Saturday, July 28, 2012

China Glaze Desert Sun

You know the little caramel squares you can get at the grocery store? That's what Desert Sun reminds me of. It may be a teeny tiny bit more orange than those delicious little squares. I'm tempted to get some so I can compare and of course snarf them down. Like Kalahari Kiss, Desert Sun is pretty unique (to me at least). Formula was fabulous, this went on smoothly and was opaque in two coats (I used three). I finished off with a coat of Seche Vite. 





I'm curious, how many of you love/hate this? I think it's pretty even though I'm not a fan of browns. Let me know what you think in the comment section.

Thanks for reading!

-Mira

Friday, July 27, 2012

China Glaze Kalahari Kiss


For the next week, I'm going to show you my picks from China Glaze's On Safari Collection (Fall 2012). When I first saw this collection, I was disappointed. Everything seemed either boring or I already had something similar. Although I didn't want every single one, I ended up really loving this collection. The two glitters are especially amazing. I can't wait to show you those. For today, I'm going to show you Kalahari Kiss. 

This is a pretty strange color in my opinion. It's a bit difficult for me to describe. Is it a dirty mustard? A yellowy tan? Khaki? A mix of all of the above? You be the judge. I was expecting this to look atrocious on my skin tone but it didn't look that bad. In fact, I actually liked it. Yellows tend to look wrong on me. I'll be using this for nail art and underwear for China Glaze I'm Not Lion (my favorite of this collection). 

I took a lot of pictures but like khaki pants, this sucker shows every flaw and my acrylic lines showed in almost every single picture. So darn frustrating. The first two pictures were taken under artificial light and the last sunlight. 





The formula was fabulous! It went on creamy smooth and only needed two coats (I used three) for complete coverage. It leveled itself out nicely and dried quickly. Such a nice change from the neons I've been swatching. If you like the color, I recommend this one.

I hope you enjoyed! Thanks for reading!

-Mira

Nicole by OPI Announces Five New Shades for Fall 2012 (Exclusively at Target)

Nicole by OPI announces five new nail lacquers to be sold exclusively at Target this fall. With richly pigmented formulas in shimmering shades of deep blue, gold, purple, mauve and green, these five hues can be worn as the ultimate accessory to the season’s hottest styles, from military-inspired jackets and heavier brocades to micro floral prints and leather.
 “Nicole by OPI is excited to bring the fashion-forward Target guest new lacquers for the fall season,” remarks Suzi Weiss-FischmannNicole by OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director.  “Not only do the shades add the final touch to runway trends, the shimmery finish adds elegance and depth to these trendy colors.
The five new lacquers include:

For Gold Times Sake
Go on and try this gold...


Iris My Case
Because this purple is amazing.


Just Busta Mauve
You will want to put on your dancing shoes to wear this one.


If the Blue Fits…
This blue fits all!


Mer-Maid for Each Other
This green is so hot it was made just for you!



Nicole by OPI nail lacquers and Nail Treatments contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde. Nicole by OPIformulas are long-lasting, fast-drying, and salon-quality. These new Target exclusive shades will be available August 2012 for $7.04 each at select Target locations nationwide and online at Target.com.

For more information, visit nicolebyopi.com. Follow Nicole by OPI on Twitter @NicoleByOPI and become a Facebook fan.


About Nicole by OPI:
Nicole by OPI offers a salon-quality range of bold, fashion-forward nail lacquers. The brand’s heritage is based in OPI’s well-established foundation of excellence in both color and technology, providing premium products to a broad range of consumers looking for trendsetting nail lacquers.

OPI Announces New DS Shades for Fall 2012

I can't wait to see these swatches, they look gorgeous! 


 DS Indulgence 

DS Luxurious 


   OPI releases two new high-shine hues – DS Indulgence and DS Luxurious – to join the Designer Series by OPI collection this fall. Fusing fashion and technology, the Designer Series lacquer formula is enhanced with real diamond dust, offering light reflecting, multidimensional color.
DS Indulgence, a radiant red-violet with a shimmering, golden finish, will launch along with DS Luxurious, a captivating coral-red with a golden glisten. With these two additions, Designer Series by OPI will offer 12 glitter-filled, highly-saturated, breathtaking colors.
            “Red nails are the epitome of glamour, and this fall OPI is adding two dazzling reds to the Designer Seriesline,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “With vivid color and intense shimmer and shine, these lacquers create a bold, high-fashion accessory statement. DS Indulgence provides a deeper, classic red look, while DS Luxurious incorporates rich auburn pigments.”
Designer Series by OPI nail lacquers contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and each includes OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application. DS Indulgence and DS Luxurious will be available beginning September 2012 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $12.50 ($14.95 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!


