All Lacquered Up http://www.alllacqueredup.com The first nail-focused beauty blog Fri, 17 Jun 2016 22:23:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 HSN Alice Through The Looking Glass Collection http://www.alllacqueredup.com/2016/06/hsn-opi-alice-through-looking-glass-collection.html http://www.alllacqueredup.com/2016/06/hsn-opi-alice-through-looking-glass-collection.html#comments Thu, 16 Jun 2016 17:22:08 +0000 http://www.alllacqueredup.com/?p=14381 This post is brought to you by CJ Affiliate’s VIP Content Service. Thank you HSN for sponsoring this post. While this was a sponsored opportunity from HSN, all content and opinions expressed here are my own. Ever since I saw Beetlejuice as a little kid, I’ve been fascinated with the look of Tim Burton’s films. […]

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HSN Alice Through the Looking Glass Collection

HSN Alice Through the Looking Glass Collection

This post is brought to you by CJ Affiliate’s VIP Content Service. Thank you HSN for sponsoring this post. While this was a sponsored opportunity from HSN, all content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Ever since I saw Beetlejuice as a little kid, I’ve been fascinated with the look of Tim Burton’s films. As Cameron Crowe foreshadowed in Singles when he referred to Burton, in a cameo as Brian the “Expect the Best” dating service director, as “the next Martin Scorseeeeze,” the man knows how to create a phenomenal visual experience.

He certainly achieved that in the whimsical fantasy, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, and the new director carried that vision into Alice Through the Looking Glass. It’s no wonder that HSN would tap their best designers, artisans and makers to create a collection of products based on the film. The collection includes clothing, jewelry, housewares and beauty products from brands like OPI, Urban Decay, Heidi Daus, Giuliana Rancic and Vince Camuto.

I’ve partnered with HSN to share some of my favorite pieces from the collection, paired with the OPI Alice Through the Looking Glass nail polishes.

HSN Alice Through the Looking Glass Clothing and Jewelry

One of the things I love about HSN is that they cater to all sizes. It’s such a bummer, as a full-figured woman, when a designer/capsule collection comes in straight sizes only. That’s why I jumped all over this G by Giuliana Alice-inspired tee.

It captures the Mad Hatter’s tea party in a much chicer way. Very Sunday brunch with your girlfriends, you know? It love the girly colors and how well it pairs with OPI Fearlessly Alice and Mad for Madness Sake.

G by Giuliana Adventures in Wonderland Tee

G by Giuliana Adventures in Wonderland Tee

And how cute are these Heidi Daus crystal charm bracelets? The little dragonfly just adds to the tea in the garden feel.

Heidi Daus Crystal Charm  Bracelet

Heidi Daus Crystal Charm Bracelet

Heidi Daus Crystal Charm  Bracelet

Heidi Daus Crystal Charm Bracelet

There’s so much diversity in the jewelry styles available in this collection. From whimsical, to dark and brooding, to blinged-out elegance, there’s something for everyone that represents all the characters in Wonderland. I’ve been on a major gold jewelry kick lately, I used to be all about the silver, and this Roberto by RFM Pavé Station Pendant spoke to me. It blends that choker style that’s happening right now with a chunky, geometric pendant. The silver flecks in OPI A Mirror Escape complement it so well.

Roberto by RFM Pavé Station Pendant

Roberto by RFM Pavé Station Pendant

If silver jewelry is more your style, this art deco ring by Jean Dousset is a stunner. It’s really well crafted and something about it paired with OPI Oh My Majesty that screams summer wedding.

Jean Dousset Absolute™ Clear and Purple Sterling Silver Ring

Jean Dousset Absolute™ Clear and Purple Sterling Silver Ring

OPI Alice Through the Looking Glass Collection

In addition to jewelry and clothing, HSN is carrying the entire OPI Alice Through the Looking Glass collection, including the mini sets. The collection includes (l-r): OPI A Mirror Escape, Oh My Majesty!, Having a Big Head Day, Mad for Madness Sake, What’s the Hatter with You?, Fearlessly Alice, The I’s Have It, and I’m Gown for Anything.

OPI Alice Through the Looking Glass collection

OPI Alice Through the Looking Glass collection

The HSN Alice Through the Looking Glass collection is available now on HSN.com. If you’re a new customer to HSN, you can receive $20 off your purchase of $40 or more with the code 169087 (exclusions apply)

Have you seen Alice Through the Looking Glass? Do you plan to pick up any of the HSN-exclusive items? What’s your favorite color from the OPI collection?

Disclosure: Product samples were provided by reps for OPI and HSN. Affiliate links may appear in this post. When you purchase through an affiliate link, you help support this site. For more info view my Disclosure Policy

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Lasers & Peels & New Skin Care, Oh My! – The Battle Against Hyperpigmentation: Part 1 http://www.alllacqueredup.com/2016/05/picoway-laser-skinmedica-peel-results-hyperpigmentation.html http://www.alllacqueredup.com/2016/05/picoway-laser-skinmedica-peel-results-hyperpigmentation.html#comments Tue, 24 May 2016 22:31:52 +0000 http://www.alllacqueredup.com/?p=14365 If there’s one beauty lesson I wish I would have learned as a young girl, it would be to apply ALL THE SUNSCREEN and STAY OUT OF THE TANNING BED. As I get older, I am constantly reminded of those mistakes when I look in the mirror. I remember having great skin, you guys. Then, […]

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PicoWay Laser and SkinMedica Peel for Hyperpigmentation

New Skin Care Products for Hyperpigmentation and Anti-Aging

If there’s one beauty lesson I wish I would have learned as a young girl, it would be to apply ALL THE SUNSCREEN and STAY OUT OF THE TANNING BED. As I get older, I am constantly reminded of those mistakes when I look in the mirror. I remember having great skin, you guys. Then, my 30s hit and cystic acne and sun spots/hyperpigmentation started to appear. How did I get through my teems with barely a breakout only to be cursed as an adult? Oh, hormones!

Until this point, I’ve tried a ton of affordable skin care options to get things under control, but it’s time to get serious. We only get one skin and I want to do what I can to erase my mistakes and prevent any further damage. Enter, SkinDeep Medi Spa. This Cleveland-based skin care clinic has the latest in laser technology, including the only PicoWay Laser in Ohio. This revolutionary laser is a miracle for both tattoo removal, hyperpigmentation, and anti-aging. Thanks to SkinDeep I have begun a series of laser, SkinMedica Vitalize Peel treatments, added a host of new products to my life, and I’m taking you along for the ride to see how my skin improves.

PicoWay Laser and SkinMedica Peel at SkinDeep MediSpa

During my consultation with SkinDeep, it was determined that my best course of action to reduce the brown spots on my face, acne redness and fine lines was a series of three PicoWay laser sessions for pigmented legions and overall hyperpigmentation, with a SkinMedica Vitalize Peel in between. My consult with Deborah was really thorough, addressing all my skin concerns and explaining the technology involved.

The PicoWay is a fractional laser, that has different handles depending on skin condition being treated. It’s heavily marketed as a tattoo removal laser given its fast results and minimal downtime, but it was discovered that the laser also benefits the skin by encouraging collagen production and reducing hyperpigmentation. The lack of downtime is a huge benefit! I’ve seen videos of people recovering from other types of lasers that had scabbing or crazy redness for weeks after treatment. That doesn’t happen with the PicoWay.

