Posts Tagged: OPI


20
Dec 12

bareMinerals and OPI Nail & Lip Duo

bareMinerals and OPI, a brand favoured by nail-art lover Serena Williams, have partnered together this Christmas to create a gorgeous duo of matching lip and nail colours.

The duo, which was launched on QVC this December, is available in four colours: Classic Red, Shocking Pink, Naturally Nude or Sugary Pink. Priced at £20.50, I think it would make a great Christmas gift for your sister, mum or best friend!

OPI bareMinerals range

OPI bareMinerals Nail & Lip duo range

My personal favourite is the Shocking Pink option as I love bareMinerals’ Pretty Amazing lip colour, called “Ambition”. As the name suggests, the shade is not for the timid type, but if it’s statement lips you want, then this is definitely the colour for you.

bareMinerals European Make-up Artist, Sarah-Jane Froom suggests you use the point of the Pretty Amazing applicator to line the lips, then fill lips using the flat of the wand.

OPI Bare Minerals LCN

OPI & bareMinerals duo, and LCN Nail Candy

The name of the OPI nail lacquer, “I’m INDI-a Mood for Love”, aptly reflects its vibrant hue. As can be seen in the photos, I like to team this nail lacquer with some stunning Lilac Nail Candy by LCN, which is available to buy for £5.70 from beautyconcepts.co.uk.

“Always apply 2 coats of OPI nail lacquer to nails to see the shade’s true depth of colour,” says Lisa Bennett, director of Lena White Ltd. “OPI’s pro-wide brush gives you control with your application for a professional finish, every time.”

Hurry, there’s still time to order before Christmas!

OPI nail varnish and LCN nail candy

OPI Shocking Pink Nail Varnish teamed with LCN nail candy

 

 


15
Dec 12

Decorate your nails this Christmas with Nail Art by NPW

If you want fingernails that twinkle like fairy lights, glitter like tinsel and shimmer like a big fat bauble, then this Christmas I suggest you decorate your fingers with Nail Art!

The Nail Art range boasts a variety of colours, tools, textures and gems, all of which work together to create eye-catching 3D effects that will quite literally make your nails stand out. The full range costs between £2.50 and £9.95, and can be bought from Topshop, Selfridges, River Island, Accessorize, New Look and NPW.

If, like me, you’re a fan of doodling then you’ll delight with the Nail Art Party Pack. The kit contains a sparkly nail file, three glittery nail varnishes with built-in micro-nibs which you can use to design your own patterns, and a GEM WHEEL! (Yes, that actually excites me).

Nail Art Party Pack

Nail Art Party Pack

Using Nail Art reminds me of waking up one Christmas morning when I was a kid to find three pots of sparkly nail varnish in my stocking, with which I then proceeded to decorate my nails in the most garish manner possible. Thankfully that nail varnish has long worn off, but the novelty of painting my nails hasn’t, and if the same is true for you then you’ll love Nail Art products.

As can be seen below, I’ve been experimenting with the Nail Art Party Pack (£9.95), the Nail Art Glam Glitter Pens (£9.95) and the Nail Art Gem Wheel (£2.95). Though I should point out, the pink shade is by OPI (“I’m Indi-a mood for Love”), the caviar effect was created using Lilac Nail Candy by LCN, and beneath the mountain of blue hearts on my index finger is a fab multi-coloured, multi-layered nail lacquer by China Glaze (“It’s a trap-eze!”).

Nail Art OPI China Glaze

Nail Art, OPI, and China Glaze nail products

Despite the less than immaculate finish (in my defence, this was my first go) the Nail Art micro-nibs are really easy to use. I applied the gems with my fingers, but I suggest you use a pair of tweezers as this will ensure precision and reduce potential mess.

Also, as you can probably see, too many jewels can make your nails look gaudy, so use sparingly otherwise it’ll look as if a fairy’s exploded all over your hands. I think the Nail Art Party Pack would make a lovely gift this Christmas for your little sister, your arty friend, or even for yourself! So, what are you waiting for? Get decorating!

The Nail Art Gem Wheel from NPW

The Nail Art Gem Wheel from NPW

Yesterfact: Nail polish originated in China around 3000 BC and it’s thought that people in India started decorating their nails with henna around the same time. There’s also evidence that manicures took place in southern Babylonia as far back as 4000 years ago!

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