I doubt anyone will recall, but I’ve mentioned on my blog that since I moved over five years ago, I misplaced what I thought was a few eyeshadow palettes, including my old, custom MAC eyeshadow palette with Club, Cranberry, Trax, and Vex. I also knew a few other palettes from Stila (my less-used ones), mark. by Avon, and some cheapies were missing, but the MAC palette was the one I wanted most.
As time went by, I lost hope of finding them, and thought that perhaps they went missing during the move. I even gave up and finally repurchased those four MAC eyeshadows last year (helps that MAC dropped the price of refill pans, so that it was cheaper to buy them now than when I did around ten years ago!).
Weeeeell. Over the weekend, I threw myself into a frenzy cleaning out the kids’ bedroom. Now, we actually use this bedroom as a guest/storage room, since we still have both kids sleeping with us (in separate cribs) in our master bedroom. We all love it this way for now!
Anyway, guests are coming soon for the winter, so I need to get that guest bedroom organized. I decided to do a top-to-bottom overhaul instead of the half-assery I usually do, and ended up donating about half of my old shoes to charity, etc. (After having two kids, most of my old shoes no longer fit my ever-so-slightly wider feet, not to mention I have more weight to lose and I think my feet are currently fatter than they used to be. My right foot has always been larger than my left, and while my left still fits into many of these pairs, the right simply cannot.) So long, my Elizabeth & James heels, comfy Converse, and leopard print flats! Sniff. I am saving some of the niftier pairs for Olive, though. Heh. She’ll have awesome/horrible vintage shoes by the time she’s twelve.
On the positive side, a few pairs fit me a little better now, since they were a tad roomy before!
OPI has released their Iceland collection for Fall/Winter 2017. It consists of 12 new shades in Nail Lacquer, Infinite Shine, and Gel lines.
Keep in mind that OPI’s official bottle pics do not show texture (shimmer, frost, etc.) so they all look like creams. Reykjavik Has All the Hot Spots and Turn On the Northern Lights! actually appear to be shimmers/frosts.
the Old Geysirs
a Gin & Tectonic
a Bottle of OPI
Less Is Norse
of a Color!
All the Hot Spots *
the Arctic Fox
Friends Are Thor
Turn On the
Northern Lights! *
The minis available for this collection are:
Aurora Berry-alis (Nail Lacquer)
Less Is Norse (Infinite Shine)
Less Is Norse (Nail Lacquer)
One Heckla of a Color! (Infinite Shine)
Reykjavik Has All the Hot Spots (Nail Lacquer)
Suzi & the Arctic Fox (Nail Lacquer)
As a side note—and since OPI brought it up—I really didn’t like the first two Thor movies, but I’m somehow totally psyched for Thor 3: Ragnarök. The cast looks amazing (Cate! Karl!), and the trailer actually makes it seem fun.
OPI has released their California Dreaming collection, which consists of 12 new shades in Nail Lacquer, Infinite Shine, and Gel lines. The collection was created in conjunction with celebrity nail artist Steph Stone.
We’re California Dreaming this summer, cruising the quintessential coastline that connects SoCal and NorCal alongside celebrity nail artist Steph Stone.
An authority on all things nails, Steph has worked with brands and beauties from Chanel and Violet Grey to Miley Cyrus, Alessandra Ambrosio and Chiara Ferragni, to name a few. She’s even painted paws for the pages of Harper’s Bazaar, Paper, and Cosmopolitan magazines!
Keep in mind that OPI’s official bottle pics do not show texture (shimmer, frost, etc.) so they all look like creams. Don’t Take Yosemite for Granite and Sweet Carmel Sunday actually appear to be metallics.
Barking Up the Wrong Sequoia
Don’t Take Yosemite for Granite *
Excuse Me, Big Sur!
GPS I Love You
Malibu Pier Pressure
Me, Myselfie & I
Santa Monica Beach Peach
Sweet Carmel Sunday *
This Is Not Whine Country
Time For a Napa
To the Mouse House We Go!
The Mini Nail Lacquers set for this collection contains This Is Not Whine Country, Malibu Pier Pressure, Santa Monica Beach Peach, and Time For a Napa:
Here’s the original “California Dreamin'” (1965) tune by The Mamas & The Papas. I don’t like it, but Peanut does and he and his dad dance around all evening to it. Gah!
OPI have released their new Spring/Summer 2016 collection, Fiji.
The collection consists of the usual 12 new Nail Lacquer shades, in both the regular Nail Lacquer and Infinite Shine Gel Lacquer.
This spring, OPI heads to Fiji—a dream destination bursting with exotic colors. Inspired by the islands’ bright flowers, dramatic coral reefs, vibrant sunsets and blue lagoons, the Fiji Collection takes you on a journey to one of the most beautiful places in the world. Get your nails summer ready and find your island bliss.
Coconuts Over OPI, subtle and toasty taupe
Do You Sea What I Sea?, shimmering ocean blue
Exotic Birds Do Not Tweet, radiant yellow
Getting Nadi On My Honeymoon, hibiscus pink
I Can Never Hut Up, iridescent, edge-of-dawn grey
Is That a Spear In Your Pocket?, lush, tropical teal
Living On the Bula-vard!, punchy red
No Tan Lines, warm sunrise orange
Polly Want a Lacquer?, lovely lavender
Super Trop-i-cal-i-fiji-istic, bottomless reflection of Sea and Sky
Suzi Without a Paddle, cool and tranquil blue
Two-Timing the Zones, vibrant pink
Nothing appears to be all that unique—I might pick up I Can Never Hut Up—but there are loads of fun brights for sunny days!
OPI Nail Lacquer retails for about US$9.50 / CA$12 and is 0.5 US fl oz / 15 mL. OPI Infinite Shine Gel Lacquer retails for about US$13 / CA$18. OPI nail polishes are currently free of toluene, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and camphor. They are made in the USA.
OPI Products Inc. was originally Odontorium Products Inc., a dental supply company. It was purchased in 1981 and soon the company’s focus switched to selling acrylics to nail salons. Nail lacquers were introduced in 1989. OPI has been owned by global beauty company Coty Inc. since 2010. The company is based in North Hollywood, CA, USA.
Nova Scotia’s Shubenacadie Sam says spring is just around the corner, but the movie’s Punxsatawney Phil says winter is coming. My local-ish groundhog in Ottawa, Wiarton Willie, agrees with his fellow Canadian, so I’m gonna say spring it is for us up north!
Today’s Classic is also a Throwback Thursday, as it was released in OPI’s 12-shade Hollywood collection from Fall/Winter 1999.
I’m Not Really a Waitress (NL H08) doesn’t really need an introduction, does it? I mean, it’s so iconic that OPI’s nail polish book even bears the same name. (And, yes, I have that, too!)
I actually intended to swatch my old bottle of I’m Not Really a Waitress (hereafter INRAW, because that name is just too damn long), which I got sometime in the 1990s. It’s possible that this bottle is actually a second one I owned; I might have repurchased it sometime in the late ’90s. Either way, it’s something like 15–20 years old, so it’s also in the old formula before OPI went 3-free.
However, I discovered this horror:
I’d used up quite a lot of it, so I’m not overly fussed. I do want to go and check on all my old, discontinued polishes, now. That could take a while. Eek.