Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Nail Polish Storage - Newly Decorated Melmers!

Hey guys!

Last weekend I took on the project of decorating my Melmers to make them more interesting and fun, but after I got sick, I had to put the project on hold and I finally finished it last night.

I used Rebecca's tutorial from when she decorated her own Melmers and when I went to get all the supplies I was even able to get the same colourful animal print paper that she got! It's so her but it's also so me so I just had to get it.

This project took a long time to complete because not only is it a long process to begin with, but I currently have 6 Melmers (4 and 1/2 of which are used for nail polish/supplies and the other 1 and 1/2 are used for makeup storage). However, the time I put into this was definitely worth it and I'm so happy with how they turned out!

So now that I'm satisfied with the look of my storage, I'm going to be showing you my nail polish collection in the very near future. This is my most requested post so it's in my plans to get that posted within the next week or two. In the meantime, enjoy the new look of my Melmers!

But first, remember that here's what Melmers look like undecorated:

I've since added 3 more Melmers (in place of the plastic drawers on the left side of my desk) so that's why you'll see 6 newly decorated Melmers.

Keep reading to see how they turned out!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Music Video Nail Art Series - Maroon 5 Moves like Jagger

Hey guys!

I've decided to continue with my music video inspired nail art designs and today I did a design based on my current fave song - Moves like Jagger by Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera. This song has actually made it to my top played song of all time on iTunes so that should give you some idea of how much I like it.

I ended up being more inspired by the album cover for this single more than the actual music video but the graphic does also appear in the video.

It's a simple design but I thought it turned out pretty crisp and cool! Hope you like it too!

My inspiration:

My interpretation:

OPI Chip Skip
CND Stickey Base Coat
China Glaze - White on White (base)
OPI - I'm Indi-a Mood for Love (pink stripes)
China Glaze - Liquid Leather (black stripes)
Orly - Spark (yellow stripes)
Nicole by OPI - One Time Lime (green stripes)
Zoya - Robyn (blue stripes)
Seche Vite Top Coat

P.S. I added a new tab at the top of the page where you can go to request nail art designs that you'd like to see from me! At the moment I'm mostly looking for music video suggestions so I can continue with this series but I'm interested in all of your requests!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Tag Post - 15 Weird Facts

Hey guys!

I've come to really love tag posts so of course I had to participate in this newest one that's been going around. Let's get right to learning weird things about me!

1. What’s a nickname only your family calls you?
My Dad has called me Kay every once in a while but that's about the extent of my nicknames from my family.

2. What’s a weird habit of yours?
I've mentioned this on twitter before but for the last 7 years or so, I've fallen asleep every night watching re-runs of Friend's episodes on DVD. I can't even begin to imagine how many times I've seen the entire series.

3. Do you have any weird phobias?
I used to pretty afraid of ketchup. No joke. I've pretty much gotten over it in the last few years though.

4. What’s a song you secretly love to blast and belt out when you’re alone?
I'm always blasting music and singing, even when there's people around but the one song I'll really belt out is Love Song by Sara Bareilles. Oh, and Part of Your World from the Little Mermaid soundtrack. Duh.

5. What’s one of your biggest pet peeves?
When drivers don't use their signal lights. COME ON PEOPLE!

6. What’s one of your nervous habits?
Chewing on the inside of my cheeks - I'll usually only catch myself doing this during really stressful times such as final exams.

7. What side of the bed do you sleep on?
Left side is mine and the right side is the boyfriend's. However I find that anytime David isn't here, I sleep on his side.

8. What was your first stuffed animal and its name?
Uhhh, I have no idea what my first one was. I had a lot of Care Bears at one point though. I also had these two giant stuffed black cats that I won in colouring contests that a local drugstore held - I had two because I won the contest two years in a row. I was the best colour-er when I was a kid, haha.

9. What’s the drink you always order at Starbucks?
I've never had a drink from Starbucks - I don't like any hot beverages (except NeoCitran when I'm sick).

10. What’s a beauty rule you preach, but never actually practice?
Remove your makeup before you go to bed! I'm awful for this and almost always sleep with my makeup on.

11. Which way do you face in the shower?
If the shower has a removable shower head, I'll face towards the front of the shower. If it doesn't have a removable one, I'll face towards the back of the shower. See, I have really long and really thick hair so I have to make sure I maximize the amount of water that gets to my hair, which is why I prefer a removable shower head so I have all the control.

12. Do you have any weird body skills?
I wish I did but no, I don't. My boyfriend can pop his shoulder blades out and crush an empty pop can in between them. It's a fun party trick.

13. What’s your favorite comfort food that’s “bad”, but you love to eat it anyway?
Poutine for sure! Mmmmm.

14. What’s a phrase or exclamation you always say?
I was stuck on this question trying to think of something I say all the time but I honestly can't think of anything!

