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CND Shellac Nail Art Inspired by Chanel

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By beautopia · November 23, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

Sorry for the lack of posting recently! I have been crazy busy, like most of you, because of the holidays and work, and so many other things and time just gets away from me. I do try to regularly post something on my new(ish) Instagram, so be sure to follow that. Maybe even check out my Facebook page because all my Instagram, Twitter and Tumblr posts also go there. Anyway, I haven't gotten the chance to do some good old fashioned nail art with regular polish recently because I'm wearing a lot of Shellac, but I do still try to fancy up the Shellac manicures a bit.

This particular manicure features Shellac in Cityscape (light dove grey) and Overtly Onyx (shimmering charcoal) along with some silver small round studs, double-c studs, double-c water transfers and some simple dotting with Cityscape to resemble pearls. A very simple manicure for the week of Thansgiving that was pretty quick to do but still looks pretty cute, I think. 

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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Eyeballs and Shooting Stars Nail Art

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By beautopia · August 27, 2011 · 0 Comments ·


Inspired by a badass Fleury Rose Nails look she did for an MNWKA shoot, I made these eyeball and shooting star nails last night. I used Chanel Nuit de Russie as a base to make it look like a starry sky, then i added the eyeballs with some white polish, Sally Hansen Pacific Blue, WnW Black Creme. I made the red blood vessels with a Migi Nail Art Pen and then I added some silver foil stars and some "trails" with China Glaze Shooting Star. If I had it to do again, I would have 1) been in less of a hurry and taken more time with the blood vessels, 2) used a different base color as this one is shrinking up under the art terribly, and 3) add the "trails" and THEN the stars because they look largely obscured by the glitter. meh. Overall I like it a lot and i'll be trying it again. I think next time I'll add a little 3D eyeball action on a nail or two.

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Chanel Le Vernis in Peridot

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By beautopia · July 6, 2011 · 0 Comments ·


$25 at chanel.com

From the Fall 2011 Illusions d'Ombres collection from Chanel comes Peridot, which is one of three polishes available. I very seldom cave in and buy Chanel polishes unless they seem very unique. The last two I've bought; Kaleidoscope and Paradoxal met these requirements for me and I was very pleased with them, so I went ahead and jumped and, as usual, I'm glad I did. Peridot is a complex green/gold metallic polish. In most indoor lights it comes off as a green-tinged gold, more green around the edges. Then in bright outdoor light it appears amber from some angles and seafoam in others. Sometimes you can see some turquoise as well. The finish is a beautiful metallic, and in low lights it sometimes appears as a chrome. It applies a little streakily, but when it dries it is very smooth.  I used three coats, as it is somewhat thin. It can be a little tricky to apply, and can drag at the cuticle a bit so I would recommend letting it dry well between coats. I've included a huge amount of pics because you really have to see it to appreciate it.

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Essie Winter 2010 Nail Polish in Smokin' Hot

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By beautopia · November 22, 2010 · 0 Comments ·


Essie Smokin' Hot  - $8 at essie.com

Part of Essie's Winter 2010 collection, Smokin' Hot is a deep eggplant-tinged grey that is part of that dark and dusky family of colors that is so on-trend right now. It applies pretty well; only slightly sheer. Two coats made it opaque enough to my naked eye to make me happy. It wore exceptionally well, which is usually a big concern for me with Essie polishes. I wore this for three days without a chip under a coat of Seche Vite. The color is pretty unique with a couple exceptions. It is a creme, but it is quite similar to Chanel Paradoxal as far as the base color. I've included a few comparison photos of that after the jump. The color is really rich and neutral, making it a perfect choice for just about any skin tone or depth. I think it's a big winner.

NEWS!! : My blog sale will be up hopefully by the end of the day tomorrow, maybe tonight, depending on how things go. It's for the nail polish portion. I know I told a few of you I was hoping to do it last month but I've been so busy and I figure if I want to get it done before it gets too close to Christmas, I'd better do it now. I've got the photos taken and edited, and all I have to do is post it. Look for a post here to tell you it's up, and then the link will be found at the top right of the link bar at the top of the page.

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Chanel Paradoxal

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By beautopia · October 13, 2010 · 0 Comments ·


Chanel Paradoxal - $23 at Chanel counters and at chanel.com

Recently I caved and bought Paradoxal. I had planned to pass even though it did appeal to me because I have been pickier and pickier lately about which Chanel (or other high-end) polishes I buy. The itch for this never quite went away, though, and at the counter this past weekend I snatched it up. To be honest I went to a counter a couple weeks ago and looked at it and passed, but I couldn't come up with a reason to say no this weekend. I'm really glad I decided to buy it after all. The shade is so amazing and the application is great.

The formula is a tiny bit thicker than most of the other Chanel polishes I have, but it applies just as well. It's two-coat perfection. The color is a dark taupe with a hint of purple to it. In the sunlight there's a lovely purple/magenta sheen but it's subtle. In the bottle it looks lighter than it does on the nail and in the bottle the shimmer is much more evident but I like it on the nails better, luckily. The photos pretty much speak for themselves on this one so take a look.

