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Happy weekend!

Today I tried a saran wrap mani for the first time! I have seen this mani around a lot lately, and it seemed relatively easy with not many tools needed… so here goes…

I had been craving the gorgeous American as Apple Pie from Carrie Underwood’s (stunning!) Nicole by OPI collection for the past few days, and finally decided to use it as the base for my saran wrap manicure attempt. American as Apple Pie is a beautiful true red creme with an incredible formula – truly a one coater with an intense glossy finish. I have worn this shade multiple times already, which speaks to how much I love it (given the number of polishes I have, haha)! Below are two coats of this gem:

NicolebyOPI_AmericanAsAplIs that not a perfect, shiny red? Love!

Here’s what you need for a saran wrap manicure:

  • base coat and a good top coat
  • base colour
  • second colour in a complimentary or contrasting shade
  • saran wrap from your kitchen – cut into squares, one for each nail is best although I sometimes reused a piece
  • clean up brush or Q-tip

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I started with a base coat of Nicole by OPI’s new 3-in-1 base/strengthener/top coat, and added one coat of American as Apple Pie. I let that dry naturally.

Once the colour is dry, work one nail at a time.

I applied a generous coat of At Least I Pink So from Nicole by OPI’s 2014 collection, a bright bubblegum pink creme. While still wet, I blotted the crumpled saran wrap on the wet polish to lift the pink/second polish. (Blot it a couple of times to get the desired effect.)

This seems easy however I found it lifted a bit too much at times, but thankfully the fix is easy: simply apply another coat of the second polish and dab the saran wrap on your nail again. For me, I found it best to let the polish sit for a few seconds after I applied it before blotting. Once all nails were done, I used my cleanup brush to remove some of the excess polish I got on my skin and cuticles. Because the effect can be a bit bumpy, I used two coats of top coat: first, a generous coat of the 3-in-1 to top my finished mani, and then I added a coat of Nicole by OPI’s new Quick Dry top coat.

Here is the finished result with each of the two polish bottles (click for larger images):

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And a macro:

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I love the marbled effect that’s achieved!

So what do you think of my first saran wrap manicure? 🙂 If you liked this post, please take a moment to ‘like’ this post or comment!

~xo

 

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

New Year, New Colour!

Nicole by OPI announces 15 new nail lacquers for 2014, featuring a range of shades from dark blue and cool mint to bright sorbet hues, as well as metallic shimmers and creamy nudes. These highly pigmented lacquers offer nail fans a unique, varied colour palette ideal for coordinating with the latest fashion trends.

Nicole by OPI New for 2014-1

“Maintaining manicures is an important goal to have on the New Year’s resolution list! Perfectly painted nails are one of the best accessories any fashionista can have,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, Nicole by OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “It’s easy to add this finishing touch to any look with so many stylish shimmers and vivid tones. With a wide array of options, wearers can truly express their personality through these shades, whether they change up hues often or mix and match to create fun nail designs.”

The new lacquers for 2014 include:

BeAwesomeBe Awesome
A rainbow of light that takes your breath away.

SweetSurrenderSweet Surrender
Defeat looks sweet when wearing this pink blush.

FabulousIsMyMiddleNameFabulous is My Middle Name
Pink and silver super-shimmer is my game.

AlwaysaFlirtAlways a Flirt!
This luminous fuchsia is more than just a wink of pink.

SomethingAboutSpringSomething About Spring
When I saw this hot pink, it bloom my mind!

AtLeastIPinkSoAt Least I Pink So
I’ve got this pretty bubblegum pink on my mind.

IllHaveTheSalmonI’ll Have the Salmon
I’m hooked on this peachy-pink!

YogathenYogurtYoga-then-Yogurt
Oh my! This creamy white is quite yummy!

ThatsPuttingitMildThat’s Putting it Mild
This luscious, creamy nude makes a big fashion statement.

TaupeofMyClassTaupe of My Class
This earthy taupe is a real overachiever.

IShopMintageI Shop Mintage
A timeless minty green with real retro appeal.

TealMeSomethingNewTeal Me Something New
This of-the-moment teal has headline-making style.

OhThatsJustGrapeOh That’s Just Grape!
How am I supposed to resist this cool and juicy violet?

ThisBlueisSoYouThe Blue is So You!
This dramatically dark blue was created with you in mind.

EmeraldEmpoweredEmerald Empowered
When I wear this gemstone green, I feel like I can conquer the world!

Nicole by OPI formulas are long-lasting, fast-drying, and salon-quality. The 15 new nail lacquers will be available in stores beginning January 2014 for $10.99 Cdn each at Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart Canada, Jean Coutu, Loblaw, and London Drug.

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

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