Thursday, March 24, 2011

OPI Touring America Press Release

   OPI is on a roll this week announcing new collections.  Enjoy the following press release about Touring America for Fall/Winter.

Coast to Coast Classics


OPI Launches Touring America
Collection for Fall/Winter 2011


OPI hits the open road with a new take on classic style in the Touring America Collection for Fall/Winter 2011. Inspired by Americana and cities with rich cultural heritage, the collection’s twelve shades offer comfortable glamour and wearable elegance for nails and toes. 
“My recent road trip across the country sparked the creation of the Touring America Collection,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director.  “Autumn is a time for reinvention, and these shades revive classic, iconic colors for fall, from cool heather, khaki and chocolate to warm rose, peach and red.”
The season’s go-to shades of taupe and pearl grey appear in variations from dark to light – A-taupe the Space Needle, Get in the Expresso Lane, French Quarter for Your Thoughts, and Suzi Takes the Wheel.  Lush urban neutrals in deep sapphire (Road House Blues), rich raisin (Honk If You Love OPI), chic olive (Uh-oh Roll Down the Window), and coffee brown (I Brake for Manicures) merge with iconic red (Color to Diner For), vivid rose (My Address is “Hollywood”), and luminous coral and orange (I Eat Mainely Lobster, Are We There Yet?) for an expansive color landscape.

“This collection will take women around the world on the ultimate tour across the USA, with stops in Baltimore, Clarksdale, Hollywood, Jackson Hole, Memphis, Milwaukee, New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia, Seattle, St. Louis, and Tucson,” explains Suzi. “Together, the locales that inspired Touring America make up a rich palette of color complementing trends from the runway, where we saw a mix of feminine details and dramatic menswear touches.”
            Touring America includes the following shades:

Are We There Yet?
Don’t make me reach back there and take that perfect melon shade!

I Eat Mainely Lobster
We “clawed” through crowds to catch this coral for you.

My Address is "Hollywood"
We put this pretty rose-pink on the map.

Color to Diner For
I’ll take the rosy-red with a side of “awesome.”

Honk if You Love OPI
Don’t let this gorgeous dark grape pass you by.

Road House Blues
In this case…R&B stands for “Really Blue.”

Suzi Takes the Wheel
Buckle up—she’s not stopping until she gets to gray!

French Quarter for Your Thoughts
Want beads? Then show us your sexy gray nails!

Uh-oh Roll Down the Window
You’re gonna wanna pull over for this “unexpected” olive green.

A-taupe the Space Needle
You’ll climb to new heights with this creamy-rich taupe.

Get in the Expresso Lane
An amped-up dark brown that’ll never letcha down!

I Brake for Manicures
This gorgeous eggplant-plum has our full attention.

Touring America Nail Lacquer shades contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and each includes OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application.
Touring America by OPI will be available August 3, 2011, at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $8.50 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each Nail Lacquer. 
            For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!


 I think I have the images in the right order, but I'm not completely positive.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

OPI Blue Shatters Press Release

   More news from OPI.  Get ready for more Shatter in three new blue shades for summer.

Shatter Line Extended with Bold Blues!


OPI Launches Bestselling Shatter Coat in
Three Blue-Hued Shades

            OPI expands its Shatter line with the addition of three new trendsetting shades: Blue, Navy and Turquoise. With nautical hues of cobalt, indigo and sapphire, these blues provide the perfect look for summer nails in one simple step.  Inspired by graffiti art, Shatter leaves behind a crackled, two-texture finish when painted over any dry OPI hue. Adding top coat takes Shatter from matte to glossy in seconds.
Black Shatter was received with great fanfare, showing that women are looking for new ways to express themselves and are excited to try different textures on their nails,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “By adding a variety of colors to the line, there are more options for every woman, whether she is looking for a funky aquamarine or elegant deep blue. Unlike traditional nail art which can be complicated and difficult to replicate, Shatter is easy to use and allows everyone to experiment with this new trend.”
In addition to the original Black Shatter, the line also features the Shatter coat in White, Red and Silver. All Shatter retail displays now feature Quick Response (QR) code, a two-dimensional barcode readable by smart phones and mobile phones with cameras and Internet capability. A quick scan of the display’s QR code will directly link to a demonstrational video – making application foolproof.
All Shatter products contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application. 
Blue Shatter, Navy Shatter, and Turquoise Shatter will be available beginning May 2011 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for  $8.50 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each Shatter coat.
For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!


