Monday, December 21, 2015

Zoya Mystery Box 2015--spoilers!

I wanted to buy the Zoya Mystery Box this year since I got the Qtica Intense Lip Therapy Balm in last year's mystery box & I *love* it, but don't really want to spend $12 on it.  Did I get it again in this year's box?  Let's find out (spoilers ahead, so if you don't want to know what's in this year's box please click out of this post):
Zoya 2015 Mystery Box
Zoya had the mystery boxes for sale on Cyber Monday for $20 with free shipping & promised us "7 of our favorite products".  The box itself is a nice black box & each of the products are in individual black boxes (except one silver box) inside so this would be a great gift or you could break up the box & give the products as multiple gifts.  There's also a card listing the products & a Naked Manicure booklet & Qtica booklet.  Technically the box came with 8 products (maybe the mini remove + was thrown in as filler?) which I'll list below:
-Cindy (sheer gold glitter)
-Renee (red cream)
-Marjorie (metallic plum)
These three polishes are from the Redbook limited edition collection & honestly were not something I was interested in buying at all, the colors are just plain/blah/too common to me.  I really do think that these were added to the mystery box because they probably didn't sell as well as Zoya had hoped for.  Retails for $27.
-Qtica Intense Lip Therapy Balm
Like I said, I *love* this lip balm & have almost completely used the one from last year's box.  So happy that it was in this year's box also.  Retails for $12.
-mini remove +
-Naked Base
-Naked Manicure Glossy Seal
-mini Pink Perfector
These polishes are from the Naked Manicure line which I think is supposed to "correct" the flaws in your nails (yellowing & whatnot) depending on the color perfector you use.  I wasn't very interested in any of these polishes when they came out either.  They seemed kinda gimmicky to me & not worth the money & from the couple of blogger reviews I've read (I've only read a couple!), they don't seem overly wonderful.  I'm wondering if these were also added into the box because they are selling like Zoya hoped?  The base & glossy seal retail for $12 each & the "normal" size of Pink Perfector is $10.
Buying the box means you also got a code in your account for 50% off $50 or more plus free shipping, which is a pretty nice code (& I've already used mine).

Was this box worth $20 to me?  Absolutely since my favorite lip product was included & it's $12 alone.  Would I have bought most of these polishes on my own?  No, but I see that as a plus since I don't already own any of them & I *LOVE* Zoya & I do own *a lot* of their polishes.  What do you think of this box?  Did you buy it?  Do you wish you had/hadn't?  Are you giving this as a gift?

Sunday, December 20, 2015

New Sinful Colors polishes?!?!?!

Yesterday I stopped by two different Walgreens (the closest ones to me--about 45-60 minutes away) & I picked up five Sinful Colors polishes I hoped I didn't already have (I didn't!).  I always look up colors that I don't think I've seen before & when I looked these up I couldn't find anything on two of them so I'll show you those now:
Sinful Colors Mist-erious & Love Bombs
Sinful Colors Mist-erious & Love Bombs
Sinful Colors Love Bombs
Sinful Colors Mist-erious & Love Bombs
I'm not sure how the Sinful Colors numbers work (bad nail blogger, I know), but as you can see in the second picture the colors are Mist-erious 1593 & Love Bombs 1710.  Like I said, I didn't find anything on Google about either of these colors & I didn't get a picture of the display (again, bad nail blogger), but the display was on the top of the shelf & I know for certain that other colors in it are from different collections (I bought Devil's Stare from the same display & that was part of this year's Halloween collection & Snow Me White was also in the display & that's a permanent color).  I'm assuming that Love Bombs is part of the 2016 Valentine's collection & that it may be the Love Bombs collection (this is just my guess from the stick on the handle), but either way that color is/will be for a limited time.  Anyone have any information on these?
Even if I can't tell you what collection these are from or if they are new or not I *can* still tell you about the formula of the polishes:
Mist-erious is a periwinkle blue with gold shift.  I used two coats & honestly could have gotten away with one if I used just slightly thicker coats.  This polish is GORGEOUS & the formula is everything I wished Cinderella was.
Sinful Colors Mist-erious & Cinderella for comparison
Love Bombs is a "clear" base with blue shift (you can see it on the top of my middle nail where I wore two coats of Love Bombs alone) & light pink, magenta & silver glitters through out.  There's also blue heart glitters, but they are very sparse & I had to fish the one out that you see in the picture. You could wear this alone like I did on my middle nail, but I think that it works best as a topper. 
I do like both of these polishes & I'm glad I bought both, but Mist-erious is my favorite.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Friday the 13th Inspiration

