Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween NOTD & Some VNS Updates

Above & Below: My Halloween NOTD using China Glaze Liquid Leather, Spellbound and Fortune Teller with a Joby nail art sticker.
Below: A close-up of the glitter configuration in China Glaze Fortune Teller.
Happy Halloween to all of you! I hope you have a safe and enjoyable time today. Here's my quick NOTD using China Glaze Fortune Teller on 4 nails and China Glaze Liquid Leather on my ring finger. I also added a freehand french tip with China Glaze Spellbound and a Joby nail art sticker. Here's a link to the China Glaze Exclusive Halloween Glitter for Victoria Nail Supply, and I realize it's a little late for this year, but there's always next year. I ordered one because they're exclusive to VNS and I wanted to add it to my collection, although I won't have it until Monday or Tuesday. The reason they received this from China Glaze is because their shipment of the 4 piece Spellbound set was inadvertently sent to another nail supply store. Mistakes do happen, so this was China Glaze's way of making it up to them. Yen also mentioned that OPI has yet another new collection coming out around January 2010 called Hong Kong. I don't know anything about it as yet, but I'll be sure to pass along any additional information to you as soon as I do.

Friday, October 30, 2009

OPI Holiday Wishes: Holiday Glow & All A-Bordeaux the Sled!

Above & Below: OPI's Holiday Glow is a shade that is called Charcoal by OPI, but it can take on brown and purple tones as well.
Below: All A-Bordeaux the Sled is a red/brown creme.

Below: The last 6 of this collection are pictured here. If you're interested in the first 6 I swatched, you'll find them a few posts down.
Here we have it, finally...the last two shades from this collection. I find it much easier to swatch an entire collection when they're smaller, say the size of Essie's Sweet Time of the Year! All in all, OPI's Holiday Wishes is a very nice collection because it has some unique colors and finishes, some more than others. I would have preferred to see a few less reds and a few more additional colors, perhaps a deep blue or emerald green with the flakies and glitters that are found in Merry Midnight, for example, but maybe next year.

Holiday Glow, described by OPI as "Charcoal grey glowing with a touch of silver", is an interesting shade, in that I do see charcoal when I look at it, but I also see purple or brown also, depending on the angle and the lighting. It's filled with very small silver glitter that seems to reflect in the light and turn from silver to red. This one is quite different in terms of color, so I'm happy to have it. All A-Bordeaux the Sled, classified as a "wine" shade by OPI, is a deep, rich shade of what I would term as raisin, or deep mahogany red. It's a little more brown-toned than what I consider Bordeaux to be. This one is a creme and I ended up going with 3 coats because I still had a few mild "bald" areas after 2 coats. A nice shade, but nothing really stands out to me about this one that makes it exceptional.

OPI Holiday Wishes: Sapphire in the Snow & Merry Midnight

Above & Below: OPI's Sapphire in the Snow is a violet blue creme that looks more purple (above) in brighter lighting and more deep blue in less lighting.

Below: If you're going to get just one polish from this collection, my vote goes to Merry Midnight. So many character traits this one has!

Below: My skin isn't really this yellow! I held my hand under my desk light for this picture and as you can see, this polish has a lot going on...glitters, flakies, colors, shine, sparkle...all-around prettiness!

These two shades from OPI's Holiday Wishes Collection are both different and unique. It's nice to know I don't have any more reds to try out! Not that I don't like the reds, they just get a little redundant sometimes when 50% of the shades in this collection are reds. Sapphire in the Snow is "a deep, jewel-toned violet-blue", according to the official description. It applied oh so nicely in 2 coats, as have all of the cremes in this collection thus far. Depending on your lighting, the deep blue is sometimes more evident, and other times, it appears to be more of a purple shade. Whatever shade you want to call it, it's lovely.

Merry Midnight...what can I say about this stunner that hasn't already been mentioned by others? This one definitely lives up to the hype because not only is it a "Blue-violet with a starry, multi-hued shimmer", it also makes for a great layering polish. I tried it over several polishes, both dark and light, and it never disappointed me. I can only imagine what this would look like matted. It has an inky purple base that takes 3 coats to give you the full impact of it's beauty, but it's worth every one of them. It has tiny glitter, it has larger flakies, and it has a multi-faceted personality going on. The red flakies are the most evident to me, and the way the color shifts in the light against them, causes the polish to look both purple and red. I have 2 more colors to show you from this collection later today, but if this is one you've been considering buying, I'd highly recommend it.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

OPI Holiday Wishes: Dear Santa & Comet Loves Cupid

Above & Below: OPI's Comet Loves Cupid shown indoors with a flash. This was nearly opaque with one coat, but I went ahead and applied a second coat to it.

