Saturday, August 27, 2011

Miss Universe by OPI Collection

This year the Miss Universe® competition is going to be held in São Paulo, Brazil on September 12th, and OPI has been named the official nail care sponsor! The Miss Universe by OPI Collection is a set of four limited edition polishes that are bold and tons of fun! It feels like only a few years ago OPI was producing what seemed like reds and pinks and reds and pinks and a random bright color from time to time. Sure, they had a few knockout colors, but those seemed few and far between. Nowadays, I am smitten with the leaps OPI is taking, punching out different hues. Do you guys feel the same way, or am I a little nuts? Take a look and see what you think!

It's MY Year is a slightly muted grape base with gold shimmer. It's described as rose-champagne, but I'm not really seeing it. It required two coats.
It has the same almost foil-like quality due to the large amount of shimmer. It's similar to Rally Pretty Pink, only more purple. I actually like that they make colors that are similar, but still different enough to own both. Plus, if you don't like one, you can opt for the other and see if it fits you better...well, that's how I feel, anyway haha. I'll compare the two soon.
Just another shot to show the purple base better.



Congeniality is My Middle Name is a berry shimmer with wine undertones. The shimmer sets it apart, though. There's even hidden little duochrome shimmer-type particles that flash blue. I wouldn't call it a duochrome per se, but in certain lights you can pick it up. This one was also two coats. It's quite similar to The One That Got Away, but a little darker. I can't compare them, though, because I gifted it to my dear best friend Allison. By the way, if you have a tumblr, you should check out hers!
 This picture gives a better indication of the base color.
Blurry, but it really captures the glowy shimmer! Oh, and the name reminds me of Miss Congeniality. Man, I love that movie.



I fell in love right away with Swimsuit...Nailed It! I don't get the name, so if you do, please enlighten me, but OPI certainly "nailed it" with this color! Okay, that was such a lame joke. But the intense electric blue foil shimmer is untouchable, folks! It doesn't even look real in the picture, it's so shiny and reflective. This one is a one coater! 
The angle is strange and the picture is dark but this gives a good indication of the base color.



Crown Me Already! is essentially a disco ball on your nails, and I LOVE it! It's a clear base with tiny silver glitter, hex glitter, and large hex glitter.
I used three coats for full coverage, but I suspect you could layer this over another polish as a glittery top coat.
Removal wasn't even that bad! Perfect for a crazy, blingtastic mani!

Sometimes I catch myself watching pageants on tv, but this year I made it a point to tune into part of the Miss USA® pageant, as Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP and Artistic Director was a judge! Okay, okay, I also wanted to see Caroline Manzo of Real Housewives of New Jersey, so sue me! :P

So how do you guys feel about this collection? Are you digging these colors, or are they not really your thing? Did you watch the Miss USA® pageant, and are you planning on watching the Miss Universe® pageant?
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Thursday, August 25, 2011

OPI Celebrates Disney’s “The Muppets” with Holiday Lacquers Inspired by Walt Disney Pictures’ New Film

Guys, I cannot tell you how crazy excited I am for this collection!!! I love the Muppets and I love glitter...what more does a girl need!? Are you guys as pumped as I am for these?

This holiday season, OPI pays homage to America’s favorite Muppet friends as they hit the big screen in Disney’s The Muppets.  With an all-star cast including Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper, Kermit, Miss Piggy and the entire Muppet crew, the family comedy opens in theaters nationwide on November 23, 2011. 



Inspired by the film’s namesake lively and colorful characters, OPI launches twelve limited-edition Nail Lacquers for Holiday 2011. “OPI is so excited to work with Disney to celebrate this long-awaited movie release,” said Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director.  “Not only do The Muppets characters inspire fun, bright and joyful colors, the fashionable Miss Piggy lends her name to three high-shine pink-based hues, ranging from bold red flecked with silver to a multi-dimensional strawberry shade.”

This line features six shimmery reds and neutrals, as well as six glitter-packed shades, including:

Animal-istic
This wild bright red cannot be tamed!


Meep-Meep-Meep
Missing out on this fuchsia would make you weep, weep, weep!



Wocka Wocka!
The popular deep berry makes everything fun and merry!



Pepe’s Purple Passion
This deep, decadent shade is the best purple ever, okay!


Designer, de Better! 
And this light metallic bronze is ready for the runway.



Warm & Fozzie
A feel-good shade of metallic copper.



Rainbow Connection
The rainbow glitter of your dreams.


Excuse Moi!
Ahem! This pink glitter has something to say!


Gone Gonzo!
The aqua-blue glitter is taking over the world!


Fresh Frog of Bel Air
A glitter that prefers the greener things in life.



