Showing posts with label O.P.I. Show all posts
Showing posts with label O.P.I. Show all posts

Thursday, 9 January 2014

NOTD: As Tomorrow As It Gets

First post of the year, HAPPY 2014 EVERYONE.

Yes, I'm still alive! And yes, I returned from Egypt! But I'm doing some scary exciting stuff that is taking up all of my spare time. However, I managed to squeeze in some NOTD =)

Woohoooo how tanned are my fingers?! =)

I used: OPI Tomorrow Never Dies, OPI Mod About You, Essie As Gold As It Gets

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

NOTD: Ice Princess

Okay, technically these are not my nails of today. Hope you don't mind, as they are still prettyyyyy.


Isn't this such a perfectly wintery mani? <3

Base is three coats of OPI Solitarie (two on index finger).
Thumb: one coat of Let It Glitter Let it Snow.
Ring finger: two coats of Darling Diva Polish Care Bare Stare. It was better with one coat :-(

Friday, 6 December 2013

Dramatic Mrs. Santa

Hi pretties!

It's december already, can you believe it?! Time for Christmas-related polishes and nail art.
Since my mother, sister and I will be back in Egypt for Christmas, I won't be doing Christmas nails on the day(s). But now! Here are the first. And YES! My brushes from BornPrettyStore finally arrived. Check my thumb to see my fist experiment using them =)



If you look closely, you will see Let It Glitter! Santa Baby is not just different sizes of red glitter, but also black hearts. I love it! This is two coats.


I used: OPI Alpine Snow, Hema red polish (no name), Essie Licorice, Let It Glitter! Santa Baby.

Monday, 4 November 2013

Super Easy Nail Art: Brick Lane Gradient

Happy Monday pretties! Hope you all had a fantastic weekend.

Another super easy mani for you today. Super easy but quite fetching, I think!
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I have written about Nails Inc Brick Lane before. I love how easy it is to change your entire mani with just a splash of it. For this look I first did a gradient of grey and blue, then added one coat of Brick Lane. I love this look! I think it's good all year round.


I used: Rimmel Grey Matter, OPI Unfor-Greta-bly Blue, Nails Inc Brick Lane

Monday, 28 October 2013

Halloween NAC Day 3: Things That Go BUMP in The Night

Yeah, I know I'm late again =( I visited my family for a few days so I didn't get around to posting. I will be catching up today (two posts) so I expect to be back on schedule for tomorrow's post. Yay!

Day Three meant Things That Go BUMP in the night. Oh boy. When I googled that phrase, I came across the freakiest link ever. Here it is, if you're up for some scares, goosebumps and stuff.

For this mani I really wanted to try Zom-Body to Love, the glow in the dark polish by OPI that came with the Spookettes set. However, the effect was so weak that I had to change my plans :-( I know the polish is two years old so I was probably expecting too much of it. So here's what I did after the first attempt underwhelmed.
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The pic is a bit dull, I'm not sure why.

For the thumb and pinky I did two coats of Darling Diva Cougar followed by two coats of Darling Diva Pot o 'Gold. I added eyes on the thumb but now I think it was too much.
For the pointer finger I did something is saw at Kitty's Painted Claws. I just received Pumpkin Queen by Darling Diva (can you tell I love Darling Diva?!) so I added that over one coat of Essie Licorice, followed by a matte topcoat.
Middle and ring finger are OPI Alpine Snow with DDP Cougar and DDP Pot o 'Gold (middle) Essie Licorice (ring).

So this is my mani for Day Three. I couldn't stop staring at my thumb and pinky! Pot o'Gold is fantastic. It looks just like scales! The gold hexes are holo <3

Check out the other participants below:

Monday, 21 October 2013

Halloween Nail Art Challenge: Scary Movies

Helloooo and welcome to prompt one of the Halloween Nail Art Challenge! I know I'm a bit late but I promise Day 2 will be right on time (as in, tomorrow).

Day 1 meant Scary Movies. Yeah. I hate scary movies. They scare me! After asking around a bit and not being happy with any of the suggestions (most people suggested the mask from Scream or intricate designs that I knew I would never be able to do), I knew I needed to think outside the box. So, I went with an Ouija board design! Because, let's face it-  each movie that features an Ouija board teaches us it's Not A Good Idea.

