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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.

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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:

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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.

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Which of the Venice Collection shades are your favourites?

~xo

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

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For this summer, Nicole by OPI launched a mini-collection of four new nail lacquers called Seize the Summer. Including bright, beach-ready shades of coral, citrus green, hot pink and metallic confetti glitter, these tropical shades are beautiful and will have you dreaming of the islands!

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One of the first shades I wore from this collection, against my usual preference of pinks and corals, was Lay it on the Lime, the bright lime green shade.

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Having seen just how bright this gorgeous neon can be, I wanted to experiment with a fun way to soften it. If you follow my blog, you have surely noticed my love of gradients, and why not gradient over Lay it on the Lime!

To make this beautiful neon softer and more wearable for those that are neon-shy, I thought a nude, taupe-y shade would do the trick. Enter That’s Putting it Mild, a creamy nude shade!

The look I wanted was similar to a soft, unstructured French manicure, with neon tips. What do you think of the end result?

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I also experimented with this gradient using OPI’s amazing nude Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around… another gorgeous combo you may have seen on my Instagram.

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

 

Would you like to see a tutorial for this look?

~xo

 

 

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

 

I wanted to bring you a quick post today… I am back after my mini-beach vacation and am not only surprised, but extremely impressed that my beach-themed manicure lasted! Spending most of my time in the water and with all that sun, sand and heat, I was sure I’d have to reapply… I even brought a selection of polishes to choose from! (Not to mention top coat, base coat… files…)

Without even giving it much thought, I knew I wanted to use my favourite bisque shade, OPI’s My Vampire is Buff as a base (as I have for my other recent gradients here and here). Instinctively I reached for the beautiful creme blue shade Rocky from Zoya’s Stunning Collection for Summer 2013. Rocky is a gorgeous, highly wearable sky-blue shade; bright but without being in-your-face, and it looked amazing with MVIB! (Have I told you that blue is my favourite colour?)

Please excuse the iPhone quality picture, but I literally applied this mani once I had finished packing and was getting ready to head to the airport. Being slightly tight on time, I cheated a little and actually applied some Rocky to the tips straight from the brush, then sponged on the gradient for the blended, gradient effect:

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Imagine how great it felt to see my nails and be transported to heaven on earth:

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What do you think of my beach mani?

 

Get Zoya directly from Zoya if you’re in the US, and get OPI’s My Vampire is Buff from Professional Salons and spas, or get both Zoya and OPI from Nail Polish Canada. Don’t forget to follow Zoya on Facebook and on Twitter for the latest and get more information on OPI from www.opi.com, or follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!

~xo

 

 

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

Celebrating the Year of the Blogger!

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Today is piCture pOlish Blog Fest 2013, and I am so happy to announce that I was once again able to participate in this world-wide blogger event!

This year was a little bit different than last year’s Blog Fest, with it celebrating bloggers and all we do. (Thank you, piCture pOlish!) And with that, this year’s challenge was to create the most ‘amazing nail art manicure ever’ using three piCture pOlish shades. My three shades are:

  • O’Hara, a gorgeous bright red crelly (cream/jelly) scattered holographic,
  • Electric Blue, a vampy midnight blue cream with a gorgeous blue shimmer ribbon through it,
  • and Ruby Blou, a red, white and blue glitter in a clear base.

All Blog Fest 2013 participants will be entered into the Blog Fest Awards to be eligible to win the incredible prize of creating a collaboration shade with piCture pOlish in 2014!!! There will be three winners, voted on by going to the special Pinterest Blog Fest 2013 board, with one voted on by piCture pOlish friends and fans, another voted on by all Blog Fest 2013 participants (bloggers), and a final award as selected by Jules and Megs, the creators of piCture pOlish! How incredible is that!

Without further ado, here is my creation using O’Hara, Electric Blue and Ruby Blou:

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Having recently discovered a knack for (and love of) gradients, I took the risk of using the two bright and contrasting shades of Electric Blue and O’Hara in a sponged-on gradient, with a sparkly finish.

Now let’s look at how I created my piCture pOlish Blog Fest nail art!

1. Start by selecting your polishes for your gradient mani:

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2. Then gather all necessary tools. In my case, I laid out some foil over my work surface, a sponge (or two), a brush for clean-up, and an orangewood stick, if you require:

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3. Apply base coat and paint your nails a base colour. I chose white as my clean, bare canvas:

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4. Once your white coat is dry, you can begin sponging! Using your foil work surface, drop your two polish shades (in my case, O’Hara and Electric Blue) side by side, almost touching. To better allow my contrasting colours to fade into each other, I added a drop of white between the two polishes to soften the edges. See photo.
You can blend the polish drops into each other slightly by using a toothpick, if you wish.
Now gently touch your sponge to the polish, and sponge onto your first nail. You may need to repeat multiple times on one nail in order to fully cover it.

