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I’m going to start this off by letting you know that I’m an absolute Halloween fanatic. October 31st is, hands down, my favourite day of the year, and I usually start choosing my costume for next year as soon as the holiday has passed. This year, I’m finally being a mermaid, and completely DIYing my costume (I can share deets on this if anyone’s interested!). In the meantime, I wanted to share this subtle Candy Corn Manicure. I do realize that not everyone gets as worked up about Halloween as I do or prefer to take a more subtle approach to Halloween beauty; this easy nail art will give you a chance to get into the spirit without going overboard.

Oh, and did I mention it’s easy? Because it really is. My dad could probably pull this off.

Start off by prepping your nails with base coat to smooth (Formula X Color Corrector is perfect for this) and one-two coats of white polish (I used OPI Alpine Snow for this one). Prep your cuticles with a hydrating moisturizer or apply white glue or a cuticle guard to make clean up easier.

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Next, take a triangular cosmetics sponge (you can pick these up at the dollar store) and trim it to get a piece that’s similar in width to your nails. Starting from the top, apply a wide stripe of polish in white, followed by a soft yellow (I used OPI Infinite Shine in Bee Mine Forever) and finished with a stripe of a soft orange shade (Essie Gel Couture in Looks to Thrill), layering them like a neopolitan ice cream that will fit from base to tip of your nails. Dab on a piece of paper a couple of times to blend the colours together a little, then gently dab onto your nails to transfer the polish and create the candy corn look. Reapply the polish to the sponge as needed, and try to do a couple of coats to build the colour. Once finished, apply a top coat (Seche Vite dries quickly and locks in colour) to blend the polish even more and secure the look.

Will you be trying this Candy Corn Manicure or any Halloween nail art?

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This one’s going to be a quickie, but I wanted to share some swatches of the OPI New Orleans collection because it’s just so pretty. Packed with a ton of rose-hued polishes, which I’m a big fan of this time of year, the collection is full of character and the exuberant spirit of New Orleans.

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This collection of 12 lacquers is speaking to me, and I’ve been slowly cycling through all of them as I grow more and more attached. Stand outs for me include Let Me Bayou a Drink, Humidi-Tea, She’s a Bad Muffuletta!, Crafishin’ for a Compliment & Got Myself into a Jam-balaya – which are your faves?

 

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From left to right:

  • OPI Let Me Bayou a Drink – “This refreshing blush pink is my treat.”
  • OPI Humidi-Tea – “Beat the heat in this nude shimmer.”
  • OPI Suzi Nails New Orleans – “This light, bright pink hits the spot for chic.”
  • OPI I Manicure for Beads – “Throw me nothing but this luscious purple crème”

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From left to right:

  • OPI Spare Me a French Quarter?  – “Say oui-oui to this mellowed raspberry crème.”
  • OPI She’s a Bad Muffuletta! – Don’t mess with this hot red crème!”
  • OPI Got Myself into a Jam-balaya – A yummy mélange of spice and creamy peach.”
  • OPI Crawfishin’ for a Compliment – This light, creamy orange is perfect on me, isn’t it?”

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From left to right:

  • OPI Take a Right on Bourbon – “An intoxicatingly, warm metallic pewter”
  • OPI I’m Sooo Swamped!  –  “This verdant, creamy green is drenched in style.”
  • OPI Rich Girls & Po-Boys – Make a date with this china blue crème.”
  • OPI Show Us Your Tips! – Let’s see how this periwinkle shimmer looks on you.”

Will you be picking anything up from the OPI New Orleans collection?

 


Disclaimer: This posts contains samples sent for editorial consideration, but as always, opinions are 100% my own! xo

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I’ve been a Hello Kitty fan ever since I was a little girl. When I was younger, my parents would host one or two Japanese exchange students every year, which was where my love for the quirky little feline began. I was pretty young when the first one, Hiromi, came to visit, but I remember her bringing over little Hello Kitty toys for me to play with, and this became a regular occurrence with the other students who came to stay with us. Fast forward 20 years, and I still hold a soft spot in my heart for this bubbly kitty – I actually have a Hello Kitty dangling from my house keys right now.

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When I first heard about the OPI Hello Kitty Collection, yes, I was pretty excited. I could just imagine the fun, girly shades that would come out as part of this, and I definitely wasn’t let down.

“We wanted to infuse this collection with all the charm and playfulness of its namesake,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Co-Founder & Brand Ambassador, “Together with their names, these lacquers capture Hello Kitty’s world to perfection, and of course, many of the colors also echo runway trends we’ve seen for 2016.   Think delicious pinks, punchy primaries, pearly white and licorice black.”

Well, I’ve since gotten my paws (lol) on the collection and I’ve got swatches (all 2 coats) to share with you below!

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OPI Kitty White – Pearl-of-a-girl white  – Nice and frosty, with an almost velvety finish.

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OPI Charmmy & Sugar – Sparkly pink for pretty pets – This polish combines pretty frosty white shimmer with pale pink glitter, and immediately drew my attention… Mainly because it looks like a unicorn in a bottle.

