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MoonCats scarf, a feather light scarf that’s oh so comfy.

Okee dokee…This isn’t nail related but I just had to share this lovely fashion statement piece with you! I was contacted by MoonCats ~The Scarf Expert~ about featuring one of their scarves on my blog. Cheeyah! Oh, and as I get more items to review here I plan on adding a page to my blog that will be fashion/beauty-related, apart from my mad, mad, mad lacquer world that saturates my daily life. 😉

I have to give a quick shout out to my beautiful niece, Chelsea Rodman, for agreeing to model this gorgeous, lightweight scarf which is a perfect seasonal transition fabric that I will explain in this article. Which her golden locks and fresh face, I couldn’t resist dragging her into my project. Also, huge kudos to my freelance photographer son, Nathan Duncan (yes, this is a family affair), who is already an established fashion/fine art photographer and owner of Photoalchemy. His work is truly amazing! Thank you both for playing along.

Let’s take a look! This particular scarf is called Pop Taupe, and is 100% Viscose. It’s light as a feather and a perfect neutral shade.

Pop Taupe is described as a frayed fringe scarf. The scarf you can grab every morning when you're running late for work, being sure it will match your outfit.

Pop Taupe is described as a frayed fringe scarf. The scarf you can grab every morning when you’re running late for work, being sure it will match your outfit.

100% viscose, Weight: 3 OZ, Length: 71″, Width: 32″. Hand washable. This style also comes in Black Cat and Pop Grey.

MoonCats explains, "This is a timeless classic that you MUST have in your dressing room. You will love feeling its soft fabric on your skin, as well as its sweet grey-brownn shade!"

MoonCats explains, “This is a timeless classic that you MUST have in your dressing room. You will love feeling its soft fabric on your skin, as well as its sweet grey-brownn shade!”

The Pop Taupe scarf is so light you'll forget you're wearing it. It is 100 percent Viscose, which is described by Wikipedia as, "Viscose rayon is a fiber of regenerated cellulose; it is structurally similar to cotton but may be produced from a variety of plants such as soy, bamboo and sugar cane."

The Pop Taupe scarf is so light you’ll forget you’re wearing it. It is 100 percent Viscose, which is described by Wikipedia as, “Viscose rayon is a fiber of regenerated cellulose; it is structurally similar to cotton but may be produced from a variety of plants such as soy, bamboo and sugar cane.”

MoonCats also has a plethora of other scarves in all fabric types, styles and weights. From infinity scarves for men and women, to hats, gloves and even Cashmere items. And shipping is FREE on all US orders, plus free exchanges and returns.

These scarves are long enough to tie in knots, wear partially on your head and trailing down, around your waist or tied on your purse. You're only limited by your imagination.

These scarves are long enough to tie in knots, wear partially on your head and trailing down, around your waist or tied on your purse. You’re only limited by your imagination.

Moon Cats is a fashion accessories brand, selling exclusively online at MoonCats.com!
Most of MoonCats super trendy scarves are less than $40 from chunky oblong scarves to wraps and oversized capes, trendy light weight scarves and super lovely infinity scarves, and even some styles for men. Don’t forget they have elegant gloves, warm knit winter hats and stylish headwraps, starting at $24.95. And they offer free shipping to the US both ways!

• Here is my special coupon code for 30% OFF on ALL the products. The MoonCats code is: LACQUEREDLORI30OFF

Photo credits: LacqueredLori, Nathan Duncan of Photoalchemy
Model: Chelsea Rodman

*This product was sent to me by MoonCats for review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any way.

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Pre-Order your Zoya Delight Minis now!

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You’re never too old for an Easter Basket and Zoya Delight Minis are the perfect way to add a little something sweet to it without the calories! For a limited time, you can get the Zoya Nail Polish* Delight shades in special Limited Edition boxes!

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Spring 2015 Flora & Fauna Collection by Vinylux

Wake up to these soft and easy-on-the-eyes shades from Vinylux Spring 2015 Flora & Fauna Weekly Polish Collection from CND. Colors and styles are inspired by watercolor impressions of luminous landscapes. I have to disclose immediately that every single one of these formulas are jaw-droppingly gorgeous. I’m not kidding! I would consider this collection sent to me by RPR Marketing a spring essential for salons everywhere and avid polish collectors in general.

Introducing CND Vinylux Weekly Polish (also available in Shellac) Spring 2015 Flora & Fauna Collection. This set of eight polishes include 4 creams, 2 glass fleck shimmers, and 2 pearly shimmers. Back row: Wild Moss (glass fleck), Salmon Run (cream), Thistle Thicket (cream) and Field Fox (cream). Front row: Creekside (cream), Blush Teddy (shimmer), Dandelion (pearl shimmer) and Fragrant Freesia (glass fleck).