15. Time to sleep – what are you actually wearing?
Men's jogging pants and a old t-shirt - I'm ALL about being comfy when I'm sleeping.

I'm tagging everyone who takes the time to read this! Copy and paste the questions and answer them in the comments below or in your own blog post.

Hope you enjoyed learning some weird things about me!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Review & Swatches - OPI Serena Williams Glam Slam! US

Hey guys!

I'm just about back to feeling normal now and I wanted to thank you all for the well wishes in your comments and emails. I started working on a project last weekend before I got sick so hopefully I'll be able to finish it this weekend because I can't wait to show it to you!

In the meantime, I have some new OPI collections to show you in the next few days. I feel like I'm only reviewing OPI lately but so many OPI collections showed up at my supply store at the same time so now I have a back log of OPI stuff to review. The first of those that I'm going to show you is the last of the OPI and Serena Williams Glam Slam! duos.

Keep reading for the review and swatches!

Upcoming Collections - OPI Muppets Collection for Holiday 2011

Hey guys!

This landed in my inbox a couple of days ago and I know there's a lot of buzz going around about this collection so I wanted to share the hi-res images I received with you.

Let me know what you think about this OPI Holiday collection in the comments! Which shades are you most excited about?

Sending “Warm & Fozzie” Wishes from OPI!

OPI Celebrates Disney’s “The Muppets” with Holiday Lacquers Inspired by Walt Disney Pictures’ New Film

This holiday season, OPI pays homage to America’s favorite Muppet friends as they hit the big screen in Disney’s The Muppets. With an all-star cast including Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper, Kermit, Miss Piggy and the entire Muppet crew, the family comedy opens in theaters nationwide on November 23, 2011.

Inspired by the film’s namesake lively and colorful characters, OPI launches twelve limited-edition Nail Lacquers for Holiday 2011. “OPI is so excited to work with Disney to celebrate this long-awaited movie release,” said Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “Not only do The Muppets characters inspire fun, bright and joyful colors, the fashionable Miss Piggy lends her name to three high-shine pink-based hues, ranging from bold red flecked with silver to a multi-dimensional strawberry shade.”

This line features six shimmery reds and neutrals, as well as six glitter-packed shades, including:

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Music Video Nail Art Series - Nicki Minaj Super Bass

Hey guys!

I'm still not feeling 100% better but I was finally feeling well enough last night to paint my nails.

I didn't mean for it to happen but it seems that I've got a kind of music video inspired nail art series happening right now since my last three nail art designs have all been inspired by music videos! I'm actually really enjoying this accidental series so if you have any suggestions for other inspiring music videos, please let me know in the comments or by email.

Today's nails are inspired by Nicki Minaj's video for her song Super Bass. The video is super colourful and fun and the outfit that caught my attention is this fish scale looking one so I tried to recreate it on my nails. Her vibrant green wig in this scene is also pretty rad so I wanted to incorporate that as well.

Here's a photo of my inspiration:

And here's my interpretation:

I couldn't decide which photo/angle showed the design off the best so I just went with all 3 photos I took!

OPI Chip Skip
CND Stickey Base Coat
China Glaze - Bahamian Escape (base)
Orly - Here Comes Trouble (base on ring fingers)
OPI - Who the Shrek Are You? (sponged over base)
China Glaze - Shower Together (sponged over base)
Orly - Glitz & Glamour (sponged over base)
China Glaze - Liquid Leather (scales)
Seche Vite Top Coat

My friend Rebecca also did a design inspired by this video but for a different outfit/scene so check out her design as well!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Review & Swatches - OPI Miss Universe Collection

Hey guys!

Sorry that I haven't been around for a couple of days but I caught a cold on Sunday and I've been miserable ever since. I've spent the past 2 days in bed drinking lots of NeoCitran/Buckley's and getting lots of rest. I started feeling just a little better late last night so I decided to snap a few swatch photos and write up a post for today. Hopefully I'll be feeling well enough tonight to paint my nails since my Gaga manicure is looking pretty ragged now.

I've been meaning to do a review/swatch post for this collection for a while now but other posts (and then illness) kept getting in the way.

Keep reading for the review and swatches!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Final Recommendations - Nfu-Oh Holographic Series

Hey guys!

So after the long process of reviewing and testing the Nfu-Oh Holographic Series of polishes, I have some final words/recommendations.

This post will also serve as an easy access page where you can find links to all of the swatches, reviews and wear tests for these polishes.

Review & Swatches - #61
Review & Swatches - #62
Review & Swatches - #63
Review & Swatches - #64
Nail Art Featuring #65
Review & Swatches - #65
Nail Art Featuring #66
Review & Swatches - #66

In terms of wear, I got an average of 4-5 days with these polishes and I never once had a single chip. However, tip wear did seem to occur more quickly than with other polishes/finishes.

As far as application goes, these were on the more difficult side to work with. But after trying out a few base coats, I found that the best combination was with OPI Chip Skip and CND Stickey Base Coat. This combination seemed to make my manicures last longer and it also helped with the troublesome application.

