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OPI Peace & Love & OPI Nail Polish Review, Photos, & Swatches


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OPI Peace & Love & OPI

I have never purchased a mini nail polish set before, mainly because I usually find only one or two colors appealing.  However, the set for OPI’s San Francisco collection contains four deep colors-perfect for fall!  I will review each shade separately and then give an overview of the set.

OPI Peace & Love & OPI (price and quantity for full size: $9.00 USD for 0.5 oz./15 ml.) is described by the brand as a “holographic sage and eggplant.”  It has a medium charcoal gray base with violet and bright, sage green shimmer.  The shimmer gives the polish a duochrome look-depending on the angle in which you look at the polish, different colors will appear.  In darker lighting the charcoal base is more visible and in decent to bright lighting, you will see flashes of medium, eggplant purple and sage green.

Despite the small brush, Peace & Love & OPI applies evenly and opaquely in two coats.  The texture is not too thick or too thin.  It dries down quickly, which is common for metallic polishes, and lasted six days without chipping.  I usually get at least a week of wear from OPI polishes with just minor tip wear, so I deducted points to reflect the longevity.  I used Zoya Anchor and Zoya Armor for my base and top coats.

The only drawback to duochrome polishes, or metallic polishes in general, is they can show brush strokes and any imperfections of the nail.

Important Note: The grade for this nail polish is based on the mini size, not the full-sized version.  I suspect the full-sized version would yield a smoother application and finish due to the larger brush size.  

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The Final LAB Report for OPI Peace & Love & OPI

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Beautiful on a Budget: Drugstore Haul Volume #001


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Revlon and Wet ‘n’ Wild

Last week, Rite Aid had great sales on many cosmetic items, but the best sales came from Revlon and Wet ‘n’ Wild-40% off everything!  Since I had several coupons just waiting to be combined with a store deal, I could not pass up purchasing products to test and review.

The retail value for the ten items I purchased (sales tax excluded) totaled: $74.20

However, with the sales and coupons, I only shelled out (again, sales tax excluded): $32.48

Let me break everything down for you…

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Editor’s Note – June, 2013 (Sun Care 101 – Part 1)


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Photo By D. Baker

Sun Care 101 – Part 1

With summer just around the corner, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of protecting your skin from the sun.  Yes, this needs to be practiced regardless of the time of year, but since we are often directly exposed to the sun’s harmful rays during warmer weather, adequate protection is crucial.  Any good dermatologist or plastic surgeon will tell you the key to preventing wrinkles, and other signs of aging, is protecting your skin from the sun.  In the long-run, this prevention will save you time, money, and the agony of some cosmetic procedures to reduce damage.

Over the next few weeks I will unleash a series of posts answering some of your burning questions.  My goal is to clear up the confusion regarding how to choose the right sunscreen for your skin tone and type, which Active Ingredients to look for, using sunscreen with makeup/skin care, and I will provide other tips on how to protect your delicate skin.

Unprotected skin starts to become damaged the moment you step outside, so I want to open this series by explaining the difference between UVA and UVB rays.

Ultraviolet A rays, also known as long-waves and the rays responsible for aging skin, are silent killers!  They are separated into two wavelength ranges: UVA 1 (340-400 nanometers) and UVA 2 (320-340 nanometers).  UVA 1 rays penetrate deeper than UVA 2 rays (this information will be more relevant when I discuss sunscreen ingredients).  These rays deeply penetrate skin, causing cumulative damage over time and, unfortunately, we do not feel them.  They do not burn skin the way UVB rays do.  However, they cause skin cancer, wrinkles, and can weaken the immune system.  UVA rays penetrate through clear glass, tan the skin, and are the ultraviolet rays primarily used in tanning beds.  It was not until recently that researchers realized the harm UVA rays cause.

Ultraviolet B rays, also known as short-waves, are responsible for burning the epidermis.  Although these rays are omnipresent, their intensity is dependant upon the time of day (they are strongest between 10 AM and 4 PM) and the season (they are most harmful during spring and summer).  High altitudes and reflective surfaces such as water, light concrete, and snow can bounce UVB rays up to 80%, which means your skin receives a double dose of these rays.  Similar to UVA rays, UVB rays cause skin cancer and wrinkles.  Unlike UVA rays, UVB rays generally do not penetrate through clear glass.

It is important to not be fooled by cloudy or rainy days, as all ultraviolet rays penetrate clouds and damage skin even when the sun is not shining.

What are some questions you have regarding sun care?  I would be more than happy to answer them for you.

Stay tuned for Sun Care 101 – Part 2.

-LAB

For more information on how to protect yourself, visit:

SkinCancer.org

PaulasChoice.com

Editor’s Note – May, 2013


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***If you or a loved one suffers from a serious and persistent mental illness, visit NAMI.org for information on how to help your loved one and yourself.***

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Maintaining good mental health is as important as sustaining good physical health!  Whether you are an individual living with a serious mental illness, or you experience many of life’s stressors, there are times in our lives when we have to step back and practice self care.  In observance of Mental Health Awareness month, I will share some luxurious products I enjoy using (primarily beauty related, of course!) to give me that little “pick me up” or to help me unwind from a stressful day.

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Zoya Meg Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches


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Zoya Meg Nail Lacquer

Meg-a Metallic Shine and Finish!

Green is one of those colors that makes me smile and, of course, reminds me of spring.  Zoya Meg Nail Lacquer ($8 USD for 0.5 oz./15 ml.) is described as a “light yellow-toned mermaid green with heavy gold and silver metallic shimmer and a sparkling foil finish. A light and fresh looking green with added sparkle and shine.”  To me, it looks like a subdued lime green with silver and gold micro glitter and a foiled, metallic finish.  At first glance, this color looks slightly warm, but the mixture of gold and silver glitter with this light green adds dimension, making it suitable for all skin tones.

Given the texture is neither thick nor thin, Meg applied evenly and opaquely in two coats.  Zoya’s website states this color’s intensity as a 5 (1 = sheer – 5 = opaque).  If you are in a hurry, you could get away with applying one thick coat.  Although application of this color was effortless, removal was a little more difficult.  Nail polishes with ample amounts of glitter require a little more patience and a little more remover.

My experience with Zoya’s lacquers is they last at least seven days with just minor tip wear and no chipping.  Meg wore well for the seven days I tested it.  I did notice a minor chip on my finger after the forth day, but the rest of my fingers only displayed tip wear after seven days.  I used Zoya Anchor and Zoya Armor for my base and top coat.

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The Final LAB Report for Zoya Meg Nail Lacquer

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