Cici & Sisi Acrylic Stamping Plate Review

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I finally have my first acrylic plates to review for you!  Cici & Sisi is the first brand that I know to release acrylic plates, although I believe there are some Chinese companies pumping them out now. I was really curious how well they would stamp, if they were actually acetone resistant and if there were any other benefits in acrylic plates. Read on to find out more about these new fangled plates.   View Full Post

OPI Starlight Collection Nail Art

OPI Starlight & Preen.MeI’m back with all my OPI Starlight Collection Nail Art! You can check out the individual swatches in last week’s post. I tried a few different things out including this from a couple of weeks ago. And here we go!

OPI Ro-man-ce On the Moon and Guys & Galaxie Nail Art

I’ll start with  my favorite nail art. I made the ever-so-light (and almost fail) gradient with OPI Guys & Galaxies and OPI Ro-man-ce On the Moon. It looks like shading, but it’s actually the gradient.

OPI Starlight Collection Nail ArtBut then I added some nail vinyls to create a silver strip with OPI Is This Star Taken? And added a honking huge rhinestone. Looks like it’d be great for a night out with a fancy black dress.

OPI Starlight Collection Nail Art 2

The rhinestone’s didn’t last though, which is a bummer. I have a hard time with those little bits. The vinyls I used for this look are from that super cheap ten-pack variety set on Amazon (Fringe Guides??). I’m using them up, but the are quite inferior to the standard nail vinyls out there.OPI No More Mr. Night Sky Nail Art

Here’s a nutty one with OPI No More Mr. Night Sky as a base stamped with OPI Is This Star Taken? as well as a white stamping polish (specifically Konad Special White Stamping Polish). I can’t recall where I pulled this image from, but I’m pretty sure I used a stamping plate from my ultra cheap Shany 30 piece stamping set (from Amazon). I think it was $10 for 30 plates. The designs are small but they do fit my fingers and is really worth it to build up your stamping collection if you are short on cash. I think you can order the 100 pack for a few more dollars (really).  
OPI Is This Star Taken Nail Art

Here’s OPI Cel-less-tial Is More sponged over OPI Is This Star Taken? Not so much. I’m not a fan of how this worked out, but it’s nice enough. The glitter is highly texturized which is odd. Eek, what a bad picture of my odd-man-out rounded pointy finger! That nail gets ground naturally down every.single.day. I have to file it flat every.single.day (and most of my other nails, but that one is the worst!) which gets old after awhile. Does anyone else’s nails file away naturally as much as mine?!

OPI Ro-man-ce On The Moon Nail Art

Loved this one though! OPI Is This Star Taken? stamped over OPI Ro-man-ce On The Moon. The lips were perfect to go with this romantic red polish. This is another Shany plate.

OPI Ro-man-ce On the Moon Nail Art 2

Hope you enjoyed my OPI Starlight Collection Nail Art and ideas to use them for your own nail art!

OPI Starlight Collection Limited Edition Holiday 2015 (Preen.Me Picks!)

OPI Starlight & Preen.MeI’ve finally taken a nose dive into swatching collections. YIPEEEeeee…..? I had an unusual drive to repaint my nails about five times this weekend, so I went ahead and swatched all of my  OPI Starlight Collection Limited Edition Holiday 2015 polishes, which Preen.Me graciously sent to me for free for review.

OPI Starlight Collection BottlesI’m happy to see OPI releasing some nail polishes with pizzazz for the first time in the past year (in that a vast majority of them have been cremes, which I’m sure are excellent cremes but my polish budget is currently turned towards ALL THE HOLO!!!!!!). As I mentioned in last week’s post using one of the polishes, I’m at ground level with OPIs (meaning no OPIs in my collection), so I don’t have much to compare these to except other brands. I did notice the earlier OPI Starlight Collection Limited Edition Holiday 2015 swatches and was intrigued, so I’m glad this was one of Preen.Me’s marketing campaigns. I received *three* silvery colors, two reds and shimmer black. I had a hard time getting inspired with these for nail art because of the bland(er) color palette and array finishes I received, but I do have a post with all of my nail art using these coming up for you next week.

These are all two coats with Seche Vite top coat.

OPI I Drive a Super Nova

OPI I Drive a Super Nova is a wonderful creme, ever-so-slight-shimmer/sparkle silver. Lovely polish — and stamps amazing! It’s not a spectacularly special silver but if you don’t have a great stamping silver this is a great  bet either way. Brush strokes were minor, you can see the brushstrokes in my swatch and that was me not trying one way or the other to avoid them.

OPI Cel-Less-tial is More

OPI Cel-Less-tial is More is a glitter packed bomb. It took me about thirty times saying the name of this polish to get it (Less is More), so dumb I am.  It’s far more rose gold and beautiful in person. Two coats is quite thick and ungainly and I was prepared to dish out some unhealthy words about it, but it is quite the stunner once all said and done. It’s hard to imagine this much glitter can exist in one bottle and workout as a usable polish. It eats top coat of course, so an extra thick glob is in order (or two) if you want it smooth.

OPI Is This Star Taken

OPI Is This Star Taken? Not the best photo, but that’s all this polish deserves. I hated it so much that I only bothered with a couple of shots on my iPhone. Lumpy bar glitter mess. The bottle is beautiful, but then you start applying. Aaaaaaaand no.

OPI No More Mr. Night Sky

OPI No More Mr. Night Sky, again another polish I was “eh” about before I got two coats + top coat applied. Beautiful shimmery gunmetal blackish grey polish. Depending on your sloppiness this could be two or three coats, but I was fine with two thicker coats. Loved this one. I got the name of this quicker than the others, but still feel dumb (No More Mr. Nice Guy).

OPI Ro-man-ce on the Moon

OPI Ro-man-ce On the Moon is a shimmer that brings out depth kind of red. By far my favorite of the collection (that I received). Do it, buy it! It shimmers and it dances, it applies like a dream. Yup, do it. And this name was one of the last for me to figure out (Man On The Moon). 
OPI Guys & Galaxies

OPI Guys & Galaxies is a dark burgundy creme. I had a tough time with this one because it was a bit on the thin side and clean-up was a bit nutty. It looks nice once that’s all done though. Up to you whether you want to torture your cuticles with that much acetone, or if you’re just more talented than me with thin polishes you’ll be fine.

Phew. Done. My first mini-swatch session is complete. Are you getting any of these OPI Starlight Polishes? Did you get polishes that I didn’t receive, which ones?!

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I love these long summer days. I put in a full day at work, relaxed in the cool darkness in the bedroom with some YouTube videos, painted my nails, did some minor organizing, typed away on the blog, completed an at-home fitness video and played around with my new beginner’s calligraphy set (new obsession). And how beautiful and inspiring is her blog?!

Today’s nails remind of a pack of skittles poured out on the table!  I was really inspired to play around with the Formula X Infinite Ombre nail art set (provided as press samples through Preen.Me VIP program), this is my third nail design using the set.  I liked my previous designs equally (watermarble, gradient), but this one was the easiest of the bunch. In the picture above you can see how much of Timeless Teal I’ve used. In today’s nail art I used the world’s simplest nail art technique.

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