Saturday, January 29, 2011

OPI Texas Collection 2011 Swatches and Review

I ordered my Texas Collection Monday and received it Thursday! I was so excited, and then when I swatched the polishes....ummmm not so much. I will explain why under the pics. I only ordered six out of the ten polishes from the collection.

Don't Mess With OPI
It's like a grassy green. It is very pretty but it's very close to OPIs Jade is the New Black.
My thumb is painted in Jade is the New Black (bottle on the left). As you can see they are only like a half a shade off, and personally I like Jade is the New Black better. Both very pretty colors, but I hate that I bought a color I basically already had. 

Suzi Loves Cowboys

Suzi Loves Cowboys is a rich brown, a little lighter than what OPI has been previously releasing. I really like the brown. I think it's very pretty, but probably the lightest I can go because of my skin tone.

Y'all Come Back Ya Hear
Y'all Come Back Ya Hear, is one of OPIs new sorbet formulas. It's made to be translucent and shiny, a new look for this upcoming summer. I personally, don't like the translucent/semi-opaque look, so this four coats. Its a pretty orange nonetheless.

Now here's what I was NOT excited about. The next three colors look identical.

This is Houston We Have A Purple. Honestly, in person it's not this purple. Really, it's not purple at all (disappointment). This is a sorbet color with three coats. 

Too Hot Pink To Hold Em is probably my favorite of the sorbets. This is three coats, and looks mostly opaque.

Do You Think I'm Tex'y? No I do not, because you look exactly like the other two polishes. In person it's not as pink as Too Hot Pink To Hold Em. This is also three coats. 

I feel like I was let down by the Texas Collection. The green is very similar to Jade is the New Black from the Hong Kong Collection which was not released too long ago. Even though I am not a fan of the sorbet formula, I would have been more enthused if the colors weren't so similar. I would suggest you save your money and buy only one of the above sorbets. 

How to Apply Sorbets:
  1. Start with one thin coat (start at your pinky)
  2. Let it COMPLETELY dry before your second coat
  3. If you want it more opaque, apply a third coat
  4. Follow with top coat, even though the polish alone is very shiny

OPI Done Out In Deco

I found Done Out In Deco at a salon over the summer for 80% off, so of course I had to buy it. Purple is my favorite color on my nails, and this may be one of my favorite colors. I used DS Coronation as my accent nail, with a DS Top Coat. The DS Top Coat is $12.50 (at Ulta), but I didn't see any other difference from an OPI Top Coat. I thought it would be extra shiny or make the colors but it didn't. I would suggest you save your $4 and just stick with the regular top coat.

I know the colors are more for Spring, but I needed a break from dark and vampy winter colors.

Here's pics!

Done Out In Deco

DS Coronation

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Luminizing Black Mask by Boscia

I am a HUGE fan of face masks! My new skin regimen this winter, is to just use face masks and my Differin Gel at night. I already have dry skin, and in the winter it gets worse using harsh facial cleansers. This black mask may look weird, but it's amazing. It detoxifies, brightens, and purifies the skin. After removing the mask, my skin feels so soft and you don't necessarily need to use a moisturizer after.

I've heard from other reviews that people find it difficult to use, but I never had a problem. You apply an even coat on the face like a regular mask, I usually start at the sides of my nose and work around. Make sure your coat is even or it may not work. Then wait for it to dry.  Just make sure you don't answer the door with this mask on and offend people : ).

Now on to the removal. If your mask is not completely dry, you will have a disaster on your face, trust me. When it's dry it goes from shiny in color to a dull black. You can touch it to make sure. Usually, I scrunch up my forehead so I can peel it off. Then, I slowly peel it off going downward, one side at a time. Some pieces may stick (especially of not fully dry), and you just scratch those off. It's not that difficult once you learn how to do, and you'll love it. It does have a slight smell though, but not enough to turn me off from the product.

Here's pics! I tried my best.

Just applied

Mask dry

scrunching up my forehead

what it looks like when peeled off!

