Thursday, May 30, 2013

OPI "Couture de Minnie" Collection Swatches & Reviews

Minnie on the runway, as seen in Barneys' 2012 Electric Holiday windows


Created in honor of Disney’s beloved character, the Couture de Minnie line explores the fashion-forward side of Minnie Mouse, mixing pink, fuchsia and red shades with textural elements. 

“Last summer, OPI created a ‘Vintage Minnie Mouse’ line. Women around the world fell in love with the fun and playful shades evocative of Minnie’s traditional look,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “This year, OPI is exploring a different side of Minnie Mouse. The Couture de Minnie collection draws inspiration from Minnie’s iconic style and incorporates trends most recently seen on the runways, from standout shades to fun textural elements.” -OPI

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The concept of the Couture de Minnie collection reminds me so much of Barneys' 2012 holiday windows! In the display, a short video tells the story of Minnie dreaming about starring in fashion week while window shopping. But does this latest collection from OPI also explore a different side of Ms. Mouse? Let's look at the polishes!


Chic From Ears to Tail


Chic From Ears to Tail is a pale, warm-toned, almost bubble gum pink with a faint shimmer. The formula is thin and almost watery (but not uncontrollable). I needed (3) coats for an opaque manicure.

OPI Chic From Ears to Tail


A Definite Moust-Have


A Definite Moust-Have is a vivid coral pink with a faint shimmer. The formula is thin but very pigmented -   it's almost a one-coater but I used two. The vivid deep pink shade makes for a super summery polish!

OPI A Definite Moust-Have


Innie Minnie Mightie Bow


Innie Minnie Mightie Bow is a rich warm red nail polish with red shimmer. This is a gorgeous color, but the best part? Innie Minnie Mightie Bow is a true one coat red nail polish. The formula is thin and ridiculously pigmented. I actually wore (2) coats because I could still see the ridges in my nails with one coat. The inner shimmer is subtle but adds a lovely glow. Wear time unfortunately wasn't as impressive - I experienced what I felt to be too much tip wear after just (48) hours of normal wear.

OPI Innie Minnie Mightie Bow


Minnie Style


Minnie Style is a glitter top coat. The composition is simple: red, pink, and matte white hexagonal glitters of the same size are suspended in a clear base. This glitter isn't the easiest to apply, but also is not the most difficult. The glitter lies flat but the red glitter has a curly look to it that the pink and white glitter doesn't. For some reason I keep thinking of that episode of the Magic School bus where they were in the body with the blood cells... I do have the same criticism of Minnie Style that I did of Polka dot com: y u no haz circle glitter??? ;) Here I'm wearing (1) coat of Minnie Style over Innie Minnie Mightie Bow.

OPI Minnie Style


Magazine Cover Mouse


Magazine Cover Mouse is a warm strawberry red with golden sparkle. This is my first experience with a Liquid Sand polish and I was quite impressed. Magazine Cover Mouse applies easily - the formula is not too thick and not too thin. It is very pigmented and I only needed (2) coats. The golden sparkle really makes this special.

OPI Magazine Cover Mouse

OPI Magazine Cover Mouse

Aside from including a Liquid Sand polish, overall, this collection didn't strike me as capturing a different side of Minnie and the colors actually aren't vastly different from last year's Vintage Minnie Mouse collection. Concept criticism aside, these are lovely and very wearable nail polishes :)

The limited edition Couture de Minnie collection will be be available beginning June 2013. OPI nail polishes retail for $9.00. In New York City, OPI can be easily found at many stores including Ricky's (various locations), Gideon's Drugs (1385 Broadway, corner of 38th St), Beauty 35 (505 8th Ave corner of 35th St and 8th Ave), and Duane Reade (various locations).

What do you think of the Couture de Minnie collection?

