8.30.2015

Weekend Vibes with OPI Venice: Lemony Prosecco Floats!

Hello polished friends!  I hope you are all having a lovely weekend :)  A few weeks back now, OPI sent me their Venice Collection to review (you can check out that post [here]!) and in the gorgeous box they sent was a set of recipe cards featuring Venice-inspired dishes that are best paired with a fresh #OPIVenice manicure!  I think that's a super fun idea, so I decided to pick one of the recipes to share with you here.  Of course, I picked the easiest one, but it's perfect for a warm August evening: Lemony Prosecco Floats with OPI GelColor Be There In A Prosecco!


All you'll need are two scoops of lemon sorbet, chilled Prosecco and raspberries to garnish.  You could use just about any sparkling white wine, but it's more fun when the wine matches your polish ;)





OPI GelColor Be There In A Prosecco is a gorgeous nude that would be beautiful as a nail art base, or on its own as shown here.  This is three coats with OPI GelColor Base Coat and OPI GelColor Top Coat.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


OPI GelColor polish sent for review.  Bottle of wine was provided as part of a PR gift package.

8.28.2015

China Glaze The Great Outdoors Collection: Swatches & Review!

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Good morning polished friends, and welcome to #CampChinaGlaze!  The China Glaze Great Outdoors Collection is just perfect for fall, featuring 12 shades that make me excited for cooler temps (though it's been in the 60s in Northeast Ohio for the last few days...weird for August!), leaves, boots, and campfires!  I've swatched tons of fall/winter collections lately, and I must say, this is one of my favorites.  Big releases from other mainstream brands have been gorgeous, and full of beautiful polishes that I know I will use a ton in the coming months (and that my clients will love, OPI Venice specifically), but this collection features colors that the little nail polish addict in me wants to wear: interesting colors and finishes that are trendy and bold, yet still seasonally appropriate!  Let's take a look...


China Glaze Cabin Fever is a beautiful metallic, pink to gold/bronze duochrome polish.  It doesn't matter how many duochromes I swatch or wear, I still get excited!  This is two coats, but be sure to watch for brushstrokes in your application.






China Glaze Change Your Altitude is a pretty, taupey-gray creme.  Perfect for fall!  This is two easy coats.




China Glaze Check Out The Silver Fox is an ultra-metallic silver!  This is really bold, and I love it!  This is two easy coats.




China Glaze Free Bear Hugs is a super dark brownish-red with a jelly formula that builds really well.  It's squishy, but applies easily and I didn't have any visible nail line issues with two coats.  This really had me excited for dark fall colors!




China Glaze Gone Glamping is a gold to green duochrome with flashes of pink throughout.  This one was really brushstroke-prone and a little more sheer.  I needed three coats for this swatch.






China Glaze Let's Dew It is the glitter of the collection.  This polish features blue and purple glitters in a sea of duochromatic blue-purple shimmer.  Here, I've done three coats on its own (which was not gloopy or gross at all...very easy to work with!), but you could always layer it.  I bet it would be phenomenal over a black creme!





China Glaze My Lodge Or Yours is a rose mauve creme.  Very neutral and a perfect palette cleanser for fall.  This is two coats.




China Glaze Pondering is probably my favorite from this collection!  This is a blue to purple metallic duochrome.  It applies easily with no brush stroke issues.  This is two coats.






China Glaze S'More Fun is a bold, funky yellow-green creme.  I really wanted to love this because "ugly greens" are my absolute favorite, but the formula was a little difficult.  It was streaky and thick at the same time, but it doesn't look too bad.  This is two coats.




China Glaze Sleeping Under The Stars is a dark blurple creme with a beautiful pink shimmer throughout.  Believe it or not, this is just one coat...obviously, this has a very impressive formula!




China Glaze Take A Hike! is a dusty, fall-appropriate green creme.  This is another one-coater!




China Glaze Wood You Wanna? is a really unique metallic polish.  When I first saw it next to Check Out The Silver Fox, I just sort of categorized it as "gold" in my head, because gold and silver made sense, but it's really not at all!  It's more of a purpled-brown metallic...and it's just as awesome as that sounds!  This is two easy coats.




Overall, I think this collection is just fabulous for fall!  Aside from S'More Fun, I didn't have any formula issues, and I think there are shades here for just about everyone.  My personal favorites are Pondering, Wood You Wanna?, and Free Bear Hugs.  Which ones do you love?  The China Glaze The Great Outdoors Collection will be available in August 2015 at Ulta, Sally Beauty Supply and fine salons and beauty supplies for $7.50 retail (but you can definitely find them cheaper from reputable sellers online!).



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