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First Look: OPI Launches MLB Collection

It’s opening day for OPI, as the nail polish behemoth throws out the first pitch with a limited-edition collection inspired by Major League Baseball.

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The new OPI MLB Collection features seven nail polishes in shades of blue, red, orange and white, so fans can show their team spirit on their fingertips as they take them out to the ballgame. Here’s a sneak peak at the new polishes that will hit stores and salons in April for $9 a pop.

Umpires Come Out at Night — A deep midnight blue

Umpires Come Out at Night
Umpires Come Out at Night

 

7th Inning Stretch — A steely gray blue

7th Inning Stretch
7th Inning Stretch

 

Right Off the Bat — A frosty navy blue

Right Off the Bat
Right Off the Bat

 

 Short-STOP! — A rich, cream red

Short STOP!
Short-STOP!

 

Love Athletes in Cleats — A shimmery red

Love Athletes in Cleats
Love Athletes in Cleats

 

Orange You Going to the Game? — A bright orange

Orange You Going to the Game?
Orange You Going to the Game?

 

Girls Love Diamonds — A pure white

Girls Love Diamonds
Girls Love Diamonds

Do you think the collection will hit a home-run?

 

Images: OPI
opi gwen stefani collection nail polish

Rock out with the OPI Gwen Stefani Collection

Products were sent for this OPI Gwen Stefani collection review, but opinions are all Anne’s own.

If you love rocking out, looking glamorous and playing with different polish textures, then do I have the perfect nail lacquer collection for you:  the OPI Gwen Stefani collection.

Featuring seven different polishes with four different texture finishes, the OPI Gwen Stefani collection is as fun and fabulous as Gwen herself.

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Gwen Stefani teamed up with OPI to create this spectacular nail polish collection
Over & Over A-Gwen is the signature red polish and comes in a kit with nail art
Over & Over A-Gwen is a signature red polish available with  a nail art kit

I’ve always loved how effortlessly glamorous Gwen Stefani appears to be, so I jumped at the chance to test out the signature red nail polish in this collection, Over & Over A-Gwen, which comes in a special kit with studded nail art and nail glue. However, I quickly learned that there’s nothing effortless about applying this nail art…and I really suck at it.

My poor attempt at nail art on top of Over & Over A-Gwen
My poor attempt at nail art on top of Over & Over A-Gwen

My plan was to apply nail art to all five of my nails, but after seeing how horrible I was at just one nail, I gave up.  I am simply not talented enough to get tiny studs into a precise spot on my nails without smearing the polish all over, but I’m sure other people could do this easily. The good news is that Over & Over A-Gwen is so opaque and dries to a nice shine that it’s a stand-out polish just by itself.

The collection comes with two other nail polishes with a creme gloss finish — Hey Baby and and I Sing in Color.

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Hey Baby is a beautiful bold pop of pink!
I Sing in Color is the deepest beet-black polish I've seen.
I Sing in Color is the deepest beet-black polish I’ve seen.

Hey Baby is my new go-to for spring because I love how fun and “Barbie” pink it is.  In contrast, I Sing in Color is very vampy, which is also super trendy right now. After one coat, it looks like a deep beet-red, but after two coats (as you see in the picture above), it dries down to almost black.

There’s one chunky holographic silver glitter in this collection called In True Stefani Fashion. The polish itself is clear, so I don’t like the look of it on bare nails alone. But when you layer it over another polish like Hey Baby, it looks spectacular!

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In True Stefani Fashion layered on top of Hey Baby.

The OPI Gwen Stefani collection has two polishes in a “satin” finish, which looks to be just one step “shinier than a true matte finish.

4 in the Morning is a deep charcoal that reminds me of chalkboard nail polish.

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4 in the Morning is a satin finish charcoal nail polish.

Love. Angel. Music. Baby. is the other satin finish nail polish, which has a very different looking texture since it contains microscopic flecks of gold shimmer. I am in love with how this polish looks, and it dries in a flash!

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Love. Angel. Music. Baby. is another satin finish polish.