Introducing CND Vinylux Weekly Polish (also available in Shellac) Spring 2015 Flora & Fauna Collection. This set of eight polishes include 4 creams, 2 glass fleck shimmers, and 2 pearly shimmers. Back row: Wild Moss (glass fleck), Salmon Run (cream), Thistle Thicket (cream) and Field Fox (cream). Front row: Creekside (cream), Blush Teddy (shimmer), Dandelion (pearl shimmer) and Fragrant Freesia (glass fleck).

CND describes this collection, available in these Weekly Polishes as well as Shellac as: “Moments of reflection as wildflowers sway in the soft morning breeze. Untouched meadows, nature’s retreat, sigh with tranquility.” They are available now.

“This season’s trends are all about unplugging from today’s digital world and embracing the simpler things. Sun-bleached tones and dreamy watercolor paintings emerge from the perfection of nature,” says CND Co-founder and Style Director Jan Arnold. “Nails are easy and softly squared – as wearable and simple as a barefoot stroll through the grass while finishes play with matte and shiny effects.”

I’d say that pretty much nails it! I couldn’t be happier with this breath of fresh air. Let’s take a look.

First up is Blush Teddy. I’m not sure what that implies 😉 But its gorgeous.

Blush Teddy is a cream with a super subtle shimmer.

Blush Teddy is a cream with a super subtle shimmer.

I’m in love with Creekside! I guess because I love the water. But it’s a stunning pale blue.

Creekside is a pale blue cream with a great formula.

Creekside is a pale blue cream with a great formula.

I wasn’t sure if I’d care much for Dandelion on my skin tone, but I think it’s one of my faves of the bunch.

Dandelion is a pale peachy pearly shimmer.

Dandelion is a pale peachy pearly shimmer.

What a glorious neutral is Field Fox!

Field Fox is a beautiful taupey nude cream that reminds me of a milk chocolate drink.

Field Fox is a beautiful taupey nude cream that reminds me of a milk chocolate drink.

Fragrant Freesia has a wonderful glass fleck effect that I love in polishes!

Fragrant Freesia is a gorgeous glass fleck shimmer polish with a superb formula, just like Wild Moss, two coats.

Fragrant Freesia is a gorgeous glass fleck shimmer polish with a superb formula, just like Wild Moss, two coats.

Even though Salmon Run was streakier in application on the 1st coat, it nicely corrected itself on the second, and still needed a third. But it turned out nice and I love this shade!

Salmon run is the only 3-coater in the set of creams but the gorgeously peachy payoff is worth it.

Salmon run is the only 3-coater in the set of creams but the gorgeously peachy payoff is worth it.

Thistle Thicket is one of those must-have greys that tend to go with everything! This would be a wonderful polish for the workplace, but also as a base for nail art. It’s got a touch of blue/lavender to it which makes it adaptable.

Thistle Thicket is another fabulous formula. A pale neutral, a greyed out blue/lilac is opaque in two coats.

Thistle Thicket is another fabulous formula. A pale neutral, a greyed out blue/lilac is opaque in two coats.

I LOVE this Wild Moss with it’s glass flecks and shimmer!

Wild Moss is the other silver glass fleck shimmer. Great formula in two coats, super easy!

Wild Moss is the other silver glass fleck shimmer. Great formula in two coats, super easy!

And just for fun, I played around with a bit of springtime nail art of Wild Moss.

Here is a little nail art, a spring tree in bloom, using four of the Flora & Fauna collection, Wild Moss, Salmon Run, Field Fox and Creekside.

Here is a little nail art, a spring tree in bloom, using four of the Flora & Fauna collection, Wild Moss, Salmon Run, Field Fox and Creekside.

FEATURED BENEFITS: VINYLUX® Weekly Polish system includes a self-adhering Color Coat that eliminates the need for Base Coat; Top Coat becomes more durable with exposure to natural light; dries in just 8.5 minutes and provides week-long chip-free wear.
AVAILABILITY: Available worldwide Summer 2015; visit the Salon Locator on cnd.com
PRICE: In-salon VINYLUX® Weekly Polish services range from $20-$35, depending on location; VINYLUX® Weekly Polish and VINYLUX® Weekly Top Coat retail for $10.50 per bottle at select salons.”

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Founded in 1979 and based in San Diego, California, CND (Creative Nail Design, Inc.) is the global leader in professional nail, hand and foot beauty – including CND® SHELLAC® brand 14+ day nail color. Deeply committed to advancing the nail care industry, CND devotes significant time and resources to product research and development, education and customer support. CND is an industry-leading advocate for the role of nail care in personal beauty and fashion.