Above & Below: OPI's Dear Santa is shown indoors with a flash, 2 coats.
Two more from this collection, and they're both shades of red. I have 4 more to go, which I'll post tomorrow. I need to start doubling up on my posts because my untried rack of polishes is does that happen? I have no idea...

Dear Santa is a true red base with red and gold twinkling glitter. The gold is not evident under normal observation, but the twinkling sparkle that this polish displays, is unmistakable. This shade is similar in finish to Smitten with Mittens and Crimson Carol, but in my opinion, it's the truest, clearest of the 3 red glitters in this collection. Crimson Carol has a slight pink tone in the red and Smitten with Mittens is a little darker shade of red than Dear Santa. Not a burgundy, but more of a slightly darker shade of cherry red. The application and coverage was excellent in 2 coats, with minimal drying time.

Comet Loves Cupid is a red creme that covered remarkably well in one coat, but I added a second out of habit. The formula on this one was extraordinarily amazing. Upon inspection of this shade, I would call it almost a true red, but it seems to have a hint of coral or pink in it, depending on the lighting. This collection has an overabundance of reds, but this shade really won me over for some reason. I realize it's just a red creme, but the application was so nice and easy, that it deserves mentioning.

Blue Cross Beauty Pumpkin Polishes

Above & Below: Blue Cross Beauty Pumpkin Polishes. Above is a pretty shade of teal or turquoise green, although it's an odd color for Halloween. I thought it might glow in the dark, but it doesn't. It took 4 coats and the application and formula quality were not good. It dries to a semi-matte finish. Below is 4 coats (on top of 4 coats of the base color!) of the glitter polish.
Below: These don't have names, other than "Pumpkin Nail Enamel" and "Glow-In-The-Dark Nail Enamel".
This is a bit of a "fail" to me, but failures are okay as long as we learn something, right? What I learned is that although Blue Cross Beauty can make some beautiful, quality nail polishes (Liquid Euphoria comes to mind), these are not in that realm. The seasonal Pumpkin Polishes, found at stores such as Rite-Aid, are inexpensive and cute, but don't really impress me otherwise. The colored ones take too many coats (4) and are streaky. The glow in the dark ones do glow, but don't have much of a color payoff. The glitter polishes are difficult to apply, and get an even distribution of the glitter in less than 4 coats. But that's alright, because I only bought them for their "cute" factor!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

VNS Updates: OPI and China Glaze Upcoming Collections

Above: OPI's upcoming Alice in Wonderland collection L-R: Mad as a Hatter, Absolutely Alice, Off With Her Red, ThanksSoMuchness.
Below: Another picture of China Glaze's upcoming The Wizard of Ooh Ahz Returns. You can see another picture and my original post with the shades here.
I have a few updates from Yen at Victoria Nail Supply for you today...above are bottle pictures from her of the Alice in Wonderland Collection from OPI, which hopefully should be available in December. It's a small collection with 2 unique colors and 2 reds. Obviously, 2 more OPI reds don't excite me as much as the other 2 shades do!

China Glaze has a new collection coming out in January called "Up & Away". There will be 12 colors - a mix of brights, pastels, and cremes. I don't know any more about it as yet, but that's something to look forward to. The "Black Magic" China Glaze for VNS Halloween glitter that I posted a picture of last week is now available on their website. I am however, unable to locate it on there, so I sent Yen an e-mail and just asked her to order it for me, as supplies are limited and I wanted to be sure to get this to add to my collection of Halloween polishes. She also sent along another picture of her Wizard of Ooh Ahz Returns polishes, this one being a bit more 'close up' than the one she sent last week so you can see some of the finish-type details.

My daughter has been home sick from school the last couple of days and seems to be feeling better today, so I should be back to regular posting tomorrow. I'd like to thank Yen for providing me with some content today, because I haven't had time to do my nails!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Sephora by OPI: Absinthe Makes The Heart

Above: Absinthe Makes the Heart is shown outdoors above, and indoors with a flash, below.
Below: These pictures were all taken outdoors, no flash. Click to enlarge finish detail.

Below: Close-up of the shimmer and glitter colors.