So what texture is left? Well OPI added a silver nail polish with a “chrome” finish in the Gwen Stefani collection. Sold as a set, you have to apply a special base coat first before laying on Push and Shove. This is the most mirror-like polish I’ve ever worn, and you don’t get any streaking at all!  But of course, there’s a catch — it only lasts for about a day or so before peeling off in tiny foil-like flakes. But while it lasts, it’s amazing.

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Push and Shove is like wearing a mirror on your nails!

The OPI Gwen Stefani collection is one of my favorite pairings from OPI because each polish is so unique and there’s an incredible variety of finishes in one set. Which is your favorite polish?

 

Photos:  Anne Houseman/beautyXposé

 

First Look: OPI to Launch Brazil Collection for Spring/Summer 2014

The temps may be hovering around the freezing mark right now, but things are certainly heating up in the nail polish world! OPI is launching its newest nail polish collection for Spring/Summer 2014, drawing upon inspiration from the South American country Brazil.

Here’s a sneak peak at the 12 new polish colors set to hit stores soon:

Our fingers can't wait to party with these polishes!
Our fingers can’t wait to party Latin American-style with these polishes!

We love how the new OPI Brazil nail polish collection features both a carnival of sizzling bright hues alongside more muted, earthy tones, so you can either spice it up or play it cool depending on your mood.

Keep an eye out for the new collection in stores and salons, and stay tuned for our own “blogger-tested” review on the polishes when they’re available!

 

Photos: OPI
OPI San Francisco collection

Nail Polish Review: The OPI San Francisco Collection

The OPI San Francisco collection means fall nail polish colors are back!  Products were sent for review, but opinions are all Anne’s own.

I know I’m a big old dork, but whenever someone says anything about San Francisco, I can’t help but sing the Rice-a-Roni jingle in my head. So naturally, that’s exactly what happened with my inner monologue once I learned about the OPI San Francisco collection. (Yup — I’m that lame.)

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The fall/winter 2013 collection from OPI features darker nail polish colors

Usually, OPI tries to please every nail polish lover by including some lighter shades in each collection, but for fall/winter 2013, they are going all out dark, with 12  gloss polishes and three Liquid Sand shades. Not one slightly light pink/buff color in sight, and I like it.  The only downside is that some of these purple and reddish-hued polishes look a lot alike — in the bottle at least.

Here are swatches of the 12 glossy shades that OPI sent for review, so you can see the difference between in-the-bottle and on-the-nails.

Peace & Love & OPI

The brand describes this color as a holographic sage and eggplant, and that’s exactly what it looks like in the bottle. On your nails, it’s definitely more like a metallic bluish-eggplant, with the sage peeking out only in direct sunlight.

Peace & Love & OPI san francisco collection
Peace & Love & OPI
Peace & Love & OPI san francisco collection
Peace & Love & OPI
Peace & Love & OPI san francisco collection
Peace & Love & OPI
Peace & Love & OPI san francisco collection
Peace & Love & OPI

 

Muir Muir on the Wall

In the bottle, this looks like it could be holographic, but looks can be deceiving. When applied, this is a deep metallic plum that has a brownish finish in some lights.

Muir Muir on the Wall OPI San Francisco collection
Muir Muir on the Wall
Muir Muir on the Wall swatch OPI San Francisco collection
Muir Muir on the Wall
Muir Muir on the Wall swatch OPI San Francisco collection
Muir Muir on the Wall
Muir Muir on the Wall swatch OPI San Francisco collection
Muir Muir on the Wall

 

First Date at the Golden Gate

What a gorgeous, true cranberry red! I absolutely love this cream polish.

First Date at the Golden Gate OPI San Francisco Collection
First Date at the Golden Gate
First Date at the Golden Gate OPI San Francisco Collection swatch
First Date at the Golden Gate
First Date at the Golden Gate OPI San Francisco Collection swatch
First Date at the Golden Gate

But the funny thing is that First Date at the Golden Gate looks virtually identical to Lost on Lombard when you put the bottles side by side.

First Date at the Golden Gate and Lost on Lombard OPI San Francisco Collection
First Date at the Golden Gate and Lost on Lombard look very similar in the bottle.

 

Lost on Lombard

In the bottle, you can see that Lost on Lombard is a tad darker than First Date at the Golden Gate, but you can really tell the difference when you apply it. It’s a much deeper garnet color.

Lost on Lombard OPI San Francisco Collection
Lost on Lombard
Lost on Lombard OPI San Francisco swatch
Lost on Lombard
Lost on Lombard OPI San Francisco swatch
Lost on Lombard
Lost on Lombard OPI San Francisco swatch
Lost on Lombard

 

In the Cable Car-Pool Lane

I feel like every fall/winter collection from OPI for the last 10 years has had some variation of a deep burgundy cream color. This year, it’s In the Cable Car-Pool Lane.

In the Cable Car-Pool Lane OPI San Francisco Collection
In the Cable Car-Pool Lane
In the Cable Car-Pool Lane OPI San Francisco Collection swatch
In the Cable Car-Pool Lane
In the Cable Car-Pool Lane OPI San Francisco Collection swatch
In the Cable Car-Pool Lane
In the Cable Car-Pool Lane OPI San Francisco Collection swatch
In the Cable Car-Pool Lane

 

I Knead Sour-Dough

And if you really would like another deep metallic to choose from, I Knead Sour Dough will do the trick. It’s actually quite a beautiful rusty rose-brown.

I Knead Sour Dough OPI San Francisco Collection
I Knead Sour Dough
I Knead Sour Dough OPI San Francisco Collection swatch
I Knead Sour Dough
I Knead Sour Dough OPI San Francisco Collection swatch
I Knead Sour Dough
I Knead Sour Dough OPI San Francisco Collection swatch
I Knead Sour Dough

 

Embarca-Dare Ya!

In the bottle, Embarca-Dare Ya! looks like it is going to have a shimmery gold holographic effect. But on your nails, it’s really a beautiful metallic magenta with just a hint of shimmer.

Embarca-Dare Ya! OPI San Francisco Collection
Embarca-Dare Ya!
Embarca-Dare Ya! swatch OPI San Francisco Collection
Embarca-Dare Ya!
Embarca-Dare Ya! swatch OPI San Francisco Collection
Embarca-Dare Ya!
Embarca-Dare Ya! swatch OPI San Francisco Collection
Embarca-Dare Ya!

 

Keeping Suzi at Bay

I’m a fan of navy blue year-round, and this nautically-inspired cream nail polish is bold and beautiful regardless of the season.

Keeping Suzi at Bay OPI San Francisco collection
Keeping Suzi at Bay
Keeping Suzi at Bay OPI San Francisco collection swatch
Keeping Suzi at Bay
Keeping Suzi at Bay OPI San Francisco collection swatch
Keeping Suzi at Bay
Keeping Suzi at Bay OPI San Francisco collection swatch
Keeping Suzi at Bay

 

Incognito in Sausalito

If you like extremely deep navy, you really can’t get deeper than this. The only major downside is that this color stains your nails — really badly. It took me quite a while to get the color out, but to be fair, I didn’t apply a base coat. Nonetheless, it wasn’t pretty.

Incognito in Sausalito OPI San Francisco collection
Incognito in Sausalito
Incognito in Sausalito swatch OPI San Francisco collection
Incognito in Sausalito
Incognito in Sausalito swatch OPI San Francisco collection
Incognito in Sausalito
Incognito in Sausalito swatch OPI San Francisco collection
Incognito in Sausalito

 

Dining al Frisco

As the lightest shade in the collection, Dining Al Frisco is a metallic sky blue. This would look fantastic placed over either one of the other blues if you’re up for some nail art experimentation!

Dining al Frisco OPI San Francisco Collection
Dining al Frisco
Dining al Frisco swatch OPI San Francisco Collection
Dining al Frisco
Dining al Frisco swatch OPI San Francisco Collection
Dining al Frisco
Dining al Frisco swatch OPI San Francisco Collection
Dining al Frisco

 

Haven’t the Foggiest

This metallic gunmetal gray is stunning and perfect for holiday parties!

