Sunday, September 8, 2013

Be a Guest Blogger!

Hello, all! It's been quite a while, but I'm still here, lurking and reading your blogs. Man, I miss posting, but school has consumed almost every aspect of my life, and nail polish unfortunately has to take a back seat. Since I started (and kind of stopped) blogging, a ton of new awesome nail polish blogs have come up, and most of my old favorite blogs are still going strong.

With this is mind, I'd love to have some guest bloggers on my site. There have been some great guest posts in the past and it's fun for me and for everyone else to see something different on the blog every now and then. If this is something you would be interested in, please shoot me an email at auroramermaid@yahoo.com. Anything goes--swatches, nail art, tutorials...it's not just limited to nail polish, either; make up, skin care, and stories/experiences (we've all had a beauty nightmare or seven before!) are also welcome.

Miss you guys! I can't wait to start swatching again. I have a ton of polishes to show and nail art attempts to showcase. But in the meantime, where my guest bloggers at?! Hit me up!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Nicole by OPI Disco Dolls

Hey, remember the good ol' days when I actually used to write blog posts? Cause I miss those days.

I still haven't completely gotten things (things = my life) under control enough to where I feel I can write regular blog posts, but maybe starting out slow is for the best.

SO...once upon a December 2011, I reviewed the Nicole by OPI Kardashian Kolors. And I managed to review thirteen of the fourteen colors. Somehow, in the midst of my travels (a two-hour journey, by the way), I managed to forget to pack Disco Dolls, but in my review I did promise my readers that I'd review it ASAP. (Over a year later is considered "soon," right?) ANYWAY.

Below is Disco Dolls at two coats. It covers well, but dries gritty. Any topcoat will take care of that, though, I believe, as the polish isn't too rough.


Disco Dolls happens to be a pretty terrific polish. There's fine gold glitter that sets the base color, punctuated by bits of round rainbow glitter. It's basically the gold version of Nicole by OPI Follow Me On Glitter (a slate gray polish/glitter combo of the same collection--and dammit, I still can't get over that terrible name...ugh.)

Names aside, both polishes are great. I've worn Disco Dolls a few times, and I feel like, no matter what, it goes with every outfit. It's flashy, that's for sure, but not so overwhelmingly glittery that you can't wear it to school or out in public at the risk of people assuming that you're trying to blind them with your fingernails.

Thoughts? Am I the only person that thinks that Disco Dolls and Follow Me On Glitter are fraternal twins? What do you guys think about the gold/rainbow combo?

Miss you guys, and I can't wait to get back to blogging regularly!
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Saturday, December 15, 2012

What can I say...I'm back? Thank you for reading!

So it's been almost a full year since I posted anything. There have been some major life changes going on (mostly positive, thankfully), and both nail polish and blogging have had to take a back seat.

I miss it, though. I miss it a ton, and reading other blogs only makes me want to get  back into blogging. But I'm a little hesitant. 

There are even more great blogs out there than before, with dozens and dozens of new brands and trends. My worry is that I wouldn't ever be able to catch up.

SO...I've pretty much accepted the fact that I won't actually be able to catch up. However, I would like to pick it up again. Yeah, I've missed a lot. But I would really like to get back into the game. Not really playing catch-up, just starting again from right now.

I do have a lot of older gems I still want to show you guys, so I'll have a few swatches of older products. But my fear is that there are just SO many terrific blogs out there that I will no longer be relevant. So I guess we'll see. I hope that, if I start swatching again, people are still interested in reading! :)

How have you guys been doing? I've missed the community like crazy!!!!!!

PS: I'll be having a blog sale soon, so stay tuned!

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Some of my favorite polishes of all time...

This is essentially a continuation of my previous post, My Top 2011 Polishes...I felt it was too much for one post.


There are some polishes that I will just always adore. I'm sure I've missed a few, but here are my Favorite Polishes:

OPI Candy Cane Cutie (Sorry, I had to keep some of the pictures small so they didn't appear blurry!)





































Another one of my favorites, which I don't have swatched yet, is Lippmann Collection Across the Universe

Any, finally, as some of you read, my cousin and I got our ears pierced yesterday. Two of you emailed me, and one of you, who was interested in getting it done herself, asked how it was. The rook is known as one of the more painful ear piercings, but it really was not bad. (If you don't like needles, skip ahead!) Since the cartilage is thicker there, it takes a while for the needle to get through, but it wasn't the most painful piercing I've ever had. (I think the forward helix was the most painful.) The pain is always short-lived, anyway! My ear is doing well...just doing some sea salt soaks to help it heal! It doesn't look great right now, but hopefully it does when it's fully healed. (My hair isn't really that greasy, by the way. I had just taken a shower!)
If you ever need piercing information, I suggest the Body Piercing Forum of the Body Jewellry Shop or Awful Modifications on tumblr. Although Awful Modifications is basically a showcasing of terrible, often homemade piercings (and some of the pics are gruesome, so if you're squeamish, steer clear of this site!) the mods on the site give terrific advice and are very knowledgeable. Plus, they have an FAQ section and information on almost any type of piercing!

