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Go Through the Looking Glass with Alice and OPI

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New collection of brights for 2016 from OPI!  Called Alice Through the Looking Glass, it’s a tie-in with the new Tim Burton movie from Disney which is a sequel, I suppose, to Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.  Trailer looks…. creepy.

Direct link:  http://youtu.be/ynt9lWQG8uQ

I prefer my old book with the original Tenniel illustrations, thanks.

But… polish!  Everything2K has a quick writeup and shows this picture

Alice TTLG from OPI nail plate

Those three white ones on the left are blank, and there are nine polishes:

The I’s Have It
Oh My Majesty!
What’s the Hatter with You?
I’m Gown for Anything!
Fearlessly Alice
A Mirror Escape
Having a Big Head Day
Mad for Madness Sake
What Time Isn’t It?

I think the shimmery gold A Mirror Escape look pretty but the others underwhelm me.  We live in an ocean of red cremes already.

Release is tentatively scheduled for May 1st to precede the movie’s summer premiere.

Avant Pop preview from Nyx

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As soon as I posted my review yesterday of some of the Prismatic Eye Shadow singles from Nyx, what should hit my inbox but news of three brand-new eye shadow palettes from the same company.

They look interesting but I’m going to wait for swatches and reviews before I seriously consider getting one, because past experience has made me wary.  Nyx has indeed become my favorite drugstore aka cheaper brand of makeup, but some of their products have been duds.  Specifically eye shadow palettes.  I’ve been baffled and saddened that while their singles (Prismatic, Matte, and others) are fantastic, their palettes I’ve tried have been terribly lacking in pigmentation.  Last year’s Dream Catcher palettes were horrible in that regard, at least the one I bought, tried, and eventually tossed.

But while everything’s new and fresh, let’s see what’s up.  There are three ten-shade palettes.

Nyx avant pop

Top to bottom:  Art Throb, Surreal My Heart, Nouveau Chic

What caught my eye first is that these are not the same all-neutral palettes that the makeup world has been drowning in for the last several years.  Don’t get me wrong — neutrals are my favorite and most-used colors for my brown eyes, but c’mon!  How many shades of brown can one person buy and use?

Even the most neutral of these three, Nouveau Chic, is not completely monochromatic.  Nyx describes these palettes thusly:

Art Throb — True blue, green with silver shimmer, pale gold, matte baby pink, white with shimmer, carrot orange with gold shimmer, metallic silver, lime green with iridescence, black with shimmer, fuchsia with pearl.

Nyx avant pop1

Surreal My Heart — Shimmery white, mint with pearl, electric lime green, light brown, taupe, opalescent light grey, cobalt blue with pearl, true matte grey, matte pale peach, matte black.

Nyx avant pop2

Nouveau Chic — Pale pink with shimmer, matte terracotta, plum with gold shimmer, opalescent lavender, gunmetal grey with shimmer, matte light beige, rose gold, matte dark brown, deep taupe, black with gold shimmer.

Nyx avant pop3

As you can read, there is a mix of matte, pearl, and shimmer shades in each set; one isn’t all matte with another all shimmer, etc.  Doesn’t look like there’s any heavy glitter.

These are currently only available on Nyx’s web site but I suspect they’ll be hitting Ulta, Target, and other stores soon.

OPI’s annual summer brights, a sneak peek

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OPI has a set of brights or neons every summer, so this is no surprise, but hearing about it this early in the year (a little bird told me) is a change!

There are nine colors, six of which are new and three of which are old aka “re-promotes.”

OPI Brights 2015

OPI Brights 2015 display

The new colors are:

  • Can’t Hear Myself Pink
  • I Sea You Wear OPI
  • I Stop for Red
  • My Car has Navy-gation
  • On Pinks & Needles
  • The Berry Thought of You

plus there are:

  • Down to the Core-al (re-promote)
  • Hotter Than You Pink (re-promote)
  • Life Gave Me Lemons (re-promote)

OPI’s usually good about having a mini-set.

OPI Brights 2015 mini set

Contains:  Hotter Than You Pink, Can’t Hear Myself Pink, Down to the Core-al, Life Gave Me Lemons,  I Sea You Wear OPI, and My Car Has Navy-gation.

Colors, color names, and availability are subject to change.  Release date tentatively May 2015.

Didja miss me?

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I sure missed you!

Everything’s fine here in Silver Nail Land, but me and the mister just got back from an almost-two-week vacation.  I was too busy to keep posting as usual, yet didn’t want to announce that I was out of town.  In these days of Facebook and blogs and other social media, trumpeting that you’re on vacation can lead to problems, as insurance companies and law enforcement warn us.  It’s easy to find out where anyone lives, and… well, you get the idea.

The vacation was a good break — saw family, did lots of touristy historical things, and drove four thousand miles.  OK, the driving part wasn’t that great.  Parts of the middle of the U.S. are, shall we say, less than interesting.  But that’s all past now and I’m raring to blog again.

Haven’t been hearing much nail polish and makeup news, except for an announcement from Butter London about what I assume is their summer collection, Lolly Brights.  Wow, those are bright!

