Nicole by OPI’s awesome new nail treatments

You would think that as many times as I polish my nails in a given week I would be an avid user of top coats and have wonderful cuticle maintenance. But no. I am actually the worst at applying bases coats, top coats, and taking a couple minutes to give my cuticles the love they need. With the new year here, I am making a resolution to take better care of my nails because they deserve it. The awesome  at Nicole by OPI sent these over to me and  my resolution super easy with their affordable top coats and treatments.

Nicole by OPI treatments

 

The 3-in-1 polish is so convenient; it is a base, top coat, and strengthener which has really made a difference in my nails. The base coat has prevented staining which a lot of dark polishes do and m nails are stronger because of the strengthener. The top coat gives me that great shine that I know everyone wants their nails to have.

The Matte Top Coat gives your nails that awesome matte look and which I feel spices up any outfit for any occasion.

The Quick Dry Top Coat is a life saver. For some reason, I always paint my nails an hour or two before I go to bed. Putting this top coat on has prevented me from waking up and finding nail polish all over my bed sheets. The top coat dries you nails super fast so you don’t have to sit there blowing on your nails forever and it makes your nails super shiny. I have already had people ask me what top coat I am using.

Nicole by OPI cuticle treatment

The Oil to Go is amazing I use it every single day to keep the cuticles on my nails and toes moisturized and looking pretty. It is packaged in a leak proof oil tube so you don’t have to work about it spilling every where. I like to apply it right before I get in the bed that way I don’t have to worry about getting it on my clothes in the morning.

My favorite thing about Nicole by OPI is that it is super affordable these polishes and treatments are only $7.99 and available at places you go everyday like CVS, Target,  Duane Reade and Wal-Mart. You should be able to find these in stores. Start your year off right by making sure your nails look and feel healthy!

 

 

About the Author:

Courtney is the younger sister of Brittany and a 2012 graduate from Florida State University. Courtney loves listening to Katy Perry, nail polish, reading, and a good work-out. She hates peas, lima beans and negativity. She also ate deodorant once because her lovely older sister made her do it. [B’s Edit] Follow her on Twitter at @CourtNichelle.

A New View in 2014

I can’t believe that I’m just now doing a post in the new year. In the past I’d be all apologetic about disappearing but meh…I’m starting to think that y’all may be used to my sporadic behavior. And that’s not a good thing. I should really stick to a schedule and not leave people hanging.

Has 2014 been good to you so far?

Pine trees

I love the start of a new year. It’s renewing and refreshing. Granted, I feel like you don’t need to wait until a new year to make changes in your life, but if you do, then hey…it’s all good. Better some change at the beginning of the year than no change at all. I’ve been so inspired by nature this year.

Tree over lake

Every day at around 10am, I walk a mile around the perimeter of my office. I look forward to this walk because it’s my chance to get away from the computer, to stretch and look at the sky. That mile walk is the only exercise I get each day so I make the most of it. It’s my little retreat from work, stress, deadlines and social media. Oh, social media. I am apart of the Overshare Generation and it can be so overwhelming sometimes. I’ve been diving into books more and plunging into the lives of fictitious characters is far more entertaining than the “OMG, my big boy is using the potty!” posts that my friends post on Facebook. Sorry, not sorry.

In beauty news, I’ve been rockin’ dark purple nail polish nonstop.

nail polish

OPI’s Miss You-niverse is just…yas! Far from a unique purple polish, I know, but every time it starts a chippin’, I remove it and apply it again. It’s my signature shade for the season.

Here’s hoping that I can be more active in the blogspace this year. Motherhood consumed me (unapoletically so) last year and like many mothers I struggle to find time to myself to do the things that I once enjoyed. But I’m trying. I suspect that it’ll be far easier once Elle sleeps through the night. Yes. This girl is almost a year old and still wakes up every 4-5 hours to grace us with her gorgeous face. We’re so lucky.

Enjoy your day!

Mariah Carey Holiday Nail Polish Collection, Part I

I am in full blown Christmas mode. I am ready to put up the tree, roast some chestnuts by an open fire, and spread all types of happiness any way I can. Thanks to the brilliant minds at OPI, I can spread my joy by having beautiful nails. This season OPI has launched 18 Limited Edition Holiday Nail Lacquers. Inspired by Mariah Carey, this holiday collection includes reds, burgundy, glitters and the amazing liquid sand collection. I received this collection to review and was excited to polish my nails!

OPI Mariah Carey Holiday

*** Disclaimer I am not the perfect polish painter (say that 7 times fast) like my big sissy so bear with me. I am getting there though, so sorry in advance if you see some mistakes.***

 

 

OPI In My Santa Suit

In My Santa Suit is the perfect red for the holiday season. It is shiny and bold and really gives you that Christmas feeling. This color is amazingly shiny even without a top coat.

