Sunday, September 30, 2012

OPI Pink Of Hearts & So So Skullicious - Preview

Pink for the Cure


 OPI Supports Breast Cancer Awareness with Sixth Annual Pink of Hearts Promotion

OPI announces the launch of its sixth annual limited edition Pink of Hearts promotion, featuring the classic pale pink shade I Think in Pink and the new sparkle-packed hue You Glitter Be Good to Me. This duo pack is designed to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research and support. In 2012, OPI will donate $25,000 in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October) to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. OPI will also donate $5,000 to Rethink Breast Cancer in Canada.
Organizations like Susan G. Komen and Rethink Breast Cancer offer hope to everyone whose lives have been touched by breast cancer, and OPI is proud to aid these organizations’ global effort in eliminating this disease,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “Breast cancer afflicts millions of women worldwide, and Pink of Hearts is OPI’s way of creating new visibility to honor those who have valiantly battled breast cancer, and support those who continue to fight.”
Pink of Hearts 2012 includes two shades sold in one pack – the pale pink I Think in Pink and the vibrant You Glitter Be Good to Me. This sparkly lacquer is packed with both micro and macro glitters in pink and magenta, and can be worn alone or layered on top of I Think in Pink. Each bottle of I Think in Pink and You Glitter Be Good to Me nail lacquer has a special pink-ribbon cap wrap in support of breast cancer awareness.

Both lacquers in the Pink of Hearts 2012 duo pack contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and each includes OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application.
Pink of Hearts 2012 will be available September and October 2012 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $14.95 ($20.95 CAN) suggested retail.

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Colors to Die For!

OPI Launches So So Skullicious
Mini Lacquer Set for Halloween 2012



Celebrate the lives of the dearly departed with OPI’s festive Dia de los Muertos-inspired shades, arriving just in time for Halloween, for a limited time only. The new So So Skullicious mini pack includes four mini lacquers in supernaturally bright and bold orange, pink, yellow and black hues.
The So So Skullicious set also includes 10 nail decals for instantaneous nail design, offering vibrant variations of the iconic Dia de los Muertos skull.
“Rather than simply be spooky this Halloween, OPI has created colors that are full of life,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director.  So So Skullicious features vivid colors and fun nail decals that offer the perfect way to get festive for the holiday, whether you’re looking for a little way to show Halloween spirit, or planning to get decked out from head to nails and toes!”
So So Skullicious includes the following shades:

Hi, Pumpkin!
This jack-o-lantern orange is sweet on you.

A-Rose from the Dead
This hot pink is the life of the Halloween party.

Mourning Glory
A black so shiny, it will lift your spirits.

Candlelight
Be all aglow in this flame yellow.

Each nail lacquer shade in this set contains no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde. So So Skullicious will be available for a limited time beginning September 2012, at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $12.50 ($14.95 CAN) suggested retail for each mini pack. 



For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!

About OPI
As the world leader in the professional nail care industry, OPI is committed to providing high-quality products and services to both salons and their customers, along with a focus on industry safety and innovation. Known for its exceptional formula, fashionable colors and iconic names, OPI’s heavily-pigmented lacquers are super rich, long-lasting and chip-resistant – offering an affordable luxury to consumers. OPI nail lacquer is available in over 200 shades and contains no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde. Each lacquer features OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application. Currently, OPI is available in over 100 countries and retails a full line of professional items, including nail treatments, finishing products, lotions, manicure/pedicure products, files, tools, gels and acrylics.

About Susan G. Komen for the Cure®
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer. Today, Susan G. Komen for the Cure® works to end breast cancer in the U.S. and throughout the world through ground-breaking research, community health outreach, advocacy and programs in more than 50 countries. Visit komen.org. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Rethink
Launched in 2001, Rethink is the first-ever, Canadian breast cancer charity to bring bold, relevant awareness to the under-40 crowd; foster a new generation of young and influential breast cancer supporters; infuse sass and style into the cause; and, most importantly, respond to the unique needs of young (or youngish) women going through it. 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Subtle & matte, just the way I like it!

Heyhey :) This is a scheduled post, because while you're reading this I'm busy playing Mists of Pandaria! When I picked the polishes for this mani I knew straight away I'd end up mattifying it. I'm just not too crazy of shimmer on shimmer, and adding a matte top coat can make a big difference. And it really did for this mani as well!


OPI Gouda Gouda Two Shoes with Essence Love Potion!, Bundle Monster plate 319 and Essence Matt top coat.


