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OPI Polka com bottleStory time!

On Friday, June 14th, also known as my 30th birthday, I woke up and per usual started going through email on my phone in an effort to delay getting out of bed. Every Friday my local grocery store, Harris Teeter, sends out an email with some specials. My options at that point were to look at the specials or get out of bed so I picked read the email. To my shock OPI was a special…at the grocery store! I chalked it up to some kind of crazy birthday miracle and decided I was definitely going to Harris Teeter as soon as I could.

Nail polish isn’t something I generally look at while grocery shopping so I wasn’t sure what kind of selection Harris Teeter might have. I was pleasantly surprised to find they had the recently released OPI Euro Centrale collection. is a polish I’ve been lemming since I saw the promo photo but just couldn’t justify purchasing it at the regular price. When I saw in the display I knew I’d found my seriously discounted birthday present to myself.

Admittedly, I love the way OPI describes this polish; “blue and violet are dancing partners in this glittery combo.” That being said, there is alot more going on in this polish than just blue and violet! contains large teal, salmon and lilac glitter along with smaller salmon and purple glitter in a clear base. Mixed all together, particularly in the bottle, the polish does appear to be blue. This particular polish even works as accidental home decor.

The formula and application of this polish is lovely when you accept this is a glitter top coat. This is not a glitter polish that can be worn on its own. I used two coats in all my swatches and had no problems with getting the glitter even on the nail.

Below the jump there are swatches of over Essie Splash of Grenadine along with swatches of a manicure I did with OPI OPI…Eurso Euro and as a glitter accent. This glitter can be surprisingly subtle when paired with the right color!


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OPI Suzi Says Feng Shui

OPI Suzi Says Feng ShuiI was rummaging through my nail junk drawer the other day and ran across the OPI Hong Kong collection pamphlet. As I flipped through it I was reminded how much I loved that collection! Even the display was super cute. Since its release I have collected quite a few polishes from the Hong Kong collection but Suzi Says Feng Shui has long been my favorite.

Suzi Says Feng Shui is a medium dusty blue creme. The color is lovely and surprisingly appropriate for spring. Not long ago I did a manicure with Mac Blue India and it felt a little too fall/winter for this time of year so I was happy Suzi Says Feng Shui is warm weather appropriate. Although, I supposed OPI knew what they were doing when they put this in a spring collection.

The formula and application are good. I have no serious complaints. I used three coats in my swatches.

This polish is currently part of OPI’s Classics collection so if you missed it back in 2010 you can still get your hands on it.

As always there are additional swatches below the jump.



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OPI Red Lights Ahead…Where? (+ Lady Bug Nail Art)

OPI Red Lights Ahead…WhereThe last couple of weeks I’ve been really into red manicures. Essie Hip-anema has been a mainstay on my toes as well as my nails (for example…my memorial day manicure) so when I was changing my polish the other day I wanted to do another red manicure but wanted to at least switch up the polish. I was browsing my DIY nail polish rack and saw a bottle of Red Lights Ahead…Where?. Though I haven’t used it since it was released as part of OPI’s 2012 Holland collection I remember liking it quite a bit.

Red Lights Ahead…Where? is an orange leaning red creme that is almost coral. OPI categorizes this polish as a coral but it’s a bit too red to be a coral, in my opinion.

The formula is fantastic. This is almost a one coater, though I did use two coats in all my swatches.

I’m really happy I rediscovered this polish. I bought it for the name (I mean…who didn’t take a stroll through the red light district when they were in Amsterdam!?) but it’s a great polish regardless.

Though it’s not yet officially summer I decided to add a lady bug to my manicure. It turned out to be really cute and certainly screamed summer! Other than Red Lights Ahead….Where? I used Ulta Snow White and JulieG Black Sheep to create the lady bug.

There are additional swatches of Red Lights Ahead…Where? along with swatches of my lady bug mani below the jump!


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OPI Dating a Royal (+ my Memorial Day manicure)

OPI Dating a RoyalOh Dating a Royal. A long time favorite that took me ages to get my hands on. Originally released with OPI’s summer 2008 Mod About Brights collection, it is not part of the permanent collection for good reason. It is amazing.

Dating a Royal is a royal/cobalt blue jelly. Because it’s a jelly the formula is, of course, a bit on the thin side. I used three coats in my swatches and was very happy with the level of opacity three coats gave me.

There are more swatches of Dating a Royal below the jump along with my Memorial Day manicure which has nothing to do with Dating a Royal! I just did a simply manicure using Essie Hip-anema with a silver glitter accent nail. I wore a blue dress so the red and silver manicure worked really well.


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OPI Midnight in Moscow

OPI MIdnight in MoscowWhy hello, old friend!

Do any of you watch The Americans? I’ve been completely addicted to that show the last few months and it has had me thinking alot about OPI’s Fall 2007 Russian collection (I realize I sound crazy right now…). It was the first collection I really paid attention to and the one I blame for getting me completely addicted to nail polish!

Midnight in Moscow is deep, almost black base packed with red microglitter. The red microglitter gives the polish a bit of a brown look but in person it looks black. That being said the red microglitter also makes the black just a tad bit less harsh than your normal black creme.

Application is amazing. This could almost be a one coater but I used 2 coats in my swatches.

Sometimes I forget how much I love (almost) black manicures. I find them to be quite chic in a “I don’t really care” kind of way. If that makes any sense!

As always there are more swatches below the jump. The shimmer really comes out in the MACRO shots!



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OPI What’s With The Cattitude? (+ Shimmer Polish Maria)

OPI What's With The CattitudeWho doesn’t love Shrek? Admittedly I’m not a HUGE Shrek fan but they are adorable movies and Puss in Boots might be the best animated character of all time. Ok, probably not of all time, but recently! Plus, I’m totally in with Shrek. We’re besties.

