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OPI Mariah Carey Collection Swatches

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Hi guys, if you’re reading this that means we both survived the apocalypse! Mayan fail. Today I have OPI’s Mariah Carey Collection to share with you! OPI has teamed up with Mariah to bring us 8 new shades for Spring 2013, 4 Studio Shades and 4 Stage Shades. The Stage Shades are what OPI is calling Liquid Sand which is gritty matte glitter, if you like texture you will like these!

I’m pretty excited about this collection, I grew up on Mariah Carey. My best friend Kaitie and I used to be all about Mariah when we were kids. I’m pretty sure we actually wore out her Music Box album back in the day from listening to it so much. I have so many memories of riding in her Mom’s car and the 2 of us sitting in the back seat with a boom box between us singing songs from that album at the top of our lungs (I’m sure her Mom loved that). I just had to stop writing this post to take a trip down memory lane via Youtube haha!

To check out all my swatches & reviews of each shade click the read more button under the collage!

The first 4 shades in the Mariah Carey Collection are called the Studio Shades, they are the shades that we typically see from OPI.

A Butterfly Moment is a peachy pink with a strong golden shimmer. I surprisingly really like this, it would be a great office neutral for those of you who can’t wear crazy polish to the office. The shimmer was great, noticeable both in low light and out in bright sunlight. The formula was great, much more opaque than I expected. It does show the tiniest bit of brush strokes once it dries but it’s not very noticeable. I used 2 coats of A Butterfly Moment for the photos below.

Anti-Bleak is a reddish-purple creme. Depending on the lighting this can lean a little bit more towards purple but on me, it leaned more towards red. The formula was fantastic, polishes like this remind me why I love OPI cremes so much. The formula was so smooth and easy to apply, I am a big fan of it!

Pink Yet Lavender is a mix of light pink hex glitter, small lavender glitter, and little bits of holo glitter. This is such a feminine looking glitter, I think it will look fantastic over a pale pink or creamy white. The formula was great, a bit thick but easy to apply. The glitter payoff was fantastic! I used 1 coat over Anti-Bleak for the photos below.

Sprung is a copper shimmer. This is a real stunner, it’s my favorite of the Studio half of the collection. This is an interesting shade because going on there are so many different colors of shimmer happening that I didn’t know how it was going to turn out. When I built up the opacity I was a bit shocked, it’s so complex that the result is just wow. I don’t think photos do much justice to just how shimmery this is. The formula was good but a bit sheer. Opacity was easy to build up, I used 3 coats for the photos below.

Next up is the Stage Shades half of the Mariah Carey Collection. The Stage Shades are what OPI is calling Liquid Sand. These are meant to be worn without top coat, they dry to a very textured matte glitter look. I’ll have the majority of my thoughts about these after the photos!

Can’t Let Go is a grape purple glitter. There are pieces of purple hex glitter in the mix that look a little shiny when the polish is dry and without top coat (even though you can’t tell from the photos). It adds a really nice dimension to the polish. The formula was great, it went on easily and was very opaque. I used 2 coats for the photos below.

Below is Can’t Let Go with top coat. It really deepens the shade of purple, I love this one with and without top coat!

Get Your Number is a blue jellyish base packed to the brim with various sizes of glitter. The glitter even without top coat gives a bit of a holo sparkle. This one doesn’t seem to dry quite as gritty looking as a couple of the other Liquid Sand polishes. The formula was good, a little bit sheer but it built up easily. I used 3 coats for the photos below.

Below is Get Your Number with Top Coat, the change isn’t too dramatic with this one. The color is a touch darker. The biggest difference is that glitter is all kinds of crazy amazing after top coat….photos do no justice to it!

Stay The Night is a black base with bright pink glitter. I die. I love this one so much, the pink glitter stays shiny even when the polish is matte. It looks like smoldering embers in a dying fire (if embers were pink, that would kind of be awesome btw). The formula was good but a bit patchy, I used 3 coats to reach full opacity.

