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Launched recently as part of OPI’s Holiday offerings, the limited edition Mariah Carey Holiday collection is as extensive as they come – 18 new shades in all! The selection includes 6 new Liquid Sand shades, and today I bring you a few of these beauties.

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All I Want for Christmas (is OPI) is a slightly deepened cool red, the epitome of Christmas, with a gorgeous formula that applies like a dream! This was so highly concentrated, it could easily have been a one-coater. And the shine! Here are two coats over base coat, with top coat:

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You may recall how I love playing with textured Liquid Sand polishes, and decided to top All I Want with a French tip of Baby Please Come Home, a beautiful pale lilac textured polish with almost a foil finish. I don’t know what made me pair a lilac with red, perhaps the cool undertones, but I loved this combination! (Skip the top coat to maintain the textured finish!)

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Another favourite of mine from this collection was Underneath the Mistletoe, a deep yet vibrant red jelly, packed with red and silver micro glitter. I absolutely adore a beautiful jelly shade, and Underneath looks like it glows from within. The formula was not great on this one – the jelly dragged and created bald spots, so needs a quick and careful first coat, but it covers beautifully on the second coat. The downside is that this was a top coat-eater – it dries to a bit of a dull finish, and needed two coats of top coats for that squishy jelly finish I love. Totally worth it in my opinion!  And removal? Easy! I was prepared for a glittery painstaking removal, but the jelly melted off and took the glitter with it! Here are two coats over base, with two thick coats of top coat:

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Another shade that will probably sell out (if it has not already), Warm Me Up, oh-so-reminiscent of OPI’s elusive My Private Jet… a gorgeous metallic, burnished, browney-grey shade that is so hard to describe, and so beautiful to look at. Desribed as a “spiced coffee” by OPI, that’s probably the best way to describe this complex shimmery shade. Application was dreamy: it applied like a cream with amazing coverage, drying to a streak-free high shine. Two coats over base:

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I topped Warm Me Up with a French tip of Silent Stars Go By, a pale peach Liquid Sand textured polish with sparkly pieces of glitter. I fell in love with this shade from the bottle shots and cannot wait to wear it on its own! Talk about a sparkly neutral!

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I feel like I am calling every polish in this collection “a favourite,” and All Sparkly and Gold is another hit: a sheer base jam-packed with ultrafine gold glitter, this one is like the golden sister to Underneath the Mistletoe. A warm polish that can be worn as a topper like I have over All I Want for Christmas (is OPI) below (if applied very sparingly), or worn full-strength by itself to reach opacity in 2 generous or 3 thin coats. Absolutely Christmas/holiday-appropriate and gorgeous! I applied 2 coats below except middle finger, where I used one thin coat over red, topped with top coat:

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And last but not least for today, the ultimate standout for me (I know, I know, I love them all!) that I knew I had to purchase the moment I saw it, Ski Slope Sweetie, a golden sheer off-white with a pearl finish. This complex polish captures such a range of colours, flashing gold to pink to yellow, and looks like a glass fleck, foil finish. Easily worn on its own with 2 or 3 coats, or an amazing polish to layer, I applied one coat over My Vampire is Buff on my ring finger below, and 2 coats on all other nails plus top coat:

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I read a couple of mixed reviews about Mariah Carey’s Holiday Collection, which I cannot understand as I find this large collection has something for everyone. Ranging from reds to glitters to neutrals, I feel like I need every single polish.  And though at first I was unsure about wearing textured polishes, the Liquid Sands have grown on me and I absolutely love them now. They have evolved since their first offering with Mariah Carey’s debut OPI collection, and have become even more fantastic: less gritty, finer texture with phenomenal colour selections.

I’m off to find My Favourite Ornament, the champagne sister of All Sparkly and Gold… and I suggest you run to get your hands on this limited edition collection, too!

Do you have any favourites yet?

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

~xo

 

 

(Some product provided for consideration and review. All opinions are my own.)

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I was recently invited by the good people over at Nail Polish Canada (they do a good job of supporting my polish addiction!) to participate in their second annual Holiday Nail Art Challenge. Though I fancy myself a nail polish connoisseur, but hardly a nail “artist,” I still decided to give it a try and participate this year! Let’s see if I can keep up. 😉

The first week’s nail art challenge is “snow” – and I decided to go for an abstract look. My snow-themed nail art is inspired by the beauty of a sunny, cold day in the middle of winter, when the ground and trees are totally covered by sparkling, fluffy snow.