Week Long Wear (Really!)
• Fast-Drying, Two-Step Application
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• 90 Fashion Shades

VINYLUX® Weekly Polish is a breakthrough polish that endures a week of fashion perfection…without a base coat! Exposure to natural light activates the patent-pending ProLight Technology™ to deliver week-long wear. While ordinary polishes break down over time, VINYLUX® Weekly Polish actually becomes more durable!

**These products were provided to me by RPR Marketing at no charge. All opinions are my own and I have not been compensated in any way.

Introducing the Chloe & Bella 2015 Spring collection

Mark your calendars for March 21st! This oh-so-spring collection from indie brand Chloe & Bella, the 2015 Spring Collection, will go on sale and you don’t want to miss any of the six mix ‘n match set. Here they are!

Here they are! The stunning Chloe & Bella 2015 Spring Collection. They are, from left, "Strawberry Cream, Strawberry Twinkle, Tangerine Cream, Tangerine Twinkle, Aubergine Twinkle and Aubergine Cream.

Here they are! The stunning Chloe & Bella 2015 Spring Collection. They are, from left, “Strawberry Cream, Strawberry Twinkle, Tangerine Cream, Tangerine Twinkle, Aubergine Twinkle and Aubergine Cream.

The formulas of the creams were consistent and easy to work with. No flooding and not overly thick with a nicely splaying brush. Although it’s hard to capture the iridescent flashes within each of the creams, believe me, they are there in full sun and well lit rooms. The glitter toppers are great formulas as well, each in clear bases. No fishing here as these formulas have plenty of multi-sized glitters without being chunky on the nail. I found that they applied so smoothly you really don’t need a glitter filling top coat for any of them.

Let’s start off with the Tangerines! Tangerine Cream

Tangerine Cream is a smooth 2-coater with flashes of purple iridescent shimmer. Hard to capture in the photo but believe me, it's breathtaking!

Tangerine Cream is a smooth 2-coater with flashes of purple iridescent shimmer. Hard to capture in the photo but believe me, it’s breathtaking!

Tangerine Cream is described as, "Tangerine Cream is a deliciously yummy orange pastel cream that reminds me of those wonderful Creamsicles of my younger days. Tangerine Cream consists of a fluid and creamy polish that also contains a surprising purple iridescent shimmer. This polish is opaque in two easy coats."

Tangerine Cream is described as, “Tangerine Cream is a deliciously yummy orange pastel cream that reminds me of those wonderful Creamsicles of my younger days. Tangerine Cream consists of a fluid and creamy polish that also contains a surprising purple iridescent shimmer. This polish is opaque in two easy coats.”

Tangerine Twinkle, her outspoken sister!

Tangerine Twinkle is perfectly paired up to it's sister, Tangerine Cream, but I'm tempted to think outside the box and pair her over Strawberry Cream! Ohh, ahh!

Tangerine Twinkle is perfectly paired up to it’s sister, Tangerine Cream, but I’m tempted to think outside the box and pair her over Strawberry Cream! Ohh, ahh!

Tangerine Twinkle is described as, "Tangerine Twinkle is a sparkling glitter-filled topper that begins with a clear base and is filled to the top with delicious glitters and is then amped up to the next level with holographic glitters that give it an extra shiny spark. Glitters include: matte peach and white hex, metallic orange hex, and holo orange hex."

Tangerine Twinkle is described as, “Tangerine Twinkle is a sparkling glitter-filled topper that begins with a clear base and is filled to the top with delicious glitters and is then amped up to the next level with holographic glitters that give it an extra shiny spark. Glitters include: matte peach and white hex, metallic orange hex, and holo orange hex.”

Everyone needs a dreamy pink in their springtime collection. Here we have Strawberry Cream.

Strawberry Cream is a luscious 2-coater with  a shimmer to take it from a beautiful cream to a fabulous pink stunner!

Strawberry Cream is a luscious 2-coater with a shimmer to take it from a beautiful cream to a fabulous pink stunner!

Strawberry Cream is described as, "Strawberry Cream is a delectable warm-pink pastel cream that looks good enough to eat (but please don't!) Strawberry Cream consists of a fluid and creamy polish that also contains a surprising orange and gold shimmer. This polish is opaque in two easy coats."

Strawberry Cream is described as, “Strawberry Cream is a delectable warm-pink pastel cream that looks good enough to eat (but please don’t!) Strawberry Cream consists of a fluid and creamy polish that also contains a surprising orange and gold shimmer. This polish is opaque in two easy coats.”

And to top it off like a Sundae, here is Strawberry Twinkle!