Keep in mind though that there is a specialized bast coat offered by Nfu-Oh to be used in conjunction with the Holographic Series - the Aqua Base. When I ordered my Nfu-Oh Holos the Aqua Base wasn't in stock so I was unable to test it to see if it was helpful with the application. But from what I hear, this base coat is definitely helpful so if you're planning to get any of these polishes, I would suggest picking up a bottle of the Aqua Base as well.

I absolutely love all 6 of these colours but if I had to pick favourites, I would pick #66 as my top favourite and #'s 61 and 65 are in pretty close running for my second favourite. If I had to choose a least favourite it would be #62 but only because I don't think it works as well with my skin colour as some of the others do. #'s 63 and 64 are both gorgeous but like I mentioned in my original review for #64, the two are a little too similar.

Something I didn't mention in my original reviews is that a common misconception with these polishes is that top coat dulls the holographic effect - it doesn't. When you first apply the top coat, it dulls the effect completely but as soon as it starts to dry, the holo effect returns. So don't skip top coat when you're wearing these because your mani definitely won't last as long.

One other thing I should mention is that these are VERY easy to remove. They basically come off with one swipe of remover!

Overall, I'm very pleased with these holo polishes by Nfu-Oh and I would definitely recommend them.

Nfu-Oh polishes are sold by this online retailer and they will run you $12.50 US or $13.82 CAD. All 6 polishes from the Holographic Series as well as the Aqua Base are currently in stock but this probably won't last too long so stock up now if you've been wanting any of these.

I hope these reviews have been helpful for you guys and I hope the time I put into the wear tests was worth it!

Which Nfu-Oh Holo is your favourite? Will you be getting any while they're in stock?

Friday, August 19, 2011

Giveaway - Essie Braziliant Collection! - CLOSED

Hey guys!

I have a special post for you today!

I wasn't planning to have another giveaway until my next big milestone (2000 or 2500 followers) but a lovely PR Representative from Essie offered to send me the entire Braziliant Collection to review. However, since I already own the collection and I've already reviewed and swatched it, she offered to provide the collection as a giveaway prize instead!
I of course said yes and at first I was going to hold on to it until I reach another milestone but since this is a summer collection, I thought it would be better to give it away as close to summer as possible. So here it is! One luck winner will get the entire 6 piece Essie Braziliant Collection!

Check out my review/swatches of this collection here.

Keep reading for the rules and information on how to enter!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Music Video Nail Art Series - Lady Gaga Edge of Glory

Hey guys!

Today I have another music video inspired nail art design for you! This time it's Lady Gaga's music video for her song Edge of Glory. In the video she's sporting a strappy leather getup with gold bolt-type accents and I thought it would make for good inspiration for some nail art.

This time I included a picture of the outfit to go along with my design. So here's my inspiration:

And here's my interpretation:

Hope you like it!

OPI Chip Skip
CND Stickey Base Coat
China Glaze - Liquid Leather (base, leather straps on ring fingers)
OPI - Samoan Sand (base on ring fingers, moon)
OPI - I Get a Kick Out of Gold! (gold bolts)
Gold bullion beads from Michael's (gold accents)
Seche Vite Top Coat

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Review & Swatches - OPI Pair 'Em and Scare 'Em Duo for Halloween 2011

Hey guys!

For today's post I was planning to review/swatch the OPI Miss Universe Collection but I was honestly too excited about this duo that I received in the mail on Monday and I just had to try it.

This is one of the Halloween sets that OPI is releasing this year and it includes a bottle of Black Shatter (which we've all seen before) and a bottle of glow-in-the-dark green polish, which is the sole reason I purchased this duo.

I figured that like every other collection, Canada would be behind on releasing the Halloween sets so a friend on Facebook offered to pick this up for me in the US for the same price I would get it for here - I just had to pay shipping. And I'm so glad that I took her up on her offer because I like having new things a little earlier than when they're supposed to be released!

Keep reading for the swatches and review!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Review & Swatches - Nfu-Oh Holographic Series: #66

Hey guys!

So this post will conclude the reviews, swatches and wear tests of the Nfu-Oh Holographic Series of polishes. This was a fun series for me and I hope it was informative and helpful for you guys. However, I am super happy to be back to my regular nail art schedule!

I will also be posting a final recommendations post for these polishes so that will serve as one all access post for all of these and it will also provide a condensed version of all of my reviews.

Tonight I'll be showing you #66 which is a light lime green linear holo.

Keep reading for swatches and the full review!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Music Video Nail Art Series - Katy Perry Last Friday Night

Hey guys!

I'm finally back to doing regular nail art manicures!

Last night I was watching a countdown show and for the first time I watched the entire music video for Katy Perry's song Last Friday Night. Her outfit in the video it really awesome and I was totally inspired by it so I decided to create a nail art design based off of it.

