Advent calendar gift from OPI

Every advent this Christmas OPI Sverige (OPI Sweden) has had a giveaway that has lasted from Sunday to Thursday. This Thursday the last winners were announced and I was one of them! I got the prize on Friday, so talk about fast shipping!

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Here’s what I got: OPI Breakfast at Tiffany’s Style icons, On the go kit and Cocktail party.

The Style icons consists of mini sized bottles of Apartment for TwoGot the Mean Reds, I Believe in Manicures and Rich & Brazilian.

The On the go kit consists of Nail Envy Bubble Bath, Avopolex High Intensity Hand & Nail Cream and Avoplex Cuticle Oil to Go.

The Cocktail party consists of six mini sized Avojuice’s in the scents; Holly red, Sparkling mimosa, Vanilla lavender, Ginger lily, Sweet lemon sage and Cran and berry.

I was really happy to get the Avojuice’s and get to try out the new scents, but mostly I was really happy that I got the On the go kit. I loooove both the Avoplex hand creme and cuticle oil, and use them on a daily basis so they will be used up pretty soon.

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Blue floral nails

I felt that I needed to paint something completely different to all the fall and Halloween designs I’ve done lately. So I went for something that I love to paint, flowers!

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For this floral manicure I used I believe in manicures, Apartment for two, Mod about you and I’m sooo swamped! all from OPI, together with a dotting tool and a detail brush from Depend. The dotting tool and detail brush have become favorites of mine. Since I got them I have used them for almost all my free-hand nail art designs. (Read more about them here)

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What is you favorite nail art design to paint?

Beauty advent calendars

Warning, this post contains spoilers!

Christmas is two months away, and maybe it’s a little early to start thinking about it already. But if you want to have an advent calendar this Christmas you’ll have to get one soon before they’re all gone.

Today I’m showing you some beauty calendars that I’m interested in, because who says advent calendars are just for kids?

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Rituals – The Ritual of Advent contains mini sizes of their most popular products. Rituals is one of my favorite body care brands, so I really want to get this one!

 

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OPI – Breakfast at Tiffany’s Mini mani month is filled with 25 mini bottles from the Breakfast at Tiffany’s collection along with other classic OPI shades.

 

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bareMinerals – Countdown to gorgeous is filled with mini sized makeup products. This calendar if perfect if you want to try a lot of different products from bareMinerals or if you just want to have a lot of colors to choose from!

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Ciaté – Mini mani month contains mini sized polishes and treatments and one full sized polish.

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The Body Shop – 24 happy days is available in three different sizes; regular, deluxe and ultimate. It all depends on how much you want to spend, and the more you spend the greater the value is.

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Kicks – Christmas calendar is filled with products mostly from their own brand, but it also contains products from a few other popular brands.

Last year I had two advent calendars, one from Kicks and one from Skincity and I was very happy with both of them. The year before that my boyfriend had made me an advent calendar himself, and it contained nail polish! Isn’t he just the best!? 💕
I have also had the advent calendar from Ciaté. I got it during the Christmas sale two years ago, so that was a bargain.

Are you getting an advent calendar this Christmas?

OPI Breakfast at Tiffany’s | comparisons

One of my readers requested that I made some comparison swatches of the new Breakfast at Tiffany’s collection, and who am I to say no?

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img_8905I believe in manicures – Sailing & Nail-ing

Here I’m wearing two coats of each shade and they are very similar, but not exactly dupes. I believe in manicures is a bit darker than Sailing & Nail-ing, so if you like blue polishes I’d say get both! Light blue is not as common as many other colors so get them while you can and who knows when we’ll get a baby blue polish next time.

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img_8907Apartment for two – Kiss me on my tulips – Hey baby – Mad for madness sake

Here I’m wearing two coats of each shade and as you can see they are almost dupes, but Apartment for two is a little bit darker. It is probably the closest to Hey baby. The polishes look identical in the bottles, but on the nail you can see a bit of a difference.

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img_8909Meet my “decorator” – Tasmanian devil made me do it – I STOP for red  – OPI on Collins Ave.

