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Stamping Saturdays #51

Stamping Saturdays #51

It’s so nice and sunny today, and I’m soooo enjoying it. I don’t know what it is, but I have such high hopes for 2015. I’m determined to make the best of out of this year after being so down on myself for so long. Today I’m catching up with a lot of the shows I missed out on during the week, namely Empire. Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson are hot lava together in one show. So last night I was trying to figure out what to do for Stamping Saturdays and I decided to use a polish I hadn’t used in a long time: Dior Frimas.

Dior Frimas 1Dior Frimas 2Dior Frimas is one of those beautiful holiday polishes that Dior puts out each year. I picked this up a couple of year ago and had completely forgotten about it. Sometimes I hate myself for buying some of this expensive stuff and then never using it. I know part of it is that these are collectors items, but isn’t t just wasteful? Anyway, I think I don’t like this polish as much as I initially did. The color is just a little off on me and the formula is so grainy. Still, it’s pretty and I don’t exactly regret getting it.

Born Pretty 02 1Born Pretty 02 2For my stamping, I used and image from plate Born Pretty 02 (press sample) which i found a little difficult to do since I was stamping with my non-dominant hand. I didn’t initially like this mani at all, but it grew on me a bit.

So what are you up to today? Well, whatever you’re doing, I hope you are enjoying your day. Thanks for stopping by today, and I will talk to you soon.


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Dare To Wear Gold Crush Holiday Lacquer Set

Dare To Wear Gold Crush Holiday Lacquer Set




Hi there! Yes, I am still on a baby high, and I can’t wait to see my little nephew again because he is just the cutest little thing ever. Since there was so much baby commotion this weekend, I didn’t get a chance to do too much swatching, but I did manage to swatch this fun holiday set. Dare To Wear by LeChat is a brand that I am really keeping a close eye on because they have some amazing polishes. Let’s get to the swatches of the Dare To Wear Gold Crush Holiday Lacquer Set.

DSC00131First of all, here is the box set. Pretty, right? So festive!

DSC00134If you are familiar with this brand, you may notice that the bottles are very different. I was told that the bottles were redesigned recently and that all new polishes will have this new bottle design. Personally I find them very substantial and kind of luxe looking. Someone who shall remain nameless made some jokes about the caps being “ribbed for her pleasure,” but we will just move right along from that comment.

Dare To Wear Holly Berries 1Dare To Wear Holly Berries 2What would a holiday polish set be without a staple red? Dare To Wear Holly Berries is that staple red polish. The formula on it is pretty great as it can be a once coat polish. The color is very saturated and extremely smooth so it’s definitely a great polish even if it is a staple color and very expected.

Dare To Wear Gold Chalice 1Dare To Wear Gold Chalice 2Gold. Barf. Ok, I just can’t get on the gold polish train (I’m looking at you, V!) Dare To Wear Gold Chalice is a ghetto gold foil-like polish that applies rather smoothly. I applied two coats and that was enough for full coverage. Other than that, I don’t have much to say about this polish.

Dare To Wear Holiday Lights 1Dare To Wear Holiday Lights 2I wasn’t expecting to like this glitter as much as I do, but Dare To Wear Holiday Lights is just so freaking festive that it made me happy to have such shiny and bright colors all over my nails. The glitter in this polish is rather small, but it managed to apply rather evenly as only two coats were needed. I’ve got to warn you, though: removal was a pain.

So what do you think of this holiday set? Is it something that you’d purchase? Since I have similar colors, I have put this set up on my blog sale in case you’re interested. Are you familiar with this brand? If you have any polish recommendations from this line, please let me know because I absolutely love what I have tried from Dare To Wear. I bought a second holiday trio that is blue based so hopefully I get around to swatching it for you soon. Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I will catch up with you soon.

Dior Minuit – Holiday 2013

Dior Minuit – Holiday 2013




This is going to turn out to be the week of Dior on my blog because I am going to have a few Dior posts. I think that out of all the luxury polish brands I buy, Dior is my favorite because the formula is always great and I love the regular Dior brush. I wasn’t sure if I was going to get a chance to post this today because I hadn’t gotten a chance to write up any posts in advance, and I thought I would be busy with the impending birth of my nephew. Oh yeah…remember I’m about to become an auntie? I’m so excited, and can’t wait for him to get here so I can have someone to totally spoil rotten. Anyway, let’s get back on track with the polish. Today I have the other pretty from Dior’s Holiday Collection for 2013: Dior Minuit. Are you ready for some swatches?