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Shimmer Polish: Amy, Karen, Mary, Tammy, Valerie, and Wendy

Shimmer Polish
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I've read great reviews of Shimmer Polish glitter polishes and heard they are even more beautiful in person, but I'm a gal who likes to "see it to believe it". Now that I've had the opportunity to try Shimmer Polish myself, I completely understand what everyone is raving about! Not only do they look even better than photographs can capture, but they apply impressively well and most only need one coat to add a nice layer of "shimmer" over a solid base color.

Creator Cindy is a self-proclaimed glitter nail polish lover but felt that the widely-available glitter nail polishes were lacking that extra-special something. Out of this desire for more colorful & magical glitter polish, Shimmer Polish was born. Read more of Cindy's story here)

In addition to designing a nail polish line filled with interesting combinations of color, Cindy's Shimmer Polish formula allows the glitter to cover evenly without needing to do any "glitter rearranging" once it's on your nail. You can see in the photos below that I was able to get the glitter right up to the edge of my nail. The glitter is densely packed in the bottle without being clumpy.

Amy


Amy is made of fine and finer glitter in turquoise, red, pink, and opalescent hues suspended in a pale pink jelly base. I'm wearing (1) coat of Amy over Essie Raise Awareness.

Shimmer Polish Amy

Karen


Karen is made of pinky purple and plumy purple glitter in small and large sizes with a bonus of holographic glitter in the mix. You might see some flashes of blue in this photo, but I assure you there isn't any blue glitter in Karen - it's the holographic glitter! This polish truly sparkles and shimmers. I'm wearing (1) coat of Karen over Zoya Monica. I added a coat of Gelous to smooth it out.

Shimmer Polish Karen

Mary


Mary is made up of berry pink, black, and holographic glitter suspended in a berry toned jelly base. This was the only one of these (6) that I used more than one coat of. Mary dried very gritty so I added a coat of Gelous to smooth it out. I'm wearing (2) coats of Mary over OPI Conquistadorable Color.

Shimmer Polish Mary

Tammy


Tammy consists of gold and black hexagonal glitter, tiny purple and holographic glitter, and small wide gold bar glitter. This is such a regal combination of glitter! I'm wearing (1) coat of Tammy over Mattese Elite Playa de Chrome.

Shimmer Polish Tammy

Valerie


Valerie is made of silvery gold, bronze, and holographic hexagonal glitter. This combination reminds me of Thanksgiving :) I'm wearing (1) coat of Valerie over Essie Little Brown Dress. I added a coat of Gelous to smooth it out.

Shimmer Polish Valerie

Wendy


Wendy is a really interesting concoction of purple, pale orange, and pale blue hexagonal and square glitter. There is also even smaller glitter in (what I think to be) the same colors. I'm wearing (1) coat of Wendy over CND Asphalt.

Shimmer Polish Wendy

Here are these six polishes seen close-up:

Shimmer Polish Amy, Karen, and Mary Shimmer Polish Tammy, Valerie, and Wendy

I have six more Shimmer Polish beauties to share with you, and there are still many, many more to choose from! Check out Shimmer Polish's Etsy to see if there's a polish with your name on it ;)

Shimmer Polish retails for $12 (0.5ml) and can be purchased on Etsy. Keep up with the latest from Shimmer Polish on Facebook and http://www.shimmyshimmer.com/. Shopping internationally? Shimmer Polish is also available from Harlow & Co.

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Memorial Day Weekend Shopping: OCC Lip Tar Stained Gloss, Cirque 40% Off Sale, CK One LE Nail Polish, and more!

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Happy Memorial Day Weekend, my American readers! I'm looking forward to spending the weekend with my parents, dogs, and boyfriend and hopefully fit in some shopping. What are you up to?

Memorial Day Weekend is one of the big sale weekends, so why not talk about fun things to shop for - nail polish and beyond!

Now available: OCC Lip Tar Stained Gloss*!

Cirque is having a sale! Take 40% off ALL ITEMS with promo code CIRQUE40. Get inspired with some Cirque swatches :)

...also, the new Cirque collection has a name and a release date! Read more here, and see pictures of the polishes swatched on a nail wheel here.