Hope you like it!

OPI Chip Skip
CND Stickey Base Coat
Color Club - The Lime Starts Here (base - to represent her skirt)
China Glaze - Pool Party (base on ring fingers - to represent her shirt)
China Glaze - Liquid Leather (stripes on green nails - to represent the stripe on her skirt)
Color Club - Get Your Lem-On (triangle on pink nails - to represent her earrings)
Seche Vite Top Coat

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Nfu-Oh #61 - Back in Stock!

Hey guys!

Just a quick post to let you all know that Nfu-Oh #61 is back in stock on fabuloustreet.com! If this is a shade that you've been wanting, I'd suggest snatching it up right away because it tends to sell out really quickly.
Click here to get one.

You can see my in-depth review, swatches and wear test for this polish here and hopefully that'll help you make your decision on whether or not you want to get this yourself.

Oh and the Aqua Base is also back in stock (which is kind of sad since I've just finished by reviews of all the Nfu-Oh Holos without it) so if you're concerned about some of the application troubles, you may want to try the Aqua Base as well.

Happy Shopping!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Haul - Wishlist Polishes

Hey guys!

I have a very quick haul post for you today since I'm going to be very busy today and I had a final exam last night so I didn't have time to do up a post then either. However you guys seem like to haul posts so hopefully you'll be ok with the brevity of this post!

I recently acquired quite a few polishes that have been on my wishlist and although I'm still waiting on a few more to arrive, I wanted to show you the awesomeness that I have so far.

China Glaze OMG Polishes: QT, GR8, TMI, DV8, TTYL
I still have a few more shades from this collection on the way but I'm only looking for 1 more now (BFF) to complete the entire collection!

China Glaze Kaleidoscope Polishes: He's Going in Circles, Let's Do It In 3D
Now that I've just about completed my OMG Collection, I've moved onto the Kaleidoscopes and so far I've acquired 2 of 12.

OPI HTF Polishes: Merry Midnight, Movin' Out
These are a couple of hard to find OPI polishes that I have been lemming for a while now and I was finally able to find them for a good price through some Facebook friends.

OPI Miss Universe Collection: It's My Year, Swimsuit...Nailed It!, Crown Me Already, Congeniality Is My Middle Name
I wasn't sure if I would be able to get my hands on this collection since none of the professional suppliers were ordering it (I have no idea why). However I got word a couple of days ago that one of the Winners locations had 2 full displays of this collection so I went down the next day and picked these up. As much as I'm happy I was able to get them, I found it really strange that Winners was the place to have these since I've never seen a full collection display there before. In fact, I've only ever found older random shades at Winners. Oh well!

Look out for swatches of these polishes in the future!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Swatch Comparison - China Glaze Metro Collection: Brownstone, Street Chic & City Siren

Hey guys!

For the Uptown set of the China Glaze Metro Collection I decided to go about my comparisons a little differently than how I did them for the Downtown set.

I'm finding that since this is such a big collection, the comparisons are taking up a lot of my posting and a lot of blog space so I decided that instead of doing individual posts for each shade, I would try grouping three shades together in one post.
This way I'll only have two posts for comparisons of all six shades from this set instead of six individual posts. It's still the same amount of work for me but I'm hoping that this cuts down on a bit of the clutter.

Let me know what you guys think of this new method in the comments - is it better like this or do you prefer individual posts for each shade?

Today I'll be showing you comparison swatches for the first three shades from the Uptown set - Brownstone, Street Chic and City Siren. Be prepared - this post is very picture heavy.

China Glaze Metro Collection: Brownstone, Street Chic, City Siren

Keep reading for the comparisons!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Nails of the Day - Nfu-Oh #66 with a Double Lightning Bolt Accent Nail

Hey guys!

As promised, I polished my nails last night using Nfu-Oh #66 and I added an accent nail to spice it up.

For the accent nail I used Nailside's Double Lightning Bolt Tutorial and even though it didn't turn out as crisp and clean as hers, this is my first time using tape in a mani and I'm pretty proud of it! Thanks for the inspiration Nailside!

Seche Clear Base Coat
Nfu-Oh - #66 (base)
China Glaze - LOL (first lightning bolt)
Nfu-Oh - #61 (second lightning bolt)
Seche Vite Top Coat

My review post for #66 will be up by the end of the week and then I'll be returning to my normal nail art schedule. I need to start thinking of designs now so that I'll have a few good things to show you once I return to my nail art. Any suggestions?

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Review & Swatches - Nfu-Oh Holographic Series: #65


I'm almost finished with my reviews and wear tests of the Nfu-Oh Holographic Series and after tonight I'll only have #66 left to review! Today I have #65 for you which is a light powder blue linear holo.

