OPI Peru Collection - Swatches & Review

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

OPI have recently released their Fall/Winter collection - the Peru Collection.  This collection consists of twelve shades all with a creme finish.  I received the mini sized bottles to swatch and review.  I personally am not a huge fan of working with minis (I just find them more difficult to work with than full sized bottles).  That being said, the mini OPI brushes are quite wide (they are basically the same size as the neck of the bottle) so they weren't terrible for me to use.  You will also notice that I have posed with an OPI Infinite Shine Top Coat bottle.  I didn't use this top coat for my swatches but I can't pose nicely with the mini bottles.  Right, now that is all said, let's take a look at Peru Collection!

Alpaca My Bags is described as a blue-green creme.  I feel like this polish is a bit of an odd man out in this collection.  All the other polishes seem to be from the same colour family.  That being said, I do like this polish.  I think it's quite an interesting colour.  The formula is good and it is opaque in two coats.

Como Se Llama? is a burgundy creme.  I'm really not sure what I can say about this one.  I don't love it and I don't hate it.  The formula is great though!  It applies evenly and has a good colour payoff.  You could get away with one coat if you wanted.  I used two coats for my swatch.

Don't Toot My Flute is described as a lilac creme.  I love this one!  I think the colour is gorgeous.  The formula is ok.  It is easy enough to use, however it does apply unevenly on the first coat.  My swatch shows two coats.

Grandma Kissed A Gaucho is a purple creme.  I love this one too!  The colour is gorgeous!  The formula is a little strange.  It is quite sheer on the first coat, but builds up surprisingly well on the second coat.  For me personally, it was a little too see through at the tips on the second coat so I added a third coat to my swatch.  You can get away with two coats though.

I Love You Just Be-Cusco is a red creme.  Reds really aren't my colour (especially cremes) so this one doesn't really excite me.  The formula is great and opaque in two coats.

Lima Tell You About This Color! is a pink creme.  This is definitely up my alley, however the formula is terrible.  It's patchy and a bit tricky to work with.  I'm not sure if this is the case with full sized bottles as well or not, but the mini wasn't fun.  My swatch shows three coats.

Machu Peach-U is a light peachy nude creme.  This one is opaque enough to be a two coater, however it does apply really unevenly so I needed three coats for my swatch.

My Solar Clock Is Ticking is a burnt red creme.  I think this is an interesting shade.  I don't think I have anything quite like it in my collection.  The formula is great and it applies evenly.  I used two coats for my swatch.

Seven Wonders Of OPI is described as a mauve creme.  This is a nice colour.  I think it may look better on me if I had more of a tan though (bring on some sunshine!).  The formula is good and is opaque in two coats.

Somewhere Over The Rainbow Mountains is described as a rosy creme.  I don't love this one, but I don't hate it either.  The formula is good and is opaque in two coats.

Suzi Will Quechua Later! is described as a rose tinted creme.  I think this is a pretty colour.  The formula is good and is opaque in two coats.

Yes, My Condor Can-Do! is a dark purple creme.  This is definitely a great colour for Autumn/Winter.  The formula is great and is opaque in two coats.

I think this is quite an interesting collection.  It seems to stick to the same sort of colour families (pinks, reds, purples).  I'm not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing though.  I personally love pinks and purples so I am ok with that, but I think if you are a lover of blues or greens then this collection is one to skip over.  If all of the formulas were more opaque, this collection would make for some great gradient manis.  My personal favourites would have to be Don't Toot My Flute and Grandma Kissed A Gaucho.  What do you think of this collection?

The Peru Collection is available now.

31DC2018 Galaxies

There are some types of nail art designs that I love, others I don't like and then there are the ones that I am so on the fence about.  Galaxy manis are one of those types of manis that I am on the fence about.  Sometimes I absolutely love them (mainly ones that I have seen on other people) and then other times I really don't like them.  Anyway, before doing today's galaxy mani I thought I would have a little look on Pinterest for some inspiration.  I saw this gradient by Hannah Rox It and had to copy it. 

For the gradient I used OPI I'll Have A Gin & Techtonic, Aurora Berry-Alis and Turn On The Northern Lights.  Stamping image is Bundle Monster BM-XL213 (fun fact - I used this exact image for this prompt last year).

I am really happy with how this mani turned out.  You can see the pink sparkles in the blue polish better in person but I couldn't capture it in my light box.

31DC2018 Half Moons

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Half Moon manis are among some of my least favourite manis to do.  I have seen some really good ones on Instagram and Pinterest etc but I hate them on my nails.  As you can imagine, I cringe each year having to do this prompt but every year I suck it up and do it.  Today's mani definitely came with it's own set of challenges.  My first attempt, my base wasn't dry enough and the vinyls pulled some of the base up (not completely but enough that it looked bad).  My second attempt I knocked a bunch of nails so had to start over....and then finally my third and final attempt!

