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"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

CND Shellac in Cityscape with Wildfire Hearts

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By beautopia · September 18, 2012 · 0 Comments ·
CND Shellac in Cityscape with Wildfire Hearts
Today at the salon Jenny got Shellac'd with the beautiful pale dove grey Cityscape with some red hearts on a thumb on one hand and her middle finger on the other. It looked adorable and when she gives someone the finger now, they won't know if she loves them or hates them ;P. -Karrie
Tagged with: Shellac, CND, nail art, Hearts, grey, red, nails

Call of the Wild Nail Art with China Glaze On Safari

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By beautopia · September 11, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

I'm not sure how I neglected to post these up when I did them about a month ago, but here they are. I did an animal print mix using only polishes from the China Glaze On Safari collection. I did a mixture of leopard, giraffe and some colorblocking for this look. 

Products used: 

  • China Glaze Desert Sun (caramel)
  • China Glaze Exotic Encounters (marine green)
  • China Glaze I Herd That (bronze glitter)
  • China Glaze I'm Not Lion (blonde holo glitter)
  • China Glaze Kalahari Kiss (khaki)

Julep Maven + Trina Turk Fall 2012 September Box - Bombshell

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By beautopia · September 8, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

This month's box from Julep wowed me big time. I was happy to see a designer collaboration this time, and some really good shades. Some in the collection looked dupeable to me, but the ones I got were exceptional, and pretty unique. I went for the Bombshell box this time which included Alma (the greeny yellow) and Annie (the creamy electric blue) as well as a volumizing mascara which is a new product for Julep and which I will review seperately, though I will tell you now it's better than decent, but not anything heart-stopping. I also added on Otte, which is a weird-cool camel color. This month there was the opportunity to buy the whole collection (every box) for $50 as opposed to $20 for just one, which is a really good deal if you were interested in all the colors. I passed on this option as I have shades that look comparable to the rest that were available, but they all did look pretty solid and nice. 

Before I go on to the swatches, so you know, you can join Julep Maven and get a pretty sizable discount off their website/Sephora price by opting for the monthly subscription box. I have been a member for several months now and I like it a lot, myself. You can read my review on the service here, or you can view all my Julep swatches so far here. And if you're interested in joining, you can click this link which is my referral link, and I will get credit towards my subscription if you join (or just click to join at Julep.com if you'd rather.) Don't forget you can get your first box for one penny plus free shipping with the code COLOR 2012 or PENNY. Either one I believe works. 

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Nail Art inspired by The Night Circus

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By beautopia · September 5, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

If you haven't heard of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, you should check it out. It's an amazing book that almost defies description. It's a complex story basically about a conflict between two magicians, and as hokey as that description may sound, it's worth reading. The imagery in this book is so spellbinding, and since I read the book a few months ago, I've been wanting to do some nails inspired by it. One of the defining things in the book is that the circus and all it's patrons and performers are decorated or clad in only black, white, and red. So of course the nails are in the same colors. In my head, I wanted this manicure to be grand and romantic and sort of magical, and though it fell short of those far-reaching expectations, no manicure was ever going to be as grand and magical, not to mention as romantic, as the book was. 

For this manicure I used only CND Shellac (Hollywood, Cream Puff and Black Pool, plus some loose glitter), which was a pain in the arse, to be honest. It was easy, but it was time-consuming, what with all the layers and curing between details. But in the end, it will be worth it because I only wear Shellac when I work on clients so I don't ruin my nails, and I wanted this design to last. All the designs are abstract interpretations of portions of or ideas in the book. The juxtaposition of dark and light, and romance play large parts. 

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Julep Maven August Box - American Beauty

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By beautopia · August 23, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

For August's box, I went with American Beauty. Mainly this is because I was really curious about the "Rose Gold Metallic Chrome." I already have tried and loved a few other coppery/rose gold metallics like Essie Penny Talk, CND Copper Chrome and even (more on the copper side) SH Haute Chocolate, but why not try them all! *evil laugh* The truth is that there aren't many of that type of shade, so it was worth a try. Also, in this month's box was a really pretty gunmetal with some golden shards, and an acetone-free remover pump which actually turned out to be pretty awesome, and a reusable tote. If you're interested in trying Julep Maven, you can read about it here. If you want to join, you can do so on the Julep website. You can also use my referral link which will give me credit toward future purchases, and it would  make my day as I love these boxes. If you order, please don't forget to use the code COLOR2012 and you can get your first box for a PENNY, $.01, with free shipping.

