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Get bright for spring and summer: OPI Hong Kong Collection review

OPI Hong Kong Collection, image courtesy of OPI

So OPI brings out a bumper collection of 12 shades for Spring/Summer.  Inspired by the cosmopolitian city of Hong Kong, they give us a lot of bold, bright cremes and sparkly, blinged-out shimmers.

I really liked this collection, there is a colour for everyone, cool toned, warmed toned and neutrals.

I only got two of the colours, so far, from Transdesign.com.  I could have definately gone for a lot more.  But….baby steps!! And transdesign had a great turnaround and great prices!! Note to my Trinis:  Transdesign ships internationally, so check out their low prices!

Jade is the New Black, OPI

Jade is the New Black is the colour of the summer.  Everyone has been talking about this one (as a matter fact, OPI has done a good job in hyping their recent collections).  This colour is a continuation of last year’s hot green colour, but instead of the minty, pastely greens, this one is a bold, deep but bright, leafy green.  I love green and this one definately does not disappoint.  I think its more wearable than its paler cousins and would look good on all types of skin colours.  In my opinion, this one is more sophisticated, would look great as a pop of colour with summer whites and beiges.

Hot & Spicy, OPI

The other colour is Hot & Spicy.  This is a beautiful pedicure colour!  Coral-orange creme, midtone colour.  Like a cantaloupe.  Very fresh, very beachy!!! This would look amazing with a tan, bronzey or dark skin.  Another hit for OPI.  This is photographing more orange than it really is.  It’s definitely a dark cantaloupe colour.

I think I’ll next get Bling Dynasty, Meet Me On the Star Ferry and maybe Dim Sum Plum.

Check out this collection at OPI.  Temptalia has some great swatches!

What are you going to get????

FTC Disclosure:  These products were purchased by Noire Tropical Beauty.  For more information, see my disclosure page.

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Do you want to ease into summer? Pret a Papier is here to help!

M.A.C. continues to roll out collection after collection and Pret a Papier is one of its latest ones.

It’s actually a fairly subtle collection – nothing bright, bold nor too sparkly.  This would be a collection for people who are afraid of a lot of colour.  It’s mostly neutrals with small elements of summer i.e. peaches and corals. This would also work well for those with fair to tan skin tones.

One item that people might love is the nail lacquer in Originality. This is a bright bronze colour with shimmer and flakies.  Flakies????? Yeah, flakies are becoming more and more popular in polishes.  They look like flakes, not glitter,but irregular flakes that are suspended in the polish and often they are opalescent or prism-like in the way they look.  Very cool!  They just add another dimension to the polish.  This has a foil-like finish as opposed to a glittery one.

This one did not speak to me.  It’s a nice collection – but it’s just that, nice……

I love bolder, brighter, more vibesy colours.  So great…..this allows me to save for the upcoming summer stuff. :-)!

Here are a few swatches……….

Pret-a-Papier: 1) Chromographic Pencil in NC15/NW20; 2) Chromographic Pencil in NW25/NC30; 3) Impeccable Brow Pencil in Taupe; 4) Impeccable Brow Pencil in Dirty Blonde; 5) Paintpot in Crepe Coral; 6) Pret-a-Papier Lipglass; 7) Kraft lipstick; 8) Made to Order lipstick

Originality nail lacquer

Laters!

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A few swatches and thoughts from M.A.C.'s Art Supplies Collection

This collection came out on April 1st in the U.S., and while I loooooooove the greasepaint sticks (seriously they were the best thing M.A.C. created in 2009!!), I don’t think you need to pick up every colour.  If you picked up the black one from the Style Black collection, or B (blue)or V (violet/purple) from the DSquared collection, you don’t need to pick these colours up from this collection.  They’re pretty close.  Also most of the colours are pretty dark, where Below Ground and Dirty are the only fairly light ones.  These GPSs make great bases and after they have set, they don’t crease or rub off.  Works especially well with mineralize eye shadows and those with oily lids.  They can also be used as liners or by themselves as eye shadows.  I hope M.A.C. makes these permanent! Ahem!…..M.A.C., yuh hearin’ me…!

