Nails: OPI Yoga-Ta Get This Blue Nail Polish

Last week I was looking around online for OPI Chip Skip because I heard it was really good at preventing chipped nails. I found it on Amazon from a couple different sellers, but ultimately decided to get it from “BeautyLand4U” because it came with a bottle of OPI nail polish as well. It seemed like a better deal so I went for it and purchased OPI Yoga-ta Get This Blue (i47) & Chip Skip together for $12.25 + $2.00 S&H.

FYI: OPI is a professional product, it is only sold through salons. All other online (including amazon, ebay and and mass market/drug store retail is technically illegal.

As soon as it arrived, I filed my nails, buffed them, applied a layer of “Chip Skip” – a super thin and watery solution that dries really fast. Then I applied 2 coats of OPI Nail Lacquer “Yoga-Ta Get This Blue”. In the bottle when you hold it to the light, you can see green, aqua and purple speckles in the polish. When applied though, it’s just a shimmery navy blue. I finished it off with a coat of nails inc. Kensington Caviar Top Coat ($10).

It stayed on AMAZINGLY well for 6 days before I saw a chip. After 8 days, the tips of 4 nails were chipped off. I touched them up just on the ends, let it dry and then decided to throw on a coat of OPI Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night” – a shimmering, glittery blue. It looked like sparkling stars against a night sky, so I added two little gold nail stickers on my ring fingers as an accent.

My nails looked great for another 4 days before they started to fail. I was really impressed with the overall staying power of this at-home manicure.

What do you think of my manicure?

Crackle & Shatter Nail Polish Trend

What do YOU think of shatter nail polish?

OPI changed nail polish forever when they introduced the black shatter nail polish last year. The top coat nail polish in flat black dries to a crackled and separated finish that has a 3D texture to it. It easily goes on top of any color and “shatters” to reveal the color underneath.

Last month, I received the Katy Perry Shatter Collection to review. I haven’t had a chance to try all 4 colors yet, (Let’s face it – I have an 8 month old baby and a 3 year old toddler, so I don’t have time to let nail polish dry!) but I did manage to snag a few minutes for myself and throw on a coat of “Last Friday Night” with a coat of the black shatter nail polish on top. The results were kinda cool…

Last Friday Night under Black Shatter

From my personal experience with the polish, you have to be careful when applying the black. Too thin and it won’t shatter when it dries. Too thick and it bumps up and separates too much and then peels off a lot sooner. You have to put it on just right to get the picture perfect effect, but it only takes a few tries to get it right. Don’t leave your polish uncapped too long! The black shatter polish dries out and clumps up like mascara.

OPI plans to reveal three more colors soon. I’m looking forward to trying those too! I like the idea of being able to make many different color combinations. Would be fun for sporting events, prom, dance recitals or just having fun.

You can also get China Glaze
Crackle Glaze Nail Laquer
which comes in several different colors including white, gray and pink. I love the look of their display rack and the black over the turquoise color. Very cool!

I’ve found that with these shatter and crackle nail polish lacquers, that people either love em’ or they hate em’.

Personally, I think they are cool for the younger set, but I feel kinda silly wearing it. I like the look, I like the effect, but I kinda wish I had these like 10 or 15 years ago!

What do YOU think of the shatter nail polish trend? Yay or nay?

Spring Beauty Must-Haves for $15 Or Less

Spring offers the perfect time to clean out your makeup bag and stock up on a few new favorites. Fortunately, you can do that without spending a bundle – just check out these spring beauty must-haves, all for $15 or less! I guarantee you’ll find at least one product on this list to fall in love with.

I dare you to find a more glittery, fierce blue nail color than OPI Katy Perry Collection Nail Lacquer in Last Friday Night ($8.50.) This gorgeous nail color will look just as fab on hands as it will peeking out of a pair of espadrilles – I love this shade for a pedicure. Plus, the poppy color really screams spring.

I love Wet n Wild Glassy Gloss Lip Gel in Poppy Glaze ($2.99,) not only because it’s the perfect pink shade, but it’s super cheap and doesn’t feel tacky or sticky. Instead, lips are drenched in a gorgeous sheer wash of color that looks amazing worn alone or over your favorite lipstick.

For a natural looking cheek stain, I love Smashbox High Lights Creamy Cheek Color in Golden Blossom ($7.) The ingenious cream blush combines a complexion-flattering rosy pink shade with a neutral champagne highlighter that can be worn separately or combined to create your perfect look.

For a gorgeous wash of glittery gold, grab tokidoki Cromatico Eyeshadow in Savana ($15.) The color looks wonderful on nearly any skin tone and is the perfect way to play up your eyes for spring. Plus, it comes in an adorable compact!

Drench your senses in the luscious combination of sweet lemon and fresh herbs with Pacifica Malibu Lemon Blossom Perfume Roll-On ($12.) This convenient, portable perfume evokes images of beautiful beaches and calming ocean waters and will give your spirits a lift every time you use it. This will definitely be my go-to scent of the season; it’s not heavy or overwhelming at all. Plus, it’s 100% vegan and not tested on animals!

All of these spring beauty must-haves are $15 or less, meaning you can afford to clean out your makeup bag and find a few new favorites to try in the process. Which featured product can you not resist?