Wednesday, April 16, 2014

O.P.I. Don't Bossa Nova Me Around

Hey y'all! Today, I have another shade from the O.P.I. Brazil collection for spring and summer 2014. Like I have said, in previous posts, this collection has been a big hit with me, and I love just about every color. While most of them fall into the "Color Trend" category, and as such, those swatches will be posted on Fridays as part of that series. Don't Bossa Nova Me Around doesn't fit, but I still wanted to share my thoughts and review, because this is definitely a polish to get!

Please Note: Products shown were purchased by me for my personal use.


O.P.I. Don't Bossa Nova Me Around

Don't Bossa Nova Me Around is a shell pink nude cream. It is pastel without the chalkiness. The color is soft and chic, very feminine. Totally not a color that I would normally ever wear, but I find myself really drawn to this dreamy shade. Formula was stellar, with two easy coats for full coverage.


Don't Bossa Nova Me Around pretty much covers all the polish bases. It is perfect for spring, universally flattering, and a great wear-to-work color. Also, this would be my choice for a spring time bridal manicure. I can easily see it becoming part of my nail art polishes, as well. I'm kind of in love!

Have you even been surprised by a color outside of your comfort zone?

Please Note: Products shown were purchased by me for my personal use. All opinions are my own. For more info, please read my disclaimer.

O.P.I. is available at beauty stores like Ulta and Sally's. Products retail for approximately $9 a piece

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Tropical Gradient with O.P.I. Brazil collection

Hi friends! Hope you all are having a fabulous week! The O.P.I. Brazil collection has quickly become my most favorite release of the season. I have about half of the collection, and intend to pick up a few more from it soon. The colors are phenomenal and have really stirred my creative energy. Today, I have a gradient using four of those colors.



Used:

O.P.I. - MBSW (as a base)
O.P.I. - Live. Love. Carnival
O.P.I. - Where Did Suzi's Man-Go
O.P.I. - I Just Can't Cope-Acabana
O.P.I. - Amazon...Amazoff

Make up sponge

I have only ever managed a gradient with two colors, and never over a white base, so the is a big first for me! I happen to think it is the prettiest gradient I have ever pulled off. It reminds me of a rainbow snow cone, even! The colors blended impeccably and I just can't got ever how awesome it looks! 


And, naturally, I had to put a black and white glitter topper over it. It is definitely one of my favorite things to do with a colorful gradient. I'm not sure why, but the two just works so well together!


Pipedream Polish She's A Thriller (discontinued)

I'm terribly sorry for showing a polish that is discontinues, but there are loads of great black and white glitter toppers available from Indie makers and mainstream. Maybelline's Clearly Spotted is an awesome choice.

So I'm fairly confident that I will be using the Brazil collection for nail art for a long time. The colors are rich and vibrant - totally my thing, and the formulas are stellar. O.P.I. makes a killer cream for sure. I'm thinking floral next!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Scofflaw Nail Varnish Wraith Pinned To The Mist

Hey everyone! So if you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a post with one of my new favorite Indie polishes, Scofflaw Nail Varnish. I bought Wraith Pinned To The Mist from a stash sale from a friend of mine and fell head over heels in polish love! Now I need all the Scofflaws!

Please Note: Products were purchased by me for my personal use.


Scofflaw Nail Varnish - Wraith Pinned To The Mist

Wraith Pinned To The Mist is an aqua blue cream with bright blue shimmer, as well as violet, green and gold micro glitter and gold micro flakies. Holy. Shit. Dude. I love this like whoa. It is just too beautiful for words! Fantastic formula, opaque in two smooth coats. Sigh. This is indie perfection.



(Macro)

I just can't gush enough about how much I love this polish, as well as Chromasaurus Hex. Unfortunately, the Scofflaw shop is out of stock at the moment so I can't buy up all the pretties. But rest assured, that when the next restock happens, I will have more Scofflaw polishes to share!

Please Note: Products shown were purchased by me for my personal use. All opinions are my own. For more info, please read my disclaimer.