Today's mani is another one that didn't turn out like I pictured it, but I don't think it was a total fail either:
I started off with a base coat & then two coats of Zoya Chantal since I wanted a light "skin toned" color (even though it's still darker than my actual skin tone) & topped it with a coat of Glisten & Glow HK Girl top coat.  Then I used a dark purple BIC Mark-It permanent marker, colored all over the bottom of a shot glass with it & poured in a couple drops of rubbing alcohol, mixed it together & splattered it on my nails with a small paint brush.  I repeated that with a dark blue & dark green marker.  I topped the splatters with another coat of HK Girl top coat.  For the owl I used the Born Pretty Store BP-L019 plate & made a small decal on my stamper (I need to practice stamping directly on my nails) & then topped it with another coat of HK Girl top coat.
I don't think this design is terrible, but I didn't factor in the marker/alcohol mix flooding my cuticles & getting all over my fingers & being a pain to get off--thankfully none of my fingers or nails got stained.
And as for this being "Friday the 13th inspired"?  Well, my 13th tattoo got finished yesterday & it was the inspiration for the nails:

**If you use the code BPL91 at Born Pretty Store you'll get 10% off your order.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Not trying to be too negative, but...

I think my first (?) attempt at negative space nails was a complete fail.  I had an idea in my head, but it just didn't translate to my nails:
I started off with Nina Ultra Pro Matte topcoat as a base coat & then used masking tape cut in half width-wise with just a sliver cut off of that (the half pieces were still a bit wide) & tried to lay those straight across the middle of my nails.  I used all Zoya polishes (Sooki, Sharon, Josie, Breezi & Mira) to paint near my cuticles & the tips & then lifted the tape off, cleaned up what leaked under the tape & touched up the spots I needed to.  I added a coat of Nina Ultra Pro Matte topcoat to top it all off.
Okay, so maybe this wasn't a *complete* fail, but it didn't look the way I wanted.  Maybe if I had shorter nails or the tape was straighter (I'm looking at you Sharon on my middle nail) & it would probably also help if my nails didn't curve so much.  Funny, I used to like that my nails curve, but not I wish they were just a bit more flat.
What do you think of these nails?  Do you like negative space nails?

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Simple holographic mani & a small issue...

Just a simple mani using two of the 2012 Color Club Halo Hues--Angel Kiss & Blue Heaven.
Color Club Angel Kiss & Blue Heaven
Can you tell which color is on which nails?  It's hard since these two polishes look so much alike. Angel Kiss is on my thumb, index & pinkie nails & Blue Heaven in on my middle & ring nails.  I used a base coat & then two coats of each polish--these went on like a dream & covered amazingly. Angel Kiss was a bit thicker than Blue Heaven, but neither gave me any trouble.  I added a coat of Glisten & Glow HK Girl top coat & it didn't dull the holo at all.

I love both of these polishes & I just ordered them along with the rest of the 2012 Halo Hues collection from Color Club's website when then had their buy one get one 50% off sale.  Ordering was easy & all & shipping was decent, but I did/do have a couple of issues.  First off the cap on Blue Heaven is different than the other five bottles--it's a satin finish silver cap without the CC logo on top (the other five are shiny silver & have the CC logo).  This really isn't that big of a deal, but when you order straight from a company you expect consistency.  The other issue I have is the bigger one--when I ordered the six polishes I got an email conformation & then an email when the polishes where shipped.  I also got another shipping email from the company they ship through.  When I received my polishes I was only sent five of them so I had to contact Color Club to ask about Cherubic & finally got an email saying that the formula was being bottled & that my polish would be sent the next day.  I just don't understand why I didn't get any sort of email or even a note on the packing slip letting me know about Cherubic being on some sort of back order--this just isn't the greatest business practice in my eyes.  Color Club has amazing polishes, but I think that the company needs to work on some of the other aspects of their business.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Nail stamping is bananas!

