Friday, July 29, 2011

OPI Nice Stems! Collection

All right, folks, before I begin, can I just say how absolutely, head over heels, gaga in love with this collection? It's simple and small, but I just adore these pink polishes! I was excited for this collection, but I didn't realize how much I would enjoy you guys feel the same way?

Play the Peonies is a pale silky pink. It has a shimmery pearl finish that doesn't show too many brushstrokes when it dries. It reminds me of pointe shoes, actually. I've worn this as a full mani several times and I just feel so sophisticated and elegant with it on. This was three coats, but it could have been done in two.

Come to Poppy is a shimmery pink coral with a slight pearl finish. Man, I love my coral polishes, and this one is no exception. Although all the polishes had great formula, this one was just outstanding and glided onto the nail so evenly. Two coats for this one.

Be A Dahlia Won't You? is the boldest polish out of this collection. A sparkly fuchsia pink with shimmer that flashes blue. I guess I would call it duochrome? It has a glass-flecked quality to it. It was hard to get a clear shot--I think the sparkliness freaked out my camera!

The last polish in the collection is I Lily Love You. The base is a sheer rosy jelly with little bits of glitter and mylar throughout. It's sheer, but you could wear it alone if you so desired; above is three coats and you can definitely still see my nail line. I Lily Love You doubles as a topcoat, and looks nice over the other three polishes in the collection. Used over Be A Dahlia, Wont You? it achieves the look on the nail that it has on the bottle. Since the base is tinted, it makes Play the Peonies a little bit darker--that combo reminds me of candy.
Play the Peonies
Come to Poppy
Be A Dahlia, Won't You?

And that is Nice Stems! What are your thoughts? I am so smitten with this collection I can't even tell you. OPI impressed me once again with formula and the colors are über-flattering. Do you feel the same way?
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COLOR CLUB LAUNCHES PRIDE: Raise Your Hand if You Believe in Life in Color

COLOR CLUB LAUNCHES PRIDE: Raise Your Hand if You Believe in Life in Color

New York, NY – July 2011 - What makes us proud: Being bold. Making a statement. Living life to the fullest. Equality for all. From New York-based Color Club, the new PRIDE Collection—vibrant polishes in every color of the rainbow, from red to violet—captures what it means to live your life in color and express your true self (or just your mood du jour). Seven formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, and paraben-free shades celebrate equality with cheeky names like “Not Just for Kelly, Green” and “Boys Wear Blue,” while a portion of proceeds from the sale of the collection benefit New York-based AIDS-related charities. Life comes in all shapes, sizes, colors, and preferences. At the very least, shouldn’t your nail polish?

 From left to right: P is for Pride, Polish For All, Dress For The Parade, Not Just For Kelly, Green, Boys Wear Blue, Express Yourself, 0-60 Speedy Topcoat

Ready for the most spirited manicure in town? The PRIDE Collection is available at

Color Club is a nail polish brand developed by Forsythe Cosmetic Group.  Founded in 1979, the Forsythe Cosmetic Group is a New York-based cosmetic company widely regarded worldwide as a pioneer within the professional beauty industry. A global brand with products represented in more than 95 countries, Forsythe was one of the first companies to recognize and address the needs of the professional nail salon, a new phenomenon at the time. Rather quickly, the Forsythe name became synonymous with excellent, performance-proven products available in a diverse range of eye-catching shades. Today, more than three decades later, the Forsythe Cosmetic Group remains a vanguard in the beauty business by constantly introducing new concepts and elevating industry standards. Forsythe manufactures every product it offers, a practice that ensures superior color-matching quality control and the ability to respond quickly to consumer demands for the latest and most exciting trends in nail color, nail treatments and lip color. Color Club products are available at

Color Club Limited Edition Nail Polish Collection for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund


OCRF and Super Saturday Teal to Benefit the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund

New York, NY – July 2011 Color Club, a New York based cosmetic brand specializing in nail and lip products announced today a limited edition nail polish collection developed exclusively for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF).  The new shades – OCRF and Super Saturday Teal – are sophisticated yet playful teal blue shades created exclusively for OCRF and Super Saturday 14. The polishes will be available beginning in July 2011 as part of the OCRF Super Saturday 14 event and sold though September 2011, which is Ovarian Cancer Research month. The polishes are available on and 10% of all proceeds will benefit OCRF. Color Club is also the official nail sponsor of Super Saturday 14 and will be offering manicures and nail art at the event on July 30, 2011 in the Hamptons.

