Thursday, April 2, 2015

NYC Strip Me Off review

My Walmart *finally* got the NYC Strip Me Off base coat so I picked up a bottle & decided to use it last weekend.  I intended on adding glitter to my mani, but I painted my nails so late Friday night that it didn't happen.
Sinful Colors My Buoyfriend & Cream Soda
I started with a coat of NYC Strip Me Off then added a coat of ridge filler.  I used two coats of Sinful Colors My Buoyfriend (which is actually more purple in real life than the picture shows) & three coats of Sinful Colors Cream Soda--I'll say here that I didn't really care for this color combo, but it was late & I don't think I've ever used either color so I kept it on.  I added Diamond Dry topcoat which made my polish shrink (I hate that).
As much as I didn't really care for how the mani looked I kept it on until Sunday night when I grabbed the t.v. remote for my husband & my right hand thumb nail polish fell off.  I decided to peel off the rest of the polish:
polish peelings!
The bigger chunk of My Buoyfriend that is shiny side up is the one that fell off--everything else I peeled off just using my nails & they came off very easily.  Also note that this picture is way more color accurate.
All in all NYC Strip Me Off works well, but I have a feeling it's basically glue in a bottle (even smells like glue).  I will be wearing this the next time I know for sure I'm wearing glitter polish & I'll let you know if it works as well then.
Have you used Strip Me Off?  Did it work for you?

Sunday, March 22, 2015

nail-aid Acetone Power Gel review

I've seen the nail-aid Acetone Power Gels at Wal-Mart, but never thought to buy them, but after reading a couple of reviews & watching a couple others I thought that for $3.88 I may as well give it a shot if I could take off glitter polish in four minutes.
I still had on my mani from last weekend (which I posted about yesterday) since I've been sick & haven't felt like doing my nails & I thoughts that it'd be great to test this out on.
I started with just my pointer finger on my left hand:
I waited the four minutes like it says to (& yes, it was cold like I've read on other reviews, but acetone is always pretty cold to me--nothing that I can't handle though, it didn't make my fingers "sting" or anything) & then wiped it off with a paper towel:
Hmmm...that basically did nothing.  So I dipped all five fingers from my left hand in the gel, waited another four minutes & wiped it off again:
Again...not much of anything happened.  A little bit came off of my pointer finger, but that's because this was the second time for that nail.
I'm not sure if this didn't work because my mani was a week old or if it's because I had a few layers of polish on or what, but either way this *didn't* work for me & that's really disappointing since I'd rather not do the foil method to take off glitter polish (which I ended up doing) & also because this gel claims to work--it doesn't say anything about how old your mani is or how many layers of polish you have on (& this was just *one* layer of glitter polish!).  I'll test this again the next time I wear glitter polish, but I'm not getting my hopes up that it'll actually work.

Saturday, March 21, 2015


Today's post is the first of a double post this weekend (the next one will be up tomorrow at noon).

Last weekend I tried & failed a couple of times to do a mani (the base & top coats weren't working in my favor) so I went with something completely different--& ended up hating it.  Oh well, let me show you what it looked like:
NOPI Kim-Pletely In Love with Rainbow Honey Elevate & Special World glitters
I started off with Nicole by OPI Kim-Pletely In Love as a base color.  This polish was one of the Kardashian polishes from a couple of years ago--it's a very light pink with blue shimmer.  It's a pretty color, but it took four coats to cover.  I was already pretty sick of doing my nails by this point, but the light pink looked so bad with my skin tone & I was not going to start over so I grabbed a couple Rainbow Honey glitter toppers--Elevate & Special World--& added them.  I added a couple different top coats to smooth everything down & even though the glitter helped I still didn't really care for this mani.
What do you think--love?  hate?  indifferent?  Do you ever wear a mani even if you don't love it?

