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5 Favorite Fall Nail Polishes

4 Sep

Here are 5 of my favorite fall nail polish picks! They all just so happen to be OPI, because that’s what I own most of. I know there are several other great ones out there, as well as several dupes for each of these, but these are the ones that I have and plan to use a lot of this fall. I would post my own swatches and photos, but I figured it wouldn’t be fair to the polishes since I only have my web cam to work with at the moment, and it certainly wouldn’t do any of them justice. What are your favorite picks for your nails this fall?

1. You Don’t Know Jacques by OPI

Arguably one of OPI’s more recent favorites, this dark, brownish-greyish taupe is a must-have polish for any nail polish collector! It premiered several years ago with OPI’s France collection, and has been so popular that it’s stuck around in their permanent collection ever since. Not only is it a staple shade, but it’s perfect for fall wear!

2. Lincoln Park After Dark by OPI

This is definitely high up on my list of favorite nail polishes ever! It’s an extremely darkened purple, which at times can look almost black. This was one of my first favorite purchases when I was an aspiring nail polish collector, and it has remained a favorite of mine ever since! If it’s a bit too dark for your taste, try out it’s sister shade, “Lincoln Park At Midnight,” which essentially looks the same but with a little more purple showing through.

3. Russian Navy by OPI

Another one of OPI’s most popular shades! Russian Navy is a deep, dark indigo blue with purple shimmer. It appears extremely dark at first glance, but once it catches some light the blue/purple hues come alive. Truly a gorgeous, sultry color!

4. Midnight In Moscow by OPI

Continuing on with the deep, dark variety, this shade is similar in make-up as Russian Navy, but instead of blue/purple, Midnight In Moscow reflects burgundy hues on top of it’s fairly dark, blackish base color. Mixing black and red into one shade? Hello sex appeal!

5. Jade is the New Black by OPI

Although this shade came out with OPI’s spring Hong Kong collection a few years ago, it will be absolutely perfect this fall! Jade green is one of this season’s “it” colors, which is exactly the kind of green this polish is. Although it is a vibrant jade green, it is still deep with grayish undertones that make it wearable for fall.

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Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Polish Review

30 Aug

I’ve been seeing, reading, and hearing about magnetic nail polish for a while now. To be completely honest, it didn’t really interest me. I just figured it was another silly nail fad, like crackle polish, that would be huge for a minute and then fade away. Not only did I not want to spend money on something that I wouldn’t use (I have SO MANY crackle/shatter polishes that are just sitting around), but the design didn’t really fancy me, either. It’s a cool concept, and neat how you achieve the design, but to me the finished result just looked like lines. A few months ago I was grocery shopping and saw that Sally Hansen had come out with their own magnetic polish. It was being sold for $9.99 a bottle, and while the fact that it was now conveniently available at my local grocery store did make me a bit more curious about it, I still was not paying $10. Fast forward to last week. I had gotten a gift card to Target, and for once in my life didn’t have a cart full of miscellaneous items. I was browsing the beauty aisles and saw that the Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Color was only $8.99 there. Put that on top of the fact that I technically wasn’t spending my own money, and I was sold. I figured it was inevitable, anyway, as I’m a beauty product junkie and always have to have, or at the very least try, new products. Choosing a color was a bit difficult for me. I normally prefer cream finishes, while these were all metallic, and I’m usually drawn to blues and purples. The blue shade was more of a slate blue, which I wasn’t feeling, and their purple was also kind of a dull shade with a grey-ish undertone. I ended up going with the shade “Red-y Response” which is pretty much a purple, but with more of a pink/red undertone. It’s kind of like a mauve infused plum purple with a hint of fuchsia (shade pictured above). I tried it out that night, and was surprisingly really impressed with it! Here are my results (not a very good example, I know, but it’s the best I can do for the time being. Sorry!):