For those of you unfamiliar with Ouija boards, here is an example:
Source: Wikipedia
Fun fact: when researching designs for Ouija boards, I learned that the heart-shaped thingy that moves over the board is called a Planchette. Who knew? Not me.

From Wikipedia:
The Ouija board (WEE-jə) also known as a spirit board or talking board, is a flat board marked with the letters of the alphabet, the numbers 0-9, the words "yes", "no", "hello" (occasionally), and "goodbye", along with various symbols and graphics. (....)
It uses a planchette (small heart-shaped piece of wood) or movable indicator to indicate the spirit's message by spelling it out on the board during a séance. Participants place their fingers on the planchette, and it is moved about the board to spell out words. (...)
Mainstream religions and some occultists have associated use of a Ouija board with the concept of demonic possession, and view the use of the board as a spiritual threat and have cautioned their followers not to use a Ouija board.
Despite being criticized by the scientific community and deemed superstitious by traditional Christians, Ouija remains popular among many people.
So. Here is my mani:
Believe me, I will be thrilled when my nail art brushes arrive, hopefully next week. If you look at my pinky finger, you'll know what I mean.
I was expecting the planchette to pop out more as I matted everything else. Unfortunately, no such luck.

I used: The New Black Gold Grenade, OPI German-icure by OPI, Essie Licorice, Miss Sporty matte top coat

I loved this first prompt of the challenge! So exciting do do another challenge and can't wait to see what everyone else has come up with.
Check out the other participants below
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Friday, 18 October 2013

Comparison: Cybele Blue Ray vs OPI Tomorrow Never Dies

Pretties, it's time to compare two polishes to see if they are dupes!
Ten months ago I bought Cybele polishes in Egypt. This was just after I had gotten some polishes from the OPI James Bond collection, so this one polish really jumped out at me, since it looked extremely similar to Tomorrow Never Dies.

So, ten months on, here is the comparison post! Are they dupes? Let's see...































 The bottle shot. Pretty similar, non?

Here are the polishes on my nails. Three coats for each. You could probably get away with two for both polishes, but I took no risks.
Left to right, this is... Hmm. Hang on. I wrote it down somewhere...
Ah! Here it is:















Are they dupes? The bottom two pictures make me think the OPI is somewhat more purple. But I never saw that in real life. No matter what, I think it's so cool that a made in Egypt brand is putting out polishes that look almost identical to OPI!
 
Needless to say, I'll be going back to the store to buy some more of these polishes this Christmas!

Thanks for reading! Check back Sunday for the first prompt of the Halloween Nail Art Challenge :-)

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Literary French

Oops. I wrote on Facebook that I was posting this mani yesterday, but never got around to taking the pictures. Even now, I only have one shitty one =(

I got the OPI Spookettes set some days ago and I knew I needed to do a mani RIGHT AWAY. I chose to use Mummy Knows Best and I Only Date Werewolves (IODW). I had the idea in my mind (spent the entire day at work designing it in my mind haha), added a strip of striping tape on each nail and applied IODW.
Yikes! It was so... smokey! I really expected it to be opaque in one coat like Essie Licorice, but I had to do two coats. Which of course meant trouble for the striping part- there's no way you can get it a crisp line if you don't remove the tape immediately after applying the polish.

I added white tips, used the paper and transfer solution from my The New Black - Weekly Journal set. Then another strip of striping tape where the black and white polish met on each nail, and finally a top coat.

I really love the Weekly Journal set. Sure, newspaper nails can be done cheaper, but I love the fact that the texts are all happy words and they are printed mirrored, so on your nails, they are actually correct!

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This mani was actually a bit harder than I expected. The problem with only having the print on the tips, is that the piece of paper is too small to get a good grip. So it moved around a bit =( I was still quite happy with the look though! It looked like a Rock&Roll version of the French mani =)

Well, that's it for now! Check back tomorrow for some World Animal Day nail art!

Thursday, 15 August 2013

A Leopard and his Spots

Pretties,

slowly but surely I am finding my way back to blogging. Thank you so much for sticking by me. I'm planning a giveaway as soon as I'm really back to business!