Scofflaw Nail Varnish is available on line. Products retail for $9 a piece. Follow Scofflaw on Facebook and Instagram for restock updates.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Rainbow Honey Mystery Bag

Hey everyone! So today, I have a super fun post to share! Mystery bags are becoming rather popular among Indie brands, and I decided to give one a try. Rainbow Honey is an Indie polish that has been around for a couple of years (they are celebrating their 2 yr this month!) and have jumped on the mystery bag train. I haven't tried Rainbow Honey before and thought this would be an exciting way to do so.

Please Note: Products shown were purchased by me for my personal use.

So this is a big post with lots of pictures, but I wanted to show you all how awesome the mystery bag is. The rad folks at Rainbow Honey really put a lot of time and love into these things. Yet one more reason why Indies rock!


Adorable packaging!


All the Rainbow Honey goodies!


Nice little card with all the details.


Rainbow Honey minis - All The Stars and The Soirée 


Nail Honey samples, cuticle oil and lotion. Lavendula perfume oil sample.




Rainbow Honey All The Stars over China Glaze What A Pansy

All The Stars is a glitter topper with bright and pastel star glitters, tiny pastel circle and square glitters with violet shimmer. How cute is this topper?! Totes adorable. I usually don't go for shape glitters (except circle) but I love this! I think it would be really fun for glitter placement too. The glitter was really easy to get out and spread pretty evenly. I did have to dig around to get specific colored stars, but that was for the sake of product photography. It's definitely a great polish!




Rainbow Honey The Soirée over O.P.I. Hey Baby

The Soirée is a glitter topper with blue, teal, gold and silver hex glitters with blue and silver shimmer. This one is a prototype for a future collection. How cool is that? Again, this isn't something I would normally pick out for myself, but I seriously love it! Especially over Hey Baby. Frickin gorgeous, kids. I really hope this makes it to the collection, cause it is definitely worth getting! Formula was perfect. Smooth application of glitter, no clumping or dabbing. This is one coat!



The lotion is great, and absorbs quickly. It also smells realllllly good! Kinda hard to describe, tho. I can't comment on the oil, since I don't usually use cuticle oils - they make my skin peel. But I gave it to a friend and she loves it!

The whole package is fantastic, and worth way more than the $10 I paid. Not to mention the mystery part. It's kinda fun getting surprises! Good news too! Rainbow Honey is now offering the mystery bags in two sizes - small and large. And now you can sign up to receive them monthly! This is such a great idea, and I couldn't be happier to have this as my first Rainbow Honey experience!

Please Note: Products shown were purchased by me for my personal use. All opinions are my own. For more info, please read my disclaimer.

Rainbow Honey Mystery Bags are available on line. Bags retail for $10 for small and $25 for large. Subscriptions are available.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Dandelion Nail Of The Day

Hey guys and gals!! How is your weekend going? I think we may have some rain today, which is awesome and I don't mind one bit. My veggie garden has a ton of new little sprouts popping up and could use a good soak! We also have dandelions all over the place and while My husband hates them because they are "weeds," the girlie and I are quite fond of the puff balls. 

I have wanted to do Dandelion nails for as long as I can remember. But I was always a little worried I lacked the skill or the right inspiration for the design I wanted to create. Then I saw a fabric swatch at the craft store by my house and it was perfect. Dreamy and soft, everything a dandelion should be. 



Used:

Sally Hansen CSM - Resurrection
O.P.I. - Don't Bossa Nova Me Around

Dotting Tool

Can I just say how much I love these?!?! Everything is just so awesome. I love the colors together, and I love how the dandelion puffs turned out. Sigh... It is so nice when something translates perfectly from your head to your canvas. While the colors don't quite match with my inspiration, I really am pleased with the two together. 


While I may not be one to do complicate floral designs, I do appreciate them. But simple is my aesthetic. And I think I do my best work when I stick to that idea. 

So what is your favorite floral motif? Have you tried to replicate it for nail art
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