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It has been a few years since I last brought you a CbL Collection, and I’m so excited to share their brand-new collection for Spring/Summer 2017 today! There are seven beautiful shades that will have you screaming for sun and heat, especially if you’ve been under rainy skies like we have. This collection launched yesterday, May 1st on Llarowe.com!

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The first of the seven shades is She Sells Sea Shells, a bright pinkish-red linear holo with pink to lilac shimmer. Totally passable as a one-coater, She Sells Sea Shells applied smoothly and provided perfect, lush coverage with its second coat. I can’t wait to wear this cool bright polish for my summer pedis!

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The other shade in this colour family is You’re a Little Firecracker, a bright deepened fuchsia-red multi chrome holo with a purple/blue flame that shifts from deep fuchsia to copper orange to bright fuchsia. Llarowe calls this one a “summer vamp for your nails!” Another polish with perfect coverage and dreamy application, YaLF was almost a one-coater and its holo, perfection. Just a warning that the intensity of this one could stain a little, so use a good basecoat and don’t smear a polish-soaked remover pad when removing. Just LOOK at the holo in the slideshow below!

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Dream Big, the only purple in this collection, is described as an indigo-purple creme base with delicate but intense pink to gold to red shimmer. Although it looks quite deep in the bottle, once applied, I found it to be more of a midtone with beautiful complexity. I live for hidden shimmer!

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If you love neons, you will need Radioactive in your life! An intensely bright neon green creme base with intense red to gold to chartreuse shimmer, this one is truly blinding. I found this polish to be more of a jelly, and therefore a bit on the sheer side, even at two coats. To make it truly pop even more, wear this one over an opaque white!

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One of my favourites from this collection has to be The Bluest Eyes in Texas. Siiigh… Described as a bright milky turquoise blue creme base with intense gold shimmer and hints of gold to red/pink to green shimmer, this beautiful light blue shows intense fiery and pink flashes. Leah Ann was inspired to make this beauty by her sister’s eyes. Oh to have such lovely eyes!

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The Bluest Eyes in shade

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The Bluest Eyes in sunlight

The last two polishes in this collection bear the same name. The first, The Deep End, is a vivid turquoise-based multi-chrome that shifts from turquoise to green to blue to purple to pink. I found The Deep End to be a bluish teal with intense shifts in colour, needing a full two coats for complete opacity. It’s almost like a crelly (cream-jelly) polish, and so so gorgeous:

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And last but not least, my other favourite from this collection, The Deep End (H), which is basically the holographic version of the above polish. Described the same as its non-holo twin, a “vivid turquoise-based multi-chrome that shifts from turquoise to green to blue to purple to pink,” it has an incredibly gorgeous added holo sparkle. Do you see the two-toned nails in the slideshow below?? The deep blue-to-algae-turquoise looks exactly like the depth of the ocean!

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Look at these macros of holographic The Deep End!! I was utterly mesmerized by the beauty and sparkle of this polish!

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All Colors by Llarowe polishes are 5-free, cruelty-free and vegan.

In addition to Llarowe.com, you can find Leah Ann’s collections at a number of international stockists. As always, be sure to follow CbL on Instagram and Facebook for the latest news, restock updates, and for more swatches!

Which of these beauties is calling your name? Are you in love with the blues like me, or tend to lean for pinks and brights?

~xo

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OPI Announces NEW California Dreaming CollectionFeaturing
West Coast-Inspired Hues for Summer 2017 
 

 

This summer, tour the west coast with the California Dreaming Collection by OPIExperience the brand’s beloved home state with a palette of fun, flirty shades ideal for big adventures, from a day at the beach or a quick surf session to a hike in the mountains or wine tasting in Napa.

