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!
Hello lovelies & Happy Sunday! Today I have another really fun nail polish to share with you!
For those who don’t know, Essie released a Halloween nail polish collection, for the first time ever! So naturally when I saw the shades at my local Shoppers Drug Mart, I knew I had to pick at least one shade up (I was being good). All the shades were pretty beautiful (@apolishedcolleen has full swatches on her Instagram) but the one that caught my eye most was Like A Charm.
There is something about a shifty dark purple that just makes me so happy, especially during Halloween season.
2 coats + Essie Speed Setter Top Coat
Like A Charm is a dark navy with scattered teal & blue & silver flakies to give it a fantastic colour shifting effect, which you can really see in the above macro shot. The formula was nice & not too thick, but did off a good amount of coverage. I did two coats for even application & opacity.
I definitely was really excited to see Essie come out with a fun Halloween collection this year, & even though this isn’t a completely unique shade in my nail polish collection over all, it is a unique shade when it comes to the Essie shades I own, & for that I am so, so glad that I picked it up!
Truthfully, I haven’t even gotten that excited about Halloween yet, just because this year has been such a rough year, but starting to paint my nails with Halloween polishes (especially one so witchy!) definitely gets me pumped to start thinking about my favourite holiday!
Next up will be Halloween decorations!
Have you picked up any of the shades from the Essie Blue Moon Halloween 2020 collection? Do you have a favourite? What do you think about Like A Charm? Let me know all your thoughts down in the comments below & if you’ve already started decorating for Halloween! 🎃
Hello lovelies & happy Sunday! It’s been a while since my last Swatch Sunday post, which is a shame because I’ve been meaning to post this beautiful for too long!
Today’s polish was purchased in July from NailStuff for a very special reason. Some of you might know that September marks my wedding anniversary, & September’s birth stone is Sapphire! So I really wanted this polish in honour of our 5th wedding anniversary. 💙
Dam Sapphire is a gorgeous deep blue liner holographic nail polish. The colour reminds me of the ocean, which is perfect when it’s mimicking a sapphire. The holo is strong, especially in sunshine, & just makes your nails sparkle! ✨
2 coats + top coat
The formula on this shade is really good, & I had full even coverage in 2 coats. I did use my Essie Speed Setter over top, because I was wearing it over the course of a few days.
The holographic glitters are dense, which gives that liner holographic effect. You can see from my below macro how much holo is actually packed into the polish! Just beautiful!
For those wanting to add this shade to their collection, you can buy Dam Nail Polish in a couple of places: for my Canadian friends, you can buy it from NailStuff.ca (like I did) & used my affiliate code COFFEE10 to save 10% off your purchase. For non-Canadians, you’re able to purchase directly from the Dam Nail Polish website.
What do you think about this beautiful blue? Let me know down in the comments below & let me know what your favourite gemstone is!
Hello lovelies & Happy Sunday! I hope everyone is having a lovely start to their week. Here in Halifax, we have the remnants of a Hurricane passing over us, which is just making it feel even more like Fall. But I’m super excited because I came home Friday to a super exciting NailStuff.ca package featuring some truly awesome polishes!
& I’m really excited to share two of those shades in today’s post! As always, if you like any of these shades & want to order from NailStuff, you can use my affiliate code COFFEE10 & save 10% off your order.
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!