ABOUT OPI
As the world leader in the professional nail care industry, OPI is committed to providing high-quality products and services to both salons and their customers, along with a focus on industry safety and innovation. Known for its exceptional formula, fashionable colors and iconic names, OPI’s heavily-pigmented lacquers are super rich, long-lasting and chip-resistant – offering an affordable luxury to consumers. OPI nail lacquer is available in over 200 shades and contains no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde. Each lacquer features OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application. Currently, OPI is available in over 100 countries and retails a full line of professional items, including nail treatments, finishing products, lotions, manicure/pedicure products, files, tools, gels and acrylics.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

China Glaze Surfin' For Boys

Oh man was this hard to capture. Most pictures turned out like this:


It's bright, very very very very bright. I could have added a few more verys, believe me. It is a reddish/orange coral with a shimmer. I feel that the brightness is so intense that it's hard to see the shimmer but it's in there. 





It's a little more red than my pictures show.

The formula was pretty typical for this collection. A little goopey and slow to dry. I used three coats because of my darn acrylic growth. I can not wait for those to grow out all the way. Half way there!

That's the last color I have from the Summer Neon Collection. Next up are my picks from China Glaze On Safari. Maybe after those I'll venture on to something other than China Glaze. 

Thanks for reading!

-Mira

Saturday, July 21, 2012

China Glaze Flirty Tankini - Not Color Accurate

The top picture was the closest I could get to being color accurate although it's a tad blurry. It's much pinker in person but I could not get these pictures to come out. It just wanted to translate as orange. Ahhhh!
 I apologize for not getting a better image, I still have a lot to learn about photography. I especially struggle with neons and this definitely classifies as a neon. Flirty Tankini as I said, is more pink. It's a very bright coral with a strong shimmer that makes this pretty eye searing and fabulous. I love the color but as usual with bright colors, will only use this for pedicures. 







I have one more polish from this collection to show you (China Glaze Summer Neons 2012) and then I'm moving on to my picks from China Glaze On Safari. Again, I apologize for the yucky pictures today. I am happy that I caught some of the shimmer. Woohoo! 

What do you think? Will you be rocking this shade this summer? 

Thanks for reading!

-Mira

Thursday, July 19, 2012

China Glaze Pink Plumeria

There is something about this polish that I love. Maybe it's the name, I love plumeria. It's not a neon at all but it somehow fits in well with this collection. It's a light pinkish orange with a subtle shimmer that is only noticeable out in the sun. The formula was easy to work with. It needs two coats for complete coverage but I used three. It dries shinier than some of the other polishes in this collection which I liked. 



It was hard to capture the shimmer, the sun was hiding on the day I took these pictures. It's a little brighter in person but I think this is pretty accurate. =)

Thanks for reading!

-Mira

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

China Glaze I'm With the Lifeguard

This is such a bright highlighter green that it was a little difficult to photograph. This is pretty accurate on how bright this sucker is. It looks pretty funny against my pale self, I can't quite pull it off. I will save this for my toes. ;-) It has a really pretty shimmer that didn't show up in the pictures. It's very mild and can only be seen in direct sunlight at certain angles.  

The formula was similar to Beach Cruise-R, on the thick side. If you don't work fast, it will get goopy and hard to work with. I tried this after Beach Cruise-R so I was prepared and had an easier time with application. It needs extra time to dry in between coats or you will get major drag. Two coats is all you need but I used three to cover up my nasty acrylic lines. They are almost half way grown out now, yay!! It dries a little matte so used Seche Vite as usual to shine it back up. 





Neon green isn't a flattering look on me so I dressed it up with a half moon mani and a neon green heart on my accent nail from a nail art wheel I got from Ebay. The heart looks washed out but it was pretty close to the color of the polish. 

Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for more summery neons this week!

-Mira

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

China Glaze Ride the Waves

Ride the Waves is the second polish with a jelly finish in this collection. Also not a neon but it is gorgeous! This would be fabulous for layering glitters, flakies, and color shifting top coats, oh my! It is a bright royal blue. The formula was similar to Under the Boardwalk. A little thick but manageable. I used OPI Ridge Filler for my base coat, three coats of Ride the Waves, and one coat of Seche Vite. I used three coats to hide my acrylic lines, two is plenty in my opinion. 