And here's how it was after I applied the regular top coat first. Not liking it so much shiny, but I sure do like it matte!


Thanks for stopping by :)

Monday, September 24, 2012

Guest post for Love. Varnish, chocolate and more...

While Deborah is enjoying her holiday (I wonder what customs will think when they see a suitcase with loads of bottles flying back here, lol) she has a bunch of guest posts on her blog, and today mine's up! You can find it by clicking here or on the pic below :)


Saturday, September 22, 2012

Depend Holographic part II

I swatched the remaining 4 of my Depend holos today, you can see the first bunch here. Update, and you can find the last 4 here. These 4 were also swatched with Make Up Store Aqua Fix as base, the 2 lighter colors (Sand Grey and Steel Blue) took 3 coats, the others both needed 2 coats.

Depend 2033 Ocean Blue
Depend 2033 Ocean Blue
Depend 2033 Ocean Blue
Oh my, look at this being all gorgeous! Blue with a hint of teal, yum!

Depend 2033 Ocean Blue
Depend 2033 Ocean Blue


Depend 2026 Sand Grey
Depend 2026 Sand Grey
Depend 2026 Sand Grey
I think the name Sand would've been better, I don't see any grey here, but it's a pretty nevertheless! Not the most suiting color for my skintone, but it's a holo, I easily forget about such things then :)

Depend 2026 Sand Grey
Depend 2026 Sand Grey


Depend 2030 Plum
Depend 2030 Plum
Depend 2030 Plum
Purple with a hint of pink. They're all stunning and this one's no exception!

Depend 2030 Plum
Depend 2030 Plum


Depend 2034 Steel Blue
Depend 2034 Steel Blue
Depend 2034 Steel Blue
When I think of steel blue I don't think of this color, it's more of a greyish blue with a hint of green. But who cares about the name, I mean, look at it!

Depend 2034 Steel Blue
Depend 2034 Steel Blue

So in short... I ♥ every single one of them! I wouldn't be able to pick a favorite, that depends on my mood as well, but do you have a favorite of these?

Thanks for looking and enjoy your weekend :)

Friday, September 21, 2012

First Fall mani of the year

Yep, it's that time again, I'm wearing a sweater, enjoy comforting homemade soup and my nails and cuticles are getting a bit annoying (cuticle oils and nail hardeners here I come!). And I'm getting excited about using all these stunning Fall colors in my stash that have been sitting around for a while now, so today I did my first mani to go with the season :) And how about you, are you getting in the mood for the coming seasons' colors on your nails as well?


China Glaze Below Deck with China Glaze Joy and BM plate 312.



And what's also great with the colder weather... lapcats! Yep, very convenient Sue, lying on top of my arm and wrist making it impossible to capture my nails, lol.


My arm is below her here as well, silly cat ♥

Thursday, September 20, 2012

A England Gothic Beauties - Review

Heyhey :) When I got back from my trip the new Gothic Beauties collection from A England was waiting for me, and today I have the review of them. To be honest though, I've dreaded this review because I just couldn't capture these polishes well and I'm not happy with how my swatches turned out. They deserve a lot better, but I tried it several times now, maybe I'll be able to capture them in a while. And the harder I tried to capture the shimmer now, the more pale my skin looked on the photos. But let's just say that adds to the gothic feeling, lol!
Anyway, most of the polishes in this collection are near blacks, in some light they do look pretty much completely black as well. But when the light hits them... these shimmers are absolutely gorgeous!

I've used 2 coats of each with top coat for my swatches.

Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre is one of the polishes that almost looks black, this one has a purple/copper shimmer in it. This was the thinnest of the bunch and really needed the 2 coats.

Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre

Lady Of Shalott
Lady Of Shalott
Lady Of Shalott
This Lady is almost black as well, but with a finer blue/purple shimmer.

Lady Of Shalott
Lady Of Shalott

Ophelia
Ophelia
Ophelia
Ophelia looks like the purple version of Jane Eyre, but as you can see, it's not just a purple shimmer but there are several other colors as well.

Ophelia
Ophelia

Tess D'Urbervilles
Tess D'Urbervilles
Tess D'Urbervilles
Tess is less black than the 3 above, this one's dark green in all light. Even though it's pretty dark, it actually felt a bit Christmassy!

