It’s time to celebrate…so make sure you celebrate in style!
The NEW Zoya Ornate Collection is perfect to decorate your nails with stunning jewel tone colors and special effect pigments this season. Featuring six stunning, glittering, crystal shades in our new Power Pigment Full Coverage Formula. Superior coverage and dynamic color in one. All in the long-wearing, toxin free (BIG5FREE) formula you love… Each one is as beautiful as the next.
Zoya’s winter/holiday 2012/13 Ornate collection includes the following six shades:
- Blaze - Cranberry Glitter Glam Crystal - Featuring Power Pigment Full Coverage
- Electra - Holographic Tinsel Special Effect- wear it alone or layer it for extra drama
- Ziv - Gold Foil Glitter Crystal - Featuring Power Pigment Full Coverage
- Storm - Black with Multi Color Crystal Shimmer - Featuring Power Pigment Full Coverage
- Aurora - Plum with Multi Color Crystal Shimmer - Featuring Power Pigment Full Coverage
- Logan - Green Foil Glitter Crystal - Featuring Power Pigment Full Coverage
Ultra long-wearing, glossy nail lacquers by Zoya are BIG5FREE - all formulas are completely free of harmful industrial chemicals such as toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and dibutyl phthalate (DBP) that are known to cause cancer and birth defects.
Starting October 15, 2012, find Zoya Ornate as well as over 300 other ultra high-fashion Zoya shades at zoya.com.
This collection looks so pretty! Jewel tones are always in (and Zoya does them so well!), and these shades look so glamorous for the coming winter season. Absolutely a must-have collection!
Just in time for party season! Zoya has created the Gilty Pleasures 18K Real Gold Flake Topcoat Gift Box.
The Gilty Pleasures velvet gift box features Zoya Gilty*, the 18k Real Gold Flake Topcoat (0.5oz), plus, two long wearing, full-size (0.5oz) colors, Zoya Raven (black) and Zoya Purity (white), to cover in gold as a bonus.
Pre-Order Today HERE!
Official Ship Date 10/15/2012: Due to extreme demand and scarcity of the gold material, Zoya is asking everyone to pre-order the Gilty Pleasures Trio Box in advance. Once pre-sell is sold out, there will be no more product available (that means when it’s gone it’s gone). You will not be charged until for the Gilty Pleasures Trio Box actually ships.
Wow, this looks AMAZING!! I am absolutely treating myself to this gift box. Pairing this top coat with the black creme makes it dazzling and fabulous, perfect for any holiday parties you have coming up, and it looks like pairing it with the white creme provides you with a work-safe option of adding some glitz to your day. What do yall think of this Zoya trio?
OPI announces the launch of its sixth annual limited edition Pink of Hearts promotion, featuring the classic pale pink shade I Think in Pink and the new sparkle-packed hue You Glitter Be Good to Me. This duo pack is designed to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research and support. In 2012, OPI will donate $25,000 in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October) to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. OPI will also donate $5,000 to Rethink Breast Cancer in Canada.
“Organizations like Susan G. Komen and Rethink Breast Cancer offer hope to everyone whose lives have been touched by breast cancer, and OPI is proud to aid these organizations’ global effort in eliminating this disease,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “Breast cancer afflicts millions of women worldwide, and Pink of Hearts is OPI’s way of creating new visibility to honor those who have valiantly battled breast cancer, and support those who continue to fight.”
Pink of Hearts 2012 includes two shades sold in one pack – the pale pink I Think in Pink and the vibrant You Glitter Be Good to Me. This sparkly lacquer is packed with both micro and macro glitters in pink and magenta, and can be worn alone or layered on top of I Think in Pink. Each bottle of I Think in Pink and You Glitter Be Good to Me nail lacquer has a special pink-ribbon cap wrap in support of breast cancer awareness.
Both lacquers in the Pink of Hearts 2012 duo pack contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and each includes OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application.
Pink of Hearts 2012 will be available September and October 2012, 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 Nail Lacquer.
The pink ribbon pattern on the caps is so cute! I’m a big fan of OPI’s annual breast cancer nail polishes. Definitely looking forward to this pack!
Celebrate the lives of the dearly departed with OPI’s festive Dia de los Muertos-inspired shades, arriving just in time for Halloween, for a limited time only. The new So So Skullicious mini pack includes four mini lacquers in supernaturally bright and bold orange, pink, yellow and black hues.
The So So Skullicious set also includes 10 nail decals for instantaneous nail design, offering vibrant variations of the iconic Dia de los Muertos skull.