Process: The process is fairly simple. First you paint all 10 nails with one coat (if you use a base coat, do that ahead of time, obviously), and let them dry completely. Then you paint another coat on each nail, one by one, and hold the magnet (that is on top of the bottle’s lid) directly over the nail immediately for 10 seconds. There is a little lip on the lid that you can rest against your finger/cuticle to help prevent the magnet from touching your nail, although I still managed to have two small slips. I did end up getting the hang of it, though! Once you repeat that process on all 10 nails, let them dry and apply your top coat. I didn’t use a top coat this time because I wanted to see how long it would wear on it’s own for the sake of giving a more thorough review. 😉

Wear Time: I painted my nails on Monday evening. It is now Thursday morning and I do have quite a bit of chipping going on. I had a little bit of tip wear starting within 24 hours, but in all fairness I’m also one that picks at my nails a lot and I’m also quite clumsy when it comes to working with my hands, so i feel that I’m much more prone to ruining my nail polish! If I were to have used a top coat (I typically go with Seche Vite) I have no doubt that I would’ve gotten at least another couple of days without any problems. To me it wears like most other decent nail polishes, worn without a top coat.

Design: I wasn’t impressed by the designs I had seen in photos and videos online, but I really ended up liking my results. It looks a lot more 3-demensional and holographic in person! My fingers are really small, therefore my nails are tiny (and right now, very short), so I wasn’t sure how much it would work for me. And while I don’t doubt that it would look much better on bigger, longer nails, I was happy with what I got!

Where to Buy: You should be able to buy this at most places that sell Sally Hansen products, such as local grocery stores, Target, Walmart, Walgreens, Rite Aid, other drugstores, Ulta, etc… as well as several online retailers. The price should range anywhere between $7.99 and $9.99.

Olympic-Inspired Nail Colors

30 Jul

In honor of the 2012 Olympic Games that are now underway, I decided to create a list of olympic-inspired colors to help you get in the spirit! I’ve gathered several different gold, silver, and bronze shades, as well as reds, whites, and blues because I am from America!

1. Golds

*OPI in Gold Shatter (gold crackle)
*OPI Designer Series in Classic (shimmery golden-beige)
*Essie in Good As Gold (metallic gold)
*Orly in Glitz (sparkly bright yellow-gold)
*Orly Foil FX in Luxe (metallic gold)
*Zoya in Goldie (metallic bright yellow-gold)
*Zoya in Jules (shimmery antique gold)
*China Glaze in Gold Digger (true gold glitter)
*China Glaze in Blond Bombshell (yellow-gold glitter)

2. Silvers

*OPI in Pirouette My Whistle (light grey with heavy silver glitter)
*OPI Designer Series in Radiance (shimmery, true silver)
*Essie in Silver Bullions (glittery silver)
*Orly Foil FX in Shine (metallic silver)
*Orly in Tiara (silver with heavy silver glitter)
*Zoya in Laney (metallic silver duochrome)
*China Glaze in Tinsel Town (heavy light & dark silver glitter)
*China Glaze in Platinum Silver (shimmery light silver)

3. Bronzes

*OPI Designer Series in Illuminate (shimmery bronzed brown)
*OPI in Brisbane Bronze (metallic golden brown)
*Orly Foil FX in Rage (metallic bronze)
*Orly in Flagstone Rush (metallic reddish-bronze)
*China Glaze in Your Touch (shimmery mid-tone warm brown)
*China Glaze in Goin’ My Way? (glittery brownish-bronze)

4. Reds

*OPI in OPI Red (true primary red)
*OPI in Cha-Ching Cherry (vivid red)
*OPI in Big Apple Red (true primary red)
*OPI in I’m Not Really A Waitress (deep metallic red)
*Essie in Lollipop (candy cane red)
*Essie in Jag-U-Are (vivid deepened red)
*Orly in Haute Red (bright primary red)
*Orly in Star Spangled (deep red with red glitter)
*Zoya in Haley (bright flashy red)
*Zoya in Kamilah (orange-red with red shimmer)
*China Glaze in Sacred Heart (true red)
*China Glaze in Salsa (slightly deepened red)

