Saturday, February 26, 2011

CG Winners Update

Bleh, feeling crappy these last few days. But I did want to let you guys know that I didn't just ignore the CG Anchors Away Giveaway winners...two have been contacted and their prizes have been shipped. The last person has yet to answer me so I'm going to try to contact them again or find a new third prize winner. When all three have been contacted, I'll do an official post. Thanks for your patiences, babes!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

OPI Texas Collection: The Sorbets

Mmmm, sorbet sounds delish! I love the idea of sorbet on the nails--all juicy and soft. When the press releases first came out, a lot of people--myself included--speculated that this ''new special finish'' is really just a jelly finish. The verdict? Yeah, kinda. They're semi-sheer jellies that aren't streaky!

Like I said, I love the idea of this. In actual practice...meh. I guess what I don't understand is why these are so sheer. Who are these marketed for? When you have a dark color and it's almost opaque but not quite, as these are, the VNL you see makes it look like there's dirt under your nails, in my opinion. That's a look I try to avoid. Why wouldn't you make these jellies completely opaque, or more transparent? This in-between business is kind of bugging me. That's just my two cents. I'm wearing one of the polishes right now and trying to get used to that slight's hard.

Although I'm not thrilled with the opacity, the colors and formulas are great. I mean, really terrific. They build up very nicely and don't get streaky at all. Each swatch, except one, is show with four coats. Below shows you how opaque they are.
From left to right, 1-4 coats. The polish is Guy Meets Gal-veston.

First things first. The name Guy Meets Gal-veston is bugging me. I get that it's a play on ''guy meets gal,'' but you don't really hear the word ''gal'' in Galveston, I don't think. At least not when I say it aloud. I feel like ''Girl Meets Galveston'' would have been better. ANYWAY, that's so unimportant. Guy Meets Gal-veston is a nice dark pink--it reminds me of a raspberry sorbet. Yum! Although you can't tell from the picture, I still had VNL in real life. VNL IRL. Haha.

Too Hot Pink to Hold 'Em is another sweet-looking pink. I only needed three coats to build it up to the same opacity that all the others had. VNL on this one is actually pretty minimal.

Houston We Have a Purple is the only one of the bunch that gave me issues. It just didn't apply well and got streaky. Too bad, too, because I love the color. Like a grape juice stain.

My favorite! Big Hair...Big Nails is a poppy-colored coral. I'm wearing this one right now, actually. Again, even though you can't really detect it in the picture, you have that ever so faint VNL. Just obvious enough that you can see it. Grr. But I love the color, so I'm trying to get used to it.

Y'all Come Back Now, Ya Hear? An apostrophe, a question mark, and a comma all in the same name. Phew. But moving on. Basic orange jelly. I've said it before, but orange isn't really flattering on me, so I'm not diggin' this one. It's a nice polish, though.

Do You Think I'm Tex-y? Again with the punctuation. ''Texy'' would have been fine, sans hyphen. I mean, we'd get the joke. This is the color of a raspberry popsicle. I know, I've used the word ''raspberry'' already to describe a polish in this collection. So maybe this is more of a mixed berry. Anyway, it definitely leads towards purple, but doesn't have the same application issues that Houston We Have a Purple does.

So...thoughts on the whole sorbet concept? I looove the texture of these polishes, but I so wish they were just a tad more opaque!!! I just don't like that VNL, no matter how subtle. It doesn't look like one of those sheer polishes that you're supposed to see the nail with; it's looks like you should have put one more coat on to achieve full opacity. Except that I put one more coat on Big Hair...Big Nails last night after swatching. After five coats I can still see a little VNL. Bleh!

They dry rather quickly, but they're still dent-able for quite some time afterwards, so be cautious. The finish is very glossy, though, even without a topcoat!

Will I wear these? Um...I want to. Because I love the juiciness of the colors. I guess I'll just have to learn to embrace the VNL? Well, I'm going to give it a few test runs before I decide that I absolutely can't live with it.