Blue Shatter            
Navy Shatter            

Turquoise Shatter          


I tried to post this last night, but my internet died on me right in the middle of getting it together.  But better late than never I suppose.  Which of these are you most looking forward too?  For me, I think it's the turquoise.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

OPI and Serena Williams Glam Slam! France Press Release

   I have more new collection news for you.  First up, the new Serena Williams Glam Slam! collections from OPI.

White and Red Shatter Debut for French Open!


Serena Williams Serves Up Four New Shades for OPI Glam Slam! Collection

OPI captures Serena Williams’ winning spirit with four additions to the Glam Slam! collection, including two new shades of the fashionable, must-have ShatterRed and White.  Launching in conjunction with the French Open, Glam Slam! France celebrates with two duo-packs for four unbeatable looks.
The first Lacquer set includes Spark de Triomphe (a monumentally marvelous silver glitter), paired with White Shatter. Once applied over completely dried Nail Lacquer, Shatter begins to crackle, leaving behind a two-texture pattern on each nail. The second Lacquer set features Rally Pretty Pink (rise to the occasion with this shimmering sunset-pink), paired with Red Shatter.
“We are very excited to continue working with tennis superstar Serena Williams to launch the next Glam Slam! shades,” said Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “France is a country with a rich history in fashion and setting trends. These four new color options are ideal for showcasing your own personal style, à la Serena, whether worn alone or overlaid with Shatter for instant nail art.”
“Whether I’m on or off the court, style is important,” explains Serena Williams. “In addition to watching the runways for the latest trends, I think it’s important to add my own unique elements. With the new White and Red Shatter, I can customize my nails for a high-fashion take on the classically elegant silver and sunset shades in the Glam Slam! France collection.”
Serena Williams has received the World Number One in singles ranking by the Women’s Tennis Association on five separate occasions, along with being listed as sixth on the all-time greatest champions list.  Additionally, she has won two Olympic gold medals in women’s doubles and has earned 27 Grand Slam titles to date. Serena is the most recent player to have held all four Grand Slam singles titles simultaneously and only the fifth woman in history to do so.
New shades in the Glam Slam! collection will be introduced to coincide with each of the four major tournaments, beginning with the Australian Open in January 2011, followed by launches in May 2011 for the French Open, June 2011 for Wimbledon and August 2011 for the US Open. As with all OPI Nail Lacquers, the Glam Slam! collection contains no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and each includes OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application.
Glam Slam! France will be available beginning May 2011 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $14.95 ($20.95 CAN) suggested retail for each duo-pack. 
For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!

 Spark de Triomphe           

White Shatter           

Rally Pretty Pink           

 Red Shatter            

Zoya BOGO Promo

   I'm sure everyone is aware of the current Zoya promo going on.  But in case you've missed it or have questions, here's some info on how it works.

 The ZOYA SUMMER BOGO code is exclusive to consumers with accounts at www.zoya.com. The code is a personalized code and is one time use only. Here are the full details:

The ZOYA Summer BOGO(Buy One, Get One Free) Offer* is good on any 0.5oz open stock bottle of the Zoya Summer Collections (Sunshine, Summertime and Mod Mattes). You can buy up to 7 bottles and get 7 free. As an ADDED BONUSBOGO Offer*standard shipping is only $2! (Order more than $55 and shipping will be free!)

You can BOGO* any colors from our new Zoya Summertime, Sunshine and ModMatte collections! With 15 new colors to choose from you are bound to find plenty of BOGO offer* options to love!

