Friday, June 26, 2015

Cupcake Polish: As Good As Rose Gold

Hey Monkeys! You may have noticed the fingers in some of the recent posts have changed... I've recruited my bestie to start blogging for Manicured Monkey so you shall see her more often :) Thanks M!

This is my kind of neutral, inside its a demure pink with large gold flakes. Outside though, it becomes an amazing scattered holo micro glitter party! A little on the thick side, formula wise, it applied and dried easily. (2 coats over Debroah Lippmann all about that base and topped with Addicted to speed.) The best part, it wore for a week without tip wear or chipping!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Zoya: Paradise Sun Collection- summer 2015 swatches

The new summer Zoya collection is out and available HERE now! All swatches are over Zoya anchor and topped with Zoya Armor.
Onto individual swatches!
I love a good white, and this is a good white with a little some thing extra. (Shimmer!) The formula is thicker, but not unmanageable. The flash makes it look super streaky, but in regular light its not. I had to do three thin coats, but it's so clean and bright. 
Bright shimmery fuchsia! With a squishy jelly texture this was a smooth applying two coat perfect formula. 
 I don't usually reach for red with the summer sun comes out, but this is a sparkly summer red, no doubt. It's got a similar jelly texture to Mae, but richer pigmentation without drowning out the silver shimmer. Two coats equal perfection.
Blurple, leaning more towards blue. This was a pleasant surprise, I was expecting the basic purply blue, but... it's ammmaaazzziinggg. It's more blue on the nail, more sparkly on the nail, and currently my pedicure. Perfect formula, two coats and I'm in blue heaven.
Lovely ocean blue, it's like looking at the sea on vacation. Calming and beautiful. Two coats, excellent formula! 
Hands down my favorite. I took so many pictures trying to capture the terrific teal everything of this shade. It's flattering, it's bright, it's summer in a bottle for me. And the formula, two coats of perfect perfection. 

Nicole by OPI: Coca Cola 2015 Swatches

Hi Monkeys, some NOPI swatches for you today!

Silvery, shimmery, sparkly. with sparks of red. It is on the thinner side of the formula, and took a third coat for opaque coverage, but so worth it.
Hands down my favorite of the collection! (three thin coats over matte  & OPI top coat).
This is one of those tricky in the bottle colors that hint and greatness, but really shine when it's on the nail. It's a got a deep shimmer that is just amazing and a formula to match. Two easy coats over matte nail envy and Opi top coat. The inset is using a flash, check out how much it changes!
Ah, a shiny, glowy red. What's not to like, it's a classic! Two easy coats, only a hint of wanting to streak, but didn't.  And, because I was feeling festive... isn't this going to be perfect come December topped with Seriously Citrus? (Matte NE base and OPI Top Coat)

Ah, my favorite shade of orange! Tangy, bright, but not neon. However, this was a little finicky to apply. It wanted to be streak, it was a little thin, but in the end it was worth the extra work. This was three thin coats, and it smoothed nicely with a layer or top coat. 
A perfect juicy grape purple. It's a super smooth formula, and was rich and opaque after two coats. 
I wasn't sure about the Seriously Citrus glitter topper, but it was amazing over In Grape Demand. Great density, without being too much, I didn't have to dab and dot it laid down perfectly in one coat.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

OPI: Infinite Shine swatches

There are some new OPI Infinite Shine polishes out recently and here's some swatches for you!

I love the name of this shade, Never Give Up, and the color too! A shade or two darker than Set in Stone, it's a dark brown, slight purple undertone. I didn't realize how similar the two shades were until I did a coffee tone inspired dotticure with Pretty Pink perseveres on the outside.
Another winning creamy formula that applied smoothly. 
(Two coats, IS system!) 
I do love me a rich cream brown. This has a hint of purple undertone that gives it dusty universally flattering shade. This wasn't too thick or thin, and practically applied itself! 
(I'm happy that the infinite shines wear so well on me, because I didn't want to take this off!) 
(Two coats, IS system...) :) 
This infinite shine shade of pink is the pale pretty petal I reach for. Soft, creamy, and not streaky. A little on the thin side for the typical IS formula, I needed a thinner first coat followed with a slightly heavier hand on the second. But, it dries quickly and stays shiny. (Two coats, and with the other swatches, I'm a rule follower and used the system!) 
This is one of those neutrals I want to love, but ends up giving me the heebie jeebies on my skin tone. It's a nice beige cream, with a bit of yellow undertones. I had no problems with the formula, it was a little thicker than their regular lacquer, but applied smoothly. Two coats gave me the coverage you see.
Does this system work over a different non Infinite shine base and top coat? I don't know, I'm a rule follower! (Shown over the IS base and a coat of IS top coat.) 

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

OPI: Nail Envy- press release


IDEA: Strengthening treatment plus coveted color in one
WHAT IT IS: The fortifying power of OPI’s Original Nail Envy Nail Strengthener is now combined with softly tinted color in four gorgeous OPI shades. The trusted formula you love—from the world’s number one salon brand, OPI—has added delicate, subtle color for the very first time. Infused with hydrolyzed wheat protein and calcium, the new Nail Envy “Strength in Color” delivers maximum strengthening aid to transform weak, brittle, damaged nails into stronger, longer, harder nails shining with bold, true-to-bottle color.
Inspired by of-the-moment creamsicle hued and pink quartz spring runway looks, this first-of-its-kind collection includes classic OPI favorite shades like Hawaiian Orchid, Samoan Sand, and Bubble Bath, plus a Nail Envy-only exclusive offeringPink to Envy. Simply apply this innovative two-in-one nail strengthener plus color lacquer directly onto nails to add some much needed muscle to your manicure.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

OPI: Soft Shades 2015- swatches

Hi Monkeys, we have the new Soft Shades for you today. All swatches were two coats with clear over matte nail envy!  They're really great, here come the swatches!
I wanted to love this pretty pewter. But, unless you love brush strokes, thin formulas, and spending a lot of time perfecting your application skills... this might not be worth it. Even over a matte base, it caught on hidden cuticles and showed the slightest ridges.
Maybe the promo pics in the magazine have it right, using it only as a ruffian base with black covering most of it? 
I thought maybe a topper could rescue it.  It's decent... the glitter is pretty great..this is one coat of Petal Soft
I really wish my camera could have better captured the subtle shimmer of this one. The application is outstanding, and this white confection is really something special. More than just a clean look, it's got a smooth formula that isn't streaky or chalky.  
A milky cream, with hint undertone of pink, that is sheer perfection. I am not usually a sheer fan, but this was smooth and even to apply. 
And, bonus, instant amazing... add a coat of Make light of the situation. Suddenly, you have the epitome of perfect princess nails. LOVE!
If I could use only one word to describe 'put it in neutral' it would be creamy. So creamy. This is also pink leaning, but rich and decadent on the nail. This is my mannequin hand color! I love petal soft over it, but can't wait to wear it topped with Make Light of the situation. 

The formula and application is as perfect as you can get with a semi sheer soft cream.

  • WHERE TO FIND THEM: Discover the collection from May 2015 at ULTA,, and select professional salons.
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Saturday, May 23, 2015

OPI: Brights for 2015- swatches

The New OPI Brights collection for 2015 is here and it's packing a great color punch! All swatches were two coats with clear over matte nail envy! 
 I loved applying this one! With a slightly squishy almost jelly texture, it had pigmentation for days. 
Smooth and easy glass fleck application, two coats and not sheer at all! I love that it leans to the orange coral side in the right light! So much prettier than what I thought it would be based on the bottle alone.  
Another glass fleck confection in the perfect shade of blue-teal! Easy application, smooth finish, and so sparkly! 
 Okay, this was thick. But, it self leveled in two coats, didn't pull or get patchy. It does dry on the satin side, so a top coat is a must to make it shiny. While dark, it's not at all black.  
I loved applying this one! With a slightly squishy almost jelly texture, it had pigmentation for days. Went on smooth like butter. 
On Pinks and Needles (over my car has Navy-gation) Hot pink matte glitter. Need I say more? It is surprisingly amazing, and the payout is perfection. This is ONE coat. So much win!! 

The OPI Brights Collection includes:

  • Brights by OPI Nail Lacquers ($4.75 salon, $9.50 retail): These bold hues are the perfect way to make an impact. To create an even more dramatic pop of color, layer Brights over a solid white base. Available in NEW shimmering metallic pink Can’t Hear Myself Pink!, hot pink glitter On Pinks and Needles, iridescent metallic blue I Sea You WearOPI, scorching hot red I STOP for Red, delectable purple The Berry Thought of You, deep navy blue My Car has Navy-gation, and core essentials like hot pink Hotter than You Pink, brilliant coral Down to the Core-al, and citrusy lemon-lime Life Gave Me Lemons.
  • Brights by OPI GelColor ($14.95 salon): Get your favorite Brightsshades in nine durable gel color formulas. Available in the same Brightslacquer colors: On Pinks and Needles, Can’t Hear Myself Pink!, I Sea You Wear OPI, I STOP for Red, The Berry Thought of You, My Car has Navy-gation, Life Gave Me Lemons, Hotter than You Pink, and Down to the Core-al.
  • Brights by OPI Mini Pack ($10.95 salon, $21.95 retail): Featuring six mini bottles in new, in-demand shades. This must-have kit lets you explore the full range of dialed up color. Included shadesHotter Than You Pink, Down to the Core-al, Life Gave Me Lemons, Can’t Hear Myself Pink!, I Sea You Wear OPI, and My Car Has Navy-gation.
  • Brights by OPI Trio Pack with Swarovski Crystals ($12.50 salon, $24.95 retail): OPI has teamed up with Swarovski to bring the latest in amplified color plus glittering nail art. With real Swarovski crystals, nail glue, and a trio of vivid Brights lacquers, you have the power to make nail art shine brighter than ever. Included shadesHotter than You Pink, Samoan Sand, and The Berry Thought of You.

    WHERE TO FIND THEM: Discover the collection from May 2015 at ULTA,, and select professional salons.
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