7.23.2014

OPI Nordic Collection for Fall/Winter 2014: Swatches & Review!

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Hi everyone!  I am very excited about today's post!  This is my official swatch and review for the OPI Nordic Collection for Fall/Winter 2014!  I love OPI, and this collection is no exception...everything is high quality and easy to work with!  This collection is essentially golden browns, purples and a few unexpected brights.  Seriously, it puts me in the mood for new boots, football and hot chocolate.  :)  Let's take a look...


All swatches were done with CND Stickey base coat, two coats of polish and OPI Top Coat unless otherwise noted.

First up is OPI Can't Afjörd Not To, a bright orange creme.  How awesome is it that there are brights in this Fall/Winter collection?!  The bright shades just have the perfect amount of dustiness so that they make sense for the season.  This is two easy coats!



Another bright shade, OPI Do You Have This Color In Stock-holm? is a bright purple.  I really love this!  Two creamy coats.



OPI Going My Way Or Norway? is a golden deep tan creme.  I'm not sure it plays nice with my skin tone, but it is a lovely color for Fall...I'd like to play with it as the base for some nail art!  This is two easy coats.



OPI How Great Is Your Dane? is a cool taupe-y brown.  This shade is so nice...I loved brown polishes last winter but never had one that was so cool-toned.  Love it!  Two flawlessly smooth coats.



OPI Ice-Bergers & Fries is a warm caramel creme.  So gorgeous for Fall and Winter!  Again, this is two easy coats.  All of these cremes have a classic OPI formula.



OPI My Dogsled Is A Hybrid is a dusty teal, perhaps unexpected in a mainstream Fall/Winter release!  Personally, I love this pop of color and can't wait to wear this shade as a full manicure.  This is two easy coats.



OPI My Voice Is A Little Norse is a silver and holographic microglitter in a milky gray base.  So pretty...perfect New Year's Eve shade (too early?!).  This is three coats on its own, but you could also layer it over another shade.  For such a dense glitter, it was easy to work with.



OPI OPI With A Nice Finn-ish is a metallic gold polish.  While this one isn't my favorite, it is pretty and may be nice paired with some of the cremes in this collection for nail art.  While the brush strokes aren't super obvious, you should still be cautious with application.  This is two coats.



OPI Skating On Thin Ice-Land is a dark red-toned plum.  This is super pretty!  Two easy coats.



OPI Suzi Has A Swede Tooth is a rosy pink creme...not something you'd expect to see in a Fall/Winter release, but I love it.  I feel like this shade of pink is bold, yet soft at the same time.  This is two easy coats.



OPI Thank Glogg It's Friday! is a burgundy with pink shimmer throughout.  This is more what I'd expect to see in a cold-weather collection.  It almost has a holiday feel to it.  This was two easy coats.



OPI Viking In A Vinter Vonderland is a classic vampy dark purple polish.  It wouldn't be Fall without this shade.  This is two coats.



Overall, I am loving the Nordic Collection!  While it still feels a bit early to be playing with darker Fall shades and some of them aren't super unique, I love the bolder colors and the formula is spot-on for all of them!  You can't beat an OPI creme!  This collection will be available in OPI lacquer and OPI GelColor in August 2014!  Which shades are your favorites?!


7.22.2014

KBShimmer Beach-Themed Anniversary Celebration Trio: Swatches & Review!

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Hello polished friends!  Today I have the newest small release from KBShimmer.  I love this brand so, so much...everything about it!  The KBShimmer Anniversary Celebration Trio is beach-themed and celebrates the company's sixth anniversary!  This trio will launch on KBShimmer's site on August 1, 2014!


KBShimmer Beach Please is a bright, neon blue-toned pink.  So pretty and perfectly summer!  This is two coats with KBShimmer Clearly On Top.  The formula was easy to work with.  It dried to a satin matte finish, so Clearly On Top added the shine!



KBShimmer Hexy Bikini is a killer polish: a holographic, textured glitter bomb!  WOW!  This is two easy coats with no top coat.  If you wanted to smooth it out to a shiny finish, I'm sure two coats of Clearly On Top would do that job.  Just look at this!  So fabulous.



Finally, KBShimmer Shore Thing is a super bright aqua-mint creme.  This shade is perfectly on-trend for summer, and honestly, could be super fun year-round.  This is two easy coats with Clearly On Top (which added the shine to the satin neon finish).



This trio will be available on August 1, 2014 from KBShimmer!  Also, be sure to follow KBShimmer on Facebook [here] for more info on a fun upcoming giveaway and this release!  In the next few weeks I'll be posting nail art showing off the new KBShimmer nail vinyls too...so keep your eyes open for that!  SO much excitement coming from KBShimmer :)


7.21.2014

OPI GelColor Tie Dye Nails Inspired by Algae Veronica!

Hi everyone!  Today's post is all about the AWESOME manicure that I wore on my recent vacation!  If you follow along on Instagram, then you've already seen some images of this manicure, but I've been so excited to share it on the blog as well.  I spent a long time thinking about what I wanted to wear on my nails for the beach (how often do I get to keep the same manicure on for 24 hours, let alone a week?!), but in the end, this manicure won out!  Algae Veronica, the great nail tech and artist, recently posted a tutorial for this look and since I've been wanting to play with more nail art with gel polish, I decided to give it a go!  Be sure to check out Algae Veronica's Tie Dye Tutorial HERE!

First of all, I have a few things to say: 1) I adore Algae Veronica...she truly is someone I really look up to as an artist, nail tech, and entrepreneur.  2)  I LOVE tie dye.  I wear it probably three days a week and I love making it and sharing it with family and friends.  And 3) I am falling in love with OPI GelColor.  I've been wearing it more and more and it is simply fabulous!


I started with a base of OPI GelColor Base Coat followed by two coats of OPI GelColor Alpine Snow.  Then, I followed the tutorial outlined by Algae Veronica to create the tie dye with the following shades: OPI GelColor I Just Can't Cope-acabana, OPI GelColor Kiss Me I'm Brazilian and OPI GelColor Can't Find My Czechbook.  I sealed everything in with OPI GelColor Top Coat...all cured in my OPI LED Light!


This was one of those designs that looked just as nice, if not nicer, on my dominant hand.  It was easy to do with my left hand, even if I am a little unsteady!



I wore this manicure for eleven days before removing it with no chips or issues at all.  While on vacation, I floated around in a tidal pool for about three hours, and I thought for sure the gel would lift off from the extended water exposure, but it was fine.  I am really impressed with OPI GelColor, and I know my clients love it too!


Be sure to read my original review of OPI GelColor [here].

Consumers: OPI GelColor manicures are available at licensed salons nationwide.  You can find a salon near you at opi.com by clicking on "Where To Find OPI" in the upper right-hand corner. 

Licensed Professionals: I encourage you to create a pro account with OPI and log-in to see all of their OPI GelColor educational material.

OPI GelColor Base Coat, Top Coat, Kiss Me I'm Brazilian and I Just Can't Cope-acabana were provided for review.  All other products used in the gel manicure process were purchased by me for use at Body•Spa•Banquet Nails.
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