Monday, February 28, 2011

Sephora by OPI Urban Ballerina Collection

Today I have Sephora by OPI's newest collection called Urban Ballerina. I was a little indecisive on whether to buy the whole collection or not, but since I'm loving all these spring collections, I thought this one wouldn't disappoint. Take a look at the swatches.


Break a Leg-Warmer is a charcoal gray creme. Very opaque under one coat, but this was under two coats


Who's Spinning Tonight? is a purple creme with subtle shimmers. 2 coats


Shiny Dancer is a dark charcoal gray shimmer with a semi metallic finish. 2 coats


Let's Plié is a light beige creme with subtle silver shimmers. 3 coats. It was streaky with the first coat but after the 2nd coat it evened out


Leotard-Optional is a mocha beige creme. Which really reminds me of a mocha drink. 3 coats


The Way Tutu His Heart is a very light pink almost white out pink. 3 coats. Also streaky with 1st coat but started to even out. I like how this one looks white with a hint of pink on it.

Overall, I liked the whole collection. Not all the colors are unique, but majority of them are. Leotard-Optional might have a few similar polishes and Shiny Dancer as well. But I can't think of any like or dupes for the other ones. The formula for these were great. They're available at sephora.com for $9 each. Prices are a bit high in my opinion, but you get what you paid. These are better formula than most $23 bottle nail polishes =X

Well that's all I have for today!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Winner of Apothica $25 giftcard Winner

My Apothica $25 Gift Card Giveaway has ended, and the winner has been chosen.

The winner was chosen with random.org after I listed the entries on excel by order it was received. And the winner is Elena from Endless Summer. Please check your inbox and e-mail me back with the information requested.

Thank you for those who have entered.

I'm on my mission of creating more giveaways, so for those who didn't win, don't be down, there will be plenty of opportunities in the future for some more goodies!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

MAC Wonder Woman Nail Lacquers

When I saw the pictures of MAC's Wonder Woman collection, I said to myself, "I gotta have everything!" I did indeed buy everything, but I also returned a whole lot too, I only kept the nail polishes and one lipstick (which I forgot the name already)

I basically bought the polishes just for the packaging. I love the box and the designs on the bottle are cute.






Obey Me is a true red creme. It was pretty opaque in 1 coat, but I did two for even coverage. I used this red as my Valentine's Day mani.


Spirit of Truth is a navy blue creme, also opaque in 1 coat, but did 2 for even coverage.

As you can see these colors are not at all unique, once again I bought them for the packaging lol I must say though, the formula is pretty good, no streaks at all. It seems like MAC polish formula is getting better now. I remember it use to be very thick and gets extremely streaky.

Well that's all I have for today!

Today will be the last day to enter for my Apothica $25 gift card giveaway, no entries will be accepted after 11:59pm. Click here to enter now!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Deborah Lippmann for Spring 2011

When I saw the press release for Deborah Lippmann's spring collection, I knew I gotta get them in my hands. Deborah Lippmann came out with two new colors for the spring.

Take a look:


Glitter in the Air is a sheer pale blue jelly like base with sky blue and pink hexagon glitters. How stunning is this one?! I'm in love with it. It's very sheer, this was under five coats and there's still visible nail lines. I still like the way it looks though. It gives off this ghostly like feel to it. This would probably look nice under a sky blue creme, guess I will try that next time.



Naked is a nude creme with a semi-jelly base. I have a lot of nude polishes but I think this one might be my favorite. It matches my skin tone very well. This was under three coats.

The formula for both of these are pretty good. I didn't have any problems with it. It dried pretty fast too. For Glitter in the Air, with 5 coats, it dried under a decent amount of time.

Glitter in the Air retails for $18 and Naked is $16. I got them both from lippmanncollection.com

I absolutely love Glitter in the Air, couldn't stop staring at my nails while wearing them :)

Well that's all I have for today!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

OPI Serena Glam Slam Set

Today I have OPI Serena Glam Slam Set to show. The set consists of Simple Smash-ing and Black Shatter. I love the combination of the colors. Simply Smash-ing looks amazing under Black Shatter. Take a look.