Well, that is my (very long, double post!) compilation of my favorite polishes! 2011 was a great year for polish, and I hope 2012 proves to be as nice! What were some of your favorites?

I hope you guys have a terrific New Year's! Today is actually my dad's birthday, so we're going to have a family lunch at a Mexican restaurant. Later tonight, my dad and I are taking my grandmother to the symphony, and then I'm having a low-key night with my best friends. Any fun plans? I wish you all the best for 2012, including peace, love, happiness, and nail polish!
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My Top 2011 Polishes (and more!)

Every December I see other bloggers compose a list of their favorite polishes released that year, but I never do one myself. This year, I'm taking the plunge! I kept putting this off and putting this off, only doing part of the list and then saying I'd do it later. Then today I realized it's the last day of 2011. Uh, hello! I gotta get my act together! :D

This is actually going to be broken up into two lists:
    a.) my favorite polishes of 2011
    b.) polishes I didn't get to try out (but still really want to!) of 2011
A list of my favorite polishes of all time (some are newbies, some are polishes from days gone by) will be in a separate post.As a warning, this post is extremely picture-heavy!

In no particular order, I present to you Favorite Polishes from 2011:

2. OPI Play the Peonies of the Nice Stems! Collection
Guys, I am absolutely smitten with this delicate, pale pink pearly nail polish. It's so girly and sophisticated. I have a back up of it, but I think I might get another one, just in case!


3. Color Club Ultra-Astral of the Starry Temptress Collection
While I still don't understand the name, I love the jelly-creme base and how the glitter looks suspended in multiple layers. Definitely looks starry and outerspace-y to me!


4. OPI Step Right Up! of the Femme de Cirque SoftShades Collection
This delicate pink is so classy and feminine..plus, I love the squishy texture!


5. Cult Nails My Kind of Cool Aid of the Inaugural Collection
Described as "gravender," this color is both juicy-looking and muted. And, it dries shiny. It was one of the first polishes Cult Nails put out and I was beyond impressed. As you'll see below in my list of polishes that escaped me this year, there are some more Cult Nails polishes that I have to have!


6. Nicole by OPI It's All About the Glam of the Kardashian Kolors Kollection
I love me some white polishes, especially this one. It twinkles in the light like bright, clean snow in the sun. I'm definitely going to be wearing this one a lot in 2012!


7. Zoya Rica of the Sunshine Collection
I was on the hunt for a polish just like this one (some of you may remember) and I couldn't be happier with Zoya Rica. I wear it all the time, even in the winter, because it makes me so happy to look at!


8. OPI Crown Me Already! of the Miss Universe by OPI Collection
This glitterbomb is actually my New Year's Eve manicure. I love the mix of glitter and small and large hexagon pieces. Very bling-y and flashy!


9. OPI Come to Poppy of the Nice Stems! Collection
Yes, another color from the Nice Stems! Collection. This coral color is smooth and shimmery, and it's fun without being too loud.


10. Nicole by OPI Kim-pletely in Love of the Kardashian Kolors Kollection
If only I had a better picture of this color! It's so much more than a pale pink--the blue, green, and purple flashes make it cool.


3. OPI Be A Dahlia Won't You? of the Nice Stems! Collection
Yep, a third polish from the Nice Stems! Collection. The fruit punch-colored base pops with the blue flashes of color. I rocked this polish all summer, especially on my toes!


11. OPI Pros & Bronze of the Serena Williams Glam Slam! U.S. Open Collection
This peach and pink combo was an unexpected win for me! The gold pieces make it warm-looking, which I love.


12.Nicole by OPI Ornament For Each Other of the Holiday Glitters Collection
This red glitter was super fun for the holidays. Like Pros & Bronze, the gold sparkles made it look warm.


13. Nicole by OPI Kendall on the Katwalk of the Kardashian Kolors Kollection
Blue, purple, and green look so nice in this blue base. It really sparkles in the sun.


14.OPI Animal-istic of the Muppets Collection
One of my favorites of the Muppets Collection, because it has that glow-y look, like there's light coming from underneath it.


So those are my favorite polishes that came out in 2011! Trend-wise, I noticed that there are a LOT of pinks, with some glitters, too. Also, a majority of them were OPI. I've always loved OPI, but this year I feel like they really did some awesome collections and colors, as evident by my list!

