If it wasn't for my friends who are in the know, I probably would never find out about new colors coming out. I'm so out if the loop, ever since I decided to focus more on my career. Thankfully, I got this gorgeous duochrome just in time for the Fall season. I'm loving greys lately, and this one is no exception. It was the perfect color to go with my new nubs.
I really love these and I want to collect them all. I've posted a couple already. Here are two that I love, because they both shift. Moon Glow was super sheer, so I have to wear it over a grey creme. Beacon was a 3-coater and I received so many compliments when I was wearing it. This last one was another Bday gift from another awesome friend <3
I'm kind of impressed with the formula and finish of this Burberry. I say that because I haven't heard too much about this brand, as it pertains to cosmetics. Now I want to try their make up too. This was pretty much like a Dior, very creamy, glossy and saturated. This was a Bday gift from my dear friend, and Inreally cherish it. I would have never thought of buying this, but I love it.
When my friend Sue came to visit, I had to wear green. It's a rare sight, I almost never wear green. Since she also loves glitter and she gave me this Models Own, I thought that there wasn't a better way to show my appreciation. I forgot how fun it is to do a glitter bomb mani. Lately, I am not wearing heavy glitter as often, because of the removal.
I don't like doing bad reviews, but I'm always honest, and these are awful. First of all, they are not easy to apply or peel off from the plastic that they come in. If you guys have read this blog for a while, you know that I have experience with nail strips, from Sally Hansen brand to Incoco. The SH original ones that come in the small box with the file and the cuticle pusher are ok, but this product is just mediocre.
Trust me, it has nothing to do with the fact that I wore them over my bare nails, because I actually liked this radical look. They are just lumpy and they don't stretch at all to take the shape of the nails. As a bonus, my thumb fell off after only 30 minutes of wearing them, and I wasn't even doing housework, just driving. It just didn't adhere. They just get caught on everything, especially clothes. I easily took off all of them within the hour, by peeling them, because they were never fully suck to the nails, so I guess that was a plus. They felt uncomfortable and I didn't want to spend one more second with them. Sorry Sally Hansen.
Not much really positive to say about them. The color was good. They have a texture to them, so if you like texture and have flat nails, you might want to try them.
I wanted to wear my nails bare, to show my support for those brave ladies that showed their affected bare nails, in order to warn us about the damage that some Mentality Polishes have caused. I'm not going to write some bs about how it 'allegedly' causes nails to look burnt. I noticed that some of the articles out there, including the ones from famous magazines, are using the word allegedly. I want to make this clear for my readers. These are not just allegations that can be brushed away, these are facts. All the ladies who have posted severe nail damage have one common denominator: they have used the indie brand Mentality.
We are not "freaking out", we are genuinely concerned for the health of these people who used those products. Ever since I found out, I thought about this issue every day, and I wanted to find a way to talk/write about it. I just couldn't find the words to express my frustration. I thought to myself what would I do if that happened to me? And what about all the guilt that they must be feeling for doing what they simply love? I know that feeling, and it's not a fun one. Today, I want to thank them publicly, for doing what they did, for posting those pictures of their bare nails, and raising awareness.
I am angry. This is the word that most accurately sums up my opinion about this horrible ordeal. Not only am I angry at the way that the company has handled this situation, but I am angry at how deceiving one can person be, and ruin people's trust. When they state that they have tested their nail polish while they're making it, because it simply splashes onto their clothes, I get angry. When they post new sales and swatches, and new gel polishes, I get angry and sad. I feel really bad for anyone who is starting up a new indie polish company, because thanks to Mentality, no one is going to want to venture with newer brands anymore. The indie community was already in decline and this was a stab in the heart.
I could really go on about all the things that sum up my reaction and feelings, but this post is about supporting those bloggers and customers who have posted the truth, and have opened our eyes. Thank you.
Please join me in supporting them by posting your bare nails with the tag #bareforbrave
I went to meet my two nail polish buddies today, so I had to wear something epic. It did however, look better in real life, and in certain lighting conditions. I managed to snap a couple of good pictures before they chipped.
OPI Nail Envy
1 coat Nfu Oh JS01
1 coat Cult Nails Clairvoyant
1 coat Nfu Oh JS01
1 coat Cult Nails Clairvoyant
Seche Vite Topcoat
Bonus pic (gifts from my friends):
One more bonus pic (mini-haul from nail supply):
L to R: Essie Allure, OPI Eurso Euro, OPI DS Charcoal, Essie Watercolor Pen & Inky, Essie Watercolor Point of Blue. Bottom: Essie Blossom Dandy.