Posts Tagged ‘OPI’
I keep staring at my nails…would you just look at them? Isn’t this the finest manicure you’ve seen? This is the work of Mercedez Merx aka Miss Merx, fellow beauty blogger and a freelance nail technician who doesn’t cut corners in her job and is passionate about keeping nails healthy.
Mercedez has years of experience under her belt and is OPI trained, and she has worked with some big clients and counts some amazing ones in her loyal list of customers.
A few weeks ago I whinged I hadn’t enough time to sort myself with a manicure for my friend Lisa’s wedding in Edinburgh. I was one of four bridesmaids, you see. Mercedez came to my rescue with my first ever gel manicure (shocking admission for a beauty blogger) and I couldn’t have been happier with the results. Now let me tell you something, this girl is GOOD. No, wait – not good, AMAZING.
My session took a good hour and the result was such a neat and precise manicure. Mercedez prides herself on being ‘old school’ in her practising of manicures. She will come to your home or to your work place if you prefer and pamper your talons till they look like you could be a hand model. It’s sheer bliss to have someone visit you in the comfort and privacy of your own haven. You’re not rushing to park somewhere or endure public transport to get to your appointment on time. I think people forget the benefits of a mobile service.
I’ve had a fair number of manicures and this one didn’t pinch or hurt a bit especially on the cuticles. My long nails were uneven to start with due to breakages but Mercedez didn’t bat any eyelid and filed them down to a beautiful shape.
The dress code for the bridesmaids was red and black so Mercedez showed me a few red shades and I settled for OPI’s Malaga Wine. Now I’m pretty brutal with my (strong) nails – I dragged a heavy suitcase to Edinburgh, whacked my nails a few times and it didn’t chip. Two weeks on and the gel manicure is unscathed. A regular manicure would have endured a few cracks and chips within a few days but Mercedez did a fabulous job and I’m converted to gel manicures. They’re perfect for holidays and special occasions as they last longer and their endurance is incredible.
So I’ve got me a regular hair stylist, hair colourist, beautician and now I can add Miss Mercedez Merx to the list as my manicurist.
I urge you to give Mercedez a try. She covers greater London and surrounding areas like Hertfordshire, Kent and Essex…basically if she can get to you, she will get to you.
Visit www.missmerxmanis.com for more information on the manicures and pedicures Mercedez does and the prices.
Oh and here are some photos from the wedding of Lisa Simpson (yes, that is her real name) who is now Mrs Redpath. Congratulations to you and Gary, Lisa. xx
A few weeks ago, my company moved offices. Not far, just across the business park, but as moves go, apparently it was quite a stressful one. We are now sat in our shiny new offices, with a whole host of meeting rooms that have been named after Olympic cities. So now, I get a message asking me to meet someone in Barcelona, or to take some notes to Sydney. At first it was very exciting, and now I get worried when I get a meeting request for Beijing, as that’s the company auditorium and generally means something serious.
Enough blather and more about the nail polish. I really wish that I had seized the opportunity when I met Suzi Weiss-Fischmann recently to ask her that chicken and egg question – which comes first, the polish or the name? I firmly believe that it is often the name, especially in this instance.
Firstly, please forgive the appearance of these swatches. As you can tell, I must have been swatching something red or pink beforehand and have totally failed at actually getting that off my nails before embarking on this one.
I’ve never worn this as a full manicure, and you can probably see why. Beige-Jing is too warm for me and just does me no favours whatsoever. I do like the silver shimmer that it has as this makes it a little different from your average nude, but really, this isn’t all that good.
It applied well considering that this is now 12 years old, hailing from OPI’s Far East Collection. I think that this was actually rather pigmented and on the thick side. However, it’s so far from flattering on me that only the fact that this is now regarded as rare and hard to find has actually stopped me from selling it or swapping it away. I swear that there’s more money in a nail polish pension than any other stakeholder scheme these days.
Any way – time to go. Someone’s asking me to meet them in Athens.
This has been in my scheduled posts for an absolute eternity and its only now that it has risen to the top of the pile. Quite appropriate really, as I understand there’s some kind of football going on at the moment.
OPI do a million shimmery red shades. I should know, I own most of them. (which reminds me, perhaps an OPI “red” comparison post might be in order?). However, Euro-Mazing is like none of the others in my collection. It is a coppery toned red, which I have seen described as coral (err, nope) with lots of silver shimmer pieces. I’m not sure how keen I am on the silver glittery bits in all honesty as it does look a bit like air bubbles. Other than that though, it’s a real gleamer and looks fantastic under a layer of topcoat.
It is a tad sheer for me (aren’t they all?) so ordinarily to wear this anywhere other than my toes, I would layer it over a basic red creme. I think you’re seeing about four coats here. God bless OPI’s older and slightly runny jelly consistency.
What do you think? I only really bought this one for the name, and it doesn’t really get that much air time with me. Would you wear this?
I’m on a bit of a roll at the moment with these OPI British polishes. I don’t know why – they just seem to be at the top of all my unposted photos.
Here we have Edin-Burgundy, which is jut a fantastic name. I’ve been to Edinburgh a couple of times and really enjoyed myself. I really like the atmosphere and the architecture and the general ambience. It’s great for a night out too – I went there on a hen party once and had a brilliant time. It’s just such a shame that it’s so far away!
I’m noticing a bit of a trend at the moment among nail bloggers for loving sheer coloured polishes. Seriously, I’m seeing the phrase “squishy jelly” on practically every blog post I am reading at the moment.
Personally, I have little to no interest in sheer jelly polishes. I just can’t get on with the visible nail line thing. Am I obsessed? Naturally, I don’t mind it if I’m wearing a sheer pink or a deliberately light colour but to me, something like this just looks a bit messy and that you couldn’t be bothered to add that last coat.
Bearing in mind that this collection appeared about the time that OPI were messing about with their 3-Free formula, I don’t know if it is deliberately meant to be on the sheerer side, or if its just a bit…crap. Either which way, it’s in the pile to sell so if rare OPIs / “squishy jellies” are your thing, then watch this space.
The colour is lovely though.