Brazil by OPI - Liquid Sands Pt 1

Well I decided to break up the OPI Brazil Liquid sands into two posts because I didn't want the single post to be too picture heavy. BUT it's still picture heavy. So today I'll swatch Samba-dy Loves Purple and I'm Brazil Nuts Over You. Seriously, who comes up with these names? They're so awesome - and so are the polishes. I'm a huge fan of the liquid sands by OPI. When they first came out, I thought they'd be like the shatter/crackle nail polishes that were a quick fad. I also didn't think I would like them but I seriously think they are amazing. They give you that fun alternate version of nail polish that still can be worn daily, as opposed to being a novelty.

OPI Brazil Liquid Sand
Brazil Liquid Sands Packaging

OPI Brazil Liquid Sand
Brazil Liquid Sands Packaging

The packaging was simple and it did a good job of holding the polishes in - no complaints. Keep reading for more pictures and thoughts on these polishes!


WOC Nude Series: OPI Glints of Glinda

OPI Glints of GlindaSo, lately I've really been into the sheer and delicate colours. Usually I go buy nail polishes based on other people's swatches or bottle shots that seem to be nice. Funny thing is, is that I've never really been into the soft shades. I've been attracted to bold, bright and vampy colours - hot magenta's or bold blues and oranges or fiery reds. Mostly because I feel that they look bomb against my dark skin. But now I feel myself being attracted to soft shades as well. And once I did some research into Glints of Glinda from Oz The Great and Powerful Collection, I figure I should buy it. This has been on my shelf for a year I think, so I'm really happy I decided to swatch it on that power Wednesday of swatching I did a while back.

Glints of Glinda is a sheer, peach/beige colour. It's more yellow-based and not very warm but not cool either (it's pretty damn neutral). You can build the opacity up but in general it will take roughly 4 coats. Sometimes these colours tend to look very stark against my skin. Sometimes the peach undertone doesn't quite come through or it's too yellow-based. This one is right on the fence. If it was a tad warmer it'd be THE perfect nude for MY skin tone. Nonetheless, I really thought this was beautiful and delicate. I know almost everyone raves about nail polishes but if you are into sheer this is great.

From the collection I only own 4 of them:
Glints of Glinda (the one I'm posting about today)
What Wizardy is This? (liquid sand that I love)
Which is Witch? (holo hex + bar glitter) and
Lights of Emerald City (I've posted earlier about this large glitter)


OPI Did It On 'Em

OPI Did It On 'EmYeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh, I am so happy I got this colour. I saw that nailpolishcanada.com was selling it and I scooped it up the minute I saw it. I don't really have any colour like this but I was really happy to find something. It's kinda ugly and it's kinda sexy. Pukey and fantastic all rolled up into a thick creme formula hahaha. Good news, it doesn't clash with my skin colour. Bad news, you gotta LOVE the colour to wear the colour.
But, I see potential for this colour being used in nail art. Mix it up with pink glitter or do a tape mani with a pink/copper colour, heck even gold. I really like that combo. If I ever get the breasticles to do nail art, I'll post up here. I really hate doing it because it usually sucks ass. Anyways, read on to get the scoop on this polish.


V Week - OPI Heart Throb

OPI Heart Throb
Outside, low light, with flash
Well it's almost Valentines day!!! I'm just waiting for the chocolate sales hehehe. But I also treated myself to more nail polish…  I just got a huge haul from nailpolishcanada.com and omg I'm dying to try them all. I've put a bunch of them aside to do on a day where I can swatch a lot but for now I picked the one I was most excited about. It's OPI's Heart Throb. mmm nom nom nommmmm I bought it because the swatches looked so nice: soft, not as pink, subdued and sheer.

OPI's site describes it as "A rosy pink that's true love." Awwwwwww, how appropriate for vday! WHICH was a TOTAL co-in-ca-dink. I don’t ever plan out mani’s according to season or holiday really. It's part of their soft shades collection and believe it's a permanent addition.

It’s a great colour but it’s a bit darker than I thought it would be, so I was a teeeeeeeensy weeeeeeeensy bit disappointed. I would say on my skin tone, it's not a rosy pink but rather a barbie pink, it's got a slight cool undertone that's barely perceptible but there. Keep reading! It's a bit pic heavy but I tried my best to capture the colour...


Bell's Palsy Update

Hello hello,

So as you may have seen I've posted about Bell's Palsy a few times. That's because I got it in September 2013. Now, in February 2014, exactly 5 months later, I am still dealing with some of it still. For the most part, it has gone away. I do notice that when it dips down to -30 during the winter my face is really sensitive to that. If I'm waiting for the bus and the cold wind is on my face, when I got on the bus I can feel the muscles contracting under my skin. It's really weird.

Also, when I close my eyes really tight there's a muscle that contracts by chin. Eating and drinking and brushing my teeth is all normal. I just sometimes feel that my inner cheek feels weird against my tongue.

The only thing that bothers me now is the fact my face is tender. If you push on it hard it hurts :(

But, I'm happy its gone. I definitely appreciate things much more.

Just wanted a quick update. I'm glad i'm in recovery :)

Peace n love

P.S. If you have any questions about Bells Palsy or are going through it - please don't hesitate to reach out. I know a few blogs definitely helped me out when I was going through the majority of it :)


WOC Nude Series: OPI You Callin' Me A Lyre?

OPI You Callin Me A Lyre?
3 coats, indoors office lighting
I'm not sure if it's just me or not but being a WOC in a beauty world mostly controlled by fair skin means I run into some problems. I want to do a certain look or something and sometimes it's really hard for me to find what I need to get that certain look I'm going for. Don't worry this ain't no pity party because there are some trends and colours that WOC can pull off like no tomorrow.

One of the things I've been convinced brown girls can't pull off is a nude lip and a nude nail. I will probably post on my other blog about the nude lip. But for now my focus in on nude nails.

I don't know why I'm so drawn to it but I love the gentle and sheer nail polish look that looks clean and fresh. I always look at swatches but I find my biggest problem is that I can't see what it looks like on a darker skinned hand. I've bought a couple duds out there (like Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Quick Sand) that just look so terrible. They look stark and just have a weird effect. I'll swatch a couple of the ones I bought that I personally hate on my nails. But then I saw a few swatches of the NYC Ballet Collection (NYC Ballet Soft Shades by Scrangie - her swatches are fucking amazing) and I just had to get them. After looking at her page I narrowed it down to 3 of the 6 available. I loved the look of You Callin' Me a Lyre? so I did some research into the name and stumbled upon their website.
The lyre, in a number of different forms, has served as the official symbol of New York City Ballet. It was the favorite instrument of the god Apollo. It represents the classical standards of harmony, form, balance and purity – ideals which the Company continues to define through the timeless art of dance. (source: NYCBallet)
I gotta say, looking at the nailpolish it is a nice colour that reflects the abstract quality of a balanced pure and harmonious nail polish. At least on my skin tone. This is a great nail polish for WOC. It's chic, professional and if you have VNL - it enhances it to look like you've just had your nails done professionally - giving you a  faux "American manicure" look.

One of my friends is getting married so I've been thinking more and more about Bridal colours. From what I can tell, Essie owns that field but I don't have a lot of Essies. So I think this is a great colour. I'm going to put this on my friend for her engagement shoot. It's definitely classic and fresh enough for a modern bride.