Simply Smash-ing is a golden yellow green shimmer. This was under three coats.


Black Shatter over Simply Smash-ing. Don't the colors look amazing together?


I decided to try a matte top coat over them both to see how it turns out. It looks quite interesting I suppose.. lol

That is all I have for today!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! I hope your day is filled with love and happiness! :)

I did a quick Valentine's Day mani. And I loved the way it turned out!



I used MAC Obey Me from the Wonder Woman collection (I will be doing a review on it soon)

And I finally remembered which Konad plate I used; M78

I used a silver glitter to fill in the hearts and cover the dots, just to make it a little more flashy.

Well that's all I have for today!

Don't forget to enter my Apothica $25 gift card giveaway, which ends next week Feb 21st. Click here to enter now.

OPI Pirates of the Carribbean on Stranger Tides for May 2011

I just received an e-mail from OPI PR and it's about a release in May 2011 for the Pirates of the Caribbean collection. I can't wait for this collection to come out, look at the gorgeous pastel colors! And there's no red! This collection also comes with a Silver Shatter polish that I'm also looking forward to. I'm excited for this collection!



From the PR:

Discover a Treasure Trove of Color with New BRIGHTS by OPI, Inspired by Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Create Waves with Silver Shatter!

OPI captures the bright colors and breathtaking escapades seen in Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides with six limited-edition Nail Lacquers and a new Silver Shatter! Disney’s highly-anticipated fourth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise is directed by Rob Marshall and features an all-star cast, including Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz.

To celebrate the new film, OPI launches its Spring 2011 BRIGHTS Collection, which features a groundbreaking new color addition in the Shatter coat formula– Silver. Inspired by graffiti art, this shade leaves behind a crackled, two-texture silver finish when painted over any dry OPI hue.

OPI is thrilled to celebrate the latest film in this beloved series,” said Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “The Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides lacquers were inspired by a world filled with mythical mermaids, gleaming treasure, and high-seas adventure. With shades ranging from sage and lavender to khaki gray and pastel pink, these colors are evocative of a warm, tropical setting, with a classic nautical influence.”

The Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides collection includes:


Skull & Glossbones

Best light gray ever, no bones about it.


Mermaid’s Tears

Few have seen this magical green.


Steady as She Rose

This gorgeous pink is your final destination.


Planks a Lot

Dive into style with this lustworthy purple!


Sparrow Me the Drama

This cool, collected pink means business!


Stranger Tides

Explore this uncharted sea of sage.


Silver Shatter

A shimmering sea of silver with a two-texture finish.



The Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides-inspired Nail Lacquers by OPI contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and feature OPI’s exclusive ProWideBrush for the ultimate in application.

This limited-edition Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides collection will be available beginning May 2011 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $8.50 ($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 THE MOVIE

Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Rob Marshall, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” captures the fun, adventure and humor that ignited the hit franchise—this time in Disney Digital 3D™. Johnny Depp returns to his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow in an action-packed adventure. Crossing paths with the enigmatic Angelica (Penelope Cruz), he’s not sure if it’s love—or if she’s a ruthless con artist who’s using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the “Queen Anne’s Revenge,” the ship of the legendary pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn’t know whom to fear more: Blackbeard or Angelica, with whom he shares a mysterious past. The international cast includes franchise vets Geoffrey Rush as the vengeful Captain Hector Barbossa and Kevin R. McNally as Captain Jack’s longtime comrade Joshamee Gibbs, plus Sam Claflin as a stalwart missionary and Astrid Berges-Frisbey as a mysterious mermaid.

The screenplay for “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” was written by Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio, suggested by the novel by Tim Powers. The film opens in theaters on May 20, 2011, in Disney Digital 3D™.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

OPI Katy Perry Collection

Today, I finally have OPI Katy Perry Collection to share. This collection is out of stock every where so I decided to just order it at aveyou.com. There was something about this collection that I was dying to have.

This collection consists of four colors, two shimmers and two glitters. And also with a black shatter polish. The promo says the black shatter suppose to shatter into leopard like prints but I've yet to experience that. But I still like the way it shatters.

