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When you think of Urban Decay, you probably think of their incredible Naked Palettes, eyeshadow palettes that have become synonymous with “makeup must-have.” And imagine if one of the world’s coolest girls co-created a palette of her very own with this super-cool brand… Then you would have the Limited Edition UD | Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette, a collaboration collection of 15 shadows!

UD Gwen Stefani Shadow palette

A true creative partnership and design collaboration, and Urban Decay’s very first celeb-collab, Gwen spent countless hours chatting makeup with UD and was involved in every aspect of this palette, from the case to the final shades. Gwen wanted to create a palette of colours that she had always wished to have in her collection, finally settling on a large range of neutrals and a few jewel tones for pop… 12 of which are brand-new shades while three are from the UD shadow collection, making this Ms. Stefani’s very own go-to kit to achieve her own most iconic looks!

UD Gwen Stefani Shadow palette1

Just look at this huge variety of neutral shadows — and in true Stefani style, Gwen threw in a metallic cool pink and metallic royal blue for the rockstar babe in you!

The 15 shades, many named after Gwen’s songs, are: Blonde – a pale beige w/pink iridescent shift, Bathwater – a pale beige w/gold pearl, Skimp – a pale nude satin, Steady – a medium rose w/metallic gold shift, Punk – a reddish brown matte, Baby – a beautiful cool metallic rose, Anaheim – a light taupe-brown matte, Stark – a nude-pink matte, Zone – a medium brown matte, Serious – a perfect smoky gray w/iridescent floating pearl, Pop – a pale coral w/iridescent sparkle, Harajuku – the metallic blue-pink w/iridescent micro-shimmer to throw you off the nudes you thought you were getting, Danger – a deep metallic royal blue w/blue micro-sparkle, 1987 – a bright metallic yellow-gold, and finally, Blackout – the blackest black matte must-have for every rockstar’s palette!

Below are the top two rows of the palette (unfortunately the lighting blended Stark into Anaheim three shades from the right — you can see it toward the lower right of the photo):

UD Gwen Stefani Shadow swatch

And finally all 15 of the gorgeous shadows:

UD Gwen Stefani Shadow swatch all

I absolutely LOVE the metallic royal blue – bright but muted enough to be highly wearable. And that gold is so Gwen… subtle but buildable gold. Love!

All of these shadows were finely milled and super-pigmented, even the nudes. Application was silky and buttery, and I love that they can be built up very easily. Fallout was minimal, as I’ve come to expect from UD – unless you’re caking on your eyeshadow, you should not expect flaking! Even Serious and Blackout, the most pigmented of the mattes, will stay put and apply incredibly well – go crazy, Baby!

The only note I will make is that the three nude metallic shades are quite soft, and require only gentle pressure when swiping it with my shadow brush, otherwise you could get a bit of fallout on the shadow pan itself. And who wants to lose that much shadow! 😉

Here is another photo of the palette in artificial light:

UD Gwen Stefani Shadow palette artif

Another fun fact: Gwen and UD cofounder Wende first met back in the early days of both No Doubt and UD – UD was created right around the same time that Gwen hit the music scene.

And when UD says Gwen collaborated with us on every detail of this palette, we mean it—right down to the case, which was inspired by her love of black-and-white graphic prints and antique gold accents. She also handpicked most of the shade names, which were based on her songs. There’s even a nod to the No Doubt song “Magic’s in the Makeup” on the palette’s huge mirror. How cool is that? 🙂

 

Have you tried this beautiful eyeshadow palette yet, and which are your favourite shades?

Get your very own UD | Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette now on UrbanDecay.ca, Sephora and Shoppers Drug Mart!

 

~xo

 

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

Gwen Stefani Joins OPI to Release 18 New
Limited Edition Holiday Nail Lacquers

OPI announces the launch of 18 new limited edition holiday nail lacquers inspired by No Doubt singer/songwriter and L.A.M.B. designer Gwen Stefani. This seasonal collection includes an assortment of red, maroon, burgundy, and forest green hues, along with shimmer-packed silver, gold and black shades.

