OPI has released a new effects collection, Pop Culture, for Summer 2018!
Introducing six new vibrant colors infused with bubble-like translucent particles for textured nails like you’ve never seen before.
The new collection consists of 6 new limited edition shades of Nail Lacquer. Frankly, I hate most textured polishes, and a bubble effect on the nail just makes me think of disease. Shudder. Hard pass for me.
At least the colors look cute! They’re a little shimmery, too.
Pink Bubbly Ahhh, sip slowly and enjoy a nail polish manicure of pure pink effervescence.
OPI Pops Raspberry red nail polish to make your nails POP-POP-POP!
Hate to Burst Your Bubble A not so mellow yellow nail polish that treats your nails to an explosive burst of color.
Bumpy Road Ahead Hang on! A galactic blue nail polish that will launch your nails into another dimension.
Days of Pop Let your nail polish tell a story about your favorite old jeans and a bottle of pop.
Pop Star Bring on the paparazzi! This poppin’ purple nail polish is ready to pounce.
4-pc Mini Set OPI Pops, Pink Bubbly, Pop Star, Days of Pop
I am still reeling from the effects of watching the series finale of one of my very favorite shows of the last decade, The Americans. (It aired on Wednesday, but Mr. Fivezero and I didn’t have time to watch it until last night.) It was the best series ending I’ve seen for…I don’t even know how long. It was brilliantly written, brilliantly acted, brilliantly directed. It’s gut-wrenching, haunting, and the show remained true to itself to the very last frame. I cannot recommend this series enough, if you were not lucky enough to have watched it from the beginning.
The Americans Season 6,
with Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell.
Anyway, onto the polish! This is my first nail polish swatch in eons. Pardon my cuticles.
Bleu Nu (442) is a newer release in L’Oréal’s fantastic line of Colour Riche Vernis à l’Huile nail polishes. I spotted it in stores earlier in the spring, but didn’t feel like ponying up $11.99 for a couple of bottles. Luckily for me, I did manage to pick up two from the collection on clearance last month. I got Bleu Nu, Sable Tuileries, and I thought I was getting Rouge Opéra, the red from the collection, but it was just Rouge Amour which I already owned. D’oh! Ah well, can you ever have enough red creams?
This one is a deeper, electric blue shimmer. My favorite thing about this shade is that it should seem flashier, but actually it has an elegance to it. Really quite nice, though probably fairly easily duped elsewhere.
L’Oréal Le Vernis à l’Huile Nail Lacquer in Bleu Nu
OPI has released a Grease collection for Summer 2018!
I will fully disclose that I have never seen Grease in any format! I am familiar with a couple of the songs, of course, like “Hopelessly Devoted to You.” Guess I should add the movie to my watchlist this summer…
The new collection consists of 15 new shades of Nail Lacquer, and 12 new shades for the Infinite Shine and Gel lines. The first 12 shades are available in all three product lines; the last 3 are only available in Nail Lacquer and have a Leather effect.
Hey, I’m squeezing in my April perfume notes just in time for Mother’s Day (May 13, 2018)!
Spring is in the air, and while my list contains a fair few carryovers from the winter, there are also many romantic, warm weather-friendly scents, as well. If you haven’t bought your mom (or yourself!) a gift, yet, I hope these mini reviews will give you some ideas.
Alaïa Alaïa Blanche
Annick Goutal Un Matin d’Orage
Annick Goutal Rose Absolue
Annick Goutal Rose Pompon
Annick Goutal Songes EDT & EDP
Annick Goutal Vanille Exquise
Atelier Flou Sloane Rose
Calvin Klein Eternity Air
Chanel Les Exclusifs: Coromandel EDP
Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Fig
Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Nectar de Parfum
Jennifer Aniston Near Dusk
Maison Margiela Replica: Lipstick On
Narciso Rodriguez Narciso EDT
Nina Ricci Les Monstres: Luna & Nina
Ormonde Jayne Ta’if
Paco Rabanne Olympéa Aqua EDP Légère
Serge Lutens Fleurs d’Oranger
Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille
Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire: Orchidée Vanille
Vera Wang Embrace: Marigold & Gardenia (yellow florals, melon)
Vera Wang Embrace: Rose Buds & Vanilla
Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris EDT
I also tested all of the scents in the Berdoues sampler I got from Sephora, but I’ll write a separate blog post for those!
2015 | Marie Salamagne
Top Notes: airy notes, pink pepper
Heart Notes: freesia, peony
Base Notes: animalic notes, musk
I wanted very much to love the eponymous first fragrance from designer Alaïa, especially since the bottle is so beautiful, but it didn’t move me. It is deep and a bit dark, but also a little too cloying. I wouldn’t mind trying it again for a better grasp of it, but my initial impression is not very favorable. I don’t love any of the notes in it, so I suppose it is not a surprise that I didn’t fall for it.
The stunning bottle design echoes Alaïa’s gorgeous, laser cut handbags: