Nicole by OPI – Keeping up with Santa

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

I know we are already in Jan, but I have a Christmas polish that I must just share with you.  This is from the Christmas 2012 Kardashian Kolors by Nicole by OPI. Its a beautiful cherry red, perfect for the holidays and is SUCH a santa colour.  Its a dream of a polish (and a nightmare to photograph).

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Formula was lovely on this, what you see above it two coats.  I based with Nailtiques 2 (still having the soft, peeling nails – thanks Winter!) and top coated with Seche Vite.  Consistency was great, providing great coverage and its jellie like.  It has a soft sparkle within it giving a wonderful depth of colour.  It is just so Christmas in colour, I got several comments on it whilst I was wearing it.  Plus, I was able to wear it for several days without noticeable tip wear.

What do you think?  What is your favourite Christmas red??

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Nicole by OPI – Listen to Your Mom-ager

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One polish, two looks is the name of todays post.  First up we have a Kardashian Kolor polish from their first run of polishes.  Listen to Your Mom-ager is a lovely, royal blue with a shimmer and a foil like quality to it.  In the bottle it screams majestic colour.  What you see above are two good coats of polish.  It had a good consistency and flows well off the brush.  Drying time was average, but a good coat of Hong Kong Girl top coat made it rock hard in minutes.  I really love it, I have other blues in my collection but nothing quite as blue intense as this.

Anyway, after a couple of days, I decided to put some glitter over the mani to make it last a bit longer as I loved the colour.  What you can see in the images is Sonnetarium Snowflake, a lovely lovely, glitter top coat.  Made up of white glitter, small sparkles and general loveliness.  This is one coat over my Listen to Your Mon-ager mani.  Love it, can’t wait to get this over more polishes.

And finally, a word of caution.  Despite base coating, I experience significant staining with Listen to Your Momager.  Serious staining, I was close to tears.  However, two runs of polish remover and a bit of buffing, all was good in the nail world.

In the UK, Kardashian Kolors can be bought through Lena White for £9.  Sonnetarium is available through their Etsy Shop and prices vary depending on the bottle size and shipping.  If you live outside the US, then do contact the store to make arrangements for purchasing.

Any suggestions for what I could try Snowfall over next?

Nicole by OPI – Its All About The Glam

Yet more habit breaking here… another light colour *gasp* what I have to show you today is another Nicole by OPI Kardashian Kolor polish.  This is a lovely, white, with an understated shimmer.  I’ve had this one knocking about for a bit and pulled it out of the stash.

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The formula is not bad, it can be a bit gloopy, but what you can see here is four thin coats to build up opacity.  It dried well between coats and all you need is a bit of patience.  The shimmer is very subtle but works well when we have *cough* sun in the UK, which isn’t often let me assure you.  Base was CND Stickey and top coat is my beloved Hong Kong Girl.

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L to R; Chanel Attraction, Nicole by OPI It’s All About The Glam

So, a quite comparison for you, with the only other white in my collection.  Attraction is pearlescent against the shimmer of Its All About the Glam.  And Attraction has a very discrete pink tone.  So not the same.  Nope.  Not at all….

In the UK, Kardashian Kolor’s can be purchased through Lena White where they will set you back £9

Would you wear a white like this?

Nicole by OPI – Smile for the Glam-era

For todays post, I have another Kardashian Kolor for you.  This one is from the second release which for some reason is not on the Nicole website, but there we go.

This little gem is Smile for the Glam-era, a deep intense purple/maroon shimmer.  And its a complete stunner.  Now I will be honest here, the first time I put this on, I made a complete bodge job of all 10 nails.  They looked awful.  The colour rocked, but my nails looked awful.  So I took it off and tried again.  This time was much more satisfying.

Now, if you have another other Nicole polishes, you will know that they now have a new brush which is tapered at the end to provide a clean line.  None of the Kardashian Kolor polishes I have have that brush.  Which I think is odd.  Because the brush is great!  The brush with this one is OK, its the same as Khloe had a Little Lam Lam, but the formula is probably a couple of notches down from that perfection.

