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OPI – Hong Kong collection for Spring/Summer 2010

OPI - Hong Kong

Happy Birthday Naomi – this OPI Nailpolish post is for you! “Shades that capture the brilliant sharpness of the cityscape. A modern mood of color and perspective for spring.” OPI Nailpolish’s newest collection features Hong Kong! Bright bold colors with cheeky themed names which are OPI typical include:

  • Red My Fortune Cookie
  • A Good Man-darin is Hard to Find
  • Bling Dynasty
  • Hot & Spicy
  • Dim Sum Plum
  • Jade is the New Black
  • Suzi Says Feng Shui
  • Lucky Lucky Lavender
  • Meet Me on the Star Ferry
  • Panda-monium Pink
  • Pearl of Wisdom
  • Chop-sticking to My Story
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Sally Hansen – “Complete Salon Manicure” nailpolish line

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Probably inspired by my friend Naomi and the ever-changing colors of her nails, I’ve been trying out different nailpolish lines to see what I like best. For example, MMV has previously featured Lippmann Collection and Sula’s Paint and Peel Nailpolish. But for the latest and greatest, Sally Hansen just came out with a “complete salon manicure” nailpolish line which works in five different ways to help improve your home-manicure experience:
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1. As a Base Coat – smoothes out imperfections for a flawless surface.
2. As a Growth Treatment – protects problem nails, allowing them to grow longer and stronger.
3. As a Strengthener – reinforces nails to help resist splits, chips and cracks.
4. As a High-Intensity Colour – glides on concentrated pigments in two coats for a salon-quality manicure.
5. As a Top Coat – provides extra protection and brilliant shine.
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I love the shape of the nailpolish brush – really flat and broad to paint the color on smoothly. I tried the color “Yellow Kitty” (a springy pastel shade of yellow, uncommon in nailpolish colors) and found that I had to apply three coats to get that smooth, lacquered look. Perhaps you will only need two coats for the darker colors. Sally Hansen’s “Complete Salon Manicure” is available in 42 new shades (wow!) and retails for $7.95 at select drugstores and mass retailers across Canada for Spring/Summer 2010.

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Sula – Paint & Peel nailpolish

Other than being “big three free” of Formaldehyde, Toluene and DBP, the selling point of this nailpolish is that you can easily remove it from your nails by peeling it off, instead of using nailpolish remover!

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Lippmann Collection – Marquee Moon

About the shade Marquee Moon in particular, it is a silvery shade which reminds me of holiday tinsel. Lippmann Collection nail lacquers are free of Toluene, Formaldehyde and Dibutyl Phthalate.

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Modern Mix Monday – Wink Beauty Lounge

Looking for something to do? Every Monday morning, we present to you “Modern Mix Monday”, a brief but link-filled one-liner review of our past weekend loaded with suggestions to inspire you for your next!

On Saturday evening, I went to Wink Beauty Lounge (67 East Cordova Street) for The Style Spy’s Holiday Shopathon event. After a fifteen minute walk from Waterfront Skytrain Station, we graciously accepted a warm welcome into the brightly lit Wink Beauty Lounge in Gastown. The retail shop, with its whitewashed walls and clean white shelves, allowed its beauty and makeup products to colorfully stand out and be tried on.

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The retail part of Wink reminds me a lot of Beauty Bar in Yaletown, but perhaps with lesser known brands. Brands which were familiar to me included OPI and Essie. The brands that I didn’t recognize were all packaged in a young and trendy fashion, such as 100% Pure, a bath, body and skincare line which boasts its lack of “synthetic chemicals, chemical preservatives, artificial fragrances, artificial colors, harsh detergents or any other unhealthy toxins“.
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The part of Wink that I didn’t get to experience this weekend includes its extensive list of beauty services – particularly its eyelash extensions which start at $65. Other services include facials, waxing, manicures & pedicures and even a special section dedicated to guys who want clear and energized skin.

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