SWATCH SUNDAY — OPI Koala Bear-y

Hello lovelies & happy Sunday! We’ve almost reached the end of January— can you even believe it? Which means it’s time to start thinking about some pink polish for February! So I decided to grab a pretty pink shade from my stash I have yet to wear in a full manicure: OPI Koala Bear-y.

2 coats + Essie Good To Go Top Coat

Originally released as part of the OPI Spring 2007 Australia collection, it then became part of the core collection. I picked up my bottle at my local Lawton’s on clearance, which meant I scored it for a steal at $4.99. I love when that happens!

The polish itself is a beautiful magenta berry cream, that pops against skin tone. It definitely feels like more of a Spring/Summer shade, which makes sense considering the collection it was released as part of, but I do think it’s a great pink for Valentine’s Day. & it’s dark enough that it’s fairly versatile as well.

Check out that close up. Glossy & beautiful! I did smooth things out with top coat, but the polish itself looks beautiful on its own as well. I’m definitely sad this is my first time actually wearing this polish, considering I’ve owned it for a few years now. Truth be told, I’m not the biggest pink polish person, unless I’m pairing it with something else. But once a year — when February approaches — I feel the need to rock some Barbie nails.

What do you think about this beautiful OPI pink? Do you have this shade as part of your nail polish stash? Also let me know what pinks your pulling out for Valentine’s Day! 💕

#GlamNailsChallengeDec — Holly

Hello lovelies & happy Wednesday! This week is certainly speeding by. The whole month is speeding by! It’s kind of crazy.

Today I have prompt #3 for #GlamNailsChallengeDec — Holly! Holly is definitely a classic Christmas nail art design, but instead of going with the classic depiction of holly we see this time of year, I wanted to go with a more rustic interpretation.

For this manicure, the polishes I used were:

  • Base Coat: Sally Hansen Hard As Nails
  • Top Coat: Essie Gel Setter
  • OPI This Isn’t Greenland
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Get Mod
  • Essie Off Tropic
  • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Red My Lips
  • OPI Suzy & The Arctic Fox
  • L’Oréal Feeling Kilty
  • NailStuff.ca 4mm Micro Detail Brush (COFFEE10 saves you 10%!)
  • NailStuff.ca Dotting Tool Trio

Originally I though I might go with the traditional holly look, but after browsing Pinterest, I decided I wanted to go a different direction. Maybe it’s because I haven’t done any floral designs in longer than I can remember—what is that about—that I needed to go with the next best thing. & the end result just looks so pretty to me.

I wanted to get a picture with the holly bush in our front yard, but sadly the birds are all the holly berries off our holly bush, so it’s looking pretty naked.

What do you think about this design? Do you like my take on the holly prompt? Have you been keeping track of all the other beautiful designs for this challenge? Let me know in the comments below.

SWATCH SUNDAY — OPI Designer Series Mystery

Hello lovelies & happy Sunday. Hope everyone is having a lovely & caffeinated start to their week. I’ve been playing around with the espresso machine my husband bought me for my birthday last week, so I’m very well caffeinated!

I’m also really excited to show off today’s Swatch Sunday post cause I pulled a great shade from deep in my stash, that I thought would be perfect in honour of Halloween: OPI Designer Series Mystery.

2 coats + Essie Gel Setter Top Coat.

This beautiful jelly dark purple is packed full of gold & shifty flakes. DS Mystery was originally released in 2009 (I do believe). For those who don’t know, the OPI Designer Series was a line of special polishes released, that were extra special. This shade was scored on clearance at a local salon, after they discontinued selling the Designer Series shades there.

For my swatches, I only needed 2 coats & added top coat for a little extra shine. The formula is smooth, & covers easily after 2 coats, even with the jelly base.

I don’t think that OPI has completely discontinued the collection, but I’m not 100% sure. NailPolishCanada still has some of the DS shades for sale, including DS Mystery. So if you need the polish in your life, I definitely recommend picking it up!

Originally I thought I would add some nail art over top of this shade, it was so beautiful on its own, I decided to enjoy it in all it’s flakie goodness. It’s definitely a great shade for Fall, & would make an excellent base for Halloween nail art as well!

What do you think about this OPI shade? Do you have any of the Designer Series shades in your stash? Let me know in the comments below, & what nIl art you would pair with this polish!

SWATCH SUNDAY — OPI Lincoln Park After Dark

Hello lovelies & Happy Sunday. Yes, it’s happened… I’ve stumbled into the Fall polishes, & I’m not even upset about it. In fact, I’m quite giddy about it!

Today I have an exciting Swatch Sunday pick to share with you, because it is a time honoured classic OPI shade & it always happens to be a favourite Fall favourite of mine: Lincoln Park After Dark.

2 coats + Essie Speed Setter top coat

This deep purple shade is so dark it’s almost black, which is the perfect combination of witchy & vampy for the Autumn season. In the bottle you can see the dark grape-y purple tones, but on the nails it definitely pulls more black-y.

Application was pretty easy; base coat, two coats of polish, & finished with top coat. It built to even opacity, which I’m always happy about. & I’ve never had any issues with removal, which again is always a plus when it comes to a dark polish like this.

I just absolutely adore this not-black shade. It’s silky, it’s sexy, & it’s pairs perfectly with a pumpkin spice latte & my favourite Fall plaid dress.

What do you think about OPI Lincoln Park After Dark? Do you have this classic OPI shade in your collection? Have you already started pulling out the darker Autumn shades from your collection? Let me know down in the comments below!

SWATCH SUBDAY — OPI Lost My Bikini in Molokini 💜

Hey lovelies. I hope you’re having a lovely start to your Sunday, full of coffee, maybe a delicious breakfast treat of some kind. The good things in life.

Today I’m showing off a pretty purple nail polish, which was just what I needed on my nails: OPI Lost My Bikini in Molokini. This beautiful purple was released as part of the 2015 Spring/Summer Hawaii collection. Naturally, I purchased myself the mini pack  that was released, which included 4 of the shades, at my local Marshall’s.

2 coats + top coat

You know I love a good purple, & this is definitely a good purple. In fact, I’m currently kicking myself for not buying a big bottle of this polish because my mini has been well loved & I don’t think it has many manicures left in it. The formula itself is smooth, & levels out easily after 2 coats. The shade itself is a nice blue-ish purple, which I tend to favour over pinky toned blues.

Another look. One thing I really love about mini bottles — besides the fact you can discover more colours for a smaller price tag — is that the brushes are easy to use around the cuticle area. I really don’t have big fingers or nail beds, so sometimes my application can be messier than I would like. These tiny brushes definitely get that perfectly rounded cuticle swipe so much more easily.

What do you think about this pretty purple? Do you have a favourite purple from a past collection you love to wear? Let me know what purple is your currently favourite down in the comments below! & if you know any dupes for this shade, share it down below! Because I am going to be so sad when this bottle is completely empty!