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OPI | Pink of Hearts 2014

OPI Pink of Hearts 2014 opener


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


OPI Pink of Hearts 2014 macro

OPI | Pink of Hearts 2014


OPI Mod About You swatch

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


OPI The Power of Pink swatch

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 duo & Funny Bunny

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 2014embracing life.

Available September & October at professional salons and spas nation-wide. Find more information via:


OPI Pink of Hearts 2014 closer

*Disclosure: Press samples provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration

NYFW Nail Edition | OPI covers Azede Jean-Pierre SS/15



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 Nail Edition | OPI covers Clover Canyon SS/15



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



NYFW Nail Edition | OPI covers Dion Lee SS/15



For the NYFW Dion Lee SS/15 runway show held at Hosfelt Gallery this past Saturday, OPI once again partnered with the designer to create a striking look that was both simple and yet managed to play up the collection’s metallic fabrics. To create the look, Miss Pop played with negative space (I did mention that this is one the hottest nail art trends right now, right?) to create a look inspired by light reflectors: a thick silver stripe was painted along one side of each nail for visual impact and to catch the light. The look:

Each model’s nails were first painted with 1 layer of Base coat, followed by 1 vertical stripe along the outer edge of each nail using 2 coats of My Signature is DC from the OPI/Coca-Cola Collaboration (reviewed here), finished with 1 layer of Matte Top Coat.

The look for the toes was the new nude: OPI Flex Buffer was used to lightly buff the nails, then Matte Top Coat was applied to provide a polished, powdery finish.














Dion Lee ss15




Images credit: OPI

NYFW Nail Edition | OPI covers Charlotte Ronson SS/15



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

NYFW Nail Edition | OPI covers Houghton SS/15



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































NYFW Nail Edition | OPI covers BCBGMAXAZRIA SS/15



Heralding the start of the fashion season, Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week (NYFW) is currently presenting designers’ Spring/Summer 2015 collections (we haven’t even felt Winter’s first touch of cold and they’re already showing Spring/Summer … sigh), with nails once again playing as important and cohesive a role in the overall theme of each collection, as hair and makeup do.

Kicking off the shows at Lincoln Center for BCBGMAXAZRIA, lead nail artist, Miss Pop, created a softly neutral look using OPI’s Base Coat followed by 2 coats of Bubble Bath – the brand’s bestselling soft pink shade – and finished it off with 1 coat of OPI Top Coat. This sheer neutral look was in line with and complimented the collection’s bohemian silhouettes, mutes pastel floral pieces, and earthy tones.

All images credit: OPI 



NYFW Nail Edition | BCBGMAXAZRIA SS/15, featuring lead nail artist Miss Pop



NYFW Nail Edition | BCBGMAXAZRIA SS/15, featuring OPI’s Bubble Bath



















Coca-Cola by OPI (Limited Edition)

OPI Coca-Cola opener


Launching nationwide next month, Coca-Cola by OPI is a collection of limited edition shades, inspired by 9 of the best selling drinks from the iconic soda giant, and like most people, I confess to being rather puzzled with how the two would mesh. Beautifully, as it turns out and that I’m happy to report – and all in formulas that fall nothing short of superb. Or Amazing. Or Perfection. And fun….totally & exuberantly FUN.

For the record, I personally do not like soft drinks/soda, but this collection makes a strong case for a sugar-rush addiction. The best part? Your nails will look AH-MA-ZING, and with zero calories too!



The iconic Coca-Cola logo, recognizable the world over


Coca Cola lady in red ad

The Lady in Red ad from Brazil, 1950 (source) – and check out her nails!


OPI Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola by OPI


OPI Coca-Cola 2

Coca-Cola by OPI


OPI Coca-Cola 3

Coca-Cola by OPI


OPI Coca-Cola 4

Coca-Cola by OPI



Coca Cola Red – (Inspired by Coca-Cola) No one does red like OPI, and this shade perfectly captures the iconic hue of the Coca-Cola brand. With a formula that’s nothing short of perfection in flow, opacity, pigmentation and glossiness, I suggest you do not skip applying base coat, to avoid any potential light staining. Coats applied: 2, plus top coat


OPI Coca-Cola Red swatch

Coca-Cola by OPI ♦ Coca-Cola Red


Green on the Runway – (Inspired by Sprite) An emerald green shimmery hue, with duo chrome brown flashes seen in some lights (but it actually reminds me more of the classic brown colour of Coke, as seen through the original green glass bottles). Flowing easily along the nails with minimal visible brush strokes, the brown flashes are much more visible in direct sunlight, while a more intense green is seen in other light – absolutely GORGEOUS! Coats applied: 2, plus top coat