SkinDeep Medi Spa PicoWay Laser Treatment

SkinDeep Medi Spa PicoWay Laser Treatment

The pic above is right after my first laser treatment. During that session, Dr. Kelly Becker used the handle for pigmented legions to concentrate on the worst of my brown spots. She also covered my forehead and cheeks. The process isn’t painful. It feels as though someone is lightly dragging the end of a paper clip on your skin.

As you can see there is some redness, but it was all but gone by the time I went out that night. And whatever redness remained was easily covered with BB Cream. That’s what I love about this laser. It does all the work under the surface of the skin, so you don’t see results until 6-8 weeks after treatment.

SkinMedica Vitalize Peel

SkinMedica Vitalize Peel

Two weeks later, I experienced my first medical-grade chemical peel. I’ve had peels before, both at-home and spa versions, but nothing to the level of the SkinMedica Vitalize Peel. Vitalize is the middle strength of the three peels the brand offers and claims to reduce fine lines, wrinkles and roughness.

If you’ve never had a chemical peel before, the discomfort varies, but I didn’t mind. A medical aesthetician applies the different solutions and uses a fan to minimize any excess heat on the skin. It feels a little scratchy when the retinol is applied, but it dissipates quickly. I felt a slight tingle for about 20 minutes after and that was it.

Right after the treatment, my skin had a crazy glow. Later that night, and the next day, my skin felt tight, like a sunburn, but I just applied more moisturizer and it subsided.

SkinMedica Vitalize Peel - Peeling

SkinMedica Vitalize Peel – Peeling

Two days later, the peeling began. I woke up to find my chin peeling and it just exploded from there. I’ve been told that the level of peeling varies from person to person. I peeled like CRAZY. For EIGHT DAYS. Though, I think my skin really needed it because when I finished peeling my skin looked fantastic.

The main thing is to keep the skin moisturized, use gentle products, and make sunscreen your new BFF. Even on cloudy days! Though the peeling process was rough, as long as I kept my skin moisturized, I was able to go out in public without it being too noticeable. It was like peeling after a sunburn. Similarly, the worst part is the hairline. Since you have to avoid picking or rolling the shedding skin, waiting for the skin to fall from the hairline is pretty annoying.

Post-Treatment Skin Care

One of the major takeaways from my visits to SkinDeep Medi Spa is that the treatments are only as good as the at-home maintenance. Using quality products help maintain the results.

After the treatments, I was worried about using my Clarisonic. Even though I use the gentle brush, it can be a bit much at times. I decided to give the FOREO Luna Mini 2 a try as an alternative, and I’m into it! The pulsing rubber points are so much easier on my skin and I feel just as clean after using it.

I even did a test, using the Luna Mini 2 with a full face of foundation and patting dry with a white towel. Not a trace of makeup left! My only complaint is that it doesn’t beep when it’s time to switch spots on the face. The pulse signals are really subtle and can be hard to detect.

FOREO Luna Mini 2

FOREO Luna Mini 2

I was warned during my peel that products with retinol or alcohol would be irritating to the skin, so I tested all my moisturizers to find one that wouldn’t cause a problem. The only one that got the job done… IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream™. I’m obsessed with this cream. In fact, I’m on my second jar. It’s so moisturizing and gentle, but packs a skin care punch with its combo of collagen and hyaluronic acid plus IT’s own Anti-Aging Armour Regenerative Concentrate™. Also, the faint citrus scent is delicious. This combined with my Cetaphil face wash got me through the post-peel days.

I’ve also added a new moisture booster to my regimen, SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator. The serum includes five types of hyaluronic acid that boost hydration and smooth the skin, thereby decreasing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. I apply it under my moisturizer and it dries like a matte primer, leaving my skin feeling silky.

IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream & SkinMedica HA5

IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream & SkinMedica HA5

In between treatments, I’ve added a skin-lightening product to boost to the effect of the laser. SkinMedica Lytera® Skin Brightening Complex includes a blend of ingredients, including retinol, that help brighten and even skin tone by reducing the appearance of dark spots. It has an odd smell, but used in conjunction with HA5 I’ve seen a noticeable improvement in the condition of my skin on a day-to-day basis. I just make sure not to use it in the days before and after treatments, since retinol can irritate the skin.

Also, I’ve been on the hunt for a mineral sunscreen that wears well under makeup and my sun protection guru, Nancy from Beauty411, directed me towards SkinCeuticals Physical Matte UV Defense. This sunscreen is so light, I barely feel it, with a matte dry down that allows my makeup to easily glide over top. I’ve worn it under both BB cream and foundation with no issues.

SkinMedica Lytera and SkinCeuticals Sunscreen

SkinMedica Lytera and SkinCeuticals Sunscreen

Before and After: Round 1 of Treatments

These pics were taken before my first laser treatment and six weeks later. I had one chemical peel in between. I’m already seeing a major reduction in redness and a reduction in my most problematic brown spots. The ones on my cheek in the second picture are the ones I struggle most to conceal, so seeing those become lighter is huge!

PIcoWay Laser and SkinMedica Vitalize Peel - Before & After

PIcoWay Laser and SkinMedica Vitalize Peel – Before & After

PIcoWay Laser and SkinMedica Vitalize Peel - Before & After

PIcoWay Laser and SkinMedica Vitalize Peel – Before & After

You can learn more about the PicoWay laser, SkinMedica Peels and other skin care services at SkinDeepMediSpa.com. Or give them a call at (440) 238-6898 to schedule a consult.

***GIVEAWAY ALERT*** I’m giving away TWO SkinMedica peels at SkinDeep Medi Spa to my Instagram and Twitter followers. If you can travel to the Northeast Ohio area and want to give this treatment a try, head on over and enter.

I hope you enjoy going on this skin care journey with me. I’ll be back with updates on my other two treatment cycles. In the meantime, have you tried any laser or peel treatments? What targeted skin care have you tried for hyperpigmentation? I’d love to hear your stories.

Disclosure: Services are provided by SkinDeep Medi Spa. Product samples were provided by reps for FOREO, IT Cosmetics, SkinCeuticals, SkinMedica. Affiliate links may appear in this post. When you purchase through an affiliate link, you help support this site. For more info view my Disclosure Policy

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Essie Resort 2016 Collection Swatches, Review and Comparisons http://www.alllacqueredup.com/2016/04/essie-resort-2016-collection-swatches-review-and-comparisons.html http://www.alllacqueredup.com/2016/04/essie-resort-2016-collection-swatches-review-and-comparisons.html#comments Mon, 18 Apr 2016 23:11:13 +0000 http://www.alllacqueredup.com/?p=14346 From Caribbean beaches to African safaris to the North Fork coastline, the essie Resort palettes always promise us a colorful adventure. This year we are off to India with the bold-hued essie Resort 2016 collection. Inspired by the opulent silks, saturated hues and golden desert sands, these four colors are taking us on one vibrant ride. […]

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essie Resort 2016

essie Resort 2016

From Caribbean beaches to African safaris to the North Fork coastline, the essie Resort palettes always promise us a colorful adventure. This year we are off to India with the bold-hued essie Resort 2016 collection. Inspired by the opulent silks, saturated hues and golden desert sands, these four colors are taking us on one vibrant ride.

Formula & Application

essie nail polish is 3-Free (Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP). The square bottles are embossed with the essie logo and the smooth plastic caps include an embossed ‘e’ on top. Bottles at mass retailers have stickers rather than embossing on the bottle. The brushes are thin, round and shorter than most. The bristles are very flexible, allowing you to easily fan out the brush to cover your nail width.

