Saturday, March 26, 2011

Three Maybelline Spring Swatches

Today I have the new Spring Maybelline polishes to share. I found these while browsing around Walgreens and thought they would look gorgeous. I was a little disappointed after swatching them because they're not that amazing in my opinion.. Have a look:


Sunlight is a golden yellow pearl shimmer. This was 3 coats. I think it was the only one I liked of the rest.


Lilac Luster is a lilac pearl shimmer. 3 coats. Nice and elegant but doesn't float my boat.


Blue Brilliance is a blue pearl shimmer with flashes of pink. 3 coats. This looked gorgeous on the display and in the bottle but on the nails it just didn't "pop" like I thought it would.

Overall this collection was eh to me. I only chose these three basically because these three caught my eyes, I don't really know what else is in the collection, don't quite remember it. It was a little struggle to apply them as well, I don't know if it's because of the brush or just the formula. Sunlight was a bit streaky, as you can still see some visible brush strokes.

Well that's all I have for today! Enjoy your weekend!

OPI Touring America Collection for Fall/Winter Preview

OPI Launches Touring America Collection for Fall/Winter 2011

OPI hits the open road with a new take on classic style in the Touring America Collection for Fall/Winter 2011. Inspired by Americana and cities with rich cultural heritage, the collection’s twelve shades offer comfortable glamour and wearable elegance for nails and toes.

“My recent road trip across the country sparked the creation of the Touring America Collection,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “Autumn is a time for reinvention, and these shades revive classic, iconic colors for fall, from cool heather, khaki and chocolate to warm rose, peach and red.”

The season’s go-to shades of taupe and pearl grey appear in variations from dark to light – A-taupe the Space Needle, Get in the Expresso Lane, French Quarter for Your Thoughts, and Suzi Takes the Wheel. Lush urban neutrals in deep sapphire (Road House Blues), rich raisin (Honk If You Love OPI), chic olive (Uh-oh Roll Down the Window), and coffee brown (I Brake for Manicures) merge with iconic red (Color to Diner For), vivid rose (My Address is “Hollywood”), and luminous coral and orange (I Eat Mainely Lobster, Are We There Yet?) for an expansive color landscape.

“This collection will take women around the world on the ultimate tour across the USA, with stops in Baltimore, Clarksdale, Hollywood, Jackson Hole, Memphis, Milwaukee, New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia, Seattle, St. Louis, and Tucson,” explains Suzi. “Together, the locales that inspired Touring America make up a rich palette of color complementing trends from the runway, where we saw a mix of feminine details and dramatic menswear touches.”

Touring America includes the following shades:


Are We There Yet?

Don’t make me reach back there and take that perfect melon shade!


I Eat Mainely Lobster

We “clawed” through crowds to catch this coral for you.


My Address is "Hollywood"

We put this pretty rose-pink on the map.



Color to Diner For

I’ll take the rosy-red with a side of “awesome.”


Honk if You Love OPI

Don’t let this gorgeous dark grape pass you by.


Road House Blues

In this case…R&B stands for “Really Blue.”


Suzi Takes the Wheel

Buckle up—she’s not stopping until she gets to gray!


French Quarter for Your Thoughts

Want beads? Then show us your sexy gray nails!


Uh-oh Roll Down the Window

You’re gonna wanna pull over for this “unexpected” olive green.


A-taupe the Space Needle

You’ll climb to new heights with this creamy-rich taupe.


Get in the Expresso Lane

An amped-up dark brown that’ll never letcha down!


I Brake for Manicures

This gorgeous eggplant-plum has our full attention.

Touring America Nail Lacquer shades contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and each includes OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application.

Touring America by OPI will be available August 3, 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!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

OPI Femme de Cirque Soft Shades Collection

Today I have OPI's Femme de Cirque Collection for their Soft Shades release. I am happy to be taking a break from all the colorful nails I've been swatching and to see neutral shades. These are for their Soft Shades so they are known to be very sheer and delicate looking.

Take a look:


In the Spot-Light-Pink is a sheer pink. This was done in 3 coats. I love how it seems like a french manicure, if only my nail tips were whiter, I think this would look perfect. I love how it seems like my nails have this pink glow.


Step Right Up! is a white-ish pink, almost white. 3 coats. Visible nail lines but that's fine. Surprisingly this one wasn't streaky.


So Many Clowns, So Little Time is a creamy nude pink. 3 coats. This also makes a good french manicure base, and looks lovely on its own.


