Monday, February 25, 2013

NOPI Sweet Dreams

While I was "browsing" in Ulta the other day, I noticed this little gem. Being the sucker for glitter that I am, I had to have it. NOPI Sweet Dreams is from the Selena Gomez collection and it's the only one I have from it. The others looked too close to polishes I already have so I passed them up. 


NOPI Sweet Dreams is a glitter topper but it can be opaque on it's own with two or three coats.  I used two coats on top of Cult Nails Nevermore (black creme). I then topped it off with two coats of Seche Vite to make my mani smooth and extra glossy.

I love this over black but it would be cute over a lot of colors. 

As you can see, Sweet Dreams has large silver hex, medium turquoise hex, and small lavender hex glitter in a clear base. It is very sparkly in person. Removal was a beast. I forgot to use Elmer's Glue as my base coat so I used the cotton ball and foil method. Oops!

What do you think? Will you be picking this up? Let me know in the comments below!

-Mira

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Lynnderella Key to Her Heart

For Valentine's Day, I wore a Zoya skittle mani with Lynnderella Key to Her Heart on top. I couldn't decide what to wear underneath the glitter so I went with five different shades. :)



Left to right (all Zoya polish): Carmen, Dita, Reagan, Lara, and Shelby
Each Zoya had an amazing formula and only needed two coats. 


I put one thin coat of Key to Her Heart on and then used the brush to place the bigger pieces of glitter on each nail. This polish is jam packed with glitter so I didn't have to fish for anything. I just wanted to place the larger pieces of glitter in specific places. 

Here are some close ups:




After Key to Her Heart dried, I put two thick coats of Seche Vite on to make my nails smooth. 

Thanks for reading!

-Mira


Sunday, February 17, 2013

Born Pretty Micro Bead Review

Hello everyone! I have a late Valentine's Day design to show you today. I apologize for putting this up after the holiday. Born Pretty Store sent me a wheel of their micro beads to review. I made a very simple design with them that I think is cute. I hope you like it! 

I used two coats of Zoya Mira (my favorite purple creme) for my base color. With a nail art brush, I painted a heart with nail glue and sprinkled on the beads. I pressed the beads into the glue to make sure they were nice and stuck and let the glue set (10 minutes or so). To set the beads, I went over the entire nail with a coat of Seche Vite top coat. 





The color on the beads did not bleed with the glue or top coat. I wore this for a day and they didn't come off or lose color. I don't have pictures of the nail wheel to show you because mine was ruined in the mail. Now, my product was sent to me to review so I didn't ask for a replacement. If I were a paying customer, I would have asked for one. With my experience in the past as a Born Pretty customer, I strongly feel that they would have replaced it. 

The other thing I need to make sure you know is that in the product description, it says that the colors may be different than the beads shown in the product pictures. My beads were completely different colors. I don't know why this is, I buy my beads and nail art products based on their color. I liked the colors I got, but I liked the colors on their website better. Besides that, the beads were fun to play with and good quality. They are very versatile as well. 

Here is the info for the beads!


The beads are $3.33 but you can get 10% off with this coupon code:


Thanks for reading!

-Mira



Thursday, February 14, 2013

OPI Pink Yet Lavender

The last polish I have to show you from the Mariah Carey collection is the glitter, Pink Yet Lavender. I love glitter toppers and this one is no exception. 


Pink Yet Lavender has a clear base, pink hexagons, and small silver glitter. 


I used two coats on top of OPI Anti-Bleak and used two coats of Seche Vite to make it smooth. 


It applied well and dried quickly. I didn't have to manipulate any of the glitter pieces (or play go fish) which is nice for a glitter like this. All of the pieces laid flat. The glitter that looks bent is just the reflection of the light. 


Well, it took me for-ev-er but I finally finished this collection!! 
Now what? You will just have to come back to see! =)

Thanks for reading!

