Thursday, 19 September 2013

OPI My Current Crush

Happy Thursday everyone! It's almost the weekend!

I've come to the end of my exciting new finds of OPI for the moment and this one was an unexpected find at my distributor. OPI My Current Crush is another new liquid sand but it isn't part of the OPI 2013 Holiday collection. I hadn't really heard much about this one, it had been posted in one of my Facebook groups but that was as far as the information went until I saw it!

This isn't a 'normal' OPI label but that's how it came, some of them are like this, I remember the Serena Williams sets were like this too. The pictures of this bottle look a bit brighter than in real life, not sure why!

This polish is part of a duo with the OPI Natural Nail Base Coat, I was told by my distributor that it was a special for Christmas but that's still as much as I know. The box says it's a limited edition I wonder if OPI are going to be releasing details at all?

I would describe this polish is a bright royal purple colour with tiny sparkly micro glitters. For this mani I used 2 coats of My Current Crush, as ever with OPI the formula was great and it dried quickly. I wore this mani for 4 days with almost no tip wear, these liquid sands wear like iron!

Next time I wear this I'm tempted to topcoat a couple of nails and add a glitter gradient on top, I saw a picture of this and it looked great!

Have you heard anything about this polish?


Monday, 16 September 2013

Mariah Carey Pure 18K White Gold and Silver Top Coat

Happy Monday readers - it's almost the end of the day here which given it's a Monday is never a bad thing!

Today I want to show you the last bit of the Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 collection, I got lucky again and was able to pick up the new Mariah white gold topcoat that is coming out as a special, it was my missing piece of the puzzle.

On first inspection this appears very similar to the OPI The Man With A Golden Gun from 2012, except it has white gold flakes rather than yellow gold. 

The packaging for this is gorgeous, look at that bottle - how can you resist? Especially if you have a soft spot in your heart for OPI.  This polish also comes in it's own box display box.

For this swatch I used 2 coats of I saw.....U Saw......We Saw...... Warsaw from the OPI Euro collection, one coat of the Mariah white gold topcoat and one coat of topcoat.

I really like this white gold topcoat, the coverage is good, I think a little better the The Man With A Golden Gun. It still has a slight tinge of yellow to the gold and I was expecting it to be completely silver, but looking back it's nothing like the yellow gold top coat, I prefer it and I think it's pretty.

I used this over a dark colour so it would stand out but I think it would probably look good over anything! Definitely a worthwhile purchase for my collection.

I got mine from Lena White, the UK distributor where I have a trade card so I don't know exactly what I paid for it but I remember The Man With A Golden Gun was about £30 last year I would guess it might be around that - ouch! 

Will this be making it into your collection?


Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Girly Bits OVbunEN

I have two very special polishes to show you today from one of my favourite indie makers Girly Bits.

I placed an order a while ago and when it came there were two extra bottles hiding in the package. At first I thought it was a mistake, that was until I looked at the names of the polishes. Pam had sent me 2 gorgeous unreleased polishes - one called MiagiCat, after my facebook user name (I HATE facebook in real life and don't want anyone in real life to find me!) and one called OVbunEN, this was particularly touching as I am expecting a baby!

I decided I wanted to save them for a special occasion and what could be more special than my 20 week scan.

MiagiCat will be released by Girly Bits under the name of Elephant Shoe (when you mouth Elephant Show it looks like I Love You, how cute!). Pam said it's likely this version will be a tad bit darker than the version you see here. I would say this polish is a beautiful grey/lilac cream. I used 2 coat for this mani, as always with Girly Bits the formula was great and easy to work with.

OVbunEN is a really pretty soft pastel glitter with tons of different shapes in a clear base. The base is quite thick which is a great thing as the glitter spreads really easily over the nail and gives really good coverage. I used two coats of topcoat over this mani and it was really smooth, no gelous here!

I loved this mani and these polishes will always be special to me.

Elephant Shoe and OVbunEN will be released at the Girly Bits shop here on September the 15th. What a perfect baby shower gift for a mamma to be!

And here's my OVbunEN! 


