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OPI Launches Brazil Collection For Spring/Summer 2014

Brazil by OPI brings the colors of tropical rainforests and warm sandy beaches to nails and toes for Spring/Summer 2014. This new collection features a palette ranging from bright hues of red, pink, coral, orange and yellow to earthy tones of taupe, sienna, mocha and jungle green. In addition to 12 nail lacquers, the Brazil launch includes a set of four limited edition Beach Sandies Liquid Sand™ mini neon nail lacquers in bold purple, pink, turquoise and yellow shades with a textured, matte finish.

“With sun-soaked shores, tropical fruits, and lush flora/fauna, Brazil is such an inspiring locale,” exclaims Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Co-Founder & Executive VP. “I wanted women around the world to embrace the energy and playfulness for which Brazilian women are known. Through the Brazil collection, with shades drenched in color and charged with shine, women can express themselves, showing off their sexy, mysterious, fun and exciting natures.

“On spring runways, models were seen wearing lots of black and white, with bold accents of orange and yellow and muted elements of taupe and clay,” continues Weiss-Fischmann. “Brazil by OPI provides vivid hues to add a pop of color to a neutral-toned wardrobe, as well as earthy tones that easily transition from day to night.”

Brazil by OPI includes the following shades in both nail lacquer and GelColor formulas:

NLA59_NextStopBikiniZoneNext Stop…The Bikini Zone
This amethyst-toned pewter suits me just fine.

NLA60_DontBossaNovaMeAroundDon’t Bossa Nova Me Around
Nobody can stop me from wearing this creamy nude!

NLA61_TaupelessBeachTaupe-less Beach
There’s nothing optional about wearing this enticing taupe.

NLA62_ISaoPauloOverThereI São Paulo Over There
He was sipping coffee with this mocha-toned beauty.

NLA63_OPIScoresaGoalOPI Scores a Goal!
Make your point in this winning shade of rich chocolate.

NLA64_AmazONAmazOFFAmazON…AmazOFF
I’m making the switch to this deep jungle green.

NLA65_IJustCantCopeacabanaI Just Can’t Cope-acabana
Nothing lifts your spirits like this sunshine yellow.

NLA66_WhereDidSuzisManGoWhere Did Suzi’s Man-go?
He went to fetch her this delicious mango smoothie.

NLA67_ToucanDoItIfYouTryToucan Do It If You Try
You have talent to achieve anything in this confident orange.

NLA68_KissMeImBrazilianKiss Me I’m Brazilian
Plant this warm luscious pink on me!

NLA69_LiveLoveCarnavalLive.Love.Carnaval
This vibrant and festive coral is the life of the party.

NLA70_RedHotRioRed Hot Rio
A ruby red as hot as the most exciting city in Brazil.

Brazil Beach Sandies Liquid Sand mini pack includes the following shades:

Samba-dy Loves Purple
Well, who wouldn’t find this vivid textured violet irresistible?

I’m Brazil Nuts Over You
And I’m crazy for this textured matte pink.

What’s a Little Rain Forest?
I’ve got this textured matte blue and an umbrella for two.

You’re So Flippy Floppy
When I found this bright textured yellow, I just flipped!

Brazil_Mini_LiquidSandBrazil nail lacquer shades each feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application. Liquid Sand nail lacquers should always be worn without top coat. Brazil by OPI will be available in both nail lacquer and GelColor formulas beginning February 5, 2014. Nail lacquers will retail for $10.95 CAN each at professional salons and spas across the country. Beach Sandies Liquid Sand mini pack will retail for $14.95 CAN. GelColor is an in-salon, professional service only. Prices depend on the salon and range from $28 – $38 for a manicure and $35 – $45 for a pedicure.

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

 

After the huge success of the OPI Skyfall collection last fall, OPI once again partnered with EON Productions, the company behind the Bond franchise, to launch another special edition set of polishes. The Bond Girls collection is made up of six new Liquid Sand™ nail lacquers featuring a textured, matte finish infused with reflective sparkle fitting the allure surrounding the Bond Girls.  In hues of white, pink, blue, purple, gold and coral, Bond Girls offers a range of shimmering shades with the distinctive Liquid Sand finish.

“The six shades are named after some of the most iconic – and my favorite – Bond girls, including: Solitaire, Pussy Galore, Tiffany Case, Vesper, Honey Ryder and Jinx,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann. “Worn without top coat, these Liquid Sand lacquers give nails a pebbled, matte finish worthy of the captivating ‘Bond Girls’ name.”

Today I bring you three of the gorgeous Bond Girls: Tiffany Case, Solitaire and Jinx!

Tiffany Case is a pale, icy metallic blue with silver glitter, and between the metallic finish and silver glitter, it is such a dazzling polish! I absolutely adore this shade of blue and LOVE the combination of the blue and silver glitter! I used two coats over base coat for the picture below. Only downside? Tiffany Case stains. Terribly.  I may try two coats of base coat next time because I am in love with this polish and would love to wear it again!

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I decided to have some fun with Tiffany Case, so I applied a simple French tip with the gorgeous Solitaire. Solitaire is a pearly white base with fine silver glitter, and simply stunning:

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The third polish for today is probably my favourite of the collection: Jinx. Jinx is a bright orange, coral shade with fine gold shimmer throughout, and the combination of orange and gold is spectacular! The texture of this polish reminded me the most of the Zoya Pixie Dusts – very, very fine sandy finish, and the gold dances within the orange, like a brightly burning ember in the flames:

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The Bond Girls collection is superior to the original Liquid Sands, in my opinion, mainly because these are less grittier and contain finer particles of glitter. I found the Mariah Carey Liquid Sands to catch on things, which made me hesitant to wear them even though they were stunning… I couldn’t get over the “sharp” feeling on and around my nails. The Bond Girls Liquid Sand polishes remind me of Zoya’s Pixie Dust polishes, where, while slightly gritty, are highly wearable. The colour choices for Bond Girls are also beautiful!