 

The California Dreaming Collection features 12 new hues in classic Nail Lacquer and Long-Wear InfiniteShine formulas, allowing consumers to experience the colours of California’s majestic sunsets and diverse landscapes with a variety of nail wear options. Shades are as unique as the collection’s namesake destination, including rich merlot and punchy pink, orange and coral hues, along with soft, warm shades of rose, pink, peach and nude that conjure the state’s most picturesque locales. Have this summer’s perfect bright red, while deep metallic gold evokes the hazy twilight golden hour. Shimmerings late with brown undertones offers a softer take on classic black. The collection’s hero shade Time For aNapa is a pink coral hue ideal for matching bikinis and wearing on both fingers and toes while exploring California’s 800 miles of coastline.

 

“I always draw inspiration from fashion, food and travel, and California’s unique mix of cultures, cuisines and landscapes serves as a constant source of creativity,” remarks OPI co-founder and brand ambassador, Suzi Weiss-Fischmann. “From San Diego to San Francisco, the state is filled with breathtaking vistas; from active adventurers wearing yoga pants to Hollywood stars in sequins,California fashion is completely unique. And when it comes to food, there’s something for everyone!The California Dreaming Collection offers a flexible palette ranging from berry to nude, with gold and black hues ideal for nail art and two-tone looks – providing wearers with a taste of the beauty found in ‘The Golden State.’”

 

California Dreaming Collection by OPI includes the below shades in classic Nail Lacquer and InfiniteShine formulas:

 

OPI Nail Lacquer in This Is Not Whine Country
This is Not Whine Country
The merlot the merrier I always say.
OPI Nail Lacquer in GPS I Love You
GPS I Love You
I couldn’t have pinked a sweeter travelling companion.
OPI Nail Lacquer in Malibu Pier Pressure
Malibu Pier Pressure
This cotton candy pink has a very persuasive vibe. 
OPI Nail Lacquer in To the Mouse House We Go
To the Mouse House We Go!
This magic red is for kissable lips, polka dot bows and tempting apples.
OPI Nail Lacquer in Me Myselfie I
Me, Myselfie & I
But enough about me, doesn’t this coral look good in my selfie?
OPI Nail Lacquer in Santa Monica Beach Peach
Santa Monica Beach Peach
Go ahead and hit the beach, this punchy orange has your back.
OPI Nail Lacquer in Time For a Napa
Time for a Napa
It’s always the right moment for this bubbly hot coral.
OPI Nail Lacquer in Excuse Me Big Sur
Excuse Me, Big Sur!
This rose may be soft, but it’s not afraid to speak up.
OPI Nail Lacquer in Barking Up the Wrong Sequoia
Barking Up the Wrong Sequoia
Finding the perfect peach is a tall order.
OPI Nail Lacquer in Feeling Frisco
Feeling Frisco
This nude’s bound to put you in a Bayful mood.
OPI Nail Lacquer in Sweet Carmel Sunday
Sweet Carmel Sunday
You’re always a treat in this glistening gold.
OPI Nail Lacquer in Dont Take Yosemite For Granite
Don’t Take Yosemite for Granite
Of quartz not! Everyone appreciates this shimmering slate.

 

California Dreaming Collection by OPI will be available in classic Nail Lacquer and Infinite Shine formulas beginning May 2017. Nail Lacquers will retail for $10.00 ($13.50 CAN) each and Infinite Shine colors will retail for $12.50 ($16.95 CAN) at Professional Salons, as well as Beauty Brands, beautybrands.comChatters, Dillard’s, Regis, Sally Beauty, ULTA and ulta.com and Macy’s. OPI is guaranteed only when purchased through authorized professional beauty outlets and prestige stores, not from a drugstore, supermarket, mass outlet, or other unauthorized sources.

 

For more information, please visit OPI.com. Follow OPI on Twitter and Instagram @OPI_PRODUCTS and go to OPI Products on Facebook to become a fan!

Dior Glowing Gardens

“After women, flowers are the most divine creations,” said Monsieur Dior. Mr. Dior never ceased to reconstruct the poetry and magic of the original garden of Granville in his creations. Faithful to the love of Christian Dior for blossoming gardens, Peter Philips, Creative & Image Director for Dior Makeup, has created a ‘glow manifesto’ for the Dior Spring look. Elements of Mr. Dior’s magical Granville Garden flourish in this collection designed to create both graphic and natural looks that are at once radiant, luminous and bright. Floral and neutral shades blossom together in a fresh colour palette, balanced with deeper tones.