Dior Minuit 1Dior Minuit 2Dior Minuit 3Dior Minuit is impossible to photograph: it’s just too pretty and refuses to cooperate. Ugh, it’s like those bitchy girls in high school that are too pretty for their own good and make you feel inadequate. Anyway, this polish is gorgeous. The base is very dark but that shimmer really comes through–especially in sunlight. The formula is good–kind of thick and with a grainy texture because of all the shimmer. I applied two coats for my swatches above.

Taboo v. MinuitAnd because I immediately thought of Taboo when I first got my hands on Minuit, I decided to do some comparison swatches.

7a8aAs you can see, these are not dupes at all. They could be cousins, but the base colors and shimmer are totally different. While I really love Taboo, Chanel polishes don’t seem to wear very well on me.

So what do you think about Dior Minuit? Worth the hefty price tag? Let me know! Thanks so much for catching up with me today, and I will talk to you soon!

Dior Frimas – Holiday 2013

Dior Frimas – Holiday 2013




It is such a beautiful day today! It’s not that hot, it’s sunny and just beautiful. I woke up today with the intention to swatch a bunch of polishes, but I ended up getting stuck watching a bunch of dumb movies. Instead, I have only swatched one polish and boy is it pretty. Let me show you Dior Frimas from the Limited Edition Holiday Collection.

Dior FrimasGet a load of the beautiful packaging. I’m a sucker for beautiful packaging and containers so I was drooling over these pretty bottles.

Dior Frimas 1Dior Frimas 2Dior Frimas 3Dior Frimas is a limited edition polish from this year’s Holiday Collection. This polish is basically a neutral on crack. That beautiful gold shimmer really takes it up a notch and keeps it from being just plain old beige. The formula on this polish felt a little strange because the shimmer makes it feel grainy. The graininess of the polish makes the formula a little thick but also easy to control. Despite the thickness of the formula, it feels a little sheer so I had to apply three thin coats for full coverage. As far as dupes, I think that China Glaze Fast Track is a similar polish because of the gold shimmer and neutral base, but Frimas is a little more golden/rose.

Overall, I really like this polish but what really kills me about this polish is the beautiful bottle. The curse of the Limited Edition status always gets me too. Is it worth $26 for a .4oz bottle? To most people, probably not, but it’s worth it to me because 1) I am a polish collector/hoarder 2) It’s LE!!! 3) I love Dior! One thing I do want to mention is that if you love the Dior rounded brush, you will be disappointed because the brush on this polish is thin and square. It’s not terrible, but it’s not great. I did manage to super splurge and also purchased Minuit so that one will be on the blog tomorrow. Thanks so much for the visit, and I will talk to you soon.


Nicole by OPI Modern Family Holiday Collection 2013

Nicole by OPI Modern Family Holiday Collection 2013




Can you believe that it’s November already? Thanksgiving is just around the corner and suddenly Christmas will be here. Personally, I hate how crazy people get around the holidays so I don’t even care about it all except for the food, of course, because my favorite food is beautifully showcased: CARBS. Don’t fight me on this…carbs is totally my favorite food in every way, shape and form. Yesterday I filed down my nails big time because they were starting to bug me, but I did some swatching before that happened. Today I have the Nicole by OPI Modern Family Holiday Collection to share with you so let’s take a look at the swatches.

Nicole by OPI Late Blu-mer 1Nicole by OPI Late Blu-mer 2I kind of liked this icy blue polish even though it is slightly brush stroke-y. Nicole by OPI Late Blu-mer had a pretty good formula and needed 2 coats for full coverage. Is it just me or does this look a lot like OPI Dining Al Frisco? here is a swatch of Dining Al Frisco:

OPI-Dining-Al-Frisco-1Pretty darn close, right? The lighting is a bit different, but I think they can be called dupes.