Strawberry Twinkle over Strawberry Cream is the perfect spring pair!

Strawberry Twinkle over Strawberry Cream is the perfect spring pair!

Strawberry Twinkle is described as, "Strawberry Twinkle is a sparkling glitter-filled topper that begins with a clear base and is filled to the top with delicious glitters and is then amped up to the next level with holographic glitters that give it an extra shiny spark. Glitters include: matte light pink and white hex, metallic pink hex, crystal clear fuchsia hex, and holo pink hex."

Strawberry Twinkle is described as, “Strawberry Twinkle is a sparkling glitter-filled topper that begins with a clear base and is filled to the top with delicious glitters and is then amped up to the next level with holographic glitters that give it an extra shiny spark. Glitters include: matte light pink and white hex, metallic pink hex, crystal clear fuchsia hex, and holo pink hex.”

And finally, the Aubergines! Now, I had to look up this word because frankly, I didn’t know what it meant! 😉 Aubergine is actually another word for eggplant! Now, although this could be a pastel version of that deep purple squash, you’ll see the true eggplant shade in it’s sister’s glitter. Here is Aubergine Cream.

Aubergine Cream is a great 2-coat polish with a bit of iridescent flash. I accented her with a light layer of Aubergine Twinkle.

Aubergine Cream is a great 2-coat polish with a bit of iridescent flash. I accented her with a light layer of Aubergine Twinkle.

Aubergine Cream is described as, "Aubergine Cream is a luscious purple pastel cream. Aubergine Cream consists of a fluid and creamy polish that also contains a surprising blue iridescent shimmer. This polish is opaque in two easy coats."

Aubergine Cream is described as, “Aubergine Cream is a luscious purple pastel cream. Aubergine Cream consists of a fluid and creamy polish that also contains a surprising blue iridescent shimmer. This polish is opaque in two easy coats.”

And paired with the cream this glitter is too gorgeous. Here is the last of the collection Aubergine Twinkle.

Aubergine Twinkle is a gorgeous mixed purple glitter topper in a smooth clear base. Perfect to pair over Aubergine Cream!

Aubergine Twinkle is a gorgeous mixed purple glitter topper in a smooth clear base. Perfect to pair over Aubergine Cream!

Aubergine Twinkle is described as, "Aubergine Twinkle is a sparkling glitter-filled topper that begins with a clear base and is filled to the top with delicious glitters and is then amped up to the next level with holographic glitters that give it an extra shiny spark. Glitters include: matte lavender and white hex, metallic purple hex, purple round, and holo blue iridescent hex."

Aubergine Twinkle is described as, “Aubergine Twinkle is a sparkling glitter-filled topper that begins with a clear base and is filled to the top with delicious glitters and is then amped up to the next level with holographic glitters that give it an extra shiny spark. Glitters include: matte lavender and white hex, metallic purple hex, purple round, and holo blue iridescent hex.”

Reminiscent of Easter egg colors and springtime blooms, you’ll definitely want this collection. I highly recommend them!

The polishes go live for sale on the Chloe & Bella website beginning March 21, 2015 and will retail for $7.50 each.

I can’t say enough about this amazing collection! Chloe & Bella polishes have never disappointed me and they are a great value! This is why indie brands flat out rock. They are always innovating. Let me know which ones you will be buying. I love hearing from you.

Shop Chloe & Bella polishes here:

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Twitter: @ChloeAndBellaCS

**This polish were sent to me for review and all opinions are my own. I was not monetarily compensated in any way.

Two more NEW additions to the ILNP Ultra Chrome Flaky line!

Well, I’m down to six ILNP Ultra Chrome Flakies to review for you, and they are available for pre-order now as of this date, 3/13/15. Today I’ll share a pair of new flakies to tempt you. Paradox and Paradox (H)! ILNP Ultra Chrome Flakies are fully opaque and can be worn alone or over any color without affecting the intense color shifting properties. Here is a sneak peak (I previously posted) of the new lineup of polishes from ILNP for spring 2015.

Ultra Chrome Flakies (H) You know ILNP (I Love Nail Polish) LOVES polish when they can create such massive collections! Each one a winner.

Ultra Chrome Flakies (H) You know ILNP (I Love Nail Polish) LOVES polish when they can create such massive collections! Each one a winner.

First up is Paradox. ILNP says, “Paradox is an absolute jaw-dropping beauty of a nail polish!” I agree!

Brand new in the lineup is Paradox.

Brand new in the lineup is Paradox.