Tess D'Urbervilles
Tess D'Urbervilles

Dorian Gray
Dorian Gray
Dorian Gray
Dorian Gray is the one that's a bit different, the shimmer is a lot finer than that of the other polishes, making it look more like a gunmetal grey with silver shimmer. This one was a 1-coater.

Dorian Gray
Dorian Gray


These polishes all have the quality I'm used to of A England, they apply easy and smooth and are well-pigmented. They made my stamping-heart jump! :) I already tried stamping with Jane Eyre, which was the most sheer of the bunch, and that one worked ok-ish. It'll probably work better on darker colors, but I think that the others will all work nicely!
Personally I'm not too crazy about black polish, so I do wish the shimmer was more visible at all times like it is in the bottles. But like this they already make it near impossible to not stare at your nails when the light hits them, and if black polish is your thing, these must be pure win in a bottle for you! So yep, I think Adina from A England did it again, she created some gorgeous polishes to go with the theme ♥

These Gothic Beauties aren't on the A England website yet, but you can order them via email for the time being. The polishes are £9 for 11ml.


The product(s) in this post was/were send to me for review. For more information, please have a look at my Disclosure Policy.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Depend Holographic part I

Before I went to Sweden I already knew one of the things I wanted to bring home were the Depend Holographic polishes. I found 8 of the 12, unfortunately the others were already sold out everywhere, but hey, 8 is still a nice amount I'd say! Today I swatched the first half of them, and I think they look even more holo on my nails than on my pics, awesome!
I also bought Make Up Store Aqua Fix (which smells unusual for a polish and strangely nice, might I add) so all swatches are with Aqua Fix as base coat. I used 2 coats of each except the silver, that one took 3 coats, but I think more would take 3 coats without that base. The bottles only have a number, but according to the Depend site these do have names, so I added both the name and the number. Now, enough blabbering! Here they are :)


Depend 2032 Denim Blue
Depend 2032 Denim Blue
Depend 2032 Denim Blue
Hello there, gorgeous! This one combines the bright holo with a muted blue. It reminded me a little bit of Catrice Dirty Berry, but then on steroids!

Depend 2032 Denim Blue
Depend 2032 Denim Blue


Depend 2025 Silver
Depend 2025 Silver
Depend 2025 Silver
This one's pretty but I'm loving colored holos, silver isn't my color as much. But next time I'd layer this on something, because it was more sheer I'm hoping it might make a good holo top coat. I don't have one of those, so that would be cool as well :)

Depend 2025 Silver
Depend 2025 Silver


Depend 2027 Raspberry
Depend 2027 Raspberry
Depend 2027 Raspberry
This one leans a bit red in some light as well, love it. Reminded me I still want to get a red holo someday as well!

Depend 2027 Raspberry
Depend 2027 Raspberry


Depend 2031 Lavender
Depend 2031 Lavender
Depend 2031 Lavender
I expected this one to be a bit darker on my nails, but it's such a nice and soft color. A sweet holo ♥

Depend 2031 Lavender
Depend 2031 Lavender

I'm very happy that these pretties are a part of my stash now and I can't wait to try out the other 4 as well! The only downside so far about these? 5ml bottles, ugh! Either way, give more drugstore brands with holographic polishes! ^^

Update, you can find the second part of these polishes here and the last bunch here. I've tried the silver as holo top coat, but it covered a bit too well still. Might have to add some clear polish at some point, if I dare risking ruining it, lol.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Sunny flakies

My head is a bit cluttered with stuff at the moment, so I wanted to go for something simple today. I still have quite a few polishes to swatch, including a bunch of holos, but of course there's barely any sun when I want to do so! So with this mani I went for some sun on my nails instead =)

Catrice Sunny Side with Catrice Shake It! Flake It! and Essence Matt top coat.

Catrice Sunny Side with Catrice Shake It! Flake It! and Essence Matt top coat.

Catrice Sunny Side with Catrice Shake It! Flake It! and Essence Matt top coat.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Bundle Monster 2012 plate set *pic heavy* - Review

Hi all! Bundle Monster kindly send me their latest stamping plates set for review, so here they are!


The plates arrived in a small plastic box with a few example nails at the front. Each plate has a blue film on the front and I had no problem removing it. There's a protective cover on the back as well, and the sides of the plates aren't sharp at all, goody! I made photos of all the plates, you can see them all after the jump.


