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A Weekend in San Francisco

You know what they say about California girls … actually I have no idea what they say, but for a brief week I was a San Francisco chick. I was flying out for work, so I decided to visit my soul sister who moved out to SF a couple of years ago for the weekend before all of my work duties began.

We had a great time people watching on the bus, sweating to death as we walked to the Golden Gate Bridge, partying on a rooftop as we watched the Blue Angels and doing major damage at Sephora … obviously. The only thing on my list that I missed was Lombard St, but there is always next time. Instead of boring you with all the nitty-gritty, I figured I’d share a few snaps instead. Enjoy!

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Have you been to San Francisco? I’d love to hear about your favorite parts of the city so I can add them to the itinerary for my next trip.

Photos: beautyXposé; Disclosure

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.)

OPI San Francisco collection
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