Haven't the Foggiest OPI San Francisco collection
Haven’t the Foggiest
Haven't the Foggiest swatch OPI San Francisco collection
Haven’t the Foggiest
Haven't the Foggiest swatch OPI San Francisco collection
Haven’t the Foggiest
Haven't the Foggiest swatch OPI San Francisco collection
Haven’t the Foggiest

 

A-Piers to Be Tan

This nutty tan-brown cream color reminds me of pumpkin pie. And now I’m ready for Thanksgiving.

A-Piers to Be Tan OPI San Francisco collection
A-Piers to Be Tan
A-Piers to Be Tan swatch OPI San Francisco collection
A-Piers to Be Tan
A-Piers to Be Tan swatch OPI San Francisco collection
A-Piers to Be Tan

Which shade of the gloss nail polishes in the OPI San Francisco collection do you like best?

Photos: Anne Houseman/beautyXposé

Nails, Bright & Blue: 4th of July NOTD

Happy birthday, America. I hope you have as much fun celebrating as all of your citizens. I’ll keep this post short and sweet so that you can check it out between burgers, drinks and fireworks.

For the 4th, I’m sporting some fabulous neon blue nails, courtesy of the OPI Neon Revolution collection. I love this color, but maybe I “blue it out of proportion.”

4th of July Nails
Let’s start a (neon) revolution
4th of July Nails
Prepping for the mani – White Base, Blue it out of Proportion, Top Coat
4th of July Nails
God bless America, and my manicure

What are you doing to show your American pride this 4th of July?

Photos: beautyXposé; Disclosure

 

UPDATE: REVEALED!!! Who Killed Press-On Nails?

In a classic case of “who-dunnit,” Anne examines the evidence surrounding the murder of press-on nails.

There's a killer on the loose.
There’s a killer on the loose.

For the past year or so, I’ve become a rabid fan of gel nail polish. I’ve tried my hand(s) at gel manicures at home using Red Carpet Manicure on a weekly basis, and for special treats, I’ve gone to the salon for a professional Shellac, Gelish or OPI Gel Manicure. But I never imagined that my new nail companion could be a suspected killer.

Let me explain.

The other day, I happened to go into Target looking for some nail glue to help extend the life of my gel polish manicure, which was lifting up on the edge of one of my nails. When searching hard for the nail glue (which used to be available in a number of brands), it dawned on me that there was a section of the racks once teeming with do-it-yourself fake nails that was now inconspicuously void.

Remember these babies?
Remember these babies?

Someone murdered press-on nails.

First, examine the evidence, and then weigh in on who you think the culprit is in the poll at the end of this post. Next Sunday, June 16, I’ll reveal the true killer.

Left at the Scene

  • A thick string of red liquid dripping from a rack where the press on nails used to be
  • Rows upon rows of nail clippers, cuticle cutters, files, polishes, and other nail accessories
  • A lonely row of nail glue

The Suspects

1.  At Home Gel Nail Polish

From Sally Hansen Salon Pro Gel Kits to Nutra Nail to Red Carpet Manicure, do-it-yourself gel nail polish manicure sets seem to be everywhere you turn. But did they murder press-on nails?

 

Suspect #1:  Gel Nail Polish
Suspect #1: Gel Nail Polish

2.  Nail Art

The nail art trend has made its way back into the mainstream, and now it’s even easier than ever to wear complicated designs without having to have Picasso’s talent. Pre-cut nail strips offer the ease of application like a sticker, with the long wear of a true lacquer.

 

Suspect #2:  Nail Art
Suspect #2: Nail Art

3.  Textured Nail Polish  

Plain old glossy nail polish is so 2010. Now, the aisles are stocked with textured polishes of all types — from shatters and crackles to sand-like nail polish to even chalkboard nail polish.

 

Suspect #3:  Textured Nail Polish
Suspect #3: Textured Nail Polish

Who was the murderer?

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UPDATE!!!