Dior Glowing Gardens Spring 2016

Peter Philips created three incarnations of Glowing Gardens palettes including two shades of 5-Couleurs, two shades of Diorskin Nude Air and one flattering shade of Diorblush, each imprinted with a floral pattern inspired by the beautiful gardens of Christian Dior’s childhood home in Granville. He also designed the brand-new Diorshow Colour & Contour eye duos, a two-sided pencil with a luminous, long-wearing eyeshadow on one end and an easy-glide eyeliner on the other.

Dior 5-Couleurs Glowing Gardens Eyeshadow Palettes

The two harmonies of 5-Couleurs Glowing Gardens palettes are:

Rose Garden #451 (top right in photo below) features shades of lilac, soft pink, vibrant yellow & crisp green
Blue Garden #031 (bottom left) features shades of peach, sky blue, blue iris and subtle Dior grey. $70 Cdn each.

I am absolutely blown away by the bright-yet-subdued shades selected for this collection, making them highly versatile and wearable. I absolutely LOVE the combo of green and yellow against the brown in Rose Garden, while I love the soft grey, peach and white of Blue Garden. And as if that were not enough, the Glowing Gardens motif is breathtaking. Zoom in for the stunning detail!

Dior Glowing Gardens 5 Couleurs

Diorshow Colour & Contour Eyeshadow & Eyeline Duo

This ingenious eyeshadow and liner duo creates an instant eye makeover in a few simple movements, for a quick contrasting eye look with a soft colour glow underlined by a graphic stroke. On one side a luminous silky and long-wearing eye shadow swaths the eyes in colour, while on the other side, an easy glide, pigment-rich long-wearing eyeliner sets the look. Available in shades of lilac, peach and flattering taupe, $40 Cdn each.

Diorskin Nude Air Glowing Gardens Illuminating Powder

Introducing two shades of Diorskin Nude Air Invisible compact powders, enhance with subtle shimmer for Spring 2016 to create two iridescent beige and rosy nude highlighters. The powders boast a weightless formula with sweet orange extract, vitamins and minerals to support a toned complexion. Glowing Pink #001 (below right), Glowing Nude #002 (below left), $64 Cdn each.

Glowing Pink has a subtle duochrome that makes it extremely wearable for a soft finish, while Glowing Nude provides a soft bronze highlight. The powders are so softly milled and apply like butter.

Diorskin Nude Air Glowing Gardens

Just look at this INTRICATE DETAIL! I absolutely LOVE the floral motif under the ‘nude’ insignia. These Illuminating Powders are almost too gorgeous to use:

Diorskin Nude Air Glowing Pink

Diorblush Glowing Gardens Vibrant Colour Powder Blush

Dior’s iconic blush imprinted with intricate florals for Spring 2016. The unique Diorblush formula allows for maximum colour expression with a texture that blends seamlessly with the skin, leaving nothing but a veil of pure weightless colour. Floral Pink #844

 

Dior Vernis Glowing Gardens Spring 2016 Shades

Two new shades of Dior’s bestselling gel-like nail lacquer enriched with organic silicon for extra-long wear and formulated without toluene, formaldehyde, phthalates or camphor. Bluette #301 and Lilac #491, $31 Cdn each.

Dior Glowing Gardens Dior Vernis

I knew right when I saw Bluette and Lilac that I wanted to do a gradient with them… but first, a nude and Lilac mani was needed. So I selected Dior Vernis in Lily (121) as my ivory base and created this gradient mani.

Dior Glowing Gardens Vernis Lilac Gradient

and is it not so candy-like? : )

Dior Vernis Lilac Gradient twist

Dior Addict Lip Glow Colour Reviver Balm

Dior Addict Lip Glow — the Dior Backstage must-have to enhance lips and bring out their natural colour. Formulated with Dior’s Colour Reviver Technology, SPF 10 and enriched with Wild Mango and Luffa Cylindrica to protect and moisturize. Wear alone as a lip balm or primer, or team with Dior lipstick or gloss for even more radiant results! Two permanent shades: Pink #001 or Coral #004, and a limited edition Spring shade: Lilac #005, $40 Cdn each.

