Black label…

If you guys love OPI as much as I do, you know that OPI has green colored barcodes at the bottom of their bottles. Have you ever seen black barcodes, like this…

Some would say it is a fake, but I’m going to tell you that it isn’t. If you guys are big OPI lovers like me you know why one is black and the other is green.

Ok so how do I know that it’s not a fake? Mostly because I know this was purchased at Ulta. It might not say much because people can buy nail polish from anywhere these days and return fake ones to just about anywhere. But you can see the color code is the same (NL M28). You can examine the colors and compare them and there is going to be a very,very slight difference

AND OPI has their wonderful pro wide brush, but when you open the bottle with the black label, there is no pro wide brush.

So how can I say it’s not a fake? Because it’s not. =)

Back in 2006, OPI changed their nail lacquer formula to no longer contain  DBP (dibutyl phthalate) and formaldehyde. Why? DBP is used to increase the fluidity/ plasticity of the material it is added too. sounds ok right? But what you don’t know is that DBP was listed as possible teratogen–what the heck does that mean? Teratogens have the ability to cause birth abnormalities. =X

Other nail lacquers contained not only DBP and formaldehyde, but it also contained toluene–which has fumes that can negatively effect your brain. So why am I telling you this? Before the fall of 2006 OPI contained DBP and formaldehyde and their labels were black ORIGINALLY. Since changing to a “Three Free” brand, OPI has changed their labels to green.

Because they had to change the formula to make it more safe for the population, the colors have slightly changed as well.

Here is the most current form of Los Cabos Coral in two coats. It is a nice creamy coral with a soft/subtle shimmer.

Here is the old formula of Los Cabos Coral in two coats. You can see it is not as creamy/opaque as the new formula, therefore having a slightly lighter tone. Another characteristic I noticed is that it had a little bit more shimmer.

Here are the two right next to each other. The one on the left is the newest formula and the right is the older formula. You might not be able to notice that much of a difference, but it’s there.

Am I saying that you should throw your old bottles away as biohazards and blah blah blah…No. I would just say use cautiously. =) I wouldn’t repaint your nails every single day and stick your nose over the opening and  take a huge whiff, that would just be asking for trouble!

I topped this cute color with some OPI Gold shatter and called it a day!

Happy polishing!

Tiny bubbles…

Have you ever painted your nails that color you have been waiting to try all week and it turns out looking like this…Tiny bubbles start to form under your nail lacquer and your fingers look “diseased”. I used to think that it was because the nail lacquer is old, but I know that this nail lacquer is only a few weeks old. So don’t go and jump the gun and toss that nail lacquer in the garbage. All it takes is a little patience.

Lots of other resources will say that it is bubbles in the nail lacquer from shaking the bottle too vigorously. And in order to remedy this you just roll the nail lacquer between the palms of your hands for a couple of minutes.

But what if you didn’t even shake the bottle?

Two reasons:

1. The nail lacquer has become too thick.

2. Application of the nail lacquer is too thick.

Two things that can be easily fixed: add thinner and/or apply thinner layers. When applying thin layers be careful to not have a fan/wind/breeze nearby. The wind can cause the nail lacquer to harden faster and can cause streakiness.

So, knowing that this is a brand new bottle of nail lacquer, I took off my old nail lacquer and applied thin layers.

OPI Mermaid's Tears one coat.

Let the layers completely dry before applying the next layer, of course. Typically, I brush my nails against the back of my hand and if it isn’t sticky then it’s ok to apply your next layer. I did just that and applied my second layer and no more bubbles.

So much better, no more “diseased nails”.

Happy polishing!


Susan G Komen Race for the Cure

This past weekend was the 15th annual Susan G Komen race for the cure in my area.

Up to 75% of the affiliate’s income is donated toward funding grants for hospitals and community organizations that provide breast health education, breast cancer screenings, and treatment programs.  While the remaining 25% goes towards breast cancer research.

It was my first 5 k and it felt great to be a part of the thousands of participants and survivors in the fight against breast cancer. It was very moving to see the many survivors of breast cancer and it is definitely something I will do again.

In the spirit of the event, I did a quick manicure the night before. I won’t go into many details of this one because there isn’t any new technique. Here are the pictures.

OPI Teenage Dream

Funny Bunny, No Bees Please, Sparrow Me the Drama

OPI No Bees Please

If you’re looking for a very natural nude shade, this is a keeper. It’s very sheer with a very subtle shimmer in it.

OPI Silver Shatter on top of OPI Sparrow Me the Drama

If there is an event in your area I highly suggest participating to support the fight against breast cancer. Getting involved can help heighten awareness of the disease, improve treatment methods, and provide more breast health services to increase the survival rates of breast cancer patients. About 1.3 million individuals, men and women of all ages, are diagnosed with the disease each year. Help make a difference.

Happy polishing.