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Sephora by OPI: Iris I was Thinner

I wish it would stop raining! It’s been over a week of nothing but pouring rain. We’ve had maybe one sunny day in the last 10. Not wonderful for taking photos and color accuracy. But sort of fitting with how I’ve been feeling lately.

I was surprised when I noticed that this polish hasn’t been blogged about here on Death by Polish. Just because I know Lauren and I both own it. Iris I was Thinner, I actually think this name is quite funny, was from last year’s $OPI collection inspired by flowers. Right up my alley. (One of my favorite polishes, Leaf Him At The Alter, is from this collection!)

Medium purple creme. A bit more grey-ed out in real life

I was thinking about how I hadn’t worn a purple polish in a while. Then I thought about it and realized I have recently blogged about two other not only purples, but cremes as well. Haha, I guess I’ve been slightly aloof. Iris I was Thinner has a very nice balance of being saturated and noticeable, but not too loud. It has a certain darkness to it. The tone of this polish is really nice and is floral-y and seems very natural. I would say it’s more red based than blue.

Shiny, glossy finish. A little darker in color in real life.

The formula on this is also great. I only needed two coats for full coverage. I like that the finish isn’t too dense. It’s a creme, but almost one of those half creme half jellies. It goes on smooth and has a shiny, glossy finish. I always prefer when cremes have this finish and formula. You get to skip the goopy, thick formulas.

Where to Buy: Online Retailers / $ 9ish

I don’t know what it is, but my nails have been a pain lately. They have been peeling at the tips. I gave them a serious buff yesterday. And around my nails has been getting dry rather easily. I find this strange since it’s warm out now and I had NO problems when it was 20 degrees out all winter. I don’t think Lemony Flutter is doing it for me anymore. I’ve also been having serious wear issues. 😦

– Liz


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Sephora by OPI: Go With The Flow-er & OPI: Guy Meets Gal-veston

I change my polish so often that I don’t really ever need to “freshen up” my manicure. Though for some reason today, yesterday’s manicure of Guy Meets Gal-veston was looking a little rough and also not wearing so well. Which is always a bummer for me. I usually only wear my polish for 2 days and if it can’t make it through that, I get super annoyed. So I did something I usually don’t, I layered!

Coral micro glitter with hot pink and gold flash

I’ve had Go With The Flow-er sitting around on my list of “re-wear and re-swatch”. I already loved this polish. But I was looking at it earlier, and thought about how well it matches GMG and that it would layer over it great. It looks awesome! GWTF is so pretty on its own, but it is a little sheer it’s mostly jam-packed with coral micro glitter that flashes hot pink and gold. The base is a little translucent orangey coral. So, matching it to a coral (or any color you want) and layering it over allows it to work out best.

Glowing nails!

GWTF literally glows. It lights your nails up in a flashy way, but since the colors in it are so pretty and feminine, it’s still beautiful and not too much. I used two coats to refresh this manicure. It really gives an extra punch of pink and shimmer that is perfect. I’m obsessed. It’s fresh and perfect for summer.

Where to Buy: Sephora / $ 9

Do you own Go With The Flow-er and love it like I do? I’m thinking it might look really cool over a purple polish.

– Liz

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Sephora by OPI: Lost Without My GPS

Bright coral!

Hope everyone had a good weekend and that maybe its been starting to warm up in your respective areas. I’ve been feeling particularly springy this week, perhaps it has something to do with the approaching arrival of Liz and my Zoya summer orders! Cannot wait to see those polishes.

Coral is one of my favorite colors for spring/summer, so the other night I decided it was time to break out Lost Without My GPS by SOPI. This is one of my favorite corals that I’ve had, although it may be slightly more red-leaning than most people might want.

So I’m going to admit that I didn’t exactly do the best job on this mani, it ended up coming out very streaky which is not something that I do not recall about this polish when I used it last. So I wouldn’t worry about that if you’re interested in it, it was just me. I tried to get the best pictures I could considering my amateur paint job.

I used two coats for the mani and since it was kind of streaky for me I probably should’ve used three. I remember using Lost Without My GPS before and the color was perfectly even and saturated in two coats. Like I said it’s more of a reddish-orange coral so if you’re looking for a pinker coral this may not be for you. It definitely looks wonderful on though!

Lost without my GPS, bright sunlight

Here’s a picture that’s head-on so you can get a better idea of the color. Both pictures were taken in great sunlight and you can see how vibrant the color is. I think it’s really perfect for summer and I recommend it for your pedi as well. It’s going to look good on every skin tone and for a coral creme, I think it really stands out!

Where to Buy: Sephora / $8.50

Looking forward to this weeks’ manis…



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Sephora by OPI: Urban Ballerina

Urban Ballerina display

So I’ve heard a bunch about the Sephora by OPI collection for Glee, but had not heard anything about this Urban Ballerina collection until the other day.

I was at Sephora getting new make up and things the other week and saw this new polish display for Urban Ballerina, but did not know that this existed at all. I snapped a few pics because, like I said, had heard nothing of it.

Basically the collection is full of the kind of colors that blend edge with soft and sweet, or so Sephora says. I can definitely see that, but to me its more these two categories put together than anything else. Everything looked fairly sheer, there’s 3 light pink and beige colors, the purple that also looks sheer, and the two gunmetal greys which look similar.

I looked at this for a good minute and saw nothing that interesting or that I would even really want to try. I guess I was kind of curious about the purple and sparkly dark grey, but thought they also looked like they’d been done before.

Seems like this collection is getting swept under the rug for spring, especially since the big push seems to be going with Glee. Has anyone tried any colors from the Urban Ballerina collection?

Where to Buy: Sephora / $9

Sad its Sunday night,


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Christmas Manicure II: What’s Your Point-settia & It Looks Like Rain, Dear

What's Your Point-settia & It Looks Like Rain, Dear

These Sephora by OPI polishes have been pretty popular this holiday season. At least from what I can tell with our own personal blog views and searches. I have been thinking about how my swatches for What’s Your Point-settia? aren’t the best and aren’t good enough for our readers, so I decided to slap it on again. I also wanted to give this polish another chance because I didn’t seem to like it too much the first time.

I also haven’t used It Looks Like Rain, Dear at all but did not want to do full glitter on all my nails. So this combination seemed like a perfect solution, and a great holiday combo for all of you to try! (If you like it.)

WYP is hard to capture. Click to enlarge for a better view.

What’s Your Point-settia changes with every coat. It’s still sort of hard for me to figure out. During the first coat, it’s like this bright pink / berry color that looks very summery and fuchsia. Not very saturated at all. Even by the second coat it’s not as dark as the pretty color in the bottle. I did three coats to try to get to that dark cranberry holidayish color that’s in the bottle.

The finish and texture of this polish is very smooth and glassy. It turned out pretty well this time around. There’s lots of gold and I think red microshimmer in there that doesn’t jump out at you on the nail, but you can see it twinkle in the light. It is a very pretty finish.

It Looks Like Rain, Dear

I like the name of this polish. I love deer and the word dear. This polish….I think might look weird against my skin tone? It’s very blingy and bright with its gold glitter and base color and holographic hexagon glitter. I think it goes REALLY well with WYP or any other kind of dark cranberry or berry colored polish. They compliment each other very well. The gold and glitter in each other just screams Christmas.

As you all have heard, ILLRD is very textured and not smooth. I threw away my SV top coat (because it was all goopy and thick towards the end) but I’m sure that (or one similar) would smooth it out better. I used two coats of polish. It was also a little goopy and thick but not difficult to control or apply for me. However, I’m not sure how much I would like this polish on its own. I think it would look best as an accent nail. Like this manicure or many of the China Glaze holiday polishes that came out. Like, Little Drummer Boy and Jolly Holly.

It’s suppose to blizzard here tonight and tomorrow. With wind chill in the negatives! At least I can stay inside and admire this polish combo while decorating the Christmas tree and watching hockey.

– Liz


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Sephora by OPI: It Looks Like Reindeer

It Looks Like Reindeer

I hope the name I used for the post isn’t confusing to you all. There appears to be some confusion about the name… my bottle says “It Looks Like Rain, Dear”… which doesn’t make any sense because there’s no play on words involved. I’m not sure if that’s what they intended to do or if it’s a miscommunication/typo. Either way, I’m going with the cuter and more fun of the options.


Now for the good stuff! This polish is packed full of gold glitter! It’s predominantly gold with some silver microglitter in there, but the best part of the polish is the larger iridescent glitter. These make the polish so pretty and unique and they are always changing different colors. It also takes a gold glitter and makes it more holiday which I wouldn’t have expected, but see it when it’s on the nail it kind of reminds me of tinsel or the star on top of a tree.

I used 2 coats for my mani, but I don’t think 3 would overdo it at all, it would probably be glorious! Since it’s all glitter it will be glittery so plan to use a heavy top coat to smooth it out if you don’t like the feeling of straight glitter.


This is the best close up shot I could get of the glitter. You can definitely see the iridescent pieces, they don’t hide, which is really nice and it’s not a wimpy gold it hits you with color. I only put this on last night, but I’ve had no problems today. The 2 coats went on smoothly and were both pigmented. Enjoying wearing this all weekend!

Happy Saturday!



** Update! I had to remove this polish this morning, a day earlier than I would have liked… It was such a pain to get off, more than I expected. It was like Orly Luxe in the sense that first the remover removed all of the gold coloring from the nail and only then did it begin to remove the polish itself. The glitter was to be expected… long and painful. Another bad thing that happened was that it stained some of my nails! Such a bummer to see these results from the removal of Reindeer… I don’t think it’ll keep me away from this polish forever, but probably at least for a few weeks 😦

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Sephora by OPI: Under My Trench Coat


Under My Trench Coat


I’ve been wearing this color almost all week! Sephora by OPI Under My Trench Coat, from the fall collection called Film Noir, I believe it was last fall, 2009. I know that since then, this polish has gotten mixed reviews in terms for a shade of taupe, I also referred to it as a greige earlier this week and we know that color is in right now. I think it can be generally difficult to find the most flattering taupe for your skin tone and obviously this won’t work for everyone, but personally, I love Under My Trench Coat. It’s on the lighter side and it has a really pretty gold shimmer in it.


A little darker looking in this pic


I used 2 coats here, when you put the first coat on it looks much lighter than you would expect from the bottle. If you wanted a darker color, I’m sure you could get that in 3 coats. The wear has been really great for this, and for Sephora by OPI in general, at least in my case. I barely had chip wear after 3 full days at least, possibly 4, and I had some pretty hefty nail imperfections going on this week. I’m really happy with this polish and it’s another case where I’d like to get more from this collection, I know that this is still available in stores. The polish also went on very smoothly, no issues at all that I can think of.

It’s a really nice, neutral rainy day kind of color… maybe it’s the name that makes me think of that, but I find myself wearing this a lot in spring and in fall. Now that I’ve been wearing a neutral all week though I’m looking forward to something a little brighter.


Happy weekend!


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Sephora by OPI: What’s Your Point-settia?


This polish and I got off to an AWFUL start this morning. I went to Sephora to pick up a couple of the Holiday $OPI and some new dry shampoo. Once I saw the swatches of this polish I HAD to have it so I couldn’t wait to open it when I got in the car. To my surprise, the bottle was cracked and the polish got all over my cell phone, jeans, and car seats. I wanted to die. Luckily, I guess, I got it off the leather seats and my cell phone. However, my favorite pair of denim was a casualty. I couldn’t get the polish out of them. I am still very upset.

Somehow I got past this mess, and didn’t hold it against the polish. Though, I thought about it. Anyway, as you can see in the bottle, this berry red polish has gold micro shimmer running through it. It’s actually packed with shimmer. Being the non-red fan that I am, this red has a lot of purple in it and is more berry than red. It is also quite deep so it’s not screaming at you. The gold shimmer isn’t too obvious, but adds depth to the polish it would not have otherwise.

In Sun

The application on this polish was okay. It was sort of sheer. And seems jelly-ish to me. I used two coats, but I could have / perhaps should have used three to get the beautiful, deep color that the polish holds in the bottle. I will remember that for next time. This color does seem very “holiday” to me. And winter-ish overall. The rich color is of this polish is what I am used to seeing during the holiday season. But for some reason I don’t love it on me. What is it about red polishes that irk me on myself so much?! My Mother has always had Poinsettias in the house for the holidays, or has given me one for my apartment. I love the flowers, so the name is super cute to me as well.

Also, I ordered a few of the new China Glaze Holiday collection, all of greens actually. They look awesome. I’m sure I will be wearing those soon, so look forward to those swatches next week!

Happy weekend,



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Sephora by OPI: Leaf Him At The Altar

Leaf Him At The Altar

This is Leaf Him At The Altar from Sephora by OPI’s Spring 2010 collection. This polish struck me right away and was the first one I got from the collection. I also picked up Iris I Was Thinner. I will not tell a lie, I love this polish. This was the second time I wore it, which with all the polish Liz and I have can be rare. Granted, I did have an occasion for this color, but it was a welcome mani. I love how foil-y it looks and all the gold glitter involved. I definitely don’t have any other green like this, most of them are cremes or bold polishes. To me, even though this is very sparkly, it’s still kind of a muted green, I can see it working all year and not just in spring.

This mani was 2 coats and I decided that I’m definitely doing 3 next time, it will make the color so much better. I’ve been a fan of $OPI polishes, they apply well and wear well, nothing groundbreaking, but standard, I feel. I had no problems with this one aside from recommending 3 coats. It’s a great color and I recommend picking it up if you ever get the chance. Unfortunately, my mani is kind of ruined today because I didn’t take my time doing it and have been putting together furniture, which has made my fingers so sore and gross! 😦

Hope everyone has a relaxing Sunday, my nails will be resting,


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Sephora for OPI: Teal We Meet Again

In Shade

I hope everyone had a good weekend, of course it’s too bad that it’s over. I picked to wear this color as my weekend mani for a personal even that happened over the weekend. Which, I guess a lot of us polish lovers do. Matching polish to television premiers, holidays, etc. One of my friends is leaving, so “Teal We Meet Again” seemed like the perfect choice.

I picked up this $OPI back in June. And I would like to mention that it is one of my favorite polishes that I own. Out of all the blues, teals, greens, etc this one is probably my number one. It is so rich and has so much depth to it. It seems sort of dark for a typical teal, but it’s so pretty. It’s like a midnight ocean or like a mermaid. The shimmer is so fine. The polish seems more blue than it is green. But it is such an interesting color and even though it is dark, to me it is a polish you can wear in all seasons because of the relation to water.  The application on this polish was fine. I did use three coats because I love it so much and wanted it to be as perfect as possible!

True Blood time in 45 minutes,



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