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As you know if you visit me on my blog at Carol in a Page, nail polish and I have had a rollercoaster romance, but right now we’re going strong! After some recent purchases and some clearing out, I’ve decided on the five nail lacquers that will see me through summer 2016 and whatever adventures […]


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Summer Nail polish

Hugging some of my favorite summer nail polishes. Yes, we’re very much in love! ;)

As you know if you visit me on my blog at Carol in a Page, nail polish and I have had a rollercoaster romance, but right now we’re going strong!

After some recent purchases and some clearing out, I’ve decided on the five nail lacquers that will see me through summer 2016 and whatever adventures it brings.

Summer Nail Polish

My current favorite summer nail polishes. L-R: Zoya Professional Lacquer in Aggie, OPI Infinite Shine 2 Lacquer in Running with the In-finite Crowd, Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer in Kings & Thieves, Chanel Le Vernis in Espadrilles, and Zoya Professional Lacquer in Charli

Wanna know what inspired these picks?

1. The Nautical Style: Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer in Kings & Thieves ($18)

Smith & Cult Kings & Thieves Swatches

I really like pairing deep blue Kings & Thieves with nude sandals

When it comes to the color blue in summer, I can’t help but think of one thing: nautical style.

But since I don’t have a yacht (or a striped dress, for that matter), the way I’ve been getting that nautical vibe is by painting my toes with Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer in Kings & Thieves, an indescribably beautiful inky blue.

2. An African Safari: Zoya Professional Lacquer in Charli ($10)

Zoya Professional Lacquer Charli Swatches

Zoya Professional Lacquer in Charli reminds me of safari clothing

Some may argue that olive is more of an autumnal shade, but in my mind it evokes safari clothes and glimpses of an endless African savanna.

I don’t think my summer pastimes will include observing slumbering lions from the back seat of a Jeep, but in case they do, I’ll know what nail polish to pack: Zoya Professional Lacquer in Charli.

3. A Date on the Beach: OPI Infinite Shine 2 Lacquer in Running With The In-finite Crowd ($12.50)

OPI Infinite Shine 2 Lacquer in Running With The In-finite Crowd Swatches

OPI Infinite Shine 2 Lacquer in Running With The In-finite Crowd may last even longer than your summer fling

Picture a white sandy beach, crystal blue waters turned orange by a setting sun, and the man of your dreams walking next to you while a warm breeze tickles the nape of your neck.

Can you see it clearly?

OK, now tell me, what are you wearing on your nails?

I can distinctly visualize myself wearing OPI Infinite Shine 2 Lacquer in Running With The In-finite Crowd, a flirty raspberry fuchsia.

4. The Bronze Goddess: Zoya Professional Lacquer in Aggie ($10)

Zoya Professional Lacquer Aggie Swatches

I bet Zoya Professional Lacquer in Aggie would look amazing against bronzed skin

If you want to channel your inner bronze goddess, Zoya Professional Laquer in Aggie is the lacquer for you.

Pair this stunning coppery bronze with a tan, an off-the-shoulder boho dress and messy waves, and you’ll be ready to dance the night away with your bare feet in the sand.

I mean, feel free to wear it to the office, too, if you want, but you may find yourself daydreaming in the middle of a meeting about that time you went to Ibiza with your girlfriends many, many moons ago… Just sayin’.

5. The All-Rounder: Chanel Le Vernis in Espadrilles ($28)

Chanel Les Vernis Espadrilles Summer 2016 Swatches

Chanel Le Vernis in Espadrilles is a fun orange with just enough red to be beautifully chic and grown up

Chanel Le Vernis in Espadrilles (from Chanel’s summer 2016 collection) is the epitome of a summer nail polish, and I can see myself wearing it tons over the next few months to both casual and formal occasions.

I don’t know how Chanel does it, but they always come up with shades that look appropriately stunning, no matter the dress code… I guess it’s the power of the double C’s!

