Essie Cocktail Winter: Swatches!

Essie Cocktail Winter

The Essie Cocktail Winter 2011 Collection celebrates the brilliance of gems often worn at decadent holiday parties and brings the same sparkle to your fingertips to get you in the spirit of the season.

Bangle Jangle: A Lavender Amethyst
Bobbing for Baubles: A Deepest Darkest Sapphire
Brooch the Subject: A Creamy Cashmere Cameo
Cocktail Bling: A Precious Pale Gray Jewel
School of Hard Rocks: A Midnight Malachite
Size Matters: A Blazing Hot Ruby Red

Enjoy!

Zoya Smoke & Mirrors: Swatches!

Zoya Smoke Mirrors Nail Polish Collection Nail Lacquer

Sultry, mysterious and incredibly sexy, the 12 new colors introduced by Zoya for the Summer are breathtaking.  Zoya’s Smoke and Mirrors collections offer rich hues with grey undertones from a jewel-toned palette.  The Smoke Collection includes six creams, while the Mirrors collection features shimmering metallics.

Zoya Smoke Nail Polish Collection Nail Lacquer
Zoya Mirrors Nail Polish Collection Nail Lacquer
Beautiful and flattering, each hue has been hand-crafted by Zoya to look great against a variety of skin tones and pop against the trendiest colors of the season.  Buy your collection today!  Click here to start shopping!

OPI Pirates of the Caribbean – SWATCHES!

Finally – they’ve arrived and they are oh-so-lovely!  Here are swatches of the new polishes, as well as pictures of each color in their bottles. We love them!

OPI Pirates of the Caribbean Nail Lacquer Stranger Tides Nail Polish

In the image above, all the same polishes are coated with OPI Silver Shatter.  The top three hues on the right (Planks A Lot, Mermaid Tears and Stranger Tides) have the Silver Shatter applied in the normal direction, from top to bottom of the nail.  The next two shades (Skull & Glossbones, Stead As She Rose) have the Silver Shatter applied from side to side, for a different coating.  The last shade (Sparrow Me the Drama) has it applied in a wavy pattern.  We were excited to see the variation!

OPI Skull & Glossbones, Steady As She Rose, Sparrow Me The Drama Nail SwatchesOPI Planks A Lot, Mermaid's Tears, Stranger Tides Nail Lacquer Swatches

OPI Katy Perry Swatches, Part 2

Hey friends!  I finally had time to play with the Katy Perry polish, so I wanted to post some swatches of what the colors look like on the nail, as well as under normal, at-home, low lighting.  Here are the four colors on the nail:

OPI Not Like the Movies Katy Perry Collection OPI Teenage Dream Katy Perry Nail Lacquer Collection
OPI Last Friday Night Katy Perry Collection Nail Polish OPI The One That Got Away Katy Perry Collection

The two glitter-y polishes, OPI Last Friday Night (blue) and OPI Teenage Dream (light blue) take several coats to get the results posted on our swatches from yesterday.  The results in the pictures above were two coats; full coverage would take at least three and perhaps four.  Perhaps the most interesting about these colors in the variety of glitter included in the polish.  Large flecks alongside more subtle shimmer makes a beautiful effect.

My favorite: The One That Got Away.  This probably does not surprise you, based on my love for vampy colors, burgandies and shimmer.  Really, how could I not love this color?

That being said, I was surprised how much I liked it.  More than a burgundy, OPI The One That Got Away is really a fuschia, way more pink than burgundy, featuring a rosy shimmer and nice, even undertones.  Really beautiful.

Let us know what you’re loving from the collection.  We’d love to hear about it  : )

Katy Perry & Black Shatter: IN STOCK w/ Swatches!

GREAT NEWS!  We now have both the OPI Katy Perry collection AND the Black Shatter polish available for purchase at Beauty of a Site! You can order these colors right now!  We’re stoked to be one of the first to offer Black Shatter, and we’re excited that our customers will be among the first to own it!

ORDER KATY PERRY and BLACK SHATTER HERE.

