Monday, October 31, 2011

GIVEAWAY: OPI Touring America Collection

It's time for me to stop tricking people, and to finally give out a treat. My blog was due for a giveaway! Here is your chance to own the whole OPI Touring America Collection. Please read and follow all rules, if they aren't followed your entry will be disqualified. Thank you!



Prize: One lucky winner will get all 12 OPI Touring America Collection (You may look at my swatches & review here)

RULES:

- You must be a follower of my blog or my twitter to enter this giveaway
- To enter simply fill out the form below and tell me which OPI nail polish is your favorite of all times.
- Additional Entries:
One extra entry if you tweet the following: @mzgladys (Nail Fanatic) OPI Touring America Collection giveaway!! -- http://tinyurl.com/3fzqsgl (Please include link on form if you tweeted)
One extra entry if you LIKE Nail Fanatic on my Facebook fan page (Please include your Facebook name on form)
Two extra entries if you blog about the giveaway (Please include link to your blog on form)
(This means you can have a total of 5 entries for this giveaway)
- Please fill out the form only once, if duplicate entries are found, only the first entry will be counted, so make sure you got everything down before submitting.
- The deadline to enter is November 14, 2011
- You must have a valid e-mail address/twitter account to enter.
- Winner will be notified by e-mail within 48 hours after the giveaway is over
- The winner will have 48 hours to respond or else another winner will be chosen
- This giveaway is opened to all my readers including international readers

Good Luck to all!

(This giveaway is made possible thanks to OPI)

THIS GIVEAWAY ENDED. ENTRIES WILL BE VERIFIED, AND THE WINNER WILL BE EMAILED!

Congrats to Josefina N. for winning the OPI Touring America giveaway!!

Sally Hansen Salon Effects in Hot Wired

Happy Halloween! I hope everyone have a fun and spooky, but most importantly safe Halloween! I decided to use the Sally Hansen Salon Effects strips as my Halloween mani instead of doing more nail art (honestly I just ran out of ideas). This is my second time using these strips and was more successful at them then last time.

They came out with many Halloween designs, but I was mostly attracted to Hot Wired. Maybe it's the green, I don't know!


I think it looks pretty neat. The application took me only 20 minutes for both hands. Which I feel is pretty quick. Didn't really have any troubles either.

Only problem I have this time is finding the pieces to fit right. My nails are kind of skinny so it was a little tough. The pinky one was too small, but the next smallest size was too big so I just stayed with the smaller one.



It's not that visible so I think it's OK!


Here's slight bubbling at the bottom of my thumb. But I don't think it's the strip problem, I think there's slight bumps on my thumb from when I had glitters on and I peeled it off from boredom =X very bad habit of mine.

Overall, I'm happy with this. I've only had this on since last night so I'm not sure about how long it'll lasts. I wish there was a konad stamp of this, because this design is pretty awesome! Looking forward to looking at other people's Halloween manis!

Enjoy your Halloween, and eat lots of candies!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Nail Art: Mummy, Witch, Dracula, Frankenstein, and Ghost

Hey all! I decided to try some nail art today and I was inspired by IHaveACupcake. Once I saw her video and the tutorial, I thought it was pretty simple and should be easy to do and decided to give it a try.

Nail Polishes Used
- Sephora by OPI Full Moon
- Sally Hansen Black Out
- SpaRitual Enlightened Soul
- Illamasqua Poke
- Sally Hansen Midnight in NY
- Essie Da Bush
- Essie Cute As A Button
- Sally Hansen Grass Slippers

It didn't really turn out the way I liked it. Take a look:



I think only Frankenstein turned out a little weird. The eyes are uneven and the hair wasn't long enough? My favorite is the Dracula. I didn't get to take a picture of these when they glow in the dark.

That's all I have for today, what do you guys think of this?

Saturday, October 29, 2011

OPI Gold Shatter Swatch and Review

Today I have OPI's Gold Shatter to share with you guys. For those who have been following me on twitter and/or been reading my blog knows that I have been trying to find the perfect gold shatter. I've tried all the brands out there that made a gold shatter/crackle polish and none satisfied my need. Until OPI Gold Shatter came out! Before buying the gold shatter, I had a few doubts, thinking it's going to be suck-y like the rest of the gold shatters/crackles. But to my surprise, I have finally found the perfect gold shatter!


Gold Shatter over dark green. It's pure gold shatter, it doesn't look silver and it shatters gorgeously. I love the gold shimmer over the dark green, and I'm sure it will look great over other colors as well.

The formula is like their original Shatter polishes. A bit thick, but nothing too hard to work with. I applied a semi-thin coat over the dried nail polish and felt that the polish shattered evenly around the nails.

Does anyone else like Gold Shatter as much as I do?

Friday, October 28, 2011

China Glaze Haunting Collection

We are only a few days away from Halloween, do you know what your Halloween mani is going to be? I'm debating on a few things right now. Don't know if I'm gonna go with the Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish strips or do some nail art. But in case you don't know what to wear, China Glaze came out with a collection called the Haunting Collection for Halloween!


It's Alive is an olive green glitter with a brownish olive green base. This took 3 coats for full coverage. This color just screams Halloween! It just reminds me of Zombies and anything that's decaying or coming from the graveyard.


Here is Black Crackle over It's Alive. I put Ghoulish Glow over It's Alive before applying the black crackle. I forgot to take a picture of that, but it gives it a milky sort of finish. However, the nails did not glow in the dark like the bottle did, that was a little disappointing. But this combo looks good together.


Haunting is a black creme base packed with silver specks. 2 coats. This is GORGEOUS. Sure we've seen a lot of black base with silver specks, glitters whatsoever. But there's something about this one. Maybe it's the dense glitters that makes it seem like the galaxy, I don't know. This was my favorite from the whole collection.


Near Dark is a dark green creme with a semi-jelly finish. I only did it in two coats, it didn't seem that sheer while applying, but with lighting and taking pictures, I realized it was actually quite sheer! Oops? This color is perfect for fall and great for Halloween!


Crimson is a vampy dark purple creme. 2 coats. I'm usually not a huge fan of the near black colors but some reason I really liked this one. I haven't wore dark colors for such a long time that it felt different and maybe that's why I liked it.

Overall, I like this collection. It's perfect for the Fall, and perfect for Halloween. The formula for these were excellent. I had no problems with it. It all applied smoothly. I only wished that Ghoulish Glow would actually glow in the dark on the nails, because that would've been pretty cool!

These are available at most e-tailers at various prices.

What do you think about this collection?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Six New for Fail 2011 ManGlaze Swatches & Review

Good afternoon all! Today I have six new shades from ManGlaze to share with you. ManGlaze called this "New for Fail" which I find kinda silly. ManGlaze have always been my favorite brand of polishes for matte polish. Once I saw the release pictures for these I thought to myself that I must have it and I went ahead and ordered right away. Let's take a look!


Butt Taco is a bright red-orange matte shimmer. 2 coats. I can't help but laugh at the name!


Fatty's Got More Blood is a vampy dark purple-red matte shimmer. 2 coats. Again the name is hilarious!


Cabron is a dark plum purple matte shimmer 2 coats. Look at the silver specks on these! The shimmer is intense with a top coat, unfortunately I didn't take a picture of it with a top coat, it just ruins the purpose of matte polishes.


Nawsome Sauce is a green matte shimmer. 2 coats. This is awesome! I love it. You probably think it's similar to OPI's Here Today Aragon Tomorrow Suede, but it's not. Nawsome Sauce is a true forest green. And another similar one would be Zoya's Veruschuka, but no this is different from both.


Ilf is a aqua teal matte shimmer. Kind of like a Tiffany & Co. color but in matte and with shimmer. This was in two coats.