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Instagram compilation #2

Hey everyone and welcome to all the new followers! I'm back after my little trip to Sweden where I visited a dear friend of mine, and I hope you enjoyed the guest posts while I was gone! Thanks again for the wonderful posts MariJo, Marta, Salla, Rachel Marie & Sam
Today I have a new Instagram compilation, I hope you'll like it :)


1) Sue in a box! It never takes long before she sits in them, and with some boxes, starts to chew them into tiny bits and pieces, om nom nom.
2) Forgot to tape/vaseline my finger before I started marbling, charming isn't it?
3) Gotta love seeing 2 completely new and almost untouched displays!
4) Waxmelts, now that it's getting colder again I love to burn these things :)
5) Spot the cat! He's often under there completely, but when I walk past him he always greets me. Talking bush =)
6) This is my oldest cat, Bindi. She's 10 years old now, time really flew by with her!
7) Dewey in one of his favorite baskets.
8) This is a blanket in progress that I'm crocheting, it's huge already and I'm not even halfway, lol.
9) My wedges which I haven't worn so much yet, but I really like them. Which reminds me, I still need to get some winter shoes as well!


1) I recently won this set of hairproducts on Twitter, now that was a nice surprise :)
2) Radha showed a pic on Instagram which reminded me of this pic of Sue. Silly cat faces ♥
3) On Schiphol Airport, ready for my trip.
4) Of course I went polish shopping in Sweden as well! What doesn't show well here on this mini version of the photo is that the price on these OPI DS is 265 SEK, which is almost €31. Omg! OPI is expensive in a lot of countries including Holland, but my "yay, DS!" quickly changed into "lol, nevermind".
5) I bought 8 of the Depend holos, the rest was sold out already. Another Depend that reminded me of Scrangie (based on images), a VLD glitter and MUS Aqua Fix for holos.
6) Yes, that is some massive knäckebröd right there. And they had a lot of these huge ones!
7) These were waiting for me when I got home :)
8) Dewey wanted attention and got distracted, always have to laugh a bit at the weirdo positions cats can take.
9) Here's what polishes you'll see on my blog in the coming period, the holos, A Englands and some random polishes as well! Hopefully there's some more sun tomorrow so I can get some decent swatches of these pretties :)

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Guest Post: Fashion Polish

The last guest post that I have for you is from Sam from Fashion Polish.

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I absolutely love Bregje's blog ♥
She always makes the most flawless designs and perfect manicures and her creativity leaves me in awe...
For all of these reasons and more, I feel truly honored to present to you here a post of my own today.

I love nailart, especially graphic or textured looks but I rarely play with them from lack of time. Take gradient, for example, I've always wanted to try them but this is actually my first!


To create this look, I started with AEngland Camelot, my favorite black creme and added one thin coat of Jade Magia Negra. I, then, sponged the tips with Energy, from the same collection and finished with a coat of a non-dulling topcoat : INM Out The Door.



I don't know about you but I love how this turned out! The black to blue gradient is very noticiable but not totally "in your face", something I would proudly wear, even at work!

I hope you've enjoyed this post as much as I have, Bregje, thank you so much love for welcoming me in your world!

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Holo and gradient? Double win! I like how it's obviously a gradient but still a bit subtle, and that the holographic effect continues so well from 1 polish to the next! *Writes these polishes on wish list* I think Sam made a gorgeous combo here, and I can't wait to see more gradients from her :) Thank you so much for finding the time to make this post, Sam!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Guest Post: Rachel Marie's Nails

Here's the next guest post that I have for you, this one's from Rachel Marie from Rachel Marie's Nails.

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Hello, Lacquerettes! I was so excited when Bregje asked me to write a guest post for her amazing blog (Thanks again, Bregje!). I was trying to come up with something cool to write about but nothing really sounded right. I finally realized the best way to thank Bregje would be to make and name a franken polish in her honor! :) I instantly got to work and just started mixing a little brew together.
This is what I came up with!


This is 3 coats of Shiny B.


Shiny B is a minty blue polish with pink, blue, and white circle glitter. It also has white bars and hex glitter.




Here is a close up so you guys can see all the fun glitter. :)


Thanks for looking! :) And thanks again Bregje.

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Needless to say, I got a big smile on my face and went all "aaahhw!" when I saw this post, how sweet is that! ♥ And the result is so soft and fun with the colorful glitters, wish my frankens turned out this good! *Remembers a glittery franken that looked nice but turned into a thick blob of polish, thinner didn't do the trick either* Thanks a lot for your post, Rachel Marie!
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