As I mentioned in this post, we have been having really terrible weather here and for the entire 5 days that I have been sporting this mani, we haven't had a lick of sunshine. This means that unfortunately I wasn't able to get swatch photos in the sun like I have been able to for the others. I apologize for that and I'll try to get some sun pictures at a later date. I've still included a number of flash photos to demonstrate the holo effect so you still get the idea of what this will look like in the sunlight.

As I also mentioned, I added some nail art to an accent nail to spice the mani up a bit so hopefully you're all ok with that.

Onto the review!

Keep reading for swatches and the full review!

Monday, August 08, 2011

Swatch Comparison - China Glaze Metro Collection: Midtown Magic

Hey guys!

This comparison post featuring Midtown Magic - a deep burgundy brown base with gold glitter will wrap up our comparisons for the Downtown set of the China Glaze Metro Collection.

Off the top of my head I couldn't come up with any shades that would compare with Midtown Magic, but when I went searching through my stash, I ended up with 2 polishes that seemed comparable.

Keep reading for the comparison!

Review - Smashbox Photo Finish Light Foundation Primer

Hey guys!

Today I have a makeup post for you!
I've been trying to include more makeup posts in my lineup but I'm finding that I'm buying less and less makeup as the time goes on and I'm buying more and more nail polish instead. However I still have a bunch of makeup that I've stockpiled over the years so I'll try to swatch and review some of those products for you.

Today's product is the Smashbox Photo Finish Light Foundation Primer and I have been using this particular product for about 2 years now so I think I have enough experience with it to be able to provide an honest review.

Here's a description of the product from the Smashbox website:

"Our oil-free, 60% water-based primer is ideal for oily, acne-prone or sensitive skin. This silky blend of vitamins and antioxidants helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores for visibly softer skin, and can be worn alone or under foundation to increase its longevity. The revolutionary formula has oil absorbers for a smooth matte finish all day, light diffusers to minimize the appearance of imperfections, and vitamin C and peptides to help even skin tone and promote collagen production for a flawless future. Now in a sleek tube for perfect dispensing—down to the last drop!
Winner of Allure Magazine's Best of Beauty Award for Best Primer."

Keep reading for the review!

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Swatch Comparison - China Glaze Metro Collection: Loft-y Ambitions

Hey guys!

Before we get to the comparison, I added a new poll to my sidebar so please let me know which of my nail art designs you would like to see a tutorial for next.

So we're almost finished with the comparisons for the Downtown set of the China Glaze Metro Collection and today I'll be featuring Loft-y Ambitions - a burgundy shimmer.

I realized today when looking for dupes/appropriate comparative shades that I have a very small number of true burgundy shades of polish; everything seems either too red, too pink, too dark or too light. Nonetheless, I managed to find 2 shades that I thought would make for a good comparison with Loft-y Ambitions.

Keep reading for the comparison!

Nails of the Day - Nfu-Oh #65 with a Cheetah Spot Accent Nail

Hey guys!

I was really hoping to have my review/swatches/wear test post for Nfu-Oh #65 to show you today but the weather has been SO awful here lately so I haven't been able to get sunlight swatch photos. Despite the tip wear which is driving me insane, I'm going to leave this mani on for another day and hope that we get just a lick of sunshine so that I can snap some sunlight shots. If not though, I'll have to do up my post for #65 without any sunlight swatch photos.

Anyways, in the meantime, I have a sneak peak of #65 for you today!
I've recently come to the realization that I really need to have some form of nail art on my nails at all times. I just can't deal with a solid polish colour on my nails - it feel too boring for me now! Thus, when I did my mani with #65 a few days back, I just had to add a little something to spice it up so I did an easy animal print accent nail since I still needed to be able to get good swatch photos.

China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat
Nfu-Oh - #66 (base)
China Glaze - Techno Teal (cheetah spots)
OPI - Black Onyx (outline of spots)
Seche Vite Top Coat

I know I'll be doing some accent nail art with my #66 mani as well and I'm considering giving Nailside's double lighting bolt design a shot. Any ideas for colours that'll look good with Nfu-Oh #66 - a light lime green holo?

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Swatch Comparison - China Glaze Metro Collection: Trendsetter

Hey guys!

I'm still chuggin' along with the comparisons for the Metro Collection and today I'll be featuring the mustard coloured shimmer - Trendsetter.

This is the one shade from the entire collection that I thought I wouldn't even be comparing because I didn't think I had anything suitable for a comparison. However, I found a couple of shades that I thought would be appropriate for a comparison with Trendsetter.

Keep reading for the comparison!

Upcoming Collections - Orly Birds of a Feather Collection

Hey guys!

I've got another Fall 2011 press release for you today and this one is from Orly. There has been a lot of buzz going around the nail community about this collection, in particular the shade Fowl Play which is a supposed dupe for the hard to find OPI shade Merry Midnight from the Holiday 2009 Collection.

Let me know what you think about this new collection from Orly in the comments! Are you excited about the possible Merry Midnight dupe? What about the other shades?