OPI's *New* Formula

OPI has original, matte, suede, shatter, jelly, and now...........Sorbet! Sorbet is like the jelly formula on crack. It is semi-opaque, super shiny, and ready for summer. This new formula is used in the OPI Texas Collection polishes for Spring 2011: Y'all Come Back Ya Hear, Guy Meets Gal-veston, Big Hair...Big Nails, Too Hot Pink to Hold 'Em, Do You Think I'm Tex'y, and Houston We Have A Purple. I blogged about it a few entries below.

You can use a white base coat under the jelly polish if you would like it more opaque.

I already ordered: Houston We Have A Purple, Do You Think I'm Tex'y, Too Hot Pink to Hold Them, Big Hair...Big Nails, Suzi Loves Cowboys, and Don't Mess With OPI. Hopefully they are here soon for me to swatch.

This was taken from OPI:

OPI Launches Texas Collection for Spring/Summer 2011

OPI comes “home” to the USA with timeless style in the Texas Collection forSpring/Summer 2011. These vivid shades are as iconic as images of an American summer – adding a fresh, effortlessly chic look for nails and toes.
“Texas provided the inspiration for this season, with bright colors and classic neutrals that draw from the American spirit,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director.  “Taking cues from the state’s naturally beautiful backdrop, the Texas Collection features warm tones from honey and tangerine to dazzling hues of violet and sky blue.” 
This season, American classics come to life with sunny peach (Big Hair…Big Nails) and vivid honeysuckle (Too Hot Pink to Hold ‘Em).  Lush berry (Houston We Have a Purple) and grassy green (Don’t Mess with OPI) add a splash of the USA’s most vibrant colors to the season’s must-have neutrals (San Tan-tonio).
“The Texas Collection complements trends from the runway, where white made an appearance as the new black,” explains Suzi.  “Wearing these colors on fingers and toes will accessorize the season’s must-have pieces – from brightly colored botanical prints and filmy scarves to relaxed trousers and jackets and fuller, longer skirts – all done in shades of white, ivory, cream and taupe.”
Texas Collection accompanies spring and summer fashion favorites with the following shades:
San Tan-tonio
A “honey” of a ten-gallon tan!

Suzi Loves Cowboys
But she loves this campfire chocolate shade s’more!

It's Totally Fort Worth It
A shimmery lavender grey that’s so worthy of you.

Don't Mess with OPI
A lean, mean, kick-grass forest green.

Austin-tatious Turquoise
Cowgirls love this bodacious blue-green.

I Vant to Be A-Lone Star
You won’t want to share this starry Texas-sky blue.

Y'all Come Back Ya Hear? (SORBET)
This Texas tangerine will be waitin’ for ya!

Big Hair...Big Nails (SORBET)
A rosy pageant peach.

Guy Meets Gal-veston (SORBET)
An “engaging” coastal coral.

Too Hot Pink to Hold 'Em (SORBET)
A red-hot pink-red that deals a winning hand.

Do You Think I'm Tex-y? (SORBET)
A “berry” sexy bloom of Dallas dahlia.

Houston We Have a Purple (SORBET)
A galactic red-violet that’s ready to “rocket roll”!

OPI’s Texas Collection Nail Lacquer shades contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and each includes OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application.
Texas Collection by OPI will be available February 2011, at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and Ulta, for $8.50 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each Nail Lacquer. 
          For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit

Pictures of the bottles are in my previous blog. 

Cuckoo For This Color

I bought Cuckoo For This Color when the OPI Swiss Collection was released for Fall 2010. I never used it because after I got home it did not look as appealing to me. In the bottle, it looked like it had some sort of silver sheen to it. So finally months later I decided to use it, and I was quite surprised. There's tons of shimmer in it, and no silver sheen. It's a deep, gorgeous green and great for winter. So here's pics...

Without the flash. 

Monday, January 24, 2011

Just Ordered the Crackle Collection!

