Sunday, February 27, 2011


Saturday, February 26, 2011

RED - Nidhi

Zoya Nidhi

I think Nidhi is such a pretty polish.  Bright red with hints of purple and gold and lots of glitter and shimmer.  This is one unique shade!  What do you think?  Is Nidhi a winner for you?

Friday, February 25, 2011

RED - Maura


Maura is a tough one to capture in photos.  It is a bright orange-based red jelly.  You can see that my nails show through it a bit (this is with two coats).  

Maura indoors, indirect light

Thursday, February 24, 2011

RED - Chimney Red

Nicole Stuck in the Chimney

This was part of Nicole's holiday collection but it is such a beautiful color.  It is sort of mauve with gold shimmer.  It was a little slow to dry but covered really well with two coats.  I love how it shimmers in the light.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

OPI Texas Collection 2

OPI Texas

Today I have part two of OPI's new Texas Collection.  These six shades are all in OPI's new "sorbet-like" finish, which means that these are what we typically call "jelly-like" instead of creme.  Given the formula, these shades are more sheer than traditional creme polishes, so they give nails a lighter, more summery look than traditional creme polishes.  "Sorbet-like" or jelly polishes tend to dry pretty fast as well, since they apply thinner.  All six of these polishes have that lovely Jolly Rancher-like look (or like squishy Jell-o) that is so lovely on hot, summer days.

Houston We Have a Purple

This is my favorite in the collection.  This lovely berry shade looks great in this sheer, jelly-like formula.  I used three coats to get almost opaque coverage.

Big Hair, Big Nails

This was the most opaque of all of the shades.  Big Hair, Big Nails is a reddish orange polish with the new "sorbet-like" finish.  I used three coats.

Do You Think I'm Tex-y?

Do You Think I'm Tex-y? is a dark pink sheer polish.  It is a really nice color, with hints of purple, and the jelly-like finish makes it look almost like it is fading in a cool, unique way (more pigmented at the tips, sheerer at the base).  I used three coats.  (By the way, I love this name!).

Guy Meets Gal-Veston

This is a peachy orange polish that reminds me a lot of a Dreamsicle (especially given that these have the sorbet-like finish!  It's like summertime desserts in a polish.).  I used two coats and it is still very sheer - like a light wash of color that can be really fun and fresh during the spring and summer.

Too Hot Pink Too Handle

Too Hot Pink Too Handle is a dark pink that is pretty similar to Do You Think I'm Texy?  Like the other five in this color, it is a jelly-based polish, so it gives a sheer wash of color.  I used four coats of this on my toes and got a nearly opaque pedi; for these pictures, I wore just two coats.  I think this is a really pretty pink and it is slightly less red than Do You Think I'm Texy?  I love the name too!!  So cute.

Ya'll Come Back, Ya Hear?

This brings me back to the candy corn nails I did in October.  Ya'll Come Back, Ya Hear? is a pretty orange (more yellow than red) that gives a translucent color with two coats.  As you can see, it looks like a different shade on my tips, almost like a sort of french manicure.

This collection is available now at ULTA and nail salons where OPI is sold.
What do you think of the new "sorbet-like" finish?
Which shades are your favorites?  
And my favorite part: which name do you love the most?
Thanks for reading!

Product provided by PR for review purposes.

RED - Chile o Caliente?

OPI Chile o Caliente?

Cold or Hot?  I say HOT, HOT, HOT!  This is a fun orangey-red polish with lots of silver shimmer and I think it will be a fantastic pedicure color once the weather warms up a bit.  It was a little on the thin side and took two coats, but covers nicely. 

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Spay Day

Today is the 17th annual Spay Day.

Please spay or neuter your pets and become involved with your community to spay and neuter feral cats in your area and help control pet overpopulation.  There are literally thousands of wonderful cats and dogs in animal shelters across the United States waiting for homes.  Please spay or neuter your pets by contacting a local veterinarian.  They may also have information about spay/neuter programs for low income families as well, so see if you qualify.  Additionally, veterinarians oftentimes will offer discounts to help spay/neuter feral cats (as part of the Trap-Neuter-Release program), so if there are feral cats in your area, learn what you can do to help get them spayed/neutered and returned to their outdoor home.  To learn more, visit Alley Cat Allies or search for a feral group near you.

