Nicki Minaj Pink Friday Giveaway

Pink Friday is the new fragrance created by Nicki Minaj. You can read all about the launch event and my thoughts about it here

I’ve managed to get my hands on another bottle of the fragrance which is currently exclusive to Selfridges, to give away to one of my readers!

Don’t worry – yours will be new and sealed in the box, this is my bottle I took as an example.

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Nicki Minaj Pink Friday Launch

Yesterday marked the launch of Nicki Minaj‘s first ever fragrance – Pink Friday, which debuts exclusively at Selfridges. I was lucky enough to attend the launch breakfast yesterday morning, ahead of opening hours at Selfridges (which was very exciting in itself; I felt like Lady Loxley!)

We were greeted with strawberry smoothies, pink grapefruit juice, pink fruit salad, pink macaroons, and pastries with pink icing, and introduced to the perfume.

The fragrance itself is described as “an intoxicating floral musk”- Perfume buffs may like to know that the topnotes are Starfruit, Italian Mandarin and Boysenberry. Heartnotes are Lotus Flower and Jasmine Pearls, and the drydown is Vanilla, Caramelized Pear, Musk and Woods.

It’s sweet and floral but not overly-so in either department. Celebrity fragrances can sometimes be sickly and cheap smelling, so it was really nice to see (or, smell, rather) that that wasn’t the case at all – Pink Friday is refreshingly exotic and wearable. I am really fussy with fragrance but I will definitely wear mine.

Like everything else Nicki Minaj does – the bottle is mad, crazy, bold, loud and proud – a statuesque glass bottle depicting Nicki herself wearing a nameplate necklace, with a golden face complete with pink lipstick, and her trademark pink hair as the lid – making it somewhat of a collectors item.

To give something a little extra to her UK fans, Nicki also decided to launch a handmade clothing line for the perfume bottles (crazy but zany cool and oh, so Nicki!), ‘Couture by Nicki’. There are 4 different designs, with only 100 of each being made – 30 of which being in London Selfridges and are given free to customers buying a 100ml bottle of fragrance. Her fans (or Barbz as they are known) were very eager to be the first in the queue for when the doors opened yesterday morning to make sure they got one of the outfits – some even slept on the street the outside to ensure they were one of the lucky ones!

The designs are each inspired by Nicki’s outfits, which the Nicki models showed us yesterday morning…

Duchess of Pink was the outfit that went on sale yesterday – the first 30 Barbz rushed in to pick up their bounty. This one is the “master of sassy sweetness” – I love the little ice cream cone on her hat!

Whip it Like Minaj goes on sale today for the first 30 customers – this is for those that have a tough, chic side.

Starships Minaj “invites you to close your eyes and let the sparkling ride begin”! and will be on sale to the first 30 customers next Saturday. 
There is another outfit too, British Pink, which will be revealed on Tuesday by Nicki on Twitter. There was a little peep-hole to look through and I spied diamantes! 
Photo courtesy of Nicki Minaj Beauty

Here is my Nicki bottle in all her Whip It Like Minaj glory!

Pink Friday is available from Selfridges priced at £39 for 100ml, £29 for 50ml and £24 for 30ml.

MAC Viva Glam Nicki

The latest Viva Glam offering from MAC is that of Nicki and Ricky. Nicki Minaj and Ricky Martin. Nicki has this gorgeous pinky corally lipstick, and Ricky a lip conditioner.  As with all Viva Glam products, 100% of sales go to the AIDS foundation charity.

The new items are due to launch online this Friday in the UK, however I was sent a code by MAC for a pre-sale. I absolutely knew I would want this, so I ordered it straight away.

Nicki Minaj has designed a lipstick for MAC before, Pink Friday, which is very different from her Viva Glam Shade. Pink Friday is a very cool toned baby pink, while Viva Glam Nicki is a lot warmer, with yellow tones. It’s also very different from the Viva Glam Gaga, the last pink in the Viva Glam range.

 It is almost coral in colour – I want to call it melon, even though I’ve never seen a melon that colour… do you know what I mean!? If you have seen the Vivienne Westwood perfume, Cheeky Alice, its exactly the same colour as the box!
It is fairly dry, but not matt. This definitely helps it to last on the lips – it’s incredibly long lasting – I wore it out on Saturday night and where I would have normally reapplied my lipstick 3 times, I only needed to do it once in the same space of time.
It is very bright, but I love it. I think I will love it even more once I am tanned (at least, I hope I get a tan this year!) 
What do you think? Do you like it?
It’s limited edition, only on sale for the next year, so I may buy another! 

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Nails of the Day – Nicki Minaj for OPI – Fly

As promised, here is the other polish from the Nicki Minaj for OPI collection.

Fly is a very vibrant turquoise colour – I wouldn’t say it was ‘bright’ as I have blue’s much brighter – but it does pack a big punch!

The brush seemed wider than normal OPI pro-wide brushes, as was the case with Pink Friday.  Because of this some of my nails were covered with just one swoop of the brush. It is a very opaque polish and not at all streaky.

I am a big lover of blue nail varnish – Fly is definitely on my ‘like’ list – but it has a lot of similarities to Ciaté Headliner which I already have in my collection.

What do you think?

Nails of the Day: Nicki Minaj for OPI – Pink Friday

When I heard Nicki Minaj was doing a nail polish collection for OPI I couldn’t wait to see the colours. They are inspired by her love of bright colours – and if her collaboration with MAC was anything to go by, this collection would be good too.

In the end I decided to buy just two of the six polishes – Pink Friday, and Fly – which I will swatch soon so stay tuned for that one.

My first thoughts as I was applying the polish was how wide the brush was – it seems a lot wider than the usual Pro-Wide OPI brush. The formula was very thick, and very opaque – one coat was more than enough to completely cover the nail (although in this photo I went with two – I can’t not!)

I love the colour – it is almost a bright baby pink while staying milky, and reminds me of Hubba Bubba drink (who remembers that!?). It’s similar to a few other pinks I have, but not identical – perhaps due to the blue tone in it.

I know I am going to give this a good run for it’s money over the summer, but it’s also the kind of shade you could wear in any season and get away with.

Do you like it? What are your thoughts on the rest of the collection?