“During the holiday season, women adopt a more glamorous beauty look,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Co-Founder & Brand Ambassador. “OPI’s 18 new shades are inspired by Gwen’s edgy, sophisticated style. There are several rich, warm reds – Gwen’s signature color – deep, jewel-toned amethyst, garnet and emerald, as well as silver and gold. I recommend wearing these festive nail lacquers to instantly accessorize party dresses and elegant winter-wear.

“Gwen Stefani Holiday for OPI also includes an array of unique glitters in shades of black and white, with iridescent and chrome accents,” adds Weiss-Fischmann. “The holidays are all about indulgence, and these sparkly shades epitomize luxury!”

Gwen Stefani Holiday includes the following:

OPI_Just-be-clausJust BeClaus
This magnificent maroon came into my life just in the “nick” of time.

OPI_Kiss-me-or-elfKiss Me – or Elf!
There’s no denying the allure of this amorous red violet.

OPI_I-carol-about-youI Carol About You
I just fa-la-la-la-love this deep royal purple!

OPI_Christmas-gone-plaidChristmas Gone Plaid
I sure am plaid I found this tree-mendous forest green.

OPI_In-a-holidazeIn a Holidaze
I’m dizzy-in-love with this maroon beauty.

OPI_Love-is-hot-and-coalLove is Hot and Coal
Turn the heat up with this deep grayish brown.

OPI_Fashion-a-bowFashion a Bow
So busy – all tied-up today loving this bright reddish-orange!

OPI_Cinnamon-sweeetCinnamon Sweet
Sugar and spice…this deep, warm red is everything nice.

OPI_What's-your-point-settiaWhat’s Your Point-settia?
So what if I think this is the one truly perfect holiday red?

OPI_Red-finger-and-mistletoesRed Fingers & Mistletoes
This smooch-worthy red shimmer is holiday-perfect.

OPI_First-class-desiresFirst Class Desires
This mélange of gold and eggplant shimmer is #1 on my wish list.

OPI_Sleigh-parking-onlySleigh Parking Only
Tell the valet to take good care of this exclusive dark burgundy.

OPI_Rolling-in-cashmereRollin’ in Cashmere
Wouldn’t you just love wearing this warm, luxurious gold?

OPI_Unfrost-my-heartUnfrost My Heart
The shimmery cool glamour of this gleaming silver is beyond hot!

OPI_i'll-tinsel-you-inI’ll Tinsel You In
Black and white confetti and fine glitter adorn this ornamental glitter.

OPI_Snow-globetrotterSnow Globetrotter
Shake up your world with this glitter swirling with white and rainbow flakes.

OPI_Comet-in-the-skyComet in the Sky
Iridescent beams and midnight black create cosmic art in this glitter.

OPI_So-elegantSo Elegant
Black and chrome confetti add sophisticated drama to this glitter.

Gwen Stefani Holiday nail lacquer shades each feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application. Gwen Stefani Holiday will be available October 2014, at Professional Salons and Spas for $11.50 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 Instagram and become a Facebook fan!

Happy weekend! Hope you all had a wonderful holiday, and were able to spend it with your loved ones. Have you gone Boxing Day shopping (and dared to brave the shops)?

Today I have for you two more Gwen Stefani for OPI shades, a collection that I am totally obsessed with (and it does not disappoint)!

The first shade, I Sing in Color, is a deep burgundy vampy creme that is right up my vamp-loving alley. I have lost count of how many dark to blackened polishes I own, but no matter, I Sing in Color is perfection and a must-have. The creme formula was so saturated that it was almost a one-coater, and not only did it apply easily, it dried to a stunning high gloss finish. Below are two coats over base, without top coat:

OPI Gwen I_Sing_in_ColorIn natural light

OPI Gwen I_Sing_in_Color2In artificial light

 

In True Stefani Fashion is the only glitter of this 7-piece collection, and, like the rest of this collaboration, it perfectly captures Gwen Stefani’s punk-rock-yet-sophisticated-goddess spirit. A clear base, it is filled with holographic micro-glitter pieces, along with small round and square (!!) glitter. It is the perfect glitter top coat for all of Gwen’s shades and provides just the right amount of glitter. Here it is over I Sing in Color:

OPI Gwen I_Sing_In_True_Stefani

I especially love In True Stefani Fashion as a gradient – the different sized glitters easily blend into the base shade to gradually build up… and the holo reflection? Like a disco ball on your nails!

