Spring 2013 | Estée Lauder Dilettante Nail Polish | Photos, Swatches, and Review

Hi everyone! I hope you had a good and safe holiday! Today I have a polish from Estée Lauder from their Spring 2013 collection called Dilettante. I put this on at work quickly, and figured I’d photograph it before I messed it all up.

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Dillettante is a gorgeous bright sky blue. The photo above is without topcoat. This polish dries down to a wicked glossy finish. Absolutely gorgeous. However, getting there is a bit of a pain. The formula is wicked streaky, uneven, and kind of thick. Not even after a while does it level out. It’s super iffy. I added a coat of China Glaze Fast Dry Top Coat to see if that’d help. It didn’t, really.

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This is with topcoat. You can see the unevenness here, especially on my ring finger. The color in this picture is a little lighter than in real life.

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This is more like it’s off-camera appearance. At first I really felt it was close to China Glaze For Audrey, but it’s more like OPI What’s with the Cattitude from the Shrek collection. Zoya Robin is more… intense(?). I guess that’s the word. For Audrey is too green, but only ever so slightly so.

I’m going to go finish cleaning the Christmas aftermath disaster zone that is my house. Have a great day!

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OPI Did Someone Say Party? — Photos and Review

Hello folks! How is everyone? I’m preparing for the SuperBowl this weekend! Right now I have China Glaze’s Electric Beat on, which I’ll have pictures of soon. Maybe tomorrow? But for now I have a polish from OPI. I got this at Regis while at work for like 60% off. Can’t argue. The only thing that sucked? The neck was painted shut! I just ran it under hot water for a second and it loosened its hold. After that it also smelled like paint thinner… but hey.

So… there’s no point in these pictures… Because this is not an ounce of what this really looks like. In reality this is a rust/sienna/orange brown. Ompletely smooth and opaque, not patchy and icky weird red like in these pictures.

Like I said, it’s… not red. At all.

So… this is a picture of my henna I got at a tattoo expo I went to. This is more like the color of the polish. A little lighter and more orange. But definitely more like this than the reddish crap above.

This applied okay, as per a normal OPI polish, and it wore well. It only lasted about two days because the girls at Sally’s brought out the Electropop collection for me. I only got Electric Beat because in person, none of them really wowed me too much. I’m saving my money for the Hunger Games collection… 🙂

~ Britni Rose

OPI A Good Man-darin is Hard to Find Swatches, Photos, and Review

Hello! Today I have OPI’s orange-fest, iron-wearing, bright-but-not-neon awesomeness that goes by the name “A Good Man-darin is Hard to Find.”

Now, as usual, my camera made my nails — which look perfect to the eye in person right now — look lumpy and sad and my cuticles red and dry and also sad. I promise my cuticles look lush and healthy and the polish is perfectly shaped!

Anyway, onwards! Man-darin is a true orange, and it’s fairly bright, but it’s nowhere near neon status. Just a good, clean true orange. The picture makes it look like it pulls more red, but it’s not. If anything it’s “carrot yellow” … like this here! It applied like butter and has stayed on for FIVE DAYS NOW. I keep wanting to switch to a navy blue, but it’s still perfect, so I don’t want to ruin it. Maybe tomorrow — there’s some tip wear.

I’ve been leaning more towards the oranges and other warmer colors rather than the cool blues this winter. Maybe it’s because it’s January 9th, and there is no snow on the ground! Usually we look like this by now:

But instead we have fresh grass still, some frost on the ground, and we have the problem of flowers and trees blooming already! Even though we’re sure to get pounded with snow soon and they’ll all die. 😦

Well, I’m off to go watch a marathon of House Hunters International! You all have an amazing week, and I’ll be sure to post more! Yay winter break!

OPI Press Release: Glam Slam! US

OPI and tennis superstar Serena Williams announce the two final lacquers in the 2011 Glam Slam! promotion, timed in conjunction with the upcoming New York tournament.  Glam Slam! U.S. features a duo-pack with two high-shine shades: shimmering red, Love is a Racket, and glittering bronze, Pros & Bronze.

“Whether worn alone or with Pros & Bronze layered over Love is a Racket for a golden glow, these two shades have rich hues that are perfect for transitioning from summer to fall,” adds Williams.

Serena Williams has received the World Number One in singles ranking by the Women’s Tennis Association on five separate occasions, along with being listed as sixth on the all-time greatest champions list.  Additionally, she has won two Olympic gold medals in women’s doubles and has earned 27 Grand Slam titles to date. Serena is the most recent player to have held all four Grand Slam singles titles simultaneously and only the fifth woman in history to do so.

Glam Slam! U.S. will be available beginning August 2011 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 duo-pack.

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 Miss Universe Collection

 

Here I have for you today is the OPI Miss Universe Collection for Summer/Fall 2011. There’s four new colors, including a silver glitter, a gorgeous blue, and two beautiful pinks.

 

Crown Me Already! | A sassy silver sparkle that knows what it’s worth.

Swimsuit… Nailed It! | An itsy bitsy teenie weenie vibrant shiny-blue bikini.

Congeniality Is My Middle Name | And berry-wine shimmer is what I do best!

It’s MY Year | It’s about time for this champagne-rose to shine!

 

This is a limited edition collection available August 2011 at professional salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenny, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA for $8.50 USD ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail.

Now, I don’t know if it’s clear yet… but I’m not the biggest fan of pinks… But It’s MY Year looks interesting, if it’s not a dupe for Zoya Faye.

 

Sephora by OPI | Don’t Feed The Hand Models — Photos, Reviews, Swatches

Sephora by OPI released it’s Safari Luxe mini polish pack containing a nude, a dusty green, and an orange with shimmer. So I made it mine. This is SOPI Don’t Feed The Hand Models.

