Summer No Rules Challenge | Beach

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Hello Everyone! Today’s theme is beach, and who doesn’t love the beach in the summer! This was the theme that I was most looking forward to re-creating, and I am so happy to share what I came up with.

Swatch - The Beach (July 28)

This is a gradient manicure, that I gained inspiration from Pinterest. I used a few different beach themed polishes, to create a beach inspired gradient.

Bottle1 - The Beach (July 28)

Polishes Used:

OPI Alpine Snow

China Glaze Bahamian Escape

Zoya Godiva

H.K. Girl Topcoat

 

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Summer No Rules Challenge | Favourite Summer Red

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Hello Everyone! Today’s theme is favourite summer red. I must admit I am not an avid red wearer, but nonetheless I have a ton of gorgeous reds!

Swatch - Favourite Summer Red (July 25)

This shade is OPI Love Athletes In Cleats, which was released with the OPI Fashion Plate Collection for spring 2014. This is a gorgeous bright red shade, with some subtle silver shimmer throughout the whole polish!

Tilt - Favourite Summer Red (July 25)

 

This shade had a great formula, and was very easy to apply. It was definitely my favourite from the Fashion Plate collection, and I am loving this red for summer!

 

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Sparkles & Marbled

Bottle - Purple:Blue

Hello Everyone! Today I thought I would share with you one of my favourite ways to use the OPI Sheer Tints.

Bottles1 - Purple:Blue

 

Polishes Used:

China Glaze Snow

OPI Ski Slope Sweetie

OPI Be Magentile With Me

OPI Don’t Violet Me Down

OPI I Can Teal You Like Me

 

I began with a white base, and used the Sheer Tints to swirl around, and create a marbled effect.

 

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Summer Trend: Wedding Nails

Swatch - Wedding Nails

 

Hello Everyone! Wedding season is in full swing. I am sure many of you are either getting married or going to a wedding. These are some fun nails to rock to a wedding. I found this inspiration on pinterest, and really wanted to re-create it.

Swatch2 - Wedding Nails

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- Jaimie
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Summer No Rules Challenge | Polka Dots

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Hello Everyone! Polka dots are such a simple, and fun way to jazz up a basic polish.

Swatch - Polka Dots (July 22)

 

I began with a neon base, and did the polka dots with other neon polishes!

 

Polishes Used:

China Glaze Celtic Sun

OPI Alpine Snow

China Glaze Sun Worshiper

China Glaze Bottoms Up

 

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Essie Too Taboo Collection for Summer 2014 | Review and Swatches

Essie Too Taboo Collection | Bottle Shots Essie Too Taboo (Summer 2014)2

Hello Everyone! Today I have a review of the Essie Too Taboo collection that was released for summer 2014. This is a gorgeous collection of “neon” polishes. I put neons in quotations because I personally would not actually consider them neon, because they are rather sheer, and just don’t carry that neon quality. If you are looking for true neons I would say go for some of the China Glaze polishes!

Essie Too Taboo Collection | Swatches

With that being said, these polishes are totally gorgeous, and some of them shocked me, with how much I loved them!

Swatch - Serial Shopper

Essie Serial Shopper

This is a gorgeous bright peachy orange shade.  This one shocked me with how nice it applied, and how it looked on the nail.  I did not expect to love this polish, but I totally did.

Swatch - Too Taboo

Essie Too Taboo

This is the other polish in this collection that totally shocked me.  This polish, by far, had the best formula, and was the easiest to work with.  It is a gorgeous bright purple/pink shade!

Swatch4 - Sittin' Pretty

Essie Sittin’ Pretty

This is the polish I was most excited for, but also the most disappointed in.  it is a lavender purple, but it is super sheer, and needed three coats to be opaque.

Swatch - Chills & Thrills

Essie Chills ‘N’ Thrills

This was a gorgeous bright blue shade, with a pretty decent formula as well.  It was very opaque and only needed two coats on the nail.

Possible Dupe: Essie Butler Please

Swatch - I'm Addicted

Essie I’m Addicted

This is a bright, sky blue shade, and I thought I would like this polish a lot more than I did.  It is gorgeous, and I like the colour, but I am not over the moon about it.  I think it just doesn’t look totally right on my skin tone.

