OPI San Francisco Collection Swatches

Hi everyone! I hope you guys have had a great week and are getting ready for the weekend.  Today I want to share three beautiful polishes from the OPI San Francisco collection with you.  Normally when a new OPI collection comes out, I’m all over it.  There was something way too familiar about this collection though.  Most of the colors look like stuff OPI has put out within the last year with their Germany, Skyfall and Euro Centrale collections.  The three polishes I’m sharing today are the only ones that were original enough for me to buy.

First is a stunning metallic silver called I Haven’t the Foggiest.  I used two coats of polish to cover minor imperfections, but the formula is so wonderful that you could get away with one coat.

I Haven’t the Foggiest is extremely shiny and reflective.  I had to take a picture with flash to show off how shiny it is.  The second picture with no flash still does it justice.

I Haven't the Foggiest (with flash)

I Haven’t the Foggiest (with flash)

I Haven't the Foggiest

I Haven’t the Foggiest

Next we have Peace, Love and OPI.  This color is gorgeous! It’s a color-shifting polish that goes from gray to purple to sage.  My camera didn’t quite do it justice, but the shifting adds a lot of interest.  This is a perfect color for fall and just overall very cool.  The swatches below are with two coats of polish, which you really need to build up the color.

Peace, Love and OPI

Peace, Love and OPI

Peace, Love and OPI (best photo of the color shift)

Peace, Love and OPI (best photo of the color shift)

Finally we have one of the Liquid Sand colors, Alcatraz Rocks! This polish is absolutely beautiful, and one of my favorite Liquid Sand colors OPI has debuted.  It’s a deep purple, almost blue color with multicolored glitter.  Of course like all other Liquid Sand polishes, this dries to a matte textured finish.  You need two coats to get the optimal color and texture and no top coat.  Alcatraz Rocks! is my favorite polish from the San Francisco collection.

Alcatraz Rocks!

Alcatraz Rocks!

Alcatraz Rocks!

Alcatraz Rocks!

In honor of this collection, I want to share some pictures of me in San Francisco.  These were taken when I visited my uncle for spring break in 2007.  I really love San Francisco and I think it’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve visited.

Me on Alcatraz Island

Me on Alcatraz Island

Me and my uncle Darryn in front of the Golden Gate Bridge

Me and my uncle Darryn in front of the Golden Gate Bridge

I hope you enjoyed my swatches and San Francisco pictures! Are you planning on getting any of the OPI San Francisco collection?

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The C&NP Sunday Special!

Hi everyone! Today I’ve got something extra special for you all: two posts that will be combined into one.  I have two sets of gorgeous swatches that I just couldn’t wait to share, so I decided to post them both today.  Enjoy!

My first swatch is another bright, summery shade that will look great with just about anything.  It’s Essie In the Cab-ana from the 2013 Resort Shades collection.  You would not believe how incredibly difficult these polishes are to find right now.  In the Cab-ana is especially popular, so getting it was tough, but I managed to find it in Target.  This vibrant blue color reminds me of the sunny Caribbean beaches.  It’s a perfect shade to wear if you’re pining for a little time by the sea.

As always with Essie, the formula for In the Cab-ana was flawless.  No balding and opaque in two coats.  Pictures below show the polish with one coat of Seche Vite.

Essie In the Cab-ana

Essie In the Cab-ana

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In the Cab-ana in sunlight

In the Cab-ana in sunlight

Look at that beautiful shine!

Look at that beautiful shine!

You can find Essie polishes at Ulta, Walgreens, Target and other major drug/department stores.  You may be able to find a Resort Colors display if you’re lucky.  Let me know if you’re able to find these anywhere!

Alright lucky readers, here’s the second set of swatches for the Sunday Special.

I present to you Honey Rider, a Liquid Sand polish from the OPI Bond Girls collection.  This polish is also perfect for summer because it reminds me of the sunshine.  Honey Rider is absolutely breathtaking in sunlight.  Keep reading for pictorial evidence.

I did notice that Honey Rider has a bit of a thicker formula than the other Liquid Sand polishes, but that didn’t bother me.  Application was smooth and I got great coverage in two coats.  I did not use a top coat because I like the texture; however, you’re welcome to apply a top coat for a glossy finish.

OPI Liquid Sand in Honey Rider

OPI Liquid Sand in Honey Rider

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Honey Rider in sunlight = spectacular

Honey Rider in sunlight…simply spectacular

You can buy the OPI Bond Girls collection at Ulta for $9.00 each.  All shades are Liquid Sand polishes.  Do you plan to pick any up?

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your Sunday and I’ll see you next time with some more fabulous swatches.

Beauty Review: Liquid Sand by OPI

Hello again everyone! I hope that everyone had a happy New Year and that your week is going fabulously.  I’m super excited about today’s entry because it is my first ever beauty product review!

Before we begin, I have to let you all know that I’m a nail polish addict.  Every time I have some spare cash, I head over to Ulta and buy a few bottles of OPI polish (which is my favorite brand).  Yes, I know you can buy nail polish at Wal-Mart or any discount store, but OPI is a much higher quality lacquer and lasts longer than generic brands you can buy for $4.00.  I highly recommend OPI products, but beware, you may develop an addiction like I did.

The product I’m reviewing today is one of OPI’s latest innovations.  Liquid Sand is debuting as part of the Mariah Carey by OPI Collection for 2013.  The color is called “Get Your Number” and is a glittery blue.  Per the tag on the product, the lacquer “dries to a textured matte finish infused with reflective glints of light.”  Directions for applying state to apply a base coat and two coats of color.  The directions also advise not to use a top coat.

Liquid Sand- "Get Your Number," part of the Mariah Carey OPI Collection

Liquid Sand- “Get Your Number,” part of the Mariah Carey by OPI Collection

I started out by applying OPI’s Chip Skip and Natural Nail Base Coat.  Once the base coat dried, I applied the Liquid Sand.  It went on smooth like a normal nail polish.

First coat

First coat

The first coat dried and right away I noticed the texture.  This stuff really does have a sandy feel to it, which is pretty amazing.  The texture did make it a little difficult to apply the second coat because I wasn’t able to easily slide the brush down to my cuticle and back up.  I abandoned this technique and just painted the second coat on in three sections without regard to my cuticles (sorry for the messy application).

All dry!

All dry!

Once the product dries, it looks amazing.  The finish is matte but the glitter catches the light really well so you do get a bit of shine.  The glitter also provides depth and dimension.  This is my first time with a matte nail polish and I really didn’t know what to expect.  I wasn’t sure I’d like the texture or the finish, but I must say that I’m in love with it.  The color is also great.  When dry, it’s a nice shade of azure blue.  If you’re still uneasy about matte polishes, you can add a top coat for extra luster.

This is such a creative product and I’m excited to see how it wears.  If you’re thinking about trying the Liquid Sand colors, I encourage you to go for it.  So far I’m very pleased with the texture and the color.  By the way, the polish does not catch on clothes, which is something I was worried about.

The finished product

The finished product

You can purchase the Mariah Carey for OPI Collection lacquers at Ulta for $9.00 each.  There are 8 colors total.  Four shades are Liquid Sand colors and the other four are regular polishes (one is a glitter polish!).  If you’re interested in learning more about Liquid Sand, you can watch the following short video by OPI:

*I also want to give a special thank you to Maribeth at Obsessive Cosmetic Hoarders Unite! I read her blog entry for the Mariah Carey collection yesterday.  Previously, I had passed up purchasing the Liquid Sand colors, but after reading about them on Maribeth’s blog I was inspired to try them out.