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Hey Morgantown! $12 Mini-Manis and $30 Shellac at Tonique Trilogy Next Weekend!

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By beautopia · August 12, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

This coming Friday from 12-5pm, you can score not only a Famous Tonique Trilogy blowout or a brow wax for just $12 to celebrate the salon's 12th Anniversary, you can also get a mini-mani by yours truly for $12! I'll be glossing you up with this season's most popular shades all weekend for this special reduced price. In addition, to honor the salon for 12 amazing years of making Morgantown more beautiful, you can also get a full Shellac Power Polish service for only $30. What could be better than that? you may be asking. Well, for this weekend only, you can get a Super Shellac add-on like Rockstar Glitter in your choice of color added to your service for no extra fee! It's a great time to try out Shellac for the first time or to just get your tips into shape for the new school year with a mini-mani. Call Tonique Trilogy at 304-291-4050 to book your slot for a blowout, brow wax and/or mani for this awesome weekend!! 

Pantone Jewel Lacquers at Sephora

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By beautopia · August 11, 2012 · 0 Comments ·
Pantone Jewel Lacquers at Sephora
Don't these look amazing? I spotted these on the Sephora site here: (http://m.sephora.com/sephora-pantone-univese-alchemy-of-color-jewel-lacquer-P375646) and was so excited.

They weren't out yet at my Sephora, the manager said they were getting them on Monday, so they're extremely new. They appear to be a mix of metallics, duochromes, and some speckled iridescent glitter/shimmer, so I'm very excited to see how these look.

There also appear to be some lipsticks and a gloss that are similar, and look like duochromes and seem to have some iridescent glitter also. Very intriguing. I don't remember the collection name but it had the word "Alchemy" in it so it's got to be good.

Are you interested in trying these? Do you think these will be new and unique or just rehashed from other brands? How do you feel about the possibility of duochrome glitter lip products? I'm curious what you guys think of these.

Pick Up The Party Line! Nail Art

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By beautopia · August 6, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

It's been a few weeks since I did much nail art on myself, I've just been so pre-occupied. But I decided to use some of the Zoya Beach colors I got during the recent sale, and since Summer is nearing it's close, I wanted something very summery and fun, but not terribly time consuming. So, here's Pick Up The Party Line, a random mishmash of lines; straight, wavy, spattery, and crisscrossy. Those last two are officially words now ;P A quick note on the nail shape, they finally got long enough to start shaping back into almonds. I had a few breaks over the last couple months and had chopped them down and let them re-grow in squares and I just now got them into this vaguely almond shape. Can't wait till they get a bit longer again!

Products used:

  • OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls
  • It's So Easy striper in blue
  • Zoya Shelby, Arizona, Tracie and Lara
  • Seche Vite


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Tagged with: zoya, nail art, nails, summer, orange, green, pink

China Glaze On Safari - Exotic Encounters

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By beautopia · August 4, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

China Glaze Exotic Encounters 

If you care much about fashion forecasts, you should definitely be familiar with Pantone's seasonal Fashion Color Report. There's good news if you're looking for an Ultramarine Green polish because this is dead on. The formula/application is pretty standard China Glaze; two coats for glossy, saturated color. EE is part of the Fall On Safari collection and it's really pretty, I don't have many polishes in the same ballpark, so it's worth a look in my book. It seems like OPI Jade is the New Black may be similar. JITNB seems to have a lot less blue, and more yellow, making it warmer. I'll check later and post a comparison. Not surprisingly, the on-trend China Glaze has a couple other On Safari polishes to match up or complement other shades in the Fall 2012 Pantone report; Olympian Blue is similar to Man Hunt, Honey Gold is like a mix between Desert Sun and Kalahari Kiss or even I Herd That, if you like your Honey Gold glittery. 

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