As I noted last fall, the essie formula seems to have changed from the watery, thin texture we’ve come to expect. They’re thicker and more pigmented. Overall I’d describe them as smooth and self leveling, though there was a bit of a learning curve with the formula. I’m so used to the watery feel of essie, that I needed to adjust my polish game. I found it best to apply a thicker first coat, wait a bit for it to dry, and then apply a thin, second coat. This prevented any pooling, dragging or lumpiness. Since these are more pigmented, I only needed two coats with each.

essie Resort 2016 Swatches

essie Delhi Dance is bold carnation pink creme. essie describes it as “bright sari pink.” It reminds me of the pink from the OPI India collection, though it’s not as dark as Elaphantastic Pink. Due to its cooler tone, I don’t have anything that matches up to Delhi Dance exactly. essie Groove is in the Heart is lighter and more blush-toned, OPI Suzi Nails NOLA is warmer and Kiss Me I’m Brazilian is darker and more rosy.

Essie Delhi Dance - Resort 2016

essie Delhi Dance – Resort 2016

Essie Delhi Dance comparison - Resort 2016

essie Delhi Dance comparison – Resort 2016

essie Going Guru is an energized mint creme with a hint of lime yellow. It’s definitely a warm green, but very wearable. It’s not neon, but definitely bright and eye-catching. I’m happy to report that none of my greens come close to this gem. essie Fashion Playground is softer, cooler and overall more muted. CND Mint Convertible is similar in saturation but leans more blue, while Orly Vintage is decidedly neon next to Going Guru.

Essie Going Guru - Resort 2016

essie Going Guru – Resort 2016

Essie Going Guru comparison - Resort 2016

essie Going Guru comparison – Resort 2016

essie Nama-Stay the Night is what I would call an intense true blue creme. It’s even more vivid in person and is very difficult to capture on camera. It falls somewhere between essie Strut Your Stuff and Make Some Noise on the blue scale. It’s pretty spectacular, though I did notice a minor amount of staining after wearing it a few days. It was mostly wiped out with a couple passes of remover, so it’s not a reason to pass this one by.

Essie Nama-Stay the Night - Resort 2016-1

essie Nama-Stay the Night – Resort 2016-1

Essie Nama-Stay the Night comparison - Resort 2016

essie Nama-Stay the Night comparison – Resort 2016

essie Taj-Ma-Haul is a warm clay creme that reminds me of a clay tennis court. It really embodies that desert feel with its dusty, sun-dried mud look. Because this browned orange hue is so warm, it’s not as universally flattering, but if you love unique shades, get involved.

Essie Taj-Ma-Haul - Resort 2016

essie Taj-Ma-Haul – Resort 2016

Essie Taj-Ma-Haul comparison - Resort 2016

essie Taj-Ma-Haul comparison – Resort 2016

Essie Resort 2016 swatches

Essie Resort 2016 swatches

Bottom Line: I’m really loving essie’s formula change. The thicker feel and better pigmentation is more consumer-friendly. And this color palette is really fun. While Going Guru and Delhi Dance aren’t groundbreaking colors, they’re well made. The standouts here are Nama-Stay the Night and Taj-Ma-Haul. Both are unique and bold choices that would make for an edgy mani/pedi combo.

The essie Resort 2016 collection officially launches in May 2016 though it’s already popping up online and in stores. Visit essie.com for more info. You can find essie nail polish at salons and mass retailers nationwide, including Amazon.com, Nordstrom.com, Target.com, ULTA.com. essie nail polish retails for $8.50/ea.

Are you into these new essie Resort shades? Which ones do you plan to snag? What is your favorite essie Resort collection of all time?

Disclosure: Product samples were provided by reps for essie. Affiliate links may appear in this post. When you purchase through an affiliate link, you help support this site. For more info view my Disclosure Policy

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Spring Makeup Tutorial – Fresh Skin & Bold Lips http://www.alllacqueredup.com/2016/04/spring-makeup-tutorial-fresh-skin-bold-lips.html http://www.alllacqueredup.com/2016/04/spring-makeup-tutorial-fresh-skin-bold-lips.html#comments Thu, 14 Apr 2016 20:21:10 +0000 http://www.alllacqueredup.com/?p=14330 When it comes to makeup, I’m all about neutrals and keeping things simple, but I’m loving all the bold lip colors that are trending this spring. If you follow me on Instagram or SnapChat, you know I can’t get enough of the new Burt’s Bees® 100% Natural Lipstick in Magenta Rush (been wearing it non-stop), […]

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Easy Spring Makeup Tutorial

Easy Spring Makeup Tutorial

When it comes to makeup, I’m all about neutrals and keeping things simple, but I’m loving all the bold lip colors that are trending this spring. If you follow me on Instagram or SnapChat, you know I can’t get enough of the new Burt’s Bees® 100% Natural Lipstick in Magenta Rush (been wearing it non-stop), so I’m working with Burt’s Bees® and EcoTools® to create a fresh spring makeup look around that shade.

Key Products and Tools

My skin is far from perfect, I have a lot of redness and sun spots, but on a day-to-day I prefer a BB cream to full coverage foundation. Enter the Burt’s Bees® BB Cream. It comes in three mineral-rich shades, offers lightweight coverage and feel, and has faint lemon scent that reminds me of the Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream. Bonus, it includes physical sunscreen protection (SPF 15). It does a great job of evening out my skin tone without looking heavy or cakey.

The focus of this look is the lip color, specifically Burt’s Bees® 100% Natural Lipstick in Magenta Rush. These new lipsticks come in 14 full-coverage, satin-finish shades and the natural formula contains moisturizing ingredients including Beeswax, Moringa Oil, and Raspberry Seed Oil. I love the feel of these 8-hour wear lippies. They impart a healthy, moist look to even the driest lips, like mine, and really deliver the pigment power. You can find all these products at your local WalMart. Burt’s Bees® can be found in the natural beauty section. EcoTools® in Cosmetic Accessories.

Burt's Bees BB Cream & Magenta Rush Lipstick

Burt’s Bees® BB Cream & Magenta Rush Lipstick

A makeup look is only as good as the tools used to apply it. For this tutorial I relied on the EcoTools® Six Piece Day-to-Night Brush Set and Blending & Bronzing Brush. The Day-to-Night set includes a lip liner brush, pointed concealer brush, eye shadow brush, angled face brush and highlighting fan brush in a cute zip-up pouch that has extra slots for additional brushes, like the Blending & Bronzing Brush.

The brushes are super soft and made of eco-friendly materials like recycled aluminum, bamboo handles, and cruelty-free, precision-cut bristles Note: The domed top on the pointed concealer brush also makes it a great crease brush, which is how I used it.

EcoTools® Day-to-Night Brush Set

EcoTools® Day-to-Night Brush Set

EcoTools Brushes

EcoTools® Brushes

Spring Makeup Tutorial

1. I always start with my eyes so I can fix any mistakes without ruining my base makeup. After filling in my brows, I swept on a pink champagne shade over my lids using the EcoTools® Eye Shadow Brush.

2. Next, I deepened my crease with a pink chocolate hue using the EcoTools® Pointed Concealer Brush. It’s so soft that it makes blending in the crease so easy.

3. To complete the eye look I used a black gel liner on my upper lash line, a liner pencil to tightline the top and bottom rims of my eyes, and a quick swipe of mascara.

4. No matter what face product I use, I always start with an illuminating primer. My sahara-like skin needs it. After letting that sink in, I applied the Burt’s Bees® BB Cream in Light, buffing it in around the edges with the EcoTools® Blending & Bronzing Brush.

