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Floral Nail Art with OPI Euro Centrale

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By beautopia · February 19, 2013 · 0 Comments ·
Floral Nail Art with OPI Euro Centrale
Today I did a quick and dirty floral using several of the new OPI Euro Centrale colors plus a couple "special guests." I used Oy - Another Polish Joke, My Paprika is Hotter Than Yours, Can't Find My Czechbook, You're Such a Budapest, and My Vampire is Buff. I also used Essie Play Date and Nails Inc Belgrave Place
Tagged with: nail art, Nude, OPI, purple, floral, nails, blue, orange

Abstract Nail Art Featuring Essie Butler Please

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By beautopia · December 10, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

I recently decided that even though I had Nails Inc Baker St, and originally thought I could pass on Essie Butler Please, that I in fact did  need it. So, now I have it. Fact. I decided to play around with a little art. Lately I haven't had much of a chance to do much of the art I'm used to so I feel like my skills and creativity are slipping. Mainly this is because 99% of the nails I do at work are Shellac, and also I wear Shellac for work most of the time. I've told you guys this before, but it's really come home to me recently that I'm out of practice with polish. So I did this bit, probably subconciously as a form of self-flagellation, but also to simply see how it turned out. Long story short, I like it pretty well, I guess. Mostly the colors are great together, but on this particular hand I'm showing you I really like the index, middle and ring fingers the most. The other hand is just the same designs in a different order, but it's not even close to perfect, I never paint art with my left hand much anymore so I feel sort of awkward still, lol. 

Colors used: 

  • Essie Butler Please
  • China Glaze Aquadelic
  • China Glaze Electric Beat
  • OPI Skull & Glossbones
  • China Glaze Liquid Leather

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OPI Skyfall - Tomorrow Never Dies

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By beautopia · October 22, 2012 · 0 Comments ·


I had been so excited for this new collection, OPI's Skyfall, because not only does OPI historically does amazing holiday collectios, and I'm a huge 007 fan, and since Adele (who I'm also a huge fan of, duh) sings the theme song, I figured I'd be loading up the truck on the whole collection, but so far I've only caved on the above polish; Tomorrow Never Dies. I am in love with this shade. It's somewhat similar to A-England Avalon in that it's a very vibrant purple and it has the same "lit-from-within" look. TND is slightly more blue than red, but it's pretty similar. They're both very vibrant and glowy. The other awesome thing worth noting is that TND is extremely pigmented and smooth to apply. 

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Tagged with: Skyfall, OPI, purple, nails, nail polish

"Ruffian" Reverse French with OPI Germany

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By beautopia · September 24, 2012 · 0 Comments ·


I wanted to wear two of my favorite shades from the new OPI Germany collection at the same time, and a Ruffian-style reverse French seemed like a good idea. The blue is a really pretty teal-toned blue with some pearly shimmer, and the green is a dusty chartreuse with some silver ribbon-candy shimmer. Both are gorgeous in the bottle and on the nail. 

Products used:

  • OPI Unfor-Greta-bly Blue
  • OPI Don't Talk Bach to Me
Tagged with: ruffian, nail art, OPI, nails, germany, blue, green, fall

Abstract Sunrise Nail Art

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By beautopia · July 13, 2012 · 0 Comments ·


This design was from last month before the move that destroyed my nails. Grrrrrr. I think that I'm going to try to get them back to this shape and length, but due to a few splits, it may take me a while. Oh well, it was nice while it lasted! Anyhow, this design was based on an editorial nail I saw in Nail Pro Magazine, and it was by CND. I added and embellished a little more and changed the colors, but the design reminded me of a rising sun, so I went with it. 

