31 January 2012

OPI | Holland Collection Spring-Summer 2012 | Review + Swatches

While most of us are still experiencing those cold fronts, OPI has already started to heat things up with their newly anticipated Holland Collection for Spring-Summer 2012. Inspired by the country’s range of stunning shades – as seen in vivid tulips, windmill-dotted hillsides and bustling canals – the collection’s twelve shades offer a mixture of sophisticated neutrals and highly-pigmented brights.  

Did You 'ear About Van Gogh?
Rumor has it, this sandy bisque is a work of art. 

Dutch'ya Just Love OPI?
All of Holland hollers for this crowd-pleasing plum. 

A Roll In The Hague
Take advantage of this frisky little orange.

I Have A Herring Problem
What's that you say? I need to sea this shimmery green-blue? 

I Don't Give A Rotterdam! 
This sassy steal-blue shimmer means business! 

Gouda Gouda Two Shoes
Take a walk on the wild side with this robust rose. 

Thanks A WindMillion 
You totally deserve this breezy sea green. 

A deep purple for a divine diva. 

Wooden Shoe Like To Know?
It's no secret, everybody loves this shimmery chocolate-brown. 

Kiss Me On my Tulips
A smooch-worthy shade of hot pink. 

Pedal Faster Suzi! 
This pink lavender shimmer will have you wheeling. 

Red Lights Ahead...Where?
This coral-packed red is the hottest in the district. 

Glow: Ok, so let me just start by saying that I really appreciate that this collection has warm colors and most of which are very wearable through every season. The collection is composed of both cremes and shimmers. The blues are my faves! I actually love all of the shimmers sans Pedal Faster Suzi!

Glare: Pedal Faster Suzi! (the light pink shimmer) was a bit difficult to apply even coverage. I always seem to have a difficult time with super light pastel colors. It's a pretty color but this was my least favorite out the collection. 

Would I Recommend It? Yep!

Where To Buy: The Holland Collection will be available February 8, 2012. Each bottle retails for $8.50. For more information or to locate retailers near you please visit www.opi.com.

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Iman Cosmetics | Luxury Translucent Powder | Review + Photos

I'm constantly fighting the battle of trying to control my oily skin, especially when wearing makeup. Which is why I'm always open to trying new options. I was definitely intrigued when I first learned about Iman Cosmetics new Luxury Translucent Powder. I've only tried a handful of translucent powders prior to this one and I must say this is my first time seeing one that actually matches my skin-tone. 

Product Features:
- Luxury Translucent formula in the silkiest texture of all the IMAN powders
- Blots shine, absorbs oil and finishes makeup with a sheer, semi-matte veil of clor that matches skin tone to perfection without adding additional coverage to foundation shade. 
- Enriched with an exclusive skin-enhancing Micro-mineral medley that contains: copper, Zinc, Manganese, Potassium, Iron & Mica which work together with natural pigments to enhance the skin's tone and texture
- Signature faceted-jewel powder embossment
- Exclusive luxury faceted gold designed compact for ultimate purse appeal

Iman Luxury Translucent Powder in Earth Deep

Glow: I love that this powder comes in a variety of shades, it's pretty rare to find translucent powders that come in colors this deep. I applied it to my face right after my foundation, to set it and blot out some of the oil. I definitely noticed a difference right away and I loved that in blended seamlessly with my makeup and didn't distort the color at all. I got about 4-5 good hours of wear before needing to blot my face again and to a girl with excessively oily skin such as mine, I think that's pretty darn good! It also sets with sort of a matte like finish but didn't dry out my skin at all.

Glare: None!

Would I Recommend It? Definitely! Honestly, this has quickly become a staple product for me during my makeup routine. I've learned over the years that there is no real remedy for oily skin and it takes a little bit of searching and trial & error to find products that help control it. This powder has truly been a gem for me so far!

Where To Buy: The Luxury Translucent Powder retails for $20. It is exclusively available online at Drugstore.com and also Target.com. To learn more please visit www.imancosmetics.com.

