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Monday, October 31, 2011

OPI - The "It" Color (10/31/2011)

OPI The "It" Color is the color that started my lacquer collecting craze!  Little did I know that I already had 80 bottles of polish thrown in a box from over 20 years of buying nail polish.  But there's a difference between "buying" and "collecting" and I'm sure you all know what that is.  Anyway, with this color I found an artistic form of expression with color and my nails - Bright, Bold, Beautiful color and away I went!

Color Description: The "It" Color is a caution yellow creme, like the color of street signs, school buses, manila envelopes and pavement lines.  It is definitely a bold and daring color to wear and also matches one of my favorite handbags.  The color of this handbag is Chamois Yellow...  this works, too.

Similar To: I find this color to be very close to Stockholm by Dare to Wear, however, the D2W seems to be a jelly while the OPI is a creme.

This Look: One coat of Starting Over After Artificials, one coat of Instant Artificials and three coats of The "It" Color (yellow tends to be a bit streaky) and one coat of Shine and Hold.

Price Point/Availability:  The "It" Color is still in OPI's core line of colors and can be purchased just about anywhere you can buy OPI.

What started you on your way to becoming a nail polish fanatic; for some it's design, for me it's color, what is it for you?

Friday, October 28, 2011

OPI - Vodka & Caviar (10/28/2011)

I had a strong desire to wear a classic red today and the first color to pop into my mind was OPI's Vodka & Caviar.  This lacquer hails from the 2007 Russian collection and may just be the red of all reds.

Color Description: V&C is a medium to deep red creme that can be an everyday color or special occasion depending on your mood.  Definitely a must for the lacquer lover!

This Look: One coat of Starting Over After Artificials two coats of Vodka & Caviar and one coat of Shine & Hold topcoat.

Price Point/Availability:  I believe this color has been inducted into the OPI core line for its classic allure and is readily available for purchase online and in your local salons.  Retails for $8.50.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Pink Wednesday: China Glaze Sprinkles

Today's Pink Wednesday offering is China Glaze Sprinkles, which is a pretty pink that's right up my alley and to top it all off it has lot of magenta micro glitter thus the name Sprinkles!

This lacquer has been discontinued but you can find it online, no problem!

Have an awesome week and see you around soon!

Friday, October 21, 2011

L'Oreal Luminescence (10/21/2011)

♪♫ "Isn't she lovely, isn't she wonderful..." ♪♫ 
It's taken me a long while to wear this lacquer, at least a year and I really should've gotten around to wearing this stunner sooner!

It would've been even better if I could've taken pics of Luminescence in the daylight but I have a few shots that captivate this beauty's allure.

Color Description
A deep almost blackened purple with blue and magenta shimmer that can only be seen in certain light.

Similar To: Believe it or not this is very similar to Wet N Wild's Ready To Pounce (RTP) however Luminescence has a much better formula with a great depth of shimmer than RTP.

This Look: One coat of Instant Artificials, two coats of Luminescence and one coat of Sally Hansen Mega Shine.

Do you have this color or RTP?  This is a great vampy shade that I'm certain will be great on all skin types.  Well, that's all folks and see you soon!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Pink Wednesday: OPI - Come To Poppy

Come To Poppy is from OPI's Spring 2011 Nice Stems Collection.  The only thing I can say is that this is not what I imagine the color Poppy to be; to me Poppy is a bright orange-red.  It's still nice though.

Color Description: A pearlized shimmering hot pink frost with lavender duo-chrome, Come To Poppy is bright and cheery.

Similar To: Unique finish but similar in color to many hot pinks on the market.

This Look: One coat of Growing Nails Garlic base coat, with one coat of Instant Artificials, two coats of Come To Poppy with one coat of Sally Hansen Mega Shine.

Price Point/Availability: OPI retails for $8.50/ea, however, this may not be readily available as it was limited edition.  I'm sure you can get this online and it may still be at select salon locations.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Nubar - Verde (10/17/2011)

A very sophisticated green, Nubar Verde is on trend for the Fall!  I've owned this lacquer for at least a year and finally decided to wear it and its all that and then some.

Color Description: Verde is, of course, green but with an unusual golden-bronze glass-flecked undertone that sets it apart from most greens out there. It's a beautiful deep forest green with a golden shimmer you don't come by everyday.

Similar To: So close to Zoya Edyta that they could be fraternal twins. My Lucid Bubble did a "smackdown" between the two and here it is for you viewing pleasure.

This Look: One coat of Growing Nails Garlic basecoat, two coats of Nubar Verde and one coat of Sally Hansen Mega Shine.

Price Point/AvailabilityNubar Verde is available online at and retails for about $7.50.