See the gorgeous hot pink/fuchsia crème lacquer Hey Baby and the molten semi-matte gold Love.Angel.Music.Baby here! I hope to get the other shades along with the special base coat Lay Down that Base for the chrome finish Push and Shove soon and will share them as soon as I do!

Gwen Stefani by OPI nail lacquers contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application. This promotion will be available beginning January 2014 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!

 

Which one is your favourite Gwen by OPI shade so far?

~xo

 

 

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

I see a LOT of nail polish and makeup, and get easily excited about all of the latest collections, limited releases, beautiful colours. But I have been waiting with baited breath to see what Gwen Stefani would create with OPI. And she did not disappoint!

I’ve never done this before, but I was so thrilled and blown away once I saw the Gwen Stefani for OPI polishes that I am posting my Instagram photos here to give you a quick preview. Here are the absolutely gorgeous hot pink/fuchsia crème lacquer Hey Baby and as an accent nail, Love.Angel.Music.Baby, a new semi-matte satin finish lacquer that looks like molten gold!!!

OPI Gwen HeyBaby_LAMB2 OPI Gwen HeyBaby_LAMB1

Gwen Stefani by OPI nail lacquers contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application. This promotion will be available beginning January 2014 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!

Since the news of the Gwen Stefani/OPI partnership broke a couple of months ago, we have been eagerly awaiting full details of the launch… and today I have the press release along with the official colours for you!

OPI Partners with Music and Fashion Icon
Gwen Stefani to Launch Limited Edition Nail
Lacquers, Featuring Breakthrough Finishes

OPI joins celebrity partner Gwen Stefani in announcing seven new limited edition nail lacquers for 2014, featuring standout color in breakthrough finishes. Highlights from the collection include a bold red lacquer that pays homage to Gwen’s signature lipstick, a new semi-matte satin finish in shades of gold and black, and a mirrored chrome paired with a special base coat.

Gwen-Stefani_OPI-launch

Inspired by the 2013 Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute Gala that featured the theme “Punk: Chaos to Couture,” OPI Executive VP and Artistic Director Suzi Weiss-Fischmann decided to create a collection of lacquer celebrating the role of music as a major influence in fashion. “With her expertise as a singer, songwriter and designer, who better to collaborate with than Gwen Stefani?” asks Weiss-Fischmann. “Known for her trademark red lips, bold eye makeup and nail art, Gwen uses beauty to accessorize her style.”

Gwen’s signature red OPI hue – Over & Over A-Gwen – is available in a boxed set, which includes Swarovski black crystals and silver, gold and pewter studs in bar, square, diamond and circle shapes for creating unique nail designs, as well as nail glue for easy application. Love.Angel.Music.Baby. and 4 in the Morning feature a new, semi-matte satin finish designed to be worn without top coat. Push and Shove, a bold chrome hue, is also worn without top coat but requires a special complimentary base coat – Lay Down that Base. One thin coat of Lay Down that Base topped with two thin coats of Push and Shove yields an intense, mirrored finish. The collection is rounded out with two glossy crème lacquers and one sparkly glitter shade: Hey Baby, I Sing in Color, and In True Stefani Fashion.
“OPI wanted to create a collection as dramatic, diverse and glamorous as its namesake,” adds Weiss-Fischmann. “With crème and glitter hues, new satin matte texture, a mirrored chrome and SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, Gwen Stefani by OPI presents the latest in pigments and finishes, while combining elements of haute couture and street fashion.”