-Mira

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

OPI Sprung

The name of this polish makes me laugh. Do people still say that? I'm too old to be cool so I don't know anymore. Ok, I'm not too old, I just don't care. I'm 34. You were wondering right? ;p I digress, back to the polish. The name is a bit silly but the polish is fabulous. Let's take a look.


 Shimmery coppery goodness right here. It's a lot more shimmery in person. It's one of those polishes that glows. Love it!


Here it is with the flash on. It looks more like the picture on the top in real life but look how pretty!!! 

Again, I used the flash so you could see the little bits of color swimming around in the polish. 

The formula was excellent. I only needed two coats for opacity. As always, I used Seche Vite top coat to make it extra shiny. 

When I went to put this polish away, I noticed that I have a thing for copper polishes. I have a lot of close dupes. I want to do a comparison post on them. It's pretty embarrassing. =)

Thanks for reading!!

-Mira


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Press Release - OPI The Great and Powerful OZ Collection


OPI Celebrates Disney’s Oz The Great and Powerful with Limited Edition Nail Lacquers, Including NEW Liquid Sand


                OPI announces the launch of six limited edition nail lacquers and a new Liquid Sand shade, inspired by Disney’s Oz The Great and Powerful.  With an all-star cast that includes James Franco and Michelle Williams, this highly-anticipated film opens in theaters on March 8, 2013. 
 “OPI is very excited to take this fantastical journey with Disney,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director.  “Inspired by the magic of Oz The Great and Powerful, this SoftShades collection captures the whimsy seen in the film, from glittery shades packed with white, gold and silvery iridescent confetti – Lights of Emerald City, When Monkeys Fly! andWhich is Witch? – to soft neutrals in white, beige and pink – Don’t Burst My Bubble, Glints of Glinda and I Theodora You.


What Wizardry is This?


“The new Liquid Sand nail lacquer – What Wizardry is This? – features OPI’s groundbreaking technology for a textured, matte finish infused with reflective sparkle,” adds Weiss-Fischmann.  “This rich taupe hue was designed for James Franco’s character, the great Wizard of Oz, and is sure to make a bold statement this spring.”
With a mix of soft crème and warm glitter shades, the line is ideal for layering to create rich, complex looks. 
In addition to the Liquid Sand nail lacquer in What Wizardry is This?, the promotion includes:


Lights of Emerald City
White confetti adds city girl flair and style to nails.


Don’t Burst My Bubble
Don’t wake me...I’m dreaming about puffy clouds of white.

When Monkeys Fly! 
I’m simply bananas for this gold confetti. 

Glints of Glinda
Only a good witch could turn beige from meek to chic.

Which is Witch?
Is this silver glitter with iridescent sparkle or the other way around?

 I Theodora You
 This adorable, sheer pink is bewitching on you.

As with all OPI nail lacquers, the shades inspired by Oz The Great and Powerful contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application.
This limited edition promotion will be available beginning March 2013 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, jcp Salons, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $9.00 ($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!

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.

ABOUT Oz The Great and Powerful
Disney’s fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved wizard character. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great wizard but into a better man as well.

“Oz The Great and Powerful” is produced by Joe Roth, with screen story by Mitchell Kapner and screenplay by Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire. Grant Curtis, Palak Patel, Philip Steuer and Josh Donen are serving as executive producers. “Oz The Great and Powerful” opens in U.S. theaters on March 8, 2013.








Friday, February 8, 2013

OPI A Butterfly Moment

I'm almost done showing you the Mariah Carey Collection from OPI. Two more to go after this one! I'm not sure why I snagged A Butterfly Moment (ABM). I have been looking for a neutral polish that goes with my skin tone. This isn't quite right. It will be useful in nail art so I'll keep it around. 

OPI ABM is a light tan/pink with golden shimmer. The formula was just right, not too thin or thick. I used two coats and topped it off with one coat of Seche Vite. 