Pretty Jelly has another new collection coming out! Pre-order the Summer Indulgences Collection here.

Have you heard about the new CK One Limited Edition Scented Nail Polish?

I'm looking for a small but functional backpack, maybe this one*?

Love this* Ted Baker cosmetics bag - but maybe because there are French bulldogs all over it.

Also loving the print shorts/pants trend, like these from Banana Republic or these from Zara.

Thoughts about wedge sandals? I tried these* on and am strongly considering them...

The Huffington Post listed the best nail polishes for tanned skin.

Are you wearing white nail polish this weekend? Read these tips on how to create a streak free manicure.

What are you shopping for this Memorial Day Weekend?

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

New OCC Lip Tar Stained Gloss in Rhythm Box and Jealous

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An exciting new texture option from the LIP TAR range, STAINED GLOSS combines the pigment potency of LIP TAR with a casual glossy finish that’s ready-to-wear from its first slick application to the high impact stain it leaves behind. “OCC fans have been asking to see a new take on LIP TAR that remains true to our high opacity heritage, while providing a more transparent look” says David Klasfeld, CEO and Creative Director, “We took our inspiration from art objects like stained glass windows and lighting gels. Transparent yet concentrated color that no one would dare call sheer”. LIP TAR: STAINED GLOSS can be worn alone or layered over your favorite existing shades for added depth, dimension and a glossy finish that lasts!

It's no secret - I love Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tars! Stained Gloss, the newest addition to the Lip Tar family, are now available. At The Makeup Show, I had the chance to play with the new Stained Gloss Lip Tars and received Rhythm Box as a sample on the first day. I loved the new formula so much that I bought Jealous the very next day :)

The Stained Gloss Lip Tars are similar to the original Lip Tars in the way that they are a liquid product, highly pigmented, and long wearing. Where they differ is in the finish. The Stained Gloss products are not completely opaque and instead look initially glossy. While these are described a transparent, they are far from a sheer lip gloss! Wear time was decent - I could make it to lunchtime before needing to reapply. As the gloss fades, it still leaves color behind, much like a lip stain product. The formula feels very light, isn't sticky, but is a bit drying (especially as it transforms into a stain after a few hours).

Top: Rhythm Box | Bottom: Jealous

Swatches! I applied a tiny amount of product with a small lip brush and used Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm (the peppermint one) as my "base".

Rhythm Box


Rhythm Box is the darkest Stained Gloss Lip Tar (so far) and is a cool burgundy. The color is buildable.


Jealous


In the tube (and even on the back of my hand), Jealous looks more orange. On my lips, it's a bright warm pink/almost fuchsia!


The new OCC Lip Tar Stained Gloss will be available on May 23 and retail for $18. OCC products are available at their 174 Ludlow St Flagship, online, and at Sephora and Sephora.com*.

Are you a Lip Tar fan? What do you think of the new Stained Gloss line?

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Online Cirque Sale Happening NOW!


Now is a great time to pick up some of the Cirque polishes on your wish list! Now through June 1st, take 40% off all items with promo code CIRQUE40 on http://www.cirquecolors.com/. Annie is also retiring three polishes - Trousseau, Potosi, and Debris - so if these were on your wish list, don't wait! If a polish is out of stock, unfortunately it doesn't seem that it will be back in stock until after the sale ends. Read all the details here.

Shopping internationally? Singapore retailer Mei Mei's Signatures is offering 25% off with code MEGA25!

Need swatches? Check out my Cirque posts here. I also have a Facebook album here.

Which polishes are you hoping to cross off your wish list?

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Seriously Awesome: Pretty Jelly's The Goddess Collection Swatched Over Black

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The newest collection from Pretty Jelly magically combines two elements nail polish lovers can't get enough of: multichromatic color shift and holographic particles (check out my full review here). After seeing Sheila of Pointless Cafe layer the polishes from The Goddess Collection over black, I was so amazed that I had to see it for myself :) Check out her post here!

