Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Zoya Island Fun sponging

Just a quick post showing the nails I did the other night while watching "How To Train Your Dragon":
Zoya Nana, Demetria, Jace, Talia & Serenity
I used five of the colors from Zoya's Island Fun collection (I had planned on also using Cecilia, but I thought it wouldn't be enough of a contrast to Talia).  I just used a makeup sponge & painted the two colors on it & sponged my nails straight over a base coat.  Most of the polishes covered well, but Demetria (orange) & Jace (green) were a little thinner & took a bit more polish to cover.  I added Glisten & Glow HK Girl top coat to finish.  This is only the second or third time I've done sponged nails & I think these turned out well, I really like them.
What's your favorite color combo from these?  Mine's the pinky nail with Talia & Serenity.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Gel nails?!?! What?

Earlier this month my husband, son & I went to Seattle for a week on vacation.  I knew I wanted to have gel nails for the trip just so I wouldn't have to worry about/deal with my nails for that week.  I didn't want to go get my nails done (I never have--rather do them myself) so I went online & bought a Sensationail LED lamp, Elite99 base & top coats, & two Elite99 Chameleon polishes--5727 which I thought was black/teal when I saw/bought it online, but is actually a purple/teal & 9037 which is a pink/white (actually clear).  The polishes went on well (loved how my nails looked with just the base coat on) & I don't think I messed anything up--I wore the polish for 16+ days before I took them off & besides my nail growth nothing was wrong with them.
Elite99 5727 & 9037
The picture is just a quick one I took on my ipod touch before we left.  I liked the purple/teal polish better than the pink/clear one (it wasn't as thick even though I used 3 coats of each polish).  I *loved* wearing these nails, but I don't think gel nails are for me.  Having to file my actual nail (as in the top of my nails) for the gel polish to adhere wasn't my favorite thing & then having to scrape the gel polish off after I'd soaked my nails in acetone...I felt like I was ruining my nails.  Honestly if it wasn't for those two things I would probably end up wearing gel polish all the time, but I'm not sure if I'm okay with the wear on my nails--& even though I know I get lazy a lot, I still like to change my polish quite a bit.
Are you a regular or gel polish lover?  Ever use the other?  What are your thoughts?

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Sinful Colors neon & glitter

Today's post is a quick one using four Sinful Colors polishes.
Sinful Colors Neon Melon, Pink, Mamasita & Baila Baila
I started with a base coat & then a coat of white polish to help the neon colors pop.  The neon yellow is Sinful Colors Neon Melon & the pink is Sinful Colors Pink (two coats of each over the white).  I used two of the new(er) Pinata Blast glitter Sinful Colors over the neons--Sinful Colors Mamasita over Neon Melon & Sinful Colors Baila Baila over Pink (one coat of each).
I actually really love this color combo even though it's not a "normal" combo.
Here's a close up picture so you can see the combos better:
Sinful Colors Pink, Baila Baila, Neon Melon & Mamasita
I love Sinful Colors polishes--they have a great variety of colors & a great price point (normally $1.99, sometimes on sale at Walgreens for $0.99).
What do you think of this combo?  Do you like going outside of the "normal" when it comes to nail polish?

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

Pretty...ugly?

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...