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Kellie G, my BLOPIs 'n me - ii of v

Welcome back for the second installment of #TBT Black Label OPI Lovin’! Who knew so many of you were such fans of toxic old OPI? Colour me surprised!

OPI I'm Not Really a Waitress OPI Midnight Blue Glitter Beautygeeks 2

Canya guess what they are this week? Canya?

Kellie Gonzo (yes, THE Kellie Gonzo) and I are bringing you this 5-part series featuring our Top 10 favourite Black Label OPI shades. Today is Part 2. Here’s this week’s link to Kellie’s #TBT Favorite Black Label OPIs: Part 2. Last week she picked a coupla beautiful old stunners and now I need to find me one of 'em really badly. This week, I can hardly wait to see what she picked! I wonder if she chose...

OPI I’m Not Really a Waitress

OPI I'm Not Really a Waitress

OPI I’m Not Really a Waitress – Hollywood Collection 1999

This shade. OPI I'm Not Really a Waitress is the shade that started my love affair with OPI. And it’s simply because I really work as waitress. I’m also a nail-polish nerd so it’s sorta like it was made for me. I took this photo for a #GuessThePolish Post I did last year featuring this exact bottle of polish. There are a couple more really happy shots in that link if you need 'em. It's my #1 favourite OPI of ever. Oh, and it was Allure Color of the Year in 1999. True story.

OPI I'm Not Really a Waitress Hollwood Collection 1999 BLOPI Beautygeeks

OPI I’m Not Really a Waitress – Hollywood Collection 1999

Pet Peeve Alert (sorry, I gotta get it out): Lotsa people go around writing INRAW for this shade and while I’m a fan of getting words out quickly, it always bugs me to shorten the name of such an important shade in the history of nail polish. I can’t stand to see it reduced to a bunch of incomprehensible letters. To me, it’s almost demeaning. I know, I have issues – what can I say? I will always type out the full name of a polish wherever possible. Yes, weird. I know.

Black Label OPI I'm Not Really a Waitress Hollywood Collection 1999 Beautygeeks

OPI I’m Not Really a Waitress – Hollywood Collection 1999

Unlike most black labels, I'm Not Really a Waitress (above) is a teeny bit tricky – she needs a short time to rest (maybe a whole minute!) between coats so she can build that incredible depth of color without pulling up the previous coats. That's three thin coats, but like most old OPI, it dries faaaaaast. And that shimmer... classic. It’s just classic. And there’s no top coat on that. It’s 16 years old, it’s a first-run bottle, and it’s perfection. You got one?

OPI Midnight Blue Glitter

OPI Midnight Blue Glitter Black Label OPI Tuxedo Collection 2004 Beautygeeks

OPI Midnight Blue Glitter – Tuxedo Collection 2004

Unnh. I dunno what it is about this shade that makes me cuckoo. It’s actually all that glitter stuffed into a sheer charcoal base. By itself, it doesn’t build to opaque easily, but when you put it over something dark, you get a galaxy. Maybe that’s it. Maybe OPI Midnight Blue Glitter (above) was my first galaxy.

OPI Light My Sapphire OPI Night Brights Collection 2007 Beautygeeks

OPI Light My Sapphire - Night Brights Collection 2007 (Not a BLOPI. Not)

I’m gonna stick this swatch in here because I have to – it’s OPI Light My Sapphire (above) and it is not a black label OPI. Instead it's the base I chose to use for Midnight Blue Glitter. You’ll notice the ink on the label is black though – that’s what a sample bottle label looks like. There’s no second label layered under the "peel here" label. It comes to me (and most press peeps) just like this. This bottle is from 2007 and the brush in there is pro-wide. Don’t be confused. Remember last week I told you black ink on the label doesn’t a BLOPI make?

OPI Midnight Blue Glitter over OPI Light My Sapphire Beautygeeks

OPI Midnight Blue Glitter (1 coat) over OPI Light My Sapphire (2 coats)

I love the fuzzy, murky-ish Milky Way look of Midnight Blue Glitter over Light My Sapphire (above). It turns my old-school OPI crank, big time. 

OPI Midnight Blue Glitter over Black BLOPI

OPI Midnight Blue Glitter (1 coat) over OPI Black Onyx (2 coats)

OPI Midnight Blue Glitter over OPI Black Onyx (above). For a less cloudy type of night sky, how about a little Midnight Blue over straight-up black? Seriously, how stunning is that for a polish from 2004? This bottle of polish is 11 years old. When did the term “galaxy” nails even become a thing? Uh – last year? The year before? OPI – ahead of the curve. Yep.

And that’s it for this week. Sad, but true. If you’re looking for more BLOPIs, you must head over to see what Kellie picked for her #TBT BLOPIs Part 2. Here’s Kellie's link for Part 1 and my link for Part 1. There’s lots of info there about what we’ve decided constitutes a “BLOPI” so if you need to know, head to one of those posts.

See you soon, pretties! I’m off to play in polish again!

Manicures and photographs Karen Falcon (MOAR BLOPIs!)