OPI California dreaming | comparisons

As I mentioned earlier this week here are my comparison swatches of the shades from the California dreaming collection (except for Don’t take Yosemite for granite that I didn’t have anything similar to). I took out the shades that I thought would be the most similar from my OPI collection. If you’re wondering about a specific polish that I haven’t compared it too, either I don’t have it or they were not similar enough.

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Excuse me, big sur! – Humidi-tea

Here I’m wearing two coats of each shade. They look pretty similar if you compare the bottles (except that Humidi-tea has shimmer in it) but they’re not that similar on the nails.

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Barking up the wrong Sequoia – A great opera-tunity

Here I’m wearing two coats of each shade. They are almost dupes, Barking up the wrong Sequoia is just a little bit lighter than A great opera-tunity, but they’re similar enough to not need both.

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Santa Monica beach peach – Can’t afjord not to – Hot & spicy 

Here I’m wearing two coats of each polish. Even though they looked pretty similar in the bottles they are not on the nails.

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Malibu pier pressure – Kiss me I’m Brazilian – Flip flops & crop tops – Suzi nails New Orleans

Here I’m wearing two coats of each shade. Kiss me I’m Brazilian and Flip flops & crop tops are almost identical to Malibu pier pressure, so it’s not a vey unique shade of pink.

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Time for a Napa – SPF XXX – Got myself into a Jam-balaya – Toucan do it if you try

Here I’m wearing two coats of each shade. The shades are similar, but not at all dupes.

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Feeling frisco – Don’t pretzel my buttons – Pale to the chief – Samoan sand

Here I’m wearing two coats of each shade except for Samoan sand which I’m wearing three coats of. They’re all very similar, and closest to a dupe is Pale to the chief.

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GPS I love you – Apartment for two – Mad for madness sake – Don’t know… beets me!

Here I’m wearing two coats of each shade. This seems to be a very popular OPI shade, since I have four almost identical shades…

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Me, myselfie & I – Aloha from OPI – Living on the bula-vard! – Live.Love.Carnaval

Here I’m wearing two coats of each shade. I’d say that Me, myselfie & I and Aloha from OPI are pretty much dupes to Living on the bula-vard!

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This is not whine country – Too hot pink to hold ’em – Madam President – Koala bear-y

Here I’m wearing two coats of Madam President and Koala bear-y, three coats of This is not whine country and four coats of Too hot pink to hold ’em. I was pretty sure that id have at least one dupe for This is not whine country, but it turns out I was wrong.

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To the mouse house we go – Big apple red – Having a big head day – The thrill of Brazil

Here I’m wearing two coats of each shade except for To the mouse house we go which I’m wearing three coats of. To the mouse house we go is a jelly and is much brighter than the other shades.

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Sweet Carmel Sunday – Worth a pretty penne – Brisbane bronze 

Here I’m wearing two coats of each polish. Worth a pretty penne has almost the same shade as Sweet Carmel Sunday, but they have different finishes so they’re not dupes.

I hope these swatches helped you in your decision of which shades to get. Please let me know in the comments which ones you’re planning on getting and which ones you’ll skip out on (and why)!

 

Chrome dragon scales

I did these nails for the #clairestelle8may challenge on Instagram, when the theme was scales. I wanted to make nails that looked like dragon scales so I decided to bring out my beloved chrome powder from Whats up nails. I would have loved to use the Dragon powder, but since I don’t have that one I had to make do with the Alchemy powder, and I think they turned out just amazing this way!

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To create this design I used regular black polish, scale stencils, Alchemy powder and a water based top coat. I made a quick tutorial for them, which you can see here.

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I have tried a few different powders now and I have to say that the ones from Whats up nails are by far the easiest to work with and they give the coolest results! Their powders are a bit more expensive than powders from other manufacturers, but I still think they’re worth it.

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What do you think about this chrome trend that’s been going on for a while now? Personally, I love it!

OPI California dreaming  

Hi everybody! Today I have swatches of OPI’s new collection California dreaming to share with you. At first glance I wasn’t that interested in this collection, I thought many of the shades looked too similar. But after trying them all I have to say that I’ve changed my mind. Though I think it would’ve been nice to see some other colors in the collection, like green, blue or purple.

Let’s take a look at the swatches! All swatches are painted over one coat of base coat and I’m not wearing any top coat.

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Feeling frisco is a nude creme polish that covers in two coat.

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Barking up the wrong Sequoia is a peach creme polish that covers in two coats.

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Excuse me, big sur! is a pink peach creme polish that covers in two coats. You could maybe get away with just one thick coat depending on your application technique.

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Time for a Napa is a pink coral creme polish that covers in two coats.

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Malibu pier pressure is a pink creme polish that covers in two coats.

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GPS I love you is a raspberry creme polish that covers in two coats.

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Me, myselfie & I is a coral creme polish that covers in two coats.

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Santa Monica beach peach is an orange creme polish that covers in two coats.

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Don’t take Yosemite for granite is a grey metallic polish that covers in two coats.

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Sweet Carmel Sunday is a bronze metallic polish that covers in two coats.

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This is not whine country is a berry colored jelly polish, I’m wearing three coats. If you have shorter nails I think you will get away with two coats.