OPI Cute Little Vixen

Cute Little Vixen is a sexy violet that will go great with anything outfit you are wearing this season.

OPI All I Want

All I Want For Christmas ( Is OPI) is just a basic red. Nothing to write Santa about, but if you are looking for a good red that you can wear all year this will be great for you.

OPI Warm Me Up

Warm Me Up is one of the darker colors of the collection, but it is one of my favorites. This brown polish has a little hint of silver in it spice up a usually boring color.

OPI Visions of Love

Visions of Love is probably my favorite polish of all time. It is a rich burgundy that is very mature and sexy. It looks more of an Oxford Blood when you first put it on, but after it dries turns into that burgundy I ended up liking it so much that I wore it for the entire week.

OPI Underneath the Mistletoe

Underneath The Mistletoe is a deep red with a kiss of sparkle it give you that extra umph that every outfit needs during the holiday season.

OPI Sleigh Ride For Two

Sleigh Ride For Two is a savory plum polish that is absolutely gorgeous. This color is has a nice shimmer to it that has a nice subtle sparkle.

OPI I Snow You Love Me

I Snow You Love Me is a super fun polish. It adds a little something extra to any polish that you want people to notice. I put it over Sleigh Ride For Two and loved the results. It was a little difficult to get the sequins to lay down so I suggest using a toothpick to get the sequins to lay down.

OPI Ski Slope Sweetie

Ski Slope Sweetie is a lovely pearl polish. It reminds of the popular polish in the 90s cotton candy, but not as thick. You will definitely need to put more than one coat to get a really good I did two, but would put an extra just for good measure.

OPI Wondrous Star

Wondrous Star is a funky polish. Funky in a good way it really adds some spunk to your nails while still giving you a glamorous gold shimmer.

 

If none these 10 polishes have caught your eye, stay tuned for the rest of the OPI Mariah Carey Limited Edition Holiday Nail Lacquers collection. This collection is available at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCP Salons, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, ULTA and ulta.com for $9.00 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each nail lacquer.

Don’t forget to send me your tips on how you get your nails perfectly polished so I can become an expert like my sissy!

 

About the Author:

Courtney is the younger sister of Brittany and a 2012 graduate from Florida State University. Courtney loves listening to Katy Perry, nail polish, reading, and a good work-out. She hates peas, lima beans and negativity. She also ate deodorant once because her lovely older sister made her do it. [B’s Edit] Follow her on Twitter at @CourtNichelle.

Zoya Satins nail polish collection

I’m glad I swatched this collection before  all of my nails went and broke on me. Figures. When I make very little effort to take care of my nails, they do just fine. But the second I want polish them on a regular, they all break on me. Totally a first world problem, I know, but it sucks. This collection, however…doesn’t suck and I was so grateful to get a press sample of it.

Zoya Satins Collection

Very appropriate shades for a winter collection, right?

Zoya Claudine

Claudine is a striking dark meteorite gray metallic. Applying this baby was a dream and I achieved full opacity with only one coat. And it’s such a stunning color. I’ve seen gray metallics before but never one that has such a beautiful and shimmery finish.

Zoya Channing

Channing is a coppery red metallic and something tells me that one of my favorite fashion bloggers, Channing in the City, would love this shade. When I think of Thanksgiving and fall, a shade like this comes to mind. Very appropriate for the season!

Zoya Mason

Mason is an exciting red violet or “Fandango Pink” metallic. Don’t ask me what Fandango Pink is. I’m far too lazy to Google it, but honey, what a beautiful shade! I don’t get too excited over pinks but this is the kind of pink that I can roll with.

Zoya Maria-Luisa

Maria-Luisa is a pretty gold cellophane accent topper. Of course, this shade is intended to be layered over another nail polish color. I applied it over Mason and it’s just so pretty!

Zoya Giovanna

Giovanna totally photographed somewhat off (my camera sucks at really capturing teal-ish shades) but this emerald green metallic is deep, rich and awesome. It also stains the nails so be sure to use a base with this one.

Zoya Neve

Neve is a sapphire blue metallic and at one glance it looks blue and at another, it looks like a sparkling purple. Such a pretty shade. My mother, being the purple lover that she is, would looooove this one.

 

Another winner from Zoya. I don’t have any complaints. Each nail polish applied beautifully and I’m loving the unexpected shades. You can snag this nail polish collection from Zoya.com for $48 for the entire collection or $8 for each polish. Check out my review of the Cashmere collection, the other collection that launched with the Satins collection.

