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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.)

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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.)

Happy Easter weekend everyone!!

Though I simply adore the cute pastels associated with Easter – pale yellow, baby pink and blue –  I was planning on wearing a pastel yellow, I was hit by a bolt of inspiration when I saw this gorgeous manicure on the the Lacquerheads of Oz Instagram. And let me tell you, I had never attempted a dotticure! I always mention this, but I’m not big on doing nail art myself… (I love seeing everyone else’s!) Jelly sandwiches, yes. French manicures… love. But actual nail art is a bit foreign to me.

However, I decided to give it a try, without dotting tools, no less! So out came the bobby pins, the gorgeous OPI Euro Centrale collection, and a new go-to polish from Nicole by OPI: Am I Making Myself Claire? from the Modern Family collection!

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I decided to use the beautiful vanilla shade My Vampire is Buff as my base, which I previously reviewed here. This is the perfect bisque shade, one that I haven’t tired of. Here is our canvas at 2 coats:

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Since this was a first for me, I decided to document the process (for both you and for me). 🙂 I added some random dots using Nicole by OPI’s Am I Making Myself Claire?, a dusty, greyed lilac that is perfection in both formula and application, and OPI You’re Such a Budapest, a pretty and soft periwinkle/pale lilac shade. Budapest actually has a hint of a shimmer that is more visible when it’s used as a regular polish on the full nail. Here is what it looked like:

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The combination of these colours was gorgeous – soft, pastel and very spring-like!  The finishing touch was OPI…Eurso Euro, a dark blue creme, leaning slightly purple, with a vibrancy that would make this manicure pop:

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In the above bright sun photo, the bottle looks a bit brighter than the colour is in real life.

The same manicure, with the bottle of You’re Such a Budapest, and a layer of top coat:

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What do you think?

 

I fell in love with this manicure, and just loved the gradient-dotticure look. This was one of those manicures that received some oohs and aahs, mainly due to the beautiful colour selection. OPI really has outdone themselves with their Euro Centrale collection!

 

And finally, a new day, a new look. Layering a coat of OPI’s new Matte Top Coat on this mani gave it an artsy, edgy look:

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OPI’s new Matte Top Coat dries in seconds, to a satiny, matte, velvety finish. It actually makes the polish feel buffed – a very natural-nails feel. I cannot tell you how thrilled I am that OPI finally launched this product, because there was a period of time last year that I searched high and low for a matte-maker… only to find a lone product that was accessible on the market. I’ve also tried this with glitter and it does not disappoint!!

So which is your favourite look, and what did you think of my first dotticure?

~xo

 

 

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

 

The upcoming OPI Euro Centrale collection for spring and summer 2013 is one I’ve been waiting for.  Described in the press release (see it here) as “celebrating a region where history meets modern design, the collection’s twelve new nail lacquers offer a mixture of glamorous metallic hues; playful bright shades in periwinkle, aqua and pink; and creamy blues in indigo, midnight and aubergine.” And glamorous and perfect they are!! I adore the huge variety of this collection, spanning the colour spectrum from light to dark and from creme to metallic to glitter.

First up, Vant to Bite My Neck?, a deep aubergine… vampy, the way I like my dark polish, with amped-up shine in a dreamy creme base. This could almost be a one-coater. It’s a perfect consistency, applying evenly and drying in great time. What did I say? Dreamy!!

OPI_Euro_VantToBiteThat is two coats over OPI’s base coat. I cannot wait to wear Vant to Bite again; it is such a versatile colour. I am a little surprised that this was included in a spring/summer collection, but all the more reason to love it! A year-round purple. (And I’ve really been into purples lately!)

As stunning as Vant to Bite My Neck? was, my most sought-after polish from this collection was actually My Vampire is Buff. On the other end of the spectrum from vamps are my other favourite polish colours: nudes and whites. And guess what My Vampire is Buff is? A near-white nude opaque creme! Aptly named, this polish’s name made me chuckle as I applied it. It kind of looks like a sallow, ghostly vampire’s skin…. lol.

This one needed some patience to apply… like many opaque polishes this close to white, I applied it generously on the first coat, and thankfully it leveled nicely. Here it is with two coats over base:

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In some of the pictures I had seen, this polish looked almost white, so I have tried very carefully to capture its authentic colour in daylight (all my direct-sun pictures looked far too white). Isn’t it gorgeous?

You don’t have to wait much longer! The Euro Centrale by OPI will be available February 6, 2013, at Professional Salons and spas. For more information, visit www.opi.com, follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!

What do you think of these two very different shades?

~xo

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

I cannot wait to try this gorgeous collection…. can you? 🙂

 

OPI Announces the Launch of Euro Centrale for Spring/Summer 2013

 

Classic meets contemporary with Euro Centrale by OPI for Spring/Summer 2013. Celebrating a region where history meets modern design, the collection’s twelve new nail lacquers offer a mixture of glamorous metallic hues; playful bright shades in periwinkle, aqua and pink; and creamy blues in indigo, midnight and aubergine.

“Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Romania make up an exciting new fashion hotspot,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director.  “When visiting these countries, you’ll view Gothic churches alongside vibrant graffiti murals, blending two very different aesthetics. This fusion of old and new was also seen in runway looks during New York Fashion Week, where classic styles were reinvented with modern silhouettes and patterns.

Euro Centrale boasts a wide variety of shades, ranging from pale nude to deep blue – and featuring everything from shimmering copper to aqua in between!,” continues Weiss-Fischmann. “Whether you’re looking to spice up a black and white print, or add neutrality to a vivid brocade, these lacquers are designed to accessorize spring’s hottest looks.”

Euro Centrale by OPI includes the following shades:

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Blue and violet are dancing partners in this glittery combo.

 OPI…Eurso Euro

This deep blue cream is very continental.

 Suzi’s Hungary AGAIN!

Thank goodness there are zero calories in this warm and yummy pink!

 You’re Such a BudaPest

If I let you borrow this periwinkle-purple, will you go away?

 Can’t Find My Czechbook

I hope you take credit, because I must have this aqua!

 My Paprika is Hotter than Yours!

Get the extinguisher…this fiery red is sizzling!

Hands Off My Kielbasa!

Get your own…this bronzy tan is all mine!

 OY–Another Polish Joke!

So this shimmery-gold walks into a bar…

 

A Woman’s Prague-ative

I’m changing this shimmery copper for…never mind!

Vant to Bite My Neck?

You know you want to…wear this deep eggplant.

 I Saw…U Saw…We Saw…Warsaw

Be seen in this deep midnight blue.

My Vampire is Buff

Creamy, pale and nude…just how I like my vampires.

Euro Centrale Collection nail lacquer shades contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and each includes OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application.

Euro Centrale by OPI will be available February 6, 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!

 

 

 

 

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