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Spring is near...ish

I'm trying to go through my polishes & wear ones that I haven't worn (or don't think I've worn). Today I picked out three Finger Paints polishes that I've had for a bit & since Spring is near I think they're a good fit.
Finger Paints Springtime Bloom, Mistful Thinking & Hollywood Decadence
Finger Paints Springtime Bloom, Mistful Thinking & Hollywood Decadence
Finger Paints Springtime Bloom, Mistful Thinking & Hollywood Decadence
Springtime Bloom is a bubblegum/Barbie pink (darker than in the pictures) creme.  This covered perfectly in two coats (could possibly cover in one) & dries to a shiny finish.
Mistful Thinking is a lime green (the second photo is the most color-accurate) creme that covered well in two coats (possibly could have added another) & dries to a satin finish.
Hollywood Decadence has a pink-milk base with pink, blue & gold glitters.  I'm sure this could be built up in a couple of coats, but I used one coat over a coat of Springtime Bloom (which makes SB look lighter).  This polish dries matte.
I really like the Finger Paints polishes I've tried (I think they're only available from Sally Beauty & maybe online??).  I love this color combo (I've always liked pink & green together) & I like the combo of finishes also.  I might have to re-wear this in a month or so...

Friday, February 27, 2015

China Glaze Out Like A Light

Just a quick post today on China Glaze Out Like A Light.  I bought this polish in a three pack along with a small mirror on sale at Sally Beauty (even though I didn't get it for 50% off like I should have...) a couple of weekends ago.
China Glaze Out Like A Light
Out Like A Light is a dark grey (light black if that makes sense) & it covers in one coat!  It also has great shine--so I didn't add a top coat.  See those sheet marks on my nails?  Yeah, that's why I normally add a fast drying top coat even if my nails are "dry"--to help prevent things like that happening.  I love this polish--the color, the fact that it covers in one coat, the shine...but I will always wear a topcoat from now on.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Zoya Brittany & Tove

I know I've been away from blogging for a few months & all I can say is that life has a way of getting in the way of blogging for me...enough about that, let me show you a couple of new Zoya polishes:
Zoya Brittany with Tove accent

Zoya Brittany with Tove accent

Zoya Brittany with Tove accent
Zoya Brittany is a "rose mauve cream" & Tove is a "misty slate grey cream" according to Zoya's website.  Both of these polishes are in the new satin finish--a mix between matte & glossy.  I used 2 coats of each color over 1 coat of basecoat, no topcoat.  These applied well , but Brittany doesn't look the best on my skin tone (the pictures are all under white light--the colors in real life are just a bit darker), I do really like Tove though.

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Rainbow Honey Summer Mixtape collection review

*These polishes were sent to me for my honest review*

Today I have three polishes from Rainbow Honey's Summer Mixtape collection.
Rainbow Honey Control with Elevate accent nail
Control is a bright fuchsia (way brighter than my picture) with purple/pink micro flakie/shimmer.  I used 2 coats, but could have gotten away with 1 slightly thicker coat.  I did add a topcoat because it dries a bit matte (as most neon polishes do).  Not something I would probably wear for a mani, but I would as a pedi. I would love to see some amazing stamping over this polish though (maybe I should actually work on that??).
Rainbow Honey Stolen Dance with Elevate accent nail
Stolen Dance is a pale pistachio green with pink micro flakie/shimmer.  I used 2 coats, but I could have added another (I use pretty thin coats).  This also dried slightly matte so I used a topcoat.
China Glaze Grape Pop with Elevate accent nails
Elevate is a great glitter topper.  It's mainly has light blue glitters, but also has yellow, green, white & pink glitters all in a pink/blue shimmery base.  There's hexs, circles, squares & triangles.  I used it over China Glaze Grape Pop a few weeks ago when we went to a fundraiser for cystic fibrosis--the ribbon color for it is purple.  I love this topper & think it would look great over a bunch of colors.

These & seven other polishes from this collection (along with many other beautiful polishes) are available for $10 each over at  If you use code MIXTAPE20 you'll get 20% off of your order (code expires 8/31/2014 so HURRY!).