Last week I got the urge to try my hand at making a nail stamp decal--pretty sure this was my first try at a full nail image (I may have tried a single, small image before?) so please be nice when you see it.
For my main nails I used two coats of Color Club Miss Bliss & topped it with Glisten & Glow HK Girl top coat.  For my accent nail I used two coats of Pure Ice Platinum Magic Base Coat & topped it with HK Girl top coat so it would dry.  For the decal I used the banana image from Cheeky plate CH42 (reminds me of Andy Warhol's banana on the The Velvet Underground & Nico record cover--hence the pink main nails).  I stamped with Wet n Wild Black Creme with didn't turn out perfect, but I was okay with it.  I filled in the bananas with FingerPaints Yellow Out Man & then used a top coat over the whole thing.  For some reason I was in a hurry to get my nails done (seems like I'm always in a rush to do my nails even when I don't have to be) & added a layer of HK Girl top coat in hopes of having the decal dry faster--& then I removed it from the stamper before it was fully dry & I got a bit of a wrinkle in it when I put it on my nail.  I added another layer of HK Girl top coat which smeared the black polish a bit & the nail did feel thick after I added the decal, but overall I do like how it turned out & I can't wait to stamp more (*just* got some stamping stuff I ordered from Born Pretty Store which took over a month).  I really do hope I get better at it because I think it's a very fun way to make your nails more unique.
Like this design?  Have you tried nail stamping/making your own decals?  What are your thoughts?
**I did wear this as a full mani for a little less than a week, but had to take it off since the thickness of the accent nails kind of bothered me.**

Monday, August 17, 2015

FingerPaints Rainbow Water Marble

I bought some new FingerPaints polishes a couple of months ago from Sally Beauty Supply (the only place you can buy them) & I've wanted to try to do a water marble with them ever since.
left hand FingerPaints Far Out Fuchsia; Tie Dye Tangerine; Yellow Out Man; Peace, Love & Green; Be Hippy; & First Edition 

right hand FingerPaints Far Out Fuchsia; Tie Dye Tangerine; Yellow Out Man; Peace, Love & Green; Be Hippy; & First Edition 
I used a white polish for a base coat & then used FingerPaints Far Out Fuchsia; Tie Dye Tangerine; Yellow Out Man; Peace, Love & Green; Be Hippy; & First Edition & added Seche Vite to top everything off.  All of the polishes except First Edition were from the Tie Dye Revolution collection. I think these polishes worked well for water marbling except Be Hippy (the blue) which didn't want to spread out.  I like how my right hand ended up looking more because I used the polishes in pink, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple order instead of the opposite way like I did on my left hand & that let the polishes spread more since the blue was next to last.  *These polishes are brighter in person than the pictures make them look.*
I know these aren't the greatest water marble nails, but I do like how they turned out, especially since I've tried water marbling less than 10 times.
My right thumb nail is my favorite:

Friday, August 7, 2015

Simple mani

Quick post to show my mani I'm wearing:
China Glaze What A Pansy & Gaga For Green & ILNP Mega (S)
I used a base coat & applied two coats of China Glaze What A Pansy on my thumb & pinkie nails, three coats of China Glaze Gaga For Green on my index & middle nails & two coats of ILNP Mega (S) on my ring finger nail & topped everything with a coat of Glisten & Glow HK Girl top coat. What A Pansy & Mega (S) both went on like a dream, but Gaga For Green was a bit thin.
I've been a bit obsessed with manis like this for a couple of months now--Mega (S) as an accent nail & then two cream colors for the other nails.  It seems like creams are all I want to wear lately.
Not sure if I've ever worn either China Glaze polish & I really like them both & I love the combo of green & purple together.
What do you think of this mani?  Love/like/hate?  Do you ever fall into wearing one sort of mani or one finish of polish for stretches at a time?

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


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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