COLOR: This is a beige nude creme. Even though the flash would make you think not, this is actually a pretty good match to my skin tone. It makes me look super yellow here though.

FORMULA & APPLICATION: The formula on this was so-so. Application sucked, due the mini sized bottle, brush, and handle. It was like painting my nails with a needle. Or a nail art pen. Either way, it all surmounted to an uneven, patchy finish. This is three coats.

WEAR: This wore really good. This was day two with no tip wear or chips. Amazing.

When I did finally get some tip wear, I turned to Konad to revive the mani.

This was SOPI Caught With My Khaki’s Down stamped with Konad M57 and topped with one coat Seche Vite. I love this color combo. I kept this on for three whole days.

I love the pattern on this finger.

 

Do you have and Sephora by OPI polishes? Do you find they’re worth the extra dollar?

 

OPI Press Release: Nice Stems! Collection

Whee! Spring and Summer always bring around such awesome nail art techniques and colors! The sky is blue, the grass is green, the weather is nice, and the flowers are in bloom! Speaking of flowers, here’s OPI’s press release on their Summer collection called Nice Stems!

The Fun Stuff:

Play The Peonies, Come to Poppy, Be a Dahlia Won't You?, I Lily Love You

Nice Stems! by OPI shades include:

Play the Peonies — We’d put our money on this lovely soft pink.

Come to Poppy — Surrender to shine with this shimmering coral-pink.

Be a Dahlia Won’t You? — Give the gift of fabulous fuschia- to yourself!

I Lily Love You — Fall head over heels with this light pink sparkle.

“Stop and see the flowers with summer’s Nice Stems!by OPI, a limited edition collection featuring four new nail lacquers in stunning shades of pink. With whimsical names based on their floral inspirations, these vibrant, flirty colors range from pale, frosty pink to rich fuchsia.  Nice Stems! offers fingers and toes a perfectly pink shade for all of summer’s looks.”

The Lowdown:

This limited edition Nice Stems! collection will be available beginning June 2011 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for  $8.50 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each Nail Lacquer.

  • OPI polishes contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application.

My Thoughts:

While I’m not a pink fan, I do want all four of these colors! I could see myself wearing Play the Peonies, Come to Poppy, and I Lily Love You, and Dahlia looks too bright to be true. We’ll see once this collection rolls around whether or not I’ll be on the Dahlia train. :]

OPI Press Release: Glam Slam! England

It’s about time to roll out the Summer collections and that means PR, PR, and more PR! Which is always fun! I mean, who doesn’t like to see all the new collections coming out?! Here’s one of three OPI announced today, with the other two coming shortly!

The Fun Stuff:

Your Royal Shine-ness, Servin’ Up Sparkle, and Grape…Set…Match

OPI joins tennis superstar Serena Williams in announcing the latest three lacquers in the Glam Slam! collection.  To celebrate the world’s oldest, most prestigious tennis tournament, Glam Slam! England features two duo-packs filled with sparkle.

The first Lacquer set includes Your Royal Shine-ness, a metallic silver shade, paired with Servin’ Up Sparkle, a shimmer-packed silver glitter. The second Lacquer set also features Servin’ Up Sparkle, along with Grape…Set…Match, a metallic purple.

The Lowdown:

  • Glam Slam! England will be available beginning June 2011 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JC Penney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $14.95 ($20.95 CAN) for each duo-pack.
  • OPI is 3-Free (no DBP, Toluene, or Foraldehyde) and include OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush “for the ultimate in application.”


Essie Borrowed & Blue vs. OPI What’s With The Cattitude? Comparison

So, I hear a lot of people have been asking about Essie’s beautiful Borrowed & Blue and how it compares to OPI’s What’s With The Cattitude? from the Shrek collection. Well, here you go!

Both pictures are true to color.

As you can see, WWTC is way brighter, and is the color of a clear summer afternoon. I’ve never seen a true sky color like WWTC. B&B is a clean spring pastel blue. They’re obviously very different. Borrowed and Blue I decided I will wear to my wedding someday. WWTC is the exact color I’ve been looking for. I have this turquoise necklace from Kohl’s that I love, and I needed that color on my nails. I couldn’t find it! While WWTC quenches my blue need for now, I’m pretty sure China Glaze Bahamian Escape is the one I really need.

Essie Borrowed & Blue is from the Borrowed and Blue Collection, which I found at Ulta.

OPI What’s With the Cattitude? is also from Ulta.

NOTD: OPI Pirates of the Caribbean collection: Stranger Tides– Photos, Swatches, and Review

Well, lookie what I got! This is Stranger Tides from OPI’s summer brights collection. While these aren’t bright, even in the least, they are still oh so summery. I bought two from the collection, one which I will post later this week– Mermaid’s Tears. I have it as a pedicure right now, and seeing how I never have and never will show pictures of my feet (I hate feet. I positively detest them.) I will do MT as a mani in a few days.

COLOR: A dusty sage green cream. It looks almost gray in the bottle, unless you really do put it up against a gray. Once I put it on it became much more green to the eye.

PIGMENTATION AND APPLICATION: This is very pigmented, it would’ve been opaque in just two coats, but I needed four to even everything out. The unevenness is strictly an issue with myself, my hands shake a lot 😉

WEAR: The picture you see above is after four days, so it’s safe to say the wear time is phenomenal. Almost no tip wear at all. One little chip on my right pointer finger is all.

FINAL THOUGHTS: This is a must have. It’s murky gray-green beauty is a stunner, and a perfect spring and fall color. I want a darker version of this. A perfect khaki military green is now on my lemming list.