Here are our swatches of the Katy Perry Collection:

OPI Katy Perry Collection Black Shatter In Stock Pics

And, our absolute favorite thing we’ve seen from OPI this year: OPI BLACK SHATTER!!  Here’s Black Shatter applied to all of the Katy Perry colors.  Read tips below for making Black Shatter work for you!  You can order all of these colors here.

OPI Black Shatter with Katy Perry Collection In Stock Swatches

Note the difference an extra coat of OPI Black Shatter makes – cool huh!

Here are some tips for really making Black Shatter work for you:

1.  OPI Black Shatter is perfect for coating on any OPI color – not just Katy Perry.  The crazy bold brights have a powerful effect, and so do the really vampy violets and greens.  Experiment away.

2.  For OPI Black Shatter to work just right, your base coat nail polish color must be 100% dry.  In fact, we’re suggesting you paint your nails, go do something else, and come back sometime in the next hour to do your second coat, to make sure that the effect is perfect.

3.  Adding extra coats of OPI Black Shatter gives a totally different effect.  Check out the Black Shatter swatch all the way on the left (only one coat) compared to the swatch all the way on the right (two coats)- the cracks are much more prominent and separated.  The variety is awesome!

4. When you first apply the polish, it will look thin and uneven, but don’t worry – it’s supposed to! Shortly after it starts to dry, it will crack and separate for the effect above.

Enjoy!!

OPI Burlesque SWATCHES! Part 2

So I admit it; I shared my favorite colors with you last time, but here are some shots of the over major colors.  These are indoor shots as opposed to those in broad daylight, but I am intending to show how they show up under office / home lighting.  They are actually quite similar (in any light!) but the subtle differences are visible when in close proximity:

OPI Show Much Go On Burlesque Nail Lacquer Holiday 2010
OPI Show Must Go On.  The pinkest of the bunch, this very true dark pink is a beautiful color.  Not as purple as the fuscia OPI Let Me Entertain You, this pink is spunky but classy, featuring a dark pink shimmer for interest, but an overall bold color appropriate for the business woman and party girl alike.

OPI Ali's Big Break Burlesque Nail Polish HOliday 2010

Compare the pink above with this deep red, OPI Ali’s Big Break.  Even though there is a slight pink hue to this crimson shade, Ali’s Big Break is a true red, beautiful with any skin tone and a truly sexy color!

OPI Take the Stage Burlesque Nail Polish Holiday 2010

The truest orange we’ve seen from OPI in some time! OPI Take the Stage is a beautiful, bold orange shimmer, not bright orange or neon orange, nor burnt or smokey.  A gorgeous warm color, more red than yellow featuring perfect gold sparkles, Take the Stage is a great color for any one and any occasion!

Here’s a closer comparison of these colors to help you see the subtle distinctions:

OPI Burlesque Holiday 2010 Nail Lacquer

Oh- and by reader demand- here are two of the other glitter polishes.  These are terribly un-photogenic.  Like diamonds, these chunky polishes can’t quite handle a camera’s flash.  But this will give you an idea of the subtle color differences between them.

OPI Glow Up Already / OPI Simmer and Shimmer

OPI Simmer & Shimmer (blue on the left) and OPI Glow Up Already (green on the right).  Again, sorry for the odd lighting, but these things are out of control sparkly- I hope you can see it!

OPI Swiss Swatches & Pictures!

Ok, so I’m a little late for swatch week (my bad), but here are swatches of the OPI Swiss Collection.  These are absolutely gorgeous and incredibly unique.  Turquoise, teal, golds, blues, reds of every shade- it’s difficult not to find something for everyone in OPI’s newest Fall collection.

The best news?  YOU CAN ORDER THEM TODAY! We’re selling pre-orders here!

Without further ado:

OPI Swiss Collection Nail Lacquer

OPI Cuckoo For This Color– absolutely stellar.  A green shimmer that’s gorgeous in the light, with a blue base that makes it almost turquoise, but more cool green.

OPI Ski Till We Drop (whose beautiful luminosity is stolen by our rainy day photo) is a smoky warm blue cream.  Dark, with cool grey and an itty bit of green undertones.  A full blue that is so different from anything anyone’s done this season.

