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Nail of the Day – OPI Are We There Yet?

Hello!

Been awhile since I’ve last blogged. With holidays well and truly over, I think it’s time to kick my resolutions/goals into high gear now!

OPI Are We There Yet is part of the Touring America Collection and has been described as a melon colour.  I personally describe it (in layman’s term) as a peachy-orangre-y-pink nail colour.  It’s got a tiny hint of pinkish-gold shimmer to it.  The colour in the bottle is not really the same colour you will get on your nail.  The colour on my nail is slightly more orange.  This bottle of nail polish has those tiny little balls in them to help mix the colour (yay!).  The brush is also slightly wider than some of my other polishes.  This enables for easier application.  One thing about this nail polish (that is important to note) is that there is quite a bit of drag.  What I mean by drag is that, when you do apply the nail polish, you will notice that there is little to no colour where you first start the application of colour on your nail.  In some cases, I had to go back and re-touch just those spots where there was no colour.

Picture time!

OPI Are We There Yet?

OPI Are We There Yet?

Conclusion:

I love the colour of this nail polish.  The formula has a bit of a drag, which makes this slightly harder for application.  You just have to be a bit more patient with this nail polish.

Price:

AUD$19.95 for 15ml

Where to buy:

Most nail salons or at David Jones

So, what do you think?  Would you buy this?

Stay Beautiful!!

xx Sam

Nail of the Day – Zoya Cynthia

Hello!

Christmas is around the corner, so I decided to get into the festive spirit and paint my nails a festive green and gold!  I had this green nail polish sitting in my cupboard waiting to be reviewed.

As usual, Zoya nail polishes come with little beads in the bottle to help shake up the nail polish.  This nail polish, Zoya Cynthia, comes with a standard brush.  The formula is smooth and easy to apply (same consistency as the Zoya Burke).    There was quite a bit of streaking in the first coat and the colour was a medium green.  The thicker/more you apply, the darker the colour.  This makes it hard to control if you just want 1 coat for a lighter colour.  I can say for certain that what you see in the bottle is what you get on your nails after 2 coats.  It’s a very dark green colour.  From afar, it does look black.  I’ve had a few comments that the colour on my nails are black and that I looked  emo (lol! not exactly festive!)

Here are some pictures:

Zoya Cynthia

OPI Rumba Romance

Above: Tipped the nails with “Gold Trimmings”.  Nail polish by OPI Rumba Romance

Zoya Cynthia

(sorry for the bad pic and bad nails.. had really shaky hands that day!)

Zoya Cynthia

Conclusion:

So far, I’ve tried 2 Zoya nail polishes.  I really love the consistency of the nail polish.  It is easy to apply.  This colour is a bit too dark for my festive nails.  I might use it for some other theme.

Price:

USD $8.00 (US website) or AUD$ 9.50 (AU Website)

Where to buy:

You can google it and quite a few online stores pop up.

Have you tried painting your nails to suit the Christmas mood?

Stay Beautiful!!

xx Sam

Nail of the Day – Essie Lilacism

Here is another pastel nail colour!  Essie Lilacism is a purple pastel nail polish.

A few weeks ago, I reviewed a pastel pink nail polish.   This purple pastel nail polish is from the same set, the Essie Spring Set Collection 2010.  I personally prefer this colour as compared to the pink.

This nail polish can be a bit streaky when applied and I had to apply about 3 coats.  The brush is a normal applicator brush.  As with the other nail colour, this nail colour also had beads in the bottle to help with the mixing. (yay for little beads!).  This nail colour lasted one whole week on my nails without chipping when applied Essie’s 3-way glaze as the base coat and top coat.

Conclusion:

I love this nail colour but my friends preferred the pastel pink colour.   This nail polish was quite streaky and you have to be quite patient when applying it.

Price:

AUD $18.95 for 15ml

Where to buy:

Myer, online

Would you buy this colour?

Stay Beautiful!!

xx Sam

Handy Tip – Smudging Newly Painted Nails???

Isn’t it extremely frustrating after taking hours to paint your nails and it smudges!!!  Well, here’s a few handy tips:

  • When painting the base coat and the first coat, paint just a thin layer.  You don’t have to be so generous on the 1st coat of nail polish or base coat because any streaking is not going to be seen!
  • Be patient when painting between coats.  I don’t usually wait until each coat is completely 100% dry but just dry enough!  Think of it this way, if  you lather on the 2nd or 3rd coat before the bottom coat is almost dry, this means the bottom coat is not as exposed to air and would take even longer to dry.
  • When you are done painting (top coat all painted), you can use dry drops (Sally Hansen, OPI and Zoya are a few brands who sell it) to help with the drying time.
  • (I just found this tip! p.s I have not tried it out yet) After painting your nails, drop one or two drops of oil onto the nail and cover with cling wrap until it’s nice and dry! You can use any oil, but I think olive oil would be best! This would work better with toe nails than fingernails because you could get away with cling wrap in your shoes than walking around with cling wrap on your fingers!

Do you think these tips will help with prevention of smudging your nails?  Excited to try these tips?  Do you know more tips? Let me know!

Stay Beautiful!!

xx Sam

Nail of the Day – Zoya Burke

I can’t seem to find this brand (Zoya) in Sydney (unless I have not been looking hard enough).  Have any of you seen this in any Australian store like David Jones or Myers or nail salon?

Zoya Burke - one coat

 Zoya Burke – One Coat without top coat

Zoya Burke - one coat with top coat

Zoya Burke – One Coat with Top Coat

I saw this on a US online store (MBeautyLounge, wait for shopping review coming up soon).  This nail polish was released in 2010 as part of the “Less Wicked, More Wonderful” collection.  There are little beads in the polish that helps mix the polish up.  I like this because I believe it helps with the mixing of the polish.  The polish is smooth and easy to apply.   There is no obvious streaking during first coat application. The brush for this polish is a standard brush, as compared to the brush on the Rimmel 60-second nail polish ( I love the brush on the Rimmel, that’s for another review).    The colour of this polish is a beautiful deep bright red colour and is wonderful with just one coat.

Conclusion:

I love the thick creamy colour of this nail polish and the ease of applying it.

Price:

USD $8.00 (US website) or AUD$ 9.50 (AU Website)

Where to buy:

You can google it and quite a few online stores pop up.  Here’s 2 of them: Online (does not ship to Australia) or online (Australian website, I personally have not purchased from this website)

Have you used this nail polish before?

Stay Beautiful!!

xx Sam