“Rather than simply be spooky this Halloween, OPI has created colors that are full of life,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “So So Skullicious features vivid colors and fun nail decals that offer the perfect way to get festive for the holiday, whether you’re looking for a little way to show Halloween spirit, or planning to get decked out from head to nails and toes!”
So So Skullicious includes the following shades:
- Hi, Pumpkin! - This jack-o-lantern orange is sweet on you.
- A-Rose from the Dead - This hot pink is the life of the Halloween party.
- Mourning Glory - A black so shiny, it will lift your spirits.
- Candlelight - Be all aglow in this flame yellow.
Each nail lacquer shade in this set contains no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and each includes OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application.
So So Skullicious will be available for a limited time beginning September 2012, at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $12.50 ($14.95 CAN) suggested retail for each Nail Lacquer.
I have to admit I was a little sad not to see a glow-in-the-dark nail polish from OPI this Halloween, but I do love this mini pack. The colors are so classically Halloween! This mini pack is a must-have for any Halloween enthusiast!
Color: Yummy Mummy (Butter London)
Retail Price: $14.00 (USD)
This shade is a slightly pinkish beige/tan color with a very (and I mean VERY) subtle holographic shimmer that sets it apart from other similar nude colors. The formula for Yummy Mummy is really easy to work with, and it goes on very smooth. There were a few nails (like my pinky) where I felt like I could get away with only one coat! However, I ended up using two coats for full coverage.
Butter London boasts Yummy Mummy is the perfect nude nail polish for any skin tone, not because it will match every skin tone but because it seems to work well with and/or complement all skin tones. Apparently, it’s their go-to color backstage during fashion runway shows!
I, obviously, only have my own skin tone to work with, so when I initially put this on, I was a little skeptical, and wasn’t sure I would like it. However, after I put it on, let it dry, and went about my day, every time I glanced down at my nails, I fell further and further in love! In fact, I wore Yummy Mummy on my nails for a job interview, and I got the job! Maybe not because of my nails, but I like to think my manicure was a part of the total package. ;)
I would say Yummy Mummy is absolutely a staple in any gal’s stash. An easy nude nail polish that’s work-safe and let’s me get my holo shimmer on? That’s a win in my book.
Disclosure: Product sample provided by Butter London.
Color: Delicate (M∙A∙C)
Retail Price: $16.00 (USD)
This shade is from the M∙A∙C Casual Color collection. It is described as a soft pink nude with a creme finish, but I think M∙A∙C also needs to mention it’s super sheer! In fact, I wouldn’t even classify this as a creme because I really can’t see anyone being patient, bored, or crazy enough to build this up into a solid color.
As implied, the formula for Delicate is, well, delicate. I got a strange blotchy effect in the finished manicure that resulted in some areas being more opaque than others. One coat of this is practically invisible; in the photo above, I am wearing three coats of Delicate, and even then, it’s still pretty sheer (that line on the nail of my ring finger does a nice job of showing how sheer this shade is). Also, the finish on this shade isn’t as glossy as the others in this collection, so I’d absolutely recommend finishing your manicure with a glossy top coat.
Delicate isn’t a shade for everyone, but if you’re looking for something work-safe and subtle, or a nail polish to help hide discolored nails, this might be perfect to help you achieve a classic, clean manicure. Looking for a dupe? Try You Callin’ Me a Lyre? from the OPI Soft Shades collection.
Disclosure: Product sample provided by M·A·C.
Color: Fiestaware (M∙A∙C)
Retail Price: $16.00 (USD)
This shade is from the M∙A∙C Casual Color collection. It is a mid-tone orange coral with a creme finish. I classify this shade of coral as one of the “it” colors for the season, so it’s definitely one you want to pick up.
The formula for this shade is surprisingly saturated, yet manages to maintain the “lightweight” feel M∙A∙C promises from this collection. Application is practically effortless; the color goes on smooth, and is opaque in two coats.
While I wouldn’t necessarily think of such a punchy tone when I imagine weekend chic (the rest of the M∙A∙C Casual Color collection more closely resembles my color idea of “weekend chic”), I guess this is a shade for your more saucy weekends. ;) Love Fiestaware!
Disclosure: Product sample provided by M·A·C.
OPI embraces runway trends with the Germany Collection for Fall/Winter 2012. Drawing inspiration from Berlin, an exciting new fashion hub that blends classic looks with the avant-garde, the collection’s twelve shades offer a mixture of vibrant color, urban-chic neutrals, and reds in variations from light to dark.