Gwen Stefani by OPI includes the following seven limited edition nail lacquers: Hey Baby, I Sing in Color, Love.Angel.Music.Baby., 4 in the Morning, In True Stefani Fashion, Push and Shove* and Over & Over A-Gwen**.

NLG25_G_OverAndOveraGwenOver & Over A-Gwen

NLG26_HeyBabyHey Baby

NLG27_ISingInColorI Sing in Color

NLG28_LoveAngelMusicBabyLove Angel Music Baby

NLG29_4InTheMorning4in the Morning

NLG31_InTrueStefaniFashionIn True Stefani Fashion

(Photos of Push and Shove, chrome finish, not yet released)

Gwen Stefani by OPI nail lacquers contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application. This promotion will be available beginning January 2014 at professional salons and spas across Canada, for $10.95 suggested retail for each nail lacquer. The boxed set including Over & Over A-Gwen and SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS will retail for $18.95 CAN.

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

*Must be worn with Lay Down that Base, which is complimentary when purchasing Push and
Shove
**Sold only in a boxed set including SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS

I absolutely adore Gwen Stefani’s fearless, cool style and well… she’s just one of the coolest chicks ever! That signature red lip with the platinum blonde mane for over a decade? She never goes out of style. And to partner with OPI is ingenious! I’ve been waiting for the official release of the colours and am not disappointed… 🙂

Ok…. tell me which ones you must absolutely have???

~xo

OPI Partners with Music and Fashion Icon
Gwen Stefani to Launch Limited Edition Nail
Lacquers, Featuring Breakthrough Finishes

OPI joins celebrity partner Gwen Stefani in announcing seven new limited edition nail lacquers for 2014, featuring standout color in breakthrough finishes. Highlights from the collection include a bold red lacquer that pays homage to Gwen’s signature lipstick, a new semi-matte satin finish in shades of gold and black, and a mirrored chrome paired with a special base coat.

Inspired by the 2013 Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute Gala that featured the theme “Punk: Chaos to Couture,” OPI Executive VP and Artistic Director Suzi Weiss-Fischmann decided to create a collection of lacquer celebrating the role of music as a major influence in fashion. “With her expertise as a singer, songwriter and designer, who better to collaborate with than Gwen Stefani?” asks Weiss-Fischmann. “Known for her trademark red lips, bold eye makeup and nail art, Gwen uses beauty to accessorize her style.”

Gwen-Stefani_OPI-launch

Gwen’s signature red OPI hue – Over & Over A-Gwen – is available in a boxed set, which includes Swarovski black crystals and silver, gold and pewter studs in bar, square, diamond and circle shapes for creating unique nail designs, as well as nail glue for easy application. Love.Angel.Music.Baby. and 4 in the Morning feature a new, semi-matte satin finish designed to be worn without top coat. Push and Shove, a bold chrome hue, is also worn without top coat but requires a special complimentary base coat – Lay Down that Base. One thin coat of Lay Down that Base topped with two thin coats of Push and Shove yields an intense, mirrored finish. The collection is rounded out with two glossy crème lacquers and one sparkly glitter shade: Hey Baby, I Sing in Color, and In True Stefani Fashion.

“OPI wanted to create a collection as dramatic, diverse and glamorous as its namesake,” adds Weiss-Fischmann. “With crème and glitter hues, new satin matte texture, a mirrored chrome and SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, Gwen Stefani by OPI presents the latest in pigments and finishes, while combining elements of haute couture and street fashion.”

Gwen Stefani by OPI includes the following seven limited edition nail lacquers: Hey Baby, I Sing in Color, Love.Angel.Music.Baby., 4 in the Morning, In True Stefani Fashion, Push and Shove* and Over & Over A-Gwen**. Gwen Stefani by OPI nail lacquers contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and
feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application. This promotion will be available beginning January 2014 at professional salons and spas across Canada, for $10.95 suggested retail for each nail lacquer. The boxed set including Over & Over A-Gwen and SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS will retail for $18.95 CAN.

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

 

*Must be worn with Lay Down that Base, which is complimentary when purchasing Push and
Shove
**Sold only in a boxed set including SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS

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