After investigating further, authorities uncovered evidence that the death of press-on nails was not a murder at all, but a carefully-planned suicide designed to frame gel nail polish.  In the end, a suicide note was found scrawled on the backside of the “clearance” sign above the empty rack of press-on nails, explaining that the nail accessories could no longer go on after realizing how tacky they were.

Police tape photo: Andy Naylor

New OPI Liquid Sand Nail Polish: Bond Girls Collection

OPI’s latest Liquid Sand nail polish collection honors six classic Bond girls. Products were sent for review, but opinions are all Anne’s own.

OPI's Honey Ryder
OPI’s Honey Ryder

First there were shimmers, glitters and holographic nail polishes. Then mattes came on to the scene. Now, OPI is paving the way for nail polish’s latest trend, a gritty mixture of matte polish infused with glittery specks that the brand has coined Liquid Sand™.

Worn without a top coat to make sure the matte texture shows,  I’ve found that Liquid Sand nail polish stays on longer without chipping compared to your typical high-shine polishes. It’s like the rough particles “glue” the rest of the matte polish on to your nail so it doesn’t flake off as easily.

That also means it takes a little more effort to remove, and you need to let the nail polish remover “soak” your nails via a cotton ball for a little longer so all the glitter comes off. But it’s not any worse than removing any other nail polish with glitter chunks.

Liquid Sand nail polish is definitely one of those trends that people will either love or hate. Personally, it’s not my style for the most part, though there is one particular polish in the Liquid Sand Bond Girls collection that I am crazy for because it’s the perfect blend of bright color and golden glitter, creating a completely unique look. Otherwise, I’m just a high-shine girl at heart, so it isn’t my thing, but why don’t you check out these swatches and judge for yourself?

OPI Liquid Sand Nail Polish Bond Girls Swatches

Solitaire — A pearly white polish with silver glitter flecks. This isn’t as opaque as some of the others, so you may want to apply three coats.

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Solitaire

Pussy Galore — A light pink polish with a gritty texture. You really can’t see any glitter sparkles once the polish is dry.

Pussy Galore
Pussy Galore

Tiffany Case — A light turquoise blue with silver glitter sparkles. Not exactly the classic “Tiffany blue”  you might expect given the name, but it’s still pretty.

Tiffany Case
Tiffany Case

Vesper — A deep eggplant purple. I consider Vesper the black sheep of the bunch, because there is no visible sparkle at all, and it just looks messy, like I accidentally smudged my wet nails into debris before it dried.

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Vesper

Honey Ryder — A true gold-on-gold. This champagne gold polish could easily be confused with the villainous Goldfinger!

Honey Ryder
Honey Ryder

Jinx — A bright orange/coral polish with golden glitter peeking out. This is my favorite of the bunch, and I’ve gotten compliments whenever I wear it!

Jinx
Jinx

These six shades ($9 each) are available in May at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Chatters, JCP Salons, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA.

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Photos: OPI; Anne Houseman/beautyXposé

OPI Euro Centrale Nail Polish Collection Review

It’s officially spring, but you’d never know it in the chilly Northeast. But that doesn’t mean your nails can’t kick into gear with the latest colors from the OPI Euro Centrale collection.

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The 12 polishes range from a host of creamy blue shades to several warm shimmers to a couple of bright colors to a chunky glitter topper.

The OPI Euro Centrale nail polish collection
The OPI Euro Centrale nail polish collection

What’s more — there’s big news for online shoppers. OPI is now available on Ulta.com, which is the first authorized online retailer to sell OPI products. It’s about time, as I’ve been wanting to buy their nail polishes online for years!

Now, on to swatches of the new collection, thanks to some complimentary samples from OPI that were modeled by my sister.

My Vampire Is Buff

This vanilla creme is a soft-white color, which dries to a smooth creme finish. If you’re into the “American Manicure” look (it’s basically a French manicure with a softer white), you could definitely use My Vampire is Buff.  This color is rivaling my tried and true OPI Bubble Bath as my favorite light nail polish.

my vampire is buff opi euro centrale collection
My Vampire is Buff

 

You’re Such a BudaPest

This is a bright pastel periwinkle nail polish that dries very opaque. Your best bet is to apply two layers thickly or three layers, because it looks odd if you can see through the color in some spots, and you want a nice, even finish.