Nicole by OPI Spark the Conversation 1Nicole by OPI Spark the Conversation 2Nicole by OPI Spark the Conversation is a holographic top coat which I found very difficult to apply because it was impossible to get a lot of the holo squares on the brush and get them to transfer onto my nails. I ended up getting TONS of clear polish on my nails and very little glitter so the next time I use this, I will try to pick out some of the glitter with a dotting tool.

Nicole by OPI Aren’t Families Grape 1Nicole by OPI Aren’t Families Grape 2Nicole by OPI Aren’t Families Grape? doesn’t really seem like a very holiday-type shade to me, but it’s nice. The formula seemed very thin to me so I applied 3 coats for full opacity.

Nicole by OPI You’re My Treasure 1Nicole by OPI You’re My Treasure 2Nicole by OPI You’re My Treasure is interesting, but I don’t really like it because the diamond shaped glitter is kind of random looking. I had no problems with picking up enough glitter–in fact at times I had too much on the brush! This mani totally came out looking very Lakers-esque.

Nicole by OPI Who Red My Journal 1Nicole by OPI Who Red My Journal 2And lastly we have Nicole by OPI Who Red My Journal??? This is an orange toned red with a lot of shimmer to it. It’s a nice hue, but totally not that interesting to me. The formula was nice: thin but not too sheer so I applied two coats for my swatches above.

Overall, I would give this collection a mild “meh.” For a holiday collection, I was expecting brighter, more jovial colors. These Limited Edition shades should be available now for $7.99 each at select CVS locations nationwide. For more information, visit nicolebyopi.com. Follow Nicole by OPI on Twitter @NicoleByOPI and become a Facebook fan. Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I will talk to you later.

Nubar Alter Ego Collection – Winter 2013

Nubar Alter Ego Collection – Winter 2013




Are you guys ready for Halloween? I’m not planning to do anything so I’m not going to dress up nor am I going to give out candy. I’m probably just going to watch a whole bunch of scary movies at home. We are having a Halloween potluck at work so I’m making my much requested red velvet cupcakes. People at work are always talking about them so I’m happy to oblige since I love baking. I’ve had such a busy day today because I’ve been doing laundry and just general cleaning along with other errands. It makes me kinda mad because I can never seem to just enjoy a day off. Anyway, I also ended up finishing up my swatches of the Nubar Alter Ego Collection which is what I have for you today. This collection is made up of 8 glitter top coats in lightly tinted bases. I layered 2 coats of each glitter top coat over a corresponding solid color, and I got a pretty effect. The formula on all of the polishes is exactly the same: a little goopy but I think it helps you control the glitter application. Let’s take a look at the Nubar Alter Ego Collection, shall we?

Nubar Kristal 1Nubar Kristal 2Nubar Kristal (over Color Club Silver Lake)

Nubar Trixie 1Nubar Trixie 2Nubar Trixie (over Color Club Age Of Aquarius)

Nubar Blondie 1Nubar Blondie 2Nubar Blondie (over Color Club Neon Orange Sunset)

Nubar Vixen 1Nubar Vixen 2Nubar Vixen (over Color Club Endless)

Nubar Elektra 1Nubar Elektra 2Nubar Elektra (over Color Club Neon Sunrise)

Nubar Gipsy 1Nubar Gipsy 2Nubar Gipsy (over Color Club Abyss)

Nubar Satine 1Nubar Satine 2Nubar Satine (over Color Club Red Rocks)

Nubar Roxy 1Nubar Roxy 2Nubar Roxy (over Color Club Factory Girl)

Overall, I think that these top coats are pretty but for a lacquerhead like me, they are so boring. I mean, these are not anything that we haven’t seen before so I’m not excited about them at all. I feel that Nubar has been striking out lately and to be honest, so have a lot of other brands. I wasn’t that impressed with Nubar’s Summer and Fall collections either so I hope they get over this slump. The last Nubar collection that I loved was My Sweet Escape for Spring which I reviewed here. Nubar can be a little hard to come buy since I’ve only seen it at independent  beauty supply stores, but you can purchase them online where they retail for $8. If you’re interested in any of these, they are going on my blog sale so make sure that you check them out there along with a lot of other goodies. Let me know what you think of this collection–I’d love to hear from you. Are you a Nubar fan? Thanks so much for the visit, and I’ll talk to you soon.