Update: I just received an e-mail from the company I ordered the Crackle Glaze from. They will not be able to ship it until mid-February (sad, I know), because of delays with China Glaze.

China Glaze is also releasing it's own Crackle Collection called Crackle Glaze. I'm so excited because they come in more colors besides black! They have white, gray, pink, blue, purple, and black of course. I should be able to swatch by the end of the week! I ordered all of them except black, because I have one from another brand, and I'm just not a huge fan of gray.

I also ordered the new OPI Texas Collection last night, that should be here by the end of the week too.

This should be released by the end of January, end of February to retailers.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

My Mini Haul

So I went to Ulta in between classes to do a little shopping. Apparently, I'm a genius because I went shopping with a stuffy nose for............perfume. Future Einstein, I know. My past perfumes I have used were: Calvin Klein Euphoria, Dolce & Gabanna The One, Donna Karen Cashmere, and most recently Diamonds by Giorgio Armani. It seems like I was using something before Diamonds, but I can't remember...hmmmmm (this will bother me until I figure this out).
So anyways, I was spraying away in Ulta trying to find a new fragrance. How much I sprayed, I probably should've been hacking, but I couldn't smell a thing (poor shoppers & employees). I decided it would be best to get something that I've smelled before. I bought the rollerball of Pink Sugar by Aquolina. When I first smelled it I thought it was too sweet, but once on the skin I loved it. Who doesn't like the smell of cotton candy? And it lasted on my skin just about all day. The second fragrance I got, was the signature Coach eau de toilette (they did not have the perfume/parfum which I prefer). It has such a different smell, it's very sweet, but not too sweet. I can't wait to wear it!

While I was there I picked up some cheap eye lashes. I usually get them done, but I want to try to do them myself. I'm usually not a fan of fakes on me, I prefer my real lashes with a few coats of mascara, but I need some practice. I am doing a co-worker's make-up for her wedding in May, and she wants fake lashes for an extra pop. So I figured I should start practicing now. While at Ulta, I seen the huge array of lashes by Urban Decay. Once I get better at doing them, I think I'll try those. I believe they're $22 a pack. 

Last but definitely not the least, I bought a bottle of nail polish! I bought Lucky Lucky Lavender from the Hong Kong Collection. Lately, I've been obsessed with anything that is pinkish-purple. I had Dim Sum Plum Nails in my basket too but put it back last minute, now I'm kicking myself. I'll just get it next time!

....and that's all I got....this time!

Saturday, January 22, 2011


UPDATE: So I've hearing that a few Trade Secrets have been selling the OPI Texas Collection already. I've called the one in my area, but they said they are not selling it until 2/2/11. But I've seen people in other states have went out and bought theirs... I'll keep this as updated at possible. 

Hey y'all (in my Beyonce' voice)! So OPI is releasing the Texas Collection for Spring on February 2, 2011.  It should be released to all Ultas, Trade Secrets, JC Penneys, etc.... It would be cool if the bottles were larger than normal, since "everything is bigger in Texas." OOOooo how I would love to be on OPI's marketing team. Definitely my dream job...hmmmmm....

So here's a few pics....!

Too Hot Pink to Hold 'Em hot reddish pink 
Do You Think I'm Tex'y a berry polish jelly
Houston We Have a Purple red violet jelly
Suzi Loves Cowboys chocolate brown
I Want to Be A-lone Star star blue
It's Totally Fort Worth It lavender grey
Austin-tatious turquoise 
Don't Mess With OPI a forest green
Y'all Come Back Ya Hear orange tangerine jelly
Guy Meets Gal-veston coral
Big Hair-Big Nails rosy pink
San Tan-ontio honey tan

I'm so excited for Suzi Loves Cowboys! It's like a real chocolate brown, very unique. The green (Don't Mess With OPI) is also very pretty, but I'm sure I have a dupe for that. It's looks just a shade or two lighter than Jade is the New Black, from the Hong Kong Collection. The rest of the colors just look similar to colors that have already released. The orange looks very see-through, so you may need to layer a white polish under it (unless you like the jelly look of course). 