Color Club is renowned for its high performance rich shades and exceptionally safe products. All nail colors are vegan, Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP and paraben-free - and made in New York, NY with the best raw materials. Color Club products are made in the USA and are not tested on animals. Products are available at

Super Saturday Teal (right)
OCRF Teal (left)

Color Club is a nail polish brand developed by Forsythe Cosmetic Group.  Founded in 1979, the Forsythe Cosmetic Group is a New York-based cosmetic company widely regarded worldwide as a pioneer within the professional beauty industry. A global brand with products represented in more than 95 countries, Forsythe was one of the first companies to recognize and address the needs of the professional nail salon, a new phenomenon at the time. Rather quickly, the Forsythe name became synonymous with excellent, performance-proven products available in a diverse range of eye-catching shades. Today, more than three decades later, the Forsythe Cosmetic Group remains a vanguard in the beauty business by constantly introducing new concepts and elevating industry standards. Forsythe manufactures every product it offers, a practice that ensures superior color-matching quality control and the ability to respond quickly to consumer demands for the latest and most exciting trends in nail color, nail treatments and lip color.

For additional information on OCRF please visit
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

OPI Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Collection

I don't know about the rest of you, but where I am the heatwave has FINALLY broken--in exchange for torrential downpour, of course. Oh, well. After three weeks of a heat index of 115°F? I can handle a little rain, thank you very much.

OPI was cranking out cool collections like nobody's business this spring/summer, and for their annual Brights Collection, they released Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides...which is made up of pastels and one shimmer crackle topcoat. The colors are great, don't get me wrong. I just don't get why this is the "bright" polishes, since in the past OPI has fired out some pretty eye-catching shades. Oh, well. These are still eye-catching, just not obnoxiously so. I guess it wouldn't kill me to be a little more demure and subtle. Haha.

Skull and Glossbones was the first one I tried, and I was worried that all the polishes in the collection would give me this much trouble, formula-wise. After three coats, it was still slightly streaky. I have heard, however, that many people have had sensational luck with this polish, and it becomes smooth and opaque in just two coats. Maybe it was just my technique. Anyway, Skull and Glossbones does have that weathered gray, somewhat eerie bone coloring to it. Subtle and pretty.

Steady As She Rose is another muted shade, a pale washed out pink. It was almost sweet-pink enough to give it that kind of baby girl nursery quality, but not quite. The formula on this one was excellent and, although it was thin, it covered evenly in two coats.

In the bottle, Stranger Tides did nothing for me. Nada. Zilch. Zip. On the nail? Whoa baby, do I love it! A dusty, dirty pastel green. It reminds me of the paint on military battleships, all faded from the sea and salty air. Two perfect, streak-free coats.

Sparrow Me the Drama. Lol at that name! It reminds me of Laguna Beach, or middle school, where everyone overused the word "drama:" "Oh, my gahhh...I'm so sick of all the drah-muh." But as for the actual polish: I didn't think I was going to like it. It looked boring. But the hue really grew on me. I want to call it a very, very faded, cool-toned magenta. It has the muted look all the polishes in this collection have. I think OPI took that tired, rosy pink we see on the shelves of every manicure salon and gave it a fresh spin. This one is worth seeing in person before you decide to nix it if pink isn't your thing, in my opinion. Two coats.

For whatever reason, I couldn't get a clear shot of Planks A Lot. Haha, another funny name. Dusty light blue purple. It reminds me a lot of OPI Grape Fit from the OPI Brights Collection of 2009, Bright Pair, only slightly deeper and dustier. Again, flawless formula, two coat coverage. If you don't yet own a blue-lavender polish, this one will do very nicely.

Mermaid's Tears is my favorite out of the collection, and I've already worn it as a full mani a few times. It's a dusty jade-turquoise. Not minty or too blue, just a distressed blue-green. This one required three coats to be completely even, but I'm sure you could get away with two.

Silver Shatter is the metallic-shimmer crackle topcoat to accompany these pastels, and I think the contrast is pretty cool. Silver Shatter crackles into wide sections, but the chunks are rather flat and smooth. It must be the shimmer? Anyway, here she is over each polish. I think I like it best over Planks A Lot, but I was surprised at just how much I liked each combination.
Skull and Glossbones
Steady As She Rose
Stranger Tides
Sparrow Me the Drama
Planks A Lot!
Mermaid's Tears

Thoughts on this collection? Were any of you disappointed that these Brights weren't very, erm, bright? I didn't see the fourth installment of the Pirates series. I loved the first one, made it through the second one, and was irritated that I'd paid money to see the third one (what the heck was going on with those weird shell crab things? I just didn't get it.) I do like movie-themed collections, though. Like Shrek! Or Burlesque was pretty cool, too.

Also, if you haven't already, make sure you take a look at the guest post from earlier today; The Manicured Monkey was kind enough to share with us a fun, blue manicure!

And, although this has nothing to do with nail polish, I do want to share what some of you already know. I'm sad to report that, after eighteen beautiful years, we've lost our oldest cat, Daisy. As many cats do, she decided it was her time, left early one morning, and never came back. I am not devastated, as she had had a good, long life, but I will always miss my baby.

I share this because I know so many of you are animal lovers and can appreciate that special love we feel for our pets. Some people have told me that she was just a cat. Um, hi, I know she was just a cat. But she was my cat, and we loved her dearly. She was there beside me through all the moves my family made with the military and waiting for me each time I came back home from school. Although I'm happy I no longer have to guard my ice cream (or Chex Mix, or oatmeal, or turkey sandwich) like a hawk, lest Daisy decide to take a nibble (or seven) it will be much quieter without her rather loud meooooows.
I don't mean to be depressing, or take away from the swatches, I really don't! I just wanted to pass the news along, because I know that many of you can relate to what I'm going through. Love you, Daze Amaze. Chase all the yarn balls you want up there in Kitty Heaven!

But seriously, back to nail polish! Are there any cool combinations you've tried with Silver Shatter? I think I'm going to layer it over black next, because I loved the look of black shatter over silver polish. I'm certainly open to suggestions, though!
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Guest Blogger: The Manicured Monkey's California Spring Manicure

Happy Tuesday to you, readers! Today, The Manicured Monkey is sharing with us an awesome manicure she did earlier this spring. If you like what you see, be sure to check out her website--she does amazing nail art, as you can see below! Also stop by her Etsy store...she's done some really cool jewelry pieces!

It was a warm spring day with a cool breeze today in California so I decided to do a fun mani. I used 2 coats of Revlon Ocean Breeze (it would be opaque in one generous coat!), I stamped witha  bundle monster plate using Konad White special polish and then embellished the stars with star rhinestones. 
Ocean Breeze was amazing, it's a polish that flashes dark blue, green and a bit of yellow.. I wouldn't call it a metallic, duochorome or shimmer but a combo of the three... that make sense? It's shimmery, but has the texture of a metallic, yet flashes like a duochrome. It's really a great color! I took these photos outside but it was a bit cloudy, so I took one under my natural light lamp. 
I love these little star rhinestones that I picked up, so I decided to put those on my nails, in the star stamp. I tried to line them up. I had put a small amount of clear down to stick them on and you can see my middle finger star got a bit smudged from it. I topped it all off with a generous coat of SV.
Also, a big thank you to Aurora for letting me guest blog :)

No, Kristin, thank you! I am loving this starry mani--the rhinestones are definitely my favorite part. Again, be sure to visit her page for more nail and make up art/reviews! If you want to be a guest blogger on Aurora's Nails, send me an email anytime!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

OPI Serena Williams Grand Slam! France Collection

I love OPI collaborations; I think they produce some cool polishes backed by interesting ideas/concepts. Enter Serena Williams and the Grand Slam! France Collection, which features two polishes and two shatter topcoats. Crackle polish has been The Thing for a while now, and I don't think it's going anywhere soon.