Here are four red polishes that are basically the same shade, here I’m wearing two coats of each shade. If you want to get one of these get Meet my “decorator” because it has the best formula that is so easy to apply.

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img_8911Got the mean reds – Big apple red – Having a big head day

Here I’m wearing two coats of each shade and they are all pretty much the same. Got the mean reds is perhaps a little bit darker than the others, but the difference is not big enough for you to need them all.

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img_8913Can’t read without my lipstick – Guys & galaxies – Got the blues for red – Visions of love

Here I’m wearing two coats of each shade and even though Can’t read without my lipstick is a dark red, it is not that dark compared to Guys & galaxies and Visions of love. I thought it would be somewhere in between Got the blues for red and Guys & galaxies/Visions of love but it ened up being closest to Got the blues for red.

I hope you found these swatches helpful!

 

OPI Breakfast at Tiffany’s

I have a confession to make, I have never seen Breakfast at Tiffany’s, so I have no idea what the film is about. However I do appreciate this year’s holiday collection from OPI, and maybe now I have to see the film (with matching nails of course).

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I know why you’re here, so let’s just look at the swatches.

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img_8280OPI Breakfast at Tiffany’s – I believe in manicures

I believe in manicures is a baby blue creme polish. On the first coat it is very streaky but with the right application technique you can get it opaque in just two coats.

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One coat of Champagne for breakfast over I believe in manicures.

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img_8401OPI Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Champagne for breakfast

Champagne for breakfast is a silver holo glitter polish that is supposed to be a glitter topper, so it will need a lot of coats to be opaque on its own. Here I’m wearing three coats.

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img_8302OPI Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Black dress not optional

Black dress not optional is a black creme polish with super fine silver shimmer that covers in two coats.

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One coat of Five-and-ten over Black dress not optional.

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img_8296OPI Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Apartment for two

Apartment for two is a bright fuchsia creme polish that covers in two coats. It’s not a unique shade in any way but the formula is amazing. If you don’t already own a polish in this color, this is the one to get.

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One coat of Sunrise… bedtime! over Apartment for two.

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img_8292OPI Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Five-and-ten

Five-and-ten is a frosty silver polish with pink and silver glitter pieces. It covers in two coats.

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img_8389OPI Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Rich & Brazilian

Rich & Brazilian is a dark purple polish with shimmer that covers in two coats.

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img_8322OPI Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Meet my “decorator”

Meet my “decorator” is an orange toned red creme polish that covers in two easy coats. It’s not a unique shade, but the formula is amazing.

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img_8326OPI Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Got the mean reds

Got the mean reds is a classic red creme polish that we’ve seen a million times before. But it’s a red polish with an amazing formula that covers in two coats and OPI is really good at making these types of reds.

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img_8385OPI Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Fire escape rendezvous

Fire escape rendezvous is a red metallic polish with glitter pieces in different sizes and shapes. It covers in just one coat, but I used two coats to get a deeper color and to get more glitter on the nails.

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img_8286OPI Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a pale pink polish with fine gold shimmer. It covers in two coats which I was quite surprised to find out seeing it’s such a light color. The formula of this polish is a bit thick.

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One coat of Sunrise… bedtime! over Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

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img_8397OPI Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Sunrise… bedtime!

Sunrise… bedtime! is a pink holo glitter polish that is supposed to be a glitter topper. It is somewhat covering in two coats, which I’m wearing here.

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img_8393OPI Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Can’t read without my lipstick

Can’t read without my lipstick is a burgundy crelly polish that covers in two coats and it dries super shiny.

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At the first glimpse of the pictures of this collection I didn’t feel like it looked like a holiday collection. But after getting the collection and having tried all polishes I have to say that I’ve changed my mind a bit. Sure it has a lot of light colors, but I think it works for the holidays anyway. And who says you can only wear dark colors during the winter season?

I think my favorite shades has to be Fire escape rendezvous and Sunrise… bedtime! just because I don’t have any polishes like that from before.

What do you think about this year’s holiday collection from OPI?