Below is Stay The Night side by side with and without top coat. Without Top Coat is on the left and with Top Coat is on the right.
The Impossible is a reddish pink jelly with hex glitter and star glitter mixed in. This one is a lot like Get Your Number in the way that it doesn’t look quite as textured once it dries. The formula was great, I used 2 coats for full opacity. I did find that the star glitter in my bottle sunk so if you get this one I would suggest turning the bottle upside down for a few minutes before you apply it so that glitter redistributes into the polish.
Overal I really like the Liquid Sand polishes, I am a big fan of texture so it’s not a huge shock that I like them. If you don’t like texture they might not be your cup of tea unless you feel like really layering on the top coat. I really like that OPI added in bits to each polish that stay shiny when the polish is without top coat, it gives nice depth to each polish. I actually prefer wearing these without top coat, I think they look more interesting that way. Below are a few of my thoughts, observations, tips etc…
  • Liquid Sand does not feel as gritty to the touch as they look, Stay The Night looks like it’s going to feel like rough sand paper but it wasn’t any different feeling than any other gritty glitter I own.
  • I found the dry time to be slower than regular polish but it wasn’t too bad considering you aren’t applying a top coat. When I wore Stay The Night my nails were dry to the touch in about 15-20 minutes.  When I say dry to the touch I mean I could run my fingers over them to feel the texture without it doing anything to the polish.
  • These eat top coat like no one’s business. The 2 shades that are more of a jelly base (Get Your Number and The Impossible) didn’t need as many coats of top coat to be smooth, I believe I used 2 coats for each. The 2 shades that dried down to a much more gritty finish (Can’t Let Go and Stay The Night) sucked up top coat much more, I used 3 coats of top coat for my photos but once the top coat was completely dry I did need to go back and add another coat to get a glassy like finish. I was using Gelous as my top coat for those wondering (you can find it at Sally Beauty Supply)
  • I would highly suggest lightly running your finger along the edge of your nail while this polish is wet to get rid of the bits of glitter that might stick off your nail. Once it dries down those pieces are scratchy.
  • Removal was not horrible, surprisingly. I didn’t need to bust out the foil for any of these. Don’t get me wrong it wasn’t like removing a creme but it was nothing like a typical glitter that is like cement on your nails.
  • I can’t speak to wear time without top coat…yet. I wore Stay The Night for about a day and a half without top coat and had no issues with tip wear or chipping. I haven’t had a chance to wear any of these longer than that yet.
My picks from the entire Mariah Carey Collection are Stay The Night, Sprung and Can’t Let Go! What are your thoughts about these? I know the Liquid Sand polishes are a love or hate kind of thing, I’d love to hear what you guys think!
The Mariah Carey Collection will be available beginning January 2013 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for  $9.00 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each nail lacquer.
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Color Club Wicked Sweet Collection Swatches

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Good Morning guys!  Hope you all had a good weekend, mine was boring…I guess that’s good? haha

Today I have for you guys swatches of the first of 2 summer collections Color Club has put for this year. This one is called Wicked Sweet. All of the polishes in this collection are scented, and there are a couple interesting combos, color wise. I have heard that this set is already popping up at Ross and is also available on some etailers like Transdesign.com and VictoriasNailSupply.com (my 2 favorites!)

First up Is Get Your Lem-On. This one was pretty sheer, but the color is fab. I don’t have anything dupey in my stash. It’s a bright highlighter yellow with a green shimmer. On it’s own I needed 4 coats for okay opacity, I could have used another but I’m not down with doing 5 coats of polish lol. I also have it layered over white on my ring finger in the pictures below. Over white I only needed 2 coats, awesome! The only downside to layering it over the white is that it seemed to kill that awesome shimmer, you could still see it but it wasn’t very noticeable 🙁 Get Your Lem-On smells like….you guessed it, Lemon Candy.

The Lime Starts Here is a bright neon green, I do like this color but it’s nothing new we haven’t seen before.  The formula was just okay, for a neon it did well, no dragging bald spotsI Always Get My Man-Darin is a bright orange packed with shimmer! I have a lot of orange in my stash, but again nothing like this one. The formula on this was pretty much exactly the same as Get Your Lem-On, very sheer. On it’s own I used 4 coats and 2 coats over white on my ring finger.

