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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Julep Maven August Box

Hello everyone! Today I did an epic swatch-fest that’s been months in the making.  I have tons of new posts ready to go, so expect to see more activity here within the next week.  Tonight I want to share the Julep Maven August Box with you guys.  Warning: This post is picture-heavy!

The August Maven box features the Garden Party Collection.  I decided to upgrade my box for this month and get the whole collection because I loved every single color.

Inside the August Maven box

Inside the August Maven box

Inside the box with the polishes unwrapped

Inside the box with the polishes unwrapped

I absolutely love Julep’s packaging.  They really make their Maven boxes look spectacular.

Inside the box for August, I received 9 nail colors, the Moisture Mask Trio and Double Step, a moisturizer/friction stick for feet.  Julep also included some Forget Me Not seeds which I’ll be planting soon!

Before we get to the color swatches, I want to talk about Double Step.

Double Step

Double Step

This product is a moisturizing treatment and friction stick for feet.  You apply it to prevent blisters.  The product goes on smooth and has a pleasant minty smell.  I haven’t really noticed much difference in my feet since I’ve started using it, but my feet don’t usually get blisters anyway.  I’ll continue using it because I like to keep my heels moisturized so they don’t become cracked and dry.

The Moisture Mask Trio was the other beauty product included in my upgrade box this month.

Moisture Mask Trio

Moisture Mask Trio

I haven’t had an opportunity to use these yet, but I’ll keep you guys posted on the results once I do.

Okay, now on to the swatches.  I know this is what everyone has been anxiously waiting for!  Here’s a group shot.  Don’t they all look lovely?

Garden Party Collection Polishes

Garden Party Collection Polishes

First up is Nellie, a pink fuschia creme.  Nellie is a one-coater and the formula is fabulous.  No streaks here.

Nellie

Nellie

Nellie

Nellie

Next we have Veronica, a modern mauve creme (as described by Julep).  I would call this color more of a dusty salmon.  Veronica is also a one-coater and has a streak-free finish.  This would be a good color for a job interview or similar occasion.

Veronica

Veronica

Veronica

Veronica

Then we have Lois, a dusty rose frost.  Lois is gorgeous, but I found the formula to be a little thick.  Perhaps this has something to do with a frost also being a one-coater? I’m amazed that I got excellent coverage with just one coat of this polish.  Lois is super shiny and is great for someone who likes neutrals but wants a little extra flair.

Lois

Lois

Lois

Lois

And then there’s Marjorie, a citrus orange frost.  I did have to use two coats of Marjorie to get the coverage I wanted.  This color doesn’t look great with my skin tone and I was really hoping it would change my opinion on the color orange because it looked so beautiful online.  Unfortunately, I don’t love Marjorie and I’d be willing to part with it.

Marjorie

Marjorie

Marjorie

Marjorie

Next is Bea, a lemonade creme.  I was scared of Bea because I really, really wanted to love it.  I almost didn’t want to put it on because yellow polishes usually look horrendous on me and I didn’t want to be disappointed.  Much to my surprise, Bea works with my skin tone and is a lovely color.  I had to use two coats, but you could make Bea work with just one if you’re really great at painting your nails.

Bea

Bea

Bea

Bea

Next is Francis, a celery green creme.  I fell in love with Francis at first sight online, but when I started applying it I wasn’t sure about it.  In the beginning it reminded me of pea soup, but once I had two good coats on, I fell for Francis all over again.  I wouldn’t call it a celery color, but it’s not lime green either.  Francis is really pretty and a perfect color for spring or summer.

Francis

Francis

Francis

Francis

Next is Lacey, a midnight blue with purple shimmer.  Let me tell you guys, this polish is absolutely gorgeous.  The shimmer makes it stand out more than just a regular dark blue polish.  Another awesome thing about Lacey is that it did not stain my nails like so many other blue polishes do, and it didn’t smear too badly when I removed it.  Love, love love it.

Lacey

Lacey

Lacey

Lacey

Then there’s Sylvia, a lilac purple creme.  I only had to use one coat of Sylvia too.  This beautiful purple is a great transition color for fall.  Please forgive my camera for not being able to capture the true color.  Sylvia is so much more stunning in person (and a lot less blue).  The picture with the bottle is most accurate to the true color.

Sylvia

Sylvia

Sylvia

Sylvia

And last but certainly not least is Fiore, an espresso brown creme.  Fiore is beautiful and I’m very pleased as this is my first brown polish.  I only had to use one coat and the color is excellent.  It’s not too dark and would make a lovely color for fall.