Products used:

  • OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls
  • OPI In My Back Pocket
  • China Glaze Icicle
  • China Glaze Aquadelic
  • Wet n Wild Black Creme

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OPI Just Spotted the Lizard

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By beautopia · April 29, 2012 · 0 Comments ·


OPI Just Spotted the Lizard - $8.50

OPI's new The Amazing Spiderman collection is about to be released in store and there has been a lot of noise about this polish. Not only because it's a pretty rad multi-chrome, but because it's a Chanel Peridot (see my Peridot review here) dupe. With Chanel polishes now fairly assaulting wallets at a price of $26, it's nice to see a less expensive alternative to a popular shade. I've got several photos of OPI JSTL, and then below I have a couple comparison photos.

As far as this polish, It's pretty much a dead-on dupe of Peridot. It's somewhat sheer, but with three thin coats you get full coverage. The color in most lights is pre-dominantly an amber gold with a seafoam green and light turquoise showing up from time to time. The wear was pretty average, I tested it for two days and didn't have any tip wear or chipping. It doesn't show stroke lines as much as Peridot, which really didn't have much in the way of stroke lines in the first place; it's just mainly more metallic whereas Peridot does have some foil-like flecks which scatter light a little more. JSTL doesn't really have that and so it has a more linear light  reflection.

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Sand Storm Nail Art

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By beautopia · April 5, 2012 · 0 Comments ·


I recently found Nails Inc Fouberts Place on clearance at Sephora, and was really excited to use it, but I just found myself not in the mood to wear anything too dark or drab no matter how pretty the color. So I decided to make it part of a design. I paired it with a much lighter polish in the same color family and a gold to add a little bling. Fouberts Place is a gorgeous olivey taupe and it's very pigmented, almost a one coater by the way.

Products used:

  • OPI Skull & Glossbones
  • Nails Inc Fouberts Place
  • Orly Luxe
  • Seche Vite Topcoat
Tagged with: sand, nails inc, orly, nail art, OPI, taupe, grey, gold, nails

Tribal Angles Nail Art

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By beautopia · March 21, 2012 · 0 Comments ·


I'm pretty into tribal right now, so I basically rehashed my Feathers nail set and my Angles nail set with a different group of colors. It wasn't anything very new, but I thought it looked good and figured I'd post it. In the end my middle fingers looked like weird easter eggs... The one caveat I've found so far with my new, more rounded nail shape. Otherwise I really love the new shape, and all the new nail designs I can do that just would never work on my old squares.

Products used:

  • CHina Glaze Aquadelic
  • OPI A Roll in the Hague
  • CND Copper Chrome
  • Orly Luxe
  • CND Anchor Blue
  • Nubar lemon
  • CHina Glaze Gothic Lolita
  • CHina Glaze White on White

 

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Far Fletched Nail Art

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By beautopia · March 19, 2012 · 0 Comments ·


I did a little nail art inspired by the fletching on arrows. The little things at the back end of the arrow that stabilizes and improves the aerodynamics of the arrow in flight. I've been really into tribal sorts of things recently, and arrows are sort of an extension of that fascination for me right now. I added an ikat nail and also a Swarovski element to one of the "arrow shaft" nails for some interest.

Products used:

  • Essie Go Overboard, Greenport
  • OPI Skull & Glossbones
  • Orly Luxe
  • Seche Retain as base coat
  • Seche Vite topcoat

 

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Ikat Mix Nail Art

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By beautopia · March 16, 2012 · 0 Comments ·


I've been seeing a lot more Ikat print buzzing around the interwebz, on Pinterest, tumblr, etc... shorts, skirts, tees, nails, everything. So I really wanted to give Ikat-inspired nails a try and I did a mix. I'm not sure how the Ikat dying technique works, but the technique on the nails is super easy, and it doesn't even require a steady hand. It's imperfect by it's very nature, so anyone can do it!

Products used:

  • OPI Skull & Glossbones
  • China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy, Aquadelic, Sun Worshipper
  • FInger Paints Blue Raspberry Taffy
  • Illamasqua Jo'mina
  • Seche Retain as base coat
  • Seche Vite topcoat

 

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