Removal of the Liquid Sands is surprisingly easy. It is nowhere near as difficult as glitter removal, with no foil wraps needed. I held a soaked cotton ball over each nail for a few seconds, and the Liquid Sand wiped off. Much easier than glitter!

Do you have any of the Bond Girls yet?

The Bond Girls by OPI collection is now available at Professional Salons. 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

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

Today I bring you a few more of the OPI Mariah Carey polishes, a fantastic collaboration with the Diva herself! My first review of this collection for Can’t Let Go, one of the new Liquid Sand™ shades that OPI debuted polishes with Mariah Carey’s launch, can be seen here!

 

Another Liquid Sand™ shade from the Stage Shades part of this collection is The Impossible, which contains the same matte sand-like textured finish infused with reflective sparkle, as Can’t Let Go, but this time in a gorgeous bright reddish-fuchsia base. The base is actually a jelly finish and builds up from a sheer first coat to a nice, even bright and blue-based red. I love that this polish has star confetti – too cute! The only trouble was actually catching any of the stars (which are larger pieces) on your brush… I had to dig a little to get any on my nail. Here are 2 generous coats on my nails (see my previous review to learn about the drying time):

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Isn’t that pretty? I was surprised by how much I adored this colour!

Now look at The Impossible with a shiny finish:

OPI_MC_TheImpossibleShinyHow AMAZING does that look??

As I mentioned before though, get ready to layer on the top coat, because this is a huge top coat-eater. Which look do you prefer, matte or shiny?

 

The next polish from the Mariah Carey for OPI collection that I have for you is Sprung, more of a “regular” polish – a shimmery copper beauty! Sprung is part of the Studio Shades quartet, and is a deep reddish copper containing tiny gold, copper and rose shimmers for a complex and very sparkly glass-fleck finish. I did not think I’d love this colour so much, but it is perfection, and one of those rare colours that will suit a huge range of skintones. Not only that, but it’s perfectly every-day and office-appropriate.

Here are three thin coats, as this polish tends to be a little on the thin side:

OPI_MC_SprungClick on the pic to see the detail on this polish.

 

I decided to spruce this polish up a little by adding some gold glitter, courtesy of the new OPI collection for Disney’s Oz The Great and Powerful. Here is a little gradient with When Monkeys Fly:

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I have to admit, when I first saw the press release for the OPI Oz collection, I couldn’t wait to see When Monkeys Fly, because it not only has large gold hex glitter, but also tiny holographic glitter pieces in a clear base. Unfortunately though the large glitters are rounded and three-dimensional, making it difficult to lay them flat on the nail using just the brush. It’s still a gorgeous glitter, but probably needs tweezers to flatten the gold pieces. 🙂

 

Hope you have enjoyed today’s post, and don’t forget to enter my Blogaversary Giveaway!

~xo

 

 

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

Back in November, OPI announced a huge collaboration with superstar and superdiva Mariah Carey. The time has come to reveal the beautiful shades, and today I have the first for you, a beautiful OPI Liquid Sand™ shade! OPI debuted Liquid Sand polishes with Mariah Carey’s collection, sparkly yet matte sand-like polishes with a textured, matte finish infused with reflective sparkle, and it is a really different finish! I like that OPI launched this new product with Mariah’s polish collection, essentially coming to market with TWO cool new things! The collection is divided into two parts, the Studio Shades (ranging from pink glitter to rich plum crème), and the Stage Shades (which include the four Liquid Sand polishes).

Liquid Sand polishes are a little different to both wear and apply. The directions ask that you apply a base coat, followed by 2 coats of polish, allowing each coat to dry a little. Liquid Sand polishes take some time to dry… they are quite thick due to the texture, and since you can’t finish off with a fast-drying top coat, you end up waiting for the polish to dry. (Waiting was weird for me too lol!) It wasn’t too long – it took a good 20 min for mine to dry to the touch.

Here is Can’t Let Go, a rich matte purple from the Stage Shades:

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It is a GORGEOUS and vibrant purple!

You can see the texture in this angled shot with flash:

OPI_MC_CantLetGoFlsh

I have to admit, the Liquid Sand finish is very cool, and very now.  However, it felt a little as though I had a rough edge to my nail, the way it caught on everything lol… having textured polish on your nails really requires getting some used to! I kept wanting to pick at it, not to mention, it was pulling on my knitting haha. So definitely give yourself some time to adjust… but it is very, very pretty. And the sparkle is a nice surprise on such a matte background!

 

Well you know I wasn’t going to finish this post without showing you an alternate look:

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That is Can’t Let Go with two really thick layers of top coat! This polish was a top coat-eater… I could have easily applied a third coat!Isn’t it gorgeous though?? I adored the way it looked with top coat!! It was as though I was wearing two different polishes. And the shiny version is crazy sparkly, and brings the vibrant purple to life in a different way. Just stunning!!

And you will be curious, I’m sure, so I will tell you that removal was surprisingly easy! It was nowhere near as difficult as glitter removal – no foil wraps! I held the cotton ball soaked in remover over a nail for a few seconds, and the Liquid Sand wiped off! Not bad for so much glitter!

So what do you think about this new texture, and do you like Can’t Let Go?

~xo

 

 

 

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

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