There are some polishes that I loved in swatches, but haven't had the chance to try yet. So, a list of my 2011 Lemmings:
- Butter London The Black Knight
- Color Club Holiday Splendor
- Essie Shine of the Times
- a-England Tristam
- FingerPaints Asylum
- Lippmann Collection Candy Shop
- Zoya Kristen


I'm sure there are more, but those are the main ones!
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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Hulabaloo! Random tidbits you were dying to know!

- I'm working on my Favorite Polishes of 2011 post. This will also include a list of polishes I wish I'd had the opportunity to try in 2011 when they were released--they will be mine in 2012! (Buckle up, Cult Nails Clairvoyant, I'm coming for ya!) I should have the lists posts by the end of the week--I always enjoy reading others' lists, so I figured I needed to make my own!

- My little cousin, who is one of my best friends, is in town, and tomorrow we're going to get out ears pierced. She's going for a standard helix (cartilage) piercing, and I think I'm going to get my rook done. If you read my Beauty Resolutions of 2012, you know that I want my forward helix pierced with three earrings, but my ear isn't quite healed enough for that yet. Patience is NOT a virtue I am known for. Still, I've been contemplating a rook piercing for some time, and I'm excited for us to go together. This will be her first "real" piercing besides earlobes, so she's pumped.
Left: Helix (or "Cartilage") and Right: Rook


- I just ordered my first Rescue Beauty Lounge polishes yesterday! I only got two, but I'm already probably going to order more tomorrow...now that I've finally allowed myself to splurge on RBL polishes, I can't see myself picking just two of all the fabulous shades they offer that I've been lemming for for literally years. Oy.

- I've been browsing the internet for a new layout. If you know of (or design yourself, for that matter!) any simple, cute blog layouts, feel free to send 'em my way! I appreciate it!

- I am actively looking for a tattoo artist who is experienced with white ink. Back to my resolutions again, one of my goals for this year is to finally get the tattoo I've wanted for over ten years. White ink tattoos are easy to mess up if the artist isn't careful or skilled, so if anyone knows of an artist that has done nice white ink work (preferably in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, New Jersey, or New York) PLEASE let me know! I would be so grateful!

- I am recovering from knee surgery! It's actually been a week since my surgery, which was a minor procedure. I won't gross you out bore you with the details, but it's the same kind of procedure I had on my other leg in March. I'm just so bored! Haha. It gives me plenty of time to swatch, though, when I'm not totally zonked out on painkillers! :P

- I've mentioned this in the past, but few people in my "real" life know about my blog, for various reasons. I recently visited one of my very best friends, Leigh, who has always supported my blog, my crazy nail polish addiction, and me throughout life in general. She loves nail polish, too, and I had forgotten how fun it was to paint each other's nails and gab about holographic finishes and what our favorite brands were. The pic is a little blurry, but here's a shot of me and one of the greatest friends a girl could ask for!
Me (left) and my darling Leighbird (right)
PS: In the photo, I'm rockin' Nicole by OPI It's All About the Glam, and she has on Glitter Gal 3D Holographic Black, which I will be reviewing in the next day or so, so stay tuned for that!

So basically, that's what going on at the moment! If you're interested, check out the most recent winter collections I've reviewed, in case you missed them:
OPI The Muppets Collection
Nicole by OPI Kardashian Kolors

Also, if you have a New Year's beauty resolution and want to share it with the community, leave it in a comment here, or in an email, and it'll show up on the Beauty Resolutions Page. Of course, when you complete it, we'll check it off so you can be proud! (Hey, I know I am if I manage to stick to any of my resolutions!!!)    :D

Have a great day, all!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Nicole by OPI Kardashian Kolors

It seems like you can't go even one full day without hearing about the Kardashian family. I don't get it, to be honest; they seem like yet another family that's famous simply for being famous. I mean, I think they're gorgeous, and they have to have some idea about what they're doing in order to create such a huge fanbase, but they don't do a lot for me. And I'm someone who admittedly watches a lot of crap tv.

Today, I have thirteen of the fourteen Kardashian Kolors (I HATE when people change "C" to "K" to make it all cutesy. At work we used to have cubbies labeled "The Kids' Korner," and I was always sitting there thinking, shouldn't we be teaching them how to spell correctly? Or would that be "korrectly?") to show you--I must not have packed Disco Dolls when I came home for a few days, because I can't find it anywhere. As soon as I do, I'll swatch it, though. Sorry about that! Now, let's see what the Kardashian clan created, shall we? (Or would that be "Kardashian klan kreated?" Okay, okay. I'll stop now.)

Oh, and I apologize for my nails and skin looking so atrocious. The winter is really taking a toll on me. That's why one of my New Year's Beauty Resolutions is to take better care of my skin and nails. I must moisturize! Moving on.