Burt's Bees® & EcoTools® Spring Makeup Tutorial

Spring Makeup Tutorial

5. I opted for a soft pink flush using the EcoTools® Angled Face Brush. I concentrated the color on the apples of my cheeks, diffusing the color out towards my hair line.

6. My face shape isn’t built for contour, but I love me some highlighter. I added a bit of glow to the top of my cheekbone using the EcoTools® Highlighting Fan Brush.

7. Next, I warmed up my face with a bit of bronzer. I swirled the color along my hairline and jaw using the EcoTools® Blending & Bronzing Brush.

8. Finally, I applied Burt’s Bees® Lipstick in Magenta Rush with the EcoTools® Detailed Lip Liner Brush.

Application Tips

Burt’s Bees® BB Cream has a thicker texture that really benefits from being warmed up on the skin. To get a flawless finish, I find it’s best to warm it up with my fingers before applying to my skin. I really work the product in to my skin, using my fingertips in a circular motion. Due to the physical sunscreen, it can look like you have a cast on your skin at first, but keep blending. It just sinks into the skin giving you a dewy, healthy finish. To make sure there aren’t any lines around the face, I use the EcoTools® Blending & Bronzing Brush to blur the edges.

Burt's Bees® BB Cream in Light

Burt’s Bees® BB Cream in Light

Working with a bright lip color can be intimidating. I start by applying the lip color with a brush (EcoTools® Detailed Lip Liner Brush) along the edges. I essentially line my lips with the lipstick and then go over it with the color directly from the tube. That way I get precise application and full coverage. Also, because I’m old school, I blot with a tissue and then reapply the color to get the most of its 8-hour wear time.

Burt's Bees® 100% Natural Lipstick in Magenta Rush

Burt’s Bees® 100% Natural Lipstick in Magenta Rush

You can find Burt’s Bees® products in the Natural Beauty section of WalMart and EcoTools® are located in the Cosmetic Accessories section. To purchase online, visit WalMart.com.

Fun fact! By tagging #MyTrueBeauty, EcoTools is dontating $1 (up to $100k) to help provide educational support to women around the world.

How have you changed up your beauty look for spring? Do you have a favorite bright lip shade? Have you tried the Burt’s Bees® BB Cream or Lipsticks?

Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Burt’s Bees® & EcoTools®. Comments submitted may be displayed on other websites owned by the sponsoring brand. The opinions and text are all mine. Product samples were provided by reps for Burt’s Bees and EcoTools. Affiliate links may appear in this post. When you purchase through an affiliate link, you help support this site. For more info view my Disclosure Policy

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Spring Accessory & Nail Polish Trends http://www.alllacqueredup.com/2016/03/spring-accessory-nail-polish-trends.html http://www.alllacqueredup.com/2016/03/spring-accessory-nail-polish-trends.html#comments Wed, 02 Mar 2016 14:39:53 +0000 http://www.alllacqueredup.com/?p=14325 I don’t know about you guys, but these hints of warm weather we’ve been getting has me ready for spring to arrive, so I’m stocking up on new accessories for when that first 70 degree day hits. I took advantage of the SHOPBOP Spring Sale to snag the emerald green Marc Jacobs satchel I’ve been coveting, and […]

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SHOPBOP Sale Picks - Spring 2016

SHOPBOP Sale Picks – Spring 2016

I don’t know about you guys, but these hints of warm weather we’ve been getting has me ready for spring to arrive, so I’m stocking up on new accessories for when that first 70 degree day hits. I took advantage of the SHOPBOP Spring Sale to snag the emerald green Marc Jacobs satchel I’ve been coveting, and the saddle bag my purse collection is sorely missing. I’ve paired some of my fave spring accessory trends with Spring 2016 nail polish colors. You can snag them for 15-25% OFF during the SHOPBOP sale using code BIGEVENT16.

Emerald Accents: Marc Jacobs Gotham Small Satchel paired with essie Off Tropic. Subtle Neutrals: Rebecca Minkoff Moto Satchel paired with Deborah Lippmann Dirty Little Secret. Cornflower Trainers: adidas by Stella McCartney Sneakers paired with OPI Show Us Your Tips!. Pastel Sunnies: Wildfox Catfarer Sunglasses paired with Orly Beautifully Bizarre. Heels You Can Walk In: Steven Vienna Sandals (I have these in black, LOVE!) paired with China Glaze Sorry I’m Latte. Saddle Bags: Botkier Trigger Saddle Bag paired with China Glaze Don’t Be Shallow.

What accessories are you adding to your collection for spring? Are you taking advantage of the SHOPBOP sale? Are these nail colors going to be in your spring rotation?


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Mani Monday – OPI Show Us Your Tips! http://www.alllacqueredup.com/2016/02/mani-monday-opi-show-us-your-tips.html http://www.alllacqueredup.com/2016/02/mani-monday-opi-show-us-your-tips.html#comments Mon, 29 Feb 2016 20:20:22 +0000 http://www.alllacqueredup.com/?p=14321 Happy Mani Monday! How many of you are dragging after staying up to watch the Oscars? Guilty! Between that and the mountain of homework I’ve been tackling (I’m taking FIVE classes this semester), this morning came way too early, so I want to brighten our day with my latest color obsession. I am swooning over […]

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OPI Show Us Your Tips! - Spring 2016 New Orleans

OPI Show Us Your Tips! – Spring 2016 New Orleans

Happy Mani Monday! How many of you are dragging after staying up to watch the Oscars? Guilty! Between that and the mountain of homework I’ve been tackling (I’m taking FIVE classes this semester), this morning came way too early, so I want to brighten our day with my latest color obsession. I am swooning over OPI Show Us Your Tips! from the Spring 2016 New Orleans collection.

Did you have a favorite crayon as a kid? Was it just me? Mine was definitely Cornflower. It’s the cat of the Crayola box in that you have to work for its affection. Cornflower was probably the least pigmented crayon, so you really had to work to get that beautiful purple-tinged blue to come through on paper. In a lot of ways, Show Us Your Tips! is similar.

OPI Show Us Your Tips! is a vivid cornflower with iridescent glass-flecks (and you know how I feel about those), but it’s a little sheer. Even after three coats I can see my nail underneath when I get all up close and personal with it, but that color makes me say, “Who cares?!?” It’s one of the best colors OPI has put out and a definite must-have in my book.

I’m working on my full OPI NOLA review, but in the meantime I’ve been wearing this color out so get involved! The OPI Spring 2016 collection is available now at salons and mass retailers nationwide. You can snag it online at Amazon.com, ULTA.com and SallyBeauty.com.

What’s on your nails for this Mani Monday? Have you picked up SUYT! yet? Let me know in the comments!

Disclosure: Product samples were provided by reps for OPI. Affiliate links may appear in this post. When you purchase through an affiliate link, you help support this site. For more info view my Disclosure Policy

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Deborah Lippmann Spring 2016 Afternoon Delight Swatches & Review http://www.alllacqueredup.com/2016/02/deborah-lippmann-spring-2016-afternoon-delight-swatches-review.html http://www.alllacqueredup.com/2016/02/deborah-lippmann-spring-2016-afternoon-delight-swatches-review.html#comments Wed, 10 Feb 2016 21:29:37 +0000 http://www.alllacqueredup.com/?p=14302 Writing about nails all these years has left me pretty jaded. I still get excited about seeing new colors and products, but it takes a lot to make me truly giddy, and Deborah Lippmann has done it. The Spring 2016 Afternoon Delight collection brings exciting new changes to the Deborah Lippmann line. We’re talking holo, new […]

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Deborah Lippmann Spring 2016 - Afternoon Delight

Deborah Lippmann Spring 2016 – Afternoon Delight

Writing about nails all these years has left me pretty jaded. I still get excited about seeing new colors and products, but it takes a lot to make me truly giddy, and Deborah Lippmann has done it. The Spring 2016 Afternoon Delight collection brings exciting new changes to the Deborah Lippmann line. We’re talking holo, new formula, and a new brush. Not to mention the amazing-ness that is the Gel Lab Pro system. I seriously haven’t been able to think about anything else since it arrived. I’m obsessed!

