I was reading this month’s Glamour magazine (beauty section first, of course) and ran across a feature of a nail kit that was available from Sephora that allowed you to have a super cute news print or typographic nail design transferred onto your mani (that set is available here). And the power of Twitter intervened when I tweeted that I needed to have that set. Not so, as Kimberly from the Plastic Diaries pointed out. She linked me to an easy DIY-method that could be done with products I already had at home.

What you need:

Seems a lot cheaper than buying a set when I already had every ingredient in my house. The DIY instructions said to paint your nails the base color, let dry and then dip your finger in the alcohol and press the paper clipping onto the nail making sure to peel back slowly. I found I had to press hard to get the ink to transfer, which is why it is essential that your polish is completely dry. Do each nail one by one until all nails are ‘printed.’ Then finish with a glossy top coat. My results were pretty good for the first time out of the gate:

Now that I know how the process goes I should be able to keep improving on the results, but I am pretty pleased with what I got overall.

A big thank you to everyone who sent me tips as well! What do you think? Would you rock the News Print Nails? What color would you use as a base?

I know, *shudder* at the bad pun, but can you blame me? It was just too easy since OPI has recently launched their Holland collection for spring. I can’t tell how how long I have been waiting for one shade in particular…but first, Holland. Because Tulips are right up there as one of my most favorite flowers I had to include:

(image source: thebestraveldestinations.com)

I cannot wait for spring when these start blooming all over the city!

I have preferred buying my nail polishes in mini sizes whenever possible. It gives me the chance to play with more new shades with less cost and less waste. This set is called Dutch Treats and came with 4 of the new shades:

I’m not always pleased with what OPI chooses for the mini collections, but I have to say I liked all of these shades and it included 3 that I had my eye on. I wish that instead of Kiss Me on My Tulips they had included a Roll in the Hague or Thanks a Windmillion, but it’s not burning my toast or anything.

Swatches T-B: OPI Strawberry Margarita, Kiss Me on My Tulips, Ate Berries in the Canaries (all 2 coats)

Kiss Me on My Tulips is slightly more magenta pink while Strawberry Margarita is more of a true bright pink and Ate Berries in the Canaries is well, berry. ;)

Swatches T-B: OPI Cajun Shrimp, Essie Vermillionaire, OPI Red Lights Ahead…Where? (all 2 coats)

Red Lights Ahead and Cajun Shrimp are fairly close, in person though Cajun Shrimp is a bit more coral while Red Lights Ahead leans more orange. Vermillionaire is much more orange than the other two.

Swatches T-B: Butter London Lady Muck, OPI I Have a Herring Problem, Butter London Victoriana. (all 2 coats)

Initially I thought that Victoriana and I Have a Herring Problem would be identical. I was on the right track but there is a definite difference between them. Victoriana leans more teal while Herring Problem is more grey. Lady Muck has a similar grey tone to it but is obviously lighter and more pastel looking. They all have a similar shimmer to them but Herring Problem’s is warmest with hints of gold.

T-B: OPI Sparrow Me the Drama, Zoya Barbie, OPI Pedal Faster Suzi! (all 2 coats)

I saved the one I was anticipating most for last; Pedal Faster Suzi! This picture doesn’t quite do it justice but it has a gorgeous pearl shimmer over that beautiful light pink base. I can see myself wearing this a lot this spring (which is saying something considering I am not a pink nail polish girl). Nothing to add about the comparisons that aren’t already clearly visible. Pedal Faster Suzi! is a total win, and I highly recommend it ;)

Overall I think the OPI Holland collection has something for everyone. For swatches of the entire line, check out Scrangie’s fantastic post here. I think I need to order Thanks a Windmillion. I love those seafoam type shades! Will you be sporting a little piece of Holland on your nails this spring?

 

Wondering what to paint your nails for Christmas, New Year’s Eve or any other holiday you celebrate? Here are a few ideas to get the creative juices flowing. :)

Sephora by OPI Chest-nuts About You

Deborah Lippmann Believe w/ OPI Rainbow Connection accent nail

Zoya Izzy and Zoya Kissy accent nail

China Glaze Midnight Kiss and Sephora by OPI Sugar Plum Fairies Gone Wild

China Glaze Midnight Kiss and loose glitter dipped tips

China Glaze Little Drummer Boy and silver snowflake (I am admittedly terrible at nail art, but you get the idea)

China Glaze Phat Santa and Deborah Lippmann Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?