ILNP describes Paradox like this. "If Supernova was a little bit too green for you, Paradox is the answer! Just like Supernova, Paradox has an extreme color shift that travels through teal, blue, violet, pink, and fuchsia. Of course, you'll definitely catch glimpses of other colors at extreme angles and under different lighting conditions. You'll love it, guaranteed!" This is three thin coats with no undies.

ILNP describes Paradox like this. “If Supernova was a little bit too green for you, Paradox is the answer! Just like Supernova, Paradox has an extreme color shift that travels through teal, blue, violet, pink, and fuchsia. Of course, you’ll definitely catch glimpses of other colors at extreme angles and under different lighting conditions. You’ll love it, guaranteed!” This is three thin coats with no undies.

Can’t have too many views, but here’s another.

This is three thin coats over the bare nail. Honestly, I'd have to show you a dozen shots to convey how many shades are possible with this amazing new flaky polish.

This is three thin coats over the bare nail. Honestly, I’d have to show you a dozen shots to convey how many shades are possible with this amazing new flaky polish.

And its even blingier sister, Paradox (H). Paradox (H) is a holographic version of the original Paradox Ultra Chrome Flakie nail polish!

Brand new to the UCF (H) lineup is Paradox (H).

Brand new to the UCF (H) lineup is Paradox (H).

The new Paradox (H) contains just the right amount of holographic splendor to add a beautiful rainbow sparkle to the polish. All without ruining the intense color shift effect!

ILNP describes Paradox (H) like this. "If Supernova was a little bit too green for you, Paradox (H) is the answer! Just like Supernova, Paradox (H) has an extreme color shift that travels through teal, blue, violet, pink, and fuchsia. Of course, you'll definitely catch glimpses of other colors at extreme angles and under different lighting conditions. The added holographic touch in Paradox (H) is sure to add an extra vibrant touch that you're guaranteed to fall in love with!" I applied one light coat over black.

ILNP describes Paradox (H) like this. “If Supernova was a little bit too green for you, Paradox (H) is the answer! Just like Supernova, Paradox (H) has an extreme color shift that travels through teal, blue, violet, pink, and fuchsia. Of course, you’ll definitely catch glimpses of other colors at extreme angles and under different lighting conditions. The added holographic touch in Paradox (H) is sure to add an extra vibrant touch that you’re guaranteed to fall in love with!” I applied one light coat over black.

Don’t be left out of the new 2015 lineup of polishes from ILNP! You’ll want these in your hot little hands asap.

What is your vegan/cruelty free policy?
ILNP absolutely does not test our products on animals nor do we purchase materials from suppliers that do. We make a conscious effort to avoid purchasing animal/insect derived materials like carmine and guanine/pearl, etc. as there are plenty of synthetic alternatives that perform the same or even better.

Are your nail polishes 3-Free?
Yes! All ILNP nail polishes are 3 free! They DO NOT contain Toluene, Formaldehyde, or Dibutyl Phthalate.

What does 3-Free mean?
3-Free means that our nail polishes do not contain Toluene, Formaldehyde, or Dibutyl Phthalate. These 3 ingredients were previously used in most nail polish formulations until recent studies found them to be potentially harmful or irritable to humans. While these chemicals aren’t illegal to use in nail polish (although California law requires special labeling if used), most large brands have already moved to 3-Free formulas at the urge of educated consumers as well as organizations that campaign for safe cosmetics.”

Order your ILNP Ultra Chrome Flaky polishes from ILNP here!

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*These products were sent to me for my honest review at no cost. I was not financially compensated in any way and all opinions are my own.

SquareHue Decades Collection: 1920…times are achangin’

I just knew the March SquareHue box was going to be glamorous and edgy. I was right! I could easily see these three shades in any speakeasy. From a time when women ditched their corsets, bobbed their locks and took up smoking, fashion took a huge leap. Let check out these fabulous shades and formulas from SquareHue, the subscription box that gives back.

SquareHue Decades Collection: 1920 for 3.15 brings us the roaring 20s inspired shades. Full of glitz and glamour, the three shades would truly be loved by any flapper! From left/top/bottom: Art & Deco 1925, a copper shimmer; Style & Speed 1921 is a silver micro glitter; and the delicate Cocktails & Cigarettes, a shear pearl with teal flash.

SquareHue Decades Collection: 1920 for 3.15 brings us the roaring 20s inspired shades. Full of glitz and glamour, the three shades would truly be loved by any flapper! From left/top/bottom: Art & Deco 1925, a copper shimmer; Style & Speed 1921 is a silver micro glitter; and the delicate Cocktails & Cigarettes, a shear pearl with teal flash.

First we have Cocktails & Cigarettes 1920. It’s a blushing duotoned topper, or shear polish, that flashes teal and is especially stunning over other shades!