The Goddess Collection polishes are perfect for layering over black. They are thin but apply evenly so as long as you're careful to cover up all the black, your manicure will look seamless.

Here is one coat of Hera over Wet & Wild Black Creme.



Here is one coat of Demeter (pointer and ring) and Hestia (middle and pinky) over Wet & Wild Black Creme.



Here is one coat of Aphrodite (pointer and ring) and Artemis (middle and pinky) over Wet & Wild Black Creme.



What do you think? Do you like The Goddess Collection polishes better worn alone or layered over black?

Polishes from The Goddess Collection by Pretty Jelly retail for $12.50 (full sized - 15mL) or $5 (mini - 6mL) each and can be purchased on Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/PrettyJelly. Liz writes: "All polishes are made with great care and are 3 Free and cruelty free! Glitter polishes are made with solvent resistant glitter that do not bleed. We also use stainless steel mixing balls; full size contains two, minis contains one."

For updates on new colors and collections, follow Liquid Jelly on Facebook and Twitter (@liquidjelly76).

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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Pretty Jelly: The Goddess Collection (Multichrome Holos!)

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The Goddess collection features five new multichrome holographic polishes. Inspired by the Greek goddesses, these polishes are just as mysterious and temperamental - changing quickly from one shade to another.
Opaque in 2-3 coats. I recommend applying them in thin to coats to maximize dry time. View in direct sunlight to see both the holographic and multichromatic effect. Colors shift depending on the angle the light hits your nails. The best way to see this is by looking at your nails and doing a little twirl in the sun. ;)
-Liz, creator of Pretty Jelly polishes [source]

The newest collection from Pretty Jelly magically combines two elements nail polish lovers can't get enough of: multichromatic color shift and holographic particles. After reviewing Pretty Jelly's impressive debut holographic polishes, I had a feeling these too would be amazing!


I'm not often able to sit outside and swatch polishes - one day I'll have a balcony - but with this collection, I knew I had to show them to you in the sun. With a bag packed with swatching essentials, I spent a morning outside playing with nail polish. These polishes are so awe-inducing that when seen in direct sunlight, you'll be yelling at complete strangers to come check out how awesome your nails look.*

*That statement may or may not be based on actual experiences that may or may not be my own...

While the shifting colors may be temperamental, the formula is not. On the thin side, each polish applied equally impressive. Like Liz's debut holo polishes, I did not encounter any of the formula issues that can typically plague holos such as patchiness or streaking. There's no need to use any special base coat either.

I was able to better capture the color shifting in my light box. Liz noted that the multichromatic effect is the type where the whole nail changes color depending on the way the light hits it, as opposed to the kind where you see multiple colors on your nails at the same time.


Aphrodite (Goddess of Love and Beauty)


Aphrodite is a multichrome holo with a peachy-orange base that flashes pinky-purple. The color shifts from purple-pink to orange to yellow. I only needed (2) coats for Aphrodite to be opaque.



Artemis (Goddess of the Hunt)


Artemis is a multichrome holo with a warm orange base that flashes blue. The color shifts from cyan to blue and purple. I only needed (2) coats for Artemis to be opaque.



Demeter (Goddess of the Harvest)


Demeter is a multichrome holo with an orangey-brown base that flashes green. The color shifts from green to blue to purple. I used (3) coats.



Hera (Goddess of Marriage/ Queen of gods)


Hera is a multichrome holo with a deep purple base that flashes indigo purple. The color shifts from cool icy blue-purple to a rich red-purple. I used (3) coats.



Hestia (Goddess of the Hearth)


Hestia is a multichrome holo with a peachy-orange base (like the base of Aphrodite) that flashes copper. The color shifts from copper to orange to yellow. I used (3) coats.



Liz has done it again and created another stunning holographic collection, this time with the added bonus of multichromatic magic. I have nothing but great things to say about Pretty Jelly polishes and highly recommend them!