All Kendall-ed Up is a blue-toned medium pink creme. The first coat went on smooth, but the second coat made things a little streaky. I ended up using three to even it all out. Pretty color, but nothing we haven't seen before. I guess if you don't own this color polish, All Kendall-ed Up would be a decent version to pick up, though.



Sealed with a Kris is your typical wine red. Very pretty, but again, totally dupe-able. The jelly formula was a little runny, so I used three coats to avoid splotches.



I'm sorry, but I am so over these taupe colors. Yet brands still continue to pop them out, so right now we're looking at My Empire...My Rules. It's a mushroom-gray creme with tinges of brown in it. The formula was excellent and two coats was all I needed.



For some reason it was hard to get a shot of Hard Kourt Fashionista that wasn't totally blurry or color-inaccurate. Dark brown creme that needed two coats to be opaque. It's so dark that it appears black in some lights. Again, pretty, but nothing new.



When I first heard the name Khloé Had a Little Lam-Lam, I had no idea what it was referring to. Now I get it...Lamar Odom, Khloe's husband...it's all coming together now. Besides the idiotic name, the polish itself is nice. A dark teal creme that isn't too blue or too green. It reminds me of Gushers. Remember those disgusting sticky fruit snacks filled with goo they tried to market as "fruit juice?" And then they'd get stuck to your teeth and rip your fillings out? Those were the days...Anyway, Khloé Had a Little Lam-Lam needed two coats to be opaque. I was really worried with this one about staining, but it came off no problem.



Kourt is Red-y for a Pedi is your basic red. The jelly-creme formula was one of the best in the collection. I needed three coats, but it dried quickly and has that squishy look to it. We've seen this color before, but the formula was exceptional. Red is probably my favorite color to wear on my toes...I feel sexy when I look down and see a nice pedicure in a shade like this one, so it's funny to me that this is named Kourt is Red-y for a Pedi. Why didn't they spell out Kourtney's whole name in any of these names, I wonder? I'm just speculating here, but maybe because it's too long? Because, if that is the case, they certainly didn't need to make names that were as long as legitimate sentences! Just a word or two will work. OPI and Nicole by OPI are two brands that I think are notorious for long names riddled with punctuation. It's just unnecessary to me. But anyway.



The name Listen to your Momager is kind of disturbing to me, because, from what little I've seen of the shows, Kris really is more of a manager than a mother sometimes. Of course I don't know her personally and editing plays a large role in how she comes across on camera but...it's sad. The actual polish, though, is really pretty! Again, nothing unique about it, but I like it. A medium blue shimmer. The first coat when on smoothly, but the second gave me a few issues. By the third coat, I was able to smooth everything out.



I'm disappointed I couldn't get a better picture of Kim-pletely in Love, because it's one of my favorites of the collection. The sweet pink jelly-creme has a glass-fleck quality to it, so it often flashes blue, green, or purple, depending on the light. The formula wasn't great, however--after three coats, it was still a little streaky, but I'm going to try to take a better picture of it using a base coat so that I might have less streaking. Normally I wouldn't make the effort if the color wasn't worth it to me, but I am in love with this polish.



Wear Something Spar-Kylie is a warm rose glitter in a tinted pink base. There are both glitter pieces and microglitter, which makes it fun. I needed two coats, and it dried rather smooth, which was nice. Surprisingly, removal was a cinch.



Follow Me on Glitter is another terrible name. Like Twitter, I guess, right? Follow me on Twitter? Wow. Anyway, the polish itself is pretty cool. It's a gunmetal gray tinted base with silver and black glitter microglitter, combined with larger glitter in all different colors, which I wasn't expecting. The end result is very sparkly and eye-catching. I used two coats, and it dries pretty bumpy, so a topcoat would definitely be a good thing to add.



Rainbow in the S-Kylie is essentially the same polish that every company is putting out this season. The base is clear with hexagon and regular glitter in shades of pink, orange, blue, green, purple, silver, red, yellow...am I missing any colors? To apply I did three coats of dotting the polish onto my nails and spreading the glitter out the best I could. Pretty, and probably best suited for layering. It's very similar to OPI Rainbow Connection, but I think Rainbow in the S-Kylie is more opaque. I will compare the two soon, though. Still, Lippmann Collection Happy Birthday is always gonna be THE rainbow glitter of rainbow glitters.



I've already worn Kendall on the Katwalk three or four times, and each time I get complimented on it. I love this polish: it's a blue tinted base that has blue, purple, and green glitter in it. In the picture you can barely see any other glitter color but blue, which is the dominant glitter color, but in person the purple and green glitters are more prominent as well.
This blurry picture just gives a better indication of how sparkly it is. I used three coats, and it does dry fairly gritty, so I always use a topcoat with it.