Swatch - Vice Versa

Essie Vice Versa

This is the epitome of a lime green colour. The colour is very unique, but the polish is very sheer. This polish would work great for jelly sandwiches.

Overall I was very impressed by this collection! Some of them were total hits, and some were duds, but overall I liked it. My favourite would definitely be Essie Too Taboo.

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Summer No Rules Challenge | Sunset

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Hello Everyone! Today’s theme is sunshine, and the first thing I thought of was a summer sunset.

Swatch - Sunshine (July 18)

I used a white base, and then the gradient effect to get this look.

Bottles - Sunshine (July 18)

Polishes Used:

OPI Alpine Snow

OPI I Just Can’t Cope-A-Cabana

China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy

China Glaze Sun Worshiper

 

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OPI Coca Cola Collection for Summer 2014 | Review and Swatches

OPI Coca Cola Collection Swatches

Hello Everyone! Today I have a review of the OPI Coca Cola Collection, which was released for the summer of 2014. When I originally looked at the promo photos for this collection I was not super excited, but when I saw them in person I totally fell in love with the colours. There is a wide variety from darks, glitters, nudes, and brights.

Swatch - A Grape Affair

OPI A Grape Affair

This shade is a beautiful, rich purple crème.  It is not super unique, but a great polish for anytime of the year.  I can definitely see myself using this polish consistently during the fall months.  It applies even and opaque in just two coats.

Possible Dupe: OPI Vant To Bite My Neck

Swatch - Coca Cola Red

OPI Coca Cola Red

This shade surprised me a little bit.  When I first looked at it, my first though was just another red crème.  Then I applied it and the cherry tone, and brightness of this shade totally had me in love.  It is going to be a great summer red, and carry through the fall very nicely.

Swatch - Get Cherried Away

OPI Get Cherried Away

This shade took me for a loop, seeing it in a summer collection.  This definitely reminds me of a fall shade, but nonetheless it is totally gorgeous.  It is a deep berry, crème shade that applies evenly and opaque in just two coats.

Swatch - Green On The Runway

OPI Green On The Runway

This is definitely the most unique shade of the collection.  It is a green/brown duochrome with a metallic finish.  This is going to be amazing during the Halloween season.  I just picture this being paired with some fun orange glitter for a great Halloween manicure!

Possible Dupe: China Glaze Agro

Swatch - My Signature is %22DC%22

OPI My Signature is “DC”

This is a great silver foil shade.  It is a super bright metallic shade, and was modeled after Diet Coke.  It was very easy to work with, and applied evenly and opaque in just two coats.

Swatch - Orange You Fantastic

OPI Orange You Fantastic

This is another shade I see being a great Halloween colour.  I am surprised this collection was not released in late fall.  It is a gold/orange glitter suspended in an orange jelly base.  It is totally gorgeous, and such a fun unique glitter.

Swatch - Sorry I'm Fizzy Today

OPI Sorry I’m Fizzy Today

This gorgeous pink shade was definitely one of the collection favourites.  This shade applied evenly and opaque in just two coats, and just an overall gorgeous pink colour.

Swatch - Today I Accomplished Zero

OPI Today I Accomplished Zero

This shade was modeled after Coke Zero, and is a deep black base with some chunky red glitter.  This colour is totally gorgeous, but again a colour I would go for around Halloween.  It has a great, and easy-to-work-with formula, and everything about the polish itself was great!

Swatch - You're So Vain-illa

OPI You’re So Vain-Illa

This is a bright, yellow-toned nude shade, modeled after Vanilla Coke. This was another of the collection favourites, because although nudes are popular, this one has a different tone to it. It has a great formula, and the colour is perfect for anytime of the year.

 

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this collection. It was full of a great variety of colours, but consistently good formulas. In my opinion, that is a sign of a great collection. However, I did not think this collection was season appropriate, but I understand that OPI has a schedule of when they release collections. My collection picks are definitely Green On The Runway, Coca Cola Red, and Sorry I’m Fizzy Today.

 

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Summer No Rules Challenge | Favourite Neon

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Hello Everyone! My favourite neon is just an impossible decision. In the summer neons are a total must have, and just an amazing pop of colour. I am not a huge fan of wearing colour in my clothes, so I always opt for colour in my polish!