Formula & Application

Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro nail polish is 5-Free+ (Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor). What’s with the +? Well, DL’s packaging states that the formula is 7-Free; no xylene (a potential carcinogen/allergen) or parabens. The new formula also contains 10 treatment ingredients to promote nail health, shine and wear including, Evening Primrose, Biotin, Keratin, Nonychosine F, Green Tea Extract, Aucoumea, Epoxy Resin, Platinum Powder, Plexiglass, and Silk Powder.

While the signature Lippmann bottle remains the same, the brush is all new. The flat, curved brush contains 320 bristles that contour to the nail, creating the perfect C-curve at the cuticle. Due to my love of thin brushes, the paddle-like width gave me pause, but the application was flawless. Every swatch below is as-is, no clean-up!

Deborah Lippmann new nail polish brush

Deborah Lippmann new nail polish brush

In terms of consistency and pigmentation, the new formula feels thicker, but it has great flow and self-levels. The pigmentation is spot-on, even the peach. And you know how streaky peaches can be. Not this one! With the exception of Dirty Little Secret, which is billed as a sheer shimmer, I got excellent coverage in two coats. I used three coats with DLS because that’s the look I prefer.

About Gel Lab Pro

This new nail polish formula was built to pair with the Gel Lab Pro system, which I haven’t tried until now. OMG, love!! DL originally released a Gel Lab set that wasn’t light-sensitive, it was more like a thicker top coat that gave a gel-like appearance. This new formulation hardens and extends wear with natural light exposure (think VINYLUX, SH Miracle Gel, OPI Infinite Shine), but removes like regular nail polish.

Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro System

Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro System

The thing is, I’ve had the worst time with “gel” top coats until now. They either dull fast, wear poorly, or dry streaky. Not Gel Lab Pro! Yes, I sound like an infomercial, but I’m seriously amazed by this system. I’m ready to toss every other base and top coat and only use this. It’s that kind of party.

The system really does give a pillow-y, gel-like appearance to the polish, so it hides my nail flaws. It stays super glossy for days after application and there’s no Day 2 shrinkage or immediate tip wear. I’m giving the system a full-fledged test run and will give you a full breakdown on the wear, but in casual use it’s been impressive. Color me smitten. Standing O for Ms. Lippmann!

Note: Every swatch below is with the Gel Lab Pro system.

Deborah Lippmann Spring 2016 Swatches

Deborah Lippmann Dirty Little Secret is a neutral beige with subtle holographic shimmer. There’s a gold undertone to the holo, so it looks like the rainbow is being filtered through a “golden hour” sunset. As soon as I saw DLS, I was getting butter LONDON All Hail McQueen (the original) vibes, but as you can see, DLS is much lighter and not as browned. I compared it to Chanel Frenzy, simply to show that DLS’s base color is darker and cooler.

Deborah Lippmann Dirty Little Secret - Spring 2016

Deborah Lippmann Dirty Little Secret – Spring 2016

Deborah Lippmann Dirty Little Secret comparison - Spring 2016

Deborah Lippmann Dirty Little Secret comparison – Spring 2016

Deborah Lippmann Get Lucky is a dusty, weathered teal blue creme. Is it blue? Is it green? Good question. It reminds me of the kind of colored denim men wore in the 70s. Like Mr Green Jeans (totally dating myself) would rock this color. Nothing in my collection comes close to Get Lucky. Lippmann Hannah is more forest, essie Fall in Line is more hunter, and Morgan Taylor Holy Cow-Girl is more sage.

Deborah Lippmann Get Lucky - Spring 2016

Deborah Lippmann Get Lucky – Spring 2016

Deborah Lippmann Get Lucky comparison - Spring 2016

Deborah Lippmann Get Lucky comparison – Spring 2016

Deborah Lippmann The Pleasure Principle is a vibrant lilac creme. It has a lot of pink in it, true to most lilac hues, though it’s not quite as pink at Chanel Sweet Lilac or Maybelline Lust for Lilac. OPI Purple Palazzo Pants has a similar tone even though it is darker and more muted.

Deborah Lippmann The Pleasure Principle - Spring 2016

Deborah Lippmann The Pleasure Principle – Spring 2016

Deborah Lippmann The Pleasure Principle comparison - Spring 2016

Deborah Lippmann The Pleasure Principle comparison – Spring 2016

Deborah Lippmann Peaches & Cream is a pink-leaning peach. It’s totally wearable for cool-toned peeps, like me. And, as I mentioned above, it’s not a streaky or lumpy nightmare. Peaches can be a pain, this one is far from it. L’Oreal Macaroon Me Madly is the only peach I have that leans this pink and it’s discontinued. All the others in my collection are way too warm.

Deborah Lippmann Peaches & Cream - Spring 2016

Deborah Lippmann Peaches & Cream – Spring 2016

Deborah Lippmann Peaches & Cream comparison - Spring 2016

Deborah Lippmann Peaches & Cream comparison – Spring 2016

Deborah Lippmann Afternoon Delight - Spring 2016

Deborah Lippmann Afternoon Delight – Spring 2016

Bottom Line: If you don’t immediately fall in love with Dirty Little Secret, your heart is like the Grinch’s, an empty hole. Okay, that was harsh, but even this girl who rarely wears nudes can’t get enough. I’m wearing it now and it just makes me happy. Get Lucky is really special and I love the formula of Peaches & Cream. I don’t find warm purples that flattering, so The Pleasure Principle isn’t for me, but it’s well made. What most excites me about this collection are the brand innovations. The Gel Lab Pro formula and treatment system are stellar developments as is the new brush. You need to try one of these new colors just to experience that!

The Deborah Lippmann Spring 2016 Afternoon Delight collection is available now at DeborahLippmann.com, Beauty.com, Nordstrom.com, and Sephora.com. Nail polish retails for $20/ea.

Gel Lab Pro retails for $45 for a full-size set or $24 for a trial set at Sephora.com.

Thoughts on the Afternoon Delight color palette? Do we agree that Lippmann should give us more holo? Have you tried the Gel Lab Pro system?

Disclosure: Product samples were provided by reps for Deborah Lippmann. Affiliate links may appear in this post. When you purchase through an affiliate link, you help support this site. For more info view my Disclosure Policy

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Morgan Taylor Kung Fu Panda 3 Collection Review & Swatches http://www.alllacqueredup.com/2016/02/morgan-taylor-kung-fu-panda-3-collection-review-swatches.html http://www.alllacqueredup.com/2016/02/morgan-taylor-kung-fu-panda-3-collection-review-swatches.html#comments Wed, 03 Feb 2016 21:14:19 +0000 http://www.alllacqueredup.com/?p=14284 Kung Fu Panda 3 opened in theaters last weekend and to celebrate the newest panda on the block, Mei Mei, Morgan Taylor partnered with Dreamworks to create a feminine collection of colors to match her style and personality. This collection of six bold, girly shades embrace Mei Mei’s fun, fearless personality in a diverse range […]

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Morgan Taylor Kung Fu Panda 3

Morgan Taylor Kung Fu Panda 3

Kung Fu Panda 3 opened in theaters last weekend and to celebrate the newest panda on the block, Mei Mei, Morgan Taylor partnered with Dreamworks to create a feminine collection of colors to match her style and personality. This collection of six bold, girly shades embrace Mei Mei’s fun, fearless personality in a diverse range of finishes.

Formula & Application

Morgan Taylor nail polish is 5-Free (Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor). The tapered glass bottles have a weighty, substantial feel and the smooth plastic cap has a bit of a curve at the base which rests comfortably between fingers. The brush is long, flat, dense and medium in width. The bristles are firm but can fan out to give good coverage.

The two cremes in this collection are perfection. Pigmented, smooth, almost one-coat wonders. The shimmer/frost/sparkle shades are a little more finicky. The frost (It’s Gonna Be Mei) is thick with pigment, so it can become gloopy and drag at the tip. However, it gives excellent coverage, becoming opaque in two coats. The two shimmers are are nice and smooth, though the purple needed three coats. Finally, the glass-flecked creme has a squishy, jelly-ish feel that requires three THIN coats to avoid dragging.

Swatches

Morgan Taylor Extra Plum Sauce is a vibrant grape shimmer. It’s so electric with its pinky shimmer. I was immediately smitten with it, even more so when I discovered I have no dupes for it in my collection. Everything else is either too light, dark, muted, etc. It’s completely original and that makes my day.

Morgan Taylor Extra Plum Sauce - Kung Fu Panda

Morgan Taylor Extra Plum Sauce – Kung Fu Panda

Morgan Taylor Extra Plum Sauce comparison

Morgan Taylor Extra Plum Sauce comparison

Morgan Taylor It’s Gonna Be Mei is a frosty rose shimmer. It’s got that chrome finish that require careful strokes to avoid brush mark madness. China Glaze Emotion is similar in tone, but a bit lighter.

Morgan Taylor It's Gonna Be Mei - Kung Fu Panda

Morgan Taylor It’s Gonna Be Mei – Kung Fu Panda

Morgan Taylor It's Gonna Be Mei comparison

Morgan Taylor It’s Gonna Be Mei comparison

Morgan Taylor Kung Fu-Chsia is a pearly fuchsia shimmer. It has a metallic feel and can suffer from brush strokes, but the color has so much depth and saturation to it. As far as similar colors, OPI Flashbulb Fuchsia is warmer and China Glaze Don’t Desert Me is brighter and more purple.

Morgan Taylor Kung Fu-Chsia - Kung Fu Panda

Morgan Taylor Kung Fu-Chsia – Kung Fu Panda

Morgan Taylor Kung Fu-Chsia comparison

Morgan Taylor Kung Fu-Chsia comparison

Morgan Taylor Po-Riwinkle is a pretty true periwinkle creme sprinkled with clear glass flecks. The flecks are pretty subtle so don’t expect full-on sparkle. The color is the perfect blend of cornflower blue and lavender. It’s a little cooler than OPI You’re Such A Budapest and warmer than L’Oreal Spring Showers.

Morgan Taylor Po-Riwinkle - Kung Fu Panda

Morgan Taylor Po-Riwinkle – Kung Fu Panda

Morgan Taylor Po-Riwinkle comparison

Morgan Taylor Po-Riwinkle comparison

Morgan Taylor Tigress Knows Best is a true red creme. As you can see below, it’s a very close match to those famous red soles. I’d say Tigress is just a bit more cherry than Rouge Louboutin, but not $40 worth of difference.

Morgan Taylor Tigress Knows Best - Kung Fu Panda

Morgan Taylor Tigress Knows Best – Kung Fu Panda

Morgan Taylor Tigress Knows Best comparison

Morgan Taylor Tigress Knows Best comparison

Morgan Taylor Warriors Don’t Wine is a plum creme. It’s not as blackened as a lot of wine shades tend to be, which means you won’t be playing the “almost-black” game indoors. It’s definitely plum. I also don’t own any shades that compare. They’re all too dark. Zoya Haven has a similar base color, with its shimmer being the major distinction.

Morgan Taylor Warriors Don't Wine - Kung Fu Panda

Morgan Taylor Warriors Don’t Wine – Kung Fu Panda

Morgan Taylor Warriors Don't Wine comparison

Morgan Taylor Warriors Don’t Wine comparison

Morgan Taylor Kung Fu Panda 3

Morgan Taylor Kung Fu Panda 3

Bottom Line: At first glance, this collection is not my style, but from a totally objective point of view, there are some beautifully crafted colors here. Extra Plum Sauce and Po-Riwinkle are totally worth the third coat. And if you love cremes, Tigress Knows Best and Warriors Don’t Wine are pretty flawless. The two frosts have some application challenges, so they’re not “musts” for me.

The Morgan Taylor Kung Fu Panda 3 collection is available for a limited time at salons nationwide. Morgan Taylor nail polish retails for $8.50/ea at LoxaBeauty.com. For more information visit MorganTaylorLacquer.com. The Kung Fu Panda 3 collection is also available in Gelish MINIs for $13.99/ea at SallyBeauty.com.

Are you planning to see Kung Fu Panda 3? Are you loving these Mei Mei-inspired colors? Which ones are you going to snag?

Disclosure: Product samples were provided by reps for Morgan Taylor. Affiliate links may appear in this post. When you purchase through an affiliate link, you help support this site. For more info view my Disclosure Policy

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Orly Spring 2016 Melrose Collection Swatches and Review http://www.alllacqueredup.com/2016/01/orly-spring-2016-melrose-collection-swatches-review.html http://www.alllacqueredup.com/2016/01/orly-spring-2016-melrose-collection-swatches-review.html#comments Thu, 21 Jan 2016 19:50:26 +0000 http://www.alllacqueredup.com/?p=14263 During a recent #NailGlossip we discussed which upcoming collections we are excited for in 2016, and someone mentioned Orly Melrose and I was all, “O RLY?” A quick search for promo images had me looking forward to it as well. I mean, they had me at holo… glitter. What surprised me is that the colors […]

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Orly Spring 2016 "Melrose" collection

Orly Spring 2016 “Melrose” collection

During a recent #NailGlossip we discussed which upcoming collections we are excited for in 2016, and someone mentioned Orly Melrose and I was all, “O RLY?” A quick search for promo images had me looking forward to it as well. I mean, they had me at holo… glitter. What surprised me is that the colors are even more bold and saturated than the bottle shade implies. Check it!

Formula & Application

Orly nail polish is 5-Free (Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, Formaldehyde Resin and camphor). Orly polishes come with the fan fave rubberized cap. That signature easy-to-grip topper makes it easy to control the polish. The brush is long and thin with flexible bristles. I personally would like it if there were more bristles to get more coverage in each stroke.

The three cremes and peach sparkle are not technically neons, but they apply like them. They’re all thick with pigment, do not self-level, and dry satin, so a bit of finesse is required during application. I suggest loading the brush and using as few strokes as possible. That being said, I needed three coats with each to avoid VNL (visible nail line). The peach also dries a bit lumpy and has a slightly textured consistency, though a coat of HK Girl easily smoothed out all the polishes. The glitter, Feel the Funk, is a thin and easy to work with, giving semi-opaque coverage with three coats. Finally, Beautifully Bizarre is thick with pigment, but applies smoothly, delivering full coverage with three coats.