Mink Mitten is a metallic lavender purple matte shimmer. 2 coats. This is the true beauty to the collection. It just screams gorgeous and my picture does no justice for this polish. It looks shiny in my picture, but imagine it a matte shine. This is a must have for me.

Overall, I loved this whole collection. The colors are great, unique, and awesome. The formula for these were superb. It went on so smooth with no bumps or smudges. I tend to always have problems with matte polishes, but this applied like butter (if that's a good a thing). That's the reason I love ManGlaze polishes, I never have problem applying them because the formula is excellent and makes application super easy. The only slight problem I had with these is that the label of the polishes were bleh, besides Mink Mitten. Maybe I should've waited awhile before ordering them so I could've got all the new labels. But you know what, in the end, only the polish matters!

They retail for $13.13 per bottle and it's available at there website manglaze.com, it will then let you click to either purchase from their Facebook store or their Amazon store. I ordered from their Facebook store, so I can assure you it's safe to do it there.

What do you guys think of this collection?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

OPI Nicki Minaj Collection Press Release

I don't know about you guys but I am SUPER excited for the release of this collection, not only because of the amazing colors but because it's Nicki Minaj. You have no idea how much I love this woman. She is amazing and very talented in my opinion, and I adore her unique style. Here is the press release information

Pink Everyday!

OPI Partners with Platinum Recording Artist Nicki Minaj to Launch Limited Edition Lacquers

OPI announces the launch of six new limited edition shades inspired by hip hop sensation Nicki Minaj, including a purple Shatter! Inspired by Minaj’s unique style, love of bright colors, and her debut album Pink Friday, the Nicki Minaj by OPI promotion will feature an array of bold hues, from neon lime green to pink.

OPI is so excited to work with Nicki in releasing these six new nail lacquers,” said Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. Nicki has taken the hip hop world by storm, but her music is only part of the equation. She’s also become a fashion inspiration, noted for her daring costumes and hair color both on and off the stage.”

Nicki’s eclectic look made including a new hue in OPI’s bestselling Shatter coat a must for this collaboration. The purple Super Bass Shatter (a record-setting purple that “shatters” before your eyes) is inspired by graffiti art and works when painted over any dry OPI hue. Adding top coat takes Super Bass Shatter from matte to glossy in seconds.

The line features five nail lacquers in addition to Super Bass Shatter, ranging from fantastic pink, rainbow confetti glitter and charcoal sparkle hues to two green shades in lime and teal:

Pink Friday
Kick off the weekend with this pop! of bubblegum pink.

Metallic 4 Life
This charcoal sparkle flies with the stars in the skies.

Save Me
I drove for miles just to find this silver-rainbow glitter.


Fly
I came to win, to fight…and to wear this aqua.

Did It On ‘Em
A lusty little lacquer that loves the “lime”-light.


SuperBass Shatter


Nicki Minaj by OPI nail lacquers 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 January 2012 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!

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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

Friday, October 21, 2011

Estee Lauder Metallic Sage

Today I have Estee Lauder's Metallic Sage to show. This is my first time ever trying Estee Lauder polishes. And I'm quite impressed with the quality even though the price was a little above my limit. Let's take a look.


Metallic Sage is an olive green packed with golden shimmers. 2 coats.


Here is Metallic Sage with flash.

The formula was pretty good. I thought it was a bit thick at first, but I decided to shake it up a bit and it was perfect afterwards. It is heavily pigmented. It was quite opaque under one coat, but I did two to smooth it out (and out of habit).

The color is gorgeous, I love the olive green and I especially love the golden shimmer to it. I got this from Macy's and I'm not quite sure if it's still available. This retails for $19 a bottle.

What do you guys think of Metallic Sage?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Milani Racy Green

A quick post today. Today I have Milani's Racy Green to share with you guys. When I saw the display for this I couldn't get my eyes off Racy Green so I decided to just buy it. The display showed it with black crackle over it.


Racy Green is a emerald green shimmer with aqua mixture to it. This was done in 3 coats. It's still a bit sheer and you can see visible nail lines.


Here is black shatter over Racy Green. I love this look more than Racy Green alone.

The formula for this is pretty good. The only problem was this really stained my nails after I removed them. I didn't like the color alone but I did like it with black shatter over it.

That's all I have for today, what do you guys think of Racy Green?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Revlon Glitters

Thank you everyone for their kind words on my previous posts.

Today I have the Revlon Glitters to share with you ladies. I don't know if there's an official name for the collection, I was just too quick to grab the polishes and went to pay for it. For those that has been following me on twitter knew that I was hunting for these. And I finally found them at a Duane Reade far away from me -_-

Let's take a look at some gorgeous glitters!


Facets of Fuchsia is a sheer black base with tiny and hex fuchsia glitters. This was done in 3 coats. This is very similar to Deborah Lippmann's Bad Romance. The only difference is that Facets of Fuchsia has more tiny glitter than Bad Romance.


Blue Mosaic is a clear base with aqua blue micro-glitters and green and silver hex glitters. This was done in 4 coats and it's still not fully covered, but it still looks pretty.


Starry Pink is a baby pink creme base mixed with silver and white hex glitters and some tiny glitters. This was done in 3 coats except for my index finger, I totally forgot and only put two coats lol. This is my favorite of the whole collection. I love how girly this color is.

The formula for these were pretty good. I didn't have no issues with them. I've always had trouble with drying for Revlon polishes. These were actually ok being that they were all more than 2 coats. Everything was fine, except Starry Pink. I somehow smudged it an hour later when I was cleaning. I don't know if these are still available. But I saw a few still available at certain Rite Aid's. Starry Pink was one of my favorites.

What do you guys think about these glitters?

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Nail Art: Nightmare Before Christmas for Halloween

Before I start this post, for those who followed me on Twitter knew that my Grandfather passed away on 10/12/11. He has been one of the most inspirational people in my life. My grandfather lived a good life, he had great children, great in laws, and most of all great grandchildren. He didn't have any troubles in life except for the past two years. When my father passed away 2 years ago my grandfather was devastated, they were inseparable. My father was the greatest in-law for him. And then a few months ago, my grandfather's best friend pass away. He was sick and was unable to attend his funeral. Now it was his time to go. I'm sure he's in a better place now with his best friend and his son-in-law reuniting. I'm depressed because I was unable to attend his funeral because he lives in Venezuela. My brother flew there last week, it was like my grandfather was waiting for him before he left the world. My grandfather taught me a lot growing up, he visited New York multiple times. I will never forget the things he did for us. He is truly a caring person and heaven just received another angel. I miss you grandpa, may you rest in peace.

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Today I have nail art to share with you guys. OPI is having a Halloween theme giveaway called the Haunted Movie Mani Giveaway. I wasn't gonna enter it thinking my skills aren't up to par yet, but I decided to give it a try. Here is the information about the giveaway and how you can enter (you have until 10/20/11 to enter)


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Now I am not a huge fan for scary movies, the only scary movies I've watched are all the Chucky series, and The Ring. That's about it. I'm not into the whole suspense and waiting for something to pop up to scream. I'm a wussy >_< so I decided to choose a little something less scary. Nightmare Before Christmas. I'm a huge fan of Tim Burton and Nightmare Before Christmas was one of my favorite films from him.

Here is my entry for the giveaway:



I think it turned out pretty well! Jack Skellington glows in the dark. I can't remember all the polishes I've used because I put them all away once I was done with the mani. I thought Sally was going to be the hardest, and it was. It took me awhile to get it done, but everything was done at one shot. I am pretty pleased of the turn out and got many compliments for it. Of course I was only able to do it on my left hand, no way I would've been able to do this left handed. I've never done this type of nail art before. All I did was simple stuff like what you've seen before so let's hope I win :)

What do you guys think of my Halloween mani?

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Nails Inc Electronic Lane Holographic Top Coat

Hope everyone is having a good week so far. Today I have Nails Inc.'s special effects in Electronic Lane; which is a holographic top coat. This is my second purchase from nails inc. and I don't think it is stopping there!



When I saw this bottle at Sephora, something about the holo attracted me and I couldn't put the bottle down, so I ended up buying it. It's a clear base with holo glitters. I tried it under two colors, one under a charcoal black, and another under a sky blue. Take a look!


Electronic Lane under charcoal black. This was one coat of Electronic Lane. See how amazing the holo is? It was a bit hard to capture it on camera, even with flash. This was the best picture out of the 20 I've taken.


Electronic Lane over sky blue creme. This is again one coat. I love how angelic this looks.

I usually don't buy top coats like this because I'm too lazy to do layering. But this was too gorgeous to put down. This retails for $10 and is available at Sephora.

Did any of you purchase this top coat? If not, will any of you be getting it?

Monday, October 10, 2011

Maybelline Cool Couture

It's just another manic Monday, I wish it were a Sunday cause that's my funday!

Ugh Monday's are always long and drags on -_- but anyways, today I have Maybelline's Cool Couture to share with you ladies. I've been hunting for Cool Couture for a whole month before I finally found it at my local Rite Aid.

Maybelline's Cool Couture is a dark gray base with teal and green shimmers. I did two coats of it.


Cool Couture under fluorescent lights


Cool Couture with flash

It was opaque in one coat, but I did two to smooth it out. The formula wasn't bad, it applied very nice and the dry time was good as well. I really loved this color and I'm glad I found it. I got many compliments at work for it. I don't see it around the Rite Aid I got anymore, it is the only color that's sold out. Well they usually have only two bottles out anyway. But yes if you didn't grab Cool Couture yet, go find it! I think it's a gorgeous and unique color.

That's all I have for today. What do you guys think of Cool Couture?

Friday, October 7, 2011

Deborah Lippmann Get This Party Started Set Swatches & Review

Today I finally have the set from Deborah Lippmann called Get This Party Started. I know this set came out like months ago, but I finally got the chance to do some swatches on it. This set contains three polishes, one is the popular glitter polish Happy Birthday, along with one pink with multicolored glitters, and a black with multicolored glitters. Let's take a look.


Happy Birthday is obviously should be worn as a top coat since it's not full coverage. This was three coats. I've read that there are differences between the new Happy Birthday and the old Happy Birthday. The only big difference is that the old Happy Birthday has tiny square multicolored glitters and the new ones have tiny round multicolored glitters. I know you can barely tell if you just take a glance.


Candy Shop is a sheer bubble gum pink creme packed with Happy Birthday glitters. 3 coats. I love the finish of this. I love how the glitters look like its stuck inside the polish trying to escape. I've seen a lot of ladies franken this polish because well it's pretty easy and simple. You actually don't even have to franken it. You can easily apply a pink base coat and a coat of multicolored glitters and apply two coats of sheer pink over it. The finish is quite similar.


Forget You (I see you driving around town with the guy I love and I'm like...forget youuuu) anyways Forget You is a sheer black creme with Happy Birthday glitters. 3 coats. This one was a so-so for me. Don't love it but don't hate it as well. This one looks like Happy Birthday is applied OVER a black creme, which makes it not so special compared to the Candy Shop.

The formula for these were a little hard to work with since we are dealing with so many glitters. It's hard to get the glitters to stay put, especially near the edges. I hate having to file down my nails because the glitters are perked out and cutting me. They were a little thick, again that's because we're dealing with so much glitters.

Overall, I was satisfied with this set. I just wished they included another color mixed with Happy Birthday instead of putting a bottle of Happy Birthday to the set. Like maybe a green one, just saying! Other than that, I have no complaints!

This set is still available at nordstrom.com for $42.

Did you buy this set? What do you think of it?

