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Review: OPI Venice Little Bambinos Mini Pack

OPI Little Bambinos Mini Pack

OPI Little Bambinos Mini Pack

To coincide with the Northern Hemisphere’s Fall/Autumn, OPI released a nail polish collection capturing the essence of Venice. The collection features the addition of 12 different shades to OPI’s current permanent line and I received the Little Bambinos Mini Pack ($24.95) from the collection for review. The mini pack includes four 3.75ml polishes to help add a little bit of Venice in your life.

The shades include:

A Great Opera-tunity – a great neutral melon-peach creme

OPI A Great Opera-tunity

OPI A Great Opera-tunity

Worth A Pretty Penne – pretty rose gold flecked with bits of silver copper

OPI Worth A Pretty Penne

OPI Worth A Pretty Penne

Amore At The Grand Canal – classic blue-red creme that doesn’t stain the nails!

OPI Amore At The Grand Canal

OPI Amore At The Grand Canal

My Gondola or Yours? – smoky black

OPI My Gondola Or Yours?

OPI My Gondola Or Yours?

As always, the formula is on point with OPI. With the exception of My Gondola or Yours, you could almost get away with just one coat. My Gondola or Yours required a little more work in the application but with all of them, by coat 2, you’ve achieved full opacity. Regarding wear time, I got an average of about a week before they polish started chipping.

You can check out the collection in selected Myer and David Jones stores, and selected salons nationally. Full size bottles are $19.95AUD each and the Little Bambinos Mini Pack is $24.95AUD.

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What’s On My Nails Wednesdays: OPI My Paprika is Hotter Than Yours & China Glaze Electrify

Slowly going through my Hawaii nail polish haul from last year. I always get distracted by new polishes that the ones from Hawaii fall by the wayside.

OPI My Paprika is Hotter Than Yours & China Glaze Electrify

OPI My Paprika is Hotter Than Yours & China Glaze Electrify

This week, I felt like mixing things up a bit (LOL) and did a glitter accent nail. Yay, so creative. So today, I have for you, OPI My Paprika is Hotter Than Yours and China Glaze Electrify.

OPI My Paprika is Hotter Than Yours*, from the Euro Centrale collection, is a bright orange-red. I can imagine this to be a nice shade for the toes during Summer. It practically screams Summer! In the bottle, if you look really carefully, you can see flecks of gold shimmer. And just like in the bottle, you can only see the shimmer if you squint hard enough.

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Formula-wise, I found this to be a bit thicker than usual but not thick enough to be troublesome during application. I used two coats cos I’m a nail noob. I’m sure if you’re a nail painting pro, you could get away with one coat.

China Glaze Electrify is from the Hunger Games collection and it’s a glitter. Surprise, surprise. I’m almost definitely sure I hauled just glitter polishes back from Hawaii. Anyways, China Glaze Electrify. It’s a dense glitter polish, with small round gold and small red hex glitter suspended in a clear base. I’m showing you two coats with no base colour.

20140825_112635In hindsight, I think this makes a great Lunar New Year mani!

The product/s marked with a *  in this post were provided by PR for consideration. Beauty Snippets’ opinion remains 100% unbiased and honest. Please refer to Beauty Snippets’ disclosure/PR policies page for further information.

What’s On My Nails Wednesdays: OPI x Muppets (Let’s Do Anything We Want and Chillin’ Like A Villain)

To celebrate the (not so new now) Muppets movie – Muppets Most Wanted, OPI released 8 new limited shades inspired by the movie.

Today, I have for you two out of the eight shades –

OPI x Muppeta (Let's Do Anything We Want and Chillin' Like A Villain)

OPI x Muppeta (Let’s Do Anything We Want and Chillin’ Like A Villain)

Let’s Do Anything We Want – small-medium white squares mixed with small pink and white round and square glitter

Chillin’ Like A Villain – sheer beige-peach nude

On first application, I did not like Chillin’ Like A Villain. Long-time readers of my blog will know that I love me my one coat wonders and Chillin’ Like A Villain took 2-3 careful applications. However, this was the only trouble I had. Once applied, the colour was gorgeous. I really love it! It makes for a nice palate cleanser shade and looks so nice and polished without looking obvious. A great work shade.

Let’s Do Anything We Want makes for a great girly glitter topper. It’s everything I love in a glitter polish – glitter was dense enough for a coat or two and looks amazing over Chillin’ Like A Villain.

OPI x Muppets (Let's Do Anything We Want and Chillin' Like A Villain)

OPI x Muppets (Let’s Do Anything We Want and Chillin’ Like A Villain)

Available at selected MYER, David Jones stores, and selected salons nationally. Prices are: $19.95; a mini pack costs $24.95 whilst you can grab a duo pack for $24.95 – which includes 2 full size bottles.

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Review: Gwen Stefani for OPI

I received two shades from the limited edition Gwen Stefani for OPI collection and colour me impressed.

Push and Shove – This comes in a ‘Duet Pack’, with the other polish being a mini 3.75ml Lay Down That Base polish. Push and Shove is a silver metallic chrome, with a mirrored chrome finish.

OPI Push and Shove

OPI Push and Shove

When it dries, it looks like I had just stuck foils onto my nails. Looks awesome.

OPI Push and Shove

OPI Push and Shove

Application – bit difficult. I am not well versed in applying nail polish so brush strokes were visible, even after two coats. I’ve seen swatches where you can hardly see the brush strokes. OPI included instructions on the Duet Pack – apply a thin coat of Lay Down That Base. When it is completely dried, apply 2 thin coats of Push and Shove. Do not apply a top coat.

OPI Push and Shove

OPI Push and Shove

There is even a warning of its bad wear time – “Like all limited engagement events, Push and Shove is inteded for One Night Only wear”. So my wear? About a day before it became a big ol’ chipped mess!

OPI Push and Shove

OPI Push and Shove

Over and Over A-Gwen – Comes in a boxed set and includes Swarovski elements studs and crystals for some rockin’ nail art. Over and Over A-Gwen is touted as the signature shade of Gwen Stefani, reminiscent of her signature red lips.

OPI Over and Over A-Gwen

OPI Over and Over A-Gwen

OPI Over and Over A-Gwen

OPI Over and Over A-Gwen

The included studs and crystals come in a few different shapes and sizes as well as OPI nail glue – everything you need to create some nail art. There is also an included pamphlet with some ideas to get you started.

OPI Over and Over A-Gwen

OPI Over and Over A-Gwen

Application – Over and Over A-Gwen is a true red creme polish, opaque in 2 coats. I liked the consistency of this as well because it wasn’t too thin nor too thick.

OPI Over and Over A-Gwen

OPI Over and Over A-Gwen

In terms of creating some nail art, this was my first ever attempt and it was very hard! I have very short nail beds so I couldn’t really use the black diamond stud as yet so opted for something simpler. I followed the instructions in the pamphlet but didn’t have tweezers on hand so struggled a little.  I found that the studs stayed on much better when glue was applied directly onto the nail as opposed to applying it to the studs themselves. I think it turned out ok for my first time…

OPI Over and Over A-Gwen

OPI Over and Over A-Gwen

This collection is available now from David Jones, Myer and selected salons nationally. There are 5 other shades in the collection, with different finishes (semi-matte, creme gloss, glitter). Over and Over A-Gwen, sold only in a boxed set with the Swarovski elements, is $24.95AUD and the other 6 polishes are $19.95AUD.

The product/s mentioned in this post were provided by PR for consideration. Beauty Snippets’ opinion remains 100% unbiased and honest. Please refer to Beauty Snippets’ disclosure/PR policies page for further information.

What’s On My Nails Wednesdays

Zoya Julie

Zoya Julie ($19AUD/15ml)

I’ve got a two-fer for you today – both purchases from my Hawaii trip earlier this year.

Zoya Julie is a pastel purple with very fine silver shimmer throughout. I only purchased this because it’s my name! It provides really good coverage in just one coat if you’re really careful. I opted for two coats because I suck at painting my nails.

Zoya Julie

Zoya Julie ($19AUD/15ml)

OPI Polka.Com is a glitter-fest in the bottle – small and medium, hex and round, blue, fuchsia and teal glitter suspended in a clear base.

OPI Polka.Com

OPI Polka.Com ($20AUD/15ml)

I wouldn’t say it’s dense but it wasn’t sparse either. On the spectrum, it’d lean a bit more dense than sparse. Pictured is 2 coats. The glitter combination is really fun and I think it’ll look great over almost any base shade!

I also really like the fact that the glitters lay flat and smooth and don’t curl up!

Zoya julie with OPI Polka.Com ($20AUD/15ml)

Zoya Julie with OPI Polka.Com

OPI Polka.Com

OPI Polka.Com

What’s On My Nails Wednesdays

Ok, to stop nail spam for you, I will be doing a ‘What’s On My Nails Wednesdays’ series to keep it to a minimum.

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This week, I am wearing OPI Get Your Number Liquid Sand polish..

OPI Get Your Number Liquid Sand polish

OPI Get Your Number Liquid Sand polish $20AUD/15ml

Talk about being late to the party, guys!

I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to try these OPI Liquid Sand polishes. I was pleasantly surprised by the texture. I love it!

OPI Get Your Number Liquid Sand $20AUD/15ml

OPI Get Your Number Liquid Sand polish $20AUD/15ml

I purchased this bottle on my trip to Hawaii four months ago and only just got around to trying it.

OPI Get Your Number Liquid Sand polish is quite a cool shade of blue with small round holo glitters. When applied, it goes on smoothly like normal polish. When it dries (which is quite quickly!!), it feels gritty and bumpy. Like fine sandpaper. But it doesn’t get caught in your hair when you run your hands through or anything. And in the sun! Oh how it glitters….

OPI Get Your Number Liquid Sand polish $20AUD/15ml

OPI Get Your Number Liquid Sand polish $20AUD/15ml

I did one coat which was still a bit sheer so two coats probably would have been best. No top coat either to keep the texture as is. Love love!

OPI Get Your Number nail polish

OPI Get Your Number Liquid Sand polish $20AUD/15ml

OPI Just Spotted The Lizard

OPI Just Spotted The Lizard, released with the Spiderman collection, is a supposed dupe for Chanel Peridot. The properties of both polishes are pretty much the same – colourshifting from green-gold-grey-blue…apparently. All I see is a colourshift from green to gold. No grey or blue on me.

OPI Just Spotted The Lizard

See how in the bottle picture, you can see all the shades? Not so much on my nails.

OPI Just Spotted The Lizard

On me, it’s mainly a shimmery vintage gold shade and only shifts to a dark green when I tilt my nails a certain way. The vintage gold shade isn’t even that flattering on me either.

OPI Just Spotted The Lizard

The upside to this polish is its formula. It didn’t give me any trouble at all. Easy to apply, dries quick enough for me not to ruin my nails.

If you follow me on Instagram (@beauty_snippets), you’ll know that this is a shade where I just don’t know whether I like or not on myself. I fell for the hype and well, I don’t know! It just sorta let me down….

OPI La Paz-itively Hot with OPI Silver Shatter

OPI La Paz-itively Hot is a bright hot barbie pink with violet shimmers. It makes for a gorgeous Summer pedicure shade and works well on your fingers too.

OPI La Paz-itively Hot

OPI Silver shatter is well..a silver shatter. It dries and looks like foil! :)

OPI Turquoise and Silver Shatter

I have nothing much to add to these comments. I didn’t *love* OPI Black shatter but the Silver shatter works great. And OPI La Paz-itively Hot provided a great contrasting background to the Silver shatter.

OPI La Paz-itively Hot with OPI Silver Shatter

OPI DS Original

I’ve only got two OPI DS polishes in my stash and I love them both SO much!

OPI DS Original

Seeing as Spring has definitely arrived, I thought I’d pull out the holographic polishes and have a play.

DS Original is a lavendar pink with a scattered holographic effect. I did two coats thought it could probably have been better with three but I’m so lazy.  As always, due to me being clumsy, I always top it off with Seche Vite before I go and ruin another mani.

It applied easily with no problems at all and dried pretty fast too.

It was really difficult to capture the really pretty holographic effect so you’ll just have to take my word for it – party on your nails!

OPI DS Original - Natural light

OPI Melon of Troy

I love the name of this nail polish :)

OPI Melon of Troy

OPI Melon of Troy is a frosty, slightly shimmer apricot shade. Being a frost, it means the finish is kind of streaky but it’s nothing I can’t deal with.