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OPI Let’s Be Friends! – This cotton candy pink is my new bestie – This polish was instantly one of my favourites, and the last to be swatched because I knew I was going to be wearing it afterwards (with a hint of  Charmmy & Sugar for good measure). This pale pink is perfect.

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OPI Look At My Bow! – This sweet-girl pink sits right at the top – SO PRETTY.  Pure, shiny, bubblegum pink – I’m a simply kinda gal, and this is all I need.

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OPI Small + Cute = <3 – Do the math… This baby pink is perfect. – Yup, the description pretty much nails it. Keep the pink polishes coming and I’ll be a happy girl.

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OPI Spoken From The Heart – I have deep feelings for this pretty coral – for some reason, this shade makes me think of a tropical drink (which I could use right about now). It has an almost jelly-like look to it, and is reminiscent of pink grapefruit.

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OPI Starry-Eyed for Dear Daniel – You will just love this fun pink super-glitter – Me, not so much. I had high hopes for this shade, but it was one of my least favourite of the bunch; I just feel like it lacks any real impact and falls short of its description. I wish it were a bit more pigmented (it can look a little washed out) and the glitter had more of a pop.

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OPI Super Cute in Pink – The pinker, the better – At first coat, this wasn’t one of my favourite shades. It came out streaky and thin, and didn’t have any real body to it, but it perks up after a couple of coats. I think this shade would look great on a white base to really make it pop. It definitely has a bit of a jelly feel to it as well.

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OPI My Friend Mimmy This sunny yellow is twice as nice – And this is where the collection takes a different turn and a departure from the pretty pinks. I’m not a big fan of yellow polish typically, but this shade is so bright and cheerful & immediately put a smile on my face. Even better is the fact that it went on beautifully opaque with no streaks.

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OPI 5 Apples Tall – This apple red really measures up – This red is pretty, but didn’t have the punch that I was expecting from an apple red.

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OPI My Pal Joey – This true blue is always there for you – I feel like this blue is a little less typical than those we normally see, and I like it. It has an almost nautical feel about it.

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OPI Never Have Too Mani Friends – Let’s ink a date for our next manicure! – Honestly, inky is the best possible word for this polish. It’s deep, it’s dark and it’s moody, with a jelly-like finish and a ton of shine. Love.

What do you think of the OPI Hello Kitty Collection? Have you/will you pick up any of these shades?


Disclaimer: This post contains products sent for editorial consideration, but as always, opinions are 100% my own. xo

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Bring on the colour! OPI’s second new collection for 2016, inspired by the inimitable New Orleans, is coming! Bursting with life, this collection is definitely going to be on my must-have list for 2016. The collection is definitely reminiscent of the liveliness and soul of NOLA (a place I’ve always wanted to visit).

“The colors of New Orleans are more vibrant than ever, and we celebrate them wholeheartedly with our spring collection,” says Suzi Weiss-Fishmann, OPI Co-Founder & Brand Ambassador. “New Orleans is a place to recharge and revel. One where the atmosphere is delightfully diverse, where the food is epic and where music feeds the soul. We hope that we’ve bottled up a little of that special NOLA culture, all while supporting the city’s remarkable renaissance.”

The collection, available in February 2016, features 12 shades the embrace the spirit of New Orleans. Take a look at the shades below and let me know what you think! Swatches to follow soon.

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Let Me Bayou a Drink: This refreshing blush pink is my treat

Humidi-Tea: Beat the heat in this nude shimmer

Suzi Nails New Orleans: This light, bright pink hits the spot for chic

I Manicure for Beads: Throw me nothing but this luscious purple crème

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Spare Me a French Quarter? Say oui-oui to this mellowed raspberry crème

She’s a Bad Muffuletta! Don’t mess with this hot red crème!

Got Myself into a Jam-balaya: A yummy mélange of spice and creamy peach

Crawfishin’ for a Compliment:  This light, creamy orange is perfect on me, isn’t it?

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Take a Right on Bourbon: An intoxicatingly, warm metallic pewter

Rich Girls & Po-Boys: Make a date with this china blue crème

I’m Sooo Swamped! This verdant, creamy green is drenched in style

Show Us Your Tips! Let’s see how this periwinkle shimmer looks on you

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Only 6 of the 18 (yes, 18!) shade collection. Holla!

I’m fully obsessed with things that sparkle and shine – diamonds, glitter, sequins and even the pretty little twinkling stars in the sky. Thankfully, the OPI Starlight Collection fulfills my sparkling needs.

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A rather full collection of 18 shades, the collection has a bit of everything perfect for the winter – ravishing reds, deep, dark hues, frosty silvers & whites and a dash of sparkle. Take a look at a peek of the range below. I’ll be sharing swatches as soon as I have the collection in my little paws – which should be soon!

A few of my early faves:

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OPI Is This Star Taken – Somewhat wintery, this shade is giving me total Star Wars feels – as in, the Millenium Falcon jumping into light speed.

“Punch it, Chewie.”

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OPI Infraredy to Glow – The chevron-esque glitter and fiery feel of this polish makes it look like sparks in a bottle.

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OPI Cosmo With a Twist – I mean, do I really have to say anything here? It looks like a freaking galaxy. If it looks anything like this once it’s on my nails I’m sold.

Will you try anything from this collection?

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