Cocktails & Cigarettes 1920 is anything but unladylike, but considering the fashion was often braless, shear and a bit unconventional, it's the perfect topper seen here over black and white! It turns black into a shimmery teal and white into a peach chiffon shimmer. It's the bee's knees! On the pinky finger it's on it's own in 3 coats then accented with a dotticure of black and white, then topped with C & C.

Cocktails & Cigarettes 1920 is anything but unladylike, but considering the fashion was often braless, shear and a bit unconventional, it’s the perfect topper seen here over black and white! It turns black into a shimmery teal and white into a peach chiffon shimmer. It’s the bee’s knees! On the pinky finger it’s on it’s own in 3 coats then accented with a dotticure of black and white, then topped with C & C.

Next up on the dance floor is Style & Speed 1921. It’s a glossy mirror like silver micro glitter that will knock your socks off!

Style & Speed 1921 is ready to ride! It's a glossy mirror like finish with lots of flash. Shown here in 2 coats and accented with the coppery shimmer called Art & Deco 1925.

Style & Speed 1921 is ready to ride! It’s a glossy mirror like finish with lots of flash. Shown here in 2 coats and accented with the coppery shimmer called Art & Deco 1925.

And but certainly not least, Art & Deco 1925. A Copper shimmer with an impeccable formula, dries fast a and a 2-coater.

Art & Deco 1925 was the dawn of the Art Deco era where flappers did pretty much what they wanted, dancing the Charleston was all the rage and style went from fussy to fabulous.

Art & Deco 1925 was the dawn of the Art Deco era where flappers did pretty much what they wanted, dancing the Charleston was all the rage and style went from fussy to fabulous.

That’s it for this month’s collection from SquareHue. I can’t wait to see what the glamorous 30s has to offer!

Stay tuned for my next SH post on the 04.15 collection, 1930s. They ship out on the 1st of the month!

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Aloha! Hangin’ loose \mn/ with the OPI Hawaii Collection

Aloha all you wahines! Howzit? I have to admit, I am in love with 99 percent of this collection sent to me for review from Loxa Beauty! So much that I was a bit concerned about how these sun-drenched shades would look on my winter pale skin, that I actually applied bronzer on my fingers for the photos. How’s that for dedication?! No worries “brah”, it’s all da kine good when you’re on the island. And I REALLY want to get back to Maui. We were there for nine wonderful days in ’02 and all 500+ photos I took…all gone! Sadly, my laptop totally died a painful death upon reentry to the mainland and I didn’t back up my pics. Yeah, dat was lolo (stupid), I know. So I HAVE to go back right?!

Okay, I won’t torture you any further with my feeble attempt at the “pidgeon” slang. My kids would say, “lame Mom, lame.” LOL the collection consists of 12 island inspired shades. Cremes, shimmers and a lonely little metallic yellow glitter mix. Let’s take a look!

The OPI Hawaii collection for Spring 2015. Top down, left of center of starfish: top red is Go With The Lava Flow; to the right the green is My Gecko Does Tricks; the blue is The Color's Making Waves; under the blue is Hello, Hawaii Ya?; the peachy apricot creme is Is Mai Tai Crooked?; and the pink is Suzi Shops & Island Hops. To the right center of the starfish is: the mauve on top is Just Lanai-ing Around; the purple is Lost My Bikini in Molokini; the minty green is That's Hul-Arious!; the sandy nude is Do You Take Lei Away?; bottom yellow is Pineapples Have Peelings Too; and the bright coral/red is Aloha From OPI.

The OPI Hawaii collection for Spring 2015. Top down, left of center of starfish: top red is Go With The Lava Flow; to the right the green is My Gecko Does Tricks; the blue is The Color’s Making Waves; under the blue is Hello, Hawaii Ya?; the peachy apricot creme is Is Mai Tai Crooked?; and the pink is Suzi Shops & Island Hops. To the right center of the starfish is: the mauve on top is Just Lanai-ing Around; the purple is Lost My Bikini in Molokini; the minty green is That’s Hul-Arious!; the sandy nude is Do You Take Lei Away?; bottom yellow is Pineapples Have Peelings Too; and the bright coral/red is Aloha From OPI.

Get yourself a Mai Tai and pull up a beach towel. There are a lot of photos here! First up is Do You Take Lei Away?

Do You Take Lei Away is a lovely nude creme that only needed two coats. It's a bit on the beige spectrum but not too much pink. It's more like sand. Buttery formula.

Do You Take Lei Away is a lovely nude creme that only needed two coats. It’s a bit on the beige spectrum but not too much pink. It’s more like sand. Buttery formula.

Here we have Is Mai Tai Crooked?