Some of you know that I absolutely love a good white polish, and It's All About the Glam is no exception. As soon as I saw the promo pics I knew I would have to have it, and now that it's here I am not disappointed. The base is a milky white shimmer with iridescent pieces that flash different colors. It's like glistening snow, delicate and sprinkled with glittery specks. It's relatively opaque, and I could have done three coats, but due to some streaking, I did four. I don't care, this color is so, so gorgeous to me. It's similar to China Glaze Frosty from last year's holiday collection, which I also drooled over on the regular. I'll compare them later as well.

Like I said, I can't find Disco Dolls at the moment, but as soon as I do I'll review it. As for my thoughts on the collection, there are some very good polishes out there: It's All About the Glam, Kendall on the Katwalk, and Kim-pletely in Love are the ones that do it for me. But, with a wide variety in the polishes, I think everyone will be able to find at least one polish that she likes. That being said, there are a bunch of polishes that we've see dozens of times over. Was it necessary to make them again and slap the Kardashian name onto them? Nah, probably not. Some of the names of the polishes are just terrible. Follow Me on Glitter? Listen to your Momager? And no one stood up to say, huh? What does that even mean? It's like when you watch a terrible movie, and you sit there and go, how many people had to give this the okay before it was put into production? And not one person said, hey, this is crap? But I can live with the moronic names if the polishes are decent, and most of them are.

Regardless of how you feel about the Kardashians, the collection is decent. It's just like the Justin Beiber Collections I and II--it doesn't matter who the inspiration is, as long as the colors come out nicely. I happen to like Justin Beiber, by the way... Anyway, I wonder if this is the only collection we'll see from the Kardashians or if there will be more?

What do YOU guys think? What colors do you have to have? Does how you feel about the Kardashians impact at all how you see these polishes? Thanks for reading--let us know which polishes caught your eye, and if you'd like to see any comparisons done!
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Sunday, December 25, 2011

New Year's Beauty Resolutions 2012

I'm a big fan of New Year's Resolutions. I know it's totally cliché, and I'll be the first to admit that I make the same ones every year. I'm pretty sure everyone else makes the same ones every year, too: lose weight, read more books, eat better, ect. According to this article, 88% of resolutions fail for a number of reasons, but that's not going to stop me from promising myself to get in shape and get a library card for 2012!

This year, in addition to my old standbys, I plan on making some less serious resolutions that I feel I have a waaaay better chance of sticking to--all of them have to do with beauty, whether they be health-, cosmetic-, or blog-related. Some are long-term, some are a one-time thing, and some are still kinda vague, but I'm excited nonetheless! These are my New Year's Beauty Resolutions for 2012. I've put them on their own page up at the top of the blog, and anyone who wants to submit her Beauty Resolution can leave it comment  on this post or email it to me. We'll put them on the Resolutions page to crossed off when completed! I think it will be fun to see what everyone else is trying to accomplish this year, and how we go about doing it.

TBlog more often.
Seriously, I have been slacking with the posts. In my defense, school and work are both kicking my bootay, but now, for a little while, at least, I should have some time to write more frequently.

TLearn how to franken.
That one's pretty simple. I've tried in the past a few times, and I am amazed by just how epic my failures were. This year I am going to buckle down, read about you guys' techniques online, and finally create at least one of my own personal polishes.

TWhiten my teeth.
I think I'll have more confidence, even if it's something as silly as feeling better about my own smile. I've heard good things about the Rembrandt 2-hour Whitening Kit. I'll be sure to document my progress on the ol' blog.

TGet a piercing.
source: tumblr.com
Specifically, my ear. Even more specifically, my forward helix. I had my forward helix done a few months ago, but a lot of hypertrophic scarring built up, so my piercer decided to let it heal and try it again, this time with a curved barbell instead of a captive bead ring. I eventually want three, like this picture here. I just think it looks cute and fun. Any piercing junkies out there? I've also been toying with a microdermal on my clavicle, but that's a whole 'nother kettle of fish! :D

TLearn how to wax my own eyebrows.
I know that there are so many ways this could go wrong, but the benefits just might outweigh the risks, considering how often I have to get them done professionally. I have thick eyebrows with tons of random hairs that don't grow anywhere near the natural shape, and, truth be told, I am too lazy to pluck enough to maintain the work they do at the salon in between visits. This isn't something I'm going to rush into on the first of the year, but at least at some point I want to give it a try. Who knows, maybe I'll be a natural! ...or maybe I'll be bolting for the salon to have them fix what I've done...either way, it'll be an adventure haha! Do any of you wax your own eyebrows? Any kits or tips you would recommend?