I'll be the first to admit, I bought this polish just for the name. It's a bonus that I also happen to love the color, which is a charcoal based shade filled with green, aqua and silver shimmering glitter. It's not really a green, but more of a grey, with the shimmer adding a green tone to it. Absinthe in reality is a brighter shade of green, but this color combination makes for a stunning polish shade. I'm not crazy about this brand, but they do come out with some distinct hues several times a year. I used 3 coats and the drying time was more than I would've liked, but I'll overlook it because of the name and the pretty color. I recently bought this during the ongoing Sephora Family and Friends sale, so the usual $9.00 price was a bit less with the 20% off. Absinthe Makes the Heart is a cute play on the phrase Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder, as most alcoholic beverages do! I've long been a fan of the art nouveau posters that have been reproduced over the years for Absinthe and for the tales and lore discussing the evils of this fabled beverage. All the more reason to buy this if I needed a reason!

"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."~Oscar Wilde "

"Absinthe has a wonderful color, green. A glass of absinthe is as poetical as anything in the world. What difference is there between a glass of absinthe and a sunset?"~Oscar Wilde

"Let me be mad..mad with madness of Absinthe, the wildest most luxurious madness in the world."~Marie Corelli

"Absinthe is the aphrodisiac of the self. The green fairy who lives in the Absinthe wants your soul."~Dracula by Bram Stoker

Sunday, October 25, 2009

OPI Holiday Wishes: Glove You So Much and Meet & Jingle

Above & Below: Glove You So Much is a rich burgundy shimmer.

Above & Below: Meet & Jingle, a true red shimmer.
Below: The 6 shades I've used so far from OPI's Holiday Wishes Collection.
This puts me halfway through the OPI Holiday Wishes Collection and today I have the 2 red toned shimmers for you. I wouldn't say that either one of these have any color or finish qualities that make them unique, but they are pretty shades nonetheless. They both applied nicely in 2 coats with minimal drying time. Glove You So Much is a burgundy shade and OPI describes it as "Glove You So Much! Almost as much as this rich burgundy!". It is a very deep, rich shade and both of these shades remind me of crushed velvet. The shimmer in them is so dense and fine that it tends to make the finish look plush and almost textured. Meet & Jingle, described "as rich crimson that loves to mingle", is a nice, true red shimmer. I've posted a photo of the 6 shades I've used so far for a comparison for you, and I'll be finishing up the other 6 later in the week.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Color Wheel of China Glaze Wizard of Ooh Ahz Returns

Above: Swatch photo from VNS. Red-Ruby Pumps, Pink-Good Witch, Purple-C-C-Courage, Blue-Dorothy Who, Silver-The Ten Man, Gold-Cowardly Lyin'.

Yen from Victoria Nail Supply just sent me this quick picture on her Blackberry of the Wizard of Ooh Ahz Returns Collection, due out in mid-November. Seeing this picture makes me want to click my heels together three times and transport myself into mid-November! I am really looking forward to the re-release of this classic collection, how about you?

Updates from VNS (OPI Alice in Wonderland?!!) & QRS Fall Shades

Above: QRS Quirius polishes which I believe are their new Fall colors. L-R: Courtly Rose, Chapel of Love, Rose Breeze, Just Take My Heart, Sand Castle, J's Cappuccino.
Below: Yen from VNS sent this picture to be and it's a polish that China Glaze made exclusively for them for Halloween, I believe. It's called Black Magic and I don't see it on their web site yet, but I've e-mailed her with some questions about it and hope to have some answers soon.
I have a few updates I wanted to share with you today about some new collections, because I know we are all in dire need of more polish! Yen from Victoria Nail Supply sent me an e-mail and casually mentioned a new collection from OPI, Alice in Wonderland. It's scheduled for a December release, and that's all I know. I almost wish I didn't know this, because now I'm extremely curious about it. She tells me "The Mad Hatter is really pretty." I'm hoping to have some more information and possibly some pictures soon, but the waiting will be difficult. Has anyone heard about this yet? I'm imagining all kinds of names for the polishes, but I guess I will have to be patient. Some of you may have already heard that China Glaze has pushed up the release of the The Wizard of Ooh-Ahz Collection to mid-November, and I know we're all looking forward to that. Yen said they're still expecting some additional Color Club Glitters and that they now have the full-sized bottles of Under the Mistletoe (green glitter) and Yule Love It (red glitter), which were included in the Color Club Wonderland mini set.

