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Pure Ice Farewell polishes!

Sunday, December 30, 2012 0

Today I have pictures of 3 Pure Ice polishes that will be discontinued ...sort of...

The first polish I have is Taupe Drawer. It isn't actually being discontinued, it is going to be renamed!!!!
It will get the new name Absolutely Marvelous

I used 2 coats for these pictures, no top coat. I really liked the application, very smooth and no dragging. 

the next polish I have pictures of is Silver Mercedes. Silver Mercedes isn't going to be discontinued either, it will be renamed as Silver Star.

I loved loved loved this polish because it was opaque in one coat. This is a metallic silver polish. You can definitely use this polish for nail stamping! It does show brushstrokes slightly so be careful with the application.

The next polish I have is Tease. Tease will be discontinued. I used three coats and you can still see my nail line. I think I should have tried one more coat.This is a jelly pink with small glue glass flecks.

Sally Hansen Accessorizes Hailee Steinfeld's Sweet 16 Look!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 0

Oscar nominated actress Hailee Steinfeld is all grown up and celebrated her Sweet 16 in true Hollywood fashion at the Rolling Stone Lounge & Restaurant this past Saturday, December 15th.
Steinfeld accessorized her party look with Sally Hansen’s InstaGel strips in ‘Wine Not’ with an accent nail using ‘Bonus Check.’ Guests at the party including Kiernan Shipka, Willow Smith, Amandla Stenberg and Victoria Justice got Sally Hansen InstaGel manicures, giving them high-shine, long-wear nail color  in fashion-forward designs and bold hues. Victoria’s boyfriend, actor Ryan Rottman, helped her pick out her nail color and the pair chose “Take the Stage,” a glittery silver shade perfect for the holiday season.
Speed up your gel manicure and get the same lasting results with the Sally Hansen Salon InstaGel Strips™, a breakthrough, easy-to-use innovation exclusive to Sally Hansen featuring UV-cured real nail polish appliqués. The two-step gel manicure is quick and simple: Just cleanse nails and apply the nail polish strips, then apply the gel top coat. Cure nails under the Mini LED light, swipe nails with the cleaning pad, and voila—maximum shine and wear. Available in 16 solid colors and 8 designs and infused with nourishing Vitamin E, the easy-apply strips come off fuss-free with Acetone polish remover.  
The Starter Kit features everything you need for a complete Salon InstaGel Strips™ manicure, including:
• 16 V-cured real nail polish appliqués (8 size choices for the perfect fit)
• Quick-Cure gel top coat
• Mini LED Light
• Application Accessories:Cuticle Stick, buffer and alcohol cleaning pad

OPI Mariah Carey Anti Bleak


Today I have one color from the upcoming OPI Mariah Carey collection to share with you guys.

The color is Anti-Bleak

It is a maroon burgundy purple creme that applies like a dream. I used two coat but I with careful application I may have gotten away with one coat.  It did not need a top coat and dried quickly.

Quite a few people had staining problems when removing this polish...I did not have this problem....maybe it has something to do with different body chemistry compositions?

*The products in this post were sent to me for the purpose of a 100% honest unbiased review.*

Pure Ice Limited Edition polishes

Monday, December 17, 2012 0

The Silver nail posted a fantastic Pure Ice Limited Edition polish list on her web page for the 55 LE shades this winter. I have copied the list to my page but please go visit her blog.

55 limited edition colors — five sets of 11 polishes each
The entire set is comprehensively called Runway Nail Trends:

Velour Finish — These shades dry to feel like suede, so now your nails can have the same textured look and feel as your favorite pair of fall boots! Available in the following shades:

  • Ruffled Sheets (silver)
  • Black Velour (black)
  • Touch Me Softly (mauve with silver)
  • Blue Midnight (blue)
  • Stunning (pink with silver)
  • Grunge (purple)
  • Femme Fatale (forest green)
  • Crushed (gold)
  • Over the Top (copper)
  • Draped (raspberry)
  • Temptress (dark purple with gold)
Pure Ice Velour Finish set
Diamond Couture — These full coverage, single-coat glitters are sure to make your hands stand out and sparkle. No diamond ring necessary! Available in the following shades:
  • Purple Rain (purple)
  • Peep Show (blue)
  • Girl’s Best Friend (maroon)
  • Hot-Rocks (black base silver glitter)
  • Sea-quin (moss green glitter)
  • Treasure Hunt (clear base with green and purple shards)
  • Tinsel Town (blue glitter with blue shards)
  • The Family Jewels (gold shard glitter)
  • Silver Lining (clear base silver glitter)
  • Material Girl (rose pink with pink shard glitter)
  • Party of Five (green glitter with green shards)
Pure Ice Diamond Couture set
French Trend — These deep, rich, bold colors are the perfect combination of edgy glamour mixed with sophisticated shine. Available in the following shades:
  • En Vogue (fox brown)
  • Vintage Glam (mustard)
  • French Love Affair (cream purple)
  • Monte Carlo (magenta pink)
  • Internationally Known (cream turquoise)
  • Moulin Rouge (maroon)
  • Glass of Bordeaux (burgundy glitter)
  • Pardon My French (sparkle rose gold)
  • Nude Beach (nude)
  • Meet Me in Monaco (copper glitter)
  • French Twist (blue glitter)
Pure Ice French Trends set
Metro Chic — These urban, chrome shades have a reflective, mirrored metallic finish that is sure to turn heads! Available in the following shades:
  • Alter Ego (coffee)
  • Cha-ching (bubblegum pink)
  • Lost in Vegas (raspberry)
  • Vegas Strip (lime green)
  • Getting Gorgeous (cobalt blue)
  • Royal Flush (dark purple with gold)
  • Viva Las Vegas (light gold chrome)
  • Champagne (green)
  • Taxi  (purple)
  • Poker Face (orange)
  • Affair to Remember (pink)
Pure Ice Metro Chic
Party Girl — Get the party started with a snap of your fingers in these glamorous glitters! Available in the following shades:
  • Sexy Mama (multi-colored glitter)
  • Turn It Up (evergreen with silver glitter)
  • Call Me! (orange with silver glitter)
  • Get on Top (purple with silver glitter)
  • Stop Flirting (sky blue silver glitter)
  • Stop & Stare (black with silver glitter)
  • Get Low (gold)
  • Face Time (turquoise pearl)
  • After Hours (navy blue with silver glitter)
  • Seduce Me (clear with silver glitter)
  • Booty Call (raspberry purple)
Pure Ice Party Girl set

Pure Ice Limited Edition Collection!


Today I have 6 polishes from Pure Ice.  5 of them are from the new Limited Edition Diamond Couture collection and 1 is from the Limited Edition French Trend collection. Please click on the pictures to enlarge the images

Bottle shot first
Left to right: Hot rocks, Sea-quin, Party of Five, Material Girl, Pardon my French*, Tinsel Town

Now on to swatches. I have a cut on my swatch hand right now so I haven't been able to swatch too many polishes as the nail polish remover stings the cut so we have swatch wheel pictures for now.  I used THREE coats for these swatches.  I could use four coats and it would look even more opaque. I like that I have the option of being able to build up the polish with more coats.  Even with THREE coats the polish was NOT thick!!! so this is pretty exciting. What annoys me the most about polish is thick polish....e.g really old polish or too many coats...bleh.

Left to Right:
Sea-quin -  clear base with tiny gold glitter with gold glitter diamond shapes
Party of Five -clear base with tiny sea green glitter with sea green and silver glitter diamond shapes
Tinsel Town - clear base with tiny blue glitter with blue and silver glitter diamond shapes
Hot rocks -clear base with tiny silver glitter with silver glitter diamond shapes
Pardon my French* - black jelly with tiny brown glitter and brown hexagon glitter
Material Girl -clear base with tiny baby pink glitter with baby pink glitter diamond shapes

*Pardon my French is the one polish from the French Trend collection
Check out Pure Ice’s Facebook Page for more information on upcoming shades and all the news.

*The products in this post were sent to me for the purpose of a 100% honest unbiased review.*

Nails for Newton

Saturday, December 15, 2012 2

White manis in honor of Peace, Non-Violence and Remembrance of the Innocent


Sneak peek....

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 0

Sneak peek of what I've been up to.....I've ventured into at home gel kits!

red carpet manicure violetta darling

Euro Centrale by OPI Press Release February 2013

Sunday, December 2, 2012 1

Classic meets contemporary with Euro Centrale by OPI for Spring/Summer 2013. Celebrating a region where history meets modern design, the collection’s twelve new nail lacquers offer a mixture of glamorous metallic hues; playful bright shades in periwinkle, aqua and pink; and creamy blues in indigo, midnight and aubergine.
Czech RepublicHungaryPoland and Romania make up an exciting new fashion hotspot,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director.  “When visiting these countries, you’ll view Gothic churches alongside vibrant graffiti murals, blending two very different aesthetics. This fusion of old and new was also seen in runway looks during New York Fashion Week, where classic styles were reinvented with modern silhouettes and patterns.
Euro Centrale boasts a wide variety of shades, ranging from pale nude to deep blue – and featuring everything from shimmering copper to aqua in between!,” continues Weiss-Fischmann. “Whether you’re looking to spice up a black and white print, or add neutrality to a vivid brocade, these lacquers are designed to accessorize spring’s hottest looks.”
Euro Centrale by OPI includes the following shades:

Blue and violet are dancing partners in this glittery combo.
OPI…Eurso Euro
This deep blue cream is very continental
Suzi’s Hungary AGAIN!
Thank goodness there are zero calories in this warm and yummy pink!
You’re Such a BudaPest
If I let you borrow this periwinkle-purple, will you go away?
Can’t Find My Czechbook
I hope you take credit, because I must have this aqua!
My Paprika is Hotter than Yours!
Get the extinguisher...this fiery red is sizzling

Hands Off My Kielbasa!
Get your own...this bronzy tan is all mine!
OY–Another Polish Joke!
So this shimmery-gold walks into a bar...

A Woman’s Prague-ative
I’m changing this shimmery copper for...never mind!

Vant to Bite My Neck?
You know you want to...wear this deep eggplan
I Saw…U Saw…We Saw…Warsaw
Be seen in this deep midnight blue.
My Vampire is Buff
Creamy, pale and nude...just how I like my vampires.

Euro Centrale Collection nail lacquer shades contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and each includes OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application.
Euro Centrale by OPI will be available February 6, 2013, at Professional Salons and spas for $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!

OPI Mariah Carey Press Release January 2013


OPI announces the launch of eight new limited edition shades inspired and hand-selected by multiple Grammy Award winning recording artist Mariah Carey. These shades include four new OPI Liquid Sand™ lacquers featuring groundbreaking technology for a textured, matte finish infused with reflective sparkle.  
OPI is extremely excited to work with Mariah,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “She’s very passionate about beauty and her nails in particular. Her music, which includes 18 Billboard No. 1 singles, served as a wonderful inspiration for glamorous, sultry, vibrant colors.
“To pay homage to her iconic status, we wanted to launch her collection with something completely new and exciting. OPI Liquid Sand nail lacquer offers a never-before-seen look with a pebbled finish that lightly shimmers with fine glitter particles. Worn without top coat, Liquid Sand lacquer gives nails a unique textured matte finish worthy of a superstar.”
Mariah Carey by OPI includes four Studio Shades – ranging from pink glitter to rich plum crème – and four Stage Shades – each featuring the new textured finish. Studio Shades include: A Butterfly Moment (This sophisticated and frosty tan nude has us all a-flutter),  A Butterfly Moment (Fall hopelessly in love with this shimmery copper),Pink Yet Lavender (This pink glitter with lavender shimmer has superstar shine!), and Anti-bleak (This deep, creamy purple will lift your spirits).

 A Butterfly Moment
Pink Yet Lavender

Stay the Night
Get Your Number
 Can’t Let Go
The Impossible
Stage Shades include: Stay the Night (Make it last in this matte black with red glints), Get Your Number (Wearing this matte blue with sparkles is a great call), Can’t Let Go (Hold onto this matte purple with dazzling sparkle), and The Impossible (This matte fuchsia with star confetti will never give up). OPI Liquid Sandlacquers should always be worn without top coat.

Mariah Carey by OPI nail lacquers contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application. This promotion will be available beginning January 2013 at Professional Salons and Spas for $10.95 suggested retail for each nail lacquer.
For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTSand become a Facebook fan!

OPI Skyfall Collection Swatches

Saturday, December 1, 2012 0

Today I have 3 OPI skyfall polishes to share with you.

The Skyfall collection is a 12 piece collection named after the James Bond movie Skyfall.

Warning, I swatched these polishes all on different days...you can see that my hands are positioned differently for each color. It really annoys me but I thought I would still upload the pictures so you guys would have more pictures of the colors. 

The first color we have is You Only Live Twice. This is a glass fleck jelly red polish. Because it is a jelly I needed three coats to hide the nail line. I am quite pleased with this polish.


The next color is Moonraker. A lot of people don't like Moonraker, they find it too frosty...I loved it!! Moonraker looks very pretty...I really like the mirror like shine that comes from it. It was goopy for me and it didn't show any streaks. Maybe I received a good bottle? I used two coats for this polish. No top coat, no ridge filler base coat. No base coat at all.

The last polish I have to show is The Spy who loved me. This is a shimmery orange red creme polish. I only needed 2 coats for this. It was very easy to apply this polish, it went on smoothly no problems.


Purchase Info:

The OPI Skyfall Collection for Winter 2012 retails for around $8.50 per .5 fl oz bottle of polish. They can be purchased at your local professional salons and spas nationwide. You an also purchase them at larger chain salons, including (but not limited to) JCPenny, Dillards, Regis, Pure Beauty, Trade Secret, and Ulta.

*The products in this post were sent to me for the purpose of a 100% honest unbiased review.*

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