 

I don’t even have words for my Lip Glow addiction. It’s an incredible balm or nude finisher if you don’t want to bother with lip products… and as the amazing Ricky Wilson, Dior Celebrity makeup artist extraordinaire, taught me, a softly blended pinkish liner like Dior’s Swan topped by Lip Glow results in the perfect rosy pout!

And now it’s here in limited edition Lilac, with a Lip Glow liner to boot. Run — don’t walk — to your nearest Dior counters!!

Dior Glowing Gardens Spring 2016 Collection is Limited Edition, and is now available at Dior Counters nationwide, including at The Bay.com, Sephora and Holt Renfrew.

Which of Dior Glowing Gardens pieces are you going to pick up?

 

~xo

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ESCAPE TO ITALY
WITH THE VENICE COLLECTION BY OPI

THINK: Romantic color inspired by Baroque period decadence

WHAT THEY ARE: New lacquers and gels that pay homage to one of the world’s most beautiful cities. The leading nail professional and color experts at OPI have created a collection this Fall/Winter 2015 that captures the essence of one of Europe’s most romantic ancient capitals. A city of opulent pleasures, lavish artwork, and breathtaking Baroque architecture, for centuries Venice has inspired artists and composers to create works of timeless beauty. The world’s number one salon brand has created its own tribute to the famed “Queen of the Adriatic” with the all new Venice Collection. Featuring 15 new lacquer shades with matching GelColor to evoke the sumptuous elegance and grandiose splendor of the floating city, the OPI Venice Collection brings the alluring spirit of Venice to life anywhere.

OPI Co-Founder & Brand Ambassador Suzi Weiss-Fischmann explains, “Dreaming of Venice calls to mind people- watching in the piazza, sipping champagne in a gondola, or enjoying a gelato in an outdoor café as you stroll and float through this extraordinary city. So we created a collection of romantic reds, decadent blues, striking corals, dreamy pastels, elegant nudes, dramatic darks, and luxurious metallics that celebrate this vision of over-the-top indulgence.” This bold and elegant collection will introduce 12 new shades to the permanent OPI color family, and three limited edition offerings to ignite and renew your passion for color with a touch of Italian seduction.

OPI Venice Collection

The Complete Venice Collection Includes:

  • Venice by OPI Nail Lacquers ($4.75 salon, $9.50 retail) ($5.95 CAN salon, $11.50 CAN retail): Enjoy 15 shades of on-trend color that puts Venice at your fingertips. Available as part of the permanent OPI color offerings in lush melon A Great Opera-tunity, persimmon crème It’s a Piazza Cake, shimmery copper Worth a Pretty Penne, coffee cream Tiramisu for Two, ravishing red Amore at the Grand Canal, red shimmer Gimme a Lido Kiss, opaque crème Be There in a Prosecco, pale gray I Cannoli Wear OPI, icy-sweet Gelato on My Mind, pastel lilac Purple Palazzo Pants, bold eggplant O Suzi Mio, luscious black My Gondola or Yours?. Catch these three LIMITED EDITION shades of bold aquamarine Venice the Party?, glittering gold Baroque…But Still Shopping, and deep navy St. Mark’s the Spot.
  • Venice by OPI GelColors (salon price $15.99): Enjoy the same 15 Venice Collection lacquer colors in long wearing, durable OPI GelColor: A Great Opera-tunity, It’s a Piazza Cake, Worth a Pretty Penne, Tiramisu for Two, Amore at the Grand Canal, Gimme a Lido Kiss, Be There in a Prosecco, I Cannoli Wear OPI, Gelato on My Mind, Purple Palazzo Pants, O Suzi Mio, My Gondola or Yours?, and the LIMITED EDITION shades of Venice the Party?, Baroque…But Still Shopping, and St. Mark’s the Spot.