Yesterday I received an unexpected package from Quirius/QRS with 6 new shades that I believe are their Fall Collection shades. I don't see them on their web site as yet, but I have e-mailed Jamie for some clarification and will post swatches and hopefully more information soon. The collection includes a pink micro shimmer, a dusty mauve iridescent, a lavender iridescent, a bright pink iridescent, a taupe metallic, and a champagne metallic. These descriptions are based only on how they look in the bottle, but I'll update you more once I have a chance to use them. I apologize that I don't have all of the details about the polishes and collections mentioned, but I'll post any updates as soon as I have more information.

Friday, October 23, 2009

OPI Holiday Wishes: Ginger Bells

Above: OPI Ginger Bells shown with 2 coats, indoors with a flash.
Below: I added a coat of OPI's Glitter Bit of Music to it, but I'm afraid nothing will help!

Here's another from the OPI Holiday Wishes Collection, but I'm kind of wishing this had not been included! Hmmm, what to say about this one...I'm sure had I not wanted to have the entire set, this is not a shade I would have purchased on it's own. The official description says "A yummy shade of gingerbread." If it were a cookie, I'd have to agree, and maybe it's just me, but I'm not loving this. Who am I kidding? I'm not even close to liking this one. On the plus side, it did cover very nicely in 2 coats. I added a coat of OPI's Glitter Bit of Music as a top coat, but I'm afraid nothing is going to make me like this one. I toyed with putting a matte top coat on it, but the descriptive words that came to mind for what that might have looked like, weren't very pleasant. Oh well, with 12 colors in this collection, there was bound to be at least one that disappointed me. What do you think? Any positive reactions to this shade?

OPI Holiday Wishes: Smitten With Mittens

Above & Below: OPI's Smitten With Mittens is much darker that what's coming across in the photos. OPI describes it as a burgundy and I would agree that it is actually more burgundy than red. 2 coats, outdoors in the rain.
Below: With one coat of Essie's Matte About You.

Below: It's been windy and raining for a day now, so guess what I'm doing this weekend?
I can't recall ever being smitten with a pair of mittens, but I am smitten with this shade! It's a darker, deeper shade of ruby red than how it appears in pictures, and according to OPI's description, they are calling it a burgundy. The marketing tag reads "A burgundy glitter to warm your fingertips." The glitter in this is much like the shade I showed you yesterday, Crimson Carol. It too has gold and a matching deep ruby glitter, but the gold isn't as noticeable on the nail as it is on the bottle. The glitter is very sparkly though and perfect for the holidays. I used 2 coats and had very good coverage with quick drying time. I like this shade better than Crimson Carol because it's darker and is a true red, whereas Crimson Carol had some pink or fuchsia tones to it. This shade reminds me of China Glaze's Lubu Heels, only with a blood red base rather than a black base.

Adding a matte top coat (Essie's Matte About You) darkens the shade even more and gives it a foil-like finish. It also seems to show somewhat of a black base with a matte coat, although it's not as evident in the photos as it is in real life. I call this look Smitten With Mattens.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

OPI Holiday Wishes: Crimson Carol

Above & Below: OPI's Crimson Carol is a rosy-red shade with gold and red glass-flecked glitter. Unfortunately, the gold doesn't transfer to the nail as much as I'd hoped after seeing it in the bottle. However, the red glitter is very sparkly and evident.

This is the second shade I've tried from this collection and like the first one, I like it rather well! OPI describes it by saying "You'll want to sing about this rosy-red shimmer!", and I agree that it's a rosy-red, not quite red, but with some pink tones in it also. The shimmer part I'd have to argue a bit with because although the base is a shimmer, it's filled with red and gold glass-flecked type glitter, which certainly deserves mention. Those pieces are most appealing to me in this polish. I love this type of glitter and I'm seeing more and more of it in polishes. The Finger Paints collection that I showed you a picture of yesterday also has several shades in it with this type of glitter. Crimson Carol applied very nicely in just 2 coats and is a pretty shade for the holiday season. It's a red, obviously making it appropriate for the season, and it's very sparkly. The gold doesn't show up on the nail as well as it does in the bottle, but the red glitter, especially in darker lighting, shifts and twinkles with every move of your hand.

The winner of Essie's 3-piece collection, Sweet Time of the Year, is Selina. She is from New Zealand and has a wonderful blog showcasing nails, but she also manages to include fashion and accessories as well. Her blog, Pretty Clever, can be found here. So check it out and congratulate her. Thanks for all of your entries and I really enjoyed reading through your answers.