Divine Swine
The finest, most fabulous magenta glitter ever.


 Gettin’ Miss Piggy With It!
Red glittery fun for everyone!

Lacquer packed with micas and sparkle gives a 3-dimensional textured look that makes nails look like jewelry. With shades ranging from textured glitters in rainbow, red, green and blue to softer shimmers in copper and bronze metallic hues, these twelve colors provide the perfect accessory for the holiday season.

As with all OPI nail lacquers, these shades inspired by Disney’s The Muppets 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 November 2011 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!



ABOUT OPI
As the world leader in the professional nail care industry, OPI is committed to providing high-quality products and services to both salons and their customers, along with a focus on industry safety and innovation. Known for its exceptional formula, fashionable colors and iconic names, OPI’s heavily-pigmented lacquers are super rich, long-lasting and chip-resistant – offering an affordable luxury to consumers. OPI nail lacquer is available in over 200 shades and contains no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde. Each lacquer features OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application. Currently, OPI is available in over 100 countries and retails a full line of professional items, including nail treatments, finishing products, lotions, manicure/pedicure products, files, tools, gels and acrylics.


ABOUT THE MOVIE
On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world's biggest Muppet fan, and his friends Gary (Jason Segel) and Mary (Amy Adams) from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to raze the Muppet Theater and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets' former stomping grounds. To stage The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their separate ways: Fozzie now performs with a Reno casino tribute band called the Moopets, Miss Piggy is a plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris, Animal is in a Santa Barbara clinic for anger management, and Gonzo is a high-powered plumbing magnate. With secret, signature, celebrity cameos, Disney’s “The Muppets” hits the big screen Nov. 23, 2011. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

OPI Serena Williams Glam Slam! U.S. Open

The final chapter of the OPI Glam Slam! Collections is here, and I love these colors! See how you feel about them, too!

Pros & Bronze is a lovely rosy bronze gold shimmer with some reddish copper micro glitter. This baby has it all: duochrome, shimmer, foil, microglitter. I didn't think much of it in the bottle, but on the nails it is truly stunning.
The first coat seemed pretty sheer, but it was opaque in two. It's like late afternoon when the sun is beginning to set and that orange glow is cast over everything. Sweet!



Love is a Racket is an awesome candy red-coral mix with a glass fleck finish.
 Look how it's all glowy, like embers trapped underneath!
It's bright. I wouldn't say neon, but certainly bright! It has a bit of a duochrome flash to it, but it's hard to detect in the pictures. I used two coats for even coverage.



Serena Williams and OPI really did a great job with these two polishes, and I think it was a great way to round out the Glam Slam! series. Will you guys be scooping any of these up? Which of the Glam Slam! duos was your favorite?
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OPI Touring America Collection Part II

Hey, guys! Ready for the second part of the OPI Touring America Collection? If you haven't seen the first part already, take a gander at the first six polishes here!

French Quarter For Your Thoughts is a dingy gray creme, and I mean "dingy" in a good way. I don't care for it, but I know others will. Two coats and it was perfect. Aren't the veins in the bottle weird? A few of the polishes were like that, but it didn't seem to affect the application. This one is pretty similar to Suzi Takes the Wheel from part one. OPI does that sometimes, though: releases a collection with at least one pair of polishes are from the same family. Like the Swiss Collection (I and II.)



Ready for really crappy shots of A-Taupe the Space Needle? This little number was hard to get in a picture! It's a light brown taupe with olive green undertones. Below is a blurry shot that captures the green a little better.
Two coats for a very smooth application.



Are We There Yet? is a dusty melon pink. I had to use three coats because it was slightly streaky. I know I already  mentioned this in part one, but I found it odd that the cremes of the collection were so smooth and the shimmers gave me some application issues. Maybe it's just me?



I actually like Color to Diner For. It's a brick red shimmer, but the color is slightly darkened. Kind of like the darker colored bricks in the group on a brick front house, if that makes sense. This shimmer only needed two coats. Also, I love diners. Love them. I wasn't going to post this color and NOT mention my unnatural love for any place that serves corned beef hash, waffles, and hash browns at all hours of the night.



Get in the Expresso Lane is a dark blackened brown creme. Similar to I Brake For Manicures, also in the first part. Good application, though; two coats.



Honk If You Love OPI is a dark eggplant creme. Nice and vampy, but we've seen this before. Reminds me of William Tell Me About OPI or other dark colors. Maybe not dupes, but certainly similar, if not more purple and a little lighter.