China Glaze Tinsel Town

Zoya Holly and Zoya Rina

China Glaze Midnight Kiss as base then L-R:

China Glaze Party hearty (2 coats), Party Hearty (1 coat), China Glaze Twinkle Lights, Party Hearty.  You could use either Party Hearty or Twinkle Lights, but I was showing how the two differ.

China Glaze Blue Year’s Eve

OPI Mrs. O’Leary’s BBQ, Sephora by OPI Keep Me on My Mistletoes and Butter London Rosie Lee

As for me, I haven’t decided which of these I will be doing for Christmas…but I kind of feel like the Deborah Lippmann Do Ya Think I’m Sexy combo will win out! ;)

For the better part of 1.5 years I have been eying up one nail polish that I have never been able to find in stores. It’s available pretty easily online, but I always wanted to see it in person to make sure it was something I really wanted, and that it didn’t look like something I already had. Finally, at a recent trip to Ulta, I was united at last with this long time lemming. United and yes, it feels so good.

OPI Mrs. O'Leary's BBQ

I will freely admit that this polish isn’t BAM- POW, WOW. What the name and color impart on my tips is what makes this color something I will treasure.  Mrs. O’Leary’s BBQ. First of all, it reminds me of something southern (U.S. that is). I have a huge passion for the south and southern living. My family didn’t always live in the cold north (although I always have). My roots belong to the south and I think that’s probably why I love so much about the culture and food from down there. And then there’s BBQ. My, how I love BBQ. Barbeque ribs, chicken and the sauce…I will push people out of the way for some of the home made stuff. On my tips this reminds me of a finger-lickin’ good time, of my childhood and southern hospitality. And yes, I think southern hospitality is alive and well and something you have to experience for yourself to know what I mean.

OPI Mrs. O'Leary's BBQ

I am certain not everyone will have the same reaction I have when I look at this polish. But I can say for certain that I am happy I finally fulfilled my lemming for this and will happily wear it often. Although, now I am pretty hungry….

 

Hi Ladies! You will be seeing a series of blog posts over the next week or so on several other wonderful blogs. We all banded together in our support of breast cancer research and to promote breast cancer awareness.

In 2011 alone 230,480 women were diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S. alone. 39,520 women succumbed to the disease this year. Those numbers are staggering (from the National Cancer Institute). Ever since I first heard about breast cancer I also heard in tandem that early detection was the key to beating and fighting the disease. It’s important that you know your body and see your doctor when and if you notice something changing, no matter how slight. Know the risk factors and be your own advocate.

But as sad as the disease is, there is hope. Susan G. Komen for the cure is an excellent organization helping raise awareness and funding major research projects. The 5 year survival rate of breast cancer is 90%. We need to get that 10% back. Whether you donate your dollars or your time, the most important thing any of us can donate is our voice, because when we stand together and stand in solidarity we step closer to a cure.

I decided to pull out some of my pink products and create a FOTD and NOTD to show my support for breast cancer research.

Think Pink!

Smashbox Blush in Radiance, Sula Lipgloss in First Kiss, Mally Shadow Stick in Angel Shimmer, MAC Eyeshadow Swish, MAC Chatterbox Lipstick

Pink FOTD

I also decided to do an ombré manicure with three pink polishes I own from OPI.

Pink by OPI

Mod About You, Sparrow Me the Drama, Strawberry Margarita

Pink Ombre Nails- Sunlight

 

Pink Ombre Nails- Shade

Speaking of pink products, there are several companies whose beauty products you can buy and a portion of the proceeds while be donated to breast cancer research, I have selected a few of the offerings that are available this month if you are looking for new products and want to support a worthy cause.

OPI Pink of Hearts Shatter Polish

Sonia Kashuk Proudly Pink Brush Set

And, Tarte Cosmetics is holding a giveaway on their site here and for every unique entry received they will donate $0.20 to the Young Survival Coalition (up to $2500). 10 winners will receive a Tarte Lipsurgence Matte Lip Tint in Hope.

Whether you are personally a survivor, know someone who was a victim or if you are 6 degrees from it… keep fighting, stay strong and keep the conversation going.