Saturday, October 8, 2016

Saturday Spam Disney!

I'm feeling very Disney deprived lately, so I thought I would put together a spam post of some of my Disneyland themed manis. I almost always match my nails to my ears/outfit for Disneyland days.

First up is the mani I did this week for Disneyland. I wanted it to match the 60th anniversary Minnie Mouse ears I was wearing.
The base is Colors by Llarowe Come Dance The Hora, and the black is OPI We're In The Black.

Here is one of my first (and favorite) Disney manis- a Halloween mani from 3 years ago. I still love this little Jack Skellington/Mickey Mouse combo. This was also one of the first times I attempted free hand nail art :)

And a few more recent Disney Manis. I always theme my outfit/nails for Disneyland.

Disneyland is one of my favorite places to be, and I love dressing themed for the days spent there. 

Stay Sparkly,

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

OPI Washington DC Fall 2016 Collection Swatches and Comparisons

OPI fall collections are pretty much always my favorite. I was pretty disappointed by the 2015 fall collection, but this most recent collection is really stunning! I love a classic cream polish, and this collection was full of that kind of perfect polish. I didn't pick up all of the polishes, but I did grab my favorite 6 shades from the collection.
Shh... It's Top Secret
Two creamy perfect coats. In the bottle it looks like a pretty basic deep brown, but on the nail it becomes a deep vampy brown with cool toned purple undertones. Its like the vampy older sister to classic OPI polishes like I Sao Paolo Over There and You Don't Know Jacques. I can already tell that this polish is going to become one of my new favorite fall vampy shades. 

Stay Off The Lawn
Two creamy perfect coats. I absolutely adore this polish! Potentially taking the place of OPI Christmas Gone Plaid as my favorite green polish ever!

Madam President
This isn't a super exciting color, but the formula is amazing. This is opaque in one coat, and I didn't even do a thicker coat than normal. If you have a lot of pink shades maybe you can skip this one, but my collection is seriously lacking in pinks so I'm glad to have one with such a perfect formula. 

By Popular Vote
This is a pretty color. It is a basic color. Do I think you need this? No. It has a perfect formula so if pink is your thing then you should pick this color up. I did 2 thin coats for depth of color, but if you do thicker coats this would probably be a 1 coater. 

We The Female
2 thinner coats were all this polish needed for opacity. I love this color, it is perfect for fall! Unfortunately the formula was kind of meh for me. It wasn't thin or runny at all, but it was kind of gloopy of the second coat and when it dried I had some bubbling :(

CIA=Color Is Awesome
2 perfect creamy coats for this stunner. I love this color. 

OPI Shh... It's Top Secret vs OPI Lincoln Park After Dark
 Shh on middle and pinky fingers, LPAD on pointer and ring fingers. It is hard to tell in the pics, but I promise these are not dupes, but they are so similar that if you aren't a huge fan of deep vampy colors you definitely don't need both. LPAD is much more plummy, while Shh has more grayed out or taupey purple undertones.

OPI Stay Off The Lawn vs OPI Jade Is The New Black vs Essie Off Tropic vs China Glaze Exotic Encounters
Lawn is on my middle finger, Jade is on my pinky finger, Essie is on my pointer finger and ChG is on my ring finger. These are clearly not dupes, but I love how they look all together. Something worth noting is that all of the comparison polishes have major pigment settling/ugly bottle syndrome. I'm curious to see if Stay Off The Lawn will develop the same ugly bottle syndrome the longer that I have it.

OPI Madam President vs China Glaze Fuchsia Fanatic
OPI on pointer and ring fingers, ChG on middle and pinky fingers. Admittedly I am not the biggest hot pink fan, so I didn't have much to compare it to but I think this is a very dupable shade. These are clearly not dupes, and I much prefer the OPI for color and formula.

OPI By Popular Vote vs OPI Just Beclaus vs OPI Amore At The Grand Canal
Vote is on my pointer and ring finger, Beclaus is on my middle finger and Amore is on my pinky. Definitely not dupes, but all 3 are nice, fall appropriate shades with awesome formulas. 

We The Female vs OPI Just A Little Rosti At This 
Female on pointer and ring finger. Rosti on middle and pinky. These are straight up dupes, if you have one you really do not need the other. I think Rosti has a slightly better formula, but they are dupe city. 

Also because the berry/red shades in this collection are pretty similar, here is a comparison of all 3. 
Female on middle finger, Vote on ring finger and President on pinky. They are thankfully not dupes, but they do look like a pretty gradient all together. 

CIA=Color Is Awesome vs OPI Ski Teal We Drop vs Painted Polish Tide Pool Teal
CIA on pointer and ring finger, Ski on middle finger, and PP on pinky. Ski has more blue in it, even though in the bottles they look very similar. I don't usually include indie polishes in my comparisons, but Tide Pool Teal was a limited edition shade from the summer so if you missed that one, CIA is a dupe. 

