Tuesday, April 22, 2014

OPI Toucan Do It if You Try: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

OPI Toucan Do It if You Try from the Brazil Collection is another coral, this time it is a fresh, juicy orange with a hint of iridescent neon fire in it's heart. This is a Summer polish so get a tan, get a mani, get a pedi with this polish, get hot and get ready to party and dance all night long.

I wore this polish before swatching it for this post and it is a new fave. I am crazy about bright, hot colours, this year and this one is one that I am all about. This swatch is two coats (three on my ring and pinkie, thanks to my ridges of doom) and topped with Seche Vite. This polish is shiny on it's own but top coat just powers it up.

The formula on OPI Toucan Do It if You Try is just as beautiful as it's bright, juicy hue. This creme polish applies very well, flowing off of the Pro-Wide Brush I love so much, settles where I place it and doesn't make any raggle baggle. There is no streaking, dragging, pooling, running or bubbling. My only minor gripe is that I need three coats on my ring and pinkie nails, thanks to my stupid ridges but I can't really fault the polish for that, but a lot of cremes do cope with my ridges in two coats, so...

Dry time on this polish is pretty good, enhanced by Seche Vite, of course. Wear time is pretty standard for me with an OPI polish. I got a good, solid four days out of this beauty. As I have said before, long wear time isn't really a huge deal to me, as I am a frequent polish changer. YMMV, I know that some people get a full week or longer out of their OPI polishes, others less. What can I say? We humans are strange creatures and tend to be a bit unpredictable when it comes to our beauty products.

What say you about this bright, juicy orange-y coral polish? Do you like what you see? Are you you going crazy for brights, especially for orange which seems to be absolutely everywhere this year? If you have yet to embrace the orange trend, may I suggest you try it? Most people can find a shade or tone of orange that will flatter them. Keep your skin tone and undertones in mind when you scope out the orange and coral world then sally forth and get thy orange on.

Oh! Of you want OPI Toucan Do It if You Try you should be able to pick it up at your local Ulta, JC Penney salon, Sally Beauty Supply or Sally's online. Try various beauty supplies that carry OPI and of course, small, independent salons and spas that sell this brand.

Okay, 'nuff nattering. Thank you so much for popping in and reading. Have a terrific day and may your polish never bubble.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

OPI I Just Can't Cope-a-Cabana: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

I hope that those of you who celebrate had a lovely and happy Easter.

OPI I Just Can't Cope-a-Cabana from the Brazil Collection for is a beautiful, bright yellow crelly that will bathe your nails in sunshine. This polish is very bright, happy and perfect for the Spring and Summer days to come. Wear it alone, as a base for nail art or as an accent colour with any of the other polishes in this beautiful collection.

This swatch is three coats and Seche Vite.

Except for the fact that I needed three coats to get a completely opaque finish (thank you so much ridges!), OPI I Just Can't Cope-a-Cabana is pretty much a drama free yellow polish. It applied easily, was a breeze to control. While there was a bit of streaking on the first coat, subsequent coats dealt with that very nicely. I didn't have to deal with running, pooling, dragging, flooding my cuticles or bubbling. Dry time was okay. A little slower than fast thanks to three coats but Seche Vite helps a lot.

What do you think of OPI I Just Can't Cope-a-Cabana? Are you on the hunt for a fabulously bright, easy to love yellow polish? If so, this is one that may just fill the bill for you. It it available where you find OPI. Try Ulta, Sally Beauty Supply, both in store and online, JC Penny salons and various beauty supplies and independent salons that carry OPI in your area.

Thank you so much for coming in and reading this review. I hope that it was helpful. Have a terrific day and may your polish never bubble.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

OPI Live. Love. Carnival. Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

OPI Live. Love. Carnival, from this year's fantastic Brazil Collection for Spring/Summer is a beautiful, warm, perfectly balanced orange coral creme. The mix of red, orange, peach and even pink is absolutely on point, making this coral a Summer neutral that can be worn with many other colours like navy blue, white, yellow, green even brown, if it floats your boat. This polish is going to set off tanned tips and toes perfectly, all season long.