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Saturday Spam: Lynnderella

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Hi guys, hope you’re all having a good weekend so far…I sure as heck am, more on that tomorrow! Today I have a big helping of spam for you….this spam is all Lynnderella! I’ve been waffling on posting this because for the past few months Lynnderella=drama. The drama associated with it turns me off the brand so I had decided not to post pictures of what I have. Then I kind of tested the waters in my Indie spam post with 1 Lynn polish and everyone liked it, so I decided what the heck I’ll just post everything I have that I haven’t shown before in one post. Hope you guys enjoy!

If you want to buy Lynnderella polishes it’s a bit of a process…you have to send in a wish list to Llarowe then wait for your last name to come up in her rotations. I think the 1st rotation of wish lists is still going on so depending on your last name you could be waiting for like 4-5 months, it wasn’t too bad for me but I know some people are frustrated with the wait. I know the waiting sucks but I do like that at least you get everything you want eventually. It’s worth it just to avoid the mad dash of trying to get things before they sell out in .5 seconds during re-stocks. Right now Llarowe is not accepting wish lists but last I heard she would be taking them again soon-ish.

To see lots of glittery goodness click the Read More button below!

Alright guys…I’m just going to tell you what I layered these over (for most of the polishes) instead of writing a little novel about each! Hope ya don’t mind!

Boy Girl Party over Zoya Ginessa. FYI there is diamond shaped glitter in this…LOVE!!

Very Pretty Vampire over OPI Black Onyx. I actually really don’t love this combo but I was losing daylight so I couldn’t re-do it. My favorite way to wear VPV is over purple!

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piCture pOlish New Collaboration Shades: Siren Song, Geode, Douceur & Imperial

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Hi guys! Today I have 4 of the 5 new collaboration shades from piCture pOlish to share with you! These were released a couple of weeks ago and I couldn’t wait for them to show up at my house. I always love the collaboration shades, it’s fun to read the posts of the girls who created the shades plus I usually feel like these are shades I want too but don’t already own.

Douceur is a light nude/beige base with fuchsia glitter mixed throughout. This was a collaboration with Tartofraises somehow I had never heard of her blog but since getting her shade I’ve been over there looking through her posts and she does really beautiful nail art! To read her post about the shade check out her blog here.  The formula was good, it was more opaque than I expected it to be and it wasn’t streaky at all.

Imperial is a super vibrant purple with a heavy blue shimmer and gold glitter. This is a collaboration with Jeanette of The Swatchaholic. I was so excited to see this one, Jeanette is a blogger that I’ve become friends with over the last couple years and I had no doubt that if piCture pOlish ever collaborated with her it would be gorgeous. Well, let me tell you Imperial is insanely gorgeous…this is one of my favorite collaboration shades ever and will most likely be a favorite for 2013 for me. I wore it all of last week and was sad to take it off.

Imperial is super vibrant, more so in real life than it appears in photos, I’m also dying over the stunning blue shimmer in this. I loved how the shimmer was visible in the sun and didn’t disappear in the shade.  If you want to read about how Jeanette came up with Imperial and see her beautiful photos of it check out her blog here. The formula was good, it was nice and opaque…I had no issues with application. This does dry a bit matte due to the neon pigment in it.

Siren Song is a sea foam green with a silver flecked shimmer. This is a collaboration with Rebecca Likes Nails. This shade was inspired Fender guitars & bass guitars by Mark & Tom from Blink 182. Ah yes…now that’s my kind of inspiration I love me some Blink 182 and have seen them live several times throughout the years…even stood in like for like 6 hours about 10 years ago to meet them (now I feel old btw). I love the shimmer/glitter in this. It’s bigger than shimmer but smaller than micro glitter…it’s interesting! To read more about the inspiration and naming of Siren Song check out Rebecca’s post here. The formula was good, it was a bit streaky on the first coat but perfect with the second coat.

All of the new Collaboration shades are available on the piCture pOlish website, along with at their network of etailers all over the world like LlaroweHarlow & Co and Nail Polish Canada. For a full list of etailers all over the world check out the piCture pOlish website here.

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