OPI Love, Angel, Music, Baby: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

Yellow gold. So glamorous. Luxe, rich and warm and I am so happy to see it finally, after so many years coming back into style, again. OPI Love, Angel, Music, Baby from the Gwen Stefani Collection is the epitome of glamour for the new year. Evoking an earlier age, yet utterly modern. This isn't your mother's gold nail polish.

OPI Love, Angel, Music, Baby is a satin matte yet when the light hits it just right, it throws off soft sparks. There is no glitter, no chunkiness, the finish is smooth. It almost feels like fabric.

This swatch is two coats applied over base coat. No top coat was applied. This polish is designed to be worn without top coat.




The formula on this polish is just about as nice as one could want it to be. Smooth and easy to apply. I had no trouble with this polish, there was no dragging, running, pooling, or streaks. Dry time was pretty fast.

What do you think of OPI Love, Angel, Music, Baby? Did you pick it up? Are you planning to? If you think that you would like to, you can find it where you buy OPI, including Ulta, JC Penny Salons, Sally Beauty Supply online and various authorized beauty supplies and salons that carry OPI in your local area.

Have you entered my giveaway for a set of three LE Matte Maybelline Color Tattoo Creme Eyeshadows? If not, or if you have and would like to do the daily tweet to earn additional entries, please click here.

Thank you so much for popping in and reading and have a wonderful day.

Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Limited Edition Matte Creme Eyeshadows Review and Giveaway!

Hello gentle readers.

This is a post that is long, long overdue. Last Autumn, Maybelline released a trio of limited edition matte Color Tattoo creme eyeshadows. Many makeup lovers had been clamoring for matte shades ever since the first Color Tattoo shades hit store shelves in 2011. It only took the company two years to listen. Sadly, the release of the much anticipated matte shadows was as brief as it was brilliant and as fast as the products were stocked they were snapped up by eager customers and soon, all too soon, they were gone, gone, gone.

One day, last October, when I was in my local CVS shopping around, I looked on the bottom shelf of the new makeup area and there was the display for these shadows. And it was fully stocked with all three shadows. Twice. I only bought three, for myself but as we were leaving, I got the sudden thought that I should have bought all of them, so that I could do a giveaway with the other set so I asked my oh-so- patient husband to turn the car around and go back. He obligingly did so and I ran back in to the store and to my delight, the shadows were still there, so I bought them, brought them home and stashed them away in a safe place and opened my own, took the necessary photographs in preparation for a review post and began using and enjoying them. I fully intended to write and post that review and hold that giveaway sometime in early November, as the sales craze for the shadows began to wane and they were getting a little harder to find. You see, I had a method to my madness.

Then I learned that my mother who was gravely ill at the time was, in fact, terminal and shortly after, I lost her. I stopped blogging for a while and... Yeah. So the review of these shadows never happened, nor did the giveaway. I am finally picking things back up, getting my stride back. I am a bit behind. I have a little catching up to do. Fair warning, gentle reader, this isn't the only "old" product you are going to see on my pages in days to come. If you only like the latest and greatest, that ain't happening, here. I don't have that kind of budget. I wish I did!

I debated doing this review and giveaway. I was worried about looking lame. Yes, even more lame than I usually do! The time for these shadows having long passed. But I have been assured that plenty of people are still interested in acquiring these shadows so I am moving forward.

The Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Creme Eyeshadows are packaged in small, heavy bottom glass jars with plastic lids. Each shadow weighes in at .14 oz. or 4g. and retailed for about $8.00, depending on geographic area or the store from which it was purchased.


The Color Tattoo Matte Cream Eyeshadows came in three shades: Nude Pink, Matte Brown and Just Beige. I have heard these shadows compared to MAC Paint Pot creme eyeshadows. I am unable to say they are or not, as I don't own any MAC Paint Pots. If any of my gentle readers own both, I'd love to hear your thoughts, could you drop a line in a comment, let me know if they are comparable?


Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Eyeshadow in Just Beige, a yellow based, neutral matte beige. 


Swatch on skin. No primer. 


Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Creme Eyeshadow in Matte Brown, a neutral, matte brown. 


Swatch on skin, no primer. 


Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo in Nude Pink, a soft, matte, neutral pink. 


Swatch on skin, no primer. 



Of the three shades, I reach for the Nude Pink most often. But all three of these shadows get used, in their way. I like Matte Brown as a base for daytime smokey eyes and neutral brown looks and Just Beige is great to blank out my lids for a light, barely there, pale eye look or to act as regular primer. 

The Color Tattoo matte eyeshadows are wonderful on their own as an all over wash of colour on the lid, a shadow base or to use two or all three together as an eye look. They are smooth and creamy and light in texture, apply easily with fingers or a synthetic shadow brush and blend smoothly. They give you enough time to work them as you like then they set into place and are budge free and crease free for hours and hours. Maybelline claims twenty-four hours. I haven't tested that claim, nor do I plan to do so. However, I have worn these shadows for up to sixteen hours and they look just as fresh and pretty when I sit down at my dressing table to remove them as they did when I applied them, all those many hours earlier. That's good enough for me.

Did you find the Maybelline Matte Color Tattoo Creme Eyeshadows when they were available? What shades did you get? What do you think of them? Love? If you couldn't find them, have you been wishing that you could have?

Well, it may be your lucky day. Because in addition to this review, I am having a giveaway! That's right. I am giving away a set of three Limited Edition Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Matte Creme Eyeshadows! One in each colour: Just Beige, Matte Brown and Nude Pink. The Shadows I am giving away are brand new and sealed.

Okay, how many of you skipped the review? Admit it. I'll bet three quarters of you were like... "TL/DR, Scroll... Scroll... Scroll... Giveaway! Yes! Score!" It's fine. You don't lose any points, I promise. The shadows have been around a long time and and been reviewed a million times, you probably know all about them, anyway. I more wrote the review because I needed to do it than I thought anyone really needed to read it.

Thank you all for your entries! This giveaway has closed and the winner was drawn. I will be having more giveaways in the future, so please keep your eyes. peeled! 

The Beauty Blogazoons Weekly Roundup




  • TheFabZilla: Can't wait for spring! TheFabZilla paints her lips bright pink with Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet 44 La Diva. (Spring 2014 Collection)
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Can you imagine an ultra lightweight, super potent anti-aging face oil that contains retinol? Colbert MD did just that with Illumino Face Oil!
  • Painted Ladies: Too Faced's The Chocolate Bar palette is the sweetest collection of eyeshadows Sheila has ever seen.
  • BeautyTidbits: Looking for a budge-proof gel eyeliner in a pencil form? Check out the brand new No Tug Waterproof Gel Eyeliners from It cosmetics!
  • Glamorable!: Check out Anastasia's nail art inspired by Disney Princess Snow White.
  • Midnight Manicures: Check out Jeanie's new love, Dior Psychedelic Orange Nail Enamel.
  • D.G.S.Beauty: Keep your skin nice and soft with the Arganio Argan Soft Skin Lotion.
  • My Highest Self: What's so great about Whish Coconut Shave Crave? Find out!
  • Peppermint Lips Beauty Blog: DIY: Quick & Affordable Hair Glossing at Home! Get Shiny Hair Instantly!
  • Beauty by Miss L: Budget friendly Avon Ideal Flawless Skin Loving Beauty Balm BB cream review.
  • Icy Nails: Erika reviewed the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette on Icy Nails on Thursday. Click here and grab a cup of coffee, you'll need it.
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Milani's introducing a new, affordable universal lipliner/primer!
  • Beauty Professor: The Beauty Professor finally got her hands on the Surratt Beauty Diaphane Loose Compact Powder and sings its praises in a video review!
  • daydreaming beauty: Amber swatches Urban Decay's Naked 3 palette this week on daydreaming beauty!
  • Slashed Beauty: Miranda shows us what Crown Brush has in store for 2014!
  • My Newest Addiction : Laura does a sultry smoky eye using Paul & Joe Spring 2014 Stormy Weather Trio.
  • Lipgloss Break: Lipgloss Break reviews LAQA & Co.'s Fat Lip Pencils.
  • Endless Summer: Have you tried konjac sponges yet?
  • Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup



  • TheFabZilla: Can't wait for spring! TheFabZilla paints her lips bright pink with Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet 44 La Diva. (Spring 2014 Collection)

  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Can you imagine an ultra lightweight, super potent anti-aging face oil that contains retinol?  Colbert MD did just that with Illumino Face Oil!