Swatch1 - Favourite Neon (July 16)

For today’s theme I opted for a few of my favourite neons!  I did some small dots, against a white base, because white makes all neons ten times better!

Tilt - Favourite Neon (July 16)

Polishes Used:

OPI Alpine Snow

China Glaze Sun Worshiper

Orly Glowstick

China Glaze Bottoms Up

 

There are some other amazing bloggers joining me on this journey, so be sure to check them out!

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OPI Neon Collection for Summer 2014 | Review and Swatches

OPI Neons Collection for Summer 2014

Hello Everyone! Today I have some swatches and a review of the OPI Neon Collection that was released for summer 2014. This collection is full of bright, and fun colours, which are always great for the summer! The above photos are three coats of each polish, without a white base underneath.

OPI Neons Collection for Summer 2014 White BASE

The above photos are two coats of white, as well as two coats of the polish. OPI recommends wearing a white base underneath these polishes to get the full effect, and brightness of the polish.

 

Swatch - Down to the Core-Al

White Base - Down to the Core-Al

OPI Down To The Core-Al

First: Three Coats of Down To The Core-Al

Second: Two Coats of white, and two coats of Down To The Core-Al

This shade is a gorgeous bright coral shade, which is one of my favourites for the summer.  It is very bright, regardless of whether you have a white base.  I prefer this shade without the white base; I find it just looks cleaner, and still super bright.

Swatch - Hotter Than You Pink

White Base - Hotter Than You Pink

OPI Hotter Than You Pink

First: Three Coats of Hotter Than You Pink

Second: Two Coats of White and Two Coats of Hotter Than You Pink

 

This polish is probably one of my favourite from the collection. It is a gorgeous bright, pink shade, with some shimmers as well. I found that both swatches looked fairly similar, if I had added one more coat of the non white base swatch it would have looked basically the same.

 Swatch - Juice Bar Hopping

White Base1 - Juice Bar Hopping

OPI Juice Bar Hopping

First: Three Coats of Juice Bar Hopping

Second: Two Coats of White and Two Coats of Juice Bar Hopping

This is a basic bright orange colour.  I shade like this is released in almost every summer collection, especially from OPI and Essie.  I didn’t find this one to be terribly unique, but it is a nice orange colour if you are on the market for one.  The white base definitely made a difference for this polish, and it appears much brighter on the second photo.

Swatch - Life Gave Me Lemons

White Base - Life Gave Me Lemons

OPI Life Gave Me Lemons

First: Three Coats of Life Gave Me Lemons

Second: Two Coats of White and Two Coats of Life Gave Me Lemons

This was one of the favourites of the collection.  It is a gorgeous bright, yellow colour, but I definitely would not consider this shade neon.  The swatch with the white base is definitely brighter, so you have to choose your preference.

Swatch - Push 'N' Pur-Pull

White Base - Push 'N' Pur-Pull

OPI Push ‘N’ Pur-Pull

First: Three Coats of Push ‘N’ Pur-Pull

Second: Two Coats of White and Two Coats of Push ‘N’ Pur-Pull

This colour is gorgeous, and I definitely prefer it without the white base. I found it to be too patchy with the white base. It is much darker than expected, and will be a great polish for the fall. I found this one to be out of place in a neon collection.

Swatch1 - You're So Outta Lime

White Base - You're So Outta Lime

OPI You’re So Outta Lime

First: Three Coats of You’re So Outta Lime

Second: Two Coats of White and Two Coats of You’re So Outta Lime

This is a bright green, and definitely my favourite from the collection.  I found this polish looked much better in the photos, but it is still a gorgeous green.  I preferred it with a white base, because it did turn out much brighter, and borderline neon.

Overall I loved the colours released in this collection, however, the formulas were patchy.  Some were okay, and some were very hard to work with.  My picks from this collection would be Life Gave Me Lemons, and You’re So Outta Lime.  OPI retails for $9.95, and there is also a mini set available containing all of the colours.

 

Find them here:

http://www.nailpolishcanada.com/categories/opi/collections/neon-collection-summer-2014.html

 

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