OPI Green on the Runway swatch

Coca-Cola by OPI ♦ Green on the Runway


OPI Green on the Runway swatch 2

Coca-Cola by OPI ♦ Green on the Runway (in sunlight)


You’re So Vain-illa – (Inspired by Vanilla Coke) A super creamy café au lait tinted white hue that almost applies itself – totally self-levelling, non-streaky and bearing excellent coverage and pigmentation (and so perfect for my white/off white nail colour addiction) Coats applied: 2, plus top coat


OPI You're So Vain-illa swatch

Coca-Cola by OPI ♦ You’re So Vain-illa


Get Cherried Away – (Inspired by Cherry Coke) A lush berry crème hue with blue undertones in the base, with yet another superb formula (pigmentation, flow, opacity, self-levelling & super glossy at the finish). Bonus: non-staining upon removal. Coats applied: 2, plus top coat


OPI Get Cherried Away swatch

Coca-Cola by OPI ♦ Get Cherried Away


Today I Accomplished Zero – (Inspired by Coke Zero) A mid-sheer charcoal base filled with red fine and ultra fine glitter pieces that seem suspended at the surface level of the nails. There’s a ‘banked embers’ look to this shade and totally stare-worthy; pictures do not do this justice – you really need to see it in person. Applying a matte top coat ups the uniqueness factor even more, by making each glitter piece stand out in high relief. An absolute MUST-HAVE from the collection. Coats applied: 2, with both top coat and matte top coat (second swatch only)


OPI Today I Accomplished Zero swatch

Coca-Cola by OPI ♦ Today I Accomplished Zero


OPI Today I Accomplished Zero swatch matte

Coca-Cola by OPI ♦ Today I Accomplished Zero, matte


My Signature is “DC” – (Inspired by Diet Coke) This is as close to silver foil perfection, as you’ll find. Relatively brush stroke-free in application (this lacquer seems to level out and gleam even more as it sets), you do need to work fast, as it is quick drying. Coats applied: 2, NO top coat (totally unnecessary)

TIP: start by applying a matte top coat to bare nails & letting that dry, then go in with a regular top coat before applying the actual polish – this way, any imperfections in the nails are minimized and filled in, making the final look incredibly smooth and as even as possible.


OPI My Signature is DC swatch

Coca-Cola by OPI ♦ My Signature is “DC”


OPI My Signature is DC swatch 2

Coca-Cola by OPI ♦ My Signature is “DC”


Sorry I’m Fizzy Today – (Inspired by Vanilla Coke) Ok, I admit that I don’t get the inspiration for this shade *shrugs*. A sweet, carnation pink shade that seems to lean more warm than cool (possible peachy undertones?), in the same easy formula as the other crèmes of this collection – über glossy at the finish. Coats applied: 2, plus top coat


OPI Sorry I'm Fizzy Today swatch

Coca-Cola by OPI ♦ Sorry I’m Fizzy Today


OPI Sorry I'm Fizzy Today nail art

Coca-Cola by OPI ♦ Sorry I’m Fizzy Today with My Signature is “DC” polka dots


A Grape Affair – (Inspired by Fanta Grape) A deeply intense and true purple crème hue in a ridiculously easy formula to apply (self-levelling, colour-saturated, high gloss finish) that seems to straddle the line between cool & warm leaning, making it universally flattering for all skin tones. Bonus: non-staining upon removal. Coats applied: 2, plus top coat


OPI A Grape Affair swatch

Coca-Cola by OPI ♦ A Grape Affair


Orange You Fantastic! – (Inspired by Fanta Orange) A sheer yellow base filled with gold, red and orange hexagonal glitter pieces in fine, small & medium sizes. There is plenty of glitter to be had per brush-stroke and while 2 coats would probably be enough for short nails, longer nails can use an extra coat for more complete coverage. Don’t be fooled by any greenish tints seen in the photos (an oxidized reflection from the gold glitter); this glitter bomb shade is a spot-on representation of Fanta Orange – like wearing a bubbly drink along your nails! Coats applied: 3 (thin), plus top coat

TIP: apply a peel-off base coat (such as OPI’s Glitter Off) to make removal a breeze. As the natural finish of this shade is highly reflective and brilliant, top coat is almost superfluous, so be warned that you’ll need between 2-3 coats of a thick top coat for a smooth glassy finish.


OPI Orange You Fantastic! swatch

Coca-Cola by OPI ♦ Orange You Fantastic!


OPI Orange You Fantastic! swatch macro

Coca-Cola by OPI ♦ Orange You Fantastic!


