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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:

OPI_MC_SkiSlopeSweetieHow insanely beautiful does it look layered over MVIB?

 

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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All I Want for Christmas (is OPI)!

OPI Joins Mariah Carey to Launch 18 New
Limited Edition Holiday Nail Lacquers

OPI announces the launch of 18 new limited edition holiday nail lacquers inspired by recording artist and international superstar Mariah Carey. This seasonal promotion includes an assortment of red, burgundy, maroon and chocolate brown hues, along with glitter-packed gold, bronze and pearl shades. Mariah Carey Holiday also features six new Liquid Sand™ lacquers, ranging from icy blue to frosted pink to sparkling graphite. Each of the Liquid Sand shades showcases OPI’s groundbreaking technology for a textured, matte finish infused with reflective sparkle.

“Mariah Carey is truly synonomous with the holiday season,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “People around the world listen to her festive, iconic songs – ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ is a personal favorite – and these 18 lacquers evoke the warmth, beauty, energy and positive spirit that’s present in Mariah’s music.

“This holiday season is all about red, glitter and texture for nails,” adds Weiss-Fischmann. “With 18 shades, there’s a perfect hue for every occasion. The 12 crème and glitter lacquers include classic reds, champagne gold, and warm burgundies, while the six Liquid Sand shades should be worn without top coat for a matte finish in icy, frosted colors.”

Mariah Carey Holiday includes the following (*Liquid Sand shade):

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Make this champagne glitter your new personal favorite.

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This marvelous maroon is present-ly my top choice.

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This deep red violet has foxy written all over it.

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Is my kiss as spicy-sweet as this candy-apple red?

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This generously pigmented red is worth staying on the “nice” list.

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I see this rich burgundy in my immediate future.

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This spiced coffee hits all the cold spots.

HLE12_WonderousStar.loresWonderous Star
This gold-flecked shimmer has heavenly shine.

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What more can we say…the name says it all.

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There’s only room left for this dark hot chocolate.

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This golden pearl is everybunny’s favorite.

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Just like I snow you love this disco light confetti.

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This blush of textured pink has parades of sparkle.

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Can’t wait to see you…in this textured and sparkling lilac.

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But make this textured glistening rose mine first!

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This frosted silver is so icy it’s hot.

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This dramatic sparkling coal has got me feeling fine.

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It’s time to fall in love with this frosted ice blue.

Mariah Carey Holiday 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. Mariah Carey Holiday will be available October 2013, at professional salons and spas across Canada for $10.95 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!

What do you think? This is one of those rare occasions that I feel as though I want EVERY – SINGLE – POLISH in this collection!!! They are GORGEOUS!!

~xo

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:

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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:

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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.)

OPI Partners with Multi-Platinum International Superstar Mariah Carey to Launch Limited Edition Shades, Featuring the Revolutionary New Liquid Sand™ Nail Lacquers


OPI announces the launch of eight new limited edition shades inspired and hand-selected by multiple Grammy Award winning recording artist Mariah Carey. These shades include four new OPI Liquid Sand™ lacquers featuring groundbreaking technology for a textured, matte finish infused with reflective sparkle.

OPI is extremely excited to work with Mariah,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “She’s very passionate about beauty and her nails in particular. Her music, which includes 18 Billboard No. 1 singles, served as a wonderful inspiration for glamorous, sultry, vibrant colors.

“To pay homage to her iconic status, we wanted to launch her collection with something completely new and exciting. OPI Liquid Sand nail lacquer offers a never-before-seen look with a pebbled finish that lightly shimmers with fine glitter particles. Worn without top coat, Liquid Sand lacquer gives nails a unique textured matte finish worthy of a superstar.”

Mariah Carey by OPI includes four Studio Shades – ranging from pink glitter to rich plum crème – and four Stage Shades – each featuring the new textured finish. Studio Shades include: A Butterfly Moment (This sophisticated and frosty tan nude has us all a-flutter), Sprung (Fall hopelessly in love with this shimmery copper), Pink Yet Lavender (This pink glitter with lavender shimmer has superstar shine!), and Anti-bleak (This deep, creamy purple will lift your spirits).

Stage Shades include: Stay the Night (Make it last in this matte black with red glints), Get Your Number (Wearing this matte blue with sparkles is a great call), Can’t Let Go (Hold onto this matte purple with dazzling sparkle), and The Impossible (This matte fuchsia with star confetti will never give up). OPI Liquid Sand lacquers should always be worn without top coat.

Mariah Carey 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 2013 at Professional Salons and Spas for $10.95 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!

ABOUT OPI

As the world leader in the professional nail care industry, OPI is committed to providing high-quality products and services to both salons and their customers, along with a focus on industry safety and innovation. Known for its exceptional formula, fashionable colors and iconic names, OPI’s heavily-pigmented lacquers are super rich, long-lasting and chip-resistant – offering an affordable luxury to consumers. OPI nail lacquer is available in over 200 shades and contains no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde. Each lacquer features OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application. Currently, OPI is available in over 100 countries and retails a full line of professional items, including nail treatments, finishing products, lotions, manicure/pedicure products, files, tools, gels and acrylics.

 

ABOUT MARIAH CAREY

With a distinct five-octave vocal range, prolific songwriting and producing talent, Carey has defined the modern pop performance. As a singer/songwriter/producer, she has been recognized with five Grammy Awards, nine American Music Awards, Billboard’s “Artist of the Decade” Award, the World Music Award for “World’s Best Selling Female Artist of the Millennium,” and BMI’s “Icon Award” to name a few. She recently made a substantial mark in film with her critically acclaimed role as a social worker in “Precious,” the 2009 film based on the novel “Push”by Sapphire. A Congressional Award recipient, Carey has generously donated her time and energy to a range of domestic and international philanthropic causes near to her heart including The Fresh Air Fund/Camp Mariah (a retreat where inner-city children explore career development), Save the Music Foundation and Make-a-Wish Foundation among several others.

Mariah is currently in the studio, writing, recording and executive-producing her next album for Island Def Jam Music Group; the lead single “Triumphant (Get ‘Em),” is now available on iTunes. Carey will join the judges’ panel of FOX’s American Idol when the series returns in 2013.

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