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I was so excited about OPI’s Brazil Collection that launched for Spring/Summer this year… those bright corals, pinks, red… but when I saw the nude selection of this collection… *thud*
If you are a neutral palette lover like me, you will literally want to stop reading, grab your wallet, and run to the nearest OPI salon. Seriously.

This collection immediately struck me as a home run, just like last year’s Euro Centrale collection. Ranging from brights to mocha to a deep green, there is something for every polish lover, and FIVE of the collection’s 12 shades are neutrals. That’s almost HALF the collection in neutral shades, with 3 of them being shades of nude. I am totally in love!

I decided to use the four creme earthy tones in an ombré manicure because they looked so beautiful together. All four of these cremes have a similar, warm-pink-toned base, making them not only gorgeous, but perfect complements to one another! And the formula? Perfection!!! No streaking, not even on the lightest shade Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around. Drytime was amazing too, even pre-topcoat.

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My ombré manicure consisted of the lightest shade in this collection, and about to become another nude favourite OPI of mine (next to My Vampire is Buff), Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around; Taupe-less Beach, a gorgeous greyed taupe a few shades darker than the lightest; I São Paulo Over There, yet a few more shades darker than the previous colour and a mid-toned greyed mocha; and finally, OPI Scores a Goal, a rich chocolate creme (L to R in all pictures).

OPI_Brazil_Nudes_ombre2Above, in the shade

OPI_Brazil_Nudes_ombreIn full sun

Brazil by OPI is now available in both nail lacquer and GelColor formulas!

For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!

What do you think of my ombré mani?

If you liked this post, please take a moment to ‘like’ this post and/or comment! I love to read your comments.

~xo

(Products were provided for consideration and review. All opinions are my own.)

Recently a number of bloggers and editors were invited to Dial & göt2b’s 2014 Spring Launch in Toronto, where we not only had a chance to learn about the amazing new products hitting shelves, but enjoyed hand massages, hair styling… and oh yes, and a fabulous lunch!

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Some highlights from the launch include Dial’s new Fro-Yo body wash with cooling properties which is just amazing and so refreshing (!!), new Vitamin Boost Body Wash with incredible scents, and a Lavender and Twilight Jasmine Body Wash, perfect for a calming, soothing effect… and from göt2b: four new revolutionary products in the göt2b Rise ‘n Shine line, a new Frizz Taming Hairspray from their Guardian Angel line, and the new Glued Spiking Wax!  Some information on both brands’ new launches is below!

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Dial’s new Yogurt Body Care line is enriched with protein-packed yogurt. There’s even a Greek Yogurt 7 Day Moisturizing Lotion! Dial® Greek Yogurt Body Wash contains a clean-rinsing formula that provides ultimate moisturization. Developed with an advanced moisture-attracting formula, your skin will be its healthiest and softest yet, with the same Vanilla Honey scent you already know and love from Dial!
Another option to keep your skin just as hydrated, and still containing the natural skin conditioning benefits of yogurt protein, Dial also introduces their brand new Frozen Yogurt Cooling Body Wash. Featuring a refreshing tingle that gently cools skin on contact, this innovative body wash is great for the warmer months, or just as a fresh kick-start to wake you up in the morning!

Dial also introduces the NEW Dial® Vitamin Boost Body Wash, in two varieties: Amazing B is a lotion-infused creamy formula that draws in moisture to keep skin hydrated and nourished, with the divine fragrance of fresh tropical kiwi and mango. Super C is oil-infused and contains antioxidants that protect the skin, creating a radiant and healthy glow through the power of Vitamin C, and leaving behind the invigorating scent of orange and grapefruit.

Finally, Dial’s Lavender & Twilight Jasmine Body Wash provides skin with all day freshness, and the light fragrance of lavender and jasmine to calm your mind and leave skin more healthy, smooth and beautiful than before.

Dial’s new Body Washes retail for a suggested price of Cdn $4.99 (473 mL) each, and will be available at mass retail locations nationwide beginning March 2014.

Dial also introduces new Deep Cleansing Moisturizing Hand Soaps in three great smelling scents: Yellow Raspberry – This fresh smelling aroma is perfect for in the kitchen where clean hands are a must!
Water Blossoms – This clean and relaxing scent is the perfect addition to your bathroom when guests are visiting.
Coconut Lime Verbena – Especially on a nice summer day, this cool scent is just what you need after you shake up those margaritas!

NEW Dial® Deep Cleansing Moisturizing Hand Soaps retail for a suggested price of Cdn $2.99-3.99 (236mL) each, and are available at mass retail locations nationwide beginning March 2014.

For more information about Dial’s wide range of products for everyone in the family, visit them on Facebook!

göt2b’s new Rise ‘n Shine product line features four brand new revolutionary products, and delivers volume and shine together:

  • göt2b Rise ‘n Shine Radiance Bounce Whipped Mousse provides root-to-tip shaping, and A-list finishing shine.
  • Prep for heat styling with the göt2b Rise ‘n Shine Glistening Full Blow Dry Cream; an easy to disperse balm that leaves you with lasting lift and high heat protection for any hair type.
  • For slick styles, hold and remold with the göt2b Rise ‘n Shine Gleaming Height Pomade. Water and oils provide excellent hold without a greasy or heavy look, and panthenol enhances the reflection of light for even more gloss! Equally suitable for adding texture, height or shine to short or long styles.
  • Finish your show-stopping style with göt2b Rise ‘n Shine Luminous Lift Hairspray. Just a spritz will keep your strands starlet worthy all night long with enviable shine. Plus, available in göt2b’s studio-size can and guaranteed not to flake, you don’t have to worry about using more for a little extra oomph.

göt2b’s new Glued Spiking Wax is the latest innovation to the brand’s iconic spiking glue. It provides men the liberty to craft, mold and remold their do into what they want, when they want – with very little effort required!  göt2b Glued Spiking Wax is ideal for those who like the texture and consistency of glue or gel, but want a fashion-forward product to create controlled and touchable styles that coincide with what’s hot!

Last but not least, göt2b proudly extends their Guardian Angel line with NEW Frizz Taming Hairspray! Proven to deliver 90% humidity defense and combat frizz, your style stays calm under pressure.
Featuring special neutralizing agents that fend off the most humid of weather, göt2b Guardian Angel Frizz Protect Hairspray provides exceptionally high style retention over time in rain or shine.
The search for heavenly hair ends here!

göt2b new Rise ‘n Shine product line will retail for Cdn $7.99-$9.99 per product; Glued Spiking Wax, Cdn $7.99 and new göt2b Guardian Angel Frizz Protect Hairspray, available in studio-size, will retail for Cdn $9.99 each, all available beginning March 2014 at mass retail locations including Shoppers
Drug Mart, Walmart, Loblaws PharmaPlus and Jean Coutu across Canada.

For more information about göt2b, contests and tips, visit them on Facebook!

At the beginning of the year, Zoya launched a beautiful set of nudes, ranging in shade from ivory to a chocolate milk shade in their Naturel Collection. What’s there not to love! Six new full-coverage shades of complementary neutrals with a pink undertone so they can be worn alone or together for slight tonal accents.

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The lightest shade in the collection is Chantal, described as a French Vanilla creme by Zoya. A perfect description! Often shades this light or white-based can be a bit streaky, but Chantal did not streak and needed only two coats for great coverage. You could add a third coat if you felt compelled, but I loved it at two. Below it is with only base coat and 2 coats of Chantal – no top coat, and look at that shine!

Zoya_naturel_ChantalChantal leaned a bit lighter than nude due to my olive complexion, but as you can see, still extremely flattering. It has a slight peach undertone and I feel that it would suit almost any complexion.

Seeing how well the shades coordinate, I tipped Chantal with the darkest shade for a gorgeous contrast – Chantal with a French tip of Normani:

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A slight step up from Chantal is Taylor, described as a light toffee creme shade. I found Taylor to be more of a yellow-based nude. This one reminded me of a yummy café au lait… and again, I loved it on me. It may not be as versatile to pinkish skintones as Chantal though. Again, two coats were perfect but you could easily apply three thin coats. Below, 2 coats, no top coat:

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One of the mid-tone shades is Rue, described as a Boudoir Blush Cream. Rue reminded me of a soft rose satin camisole… very romantic, very pretty, and a colour for almost any skintone. Application was a breeze with 2 coats and no top coat:

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Just a touch darker is Brigitte, described as a Bombshell Mauve Cream (how sexy is that description!). Another beauty and a pink-y mauve. Two coats paired with a French tip of Chantal below (look at that shine):

Zoya_Naturel_Brigitte_ChantalI love these two together!

Odette jumps quite a few tones to a dusty purplish shade, described as a Sultry Maroon Cream. This formula was classic Zoya – thicker than the lighter shades of this collection, self-levelling, beautiful and drying to an incredible shine! Two coats below:

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Odette strikes me as dustier version of OPI’s I’m Feeling Sashy, non?

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And finally, we have Normani, a Sable Mauve Cream (I really love these Zoya descriptions!), a cool, dusty, greyed-mocha with a mauve undertone. I absolutely love Normani! Formula-wise it was exactly like Odette. Two coats below, no top coat, and look at that crazy shine:

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I think it’s pretty clear how I feel about this collection… totally obsessed and loving every shade! Not only are these colours on-trend and gorgeous, but they are highly office-appropriate, even when paired in soft nail art like the French manicures I’ve shown. And Zoya’s formula is divine. I think these will be added to my go-to Zoya stash that includes Natty, Sailor, Rockie, Josie… the list goes on…

Find the Zoya Naturel Nail Polish Collection and over 300 stunning BIG5FREE* Zoya colors on www.zoya.com. Each and every color has a name as unique as the women who inspired it.

*Formula is completely free of formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene and camphor.

ZOYA IS THE NATUREL COLOR OF FASHION!
$9.00 ea. (US)

Which one is your favourite shade?

If you liked this post, please take a moment to ‘like’ this post or comment! I love to read what you think. 🙂

~xo

(Products were provided for consideration and review. All opinions are my own.)

Nail Colour that Rocks!

Nicole by OPI Announces NEW Limited Edition Roughles Textured Nail Lacquers

This March, Nicole by OPI launches Roughles (“ruffles”) — 4 new textured nail lacquers featuring speckled, pastel shades of purple, pink, turquoise and yellow. When the lacquer dries, Roughles lacquers reveal a unique pebbled finish. Roughles should be applied without a top coat to achieve a matte effect.

“Chic pastels were a major trend throughout the runway collections at spring/summer 2014 shows and textured, matte nails are going to be one of the hottest looks this spring,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, Nicole by OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “Wearing these feminine shades on fingers and toes is a refreshing take on this trend. Pair these lacquers with candy colored fabrics and flirty floral prints to really make a statement!”

Roughles shades include:

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I terra-“cotta” have this textured purple on my nails!

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The edgy side of girlie…a textured pink all your own.

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Stop in the name of this textured turquoise beauty!

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I “beacha” just love this grainy golden yellow in me.

image007image008Nicole by OPI formulas are long-lasting, fast-drying, and salon-quality. The 4 new nail lacquers will be available in stores beginning March 2014 for $10.99 each at select Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart Canada, Jean Coutu, Loblaws and London Drug.

For more information, visit Nicole by OPI on the web, on Facebook, on Instagram and on Twitter!

Yesterday I announced that I was participating in a new Nicole by OPI challenge that runs until February 25th (please head to twitter to tweet or retweet to help me win!), and today I wanted to share some more details about the nail art. 🙂

The challenge was to come up with a manicure to complement any of Carrie Underwood’s amazing songs using only shades from her new Nicole by OPI collection.
I chose the song “Before he Cheats.” Colours used (all from the Carrie Underwood for Nicole by OPI collection): Love My Pups, Carnival Cotton Candy, Some Hearts and American as Apple Pie, as well as the new 3-in-1 as my base/top coat:

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Here is the mani before I added the nail art, with the beautiful pale nude Love My Pups on my index and ring (2 coats), red beauty American as Apple Pie on my middle, and deep pink crelly Some Hearts on my pinky:

NOPI_Carrie_contest_aAren’t the colours beautiful?