How it works:

  • SIGN IN - to your account** on Zoya.com
  • CLICK on MY ACCOUNT
  • Once you are in your account go to the left hand side of the page and CLICK on MY PROMOTIONS AND COUPONS
  • APPLY the code that reads ZOYA SUMMER BOGO*.
  • Then ADD - Any combination of polishes from the new summer collections to your shopping cart. (You can BOGO* up to 7 colors)
  • ADD any additional items you would like to purchase
  • CHECK OUT (BOGO* applies to polish from Summertime, Sunshine and ModMatte collections ONLY!)
  • Please double check all information IS CORRECT and ALL FIELDS have been completely filled out PRIOR to submitting the order. There is NO WAY to issue a new code after the order has been processed.
  • SUBMIT - your order.
*Offer open only to those with active accounts** on Zoya.com, artofbeauty.com, Qtica.com and qticasmartspa.com as of 3/20/2011 at 5 PM ST. Offer open to consumers, Online promotion only. Continental US ONLY. BOGO Offer* is good for Summer 2011 collections. (Zoya Summertime, Sunshine and ModMatte) BOGO Offer good for up to 7 polishes. BOGO Offer* code is unique and non-transferable. One code per account. Code expires on 3/25/2011 at 11:59PM EST. Standard ground shipping is $2.00 and FREE for orders over $55. Upgraded shipping not available for this promotion. Please allow standard time for processing and shipping, however if volume is higher than expected please allow up to 4 weeks for shipping and processing. Please allow 2-6 weeks for delivery. Comments, videos and pictures posted about this Zoya.com BOGO Offer* outside of Zoya.com or zoyanailpolish.blogger.com are n ot representative of the opinions of Zoya Nail Polish, Art of Beauty, Inc., Qtica and Qtica Smart Spa and we do not confirm the accuracy of any postings..

**Qualifying accounts are those with a valid username (email) and password that has been created and used in the last 3 years account must be made by 3/20/2011 at 5PM EST to qualify for the BOGO Offer. No purchase necessary to start an account. Customers are responsible for maintaining active accounts. If username or password have been lost we (Art of Beauty, Inc.) are not responsible for restoring accounts or giving out any account information.

China Glaze Island Escape Press Release

   Please enjoy the following press release about China Glaze's upcoming Summer collection.


ESCAPE THIS SUMMER WITH HIGH SHINE AND BRIGHT SHIMMER

China Glaze Introduces Six Sizzling Shimmers and Cremes

Los Angeles, CA – (October 2010): Take an exotic island escape with China Glaze this summer with a tropical, shimmering rainbow of brilliant bright colors! Mix and match these hot hues to add a candy-like pop to that summer manicure and pedicure. Colors in the collection include:

·        Papaya Punch: Crème based vivid orange.
·        108 Degrees: Flirtatious berry pink with specks of micro glitter.
·        Senorita Bonita: Passionate purple shimmer with pink micro glitter.
·        Blue Iguana: Bold and daring sparkly blue.
·        Cha Cha Cha: Vivacious shimmer green.
·        Electric Pineapple: High intensity crème based lime green.

Escape this summer to a far away place with China Glaze. Vacation in color!

The China Glaze Island Escape collection will be available as open stock colors, 6 piece box collection, 6 piece counter display, 12 piece counter display and 36 piece rack.

China Glaze is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde.

China Glaze nail lacquers are available through salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide. For more information, visit: www.chinaglaze.com or follow China Glaze on Twitter: http://twitter.com/ChinaGlaze

China Glaze is a division of American International Industries.

About American International Industries
For nearly 40 years, AII has been the leading manufacturer and worldwide distributor of innovative, quality beauty and skin care products for men and women.  Our product lines include Ardell, Andrea, Body Drench, Bye Bye Blemish, Checi, China Glaze, Clean + Easy, Clubman/Pinaud, Duo, European Secrets, EzFlow, Fright Night, Gena, GiGi, Gypsy Lash, IBD, Jeris-Lustray, No Tweeze/Micro Tweeze, 'N Rage, Prolinc, RAW, Seche, SuperNail, Surgi-Care, Waterworks,  Winning Nails, Woltra, Woody’s,  and Youthair. For more information, visit our website: www.aiibeauty.com.