This is not just a swatch and run post, gentle reader. I have been wearing this polish and I can't get enough of it. I am on a major bright and coral kick, this year and this polish is ticking all of my boxes. The wear time is pretty decent on this baby, I get a good four days out of it before it falls apart on me and needs to go bye-bye. I'll take it.

This swatch is two coats and Seche Vite.

On to the formula. It's pretty great. Smooth, easy to apply and control, this polish doesn't give me any difficulties, really. There is no running, pooling, flooding, streaking (beyond the norm on the first coat kind of thing), pulling, dragging or bubbling. I didn't have to do a ton of cleanup while applying this and what I did do is because I usually polish highly caffeinated and I have a little tremor so yeah... I make a bit of a mess, no matter how carefully I polish and I end up doing cleanup. Dry time is pretty good with this polish and even more stunning with Seche Vite or another fast dry top coat. I can slop this on, top coat it and get back to my daily activities in not a lot of time.

I am really digging OPI Live. Love. Carnival. Do you own this beautiful polish? If you are looking for a fantastic Summer mani-pedi colour, you could do a lot worse than this one. If you are now craving coral goodness, you can find OPI Live. Love. Carnival. at Sally Beauty Supply, Ulta, JC Penny salons, other beauty supplies that carry OPI.

Thank you so much for coming by and reading and have a bright, warm day!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I Love Nail Polish in Music Box: Review and Photographs

Hello gentle readers.

I Love Nail Polish Music Box is a gentle, slightly greyed teal blue creme base with a beautiful linear holo rainbow sparkle. The holo in this polish is not super strong but it is no less beautiful and magical. I am convinced that holo is mainly a personal magic and light show! It is best appreciated in the right lighting, up close by those of us who are in to this kind of thing. Everyone else can admire our pretty nails in whatever capacity they are able. That is what is so great about I Love Nail Polish polishes, when the holo goes on the down low, the polish still looks fabulous. I received several lovely compliments on this polish and all of them were in indoor lighting when the holo wasn't doing it's thing.

This manicure was two coats and I topped it with Posche fast dry top coat.

I Love Nail Polish in Music Box has a beautiful formula. Smooth, creamy-dreamy. A delight to apply,  this polish flows off the brush, sits sweetly down where I place it and glides up the nail without running, pooling, flooding my cuticles or bubbling. There was no streaking, dragging or pulling bald spots when I needed to go back over for a quick swipe or two. Boy, has holo come a long way! This holo can be top coated without worrying about losing the rainbow deliciousness. When the top coat is first applied, the holo shatters then as the top coat dries, the rainbows re form and all is happiness and sparkle plenty, once again.

Now I do have to impose a tiny little cloud in this sunny day of polish gushery. Wear time. This polish ain't got it. I applied this beauty and it was falling apart on me and had to be removed two days later. Now, short wear time is not a big problem for me as I am one of those nut cases who is in to frequently changing my polish. If you are an apply-it-and-wear-it-and-forget-about-it-for-at-least-a-week kinda polish wearer, this is probably not the polish for you. If you don't mind a shorter wear time, this polish may just be your cup of tea.

I am a big fan of the I Love Nail Polish brand, overall and this polish, in particular. I think that you will be, too. This beauty is part of the I Love Nail Polish Spring Collection and it is available, now! It's ten clams and you can find it by clicking right here.*

Do you own I Love Nail Polish in Music Box? Have you tried other polishes from this brand? What do you think of them? If you get longer wear than I do, what is your secret?

Thank you so much for swinging by and reading. Have yourself a fab day and may your polish never bubble!

* This link is supplied as a convenience to my gentle readers. I receive no compensation of any kind if the link is clicked and a purchase is made.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Zoya Blu: Review and Photographs

Hello gentle readers.

Zoya Blu feels so fresh, bright and cool, perfect for Spring. And it is perfect to add life to my fresh new nubbins. Dang it! I just had my nails to a length that I like for swatching and a bad break on my swatching hand necessitated filing back down to nubbins. My normally thin, delicate nails are even more fragile, lately and growing or keeping any length has been a massive challenge. I am hoping that stepping up my vitamin regimen and being more consistent about taking them will help because... Damn! This nonsense is getting old!