For this mani I finally used my OPI Black Spotted that I got in the Sephora clear out. I had been struggling to find a good use for it. Now, inspired by the cat stickers that I got from Etsy, a leopard print came to mind! Nothing too spectacular. But I'm getting there =)


 I have no idea what happened to the Black Spotted on my index finger. Weird.
I used: Essence A Piece of Forever, OPI Black Spotted, vinyl sticker

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

NOTD: Teal Loves Aluminum

Pretties,

a while back I swapped a Nails Inc polish. Then, a week or so after, Sephora had their big closing sale where one of the polishes I picked up was OPI Ski Teal We Drop. Man, is that the hardest polish name or what?! Anyway. I have finally gotten around to combining them in a quick and easy manicure =)


Please note the teal reflecting on my ring finger! Cambridge Terrace is insane, shiny like a mirror <3


OPI Ski Teal We Drop, Nails Inc Cambridge Terrace

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Exit Sephora

Sooooo! All Sephora's are closing, nationwide. No laughing matter. However, it also means MAJOR CLEAN OUT SALES! Whoooop! =)

Sunday was the last day Sephora in our city was opened. So, when we were meeting friends for lunch in the city centre, I asked My Geek if we could go check out Sephora, to see if it was worth the hassle to go on Sunday or if everything had been cleared out already. He agreed, we had a great lunch with our friends, went for a few beers with them, dropped them off at their parking spot and continued on to Sephora.

I have never seen a store so empty. I kept looking around corners, wide eyed, just to discover an empty display. Until I stumbled upon the OPI + Nails Inc display!

Both OPI and Nails Inc had no special promotions going on =( Only buy three, get 30% off. Which is probably why the display was still pretty much full while all the other displays were empty.
I discovered a Nails Inc Leather Effect set later that was 50% off, WHOOP! Next to it were some Ciaté sets so I grabbed one of those as well.

Anyway. The OPI display. They had so many polishes I thought were not for sale anymore! Polishes from collections like James Bond, Spiderman, Germany, Holland, and most shocking of all: they had about twenty Black Spotted. Honestly. I can't tell you how long I've checked every OPI display I came across, only to accept that it really was only part of the Spiderman collection in French Sephora stores. And then here it was! Twenty bottles.

So, I was grabbing polishes, holding them up in the light, asking My Geek what he thought of them. He kept giving me feedback, suggesting other colours and saying 'just buy it, it's your hobby, this is a good deal'. I told him 'you have no idea what an OPI costs, do you?' and he looked at the display, and called out the price incredulously. Lol! He then composed himself and told me to choose between the two blue OPIs in our basket. No problem ;-)

I still had a pretty big stash in our basket and prepared myself for a big shock at check-out ;-) Luckily we had just been given a summer bonus at work! The lady at the register looked proper bored and actually made me feel like less of a hoarder. She gave me a ton of freebies! A perfume sample, a set of two (ugly) bracelets, Fendi buttons, a Clinique sample and ten (!) Sephora toner samples.


OPI Deutsch You Want Me, OPI Black Spotted, OPI Unfor-Greta-bly Blue, Nails Inc Brick Lane Graffiti, Nails Inc Soho Magnetic, Nails Inc Stonehenge concrete finish, Nails Inc Bling It On: Rebel kit, Ciaté Velvet Mani Blue Suede.

Obviously, I gave My Geek a big fat smack on the lips and said I needed to take him polish shopping after beers more often ;-) Our friends have already agreed to more beers ;-)

Can't wait to try all these babies!

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Mermaid Accent Nail

Hello pretty people! Are you basking in the spring sun or is anyone sharing my still-wintery mysery?

The other day my Geek and I were in a drugstore and they had Bourjois polishes 50% off. Whoop whoop! They also had the Pshiiit nail art kit (more about that later!) so I knew I had to get that, even though there was no price tag. These kits have been sold out at every Bourjois display I see!
On top of that, we both pulled the same lush blue 50% off polish so I took that as a sign and all but ran for the register.
At home I realised the polish was called Bleu Fabuleux so it's like it was meant to be =D

I had been wearing OPI Got Your Number so I decided to use that as an accent nail. It's a Liquid Sand polish. I didn't like the look too much... So I added one coat of  Rimmel Cutie Colada. The 3D look that suddenly appeared is almost like scales!