Monday, March 21, 2011

Zoya ModMattes LE Press Release

   Please enjoy the following press release about Zoya's upcoming limited edition collection for summer.

Zoya Nail Polish presents three new mattes for summer 2011.
modmattes LE
all of the color - none of the shine!
Zoya is the new color of fashion... The ZOYA color experts have done it again! Introducing three new LIMITED EDITION (LE), exclusive modmattes LE* shades for summer 2011...


The incredible Zoya modmattes LE* shade collection has been expanded with three new LIMITED EDITION beauties. Get all of the color, none of shine with modmattes LE*, Zoya’s exclusive blend resulting in utterly wearable and truly stylish matte nail polish.
Zoya Nail Polishes are free of harmful industrial chemicals like toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) that are known to cause cancer and birth defects.
Find Zoya modmattes LE* as well as over 300 other ultra high-fashion Zoya shades at www.zoya.com
As always, each and every Zoya color is made for women so we name them after women. 
modmattes LE*  by Zoya, available March 21, 2011
Sug. Retail $8.00 per 0.5 fl.oz. bottle (US)
Available at www.zoya.com

© 2011 Art of Beauty Inc. All rights reserved.

Zoya Sunshine and Summertime Press Release

   Please enjoy the following press release on two of the upcoming Zoya summer collections.

Zoya Nail Polish presents two new collections with six new metallics and six new creams for summer 2011.
Sunshine and Summertime
...everything should be this good!

Summer 2011 color so perfect that it could only come from the nail polish experts at Zoya... Zoya is the New Color of Fashion!



ZOYA SUNSHINE COLLECTION
·         Reva (ZP546) - A cool toned strawberry red with glowing golden metallic sparkle. A very rich and luxurious looking gilded red.
  • Kimmy (ZP547) - Gleaming metallic candy apple red brightened by gold sparkle. Not your usual red shimmer- this one has a fiery attitude.
  • Apple (ZP548) - Luminous yellow-toned apple green packed with gold metallic sparkle. A dimensional green that's clean and bright.
  • Tanzy (ZP549) - Light, bright tangerine orange with yellow gold metallic sparkle. A sunny orange that's easy to wear year-round.
  • Rica (ZP550) - Warm light coral with pink and orange tones and heavy gold metallic sparkle. An alternative to flat corals for when you want to shine.
  • Faye (ZP551) - A bronzed mauve with purple and brown undertones flooded with right gold sparkle. A unique gilded shade that will work in any season.
  •  
ZOYA SUMMERTIME COLLECTION
·         Sooki (ZP552) - Bright, clean, crisp cool cherry red cream with a subtle jelly finish. For an irresistible, attention-grabbing red nail.
·         Tamsen (ZP553) - Medium warm brick red with strong orange tones with an opaque cream finish. A special red that is both enticing and mysterious
·         Areej (ZP554) - Pink with an opaque cream finish. A pink for when you want a bold pop of color but not something neon-bright.
·         Kieko (ZP555) - Warm, red toned dusty light purple with berry tones with an opaque cream finish. A nice alternative to pure pink or berry, especially flattering on warm skin tones.
·         Mira (ZP556) - Blue toned medium purple with dusty lavender tones and an opaque cream finish. For a muted yet colorful purple that isn't too dark.
·         Breezi (ZP557) - Soft, dusty, medium cerulean blue with an opaque cream finish. A super chic  high-fashion denim look for nails.
Ultra long-wearing, glossy nail lacquers  by Zoya are free of harmful industrial chemicals like toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) that are known to cause cancer and birth defects.
Find Zoya Sunshine and Summertime as well as over 300 other ultra high-fashion Zoya shades at www.zoya.com
As always, each and every Zoya color is made for women so we name them after women. 
Sunshine and Summertime by Zoya, available March 21, 2011
Sug. Retail $8.00 per 0.5 fl.oz. bottle (US)
Available at www.zoya.com