Okay, enough crying and complaining. back to the polish. Zoya Blu is a soft, pastel blue creme. Golly, I love this colour! This manicure is two coats and Seche Vite. It is still on my nails and in good condition four days later. I am only plotting a polish change because I am ready for something else on my nails. Nice going, Zoya Blu!

As beautiful as Zoya Blu is to look at, this beauty does present a few challenges upon application. Like other white based, opaque cremes of this nature, it starts out very fluid and smooth but as you work with it, it tightens up and becomes increasingly difficult to work with. Polish as quickly as possible, Keeping this polish open longer is just asking for it. Have plenty of polish on the brush, smooth it on swiftly and deftly, let it self level a bit. Applying thin coats doesn't really work with this stuff. At least, it didn't, for me.

I had a fully opaque if a bit uneven finish in two quick coats. I wasn't too happy with how it looked... Until I grabbed my Seche Vite and floated a good coat over each nail. Ahhh... Magic! Seche Vite melted the slightly ripply, uneven finish and made it perfectly smooth and even. It even killed a couple of bubbles from my stupid base coat! Good old Seche Vite rides to the rescue, again. It is invaluable when working with polishes like this.

One thing that I really love about the formula on Zoya Blu is how easy it is to control. It sits down where I place it, smooths up the nail and doesn't run, pool, drag, streak or bubble. Dry time, especially with good old Seche Vite was very good. I was able to finish my manicure, oil my cuticles, snap a few photographs, clean up my mess and get on with my day.

All in all, Zoya Blue is a beautiful pastel blue polish with a somewhat challenging but not bad formula. If you love pastel polish, especially this time of year and are looking for a perfect, pale blue to grace your tips, pick up beautiful Zoya Blu and apply it to your tips. Just remember to have a good, melting top coat at the ready.

What do you think of Zoya Blu? Do you own it? Love it? If you are thinking that you would like to own it, you can pick it up anywhere you buy Zoya polishes including Ulta stores and their website, in many local beauty supplies and even some groceries that have beauty areas, on Zoya's website. So go get it!

Thank you so much for coming in and reading and may your polish never bubble.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

OPI Brazil Collection Neutrals: Swatches and Review

Hello gentle readers.

Today I am sharing four of the OPI Brazil Collection polishes I bought. These are the neutral polishes in the collection, or what I like to call, Saving for My Vacation! These are four beautiful, neutral, work appropriate shades that are perfect to grace your tips while you are slaving away, 9 to 5 until you have squirreled away enough for your getaway to those sandy beaches,  blue waters, cold, frosty drinks and hot, hot nights, dancing until dawn.

Don't Bossa Nova Me Around
Soft slightly greyed pale pink creme. Delicate and ladylike, like a Spring bloom. This is lovely alone, as a base for glitter or nail art. This is two coats and top coat.

Taupe Less Beach
Pale lilac toned taupe creme. Very soft and feminine. This is Spring and happy while still toeing the line. Two coats and top coat. 

I Saw Paulo Over There
Rich, warm, deep taupe creme. Classic and perfect for everyone, everywhere. Two coats and top coat. 

Next Stop... The Bikini Zone
Sheer purple base with gold and multi coloured sparkling shimmer. Delicate and pretty. Can be worn alone or layered over any of these polishes or many others in your collection! Three coats with top coat.

The formula on all four of these polishes are lovely. They all applied smooth, easily. There was no streaking, dragging, running, pooling or bubbling or any other nonsense. Dry time is pretty good, too. Wear time is average for me. I like these polishes, they are beautiful and wearable. I Saw Paulo Over There is not my fave, I still can't imagine what I was thinking when I bought it. I may rehome that one. Why do I buy polishes I know I won't like or have too many of and won't like? *headdesk*

So, what do you think of the four taupe neutral polishes from the OPI Brazil Collection? Do you own any of them? Are you wanting any of them? Are you saving madly for a dream vacation to somewhere fabulous, somewhere you have always dreamed of going? Have you already had the opportunity to take that dream trip?

Thank you so much for coming by and reading and have a wonderful day!