Nail Polish: Sephora by O.P.I. in “Dark Room”

I polished my nails with SEPHORA by OPI Nail Colour in ‘Dark Room’ on Monday. (Check it out on Instagram!) It was my first time using this particular color, even though I purchased it at least a year ago. I kinda have a nail polish obsession… I keep buying it… and then buying more… And I might need a 12 step program for this, but anyway…

It took 2 coats to make it look even. The application was quite thin so it dried quickly. I was not happy with the overall results, but I did love the color. After a day, it looked dull, almost matte. This color is so dark, it really needed a high shine to it. I ended up applying a good coat of Sally Hansen Mega Shine. It looked a lot better after that.

Now it’s been a week and I ended up with a few chips on the tips, so I touched them up. I was pretty bored with this color in general so I decided I’d mix things up a bit and throw on London Butter Matte Finish Topcoat. The results? Definitely worth sharing!

OPI Sephora Dark Room with London Butter Matte

Photo Taken With: AT&T Nokia Lumia 920

I liked this MUCH better. It looked fine for a little while with a high shine top coat, but it just seemed to get dull again and look boring. Putting a matte top coat on really made it funky. Who would have thought that a shine free topcoat would have fixed it? Well, I love it.

What do you think?

3 Ways To Wear Motorcycle Boots

We’ve put together three ensembles to give you some Outfit Ideas on different ways to wear motorcycle boots!

We chose the Born Marxia as our featured motorcycle boot for this Fall. It’s versatile, comfortable, durable and classy! See how we styled this boot below…

With Jeans…

Fall Wardrobe - Oxblood Motorcycle Chic



With A Skirt…

Fall Wardrobe - Biker Boots and Long Skirt



With A Dress

Fall Wardrobe - Pumpkin Blazer and Biker Boots



What would YOU wear these biker boots with? Dish below!

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 drugstore.com) 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?

OPI Touring America “Get In The Expresso Lane” Nail Polish

The Touring America collection from OPI had some amazing colors in it. My favorite shade in the whole collection was definitely “Get In The Expresso Lane” – a creamy dark chocolaty espresso brown. It’s the perfect shade of brown and a great alternative to black. Perfect for Fall and Winter!

This is very shiny, even without a top coat. More shiny than most OPI shades. I used 2 coats, but you could get away with only one if you apply it right. It’s not too thin…

I really love this shade, BUT………. it’s staying power is less than acceptable. This is the third time I’ve tried it too. I’ve tried it with and without a base coat and with and without a top coat. Nothing seems to keep this nail polish on for more than 24 hours with chips starting. After a week, it’s completely disgraceful.

This is after 5 days…

That was 2 coats on top of Orly Primetime Primer Basecoat and a touch up coat on several nails after 2 days.

This seems to be the typical result the three times I’ve used this color. Not all OPI nail polish is like this. In fact, this is the first time this has happened to me, this bad. Most dark colors don’t last as long and are more likely to chip than light colors, but this one seems particularly bad.

Another color in the Touring America collection is “I Eat Mainely Lobster” and I’ve had that on my toes for about 3 weeks with no chips at ALL. It hasn’t even started wearing off on the edges.

So while I LOVE LOVE LOVE this color, it doesn’t make for a long lasting manicure. I would wear it for special occasions if I could polish my nails within 2-3 hours of the event.

Get Opi “Get in the Expresso Lane” on Amazon.com.

You can also find it on Drugstore.com and EbonyLine.com

 

* The product for this review was provided to us free of charge for the purpose of product testing. This does not effect our opinion of the products in any way. We only write about products we personally like and use, regardless of how they were acquired.

Muppet Collection from OPI, What?!

I don’t know about you guys but not only am I suuuuuuuuuuper excited about a new Muppet Movie (Ummmm Muppet Treasure Island WAS.THE.BEST) but I am super stoked for some new OPI nail colors! These rockin’ colors are inspired by the Muppets themselves. What’s not to love?! ( I know, I love a lot of things and nail polish is certainly one of them!) With names like Fresh Frog of Bel-Air, Excuse Moi! and Gone Gonzo! these colors are most definitely Muppet Approved!

Check out some of the new colors due to hit stores in November for $8.50 each, just in time for the film’s November 23rd release.

 

 

What do you think? Will you be partaking in the Muppet collection, the Muppet movie or both?!

via InStyle

The Kardashians Team Up with OPI for Some Stunning Shades

Guh, I don’t know if you gals know this or not but Mama LOVES nail polish. I mean not as much as shoes, but pretty darn close. I am a collector of sorts and even when the man says “Don’t you have that color already?” I can confidently say, “These are two totally different shades”. So you can imagine my excitement when Nicole by OPI announced the upcoming collection from the Kardashians. Hello, awesome. InStyle gave us a sneak peak at the shades debuting later this year.

 

 

What do you ladies think? Any winning shades in the bunch?

via InStyle

Celebrate the 4th with Your Red, White and Blue

Well, it’s almost time for our 4th of July cookouts, fireworks and a long holiday weekend! Of course, we want to look our best and fly our patriotic flag high! Red, White and Blue? Yes, Please! From outfits to our cosmetics, we can celebrate with our looks in so many different ways!

 

Revlon ColorBurst Lipstick – True Red , butter LONDON ’3 Free – Spring/Summer 2011 Collection’ Nail Lacquer, O.P.I Limited Edition Britannia Collection,SEPHORA COLLECTION Colorful Mono Eyeshadow Geisha Kiss 80, Deborah Lippmann Bridal Nail Color Set, Bourjois – Rouge Pop Chic Lipgloss # 08 Rouge So Red, L’Oreal Target Red Target Corp, Orly Nail Enamel Royal Navy: Beauty, Urban Decay Eye Shadow – Goddess

Joules Nadine Mazie Spot Dress, Blue, Coral Eyelet Dress, J.Crew Striped jersey top, White American flag tee, Nautical Stripe Tunic By Wal G**, TOMS ‘Classic’ Canvas Slip-On (Women), Funtasma By Pleaser Women’s Sailor-14 Flat, Blu Bijoux Gold Star and Chains Earrings Blu Bijoux, Royal Blue Pom Pom Bracelet – HONORINE JEWELS Royal Blue Pom Pom Bracelet