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OPI has just released it’s 8th annual Pink of Hearts 2014 limited edition duo in support of breast cancer awareness, which features Mod About You (a pale pink hue, part of the core lineup), and The Power of Pink, LE (a pink confetti glitter hue). The set also includes a pink glitter nail file with a pink-ribbon charm (not shown here) and will retail for CAN $21.50. There isn’t one of us who hasn’t been touched in some way by this disease, but thanks in part to initiatives like this, progress is being made daily to eradicate it once and for all.
This year, OPI will donate $25,000 to the Susan G. Komen® Foundation (US) and $5,000 to Rethink Breast Cancer (Canada), in proud support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October).
OPI | Pink of Hearts 2014
OPI | Pink of Hearts 2014
Mod About You | A cool-leaning opaque pale pink crème hue with a very distinctive ‘mod’ vibe (think: Twiggy or Andy Warhol’s Factory days). The formula is relatively streak-free even at the first coat – a surprise, considering the colour – and applies smoothly, dries relatively quick and leaves behind a glossy finish. There’s a brightness to Mod About You that almost has it bordering on neon – but only just. Coats applied: 2, no top coat
The Power of Pink | A pale milky base hue filled with white & metallic magenta hex glitter pieces in sizes ranging from tiny to medium-large. There’s an excellent amount of glitter per brush stroke for application – no ‘fishing’ needed (as in, fishing to get the glitter from the contents), and the surface becomes relatively smooth with the addition of a layer of top coat. Easiest when layered over another shade – as I’ve done here – because you’ll only need to apply just 1 coat, but The Power of Pink can also be worn alone, although you’ll probably need about 2-3 coats for a decent opacity; that gives a sort of diffused, soft effect to the nails. Coats applied: 1 (over a base of Mod About You)
For the last swatch (below), I added a coat of a translucent white on top (OPI’s Funny Bunny) to create a ‘glitter sandwich’ – I absolutely love the effect and how it seems to blur the entire look, as though seen under frosted glass (and for some reason, it makes me think of ice cream *shrugs*).
OPI | Pink of Hearts 2014 & Funny Bunny
Even if you don’t love glitter (or pink), tell me that this isn’t the most fun duo you’ve seen? Mod About You is one of those pale pinks that is so unlike traditional pastels, and will have people stopping you to ask what shade you’re wearing (it happened to me), while The Power of Pink has such a happy, lighthearted tone about it (and doesn’t seem to take itself too seriously either, if we assume that nail polish has personality. Or maybe that’s just me) that it’s made to have fun with – an ideology that’s just so perfectly in line with the inspiration behind The Pink of Hearts 2014 – embracing life.
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I confess to being unfamiliar with this designer, but I’m totally loving both the beauty and nail looks created here (positively obsessing over the berry eyeshadow and nude lip); this past Tuesday (Sept. 9), the Azede Jean-Pierre SS/15 runway show featured a collaboration with OPI, while a unique mani was created by Lead Nail Artist, Miss Pop. Echoing the cut-out theme in the designer’s knitwear fashions, the look displayed skillfully crafted negative space nails – made even edgier in white (although a black negative-space version was also seen). The look featured “a chevron tip on a classic oval-shaped nail”, using OPI’s My Vampire Is Buff (reviewed here) – this latticed French Manicure was them finished with OPI’s Matte Top Coat. The Toes were painted My Vampire Is Buff as well, balancing out the overall theme.
Now, if only my nail art skills were up to re-creating this look …
*Photo credits: OPI
NYFW may be over, but the nail trends seen on the runways continue to make an impact in the world of beauty. For the Clover Canyon SS/15 show, OPI once again partnered with the designer with the help of Lead Nail Artist, Miss Pop, to create a unique yet simple lustrous looks on the models’ nails – mimicking rich jewel tones to offset the brightly patterned clothing.
Get the look:
Two coats of OPI with a Nice Finn-ish was applied to models’ nails and a half moon cutout was created using a medium-sized dotting tool. The striking outline was perfected with a nail art brush and acetone.
For the brand’s footwear debut, toes matched fingers, offering eye-catching metallic that accessorized technicolor printed sandals. Base Coat was used to prep nails and Top Coat to seal the look. Cuticle Oil to Go was used on all models to hydrate tired cuticles
Lead Nail Artist, Miss Pop
*Photo credits: OPI
For the Charlotte Ronson SS/15 show held this past Friday at Lincoln Center and part of NYFW, Lead Nail Artist Miss Pop created a look with alternating demi-lune shapes using negative space – the latest nail art trend. With softly feminine tones punctuating the clothing in shades of blue from pastel to navy, as well as mint & cream, Miss Pop used That’s Hula-rious! to create the look. This never-before-seen pastel OPI mint hue is slated to be released in February 2015 as part of OPI’s Spring/Summer 2015 Collection. Details on the mani/pedi looks:
“For the nail look, each model sported one hand with the pinky, middle and pointer fingers featuring a painted nail with a natural half moon, and the ring and thumb fingers featuring a natural nail with a painted half moon. On the other hand, the look was reversed, with the pinky, middle and pointer fingers featuring the natural nail with a painted half moon, while the ring and thumb fingers had the painted nail with a natural half moon.
Toes were lacquered in one coat of Bubble Bath; each model’s big toe was painted with a daisy falling toward the nail’s free edge. To create the daisy, the following shades were used: Put a Coat On It! (petals), Jade is the New Black (stem), and Barefoot in Barcelona layered with Need Sunglasses? (flower center).
Both manicure and pedicure looks were prepped with OPI Base Coat and finished with OPI Top Coat”
Photo images credit: OPI
The barely-there nail trend that has been sweeping red carpets and runways for the past few seasons now, is apparently still going strong at NYFW. At the Houghton SS/15 show held at Milk Studios, designer Katharine Polk worked very closely with Miss Pop to create a “light feminine look with an unexpected edge on both fingers and toes”.
Nails were first painted with OPI’s Base Coat, followed by 2 coats of Samoan Sand – a sheer nude colour – sealed with Matte Top Coat, and finished with a few hand-placed Swarovski crystals. The gemstones were personally chosen for each individual model by both Katharine Polk and Miss Pop: their nails were adorned with one, two, or three Swarovski crystals in clear or black and then vertically stacked on the middle finger nail of both hands (starting from the cuticle edge), while the toes had one crystal on the big toe to match. This understated look still managed to give an unexpected sparkle against the matte backdrop and worked beautifully to compliment the show’s bold accessories and feminine prints. This is definitely a look I can’t wait to recreate on my own nails.
All images credit: OPI
NYFW Nail Edition | Houghton SS/15