Orly Spring 2016 “Melrose” Swatches

Orly Beautifully Bizarre is a shell pink with iridescent blue shimmer. The shimmer can make it look more white than pink in bright light. It’s very ethereal. China Glaze Wanderlust actually looks really similar in the bottle, but you can see below that it is decidedly darker, while essie Meet Me at the Altar is darker, but also more lavender.

Orly Beautifully Bizarre - Spring 2016 Melrose

Orly Beautifully Bizarre – Spring 2016 Melrose

Orly Beautifully Bizarre comparison - Spring 2016 Melrose

Orly Beautifully Bizarre comparison – Spring 2016 Melrose

Orly Feel the Funk is a lilac semi-sheer shimmer sprinkled with holographic glitter. The scattered holo effect reminds me of old-school Lite Brite. None of my purple glitters are quite as warm as Feel the Funk, certainly not the identically named shade by Color Club. Compared to Orly Pixie Powder, the base color is warmer and more refined due to the fine shimmer vs fine glitter.

Orly Feel the Funk - Spring 2016 Melrose

Orly Feel the Funk – Spring 2016 Melrose

Orly Feel the Funk comparison - Spring 2016 Melrose

Orly Feel the Funk comparison – Spring 2016 Melrose

Orly Hip & Outlandish is an electric, almost-neon teal. This color is a PITA to photograph, so know that it is much more eye-searing in person. My instant reaction was that it’s an oceanic, more blue take on China Glaze Four Leaf Clover, though H&O is way more intense. China Glaze Keepin’ It Teal looks like it could be a slightly greener cousin, but its major lack of opacity killed that thought. I needed like SIX coats to get it opaque on a swatch stick. Crazy!

Orly Hip & Outlandish - Spring 2016 Melrose

Orly Hip & Outlandish – Spring 2016 Melrose

Orly Hip & Outlandish comparison - Spring 2016 Melrose

Orly Hip & Outlandish comparison – Spring 2016 Melrose

Orly Trendy is a punchy peach packed with crystal flecks. The flecks aren’t as visible on the nail, but in direct light they add dimension and a hint of sparkle. Like Hip & Outlandish, Trendy treads on neon territory and has no twins in my peach neon wardrobe. China Glaze Feel the Breeze and Neon & On & On are both more pink, while More to Explore is more orange.

Orly Trendy - Spring 2016 Melrose

Orly Trendy – Spring 2016 Melrose

Orly Trendy comparison - Spring 2016 Melrose

Orly Trendy comparison – Spring 2016 Melrose

Orly Vintage is a pumped-up mint green, inching towards spring green. In the bottle it’s so unassuming, but really pops on the nail. I keep hearing, “It’s electrifying!” from “You’re the One That I Want,” in my head every time I look at it (so geeked for Grease: Live). Salon Perfect Mer-Made of Money is the only polish I own that looks anything like this and it’s not as green.

Orly Vintage - Spring 2016 Melrose

Orly Vintage – Spring 2016 Melrose

Orly Vintage comparison - Spring 2016 Melrose

Orly Vintage comparison – Spring 2016 Melrose

Orly Window Shopping is a hot magenta creme with berry undertones. It’s the last of the nearly-neon shades in this collection and while it dries a bit dark and satin, once you add top coat… BOOM! It really lights up. China Glaze Escaping Reality is very, very close in hue, but because it’s not at all neon, it lacks Window Shopping’s intensity.

Orly Window Shopping - Spring 2016 Melrose

Orly Window Shopping – Spring 2016 Melrose

Orly Window Shopping comparison - Spring 2016 Melrose

Orly Window Shopping comparison – Spring 2016 Melrose

Bottom Line: I’m really loving this color palette and the surprising way the colors pop on the nail. I also enjoy the diversity of finishes and intensity in this collection. That being said, you better work if you want those brights to look perfect. I suggest blocking out a bit of time on the first application so you can get used to the troublesome formula. Hip & Outlandish is my fave of the bunch, especially because… NO STAINING! Window Shopping is a close second with Vintage falling in just behind. Trendy’s chunky feel makes it too much of a pain for me to want to deal with, so it gets a pass.

The Orly Spring 2016 “Melrose” collection is available now at salons and mass retailers nationwide. For more info, visit OrlyBeauty.com. Orly nail polish retails for $8.50/ea. You can find the Melrose collection online at ebay.com, TransDesign.com, and Head2ToeBeauty.com.

Thoughts on the Melrose collection? Do you plan to pick up any of these shades? Which nail polish collections are you most looking forward to this spring?

Disclosure: Product samples were provided by reps for Orly. Affiliate links appear in this post. When you purchase through an affiliate link, you help support this site. For more info view my Disclosure Policy

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OPI Hello Kitty Collection Swatches & Review http://www.alllacqueredup.com/2016/01/opi-hello-kitty-nail-polish-swatches-review.html http://www.alllacqueredup.com/2016/01/opi-hello-kitty-nail-polish-swatches-review.html#comments Thu, 07 Jan 2016 21:11:47 +0000 http://www.alllacqueredup.com/?p=14221 When I first heard about the OPI Hello Kitty collection last summer I sighed and thought, “Here come ALL THE PINKS!” If you know me, and by now I assume most of you do, you know pink is not my taste. That being said, the Hello Kitty universe is very much a celebration of all […]

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OPI Hello Kitty nail polish collection

OPI Hello Kitty nail polish collection

When I first heard about the OPI Hello Kitty collection last summer I sighed and thought, “Here come ALL THE PINKS!” If you know me, and by now I assume most of you do, you know pink is not my taste. That being said, the Hello Kitty universe is very much a celebration of all things adorable in pink and primary hues. In that sense, OPI embodied the Sanrio sweetheart’s spirit yet they managed to create some unique pinks that melted this pink-hater’s heart.

Formula & Application

OPI Hello Kitty nail polish is 4-Free (Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, Formaldehyde Resin). It’s been brought to my attention that some colors are 3-Free, and contain Formaldehyde Resin, while others are 4-Free (w/o Form. Resin). The colors in this collection are 4-Free. If you have a Formaldehyde Resin allergy it is best to check the label in-store before purchasing.

The OPI Pro Wide Brush is flat, wide and medium in length. It’s of average stiffness and easily spreads out on the nail when pressed. The only downside to the Pro Wide brush is that it can be too wide for slim fingers or little toes.

Since there is a wide range of finishes and pigment levels in this collection, I’m going to address application individually below.

Swatches

OPI 5 Apples Tall is a bright red creme. It leans a little warm, but I would consider it a pretty true red. The formula has a good, thin flow with decent pigmentation. I was able to see a bit of my free edge through the second coat, so I used three thin coats, but those with a heavier hand may get away with less.

OPI 5 Apples Tall - Hello Kitty

OPI 5 Apples Tall – Hello Kitty

OPI 5 Apples Tall comparison

OPI 5 Apples Tall comparison

OPI Charmmy & Sugar is a lavender-laced pink pearlescent shimmer mixed with small multi-colored hex glitter. The metallic nature of the shimmer base allows the sheer formula to provide decent coverage. I used three coats here, and you can still see my tips on camera, but in person it’s not as noticeable. The foil-esque quality makes it pretty reflective. As you can see below, it’s a bit a of chameleon in that the pink shimmer hides in direct light. You see it more at an angle. Also, it’s unique to my collection, with China Glaze Prism and Full Spectrum being the only thing even remotely similar, and they don’t have the same smooth glitter finish.