Monday, 9 September 2013

OPI Holiday 2013 I Snow You Love Me

So this is the last of the OPI 2013 Holiday Mariah Collection for you. When I picked up the other colours there was one that had not had it's stock take so the distributor kindly offered to post it to me, this is OPI I Snow You Love Me.

OPI I Snow You Love Me is described by OPI as 'just like I snow you love this disco light confetti', well that's not really a description but that's as close as I've found. Basically this is a round holographic glitter, it has a pattern on the glitter so it sort of reminds me of a snowflake. I wore it here over 2 coats of Visions of Love because I wanted you to see it against something dark so it would stand up. 

I wanted to love this glitter but I'm not sure. I found it really sparse and there was loads of clear base so when you try to put it on the nail you get a ton of base and not much glitter, that was my main problem. I also thought the base smelt quite strong, although for the sake of a pretty glitter I can cope with that. I tended to try and get the glitters on the neck of the bottle and then place them which worked better. It is a unique glitter in my vast collection and it is pretty and sparkly, I'm sure I'll give it another go with a different base.

The one thing I do want to point out is that the glitters are completely and utterly flat. I've been asked a few times if there is any curling and I can say there is none whatsoever, I think a lesson was learnt with When Monkeys Fly! In fact I took these pictures without any topcoat as I was in a rush, so that just shows you how flat they are.

In all I will definitely keep this one in my collection but it is probably my least favourite glitter from the collection.

I can't wait to wear this whole collection for real during the holidays! If you want to check out the other polishes from the collection you can see the liquid sands here, the glitters here and the reds here.

Which ones are on your list?


Wednesday, 4 September 2013

OPI Holiday 2013 Mariah Carey Collection - Part 3 - The Reds

Last but certainly not least, Part 3 of the OPI 2013 Holiday Mariah Carey Collection. This last post is all about the reds and as we all know OPI loves their reds.

There are 6 reds in this collection, varying from the classic OPI bright red to a very dark and almost chocolate red.

I have to admit I do love a good red at Christmastime and OPI always come up trumps!

So, for these swatches I used 2 coats for each colour. The formula on all of these is great. I'm looking forward to wearing them during the holidays and blinging them out with a glitter topper, speaking of which, I got my 'I Snow You Love Me' today but it's at my neighbours. Stay tuned for a post on this one later in the weekend.

So, on to the swatches......

All I want for Christmas (is OPI):
This marvellous maroon is present-ly my top choice
This is totally the usual red from OPI, I'm sure I have several dupes for this one but I had to have it for the name (it's one of my favourite Christmas songs).

In My Santa Suit:
This generously pigmented red is worth staying on the 'nice' list.
This is a really pretty classical red shimmer from OPI, it reminds me of I'm not Really A Waitress but I'm sure it's a brighter red. Again, I probably have a near dupe but as always I get suckered by the names in holiday collections!

Underneath the Mistletoe:
Is my kiss as spicy-sweet as this candy apple red?
Loved this in the bottle and love it on the nail. The tiny glitters really sparkle and this photograph really doesn't do this polish justice.

Cutie Little Vixen:
This deep red violet has cutie written all over it
More of a plum/pinker tone than a true red, makes a nice addition to the collection.

Sleigh Ride for Two:
There's only one room left for this dark hot chocolate
I'm not sure I'd have said this was a hot chocolate colour, it has a lean of plum to it and I was a little disappointed that the shimmer didn't show up on the nail as much as it did in the bottle.

Visions of Love:
I see this rich burgundy in my immediate future
This one was about as dark as I ever like to wear, on the nail it was a very dark brown with a touch of red. Quite a classic.

The reds are usually the ones I'm least interested in but I'm pretty pleased with this part of the collection, they are all polishes I will wear and would be beautiful for pedis. My picks? Definitely Underneath the Mistletoe was my favourite because it is a little different, the others were nice but as I have a good sized OPI stash I probably have similar polishes. Having said that I will wear all of these and I'm glad I have the collection.

Will you be picking up any of this holiday collection?