Wear Something Spar-Kylie

Glitter-ly the prettiest pink ever!

Nicole by OPI Sealed with a Kris

Handle with care: This klassy red is top-of-the-line!

Nicole by OPI Rainbow in the S-Kylie

Girls just wanna have…glitter in every color!

Nicole by OPI Disco Dolls

Glittery gold glam gone wild!

Nicole by OPI Kendall on the Katwalk

A head-turning blue-green with a “sparkling” personality!

Nicole by OPI Listen to your Momager!

If you don’t, you’ll never see this fabulous blue again!

Nicole by OPI Follow Me on Glitter

A glittery deep gray that always has something to say!

Nicole by OPI My Empire...My Rules

This take-charge taupe is always on-trend.

Nicole by OPI Khloé Had a Little Lam-Lam

A deep dark emerald worth falling for.

Nicole by OPI Hard Kourt Fashionista

This delicious deep brown is the chicest hue in town!

Nicole by OPI Kourt is Red-y for a Pedi

And this captivating coral looks “fab” on everyone!

Nicole by OPI Nail Lacquers and Nail Treatments contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde. Nicole by OPI formulas are long-lasting, fast-drying, and salon-quality, with products featuring the Perfect Stroke brush for streak-free, even coverage. Kardashian Kolors will be available Holiday 2011 for $7.99 each ($11.00 CAD).

For more information, visit nicolebyopi.com. Follow Nicole by OPI on Twitter @NicoleByOPI and become a Facebook fan!


Sancion Angel Etna

It wasn’t a huge shock to me that Sancion Angel released a crackle polish line not too long ago. It seems like every brand did. There are 6 fun shades to choose from in their Cracker’s (Crackle) line. The one I have is named Etna.

Sancion Angel Etna

Etna is a stunning red metallic crackle shade. I used this over one thin coat of Fright Night Claw Sinister, a black creme. I adore this metallic foil red shade! I don’t have any metallic foil red crackle or shatter polish, so this is definitely a must-have for me. I love how the silver dances with the red in this crackle shade. I waited until the underlying coat is completely dry and quickly applied one generous coat of this over it, careful not to apply on the same spot twice. Shown is with no top coat.

Sancion Angel Etna (in shade)

Sancion Angel Etna (direct sunlight)

Sancion Angel Etna (close-up)

Pretty, eh?

They have a lot of other shades from several different lines. As far as I know, they are only accessible through their website along with a few others unless you live close to a local store in Brazil that carries their line.

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