You're Such a BudaPest OPI Euro Centrale nail polish collection
You’re Such a BudaPest

 

Polka.com

The base of this chunky glitter polish is completely clear, so it’s great for layering. In the picture below, we layered Polka.com over You’re Such a BudaPest, but it would look really great with any blue or purple shades. The large chunks of glitter are in fuchsia, teal and purple.  One word of caution — this is a huge pain to remove, because it adheres so well. You need to soak your nails in nail polish remover for quite a while and then scrape off any remaining glitter chunks.

Polka.com OPI Euro Centrale nail polish collection
Polka.com layered over You’re Such a BudaPest

 

Can’t Find My Czechbook

Continuing on the opaque pastel theme, OPI’s Can’t Find My Checkbook is a beautiful, bright sky blue. It applies very much like You’re Such a BudaPest, so plan to either use two thick coats or three regular coats to ensure even coverage.

Can't Find My Czechbook OPI Euro Centrale nail polish collection
Can’t Find My Czechbook

 

OPI…Eurso Euro

If you’re looking for a bright purplish-blue creme nail polish, OPI…Eurso Euro is right up your alley. This polish applied very evenly and opaquely after only two coats, so it’s not as finicky as some of the others in the collection. I think this polish would look great paired with the Laura Mercier Eye Pencil in Midnight Bleu on your eye lids.

OPI Eurso Euro OPI Euro Centrale Nail Polish Collection
OPI…Eurso Euro

 

I Saw…You Saw…We Saw…Warsaw

OPI was really on a blue streak this season! I Saw…You Saw…We Saw…Warsaw is a deep navy creme that is perfect for the classic nautical look.

I Saw...You Saw...We Saw...Warsaw
I Saw…You Saw…We Saw…Warsaw

 

Vant to Bite My Neck?

If you loved the nail polish above but wish it had just a slightly more purple hue, well OPI has you covered with Vant to Bite My Neck? They really look a lot alike to the untrained eye, but this polish color is definitely more purple, which is more evident in natural sunlight and other direct lights.

Vant to Bite My Neck? OPI Euro Centrale Nail Polish Collection
Vant to Bite My Neck?

 

A Woman’s Prague-ative

I was actually quite surprised to see this warm orange-bronze shimmer in the OPI Euro Centrale collection, because it reminds me a lot more of a fall color than a spring one. That said, I still love it!

A Woman's Prague-ative OPI Euro Centrale nail polish collection
A Woman’s Prague-ative

 

OY–Another Polish Joke!

The OPI nail polish namers must have had fun with this one (get it — Polish/polish?). I thought I was the only one who loved groan-worthy puns. Anyway, this is another warm-hued shimmer in a golden, sunny shade. The odd thing with this nail polish is that is dries down into more of a frosted matte look (even though it doesn’t say anything about doing that on the bottle), so if you’re looking for high shine, you need to apply a top coat.

OY--Another Polish Joke! OPI euro centrale nail polish collection
OY–Another Polish Joke!

 

Hands Off My Kielbasa!

This is such a pretty rose-peach-copper metallic shade! I love how muted and neutral it looks, while giving just a hint of shimmer. It’s a great alternative for those who want to wear a nail polish in the pink-ish realm but who also want to dabble in metallic coppers.

 

Hands Off My Kielbasa! OPI Euro Centrale Nail Polish collection
Hands Off My Kielbasa!

 

My Paprika is Hotter Than Yours!

This bright coral-red is hot, hot, hot! In fact, it’s a sizzling reminder that summer is just around the corner. It’s a very “Maine” color in my book, though I suppose that’s not very central European. In any rate, if it’s too bold for your fingers’ tastes, try it on your toes for a sexy, bright pedicure.

My Paprika is Hotter Than Yours OPI Euro Centrale nail polish collection
My Paprika is Hotter Than Yours

 

Suzi’s Hungary AGAIN!