I don't love these colors. I just don't. But I know that other people really go for these, and I can appreciate that. This particular collection just isn't my cup of tea. The polishes have, for the most part, very good formulas, and even the ones that weren't great are definitely doable. What do you guys think? Did you buy any of these colors? What would you have liked to see? And, do these colors remind you of America? As always, comment your opinions, and check out the first six polishes if you haven't yet!
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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Guest Blogger: Amber's Scotch Tape Mani

I know you guys will enjoy this post from Amber of My Nail Graffiti!

Hey ladies! My name is Amber from My Nail Graffiti and I'm obsessed with all things nail polish and nail art related! I even got my sweet husband involved and now he helps me when he can. He is an amazing artist so it's right up his alley...kind of. haha



So today I wanted to show you a super easy nail art technique using scotch tape. I'm sure many of you have seen this on blogs recently...using scotch tape, you can really let your creativity loose!First, is a swatch of my base color, Claire's Evil Queen. I think next time it would be better layered over a black, but regardless, this polish is super pretty!
The secret to most any scotch tape mani is to use a fast dry top coat (I use Seche Vite) so the tape doesn't pull your base color off.  Cut your scotch tape to the design you will want to make and apply it to the nail. Make sure you push it down firmly so the next polish doesn't seep underneath.
Next, paint whatever other colors you want in your design over the remaining uncovered base color. Then, smoothly peel off the tape...you don't have to wait until the polish is dry to do this. We used China Glaze LOL and DV8 for this mani. Holos are super fun to use in scotch tape manicures!
I am addicted to stamping so I couldn't leave this one untouched. So I had my husband add stars from Bundle Monster plate 206 to complete the look.
So that's all I have for you...many thanks to Aurora for hosting me!! I hope you liked it! <3


Thank you Amber! A new form of nail art for my blog! :)

Sunday, August 14, 2011

OPI Touring America Collection Part I

This fall OPI is bringing us twelve new polishes for the Touring America Collection. I haven't heard much buzz about this collection and, if I'm being honest, I don't think it's anything to write home about. But rather than starting off on a sour note, take a look at the pictures and see what you think first! I know I still have a list of polishes to review, but I thought I'd review these first while they're still relevant.

The first half of the collection is four cremes and two shimmers. Oddly enough, the cremes applied seamlessly in two coats and the shimmers were the ones that gave me troubles; three coats and a little thick.

Suzi Takes the Wheel is a light gray with a hint of taupe to it. It reminds me of dirty dish water (ew, I know), and also that Carrie Underwood song.




Uh Oh, Roll Down the Window is a freakin' awesome name for a nail polish. I mean, seriously. Fart jokes. I love it. But I'm mature like that. This dirty olive green reminds me of camouflage fatigues or something. It's one of those ugly-pretty colors that you either really like or you really don't. I don't care for it, but I know a lot of polish fiends will love it.



My Address is "Hollywood" is a safe rose pink with shimmer. It's kind of muted or dusty and while I don't love it, I like it more than I thought it was. The formula was a little on the thick side, but nothing crazy at all.



You know I love my corals, but I Eat Mainely Lobster isn't doing it for me. Same formula as My Address is "Hollywood," if not a little thicker. The color is just okay, I feel. Not fantastic or anything.



Road House Blues is hard to capture in a picture--blurple base but it flashes deep, deep blue in the light. It's a pretty dark color, darker than the picture suggests. Kind of reminds me of Sapphire in the Snow, but more blue. And wow, now I see how poorly I painted my nails when I see this picture haha.



Last for tonight is I Brake For Manicures. A very dusty, brown, raisin-y purple. I didn't find it particularly flattering, but maybe that's just my skintone.


What do you guys think of this collection so far? The formulas are generally very nice, but the colors...they're fine. But just fine. Nothing has really grabbed my attention. And, maybe it's just because I'm American and don't really care for these colors, but these polishes don't really remind me of America. I'm not saying it had to be a completely red, white, and blue collection or anything, but these colors are so...blah? I get that it's a fall collection and that these colors are with the latest trends and whatnot, but who knows. I might be in the minority on this one. Am I? Tell us in the comments! Stay tuned for part two coming soon, and be sure to check out the guest post from earlier today!
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Guest Blogger: Sinful Colors Unicorn by Brittany

Hey guys, please enjoy this guest swatch of Sinful Colors Unicorn by Brittany of brittanysbeautyonline, a great nail and beauty blog you should check out!

i'm very impressed with sinful colors. I bought mine at wallgreens for $2.99 I believe, one penny shy from $3, and it did perform for being a drug store nail polish. I took it under shade light because I felt that is what best brought out the color. this is after two coats and no top coat. it did go on streaky, it could have been because it was on display for a while, but it was still manageable and not painful to apply. I can't really describe the color. it makes me think of butter cream yellow or that yellow bar of soap, but its far from ugly. Its wearable with my medium skin tone and I never thought that I would actually like a color like this. I do see myself buying sinful colors in the future.
overall, I LOVE it. it is also a perfect summer color.