Seriously, these are good, and I hope they bring out some lighter colours, along with some matte shades.

Top Row (L to R): Industrial, Petrol Blue, Undercurrent, GPS (L to R) - Slick Black, Below Ground, Brown Now, Greengrease, Charred Mauve, Zinc Zone, Dirty.

Must haves: Below Ground (this is a gorgeous bronze, great for summer and it replaces my Gentil Lentil shadestick), Zinc Zone (wonderful steely grey –  for the not black but sultry smokey eye).

Overall Grade: A-

(only because I wanted more variety!!!)

Maybes:

As for the Pearlglides, they are brightly pigmented and Petrol and are absolutely gorgeous.  I did not get any of them as they are NOT safe for use in the waterline !:-(

Overall Grade: B+

(Not waterline safe!)

I did not swatch the Prolongwear Lipstain Markers, because I heard a lot of not so good reviews on them. Apparently they don’t last that long at all and you have to wear a lip balm underneath as they are super drying…so they were a no go for me.  I think there are cheaper alternatives like the Covergirl markers or the ones from Avon’s Mark line.

For my Trinis: These should be coming out within the next 2 weeks or so at the M.A.C. store at West Mall.  Usually the collections come out on a Saturday, so call to find out, cuz they will sell out early!!!! Doh say ah didn’t warn yuh!!!

Until next time….laters!!!!!

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M.A.C. Art Supplies Collection

Hey gals!!!

So M.A.C. is coming fast and furious with their collections.  Seriously, they bring out a collection at least once every two weeks!!! Bad for the wallet, but ah still lovin’ it!!!  The next collections are right up my alley, bold vibrant colours, great for spring, summer and de blazin’ heat in Trinbago!!!!!!

Art Supplies

I mentioned in one of my previous posts, that the M.A.C. greasepaints were one of the BESS products for 2009!!! This is what the shadesticks were supposed to be…super creamy, highly pigmented, and great as a base or used alone as shadow.  So M.A.C. brings back the GPS in a variety of colours.  Love the packaging, love the colours even more! OMG, I am super excited!!!!!!!!!! But get them fast, they’ll be around for a limited time.  I sincerely hope that M.A.C. eventually makes them permanent, just like they did for the Dazzleglasses (which were super popular). Especially since they have discontinued a lot of the shadesticks.

Release Date (U.S.): April 1st, 2010

Release Date (Int’l): April 2010

Greasepaint Stick ($17.50 U.S.)

Fiyah!!!!!! These colours just spell summer!

  • Greengrease Blackened forest green
  • Zinc Zone Dark gunmetal
  • Slick Black True carbon black
  • Dirty Blackened taupe with pearl
  • Brown, Now Blackened burgundy
  • Below Ground Blackened bronze
  • Uniformly Blue Blackened navy
  • Charred Mauve Blackened violet

Pro Longwear Lipstain Marker ($16.00 U.S.)

A lightweight lip stain featuring the look and delivery of a color marker. With its felt-tip nib, it goes on with precision to deliver a sheer, instantly absorbed flush of color that can last all night. Fills, defines and layers for more color when wanted. No need for lip liner. All limited edition.

EDIT: Added pic!  I am now interested!!!!


  • Full of Flare Bright yellow coral
  • Stylesetter Hot pink
  • A Classic Rose red
  • Purposefully Red Dirty red coral
  • Modern Mocha Light brown
  • Point of View Light neutral
  • Tomorrow’s Coral Mid-tone blue red
  • Runway Ripened Berry plum red
  • Sunset Coral brown

Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner ($14.50 U.S.)

An eye pencil that provides rich, luxurious color with a touch of shimmer and sparkle. Soft, smooth, creamy formula glides on for a perfectly intense line, yet its soft texture allows you to blend. Long-wearing, smudge-proof.

  • Almost Noir Dirty plum
  • Designer Purple Iridescent violet
  • Petrol Blue Deep navy
  • Undercurrent Blue teal
  • Industrial Periwinkle grey
  • Black Line True black

If these are safe for the waterline, I’m indulging!

Lipglass ($14.00 U.S.)

  • Clear Clear

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M.A.C.'s taking a trip across the pond: Give Me Liberty of London Collection

Another collection with special edition packaging!! Now this is the one that I’ve been waiting all year for!!!! I am a sucka for packaging and I don’t think this one will disappoint!  The blogosphere has been abuzz for months about the bluish-greenish nail lacquer, Blue India and you know I have to add that to my collection!!!!!!:-) I also did not get the Dirty Plum blush from the Riveting collection (even though it is a PRO colour) just so that I could get it from the this collection.  I love the white background with the bright bird motif!  I would love to get the scarf too, but…….it will literally break my bank and I have to get some stuff from the To The Beach collection coming out in May.  Swatches to come!

‘The very latest in a series of famous MAC collaborations, it was only a matter of time before the demure-to-daring kaleidoscopic prints of Liberty of London coloured our world with Brit wit and bohemian chic. From the unstudied, Sienna Miller style of Spitalfields Market to the grit-and-glamour of Portobello Road, the swinging London girl has always been an unstoppable MAC makeup force! Spring 2010 insists on the ultimate flower fusion, with MAC joining forces with Liberty, creating cool Britannia compacts and Lipsticks, Eye Shadows, Powder, Blush, Nail Lacquers and, of course – blushing, bountiful, quite British accessories.’

Beauty Powder Blush, Give Me Liberty of London

Beauty Powder
The luxurious, soft pearl finish of MAC Beauty Powder packaged in a glossssy white compact. Lid is decorated with an exclusively created flower and bird pattern for the Give Me Liberty of London collection. Limited edition.

* Shell Pearl – Pale peach with gold pearl (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
* Summer Rose – Soft violet pink with pearl (Limited Edition) (Repromote)

Eyeshadow
* Give Me Liberty of London – Flat creamy pink (Matte) (Limited Edition)
* Free to Be – Creamy true coral (Matte) (Limited Edition)
* Dame’s Desire – Frosty mid-tone reddish purple (Frost) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
* Birds & Berries – Frosted dark green blue (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition) <——MINE!!!!!
* Bough Grey – Mid-tone bluish grey (Satin) (Limited Edition)

Lipstick
* Ever Hip – Creamy light coral (Cremesheen) (Limited Edition)
* Peachstock – Neutral peach (Satin) (PRO)
* Petals & Peacocks – Creamy bright magenta pink (Amplified) (Limited Edition)
* Blooming Lovely – Creamy greyed lilac mauve (Amplified) (Limited Edition)

Lipglass
* Frankly Fresh – Neutral pink beige with soft pearl (Limited Edition)<—– Possible
* Perennial High Style – Creamy bright pink coral (Limited Edition)<—–Possible
* English Accents – Creamy mid-tone blue pink (Limited Edition)
* A Different Groove – Deep purple brown with pearl (Limited Edition)

Blush
* Dirty Plum – Sheer dark plum (Limited Edition)<——MINE!!
* Prim & Proper – Neutral nude (Limited Edition)

Nail Lacquer
* Vestral White – Creamy white (Cream) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
* Blue India – Dark green blue with pearl (Cream) (Limited Edition)<——-FUH SURE!!!!!!!!!!

Blue India

Liberty of London Makeup Bags (M.A.C. stores and online only)
* Small – A limited-edition laminated makeup bag decorated with an exclusively created flower and bird pattern for the Give Me Liberty of London collection. Zip closure boasts a fabulously outsize floral pull. Measures 8″ x 2.75″ x 3.5″.

* Medium – A limited-edition laminated makeup bag decorated with an exclusively created flower and bird pattern for the Give Me Liberty of London collection. Zip closure boasts a fabulously outsize floral pull. Measures 8″ x 2.75″ x 5″.

Liberty of London Scarf (M.A.C. stores and online only)
A limited-edition scarf designed with an exclusively created floral pattern for the Give Me Liberty of London collection. Rows of coral, orange, yellow and blue flowers form a repeating pattern on a white background. The fabric is a soft wool/viscose blend. Made in Italy. Measures 27″ x 82″.

This collection will be released in the US @ M.A.C. stores and online on March 11.

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