OPI The Color to Watch is actual an opal-y lavender color that is shimmery (not actually opalescent in finish) and very chic.

OPI Yodel Me On My Cell is a brighter blue than Ski Till We Drop.  I’d almost classify it as a “bright” color.  It’s shimmery, but a clearer blue, with less musky colors and a purer base.

All in all, we can’t even tell you how excited we are.  Contact us with any questions about expected delivery, but make sure and place an order today to reserve your polish!

Swatches, Part 3- More Zoya for Fall!

Day three of our Swatch week features Zoya’s Wonderful collection, their newest fall collection released alongside Wicked, and available at Beauty of a Site for purchase- even right now!

Both of the collections play with dark and light, offering one sparkly (Wicked) and one creme (Wonderful) collection for your enjoyment. Play with these bold shades!

Zoya Wonderful Collection Swatches Shawn is a bright myrtyle green, even brighter than our picture gives it credit. The color is even a little murky; more than just a simple green.
Cola is a very warm brown creme, more red than purple. It truly is the color of creamy Colas.  A beautiful color against any skin tone!
Kristi is a bright, classic, pure red, truly crimson.  Warm with orange undertones, this is the perfect pair-with-anything attention-getting red.
Burke, unfortunately, isn’t showing up in our picture as well as we’d hope.  It’s an almost red-berry shade, described by Zoya as a “sienna red” creme.
Stacy, (again, no justice given) is an almost purple / burgundy.  I sort of love the color.  Not bright enough to be berry, but definitely in the purple family, without being dark.  Pretty!
Kelly is so so so beautiful.  When applied, it’s almost a purple-y grey color.  With several coats, it’s steel blue nature shows through.  Absolutely beautiful.

I’ve included one of Zoya’s promotional pictures of the collection below to help offset some of our lighting issues, so that the true colors show through a little more. The collection is beautiful, and I highly suggest putting it on your have-to-have list. Better yet, order it today and get it even before your local beauty store. It’s gorgeous! Click here to purchase!

Zoya Wonderful Collection Swatches

Swatches, Part 2- Fall Sneak Peak!

Fresh in at Beauty of a Site, Zoya’s Wicked Collection!  Fresh from the warehouses in time for Fall, Beauty of a Site is one of the first retailers to have these collections available for purchase!  Be the first among your friends to own these gorgeous colors.  As usual, Zoya is releasing two collections together- Wicked alongside Wonderful.  Here’s the first half of your swatches for your viewing pleasure!

Zoya Wicked Nail Polish Collection Edyta is a fern green metallic polish, bold and intelligent, totally set apart from everything else in the collection.
Julieanne is a byzantium purple sparkling metallic hue, cool and almost steel blue at first glance, with a powerful purple infusion.
Cheryl is an ingenious chocolate bronze sparkling metallic, that from just the right angle is packed with tons of mahogany hues.
Karina is a classy, garnet red sparkling polish, featuring a cool medium crimson undertone with top  swirls of pink, gold & red foil.
Carrie Ann shares the sparkling metallic finish of the entire collection, in a bright venetian red color. Includes gold and pink foils.
Kym is an intriguing cardinal mauve sparkling metallic shade, featuring an antique copper base and copper-y top sparkle.

Click here to check out the whole collection and hear more about each of these beautiful colors. Purchase the whole collection today!

Summer Nail Polish Swatches, Part 1

OPI Summer Flutter: Swatches delivered!  Keep up with the Beauty of a Site Blog this week for swatches of our newest and most beautiful nail polish colors for the season!

Check out the lovely colors offered by OPI Summer Flutter:

OPI Summer Flutter

My personal favorite: Wing It.  A cheery coral-y tint on a warm pink, with subtle sparkle and incredible vibrancy.  The perfect pink that defies tradition and embraces femininity!

These are trendy and beautiful brights, with just enough subtle sheen and translucent color to be mature, lovely and perfect for any age.  These aren’t your daughters brights, but truly beautiful shades to celebrate a lively season!  These colors are only available for a limited time only, so make sure and gets yours while we still have them!  We’re almost sold out, so shop today!  Click here to buy them  now!

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