Aaaand that’s all, folks. Now I gotta go paint my nails…

Adventure awaits! 😉

What nail polishes are you wearing this summer?


Carolina Braina


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Hello Kitty and Hello Spring: The Hello Kitty by OPI Spring Collection http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/nails/opi-hello-kitty-spring-collection/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/nails/opi-hello-kitty-spring-collection/#comments Wed, 09 Mar 2016 03:00:22 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=193832 Warning: getimagesize(): http:// wrapper is disabled in the server configuration by allow_url_fopen=0 in /home/makeupan/public_html/wp-content/plugins/send-images-rss/includes/class-sendimagesrss-feed-fixer.php on line 234

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That’s right, everyone, it’s time for spring…nails! Never mind that I am writing this in my fleece slippers while catching up on a particularly gruesome season of The Walking Dead, LOL. I’ve managed to ignore the show for several seasons, but my inner fangirl loves a good binge. My inner fangirl is also super satisfied by this super cute collection by OPI. […]


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opi hello kitty spring 2016

OPI Hello Kitty Spring 2016 Collection

That’s right, everyone, it’s time for spring…nails! Never mind that I am writing this in my fleece slippers while catching up on a particularly gruesome season of The Walking Dead, LOL. I’ve managed to ignore the show for several seasons, but my inner fangirl loves a good binge. My inner fangirl is also super satisfied by this super cute collection by OPI. The new Hello Kitty by OPI Spring 2016 Nail Lacquer ($10 each) collection features 12 amazingly bright and eclectic colors for those ready to kick back in flip-flops.

opi hello kitty spring 2016

(L-R) Spoken from the Heart, Kitty White, My Twin Mimmy, Super Cute in Pink, Starry-Eyed for Daniel

I have 5 shades from the collection, and in usual OPI style, all of the colors, except for maybe the yellow one, are incredibly opaque and smooth. Spoken from the Heart and Super Cute in Pink, in particular, are what I call “1-coat wonders” and were a dream to apply.

I had a little difficulty with My Twin Mimmy, the yellow cream shade, but, honestly, I’ve never come across a stellar yellow, and after 3 coats it’ll do the job.

Last, but never least, are the surprisingly complex glitters. I get a groovy Austin Powers feel from Kitty White — a super fine icy silver shimmer. This shade was a surprise favorite for me!

Starry-Eyed for Daniel — such an awesome name btw — is an amazing multi-dimensional hot pink glitter. It’s very glittery and very kawaii… I think it’ll be a popular one.

opi hello kitty spring 2016 nail swatches

Nail swatches of the Spring 2016 OPI Hello Kitty Nail Collection



opi hello kitty spring 2016

Detail of the bottle packaging

The white printed film over the bottle caps is the only design element differentiating them as a collection. I almost ripped one off thinking it was just packaging! I appreciate the added “oomph,” but I’m not so crazy about the plastic film.

opi hello kitty spring 2016

(L-R) Spoken from the Heart, Kitty White, My Twin Mimmy, Super Cute in Pink, Starry-Eyed for Daniel

The limited edition Hello Kitty by OPI Spring Collection is available now at Ulta and Sally Beauty Supply (bottles, $10 each).

See you in the next,

Anna!


Anna Oh


Anna is an illustrator and designer from Atlanta, GA. Her work focuses on fashion, beauty, and awesome women. A former tomboy, Anna now happily embraces all things pink, glittery, and floral scented. You can see her illustration work at www.helloannaoh.com and on Instagram.

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Pre-Fall Ulta Haul! http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/skin-care/pre-fall-ulta-haul/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/skin-care/pre-fall-ulta-haul/#comments Wed, 16 Sep 2015 20:02:49 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=187289 What the world needs now is 1) love, sweet love; 2) free pumpkin spice lattes (I finally had my first one of the season yesterday, and it was so good that I felt myself float out of my body and fly toward the sun, OMG!); and 3) more lady-dates. MOAR LADY-DATES. You know what a […]


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What the world needs now is 1) love, sweet love; 2) free pumpkin spice lattes (I finally had my first one of the season yesterday, and it was so good that I felt myself float out of my body and fly toward the sun, OMG!); and 3) more lady-dates.

MOAR LADY-DATES.

You know what a lady-date is, right? It’s when you go out with a friend — ideally, someone who likes makeup as much as you do — for coffee, snacks or what have you, and then, ya know, if you happen to wander into someplace where lipsticks and eyeshadows are available for perusal…so be it. 🙂

I went on one a couple weekends ago with my friend Marisol. We had acai bowls, then paid homage to our homeland, also known as Ulta.

Here are the things that came home with me that day.

It was mostly a nail-centric visit, because my nails have been very crabby lately (they’ve been splitting, boo), with a sprinkling of skin care and body care, and a dash of makeup for good measure.

PRODUCTS MENTIONED

As always, thank you again for watching.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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The OPI Brazil Beach Sandies Mini Kit Says Bye-Bye to Boring With Four Vivid Textured Polishes http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/nails/opi-brazil-beach-sandies-mini-kit/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/nails/opi-brazil-beach-sandies-mini-kit/#comments Fri, 14 Feb 2014 04:00:07 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=156854 Very clever, OPI. Very clever. 🙂 The part of me that lives to over-think the symbolic significance of everything loves the juxtaposition of gritty sand, neutrals and bright pigments in the OPI Brazil collection. On one end, there are the sandy-colored neutral polishes in the overarching 12-piece OPI Brazil collection, which all have a smooth, […]


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The new four-piece OPI Brazil Beach Sandies Mini Kit

The new four-piece OPI Brazil Beach Sandies Mini Kit, $12.95

Very clever, OPI. Very clever. 🙂

The part of me that lives to over-think the symbolic significance of everything loves the juxtaposition of gritty sand, neutrals and bright pigments in the OPI Brazil collection.

On one end, there are the sandy-colored neutral polishes in the overarching 12-piece OPI Brazil collection, which all have a smooth, creamy finish.

On the other, there are the four vivacious mini polishes here in the accompanying Brazil Beach Sandies Kit ($12.95), all of which have OPI’s pebbled, textured Liquid Sand finish in bright, eye-catching shades, also known as psychedelic party sand for your paws.

Even if you aren’t a big fan of textured polishes, I think these vivid shades are still worth a try if you like playful, cheerful colors. They’re seriously smile-inducing, and the names — You’re So Flippy Floppy, What’s a Little Rain Forest, Samba-dy Loves Purple and I’m Brazil Nuts Over You — are catchy, too.

In each of the swatches below, I’m wearing two coats…

OPI You're So Flippy Floppy

You’re So Flippy Floppy

OPI What's A Little Rain Forest

What’s A Little Rain Forest


OPI Samba-dy Loves Purple

Samba-dy Loves Purple

OPI I'm Brazil Nuts Over You

I’m Brazil Nuts Over You

OPI Brazil Beach Sandies Mini Kit

The front of the box

OPI Brazil Beach Sandies Mini Kit

The back of the box

Also, here’s something else you may like. You know how some mini nail polish bottles have jacked-up brushes?

Not these. These brushes here are classic OPI, with bristles that fan out perfectly across the nail. With these, I can easily freehand sharp, crisp edges.

This cute little set surfed onto OPI counters earlier this month, so if you’d like to check it out, you can find it now for $12.95 at professional salons, Pure Beauty stores and online.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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It’s a Carnival of Color as Vivid Brights Samba on Tips and Toes in OPI’s New Brazil Collection http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/nails/opi-brazil/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/nails/opi-brazil/#comments Fri, 14 Feb 2014 02:09:55 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=156821 Next time I enjoy a plate of feijoada while beautiful women in colorful bejeweled thongs and feathered headdresses dance around my table, you better believe I’ll be wearing one or two (or 12!) of the shades in OPI’s new Brazil collection on my nails! Where am I going with this? One word: Brazil (by way […]


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The OPI Brazil collection

Next time I enjoy a plate of feijoada while beautiful women in colorful bejeweled thongs and feathered headdresses dance around my table, you better believe I’ll be wearing one or two (or 12!) of the shades in OPI’s new Brazil collection on my nails!

The OPI Brazil collection, available now

The OPI Brazil collection, available now

Where am I going with this?

One word: Brazil (by way of San Francisco).

One of my favorite places to eat in the city is a Brazilian restaurant called Canto do Brazil, and dining there is a total experience. First, the food — beyond yummy, and not overpriced (the plantains, beans and rice, OMG!).

But that’s not all. There’s also the show. 🙂 While you eat, gorgeous Brazilian showgirls in Carnival regalia dance around the tables and try to coax diners to dance with them.

Last time I was there, I was too focused on the mountain of carb-tacular goodness in front of me to shake my groove thang, but next time, it’s ON! Because I’ll have an extra reason — the beautiful brights in OPI’s new 12-piece collection ($9 each), which I love, love, LOVE.

OK, sure, I think the neutrals in the collection are pretty, too. I mean, I appreciate elegant neutral nails as much as the next girl, especially when worn with a bright lipstick, and I think the muted pewter, taupe, mocha, nude and chocolate shades here play off bolder colors nicely.

But the brights! Oh, the brights… Inspired by rainforest flowers, the creamy yellow, coral, orange, pink, red and deep jungle green, are just so blasted rich and vivid that you may feel the urge to hop on a flight to Rio right meow. 🙂

OPI I Just Can't Cope-Acabana, a creamy sunshine yellow

Just Can’t Cope-Acabana, a creamy sunshine yellow

OPI AmazON...AmazOFF, a creamy deep jungle green

AmazON…AmazOFF, a creamy deep jungle green

OPI Where Did Suzi's Man-Go?, a creamy mango orange

Where Did Suzi’s Man-Go?, a creamy mango orange

OPI Kiss Me I'm Brazilian, a creamy warm pink

Kiss Me I’m Brazilian, a creamy warm pink

OPI Toucan Do It If You Try, a creamy confidant orange

Toucan Do It If You Try, a creamy confidant orange

OPI Live.Love.Carnaval, a vibrant coral

Live.Love.Carnaval, a vibrant coral

OPI Red Hot Rio, a ruby red

Red Hot Rio, a ruby red

OPI Scores a Goal, a creamy rich chocolate

OPI Scores a Goal, a creamy rich chocolate

OPI I Sao Paulo Over There, a creamy mocha

I Sao Paulo Over There, a creamy mocha

OPI Don't Bossa Nova Me Around

Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around, a crea nude

OPI Next Stop...The Bikini Zone, a shimmery amethyst-toned pewter

Next Stop…The Bikini Zone, a shimmery amethyst-toned pewter

OPI Taupe-Less Beach, a creamy taupe

Taupe-Less Beach, a creamy taupe

In the swatches above, I’m wearing two coats.

Seriously, I CAN. NOT. WAIT! for sandal weather to rock these shades on my toes.

I can’t figure out which ones to wear first, but green AmazON..AmazOFF, bright yellow I Just Can’t Cope-Acabana and coral Live.Love.Carnaval are my top three contenders.

Oh, and on top of the 12 pieces here, OPI also released four new Liquid Sand shades in Samba-dy Loves Purple, I’m Brazil Nuts Over You, What’s a Little Rain Forest? and You’re So Flippy Floppy, in case you’re into the whole textured nails thing (I’ll be posting pics of those soon).

The OPI Brazil collection is available now wherever OPI is sold, including professional salons, Pure Beauty stores, Ulta and ulta.com ($9 per bottle).

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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