Is Mai Tai Crooked? is a peachy salmon creme. A bit streaky on the 1st coat, starts correcting on the 2nd coat and perfect on #3! 2-3 coats depending on your technique but the color is worth it!

Is Mai Tai Crooked? is a peachy salmon creme. A bit streaky on the 1st coat, starts correcting on the 2nd coat and perfect on #3! 2-3 coats depending on your technique but the color is worth it!

One of my faves, gorgeous Aloha From OPI.

Aloha From OPI is one of my faves in the lot. It's a brilliant "almost coral" but the color reminds me more of a red island flower, maybe I've seen this on a hibiscus? Gorgeous with a tan. I used 2 coats and it's pretty amazing.

Aloha From OPI is one of my faves in the lot. It’s a brilliant “almost coral” but the color reminds me more of a red island flower, maybe I’ve seen this on a hibiscus? Gorgeous with a tan. I used 2 coats and it’s pretty amazing.

In the same color family is Go With The Lava Flow.

Go With The Lava Flow is another coral but this is a shimmer. Just a slight shimmer but really glows in the sun. I can't wait to see this on my tanned toes! Super easy to apply, 2 coats.

Go With The Lava Flow is another coral but this is a shimmer. Just a slight shimmer but really glows in the sun. I can’t wait to see this on my tanned toes! Super easy to apply, 2 coats.

And mauve shimmer in Just Lanai-ing Around.

Just Lanai-ing Around is a mauvey pink, but not your granny's mauve! It's just downright juicy. There is a very slight silver shimmer up close. This is 1 coat! But you might do 1-2. Great formula!

Just Lanai-ing Around is a mauvey pink, but not your granny’s mauve! It’s just downright juicy. There is a very slight silver shimmer up close. This is 1 coat! But you might do 1-2. Great formula!

Blushing beauty is Suzi Shops & Island Hops.

Suzi Shops & Island Hops is a bubblegum pink creme. Nothing new here. It wants to be ornery and streaky on first two coats but it dries fast as do the others. So it's all good. This took 3 coats. Another nice one for summer toes.

Suzi Shops & Island Hops is a bubblegum pink creme. Nothing new here. It wants to be ornery and streaky on first two coats but it dries fast as do the others. So it’s all good. This took 3 coats. Another nice one for summer toes.

Here is a simple mani using some of the above shades.

So, I wanted to create a simple mani using some of the color families in the collection. A simple dotticure with a gradient accent nail. On my pinky is Do You Take Lei Away? with dots of Aloha From OPI. The gradient is both of those shades plus Go With The Lava Flow. Go With The Lava Flow on my middle digit with Do You Take Lei Away?. On my pointer finger is Is Mai Tai Crooked dotted with Go With The Lava Flow.

So, I wanted to create a simple mani using some of the color families in the collection. A simple dotticure with a gradient accent nail. On my pinky is Do You Take Lei Away? with dots of Aloha From OPI. The gradient is both of those shades plus Go With The Lava Flow. Go With The Lava Flow on my middle digit with Do You Take Lei Away?. On my pointer finger is Is Mai Tai Crooked dotted with Go With The Lava Flow.

In case you have seen That’s Hul-Arious! in the bottle and wondered, I did a comparison for you against Gargantuan Green Grape (not a part of this collection, but I already had it and just knew I had to throw this one at ya!)

Okay, when I opened the package containing these 12 summery bottles, I had a deja vu moment with That's Hul-Arious! Where have I seen this before? Ahh, I have a water, yucky bottle of a gorgeous color that aggravates me to no end, Gargantuan Green Grape! Well, no they aren't dupes but you can barely see that in the bottles side by side. I've labeled them so you can see. "GGG" is a cooler shade of mint, watery and takes 4 coats to opacity and then you may still see nail bed.  Whereas "TH" from the Hawaii collection is mintier, much more opaque and not nearly as watery. It took 2 coats for me, and recommended 2-3 coats. Very glossy too! If you get That's Hul-Arious! and are tempted at any time to get Gargantuan GG, don't bother. All you need is the Aloha spirit of TH!

Okay, when I opened the package containing these 12 summery bottles, I had a deja vu moment with That’s Hul-Arious! Where have I seen this before? Ahh, I have a water, yucky bottle of a gorgeous color that aggravates me to no end, Gargantuan Green Grape! Well, no they aren’t dupes but you can barely see that in the bottles side by side. I’ve labeled them so you can see. “GGG” is a cooler shade of mint, watery and takes 4 coats to opacity and then you may still see nail bed. Whereas “TH” from the Hawaii collection is mintier, much more opaque and not nearly as watery. It took 2 coats for me, and recommended 2-3 coats. Very glossy too! If you get That’s Hul-Arious! and are tempted at any time to get Gargantuan GG, don’t bother. All you need is the Aloha spirit of TH!