Color Takes Flight in Fall 2011

ORLY Birds of a Feather

Fly away from ordinary nails in Fall 2011 with the most dazzling metallic and sophisticated neutral lacquers gathered in one innovative collection – Birds of a Feather.

A modern and daring twist on standard fall shades, Birds of a Feather is reminiscent of stunning bird feathers gathered from around the globe. Each gorgeous, iridescent shade is inspired by one of nature’s most vibrant avian species. The bold tones and inventive textures keep nails a few steps ahead of the rest. With striking hues ranging from deep purple flecked with fuchsia to shimmering natural beige, nails are free spirited and inspired, reflecting the optimistic nature of a bird in flight. The unique look and texture offered by Birds of a Feather further advances ORLY as the leader in nail innovation, taking color to a higher place.

Fowl Play: Purple Sparkle
Lucky Duck: Green Crème
Nite Owl: Beige Shimmer
Peachy Parrot: Coral Shimmer
Sea Gurl: Grey Shimmer
Sweet Peacock: Blue Shimmer

All ORLY Nail Lacquers including the Birds of a Feather Collection are free of DBP and all traces of Toluene, Formaldehyde and Formaldehyde resin.

Birds of a Feather will be available beginning September for $7.50 each. ORLY Nail Lacquers and Treatment products are available at orlybeauty.com, Sally Beauty, Ulta and fine salons and spas throughout the U.S. and in over 100 countries worldwide.

For more information visit us online at www.orlybeauty.com.

Manicuring 101 - The Natural Nail

Hey guys!

Today I'm starting my Manicuring 101 Series which is something I've decided to do because I got SO many requests in my giveaway form for advice on proper manicuring.

First of all, I'd like to clarify exactly what my qualifications are. I am not a "Nail Technician" since that refers to someone who is certified in acrylic/gel nails and I have not yet completed that course. However, I do plan on completing such a course once I finish my University degree (which will be completed in December of this year).

My official title is a "Manicurist" or a "Pedicurist". What this certifies me in is the area of nail care, hand and foot care and the art of manicuring. I can also perform proper hand and foot massages but that's not really something that we'll be covering here.

I did my course with LCN and so I credit all of my knowledge to them. I still have a lot of my pamphlets from my course so a lot of information is coming from there as well as my own memory and experiences since completing my course.

Now that I've clarified upon that, let's get to our first lesson - a discussion of your naturals nails. I'm going to try to keep this first post of the series really brief and basic since some of the discussions later in the series may get a little technical and lengthy, so I want to kind of ease you into it as best I can.

Keep reading for information about your natural nails!

Friday, August 05, 2011

Swatch Comparison - China Glaze Metro Collection: Westside Warrior


Next on the list of comparisons for the China Glaze Metro Collection is the deep olive coloured creme - Westside Warrior.

I didn't think I had many of these types of colours but I did manage to pull out a couple of shades from my stash that I felt were appropriate for this comparison.

Keep reading for the comparison!

Swatch Spam - SpectraFlair Fun

Hey guys!

Today I have some swatches of my new SpectraFlair top coat over a few random polishes. For anyone who isn't familiar with SpectraFlair, here's a quick description from Wikipedia:

"SpectraFlair pigment is a specialized diffractive colorant for automotive and industrial coatings that show multiple rainbow colors as the viewing angle changes. This pigment is based on microsopic aluminum flakes layered with glass and inorganic pigments. The combination of SpectraFlair’s rainbow-like color, aluminum core, and fine particle size creates an iridescent, liquid silver metallic appearance.
By controlling the physical dimensions and surface microstructure, SpectraFlair pigment generates the appearance of multiple, bright rainbow producing prisms on a base color that appears silver. It is a “stir in” pigment that creates a 3D, iridescent, liquid-silver look in low illumination, changing to vivid, multi-rainbows in direct bright light.
SpectraFlair pigment has also been used in coatings for autos, ski helmets and cell phones and many other fast moving consumer goods."

So basically, SpectraFlair pigment creates a linear holographic effect.
One of the girls in the polish group I'm in on Facebook got her hands on a bunch of this pigment and she decided to franken some holographic top coats out of it and sell them to the members of the group for a really great price. I bought two myself because honestly, who can ever have too many holographic top coats?

Here are the polishes I started off with:

Keep reading to see what they look like with SpectraFlair top coat added!

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Swatch Comparison - China Glaze Metro Collection: Concrete Catwalk


The next shade from the China Glaze Metro Collection that I've done comparisons for is the dark grey creme - Concrete Catwalk.

I knew immediately that I would be comparing this to the permanent grey creme by China Glaze called Recycle but I wanted at least one other colour to compare it to so I went through my collection and found what looked in the bottle to be comparable.

Before we get to the comparison, on a sort of related note, whenever I type the name for this polish, I ALWAYS start to type "Cracked Concrete" which is the name of the grey crackle polish from the original China Glaze Crackle Collection. I even named the photos "crackedconcrete.jpg"!

