OPI Mariah Carey collection

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Yes y’all! Mimi herself has partnered up with OPI to release her very own nail polish collection. I’m wondering why this is just now happening. She should have had her own collection years ago, uh? I adore Mariah Carey. Moreso the old skool Sweet sweet fantasy baby Mariah than anything else. And don’t even get me started on the albums Music Box and the Emancipation of Mimi. Yasssss. This collection is also where we see the revolutionary Liquid Sand formula polishes. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about them but honey, I’m lovin’ them.

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A Butterfly Moment is a frosty tan nude and it’s not what I would have put in a Mariah Carey collection. It has a bit of a Grandma feel to it. It’s definitely work appropriate and would probably look dynamic when used it nail art but by herself, meh…I’m not feelin’ it too much.

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Pink Yet Lavender is a pink glitter with lavender shimmer. She’s loaded with hex bits and holographic glitter. Nothing too unique but it’s a nice layering glitter. I’m not sure I get the name though. Am I being slow or does it not make much sense?

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Anti-Bleak isn’t terribly unique but I love this deep creamy purple. It has such a nice richness to it and while it takes 2 coats to reach full opacity, it looks stunning nonetheless. And of course I love that it’s a creme.

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The Impossible is a matte fuchsia with star confetti. This is one of the Liquid Sand polishes and whooooa – I love it. It dries to a sandy matte finish. It has a nice textured look and feel to it but the crazy thing is, removal is super easy. It’s as easy to remove as a regular polish – not a glitter. As much as I love The Impossible, I hated that I couldn’t get enough stars on the nails. Womp.

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Get Your Number is a matte blue with sparkles and I think this is my favorite Liquid Sand polish. It looks amaziiiiing. I don’t even want to see how this looks with a top coat. It looks so spectacular by itself.

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 Stay The Night is a matte black with red glints. And don’t even ask me what a glint is because I certainly don’t know. Ha! I couldn’t get this one to look as sandy as the others. I waited a good 5 minutes for it to dry, but it still had a bit of a glossy effect to it. Maybe I got a dud? I’m not sure but I still dig the red sparkles.

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Sprung is a shimmery copper. This is another unexpected shade for me. It just doesn’t scream Mimi. It’s pretty enough but it’s just okay…

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Can’t Let You Go is a matte purple with dazzling sparkle is woooow, this is another one of my favorites. It actually looks a bit more of a blue violet in real life but it is wonderful. And I don’t think I’d love it as much if it weren’t for the Liquid Sand effect.

I used about 2 coats of polish for polish here and I didn’t have any serious application issues. The Liquid Sand polishes apply beautifully and there aren’t you tricks that you need to know prior to applying them. They are so great and I am loving this trend. I’m sure we’ll see more of these from OPI and other brands. And I am definitely okay with that.

The Beauty Basics

Price: $9/bottle
Availability: Ulta, JC Penny Salon and anywhere OPI is sold
Favorites in collection: Anti-Bleak, Get Your Number, Can’t Let You Go

Any Mariah Carey fans in the house? What do you think about this collection?

New on the scene: CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss polishes

Well well well…look who is joining the reindeer games! CoverGirl did a little something that surprised us all and launched some beautiful new polishes. I’m almost positive that they had nail polishes back in the 90’s but I’m not sure if I dreamt them up or if they actually existed. Either way, me thinks it was a good idea for them to get up on the obsession that many of us have with nail polish.

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Good decision, CG.

The brand has a good 45 polishes that they’ve already launched and more will be making their ways to stores soon. I got my hands (haha, literally) on 4 of the polishes and wanted to show ’em off for you.

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Just a note: You can get these anywhere CoverGirl products are sold. I’ve been seeing them at CVS and Walgreens store locations for weeks now.

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Frosted Forever is a pale pink cream that almost looks white and it took a whopping 4 coats to get an opaque finish. But that’s usually the case with polishes like this. It’s a beaut. I found it to be super shiny without a top coat.

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Coy Coral – ohhhhh, it’s another coral. Coral polishes are actually growing on me and I really like the peachiness of this one.

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Golden Opportunity is a subtle gold foil that has a silvery hue to it. Depending on how the light hits it, it shifts from cool to warm.

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Wine Stain
is a dark burgundy creme and man, I don’t wear burgundy polishes enough but I should because this one is just fabulous. It has a squishy consistency and shines beautifully without a top coat.

These are just 4 of the 44 polishes that CoverGirl has currently developed. If you spy the stand in stores, you’ll see that they have a ton of different finishes; cremes, glitters, foils, shimmers…and I’m lovin’ them all. They are priced right at $5.49 and since CoverGirl products regularly go on sale in drugstores, you can easily get them cheaper.