I Juggle...Men over black is a iridescent shimmer top coat. I did it over black just so the shimmer can show. The purple, blue, and pink shimmer just pops. (please click on the picture to view larger image) It's a top coat, and I wasn't brave enough to bare my nails to you guys just yet lol but I do wonder, why the name? Haha

So I liked this collection because it's a change from all the Spring collections I've been swatching (still more to come) I actually do enjoy neutral shades since it's work appropriate (even though my boss doesn't care if my nails are the colors of rainbow)

The formula for these were good. No complaints for them. My favorites happens to be In the Spot Light Pink, and I Juggle...Men. What are your inputs on this collection? Yay or Nay?

(These were sent to me for review)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

China Glaze Anchors Away Collection

Today I finally have the China Glaze's Anchors Away collection swatches and review to share with you guys. I wasn't really excited about this collection, but there were some interesting colors so I decided to buy the whole collection and try it.

Before I go on with the review, I am kind of disappointed that I didn't get to try the Tronica collection, since it is specialty for Sally Beauty. And I don't have a Sally Beauty near me, I don't think it is worth the drive to get the collection, and the fact that eBay users are selling it for about $14 a bottle is kind of ridiculous. Well I've read some reviews on it and that the holos aren't even that great, so I guess I didn't miss much.

OK on with the swatches!

From the Sand to Sand collection:


White Cap - a sheer pearly white with golden and silver shimmer. 4 coats


Pelican Gray is a cool toned gray creme. 2 coats


Sea Spray is a pale blue gray creme. 2 coats


Below Deck - a taupe creme with violet tones. 2 coats


Sunset Sail - a nude peachy creme with light flecks of shimmer. 3 coats


Knotty - dark beige shimmer. 3 coats

From the Knotty Nautical collection:


Life Preserver - pale dark orange creme. 2 coats. It's not as bright in person as my picture shows.


Hey Sailor - a vibrant red creme. 2 coats


Ahoy! - fuchsia pink with glass specks. 2 coats. LOVE!


First Mate - a navy blue creme. 2 coats


Starboard - a green creme. 2 coats. I wore this for St. Patrick's Day.


Lighthouse - a lemon yellow shimmer with glass specks. 3 coats

Overall, this collection was so-so for me. My favorite happens to be Ahoy!, I love the glass specks and how lovely it looks. Runner ups would be White Cap, Lighthouse, Starboard, Below Deck, and Sea Spray. The others were just ehh to me because I have plenty of polishes with similar colors.

China Glaze formula is always excellent in my opinion. It is never runny or thick. It applies smoothly without any problems. I am looking forward to the Island Escape collection. As I've mentioned on Twitter, a lot of Spring collections have disappointed me so I hope all the Summer collections are gonna be awesome.

That's all I have for today!

OPI Three Blue Shatters Added

Shatter Line Extended with Bold Blues!

OPI Launches Bestselling Shatter Coat in

Three Blue-Hued Shades

OPI expands its Shatter line with the addition of three new trendsetting shades: Blue, Navy and Turquoise. With nautical hues of cobalt, indigo and sapphire, these blues provide the perfect look for summer nails in one simple step. Inspired by graffiti art, Shatter leaves behind a crackled, two-texture finish when painted over any dry OPI hue. Adding top coat takes Shatter from matte to glossy in seconds.

Black Shatter was received with great fanfare, showing that women are looking for new ways to express themselves and are excited to try different textures on their nails,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “By adding a variety of colors to the line, there are more options for every woman, whether she is looking for a funky aquamarine or elegant deep blue. Unlike traditional nail art which can be complicated and difficult to replicate, Shatter is easy to use and allows everyone to experiment with this new trend.”

In addition to the original Black Shatter, the line also features the Shatter coat in White, Red and Silver. All Shatter retail displays now feature Quick Response (QR) code, a two-dimensional barcode readable by smart phones and mobile phones with cameras and Internet capability. A quick scan of the display’s QR code will directly link to a demonstrational video – making application foolproof.

All Shatter products contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application.

Blue Shatter, Navy Shatter, and Turquoise Shatter 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 Shatter coat.

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




Left to right: Blue Shatter, Navy Shatter, & Turquoise Shatter

As if I didn't get enough of shatter polishes, there's more! So excited!!

OPI Serena Williams Glam Slam! France Preview

White and Red Shatter Debut for French Open!

Serena Williams Serves Up Four New Shades for OPI Glam Slam! Collection

OPI captures Serena Williams’ winning spirit with four additions to the Glam Slam! collection, including two new shades of the fashionable, must-haveShatter Red and White. Launching in conjunction with the French Open, Glam Slam! France celebrates with two duo-packs for four unbeatable looks.

The first Lacquer set includes Spark de Triomphe (a monumentally marvelous silver glitter), paired with White Shatter. Once applied over completely dried Nail Lacquer, Shatter begins to crackle, leaving behind a two-texture pattern on each nail. The second Lacquer set features Rally Pretty Pink (rise to the occasion with this shimmering sunset-pink), paired with Red Shatter.

“We are very excited to continue working with tennis superstar Serena Williams to launch the next Glam Slam! shades,” said Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “France is a country with a rich history in fashion and setting trends. These four new color options are ideal for showcasing your own personal style, à la Serena, whether worn alone or overlaid with Shatter for instant nail art.”

“Whether I’m on or off the court, style is important,” explains Serena Williams. “In addition to watching the runways for the latest trends, I think it’s important to add my own unique elements. With the new White and Red Shatter, I can customize my nails for a high-fashion take on the classically elegant silver and sunset shades in the Glam Slam! France collection.”

Serena Williams has received the World Number One in singles ranking by the Women’s Tennis Association on five separate occasions, along with being listed as sixth on the all-time greatest champions list. Additionally, she has won two Olympic gold medals in women’s doubles and has earned 27 Grand Slam titles to date. Serena is the most recent player to have held all four Grand Slam singles titles simultaneously and only the fifth woman in history to do so.

New shades in the Glam Slam! collection will be introduced to coincide with each of the four major tournaments, beginning with the Australian Open in January 2011, followed by launches in May 2011 for the French Open, June 2011 for Wimbledon and August 2011 for the US Open. As with all OPI Nail Lacquers, the Glam Slam! collection contains no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and each includes OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application.

Glam Slam! France 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 $14.95 ($20.95 CAN) suggested retail for each duo-pack.

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




Left to right: Spark de Triomphe, White Shatter, Rally Pretty Pink, & Red Shatter

Monday, March 21, 2011

Zoya Sunshine & Summertime Preview

Zoya Nail Polish presents two new collections with six new metallics and six new creams for summer 2011.
Sunshine and Summertime
...everything should be this good!




Summer 2011 color so perfect that it could only come from the nail polish experts at Zoya... Zoya is the New Color of Fashion!

ZOYA SUNSHINE COLLECTION

· Reva (ZP546) - A cool toned strawberry red with glowing golden metallic sparkle. A very rich and luxurious looking gilded red.

  • Kimmy (ZP547) - Gleaming metallic candy apple red brightened by gold sparkle. Not your usual red shimmer- this one has a fiery attitude.
  • Apple (ZP548) - Luminous yellow-toned apple green packed with gold metallic sparkle. A dimensional green that's clean and bright.
  • Tanzy (ZP549) - Light, bright tangerine orange with yellow gold metallic sparkle. A sunny orange that's easy to wear year-round.
  • Rica (ZP550) - Warm light coral with pink and orange tones and heavy gold metallic sparkle. An alternative to flat corals for when you want to shine.
  • Faye (ZP551) - A bronzed mauve with purple and brown undertones flooded with right gold sparkle. A unique gilded shade that will work in any season.

ZOYA SUMMERTIME COLLECTION

· Sooki (ZP552) - Bright, clean, crisp cool cherry red cream with a subtle jelly finish. For an irresistible, attention-grabbing red nail.

· Tamsen (ZP553) - Medium warm brick red with strong orange tones with an opaque cream finish. A special red that is both enticing and mysterious

· Areej (ZP554) - Pink with an opaque cream finish. A pink for when you want a bold pop of color but not something neon-bright.

· Kieko (ZP555) - Warm, red toned dusty light purple with berry tones with an opaque cream finish. A nice alternative to pure pink or berry, especially flattering on warm skin tones.

· Mira (ZP556) - Blue toned medium purple with dusty lavender tones and an opaque cream finish. For a muted yet colorful purple that isn't too dark.

· Breezi (ZP557) - Soft, dusty, medium cerulean blue with an opaque cream finish. A super chic high-fashion denim look for nails.

Ultra long-wearing, glossy nail lacquers by Zoya are free of harmful industrial chemicals like toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) that are known to cause cancer and birth defects.

Find Zoya Sunshine and Summertime as well as over 300 other ultra high-fashion Zoya shades at www.zoya.com.

As always, each and every Zoya color is made for women so we name them after women.

Sunshine and Summertime by Zoya, available March 21, 2011
Sug. Retail $8.00 per 0.5 fl.oz. bottle (US)
Available at www.zoya.com

© 2011 Art of Beauty Inc. All rights reserved.

Zoya Mod Mattes Limited Edition Preview

Zoya Nail Polish presents three new mattes for summer 2011.
modmattes LE
all of the color - none of the shine!

Zoya is the new color of fashion... The ZOYA color experts have done it again! Introducing three new LIMITED EDITION (LE), exclusive modmattes LE* shades for summer 2011...