  • Painted Ladies: Too Faced's The Chocolate Bar palette is the sweetest collection of eyeshadows Sheila has ever seen.

  • BeautyTidbits: Looking for a budge-proof gel eyeliner in a pencil form? Check out the brand new No Tug Waterproof Gel Eyeliners from It cosmetics!

  • Glamorable!: Check out Anastasia's nail art inspired by Disney Princess Snow White.

  • Midnight Manicures: Check out Jeanie's new love, Dior Psychedelic Orange Nail Enamel.

  • D.G.S.Beauty: Keep your skin nice and soft with the Arganio Argan Soft Skin Lotion.

  • My Highest Self: What's so great about Whish Coconut Shave Crave?  Find out!

  • Peppermint Lips Beauty Blog: DIY: Quick & Affordable Hair Glossing at Home! Get Shiny Hair Instantly!

  • Beauty by Miss L: Budget friendly Avon Ideal Flawless Skin Loving Beauty Balm BB cream review.

  • Icy Nails: Erika reviewed the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette on Icy Nails on Thursday. Click here and grab a cup of coffee, you'll need it.

  • Never Say Die Beauty: Milani's introducing a new, affordable universal lipliner/primer!

  • Beauty Professor: The Beauty Professor finally got her hands on the Surratt Beauty Diaphane Loose Compact Powder and sings its praises in a video review!

  • daydreaming beauty: Amber swatches Urban Decay's Naked 3 palette this week on daydreaming beauty!

  • Slashed Beauty: Miranda shows us what Crown Brush has in store for 2014!

  • My Newest Addiction : Laura does a sultry smoky eye using Paul & Joe Spring 2014 Stormy Weather Trio.

  • Lipgloss Break: Lipgloss Break reviews LAQA & Co.'s Fat Lip Pencils.

  • Endless Summer: Have you tried konjac sponges yet?
  • Review: Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Elusive

    Hello gentle readers.

    The chubby lip pencil trend has moved to the drugstore and more brands are jumping on the public's enthusiasm for these portable, easy to apply lip products. Lip pencils are great because not only are they cute and modern, they serve a dual purpose, acting as both liner and lip colour in just a few smooth, easy strokes. Who doesn't love that?

    Revlon has added to it's chubby lip pencil line up with the Colorburst Matte Balm. I heard about these many weeks ago and have been scouring my local retailers for them in colours that I like. Sadly, when I actually did find them in my desired shades, the seal had been breached and the product had been swatched by some nasty person then returned to the display so I couldn't buy them. Grrrr! I finally had to order this one from Ulta to ensure that I received one that was pristine, and not contaminated by some dirty bird.



    Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm is in a twist up tube. The tube is matte and lightly textured with a matte silver end cap. The colour closely corresponds to the colour of the product contained within. There is a nice handful of colours available from soft nude to deep red. Everyone should be able to find something to make them happy.  


    This is Elusive, a soft, cool leaning pink. The product has a light, cool minty scent that hangs around to give you a little lift and feel refreshing but not so long that you get sick of it or feel that it is getting obnoxious. By the time you are ready to reapply, it is a nice little lift. 


    Elusive on my hand. The lighting ended up a little funky on this one. But it gives you a good idea of how smooth and creamy this product is. It is billed as a matte lip colour but it is, in truth creamy without added shine. 