Performance-wise, I would say that these are pretty stellar. I didn’t have any problems with the wand or formula. I found that all 4 polishes tended to be on the thin side so while you can get away with 2 coats, I think you’ll achieve a much better finish applying 3 coats of polish. And I can’t forget the shine factor. CoverGirl says that these polishes don’t need a base or top coat and I agree. I didn’t feel the need to wear a top coat with any of these polishes because they’re just so shiny. I haven’t pushed their longevity yet but then again, it’s hard for me to wear any polish for more than 3 days.

But so far…I’m impressed! I can’t wait to scoop up more of these babies. Have you spotted these polishes in store yet?

More Wet ‘n Wild MegaLast polishes

Yep! I’m back with more super affordable polishes from Wet ‘n Wild. I’ve done formal reviews of these before (check out this post) so I’m just going to show off these pretty babies. Sound good?

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Coool…let’s go!

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2% Milk has the best name ever because it’s SO dead on with the description of the polish. Not that you could ever get me drink milk. *gags* But nail polish wise, this is such a nice and milky jelly. It would be perfect for American manicures. Not that you could get me to wear one of those. 😛 I actually like how this looks solo.

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Haze of Love could best be described as a plum-y cherry. It’s a burgundy that is nothing spectacular but I seriously think cream finishes make everything better.

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Tropicalia is a coral and I had the most difficult time trying to photograph it. It looks hot pink but in real life it’s a coral that leans more on the orange side.

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Private Viewing is a pale pecan cream and it’s another polish that would probably look good with a French or American manicure of some kind.

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On A Trip is a blurple lavender cream. And she’s quite the stunner.

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Sugar Coat is a pale pink cream and like its similar siblings, it’s nothing particular special. I will definitely be using this polish for some jelly sandwiches though.

I used 2 coats for each polishes and the sheer creams (2% Milk, Private Viewing and Sugar Coat) could probably go for 3 to get more of an opaque finish. It’s hard to get them to apply evenly but if you’ve got the time, you’ll love the final look. Like all Wet ‘n Wild MegaLast polishes, these have the wide brushes that people like me love. And by ‘people like me’, I mean those of us with super wide nail beds.

You can grab these at most drugstores for only $2.99 a pop.

China Glaze Tranzitions nail polish collection

Well noooooow, this is quite the surprise. Good ole’ China Glaze is always on the up and up when it comes to knowing the latest and greatest in the nail polish world. They know that many of us have fallen victim to the nail art addiction and so they’ve released some polishes that can help make nail art…well, easier.

According to China Glaze, it goes like this: “This revolutionary new color-changing nail lacquer reacts when a clear top coat is applied”. Reacts in what way, you ask? With a stroke of clear top coat, the original polish color transforms into another nail polish groovy. Pretty groovy concept, uh? It’s easy to identify what color you’ll start with and what color a top coat will transform that color to because China Glaze have given us little labels on each of the Tranzitions bottles.

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China Glaze isn’t the first to do this but a mainstream brand hasn’t done this in a while so they do get some props in my book. I’ll show off the swatches first and then go into detail about how these polishes work and if they are worth your pennies.

Duplicityy is a mint green that shifts to vibrant teal. I actually really like this color without the top coat. Duplicityy seemed to dry better than most of the other polishes. The teal that arrives after the top coat is gorgeous too and almost has a bit of watercolor effect.

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Duplicityy with a bit of top coat…

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Duplicityy with top coat all over…

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Shape Shifter is a smokey violet that shifts to dark purple. That dark violet is very very subtle and actually looks more like a chrome-y navy blue on the nails. It’s a shade I’d wear solo but I love its transformed color (that vibrant purple) a lot more.

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Shape Shifter with a bit of top coat…

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Shape Shifter with top coat all over…

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Modify Me is a periwinkle blue that shifts to indigo blue. That perwinkle is some kind of awesome and don’t laugh at me, but I got a bit ambitious with my wanna-be nail art when it came to using the top coat. It is insanely tricky but you can use a dotting tool to make the other color pop up. I’m just not that good at it…yet.

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Modify Me with a bit of top coat…

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Modify Me with top coat all over…

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Metallic Metamorphosis is a silvery grey that shifts to bluish-charcoal grey and the truth about this shade is that it doesn’t LOOK all that differently when you apply a top coat over it. I’m not even kidding.

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Metallic Metamorphosis with a bit of top coat…

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Metallic Metamorphosis with top coat all over…

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Split Perso-NAIL-ity is a dusty pink that shifts to fuchsia and it’s a good shade to have in the bunch considering all of the other polishes don’t have any pink/red  variations to them. The cotton candy pink is nice and girly and I dig the fuchsia it turns into – although it does have application problems a la Modify Me.