I started with a base colour of OPI’s Ski Slope Sweetie (which I was wearing over a coat of OPI’s My Vampire is Buff already) – this was completely dry. I then sponged on a gradient of Zoya’s gorgeous blue Pixie Dust Sunshine with a hint of a blue-grey holo Colors by Llarowe called Rare Bear in the middle and OPI’s Ski Slope Sweetie toward the base of the nail. Finally, I applied a few dots using Butter LONDON’s gorgeous white Cotton Buds and OPI’s glitter Which is Witch? for sparkling snow.

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Mariah Carey for OPI’s Ski Slope Sweetie epitomizes a gorgeous, snow-covered ground – it is a beautiful white with golden shimmer, so I thought it would be the perfect base for this “snow-covered” mani. I love the sparkle and texture of Zoya’s Pixie Dust Sunshine, and thought the blue was a beautiful contrast to the white mani. Finally, OPI’s Which is Witch contains holographic glitter in a clear base, making it the perfect finishing touch for a “snow” themed manicure!

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And a macro shot:

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What do you think?

 

If you like my nail art, would you vote for me on the Nail Polish Canada challenge page?
Feel free to also register and participate here!

 

~xo

 

Launched last month just in advance of the Miss Universe competition, this very limited edition trio of shades includes the dusky purple I’m Feeling Sashy, the vampy blackened plum Miss You-niverse, and the textured matte platinum This Gown Needs a Crown with a satin finish. The three shades were inspired by the women of Miss Universe, embodying glamour and the ultimate prize of the coveted crown. Highly wearable and gorgeous, this mini-collection is… dare I say it? Perfection.

Judge for yourself!

I’m Feeling Sashy is a medium-toned dusty purple creme. The formula was amazing. And the shine!! Here are two coats in sunlight (pre-top coat!):

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in the shade it looks more like a dusty lilac:

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Miss You-niverse is a blackened plum creme, and it is very dark – right up my alley! I love how vampy this shade is, but it has enough colour to not look black in daylight. This was an even nicer formula than I’m Feeling Sashy – definitely a one-coater if you’re quick, but I applied two coats. And no staining upon removal! Again, the pictures are pre-top coat in sunlight:

OPI_MU_MissYou-niverseSeriously, how gorgeous is that?? (I’ve already worn it twice!)

I love it with a French tip of This Gown Needs a Crown:

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Lastly, This Gown Needs a Crown is a textured matte platinum that is not quite as textured as the OPI Liquid Sands. It’s actually quite smooth to the touch so if you are not a fan of textured polishes, this is a great option for you! And I absolutely LOVE this polish! The colour, the finish, the sparkle…  It’s easily one of the nicest silvers I’ve ever used. And it provides great opacity at two coats. OPI recommends wearing it without top coat to maintain its finish, so here are two coats on their own:

OPI_MU_ThisGownHow cute is the crown charm on this polish bottle?

And a macro shot to show you the holographic sparkle:

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These shades are now available at Professional Salons and Spas. For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!

So…? Do you agree – are they not perfection? Which one is your favourite, and do you have any of these yet?

~xo

 

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

Included in my preview of the stunning new Dior collection for Holiday 2013, Golden Winter, was the new Diorific Jewel Manicure Duo, a three-dimensional-effect mani which was inspired by the magnificent adornments of Versailles. Dior reinvents its jewel nail lacquer with this duo that teams a gold base with crystal micro-pearls to sprinkle over nails.

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Sold in a gold box, the duo also includes a beautiful matching mini gold funnel to return sprinkled micro-pearls into the bottle. The beads look like little balls of glass in the gorgeous retro Diorific Vernis bottle, and the golden polish is simply beautiful – a perfect shade of neutral gold.

The application is fairly simple:

1. Apply a coat of polish, let dry.
2. Working one nail at a time, apply a second coat of polish, and immediately sprinkle the pearls onto the nail.
3. Press the pearls gently onto the nail to help them adhere.
4. Et voila!

To show you both the beautiful gold base colour and the pearls, I applied an accent nail of “jewels” on my ring finger.

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Some macros of the nail art:

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The gold polish is simply beautiful, drying quickly to an almost lamé-looking finish. The metallic finish does allow for slight brush marks, but I found that applying two generous coats, from base to tip in a swift motion, limited these. What a gorgeous gold!

The three-dimension manicure has become a big hit in the recent past, but I’ve never really had a desire to try it – maybe because I can be very discriminating with texture on nails or the fact that this would not last longer than an hour on me!  Dior’s beautiful packaging and retro bottles take it from just nail art to gorgeous bottles of art, and the micro-pearls are sparkly and reflective, and I loved the easy application.

If you’re a Dior connoisseur, you will want to get your hands on this limited edition duo!

What do you think of Dior’s foray into 3D nail art?

The Dior Golden Winter Holiday Colour Collection will be available in limited release at Dior counters in November, as well as online at thebay.com! For more information (but no shipping available to Canada), head to Dior.com!