The last color we leave you with in the OPI Euro Centrale nail polish collection is a beautiful, bright, rosy pink.  This nail polish screams spring to me, though I think it would look great during almost any season.

Suzi's Hungary AGAIN! OPI Euro Centrale nail polish collection
Suzi’s Hungary AGAIN!

 

Photos:  Anne Houseman/beautyXposé

opi skyfall nail polish collection

OPI Does James Bond: OPI Skyfall Nail Polish Collection

Be like a Bond girl with the OPI Skyfall Nail Polish Collection

opi skyfall nail polish collectionWhether it’s starring Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan or Daniel Craig, every time I watch a James Bond flick, I am inspired to get glam and buff in the hopes of becoming a Bond girl.  Throughout the decades, Bond girls have proven to be fatally alluring, and who wouldn’t want to be considered drop dead gorgeous?

While I still have yet to see the latest James Bond movie, “Skyfall,” one thing’s for sure — I’m in love with the movie’s namesake nail polish collection.  The OPI Skyfall nail polish collection is packed with vampy, shimmery polishes and bold metallics — exactly what you can imagine Bond girls wearing. In fact, the latest Bond girl is wearing a couple of the OPI colors in the new movie (the color Skyfall on the tops of nails with the undersides painted in GoldenEye).

Six of the OPI Skyfall nail polishes play off the movie’s seductive theme, and six give a more dangerous look. Here’s a rundown of the 12 limited-edition OPI Skyfall nail polishes.

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service:  This gunmetal shimmer with a greenish hue is one of my favorites in the line. Can’t you just imagine pointing a pistol at some rogue assassins while wearing this polish?

On Her Majesty's Secret Service
OPI On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Moonraker:  This silver metallic goes on as smoothly as a James Bond pick-up line. No streaks, just a silky texture.

OPI Moonraker
OPI Moonraker

Live and Let Die: OPI describes this as a jet black, but to me it looks more like a very deep hunter green — almost black — with some subtle shimmer.

OPI Live and Let Die
OPI Live and Let Die

GoldenEye:  This is as gold as it gets! This polish looks decadent on its own, but it’s also great for layering over some of the darker polishes in the collection. For a twist on your typical French manicure, paint GoldenEye on your tips over a dark polish.

OPI GoldenEye
OPI GoldenEye

Die Another Day:  This metallic polish is a hot orange-y red that just screams sexy. You really can’t go wrong with this nail polish if you’re looking to make a statement.

OPI Die Another Day
OPI Die Another Day

Casino Royale: Plum passion is what this cream nail polish is all about! It dries down a little darker than it appears in the bottle, but it’s gorgeous nonetheless.

OPI Casino Royale
OPI Casino Royale

You Only Live Twice:  This is my favorite polish in the OPI Skyfall nail polish collection, hands down. It’s actually my favorite polish ever at the moment (but you know I have a short attention span). Even though I tried my best, I just couldn’t get a picture that would do it justice. This magenta looks like it’s a solid metallic in some lights, but in others you can really see the subtle gold glitter that’s also interspersed throughout. If you can only buy one polish this year, THIS IS IT!!!

OPI You Only Live Twice
OPI You Only Live Twice

Tomorrow Never Dies:  If you’re feeling bold, bust out this bright purple/blue polish for a metallic manicure.  This is the most shocking color of the bunch.

OPI Tomorrow Never Dies
OPI Tomorrow Never Dies

The World is Not Enough:  This is such a unique shimmer nail polish! It’s a rosy silver/pewter that brings out warmth and works well with any outfit.

OPI The World Is Not Enough
OPI The World Is Not Enough

The Spy Who Loved Me: Just like You Only Live Twice, this nail polish has both a metallic look and a subtle gold shimmer in the right light. This time, though, it’s a poppin’ cherry red. Can you say, “sex appeal?”

OPI The Spy Who Loved Me
OPI The Spy Who Loved Me

The Living Daylights:  If you like big, chunky glitter, than this polish is for you. Unfortunately, it’s just not my cup of tea…or should I say it doesn’t float the olive in my shaken martini. (Groan!) The polish itself is clear, and I had to do three coats to get this level of glitter applied, and it’s hard to get it to spread evenly throughout the clear polish.