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In terms of formula, this one is a bit gloopier and thicker.  I think I struggled the first time around because I was tired and I had bad lighting.  I should know better really…  Anyway, just be a bit careful putting it on as it suddenly blobs and goes everywhere.  However, the pay off is in the KILLER colour.  Look at it, its lovely isn’t it?? In the light it has a great depth of colour, the shimmer really takes this to the next level.

I just love the Kardashian Kolors, I may just have to collect them all.  If you are in the UK and want them, your best best is either Lena White (the UK OPI reseller), where they are £9, or try you luck on eBay.  In the US, you can get them from a variety of places, although worth checking as some were only issued into certain stores.

Nicole by OPI – Khloe Had a Little Lam Lam

I am a VERY lucky girl. I’m bumping this post up to today because I have some of the best polish buddies ever.

Let me tell you a quick tale – I’m in a polish group on Facebook, all women who love polish in all its forms very very much.  They are all dolls.  In this group, every so often we have a secret bunny polish swap.  In our case, two people coordinate and allocate Secret Bunnies to people.  Then you go out and buy stuff based on their likes, a quick questionnaire, wish lists and daily questions.  Its SUCH fun.

My Secret Bunny turned out to to be my Polish Picking Princess.  I am thrilled beyond words with her thoughtfulness with her package of goodies.  Not only was there polish, and LOTS of them, but make up and pedicure products.  I am spoiled.  (but I love it!)

In the package of goodies is the polish I have for you today.  I put it on as soon as I could yesterday when I received, opened and has swooned over my new pretties.

This, my dears, is the polish to DIE for.  Khloe Had a Little Lam Lam, one of the Nicole by OPI Kardashian Kolors.

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I cannot believe how amazing this polish in.  Firstly, its a dark teal, creme.  With a real depth to it.  Its a remarkable colour and unlike anything else I own.  The formula is amazeballs.  It went on like butter, dried well and evenly.  In fact, this is, hands own, the best Nicole polish I have ever used.  I just love it.  Words cannot express what a joy is was to use this polish.  What you see in the images above is three thin coats.  Perfect coverage, perfect.

I have made a change to my nail care routine.  I have swapped to Seche Retain as my base, I was using Essie Billionails for a while, I still like it but my nails are just how I like them and Billionails is more of a treatment than a base coat.  Retain does what is says on the bottle, Retains your lovely nails.  But I love Retain.  And, thanks to my Secret Polish Picking Princess Bunny, I have a NEW top coat in Hong King Girl.  This is da bomb.  Like Seche, but awesomer.  Seriously.  The ladies in my groups get theirs from Jill at Glisten and Glow, I’m not sure if she ships internationally, but worth getting in touch to check because she is just lovely.

And another big thank you to my Secret Polish Picking Princess Bunny!

Nicole can be purchased from many a retailer in the US, but here in the UK, your best bet is Lena White the UK OPI Authorised reseller.  They retail for £9.

So, what do you think?  I’m smitten.  Do you have any of the Kardashian Kolors?

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Nicole By Opi – Hard-Kourt Fashionista

I caved.  I bought one of the Kardashian Kolors from eBay.  OK, maybe three in total.  I got Hard-Kourt Fashionista (the one featured in this post), It’s all About the Glam and My Empire…My Rules.  I also REALLY wanted Khloe had a little Lam Lam, but bidding got a bit crazy and I refused to pay TOO much for my polish habit!

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Anyway, onto the polish.  As with my experience with my previous Nicole By Opi Justin Bieber Polish, the formula on these is amazing.  Smooth, easy to work with and like partially melted butter.  Smell wasn’t too bad.  I did two coats, but then noticed a little bit of drag, so went for a third.  I was painting my nails in a partially darkened room.  These bottles don’t have the new style brush, which I had gotten fond of, but maybe there is a reason for it that I don’t know.  The images of the polish do not have top coat.  In terms of colour, well, what can I say, its molten chocolate and yummy.  I’m very pleased as I don’t have a brown creme in my stash.

Then, as a little treat, I added a flakie top coat that I recently got in a polish swap.  It went from great to fab with one simple brush stroke.  I think its a great autumnal colour and I can’t wait to wear it again.

Do you have any Kardashian Kolors?  And there are more to come… see here…