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Santa Claws – OPI

Published December 20, 2014 by withnailsandi

My favourite festive polishes from my favourite brand – OPI.



Top Left – Coca Cola Red, Top Right – All I Want for Christmas is OPI, Bottom Right – Snow Globetrotter, Bottom Left – Gettin Miss Piggy With it


Top Left – Every Month is Oktoberfest, Top Right – Cute Little Vixen, Bottom Right – Goldeneye, Bottom Left – All Sparkly and Gold

I’m going to start with bottle shots but scroll down to see swatches where I have combined colours.

Coca-Cola Red is a bright cherry red creme that has an amazing formula. It is almost a one coat although there was still a very slight visible nail line. This looks great on its own, but provides a vibrant base for festive glitters.

All I Want for Christmas is OPI may have made my shortlist because of its name, but there is no denying that this is a beautiful dark red creme. I love dark colours in the winter and so I like to pair them with glitter around Christmas to add a bit of sparkle.

The bottom 2 polishes here are definitely toppers. You’d have a hard job getting these opaque. Both are very sparkly and add that extra something to your manicure. Snow Globetrotter has a mix of iridescent and matte white glitters that make it look like snow on your nails. Gettin’ Miss Piggy With It has mainly red micro-glitter but also has some larger silver hex glitters in there too.

Every Month is Oktoberfest is my favourite polish of all time. Ever. It has a gorgeous purple base with a ton of red shimmer in it. You need 2 coats to get it to full opacity but it is a real chameleon of a polish, looking different in different lights. Snow Globetrotter looks great layered over this polish.

Cute Little Vixen was a surprise favourite. It is a magenta based red with a beautiful gold shimmer running through it. It has an amazing formula too.

All Sparkly and Gold is an opaque gold micro-glitter. 2 thick or 3 thin coats needed for full opacity, but it is stunning.

Goldeneye was a huge lemming of mine and it is gorgeous. A very yellowy-bronze gold that is full of glass fleck gold pieces. It is sheer though and if you want full opacity   be prepared for at least 3, if not 4 coats.


Left – Christmas Gone Plaid, Right – Fresh Frog of Bel-Air

Christmas Gone Plaid is a dark bottle green creme. It is from the new 2014 Gwen Stefani Holiday collection and is something that OPI doesn’t do often. In low lighting this one can look black but the formula is amazing. It’s almost a one-coater but needs that second just to even it out.

Fresh Frog of Bel Air looks great layered over Christmas Gone Plaid. From the same Muppets collection as Gettin’ Miss Piggy with It, it has exactly the same composition of micro-glitter and larger silver hex glitters, this one is just green instead of red. Again this one would be hard to get opaque on its own and is best layered over other polishes.

Below are some swatches of the polishes. Apologies for my dry hands/cuticles and rubbish paint job. I usually swatch on my left hand, as I’m really bad at painting my right, but I’ve broken 2 nails and they look awful. IMG_5577-0.JPG



My collection of OPI is definitely the most extensive, but I have some other very pretty polishes that would perfect for Christmas from other brands. Next week I hope to do a post with my top 2 or 3 Christmas polishes from each of the main brands in my collection.

Hope you found this post useful. I’m still deciding which polish or combo I will wear on the big day so if you have any suggestions or recommendations I would love to hear them.

Hope you are all having a fun-filled build up to Christmas!


All That Glitters

Published January 11, 2014 by withnailsandi

Hi Nailfans,

Fairy Lights and Gold Dust

I got these two little sparklers from Superdrug just before Christmas and thought I would review them before they were taken off the shelves. Now for those of you who aren’t so familiar with Barry M, they often do some great special offers and these Limited Editions were one (well two) of them. They were each free if you spent £6 or over on Barry M products, and as I have been creating my nail polish collection recently I easily spent enough to get both.

So on to the polishes…

FYI both of the swatches are 2 coats.

Firstly we have my favourite of the two – FAIRY LIGHTS

Top - Gold Dust Bottom - Fairy Lights (2 Coats)

Top – Gold Dust
Bottom – Fairy Lights
(2 Coats)

This is a beautiful sparkly polish that is a clear base with mainly a fine soft pink glitter along with silver and holographic in there too. The formula is easy to apply and gives a good coverage in two coats. I personally would layer this over a base colour as I like a completely opaque nail, but you could easily wear this on its own. Another thing that I love about this polish is that it can be worn in any season. As it is such a soft colour I think it would look fantastic over pastel cream shades in the summer or over darker colours in the winter.

Fairy Lights

Fairy Lights

Secondly we have GOLD DUST

Left - Gold Dust,  Right -Fairy Lights

Left – Gold Dust,
Right -Fairy Lights

Now this one I wasn’t too sure about and if it hadn’t been free I wouldn’t have paid for it. It is a strand glitter that is a mix of yellow gold and rose gold in a clear base. The mix of colours is nice as it gives it more depth, but as with many larger glitters it is a bit of a pain to apply and I found that it was very difficult to get consistent coverage. A dabbing technique seemed to work best and with two coats did eventually cover well although I am not a fan of the ‘hairy’ look. I will probably save this one for use around Christmas, maybe layered over a similar shade of gold to give it a little extra sparkle without the glitter being too visible.

Gold Dust

Gold Dust

On a final (and obvious) note, you will need a topcoat with both of these, as you would with all glitters. Speaking of topcoats, I am on the hunt for a new one as my Rimmel Finishing Touch has gone all gloopy, so if you have any recommendations please let me know.

Bye for now.

L x

COMING UP on With Nails and I…

More Barry M reviews PLUS I have just started my love affair with OPI so I will be reviewing some of those soon. Stay tuned!

My Barry M Collection

Published December 31, 2013 by withnailsandi

My Barry M Collection

Hey Nail fans

As a ‘Nail Newbie’ I have begun my nail polish collection at the more bargainous end of the market with Barry M, but I have to say I really do love them – for the most part anyway!

These are about half of the Barry M polishes I have amassed up to now and I think good old Navy (292) has to be my absolute favourite so far. It is so versatile. The colour is deep and rich with a fantastic, yet subtle, shimmer. Even better is that it goes on with no more than 2 thin coats to make it fully opaque, which is great for a busy mum like me who invariably has a toddler to deal with 5 minutes after applying my polish.


I will begin by blogging about the various Barry M polishes I own first as that is the brand I have the most experience of. I am waiting for a swatch fan to arrive from Ebay, so once I have that all painted then I will be able to show you more of what the polishes look like on the nail