Showing posts with label Nicole by OPI. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nicole by OPI. Show all posts

24 August 2013

31 Day Challenge: Day Thirteen, Animal Print: Girly Leopard Spots

Hi everyone! Cruising right along in this 31 Day Challenge, I can't help but think about the way the challenge is organized in the first place. The first couple of prompts (i.e. "red", "blue", etc.) seem to test what people would come up with if they weren't given something specific to do. While the remainder of the prompts (such as galaxy nails, tribal nails, and so forth) almost appear to be a list of what a nail artist should be able to do. It's interesting when you think of it that way, like the challenge is almost a form of self-study.

Girly leopard print nail art (direct light)

For me it forces me to do things I normally wouldn't do, like, for instance, animal print. I don't have anything against animal print, it's just not something I gravitate towards. But it's something I should be able to do - maybe I might end up doing nail art on other people, or a design might call for it. So what you are looking at here is my first animal print design. :)

Girly leopard print nail art (lightbox)

I could have done something really interesting, for example, a reptile or insect print. But I decided to do something more simple. There are plenty of tutorials for leopard print on the net, and I thought it would be fun.

Girly leopard print nail art (lightbox)

To make it more complex, I decided to do taped off gradient nails. My original plan was to only have the leopard print in the sections that had been exposed by the tape and had been covered in a gradient. But the gradients weren't working out as planned, the polishes I chose didn't have the best coverage, so I scrapped that plan and just covered the entire nail with the spots.

Girly leopard print nail art (direct light)

So I had an idea, the idea didn't work, I improvised, and in the end I got something I was rather happy with. I think it's the colours I used, but I like my first leopard print mani!

The base is OPI My Vampire is Buff, while the gradient was done with Essie Sand Tropez and Full Steam Ahead. In some places the gradient covers the entire nail, other nails, only a part. The spots were done with Nicole By OPI I'll Be At the Pool (a shimmery blue) and OPI Alcatraz...Rocks.

Girly leopard print nail art (lightbox)

So there you have it, animal print! What do you think of this design? Do you like to do animal print nail art?

And don't forget to check out Lindsey's animal print over at Wondrously Polished. She won't have it up until Saturday or Sunday, but I'm looking forward to what she'll come up with.

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31 July 2013

31 Day Challenge: Day Six, Violet: Roses and More Roses

Hi everyone! I meant to have this up last night but my photo-editing software crashed at the ninth hour, of course taking with it my unsaved photos. Also I've been feeling some anxiety about how I watermark my photos - I'm not happy with my usual system and I need to figure out some sort of solution. Anywho... what I'm trying to say is that I was totally distracted and preoccupied - these are the types of things that keep me up until the wee hours of the morning!



About this design: I know I just did roses last week - for Day Four of the challenge - so hopefully you don't mind them again so soon. Instead of stripes I combined them with some sort of fractured pattern. It sort of resembles stained glass, although I didn't fill in all the spaces. At first I wasn't sure how I felt about this, but now I really like them. The fractured pattern has a bold look and I like the contrast to the more delicate roses.



To get this look: I started with a base of Lime Crime Milky Ways for all nails. My thumb and pinky were topped with one coat each of Jindie Nails A History of Violets - I hope to have swatches of this soon.



The roses I painted with China Glaze That's Shore Bright as my mid-toned base colour, NOPI Back in My Gloria Days for the darker strokes, and Essie Full Steam Ahead for the highlights. The leaves are Sally Hansen Lickety-Split Lime.



For the fractured pattern the darker outlines are a mixture of black polish with NOPI Back in My Gloria Days. I filled them in with Back in My Gloria Days, piCture pOlish Metallic Mush, and Essie Full Steam Ahead.

What do you think of this design? Are you tired of roses?
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30 June 2013

Nicole by OPI Gumdrops Collection, Swatches and Review: Part 2

Hi everyone! As promised I have the second half of the Nicole by OPI Gumdrops collection - a collection of eight shimmery texture polishes. Make sure you check out part one if you missed it. As I explained in my previous post, my local drugstore display had eight polishes, however, the reviews I've seen so far show only six polishes. I'm assuming that the blogger packages sent out didn't contain the entire collection. So I have two polishes today that you probably haven't seen before - unless you've already found them in stores.

Nicole by OPI Gumdrops Collection, part two

The formula and application for these is the exact same as the previous four polishes I reviewed. For all four that I'm showing here, I used a base coat, two coats of polish, and no top coat, as per the instructions that came with the polish. I found the application to be great, they go on very evenly and dry to a fine texture. The dry time is good - I wish it was a bit faster, but it is not too bad.

I Lilac Gumdrops is a lavender texture with silver shimmer. I really love the shimmer because it looks like tiny micro-flakes. The colour is also very pretty as well.

Nicole by OPI I Lilac Gumdrops

Nicole by OPI I Lilac Gumdrops

Like in my previous post, the first two pictures are taken in my lightbox, and the third picture is taken under direct light.

Nicole by OPI I Lilac Gumdrops

Lemon Lolly is aptly name - it's a lemon yellow shimmery texture. It has a squishy jelly-like finish similar to Candy is Dandy. There's a bit of visible nail line but it is not too noticeable in person. It's not the most flattering colour on me, but if you like yellow you will enjoy this one.

Nicole by OPI Lemon Lolly

Nicole by OPI Lemon Lolly

Nicole by OPI Lemon Lolly

My Cherry Amour is a berry red jelly. It has a scattered holo that is visible in the bottle but not as noticeable on the nails. Like Lemon Lolly and Candy is Dandy it has kind of a wet look, which I'm not sure how I feel about. I really love the colour on this one though, and it does have a nice shimmer, I just wish you got to see more of the scattered holo.

Nicole by OPI My Cherry Amour

Nicole by OPI My Cherry Amour

Nicole by OPI My Cherry Amour

That's What I Mint is an odd name for a polish that is not mint coloured. It's a vivid teal blue with gold and blue shimmer. It has a somewhat metallic finish and it is very shimmery and glittery, much like Cinna-Man of My Dreams. Both polishes are very similar in terms of finish and shimmer, both also have the same depth in terms of colour.

Nicole by OPI That's What I Mint

Nicole by OPI That's What I Mint

Nicole by OPI That's What I Mint

Overall, I really like this collection. The texture is nice and I like how there is some variation in terms of finish and shimmer. I would have to say my favourites are Cinna-Man of My Dreams and That's What I Mint. The shimmer and finish on these two is just gorgeous! My Cherry Amour is a close runner up!

What do you think of these? Do you plan on getting anything from this collection?

Edit: According to a public relations representative from Nicole by OPI, Lemon Lolly and That's What I Mint are exclusive to Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada and are not available in the US. However, some readers have noted that That's What I Mint is available on CVS.com.

29 June 2013

Nicole by OPI Gumdrops Collection, Swatches and Review: Part 1

Hi everyone! I was at Shoppers today and saw the new display for the Nicole by OPI Gumdrops collection. This is a new collection of eight shimmery textured polishes. I've really enjoyed the OPI Liquid Sand polishes so I was eager for this collection to come out. However, I was surprised to see eight polishes in the drugstore display - all the reviews I've seen say there is only six in this collection.

So I've decided to break this up into two posts, and tomorrow I will show you two polishes from this collection that you may not have seen before! Are you eager with anticipation? I am!! :)

Nicole by OPI Gumdrops collection

But first, a little bit about the formula and application, since it is similar for all four polishes I'm showing in this post. I followed the instructions on the label and used a base coat, two coats of polish, and no top coat. I found for all of these that two coats was enough. The formula on all four was great - they go on very smooth and have a perfect consistency, meaning they are not too thin or thick. The dry time was very good on all of them.

A-Nise Treat is black with a silver shimmer. This is very similar to Zoya Dahlia from the first Pixie Dust collection - so similar that you don't need both. While I like the silver shimmer in this, I feel like OPI could have done something a lot more interesting for a black texture polish.

Nicole by OPI A-Nise Treat

Nicole by OPI A-Nise Treat

For each polish, the first two photos were taken in my lightbox, and the third photo under direct light to give you a sense of what the polish looks like under different lighting conditions.

Nicole by OPI A-Nise Treat

Blue-Berry Sweet on You is a periwinkle blue metallic texture. It's very shimmery and while the shimmer has hints of other colours when it hits the light, it is very, very subtle.

