Well, as jolly as The Ninja ever gets, that is, which isn't saying much. She did, however, pull out a nice glowy rose gold shade with tons of glass-speck reflects. It's called Glow, and it's one of OPI's Designer Series shades (read: a bit more sparkly and a few bucks more pricey).
Gorgeous. Approprite for any holiday festivities. Get it.
The new La PrairieLife Threads scents are named after precious gems: Emerald, Ruby, and Sapphire. I wonder if the lilac in Emerald is discernible and if the whole thing is just too floral?
The Clarins holiday '10 collection, Barocco, looks so pretty! I am so into golds right now, which is weird for me, but this collection will let me take that and run with it! And a deep purpleRouge Prodige lipstick in a limied edition case with a lovely scroll?! I'm dying over here...
Illasmasqua now takes Paypal. More major brands should take their lead.
I'm having a lot of fun following Vintage Beauty, a new blog that is about, well, vintage makeup. Liz, who comments here sometimes, had a box of the stuff tucked away and recently rediscovered it, and now she's sharing it piece by piece. If you were a makeup wearer in the 80's, this site will be a kick for you!
This post title is, in part, a nod to MizzChievous, who posted about "Fall Nails" earlier today. Sadly, to The Ninja's eyes (and several others, according to the FB comments) it said "Fail Nails".
While this mani of The Ninja's isn't a Fall deal, it's surely a Fail. Well, at least the pictures were...
What you see was an attempt to cheer up using one of The Ninja's absolute favorite nail polishes of all times: ZoyaAnaka (previously reviewed here). This happy raspberry is sunshine in a bottle (only... not yellow. or hot. well...whatever!).
The Ninja wanted to add another favorite into the mix: OPIMad as a Hatter. She's sure most of you are familiar with it, but for those who aren't (hi, Mom & Dad!), it's a mardi gras-colored glitter bomb.
So, The Ninja debated whether or not to do an accent nail with MaaH or do French tips* with it. The latter won the dubious honors.
Aside from the craptastic lighting, it certainly did what it was intended to do: looked cheery. The execution wasn't great, because The Ninja had never done this with MaaH before and had trouble finding the right balance with it on just the tips.
What do you think?
PS: Here's the "made a friend" part of the story...
Dropping off Little Ninja at school, this little fella was spotted nursing a wounded wing in the parking lot. He recovered on The Ninja's hand, then was placed on a bush. Then he immediately took off, a little wobbly but not too much the worse for wear, towards the back of a field.
*With apologies to classic and classy French women who, The Ninja is certain, would sooner do this manicure than jump off of the Eiffel Tower.
All righty, ya'll. It's time to talk about the elephant in the room: busted feet.
It's summer. You shouldn't be wearing boots or kneesocks on the regular. It's time to be brave and bare your soles.
For the purpose of this post, I've qualified Feet into four categories according to Their Level of Busted-nessTM.
Level 1: Princess Feet (as smooth as the day you were born) Level 2: Just Feet (maybe a tad rough in the heel area, but not too bad) Level 3: Jacked Up (pretty damn bad, but potentially salvageable) Level 4:Wrecked (most of the people in this category think they can't be helped and just skipped to another blog, shaking in fear and self-loathing)
A quick note to Level 1's: Maybe you're blessed with those baby soft feet that never look bad.
Maybe you've got a standing appointment with a fabulous pedicure-ist.
If you are one of these types, you're excused. Go on and read some of the pithy and genius thingsI'vepreviouslywritten. This post is for the rest of us.
To read about how to fix your situation, keep reading.
DISCLAIMER: I'm not a podiatrist, so none of this should be considered medical advice. If you are in the "Wrecked" category of Feet, you may want to consider seeing a podiatrist or dermatologist or exorcist or some other kind of professional who can better advise you.
Sadly there is a downside to being The Nail Ninja. What could possibly be negative about being a World Famous Mysterious Character with sensationally sexy nails?
Oh, you won't want to hear it. It's too painful. Too damn sad to talk about!
Certainly not depressing is this amazing OPI DS polish, Glow. They call it "rose gold with diamond dust" and The Ninja calls it "copper with tiny little prisms of rainbow-goodness". Po-tay-to, Pa-tah-to.
See some more pictures full of amazingness and read the review by reading further. And be sure to stay tuned to see the other DS polish released in Fall '09: Mystery (it's a purple!).
At the end of October, The Ninja (and the rest of the blogosphere) reported that OPI would be creating a collection to revel in the hullabaloo that is Tim Burton's Disney bonanza, Alice in Wonderland. Well, the time to purchase said collection is drawing neigh, and we've seen some swatches (!) and even some frankens* inspired by the Alice in Wonderland story.
*frankens = a homemade polish created by mixing other nail polishes and/or added ingredients like glitter or loose pigments; as in "frankenstein".
Let's review with our pictures of the collection, which includes a red creme, a red shimmer, and two glitters (one a blue, and the other a black-based multi-hued glitter):
Off with Her Red! – A glowing, empowering hot red The
Red Queen: Cruel ruler of Underland, she cuts off the heads of those
who disagree with her. She would rather be feared than loved.
Absolutely Alice - An absolutely amazing blue glitter Alice
Kingsley: Beautiful but slightly off-kilter, sees the world differently
than most. In the Rabbit Hole, she seeks to write her own destiny.
Mad as a Hatter – A madly marvelous black-multi glitter The Mad Hatter: Formerly the White Queen’s hatter. Now, he is part of the Underland Resistance and driven to madness by guilt.
Thanks So Muchness! - For this ”much-have” red shimmer And lastly…; As if the tale was not adventurous enough, one more shade to color your own Underland over and over.
Images are property of and courtesy of All Lacquered Up. Please visit her site for more swatches and her review!
As The Ninja is currently obsessed with two things (black glitter and white shimmer/glitter), clearly she will be snapping up Mad as a Hatter, which is basically hella sparkly and gorgeous! Like Michelle, The Ninja was completely underwhelmed with Absolutely Alice when viewing the promos, but the swatches make this polish another must-have! As for the reds, while pretty, The Ninja is gonna skip 'em, due to the sheer number of reds in her stash that don't get worn!
But swatching these isn't all that Michelle has been doing lately. She's a busy little beaver and was so inspired by the Alice idea that she thought to create a polish based on the Cheshire Cat! Take a little lookie:
Images are property of and courtesy of All Lacquered Up. See more and learn how to create this polish yourself here!
Notes: Please ignore the shoddy application - this was a quick swatch! The shade is very dark, and in most lights reads as black. The thumb is one coat, to show that it's actually green, but that's the only way The Ninja could really tell unless in direct sunlight!
OK, so OPI's India collection is only from last Spring. That's hardly "old", but still...
Here's my current mani:
A blue-based hot pink cream. Is it totally unique? No, but it's still a
great bright pink! For those of you familiar with the culture, this
color will be familiar - it shows up in quite a few of the saris I've
seen. It's so fun, flirty, feminine and strong... just like the Indian
women I know!
Application: Smooth and silky! Opaque in two thin coats, as seen above. Very easy to use, with no cuticle drag.
Wear: Wears well (doesn't chip any quicker than most, better than many).
What I used: Base coat - NailTek Foundation I followed by Orly Bonder; two thin coats of color; Creative Super Shiny followed by Seche Vite as top coats.
Accessorize a spunky sundress; brighten a neutral outfit; as a fun and
sassy pedi that sets off those crazy flip flops with the big flower on
top. A great "bold" look without being over-the-top - perfect for those
who tend to stay more neutral but want to spice things up. I like
contrast, so with this on my tips, I have an urge to put China Glaze's For Audrey (a sexy Tiffany blue) on my toes! Or pair with a softer pink, a deep blue, or for true Indian flava try a gold!
And just for funsies, here are the promo pics from this collection. I loved these!
You've seen it before, but not on The Ninja! Presenting OPI's My Private Jet, a ....
Stop right there!
There's an issue with this polish, as many nail junkies know. Here's the deal: My Private Jet came out, people loved it. OPI decided to discontinue it. It was rereleased - but it just wasn't the same. And now there are theories that there are as many as 4 versions of this polish out there. FOUR!
OPI, pull it together.
The Ninja's version is probably the newest - it's a dark brown-tinged-with-black with itsy-bitsy microglitter. (yes - usually "itsy-bitsy" followed by "microglitter" would be redundant, but this really is very small!) Said microglitter is many different colors, which gives this polish a great shine and a lot of dimension!
Here's the deal, though: it's not the original. This polish, when it first came out, was a graphite-nearly-black polish chock-full of amazing holographic yumminess. So, while the current manifestation is a very pretty color, it's not "BUY 3 BACKUPS" pretty (and the original was, to hear the tale told).
The Ninja's version looks a bit graphite-black in these pictures, but in person and in the bottle it certainly leans brown. And it is by no means a holographic polish.
The Ninja will allow you to compare her My Private Jet with some pictures of other versions:
For those of you not hanging by The Ninja's every word, she shall briefly recap: She fell in love with a brown polish a few days ago.
The Ninja is already bored with this recap, so go read more here.
The Ninja is already cheating on that polish with her sister, a purple flaky glitter called Merry Midnight, also from OPI's Holiday '09 collection, Holiday Wishes.
Gorgeous, midtone plummy purple goodness with tiny little shimmery glitter and larger flaky chunks of red/berry opalescence. There's not much more to be said, so take a look:
Important to see it in the light, so now with flash on:
The Ninja knows: SHUT UP! Right!?
By the way, what you're looking at is two coats over a base coat and under Seche Vite. The wear is excellent, though as is typical Seche Vite pulls a little at the tip but shrinkage isn't as bad as with some other polishes.
Have you ever looked at a few of your products and realized how similar in tone/shade they are, even if they are different types of products or even from completely different lines? The Nail Ninja profiled a great new OPI polish called Shim-Merry Chic (read about it here).
After looking at the pictures on The Nail Ninja, a few people suggested some products they thought looked similar - and they might have looked like the pictures, but they didn't look as much alike in person. But I had already been thinking about how similar Shim-Merry Chic looked to one of my favorite Lipglasses: Oh Baby!
No, they aren't exactly the same shade of bronze, but they are fairly close, and both have delicious multi-colored shimmer.
I wondered how close those shades were to my favorite eyeshadow, MACTempting. Notsomuch, but with a tiny tweak or two I made my own eyeshadow. I call it "Oh Shim-Merry Baby!" (because I'm a dork). I mixed Tempting with Honeylust and a dash of Coppering and got pretty close.
Here's a shot of Oh Baby! on the lips, where it doesn't look so similar at all, but that's because it's over my pink lips rather than a brown-based lipstick.
I'm wearing all of these kissing cousin products in the silly picture at the top. I kinda like it!
Having had her formative makeup years in the 1980's, The Ninja usually steers clear of brown polishes. Is that tide turning? After embracing the grey trend of the past few years, it was easy to slide into one of The Ninja's favorite shades, taupe (see China GlazeCordshere). But BROWN???
The Ninja is ready to get past her past and move on! A recent trip to Ulta resulted in 3 brown shades going into the shopping bag (THREE!). The others are gorgeous, of course, or The Ninja wouldn't have grabbed them, but the flat-out highlight of the brown polishes from haul is OPI's Shim-Merry's Chic, from their Holiday '09 collection called "Holiday Wishes".
Note: The Ninja also heartily approves of the purple ( from Holiday Wishes. Pictures coming soon!
Shim-Merry Chic is a gorgeous melange of honeyed brown with an rusty-an-copper-opalescent pearl and glitter flake. It reminds The Ninja of: toffee, mulled cider, molten caramel. Its base is cool enough that The Ninja's cool, fair skin can handle it, and lively enough with those lovely flashes of copper, orange, and a bit of tiny green, blue & silver shimmer that it's never dull!
If this shade were:
wood used to make a piece of furniture, The Ninja would buy it.
found in colored contacts, The Ninja would pop 'em right in.
a gemstone, The Ninja would have a honkin' huge ring, a necklace and earrings.
a sweater, The Ninja would wear it over her black ninja suit when no one was looking.
a leather couch, The Ninja would never get off of it!
This year, it seems to me, is about breaking out of nail polish ruts. What else can explain the upsurge in nail art, bright colors, and elaborate designs? Well, when you feel like you've hit the end of all that can be done, take the next step and match your polish to your... COMPUTER?
I'm Not Really A Waitress
That's right. Suzi Weiss-Fischmann of OPI has created a line of computers skins with Dell, or more accurately has lent 20 of her most popular colors to the Dell Design Studio. You can take your pick of those popular shades, or you can select from seasonal offerings. The shades available will occasionally be rotated depending on popularity. (I'm trying to get a hold of the full color line-up and will let you know if I am able to do so)
“Beautiful nails really are the ultimate accessory to any look,”
said Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive Vice President & Artistic
Director. “And now, with Dell laptops that coordinate with OPI Nail
Lacquers, you can match your nails to your emails!” source
The thing is: how are the computers? I have a Dell, and love it except the battery is TERRIBLE, it's prone to overheating, and it's got Vista installed. Oh, and my "2" key fell off. I'd rather have a functioning computer than a pretty one. If Dell can get both going, I'll be thrilled!
The pics on this post come courtesy of Dell's official Flickr site (here).
Up Front & Personal
Scrangie swatched OPIHoliday '09here - take a look!