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Split Perso-NAIL-ity with a bit of top coat…

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Split Perso-NAIL-ity with top coat all over…

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Altered Reality is a teal blue that shifts to turquoise and ohmiiiiigoodness, my camera sucked at trying to capture this color. While it looks gray, it really is more of a chrome-y teal. It’s not my favorite of the bunch though.

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Altered Reality with a bit of top coat…

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Pro’s

-Interesting concept to those who like nail art.
-I managed to get an opaque finish with each polish after only applying 1 coat.
-You really do get 2 polishes in 1 but for the price of 1 polish.
-Fun way to quickly change nail polish colors on a whim.
-All brands of top coat work effectively.

Con’s

-It’s hard to tell when the polish is “ready” for the top coat because even when they feel dry, applying a top coat can result in a streaky finish.
-The nail polish formula, while opaque, has such a weird consistency. It’s streaky and it’s tough to get it to apply evenly.
-Some of the polishes didn’t have much of a noticeable shift in color.

OVERALL:

Are these gimmicky? Well…yes. But nail polish fans may like them for the fun factor alone. Using them will take some trial and error but they aren’t impossible. Plus, I’m all for something “new” in the nail polish world so even though these aren’t perfect, I’m not exactly hating on them.

 

Purchase Information

Cost: 3.99/ea
Availability: Available in January 2013.
Where To Buy: Sally Beauty Supply, Ulta and on e-tailers like TransDesign.com.

Whatcha think, nail polish lovers? Are these the coolest polishes you’ve ever seen or a bit…strange?

Amor de Lacquer: Diosa nail polishes

A few months ago, I was asked to be a be a featured Diosa. What’s a Diosa? She’s a woman in her 20’s or 30’s who inspires her peers and the girls in their lives who are in need of positive role models. The vision comes from Diana, a New York City native who wanted to create a brand of nail polishes that could also tell a story. You can learn more about Diana here. She’s pretty awesome. I wanted to show off some of the pretty Diosa polishes. If you love supporting indie nail polish brands, I think you’ll love this one.

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Puff Pastry is a super sheer jelly that would probably work best on an American manicure. I like it by itself though. Because it’s so sheer, it’ll take a good 3 coats to achieve some kind of opaque finish.

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Dawn Over Provence is a pale lavender. It’s got a dusty finish and while it looks great on solo, it’ll really shine with some kind of sparkle or glitter on top.

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Dime Piece is a grey. Can’t go wrong with grey nail polishes!

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Bali Blaze is a super bright red that leans more on the orange side. It’s goooorgeous.

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Somethin’ Extra is a holographic glitter. It’s a stunner!

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Fuchsia Plans photographs funky but this is a gorgeous fuchsia. It dries down to a semi-matte finish. Of course a top coat will make it glossy but I actually really like the semi-matte finish.

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I Sea You is a bright blue that reminds me a lot of Nubar’s Blueberry nail polish. Which happens to be my favorite blue nail polish evahhhh! I Sea You is a close second. And as beautiful as it is, I love that it doesn’t stain the nails. Woot!

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Purple Reign is a dark purple polish that actually LOOKS purple on the nails instead of black. I love when this happens!

Diosa nail polishes apply beautifully. Some of the shades were a bit on the watery side (namely Puff Pastry and Dime Piece) so thin and even coats are the best way to apply these polishes. I’m lovin’ these inaugural shades. Diosa nails officially launched in July 2012 and I think this is a great intro to the nail polish world. You can buy these babies for $8 online.

Oh! And check out my Diosa feature here.

Amor de Lacquer: China Glaze Holiday Joy collection, part II

‘ellllooooo. We’re back with part II of the gorgeous China Glaze Holiday Joy collection. If you missed it, check out part I here. This half of the collection has quite a few surprises. And you know what the means…glittahhhhh!!!

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Champagne Kisses is a bubbly rose gold glitter with a teeny bit of holographic shimmer. I didn’t expect this to be so glitterific, but it is. At the same time, it wasn’t too bad to remove which is great!

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With Love is a classic red crème with a hint of orange undertones. It’s squishy and pretty red. Nothing too strikingly unique though.

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Glitter All The Way is a multi-color glitter. It’s like Mardi Gras on the nails!

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Glistening Snow is the perfect name for this fine diamond-like silver glitter. It’s like the silver-y version of champagne kisses. It’s opaque and looks stunning on the nails. It’s a bit of a top coat hog so I had to apply a good 2 coats of top coat just to get some serious shine.

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Cranberry Splash is a ruby red shimmer and while thats’s China Glaze’s fancy definition of it, really it’s just more of a regular ole’ burgundy to me.