Nicole by OPI Blue-Berry Sweet on You

Nicole by OPI Blue-Berry Sweet on You

Nicole by OPI Blue-Berry Sweet on You

Candy is Dandy is bubblegum pink with shimmer, as well as gorgeous tiny and small holo hex glitters. The consistency and finish is more of a squishy jelly. While there is some visible nail line in the photos, you don't really notice it in real life. This is one of my favourites, I love pink and the hexes are so pretty. This is the only one with this kind of shimmer and hex glitter, and I really don't understand why.

Nicole by OPI Candy is Dandy

Nicole by OPI Candy is Dandy

Nicole by OPI Candy is Dandy

Cinna-Man of My Dreams is a shimmery red brown with hints of copper. The colour on this one is quite unique - the shimmer gives this polish lots of depth and the colour is very rich. I see this being very popular in the fall.

Nicole by OPI Cinna-Man of My Dreams

Nicole by OPI Cinna-Man of My Dreams

Nicole by OPI Cinna-Man of My Dreams

All of these have a fine texture - if you like polishes with a lot of texture you might not be happy with them. For me they have enough texture to make them appealing, but not so much that it's annoying to wear.

Stay tuned tomorrow for part two of this collection!

What do you think of these? Any stand out to you?

21 March 2013

Born Pretty Store Review: Rhinestone Skittle Manicure

Hi everyone! I received two more goodies from the Born Pretty Store, one of which was a set of round clear rhinestones. Since rhinestones are a new thing for me, I had a hard time figuring out a design that still felt like "me". And after my first failed attempt that I mentioned on Monday, I didn't want to take too many risks. So I came up with this pastel / springtime skittle manicure that feels a bit similar to the pastel skittle manicure I did last week.

Rhinestone skittle manicure

About this design: I started with a base of OPI My Vampire is Buff and Nicole by OPI Purple Yourself Together. I know I use MViB a lot, but it's now officially my go-to polish for nail art - I love it! I also wanted to try my new Lynnderella Crocus Pocus, which I used on my pinky, index and thumb. Crocus Pocus might be my new favourite Lynnderella. It has a beautiful mixture of metallic and neon glitter in a variety of shapes: hexes, squares, flowers, moons, and stars. The colours are predominantly lavender, purple, fuchsia, blue and white. And to top it off, there's a gorgeous iridescent shimmer! On my ring finger I painted a small crocus with Nubar Into the Wild, OPI OPI...Eurso Euro, and Purple Yourself Together. I'm trying out a new detail brush so I didn't want to go crazy with the freehand painting.

Rhinestone skittle manicure

Rhinestone skittle manicure

About the set: This is a set of round, clear, faceted rhinestones made out of acrylic. There's three sizes - 1.5mm, 2mm, and 3mm - with each one filling four slots of the storage wheel (there's 12 sections in a wheel). I don't know how many are in the set, but as you can see from the photo there's a generous helping in each slot, so perhaps a few hundred. I like that it comes with three sizes of rhinestones, which allows for some variations in your designs. I don't have anything bad to say about these, it's a good set and the rhinestones are fun to use.

Born Pretty Store three sizes rhinestone set

Applying rhinestones: Instructions I got off the Internet call for you to apply some nail glue, place your rhinestones, seal with a bit more nail glue, then finish with top coat. I'm trying to avoid nail glue since it's a PITA to remove, so I used base coat instead of nail glue. A top coat would work as well. I'm only sort of happy with this method, they are fixed well, but I can see some imperfections and bubbles around the rhinestones. So I'll continue to experiment and get back to you.

Rhinestone skittle manicure

The set is called "3 sizes round rhinestone nail art glitter decoration" but you can find the link to the product here. It's pretty affordable, and you can use my coupon code MSL91 and get 10% off. Full disclosure: I do not get compensated if you use the coupon code, but if enough people use it, the Born Pretty Store will sponsor a giveaway on my site.

What do you think of this? Have you used rhinestones in nail art before?

*Product provided for review, all opinions are my own. See my disclosure policy for more details.*

04 March 2013

Nicole by OPI Feeling Grapeful and Please Red-cycle

Hi everyone! What's this...a second post by me!?? That's right, I'm procrastinating on the paper that I should be writing so I thought I'd post these swatches. :)

I was at Shoppers Drug Mart yesterday and saw a display of new Nicole by OPI polishes. There were the four newly released colours (which includes Please Red-cycle) as well as a few others, including Feeling Grapeful. Later I found out that these had been released last years as CVS exclusive polishes. Of course, we don't have CVS stores in Canada, so I'm happy to see them here.

