Monday, 28 January 2013

OPI Mariah Carey: A Butterfly Moment

Happy Monday! Another beauty from the new Mariah Carey collection by OPI: A Butterfly Moment. It is a nice nude that almost pulls pink on my warm skintone. It may look frosty to some but that is because of the extra-micro-fine shimmer in there. The formula was a breeze; opaque in two coats with excellent dry time. I used it as a base for a leopard print mani, along with OPI Suzy Loves Cowboys and NYX Girls Buzz Worthy

OPI A Butterfly Moment


OPI A Butterfly Moment

 Here are two coats of A Butterfly Moment without top coat:

OPI A Butterfly Moment

What are your picks from this collection? Anyone else excited about the wave of holo headed our way this Spring?

- The Manicurette

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Ruffian Mani: Estee Lauder Molten Lava

Hi folks! Hope everyone's week is going great..I know mine is, after having Monday's holiday. Today post is a very simple, clean one mostly because I wanted to showcase my #1 high end polish of all times without dressing it up with nail art. (Sidenote: My #1 non-HE polish is Zoya Blaze and my bottle is almost half empty!). I opted for a ruffian mani with Essie Penny Talk to pick up on the warm shimmer in Molten Lava.

Estee Lauder - Molten Lava

Molten Lava is a very dark taupe with warm glowy shimmer that comes out to play in direct light. All pictures were taken under a low intensity bulb and without flash, to show how well the shimmer glows. I used 2 coats of this gorgeous polish over one coat of Essie Penny Talk and I can't say enough about the formula and application. Smooth. Even. Buttery. I do prefer it with top coat to help the shimmer shine through.


Estee Lauder - Molten Lava
Estee Lauder - Molten Lava 

Molten Lava is my first - and only - Estee Lauder and I am completely blown away by it. There is something very luxe about the design and the heaviness of the bottle. What are your thoughts on Estee Lauder polishes? I don't hear much about them so I wonder if they are hit and miss or just not talked about as much. Let me know if you have any favourites and I will check them out :)

Thanks for reading!

 - The Manicurette

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Cherry Blossoms on Butter London Slapper

Hi All! I felt like some nail art this weekend so today I have cherry blossoms on my tips. The background is Butter London Slapper, a stunning teal with a lot more green than captured on camera. The formula is everything I hoped for, easy to work with and opaque in 2 coats. For the cherry blossom branches, I use OPI Suzi Loves Cowboys, and for the flowers, I used Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Pink Blink and Zoya Reagan.





Here is Slapper all by itself. Again. it is a lot more vibrant and has a lot more green in real life.


I enjoyed using my nail art tools to create this manicure. As a true nail polish addict will tell you, half the fun is in the process of doing your nails.

Hope you enjoyed this post :) Thanks for dropping by!

- The Manicurette

Monday, 7 January 2013

Deborah Lippmann Good Girl Gone Bad

Hope everyone's week is off to a good start! Today's post is on Deborah Lippmann's Good Girl Gone Bad, a dark plum with fine glitter. This is the kind of polish that glows with a generous layer of topcoat and looks a lot better on the nail than in the bottle. I would describe it as a plum version of Zoya Aurora minus the holographic glitter. I used 2 coats of Good Girl Gone Bad with 1 coat of Poshe top coat.

Deborah Lippmann Good Girl Gone Bad

Deborah Lippmann Good Girl Gone Bad

I'm glad to say that this has quickly become one of my top Deborah Lippmann polishes. The formula seemed  sheer in the first coat but built up opacity well with the second coat.

Deborah Lippmann Good Girl Gone Bad

I found this polish just too pretty to cover up with nail art. If you're ever having a dilemma picking a Deborah Lippmann during a sale (like the HSN sale a few weeks back), I would highly recommend this one!

Thanks for stopping by :)

- The Manicurette

Sunday, 6 January 2013

OPI Mariah Carey Collection: Liquid Sand in Stay The Night

A new year brings us nail polish junkies new collections, more specifically the Mariah Carey collection by OPI with their new liquid sand polishes. "Liquid what?!" you ask? I had that exact reaction so I only got one of them - Stay The Night - to try out, figuring that if I didn't like the texture, at least it would look good with top coat. 

Liquid Sand polishes dry to a gritty finish and do not need a top coat. I wore a coat of my Essie First Base basecoat, followed by 3 coats of Stay The Night, a black base with red glitter. By the time I painted a coat on my last nail, the first was dry and so I didn't have to wait at all between coats. I'm just going to come out and say it...the texture is just not for me. I felt like my nails had turned into nail files and the dull, crusty texture did not look flattering on me. I don't get how this is different from wearing regular glitters, which usually dry to gritty finishes. The good news is that I needed just 1 coat of Poshe top coat for a smooth and shiny surface. Here are pictures with and without top coat.


OPI Liquid Sand - Stay The Night

OPI Liquid Sand Stay The Night (with and without topcoat)

I'm going to have to admit that I do like this polish a lot with top coat so it is still a keeper for me. If you are not as fussy as me about texture, you might want to give the liquid sand thing a shot.

OPI Liquid Sand - Stay The NIght

What are your thoughts on this new trend? Yay or nay?

Thanks for reading :)

- The Manicurette
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