I wanted you to see the difference between GGG and TH. It took 4 coats of Gargantuan and still see nail bed. That's Hul-Arious only took 2 coats.

I wanted you to see the difference between GGG and TH. It took 4 coats of Gargantuan and still see nail bed. That’s Hul-Arious only took 2 coats.

And here is That’s Hul-Arious on the nails.

That's Hul-Arious is a minty green creme, nice formula, 2 coats.

That’s Hul-Arious is a minty green creme, nice formula, 2 coats.

Another pretty green in the collection, My Gecko Does Tricks.

My Gecko Does Tricks is a shimmery, sort of duochrome like finish, very shiny and although it goes on sort of thin, it only took me 2 coats. You can get full opacity in 2-3 coats.

My Gecko Does Tricks is a shimmery, sort of duochrome like finish, very shiny and although it goes on sort of thin, it only took me 2 coats. You can get full opacity in 2-3 coats.

A beautiful Pacific blue shimmer in This Color’s Making Waves.

This Color's Making Waves is a pretty metallic with silver shimmer and silver glass flecks. This is 2 coats. It definitely reminds me of the water at the black sand beach on Maui!

This Color’s Making Waves is a pretty metallic with silver shimmer and silver glass flecks. This is 2 coats. It definitely reminds me of the water at the black sand beach on Maui!

Almost there! I know, longer than a 14-hour flight to the island chain. Here is Hello, Hawaii Ya?

Hello, Hawaii Ya? I'm not totally sure why this smoky purple landed in the collection. Maybe it represents Pele's personality. Maybe there is an island flower this color? It's pretty, and I like this cremey formula. I just don't think it needed to be in this collection with the other gorgeous grapey purple. You know what? Actually, now that I think of it, poi, that starchy purple mashed root that is so prominent in a myriad of the Island's food could be the inspiration here. At a luau we attended in Maui, besides poi we had taro root rolls nearly this color! They were goooood! So, I take it back. This color belongs. ;-)

Hello, Hawaii Ya? I’m not totally sure why this smoky purple landed in the collection. Maybe it represents Pele’s personality. Maybe there is an island flower this color? It’s pretty, and I like this cremey formula. I just don’t think it needed to be in this collection with the other gorgeous grapey purple. You know what? Actually, now that I think of it, poi, that starchy purple mashed root that is so prominent in a myriad of the Island’s food could be the inspiration here. At a luau we attended in Maui, besides poi we had taro root rolls nearly this color! They were goooood! So, I take it back. This color belongs. 😉

A gorgeous, absolutely stunning purple creme, Lost My Bikini in Molokini.

Lost My Bikini in Molokini. Molokini, that crescent islet off the coat of Molokai is a great place to dive. And you do NOT want to lose your bikini there. When we snorkeled there we saw lots of honu (sea turtles) and reef sharks! This gorgeous grapey purple creme is another of my faves in this collection. 1 COAT! LOVE IT!

Lost My Bikini in Molokini. Molokini, that crescent islet off the coat of Molokai is a great place to dive. And you do NOT want to lose your bikini there. When we snorkeled there we saw lots of honu (sea turtles) and reef sharks! This gorgeous grapey purple creme is another of my faves in this collection. 1 COAT! LOVE IT!

And last, my least favorite, but nice attempt, Pineapples Have Peelings Too.

Pineapples Have Peelings Too. I hoped to give you good news about this one. But I can't lie. This is two coats but I had to fish for every glitter (other than the colored micro glitters) on each finger. I applied the first coat easily enough and I like the shimmery yellow all by itself. But that infernal glitter does not belong in this metallic yellow polish. This is two coats. between coats I had to dob polish onto a piece of foil then pick the larger glitters up with an orangewood stick, apply, then applied the second coat. Sorry but a indie glitter it's not! I do like the yellow though!

Pineapples Have Peelings Too. I hoped to give you good news about this one. But I can’t lie. This is two coats but I had to fish for every glitter (other than the colored micro glitters) on each finger. I applied the first coat easily enough and I like the shimmery yellow all by itself. But that infernal glitter does not belong in this metallic yellow polish. This is two coats. between coats I had to dob polish onto a piece of foil then pick the larger glitters up with an orangewood stick, apply, then applied the second coat. Sorry but a indie glitter it’s not! I do like the yellow though!

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Believe me, I wanted so badly to have a little tan before swatching these, so I had to fake it with bronzer. Oh well, the life of a beauty blogger! 😉

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