Keep reading for the comparison!

Upcoming Collections - OPI Pink Shatter: Pink of Hearts Nail Lacquer to Support Rethink Breast Cancer in Canada


Here's the other OPI press release that I promised you yesterday - a new limited addition to the OPI Shatter line of polishes.

As I've said a few times already, I'm a little over the crackle polish trend. However, I'm excited to see this one because it looks like it's a shade of crackle that we haven't seen yet and it's in support of a good cause - which is always a great thing.

Let me know what you think of this new shade of Shatter in the comments! Are you looking forward to its release?

Let’s Shatter Breast Cancer!

OPI Announces New Pink Shatter: Pink of Hearts Nail Lacquer to Support Rethink Breast Cancer in Canada

OPI launches the limited edition Pink Shatter: Pink of Hearts Nail Lacquer to support Rethink Breast Cancer in its promise to support young people concerned about and affected by breast cancer. The 2011 Pink of Hearts edition will follow in the footsteps of its namesake 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 Nail Lacquers in raising awareness of breast cancer for the fifth year in a row, during the months of September and October (National Breast Cancer Awareness Month). Unlike previous shade incarnations, this year’s Pink of Hearts Nail Lacquer marks the debut of fan-favorite Shatter coat in OPI’s first pink shade.

“We are continuing to support Rethink Breast Cancer in the hopes of increasing breast cancer awareness, while inspiring and empowering women. The organization’s dedication to this cause is unwavering,” remarks Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “OPI is proud to join with Rethink Breast Cancer for the fifth consecutive year to offer Pink Shatter: Pink of Hearts. By launching our first-ever Pink Shatter coat, we hope this exciting new textured hue will generate lots of awareness for this cause.”

Each bottle of Pink Shatter: Pink of Hearts has a special pink-ribbon tag and pink cap wrap to call attention to breast cancer awareness. OPI will also be making its annual donation of $5,000 to Rethink Breast Cancer. Pink Shatter coat contains no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and it also features OPI’s exclusive ProWideTM Brush for the ultimate in application.

The limited edition Pink Shatter: Pink of Hearts will be available throughout the months of September and October 2011 at Professional Salons and Spas for $10.95 CAN suggested retail for each Nail Lacquer.

For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!

For more information about Rethink Breast Cancer, please visit www.rethinkbreastcancer.com.

Nail Art Tutorial - Ice Cream Sundaes + Some Exciting News!

Hey guys!

I've been meaning to get this tutorial up for a while now but other posts kept getting in the way and this one always ended up on the back burner. Sorry about that!

If you remember, about a week and a half ago I had a sidebar poll asking which of my previous nail art designs you would like to see a tutorial for next. Well, the poll ended in a tie between my Abstract design and my Ice Cream Sundaes design.
I decided that instead of breaking the poll, I would just do both designs and I flipped a coin to see which one I would do first. My Abstract design won the coin toss so I've already done a tutorial for that which you can see here. That means that today I'll be showing you a tutorial for my Ice Cream Sundaes design.

To refresh, here's the design that I'll be showing you how to do today:


Now, before we move onto the tutorial, I have some news to share with you regarding tutorials. Despite my hesitations, I'm going to give YouTube tutorials a shot! Yes, that means that hopefully you'll be seeing video tutorials for my nail art designs very soon! I'm first going to do a couple of test runs and run them by my polish friends on Facebook to see how I can improve before I actually start publishing them.

I won't be able to do any test runs until I finish my wear tests of the Nfu-Oh Holographic Series but after that I'll do some test videos and hopefully they go well enough that I can start uploading them to YouTube for you all.
I hope this is exciting news for you guys!

Anyways, onto the picture (for now) tutorial.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Swatch Comparison - China Glaze Metro Collection: Skyscraper

Hey guys!

So now that I've finished with my comparisons of the OPI Nice Stems Collection, I'm moving onto comparisons for China Glaze's Fall 2011 Metro Collection. This is a large 12 piece collection which means there's going to be a lot of comparison posts, so bear with me as I work my way through all of the shades.

I'm going to go in the same order that I did with my swatches so I'll be starting with the Downtown set and the first shade that I swatched from that set is Skyscraper - a medium blue jelly base with silver and blue glitter throughout.

I found a number of blue glitters throughout my stash but many of them were not really comparable (some were more teal, some had different coloured glitters running throughout them, etc) and so the only ones I ended up thinking were suitable for a comparison were also by China Glaze.

Keep reading for the comparison!

Upcoming Collections - New OPI Designer Series Shades for Fall 2011

Hey guys!

A couple of new press releases from OPI landed in my inbox today so I'll be showing you one of them in between the posts I already had written for today and I'll show you the other one tomorrow in between tomorrow's posts.

Let me know what you think of these new shades in the comments! Are you looking forward to the release of some new OPI DS shades?

