Monday, 19 November 2012

My O.P.I Manicure

Way before I started blogging, I admired many international bloggers on the internet machine because they have access to such amazing brands that we don't. One brand that I was most envious of was O.P.I. International bloggers swooned over this nail, hand and foot care brand and most quality reviews surpassed fellow salon brands like Sally Hansen and Essie.


 I hung my white flag after searching for O.P.I in South Africa without any luck. There was no way I was going to afford importing one or two bottles myself. But then...I FOUND THEM!!

 I was shopping at Edgars one afternoon and spotted the O.P.I stand. I felt like I was looking at a famous celebrity. I wasn't sure if I should just stand and stare or if I should actually touch them, so ended up doing a little of both.

After tons of searching I got in touch with Twincare who is the official distributor of O.P.I in South Africa and they were kind enough to send me a few products to test.

In this post I will show you my "O.P.I Manicure" using O.P.I nail products.

The first polish I tried was "Pink Friday". It is such a pretty pastel/bubblegum pink with a rich creamy 'look-n-feel'.
My O.P.I manicure
The application of this polish couldn't be any smoother! There were no streaks which I often find in "milky" polishes. I applied two coats to achieve the colour you see in the bottle but if you would like a lighter just-as-pretty-pink then just apply one coat.
O.P.I's Pink Friday RSP R135.00
I immediately fell in love with the colour because it is almost exactly the same as Tip Top's Melting Marshmallow which, if you remember, I was crazy about at the end of winter (read the blog post here).
O.P.I's Pink Friday is almost exactly the same as Tip Top's Melting Marshmallows
I don't think this colour could ever get old. Such a pretty Spring and Summer colour and could also be worn as a 'pick-me-up' in the colder months.

 
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This colour is actually from Niki Minaj's O.P.I collection so to any fans out there, you need to get this!

I also applied O.P.I's start to finish base and top coat to help the manicure last longer. I will reviewing it in another post.

O.P.I's Avoplex Cuticle Oil To GO RSP R165.00
Cuticle oil is one of those things that you wait a really long time before you see any results because you have to let your nail grow out. Cuticle oils provide oil and moisture to your nail bed which, in turn, helps your nails grow stronger and healthier (just like applying fertilizer to your garden, to make your flowers grow faster and more beautiful). As far as results, I can only report back in a few months but I will chat about the actual application and formula.


Avoplex cuticle oil bristles
What makes this cuticle oil so special, is the "on the go" features. It has a brush instead of the usual roller-ball with baby soft bristlesd! I love that you don't have to use your fingers to rub the oil in. I always end up getting oil on my cellphone and PC keyboard which is a mission to clean!

 This cuticle oil isn't really an oil, it is more of a gel-like formula to prevent oil running all over your fingers. All of these make it the perfect on the go cuticle oil! I am confidant that I will see great results in a few months as I apply it at least twice a day.

You cand find these products at Selected Salons, Edgars, Stuttafords and Clicks Stores. Go ahead and like O.P.I on Facebook as well as follow Twincare on Twitter. Do the same for me here and here. Don't forget to subscribe by email in the block in the top right corner of this page.

I will be doing more reviews on this amazing brand, next week! TTFN.

Miss Claira-Bella

Xoxo

P.S. There is a similar colour to Pink Friday called "It's a girl" which could be the perfect favour for a gender reveal party :)