And the final look once I added striping tape and the topping colours (middle and pinky fingers done freehand, and index is a sponge gradient of American as Apple Pie and Carnival Cotton Candy):

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Once again, if you happen to like my mani and are on twitter, would you vote for me by heading over to Twitter and tweeting or retweeting the following photo of my nail art, including my hashtag #Aire4Nicole?

Nicole_the Obsessed-1Everyone can tweet once as well as retweet once per day (that’s two votes per person, per day)!

Thank you! ~xo

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Happy Family Day everyone (that’s for some of us Canadians)!

Today is the start of a new Nicole by OPI Challenge for some of us Canadian bloggers where we need YOUR help to help us tweet and retweet! As you know, Nicole by OPI’s 2014 celebrity collaboration is inspired by award-winning superstar Carrie Underwood, and the objective was to come up with a manicure to complement any of Carrie’s amazing songs!
I chose the song “Before he Cheats.” As you may know, this song is about a cheating man and the revenge she gets on him… Here is the final look:
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This manicure was created using an excess of pinks and reds but destroyed, in a sense, to represent her hurt broken heart. The heart in the middle is an abstract design of a broken/bleeding heart, and the lines on other nails represent her “carving her name” on the side of his truck and his leather seats.

I hope you like it! If you do, would you please help me win by heading over to Twitter and tweeting or retweeting this photo of my nail art, including my hashtag #Aire4Nicole.

Everyone can tweet once as well as retweet once per day (that’s two votes per person, per day)!

Thank you! ~xo

Happy weekend!

Today I tried a saran wrap mani for the first time! I have seen this mani around a lot lately, and it seemed relatively easy with not many tools needed… so here goes…

I had been craving the gorgeous American as Apple Pie from Carrie Underwood’s (stunning!) Nicole by OPI collection for the past few days, and finally decided to use it as the base for my saran wrap manicure attempt. American as Apple Pie is a beautiful true red creme with an incredible formula – truly a one coater with an intense glossy finish. I have worn this shade multiple times already, which speaks to how much I love it (given the number of polishes I have, haha)! Below are two coats of this gem:

NicolebyOPI_AmericanAsAplIs that not a perfect, shiny red? Love!

Here’s what you need for a saran wrap manicure:

  • base coat and a good top coat
  • base colour
  • second colour in a complimentary or contrasting shade
  • saran wrap from your kitchen – cut into squares, one for each nail is best although I sometimes reused a piece
  • clean up brush or Q-tip

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I started with a base coat of Nicole by OPI’s new 3-in-1 base/strengthener/top coat, and added one coat of American as Apple Pie. I let that dry naturally.

Once the colour is dry, work one nail at a time.

I applied a generous coat of At Least I Pink So from Nicole by OPI’s 2014 collection, a bright bubblegum pink creme. While still wet, I blotted the crumpled saran wrap on the wet polish to lift the pink/second polish. (Blot it a couple of times to get the desired effect.)

This seems easy however I found it lifted a bit too much at times, but thankfully the fix is easy: simply apply another coat of the second polish and dab the saran wrap on your nail again. For me, I found it best to let the polish sit for a few seconds after I applied it before blotting. Once all nails were done, I used my cleanup brush to remove some of the excess polish I got on my skin and cuticles. Because the effect can be a bit bumpy, I used two coats of top coat: first, a generous coat of the 3-in-1 to top my finished mani, and then I added a coat of Nicole by OPI’s new Quick Dry top coat.

Here is the finished result with each of the two polish bottles (click for larger images):

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And a macro:

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I love the marbled effect that’s achieved!

So what do you think of my first saran wrap manicure? 🙂 If you liked this post, please take a moment to ‘like’ this post or comment!

~xo

 

(Products were provided for consideration and review. All opinions are my own.)

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