On with the swatches:


The One that Got Away is a deep berry shimmer. There's probably many similar shades of this color but I love it! Shimmers does weird things to my camera. I can never focus it to get a clear picture -_-


Black Shatter over The One That Got Away


Teenage Dream is a sheerish pink glitter with bigger holo glitters. Very pretty and I love it. This was three coats.


Black Shatter over Teenage Dream


Not Like the Movies is a silver purple with slight green duochrome. It also has little flecks of black but you can barely see it.


Black Shatter over Not Like the Movies


Last Friday Night is a sheer blue glitter. This was under three coats and I kinda like the look of this. The blue glitter shows up a lot.


Black Shatter over Last Friday Night

The formula on these were pretty good. The glitters were thick but I kinda expected that since they're on a semi jelly base. I still didn't have any problems though. I think Black Shatter is a great product that I would probably stock up on (nothing crazy, just probably two extra). It is extremely fun to play with and it never shatters the same each time I use it.

I can't choose a favorite because I loved all four of them. Not Like the Movies is a gorgeous color. The glitters are so cute that I could wear alone.

Does anyone else love this collection as much as I did?

That's all I have for today. Don't forget to enter for my Apothica $25 gift card giveaway, which ends next week Feb. 21st.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Apothica $25 Gift Card Giveaway



Apothica was kind enough to sponsor a giveaway for my readers! The winner will win a $25 gift card that can be used on SkinCareRX.com, Apothica.com, or SkinBotanica.com. Apothica carries many different brands including my favorite Clinique skincare products. I’ve been using Clinique skincare products for about three years now. My favorite happens to be the liquid soap, clarifying lotion, and the moisturizing gel. I cannot imagine myself using any other skin products other than Clinique.


To enter, you MUST be a follower for my blog and you have to do AT LEAST ONE of the following. You do not need to do all entries, but leave a comment on my post with your name and e-mail and telling me which way you have entered. (Please provide links, because I will check to make sure you did what you said you did)



Ways to Enter:


1 entry – Become a fan of Apothica on Facebook
1 entry – Follow Apothica on Twitter
2 entries – Retweet Apothica’s tweet about my giveaway
2 entries – Write on Apothica’s Facebook wall about what you think of Apothica
3 entries – Write something on your blog about what you think of Apothica
5 entries – If you own a blog, write about the brand Clinique and link it to Apothica



The contest will close on February 21, 2011 (two weeks from now)


The winner will be chosen randomly and will be notified by e-mail. If there is no response within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen. Your information will be given to Apothica, who will then contact you to verify your information and send you the gift card. Make sure you save SkinCareRX as a contact, or your gift card might end up in the spam inbox.


Thank you for entering and good luck to all!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Three Zoya Swatches

A few weeks ago Zoya had a promo to get three free nail polishes and you only have to pay for their shipping. This promo was for Zoya reaching 20,000 fans on facebook. Even though I have a lot of Zoya polishes I still took advantage of this. I mean it was free! My three choices were all sheer jelly-like polishes; Miley, Lulu, and Jane.

As some of you may know, I love jelly base polishes. I love the way it looks on nails.


Miley is a sheer lavender jelly like creme. This took 4 coats to reach bottle color, but that's expected for most jellies


Lulu is a sheer light peach jelly base. This one also took four coats to reach bottle color.


Jane is a sheer nude, very slim jelly-like base. This was three coats. I bought this for french mani's

I love Zoya polishes and they never give me problems, I was pretty satisfied with all three that I picked :)

Did you take advantage of the three free polishes? What were your three choices?

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Happy Lunar New Year!

Happy Lunar New Year to those who celebrate it! I did a quick mani to celebrate Chinese New Year :)



Base is China Glaze's Phat Santa with China Glaze Medallion over it. I used China Glaze's Midnight Kiss to do the Chinese character. The Chinese character is "Luck". Typical Chinese tradition colors are red and gold; red for luck, and gold for money (I could be wrong)

Well that's all I have for today!