Nicole by OPI launches its first neon nail lacquer with two limited edition mini kits. Scandalous! Neons includes vivid shades of blue, purple and pink while the Notorious! Neons includes vibrant shades of green, fuchsia and orange.
EachNeons kit includes a special white base coat, to be applied before adding color, allowing true neon pigments to pop. “These kitsoffer the hottest hues in a mini size to complement summer styles,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, Nicole by OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “Think of your nails as a blank canvas. With these color combinations, there are endless options for creating works of art.”
In addition to the white base,Scandalous! Neons includes:
Along with white base,Notorious! Neons includes:
“The shades included in both sets are perfect for accessorizing fingers and toes with bright pops of color,” adds Weiss-Fischmann. “The first step is to apply the white base coat followed by the desired neon shade; finish with one coat of Nicole by OPI Top Coat Plus to achieve intense neon color with a glossy finish.”
Nicole by OPI formulas are long-lasting, fast-drying, and salon-quality. Scandalous! Neons and Notorious! Neons mini packs will be available in stores beginning May 2013 for $10 each at retailers including Meijer, CVS, Duane Reade, H-E-B, Kroger, and ShopKo. Top Coat Plus will be sold alongside the kits for $7.99. In Canada, the kits will be available for $12.50 each and Top Coat Plus for $10.99 at Loblaw, Jean Coutu, Rexall, London Drugs, and Shoppers Drug Mart.
Today I’m reviewing four limited-edition shades OPI Liquid Sand™ polishes, from the Mariah Carey Collection, which was released earlier this year (preview here). To refresh your memory, Liquid Sand™ dries to a textured matte finish and is infused with reflective glints of light. I believe these were the first on the market, which started the texture boom!
1/4 • The Impossible
This is described as, “matte fuchsia with star confetti.” This is the most unique shade from the collection. It had not only micro Liquid Sand™, but larger (dark) glitter and silver star glitter, which is super fun! The color is a medium coral, with hints of pink and red. The formula is easy to apply and fun to wear.
For the photo below, I used two coats of The Impossible.
2/4 • Can’t Let Go
This is described as, “matte purple with dazzling sparkle.” One thing OPI does best is purples. This color is absolutely beautiful, plus the Liquid Sand™ effect is perfection. The color itself reminds me of OPI Grape..Set..Match (Serena Williams Glam Slam England Duo, 2011). The formula is great and I highly recommend it.
For the photo below, I used two coats of Can’t Let Go.
3/4 • Get Your Number
This is described as, “matte blue with sparkles.” Love this! Its a very pretty shade of blue and super glittery! This color seems like the perfect mix of OPI Absolutely Alice (Alice in Wonderland, 2010) and Last Friday Night (Katy Perry, 2011). If you have to try one Liquid Sand™ shade, I highly suggest this one. Its a very fun color and the formula is wonderful!
For the photo below, I used two coats of Get Your Number.
4/4 • Stay the Night
This is described as, “matte black with red glints.” This is my least favorite of these shades. Its a bit different than the rest; it is not jam packed with glitter, like the others. The formula was also much thinner and needed more coats for opacity. This is pretty, vampy shade and will be gorgeous to wear in the fall/winter.
For the photo below, I used four coats of Stay the Night.
Mariah Carey Liquid Sand™by OPI nail lacquers are available now, for a suggested retail price of $9.00 ($10.95 CAN). 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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Today’s review is for both limited edition sets, from Dior Bird of Paradise Collection (preview here). Each set comes with two mini bottles of polish, which have no names, but rather identified by numbers. These colors are inspired by tropical temperatures and the plumage of an exotic bird. Overall a combination of bright pigments and rich textures celebrate summer’s energetic mix.
Set one, called Samba 001, consists of two new shades (402) and (794). (402) is a light-medium turquoise creme. This color isn’t very unique.. it seems like every brand has a shade similar to this, but nonetheless, it is beautiful and perfect transition color for spring into summer.
For the photo below, I used three coats of (402).
(794) is a shimmering peacock-feather blue green. Now this is what I would expect from a collection called, Bird of Paradise. This is a fabulous shade!
For the photo below, I used two coats of (794).
Set two, called Bahia 002, consists of two shades (667) and (792). (667) is actually a previously released color called, Pink Graffiti (Anselm Reyle Collection, spring 2012). This is a highly pigmented hibiscus pink creme and my personal favorite of the collection. It’s a beautiful shade perfect for summer!
For the photo below, I used two coats of (667) Pink Graffiti.
(792) is a medium petrol blue creme, with a slight shimmer. This is absolutely gorgeous!
For the photo below, I used three coats of 792.
Overall, this collection is wonderful. The formula is great, which makes for a flawless application and dry time. The brushes on these mini bottles are longer and shaped different than the usual Dior polishes, which are now much easier to control.. for me at least. Well done, Dior!
Each Bird of Paradise Set is sold for a retail price of $29 and will be available 1 May 2013. For more information, please visit Dior.com
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What’s your favorite budget-friendly base coat?
Most basecoats are budget friendly and can be found in local grocery and drugstores. My favorite base and topcoats are fairly inexpensive (less than $10). I believe there is no need to spend big bucks on high end brands. However, I love butter LONDON basecoats ($20).
When it comes to finding the perfect basecoat, different products work for different people. My personal favorite is the Sensitivity Base Coat, from essie. However, my all time favorite basecoats are from Sally Hansen. I highly recommend everyone try that line of nail treatments. Below are a few of my favorites.
If you experiment with a different products, such as basecoats, you will be sure to find the best for you and your budget. Keep in mind, if you dislike something, most stores will happily return used products (if you have the receipt). Hope this helps!
Todays review is for the 2013 Bridal Collection, from essie (preview here). This collection includes four new romantic shades that will make you look and feel purely irresistible on your big day!
1/4 • Using My Maiden Name
Perfect for the trendy bride, this is best described as a, “pretty blue hydrangea.” It is a medium purple, with a fun, yet subtle iridescent pink shimmer. You can barely see the shimmer in photos, but trust me.. its there! This was my favorite out of the collection. The formula was wonderful and application was flawless.
For the photo below, I used two coats of Using My Maiden Name.
2/4 • My Better Half
For the glamorous bride, this is best described as, “irresistible peony pink.” This is a medium pink base, with iridescent pink-gold shimmer. Not just limited to weddings, this is a pretty color for any occasion. The formula is great!
For the photo below, I used two coats of My Better Half.
3/4• No Baggage Please
For the classic bride, this is described as, “positively rosy pink.” This is a nearly sheer, light pink base, with a barely there silver holographic shimmer (my camera couldn’t capture the shimmer). Since this a somewhat sheer polish, for full coverage you will need a few coats. I suggest using this more as a topcoat and layer it over a similar pink.
For the photo below, I used three-four coats of No Baggage Please.
4/4• Meet Me At The Altar
For the romantic bride, this is best described as a, “rendezvous lilac.” This is a sheer, lilic purple base, with a silver holographic shimmer (not able to capture with camera). This is also better suited as a topcoat and layered over a similar color. However, it can be worn on its own for a sweet and subtle looking polish.
For the photo below, I used three coats of Meet Me At The Altar.
essie Bridal Collection 2013 will be available starting 1 May 2013, with a suggested retail price of $8 per bottle (US), in salons and beauty destinations and worldwide. For more information on essie, please visit www.essie.com or follow them on Facebook and Twitter @essie
Disclosure: Product provided for an honest review.
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