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30 January 2012

OPI | Nicki Minaj Collection | Review + Swatches

I've been excited  since the moment I heard that Nicki Minaj had team up with OPI for her very own collection! I actually love Nicki and whether you're a fan or not, if you're a polish'aholic like me then I'm pretty sure you're going to love these shades! The line features six limited edition nail lacquers in addition to Super Bass Shatter, ranging from fantastic pink, rainbow confetti glitter and charcoal sparkle hues to two green shades in lime and teal. Check out my swatches & full review below.  

Pink Friday
Kick off the weekend with this pop! of bubble gum pink.

Did It On 'Em
A lusty little lacquer that loves the "lime-light".

I came to win, to fight...and to wear this aqua.

Super Bass Shatter
A record-setting purple that "shatters" before your eyes.

Metallic 4 Life
This charcoal sparkle flies with the stars in the skies. 

Save Me
I drove for miles just to find this silver-rainbow glitter. 

Glow: Ok, even though this is a relatively small collection I think they did a wonderful job with the color selection! My camera doesn't really capture the true essence of "Dit It On 'Em", it's more of a lime/neon green. I really like that they incorporated a shatter into this collection as well as two glitters. "Save Me" which is a rainbow glitter that is very reminiscent of confetti, it can be worn alone or paired on top of another color.

Glare: The formula was a little touch and go with Pink Friday and Dit it On 'Em, for me. They were a tad transparent and streaky and I needed to apply three coats for them to become opaque.

Would I Recommend It? Sure would! Especially if you're a fan of Nicki Minaj then this collection is a must have.

Where To Buy: The Nicki Minaj Collection is currently available in various retailers nationwide. Each polish retails for about $8.50 each. To purchase, learn more, or to locate a retailer nearest you please visit www.opi.com.

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Motions Naturally You Collection Launches In NYC | Photos + First Look & Review

I'm really excited to introduce Motions brand new "Naturally You" Collection! Being a woman with natural hair, I love to see my favorite brands deliver fresh ideas and products that feel like a custom fit for my hair type. Last Thursday, Motions hosted an event for the launch of their new collection Naturally You. The event was a fab luncheon that took place at the Mondrian Soho in New York City. I was actually invited to the event but was unable to attend and I'm still a little bummed about that but it looks like the ladies in attendance had a blast! I want to share a few photos from the event as well as photos from my personal experience with the products below. 

The Mondrian Soho NYC

Lexi from Curls, Coils & Kinks
I've actually had the pleasure of meeting Lexi before at a local event (She lives in Atlanta too!) She's very sweet! 

Adrienne from Me My Hair and the City was also there!
I've met her as well! :o) (she also lives here, hey there are a lot of us curly girls in ATL!)

A few more photos from the event.
The ladies enjoyed lunch, drinks, pampering, and of course Naturally You :o)


I had the opportunity of trying out the Naturally You Collection for myself.
Each of the products are formulated with Shea Butter, Coconut & Avocado Oil.

Motions Naturally You Moisturizing Cleanser/Shampoo & Smoothing Conditioner 

Motions Naturally You Deep Conditioning Masque

Motions Naturally You Hydrate My Curls Pudding 

The texture of the pudding is really rich and creamy. 
It smells so good and left my hair super moisturized! 

These are my fabulous results after doing a wash & go using Naturally You!


So far my overall experience with Motions Naturally You Collection has been nothing less than wonderful! What I love most is that it left my hair feeling super soft and helped to define beautiful loose curls. I look forward to trying more styles with Naturally You such as twist outs, braid outs and more. I can definitely see the Hydrate My Curls Pudding becoming my go-to product for this summers wash & go's :o)

Whether you're wearing your natural hair in tightly-coiled curls, loose ringlets, flowing waves or super straight, new Motions Naturally You products are specially-formulated to moisturize your hair with essential natural oils. Embrace the incredible beauty of your natural hair with Motions naturally You. For more information visit us at www.motionshair.com .
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Motions via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of my own and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Motions.

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