To learn more about the benefits of spaying or neutering your pet, click for the American Humane Society factsheet.  To learn more about Spay Day, visit the Humane Society.

Thank you for helping to control the pet population!

OPI Texas Collection 1

OPI Texas

Today I have the first half of OPI's new Texas Collection!  This collection is filled with fun names and great shades, all representing the beautiful Lone Star state.  Check out the swatches and let me know what you think!

Austin-Tatious Turquoise

Austin-Tatious Turquoise is a stunning shimmery bright blue polish.  In the bottle it looks like it has a slight purple duochrome, but I didn't really notice it on my nail.  It is still a beautiful polish though.  Very multifaceted and shimmery, and a stunning shade of blue.  This was my favorite in the collection.

Don't Mess With OPI

Don't Mess With Texas - I mean OPI - is a beautiful green creme.  I really like this one.  It reminds me a lot of a lighter version of last year's Jade is the New Black.  It covered really nicely with two coats.  

I Vant to be A-Lone Star

This shade doesn't especially scream "Texas" to me, but it is a very pretty, summer-ready shimmery light blue.  I only needed two coats for nice, opaque coverage, and it has a great shine to it - a little frosty, but more so shimmery.

It's Totally Fort Worth It

It's Totally Fort Worth It is a pretty shimmery pearl polish.  It is not opaque, even with three coats, but I like how soft and delicate it looks.  In the bottle it looks almost grey with hints of pint, but it wears like a pearly white with just a touch of pink shimmer.

San Tan-Tonio

I really like this mocha creme polish!  It covered nicely with two coats and looks so dusty and fun.  This is a great shade for a Texas collection.  It gives an almost nude-nail look (especially if you're tanner than I am!), which can be really nice, especially with a bright, fun outfit.

Suzi Loves Cowboys

Cowboy boot brown.  Or perhaps hot fudge brown?  Chocolate brown?  This shade really does have a very chocolate-like look.  The first coat was super streaky, but the second gave a pretty solid finish (I don't think a third coat would have hurt though).  Cute name, unique color.

This collection is available now at ULTA and nail salons where OPI is sold.

So what do you think of OPI's new Texas Collection?  Are you as surprised as I am that there isn't a single red creme?  OPI always has a red creme - and Texas seems like the lovely red nail polish capital of the US.  I'll have pictures soon of the second half of this collection, complete with six sheer jellies (OPI's new "sorbet-like" finish) and lots of pinks shades.
Thanks for reading!

Product provided by PR for review purposes.  Cowboy image: Copyright Kevin Falk

Monday, February 21, 2011

RED - Ali's Big Break

Ali's Big Break

I love this sparkly, bright red polish!  Ali's Big Break is part of OPI's recent Burlesque collection.  It dries fast and has a fabulous shiny candy apple red finish with just two coats.

So how is your Monday shaping up so far?  After last week's amazing weather, this week is sure to be painful with a chance of snow and temperatures well-below last week's high 60's.  But I am excited about the debates I am having my student hold this week in class.  I'm hoping to get the mock court room at the university for us to use also.  It should be fun.

Last night I was doing laundry and this Amazonian tarantula of a spider came running out of my laundry basket.  Unfortunately, my "flight or fight" instinct kicked in and I flung my clothes everywhere and jumped onto the bed (I don't think I've ever jumped that great of a distance in my life - my middle school gym teacher would have been proud).  By that time, the great beast of a spider had managed to hide itself somewhere in my room.  I sat on the bed while J carefully picked through my clothes piece by piece, but no spider.  Jump forward three hours.  I walk into the bathroom to take a shower and I see two giant legs poking out from behind the toilet.  So J manage to get a glass over it and a piece of cardboard under it and then we both just stood there debating how to get it out of the house for - I kid you not - an hour and a half.  There was talk of a vacuum suction that would transport it into the Dyson and then we could carry it away, as well as the traditional "carry the cup outside" method (whenever we got close enough to doing that we both freaked out).  This was a BIG spider - plus it kept lunging at us through the glass.  I even called my parents on the off-chance that they felt like driving over to my house at 10:30 at night to carry a spider outside (my mom's advice was to tell J to "man up" and for me to "quit being such a prima donna."  Thanks, mom).  So finally J came up with the rather brilliant idea of hot gluing the cardboard to the glass cup, then cutting the cardboard off once the spider was outside.  So we did just that: we hot glued the cardboard to the cup, safely carried the Amazon warrior up to the top of our neighborhood, and then cut the cardboard off - and it worked!  That spider marched off through the grass and we took off running in the other direction.  We are such huge wimps.  Tremendous wimps.  And I've spent today tip toeing around the house all day just in case his friends come jumping out.