OPI Charmmy  & Sugar - Hello Kitty

OPI Charmmy & Sugar – Hello Kitty

OPI Charmmy & Sugar comparison

OPI Charmmy & Sugar comparison

OPI Kitty White is a semi-sheer shimmer with the same iridescent quality as Charmmy & Sugar. In the swatch picture you can’t really see that there are tiny pink and blue specks floating in the sea of icy white. I used three coats here, so pigmentation is lacking. Because the formula is so thin and smooth, I would consider this a layering color. OPI Girls Love Diamonds is Kitty White’s closest cousin with Diamonds being more pigmented. I would opt for GLD if you want full coverage, Kitty White if you want to layer.

OPI Kitty White - Hello Kitty

OPI Kitty White – Hello Kitty

OPI Kitty White comparison

OPI Kitty White comparison

OPI Let’s Be Friends is a milky, cool baby pink creme. It’s thick with pigment, but I could tell on the first coat that it’s a bit streaky, so I floated a generous bead of polish over the nail to avoid streaks. In spite of that, I still needed three coats to get full coverage. Though with three coats it looks kind of thick on the nail. It looks like a neutral on its own, but next to Zoya Dot and essie Romper Room you can see how pink it actually is.

OPI Let's Be Friends - Hello Kitty

OPI Let’s Be Friends – Hello Kitty

OPI Let's Be Friends comparison

OPI Let’s Be Friends comparison

OPI Look at My Bow! is a cool, bubblegum pink. It’s bright, but not neon, and the formula is lusciously creamy. It’s a little less pigmented than I would like, so I used three coats here. Milani Color Statement Doll Face is just as saturated, but a little warmer.

OPI Look at My Bow! - Hello Kitty

OPI Look at My Bow! – Hello Kitty

OPI Look At My Bow! comparison

OPI Look At My Bow! comparison

OPI My Pal Joey is a true, primary blue creme. It’s really well-crafted. The formula is silky smooth and pigmented. It’s a joy to apply, delivering full coverage in two thin coats. What I love most is that it’s like NOTHING else in my stash. Zoya Sia is darker, JINsoon Cool Blue is more cobalt and intense. It’s a blue unicorn!

OPI My Pal Joey - Hello Kitty

OPI My Pal Joey – Hello Kitty

OPI My Pal Joey comparison

OPI My Pal Joey comparison

OPI My Twin Mimmy is a taxi-cab yellow creme. Like most yellows, it is plagued by formula issues. It’s streaky, thick with pigment and lumpy. I used three coats here and it’s still not great, but four coats would have taken forever to dry. Deborah Lippmann Walking on Sunshine and Zoya Darcy are both pretty close to Mimmy, enough that you only need one of the three.

OPI My Twin Mimmy - Hello Kitty

OPI My Twin Mimmy – Hello Kitty

OPI My Twin Mimmy comparison

OPI My Twin Mimmy comparison

OPI Never Have Too Mani Friends! is a jet black creme. It’s really saturated with pigment, barely needing two coats. In a world where a lot of blacks are sheer on the first coat, this one stands out. That’s what sets it apart from OPI Black Onyx, better coverage.

OPI Never Have Too Mani Friends! - Hello Kitty

OPI Never Have Too Mani Friends! – Hello Kitty

OPI Never Have Too Mani Friends! comparison

OPI Never Have Too Mani Friends! comparison

OPI Small+Cute=♥ is a rosy pink creme. It falls between Let’s Be Friends and Look at My Bow! in tone, but is definitely on the warm side though I wouldn’t call it peachy. Just more of a soft blush. I had some issues with streaking due to the thicker feel. That meant I needed three coats for full coverage. In comparison, Nubar Cover Girl is more subdued while JINsoon Dolly Pink is cooler.

OPI Small+Cute=♥ - Hello Kitty

OPI Small+Cute=♥ – Hello Kitty

OPI Small+Cute=♥ comparison

OPI Small+Cute=♥ comparison

OPI Spoken from the Heart is a raspberry creme. Like My Pal Joey, the formula is flawless. Thin, pigmented and so smooth. Two coats = perfection. Because it’s such a warm shade, it doesn’t have any color twins in my collection. OPI described it as a coral, but I’m not seeing that. Essie Peach Daiquiri is the closest I could find, but Spoken from the Heart is much much better. I’m kind of regretting not using this at my last pedicure. I think it will make anyone look more tan, if you like that kind of thing (my pasty self does!).

OPI Spoken from the Heart - Hello Kitty

OPI Spoken from the Heart – Hello Kitty

OPI Spoken from the Heart comparison

OPI Spoken from the Heart comparison

OPI Starry-Eyed for Dear Daniel is a smooth fuchsia glitter mix. It’s a fine full-coverage glitter that looks like crushed gems. I only needed two coats and was happy to find that it doesn’t eat top coat. All of my pink glitters are either too warm or too light, so I’m showing shimmers next to it simply for color reference. I’d say the color is a blend of CND Sultry Sunset and Marc Jacobs Oui.

OPI Starry Eye for Dear Daniel - Hello Kitty

OPI Starry Eye for Dear Daniel – Hello Kitty

OPI Starry-Eyed for Dear Daniel comparison

OPI Starry-Eyed for Dear Daniel comparison

OPI Super Cute in Pink is a Barney purple creme in that it leans pink. Some might call it pink on its own, but next to all the other colors it really screams purple. Like the other darker cremes in this collection, the formula has great flow and delivers on coverage, becoming opaque with two coats. While I don’t have an exact match for this one, I feel like there are a lot of close calls for this shade. Formula X Gemini isn’t far off, just more pink.

OPI Super Cute in Pink - Hello Kitty

OPI Super Cute in Pink – Hello Kitty

OPI Super Cute in Pink comparison

OPI Super Cute in Pink comparison

OPI Say Hello Kitty is a special-edition color that is only sold as part of a kit with Swarovski crystal bow accents. It is a hot magenta flecked shimmer. The bottle shows that some of the particles have a golden tint, but it doesn’t really show up on the nail, except to add a hint of warmth. The formula has a squishy texture that requires a thinner application to avoid lumps or pulling the polish at the tips. It’s a bit on the sheer side, to suspend the shimmer, so I used three coats. Compared to OPI Ladies & Magenta-men, Say Hello Kitty is more sparkly and lighter.

OPI Say Hello Kitty! - Hello Kitty

OPI Say Hello Kitty! – Hello Kitty

OPI Say Hello Kitty comparison

OPI Say Hello Kitty comparison

Bottom Line: OPI Hello Kitty was a total surprise for me. As I mentioned at the start, I don’t really do pink, yet I found myself attracted to quite a few of them in this collection, enjoying their girly sweetness. Being a sucker for sparkle and collector packaging, Say Hello Kitty is a winner. And the uniqueness of Starry-Eyed for Dear Daniel and Spoken from the Heart with their top-notch formulas make them stand-outs. My Pal Joey is a no-brainer. It just makes me happy, to apply and wear. Charmmy & Sugar is intriguing, but a bit too cloying for me. It feels well-suited to a younger audience. The only one that definitely gets a pass from me is My Twin Mimmy. There are better yellows in nail world than this lumpy mess.

OPI Hello Kitty is available now at professional salons, including Beauty Brands, Chatters, Dillard’s, Regis, and ULTA. OPI nail polish retails for $9.50/ea. The LE Say Hello Kitty package retails for $19.95. You can find OPI Hello Kitty online at Amazon.com, JCPenney.com, SallyBeauty.com, ULTA.com. For more info, visit OPI.com.

Are you planning to snag any of the OPI Hello Kitty colors? How do you think OPI did at representing the HK world? 

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