OPI A Butterfly Moment




OPI A Butterfly Moment


Thanks for reading!

-Mira

Press Release - NOPI and Kellogg's Special K


NICOLE BY OPI ANNOUNCES COLLABORATION WITH KELLOGG’S®SPECIAL K®
Three custom shades available with the purchase of eligible Special K products @NicoleByOPI and @SpecialKUS offers free bottle of lacquer with purchase of @SpecialKUS product in April



Nicole by OPI announces that the brand will be producing three custom nail lacquer shades for Kellogg’s® Special K®beginning in April to pair with a campaign encouraging women to “show off your confidence with color.” Shoppers will have the opportunity to receive free full-size bottles of Nicole by OPI nail lacquer by signing up for the Kellogg’s Family Rewards program and entering codes from specially marked boxes of Special K products, while supplies last.
The three custom shades include: Challenge Red-y (crème red), Pros & Confidence (crème turquoise) and Be Ama-Zing! (crème pink).
With the purchase of three eligible Special K products, consumers will receive the shade Challenge Red-y. After submitting the purchase codes from eight eligible Special K products, consumers will receive all three lacquers – Challenge Red-y, Pros & Confidence and Be Ama-Zing!
“Nicole by OPI is delighted to partner with Kellogg’s to offer such an exciting reward to Special K consumers,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, Nicole by OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “At our company, we always say that nail lacquer can change your look – and your outlook. In working with Kellogg’s Special K, we hope to inspire and motivate women who are striving for beauty both inside and out.”This promotion will be available in the US whereSpecial K products are sold.
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.


About Kellogg Company:
At Kellogg Company (NYSE: K), we are driven to enrich and delight the world through foods and brands that matter. With 2012 sales of $14.2 billion, Kellogg is the world’s leading cereal company; second largest producer of cookies, crackers and savory snacks; and a leading North American frozen foods company.  Every day, our well-loved brands nourish families so they can flourish and thrive. These brands includeKellogg’s®, Keebler®, Special K®, Pringles®, Frosted Flakes®, Pop-Tarts®, Corn Flakes®, Rice Krispies®, Kashi®, Cheez-It®, Eggo®, Coco Pops®, Mini-Wheats®, and many more. To learn more about our responsible business leadership, foods that delight and how we strive to make a difference in our communities around the world, visit www.kelloggcompany.com.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

OPI Anti Bleak

I'm back with OPI Anti-Bleak from the Mariah Carey collection. It's a reddish purple creme. Nothing earth shattering but it's a good color to have in your stash. It reminds me of OPI Casino Royale but I don't have that to compare it with. I don't think it's a dupe but it's pretty darn close. 


Anti-Bleak has a great formula. It was a little on the thin side but not enough that I had to worry about flooding my cuticles. I used two coats and one coat of Seche Vite. 


I had a really hard time photographing this polish but I can't blame OPI for my troubles. 

A certain furball was demanding my attention. ;)

Thanks for reading! 

-Mira

Saturday, February 2, 2013

OPI The Impossible

OPI The Impossible is the last of the liquid sand polishes. I saved it for last because it's my least favorite. I wouldn't have purchased it but it came with the mini set. Luckily, my niece really likes it so I know it will go to good use. ;) 


The Impossible is a bright coral jelly polish with micro glitter, small silver hexagon glitter, and silver stars. My bottle, unfortunately, seems to be missing the stars. I did a full manicure on my niece and then of course used it for this swatch and I didn't see a single star. Both my niece and I were disappointed. Sad day. Moving on. 


 
The formula is a bit sheer so I used three coats. Drying time is a little slower like the other liquid sand polishes. Also, removal isn't harder than a regular glitter polish. I just used the foil method and it came off just fine. 


Here it is with two coats of Seche Vite top coat. 


 
It is pretty, it just doesn't work with my skin tone. 

Well, there you have it! Which liquid sand polish is your favorite? 

Thanks for reading!

-Mira