Alright so I'm pushing the boundaries a little by talking about summer where, if the weather is the same there as it is here, it's grey and rainy. But hey, if we can't use beauty to add a little brightness in to our lives, when it's like this, then when can we?
I was asked to write about a site called JustMyLook (sp*), who I'd never heard of before, by showing you the new mini collection which showcases the 2015 S/S Hawaii range from OPI - I love bargain beauty sites and I Love OPI nail polishes so it was a bit of a win win. I've been checking out the full range of OPI polishes over on the site and I have to say I am a little tempted, they come in at £8.35 each, with free delivery and there's a huge range of shades on there (I'm, of course, drawn in by the mauves, dusky shades and the glitters but don't tell my husband, I'm not allowed more nail polishes, I just gave away a lot).
The 'Little Hulas' mini pack from the Hawaii collection is £9.95, from the site, and minis are such a great way to add to your collection (or they are for me). I've only used up a full polish a couple of times but I've got a good few half filled minis in my collection - Not to mention it lets you try out four colours for a little more than the price of one.
The full Hawaii collection has a range of pastels and brights, perfect for S/S, which all conjure up images of bikinis, beaches, cocktails and coral reefs and the set I've been sent sums that up perfectly in just four shades.
The shades contained are 'Suzi Shops & Island Hops', 'That's Hula-rious!', 'Lost My Bikini in Molokini' and, lastly, 'Aloha from OPI' - They all have that tell-tale jokey, play on words theme that OPI polishes all do, as you'd expect.
I really like how the set has half pastels and half brights because that's exactly the two colour ranges that I'm drawn to in the spring and summer (well, and the glitters too, but that's the same for all seasons) and I know it's the same for most others.
These all applied really nicely, as I'd expect from an OPI, the brushes are a little small but they still work just fine once you get used to them. I applied three coats of the first shade simply because it was on a see-through nail stick and the light shone through (a problem you'd not have on the finger, of course), and two of the other three colours. As you can see they all reached density really well and (other than a couple of dust particles in the coral shade) there's no streaking and they look beautiful. If these shades don't scream spring/summer, I don't know what does.
I had a little play around, with some of the shades, making some gradient/sponge effects - I know they're not perfect but, then, I've not done this look for a long time and, even then, I haven't done it a lot. I like the way they came out, though, the colours in the set would work in a huge range of combinations and, if you don't want to just use two, you could do three shade looks as well.
I did do a look with the purple and the mint green but it was getting dark and I over sponged, it went a little bitty/patchy so I kept the picture out but it was a great colour combo. Obviously there's lots of other effects you could do with these and you could do it much more subtly, too, but this is just what I put together quickly on an evening and it's definitely made me want to start doing more effects again.
I think these shades would be great with a shimmering top coat, or with some of the many polka-dot-like top coats that you can get out there, as well as on their own or as a gradient. It's the type of set that'd suit most people and contains such typical spring and summer shades that if you're a newbie you'd be ticking loads of boxes and if you're not a newbie but a nail polish addict... well it works there too (I can always find a place for polishes like this).
You can get these polishes, amongst many others, in full size as well as getting the set from JustMyLook - I know I'll be popping back in when I'm looking for OPI's because most bargain places don't have as many shades available as this place.