I am in love with every single one of these shades of the Coca-Cola by OPI collection – something I so totally did not expect. While the majority of the crème hues shown here are nothing we haven’t all see before (with You’re so Vain-illa being a standout nonetheless), the difference is in the formula/application and that’s enough to make them unique for me. Glitter and I do not always see eye to eye, but I’ll make an exception for the total fun-factor of Orange You Fantastic! (especially now that there’s OPI’s amazing Glitter Off Base Coat to make for a painless removal). Green on the Runway has shimmer, duo chrome, and iridescence all wrapped in one, while the mysteriously seductive look of Today I Accomplished Zero is almost hypnotic (I dare you to look away). Finally, there’s the mirror-like brilliance of My Signature is “DC” – in a word: unbelievable. So, yeah … to reiterate my opening line: I am in love with every single one of these shades.

The Coca-Cola by OPI shades (CAN $10.95 each) will be available beginning June 2014 (in GelColor formula as well, through select salons). Find more information via:


OPI Coca-Cola closer

*Disclosure: product samples provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration

Neons (2014) by OPI

OPI Neons opener


Released for the first time in full-sized bottles, OPI brings us as new eye-searing collection: Neons by OPI (CAN $10.95/each), six über-bright hues along with Put A Coat On! Natural Nail Base Coat, to help these babies really “pop” (sold separately). I confess that up until now, I never really understood neons’ appeal, but try wearing just one of these shades and NOT feeling happy – impossible, I tell you.

A good way to bring out the most of these neon shades, is with a reliable white base coat (which effectively replaces your usual base coat). The new Put A Coat On! from OPI applies beautifully: fairly opaque and relatively non-streaky, even at just 1 coat. The trick to achieving the most flawless finish with this collection, is to first apply the white base, and then let it thoroughly dry before going in with your chosen hue. The reason for this, is to ensure the white base does not bleed into the polish, which may then cause grooves in the finish or require multiple coats for an even surface.

The formula is a unique animal as well; medium thick and with the smoothness of a crème, but the springy feel of a jelly. As these Neons by OPI all wind down to a natural satiny finish, I suggest capping them off with a nice glossy top coat to really help them stand out. The following swatches were done with: 1 layer of Put A Coat On! Natural Nail Base Coat, 2 layers of each individual shade, and top coat.


Neons by OPI

Neons (2014) by OPI

 Neons by OPI macro

Neons (2014) by OPI


Life Gave me Lemons – A true highlighter yellow with hints of chartreuse to keep it interesting. My biggest surprise, was in how much I absolutely LOVE this shade and am already planning on giving it some serious pedi time this Summer.


OPI Neons Life Gave Me Lemons swatch

Neons by OPI – Life Gave Me Lemons


You Are So Outta Lime! – A super vivid lime colour, but with touches of mint to sweeten it up. I love how it’s green, but not – very wearable and will not give the dreaded “lobster” hue to skin (many green shades can give a ruddy tint to surrounding skin).


OPI Neons You Are So Outta Lime! swatch

Neons by OPI – You Are So Outta Lime!


Juice Bar Hopping –  A true citrus explosion, no? Makes me think of candied orange slices, or orange-flavoured Popsicles. This shade is such a great alternative to wearing red – and probably even more eye-catching (and totally non-staining, as an added bonus).


OPI Neons Juice Bar Hopping swatch

Neons by OPI – Juice Bar Hopping


Hotter Thank You Pink – A hot fuchsia pink with a blue pearly gleam. Rather like mixing textures, the addition of that inner shimmer (which is very visible, by the way) gives a 3-D feel to this shade and elevates it to something more than just another pink neon.


OPI Neons Hotter Than You Pink swatch

Neons by OPI – Hotter Than You Pink


Down To The Core-al – A scorching coral that definitely leans pink, filled with an ultra-fine pearly pink shimmer for added depth. Very hard to accurately photograph the true nature of this colour, this shade seems to merge the best of orange, red, coral and pink – creating a stunning Summer must-have. LOVE!


OPI Neons Down To The Core-al swatch

Neons by OPI – Down The The Core-al


Push & Pur-pull – An intense purple hue (think: Crayola bright) that somehow manages to be both vivid and dark. It’s that eye-popping purple kind of colour that lands it amongst the other neons here, but this can easily be worn year-round as well.


OPI Neons Push & Pur-pull swatch

Neons by OPI – Push & Pur-pull


While my personal preferences tend to run to more conventional colours and finishes, I confess to having fallen hard for these Neons by OPI. Surprisingly easy to work with, each shade bears a rich, vibrant, and lush intensity, managing to infuse your mani/pedi with a much needed injection of colour, while still somehow staying far from appearing juvenile. Now that the warmer weather is finally (FINALLY) here, what better way to usher in the season than with some sizzle?

You can find this collection now through select retailers, professional salons & spas – the Neons by OPI collection is also available in GelColor through select salons (professional service only). For more information, visit:


Neons by OPI closer

*Disclosure: Product samples provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration