OPI Push and Shove

May 20, 2014

There are times (more often than I’d like to admit) when I’ll buy a polish and it sits around for a while, unused.  Such is the case with Push and Shove, from the Gwen Stefani for OPI collection.  It had been sitting with the rest of my “to try” polishes for months, but no more!

Push and Shove is a silver ‘ultra-chrome’ polish that is meant to mimic a mirror finish.  It is packaged with a mini base coat, Lay Down That Base, which OPI suggests will boost the chrome finish.

Honestly, don’t expect a mirror-like result.  Expect aluminum foil (which is still great).

I followed the instructions on the back of the duo’s package: one layer of Lay Down That Base, wait until completely dry, then two thin coats of Push and Shove.  My only deviation was my use of top coat, but I’ll get to that later in the post.

OPI Push and Shove


You can definitely see the ridges in my nails with just Lay Down That Base under Push and Shove.  I’ve since found that using a ridge-filling base coat under Lay Down That Base helps to mask the imperfections.


OPI Push and Shove


OPI instructs you to skip a top coat, but… no… don’t skip it.  The top coats I’ve tried (Seche Vite and CND Vinylux) didn’t dull the finish, and avoiding a top coat is an express lane to chip town.


OPI Push and Shove


If you can’t get your hands on Push and Shove, there are a couple of similar polishes out there:  Essie No Place Like Chrome and Sterling Silver from the recent Sally Hansen Color Foils collection.



Metallics | OPI



OPI Sheer Tints

March 27, 2014

Here’s a quick look at a couple of the new OPI Sheer Tints, I Can Teal You Like Me and Don’t Violet Me Down.

These are both very sheer polishes, as the collection name suggests.  In the photos below I used two coats, which gave the nail a wash of color.  I find that the polishes are not flattering on their own, but are perfect for nail art and layering.

The consistency is thick and syrup-like, so application can be a pain.  Also, I had trouble with bubbling… even with just one coat.  It’s not noticeable from afar, but you can definitely see it up close.


I Can Teal You Like Me:

OPI I Can Teal You Like Me


Don’t Violet Me Down:

OPI Don't Violet Me Down


A cute Venn diagram mani, inspired by this Birchbox video:

OPI I Can Teal You Like Me, Don't Violet Me Down


OPI suggests another layering technique in this video, though I think I’d prefer a white base for that, as well.


So what do you think?  Will you be picking up any of the Sheer Tints?



Blues | Nail Art | OPI | Purples



China Glaze Strike Up A Cosmo

December 17, 2013

China Glaze Strike Up A Cosmo and OPI Skull & Glossbones

Here’s a different take on candy cane nail art with China Glaze Strike Up A Cosmo over OPI Skull & Glossbones.

Strike Up A Cosmo is from China Glaze’s Fall 2013 collection, Autumn Nights.  It’s a pink/purple foil with a strong gold shimmer running through it.  The formula is very nice; I only needed one coat for the mani seen here, though I would probably opt for two coats if I were wearing it on its own.

Here it is under artificial light (natural light in the previous image):

China Glaze Strike Up A Cosmo and OPI Skull & Glossbones

I applied the top coat too soon, so there are a few streaks.  Eh, it happens.

Are you planning any holiday inspired manicures?


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China Glaze | Lights | Nail Art | OPI | Pinks | Purples



Every Month is Oktoberfest

September 2, 2012

Here’s yet another polish that has me impatiently waiting for fall and winter (well, the polish and the ridiculous heat) –  Every Month is Oktoberfest from OPI’s Germany collection.

I found the bottle color to be a bit misleading, though the polish is still gorgeous.  In the bottle, this vampy polish seems like a deep red/burgundy and gold duochrome, but the first coat shows that it actually has a translucent purple base.  The second coat deepens the color and brings out the shimmer.  On me, it pulls slightly purple, even in full sun.

The formula is great… very smooth and only needs two coats.

Below you’ll see two coats of Every Month is Oktoberfest, topped with Barielle Ultra Speed Dry Manicure Extender:

Natural light -

OPI Every Month is Oktoberfest


OPI Every Month is Oktoberfest


Artificial light -

OPI Every Month is Oktoberfest




Darks | Girly Bits | OPI | Purples | Reds



OPI Bubble Bath

July 1, 2012

Hi folks! Firstly, I apologise for the gap between posts for me… My life has been overwhelming lately! The bright side is that it’s exactly two months until I get a week in the beautiful South Island of NZ to spend some time in Queenstown with my family. Very much looking forward to it!

Today, I’ve got a sandwich to share with you. I absolutely adore OPI’s Bubble Bath, but sometimes it’s a bit … lackluster? Naked nails are always good, but whilst I wanted something a little bit basic for my nails, I didn’t want to dull it completely… So I decided to add a layer of Zoya’s Chloe in between coats of Bubble Bath.

Unfortunately, the mani was somewhat ruined by my Seche Vite being a bit rude. For some reason, the brush had picked up a buttload of dark blue from the previous mani I had done, and so I ended up with yucky little black specks all over my beautiful manicure. Boo!

Just a quick reminder that you’ve only got a few days to enter our awesome giveaway! Be sure to get in on that :)



Nudes | OPI | Pinks | Zoya


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