See you on Pink Wednesday peeps! :)

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Asili Bath and Body Products

I was sent a lovely manicure set from Asili Bath and Body to review and I must admit after using it for a while I'm definitely in love with the sweet and natural products that this set is made of.  

All products are made of 100% natural ingredients, hand-made upon each order and custom scents are available at request.  I've listed the products that I've tried below:

Price Point/Availability:
Orange Ginger Suga' Scrub (2 oz.) - Exfoliate your hands while moisturizing dry skin and cuticles with a blend of Brown Sugar, Citrus and Ginger essential oils that will invigorate and revive tired hands. - $7.00

Lemon & Rose Cuticle Oil Lemon & Rose Cuticle Oil (1oz.):  Moisturize dry cuticles with moisture rich Jojoba and Sweet Almond oils, Vitamin E oil Lemon and Rosewood essential oils.  - $8.00

Coconut & Lemograss Hand Butter (2 oz.) - Moisturize dry hands and cuticles with this rich creme infused with Virgin Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Lemongrass and Tangerine essential oils. - $10.00

Asili Bath and Body products can be found by visiting the website, by phone (708) 679-0756 or by e-mail at Please click here for the link to the Hands & Feet portion of the Asili website that will give any mani/pedi spa treatment like never before!

About the Founder
"Founded by Pamela Willis in 2000, Asili, which means nature in Swahili specializes in all-natural bath and body products. Willis started experimenting with natural products such as shea butter, which has been used for centuries to soften and protect skin and hair in African cultures. From there she created a wide variety of products with fragrances ranging from her extremely popular Almond scent to her exclusive Special Edition Mango."

Final Thoughts: My skin was left emollient and fragrant like I'd just left the spa.  And I really appreciate the fact that I was able to try three of the many wonderful handcrafted scents from the collection.

Thank you Pamela for letting me share your wonderful products with ladies wonderful women around the globe and ladies have a great Saturday evening!!!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Pink Wednesday: OPI - Teenage Dream over Sally Hansen Pink Diamond

One good thing about living on the West Coast is that I have a few more hours to get my Pink Wednesday look published...  Yay for L.A.!  

Here's Teenage Dream over Pink Diamond and at first, it was just going to be Pink Diamond but I decided to prettify (lol - prettify looks like it's a real word) it with Teenage Dream and it worked out nicely,

No real details will be given about this look today but if you have any questions, please, please, please, ask me.  Now on to the definition of prettify...


tr.v. pret·ti·fiedpret·ti·fy·ingpret·ti·fies
To make pretty or prettier, especially in a superficial or insubstantial way.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Essie - Case Study (10/9/2011)

Case Study is from Essie's Brand New Bag Fall 2011 collection which consists of a total of "six creamy rich shades reminiscent of complex colors that are a throwback to the fashions of the 1940's and 1950's". 

Well, I only purchased one from this collection and what's interesting is that Case Study changes color on different skin tones. But it's still an very nice albeit unusual color, wouldn't ya say?

Color Description:  Described by Essie as a rich caramel beige, Case Study leans more towards a grey-beige (or greige) on my brown/tan skin, however, so may reviewers have it as pulling green on them, sorry no green here.

Similar To: Nothing in my collection.

This Look: One coat of OPI Acrylic Nail Base Coat, two coats of Case Study and one coat of Shine & Hold Quick Dry top coat.

Price Point/Availability: I believe this collection has been touted as "limited edition" which means while supplies last and retails for about $8.00.

Do you have this color yet or any others from the?  What do you think?  

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Pink Wednesday: OPI - La Paz-itively Hot - Matte

La Paz-itively Hot in the Matte formula is striking and deep enough in color to be worn in the Fall - IMO.

Color Description: Wow!  Thought for sure I would want to put a topcoat on this baby to give it a shine, but this magenta/hot pink lacquer is great on its own.  The fact that its matte gives it an edge and will definitely get some double takes.

Similar To: Nada!

This Look: One coat of Growing Nails Odorless Garlic base and tow coats of La Paz-itively Hot - Matte.

Price Point/Availability:  I believe this is still available at most better salon locations and retails for $8.50.

Thanks as always for stopping by and take care!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Essie - Tart Deco (09/30/2011)

Wow!  How gorgeous is this one and why did it take me so long to purchase it?

Color Description: A beautiful melon color that looks great on any complexion.

Similar To: This has been compared to Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Snappy Sorbet but I don't own that one so wouldn't know for sure.

This Look: Two coats of Essie Tart Deco and one coat of Out The Door topcoat.

Price Point/Availability: This can be found at CVS and other retailers and etailers.  Not at all hard to find... :)

Well, when I wore this everyone was in love with it, even the girl at the In-N-Out drive-thru - lol!  Definitely one to own.
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