OPI Limited Edition MISS UNIVERSE nail polish collection

Back in September (how is it already November???) OPI released a small collection of 3 polishes showing love to the Miss. Universe pageant. Each polish came with an adorable complementary bejeweled crown ring. Which is just the perfect touch, darling. I received these for review and while they aren’t terrible unique, they are still stunning to look at.

OPI MISS UNIVERSE nail polish collection

Even on my nubs.

OPI I’m Feeling Sashy

I’m Feeling Sashy is a dusty purple and OPI does a great job at producing creamy muted purples like these. It reminds me a lot of Parlez-vous OPI, a very popular shade from OPI from back in the day.

OPI Miss You-niverse

Miss You-niverse is a deep black plum that looks almost black. It’ll make for a great Fall color and it’s just screaming to to be topped off with a shimmery or glitter top coat.

OPI The Gown Needs A Crown

 

The Gown Needs A Crown is a textured matte platinum. We’ve seen the satin finish from OPI before and I’ve always been a fan of it. I loooove this polish so hard. The smoothness of the polish just looks stunning. It’s sheer perfection!

 

OPI MISS UNIVERSE collection

I applied 3 coats for each polish and didn’t have any problems with them. If you’re loving any of these you better hop to it and snag them with the quickness. I’ve spotted them at ULTA but I’m not sure how long they’ll last!

Zoya Cashmeres Collection

It’s about to be a Zoya marathon around here for the next few weeks. After this collection, I have 2 more collections to review and I’m not even mad about it. Zoya has been doing some pretty awesome thangs in the nail polish world and I’m just honored to be able to get the chance to share it with y’all. I got this collection to review and Cashmeres is just well…

Zoya Cashmeres

…very lovely indeed.

Zoya Flynn

Flynn is a lush camel brown nude cream and well er uh…I’m just not a fan of how these kind of shades look me. They look like “too light” foundation. In fact, I think the only way I could successfully pull this off is with some glitter thrown on top. And said glitter needs to be a reallllly pretty glitter.

Zoya Sailor

Sailor is a classic dark navy cream. I can’t even begin to explain how much I loooove this polish. Yes, there are plenty of navy blues out there but Zoya does creams beautifully and Sailor is just sheer perfection.

Zoya Pepper

Pepper is a brick red cream and dang, this is a gorgeous. Yeah yeah, I know if you’ve seen one red you’ve seen them all but I love the smokiness of this one. It’s stunning!

Zoya Hunter

Hunter is a dark sea green cream and no one does luscious greens like Zoya. This is such a rich and luscious green.

Zoya Louise

Louise is a rich chocolate brown and it’s another color that I’m on the fence about. I definitely like it more than Flynn but I never know if brown polishes flatter me or make my nails look dirty.

Zoya Livingston

Livingston is a lush autumn red that is THEE perfect red for the season. I’ve got plenty of reds but this one is just perfect.

Bravo Zoya! What a stunning and season-appropriate collection. I love the uniqueness of the shades Louise and Flynn. But for my not so adventurous nail polish wearers, there’s Pepper and Livingston. You can snag the entire collection from Zoya.com for $48 or you can get each polish for $8 a pop.

Which polishes are your faves?

Zoya Zenith nail polish collection

I can’t believe that I am already talking about Winter 2013 nail polish collections. How is this even possible? Sounds crazy cliché but dang…time flies. I’ve actually got a ton of Zoya nail polish collections that I’ll be cranking out in the next few weeks and Zenith sparked my interest the most. I got this collection for a review and really it was that stunning blue holographic nail polish that had me swooning at first glance…

Zoya Zenith nail polish collection

You see it, don’t you?

Zoya Seraphina

Seraphina is a full-coverage, polaris silver metallic and as much as I want to love it, it’s pretty blah for Zoya. I know every color can’t be spectacular but I don’t know, Seraphina, you don’t seem to be as fabulous as your siblings here.

Zoya Payton

Payton is a galactic cranberry with holographic glitter and yassss, now we’re getting somewhere. This is what I’m talking about. Zoya does holographic nail polishes beautifully. Payton is just stunning and I love how dynamic it looks without a top coat.

Zoya Mosheen

Mosheen is an astro ice blue topper that works well on top of other nail polishes, of course. So I’m not madly in love with super sheer polishes but I kinda dig how this icy bar glitter looks on its own.

Zoya Belinda

Belinda is a gorgeous cosmic purple/blue metallic that beautifully changes shades when the light hits it. This is an interesting shade from Zoya. I don’t think I’ve seen them do a shade like this so this was a nice surprise to see in their line-up.

Zoya Cassedy

Cassedy is a celestial pewter metallic and man, isn’t that quite the description? Pretty dead on, if you ask me. At first glance Cassedy looks like a darkened grey but if you look closer, it comes off as a deep grey with just a hint of shimmery army green.

Zoya Dream

Dream is my favorite shade of the bunch because well, look at it! This deep space blue with holographic glitter can’t get any better. It applies like a dream (hehe, see what I did there?) and I just love how bright and bold this polish is with only 2 coats. It’s gorgeous!

Application of these polishes was ridiculously easy. I found it so refreshing to see a winter collection that didn’t have any traditional shades in it. Way to go, Zoya! Of course Dream and Payton are my favorites but I love that the collection has a little somethin’ for everyone.

The Zenith collection is available for purchase at Zoya.com for $8 a bottle or you can get the entire collection for $48.

5 of Clinique’s Newest (And Awesome) Products

Clinique has been launching new product after new product and I am finally sharing them with you lovely people! I received these items to review and as usual, Clinique is just totally impressing me. They really can’t do any wrong when it comes to skincare products but I am just so excited to see how far they’ve come in the cosmetic world too. Check out some of their most recent launches…

Clinique Happy Hearts Fund

Clinique is continuing their partnership with the Happy Hearts Fund and this year we are getting some pretty packaging to go along with the cause. The Happy Hearts Fund helps is on a mission to help families and neighborhoods rebuild their homes and schools after natural disasters have hit. Clinique helped Happy Hearts Fund rebuild a computer center in Staten Island, New York after Hurricane Sandy and the love doesn’t stop.

Happy Hearts Fund

These limited edition items are decked out in orange and pink hearts and I am just loving the whimsical feel of the packaging. Lovers of the Clinique Happy fragrance ($37) will adore this pretty bottle.

Clinique Happy fragrance

My nail polish lovers will also love how pretty the Happy Heart bottle is ($12.50).

Clinique Happy Heart nail polish

And if you’re down for showing the love in a bolder way, a t-shirt with the mantra “Make Someone Happy” ($16) is the way to go. Proceeds from each purchase go towards the Happy Hearts Fund.

Happy Hearts Fund t-shirt

Quickliner for Eyes Intense ($16)

Clinique Quickliner for Eyes Intense liners

I’ve never described any of Clinique’s eye products as intense, but honey, these liners are ah-mazing! These retractable and creamy pencils are just as fabulous as the original Quickliner pencils except there is more depth and POW in terms of color payoff. My favorites….

Quickliner for Eyes Intense swatches
(l-r Intense Amethyst, Intense Peacock, Intense Peacock, Intense Cobalt, Intense Peridot)

Fascinating, aren’t they? That Intense Amethyst is giving me life and I love that these work beautifully on the waterline and on the lower lashline. They really DON’T BUDGE and are perfect for all day wear.

Superprimer Face Primers ($27)

Clinique Superprimer Face Primers

Primers are such a personal thing. For every makeup lover or makeup artist that you run across that doesn’t use them, you’ll find more that swear by them. Clinique has given us primer lovers options when it comes having a smooth and fresh base. I think this is fantastic idea!

I don’t generally wear primers (mainly because it’s an added step that I’m too lazy to do…ha!) but if I’m going to use one, I’m all for wearing one that works with my complexion. Like the one that targets dullness in deeper skins. Also in the line-up:

-Universal Face Primer
-The Primer for Dullness
-The Primer for Redness
-The Primer for Sallowness
-The Primer for Discolorations

All About Shadow Quads ($28) and Singles ($15)

Clinique All About Shadow

I’ve always overpassed Clinique’s eye shadows because I’ve found some of their other products to be more captivating but um, wow…the color payoff of these shadows totally surprised me! Take this On Safari palette for example…

Clinique All About Shadow Quads swatches

Each shade contains a bit of golden shimmer but they aren’t as frosty as I expected. I don’t usually purchase single eye shadows but if you were to, Purple Pumps would definitely have my eye.

Clinique Purple Pumps

It’s not the most intense matte eye shadow that I’ve ever come across but still, Clinique gets lots of love from me for going out of the box with these gorgeous shades.

Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes ($17)

Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes

If extra vibrancy is what you’re looking for when applying eye shadow, I think these will be right up your alley. I adore Clinique’s “Chubby” line of products and these cutesy shadow sticks are really just like applying eye shadow. Except waaaay more convenient. They’re perfect for travel and quick fixes. They didn’t last long on my oily lids so I definitely recommend wearing them with a primer underneath.

Get these Clinique products at your favorite Clinique counter or at Clinique.com!