“Designers showcased rich colors and striking textures for fall,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “The Germany Collection beautifully complements these looks, with standout shades in various hues of red and burgundy – the season’s ‘new black.’ Sapphire, black olive and lime yellow are married with creamy neutrals in honey, taupe and nude rose.”
“The overall feel of the Germany Collection is elegance with an edge,” adds Suzi. “The varied palette of colors adds another accent to the list of special touches – think beadwork, paneling, fur and embroidery – that walked the runways during New York Fashion Week. Wearing these shades on fingers and toes is a great way to accessorize a range of looks for the season.”
Germany by OPI includes the following shades:
- Don’t Pretzel My Buttons - A haute honey-beige that can always make you smile.
- My Very First Knockwurst - …and what a magical rosy-nude rendezvous it was!
- Berlin There Done That - A traveling taupe that’s seen it all. (Yep, that too).
- Don’t Talk Bach to Me - There’s nothing mellow about this sassy lime-yellow!
- Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine! - A bodacious black-olive? We say “Ja! Ja! Ja!”
- Unfor-greta-bly Blue - Everyone’s favorite Fräulein loves this über shiny blue.
- Every Month is Oktoberfest - Prost! Here’s to the prettiest plum in the Biergarten.
- Suzi & the 7 Düsseldorfs - The most beautiful bright purple of all.
- Deutsch You Want Me Baby? - A self-assured shade of shimmering red-orange.
- Danke-Shiny Red - You “Bitte” try on this ravishing ruby before it’s too late!
- German-icure by OPI - The best burgundy shimmer in the business.
- Schnapps Out of It! - Shake off the blues with a shot of fall’s must-have mauve!
Germany Collection nail lacquer shades contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and each includes OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application.
Germany by OPI will be available August 8, 2012, at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $8.50 ($9.95 CAN) suggested retail for each Nail Lacquer.
This is one of the collections I’m most excited for because the shades are so distinctly fall. I’m not so sure about all the plum and nude/beige shades that look way too similar to be in the same collection, though. But I’m loving the names for some of these! “Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine!” is hilarious, and “Don’t Talk Bach to Me” reminds me of something my 5th grade orchestra teacher used to say. Haha! Which shades are you excited about?
Nicole by OPI announces five new nail lacquers to be sold exclusively at Target this fall. With richly pigmented formulas in shimmering shades of deep blue, gold, purple, mauve and green, these five hues can be worn as the ultimate accessory to the season’s hottest styles, from military-inspired jackets and heavier brocades to micro floral prints and leather.
“Nicole by OPI is excited to bring the fashion-forward Target guest new lacquers for the fall season,” remarks Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, Nicole by OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “Not only do the shades add the final touch to runway trends, the shimmery finish adds elegance and depth to these trendy colors.
The five new lacquers include:
- For Gold Times Sake - Go on and try on this gold…
- Iris My Case - Because this purple is amazing.
- Just Busta Mauve - You will want to put on your dancing shoes to wear this one.
- If the Blue Fits… - This blue fits all!
- Mer-Maid for Each Other - This green is so hot it was made just for you!
Nicole by OPI nail lacquers and Nail Treatments contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde. Nicole by OPI formulas are long-lasting, fast-drying, and salon-quality.
These new Target exclusive shades will be available August 2012 for $7.04 (USD) each at select Target locations nationwide and online at Target.com.
I am a big fan of jewel tones because I think they’re flattering on everyone, so I’m really excited for these! And Mer-Maid For Each Other looks like it might be a lighter version of Just Spotted the Lizard from OPI’s The Amazing Spider-Man collection. What do yall think?
OPI releases two new high-shine hues – DS Indulgence and DS Luxurious – to join the Designer Series by OPI collection this fall. Fusing fashion and technology, the Designer Series lacquer formula is enhanced with real diamond dust, offering light reflecting, multidimensional color:
- DS Indulgence - A radiant red-violet with a shimmering, golden finish.
- DS Luxurious - A captivating coral-red with a golden glisten.
“Red nails are the epitome of glamour, and this fall OPI is adding two dazzling reds to the Designer Series line,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “With vivid color and intense shimmer and shine, these lacquers create a bold, high-fashion accessory statement. DS Indulgence provides a deeper, classic red look, while DS Luxurious incorporates rich auburn pigments.”
Designer Series by OPI nail lacquers contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and each includes OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application.
DS Indulgence and DS Luxurious will be available beginning September 2012 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $12.50 ($14.95 CAN) suggested retail for each Nail Lacquer.