Rally Pretty Pink is a mauve-purple base with a load of gold shimmer. It is pretty similar to Zoya Faye, but I would say Rally Pretty Pink is slightly rosier in hue. Again, totally Princess Leia's bikini, right? Right? This took three coats to be completely opaque.
Add a little Red Shatter and you get this! I know a lot of people were pleasantly surprised by this unlikely combination, but I just can't get into it. I do like the Red Shatter, though. It has a jelly consistency to it, like the fake blood you can buy at Party City for Halloween. I wonder how it would work over a black polish? Also, wouldn't it be gross to layer it over a nude "mannequin-hands" polish? It would look like your fingertips were all bloody. I kind of want to try that, just to morbid of me. Oh yeah, and I think Red Shatter looks like dried ketchup when it sets.

Spark de Triomphe is a glitter party that was damn near impossible for me to capture in a picture. Clear base with all different particles of gold and silver glitter--micro, regular, hexagonal. In the bottle it looks more silver, but on the nail the gold holds its own and the result is a lovely combination of bling. Above is three coats, and there is still a little VNL. It dries quickly, but bumpy, so a topcoat would be a good idea.
Now I really didn't think I was going to like White Shatter, but as it turns out, I do! It's pretty unique, and even though I'm not in love with this combination, I think it could look really cool over some other colors. I had a white crackle polish in the 90s, and the nostalgia for Tamigotchis and rainbow-colored windbreakers is hitting me hard.

All in all, I like the collection. I'm not fawning over it or anything, but I think a lot of people will really enjoy these sets. Is the crackle fad over? I don't know. But OPI has done a nice job with the Shatter formulas. Serena Williams obviously has an eye for nail polish, and I hope she continues making little mini collections like this. Thoughts?
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Slowly but surely...

...I'm coming back! I think I've almost got everything in order again. So, just a few things...

Is anyone having trouble with the new domain? You should be redirected, but if there are any problems, please let me know! Don't forget, I'm now!

I also added my Formspring box back onto my page, so if there's a suggestion you have for this blog or anything you'd like to say, hit me up!

I updated my blogroll, so everyone that asked to be on it should be on it. If you aren't on there and you would like to be, email me and we'll fix that!

I also contacted everyone that had been interested in guest blogging. If we had talked about guest blogging in the past and you didn't get an email, please contact me! Sorry for all the confusion, peeps!

...and I think that's it? I'm sure I'll remember something as soon as I hit publish. Why do I keep ending all these sentences in exclamation points? I'm just excited I guess. Haha.

Also...I don't like the new Blogger homepage. It's too confusing for someone as technically inept as I am. Just thought I'd put that out there.

There will be some guest bloggers on here soon, as well as the rest of collections I have yet to review, so stay tuned!

Color Club Fall 2011: Back to Boho Press Release

Hello, all! Just wanted to pass along the bottle images of the Color Club Fall 2011: Back to Boho Collection.

And the individual polishes...

Bojo Mojo

Nouveau Vintage

Voodoo You Do

Artsy Crafty


Rebel Spirit

Nomadic in Nude

Earthy Angel

New Bohemian

Shabby Drab

Rad Nomad

Red-ical Gypsy

What do you guys think? I'm excited for a few of these. The others look pretty dupe-able, but I guess swatches will tell, right?

OPI Pink Shatter for Breast Cancer Awareness announced

Pretty polish for a great cause? I'm in! Check out the press release from OPI below!

Let’s Shatter Breast Cancer!

