Monday, December 29, 2014

OPI - Pulled Out a Plum (aka OPI - Congeniality is My Middle Name, Miss Universe Collection 2011)

OPI Pulled Out a Plum is a relabeled OPI polish and most probably it is Congeniality is My Middle Name from the 2011 Miss Universe collection. You can describe it as a deep fuschia wine/purple with loads of blue/purple and pink micro glitter and a slight golden flash in the bottle. Usually I'm not one for berry tones but this time I'm in love!! I wore this polish two times already in the last weeks (which is remarkable for me, perhaps even a first).

OPI Pulled Out a Plum
OPI - Pulled Out a Plum

OPI Pulled Out a Plum

OPI Pulled Out a Plum

OPI Pulled Out a Plum

OPI Pulled Out a Plum

OPI Pulled Out a Plum

OPI Pulled Out a Plum

The polish is quite thin, so I used three layers to reach full opacity. The polish is a bit topcoat hungry so an extra layer if top coat would improve the smoothness and shine. It wears beautifully, makes my hands look tanned and went with almost everything that I wore.
The jewel tone makes it especially festive and Christmas appropriate!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Snowfairy Nails with OPI - Snow Globetrotter (Gwen Stefani Holiday Collection 2014)

Today I have some Snow Fairy/Winter Wonderland nails for you: I used Snow Globetrotter over OPI My Vampire is Buff and OPI Pearl Diver. The result was kind of mesmerizing, I just had to imagine the low temps and the loads of snow to be in a winter wonderland!

OPI Snow Globetrotter
OPI - My Vampire is Buff & OPI - Pearl Diver & OPI - Snow Globetrotter

OPI Snow Globetrotter

OPI Snow Globetrotter

OPI Snow Globetrotter

OPI Snow Globetrotter

I love the result, although it is not really "me", I'm more of a bold/solid colour kind of girl.
Snow Globetrotter (and its black counterpart Comet in the Sky) are lovely glitters with a great glitter payoff: this is just one easy coat.
I would love to see this one over a metallic base like OPI Love Angel Music Baby (Rolling in Cashmere officially didn't make it to my stash, too frosty for my taste). Maybe I will wear that combination for Christmas this year?!

And I did wear it over OPI Love Angel Music Baby for Christmas:

OPI Snow Globetrotter Love Angel Music Baby
OPI - Snow Globetrotter over OPI - Love Angel Music Baby

OPI Snow Globetrotter Love Angel Music Baby


Then I have a little experiment.....I was inspired by the spring runway nails by OPI in the variation "Messy Touches" as can be seen here and even better here.
I used colours that were a bit more autumn (I shouldn't have though). It was fun to do but the result is a bit...I don't know...messy?!

OPI My Dogsled is a Hybrid Suzi says Feng Shui Coca Cola Red Kiss me on my Tulips

OPI My Dogsled is a Hybrid Suzi says Feng Shui Coca Cola Red Kiss me on my Tulips
OPI - My Dogsled is a Hybrid & OPI - Suzi Says Feng Shui

OPI My Dogsled is a Hybrid Suzi says Feng Shui Coca Cola Red Kiss me on my Tulips
OPI - Kiss me on my Tulips & OPI - Coca Cola Red

OPI My Dogsled is a Hybrid Suzi says Feng Shui Coca Cola Red Kiss me on my Tulips

OPI My Dogsled is a Hybrid Suzi says Feng Shui Coca Cola Red Kiss me on my Tulips








Saturday, December 13, 2014

Essie - I Pink I Can ( Breast Cancer Awareness Collection 2014)

The breast Cancer Awareness Collection consists of three polishes; the dark pink one, Pink Happy, I showed you already. Today I have I Pink I Can for you and there also is a very cute pale pink glitter (Pinking About You) to complete the trio.
I Pink I Can is a lovely light and bright pink creme, it applies very opaque and non-streaky *yeah* so you're done in two easy layers!

Essie I Pink I Can
Essie - I Pink I Can

Essie I Pink I Can

Essie I Pink I Can

Essie I Pink I Can

Essie I Pink I Can

Essie I Pink I Can

Love it: it is very fresh and clean!
It did chip fairly easy though (those two layers remain kind of thick on the nails and that usually is a sign that the polish might chip soon in my experience).

When it chipped I used the opportunity to practice my stamping: I used Pink Happy and added Pinking About You as topper.

Essie I Pink I Can Pink Happy Pinking About You

Essie I Pink I Can Pink Happy Pinking About You

Pinking About You is a lovely pale pink glitter topper with various sizes of hex glitter. It was very thick though: awful! I needed to thin it drastically to get it flowing and distributing evenly! After thinning it was fine and I got nice and even glitter payoff after that.
The stamping needs...well....more practice I'm afraid :-)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Chanel - Métal Grenat (golden oldie)

This is, by far, the oldest polish I have in my possession! I was a baby when I bought it and in my mind it looks completely different....
The way I remember Métal Grenat is a fairly opaque burgundy red with golden shimmer, the way I perceive it now is a reddish brown jelly with golden shimmer. I fear that the red pigment has changed/disappeared over the years leaving me with this translucent dead leaves colour.....and perhaps the base has yellowed a bit as well!
I remember riding my bike and looking at the ground seeing all these mushy brown leaves laying on the road..."they look just like my nails, same colour >ieuw<"

Chanel Métal Grenat
Chanel - Métal Grenat

Chanel Métal Grenat

Chanel Métal Grenat

Chanel Métal Grenat

Chanel Métal Grenat

Chanel Métal Grenat

Chanel Métal Grenat

It is a nice colour and the shimmer is gorgeous but it is much nicer in my head :-)
Next time I will try some undies in burgundy and Seche Vite as topcoat. I used Poshé here and it pulls the polish like crazy to the middle. I guess that has something to do with the old formula of the Chanel (with all kinds of yummy smelling poisons!).

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Nicole by OPI - Twist of Fate (Shades to Crave Christmas Collection 2010 )

Nicole Twist of Fate I bought in an after-thought....I needed 3 polishes to get the deal price of €12,99 so I picked the sparkly golden one.
I have found Twist of Fate online as a part of the Nicole Shades to Crave Christmas Collection 2010 (Scrangie) and as a part of the Shopper's Drugmart (Canada) and Target (US) exclusive Collection 2011 (Ommorphia). So you tell me, out of which collection is it? I guess Scrangie wins because she had it prior to Ommorphia....?!
On first sight Twist of Fate is a ordinary golden glitter topper, BUT it is not only a topper you can wear it perfectly on its own as well! In two simple coats you have major golden bling on your tips that even will make the christmas elves sing!


Nicole by OPI Twist of Fate
Nicole by OPI - Twist of Fate

Nicole by OPI Twist of Fate

Nicole by OPI Twist of Fate

Nicole by OPI Twist of Fate

Nicole by OPI Twist of Fate

The colour is good old plain 14k yellow gold, the glitter size is normal old fashioned one size hexes and the base is clear. It's loads of sparkle and loads of gold...so I wanted to tone it down a notch with a pretty middle blue creme. I used Ess Trendy Colours in Midnight Blue, it was just opaque enough to do the job!

Nicole by OPI Twist of Fate & Ess Trendy Colours Midnight Blue
Nicole by OPI - Twist of Fate & Ess Trendy Colours - Midnight Blue

Nicole by OPI Twist of Fate & Ess Trendy Colours Midnight Blue

Nicole by OPI Twist of Fate & Ess Trendy Colours Midnight Blue

Nicole by OPI Twist of Fate & Ess Trendy Colours Midnight Blue

Nicole by OPI Twist of Fate & Ess Trendy Colours Midnight Blue

And even that tiny strip of gold glitter sparkled like crazy and gave the whole manicure a festive look.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Essie - Pink Happy (Breast Cancer Awareness 2014)

Today I'm wearing Pink Happy from this years Breast Cancer Awareness collection. It is the darkest colour of the three. Essie describes it as follows: "laughter is the best medicine and the happy energy of this bright fuchsia berry is sure to put a smile on your face."
It is a fuchsia berry with lots of blue undertones and with my skin that just does not transfer as happy it looks more like granny on me. In the pictures it looks kind of OK, but in real life it pulled darker and less cheery.
This was two layers, but be slow and don't sweep to much with the brush or you will get bald spots!

Essie Pink Happy
Essie - Pink Happy

Essie Pink Happy

Essie Pink Happy

Essie Pink Happy

Essie Pink Happy

Essie Pink Happy

I decided to topcoat the lot: it was chipping fairly quickly and I thought that a layer of twinkles would save the day;......it did not........ >hmph<


Nicole by OPI Best Pink Ever
Nicole by OPI - Best Pink Ever

Nicole by OPI Best Pink Ever

Nicole by OPI Best Pink Ever

Nicole by OPI Best Pink Ever

The chips were gone, but the blue was even more enhanced and there was a silver sheen that didn't do the colour any favours. No Nicole's Best Pink Ever did not save the day for me today.
I swatched it over black on a nail wheel and that was gorgeous so there is still hope voor The Best Pink Ever! Now I need to figure out what to put over Pink Happy to make it truly happy for me....