Everyone’s well aware that the Shrek creators are putting out yet another film about the ogre, but what’s up with the recent fashion world love for the stinky dude? His animal friends appeared in a VMan editorial and now OPI created an entire nail polish collection around the film. The Shrek Forever After Collection includes six different colors — Funky Dunkey, Rumple’s Wiggin’, Ogre-The-Top Blue, What’s With The Cattitude?, Who The Shrek Are You? and Fiercely Fiona — all of which are seriously in-your-face and bright. Now, in the past few years, nail hues have taken a drastic turn. Where light pinks and red were the norm, suddenly black became cool for even the non-goths, and during the summer months, Essie convinced girls to go neon with their talons. So maybe, just maybe, this ogre green will work. The collection launches next month, so you have a few weeks to decide if you’ll shell out for Shrek. [All Lacquered Up] Keep reading »
I’m a recovering obsessive nail polisher. And by that I’m not trying to say that I get a manicure every week; I mean that I used to paint my nails as often as every day at worst and two to three times a week at best. It’s been suggested that I had “a problem” and needed to “seek medical attention,” but what the haters didn’t understand was how easily polish chips and flakes and how horrible it is to have a flaky manicure. When I found Seche Vite top coat a couple years back, I was able to cut down from daily paintings. Now, Sephora base coat by OPI is letting me act even less like a junkie with its extreme awesomeness. Top coat is great for avoiding chipping, but few realize that it’s a good base coat that keeps polish affixed to your nails more than the top coat or the polish itself. Most top coats, however, aren’t tacky enough to actually grab the polish and keep it in place, resulting in peeling and general sloppiness after only a couple days. Not so much with OPI for Sephora though. I’m currently going a week strong with the same manicure and there’s not a chip in sight. If you can’t stand polish imperfections, this one’s a must try. [$9, OPI for Sephora, Sephora] Keep reading »
Nail polish brand O.P.I. has exceeded the seasonal release of new shades to add to their line of polish colors, and has instead revamped old classics.
O.P.I. Ink, Russian Navy, Suzi Skis in the Pyrenees, You Don’t Know Jacques!, We’ll Always Have Paris, and Lincoln Park After Dark have all been transformed into “suede” finishes. The look is matte and glittery, but doesn’t wear as long as regular polish. Amazon has a great selection of the colors, which you shouldn’t wear with a base coat, top coat, or hardening drops.
After a few test-run manicures, we are a fan of the finish for the winter months. Take a “suede” test drive and tell us what you think. Keep reading »
Or, um, something like that. Remember last week when we mentioned that Dell collaborated with artists to create a series of chic laptop designs? They’re at it again, but this time, their partnership is aimed at nerdy beauty junkies. Nail company OPI worked with Dell to create a line of laptops based on famous polish colors, such as the cult classic “I’m Not Really A Waitress” (here). Six shades are launching in November just in time for the holidays, and 20 more will roll out over the course of next year. Huh. We never in a million years could have foreseen this. But there you have it. Keep reading »
Today our Catherine is absolutely rocking the Russian Navy shade from OPI‘s new Matte collection, and I have to say, it looks so right-on especially with fall approaching. The lack of shimmer is sophisticated, and the blue tint is less harsh than that whole black nail look that was so big last year. (Black has moved up to the lipstick category, more on that here.) Anyhoo, OPI isn’t alone on this: Knockout Cosmetics has also come out with Flatte, and we’re definitely crushing on Essie’s sparkle-free Neon line. Luckily, the flat-top hairstyle has shown no signs of showing up again. Keep reading »
I feel so ladylike and put-together when I have a fresh manicure, but that same polish job makes me feel like a sloppy slacker when it chips a few days later. I’ve tried a couple of things to solve this problem. I was a dedicated daily re-applier of Nail Tek Xtra, but then I got a life. Now I’ve settled on boring light colors that make peeling polish less noticeable, along with Creative Nail Design’s Stickey Base Coat. I was really excited when I read about O.P.I.’s Axxium Soak-Off Gels, a permanent nail lacquer that lasts and lasts. It’s basically the same powder used for acrylic nails applied thinner. When dried under a UV light, the powder forms a chip-proof bond with the nail. To maintain the color, wearers get “color fills,” similar to an acrylic tips fill-in, when their nails grow out. Permanent in this sense doesn’t mean you have to rock the same nail color forever, though. Regular nail polish can be applied on top of the Soak-Off Gels. And the gels are removed by soaking the nails in an acetone solution. Keep reading »