P.S. My giveway is ending in a few hours. Have you entered?? If not, click on the image below and enter for your chance to win some Mariah Carey Holiday Liquid Sand Minis.


Zoya Zenith Collection – Holiday & Winter 2013

Zoya Zenith Collection – Holiday & Winter 2013




On the heels of posting a Fall collection, today I have a Winter/Holiday collection for you. Now, I know you have probably seen about a gatrillion swatches of this collection, so bear with me: you haven’t seen this collection on MY nails and we all know my nails are special. I mean, look at them: they are long and squared and they grow out of my fingers! I mean, really—I must be the only one, right? Oh, I’m not? You mean everyone has nails? Pfft…fine. Just indulge me then and let’s take a look at the Zoya Zenith Collection for Winter 2013.

Zoya Dream 1Zoya Dream 2I don’t know what it is with me and blues lately, but I just can’t get enough of them. Zoya Dream is a bright jelly based blue with a crapton of scattered holographic particles. I love how the holo looks suspended in this base! It’s a little thin so I had to apply two thick coats to build up the opacity.

Zoya Payton 1Zoya Payton 2I know what you’re thinking: is that you, Aurora? Uhm, no, it is not. Zoya Payton does have a few things in common with Aurora, but the base color on Payton is a lot darker. Dark purple/burgundy with scattered holographic glitter? Yes, please! I can totally get on board with this beauty. The formula is also thinner on this one since it is a jelly, but it does build up easily—just make sure you give it enough dry time in between coats.

Zoya Belinda 1Zoya Belinda 2Are you a purple lover? I am! However, I didn’t find Zoya Belinda that exciting to tell you the truth. Maybe it’s because it has a metallic finish and I am a total hater when it comes to that finish. Who knows? The formula on Belinda was surprisingly thin for such a dark color. It was bald spot central so I ended up applying 3 thin coats to make sure I had complete coverage.

Zoya Mosheen 1Zoya Mosheen 2Zoya Mosheen. Bar glitter. Barf City. Just say no.

Zoya Cassedy 1Zoya Cassedy 2Since I hate anything with a metallic/foil finish, it should come as no surprise that I did not like Zoya Cassedy. Look, it’s not that I think it is ugly…it’s just ugly on me. When I swatched this one, I immediately thought of Frosso since she loves everything gunmetal. The formula on Cassedy is actually pretty great. It’s thick so it gives you a lot of control and it’s super opaque which means that it is a happy one coater. If you like this finish, I’m pretty sure you will like this polish.

Zoya Seraphina 1Zoya Seraphina 2Ok, I don’t know what’s wrong with me lately, but I’m liking things I would normally hate. When I first looked at this collection, I immediately declared that Mosheen, Cassedy and Seraphina were barf central and I would hate them. Well, that applied to Mosheen and Cassedy, but I actually ended up liking Zoya Seraphina! I don’t know if the fact that it doesn’t look that metallic-y saved it, but I quite liked how it looked on my nails. The formula is a little thin so I applied 3 coats for full coverage.

Well, there you have it: my psychotic thoughts on the Zoya Zenith Collection. I am not a person who particularly likes holidays, but being that we are nearing that time of the year, I always remember all my dumb childhood stories. I was always such an imaginative kid, and I actually CONVINCED MYSELF that I had seen Santa Claus. It all started out with me deliberately making up a story about Santa coming to my house and I told it with such fervor to my 1st grade class, that the lines between made up and reality blurred and I believed my own story! Now I’m starting to think that the whole “I was abducted by aliens” story may not be real either. Oh well, whatcha gonna do about that?

This collection is available now to be purchased so open up those wallets (which are probably permanently open if you’re a polish nut). To stay up to date on everything Zoya, make sure that you follow them on their website, Facebook, twitter and instagram. Let me know what you think about this collection: do you like it? Does it give you the warm and fuzzies in your lacquered heart? Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I will catch you later.

Essie Encrusted Treasures Collection – Holiday 2013

Essie Encrusted Treasures Collection – Holiday 2013




Yay it’s Saturday which means that I have slept in until 8 am and it felt DELICIOUS. I am happy to report that after sleeping for 7-7.5 hours each night, I don’t feel completely horrible the next morning so I think that I have found my ideal amount of sleep. I know I have heard people say that it’s possible to oversleep which then makes you feel tired and sluggish, and I think that was happening to me. Anyway, I’m feeling less exhausted in the morning so I hope that continues to work well for me. Another thing I’m excited about today is finally getting my hands on the Essie Encrusted Treasures Collection! I don’t know why I’ve been so obsessed with getting this collection, but I think it’s mainly because I thought it was so hideous that I couldn’t wait to try it out. Does that sound weird? Well, let’s take a look at the Essie Crusty…errr…Essie Encrusted Treasures Collection.

Essie On A Silver Platter 1Essie On A Silver Platter 2Essie On A Silver Platter is a gold/silver glitter bomb with blue glitter of various sizes. The application is challenging because it’s hard to use this on its own and get even coverage. This could look interesting layered.

Essie Hors D'Oeuvres 1Essie Hors D'Oeuvres 2Essie Hors D’Oeuvres is another gold/silver glitter bomb that I didn’t care much for either. There is a very cool multi-dimensional feeling to this polish but I just don’t like anything this metallic.

Essie Ignite The Night 1Essie Ignite The Night 2The glitter in Essie Ignite The Night is a lot more fine than in the 2 previous polishes so I like this one slightly better. The formula and application was a lot easier on this one because it was a lot easier to get full coverage. Still, I’m not really a fan, but I can definitely see people liking the look of this polish.

Essie Peak Of Chic 1Essie Peak Of Chic 2I know that I’ve said a million times how much I hate bar glitter, so imagine my surprise when I kind of liked Essie Peak Of Chic. I don’t know it it’s the holographic bar glitter combined with matte white bar glitter, but I really like how this turned out. The application is pretty typical for bar glitter in that you have to do a lot of dabbing to get the glitter where you want it.

Essie Belugaria 1Essie Belugaria 2And here is the polish that started my obsession with this collection. Essie Belugaria is one unique polish–I can give it that. This is a textured polish on crack! Not only does it have that black grainy textured finish, but it also has holographic hex glitter that really pops at certain angles. The application is kind of a nightmare because it’s so chunky that you have to use a dabbing method. I applied one coat and then had to dab the second coat on to fill in any bald spots. I know what you’re thinking, but I actually really like this. If you are totally OCD about a rough finish, I cannot recommend this polish because it will probably drive you nuts.

Essie Lots Of Lux 1Essie Lots Of Lux 2And for the star of this collection, this is Essie Lots Of Lux. The blue. The sparkle. Be still my beating heart. This is without a doubt the most gorgeous polish that Essie has put out all year. I am a huge fan of blue polishes in general so this one really blew me away. Not only is the color amazingly bright and bold, but it is also a breeze to apply. The formula is very dense so it is easy to control, and it spreads evenly without much effort. If there is one polish that you must get from this collection, it is this one. Now. Don’t wait.

I feel a wave of relief now that I have gotten to play with this collection. Yes, I know that sounds a little psychotic, but I think this is pretty normal when you’re dealing with a polish obsession. Do I have any final thoughts on this collection? Overall I feel it has a lot of originality and is bold. My favorites are Lots Of Lux, Belugaria and Peak Of Chic…the other three can be banished as they don’t interest me in the least bit. What about you? What do you think about these? I know Belugaria is very polarizing so I am wondering what you think about it and about the collection as a whole. Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I hope you are enjoying your Saturday.

OPI Mariah Carey Holiday Collection 2013

OPI Mariah Carey Holiday Collection 2013




Get ready for a picture heavy post! I woke up super early this lovely Saturday morning so I ended up taking advantage of it by swatching the rest of this collection. I was up at 5:00 am, but not by choice. You see, I woke up to the loud noises of my brother throwing up in the bathroom. At this point I am not sure if he was sick or if he was drunk, but I am annoyed that he was vomiting in the bathroom sink. Who does that? If that’s all clogged up, I am going to be beyond pissed at him for being such an idiot. Ok, so after I wrote this, my brother wandered out of his room at 4:30 pm looking like death. He is saying that he got food poisoning. Uhm, yeah…if by food he means a lot of cheap beer. Maybe he does have food poisoning, and I shouldn’t be such a betch.

betchAnyway, back to the polish! Since I had so much extra time that I would have spent in dream lala land, I was able to finish up my swatches and start working on this post. I probably wouldn’t have gotten it done until sometime next week without today’s inconvenience so yay for not sleeping. Enough blabbering–let’s move on to the swatches for the OPI Mariah Carey Holiday Collection!

OPI All I Want For Christmas (Is OPI) 1OPI All I Want For Christmas (Is OPI) 2If you want a staple red, OPI All I Want For Christmas (Is OPI) will fit the bill. It’s a nice and pigmented red that can be a one-coater if you’re careful with your application. There’s nothing too exciting about this color but it is a nice and shiny creme.

OPI Visions Of Love 1OPI Visions Of Love 2I keep thinking of chestnuts when I see OPI Visions Of Love–probably because I would call this a maroon color and chestnuts in French are marrons. Pretty logical, I guess but I’m just weird. I really like this polish because it has a squishy jelly quality to it. The formula was nice but it’s easy to have seer patches which you can kind of see in my swatches.

OPI Sleigh Ride For Two 1OPI Sleigh Ride For Two 2OPI Sleigh Ride For Two reminds me a lot of Essie Sable Collar–maybe with just a little more red in it. The shimmer in this one is much more apparent in real life so it’s sad that my pictures don’t show it very well. I applied 2 coats for my swatches above and a generous coat of Seche to make it extra shiny.

OPI Warm Me Up 1OPI Warm Me Up 2OPI calls this a spiced coffee hue, and I can totally see that. OPI Warm Me Up is one of those kind of ugly but kind of pretty colors. The base color is interesting and the shimmer isn’t super visible, but somehow it makes it look a little brushstroke-y. Is that weird? Anyway, this polish is super pigmented so you will only need two thin coats for full opacity.

OPI Cute Little Vixen 1OPI Cute Little Vixen 2OPI Cute Little Vixen is a nice magenta shimmer. Formula is nice. Not much else to say about it.

OPI In My Santa Suit 1OPI In My Santa Suit 2The color that is most typical when it comes to Christmas is this red shimmer. OPI In My Santa Suit is the perfect Santa red. 2 coats and voilà!

OPI Underneath The Mistletoe 1OPI Underneath The Mistletoe 2I absolutely love the look of OPI Underneath The Mistletoe because it has a jelly base and the red is dark and gorgeous with delicate scattered glitter. It just makes me sad that I wasn’t able to capture how pretty this is in my pictures. The first coat seems a little sheer, but it looks perfect at two coats.

OPI I Snow You Love Me over Underneath The Mistletoe 1OPI I Snow You Love Me over Underneath The Mistletoe 2Circle glitter lovers rejoice! OPI I Snow You Love Me is made up of large holographic circle glitter that magically doesn’t curl. No taco time here, thank you very much. Since the glitter is so large, you would get best results by picking the glitter from the clear base and applying them with a dotting tool or toothpick. Otherwise you will get TONS of clear base and not too many glitters. Here I applied OPI I Snow You Love Me over Underneath The Mistletoe.

OPI All The Sparkly And Gold 1OPI All The Sparkly And Gold 2I know V would go gaga over this as usual. OPI All The Sparkly And Gold is literally ALL THE SPARKLY AND GOLD. hahaha This is a very fine glitter that is super easy to control for painless application. It’s nearly opaque at one coat but it does need two coats for complete coverage.

OPI My Favorite Ornament 1OPI My Favorite Ornament 2OPI My Favorite Ornament is more of a champagne color fine glitter. It has the same formula as All The Sparkly And Gold which means that the base is super dense with glitter. The only complaint here would be that it gets EVERRYWHERE when you try to remove it.

OPI Wonderous Star 1OPI Wonderous Star 2And here we have the latest in cracked pepper chic. OPI Wonderous Star is such a strange, but kind of cool polish. I really like the black glitter in this polish but the base is kinda meh. Overall, I think they work really well together.

