Saturday, 13 February 2016

OPI New Orleans 2016 - My Picks & Comparison

OPI's release for the start of 2016 is their New Orleans collection! It's got some great bold shades as well as having subtle soft ones too. Did you end up getting any? I chose Show Us Your Tips, Let Me Bayou a Drink, and Humid-tea.

 OPI Show Us Your Tips!
A gorgeous periwinkle polish that is sheer and incredibly sparkly. This is three coats here, you need that many to build the opacity and colour up. Otherwise it looks quite washed out and watery.

 OPI Let Me Bayou a Drink
A beautiful pink pearl shade. I really don't have anything like this in my collection and I'm over the moon to have this new addition! Bayou is a pale pink with a fine purple shimmer. The formula is patchy if you aren't careful. I needed 3 coats for full opacity.

 OPI Humid-tea
Humid-tea is a peachy-coral with a frosty shimmer. I really love this shade too, but I feel like I have this in my collection already! See below for the comparison with OPI Butterfly Moment. The formula was really nice on this one! Only needed two coats for full coverage.

 Comparison with OPI Butterfly Moment on ring and pointer, OPI Humid-tea on pinky and middle finger. The base colour seems to be the same, the only difference being that Butterfly has a golden shimmer where as Humid-tea has a blue shimmer.

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Wednesday, 10 February 2016

OPI Hello Kitty 2016 - Travel Exclusive

Today I have the OPI Hello Kitty Travel Exclusive set to show you! You can pick this up from duty free type stores at airports. It retails for $29.99.

This mini set includes five cream shades and one shimmer finish. You get a range of pastel pinks, bold purples and magentas, as well as some bright red shades.

 Small + Cute = ❤

A pastel bubblegum pink cream. Four coats shown here. Four. Streaky, patchy, but the formula isn't that watery? Very strange. Nice colour though.

Look at My Bow!

A barbie pink cream. The formula is nice on this one, however it still needs three coats for full opacity.

Spoken from the Heart

A squishy watermelon pink cream. One of the nicer formulas in the collection. Opacity builds up quickly but will need 2-3 coats for full opacity. You may still have visible nail lines at two coats.

5 Apples Tall

A bright tomato red cream. A really nice formula only needing two coats for total opacity.

Super Cute in Pink

I had to google what colour this is because I see purple, not pink. Wikipedia calls this shade 'magenta'. This one has a nice squishy cream formula like Spoken From the Heart. Only two coats needed for opacity.

Say Hello Kitty!

A deep pink-red with red-to-gold shimmer. The only shimmery shade in this mini collection. I wore two coats of Say Hello Kitty over Spoken From the Heart. The formula was really nice on this one, probably the best out of this lot! The shimmer on this one is quite beautiful - it shifts between blue, pink, red, and gold.

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Sunday, 7 February 2016

Jamberry Trushine Gel Enamel - Beta

After wearing Porcelain and having a great experience with it, I chose to wear Jamberry's Beta for the next gel mani. Beta is a beautiful navy blue jelly. These gel enamels retail for $32.00 NZ. 

The formula for Beta is really runny. It actually mimicked water at times. It just ran for it. And because it was so runny, it didn't allow me to wrap my tips (which essentially elongates wear time). It kept bubbling up at the ends, which you can see in the photo. It was also quite sheer and patchy. I needed three coats to get it looking this even. 

If I wasn't out of nail prep wipes, I'd be changing my mani.


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