5. Whites

*OPI in Alpine Snow (true white)
*Essie in Blanc (true white)
*Essie in Below The Belt (bright white)
*Zoya in Purity (bright stark white)
*Zoya in Snow White (true white)
*China Glaze in White Out (true white)
*China Glaze in Oxygen (slightly off-white)

6. Blues

*OPI in Yoga-ta Get This Blue! (shimmery dark blue)
*OPI in Road House Blues (very deep dark blue)
*OPI in Blue My Mind (metallic true blue)
*Essie in Aruba Blue (frosty sapphire blue)
*Orly in Charged Up (deep navy blue)
*Zoya in Tart (metallic medium blue)
*China Glaze in Bermuda Breakaway (dark indigo-blue)
*China Glaze in Blue Paradise (shimmery darkened primary blue)

Ombre Nail Design

13 Jun

I love ombre nails, hands down. In fact, I think I wear this on my nails more often than I paint my nails one color. It’s an easy way to add some extra punch to your nails without having to worry about designs, stickers, and other nail design add-ons. There are several different types of ombre designs for nails. Here are some examples and variations. *Note: Many of the pictures I found on Pinterest, and weren’t linked to the original website. I do not intend to take credit for these images or infringe anyone’s copyrights. Please let me know if you see something that is yours, and I will give proper credit or take down the image!

1. From Pinky to Thumb

The easiest way to achieve an ombre nail look. Choose a single color, and on each finger paint a different shade of that color, ranging from light to dark or dark to light. For example, if you were using blue, you could use the following colors: baby blue, sky blue, mid-tone blue, true royal blue, and navy blue. Photo Credit: Glitta Gloves

2. Vertical

Go from light to dark, or dark to light, from the tip of your nail down to your cuticle. You can go from light to dark within a single color, or create a gradient transition between two or more colors. An easy way to achieve this look is to take all of your colors and paint the gradient on a sponge, about the size of your nail, and just press it onto your nail. Photo Credit: Latina

3. Horizontal

Similar to the vertical design, only going from side to side rather than top to bottom of your nail. Check out the steps in the above photo for an easy way to get this look. Photo Credit: Hey, Nice Nails!

4. Glitter

You can do glitter gradients either by the color of glitter, or by creating a diffused glitter look like in the above photo. It’s easiest to use a glitter that isn’t very compact so you can build the amount of glitter up to the tip of your nail. This can be done over a color, or can be a great way for a subtle yet dressed up look on an unpolished nail. Photo Credit: The Polished Perfectionist

Deep Plum & Neon Coral Nails

12 Apr

If you can’t tell, I’m totally loving coral lately… especially China Glaze’s Flip Flop Fantasy neon coral polish, from their Pool Party collection a few years ago.

What I Used:
*OPI in William Tell Me About OPI (deep, plum purple)
*China Glaze in Flip Flop Fantasy (neon coral
*Seche Vite Super Fast Drying Top Coat

Neon Coral + Silver Glitter Nails

3 Apr

Let me apologize in advance for the crappy-ness of this picture. My actual camera is in need of a new memory card, and until I get around to buying one I’m stuck with my webcam to take pictures. 😦

What I Used:
*China Glaze in Flip Flop Fantasy (neon coral)
*OPI in Crown Me Already! (heavy silver glitter)
*Seche Vite Super Fast Drying Top Coat

Rainbow Tiger Print Nail Design

20 Mar

I had initially intended on using black crackle polish over the rainbow, but it was looking a bit thick and I didn’t want to take a chance having to scrub it off, so tiger-esque stripes it was!

What I Used:
*White polish as a base
*OPI in Fiercely Fiona (light yellow-ish green)
*OPI in No Room For the Blues (dark sky blue)
*OPI in Need Sunglasses? (sunny yellow)
*China Glaze in Flip Flop Fantasy (neon coral)
*Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Sun Kissed (bright orange)
*Nubar Nail Art Pen in Blue Cream (super dark navy blue)
*Seche Vite Super Fast Drying Top Coat