I apologize for my pictures, I'm trying to learn how to use my new camera. These looked great on my camera's screen but I had some major shadowing and blurriness for some reason. I'll figure it out eventually! 




It seems like there are a lot of polishes this color coming out lately. There's even one in China Glaze's Safari Collection which is strange to me. It's a different finish but close enough that both aren't necessary. Of course, I have both. I'm just crazy that way. =)

Thanks for reading!

-Mira

Monday, July 16, 2012

China Glaze Under the Boardwalk

The second polish from the Summer Neons 2012 collection I'm going to show you is Under the Boardwalk. It is one of the two jelly finishes in the collection. It isn't neon at all but perhaps that's why I like it so much! It's an interesting color. It's like a fuchsia and berry mix. The formula is a little thick but very workable. I didn't have any problems with application like most of the others in this collection. I used three coats and one coat of Seche Vite. Also, I used OPI Ridge Filler as my base coat since I'm growing out my acrylics. I removed most of the acrylic but left a thin layer since my nails are so damaged underneath. Anyway, I have that ugly line now and it's hard to conceal. 







This would be a great polish for a jelly sandwich. What do you think?
 As always, thanks for reading!

-Mira

Saturday, July 14, 2012

China Glaze Beach Cruise-R

Hello again, I'm alive! I know I've been neglecting my blog lately. I'm working on swatching a giant pile of polish so I can give you new pretties to look at. The next few posts will be from the China Glaze Summer Neons 2012 collection (that is a mouth full). Not being a fan of neons, I didn't get the entire collection. I just don't have the nice summer tan to pull these babies off. They will be for my toes but because I don't like pictures of my feet I swatched on my finger nails. You're welcome. 


First up, I have Beach Cruise-R to show you. I like the color, it's a nice bright blue tinted purple. It dries semi-matte but a top coat will shine it up nicely. I don't consider it to be neon at all but it has spunk. The formula drove me crazy! It is thick, goopy, and requires extra dry time. I have shaky hands so I can't slap on my polish in three perfect swipes so I had some issues with it. Acetone anyone? If you can move quickly, you'll be fine. 


I'm experimenting with the new fancy camera so my pictures will be... interesting until I get the hang of it. Thank you in advance for your patience and please, don't hesitate to give me suggestions/advice. It's welcome here. =) 




Pardon the lines from my acrylics growing out. This polish had no mercy. 

What do you think? Is this on your list or are you going to pass? 

Thanks for reading!

-Mira

Friday, July 13, 2012

Orly Electronica Preview - Fall 2012

Here is another small collection from Orly. I've seen these on the shelves for a while now. 






Left to right:
Decoded, Preamp, Shockwave, and Synchro

I picked up Decoded and Synchro but I'm pretty sure I'm returning them. I have too many that are close to what Decoded looks like and I'm not in love with Synchro. 

Do you like this collection?

-Mira

Orly Fired Up Preview - Fall 2012

Here is Orly's Fall collection, Fired Up. I'm not really impressed. I am, however, really excited to collect their FX glitters. I know, shocking. =) 


Left to right: 
Flare, Flickr, Glow, Ignite, Rapture, and Smolder

What do you think?

-Mira

Monday, July 2, 2012

4th of July Mani - Pic Heavy

I'm so excited to show you my 4th of July mani! I worked pretty hard on it and I'm kind of proud of myself for this one. It took forever but that's because it hurts my back to do nail art. I got them done in the course of two days little by little. After each nail, I had to lay down to rest my back. It was annoying but I love the look! 

I'll show you the pictures and then talk about materials and how I did it!








Materials:

Red-China Glaze Ruby Pumps
Blue-China Glaze Dorothy Who?
White-Striping Tape 
Stars-Loose silver hex glitter

First I applied China Glaze Ruby Pumps (two coats) with one coat of Seche Vite. After that was completely dry (it was actually the next day) I applied two pieces of tape on each nail to block out the rectangle shape and applied one thick coat of China Glaze Dorothy Who? and let that dry. I cut down pieces of white striping tape and placed them on my nails with tweezers and applied Seche Vite to seal them in and placed the hex glitter in the blue rectangle for the stars. After that dried, I put on another layer of Seche Vite and cleaned up the cuticles with Acetone and an angled brush! 

I hope you like them!

Thanks for reading!

-Mira