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?

 

I love a good giveaway. That’s why I try to do them somewhat often for all of you, as a thank you for sticking with me and making this so much fun.

This one I think you are really going to enjoy!

Ahhh! So much spring-y goodness!

(1) winner will receive the following:

Just follow the instructions below, and good luck!

05. 02. 2012

Whether you get into Valentine’s Day or not, you have to admit that every year one company or another comes out with something super cute and heart-related around this time. Last year it was Stila with the Make Me Blush palette (see that here) and this year I think the award goes to Stila yet again.

Isn’t she adorable?! Last year’s version had gold over spray hearts and leaned much more coral. This version is a definite pink and while it doesn’t have an over spray, two of the layers contain shimmer. If you don’t care for shimmer in your blush than this isn’t for you.

The outside of the palette also has a cute little ‘xoxo’ from Stila. I think it’s a nice touch, actually. It makes the palette so appropriate for Valentine’s Day.

You can see the definite shimmer here. It’s a nice medium pink shade, not too light or too dark. Bright enough to welcome spring, and warm enough to be flattering on most skin tones. The powder is smooth and easy to blend.

Wearing Stila Love at First Blush lightly on cheeks

I think this palette would be a nice little treat for yourself or for a friend this Valentine’s Day. It’s budget friendly at only $14 and can be found on Sephora, Beauty.com, Nordstrom and Macy’s. It’s worth it for the cute factor alone, right? But the powder itself makes it oh-so-easy to give in to.

Have you spotted any other cute Valentine-themed makeup items?

Blush lovers rejoice! Tarte has released 4 new shades of their Amazonian Clay line and I couldn’t be happier!

As you know, these blushes stole the top spot for best blush of 2011, and for good reason. The formula is amazing; it lasts well throughout the day, blends easily on the skin and comes in a variety of lovely shades.

Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Blushes retail for $25 for .20 oz and are formulated without:

The four new shades are:

I already owned Glisten and Adored from the previous releases and here are side-by-side in the pan photos of how the two releases compare:

Old Glisten vs New Glisten: In person, they seem pretty identical. My old one just shows wear vs being perfectly in tact.

New Adored vs Old Adored: The packaging color changed, and the new one seems to be a slight bit brighter. I can’t tell if the color of the packaging is just throwing my judgment or if they are indeed different. If there is a difference, it is slight, the new Adored being slightly brighter than the old version.

Tarte Frisky

Natural Beauty vs Frisky: I also thought you might be wondering (as I did) how does Natural Beauty compare to Frisky? Are they same except one has sparkles? I say no. Frisky is more pink/peach and Natural Beauty has more red.

Tarte Buff

Tarte Buff vs Exposed: I also figured the same about Buff and Exposed. Buff is definitely more brown/tan than the pink toned Exposed. Both are flattering on my skin tone, but this gives others more options when it comes to a nude blush from this line. 

Swatches with flash L-R: Glisten, Buff, Adored, Frisky

(I used my old Glisten and Adored for theses swatches…maybe a giveaway in the near future ;) )

Swatches in natural light L-R: Glisten, Buff, Adored, Frisky

Wearing Tarte Frisky lightly on Cheek, Tarte Maracuja Divine Shine gloss in Natural Beauty, Tarte Amazonian Clay liner in Rich Green, Bare Minerals Ready Shadow Scenic Route duo

Wearing Buff on Cheek, same items as above.

Initially the sparkle in both Buff and Frisky made me a little apprehensive, but as you can see on the cheeks they look natural and are not even close to approaching disco ball territory. I am pleased that all of the blushes have the same high quality and longevity of the previously released shades.

You can find the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes at Sephora, Ulta, QVC and TarteCosmetics.com. Not all of the shades are available everywhere. It appears that Ulta carries Adored and Glisten but not Buff or Frisky (yet) but Sephora has the entire line available.

Will you be indulging in some new blush for spring? I highly recommend you check these shades out, you won’t be disappointed :)

*the products in this post were sent by PR for consideration and review*

If you follow me on twitter you know that this lipstick is pretty much all I have been talking about this evening. Which lipstick, you ask? Oh, just a little thing that looks like this:

Lancome released this little gem of a <limited edition> lipstick in their Spring 2012 collection. Isn’t she darling? I guess this is probably my most favorite lipstick packaging EVER.

But, it’s what’s on the side that counts the most, right? ;) Her name is Cotton Candy (according to the Lancome website, but my box calls her Soft Marshmallow??) and she is of the Gourmand Color Bare Lips Sensation descent. That’s a mouthful so let me break it down for you like this: it’s a glossy/sheer lipstick that feels moisturizing on the lips.

And why wouldn’t it feel moisturizing? Check out two ingredients that caught my eye (thanks to Larie from Eye Heart It for prompting me look at the ingredients list)!

*Side note for the grammar police- I realize I switched between subjective and objective pronouns in this post, but just go with it ;)

Not my traditional swatch format, but the left is Lancome Cotton Candy and the right is MAC Flamingo, just for comparison sake. The Lancome lipstick is definitely more pink and more glossy.

And here she is on this lips! A stunning shade and formula. I can’t vouch for wear time but I can say this is one of the more silky lipstick hybrids I have used. It actually feels moisturizing, as opposed to just feeling glossy.

Do you *need* this? Let me put it to you this way, does a dog need a bone? OF COURSE! It’s the single item from all of the spring collections I have seen that is positively radiant in every way and worthy of splurging on. It’s available now from Macy’s, Nordstrom’s, and Lancome’s website.