OPI The Living Daylights
OPI The Living Daylights

Skyfall:  The OPI Skyfall nail polish that is named after the movie is a deep rusty brick red. I love how decadent it looks on its own, but it also looks amazing when you layer GoldenEye over it (hint: try just layering the “ring finger” nail for a fun twist).

OPI Skyfall
OPI Skyfall

I must say that this is one of my favorite collections as a whole that OPI has ever released. Which OPI Skyfall nail polish do you think makes you feel most like a bombshell Bond girl?

 

Photos: Anne Houseman/BeautyXpose
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Nailed it: The OPI Germany Collection

Football’s back (though my team got pummeled in game one), pumpkin beer is on tap and my Keurig is filled with Green Mountain Pumpkin Spice coffee. And while the weather hasn’t been cooperating enough for me to pull out my favorite sweaters yet, my nails are helping cure my bad case of fall fever, thanks to the OPI Germany nail polish collection.

Inspired by the country that just screams fall (Oktoberfest, anyone?), the OPI Germany Collection is packed with an array of 12 polishes in hues that are awesomely autumnal.

In past fall seasons, we’ve seen very dark, almost-black-looking shades and various greiges (gray+beige), and while the Germany collection has its share of deeper colors, most of them are pure colors that don’t look as if they started out black and have just a slightly different hint of purple or red. What’s more, the glitter stayed in the factory this time, and many of the nail polishes are either creams or have just a slight shimmer.

As usual, OPI has had fun with naming the Germany nail polishes:

Don’t Pretzel My Buttons — A sandy, honey hue. This dries down much more “sand” than it appears in the bottle.

OPI Don't Pretzel My Buttons
OPI Don't Pretzel My Buttons

 

My Very First Knockwurst — An opaque light nude with rose/lilac undertones. My new favorite neutral nail polish.

My Very First Knockwurst
My Very First Knockwurst

 

Berlin There Done That — A lavender gray taupe that matches anything you wear.

Berlin There Done That
Berlin There Done That

 

Don’t Talk Bach To Me — A subdued mustardy lime. Personally, I think this would look best on darker skin shades (it makes my olive-based skin look sickly).

 

Don't Talk Bach To Me
Don't Talk Bach To Me

 

Schnapps Out Of  It! — A tawny cream with rose undertones. Very unique! Dries down a tad darker than in the bottle

Schnapps Out Of It!
Schnapps Out Of It!

 

Deutch You Want Me Baby? — An burnt orange shimmer to die for! Screams fall.

Deutch You Want Me Baby?
Deutch You Want Me Baby?

 

Danke-Shiny Red — A brilliant ruby red with a slight shimmer. My new favorite red polish EVER.

Danke-Shiny Red
Danke-Shiny Red

 

 Suzy & the 7 Dusseldorfs — A pure metallic purple.

Suzy & the 7 Dusseldorfs
Suzy & the 7 Dusseldorfs

 

Unfor-greta-bly Blue — A futuristic blue that really pops! The kid in me is reminded of the Cookie Monster.

Unfor-greta-bly Blue
Unfor-greta-bly Blue

 

Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine! — A deep gray cream nail polish that applies very opaque. The brand describes this color as a “black olive,” but I personally just see a very deep gray.

Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine!
Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine!

 

Every Month is Oktoberfest — A deep, dark plum/black. This looks similar in the bottle to the next polish, German-icure by OPI, but it dries down with plum undertones. Also not as shimmery-appearing when applied.

Every Month is Oktoberfest
Every Month is Oktoberfest

 

German-icure by OPI — A rich, burgundy rust.  Again, this isn’t as shimmery as it appears in the bottle.

German-icure by OPI

 

German-icure by OPI

All of this talk makes me want to go have a bratwurst!  Which of these gorgeous German-inspired nail polishes has you drooling?

Photos: Anne Houseman/BeautyXpose
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