TTreat my stretchmarks.
I know, I know, it's probably TMI, but at the same time, I know that most women (and some men) have them. When mine first appeared on the scene in eighth grade, I was pretty sure it was the worst thing that could ever happen to a person. Now, years later, I've come to terms with them, but all the claims of stretch mark erasers have left me curious. Will I be devastated and shocked if they don't work? Nah, but on the off chance that they do? I'll give it a shot. Stretch mark removal reviews...I don't know if that's something you guys are interested in reading, so I'll probably put out an anonymous poll when the time comes. Until then, it's on my to-do list for this year haha!

TLip makeup.
I'm not a huge makeup person in general. I was obsessed from ages ten to fourteen, and now I wear it for special occasions, or if I'm going out with some friends, or just on a regular day if I'm in the mood. I still love makeup, but I don't wear it a ton. What I don't wear ever is lipstick. Or lipgloss. Or lipstain. Or even tinted lipbalm. I have a decent amount of each product, and I've worn them in the past, but the combination of the precision needed in the application, plus that feeling it leaves on my lips is too much for me. This year I'm going to wear more lip makeup. Simple. :D

TGet a tattoo.
There is no time like the present, and the tattoo that I want has been a dream of mine since I was twelve. It's a simple tattoo, and I've received criticism from people when I mention it, but there is no reason for me not to get it. I have done a truly shocking amount of research, and I know exactly what I want: on my inner left wrist, the word "dream," in simple script, in white ink. Now I need to find an artist that has successfully done white ink tattoos, as they are tricky. Tons of people try to discourage me for it for tons of reasons that I'll write about later, when I actually get it done, but I have decided that 2012 will finally be the year I get my tattoo. Over a decade I've wanted to get this puppy. There are a few tattoos I want, but those might come and go. My "dream" tattoo has always been a dream of mine (I know, I know, CHEESY!) and this is the time to do it. If not now, when?

TTake better care of my nails.
Someone with a nail blog should be doing this already, but recently I've really let them go. This year I need to not overbuff, moisturize my hands and cuticles, and get more protein in my diet to help them grow stronger. I may start taking Biotin again. I took it a few years ago but I really don't remember if it helped or not. This was before my nail polish addiction.

TTake better care of my face.
Currently, my skin is, well...gross, in my opinion. I have fair skin that's relatively sensitive, and although I'm out of my teens, I still perpetual acne. I recently spoke to my doctor, who prescribed me a three part acne treatment, so we'll see how that goes. My roommates and I have recently implemented "Facial Fridays" into our weekly schedule, and until now I've been mooching off of them and their face masks. When I was younger, I was really into the whole spa idea and used those seaweed and clay facial kits you can buy at the drug store religiously. Now in 2012, I am read to start buying them again. I am interested in trying the Boscia Luminizing Black Mask after reading Scrangie's review of it her her blog.

So those are my resolutions. What are your beauty ideas for 2012? Be sure to email me or leave a comment if you want to share yours with the community! Thanks for reading, guys!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

OPI The Muppets Collection

Is it really the end of December already? I'm having such a hard time wrapping my brain around that concept. The new year will be here before we know it! So, just in time, I (finally!) have the OPI Holiday 2011 Collection...The Muppets! The collection consists of twelve polishes--six glitters and six shimmer. I was going to break them up into two posts, but since I'm already late to the party, I decided to put them all in one review. I adore the Muppets, so I was super excited for this collection to come out! As a kid I was obsessed with the Muppet Babies TV show, as well as the original.

The formula on these varied slightly. The shimmers, for the most part, applied nicely. The glitters were trickier, and required a little maneuvering of the brush to get a somewhat even coat. Drying time was quick for the majority of the polishes, and most require a topcoat, though I am not wearing one in these swatches.

ANYWAY, take a look and see how you feel about these polishes and see if you think they do the Muppets justice!

Designer, de Better! is an interesting foil--the base is a champagne-colored hue that has copper pieces throughout. If you click to enlarge, you can see the orange-red copper sparkle better. From far away, the color looks like what you'd get if you melted silver and gold together, I think. The orange gives it kind of a rosy finish, though. Very nice surprise, because the press release described it simply as a "light metallic bronze," but it's much more interesting than that. Fun, but demure enough to be considered "conservative," I would think. To me it looks like a less peach-y version of OPI Pros & Bronze. I used two coats for an even coverage, and it dries quickly to that smooth foil finish. Removal was easy, but little pieces of orange still clung to my fingers afterwards. Which Muppet is that name referencing, though? Miss Piggy? I'm not sure.