The incredible Zoya modmattes LE* shade collection has been expanded with three new LIMITED EDITION beauties. Get all of the color, none of shine with modmattes LE*, Zoya’s exclusive blend resulting in utterly wearable and truly stylish matte nail polish.

Zoya Nail Polishes are free of harmful industrial chemicals like toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) that are known to cause cancer and birth defects.

Find Zoya modmattes LE* as well as over 300 other ultra high-fashion Zoya shades at www.zoya.com.

As always, each and every Zoya color is made for women so we name them after women.

modmattes LE* by Zoya, available March 21, 2011
Sug. Retail $8.00 per 0.5 fl.oz. bottle (US)
Available at www.zoya.com

© 2011 Art of Beauty Inc. All rights reserved.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Wonder Woman Nail Art

So one day I had hot pink tips with baby blue base, and my co-worker thought it was Wonder Woman's colors. He (yes he) then suggested I do Wonder Woman nail art and I decided to try it out. It didn't turn out the way I expected it to. I think the problem was a I used the wrong brush for the star, hence it turned out way too bubbly. And for the WW logo, my yellow was not opaque enough to draw on properly. But I still think it turned out pretty nice. You do the judging!



I used MAC's Obey Me for the red, Spirit of Truth for the navy blue, OPI The "It" color for the yellow. The stars were some nail art rhinestone like that my supervisor got me from Taiwan.

Well that's all I have to show for today :)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

OPI Nice Stems! Collection Preview

Summer Pinks in Bloom!

Nice Stems! by OPI Revamps Nails with Vibrant Pink Hues for Summer 2011

Stop and see the flowers with summer’s Nice Stems! by OPI, a limited edition collection featuring four new nail lacquers in stunning shades of pink. With whimsical names based on their floral inspirations, these vibrant, flirty colors range from pale, frosty pink to rich fuchsia. Nice Stems! offers fingers and toes a perfectly pink shade for all of summer’s looks.

“These vibrant, feminine hues complement 60’s ladylike fashions, 70’s glam looks, and bold color-blocking, which are the season’s staples,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “The Nice Stems! collection also offers an interesting contrast and feminine accent to the punk and biker looks on the runways.”

Nice Stems! by OPI shades include:



Play the Peonies

We’d put our money on this lovely soft-pink.




Come to Poppy
Surrender to shine with this shimmering coral-pink.




Be a Dahlia Won’t You?
Give the gift of fabulous fuchsia—to yourself!



I Lily Love You
Fall head over heels with this light pink sparkle.


“Using different micas and glitters can give lacquer a 3-dimensional look,” adds Weiss-Fischmann.I Lily Love You is a glitter coat that can be layered over any of the other three shades to add a bright sparkle; or, it can be worn on its own for a subtle tint of pink with strands of glitter.”

The Nice Stems! Nail Lacquers by OPI contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application.

This limited edition Nice Stems! collection will be available beginning June 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!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Sephora by OPI Glee Collection

Today I have the Sephora by OPI Glee collection to share. I bought the mini set and the other four polishes that were not included in the set. I didn't become a 'Gleek' until recently. I only saw one episode of it when it first aired but never got the time to watch it, but I've been catching up and I'm in love with that show. They're all so very talented.

But anyways take a look!


Diva-in-Training is a very bright poppy pink creme. 2 coats


Who Let the Dorks Out? is a teal/turquoise shimmer. 3 coats


Hell to the No is a purple base with golden hints of shimmer. 2 coats. I think this is my favorite one.


Mash-Up is a shimmer gray with slight pink, purple, green duochrome. It was very hard for me to capture the duochrome in pictures. Of the many pictures I've taken, none showed up :( This is 2 coats

And now the mini collection:



Miss Bossy Pants is a raspberry pearl finish. 2 coats


Slushied is a medium turquoise blue creme. 2 coats. Very opaque


Celibacy Club is a holo glitter clear base. This is 4 coats, it is suppose to be a top coat. This was an exclusive for the mini set.


Gleek Out is a lime green shimmer. 3 coats


Sue vs. Shue is a navy blue shimmer. 2 coats. This was another exclusive color for the set.


Express Yourself to Yourself is a coral pink shimmer. 3 coats. And another exclusive color to the set.

I love this collection. Majority of the colors are unique in its own way, you only see a few polishes that you may have seen before. My favorites happens to be Hell to the No and Slushied. I'm planning to buy the bigger bottle of Slushied.

This collection is available at sephora.com and Sephora stores. The original size bottles retail for $9.50. It's 50 cents more than the regular Sephora polishes, probably because they are limited editions? I don't know. The mini set retails at $24.00.

So what do you think of this collection? Yay or Nay?