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Archive for November, 2012

OPI’s Tomorrow Never Dies Swatches and Review

Hello! Today I have for you guys swatches of OPI’s Tomorrow Never Dies from OPI’s Holiday 2012 collection Skyfall. I decided to cut my nails on my left hand short because I started to think it was weird having nails on my left hand longer than the right hand. Haha.

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Tomorrow Never Dies is a metallic dark blue-purple with blue and pink shimmers. The blue and pink shimmers are barely visible even with flash, but can be seen in the bottle. This polish can appear dark blue or purple depending on the light, which I absolutely LOVE!

I was glad I ordered this polish and have this in my stash. I was reluctant about ordering this polish at first but after reading WorkPlayPolish‘s post and a few other posts out there, I decided to order this. I think I’ve also discovered my love for metallic polish.

Below are bottle shots to show you the beautiful shimmers. It also shows how the color of the polish appears depending on the light.

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Here I applied 2 coats with a layer of Seche Vite topcoat. I ran out of my Essie Good to Go and found Seche Vite in the store, so I decided to try Seche out. The polish was a bit runny and needs at least 2 coats to be opaque. Dry time was fast.

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You can find more about OPI’s Tomorrow Never Dies from OPI’s Holiday 2012 collection Skyfall  on their website here.

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Stripers as Polish… Again – L.A. Color’s Art Deco Metallic Pink

Hi there! Today I present you one of my favorites – Art Deco’s Metallic Pink!

Yes, its a striper, but who cares? It works well just like other normal polishes!

Metallic pink is pretty self explanatory… its a metallic pink color with gold/silver shimmers. Here I applied two coats with a layer of Essie Good to Go topcoat. They were super shiny! I rarely wear pink on my nails, but this was an exception!

I really, really love how this turned out! I didn’t expect this at all when I looked at the bottle. The dry time was fast and the polish was very easy to apply.

Sorry for the no bottle shot. I pre-ordered this, and when it came in the mail one of the polish that comes with it broke, causing the bottle to be smeared with polish. I tried to remove the polish from the bottle but that caused the labels to come off as well. 😦


Essence Choose Me! Swatches and Review

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Today I have for you guys Essence’s Choose Me! I was given this through a nail mail swap from one of my nail mail buddy from Ireland.

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Choose Me! contains silver and gold flecks within a blue-green sheer base. Indoors its a green color, but in sunlight it appears a bit blue. The formula was easy to apply and dry time was fast. I love the sparkle and the brush in my opinion, is easy to use.

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This is my first time with Essence nail polish, and I am overall very impressed, both by the color and the bottle. I love how the bottle is small, but not too small. A downside to this polish though, is that they do stain your nails a tiny bit of green. However the stain can be removed with nail polish remover. I will definitely check out more of Essence’s polishes soon!


BONi M122 over OPI Black Onyx Swatches and Review

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Hi guys! Yesterday I was bored and wanted to paint my nails. Yesterday I also received my very first nail mail package all the way from Germany, I’ll make a post about that later. My nail mail buddy was really nice and sent me a really pretty bottle of Essence nail art special effects topper. I don’t know which polish to choose so I painted my nails black using OPI Onyx, and because of that Essence special effects topper, I decided I want to add a layer of glitter polish over it. I decided to go with BONi M122:ImageImageImageImageImage

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ImageFor this mani, I applied 2 layers of OPI Onyx, then 2 layers of BONi M122. I didn’t add topcoat because I was afraid it will be too thick.

I love this combo! It reminds me a bit of Deborah Lippmann’s Happy Birthday, however I don’t think its a dupe. The BONi M122 polish has larger glitters and more color compared to DL’s Happy Birthday. BONi M122 has light blue, green, pink, red and yellow glitter, with small red, yellow, pink and green circle-shaped glitters in clear base. Deborah Lippmann’s Happy Birthday does not have light blue, yellow or pink glitters. You can clearly see this in the macro shot of the BONi M122 bottle below:

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The BONi M122 polish applied nicely, but just like many other glitter polishes, I had to push the glitter around with the brush in order to have a overall coverage on the nail plate. The glitter didn’t dry very smooth though. I believe this is a polish from Korea… one of my favorites!