As you  have probably figured out, What’s With The Cattitude? is from OPI’s Spring 2010 Shrek Forever After collection. The Shrek collection was not a collection I was immediately in love with. But over the years it has grown on me. Ogre The Top Blue is one of my favorite blue polishes.

What’s With The Cattitude? is a pastel blue creme. The color is wonderful. The formula is not. This polish is very thin. I used 4 coats and was going to stop but then noticed some bare spots and had to use a 5th coat. What a nightmare!

Despite having to use way too many coats the formula was runny or difficult to work with. The challenge was simply getting enough color on the nail.

I wanted to add a little sparkle to my manicure so I used Shimmer Polish Maria  and applied it so that it would be a bit of a subtle glitter gradient just as an accent nail.

There are swatches of my glitter gradient manicure plus additional swatches of What’s With The Cattitude? below the jump.


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OPI – Jinx

OPI - Jinx(main)Happy Monday!!! Can’t think of a better way to start off a rainy gloomy week than with another awesome polish from OPI’s The Bond Girls collection! After being a Liquid Sand skeptic for months, I’ve jumped on the band wagon and I can’t get enough. First I tried Pussy Galore – amazing. You guys raved about Honey Ryder and Jinx so I went back to grab those last week – Ulta was sold out of Jinx, and I absolutely had to have it so I ordered Jinx and Solitaire from Ebay.

I actually tried Solitaire (gorgeous by the way) first but since it’s going to be rainy and gloomy for the next few days I swapped it out for Jinx to brighten my day!Hands down, this is my favorite of the four – I can’t believe I gave it the brush off so easily when I first saw the display! It’s a warm coral with gold glitter that absolutely screams summer.

Since I’ve had such a great experience with these lovelies, I was wondering if I should go back to some of the earlier Liquid Sand polishes. Do you guys have any recommendations?

Hope you have an awesome start to your week!


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OPI You’re Such a Budapest

OPI You're Such a BudapestThere’s always that one polish from any given OPI collection I’m not originally crazy about but end up with it somewhere down the road anyway. That was definitely the case with OPI’s Euro Centrale collection and You’re Such a Budapest. When I spotted the display way back in February at Ulta I gave You’re Such a Budapest a once over and passed on it. Can’t Find my Czechbook and OPI…Eurso Euro were higher on my priority list and I figured I had a dupe for You’re Such a Budapest in my collection already. But as time passed I couldn’t get Budapest out of my head and here we are.

OPI describes You’re Such a Budapest as a periwinkle purple which I think is quite accurate. This polish has alot of blue in it (though not as much blue as say China Glaze Secret Peri-wink-le) which moves it away from the pastel territory. OPI does not categorize this polish as a shimmer. And truthfully, I wore this polish for days and never noticed any shimmer in it. Then I was editing these swatches and noticed there is some very (very) subtle shimmer in this polish (you can really see it in this bottle shot) though I don’t think it makes a bit of difference.

I was sure once I started digging through my stash I would find a dupe for this polish but I didn’t! The closest thing I have is wet n wild MegaLast On a Trip…but really they aren’t very close at all. There is a picture below the jump comparing the two in the bottle. They were so different there was no reason to compare on my nails!

When I was wearing You’re Such a Budapest I added an accent nail using Revlon Celestial FX. There are swatches of that below the jump as well as additional swatches of You’re Such a Budapest.



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OPI – Honey Ryder

OPI Honey Ryder LightboxOkay! Hooked! After my love affair with Pussy Galore, I decided to go back to Ulta today (yes today – that’s why my post is late) to pick up some more Liquid Sand polishes from OPI’s The Bond Girls collection. I had my mind set on Honey Ryder and Jinx.  Jinx was sold out, but they had one bottle of Honey Ryder left and I swooped it up! I’m actually looking at Jinx on ebay right now… I haven’t been this fixated on a collection or a particular polish in a long time. It’s kind of exciting!

I’m actually sipping on some coffee, watching The Good Wife, and applying this polish as I’m writing this post – time crunch! But hey – Honey Ryder is a one coater! Excellent – just my kind of polish.

Color wise, Honey Ryder is a stunning sparkly neutral gold – I think it might even look good on Alli! It’s a great seasonless gold. It reminds me a lot of a Liquid Sand version of Glitzerland from the Swiss collection.

Hope you all have a great afternoon!


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OPI – Pussy Galore

OPI - PG1Since my first experience with a textured polish was so great (Zoya – Nyx), I went to Ulta last night hoping to expand my textured horizons. I’d hoped for a few more Zoyas but they were out of Godiva and Vespa, so I kept wandering through the store until I came upon OPI’s The Bond Girls Collection.

The Bond Girls Collection features six polishes named for Bond Girls of years passed. It shouldn’t be any surprise that I gravitated towards the light pink: Pussy Galore. PG hails from the 007 film: Goldfinger. While I haven’t seen it, Alli assures me it’s a great movie. I may have to check it out. Admittedly, my Bond film exposure is a bit limited.

When I first got home I decided to look up some swatches and I was a bit disappointed – PG didn’t look all that awesome. I’m happy to report that it just is impossible to translate how pretty this polish is without seeing it in person. Pictures don’t do it justice. It dries to a dainty pearly pink with fuchsia (yes!) shimmer. Color wise it reminds me a lot of my all time favorite pink: Royal Flush Blush. Application was easy – two quick coats and I was all set.

I have to say, that part of the reason I’m loving these textured polishes is that – much like glitter – they do wonders for hiding my nail imperfections.

So, Bond fan? Liquid Sand fan? Let me know what you think! Keep reading for some more swatches!


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