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11/08/2013

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Collection: Modern Family Holiday (Nicole by OPI)
Retail Price: $7.99 (USD) per bottle

This holiday season, Nicole by OPI is releasing five dazzling limited edition nail polishes inspired by Modern Family


Late Blu-mer: This is a medium blue with silver microshimmer throughout. OPI describes it as “vintage blue jeans that have stood the test of time,” which I just love! That’s my opinion on all medium to dark blue nail polishes; like jeans, blues magically look lovely on everyone. Out of the shimmers in this collection, application for Late Blu-mer is easiest, and in the photo above, I am wearing two coats of nail polish.

Who Red My Journal???: (Can’t you just imagine Alex or Haley shrieking the name of this nail polish?) This is a burnt red-orange with microshimmer throughout. It is interesting because the color shifts from red to orange, depending on the lighting, so it would be a great color to where as the season changes from fall to winter. Application for this shade was a little streaky, so take your time with this manicure, and I achieved opacity in two coats.

You’re My Treasure: This nail polish features large diamond and hex holographic gold glitter in a clear base. It was frustrating trying to get the diamonds onto my nails, but other than that, application is pretty good because every brush stroke brings with it a fair amount of glitter. In the photo above, I am wearing one coat of You’re My Treasure over two coats of Who Red My Journal???

Spark the Conversation: This nail polish features square holographic silver glitter in a clear base. Application is a little tricky because it was hard to get the glitter onto the brush and then onto my nails, but this one still ended up being my favorite out of the bunch. It makes me think of confetti from a New Year’s Eve party! In the photo above, I am wearing one coat of Spark the Conversation over two coats of Late Blu-mer.

Aren’t Families Grape?: (Who can hear Phil saying the name of this one?) This is a deep royal purple with red and purple microshimmer throughout—absolutely gorgeous and opaque in two coats. Application is similar to Late Blu-mer, except the formula here is slightly thicker, which makes application a teensy bit more difficult. Because of that thicker formula, drying time is a little longer, too (otherwise, you will get some pull near the cuticle upon applying a second coat).


As a whole, this collection honestly doesn’t scream holiday to me. I can see it with the glitters, and I suppose the shimmers echo what the glitters are on about, but the colors seem more fall than holiday. Maybe something green would make this seem more holiday-ish?

In spite of that, the shimmers are all jewel tones, which I find flattering on all skin tones, and the glitters are just so fun! The Modern Family Holiday collection is clearly cohesive with all that sparkle, but it is also varied enough that everyone will be able to find at least one appealing nail polish in this bunch. (Can you say stocking stuffers?)

Late Blu-mer, Spark the Conversation, and Aren’t Families Grape? are my favorites out of this collection. How about you?

Disclosure: Product samples provided by OPI.

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11/03/2013

Color: Catherine (Julep)Retail Price: $14.00 (USD)
I love this red! Julep describes it as “the original classic, go-to red creme,” though I would argue it’s a teensy bit jelly-ish, too.
The formula is a little on the thin side, but in spite of that, application is practically effortless. It is so easy to make clean, beautiful lines with Catherine for a flawless finished manicure. In the photo above, I am wearing two coats of nail polish.
As a classic, go-to red, this shade is perfect for pretty much anything you have in mind. Dress it up for parties, or let it be a sassy pop of color in an otherwise casual look. The possibilities are literally endless. You need this color!!
Disclosure: Product sample provided by Julep.

Color: Catherine (Julep)
Retail Price: $14.00 (USD)

I love this red! Julep describes it as “the original classic, go-to red creme,” though I would argue it’s a teensy bit jelly-ish, too.

The formula is a little on the thin side, but in spite of that, application is practically effortless. It is so easy to make clean, beautiful lines with Catherine for a flawless finished manicure. In the photo above, I am wearing two coats of nail polish.

As a classic, go-to red, this shade is perfect for pretty much anything you have in mind. Dress it up for parties, or let it be a sassy pop of color in an otherwise casual look. The possibilities are literally endless. You need this color!!

Disclosure: Product sample provided by Julep.

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11/02/2013

Color: Shake Your $$ Maker (Essie)Retail Price: $8.00 (USD)
This shade is from Essie’s 2013 Neon collection. It is a bright kelly green jelly that makes me think of St. Patrick’s Day or Christmas! And…money. Due to the nail polish name!
The formula for Shake Your $$ Maker is a little tricky; it’s super sheer and thick! It was difficult to work with due to the thickness, and frustrating to apply because it was just so sheer. In the photo above, I am wearing four coats of nail polish, and even then, you can clearly see nail lines under all that green! So, I would suggest wearing this shade over a base white creme manicure.
As with most neon formulas, this dries matte. So, if you desire some shine, make sure you finish up your manicure with a glossy top coat! (I am wearing Seche Vite top coat in my swatch.)

Color: Shake Your $$ Maker (Essie)
Retail Price: $8.00 (USD)

This shade is from Essie’s 2013 Neon collection. It is a bright kelly green jelly that makes me think of St. Patrick’s Day or Christmas! And…money. Due to the nail polish name!

