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Relive the 90’s with OPI Black Shatter nail polish

It hit 39 degrees (102 degrees fahrenheit) in Melbourne yesterday and with the sun shining so brightly I felt like it was the perfect day for my NARS Schiap lipstick to make its public debut and I really wanted nails to match. I pulled out OPI I’m Indi-a Mood for Love which is a really pretty bright pink. I love this polish because it’s a bright happy colour but for some reason I only ever use it on my toes.

I looked at my nails again this morning and I thought that it really needed a little something extra so I pulled out my OPI Black Shatter polish. I bought this about 3 weeks ago and I just keep forgetting to post on it. I’m sure you’ve all seen polishes like this before which seperate as they dry to make a shatter pattern.

This shatter polish can be a little tricky to work with because its success relies on using it under the correct conditions. First make sure you shake the bottle well because this polish can clump up and I usually have to shake it up after doing a few nails. You also need to make sure that whatever polish you apply it over is completely dry or this will not work properly and sometimes won’t really seperate.

The amount of product you use also really affects how this polish seperates. You can only use one coat and if you use alot then the cracks will be quite thick and you end up with big blocks of black on your nails. If you use less then the shatter pattern is alot more delicate looking. I applied a bit more product in the photo above which is why there is so much pink visible in between the black. When you use less then the result looks more like this picture below which is how the polish looks like on one of my toe nails. It’s applied over OPI Bring on the Bling glitter polish. This polish looks the best when you finish it off with a top coat and I use 2 coats of Seche Vite to get it as smooth as possible plus without a top coat the black can flake off sometimes.

This is the only shatter polish I’ve tried so I don’t know how it compares to the others that are on the market but Barry M and BYS make cheaper alternatives. The Barry M seems to shatter into more rectangular shards and the BYS is a more subtle shatter pattern that is also available in different colours. Based on pictures I’ve seen, I have to say that I prefer the shatter pattern that results from the OPI more than the others because it looks like a more organic pattern if that makes sense.

I think that this polish is okay but it’s definitely a trend polish so if you’re not a big nailpolish fanatic or if you don’t love the look then I say skip it because you probably won’t get much use out of it. I’ll probably end up using it once every blue moon but it’s definitely not a must have for me. It’s perfect for a 90’s themed party though and it definitely makes me feel nostalgic when I wear it and reminds me of simpler times of slap bands and elastics and cross colours.

What do you think of OPI Black Shatter? Can you see yourself rocking this look on your nails or will you be passing?

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Happy New Year (and nails)!

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a safe and fun new years eve and are ready for 2011.

I’ve already mentioned how I love matching my nailpolish to whatever the occasion is so of course I had to go with silver glitter nails for New Years eve. I used 2 coats of OPI DS Radiance which is part of OPI’s designer series (hence the DS in the name) and is basically a very shiny foil like silver. I topped it off with two coats of Deborah Lippmann’s Today was a fairytale nailpolish. I love this colour! It’s a sheer cornflower blue/grey base with both small round glitter flecks and bigger hexagonal silver glitter pieces.

The OPI nail polish on its own is a very bright silver but the Deborah Lippmann polish on top toned down the brightness slightly and added the pretty glitter. I think the final result was very space agey and definitely very New Years appropriate. I was getting compliments on this combo the whole week I was wearing it so check them out if you’re on the hunt for a good silver look. I will say that the even though the Lippmann polish is pretty on its own, because the base is so sheer I do prefer to layer it over something else. I think it would look awesome on top of a light grey or sky blue nail polish.

Christmas Nails with OPI Glitzerland and Deborah Lippmann Happy Birthday

I love changing my nails and makeup to suit the occassion so seeing as Christmas is only 2 days away I’ve come up with my perfect christmas nails. Most people would probably go for a red or a green but Christmas is linked with gold in my mind so that’s why my perfect Christmas nail had to start with 2 coats of OPI Glitzerland.

And to top it off nothing else would do but Deborah Lippmann’s Happy Birthday.

I love this combination and I love Happy Birthday! It’s such a festive nail polish regardless of what you’re celebrating. The combination of the gold and the multi coloured glitter is so reminiscent of wrapping paper and christmas decorations to me and it’s the kind of manicure that makes you smile when you look at your nails. These are what I would call fun and happy nails!

The only problem with these nails is that they are a major pain to take off as are most glitter polishes. I have to use an acetone remover and soak my nail in it and then try and rub the polish off. I spent a good hour and numerous cotton balls trying to get the polish off properly the other night but I think the pretty nails I had up until that point were worth the effort. Although I do feel like all that acetone is making my nails really weak and my nail beds are really sore now too so I think I’ll have to give the glitter polishes a break for a while… well after New Years that is because what kind of New Years nails don’t involve glitter? 😉