Gone Gonzo! is named after my second-favorite Muppet, Gonzo, but it reminds me more of la fabulous Kellie of Also Known As...! Gone Gonzo! is a mix of icy blue glitter and larger silver hexagon glitter in a clear base. Unfortunately, five out of the six glitters in this collection are sheer, and this baby's one of them. Above is three rather thick coats. I found that the best way to apply the glitters was to spread a thick first coat onto the nail, let it dry, and then dot clumps of glitter on and move them around. They dry pretty quickly, so it's not terribly time-consuming, but you can still see parts of my nail through the clear base. These glitters in the collection dry bumpy, but not gritty, so that's a plus. I would definitely throw a topcoat on over. This is probably best suited for layering.




Up next is Warm & Fozzie. The base is a warm brown foil with pink, red, and gold-ish bronze particles. I wouldn't call it a duochrome per se, but it does seem to flash different colors in different lights. Unfortunately, I didn't get a great picture of the color shift, but it can reflect as a purple-ish raisin hue now and again. What I like is that they took what could have been a run-of-the-mill brown shimmer and spiced it up with different pieces of color. What I didn't like was the formula. It pooled up at my cuticles if I wasn't careful. I thought I had waited long enough for it to dry in between coats, but when I went to put on the second coat, I ended up with some bald spots and had to wait a few minutes before I could but the third coat on. Named for Fozzie Bear, of course.



Can someone please explain to me what is up with the name Fresh Frog of Bel Air? I mean, I get that it's a play on the Fresh Prince of Bel Air (Will Smith in a wind breaker with that fade flat top hairstyle still gets me weak in the knees--the 90s was a great decade for television shows, no?) but seriously, huh? What does one have to do with the other? I can't be too harsh though, as it is named after my all-time favorite Muppet, Kermit the Frog. I even have a tiny picture of him on my bedroom wall at my parents' house. As for the actual polish, though, I'm not crazy about it. Similar to Gone Gonzo!, but with green glitter instead of blue. Another one to try layered over something. Above is three coats, and you can definitely see the nail peeking out from underneath.



OPI does some killer reds, and Animal-istic is no exception. Ignore the polish on my skin, please! Animal-isitc is a tomato red with that awesome kind of shimmer that makes it look like it's glowing from within the polish. The base color is pretty warm, and the shimmer is bright, but not overly sparkly. It reminds me of OPI Love is a Racket, but warmer and slightly less shimmery. I used two coats, but I barely have nails past my fingertips, so anyone with longer nails might need three to avoid visible nail line. It dried quickly and smooth. I'm going to guess this polish was named after darling Animal.





It wouldn't be an OPI collection without a completely nutty name like Gettin' Miss Piggy With It!, now would it? This glitter is similar to the previous two, except that in addition to red glitter and silver hexagon glitter, it has a red hexagon glitter, too. It's even sheerer than the others, though; above is four coats, and there is obviously major bare nail coming through. It reminds me of Valentine's Day in kindergarten, where there's always paper hearts and Elmer's glue and red glitter scattered all over the place. Clearly named for Miss Piggy, that little diva.





Onto Wocka Wocka!, a pretty funny name for a nail polish.
      "What are you wearing?"
      "Why, Wocka Wocka!, of course!"
Another red, but this polish gave me some troubles. The formula on this shimmer is thicker, and while it was nowhere near impossible to paint with evenly, it didn't flow onto my nail like the other ones in this collection. Again, please excuse the red blotches on my skin. This one stains pretty bad, so remove with caution. I used two coats, and it was mostly smooth, but it didn't dry as glossy as I would have thought. Instead, it had a very very slight satin feel to it. Nothing too crazy, though. It reminds me of OPI I'm Not Really A Waitress. It's a pretty color, but we've all seen this one before. A few people have mentioned that it's slightly duochrome, but it didn't appear that way to me. Then again, not a lot of sunlight happening over here, so I may just have missed it. And I guess this makes the second Fozzie Bear reference for the collection, the name being his catch phrase and all.



I like Divine Swine. I'm not exactly sure what it is about this particular polish, but I like it. It's basically the quadruplet of Gone Gonzo!, Fresh Frog of Bel Air, and Gettin' Miss Piggy With It!, but with dark lavender glitter. There also seems to be more silver hexagon glitter in this one than in the others, but that might just be my imagination. Again, three coats, visible nail below, probably gonna layer it, use a topcoat. On a different note, does anyone else think it's weird that they made four glitters in the collection similar to one another, using the same idea (silver hexagon+colored glitter) but only one (Gettin' Miss Piggy With It!) had both silver hexagon glitter and red hexagon glitter to match the regular glitter? Just caught my attention. Another Miss Piggy reference, right?