The formula for Shake Your $$ Maker is a little tricky; it’s super sheer and thick! It was difficult to work with due to the thickness, and frustrating to apply because it was just so sheer. In the photo above, I am wearing four coats of nail polish, and even then, you can clearly see nail lines under all that green! So, I would suggest wearing this shade over a base white creme manicure.

As with most neon formulas, this dries matte. So, if you desire some shine, make sure you finish up your manicure with a glossy top coat! (I am wearing Seche Vite top coat in my swatch.)

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11/01/2013

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Collection: So So Skullicious (OPI)
Retail Price: $18.95 (USD) for the mini 4-pack + nail decals

The concepts for OPI’s mini 4-packs are so fun, and So So Skullicious is no different. This set actually came out in fall 2012, but I’ve seen them on sale again this year. Definitely a must-have set to add a lovely pop of color and style to your Día de los Muertos festivities!


Hi, Pumpkin!: This orange creme is literally the color of a pumpkin. It looks brighter in the bottle; upon application, it actually looks a teensy bit lighter and brighter. The formula for this shade is a little on the thin side, so I needed three coats to achieve full opacity.  Regardless, application is smooth and easy. This is such a fun, bright fall color!

A-Rose from the Dead: OPI calls this hot pink, but I always picture hot pink being a little closer to neon. To me, this looks like a berry pink. It is a creme, but the formula is slightly jelly-ish, too. The color is nicely pigmented, and I was able to achieve opacity in two coats. The berry undertones make this a great shade for the fall, but pinks are always in, aren’t they? I love it when a nail polish shade looks great all year. :)

Mourning Glory: This is a basic black creme—an absolute staple in any nail polish stash. Mourning Glory has the best formula in this mini 4-pack. Application is practically effortless, and it is opaque in two coats. Yet another shade that is good all year!

Candlelight: This is a bright mustard yellow creme. I’m usually not nuts about yellows, but Candlelight has enlightened me. ;) Unfortunately, the formula isn’t so great; it is way too thin! Moreover, application is frustratingly streaky, which meant I needed three to four coats to achieve opacity. Candlelight has this lovely warm yet bright quality to it that makes it perfect for fall, but you’ll have to decide for yourself if the formula is worth the trouble.


The great thing about this mini 4-pack is it also comes with nail decals! Instead of using them all at once, I would suggest using a couple/few on accent nails. That way, you can make them last for more than one manicure!

Overall, I’m very pleased with So So Skullicious, and I love all four colors (even if I don’t love the formula for Candlelight). I normally wouldn’t put these colors together, but now that I see them here, they really do make a nice set, don’t they? Amazing, creative, and fabulous. A+, OPI!

Disclosure: Product samples provided by OPI.

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10/31/2013

Get back in matte! Zoya is happy to announce the reissue of four of our most popular matte nail polish colors in Limited Edition (LE) for Holiday 2013. Perfectly packaged for the Holidays in our deluxe Zoya MATTEVELVET* LE gift boxes.

Get all of the color, none of shine with MATTEVELVET*, Zoya’s exclusive blend of matte base and subtle shimmer results in the most utterly wearable and truly stylish matte nail polish on the market today.

Reissued colors - Zoya MATTEVELVET* in Veruschuka, Savita, Posh and Dovima:

  • Veruschuka - emerald green matte shimmer
  • Savita - amethyst purple matte shimmer
  • Posh - ruby red matte shimmer
  • Dovima - onyx black matte shimmer

*MATTEVELVET nail color by Zoya is not intended to be worn with a base coat, top coat or speed dryer of any kind. Due to the unique matte formulation, color is not as long-wearing as traditional nail color. A completely clean, dry nail surface yields the best results for matte nail color wear. For best results make sure to always prepare nail with Zoya Remove + (3-in-1 nail polish remover, nail plate cleaner and new color prep.) prior to applying color. If a base coat is desired, we suggest Zoya Get Even.

Available at SPECIAL PRE-ORDER PRICING - Now through 11.20.2013 only.


This is so exciting! I know what you’re thinking—the matte trend has passed, so why reissue a matte collection? Because Zoya was the first to totally nail the matte formula! I reviewed Veruschuka (Zoya) a couple years ago, and you’ll note I even say in that review that the formula is a dream to work with.

Can’t wait until I get my hands on these mattes. I must get Dovima and Posh!

10/29/2013

Nicole by OPI announces new limited edition Modern Family Holiday nail lacquers! Featuring five shimmering shades – classic blue, rich scarlet, royal purple, holographic glitter and multi-dimensional gold – these holiday-inspired hues offer a range of color that can be used to create on-trend, seasonal nail looks.

“These festive lacquers make it easy to get into the holiday spirit!” declares Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, Nicole by OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “With rich jewel tones and glitter, Modern Family Holiday shades add classic color and sparkle to winter weather fashion, turning manicures into bejeweled accessories for special holiday occasions.”

