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Etude House Dear Darling Bling Bling WH004

I thought this shade I sported was fitting for Halloween too. 🙂 Here is Etude House Dear Darling Bling Bling WH004.

Etude House Dear Darling Bling Bling WH004

Isn’t that pretty?! I won’t babble on much more. Just enjoy the pictures. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

Etude House Dear Darling Bling Bling WH004 (in shade)

Etude House Dear Darling Bling Bling WH004 (direct sunlight)

Etude House Dear Darling Bling Bling WH004 (close-up)

I had to auto color correct the last one cause it was too bright.

Again, I got this from my trip back in July to the Philippines. You can try scoring this beauty on eBay as well. There are some sellers based in Korea there that sells these for a reasonable price.

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Mattese Elite Zombie Swatches

Tomorrow’s Halloween! I already had my Halloween fun, but if you’re still looking for a shade to sport on your nails that goes with your outfit (and you’re in NYC!) check out Mattese Elite’s Zombie Collection. After all, you still have today and tomorrow to finish up your outfit. 😉

Let’s start off with Undead Pink.

Mattese Elite Undead Pink

This one’s my favorite in the entire collection. It’s a sheer duochrome! The duochrome property doesn’t show much at all in the pictures, but I can vouch for it. It reminds me a lot of Zoya Dharma. I have it, but I haven’t gotten around to doing a comparison yet. Something for later! Formula was great. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

Mattese Elite Undead Pink (in shade)

Mattese Elite Undead Pink (direct sunlight)

Mattese Elite Undead Pink (close-up)

Next, we have Dead Punk Rocker.

Mattese Elite Dead Punk Rocker

If there is a shade in this collection that would match a dead punk rocker, this would definitely be it. I’ve seen so many gunmetal-ish shades already that this doesn’t excite me much. The only thing about this shade that stood out to me compared to other similar shades from Mattese Elite and other brands is that it is NOT prone to the dreaded brush strokes syndrome. All gunmetal shades I’ve tried exhibit the brush stroke syndrome except for this one. The finish leans more towards a shimmer than frost for sure. Another added bonus? This is very opaque and is a one coater. Shown is one coat with no top coat.

Mattese Elite Dead Punk Rocker (in shade)

Mattese Elite Dead Punk Rocker (direct sunlight)

Mattese Elite Dead Punk Rocker (close-up)

Mattese Elite Dead Punk Rocker (lighting changed)

Here’s my least favorite among all 6, Decaying Green.

Mattese Elite Decaying Green

Words cannot express how much I detest this shade, which is a very good thing when you’re looking at a Halloween collection. When I picture a shade called Decaying Green, it looks nothing like this. I pictured it darker, like what you may find with rotten meat. This creme went on smoothly and dries pretty fast. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

Mattese Elite Decaying Green (in shade)

Mattese Elite Decaying Green (direct sunlight)

Mattese Elite Decaying Green (close-up)

Next up is Living Dead.

Mattese Elite Living Dead

My camera is playing tricks on me with this shade when not under direct sunlight. It looks more blue in the pictures, but the shade looks most accurate in the direct sunlight shot. This one is a better looking green creme compared to Decaying Green. It glided on smoothly and gave me no problems during application. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

Mattese Elite Living Dead (in shade)

Mattese Elite Living Dead (direct sunlight)

Mattese Elite Living Dead (close-up)

Next is a sheer one called Zombie Survival.

Mattese Elite Zombie Survival

How this shade fits into the collection? I’m not sure. The only thing this makes me think of in relation to Halloween or horror movies is that the female star sometimes sport sheer clothing as part of the sexy aspect in the movie. *shrug* And when I say sheer, I am not kidding. I think you might still see the nail line with 4 coats of this. I didn’t even bother trying to see if it would show or not and settled for my usual number of coats. It’s a pretty sheer pink still and I’d pair it with a glitter top coat over it. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

Mattese Elite Zombie Survival (in shade)

Mattese Elite Zombie Survival (direct sunlight)

Mattese Elite Zombie Survival (close-up)

The final shade is called Walking Dead.

Mattese Elite Walking Dead

Eyeballs, ghosts, marshmallows, and the good ‘ol moon are only some of the items associated with Halloween that are white. It is fitting that there is a white shade in this collection for Halloween. Walking Dead is a beautiful white shade that is both fortunately and unfortunately a frost. We all know how hard frosts can be to apply. But can you believe that the first type of finish that got me interested in nail polish when I was young is the much hated frost? I think frosts look so pretty when applied beautifully. Unfortunately, I have trouble with them most of the time. This one’s no exception. It didn’t turn out as bad as it could’ve been. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

Mattese Elite Walking Dead (in shade)

Mattese Elite Walking Dead (direct sunlight)

Mattese Elite Walking Dead (close-up)

Overall, it’s an okay collection. Most of these shades aren’t anything special and Mattese Elite could’ve condensed it into a smaller collection (4 shades only perhaps since there are 2 greens and 2 pinks, they could’ve done a red or black even?!). Also, I was really hoping for a collection of glow in the darks from them! I know that other nail polish companies probably came out with some glow in the darks, but only one shade! Mattese Elite could’ve done a collection of 6 glow in the darks instead. Maybe next year? 😉

You can score any of these beauties directly on their webpage or if you live in the wonderful state of New York, you can stop by at any Ricky’s NYC store locations (see here) and see this and other shades for yourself before you buy. Mattese Elite shades retails for $5.99 each before tax.

*Products in this review 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?


Halloween Fun with Violent Lips and Incoco

Today is the Halloween celebration at my job. People are encouraged to dress up for prizes at stake. We also have a chili competition for lunch. That’s my favorite part of the day! 🙂 Then my co-workers bring their kids in for trick or treating in their costumes. I do get first dibs on the candy. 😉 I don’t dress up for Halloween since I’m not big on drawing attention to myself where I work, but I have some neat make up items that you can only rock pretty much during a concert or a costume party. I figured this would be the perfect time to use them.

Enter Violent Lips temporary lip tattoo in The Red Fishnet.

Violent Lips The Red Fishnet & Incoco Midnight

I also matched the look with Incoco nail polish strips in Midnight. This picture was taken when the Violent Lips temporary lip tattoo was just put on, so you see a bit of stray bits here and there that needed to be removed. It was surprisingly easy to use and it doesn’t look as wrinkly and full of creases in person as it does in the picture. The shot is blown up so you see everything.

I’m gonna try taking another shade without the flash, but this is the best I can do by myself right before work.

I know it’s not much for Halloween compared to other people though. Hah! So what Halloween look are you sporting?

Violent Lips can be purchased online here and I’ve spotted them at my local ULTA store. Incoco products can be purchased online here and they’re also available at some retail locations listed here.

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


Finger Paints Merry & Bright Collection

I got my hands on these yesterday! I won’t have swatches up until this weekend at the very least though.

EDIT: Swatches here.

Finger Paints Merry & Bright Collection

And more detailed shots for all your heart’s desire….

Finger Paints Frosty Night

Finger Paints Winter Sky

Finger Paints Yule Be Merry

Finger Paints Comet's Collar

Finger Paints Santa Kisses

Finger Paints Drummer Boy

These shades will be available in stores and online starting November 2011. They retail for $4.99 each.