Fiore

Fiore

Fiore

Fiore

You can purchase the Garden Party polishes and beauty products on Julep’s website.  If you want to become a Maven and receive a wonderful box every month, please use my referral link to sign up.  You’ll get a monthly box for $19.99 (shipping is free), plus 20% off regularly priced products.

Did you love the Garden Party collection as much as I did? Which polishes are your favorites? Would you like to try any of the beauty products featured this month? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

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.

Zoya Stevie Swatches

Hello again everyone! I hope you’re all enjoying this lovely Saturday.  Here in North Carolina the weather has started to get really hot and humid.  I’m so not looking forward to that aspect of summer.  I hate hot weather and rarely get to go to the beach so summer is my least favorite season.

One thing that I do enjoy about summer is the bright color palette.  Zoya recently launched its Pixie Dust summer collection.  I ran across one lonely bottle of Stevie a few weeks ago at Ulta and my boyfriend bought it for me.  I’ve been coveting this color since I saw it on other polish blogs.

Zoya Pixie Dust in Stevie

Zoya Pixie Dust in Stevie

If you read my previous Pixie Dust review, then you know how much I loved Chyna.  Let me tell you guys, I am in love with Stevie too.  This is a beautiful light purple with tons and tons of silver glitter, which gives the perfect amount of shimmer, especially in natural light.  Stevie is gorgeous.

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Texture close-up

Texture close-up

Application was smooth and simple.  Textured polishes are generally very forgiving, so if you mess up a little it is very easy to fix your mistake without having to remove and start all over.  I was also able to wear Stevie for five days with minimal tip wear and it did not chip.

After trying two Pixie Dust polishes, I really don’t think Zoya can do any wrong.  I highly recommend trying at least one Pixie Dust polish, even if you’re not completely sold on the textured trend yet.

You can purchase Pixie Dust from Zoya’s website for $9.00 each.

Have you tried Pixie Dust yet? Are you just as hooked as I am? Let me know in the comments!

Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat Swatches and Review

Hello everyone! Happy Tuesday! I hope you guys are having a great week so far.  Does anyone have any plans next week for Memorial Day? I don’t have anything special planned, but I’m definitely glad to have a holiday off!

Today I bring you something that can only be described as bizarre.  I know textured polishes are “in” this season (like OPI Liquid Sand and Zoya Pixie Dust), but Sally Hansen has created a product that I just don’t understand.  It’s called Fuzzy Coat.  These polishes have fibers in them and when you paint them on it looks like your nails are fuzzy (think hideous fuzzy angora sweater).  I’m really not sure where this idea came from, but I thought it would be fun to at least try it out.

Here’s my mani for this week.  It’s just three simple coats of OPI I Theodora You and one coat of Seche Vite top coat.  I applied this polish on Sunday.

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OPI I Theodora You

OPI I Theodora You

Before I get to the Fuzzy Coat, I do have a simple request of my fellow beauty bloggers.  If you guys have tried I Theodora You, could you please give me some advice on application? I absolutely love the color, but every time I try to wear it, it streaks so badly and leaves yucky bald patches.  I can only wear it for a day or two before it gets on my nerves.  If you have any words of wisdom, please let me know!

Ok, so on to the Fuzzy Coat.  I used Fuzzy Coat in Wool Lite (strange name, huh?) and just applied it over I Theodora You since the colors are very similar

Two coats of Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat over OPI I Theodora You

Two coats of Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat over OPI I Theodora You

Close up

Close up

Fuzzy Coat bottle

Fuzzy Coat bottle

I found application to be messy.  The fibers do tend to stray on to the sides of your finger.  Also, they clump and don’t distribute evenly across the nail. I didn’t really like the way this looked, so I’m going to say that fuzzy nails are a trend that I just can’t get behind.  I removed the polish after wearing it long enough to photograph it for this entry.  Removal was surprisingly easy, which is a plus if you’re going to be trying the product.

You can purchase Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat at Target for $5.49.

So what do you guys think? Have you tried Fuzzy Coat? Will you? Let me know in the comments.

Sinful Shine Swatches & Review

Happy Sunday and Happy Mother’s Day to all of my wonderful readers! I hope everyone has had a nice, relaxing weekend.  I start my new job at BB&T tomorrow so I’m very excited! I have to decide what neutral color to wear on my nails.

Today I want to show you some new polishes from Sinful Colors.  These new polishes are called Sinful Shine and have Gel Tech to make them super shiny.  This is the first time I’ve ever used a Sinful Colors polish.  I spotted these at Walgreens and picked them up because I’m always trying to find budget nail polishes that perform as well as the professional brands.  I’ve heard good things about Sinful Colors, so I decided these would be a good buy.

First up is Sinful Shine in Mardi Gras.

Sinful Shine in Mardis Gras, without a top coat

Sinful Shine in Mardi Gras, without a top coat

The above picture shows this polish without a top coat, so you can see how shiny the polishes are on their own.  Mardi Gras looked like a peachy-coral color in the bottle, but was a brighter orange once I put it on.  At first I didn’t like the color, but it grew on me.  It also toned down some after a day or so of wear.

I did have some issues with the formula.  It was thick and took forever to dry.  I waited 20 minutes between coats (I only applied 2 coats) and 40 minutes before putting on my top coat.  The polish wasn’t completely dry so the top coat dragged some of the color, creating little bald spots.  If you’re going to use Mardi Gras, make sure to give it plenty of time to dry before you use your hands.

Mardi Gras with Julep Freedom Polymer Top Coat

Mardi Gras with Julep Freedom Polymer Top Coat

With Julep Freedom Polymer Top Coat

With Julep Freedom Polymer Top Coat

I used Julep Freedom Polymer Top Coat to give the polish a little extra shine and protection (this top coat performs like a gel; you can read my review of it here).  I wore Mardi Gras for 3 days and had no tip wear or chips, only the small imperfections caused by applying the top coat when the polish was still wet.

I also picked up Sinful Shine in My Kryptonite.  A couple of weeks ago I saw a girl in a restaurant wearing a color similar to this and I knew I had to have it.  When I saw My Kryptonite, I grabbed it up! This is a beautiful deep jade green color.

Sinful Colors in My Kryptonite, in natural light

Sinful Colors in My Kryptonite, in natural light

I had the hardest time photographing this color! When I first used my digital camera to take pictures, it would only pick up the blue tones so this color looked completely different.  My cell phone did a slightly better job of capturing this gorgeous green, but you have to see the color in person to truly understand how amazing it is.

I did not have any trouble with the formula of My Kryptonite.  I waited 20 minutes before applying the second coat and 30 minutes before applying the Freedom Polymer Top Coat.  The polish was dry enough so the top coat didn’t drag it this time.

My Kryptonite photographed at night

My Kryptonite photographed at night

My Kryptonite chipped on day two of wear, but that’s because I did some major cleaning while wearing it.  It was still super shiny though, which is more than I can say for some polishes.

Overall I really enjoyed using these Sinful Shine polishes and I’ll definitely be buying more.  They’re a steal for $2.99 because they’re very shiny and have great wear time.  Sinful Shine is available at your local Walgreens.

OPI Euro Centrale Swatches

Hello everyone! I’m so sorry that I haven’t been keeping up with posting here.  A lot has been going on in the past couple of weeks, so I haven’t had time to post, but I have been swatching.  I’m excited to announce that I have a new job with BB&T and will start there next Monday, so hopefully that will give me more time to keep up with blogging.

I know the OPI Euro Centrale polishes are kind of old news now, but I’ve been collecting them since they first became available.  I recently decided to try out some of the ones I have and they’re gorgeous.  Without further delay, I give you OPI…Eurso Euro.

OPI...Eurso Euro without top coat

OPI…Eurso Euro without top coat

This polish has a jelly feel to it, and normally I’m horrible with applying jelly polishes.  Eurso Euro has great coverage and is very pigmented, so application wasn’t an issue.  I love the dark, rich blue color and the polish is super shiny, even without a top coat.

Without top coat

Without top coat

With SV top coat

With Seche Vite top coat

OPI...Eurso Euro in natural light

OPI…Eurso Euro in natural light

Next up is I Saw…U Saw…We Saw…Warsaw.  This is a beautiful, inky navy blue polish.  On a side note, I found it awkward to tell people who asked the name of this polish since it’s so long.

I Saw...You Saw...We Saw...Warsaw

I Saw…U Saw…We Saw…Warsaw

Application was great as the formula was nice and smooth.  I found clean up to be rather difficult due to extreme smearing, but this is true with most blue polishes.

We Saw Warsaw

We Saw Warsaw

In natural light

In natural light

Finally, we have Vant to Bite My Neck? This is a super vampy plum purple.  I didn’t have any issues with applying this one either.  The only trouble I had was with clean up because this polish smears and stains pretty easily.

Vant to Bite My Neck?

Vant to Bite My Neck?

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Overall, I found these three colors from the Euro Centrale collection to be fantastic.  They’re versatile because you can wear them in any season.  They were all very easy to apply and dried with a high shine.  I love these so much that I can’t pick a favorite.

You can buy the Euro Centrale shades from Ulta stores and now on Ulta.com! They retail for $9.00 each.

Have you tried any of the Euro Centrale colors yet? Which is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!