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Pizazz is a twinkling multi-dimensional glitter blend and it’s beautiiiiful. I mean, yeah…we’ve see beautiful glitters like this one but there’s something special about Pizazz.

The collection altogether:

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Shouts out to China Glaze for giving us plenty of sparkle, glitter and shimmer in this collection! I think these are beautiful shades that are definitely holiday-appropriate.

This collection is currently in stores like Sally Beauty Supply and online at e-tailers like TransDesign.com.

Amor de Lacquer: China Glaze Holiday Joy collection, part I

Dang. How is it already the holiday season? Yes. My mind is indeed blown. I’m not complaining though. I am a huge lover of Christmas-EVERYTHING. And I know that’s not everyone’s shtick but I am will totally be that old lady that wears knitted Christmas sweaters. Without shame. Yep. What better way to ring in the season than with some pretty polishes? China Glaze is giving us a ton of beautiful options to bedazzle those nails. Here’s part I of the Holiday Joy collection.

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Excited yet?

Pure Joy

Pure Joy is a fiery red glitter with gold particles and it fooled me at first glance because I totally thought that it was a holographic. But nope, it’s a pretty and shimmery nail polish. I applied 3 coats here so it will wear well by itself but it’s also thin enough to be a layering polish.

Winter Holly

Winter Holly is a gold-flecked dazzling green glitter and it is goooorgeous. I can’t wait to create some looks with this baby. It has a similar finish to Pure Joy and while subtle, the gold holographic shimmer does a great job at coming through the green. I also spy some purple shimmer in this polish as well.

Red Satin

Red Satin is nothing fancy as it is just a silky blue-based red creme. Most brands always toss in a red nail polish in their holiday collections and this one is no different from all of the others.

Blue Bells Ring

Blue Bells Ring is an icy blue shimmer and I love everything about how this polish looks on my nails. It does have some drawbacks though. For one, it stains the nails so a sturdy base coat is a definite when rocking this baby. Also, for whatever reason this polish “smelled” differently than all of the others. As in worse. I’m not sure if the formula is different but it reminded me a lot of how polishes smelled before they were Big 3 Free. I actually had to tie a scarf around my nose to apply this polish. Still though. It’s such a beaut. I don’t think I’ll be wearing it often though because I tend to stay away from polishes that stain my nails. Getting them back to normal just isn’t worth the trouble for me.

Merry Berry

Merry Berry is a luscious rich berry red creme. It isn’t the most exotic polish I’ve seen from China Glaze but it has a great fit in this collection.

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Angel Wings also fooled me because I so thought this baby was a holographic just from looking at its bottle. China Glaze describes this as a delicate gold dust glitter and it’s a beautiful golden crusted nail polish. The microglitter makes for easier removal and while it goes opaque with 3 coats, it does well with layering with 1 coat.

This collection is currently in stores like Sally Beauty Supply and online at e-tailers like TransDesign.com. Stay tuned for part II of this collection! See any that you like so far?

Amor de Lacquer: OPI Skyfall collection for Holiday 2012, part II

I’m back with round II of the gorgeous Skyfall collection. The first 6 were the red, orange and purple kids of the bunch. This time I’m showcasing the darker shades and the shades with texture. Woot!

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GoldenEye is a glorious gold and it is by far one of the most beautiful golds I have ever seen. And that says a lot since I’m not a fan of gold nail polishes. The richness of this gold comes from the mini gold flakes in the polish. It’s stunning. If you don’t get any other polish, THIS is the one you have to get.

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MoonRaker is a metallic grey and I scoffed at it when I first saw it but it’s not bad for a grey polish. Application is tricky as it can be on the streaky side but if you’re into chrome polishes like this, I think you’ll like this one.

 

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The Living Daylights is a multi-hue sparkle and really it’s just a bunch of color hexagon-shaped glitter bits. I don’t have any glitter polishes like this so it’s a welcome addition to my collection. All glitter lovers should own a glittah like this.

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Live & Let Die is described as a jet black but the it’s obviously so much more than that. I would describe this baby as a darkened hunter green with with subtle gold shimmer. It doesn’t look like much in the bottle but it absolutely gorgeous on the nails.

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The World Is Not Enough is a rosy silver. It has subtle hot pink shimmer and I was all set to dismiss this one but it’s actually a really pretty polish. I still had a visible nail line after 2 coats so to achieve full opacity, you’ll have to push it up to 3 coats.

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On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is a misty-green pewter. It has the same shimmer as The World Is Not Enough and it’s just as sheer.

Must Haves
-GoldenEye: Because you’ll regret it if you DON’T get it.
-The Living Daylights: Especially if you don’t own a glitter like this.

The entire collection alllll together.

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Pretty dope bunch, uh?