2.27.2015

OPI Hawaii Collection for Spring/Summer 2015: Swatches & Review!

Provided for review

Hello polished friends!  I have an exciting post for you today featuring the new OPI Hawaii Collection for Spring/Summer 2015!  OPI's two major trend releases (S/S and F/W) are generally my favorites of the whole year...and so far this year, that rule stands true!  OPI's cremes are just the best, and I love using them in nail art and as pedicures all year long.  Plus, I have this set in OPI GelColor at work and love using it on my clients!  Let's hop into the swatches...


All swatches done with CND Sticky Base Coat and Rica Glossy Glam Top Coat.

First up, we have OPI Aloha From OPI, a super bright, neon orange-red!  When I originally saw this color in the bottle, I assumed it would be a jelly, but this color is creamy and opaque...so lovely!  This is two easy coats.



Every OPI collection comes with a new nude shade to love, and for the Hawaii Collection we have OPI Do You Take Lei Away?.  This is a creamy nude with a little bit of pink undertones.  I love it!  Plus, this is just two coats (not three like many nudes would require)!



OPI Go With The Lava Flow is a gorgeous orangey brick red with a fierce shimmer throughout.  Just GORGEOUS!  When I purchased this collection in OPI GelColor, this color took my breath away and I applied it immediately!  This is two coats, but in certain lights I see some visible nail line.  This will be a great pedicure color for summer too!



OPI Hello Hawaii Ya? is a beautiful dusty purple.  I love this as a transitional color into warmer months...plus, my clients love purple!  This is two creamy, easy coats.



OPI Is Mai Tai Crooked? is a soft peachy orange creme.  This definitely reminds me of the Brazil Collection from last year.  The formula on this is great...this is two coats.



OPI Just Lanai-ing Around is a pretty pink-toned mauve with a pretty fine shimmer throughout.  I wouldn't usually be attracted to a shade like this, but this is youthful and beautiful!  I think it will be a year-round favorite.  This is two easy coats.



OPI Lost My Bikini In Molokini is a gorgeous bright purple creme!  I love how bold this is, and can't wait to play with it in nail art!  This is two creamy coats!



OPI My Gecko Does Tricks is a frosty metallic bright green.  This is three coats, with easy application...just be cautious of brush strokes.  I usually love green polishes, but this one isn't really my style...but I do think it would make a great pedicure shade!



OPI Pineapples Have Peelings Too! is the glitter of this collection.  Hmm.  I'm not sure exactly what OPI was thinking here.  This is two easy coats...the base built up well and the glitters spread evenly, so I was impressed with the formula.  If this was a frosty teal base with pink glitters, it would be killer, but this color scheme just isn't my thing.



OPI Suzi Shops & Island Hops is a gorgeous creamy pastel pink.  This is three easy coats to smooth everything out (pastels have a tendency to be a little streaky).  I really love this (and my clients love it in GelColor too!).



OPI That's Hula-rious! is a gorgeous, on-trend mint cream.  Like Suzi Shops & Island Hops, this is three coats to smooth out the pastel formula.  It's so nice and creamy, and I just love it for spring!



OPI This Color's Making Waves is a beautifully complex teal blue with a gorgeous pink shimmer.  I love a good mermaid-y shade for summer...I'm sure this one will be a big hit!  This is three coats to cover some visible nail line (and be careful with brush strokes during application).



So, basically, I am obsessed with the cremes in this collection, and I promise you will see them countless times in the next several months!  The OPI Hawaii Collection is available now at professional salons and retailers for $9.50 each retail.  All twelve of these shades are available in OPI GelColor as well, and eight of these shades will be available as part of the OPI Color Palette by Clark+Kensington paint line at Ace Hardware.  Which of these tropical shades is your favorite?!



2.26.2015

White Color Block + Negative Space + Metallic Stripes...Oh my!

Good morning, polished friends!  Today I have a manicure that is loosely inspired by some of the manicures from the recent NYFW FW15!  I loved the organic, graphic looks that OPI created, and while this specific manicure was not one of their looks, it was definitely loosely inspired by the Marissa Webb and Charlotte Ronson manicures.  I changed it up a bit, making it more springy and bridal!  Let's take a look...


I started with a bare nail, and created super chunky white tips using a piece of tape to create a straight line.  The white tips, done in KBShimmer Eyes White Open, are more of a color-block or 50/50 look, but since they are white, they feel a little French-y.  Once that dried, I applied a strip of metallic silver striping tape.  I thought about free-handing a silver stripe, but I knew it wouldn't have the same effect as the tape.  I sealed everything in with KBShimmer Clearly On Top.




If this was really an OPI NYFW look, it would definitely be topped with Matte Top Coat, but I kept it shiny.  This manicure is totally not my style, but I'm glad I gave it a try, especially when my nails were long like this, and it hits a few of the trends we've seen a lot of lately.  What do you think of this look?  :)

KBShimmer products used in this post were provided for previous review.

2.25.2015

Sexy Red Leopard

Good morning, polished friends!  Today, I have a manicure that features one of my very favorite nail art motifs: leopard print!  I think at some point, I saw a dress with this color combo in leopard and really liked it, so here it is!  I wore this as a full manicure on all ten fingers for several days and really loved it!


I started with a base of OPI Romantically Involved and then did the leopard print in OPI My Way Or Norway? and Zoya Louise.  I sealed everything in with KBShimmer Clearly On Top.  Super simple!  New to leopard print?  Then check out my old tutorial [HERE]!




A quick and simple post today, which I hope is okay with everyone after my long-winded Parks And Rec post yesterday.  I'm in recovery from the finale last night...I hope everyone enjoyed it :)

OPI and Zoya polishes used in this post were provided for previous review.
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