The name Meep-Meep-Meep just puts a smile on my face. This red is definitely more berry than tomato, with magenta and purple flashes. Similar to Animal-istic, with the lit-from-within quality. This one really sparkles in the light. There also seems to be some gold or light orange flash of color from time to time, but I found it difficult to pinpoint. I probably could have done two coats, but I ended up with three, to even everything out. The formula was smooth on the nail, but each time I dipped the brush into the bottle, it felt a little sticky. Weird. It didn't seem to harm the application, though. It does dry slightly bumpy, so I'd wear a topcoat with this one. I wish OPI would make tons of this type of polish, with all different colors: greens, blues, maybe a black polish that flashes different colors? That would be sick. I'm guessing the polish is referencing Beaker, who was famous for saying "Meep." I remember in elementary school for a while it was funny to say "meep" instead of something like "dammit!" Kids would drop their pencils or whatever and you'd hear them say "Ugh, mee-eep!" Yeah, third graders are cool...



Rainbow Connection looks like a birthday party barfed on my nails, and I love it. My picture really does not do it justice. Above is three coats of small glitter and hexagon glitter in all different colors. I'm disappointed with all the shots I got of it; the colors look dull on the computer. In real life, it's much more colorful and fun. A lot of companies came out with their own version of this polish, but I'm pretty sure everyone acknowledges Lippmann Collection Happy Birthday as the OG mulitcolored glitter polish. The formula is similar to the glitters shown above. I think this would look great layered over essentially any color polish. Rainbow Connection is one of my favorite songs ever. Cheesy as hell, I know, but I can't help it. Even funnier is Andy Bernard's version of it on The Office, when he sings it in Pig Latin to attempt to woo Pam. This polish is definitely one of my favorites in the collection.



Pepe's Purple Passion is a wine-raisin purple, with sparkly shimmer within. I like the idea in theory, but in actual practice, the shimmer kind of falls flat and is barely noticeable a lot of the time. It also dries bumpy (I think due to the shimmer?), and that really makes it lose some of its shiny finish. I think it's a good color for a sophisticated dark nail, but I believe it was intended to be more dazzling than it actually turned out. The formula was nice, though. I used two coats, and, while it was thick like Wocka Wocka!, this one evened itself out and didn't streak. The polish is named for Pepe, of course, who--if we're being completely honest--used to give me the creeps as a kid. I think it's because he had so many arms? Who knows. I dig his hairdo, though. PS, I'm glad I managed to get polish on my fingertips yet again! Haha I'm a mess today!



We'll shut it down tonight with Excuse Moi. Excuse Moi is the sixth glitter in the set, but unlike any of the previous ones. Instead of a clear base, it's a rose-tinted one with silver round glitter and all sorts of different colors of microglitter. It's very, very pretty and colorful. I love the way this one sparkles. Each nail seems to catch a ton of light with those glitter particles. It reminds me of a darker version of OPI Teenage Dream, actually. I could have done two medium coats, but I ended up using three thin coats. This one dries gritty and bumpy, so you will definitely want a topcoat to go with it. Once again, a Miss Piggy reference!



Whew! Twelve polishes later and I'm ready for bed. Basically, here are my thoughts on it.

The good:
- The Muppets theme. Awesome.
- Colorful.
- OPI is known for their reds, and I like that they're putting a new spin on classic colors with different formulas and finishes.
- The formula for most of the shimmers was nice. Most of the glitters weren't terrible.
- Removal of most of the glitters wasn't bad at all. I just pressed a cotton ball of acetone against the nail for about ten seconds, then firmly wiped away the polish. Most of it came off in the first try.

The bad:
- Removing Excuse Moi was a royal pain in the tush.
- Five of the six glitters are very sheer. I don't get why they made one glitter opaque (Excuse Moi) and the rest not. I feel like the press release duped a lot of us into thinking that the glitters would either have a base color or simply be more opaque with better coverage. This is not the first time I've let myself get excited by a press release, only to be disappointed when the actual polishes show up (I'm looking at YOU, Katy Perry Collection!)
- This is silly, but if you're going to have a collection based on the Muppets, maybe assign one color to each character? I mean, do we really need two Fozzie polishes. Or three (possibly four) Miss Piggy references? I get that she's into beauty, and this is nail polish, after all, but still.

Overall, I do like this collection. I'm not head-over-heels in love with it, but I do like it. My personal favorites are Rainbow Connection, Divine Swine, Animal-istic, Excuse Moi and Meep-Meep-Meep. As far as the glitters go, I am going to layer them over black, white, and other base colors in a separate post, so if there are any color combinations you'd like to see, let me know! I also have pictures of them at one, two, and three coats so that it's easy to see how much they build up with each layer.

What do YOU think? Any colors you had to have? Did you see the movie? What color combos have you tried that you liked? Leave a comment and let us know!!!

Have a terrific Christmas, for those who celebrate. To everyone, have a wonderful weekend, and be safe! Thanks for stopping by! :D
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