Man, I am chatty today. I really do want to hear what you guys think, instead of me just babbling away. Share, share, share! Do you like the colors? Or jelly finishes in general? Don't forget to check out the shimmers and cremes of the collection, if you haven't already!
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The first comment I've ever had to delete! Wahoo!

Today I will delete a comment a reader has left on my blog. I'm just posting this whole story because I have never done this before (except when I left a comment to test the new comments system and then deleted it) but there is a first time for everything.

I'm not going to post the entire comment, but I'll leave you the title. I'm sure some of you have seen this in your blog comments--this guy seems to be a bit of a troll--but if you haven't, Mr. Misogynist over here decided to leave me this little gem:


He left the comment as Anonymous but gave the link to his's full of really well-formed thoughts and compelling arguments as to why American women such as my self suck (sarcasm...) 

Am I bothered by this dude's comments? No, not personally, anyway. I'm a little frightened that there are people out there that believe this stuff, but this is America (land of crappy women, apparently!) And I support free speech and the freedom to make whatever statements you want. But these comments are not staying on my blog...they're offensive and, let's face it, a little off topic. 

I could go on about how I feel about this guy from what little I know of him, but why? Let's not give him the time of day. Some people are pitiful, I'll just leave it at that. I hope you guys are having a great day, and, if this strapping gent leaves you a comment, I hope you ignore him!
***EDIT: Nevermind, he deleted it himself. Ha.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

OPI Texas Collection: The Cremes and Shimmers

I know a lot of people are anticipating the release of the OPI Texas Collection for the sorbet polishes, but let's start with the cremes and shimmers! I keep wanting to say ''creams and sugars'' in my head when I type that out. Huh.

The formula on these was uh-may-zing. Seriously, it was great, and I my nails practically painted themselves! Not literally, of course. That would be cause for concern. But figuratively? Yeah. I am quite impressed with them, especially the cremes.

San Tan-tonio is called ''honey'' in the description, but to me it's more coffee with cream. The color itself is not bad, but on me it kind of looks like mud. It could be perfect for someone's mannequin-hands, though! Two nice coats.

Suzi Loves Cowboys doesn't really do anything for me, but again, I can't knock the formula. It's a nice color, described as s'mores chocolate. S'mores are one of the most important aspects of summer in Vermont with the cousins, so I may learn to love this one. 2 coats.

Don't Mess With OPI is a goooorgeous soft, grass green creme. It reminds me a lot of OPI Jade is the New Black, which I didn't care for, but I don't have that one anymore to compare it to. This one just has an extra oomph that draws me in. 2 coats, and for me, the best formula of the bunch.
On the right is Don't Mess With OPI and left is China Glaze Starboard, just as a reference point. Don't Mess With OPI is less yellow and more blue.

I actually really like I Vant to be A-Lone Star, despite it's kooky name. It's a very pale blue shimmer. This one took 3 coats, but it was smooth in the end. I love the almost pearly finish it has.
Left: Essie Sag Harbor, middle: I Vant to be A-Lone Star, right: China Glaze Sea Spray. I Vant to be A-Lone Star is obviously much lighter than the others, but on the nail it's less apparent.

It's Totally Fort Worth It is not doing it for me. It's a sheer gray-lavender shimmer with pink shimmer? Red shimmer? It was hard for me to tell. It's just...boring. This was three coats and you can still kind of see VNL.

Finally we have Austin-tatious Turquoise. I feel like we've seen some variation of this color from OPI in a few different collections before, but if you haven't picked one of them up yet, go for this one. It's got some green undertones. This was surprisingly two coats.

The verdict? I like this collection, but I don't love it. My two picks are definitely I Vant to be A-Lone Star and Don't Mess With OPI. Again, I feel like OPI made this collection with a polish or two for everyone, and I like that! Are there any you're dying to have? Stay tuned, because next up are the sorbets! Mmm!
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Friday, February 18, 2011

One Less Lonely Girl Collection: The Sequel

That's not the real name of this collection. I don't know if it's One Less Lonely Girl Part Two, or if it's all considered one collection, or what. But before you look at these, have a gander at the first part, in case you missed it!