“Fall” into Glitter!

OPI Offers Two New Diamond Dust-Infused Designer Series Nail Lacquers for Fall 2011

Two new shades will be joining the Designer Series by OPI collection this upcoming fall – DS Temptation and DS Bold. Designer Series shades include vivid hues and sparkling, glitter-packed textures featuring OPI’s diamond-dust formula.

“This Fall, bold and rich colors like purple and red will be used as accent shades, adding a pop of pigmented color to any look. Designer Series lacquers enhance these colors with intense shimmer and unique texture,” says Suzi-Weiss Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “Adding dazzling diamond-dust and saturated color to these trendy hues makes a bold, high-fashion statement.”

The two new shades added to the Designer Series line join nine other existing shades and Designer Series Top Coat, including:

NEW! DS Temptation
A provocative sparkle of deep purple

NEW! DS Bold
A brilliant sparkle of rich, shimmering red

All Designer Series by OPI products contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and feature OPI’s exclusive ProWideTM Brush for the ultimate in application.

DS Temptation and DS Bold will be available beginning September 2011 at Professional Salons and Spas for $15.95 CAN suggested retail for each color.

For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!

Final Recommendations - OPI Nice Stems Collection

Hey guys!

So after swatching, reviewing and comparing all four shades from the OPI Nice Stems Collection, I have some final words/recommendations.

This post will also serve as an easy access page where you can find links to all of the swatches, reviews and comparisons from this collection that I've done.

Review & Swatches - OPI Nice Stems Collection
Swatches - Layering with OPI I Lily Love You
Swatch Comparison - OPI Be a Dahlia Won't You?
Swatch Comparison - OPI Play the Peonies
Swatch Comparison - OPI Come to Poppy
Swatch Comparison - OPI I Lily Love You

Out of all 4 shades, I Lily Love You was the most unique and definitely the star of the collection for me, especially when it's layered over the other 4 shades from the collection.

I've been told that Sinful Colors Deep Red Ocean is pretty similar to I Lily Love You but I don't own that shade myself so I couldn't compare them. However, I trust Rebecca's word so I would suggest that if you have that shade by Sinful Colors, you can skip this one by OPI. If, on the other hand, you don't own Deep Red Ocean, I would say that I Lily Love You is the absolute must-have from this collection.
Rebecca didn't have a swatch of Deep Red Ocean but she did have a bottle picture so hopefully that will be helpful for some of you.

Play the Peonies and Come to Poppy both have a pearly shimmer throughout them that makes them really special in my collection and although I wouldn't say that they're total must-haves, I'm definitely happy to have them in my collection and I would recommend them if you're not on too tight of a polish budget.

The least unique was (surprisingly) Be a Dahlia Won't You but it's still a really gorgeous shade and I think I've come to like it better than its almost dupe - China Glaze 108 Degrees. However, if you already have 108 Degrees, it's not necessary to also get Be a Dahlia Won't You?.

Overall, I've really enjoyed this entire collection and for a girl who isn't the biggest fan of pink polish, OPI has really challenged that by putting out an all-pink collection that I really like. As I said in the original review post for this collection, I love 4 piece collections in general and I love seeing a layering polish amongst collections.

The OPI Nice Stems Collection Lacquers are available now at professional salons and spas for approximately $6-10, depending on where you live and where you find your polishes.

I hope this post as well as all of the others I've done for this collection will be helpful for you in your own decisions about this collection.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Swatch Comparison - Pink Glitters (featuring OPI I Lily Love You)


So for the last of my comparisons for the OPI Nice Stems Collection, I'll be featuring what I (and I'm sure many others) believe to be the star of this collection - the flaky, glitter top coat I Lily Love You.

I considered not doing a comparison for this one at all because I knew that I wasn't going to have any polishes that could compete with this as a dupe. However, I decided to go ahead with the comparison anyways to show you all just how unique this one is.

Keep reading for the comparison!

One Year Blogiversary Giveaway - Winner Announced!

Hey guys!

First of all, thanks to everyone to helped me celebrate my One Year Blogiversary by entering my giveaway. I'm so glad that I chose to use a Google form this time around because a.) it was much faster and b.) I absolutely loved reading all of the comments you guys left for me.
Second, I want to once again thank Made You Blush for donating the awesome prizes that one of you are about the win.

So without further adieu, the lucky winner who has won two brand new bottles of Deborah Lippmann nail polish is ...

Monday, August 01, 2011

Swatch Comparison - Bright Pink-Corals (featuring OPI Come to Poppy)


So we're still chugging along with my comparisons for the OPI Nice Stems Collection and today I'll be featuring Come to Poppy which is a bright pink-coral with pearly shimmer.

I have a good few coral shades in my stash but as it turns out, I don't have many pink-corals so I picked two shades from my coral colours that looked the closest in the bottle to Come to Poppy.

Keep reading for the comparison!
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