Thank you, Brittany! And that color reminds me of a bar of soap, too, and in a good way! :)

OPI Launches Limited Edition Miss Universe Lacquers


Unleash Your Inner Beauty Queen!

Pageant-pretty nail lacquers in the new Miss Universe by OPI promotion give fingers and toes added glitz and glamour.  Featuring four shades packed with shimmer  and sparkle, these limited edition colors capture the energy of the 2011 MISS UNIVERSE® competition, to be held September 12, 2011, in São Paulo, Brazil.

“Miss Universe is the most popular and publicized beauty pageant in the world,” said Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director.  “We are excited to partner with the Miss Universe Organization, whose contestants provided so much inspiration for rich, high-fashion color.”

With shades ranging from berry and golden pink to electric blue and glittery silver, Miss Universe by OPI provides high-shine lacquers, including:

Congeniality is My Middle Name
And berry-wine shimmer is what I do best!

It’s MY Year
It’s about time for this champagne-rose to shine!

Swimsuit…Nailed It!
An itsy bitsy teenie weenie vibrant shiny-blue bikini.

Crown Me Already!
A sassy silver sparkle that knows what it’s worth.

              
The Miss Universe Organization named OPI its official nail care sponsor this June.  Additionally, Weiss-Fischmann will be a judge for the 2011 Miss USA® pageant, a precursor to the Miss Universe competition.

Miss Universe 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 August 2011 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!

ABOUT MISS UNIVERSE:
The Miss Universe Organization, a Donald J. Trump and NBC Universal joint venture, is a global community empowering role models of beauty, health and leadership for young women of today. The organization is dedicated to partnering with charities around the world, and to increasing HIV/AIDS awareness by focusing on women's health and reproductive issues. For more information, visit: www.missuniverse.com or follow Miss Universe on Facebook or Twitter @TheRealMissU.

OPI Grandstand Finale! Press Release


OPI Launches Sizzling Shades with Serena Williams’ Glam Slam! Series in Anticipation of Upcoming New York Tournament

OPI and tennis superstar Serena Williams announce the two final lacquers in the 2011 Glam Slam! promotion, timed in conjunction with the upcoming New York tournament.  Glam Slam! U.S. features a duo-pack with two high-shine shades: shimmering red, Love is a Racket, and glittering bronze, Pros & Bronze.

OPI and Serena return to our home country for the final launch with two bright, feminine lacquers,” said Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “Packed with red and gold micas for intense luster, the Glam Slam! series finishes with two classic, glamorous colors.”

“Whether worn alone or with Pros & Bronze layered over Love is a Racket for a golden glow, these two shades have rich hues that are perfect for transitioning from summer to fall,” adds Williams.

Serena Williams has received the World Number One in singles ranking by the Women’s Tennis Association on five separate occasions, along with being listed as sixth on the all-time greatest champions list.  Additionally, she has won two Olympic gold medals in women’s doubles and has earned 27 Grand Slam titles to date. Serena is the most recent player to have held all four Grand Slam singles titles simultaneously and only the fifth woman in history to do so.
New shades in the Glam Slam! promotion are introduced to coincide with each of the four major tournaments, including the upcoming New York tournament in August 2011. As with all OPI Nail Lacquers, Glam Slam! shades contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and each includes OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application.

Glam Slam! U.S. will be available beginning August 2011 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $14.95 ($20.95 CAN) suggested retail for each duo-pack. 
For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!

COLOR CLUB LAUNCHES BEYOND THE MISTLETOE HOLIDAY COLLECTION


You Better Watch Out, Here Comes the Most Festive Manicure in Town

What makes us happy: mistletoe, Santa Claus, candy canes, sparkle, having the best manicure at the company Holiday party. From New York-based Color Club, the new Beyond the Mistletoe holiday collection—bright sparkly fine glitter nail polishes that are sure to dazzle everyone on your holiday list - naughty or nice - and even those who are not. From glittery turquoise to pink and gold—each color perfectly captures the holiday spirit. Seven formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, and paraben-free shades celebrate the holiday season with names including: Sugarplum Fairy, Beyond the Mistletoe, Holiday Splendor, Jingle Jangle, Candy Cane, and Gingerbread (as shown below left to right).


Ready for the most festive manicure in town? Beyond the Mistletoe, coming this Holiday, on Shopcolorclub.com
ABOUT COLOR CLUB
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 www.shopcolorclub.com

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