OPI Ski Slope Sweetie 1OPI Ski Slope Sweetie 2Last but not least, we have OPI Ski Slope Sweetie. I don’t know what to think about this polish. It’s like a weird iridescent polish that I thought would work for layering over other colors. However, I think it’s too thick for that so I prefer to wear it on its own. You will need two coats to get full coverage.

So what do I think about this collection overall? When I first saw the promo images, I thought it looked totally boring because it was RED OVERLOAD. Now that I have gotten a chance to swatch these, there really are only 3 true reds in this collection which is kind of normal considering this is a holiday collection. While not all of these polishes are very unique, there are some good staple colors and others that are just super different. I’m not like in love with this collection, but I can see its appeal for those who don’t have a million versions of these colors. If I had to pick favorites, they would have to be Visions Of Love, Underneath The Mistletoe and I Snow You Love Me. I have already reviewed the other part of this collection which has all the Liquid Sands so you can check it out here. Let me know what you think of this collection now that you have seen it in its entirety. Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I hope you’re having a nice weekend!


Mariah Carey Holiday nail lacquer shades each feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application. Liquid Sand nail lacquers should always be worn without top coat. Mariah Carey Holiday is available now at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, jcp Salons, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, ULTA and ulta.com for $9.00 ($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!


OPI Mariah Carey Holiday Collection 2013 – Liquid Sands

OPI Mariah Carey Holiday Collection 2013 – Liquid Sands




If you follow me on facebook, you probably saw my post yesterday about receiving the OPI Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 Collection. As soon as these babies arrived, I was trying to figure out the best way to tackle this massive 18 bottle collection. Yes, 18 bottles!!! Well, I decided to swatch the 6 Liquid Sands for this collection first which is what I have for you today. I was debating whether I should even swatch these since they will have to be the dreaded three-finger swatches. I guess I should stop being such a turd about it and just deal with it, but it annoys the bejeesus out of me. If I wait the 2-3 weeks for my nail to grow a bit, I will be super behind so I’m just going to put my big girl panties on (literally) and suck it up. I’m not going to talk about each polish individually because they all had the same formula except for the black one which I will discuss at the end.  Let’s take a look at the new holiday Liquid Sand offerings.

OPI It's Frosty Outside 1OPI It's Frosty Outside 2OPI It’s Frosty Outside

OPI Silent Stars Go By 1OPI Silent Stars Go By 2OPI Silent Stars Go By

OPI Make Him Mine 1OPI Make Him Mine 2OPI Make Him Mine

OPI Baby Please Come Home 1OPI Baby Please Come Home 2OPI Baby Please Come Home

OPI Kiss Me At Midnight 1OPI Kiss Me At Midnight 2OPI Kiss Me At Midnight

OPI Emotions 1OPI Emotions 2OPI Emotions

That is a whole lot of sparkly Liquid Sands! I’ve been a huge fan of the Liquid Sand polishes, and I like the quality of these polishes but I am NOT a fan of the colors. I live for vibrant polishes so these left me underwhelmed purely because of the color selection. I would have loved to see a hunter green or a santa red but there are so many neutral type colors here that I just felt sad. I do love Kiss Me At Midnight (big surprise!) and Emotions is just a little strange. Actually, I ended up liking it and I am kind of obsessed with how this looks at one coat: you get a wash of black and lots of black flecks like cracked pepper. So what do you think? Are you a Liquid Sand lover? What about the color selection of these? Let me know what you think! Thanks for stopping by today, and I will talk to you soon.

Additional Info:

Mariah Carey Holiday nail lacquer shades each feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application. Liquid Sand nail lacquers should always be worn without top coat. Mariah Carey Holiday is available now at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, jcp Salons, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, ULTA and ulta.com for $9.00 ($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!
As the world leader in the professional nail care industry, OPI is committed to providing high-quality products and services to both salons and their customers, along with a focus on industry safety and innovation. Known for its exceptional formula, fashionable colors and iconic names, OPI’s heavily-pigmented lacquers are super rich, long-lasting and chip-resistant – offering an affordable luxury to consumers. OPI nail lacquer is available in over 200 shades. Each lacquer features OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application. Currently, OPI is available in over 100 countries and retails a full line of professional items, including nail treatments, finishing products, lotions, manicure/pedicure products, files, tools, gels and acrylics.