Friday, March 18, 2011

Zoya Shawn & WnW Craze The Gold & The Beautiful

   Welcome to Day 5 of my week of green.  Today will be the last day sadly.  I had planned to make it a full 7 days, but I sliced my thumb close to the nail bed last night so acetone and polish changes are not possible for a few days.  Fortunately I had a green already swatched.  
   Little background before I get to the polish.  In general, I am NOT a football fan.  The game makes no sense to my brain.  I'm a hockey fan through and through.  But, when the Green Bay Packers made it to the Super Bowl this year, I had to do a mani in support for the game.  I lived in Wisconsin for 3 years and I'm pretty sure they put something in the Beer Cheese Soup to make you a Cheesehead.  So I searched through my collection to find a green and a gold that matched, or were at least really close, the Packers' colors.  What I found were Zoya Shawn and The Gold & The Beautiful by Wet & Wild from last year's limited edition Craze collection.


   Shawn is typical Zoya awesomeness in a yellow leaning moss green creme.  I used 2 coats for full coverage.  WnW Craze The Gold & The Beautiful is a little more sheer and needed 3 coats, but also had good application and formula.  TG&TB is a metallic gold.  This is not the same color as the NEW TG&TB from WnW's new Fast Dry line.  I used China Glaze Strong Adhesion base and Barielle Manicure Extender as my top for both polishes.   

Direct Sun

Shade

Indoor


   Shawn dries darker on the nail than bottle color shows.  For my purposes, this was a good thing and made it even closer to Packer green.
   So this concludes my week of greens.  Have you found a new love?  Or do you run from green?  

Disclaimer:  I did not receive either polish in this post for review.  However, Shawn was one of the 3 polishes I chose during Zoya's 3 free promotion for reaching 10k Facebook fans.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

OPI Nice Stems! Press Release

Please enjoy this release from OPI.


Summer Pinks in Bloom!

Nice Stems! by OPI Revamps Nails with Vibrant Pink Hues for Summer 2011
                                                                                                                                                                       

Stop and see the flowers with summer’s Nice Stems! by OPI, a limited edition collection featuring four new nail lacquers in stunning shades of pink. With whimsical names based on their floral inspirations, these vibrant, flirty colors range from pale, frosty pink to rich fuchsia.  Nice Stems! offers fingers and toes a perfectly pink shade for all of summer’s looks.
                  “These vibrant, feminine hues complement 60’s ladylike fashions, 70’s glam looks, and bold color-blocking, which are the season’s staples,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director.  “The Nice Stems! collection also offers an interesting contrast and feminine accent to the punk and biker looks on the runways.”
                Nice Stems! by OPI shades include:
Play the Peonies
We’d put our money on this lovely soft-pink.

Come to Poppy
Surrender to shine with this shimmering coral-pink.

Be a Dahlia Won’t You?
Give the gift of fabulous fuchsia—to yourself!

I Lily Love You

Fall head over heels with this light pink sparkle.


  “Using different micas and glitters can give lacquer a 3-dimensional look,” adds Weiss-Fischmann.  “I Lily Love You is a glitter coat that can be layered over any of the other three shades to add a bright sparkle; or, it can be worn on its own for a subtle tint of pink with strands of glitter.”
The Nice Stems! Nail Lacquers by OPI contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application. 
This limited edition Nice Stems! collection will be available beginning June 2011 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for  $8.50 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each Nail Lacquer.
For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan

St Patrick's Day NOTD

   Happy St Patrick's Day everyone!  Did everyone remember their green?  Today is also Day 4 of my week of green.  I only have one picture for you of my mani from today because right after I took one just for fun shot with my phone, I managed to smudge my left thumb.  And of course there was no time to redo it before I had to go to work.
   I debated between several different polishes on which to use today.  Finally I ended up with Revlon Jaded from the new-ish Top Speed collection..  Jaded is a mint green with just the tiniest amount of hidden shimmer. I only needed 2 coats for full, even coverage.  Application and formula were both very nice. 


   The stars are shiny glitter pieces that I picked up on clearance from Sally's Beauty Supply earlier this week.  To apply them, and smooth out the surface of my nails to keep them from catching on everything, I waited a few minutes to let my base color dry.  Then I applied one thick layer of Gelous instant gel base coat, placed the star with a toothpick, and applied a second thick coat of Gelous.  I did this to all 5 fingers then added a thick coat of Seche Vite top coat.  I can still feel the stars, but this stopped most of the rough edges.  I've started using a coat of Gelous on heavy glitters as well in the same way, after the polish but before top coat, and it really helps smooth out the finish of rough polishes.
   Jaded reminds me of mint chocolate chip ice cream color wise.  Which gives me some nail art ideas for later.  I was impressed with the Top Speed formula and application.  
   So what color(s) did all of you choose for today?  Any nail art or did you just go with straight color?  Let me know in the comments.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

OPI Don't Mess With OPI

   Day 3 of my week of green brings a slightly dusty jade green from the new OPI Texas Collection called Don't Mess With OPI. 


   I have to start out by saying OMG the formula and application for this polish were incredible.  The polish almost applied itself.  Pigmentation is also great.  I needed 2 coats for even, opaque coverage.  In the pictures there are actually 3 coats on my index and middle fingers only because I needed to repair some chips that happened yesterday while it was raining before I could take photos.  Base coat was OPI Natural Nail Base and Top coat was Diamond Dry.

Direct Sun

Shade

Indoor

   In case you're wondering why I've suddenly started holding the bottle in my indoor shots, it's because my camera focuses much better when I'm holding the bottle than when I'm not.  Unless I use the flash, and I'd rather not do that.
   So application aside, I love this color.  It's a beautiful green creme simple as that.  I almost hate to take it off.  But I will.  What do you ladies think?  Want it?  Hate it?  Have you tried it yourself yet?  If so what do you think?  Let me know below.


Disclaimer: The product(s) in this post were sent to me by the company for consideration.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

China Glaze Laser Lime

   Day 2 of my week of green brings you Laser Lime from the new China Glaze Tronica collection.  Tronica is the new holographic collection which is exclusive to Sally's Beauty Supply and its sister company for professionals only, Cosmoprof.
   Laser Lime is the perfect name for this polish.  It is a lime green color with holographic effect in the sun.  The holo leans fairly red/orange to my eye, but it works well with the green.


   Formula and application were both lovely and allowed for a super quick mani change.  When you're in a hurry, smooth application is very helpful.  I used China Glaze Strong Adhesion base coat, 3 coats Laser Lime, and Seche Vite top coat.  Top coat can somewhat dull the holographic effect so you might want to skip one.  On its own Laser Lime dries fairly quickly.
   I'm going to post photos in a different order to show the best look last.  In the shade, LL is a pretty color, but nothing special or unique.


   Inside you can start to see the potential in the polish.  How much the holo shows indoors will of course depend on how strong the lighting is.  


   Outside in the sunshine is where this color really pops.  


   See how the dots of color come out?  Make sure you click the photo to enlarge it and get the full effect.  If you look closely, you should be able to even see some linear holo effect, straight lines of rainbow color, as well as the scattered effect.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Orly It's Not Rocket Science

   It's St. Patrick's Day week.  Do you have your mani picked out for Thursday yet?  No?  Don't worry, this week I will be featuring green polish.  I'm starting with It's Not Rocket Science from the Cosmic FX collection by Orly.  INRS, sorry not typing that full name out a bunch of times, is described as green with gold blue fx. 


   I would describe INRS as a yellowish green almost like a new tennis ball.  I was concerned about how this would look on, but when I found it on clearance for $2.99 I figured it was worth trying at least.  I was pleasantly surprised by how INRS looked on, for me at least.  Is it a polish I will wear often?  Probably not, but it's nice for something different now and then.
   Application was pretty smooth and the formula was a nice consistency.  It was a little sheer, but 3 coats give nice even coverage without anything underneath.  I used Orly Bonder as my base and PoliShield as my top coat.

Direct Sun

Shade

Indoor


   The color shift was a little hard to see, but I did capture one good shot of it.  Look closely at my thumb in the following photo:



   So what do you ladies think?  Definitely not your typical green, but sometimes that's a good thing. 

Saturday, March 12, 2011

OPI Femme de Cirque Press Release

   Please enjoy the following press release from OPI.

Behold! The Most Magnificent Shades on Earth

OPI Launches Femme de Cirque,

New SoftShades for Spring 2011

                                                                                                                                                                               

                This spring, step right up and enjoy Femme de Cirque by OPI, four new breathtakingly dreamy additions to the SoftShades collection, designed to unleash a woman’s inner ring mistress. The collection includes three pink hues and one sheer glitter coat that can be worn on its own or painted over any of the other lacquers for an entirely new look.
                “SoftShades Nail Lacquers make a very powerful statement by being enticingly feminine with a delicate hue,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “Every woman can feel like a shining star with this high performance collection. The sheer glitter coat is perfect to wear alone for a touch of sparkle, or to layer over another shade for a personal touch.”
                Femme de Cirque by OPI offers four subtle, sophisticated Nail Lacquers that are the perfect accessory to any outfit. Delicate yet empowering, each shade is an elegant choice for any occasion. These show-stopping hues will complement any look – from classic to trendy or day to night – by infusing a dose of soft feminine charm. Femme de Cirque includes:
In the Spot-Light Pink
Take center stage with this pretty pop of pink!


Step Right Up!
And see the most amazing light pink right before your very eyes!


So Many Clowns, So Little Time
And this creamy nude pink is next on the list.


I Juggle…Men
Drop everything for this iridescent shimmer coat!

Femme de Cirque Nail Lacquers contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and each features the exclusive OPI ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application.
Femme de Cirque by OPI will be available beginning April 2011, at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $8.50 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each Nail Lacquer. 
                For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Orly Lunar Eclipse

   Today I'm starting reviews of the Orly Cosmic FX collection from last fall.  What makes the Cosmic FX collection special are the natural rock minerals, crystals and glass infused in the polish to create an optical effect to make your nails explode with color.  At least that's what the press release says.  They are definitely vibrant and sparkling.
   Lunar Eclipse is described as a blue with pink purple fx.  When you look at the bottle, you will see several different colors depending on the light.
This one is direct sun

This is inside on my polish station

   Big difference huh?  Most of the time on the nail, at least for me, I was only seeing the blue.  It's a lovely rich blue, but I would have liked to get more of the pink/purple on the nail.  With all the polishes in this collection that I'll be reviewing I used Orly Bonder as my base coat and Orly Polishield as my top coat.  For Lunar Eclipse, I put 3 coats of polish on my pinky, middle finger, and thumb then 4 coats on my ring and index fingers.  I did this to show how big a difference the number of coats makes with this polish.  You can mostly tell the difference in direct sun, but I could still tell indoors as well.

Direct Sun

Shade

   Indoors was the only place I managed to see any of the pink/purple on my nail.  But man was it hard to photograph.  This polish in general was actually hard to capture.  These pictures are not the most color accurate but are the best I could get with my camera.  I even tried my cell phone and couldn't get anything better.  But here are the indoor shots



  If you enlarge the direct sun photos, you should be able to see on the 3 coat fingers a bit of unevenness.  This polish is very sheer and can be very streaky as well if you do not apply it very carefully.  I would recommend using this polish on top of either a dark blue or a black base polish to decrease streak visibility, and just to cut back on the number of coats you need.


Disclaimer: The product(s) in this post were sent to me by the company for consideration.
 
polished & frosted title image brushes by Obsidian Dawn