To be honest, I found most of the colours in the display a bit blah, but these two stood out as good basic colours that would fill gaps in my collection.

Feeling Grapeful: As mentioned this was a CVS exclusive released late last year. It's a mid-value purple creme that is warm leaning. The colour is very beautiful. This is three coats and it dried to a perfectly smooth and glossy finish, even without top coat.

Nicole by OPI Feeling Grapeful

Nicole by OPI Feeling Grapeful

Please Red-cycle: This is one of the new polishes for 2013, a perfect cherry red creme. This colour was hard to photograph, but the bottom photo is closest to the actual colour. It reminds me of the nails you would see in old photos from the fifties. It has that look of old Hollywood glamour. This was three coats - I know a lot of reviews say this only requires one or two coats, but I found that there was still some patchiness and visible nail line even with two coats. The finish on this one was also perfect, it dried so smooth and glossy.

Nicole by OPI Please Red-cycle

Nicole by OPI Please Red-cycle

If you don't already have colours like this, these might be a good purchase. I can see myself wearing them again on their own or using them in some nail art.

What do you think of these? Would you pick them up, or are they too basic?

28 January 2013

Nicole by OPI Modern Family Collection: Luke of the Draw and Alex by the Books

Hi everyone! I have two more swatches from the NOPI Modern Family collection. This is the last of the polishes I bought from this collection. There were a few others that I wish I had picked up, but in the end I'm happy with my decisions. As I explained in my last post, they are a bit pricey when it comes to drugstore nail polish ($11 here in Canada), but the formula is not always the greatest. Also, some of the polishes in this collection did not seem too unique to me. However, I like the two that I'm showing you today...

Luke of the Draw: This is sheer black polish with small to medium silver hex glitter and tiny silver square glitter. It applies very smoothly despite all the glitter - I found that there was enough glitter to cover the nail well but not so much that you ended up with clumps of glitter. I hate clumps of glitter. :( I used three coats here but you might be able to get away with two.

Nicole by OPI Luke of the Draw

Nicole by OPI Luke of the Draw

Alex by the Books: This is a pale seafoam green creme. I love the colour, it's similar to China Glaze For Audrey, but a tad more green-toned. It was a bit streaky and thin so I had to use three coats for this swatch. I can see myself using this in the future for nail art.

Nicole by OPI Alex by the Books

Nicole by OPI Alex by the Books

So what do you think? Did you get anything from this collection?

26 January 2013

Nicole by OPI Modern Family Collection: Back In My Gloria Days... and Stand By Your Manny

Hi everyone! I have two polishes from the Nicole by OPI Modern Family collection. I actually bought four out of this collection, but I'll show the other two on another day. Like the Selena Gomez collection, I thought there were some great polishes, but many of them I decided to pass on. So these are the ones that really stood out to me.

Back In My Gloria Days...: Isn't this gorgeous!!?? This is a vibrant purple with a very noticeable gold and fuchsia shimmer. The purple is rather warm toned, but it's not a plum colour like Pretty in Plum from the Selena Gomez collection. In the photos it has a very subtle fuchsia to purple duochrome effect and reminds me of Scarlett from the Selena Gomez collection. I really enjoyed wearing this colour, it's fun and bold - I'm pretty sure it was instant love for me. :) Also the formula was perfect. It was a bit thin so I used three coats, but there was no streaking and it levelled perfectly.

Nicole by OPI Back In My Gloria Days...

Nicole by OPI Back In My Gloria Days...

Nicole by OPI Back In My Gloria Days...

Stand By Your Manny: I love the colour, but hate the formula on this one. SBYM is a beautiful periwinkle blue with an iridescent shimmer. The formula is very thin and patchy so I had to use four coats for this swatch. And even though I wait a while in between coats, it seemed like I was lifting off polish from the previous coats every time I laid a new coat down. Grrr...

Nicole by OPI Stand By Your Manny

Nicole by OPI Stand By Your Manny

Overall, I love these two polishes, I just wish that Stand By Your Manny was easier to work with. I really don't know why OPI would release a polish that is subpar in terms of the formula. And it's not like these polishes are cheap. In Canada, NOPI retails for $11, the same price as OPI.

What did you think of the Modern Family collection? Did you end up getting any polishes from the collection?
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