I have to say, OPI’s preview boxes of the Venice Collection were adorable, with an Italian theme including a gold masquerade mask, Dean & Deluca tiramisu caramels along with some Ferrero Rochers to tantalize your taste buds.

How cute was this box??

OPI Venice Collection box

OPI Venice Collection contents(If you noticed that the two reds on the left look the same, you have a great eye. 🙂 My box is missing Amore at the Grand Canal, instead having two Gimme a Lido Kiss {probably the cutest name ever!}. Now I want just a “lido kiss…”)

Now for a few swatches of some of my very favourites from this collection!

Two immediate standouts for me (as you can see from the above photo of the Venice Collection box where I had displayed the two bottles) were I Cannoli Wear OPI and the sweet Gelato on My Mind. I mean… I LOVE these two shades! Of course I had no choice but to combine them into one of my favourite looks, an easy sponge gradient. Seriously though, how stunning are they together?

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Another standout, and sure to be a hit for years to come, the pink-leaning nude Tiramisu for Two… truly a colour for divinity:

OPI Venice Tiramisu for Two sun

Direct sunlight

OPI Venice Tiramisu for TwoIndirect natural light – Drooling yet??

The beauty of the Venice Collection continues with A Great Opera-tunity, a pale salmon that makes for a darker nude.

OPI Venice A Great Opera-tunity

To learn more about OPI visit http://www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter and Instagram and become a Facebook fan!

Which of the Venice Collection shades are your favourites?

~xo

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One of a beauty addict’s worst accidents is a nail polish spill. And not just a nail polish spill, but the crushing death of not only your favourite polish, but also the white/taupe/beige carpet or rug it fell on.



A Google search quickly leads you to a tip sheet including the following points

  1. Upon discovering any nail polish stains on your carpet, wet the stain with cold water.
  2. Spray 15-20 pumps of hair spray, followed by three to five small splashes of rubbing alcohol. This is the best approach when you’re wondering how to remove nail polish from carpet.
  3. Using a small scrub brush, scrub the nail polish stain directly for about a minute. While you’re scrubbing, keep pouring clean, cold water onto the stain throughout the process.
  4. Repeat this process until the nail polish stain is no longer visible.


I tried the above but didn’t quite get the results I was looking for. So I added non-acetone nail polish remover. And blotted. And blotted some more using clean paper towels… Still not quite removing the hot pink mess on my carpet. That’s how I landed upon the following tricks guaranteed to remove your polish mess! 

Here is what you will need: 

  • OxyClean or similar non-bleach stain remover 
  • Hot water
  • Non-acetone nail polish remover 
  • Hair spray
  • Sponge
  • Paper towels 
  • Brush or old toothbrush 



  1. Blot the polish spill to remove any wet polish, using clean cloth or paper towel each time so as not to spread the mess. Do not rub!
  2. Apply some nail polish remover on the spill, and blot, never rubbing. Blot using clean paper towel each time, otherwise you will transfer polish onto clean areas.
  3. Mix a scoop of OxyClean into about 2-4 cups hot water, preferably in a bucket. 
  4. Apply this OxyClean mixture, using a sponge, on the stain. Rub this in, but only one small polish-stained area at a time. (This prevents spreading the coloured foam this creates, and prevents your spreading the stain.)
  5. Spray a good dose of hairspray onto the stain.
  6. Blot and repeat blotting the small area you just worked on. 
  7. You can also scrub the small stain using a brush/toothbrush to work the stain remover in, but blot between scrubbing to prevent foam/coloured water from spreading the stain.
  8. Your polish stain should start to fade to a different colour–in my case, it became orange.
  9. Now pour some non-acetone polish remover on the small area you are working… Blot. You will see polish transferring onto your paper towel.
  10. Continue blotting, using a fresh piece of paper towel each time. 
  11. Scrub using OxyClean mixture again. Spray hairspray. Blot again. 
  12. Apply polish remover and blot again. 
  13. This does take some scrubbing but your stain will start to fade, until it is no longer visible. The key is to blot. A LOT.
  14. Once you are happy with the result, blot using clean towels or paper towel to absorb as much of the fluid as possible. 
  15. Et voila!