OPI Announces New Pink Shatter: Pink of Hearts Nail Lacquer to Support
Susan G. Komen for the Cure®

OPI launches the limited edition Pink Shatter: Pink of Hearts Nail Lacquer to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure® in its promise to save lives and end breast cancer forever.  The 2011 Pink of Hearts edition will follow in the footsteps of its namesake 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 Nail Lacquers in raising awareness of breast cancer for the fifth year in a row, during the months of September and October (National Breast Cancer Awareness Month).  Unlike previous shade incarnations, this year’s Pink of Hearts Nail Lacquer marks the debut of fan-favorite Shatter coat in OPI’s first pink shade. 

“We are continuing to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure in the hopes of increasing breast cancer awareness, while inspiring and empowering women.  The organization’s dedication to this cause is unwavering,” remarks Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director.  OPI is proud to join with Susan G. Komen for the fifth consecutive year to offer Pink Shatter: Pink of Hearts.  By launching our first-ever Pink Shatter coat, we hope this exciting new textured hue will generate lots of awareness for this cause.”

Each bottle of Pink Shatter: Pink of Hearts has a special pink-ribbon tag and pink cap wrap to call attention to breast cancer awareness.  OPI will also be making its annual donation of $25,000 to Komen for the Cure. Pink Shatter coat contains no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and it also features OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application.

The limited edition Pink Shatter: Pink of Hearts will be available throughout the months of September and October 2011 atProfessional 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 Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become aFacebook fan!

About Susan G. Komen for the Cure®
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which is now the world’s largest breast cancer organization and the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer with more than $1.9 billion invested to date. For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.

Cult Nails Iconic

I meant to post this bad boy a long time ago, and I'm surprised it slipped my mind, as this is my favorite Cult Nails polish: Iconic. To read up on Cult Nails and Maria of R3Daily--the genius behind the brand--check out this post.

Iconic is a berry colored polish with gold shimmer and flakies! It's so pretty to look at. The flakes look like glowing embers or something. It's hard to show in a photograph, but at some angles I was able to get an okay look at them:
You can see how much gold is scattered throughout.
The formula, like the other three polishes I tried, was fab. This was two medium coats, and it dried glossy and shiny. Maria is knockin' it out of the park with Cult Nails, and she has some really cool new polishes out, so check those out, too!

Be sure to see Cult Nails My Kind of Cool Aid, Living Water, and Quench if you haven't already!
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Monday, July 18, 2011

Nicole by OPI Kardashian Kolors Preview

I'll be honest. I don't really "get" the Kardashians. They seem like the kind of celebrities that are just famous for being famous. But can they whip up some cool nail polish? It looks like it, from this press release. What do you guys think?

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-FischmannNicole 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:

It's All About the Glam
Shimmering-white glitz for the glamorous gal!

Kim-pletely in Love
Finally! The pink of her dreams has arrived.

All Kendall-ed Up
Powder your nose and get some pink on those toes!

Wear Something Spar-Kylie
Glitter-ly the prettiest pink ever!

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

Rainbow in the S-Kylie
Girls just wanna have…glitter in every color!

Disco Dolls
Glittery gold glam gone wild!

Kendall on the Katwalk
A head-turning blue-green with a “sparkling” personality!

Listen to your Momager!
If you don’t, you’ll never see this fabulous blue again!

Follow Me on Glitter
A glittery deep gray that always has something to say!

My Empire...My Rules
This take-charge taupe is always on-trend.

Khloé Had a Little Lam-Lam
A deep dark emerald worth falling for.

Hard Kourt Fashionista
This delicious deep brown is the chicest hue in town!

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 Follow Nicole by OPI on Twitter @NicoleByOPI and become a Facebook fan!

So which shades are you most excited for? Personally, I'm diggin' It's All About the Glam, since I'm a sucker for white polishes. Kim-pletely in Love and Wear Something Spar-Kylie look great, as do Rainbow in the S-Kylie and Kendall on the Katwalk. These names are kind of horrendous, but I have high hopes for this collection! Do you?

Which polishes will you be checking out?


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