~xo

 

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

Shades Fit for a Beauty Queen!

OPI Releases Limited Edition MISS UNIVERSE®
2013 Nail Lacquers

OPI announces the launch of three limited edition MISS UNIVERSE nail lacquers – the dusky purple I’m Feeling Sashy, the deep black plum Miss You-niverse, and the textured matte platinum This Gown Needs a Crown. Worn without top coat, This Gown Needs a Crown offers a new satin finish. Each bottle of this matte silver nail lacquer comes with a complementary bejeweled crown ring – the finishing touch for a manicure worthy of Miss Universe. All three hues are inspired by the gorgeous, sophisticated women entering the 2013 MISS UNIVERSE® competition, to be held November 9, 2013.

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“The women competing for the MISS UNIVERSE title are beautiful, intelligent and inspiring,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI co-founder and Artistic Director. “They are passionate ambassadors for many worthy causes, and through the Miss Universe Organization, they help to empower other young ladies around the world.

“The three new shades in the MISS UNIVERSE promotion were created with these exceptional women in mind,” continues Weiss-Fischmann. “The colors are very glamorous – ideal for special occasions, a night on the town, or even being named the most beautiful woman in the world!”

OPI was named the Miss Universe Organization’s official nail care sponsor for 2013 at the MISS USA® pageant, a precursor to the MISS UNIVERSE® competition.

MISS UNIVERSE nail lacquers each feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application. This Gown Needs a Crown features a satin finish and should be worn without top coat for best results. These shades will be available October 2013, at Professional Salons and Spas for $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!

Hi everyone! It’s time for another Nicole by OPI nail art challenge, and this time Prom Canada has partnered with Nicole by OPI and asked several bloggers to offer their take on “The Perfect Prom Mani.

Prom Canada is a new magazine that will be launching in November 2013 to help Canadian girls plan for one of the most important days of their young lives. The pages will be filled with tons of tips on the latest fashion, beauty and hair trends. Nicole by OPI is the ultimate trend-setters’ nail lacquer. From edgy and experimental, to bold and beautiful, a Nicole girl is independent, carefree, and fashion forward.

Are you ready to see my nail art entry?

I used three Nicole by OPI shades to create this look: Something about Spring, Fabulous is my Middle Name and Candy is Dandy. Something about Spring is a beautiful hot pink creme while Fabulous is my Middle Name is a a clear polish filled with tiny bar glitter and gold shimmer – it’s crazy sparkly! And finally, Candy is Dandy is coral-leaning, warm pink Gumdrops polish with silver shimmer and larger hex glitter pieces which makes it really interesting and fun! It even shimmers with a silvery hue in certain light.

Using Something about Spring as a base colour, I then taped off a quilted pattern on each nail and applied a gradient of Fabulous is my Middle Name and Candy is Dandy – a texture and glitter gradient!

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And finally, a macro of the mani:

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What do you think?

If you like the manicure, please head to the photo album on Prom Canada’s new Facebook page and “LIKE” my photo in order to vote for my entry!

 

Don’t forget to check out Prom Canada’s Facebook page as well as Nicole by OPI’s page while you’re there!

~xo

 

Happy Labour Day Weekend!

Today I have two of the limited edition Gumdrops from Nicole by OPI that were exclusive to Shoppers Drug Mart (in Canada)! Launched this summer, Gumdrops feature a sugar-like finish that dry matte but shimmer with tiny glitter particles. Add candy colours and Gumdrops are like little sugar candies on your nails.

First up, Lemon Lolly, a bright, lemon-hued Gumdrop with a jelly texture and gold shimmer that dries a little sheer, but is absolutely bright, gorgeous and summery! I personally loved Lemon Lolly, but I know yellow is not for everyone. Lemon Lolly would still be a gorgeous accent or nail art polish. I used two coats for the photo below:

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Check out this gorgeous macro shot (click for larger photo):

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And Lemon Lolly, shiny with top coat:

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The second Shoppers Drug Mart exclusive polish is That’s What I Mint, an oddly-named shade as it’s not mint at all, but a blue-teal base with blue and gold glitter. This dried to an amazing, sparkly finish, but comes off looking slightly shiny in my photo. I used two coats for the swatches:

NicolebyOPI_ThatswhatIMint1I love the gold shimmering in the macro shot:

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And finally, shiny:

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Nicole by OPI Gumdrops should always be worn without top coat to achieve the textured finish, but it’s always nice to see the sparkle come alive in a different way with top coat!

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. In Canada, these shades are available for $10.99 each at Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart Canada, Jean Coutu, Loblaw, and London Drug.

Have you snagged either of these exclusives yet? Have you spotted them in the US?

~xo

 

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

 

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