What polishes did you pick up from this collection? Let me know in the comments :)

Stay Sparkly,

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

#31dc2016 part 2

I tried my best but I wasn't able to finish the challenge. Even though I combined some prompts and posted late, I still couldn't finish :( Here is what I was able to complete.
If you don't follow me on instagram (@sparkleandpolish), then you haven't seen these yet. I split this post so that it wouldn't be massive and picture heavy, if you missed part 1 you can see it here. I also gave the inspired by artwork prompt its own post, which you can see here

What was your favorite mani or prompt from this challenge? 
Congrats to everyone who tried this and everyone who finished!! 

Stay Sparkly,

#31dc2016 Day 27 Inspired by Artwork

I hadn't planned on dedicating a post to any individual mani from the 31 Day Challenge, but I loved this mani and it is so different from anything that I have ever done that I decided it needed a bit more attention. I love painting and making art, but I'm not a huge fan of museums so I wasn't sure what to do for this prompt. Even though it is technically autumn, here in Los Angeles the 90 degree weather made me want some lighter, brighter colors on my nails. I used all nail polish for this mani and a little paint brush from Michaels. I did not use top coat for this mani because I really wanted it to look textured like an actual oil painting would.
Here is the original painting that I was inspired by:

My rendition:

Polishes Used: 
OPI Stay Off The Lawn
OPI Rich Girls and Po-Boys
OPI I Am What I Amethyst
OPI The I's Have It
OPI We The Female
OPI That's Hula-rious
OPI My Dogsled Is A Hybrid
OPI It's In The Cloud
OPI Steady As She Rose

Hope you enjoyed this mani as much as I did.

Stay Sparkly,

Thursday, September 29, 2016

#31dc2016 part 1

For the 3rd year in a row, I'm attempting to complete the 31 day challenge on instagram. In 2014 I made it to day 22 and in 2015 I only made it to day 5. This will be the year I actually complete it. In an attempt to keep this post to a manageable length I'm splitting my manis into 2 posts. For those of you who aren't on instagram, here is the challenge info:
For days 1-6 I posted swatches that are already posted on this blog so I won't post them again. If you want more information about these manis or the polishes used, please click on the day and you will be redirected to each instagram post. 

If you'd like to see more nail art or swatches, follow my instagram (@sparkleandpolish) as I post there much more often.

Stay Sparkly,

Thursday, September 15, 2016

OPI Spring 2016 Alice Through The Looking Glass

Super late to the party with these swatches. If you follow my instagram then you've likely already seen these pics, summer got away from me and I really neglected my nails/blog/ig. I didn't do comparison swatches like I normally do for OPI collections, but if you would like to see those let me know in the comments.

I'm Gown For Anything
This is a pale, dreamy purple with a flawless formula. When OPI gets pastel colors right, they get them so right. This has the flawless cream formula that I have come to expect from OPI. 

Fearlessly Alice
This bright blue cream is beautiful! I had to pair it with an accent of the cult classic Absolutely Alice from the Spring 2010 OPI collection.

The I's Have It
3 not so dreamy coats. I love this color, but I did not love the formula. 

Having A Big Head Day
This could absolutely be a one-coater if I used thicker coats, but with thin coats it is 2 easy coats. I had to save my favorite for last. This has replaced Vodka and Caviar as my favorite red OPI polish of all time! The color and formula of this polish is flawless. When I know OPI is capable of making perfect polishes like this it makes it harder for me to forgive the formula duds like The I's Have It :(

What polish from this collection was your favorite? Let me know in the comments.

Stay Sparkly,

Saturday, September 10, 2016

OPI New Orleans Spring 2016 Collection

Warning, extremely long post ahead! Here are my swatches of the Spring 2016 OPI New Orleans Collection. I know this collection is old news by now, but it is such a good collection that I wanted to share it. OPI dominated when it comes to classic creme polishes and this collection is a great example of what they can do. I've seen this collection pretty recently at my local Ulta and smaller beauty supply stores so if you love any of these colors you should still be able to find them.
She's A Bad Muffuletta! 
This polish is bright and fun, and hopefully not a dupe for the 50 colors I have that look just like this! I wore it for 5 days and had decent results, only one nail chipped horribly, the others just had normal tip wear. 
Just for fun, here are some pics of my mani from when I was recently in New Orleans. 

Rich Girls and Po Boys
This is 3 thin coats. I was most excited about this polish, but honestly I don't love it. The formula was thin and meh, and after wearing this polish for less than a day I had some pretty big chips on 3 fingers. Luckily I didn't have any staining with this polish.

I'm So Swamped
This lush, yellow based green had a great formula. 3 thin coats to bright creamy perfection. 

I Manicure For Beads
Two smooth, perfect coats. I'm not a huge purple polish fan, but the flawless formula on this makes it my new go to purple.

Spare Me A French Quarter
This is so close to being a one-coat wonder! And I know this was part of a spring collection, but I feel like this is the perfect summer to fall transition polish.

Got Myself In To A Jam-balaya
Three thin, easy coats for this swatch. This color and formula are just stunning. When OPI kills it with a pastel neon type polish like this, I wonder why they have some similar polishes with just terrible formulas. Dear OPI, you can do it so well, why sell something that doesn't live up to this reputation?

If you want to see comparisons of any of these polishes, let me know in the comments.  

Stay Sparkly,