Polishes from The Goddess Collection by Pretty Jelly retail for $12.50 (full sized - 15mL) or $5 (mini - 6mL) each and can be purchased on Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/PrettyJelly. International customers will be able to purchase The Goddess Collection soon from http://meimeisignatures.com/. Liz writes: "All polishes are made with great care and are 3 Free and cruelty free! Glitter polishes are made with solvent resistant glitter that do not bleed. We also use stainless steel mixing balls; full size contains two, minis contains one."

For updates on new colors and collections, follow Liquid Jelly on Facebook and Twitter (@liquidjelly76).

Product(s) in this post were provided for review. Read my disclosure policy here.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Weekend Shopping: OPI's LE "Sandy Hook Green", Pre-Order Cult Nails' Latest Collection, What's New from Cirque, and more!


Happy weekend to you! Do you have anything fun planned? I'm looking forward to sleeping late and might actually attempt to plan a little trip for my birthday in June...

Lots of fun nail polish news this week!

Take a sneak peek of Cirque's new collection.

OPI created a limited edition polish called "Sandy Hook Green" to help support Sandy Hook Promise.

Shop the new butter LONDON Lippy Shimmer lip glosses.

Pre-order Cult Nails' latest collection Dance All Night.

This new polish* from Nails Inc is sure to fulfill your deepest emerald nail polish desires.

...and speaking of Nails Inc, did you know they make a mint green* leather effect polish?

Get inspired with these nail polish arts & crafts.

Thanks to Sarah/Chalkboard Nails, my device's background is now Cirque XX. Get your own glitter macro background here.

Thoughts about Layla's new-ish gel effect polishes*?

What's on your weekend shopping list?

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Makeup Show NYC - Pictures!


Earlier this month I attended The Makeup Show right here in NYC! I met some amazing people, saw many great products, and connected with fellow NYC beauty bloggers :) I have lots of pictures to show you!

Director of Artistry for The Makeup Show James Vincent kicked off the weekend and shared some new products with us. Here he is talking about OCC's new Lip Tar Stained Gloss - I've got two of them to show you and I think you're going to looove them ;)


Sunday, the first day of the show, was busy. I learned after that with nearly 7,000 attendees, it was a record breaking year for The Makeup Show.


On both days, there were presentations and seminars taking place around the event space. Here is founder and Creative Director of Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics David Klasfeld speaking to an attentive audience.


It was fun to browse the many aisles of products - there were over 85 exhibitors! I was really excited to see Layla nail polishes (the only place in NYC that carries a wide variety is Ulta) and I was not disappointed. There were polishes from just about every line on display. Hopefully Layla will expand to more retailers around the city :)




Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Sneak Peek: New Collection from Cirque! (Updated 5/23)

Cirque Arcus Collection

New York City's own independent (and handmade!) nail polish brand Cirque is a name well known not only by nail polish fans on the interwebs, but the brand can also be found at local markets around the city occasionally. When I read on Cirque's Facebook page that Annie would be at Artists & Fleas in Brooklyn with a sneak peek of her new collection, I knew I had to check it out! I know you would have stopped by too if you could, so I snapped some pictures to share with you :)

Cirque Arcus Collection
The pink and blue ones are holographic!!!
Updated 5/23 with names, L-R: Vesuvius, Sanguine, Helios, Erda, Bejeweled, and Queen Majesty

Cirque Arcus Collection
Updated 5/23 with names, L-R, over black: Iris, Magic Hour, Lullaby,  Electric Circus, Kaleidoscope, and Le Invader

While there's no date set yet, the new and yet to be named Cirque collection is expected to be released early this summer! Keep up with the latest from Cirque on Facebook and shop online at http://www.cirquecolors.com/. Which new Cirque polishes are you most looking forward to?

Update: The collection is called "The Arcus Collection"!!! Read more here: http://www.cirquecolors.com/introducing-the-arcus-collection/

Cirque polishes