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5. Repeat sponging each nail until your nails are fully covered with the gradient, and you should have something like this when you’re finished:

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6. Now the clean-up: dip your brush (I like to use a short, firm brush) into nail polish remover, dab on a paper towel to remove excess, and start wiping the edges of your nails and fingers to remove the polish. This is the most time-consuming part of a gradient mani, so be patient. Wipe your brush on your paper towel every few wipes to remove any colour, then dip and wipe again.

7. Add a coat of top coat to bring back the shine to your polish. (You can skip this step if adding a clear-base glitter, like I did.)

8. Add your chosen glitter polish, in my case, the spectacular, sparkly Ruby Blou.

9. Add a coat of quick-drying top coat…

…and voila!

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As a final touch, taking a cue from Adele’s Louboutin-inspired tips, I decided to paint the underside of my nails in O’Hara:

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What do you think of my nail art?

Don’t forget to follow piCture pOlish on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram, and check out their new YouTube channel! To get any of the shades used here (or other piCture pOlish and Ozotic polishes) check out the piCture pOlish Network page. You can also buy direct from them! Check out their Shipping page for more info. And make sure to check out their Everyday Deals page to find daily deals!

(disclaimer from piCture pOlish re Blog Fest Awards: bloggers that have already produced a collaboration shade are exempt from winning a prize this year, to make it fair to all participants and provide a chance for other bloggers.)

~xo

 

Feel free to add your Blog Fest 2013 mani to the list and grab the code to add it to your blog!

Ok, I am a little obsessed. Maybe totally obsessed. I can’t stop gradient-ing… think I have a problem?

My first gradient using OPI’s My Vampire is Buff, a most perfect nude/bisque polish, was actually today’s nail art, after which I decided to pair My Vampire with Zoya Josie for my fresh gradient look seen here.

For today’s look, I wanted to pair subtle with sizzling, and used Essie’s HOT The Girls are Out with OPI’s My Vampire is Buff.

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Don’t the two colours look pretty together? (But then again, I think OPI’s MVIB is perfection with anything.)

Here are the two colours together:

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Shade

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So which look do you prefer, the Zoya gradient with Josie, or the Essie gradient with The Girls are Out?

 

Go to Essie.ca for more information or to find a salon near you, or follow them on Twitter and Facebook! You can find OPI’s My Vampire is Buff at Professional Salons and spas, or get both Essie and OPI from Nail Polish Canada.

~xo

 

 

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

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, you’ll know that “nail art” is not something I venture into often. However, lately I have become obsessed with gradients – and not of the glitter variety like I normally wear!

I became inspired to try a nude-based gradient after having seen some gorgeous, unexpected combinations recently, and I really wanted to wear OPI’s My Vampire is Buff, the perfect bisque cream (see it here!). Deciding to try a brand-new shade, I chose Zoya Josie, from the Stunning Collection for Summer 2013.

Zoya Josie is a cool, light grassy-green cream shade, perfection in every sense as Zoya usually is. It’s a beautifully pigmented polish, providing perfect coverage on the first coat, self-leveling and shiny. I knew it would make a gorgeous gradient.

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OPI’s My Vampire is Buff seems to be the go-to base shade for many nail art projects these days. Its bisque shade is much softer than white, and it is a beautiful nude, one of my favourites. I applied a generous coat of My Vampire is Buff over base coat and let it dry before starting my sponge-on gradient.

And here is the finished product, with a coat of FNUG’s IGEL top coat (have I raved about IGEL enough?):

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Doesn’t it look so fresh, so summery?

I don’t often reach for green polish, but Zoya Josie is pure beauty!! The cream, the soft, almost-but-not-quite bright shade… what’s not to love!

Here is another shot, this time in the sun:

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And one more, in the shade, because I can’t get enough of this gradient!

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Order Zoya Josie directly from Zoya if you’re in the US, and get OPI’s My Vampire is Buff from Professional Salons and spas, or get both Zoya and OPI from Nail Polish Canada. Don’t forget to follow Zoya on Facebook and on Twitter for the latest and get more information on OPI from www.opi.com, or follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!

~xo

 

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

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