    On my lips. This is macro. If you have lip lines, like I do, don't let this product scare you. It looks just fine! No one gets up in our grills at macro. Hee! Hee! Besides, even at macro, this still looks pretty okay. Anyway, this lip pencil applies smooth and easily, it doesn't drag or skip or tug on my lips as I apply it. The point gives a lovely, more precise edge than a normal lipstick. The firm, creamy texture  stays put, it doesn't move around, or migrate up into those annoying little fine lines I have around my lips. You know the lines I am talking about.... The lines that cause feathering. The lines we all have if we are over the age of, say, thirty or so. I can wear this all day long and it never feathers! Yippee! Something else I love, this is a matte, yet it is not drying. This formula is smooth and comfortable. I can wear it all day and when I remove it for the last time at night, my lips feel great. High praise, indeed!


    I do have one tiny gripe with the Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm. This product is not exactly long wearing. It tends to break up and fall apart rather quickly. I think it is a side effect of it's being matte.  If you look carefully at this photograph, at where my lips meet, you can see that the product is breaking up, falling apart. This photograph was taken only a few minutes after the above shot was taken. When I wear this lip pencil, I have to check my lips frequently and touch up often to keep them looking fresh and at their best. While I don't mind doing this, I am a serial lip checker and toucher-upper, I know that this is something that irritates some. 


    What I love about the Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm:

    • Chubby lip pencil packaging is cute, modern and portable. This is twist up and doesn't need sharpening. 
    • There is a nice colour selection. Everyone should be able to find at least one shade that they can wear and love.
    • The formula is creamy and smells lightly of mint. It applies smoothly and easily without tugging or skipping. This lip colour stays put! It doesn't feather into fine lines around the lips! 
    • This lip colour is matte but it is creamy and comfortable and not in the least bit drying. I can wear this all day long and at the end of the day my lips feel great. 


    What I don't love about the Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm:

    • This product is not particularly long wearing. It breaks up and falls apart very quickly. I have to check my lips and touch up often in order to keep my lips looking fresh and at their very best. I don't mind this but it may irritate some people who prefer not to have to fuss over their lip colour so much. 
    • That's about the only gripe I have!

    Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm is terrific. You can find them at your local drugstores, big box retailers, grocery stores, online, Ulta, on Ulta's website, Target... They are pretty much everywhere. They retail for around $ 8.00 or so, prices can vary by location and store. They are often BOGO 1/2 off and there are often coupons in the Sunday newspapers or online for extra savings. I would recommend that you check the tiny tape "seal" very, very carefully for signs of tampering. Take the cap off and examine the point of the product in the strongest light you can find for signs that someone has swatched the product. You don't want a contaminated lippy in your life. (Yes, I am kind of obsessed about this!) I plan to hunt down a few more colours for myself. I heartily recommend that you do the same. 

    Have you tried the Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms? Do you love them? What are your favorite colours? Do tell in a comment. I'd love to hear what you think about these lippies. 

    Thank you for swinging by and have a great weekend!

    Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette: Review, Swatches and Photographs

    Hello gentle readers.

    Fair warning. It gets wordy, up in here. I don't know what is the matter with me today. Concise isn't happening. Get a cup of coffee and settle in. Or, run for your life.

    Lets switch gears, today and talk makeup, shall we? Late last year, the makeup world went a bit nuts when news broke that Urban Decay was set to release a new Naked palette. Rumors were rife! But the most persistent was that it was to be rosy toned neutrals. There were bad, fuzzy photographs and much speculation. Excitement was building, camps were forming. In one camp were those of us who were genuinely excited to see yet another Naked palette. I already owned the first two Naked palettes and loved them to pieces so you know that I was salivating for the third one to drop. In the other camp were the cynics. The skeptics, those who were convinced that the last thing this big, blue planet needed needed was yet another Naked palette.