Each swatch is shown as is with no topcoat (I ran out!) and again with Make U Smile, a glitter topcoat with silver hexagon pieces.

Just as a reminder:
The One Less Lonely Girl Collection is helping Justin raise awareness and funds for a nonprofit organization close to Justin’s heart, called Pencils of Promise (PoP). PoP helps to build schools and increase educational opportunities in the developing world. Justin has joined together with PoP to build 100 schools for children around the world with the help of young people everywhere.

One Time Lime is a medium green, the color of the skin of a lime. It reminds me of alligators :D It took three coats, and was a little streaky, but evened itself out. Sweet!

The pictures of I'm A Belieber aren't accurate. In real life it's a little warmer. The formula was the same as One Time Lime, streaky at two coats, and then smooth at three.
I tried playing around with color's a little more accurate, but not totally.

''Baby'' Blue is my favorite of this collection, and it's not as bright as it is in this picture. It's similar to OPI What's with the Cattitude? 3 coats.

Redy to Runaway Love? Dumb name, but great polish. Original? Negative. But the formula was amazing. Could have been one coat, but I used two (aren't you shocked?)

 We've already seen My Lifesaver, but it's still pretty! Haha. 3 coats. To see how it compares to other polishes, click here.

I've Got Bieber Fever is more red than the picture would suggest, but I love this polish--dark purple with magenta shimmer! Two coats.

Not a Gold Bigger. Wow, that name is heinous. Like, really, really awful. Anyway, the polish itself is great. A gold foil finish that goes on nicely in two coats. It reminds me of the silver Give Me the First Dance from the first part of the collection.

I think this is a really nice collection. The formulas are great and there are some nice colors. Do you guys like any? Which ones? I wonder how much Justin Bieber had to do with the nail polish, if at all?
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China Glaze Anchors Away: Knotty Nauticals

Knotty Nauticals is the more vibrant of the two Anchors Away! Collection. Check out its neutral, calm sister, Sand and Sea. On to the colors!

I don't own a lot of oranges, because they just don't seem to flatter me. Life Preserver, however, looked rather good on me, if I do say so myself! The formula was great, and the dusty orange with a slightly red hue is the exact color of lifejackets! 2 coats.

Hey Sailor is going down as one of my favorite names in the history of polish. A bright red cherry creme, and it could have been done in one coat! I used two, though. It's very similar to OPI Color So Hot It Berns.
Left is Hey Sailor and right is Color So Hot It Berns. Can you tell the difference?

My favorite from the collection. Starboard is a soft grass green and I love it! The formula was nice and it took two coats.

First Mate is a GREAT navy blue. It has a dusty quality to it, and good be done in one coat. I did two, of course. What can I say? I'm a creature of habit. This is actually a perfect match for one of my school's colors.

I'll admit, I'm kind of disappointed in Lighthouse. I was just hoping it was more opaque. Above is four coats, and you can still see VNL. It went on streak-free, though, and dried smooth. This is a color I wish they'd put in the The Wizard of Ooh, Ahz Returns! Collection. Wouldn't this have been the perfect yellow brick road color?

Ahoy! is a great magenta with shimmer. It has a glass-fleck finish to it. This one truly is gorgeous; at first, I didn't think it seemed to fit into the collection, but I believe it's right at home among the other colors. Surprisingly, it covered well in two coats. I was expecting some VNL issues, but there were none!

Overall, these two collections are nice, but they aren't wowing me. The formula is pretty good, though. Also, these colors dry really fast, and I like that!

What do you guys think? This collection's gotten really positive reviews, and while this isn't a negative one, I'm  not raving. Any that you have to have? Which ones?

Which of the Knotty Nauticals polishes is your favorite?
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Thursday, February 17, 2011

China Glaze Anchors Away: Sand and Sea

I love all things nautical. Growing up, my cousins and I would visit our grandparents' house in Vermont, which is on a lake. Going out on the boat was one of the most exciting parts of our summer. Let's explore the neutrals of the China Glaze Anchors Away! Collection, Sand and Sea. All swatches are show with a topcoat, except two.