The picture is actually quite bad. Bleu Fabuleux is a fantastic colour, my Geek said it looks almost luminescent. It's perfect <3 It really needs a top coat though- as with most Bourjois polishes, it chipped within a day. But by then I was ready for some new nail art (and those Pshiiit thingies!) so it was all good. Be sure to check back for that later =)

Friday, 1 March 2013

NOTD: Black & Gold

Hi,

a quick NOTD: OPI Man With The Golden Gun over Essie Licorice. I haven't regretted buying this insanely expensive top coat yet, it's always a win whether it's over dark or bright colours  <3

Gold Flake nail polish
Black & Gold

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Valentine NAC Day 8: Splatter

Pfew, Day 8! And it's February 12th today, which means I have two days and two mani's to go. Thankfully I love gradients so that shouldn't be too hard. Shouldn't.

Anyway, the gradient mani is tomorrow. Today means Splatter. I had never ever done a splatter mani before. I YouTubed a tutorial, put cling foil over my mum's kitchen table, dipped my mum's finger tips in Vaseline and got to work.


Splatter mani- gone wild!
 Base for this mani are four 'squares' of different colours; minty green, hot pink, lavender and orange-red. I splattered over those colours with silver and mother-of-pearl polishes.

My mum absolutely hated it. 

Wouldn't leave the house with it. So we didn't really bother with proper clean up. I thought the effect was quite interesting so I am going to experiment with this some more. Yay!


Check out the other entries for Day 8:

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Golden camouflage

How dangerous are train delays?! With all those shops at railway stations, it's just too easy to spend money.
I had to wait half an hour the other day and found the drugstore at the station had reduced prices on l'Oréal and Maybelline polishes. I managed to ignore the Maybelline display but couldn't refuse a 50% off l'Oréal Color Riche Luxembourg Garden. I've since read it's supposed to be a dupe for Chanel Black Pearl? I don't have that one (have you seen the price label on it?) so I wouldn't know, but from swatches I'd say it looks pretty similar.

I found this pic by Tumblr user batsarequiet in Google cache:

batsarequiet.tumblr.com

I applied two coats, then used an eyeshadow applicator to sponge on a gold Miss Sporty polish. For the accent nail, I applied one coat of the lush The Man With The Golden Gun.
To even out the sponging, I applied one coat of Better Than Gel Look top coat by Essence. This was the result:


Even if it's not the same gold tint, I liked it a lot.


I used: L'Oréal Color Riche 608 Luxembourg Garden, Miss Sporty gold shimmer polish (no name), OPI The Man With The Golden Gun.

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Merry Manicure

Woop woop! Time for a Christmas manicure =)

Since I cannot keep measure and buy just one item online, I have not been able to buy flocking powder yet. It always seems such a waste to buy one item and then pay shipping so I end up buying things I really don't need and not being able to buy my train tickets at the end of the month, grr.
So, when my Geek and I were at a garden centre a while ago, they had all this stuff to build your own model railway landscape. I found several interesting items (I'm always on the lookout for alternatives to things that are labelled 'nail art' as it seems things double in price once they are labelled that) including powders to be used for snow and grass. I used the snowflakes for the Snow White mani, here is the grass! 

I tried adding some decorations to the tree to complete the look but... Meh. I ruined it.



Fun fact: I used two different polishes for stamping: a local drugstore brand and OPI Just Spotted The Lizard. No difference here, will have to do comparison soon =)
The drugstore brand was actually a gift from GA Suze because it underwhelmed her so I can't wait to try it for real.


I used: Essence Do You Speak Love?, OPI Just Spotted The Lizard, Etos, green 'grass' powder for model trains.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Bright Back At The Golden Gun

Hi pretties,

no nail art today but a NOTD. 

This is OPI The Man With The Golden Gun over two coats of Rimmel Bright Back At You.
I love, love, love both polishes.
 
Click to enlarge =)

When I bought The Man With The Golden Gun, there was actually a big sign with instructions in the store. The instructions included holding the bottle upside down for a bit to get all the gold flakes to the top. This works really well for me; as you can see, I have no trouble fishing flakes out of the bottle =D

I have only used TMWTGG twice so far. Last time was over Tomorrow Never Dies, which is a dark shade. This time, I couldn't help but notice that TMWTGG is not clear, it left a yellowish shine over Bright Back At You. It wasn't terrible, but I was a bit disappointed as I love Bright Back At You so much.

Yikes, only five more sleeps till we leave for Egypt! I'm so excited! I just hope this whole constitution-thing will be calmer by then and the president will listen to his people =( Anyhow, I'm not a politician so that's all I'm going to say about this here =D

Monday, 12 November 2012

Lazy 15 Day Five: Galaxy Nails

Day five of the Lazy 15 Challenge has arrived, and it has brought us Galaxy Nails.

I had done these before, and I loved doing them again. This might just be the only day in the challenge I wasn't anxious about ;-)
I decided to use some different colours, just to see how much of a difference it would make. Also, I didn't use my sponges but some eye shadow applicators. However, I think the overall effect is so eye-popping that individual colours don't really matter!
If you're not sure how to do Galaxy nails: this is the tutorial I followed the first time, and I still follow that order of colours.

This was really hard to photograph, as you will see from the pictures. I really loved the mani though!

Galaxy mani
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I used: Rimmel Blue Vogue, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Disco Ball, Essie Blanc, Essence Check me Out, OPI Tomorrow Never Dies, Sally Hansen Marine Scene, Essie Licorice, Essence Louise (from Twins series Thelma & Louise).

Check back Wednesday for Day Six: Favourite Colour. Also, you will find a list of all participants of the Lazy 15 Challenge after the jump.

Friday, 9 November 2012

Lazy 15 Day Four: Water Marble

Hi,

welcome to day four of the Lazy 15 Challenge! And oh boy! What a challenge =) Water marble, another thing I have never tried. Until now, that is!

So, I started with reading this tutorial. Then I gathered my stuff and started marbling!
Instead of wrapping my fingertips with tape I dipped my fingers into the Vaseline jar and then wiped the Vaseline of the nail. I went for a neon marble, because how cool would that be if it worked?

I had some trouble with the white polish. I didn't want to use the white polish that was in the OPI set, because, well, it's tiny. I tried Essie Blanc instead, but it hardened two seconds into the water so it was no use =( I ended up using the OPI mini after all. 

I have this Vaseline jar, which makes dipping easy:
Picture: Unilever
neon polish nail art challenge
Neon water marble

 As you can see from the pictures, I tried out several patterns, thought I'd make the most of it =)



I think it's quite obvious from the pictures that this was my first watermarble. But I have to say I am less intimidated by the whole thing now and will definitely try marbling again!


I used: OPI white base, OPI Ridiculously Yellow, OPI Formidably Orange, OPI Seriously Purple (OPI Outrageous Neons mini set)

Check back Monday for Day 5: Galaxy Nails =)

And don't forget to check the other blogs participating in this challenge after the jump:

Friday, 2 November 2012

Lazy 15 Day One: Tape Mani

Hi!

Today is the first day of my first challenge, whoop whoop! And if that weren't exciting anough, it's the Tape Mani, which is also a first for me! So, here it goes:

Purple gradient nails
Purple prettiness, no flash, daylight

Purple prettiness and Queen Bee, no flash, artificial light

As always, *click* to enlarge

I covered one half of each nail with tape. Then I sponged my gradient on. I applied the polish on a sheet of plastic then picked it up with the sponge, rather than applying it directly on to the sponge itself. But that's just the technique I prefer.

As you can see, I had some trouble finding the middle of my nails so I placed the tape slightly off on some nails. But all in all, the effect is quite cool and it's not like anyone is going to be measuring both sides. At least, I hope so...

And before you ask, no, I am not cheating and using this as the gradient mani for Monday ;-) I just really like gradients =D I'm sure others will post insanely delicate tape manis +( But, I'm just gettiong started, please bear with me.

Ultraviolet and Tomorrow Never Dies are both such amazing colours. I love them both and I was very happy to see they combined well! I only lost the amazing shimmer Tomorrow Never Dies has, but that was to be expected in a gradient.

That's it for Day One, check back Monday for the Gradient Mani!


I used: Rimmel Ultraviolet, OPI Tomorrow Never Dies, Essence Gel Look top coat


And don't forget to check out the other Lazy 15 guys and gals, I've been checking these blogs pretty much every hour since yesterday, haha! You can find the list after the jump: