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OPI Hawaii Collection Tropical Nail Art and International GIVEAWAY

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Happy Friday! Yesterday ended the first of four week-long giveaways that I’m hosting in March. I’ll be contacting the winner of the entire LVX Spring 2015 Collection tonight. Today kicks off the second prize, the entire OPI Hawaii Collection (12 polishes)! And even better…it’s open internationally! Like the previous giveaway, simply comment on one, some, or all of my posts during the giveaway week and you’re entered to win!

I used the Hawaii shades to create some Hawaiian-inspired nail art. I love the neutral in this collection, Do You Take Lei Away?…it’s a great mannequin hand color for me. I used it as my base so the flowers would pop.  Before free-handing the flowers, I stamped a tropical-leaf background with My Gecko Does Tricks and plate BM-210. It created a nice, uniform backdrop.  And finally, I used Go With The Lava Flow, a fire-y gold shimmered coral, Lost My Bikini in Molokini, a pretty purple creme, and Is Mai Tai Crooked, a soft orange, to create the flowers.

OPI Hawaii Collection Nail Art

Here are all twelve polishes in this collection. The only one I’m not crazy about is the yellow, Pineapples Have Peelings Too. It’s a strange mix of glitters, but I’m sure with the right occasion, it would be perfect for something! In addition to the ones I used in the nail art above, I’ve worn Just Lanai-ing Around and Hello Hawaii Ya? All I’ve tried had a great formula.

OPI 50 Shades of Grey Quilt Block Nail Art

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More OPI today. So I have a confession – I’m totally hitting a wall when it comes to coming up with new nail art. Lately I’ve been obsessed with quilting block patterns. In fact, I have a secret pinterest board where I’ve been pinning quilts. I decided to use the OPI 50 Shades of Grey Collection to put one to use. This design is based off a simple quilt block pattern and incorporates four of the six shades in the collection.

OPI 50 Shades of Gray Color Blocked Nail Art

You can tell more in person, but I purposely brushed on Shine for Me, the silver metallic, in different directions. It’s subtle, but a cool detail, I think. The hard part was taping off the lines and keeping everything crisp. I cheated a little and freehanded in some places. I love this red, Romantically Involved. I know we’ve seen a gazillion reds from OPI lately, especially over the holidays…but you can’t ever have enough! The other colors I used were Cement the Deal and Dark Side of the Mood.

A-England The Blessed Damozel Swatch and Review

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It’s been awhile since I mentioned this, but A-England was one of my first “indies”. (I say that in quotes because Adina’s brainchild has reached mainstream proportions since then.) My sister, also a polish lover, ordered it for me as a surprise. I remember I said at the time that this polish should be used in beauty schools to teach new techs to polish because the formula is THAT good. Today I have The Blessed Damozel. It’s the latest addition to the Heavenly Quotes Collection.  The color is a deep eggplant purple with a glowy shimmer the fantastically smooth application that A-England has become known for.

A-England The Blessed Damozel

This polish is seriously a one-coater. It’s highly pigmented with a thick, creamy consistency. I only used two coats because I’m a creature of habit. You can really see the glow in the bottle. Amazing.

A-England The Blessed Damozel

OPI Brights Collection Swatches and Review

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Friday launched my March Giveaway Days! Comment on every post this week to earn chances to win.
Prize and details are at the end of this post.

There’s lots of OPI happening lately. I’m still totally jazzed about my recent OPI headquarters tour (see my recap here). Sarah at Chalkboard Nails is working on an awesome video of our visit. I’ll link to it as soon as it’s up. So today I have swatches of the new OPI Brights release. There are now nearly 40 Brights shades in the OPI line. They’re such fun colors!

OPI Brights 2015

I’ll start with my favorite. My Car has Navy-gation is a gorgeous inky blue. Like my jaw is on the floor. It has a slightly jelly formula, so I used three coats. This dries to a more satin finish without topcoat, which is nice too, but I prefer it shiny. Isn’t it awesome!?

OPI My Car Has Navy-Gation

The Berry Thought of You is a pretty berry pink. I love berry…like a lot. This has a great formula. My swatch is two easy coats.

OPI The Berry Thought of You

LVX Spring 2015 Collection Swatches and GIVEAWAY

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Happy Friday! Today kicks off a month of prizes. For the next four weeks, I’ll be posting a new giveaway every Friday. Simply comment on one, some, or all of my posts during the giveaway week and you’re entered to win. The first prize up for grabs is the entire LVX Spring 2015 Collection!

LVX Spring 2015 Collection

LVX has really been hitting it out of the park lately, but this is definitely my favorite LVX collection yet. As with all LVX collections, the colors are inspired by the runway. It’s so interesting to browse their site and see the fashions that sparked the color. Each swatch below is followed by a few runway photos (from the LVX site) so you can see for yourself.

Camo is my surprise favorite! It’s an army green/brown neutral with tons of glowy bronze shimmer. The formula was amazing too. My swatch is two coats.

LVX Camo (Spring 2015)

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Fuchsia is a bright magenta with a beautiful blue shimmer. The color is really vibrant. It will be a great summer color, as well. I used three thin coats here.

LVX Fuchsia (Spring 2015)

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Zoya finally has a Leslie!! Spring Delight Collection Swatches and Review

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*PSSSST…tomorrow I’ll be launching four weeks of giveaways!
Every week, someone will win an entire collection of polish, so be sure to check back for details!

Today I have a bright and fun collection to share, the Zoya Spring 2015 Delight Collection. All six are cheery shades – three are cremes and three have a turquoise metallic flash. These really put me in the mood for warmer weather! They look like candy! What’s equally as exciting is that I successfully executed a water marble for the first time ever! LOL. I’m not sure what the deal was…but I just couldn’t do it. I decided to try it on just one nail for these swatches. More about that at the end of the post.

Zoya Delight Collection (Spring 2015)

First up is, of course, LESLIE! I can’t believe Zoya didn’t have a Leslie in the line-up until now! I’m just going to pretend that this one is named after me, okay? The soft pink-leaning creme base and blue shimmer result in a pretty lavender shade. I love it. It went on in two easy coats.

Zoya Leslie from the Delight Collection (Spring 2015)

Tiana is described as a pistachio-gelato green. I don’t wear green polish much, but when I do, I prefer shades like this. It has a glossy creme finish in two coats.

Zoya Tiana from the Delight Collection (Spring 2015)

Pure Ice New Year, New Hue Collection Jelly Watercolor Nail Art

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Hey there. Today I have some nail art using the new Pure Ice New Year, New Hue Collection. The full set has a bit of everything.  It includes three jelly-based glitters, a creme, a glitter topper, a metallic, and a matte topcoat. You can see bottle shots of all the polishes at the end of this post.

Pure Ice New Year, New Hue Collection Watercolor Nail Art

For my nail art, I used the three jelly glitters, Rosy Glow, Purple Haze, and Blue Hue. I started with a white base and used the polish brush to dab on the three jellies in a random pattern. I went over everything twice. The jellies are sprinkled with the same light, iridescent glitter. It’s subtle, but very pretty. I loved the consistency of these three shades for this technique. I gave it a little extra time before top coating since my color “dabs” were on the thick side.