For this mani I used China Glaze We Run This Beach and Pretty Serious Cosmetics Absence.

Uberchic Beauty Halloween 04 Stamping Plate - Swatches & Review

Monday, 17 September 2018

Halloween is just around the corner now!  Have you started thinking about your plans?  I am actually a little surprised that my daughter hasn't mentioned anything yet.  I think she is too distracted with her upcoming birthday (which isn't until November).  If you don't have any plans yet, there is no need to worry.  There is still time!  Plus Uberchic Beauty have got your nails covered with this year's Halloween 04 Stamping Plate.

Image from Uberchic Beauty
I don't think it is Halloween without me doing some sort of spider web mani.  I don't know why I like doing spider web manis so much, I don't like spiders or their webs in real life.  For this mani I used Pretty Serious Cosmetics Absence for my base and stamped using Powder Perfect's White Stamping Polish.

Back in June I had a collaboration polish made with piCture pOlish.  Along with my polish there were five other shades that were released.  When I saw them altogether, I said to Debbie (@ladyandthe_stamp) that Royal (my shade) Eternal (Debbie's shade) and Fresh (a shade by @regina_arg) would make for some great Halloween nail art.  Well the time has come for the first nail art using those three shades!  Stamping polish is Powder Perfect's Black Stamping Polish.

I really like this stamping plate for a Halloween plate, but I am not sure I would say that this is my favourite that Uberchic have released.  For me, it probably has a few too many single images (which if you don't know aren't my favourite type to use).  That being said, there are some cool images that I think would make for some awesome nail art!

The Halloween 04 Stamping Plate is available now from Uberchic Beauty.

31DC2018 Glitter

Today's 31DC2018 prompt is glitter.  I think that this is always such a fun prompt to do because it really can be interpreted in so many different ways.  I felt like something pink and sparkly.  Unfortunately for me, this mani isn't quite what I was going for.  While I think it is really pretty, I thought that the glitter was more opaque and more sparkly.  I must have got it mixed up with another polish (I do have a lot of pink glittery polishes).  This mani also doesn't photograph as nicely as it looks in person.  

For this mani I used China Glaze You're Too Sweet (over OPI Getting Nadi On My Honeymoon) and stamped using Hit The Bottle Snowed In!

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in direct sunlight

Picture taken in direct sunlight

I imagine there is going to be some pretty amazing glitter placement manis coming with this prompt.  I can't wait to see!

31DC2018 Geometric

Sunday, 16 September 2018

I questioned if yesterday was the half way point of this challenge or not, but I think it is definitely safe to say that we are at the half way point of this challenge!  Woohoo!  How are you guys feeling about it?  Happy so far?  Starting to struggle?  I think at this point I am feeling ok and confident I will finish it.  Although when we get to the last section of prompts (the inspire by section) that is my downfall.  I really struggle with these prompts.  Anyway, let's focus on today.  Today's prompt is Geometric.

I decided to grab out one of my old school favourites for today - Pueen 05.  I don't know what it is about this image that I love so much, but I think every time I have used this image I have fallen in love with the mani.  Today's mani is no exception!  You will definitely be seeing this in my favourites at the end of the month.  For my base I used Emily de Molly Bright Retreat, Pretty Serious Cosmetics Poppet and Bunny-Foo-Foo and stamped using Powder Perfect's Black Stamping Polish.

Hope you guys all have had a great weekend!  See you tomorrow!

Uberchic Beauty Lovely Leaves 03 Stamping Plate - Swatches & Review

Saturday, 15 September 2018

I am beyond excited that it is officially Spring here in Melbourne and the weather is slooooowly warming up!  But while it is getting warmer here, it is apparently getting colder in other parts of the world which means that there are lots of Autumn/Fall polishes coming out and stamping plates to match.  Today I have the latest Lovely Leaves 03 stamping plate from Uberchic Beauty to share with you.

Image from Uberchic Beauty
This first mani is most likely one that you have already seen as I posted it earlier today as part of the 31DC2018 challenge.  For this mani I used Emily de Molly Borrowed Time for my base and stamped using Powder Perfect's White Stamping Polish.

I couldn't have a leaves plates and not use some Autumnal shades.  I used OPI We The Female, Chop-Sticking To My Story and Never A Dulles Moment for my base and stamped using Powder Perfect's Black Stamping Polish.

Overall, I really like this plate (despite it not matching up with my Spring weather).  I think the images on here are really pretty and they stamp really well.  I can't wait to play with this plate some more.  I particularly want to use the layered tree image towards the bottom of the plate. 

The Lovely Leaves 03 Stamping Plate is available now from Uberchic Beauty.