Here was my result after scrubbing once with the OxyClean mixture:



A little better:



Until finally, the stain was gone: 



I am pretty confident that if I was able to remove this hot pink (with shimmer!) polish, my tricks will help you clean your light-coloured carpet with some help and elbow-grease. 🙂

Let me know if this method worked for you! Good luck!

NAIL THE NUDE LOOK

WITH THE NEW SOFT SHADES COLLECTION BY OPI

 

THINK: Soft sheer shades and coveted nude mattes

WHAT THEY ARE: Lacquers, gels, and limited edition nail art kits in must-have neutrals. The number one salon brand, OPI, is celebrating the lighter side of nail color. With signature high-fashion colors and iconic shade names, OPI has been a go-to for salon professionals for 30 years. Now, to bring the richly pigmented formulas you love to the season’s hottest nude matte nail trend, OPI introduces the new SoftShades Collection. This of-the-moment collection of blushes, nudes, and matte shades delivers rich, true-to-bottle color with just a few coats, even in the lightest hues.

So be inspired to reinvent the French Manicure with new pink and white limited edition shades, create sophisticated nail art with exclusive Swarovski crystal kits, or create the ultimate bridal look in romantic springtime sheers. And for those who love a SoftShades manicure and want it to last, OPI also features these new understated shades in their gel formula.

 

The SoftShades collection includes:

  • SoftShades Nail Lacquers ($9.50 retail, $4.75 salon): These six pastel hues are the perfect way to lighten up your spring style. Available in sheer white Chiffon My Mind, pink and white flecked with white daisy decal Petal Soft, pink-toned beige Put it in Neutral, light beige Act Your Beige!, pearlescent silver This Silver’s Mine!, and iridescent glitter Make Light of the Situation.

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Make Light Of The Situation NLT64_G_PetalSoft

Petal Soft NLT65_G_PutItInNeural

Put It In Neutral NLT66_G_ActYourBeige

Act Your Beige NLT67_G_ThisSilversMine

This Silvers Mine NLT63_G_ChiffonMyMind

Chiffon My Mind

WHERE TO FIND THEM: ULTA, ULTA.com and select professional salons.

  • SoftShades GelColors ($14.95 salon): Get gel durability and opaque color with eight long-lasting pale shades. Available in the same in-demand SoftShade lacquer colors Chiffon My Mind, Petal Soft, Put it in Neutral, Act Your Beige!, This Silver’s Mine!, and Make Light of the Situation, I Couldn’t Bare Less! and Love is in the Bare.

WHERE TO FIND THEM: ULTA, Salons and select professional salons

 

  • SoftShades Mini 4-Pack ($13.95 retail, $7.50 salon): This essential, limited edition kit offers mini-sized nail lacquers in four sheer romantic hues. Includes shades: Act Your Beige!, Put it in Neutral, This Silver’s Mine!, and Make Light of the Situation.

WHERE TO FIND THEM: ULTA, ULTA.com, Macy’s, Macys.com and select professional salons

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  • The Look of Crystal Kit ($24.95 retail, $12.50 salon): OPI is putting glittering nail art at your fingertips with crystals from Swarovski. With real Swarovski crystals, nail glue, and a trio of luxe shades you’ll be able to create shimmering graphic looks. Included shades: Chiffon My Mind, Black Onyx, and This Silver’s Mine! *Also available in matching gel colors.

WHERE TO FIND THEM: ULTA, ULTA.com and select professional salons

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  • The Nude Pink & White Kit ($16.95 retail, $9.00 salon): With two full-sized, limited-edition matte shades, this kit offers the ultimate in understated color. Included shades: I Couldn’t Bare Less! and Love is in the Bare. *Also available in matching gel colors.

WHERE TO FIND THEM: ULTA, ULTA.com and select professional salons

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

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