The new Modern Family Holiday nail lacquers from Nicole by OPI include:

  • Late Blu-mer - Vintage blue jeans that have stood the test of time.
  • Spark the Conversation - This holographic glitter coat is the talk of the town.
  • Who Red My Journal??? - This scandalous scarlet is private property!
  • You’re My Treasure - This three-dimensional gold has riches beyond my wildest dreams.
  • Aren’t Families Grape? - A dramatic royal purple worthy of any sibling rivalry.

Limited edition Modern Family Holiday nail lacquerwill be available November 2013 for $7.99 each at select CVS locations nationwide.

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10/25/2013

Color: Harley (Julep)Retail Price: $14.00 (USD)
This is a silvery metallic shade that was first released with Julep’s August 2012 Maven boxes. On the one hand, I love how pigmented and shiny Harley is, but on the other, it’s so streaky! But streaky application is just something that we have to learn to accept with metallics!
In the photo above, I am wearing two coats of Harley. Honestly, you could get away with just one coat, but I always do two coats for Julep shades since that’s what they recommend! Besides the streaky application, I have no other issues with this shade.
Looking for a dupe? Check out Icicle (China Glaze) and Diamond Geezer (Butter London).
Disclosure: Product sample provided by Julep.

Color: Harley (Julep)
Retail Price: $14.00 (USD)

This is a silvery metallic shade that was first released with Julep’s August 2012 Maven boxes. On the one hand, I love how pigmented and shiny Harley is, but on the other, it’s so streaky! But streaky application is just something that we have to learn to accept with metallics!

In the photo above, I am wearing two coats of Harley. Honestly, you could get away with just one coat, but I always do two coats for Julep shades since that’s what they recommend! Besides the streaky application, I have no other issues with this shade.

Looking for a dupe? Check out Icicle (China Glaze) and Diamond Geezer (Butter London).

Disclosure: Product sample provided by Julep.

10/21/2013

Color: Bat My Eyes (China Glaze)Retail Price: $7.00 (USD)
This shade is from China Glaze’s Monsters Ball collection. It is a black jelly nail polish packed with various shapes and sizes of gold glitter throughout.
The jelly formula is great because it ensures the gold glitter isn’t totally covered up by the black; however, there is just so much glitter, so it does make application a little tricky. The formula is sometimes slightly lumpy, so take your time with application—especially near your cuticles! In the photo above, I am wearing two coats of Bat My Eyes.
Gold is so in right now, and the black/gold combination is always chic. This is definitely a shade you’ll want in your stash all year!

Color: Bat My Eyes (China Glaze)
Retail Price: $7.00 (USD)

This shade is from China Glaze’s Monsters Ball collection. It is a black jelly nail polish packed with various shapes and sizes of gold glitter throughout.

The jelly formula is great because it ensures the gold glitter isn’t totally covered up by the black; however, there is just so much glitter, so it does make application a little tricky. The formula is sometimes slightly lumpy, so take your time with application—especially near your cuticles! In the photo above, I am wearing two coats of Bat My Eyes.

Gold is so in right now, and the black/gold combination is always chic. This is definitely a shade you’ll want in your stash all year!

10/15/2013

Color: Howl You Doin’ (China Glaze)Retail Price: $7.00 (USD)

This shade is from China Glaze’s Monsters Ball collection. It is a dark purple creme with small blue glitter and uneven flecks of copper glitter throughout.
The copper glitter really adds some dimension to this shade, but I think the blue glitter is just magical. It transforms what ought to be a murky purple into what appears to be a unique and bright blurple! In the photo above, I am wearing two coats of Howl You Doin’.

The formula for this shade is a little on the thick side, so it takes some extra time to dry (as you can see near the cuticles of my pinky and ring fingers, there is a teensy bit of pull because I did not let the nails dry long enough before applying a second coat).
The copper glitter makes this nicely Halloween-y, but the purple creme/blue glitter combination makes this a great fall color that will have you howling all season! ;)

Color: Howl You Doin’ (China Glaze)
Retail Price: $7.00 (USD)

This shade is from China Glaze’s Monsters Ball collection. It is a dark purple creme with small blue glitter and uneven flecks of copper glitter throughout.

The copper glitter really adds some dimension to this shade, but I think the blue glitter is just magical. It transforms what ought to be a murky purple into what appears to be a unique and bright blurple! In the photo above, I am wearing two coats of Howl You Doin’.

The formula for this shade is a little on the thick side, so it takes some extra time to dry (as you can see near the cuticles of my pinky and ring fingers, there is a teensy bit of pull because I did not let the nails dry long enough before applying a second coat).

The copper glitter makes this nicely Halloween-y, but the purple creme/blue glitter combination makes this a great fall color that will have you howling all season! ;)

(Source: blanketprint)

10/14/2013

emalitsa said: Your nails are absolutely stunning! such great swatches, so lovely! xx

Thank you for taking the time to say so! :)

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