Happy Friday everyone! Yesterday evening I went out with the sole intention to pick up some Italian takeout for dinner, but came home with OPI's new Miss Universe collection. How the heck did that happen?! Well, just two doors down from the Italian restaurant is a little indie nail and beauty supply. It's housed in the tiniest, claustrophobia-inducing space--every inch, top to bottom, is filled with inventory from the most obscure, independent brands to more well-known brands like OPI, Zoya, Essie, Jessica, and Orly. After a long work-week, it's sometimes fun to browse and see what's new or hunt for a long-discontinued treasure hiding on a dusty back shelf. So...being the polish fiend that I am, when I saw the shiny new OPI Miss Universe display beckoning to me I knew I couldn't take just one, and exited the store with a lighter wallet and my little paper bag with all four shades inside. A bit of trivia: this year marks the 60th anniversary of the Miss Universe pageant and it is scheduled to take place on September 12 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Although I am not what could be considered a true pageant fan, I will probably tune in to check out what the contestants are wearing!
|Crown Me Already!|
|Congeniality Is My Middle Name|
|It's My Year|
In indoor lighting above and below:
In sunlight above and below:
Above and below in indoor lighting
In sunlight below:
L-R: Congeniality Is My Middle Name, It's My Year, Crown Me Already!, Swimsuit...Nailed It!
Congeniality Is My Middle Name is a lovely shade to transition to fall. It has very subtle shimmer. With two coats it is a berry shade, but with three it transforms into a deep bordeaux wine.
Crown Me Already! is silver glitter in a clear base. I noticed three different sizes of glitter flakes, but there may be more! If you plan to wear this on its own and want a fairly solid glitter look, three coats will do the job. (All swatches shown above are with two coats.)
Swimsuit...Nailed It! should be seen in person to be fully appreciated. It's very pretty with a coat or two of high-gloss topcoat to really bring out the shimmer. I have a few shimmery blues, but this is one of the more striking ones I've seen. My short, broken-off nails really don't do it justice. Visit Rachel Marie's Nails for a better look at this shade. I think fans of teals and blues will love this one.
Overall this is a nice little collection for those who don't mind a little glitter and shimmer!
On an unrelated note, I recently tweeted a picture to the lovely Karen of Makeup and Beauty Blog of my 2 year-old Maine Coon kitty next to Evolution Revolution lip glass, which she created for MAC's Blogger's Obsessions collection. I was honored to see her photo included (along with another of an adorable little parakeet) in this post. I love the smoky-eye look she features here!
|Miss Kitty & her EvRev gloss|
I'd also like to give a special thanks to:
Sternchenslove for the Sunshine Award. She has a makeup collection to envy and features some of the loveliest eye looks around!
The Beauty Reductionista for The Liebster Blog Award. She's on a quest for beauty simplicity, and her well-written and entertaining posts are a source of inspiration!
Polarbelle for The Stylish Blogger Award. Her detailed reviews, swatches and photos are a great resource, and I see we share a common love for nail polish!
Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely weekend!