Sunset Sail is a nude-peach type deal with shimmer. Pretty color, but not a pretty application. This is three coats, and it's still streaky. I found the color to be pretty flattering on me, though.

People were hyped up for Below Deck, largely because it is an almost-dupe for that cult classic, Channelesque. I like the gray-purple-taupe hue it's got goin' on. Application was good and took two coats. I also think it's great that companies listen to their fans and make colors the people are asking for!

Knotty is a camel-colored shimmer, and kind of sheer at that. It doesn't look stupendous on me, but maybe someone with darker skin could pull it off? I don't love it, but I certainly don't hate it. Three coats and it was mostly opaque. As a bonus, though, it dries smooth.

White Cap is a sheer, milky base with gold and iridescent shimmer. It's similar to the lovely China Glaze Frosty, but it's not as opaque. Above is four coats, and still VNL. Like Knotty, it dries smooth and flat. I guess this one is better suited for layering.  alizarine claws has it layered over the next polish, Sea Spray, and it looks nice. No topcoat on this swatch, though. I forgot to put one on...whoops!

Sea Spray is my favorite out of this section. A pearly light blue with subtle shimmer...fabulous. Turns out it's quite similar to Essie Sag Harbor. The formula was great, and applied evenly in three thin coats.
Left is Sag Harbor, right is Sea Spray. Sag Harbor is only slightly more blue.

Let's wind it down with Pelican Gray, a wearble gray with shimmer. It's soft enough that you can wear it for spring and it doesn't feel too cool. Two coats on this one, and no topcoat. I forgot to put one on this swatch, too! Oy.

I'll admit, I'm not blown away by these. They're pretty, but nothing spectacular, except Sea Spray. Stay tuned for the second batch, coming up soon. What do you think? Did you buy any?

Which of the Sand and Sea polishes is your favorite?

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OPI “Dresses” Fingertips at New York Fashion Week/Fall 2011

OPI Struts Runway with Top Designers, Including BCBGMAXAZRIA, MAX AZIRA, Hérve Léger, Rebecca Taylor, and Charlotte Ronson*

OPI hit the runway for New York Fashion Week/Fall 2011, kicking off with BCBGMAXAZRIA on Thursday, February 11. Models were manicured with OPI Nail Lacquer in Samoan Sand, a warm beige with pink undertones.

OPI appeared twice more for BCBG Max Azria Group, Inc., for MAX AZRIA on Saturday, February 13, and Hérve Léger on Tuesday, February 15. MAX AZRIA models woreSamoan Sand as well, while Hérve Léger featured the clay-hued San Tan-tonio.  Additionally, OPI was part of the BCBGMAXAZRIA Runway Survival Kits, given to models during casting and to enthusiastic fans at BCBG stores in Manhattan and online.

For the second year in a row, OPI walked the Fall runway with Rebecca Taylor on Friday, February 11. With models wearing two shades from the just-launched Texas Collection by OPISuzi Loves Cowboys provided a rich chocolate hue for fingertips, while San Tan-tonio gave a light honey color to toes.

Charlotte Ronson also selected OPI to complement her edgy clothing, with models wearing Samoan Sand during the show on Saturday, February 12. Front-row admirers included Olivia MunnSophia BushMena Suvari, and Kim Kardashian.

(L: Suzi Loves Cowboys and San Tan-tonio, R: Suzi Loves Cowboys backstage at Rebecca Taylor, photo credit: Marion Curtis)

OPI was thrilled to walk the runway with so many fabulous designers for New York Fashion Week/Fall 2011,” said Suzi Weiss-FischmannOPI Executive VP & Artistic Director.  “As seen by the color selection and overwhelming preference for a neutral palette, nude nails will remain a huge trend throughout the rest of the year. Beige, tan, honey, chocolate, and even grey give fingertips a chic, minimalist look – matching fashions of the same hues or providing a base for brighter, patterned clothing.”

Charlotte Ronson show (photo credit: Dan Lecca)

Charlotte Ronson Show (photo credit: Dan Lecca)

Rebecca Taylor Show (photo credit: Don Ashby)

Rebecca Taylor show (photo credit: Don Ashby)

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