Happy President's Day and I hope you had an adventure-filled weekend!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

RED - Carrie Ann

Carrie Ann

This evening I have another red Zoya (seriously - I have half a bin of red Zoya polishes!).  This is Carrie Ann, a pretty blue-toned red with a medium amount of shimmer.

How has your weekend been?  I went shopping yesterday with my sister and got these A-MAZ-ING black jeans at Gap for $14 (they were on clearance and then 44% off).  I am loving them.  They are a slightly higher rise (I hate the low rise stuff that is everywhere - I am a 25 year old woman and I want pants are above - not below - my hip bone!) with a small flare - and the perfect length.  I also found some nice blue "work pants" for $12 and I got some Express jeans for $27 (although the rise is a little low... I'm debating those).  I used my birthday coupon from DSW to get these cute flat booties for $16.  So overall it was a good shopping trip!  Today I've been cleaning and lesson planning.  My fridge was just... ugh.  Tonight for dinner J is making homemade minestrone soup and then tomorrow it is back to work (although I hear lots of people have tomorrow off - enjoy the extra long weekend if you do!).  I hope everyone had a nice weekend :)

Regarding OPI, Coty, & Animal Testing

In January, Coty purchased OPI.  OPI has always been a cruelty-free company, but Coty does practice cruel and inhumane animal testing.  I contacted Laura McCaul at Peta to ask about OPI's new policy.   McCaul stated that although Coty DOES test on animals, Peta feels confident that OPI will NOT be changing their cruelty-free policy (OPI issued a statement stating such to Peta).  Peta supports OPI but does not support Coty (at the time I contacted McCaul, Peta was running a giveaway featuring the new Justin Bieber collection from Nicole by OPI).

Here is McCaul's email to me:
"PETA contacted OPI as soon as we found out about the acquisition and they provided us with an updated statement that they will NOT be changing their cruelty-free policy, so they are still included on PETA’s “don’t test” list."

McCaul also suggested that concerned consumers should contact Coty and urge them to discontinue animal testing:
"Please contact Coty and encourage it to sign our statement of assurance:

Coty, Inc.
2 Park Ave.
New York, NY 10016
212-479-4300 (Click on “Contact Us” to access the e-mail contact form)

To see PETA’s list of cruelty-free companies, get tips on cruelty-free living, or make a donation to support PETA’s Caring Consumer campaign, please visit"

I love OPI products and I am glad that they are maintaining their cruelty-free policy.  They are owned by a company that is not cruelty-free though now, so it is a tough call.  I don't purchase products made by Coty (just like I don't purchase Sally Hansen or L'Oreal - companies that test on animals).  As a blogger, I would still like to share swatches of new OPI polishes with my readers.  If OPI had made the decision to begin testing on animals, I would not do that, but since they are continuing to be cruelty-free, and because Peta feels comfortable standing behind OPI, I stand by my decision (although honestly, I am very conflicted about purchasing from OPI now).  If you have the time, please take a moment to contact Coty and urge them to STOP animal testing.  It is outdated, cruel, and unnecessary.  Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

RED - Lisa

For the 5th day of red polishes this month, I have Zoya Lisa.

Zoya Lisa

Lisa is a gorgeous blue-based red with lots of shimmer and glitter.  I love this one!

Friday, February 18, 2011

RED - Sparkle Combo!

Nicole Spark My Mistletoe over OPI Sweet as Annie-thing

Nicole Spark My Mistletoe

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