Friday, January 21, 2011

Deja's Polish Pick

So I have the most beautiful, 5 year old you'll ever see. She looks like her father, but she acts just likes me. She even loves nail polish hahaaaa. So I let her pick her color, painted her nails, and took pictures. She also gave a mini review. LOL here's it....

Deja, being a typically five year old, chooses polishes with the most glitter possible. If glitter wasn't so messy I would buy her jars of it. So anyway, she chose Sparkle-icious from the Burlesque Collection (BEAUTIFUL--I will review other colors from that collection soon). So I just snapped a couple pics and here they are....!

This was done with three coats. The first coat goes on very sheer, but as you pile up the glitter just goes and fills in empty spaces. I love this polish! The color is incredible, and it does not dry bumpy. Oh! and it also dries pretty quickly. The gold and purple is very noticeable, with the blue not as noticeable. 

Deja's Review: Ummm, I picked this one because I have glitter on my toes, and i like this one because it looks like a rainbow. Isn't pretty mama?

You Make Me Feel Like A Teenage Dream...

Finally I received my Teenage Dream from the OPI Katy Perry Collection. Honestly, this was the only color that was appealing to me in the collection. I have very similar dupes to this collection already. I did not buy Black Shatter, because I have a shatter by another brand that I am very happy with (which I promise to review later). I could not find the collection in area stores, so I ordered my polish from Very quick shipping.
On to the review...I love the color! I wish it was somewhat more opaque, but the sparkles in it are amazing!  It's a blue-pink with micro and large glitter pieces. This color will be awesome on young girls, and adorable on summertime toes.
Here's some pics...!

I wanted to see how the polish would look with OPI's Princesses Rule as a base coat.

Pinky:Three Coats of Princesses Rule
Ring: Three Coats of Princesses Rule as Base, Teenage Dream on top (Two Coats)
Middle:3 Coats of Teenage Dream

It really didn't make that much of a difference. 

One Coat of Teenage Dream

Two Coats

Three Coats...

Finished Product!

MAC Wonder Woman Collection is almost here!

My first collection I am blogging about! Yay go me! So.....

MAC is releasing the long awaited Wonder Woman Collection February 10, 2011 in U.S. stores. I've been seeing a lot of negative comments about the packaging. Personally, I think it looks awesome, and that was also said about the Villains collection (where I personally adored); which turned out great. So here are some pictures and prices... what do you guys think...? What do you plan on buying?

Released: February 10, 2011 

Marquise d'
Russian Red

Wonder Woman
Athena's Kiss
Secret Identity

Color Mascaras:

Victorious (Purple)
Army of Amazon (Green)
Themyscira (Blue)

Liquid Eye Liner:

Nail Polishes:

Obey Me (Red)
Spirit of Truth (Blue)

False Lashes:

Eyeshadow Quads:
Defiance (array of pinks)
Lady Justice (array of blues)
Valiant (bronze, an array of greens)

Eye Pigments:
Bright Fuchsia
Marine Ultra

Blush Duos:
Mighty Aphrodite (peach and corral) 
Amazon Princess (yellow pink and blue pink)

Mineral Skin Finish:
Pink Power
Golden Lariat

Brush Belts:


The pigments, mascaras, and blushes are all oversized. 

I will definitely will be purchasing the purple and blue mascaras, the blush duos, and trying the Skinfinish in stores.   

Hello All!

So I've been planning on starting a blog for some time now. But I must admit I am a bit of a procrastinator, and was more afraid than anything. I was scared that no one would read it or people would think it was stupid. Then I realized, that I need to do this for myself and not other people. I still hope I get a few loyal readers though.

Over the years I have picked up a (quite expensive) makeup and nail polish addiction. So I thought I'd share pictures and reviews. I hope you all enjoy. Please feel free to leave comments and suggestions. I also will answer questions promptly.