OPI — You're Such a Budapest & The Lights of Emerald City


OPI is pretty amazing. I can't claim that this is an actual fact... but I'm pretty sure that they release more colors per year than any other nail polish brand. Imagine their color archives! It's gotta be incredible. I picture an endless hallway of bottles placed on shining pillars protected by glass, like in a museum.

OPI recently released their Euro Centrale & OZ collections. I'll cover off on those in depth later, but for now I wanted to show you a pairing I fell in love with. It's perfect for spring!

You're Such a Budapest* stole my heart the moment I saw it. I love a good lavender to begin with — and YSAB is a little richer and deeper than the usual pastel purples. It hovers between purple and lavender and leans on the blue side. It's technically a creme, but has a hint of jelly to it. That element of translucency adds a delicate touch to this color.

You're Such a Budapest

I contemplated wearing YSAB solo... but then The Lights of Emerald City* were twinkling at me and I couldn't resist. TLOEC is fantastic. Tiny pieces of square metallic glitter sparkle green, peach, pink and gold, suspended in a clear base. Mixed among them are larger squares of pearl white glitter.

The Lights of Emerald City

TLOEC closeup!

I carefully applied TLOEC so that the white glitter pieces were concentrated toward the middle and tips of my nails, leaving the area near my cuticles clean. I was going for a slightly gradated look.

Here's some indirect sunlight for you.

This is how I was driving the whole time. Gotta check out the nailzzz, lol

These nails felt very My Little Pony, Pretty Pretty Princess-y, in the very best way possible. These are two new bottles that I am thrilled to have in my collection. :)

These nails just scream "Blossom" to me.

LOVED this game. Anyone ever heard of the lesser-known "Tales of the Crystals?"

xxo, Francesca

*product provided for honest review

OPI — GoldenEye

Happy Meowlloween, kittens! I hope you enjoyed reading about my Top Ten as much as I enjoyed writing about them! Now, back to business.

I've got another color from the OPI Skyfall James Bond Collection to share with you: GoldenEye*.

GoldenEye is a bright, flashy yellow gold. I would say it's less like 14k warm, classic gold and more like every kid's favorite Hanukkah candy, gelt.

The base of GoldenEye is a rosy yellow-orange. The glitter is unusual; to me this seems like more of a really dense flakie. The gold flakes appear irregular.

This color is not for the faint of heart. It's on the loud side for sure. It doesn't just say, "Look at me!" — it screams it. So be prepared for a lot of attention if you end up sporting GoldenEye.

GoldenEye was the perfect color to go with my Halloween costume because I needed something over-the-top and shiny. And definitely something GOLD. Why you ask? Because I was going to be a hamburger. Yes, a hamburger.

Yes! A GlamBurger! I bought some neon green tulle to serve as my "Lettuce Wrap," added some much needed American Cheese to the neckline and created some ginormous cheeseburgers for my... buns.

What did you guys dress up as for Halloween? And of course I want to know, did your nails play a starring role in your costume?

xxofromLA'sglammiestburger, Francesca

*product provided for honest review