I am so excited for these! The existing Designer Series shades are all so stunning, so I’m certain the two new shades won’t disappoint.
Sequins! Velvet! Satin! Tweed! This season, the catwalks were abundant with rich texture! Butter London translated this to nails through the infusion of glitter particles and metallic and holographic finishes. The colour tones speak to “earthiness” but are not specifically earth tones – think rust, shimmering greens, and silver. This collection feels future-forward but not futuristic. This season is all about using texture to add interest and depth to your look.
Butter London’s Autumn/Winter 2012 collection includes five new shades:
- Lovely Jubbly - A vibrant magenta flecked with red, blue and gold micro particles.
- Trustafarian - A golden holographic sage green.
- Gobsmacked - A heavily pigmented charcoal grey glitter.
- Shag - A high-shine metallic lacquer in a warm orange-burgundy hue.
- Dodgy Barnett - A highly holographic shade that blurs between grey & silver.
Butter London is a backstage staple at Fashion Week, having created the nail looks for shows including Victoria Beckham, Calvin Klein, Betsey Johnson, and Yigal Azrouel. Sought after for their innovative design, technique, and custom blended colours, this season the brand created the nail looks for Altuzarra, Kevork, Kaelen, Simone Rocha, JS Lee, Craig Lawrence, Matthew Williamson, Michael van der Ham, and Roland Mouret.
Butter London’s Autumn/Winter 2012 collection will be available in August 2012. Individual polishes retail for $14.00 (USD) per bottle.
I must own Gobsmacked! But other than that, I’m not so sure what I think about this collection. I mean, for starters, when I think about shagging, Shag is totally not the color that comes to mind. And Trustafarian looks fun, but from the press image, too closely resembles Bossy Boots from Spring/Summer 2012! I guess we’ll see how I feel about these when I can try ‘em out! What are your thoughts?
The matchy-matchy lip and nail trend is here to stay! Inspired by the high-impact lips seen on the catwalks this season, the LIPPY Autumn/Winter 2012 collection includes bold pops of color, chic nudes and a vampy hue. The shades are rich and highly pigmented for a look that’s luxe and perfectly on trend!
Butter London has created five LIPPY shades to coordinate with five nail polishes in their permanent line:
- Toff - A darker, dustier, brownish variation on a rose pink.
- Come to Bed Red - The sexiest red in history.
- Tea with the Queen - On the pink side of tan, very neutral.
- La Moss - Vampy and full of red wine.
- Queen Vic - Red wine meets cranberry.
LIPPY products do not contain parabens, petroleum, phthalates, sulphates or bismuth. Butter London is available at www.butterlondon.com, in fashion boutiques, specialty retailers, and beauty apothecaries around the globe.
I am loving each of these! I’ll absolutely need Toff since that’s totally my style. What do you think of these A/W ‘12 lippy shades?
shalomsunshine asked: Hey! I love your blog! I have a question for you. I have a really big problem with my nails peeling. When they start to grow out at all, they layers just start separating and eventually peeling. Because of this, I have to keep my nails pretty short, and I'd really like to be able to grow them out! Do you have any tips that can help me with this problem?
Someone else recently asked about the peeling nails issue, and I answered here. Start reading where it says “lastly.” :)
10blankcanvases asked: wow, I have only just come across your blog and I'm blown away! Your art is amazing and your blog it so neatly organised too!! I am in love with your starry night nails - iv seen it done by a few other people (including myself) and yours is by far the best!! looking forward to seeing more great stuff :-)
Thanks so much for the sweet comment! :)
Anonymous asked: do you know of any base coats and top coats that will work well with any nail polish? i usually use essie's protein base coat, essie polish, and seche vite top coat..but it doesn't usually last very long ): i was considering CND stickey base coat and their air dry top coat, but i want some advice before buying! i'd appreciate it very much if you could help me out (:
Several people consider CND Stickey base coat the best base coat for prolonging a manicure, but I’ve heard people complain it’s difficult to remove. I haven’t tried it yet myself, though.
Currently, I use Butter London’s Horse Power Nail Fertilizer as base coat and Seche Vite as top coat. The combination works quite well for me. My 4th of July manicure lasted about a week and a half (with minor tip wear) before I got any chips!
You also want to make sure your nails are free of any oils, so use a cotton ball soaked in nail polish remover to swipe each of your nails before you start painting them. Also, buffing your nails before you start painting them is also supposed to help prolong a manicure.
Hope that helps!