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To the mouse house we go! is a red jelly polish, I’m wearing three coats and as you see my nail line is still visible.

If you want to see live swatches of this collection, be sure to check out my swatch video here! I haven’t really done anything like that before, so please let me know if you like it.

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My favorite from this polish has got to be Time for a Napa, I just love that pink coral shade! And my least favorite is probably Sweet Carmel Sunday, I’m really not that into metallics in that color.

I’m working on comparison swatches, like I did with the Fiji and Breakfast at Tiffany’s collections from OPI, and I’m hoping to be able to publish that post later this week!

Please let me know in the comments what you think about this collection, and do you have a favorite shade?

Thanks for reading and have a lovely day!

piCture pOlish muse

Today was the reveal day for piCture pOlish’s jeans swatch Instagram challenge and somehow I had forgotten about this. So this was a last minute entry from me and luckily the sun was out this afternoon so I managed to take a photo that I’m quite happy with! Doesn’t muse just look amazing in the sun!?

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I wear jeans like once every other month or so, and when I wear jeans it’s always this pair from Nudie that I go for (why do I even have more than one pair of jeans??).

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Muse is an indigo blue polish that reminds me of the shade my jeans used to have when they were new. One of my favorite band’s also happens to be called Muse, so I felt that this shade was very fitting for this challenge.

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What’s up nails Fairy powder

I’ve done a few chrome powder manis by now, so for today’s mani I thought I’d combine the powder with nail vinyls. Out of the powders I’ve tried I have to say that the powders from Whats up nails are by far the best, they are super easy to apply and they look amazing!!

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A couple of weeks ago I got some pr samples from Whats up nails, and the Alchemy powder was one of the things I got (along with stamping plates, vinyls and water decals). After trying it I just had to get another chrome powder, so I recently bought the Fairy powder.

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As a mentioned before I decided to use the powder together with vinyls. I had no idea how it would turn out, so I decided to make one accent nail with the vinyl. To be honest it actually turned out better than I thought.

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Here’s how I made this chrome mani using regular polish:

1. Apply a base coat. I used a Ridge filling from Essie to get a smooth surface.

2. Paint your nails with one coat of a black polish, I used Lady in black from OPI.

3. Apply liquid latex around your nails and cuticles to make the cleanup easier.

4. Apply a second coat of the black polish.

5. After letting the second coat dry for approximately 2-3 minutes (just so it’s dry to the touch) I started applying the powder using my finger tip.

6. Gently buff the powder on your nails. The more you buff, the better it looks, so give it some time. Have in mind that a little goes a long way, you don’t need to use much product at all.

7. When you’re happy with the result take a fan brush and gently sweep it over the nails to remove any leftover powder.

8. Time to top coat! I used the Secret top/base coat from Little Ondine which is a water based top coat, because regular top coats will ruin the chrome finish. After letting the top coat dry for about 30 minutes I applied a regular (non quick dry) top coat from OPI over it to make the mani last longer.

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For the accent nail I applied two coats of black polish and then a quick dry top coat (Liquid Macro from Superchic Lacquer). After letting that dry completely (about 20 minutes) I placed the Lizard stencil on the nail and painted a coat of black polish over it. I let the polish dry just so it’s dry to the touch and then applied the Fairy powder over it. What happened was that the powder stuck to the whole nail, and I was just expecting the powder to stick to the tacky polish, not the completely dry polish. I don’t know if it was the top coat that I used that made it stick, but I’m happy that it did, I think it turned out really cool!

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Hope you like this mani! I made a tutorial for this design which you can see on my Instagram by clicking here.

So, what do you think of these chrome powders, yay or nay?

April favorites

I feel like I’m saying this every time it’s time for a monthly mani favorites, but I can’t believe that it’s already May!

This past month I’ve done some really cute spring manis, I love my pink flower mani soon much, and the easter mani is so cute! I have also done quite a few chrome powder manis, but I chose to just include one in this collage, because I have a feeling that May will bring some more chrome manis.

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Please let me know which mani you like the most!

Depend 7day Neon attitude

A little over a week ago I got Depend’s new Neon attitude collection! The collection consists of seven neon polishes in their 7day formula. Some of the polishes are so neon that my camera barely could handle it!

To make the polishes pop I swatched them all over a white base. All polishes dry matte, so on my swatches I’ve added a glossy top coat to make them shiny and bright!

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Shocking neon is a neon yellow polish and the color looks just like a yellow highlighter pen. I’m wearing two coats over white, plus top coat.

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Knock out neon is a neon green polish. I’m wearing two coats over white, plus top coat.

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Vivid neon is a neon red polish. I’m wearing two coats over white, plus top coat.

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Crazy hot neon is a pink neon polish. I’m wearing two coats over white, plus top coat.

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Zap up neon is a neon purple polish. I’m wearing two coats over white, plus top coat.

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Electric neon is a blue polish. I’m wearing two coats over white, plus top coat.

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Glow show neon is an orange neon polish. I’m wearing two coats over white, plus top coat.

I really, really like this collection, good job Depend! If you get the chance I definitely think you should pick up these polishes because they will be perfect this summer!

The Neon attitude collection is available from week 16, and the polishes retail for 39 sek.