REVIEW: Nicole by OPI LIMITED EDITION Gumdrops Collection (as previewed here)
Whoo-hoo! I have more textured polishes to show you today and some of these have definitely made it into my favorites list. While textured polishes are meant to be worn without top coat, there’s no rule against doing so! If you prefer high-gloss nails, then by all means, add top coat! The polishes look great both ways. I will be showing you all of the polishes without the glossy top coat so you can really see the sparkles peeping through the matte finish.
I Lilac Gumdrops is a lovely lavender with micro, silver sparkles. I wore this one for a full week to test out the wear-ability of Nicole by OPI’s textured polishes, and I am pleased to report that even without top coat, I only noticed minor tip-wear and no chips whatsoever! Shown is two coats.
My Cherry Amour is a gorgeous raspberry jelly-like polish with holographic glitter. Yes, you read that right - holographic! It is such a pleasant surprise to be seeing holographic glitter inside a textured polish. The only downside is that the holo disappears when the polish dries matte. You should add a top coat if you want to better see the sparkles. Pictured is two coats.
“Candy is dandy
Cinna-man of my Dreams is a very fitting name for this polish. The hot brown-red really reminds me of spicy cinnamon! It is jam-packed with copper glitter to add a unique look. I gave my momma a pedicure with this polish and she received SO many compliments on the beauty of this shade. This is a must-have and since this collection is limited edition, don’t wait too long to get your bottle. ;)
Blue-Berry Sweet on You is definitely a favorite of mine. This rich, denim blue has purple and teal sparkles laced into the formula - absolutely perfect! I needed to use two coats, but because the formula is richer for this polish, I would say that you would only need one coat if you have shorter nails.
A-Nise Treat is a black licorice textured polish with silver sparkles. I have seen many other textured polishes out there that resemble this one, so there’s nothing too special. It reminds me of a starry night sky or those black sesame sticks (usually eaten as a snack during the Lunar New Year), haha. I used two coats here.
Well, what do you think? Did anything catch your eye?
Nicole by OPI formulas are long-lasting, fast-drying, and salon-quality. This limited edition collection will be available beginning May 2013 for $7.99 each at retailers including select Walmart (May 2013), CVS (June 2013), Rite Aid, Kmart, Kroger, Ulta, H-E-B, and Duane Reade locations (August 2013), In Canada, these shades will be available for $10.99 each at Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart Canada (July 2013), Jean Coutu, Loblaw, and London Drug (August 2013).
Products provided for an honest review.
ALL TAPED UP!
gold striping tape
Hi there! :) I have a quick NOTD post for you.
When I started painting these nails, my original intent was to use the gold striping tape as painter’s tape to paint another color over the white base, but after seeing how elegant the gold looked against white polish, I decided to leave them.
I started with my base Kate, which is a white polish with a pearl finish. I received Kate in my Julep Maven box last July along with other goodies. Then using the striping tape, I went ahead and dazzled up the manicure with some gold stripes.
Tip: Use a top coat to prevent the tape from peeling up.
That’s it! Have a great Friday, everyone! :)
KISS MY NAILS!
OPI My Very First Knockwurst
stamping plate KD16
To help get you into the Valentine’s Day spirit, I have an easy, kissable manicure to share with you today.
My nails are covered in lip prints, thanks to Born Pretty Store’s adorable stamping plate KD16. I started my manicure using three coats of OPI’s My Very First Knockwurst as the base color (previously reviewed here). After that dried, I went on to the fun part: stamping!
As you can see, the stamping plate has nine different lip prints to choose from. I used four of the nine prints for my manicure. Unlike the round Konad plates, these BPS plates are in the shape of an octagon. The edges can be quite sharp, so please be careful not to cut yourself! Other than that, the plate promises to provide cute little kisses for your nails. :)
I was worried prior to trying out the stamps because the images have very fine crevasses to imitate puckered lips. Usually, I am not very successful with stamping fine lines, but if you look at my close-up picture right above, you can see that the lines came out nicely and very detailed! I am impressed! No smudging at all. :)
I chose Milani’s Rapid Cherry for the stamping color, which worked out great for these red lips. Also, since it’s “Rapid” Cherry, the color dried very quickly to prevent any dragging from the top coat. Win!
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Products provided for review.
SPEARMINT CANDY CANES
Hello everyone! This is a quick candy cane manicure created with Zoya Purity and Logan and some striping tape.
I started with two coats of Zoya Purity, a perfect, non-streaky white creme. After my base color dried, I used striping tape to cover off the areas that I wanted to stay white. Then, I layered on a thick coat of Zoya Logan directly on top. Peeled off the striping tape and voilà! Easy candy cane nails! :)
Pictured above is Zoya Purity, which came with my Gilty Pleasures box. I really like this white polish because most white cremes tend to be streaky, but this polish is perfectly opaque and glossy with just two coats.
And here is the second color I used:
The striping tape can be purchased from Born Pretty Store. You can use my coupon code MANDIEW21 to get 10% off your purchase + free shipping. :)
That’s it for today! I wish you all a happy holiday!