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Nail Art: Pink Leopard with Pink Bow

Today I have some nail art to share with you guys. I think I'm gonna dedicate myself to do nail art and have a post on it at least once a week. That depends how lazy I am lol. Today I decided to do pink leopards with a bow. The bow is suppose to be a Hello Kitty bow but I'm not quite sure if it turned out the way it was suppose to be!



Polishes Used
- Nubar Baby Pink
- Zoya Dana
- OPI Suzi Loves Cowboys
- Chanel Gold Fiction
- Colorr Club Art Club Gold Glitter

I started with Nubar Baby Pink as a base color. I didn't want anything too pink, nor too light. Something in between and Nubar's Baby Pink was perfect for it. I then use a thin brush to apply the spots for the leopard with OPI Suzi Loves Cowboys as the outline and Chanel Gold Fiction as the spots. Suzi Loves Cowboys and Gold Fiction was a little sheer so I had to do the spots twice. After that was done I used Zoya's Dana to draw the bow on my middle finger, it was hard to find a fuchsia creme, I didn't want to use hot pink because it didn't look good with the baby pink. I outlined the bow with the Gold Glitters. And here is the outcome!



I really liked the way it turned out. I think I should've added one more spots to the pinky nail because it looked a little plain. This is very cute and girly, especially for someone who loves leopard spots and Hello Kitty *looks away*

And to add to the post, I decided to take a picture of it with my huge Hello Kitty bling ring. I think it goes perfectly well together don't you thing? I find it funny that my right hand looked better than my left hand, being that I'm a righty haha



Well that's all I have for today, what do you think of my pink leopard nail art?

Monday, October 3, 2011

Chanel Les Jeans de Chanel Swatches & Review

Today I have Chanel Les Jeans de Chanel collection to share with you. This collection was released for New York's Fashion Week for a limited time. I believe there are only a few more days left before these disappear from the Chanel website, but I'm not too sure about that. Let's have a look at the collection.


Coco Blue is a gorgeous sky blue with hints of shimmery glow. 3 coats. I absolutely love this color, I know there are plenty of sky blue polishes out there but there's something about this one that just looks so gorgeous.


Blue Boy is a muted blue creme with grayish tones. 2 coats. Another interesting color. I love the muted look. It has a slight jelly finish, which I like.


Blue Rebel is a muted navy blue creme. 2 coats. This one also has a slightly muted look to it. It also has a slight jelly finish.

The three colors are not unique per se. And not to mention the price. These retail for $29 a bottle. That's a little redonk, and I'm a little redonk to actually purchase all three. But you know because it's Chanel. I did like all three of them, even though they are not unique. The formula for these were pretty good. I'm happy that Chanel is finally improving their formula, because I know in the past I hated it. They do chip easily though, so that's another thing Chanel needs to work on if they want their polish to be worth the money.

But in my opinion, no matter how great the formula is, no matter how lasting the wear is, a bottle of polish should not cost more than $20, designer brand or not. That's just my thought.

So was anyone crazy like me and purchased these as well? Which ones are your favorite?

Saturday, October 1, 2011

OPI Pink Shatter for Breast Cancer Awareness Swatch & Review

It's October already! And as you all know October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month! OPI has released a PINK Shatter to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Here is OPI Pink of Hearts 2011 Pink Shatter!


Pink Shatter is a hot pink shimmer shatter. I was going to do it over a white base, but decided to go with a pastel pink instead. I love the combination and the way it turned out. I wanted to put a ribbon on the ring finger but didn't have the time to. Maybe next time!

I really love this pink shatter. We have seen quite a few pink shatters out there, but this one is a gorgeous hot pink with shimmer in it. And I love how it's actually opaque and didn't blend in with the base color like most shimmer shatters does.

The formula, is like your average shatter polish formula. It does have buildups on the brush and around the opening of the bottle after long use. Usually wiping the brush down and the opening will do the job for me. I also love the design of the bottle. It has the typical shatter cap, but instead of silver, it has pink, which I find quite adorable. A great shatter for a great polish. Let's shatter away breast cancer!

What do you ladies think of Pink Shatter? Will you be getting it?