Product Review: Mariah Carey for OPI

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There was news back in August 2012 of super star Mariah Carey releasing her own nail polish line with the OPI brand. 

It was only a matter of time before this limited edition collaboration surfaced, and it has finally hit the streets for the public to paint their talons with. 

The collection features soft pinks, auburn’s, and purples, with a new colorful, textured addition to the OPI family called “Liquid Sand”. Meant to be worn without a top coat, this lacquer gives your nails a unique, textured, matte finish.

Check out some of the colors below:

"A Butterfly Moment" : This is a great “natural” color and is totally work appropriate in a corporate setting or even to wear for an interview. 

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"Anti-Bleak" : This color was very pretty, a perfect mix of magenta. Two coats are all you need.

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"Sprung" : This color was a little tricky. As beautiful as it is in the bottle, you need three coats to get the right pigment otherwise it will be too sheer (like pictured on my nails). I think this color would be more flattering on a different skin tone.

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The Liquid Sand “Stay The Night” : OPI mastered the shattered top coat, so naturally it’s time for something new, like liquid sand. The liquid sand also comes in a blue, purple, and red. Check out the results…

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I applied 3 coats of this and I admit it may have been a little much because you can see how thick it looks. I wanted the black to be darker, so next time I just won’t be as generous when applying the 3 coats. 

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The shiny finish dries into a textured matte coat. It feels like a softer version of sandpaper.

Finished look after it dried…pretty cool.

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What do you think about the way the Liquid Sand looks? Are you feeling the Mariah Carey for OPI collection?

Product Review: NYC Matte Me Crazy Mattifying Top Coat

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I almost died when I posted this sexy matte black french manicure as part of my daily “dope nails of the day” post, over a year ago. The only matte polish I could get my hands on to even try the look myself was by Chanel … and it’s $25 and always out of stock. 

One day while perusing through the Target beauty aisles, what did I find? NYC’s Matte me Crazy Mattifying Top Coat, for just $1.99. I’m definitely down with that price!

Last night I finally put my matte top coat to use over “Black Creme” by Wet n Wild (another cheapie).

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Of course you always need to use a base coat to prevent your polish from staining your natural nail, and I went with Revlon’s Longwear base coat. Next I applied two coats of my Wet n Wild (forgot to take a picture of that), and finished it off with the matte top coat.

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And here’s a closer look. I did this myself so I know it’s not perfect.

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Here’s how it works. The matte polish goes on shiny and dries matte. Surprisingly it actually dries pretty quickly, and it hasn’t chipped at all since polishing them last night. That was what I was most worried about. I made sure to drag the top coat over the tips of my nails as well to seal in the polish so it wouldn’t be as prone to chipping.

If you want to get the french mani look, just take a regular shiny top coat and polish a line at the tips. There ya go! 

I am totally pleased with the end result and especially considering the price. I’m excited to try some more designs in the near future! Definitely giving NYC Matte Me Crazy a thumbs up!

What do you think about the end look? If you decide to try it out, make sure you send me a pic of your nails at McKenzie@McKenzieRenae.com ! 

Try It: DIY Nail Stickers

I love a good nail design! Although I don’t get them often (a. because I don’t allow myself time to try them myself smh, and b. I’d rather get them done at the salon), here is a great DIY I spotted over at The Beauty Department on how to create your own nail stickers. I’ll definitely be trying this out….watch out Sally Hansen!

"It’s really hard to get clean lines when it comes to putting stripes on manicures. I’m going to share a little DIY secret– nail polish on scotch tape. You can cut a perfect line or triangle and get a fun geometric mani. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. You’ll need polish, scissors + scotch tape.
  2. Apply polish to your tape. Whatever color you want. Let it dry (I allowed 30 minutes just to be safe).
  3. Cut strips!
  4. Cut triangles.

When you’re done, apply them to a pre-polished nail with the sticky side down. Then give it a good top coat!”

(photos + design by Kristin Ess)

**note: All photos and directions credit to www.thebeautydepartment.com .


If you decide to try this at home, please tweet me (@McKenzieRenae) so I can see how they turned out!

How to Fix a Broken or Chipped Nail

It happens to the best of us! All that time spent doing your own mani at home or even worse, money spent in the nail salon just to have your nails chip within the next  couple of days. ::sigh:: Here’s how to fix it!

1. At the first sign of a break, clip or file your nail down to the broken point if possible. If it is a low tear, you can “patch” it with a few coats of polish, followed by a topcoat. If you don’t have polish with you, anchor the nail for the time being with a clear piece of Scotch Tape.

2. If your polish chips post manicure, gently buff out the nick, then fill in with a thin coat of the same color.

3. Because brittle nails tend to split more easily, applying a nourishing light oil daily will add flexibility and prevent breakage. If you want to opt out of doing your nails yourself, try getting a Shellac manicure at the salon. You won’t have to worry about chipping and your manicure will be perfect for two weeks!

Here are some products to use that will keep your mani fresh!

Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
CND Solar Oil
Revlon Crazy Shine Nail Buffer
Sally Hansen Nail File

Product Review: Impress Nails

While out on the town this weekend, I wanted to give my Impress nails (press-on manicure) a try! I got samples of the nails back in January, and did a previous post on them here in December while watching the live blogger tutorial.

In the picture above, you can see that I decided to polish over the design and make them black. I did this because I didn’t care for the sample design sent to me. It was similar to a regular french manicure and had a silver flower on it (it just wasn’t my style).

Anyway the nails come in a cute plastic nail polish bottle in whatever design you choose. They are just like press-on nails with a sticky adhesive on the back of the nail that you can peel off and stick to your nail bed. 

PROS:

-These are great for when you are pressed for time but still want to jazz up your nails.
-No drying time and lasts up to a week.
-I love the selection of designs you can pick from. (Click here).
-They are very sturdy! No worries about them popping off in public lol 
-You can use the leftover nails as accent nails if you just want to apply one on your ring finger and polish the rest of your nails yourself :) 

CONS:

-Because I polished over the design, my polish chipped the night of really bad, as you can see below. (But that’s my fault because they weren’t designed for that lol).
-Matching up the nails to my actual nail bed was a little challenging. Some nails were bigger than others and didn’t fit my nails that great, so I had to do my best with matching them up.

**I wore my Impress nails just for the night and removed them by applying nail polish remover around the edges and slowly peeling them off of my nail.

Impress Nails are available for purchase at stores like CVS, Walgreens, Kmart, H-E-B, Right Aid, and Walmart and retail at $5.99-$7.99 each. 

Have you tried Impress Nails yet? How was your experience?