    The day of the release finally came. Palettes flew out to those to whom Urban Decay sends for review and blog posts and YouTube videos began to hit the Internet. I eagerly poured over trusted blogs, read posts, perused photographs and tutorials. I watched videos and the more I saw the more I liked. Sure, the palette wasn't perfect. Many of the reviews I read and heard had overall good ratings with small caveats that seemed to run along the same lines. Overall, the pros far, far outweighed the cons and I knew that this palette was for me. As soon as it fit into my budget, I ordered it from Ulta (I live in BFE and have no Ulta or Sephora in my locale) and eagerly awaited it's arrival upon my doorstep. The moment my mail delivery person left the package by my door and rang my doorbell, I ran downstairs, grabbed my package and bore it in to my house, tore open the box and there it was... Finally. After months of waiting. My own Naked 3 palette.

    The Naked 3 palette is, like the Naked 2 palette packaged in a tin case. Hmmm. When I heard that a new Naked palette was due to launch, I was expecting the packaging to be as dramatically different from the Naked 2 as Naked 2 was from the original Naked. Not so much. There are subtle differences, the rosy tan tones, the interesting crinkled texture of the case top and the raised, polished rose gold lettering. The case is very tactile and I admit, I find it lovely to hold. It would have been nice to see the creative team at Urban Decay stretch their brains a bit, tho.


    This palette came with a little card of Urban Decay Primer Potion samples in blister packs. Really? No little deluxe sample of Primer Potion or a little Lip Junkie lip gloss or a nice travel sized 24/7 eye liner? Perhaps a deluxe sample of their exciting new Naked lip gloss? I hate to sound ungrateful here, but in my opinion, the card of sample smears seems chintzy. Urban Decay is a mid tier brand that built a reputation on being generous, higher end. If including deluxe samples with their palettes is just too much for them, now, why even bother with this nonsense? This felt a little like an insult. I paid fifty-two dollars for this palette. I would rather have just received the palette without the sample card thank you, very much.

    Let's take a look at look inside, shall we? Yikes! Someone forgot to straighten her photograph. Tsk! Tsk! The Urban Decay Naked 3 palette contains twelve brand new, exclusive to this palette eye shadow colours in rose based neutral tones and shades. There are two matte shadows, Limit and Nooner. Strange, the one real highlight shadow is a soft ivory satin. The rest of the shadows are shimmers, glitters and a matte/glitter combination.


    Like the Naked 2 palette, the Naked three palette comes with a duel ended synthetic eye brush. Urban Decay has nice quality eye brushes. I now own three of them. One from each of my Naked palettes. I loathe double ended makeup brushes with a velvet passion. I won't have one on my dressing table. As I did with the brush from the Naked 2 palette, I played with this brush, decided which end I liked the best then I grabbed my scissors and sheared off the end I wasn't going to use. Problem solved. No more double ended brush.

    Time for swatches. I swatched the shadows on my arm over primer and photographed them in a combination of OttLight/natural daylight. 


    Strange: A soft ivory satin, perfect for highlight and inner corner. Smooth, slightly powdery. I don't have trouble with fallout but I do find that primer is helpful with giving me the best payoff from this pretty shadow.

    Dust: Is it's name. Dusty pink glitter. The pigmentation and payoff aren't stellar. Use a glitter glue type primer and a bit of care when working with this shadow.

    Burnout: Soft rose shimmer. Lovely and smooth. Good pigmentation and payoff. Easy to apply and blend and wears beautifully.

    Limit: Rosy mauve matte. Soft, buttery, nice pigmentation and payoff, applies and blends beautifully. Lovely lid or crease colour. Also nice blending out or transition shade.

    Buzz: Rose pink shimmer. Classic Urban Decay fabulous shimmer shadow. Smooth, velvety, blendable, applies like a dream.

    Trick: The trick is getting this one to behave, at first. I am still working with this one. I admit, I don't use it much. It is chunky, there is a lot of fallout and it is just a pain in my butt. I have heard that you just have to dig down a bit, get past the surface. I guess I just haven't had time to potty train this one, yet.

    Nooner: Soft cocoa rose matte. Just as buttery and blendable as Limit and just as versatile. I love this as a crease colour. It pulls up from my crease onto my orbital bone and helps to recede my hooded lids a bit, creating a flattering look for my eyes.

    Liar: Rosy taupe shimmer. Soft, buttery, lovely stuff.

    Factory: Rose brown shimmer. Soft, velvety. So nice for creating a daytime smokey eye.

    Mugshot: Mushroom taupe shimmer. Yummy soft dark stuff.

    Darkside: Greyed brown shimmer with a hint of blackened danger. Beautifully smooth and soft and blendable. Go smokey for night or as a liner shadow for day.

    Blackheart: Matte black with rose glitter. Stiff and a bit patchy. I have only used this as a liner on one occasion. It produced a bit of fallout. But it was pretty.

    Here is an eye look with my Naked 3 palette. Over Urban Decay Primer Potion.
    Burnout on inner third of lid, Buzz on outer two thirds of lid.
    Nooner in crease then pulled and blended up onto my orbital bone and blended out with a bit of Limit.
    Strange on my brow bone and inner corner as highlight.
    A little Nooner along my lower lash line.
    My upper lash line is lined with Stila Smudge Stick in Stargazer and I applied one generous coat of Loreal Lashout Butterfly mascara.


    I think that the lighter end of this palette is great for creating a soft, flattering day look for hooded eyes.  

    Yep. I pulled my brows up, for this shot. I wanted to show the shadows without the folds in my lids interfering. If I have one minor gripe about the shadows in this palette, it is that the colours in the lighter end tend to blend a little too well together, they don't hold their own, terribly well. 


    What do I love about the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette?

    The quality of most of the shadows in this palette is stellar. Soft, buttery, velvety and so easy to apply and blend. Urban decay does eyeshadow like a boss.

    The beautiful rosy neutral tones and shades of shadows. I am a neutral girl and I love pink and rose tones so this palette is right in my wheelhouse.

    There are a couple of mattes! Yippee! I like to mix the mattes with the shimmers in this palette and with my Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette, my Lorac Unzipped palette and with matte creme shadows, too.

    The shadows in this palette mix with each other and they mix and match with other shadows in my original Naked and my Naked 2 palettes. This is one fun, versatile palette and I will get lots of use out of it.

    What don't I love about the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette?

    The shadows in the lighter end of the palette tend to blend together a bit too well and can just turn into one blob if you aren't careful.

    A few of the shadows, Dust, Trick and Blackheart are not so terrific. Dust is too pale, glittery and, well, dusty. Trick is a pain in the ass and Blackheart is too patchy and I just don't appreciate it.

    Not enough matte shades, in my opinion. They could have dumped Dust, Trick and Blackheart and put in a few more great, velvety, beautiful, usable mattes, instead.

    That frakking double ended brush. Just put in a fabulous single ended eye brush!

    The chintzy Primer Potion smear card. Really, Urban Decay.

    Overall, the things I love about the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette far outweigh those I don't. I am enjoying this palette. I reach for it on a fairly regular basis. I use it on it's own, I mix and match it with other palettes in my makeup collection. I am very happy that I bought it, I would definitely purchase it again, if I used it up or if something happened to it. I would give it as a gift to a makeup loving friend or relative without reservation and I recommend it. If you like soft, sweet, rosy neutral eyeshadows and taupe-grey and a touch of edge, this palette may be just what the doctor ordered. I think that you should definitely get it.

    The Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette retails for $52.00 and can be purchased from Urban Decay's website. You can also buy it from Ulta, either in store or online, or from Sephora, in store or online and from various other online retailers.

    Thank you so much for coming by and reading and have a wonderful day.

    *Not an affiliate link. Link was provided for reader convenience, only.  

    OPI and Gwen Stefani Hey Baby: Swatch and Review

    Oh yes. Hello you gorgeous, rich, hot pink polish, you. What is it about a vibrant, blue based, eye popping pink nail polish that just screams my name? I own... How many of them? And will buy how many more? Because I just can't help myself.

    OPI Hey Baby is one of the Creme Gloss finish polishes from the new Gwen Stefani Collection polishes for Winter, 2013/14. This great pink is reminiscent of Gwen's pink hair and the dip dyed hem of her beautiful John Galliano wedding gown.

    I applied two coats for this swatch, three on my ring nail, since my ridges were making a pain in the ass of themselves and topped it with Seche Vite. Then I decided to grab some of the black Swarovski Elements crystals from my Over and Over A-Gwen set and dress up my ring nail just for the fun of it. I love pink and black together and I think that these crystals add a touch of edge to this sweet pink polish.


    OPI and Gwen Stefani Hey Baby Swatch and Nail Art notesfrommydressingtable.com

    OPI and Gwen Stefani Hey Baby Nail Art notesfrommydressingtable.com


    As with most OPI polishes I own, the formula on this polish is gorgeous. Smooth, silky, biddable. This polish flowed off of the Pro Wide brush onto my nail and sat down where I placed it without running, pooling, streaking, dragging or bubbling. Dry time is respectable. This formula dries very shiny and pretty, I could have skipped the top coat but I like the additional kapow! that top coat gives so I always apply it, even when swatching.

    Isn't OPI Hey Baby pretty? I know that it is not tat unusual but I think that I am craving bright, happy, fun stuff, right now and this is hitting the right note for me. Have you picked up this polish yet? If you are craving some sweet, hot pink of your own, Hey Baby is available where you buy OPI, now.

    OPI and Gwen Stefani | 4 in the Morning Swatch and Review

    OPI 4 in the Morning, part of the Winter Gwen Stephani Collection is a beautiful charcoal grey satin finish polish that has a unique, leather like finish. As it is applied, it is very shiny and sparkly then dries down satin matte with a soft, polished glow. This polish is chic and sexy and very cool. I really like the look.

    This swatch is two coats over base coat. No top coat.


    OPI and Gwen Stefani | 4 in the Morning Swatch notesfrommydressingtable.com


    OPI and Gwen Stefani | 4 in the Morning Swatch notesfrommydressingtable.com


    The formula on OPI 4 in the Morning is smooth and easy to apply. You don't have to rush with it or worry about it dragging or streaking. This polish doesn't run or pool or bubble. Dry time on the first coat was pretty quick, but a little slower after the second was applied. Your nails may look dry, but you need to give this manicure a little time to fully dry and cure up before you go knocking them around.

    What do you think of OPI 4 in the Morning? Have you picked it up, yet? Are you planning to? If you think that you would like to grab it, you should be able to find it at your local Ulta, JC Penney Salon, various local salons  and stores that stock OPI and and beauty supplies.

    OPI Big Apple Red

    Hello gentle readers.

    One thing I like about OPI now being available at Sally Beauty Supply is that when I have a few clams lying around and a coupon I can pop in and grab myself a core line colour or two to to keep adding to my collection. One of my latest acquisitions is the incomparable, classic Big Apple Red, a smooth, shiny, flawless blue red crelly. If you are a regular reader here you know that I can no more resist a beautiful red polish than I can taking my next breath. They sing their sweet siren song to me and I have to have them.

    I am actually currently wearing this polish. This is two coats and it is topped with Nubar Diamont top coat. I have heard a lot about that top coat and I finally decided to pick up a bottle and give it a test drive. I'll do a review on it, once I've had a chance to run it in really well.






    The formula on OPI Big Apple Red is as gorgeous as the colour. Smooth, silky and biddable, it flows off the Pro-Wide brush, sits down where you place it and whispers up the nail without streaking, dragging, running, pooling or bubbling. Dry time is pretty good. I am seeing a little minor tip chipping I will have to touch up in the morning on a couple of nails on my right hand, after two days wear. I don't mind. I am planning to do a glitter gradient tutorial over this manicure so it's all good. I'll get a couple more days wear out of it, this way.

    What do you think of OPI Big Apple Red? Do you own this classic, iconic red polish? If you would like to, it is part of OPI's core line and is available wherever OPI is sold. I picked mine up at Sally Beauty Supply. As I said earlier in my post, I like to buy some of my OPI there using my Sally Beauty Club Card and any coupons I may have. It saves me a little money and allows me to get more polish. Two very good things.

    Thank you so very much for popping in and reading and have a great day.