BL Lolly Brights

BL Lolly set

The colors are:

  • Chuffed
  • Sozzled
  • Ladybird
  • Stroppy
  • Disco Biscuit
  • Airy Fairy

It’s worth noting that Disco Biscuit is not new; I believe it was released in 2012.  I think the other five shades are new, though.

I love the happy foil look of Chuffed, Stroppy, and Airy Fairy…

BL Lolly Chuffed

BL Lolly Stroppy

BL Lolly Airy Fairy

… yet feel I already own dupes.  I know I have a close dupe of Disco Biscuit, a Sinful Colors shade ($1.99) called Forget Now, which I reviewed here.

Forget Now closeup

The Butter London Lolly Brights are $15.00 (US) each or $65 for the full six-piece collection.  They are sure making me wish for summer, even though it’s only starting to seem like spring this week.  Winter, be gone!!

China Glaze summer 2014 — first swatches from The Cheryl Flavour

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You gotta love blogger The Cheryl Flavour.  Well, you don’t gotta, but I sure do.  She gets new collections really early, especially China Glaze ones which seem to be released first in Asia, and has great swatches and photos.

I wasn’t terribly tempted by China Glaze’s spring sets which were pretty but were pastel shades close to polishes I already own.  But the summer ones called Off Shore?  Hubba hubba.  I’ll list them again, and show how the twelve colors are divided into two subsets, one cool tones and one warm.


China Glaze Summer 2014-Dune-Our-Thing

Dune Our Thing, left to right:

  • Feel The Breeze
  • Float On
  • Dune Our Thing
  • X-Ta-Sea
  • I See The Point
  • Wait ‘n’ Sea

China Glaze Summer2014-Stoked-To-Be-Soaked

Stoked to be Soaked, left to right:

  • Sea’s The Day
  • Stoked to be Soaked
  • If In Doubt, Surf It Out
  • Sun Upon My Skin
  • Shore Enuff
  • Be More Pacific

The Cheryl Flavour shows them all except the last three, the yellow and greens.  She says they were already sold out (so they must be popular) and says she’s going to “hunt them down.”

Please have a look at her swatches, since I can’t/won’t steal her photos.  So bright and pretty, just the thing for summer.

What do you think of the new colors?  Dune Our Thing MUST be mine!  I have a thing for raspberry pinks.  I also like the other two pinks, Feel the Breeze and Float On.  Don’t think the oranges would flatter my skin and the blue I Sea the Point is brighter than I want.  I like the red, the teal, and the purple too.

More China Glaze news for 2014

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I know, I know, it’s barely November, but … um… wanna see some Summer 2014 polishes?  Honestly, folks, I don’t make this stuff up.  China Glaze polish news and pictures seem to come out earlier than any other company’s.  I don’t know why that is — does the company do it on purpose to generate interest?  Or is there someone in the company leaking info?  I guess I prefer the more mysterious explanation and will probably never know.  Despite requests, CG doesn’t deign to work with me which is their right, and I still love many of their polishes.

OK then!  Spring and Summer 2014.  I already mentioned two of their specialty collections for next year, Crinkled Chrome (yuck) and Sea Goddess (meh).  Now we get to see their basic big spring and summer sets, twelve polishes each.  All collections, colors, names, and dates of release are tentative and subject to change.

First is the Flourish Collection for spring.


I don’t know which are cremes and which are shimmers or other finishes, but these will be available separately or as part of two six-polish sets.


Peonies & Park Ave. polishes, left to right:

  • Petal To The Metal
  • Peonies & Park Ave
  • Spring In My Step
  • In A Lily Bit
  • Lotus Begin
  • At Vase Value


Pollen In Love (groan…) shades, left to right:

  • Don’t Honk Your Thorn
  • Strike A Rose
  • What A Pansy
  • Thistle Do Nicely
  • Grass Is Lime Greener
  • Metro Pollen-tin

Except for the taupe Don’t Honk Your Thorn, this looks like a fairly typical set of spring pastels plus a few brights.  At Vase Value reminds me of China Glaze’s ultra-popular shade For Audrey.  Launch date in the U.S. is rumored to be in January.

As usual for China Glaze’s big summer set, Off Shore has lots of brights.


China Glaze Summer 2014-Dune-Our-Thing

Dune Our Thing, left to right:

  • Feel The Breeze
  • Float On
  • Dune Our Thing
  • X-Ta-Sea
  • I See The Point
  • Wait ‘n’ Sea

China Glaze Summer2014-Stoked-To-Be-Soaked

Stoked to be Soaked, left to right:

  • Sea’s The Day
  • Stoked to be Soaked
  • If In Doubt, Surf It Out
  • Sun Upon My Skin
  • Shore Enuff
  • Be More Pacific

Alarmingly for my wallet, I love almost all of these Off Shore ones!  If the butter yellow Sun Upon My Skin is a shimmer, I am so there.  Launch date is unknown.

If it’s snowy at your place today like it is at my house, I hope you liked this sneak peek of sunshine, warmth, and flowers.

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