Just as a quick update, as you might have read last week, I got married on Sunday (hence the little peek at my wedding band in the first picture, I couldn't resist). I have tons of pics to share soon, so as soon as the photographer has finished them I'll share them here. The wedding itself was amazing, we had a great time. The photos I've seen so far are awesome. The photographer did an amazing job. We also had a friend play guitar at the wedding and he played "Wonderwall" by Oasis while I walked down the aisle so that was incredibly special for me. For those of you who've asked, I wore a French manicure for the wedding with Seche Porcelain and Rose, and on my toes I did CND Anchor Blue and it turned out awesome.

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Tagged with: purple, taupe, nails, nail polish, chanel

Chanel Lumieres D'Artifices Glittering Nail Lacquer in Diamond - Photos and Review

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By beautopia · February 6, 2010 · 0 Comments ·



This is one of the more interesting top coats I've used, because like Out The Door holographic topcoat, all the glitter settles at the bottom and you shake it up to diffuse it throughout the polish. The cool part is that you can shake it a little for a little bit of shimmer, or shake it up till there's none left on the bottom and really shimmer it up. The base of this lacquer is very watery, it literally feels like water, and you must apply very thin coats as it will run towards the sides of your nails. There is barely any surface tension at all, but it does dry very quickly, so those many thin coats won't cause a huge problem. Here, I've shaken the living hell out of this bottle and applied it to my previous Chanel Black Satin manicure in two coats. You can see it's really subtle, but it's actually really visible in low light. Sunlight is where it's at it's most glorious, however my camera will not capture it. Of course. This is the third surprise Chanel delivery from that dear friend o' mine you've read about previously. I heart her, she's very thoughtful, and I don't think that this is one I would have ever known about if it hadn't been one of her personal favorites. This is a very cool polish to have, though you can find silver topcoats in any brand, I do think the delicate look of this one is really something special.

Check out the rest of my Chanel Le Vernis reviews and photos here.

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Chanel Le Vernis in Black Satin - Photos and Review

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By beautopia · February 4, 2010 · 0 Comments ·



The black nail polish that started the mainstream craze, Chanel Black Satin sold out quick and went for prices on eBay so high they'd make your eyes bleed. Then Chanel upped production and people relaxed, and it sold at a slower rate, but it still sold out again. This is another member of my small Chanel collection that was sent to me as a gift from a dear friend as a surprise after it sold out the first time. I had bought the dead-on dupe, Zoya Raven, but still lusted for the real thing. Once I had it, I was shocked at how identical the two polishes seem barring the thickness of the formulas (Chanel=thin, Zoya=thick), but I still prefer my Chanel, maybe just because it's Chanel, and it feels like I've got a wonderful secret when I wear it, but I think a lot of it has to do with the means by which I got it; from that dear friend. Anyway, enough gushing. This polish, like a lot of the Chanel polishes I've tried and reviewed, applies beautifully in a couple coats. The brush is somewhat long and skinny, but it makes it a bit easier to wiggle around at the cuticle to get as close as you can, as evenly as you can. While the bottle is iconic, I don't think they designed it for salon efficacy. It's more a luxury item, and as I have said about the others, it's definitely a nice affordable luxury if you don't feel like dropping thousands on a handbag, but want a little Chanel in your life. The wear is decent if you change frequently, I get about two to three days without chipping if I really push it.

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Chanel Le Vernis in Blue Satin - Review and Photos

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By beautopia · February 3, 2010 · 0 Comments ·



Chanel le Vernis in Blue Satin is available online at chanel.com for $23

This may very well be the most awesome polish in my (very limited) Chanel polish arsenal. Opaque in one coat, this thing is a stunner, and this is coming from a habitual-three-coater who owns more than her fair share of blue polishes. This one is worth checking out. In low light this is quite dark, but not quite black. In high lighting, the delicate candy shimmer is really something to see. I think that the rich color and amazing application make this the dark blue to have. My theory on Chanel nail polishes is that while most women can't afford to wear Chanel clothing,  or even makeup, but the nail polishes (and lip glosses for that matter) are an affordable luxury.

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Chanel Le Vernis in Kaleidoscope - Review and Photos

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By beautopia · February 2, 2010 · 0 Comments ·



Fall 2008's stunner from Chanel, Kaleidoscope is just perfection. You would think it was frosty to look at the bottle, but the finish is sublime, neither straight metallic nor frosty. I liked that it seemed like a gold that I could wear, since it doesn't seem super warm. The antiqued tone to it, the slight green cast, made it seem like it was made for a gold-aphobic like myself. In some lights it's a quite cool gold, and in others it warms up and seems to have an almost green duochrome. While it may sound wild, it's incredibly office friendly. The brush, as with all Chanel polishes, is a bit thin, but the formula is like buttah and lays down perfectly on the nails. It layers well also, which can be a bit hit or miss when it comes to metallics. Kaleidoscope was my favorite Chanel polish release in 08 and I wish they'd release another sleeper beauty like this one again soon.

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